Management Team

Delia Mihaila, M.A. (Chief Executive Officer)

Delia Mihaila
Delia Mihaila joined MDPI in March 2013. She previously held the positions of Managing Editor, Publishing Development Manager, and Publishing Director within MDPI. Delia held the CEO position within MDPI previously, from February 2015 to April 2016. She holds a Master of Arts in International Publishing from Oxford Brookes University. Before joining MDPI she worked as Journal Publishing Manager for John Wiley & Sons in the UK, where she was responsible for the strategic development and performance of a large portfolio of journals within the health sciences division. Before obtaining her Master’s degree in the UK, she worked as Business Development Manager for a medical publisher in Romania and acquired project management experience being involved in several PHARE European projects.

Yu Lin, Ph.D. (Chief Operating Officer)

Yu Lin
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). In the last 3 years, Yu has been working closely with the President and the CEO supporting them in various operational areas of MDPI. He has also been a member of the Board of Directors since 2015.

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

Giulia Stefenelli
Dr. Giulia Stefenelli holds a bachelor's degree in Environmental Sciences (2012) 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 Sciences at the ETH Zurich (Zurich, Switzerland) with a focus on atmospheric chemistry and air pollution research. She performed the research work at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI, Villigen, Switzerland) and wrote a Doctoral thesis on identification and chemical characterization of major sources of particulate matter in ambient air, as well as environmental chamber studies, including investigation of major gas phase emissions. She joined MDPI in June 2020 as Assistant Editor for IJERPH and Dermatopathology.

Nick Macdonald, MEng (Interim Head of Information Technology)

Nick Macdonald
Nick holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and joined MDPI in May 2021 to lead the development team for the SciProfiles platform. He has a history of working as a Project Manager in construction and later within IT working where his studies and work have taken him from the UK to Canada, to Melbourne and Switzerland in industries such as, mining, water, property, agriculture and transport. This international experience has led him to working with and leading a number of people from a variety of backgrounds.

Andrea Perlato, MSc (Head of Data Analytics)

Andrea Perlato
Andrea Perlato joined MDPI in 2020. He started his career as a data scientist at the University of Verona - School of Medicine from 2010 to 2013, studying the brain mechanisms of attention in both humans and rhesus macaque primates. He also collaborated with the Department of Neurology to develop an algorithm able to predict difficult tracheal intubation.He specialised in statistics at the Imperial College of London. From 2014 to 2016, he collaborated with Microsoft in marketing research and text mining, helping companies to make data-driven decisions. From 2016 to 2019, he worked for an important financial institution in Switzerland as a fraud prevention data specialist. He is specialised in Agile methodology with a Scrum Master and Product Owner Certificates.

Yannis Soupionis, Ph.D. (Head of Information Security)

Yannis Soupionis
Yannis is specialised in IT security and project management with more than 10 years relevant experience. He received his Bachelor degree in Informatics and Telecommunications in 2002 and his M.Sc. in Information Systems in 2005. He obtained his Ph.D. in Information Systems Security in 2011 from Athens University of Economics and Business, and currently holds more than 10 publications and 20 technical/scientific reports. His professional experience includes also consultant and information security officer positions in various institutions. In recent years, he worked as project officer at the Joint Research Center of European Commission focusing on information security related projects.

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 Billing Manager, Aleksandra is in charge for implementing quality financial practices and procedures across all MDPI offices.

Stefan Tochev (Head of Marketing and Communications)

Stefan Tochev
Stefan Tochev joined MDPI in August 2020. He graduated from the University of Guelph (Canada) with a BA Honors in Sociology and has 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 qualitative market research studies mainly in the field of pharmaceuticals and healthcare, he believes market research and insight strategy are key pillars for effective brand marketing and communications.

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.

Damaris Critchlow (Head of Publication Ethics)

Damaris Critchlow
Damaris joined MDPI in September 2020. She holds a bachelor’s degree with honours in Philosophy, and a master’s degree in European Philosophy from the University of the West of England (UWE) Bristol, UK. Prior to joining MDPI, Damaris worked as a Journal Manager at Frontiers, where she was responsible for the performance and strategic development of a number of journals in the Humanities and Social Sciences portfolio, in addition to roles in Research Integrity and Review Operations.

Estelle Lingat-Haberer (Head of Human Resources)

Estelle Lingat-Haberer
Estelle Lingat-Haberer joined MDPI in March 2020. She holds a Bachelor degree in Psychology from the university of Nancy (France) and a Master degree in Human Resources from the university of Paris-Est (France). She also graduated in Human Resources in Lausanne (Switzerland). Before joining MDPI, she worked as HR Coordinator in an international company specializing in chemical products in Basel. She took care of employees in France and Switzerland.

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