MCFA Administrative Board

Administrative Board of the MCFA - 2017-2019


The Board was elected during the Extraordinary General Meeting in Düsseldorf (Germany), February 2017.



Natalia Balcázar 

is since its foundation in 2005 director of ENVIROpro – European Environmental Project Management, Germany ( ). She studied Geological Sciences at the Complutense University in Madrid and made in 1992 her doctoral thesis in the framework of an ECSC project. After her PhD, she went in 1994 to Germany with a post-doc DAAD fellowship and stay at the same research institute ( further with a Marie Curie individual fellowship. Her main work areas are the improvement of the use of resources and the energy efficiency for SMEs and municipalities. Since her arrival to Germany she has been working also at the women network Connecta – Das Frauennetzwerk e.V. in the area of Gender Mainstreaming. After her Marie Curie Fellowship she jointed as active Member the Marie Curie Fellows Association (MCFA). 2005/2006 she was Member of the MCFA Advisory Board. In 2007/2011 she was (Vice-)Treasurer. Contact:




Christos Cristoglou

became a member of the MCFA when he started his Intra-European MC fellowship in 2005. He joined the administrative board as Secretary General from 2005 to 2007 and introduced Guggi Kofod (MCFA Chair from 2008) into the association. He is Greek, born in Hamburg-Germany and moved to Athens-Greece at the age of 12. He studied for Dr.Dipl. Chemical Engineer and MSc Material Science at the University of Patras-Greece and at that time, worked closely with the RWTH Aachen-Germany. Before and after his MC fellowship in Toulouse-France, he worked as a production and technology engineer for the Hellenic Aluminium Industry, before joining the Germanischer Lloyd (DNVGL) Industrial Services Greece as an independent contractor. During that time he worked in Greece and Algeria before moving to Germany in 2010 to work for Bayer Technology Services in a service provider role for Bayer (mainly Europe and China) and other chemical industries worldwide and led the RBI group for Bayer since 2012. Since 2015 he leads the inspection management team for the three Chemparks in NRW, Germany for the Covestro (former Bayer MaterialScience).

Christos had lost contact with the MCFA during recent years, but the organization of the annual meeting in Düsseldorf, nearby his current location, gave him the opportunity to participate once again. Contact: 


Secretary General  


 Women in Science Group Coordinator

Gianna Avellis

is an Italian citizen and former EIT Fellow of Marie Curie. She is graduated in Computing, and spent 20 years in industrial research and 4 years in academic research. Gianna is currently working at Innova Puglia SpA, the in-house company of Apulia Region to promote Technology Transfer and Innovation to PAs. She is leading researcher in Mobile Learning and has large experience as project manager of European R&D projects in Software Engineering, Mobile Telecommunication, Multimedia and Education. She serves the EU Commission and other regional agencies of research as Independent expert evaluator.She was awarded a HCM (Human Capital and Mobility) fellowship of 18 months at Imperial College, London, UK, as experienced researcher, in Software Engineering. Gianna is currently interested to investigate how scientific mobility can enhance the career of women in SET, and founded to this purpose mobile Women in Science and Technology (m-WiSET) Working Group in MCFA, and ITWIIN (Italian Women Innovators and Investors Network) , the Italian branch of the European EUWIIN. Contact:



Paresh Prajapati

Paresh Prajapati is an Indian Citizen, joined Institute of Physics under SASPRO scheme of Slovak Academy of Sciences. It is Co-funded by Marie-Curie actions. He is an experimental nuclear physicist, responsible for development of new laboratory equipped with 2 MV Tandetron. Tandetron accelerator driven neutron source will dominantly use 2D(d,n)3He nuclear reaction, with employment of deuterium gas cell. The research programme of the laboratory is dominated with studies of reactions related to low energy nuclear astrophysics, present and future nuclear energy production as well. Fundamental studies of nuclear structure, namely very short lifetime measurements, are also foreseen.  


MCFA Advisory Board

the Administrative board has created an Advisory Board with which the Administrative Board will closely collaborate. The members of the Advisory Board are listed on a separate page.