SuM / innonatives Team

Ursula Tischner
econcept, Agency for Sustainable Design, Germany
Manager SuM project

Ursula studied architecture, art and industrial design. After working at scientific institutions she founded econcept, Agency for Sustainable Design in 1996. econcept is specialized in Design for Sustainability, Ecodesign, Eco-Innovation, Sustainable Production Consumption Systems and Sustainable Product Service Systems. Its core activities are design, consulting, research and education as well as networking, publication and communication of results. Besides of numerous research projects and development of educational programs for Sustainable Design, econcept also researched developed, assembled and published a toolkit for Eco- and Sustainable Design and Innovation and participated in the development of ISO 14062. econcept gathered all methods and tools needed to carry out thorough Sustainble Design and innovation projects including analysis and evaluation in all three Sustainability dimensions (social, environmental, economic), guidelines and creativity tools, advice for how to implement this into daily routines of companies etc. Furthermore econcept participated in other EU projects such as: MEPSS, SusProNet and SCORE. The agency has a wide international network, is member of O2, LeNS, DESIS, Eco-Innovation network, LCA network, and active in communicating, educating, organizing conferences and spreading knowledge about Sustainable and Eco Design and Innovation.
Bonnie Lewtas
econcept, Agency for Sustainable Design, Germany

Bonnie's primary area of interest is the sustainable management of hotels on small island destinations. She is doing a Master's degree in Sustainable Tourism Management at Cologne Business School (CBS) in Cologne, Germany and holds a double Bachelor’s degree in Environmental and Sustainability Studies (focus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship) and German from Acadia University, Nova Scotia, Canada. Bonnie is currently working as the Assistant Manager of Research and Communications at econcept - Agency for Sustainable Design and as a research assistant to Prof. Dr. René Schmidpeter (holder of the Dr. Jürgen Meyer Endowed Chair for International Business Ethics and CSR).
Agim Meta

ecosense, media & communication, Germany. ecosense is a sustainability-oriented agency for communication. Customers are companies, cultural institutions and organizations from research and teaching. The goal of ecosense is the holistic, target group oriented and strategic planning and design of communication strategies and concepts taking into account economic, ecological and social aspects. ecosense therefore also participates in research projects and develop and research appropriate communication strategies for sustainable products and services.
Nadezhda Angelova
Communication Design, Bulgaria

Frits Klaver
Webclusive, software development, The Netherlands

WEBclusive was founded in 2003 as one of the first specialized technical agencies internet. Since 2008 WEBclusive began to specialize in the development of crowdfunding platforms and campaigns such as the two largest crowdfunding platforms in the Netherlands: and WEBclusive is currently known as the crowdfunding specialist in the Netherlands and through our software have 25,000 people already 500 crowdfunding projects successfully implemented (75% of the market) and more than € 2,000,000, – retrieved.
Prof. Carlo Vezzoli
Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Prof. Carlo Vezzoli, head of the Design and system Innovation for Sustainability (DIS) research group, Design dept. Politecnico di Milano and funder of the Learning Network on Sustainability​
Elisa Bacchetti
PhD Student on the topic of "System Design for Sustainable Energy for All" and fellow researcher at the Design and system Innovation for Sustainability (DIS) research group, Design dept. Politecnico di Milano.
Welf Schröter
Forum soziale Technikgestaltung, Forum for social design of technology, Germany

Forum for socially sustainable design of technology was founded in 1991 in Stuttgart as a network (1.800 members) and forum for Social Technology Formation from a Labour Union perspective. Its special objective is a human and sustainable development of working environments in the Information and Knowledge Society. The Initiative consults, encourages and conducts Labour Unions in processes and dialogues referring innovation. It focuses on change of working environment and aims to set social standards and social frameworks in times of E-Business, E-Commerce and E-Learning.

International Expert Team

Prof. Han Brezet
Technical University Delft, The Netherlands, expert in Eco- and Sustainable Design and -Innovation, Sustainable City Innovations
Isadora Burmeister Dickie
PhD Candidate at Unversidade Federal do Parana, Brazil, expert in Design and Open Innovation for Sustainability and bottom up solutions, projects with underrepresented communities
Dr. Silke Claus
Executive Director of bayern design, the German design promotion institute of the Federal State of Bavaria located in Munich and Nuremberg. There she initiates programs of the Ministry of Economics and is involved in international exchange and trainings. bayern design is also responsible for the Munich Creative Business Week. /

Prof. Anil K. Gupta
Indian Institute of Management, Founder, Honey Bee Network, Executive Vice Chair, National Innovation Foundation, India, expert in collaborative and bottom up innovation and implementation of solutions, among other fields
Prof. Chris Ryan
University Melbourne, Australia, expert in Eco- and Sustainable Design and Innovation, Distributed Economy, Design for Resilience, Sustainable Cities
Prof. Aguinaldo dos Santos
Unversidade Federal do Parana, Brazil, expert in Design and Innovation for Sustainability and bottom up solutions, projects with underrepresented communities
Prof. Peter Stebbing
Member of the board, used to teach drawing and visualizing at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany (now retired). He studied zoology and scientific illustration and was a practicing scientific illustrator in London for 16 years prior to taking up his appointment in Germany. As a consequence of his concern for the natural world he is a committed enthusiast for sustainability. He recently co-edited and part authored with Ursula Tischner Changing Paradigms; designing for a sustainable future.
Marc Tobias
BGW Management Advisory Group St. Gallen, Switzerland, and Munich, Germany, expert in Intellectual Property Rights management in collaborative open innovation systems and European and international patents
Ernst-Jan van Hattum
Expert in Ecodesign and Design for Sustainability, Switzerland, O2 international, international Eco-Designers organization