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:
- Communications and Stakeholder Relations
- Innovation Communities
- Strategy and Impact
- Services and Finance
Head of Communications and Stakeholder Relations
Alice Fišer is Head of Communications and Stakeholder Relations at the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
Before joining the EIT, Alice spearheaded the creation of Corporate Communications for the UN Duty Station in Bonn, Germany. Prior to this, she headed the UN University’s Communications Section in Bonn.
Alice began her career in the Delegation of the European Commission in Prague. In this function, she was responsible for relations with civil society, academia and the Czech regions.
She then worked for a Member of the European Parliament as an adviser in the fields of regional policy, justice and home affairs, and for the European Commission as a Press and Communications Officer in the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities.
Alice holds a PhD in Political Science from Augsburg University.
Head of Innovation Communities Unit
Stefano Fontana has been the Head of the 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.
Head of Strategy and Impact Unit
Márton Herczeg is the Head of the Strategy and Impact Unit, leading several strategic initiatives and actions enhancing the impact of the EIT.
Márton joined the EIT in April 2016 as Programme Officer to manage the partnership between EIT Headquarters and EIT RawMaterials until being appointed Head of the newly created Strategy and Impact Unit from January 2018.
Prior to joining the EIT, Márton was Head of EU and International Consulting with the Copenhagen Resource Institute (now part of NIRAS Gruppen A/S) in Denmark for more than eight years, where he led teams involved in strategic planning and solutions for better policy applications for clients, including several European Commission Directorate Generals, the European Environment Agency, the Nordic Council of Ministers, and various Danish Ministries.
He began his carrier at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) as researcher and lecturer while also managing projects at non-governmental and private organisations..
Márton has over 15 years of experience advising EU and national policymakers and other decision makers on science and evidence-based strategies, initiatives and policies on sustainable management of natural resources and waste, eco-innovation, resource efficiency and productivity. He also has eight years of experience as a university lecturer in environmental management and economics, environmental performance evaluation, and sustainable resource management.
He is author and co-author of more than 70 publications, including several analytical papers, policy reports and briefs, research reports, books and articles in professional journals.
Márton holds an MSc in Bioengineering and a PhD in Economics and Management from BME.
Head of Services and Finance Unit
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 Master's degree in International Economic Relations from the University for National and World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria.