Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Ms. Samira Benabdallah, Morocco

Director of the Hassan II International Center for Environmental Training in Sale

Ms. Samira Benabdallah Microbiologist for 20 years in the field of water environment, is the Director of Hassan II International Center for Environmental Training affiliated to the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection (Morocco) chaired by Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Hasnaa.

The mission of the Center is the promotion of Environmental Protection and the improvement of the living environment. Through its approach, the Center aims to raise awareness and educate all communities with a particular interest in youths for sustainable development using all educational resources needed. Therefore, the Center mobilizes actors at different scales of intervention, federates and networks the actors at the local and national level.

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.

Thapana Sirivadhanabhakdi

President and CEO, Thai Beverage Public Company Limited

Thapana Sirivadhanabhakdi was appointed President and CEO of Thai Beverage Public Company Limited in 2008 following its listing in Singapore Exchange in 2006. Under his Vision 2020 to become the leading total beverage company in ASEAN, the company has acquired Oishi Group, Sermsuk PLC, Fraser & Neave Ltd, Myanmar Distillery Company, Saigon Beer Alcohol Beverage Corporation and now owns a variety of restaurants from Thai, Chinese, Japanese and Western cuisine, including the recent acquisition of 252 outlets of KFC in Thailand.

His recent undertaking has been to support the government’s “Pracharath Rak Samakkee”, a public-private partnership programme to help the economic development of local communities in the areas of agriculture, community tourism and product value creation. Thapana is the Founder and Chairman of C asean, a social enterprise to promote ASEAN connectivity, business and cultural promotions for young entrepreneurs. He is also the Chairman of Foundation for Institute of Social Enterprise Development (FINSEDT) and Thai-UK Business Leadership Council.

Under Thapana’s leadership, ThaiBev was awarded the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) for Emerging Markets in 2016 and World Level in 2017.

Thapana has a Bachelor of Business Management (Finance) and a Master of Science Administration in Financial Economics from Boston University, USA.

Lyonpo Thakur S Powdyel, Bhutan

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

The WEEC Permanent Secretariat is proud to announce that Mr. Lyonpo Thakur S Powdyel (former Minister of Education in Bhutan) will be a key note speaker at 10th WEEC (Bangkok, Thailand, 3-7 November 2019)

Lyonpo Thakur is the founder and great supporter of the concept of Green Schools in Bhutan. He wrote a book called “My Green School”. He calls it a meditation on the core function of education. In “My Green School” he develops eight elements that are the vital claims that education systems and educators must affirm and advance to make teaching and learning more purposeful and integral. There are some fine examples or models of Green Schools in Bhutan, which Lyonpo Thakur can refer to. Thakur S Powdyel was awarded the prestigious International Gusi Peace Prize in 2011 for Life-time Contribution to Education, and the Global Education Award in 2012 for Outstanding Contribution to Education. He has experience in speaking at many international meetings and conferences.

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 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.

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.

Dr. Sumet Tantivejkul

Secretary-General of the Chaipattana Foundation

Sumet Tantivejkul (Ph.D.) is well recognized for his major role as the Secretary-General of the Chaipattana Foundation, a non-governmental body established by the late King Rama IX, King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand. Before he was assigned this prominent duty, Sumet spent years of his working life at the National Economic and Social Development Board, the governmental organization responsible for setting the direction of the Thai economy, as well as the Royal Development Projects Board, the governmental organization which takes care of various royal development projects initiated by His Late Majesty, where he served as the first Secretary-General of the organization.

Sumet spent more than 30 years accompanying the Late King on countless visits to the rural areas. He is, thus, known as a public icon who has worked for the greater good as inspired by His Late Majesty. Due to his extensive service to the Monarch, Sumet was offered 13 Honorary Doctorate Degrees from major universities around the country, as well as numerous awards and honors. In recognition of his meritorious service, Sumet was conferred with the Knight Grand Cross (First Class) of the Most Admirable Order of the Diredgunabhorn.

Now in his 80s, Sumet is still active in giving talks about His Majesty the Late King’s development works. He also serves as chairman and board to directors for several leading foundations and institutions in Thailand, and a grandfather of two grandchildren.

Dr. Suchana Chavanich, Thailand

Sustainable Ocean Ambassador: SOA for AFMA-FAO Annex Thailand’s first female scientist to go to Antarctica

Dr. Suchana Chavanich received her Ph.D. in Zoology at University of New Hampshire, USA. She is currently an associate professor at Department of Marine Science, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. She has a broad base of ecological research interests that involve the study of nearshore species from tropical to polar regions. In addition, her research focuses on conservation and restoration of marine ecosystems and impact of climate change and marine debris on marine ecosystems.

Currently, she has the projects related marine biodiversity and polar research under the Royal Initiative of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.

She is considered to be Thailand’s first female scientist to go diving in Antarctica and Arctic. Her research work on Arctic-Antarctica and coral reefs has inspired Thai and young people on the value of marine ecosystems.

Because of her work, she has received several awards and recognitions both nationally and internationally, for example, Explorer Award by National Geographic Magazine Thailand; One of 17 Asia Power Women of Inspiration, selected by Her World Magazine; UNESCO-IOC/WESTPAC Outstanding Scientist Award. Currently, she is also the Sustainable Ocean Ambassador.