Speakers

Jack Macy
San Francisco Environment

Jack Macy is the Senior Commercial Zero Waste Coordinator at SF Environment in City and County of San Francisco. He has more than 25 years experience in developing and implementing composting, recycling and other zero waste policies and programs at the US state and local level. Mr. Macy helped establish San Francisco’s policy goals of 75% diversion by 2010 and zero waste to landfill by 2020. He wrote and helped pass a landmark Mandatory Recycling and Composting legislation that requires everyone in San Francisco and California to separate recyclables and compostables from trash to landfill. He has been published in several articles, including in the BioCycle Journal, on San Francisco’s success and has presented numerous times in local, regional, national and international conferences.

 

Dr. V. Vasuki
Trivandrum City, Kerala

K. Vasuki is the 42nd district collector in Trivandrum City in Kerala. She is part of the 2008 batch of IAS, or the Indian Administrative Service, the premiere civil service of the country. An MBBS doctor by profession, Dr. Vasuki was previously the executive director of Suchitwa Mission in the Government of Kerala, providing technical and policy support for sanitation and waste management projects. She is recognized for her work in implementing the Green Protocol – an initiative that banned the use of single-use and disposable items during the 2015 National Games. The Green Protocol is now implemented in major events in the state of Kerala.

 

Flore Berlingen
Zero Waste Europe

Flore Berlingen has been working on environmental issues related to the management of resources and waste since 2008. In 2013, she took over the direction of Zero Waste France (ex-Cniid) where she had made her first steps in the activist scene a few years before. She joined the board of Zero Waste Europe in 2017. Flore is the main author of Le Scenario Zero Waste (2014 and 2017) and a co-author of Societé Collaborative : la fin des hiérarchies (2015), both published by Rue de l’Echiquier.

 

Aileen Lucero
EcoWaste Coalition

Aileen Lucero is the National Coordinator of Ecowaste Coalition , a public interest network envisioning a Zero Waste Philippines by 2020 by pursuing sustainable solutions to waste and chemical issues facing the country and the world. Aileen is a social and environmental activist with a strong background on research and advocacy work. She has helped in lobbying for local policies on waste and toxic issues in local and national deliberation processes.

 

Sonia Mendoza
Mother Earth Foundation

Sonia Mendoza is the current Chairman and a Founding Member of Mother Earth Foundation and has been in the zero waste advocacy for 22 years. She was former NGO Commissioner in the National Solid Waste Management Commission of the Philippines and was president of the Ecowaste Coalition of the Philippines in 2015 – 2016. Her membership spans across the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), the Philippine Network on Climate Change, International POPs elimination Network (IPEN) and a board member of the Zero Waste Internaional Alliance (ZWIA).

Sonia serves as a resource person on Ecological Solid Waste Management/Zero Waste to local government units, schools, business offices, church organizations and civic organizations and in congressional hearings on solid waste management and environment concerns and has assisted different communities in their ecological waste management programs.

She is actively campaigning for ecological waste management to local government units emphasizing waste reduction, change in lifestyle, source segregation, composting and recycling as against harmful disposal facilities such as incinerators, burn Waste to Energy and landfills because these are contributors to Climate Change and these are quick fix, back-end and unsustainable solutions to the waste problem.

 

Theeban Gunasekaran
Consumers Association of Penang

Theeban Gunasekaran is the Consumer Education and Natural Farming Officer of Consumers Association of Penang (CAP). He is in charge of CAP’s integrated pest management, conducting research work on pest and beneficial farm insects; developing new pest management techniques using different types of local herbal plants; conducting programmes on urban organic farming and gardening for housewives, public, teachers and students; and managing CAP’s vermi-compost units. A member of the GAIA/BFFP Asia Pacific Communications Group, he does photography and videography.

 

Kripa Ramachandran
Citizen consumer and civic Action Group

Kripa Ramachandran is a researcher in the Urban Governance team, where she leads the Zero Waste Cities Collaborative project. Kripa conceptualised and manages the Kuppai Matters initiative, which brings together residents, social and environmental activists to advocate for sound practices with respect to waste and waste workers. Her interests include environmental sustainability, local governance, livelihoods, participatory planning, and urban policy. Kripa has an undergraduate degree in law from School of Law, SASTRA University and a Masters in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK.

 

Benedict Jasper Simon Ramos Lagman
City of San Fernando

Hon. Benedict Jasper Simon R. Lagman, one of the youngest members of the City Council of San Fernando, Pampanga, is the Chairperson of the Committee on Environmental Protection, Natural Resources, Waterways, and Flooding Intervention and the Committee on Market, Slaughterhouse, and Economic Enterprises. In a booming and progressive Local Government Unit such as the City of San Fernando, Councilor BJ Lagman recognizes the importance of a clean and sustainable environment, the role of the youth in transformational change, and the contribution of the elderly in the preservation of the Fernandino heritage and culture. He affirms his commitment as advocate for the environment through the legislations he has authored including the Plastic-Free Ordinance and the Anti-Smoke Belching Ordinance, that serve as a benchmark in environmental policies in the country. Currently, he is pushing for the enactment of the proposed Ordinances on Septage Management and Sustainable Groundwater Extraction in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga.

 

Pratibha Sharma
Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives

Pratibha is the India Coordinator for the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives since June 2014. She provides technical, communication and media support to GAIA members and communities that are fighting unsustainable waste management projects in India. Her association with SWaCH—a cooperative of waste pickers in Pune, India, developed her interest in waste management where she worked on wastepicker integration, expanding waste management services for zero waste institutions, and other waste-allied livelihood generation initiatives for the waste pickers.

 

Froilan Grate
Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives

Froilan is an environmental educator and volunteer at heart. He currently works as the Asia Pacific Coordinator for the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA). He is also the President of Mother Earth Foundation and the Chairman of Add Up! Volunteers, a group he founded in 2003 with the goal of engaging the youth in active nation building. He was also recently elected as the next private sector representative/Commissioner to the Philippines’ National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC).

 

Nikhilesh Paliath
Thanal

 

Rahyang Nusantara
Gerakan Indonesia Diet Kantong Plastik (GIDKP)

Rahyang Rimba Prima Nusantara has almost 6 years of experience in environmental activities. Rahyang received his undergraduate degree from Universitas Padjadjaran Bandung (2012) and is now enrolled for a Masters Degree at Paramadina Graduate School studying Corporate Communication. He is now working as National Coordinator of Gerakan Indonesia Diet Kantong Plastik, a non-profit association that encourages people to use plastic bags wisely. Rahyang is also an active volunteer at YPBB Bandung since 2011. He is also a member of the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) and Plastic Pollution Coalition. His past work includes Program Division Staff of Greeneration Indonesia (2013-2014) and Zero Waste Division Staff of YPBB Bandung (2012-2013).

 

Faye Ferrer
Health Care Without Harm Asia

Faye coordinates the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals campaign in the Asia Pacific region. For seven years, she led the Safer Chemicals Campaign in Asia. She also led the first Southeast Asian Mercury-Free Health Care Conference held in the Philippines in 2006. She was responsible for the documentation of the 2004 Philippine Measles Elimination Campaign. The documentation proved that a nationwide vaccination program is possible without resorting to incineration of immunization waste.

Over the years, Faye has built a portfolio of services with other non-government organizations such as the Citizen’s Alliance for Consumer Protection, the Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center-Kasama sa Kalikasan, Greenpeace Southeast Asia, and the Clean Energy Tour of Southeast Asia.

Faye studied Journalism at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. A photographer and journalist at heart, she finished her Diploma in Photojournalism at the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism at Ateneo de Manila University.

 

Xavier Sun
Wild at Heart Taiwan

Xavier Sun is a Research Associate at Wild at Heart Legal Defense Association in Taiwan. He also sits as a member for the GAIA Asia Pacific Regional Advisory Committee. Xavier is dedicated in reducing single-use plastic products, promoting Zero Waste, and reducing toxic substances in all daily commodities.