Staff and Structures – CIDSE

Staff and Structures

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

CIDSE Management Team

Josianne Gauthier

Secretary General

Tel: +32 (0) 22 333 757

Elise Kervyn

Senior Advisor

Tel: +32(0)494 68 66 06

Chiara Martinelli

Senior Advisor

Tel: +32 (0)2 282 40 70

Valentina Pavarotti

Communications Manager

Tel: +32 (0)2 282 43 73


Inês Barral

Finance and Administrative Assistant


Nicky Broeckhoven

Assistant Ecological Footprint and Gender Equality


Alessandro Cerri

External Funding Officer


Giuseppe Cioffo

Corporate Regulation and Extractives Officer


Carmen Contreras

Communications Intern



Giorgio Gotra

Campaigns Project Officer


Slađana Lovrić

ELSI’A Project Assistant


Lydia Lehlogonolo Machaka

Climate Justice and Energy Officer


Mireille Nzuzi

Systemic Change Intern


Marie-Paule Ogereau

Communications and Administrative Assistant

Tel: +32 (0)2 233 37 52

Yvette Pierret

Office Administration and Logistics Assistant

Tel: +32 (0)2 233 37 55

Saïd Ben Seddik

Technician and Programmer, Office Maintenance

Tel: +32 (0)2 230 15 01

Dorien Vanden Boer

Israel and occupied Palestinian territory Policy Officer


Anya Frances Verkamp

Digital Communications Officer


Manny Yap

Land Rights Officer


Decision Making Structures

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.

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
Riccardo Loy (Manos Unidas)
Mgr. Pirmin Spiegel (Misereor)
Alistair Dutton (SCIAF)
Caoimhe de Barra (Trócaire)
Josianne Gauthier (CIDSE), Secretary General 
Mgr. A. Tesfaselassie Medhin (Eparchy of Adigrat/Ethiopia), Ecclesiastical Assistant
Femke Dekkers (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.


CIDSE is also a member of other networks, including CAN Europe, the Global Catholic Climate Movement, and CONCORD.

CIDSE is also a founding member of the European Laudato Si’ Alliance (ELSIA): a group of organisations joining forces in Europe to promote climate and social justice, highly inspired by the Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’ of Pope Francis. This alliance brings together the following organisations: COMECE – Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the EU; JESC – Jesuit European Social Centre; CIDSE – International family of Catholic social justice organisations; GCCM – Global Catholic Climate Movement; Justice and Peace Europe; CCEE – Council of Bishops’ Conferences of Europe.

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