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Meet the team 

Hej!

We are the current officers at Circle Centre. We are passionate about circular economy and sustainability. That's why we are dedicating our free time to promote a culture of sharing in place of a culture of individual consumption.

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Anna

Elfström

Maintenance Officer

Anna is a master graduate from the LUMES program, who always have had a passion for making things last longer, may that be food or clothes. Born and raised in Lund, she enjoys thrifting in the many second-hand shops and flea markets and learn creative ways of making the most of our natural resources. She joined Circle Center in an effort to engage and network with other people who like her, wants to make a difference and impact consumer trends.

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Brooke

Savoy

Event Officer

Brooke is a masters student in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science (LUMES) at Lund University. She is originally from Canada, but has also lived in the United States and South Korea before coming to Sweden. Her interest in waste reduction and lowering consumption led her to join Circle Centre. She hopes to continue to foster a circular culture in Lund through this work and learn about running a non-profit organization. Brooke enjoys spending time in nature, crocheting, a good coffee, and learning languages.

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Ekaterina

Tarasova

Common Workspace Event Officer

Ekaterina is interested in all three dimentions of sustaianability and it's balance. Studied at International Trade Law program, LU, to tackle sustainable food chains. She is a responcible consumption and social justice enthusiast and believes that real sharing economy must stay non-commercial. Relocated many times and has been always enjoying being a part of local international communities and their impact. Loves traveling, camping, art and music, reading and thinking but most of all - meeting kind people.

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Elif

Özdemir

Social Media Officer

Elif is a Master’s student in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science at Lund University and is from Istanbul, Turkey. She joined Circle Centre because she is eager to be a part of change. She believes that changing her consumption habits and being a part of Circle Centre’s unique community will be a great journey for her. Apart from her studies and work in Circle Centre, Elif loves making handmade products, traveling and spending time with pets.

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Ghada

Shaaban

Content Officer

How can we make cities inclusive, livable, connected and healthy for all and what inspiration can we take from places that work around the world? This is what drives Ghada in her everyday work as an urban designer and that's also what brought her to Circle Centre. Ghada is a walker who gets inspired by colors, materials and music.

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Laura

Vega

Loan Officer

Laura is from Bogotá, Colombia. She is currently studying the master program Environmental Studies & Sustainability Science. Back in her country, she was working and volunteering in the sustainability field, so being able to join the Circle Centre team was very exciting for her. Besides sustainability, Laura is also passionate about human behavior, animals, & podcasts.

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Paulina

Rudnik

External Relations Officer

Paulina is originally from Poland and came to Lund for the Master in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science. Her interest in circular economy and willingness to fight overconsumption brought her to Circle Center, where she can combine her values with the previous experience in public relations. She enjoys taking part in new projects and she's especially looking forward to sharing the idea of Circle Center with the community.

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Simone

Cimadomo

External Relations Officer

Simone is from Italy and came to Sweden for a Master's in Environmental Management and Policy at Lund University's IIIEE. He has a background in economics and is passionate about sustainable consumption and production, circular economy and degrowth. He joined Circle Centre to experience running a sharing economy and to discover how it fits into urban and local governance environments. In his free time you'll find him outdoors, travelling or hiking, taking pictures of landscapes and buildings, playing sports and volunteering.

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Sophia

Lahey

Team Officer

Sophie is from the Midwest region of the United States and became interested in overconsumption when she started dumpster diving in her previous town, where university students would leave a large amount of usable items on the curb every summer. This lead her to her current studies, a master's program in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science at Lund University to better understand the circular economy and waste. As the Team Officer, she is excited to help fight overconsumption through assisting the Circle Centre team and volunteers.

Board of Directors 

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Anna Schellenberg

Board President

Anna grew up in the rainy city of Hamburg where she completed her B.S. in Geography and Biology. Through her love for plants and urban gardens she found her way into the magical world of sustainability. During her Masters in Sustainability Science she started working with Circle Centre as a team manager and never really could let go of her passion for the organisation. Today she is highly interested in how a just and sustainable transition can occur in urban spaces, looking on topics such as mobility, consumption and infrastructure. In her free time Anna loves to run just after it rained, get into really dramatic tv series and dream about minimalistic furnished apartments and a life after capitalism.  

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Cara Siepenkort

Secretary of the Board

Cara is a Sustainability Expert whos passions lie in addressing systemic issues by challenging the status quo and pushing the sustainability agenda forward! While studying for her master's in Environmental Studies & Sustainability Science, she worked as the Events Manager and Communications Officer at Circle Centre. With her creativity and drive, she loves to connect people and great ideas and is keen to collaborate for creating positive change. 

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Jessika Richter

Board Member

​Jessika is a PostDoctoral researcher at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University. She researches Circular Economy policies at the municipal, national, and international levels for recycling and repair of electronics. She is also active with Repair Cafes in Malmö and Lund. 

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Yuliya

Voytenko Palgan

Board Member

Yuliya is an Associate Professor in Sustainable Development and a Reader in Environmental Economics at the IIIEE, Lund University. She has over 13 years of experience in multicultural, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary teams. Her research focuses on strategies for sustainability solutions in new economies (i.e. bioeconomy, sharing economy and circular economy) and sustainable urban transformation. She leads a research project Sharing and the City (Formas) and contributes to the research projects Urban Sharing: Sustainability and Institutionalisation (ERC, GA771872) and NATURVATION (EU H2020, GA730243). In her leisure she loves dancing ballroom and jazz, doing yoga, gardening and cycling.

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Peter Lindeblad 

Board Member

Peter is a business designer at IKEA, working with innovation and development of circular business models. Peter has been part of the Circular innovation team at IKEA for more than 5 years, and has experience in service design, business modeling, requirement engineering and project management. Peter has a background in business administration from the School of Economics and environmental management and policies from IIIEE. 

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Ronja Karvinen

Board Member

Ronja tends to find it hard to remain in one place and is constantly on the go. Her very social character makes her somewhat of an exception to the stereotypical Finnish person. She is passionate about finding solutions for more sustainable lifestyles, and finds joy in sharing ideas with people around her. In her spare time she loves to bake vegan pastries, to sip espressos at crowded cafés and to study development theories. When life becomes a bit too hectic she rolls out her workout mat and tries to finish way too complicated youtube-workouts.

The Founders 

Anna Gomez
Egle Kareckaite
Hanniyah Mir
Kyla Wilson
Parren Fountain

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Interested in joining the Circle Centre team? 
Volunteer with us! 

You can identify with Circle Centre's values and want to commit some of your free-time to support our mission? We are always looking for motivated Volunteers to support our Officers in their daily work!

 

Depending on your interests, you could for example help us run opening hours, keep the library space organised, get new items, take pictures of our inventory, or be a helping hand at events. There is always a lot to do and this is only what we can think of right now! If you have more ideas, we would love for you to share them with us!

Circle Centre is not only a great place to put your passion for sustainability into action, but also  to gain valuable experiences and skills, and to be part of a great team! We host regular team events for everyone involved in the organisation and have a fun time together.

 

Just send us an email in which you tell us a bit about yourself and the area you would like to support us in. We can´t wait to hear from you!

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