Dr. Wolfgang Jamann is the Executive Director at the International Civil Society Centre in Berlin. He has been working in the field of development cooperation and humanitarian assistance for most of his professional life, in the past 15 years in CEO positions at international aid organisations like CARE International, Deutsche Welthungerhilfe and CARE Deutschland. As a strong supporter of inter-organisational collaborations, he has lead strategic partnerships like the ‘Alliance 2015’ or ‘United for Africa’, to promote collective approaches toward large ambitions under the Sustainable Development Goals.
Alexandra joined the Centre in January 2022 as the Executive Assistant. She supports the Executive Director in organisational matters and coordinates the Centre’s governance and legal processes. Her background is in Political Science and International Relations. She holds a MA in International Relations from Leiden University in the Netherlands next to her BA in Political Science and History from the University of Tübingen, Germany. In her master thesis, Alexandra wrote about the humanitarian impacts of migration agreements. During her study time, she was strongly engaged in voluntary work with different international organisations. She has lived in Germany, the UK, the Netherlands as well as Jordan and is currently living in Berlin.
Susanne joined the Centre in 2021 as a Head of Business Development maternity cover. She leads the business development including finances, human and resources as well as fundraising and comes with 20 years of experience in resource mobilisation, project development and management and has worked with the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in the UK (now Frontline AIDS) as well as Caritas in Stuttgart and the German Institute for Medical Mission (Difäm) in Tübingen. She holds a Diplom in Theology and an MA in Political Sciences from the University of Bonn as well as an M.Phil. from Trinity College, Dublin.
Kathrin leads the business development at the Centre, which includes finances and human resources as well as fundraising. She joined the Centre in early 2017 and since then worked in the role of the Flagship Event Project Officer and as Development Manager. Before joining the Centre, Kathrin was a freelance journalist who worked mainly for political talk shows in German media institutions. She has also worked at a foundation in Tanzania as well as in an MP office in the German parliament. Kathrin holds a M.Sc. in International Relations with distinction from the University of Amsterdam with a focus on international political economy, and a B.A. in Political Science from the Free University Berlin.
Mamanding joined the Centre in April 2019, managing the Centre’s finances. Prior to joining the team, he worked as Finance Analyst for United Nations Development Programme for seven years. He also worked as Finance Manager and Finance Director for three different International NGOs and brings fifteen years of experience to the Centre. Mamanding is an ACCA Accounting Technician and holds a Masters degree in Financial Services Management from University of Salford, Manchester.
Anna joined the Centre in September 2019 and is responsible for HR, Operations and IT. She has more than 10 year of experience in developmental cooperation since she co-founded the South African NGO Village Scribe Association and its sister organisation in Germany aiming to bridge the gap of inequality in South Africa by introducing historically disadvantaged communities to information and communications technology (ICT). Since 2013, the organisation is a host for weltwärts volunteers funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. Anna holds a PhD in Neuroethology; she lived and studied in Berlin, South Africa and Argentina.
Moath joined the Centre as Student Assistant IT in September 2022. He is responsible for the IT Department at the Centre. Moath is Studying BA in Computer Science at IU international university of applied science and holds a non-credit Professional Certificate from IBM as a Cybersecurity Analyst. He has lived in Kuwait and Egypt and currently living in Berlin.
Adriana joined the Centre in October 2020 as Communications Manager. She is responsible for developing and implementing the Centre’s communication strategy. Prior to joining the Centre, Adriana worked at ShareTheMeal, an initiative of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), where she developed and implemented multiple global marketing campaigns. Before that, she worked for six years in the private sector, where she held various positions in Corporate Social Responsibility and Integrated Marketing Communications. Adriana holds a Master’s degree in Institutional Communication from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB).
Miriam leads the Centre’s programmes. She started at the Centre as Executive Assistant in 2014 and then, as Project Manager, developed and implemented the Centre’s projects on civic space between 2016 and 2019. Prior to joining the Centre Miriam worked for VSO International and GIZ in the Palestinian Territories. She holds a BA in Islamic Studies and Social Anthropology from the University of Freiburg and an MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies.
Myriam joined the Centre as Project Manager in February 2022. She coordinates the “Accelerating Inclusive Power Shift” project, which aims to foster equitable partnerships and more inclusive governance models in the development and humanitarian sectors. Prior to joining the Centre, she worked on EU development policy in Brussels for CONCORD and Humanity & Inclusion and with CBM in Italy. Myriam holds a MA in International Development from the Catholic University of Milan and a BA in Intercultural Communication from the University of Milan.
Ryan joined the Centre in July 2018 as Events Officer and supports organisation and delivery of the Centre’s events programme. Prior to joining the Centre, Ryan worked for the youth democracy charity “Bite the Ballot” coordinating a European wide competition aimed at increasing youth engagement and turnout in the 2014 European elections, the project culminated in an event at the European Parliament and was named national winner of European Charlemagne Youth Prize for the United Kingdom. He then took a position as Events Coordinator at Oldham Council where he developed his expertise in event management and was the lead officer responsible for managing a wide range of events on behalf of the authority. Ryan holds a degree in International Relations from the University of Leeds and spent a year studying at Tischner European University in Kraków through participation in the Erasmus programme.
Chandani joined the Centre as a Project Manager in May 2022. She supports the Leave No One Behind Partnership that promotes the collection and use of community-driven data to give voice and agency to marginalised communities. Prior to joining the Centre, Chandani headed communications and outreach at TolaData. In addition, Chandani has coordinated many projects for local and international NGOs, working closely with refugees, individuals with disabilities and other marginalised groups in Nepal, Germany and the US. Chandani holds a master’s degree in International Development and Social Change from Clark University, USA and a B.Sc. in Mass Communications with an emphasis on PR and Advertising from Minnesota State University Moorhead
Eva joined the team as Project Manager in February 2020. She leads on the Centre’s civic space work – the Solidarity Action Network (SANE) aimed at strengthening resilience of and solidarity among civil society actors, and the International Civic Forum (ICF), our annual civic space platform to network and identify opportunities for collaboration. Prior to joining the Centre she worked at the Robert Bosch Stiftung (Foundation) in Stuttgart where she managed the foundation’s projects focusing on civil society and governance in Turkey, the Western Balkans, and North Africa. Before that she coordinated international summer schools on past and contemporary social movements at the Institute for Social Movements of the Ruhr University Bochum. She graduated from the German-Turkish Masters Program in Social Sciences (GeT MA) at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara and Humboldt University in Berlin.
Karl joined the Centre in June 2019 after a professional career in institutions of German technical co-operation and as humanitarian manager in the United Nations. He spent years in conflict zones, such as the Gaza Strip, the Great Lakes region in Central Africa, and in the Sahel. He led multi-sectoral teams on data management, refugee registration and biometrics. At the ICS Centre he works pro bono on issues relating to artificial intelligence, digital transformation, identity and trust as well as their impact on civil society in general and ICSOs in particular. Karl, born in 1960 in Germany, is a graduate of the Political Science faculty of the Free University of Berlin and studied Public International Law at Cambridge University.
Rachel joined the centre in January 2023 and co-leads the Futures and Innovation programme with Paola Pierri. Rachel is jointly responsible for managing the portfolio of projects and events as well as leading and developing the Scanning the Horizon strategic peer learning platform. Rachel has more than 15 years of experience working in the third sector, on a national and international level, working for various INGOs in international development and human rights in both London and Berlin. Prior to joining the Centre, Rachel worked for Tactical Tech an NGO tackling the impact of digital technology on society. Rachel holds an honours degree in Political Science from Newcastle University.
Paola co-leads the Futures and Innovation programme with Rachel Wilkinson. Prior to joining the Centre, Paola was Director of Research at Democratic Society and a Fellow at the Weizenbaum Institute, working on the impact of emerging digital technologies on the public sphere. Paola comes with more than 15 years of experience working in between Academia and Civil Society Organisations providing analyses of emerging trends to support the sector achieving greater impact in complex and uncertain times. Paola holds a Doctorate in Design Anthropology from London College of Communication and an MA in International Development.
Peter joined the Centre in January 2013, back then as a trainee. He completed the traineeship in the advocacy & campaigning office of World Vision Germany. Peter now coordinates the Leave No One Behind project as global partnership lead and contributes to the development of various other strategic formats. Before joining the Centre, Peter worked for various organisations and think tanks in the development sector, being an expert in multi-stakeholder processes. He studied at the University of Bonn and graduated with an MA in Political Science with a focus on multi-actor advocacy for climate policy.