Public Participation in Developing a Common Framework for the Assessment and Management of Sustainable Innovation


  • Eli Shtereva - Cleantech Bulgaria

    Eli Shtereva

    Eli Shtereva is a project coordinator at Cleantech Bulgaria. As such she is responsible for the development and conduct of national and international activities with the strategic focus of boosting innovation capacity and nurturing entrepreneurship. Prior joining Cleantech Bulgaria she has been involved in the wide portfolio of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology’s (EIT) activities. As a trainee at the EIT she has supported the unit responsible for the EIT-KIC relationship and internal capacity development at the headquarters in Budapest. She has an MSc in International and European Governance from Leiden University (the Netherlands) and a BSc in Political Science from Sofia University (Bulgaria).

  • Plamena Petrakieva - Cleantech Bulgaria

    Plamena Petrakieva

    Plamena Petrakieva works as a Marketing assistant at Cleantech Bulgaria. She has experience in Marketing management, Event management, Inbound marketing and marketing research and Social media marketing. She has been part of several projects during her education in The International Business Academy at Kolding, Denmark. In addition she has been a Project manager in another International foundation.

    Plamena graduated from The University Of National and World Economy - Sofia, Bulgaria with bachelor degree in Business Administration and has a Master’s Degree in Economy and Management of Tourism from Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski", Bulgaria.

    Her interests are traveling, reading, yoga, dancing, handmade arts and writing. Her dream is to work for a good cause which is why she has chosen Cleantech Bulgaria - because the foundation works to make the world a better place.

  • Rick Hölsgens - Technische Universitaet Dortmund/Sozialforschungsstelle (Technical University of Dortmund), (TUDo)

    Rick Hölsgens

  • Boris Borchev - TechnoLogica EAD (TL)

    Boris Borchev

    Boris Borchev has a PhD degree in business administration, with more than 12 years experience as a consultant in projects for business process improvement, IT systems implementation and development of e-government. He is a lecturer in courses for business process analysis and assistant professor at Sofia University.

  • Kaisa Matschoss - Consumer Society Research Centre at the University of Helsinki

    Kaisa Matschoss

    My research is focused on energy questions from the point of view of the citizen and sustainability.

    In my work, I find motivation when considering research questions that aim at improving the living environment. I think that the biggest challenge of our time is the climate change and the adaptation to it as well as protecting biodiversity. That is why I want to study human behaviour and the structures of the society from the point of view of energy use in order to find new information so that we all have the possibility to make sustainable choices in our own actions.

  • Alba Avarello - Coventry University Enterprises Limited (CUE)

    Alba Avarello

  • Lisa Beiderwieden - Technische Universitaet Dortmund/Sozialforschungsstelle (Technical University of Dortmund), (TUDo)

    Lisa Beiderwieden

  • Martin Doitchev - Cleantech Bulgaria Foundation (Cleantech Bulgaria)

    Martin Doitchev

    Mr. Martin Doitchev has a Master’s degree in Global Refugee Studies from Aalborg University (Denmark). Currently he is an intern in Cleantech Bulgaria with interests in the humanitarian as well as in the R&D field.

  • Maria Alexandrova - Cleantech Bulgaria Foundation (Cleantech Bulgaria)

    Maria Alexandrova

    Maria Alexandrova is a project and innovation manager at Cleantech Bulgaria. Her main responsibilities include international project development and innovation, business and start up consultancy. She is also responsible for the Cleantech Bulgaria Business community development.
    She has extensive experience as a consultant on innovation development and technology transfer, and has managed a number of industry-focused European projects. Her professional interests include innovation potential assessment, foresight prognostic tool and environmental performance assessment.
    Maria has a engineering degree in textile technologies from the Technical University in Sofia and a MD in International Economic Relations from the University of National and World Economy, Bulgaria. She is certified Innovation Transfer Consultant by the Enterprise Europe Network and holds a SAP certificate on Sustainability and Business Innovation Management. Maria is fluent in English and Russian.
    Since 2015 she serves as a local National contact point for the Access to Finance in the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Program.

  • Fernanda Pinto Amorim - Municipio de Espinho (Espinho City Council) (MUNICIPIO DE ESPINHO)

    Fernanda Pinto Amorim

  • Lisa Frigerio -

    Lisa Frigerio

  • Minna Kaarakainen - Consumer Society Research Centre at the University of Helsinki

    Minna Kaarakainen

  • Elisabeth Unterfrauner - Zentrum fuer Soziale Innovation, (Centre for Social Innovation), (ZSI)

    Elisabeth Unterfrauner

  • Guillermo Velasco - The University of Manchester (UNIMAN), Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR)

    Guillermo Velasco

    Guillermo Velasco holds a MPhil in Economics and Innovation Management (EU-SPRI) and BEng in Industrial Organization from the Technical University of Madrid (UPM). He is completing his PhD at the University of Manchester (MIoIR) in the area of Strategic Intelligence for R&I policies, by analysing how future-based participatory projects can be designed to provide consistent R&I policy recommendations. He explores new schemes for systematic policy advice generation and evaluation. He has developed action-research on VERA, and now contributes to design sustainable innovation advice on the CASI EC project. He is also interested in exploring how experts and citizens boards deal with plausible images of future to generate intelligence. He has also been involved in Horizon scanning for the UK NHS on new technologies and models of care. He has experience in the creative industries, as Director of Innovation, and has been actively involved in product innovation, IPR management, and ‘design thinking’ assessment. He was Industrial Organization Director in technological corporations in US, Spain and Sweden. He combines this activity with Master Executive lecturing.

  • Floridus Beck - R.U.S.Z

    Floridus Beck

  • Silvia Strada - University of Milano – Bicocca (UNIMIB)

    Silvia Strada

    Silvia Strada has a degree in Management and Design of Services and has a strong interest in the field of human resources. She has done his thesis focusing on the theme of sustainability applied to the management of human resources by analyzing corporate websites in order to understand which are the positive effects that sustainability generates on Company.

  • Raquel Sousa - Increase Time SA (INCREASE TIME SA)

    Raquel Sousa

  • Sarah Van Eynde - Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Catholic University of Leuven), (KU Leuven)

    Sarah Van Eynde

    Sarah Van Eynde is a researcher at the HIVA-KU Leuven Research Groups of Sustainable Development and Labour & Organisation. Her research interests lie in the field of environmental and climate governance.

  • Vilja Anttila - INOVAMAIS – Servicos de Consultadoria em Inovacao Technologica S.A. (INOVA+)

    Vilja Anttila

  • Berchem Marina - Technische Universitaet Dortmund/Sozialforschungsstelle (Technical University of Dortmund), (TUDo)

    Berchem Marina

  • Kamila Dobek - Fundacja Uniwersytetu im Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu (Poznan Science and Technology Park of Adam Mickiewicz University Foundation), (PSTP)

    Kamila Dobek

  • Lea Amby Ottosen - Fonden Teknologiradet (Danish Board of Technology Foundation), (DBT)

    Lea Amby Ottosen

  • Monique Ramioul - Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Catholic University of Leuven), (KU Leuven)

    Monique Ramioul

  • Jakub Betkowski - Fundacja Uniwersytetu im Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu (Poznan Science and Technology Park of Adam Mickiewicz University Foundation), (PSTP)

    Jakub Betkowski

  • Petteri Repo - Consumer Society Research Centre at the University of Helsinki

    Petteri Repo

  • Konstantin Ivanov - Applied Research and Communications Fund (ARC Fund)

    Konstantin Ivanov

  • Lindsey Martin - Coventry University Enterprises Limited (CUE)

    Lindsey Martin

  • Wolfgang Haider - Zentrum fuer Soziale Innovation, (Centre for Social Innovation), (ZSI)

    Wolfgang Haider

    Wolfgang Haider is a Junior Researcher at the Center fo Social Innovation in Vienna. He has a background in political science and development studies and studied in Vienna and Salamanca/Spain. His research interests include the topics of migration, sustainability and politcal participation.

  • Mattia Martini - Universita’ degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca (Interuniversity Research Centre for Public Services, University of Milano – Bicocca), (UNIMIB)

    Mattia Martini

    Mattia Martini is Post-doc fellow in Management and Organization at the University of Milano-Bicocca. His main research interests relate to labour organization and human resource management, with particular reference to social and personal services, and a focus on human capital development.

  • Maria Schwarz-Woelzl - Zentrum fuer Soziale Innovation, (Centre for Social Innovation), (ZSI)

    Maria Schwarz-Woelzl

    M.A. in Sociology, studied at the University of Vienna. Since 1997 she is working for ZSI and conducted around 45 national or EU-projects by now. Her focus is on ageing society issues (such as ageing workforce, ambient assistant living, lifelong learning and care systems) as well as on energy /sustainability.

  • Anita Tregner-Mlinaric - META Group S.R.L. (META)

    Anita Tregner-Mlinaric

    Self-motivated, innovative and goal-orientated management professional with more than 15 years of working experience in a variety of industries with an in-depth understanding of project lifecycles and project development methodologies, focused on process improvement and on-time delivery of projects. Over 12 years of working experience on donor-funded economic growth and development projects in South East Europe and Eurasia (UNDP, OSCE, USAID, U.S. State Department); and more than 5 years of professional working experience working in the field of European funded programmes, from proposal writing to grant preparation, management and implementation. An experienced specialist in the field of policy, research, preparation and execution of action plans and strategies in different areas (research, innovation, entrepreneurship, financial instruments, grand challenge 5, ICT and other). Currently undertaking a role of Senior Project Manager at META's Advisory Department in Brussels and also in charge of the business development activities of the company in South East Europe and European Member States. Furthermore, experienced moderator and key note speaker, published author of numerous reports, articles and policy briefs. Administrative, budgeting and forecasting specialist. Experienced EU negotiations, advocacy and policy expert.

  • Candela Bravo - INOVAMAIS – Servicos de Consultadoria em Inovacao Technologica S.A. (INOVA+)

    Candela Bravo

  • Nedka Gateva - TechnoLogica EAD

    Nedka Gateva

    Ms Nedka Gateva is Associate Professor in Statistics and Doctor of Economics. She has over 30 years working experience as scientific researcher, university lecturer and a consultant in the fields of project management, strategic management, financial analyses, quality management, business processes modeling, and implementing of software business applications. She is author of over 30 books and papers in the field of business statistics, quantitative modeling, strategic planning, total quality management, and project management.
    She has been recognized as a highly qualified professional with extensive experience in teaching and leading project teams. As a project leader, with more than 15 years project management working experience, she has been in charge of directing and managing large projects, including multinational project teams and project activities run outside of Bulgaria.
    Ms Nedka Gateva is a Certified Project Management Professional – PMP® from Project Management Institute since 2009, and she stands in a good credential status.

  • Giorgio Beltrami - Universita’ degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca (Interuniversity Research Centre for Public Services, University of Milano – Bicocca), (UNIMIB)

    Giorgio Beltrami

  • Giulia Pessina - Comune di Monza (Municipality of Monza), (COMUNE DI MONZA)

    Giulia Pessina

    I work by Monza Municipality since about 20 years. In the past I also managed some neighborhood stakeholder groups focused on youngers’ problems.
    Now I deal with Municipality offices who look for and manage projects supported by different Authorities

  • Maximilian Wollner - Zentrum fuer Soziale Innovation, (Centre for Social Innovation), (ZSI)

    Maximilian Wollner

    curious about social innovation for sustainability, savoir vivre, gourmet, outdoor sports guy

  • Lyubka Stefanova - Cleantech Bulgaria Foundation (Cleantech Bulgaria)

    Lyubka Stefanova

  • Blagovesta Chonkova - Applied Research and Communications Fund (ARC Fund)

    Blagovesta Chonkova

    Blagovesta Chonkova has been working as a project officer at ARC Fund since April 2012. Her work is focusing on various topics related to innovation, most recently innovation in the public sector, social innovation and innovation for sustainable development. She is mainly involved in the preparation and coordination phase of EU-funded projects, such as Parliaments and Civil Society in Technology Assessment (PACITA) and Complex Challenges, Innovative Cities (CCIC).

    Before ARC Fund, Blagovesta Chonkova gained international experience, working at the German Bundestag, the Council of the European Union and UNHCR. She has also assisted in various research projects in the field of public policy, mainly related to fiscal decentralisation, migration and poverty alleviation.

    Blagovesta Chonkova has bachelor’s degrees in Economics and European Studies from American University in Bulgaria. In 2011, she earned a master’s degree in Public Policy from Central European University, Budapest. In 2013, Ms. Chonkova earned her second master’s degree, specialising in finance. She speaks fluently English and German.

  • Ventseslav Kozarev - Applied Research and Communications Fund (ARC Fund)

    Ventseslav Kozarev

  • Małgorzata Piotrowicz - Fundacja Uniwersytetu im Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu (Poznan Science and Technology Park of Adam Mickiewicz University Foundation), (PSTP)

    Małgorzata Piotrowicz


  • Mona Markmann - Technische Universitaet Dortmund/Sozialforschungsstelle (Technical University of Dortmund), (TUDo)

    Mona Markmann

    Mona Markmann is research assistant at the Sozialforschungsstelle Dortmund, central scientific unit of the TU Dortmund. She focuses on social innovation with the emphasis on marginalized groups.

  • Thea Askegaard - Fonden Teknologiradet (Danish Board of Technology Foundation), (DBT)

    Thea Askegaard

  • Maja Cergol Lipnik - Univerza na Primorskem Universita del Litorale (University of Primorska), (UP)

    Maja Cergol Lipnik

  • Inge Vermeesch - KU Leuven

    Inge Vermeesch

    Inge is a PhD researcher at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. She works for Flanders' Policy Research Centre for Sustainable Materials Manangement SuMMa ( Her research focuses on policy innovation, multi-actor collaboration and leadership in multi-actor governance networks that deal with 'wicked problems'.

  • Soizic Linford - Coventry University Enterprises Limited (CUE)

    Soizic Linford