Prof. Ortwin Renn

Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Ortwin Renn (male), serves as full professor and Chair of Environmental Sociology and Technology Assessment at the University of Stuttgart (Germany). He directs the Stuttgart Research Center for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies at the University of Stuttgart (ZIRIUS) and the non-profit company DIALOGIK, a research institute for the investigation of communication and participation processes in environmental policy making. Renn also serves as Adjunct Professor for “Integrated Risk Analysis” at Stavanger University (Norway) and as Affiliate Professor for “Risk Governance” at Beijing Normal University.

Ortwin Renn has a doctoral degree in social psychology from the University of Cologne. His career included teaching and research positions at the Juelich Nuclear Research Center, Clark University (Worcester, USA), the Swiss Institute of Technology (Zuerich) and the Center of Technology Assessment (Stuttgart). Among others he is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of EU President Barroso, the Scientific and Technical Council of the International Risk Governance Council (IRGC) in Lausanne, the National Academy of Disaster Reduction and Emergency Management of the People’s Republic of China and several national and international Academies of Science. In the past he served on the panel on “Public Participation in Environmental Assessment and Decision Making” of the U.S.-National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. (from 2005-2007) and on the German Federal Government’s “Commission on Energy Ethics” (2011). In 2012 he was elected president of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA).

His honours include an honorary doctorate from the Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), an honorary affiliate professorship at the Technical University Munich, the “Distinguished Achievement Award” of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) and several best publication awards. In 2012 the German Federal Government awarded him the National Cross of Merit Order in recognition of his outstanding academic performance. Renn is primarily interested in risk governance, political participation as well as technical and social change towards sustainability. Since 2012 he co-directs together with Armin Grunwald the German Helmholtz-Alliance: “Future infrastructures for meeting energy demands. Towards sustainability and social compatibility“. Renn has published more than 30 books and 250 articles, most prominently the monograph “Risk Governance” (Earthscan: London 2008).

Mr. Aleksandar S. Jovanovic
Since 2001, he is the director of the Steinbeis Transfer Center Advanced Risk Technologies in Stuttgart, Germany providing consultancy in the areas of risk assessment and management for industry and public sector. As from 2006 is also the CEO of European Virtual Institute for Integrated Risk Management (EU-VRi) and the EU Project Director at ZIRIUS (Research Center for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies at the University of Stuttgart), teaching the courses in the area of CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) and Risk. His previous teaching assignments were in France (École Polytechnique, lecturer, director of research), Japan (University of Tokyo, guest lecturer), USA (La Jolla), VTT Finland (visiting professor) and other countries.

He has worked in industry (e.g. in USA), for The European Community (e.g. in Italy) and for the universities (e.g. the University of Stuttgart, Germany). He also acted as Seconded National Expert (Germany) with the EU in Brussels, Belgium, Directorate-General Research – Industrial Technologies and Materials.

A. Jovanovic has a long-year professional experience as project manager of many (50+) large international/multinational projects in the area innovation management, new technologies, emerging risk management, structured project management, advanced data analysis and data mining, and related areas.

Prof. Walter Bogaerts
Non-Executive General Manager

Walter Bogaerts is professor of Corrosion & Materials Engineering at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven, Belgium) and guest professor at the University of Gent. He holds appointments in the departments of Chemical Engineering, Sustainable Chemical Process Technology, and Metallurgy & Materials Engineering. He also teaches in KU Leuven’s post-graduate program on Safety Engineering and is a member of the Steering Committee of Belgium’s interuniversity program on Nuclear Engineering (BNEN).

He graduated summa cum laude as a chemical engineer from the University of Leuven (1977) and completed his PhD on corrosion problems in the energy sector (nuclear, geothermal) in 1981. He further specialized at Cambridge University (1983-84) and Stanford Research Institute (SRI International, 1985) with British Council, NATO and Fulbright fellowships. In 1988-1989 he was the founder of a pioneering university spin-off company dealing with advanced informatics and artificial intelligence applications in the field of materials and corrosion engineering (MetaLogic n.v.). With his team he also authored the first “e-books” in this field, e.g. for Elsevier Science Publishers (1992, 1996) and NACE International (2000). For this work he received the T.J. Hull Award.

Aside from his scientific and academic career, prof. Bogaerts has been CEO of Belgium’s central nuclear waste treatment facility (Belgoprocess n.v.) and since 2018 he is the ‘non-executive general director’ of EU-VRi. He runs his own engineering company and is a regular consultant for the European Commission and for the international chemical and nuclear industry.

Dr. Snežana Jovanovic

Medical Doctor (1979), M. Sc. (1982), Specialist in Hygiene and Microbiology (1986), Ph. D. (1995). During the period 1980 – 1991 she worked at Institute for Health Protection of Serbia (Belgrade, Yugoslavia), Department of public health and Environmental Hygiene (U.S.S.L. 2, Cittiglio, Italy), Institute of Hygiene at the Medical School of the University of Milan (Italy), Institute of Hygiene, Univ. of Tübingen (Germany).
Since 1992 she is employed at State Health Agency Stuttgart, Germany. The main topics of her work are:

  • Risk assessment and monitoring of health effects associated with chemical and biological environmental and occupational pollution.
  • Planning and performing of projects related to heavy metals, THM´s in swimming pools, tar based parquet adhesive, biological agents (moulds, mites), and noise.
  • Participation in the EU project (NNGL = Night time Noise Guideline, ECOHEIS)
  • Providing consultancy for the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and public health departments in Baden-Württemberg as well as for other authorities, specialist and public in the matters of public health. 
  • Organization and leading of courses in the field of occupational and environmental medicine

November 2006 - December 2009, part time: Leading of EU-VRi Management Office. European Virtual Institute for Integrated Risk Management EU-VRi Stuttgart is an EEIG = European Economic Interest Grouping (

April 2002 onwards, part time: Support in the leading of Steinbeis Transfer Centres Advanced Risk Technologies ( Consultancy in the areas of health risk assessment associated with chemical and biological environmental and occupational pollution. Health risk assessment of new technologies.

September 2014 onwards Director of the WHO Colaborating Centr "Housing and Health"

Ms. Stela Butorajac Djurovic
Project assistant
Mr. Bastien Caillard
Senior Project Manager

Bastien CAILLARD graduated in 2010 as Engineer in Mechanical Engineering (Ecole des Mines d’Alès, FR). The same year, he obtained a Master's degree in Management of the Organization (mention: Management of the International Projects) of the Louis Pasteur University (Strasbourg, FR). Since 2010, he is working as project manager at EU-VRi, the European Virtual Institute for Integrated Risk Management, in Stuttgart (Germany), mainly on research projects funded by FP7 and H2020 Framework Programmes (European Commission) and in close collaboration with well-known industrial companies, laboratories and universities. He has developed expertise in management of projects in the field of risks management in relation with problematics going from new energies (biogas,energy storage…) to aging of infrastructures, but also related to new technologies such as nanotechnologies. Since 2010, he is also member of the secretariat of the European Technology Platform on Industrial Safety (ETPIS).

Mr. Marjan Jelic
CIO & IT Specialist

Marjan Jelic is a software developer with more than 20 years’ experience in web, application and back-end development. Since September 2016, he works as a CIO & IT Specialist and Support in IT department of the Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies in Stuttgart Germany. His responsibilities are software solutions (tools) in SmartResilience, cALIBRAte, ENCIRCLE, PANBioRA and SILICOFCM projects. Before, he has been a member of team in ResiStand and RiskRadar China project. Marjan Jelic holds a Bachelor of Science degree (B.Sc) in Computer Science from the University of Novi Sad (Faculty of Technical Science in Zrenjanin), Serbia.

Ms. Roswitha Kokejl
Project assistant
Roswitha Kokejl works mainly in administration and PR. She supports the activities of EU-VRi management in preparation of reports, leaflets and templates.
Ms. Shannon Macika
Project Manager Technical Team Member (Projektmitarbeiterin)
Shannon Macika joined EU-VRi in October 2018 as a Trainee and is currently a Technical Team Member (Projektmitarbeiterin) working for EU-VRi/R-Tech on SmartResilience and other EU H2020 projects, primarily assisting with project dissemination, education, and related activities. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Health & Societies from the University of Pennsylvania (United States, 2014) and graduated in summer 2019 with a Master of Public Health (MPH) from George Washington University (United States) with focuses in the areas of health policy and program planning and evaluation. Prior to joining EU-VRi, Shannon worked for the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a Public Health Associate on assignment to the Environmental Health office at the Virginia Department of Health (Richmond, VA, United States).
Ms. Vanessa Pfau
Senior Project Manager
Vanessa Pfau is one of the Directors of Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies Africa Pty Ltd. In addition, she is employed by the Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies Group (EU-VRi and R-Tech) as a Senior Project Manager in the area of International Industrial Projects, European and National Research Projects and in the field of training and higher education. The activities of the Group involve projects and activities on industrial, national, EU, and international level, tackling, e.g. integrated management of risk related to new technologies, resilience and related standardization activities,  and governance and regulatory aspects of risks. Since 2017 Ms. Pfau is part of the EU-VRi Executive Board.

Ms. Pfau is involved in the activities of the Steinbeis University Berlin, Transfer Institute Advanced Risk Technologies, which is offering Training and Certification in the area of Risk Engineering and Management. Ms. Pfau was responsible for implementing certification courses in European countries, as well as in South Africa and China, in cooperation with local Universities and Industry. More than 900 certificates of successful training have been provided to South African participants in the past years.

Previously she was engaged by the Department of Environmental Sociology and Technology Assessment of the University of Stuttgart and the National Aeronautics and Space Research Centre of Germany (Department of Systems Analysis and Technology Assessment). Ms. Pfau attained a Master’s Degree in „Empirical Political and Social Research and Analysis” with a focus on Sociology of Risks and Technology.