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.
A passionate promoter of learning and education, she has been an adjunct professor at Central European University since 2016.
Anna Biebl completed a bachelor’s degree in food- and Biotechnology at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna as well as a joint master’s degree in Environmental Science at the University of Copenhagen and the University of Natural Resources and Life Science, Vienna. This has been accompanied by micro-and molecular biological research internships in the MY laboratory, Korat, Thailand and at the Department of Ecogenomics and Systems Biology at the University of Vienna. Her scientific focus lies on soil science, biological pathogen control and microbiology. She supported alchemia-nova previously as intern in the project ‘Bergwerk Pflanze’ and works since July 2017 as scientific staff for ‘Agromine’.
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.
Helene finished her studies on agriculture at the university of natural resources and life sciences (BOKU) in Vienna in 2009. In 2014 she became a certified PMA project manager. After working in the start-up Zero Waste Jam, Helene saw the need for greater connectivity and information exchange and brought the Zero Waste movement to Austria. In 2015 she founded the non-profit-organization called Zero Waste Austria, as part of the Zero Waste Europe movement and has since then built a significant community of participating individuals and businesses in Austria. Helene has organized numerous conferences and meetings on several topics relating to Zero Waste and circular economy, as well as school workshops and talks all over Europe. Helene currently supports alchemia-nova as communications and project management.
Ines Kantauer studies environmental and bioresource management at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna. As a lateral entrant, she originally came from the media sector. She completed her bachelor’s degree in theatre, film and media studies at the University of Vienna as well as an academic course for video journalism. Most recently, she worked as a video journalist for a TV station and discovered her interest in environmental related topics, while reporting on it. Her work at alchemia-nova focuses on the creation of infographics, videos and media work. Her goal is to simplify the presentation of complex issues in the field of circular economy, thereby reducing barriers and facilitating communication.
Julia Edlinger studied European ethnology and biology with focus on ecology at the University of Vienna. She completed her master’s degree in social ecology at the Alpen Adria University of Klagenfurt. Her master thesis dealt with the conventionalization of organic agriculture and the development of evaluation methods. She worked in several internships and research projects in the field of sustainability in Upper Austria, Greece and Indonesia. The focus of her work is on project management and the realization of educational projects.
Katja Alber holds one Master degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Science & Technology Beijing, China as well as a Master degree in Sinology from the University of Vienna. With more than 9 years of international experience in the field of organic waste treatment and renewable energy production, Katja Alber has worked as technical project leader in biogas-oriented circular economy projects in China, West-Africa, Europe and Samoa.
In addition to her technical coordination in various projects, where she demonstrated solutions for rural sanitation practices including collection treatment, reuse and recycling of organic waste (wastewater, excreta, etc) via anaerobic fermentation, she was able to perform detailed engineering services for eco-sanitation and green energy development in peri-urban and decentralized areas.
She aims to support Alchemia-Nova with international Biogas technology-Transfer and wants to expand the idea of circular economy by advising and assessing the integrated value chains of organic mass flows and biogas potential. Additionally she works on Bio-based Industry projects.
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.
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.
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.
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.