His Excellency Franz Jessen has been the ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the delegation of the European Union to the Philippines since 2015, after his posting as the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Vietnam. Prior to this, he was head of Division for China, Hong Kong, MACAU, Taiwan, Mongolia at the European External Action Service in Brussels. Ambassador Jessen has completed his master’s Degree in Social Sciences from Odense University and Master’s Degree and Ph.D in Economics from Virginia Tech, USA.More information about speaker
Senator Cynthia Villar is the current chairperson of the Senate Committees on Agriculture and Food as well as the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources. From 2001 - 2010, Senator Villar served as the Representative of Las Pinas in the Philippines House of Representatives. She earned her degree in Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of the Philippines’ (UP) College of Business Administration, which recognized her as one of its Distinguished Alumni in 2004, and completed her Masters’ Degree in Business Administration at the prestigious New York University (NYU). She is instrumental in establishing the Las Piñas - Parañaque Wetland Park in the Las Piñas - Parañaque Critical Habitat & Ecotourism Area or LPPCHEA and spearheading the Manila Bay Clean Up.More information about speaker
Dr. Raymond Tan is a full-time professor of chemical engineering, a university fellow and the current Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation at De La Salle University Manila. He is a leading researcher in the areas of process systems engineering (PSE) and process integration (PI), and in particular is the co-developer of the carbon emissions pinch analysis (CEPA) method. Prof. Tan received his BS and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from De La Salle University, and is the author of more than 270 publications with an h-index of 36 in the Scopus database. He has received multiple awards from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP), the Philippine-American Academy of Science and Engineering (PAASE) and NAST.More information about speaker
Mr. Crispian Lao is the Vice Chairman of the National Solid Waste Management Commission under the Office of the President, Republic of the Philippines, as the Private Sector Representative for the Recycling Industry. He is a strong advocate for the environment through proper waste management and the development of enabling policies to promote appropriate, technologically and economically viable investments and support Small and Medium Enterprises in the Philippines. In addition, he is a technical working group member of the Climate Change Commission; board member of the Solid Waste Management Association of the Philippines; a technical committee member of the Bureau of Product Standards; a member of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Environment Committee; and past president of the Philippine Plastics and Industry Association.More information about speaker
Irma Percela is equipped with a solid background and qualification in economics, statistics, corporate planning and communication management where she rendered 35 year-service in a government owned and controlled corporation. She was the chairperson of NFA GAD-TWG, NFA GAD Focal Point System from 2004 to 2009 where she initiated the institutionalization of the Gender and Development Program of NFA. She has been invited as a resource person on Ecological Solid Waste Management as well as Clarificatory Hearing Compliance of LGUs on the implementation of Republic Act 9003 from the Office of the Environmental Ombudsman. Ms. Percela graduated Bachelor of Science in Commerce, major in Economics at Philippine College of Commerce and took her Masters Degree in Business Administration and Communication Management.More information about speaker
This session will consider the current Philippine legislations regarding waste management and initiate a dialogue among stakeholders on where successes were realized and where challenges lie. It will discuss the experience in implementing the laws as well as the actual experience on the ground. The consistency of legislations with the goal of building the road to zero waste will also be discussed.
This session will focus the discussion on how we can build a strong foundation for a circular economy. It will look at the EU experience and evaluate where we are in the road to zero waste. In addition, there will be presentations from private sectors on best practices in waste management they currently have in place.