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Team

The Matter team partners are experts in designing and leading complex change engagements. We often bring in our extended global network of hundreds of writers, artists, moviemakers, and others who add creative heft and introduce your words and input materials in ways that drive change.

Matter Group, together with our design team, the Housatonic Design Network, create an environment, artifacts, videos and more that to inform and delight your key stakeholders.

  • Dan Newman has been designing and facilitating solutions for over 20 years. Prior to this work, Dan was a strategy partner at Ernst & Young, and he brings his vast expertise in driving strategy to his engagements.
    Dan Newman
  • Michela was born in Piedmont in the seventies. She studied foreign languages and worked as a Knowledge Manager and HR Specialist for Ernst & Young Consultants, for more than 10 years, in Milan. In 2004 she moved to Bologna and consolidated her experience in team coaching, soft skills development and process facilitation, working as a freelance professional for large, multicultural projects, in the private and public sectors (higher education and healthcare). Solution designer and facilitator at Matter, she enjoys traveling the world. Michela has a passion for photography, arts and fashion (shopping!). She loves dark chocolate, crowded places, late-night conversations and her two cats.
    Michela Salvi
  • Erica was born in Vicenza, in 1988. She graduated in Modern and Contemporary Art and Literature from the University of Verona and, after working in various arts and cultural organizations in Europe, she moved to Rome to study Economics and Management of Art and Cultural Heritage at the Sole 24 Ore Business School. Together with Matter she helps people to listen to each other, collaborate and find innovate solutions together. She loves art, novels, dogs, apple pie, weekend trips, long walks and shoes.
    Erica Melloni
  • Matteo was born and raised in Lecce. He studied Economics and specialized in Finance and Management at Luiss University in Rome. While working in radio he discovered he prefers people’s stories rather than numbers, and what he likes the most about facilitation is listening to others. He loves summer, very long novels, short-sighted people, fried food and/or made with eggplant.
    Matteo Franza
  • Martina was born in Norcia in 1989. After she finished her high-school studies she moved to Perugia to study Job Creation Oriented Biotechnology an international degree. She is currently based in Rome and she works as accountant. She loves her job and she loves travel, food, sing and meet new people too.
    Martina Conforzi
  • Jodi Engelberg came to this work through her experience as a healthcare executive when Vanderbilt Medical Center built a dedicated think tank to drive healthcare reform. She has designed hundreds of engagements across Europe, Asia, Africa, and the U.S. She enjoys deconstructing complexity and helping multi-stakeholders reach decisions.
    Jodi Engelberg
  • Svenja Rüger joined the Matter Group in mid 2013. She has driven change using our collaborative methods for more than 10 years. Before that she was a consultant at Ernst & Young and Capgemini. She is currently the President of our social business, The Value Web. She believes in servant leadership and that facilitation is all about making it easy.
    Svenja Rüger
  • Alfredo, born in 1975 in Bruxelles, is a designer of collaborative processes and a graphic facilitator. He has translated his interest in design and interaction between human beings into his profession. He’s the founding partner of Housatonic Design Network and since 2011 partner of Matter Group.
    Alfredo Carlo
  • Hilde Rydning and Andor Gregorics, launched Minds On in Oslo in 2003. Hilde first mastered the collaborative methods as a strategy and transformation consultant with Cap Gemini Ernst & Young. Andor has been working with group dynamics and organizational development since the late 1980s. Both Hilde and Andor are Certified Professional Facilitators with the International Association of Facilitators. After a decade of frequent, successful collaboration, Minds On and Matter decided to formally join forces in 2012.
    Hilde Rydning
  • Andor Gregorics and Hilde Rydning, launched Minds On in Oslo in 2003. Hilde first mastered the collaborative methods as a strategy and transformation consultant with Cap Gemini Ernst & Young. Andor has been working with group dynamics and organizational development since the late 1980s. Both Hilde and Andor are Certified Professional Facilitators with the International Association of Facilitators. After a decade of frequent, successful collaboration, Minds On and Matter decided to formally join forces in 2012.
    Andor Gregorics