Georgina is the owner of the Waste to Opportunity Enterprise, and she holds Board positions spanning both the natural resource and resource recovery sectors. She is a Chartered Environmentalist and Chartered Waste Manager and her Doctorate in Environmental Technology focused on biopolymers.
Joyanne Manning is both the Circular Economy and Waste and Resource Recovery Leader for Arup across Australasia. Joyanne is a Fellow and Executive Engineer of Engineers Australia.
With a particular focus on driving the principles of a circular economy, and on recognising waste as a valuable resource, she works on an ongoing basis as a technical advisor to Government Agencies and Private Clients in the development of waste and circular strategy and policy and on infrastructure provision to enable circularity. She is one of the key people leading Arups transformation of putting sustainable development at the heart of everything we do, in order to meaningfully contribute to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
Dr Ian Dagley, FTSE, FRACI, MAICD
Dr Ian Dagley was the Chief Executive Officer of the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Polymers for 21 years, and subsequently he was Chief of the Science Partnerships and Engagement Division of the Defence Science and Technology Group (DST) for 2.5 years.
Ian has a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Melbourne and an MBA from RMIT. His research career has also included periods at Oxford University, with Pacific Dunlop, and with the Defence Science and Technology Organisation. In 2010, Dr Ian Dagley was admitted as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).
Professor Dr Chengrong Chen
Bid Leader and Interim CEO
Professor Chengrong Chen is a founding Director for Resource Recovery Recycling Remanufacturing Waste Hub, Griffith University.
Prof Chen has worked closely with industry in the area of assessment of environmental impacts and recycling of wastes over 20 years. He established the Australian first Applied Network of Recycled Organics and Waste Management (ANROWM) in 2017. Prof Chen’s research areas include: Recycling science and waste management, mine rehabilitation, restoration of degraded ecosystems and agricultural disposal of recycled organics and biochar application and fertilisation.
She is a Soil Biochemist with strong expertise and experience on remediation of contaminated sites and waste management, and organic waste recycling. She is also the Co-founder and Executive Manager for Applied Network for Recycled Organics and Waste Management which brings Government, Industry and End-users together.
Her key research interests are ecological public health; integrated health planning; workplace health and safety management; climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and the greening of the health care sector. Awarded the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2013 for her contribution to public health, and a national commendation for excellence in research supervision by the Australian Council for Graduate Research in 2018, she has produced over 220 publications, presented over 80 conference keynotes and graduated 48 PhDs.
University of Southern Queensland
Research Program 1 Lead
Professor Hao Wang is the Theme Leader in Centre for Future Materials (CFM) at USQ, and the incoming President of Asian-Australasian Association for Composite Materials for 2022-2024. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Composites Part B: Engineering.
Prof Wang has over 30 years research experience in materials science and engineering and published over 350 peer-reviewed articles in high-quality journals with citations >20,000, H-index 76. In the last 10 year His composites research started when he moved to USQ in 2006. His research on plastics and composites has actively shaping the field with over 100 publications in this research direction, including the papers in Progress in Materials Science (IF 39.6) and Progress in Polymer Science (IF 29.2).
Southern Cross University
Research Program 1 Deputy Lead
Dr Lachlan Yee focuses on utilising the sustainable technology of polymer science and applies this to the challenges of the soil, aquatic and marine environments with emphasis on reducing waste and remediating pollution.
His research strengths include the areas of: antibacterial catalysts delivered to the surface of polyvinyl chloride thin-film polymers, biodegradable polymer applications such as chitin, chitosan, polyhydroxyalkanoates, alginate and carrageenan in soil and marine environments, plastic waste recycling at small scale and upcycling into products supporting a circular economy. Additionally, he loves teaching chemistry and waste as a resource.
She has more than a decade experience in polymer composites and fibres and has successfully led several projects in collaboration with local and international industry partners in this field. Her research to date has resulted in over 135 publications and her projects are well supported by government and numerous industrial organizations. Professor Naebe is the recipient of multiple awards including the recent Chemchina Patent Excellence Award.
He is listed in Stanford University 2020 list of the top 2% scientists in the world where he is ranked in the top 0.7% among academics in Civil Engineering worldwide. He serves/served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Structural Engineering published by the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Australian Journal for Civil Engineering, and Structures Journal Published by Elsevier. He is also a CPEng and a Registered Building Practitioner (RBP) and also Registered in the National Professional Engineer (NPE) in Australia, Asia and Egypt.
Research Program 3: Clean up and remediate the environment
Distinguished Professor Andrew Ball
Research Program 3 Lead
Distinguished Professor Andrew S. Ball is Director of the ARC Training Centre for the Transformation of Australia’s Biosolids Resource and Distinguished Professor at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
Prof. Ball was previously Director of the Centre for Environmental Sustainability and Remediation at RMIT University and Flinders Bioremediation in Adelaide, Australia. Prof. Ball has worked in the area of soil microbiology, contaminant degradation and biogeochemical cycling for 40 years publishing over 300 peer reviewed articles.
He is scientific advisor in the Applied Network for Recycled Organics and Waste Management (ANROWM), and member of the International Advisory Committee, the International Society for Environmental Biogeochemistry. Dr Rezaei Rashti’s research expertise include soil health and functional resistance and resilience of agricultural soils to environmental stresses, soil carbon and nitrogen cycles in agroecosystems, carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions, waste management, application of biochar and recycled organics as soil amendments, environmental assessment of microplastic pollution in soil and water, and remediation of contaminated lands.
Prof Stewart’s research areas include product stewardship policy design and analysis, end-of-life management of waste products, digitalising industry, waste management logistics, and environmental management.
Before joining academia, Damien worked in the plastics industry. His current research focuses on understanding patterns of resource flows and their impacts aligned with a sustainable and circular economy. Damien is currently a director at the Product Stewardship Centre of Excellence and was a member of the Expert Reference Group for the NSW 20 year waste strategy.