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 ten 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 International2016Jonathan Duffy
Amnesty International2009
CARE International2015
CBM International2009
ChildFund Alliance2011Meg Gardinier
HelpAge International2015Justin Derbyshire
Islamic Relief Worldwide2013Naser Haghamed
Oxfam International2009Winnie Byanyima
Plan International2010Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen
Sightsavers International2013Caroline Harper
SOS Children’s Villages International2012Norbert Meder
Transparency International2009Patricia Moreira
VSO International2014
World Vision International2009Kevin Jenkins
WWF International2012