The ISCOWA board has formal meetings every 3 years during the WASCON conferences, where the new board is also selected. In between, we organize regular Skype-meetings in which we discuss, for example, practical issues related to WASCON conferences.

The ISCOWA Board is composed of:


Annika Sormunen, President

Environmental technology specialist with almost 15 years of experience in waste utilization as well as treatment of contaminated soils and bottom ash from waste incineration facilities. Ph.D. on the utilization of municipal solid waste bottom ash in civil engineering with a special focus on creating aggregate-like products from recovered MSWI BA.


JohnJohn Heynen, Treasurer

30 years involvement in waste re-use, recycling and circular projects. Senior advisor EU funding at Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO).  National Contact Point (NCP) for HORIZON Europe, (DIS, Circular Industry),  (, and NCP for LIFE Previously NCP for Horizon2020, SC5 and for CIP Eco-Innovation. From 2007 – 2013 working for the Dutch Environment and Technology programme, targeted at SMEs, and as the programme’s contact for the chemical and building industry.  John holds an M.Sc. in chemical engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology.

marjokoivulahti    Marjo Koivulahti, Secretary

Marjo is environment, materials and geotechnical specialist and she has been graduated as M.Sc. in Tampere University of Technology. She is working at Ramboll Finland as a Head of Department in Environmental Geotechnics R&D laboratory. She has over 25 years experience in earth construction, utilization of alternative materials, deep mixing, soil stabilization and geotechnical laboratory tests.

Eva Cifrian Eva Cifrian Bemposta

PhD in “Sustainable production and consumption” in 2013. Assistant Professor in the chemical engineering area in the University of Cantabria, Spain, since 2015. The research field is related to the environmental analysis of processes related to circular economy: Characterization, environmental evaluation and sustainable management of industrial waste, through leaching test and Eco-toxicological studies; Design of recovery processes for different types of waste; Application of decision-making tools, such as LCA, MCA or CF, to select the best alternatives from the environmental point of view for waste recovery processes.

E-mail: eva.cifrian(at)

Colin Hills

Colin Hills

Professor CD Hills is Professor of Environment and Materials Engineering at the University of Greenwich and Lead for Civil and Environmental Engineering. His extensive research on the treatment of waste and soil, and the valorisation of mineralised CO2-based products, has resulted in a significant number of publications. These include patents, books and national guidance for the Environment Agency (England and Wales).

Chi Sun PoonChi-sun Poon

Prof. C.S. Poon obtained his PhD from Imperial College, London, spent two years as a Post-doctoral Fellows at Oxford University specializing in cement and concrete research. Currently, he is the Chair Professor of Sustainable Construction Materials and Head at the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He has been awarded the title of Changjiang Chair Professor by the Ministry of Education. He specializes in the teaching and research of concrete technology, eco-friendly construction materials, and waste management

E-mail: chi-sun.poon(at)


Carlo Vandecasteele

Emeritus professor from University of Leuven (KULeuven), Belgium. 30 years of experience in waste treatment, recycling and recovery of different sorts of waste: municipal solid waste including the ashes, industrial and toxic waste, automotive shredder residue, poultry litter, soil. Experience in assessing the environmental impact and sustainability of industrial processes and products. Active in development colloboration and in consulting.


Hans Goumans remains honorary chairman and advisor of the Board.

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