The MVI Team
We are passionately driving the transformation of the abandoned Serre de Lamboi borgata to the thriving MonViso Institute sustainability hub.
Founding Director: Tobias Luthe
Originally a forest scientist, Dr. Tobias Luthe is professor for sustainability science with a focus on tourism systems at Chur University (CH). He lectures at the ETH Zurich's engineering department in systemic design, at the University of Lugano in resilience of mountain economies, at the University of Milano in sustainable tourism, and at the University of Freiburg (D) in sustainability management. Tobias is a mountaineering guide and founder of Grown, an outdoor creativity lab designing eco skis and offering design thinking mountaineering trips. He has been doing research in integrative building design and helped design and build four buildings, amongst others the Swall Institute in the high desert of California.
Community Building: Melanie Rottmann
Melanie's enthusiasm and inviting character are infectious, be it to host guests, nurture plants, or engage with the local community. Melanie holds a double-degree in tourism development in mountain areas with a focus on intercultural management and sustainability. Born in Switzerland, she travelled the world, lived and worked in Brazil, then moved to South Tirol where she currently works as CSR Specialist at the Oberalp Group, an international group of mountain sports brands. Melanie is currently subscribed at the Alpine Permaculture Academy in the Alps (Permakultur Akademie im Alpenraum, PIA) to gain the international Diploma of Applied Permaculture Design.
Senior Advisor: Reinold Luthe
Reinold Luthe is a self-made man with a magnitude of experiences in practical matters and life as such. Originally trained as a locksmith in the coalmines of the Ruhr area, he flipped the coin, studied philosophy and theology and lived in a French monastery. Feeling limited by those worldviews, he soon went back to university where he met his partner. Together they raised two kids. Reinold became a school director for a total of 20 years. During this time he explored the industry as lead engineer in an aluminum wheels firm, co-started a metal recycling company, together with his wife built three houses and co-built two more. Reinold innovates practical solutions during night time enlightenments and only returns from his workshop when things are done. After work he likes to dive into quantum physics talks with a friend and a good red wine.
Permaculture Design: Anna Rodewald
Anna is an expert for permaculture, and for sustainability in the sports and textile industry. She temporary left her basecamp in Munich to spend the summer 2017 in Ostana, and help to kick start the MVI permaculture system at 1500m asl.
She is a trained permaculture designer, brings over 25 years of experience in the textile industry, worked for 18 years as a product and quality manager at Gore, and is guest lecturer and senior consultant for system innovation and responsible management in the textile and sporting goods industry. If you can't find her at her mountain office or between the greens, she will most likely be working at the Impact Hub in Munich or Torino.
Intern: Giulia Virginia Gervasini
We are very happy to have Giulia, from Italy, as our first intern in 2017. As part of her Master studies in economics and communication at the University of Lugano, Switzerland, Giulia specializes in tourism and shows a deep interest for community building and engagement. During a university field trip to Ostana, Giulia's interest was further spurred by her work on analyzing the diversity and motives of people moving back to live and work in the mountains. During her internship at the MVI, Giulia helps to finalize this qualitative community analysis, to organize and lead a public event for presenting the results; she supports the Italian language inclusion in our communication materials and helps to identify project funding opportunities.