Speakers 2015

Keynote speakers

Aurelien Perrault

Project Manager, Sludge and Energy Innovation, Thames Water

Aurelien graduated in France in Chemical Engineering in 2011. He joined Thames Water Innovation at the end of his degree, first as a placement student for 6 months working for Nick Mills and then as a Research Engineer. Aurelien is now Sludge & Energy project manager within Waste Water Innovation and working with a highly […]

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Dr Dominik Peus

Founder & CEO Antaco UK Limited

Founder and managing director of Antaco. Dr Peus’ applied research in the area of hydrothermal carbonization led to several patent applications. Dr Peus held leading positions in research at the University of Munich and the US. He published numerous scientific papers and received several research awards. Presentation Summary: Novel technology for biocoal production from sewage sludge […]

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Dr Hannah Rigby

Research Associate, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Imperial College London

Hannah’s PhD was conducted at Imperial College London, and included an investigation of the nutrient availability of industrial biowastes to optimise their agronomic benefit and recycling to farmland. This was followed by a Research Fellowship at Curtin University, Western Australia investigating environmental and agronomic aspects of land-applied biosolids. In 2010, Hannah returned to Imperial College […]

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Dr Hazel Prichard MBA

Reader, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences. Cardiff University

Currently a Reader at Cardiff University and Director of Exploration and Resource Geology 2004-2014. With a first class degree in Geology and Geomorphology Hazel undertook a PhD entitled ‘The petrology and geochemistry of the lower oceanic crust’. EU post-doctoral positions at the Open University led Hazel to discover unusually rich platinum concentrations in the Shetland […]

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Albert Heindl

Head of Research and Development, HUBER SE

Albert studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. Until 2008 he ran his own enterprise dealing with belt dryers for food, herbs and medicinal plants and worked at the University of Hohenheim Stuttgart in the field of drying. From 2008 until 2010, Albert dealt with biomass drying (wood, sewage sludge) by using waste […]

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Lynne Bouchy

Business Development Manager and Product Manager Sludge & Biomass, Aqualogy

Lynne graduated from Ecole Centrale Paris, one of the main engineering schools in France. She then spent 4 years as a research engineer at the Cirsee, Suez’s water cycle research centre in Paris, focusing on odour and sludge management. She then transferred to Cetaqua, the research centre of Suez Spain in Barcelona as research project […]

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Dr Geoff Fowler

Research Fellow. Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Imperial College London

Dr Geoff Fowler is a Research Fellow in the Civil Engineering Department, Imperial College. Geoff’s research has a strong commercial emphasis looking to solve real-world problems with particular interest in the reuse of waste carbonaceous materials, pollution control, pyrolysis and gasification and energy recovery using thermal and microwave heating. He is an expert in the […]

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Chris Lee

Business Development Director, Environmental Power International

Chris, is the business development director for Environmental Power International.  He has over twenty years experience developing and delivering sustainable infrastructure. His career has spanned private sector (SME and large corporate), government (Central, regional and local) and the third sector. Career highlights include being Head of Olympic Sustainability for London 2012 and head of sustainable infrastructure for the Olympic Park […]

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Giuseppe Mininni

Research Manager of the Italian National Research Council – Water Research Institute

Giuseppe is a chemical engineer and has worked at the Water Research Institute of the Italian National Research Council in the field of sewage sludge processing since 1976. Giuseppe has carried out research activity on technological characterization, chemical conditioning, mechanical disintegration, anaerobic digestion, mechanical dewatering, thermal drying and incineration. He has coordinated several international (LIFE+ […]

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Professor Elise Cartmell

Director of Environmental Technology, University of Cranfield

Professor Elise Cartmell was appointed as the Director of Environmental Technology in 2014. The role focuses on leading Cranfield’s activities in environmental technologies, services, decisions and design across the University. Elise is a chemist with a BSc (Hons) from The University of Edinburgh. She obtained her PhD in Environmental Engineering from Imperial College, London in […]

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Andrew B Gilbert

Senior Process Engineer, Veolia Water Technologies

Andrew Gilbert, BSc CEng MIChemE, is a chartered Chemical Engineer and highly experience senior process engineer. He has been employed by Veolia Process Technologies for over 25 years and having 30 years overall in the process industry. Responsible for selecting and applying the most appropriate cost-effective process design solution for projects, at both Tender and […]

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Dr Piers Clark

Managing Director, Global Water Development Partners (a Blackstone Portfolio Company)

Blackstone is the world’s largest independent asset manager, with approximately $300bn under management. GWDP is a new partnership created to invest in water infrastructure assets around the world. Piers is a Managing Director in GWDP, and joined the firm in October 2014. Prior to this he was the Commercial Director for Thames Water, the largest UK […]

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Dr Stephen Palmer

Senior Principal Engineer, MWH

Steve is a chartered process design engineer of 25 years design experience in wastewater and water treatment. Steve previously specialised in process technology development and now specialises in process optimisation and sustainable solution development for the water sector. He is the technical leader of MWH Process Efficiency which secures water and wastewater treatment operational efficiency […]

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Stefano Giacalone

Research Engineer (MEng, AMImechE), Thames Water

Stefano graduated in mechanical engineering in 2013, and he is now in the second year of an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) with Thames Water and Imperial College London (Anglian Water, Severn Trent Water and Engineering and Physical Science Research Council are also co-sponsoring the project). His professional interests are energy and resource management, with a focus […]

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Dr. Anna May Masnou

Research Project Manager, Cetaqua

Anna May is currently working as research project manager at Cetaqua, the research center of Aqualogy in Barcelona. She is mainly working in projects related to the sludge line of wastewater treatment plants, especially in anaerobic co-digestion, sludge dewatering, and green polymers as flocculants for sludge conditioning. She is also interested in the microbial ecology […]

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Edmond N. Ndam

PhD Researcher; Newcastle University and Northumbrian water Ltd.

Edmond Ndam is an EPSRC-funded PhD (Civil Engineering and Geosciences) Researcher currently carrying out research on behalf of Northumbrian Water Ltd at Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne. He obtained his BSc in Environmental Science from the University of Buea, Cameroon; and his MSc in Environmental Engineering from Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne in 2010/2011. After […]

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Elena Gil Aunon

Associate Director

Elena Gil Aunon (MSc, Bsc (Hons)) is Associate Director at AMEC Foster Wheeler in London. She is member of the IChemE and of the Spanish Chemical Engineer Professional Body. Elena is Chemical Engineer (Msc) by Universitat Politecnica de Valencia and also holds a Master in Humanities. She started her career working for General Electric in Spain, […]

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Ir. Mathijs Oosterhuis

Strategic policy advisor, Water Board Vechstromen

Ir. Mathijs Oosterhuis graduated in 1998 in environmental science at the Wageningen University in the Netherlands and worked 5 years for the Dutch research organisation TNO. From 2003-now he worked for Water Board Regge en Dinkel, nowadays: Water Board Vechtstromen. His work mainly focused on applied research in wastewater treatment and sludge digestion. Topics are: […]

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Ester Rus Perez

Senior Research Scientist, Sludge and Energy Team, Wastewater Innovation, Thames Water

Ester Rus has an Environmental Science and Engineering background and is currently a Senior Research Scientist in the Sludge and Energy team of Wastewater Innovation at Thames Water. Ester leads the THP Development program in her team to optimize the operation of existing assets and assess performance of future technologies enhancing the efficiency of gas […]

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Ivo Oliveira

Research assistant in Anaerobic Digestion

Ivo Oliveira graduated in Sanitary Engineering in the New University of Lisbon in 2006 and completed his master’s degree in Bioenergy in 2010. In 2008, Ivo interned for 6 months in the R&D department of an International Belgium company, which provides engineering, turnkey, and operation of anaerobic digestion plants for the treatment of palm oil […]

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Steve Hallam

Market research consultant, Tim Evans Environment

Steve Hallam gained a degree in Agriculture and then worked in the agri-supply industry for several years.  Following the acquisition of an MBA he joined Fisons Horticulture, eventually becoming Head of Consumer Marketing.  Twenty years ago he decided to become self employed, as a provider of market research, analysis and planning. Since then he has […]

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Jan Pereboom

Commercial Manager

Jan Pereboom graduated as a MSc in Environmental Technology from the Agricultural University of Wageningen, the Netherlands, specialised in anaerobic biological wastewater treatment. In recent years he worked as technology development manager and as commercial manager for various companies. He has more than 20 years of experience in working with and for Japanese companies in […]

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Jan-Evert van Veldhoven

Senior wastewater engineer, Waterboard the Dommel (Netherlands)

ir. Jan-Evert van Veldhoven (MSc) is a senior wastewater engineer at Waterboard the Dommel (Netherlands). He is also chairman of the Dutch phosphate group that operates for the Dutch water boards initiative Resource Factory. Jan-Evert holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Technology of Wageningen University (NL). He is working on innovative projects related […]

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Oda Kjorlaug

R&D and Process Engineer

In 2013 Oda Kjorlaug graduated in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Norway. She wrote her Master’s Thesis on the microbiology of wastewater treatment processes, and during the summers of 2011 and 2012 she interned for Cambi. After graduation she started working for Cambi as a R&D […]

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Odd Egil Solheim

Technical Director, Cambi

Mr Solheim is the inventor of the thermal hydrolysis process as applied in the Cambi THP system that is now installed at over 40 wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) in prominent cities like Washington DC, London, Manchester, Santiago. Additional 12 Cambi THP plants are now under construction in major cities like Beijing, Seoul and Singapore. Mr. […]

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Sarah Fane

PhD Researcher, Cranfield University

Sarah Fane is a PhD. postgraduate researcher in bacterial growth dynamics assessing the ‘Control of E. coli in biosolids storage’. The doctoral research is being completed in partnership with Severn Trent Water, the Natural Environment Research Council and Cranfield University. Sarah holds a Masters in Environmental Water Management from Cranfield University (2012-2013), which advanced her knowledge of […]

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George Taylor

Thames Water

George joined the water industry in the late 90s, working for a water related training organisation.  Since then, he has worked across water and wastewater disciplines, in areas including: operations, commercial, strategy and R&D.  He has spent time with contracting and consulting organisations including Mouchel and RSKW as well as time with Severn Trent Water […]

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Paul Fountain

Process Performance team lead, Thames Water

Paul Fountain works for Thames Water leading their Process Performance team responsible for maintaining effluent and sludge stream performance across the sludge centers. He has been with Thames 17 years; before that he was doing clean water in rural Africa. His training is in mechanical engineering and political science / international relations.  

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