About Us

Board of Directors

The Association is managed by a Board of Directors, currently composed of three people:

georg schnurbeinProf. Dr. Georg Von Schnurbein

Dr. Georg von Schnurbein is Associate Professor of foundation management and founding director of the Center for Philanthropy Studies (CEPS) of the University of Basle. He is board member of the European Research Network on Philanthropy (ERNOP) and participated in the ISTR Conference Committee 2012. From 2001 to 2007, Georg von Schnurbein was a researcher and PhD-student at the Verbandsmanagement Institut (VMI) of the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Among his responsibilities were the coordination of the Swiss country reports for “Visions and Roles of Foundations in Europe” and the “Johns Hopkins Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project”. Georg von Schnurbein holds a master degree in Business Administration of the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Besides, he has studied political science at the University of Berne. Special interests: foundation management, nonprofit governance, corporate philanthropy.

viola krebs Viola Krebs

Dr. Viola Krebs is the Founder and Executive Director of ICVolunteers, an international volunteer-based non-profit organization working in the field of communication. ICVolunteers works with a network of 14,000 volunteers worldwide. She is also the national representative of IAVE for Switzerland. Viola teaches at the University of Geneva (Unige) as well as the University of Business and International Studies (UBIS), and is the writer and editor of a number of publications. She has chaired several international conferences, and served from 2003 to 2005 on the Civil Society Bureau of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). Viola has worked in both the public and the private sectors. She holds a PhD in Sciences of Information and Communications from the University of Strasbourg, as well as a Master's in Communications and Media, a Bachelor in Linguistics, Spanish and English of the University of Geneva.Viola’s research areas are: communications and technologies, the non-profit sector and volunteerism, languages and migration, and bilingual education.

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Eugen Baldas

Dr. Eugen Baldas is a board member of the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE), a global network of volunteering. As the head of the German Caritas Association’s Volunteer Sector, Eugen set up 16 volunteer centers in 1996; growing to the 60 there are now. In 2001, the International Year of Volunteers, he was responsible for the 4th session of the European University for Voluntary Service; in 2011, Eugen also represented German Caritas at the national coordination office to put the “European Year of Volunteering 2011” into practice. A current focus within the German Caritas is faith based volunteering. Together with Universities he did various research in volunteering, voluntary service and voluntary activity in the community and published a number of books related to the Voluntary Sector. Eugen is also a board member and incumbent president of the international “BeSo” association (Begegnung und Solidarität e.V. Encounters with Solidarity), organizing full-time voluntary service overseas.

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