Governance

Based in Berlin, GPPi is a non-profit organization under German law. Its legal form is a registered charitable association (gemeinnütziger eingetragener Verein). This status is granted by the German tax authorities to organizations whose sole purpose is to contribute to the common good without seeking profit. Registered charitable associations enjoy certain tax privileges and are subject to regular audits of their governance and finances.

Management Approach

GPPi’s managers aim to build and grow a unique and sustainable institution while also developing their own fields of interest and expertise. To make time for thematic work on global governance, the members of GPPi’s management team share responsibility for overseeing tasks such as hiring, staff development, fundraising and project development, financial planning, communications as well as organizational development.

At the same time, GPPi management members pursue their own areas of interest. Most lead the work on one or more of the institute’s issue areas: Innovation in Development, Peace & Security, Humanitarian Action, Monitoring & Evaluation, Rising Powers, Human Rights and Data & Technology Politics.

The management team is supported by the association’s executive committee. The executive committee works on a pro-bono basis. It is currently chaired by Wolfgang Reinicke, GPPi’s president and co-founder. In addition to Wolfgang, there are six members of the executive committee: Thorsten Benner, Katrin Kinzelbach, Philipp Rotmann and Julia Steets, who are also part of the management team, as well as Jan Martin Witte and Andrea Binder. Jan Martin is one of the institute’s founders and, like Andrea, a former member of the GPPi management team. The committee represents the association and is responsible for all decisions with broader financial and strategic implications.