Ms. Anahit Aleksandryan
Ms. Anahit Aleksandryan was elected to the Committee by the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties. Upon obtaining her Master of Science degree in Biophysics in 1978, Ms. Anahit Aleksandryan was engaged as a researcher in the area of Environmental Hygiene and Industrial Toxicology. In 1985 Ms. Aleksandryan completed her PhD studies in Biology. Since 1996, Dr. Aleksandryan has been employed at the Ministry of Nature Protection of the Republic of Armenia as a Principal Specialist (1996-1998), Head of Hazardous Substances and Waste Management Department (1998-2010) and Head of Hazardous Substances and Waste Policy Division (since 2010). In 2011, Dr. Aleksandryan obtained Science Doctor in Biology degree. Her publications exceed 70, including 2 monographs. Dr. Aleksandryan is Focal Point of: UNEP Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal; UNEP Stockholm Convention on POPs;UNEP Rotterdam Convention on PIC; UNECE Convention on Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents; SAICM (Strategic Approach to International Chemical Management); Environment and Health (WHO).
Ms. Olufunke Olubunmi Babade
Ms. Olufunke Olubunmi Babade was elected to the Committee by the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties. Mrs. Olufunke Olubunmi Babade; born to Chief Oluyemi Omololu and Late Mrs. Ama Omololu on 17th February, 1954 in Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria. She holds a B.Sc (1978) in Life Sciences from the University of Westminster (London), M.Sc (1979) in Environmental Pollution Control from Leeds University, Leeds, England. She served her fatherland as a Youth Corper and a pioneer Officer with the Environmental Planning and protection Division of the then Federal Ministry of Works and Housing in 1980 after which she got a pensionable employment as Scientific Officer I on Grade Level 09. Mrs. O.O. Babade by dint of hard work was promoted to Senior Scientific Officer Grade Level 10 in 1983 and Principal Scientific Officer Grade Level 12 in 1986. She became an Assistant Chief Environmental Scientist GL. 13 in 1988 at the then Federal Environmental protection Agency (FEPA) and rose to the rank of a Chief Environmental Scientist GL. 14 in 1992. She joined the Directorate cadre in 1996 as an Assistant Director and served in different Departments such as: Inspectorate and Compliance Monitoring; Planning and Evaluation; Industrial Compliance; Chemicals Tracking and Hazardous Waste Management; and Pollution Control. In 2000, she was appointed a Deputy Director and the Federal Controller of Environment, Lagos Zonal Office in June 2004. She is currently the Director Pollution Control and Environmental Health Department of the Federal Ministry of Environment. Mrs. Babade attended many training programmes and also represented the Federal Government in various seminars/meetings/workshops both locally and internationally. She is a member of the Nigerian Environmental society (NES), Chemical Society of Nigeria and Society of Environmental Managers and Planners. Mrs. Olufunke Olubunmi Babade is happily married to HRM (Oba) Babade, Owa of Oke-Oro Ekiti and the marriage is blessed with Children.
Ms. Leela Padmini Batuwitage (Vice Chair)
Ms. Batuwitage was elected to the Compliance Committee by the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties in June 2008 for two full terms, which will end at the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties. Ms Batuwitage is an Advisor to the Ministry of Environment, Sri Lanka. She formerly was the Additional Secretary (Environment and Policy) of the Ministry of Environment, Sri Lanka. She has been actively involved in the Basel Convention since COP2. She has extensive experience in Development of National Environmental Policies and Strategies, International Environmental Policies, International Environmental Negotiations, Industrial Ecology and Green Design, and Natural Resources Economies in Developing Countries. She represented the Asia and the Pacific Region at the Intersessional Working Group to review the 10 year Strategic Plan for the implementation of the Basel Convention. She also represented the Asia and the Pacific Region in the Ad-Hoc Joint Working Group on Cooperation and Coordination between the Basel, Rotterdam and the Stockholm Conventions. She was a Vice Chair at the 4th Meeting of the Open Ended Working Group for the Basel Convention. Her Ph.D Thesis was on “A Sustainable Production and Consumption Model for Sri Lanka, Considering the Developing Country Perspective in relation to Global Change”. She has been offered a Special Recognition Award by the National Cleaner Production Center in recognition of the invaluable contribution to Cleaner Production in Sri Lanka.
Ms. Anne Daniel
Ms. Anne Daniel was elected to the Committee by the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties. She is a General Counsel with the Constitutional, Administrative and International Law Section of the Department of Justice, who has provided legal advice to the Government of Canada on international environmental law over the last twenty years, including on multilateral environmental agreements in the chemicals, ocean dumping and biodiversity fields. Her 1997 LL.M. thesis was on compliance with environmental agreements. She has advised on the Basel Convention since the mid-1990s, was involved in the negotiation of the Liability Protocol and the compliance procedures, served on the Compliance Committee from 2004-2006, and was recently elected by the Tenth Conference of the Parties for two terms on the Committee from 2011-2015. She is a former Co-chair of the Basel Open-ended Working Group (2004-05). Ms. Daniel recently finished several years as Chair of the Compliance Group of the 1996 Protocol to the London Convention (ocean dumping), previously having chaired the negotiation of those compliance procedures. She has been the chair of ongoing negotiations for compliance procedures under the Stockholm Convention and is a Vice-President of that Convention. Ms. Daniel is also currently participating in the negotiation of a global treaty on mercury.
Mr. Enrique Moret Hernández
Mr. Enrique Moret Hernández was elected to the Committee by the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties. He is Director of the International Affairs Department in the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment of Cuba.
Mr. Shunichi Honda
Mr. Shunichi Honda is Section Chief, Office of Waste Disposal Management, Waste Management and Recycling Department, Ministry of the Environment, Japan. He is in charge of multilateral environmental agreements, in particular the Basel Convention, international affairs on waste and chemicals clusters including the negotiation of a global treaty on mercury, and international programmes on waste management. He obtained his Ph.D. in Environmental Science in 2003 from the University of Shizuoka, Japan. He studied his postdoctoral course at the Department of Environmental Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, from 2003 to 2005. During the same period, he was an assistant Professor at the Basel Convention Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific (BCRC China). Prior to his current position, he was a researcher at the National Institute for Minamata Disease, Ministry of the Environment, Japan, from 2005 to 2008.
Mr. Mohammed Khashashneh
Mr. Mohammed Khashashneh was elected to the Committee by the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties. He is Director, Hazardous Substances and Waste Management Directorate in the Ministry of Environment of Jordan.
Ms. Marie-Pierre Méganck
Ms. Marie-Pierre Méganck was nominated by France on 13 March 2012 to serve on the Committee as the alternate of Ms Anne-Laure Genty until the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties. Ms Meganck is born in 1961 in Paris (France). After studying french litterature and civilisation she became a civil servant in 1984. She had worked in different institutions: ministry of public works and spatial planning (1984 -1989, and 2000-2006); ministry of transports (1990-1992 and 1997-2000); and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (1992-1997). In her different functions, she has been involved in the negociation of european regulation for transports by road (lorries and buses); organisation and infrastructures (french and european) for transport by river; european and international standardization (CEN, ISO); and formation of high level engineers (training courses, internship). Since 2007 she is working in the Ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Developpment, as Head of International and European Affairs Unit, in the general directorate of risk prevention. The general directorate of risk prevention is dealing with all risks: technological, chronical, chemical, wastes, and natural : floods, earthquaters, tempest, landsliding... It is involved in international agreements (UN) on waste, chemical, and disaster risk reduction.
Mr. Dessalegne Mesfin Fanta (Vice Chair)
Mr. Dessalegne Mesfin obtained his Masters Degree in Environment for Development in 2007. He graduated from the Law Faculty of Addis Ababa University and obtained LLB. He also pursued a correspondence course in International Environmental Policy and Law. For a couple of years, he worked as Head of the Legal and Certification Service of the then called Ethiopian Authority for Standardization and served as Public Prosecutor on matters dealing with Metrology. He joined the Environmental Protection Authority of Ethiopia (EPA) as an Environmental Policy Analyst and was later appointed as Head of the Environmental Policy and Legislation Department of EPA. Currently, he is Deputy Director General of the Ethiopian Environmental Protection Authority and has written and presented numerous studies in the area of environment and development. He also participated in a number of Multilateral Environmental Agreements representing Ethiopia. Mr. Dessalegne served as co-chair of the Legal and Implementation working group of the Basel Convention that was established by COP 6 to the Basel Convention. He also served as Vice President of the Bureau of the First Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention. He served as a member of the Steering Committee for the International Expert Meeting on Sustainable Consumption and Production. In addition, he is member of the Steering Committee of the Nile Transboundary Environmental Action Programme and Chair of the Small Grant Programme of the GEF-UNDP/Ethiopia. Mr. Mesfin was elected to the Compliance Committee by the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties in June 2008 for two full terms, which will end at the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties.
Ms. Jimena Nieto (Chair)
Ms. Jimena Nieto was elected to the Committee by the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties. She is a lawyer with a Master of Laws (LLM) in Public Environmental Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London, United Kingdom and has a Certificat d'études politiques at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris. She is fluent in Spanish, English and French. In 2011 at the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Colombia, she was in charge of the preparatory process for the Basel Convention COP10 that was held in Cartagena de Indias. Ms Nieto was also the Head (Alternate) of the Colombian Delegation during COP10. In her capacity as Head of the International Affairs Office of the then, Colombian Ministry of Environment, in the period 1993 – 2003, she was part of the Colombian delegations that represented the government in different multilateral fora, including biodiversity, climate change, waste, chemicals and international environmental governance. In that capacity she attended several meetings of the then Legal and Technical Working Group of the Basel Convention as well as COP5 in Basel, Switzerland. She participated actively in the negotiation of the Liability and Redress Protocol to the Basel Convention. It is also worth mentioning that as part of the Colombian delegation to the biosafety negotiations, she was elected in the year 2000, Co-chair of the negotiating process in the context of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, that lead in October 2010 to the adoption of the “Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress for Damage resulting from Living Modified Organisms”. In 2007 she was designated coordinator of environmental affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, until 2008 when she resigned. Currently she is a Professor of International Environmental Law, in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at three prestigious universities in Bogota.
Mrs. Irena Sedlackova
Ms. Irena Sedlácková was nominated by the Czech Republic on 1 February 2012 to serve on the Committee as the alternate of Ms. Zdenka Bubenikova until the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties. Ms Sedlácková works at the Waste Management Department of the Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic. She is a National Contact Person for the Basel Convention since 2008 and participated in the ninth and tenth meetings of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention. She has experience in the administrative procedure for transboundary movements of wastes and she regularly takes part in border controls of the transboundary movements of waste.
Ms. Judith Torres
Ms Judith Torres was nominated by Uruguay on 20 October 2011 to serve on the Committee as the alternate of Ms Pauline Davies until the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties. Ms Torres is Head of the Department of Hazardous Substances. Division of Environmental Control and Performance, National Environmental Directorate of Uruguay.
Mr. Roy Watkinson (Vice Chair)
Mr. Watkinson was elected to the Compliance Committee by the sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties in December 2002 and served until the end of the eight meeting of the Conference of the Parties in November 2006. He was elected as Chair of the Compliance Committee in 2003 and presided over the Committee’s four meetings until the expiry of his term of office. He was re-elected to the Compliance Committee by the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties. He is a UK expert dealing with UNEP Basel Convention, enforcement and compliance with Multilateral Environmental Agreements and hazardous waste management. As the UK Environment Agency’s Hazardous Waste Policy Manger he initiated a number of projects on controlling transboundary shipments of waste that led to successful prosecutions. He has been UK representative on OECD committees and at the European Union for controlling transboundary movements of wastes. He has contributed to international conferences, working groups and projects in respect of environmental crime prevention, waste regulation and management and ship dismantling – chairing the Basel Convention’s working groups on this issue and the Joint ILO/IMO/BC working group. Mr. Watkinson was elected to the Compliance Committee by the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties in June 2008 for two full terms, which will end at the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties.
Mr. Raphael Dakouri Zadi
Mr Raphael Dakouri Zadi was elected to the Committee by the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties. He is the Point Focal for the Basel Convention, Stockholm Convention and SAICM in the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Cote d'Ivoire.
Mr. Felix Zaharia (Rapporteur)
Mr. Felix Zaharia was elected to the Committee by the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties. He is the Deputy Director for International Law and Treaties in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania. While dealing with all issue concerning international law, his main area o expertise is international environmental law. He has dealt with international environmental law extensively, and represented Romania in all issues concerning international environmental law, before other implementation and compliance committees. He has also participated, on behalf of Romania, in proceedings before the International Court of Justice.
Mr. Adel Shafei Osman
Mr. Adel Shafei Osman, was elected to the committee by the eleventh Conference of Parties, Adel has Egyptian nationality, graduated in 1983 from Cairo University as a chemical engineer. In 1995 he finalised his post-graduate studies in environmental engineering at Achen Technical University (Germany). Adel has a wide scope of experiences in chemicals and waste management gained through 20 years in touch with governmental, public enterprises, private sector, universities, and research institutions in and outside Egypt. He is carrying over the tradition of introducing unprecedented contribution to the Egyptian environmental scene in a number of activities as environment and trade, policy indicators, toxic release inventories, and environmental security.
Currently he is carrying over the post of General Director in charge for the Chemicals and waste cluster, managing the national focal point for Basel convention since 2001, he is involved in many negotiation forums relevant to chemicals and waste cluster including Mercury treaty, and he is a member of the executive board of the quick start programm of SAICM.
Mr Mark Govoni
Mr Mark Govoni was elected a member of the Committee by the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention. Mark Govoni works as a senior advisor in the Legal Affairs Division of the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN). He is a lawyer and studied at the Universities of Bern and Vancouver. Furthermore, He is writing a dissertation for a research project on the regulation of natural hazards at the University of Lucerne. His areas of responsibility in the FOEN are the protection against natural hazards and major accidents as well as the transboundary move-ments of wastes. In reference to the latter area of responsibility and in respect to the function of the FOEN as both a ministry and an enforcement agency, his job consists of writing legislative texts as well as dealing with practical problems such as illegal traffic and taking back illegal shipments of waste. To coordinate this work on a European and international level Mr Govoni represents Switzer-land as a member of the IMPEL- (Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law) and the EPA- (Environmental Protection Agencies) network as well as the Basel Convention. For the EPA-Network his activities are limited to the Better Regulation Interest Group (BRIG) and his responsibility within the Basel Convention primarily includes legal and compliance issues.
Mr. Ahou Florent Botto
Mr. Ahou Florent Botto was nominated by Cote d’Ivoire on 14 June 2013 to serve on the Committee as the alternate of Mr Zadi Dakoury Raphaël until the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties.
Mr. Botto was born in 1975 in Anyama (Cote d’Ivoire), he graduated in 2004 from International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering (Burkina Faso) as Water and Sanitation Engineer. Later, in 2010, he got his Certificate of industrial and hazardous waste management at Kyushu University (Japan).
He began his career in a private enterprise as survey study (2004-2007). He became a civil servant in 2008. His first function was Chief of waste services and he manages since 2011 the national focal point for Basel Convention. Currently he is carrying over the post of Deputy Director in charge of waste management. He is a member of small inter session working group on Pops.
His main interest areas are: municipal solid waste, industrial and hazardous waste management, impacts of unsanitary dumping sites on the environment and human health.
Mr. Wilehaldo Cruz
Mr. Wilehaldo Cruz was elected a member of the Committee by the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties and will serve until the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties.
Mr. Djordje Vukotić
Mr. Djordje Vukotić was elected a member of the Committee by the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties and will serve until the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties.
Ms. Datin Paduka Che Asmah Ibrahim
Ms. Datin Paduka Che Asmah Ibrahim was elected a member of the Committee by the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties and will serve until the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties.
Dr. Zulkifli bin Abdul Rahman
Ms. Tatiana Țugui
Ms. Tatiana Țugui was elected a member of the Committee by the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention. Ms. Tugui has 23 years of experience of working in the field of environment; currently she is working as Manager of Environmental Pollution Prevention Office, performing and coordinating environmental pollution prevention projects. Upon graduation in 1992 of the D. Mendeleyev Institute of Chemical Technology in Moscow, as a chemical engineer in the field of environmental protection and rational use of natural resources, she was engaged as a consultant on waste management within the Ministry of Environment up to 2008 year, working on implementation into national legislation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions. In 2007, Ms. Țugui obtained Ph.D. in chemical sciences. She has 15 years of experiences in designing and appraising of TA projects in Moldova, financed by GEF and EU, QSP trust Fund, managing complex assignments in the waste and chemical management sector. As a results of implemented projects chemical and waste management policies were developed, such as National Strategy of Waste Management (GD 248 on 10.04.2013), National Programme on Sound Chemical Management (GD 973 form 18.10.2010), draft Waste law and it’s secondary legislation, draft Chemical substances law and it’s secondary legislation.
Ms. Mari-Liis Ummik
Ms. Mari-Liis Ummik was elected a member of the Committee by the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention. Ms. Ummik studied in Tallinn Technical University and have a Master’s degree in chemical engineering. She has worked as senior officer for the Ministry of the Environment for 7 years. Currently serving as Basel Convention focal point, she has also served as Basel Convention competent authority and have issued the notifications. She is responsible for the hazardous waste related regulations and strategies in Estonia. Her job is to review and analyse the hazardous waste management in Estonia and to elaborate, draft and amend the national legislation when necessary. She also takes part in elaborating EU legislation when it is related to waste shipment or hazardous waste issues. She is a member of a national hazardous waste licence committee where the hazardous waste licences are issued and other hazardous waste issues are solved. She also conduct training the national Customs and Environmental Inspectorate officers relating to waste shipments.
Ms. Fionna Cumming
Ms. Fionna Cumming BA LLB (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand) was elected as a member of the Committee by the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention. Ms. Cumming works as a senior advisor in the International Environment team of the New Zealand Ministry for the Environment. She is an enrolled barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand (2005) and an enrolled solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales (2010). She holds a Master of Laws (Environmental Law specialisation) from Auckland University (2014). She has practiced law in her native New Zealand and in the United Kingdom. Her responsibilities at the New Zealand Ministry for the Environment include the effective implementation of the Basel Convention.
Dr. Mohamed ElZarka
Dr. Mohamed ElZarka was elected as a member of the Committee by the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention. Dr. ElZarka is Egypt’s focal point in 1993-1999 and from January 2015 to present. He is a Ret. Staff Major General in the Egyptian Army/Chemical Warfare Department (1960-1987); Senior Advisor to the Minister of Scientific Research (1987-1992); Head of the Environmental Sector/Social Fund for Development (1999-2002). Dr. ElZarka is a visiting professor at the Alexandria & Ein Shams University. He has supervised several national projects on Environmental Protection: Air Pollution, hazardous chemicals and hazardous waste. These projects were funded by USAID, WB, JAICA, DANIDA, CIDA , FINIDA and GEF. He has also conducted several workshops and training courses regionally and nationally, which focused on environmentally sound management of hazardous chemicals and wastes in collaboration with UNEP, UNIDO, UNDP and WHO.
Mr. Humphrey Kasiya Mwale
Mr. Humphrey Kasiya Mwale was elected a member of the Committee by the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention. Mr. Mwale is a Zambian Environmental Lawyer currently working with the Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) as Acting Legal Counsel. He has been working in the environmental management field for 15 years and out of 15 years, he has been working in environmental enforcement and regulation. Mr. Mwale has worked as Inspector and Senior Inspector covering a number of thematic areas such as waste management, pesticides and toxic substances, environmental impact assessment and pollution control. Over the years, he has been actively involved in the implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions as well as the Vienna Convention on the Protection of the Ozone layer. From 2010 to date, Mr. Mwale has been anchoring the prosecution of environmental crimes in Zambia at ZEMA. Mr. Mwale holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources obtained from the University of Zambia as well as post graduate qualifications in waste management and wastewater management; Bachelor of Laws degree obtained from the University of Zambia; and in addition, a post graduate diploma in International environmental law and diplomacy.
Dra. Yocasta Sixtina Valenzuela Arias
Dra. Yocasta Sixtina Valenzuela Arias was elected a member of the Committee by the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention. Dra. Valenzuela Arias is currently the Ambassador in charge of Environmental Legislation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Director of the Department of International Environmental Agreement at the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. She is also a Professor of graduate and Masters of International Environmental Law and International Organizations at the Foreign Relations Ministry High Studies Institute, Global Democracy and Development Foundation (FUNGLODE) Dominican Republic School Judiciary, and national universities. She has conducted several workshops and courses in Legislative Chambers, civil regionally and nationally society organizations and organism. Dra. Valenzuela Arias holds a doctoral degree in law from the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (Cum Laude); Diplome de I’Institut Des Hautes Etudes Internationals from the Université de Paris; and Doctorate Droid International Public, also from the Université de Paris.
Mr. Juan Ignacio Simonelli
Mr. Juan Ignacio Simonelli is the Chair of the Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee. Mr. Simonelli developed his entire career in the Environmental field acting as a consultant, Engineer & Project manager at production operations of diverse associated industrial branches, and world class academic research centers. Currently he is coordinating the technical cabinet at the Environmental Control and Monitoring Secretariat, of Argentina's Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development. As such, he acts as liaison for the Waste & Chemical Cluster at global negotiations. Mr. Simonelli graduated as B.Sc. and B.Eng. Environmental Sciences, and has an advanced Specialization Degree in Health Safety & Env. Protection (UCA | Arg). Later he pursued a Master in Environmental Management (Yale | US). Mr. Simonelli was selected by Argentina's National Presidential Cabinet as the first Science and Technology Fellow (2013) in Environmental Affairs, for his work bridging academia, private and public levels. He has 10+ years of experience in designing and appraising of projects in the Latin American Region, managing complex assignments in the waste and chemical management sector. He is actually overseeing working on updates of national legislation in Hazardous Waste Environmentally sound management, in accordance to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.