Our Malta Climate-KIC is composed of new and old members, some of us have been involved in the Climate KIC network since 2016, when we joined in. Others have joined the team as work became more complex and of course more interesting! The following are the main persons involved in the annual activities of Climate KIC. We are also thankful to other persons who are not listed here but who with their dedication and attention to detail ensure that our activities run smoothly and also ensure that our activities are as climate friendly as much as possible.
Climate KIC Main Team
Dr. Nadia Theuma, Executive Director, Pargon Europe is the leading project management expert at Paragon, personally overseeing Paragon’s growing portfolio of internal and external projects. With a Doctorate degree in the development, marketing and management of Cultural and Sustainable Tourism, she has consolidated experience especially linked to regional branding and development. She is also an expert with DG Growth on Sustainable Tourism. Dr. Nadia Theuma is an international speaker and an established author in her field. Nadia is the overalll responsible person for the Mangement of Climate KIC actions in Malta and she is also responsible for the management of Sustainable Historic District Project -SUSHI.
Dr. Anthony Theuma, CEO Paragon Europe is the leading expert in innovation and smart specilaisation. He has a Doctorate Degree in Knowledge Economy and participated and managed various EU cofunded projects. He has also provided assistance to clients seeking business advice, EU funding and investor funding. Dr. Theuma advises public and private organisations on Innovation and Entrepreneurship and is involved at an EU level on Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Smart Specialisation. He is an appointed Smart Specialisation Expert by DG Regio and was also instrumental in the setting up of the SME Instrument programme. Anton is active in the Education and Innovation Projects under Climate KIC.
Mario is a senior entrepreneurial executive with over 30 years of experience in managing operations, personnel, sales and merchandising at corporate level for both start-ups and established entities. He is experienced at C level management in both the private and public sectors. Mario has served as CEO within the private industry and held Directorship and CEO roles within entities of local Ministries. Collaborated with and advised several local start-ups in establishing their business and management strategy. Mario serves as the Network developer for the Climate KIC RIS in Malta.
Brian Camilleri, Senior entrepreneurial executive with over 35 years of experience in administration, operations, personnel including recruitment & HR, procurement, sales and marketing. at corporate level for both start-ups and established entities. Brian joined Paragon in 2018 and he assists our Climate KIC teams of Accelerators and our PIPs in the development of business proposals.
PIP HEAD COACH
Nicole Klaesener-Metzner, is our newly appointed Pioneers in Practice Head Coach. She is a Humanitarian and International Collaboration specialist and trainer, in the private sector, UN and non-profit experience in global settings. She has expertise in climate change and environment programming, emergency management and preparedness, country level representation and operational management, advocacy, fundraising and communication, change management and workshop development and facilitation.
She is currently pursuing a career in the humanitarian or development sector with a focus on public health as a factor of sustainable community development, poverty reduction and community empowerment. She sees resilience as a strategic entry point for social and economic development and believes that targeted investments in behaviour change are crucial to achieving improved living conditions at scale, responding to the challenges of climate change.
Ivan Sulev has been involved in the entrepreneurial world for the past 9+ years. With this entrepreneurial and business experience, Ivan has been able to combine successfully business strategy with improved customer and user experience with the exploits of innovative technologies, thus, create improved business value. Successfully lead companies into the Experience Economy, curating and maintaining a holistic user, business, and technology appropriate experience. Ivan joined Paragon in January of 2019 and he will be involved in the Smart Sustainable District Project – SUSHI in creating the financial ecosystems.
Ms Maria Borg holds a Bachelor Degree in Management after she finished her studies at the University of Malta. Ms Borg comes with number of years of experience in the tourism sector.
Ms Borg has been employed with Paragon Limited for the last 8 years, having started her career at Paragon as Personal Assistant to the CEO and Executive Director. Today, she occupies the position of a Senior Manager responsible for the Company’s legal sphere, Compliance and Human Resources. Ms Borg is responsible for the ISO certification of Paragon. Maria, is giving support to the Climate KIC Team in the setting up of the PPP structure under the Sustainable Historic District Project
Pavlos Dimitrakos is EU Project trainee. He has a combined honours BA in International Relations & History from Canterbury Christ Church University and an MA in International Conflict and Security from the Brussels School of International Studies. He is involved across our innovation Climate KIC projects as a junior researcher. Pavlos speaks: English, Greek, French, Spanish, Italian and some Dutch.
Communications and IT
Andrii Debrivskyy holds an Engineering degree from University of Information Technology and Management in Poland with a diploma on “Application for Android system of analysis of environment conductivity using Arduino and Spark Gap Tesla Coil”. He has also been awarded for innovation under the “Generacja Przyszłości” Programme by the Ministry of Education of Poland. Mr Debrivskyy holds the position of IT Manager at Paragon Europe managing a team of five individuals and also coordinating also an IT backup team in Ukraine. Through a solid understanding of application development, computer programming and architecture design, teams are able to deliver cutting edge solutions that consistently meet complex business requirements. Andriy provides all the IT back-up needed for the smooth running of our Climate KIC activities.
Andriy Sydorak has an Engineer’s degree in Computer graphics and animation and advanced knowledge of computer technologies in print design, marketing design, commercial art, digital illustration and compositing. Andrii has 5 years of experience in visual communication and brand design and 3 year experience in IT Support. Furthermore, Andrii is a competent photographer and filmmaker.
ROSA MARÍA TOULLIS LOU
Rosa has a Degree in Communication from the International University of La Rioja (Spain); she is higher technician in Audiovisual Production and she also studied filmmaking in Barcelona.
Over ten years of experience within Communication business; background and experience in Media (TV, Radio and Newspaper). She joined Paragon as an Intern and then was employed as part of the communication team towards the end of 2018. Rosa asssits Climate KIC team on social media campaigns, marketing and communications.
Administration and Finance
Carl Pace has a Bachelor Degree in Management at the university of Malta. Carl was previously responsible for running a business in the construction industry being responsible for large faced paced projects in Malta in the hospitality, education and health industries. For his Bachelor’s Degree, Carl completed his thesis on internationalization of family run businesses. At Paragon Carl occupies the position as senior manager for the financial management and administration. Carl has been active in Climate KIC activities since 2017 and is responsible for the overall administration, overseeing of events and ensuring that Climate KIC event adhere to low carbon protocol adopted by Paragon in 2018. His background in the constrcution industry is also useful in our innovation projects.
SARAH MAMO FLYNN
Sarah Mamo Flynn is head of Finance and Head of Project Finance reporting. She has 17 years of financial and accounting background. She is in possession of ACCA qualification. Sarah has worked different types of industries and sectors across Malta for both local and foreign markets. Together with Frankline and Sara, they oversee the financial reporting as well as contribute to the team on financial aspects in our projects.