Founder and CEO of D-Waste and President of ISWA
He has been involved in solid waste management projects for 20 years, in 20 countries and he has completed more than 150 projects.
His recent research work deals with globalization, megacities, mobile apps and the challenge of Internet of Things. He is a fanatic futurist and a jazz lover.
He has invented the Waste Atlas, (www.atlas.d-waste.com) a global interactive waste management map that is developed in cooperation with GIZ SWEEPNET, ISWA, WTERT, SWAPI and Leeds University. He has also designed several mobile apps for recycling and waste management purposes.
Antonis Mavropoulos has published and participated in the writing of several books and scientific publications, while his articles have been translated in Portuguese, Rumanian, Hindu and Spanish.
|Björn Appelqvist works as Manager for the Waste & Resource Management Department at the consultancy company Ramboll in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is since October 2018 the Chair of the ISWA Scientific and Technical Committee. Björn has Chaired the ISWA Working Group on Recycling and Waste Minimisation and lead the ISWA Task Force on Resource Management as well as the ISWA Project “Barriers to Sustainable Resource Management. Björn has been involved in waste management since 2000 and has worked for Technical and Environmental Administration of the City of Copenhagen, the Danish intermunicipal waste collection company R98 and the Waste Management Department of the City of Malmö.|
Dr Costas Velis (BSc MSc DIC PhD MInstP MCIWM) is an international expert on circular economy and resource recovery from waste. An academic at the School of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds, in the UK, he coordinates across the University a cross-disciplinary network on Circular Economy & Resource Recovery (CERRY), and manages a solid waste characterization laboratory. Dr Velis was recently appointed as Chair in the new ISWA Marine Litter Task Force, aiming at establishing the clear link between sound waste and resource management practices and the prevention of marine litter global challenge.
He leads a research team with the vision of using wastes to close material loops and accommodate for our energy needs, in environmentally sound clean material flows, while maximizing the overall benefits to society. His expertise covers topics from informal sector recycling in the Global South, to the production and quality assurance of solid recovered fuels (SRF), to holistic systems assessment such as circular economy for waste plastics.
A Chartered Waste Manager by CIWM, and registered with the Institute of Physics (MInstP), with over 13 years of work and research experience in innovation for waste and resources management, he serves in many international committees and initiatives addressing relevant challenges of global scale, including the prestigious seminal Global Waste Management Outlook released by UNEP. He has a very wide research portfolio as PI and Co-I, and has delivered invited lectures around the World.
Dr Velis is Vice Chair of the ISWA European Group; Head of the Waste Atlas Partnership Scientific Committee; and Vice Chair of the Waste to Energy Resource and Technology Council – UK. Published in leading academic journals, and having delivered invited lectures all over the world, he offers to his profession as Associate Editor of the academic journals Waste Management & Research, and Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology. Costas’s academic research papers have been honored with many prestigious Awards, including those from ICE, CIWM and ISWA (Institution of Civil Engineers; The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management; International Solid Waste Association).
Dr Velis holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering from Cranfield University, an MSc in Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Development form Imperial College London, and a BSc in Physics from University of Athens.
Jacob Duer is the coordinator for the intergovernmental negotiations for a future legally binding instrument on mercury and the chief of the strategic policy for Multilateral Environmental Agreements with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Jacob's work includes leading UNEP's policy work related to the intergovernmental process on synergies and financing for global chemicals and waste-related conventions. Before taking up this position he was senior advisor to the UNEP Executive Director leading UNEP's reform agenda on human resources management as a core member of a strategic change management team of the Executive Office. Jacob has a strong track record in policy work, intergovernmental negotiations, practical implementation and problem solving, coupled with strategic thinking and proactive leadership skills. He has more than fifteen years of experience with the United Nations with focus on environment and sustainable development, including more than seven years of experience at the managerial level and in change management positions. Jacob has lived and worked with the United Nations in Austria, Senegal, Kenya, and Switzerland. He received a Master of Science Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Aarhus, Denmark.
|Horacio has more than 20 years of professional experience in the urban-environmental field, having worked both in the private sector and multilateral development organizations.
He is currently the Lead Urban Specialist for the Latin American Region of the World Bank focusing on cities, urban infrastructure and resilience. During the previous 8 years he worked at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) as the Coordinator of the Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative (ESCI) and as Principal Solid Waste Management and Water Specialist.
Before the IDB Horacio worked for 11 years as a Senior Environmental Specialist at the World Bank, leading the urban environmental agenda with particular focus in Solid Waste Management. Horacio developed more than 15 SWM projects including collection, transport, treatment and final disposal in several countries of Latin America leading the agenda in different development Banks for more than 10 years. He also coordinated operations related to carbon finance in the Latin American Department developing several methane capture projects and Handbook of Global use. Prior to that, he worked in the private sector as Project Manager for environmental engineering companies providing treatment and final disposal of hazardous substances.
Horacio has extensive experience in complex projects related to urban infrastructure and industrial pollution, implementing many of these within the framework of the principal international environmental protocols including: The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, the Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.
Horacio was trained as a mechanical engineer at the National University of La Plata in Argentina and holds a Master’s in International Economics and International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
|He has a Degree in Environmental Sciences from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and Diploma of Advanced Studies in Marine Sciences from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. He is currently coordinator of the chemicals and waste program in the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean of the United Nations Environment Program.|
|Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director, UN-Habitat
Ms. Maimunah Mohd Sharif (Malaysia) is the Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), appointed at the level of Under-Secretary-General by the Secretary-General, following an election by the General Assembly on 22 December 2017. On 22 January 2018, Ms. Sharif assumed her post at UN-Habitat’s Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. She succeeds Dr. Joan Clos of Spain.
Prior to this appointment, Ms. Sharif was the Mayor of the City Council of Penang Island, Malaysia. In 2011, she became the first woman to be appointed President of the Municipal Council of Seberang Perai. As mayor, she led the Municipal Council of Seberang Perai to achieve its vision of a “cleaner, greener, safer and healthier place to work, live, invest and play.” She is a champion of Gender-Responsive Participatory Budgeting and Planning, integrating gender perspectives into the governance process. During her tenure, the Municipal Council of Seberang Perai was the first Local Authority to implement and achieve six quality-based management ISO certifications.
Ms. Sharif began her career as a town planner at the Municipal Council of Penang Island in 1985. In 2003, she was promoted to Director of Planning and Development, a position she held until November 2009. As Director, she was responsible for the preparation of structure and local plans and was directly involved in the development management of Penang City’s projects and landscape. She also led a team which planned and implemented urban renewal projects in George Town. In November 2009, as its General Manager, Ms. Sharif established George Town World Heritage Incorporated and managed the George Town World Heritage Site, which was inscribed by UNESCO in July 2008.
Born in Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, on 26 August 1961, Ms. Sharif holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Town Planning Studies from the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology, UK and a Master of Science in Planning Studies from the Malaysia Science University. She has received several awards, including, “Planner of The Year 2014” by the Malaysian Institute of Planners, the 2016 Global Human Settlements Outstanding Contribution Award during Habitat III in Quito, for her contribution in sustainable planning in Seberang Perai and from the Penang State Government. On 11 January 2018, she received an award from the Malaysia Book of Records recognizing her for being the first Asian woman to be appointed as Executive Director of UN-Habitat. She is married to Mr. Adli Lai and has two daughters.
|Maxime Pernal is a graduate of Brussels’ Institute for European Studies. He has been policy officer at CEWEP, the Confederation of European Waste-to-Energy Plants, since 2015. There, he follows waste legislation, circular economy and sustainable finance issues.|
Environment & Renewable Energies sector
Engineer graduated from Mines ParisTech (France). More than 30 years of experience in the Environment and Energy industries in sustainable development, circular economy, pollution control & energy transition (ANDRA, ENTROPIE, CNIM, LAB). Development Director for the Environment and Renewable Energies sector of CNIM Group since 2011. Former Deputy General Manager at LAB S.A., where he worked from 2001 to 2012. Recognized “world-class” speaker and panelist in several international conferences each year about renewable energy and environment. Member of several industrial working groups and professional associations, such as ESWET, CEWEP, SVDU, AFITE, ASTEE, OFATE, AMORCE, RISPO, PREWIN, IWWG and United Nations Task Force for Air Pollution. Elected as member of the Board and industrial delegate for AMORCE association. France representant as National member of the General Assembly of ISWA (International Solid Waste Association). Member of the Scientific and Technical Committee (STC) of ISWA and elected as Vice-chair of the ISWA Working Group Energy Recovery. Lecturer in Master Environment in University Sorbonne Paris Nord.