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.

Martin Horn

Lord Mayor of Freiburg, Germany; President of ICLEI Europe

Martin Horn holds a Bachelor's degree in International social work from The Ludwigsburg Protestant University of Applied Science (Evangelischen Hochschule Ludwigsburg) and a Masters degree in European and World Politics from the University of Bremen. Before being elected Lord Mayor of Freiburg in 2018, Horn worked as European and Development Coordinator for the City of Sindelfingen (Germany) and as a freelance lecturer at the Ludwigsburg Protestant University of Applied Science.

Cheryl Jones Fur

Deputy Lord Mayor of Växjö, Sweden

Cheryl Jones Fur has been the Deputy Lord Mayor of the Municipal Council as well as Deputy Chairperson of Växjö’s Technical Services Board since 2018. She is on the board of directors of the municipality-owned energy company, Växjö Energi. From 2016-2018, Cheryl Jones Fur was Chairperson for Växjö’s Strategic Committee on Environment and Sustainability. Prior to this, she was Spokesperson for the Green Party in Kronoberg County and Chairperson for the Green Party in Växjö. Cheryl Jones Fur holds a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Uppsala (Sweden).

Dario Nardella

Mayor of Florence, Italy

Dario Nardella holds a law degree and a Ph.D in Public Law, Construction and Environmental Law from the University of Florence. 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).

Adam Zawada

Deputy Mayor of Wrocław, Poland

Adam Zawada is a graduate of the University of Wrocław, specialised in Managerial Economics. From 2014 to 2017 he worked for the Lower Silesian Region as the Director of the Marshal's Department, where he was in charge of corporate governance, foreign relations and European funds. In the position of vice-president of the Wrocław Stadium from November 2017 to November 2018, he was responsible for commercialization and events. In December 2018, Zawada was appointed Deputy Mayor of Wrocław, with responsibility for Sustainable Development.

Jaakko Stenhäll

Deputy Mayor of Tampere, Finland

Jaakko Stenhäll has been a member of the Tampere City Council since 2017, and was elected as Deputy Mayor for Growth, Innovation and Competitiveness in September 2019. Before 2017, he was a Vice-Member of the City Council and Vice-Chair of the Urban Planning Board. Throughout his professional life, he has worked both in the IT sector and at the university in various administrative and management roles.

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.