This page gives you a short introduction to the CISV International structure and some even shorter, easy-to-read, one-page ‘infosheets’ to download and share.  You can also read through all of the key documents for the international structure, including the Terms of References and Role Profiles.

Governing Board and Secretary General

The Members of CISV International, our National Associations and Junior Branch, elect our Governing Board. There is an annual election of 3 Trustees, who each run for 3 years.  The Junior Branch elect their Trustee every 3 years.

The Governing Board works closely with the Secretary General, who is the chief executive officer of the organization. Together they are responsible for the strategic direction and good governance of CISV International.

Meet the members of the Governing Board and read their latest news, updates and minutes.

Standing Committees of the Governing Board

There are 4 Standing Committees of the Governing Board; Chapter Development, Educational Programmes, Training and Quality Assurance, and Resources and Infrastructure. There is also  an International Junior Branch Team, which has a direct relationship with the Governing Board. Each of the Committees is chaired by a Trustee and includes volunteers and senior staff. Every Committee also includes a member of the International Junior Branch Team. The Committees focus on the strategic development of their focus areas and report directly to the Governing Board.

Senior Management Team and International Office

A Senior Management Team oversees the day-to-day work of the organization. We have 4 senior management roles: Secretary General, Chief Operating Officer, International Communications Lead and International Safeguarding and Risk Management Lead.

The SMT are responsible for the work of a small, dedicated team. Collectively they form the International Office.

Regional Delivery Teams

CISV International has three administrative Regions – Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe, Middle-East and Africa. Each of these Regions is served by our Regional Delivery Teams, which are led by specialist Regional Coordinators. The Regional Delivery Teams are for Chapter Development, Educational Programmes, and Training and Quality Assurance.

Contact your Regional Delivery Teams

Honorary Counsellors

CISV International benefits from the advice and assistance of several dedicated Honorary Counsellors.  These are people with at least 15 years of experience working in positions of high responsibility in CISV International and who have decided to reduce their level of active participation in the work of CISV International. Such people may be nominated for this honour.  Honorary Counsellors are elected by our Members so that their expertise and global perspective can be shared for the benefit of CISV.

They will assist in promoting the mission, values and vision of CISV International, compliance with legal and internal requirements and protecting the reputation of the organization.  For example, they may be asked to:

  • Advise on particular issues
  • Mediate disputes
  • Serve on special taskforces or at a CISV meeting or event
  • Represent CISV and serve as ambassadors of the organization.

Our Honorary Counsellors are:

  • Jim Beaumont
  • Hinrich Fock
  • Junko Imanishi
  • Cathy Knoop
  • Arne Lankoff
  • David Lister
  • Ruth Lund
  • Peter McKay
  • Nati Toribio


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