Faculty 2009

Nils de Caluwe, Philips Consumer Lifestyle, Netherlands

Nils de Caluwe studied Mechanical Engineering with a specialisation in energy and environmental management at the Fontys Universities in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. He did his graduation project at the Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), Design for Environment (DFE) Research Group, where his work contributed to the DEEDS project. Upon completion of his degree, he stayed on at the research group as a Research Assistant (RA) developing a distance learning course in Life Cycle Assessment and supporting various other projects. Between 1998 and 2000 he worked as an RA on concurrent engineering practices within the electronics design and manufacturing inductry in the UK.


In March 2000 he returned to the Netherlands to join the Philips Centre for Industrial Technology (CFT) as part of the internal consultancy group Philips Environmental Services. In November 2002 he moved to Singapore to start up Philips Environmental Services Asia Pacific (PESAP), a Philips internal support group specifically for the Asia Pacific region. From 2006 onwards, he became a direct member of the Philips Consumer Electronics (PCE) Product Division – Sustainability Center to provide direct support the business units present in the region as well as manage the upcoming requirements in the region. In 2008 the PCE division merged with the Domestic Appliances division to form Philips Consumer Lifestyle and the same year he moved back to Europe to take on a new challenge in the form of responsibility for all product Waste related topics as well as issues related to Batteries and Packaging. He remains responsible for the coordination of sustainability inside BU Television, the largest business unit inside the sector.

Mark Dempsey, Hewlett Packard

Mark Dempsey is an environmental policy specialist with extensive experience in providing environmental advice to the Government, MPs, environmental agencies, local government and businesses.  Mark has detailed expertise of sustainable waste management and environmental policy developed as a Waste Policy Advisor to the Australian Government (2006), Senior Manager of the Parliamentary Sustainable Waste Group (2002-2005) and as a an Environmental Policy Specialist at the University of Gloucestershire (1997-2002).  


Mark is currently the European Waste Policy Advisor for Hewlett Packard with a focus on engaging with the revision of the WEEE Directive.  Mark has developed an in depth understanding of e-waste policy across the world and is currently studying for a doctorate examining the future of Producer Responsibility legislation.  Mark is also WEEE Issue lead for the trade association Digital Europe and an active member of networks examining the future of WEEE legislation and the mechanisms to develop Individual Producer Responsibility.  In the UK Parliament, Mark established a think tank focussed on developing practical proposals for the implementation of the WEEE Directive.


Dr. Otmar Deubzer, United Nations University/Fraunhofer IZM, Germany

Otmar Deubzer holds a diploma in Environmental Engineering from TU Berlin, a degree in medicine from the University Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany, and a PhD on Environmental Engineering from TU Delft in the Netherlands. He started his career at the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration (IZM) in Berlin in 1997. In 1999/2000 he was in Japan as guest researcher at the University of Tokyo where he researched the ecological and economical impacts of the ban of lead in electrical and electronic equipment. Back at Fraunhofer IZM, he initiated and coordinated international technical and sustainability-related research projects on lead-free soldering and worked as international consultant for the implementation of the European RoHS and WEEE Directive. Since 2005, he has been working at Fraunhofer IZM for the European Commission evaluating the exemptions from the material bans in the RoHS and the End-of-Life of Vehicles (ELV) Directive. Since 2008, Otmar Deubzer is guest professor for Industrial Sustainability at TU Cottbus in Germany, and works as consultant for the United Nations University Zero Emissions Forum in Bonn on topics related to standards for EoL of e-waste.

Dr. Jaco Huisman, United Nations University, Netherlands

Jaco Huisman                      PhD. M.Sc. received his Masters degree in Chemical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology in 1999. In 2003 he finished his Ph.D. at Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Design, Construction and Production, Design for Sustainability Program, with the thesis entitled: The QWERTY/EE concept, Quantifying recyclability and eco-efficiency for end-of-life treatment of consumer electronic products. After that he continued his work at Delft University of Technology as a Postdoc in commission of the Dutch Ministry of Environment, Philips Consumer Electronics – Environmental Competence Centre and NVMP (Dutch take-back system for electronic waste). Adjacent to this, he started his own consultancy company Huisman Recycling Research which provides expert consulting to OEM’s, national take-back systems, governments and recyclers on using eco-efficiency evaluations to improve operations, waste policies, system organization and products. At the moment he researching take-back system optimization of the Dutch NVMP system and coordinating the Recycling Task Force of the StEP Initiative. 
Ruediger Kuehr, United Nations University, Germany

Ruediger Kuehr has managed and directed the UNU Zero Emissions Forum’s activities in Europe since 1999. In addition he functions as the Executive Secretary of the “Alliance for Global Eco-Structuring (AGES)” under UNEP’s Cleaner Production Network and is co-founder, international coordinator and executive secretary of the “Solving the E-Waste Problem (StEP)” Initiative, in which he also co-coordinates the Task Forces “Policy” and “Recycling”. He is a first editor of the study “Computers and the Environment” published in late 2003, which is a multidisciplinary “systems analysis” of the impacts and management of the computer life cycle, including production, use, re-use, and recycling, which has received wide attention around the world. He edited several books and authored several dozens of pre-reviewed articles on e.g. Zero Emissions, environmental technology transfer, strategic sustainable development, and industrial clustering. Ruediger Kuehr has directed various Zero Emissions pilot projects with research and industry in e.g. Indonesia and Austria. In addition Ruediger contributed to the success of UNU’s Zero Emissions work through his research on WEEE policies, social impacts and reuse markets.

A political scientists by education with MA studies in Muenster (Germany), and PhD studies in Osnabrueck (Germany) and Tokyo (Japan) he served as Senior R & D Specialist with The Natural Step (Sweden) and freelance policy-consultant to various national governments, international organisations and companies. He was a visiting fellow to the Free University of Berlin (Germany) and the Hitotsubashi University (Japan) and a Research Associate to the Japan Research Centre of the University of Osnabrueck (Germany).

Dr. Reid J. Lifset, Yale University, USA

Mr. Lifset’s research and teaching focus on the emerging field of industrial ecology, which examines the flow of materials and energy at various scales as part of the study and pursuit of sustainable production and consumption. He is a resident fellow in industrial ecology at Yale University and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Industrial Ecology, an international peer-reviewed bimonthly owned by Yale and published by Wiley-Blackwell. In addition, he is associate director of the Industrial Environmental Management Program at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Mr. Lifset’s research focuses on the application of industrial ecology to novel problems and research areas and the evolution of extended producer responsibility (EPR). 

He is also currently investigating the global life cycle of metals and and working with consortium of electronics producers based at INSEAD to generate research and craft a strategy to encourage individual producer responsibility for waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).. He has published extensively on EPR and on solid waste issues in professional and academic publications and is editor of the Yale Working Papers on Solid Waste Policy. He serves on the Science Advisory Board of the U.S. EPA and is a member of the governing council of the International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE) and the editorial advisory board for the Springer book series on Eco-efficiency in Industry & Science. 


Tobias Luger,Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany  

Tobias Luger     has studied a joint program of mechanical engineering and business administration at the TU Braunschweig, Germany. After graduating in 2004 he started to work as a research engineer in the Department of Product- and Life-Cycle-Management at the Institute of Machine Tools and Production Technology at the TU Braunschweig. His main fields of research work are the planning, modelling and simulation of disassembly and recycling systems, the development of methods for the feedback of end-of-life relevant product data into the product development process and process management in closed-loop supply chains.


Tobias Luger     has been involved in the StEP Initiative since 2007 and has been the co-coordinator of the Task Force Re-use from 2008 to 2009.


Dr. Federico Magalini, United Nations University/Ecoped, Italy

Federico Magalini                                      holds a Mechanical Engineer MSc and PhD in Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering from Politecnico di Milano University. He focuses his research activity on the management of WEEE and is author of more than 20 publications on national and international journals and conference proceedings, and co-author of the first Italian book on WEEE management, published in 2005.

Dr. Mathias Schluep, EMPA, Switzerland

Mathias Schluep is a programme manager and scientist at the Technology and Society Lab at Empa in Switzerland, a research institution belonging to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) domain. He is leading Empa's e-waste related research and is responsible for several cooperation projects with developing countries in e-waste management in Africa, Asia and Latin America. His special focus is in Africa, where he was implementing various e-waste projects for the Swiss States Secretariat of Economic Affairs (SECO), Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, UNIDO, UNEP, the Secretariat of the Basel Convention and the European Union.

Before that he worked in the private sector in the field of environmental and general business consultancy at national and international levels for several years. He received his MSc in Environmental Engineering and his PhD in natural sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH).


Theo Schoemakers, Philips Consumer Lifestyle, Netherlands

Theo Schoenmakers (Dutch, 46), senior director sustainability, is heading the Sustainability for the Consumer Lifestyle sector of Royal Philips Electronics.

He is responsible for organizing environmental and sustainability initiatives globally for Philips’ Consumer Lifestyle sector with its different businesses and functional areas. He also is the Philips representative to DigitalEurope’s Environmental Policy Group and holds a vice-chair position. He also served as advisor to the board of Stibat, the Dutch batteries recycling organisation, and been a member of EPBA’s Technical working group. Mr Schoenmakers joined Philips in 1996 as a Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences Fellow from Radboud University Nijmegen, after having worked in the Netherlands, Canada and France. He is married, with two children.

Prof. Dr. Ab Stevels, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

Prof. Dr. Ab Stevels studied Chemical Engineering at the Technical University of Eindhoven and took a Ph. D. degree (cum laude) in Physics and Chemistry at Groningen University. His long experience in the electronics industry includes stints at Royal Philips Electronics in a manifold of capacities in research, business management and advisory. Since 1995, he has also been a professor in Environmental Design at Delft University of Technology. He was visiting professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department of Stanford University, the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the TU Berlin, the Tsinghua University in Beijing, the School of Industrial Systems Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta) and the Industrial Ecology Program at NTN University in Trondheim, Norway. Ab Stevels has done trailblazing work in how to make Eco-design into day-to-day business really happen and has researched in detail the setting up of take-back and recycling systems for electronics. Ab is the author of some 175 journal articles and conference contributions. 

Thierry Van Kerckhoven, Umicore, Belgium

Thierry Van Kerckhoven is Global Sales Manager Electronic Scrap at Umicore Precious Metals Refining NV, Umicore being the new name for the former Union Minière. Before joining Umicore in May 1999, Mr. Van Kerckhoven worked as Account Manager at DJE bvba and Storck bvba. He holds Master-degrees in Economics – International Relationships (Antwerp Business School) and Transport Economics (Antwerp University). He was born on September 25, 1967 in Turnhout (Belgium).

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 e-waste projects and leads the labs activities in electric- or e-mobility and materials for renewable energy technologies. Before joining Empa he has mainly worked in the field of rural energy supply in developing countries based on renewable energies. He was leading technical cooperation projects in many countries and heading the R&D department on control systems at entec ag a Swiss company he co-founded. Rolf Widmer is the author of several publications and books in this field.

Johan Zwart, SIMS Recycling, Netherlands

Johan Zwart has been active in the electronic industry for more than 40 years. In all these years his focus was mainly on professional equipment and systems. His experience ranges from product development to project management and product management performed for and on behalf of Philips and Philips related companies in The Netherlands and abroad. In 1990 when being asked to join Synrec his involvement with the e-Waste business started. Synrec was a foundation created by Dutch industry to prepare for the announced take back legislation. His move to Mirec, now Sims Recycling Solutions, came when the market responded to the developing legislation and the need for efficient take back solutions was growing. He engineered in close cooperation with ICT Nederland the successful ICT take back system and was involved in further Dutch, Swedish, Danish and many manufacturer take back programs. 

Johan Zwart recently retired from his Sims EU Business Development Director position but still holds a role as Business Consultant. He is vice chairman of the European Electronics Recycling Association (EERA).


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