About Us


Established as the Berlin Civil Society Centre in 2007, co-founded and owned by Peter Eigen and Burkhard Gnärig, the International Civil Society Centre transferred ownership to the ICSOs it was formed to serve. Today, the Centre is a not-for-profit limited liability company, owned by 15 ICSOs who each hold equal shares of the Centre.

All shareholders meet at least once a year to elect members to the Centre’s Board of Trustees, hear reports on the Centre’s work and finances. They constitute the Centre’s highest decision-making body.

The role of the Centre’s Board of Trustees is to monitor the management of the organisation and it has 12 seats, held on a rotational basis. At present, the Board consists of the CEOs of seven of the Centre’s shareholding organisations. The Executive Director of the Centre holds an ex officio seat on the Board.

Our owners, year of joining and representative on the Centre’s Board of Trustees (if applicable):

OrganisationOwner SinceBoard of Trustees Representative
ADRA International2016
Amnesty International2009
CARE International2015
CBM International2009
ChildFund Alliance2011Meg Gardinier
HelpAge International2015
Islamic Relief Worldwide2013Naser Haghamed
Oxfam International2009Winnie Byanyima
Plan International2010Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen
Save the Children International2019
Sightsavers International2013
SOS Children’s Villages International2012Norbert Meder
Transparency International2009Patricia Moreira
VSO International2014Philip Goodwin
World Vision International2009

Safeguarding Policy

The Centre aims to provide a dynamic and diverse as well as safe and trusted space for leaders from civil society, activists and many others from around the world coming together to share insights and experiences on the most pressing issues affecting our work. We promote and value respect for all participants and perspectives regardless of their background or gender, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation. We prize the diversity, safety and trust both at and generated through our events.

As such, we have a zero tolerance policy for any kind of harassment, discrimination, threatening or otherwise inappropriate behaviour at our events, and have established procedures to deal with any events which may arise. If you experience or witness any such behaviour, please either report it as soon as possible to a member of the Centre’s staff at the event, or email complaints@icscentre.org. All cases or suspected cases will be treated seriously, but confidentially and discreetly. Following thorough investigation, necessary and appropriate action will be taken. For further information, please also refer to our Complaints Handlings Mechanism on our website.