Charles Gould, new ICA Director General


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Charles Gould, new ICA Director General

The International Cooperative Alliance Board has appointed Mr. Charles Gould as the organization’s new Director General, taking over from Mr. Iain Macdonald, who has held this position for the last 8 years.

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Mr. Gould joins the ICA team after having served as Chief Executive Officer of Volunteers of America, a non-profit health care, housing and human services organisation in the United States. Headquartered in Washington DC, he provided leadership for 15 year to its 16,000 staff and oversaw an annual budget of 1 billion dollars.

Before joining Volunteers of America, Mr. Gould practiced as an attorney-at-law with a number of US law firms. He has a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the University of Minnesota Law School (USA), and a Master of Studies (MSt) in International Human Rights Law from Oxford University (United Kingdom).

Throughout his career, Mr. Gould has underscored the importance of projects involving collaboration between institutions and companies and on the use of technology as tools to improve the organizational effectiveness. Due to this he has been recognized in the past five years as one of the fifty most influential leaders in the non-profit organization sector in the United States.

The new, ICA Director General -who took up his post in September-has stated that “it is a privilege to participate in the management of an institution that combines the inheritance of more than a century with a business model that has never been more relevant than it is today.” In his presentation message, Mr. Gould supported the idea of celebrating the International Year of Cooperative in 2012 as “a platform to tell our story,” thus taking advantage of the opportunities that this event will bring and that are not usually available.

Pauline Green, ICA president, when announcing his appointment, stated that “The ICA Board recognizes that, the United Nations having designated 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives, we need a leader that can successfully use this platform to communicate the values of cooperatives. Charles Gould has proven that he has the passion both for a vital mission and the necessary knowledge to take an organization to a higher level.”

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