Judges

Judges

Dr Mark van Loosdrecht

Dr Mark van Loosdrecht

Dr Mark van Loosdrecht is a full professor in the department of Biochemical Engineering at Delft University of Technology, and head of the Environmental Biotechnology section. He obtained his Engineering Degree in Environmental Engineering at Wageningen University and obtained his PhD with a focus on the adhesion of bacteria and the effects of adhesion on the microbial physiology at the same university in 1988. He has been lecturing at Delft University of Technology since 1988. He has been a scientific advisor of Water Cycle Research at KWR Water Cycle Research since 2008, and holds several fellowships and an honorary doctorate at the ETH Zurich. His research interests include the principles of microbial growth in biofilms and granules and the principles of metabolism in mixed microbial cultures under dynamic conditions, and one of his many academic achievements has been in the mechanistical understanding of biological phosphorus removal processes from wastewater and of the morphogenesis of biofilms. Currently four different wastewater treatment processes developed by his team are being introduced on a commercial scale.

Dr van Loosdrecht is Editor-In-Chief of Elsevier’s journal Water Research and has recently been awarded the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2012 for his breakthrough contributions in creating sustainable solutions in the field of wastewater treatment. He has contributed a video interview to Elsevier’s Bigger Brains initiative, a platform that provides career guidance and advice for early career researchers.

 

Dr Prasad Modak

Dr Prasad Modak

Prasad Modak obtained BTech (Civil Engg-1978) and MTech (Environmental Science and Engg-1980) from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay. He received Doctor of Environmental Engg from the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand in 1984. Dr Modak joined the Centre for Environmental Science and Engg at IIT Bombay as a faculty in 1984. He left IIT Bombay in 1995 to set up the Environmental Management Centre (www.emcentre.com).

Since 1996, Dr Modak has worked as a Corporate Consultant (Environment & Infrastructure) with Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS) Ltd. In this capacity he provides oversight on IL&FS's Environmental & Social Policy Framework. Dr Modak is an Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Technology Alternatives in Rural Areas at IIT, Bombay since 2009.

Dr Modak has worked with almost all key UN, multi-lateral and bi-lateral developmental institutions in the world. Prominent amongst these are United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Geneva, Osaka and Paris; United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), New York, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), New York; United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Vienna; Dept for International Development (DFID); London; Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) and Carl Duisburg Gesellschaft (CDG), Germany; Asian Productivity Organization (APO), Tokyo; Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), Embassy of the Netherlands, New Delhi; Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the World Bank (WB), International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Dr Modak has been invited by several international agencies, public bodies, professional journals and Governments to serve as a Jury and a Reviewer. He has authored and executed more than 300 consulting reports and trained more than 5000 professionals across the World.

Dr Modak has published books with UN University on EIA (translations in Chinese, Japanese), Tokyo; Oxford University Press; UNEP, Paris on Textile Industry and Environment and Centre for Environmental Education in India on Waste Minimization. In 1993, he coordinated learning materials on Air Pollution for UNESCO. For UNEP, Geneva he served as Coordinating Author for the Chapter on Waste Management & Recycling in the Green Economy Report. He was instrumental in developing the International Platform for Waste Management for Local Authorities (IPLA) for UNCRD. He served as Hon Editor of the Journal of Indian Water Works between 1998 and 2004.

Dr Modak is a Council Member of the International Green Purchasing Network (IGPN), a Columnist for Green Purchasing Asia magazine which is published from Malaysia and he chairs the Green Purchasing Network India.

Dr Modak has received a number of awards and recognitions, and his name has been listed in distinguished personalities on environmental management. He has been recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award of AITAA in 2010 for Significant Contribution to International Affairs. In 2011, Dr Modak was elected by the American Association of Environmental Engineers as Board Certified Environmental Engineering Member for his work in Research, Teaching and Professional Practice.

Dr Gang Pan

Dr Gang Pan

Dr Gang Pan is a professor at the Research Center for Eco-environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences.  He is the Chairman of the Global Phosphorus Recycling Initiative (GPRI), SCOPE (Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment), chief scientist of a Sino-EU governmental cooperation programme on water science (Ministry of Science and Technology), deputy chief-scientist of a national R&D programme on Taihu Lake (45 million RMB) and project leader for three national key basic research projects (11 million RMB).

He is the vice president of Chinese Association of Aquatic Environment, board member of the Chinese Society of Environmental Nanotechnology,, the Chinese Society of Environment and Energy, the NSF assessment panel, and the Chinese Society of Limnology and Oceanology. He is a member of American Chemical Society, and a member of the editorial board of five peer reviewed journals. He has published more than 140 peer reviewed papers and issued more than 40 patents.

Dr Pan was a pioneer in developing cost-effective and safe technologies for toxic algal blooms and water pollution controls as well as nutrient recycle/reuse technologies in natural water systems. He also developed fundamental physicochemical theories and methods to study environmental and geochemical interfacial reactions (adsorption, flocculation, and nano science). He has a track record in developing multidisciplinary studies in chemical, environmental, ecological, water, and nano areas, ranging from fundamental science to applied engineering.

Valerie Labi



Valerie Labi can be described as a social innovator, with a proven track record for nurturing growth strategies and delivering shared value in emerging markets.  Valerie is making a significant contribution to tackling the global sanitation crisis by pioneering new forms of household sanitation with potential for widescale replication in emerging markets. In 2015 she was appointed as Director of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for iDE and subsequently founded Sama Sama a sanitation social enterprise; which uses a direct sales approach to increase people's demand for improved toilets and aggregates local businesses in order to match supply. 

Not only is her work today establishing a robust sanitation market ecosystem in Northern Ghana which aims to reach more than 300,000 people.  Valerie previously served as CEO of Clean Team Toilets, 2013 winners of the Dame Lesley Strathie Award for Operational Excellence at the UK Civil Service Awards. 

She excels when driving business transformation, providing leadership and finding innovative solutions to social issues.  She is determined to empower households and improve living conditions in Africa by driving the ‘democratisation of toilets’ and the ‘commercialisation of waste’ across the continent.

Her accomplishments to date at driving social change through business were recently acknowledged when she was recognised as one of the ‘10 under 35 Changemakers in Ghana’.  Valerie was honoured by President Obama when she was awarded the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders 2014.

In addition to being a mother and a business leader, Valerie is pioneering in academia contributing to thought leadership, pursuing her Masters of Studies at the University of Cambridge, UK with a core research focus on Sustainability Leadership.