ISC3 Mentors and Experts Program – MEP

ISC3 Mentors and Experts Program – MEP

Meet our Mentors and Experts

The MEP program is part of the ISC3s Sustainable Chemistry Mentoring Program with the goal to match high impact Sustainable Chemistry start-ups with Mentors and Experts based on personal needs, goals and technical field and area of expertise.

We introduce our Mentors & Experts:

Azmath Rahiman - Mentor

Azmath Rahiman - Mentor

Product and Project Manager at Lesa Automotive

Expertise: Finance, Business Development, Product Development, Marketing, Growth Strategy, Technology Development

Language: English

Azmath has a Bachelor of Engineering in Biotechnology from the University of Calicut in India and MBA in Financial Analysis and Investment from the University of Connecticut (UCONN) in the US. He has over 14 years of work experience in various fields of entrepreneurship, business development, equity valuation as well as in product and project management. He has also experience with Mentoring as he had the opportunity to be part of the Connecticut Centre of Entrepreneurship and in Life Sciences Initiative (ELSI) from 2015 to 2016.

“I feel very inclined to help the budding enterprises. I see mentoring as a process of training to ask the right questions, so that mentees can navigate to their goal in a meaningful manner.”

Erik Roos Lindgren - Expert

Erik Roos Lindgren - Expert

Sustainability Consultant

Expertise: LCA, CE Metrics

Language: English, Dutch

Erik previously worked as a sustainability and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) consultant. He obtained his PhD degree in Economics, Management & Statistics at the University of Messina. His work focuses on quantifying the impact of circular economy practices. More specifically, he’s interested in designing best practices for companies to assess the sustainability of their (to-be-introduced) CE practices – with the objective to be both (1) practically feasible and (2) able to providing accurate insights. Currently, he works with NGO Footprints Africa to apply a newly designed CE assessment framework SCEIA with an initial cohort of 3-5 companies from various sectors.

“I am excited to join the mentor/experts program, and I’m looking forward to assist startups with their strategic- and practical challenges related to sustainability and circular economy assessment.”

Michele da Silva-Wagner - Mentor

Michele da Silva-Wagner - Mentor

Mentor Sustainable Business Development

Expertise: Finance, Business Development, Sustainable Development, Marketing

Language: Portuguese, English and German

Michele da Silva-Wagner has an MBA in Project Management as well as Master of Risk Assessment & Sustainability Management. She has more than 15 years of professional experience in different areas from finance to project manager. Since 2017 she has been working as an expert in the Horizon Europe Program of the European Union.
What fascinates Michele about mentoring is seeing ideas come true, companies being created, acquiring their first clients and scaling-up . Through her experience she can help startups in all phases of development while keeping the focus on sustainability.

“I believe that a mentorship program is the best way to help start-ups to achieve their goals, and to impact and transform the economy and society.”

Sebastian Alamillo - Mentor

Sebastian Alamillo - Mentor

Leader at KPM-Accelerate

Expertise: Finance, Business Development, Sustainable Development, Product Development, Marketing, Growth Strategy, Fundraising, Technology Development, Founder Experience & Acquisitions

Language: English

Sebastian Alamillo started his career by founding a chemistry-based cleantech start-up out of the University of Waterloo. Following the company’s exit, he turned his attention to bridging the gap between the research/incubation stages and commercialization for deep-tech companies. Now, as the leader of KPM-Accelerate, he works to accelerate chemical technology start-ups by integrating technical development, at the lab and pilot scale, with business strategy and financial modelling. His other roles as a VC investor, board member, business architect, and ecosystem enabler allow him to help deep-tech start-ups, at any stage, bring the most impactful solutions to market.

“It’s chemistry that got us into this climate mess, and now, chemistry has the opportunity to get us out.”

To participate:

Please contact Silvia Nikova, Start-Up Relations and Communications Manager with a short description of your desired field of expertise or mentoring topic and we will connect you with a suitable Mentor or Expert.

Become a Mentor or Expert!

We are always looking for new Mentors and Experts with first-hand entrepreneurship experience or/and specific skills in sustainability and/ or business-related topics, for example: Sustainable Chemistry, biotechnology, sustainability management, business development, marketing, IP protection and more.

The program allows you to share your experience and your network, to contribute to the development of a start-up, to nurture young talents, to support the local innovation ecosystem and to develop your own interpersonal skills.

If you are interested in getting in touch apply to become a Mentor or an Expert!


Our Mentors are development driven and focus on a holistic approach. Meaning that the focus is the overall development of the Start-up and not a specific outcome, our Mentees want to learn from the experience of the Mentor.

Become a Mentor here!


Our Experts are performance driven and focus on a specific need or outcome. Meaning that the focus of the relationship is solving a specific problem. Start-ups are interested in a specific expertise.

Become an Expert here!

If you have further questions, please contact Juanita Halblaub, International Relations Manager: