Roberto FerrignoExecutive Director
Roberto has an extensive background in environmental advocacy, strategic policy advice, and EU public affairs. He held senior management positions in global and European organisations such as Greenpeace, the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), the Economic and Social Committee of the European Communities (ESC), the Italian Agency for the Protection of the Environment (ANPA) and Weber Shandwick, where he was Vice President of Public Affairs. In this role, he provided strategic advice at EU and global levels to a wide range of clients, including business and trade associations, NGOs, and non-EU governments. He set up Lumina Consult In Brussels in 2005, using the unique skills and qualifications obtained in over twenty years of experience in EU policy-making.
Roberto is honored to be a Board member of the following organisations: Basel Action Network (BAN) based in U.S. and Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) based in Brussels.
Gaia AngeliniProjects Coordinator
Specialised in animal welfare, wildlife trade, marine environment and biodiversity, Gaia has an extensive background in environmental advocacy, strategic policy advice, and EU public affairs. She led EU-wide NGOs projects and campaigns, and can count on an extensive international network in public, not for profit and private organisations, as well as EU institutions. Gaia holds a University degree in Policy and Law with a specialisation in Management of Not for Profit organisation (LSE, UK) and Environmental Decision Making (Open University, UK). She also regularly attends executive courses on strategic fundraising. Gaia has worked at the European Parliament and Commission and for global NGOs such as IFAW, Oceana, and the Humane Society International. She collaborated on projects with the Born Free Foundation, APP Foundation, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, and Tethys Marine Institute.
Zoltan has over 25 years of experience in working on nature conservation issues with specialisation on management of protected areas, EU Natura 2000 sites, landscape planning and forestry. He held senior positions in national and international civil society organisations including WWF and IUCN. He is member of relevant international bodies including the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), the Transboundary Protected Area (TBPA) specialist groups, and the Tourism and Protected Areas specialists (TAPAS) group. He is one of the founders of the European Wilderness Society. He lead international projects co-funded by governmental bodies, the European Commission as well as companies such as Toyota Motor Fund for Europe. He provides advice on how to improve protected area management in order to guarantee the functioning of the ecosystems for the benefits of wildlife and people. Zoltan fluently speaks English and Hungarian and is currently based in Hungary.
Legal expert specialized in environmental and animal law. Since 2012 he has been working as consultant for animal welfare organisations, especially focusing on Court cases and European projects. Since 2018 he has been collaborating with environmental consultancies and Elected Members of the Italian Parliament on legislative dossiers about green economy, sustainability of public investments and animal protection and conservation.
Anastasiya BondarJunior Consultant
Anastasiya has a legal background and is versed in Italian administrative and civil law. She supports the team in a wide range of projects. Before joining Lumina Consult, Anastasiya was an editor for an Italian online legal magazine. She speaks four languages: Italian (native language), Russian (native language), English (fluent), French (advanced), and has a good understanding of German.
Eleonora RussoDigital Media Designer & Developer
Eleonora Russo graduated in “Restoration and conservation of cultural heritage” at the University of Rome La Sapienza. After completing her studies, she began her career as an Editorial Graphic Designer, gaining experience in typography, desktop publishing and study and designing of company logos. In addition she collaborated in the planning and design of exhibitions and installations. In recent years she has specialized in web design, visual communication and social media manager. She collaborates with Pandion Edizioni, a publishing house, Editor of specialised environmental and nature publications.