The International Solid Waste Association is an international network of waste professionals and experts from around the world whose mission is “To Promote and Develop Sustainable and Professional Waste Management Worldwide and the transition to a circular economy.”
We hope to achieve this by bringing together waste experts from around the world to network, create best practices, produce industry reports, as well publishing our own scientific journal Waste Management and Research. We are the platform that allows our members to share and curate knowledge among their peers.
The relations between the different bodies of ISWA and their establishment, competences and responsibilities are laid down in the Statutes and the Internal Regulations of the association. Changes to the Statutes and Internal Regulations require approval by the General Assembly, two third majority and simple majority respectively.
Marc Tijhuis joined ISWA in August 2019. He has Masters in Chemistry from Leiden Univeristy and has over 20 years management experience in both the commercial and non-for-profit sectors.
Aditi Ramola joined ISWA in February 2016 where she leads the technical team and has been responsible for developing international partnerships and cooperation projects with the CCAC, UNEP, UH Habitat etc. She has an MSc in Environmental Technology and International Affairs from the Vienna University of Technology and the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna where she focused on the exergy analysis of plastic waste management in her thesis. She has many years of experience in both intergovernmental orgnisations as well as within the private sector.
Jose Uribe has a Masters in Industrial Design Engineerin, specialising in Innovation Management. He has many years experience leading change in international environments. He joined ISWA in 2016 and is proud to be part of the General Secretariat team.
Mariana Tzaribacheva joined ISWA in January 2019. She graduated from the University of Economics ‘’Finance & Controlling’’ and Management training at IMD Business School , with 20+ years of experience and leading finance positions in international and regional structures in the area of payments & financial services, as well as global non-profit organisations & JV.
Membership & Business Development Manager
Originally from the UK, Daniel Purchase has worked for ISWA since 2014. He has a Masters Degree from the University of Manchester and previously worked for the UK Civil Service.
Leonie joined ISWA in April 2020. She has a BA in European Studies and has been responsible for event management at multiple multinational companies for over 7 years before joining ISWA. Take a look at our upcoming events to see what she’s got planned for you.
Max Narinx joined the ISWA GS in July 2020 when he was seconded by the Dutch national member NVRD. He has a Masters in Environmental Geography and at ISWA he currently works on circularity projects such as the Circularity and Low Carbon Cities (CALC) initiative and the EU project Decoat. In addition, he works on closing uncontrolled dumpsites.
Chantal Mambu joined ISWA in April 2020. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management and has over than 6 years working in Sales and Marketing, Banqueting, and Front Office Departments.
Jennifer Faa Macdonald
Jennifer Faa MacDonald joined ISWA in 2016 and manages internal and external projects and initiatives including ALMA, a Horizon 2020 project and CLOCC. She has an MSc with Distinction in Environmental Technology and International Affairs from the Technical University of Vienna and the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna where she specialized in waste to energy of biomass residues; she received a travel scholarship to complete her research at the University of Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, Indonesia where she focused on palm oil biomass residues.
Alan joined ISWA in March 2020. He has a Masters in Environmental Science from Wageningen University & Research and has several years of experience of Environmental Engineering in wastewater treatment, sustainable tropical agriculture, and the automotive industry.
Dienke Dijksterhuis joined ISWA in July 2019. She has a Master in Political Science, specialising in International Relations, from the University of Amsterdam. She has broad experience working in the non-profit sector in various roles. At ISWA, Dienke is involved in the ISWA CALC project, the Horizon 2020 project DECOAT, as well as Waste Management & Research, ISWA’s academic journal.
Technical Communications Coordinator
Florence Kuijl joined ISWA as Technical Communications Coordinator in February 2021. She has a Masters in International Relations specialising in Communications. For the past 10 years she has been involved in the management of global public health projects, multidisciplinary project development, support, and coordination.
Carlos Silva Filho
Carlos Silva Filho is a Brazilian lawyer spcialising in Administrative & Economic Law, who started working in the waste industry in 1999 as legal advisor at ABRELPE – Brazilian Association of Waste Management Companies, ISWA National Member in Brazil. In 2008 he became ABRELPE’s Executive Director and in 2012 its President. Mr. Silva Filho has been dedicated to developing waste related Regulations, Waste Plans, Communication Strategies and Data research and analysis.
Mr. Silva Filho has been a member of ISWA since 2005. In 2011 he became a member of the ISWA board, was elected Vice-President in 2014 and in 2015 he cofounded and chaired the ISWA Young Professionals Group. In 2020 Mr. Silva Filho has been nominated and elected as ISWA President.
Arne is managing partner at ecoconsultants an Austrian consultancy focussing on environmental engineering consulting in general and waste related consulting and expert`s services in particular.
He has been active within ISWA for the last 20 years, lately he has been responsible for the relocation of the ISWA General Secretariat from Vienna to Rotterdam as Interim Managing Director from 2018 – 2019. In his role as associate editor of ISWA`s journal Waste Management & Research he was an active part of the editorial group for 15 years and has been promoted to Editor-in-Chief in 2019.
Nancy Strand works as senior advisor in the Norwegian national member, Avfall Norge, the Norwegian waste management and recycling association. She recently stepped down after seven years as CEO, and before that she worked as general manager for LOOP, a foundation that fosters better recycling habits. In 1990 she founded one of Norway’s first environmental consultancies, and has worked to coordinate business concerns with environmental efforts throughout her career. She holds a degree in Business Administration from the Norwegian Business School, and Environmental Resource Management from the University of Southeast Norway.
In 2020 she was elected as ISWA’s Treasurer.
Björn Appelqvist has worked in the waste management sector for more than 20 years and has worked in consultancy, municipalities, intermunicipal companies and with private contractors. Since 2016, he works as Department Manager for Waste & Resource Management at Ramboll, a global engineering, architecture and consultancy company founded in Denmark in 1945. Björn is also a member of the Technical Committee of DAKOFA – Waste and Resource Network Denmark.
Mr. Appelqvist has been an active member of ISWA since 2006. In 2013 he was elected Chair of the Working Group on Recycling and Waste Minimisation and part of the Scientific and Technical Committee of ISWA. Since 2018, Björn is the Chair of the Scientific and Technical Committee of ISWA and member of the ISWA Board of Executives.
National Member Representative
Ana Loureiro is the Communication Director of EGF, the leader company for waste management in Portugal and in 2012 she won the Communicator of the Year Award, given by the Portuguese Association for Business Communication. Ms. Loureiro is also a member of the Portuguese Association of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering and Advisory Board Member of the Portuguese Association for Business Communication.
Ms. Loureiro has been an ISWA member since 2002. She was both the Vice-Chair and Chair of the ISWA Working Group on Communications, where she is still an active member. Currently, within ISWA, she is helping with the Global Waste Management Outlook II and working for the ISWA Scholarship Project. However, the newest challenge came in 2020, when she was allected as member of the Board, representing National Members.
National Member Representative
Mr. Sapir has been the first Deputy Mayor of the City of Tel-Aviv since January 1996. In December 1998 he was elected chairman and acting CEO of the Dan Region Association of Towns Sanitation and Solid Waste Disposal. In this role he served 20 years. He has worked on the environmental rehabilitation of the huge 16 million tons dump and headed a team that promoted and managed the development of the Hiriya recycling park. He also established the very successful environmental educational center near Hiriya dump site. In 2003, Sapir signed an agreement with Arrow Ecology to establish a facility for sorting mixed municipal waste and generating electricity from biogas, quality water for irrigation for agriculture and fertilizer from about 400 tons of household waste. In 2017, Sapir established the largest recycling plant in Israel at Hiriya, treating 1,500 tons per day of MSW producing RDF for a cement plant. Mr. Sapir currently serves on the ISWA Board, representing National Members since 2017.
Organisation Member Representative
James Law is a Vice President at SCS Engineers in Solid Waste Division and International Services. He has over 36 years of experience in civil/geotechnical engineering and solid waste management serving as National Expert in Geotechnical Engineering/Landfill Engineering on both national and international projects. He has extensive project experience for both private and public sectors in landfill design, construction, operations, management and regulations, both in the US and in developing economies such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and China. He is an expert in estimating landfill leachate generation quantity and also evaluating dumpsite slope failures and remediation efforts.
Mr. Law has served as a board member of ISWA representing company/organisation membership since September 2017. He is the Chair of the ISWA’s Working Group on Landfill (WGL). He is certified by ISWA as an International Waste Manager (IWM) with International Status and is an active member of ISWA’s National Member in North America, SWANA.
Regional CHAPTER Representative - Asia & Pacific Region
For the past 20 years Ms. Melissa Tan has been the general manager for Wah & Hua, a general waste collection and processing company in Singapore. She has been actively developing and driving growth strategies for the company, and in 2019 she has successfully grown the company to have a stake in Singapore’s public waste collection in partnership with ALBA. Melissa has been on the Board of Executives of the Waste Management and Recycling Association of Singapore since 2006, and was elected Chairperson since 2013.
In 2020 Ms. Tan wa elected as ISWA RDN Representative for Asia Pacific.
Regional chapter representative- Latin America & Caribbean
Atilio Savino is a Certified Public Accountant with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Doctorate in Political Sciences with over 30 years’ experience in the waste sector. He is Vice-president of ARS, Association for Solid Waste Studies, Argentine National Member of ISWA. He is Member of the Superior University Council of ISALUD University and Professor in various graduate and postgraduate courses.
He has actively been part of ISWA since 1995. He is a former Vice President and President of the Association. At present, he is an Honorary Member and Board Member representing the LAC Regional Chapter (Latin America & the Carribbean).
Regional CHAPTER REPRESENTATIVE- Southeast Europe
Goran Vujic has a doctorate in Environmental Engineering and is, currently, the Head of the Department of Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad and Executive Director of the Association for waste management SeSWA in Serbia from 2006. He is leading a number of projects involving the Development of Regional Waste Management Plan and participation in IFC and EC projects in region as well as being the project leader for preparation of many solid waste studies for Ministry of Environment Protection, private company and municipality in Serbia.
Mr. Vujic currently serves on ISWA’s board as the representative of the Regional Development Network of Southeast Europe.
Organisation Member Representative
Ms. Gunilla Carlsson has been actively working with Waste Management for the last 15 years and with strategic communication for almost 25 years. She has been the Communications Director for South Scania Waste Company since 2006. and, since May 2021 she is the Director of Public Affairs & International Relations. Ms. Carlsson has also been on the Board of Executives of the Swedish Association for Waste Management since 2013 and part of the Board of Directors of South Scania Waste Company since 2006.
In the year 2010 she became the chair of the ISWA Communication Working group, and a part of the Scientific and Technical Committee of ISWA. She has been coordinating the communication activities within the Task Force on Marine Litter and lately moderating and driving the Cities Network in the CALC-project.
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Published: 2020 | Author(s): Björn Appelqvist, Ana Loureiro, Andreas Bartl, Bettina Kamuk, Costas Velis | Category: Annual Reports | Language: Spanish