MEET THE TEAM

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Isabella Guerrini de Claire - Lead Project Manager

  • Experienced Advisor and Researcher working with startups, individuals, public, private and third sector companies, such NGOs and large and medium organisations to rethink and redesign their economic approach with innovation. Isabella is Chief Operating Officer at Aurora Sustainability and Developer Manager at Green Grow Fungi Biorefinery.
  • She contributed worldwide in sustainable development and land design management on carbon off-setting programmes for almost twenty years. 
  • Isabella works in International Business Development programmes to ensure thorough business analysis and therefore have the best possible solutions for barriers,  challenges and innovations.
  • Experience includes working with, and for Perugia and Bologna Universities, Bologna and Singapore Municipalities, Climate-KIC UK&I, (ECCI) University of Edinburgh, Glasgow School of Art, SEPA, Scottish Development International, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Zero Waste Scotland and Skills Development Scotland. 

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Iain Findlay - Climate-KIC Partnership Lead

  • He provides guidance in business curriculum development using sustainability frameworks as the Natural Step and Circular Economy and improving understanding between disciplines on what sustainability means in any given situation. 
  • Iain's fosters understanding between disciplines allows for effective communication and planning. He gives guidance on enhancing environmental management systems to embrace sustainability principles to transform them into strategic planning tools.
  • In Scotland, Iain has been working across the public, private, third and education sectors as an advisor certifier for the Alliance for Water Stewardship Standards and  IS014001 Environmental Management System in "sustainable strategic development". Iain is Guest Lecturer at the Glasgow School of Art Innovation Campus Highlands and Islands. 
  • Iain is also Chief Executive Officer at Aurora Sustainability and Green Grow Manufacturing Manager. He is also Chair of the Board of Transition Town Forres and member commitee of the Local Action Group for the LEADER programme in Moray.

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Ewan Ramsay - Business Development and Marketing Manager

  • Ewan is a highly experienced and adaptable project manager and consultant with over 18 years’ experience following an earlier career in Banking and private equity investment. 
  • His experience covers a range of sectors including water resources, wastewater, water industry investment, renewable energy, technology innovation, community development and International Development, working in a range of international markets and conditions from mainland Europe and North America to remote and rural markets such as Scandinavia (including the Arctic Circle) and Eastern Africa. He has experience in working with a range of academic and private sector partners including technology innovation partners and providers and has the ability to work independently or as part of a wider team. 
  • Ewan’s key skills are in project management and new business start-up, as well as market analysis with a particular focus on SME Innovation and development, having worked with both the public and private sector within a range of settings and circumstances. Ewan is also Head of International Trade for Inverness Chamber of Commerce and Managing Director with the International Resources and Recycling Institute (IRRI) where he leads on a number of European and African projects.

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Terri Vogt - Business Engagement and Innovation Manager

  • Experienced manager, business woman and environmentalist. Terri's experience has developed over a 28 year career working with a wide range of organisations. Experienced in managing teams, business development, engaging with boards, speaking and running workshops.Strong project management and communication skills and rail bid experience. 
  • Over the years Terri has become a strategist rather than specialist which makes her ideally placed to see the bigger picture, understand how projects and strands can fit together and the importance of stakeholder engagement. She have a proven track record of building business, stakeholder engagement and managing large inter-disciplinary projects. During her career Terri has helped develop a new business in Aberdeen, run her  own business and worked in the consultancy, corporate and public sector. Currently also working for Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce in the Circular Economy Business Engagement with Zero Waste Scotland.

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Paul Smith - Product/Service Innovation Development Manager

  • Design innovation consultant with excellent facilitation and communication skills. Significant experience of working with diverse groups of stakeholders to develop innovations in urban, rural and manufacturing sector. 
  • Research fellow and tutor within the Innovation School of the Glasgow School of Art. Main areas of research interest are currently in design innovation, and sustainable design specifically within the circular economy. For the past four years Pau has worked within a rural context delivering workshops specifically on the circular economy. He linked with rural maker networks and well as manufacturing and policy representation. He is well connected to rural creative and manufacturing networks. 
  • Over the last two years he devised and delivered a circular economy workshop programs to rural industry to highlight their potential for innovation and leadership in this emerging economic opportunity. His design workshops in a rural context covers the past four years working with diverse partners from health, the creative industries and manufacturing, delivering and facilitating workshops  for industry that explore potential for  innovation.