Dr. Fauziah Shahul Hamid
Head, Center for Research in Waste Management
Coordinator, Master of Technology (Environmental Management)
Institute of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Science, Universiti Malaya
Title: “Elevating Waste to Energy: Exploring Innovative Trends in Municipal Solid Waste Management for Endless Recycling Possibilities”
Dr Fauziah has been researching on the waste management area for more than 15 years, focussing on the municipal solid waste management. Her current research interest covers the investigation on marine debris and microplastics. Her bioremediation work on microplastics degradation is among the earliest published research, utilizing the indigenous microbes isolated from mangrove ecosystem. She has published her work in reputable journals and proceedings. She also has presented in various international conferences and seminars. Her expertise in waste management has also being acknowledged by the Ministry of Housing and Local Government, Malaysia, with the appointment as Technical Advisor for the National Department of Solid Waste Management. She also has organized ISWA Summer School focusing on waste management, in 2013 and 2015.
Her PhD research on “Comprehensive Studies on Municipal Solid Waste Management in Selangor, Malaysia”, has been referred to as one of the earlier comprehensive research on municipal solid waste management sector. She joins the Universiti Malaya in 2007, while completing her PhD work, as Lecturer. She was then promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2013, and Associate Professor in 2018. She lectures on Waste Management, Hazardous Waste Technologies and Management, Environmental Ethics, Policy and Law, and Green Technology and Pollution Prevention. She is also involved in the E-learning program between Kyoto University, Tsinghua University and Universiti Malaya. Currently, she heads the Center for Research in Waste Management in Universiti Malaya and has been consulted by various agencies including the Department of Fisheries under the Ministry of Agriculture, Malaysia. She and her team have published the Technical Report on Abundance and Distribution of Marine Litter in Marine Park Islands in Malaysia, as the guideline for the management of waste in Malaysian Marine Parks.
She was awarded with Talented Young Scientist Programme in 2018, by Ministry of Science and Technology, PR China, and she has been collaborating with several universities in China. Aside from Chinese collaborators, Dr Fauziah also has been collaborating research on waste management with counterparts from the UK, Denmark, Brazil, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, and Japan.
Title: “Lifting Endless Possibilities of Recycling; New Trends in Transforming Waste to Energy”
Kevin founded the social-eco enterprise, FdS Haiti, which works with local communities to address issues people find most daunting in their lives. Kevin developed the: Listen. Lead. Listen Again. implementation strategy, which is also Kevin’s article and book series at medium.com/@kevinadair. They are implementing sustainable cooking systems, and new recycling technologies in Haiti and the Dominican Republic through waste-to-energy, ultra-efficient biomass gasification, and solar cooking. Haiti is cooking with 900,000+ tons of charcoal every year which translates into millions of tons of trees destroyed both in Haiti and in the Dominican Republic. Haiti is significantly deforested, but they have millions of tons of biomass waste that we are working to direct toward clean cooking options. Haiti is the 10th least developed country in the world. They provide services to the US Embassy and the UN in Haiti.
Kevin Adair sees each human life as a century-long interactive creative performance. International audiences may recognize Kevin as a juggler, magician, hypnotist, fire dancer, and motivator. After decades of performing and over 10,000 shows, Kevin’s trade-winds led him to the Dominican Republic and Haiti, where for 12 years he has worked in social, ecological and community development. Kevin holds a Double BA with Honors from Illinois Wesleyan University, with continuing education credits including the National Geographic Society Geotourism Ambassador Training.
Prof. Ts. Dr. Radin Maya Saphira Radin Mohamed,
Head of Micropollutant Research Centre (MPRC),
Faculty of Civil Engineering and Built Environment,
Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia
Dr. Sharifah Norkhadijah Syed Ismail
Universiti Putra Malaysia
Title: “Plastic Waste, Awareness Program of the Public on Recycling”
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 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 as of the project leader including the international research grants from the Sumitomo Foundation Japan and Pfizer US. She is a co-researcher for more than other 22 research grants with the amount. Her recent research project is the impact of COVID-19 on waste management in Malaysia. Dr. Sharifah is also a Research Associate of the Malaysian Research Institute on Ageing (MyAgeing). 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 teaches and coordinates several subjects in the department inclusive of GIS application in the health modeling for the Master of Public Health program and waste management. She has a keen interest in the publication of research results in which over 92 scientific papers have been published, 10 reference books, and book chapters. She actively writes for scientific magazines such as Dewan Kosmik, Impak, Habitat, and newspapers.
She is currently 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 awareness about waste management and innovation spirit among the youth.
Dr. Annamaria Vujanović
University of Maribor
Title: “Expanding the Boundaries of Waste-to-Energy through Renewable Resource Integration”
Annamaria Vujanović is an experienced doctoral researcher with a strong background in various industries and research programs. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from the SI University of Maribor, which she obtained in 2010. In 2017, she received her Doctorate in Agricultural Engineering from the same university. Annamaria is highly skilled in Project Management, Team Leadership, and Product Development. She is also an expert in advanced Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology and solutions for green transformations. Her PhD focused on the integration of renewable resources and finding practical solutions for businesses to adapt to a sustainable outlook.
Annamaria is passionate about environmental sustainability, circular economy, waste management strategies, and energy efficiency in industries. She has worked on various applied research projects, including the HE MISSION project REMEDIES, which was supported by the European Commission. In this project, Annamaria worked as a Work Package Manager and Demo Site Leader. She has also served as a Research Group Lead, coordinating group activities to achieve sustainable development and green industrial transformations, supported by SDGs. Overall, Annamaria is a strong research professional with a proven track record of success in various industries and research programs. She is dedicated to finding practical solutions to address the challenges of environmental sustainability and promote green industrial transformations.