Our Team

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M. Anne Naeth, PhD, PAg, PBiol, FSTLHE, FCSSS


Anne Naeth is a Professor in the Department of Renewable Resources, and the Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies) in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, Anne is the recipient of multiple research and teaching awards. Since 2011 she has served as the Director of the University of Alberta’s Land Reclamation International Graduate School, and since 2017 she has co-led the Future Energy Systems Land and Water theme.

Anne completed her BSc, MSc and PhD at the University of Alberta, and was the first student at the institution to complete a graduate degree in the field of land reclamation. She joined the Department of Renewable Resources in 1993.

Stefan Scherer, PhD

Executive Director (Administration)

Before joining Future Energy Systems, Stefan Scherer served as Special Advisor to the University of Alberta’s Vice-President (Research), and Managing Director of the Helmholtz-Alberta Initiative. In that capacity, he oversaw the establishment of strong relationships between the University of Alberta and international research partners in the areas of health sciences, the environment, and energy. He also coordinates the University of Alberta’s membership in the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN).

Stefan received his PhD in Experimental Physics from the University of Bern, Switzerland with a project focused on instrument development for space applications for the European Space Agency’s Rosetta project. He has since held various European and North American positions in both academia and the automotive industry.

Amit Kumar, PhD, PEng

Deputy Director (Research)

Since September 2012, Amit Kumar has held the NSERC/Cenovus/Alberta Innovates Associate Industrial Research Chair in Energy and Environmental Systems Engineering. He is also the Cenovus Energy Endowed Chair in Environmental Engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta. His research group works the area of integrated energy and environmental modeling, life cycle assessment, and techno-economic assessment of both conventional and non-conventional energy systems.

Amit received his BSc in Energy Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, and moved to the Asian Institute of Technology for his MSc in Energy Technology. He completed his PhD at the University of Alberta in 2004, and rejoined the university after completing his Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of British Columbia.

Marija Petrovic, DPhil

Assistant Director (Administration)

Prior to joining Future Energy Systems, Marija Petrovic served as Project Coordinator for the Helmholtz-Alberta Initiative. In that capacity, she facilitated numerous international research partnerships that connected University of Alberta faculty members with global counterparts. Since 2015, she has co-led the organization of Canada’s most successful (and currently only) Falling Walls Lab, providing Alberta students and businesses the opportunity for international recognition through that German-based competition. She also helps coordinate the University of Alberta’s membership in the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN).

Marija received her BA in history from the University of Belgrade, and completed her DPhil in European History at Oxford University. In 2010, she completed her Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Alberta’s Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies.

Kenneth Tam, MA

Communications Associate

Kenneth Tam came to Edmonton in 2014 to join the University of Alberta’s Alberta Land Institute as Communications Coordinator. He previously served as Communications Consultant for Kitchener–Waterloo Member of Parliament Peter Braid, and spent four years as an advisor in the investment sector. While completing his MA in History at Wilfrid Laurier University, he received a Balsillie Fellowship from the Centre for International Governance Innovation, and in that capacity worked for Canada’s former Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Paul Heinbecker.

Hailing from Newfoundland, Kenneth is also a novelist with extensive and award-winning experience in the Canadian publishing industry.

Saleema Khan, CMA

Senior Financial Analyst

Saleema Khan received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Alberta and holds the designation of Certified Management Accountant. Before joining Future Energy Systems, she spent six years as the Senior Accountant with York Reality, overseeing the finances of multiple companies and managing administrative staff.

Alisha Kadam, MRes, MSc

Research and Events Coordinator

Alisha Khan moved to Edmonton in 2013 to conduct research at the University of Alberta's Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and received her Masters degree in Cancer Sciences. She completed her M.Res. (Pharmacy) and B.Sc. (Biomedical sciences) degrees from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, UK. She also completed a Research Outreach Fellowship from the Telus World of Science - Edmonton in 2017.

Before joining Future Energy Systems, Alisha worked as a Programs Assistant at the University of Alberta International. She also served as the Trainee Vice President (Events) for the Cancer Research Institute of Northern Alberta (CRINA) where she helped promote interdisciplinary research collaboration and knowledge translation.