Faculty 2010

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.

Prof. Oladele Osibanjo

Professor, University of Ibadan, Nigeria and Executive Director, Basel Convention Coordinating Centre for Training and Technology Transfer for the African Region in Hazardous Waste Management

Prof. Oladele Osibanjo is a Professor of  Analytical and Environmental Chemistry, University of Ibadan, Nigeria and the Executive Director, Basel Convention Coordinating Centre for Training and Technology Transfer in Hazardous Waste Management for the African Region, University of Ibadan, Nigeria; with mandate to assist African Governments build their capacity to implement the Basel Convention effectively. He is an internationally renowned environmental expert/consultant to governments as well as multilateral organisations such as the World Bank and various UN agencies.  He has well over 130 publications comprising journal articles, monographs, chapters in books and commissioned reports. 

Among his pioneering research, was the analysis of toxics wastes from Italy illegally dumped in Koko port in Nigeria which led to the beginning of environmental governance in Nigeria, leading to the establishment of the Federal Environmental Protection Agency, in December 1988, later metamorphosing into the Federal Ministry of Environment in 1999.

Pia Tanskanen

Nokia, Finland

Pia Tanskanen graduated from Lappeenranta University of Technology (Finland) in 1992 with major in Chemical Engineering. She finished her post graduate studies at Helsinki University of Technology with Environmental Technology and Material Engineering and received her Licentiate in Technology degree in 1996. She has finished IBA-International Business Acumen studies in HELIA – Helsinki Business Polytechnic in 2007. She is also ISO14001 lead auditor.

Pia joined Nokia 1999. She has been working in international projects with wide range of areas from technology development to supplier selection and management processes and in environmental communication and marketing. Her main interest area is recycling of electronics in which she has published around 15 international papers and has been awarded by Nokia Quality Award in 2005. She is currently working in Nokia Markets organization at Sustainability team as Senior Manager with main focus in implementation and development of consumer take back service worldwide. Before Nokia she worked in ABB Industry and at Helsinki University of Technology.

Naoko Tojo

Associate Professor, Lund University, Sweden

Naoko Tojo is currently an associate professor in environmental product law and policy at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University, Sweden.  She has a BA in law from Keio University, Japan, MSc in environmental management and policy and Ph. D in industrial environmental economics from Lund University. She evaluates and analyses product, recycling and waste policies in Europe and Asia and seeks for the design and implementation of government interventions that effectively enhance eco-innovation. 

Among such government interventions, one of her strong focuses has been on policies based on the concept of extended producer responsibility (EPR). She has been investigating the concrete application of EPR on products such as electrical and electronic equipment, cars, batteries and packaging in different countries. She was engaged in the OECD work on EPR in 1999-2002, and in the review of the EU WEEE Directive commissioned by the EU in 2007. Supervision of a number of MSc and PhD theses in the related area also helped her update her knowledge and deepen her understanding on the application of EPR in different contexts. 

Willie Cade

CEO, PCCR and Adjunct Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Willie Cade is the Founder and CEO of PC Builders & Recyclers, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mr. Cade founded PC Builders & Recyclers in 2000 to address the ongoing need for students and underprivileged youths to have access to technology. The company solicits old PC's, refurbishes them, and places them in schools, non-profit organizations and need-based homes. To date, the program has placed over 40,000 computers in various locations, proving that limited funding does not preclude access to technology. As a supplement to PC Builders & Recyclers, Mr. Cade also launched the first member-based graphic calendar for listings of e-waste collection events in the United States, www.eWasteCalendar.com.

Mr. Cade also co-created The Sustainable Electronic Initiative (SEI), the United States' first university-based research center that specifically focuses on the reuse and material recovery of electronics. SEI designs and implements programs for research, education, data management and technical assistance for electronics recycling.

Antoinette van Schaik

MARAS, Netherlands

Dr. ir. Antoinette van Schaik runs her private company MARAS - Material Recycling and Sustainability – (since 2005), The Netherlands (A.vanSchaik@marasustainability.nl / www.marasustainability.nl). MARAS is a consultancy company, which provides technology based system solutions in the field of recycling and waste systems. MARAS provides knowledge and advice to OEM’s, recycling industry, NGO’s, etc. This work includes projects on recycling of electronic and electric (WEEE/E-waste) goods as well as projects with the car industry (VW, Daimler, GM, Ford, Volvo, Fiat, Porsche, Renault) on issues related to linking recycling to car design (CAD). Also she has been involved in a project in The Netherlands on waste and surface water systems for a water board.

Antoinette van Schaik has worked as a researcher in the automotive recycling industry (1997) and as Post-doc researcher at Delft University of Technology from 2004 to June 2008.

She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in recycling, design for recycling and sustainability, also as part of the European Minerals Engineering Course (between Delft University of Technology, Helsinki University of Technology, Aachen University of Technology and Imperial College).

She received her M.Sc. in Mining and Petroleum Engineering (1997) and Ph.D. (2004) on ‘Theory of Recycling Systems – Applied to Car Recycling’ at the Delft University of Technology (Netherlands).

She has over 65 journal and (refereed) conference proceeding publications, 2 Encyclopaedia Chapters and is co-author of the book ‘Metrics of Material and Metal Ecology’ (706p.) published by Elsevier (Amsterdam) in 2005. She serves as a referee for various international journals such as ‘Minerals Engineering’, ‘IChemE’, ‘Waste Management’, ‘Journal of Cleaner Production’ and ‘Journal of Industrial Ecology’.

Josh Lepawsky

Memorial University, Newfoundland, Canada

Josh received his BA (1996) in geography at the University of British Columbia. Subsequently, he completed an MA (1999) in geography at Queen’s University, and a PhD (2005) in geography at the University of Kentucky. 

He is fascinated by connections between geography and technology, a theme he pursued in both his postgraduate degrees.  His MA investigated the geographies of cyberspace portrayed in popular fiction, journalism, and academic discourse. His PhD took him to Malaysia to examine a vision of cyberspace materialized in a multi-billion dollar urban mega-project called the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC). That development was fascinating to him because in addition to familiar aspirations for economic development, the state also planned for the project to achieve 'national development' and 'national identity' goals so that by 2020 the country will be internationally recognized as a 'developed nation'. Consequently, the MSC was a way to investigate what happens when cultural ideas about digital technologies get entangled with the politics of power and development.  

His current research is a project called Mapping the International Trade and Traffic of Electronic Waste.

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.

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.