ISWA's Newest Board Members

ISWA is proud to welcome five new members of our board: Arne Ragossnig, Gunilla Carlsson, Melissa Tan, Nancy Strand, and Ana Loureiro

23 Dec 2020 -

Arne Ragossnig - Vice 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.




Gunilla Carlsson - ISWA Organisation 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 leading a team of 8, actively working and developing communication activities connected to waste. Since May this year she is the Director of Public Affairs & International Relations for the same company.

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.

Ms Carlsson has 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.

The latest assignment is to be a proud member of the ISWA Board of Executives for the period of 2020-2022, representing the Organisational Members of ISWA.



Melissa Tan - Regional Development Network (RDN) Representative: (The Asia and Pacific Region)


A passionate environmentalist, Melissa Tan’s life has revolved around the waste and recycling industry for the past 20 years since she joined her father’s company Wah & Hua Pte Ltd. As its General Manager, Melissa spearheads the company’s business development initiatives, continues to look for opportunities to expand the company’s presence locally and abroad. One of the milestones championing the joint venture with ALBA Group to provide a comprehensive solution ranging from collection, recycling, processes and disposal to technologically-driven energy generation services across the island.

Melissa reigns as the Chairman of the Waste Management and Recycling Association of Singapore (WMRAS) for three consecutive terms, championing the association’s efforts to enhance the professionalism and technological capabilities of the waste management industry in Singapore. In addition, Melissa chaired the Asia Pacific Waste and Environmental Alliance (APWEA) which was established to facilitate the transfer of knowledge, raise standards and promote cross-border business co-operation amongst its member-associations which hail from China’s Guangdong Province, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore and South Korea.



Nancy Strand - ISWA Treasurer


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.

On a more personal note, she is 61 years old, married, and lives by the coast, a few miles south of Oslo, the Norwegian capital. In her free time you will find her hiking in the mountains, kayaking or spending time with family and friends.




Ana Loureiro - ISWA National Member Representative


Ana Loureiro is specialist in strategic environmental communication related to waste management issues. She is the Communication Director of EGF, the leader company for waste management in Portugal, a position that allows her to develop innovative communication approaches to different stakeholders. As a specialist, she was awarded with communication prizes, with relevance for the prize of Communicator of the Year 2012, given by the Portuguese Association for Business Communication.

Ana Loureiro cooperates with ISWA (International Solid Waste Association) since 2002 – in the past she was Vice-Chair and Chair of the ISWA Working Group on Communication, where she is still an active member, developing reports, workshops and presentations dedicated to her area of expertise. In ISWA, she had the opportunity to be part of the ISWA Task Force on Resource Management and very active on topics related to the Circular Economy. She also coordinated a strategy and a workshop dedicated to strategic environmental communication for the leaders of São Paolo (Brazil) on behalf of ISWA and CCAC. She was also part of the team who produced the report and communication "A Roadmap for Closing Waste Dumpsites".




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