As a membership association, ICLEI receives its mandate from its Member local governments and municipal organisations. Not only in terms of project implementation, but also in terms of governing the organisation, ICLEI works closely with its members. On a regional level ICLEI Europe does this through the European Regional Executive Committee (REXCom), who are representing ICLEI’s Members in Europe. On a global level, ICLEI works with its Global Executive Committee (GEXCom) and the Council.

European Regional Executive Committee

Meet the members of the European Regional Executive Committee.

Åsa Karlsson Björkmarker

Representing Växjö, Sweden

Åsa Karlsson Björkmarker holds a degree in social science from University of Växjö. Since 2002 she has been a member of the City Council of Växjö. From 2010 to 2014 she was Chairman of the Social Democratic party in Växjö. Currently she is Member of the Executive board in Växjo, as Deputy Mayor, responsible for strategic environmental issues. In 2017, she was elected Chair of the ICLEI European Regional Executive Committee and ICLEI representative on the board of the European Covenant of Mayors.

Anna-Kaisa Heinämäki

Deputy Mayor of Tampere, Finland

Anna-Kaisa Heinämäki holds a Master of Social Sciences (2006) and Master of Sciences (2013) from Tampere University. She became police officer at the Police Academy (2001) and between 2002 to 2013 held positions as chief inspector, superintendet and senior detective constable specialising in community policing and security planning. In 2011 she became a vice member of the state parliament for the Green Party and in 2017 was elected as Deputy Mayor of growth, innovation and competitiveness sector.

Dario Nardella

Mayor of Florence, Italy

Dario Nardella, holds a law degree from the University of Florence and a Ph.D in Public Law, Construction and Environmental Law. His political career began in 2004 as Councillor  for the City of Florence (Democratic Party). He has since held a number of positions politically including legal advisor to the Minister of Institutional Reforms Deputy Mayor and from 2014 Mayor of Florence and elected ANCI coordinator for the metropolitan cities (national municipal association.

Magdalena Piasecka

Deputy Mayor of Wrocław, Poland

Magdalena Piasecka holds a Masters in History from the University of Wrocław and a postgraduate in economics, Since 2008, she has been a Member of the Meeting Professionals International Association. From 2010 to 2012 the Chairman of the Wrocław Women's Board and since 2010 is a lecturer at the Wrocław School of Banking and the University of Business in Wrocław. From 2008 to 2017 she was the President of the Board at Convention Bureau. Currently, she is Deputy Mayor of Wrocław in charge of Sustainable Development, Education, and Public Housing Resources Management.

Dieter Salomon

Lord Mayor of Freiburg, Germany

Dieter Salomon holds a PhD in political science at the University of Freiburg. From 1990 to 2000 he became a member of the Green Party at the City of Freiburg and from 1992 to 2002 was member of the state parliament of Baden-Württemberg for the Green Party between. In 2002 he was elected as Mayor of the City of Freiburg and re-elected in 2010. In 2017 he became President of Baden-Württemberg Association of Towns and Cities. He has been a member of the ICLEI European Regional Executive Committee since 2011.

Global Governance

Our global governance structure is based on nine Regional Executive Committees (REXComs), each elected by the ICLEI Members of the specific region. All REXComs together form the ICLEI Council, which represents ICLEI’s global Membership by way of representative democracy. From within each REXCom one representative is nominated to the ICLEI Global Executive Committee (GEXCom), which is the overall governing body representing the entire ICLEI Membership and oversees the implementation of the Strategic Plan. To see how our governance structure works, watch this video:

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Governance Documents

The 5 ICLEI pathways

Low Emission Development


The low emission development pathway curbs climate change, creates new economic opportunities and improves the health of human and natural systems.

Nature-Based Development

The nature-based development pathway protects and enhances the biodiversity and urban ecosystems, which underpin key aspects of local economies and the well-being and resilience of our communities.

Circular Development

The circular development pathway and new models of production and consumption build sustainable societies that use recyclable, sharable and replenishing resources to end the linear model of produce, consume, discard.

Resilient Development

The resilient development pathway anticipates, prevents, absorbs and recovers from shocks and stresses, especially those brought about by rapid environmental technological, social and demographic change, and to improve essential basic response structures.

Equitable and People-Centered Development

Equitable and people-centered development builds more just, livable and inclusive urban communities and addresses poverty.