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Lifelong Learning Certificate in Sustainability: Waste and water management for local communities

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- Alberto Orío Hernández - Complutense University of Madrid

City Council of Madrid


- Alessandra Bonoli - University of Bologna

Alessandra Bonoli is Full Professor of Raw Material Engineering at the University of Bologna. Her research themes are mainly related to Circular Economy and Sustainability, Urban Green Technologies for Urban resilience against Climate Change effects and impacts, Eco-design approach, Sustainability Analysis (LCSA), Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Ecological Footprint. She founded and coordinates a research group named “Engineering of Transition, Raw Materials and Circular Economy”; she created the Department Research Center for international COoperation and Development on Engineering, Environment and Emergency (CODE^3); she is the delegate of the University of Bologna to the United Nations in the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN, New York); she is member of the Operational Group of the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials (EIP Raw Materials) at the European Commission and is appointing as Expert for European Commission in Critical Raw Materials topics.


- Andrea Pfeiffer - TU Braunschweig, FBU

Andrea Pfeiffer is Research Assistant at TU Braunschweig, FBU. Pfeiffer's working areas are iImplementation of the e-learning platform teach4waste, silage of waste materials, catalytic pressureless oiling.

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- Daniele Senzani - University of Bologna

Daniele Senzani is the director of the Master's degree in Legal Studies at the University of Bologna. At the same university, he teaches Public Law, Administrative Law, Law of New Media, Telecommunications Law, Land Governance and Environmental Impact Assessment Law, and Public Contracts Law.


- Edwige Dubos-Paillard - Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University

- Fabrizio Passarini - University of Bologna

Fabrizio Passarini is Full Professor at the Department of Industrial Chemistry “Toso Montanari” of the University of Bologna. His scientific activities lie in the Environmental and Cultural Heritage Chemistry. He is the Director of a School of Higher Education for the Ecological Transition of the University of Bologna. From 2018 to 2021 he served as Director of the Interdepartmental Center for Industrial Research “Renewable Resources, Environment, Sea and Energy” of the University of Bologna. He is a member of the Technical-Scientific Committee of “Ecomondo. The Green Technology Expo”, reference person for the pillar “Waste Management”. From 2013 to 1015, he served as President of the Environmental and Cultural Heritage Chemistry Division of Italian Chemical Society, and from 2018 to 2021 he served as Vice-President. He is associate editor of the journal “Cleaner Waste Systems”, Elsevier. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal “Energies – MDPI”, Section “Energy and Environment”, and of the Editorial Board of “Frontiers in Environmental Informatics and Remote Sensing”.


- Federica Farneti - University of Bologna

Federica Farneti is Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology and Business Law of the University of Bologna. Her scientific activity focuses on topics related to accounting, public sector, SMEs, integrated reporting, sustainability reporting, accountability etc.

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- Geert van Calster - KU Leuven

Geert van Calster is an independent legal practitioner at the Belgian Bar. He focuses on conflict of laws (private international law), EU and international regulatory law (especially environment), and international and EU economic law. Geert is full professor at KU Leuven where he also served as Head of the Law's Department of European and international law. Geert is also senior fellow at Leuven’s Centre for Global Governance Studies. Geert is on the indicative list of WTO Panelists and serves, appointed by the EU, on a variety of dispute settlement panels in EU FTAs including CETA. Prof van Calster is a visiting professor and senior fellow at Monash University’s Law faculty (Melbourne), visiting professor at the China-EU School of Law in Beijing, visiting professor at King’s College, London, and adjunct professor at American University. He was previously i.a. a visiting lecturer at Oxford University.


- Giovanna Suave - KU Leuven

Giovanna Sauve, holds a PhD in Sustainability Assessment of Materials’ Life Cycle and Circular Economy (SAM) obtained at KU Leuven. Her PhD research was part of the MSCA-ETN-H2020 NEW MINE project that focused on the potential for resource recovery through enhanced landfill mining (ELFM). In particular, her research focused on the environmental impact assessment of ELFM by addressing the different uncertainties that arise in the environmental impact assessment of landfills and of landfill mining with life cycle assessment (LCA) and integrated approaches. She is currently a Postdoc in the same SAM team at KU Leuven. She is working on the European project CIRMET on the development of an e-learning platform on new circular solutions for high energy intensity industries (EIIs).


- Henning Wilts - Wuppertal Institut, Free University of Berlin

Henning Wilts is the director of Circular Economy division at the Wuppertal Institute, aiming for evidence-based research and consultancy for policies, strategies and pilot projects supporting transitions towards a circular economy. He holds a PhD in the field of waste management infrastructure planning from the IWAR Institute. He coordinated more than 30 research projects and wrote 100 publications and presentations on the challenges and opportunities of a circular economy that actually saves natural resources, reduces waste generation and plastic pollution.


- Josefina Maestu Unturbe - REDS, MITECO

Josefina Maestu Unturbe has served as Manager at the European Environmental Economics companies ECOTEC (1995-2001) and Eau2 Estudios (2002-2003), as coordinator of economic analysis of water and advisor to the Cabinet of the then Spanish Minister of the Environment, Cristina Narbona (2003-2008) in the Ministry of the Environment. Between 2009 and 2015, she served as director of the United Nations Office to support the International Decade for Action "Water Source of Life." In 2016 she coordinated the Water Economic Analysis Group of the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Food and Environment and in July 2017 she was appointed managing director of the public company of the Government of Navarra, Gestión Ambiental de Navarra SA-Nafarroako Ingurumen Kudeaketa (GAN). Since 2018 she is the Vice President of ACUAES (Sociedad Estatal Aguas de las Cuencas de España S.A.) and Advisor to the Secretary of State for the Environment of the Spanish Ministry for Ecological Transition (MITECO). She is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Spanish Network for Sustainable Development (REDS).


- Karel van Acker - KU Leuven

Karel Van Acker is professor of sustainable materials management, coordinator of the Circular Economy @KU Leuven platform and coordinator of the KU Leuven Materials Research Centre. He also leads the policy research centre “Circular economy” for the Flemish government and is the former president and founder of the Flemish Transition Network on Sustainable Materials Management. His research focuses on developing strategies to realize the circular economy and on sustainability assessments of material life cycles, including amongst others biobased and composite materials, recycling of rare earths and other critical materials, landfill mining and the valorization of residues. The connection between materials and a sustainable society is the leitmotiv in his activities.


- Klaus Fricke - TU Braunschweig, FBU

Klaus Fricke holds a PhD in fundamental issues of biowaste composting. In 1983, he co-founded the waste management company Ingenieurgemeinschaft Witzenhausen Fricke & Turk GmbH (IGW) with branches in Luxembourg and England and up to 100 permanent employees. He managed this waste management company as managing partner until 1999. Together with Thomas Turk and Hartmut Vogtmann, Klaus Fricke invented the separate collection of biowaste in Witzenhausen in 1983. In 1999, Klaus Fricke was appointed to the Technical University of Braunschweig. He is now head of the Chair of Waste and Resource Management at the same university and serves as Dean of Studies at the Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). One R&D focus is the handling of waste biomass with the topics of technology development and process control for aerobic and anaerobic processes with special consideration of energy efficiency and climate protection. In this context, the various national and international activities for training and further education should also be emphasized. To this end, TUBS is currently developing innovative, multimedia e-learning-based training modules for waste management. Since 2004, Klaus Fricke has been the editorial director and publisher of the journal "Müll und Abfall".


- Luca Trapin - University of Bologna

Assistant Professor of Economic Statistics (tenure track) in the Department of Statistics at the University of Bologna. Previously, he held positions as Assistant Professor of Econometrics at the Catholic University of Milan, and Post-Doc fellow at Scuola Normale Superiore Pisa and HEC Montréal. He obtained a PhD in Economics from IMT Scuola Alti Studi Lucca. His research focuses on financial econometrics, time series analyis and extreme value analysis.

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- Maria Salvetti - Paris1

Maria Salvetti is currently Head of the Water and Waste Area of the Florence School of Regulation. She also worked as a water economist for the past 20 years in several institutions. She worked for the Water Governance Program of the OECD, and as an expert for the World Bank: Danube Water Program, Mid-term review of the Portugal Water Strategy, Analysis of the water supply and sanitation services in Central Asia, Financial sustainability of the water sector in Haiti, Reform of the water subsidies in Algeria, Strategic Financial Plan to reach EU Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive in Romania, Aggregation of water and sanitation services. Former chief economist for the French national agency for water and aquatic environment, Maria Salvetti produced the first report on water services performance presented during the World Water Forum (2012). From 2008 to 2010, she worked for the largest water service in Europe (SEDIF) providing economic and financial advice in the preparation of the PPP contract. She has also worked as senior economist for Seine Normandy water Agency (France) and the Environment Agency (England & Wales). She also performed numerous training programmes and academic courses related to water economics.


- Pedro Martínez Santos - UCM

Pedro Martínez-Santos holds a PhD in Hydrogeology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, where he was appointed Full Professor in 2022. Since 2011, he is the Technical Director of Geologists Without Borders, a non-profit organization committed to granting safe water access in rural areas of low-income countries. Over the last decade he has led five projects in competitive calls of the European Commission, the Spanish National Research Plan, the Autonomous Community of Madrid and Spain’s Cooperation to Development Agency, as well as sixteen contracts with national and international companies and public administrations in the fields of civil and environmental engineering and water planning. He has taught groundwater modeling courses in Spain and in several Latin American countries. Between 2015 and 2020 he served as a member of the Global Young Academy, and since early 2018 he leads UNESCO/UNITWIN Chair "Appropriate Technologies for Human Development".


- Vincente Galván López - UCM

Vincente Galván López served as Director of the Centre of Excellence for Environment in Ferrovial Services, where he was responsible for the development and launching of the company's Circular Economy Strategy and manager of several projects in this business area. In September 2019 he was appointed as Circular Economy Director in the Madrid Region Environment Agency (Consejería de Medio Ambiente), with responsibilities in waste, water and circular economy. Since December 2021 he is an Outside Consultant in Circular Economy working for private companies and public administration.