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.

Ms. 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. Geethu Balachandran
Project Manager

Geethu Balachandran worked as Research Associate at Karlsruhe Instuitute of Technology, Germany from May 2014-Oct 2018 and she will be soon defending her PhD thesis at Materials Science and Engineering department at TU Darmstadt, Germany. She graduated with Master of Engineering (M.Eng) in Feb 2014 in the field of Nanotechnology from Amity University, India.

Since Dec 2017, she is working at European Virtual Institute for Integrated Risk Management (EU-VRi) as a Project Manager, with main focus on NanoSafety Cluster projects of Horizon 2020 European Union Research and Innovation programme. The projects address the safety of materials and technologies enabled by the use of nanoparticles. The studied aspects include toxicology, ecotoxicology, exposure assessment, mechanisms of interaction, risk assessment and standardisation. She is in charge of technical reporting, and participation in the submissions of proposals as well as in the coordination of partners in standardization projects.

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).

Dr. Parva Chhantyal
Project Manager

Dr. Parva Chhantyal graduated from The University of Manchester, England with a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering in 2013. She then moved to Hannover University, Germany to pursue her PhD degree in Nanotechnology. During her PhD, she also held Research Assistant position at Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. Her work experience and PhD specialized in understanding the optical properties of Nano-materials. Since completing her PhD in November 2017, she is working at Steinbeis R-Tech and part-time at European Virtual Institute for Integrated Risk Management for Industrial and European funded Projects as a Project Manager. She is in charge of the caLIBRAte, BIO4SELF and RessFAST projects. Her work responsibilities include, life-cycle assessment of the productions in co-operation with different industrial partners as well as the risk analysis of nanomaterials. 

Her areas of interest are Chemical Engineering, Nanotechnology, Bio-materials, sustainability, life-cycle assessment and project management.

Ms. Amrita Choudhary
Technical team staff (Projektmitarbeiter)

Amrita Choudhary has graduated with an M.Sc. in Environmental Governance from the University of Freiburg (Germany). Since 2016, she is working as technical team member at the European Virtual Institute for Integrated Risk Management, in Stuttgart (Germany), mainly on research projects funded H2020 Framework Programmes (European Commission) and in close collaboration with well-known industrial companies, research institutes and universities. Her current work is focused on project SmartResilience. The project focuses on investigating the resilience of smart critical infrastructure in European cities. It involves multiple research institutions, industry, end-users and stakeholders. 

From 2008 to 2012, she worked at Tetra Pak India Pvt. ltd. as an Environment communication executive where she lead large scale environment education projects to instil a habit of sustainable consumption, improving the business case for waste collection & recycling for sustainable resource management, environmental reporting and working closely with important stakeholders.

Her areas of interest are risk and resilience management in urban systems, company social responsibility (CSR), waste management, recycling, recovery program development, circular economy, GRI, strategic planning, stakeholder management, policy analysis, project management, budgeting and monitoring.

Mr. Marjan Jelic
IT Specialist

Marjan Jelic, finished his bachelor studies in Faculty of Technical Science in Zrenjanin, University of Novi Sad (Serbia). He currently works  as an IT Specialist and Support (EU-VRi). He is responsible for software solutions and components in SmartResilience and ResiStand projects, as well as modifications inside Risk Tweet and Risk Radar applications which are part of iNTeg-Risk 1StopShop and will be used in further projects (e.g. Risk Radar China).
Skills and competences:

  • Software development in Microsoft .NET and VBA
  • Databases (Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Access, MySQL)
  • Web design (HTML, CSS, Bootstrap)
  • Server administration (Microsoft Windows Server)
  • Graphic design (Corel Draw, Adobe Photoshop)
  • CAD and modeling (Autodesk AutoCAD, Autodesk 3D Studio MAX)
  • MS Office
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. Valeria Maraglino
Technical team staff (Projektmitarbeiter)

Valeria Maraglino is an Environmental Engineer and Big data analyst working in the technical team at the European Virtual Institute for Integrated Risk Management, in Stuttgart (Germany), within SmartResilience project.

She graduated in Environmental Engineering (Master degree) at Politecnico di Bari (Italy). She was also a visiting student at the international research centre of the Universidad de Cantabria in Santander (Spain) focusing on smart cities, transport modeling and quality management. After her thesis in coastal video-monitoring, she has been involved in the development and application of many projects for the hydraulic sectors. At Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, (JRC - Ispra), In Disaster Risk Management department she contributed to the development of a harmonized coastal risk assessment and management tool at pan-European and global scale. The primary duties involved natural hazard analysis supporting the development and application of integrated coastal risk models and improved exposure and vulnerability assessment tools. Her research activities at Deltares, Delft (the Netherlands), included also risk analysis of critical infrastructures, coastal hazard with a focus on impact based forecasting and warning for small islands which are vulnerable to the impact of sea level rise, wave attack and flooding, through innovative and integrated solution, information and visualization tools.

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.

Ms. Flor Angela Quintero
Senior Project Manager

Flor Angela Quintero, graduated in 2010 in Chemical Engineering in Los Andes University – Colombia and in January 2014, simultaneously with the professional work achieved a Master of Engineering (M.Eng) in the field of Risk Engineering and Management. She is since 5 years working at Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies as a Senior Project Manager for Industrial and European funded projects. In the European projects, the main focus is in the areas of risks and environmental impact assessment for new technologies, and for industrial projects the main focus is in the implementation of process safety management system. She is in charge of financial and technical reporting, and participation in the submissions proposals as well as in the coordination of partners in standardization projects and management of staff. In addition to the above mentioned activities, she is also participating as a member of the executive board of EU-VRi (European Virtual Institute for Integrated Risks Management) and is involved in EU-VRi projects with a part time contract.

Ms. Quintero has a comprehensive experience of project management, International stakeholder's engagement and working in international environment.

Ms. Quintero is native Spanish speaker, fluent in English and German.
Dr. Anabela Reis

Dr. Anabela Reis is a Risk Engineer at R-Tech / EU-VRi. She has a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) in Lisbon, Portugal. Anabela's research used the establishment of Embraer manufacturing facilities in Portugal in 2010 as motivation to explore pathways towards the creation, development, and accumulation of technological capacity in aeronautics. During her PhD studies, she integrated the International Risk Governance Council (IRGC) international network, and she was a visiting student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA), and at Instituto Técnológico de Aeronáutica (Brazil). She earned a Masters in Aerospace Engineering from IST in 2011. She did a summer course in Further Statistics for Economics and Econometrics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK) in 2012. She also worked as a researcher at the Statistics and Prospective Unit of IST, supporting the development of statistical analysis on higher education data in 2011-2012. Her research activities include the development of a high altitude balloon project that can be used as a low cost platform that executes scientific missions in a near-space environment (BALUA), as well as an energy efficiency project that focuses on sustainable measures on IST campus (DoContra).