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.
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.
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.
Ritu joined the Centre in September 2023 as Institutional Funding Manager. Prior to that she worked for various international and grass roots organisations in South Asia focusing on the intersection of access to justice, gender and human rights. She holds a law degree from the University of Delhi and a master’s in law (specialization in international human rights law) from London School of Economics. She was also awarded DAAD Helmut Schmidt scholarship in 2021 for pursuing master’s in Public Management at the University of Potsdam.
Tanja joined the Centre in September 2023 and is responsible for HR, Operations, and IT. Tanja has more than 3 years of experience as an HR Manager within international startups and NGOs. They have been living in different countries including Denmark, Russia, and Kyrgyzstan. Tanja considers themselves an activist and volunteer for an LGBTQ+ NGO in Germany. They have a Master’s degree in Social Science and have additional experience in professional photography and web development.
In July 2023, Larry assumed the Role of Finance and Accounting manager at the Centre. Before joining our team, he served as a Financial Analyst in E-commerce and software industries, dedicating his career to promoting financial literacy and understanding behavioural economics. Larry holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management Administration with a specialisation in finance. His bachelors thesis delved into the topic of disruptive technologies in the financial sector. Originally from the United States of America, Larry now resides in the capital city of Berlin, Germany.
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.
Rachel joined the centre in January 2023 and leads the Futures and Innovation programme. Rachel is 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.
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.
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.
Liz joined the Centre in September 2023. She has over ten years experience in visual communications and storytelling. Having worked for Impact Hub Berlin and on many freelance communication projects with New Climate, Climate Action Tracker, BMZ, GIZ, and Ember. She has spent the last seven years focusing her work on social impact projects and communicating with purpose. She has an MSc in Creative Commercial Communications at the Technical University Dublin, where she originally hails.
Paola is Professor of Social Design at the University of the Arts Bern where she specialises in Design and Anthropology of Technologies. She advises the Centre as an Associate on its Futures and Innovation pillar (which Paola has also co-led until August 2023). She brings to the Centre her expertise on design research and future oriented methodologies, including her research on the impact of emerging technologies on the civic space and on our democracies. Paola was previously Director of Research at Democratic Society and a Research Fellow at the Weizenbaum Institute, researching on issue of Digital Inequalities.
Rania joined the centre in September 2023 as an Intern. Prior joining the centre she worked in Sudan; in programme development and project management in relation to different issues such as democracy, rule of law, gender issues and entrepreneurship. Her work after the Sudanese revolution (2019) was focused on strengthening an empowering Sudanese Civil Society to enhance and promote democratic transition. Her projects were on future thinking, civic education, hate speech and mis/dis information. She is also an impact officer at the work economic forum’s Global Shapers Community, she holds a MBA master’s degree from Cattolica University.
Patricia joined the Centre as Student Assistant in February 2023. She is currently studying for a B.A. in International Relations at the Metropolitan University of Prague. Patricia has worked closely with local socio-political organisations in Berlin, focusing on providing awareness about intersectional discrimination and empowerment of marginalised groups. She lived in the Philippines before moving to Berlin.