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

Dr. Claudio Cinquemani

Director Science & Innovation

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"Sustainability drives innovation: As a passionate scientist with 15 years of progressive operational experience and business insight, I believe I am in the best position to make a positive impact as Director of Research & Innovation at ISC3". Dr. rer nat. Claudio Cinquemani studied Environmental Engineering in Germany, Spain and New Zealand. He additionally holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry. Claudio´s interest has always been in developing green and sustainable processes for industrial applications. Academic research in biochemistry and green solvents led to a position in industry, where he optimized polymer use for technical applications. Analyzing and fostering innovative ideas and entrepreneurs is his daily business. His hobbies include rock climbing and doing outdoor activities with his young family.

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.

Dorothee Bürkle

Communications Manager

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Dorothee Bürkle studied Geography at the Universities of Marburg and Penn State/USA. She worked as an expert for Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and as a free-lance journalist – amongst others - for the Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) where she focused on the topics astronomy, space missions, energy and climate. For more than ten years she gathered experience as a PR consultant and communications manager. In the media relations team at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) she led communications campaigns and was responsible for the public relations work of the DLR energy and transportation research. Dorothee Bürkle also teaches science and corporate communications at a service training institute.

Paola Bustillos

Advisor Climate & Sustainable Chemistry

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Paola Bustillos completed her studies as a Chemical Engineer at the Mayor de San Andres University in Bolivia, as well as her specialization studies on Material Flow Management at the University of Applied Sciences Trier and a Training Program on Climate Protection & Resources Management. She has more than 15 years of work experience in international cooperation projects, mainly in the area of climate change and environmental protection.

Oleg Ditkovskiy

Workstream Manager Science & Innovation

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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.

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.

Creta Gambillara

Policy Manager

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Creta Gambillara studied German and English Philology at the Universities of Venice and Hamburg, finalized her studies at the University of Applied Communications in Mainz and received her Masters Degree in Public Relations, Communication- and Information Management at DEPAK in Berlin. She specialized in political communication and worked several years for organizations in the chemical – textile environment. The chemical-textile sector has been at the core of her advocacy activities for many years, during which she gathered a profound knowledge of energy efficiency management and sustainability issues.

Janina Haubenreißer

Event Manager

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Janina Haubenreißer worked for nearly 20 years in various roles in marketing and Board Offices in an international chemical company. She attained her bachelor’s degree in business administration. She gained profound knowledge about the chemical industry and sustainability while organizing various high-level conferences, which prepared her for her new challenge: helping to lead ISC3 to success.

Claudia von Heymann

Office Manager

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Claudia von Heymann worked for over 30 years as a bookseller and manager in the book trade before she wanted to learn something new and initiated a switch in her career: She passed the examination to become an office management assistant at the IHK (Industrie- und Handelskammer). At the ISC3 she now supports the directors "Science & Innovation" and "Policy & Communications" as well as the team at the headquarter in Bonn. She is also setting up an expert’s library for sustainable chemistry for the ISC3.

Sebastian Kastner

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Sebastian Kastner studied Business Administration at the University of Applied Sciences in Dortmund and Asian Studies in Lund (Sweden) and Delhi. In his Master thesis, he analysed political relations between the EU and India. He gathered experience in the private sector and worked for the Konrad Adenauer Foundation before joining GIZ, where he was engaged in several projects focusing on sustainable economic development. For more than five years, he headed a regional capacity development project for social protection in Southeast Asia, which focused on, amongst other activities, the establishment of a double degree Master Programme as cooperation between European and Asian universities.

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.

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.

Nina Silvennoinen

Finance Manager

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 Nina Silvennoinen studied business administration in Paris and Heidelberg and received her M.Sc. in Management Accounting at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School in Dublin. She has two-decade long experience in the finance area, both in the private and public sector. The last twelve years she worked for European institutions in Frankfurt am Main and Luxembourg. During the last 15 years she has been focusing on financial accounting and budget management, as well as managing financial aspects of complex projects.

Dr. Leonor Thompson

Senior Adviser Project Development

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Leonor Thompson attained her M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Bradford in United Kingdom and her Ph.D. in Technical Chemistry at the Technical University of Munich. She has a long technical and managerial experience in the chemical industry, know-how in standardization and carried out applied research and innovation work in the field of sustainable chemistry, especially reaction engineering and separation processes. She is an experienced international consultant, particularly in technical and financial mechanisms of climate change related projects, technology development and transfer schemes focused on developing countries. As a consultant, she worked in the development and implementation of sustainable projects involving small and medium size companies, multinational companies, non-for-profit organizations, national, regional and international institutions.

Graham Gibson

Intern Policy & Communications

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Graham Gibson is a student originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, currently pursuing a Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) from the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy (WBS) in Erfurt, Germany. He specializes in International Political Economy and Public & Non-Profit Management. His previous experience in the field of sustainability includes working on an EU project for urban development and as a research fellow at the German Federal Association for Sustainability in Berlin. Furthermore, he has served as editor and writer for the WBS blog, The Bulletin.

Moritz Weinand

Intern Science & Innovation


Moritz Weinand studies Business Chemistry at the University of Fresenius, Germany. He has previously worked as an intern in Dubai at the R&D laboratory of a paint manufacturer, investigating the impact of different additives for application. Currently, he is writing his Bachelor thesis in the field of sustainable chemistry. In collaboration with the ISC3 and start-ups around the world, he is attempting to define the needs of sustainable chemistry-based entrepreneurs. Chemistry has always been part of his life and early experiments with common household articles were not always welcomed by his parents. His interest in economics and business strategies spurred his cofounding of a start-up during seventh grade, which is still operating and growing.



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

Senior 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.

Astrid Ewaz

Project Manager/Events ISC3 Innovation Hub

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Astrid Ewaz graduated from the faculty of Translation Studies, Linguistics and Cultural Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz as a conference interpreter and translator with the working languages Italian, English, and Brazilian Portuguese. She also holds a certificate in German legal language from the Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Umwelt Nürtingen-Geislingen. Beyond working for international employers as an executive assistant and project manager in various industries, Astrid also founded her translation agency. Before joining ISC3, she worked in the international field as an Executive and Marketing Assistant, Project Manager, IT Responsible and Head of Administration. Most recently, Astrid worked in an EU-funded project supporting women entrepreneurs and women business angels.

M. Sc. Katarzyna Sroka

Communication 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 ISC3 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.

Ann-Kathrin Amsel

Research Associate ISC3 Research & Education Hub

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Ann-Kathrin Amsel finished a training as a chemical laboratory technician and subsequently studied Environmental Sciences (B.Sc.) and Sustainability Science (M.Sc.) at Leuphana University Lüneburg. During her studies she specialized in environmental and sustainable chemistry and has gained experience in conducting inter- and transdisciplinary research. In her master thesis she worked with a combination of experimental and computational methods. At the ISC3 Research & Education Hub she investigates the potential of computational methods such as QSAR (quantitative structure–activity relationship) for the implementation of sustainable chemistry.

Dr. Dorota Bartkowiak

Coordinator Research ISC3 Research & Education Hub

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Dorota Bartkowiak studied chemistry at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (Poland) and then attained her PhD at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. 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 the organization of numerous symposiums, conferences and events to popularize science. supports the Research & Education Hub with her multidisciplinary chemical knowledge.

Dr. Myriam Elschami

Coordinator Education ISC3 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.

Stefanie Hinz

Technical Assistant ISC3 Research & Education Hub

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Stefanie Hinz finished a training as a biological technical assistant. She gathered her experiences in laboratory work and research at different public and private employers by purchasing competences in biochemistry, clinical chemistry, microbiology and toxicology. Since 2012 she has been working at the Institute of Sustainable and Environmental Chemistry at the Leuphana University Lüneburg. At the Research & Education Hub of ISC3 she is in charge of developing and implementing adequate laboratory tests to be conducted by students of the newly formed study programmes.

Karen Kratschmer (EDA)

Office & Event Management ISC3 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.