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Meet our Team

A flat hierarchy is the declared goal of RIC Leoben. Tasks are divided in a transparent and streamlined way, enabling all team members to enjoy great freedom of movement in their work. Personal initiative is key for our development and we are counting on each team member for self-management and becoming better every day. We learn from each other and are continuously evolving as a team. Four students are supporting our full-time team members with their competence and motivation.

Susanne Feiel, BA MA

In 2017 Susanne Feiel took over the lead of the RIC Leoben and is since then passionately involved in her work. She was already part of the center at the very beginning, however, took a short two-year break to head the Montanuniversitaet International Relations Office (MIRO), which she still does in parallel to this position. Despite this, she has always been involved in the EIT RM and RIC activities and the development of the center has always been a heartfelt matter for her. The areas of education and the creation of visibility of the raw materials sector have become focus areas at RIC through Susanne as well as connecting raw materials activities within the scope of sustainable supply, the circular economy and climate action with the sustainable development goals. The long term future vision here is to involve the entire university for fruitful results. Susanne completed her studies of English and American Studies with focus linguistics and business in 2013 and now scientifically works on raw materials policy and the sustainable development goals. She is active in networking in relevant stakeholder groups such as for example in the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials High Level Steering Group as sherpa.

Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.mont. Peter Moser

Despite his extensive agenda as vice-rector Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.mont. Peter Moser is actively involved in positioning and supporting RIC Leoben and EIT Raw Materials activities of RIC at a strategic level through networking in relevant committees and circles. He is further an irreplaceable support through his great project-ideas as well as their initiation. He completed his MSc in Mining Engineering with a specialisation in Tunnelling in 1983 and his PhD in Mining in 1989. Since 2006 he is the Head of Department of Mineral Resources & Petroleum Engineering and holds the Chair of Mining Engineering & Mineral Economics.  In 2011 he was appointed Vice Rector, responsible for International Affairs and University infrastructure. He has written around 100 scientific papers in the field of Drilling & Blasting, Mine Development, Underground Mining, Rock Mechanics & Rock Cutting, Ventilation and Mineral Policy issues. He is a certified expert and works as consulter for the mining industry. Through his very active involvement in the European Raw Materials landscape, such as his involvement in the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials High Level Steering Group or his role as steering committee member in the EIT RawMaterials Community, his research and devotion currently revolve around the societal challenges regarding a sustainable raw materials supply of Europe and the globe.

Dipl.-Ing. Hanno Bertignoll

End of March 2018, Hanno Bertignoll started as Project Manager at the RIC Leoben. His activities include coordination, application and development of EIT RM projects, as well as projects covering other raw material relevant topics. He serves as the interface between the RIC Leoben, the university institutes and the EIT RM, and networks to connect relevant partners. Additionally, he acively supports selected projects as project expert. He also is involved in organizing workshops, project meetings and other networking events. Hanno is a graduated mining engineer from Montanuniversitaet Leoben. He has long-time industry experience, working in various roles in business development, sales and marketing for a mining equipment supplier in Zeltweg/Austria. After that, he worked two years as marketing manager for a recycling equipment manufacturer.

Anna Meyer, BA BA MA

Anna Meyer studied English/American Studies and Molecular Biology at the University of Graz and was also teaching and researching at the Faculty as a student assistant. After finishing her studies she did an internship in a language school in Bristol (GB) for 3 months and later taught German and English in another language school in Madrid (Spain) before she joined the RIC team.

In our RIC team, Anna is working as a research and project manager developing projects in the context of EIT RawMaterials and ensuring the efficient communication between the University Chairs, RIC Leoben and EIT RawMaterials. She is also involved in developing the Sustainable Development Goals strategy and organizes project meetings, workshops and other events.

Manuel Ortega, MSc

Manuel joined RIC Leoben in January of this year. On a full-time basis, he successfully manages the MiReBooks project, “Mixed Reality Handbooks for Mining Education”, which is a 14 partner pan-European education project, with a budget of 3 Mio EUR. The project is funded by EIT RawMaterials Academy and tackles current needs and gaps in mining education regarding digitalisation of contents and concepts. (You can find more details on the project in the section “EIT Regional Center Leoben”.) Manuel obtained an MSc in mining engineering from León Mining University, Spain. After graduating from university he worked in the oil and gas service industry for many years. He opted for his current job because he felt like it was time to return to his mining roots.

Marinella Passarella, PhD

Marinella has recently joined the RIC as coordinator for the climate agendas and the EIT Climate-KIC participation of Montanuniversitaet Leoben which consists of the expansion and management of the climate change projects portfolio, with the aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and dealing with climate change effects. She is the Project manager for the e-Circular Flagship on Plastic Waste Prevention and the Journey financed by Climate-KIC. She obtained an International PhD in Innovation Science and Technology devoted to Systems and Methods for Environmental Protection at the University of Cagliari (Italy) in collaboration with the University of Auckland (New Zealand). She worked as a member of the steering group of the no-profit organization INORE (International Network on Offshore Renewable Energy) managing projects, fundraising, organizing international networking events and conferences for two years. She is also specialized in renewable energy obtaining a Master of Science in Marine Renewable Energy at Plymouth University (UK), where she gained experience on energy resources, stakeholders’ engagement and sustainability.

Mariaelena Murphy, MA

Mariaelena joined RIC Leoben in October 2019, as the Education Portfolio Manager. She is responsible for the EIT RawMaterials education projects, with key focus on creating relationships between the sectors of business, research, and education in the Raw Materials industry. One of her main responsibilities is to manage the integrity of the current portfolio of educational projects and to develop new ones in line with the EIT strategy. Maintaining and cultivating future and current student engagement in the field of Raw Materials is the key to project success. Mariaelena holds a Master’s in Business Ethics and Social Responsibility. She is an Irish born national who has lived and worked abroad for the past 20 years. Besides having been an entrepreneur and worked commercially, her last held position was Senior Lecturer for 17 years at the International Business School, Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen, The Netherlands. Here she lectured mainly in the Business Management discipline in the subject matter of Sustainability, Business Ethics, Intercultural Competence and Business Governance. She also developed projects with students and together set up a foundation whose aim was to share knowledge and help across borders, with a focus on education, social care and other deeds, which were beneficial in the broader sense of the communities. She is very excited to be part of the RIC team and about the Raw Materials education projects.

Dipl.-Ing Patrick Trummer

Patrick joined the team of the RIC Leoben in July 2019 as sustainable development coordinator. He is responsible for the activities in the UniNEtZ project, a joint project of all higher education institutions of Austria for an integrated anthology of options for the Austrian government for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. In particular Patrick is responsible for the coordination of Montanuniversitaet’s Sustainable Development Goal 12 – “Responsible Consumption and Production” partnership, in collaboration with Johannes Kepler Universitaet. He is an active part in the development of the sustainability agenda of RIC.Patrick studied mechanical engineering at Montanuniversitaet Leoben. During his studies he worked at Materials Center Leoben as a student researcher for over 4 years, where he calculated material and friction behaviour of rails by using finite elements methods combined with contact mechanics knowledge. His passion for societal needs and development have led him into his current position.

Mag.a iur. Anna Voica

Anna Voica is responsible for “Business Development and Project Management” at RIC. Her main focus is on building up offerings in the area of business development provided by RIC, in close cooperation with the EIT Raw Materials and in the future also with the International Competence Centre for Mining-Engineering Education under the auspices of UNESCO.
The implementation of the strategy includes the organisation of events (e.g. Pre-Jumpstarter Workshop in March), information processing and dissemination as well as establishing contacts with partners in the start-up/SME sector throughout Austria.
In the future, the existing network of the university will be expanded and new cooperations with start-up platforms, incubators, other Austrian technical universities and universities of applied sciences, start-up event organisers, ministries and other organisations will be established. Anna has graduated in Law at University of Graz as well as in the the one-year Diploma programme at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna.

Marlène Pfandl

As of July 2019, Marlène became part of the Resources Innovation Center Leoben team where she is responsible for financial and personnel controlling. As the youngest member of the team, she is looking forward to a successful working time with her new colleagues. When getting in touch with RIC Leoben, Marlène will be the first person you meet. Marlène graduated from Secondary College of Business Administration Judenburg in 2017. In autumn 2017 she began to study Pedagogy as well as Environmental System Sciences with emphasis on Business Administration at the University of Graz. After the first semester of studying, however, she decided to take a full-time job.

Owain Maedel

Our all-rounder, Owain, is always on hand to support the team with his many talents. He already has managed projects and coordinated proposal submissions in the past. Owain is now involved in the repositioning of the RIC Leoben office where he is coordinating the graphical appearance of all PR material and the multimedia content; and he is also responsible for the annual report. He studies Mineral Resources Engineering and plans to pursue his Master‘s degree in the US.


Anna Kieninger-Fantoni

Anna joined the RIC team in 2017 to support strategic development and partner communication within the ESEE region. She actively engages in realizing outputs of various ESEE projects. Her profound research facilitates the contextualization and organization of RIC Leoben events – in particular the setting-up of ESEE Dialogue Conferences.

Anna is enrolled in the bachelor’s program in Mineral Resources Engineering and intends to focus on Mining Engineering in her master program.

Gloria Ammerer, BA

Gloria joined the team of the RIC Leoben in May 2018. She also study “Raw Materials Engineering” at the Montanuniversität. Her focus is on supporting the team in the organizational area as well as scientific research in the field of raw material activities, sustainability of raw materials and raw materials policy and the “Sustainable Development Goals” involved.

Omar Sharif Szabo

Omar has joined the RIC Leoben team in April 2019 and his focus is on sustainability. Be it in working on sustainable mobility, putting together a portfolio on all sustainable projects at MUL or participating in working groups for SDG13 (Climate Action) activities. Additionally he will be supporting Climate-KIC projects in the near future. Before joining RIC, Omar worked in the environmental assessment field in Styria, at the ReWaste 4.0 project at MUL and in Anchorage, Alaska at an environmental analytics laboratory. He hopes to combine his work at RIC, his studies of Industrial Environmental Protection & Process Engineering and his previous work experience to make a positive impact on fighting climate change.