GERES is made up of volunteer members and a salaried team. The organization draws together people whose concerns are totally or partially geared towards renewable energy, energy management, environment and international solidarity.
The association has not only active and associate members, but also donor members.
More details in the Articles of Association
- Active members are individuals wishing to take part in the association's work.
- Their membership is subject to approval from the Board of Directors. If an application for active membership is submitted and approved, the member will be deemed to have accepted GERES Articles of Association and internal regulations. He or she will act in an advisory capacity and may also vote at the Annual General Meeting.
- Founder members and associate members (legal entities designated following a vote at the Annual General Meeting on a resolution proposed by the Board of Directors) are active members as of right).
- Donor members are individuals who support the association's work by means of regular or occasional giving.
- A donor member does not have to pay a subscription and may, but is not obliged to, take part in the Annual General Meeting.
- Donor member status does not grant entitlement to join the Board of Directors, or to vote at or chair general meetings.
GERES had 72 members as at 31/12/2016.
Since March 2011, GERES governance has been organized at five separate levels :
1. The Board of Directors (CA), represented by the President and within the scope of the powers granted to it by the Annual General Meeting, takes decisions concerning the smooth functioning of the association’s administration, its not-for-profit management and its policy choices. The CA delegates some powers to the General Director (DG), who is responsible for executive control of the association.
As regards GERES team of employees:
2. The extended executive board (CODIR-E) comprises the whole HQ management team, including the DG, together with country, region and unit managers. It is periodically consulted at the request of the DG or CA concerning strategic issues (HQ resources, medium/long term policy goals, partnerships, etc.). Its decisions are mainly taken at the annual strategy review meeting but may also require a limited number of mid-term meetings during the year. Decisions are taken by majority vote, with the DG having the casting vote if necessary.
3. The executive boards (CODIR) comprise at least the DG and two managers, including a minimum of one country, region or unit manager. A CODIR is therefore a somewhat elastic body, usually made up of between three and eight managers (if more managers are concerned, the decision would normally requiring a CODIR-E). Several CODIRs are convened each month, concerning decisions to be taken in consultation with one or several country or thematic managers, on the basis of consensus or, failing this, with the DG having the final say. These decisions are taken on a real-time basis and reported to all members of the CODIR-E.
4. Managers, in the shape of country, region and unit managers along with the heads of HQ departments, have decision-making powers as regards day-to-day management. Every manager will have their own management methods and may organize governance at their own level in a particular way, but making sure to share any decisions taken with HQ and the other entities concerned on a regular basis. These managers as a whole make up the CODIR-E.
5. The HQ management team (HQM) means the group of HQ managers, i.e. the General Director and the heads of HQ departments. HQM is in charge of day-to-day issues relating to HQ activities and regularly reports on its decisions and discussions to all members of the CODIR-E.
Board of Directors
The association is administered by a Board of Directors (CA), which meets at least twice yearly.
Acting as guarantor of the smooth administrative running and not-for-profit management of the organization, it comprises volunteer members elected at the Annual General Meeting and has the widest powers to act in the association’s name, decide on and carry out all operations related to its purpose in connection with resolutions approved by the Annual General Meeting.
GERES Board of Directors is made up of at least eight members selected from amongst the active members and, as far as possible, ensures diverse, balanced representation from the world of administrations and local authorities, scientists and researchers, professionals and private individuals, NGOs, etc..
Directors are elected for four years by the Annual General Meeting and half of them must retire/stand for re-election every two years. The Board of Directors is duly registered at the Préfecture. In the event of a vacancy, the Board of Directors must make up its numbers through co-option within two months of the vacancy arising, subject to ratification by the next Annual General Meeting.
More details in the Statutes of the association
Composition of the Board of Directors
(As of July 9, 2016)
President: Thierry CABIROL
Vice-president: Frédéric BŒUF
Treasurer: Sophie IBOS
Secretary: Eric BUCHET
Other CA members
Michel DEGRAND GUILLAUD
Executive management of GERES activities is handled by interim General Director Laurence TOMASINO, who attends Board meetings.
Board meetings are also attended by staff representatives, elected by the "Expatriate Employees" and "Employees in France" groups on a rotating basis according to availability.
- Expatriate Employees Group:
- Full member: Julien Jacquot
- Employees in France Group:
- Full members: Auria POIRIER and Marie-Maud GERARD
- Alternate: Sophie GASQUET
Teams and establishments
Based in France, close to Marseille, GERES HQ employs 21 people in its back-office departments: administration, accounts, human resources, expertise, fundraising, IT and communications. The GERES Europe-Mediteranean teams work in the same premises.
GERES establishments around the world
In pursuit of its mission, GERES deploys permanent teams in the various countries where it operates. It has permanent offices in France and nine countries in the South.
Having been established for many years, GERES teams in Cambodia (Phnom Penh) and Afghanistan (Kabul) have high staffing levels (between 20 and 60 people).
In France (Aubagne), Benin (Bohicon), Mali (Koutiala) and Tajikistan (Dushanbe), staffing varies between five and 20 people, whilst in Morocco (Rabat), Senegal (Dakar), Myanmar (Yangoon) and Mongolia (Ulan-Bator), the facilities are managed by small teams (1-5 people).
Finally, GERES is regularly called upon to conduct expert missions (assessments, studies, etc.) in countries where it is not represented. In recent years, teams have operated in Niger, China (Tibet), Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, Ukraine, Laos, Egypt...
At 31 December 2015, GERES had 148 direct employees (51 women and 97 men).
- 37 people work in France.
Staffing is as follows:
- 21 employees and 2 intern for GERES HQ
- 14 employees for GERES Europe-Mediteranean and GERES Expertise
- 111 people work abroad.
Staffing is as follows:
- 85 under local contracts
- 20 under expatriate contracts
- 3 under international solidarity volunteer contracts (VSI)
- 1 under internship agreements
- 2 under consultancy contract