2014 Speaking Faculty Includes:

Sana'a Al-Ghemlas
Kuwait Packing Materials Manufacturing Company
Sana’a Al Ghemlas is the assistant managing director for Kuwait Packing Materials Manufacturing Company. In Kuwait, he has been involved in environmental projects, the plastic industry and the first PET (polyethylene terephthalate) recycling line. Al Ghemlas earned a bachelor’s degree in film directing from Colombia College in the U.S. He has since earned several international awards in various fields and has attended numerous international conferences on plastics and the environment.

Ronald de Vlam
Webb deVlam

Ronald de Vlam is the CEO and global managing partner of Webb deVlam, a strategic brand design firm. The agency works for global consumer goods companies where they deliver long-term brand growth through strategic innovation. De Vlam started the agency in 1992 and has helped it expand from its base in London, to Chicago and North America, and is now busy securing growth in Asia and South America. He was trained as an industrial designer, but has crafted his expertise in building long-lasting relationships, a legacy that is backed up by loyal clients who come back year after year and employees who never seem to leave the firm.

Bilal Effendi
Bilal Effendi is a director of Paklite FZC, based in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, where he specializes in collecting waste plastic throughout the Middle East. He has been instrumental in developing the business, which is now a well-known name in the recycling industry worldwide. A polymer engineer by profession, Effendi is third generation in the plastic business, having 15 years of experience in polymer recycling.

Stuart Fleming
Stuart Fleming is founding partner and CEO of EnviroServe. A resident of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for 25 years, he established Enviroserve in 2004, and it has since been instrumental in developing, within the authorities guidelines, the UAE’s environmental processes. Pioneering Refrigerant Recovery and Reclaim, he answered the UAE’s commitment as a signatory of the Montreal Protocol, and in 2007, pioneered the first solution to electronic waste recovery alongside UAE authorities, Dubai Municipality and Dubai Customs. Officials have taken action and created legislation in the control and use of CFC’s and formalised systems to ensure e-waste recovery and processing. Today,, pioneering specialised waste solutions, Fleming is constantly pushing the boundaries with solutions and innovative answers to zero to landfill.

Craig Halgreen
Craig Halgreen is the vice president for corporate sustainability at Borouge, a leading provider of innovative plastics solutions. He is responsible for sustainable development, corporate social responsibility and plastics advocacy for Borouge across the Middle East and Asia. Halgreen joined Borouge in Abu Dhabi in 2009, assuming the role of vice president for global communications until 2013. He was instrumental in building the Borouge brand regionally and internationally, highlighting the sustainable contribution of the plastics industry to society. He is an active participant in the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association based in Dubai. Prior to moving to the Middle East, Halgreen served as the communications director at Borealis in Vienna from 2006-2009. Previously, he was with the leading pulp and papermaker Sappi for more than 23 years, holding various marketing, branding and communications management positions in Belgium, the United Kingdom and South Africa, with a focus on developing strategic communications and marketing initiatives in a dynamic global business-to-business environment.

Mostafa Ahmed Hemdan
Mostafa Hemdan is a young and ambitious entrepreneur. He led a team of 20 students in the establishment of an e-waste electronic waste recycling company, RecycloBekia, during his second-year degree in the field of communications and electronics at an engineering college. RecycloBekia started with very low capital in a small garage in Egypt, then won the first place at the INJAZ Egypt Competition 2011, and the "Fedex Access Award" at the INJAZ AL-Arab regional competition in 2012. It was nominated among the top 20 finalists at the "Start with Google" competition.

Najib Fakih Ibrahim
Najib Fakih Ibrahim earned a chemical engineering degree from King Fahad Unviersity for Petroleum and Minerals. He is the president of Wasco (Waste Collection and Recycling Co.). Ibrahim has served the industry in business management and development for more than 35 years. From 1979-1991, Ibrahim worked for the Savola Group as the general manager of manufacturing. He then joined Savola Packaging in 1991, where he was responsible for four packaging business units, plastics, corrugated cartons conversion, tin plate printing and flexible packaging factories until 1999. Prior to joining Wasco, Ibrahim worked as the general manager of Duplas Al Sharq, a plastics packaging and manufacturing company.

Atul Kaul
Atul Kaul has spent more than 20 years in the pulp and paper industry and has held the post of director emeritus with the Asian Corrugated Case Association. Kaul has also held several key assignments at Waraq Arab Paper Manufacturing Co. (WARAQ) of Saudi Arabia, where he currently heads the company’s commercial activities and focuses on development of new markets and products. Kaul also supervises WARAQ’s Recovered Fibre Division and is responsible for designing and developing fibre procurement strategies to promote and enhance global growth for the group. Kaul holds a law degree as well as a graduate degree in economics.

S. Madhu Mohan
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Ahmed Mansoor
Century Paper Pakistan

Ahmed Mansoor joined Century Paper & Board Mills in 1984. Mansoor’s professional career has been spread over a span of 30 years of active service. He has gained a rich experience in banking, international trade and global sourcing, customs laws, shipping and logistics. Mansoor has a reputable relationship with his international vendors and other stakeholders.

Bill Moore
Moore & Associates
Mr. Moore is president of Moore & Associates, an international consulting firm engaged in providing a range of market research and strategic services to the global paper recycling industry. Prior to his many years as a consultant, he held a series of positions in the solid waste, paper and recycling industries. These included founder and vice president of Paper Recycling International (a joint venture of Stone Container) and the first director of recycling for Waste Management, Inc. At Moore & Associates he has served more than 250 clients on more than 450 projects. Mr. Moore’s knowledge base includes all aspects of the worldwide supply and demand of recovered paper.

Taher Patrawala
Waste and Recycling Middle East magazine
Profile to Follow

Thomas Probst

Thomas U. Probst has served as the senior consultant at BVSE, the German Federal Association of Secondary Raw Materials and Waste Management, since August 2002. He is primarily responsible for plastics recycling, toxic and hazardous wastes as well as biogenic wastes. Prior to joining BVSE, Probst was managing director of the Quality Association of Recyclates of Standard Plastics. In 2010 the FKuR Plastics Corp., Willich, Germany, awarded Probst as “The German Plastics Recycler of the Year.” He also serves on several scientific advisory boards. Probst graduated from TUM, the Technical University of Munich, with a degree in chemistry.

Daker El Rabaya
Daker El Rabaya is the director of waste process at Bee’ah. With more than 10 years’ experience and expertise in the field of facilities management, his role includes overseeing the smooth operation at all of Bee’ah’s facilities. Prior to his position at Bee’ah, El Rabaya served as plant manager at Tadweer Waste Management for four years. He was responsible for managing the company’s facilities as well as the design of future facilities, including a waste-to-energy feasibility study. El Rabaya also held a position as plant manager at Lin Scan, a fully integrated pipeline and tank inspection company. El Rabaya holds a master’s degree in electro-mechanical engineering from East Ukranian University.

P R Ray
Esskay Impex

With a master’s in management education, P R Ray has held senior positions in the paper industry in India for 22 years. This has given Ray a deep insight into paper industry operations, both technically and commercially. Equipped with this knowledge, Ray left a senior position at one of India’s leading paper-producing organizations in 1992 to start his business career in the paper industry dealing with raw materials, both virgin and recovered fiber, which has now become a passion for Ray and a matter of academic interest. In 1994, Ray and a friend from the paper trade started Esskay Impex, which is now engaged in the selling of recovered fiber, pulp and finished paper.

Dan Sandoval
Recycling Today Media Group
Dan Sandoval has been reporting on the recycling industry for more than 20 years. His area of experience is on the paper markets, from collection to brokering and consuming. He also plays an active role in the development and growth of the Recycling Today Media Group’s conference programs.

Kalyana Sundaram Subramanian
Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Paper Ltd.
Kalyana Sundaram Subramanian, who has a Bachelor of Science degree as well as an MBA, has more than 30 years of experience in various functions of purchase and logistics in the industry. He is currently head of purchase for Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Limited (TNPL), a premier paper mill in India with a turnover of nearly US$320 million. TNPL’s procurement value of recycled paper is about US$35 million.

Brian Taylor
Recycling Today Media Group
Brian Taylor, who joined the Recycling Today Media Group in September of 1997 as a managing editor, now serves as an editor for the media group. The Recycling Today Media Group, based in Richfield, Ohio, U.S.A., is part of GIE Media Inc. The Group’s stable of recycling industry products includes the monthly periodical Recycling Today and the bi-monthly periodicals Construction & Demolition Recycling, Recycling Today Global Edition, Renewable Energy from Waste (REW) and Storage & Destruction Business (SDB). The Media Group also hosts industry conferences, publishes industry directories and manages industry-focused websites that include: www.RecyclingToday.com, www.CDRecycler.com, www.REWmag.com and www.SDBmagazine.com. Taylor, a graduate of the University of Toledo in Ohio, has been a business journalist for nearly 25 years. In his current role, he works from Hong Kong tracking commodity pricing and also gathers information on processing technologies, equipment and emerging markets in the recycling industry.

Otso Toikka
Tetra Pak

Otso Toikka represents Tetra Pak as head of Supply Chain Operations & Environment for Greater Middle East—a region of 25 countries, with award-winning manufacturing facilities in Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. Mr. Toikka has held a wide variety of senior leadership positions within environment, strategic planning, lean manufacturing, supply chain operations and major projects in several parts of the world. He holds a master’s degree in engineering from Helsinki University of Engineering, with complementary studies at IMD.