Mr. Aleksandar S. Jovanovic
Since 2001, he is the director of the Steinbeis Transfer Center Advanced Risk Technologies in Stuttgart, Germany providing consultancy in the areas of risk assessment and management for industry and public sector. As from 2006 is also the CEO of European Virtual Institute for Integrated Risk Management (EU-VRi) and the EU Project Director at ZIRIUS (Research Center for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies at the University of Stuttgart), teaching the courses in the area of CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) and Risk. His previous teaching assignments were in France (École Polytechnique, lecturer, director of research), Japan (University of Tokyo, guest lecturer), USA (La Jolla), VTT Finland (visiting professor) and other countries.

He has worked in industry (e.g. in USA), for The European Community (e.g. in Italy) and for the universities (e.g. the University of Stuttgart, Germany). He also acted as Seconded National Expert (Germany) with the EU in Brussels, Belgium, Directorate-General Research – Industrial Technologies and Materials.

A. Jovanovic has a long-year professional experience as project manager of many (50+) large international/multinational projects in the area innovation management, new technologies, emerging risk management, structured project management, advanced data analysis and data mining, and related areas.

Ms. Snežana Jovanovic
Deputy Director

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 the 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.
- Participation in Environmental Health Surveillance System in Baden-Württemberg, Germany (continuous survey since 1992).
- Planning and performing of projects related to heavy metals, THM´s in swimming pools, tar based parquet adhesive, biological agents (moulds, mites), and noise. Leader and manager of information activities and projects "Indoor Leisure Noise" and “Mites, moulds and co”.
- Participation in the EU project NNGL (Night time Noise Guideline) co-ordinated by WHO.
- Participation in ECOHEIS project for the development of indicators to describe the environment status (noise) for the Budapest Conference of the European Health and Environment Ministries (2004).
- Participation in WHO project “Burden of disease from environmental noise”.
- Performing of “Hazardous materials register” and chemical data sheets for 10 laboratories in State Health Agency.
- 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 onwards, 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 (

April 2002 onwards, part time: Support in the leading of Steinbeis Transfer Centres Advanced Risk Technologies ( Consultancy in the areas of health risk assessment associated with chemical and biological environmental and occupational pollution. Health risk assessment of new technologies.

Dr. Parva Chhantyal
Project Manager

Dr. Parva Chhantyal graduated from The University of Manchester, England with a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering in 2013. She then moved to Hannover University, Germany to pursue her PhD degree in Nanotechnology. During her PhD, she also held Research Assistant position at Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. Her work experience and PhD specialized in understanding the optical properties of Nano-materials. Since completing her PhD in November 2017, she is working at Steinbeis R-Tech and part-time at European Virtual Institute for Integrated Risk Management for Industrial and European funded Projects as a Project Manager. She is in charge of the caLIBRAte, BIO4SELF and RessFAST projects. Her work responsibilities include, life-cycle assessment of the productions in co-operation with different industrial partners as well as the risk analysis of nanomaterials. 

Her areas of interest are Chemical Engineering, Nanotechnology, Bio-materials, sustainability, life-cycle assessment and project management.

Ms. Lydia Katsarou

Ms. Valeria Maraglino
Technical team staff (Projektmitarbeiter)

Valeria Maraglino is an Environmental Engineer and Big data analyst working in the technical team at the European Virtual Institute for Integrated Risk Management, in Stuttgart (Germany), within SmartResilience project.

She graduated in Environmental Engineering (Master degree) at Politecnico di Bari (Italy). She was also a visiting student at the international research centre of the Universidad de Cantabria in Santander (Spain) focusing on smart cities, transport modeling and quality management. After her thesis in coastal video-monitoring, she has been involved in the development and application of many projects for the hydraulic sectors. At Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, (JRC - Ispra), In Disaster Risk Management department she contributed to the development of a harmonized coastal risk assessment and management tool at pan-European and global scale. The primary duties involved natural hazard analysis supporting the development and application of integrated coastal risk models and improved exposure and vulnerability assessment tools. Her research activities at Deltares, Delft (the Netherlands), included also risk analysis of critical infrastructures, coastal hazard with a focus on impact based forecasting and warning for small islands which are vulnerable to the impact of sea level rise, wave attack and flooding, through innovative and integrated solution, information and visualization tools.

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 (EU-VRi and R-Tech) 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.

Ms. Katarzyna Tetlak
Project Manager

Katarzyna Tetlak, M. Eng. (1993) graduated from The Main School of Fire Service (PL), her qualifications are based on the combination of education and experience acquired during internship, R&D projects and voluntary work (e.g. Steward during United Nations Climate Change Conference, Member  of Voluntary Fire Service). She participated in a traineeship at National Headquarter of the State Fire Service and took part in some national and EU Projects (FP7) in the area of CBRNe threats (‘PRACTICE’, ‘EDEN’) as well as crisis management (‘Methodology of risk assessment for the needs of crisis management system in Poland’, ‘ELITE’). She was also involved in QUESTCITY project, where educational platform was developed. Currently she works on SmartResilience project (H2020) which aim is to provide an innovative ''holistic'' methodology for assessing resilience that is based on resilience indicators. She is also responsible for administrative and management issues related to Master Study Program: ''Risk Engineering and Management'' offered by Steinbeis Institute.