Water Quality laboratory manager CUNOC
Civil and Environmental Engineer, specialist in wastewater treatment and sustainable development; researcher in biotechnology and persistent organic chemists. Graduated as Civil Engineer from CUNOC in 2008. Professor of the Civil Engineering Degree since 2015 and Professor in charge of the Water Quality Laboratory since 2016. Scholarship awarded by the Government of Japan in 2009 for studies at the Master s level in Built Environments, held at the Postgraduate School of the University of Hokkaido, one of the 7 Imperial Universities of Japan. Scholarship in 2011 by the Honjo Japanese Foundation of the Itoen company, for doctoral studies at the University of Hokkaido, in the area of Environmental Engineering, completed in March 2015. He has completed International Leadership certifications in the area of Sustainability Sciences. Visiting Professor in the Department of Chemistry of the Faculty of Engineering of the Catholic University of Leuven (KU LEUVEN), Belgium, in 2018, by the Global Minds program of the VLIR UOS. Coordinator of two international symposia on issues of energy and food sustainability; participation as Ambassador of the University of Hokkaido in the 3rd World Congress of Students in the Environment in 2010 in Tubingen, Germany. Presenter at international scientific conferences in Japan, Greece, Germany, Nepal and Portugal from 2011 to the current date. Supporter of the paradigm shift in environmental sanitation and the close connection between agro-industry and the recovery of waste resources.
Dean Research Center
University of the Valley of Guatemala. UVG
Highly qualified professional in environmental issues and natural resources (Doctorate in Environmental Sciences, Indiana University, USA, Masters in Analytical Chemistry, Michigan State University, USA) with 20 years of experience working with different sectors of Guatemala and Mesoamerica (academia, government, private sector, indigenous peoples, rural communities and NGOs) on issues of natural resource management (water and forests) and environmental sanitation. World-renowned expert in climate change issues (Principal Author of the last report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC), with international experience in multilateral negotiation processes (he has participated representing Guatemala in five Conferences of the Parties, COP or summits global climate change). He is chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Inter-American Institute for Research on Global Change, IAI, and a member of the Scientific Council of the international Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) network. At the national level, he is a member of the National Council on Climate Change, representing the countrys private universities. He promoted inter-institutional coordination efforts for the creation of the Guatemalan System of Climate Change Sciences, of which he is currently Secretary General. He served as Minister of Environment and Climate Change of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, MARN and as a member of the Vice Presidential Commission for Environmental Support in the Transitional Government from October 2015 to January 2016. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the INAB Forest Institute from 2012 to 2015, where he worked on the formulation and approval of the PROBOSQUE forest incentive law and on the updating of the regulations of the countrys forestry sector. As a Research Professor at the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala he has led the Center for Environmental and Biodiversity Studies for 16 years, coordinating the work of a team of researchers specializing in environmental issues. He has directed national and multinational projects on issues of natural resource management and adaptation and mitigation to climate change. He has been a professor at the undergraduate level in Environmental Sciences courses and Director of the Master in Environmental Studies. He has advised Bachelor and Masters theses. He has received several awards for academic merit and as a researcher including the National Medal of Science and Technology in 2016 and the Ricardo Bressani Medal awarded by the UVG in 2016; was listed by the newspaper Siglo XXI as one of the characters of the year 2014
Researcher at the Water Center for Latin America and the Caribbean
CAALCA-Tecnológico de Monterrey
• Studies: Post-doctorate: Development of a sustainable sanitation system and its application in Asian countries. Japan Science and Technology Agency, Hokkaido University, Japan. Doctor of Philosophy in the field of Urban and Environmental Engineering (University of Hokkaido, Japan). Masters Degree in Engineering in the field of Urban and Environmental Engineering (University of Hokkaido, Japan). Agronomist Specialist in Irrigation (University of Autonomous Chapingo, Mexico). • Specialty: lines of work and research have specialized in: a) development of advanced systems, in situ and decentralized, for the management of water and wastewater; b) sustainable development and environmental protection; c) decentralized sanitation and sustainability; d) use of water and minimization of industrial wastewater through the use of optimization methodologies (water pinch technology); e) development and application of membrane systems for the treatment and purification of water for human consumption and treatment and reuse of domestic wastewater; f) Efficient use of water and electricity in drinking water supply systems and pumping systems. • Professional activity: Dr. López Zavala is currently part of the national system of researchers (SNI level 1), evaluator of CONACYT, research professor of the Water Center for Latin America and the Caribbean, and consultant to several companies and industries. He has been a researcher at the Japan Science and Technology Agency, at the Hokkaido University in the same country. Inventor of 7 patents granted in Mexico, in the USA and in process in Brazil and India. Author of more than 55 scientific articles published in international journals of international prestige, conferences and international seminars. He is an active member of the International Water Association (IWA) and the American Water Works Association (AWWA). Recognized by magazine Who is who in the world 2006 and 2009 as one of the most successful professionals worldwide. Dr. López Zavala has been awarded the 2009 Rómulo Garza Prize awarded by the ITESM in the category of Science, Technology and Engineering Research and with the Crespo 2011 Award. Category: Professor of Knowledge, of the Student Society of the Department. of Civil Engineering, of Tecnológico de Monterrey.
Professor at the University of Linnaeus
Since 2010 Dr. William Hogland is Professor of Environmental Engineering and Recovery, at the Faculty of Natural Sciences of Linnaeus University, Kalmar Campus, Sweden and visiting professor at Beihua University of China. He is a member of the Thematic Network of European Chemistry and established the International Network for Management of Leachates and Sustainable Wastewater through the use of natural and high technology systems. He is a member of the Board of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering and the Research Education Committee and work profile for Life and the Environment. He is an expert in the area of waste management economics. He is president of the Baltic Sea Network for leachate and wastewater treatment with emphasis on high technology in combination with nature-based systems. Dr. Hogland was a member of several national and international committees on urban hydrology and waste management. He has teaching and research experience in more than 50 countries, and has been invited as a guest speaker at universities in 18 countries, including Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, India, Thailand, Tunisia and the United States. Since 1994, the research has been directed mainly to the analysis of waste management systems in industries and municipalities, natural systems for the treatment of wastewater and analysis of river basins. Dr. Hogland has published more than 400 reports and documents. He has also written textbooks and produced videos in the area of hydrology and waste management.
Climate Change Specialist
Inter-American Development Bank
Agronomist with a Master s degree in Ecological Agriculture, is a specialist in Climate Change of the Inter-American Development Bank, in charge of supporting the strengthening of the institutional and policy framework, dialogue with governments, the private sector and civil society, and access to financing on the subject of climate change and sustainability, in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua. In this role he has participated in the construction of financing proposals for several windows of adaptation and mitigation of climate change in forests, agriculture, energy, among other sectors, equivalent to more than USD300 million. It has supported initiatives for the economic valorization of the forest in its function for the adaptation and mitigation of climate change in Central America. It is also supporting the construction of initiatives to reduce the impact to climate change of the non-sustainable use of firewood in Central America. On the other hand, he worked for the Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank (MIF) -IDB, where he supported the implementation of more than 20 projects with community-based groups with more than 7,000 beneficiaries. He supported the Governments of Guatemala and Honduras, as negotiator in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), specifically in the themes of forests and climate change from 2008 to 2011. He has participated as an exhibitor and trainer in several events related to climate change in Latin America, including countries such as Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, and Peru, among others.