In this section of our website, you will find further background on Baobab, and details of individual Baobab associates.


The last twenty years has seen dramatic growth in the scale, breadth, and influence of global civil society organisations. They bring together people from around the world who care about vital global issues such as development, environment, and human rights. The ten largest global civil society federations now mobilise millions of supporters around the world, generate a total income in excess of $9 billion each year, and employ more than 100,000 staff worldwide.

This growth has brought with it huge new leadership challenges for those involved in the management and governance of the leading global civil society organisations. While some of these can be resolved using learning and experience from the private and public sectors, others are unique to civil society, and have never before been faced on this scale.

Baobab’s focus is on these unique global challenges. Our mission is to provide a hub for the exchange of knowledge and expertise on the effective leadership and governance of international civil society organisations.

We aim to complement the excellent work done by a number of leading academic institutions around the world who are helping to develop the intellectual capital of thinking on leadership of international civil society organisations, and of leading institutions who organise conferences and training courses for the sector.

We are a non-profit organisation, bringing together a group of experienced senior leaders from the sector who are committed to the development of the sector.  To make Baobab sustainable, we charge for our more intensive services and market research publications, to cover the costs involved.


Originating from Africa, the Baobab tree has spread over the centuries and is now found in all continents of the world. Widely recognised for its unique shape, it is in many traditional societies the place where people came together to share ideas, experiences, and knowledge. Baobab aims to host a virtual meeting place for those involved with leadership and governance of international civil society organisations.


Baobab brings together a group of senior people with extensive experience in leadership roles in major international civil society organisations. We share a passion for enabling international civil society organisations to realise their potential as catalysts for global social change.

Please click on a name below for further details of individual Baobab associates. If you wish to contact us, please click here.


Baobab is the trading name of Baobab Forum Ltd, a non-profit company registered in the UK (Company Registration No. 08648142)