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Staff Members

Bas de Leeuw

Bas de Leeuw

Managing Director
Bas de Leeuw is Managing Director of the World Resources Forum (WRF), based in Switzerland. WRF is wellknown for its annual flagship conferences, as well as for multistakeholder dialogue projects such as the EC Horizon2020 FORAM project (Advancing the idea of a World Forum on Raw Materials) and the ISO IWA program SRI (Sustainable Recycling...
Mathias Schluep

Mathias Schluep

Program Director
Dr. Mathias Schluep has studied Environmental Engineering and received his PhD in Natural Sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (Switzerland) in 2000. Mathias Schluep has worked in the academic and private sector in the fields of development cooperation, environmental research and general business consultancy at national and international levels for several...
Sonia Valdivia

Sonia Valdivia

Program Manager
Sonia Valdivia is a Program Manager at the World Resources Forum since mid August 2014 on the areas of ‘sustainable recycling industries’ and ‘life cycle management’. Before she was Programme Officer at the UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, and has been coordinating the Secretariat of the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative. She has a PhD...
Cecilia Matasci

Cecilia Matasci

Scientific Officer
Dr. Cecilia Matasci has studied Biology at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) and Natural Sciences of the Environment at the University of Geneva (Switzerland) from 2000 to 2003 and from 2004 to 2006. After various job experiences in Switzerland and abroad, she wrote her PhD thesis at the Economics and Environmental Management Laboratory at the...
Maria Lucia Hijar

Maria Lucia Hijar

Project Manager
María Lucía Híjar has studied Business Administration at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) from 2008 to 2012 and continued with the Master of Arts in Marketing, Services and Communication Management at the same university. Her main subject of interest focuses on consumer behaviour, responsible consumption, sustainable marketing and Hispanic studies. Meanwhile, she has been...
Nicole Nussbaumer

Nicole Nussbaumer

Executive Assistant
Nicole Nussbaumer has graduated at the Business School of Basel (Switzerland) in 1998. She has worked as a secretary in various Swiss companies since then. Nicole joined the World Resources Forum in 2013 as an executive assistant where she is responsible for accounting, human resources and administration.
Shahrzad Manoochehri

Shahrzad Manoochehri

Project Manager
Dr. Shahrzad Manoochehri has studied Geology and received her PhD in field of Geochemistry and Petrology from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (Switzerland), where she continued working as a research associate at the Department of Earth Sciences. During this time, she was doing experimental and analytical investigations on the world’s largest chromium ore...
Rafael Widmer

Rafael Widmer

Project Associate
Rafael Widmer is currently enrolled in a Dual Degree Master‘s programme in Environmental Policy and International Affairs & Governance at Sciences Po Paris and the University of St. Gallen. He is mainly interested in eco-innovation as well as sustainability and environmental issues of the Middle East. Rafael currently writes his master thesis on the Assessment...
Thad Mermer

Thad Mermer

Website Support
Originally from Canada, Thad Mermer has worked in various capacities for over 20 years with the United Nations and other international organizations in the environmental protection and sustainable development sectors. His work profile has transitioned over the years from hands-on Industrial Ecology and Cleaner Production projects to online communications, research, publication editing, and graphic design. The transition included several geographical locations along...
Sandra Méndez Fajardo

Sandra Méndez Fajardo

Project Associate
Sandra Méndez Fajardo obtained her degree in Civil Engineering in the year 2000 from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (PUJ) in Bogotá, Colombia. In 2007 she obtained her MSc in Civil Engineering focused on environmental issues, from the Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá. In 2016 she obtained her degree as PhD in Engineering at the PUJ. Her...
Anna Hagedorn

Anna Hagedorn

Project Associate
Anna-Katharina Hagedorn is currently enrolled in the Master’s Course Sustainability Management at the University of Leipzig in Germany, with Resources Management as the main focus of her studies. Previously she was employed as an intern and research assistant at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig and at the Chair of Environmental Management at...
Maria Sureda

Maria Sureda

Project Associate
Maria Sureda Serra has a degree in Law by the University of the Balearic Islands (Spain) and a Master’s degree in Diplomacy and International Public Service by the CEI International Affairs (Spain). Her expertise lies in the area of Human Rights. In 2013, she worked for the NGO EarthRights International in its Amazon Legal Office...

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