Structure & Organisation

Steering Committee

Responsible for strategic decisions and the public representation of PREVENT, the steering committee is made up of two representatives from private sector, civil society and academia and up to three representatives from public institutions.


All members and partners of the PREVENT Waste Alliance are part of the plenary. Meetings take place at least once a year, where the working groups present results and the plenary discusses next steps of the PREVENT Waste Alliance.

Working Groups

The PREVENT members and partners come together in working groups, which define their own goals and implement activities together. Every working group is supervised by co-leads with support from the secretariat. Currently, there are the following working groups:

Closing plastic cycles

Closing e-waste cycles

Closing organic waste cycles

Advisory Board

Renowned experts and stakeholders, in particular international organisations and initiatives, support the PREVENT Waste Alliance via the advisory board. They ensure that activities of the alliance and international initiatives are coherent and provide technical advice.


The secretariat organises the meetings of the plenary and the steering committee, supports the working groups, and is responsible for the communication of the PREVENT Waste Alliance. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has commissioned the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH to fulfil the secretariat function.

Nicole Bendsen

Nicole Bendsen

PREVENT Secretariat

Tel: +49 (0)228 4460 3889

Eva Dörr

Eva Dörr

PREVENT Communication

Tel: + 49 (0)6196 79 7125

Maren Jäger

Maren Jäger

PREVENT Communication and Member Management

Tel: +49 (0)228 4460 4252


PREVENT Waste Alliance
c/o Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 32 + 36
53113 Bonn

An overview of the complete governance structure of the PREVENT Waste Alliance can be found here (PDF file).