Burkhard is co-founder and Executive Director of the International Civil Society Centre. The Centre helps the world’s leading Civil Society Organisations, such as Amnesty International, Oxfam and WWF maximise their impact for a sustainable and more equitable world.

Before this, Burkhard was the CEO of the International Save the Children Alliance, based in London, Greenpeace Germany and terre des hommes Germany. As a field director in Papua New Guinea, he represented the German Development Service.

Burkhard has been Board Chair and Board Member of various Civil Society Organisations in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, India, Korea and Japan. He recently finished the book “The Hedgehog and the Beetle – Disruption and Innovation in the Civil Society Sector” which will be published in April 2015.