Elected Members

Avantika Shastri

India

Avantika is a chemical engineer with a PhD in metabolic engineering from Purdue University. She has over 8 years of experience in applying life cycle thinking and LCA for petrochemicals, polymers and engineering thermoplastics businesses at SABIC. She has helped to develop and implement processes and tools to measure and steer sustainability in R&D portfolio management, and conducted LCAs to enable marketing, CDP reporting, and various other business decision support projects. A certified LCA practitioner (ACLCA 2016), she enjoys teaching and coaching junior team members into the arts and insights of LCA practice.

Re-Elected 2020

Guy Castelan

France

Graduated in Chemical Engineering, Guy has spent most of his career in the chemical company now named Arkema, in manufacturing, process control, and polymer development. In 2000 he joined the corporate Sustainable Development team to be in charge of Product Safety activities and later of LCA activities. In 2007 he was seconded to PlasticsEurope and rapidly took over the Life Cycle Thinking and Sustainability activities of PlasticsEurope, including the program management of LCI datasets of polymers. Since then, he has been involved in ISOTC207 standardization works, the European Environmental Footprint and has been in the Steering board of the UNEP Life Cycle Initiative for the last 3 years.

Elected 2020

Hassana Elzein

Canada

Hassana is currently completing her Ph.D. at the International Reference Centre for the Life Cycle of Products, Processes, and Services (CIRAIG) -Polytechnique Montreal. Her research focuses on the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and analysis of time-dependent systems such as smart power grids. Hassana’s research interests include environmental protection, renewable energy, sustainability, and clean mobility. After obtaining a masters degree in petroleum engineering, Hassana delved into the environmental field. She has been active in the LCA community since 2014 and has presented and participated in the organization of various conferences and workshops. Currently, Hassana is the co-chair of the student committee of the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment (ACLCA). As a board member of PolyCarbone, Hassana has been actively working on promoting sustainable initiatives on Polytechnique’s campus.

Elected 2019

Ivo Mersiowsky

Germany

Ivo’s mission is to assist change-makers in analysing product sustainability and developing sustainable business models. Since 2015, he is founder and managing partner of Quiridium, a consultancy start-up catalysing sustainability in product management and leadership. An environmental engineer by profession, Ivo holds a PhD on environmental behaviour of products and has more than twenty years of experience in various sustainability-related functions: Researcher and consultant on plastics waste management (Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg, 1995—2002); in-house consultant life cycle & sustainability in the chemical industry (Solvay, 2003—2005); senior consultant product sustainability (Five Winds International, 2006—2008); business line manager sustainability management and member of the management team in a business assurance group (DEKRA Consulting, 2008—2014). As a part-time lecturer in international business management courses, Ivo coaches the next generation of decision-makers on integrating sustainability in their professional and private lives.

Elected 2019

Kevin Harding

South Africa

Kevin is a chemical engineering graduate from the University of Cape Town with a PhD investigating life cycle aspects of industrial bioprocess systems.  He spent time as a consultant at Environmental Resources Management (ERM SA) before joining the School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (South Africa).  As an associate professor at the University, he lecturers undergraduates across various courses and spends his research time investigating water related and LCA issues in mining, bioprocess and other industrial systems.  As co-founder of the Industrial and Mining Research Unit (IMWaRU), the group maintains projects across both the academic as well as commercial space to allow for practical solutions beyond just the theoretical.

Elected 2019

Marcel Gómez

Spain

Marcel Gómez is a biologist (by the University of Barcelona) and environmental scientist (by the University of Geneva) seeking to approach Life Cycle Thinking to private and public organizations. He founded Marcel Gómez Consultoría Ambiental in 2006, one of the first consultancy offices specialized in Life Cycle Thinking in Spain, offering also energy efficiency services. He is member of the Technical Committee CTN 198 Sustainability in construction (Spanish branch of the CEN/TC 350), of the Evaluation board of certification bodies by the Entidad Mexicana de Acreditación (Mexico), of the working group on LCA of the Green Building Council Europe on LEED and of the Aeronautic Cluster of Madrid (Spain). He has a wide experience on Life Cycle Management (implementation/verification of Environmental Products Declarations, product and organization Carbon Footprint implementation/verification, sustainability in construction including LEVELs European methodology, Life Cycle Costing, European research projects, etc.) and energy efficiency consultancy (industry, public services and buildings).

Elected 2019

Marzia Traverso*

Germany

Marzia is a full professor and head of the Institute and Chair of Sustainability in Civil Engineering at RWTH Aachen University since 1 June 2017. She holds a PhD of Environmental Technical Physics of University of Palermo, and is an environmental engineer, working in the field of Life Cycle Assessment and sustainability performance of building, textile and transport sector. From May 2016 – April 2017 she worked as Scientific Officer at European Commission, JRC Seville in the Product Bureau. From Nov. 2011 to March 2016, she was project manager at BMW Group, in the Sustainability Product department. From August 2008 to October 2011, Mazia did her post doc and worked as a scientific assistant and lecturer at the Chair of Sustainability Engineering of TU Berlin. Currently Marzia is a subject editor on Social life cycle Assessment in the International Journal of LCA. She is also a Member of the Steering Committee of Social LC Alliance and Italian Network of LCA and founded the non-profit organization iSuD.

Re-Elected 2020

Melissa Díaz Segura**

Costa Rica

Melissa is a life cycle project manager at the Center of Life Cycle Assessment and Sustainable Design (CADIS), working to implement LCA and circular economy approaches through the Latin American region. She graduated as an environmental engineer from the Technological Institute of Costa Rica and completed her master’s degree in Environmental Strategies at the University of Surrey, England. She previously worked with the Secretariat of the Life Cycle Initiative of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the Costa Rican chapter of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). She has experience advising companies in the determination of their environmental footprints, ecolabeling and climate change strategies. She is also is an active promoter of the Costa Rican Network of Life Cycle Assessment. Additionally, she enjoys delivering training programs, workshops and webinars on product environmental footprint, life cycle analysis and circular economy, among others.

Elected 2020

Mireille Rack

United Kingdom

Mireille is a Senior Consultant in Product Sustainability at the global sustainability consultancy, ERM. She has been working with life cycle approaches for 10 years, being first introduced to the concept whilst studying for an MSc in Environmental Technology at Imperial College London (ICL). She also obtained her PhD from ICL, applying LCA, LCC and SLCA for a triple bottom line sustainability assessment. Mireille has worked in the life cycle field across a range of sectors, including international organisation (UN Environment Programme), academia (ICL) and industry (Tata Steel Europe). She has a keen interest in promoting the relevance and capabilities of life cycle thinking and methodologies, and further developing the life cycle community. Mireille therefore founded and is currently co-leading the Imperial College Life Cycle Network, maintaining a visiting researcher status at ICL. The Imperial Network is facilitating the creation of a more formalised UK life cycle community.

Elected 2019

*President | **Vice-President

Invited Organisations

ISO-logoThe International Standards Organisation (ISO) has been invited to provide an additional perspective to the Board of Directors. Philippe Osset has been nominated by ISO TC 207 / SC 5 to represent ISO at the Board of Directors. ISO TC 207 / SC 5 is ISO’s Committee on Environmental Management and is responsible for setting all ISO life cycle standards such as the ISO 14040 series.

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