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Organizational Structure

About us

The German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa is a registered association (e.V.). Activities are coordinated and managed by the General Meeting and the Executive Board. The Executive Board is elected annually by the General Meeting and consists of two members from each of the four stakeholder groups. All further details are determined by the constitution.

The working groups advise the Executive Board on content issues. The working groups comprise GISCO representatives who work on a voluntary basis. The Executive Board and working groups meet regularly; the the General Meeting takes place once a year.

The GISCO Secretariat is responsible for the coordination of GISCO’s activities. It is hosted by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

The German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa was registered in April 2014 and is based in Berlin.

Organizational Structure

Executive Board

Member group A – German Public Sector

represented by Dr. Artur Ickstadt

represented by Dr. Artur Ickstadt

represented by Jens Busma

represented by Jens Busma


Member group B – German Cocoa, Chocolate and Confectionery Industry

Dr. Torben Erbrath

Dr. Torben Erbrath

Treasurer

Aldo Cristiano

Aldo Cristiano


Member group C – German Grocery Retail

Florian Schütze

Florian Schütze

Vice Chairman

Christian Mieles

Christian Mieles


Member group D – Civil Society

Evelyn Bahn

Evelyn Bahn

Vice Chairwoman


Board elected during the General Meeting 2024 on May 14th 2024.

Secretariat

Martina Gaebler

Martina Gaebler

Executive Secretary

Johanna Colley

Johanna Colley

Events Member Management Topic Management

Ulrike Joras

Ulrike Joras

Strategy and Monitoring

Annalena Podzun

Annalena Podzun

Events, Communication and Public Relations

Julia Ditz

Julia Ditz

Cooperation European Platforms, Child Labour, Gender, Human Rights

Local employee

Local employee

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