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Mikael Höysti, Nordic Council of Ministers´Secretariat
Mikael Höysti is Head of department of Culture and Resources in the Nordic Council of Ministers' Secretariat since 2012. Responsible for the coordinating the Nordic intergovernmental cooperation in the fields of Fisheries, Agriculture, Forestry and Food (FAFF); Culture; Gender Equality and Children & Youth. Before that he worked for the city of Turku as Administrative Manager in the Cultural office.
Mikael Höysti is board member of The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland (Svenska kulturfonden). The mission for the foundations is to support and strengthen the culture and education of the Swedish-speaking minority in Finland.
Born 1968, Finnish citizen. Bachelor of political science from Åbo Akademi University in Finland.
Achim Halpaap, Head of UNEP’s Chemicals and Waste Branch, UNEP
Achim Halpaap joined UNEP as Head of UNEP’s Chemicals and Waste Branch in September 2015. He has more than twenty five years of experience in international environment and sustainable development research, policy analysis and capacity development in public, academic, private-sector, and non-governmental organizations. In his previous position, Achim was Head of the Environment Unit and Associate Director of Training at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). Before joining the UN, he headed the Chemicals and Waste Management Policy Section, Environmental Policy Directorate of the Bayer Corporation. Achim had research appointments at the University of Cape Town(South Africa) and Yale University(US) and holds academic degree from Yale University (Ph.D.), the University of Oregon (M.A.), and the University of Bonn (B.Sc.).
Arno Rosemarin, Stockholm Environment Institute
Arno has a multidisciplinary environmental and natural resources background with a speciality in water resources management, limnology and aquatic toxicology.
His specialities include ecological sanitation, nutrient flows, eutrophication of freshwater and marine systems, aquatic eco-toxicology and he has skills in communications, programme development, capacity building, research management, field and laboratory research, writing/editing and training.
Arno completed his PhD in 1982 at Queen’s University, Canada on the nutrient kinetics of the Great Lakes attached algae Cladophora glomerata and Stigeoclonium tenue. His MSc at Univ of Ottawa (1970-1974) examined indicator lotic periphyton downstream of sewage treatment plants and pulp and paper mills.
He worked from 1974 to 1982 at the Canada Department of Fisheries and Oceans, from 1982 to 1986 at the Baltic Sea Laboratory in Karlskrona, Sweden, from 1986-1990 as Editor-in-Chief of AMBIO at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and has been at SEI since 1991 as Communications Director, Manager of the EcoSanRes Programme and Senior Research Fellow. He has been Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science since 2009.
He has carried out projects in Canada, Sweden, India, Germany, China, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Bulgaria, Estonia, Moldova, Burkina Faso, Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico, Cuba, Senegal and South Africa.
He has published 75 scientific articles and reports.
Arnoud Passenier, European Sustainable Phosphorous Platform
Arnoud Passenier is senior program manager sustainable product value chains at the Dutch Ministry of Environment. Educated in Political Sciences/International Relations. More than 25 years of experience in governmental (strategic) policies. In the last couple of years he has created national and international networks on closing the loop of phosphorus and plastics. He is acting President of the European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform.
Julie Hill, Green Alliance, UK
Julie Hill is Chair of the UK’s Waste and Resources Action Programme, a charity working to accelerate the move to a sustainable, resource-efficient economy. She is also an Independent Board Member of the Consumer Council for Water (England and Wales), a Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey, and a member of the Council of the Institution of Environmental Sciences.
She is a former Director of, and now an Associate of, Green Alliance, one of the UK’s foremost environmental policy organisations, as well as a former board member of the Eden Project in Cornwall and the Environment Agency. She is the author of ‘The Secret Life of Stuff’ published by Vintage Books in January 2011 as well as many Green Alliance publications.
Helen Ann Hamilton, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Helen is a PhD candidate in the Department of Energy and Process Energy within the Industrial Ecology Program.
Her research interests lie in analyzing the metabolism of nutrients and energy within the anthroposphere and, in particular, how these flows interact with and affect natural systems. This is with the aim of developing methods for reducing resource consumption, closing resource loops and reducing the environmental impacts of human activities.
Her research is centered on the following areas: Phosphorus (P), food waste, aquaculture and fisheries, and biogas.
Margrethe Askegaard, SEGES
Margrethe Askegaard has her main focus on the development of cropping systems and nutrient management in organic farming. She leads a project aiming at increasing the recirculation of organic waste from households and industries to organic farms. Margrethe has worked as a senior scientist at Aarhus University before shifting to the advisory service at SEGES in 2010. She has a PhD in crop nutrition. SEGES is the name of the name of the newly amalgamated Knowledge Centre for Agriculture and the Danish Pig Research Centre established 1st January 2015.
Jean-Benoit is an environmental engineer holding a degree in general engineering from the Ecole Centrale de Lille (France) and a Master degree in environmental engineering from the Technical University of Denmark. He is a Senior Project Manager at ACR+, in charge of the European Observatory for municipal waste and involved in different projects: URBAN-WASTE on waste management in touristic cities, URBANREC aiming at improving urban bulky waste prevention and management, and DECISIVE focusing on decentralised bio-waste management in urban areas.
He has worked for 9 years for the Paris Region Waste Observatory (ORDIF) for which he developed the implementation of European projects. He was a technical expert in charge of waste prevention monitoring for the Pre-Waste project and on bio-waste for the Bin2Grid project. He also coordinated the Regions for Recycling project (R4R), which defined a common language to compare municipal waste recycling performances.
Anders Nättorp, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland
Anders Nättorp holds a PhD in chemical reactions engineering from the ETH in Lausanne, Switzerland. After 15 years in chemical process development and production in the private sector he joined the Institute for Ecopreneurship of the FHNW (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland ) in 2009. He is an expert on mineral resource recovery, especially phosphorus from wastewater. Anders Nättorp evaluates recovery technologies and their costs. He also works with industrial partners to enable implementation of new technologies, which is often dependent not only on technological performance, but also other aspects such as market structure and legislation.
Mikko Rahtola, Finnish Natural Resources Institute (Luke)
M.Sc., agronomist Mikko Rahtola has graduated from the University of Helsinki, Plant production and Agro-ecology in 1997. H has work in research and educational sectors, but mostly as an advisor, consult and specialist almost twenty years. Special interest has been horticulture, crop rotations and soil issues as well as organic and environmental production systems. Most of the work has been done in Finland, but he also has wide experience from Baltic states, Russia and EU-level working-groups. Rahtola is running an organic apple farm in Southern Estonia as a part time manager. From the year 2016 main task as a program coordinator in Finnish Natural Resources Institute (Luke) is to implement governmental top project where the main goal is improve nutrient recycling technology and solutions in agriculture. For the coming three years there is budgeted more than 30 mill euros for the sector development and 12 mill euros of that for new innovative solutions improving nutrient recycling.
Terje Farestveit, Norvegian EPA (Miljødirektoratet), Norway
Terje Farestveit has worked 6 years in the Norwegian EPA (Miljødirektoratet) with different tasks within the waste water treatment area. At the moment focus is on recirculation of sewage sludge and phosphorus as well as development of mere efficient control systems for emissions from waste water treatment plants.
Earlier employment include Sweco Norge AS where he was working as a consultant for 20 years within the water and waste water sector. His work has been focused on environment and waste water plans and strategies for municipalities in Norway as well as environmental certificates for companies. He has worked with capacity building in the waste water treatment sector in different developing countries in Asia for 7 years.
Ketil Stoknes, Project leader R&D, Lindum AS
Background: Biologist (University of Oslo). Since 1998 working with applied ecology and microbiological processes related to waste, energy and food production. Since 2009 managing research and innovation projects at Lindum AS, a major company within waste treatment in Norway.
Field of interest: biogas, quality compost and soil development, growing of mushrooms and vegetables, bioremediation and integrated systems.
Line Diana Blytt, Section Water Envionment, Dep Aquateam, COWI
Blytt has long time work experience with environmental investigations and surveys related to wastewater, waste streams, polluted ground, sediments and waters. Especially effects of treatment processes and technology, regarding wastewater quality, sludge quality and hygienic quality. She has knowledge and experiences concerning problems and challenges regarding recycling of organic waste as compost and other types of biosolids. She has also been involved in sampling campaigns involving analyses of priority pollutants in oil based drill cuttings, contaminated sediments and organic wastes. Other activities are linked to development of quality assurance systems both internal and external for sampling and analyses. She has been involved in environmental impact assessment and documentation of performance of technology both onshore and offshore. Development of national of Environmental Quality Standards (EQS) for a large number of existing and future priority pollutants. Until 1999 she worked within radioactive contamination of soil at Norwegian University of Agricultural and at Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority. She worked for the Norwegian Food Safety Authority for eight years with surveillance and development of regulation concerning fertilizers and recycling of organic waste, drinking water quality with respect to human and animal health.
Ola Palm, JTI - Swedish Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering
Ola Palm has been working for more than 25 years with technical-, quality- and policy issues related to recirculation of plant nutrients from society back to agriculture. He has worked with sewage sludge, source separated fractions from small scale wastewater treatment systems as well as digestate from biogas plants. Palm was involved in the development of the Swedish certification system for reuse of digestate and has been the chairman for the steering committee since 1999, when the certification system started.
Palm has been working at JTI for 17 years and before that on a private waste management company and at Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. Year 1988 he got a multidisciplinary PhD from Linköping University in Water and Environmental Sciences.
Kari Ylivainio, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)
Kari Ylivainio has twenty year of experience in soil science, particularly in plant nutrition and utilization of nutrient rich by-products in agriculture. He is experienced in using laboratory and growth experiments in determining phosphorus bioavailability and Doctor of Science in Agriculture and Forestry (PhD), in the field of Environmental Soil Science.
Kersti Linderholm, Silvberg, Sweden
Kersti Linderholm has a long and diverse experience around use and reuse of nutrients in agriculture. She is agronomist and has been working as farm advisor, entrepreneur, environmental auditor, farmer, government official (both regional and national at Swedish EPA) and scientist. In 1993 Linderholm performed the first “sludge audit” in Sweden, which was followed by many others.
In 2012 Linderholm graduated with a Doctoral Thesis concerning Phosphorus, including nutrient flows and use of nutrients. The thesis also included climate impact of reuse of nutrients. Today her scientific work is combined with consultancy to farmers in the concept of "Focus on Nutrients" which also includes climate impact.
Anna Maria Sundin, Naturvårdsverket, Sweden
Anna Maria är Sundin civilingenjör i miljö- och vattenteknik. Hun arbetar sedan slutet av augusti som handläggare på Naturvårdsverket och har avlopp och kretslopp som huvudsakliga arbetsområden.
Arbetade på Käppalaförbundet som driver Käppalaverket ute på Lidingö 2002-2016. Käppalaverket renar avloppsvatten från ca 600 000 pe från 11 medlemskommuner norr och öster om Stockholm. Anna Maria Sundin började arbeta som process- och utvecklingsingenjör och avlutade på Käppala som avdelningschef under perioden 2010-2016. Hun ansvarade dels för Projekt- och utvecklingsavdelningen, dels Resursutvinningsavdelningen (med fokus slam, biogas och värme).
Bjarne Bro, Billund Refinery, Denmark
Bjarne has as utility manager and responsible for Processes 20 years of Experience with development of and operations and maintenance In Billund Vand A/S.
Bjarne has in his career most worked as Project Manager, projecting and supervision on building energy plants and supply systems in public buildings and regional natural gas pipeline systems in DK and municipal wastewater treatment plants and developed specification systems for huge Biogas plants for manure, sludge, industrial and household waste.
Bjarne was in decades been connected to EU expert panels in the Taiex programmes after East Europe was connected to EU and now Circular economy as an expert how in practice to co-digest municipal sludge, industrial and household waste.
One of Bjarnes important expertise is his unique knowledge about how to suspend solid waste into fluids from industry and municipal sludge and control co-digestion in anaerobic processes and filtration of the digestate.
Sune Aagot Sckerl, HedeDanmark, Denmark
The business area I’m responsible of at HedeDanmark is the national market leader within the field of handling and reuse of organic waste products from food-/pharma companies and public wastewater companies.
We secure the wasteproducts used as fertilizer for farmland, for biogas, compost, fodder etc. In this way organic matter and nutrients in waste is recycled, in a low cost energy way and doesn’t cost the use of virgin nutrients such as phosphorus. Recycling is only possible with a high degree of quality control and analysis of the products, which ofcourse is normal procedure and main element in a safe way of using waste for food production. -Since October 2012 we have been present at the swedish market with the same type of services.
Mikko Rahtola, LUKE
M.Sc, Agronomist Mikko Rahtola graduated in 1997 from the University of Helsinki. The theme of Rahtola’s thesis was the symbiosis of mycorrhizal fungi in horticultural plants. After some years in research he worked around 15 years as a farm advisor and consult in Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Russia. He is specialized in organic farming and fertilizers, horticulture and plant production. Rahtola also runs a medium-size organic farm in Estonia.
Since July 2016 he has been working in Finnish Natural Resource Institute in Helsinki, coordinating governmental key project for circular economy and nutrient recycling. The project, “Making Use of Agricultural Nutrients”, will run until the end of 2018.
Anders Finnson, Swedish Water & Wastewater Association
Anders Finnson works a senior environment adviser at the Swedish Water & Wastewater Association www.svensktvatten.se where he is specialised in sustainable wastewater treatment, i.e. wastewater treatment technologies, biogas production, chemicals upstream work, recycling of nutrients and European affairs.