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.

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

PLENARY SPEAKERS

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.