Confirmed Keynote Speakers
Prof. Dr Pariatamby Agamuthu is a professor at the University of Malaya (UM) and the Founder-President of the Malaysian Society of Waste Management and Environment. He is also the Vice-President/International Advisory Board Member – Society of Solid Waste Management Experts in Asia and Pacific Islands (SWAPI) and an honorary member of the International Solid Waste Management Association (ISWA). He is the Founder-Head of the Center for Waste Management Research, UM and is a Fellow of the Academy of Science, Malaysia (FASc) and a Fellow of Institute for Global Environmental Strategy, (IGES) Japan.
Since 1996, he has supervised over 180 Bachelor and Master of Science Degree students as well as 20 doctorate students. He is currently supervising 25 Master’s degree research projects and nine doctoral degree research projects. Prof. Agamuthu is the Editor in Chief of an International journal Waste Management & Research, Editor-in-Chief of the Malaysian Journal of Science and was a Senate Member of UM (2005 – 2007). He is an Editorial Board Member of Journal of Material Cycles and Waste Management (Japan), Journal of Safety and Environment (China).
He has authored more than 450 scientific publications and several books on Solid Waste. His research interests focus on Sustainable landfill gas studies and bio-covers, waste characterization, municipal waste management, solidification/stabilization of hazardous wastes, biological treatment of waste, waste minimization and cleaner production, leachate studies and use for agro-irrigation, landfill remediation by chemical and biological methods, water and wastewater treatment, plastic biodegradation studies, Environmental Management Systems, Environmental Impact Assessment and waste management, Life Cycle Analysis in waste management, and value-addition of agricultural and industrial wastes for enzyme production, value-addition of agricultural wastes, material flow analysis (MFA), and bioremediation. Sustainable consumption and Global warming are also taught.
Prof. Dr. Margaret Bates has been involved in wastes management for 30 years and undertook her PhD on landfill microbiology. She is a Chartered Waste Manager, an International Wastes Manager and a Chartered Environmentalist. Margaret is currently President of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) and chair of the CIWM Scientific and Technical Committee. She is on the advisory board of the All Party Sustainable Resource Management Group. Margaret has travelled the world looking at waste issues and has advised governments, businesses and NGO on sustainable resource and waste management. Margaret is very interested in wastes management in developing countries, in particular establishing ewaste and other infrastructure.
Prof. Dr. Margaret Bates is interested in all aspects of waste management and her research interests include sustainable landfill leachate treatment, wastes management infrastructure, waste electrical and electronic equipment, pathogen arisings and exposure routes in waste management facilities, waste policy, legislation and regulation, wastes management in developing countries.
The master of science of environment Prof.Dr.Oktay Tabasaran was born in Nevşehir in 1938. After graduating the Austrian High School Sankt Georg in Istanbul he has started studying civil engineering in 1957 at the University of Stuttgart and specialized on environmental technologies. His doctorate was about, “converting energy from wastewater product processing” (1966). Prof.Dr.Tabasaran has been a genuine pioneer in academic life. In 1972 Solid Waste and Air Waste Economy Department was established in the Stuttgart University for the first time in Germany and Prof.Dr.Tabasaran assumed the responsibility of the head of the department. Prof.Tabasaran had been the chair of Solid Waste Department, the chair of Drinking Water, Waste Water and Solid Waste Institute. He has also established the Environment Protection Institute Faculty and became the Dean of the Faculty. He has started the master program WASTE in English meanwhile. Prof.Dr.Tabasaran has been the consultant of German Federal Environment Ministry , various State Ministries, public and private sector for many years. He has led the evaluation of solid wastes thermally, biologically and recycling plus landfilling. He has been the General Secretary of 5th World Water Forum between 2007 and 2009.
Prof. Dr. Oktay Tabasaran published more than 150 scientific papers, several boks, and more than 200 technical reports to public and private sector, almost in all areas of environmental engineering. His research interest focus on biological and thermal treatment of waste, waste to energy, hazardous waste management, water and wastewater management and treatment.