Jutta Berns-Mumbi

Jutta, the founder and principal at ecocentric, is a LEED AP Building Design and Construction, a Green Star AP for New Buildings, Existing Buildings and Interiors in addition to being a GBCSA Faculty member and Green Star Assessor (in training), with a strong academic and professional background in environmental and development economics (University of Bonn, Germany and University of Cambridge, United Kingdom).

She started and has successfully built up ecocentric since 2007 with focus on LEED green building certification, attracting blue-chip clients and projects across the continent. In addition to her green building work she has more than 15 years experience in economic eco-systems valuation and consulting to the public and private sector on numerous industrial and infrastructure projects across the region, including large-scale EIAs and SEAs.

She has very strong strategic and analytical skills which translate into high value-add for clients and building project teams: delivering green building certification, green building research for sustainable operations and construction strategies.


 Lara Pollastrini

Lara joined ecocentric in May 2015 as a sustainability consultant with focus on green interior architecture and spaces. Sustainability and design has always been her passion, leading her to volunteer in a variety of sustainability initiatives locally and abroad. She graduated with a BSc Interior Architecture degree from the University of Pretoria in 2010. She went on to become a Green Star AP for New Buildings in 2013 and a Green Star AP: Interiors in 2015. She has experience in commercial space planning and interior design field where she has successfully run projects for clients ranging from large international corporations to local financial and management firms and has built up the interiors division at ecocentric.


Shabari Shaily

Shabari joined us as an Architect and sustainability consultant in early 2016. She graduated with a BArch (Prof) (India) in Architecture and MSc in Sustainable Built Environment from the University of Dundee, UK. Shabari has significant professional experience in sustainable master planning and architectural design, green building certification facilitation for LEED in addition to a variety of Indian green building rating systems, affordable housing developments, environmental impact assessment and management planning, building energy and thermal comfort modelling, natural resource management and renewable energy systems. Alongwith a portfolio of analytical research aimed at examining existing building regulatory systems and international environmental legislations, she has facilitated the development of climate-responsive strategies and energy conservation approach for multiple large-scale commercial, residential and industrial projects.