The Structure

The CTAO Central Organisation is responsible for preparing the design and implementation of the Observatory and will manage its construction and operation. Thus, it is made up of the groups and people dedicated to the management and administration of the Observatory’s development and the overall project, computing and systems engineering activities. The high-level organisational structure is broken into four main groups:

  • Directors’ Office
  • Science Office
  • Project Office
  • Administration Office

Who We Are

The CTAO Central Organisation includes staff from around the world with varied expertise and backgrounds. We benefit from the support of our In-Kind Contribution partners, who kindly provide us with secondment employees, who work together with our Central Organisation employees toward the development and success of the Observatory.

Our Leadership

Directors’ Office

Management:

Stuart McMuldroch, Managing Director

Federico Ferrini, Managing Director

DIRECTORS’ OFFICE
Tiziana Abegg, Executive and Technical Initiatives Officer
Séverine Perus, Secretary of Council and International Affairs
Karl Tegel, System Safety Engineer
COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE
Alba Fernández Barral, Chief Communications Officer
Megan Grunewald, Communications Officer
Anna Samara Larmuth, Social Media Specialist
Carla Amaro, Science Education Specialist
Federico di Giacomo, Graphic Designer
Email Communications

Administration Office

Management:

Nadia Defrancesco, Interim Head of Administration and Head of Finance

ADMINISTRATION OFFICE
Marc-André Besel, Senior Project Analyst
Francesca Fittipaldi, Office Assistant
IT
Michelangelo Bottura, IT Officer
Nicola Fasoli, IT Specialist
Email IT
HUMAN RESOURCES
Daniela Virdis, HR Manager
Eugenia Gatti, People & Culture Specialist
Email HR
FINANCE
Nadia Defrancesco, Head of Finance
Alice Cugurra, Finance Specialist
Julia Stober, Finance Specialist
Email Finance
PROCUREMENT
Francesca Calise, Procurement Officer
Email Procurement

Project Science Office

Management:

Roberta Zanin, Project Scientist

Orel Gueta, Simulation Coordinator
Luisa Arrabito, Simulation Scientist
Gernot Maier, Simulation Scientist
Ekrem Oguzan Angüner, Simulation Scientist
Chiara Righi, Simulation Scientist
Kazuma Ishio, Data Challenge & Simulation Scientist
Fabio Pintore, Data Challenge Scientist
Konrad Bernlöhr
Sabrina Einecke
Paolo Da Vela
Georgios Voutsinas

Project Office

Management:

Stefan Schlenstedt, Interim Project Manager and Computing Coordinator

SYSTEMS ENGINEERING & INTEGRATION
Andrea Cremonini, Lead Systems Engineer
Elisa Antolini, Systems Engineering Control Coordinator
Vanessa Montes, Systems Engineer
George Pruteanu, System RAM & Integrated Logistics Support Engineer
ON-SITE CONSTRUCTION (CTAO-North)
Paolo Calisse, CTAO-North Site Manager
ON-SITE CONSTRUCTION (CTAO-South)
Volker Heinz, CTAO-South Site Manager
Carmen Gloria Ortiz, Administrative Assistant
David Antonio Nuñez, Safety Officer
Jaime Cerda, Civil Engineer
Bernhard Lopez, Site Systems Engineer
SITE INFRASTRUCTURE DESIGN & PLANNING
David Bristow, Infrastructure Coordinator
TELESCOPES
Stefano Stanghellini, Telescope Coordinator
Amaya Paredes, Telescope Engineer
ARRAY COMMON ELEMENTS
Markus Gaug, Calibration Coordinator
Jan Ebr, Data Archive Expert

COMPUTING DEPARTMENT

COMPUTING
Stefan Schlenstedt, Computing Coordinator
Heike Prokoph, Array Clock System Coordinator
Gareth Hughes, On-Site ICT Coordinator
Email Computing
COMPUTING – DATA MODELING
Maximilian Linhoff, Data Modeler / DPPS Lead Developer / Common Software
Matthieu Servillat, Data Modeler
Catherine Boisson, Data Modeler
COMPUTING – ACADA
Igor Oya Vallejo, ACADA Coordinator
Bernhard Lopez, ACADA Deputy Coordinator
Dominik Neise, ACADA Lead Developer
COMPUTING – DPPS
Karl Kosack, DPPS Coordinator
Nektarios Benekos, DPPS Deputy Coordinator
Frederic Gillardo, DPPS AIV Coordinator
Mykhailo Dalchenko, DPPS Software Architecture
COMPUTING – SUSS
Matthias Füssling, SUSS Coordinator
Carlotta Pittori, SUSS Deputy Coordinator

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