Keynote Speakers on 5 November 2019

Keynote Speakers

Tuesday 5 Nov 2019

09.00-09.30 @Bhiraj Hall 2

Lyonpo Thakur S Powdyel and Bhakti M Powdyel (Spouse)

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

Topic>>My Green School: A Call for the Restoration of the Vital Claims on the Process of Learning

Keynote Speaker

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.

Tuesday 5 Nov 2019


Wednesday 6 Nov 2019


Prof. Dr. Osamu Abe

Head, Education for Sustainable Development Research Center, RIKKYO UNIVERSITY, Japan

Keynote Speaker and Panelist (EE)

Tuesday 5 Nov 2019

10.00-10.30 @ Bhiraj Hall 2

Wednesday 6 Nov 2019


M.L. Disapanadda Diskul

Social Entrepreneurs & CEO, Doi Tung Development Project, Mae Fah Luang Foundation under Royal Patronage & the Leader of Green Economy in Thailand

Topic>>Doi Tung Development Project: a case for sustainable development

Keynote Speaker and Panelist (Zero Waste & Carbon Neutral)

As Chief Executive Officer, leads the Doi Tung Development Project and all foundation’s development programs both domestically and internationally.Responsible for social and environmental impacts, financial performance, human resource development, and representing the foundation at national and global stages.

Tuesday 5 Nov 2019

11.00-11.30 @Bhiraj Hall 2

Dr. Suchana Chavanich, Thailand

Associate professor at Department of Marine Science, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University

Topic>>Sustainable Ocean Ambassador: SOA for AFMA-FAO Annex

Keynote Speaker

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.

Tuesday 5 Nov 2019

11.30-12.00 @ Bhiraj Hall 2

Mr. Yashovardhan Lohia

Executive Director, Member of the Sustainability and Risk Management Committee and Chief Recycling Officer, Indorama Ventures PCL (IVL)

Keynote Speaker

Born in New Delhi, Yash Lohia is the elder son of Aloke Lohia, Founder and Group CEO of Indorama Ventures PCL (IVL). His career in IVL started in the Packaging division, and oversees the company’s operations across seven countries, after setting up the first Philippines Packaging division in 2013.

Prior to joining the Packaging business, Yash trained in various business functions and segments within IVL. Since 2018, Yash has also helped guide the Fibers business which is a strong growth area for IVL. The fiber business consists of 40 sites in 18 countries.

Since April 2019, Yash has been appointed as an Executive Director on the IVL board and as Chief Recycling Officer of the company. Yash believes in all of the UN SDG’s strongly but is more focused on “Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure” given the position of the company and his role in it.

Yash likes to travel, hike, water sports, and snowboarding. He is married to Saanjali Lohia and lives in Bangkok.

Tuesday 5 Nov 2019

17.00-18.00 @ Bhiraj Hall 2

Dr. Maria Faina Lucelo Diola

Director of Center for Leadership, Citizenship and Democracy

Topic>>Life Long Learning & Early Childhood Education

Chair Session - Round Table "Life Long Learning & Early Childhood Education"

Born in Cebu City, Philippines, Dr. Diola has been engaged in the fields of development communication, rural development, and public work in general for 37 years, and has worked in civil society development, including some countries in Asia, for 28 years.

In 2009 she expanded her professional interest and began research, extension, and teaching in the field of Public Administration and Governance. She is a tenured Assistant Professor at the University of the Philippines’s National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP NCPAG), teaching Research Methods in Public Administration for undergraduate, masters’ and doctoral students, the Philippine Administrative System theory and practice, and Voluntary Sector Management for masters’ students.

Tuesday 5 Nov 2019

16.30-18.00 @ Amber 1

Prof.Dr.John Bavor

Adjunct Professor, Dean's Unit - School of Science and Health Director, Water Research Laboratory and Centre for Water and Environmental Technology, University of Western

Topic>>Water for Life & Water WEEC

Chair Session - Round Table "Water for Life & Water WEEC"

Professor John Bavor, Western Sydney University School of Science, has wide experience in utilisation of ecotechnology options for integrated water, watershed and wetland management solutions for sustainabilty. He has been Visiting Professor at UNSW School of Civil Engineering, as Project Director, Cooperative Research Centre for Waste Management and Pollution Control: Advanced Constructed Wetlands Technology.

Professor Bavor has been an invited keynote speaker at International Environmental Symposia in Europe (UK, France and Austria), South America (Brazil), USA (Florida and Louisiana), Africa (Kenya), South East Asia (China), Middle East (Iran), Philippines and Papua New Guinea.

Other research interests include solid waste management, bioremediation, stormwater management and groundwater resources protection. Collaborating international research and education links are established in Brazil, Africa, China, Thailand, Philippines, Viet Nam, India, Mongolia and other developing countries. Professor Bavor is a foundation Member and Regional Coordinator Asia-Pacific of the International Water Association - Use of Macrophytes in Water Pollution Control Group. His IWA Asia-Pacific Regional Coordination area includes Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Rep. Korea, Singapore and Taiwan.

Tuesday 5 Nov 2019

16.30-18.00 @ Bhiraj Hall 2

Dr. Aidee Kamal Bin Khamis

Topic>>Indigenous People and Biodiveristy Conservation

Chair Session - Round Table "Indigenous People and Biodiversity Conservation"

Aidee Kamal Khamis completed his first degree in Chem. Eng. at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in 1999, and then continued his Master degree in Chem. Eng. at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia from 2003 to 2004. He joined UTM as a Research Officer in 2005 and started his doctorate study entitled ‘Amendment of soil acidity and cation exchange capacity using Rhodopseudomonas palustris’, graduated in 2016.

From 2005 up to now, he has delivered more than 50 hands-on workshops and training on the employment of Effective Microorganisms (EM) technology to produce organic fertilizer, organic insect repellant, and organic animal feed formulation to communities, industries, and individuals. He also specializes in the applications of EM for soil, plant, water, livestock, and environment. He significantly contributed to the Biotechnology Master Plan (2005-2015) for the state of Johor in Malaysia, and the Master Plan (2009-present) for FELCRA Berhad Bio-Valley.

Currently, he is leading a biogas project in Johor state, Malaysia entitled ‘Zero Flies Index Via Development of Biogas Plant From Animal Waste in Muar District, Johor’. This project also got support from the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) Malaysia.

Tuesday 5 Nov 2019


Wednesday 6 Nov 2019


Ao.Univ.Prof.i.R. Dr. Wladyslaw W. Szymanski

Faculty of Physics & Aerosal Laboratory, University of Vienna, Austria

Topic>>Air Pollution

Panelist; Panel Discussion (Air Pollution) & Scientific Committee

Prof. Wladyslaw W. Szymanski is physicist with PhD from the 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.

He is a co-editor and contributor to several scientific books and authored/ co-authored over 100 publications. And his interest focuses recently on environmental education, development on novel instrumentation for atmospheric particle measurement and air pollution studies.