ZaVita's key experts
ZaVita’s team comprises eight committed and enthusiastic individuals, while established external experts are regularly included in our work. For every client and each project, we assemble a team, whose knowledge and experience can provide optimum solutions.
Matjaž Harmel has completed his studies in forestry and has since acquired profound understanding of how ecosystems function and what role humans play in the process. He has over 25 years of international experience in planning, management and implementation of projects in the field of nature conservation, environmental protection and sustainable development. He established ZaVita in 2012 and acts as its director.
Klemen Strmšnik is a geographer with excellent understanding of natural and social processes and systems. He has extensive experience obtained through working on projects in Slovenia and abroad, which he complements with his outstanding communication skills and leadership capabilities. He enjoys tackling new challenges, whether in the field of environmental protection, efficient management, regional development and capacity building or in relation to the preparation and running of big international projects.
Eva Harmel is a landscape architect. She acquired her knowledge and experience studying at home and abroad and through student work at ZaVita, where she has been employed since completing her studies. Her fields of work include environmental and nature protection, natural resource management, garden planning, rural development and strategic planning. She is especially interested in tourist infrastructure planning and management of protected areas.
Matevž Premelč is a geographer, who has been acquiring international experience already as a student by studying abroad (Sassari, Italy) and working within the Alpine Network of Protected Areas (Chambéry, France). His experience in the field of strategic valuations of regional, national and international programmes has been successfully applied in the development of new projects. His areas of expertise include strategic environmental assessments, environmental impact assessments and natural resource management studies.
Aleksandra Krajnc is a geographer by profession and at heart. She strives to combine social and physical geographical aspects into a coherent whole in all aspects of her work, as she firmly believes that one-sided perspectives lead to short-term and often poor decisions. She enjoys teamwork, especially in a heterogeneous group, where a compromise needs to be found among contradictive opinions. She is a pessimist who is open to positive surprises. She has extensive experience in project preparation in the field of environmental protection and sustainable development. Her work experience also includes work in preschool education and photo documentation of archaeological research.
Sabina Cepuš is an ecologist with extensive experience in environmental protection, teaching, marine litter management, micro plastic, economic analyses, valuation of environmental content and environmental compliance audits for companies. In recent years, she has focused on environmental assessments (SEA and EIA), risk management relating to major industrial accidents and waste management planning. Her work is guided by her love of research of how systems function and can be changed, and how efficient technical solutions can be found.
Sašo Weldt is a biologist and a globetrotter. While still studying, he was a member of project teams engaged in the preparation of the technical basis for identification of Natura 2000 areas and implementation of monitoring of the ecological state of still waters’ watercourses. He has contributed to the preservation of the olm in Postojna Cave and participated in the implementation of cohesion and LIFE projects in the field of nature protection. He is enthusiastic about the interpretation of nature, is experienced in the restoration of the permanently installed vivarium in Postojna Cave and in placing interpretive infrastructure in protected areas, where he applied his vast experience from the field of tourism.
Nives Harmel is an economist, who has gained her experience in controlling, organisation, insurance, banking and commerce. At ZaVita, she is responsible for financial management. She loves nature, the sea, the sun and especially stones.