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 WM India

Day One

Introduction/Welcome:        Dr. Joseph Fiksel, The Ohio State University

US Keynote Speaker:           Dr. Rattan Lal, Distinguished Professor, The Ohio State University

India Keynote Speakers:      Dr. Rakesh Kumar, Director, National Environmental Engineering Research Institute                                                             Dr. Harshad Thakur, TATA Institute of Social Science

Lunch Presentation:             Dr. Sonal Thengane, IIT Bombay

Panel Session One:              Best Practices in Waste Management: Toward a Circular Economy

Session Chair:                         Mr. Mathy Stanislaus, Senior Advisor on Circular Economy, World Economic Forum

Mr. John Opsteen, Kimberly-Clark Group

Dr. Jochen Hertlein, Nestle

Mr. Gokul Venkataraman, Owens-Corning

Ms. Anita Kedia, Waste Management, INC

Ms. Alka Upadhyay, Tata Group

Mr. Anirban Ghosh, Mahindra Group

Ms. Deeksha Vats, Aditya Birla Group

Panel Session Two:              Waste Management Outlook for Mumbai and India

Session Chair:                         Dr. Sanjeev Chaudhari, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

Mr. Punklik Awate, Chief Engineer, Municipal Corporation

Mr. R.A. Rajeev, Joint Secretary, Dept of Atomic Energy

Day Two


Topical Session 1:  Advances in Municipal Waste and Wastewater Management

Chair:   Mr. Bharat Kris Rao, Bharco Ecotechnologies, LLC

Mr. Jose Jacob, Antony Waste Management

Mr. Mathy Stanislaus, Senior Advisor on Circular Economy, World Economic Forum

Topical Session 2:  Advances in Industrial Waste and Wastewater Management

Chair:   Dr. Tarunjit Butalia, The Ohio State University

Mr. Sydney Lobo, The Tata Power Company

Dr. Biplab Patnaik, Life Link

Topical Session 3:  Advances in Plastic and Packaging Waste Management

Chair:   Mr. Tushar Bandopadhyay, Indian Centre for Plastics in the Environment

Dr. Medha Tadpatrikar, Keshava Plastics

Mr. Ulhas Parlikar, ACC Cement

Topical Session 4:  Advances in Industrial Waste Recycling and Reuse

Chair:   Mr. Pradeep Kumar Panigrahi, Mahindra Group

Ms. Tejashree Joshi, Godrej Group

Mr. Anirban Chatterjee, Research Triangle Institute, USA

Topical Session 5:  Advances in Waste Recovery and Biomass Conversion

Chair:   Dr. Rattan Lal, The Ohio State University

Dr. Jayshri, Jain Irrigation

Dr. Ashish Jain, Indian Pollution Control Association

Topical Session 6:  Innovative Design for Waste Elimination or Beneficial Reuse

Chair:   Dr. Kishor Munshi, CTech Labs Pvt, Ltd.

Ms. Jessica Hines, Purpose PBC

Ms. Kavya Raman, Barefoot College

Next Steps:  Funding for Waste Management Innovation

Mr. James B. Fennell, Cultural Affairs Officer, U.S. Consulate General, Mumbai

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