The Middle East Waste Summit, 26-28 May 2009, Dubai
Delivering waste management and recycling solutions to the Middle East

/EIN News/ In a region where several countries rank as top waste producers in the world owing to their rapid development and a growing population, Dubai is leading the way towards embracing efficient waste management and recycling programmes.

To address the urgent need to deliver waste management and recycling solutions to the Middle East, Dubai has launched the Middle East Waste Summit to assemble 6,000 of the most influential figures in the waste management and recycling industry. It will provide a platform to debate, demonstrate and discover solutions to the current global challenges and protect the environment while supporting the region’s tremendous growth.

The rapid development in the region, population growth, industrial diversification and construction activities have led forecasters to predict that the Middle East will invest billions of dollars in the waste management sector over the next few years.

Supported by the Government of Dubai, Dubai and Sharjah Municipalities and held in association with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), attendance at this event will allow you to meet the individuals and investors behind key projects and planning decisions. GCC countries are implementing their next-generation future waste management and recycling schemes. Therefore, the time is now to be involved in the future of this vital sector.

The Middle East Waste Summit has been developed to be solutions-orientated for businesses, government officials and NGOs across the board. Over 50 speakers will inspire an international audience at 11 conference sessions. Each keynote will feature an impressive line-up of influential leaders from the government, industry and academia.

The summit will also cover a range of themes such as waste and its effect on global warming, economy and the environment, domestic waste control, medical waste management, industrial waste management, landfills and waste, and energy solutions to support its objectives (see some examples of speaker profiles below).

MEWS also features a large exhibition showcasing over 50 companies from around the world, including a wide range of features. The features, which include a showcase theatre, roundtable forums and a Consultancy Clinic for free advice on implementing waste management strategy, will be open to all attendees.
Join more than 200 companies from 26 different countries that have confirmed attendance by booking your place at the conference, registering to attend the exhibition free of charge, or by hosting a roundtable session.
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H.E. Ahmed Butti Ahmed, Executive Chairman, Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation

As Director General of Dubai Customs and Executive Chairman of the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, Mr Butti possesses more than 20 years of solid experience in Ports and Free Zones Authorities and he is considered among one of the most influential socio-economic figures in Dubai.

His Excellency will chair the opening ceremony on May 26th.

Mr. Fareed Bushehri, Regional Office for West Asia, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Engineer Fareed Bushehri works for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA) in the capacity of Regional DTIE Officer. Bushehri is currently responsible for assisting countries in West Asia Region with issues related to Sustainable Consumption and Production, Sustainable Building & Construction, Safer Production & emergency Preparedness & Response (APELL), Sustainable Tourism, Energy Efficiency, Cleaner Fuels & Technologies and Renewable Energy, Sustainable Transportation, Sustainable Procurement, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Environmental Management System `(EMS).

Bushehri will be speaking at the opening ceremony on May 26th, 2009, to discuss ‘Waste and its Effect on Global Climate Change.’

Mr Hassan Makki, Director of Waste Management Department, Dubai Municipality

Mr Hassan Makki is the Director of Waste management Department of Dubai Municipality and has more than 15 years experience in the field of waste management and public health services. He has officially represented Dubai Municipality at various local and international conferences and seminars and also been as a speaker at the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) World Congress at Istanbul, Turkey in July 2002.

Makki will be speaking on the keynote theme, ‘Waste and its Effect on Global Climate Change’ on May 26th, 2009.

Mr W Gregory Vogt, Managing Director, International Solid Waste Association (ISWA)

Mr. Vogt was named the Managing Director for ISWA in 2007. ISWA’s mission is to promote sustainable solid waste management worldwide. To this end, Mr. Vogt participates in quorums, scientific panels, training courses and grant projects for the largest global solid waste management associations.

Vogt will be speaking at the opening ceremony on May 26th, 2009.

Habiba Al Marashi, Chairperson, Emirates Environmental Group

Habiba Al Marashi is the co-founder and Chairperson of Emirates Environmental Group, a pioneering non-government organization accredited with the United Nations Convention to Combating Desertification (UNCCD), the United Nations Environmental Program’s (UNEP) Governing Council and the International Union of Conservation for Nature (IUCN). Mrs. Al Marashi is a board member of the UN Global Compact and President of the UN Global Compact GCC States Local Network. She is also one of the Founding Members and Treasurer of the Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC).

Al Marashi will chair a panel to discuss ‘Consumption, Population and Cities’ on May 26th, 2009.

Lina Chaaban, EnviroCare Manager, Tadweer

Ms. Lina Chaaban joined Tadweer waste treatment LLC as EnviroCare Manager. Chaaban established the EnviroCare Department within Tadweer and some of the major responsibilities such as handling the environmental requisitions within the plant & following up with the respective governmental sector for implementing environmental standards at the plant. Responsible for developing, implementing the company’s awareness recycling programs for corporate & public organizations related to waste management.

Chaaban will deliver a keynote address on speaking on May 28th regarding ‘Domestic Waste Control’.

Mr. Olabode Esan, Solid Waste Management Adviser, Abu Dhabi Municipality

Esan is the Solid Waste Management Adviser to Abu Dhabi Municipality, UAE – he is responsible for directing and overseeing the activities related to outsourced street cleaning and municipal solid waste collection, landfills and transfer stations services. He has played a key role in the implementation of projects in several countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Esan will speak on the challenges and opportunities of increasing urbanisation on May 28th, 2009.

Mr Reinhard Göschl, Managing Director, Emirates Environmental Technology Co LLC

Goeschl Reinhard is Chairman of the IuT Group of companies (Austria, UAE, Czech Republic, Poland and Singapore) and Managing Director and shareholder with Emirates Environmental Technology Co.Llc. in Sharjah & Al Ain, UAE where he has developed the largest project for landfill remediation.

Göschl will chair the ‘Recycling & Landfills’ panel on May 28th.

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