ESPP is governed by a “Board of Directors”, as specified in ESPP’s statutes (in particular, articles 17 to 21).

The Board consists of 3 to 7 persons, elected by the General Assembly (which consists of all ESPP Members). The Board elects, from its members, the ESPP President, Secretary and Treasurer.

At present, the members of the ESPP Board of Directors are as follows (as elected at the General Assembly of 10th October 2019):

Ludwig Hermann (Proman) – PresidentHermann

Ludwig has 35+ years of experience as technology, sustainability and innovation manager and consultant on 3 continents, was co-founder and long-term CEO of ASH DEC Umwelt AG, is co-inventor of minerals/ash decontamination, phosphorus recovery, energy conversion and efficiency technologies, author and co-author of several patents, reports, papers and book chapters on recovery of critical materials, nutrient recycling and renewable energy. He is a member of the scientific advisory board “Environment” of the German Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing and of the Steering Committee of the International Water Association’s (IWA) Resource Recovery Cluster.


Jean-Christophe Ades (Kemira) – TreasurerAdes

Jean-Christophe works as a Senior Marketing Manager for Waste Water & Sludge Municipal in Kemira. He has more than 20 years of experience in the water, wastewater and sludge treatment field. All of his career he has worked on different positions in Kemira with focus on production, sales, product management and marketing. He has worked in France and since more than 5 years with responsibility for EMEA region.


Anders Nättorp (Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz FHNW) - SecretaryNattorp

Anders holds a PhD in Chemical Reaction Engineering from the ETH in Lausanne, Switzerland. He worked for 15 years with development and implementation of production processes and product quality assurance in the food, chemicals and building materials industries. In 2009 he joined the FHNW School of Life Sciences in the field of resource recovery, water and wastewater treatment. As a senior researcher, he develops phosphorus recovery processes and facilitates their implementation by and by clarifying aspects like process cost, legal requirements and sustainability.


Andrea Gysin (UKWIR)Gysin

Andrea has over 20 years’ experience in blue chip consultancies, start-up and growth businesses in the water industry.  She joined Thames Water in 2018 to lead the Research, Development and Innovation team, prior to which she was the Managing Director, Europe, for Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies, a leader in the field of nutrient recycling.


Antoine Hoxha (Fertilizers Europe)Hoxha

Antoine is Technical Director at Fertilizers Europe, whom he joined in 2010, after 8 years in the fertilisers industry at Prayon where in R&D and technology licensing. He has hands-on experience in production and technology and holds 2 patents relating to phosphoric acid. He has worked in research and teaching in fertilisers and pharmaceuticals in Belgium and the UK and has been President of the International Fertiliser Society.


Tanya Schaaf (Outotec)Schaaf

Tanja is product manager RD and Technology in the in product line Thermal Processing at Outotec Germany, with R&D interests including pyrolysis, gasification, combustion, gas upgrading, nutrient recovery from ash and phosphate rock calcination, including cadmium removal. Tanja studied in Slovenia and Germany before starting at Lurgi, where she was responsible for R&D in oleochemicals for 4 years.


Robert van SpingelenRobert van Spingelen (Ductor)

Robert has a background in the mineral fertiliser industry and has been working over the last years with fertilising products from recuperated nutrients derived from waste streams. Currently working on contracts as innovation brooker for companies helping them out to valorize their organic waste streams into fertilising products. Robert is a firm believer in getting nutrients that are present in ‘waste” streams back into fertilising products in order to lower the footprint of waste nutrients.