Speakers

Meet the industry experts who will be speaking at Recycling Confex Middle East!

Adel Al Attar is the procurement manager for Emirates Steel in Abu Dhabi. He has extensive knowledge in the field of procurement, having commenced his career in the field of procurement with Emirates Airlines. Later, he joined Dubai Maritime City Industries followed by Nakheel and then worked at Dubai World before joining Emirates Steel in 2010. Adel holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Liverpool (U.K.).

Mohammed is the Sr. Manager of Environment and waste management at Emirates Global Aluminum (EGA) which he joined in 2010. He is responsible for developing and implementing EGA environmental and waste management strategies and systems. Areas of specialties include environmental impact assessment and monitoring, environmental compliance, sustainability, environmental project design, PFC measurement, vegetation assessment, SPL and dross processing, and waste management.

Prior to joining EGA he worked in the oil and gas and petrochemical sector in quality control laboratory and wastewater treatment project design. Mohammed holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry from Boston University, and Masters in Project Management from the British University in Dubai.

Formerly known as the textile man, Ehsan Haji Amin Gadawala has recently completed three decades in the challenging but rewarding metal industry. Currently he is the Chairman of Ala International (India) Pvt. Ltd and Advisor of Ala Group. With a passion for entrepreneurship, Ehsan Amin started his business in 1981 after graduating from a university in Maharashtra, India. He was one of the pioneers in the textile sector in Gujarat, India.

Eventually he diversified his business by entering the recycling industry in 1990. He ventured into several sectors within this industry but kept his focus on metal trade. Under his strong leadership and guidance, the company has gone from strength to strength and today its name is among the ‘renowned recyclers’. “Ehsan Amin’s mission has always been to be innovative and meet or exceed expectations of clients by offering them the best quality and quantity in a timely manner, within contractual terms, and while adhering to international trade norms.” In addition to his metal recycling business, Ehsan Amin is also active in the real estate sector and serves as the Vice President of other organisations, including the Metal Recycling Association of India (MRAI). He is also a trustee of numerous charitable and social service organisations.

Ranjit Baxi is Founder and Chairman of J&H Sales (International) Ltd., a company he founded more than 35 years ago, to export recovered fibre from the United Kingdom and USA. It has grown to become one of Europe’s leading fibre recycling exporters, operating across the USA, Europe and the Far East. In 2001, the company received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise (International Trade).

Baxi is a recognised expert in the recycling business, and is a major contributor to international trade journals and speaks on recycling to audiences across the globe. He published a book – “Recycling our Future – A Global Strategy” launched June 2014 at BIR Miami Convention.

He has held many leading positions at BIR from President – Paper Division to Treasurer and is presently serving as President.

Dr. Steve Wong is the founder and Managing Director of Fukutomi Company Limited which was established in 1984. Steve started his education in England in 1976 and obtained his Higher National diploma in Business Administration from Bromsgrove Technical College in 1982. After graduation, he worked in an I/E company in England for two years before returning to Hong Kong and starting his own business in 1984. Steve has won many awards for his contribution and achievement in environmental protection field and charity activities. In 2010, he was granted Honorary Fellowship of Business Administration by Canada Chartered Institute of Business Administration. In May 2013, Steve was invited to become the Executive President of China Scrap Plastics Association (CSPA) to facilitate communications between plastic recycling industry and the Central government. In March 2014, Steve became a Board Member of Plastics Committee of Bureau of International Recycling (BIR).

Being one of the leading players in the plastic recycling industry, Fukutomi operates in a global market with its well-established networks and affiliates worldwide including: mainland China, UK, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Denmark, Spain, Czech Republic, Croatia, Austria, Australia, US as well as South Africa. The processing plants in Hong Kong, Vietnam and Malaysia are specialised in mixed rigid plastics, post-consumer film scraps and agricultural plastic scraps. Besides, Fukutomi also manufactures plastic products through its associate Fukutomi (Shantou) Industrial Company Ltd. with manufacturing facilities spanning a plant area of 94,667 sq. meters in Shantou, China.

Engr. Salam Al Sharif has 30 years’ experience in the recycling business. He graduated in 1984 from Texas A&M University as a metallurgy engineer, and worked as a civil engineer for two years. He joined the family business in 1986 and has helped boost business volumes manifold, acquiring domestic and international recognition in the metal industry. He is chairman of Sharif Group, leading the third generation team into a succession plan to the fourth generation.

During his career Engr. Sharif has held several positions at the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) and also was involved in spearheading the Bureau of Middle East Recycling (BMR).

As the present CEO of Gravita India Ltd, Navin Sharma heads the company’s global lead and aluminium business. He is a regular participant and speaker at various international conferences. During the past 24 years, Navin’s assignments have spread from the procurement of raw materials to sales of non-ferrous metals.

Navin Sharma holds a degree in Metallurgy and a Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Gemini Corporation based in Belgium, is a well-known name in the recycling industry. With a Global presence, Gemini handles more than a million tons of recyclable raw materials on an annual basis.

Ved Prakash is the head of steel division at Gemini. He is a recognised speaker at numerous conferences around the world. Over 12 years of experience in dealing directly with European and Asian end-users gives him an insight into the scrap industry. Ved Prakash’s views are often published in many recycling related publications.

Sh. Mohammed Sulaiman Al-Harthy is the Executive Vice President, Strategic Development at Oman Environmental Services Holding Company “be’ah". Under this role, he is responsible in setting out be'ah’s strategic direction, enhance corporate performance, maintain and improve public relations, and develop a sustainable business model for the different waste streams. be’ah adheres to a sustainable framework that is derived in principle from the concepts of waste management hierarchy and circular economy.

Sh. Mohammed holds a master degree in Business Administration with concentration in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, a master degree in Computer Engineering and a bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering. Prior to joining be’ah, Sh. Mohammed held several leading roles at different organisations including Shell Oman Marketing and Omania E-Commerce.

Kashif Amin is Managing Director of Ekman Middle East, based in Sharjah, UAE. He is actively involved in marketing and sales of pulp, paper and recycled materials since 1991, in South East Asia and GCC region. Amin holds an MBA degree.

Ekman & Co AB, incorporated in 1802 in Sweden is a leading sales and marketing organisation focusing on global forest industry. Every year Ekman handles, millions of tons of paper, pulp and recovered material for their clients in over one hundred countries. Ekman comprehensive service package can be tailored made to add value to the supply chain of any of the following products: pulp, paper and packaging, recovered materials, bioenergy.

Ekman Middle East office was established in 2009 in UAE, with the idea of having local presence and global reach. Ekman ME offers a wide range of services for its clients in GCC and South East Asia Region, covering marketing, logistics, financial services and risk management tools.

Rajesh Barla is the Vice President Marketing at Mittal Corp Limited. He is responsible for domestic as well as export marketing and also in charge of procurement of major raw material i.e. stainless steel scrap. He has completed his BE (Mechanical) and MBA (Marketing). Barla more than 28 years of experience in the field of Marketing / Quality Control / Procurement / Logistics / Project Management for continual Improvement projects. Prior to joining Mittal Corp Limited, he worked at Nippon Denro Ispat Limited, Lloyds Steel Industries Ltd., Jindal Iron & Steel Co. Ltd., Jindal Strips Ltd., Usha Martin Ltd. and Rajratan Global Wire Limited. He has travelled widely to various countries for business development purpose.

Tasos is an environmental professional with over 14 years of expertise in waste management, with strong technical, business and managerial background. Over the years, he managed technical projects in the Waste to Energy sector and also developed and designed several material recycling facilities (MRFs) and plastics recycling facilities (PRFs) in the Middle East focusing on waste diversion from landfill, recycling and ultimately revenue generation for the local market, he says. Currently he is the Regional Director for Tomra Sorting DMCC in Dubai, a subsidiary company of Tomra Sorting Solutions from Norway, a manufacturer and supplier of optical sorting systems for the recycling, mining and food industries.

Tasos has an MBA Degree from Durham University, a MEng from Sheffield University in Energy and Environmental Engineering, a BSc from Ioannina University (Greece) in Environmental Management. He is a certified waste professional from the chartered institute of waste management (CIWM) in the United Kingdom and a certified project management professional (PRINCE 2). Last but not least, he is a Practitioner member with the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) in the United Kingdom.

Sathya Bodha is the Sr. Vice President at Mittal Corp Ltd, having 18 years of experience in the Iron and Steel industry. After graduating from Karnataka Regional Engineering College he joined Jindal Vijayanagar Steel (now known as JSW Steel). He worked on many modern technologies and was also involved in commissioning of Steel making facilities, Pellet plant and beneficiation facilities. Later, he worked at Ispat Industries and after serving for about 5 years, he joined Danilei group as Asst. Vice President where he was responsible for sales in India and neighbouring countries. Sathya Bodha was instrumental in positioning Danieli as one of the top suppliers of equipment and technology in India during his 3.5 years of association, following which he joined Mittal Corp.

Surendra Borad Patawari founded Gemini Corporation in 1989. Located in 16 countries and employing over 200 professionals, the Group has a turnover of USD 520 million. It is one of the largest companies in sourcing and distribution of plastic scrap worldwide; besides steel and rubber scrap. He was awarded 2015 CA Global Business Leader of the year by ICAI (Institute of Chartered Accountants of India). He is also Chairman of the Plastic Committee of BIR.

To achieve his philanthropic goals, he has adopted eight Indian villages for their medical needs, built and operates two schools for 400 students and supports the plantation and maintenance of over 100,000 trees.

Heiner Guschall is the managing director of Sicon GmbH, where he is responsible for sales activities as well as R&D at the company, “which takes an important portion of its annual investments to stay a leading company in the industry with regular beneficial innovations,” he says. As the inventor of numerous processes protected by patents (including the VW-SICON process), Mr. Guschall has made significant contributions toward the recovery of shredder residue since 1997-1998. Plants based on Sicon’s inventions are located in many countries worldwide today.

The Metallo Group, with recycling facilities both in Belgium and Spain, is a well known secondary refining group run with best available technology. Equipped with their innovative furnaces they are “The Smelter for the Smelters”, says the company.

“My personal goal is to support local companies in recycling more complex secondary scrap metals and in this manner, help protect the environment,” says Gushevilov.

Farah Hamirani has lived in Dubai all her life, completing her studies at American University in Dubai and finishing her MBA in London. She joined the management team in 2007 and has been actively involved in the overall operations of the company, in charge of developing new business, increasing sales and in strengthening relations with the existing clients and suppliers. Farah also handles the Personnel and Human Resources Department.

The company was established in year 1990. Paper Chase International has seen a phenomenal growth over the last two decades. This has been achieved through a systematic focus to locate its business activities in profitable markets and as a result, the company says Paper Chase today has a presence in several countries enabling it to pool its resources and directing them into highly profitable units. This has enabled the company to play a significant role through volume exports of its products in the target international market. Paper Chase International is the one of the largest packers, collectors and exporters of waste paper in the region.

Dr. Sayed Hussain is the founder CEO of Sayed Group of companies and Managing Director for all its member firms. He epitomises the youthful, dynamic and result oriented nature of the Group and he is actively involved in the execution and success of each company. His expertise is in basic industries and his abilities are best judged from the phenomenal performances of his companies. He is known in the non-ferrous metal industry for his visionary strategies.

Dr. Sayed's ability to lead the company strategically has led to its emergence as one of the fastest growing privately owned companies in the region. Since Sayed Metal's inception, Dr. Sayed has been architecting its unique business model by perfecting each business process. His outstanding vision, entrepreneurship and leadership skills are behind the success of Sayed Metal. Coupled with his business acumen, management experience and leadership qualities give executive clear benefits in terms of visioning and pursuing the vision of the company.

Kalyanasundaram holds a Post Graduate degree in Business Administration. With over 30 years of experience in various areas of Materials Management like procurement, inventory and stores and Logistic operations, he presently heads the Purchase Department of Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Limited located in Karur, Tamilnadu, India as General Manager (Purchase).

He deals with procurement of various raw materials and chemicals including recycled paper of imported and indigenous origin, with the total procurement value of recycled paper per annum being USD20 million against the total procurement of USD200 million per annum.

Joris Lauwers is Regional Sales Manager Recyclables at Umicore Precious Metals Refining, responsible for the sourcing of precious-metals bearing materials for refining in a worldwide market.

Prior to joining the Recyclables department, Joris had worked for 4 years as a commercial manager for Umicore’s Cobalt & Specialty Materials Unit, selling metal powders to the tooling industry.

Joris holds a Master’s degree in Commercial Engineering having graduated from the University of Leuven in 2010.

Mahajan Recycle Resources is a family managed concern and part of Mahajan group, which is associated with the Paper Industry since year 1964 and is presently an active Indentor for supply of waste paper to paper mills in India and other Asian countries.

Vikas Mahajan holds an MBA degree. He joined the family business in year 2000 and learnt that scrap paper business is more of understanding with regard to origin, supply consistency, fiber quality, commercial suitability, rather than just selling Grades collected by category. And he says this became possible because of principles shared by his father Naresh Mahajan - “One quality never suits all. Never hide anything from supplier and end customer.”.

Vikas has travelled and visited balers, suppliers to understand their work and supply quality and says Mahajan Recycle Resources were among the first to source, introduce and supply waste paper from Ireland in India. Today, Mahajan Recycle Resources has associates in USA, Canada, Ireland, Europe, Australia, Singapore, UAE, and South Africa.

Michael McManus directs communications and public affairs in North America for Asia Pulp and Paper Group (APP), one of the world’s largest, fully integrated pulp and paper manufacturers whose products are used by millions of people every day. Mr. McManus is responsible for corporate communications, stakeholder engagement, internal and external messaging, public relations, government affairs and customer relationship strategy.

McManus joined APP from Sodexo, a global hospitality and facilities management company where he managed communications for North America for four years.

Prior to this, McManus also spent 15 years as a journalist.

Stephen Phelan moved to Dubai 16 years ago working as an IT specialist with FedEx. In 2007 he managed the setup of the Middle East's first national e-scrap recycling campaign in the United Arab Emirates in conjunction with the Ministry of Environment and Water, he says. Stephen then started his own e-scrap recycling business in 2009 and sold it to a publicly traded multinational organisation - Sims Metal Management (2012). He is now the Managing Director for Sims Recycling Solutions based in Dubai and is responsible for the operational, commercial, profit and loss activities for the Middle East region.

Sims Recycling Solutions is the world's largest electrical and electronics reuse and recycling company. Their 50 operations span over five continents, processing over 735,000 tonnes of electronic waste, IT and computer equipment and hazardous waste each year. Sims provides IT and electronics recovery, reuse and recycling services to OEMs, CEMs, compliance scheme operators, businesses and government organisations throughout Europe, America and APAC. Sims Recycling Solutions is a trusted global company which delivers cost effective, legally compliant and environmentally responsible solutions.

Annabé studied Polymer Science at Stellenbosch University in South Africa and subsequently gathered 28 years of experience in the South African plastics industry and is passionate about plastics – in any form.

Over the last couple of years, she completed a number of surveys in the plastics industry, of which the annual update on the recycling statistics forms the basis of her talk at the conference. She is also the face for the South African Plastics Recycling Organisation and often needs to present the practical aspects of plastics recycling in discussion forums around the Green Economy.

A Process Engineer by profession, Sridhar Rao has more than 25 years of experience in PET /HDPE Recycling & Polyester fiber industry. He is presently working as Plant Manager for Creative Recycling World Company, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The company has installed a plant with a capacity of 20,000 tons per annum PET flakes and 15,000 tons per annum PET food grade chips. Prior to this, Rao worked with Extrupet Pty Ltd (Johannesburg and Cape Town) South Africa, manufacturer of PET food grade Pellets and HDPE pellets with capacity of over 40,000 MT per annum, Alkem Nigeria (Recycling of PET and manufacturers of Polyester fibre), and worked for 5 years with Reliance Industries Limited, India.

Rao specialises in setting up and operating new recycling facilities of large scale capacity, using state-of-the-art technology, making process improvements, increasing efficiencies, by incorporating local specific conditions. He has worked extensively with local regulating and licensing authorities for implementing Environment Management Plans and systems, effluent treatment plants for the recycling industry.

Creative Recycling World (CRWC) is part of Al Marbae Holding Company, was set up in 2nd Industrial city Jeddah in 2015. CRWC is Saudi Arabia’s first modern recycling operation, dedicated to the recycling of post-consumer PET bottles with advanced technology from Italy, Germany and Austria to produced Food Grade rPET, which will eventually replace virgin PET for a majority of applications.

K.B. Raut holds a B.Sc. degree from University of Nagpur, India and a B.Tech in Chemical Technology (specialised in Papermaking) from the Laxminarayana Institute of Technology Nagpur, India. In 1991, he joined Ballarpur Industries ( BILT) as a Graduate Engineer Trainee, where he has continued his career till June 2012, and held different senior level positions in all disciplines of papermaking, right from pulp making to paper making. During his career in BILT, he has been recognised as an outstanding performer for his immense contribution to the organisation. Ballarpur Industries Limited (BILT), part of the US$ 3 bn Avantha Group, is India’s largest manufacturer of writing and printing (W&P) paper. More than 50% of India’s coated wood-free grades roll out of BILT‘s state-of-the-art plants. The company holds an impressive 85% share of the bond paper market and nearly 45% share of the hi-bright Maplitho market in India.

In July 2012, he joined Union Paper Mills, Dubai, in the capacity of Production Head where he has gained knowledge and exposure to paper making from recycled fibres mainly from OCC. He has emerged as a Team leader and has played a leading role in achieving cost effective performance, meeting all norms and figures. Union Paper Mills established in 1987, owned by the well-known M.A.H.Y. Khoory Group of Dubai, brought paper recycling technology to the UAE, a first in the GCC, says Raut. It boasts a product range designed to meet local requirements. The mill produces Fluting medium and Test Liner papers for the manufacture of corrugated cartons. Also Unbleached Core Board is manufactured for use by core pipe manufacturers. All products at Union Paper Mills are manufactured from recyclable scrap paper using sophisticated technology and the process adheres to very high anti-pollution measures.

Neil Reid is the waste electrical and electronics equipment (WEEE) operations manager at Holoul Electronic Recycling Treatment Co. He has more than 14 years’ experience in the metals and electronics recycling sector. Prior to joining Holoul in 2013, Mr. Reid worked for Sims Group, and has managed several large operations including the world’s largest metals recycling and WEEE plants in the U.K. Reid was promoted to projects/engineering manager for the Sims Group in 2005, and in 2010 served as senior operations manager Australia, where he oversaw the businesses in Australia, New Zealand and India, as well as provided support in South Africa. Reid’s area of expertise is engineering, operations and process design.

Carlos is Copart’s CEO - MEA, driving its expansion plans since August 2011. He has opened Copart operations in UAE, Bahrain and Oman, providing the region’s foremost online auto auction services to a network of vehicle owners, from Insurance Companies, to local Government agencies, taxi companies, dealers and the general public too.

Carlos previously worked for Zurich Insurance Group for 15 years, managing their Latin American and then International Asian operations, before becoming CEO for the MEA region in 2008. He became CEO for Swiss Life’s International businesses, responsible for creating a client proposition across the emerging markets and was a member of the Executive leadership team, which he also now does for Copart. Carlos is based in Dubai with his wife and two sons and says he enjoys spending time with his family, travelling and sport - although mainly spectating these days!

John joined the steel industry in 1988, with the then relatively small UK-based trading firm Stemcor. He spent his formative years (1989-1991) in procurement / business development roles in E. Europe/CIS, generating the steel export flows – semis, finished product, scrap – that would propel Stemcor to world #1 position by mid 1990s. In 1992 John founded / became GM of the firm’s Middle East franchise, and was appointed MD of Stemcor Projects & Contracts in 1996.

After post graduate studies at Oxford – which included an award-winning MBA – John moved across to the financing of the steel industry, co-founding boutique consultancy Steel Derivatives before becoming Global Head of Steel for Standard Bank in London. Since 2007, and platformed on his parallel skill sets in steel trading and financing of the ferrous supply chain, John has held Director/Global Head positions at Duferco, DMCC, NewEdge, Trafigura, and UIL.

Recently returning to Steel Derivatives as CEO, John’s long experience with scrap – both physical and financial – provides a unique risk-responsive view for the participants of the ferrous recycling industry.

Candice has been with Ericsson since 2008 and is currently their Programme Manager for Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility in region Middle East and East Africa (RMEA). Ericsson has three key focus areas under SCR, that Candice and her team are responsible for implementing. They include being a trusted partner due to corporate responsibility activities such as anti-corruption and code of ethics. Secondly, they promote a low carbon circular economy through a lifecycle approach to their products and operations, as well as recycling and e-waste take back. Thirdly, they promote Communication for All, through Technology for Good offerings and outreach to communities in developing countries and regions.

Candice has vast experience in operational and strategic business consulting, having worked extensively in Africa before moving to the Middle East, where she is based in the UAE. She was the Regional Strategic Programme Director for a culture change programme “Build a Winning Culture” in 2013 and 2014, that culminated in Ericsson being awarded the 2nd best place to work in the UAE Great Place To Work competition. Candice graduated with an Honours degree in International Relations and a Bachelor of Commerce. She is a certified expert in ITIL Service Management, used to volunteer as a paramedic and is currently pursuing part-time postgraduate studies at a prestigious university.

Joachim Vogt is the co-founder and Managing Director of Recycling Partners, established in Germany in cooperation with Iris-Mec company, a leading manufacturer of products for depollution and dismantling of End-of-Life Vehicles (ELV). Recycling Partners is a provider of products and services thanks to a netwok of manufacturers for innovative products in the car recycling, cables and scrap fields.

In 1994, Joachim finished his engineering studies at the TU Clausthal and started working in the auto recycling sector. He speaks three languages German, French, English; he's married and lives near Munich (Germany). He travels all over the world and with more than 20 years experience in recycling of cars, cables and scrap, he's one of the leading experts in the sector, taking part to the major congresses and events.

He works in partnership with Iris-Mec to support car manufacturers, car dismantlers, associations, universities, public authorities to develop their projects and strategies.

Inquiries related to conference speaking can be directed to Dr. Swaliha Shanawaz.

Dr. Swaliha Shanawaz

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Waste and Recycling Middle East
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