Our Team

ISC3 – International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre

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Dr. Frank Fecher

Project Director

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Dr. Frank Fecher studied chemistry and received his PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Würzburg/Germany. At the German University in Cairo/Egypt he lectured to engineering and pharmaceutical students. Additionally, he was active as a consultant for resource and energy efficiency at the Egypt National Cleaner Production Centre. Since 2010 Frank Fecher has been working as a project manager at GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) in the fields of chemical safety, renewable energies, and energy efficiency. His assignments included international missions in Pakistan and Afghanistan, where he promoted renewable energies and the implementation of Energy Management Systems in various industries.

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.

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.

Janina Haubenreißer

Event & Dialogue 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

Project Manager Education

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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.

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.

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).

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.

Dr. Thomas Homburg

Innovation Manager ISC3 Innovation Hub

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Thomas Homburg studied Chemistry in Germany and Sweden while researching and working in an Environmental Chemistry project at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton, in a Biotechnology project at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and in a Catalysis project at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society. As DBU and DAAD PhD fellow, he also investigated proton conductivity at the University Kiel and the University of Calgary. Before joining ISC3, Thomas worked in the field of polymer adhesives for a Swiss based company.

Thomas is very interested in the interplay of research, economics and law and is convinced that the transition towards sustainable chemistry lies in multi-disciplinary approaches.

Clara Martinez

International Relations Manager ISC3 Innovation Hub

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Clara Martinez is an Economist with a strong academic background and several years of work experience in the development sector with a focus on public administration and project management. She worked in the political advocacy of the SDGs 2030 in Colombia in partnership with the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments, UN-Habitat III, UNDP and UNCRD. She acquired relevant knowledge about sustainable chemistry during her internship in GIZ and got involved in the field of sustainable finance working as a Relationship Manager at the European Circular Bioeconomy Fund (ECBF). Currently, she builds and nourishes partnerships for ECBF and ISC3's Innovation Hub promoting sustainable business. Clara holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship Promotion from the University of Leipzig.

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.