Organisation and Governance

As the initiator of ICARS, the Danish government has led its initial development. On that basis, ICARS is currently embedded in the Danish Ministry of Health, but will become independent in mid-2021.

The independent self-governing organisation will be led by an international Board of Directors, which will be the supreme governing body of ICARS. It is the strategic goal of ICARS to become an international organisation uniting countries, foundations and organisations on the fulfilment of ICARS’ mission. This development will be guided by the Board of Directors.

Board of Directors
Executive Management
Technical Advisory Forum

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The Board of Directors gives the strategic direction for ICARS. It is responsible for overseeing the development of the organization and appointing executive staff, such as the Executive Director. Founding Members, the first of which is Denmark, receive a seat on the Board of Directors.

The Executive Management team is represented by the Executive Director (to be hired), the Director of Operations and the Scientific Director. Together, they ensure that ICARS works effectively towards its goals and according to its strategy.

The non-executive ICARS staff is split in the Science Team and the Operations Team. The Science Team contains experts in antimicrobial resistance, One Health and infectious disesases who advise LMICs on project development. The Operations team supports the work of the Science Team by ensuring effective management of grants, documents, administration and hiring, as well as being responsible for communications and partnerships.

The Techincal Advisory Forum (TAF) is an independent expert body that offers impratial views on the Project Proposals, suggesting improvements and ensuring that the projects are feasible and fit within the remit of ICARS.

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Current governance

ICARS is currently embedded in the Danish Ministry of Health, but will become independent in the first half of 2021. Until then, the activities of ICARS are overseen by a Steering Committee formed by representatives of five Danish ministries.

The daily operations and management of ICARS falls under the responsibility of ICARS’ Executive Management, which consists of the Scientific Director and the Director of Operations.

ICARS has an international staff from over 10 countries, working from the headquarters in Copenhagen or remotely as independent consultants across the globe. ICARS will continue to grow within the next couple of years as the activities and project portfolio expands.

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In the fall of 2020, a Technical Advisory Forum (TAF) was established to provide scientific and expert advice to ICARS. The TAF reviews project proposals from potential partner LMICs and advises on the delivery of ICARS’ Intervention and Implementation Research activities.

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Governance from mid-2021

It is the intent that establishing ICARS as an independent self-governing organisation from mid-2021 will allow ICARS to act independently and attract countries, foundations and organisations willing to take co-ownership of ICARS’ mission.

The self-governing organisation will be governed by an international Board of Directors. The Board of Directors, as the supreme governing body of ICARS, will have both the strategic and financial responsibility for ICARS. The Board of Directors will be instrumental to the transformation of ICARS into an independent self-governing organisation and one of their first important tasks will be to recruit the Executive Director. The first board is currently being composed and is expected to accede in the summer of 2021. It will consist of renowned individuals with experience and expertise in management and global health including AMR.

It is envisioned that the Board of Directors will establish additional advisory fora in due course, such as an Advisory Donor Forum and a Stakeholder Forum.

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The Danish government and ICARS invite countries and foundations to join ICARS alongside Denmark as Founding or Supporting Members.

Founding and Supporting Members will be instrumental to achieving the ambitious mission of ICARS and fulfilling the strategic goal for ICARS to develop into an independent international organisation within the coming years.

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Founding Members (Joining 2021-2022)

Provide strategic direction and influence decisions e.g. choice of Executive Director
Significant contribution, min 3-year commitment (financial and/or in-kind)
One seat/member in the Board

Supporting Members

Provide strategic advice and influence decisions indirectly
Any type of contribution is welcome (financial and/or in-kind)