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

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


Elise Bouget

Intern – Corporate Regulation


Nicky Broeckhoven

Project Assistant – Ecological Footprint

Tel: +32 (0)2 233 37 50

François Delvaux

Agroecology and Food Sovereignty Officer

Tel: +32 (0)2 233 37 54

Giorgio Gotra

Campaigns Project Officer

Tel: +32 (0)2 282 40 76

Slađana Lovrić



Lydia Lehlogonolo Machaka

Climate Justice and Energy Officer


Sandor Neubauer

Gender Equality and Systemic Change Officer


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

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

Dorien Vanden Boer

Israel and occupied Palestinian territory Policy Officer


Anya Frances Verkamp

Digital Communications Officer


Manny Yap

Land Rights Officer

Tel: +32 (0)2 233 37 59

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)
Caoimhe de Barra (Trócaire)
Josianne Gauthier (CIDSE), Secretary General 
Mgr. A. Tesfaselassie Medhin (Eparchy of Adigrat/Ethiopia), Ecclesiastical Assistant
Henk Heitink (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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