Elena von Sperber is Senior Project Manager Dialogue and International Exchange at Ecologic Institute and focuses on the process design and implementation of collaborative processes that address challenging environmental policy issues. Her area of particular interest is international exchange, bringing together experts and stakeholders from Europe and all over the world for dialogue and exchange of best practices in the sustainability field. She is fluent in German, English, Spanish, and Swedish.
Elena engages in the conceptualization and organization of national and international events, such as conferences (e.g. SmartSOIL Conference, Brussels), workshops (e.g. Soils2Sea Workshop, Tullstorp) and training courses (e.g. BASE Training Course, Lisbon). She also implements visitor programs for international delegations of the Federal Foreign Office (e.g. Post COP21 Tour, Bonn, Berlin), and study tours for the ELEEP network of emerging leaders in environment and energy policy (e.g. ELEEP Tour on Climate Change Adaptation, London, Brussels, Rotterdam). Also, Elena is responsible for the dissemination and communication within the Horizon2020 project: Knowledge, Assessment, and Management for Aquatic Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Across EU Policies (AQUACROSS).
Before joining Ecologic Institute, she worked as International Program Coordinator for the Blue Flag Programme in Copenhagen (Denmark), where she shaped and coordinated the certification process of beaches and marinas around the world according to environmental and safety criteria. Prior to that, she worked at Natlikan Sustainability Solutions, an environmental consulting firm in Malmö (Sweden).
Elena holds a degree in International Cultural and Business Studies (Diplom-Kulturwirt) from the University of Passau (Germany) and a master's degree in International Environmental Science from Lund University (Sweden). In 2016, she completed courses in Project Management and Leadership and Coaching at Uppsala University (Sweden) and wrote her final paper in cooperation with the Stockholm Nobel Museum. While in Sweden, she also completed a coach training program (International Coach Federation, ICF) and has worked as a certified coach (ACC) in German, English and Swedish since then.