Keynote Speakers

Meet Our Keynote Speakers

Paul Bardos

Paul Bardos is managing director of r3 Environmental Technology Ltd ( and adjunct Professor at the School of Environment and Technology, University of Brighton.  He is visiting professor at the Universities of Nottingham (till 2017) and Reading.  He is a “qualified person” under the CL:AIRE DOW-COP initiative for auditing the re-use of soil and other excavated materials. He works on contaminated land management, brownfields rehabilitation and renewables, weed control, circular economy and waste management (biochar, composting, AD, MBT); sustainable remediation; projects in the UK, EU, China, Japan, South America, USA and Australia.  He is also a project proposal evaluator for the EC and national governments and “green and sustainable remediation international expert” for the Ministry of Ecology and Environment in China.  His work includes major research initiatives, feasibility studies, technology development, expert consultancy and technical advice, policy support, market entry/brokerage, due diligence, sustainability assessments and information projects.  His company operates the principal European contaminated soil and water portal (EUGRIS).

Victor Dries

Victor Dries obtained his degree in Chemical Engineering at KU Leuven. In 1992 he started working for the Flemish Public Waste Agency (OVAM) in the domain of policy development and support for soil rehabilitation. In 2007 he became the coordinator of the OVAM Strategic Team in view of the development of the mid to long term strategy of OVAM. Since 2014 he is an adviser “Environment” for the cabinets of the Flemish NVA Ministers (Liesbeth Homans & Geert Bourgeois). Victor Dries also moderated the ELFM V and EP ELFM Seminars I and II.

Peter Tom Jones

Peter Tom Jones (Dr. Ir.) is a KU Leuven IOF (Industrial Research Fund) Senior Research Manager in the field of sustainable metallurgy. Since 2014 he is the General Coordinator of the interdisciplinary SIM² KU Leuven Research Cluster. He is actively engaged as (vice-)coordinator and/or exploitation manager of several EU Horizon 2020 ETN/RIA and EIT RawMaterials  projects (see overview here). He is the coordinator of EURELCO and the associated EU MSCA-ETN NEW-MINE project on Enhanced Landfill Mining. From a public engagement point of view, Jones has also given more than 600 lectures related to urban/landfill mining, climate change (mitigation) and transition management. He is the author of several books, including Het klimaatboekKlimaatcrisisTerra Incognita & Terra Reversa.

Claudia Neculau

Dr. Ir. Claudia Neculau is now the Head of the R&D and Innovation Department at Spaque Company, after having worked during 7 years in the Rehabilitation Department at the same company. As Field manager in the works department, her role involves land remediation work and demolitions of buildings on brownfields sites, and she specialises in applying the expertise of her company to other countries.  To date, Claudia has a decade of experience as a Civil Engineer in Belgium. She manages and she surveys the execution of works especially for brownfields (former military site, sites polluted with acid tar). During the last 4 years she coordinated several applications for European projects within Interreg and Horizon 20220 programmes, and now she is the coordinator of an Interreg NWE project named Rawfill, in the field of landfill mining. She studied in a Hydro technical University in Romania, followed by a DESS degree in Public relations and Environment in Paris, and subsequently she obtained her title of Doctor in the field of the final evaluation of settlements on the landfills. Established in 1991, Spaque is currently the foremost company specializing in landfills rehabilitation, brownfield remediation and environmental expertise. Due to this experience, the company is recognised as a turnkey operator and main contractor on an international level, always applying a scientific environmental approach.

Freédéric Nguyen

Frédéric Nguyen obtained his PhD degree at the Université de Liège in close collaboration with the University Joseph Fourier in Grenoble, France (Prof. Denis Jongmans) in 2005 dedicated to the development and application of geophysical methods to detect and image active faults in slowly deforming regions. From a seismic hazard point of view, his research allowed unveiling surface ruptures associated with the strongest earthquake recorded in France (Provence) in the twentieth century. He then worked from 2005 to 2008 as a post-doctoral researcher at the Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany within the framework of the European project ALERT on the sustainable management of water resources by automated real-time monitoring in coastal aquifers. His research interest then shifted towards environmental geophysics and inverse problems. Since 2007, he is a Professor in Applied Geophysics at the University of Liège where he leads a research team, and was appointed in 2010 as a part-time Professor at KU Leuven. The research focus of his group lies on one hand in producing models of the subsurface using non-invasive geophysical methods and associated topics (inverse problems, data assimilation, uncertainty quantification) and on another hand in the integration of geophysical data in highly multidisciplinary fields of research such as hydrogeology, biology, or landfills mining.

Yves Tielemans

Yves Tielemans holds a Master’s Degree in Physics (1999, KU Leuven Belgium) and an additional Master’s degree in Project Management (2009). He is also PMP® Certified by PMI® (2009). Within Group Machiels he is a seasoned Business Unit and Program Manager leading the implementation of integrated sustainable waste management solutions, traditional landfill mining projects as well as the Enhanced Landfill Mining concept and more specific Group Machiels’ Closing the Circle project by establishing a quadruple helix network that supports the required technological, legal, social, economic, environmental and organisational innovation. He was Project Coordinator of the Flemish IWT O&O CtC project, co-organiser of the International Academic Symposia on Enhanced Landfill Mining and editor of the accompanying Symposium books. [ &]

Eddy Wille

Eddy Wille is Senior advisor at the Public Waste Agency of Flanders (OVAM, Department of Soil Management) and negotiator/representative of the Flemish government in Brownfield covenant projects. Eddy obtained his Master degree Geology at University Ghent and a postgraduate in Human ecology at University Brussels.  Since 1991, he’s involved in the Flanders soil remediation policy and pioneering in OVAM’s ELFM-programme. He is the OVAM-representative in EURELCO and collaborator in the Interreg projects COCOON and RAWFill. He’s also member of the Advisory board of EU MSCA-ETN NEW-MINE.

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