Founder HELENE GALLIS (on sick leave) 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.
LAURA MARTINEZ IZQUIERDO (on maternity leave) 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 projects, with a special responsibility for the Horizon 2020 program, and leads our team.
Interim CEO and Director of Research – ADAM CURTIS: 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.
Project Coordinator – IDIL AKDOS – 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.
Community Relations – KIMBERLY (KIM) WEGER – 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.
Accounting – ZUFAN AMARE YESHAW – Zufan has a college education in accounting and has worked with accounting for 25 years in Ethiopia before coming to Norway in 2007. She is also involved in democracy development in her native country and is a board member of several organizations involved in related work.
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.
Master 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.
Graphic 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.