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Staff Members

Mathias Schluep

Mathias Schluep

Managing 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...
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 Officer
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...
Sonia Valdivia

Sonia Valdivia

Scientific Director
Sonia Valdivia is a Scientific Director at the World Resources Forum. She works at WRF since 2014 on the areas of ‘sustainable recycling industries’ and ‘life cycle sustainability management’. Before she was Programme Officer at UNEP, and coordinated the Secretariat of the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative. She was conferred and Honorary Professorship by the Leuphana University...
Farnaz Eslamishoar

Farnaz Eslamishoar

Project Associate
Farnaz Eslamishoar has studied Management during her PhD at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Master of Comparative and International studies at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, B.A. (International Distinction Awarded) in International Relations at Webster University in St. Louis, MO, and BSc. in Mining Engineering in Amirkabir University of Technology in...
Antonia Mantonanaki

Antonia Mantonanaki

Project Associate
Antonia Mantonanaki is Environmental Engineer, M.Sc., and a Technical University of Crete (TUC, Greece) alumnus. She has a deep background and knowledge in the environmental and sustainability field with almost ten-year studies in all academic levels. Through her research experience, she contacted research related to waste management, water contamination by heavy metals and biochar. She...
Emanuele Di Francesco

Emanuele Di Francesco

Communications and Events Manager
Emanuele is Communications and Events Manager at the World Resources Forum Association, where he is responsible for the coordination of the WRF conferences, the communication activities of the organisation and projects-related dissemination tasks. With an academic background in economics and philosophy, Emanuele has been active in the field of circular economy innovation, as co-founder of...