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About the conference

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

Who's speaking

HH. Dr. Mona

HH. Dr. Mona Fahad Al Said

Assistant Vice Chancellor for International Cooperation, Sultan Qaboos University

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

Maarten

Maarten Goorhuis

Senior Policy Advisor, Dutch Solid Waste Association (DSWA)

Dr. Mohab

Dr. Mohab Ali Al-Hinai

Head of the Environmental Center of Excellence, be'ah

Tom De

Tom De Bruyckere

Founder, MindshakePR

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

Prof. Fouad

Prof. Fouad Mrad

Professor Of Electrical And Computer Engineering, ESCWA

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

Dr. Ammar

Dr. Ammar Al Obaidani

Chief Commercial Officer, Blockchain Solutions and Services LLC

Filip

Filip Ivanovski

CEO, PAKOMAK

Program

Onsite Registration and Badges' Collection

Expo Booths Setup

Expo Opening & Networking

Onsite Registration and Badges' Collection

Official Opening Ceremony & Welcome Speeches

During this welcoming session, the respective heads of the hosting organization along with their partners will inaugurate the event and will portray the desired outcomes of the ISRTC 2020 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

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

Networking

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)

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
Technological Miracles

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)

Dr. M. Abdul Samad

Moderator

Dr. M. Abdul Samad Ibrahim

Deputy Direct, Indra Gandhi National Open University

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
Not a Drop to Waste

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

Enabling the Transformation
Undertaking Systematic Changes to Remodel the Economy

Summary: This session will discuss some of the critical elements needed to enable the transformation and transition to a sustainable economy. A new economic model discusses the relationship between people and markets, products and supply chains in an increasingly complex and interdependent global economy.

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

Expo Opening and Networking

Onsite Registration and Badges' Collection

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

Tom De

Speaker

Tom De Bruyckere

Founder, MindshakePR

Engineering the Change
Intelligent Tools

Summary: National and international experts in charge of the actual technological transformation processes will present concrete recommendations on how to move forward at the local, national and regional level towards sustainable economic development models.

Prof. Fouad

Speaker

Prof. Fouad Mrad

Professor Of Electrical And Computer Engineering, ESCWA

Dr. Ammar

Moderator

Dr. Ammar Al Obaidani

Chief Commercial Officer, Blockchain Solutions and Services LLC

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

Maarten

Moderator

Maarten Goorhuis

Senior Policy Advisor, Dutch Solid Waste Association (DSWA)

Paving the Path to Sustainability
A Regional Action Plan

Summary: This session objectifies are concrete proposals to move forward with an STI roadmap for the SDGs in the MENA region leading to a regional action plan with associated fundraising to support, in country, efficient and coherent progress in the implementation of the climate and SDG goals and transition to a more sustainable industrial development model and circular economy.

 

The Economy of Emissions
CO2 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.

Dirk

Speaker

Dirk Fransaer

Managing Director, VITO

Dr. Dietrich

Moderator

Dr. Dietrich Van der Weken

General Manager, G-STIC

Gallery Area- Networking

Gala Dinner powered by be'ah

Expo Opening & Networking

Onsite Registration and Badges' Collection

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)

HH. Dr. Mona

Speaker

HH. Dr. Mona Fahad Al Said

Assistant Vice Chancellor for International Cooperation, Sultan Qaboos University

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. Ger

Speaker

Dr. Ger Bergkamp

President & CEO, ARCOWA

Nazar

Speaker

Nazar Hassan

Senior Regional STI Specialist For The Arab States, UNESCO

Dr. Lamya

Moderator

Dr. Lamya Al Haj

Assistant Professor, Sultan Qaboos University (SQU)

Networking

coffee Lunch

Optional Technical Site Visit

Free evening & departures

Themes

You will fall in love with Oman

Hosted BY

Beah

A shared mission with

gstic
iswa

Strategic Partner

Partnership

INTERNATIONAL SUSTAINABILITY RESOURCES & TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE - SUSTAINABILITY,TECHNOLOGY,RESOURCES