Antonis Mavropoulos is the President of the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA). He is Chemical Engineer and he holds an Advanced Management degree from IESE Business School. He has been involved to waste management since 1994. He has completed more than 150 projects in 15 different countries and he has worked as an Associated Researcher of National Technical University of Athens (NTUA).
Dr. Pavlostathis is Professor of Environmental Engineering at the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA. He completed his MS and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering at Cornell University after obtaining his Diploma in Agricultural Engineering at the Agricultural University of Athens, Greece.
Prof. Irene M. C. Lo is currently a Chair Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of Environmental Engineering and Management Program at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). She has been joining HKUST since 1992. Prof. Lo is an elected Academician of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (EASA).
David Newman is the President of the World Biogas Association since late 2016 and also manages the Bio-Based and Biodegradable Industries Association in the UK. BBIA is a partner in the EU project Res Urbis. Previously he was President of ISWA for 4 years and has worked on biowaste recovery and recycling since 1998. He has worked on national and European legislation and was part of the team that worked to develop the EU carrier bags directive. He also manages his own consultancy that works for several companies, helping to develop partnerships for their environmentally sustainable technologies and applications.
Professor Ange Nzihou obtained his PhD degree in chemical engineering at the National Polytechnic Institute in Toulouse, France in 1994. His research interests focus on treatment processes and engineering new materials from waste and biomass. He has published about 120 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, and supervised 10 PhD students and 12 post-docs. Since 2001, he has received 20 significant grants from industry and governmental agencies. He is the initiator and the Chairman of the WasteEng Conference Series dedicated to organizing conferences and seminars on Waste and Biomass Valorization (www.wasteeng.org).
Nathalie Gontard is all wrapped up in the future of packaging. Concerned with the amount of plastic waste accumulating in oceans and on land, she invented innovative biodegradable packaging materials and is looking for ways to anticipate the impacts it will have over its lifecycle. Inspired by techniques discovered over the course of her travels, Gontard has always been looking far afield and into the future.
Mauro Majone is Full Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Sapienza Universita di Roma. He Teaches of "Chemical Engineering” and “ Treatment and Valorization of Polluting Effluents” at the course of Industrial Chemistry and of “Bioprocesses for energy and Environment” at the course of Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology. - Member of the Teacher Boards of Doctorate of Chemical Engineering and the Master on Site Remediation. - Supervisor of more than 80 undergraduate students and more than 10 PhD students. - Research areas: Treatment and upgrading of wastes and wastewaters, Environmental and Industrial biotechnology, Biofuels, Bioplastics, Remediation of polluted groundwater and soils, in situ bioremediation.
David Bolzonella is Associate Professor in Chemical Engineering at the Department of Biotechnology of the University of Verona, Italy. His main fields of experties are related to the treatment of organic waste of municipal/industrial/agricultural origin for the production of biofuels and bio-based products. In this area he participated to 10 EU funded projects and published 90 indexed papers, cited more than 1,600 times. He is particularly active also in the consulting activity for public bodies and companies operating in the sectors of waste and wastewater management.
Dr Costas Velis 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 leads the 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.
Stephen R. Smith is Professor of Bioresource Systems in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London. Professor Smith has 25 years of experience investigating the treatment and agronomic properties of sludges and organic wastes recycled to land and their environmental impact, including nutrients, potentially toxic elements, organic contaminants and pathogens.
Hinrich Uellendahl is Associate Professor at the Section for Sustainable Biotechnology, Aalborg University Copenhagen, Denmark. He is doing research and education within bioprocess engineering and has been project leader of national and EU funded research projects with focus on the optimization of anaerobic digestion process for the conversion of agricultural residues and municipal waste and wastewater into biogas and for nutrient recovery.