- Alex VillagraChief Scientist
- Alexander RodionovResearch & Process Development
- Dolores FernándezEnvironmental Engineer
- Fernando RiveraSales Manager
- Ignacio VeraDirector of Engineering
- Jaime ErrázurizCountry Manager
- John SternbergCountry Manager
- Lisa WolbertBusiness Assistant
- Mai Ann HealyCountry Manager
- Matt PurcellNew Business Development
- Matthias SjögrenCEO
- Rafael ConchaCOO
- Santiago BrowneOperations Technician
- Santiago PradoCountry Manager
- Sina PramEnvironmental & Operations Manager
- Trisha KvienOffice Manager
- Úrsula PimentelOffice Manager
Alex Villagra is the original inventor of what is now known as BioFiltro's BIDA® system. Alex dedicates himself primarily to researching and developing processes and equipment that improve the efficiency, performance, and effectiveness of the BIDA system. While based in Chile, Alex travels the globe in order to stay abreast of the water quality challenges that our local offices face in order to push his research further. Alex is a Civil Engineer from the University of Chile and has over 25 years of experience in the installation and operation of the BIDA® system.
Dr. Rodionov leads Research & Process Development for BioFiltro New Zealand. Rodionov has more than 30 years of experience working in wastewater treatment. He has been instrumental in the design and operation of multiple significant wastewater treatment plants worldwide, ranging geographically from Russia down to Antarctica and in size up to 300ml/d. He holds a Masters of Science in Chemical Engineering and a PhD in Chemistry from St. Petersburg State Technological University of Plant Polymers and focuses on environmental engineering and science, mineral processing, analytical chemistry, and resource recovery.
Dolores studied Environmental Sciences at the Universidad de Granada where she did a semester exchange at Universidad de Santiago de Chile to focus on environmental engineering. Before joining BioFiltro, Dolores worked as an environmental consultant focusing on wastewater treatment plants and waste discharge requirement permits. At BioFiltro, she is an Environmental Engineer and facilitates the permitting and the water quality sampling of all the plants and potential projects.
Fernando has a degree in Accounting and Business Administration. He joined BioFiltro as Sales Manager in 2014 where he primarily focuses on public works projects in municipal wastewater treatment. He has presented BioFiltro and its technology to the majority of Chilean municipalities and numerous real estate development and construction firms for cluster projects.
Ignacio Vera directs our engineering department and develops proposals and solutions for projects in US, New Zealand and Chile. Ignacio is also in charge of environmental permiting in Chile, and takes part in R&D projects. He trained as Civil Engineer in hydrology from the Universidad de Alicante in Spain, and later specialized in water resources management and water treatment technologies.
As Country Manager for Peru, Jaime is focused on new business development and market expansion. He focuses not only on sales, but also the operational and administrative structure of BioFiltro Peru to ensure optimum client satisfaction and plant performance. Jaime has a strong background in industrials, having worked in manufacturing, productive use of manufacturing materials, and R&D in sustainable and social impact products and services. Jaime is a Civil Engineer from the Universidad de los Andes and holds an MBA from the ESERP Business School in Madrid, Spain.
As the Country Manager for New Zealand, John has a strong focus on establishing cost effective, sustainable and effective solutions for wastewater treatment. He is a Charted Professional Engineer (CPENG, Int PE) with over 30 years’ local and international experience in water and wastewater engineering. With a comprehensive knowledge and experience with three-waters engineering, John has a strong track record in initiating and implementing innovative design concepts and projects. With both local and international experience, he is an authority on water demand management and smart metering technology. John is committed to establishing effective and collaborative relationships with customers, key stakeholders and industry experts to ensure wastewater solutions achieve desired outcomes. Having studied in South Africa, John has a Masters of Science in Water Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand and an MBA from Damelin College.
As Business Assistant, Lisa supports the Regional Manager of the US Market. Lisa graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering. As a student, she researched a method of reducing agricultural waste by growing black soldier fly larvae as feed for chickens to reduce operational cost for farmers. Prior to joining BioFiltro, Lisa worked for three years in business and administrative services for the UC Davis Development and Alumni Relations.
Mai Ann focuses on driving new business development, marketing, and sales for the US Market. Mai Ann joins BioFiltro after having worked extensively in Latin America first as a Princeton in Latin America Fellow and then as Selection and Growth Manager for Endeavor where she focused on internationalizing Chilean and Argentine high impact companies. She also worked in new product development and international sales for Multiexport Foods, one of the world’s largest salmon producers and processors. Mai Ann graduated cum laude from Middlebury College and holds a certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Matt is a business management engineer with 8 years of experience in sales and new project development. Prior to BioFiltro, Matt worked as a Senior Executive in Cencosud Shopping Centers commercializing Latin Americas largest retail conglomerate. He is currently commanding research and development of business models and commercial strategies for the Southern California Region in the United States. Matt graduated from Adolfo Ibañez University with a Masters degree in Marketing after having spent two years in Paris Dauphine University and La Sorbonne University in Paris.
As co-founder and CEO, Matthias leads the overall direction of BioFiltro and its local offices, focusing particularly on the strategy and execution of new market entry. Before founding BioFiltro, Matthias worked in various companies where he oversaw the business development of the production and sales of beef, fruit, and organic fertilizer. His last position was project manager at a large fruit processor where wastewater was a constant concern. Matthias is a Civil Engineer and holds a MBA from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and has won numerous awards in recognition of his leadership skills and innovative thinking.
Rafael serves as COO and Executive President for US operations. Rafael dedicates himself primarily to overseeing the engineering, construction, and operations of BioFiltro's US facilities. He works closely with local authorities and engineering firms to ensure that all of BioFiltro's designs, projects, and water quality standards comply with local permits and requirements. Prior to BioFiltro, Rafael worked as Project Manager for Siena Inmobilaria, a Chilean real estate development firm dedicated to the design and construction of eco-friendly facilities. Rafael is a Civil Engineer from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
As an operations technician in the United States, Santiago is always in the field ensuring that plants are in optimum operating conditions and checking in on the vitality of the biology within the systems.
Santiago graduated from Pontificia Universidad Católica where he studied Civil Engineering. As a student, Santiago did a research in the implementation of different ways in which fisheries can reuse their water. Also Santiago as a student was involve in social initiatives for two years.
As Country Manager, Santiago Prado focuses on overseeing overall operations in Chile. Santiago joins BioFiltro after having worked in real estate development of residential and office projects where he lead and managed the budget, design, construction, and operation of numerous LEED certified buildings. Santiago is committed to lead and inspire multidisciplinary teams to achieve excellence in the design and execution of environmentally friendly construction projects. Santiago is a Civil Engineer from Pontificia Universidad Católica where he specialized in civil work.
Sina Pram has a B.S. in Chemistry from the California State University, Fresno and a CWEA Lab Analyst I certification. As the Environmental and Operations Manager of BioFiltro, Pram conducts research in the analyzing how factors such as TSS, pH, electrical conductivity, biological loading demands, and hydraulic loading rates impact the vitality of the BIDA® System. He also manages the logistical operations of plant maintenance. Previously, Sina worked as an Environmental Technician for Tomatek processing plant. Sina served as E4 Corporal NCO for the United States Marine Corps where he also served as Class 9 Hazmat NCO in Iraq and Kuwait. Pram is a member of the American Chemical Society.
Trisha Kvien is the Office Manager for BioFiltro USA. Her responsibilities encompass many aspects of our business, including AP/AR, billing, bookkeeping, human resources and customer service. Trisha graduated with a BS in Business Administration, emphasis in Human Resource Management, from California State University, Fresno. While as CSU Fresno she served as President of the student SHRM chapter and competed in the HR Games competition, winning at both State and Regional levels. Trisha loves the relationships she makes with vendors and customers and she takes great pleasure in making sure they are each taken care of properly.
Úrsula has worked in Administration and Finance in public universities as well as the private sector for wastewater treatment companies. An accountant by study, she has been with Alex Villagra since he began his research and investigation into what is now known as the BIDA® System. Five years ago, she began her current position as Office Manager for BioFiltro Chile where she also supports in HR and logistics.