Burkhard Gnärig


Burkhard Gnärig


Executive Director

Berlin Civil Society Center

In April 2007 Burkhard Gnärig, together with Peter Eigen, founded the Berlin Civil Society Center. The Center is a non-profit organisation which helps the leading international civil society organisations (ICSOs) to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their work. Key areas of the Center’s expertise are governance, management and leadership. The Center is co-owned by ten of the world’s most prestigious ICSOs.

Mr. Gnärig has 29 years’ experience in international co-operation and management of CSOs. From 1998 to 2007 he was the CEO of the International Save the Children Alliance, located in London. Before this, Mr. Gnärig was Chief Executive Officer of Greenpeace Germany and Terre des Hommes Germany. Mr. Gnärig also worked for the German Development Service as a Field Director in Papua New Guinea.

Mr. Gnärig has ample experience working with national and international governance structures. He has been Board Chair and/or Board Member of various organisations in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, India, Korea and Japan. Mr. Gnärig has provided advice on international leadership, governance and management to Amnesty International, CARE, Greenpeace, Oxfam, Plan, Transparency International and other ICSOs.