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The International Sustainability Resources & Technology Conference (ISRTC) aims to connect local and global stakeholders across academia, industry, and public sector to foster constructive...

  Where

Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre, Muscat

  When

30th - 02th
February 2020

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Who's speaking

Simon

Simon Baptist

Global Chief Economist; Managing Director, EIU Asia

H.E Khaled

H.E Khaled Al Huraimel

Group CEO, Bee'ah

Eng. Tariq

Eng. Tariq Al Amri

CEO, be'ah

Dr. Veerle

Dr. Veerle Vandeweerd

Director Policy, G-STIC

Sheikh Mohammad

Sheikh Mohammad Al Harthy

Executive Vice President, Strategic Development, be'ah

Marco

Marco Ricci

Environmental Consultant, Italian Composting Association (C.I.C)

Mario

Mario Malinconico

President Of Assistive Technology Industry Association at International Solid Waste Association (ISWA)

Antonis

Antonis Mavropoulos

President, ISWA

Luis

Luis Neves

CEO, Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative (GESI)

Dirk

Dirk Fransaer

Managing Director, VITO

Dr. Jane

Dr. Jane Gilbert

Consultant at Carbon Clarity and Vice Chair of the ISWA Working Group on Biological Treatment, UK

Prof. Tom Peter

Prof. Tom Peter Migun Ogada

Executive Director, African Centre For Technology Studies (ACTS)

Dr. Heidi

Dr. Heidi Hackman

CEO, International Science Council

Dr. Lieve

Dr. Lieve Fransen

Senior Policy Advisor, Europa Insights

Dr. Mohab

Dr. Mohab Ali Al-Hinai

Head of the Environmental Center of Excellence, be'ah

Ludovico

Ludovico Alcorta

Chief Technical Adviser On Industrial Strategy , The Ministry Of Commerce And Industry

Dr. Ali

Dr. Ali Al Maktoumi

Director Of Water Research Center, Sultan Qaboos University

Ana

Ana Loureiro

Communication Director, EGF

Dr. Leen

Dr. Leen Govaerts

Unit Manager, VITO

Prof. Nikolaus

Prof. Nikolaus Knebel

Professor, German University of Technology (GUtech)

Margaret

Margaret Oshodi

CEO, D Nigeria Limited

Dr. Ibrahim Hafeezur

Dr. Ibrahim Hafeezur Rehman

CEO, VITO Arabia Science & Technology and VITO India

Nazar

Nazar Hassan

Senior Regional STI Specialist For The Arab States, UNESCO

Dr. M. Abdul Samad

Dr. M. Abdul Samad Ibrahim

Deputy Direct, Indra Gandhi National Open University

Prof. Sahdat

Prof. Sahdat Hossain

Director, Solid Waste Institute For Sustainability (SWIS)

Miguel

Miguel Angel Sanz

President,International Desalination Association

Nathalie

Nathalie Montillot

Program Officer, Technology and Innovation Support Division, Innovation and Knowledge Infrastructure Department, WIPO.

Kishan

Kishan Khoday

Regional Team Leader, Climate Change, DRR, Energy and the Environment, (UNDP)

Dr. Lamya

Dr. Lamya Al Haj

Assistant Professor, Sultan Qaboos University (SQU)

Dr. Ger

Dr. Ger Bergkamp

President & CEO, ARCOWA

Philip

Philip Heylen

Philip Heylen, Business Development Manager, Ackermans & van Haaren, ISWA Ambassador, UN-Habitat advisor

Dr. Dietrich

Dr. Dietrich Van der Weken

General Manager, G-STIC

Dr. Amer

Dr. Amer Al Hinai

Director of the Renewable Energy Research Center, Sultan Qaboos University (SQU)

Dr. Jauad

Dr. Jauad El Kharraz

Head of Research Department, MEDRC

Leon

Leon Grobeelar

Facilities Management Director, Interwaste and President of the Institute of Waste Management

Filip

Filip Ivanovski

CEO, PAKOMAK

Program

Onsite Registration and Badges' Collection

Official Oman Sustainability Week opening  and Awards ceremony (at JW Marriott Hotel)

Onsite Registration and Badges' Collection

Welcome notes:

Taking place for the first time in Oman, the International Sustainability Resources & Technology Conference (ISRTC 2020) whose theme is “Sustainability, Resources and Technology” aims to connect local and global stakeholders across academia, industry, and public sector to foster constructive debate and enhance cross-collaboration. The conference is based on a scientific program focused on many areas such as sustainable resource management, circular economy, and environmental responsibility.
The respective heads of the hosting organization along with their partners will inaugurate the event and will
portray the desired outcomes of the conference. Additionally, the future prospect of the ISRTC platform will be explored.
 

Antonis

Speaker

Antonis Mavropoulos

President, ISWA

Dr. Veerle

Speaker

Dr. Veerle Vandeweerd

Director Policy, G-STIC

Eng. Tariq

Speaker

Eng. Tariq Al Amri

CEO, be'ah

Dirk

Speaker

Dirk Fransaer

Managing Director, VITO

Keynote speech: How Climate change is going to affect the economies

Simon

Keynote Speaker

Simon Baptist

Global Chief Economist; Managing Director, EIU Asia

HIGH LEVEL POLICY MAKERS & SENIOR EXECUTIVE SESSION: 

During this session, Ministers and High level government representatives from the Sultanate of Oman,  will highlight the importance of technological transformations of the industrial and economic infrastructure, and how the Sultanate of Oman is enabling these transformations from production to consumption processes.

Simon

Moderator

Simon Baptist

Global Chief Economist; Managing Director, EIU Asia

Coffee break, Networking & Expo Opening

coffee Coffee break

Biowaste, Food Security and Soil
How Effective Biowaste Collection and Recycling Can Reduce Emissions and Improve Soils in 30°+  

Summary: The greatest challenges of the next 10 years in biowaste treatment include creating value and market for compost and digestate, to re-orientate global agriculture towards sustainable management of soils and make cities aware about the pivotal role of organic waste in MSW management. This session shows how biowaste recycling can have profoundly positive effects against desertification, water and CO2 retention in soils and is particularly necessary for hot climates.

Dr. Jane

Speaker

Dr. Jane Gilbert

Consultant at Carbon Clarity and Vice Chair of the ISWA Working Group on Biological Treatment, UK

Mario

Speaker

Mario Malinconico

President Of Assistive Technology Industry Association at International Solid Waste Association (ISWA)

Marco

Moderator

Marco Ricci

Environmental Consultant, Italian Composting Association (C.I.C)

A Road to Success: Strategic Planning for Sustainable Development
Exploring the Agenda 2030 Framework

Summary: This Session Focuses on the work done by the United Nations Interagency Task Team on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (IATT). IATT is one of the 4 components of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism adopted by the Governments of the world under the Agenda 2030 framework. It aims at supporting countries in developing realistic and implementable STI roadmaps to achieve the SDGs.

Dr. Heidi

Speaker

Dr. Heidi Hackman

CEO, International Science Council

Dr. Veerle

Moderator

Dr. Veerle Vandeweerd

Director Policy, G-STIC

Sustainability & The Fourth Industrial Revolution
Industry 4.0 as key enabler for the transition to a sustainable economy

Summary: This topic holds the possibility of unleashing unprecedented breakthrough technologies, the velocity, scale and impact of which will herald the transformation of the entire system of production, management, and governance. This session aims to view emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, the internet of things, nanotechnology, and quantum computing in a regional and local context.

Ludovico

Speaker

Ludovico Alcorta

Chief Technical Adviser On Industrial Strategy , The Ministry Of Commerce And Industry

Luis

Speaker

Luis Neves

CEO, Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative (GESI)

Networking

coffee Lunch

The Future of Landfill in the GCC
Moving from dumpsites to sanitary landfill in the next 20 years.

Summary: As modern cities expand in the region, there are challenges ahead to transition to integrated solid waste management, including sanitary landfills. This session details modern tools and practices that support and accelerate that process such as environmental taxes, secondary markets, urban mining and informal sector partnerships.

Leon

Speaker

Leon Grobeelar

Facilities Management Director, Interwaste and President of the Institute of Waste Management

Prof. Sahdat

Moderator

Prof. Sahdat Hossain

Director, Solid Waste Institute For Sustainability (SWIS)

Regional Success Stories
National and International Programs for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI)

Summary: This session focuses on concrete national programs in support of the transition to a sustainable industrial development and circular economy. Various UN agencies support these programs with the aim of bridging gaps in STI planning and policies in order to achieve SDG targets.

Nazar

Speaker

Nazar Hassan

Senior Regional STI Specialist For The Arab States, UNESCO

Prof. Tom Peter

Speaker

Prof. Tom Peter Migun Ogada

Executive Director, African Centre For Technology Studies (ACTS)

Dr. Heidi

Moderator

Dr. Heidi Hackman

CEO, International Science Council

Integrated Water Resource Management
Integrated technological solutions & critical levers of change for deployment and upscaling

Summary: Focuses on Integrated water resources management while summarizing the key findings of the G-STIC sessions dealing with water. The session addresses the market-ready technological innovations that can substantially contribute in making the water sector sustainable and which ones are particularly suited to be deployed in the region. 

Dr. Ali

Speaker

Dr. Ali Al Maktoumi

Director Of Water Research Center, Sultan Qaboos University

Miguel

Speaker

Miguel Angel Sanz

President,International Desalination Association

Dr. Jauad

Speaker

Dr. Jauad El Kharraz

Head of Research Department, MEDRC

Dr. Ger

Moderator

Dr. Ger Bergkamp

President & CEO, ARCOWA

Networking

coffee Coffee break

Circular Economy
Policy and Economic Instruments

Summary: Setting up of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) schemes, stimulating markets, and recycling enterprises: stumbling blocks and solutions for recovery of secondary resources.

Margaret

Speaker

Margaret Oshodi

CEO, D Nigeria Limited

Filip

Speaker

Filip Ivanovski

CEO, PAKOMAK

Paving the Path to Sustainability
A Regional Action Plan

Prof. Nikolaus

Speaker

Prof. Nikolaus Knebel

Professor, German University of Technology (GUtech)

Nathalie

Speaker

Nathalie Montillot

Program Officer, Technology and Innovation Support Division, Innovation and Knowledge Infrastructure Department, WIPO.

Kishan

Speaker

Kishan Khoday

Regional Team Leader, Climate Change, DRR, Energy and the Environment, (UNDP)

Sailing to New Haven
Tools and Technologies for Smart and Sustainable Ports

Summary: This session will summarize the major technological innovations in the sustainable ports and harbors industry, and what is needed to deploy these innovative tech solutions at scale in the region. Also, it reflects on the applicability of the technologies presented in the region and Oman, and what critical actions need to be taken to promote the deployment of the technologies in the region.

Philip

Moderator

Philip Heylen

Philip Heylen, Business Development Manager, Ackermans & van Haaren, ISWA Ambassador, UN-Habitat advisor

Welcome Reception Powered by PDO

Onsite Registration and Badges' Collection

Overarching framework for the transition to a sustainable society and economic diversification

Living the Change

Summary: During this plenary session, we will gather champions of change from different sectors of society and will zoom in on specific integrated technological solutions that are already deployed at scale. Through real-life examples, the speakers will highlight how new technologies require new approaches, new ways of doing things, new institutes, new laws and regulations and new funding mechanisms. In doing so, they will share with the audience how they are making change happen and how they overcome the challenges related to up-scaling these solutions. 

Sheikh Mohammad

Speaker

Sheikh Mohammad Al Harthy

Executive Vice President, Strategic Development, be'ah

Dr. Leen

Speaker

Dr. Leen Govaerts

Unit Manager, VITO

Dr. Lamya

Moderator

Dr. Lamya Al Haj

Assistant Professor, Sultan Qaboos University (SQU)

Networking

coffee Coffee break

Behavior Change and Social Innovation Through Communication
A Call for Collective Engagement

Summary: How to reach objectives for a public waste management company in a successful program to raise public and political awareness/acceptance for new technologies or behavior with communication.

Ana

Speaker

Ana Loureiro

Communication Director, EGF

Towards Climate adaptation 
Reduce vulnerability and increase resilience

 

Sustainable Energy
Energy Positive Communities

Summary:

This topic summarizes the major technological innovations for energy provision to all, giving examples of the ground applications of innovative technologies that substantially increase sustainable energy for all and what is needed to deploy these innovative tech solutions at scale in the regions. Furthermore, it reflects on the applicability of the technologies presented in the region and Oman, and what critical actions need to be taken to promote the deployment of the technologies in the region.

Dr. Leen

Speaker

Dr. Leen Govaerts

Unit Manager, VITO

Dr. Amer

Speaker

Dr. Amer Al Hinai

Director of the Renewable Energy Research Center, Sultan Qaboos University (SQU)

Dr. Ibrahim Hafeezur

Moderator

Dr. Ibrahim Hafeezur Rehman

CEO, VITO Arabia Science & Technology and VITO India

Networking

coffee Lunch

Planning for Success
Ambitious Goals in Solid Waste Management

Summary: Cities and nations are leading the way in sustainable solid waste management activities through local and regional goal setting: see how Oman, Netherlands and Singapore set the bar high and how it makes a big difference to do so!

H.E Khaled

Speaker

H.E Khaled Al Huraimel

Group CEO, Bee'ah

Dr. Mohab

Speaker

Dr. Mohab Ali Al-Hinai

Head of the Environmental Center of Excellence, be'ah

Climate Resilient Water Infrastructure
Not a Drop to Waste

The Economy of Carbon Emissions C02 as a resource

Summary:
The session will discuss how in the framework of circular economy CO2 can be used as a resource and how Carbon Capture and Use to help countries address the climate change challenge.

Dr. Veerle

Moderator

Dr. Veerle Vandeweerd

Director Policy, G-STIC

Expo & Networking

Gala Dinner powered by be'ah

Sustainability is a Journey, not a Destination
Advancing Lifelong Learning and Access to Education

Summary: This session will focus on how to advance lifelong learning and access to Education. This Session starts off with an overview of new technologies that can substantially contribute to the concept of Education for all and lifelong learning. To move towards sustainable societies and economies in a quickly changing world we need to teach differently, taking advantage of the opportunities the digital economy offers, and we need to teach different topics - such as computational skills, algorithms, artificial intelligence, big data, social and emotional intelligence. This session will build on a comprehensive assessment of the use of ICT technologies for forwarding the SDGs “Digital with a purpose: Delivering a smarter 2030” and discuss how new development in education can jumpstart a nation of the road to sustainability and economic prosperity.

Dr. M. Abdul Samad

Speaker

Dr. M. Abdul Samad Ibrahim

Deputy Direct, Indra Gandhi National Open University

Luis

Speaker

Luis Neves

CEO, Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative (GESI)

Dr. Lieve

Moderator

Dr. Lieve Fransen

Senior Policy Advisor, Europa Insights

Networking

coffee Coffee break

High-level Closing Session

Summary:  This session will discuss the key findings of the conference, the link with Oman 2040 vision and plans for ISRTC 2021 / ISWA 2023 in Oman. 


Sheikh Mohammad

Speaker

Sheikh Mohammad Al Harthy

Executive Vice President, Strategic Development, be'ah

Dr. Veerle

Speaker

Dr. Veerle Vandeweerd

Director Policy, G-STIC

Dr. Lamya

Moderator

Dr. Lamya Al Haj

Assistant Professor, Sultan Qaboos University (SQU)

Networking

coffee Lunch

Optional Technical Site Visit

Free evening & departures

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