EcoWASTE

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

Tadweer Group “Sustainable Stands Award Ceremony"
Waste to Art Award Ceremony 


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


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