Organizing Committee

Dr. Maria AIVALIOTI 

She is a researcher at the School of Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Crete (Greece). She is an Environmental Engineer, M.Sc., Ph.D. and her main fields of interest are groundwater and soil remediation, contaminated site characterization and hazardous waste management. The last 15 years, she has worked on many national and international projects, publishing their results in scientific journals. She has provided lectures and conducted sessions at national universities. During her studies she has also received many honors and sponsorships.

Email: maivalioti@isc.tuc.gr

 

Prof. Dr. Evangelos GIDARAKOS 

He is a full professor at the School of Environmental Engineering and Director of the Laboratory of Toxic and Hazardous Waste Management at the Technical University of Crete in Greece since 2002. During the period 1980-1985, he was Scientific Associator and Program Manager in the Research Centre GKSS-Forschungszentrum Geesthacht in Germany, while during the period 1985-2001 he was Director and Vice-President of the Battelle Institute of Germany, supervising the conduction of many research, and not only, activities. He has supervised research programs for the European Union, the Environmental Protection Agency of U.S.A. or the German Environment Agency concerned the hazardous and waste management, ground and soil remediation using innovative techniques. Also, he has collaborated with institutes such us Max-Planck, Fraueunhofer, MIT, Battelle Memorial Institute, BNNL and has been a visitor professor in Universities, such as the Technical University of Hamburg, Dresden and Cottbus in Germany. In 2015, Prof. Gidarakos became an elected member of the International Waste Working Group (IWWG) Managing Board.

Email: gidarako@mred.tuc.gr

 

Athanasia KOUSAITI

She is a PhD Candidate in the School of Environment Engineering of Technical University of Crete (Greece) and scientific researcher in national programs in the Laboratory of Hazardous and Toxic Waste Management. She is an Environmental Engineer, M.Sc. and the fields of her research mainly concerned contaminated sites study and exploration. During her studies, she published, also, results of several research projects in International Conference proceedings on hazardous and special waste management with emphasis on asbestos-containing materials and on petroleum contaminants remediation technologies. 

Email: akousaiti@gmail.com

 

Prof. Dr. Gerhard RETTENBERGER

He was Head of the Institute of Waste Management and Material Resources at the Technical University of applied Science in Trier, Germany. Since 1987, Prof. Dr. Gerhard Rettenberger hold a full professorship for waste and waste water treatment. He was Vice-president of the German Association for Waste Management (DGAW) and chairman of the scientific advisory board of the German private and public waste industry (EdDE). He is a member of a private consulting company (Ingenieurgruppe RUK) and worked as a senior consultant in several countries. He is appointed as official Consultant by the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce. He has now 45 years of experience in his profession. His main fields of interest are landfill technology, landfill gas, rehabilitation of old landfills, anaerobic digestion, biogas and mechanical biological pre-treatment of waste.

Email: rettenberger@ruk-online.de

 

 

Dr. Marco RITZKOWSKI

He is a postdoctoral research fellow and lecturer at the Hamburg University of Technology, Institute of Environmental Technology and Energy Economics. In 2005 he received his PhD from the same University. He participated in several national and international research-projects regarding the landfill-behaviour of municipal solid waste, waste pre-treatment and aftercare of MSW landfills and he was the responsible researcher for the scientific attendance of the German R&D-project 'Aerobic in-situ stabilisation of landfills'. Since 2009 he is managing international projects in connection with the impact of climate change on water quality as well as aftercare of solid waste landfills. Marco Ritzkowski is Managing Director of the International Waste Working Group (IWWG) since 2011 and leader of the IWWG Task Group on Landfill Aeration since 2008.

Email: m.ritzkowski@tu-harburg.de

 

Prof. Dr. Rainer STEGMANN

He was Professor from 1982 to 1990 at the Institute of Environmental Protection and from 1991 to 2008 Head of the Institute of Waste Management at the Technical University of Hamburg, Germany. He retired in March 2008. He is one of the prominent researchers in the field of waste management and provided in particular fundamental scientific contributions on sustainable landfilling, anaerobic digestion, biogas generation and control, treatment of contaminated soil. He co-ordinated several international and national research projects, and was member of the environmental advisory board of Shanks, England. From 2009 until 2011 he was director of the R3C Research Center at the Nanyang University of Technology, Singapore. He is co-organiser of several national and international conferences and has published more than 300 scientific papers and several books. After 6 years of presidency of IWWG (International Waste Working Group) he became past president.

Email: stegmann@tuhh.de

 

Cristina VAN DER WESTHUYZEN

She is, an Italian born, resident in South Africa is a Sociologist educated at the University of South Africa (UNISA) and Managing Director of the Southern African Regional Branch (SARB) of the International Waste Working Group, IWWG. She completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and Industrial Psychology through UNISA and an Honours degree in Sociology at the University of Natal – Durban (now UKZN). Currently, she is pursuing a Master degree in Social Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Also she trained in Counselling Skills at LifeLine Durban and qualified as a Counsellor for the national crisis line. As a certified Life Coach, she has developed a proven capability in coaching, counselling and facilitating Personal Growth and Counselling Skills courses. Her involvement with IWWG developed further with the launch of the IWWG Art Gallery in 2014, of which she is one of the two founders and curators. The online Gallery was developed to promote Art and Design from recycled material with the focus on education and other relevant social aspects.

Email: cristinawest@telkomsa.net