Meet the team

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We are the current officers at Circle Centre. All current or former students at Lund University, we are passionate about circular economy and sustainability. That's why we are dedicating our free time to promote a shared and cultural consumption.

Emily Silva

Technology & Finance Manager

Emily is from the US, moving to Sweden in 2020 to start her MSc in Environmental Management in Policy at the IIIEE.

Having moved cities over six times in the past decade, she realized that owning things was quite a headache and became passionate about the sharing economy. She was happy to stock much of her new apartment in Lund with items borrowed from Circle Centre. 

Emily earned her BSc in Accounting and Information Systems and worked in accounting and technology before starting her master's program. She loves applying these skills as the Tech & Finance Manager at Circle Centre, where she can see a tangible impact in the community.

Florence Kunert

Inventory Manager

Florence is passionate about nature and its protection. Next to her Environmental Studies, she became quite fond of Circle Centre’s  mission. She wakes up with Yoga and loves spending time outdoors. Her superpower: sleeping - preferably in a hammock on a sunny day.

Hedda Roberts

Partnerships & External Relations Manager

Hedda is originally from the UK and came to Lund for a masters programme at the IIIEE. She is inspired by the concept of the sharing economy and thinks it has great potential to combat current environmental challenges. She is passionate about building sustainable and resilient cities. In her free time, she loves to practice yoga and swim in the sea.

Jeni Särmäkari

Team & Internal Relations Manager

Jeni has been passionate about sustainable living and this led her to start a master’s degree in Innovation and Global Sustainable Development. She is from Finland but lived the past few years in Barcelona where she first participated in local activities towards more sustainable communities and is happy to continue by being part of Circle Centre. In her free time, Jeni likes to explore new places, watch tv shows and when possible escape to her family’s summer cottage to go paddle boarding and blueberry picking.

Philipp Montenegro

Communication Manager

Philipp is a passionate photographer and loves being outside and connecting with nature, while camping or hiking with friends. Sharing good moments does not stop there, which is why he loves being part of Circle Centre, expanding his circle of sharing with a mission to reduce the impact on earth, starting locally. Philipp grew up in Germany and France and moved to Sweden to get his master degree in Environmental Sciences at Lund University.

Ronja Karvinen

Events Manager

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.

Meet the board

Kyla Wilson

Founder

Kyla is from sunny Cardiff by the Sea, California. She earned her B.S. in Environmental Science with a concentration in Systems and Society at UCLA before moving to Seattle, Washington to work on zero waste and plastic pollution campaigns across the State. She then journeyed further north to earn her MSc. in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science at Lund University. It was in Sweden where Kyla applied her enthusiasm for waste prevention and non-profit management in co-founding Circle Centre Lund. She is now a Sustainability Specialist in the Office of Environmental Policy and Sustainability at the City of Tacoma back in the Pacific Northwest. 

Hanniyah Mir

Founder

Hanniyah enjoys learning new things but has a knack for dropping everything mid-way. Her current interests include tabletop games, sustainable lifestyles, feminism, and languages. She thinks it is important to challenge social norms and thus is grateful to be a part of the Circle Centre project, which questions the idea of ownership.

Yuliya Voytenko Palgan

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.

Anna Gomes

Founder

Anna is an American who grew up in a rural farming town on the coast of Northern California, USA. She is passionate about soil science, sustainable farming, waste management, and economies of community! After receiving a B.S. in Agricultural and Environmental Education at UC Davis, she completed her master’s in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science at Lund University, conducting her research in the Netherlands. Currently, she has started a PhD at Stanford University in Earth System Science. In her free time, she can be found running along farming fields listening to country music, cooking new recipes, or watching movies based on true events.

Egle Kareckaite

Founder

Originally from the coast of Lithuania, Eglė spent the majority of her adult life in the UK and is passionate about helping communities live more sustainably. With her background in international relations and public policy, as well as a master’s degree in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science, Eglė is now working with innovative start-ups and sustainable EU projects to support their development. Though currently in Brussels, we’ll see where her love of big cities and seaside walks takes her next. 

Peter A Lindeblad

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. 

Parren Fountain

Founder

Parren was born and raised in the quaint state of Delaware in the U.S. but has spent much of the last decade working, living and studying in China, Japan, South Africa and Sweden. His passion to advocate for social and environmental change was ignited during his time volunteering at a local 350.org chapter in the U.S. and has never looked back since. After completing his master’s in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science at Lund University, Parren has developed a deep interest in researching and exploring artistic and cultural responses to sustainability challenges. Parren currently resides in Sweden where he’s actively engaged in supporting the development of Circle Centre where he serves as the president of the board of directors.

Jessika Richter

​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. 

Interested in joining Circle Centre?

If you can identify with Circle Centre's values and want to commit some of your freetime to our mission, you are more than welcome to apply for the listed positions (unpaid). Just click on the respective button!

Support the Circle Centre Officers in their daily work, from the running of opening hours, organising the library space, marketing to other activities. Just drop us an email.

Apply to become a Circle Centre Officer and take over major responsibility for the daily work of the organisation. Join weekly teammeetings and spend approx. 5 hours per week for your voluntary work.

Apply to become a board member and help the further development of the organization. More information are listed in the application form. We are looking for professionals and more experienced members who are likely to be in Lund for a longer time-frame.

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