GOVERNANCE MODEL

The viability of ESTIA is based on two complementary entities:

  • the ‘heart’ -the community itself- makes the decisions for its daily life with great independence.
  • its strategic direction and supervision are ensured by its high level of governance in compliance with both Greek and German law.

This combination has contributed to the trust and prosperity of all its members, both with and without disabilities, and has helped them ‘take root’ and invest in its development and stability.

Most decisions impacting life in the community, including choice of new members, programs, and individual and collective activities, are agreed upon within the community, mostly at the weekly caregivers’ meeting and the weekly meeting with the volunteers. The members with disabilities take part in the decisions impacting them, like work content, participation in outings and activities, purchase of personal items, and their house’s menu.

The scientific side relating to the residents’ well-being is guided by a five-member scientific team of advisors.

GOVERNING BODIES & CONTROLS

The Foundation, situated in Germany and subject to German law, is governed and legally represented by a one-member Board of Directors (also known as President of the Foundation) The Board of Directors’ duties include strategy setting, asset and income management, and appointment of key employees. The position is pro bono.

Since 2011, Mrs. Giovanna Kampouri Monnas is the President, replacing the Founder Mr. Kurt Eisenmeier.

The President’s accountability is ensured by the Supervisory Board, which also performs an important advisory role. The Supervisory Board may consist of 6 to 15 members, who are elected for 3-year renewable terms. Currently, there are 11 Supervisory Board members, all pro bono.

In Greece, the Institution is led by a local 5-member Administrative Committee, which in accordance with Greek law governing foreign subsidiaries, is responsible for all aspects of the smooth and lawful operation of ESTIA in Greece. The President of the Administrative Committee, Mrs. Olafia Palmarsdottir, is the legal representative of the Greek authorities.

Additionally, ESTIA has established other forms of control that further enhance its financial transparency and the implementation of its internal procedures.

GOVERNING BODIES & CONTROLS

The Foundation, situated in Germany and subject to German law, is governed and legally represented by a one-member Board of Directors (also known as President of the Foundation) The Board of Directors’ duties include strategy setting, asset and income management, and appointment of key employees. The position is pro bono.

Since 2011, Mrs. Giovanna Kampouri Monnas is the President, replacing the Founder Mr. Kurt Eisenmeier.

The President’s accountability is ensured by the Supervisory Board, which also performs an important advisory role. The Supervisory Board may consist of 6 to 15 members, who are elected for 3-year renewable terms. Currently, there are 11 Supervisory Board members, all pro bono.

In Greece, the Institution is led by a local 5-member Administrative Committee, which in accordance with Greek law governing foreign subsidiaries, is responsible for all aspects of the smooth and lawful operation of ESTIA in Greece. The President of the Administrative Committee, Mrs. Olafia Palmarsdottir, is the legal representative of the Greek authorities.

Additionally, ESTIA has established other forms of control that further enhance its financial transparency and the implementation of its internal procedures.