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High-Level Advisory Board

The WasteForce project has created a High-Level Advisory Board, consisting of external stakeholders involved in the fight against illicit management and illegal trade in waste. The High-Level Advisory Board is formed to provide advice on the specific needs of the end user community, review the planning of activities, offer technical insight, and assist in the dissemination of project’s results with the larger stakeholder community. 
The members are:

Katharina Aibliner-Madersbacher

Katharina Aiblinger-Madersbacher is working since 10 years in the field of waste shipment inspections at the District Government of Lower Bavaria. As competent authority under Article 53 of the European Waste Shipment Regulation her organisation has the assignment to classify transboundary waste shipments as legal or illegal and in the case of transit to liaise with the competent authorities in the countries of dispatch and destination. 
Therefore from her point of view it is essential to maintain a good international network and to provide the inspectors in the field with feasible guidances.

She teaches at the Training Center of the Bavarian Police and at the German University of the Police and she is and was involved in several IMPEL-Projects as the Waste sites manual, the Guidance on Effective Waste Shipment Inspection Planning, Enforcement Actions and the Implementation of the WEEE Directive (including BFRs). 

She is an Engineer and studied Technical Physics with focus on Environmental Protection at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich.

Howard McCann

Howard is a Senior Lawyer at the Environment Agency in England. He is a Barrister by qualification and undertakes prosecution and advisory work on behalf of the Agency. He has more than 17 years’ experience in the field and has provided training on International Waste Exports for UNEP in Argentina and Slovakia, the IMPEL network in Vienna, Lisbon, Bern and Ljubljana, the United Nations University in Rome and China, and training for environmental prosecutors in South Africa. He is a member of the European Network of Prosecutors for the Environment (ENPE).

Halina Güldiren

Halina Güldiren works as a Technical Officer/ Analyst for the Regional Intelligence Liaison Office Western Europe under the umbrella of the World Customs Organization Network.


She is a graduate in finances at the Federal University of Applied Science in Germany and has worked as Customs Officer in different departments of the German Federal Ministry of Finance. She gained profound knowledge in the field of databases and analysis during her work in the IT Center of the German Customs Authority and in the field of crime investigation during her work in the German Federal Customs Criminological Office. Before joining the RILO WE, she worked as an Analyst at Europol in The Hague.

Currently, she is responsible for data analysis of all Customs seizures worldwide in the area of Drugs, Currency IPR, Cultural heritage, CITES & Environment, Tobacco. She is convinced that the fight against organized crime requires a serious customs network of national and international contacts and the exchange of qualified information. She is motivated to contribute her part and do her level best to strengthen the awareness of the RILO WE within Member States by increasing current operational data and products that can and should be made available.

Dana Lapešová

Dana Lapešová has been working in a position of the Director of the Basel Convention Regional Centre (BCRC) Slovakia since 2002. Her aim is to assist countries from Central and Eastern Europe with adoption and implementation of the Basel Convention principles into their national legislations. She has organized more than 30 regional workshops and trainings and coordinated a lot of projects on environmentally sound management for different waste streams, such as waste from electrical and electronic equipment, used batteries, used oils. She coordinated assistance in legislation preparation and supported synergies among hazardous wastes and chemicals conventions (Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm). Currently she is coordinating two projects in Moldova financed by the Slovak Aid Programme with the aim to assist Moldova to complete its duties related to the reporting for the Basel Convention and to establish the extended producer responsibility. Another current project is a regional project with the aim to test two manuals prepared by the expert working group in Belarus, Moldova and Montenegro. As a BCRC representative she is a member of different working groups and partnership programmes under the umbrella of the Basel Convention and UNEP. These include Partnership on Action on computing Equipment (PACE), Expert working group, household waste partnership, ENFORCE (on transboundary movement of hazardous waste).  Before this position Dana has worked in chemistry research. During this time she was working eight months as a visiting scientist in the Department of Physical Chemistry of Mc Gill University in Montreal. Dana graduated in 1986 at Comenius University in Bratislava in inorganic chemistry at Faculty of Natural Sciences. She has started working in the Slovak Environment Agency in July 1993.

Rob de Rijck

Rob de Rijck (born 1958) is national coordinating prosecutor for environmental crime in the Netherlands. He works in the Public Prosecutor’s Office for Serious Fraud and Environmental Crime (Functioneel Parket). He began working in the field of environmental crime in 2002, after having completed a ten years’ period as a prosecutor of general crime. During 15 years, he also was the manager of several units within the Prosecution Service.

Rob is a Vice-President of the European Network of Prosecutors for the Environment ENPE.

Within the field of environmental criminal law, his special interests are in two subjects, i.e. international waste transports and the concept of criminal law in the field of the environment. He published a number of articles, some of which are in English. One of these is ‘The Environmental Crime Directive’ in The Themis Network Action Toolkit, 2017. Though only occasionally, Rob still appears in court in environmental criminal cases.

Tatiana Terekhova

In the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, Tatiana Terekhova is responsible for the range of issues on chemicals and waste management under the conventions, including illegal traffic of hazardous and other waste under the Basel Convention, the partnerships’ programme, including the Environmental Network for Optimizing Regulatory Compliance on Illegal Traffic (ENFORCE), institutional aspects of the regional centres and SDGs. Prior to this function, she was coordinating capacity-building and technical assistance activities for the three Conventions. Tatiana has been in the United Nations family for over 16 years. This includes the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) secretariat / UNEP where she managed the Quick Start Programme Trust Fund and the UN Institute for Training and Research where she provided assistance to developing countries and countries in economy in transition in various areas of sound chemicals and wastes management. Tatiana is a national of the Russian Federation. She has a background in international environmental law and has law degrees from Russia and Switzerland.

Christian Tournié

Christian Tournié, Lieutenant-Colonel of the French Gendarmerie Nationale, is Deputy Head of the Central Office for Fight against Environmental and Public Health Crime (OCLAESP) particularly in charge of European affairs and International Cooperation. He is the Driver of the Environmental Crime of the European multidisciplinary platform against criminal threats (EMPACT) of the EU policy cycle on international organised crime (2018-2021). He is a Vice Chair of the EU Law Enforcement Environmental Crime Network (EnviCrimeNet) after being the chair in 2018.

He held the position of Seconded National Expert at the Directorate-General for Justice and Home Affairs at the European Commission in Brussels (2006-2012) after being seconded at Europol and having served as Deputy Head of the Division of Europe and Organized Crime at the Gendarmerie Nationale Headquarters.

Christian Tournié has contributed to define policies and strategies in criminal matters notably related Environment and Public Health Crimes as far as financial and cyber investigations. He has been committed at national and international decision-making, law enforcement networks for prevention and fight against serious and organised crimes, as well as the capacity-building of criminal provisions, multidisciplinary cooperation and operational activities at global level.

Jan van den Berghe

Jan Van den Berghe was lawyer from 1985-1991 and specialized in environmental cases. In 1991 he was nominated judge in the Court of First Instance in Ghent. He dealt mainly with criminal environmental cases and still do so. Since 2002 he is vice president of what is now the Court of First Instance East Flanders. From 2008-2016 he was member of the Belgian High Council of Justice.

He is funding member of TMR, the Flemish Environmental Law Review, and published on environmental law and he is also member of EUFJE since the beginning. Since 1995 he organizes environmental law trainings for the Belgian Judicial Training Institute (open for judges, prosecutors, inspectors and police). He is a penal judge specialized in environmental cases.