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Prof. Ajith de Alwis

Coordinating Secretariat for Science Technology and Innovation (COSTI)
Ministry of Science Technology and Research
Sri Lanka

Ajith de Alwis, Senior Professor of Chemical and Process Engineering at University of Moratuwa having joined the Department on 1st Jan 1985 after graduating from UoMoratuwa.  He obtained his PhD from University of Cambridge and has worked at University of Reading, UK and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India.  Also contributed as a Science Team Leader in the Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology and served as the Project Director at Coordinating Secretariat for Science Technology and Innovation (COSTI), Ministry of Science Technology and Research from 2013 to 2019.   He is a member of the Intellectual Property Advisory Commission and a member of the Governing Council of National Occupational Health and Safety Institute (Min of Labour).  His interests are in Food Process Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Clean Technologies, Nano biotechnologies, Bioenergy systems and Innovation management.

He has a grounding intellectual property after participation in distant learning programs of WIPO distance learning school and has contributed serving as the co-chair of the committee appointed to deliver the National Intellectual Property Policy.  Has numerous papers and few patents to my credit from research carried out in teams.

head of circular economy, resource futures united kingdom

Emma Burlow

Head of Circular Economy, Resource Futures,
United Kingdom

Keynote Title : ‘Creating a more Circular Economy from Theory to Practice’

Emma is one of the UK’s leading specialists on circular economy and resource efficiency in business. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the sector and is Head of Circular Economy for Resource Futures.  Emma directs a range of circular economy projects for large and small businesses and the public sector; for Zero Waste Scotland’s CE Business Support programme and is a technical assessor for WRAP Wales’ Circular Economy Fund for business. She believes that sharing learning is the best way to speed up a transition to a more circular economy and in Feb 2020 launched her #CE100 series on social media, which aims to showcase 100 mainstream examples of circular business models or services. She is a mentor for the Circular Economy Club global network and has hands on experience of the challenges, barriers, drivers and ultimately, successful transition to more circular business models. Emma currently directs RF’s circular economy work in Scotland, delivered through the Zero Waste Scotland CE Business Support programme and WRAP’s collaborative change programme in Wales. She was project director for the recent Use Phase Characterization of Plastics report for the Resourcing the Future partnership. Her expertise includes Circular economy, Resource efficiency, SMEs & Corporates, Business models and Project management.