Enzo Favoino, Ph.D.
Dr. Enzo Favoino is with Scuola Agraria del Parco di Monza, a not-for-profit Research Centre based in Northern Italy.
He and his team have long been involved across Europe in scientific and technical issues related to optimisation of schemes for separate collection, definition and implementation of Zero Waste programmes, process management in composting and anaerobic digestion site, strategies to tackle the growing plastic problem.
They have largely contributed to the development of separate collection, composting, reuse programmes and Zero Waste schemes in Italy, Spain, UK and other Countries, in the EU and outside it.
He was a co-founder of ECN – European Compost Network. From 2004 through 2012 he was Chair of the WG on Biological Treatment at ISWA.
Currently, he serves as Chair of the Scientific Committee of Zero Waste Europe.
In recent years, he’s been particularly involved in defining policies and strategies, and implementing practices, to trim the overflow of plastics, with specific regards to single-use ones, and reduce their leakage into the environment. He contributed to documents and papers issues by relevant global networks working on the issue, he took part in the expert panel that carried out the research “Breaking the Plastic Wave” to define strategies (and their potential contribution) to minimise leakage of plastics.
Jorge Emmanuel, Ph.D.
Dr. Jorge Emmanuel is an adjunct professor in the Institute of Environmental and Marine Sciences and in the College of Engineering and Design at Silliman University, Philippines.
Before joining Silliman, he was Chief Technical Advisor for Global Environmental Facility projects of the United Nations Development Program from 2003 to 2015 and President of the Environmental & Engineering Research Group in California which he founded in 1993. In the 1970s and 80s, he worked as a researcher at the GE Corporate Research Center, North Carolina State University, and University of Michigan in the field of plastics, in particular, polymer synthesis and characterization, rheology of polymers and polymer blends, mathematical modeling of plastics processing, and fluid mechanics and heat transfer of polymer solutions.
Since then, he has been a consultant to the World Health Organization, United Nations Environment Program, National Institutes of Health, other international agencies, Ministries of Environment and Ministries of Health, and non-governmental organizations in over 40 countries dealing with solid waste management, hazardous waste, medical waste, treatment technologies, environmental remediation, environmental health, health risk assessments, infection control and prevention, waste-to-energy technologies, climate change mitigation, and climate adaptation. His current research interests include microplastics and approaches to zero waste.
He is the author or co-author of eight books and four book chapters, two dozen technical guidelines for the United Nations Development Program and World Health Organization, and many scientific papers, technical reports, and conference presentations. He received his doctorate in chemical engineering at the University of Michigan, and holds degrees and certificates in chemistry from North Carolina State University, environmental management from the University of California at Berkeley, energy innovation and emerging technologies from Stanford University, and public health from the University of Iowa.