About Us

Altanova is a boutique consulting firm based in New York City. We help our clients make impactful decisions on energy and sustainability to further the growth of their assets, operations and reputation.

Since 2006, Altanova has built a network of engineers and technical resources overseeing high impact projects across the world. Altanova has leveraged its data-driven methodology to complete over 500 projects in the built environment, energy and workplace sectors, helping global corporations rise to the top of sustainability rankings.

Leadership

Julien Lafond

Julien Lafond

Managing Principal

Julien is Altanova’s Founder, President and Principal Adviser.

Alison Koczanski

Alison Koczanski

Manager

Alison leads our administration and ensures that the firm’s finances and talent management are well taken care of.

Stefano Vrespa

Stefano Vrespa

Director, Sustainable Engineering

Stefano manages Altanova’s greatest projects, gives direction and ensures that no-one and nothing gets left behind.

Bruno Merine

Bruno Merine

Principal

Bruno oversees Altanova’s Information Technology initiatives..

Thomas Baade-Mathiesen

Thomas Baade-Mathiesen

VP, Business Development

Thomas leads Altanova’s BD.

Sara Wang

Sara Wang

Energy & Environmental Design Associate

Sara is a building design and construction specialist.

Julien Lafond

Julien Lafond

Managing Principal

Julien is Altanova’s Founder, President and Principal Adviser.

In 15 years he has progressively moved from innovation and industrial R&D to advising global executives on shared value creation.

Julien holds a BSc and MSc of Applied Maths and Mech. Eng. topped by a diploma of Engineering from the Ecole Superieure of Mathematical Modeling and Mechanics in France.

Alison Koczanski

Alison Koczanski

Manager

Alison leads our administration and ensures that the firm’s finances and talent management are well taken care of. Previously she analyzed emissions trading and the links between social innovation, economic development and open government data sets.

Alison holds a MSc in Sustainable Development, Management and Policy from MU Vienna and a BA in Marketing from Lipscomb.

Stefano Vrespa

Stefano Vrespa

Engagement Director

Stefano manages Altanova’s greatest projects, gives direction and ensures that no-one and nothing gets left behind. Prior to Altanova, Stefano advised global clients like Exxon, GE and Total on environmental projects across Europe.

Stefano holds a BSc in Env. and Civil Eng. from Politechnico di Milano and a MSc in Sustainability Management from Columbia.

Bruno Merine

Bruno Merine

Principal

As an Information Technology consultant with 20 years of experience, Bruno helps customers of all sizes overcome the challenges they face in terms of business intelligence, software development, IT systems and support.

Bruno holds a MS in Management and Engineering of Information Systems from The Telecom Management School in France.

Thomas Baade-Mathiesen

Thomas Baade-Mathiesen

VP, Business Development

Thomas leads Altanova’s BD. He finds links between strategy and innovation that boost business productivity. He’s assisted two senior execs and their leadership teams in Europe, led market entry projects in Africa, trained in strategy consulting and the army.

Thomas holds an MBA from MIT and a BSc in Economics and Management from Bocconi.

Sara Wang

Sara Wang

Energy & Environmental Design Associate

Sara ensures cohesion between the architectural components of the project, and optimizations for energy, health and wellbeing.

She is a LEED and WELL accredited professional, holds a Master in Design Studies, Energy and Environment from Harvard University and a Bachelors in Architecture from Pratt.

Our Story

Altanova was founded in 2006 by Julien Lafond to help bridge the gap between executives and technical experts in the emerging field of sustainability. After spending 14 years advising global energy, aerospace, and consumer companies, Julien began seeing a loss of value creation when executives became disconnected from technical expertise.

Our team of engineers, scientists and business experts innovates solutions to the latest sustainability challenges. Our unique edge is the diversity of our backgrounds and thinking. While we hail from 8 countries and speak 12 languages, we share a tireless passion for sustainability.