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
Dr. Tobias Luthe is specifically interested in the “overlays” and boundaries between systems. In nature, diversity is greatest where systems meet - similarly, he likes to explore the innovation potential between science disciplines, designers, engineers, programmers, practitioners – because complex (sustainability) challenges require timely and evolving “neuronal” approaches. Tobias is a mountaineering guide and adventurer, loves photography and co-founded Grown, an outdoor creativity lab designing eco skis and offering design thinking mountaineering trips.He is professor for systemic design of resilient regenerative systems at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (Norway), senior research scientist and lecturer at the Institute for Spatial Development and Landscape Planning at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich (Switzerland), and visiting professor at the University of Freiburg (D).
Personal website: www.tobiasluthe.de
Co-founder: 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 worked 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, and studies a Master program in "Sustainable Food Systems" at the Center of Alternative Technology, Wales, UK.
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.
Design Associate: Anna Rodewald
Permaculture and Textile Engineering
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.
Design Associate: Dario Toso
Eco Design and Water Systems Design
Dario is an Eco-Designer (Ph.D.), and an outdoor enthusiast from Turin, Italy. The aim of his professional and academic career is Environmental Sustainability through the application of Systemic Design in industrial processes as well as the ecodesign approach for products and services. He has more than 10 years of work experience in the field of sustainability consulting and project management in the sustainability field both for private Company and in academic projects at Politecnico di Torino. As eco-designer consultant Dario has become heavily involved in the eco-design process for innovative products, amongst others the Cinelli HoBootleg, and the Giro Silo - helmet. During his Ph.D. he has deepened the Systemic Design methodology applied to innovative water treatment for its domestic purpose. In 2016, Dario started as a co-founder 4th-Phase, Inc. with the aim of developing a membrane-less and free energy water purification technologies based on the Exclusion Zone phenomenon.
He is really passionate about the potential of sustainability through design truly believing that design can change our world.
Personal website: http://www.dariotoso.it
Design Associate: Haley Fitzpatrick
Landscapes, Architecture and Culture
Raised on a rural farm in Ohio (USA), Haley’s respect and curiosity for the natural world has been lifelong. While trained as an architect (at Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Genova, Italy), she is passionate about the realms of landscape architecture, systemic design, geography and ancient cultures with the belief that multi-scalar, interdisciplinary design will better our relationship with nature. Since her graduate school studies at the University of Texas at Austin, she has been captivated with big systems in wild places, from her research on Mayan urbanism in the Yucatan to the relationship between tourism and the built environment in Iceland. Haley’s current work with MVI aims to develop tools to measure, understand and express the layered identities of mountain communities, in order to help foster resilient alpine urbanism. When not designing, you can find Haley collecting “data” on mountains by enjoying the spectacular hiking trails, rifugi, and ski slopes that the Italian Alps have to offer.
Former team members
Former Intern: Giulia Virginia Gervasini
We are very happy that Giulia, from Italy, was 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 helped 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.