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Femke Meeuwes

Femke Meeuwes studies Organic Business and Marketing (MA) at the Austrian Marketing University of Applied Sciences Wieselburg. In 2017 she finished Corporate Communication (MSc) at the University of Amsterdam. After her arrival in Vienna in 2020 she worked for two NGO´s to organise a program in which corporates are linked to start-ups to work towards sustainable solutions in the shape of circular business models. Her skills include project management, marketing & communication strategy, SEO strategy & content writing, partnerships management to engage and maintain relationships with important stakeholders. At alchemia-nova she undertakes the projects Multisource & Deep Purple, and contributes to Media & PR. Her aim is to increase awareness and inform about our collective transition to a circular economy by translating complex information to different audience groups.

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Gaetano Bertino

Gaetano Bertino obtained a Master’s Degree in Construction Engineering-Architecture at the University of Naples Federico II in 2015, with a final thesis on conservative restoration and sustainable redevelopment in the urban complex, then both the professional qualifications of Engineer and Architect to practice throughout the European Union.
He is member in good standing of the Professional Order of Engineers of the Province of Naples (n. 21151) and he is qualified as Safety Coordinator on construction site.
He has had working experiences, especially in Italy and Portugal, as freelancer and as employed for municipal offices, architecture studios, construction and consultancy companies and national Civil Defence for the post-earthquake reconstruction activity.
He is fluent in English and Portuguese and in 2018 he specialized in Forensic Engineering, for the apply of scientific principles and methods of Engineering in solving legal technical problems on behalf of Judicial Authority or parties in a judicial process, with a final thesis on the evaluation of noise pollution in areas of landscape interest.

E-mail: gaetano.bertino@alchemia-nova.net

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Ines Kantauer

Ines Kantauer completed her master’s degree in “Organic Business and Marketing” at the Austrian Marketing University of Applied Sciences Wieselburg with focus on Sustainability Transformation and Green Economy. Her master thesis dealt with the diffusion of nature-based solutions in dense urban areas. Her skills include project management, market analysis and development of marketing & communication strategies to reach relevant stakeholders. At alchemia-nova she supports different projects in terms of dissemination and exploitation. Her focus is on communication measures and media design to simplify complex issues, thereby reducing barriers and foster the diffusion of nature-based solutions and circular economy.

E-mail: ines.kantauer@alchemia-nova.net

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Maria Wirth

Fascinated by the interactions between human societies and the natural environment, Maria studied Environmental Technology and Political Science. She specialized on the nexus of water, energy and food systems and applied her interdisciplinary perspective throughout her assignments at GIZ and UNIDO. There, she worked on projects for sustainable agriculture value chains, climate change adaptation, food and nutrition security, as well as social inclusiveness of production systems. Working on smallholder aquaculture in Myanmar, Maria discovered the high potential of ecosystem-based solutions. This brought her to alchemia-nova, where she supports project development to leverage circular economy principles in the bioeconomy.

E-mail: maria.wirth@alchemia-nova.net

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Michael Naumann

Michael Naumann studies Technical Environmental Protection at the Weber Distance Learning Institute in Germany. His focus is on waste management and prevention. As a newcomer to alchemia-nova, and originally from a media background, he is now dedicated to project support, back-office administration and marketing.

E-mail: michael.naumann@alchemia-nova.net

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Tamara Vobruba

Tamara graduated with a masters degree in technical mathematics, specialized in applied mathematics, with distinction form the University of Technology, Vienna.
During her studies she was working at the Institute for Analysis and Scientific Computing in the study group modeling and simulation. Her master thesis was dealing with the modeling process, analysis and simulation of a spacial interaction model to explore migration movements. She is excited about problem solving processes and finding mathematical formulation for all kind of procedures. Furthermore she cofounded a contemporary circus collective, where she is engaged as an artist as well as in project management and event organization. Her motivation and interest in the Development of sustainable and efficient nature based technologies brought her to alchemia-nova.

E-mail: tamara.vobruba@alchemia-nova.net

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Paolo Menconi

Paolo holds a honour’s degree in Economics and Banking from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He joins alchemia-nova with 16 year’s experience in London’s finance sector at back and middle office levels for a number of institutions including investment banks and pension funds. Apart from building and improving workflow efficiencies both internally and externally within his previous roles, he has also led and supported various project initiatives including new product and system implementations, custody and accounting migrations, as well as fund launches. Paolo will initially be involved in the development and management of the accounting and financial structure of the business as a whole, as well as contribute within the economic impact forecasting field at project level. Thereafter, he looks forward to further developing his project management knowledge and experience to the core subject matter fields as form part of alchemia-nova’s mission statement.

E-mail: paolo.menconi@alchemia-nova.net

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Tiziana Centofanti

Tiziana Centofanti is an Environmental Scientist and Project Manager at alchemia-nova. She holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences, a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Agricultural Sciences (with distinction). She is an expert in metal hyperaccumulator plant research, with multiple scientific publications and documented skills in soil-plant-environmental research. Tiziana has developed, led, and managed multiple projects in the field of green-technologies and nature-based solutions for water and soil contamination.

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Eriona Canga

Eriona Canga is an Environmental Scientist and Project Manager at alchemia-nova. She holds a Ph.D in Agroecology (Aarhus University, Denmark, 2014), bachelor’s and master’s degree in Environmental Sciences and Technologies (Padua University, Italy, 2010). The focus topics of her research since 2009 are “municipal wastewater treatment using Constructed Wetlands” (MSc thesis in BOKU), “agricultural drainage water treatment” (PhD), with several scientific publications, and lecturing at university. During her Ph.D. she studied hydrogeochemical properties of different filter materials that can retain phosphorus from agricultural drainage water using different NBS. She did 3-years of post-doc research (AU -Denmark, CNR-Italy) and has three years of working experience as a Lecturer at Polis University, Albania (2018-2021), where beside lecturing, she managed the process for the accreditation of Environmental Laboratory according ISO17025, organized workshops and open lectures with international guests, managed three projects, supervised Master students and toughed several environmental courses (Technologies for wastewater treatment, Geo-environment, Chemistry).

She is especially interested in topics related to circular cities and nature-based solutions with a focus on water resource management. At alchemia-nova, she works on WATERAGRI, DIVAGRI, and HYDROUSA projects.

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Iris Angeles De Cesare

Iris was born and raised in Argentina and decided to move and study in Italy in 2016. In the last years she lived in different countries, and she learned about the cultural differences about every context, she is fluent in Spanish, Italian, English and French. She is successfully graduated in Internationals Relations and Political Sciences in Perugia (Italy) and due to her passion about local communities’ development and cooperation projects, she also started a Master in Local Development in Padua with a Master’s thesis on the transition to circular cities.
She is especially interested in topics related to development cooperation, circular cities and nature-based solutions with a focus on water resource management. This brought her to alchemia-nova, where she currently works as Project Manager for CATCO2NVERS, and supports MULTISOURCE and DIRECT HUBS projects.

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