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Expert Group

The Expert Group on Environmental Performance Reviews consists of experts from member countries who provide guidance to the EPR programme.

Mandate of the Expert Group on Environmental Performance Reviews

Current membership (2019-2022):


Mr. Harry Liiv (Estonia)

Mr. Harry Liiv is Deputy Secretary General at the Ministry of Environment of Estonia. He is responsible to manage and coordinate water management and marine environmental issues, but also ambient air and radiation protection matters at governmental level, participate at EU and other international meetings. He is currently acting as head of Estonian delegation to ECE Committee of Environmental Policy (CEP) as well as to the EU Water Directors level, and Vice-Chair  of the Bureau of the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes. He was the HELCOM Chairman in 2014-2016. Prior to the current assignment, he was the Director General of Environmental Department at the Ministry of the Environment of Estonia. As the Director, he was among others responsible for managing and coordination of water management, air control and waste management issues at the government level, for multilateral cooperation with various countries and IFIs. 


Ms. Mariam Makarova (Georgia)

Ms. Mariam Makarova is the Deputy Head of the Water Resources Management Service of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia. Ms. Makarova has more than 25 years’ experience in the field of water resources management and protection. She specializes in water legislation, regulation and assessment of water abstraction and wastewater discharge, development of the transboundary cooperation in the field of water resources management


Mr. Hans-Joachim Hermann (Germany)

Mr. Hans-Joachim Hermann is the Acting Head of the Unit International Environment and Sustainability Strategies, Policy and Knowledge Transfer at the German Environment Agency. He is a political scientist and has extensive experience in international environmental governance, sustainable development and Central and Eastern European affairs. He is a member of the OECD Working Party on Integrating Environmental and Economic Policies, the General Assembly of the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe and the Advisory Group on Environment and Sport to the German Federal Ministry for the Environment. 

Alessandra Fidanza

Ms. Alessandra Fidanza (Italy)

EU and international Environmental Expert, Alessandra Fidanza has a background as Architect and Urban Planner, specialized in environmental affairs, with a major focus on climate change, environmental assessment (EIA/SEA), energy efficiency, sustainable housing/planning. She was member of the UN-Habitat Panel of international experts who worked on the elaboration of the New Urban Agenda, presented in Quito during the HabitatIII Conference in 2016. Currently, she is appointed by Sogesid Spa as senior Expert on International Cooperation and multilateral institutions, including banks and finance, technology transfer for the Italian Ministry of Environment Land and Sea (IMELS). In the past, she was Member of the Climate Change Negotiation Unit (at UNFCCC level) of the Italian Ministry of the Environment, being also part of the EU Expert Group on Adaptation. She took also part to the activities of UN-ECE Housing Land Management (HLM) in Geneva, and she was the Italian Member of the ECE Expert Network for Energy Efficiency of the UNECE HLM. Former lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning of the Universities of Berlin (Technische Universität) and Rome (La Sapienza), she is a full member of the Italian Institute of Urban Planning (INU), where she grounded and led from 2003 to 2013 the Italian National Group on Environmental Assessment. She is often invited to take part, as speaker, to scientific and cultural events on environmental issues.

Mr. Andras Guti (Hungary)

Mr. András Guti is working as an officer for development policy at the Ministry of Agriculture Department of Environmental Development in Hungary. He participates in the implementation of the tasks related to EU Interreg programmes and other international affairs. He is a geographer specialized in regional and urban development and previously worked as a consultant for EU financed projects for municipalities in the field of urban development and environmental protection.


Ms. Olivera Kujundžić (Montenegro)

Ms. Olivera Kujundžić is advisor in the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, in charge for air quality legislation and policy, appointed as National Focal Point for the Convention on Long-Transboundary Air Pollution of Montenegro, Coordinator for Air Quality in the National Team for negotiation of accession to EU for Chapter 27 – Environment and Climate change. Previously, she was engaged by Italian Ministry for Environment, Land and Sea as a legal expert in long-term bilateral programme of cooperation between Italy and Western Balkan countries as a member of Environmental Legal Team of the University of Siena. She worked with various international environmental organizations and projects such as Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC), BioREGIO Carpathians, UNEP, UNDP, UNIDO, UNECE, etc. in various environmental topics (including nature protection, water and waste management, protection from environmental noise) but with special focus on air quality and climate change.

Ms. Luminita Ghita (Romania)

Ms. Luminita Ghita is currently Head of Sustainable Development Unit within the Ministry of Environment and coordinator of the Secretariat of the National Committee on Mainstreaming the Environmental Policy into other Sectoral Policies. She serves as National Focal Point to UN  Environment and UNEA and represents Romania as member of the Board of the Ten-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production patterns and national expert at Working Party on International Environment Issues on Global Environmental Aspects of Sustainable Development within the Council of EU. Starting with January 2017 she was appointed National Focal Point in relation with Environment European Agency, being in charge with environmental national reporting.

In 2007 she joined the Ministry of Environment as Senior Adviser responsible for Sustainable Development, being part of the Technical Secretariat of the Project of Reviewing the National Sustainable Development Strategy (2007-2008). From May 2010 to May 2011, she was the national coordinator for the UNCSD of its 19th Session, chaired by the Minister of Environment of Romania. She served as national coordinator for Rio+20, participating at all international processes on shaping the international environmental and sustainable development agenda (Rio+20, Sustainable Development Goals, High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, UNEA). She also assisted the Minister of Environment of Romania on his duties as vice-president and member of UNEA1 Bureau. Before joining the governmental institutions she worked in private sector in marketing, CSR and communication.

Mr. Xavier Tschumi Canosa (Switzerland)

Mr. Xavier Tschumi Canosa is senior policy advisor at the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) since May 2008. Economist with a specialization in development studies (University of Geneva), he began as a member of the delegation of Switzerland in the multilateral climate negotiations (UNFCCC) then moving, within the international affairs division of FOEN, towards duties related to bilateral relations, trade and environmental policies. In this position, he follows the UNECE EPR expert group sessions as well as the meetings of the OECD working party on environmental performance. He is also in charge of the environmental dimension of trade negotiations (WTO and FTAs), for FOEN. He coordinates furthermore the contribution of FOEN to relevant bilateral expert or high-level meetings between Switzerland and partner countries.