European Advisory Board

UrbanWINS had the support of a European Advisory Board (EAB), comprised of 20 high-level representatives from EU decision-making bodies, regulatory bodies and other stakeholders from the waste sector.

The EAB contributed to the project by providing feedback on the technical developments of the project and in disseminating the project outcomes to gain a broader outreach, such as with newer EU Member States.

The EAB, together with the UrbanWINS team, announced the Alliance for Urban Metabolism at the final conference of the project.

Piotr Barczak - European Environmental Bureau

Piotr Barczak works for the European Environmental Bureau. Having studied in Poznan and Bremen, Piotr holds a Masters degree in Geography with a specialisation in Spatial Management and Regional Development. He also has a diploma in Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change. He started his professional career as a land surveyor for a private company providing technical analysis of urban and coastal areas. He worked in the Polish Ministry of the Environment and, afterwards, in several missions in the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan collaborating with Caritas and the UN Mission to South Sudan. In 2013, he joined the EU Policy Team of the European Environmental Bureau working on air pollution and waste. He is now responsible for the waste policy at the EEB representing the voice of around 150 national NGOs dealing with environmental protection.



Silvia Cappa - Region Lombardia

Silvia Cappa has been working for Lombardy Region since 2002 and since 2010 in the regional permitting bureau for waste treatment plants. In particular, she is in charge of approval for landfills for asbestos waste, incinerators of domestic waste and plants testing and using new technologies for the treatment.



A Ph.D. environmental engineer with particular experience in project evaluation, connected to impact assessment and authorization, experience gained in private and public administration.

Pilar Chiva - Catalan Waste Agency

Pilar Chiva has a degree in chemistry from the University of Barcelona. Various additional training in environment and energy.



Twenty years of professional experience at the Catalan environmental administration, initially at the Catalan Energy Institute and later at the Catalan Waste Agency of the Generalitat de Catalunya, where she held the positions of Head of Information Department, Director of the Catalan Recycling Centre and, since January 2010, Director of Prevention and Recycling Area. The Catalan Waste Agency is an entity of public law responsible for managing the waste generated throughout Catalonia.

Ines Diogo - Portuguese Environment Agency

Inês Diogo has a degree in Environmental Engineering, with a post-graduate degree in Occupational Health and Safety and a Masters in Environmental Engineering. She began her professional activity in the private sector in consulting and design areas, performing different functions related with environmental engineering. In 2006, already in a Waste Management and Treatment company, she was responsible for Quality and Environment and Production and Logistics Departments. At the end of 2010, she joined another Waste Management company to perform the function of being responsible for the management of the largest hospital waste treatment unit in Portugal. In 2011, she was an advisor to the Office of the Secretary of State for Environment and Spatial Planning, where she ensured the issuance of technical opinions related to the Environment area, as well as the monitoring of public agencies and services under the responsibility of the Secretary of State. At the beginning of 2012, she assumed the position of member of the Board of the Portuguese Environment Agency (APA) where she is responsible for the portfolios of Waste, Contaminated Soils, Environmental Liabilities, Information Technology (IT), Environmental Reference Laboratory.

About Portuguese Environment Agency (APA)
APA is the national public body whose mission is to develop and monitor the management of environment and sustainable development policies. It works in close cooperation with other public, private and non-governmental organizations, to ensure a high level of protection and enhancement of environmental systems. APA works in close cooperation with the European Environment Agency, mainly through the EIONET network, for which it is the National Focal Point (NFP). As a NFP, APA is responsible for developing and maintaining a national network of reference organizations and experts working and researching environment and sustainable development issues, identifying national sources of information, collecting data and information resulting from monitoring activities and, finally, supporting the EEA in communicating its activities in Portugal. Main Areas of Activity: air, water, waste, climate changes, environmental assessment, chemicals, noise, environmental risks, public participation, coastal defense, environmental licensing and sustainable development.


Marinela Dracea - CIROM

Marinela Dracea has a degree in chemistry from the Polytechnic Institute Traian Vuia from Timisoara. In her 26 years of professional experience, she has been dealing with issues such as environmental protection, waste management, resource efficiency, climate change (EU – ETS), industrial emissions, Circular Economy, cement, lime etc., her area of expertise being environmental protection and waste management.
Currently she is working at CIROM – The Employers` Association from Cement Industry , occupying the position of Executive Director.The industry she represents has a vast experience in waste recovery, this being also known as co-processing/co-incineration waste in cement industry, which is a very important part of the Circular Economy.Over the years she have contributed / participated as an expert on environmental issues within the various Working Groups of the Ministries, Chamber of Deputies, Senate and other institutions, contributing to the development of policies, strategies, laws, especially in the waste management field.



Sepp Eisenriegler - Austrian re-use and repair network

Sepp Eisenriegler is a social entrepreneur and founder of Repair and Service Center R.U.S.Z, Vienna.
R.U.S.Z created an enormous demand for repair services which seeded the Repair Network Vienna (, a network of some 80 private, profit oriented repair companies followed by another three repair networks in Austria (
R.U.S.Z was a founding member of the EU umbrella for Social Economy RREUSE ( four years Sepp Eisenriegler served as president of RREUSE and successfully lobbied the EU Waste legislation (WEEE Directive, Waste-Framework Directive). Currently he is lobbying the Ecodesign Directive, the Ecolabelling Directive and fights for ressource efficiency within the Circular Economy.




Ann-Louise Eliasson - City of Gothenburg

Ann-Louise Eliasson works as strategist for the Department of Sustainable Waste and Water, City of Gothenburg. The department is responsible for the waste management for the households of Gothenburg and for the city’s waste management plans. Ann-Louise Eliasson coordinates plans, tariffs and regulations for Gothenburg’s waste management. She has a master’s degree in civil engineering and has worked in waste management as a consultant and for municipalities since the early nineties.



Joan Prummel - RWS (NL Ministry of Infrastructure)

As the first category manager on waste and resource management for the Dutch national government (2014-2016) I had two main focus areas: implementation of waste separation in our behaviour and in our contracts, and decreasing the total volume of our waste flows. Recycling obviously is part of the solution, but we also looked for solutions at the beginning of our waste flows: the purchasing of products and their packaging. I learned to work with the interests and the market of waste management companies and I started implementing circular procurement in our organisation.
I now work as international Strategic Advisor on Circular Procurement. To improve the circularity of any organisation, circular procurement is the way to implement it. Just because procurement is the only way in. Together with international colleagues I help and guide organisations to set their ambitions, policies and operations, aiming at a more circular organisation. Circularity connects resource efficiency and sustainability to economic benefits. The strength lies in collaboration: through the supply chain (with the market) and within the organisation. We advise, stimulate and support public bodies (and private companies) in Europe about circular procurement: using their procurement as a lever to stimulate circular economy. Enjoy the benefits of circular business models, ‘produce’ useful resource flows instead of waste and diminish the total volume of waste.


Georgeta Ionescu - Ministry of Environment, Water and Forests (Romania)

Georgeta Ionescu is vice-president at the Romanian Environment Fund Administration.



Rüf Jodok - Telesis

Rüf Jodok has a background in environmental and process engineering, as well as energy engineering. He works for Telesis (Austria), a company that manages development projects, mainly regional development projects. He is currently involved in the CESBA-Alps project, a transnational Interreg initiative to develop and test an assessment method for territories towards a more sustainable built environment.



Libera Amenta - University of Naples Federico II and Delft University of Technology (TUD), REPAiR Peri-urban Living Lab (PULL)

Libera Amenta is a post-doc researcher in the Department of Urbanism, which is within the Chair of Environmental Technology and Design at Delft University of Technology (TUD), and is located in the Netherlands. She also works at the Department of Architecture at the University of Naples Federico II (DiARC UNINA), which is located in Italy.
She currently holds a PhD in Urban Design and Planning, and also a Master Degree (cum laude) in Architecture, and both were gained at DiARC. She gained her PhD in May 2015, which resulted with a research project entitled REVERSE LAND Wasted Landscapes as a resource to re-cycle contemporary cities.
Since 2016, she has been carrying out research on topics regarding the “circular regeneration of wastescapes” as member of the funded “Horizon 2020” (H2020) project titled “REPAiR-Resource Management In Peri-urban Areas: Going Beyond Urban Metabolism”, which is lead by TUD prof. Arjan van Timmeren. She is the leader of the REPAiR Peri-urban Living Lab (PULL) in Naples, which is one of the two pilot cases of the research project, and the other pilot case being in Amsterdam.
She is member of the Advisory Board for the H2020 project tiled “UrbanWINS,” which involves waste prevention and management in 24 cities, and works towards finding solutions that provide resilience and resource efficiency.
She has also received approval and funds for a fellowship within the project “OPPORTUNITÀ,” which involves topics regarding how the “Circular Economy” can be applied to both urban and landscape regeneration at the University of Venice (IUAV), which is also located in Italy.
Since 2018, she has also been tutoring design studio courses at TUD, which are focused on topics regarding sustainable neighbourhoods and potential spatial strategies for the global metropolis.
She most recently published, together with prof. Arjan van Timmeren, a scientific paper entitled Beyond Wastescapes: Towards Circular Landscapes. This paper was published in the international journal called Sustainability, and it addresses the “Spatial Dimension of Circularity through the Regeneration of Wastescapes.”

Cristina Jonsson - Swedish Environmental Protection Agency

Cristina Jonsson works for the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.

Blanca Martinez de Foix - DIBA

Blanca Martinez de Foix works for Diputació de Barcelona (Spain).

Benedita Chaves - LIPOR

Benedita Chaves has a degree in environmental engineering and additional training in environmental health by Universidade Católica Portuguesa.
She has been working for Lipor since 2001 and since 2016 in the Research, Development and Innovation Unit. She is in charge of the innovation strategy in the organization and has particular experience in project management with citizen involvement. Lipor is the Intermunicipal Waste Management of Greater Porto responsible for the management, recovery and treatment of the Municipal Waste produced in 8 associated municipalities of 1million inhabitants.

Olga Romao - GEOTA

Olga Romao works for the Portugues NGO GEOTA

Michelangelo Russo - University of Naples Federico II

Michelangelo Russo works for the Italian University of Naples Federico II.

Dario Sciunnach - Region Lombardia

Dario Sciunnach is the responsible for the Department for EIA, IPPC permitting and Major Accident Risk management at Regione Lombardia, the regional government of Lombardy (Northern Italy). Since Jan 1st 2017 he is also responsible for the Interreg Europe project CircE on circular economy.

A Ph.D. geologist, he has been working for 21 years at Regione Lombardia, in a wide range of activities, including geological mapping (in cooperation with the Milan universities, the Italian Stratigraphic Commission, the National Research Council and ENI Group), disaster management, Spatial Data Infrastructures for urban planning, tourism infrastructuring and geotourism, both in Lombardy and in the Cape Verde Islands. Author of over 50 scientific papers, he has tutored about 20 students from the Milan and Bonn universities.

Peter Szuppinger - REC

Peter Szuppinger is an expert of Sustainable Resource Use at the Head Office of the Regional Environmental Center (REC). He has 15 years of experience working on projects supporting the development of new environmental policies, strategies and initiatives and as well as the analysis and evaluation of existing ones on European, national and local level. He is dealing with resource efficiency, waste and circular economy, air quality and industrial emissions, eco-innovation, sustainable consumption issues, urban sustainable development and energy related topics. His specific area of expertise is green public procurement and procurement of innovation. He was a contributing expert of the European Topic Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (2009-2014).

Javier Vázquez Lamas - City of Santiago de Compostela

Javier Vázquez Lamas is an engineer with an MBA.

Former entrepreneur, co-founded 3 tech startups. Since September 2015, senior policy advisor for the government of Santiago de Compostela City Council (Spain), working mainly on innovation, transparency and sustainability (energy, waste).

Vanya Veras - Municipal Waste Europe

Vanya Veras is the Secretary General of Municipal Waste Europe.

Daniela Luise - National Association for Agenda 21

Daniela Luise is part of the National Association for Agenda 21 (Italy).

Claudia Brunori - ENEA Division for Resource Efficiency

The Division for Resource Efficiency of the ENEA Department  for Sustainability supports the transition to new production and consumption systems, based on sustainable supply and use of resources, reduction of environmental emissions and social impacts of productive activities.
The Division promotes circular economy at various levels: within productive processes, within industrial areas, onto urban territories. It operates in the sustainable management of waste and water and in the recovery/recycling of secondary raw materials from end-of-life products with the development, implementation and dissemination of integrated models for territorial sustainable management with particular reference to tourism sector and industrial areas and districts. It promotes and implements eco-innovation for resource efficiency in production processes and on the territory and industrial ecology programs for advanced manufacturing systems.

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