People

Prof. Ortwin Renn
President

Ortwin Renn (Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c.), 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 Jülich Nuclear Research Center, Clark University (Worcester, USA), the Swiss Institute of Technology (Zürich) 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 Zürich), 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).

Prof. Aleksandar S. Jovanovic
Director

Aleksandar Jovanovic (MSc. ME, PhD) has worked for industry, research, EU institutions and universities, in a number of different countries, such as Belgium and Italy (EU, university), Germany (industry, research, university), France (university), USA (industry, university, research), etc. Since 2001, he is the director of the Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies Group in Stuttgart, Germany providing consultancy in the areas of risk assessment and risk management for industry and public sector. He is the CEO of the European Institute for Risk & Resilience Management (EU-VRi), bringing together about 50 industrial and research organizations active in the area of applied risk and resilience management, full professor at Steinbeis University Berlin (Technical Risks) and his other current and previous assignments include Italy (Politecnico di Milano), France (Ecole Polytechnique), Japan (University of Tokyo), USA (La Jolla), Serbia, Croatia and China.

Aleksandar’s main contributions to risk research and advancement of the respective state-of-the-art have been related to (a) industrial “risk projects”, (b) academic research in the area of risk (especially emerging risks and resilience) and (c) European and international risk standardization.

Aleksandar has a long-year professional experience as project manager of many large international industry “risk projects”, dealing with risk management, engineering risks, innovation risks, risk governance for new technologies, use of big data for risk analysis and related areas, etc. Main clients in these projects have been the EU, national governments (Norway, Belgium, Japan…), industry, utilities, insurances companies, R&D and academia. Main topics of the current projects deal with risk management in industry (e.g. for insurance, power, process) and include HSSE (Health, Safety, Security, Environment), RCM (Reliability Centered Maintenance), RBI (Risk-Based Inspection. Examples of the industrial projects are, e.g., the assessing risk of 40,000 MWe installed electric power capacity for Eskom in South Africa (about $10 million) or assessing risks refineries in Gazprom. Sample EU projects managed by him include iNTeg-Risk (www.integrisk.eu-vri.eu, 19.3 million €, 80+ partners), or SmartResilience (Resilience Indicators for critical infrastructures in Europe, www.smartresilience.eu-vri.eu).

In the area of academic risk research Aleksandar has been pioneering the risk-oriented probabilistic structural mechanics in 1980’s (stochastic finite element method), introduced risk methods in the engineering analysis of remaining life in 1990’s, developed new methods for risk-based optimization of inspection and maintenance in the industrial plants (power and process primarily). He is a coauthor of the milestone study/book on Future Global Shocks of the OECD (2013), author of 7 books and over 170 publications (www.researchgate.net/profile/Aleksandar_Jovanovic5).

As a “risk practitioner” in the area of international standardization, A. Jovanovic has contributed to the global risk community by a number of actions. He is the Convener and main author of:

(a)     European standard CEN-CWA 15740:2008 (“Risk-Based Inspection and Maintenance”),

(b)     European standard EN16991:2018 (“European Risk-Based Inspection Framework”)

(c)     CEN-CWA 16449:2013 (“Management on New Technologies-Related Risks” also appeared as DIN SPEC

(d)     ISO standard ISO 31050 “Management of emerging risks for enhanced resilience” – has involved SRA into the process, as an Organization in Liaison to ISO.

He act as the Liaison Officer in the ISO 31000 (risk management) ISO Committee, as a member of the Committees TC292 (security) and ISO 31010 (risk assessment methods , and as convener for the new ISO 31050 standard (https://committee.iso.org/sites/tc262/home/projects/ongoing/iso-31022-guidelines-for-impl-2.html).

In 2019, A. Jovanović was one of the main “Organizing Chair” of the SRA World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa (https://srawc.wpengine.com/congress-organization/).

Aleksandar speaks fluently French, Italian, English, German and Serbo-Croatian, reads and communicates in Spanish, Portuguese and Russian and has always used this to promote the risk-related issues in many countries.
Prof. Walter Bogaerts
Non-Executive General Manager

Walter Bogaerts is professor of Corrosion & Materials Engineering at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium’s internationally recognized leading university. He holds appointments in the departments of Chemical Engineering and Sustainable Chemical Process Technology. He teaches in KU Leuven’s post-graduate program on Safety Engineering and has been a long-time member of the Steering Committee of the national inter­university program on Nuclear Engineering (BNEN).

He graduated summa cum laude as a chemical engineer from the University of Leuven and completed his PhD on corrosion problems in the energy sector (nuclear, geothermal). He further specialized at Cambridge University (UK) and Stanford Research Institute (SRI International, USA) with British Council, NATO and Fulbright fellowships.

With support of the international chemical industry, in the early 90’s he was the founder of a pioneering university spin-off company dealing with applications of advanced informatics and artificial intelligence in the field of materials and corrosion engineering (MetaLogic n.v.). In this framework he introduced some of the early concepts of RBI (Risk-Based Inspection) and intelligent corrosion prediction and monitoring.

With his team he also authored the first “e-books” in the field of corrosion, e.g. for Elsevier Science Publishers and NACE International, the world-wide corrosion engineering organization. For this work he received the T.J. Hull Award in 2001 and the NACE International Fellowship honor for technical excellence in 2020.

He has also been the European Director of the NACE organization and established its NACE-Benelux branch more than 20 years ago. He further has a long-standing relationship with the European Federation of Corrosion (EFC) and served as a chairman for a number of its formal Working Parties.

Aside from his scientific and academic profession, prof. Bogaerts had an industrial career and has e.g. been CEO of Belgium’s central nuclear waste treatment facility (Belgoprocess n.v.). Since 2019 he is the ‘Chief Strategy Officer’ of EU-VRi. He also 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
CFO

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 (www.eu-vri.eu).

April 2002 onwards, part time: Support in the leading of Steinbeis Transfer Centres Advanced Risk Technologies (www.risk-technologies.com). 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
Senior administrator
Stela Butorajac Djurovic works as a senior administrator. She is in charge of financial and personnel issues.
Dr. Somik Chakravarty
Chief Operation Officer

Somik Chakravarty (PhD) joined Steinbeis group and EU-VRi as a Project Manager in 2018. He holds a doctorate from Sorbonne Universités - UTC in Process Engineering with a specialization in the field of powder technology and characterization of nanomaterials.

He was awarded the Jean Bricard Prix 2019 and was nominated for the Prix de thèse Guy Deniélou 2019 for his PhD thesis. He completed his doctoral training as part of the EU FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network T-MAPPP working with a consortium of academic and industrial partners across Europe. He is a mechanical engineer from the University of Sheffield with an MSc in Thermal power and fluids engineering from the University of Manchester in the UK.

He has more than 6 years of research experience in the field of material science, powder and aerosol technology and risk analysis (nanoparticle emission). He has managed more than 8 EU and other international projects during his time at EU-VRi and Steinbeis. His research interests include occupational exposure studies, Digitalization and Industry 4.0 and data science.

Mr. Marjan Jelic
CIO & IT Specialist

Marjan Jelic (B.Sc) graduated in Computer Science from the University of Novi Sad (Faculty of Technical Science in Zrenjanin), Serbia. He 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.

 

Ms. Roswitha Kokejl
Project assistant
E-Mail: rk@eu-vri.eu
Roswitha Kokejl works mainly in administration and PR. Her main activities at EU-VRi are support all activities of creating reports, leaflets and templates of project documents.
Ms. Mai Thi Nguyen
Project Manager

Mai Thi Nguyen (MSc) joined Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies (R-Tech) and EU-VRi as Project Manager. She holds Master of Business Consulting and Management from University of Messina (UniME, Italy).

She worked as Training Business Development Executive at Bureau Veritas. Her main responsibilities are consulting and developing, managing ISO Standards Training & Audit programs for industrial sectors and relationship management.

At Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies (R-Tech) and EU-VRi, she is mainly responsible for stakeholder engagement, dissemination, exploitation and business development activities for European Projects, International Industrial Projects (Risk-Based Inspection), Education & Training Projects.

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 (R-Tech) and EU-VRi 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.

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