Speakers

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Mr. Agustín Harte

Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development - Argentina

Agustín has a degree in biological sciences from the University of Buenos Aires and has specialized in environment and waste management and risk mitigation of hazardous substances. He works within the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development as a technical coordinator and specialist in the development of national public environmental policies, coordinating the Chemical Products Unit within the National Directorate of Chemicals and Hazardous Waste. In addition, he collaborates in the development of national programs and supports the implementation of Multilateral Environmental Agreements on chemicals and waste, and collaborates with various panels and groups of experts within the framework of the United Nations and other international bodies. He is a POPRC member under the Stockholm Convention and elected board member within SETAC-Argentina chapter.

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Mr. Anderson Moreira do Vale Alves

United Nations Development Programmes (UNDP)

Mr. Anderson Moreira do Vale Alves is Regional Technical Advisor for Chemicals & Waste and Regional Coordinator for the Montreal Protocol Unit of the United Nations Development Programme´s (UNDP) Nature, Climate and Energy (NCE) Unit, supporting countries in the Asia-Pacific in the development and implementation of Policies, Programmes and Projects under the frameworks of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants and the Minamata Convention on Mercury.  National from Brazil, he holds a MSc. in Sustainable Development with specialization in Environmental Assessment from the SOAS-University of London, and a BA in International Affairs from the Catholic University of Brasilia. He has been working with the implementation of the Montreal Protocol and Chemicals & Waste projects for the past 20 years, initially supporting the implementation of the Brazilian phase-out programs and since 2011 he has been working in the international setting first in the Latin America and Caribbean Region (and UNEP and UNDP) and since 2018 in the Asia-Pacific Region.

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Ms. Eeva Leinala

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

Dr. Eeva Leinala is the Principal Administrator for Programmes on Risk Management, Good Laboratory Practices and Mutual Acceptance of Data at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Eeva collaborates with OECD member countries and stakeholders to advance approaches for risk reduction of chemicals, including substitution and sustainable chemistry, as well as leading the programme on Good Laboratory Practices and Mutual Acceptance of Data.  Previously, Eeva lead the Hazard Assessment Programme at the OECD and prior to the OECD, Eeva worked in the area of chemical management at Health Canada for 12 years. Eeva holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Queen’s University in Canada.

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Ms. Gabi Eigenmann

United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

Senior Industrial Development Officer and Manager of the Global Chemical Leasing Programme, Materials and Chemicals Management Division, at UNIDO. 
Prof Background: Development and management of projects assisting countries in the implementation of the Minamata Convention on mercury.
Focus of activities: circular economy, Gold Mining and Cement sector, partnership and programmatic approaches, sustainable chemicals and waste management 
Educational background: Master in Political science, Geography and International law

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Ms. Jutta Emig

German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany

Dr. Jutta Emig is the Division Head of the Unit International Chemical Safety, Sustainable Chemistry at the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany.  Jutta has also been leading the team from the Federal Environment Ministry in charge to implement the gender mainstreaming into environmental policies and strategies.  She has also led the efforts of the Ministry to address fundamental social and policy issues, particularly the cooperation with NGOs.  Since 2014 she is the acting as the Division Head on International Chemical Safety, Sustainable Chemistry.  The Division she leads is responsible for the German contribution to the international conventions regarding chemical safety (Minamata, Rotterdam, Stockholm) as well as for contributing o the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM). In addition the Division promotes the development and implementation of sustainable chemistry on a national and international level.

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Ms. Karolina Mellor

Yale University

Karoline Mellor is a Program Manager, Education Lead, Center for Green Chemistry & Green Engineering at Yale University with experience in green chemistry education and research. She joined the Center 7 years ago and coordinates multiple projects, including the Global Greenchem Innovation and Network Programme.

Karolina has many roles in the Center for Green Chemistry & Green Engineeing including operations, outreach and development, but her primary role is to lead educational efforts in green chemistry. She translates research into teaching tools to educate diverse audiences in green chemistry and sustainability. Her expertise includes online/traditional teaching and instructional design, educational games development and workshop design.

Before working at Yale, Karolina received her Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Virginia. She also worked at the University Innovation Licensing and Ventures Group where she evaluated patent strategies and explored commercial potential of technologies developed at the University.

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Mr. Peter Ssekajja

Uganda Cleaner Production Centre (UCPC) 

Peter Ssekajja is an Industrial Chemist with nine years of professional experience in promoting and implementing Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production (RECP) in enterprises in Uganda. He graduated in Masters of Science in Environment and Natural Resources and in Bachelor of Science in Industrial Chemistry from Makerere University Kampala. He is currently working as a Senior Technical Officer at Uganda Cleaner Production Centre (UCPC) where he is involved in implementing Resources Efficeincy and Cleaner Production, Chemical Leasing, IOMC, Environmental Management Systems and Lake Victoria Environmental Management Project on engaging private sector for green growth. His work at UCPC has helped him gain experience in environmental management, particulary in; conducting Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production Assessments, conducting training in Environmental Management Systems and conducting training and providing technical support to enterprises to support implementation of RECP, Industrial Symbiosis and Chemical Leasing.

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Ms. Sandra Averous-Monnery

UN Environment (UNEP)

Sandra is a Programme Management Officer at UNEP, in chage of Green and Sustainable Chemistry, Chemicals in Products project implementation, and overseeing the Global Mercury Partnerships. She is also contributing to the development of reports for UNEA-5, on science-policy interface and issues of concern. Sandra joined the Chemicals and Health branch in June 2019. She has 14 years of experience on environmental topics in UNEP, including eco-innovation, sustainable value chains and circular economy, Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP / One planet network secretariat), Chemicals (Safer and Responsible Production), Disaster Preparedness (APELL), as well as Special Assistant to the Division Director.

Moderator

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Mr. Jakob Maag

United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

Mr. Jakob Maag is a senior expert in the management of hazardous substances in society, including the whole life cycle of the chemicals: production, use and waste management. He trains and assists countries in their implementation of the Minamata and Stockholm conventions. He is the key author of UNEP’s Toolkit for identification and quantification of mercury releases, which he continues to develop and update. He was a key author of the first Global Mercury Assessment and has contributed to later editions, as well as author and project manager of the 2006 global reviews on lead and cadmium. Mr Maag has managed or contributed to many international and national studies and projects on mercury, uPOPs, lead, cadmium, brominated flame retardants, PCB, etc. over the last 28 years, including: training and awareness raising, use and releases’ inventories, socio-economic assessments, substitution assessments, legal gap analyses, action plans, communications to stakeholders and  conference planning and facilitation. He has a Master of Science in Civil Engineering with a specialization in environmental chemistry, and is fluent in English and Danish, with working experience in French, German, Swedish and Norwegian.