Structure & organs
Cumulus consists of Full and Associate Members.
In 2012 Cumulus counts 187 member institutions from 46 countries.
ORGANS OF Cumulus
- General Assembly
- Executive Board
- Secretary General and the Secretariat
- International Advisors
Please see Cumulus Statutes from detailed information.
The General Assembly (GA) is the highest authority in the Association. The GA consists of representatives of member institutions. It gathers once a year, usually during a Cumulus conference organized in the first part of the year. The General Assembly allows members to to share knowledge and opinions of issues brought to the agenda of the meetings.
The Cumulus Executive Board (CEB) comprises of the President and 8-10 members chosen in the election. Two of the members are appointed to Vice-Presidents. The CEB meets at least three times per year. It is responsible for the implementation of the decisions of the GA and of the policy of the association, for the planning of its activities, and for the management of its affairs.
The tasks of the President are to lead and represent the Association, to convene meetings of the CEB and the General Assembly (GA) and to chair the meetings of these bodies. The president is elected in the election. The presidency lasts three years and can be prolonged with re-election for another 3 years.
Secretary General and Secretariat
The Secretary General acts as a managing director for Cumulus and is assisted by the Cumulus Coordinator and other staff of the Secretariat responsible for everyday running of the Association. The Secretariat deals with internal and external communications and visibility of Cumulus, project work under the umbrella of Cumulus with member institutions, industry and 3rd sector, Cumulus conferences and other events, membership issues, financial issues of the association, publications, organization and management of CEB, GA and working groups meetings, planning and management of Cumulus awards and competitions, etc.
The Cumulus Executive Board has the right to appoint retired CEB members to a position of an international advisor. They are chosen to represent Cumulus in target areas of its interest.
Cumulus working groups are constituted by members around specific topics. Their activity depends on the contribution from members. Meetings offer a forum for debate and exchange of ideas and best practices in different areas of interest. Working groups meet primarily during the Cumulus conferences, once or twice a year. The nature of the group can be permanent or occasional.