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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 known 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...
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...
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...
Fabian Ottiger

Fabian Ottiger

Project Associate
After having successfully completed a five months internship, Fabian now works for the World Resources Forum and the Sustainable Recycling Industries project. He holds a master in geography and a master in history, both obtained at the University of Bern. Before working for the WRF, Fabian worked for the Institute of Geography as well as...
Jessica Clement

Jessica Clement

Project Associate
Jessica Clement is a researcher in economics and public policy. She earned her PhD degree in economics, which focused on institutional political economy, in 2018 from the University of Pairs 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. At this time she became interested in sustainable development and subsequently worked as a post-doctoral researcher at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)...
Manuele Capelli

Manuele Capelli

Intern
Manuele Capelli is a Master student at ETH Zurich in Management, Technology and Economics. Previously he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science also at ETH with a focus on biogeochemistry. His interest on resource economics led him to write his Bachelor thesis on the importance of rare earth elements (REE) in the...