SPEAKERS

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Nancy Isarin

The European Union Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law (IMPEL)

Nancy Isarin, WasteForce Project Coordinator for IMPEL, has been working on the enforcement of waste shipment regulation since 2008. She started as an environmental inspector and was a member of the National TaskForce on Serious Environmental Crime in the Netherlands. Since 2006 she is supporting and leading European and International initiatives that aim to control waste trade and disrupt illegal trafficking of waste for organisations such as UNEP, the World Customs Organization, UNODC, IMPEL, INECE and the World Bank. 

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Ruediger Kuehr

UNITAR Sustainable Cycles Programme (SCYCLE)

Dr. Kuehr is Director of the Sustainable Cycles Programme (SCYCLE) hosted by the Vice-Rectorate in Europe (ViE). SCYCLE is focusing its work and activities on sustainable production, consumption and disposal. He is also Co-Founder of the Solving the E-Waste Problem (StEP) Initiative for which he served as Executive Secretary from 2007 till 2017. Since 1999 Dr. Kuehr served in various positions within the United Nations University such as Head of UNU-IAS SCYCLE, Head of UNU-ISP-SCYCLE, and Head of the UNU Zero Emissions Forum (ZEF) – European Focal Point. He is a political and social scientist by education with a PhD (Dr. rer. pol.) from the University of Osnabrück (Germany) and a M.A. (Magister Artium) from the University of Münster, (Germany), and additional post-graduate studies in Tokyo (Japan).

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Vittoria Luda di Cortemiglia

UNITAR Sustainable Cycles Programme (SCYCLE)

Vittoria Luda di Cortemiglia has worked with the United Nations for the twenty years, fifteen of which as Program Coordinator of Emerging Crimes Unit of the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI). In 2016, she has joined the Sustainable Cycle Programme (SCYCLE) of the United Nations University (UNU) as a consultant and is involved in program management, research, and training on transnational waste crime. In particular she leads SCYCLE work within the framework of the projects DOTCOM Waste (https://dotcomproject.eu/) , WasteForce (https://www.wasteforceproject.eu/)  and STRIKE (https://www.strikeproject.org). She also coordinates the High-Level Advisory Boards of both Wasteforce and STRIKE. 
Vittoria Luda di Cortemiglia is a Law graduate at the University of Turin, and holds a Master’s degree (MA) in International Relationships and Diplomacy and the “State of New York Certificate of International Law and Diplomacy” at St. John’s University, New York, USA.

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Ana Garcia

General Inspection for Agriculture, Sea, Environment and Spatial Planning (IGAMAOT, Portugal)

Ms Ana Garcia is Inspector Director of the Unit for Cooperation and International Affairs, General Inspection for Agriculture, Sea, Environment and Spatial Planning (IGAMAOT, Portugal).

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Bojan Pockar

The Inspectorate of RS for the environment and spatial planning (IRSOP)

Senior environmental inspector at The Inspectorate of RS for the environment and spatial planning (IRSOP) for 12 years, before work as customs officer for more than 17 years, main working area transfrontier shipments of waste, head of Interdepartmental working group for TFS in Slovenia, coordinator in Waste Force and SWEAP project, national coordinator in IMPEL organization.

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Christine Sutter

German Police University (DHPol)

Prof. Dr. Christine Sutter is Professor in psychology, and specialized in traffic, engineering and environmental psychology. She is one of the leading experts in her field of research, having studied and worked at the most prestigious technical universities in Germany, such as the RWTH Aachen University and the Darmstadt University of Technology. Since 2016, she heads the Institute of Transportation & Traffic Psychology at the German Police University in Münster-Hiltrup, Germany. In her interdisciplinary team, traffic and business psychologists collaborate with (senior) police officers and engineers in research, trainings and lectures. The Institute aims at optimizing the police work on the managerial, operative and tactical level by providing practical and theoretical trainings based on empirical research.

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Colin Fitzpatrick

University of Limerick

Prof Colin Fitzpatrick is the Head of the Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering at the University of Limerick, Ireland where he teaches Sustainable Life Cycle Engineering, Electronics & the Environment, Energy Management and Active Circuit Design. His research interests cover a range of topics in the area of technology and sustainability including the Circular Economy, Electronics Repair & Reuse, WEEE Management, Electricity Demand Management, Conflict Minerals, Planned Obsolescence, & Environmental Sensing and he has published widely in these areas. He Chairs the National Standards Authority of Ireland Technical Committee 22 “Environmental Standardization for Electrical and Electronic Products and Systems” the national mirror committee for European and International Standardisation bodies in this area. He is conference Chair for the Product Lifetimes and the Environment (PLATE) virtual conference in 2021. 

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Elisabete Matos

Portuguese Public Prosecutors Office

Ms Elisabete Matos is a Public Prosecutor, working at the Central Department of State Litigation and Collective and Diffuse Interests of the Portuguese Public Prosecutors Office. 

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Elise Vermeersch

Sustainable Cycles Programme (SCYCLE)

Ms. Vermeersch is a Research Associate at the Sustainable Cycles (SCYCLE) Programme of the United Nations University and United Nations Institute for Training and Research. She started working with the U.N in 2013, and since she joined the SCYCLE team in 2016, she has been involved in several projects related to transboundary movements and management of waste, sustainable development, and circular economy. She is actively contributing to project development and implementation, strategic cooperation, event & training organisation, research activities, data collection and analysis, and the development of awareness raising campaigns. Ms. Vermeersch holds a double master degree in New Technologies Law from Lille and Murcia Universities.

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Fenny Wong Nyuk Yin

Department of Environment, Malaysia

Holds a master degree in Science from University of Malaya.  Serves as Senior Principal Assistant Director at the Enforcement Division, Department of Environment, Malaysia.  Ever since I joined the Department of Environment 20 years ago, I have been involved in the area of training, research, environmental legal requirement, policies formulating, environmental governance and international affairs related to transboundary movements and management of waste.  At present, involved in managing transboundary movement of plastic waste including illegal trafficking of plastic waste and receiving the notification and any information related to it, and for responding to such a notification, as provided in Article 6 of Basel Convention.

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Gaël de Rotalier

European Commission DG Environment

Mr Gaël de Rotalier works in the European Commission where he leads the team dealing with EU policies related to waste shipments, the Basel Convention, end-of-life vehicles, ship recycling and waste from extractive industries. This role includes working with Member States, international organisations, industry and civil society on the implementation and enforcement of EU legislation related to waste, especially to address illegal shipments of waste. In his early career in the European Commission, he was in charge of the EU policy on wildlife trade, where he was spearheading the EU approach against wildlife trafficking, in close cooperation with enforcement agencies, Europol and international bodies.

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Georgina Lloyd Rivera

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Dr. Georgina Lloyd Rivera is the Regional Coordinator (Asia and the Pacific) of Environmental Law and Governance for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Georgina’s works covers the areas of environmental rights, environmental crime, technical assistance in environmental law and capacity building at the national and regional level. She joined the UNEP Regional Office after spending 12 years based in Siem Reap, Cambodia.  During her time in Southeast Asia she has conducted research on environmental law and policy, heritage law, heritage and tourism management, and the development of good environmental governance. Georgina has been involved in capacity building for environmental law within Southeast Asia and has provided advice to government and non-government stakeholders on environmental law and policy issues. 
Georgina has conducted both doctoral and postdoctoral research on heritage law and policy in Cambodia. From 2014-2019 Georgina’s work in Cambodia focused on community based natural resource management, protected areas management, climate change, traditional practice and environmental governance. Georgina holds a PhD in Law, Master in Environmental Law and Bachelor in Environmental Science (Hons 1) from the University of Sydney. 

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Heinz Albert Stumpen

German Police University (DHPol)

In a police career spanning 42 years Mr Stumpen served in the German federal state of Northrhine-Westphalia, where he rose to be Deputy Head of Traffic Police for the city of Münster. Since 2013 Mr Stumpen has been Deputy Head of Faculty a lecturer for traffic science and traffic psychology at the German Police University.
August 2020 he retired and became officially Guest Lecturer at the German Police University.
Mr. Stumpen is certified Auditor for Total Quality Management (ISO 9000 et seq.) and Lead Auditor Road Traffic Safety Management Systems (ISO 39001).
He publishes in different trade journals and is peer reviewer for publications in the field of Road Traffic Safety for CEPOL's European Law Enforcement Research Bulletin.

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Huib van Westen

Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management

Huib van Westen works as Senior Inspector for the ILT Waste Enforcement Division. This Division is part of the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT) of the Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. 
The focus is Enforcement of the European Waste Shipment Regulation, the Basel Convention and the European Ship Recycling Regulation. 
Huib is a very experienced trainer/ expert on enforcement of waste and chemicals shipments and delivered training workshops in Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and Asia for various institutions as UNEP, IMPEL, TAIEX, INTERPOL and the WCO. Huib has a Customs and Law Enforcement background focused on the prevention and combatting illegal shipments of environmentally sensitive goods. 
Since 2008, Huib is cooperating with the Regional Enforcement Network on Waste and Chemicals implemented by UNEP in 25 countries in Asia and the Pacific. He coordinated this network from 2016 until the end of the project in February 2018. He also led the INTERPOL Global E-waste Crime project and the IMPEL National Contact Points project, currently he is leading a national project on Ship Recycling.

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Katharina Aibliner-Madersbacher

District Government of Lower Bavaria

Katharina Aiblinger-Madesbacher has been working in the past 12 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 liase 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 guidance. 

She gives lessons at the Training Centre of the Bavarian Police and at the German Police University and she contributes to several IMPEL-Projects (European Union Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law), including 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. Before starting with the European Waste Shipment Regulation, her occupation was to evaluate and supervise industrial facilities in line with the Federal Emission Protection Act.

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Keshav Parajuly

Sustainable Cycles Programme (SCYCLE)

Dr. Keshav Parajuly holds a master’s degree in waste process engineering from the University of Stuttgart and a PhD degree in circular economy and e-waste management from the University of Southern Denmark. Following his master’s and prior to his PhD, Dr. Parajuly earned research experience from Palo Alto Research Center, California and was also involved in consulting and implementation projects around waste management and resource efficiency in Nepal and Bhutan. In his PhD work, Dr. Parajuly focused on the techno-economic aspects of e-waste management including reuse and recycling as well as the relevant organizational and legislative provisions. Since June 2018, Dr. Parajuly is a visiting scholar at SCYCLE as a part of his research project “Behavioral Change for the Circular Economy” funded by the Irish Research Council Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) COFUND Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme entitled CAROLINE – ‘Collaborative Research Fellowships for a Responsive and Innovative Europe’. 

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Mário Grácio

General Inspection for Agriculture, Sea, Environment and Spatial Planning (IGAMAOT, Portugal)

Mr Mário Grácio is currently working as Inspector in the Unit for Cooperation and International Affairs, at the General Inspection for Agriculture, Sea, Environment and Spatial Planning (IGAMAOT, Portugal). He is an Environmental Inspector since 1999, and holds a Degree in Chemical Engineering, in the Industrial and Environment and Quality areas. He was Inspector Director in the areas of waste treatment plants, health care facilities, industrial sectors and road and rail infrastructures (2003-2010) and Planning and Complaints Management (2014-2017). He has held the position of Director-General at the Portuguese Environment Agency (2010-2012) and Advisor of the Secretary of State for the Environment (2018-2019). Working with IMPEL since 2001 he was TFS NCP from 2001 to 2010 and has participated as national representative in IMPEL Projects mainly on Waste, Industry and Air, and Cross-Cutting areas.

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Marion Stelling

Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI)

Marion Stelling works as a forensic scientist at the Environmental Forensics research unit of the Netherlands Forensics Institute (NFI). She is educated at Utrecht University, the Netherlands and specialized in environmental toxicology. The reliability of the sampling process at various environmental crime scenes is besides environmental toxicology one of her mayor research topics. The NFI Environmental Forensics research unit is dedicated to technical research in environmental criminal cases, it conducts R&D within this research area and provides trainings for the Dutch police academy and the Dutch training centre for judges, prosecutors and support staff. Environmental Forensics is multidisciplinary. In the Netherlands there is a focuss on illegal activities with (hazardous) wastes and contaminated soils, incidents in chemical industries with fatalities & health risks, illegal import/export/trade in all kinds of materials and attempts to illegally recycle and dispose materials/wastes.

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Marcus Bramow

German Police University

Chief Superintendent Marcus Bramow entered the police service in 1998. As a member of the intermediate command service, he gained broad experience in various areas of police tasks (riot police, patrol duty, staff work). After being promoted to the senior service of the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania state police in 2011, he worked as a police commander on duty in an operations control centre.
Subsequently he managed an IT-project (development and implementation of software solutions for managing emergency call processing). For the past five years, he served as Department Head for operational management and transport sciences at the University of Applied Sciences for Police and Public Administration of Mecklenburg- Western Pomerania.
Since August 2020 Mr. Bramow is seconded to the German Police University in Münster/ North Rhine- Westphalia by Federal State Police Service of Mecklenburg- Western Pomerania. There he works as lecturer for traffic sciences and traffic psychology.
Mr. Bramow published several articles on different police related issues (e. g. public safety law, transformation from diploma to Bachelor´s degree in the sphere of German police education, knowledge management systems for police services, challenges of electric bicycles for daily police work)
Marcus Bramow holds a diploma in public administration from the University of Applied Sciences for Police and Public Administration in Bremen and a Master´s degree in police management from the German Police University in Münster.

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Susan van den Brink

UNITAR Sustainable Cycles Programme (SCYCLE)

Ms. Susan van den Brink is a research associate at the Sustainable Cycles (SCYCLE) Programme of the United Nations University and United Nations Institute for Training and Research. She joined the team in 2016 and has been involved in research, analysis and capacity building activities. She worked on several projects related to transboundary movements of waste and sustainable development. Before joining the SCYCLE team, she worked at the INTERPOL Environmental Security department. There, she carried out tactical, operational and strategic analysis in the field of pollution crime. Ms van den Brink completed her B.Sc. in International Development, holds a minor and MA in Criminology and is currently a part-time PhD candidate in the field of Industrial Ecology at Leiden University in the Netherlands.  

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Suzana Zornada-Vrabec

Luka Koper - Port of Koper

Suzana Zornada-Vrabec, Senior Expert for Strategic Development at Luka Koper - Port of Koper, has several experiences in port business,  sales, analytics, marketing, public relations and media. Lately she has been focusing on development of port community and institutional relations.

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Tatiana Terekhova

Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Secretariat

In the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, Tatiana Terekhova has been in the United Nations family for over 18 years. Currently working in the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, she 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 aided 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.

Keynote Speakers

Claudia 

Korthals

European Commission

I am a trained German Jurist, I joined the Commission in the year 2000. Since 2013 in Directorate General Justice and Consumers – Directorate B (Criminal Justice), since 2019 responsible for environmental crime, Current task: evanluation of the Environmental Crime Directive -   finalised in 2020), review of the Environmental Crime Directive (ongoing). 

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Rory Corcoran

INTERPOL

A seconded Detective Inspector from the Irish Police (An Garda Sìochàna), Rory joined INTERPOL in 2018 where he currently holds the position of Assistant Director in the Illicit Markets Sub Directorate. He has responsibility for overseeing a number of INTERPOL’s Organized Crimes programmes including, Environmental Security (ENS) and Illicit Goods and Global Health (IGGH).  
He has 30 years’ experience in Law Enforcement having served the majority of his career in the Garda Counter Terrorism Unit and most recently in the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau. He hold a Master’s and Post Graduate Degree in Legal Studies and also holds academic qualifications in Cyber Crime, Financial Crime Investigations and Corporate Risk and Governance, from University College Dublin, Ireland.

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Rolph

Payet

BRS Secretariat

Dr. Rolph Payet, former Minister for Environment and Energy, Seychelles, has been the Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions since 6 October 2014.
Dr. Payet has a Doctorate in Environmental Science, degrees at master level in Integrated Coastal Zone Management, Business Administration (MBA) and Applied Environmental Economics, and an honours degree in Biochemistry.
In addition to having been the Seychelles’ Chief Negotiator for the Basel Convention, the Montreal Protocol and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Dr. Payet also established important multi-stakeholder platforms, such as the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) and and co-chaired the International Coral Reef Initiative. He was Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third and Fourth Assessments and was elected as Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) in 2007, in recognition of his contributions to marine research. He established the first university in Seychelles in 2009, and is its present ProChancellor. He also holds an associate professorship at the University of Linnaeus in Sweden

Éric Figliolia

EUROJUST

Mr. Figliolia joined Eurojust in February 2020 as Deputy National Member for France. After studying economics and political science in Paris, he began his career as a consultant, then worked for the French Ministry of Social Affairs. In 2001, he decided to join the National School of Magistrates and became a judge. He was first assigned to the Court of Appeal of Versailles, then as executive judge at the Court of Versailles. In 2010 he became Deputy Prosecutor of the Court of Bobigny for two years before being seconded to the Superior Council of the Judiciary, as Deputy Secretary General of the Council.

From 2014 to 2018 he was appointed Deputy Prosecutor at the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office, dealing with major financial cases. He then returned to the Court of Appeal of Versailles as Counsellor in the Chamber of Investigation, until he joined Eurojust.