The International Centre for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS), founded in 1998, is an organisation of international character, governed by a Board of Directors whose members are nationals of the BSEC Member States.
It has since a dual function:
a) it is an independent research and training institution focusing on the wider Black Sea region,
b) it is a related body of the Organisation of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) and serves as its acknowledged think-tank.
In this dual capacity the ICBSS undertakes a number of activities.
Mr. Georgios Mitrakos holds the position of the Director General of the ICBSS since July 2016.
On September 2019, the ICBSS and Ms. Athina Korovesi, Communications and Public Relations Manager, elected Focal Point and Head for Southern and Western Greece of the Anna Lindh Foundation Greek Network accordingly, for a three-year term.