EWAM 2016

Our Schedule

Sunday, February 22nd

Expert lectures and group work

Global perspective, health dimension
and access to global recycling markets
Experts: Antonio Pascale (WHO), Klaus Willke (Impel)

Monday, February 23rd

Expert lectures, panel discussion and group work

E-waste recycling: Flows & pre-processing technologies
Experts: Arup Baruah, Norbert Zonneveld (EERA)

Tuesday, February 24th

Expert lectures, study tour, dismantling session and group work

EoL collaboration along the recycling chain
Experts: Mathias Schluep (Empa), Alexis Vandendaelen (Umicore), Chris Slijkhuis (MBA Polymers)

Wednesday, February 25th

Expert lectures and group work

Recycling standards, enforcement and policy principles
Experts: Rolf Widmer (Empa), Juergen Braun (Bremen Police), Federico Magalini (UNU/Step)

Thursday, February 26h

Group work day

Group work and final presentation of group work results

Friday, February 27th


Program 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.

About our experts

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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..

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Antonio Pascale


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Klaus Willke


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Arup Baruah

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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.

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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..

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Michael Gasser


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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,..

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Juergen Braun

Bremen Police

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..

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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 -
Fairmont the Norfolk Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya

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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