Management and Governance

Management Team

Stefan Tochev (Chief Executive Officer)

Stefan Tochev
Stefan Tochev joined MDPI in August 2020. He graduated from the University of Guelph (Canada) with a BA Honors in Sociology and holds a Post-Diploma in Marketing Management from George Brown College (Canada). With over 10 years of experience as a Project Manager and Research Project Consultant for global market research studies, mainly in the field of pharmaceuticals and healthcare, he believes that market research and insight strategy are key pillars for effective brand marketing and communications. Under his leadership, MDPI’s corporate marketing department has expanded and successfully elevated our brand awareness. In 2022, Stefan further honed his leadership skills by completing an intensive altMBA workshop, applying the acquired knowledge to drive meaningful change and foster a culture of opportunity within our organization. He is dedicated to creating a positive work environment to enhance employee engagement and satisfaction.

Alistair Freeland, Executive MBA (Chief Operating Officer)

Alistair Freeland
Alistair Freeland initially joined MDPI in February 2006, supporting Dr. Shu-Kun Lin as an editor of the International Journal of Molecular Sciences. In 2008, he graduated from the University of St. Gallen with a degree in Business Administration. From 2008 to 2013 he worked at IBM, with responsibilities in the areas of IT delivery and IT service management. From 2013 to 2019, Alistair served as a member of MDPI's executive team in his capacity as Chief Operating Officer (COO). In 2020, he joined SIX Group, where he played a significant role in developing the digital asset platform SDX (SIX Digital Exchange) as a Senior Product Manager. He also founded the not-for-profit scholarly webcast platform Leadwire. Alistair rejoined MDPI in October 2023. He also holds a degree in Performing Arts from the University of East Anglia and an Executive MBA from the University of St. Gallen.

Giulia Stefenelli, Ph.D. (Chair of Scientific Board)

Giulia Stefenelli

Dr. Giulia Stefenelli holds a bachelor's and a master's degree in Environmental Sciences and Technologies (2015) from the Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca (Milano, Italy). She completed her PhD (2019) in Atmospheric Sciences at the ETH Zurich (Zurich, Switzerland) with a focus on atmospheric chemistry and organic aerosol research. She wrote her doctoral thesis on the identification and chemical characterization of major sources of particulate matter in ambient air, including an investigation of major gas phase emissions. She joined MDPI in June 2020 as an Assistant Editor and Scientific Officer for the environmental portfolio of journals. In March 2021, she was appointed as Chair of the Scientific Board with the responsibility of developing a team, in connection with academia, to maintain editorial practices and enhance the portfolio of scientific journals, promoting their growth in line with industry and academic standards.

Aleksandra Cuculovic (Head of Finance)

Aleksandra Cuculovic
Aleksandra joined MDPI as financial assistant in June 2014. She holds a Bachelor degree in Economics with major in Operations Management. From October 2018 to October 2019, she served as Financial Coordinator where she was responsible for internal financial processes and reporting. From November 2019, she worked as Financial Controller, responsible for cost controlling, annual reporting and budget planning. Currently, as Head of Finance, Aleksandra oversees all MDPI ’s financial operations and supervises the finance teams working in MDPI subsidiaries around the world.

Peter Roth (Head of Publishing)

Peter Roth
With a career in publishing going back to 1986, Peter Roth has witnessed the development of the Open Access publishing concept since its inception. Peter, who joined MDPI in 2019, has a keen focus on ensuring that the Open Access model delivers a ‘triple win’: success for our customers, success for ourselves as a company, and success for the scientific community at large. He was for many years Director of the Editorial Division of Karger Publishers, a worldwide publisher of scientific and medical content based in Basel, Switzerland. Peter has extensive experience of editorial strategy, publication concept development and management, and new business development and customer relationship management on all continents, especially in Asia. Within MDPI, he has overseen the establishment of a range of new journals and books, reorganised editorial governance, and set up our first office in Japan.

Laura Wagner (Head of Books Division)

Laura Wagner
Laura holds a Bachelor degree in Art History and History from the University of Basel. After her studies, she started her career at an art gallery in Basel. Since joining MDPI in 2014, she held several roles within the firm. This included editorial work, development of reprint and book services and the temporary management of the journal Arts. Currently Laura holds the role Books Manager and is in charge of the development and strategic direction of MDPI Books.

Kurtis Jackson (Head of Author Services)

Kurtis Jackson
Kurtis Jackson first joined MDPI in 2016. He holds a first-class Bachelor’s degree in French and Spanish and a Master’s degree in Translation Studies from Cardiff University. In 2019, he opened and established MDPI’s office in Manchester, UK. After serving as Office Manager for two years, he became Head of English Editing, contributing to MDPI’s efficient and high-quality service to authors. He is committed to developing MDPI’s Author Services to support authors more fully in the writing and publication of their research.

Board of Directors

Dr. Shu-Kun Lin (President and Chairman of the Board)

Dr. Shu-Kun Lin (President and Chairman of the Board)

Shu-Kun Lin graduated with a BSc from Wuhan University in January 1982; he also studied physical chemistry at the Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (1982–1986, MSc in 1985) and at the University of Louisville, USA (1987–1989). He completed his doctorate on organic chemistry at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH-Zürich) in 1992 and subsequently worked at Ciba-Geigy Ltd. (Basel, Switzerland) for three years. He was also a member of Prof. Dr. B. Giese’s group (Organic Chemistry Institute, University of Basel) as a postdoctoral research associate for 6 months in 1996. In the same year, he initiated the sample collection and exchange project; to implement this, he founded the international organization MDPI in Switzerland, launching its inaugural journal, Molecules. He is the founder or co-founder of several other open-access journals, including but not limited to Entropy (1999), the International Journal of Molecular Sciences (2000), Sensors (2001), Marine Drugs (2003), and the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (2004). He became the Editor-in-Chief of the Springer Verlag journal Molecular Diversity in 2002 and held this position until his resignation in June 2007. He is the principal author of over 40 publications.

Dr. Yu Lin (Member of the Board)

Dr. Yu Lin (Member of the Board)

Dr. Yu Lin graduated with a BSc from Wuhan University of Technology in June 2010, majoring in materials chemistry before working as research assistant in the Experimental Teaching Center of WHUT (2010-2011) while working as a part-time editorial assistant for the MDPI international scientific journal Materials. Dr. Yu Lin obtained his MSc in advanced energy materials from Wuhan University of Technology (2014). During this period, he worked as part-time R&D technician for WUT New Energy Co., Ltd. In 2018, he graduated with a PhD in Materials physics and chemistry from Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (Germany), after studying for 4 years in the group of Prof. Dr. Werner Lehnert at the Laboratory of High Temperature Fuel Cell - IEK-3, Jülich Research Center (Germany). He is the principal author of 10 publications.

Dr. Andreas Schlatter (Member of the Board)

Dr. Andreas Schlatter (Member of the Board)

Andreas Schlatter was born in 1966 and got his PhD in mathematics from ETH Zürich in 1994. He was a member of the faculty of mathematics at Princeton University before joining the Asset Management wing of UBS, the largest Swiss bank, in 1997. He stayed at UBS until 2016 and was CEO of UBS Asset Management Switzerland from 2008-2014 and Global Head of Distribution of the Asset Management division of UBS from 2014-2016. Today Andreas Schlatter is Chairman of the Investment firm Emeran AG and a member of various boards, among them the Swiss financial regulatory authority Finma. He has also been publishing various scientific articles in mathematics and physics over the years.

Dr. Peter Seitz (Member of the Board)

Dr. Peter Seitz (Member of the Board)

Peter Seitz was born in Basel, Switzerland. He studied physics and obtained his Master’s degree in solid-state/semiconductor physics from ETH Zurich. His Ph.D. thesis, which was also completed at ETH, was on 2D and 3D X-ray imaging and computed tomography. Peter subsequently worked for RCA in Princeton (NJ) and Zurich, for General Electric, for the Paul Scherrer Institute, and for CSEM, where he was Vice President Photonics and Vice President Nanomedicine. From 2000 to 2008, he was Extraordinary Professor of Optoelectronics at the University of Neuchatel, and from 2009 to 2021 he was Adjunct Professor of Optoelectronics at EPFL. Peter was Editor-in-Chief of the MDPI flagship journal Sensors from 2006 to 2010. From 2012 to 2016 he built up the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab of ETH (ieLab), where he was the first Managing Director. Since 2012 Peter has also been working for the Japanese company Hamamatsu Photonics with the role “Senior Technologist Europe”. Peter was co-founder of a dozen deep-tech start-up companies in Switzerland and in the USA, assuming various positions such as CEO, CTO, CSO, Chairman, and board member. Peter is a Fellow of the European Optical Society as well as Vice President of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW), Vice President of the European PPP Photonics21, a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Werner Siemens Foundation, and Senior Visiting Professor at Shanghai University. Peter Seitz has authored and co-authored approximately 200 publications in the fields of applied optics, semiconductor image sensing, machine vision, optical metrology, and in the MedTech domain. He is the inventor or co-inventor of more than 70 patents, and, together with his teams, he has obtained 25 national and international awards.

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