The complete list of speakers will be announced after the reviewing of the submitted abstracts.
|Olufunke COFIE, Head, West Africa Regional Office, International Water Management Institute (Ghana)
Olufunke Cofie heads the West Africa Office of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). She is a Principal Researcher with over 20 years progressive professional experience in natural resources management with a focus on the safe recovery of nutrients, organic matter and water from domestic wastes for agriculture in developing countries.
She has pioneered the development of a waste-based soil ameliorant, which is being marketed in Ghana. With a PhD in Soil Science and an MBA in Business administration. She has considerable experience in developing and leading multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary research programs.
In the nineties, she taught in the Universities in Nigeria and Ghana. Currently, she is posted in Ghana where she leads IWMI’s research agenda and the associated diverse staff in West Africa.
|Susmita SINHA, Technical Advisor, Bremen Overseas Research and Development Association (Germany)
Susmita Sinha is a senior Technical Advisor at Bremen Overseas Research and Development Association (BORDA). An environmental management professional.
She has been associated with decentralised sanitation services that caters to solutions across community level to city scale interventions. She is currently involved with applied research linked to wastewater and faecal sludge especially with characterization linked to design matrices and improving treatment efficiency.
Her work is also closely linked to developing treatment approaches for making cities and towns ‘liveable’ by integrating sanitation with water body rejuvenation, food production and minimizing health risk exposure pathways contributing to provision of holistic sanitation solutions.
|Pascal MOLLE, Senior Researcher, Irstea (France)
MSc in environmental engineering and a PhD in chemical engineering for wastewater treatment, with 19 years of experience in the development of eco-technological systems for the wastewater treatment for small and medium size communities, sludge treatment and storm waters.
Molle oversees the research for waste water treatment for small and medium size communities. He created and is leading a French national group on the evaluation of new treatment processes for small communities (www.epnac.irstea.fr) involving all French public institutions implied in sanitation issues.
His research focuses on the development and optimization of processes of treatment wetlands for different kind of influent (domestic WW, sludge, storm waters) and climate conditions (tropical, mountain areas). Using a specific research platform (REFLET) dedicated to treatment wetlands, and full scale experiments, research has been devoted to improve performances (phosphorus, nitrogen…) intensify systems (compactness), develop associations of conventional systems with treatment wetlands and modeling design tools.
He’s driving research and expertise to develop sustainable treatment systems in French outermost tropical islands and southern countries (Morocco, Tunisia, Costa Rica …). His research includes knowing water and nutrient reuse objectives. He is the author of more than 100 scientific publications dealing with wastewater treatment.
|Mathieu SPERANDIO, Professor in Chemical Engineering, Toulouse University (France)
Mathieu SPERANDIO is Professor at Toulouse University, in Chemical Engineering department of INSA of Toulouse in France. He holds a PhD in chemical engineering in 1998. He is leading a research group at laboratory LISBP, in biosystems engineering. He has 20 year research experience dedicated to sustainable technologies for wastewater treatment and nutrient recovery, including optimization and modelling aspects. He managed recent research programs on granular sludge systems, anammox process, phosphorus recovery and nitrous oxide emissions.
He is a member of the management board of IWA specialist group on Nutrient Removal and Recovery. He is currently supporting and coordinating innovative R&D programs with public-private partnerships in France, for developing and demonstrating new management strategies in wastewater field.
|Prosun BHATTACHARYA, PhD degree in Sedimentary Geochemistry, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
Prosun is a professor of Groundwater Chemistry and Coordinator of the KTH-International Groundwater Arsenic Research Group, at the Department of Sustainable Development, Environmental Science and Engineering at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. Since 2016, he is also an Adjunct Professor at the School of Civil Engineering & Surveying & International Centre for Applied Climate Science at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. He is engaged with research on groundwater contamination in different parts of the world, especially focusing on geogenic contaminants – arsenic and fluoride in groundwater of Bangladesh, Bolvi and Tanzania.
He has coordinated the prestigious Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency supported action research and implementation project “Sustainable Arsenic Mitigation-SASMIT” Community driven initiatives to target arsenic safe groundwater as sustainable mitigation strategy in Bangladesh. Based on his global engagements in the field of arsenic research he has been honored with the title as the Fellow of the Geological Society of America in April, 2012. He has taken over as the Chair of the IWA Specialist Group Metals and Related Substances in Drinking Water (METRELS).
|Aurora SECO, Chemist and Full Professor, University of Valencia, Chemical Engineering Department (Spain)
Aurora has over 25 years of experience in research activities with emphasis on nutrient removal and recovery from wastewater, anaerobic sludge digestion, monitoring of priority pollutants in WWTP effluents and coastal waters and more recently nutrient and energy recovery from urban wastewater by using anaerobic membrane bioreactors and microalgae cultivation. She is founding member and coordinator of CALAGUA research group and has collaborated in 23 competitive research projects and more than 75 research contracts for technology transfer with companies related to wastewater treatment.
She has participated in 115 papers published in peer-reviewed international journals and has supervised 26 Ph.D. students. Based on these researches, two patents have been published.
She is leader of the Action Group “AnMBR for WATER Resource Recovery in CIRCuLar Economy: WATER CIRCLE” under the EIP-Water and she also leads one of the only two Innovation Deals for Circular Economy selected by EU, entitled “Sustainable wastewater treatment using innovative AnMBR technology”.
|Robert L. SIEGRIST, University Professor Emeritus of Environmental Science and Engineering, Colorado School of Mines (United States)
Robert is also a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is the former Director of the Environmental Science and Engineering Division at CSM and founding Director of the Small Flows Program. Before joining CSM in 1995, Prof. Siegrist held academic and research positions with the University of Wisconsin, Norwegian Institute for Georesources and Pollution Research, Ayres Associates Inc., and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He earned his BS (High Honors) and MS in Civil Engineering and his PhD in Environmental Engineering at the University of Wisconsin where he conducted research within the Small Scale Waste Management Project.
Prof. Siegrist is an internationally recognized expert in decentralized water reclamation and in situ remediation of contaminated land. During his 40-year career he has published over 300 technical papers and 3 books and was awarded 2 patents. His new textbook, Decentralized Water Reclamation Engineering, was just published by Springer (www.springer.com/us/book/9783319404714). He has given invited keynote lectures at more than 100 workshops and conferences in more than 30 countries worldwide. He has also served as a science and engineering advisor to private and government agencies and organizations in the United States and abroad and has been a Fellow with the NATO Committee for Challenges to Modern Society.