Keynote Speakers

Sally Brown
Research Professor, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
University of Washington

Sally Brown is a research professor at the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington.  She has a BA from Williams College and a MS and PhD from the University of Maryland in Soil Science.  Her research focuses on different aspects of the use of biosolids and other residuals including risks associated with contaminants, in situ restoration of contaminated sites, carbon balance for different end use options, and integration of residuals use in green urban infrastructure.  She is a Fellow and former Board member in the Soil Science Society of America, a former Board member in the US Compost Council, was a two term member of the National Academy of Science Standing Committee on Soil Science, is a member and former chair of the USDA CREES committee on use of residuals, was a reviewer for the upcoming IPCC assessment, and is a columnist for Biocycle Magazine.  She was a member of the NAS committee on the bioavailability of contaminants in soils and sediments.   She has won the US EPA Clean Water Act research award twice; once for her work showing that biosolids in combination with other residuals can be used to alleviate metal toxicity in situ, and for her work showing that biosolids are an effective fertilizer for canola for biofuel production.  She has also won the US Compost Council Rufus Chaney Research Award, the Washington Organics Recycling Council Research Award and the King County Green Globe award for her research.


Marco Ricci – Jürgensen
Managing Director of Altereko sas, Consultancy on Recycling and Waste Management
Senior Expert at CIC – Italian Composting and Biogas Association
Chair of the ISWA Working Group on Biological Treatment of Waste

Marco has 20 years of experience in planning consistent MSW management, designing and up­grading of collection and transport schemes, assessing recycling facilities (focus on composting), working in multi-linguistic, multi-tasking working groups or projects both in ´high-´ and ´low to middle income’ countries in Europe, Latin America and Asia.

With a specific engagement for MSW solutions in cities he supported the City of Milan (Italy) in setting up the recycling scheme for food waste in 2012 and defined the strategy for organic waste diversion and recycling for the Mega-City of Sao Paulo do Brazil and ware recently involved in the Food Waste and City initiative of the Ellen Mc Arthur foundation.

Currently he works as senior expert at the Italian Composting and Biogas Association (C.I.C.), which unites public and private companies, local authorities and others involved in the production of compost. Since 2013 he is the Chair of ISWA’s Working Group on Biological Treatment of Waste.