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Executive Committee

Updated: May 20, 2023

Mag. Phil. Andreas G. Andiel

GAFÉIAS President

  • Geography, Urban and Regional Research, University of Vienna, Institute for Geography and Regional Research, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Urban and Regional Research (1980-2000)

  • European Association for Nuclear Medicine (2000-2010)

  • GAFÉIAS (2009 until now - 2023)

  • Social Competence and Success Principles Training (2012 until now - 2023)

  • Austrian-Ethiopian Society, President (2013 until now - 2023)

  • Financial Management (2020 until now - 2023)

Manfred Maierbrugger

GAFÉIAS Secretary General

Chief Executive Manager (CEM), GLCI 7, GAFÉIAS European Young Worker Progress Base 4U


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GAFÉIAS Executive Committee performs the strategic planning and decision-making according to the mission, vision and values of the organization, addressing pressing issues that affect the organization substantially, such as an emerging crisis.

The executive committee prioritizes issues and meets frequently which make it easier for them to move faster when necessary.

The executive committee usually takes responsibility for recruiting, nominating and hiring. On an annual basis, the executive committee evaluates performance.

Duties and Responsibilities of the Executive Committee:

The executive committee provides organizational direction, conducts research relative to investment, risk and trends, it actively participates in strategic planning and advise on pertinent business matters. The executive committee should be monitoring and evaluating progress toward the association’s strategic goals and initiatives and making periodic and timely presentations on progress.

Providing Organizational Oversight:

Executive committee members have many oversight duties. They are responsible for overseeing the daily implementation of policies and making sure that the association is establishing and maintaining good governance practices. These activities include overseeing the association’s policies on ethics, security guidelines, quality management, human resources and regulations. Oversight duties also include overseeing ad hoc committees that work on policy development by making sure that they complete their objectives. Discussions of the executive committee should be encapsulated in their minutes, which they should present in a timely manner.

The executive committee also has a role in forming and sunsetting committees and task forces. It’s normally considered best practice for executive committees to assess their committees and committee chairs every three years to make sure that committees are productive and necessary.

The executive committee also takes the lead on issues such as association development, mentoring and conducting annual evaluations.

The executive committee has been staples of good governance for many years running. Perhaps this is because it can readily fill some of the gaps that make it difficult for large, geographically diverse organizations to handle. Delegating certain issues to standing committees is just one of many things that makes the framework of governance effective.

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