Sian Cuffy Young

Sian Cuffy-Young

Waste Management Educator,
Consultant, and Social Entrepreneur,
Trinidad and Tobago.

Mrs. Sian Cuffy-Young has been involved in the environmental field for over fifteen (15) years. She is no stranger to challenge as her experience stems from the waste and mining sectors – two fields many shy away from. She also has a wealth of experience in environmental management systems and environmental education and has received training in behaviour change and strategy with the University of Tennessee. She is a Colorado Certified Environmental Educator, Author, Speaker and Principal Consultant of Siel Environmental Services Limited. Her work involves work with schools through her waste education and literacy programme, waste reduction training for individuals and businesses and larger waste project consultancy work.
Her academic qualifications include a B Sc (Hons) degree Double major in Physics and Masters in Environmental Engineering from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Campus; a Diploma in Environmental Management from Galilee College, Israel and also a Fulbright Hubert Humphrey Fellow from Cornell University where she specialized in Natural Resource Management and Climate change policy with a specific focus on quarry rehabilitation. She is also a graduate of the prestigious Shell LiveWire programme for young and upcoming entrepreneurs. She was recently awarded the Kenneth Valley Foundation Progress award for her work in environmentalism and advocacy as well as her company receiving the award for being the Best Waste Education Company in the Caribbean by BUILD Magazine in 2019.

Zoë Lenkiewicz

WasteAid Senior Technical Advisor and Head of Communications
United Kingdom 


Zoë Lenkiewicz, is an international waste management and circular economy specialist. Her work supports the development of policies, partnerships and technologies that keep resources in the loop and prevent pollution.

She has been providing waste management engagement expertise to industry, government, academia, communities and the non-profit sector since 2002. Her professional experience spans the technical, political and social aspects of sustainable resource management, with a focus on improving the way wastes are managed globally.

Sustainable waste management relies on a combination of science and creativity. Systems need to be both technologically appropriate and socially deliverable, and that’s where her skills and experience come into play.

She helps businesses, governments and communities design and deliver locally suitable recycling, resource management and waste recovery initiatives.

She is a passionate advocate for the power of waste management to help deliver the Sustainable Development Goals. She is a founding member and Senior Technical Advisor at WasteAid.

She has delivered training on appropriate waste management to a broad range of public, private and community sector stakeholders in Indonesia, India, The Gambia, Ghana and Tanzania, and deliver interventions with communities worldwide to improve sustainable waste management with a particular focus on plastics and organics.

Working professionally in sustainable resource management since 2002, She has been an advisor to government agencies, recycling businesses and the global smart materials industry in the UK and internationally.

Associate Prof. Dr. Latifah Abd. Manaf

Associate Professor and Deputy Dean (Post Graduate, Research and International), Faculty of Forestry and Environment, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
Dr. Latifah Abd Manaf is an Associate Professor and the Deputy Dean of Post Graduate, Research and International at the Faculty of Forestry and Environment, Universiti Putra Malaysia. She is Solid Waste Management Educator and Researcher and Expert System Developer. She has an experience of about 24 years in the field of environment science and management and 16 years as a lecturer in solid waste management and technology. Her expertise also includes development of decision support system (DSS) especially in the field of solid waste management. She has received several awards including gold medals in various scientific exhibitions, published more than 100 publications in international journals, books and book chapters. She has also initiated the Waste Bank initiative at Universiti Putra Malaysia, where recyclables from all around the campus can be collected, managed and sold to relevant parties and students and campus members can earn some money from the recyclables deposited in the bank. She was also involved in a number of impactful projects involving communities, industries as well as academia. The model Waste Bank project has also been replicated to a rural community in Kundasang, Sabah, Malaysia. Her current research interest involves the modeling of riverine land-based litters towards the impact on marine environment.

Mr. Sanjeewa Chulakumara

Director, INSEE Eco cycle Lanka (Private) Limited
Executive Committee Member, Siam City Cement Lanka Private Limited

MBA (Australia Institute of Business -Australia), B.Sc. (University of Peradeniya),
Dip in Management. (American College of Higher Education), Dip Purchasing & Materials Management /DPMM (Institute of Supplies & Materials Management ISMM), Dip in Corporate Environment Management (IEPSL),

Charted Environmentalist (IEPSL), Council member of Environment Professional in Sri Lanka (IEPSL)
Corporate/life member of ISMM


Dr. Madhavi Venkatesan

Northeastern University, USA
Madhavi Venkatesan earned her doctorate, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in economics from Vanderbilt University and has published three economics textbooks under the series A Framework for Sustainable Practices: Economic Principles: A Primer, Foundations of Microeconomics, and Foundations for Macroeconomics. In 2019 she published her fourth text, SDG8 – Sustainable Economic Growth and Decent Work for All. She is presently under contract with Routledge to write SDG12: Responsible Consumption and Production and her text, Economics of Sustainability is scheduled to be published by Springer in late 2021.
In 2016, Madhavi established Sustainable Practices, a 501(c)3 nonprofit with a mission “to facilitate a culture of sustainability as defined by reducing the human-made impact to the planet and its ecosystems” within Barnstable County, Massachusetts and is the organization’s executive director. In 2019, Sustainable Practices initiated the Municipal Plastic Bottle Ban campaign and in spring 2020, facilitated the Commercial Single-use Plastic Water Bottle Ban. As of year-end 2020, the Municipal Ban has been adopted by 13 of the 15 towns that constitute Barnstable County, and the Commercial Ban was adopted by Town Meeting vote in seven of the ten towns in was presented in fall 2020. The organization is continuing its efforts related to both bans in 2021.
Madhavi’s academic interests include the integration of sustainability into the economics curriculum. She has been active in promoting education and stakeholder engagement to incorporate ethics into the existing economic framework and her written work has largely focused on these topics as a catalyst to promoting sustainability. Madhavi has also contributed to the literature on the relationship between culture, sustainability, and economics, addressing the relationship between economic systems and cultural convergence.
As of April 2021, Madhavi is the editor in chief of Sustainability and Climate Change.

Gs. Ts. Dr. Sharifah Norkhadijah Syed Ismail

Department of Environmental and Occupational Health
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Universiti Putra Malaysia


Dr. Sharifah Norkhadijah Syed Ismail is graduated from the Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) with a Bachelor Science of Environmental and Occupational Health degree in 2003, and Master of Environmental Management (2006) and Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Sciences (2011) from the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom.

Her main research area is on environmental health modeling and waste management. She has won several awards nationally and internationally. Among them are the Gold Medal for the project entitled “Engaging students in systematic active learning through workbook strategy designated based on adult learning theory” at the Putra Innocreative Competition, Putra InnoCreative Carnival in Teaching and Learning 2019, Universiti Putra Malaysia.

Internationally, she has won the Gold Medal in the 3rd International Invention Innovation Competition in Toronto, Canada, (iCAN 2018) and the Silver Medal in the 5th Korea Creative Invention Contest, (CiC 2018) for her innovation in the interactive household waste separation system.

She has won several awards at the university level. Among them are the Top 10 Best researcher in Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences in 2015, Aspresiasi Karyawan Penerbit UPM (2019), and the top 3 Number of Publications Co-responding author and co-author, RMC UPM in 2017. She has been nominated for the Young Researcher Award in 2014 and Teaching Excellence Award (TEA) in 2020 of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.

She spent her sabbatical leave in 2018, assisting the National Solid Waste Department of the Ministry of Housing and Local Government, Putrajaya in modeling the environmental health impact of the Pay as You Throw policy in the waste management system of the country. She has also been involved in the amendment of the National Solid Waste Management (SWM) Policy and the strategic plan.

Her multi-discipline research background allowed her to be involved in a wide research portfolio. She has acquired several national research grants of MYR 386,000 as of the project leader including the international research grants from the Sumitomo Foundation Japan and Pfizer US with the amount of USD 17,000. She is a co-researcher for more than other 22 research grants with the amount of MYR 742,000. Her recent research project is modeling the environmental and occupational health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic to sustainable waste management in the country and the assessment of the environment, health, safety, and economic of e-hailing services towards sustainable health and wellbeing in Greater Kuala Lumpur.

Dr. Sharifah is also a Research Associate of the Malaysian Research Institute on Ageing (MyAgeing) and Institute of Social Science Studies (IPSAS), Universiti Putra Malaysia. She has contributed significantly to many committees at the university and national levels such as in the University Code of Practice for Programme Accreditation (COPPA) and the National Solid Waste Management, Ministry of Housing, and Local Government.

She has graduated 3 PhD students and 9 Master students under her supervision. She is currently the main supervisor of 1 MSc research student and 4 PhD students and several more as the co-supervisor. She teaches and coordinates several subjects in the department inclusive of Environmental and Occupational Health Law, Management and Safety of Toxic Substances, and Industrial Safety and Emergency Response. She teaches specific topics on GIS application in the health modeling for the Master of Public Health program.

She has a keen interest in the publication of research results in which over 80 scientific papers have been published (64 cited and 25 non-cited), a reference book, and book chapters. She actively writes for scientific magazines such as Dewan Kosmik, Impak, Habitat, and newspapers.

In 2017, she was elected as the President of the Environmental and Occupational Health Society (EOHS), a non-profit organization (NGO’s) that is actively involved in community work to increase public awareness about environmental and occupational health. The recent community project with this NGO was the Malaysian Youth Upcycle Challenge (MyYUC) 2020 works as a platform in cultivating the innovation spirit in science and technology among the youth. This project has received financial support from the MOSTI and Yayasan Inovasi Malaysia. The society also is actively organizing workshops, seminars, and international conferences. She is also been appointed as the Honorary Secretary of Persatuan Pegawai Akademik UPM since 2018.

Dr. Faradiella Mohd Kusin

Dr. Faradiella Mohd Kusin

Associate Professor and Professional Technologist
Department of Environment
Universiti Putra Malaysia


Dr. Faradiella received her doctorate degree in Environmental Engineering from Newcastle University, United Kingdom in 2011. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Environment, Universiti Putra Malaysia serving as an environmental science and technology educator and a researcher. She is also a Professional Technologist (Malaysian Board of Technologist) and a Companion Member of the Institution of Engineers Malaysia. Her research specializes in the field of environmental technology where she has been involved in various environmental-technological projects linking fundamental science, technical aspects and engineering applications. She has been the principle investigator for a number of research grants being funded locally and internationally involving mining-related projects. Her contribution in environmental pollution assessment and controls for mining sector forms part of her excellence in previous and current research that have received recognitions across the globe. She was one of the recipients of outstanding woman in engineering – environmental engineering awarded through the Venus International Women Award and best researcher award in environmental oncology for cross-disciplinary research. As a researcher, she has published numerous publications ranging from academic journals, books and chapters in books. She has published in many high-ranked journals being cited globally. Her current research interest centers around the carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technology where she has been focusing on the use of mine waste materials for carbon dioxide sequestration and its applications. She has also received multiple research and innovation awards at national and international levels including gold medal and special awards for the innovations on mine waste utilization in CCUS application. Her research forms part of the initiatives for carbon reduction technology in mitigating global climate change, which is in line with the concept of green technology for environmental sustainability. Alongside her achievement in research, she has also engaged with community outreach programs and provides consultancies to industries. She has also developed networking and linkages with international universities and organizations. Dr. Faradiella aims to contribute to a greater heights in the future and in particular to link fundamental science and engineering in her field.


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