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.
CIDSE Management Team
Josianne Secretary General
(Economic & Political Systems)
FrançoisPolicy & Advocacy Coordinator (Climate & Biodiversity justice)
ValentinaCommunication & Mobilisation Coordinator
(on sabbatical leave)
Inês External Funding and Membership Outreach Officer
NickySystemic Change Officer (Feminism)
Daniel Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Assistant
Myriam Finance & Accounting Assistant
Giorgio Interim Communication & Mobilisation Coordinator
Marie-PauleCommunications & Administrative Assistant
YvetteHuman Resources & Administration Officer
Saïd BenIT and Office Maintenance Techician
Manny Systemic Change Officer
Decision Making Structures
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is composed of the directors of the 18 member
The Executive Committee is the implementing and supervising arm of the Board of Directors. The
Caoimhe de Barra (Trócaire), President
Anja Appel (KOO)
Axelle Fischer (Entraide et Fraternité)
Ricardo Loy (Manos Unidas)
Alistair Dutton (SCIAF)
Josianne Gauthier (CIDSE), Secretary General
Mgr. A. Tesfaselassie Medhin (Eparchy of Adigrat/Ethiopia), Ecclesiastical Assistant
Thomas Vercruysse (Entraide et Fraternité), Treasurer
CIDSE member agencies work together in working groups, platforms and fora on the issues defined in the strategic framework. The CIDSE Secretariat facilitates the working groups and ensures communication between the member agencies and the overall coherence of CIDSE’s work.
CIDSE is member of the following networks: CAN Europe, the Laudato Si 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.