New Secretary General Appointed

Press Release

14 March 2008

Ingrid Srinath to take over helm at CIVICUS

Ingrid Srinath, currently Chief Executive of Child Rights and You (CRY) in Mumbai, India, will take over from Kumi Naidoo and assume the position of Secretary General-Elect of CIVICUS on 1 May 2008.

“The CIVICUS Board believes that Ingrid possesses all the right skills to develop the organisation in the years to come. She brings valuable experience and a fresh perspective to this global family of civil society and I am convinced she will energise the movement we began.” said Anabel Cruz, CIVICUS Board Chair.

Kumi Naidoo, who has served as Secretary General since 1998, will step down as Secretary General at the end of July following a 3 month hand over period, after which time he will remain highly involved in the work of CIVICUS as the new Honorary President.  Kumi led CIVICUS though a period of intense global change. 

“Since 1998 Kumi has guided CIVICUS through a period of exemplary growth.  From a handful of staff to a large and committed team around the world, Kumi has fostered a movement of CIVICUS partners and supporters globally.” said Anabel Cruz, CIVICUS Board Chair.

With the arrival of Ingrid Srinath the CIVICUS Board is convinced that they have found a leader with the experience to ensure the continued growth of CIVICUS. “Ingrid brings fresh passion, creativity and commitment to CIVICUS.  She will undoubtedly rise to the challenges CIVICUS faces and harness opportunities to defend and promote civil society at a time of great change and risk.” said Kumi Naidoo.

Announcing her delight at the appointment, Ingrid Srinath stated, “I was attracted to this post because of my profound belief in the role civil society plays instigating change in the unequal world we inhabit. The space civil society has created in the areas of human rights and civil society legitimacy, transparency and accountability is significant but can be even greater. I look forward to increasing the reach of civil society and I know that in CIVICUS I will be surrounded by people who can help make this happen.”

Ingrid comes to CIVICUS following 9 years at CRY including 4 years as its Chief Executive. At CRY Ingrid successfully re-engineered resource mobilisation to ensure robust and sustainable revenue growth and led the organisation’s transformation from a grant-making foundation to a rights-based advocacy player. Prior to CRY Ingrid worked extensively within the private sector, as a manager and vice president for a number of corporations based in India. She holds a BA from Elphinstone College in Mumbai and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. 

A key role of Ingrid will be facilitating and fostering strategic alliances with like-minded entities and individuals to support the mission of CIVICUS as well as encouraging staff and volunteers to collaborate with other organisations in order to champion issues critical to the goals of civil society. As Secretary General of CIVICUS she will develop Board participation to enhance visibility and generate the resources necessary for CIVICUS and its future growth. Securing a sound funding base and raising the public profile of CIVICUS’ work in the future is key to this strategy.

For further information or to book an interview contact:

Joe Cressy
Tel: +27 83 268 8980

Background Information

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation is an international organisation with members and partners in more than 100 countries worldwide. Established in 1993, CIVICUS nurtures the foundation, growth and protection of citizen action throughout the world.

CIVICUS seeks to amplify the voices and opinions of ordinary people.  For effective and sustainable civic participation to occur, citizens must enjoy rights of free association and be able to engage all sectors of society.

CIVICUS is dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society throughout the world.

CIVICUS’ vision is of a worldwide community of informed, inspired, committed citizens engaged in confronting the challenges facing humanity.

CRY – Child Rights and You
CRY is an inclusive, participatory, people's movement that campaigns to demand universally recognised child rights for India's children. Outraged by gross violation of children's rights in India, CRY partners with developmental organisations, communities, government and the media to work towards eliminating the root causes of deprivation, exclusion, exploitation and abuse, bringing about lasting change that is equitable and just for every Indian child.

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Press Release 14 March 2008 Ingrid Srinath to take over helm at CIVICUSIngrid Srinath, currently Chief Executive of Child Rights and You (CRY) in Mumbai, India, will take over from Kumi Naidoo an

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