Staff and Structures

Written by  CIDSE

07 April 2019

The CIDSE Secretariat facilitates and coordinates the common efforts of its members, represents CIDSE at the EU and international levels and undertakes advocacy activities and other initiatives in collaboration with its members to contribute towards systemic change and global justice.

The Secretariat is organised into teams that coordinate various working groups in order to achieve its objectives:

1. Societal and ecological transformation
2. Communities regaining control over the commons
3. Facing climate change: just and sustainable food and energy models
4. Change starts with us




Josianne Gauthier
Secretary General
Tel: +32 (0) 22 333 757

Denise Auclair

Denise Auclair
Senior Advisor
Tel: +32 (0)2 233 37 58

Chiara Martinelli

Chiara Martinelli
Senior Advisor
Tel: +32 (0)2 282 40 70



Giulia Bondi

Giulia Bondi
Climate Justice and Energy Officer
Tel: +32 (0)2 233 37 50

Francoise Delvaux

François Delvaux
Climate & Agriculture and Food Sovereignty Officer
Tel: +32 (0)2 233 37 54


Jassin Fetahovic
Gender Equality & Systemic Change Officer
Tel: +32 (0)2 282 40 75

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Marta Isabel González Álvarez
Media and Communications Officer
Tel.: +32 (0)2 282 40 73


Giorgo Gotra
Campaign's Project Assistant
Tel: +32 (0)2 282 40 76

Sylvia Obregon

Sylvia Obregon Quiroz
Corporate Regulation and Extractives Officer
Tel: +32 2 233 37 51

Marie Paul Ogereau

Marie-Paule Ogereau
Communications and Administrative Assistant
Tel: +32 (0)2 233 37 52

Yvette Pierret

Yvette Pierret
Office Administration and Logistics Assistant
Tel: +32 (0)2 233 37 55

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Frederick Swinnen
Policy Officer Israel-Occupied Palestinian Territory
Tel: +32 (0) 22 30 77 22

Said Ben Seddik

Saïd Ben Seddik
Technician and Programmer, Office Maintenance
Tel: +32 (0)2 230 15 01


Hannah Twomey
External Funding Officer
Tel. +32 (0)2 282 40 73


Anya Verkamp
Digital Communications Officer

Manny Yap

Manny Yap
Land Rights Officer
Tel: +32 (0)2 233 37 59

Decision-making structures

CIDSE BoD 2019

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is composed of the Directors of the 18 Member Organisations. The Board meets once a year and is responsible for the general running of CIDSE, in particular reviewing current activities and formulating policies for the future.

EXCO May 2019

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is the implementing and supervising arm of the Board of Directors. The Secretary General, Ecclesiastical Assistant and Treasurer are non-voting members.

Lieve Herijgers (Broederlijk Delen), President
Mgr. Pirmin Spiegel (Misereor)
Patrick Godar (
Alistair Dutton (SCIAF)
Josianne Gauthier (CIDSE), Secretary General
Mgr. A. Tesfaselassie Medhin (Eparchy of Adigrat/Ethiopia), Ecclesiastial Assistant
Derk Maarten Johannes (Cordaid), Treasurer

Working groups

CIDSE member agencies work together in working groups, platforms and fora on the issues defined in the strategic plan. The CIDSE Secretariat facilitates the working groups and ensures communication between the member agencies and the overall coherence of CIDSE’s work.

Last modified on Tuesday, 25 June 2019 07:14

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