Our Team

ISC3 – International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre

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Friedrich Barth

Managing Director

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Friedrich Barth studied Physics, Geo-ecology and Hydrology at the Universities of Heidelberg, Bayreuth, Freiburg and Galway. He has more than 25 years of management experience in the areas of Environment, Climate, Energy and Water both in the public as well as in the private sector on international, national and local level. He contributed to the development of the international sustainability agenda at his various management posts at the German Government, the European Commission, the United Nations Development Programme, and as International Consultant. Friedrich Barth is a passionate olive farmer, has founded the European Water Partnership and is a Board Member of the Club of Rome Europe. more

Agnes Dittmar

Director Policy & Communications

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Agnes Dittmar studied Biology and Political Sciences, specialising in Nature Conservation and Environmental Education. She has more than 15 years of experience in sustainable development policies as well as in communications and collaboration for sustainable development. She contributed to the development of the sustainability agenda on various levels and helped to shape sustainability strategies and innovative communication in the public and in the private sector using collaboration and multi-stakeholder dialogue as a key to transformation. The chemical sector has been at the core of her activities for many years, where she worked closely with business, civil society, science and government institutions to promote sustainable solutions.

Oleg Ditkovskiy

Policy Advisor

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Oleg Ditkovskiy studied Political Sciences and English Philology at the Universities of Heidelberg, Mannheim and Lancaster. In his final thesis he analysed the European chemical policy REACH. He has five years experience in chemicals management, regulations and communications as well as international development and public service. He contributed to the maintaining of the chemical conventions (Stockholm, Basel), created a classification system and a database for crop protection products, provided B2B-communication and advocacy in the field of chemical regulations in Bonn, Ludwigshafen and Brussels.

Romina Laumann

Senior Project Manager (seconded to ISC3 Innovation Hub)

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Romina Laumann studied International Relations and Public Policy and Governance with a specialization in Environmental Policy in Argentina, Germany and China. She has more than 15 years of experience in international cooperation for sustainable development. Romina is an expert in cooperation with the private sector with extensive practice in managing multidisciplinary teams to design and implement cooperation projects for sustainable development. Some of the projects she managed before joining ISC3 include environmentally sound management of laboratory waste, capacity development for materials management in the toy industry and sustainable chemicals management in Chinese footwear production companies.

Lejla Doering

Financial Accountant

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Lejla Doering was born and raised in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She worked for, among other, the NGO “Schueler helfen Leben e.V.” during the war crisis in the 1990-ties in B&H, before she relocated to Germany. She finalized her studies in Business Administration and International Management at the University of Applied Sciences in Cologne. After different appointments in private sector, she worked several years at UNFCCC and UNV. Lejla Doering brings long-term working experience in budget and finances, project and programme support, as well as in international conference and event organization to the ISC3.

Manuela Renz

Office Management

Assistant to the Managing Director

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Manuela Renz is a management assistant at the headquarter of ISC3 in Bonn. She studied economics and social sciences at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Bonn. Manuela Renz has many years of extensive professional experience in office management at board level, including foundations, media and marketing sector.

ISC3 Innovation Hub

Dr. Andreas Förster

Director ISC3 Innovation Hub

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Andreas Förster graduated in Chemistry and received his Ph. D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Würzburg (D). Since joining the DECHEMA – Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology in 1997, he first worked as a consultant in the Research Management group of DECHEMA, then accepted the position of a group leader, and finally became head of the department of Research Management and Conferences. Since January 2010 he has been the Managing Director of ProcessNet, the German platform for chemical engineering. His main activities include the identification of new trends in chemistry and chemical engineering and innovation management.

Dr. Alexis Bazzanella

Co-Director ISC3 Innovation Hub

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Alexis Bazzanella studied Chemistry and received his PhD from Technical University Darmstadt. As Head of Research and Project Coordination at DECHEMA he has more than 15 years of experience in the initiation, implementation and management of research and innovation programmes and projects in the chemical sector on national and European level. He is author of several technology studies on energy/resource efficient and low carbon process technologies and has been member of the editorial and management team of the European Technology Platform on Sustainable Chemistry (SusChem).

Dr. Silke Megelski

Innovation Manager ISC3 Innovation Hub

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Silke Megelski studied chemistry at the Technical University Berlin and received her PhD from the University of Bern (CH). She joined the group of chemical engineering at the University of Delaware (US) for postdoctoral studies in material sciences. Silke Megelski is part of the Research and Project Coordination Team at DECHEMA since 2006 and has broad experience in initiation, implementation, coordination and management of EU and national research and innovation projects as well as in establishing networks in the field of material science. She is the contact person for the porous materials community at DECHEMA and organised and conceptualised the scientific part of several national and international conferences in that field.

M. Sc. Nils Decker

Innovation Manager ISC3 Innovation Hub

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Nils Decker studied Industrial Engineering at the Technical University Berlin and Service Engineering & Management at the University of Porto. Before joining ISC3, Nils worked since 2013 in different positions at United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), lastly as Deputy Coordinator for the organization´s Global Green Chemistry Initiative and Global Chemical Leasing Programme. His work also included a six-month secondment to Lima, Peru, and several working missions to conferences and international meetings relating to sustainable chemistry. Nils is a co-founder of CupCycle, a startup offering individual reusable systems for coffee to go.

M. Sc. Katarzyna Sroka

Communication and Office Manager ISC3 Innovation Hub

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Katarzyna Sroka studied International Business at the University of South Carolina (USA) and Management, with the specialization in Entrepreneurship, at the University of Mannheim. Katarzyna’s work experience spans various industries and focuses on project management and marketing communications. Before joining ISC3, Katarzyna has worked at the Merck Innovation Center and at the World Association of News Publishers, where she has been organizing, executing and marketing events in Europe, Africa and Asia. Additionally, Katarzyna has worked as a consultant on a project’s social media strategy during the World Economic Forum 2017, performed research and editorial tasks while interning for the United Nations Volunteers’ Partnerships Section, and worked on an HIV/AIDS awareness project in Mauritius.

ISC3 Research & Education Hub

Prof. Dr. Klaus Kümmerer

Director Research & Education Hub

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Prof. Dr. Klaus Kümmerer is full Professor of Sustainable Chemistry and Material Resources and director of the Institute of Sustainable and Environmental Chemistry at the public Leuphana University. His research and teachings are focused on Sustainable Chemistry, Sustainable Pharmacy, Material Resources, Aquatic Environmental Chemistry, and Time in Ecology and Sustainability. He is founding and chief editor of the scientific and peer reviewed journals Sustainable Chemistry and Pharmacy as well as Current Opinion in Sustainable Chemistry. Furthermore, he serves as associate editor of Chemosphere and Environmental Pollution. Klaus Kümmerer serves in many national and international committees and chairs the International Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference as well as the annual Summer School on Sustainable Chemistry of the ISC3.

Dorota Bartkowiak

Coordinator Research, Research & Education Hub

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Dorota Bartkowiak studied chemistry at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (Poland) and then conducted her PhD at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin which will be finished July 2018. Before joining ISC3 her research was focused on organic, inorganic synthesis, nanomaterials and analytical chemistry. Environmental protection was always very important to her. She was involved in organizing numerous symposia, conferences and science popularizing events. She supports the Research & Education Hub with her multidisciplinary chemical knowledge.

Dr. Myriam Elschami

Coordinator Education, Research & Education Hub

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Myriam Elschami studied Biochemistry and obtained her PhD from the Leibniz University of Hannover. In her postdoctoral assignments at Oxford University and a research start up in Heidelberg, she investigated the biochemistry of Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease with innovative techniques such as induced pluripotent stem cells and CRISPR/Cas. She is experienced in setting up operative laboratory space and in communicating science at the interface of academia and the pharmaceutical industry. In addition to her scientific expertise, Myriam Elschami has training in international project management and global health. At the research hub of ISC3, she aims to combine her fields of expertise in order to foster international interdisciplinary education in sustainable chemistry.

Karen Kratschmer (EDA)

Office & Event Management, Research & Education Hub

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Karen Kratschmer is a European Management Assistant and studied at the EBC Hochschule (University of Applied Sciences) Hamburg. She has a long working experience in office management as well as in organizing fairs and conferences.