Roles within an ISAC vary greatly depending on the type of organisation, its objectives and members. However, some roles are practically inevitable for a successful collaboration, once it has reached a more formal and collective level.

The ISAC Chairperson is the moderator and driving force of the organisation. The chairperson leads meetings, facilitates discussions and encourages the active participation of the members. The chairperson is the head representative of the ISAC, as he or she is the primary point of contact for any external matters and requests, together with the vice-chairperson.

The Vice-Chairperson has a substitute role as chairperson and is often also responsible for planning agendas in order to establish order and structure to the meetings.

The Chairperson role may be permanent from the founding organisation or it may be elected on a regular basis by the members.

The Secretary runs the administrative function and manages practical matters, coordinates meetings by sending invitations, drafting agendas and taking meeting minutes. The secretary also manages other administrative matters relating to procedures, agreements and membership guidelines. This role is very important for the continuity of the ISAC. In some ISACs the Secretary is part of an ISAC Secretariat.

All three roles outlined above can also contribute and engage in discussions and information exchange to the extent possible.


  • Activity - Administration
  • Document – Agendas, guidelines

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