Melissa Maxter joined Ecologic Institute as a Research Assistant. Her interests included ecological engineering, environmental psychology and behavior, biodiversity, land use, food systems and governance. She is native Swedish speaker, works in English and also has basic language skills in German and Polish.
Melissa Maxter worked with the Climate Team, supporting the coordination of the transatlantic Emerging Leaders in Environmental and Energy Policy (ELEEP) Network. Its members exchange ideas, policy solutions, best-practices and support each other's professional development. The ELEEP network is a joint initiative by Ecologic Institute, Ecologic Institute US and the Atlantic Council of the United States and was created under the project Transforming Economies through Community (I-CITE), which was funded by the European Union's External Action Service. She also worked on the Resource Efficient Food and dRink for the Entire Supply cHain (REFRESH) project, assisting with various tasks. The REFRESH project takes action against food waste and is funded by the European Commission. The project's aims includes halving per capita food waste at the retail and consumer level, reducing food losses along the production and supply chains, reducing waste management costs and maximizing the value from unavoidable food waste and packaging materials.
Before joining Ecologic Institute, Melissa Maxter volunteered between the years 2013 and 2015 at the Baobab Festival, an annual multicultural festival that donates all its proceeds to the Baobab School in Guinea Conakry. At the Baobab Festival she served as Environmental and Sustainability Co-Manager. She was also a member of the board at Positive Footsteps (between 2014-2015), the non-profit NGO behind the Baobab Festival. During the summer of 2016, Melissa Maxter joined 180 Degrees Consulting, the world's largest pro-bono consultancy for non-profits and social enterprises, where she consulted on a scalable model for the Migration Hub Network.
Melissa Maxter holds a BSc in Environmental Science from Malmoe University (Sweden). In her bachelor's thesis she focused on motivation behind behavior in relation to the consumption of animal products. In addition to her work at Ecologic Institute, she is pursuing a degree in Ecotechnology and Sustainable Development through the international masters program at Mid Sweden University and is expected to graduate in the spring of 2018.