EIT Management Team
Working closely together in the daily management of the EIT, the EIT Management Team consists of the EIT Director and the Heads of the four Units at the EIT:
- Services and Finance
- Innovation Communities
- Strategy and Impact (Unit Head will be in place 1 January 2018)
- Communications and Stakeholder Relations
The EIT is based in Budapest, Hungary, and is structured in a number of Units and departments (organigramme) fully aligned with the EIT's mission and activities.
Tzvetan Zafirov has more than 20 years of professional experience at different managerial positions, both in international organizations as well as in the private sector.
Prior to joining EIT he was the Second Deputy Director of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Right (ODIHR) in Warsaw, Poland. Previously he has served for more than 13 years as the Deputy Director for Operations with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Lao PDR, Cyprus, the Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific in Sri Lanka, and Bulgaria. Before joining UNDP he has worked for more than 7 years in the banking and finance sector.
Tzvetan has an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Masters degree in International Economic Relations from the University for National and World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Mathea Fammels is acting Head of Communications and Stakeholder Relations at the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
Before joining the EIT, Mathea was responsible for stakeholder relations as well as all issues related to the economics of network and information security at the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) between 2006 and 2010. Prior to this, from 2000 to 2006, she worked as Economic Affairs Advisor with the German Engineering Industry Association (VDMA) at their European Office in Brussels and, from 1997 to 1999, was a Policy Advisor at the Northern Ireland Centre in Europe (NICE), the Regional Representation of Northern Ireland to the EU.
Previously, she worked at the European Commission Representation in Germany as well as the Directorate-General Regional Policy and Cohesion (DG REGIO) in Brussels. Mathea studied Political Science at the University of Cologne (Germany) and European Studies at University College Cork (Ireland).
Stefano Fontana has been the Head of Partnership Management Unit since 1 August 2015. He is responsible for the implementation of the EIT's operational grant-management cycle activities for all Innovation Communitiess, including the organisation of future calls for Innovation Communities. Furthermore, he is responsible for the simplification of EIT/Innovation Community interactions, including the streamlining of the grant management cycle in the most efficient, effective and assuring form.
Prior to joining the EIT, he worked at the European Commission and the Research Executive Agency (REA) for more than 10 years in a variety of posts, mainly in the area of policy and project management in various units including Research Infrastructures, Research for SMEs, Research for Space and Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions (MSCA).
As Head of Operational Sector in the REA, Stefano coordinated the implementation of Horizon 2020 EU funds related to the MSCA programme, Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE).
Previously, he worked as researcher and project manager for more than 15 years in a multicultural international environment (Italy, UK, Syria, USA, and Japan), with a focus on industrial applications and technology transfer, and before moving to the EU Institutions he held the position of Head of Operational Unit at the Trieste Synchrotron Laboratory.
Stefano began his career after a fellowship at the Italian national research council and has a Master degree in Physics from the University of Rome.