EWAM 2016
Nairobi, Kenya
22nd to 26th February 2016



The 2016 EWAM took place from 22nd to 26th February 2016 in Kenya, supported by Nema, Dell, Empa, Umicore and the World Resources Forum. EWAM 2016 had a regional focus on Africa.

Each day comprised expert presentations about a daily topic and group work. Topics included the global perspective of e-waste, its health dimension and access to global recycling markets, e-waste recycling technologies and successful operations, standards and their enforcement.

A study tour to the e-waste processing facility WEEE Centre and a dismantling session at the Centre completed the program.

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


Rolf Widmer

Empa, Switzerland
Rolf Widmer received his MSc in electrical engineering and his MBA for development co-operation from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH). For several years he was with the Institute for Quantum Electronics at the ETH. He joined the Technology & Society Lab at EMPA in Switzerland in 2003, a research institution belonging to the ETH domain. He is currently involved in several..

Antonio Pascale


Klaus Willke

Klaus Willke holds an advanced degree (Dipl. Ing.) in process engineering and is a certified expert for waste management. Until 2011 he served as senior public officer for waste management with the Ministry of Urban Development and Environment Hamburg (BSU). His responsibilities included the notification procedure and the enforcement of the European Waste Shipments Regulation. Previously he has worked with the German Voluntary Service in…

Arup Baruah

Norbert Zonneveld

Mr. Norbert Zonneveld is currently the Executive Secretary of the European Electronics Recycling Association (EERA) since 2004. Among others, he has worked as the CEO of MIREC, part of the waste services division of SUEZ, the French-quoted conglomerate. Mr. Zonneveld holds a M.Sc., Biology and Business Administration, from the Wageningen University and Erasmus University. His organization is based in The Netherlands.

Markus Spitzbart

Markus Spitzbart is the manager of the "D.R.Z - Dismantling- and Recycling-Centre", the social enterprise of the Wiener Volkshochschulen GmbH. The D.R.Z is a recycling facility, where e-waste collected by the municipality of Vienna, is manually dismantled and prepared for material recycling. Furthermore in the D.R.Z reusable devices are selected from the input and refurbished. In the TrashDesignManufaktur the D.R.Z produces recycling products like furniture…

Michael Gasser


Colton Bangs

Colton joined Umicore in 2011 after completing a M.Sc. in Industrial Ecology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, specializing in Environmental Systems Analysis with a thesis on the global aluminium cycle. He holds a B.Sc. in Engineering from Swarthmore College in the United States where he graduated with high honors. As Manager of Market Intelligence and Business Research at Umicore Precious Metals Refining,..

Juergen Braun

Bremen Police

Federico Magalini

United Nations University / Step Initiative
Federico, a Mechanical Engineer, holds a PhD in Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering from Politecnico di Milano University. He focuses his research activities on e-waste management and is an author of more than 30 publications in national and international journals and conference proceedings, as well as co-author of the first Italian book on e-waste management, published in 2005. As Associate Program Officer since 2005 at..


Venue & Access

NAirobi, Kenya

Fairmont the Norfolk Hotel

22nd to 26th February 2016

The Fairmont the Norfolk Hotel is located just minutes away from Nairobi’s best attractions and adjacent to the Central Business District. Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nirobi’s primary airport, is located 20 km away from Fairmont The Norfolk. Wilson Airport is located 15 km from the hotel.

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