With a natural sense of diplomacy, great people and organisational skills, Maria takes care of all the administrative tasks at Sustainability Consult. Her keen eye for detail keeps the office running smoothly. As a proud mother of two, Maria knows how to efficiently manage the different needs of a busy office, no matter how large or small.
Maria comes from Slovakia, where she trained as a language teacher and translator at Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra. After obtaining her masters, she travelled around Europe learning and practicing languages. In 2009, Maria adopted Brussels as her new home, taking every opportunity to explore her passion for music and dance. She studied contemporary dance but it was through a salsa class that she found true love!
Before joining Sustainability Consult, Maria worked as a German and Italian teacher. She also put her language skills to work as a freelance translator, translating documents from English into Czech, French and her native Slovak. Later, Maria’s innate multitasking abilities allowed her to transition seamlessly into working as an administrative and management assistant.
Maria’s favourite quote: “Mums are powered by love, fuelled by coffee and sustained by wine.”
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Languages: English, Slovak, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian
Noémie Léonard developed a passion for words and syntax during her Linguistics and Literary Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). Her understanding of language means you can count on Noémie for clear, fluid writing.
Originally from Belgium, Noémie took a gap year in Australia before coming back to Brussels for her undergraduate degree. She spent six months studying in the UK on the Erasmus programme. While abroad, Noémie wrote a blog, capturing life’s quirky moments on camera and recounting her adventures in Devon and Down Under. This online experience and her interest in visual arts and photography support her work as a content creator for social media platforms.
Since she began working at Sustainability Consult, Noémie has used her creativity to develop eye-caching communications campaigns, become skilled at stakeholder mapping and managed social media accounts for both Sustainability Consult and its clients.
Noémie lives the life of a green, modern-day Brusseleir. She is a vegetarian, eats organic food and generally tries to live a sustainable lifestyle. She has more than one string to her bow, with interests ranging from the environment and green living to baking and literature. When she is not in the office, you will most probably find Noémie teaching contemporary dance.
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Languages: English, French, Dutch, Spanish
A natural problem-solver, Matt turned from the world of mathematics to finding solutions to today’s environmental challenges. Through an MSc in Environmental Science, Policy and Planning and eco-activist adventures as a Greenpeace volunteer, Matt has built a career dedicated to developing business, policy and infrastructure solutions to tackle climate change. An ongoing PhD on how to change the world by influencing behaviour drew him into the world of marketing and communications.
Matt now works on the circular and bioeconomies, supporting Sustainability Consult and its clients in understanding emerging markets and how credible communications can lead the transition to a low carbon future.
For this, he draws on 20 years’ experience of pushing green innovations into everyday existence. From reclaiming contaminated lands in Australia – while simultaneously minding a kangaroo or two, to promoting resource-efficiency through the sharing economy – Matt has worked across a broad range of sustainability initiatives.
While he enjoys many creative and sporting pursuits, in recent years these have been displaced by two charming but demanding toddlers. Matt’s favourite activity now is catching up on sleep!
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Languages: English, Dutch, Spanish
Sustainability has always been the driving force of Janaina’s career. Fascinated by the natural world and finding solutions to climate change, Janaina studied Biology and Environmental Technology, an education which prepared her perfectly to navigate the world of bio-based solutions. An accomplished wordsmith, Janaina helps clients develop clear communication tools and fine-tune their messaging to accelerate the global shift towards renewable products.
Prior to joining Sustainability Consult, Janaina delivered research, marketing and communications campaigns on the health impacts of climate change and on the market for natural refrigerant heating and cooling technologies, for both the private and voluntary sectors.
A scientist with an artist’s heart, she loves to get involved in creative projects and explore new places. Janaina hopes that nature’s beauty will be here for future generations to enjoy.
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Languages: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish