Meet the team

Meet the team that works to support the Zero Waste Europe network

We are a network made up of our members. In addition to those members working to create zero waste on the national level, we also have staff working from the Zero Waste Europe offices in Brussels, Belgium and Manchester, UK. These staff work to support the zero waste movement, and to drive ambitious policies at the European level. Since the founding of the Zero Waste Europe network, the organisations has grown significantly, with new staff joining the team and bringing their experience and expertise to our fantastic team. Find out more about them and get in touch below.

The Zero Waste Europe network and staff receive technical advice and insight from the Scientific Committee. Consisting of renowned scientific experts in the field of waste management, this board ensures the technical consistency and feasibility of our policies and gives advice to the Board. Their insight is used to inform our positions and stances on a number of zero waste issues. The committee is chaired by Enzo Favoino.

Our Board offers vision and expertise for the Zero Waste Europe network and organisation. Democratically elected from the network membership at the Zero Waste Europe Annual General Meeting. They work to ensure that we are heading in the right direction to achieve zero waste strategies on the European level. Our board members are not paid for their role, but do have travel expense covered.

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Meet the staff

Find out more about the staff at Zero Waste Europe...

Joan Marc Simon

Executive Director

Joan Marc is based in Brussels where he directs the work of Zero Waste Europe. He has been a leading voice for Zero Waste in Europe since 2007 and he is a regular keynote speaker in many industry and NGO meetings in Brussels but also at local level as well as internationally. He is member of the Steering Committee of the Break Free from Plastics movement.
Among many other publications he has authored the Zero Waste Masterplan for cities as well as the book “Zero Waste – How to reactivate the economy without trashing the planet”. With a background in Economics, he has more than 10 years of experience working with governmental and non-governmental organisations in the field of good governance, new economics, social justice, and environment.

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Esra Tat

Associate Director

Esra leads on the strategic development of Zero Waste Europe as a network and organisation, and manages the implementation of the vision with the team and member organisations. She coordinates the development of European campaigns in partnership with Zero Waste Europe’s members across the continent, and acts as the European Regional Coordinator towards GAIA International to further promote zero waste models worldwide.  Previously, Esra was the Network and Development Coordinator, in charge of the Zero Waste Cities Programme. Before joining in April 2017, with a background in Economics and Project Management, Esra co-directed a social enterprise developing energy efficiency and co-housing programmes in France. She worked as a sustainability Programme Manager and a Facilitator, mostly with international networks. Esra has extensive experience in organisational and network development in the field of resources, climate and environment. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Management.

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Mariel Vilella

Director of Global Strategy

Being the Managing Director of Zero Waste Europe, Mariel represents the vision and strategy of Zero Waste Europe, as well as managing the team. She further collaborates with Zero Waste Europe members worldwide to further the promotion of zero waste policies and practices.

Prior to this role she was the lead Climate Policy Advisor with GAIA and today she continues to guide GAIA’s work on zero waste project guidelines for major sources of climate finance, and international energy policy with impacts on the waste sector. She has extensive experience in research, publications development and project management and in 2011, she was the lead author of the report ‘The European Union’s Double Standards on Waste and Climate Policy’.

Mariel has a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from the University of Barcelona, a Masters Degree on Discourse Analysis and Argumentation from the University of Amsterdam, and a Master of Arts in Social Communication Studies from University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona.

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Janek Vähk

Climate, Energy and Air Pollution Coordinator

Janek joined Zero Waste Europe in August 2015. As Development and Policy Coordinator, he manages the relationship with Zero Waste Europe’s funders and leads on climate and energy policy advocacy work towards EU institutions. Previously, he worked for the Friends of the Earth Europe (FoEE) in Brussels where he coordinated fundraising efforts on behalf of FoEE and its 6 programmes. Prior to the FoEE, Janek worked for the Justice and Environment (J&E) where he provided leadership for the development of strategic partnerships. He holds an Msc in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Central European University and Postgraduate degree in Charity Marketing from Cass Business School. Janek has worked in Spain and Guatemala and speaks fluent Spanish.

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Delphine Lévi Alvarès

European Coordinator of the Break Free From Plastic movement

Delphine joined Zero Waste Europe in April 2016 and took on the role of European Coordinator for the #BreakFreeFromPlastic movement. Before joining ZWE, Delphine spent two years as Senior Advocacy Officer at Zero Waste France, promoting zero waste strategies and achievements in the French political arena and participating in the improvement of French waste policy. She started her career at Cniid in 2010 as a Campaigner on Incineration and Landfill, and played a key role in the transition of Cniid to Zero Waste France in early 2014. Delphine holds a a masters degree in European Policy and Sustainable Development engineering.

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Jack McQuibban

Cities Programme Coordinator

Jack has an educational background in international relations having studied at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. For the past 5 years, he has worked for two different NGOs within the international development and sustainability sectors, helping to build movements and communities for change. He has led successful campaigns at the local level within the UK as well as at the global level at institutions such as the United Nations. Jack will be leading our work with municipalities, helping to connect members from across Europe to build and contribute towards the transition of cities towards zero waste strategies.

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Pierre Condamine

Waste Policy Officer

With an educational background in political science and a Master in Sustainable Development, Pierre decided to dedicate his professional life to protect the environment. As he grew up near the Atlantic coast he has a special connection to nature and thus will seize every opportunity to support the ecological transition. He is then determined to make change towards a Zero Waste society happen at the European level, along with promoting citizen’s empowerment at a local level.

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Larissa Copello

Consumption and Production Campaigner

Larissa has a background in Law and she worked as a Legal Consultant on environment, health, and safety policies. She is passionate about environmental protection and sustainable development practices. She is a zero waster at heart, and enjoys running campaigns and empowering people towards sustainable consumption patterns. She also likes cooking and preparing her zero waste cosmetics and products, while fostering her creativity!

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Justine Maillot

Consumption & Production Campaigner and Policy Coordinator of Rethink Plastic Alliance

Justine has an educational background in International, European and environmental law. She worked at the EU Unit of Greenpeace for four years on EU ocean and fisheries policy. After an eighteen month break travelling and getting involved in different small local projects, she joined Surfrider Foundation Europe, where she mainly worked on plastic pollution and contributed to the work of the Rethink Plastic alliance. Besides the work on plastics for the Rethink Plastic Alliance she joins our team on Consumption and Production where she will be leading our work on food contact materials, particularly the health impacts from single use packaging.

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Agnese Marcon

Communication Coordinator

Agnese has been with Zero Waste Europe since July 2018 as Project and Communications Officer. She has a background in Art History but comes from the Advertising world where she worked as Account and Project Manager. In 2017 she decided to leave the commercial sector to use her skills for a good cause.

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Matt Franklin

European Communications Officer for the Break Free From Plastic Movement

Matt joined Zero Waste Europe in July 2015, moving to Manchester, UK after living in Bologna, Italy, and working as a freelance campaign communications consultant. Before Bologna he worked for People & Planet as a Corporate Power Campaigns Co-ordinator, supporting UK student groups campaigning around workers’ rights in the garments and electronics industries. He has been long been involved in grassroots social movements, and campaigns for social and environmental justice. Matt graduated from the University of Birmingham with a degree in Anthropology and Classical Literature & Civilisations.

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Eilidh Robb

Communications Officer

Eilidh has a background in Geography and a Masters in Global Environmental Law, both achieved in Scotland where she is from. She decided to dedicate her life to protecting the environment, and believes in achieving climate justice through systemic change. She jumped into the Brussels bubble with Food & Water Europe to work on climate and energy policy, petrochemicals, and vested interests. She also remains active in the UK, continuing to volunteer with the UK Youth Climate Coalition who she has been campaigning with since 2017. She has coordinated and initiated many campaigns on vested interests and fracking at both national and UN level. She is going to contribute her communications experience to both Rethink Plastic and Zero Waste Europe.

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Rossella Recupero

Communication Officer

Rossella has an educational background in International Affairs and a Master in Economics of Development, Cooperation and Innovation. She is passionate about building and developing connections between people, opportunities and ideas. Traveling and living in different countries gave her the opportunity to directly see an impressive general environmental degradation. Therefore, she decided to take action to protect the world we all live adopting a Zero Waste lifestyle and dedicate her professional life to this cause.

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Iveta Cadrova

Network and Admin Officer

Iveta has an educational background in languages and project management. She has previously worked as event manager in the private sector. She has now decided to leave that sector and use her energy and skills for a cause that she is passionate about: fighting against plastic pollution and protecting the environment. Iveta’s main strengths are her organisational skills and a positive attitude. She speaks English, French and Slovak.

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Jan-Lars Lagas

Finance and Office Manager

Jan Lars has been with Zero Waste Europe since May 2017 as Office and Finance manager. He has experience working on sustainability issues for various organisations, including Friends of the Earth Europe and the European Green Party. Jan Lars holds two Masters degrees: one in European Studies from the University of Maastricht and one in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Uppsala.

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Zaklina Znajder

Finance & Event Coordinator

With educational background as a Logistics engineer, Zaklina continued her master in sustainability. She is always looking for new opportunities how to make a change for a better and cleaner world. And guess what? This journey led her to join Zero Waste Europe where she will gladly help the organisation to be more efficient and organised. She is a self-motivated, dependable team player with professional experience in the administrative and customer oriented environment and leadership background as a store manager. She accepts new challenges with a positive attitude while always trying to come up with a solution. Her strengths are willingness to support, educate and drive for better performance.

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The Board of Zero Waste Europe

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Zero Waste Europe Board

Rossano is a primary school teacher, and passionate Zero Waste leader. He has more than 20 years experience in the waste field and is a leading name of the zero waste movement in Italy. As a result of his efforts his home-town Capannori was the first European city to declare the goal of zero waste by 2020. He has helped the Zero Waste movement grow beyond the Italian borders into what is now the Zero Waste Europe movement. In 2013 Rossano was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize, considered the “Green Nobel Prize” for his contributions to the Zero Waste movement in Italy.

Xiaowei work as Operations Manager at Seas at Risk. She is a seasoned leader in external relations and a Gallup certified Strengths Coach, with track record in leading teams of various sizes across large geographies; skilled in Brand positioning, Media Relations, Corporate Social Responsibility, Investor Relations, and issue & Crisis management; passionate about using strength-based development to help others learn, grow develop, and succeed.

Huub Scheele is Treasurer of the Board and works for Both Ends in the Netherlands. He has experience in environmental science and pollution and has worked extensively in Eastern Europe. He also has experience working in Latin America and has been involved in numerous environmental organisations.

Elena Rastei works as an architect and volunteers as President of Zero Waste Romania and board member of the Green Building Council in Romania.

Antigone Dalamaga is the Director of the Ecological Recycling Society. She represents the NGO both in Zero Waste Europe and in the RREUSE (Reuse and Recycling European Union Social Enterprises) where she has been president for the last 7 years. She has over 20 years’ experience in the field of Sustainable Waste Management at the local, national, and international levels and how it links to to job creation.

Alexandra works as Director at Zero Waste Montenegro and is the owner of Znuggle, a social enterprise active in the field of circular economy. She studied chemical engineering and environment and resource management.

The Scientific Advisory Committee

Enzo Favoino, Chair of Scientific Committee

Enzo is a technical expert and researcher at the Scuola Agraria del Parco di Monza, and has decades of experience of separate waste collection, recycling, composting and prevention. Enzo is an expert in EU waste legislation and is highly knowledgeable in the field of European policy-making. He is one of the founders of the European Compost Network, and the coordinator of the Scientific Committee of the Zero Waste Research Centre in Italy.