EWAM 2012
Accra, Ghana
25th to 30th June 2012



Seeing the huge demand for training for policy makers and small companies, in particular from developing countries, our first EWAM was organized from 25th to 29th of June 2012 in Accra, Ghana. Hosted by the local UNU Institute
UNU-INRA EWAM 2012 had a regional focus on Latin America with selected participants from Latin America.

Each day comprised expert presentations about a daily topic and group work. Topics included the global perspective of e-waste and a holistic perspective in system design, manual dismantling and refurbishment, end-of-life collaboration along the recycling chain, international movements of (W)EEE and understanding the concept of waste and used goods, standards, monitoring and enforcement.

During the group work, participants were assigned to work out an e-waste solution for selected countries, based on the daily lectures and assignments.


Luis Neves

Luis Neves is Chairman of the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), and Climate Change and Sustainability Officer, Executive Vice President, at Deutsche Telekom Group. With over thirty years of experience at the national and international level in the field of telecommunications and Information Society, Luis has played a fundamental role in promoting the role of ICT in relation to climate change. Luis was the driving force...

Mushtaq Memon

Mushtaq Memon holds Doctorate in Environmental and Resource Economics and Management from Japan, Masters in Project Planning and National Development from UK, Postgraduate Diploma in Transport and Bachelors in Civil Engineering. He is currently a Programme Officer with United Nations Environment Programme at its International Environment Technology Centre, working on urban environmental issues including urban waste and urban water. He is currently responsible for project...

Oladele Osibanjo

BCCC Africa, Nigeria
Prof. Oladele Osibanjo holds a Master Science and PhD in Analytical Chemistry from University of Birmingham. He is currently Executive Director in Basel Convention Coordinating Centre for Training and Technology Transfer in Hazardous Waste Management for the African Region. He supports parties in the Africa region to effectively implement their obligations on the Basel Convention on trans-boundary movements of hazardous and other wastes and its...

Klaus Willke

Klaus Willke hold a Dipl. Ing. in process engineer and specific training courses in waste management. He has been serving as Public senior official in the sub unit of waste shipments at the State Ministry for Urban Development and Environment in Hamburg until 2011. Previously he has worked as Public official in the department of waste management at the State Ministry of Environment in Hamburg...

Simone Rufener

Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland
Simonne Rufener holds a Master of Advanced Studies in Development and Coordination (MAS) from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich and a Master of Natural Science in Geography (MsC) from University of Bern. She also studied at Faculty of Geography at University of Valaencia.. Since 2009 is working in Federal Office for the Environment Switzerland, waste recovery and treatment section, Bern, as Scientific…

Jaco Huisman

UNU, Germany / Netherlands
Jaco Huisman completed his M.Sc. in chemical engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology in 1999 and his Ph.D. in 2003 at Delft University of Technology. His Ph.D. thesis focused on how to look at the recycling of electronic products with an environmental and eco-efficiency lens, which is still highly relevant and cited today. Since 2004 he runs his own consultancy company, OsevenfortytwO, where he gives…

Mathias Schluep

Mathias Schluep received his MSc in Environmental Engineering and his PhD in natural sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland (ETH). He is currently a programme manager and senior scientist at the Technology and Society Lab at Empa in Switzerland, a research institution belonging to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) domain. He is leading Empa's research related to e-waste..

Alexis Van Den Daelen

Umicore, Belgium
Alexis Van den Daelen holds a Master Degree in Bio-Engineering from Gembloux Agro-Bio-Tech in Belgium, with a more specifically in the field of Agricultural Economics. He studied also in Montréal, at McGill University. In 2010 he joined Umicore, an international materials technology group, based in Brussels. He started in the Government Affairs department, and moved in January 2012 to Umicore Precious Metals Refining as Manager Marketing and..

Chris Slijkhuis

MBA Polymers
Chris Slijkhuis holds a Master Science in Horticulture and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Antwerp. Since 2005 is Director of sourcing and logistics at MBA Polymers, responsible for developing and implementing sourcing strategies for several MBA facilities in Europe and China. He as been Director of Supply chain Management at Flextronics, between 2000 and 2005, working at a strategy for this…

Margaret Bates

University of Northampton, UK
Margaret Bates holds a BSc (Hons.) in Applied Biology from Polytechnic of East London and a PhD from University of East London. She is currently manager of the Centre for Sustainable Wastes Management and reader in Sustainable Wastes Management at the University of Northampton. She is chairing the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) Scientific and Technical Committee, CIWM Executive Committee, Anglian Centre Councillor for…


Venue & Access

Accra, Ghana


25th to 30th June 2012

The United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA) is one of the 15 Research and Training Centres / Programmes (RTC/Ps) of the United Nations University (UNU). It is based in the International House on the campus of the University of Ghana, Lego Campus.

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