The Team

dyrkeprosjektet-pa-vaterland-ble-etablert-av-helene-gallis-i-nabolagshager-pa-oppdrag-fra-bymiljoetaten-foto-monica-lovdahlHELENE GALLIS – Director of Partnerships and Innovation.              Helene founded Nabolagshager in 2013 and has previously worked with sustainability issues in Spain, USA, Germany and Norway with organisations such as Worldwatch Institute and The United Nations Development Programme.  She has experience from a wide field, including sustainable production and consumption, policy development, entrepreneurship and strategic communication. Helene is educated in sustainability and communication from Australia, Ecuador, Mexico and Spain, with expertise in urban ecology, corporate social responsibility and systems theory. She published the book DYRK BYEN! – håndbok for urbane bønder in 2015, which was Norway’s first book on urban farming projects.

FullSizeRenderLAURA MARTINEZ IZQUIERDO – Director of Research                         Laura comes from Spain where she studied biology and conservation of biodiversity. She also holds a master’s degree in forest and nature conservation from Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Previously, she has worked as a researcher in Panama and as rainforest campaigner in Greenpeace Norway. Laura manages Nabolagshager’s portfolio of national and international research-oriented and innovative projects, and leads an interdisciplinary/multicultural team of consultants and freelancers.

adamADAM CURTIS – Interim CEO                                                                  Adam has worked with sustainable agriculture and social design for the past decade in both the US and Norway. With a masters in Development, Environment and Cultural Change from the University of Oslo, Adam has focused his work on the connections between sustainable transitions and social change. He currently acts as CEO for Nabolagshager, managing a portfolio of international research projects and social programming spanning topics from sustainable food systems to inclusive design.

idil_norveç_gardenerIDIL AKDOS – Project Coordinator                                                             Idil is from Istanbul, Turkey and is educated as a molecular biologist. She also holds a master’s degree in Agroecology from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. Idil has worked as a field coordinator for a sustainability company and has run a permaculture rooftop garden in Istanbul, focusing on community building and education. At Nabolagshager, Idil works as a mentor with the youth of Oslo Living Lab, growing food, beekeeping, and giving workshops. She is also responsible for our rooftop farm, Tak for Maten, and manages a pilot for a Horizon 2020 project, ACTION.

kimKIMBERLY (KIM) WEGER – Community Relations                                      Kim comes from Canada and has her Master’s degree in political science from the University of Calgary, with research on community participation in development in Ghana.  After finishing her career as an international athlete in speed skating, Kim worked in Germany in an international sport development project. Kim works with Nabolagshager on community engagement, with a focus on grassroots and gendered participation, as well as writing international grant proposals.

Other Freelancers and Consultants 


Researcher – KATE MILOSAVLJEVIC – Kate is originally from New Zealand, but has lived in Norway for a number of years. She holds a PhD in social anthropology and has held post-doc research stays in both Scotland and Ireland. In Nabolagshager she works with various research projects where she contributes with expertise on application processes, research ethics, and impact measurement. Kate also works as associate professor at Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet), is affiliated with the University of Edinburgh as a researcher.

17903377_1925030911076331_3660991872659557490_nMaster Gardener – TATIANA DESÈVES – Tatiana is supports us with garden design, concept development and planting in our various projects. She has supplementary education in permaculture and school garden pedagogy, and has long and varied experience in project coordination in urban agriculture, horticulture, participation processes and food-based experiences and events.

_MG_0008Graphic Design – VICTOR PAIAM – Victor is originally from Spain. He has an art education from San Telmo University in Malaga and a personal commitment to environmental protection and permaculture. Victor has extensive experience in illustrations of botany and wildlife, illustrations of sustainable lifestyles and the development of visual identity for environmental initiatives and organizations.