Environmental Technology for Impact | Speakers

Dr. Ghada Kassab

University of Jordan

Ghada Kassab

Dr. Kassab is an assistant professor at The Civil Engineering Department of The University of Jordan. She received her PhD degree in environmental engineering from Wageningen University-The Netherlands. Her research interests lie in the area of low cost wastewater treatment technologies, anaerobic digestion and bio-energy recovery. In the recent years her research was focused on bioenergy recovery from sewage sludge and food wastes, development of sustainable wastewater treatment technologies and sewage sludge management.

During the past five years, Dr. Kassab has been a core investigator in research programs related to decentralized sanitation, wastewater agricultural use, sludge management and anaerobic co-digestion of food wastes with sewage sludge.

Prof. Wang Kaijun

Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Wang Kaijun

Mr. Wang Kaijun (“Mr. Wang”) holds a Doctor degree from the Environmental Technology Department of the Wageningen Agricultural University in the Netherlands. Mr. Wang was previously appointed as the chief engineer of Beijing Municipal Research Institute of Environmental Protection . He is now working as a professor in School of Environment, Tsinghua University , a member of Committee of Science and Technology in Ministry of Environmental Protection and the director of State Environment Protection Engineering Center for Technology Management and Evaluation. Mr. Wang has been engaged and experienced in the relevant research, development and industrialization of sewage pollution control technologies and the evaluation of policy-making over the years. Mr. Wang has unique and innovative opinions on the academic study and has made many achievements and demonstration cases on the hydrolysis aerobic process theory, aerobic and anaerobic reactor theory and design, development and application of sewage sludge treatment and disposal technologies, planning and management of state environment protection administration system, etc. Mr. Wang also developed the research fields on municipal sewage hydrolysis-aerobic treatment process, high performance anaerobic reactors, sewage sludge treatment and disposal, livestock manure treatment and rural environmental protection in mainland China.

Prof. Francisco J. Cervantes

Engineering Institute of UNAM

Francisco J. Cervantes

Francisco J. Cervantes obtained his PhD in Environmental Sciences from Department of Environmental Technology at Wageningen University (The Netherlands, 2002). He was Associate Professor of Department of Water & Environmental Sciences at ITSON (Mexico, 2002-2006). Later, he was also Professor at the Division of Environmental Sciences at IPICYT (Mexico, September 2006 to April 2019). From August 2011 to July 2012 he was also appointed Professor at Department of Biotechnology at NTNU-Trondheim (Norway). Recently, he got a new position as Professor of Engineering Institute of UNAM (Campus Juriquilla, May 2019). He is member of the editorial board of Reviews in Environmental Science and BioTechnology (Springer), and Associate Editor of IWA Publishing. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed research papers, several book chapters and has given several lectures around the world. He has received more than 5,000 citations to his scientific contributions and his H-index is currently 35. He is consultant with more than 20 years of experience on wastewater treatment projects from different industrial sectors. There are several wastewater treatment plants, designed by Dr. Cervantes, currently in operation in different industrial sectors of Latin America. He has received several distinctions in his scientific career, including the prestigious Lettinga Award 2007, the National Research Award 2008 (in Engineering and Technology, Mexican Academy of Sciences), and the Marcos Moshinsky Fellow.

Dr. Paula González

Managing director Paques

Paula Gonzalez

Dr. González is the managing director of Paques Europe in the Netherlands. She holds a Ph.D. degree in Environmental Technology from Wageningen University (2012) and an executive MBA degree from Rotterdam Erasmus University (2016). After having developed the bio-crystallisation concept of ferric arsenate during her PhD thesis, Paula joined the Paques R&D team as technology specialist to develop innovative cost-effective processes.

Between 2013 and 2018, Dr. González has led the global services department, the industry specialist department and the metal and mining development business at Paques Global.