Management & Secretariat

 The Secretariat’s responsibilities include:
  • Developing Accountable Now’s strategic direction in accordance with the Board and the Annual General Meeting

  • Ensuring the implementation of respective work plans

  • Managing the governance process and the reporting procedure (including pre-screening of Accountability Reports)

  • Conceptualising and communicating Accountable Now’s external appearance; serving as the key point of contact between Members, the Board, the Panel and other stakeholders

  • Developing fundraising concepts; preparing and carrying out Member activities, such as workshops, webinars and peer advice group meetings

  • Liaising with the Project Partners for the Global Standard for CSO Accountability

  • Finally – providing administration and financial backup for the functioning of the organisation

Meet the Team

Karenina Schröder
Karenina SchröderExecutive Director
Karenina joined Accountable Now in 2012 and was appointed Executive Director in 2016. Under her leadership Accountable Now developed from a largely membership managed project to a recognised, stand-alone expert hub on CSO accountability with a wide network of partners across the world. From 2010 to 2012 Karenina was the Deputy Executive Director of the International Civil Society Centre. Before that she worked for Transparency International Germany with a particular responsibility for strategic organisational development and the Advisory Council. In that time she also founded the working groups “Transparency in the Non-Profit Sector” and “Researchers on Corruption” with whom she published a book on the Siemens corruption case. Karenina studied art history, philosophy and history and worked for 10 years in various positions in the art sector, before completing her Master of Business Administration in 2002.

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Merle Rutz
Merle RutzProgramme Manager
Merle joined Accountable Now in August 2013 as Coordinator and became Manager in 2016. She is in charge of the everyday administration and organisation of the Secretariat, leads fundraising activities, as well as manages the accountability reporting process. Merle studied European Studies at the University of Passau and political science at the Free University of Berlin. For her master thesis on the reintegration of former girl soldiers, she conducted interviews with various CSOs and members of the local civil society. Merle has completed various internships and gained work experience at Transparency International Germany, the GIZ Representation Berlin, ILO Berlin, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung New York, Goethe Institute Bangkok and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in London.

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Ezgi Akarsu
Ezgi AkarsuProgramme Manager
Ezgi joined Accountable Now in March 2017 as Programme Manager. She is in charge of the everyday administration and organisation of the Secretariat, leads fundraising activities, and manages the accountability reporting process. Prior to joining Accountable Now, Ezgi was Project Coordinator at the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance in Berlin, where she oversaw internal projects relating to the Holocaust, antisemitism, genocide, and refugees. She also completed internships at the Australian Embassy in Berlin, Amnesty International Australia, and the U.S. Consulate General in Sydney. Ezgi studied International Relations and a Master of International Law at the University of Sydney in Australia, with a focus on human rights and refugee issues.

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Mahmoud Farag
Mahmoud FaragProgramme Officer
Mahmoud joined Accountable Now in November 2015 as a Programme Officer. He liaises between Accountable Now Members and the Global Standard project and helps running the People-Powered Accountability project. Before joining Accountable Now, Mahmoud worked on governance and accountability at CARE UK and the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in the Arab World, on child rights at Save the Children and on refugee and migrant rights at the International Organisation for Migration and Africa and Middle East Refugee Assistance. Mahmoud studied Development and Governance at the University of Duisburg-Essen and International Human Rights Law and Political Science at the American University in Cairo.

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Kameliya Tomova
Kameliya TomovaProgramme Officer
Kameliya (on maternity leave) joined Accountable Now in January 2014 as an intern. She maintains Accountable Now’s website and communications, the webinars and peer advice groups, as well as the membership administration, event management and bookkeeping of Accountable Now. Before joining Accountable Now, Kameliya graduated from her Masters in Contemporary Identities at Bristol University with a focus on multiculturalism and asylum. Her thesis examined burden-sharing, responsibility determination and push-back policies of EU states in regard to accepting asylum seekers, and in particular how the Dublin Regulation, a restrictive measure employed by the European asylum system, affects asylum seekers’ lives and identities. Kameliya has volunteered with local CSOs in Germany, Brazil and the UK.

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