Ownership & Governance


Founded, and originally owned, by Peter Eigen and Burkhard Gnärig, the Centre’s ownership has now been fully transferred to several of the most eminent international civil society organisations (ICSOs). This means that the Centre is now fully owned by its primary users. Currently, the following organisations each hold an equal share of the Centre:

ADRA International - owner since 2016
Amnesty International - owner since 2009
CARE International - owner since 2015
CBM International - owner since 2009
ChildFund Alliance - owner since 2011
HelpAge International - owner since 2015
Islamic Relief Worldwide - owner since 2013
Oxfam International - owner since 2009
Plan International - owner since 2010
Sightsavers International
- owner since 2013
SOS Children’s Villages International - owner since 2012
Transparency International - owner since 2009
VSO International - owner since 2014
World Vision International - owner since 2009
WWF International
- owner since 2012


The Shareholders constitute the Centre’s highest decision making body. They meet at least once per year in a Shareholders’ meeting. The last Shareholders’ meeting took place in October 2016 and the next meeting will take place in April 2017.

The role of the Centre’s Board of Trustees is to monitor the management of the organisation. At present the Board consists of the CEOs of eleven of the Centre’s shareholding organisations. The Executive Director of the Centre holds an ex officio seat on the Board. The current Board members are:

Kevin Jenkins, President and CEO (Chair),
World Vision International
Jonathan Duffy, President,
ADRA International
Laurie Lee, (interim) Secretary General and CEO,
CARE International
Rainer Brockhaus, Chair of International Leadership Team,
CBM International
Meg Gardinier, Secretary General,
ChildFund Alliance
Naser Haghamed, CEO
Islamic Relief Worlwide
Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director
Oxfam International
Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, CEO,
Plan International
Caroline Harper, Chief Executive,
Norbert Meder, CEO
SOS Children's Villages International
Philip Goodwin, Chief Executive,
VSO International
Wolfgang Jamann, Executive Director,
International Civil Society Centre


ADRA International
Amnesty international
Childfund Aliiance
HelpAge International
Islamic Relief
Oxfam International
Plan International
SOS Children’s Villages International
Transparency International
VSO International
World Vision International
WWF international