Committee Members

Recycling Week Committee Members​ brought together global leaders, each a beacon of hope. In a bustling auditorium, diverse voices merged, weaving a tapestry of ideas. Energy pulsed through the air as they shared innovative solutions and bold commitments. With eloquence and passion, they painted a picture of harmony between nature and humanity. The audience, inspired and determined, left with a renewed mission to forge a greener future. The panel had ignited a fire, illuminating the path to a sustainable tomorrow.

Paolo Trucco

Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Paolo Trucco is Full Professor of Industrial Risk Management with the School of Management, Politecnico di Milano (Italy), where he is also Director of the Centre for Risk and Resilience Management of Complex Systems, and member of the Scientific Board of the Centre for Technology Foresight. His research and professional activities range from Supply Chain Risk Management and Resilience, Circular Economy and sustainability transitions in capital intensive industries, to capital project risks in the context of Climate Change and Energy Transition. He is advisor of DG Home Affairs (EC) on Critical Infrastructure and Key Resource Supply Chain Resilience, and member of the Observatory for Circular Economy and Energy Transition of the Lombardy Region Government. He is Polimi representative at ERMA (European Raw Materials Alliance – EIT RawMaterials). He is member of the board of ANIMP (The Italian Association of Industrial Plant Engineering). He is author of more than 290 scientific publications and is hosted as commentator on TV and journals on industrial strategy and management topics.

Joe Dos Santos

Founder and President of Dos Santos International, USA

Joe Dos Santos is the founder and President of Dos Santos International. Joe has a B.S. and Masters of Civil Engineering from Cornell University and continued post graduated study in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a registered professional engineer and holds licenses in several states. Joe has worked in the field of bulk materials for over 40 years. He has published several major study reports on high angle conveyors and has written numerous technical articles on modern continuous haulage systems and equipment. He is the inventor of 3 US and foreign patents covering the HAC® High Angle Conveyor. He is the inventor of the DSI Sandwich belt high angle conveyor system. Joe is the President and Founder of Dos Santos International.

Denis Rodrigue

Université Laval, Canada

Senthilarasu (Senthil) Sundaram is a Professor in the School of Computing, Engineering and Digital Technologies at Teesside University. His passion towards energy and sustainability in the energy sector has started during his pre-doctoral research course (MPhil in Applied Physics) which leads to PhD in organic solar cells materials. He has published over 250 articles in well reputed journals and conferences along with 7 books. Senthil currently leads the sustainable energy material themed research in the Teesside University. Prior to joining in the Teesside, Senthil was an Associate Professor in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and as Lecturer and senior lecturer in University of Exeter where he led the “Energy materials” group within Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) where he led energy conversion and storage, environment friendly materials for energy applications. His research focus is sustainable energy vectors in through renewable energy especially in solar energy. He has strong background in resource assessment, theoretical modelling and simulation for different solar systems including thin film PV and third generation solar cell materials and devices and solar thermal. He has experience in sustainable energy generation through environmentally friendly materials such as dye-sensitised solar cells, Tin based perovskite solar cells and thin film photovoltaics which includes dye, synthesize, characterisation and recycle. He has worked on Impact Acceleration grants funded by ESRC to generate and estimate the impact in dairy and water industries in India. He is also currently working on the construction of environmentally friendly materials for flexible solar cells. He has involved in different projects as a PI and CoI funded by EPSRC (EP/S030786/1, EP/P003435/1, EP/P003605/1, EP/T025875/1), Interreg-ERDF funded The Intelligent Community Energy, ERDF funded Agri-Tech Cornwall and ESIF funded Energy Independent farming. His group is focusing on the heavy metal removal using graphene membranes and wastewater treatment in the textile industries. He is leading Impact Programme in the “Textile wastewater treatment and remediation using carbon materials” for developing countries to effectively recycle their textile wastewater. He is working on sustainable energy technologies to create environmentally sustainable materials for energy generation, storage, building integrated applications, thermal storage, water remediation, and low carbon heating applications.

Senthilarasu Sundaram

Teesside University

Marc Marin-Genesca has achieved the PhD in September 2011 in Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, in a thesis based on waste composite materials, analyzing materials characteristics, from that date, his research works has been analyzed some aspects mainly focused on polymeric composites, analyzing mechanical, thermal, structure and dielectrics properties, among the possible applications for those composites. From 2015 is researcher and professor in Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) in Tarragona (Catalonia).

Marc Marin-Genesca

Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain

Denis Rodrigue obtained a B.Sc. (1991) and a Ph.D. (1996) in chemical engineering from Université de Sherbrooke (Sherbrooke, Canada) with a specialization in non-Newtonian fluid mechanics. In 1996 he moved to Université Laval (Quebec City, Canada) where he is now full professor. Since then, he has been an invited professor at the University of Guadalajara (Mexico), the Technical Institute of Karlsruhe (Germany), the University of Castilla-La Mancha (Spain), the University of Arts and Sciences of Hunan (China), the Technical University of Lodz (Poland) and Polytech Tours (France). His main research areas are in the characterization and the modelling of the morphological / mechanical / thermal / rheological properties of polymer foams and composites based on thermoplastics and elastomers. His main focus is related to polymer recycling and rheology.

Julia Margarete Puaschunder

Columbia University, USA

Julia Margarete Puaschunder is a highly accomplished scholar with a diverse academic background, holding degrees in Philosophy/Psychology, Business, Public Administration, Social and Economic Sciences, Natural Sciences, Global Political Economy and Finance, Law, and Economics. With over 20 years of experience in applied social sciences empirical research on an international scale, she has undertaken projects and contributed to various entities globally. Julia’s extensive list of affiliations includes advisory roles, board memberships, evaluations, and contributions to prestigious organizations such as the European Commission, World Economic Forum, Harvard University, and many more. She has actively participated in conferences, served as a speaker, and advised on topics related to Artificial Intelligence, robotics, big data, and environmental justice. As a behavioral economist, Julia has conducted groundbreaking research, published in renowned outlets affiliated with Harvard University, Columbia University, Cambridge University, and Oxford University. Her work has been recognized globally, and she has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for her contributions to climate justice. Julia Puaschunder has held positions at esteemed institutions such as the University of Vienna, Vienna University of Economics and Business, and Harvard University. Her commitment to science diplomacy is evident in her roles as a scholar at various institutions worldwide, fostering cooperation in research and advancing science diplomacy initiatives. In addition to her academic pursuits, Julia has organized conferences, served on scientific committees, and played a key role in initiatives addressing climate change and intergenerational equity. Her dedication to research on climate change includes modeling to mitigate the economic impact of global warming through redistribution. Recognized as one of the top professionals globally, Julia Puaschunder has received awards such as the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and was nominated for an Outstanding Leadership Award. Her influential work on climate justice has been cited by MIT and Nature and nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize .

Ayub Macharia

The National Environment Management Authority, South Africa

Hold a PhD in Environmental Education from Rhodes University, South Africa (2004); Masters of Science in Strategic Leadership (California Miramar University), Masters of Environmental Science (Kenyatta University) and a Bachelor of Education (Science – Kenyatta University). I also hold 2 Post Graduate Diplomas in Pedagogy of Online Learning and on E-Course development and Online Course Leadership from Global Virtual University, UNEP and HSH-Norway. I have worked in several institutions such as secondary school teacher for Biology and Geography (3 years), Education officer at the National Museums of Kenya (7 years); Environmental Sciences Lecturer at Kenyatta University (3 years); Director, Environmental Education, Information and Public Participation at the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) in Kenya (10 years). I have won 2 awards namely the Mainstreaming Environment and Sustainability in Africa (MESA) award by UNEP in 2007; and the Environmental Leadership Award (2008) by Eastern Africa Environmental Network. Between July 2010 and April 2012, I served as the Acting Director General of NEMA. From February 2017, I work for the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources as the Director in charge of Environmental Education and Awareness. I coordinate the national programme on Education for Sustainable Development. Since 2009, I also serve as a part-time lecturer at Strathmore University offering postgraduate courses in Leadership and Communication; Strategic Leadership and International Human Resource Management. I have successfully supervised 2 PhD students and 5 Masters Students. From August 2013 – August 2016, I was a member of the National Education Board, which advice the Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Education, Science and Technology.

Mentore Vaccari

University of Brescia, Italy

Mentore Vaccari – MSc in Civil Engineering at the University of Brescia (Italy) in 1999, he got a PhD in Sanitary Engineering at the Polytechnic of Milan in 2003. He is currently Associate Professor of Sanitary-Environmental Engineering at the University of Brescia. He is Director of CeRAR – Research Center on “Remediation and recovery of contaminated ites and brownfields”. He is Vice Director of CeTAmb – Research Center on “Appropriate technologies for environmental management in resource-limited Countries”. His main research interests are solid waste management (i.e. collection, treatment, material and/or energy recovery, disposal), contaminated site remediation, health risk assessment, wastewater treatment and reuse, circular economy and industrial symbiosis, appropriate technologies for developing Countries. He has coordinated numerous national and international research projects. He is author of around 300 scientific publications. He has been a speaker at over 120 conferences.

Patrick Martin

University of Artois, France

Patrick Martin, Professor at the University of Artois (Béthune, France) and Director of the Artois site of the Unit Transformations et Agroressources (ULR 7519) is expert in bio-based chemistry (extraction, characterization, formulation/modification). He is specialized in the conception of bio-based products starting from biomolecules and biopolymers as raw material by chemical or chemio-enzymatic pathways. His current research interests are in the field; glycochemistry, lipochemistry, secondary metabolites.

Gordon Huang

University of Regina, Canada.

Gordon Huang is currently working as a professor in Environmental systems engineering at University of Regina, Canada. He is also a Canada Research Chair and Fellow at Canadian Academy of Engineering. He completed his Ph.D. at McMaster University, Canada.

Daniele Pace

CEO at Frieden & Partners SRL, Italy

Daniele Pace is CEO at Frieden & Partners SRL, an international business advisor located in Italy. He was previously partner at EPT Engineering SPA until 2010, a company involved in EPC projects in the field of separate waste collection integrated systems for public authorities and private large communities. By 2009, Frieden & Partners foundation year, he has collaborated with several Italian companies to start business abroad, with particular reference to the GCC area, India, Japan, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Iran, Turkey, and the main European countries. The most projects was developed in GCC area thanks to his personal long time relationships with all the four strategic contact typologies: industrial, political, financial, social. His first priority is the business development of those projects that can give to a country a significant boost to reducing its economy dependency from hydrocarbon and reducing CO2 impact. He is currently committed in developing Waste to Energy and Green Ammonia projects.

Henning Gramann

GSR Services GmbH, Germany

Henning holds a degree as Environmental Engineer (Diplomingenieur, Dipl.-Ing.) and is actively involved in maritime environmental protection since more than 20 years. Since 2005 he´s working in the field of ship recycling and has become a leading expert for all aspects of green ship recycling and compliance data management. In 2011 he has established GSR Services GmbH for supporting all stakeholders for cost-effective compliance with Hong Kong Convention and EURegulation on Ship Recycling from cradle to grave. . In addition, he´s guest professor at the World Maritime University (WMU).

Dr. Jung-Chang Wang

National Taiwan University, Taiwan

Dr. Jung-Chang Wang, a distinguished Mechanical Engineer, holds a PhD from National Taiwan University, complemented by a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree from National Cheng Kung University. His academic journey has been marked by a progressive trajectory at the National Taiwan Ocean University, transitioning from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor, and ultimately achieving the rank of Professor in the Department of Marine Engineering. In the industrial sphere, Dr. Wang has held key leadership roles as the Director of the Heat Source Department at Xie Xi Electric Co., Ltd. and Hongwei Technology Co., Ltd. His versatile expertise is further demonstrated through his directorial position in Heat Flow R&D at Maike Technology Co., Ltd. Additionally, he has contributed as an institutional engineer at Haibang Technology Co., Ltd. Beyond his impactful roles, Dr. Wang has shared his knowledge as a part-time lecturer at the Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology. His expertise spans two-phase flow research, CFD numerical methods, green energy-saving engineering design, heat exchanger efficiency analysis, electronic cooling modules, and LED lighting applications. Dr. Jung-Chang Wang stands as a respected authority shaping the intersection of academia and industry in the field of Mechanical Engineering.

Mr Jose Ramon Carbajosa

The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Mr Jose Ramon Carbajosa has extended knowledge of EU legislation on Extended Producer Responsibility Systems (EPR) and more than a decade of executive experience managing Spain’s largest Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO) for WEEE and Batteries. At present, he is a consultant working in international waste, environment, climate change and circular economy projects in Africa (Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Rwanda, Senegal) and the Middle East (Jordan) General professional experience Over 6 years of experience of an actively practising consultant with a focus on EU compliance with the European Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive – Spain. Over 15 years of executive experience, 10 of them as General Manager of a WEEE Producer Responsibility Organization – Spain Specific professional experience Over 12 years of proven experience and specialization in the area of European Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) 10 years as CEO of one of Spain’s largest Producer Responsibility Organization and its waste management and/or in the area of electrical and electronic equipment and its waste management: 4 years (two as chair person) as member of the Steering Committe for the The LIFE+ WEEELABEX – project- that developed new quality standards for WEEE recycling processes that become the basis for the CENELEC series of the standards EN 50625: CV Ref M. 2 years experience in the implementation of the first WEEE Directive into Spanish Legislation assisting members of the Associations of Spain’s Manufacturers of Large Household Appliances in their individual compliance efforts Experience in preparing comparative reports between local draft WEEE legislation and EU legislation (Ukraine).

Aboelkasim Diab

Aswan University, Egypt

Dr. Aboelkasim Diab is an associate professor at the department of civil engineering, Aswan University, Egypt. He has been an effective associate professor and his teaching interests include pavement materials and design, railway engineering, and transportation engineering. Also he lectures in other universities in Egypt. Dr. Diab is a licensed engineering consultant and is the responsible for the pavement materials laboratories in his university. Because of his expertise in the field of transportation consulting, he has helped design different road networks. Currently, his research group consists of fifteen graduate students under his supervision.

Jan-Olof Drangert

Linköping University, Sweden

Dr. Jan-Olof Drangert is em. Assoc. professor at Linköping University. His area of studies started with water issues in rural areas, thereafter urban sanitation challenges, and presently global environmental impacts of food systems. He has published more than 50 articles in reputed journals and has been serving as Guest Editor to several publications.

Alireza Heidari

California South University, USA

Prof. Dr. Alireza Heidari, Ph.D., D.Sc. is a Full Distinguished Professor and Academic Tenure of Chemistry and also Enrico Fermi Distinguished Chair in Molecular Spectroscopy at California South University (CSU), Irvine, California, USA. He has got his Ph.D. and D.Sc. degrees from California South University (CSU), Irvine, California, USA. Furthermore, he has double postdocs in Project Management, Oncology, Human Cancer Tissues and Synchrotron Radiation from Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and also in Nanochemistry and Modern Molecular Electronic–Structure Computations Theory from California South University (CSU), Irvine, California, USA. His research interests include Biophysical Chemistry, Biomolecular and Biomedical Spectroscopy, Quantum Chemistry, Nanochemistry, Modern Electronic Structure Computations, Theoretical Chemistry, Mathematical Chemistry, Computational Chemistry, Vibrational Spectroscopy, Molecular Modelling, Ab initio & Density Functional Methods, Molecular Structure, Biochemistry, Molecular Simulation, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Oncology, Synchrotron Radiation, Synchrocyclotron Radiation, LASER, Anti–Cancer Nano Drugs, Nano Drugs Delivery, ATR–FTIR Spectroscopy, Raman Spectroscopy, Intelligent Molecules, Molecular Dynamics, Biosensors, Biomarkers, Molecular Diagnostics, Numerical Chemistry, Nucleic Acids, DNA/RNA Monitoring, DNA/RNA Hypermethylation & Hypomethylation, Human Cancer Tissues, Human Cancer Cells, Tumors, Cancer Tissues, Cancer Cells, etc. He has participated at more than eight hundred reputed international conferences, seminars, webinars, congresses, summits, meetings, symposiums and forums around the world as yet. Also, he possesses many published articles in Web of Science, Scopus, SCIE, SSCI, AHCI, ESCI, HEC, PMDC, PubMed, Medline and NLM. It should be noted that he has visited many universities or scientific and academic research institutes in different countries such as United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, Ireland, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg, Croatia, Romania, Greece, Russia, Estonia, Ukraine, Turkey, France, Swiss, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, South Africa, Egypt, Morocco, Brazil, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Philippines, South Korea, China, India, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, etc. as research fellow, sabbatical and volunteer researcher or visitor and so on heretofore. He has a history of several years of teaching for college students and various disciplines and trends in different universities. Moreover, he has been a senior advisor in various industries and factories. He is expert in many computer programs and programming languages. Hitherto, he has authored more than twenty books and book chapters in different fields of Chemistry. Syne, he has been awarded more 2 than one thousand reputed international awards, prizes, scholarships and honors. Heretofore, he has multiple editorial duties in many reputed international and peer–reviewed journals, books and publishers. Hitherward, he is a member of more than eight hundred reputed international academic–scientific–research institutes around the world. It should be noted that he is currently board member of the World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists (WATOC), member of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), Rockville, Maryland, USA, the President of the American International Standards Institute (AISI), Irvine, California, USA and also Head of Cancer Research Institute (CRI) and Director of the BioSpectroscopy Core Research Laboratory (BCRL) at California South University (CSU), Irvine, California, USA.

Ying Ma

University of Coimbra, Portugal

Ying Ma is the Researcher, Independent Principal Investigator at Centre for Functional Ecology, Department of Life Sciences, University of Coimbra, Portugal. Her research interest is to use Microbial Biotechnology in both sustainable agriculture and environmental decontamination under global climate-change scenarios, with a focus on the mechanisms underlying plant-microbe-soil interactions, which comprises the combination of fundamental biological principles with applied technologies. I work in an interdisciplinary manner to effectively address complex problems and emerging threats that challenge agricultural production and bioremediation efficiency.