ICEP – Partner for development.
ICEP was established in 1996 by private individuals. It is a non-profit organisation in pursuit of alleviating global poverty.
The success of ICEP is made possible by generous sponsors, supporters as well as competent and highly committed employees.
ICEP was founded by five private individuals in 1996 in Vienna in order to do something against global poverty.
ICEP is a non-profit association under Austrian law. The general assembly is the highest organ of the association. It elects the board of the association and the accountant for a period of 3 years. The board of the association chooses the general manager of the association. KPMG Austria Gmbh is the accountant of the association.
ICEP and corporAID
Since the very beginning ICEP has pursued the global fight against poverty with an economic focus – convinced that everyone can profit from globalisation.
In order to address the Austrian private sector directly, ICEP launched the corporAID Magazine in 2003 and organised the first Mulitlogue in 2005. Since 2008 ICEP has been operating the Information Office Business and Development on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economics. In 2012 it was turned into the corporAID platform with support from various corporate partners and the Austrian Development Agency.
ICEP’s factors for development
ICEP does not create development, but acts as an accelerator, mulitplicator and catalyst for processes, which support people in developing countries to become actors of their own development.
ICEP is convinced that global development will only function in a sustainabe way if poor people are successfully included in economic cycles and are given the chance to lead a self-determined life on the basis of their own work.
In many ways economic development is the foundation of social development. Health, education, social participation, security and human rights: All of these goals cannot be achieved without material wealth.
Individual responsibilty is key. The fight against global poverty depends on the active initiative of many people in politics, business and civil society. So that everyone can become the actor of one’s own development.
Businesses are the engine for economic development. The better markets in developing countries work, the more innovative strength and resources enterprises will mobilise for the generation of wealth for the benefit of many.
Board of directors
The board of directors consists of five members each of them working pro-bono. They were unanimously elected on the 16th of May 2017 for a period of three years: Martin Kastner, Andrea Jungmann, Stephan Chavanne, Martina Kutscha and Thomas Aringer (above from left to right).
We created ICEP to do something useful and lasting for people in developing countries. We are convinced that dignified work is the foundation for a life of self-determination and freedom. It is also the key to social and economic development.
ICEP wants to contribute to creating conditions that enable people in developing countries to integrate themselves into the labour market. In the end, the productive involvement of people into the working life is, combined with an adequate share of the added value is the only way for a sustainable alleviation of poverty.Stephan Chavanne
Stephan Chavanne is an official in the Federal Ministry of Defence and Sports. After a series of different positions in HR management, he has been running the department of army-employees since 2014. Stephan Chavanne studied law at the University of Vienna. He was one of the ICEP-founders in 1996.
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ICEP doesn’t fight global poverty in general. Instead, ICEP, together with its local partners, supports men and women with individual names and stories.Martin Kastner
Martin Kastner is one of the co-founders of ICEP and has been on the Board since 1996. After completing his studies as an industrial engineer in 1973 he ran the marketing and PR department of Kastner & Öhler. Since 1992 he as been active member on board of various foundations.
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Sometimes it only takes a little nudge to get people to realize and develop their individual abilities and take their future step by step into their own hands.Martina Kutscha
Martina Kutscha studied Business Administration at the Vienna University of Economics and graduated in 2017 with a Master of Public Health at the Vienna Medical University. After many years in the international paper industry, she became independent in 2016 with PHM Consult, a consulting company for corporate health support on the one hand and a paper trading agency for Central Europe on the other.
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ICEP is not an end in itself. Ultimately we are working to make ourselves superfluous. However, there is still a lot to do until nobody in the world needs us any longer.Thomas Aringer
Thomas Aringer is the managing partner of 5p Consulting. Before founding 5P, he was responsible for business development, sales and HR management in different companies. He is member of the development team and editor of the university course of human resource development at the Vienna University of Applied Sciences.
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To have an impact in countries like Kenya, you can only help people to help themselves. To contribute here ought to be the responsibility of everyone.Andrea Jungmann
To have a lasting impact in countries like Kenya or Cameroon, you can really only help people to help themselves. To contribute opportunities here ought to be the responsibility of everyone.
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ICEP owes his success to its dedicated, voluntary board, many promoters and supporters as well as a competent and highly committed team of staff members
Bernhard Weber is co-founder and general manager of ICEP. He obtained his PhD in Commercial Sciences at the Vienna University of Economics and is a graduate of the IESE Advanced Management Program.
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Christoph Eder has been working with ICEP since 2002 and runs the area of Business and Development. Before that the economic historian was working at an Austrian start-up company in the IT-sector.
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Benedikt Metternich has been managing the ICEP Development Program since 2003. Before that he has been working for the Austrian Development Aid Service in Brazil for three years and in Private Banking in Frankfurt. He studied Development Management at the London School Of Economics.
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Martin Maier has been the project manager within the ICEP Development Program since 2015. Before that, the graduate of the University of Economics Vienna has been working in the financial sector for 25 years, 13 years of that in the general management of Allianz Invest KAG.
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Astrid Taus has been responsible for ICEP Corporate Partnerships since 2006 and was previously working as a project manager in the Development Program. The sociologist has been working for Microsoft Austria as Community Affairs Manager for more than 10 years.
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Diana Reuchlin joined ICEP in 2017 where she worked as project manager in the field of Business and Development. She studied economics in Vienna and Edinburgh and international relations at the Diplomatic Academy. She has worked for ICEP already between 2011 and 2012, which was followed by work in the financial sector and as a management consultant in Colombia.
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Business & Development
Sophie Langer-Hansel has been working for ICEP since 2009, since 2015 she has been responsible for the organisation of events in the are of Business and Development. She studied Economics in Innsbruck and Capetown and has been working for an event agency from 2013 to 2015.
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Gudrun Zimmerl has been responsible for global CSR and sustainability at ICEP since 2014. The commercial scientist and certificated PR-consultant has been responsible for Telekom Austria AG’s sustainability-reporting for twelve years.
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Sebastian Scholl has been working for ICEP since November 2017. He studied Political Science and Governance & Public Policy in Heidelberg and Darmstadt and previously worked for several years for DaimlerChrysler and one of the largest European business associations.
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Sophie-Marie Hofer joined ICEP in November 2017 as a researcher. She studied at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration and the Graduate School of Governance in Maastricht and previously worked for the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and External Affairs, the Austrian Development Agency in Vienna and Maputo, among others.
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Melanie Pölzinger has been working in the ICEP are of Business and Development since 2014, since 2016 she has been responsible for the corporAID Magazine. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree at the Vienna University of Economics she completed her Master’s program at the Copenhagen Business School and has been working for one year at the Worldwatch Institute Europe in Denmark.
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Katharina Kainz-Traxler has been working for ICEP’s corporAID Magazine since 2006. Before that, the graduate from the Vienna University of Economics has been working in an Austrian weekly magazine for two years.
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Ursula Weber has been working for ICEP since 2001, since 2003 she has been a writer for the corporAID Magazine. Prior to that, the graduated pedagogue has been working in school teaching for a number of years and has been working for special interest publications.
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Frederik Schäfer has been working for corporAID magazine since March 2018. Prior to that, he worked as a freelance journalist for various daily newspapers in Germany. He studied peace and conflict research in Marburg and Ankara and history in Hamburg.
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Monika Pfeffer has been responsible for marketing and fundraising at ICEP since October 2018. She has yearlong expertise in marketing and fundraising and has most recently worked in this capacity for an Austrian social organization.
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Veronika Grubmann has been working for ICEP since October 2018 and is responsible for communication and advertising. Previously, the graduate in humanities has been active for 5 years at GLOBART in the fields of project management and public relations.
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Mihai Mitrea has been working as graphic designer and photographer for ICEP since 2009. T +43 (0)1 9690254-66 E m.mitrea[at]icep.at
Marijana Lacarak has been administrative head of the ICEP office since 2008. Prior she worked as key account manager for an American corporation.
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ICEP’ work is financially supported by public partners like the Austrian Development Cooperation, by private foundations as institutional private partners, companies, as well as private individuals.
In the year 2017 ICEP has had incomes of a total of 2.324.012 Euro. Its expenses amounted in this year to a total of 2.245.599 Euro, the funds being used for the development program, the area of business & development and development education, as well as for marketing and for administration & overheads.
ICEP Sources of funds 2017
- Private donors 6% 6%
- Companies 30% 30%
- Public partners 26% 26%
- Institutional partners 38% 38%
Apart from those projects that are financed and administered by and through ICEP, ICEP also managed projects in developing countries amounting to more than 800.000. The funds fro these projects did not go through ICEP accounts and are therefore not included in the annual report.
The annual accounts of the association follow the lines of the Spendegütesiegel, the verification of prudent donation management, and can be found in our annual report. The accounts have been verified by the accounting firm KPMG and have been verified without restrictions.
ICEP Use of funds 2017
- Development program 58% 58%
- Business & development 29% 29%
- Marketing and Public Relations 6% 6%
- Administration & Overheads 7% 7%
Responsibility and Control
KPMG annually reviews ICEP regarding prudent accounting and application of funds according to its statutes. ICEP has also qualified for the Spendegütesiegel, a certification of prudent donation management. Most importantly, however, ICEP has reliable and professional partners with whom we are constant contact and regularly visit on site. They report about project progresses and the use of funds at least annually.
This encounter happened some years ago. I was waiting at the airport in Nairobi and started talking to a Kenyan of Indian origin. When I told him about my cooperation with Kenyan partners, he reacted surprisingly: „Forget it! What a waste of money, such a pity! They are all corrupt and rip you off. What’s the name of the organisation?“ – „Kianda.“ – His face immediately brightened up: Kianda is an exception, they do very good work. I would support them as well.
Not all our partners have such an anecdote. But still, we know all of them so well that we can vouch for their trustworthinessBernhard Weber
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