Aditi Varshenya is GAIA’s U.S. Zero Waste Coordinator. Originally from India, Aditi grew up in China and is now based in New York City. Her academic background centers environmental justice, and she is pursuing a Mater of Urban Planning at New York University. Aditi was a community organizer prior to joining GAIA and is fiercely dedicated to building a world that values people and planet before profit.
Froilan Grate is GAIA’s Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator and Executive Director of GAIA Philippines. Froilan is a committed environmental justice campaigner who has assisted more than 20 cities/municipalities in the Philippines in developing and improving waste management programs and systems. He has extensive experience in module development and training and legislative work, providing support to legislators at the local government level, especially in areas of policy review.
Gemma Estrella is GAIA’s Network Development Coordinator. Originally from Barcelona, she has been involved with Human Rights and grassroots organizations in Spain, Mexico, and the United States. In 2005 she moved to Mexico, where she lived seven years and worked as a Program Manager at Promedios de Comunicación Comunitaria. Prior to joining GAIA, Gemma worked at Centro Legal de la Raza, in Oakland, as the Donor Relations and Communications Coordinator, and has also continued working as a freelance video editor.
Janelle Nice is the Bookkeeper and Office Administrator for GAIA’s U.S. office. Previously she has worked as an Office Manager in various industries, gaining experience in bookkeeping, tech support, HR, and event coordinating. She is passionate about excellent administration and is happy to support GAIA’s team.
Jed Alegado is GAIA Asia Pacific’s Regional Communications Officer for the #breakfreefromplastic movement. Prior to joining GAIA, he has worked with several non-government organizations as a media and communications officer and project manager. He holds a masters degree in Development Studies from the International Institute of Social Studies part of Erasmus University Rotterdam in The Hague, Netherlands.
Janek Vähk joined Zero Waste Europe in August 2015. As Development and Policy Coordinator, he manages the relationship with Zero Waste Europe’s funders and leads on climate and energy policy advocacy work towards EU institutions. Previously, he worked for the Friends of the Earth Europe (FoEE) in Brussels where he coordinated fundraising efforts on behalf of FoEE and its 6 programmes. Prior to the FoEE, Janek worked for the Justice and Environment (J&E) where he provided leadership for the development of strategic partnerships. He holds an Msc in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Central European University and Postgraduate degree in Charity Marketing from Cass Business School.
Joan Marc Simon is based in Brussels where he directs the work of Zero Waste Europe. He has been a leading voice for Zero Waste in Europe since 2007 and he is a regular keynote speaker in many industry and NGO meetings in Brussels but also at local level as well as internationally. He is member of the Steering Committee of the Break Free from Plastics movement.
Among many other publications he has authored the Zero Waste Masterplan for cities as well as the book “Zero Waste – How to reactivate the economy without trashing the planet”. With a background in Economics, he has more than 10 years of experience working with governmental and non-governmental organisations in the field of good governance, new economics, social justice, and environment.
Justine Maillot is the Consumption & Production Campaigner of Zero Waste Europe. She has a background in International, European and environmental law, and worked at the EU Unit of Greenpeace for four years on EU ocean and fisheries policy before joining ZWE. After an eighteen month break travelling and getting involved in different small local projects, she joined Surfrider Foundation Europe, where she mainly worked on plastic pollution and contributed to the work of the Rethink Plastic alliance. Besides the work on plastics for the Rethink Plastic Alliance she joins our team on Consumption and Production where she will be leading our work on food contact materials, particularly the health impacts from single use packaging.
Larissa Copello is the Consumption & Production Campaigner and Policy Coordinator of Rethink Plastic Alliance. She has a background in Law and she worked as a Legal Consultant on environment, health, and safety policies. She is passionate about environmental protection and sustainable development practices. She is a zero waster at heart, and enjoys running campaigns and empowering people towards sustainable consumption patterns. She also likes cooking and preparing her zero waste cosmetics and products, while fostering her creativity!.