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Our expert panelists and moderators

Simon Houghton

November 22, 2017 |

Simon Houghton is the Strategy and Business Development Director at Agriprotein.Read More

Kirstie Pecci

September 1, 2017 |

Kirstie Pecci is an environmental, real estate and municipal attorney. In January she launched the Zero Waste Project as part of the Healthy Communities, Environmental Justice Program of the Conservation Law Foundation.Read More

Madisen Gittlin

August 31, 2017 |

Madisen Gittlin is a Program Assistant with Global Green, a national environmental nonprofit, and the American affiliate of Green Cross International.Read More

Olivia Lapierre

August 15, 2017 |

Olivia Lapierre is a Be Zero ambassador and racial justice activist. She began her transition to a zero waste lifestyle in January 2016. Through Be Zero she works to bring awareness to environmental racism and to provide platforms for POCs in environmental communities, which are traditionally predominantly white spaces.Read More

Mani Vajipey

August 8, 2017 |

Mani Vajipey is a recycler and is the Co-Founder and CEO of Banyan Nation, a technology driven recycling company that is changing the way India looks at plastics, recycling and waste management.Read More

Christopher Kane

August 7, 2017 |

Christopher Kane is a Campus Coordinator and the Director of Resource Development at the Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN).Read More

Kristel Moulaert

August 7, 2017 |

Kristel Moulaert is the Director of ISVAG.Read More

Robert Crocker

August 7, 2017 |

Robert Crocker is the Deputy Director of China Australia Centre for Sustainable Urban Development and the Author of Somebody Else’s Problem: Consumerism, Sustainability and Design.Read More

Olivia and Carter Ries

August 6, 2017 |

Olivia and her brother Carter started their own nonprofit called One More Generation (OMG) in 2009 in an effort to help save endangered species for at least One More Generation… and beyond.Read More

Moana Simas

May 24, 2017 |

Moana Simas is a PhD candidate at the Industrial Ecology Programme, at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.Read More

Julie Kearns

May 24, 2017 |

Julie Kearns is the Founder and Finder at the Minneapolis-based, 3000 ft2, best-in- class, daily vintage/reuse shopping experience known as Junket: Tossed & FoundRead More

Carl Zimring

October 26, 2016 |

Carl A. Zimring is Associate Professor of Sustainability Studies at the Pratt Institute. He is author of the books Cash for Your Trash: Scrap Recycling in America (Rutgers UP, 2005), Clean and White: A History of Environmental Racism in the United States (NYU Press, 2015), and Aluminum Upcycled: Sustainable Design in Historical Perspective (Johns Hopkins UP, 2017).Read More

Pete Shaw

September 29, 2016 |

Dr. Pete Shaw is a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Sciences within Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton. Dr. Shaw’s research interests in waste management orient around the necessity to engage individuals in waste reduction, reuse and recycling as a means to achieve desired reductions in residual waste.Read More

Demetra Tsiamis

September 28, 2016 |

Demetra Tsiamis is the Associate Director of the Earth Engineering Center at the City College of New York (EEC|CCNY).Read More

Marco Castaldi

September 28, 2016 |

Prof. Marco Castaldi received his B.S. ChE (Magna cum Laude) from Manhattan College. His Ph.D. is in Chemical Engineering from UCLA and he has minors in Advanced Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics. Professor Castaldi has approximately 60 peer-reviewed research articles, 40 peer-reviewed conference papers, 3 book chapters and 11 patents in the fields of catalysis, combustion and gasification. Read More

Bridget Croke

September 14, 2016 |

Bridget Croke leads external affairs including investor partnerships, industry partnerships, communications and special projects at the Closed Loop Fund.Read More

Cindy Isenhour

August 30, 2016 |

Cindy Isenhour is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Maine. Her work focuses on production-consumption systems and the cultural construction of policies designed to reduce materials throughput, energy use, emissions and waste.Read More

David Wilson

August 30, 2016 |

Professor David Wilson is a senior and respected figure in waste and resources management in the UK and internationally. He is now working full-time as an independent consultant, specialising in high-level policy and strategy work. He is also Visiting Professor in Waste Management at Imperial College, London.Read More

Andy Whiteman

August 25, 2016 | 1

Andy Whiteman is the Director of RWA Group ( and founder of ‘wasteaware’ ( More

Marcus Lee

August 23, 2016 |

Marcus Lee is an Urban Economist with the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice of the World Bank, where his work program currently spans solid waste, decentralized governance, and municipal finance, with a regional focus on East Asia.Read More

David Newman

August 3, 2016 |

David Newman is the President of the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) and the Managing Director of the Bio-based and Biodegradable Industries Association (BBIA). He has been the President of ISWA since September 2012 and is specifically focusing his attention on bringing financial resources to help developing nations invest in waste infrastructure.Read More

Alisa Shargorodsky

July 11, 2016 |

Alisa Shargorodsky is a Zero Waste Consultant and the Founder and CEO of Reverent Resident.Read More

Tim Elliott

July 5, 2016 |

Tim Elliott specializes in ex ante and ex post policy analysis, including the use of Life Cycle Analysis in environmental modelling and economic assessment in Cost Benefit Analysis. His expertise in understanding the impacts of policy has led to Tim’s involvement … Read More

Chris Sherrington

July 5, 2016 |

Dr. Chris Sherrington is an environmental economist and directs many of Eunomia’s projects relating to ecosystem services, green infrastructure, litter (including marine litter) and waste prevention.

He has expertise in the practical application of economic instruments to bring about positive … Read More

Lisa Boyle

June 14, 2016 |

Lisa Kaas Boyle is an environmental attorney, the kind who represents the environment, not the kind who defends polluters.  Lisa graduated from Vanderbilt University and then Tulane Law School, cum laude.  She began her career at the LA Districts Attorney’s Office … Read More

Stacy Malkan

June 14, 2016 |

Stacy Malkan is co-founder and co-director of U.S. Right to Know, a nonprofit food industry research groups that advocates for truth and transparency in our food system. She is author of the award-winning book, “Not Just a Pretty Face: The … Read More

Claire Poole

June 6, 2016 |

Claire has been involved in waste and resource management for over 25 years. Initially as a Waste Regulator working with a local council and then the Environment Agency. She has experience in enforcement, permitting and managing the tracing and investigation of water pollution … Read More

Jane Patton

May 23, 2016 |

With a background in education reform and public policy, Jane brings a strong sense of systems and project management to the Plastic Pollution Coalition team. Jane has been working with PPC for many years, though she comes to the organization … Read More

Cole Rosengren

May 19, 2016 | 2

Cole Rosengren is a senior reporter at Waste Dive.Read More

Florian Hoffmann

May 12, 2016 |

Florian Hoffmann is the Founder of the DO School. The DO School empowers individuals and teams to learn how to turn their ideas into action, create innovation and impact that are good for themselves and society. The DO School is based in … Read More

Sourabh Kaushal

May 12, 2016 |

Sourabh Kaushal is an Electronics and Communication Engineer, Space Explorer and INK Fellow in association with TED.

He is doing research on Space Debris Mitigation and Space transportation system for the last half decade. As a passionate for Space Science and Technology, he has proposed … Read More

Roz Savage

May 12, 2016 | 2

Roz Savage is a British ocean rower, environmental campaigner, and keynote speaker. She holds four world records for ocean rowing, including first woman to row three oceans: the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian. She uses her ocean rowing adventures to inspire action on the top environmental challenges facing the … Read More

Pandora Thomas

May 12, 2016 |

Pandora Thomas is a passionate global citizen who works as a teacher, writer, designer and speaker. She studied at Columbia and Tufts University and with several permaculture and greenbuilding design programs.

Her writing includes a children’s book, various curricula and a manual … Read More

Douglas Woodring

May 12, 2016 |

Doug Woodring is the co-founder of the Ocean Recovery Alliance, which is focused on bringing innovative solutions, technology, collaborations and policy together to impact positive improvements for the health of the ocean. Two global preventative projects on the issues of plastic waste were … Read More

Asher Jay

May 12, 2016 |

Creative conservationist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Asher Jay, uses groundbreaking design, multimedia arts, literature, and lectures to inspire global action to combat illegal wildlife trafficking, advance environmental issues, and promote humanitarian causes. Albeit she received an education in Fashion Design and Marketing … Read More

Alvaro Soler Arpa

May 12, 2016 |

Alvaro Soler Arpa graduated in drawing, at the ´Escuela de Artes y Oficios de Olot´, and later in illustration, at the ´Escuela Llotja de Barcelona´. After a career of 15 years in the field of advertising and cinema, drawing story boards for … Read More

Arlene Blum

May 12, 2016 |

Arlene Blum, PhD is a biophysical chemist, author, mountaineer, a Visiting Scholar in Chemistry at UC Berkeley and executive director of the Green Science Policy Institute. The Institute brings government, industry, scientists and citizens groups together to support chemical policies to protect human health … Read More

Abby Barrows

May 12, 2016 |

Abby Barrows grew up on an island in Maine with the ocean as her playground. Read More

Sanjay Gupta

April 4, 2016 |

Dr. Sanjay Gupta is a Water, Sanitation and Waste Management Expert working at Skat consulting in SwitzerlandRead More

2016 be Waste Wise 30 Influencers – Individuals

March 15, 2016 | 2

We’re are proud to announce the 30 individuals who made it to our Waste Influencers List in 2016. We analyzed 750 accounts to find this year’s Waste Influencers, an increase from 440 in 2015 and only 95 in 2013. The list … Read More

Barbara Herridge

December 31, 2015 |

Barbara Herridge is the External Relations Manager at North London Waste Authority (NLWA). Learn more…Read More

Vanessa Pillay

December 11, 2015 |

Vanessa Pillay is the Organization & Programme Officer at WIEGO. Learn more…Read More

Ana Ogando

December 7, 2015 |

Ana Carolina Ogando is an independent research consultant, a Gender Researcher at WIEGO and an affiliated researcher The Women’s Studies Center at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Learn more…Read More

Sonia Dias

December 7, 2015 |

Sonia Dias is a Waste Sector Specialist at WIEGO and one of Brazil’s leading expert in waste-related management. Learn more…Read More

Peter Lefort

December 4, 2015 |

Peter Lefort manages the Community Action Group (CAG) Project in Oxfordshire, supporting over 60 community groups to take action on a wide range of environmental and social issues.Read More

Karen Cannard

December 4, 2015 | 2

Karen Cannard is the co-founder of The Rubbish Diet, the UK’s ‘slimming club for bins.’Read More

Christopher Lund

December 3, 2015 |

Christopher Lund is Senior Vice President of Gershman, Brickner & Bratton (GBB) Inc. Learn more…Read More

Sarahjane Widdowson

December 1, 2015 |

Sarahjane Widdowson is a Principal Waste Management Consultant at Ricardo Energy and Environment. Learn more…Read More

S. Jyoti Kumar

November 25, 2015 |

Mr. S. Jyoti Kumar is the Director and Head of Andhra Pradesh Technology Development and Promotion Centre (APTDC). Learn more…Read More

V. Srinivas Chary

November 25, 2015 |

Prof V. Srinivas Chary is the Director of Urban Program at Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), Hyderabad, India. Learn more…Read More