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

Denise Auclair

Senior Adviser

Tel: +32 (0)2 233 37 58

Chiara Martinelli

Senior Adviser

Tel: +32 (0)2 282 40 70
martinelli(at) @MartinellChiara


Inês Barral

Finance and Administrative Assistant

Tel: …

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

Marta Isabel González Álvarez

Media and Communications Officer

Tel: +32 (0)2 282 40 73
gonzalez(at) @migasocial

Giorgo Gotra

Campaign’s Project Assistant

Tel: +32 (0)2 282 40 76
gotra(at) @GiorgioGtr

Sylvia Obregon Quiroz

Corporate Regulation and Extractives Officer

Tel: +32 (0)2 233 37 51

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

Frederick Swinnen

Policy Officer Israel-Occupied Palestinian Territory

Tel: +32 (0)2 230 77 22

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 Frances Verkamp

Digital Communications Officer


Manny Yap

Land Rights Officer

Tel: +32 (0)2 233 37 59

Coming soon

Energy and Climate Officer

Tel: (at)

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
Mgr. Pirmin Spiegel (Misereor)
Patrick Godar (
Alistair Dutton (SCIAF)
Josianne Gauthier (CIDSE), Secretary General 
Mgr. A. Tesfaselassie Medhin (Eparchy of Adigrat/Ethiopia), Ecclesiastical 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.