Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Ms. Samira Benabdallah, Morocco

Director of the Center for Environmental Education in Rabat

Samira Benabdallah (in the picture) biologist (microbiologist) for 20 years in the field of the water environment, is the Director of the Center for Environmental Education (CEE) of the Mohammed VI Foundation for the Protection of the Environment of (Morocco). Her goal is the protection and preservation of water quality. At the same time, she works extensively in the field of environmental protection at the Mohammed VI Foundation for the Protection of the Environment chaired by Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Hasnaa.

The mission of the Foundation is the promotion of the protection of the environment and the improvement of the living environment. Through its approach, the Foundation raises awareness and educates all publics, and in particular the youngest, to sustainable development with the development of tools and educational resources needed, it mobilizes actors at different scales of intervention (territorial, regional, national and international), federates and networks the actors at the level of the territories of intervention and at the national level and finally forms and reinforces the capacities of the actors and the tools of sustainable management of the territories.

Today, after 18 years of its existence, the acquisition of important knowledge and know-how through the establishment of more than 20 innovative programs at the national level the Mohammed VI Foundation for the Protection of the Environment has set up a center for environmental education (CEE), space dedicated to awareness, education, training all to sustainable development.

The Environmental Water Center’s ambition is to reinforce the transversal understanding of the issues related to environmental protection and sustainable development through capacity building, to create a network of excellence bringing together Moroccan and international leaders and to develop training content. of quality answering the existing problems and needs expressed.

Mr. Gunter Pauli, Belgium

Author of Blue Economy

Visiting lecturer and professor at universities in all continents, Member of the Board of NGOs and private companies in Asia, USA and Latin America Gunter Pauli is once again key note speaker at WEEC.

Actually Gunter Pauli already attended the 7WEEC in Morocco (2013) and it was delightful to attend his lesson. Now, for the 10th edition of the World Environmental Education Congress in Bangkok (Thailand) Gunter Pauli will be again in the number of our esteemed guests.

He has advised governments, entrepreneurs and industry leaders on how to implement breakthrough innovations that permits society to better respond to the basic needs of all, starting with water, food, housing, health and energy. He works with what is locally available, focuses on the generation of value.

He founded the “Zero Emissions Research and Initiatives” (ZERI) at the United Nations University in Tokyo, and subsequently established The Global ZERI Network as a foundation, redesigning production and consumption into clusters of industries inspired by natural systems.

He is dedicated to design and implement a society and industries, which respond to people’s needs using what is locally available. His visionary approach supported by dozens of projects on the ground landed him an invitation to present his cases at the World Expo 2000 in Germany. There he constructed the largest bamboo pavilion in modern days presenting 7 breakthrough initiatives.

Gunter wishes to inspire children to become entrepreneurs, responding to the basic needs of all with what is locally available. As an entrepreneur he created several companies and his book THE BLUE ECONOMY describes the businesses of the future. Gunter has an MBA, is professor at several universities, and he is father of 5 children.

Lyonpo Thakur S Powdyel, Bhutan

Former Minister of Education in Bhutan, Starter of Green School in Bhutan

Thakur S Powdyel is an educator by choice, conviction and passion. As the country’s first democratically elected Minister of Education, he moved Bhutan towards fulfilling the MDGs and the country’s constitutional mandate for education. His major interests include institutional integrity, national self-respect, moral literacy and gross national happiness.

Powdyel’s vision of holistic education as expressed in My Green School has been translated into several languages. He is the author of As I Am, So Is My Nation, Right of Vision & Occasional Views, and principal author of The Light of My Life. His latest book Gyal-Khab is a reflection on State, citizen and citizenship education.

Powdyel is a recipient of the Gusi Peace Prize, the Global Education Award, and the Distinguished Service Award for his pioneering work in Education as well as the Coronation Gold Medal 2008 and the Institutional Award: The Honour of Druk Thuksey 2012.

Thakur S Powdyel invested his public office with a rare and chastening quality of integrity, service and selflessness in the evolving Bhutanese democratic landscape in honour of his country and fellow-citizens, born of his deeply-held beliefs and convictions.

Professor Dr. Wladyslaw Szymanski, Austria

Panel Session : Air Pollution

Panel Session: Pollution Control through Environmental Education

Prof. Wladyslaw W. Szymanski serves as retired member at the Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna, Austria. For many years he headed the Aerosol Physics and Environmental Physics Group. He is active as a lecturer at leading international universities.

His research and expertise focus on Aerosol Science related to the Atmosphere: aerosol processes, particle sampling and characterization, air quality and development of innovative instrumentation. He authored/co- authored over 100 contributions to journals and books. He received the prestigious Smoluchowski Award for outstanding contributions to aerosol optics and served number of years on the Board of the Association for Aerosol Research.

Professor Dr. Robert Brian Shutes, United Kingdom

Panel Session : Water Pollution

Topic: “Wetlands for Water Pollution Control: A multi-faceted paradigm for Environmental Education”

Brian Shutes is Emeritus Professor of Ecotechnology at Middlesex University, London. He was Vice-Chair of the International Water Association (IWA) Specialist Group on ‘The use of Wetlands for Water Pollution Control’ (1996-2008).

He has been a consultant and partner on projects in Asia for the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, European Union, UK and Singapore Government Departments and Agencies, and has organized and presented at workshops, seminars and conferences in Asian countries. He has also been a Visiting-Professor at universities in Asia.

Dr. Denis Nkala, UNOSSC

Regional Coordinator and Representative The United Nations office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), Asia and the Pacific Office

Topic: South-South Cooperation – Alternative Development Pathways

Denis Nkala (Ph.D.) is the Regional Coordinator for Asia-Pacific in the United Nations Office for South- South Cooperation. He has worked in the Asia-Pacific region since 2006. He has worked extensively with countries in the region including China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Republic of Korea and Thailand. In 2009, he co-wrote a publication on South-South and triangular cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. Most recently, he has worked with a team from Thailand on a publication focusing on Thai outreach to other countries including the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy. Denis Nkala studied Economics and Business Administration (B.Sc.), Applied Economics (M.Sc.) and Applied Management and Decision Sciences (Ph.D.). His previous assignments also include Iraq and Zimbabwe. Denis is a national of Zimbabwe.

Professor Ronghuai Huang, UNESCO INRULED

Congress Sharing Theme Connectivity

Professor in Faculty of Education of Beijing Normal University (BNU)

Ronghuai Huang is a Professor in Faculty of Education of Beijing Normal University (BNU). He has being engaged in the research on smart learning environment, artificial intelligence in education, educational technology as well as knowledge engineering. He received ‘Chang Jiang Scholar’ award in 2016, which is the highest academic award presented to an individual in higher education by the Ministry of Education of China. He serves as Co-Dean of Smart Learning Institute, Director of UNESCO International Rural Educational and Training Centre, and Director of China National Engineering Lab for Cyberlearning Intelligent Technology. He is very active in academic organizations both at home and abroad. He is also Committeeman of the Science Subject Expert Committee of the National Textbook Committee, Vice-chairman of China Educational Technology Association, Deputy Director of Teaching Guidance Committee of Educational Technology at Institutions of Higher Education (MOE), Vice-Chairman of Beijing Education Informatization Expert Committee, and Expert of MOE AI Innovation Panel. During 2013 to 2018, he serves as General Chair for International Conference on Advanced Learning Technology (ICALT). He is also Executive Committeeman of The Global Chinese Society for Computers in Education, Vice President of International Association of Smart Learning Environments (IASLE), and Editor-in-Chief of Springer’s Journal of Smart Learning Environment and Journal of Computers in Education. Till now, he has accomplished and is working on over 100 projects, and his ideas have been widely spread, with about 400 academic papers and over 40 books published at home and aboard.