Conference Programmes

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Tuesday 16th April

11:00 - 11:30 | Opening of the 10th Ecowaste Exhibition & Conference

Eng. Ali Al Dhaheri, Managing Director and CEO, Tadweer Group

13:30 - 14:30 | Panel discussion about Sustainability

In line with the 2024 Year of Sustainability announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, the panel discussion will be highlighting the effort of  “sustainability” and contributing to the UAE’s wider sustainability agenda.

By: Tadweer Group

Wednesday 17th April

MC: Muhammad Danbappa, Co-Founder & CCO, Ehfaaz 

10:35 - 10:45 | Keynote

Eng. Ali Al Dhaheri, Managing Director and CEO, Tadweer Group

10:45 - 11:30 | Panel: The role of the circular economy in government decarbonisation targets  

This panel will discuss how better waste management practices can contribute to meeting government decarbonisation or net zero targets. It will look at the ideas that have been put in place to reduce linear waste, and how companies, industries and waste management organisations can or are working together on circular practices that make a difference. 

Moderator: Richard Davidson, Middle East Director – Waste, Ricardo

Aisha Al Abdooli, Director of Green Development and Environment, Ministry of Climate Change & Environment, UAE

Waseem Jeenah, Head of R&D, Unilever

Muhammad Danbappa, Co-Founder & CCO, Ehfaaz

Abdelmuiz Shawar, Service Lead - Waste Advisory, WSP

11:30 - 12:15 | Panel: Money from waste - enhanced circular practices that create new revenue streams

There are many examples of circular practices that can provide new life to waste, diverting it from landfill and creating new revenue streams. With reduce, recycle, reuse and repurpose upcycling policies, it is important to recognise where waste has reached end-of-life versus when a marketplace still exists. This panel looks at building a resilient circular economy and how to attract investment by shifting waste from being considered low value to having a high market value and high margin.

Carlo Stella, Managing Partner, Global Practice Leader, Sustainability, Arthur D. Little

Cameron Cairns,
Co-Founder, Terrax

Kris Barber,
 CEO & Founder, Dgrade 

Shiva Vig
, Group CEO, Biod Energy

Matteo Boffa, Serial Impact Entrepreneur and Investor

Olga Rudkovskaya, Sr. Manager, ESG & Sustainable Finance, DNV

12:15 - 12:30 | Case study: From waste to new life

This case study examines how a start up company is using circular practices to divert waste from landfill, developing a new low-carbon alternative to a traditional product or service that at the same time has the potential be scaled in future and is - or can become - commercially viable. 

Dr Haythem Riahi, CEO & Co-Founder, Circa Biotech

12:30 - 13:00 | Technology showcase

This session will highlight the use of digitalisation and advanced technology that make waste management and the circular economy run more efficiently, better understood and with greater use of data to aid in decision making. 

Moderator: Khalifa Al Dhaen, Senior Specialist, PMO, Tadweer Group 

Sivapalan Kathiravale, Research & Development Head, Tadweer Group  

Ian Hopkins, Chief Commercial Officer, Levidian 

Johann Clere, VP, Commercial Strategy & Marketing, Lanzatech 

Ayoola Brimmo, Co-Founder & COO, Cycled Technologies

13:00 - 14:00 | Panel: Ecoloop: A first of its kind circular solution in Abu Dhabi 

Moderator: Ibrahim Al Ali, Director of Strategy Planning & Policies Department, Tadweer Group

Jawaher Alyafei, Head, Business Development, Tadweer Group  

Khulood Al Nuwais, Chief Sustainability Officer, Emirates Foundation and Secretary General, Ne’ma UAE National Food Loss and Waste Initiative  

Salem Mubarak Al Braik, Division Director - Waste Management Environment Quality, Environment Agency Abu Dhabi

Salwa Al Maflahi, Director Sustainability & Community Outreach, Aldar 

Makis Spyratos, Business Development Director, Polygreen 

14:00 - 15:00 | Presentation: Waste to Art

Noof Alrefaei, Artist from Bahrain 

Thursday 18th April

10:30 - 11:15 | Panel: Accelerating entrepreneurship and innovation in the waste circular economy

There are many services and products coming to market from entrepreneurs who have taken their idea from dream to reality. But how easy was the start up journey for a new circular economy company? Was investment readily available? What efforts were required to gain market acceptance? And can these companies scale towards mass market? This panel will gather experts and entrepreneurs to learn from their experiences. 

Moderator: Keerthana R, Editor, Waste & Recycling

Ceylan Üren, Co-founder, The Waste Lab

Darren Perrin, Director – Waste Management & Circular Economy, Roland Berger

Ayoola Brimmo, Co-Founder & COO, Cycled Technologies 

Hanh Do Hong, CEO & Founder, BUYO Bioplastics

Reine Metlej, Founder, Biowayste

11:15 - 11:30 | Presentation: Promoting a focus away from landfill

Exploring strategies, target dates and policies to successfully meet 100% landfill diversion of waste. How realistic are such strategies and targets? And are the supporting technologies and policies in place to ensure waste diversion strategies are successful? 

Mario Sanchez, Partner – Sustainability & Waste Management, Roland Berger

11:30 - 11:45 | Presentation: Waste to oil - End-of-life to new life

This presentation looks at creating new raw materials use for end-of-life plastics that cannot be recycled, preventing them from being sent to landfill.

Rafi Salame, Sustainability Manager, BASF

11:45 - 12:00 | Presentation: Community engagement and the role of the public in eco waste

Fatima Al Harmoudi, Acting Community Engagement Section Head, Tadweer Group

12:00 - 12:40 | Presentations: Waste to Zero

Launched during COP28 UAE, the waste to zero initiative focuses on ways to decarbonise waste management and strengthen circular economy principles. This panel will discuss methods to do this and hear ideas and examples of action that will move the sustainability dial in waste management. 

Eng. Ali Al Dhaheri, Managing Director and CEO, Tadweer Group

Hani Tohme, Managing Director and Senior Partner – Sustainability & Waste Management, Roland Berger

12:40 - 13:00 | Presentations: Waste to Energy

Majed Saeed Al Marzouqi, Business Development section head, Tadweer Group

Suresh Athilkar, Engineering Director, Asset Management, Emirates Water & Electricity Company

14:00-14:30 | Tadweer Group “Sustainable Stands Award Ceremony

By: Tadweer Group

15:00-15:30 | Waste to Art Award Ceremony 

By: Tadweer Group