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Dr. Ahm Shamsuzzoha

 

University of Vaasa, Finland

 

Sustainable circular supply chain: how does it contribute to foster green thinking and transition

 

Dr Ahm Shamsuzzoha is working as an Associate Professor (Tenure track), in the Industrial Systems Analytics program, at the School of Technology and Innovations and in the Digital Economy Research Platform, at the University of Vaasa, Finland. He is also working as a Visiting Professor at Daffodil International University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. He worked as an Assistant Professor at Sultan Qaboos University, Oman, and as an Associate Professor at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh. Dr Shamsuzzoha received his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, majoring in Energy and Environment from the University of Strathclyde, UK, and a Ph.D. in Industrial Management from the University of Vaasa, Finland. He has published more than 90 refereed journal articles and over 90 international conference articles so far. He is currently involved in several European Union projects as well as nationally funded projects in Finland. His research interests are mainly focused on greener innovation, entrepreneurship, supply chain and logistics management, product development, innovation management, etc.


Prof. Noha Saleeb

 

Middlesex University, UK

 

Addressing Global Challenges and Sustainable Development Goals using Innovative Technologies

 

Dr. Noha Saleeb is A. Professor in Creative Digital Technologies & Construction at Middlesex University, and Programme Leader for the MSc Building Information Modelling Management programmes at the university, providing consultation for both industry projects and organisations in sustainable design, construction, digital transformation, BIM, Digital Twins, AI and onsite project management. She is on the advisory board of several Professional Body steering committees e.g. BIM4Heritage, Chartered Institute of Building Innovation Group, London Digital Twin Centre, as well as Director of African BIM Report 2024 and Business Development Lead - BIMAfrica, and Editor in Chief of Smart Infrastructure and Construction Journal, with many contributions as Keynote Speaker and publications in the area of Sustainable Construction technologies such as Digital Twins and Machine Learning. Dr. Saleeb has led several industrial and council funded grant projects, has more than 100 journal, conference, industry and book chapter publications, and has achieved several national/international awards for her expert work in the area of Sustainability, Digital Twins, Heritage, BIM and Construction Innovation: International Business Excellence Award for Best Programme- 2015 Best European Women in Construction Award - 2016 Academic Staff of the Year Award – 2018 Hong Kong Institute of BIM Award for Highest Standard in BIM Performance– 2020 / 2024


Prof. Gabrijel Ondrasek

 

University of Zagreb, Croatia

 

Bio-Based Resources: Transformative Solutions for Environmental Services

 

Gabrijel Ondrasek is a Full Professor with over 23 years of experience at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Agriculture, where he has served as the head of the Department of Soil Amelioration for more than 10 years. Currently, he coordinates international Master's study - https://bit.ly/INTER-ENAGRO, and participates in numerous councils, committees and boards. With a research focus on sustainable soil and water management in agroecosystems, salinization, and metal contamination processes, he has spent over 35 months at prestigious research and academic institutions in Australia, Europe, and Latin America. He edited four scientific books and eight special issues in scientific journals, published 17 book chapters, and over 100 peer-reviewed articles.


Dr. Hong Li

 

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

 

Reforming of Lignocellulosic Biomass Waste for Cogeneration of Green Chemicals and Green Hydrogen

 

Dr. Hong Li is currently an Associate Professor in Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore. Before he joined NTU in 2016, he was a postdoc in Stanford University in United States. Dr. Hong Li received a few awards including the prestigious Singapore Millennium Foundation postdoc fellowship and Nanyang Assistant Professorship. Dr. Li’s current research focus on renewable energy and sustainability including waste-to-value, green hydrogen generation, passive cooling, etc. Dr. Li has published more than 90 peer-reviewed papers in international journals that have received more than 18, 000 citations.


Prof. João Carlos Andrade Santos

 

Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD), Portugal

 

 

João Carlos Andrade Santos is Full Professor at the Physics Department of the University of “Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro”, UTAD. Area of expertise: Atmospheric Sciences, Climate Imapact Research, with particular focus on the agrarian value chains and environmental sustainability. Academic degrees: Habilitation in Physics, PhD in Climatology and Graduation in Geophysical Sciences/Meteorology. Other relevant activities: Director of the R&D Unit CITAB – Centre for the Research and Technology of Agro-Environmental and Biological Sciences. Member of several national and international projects, including the coordination of European projects.


Dr. Emina Kristina Petrović

 

Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

 

Transition towards decreasing pollution from building materials

 

Dr Emina Kristina Petrović is Senior Lecturer in Sustainability in Design, Wellington School of Architecture, Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand. Petrović recognised for her expertise on toxicity, sustainability, and healthiness of building materials. Petrović emphasises the importance of informed building material selection for both the built and natural environment, calling for a more detailed consideration of building materials for the totality of their impacts, from ecosystem health to ethics of production. By asserting the relevance of the interrelatedness of these issues, Petrović is providing a critical leadership in a transition to less impactful construction. Because knowledge itself is not enough for the needed change, Petrović has also contributed a new sustainability transition framework, and researches aspects of behaviour change in building industry.


Prof. Marilia Carvalho de Melo

 

State Secretariat for Environment and Sustainable Development MG, Brazil

 

 

Graduated in Civil Engineering from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (2002), Master's degree in Sanitation, Environment and Water Resources from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (2006) and PhD in Water Resources from the Civil Engineering Program (PEC) - COPPE/UFRJ - Civil Engineering Program at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (2016). She is currently the State Secretary for the Environment. She was General Director of the Minas Gerais Water Management Institute, Deputy Secretary and Undersecretary of Inspection at the Minas Gerais Secretariat for the Environment and Sustainable Development. She is a professor and coordinator of the Master's Degree in Sustainability in Water Resources at the University of Vale do Rio Verde.


Prof. Wenzheng Yu

 

Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, China

 

 

Wenzheng Yu, professor at the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences (RCEES), Chinese Academy of Sciences. Dr Yu has been awarded Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship from European Commission, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC, No: 736988),Fellow of Royal Society for Arts, manufactures and commerce (RSA Fellow, No: 8287293), Beijing Outstanding Youth Fund, National Youth Thousand Talents Plan, Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award of Harbin Institute of Technology, etc. He is an editor board member of Membranes (IF 4.5),Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering and Chinese Chemical Letters (IF 6.67) journal, Associate Editor of Frontiers in Environmental Chemistry (IF 4.581); he is on the list of World's Top 2% Scientists (2021, 2022, 2023) and world's top 100,000 scientists (2022). He has published more than 130 articles in SCI journals as the first / corresponding author (70 papers with IF> 10), including 1 paper on Nature Sustainability, 1 paper on Nature Water, 49 papers on ES&T and Water Research, and 16 papers on Journal of Membrane Science. The published papers include three ESI highly cited paper, have H-index of 41 and total citation >4900 times. Dr Yu has carried out research on reaction mechanisms and innovative technologies of water treatment, especially focusing on the mechanisms of flocculation and control of membrane fouling in drinking water treatment. Dr Yu got his Bachelor Degree at Wuhan University, majoring in Water Supply and Drainage Engineering. Then he got his PhD Degree at Harbin Institute of Technology (Supervisor Prof. Guibai Li, Fellow of the Chinese Academy of Engineering). During the PhD period, Dr Yu studied at University College London as a joint PhD student (Simon Li Scholarship) supervised by Prof. John Gregory/ Luiza Campos. In 2010, he moved to RCEES, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and worked in the group of Prof. Jiuhui Qu (Fellow of the Chinese Academy of Engineering/ American Academy of Engineering-NAE). At the end of 2012, with the support of Prof. Qu, Dr Yu obtained the Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship from the EU (rate<10%), and worked at the Imperial College London (with Prof. Nigel Graham), UK. In January 2018, Dr Yu returned to RCEES and became a group leader.