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Members of the Compliance Committee

Ms. Pauline Davies

On 27 January 2010, Ms. Davies was nominated by Uruguay as the alternate for Mrs. Jacqueline Alvarez for the remainder of her mandate. Ms. Davies' term will end at the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention. Ms. Davies is First Secretary at the Permanent Mission of Uruguay to the United Nations Office and International Organizations in Geneva where she has been, since 2006, in charge of environment and development issues, including: chemicals conventions and negotiations of their Conferences of Parties, UNEP Governing Council/ Global Ministerial Forum, Mercury negotiations, environmental governance negotiations, and WMO negotiations - III Climate Conference.

Mr. Osvaldo ALVAREZ-PÉREZ

In March 2011, Mr. Álvarez-Pérez was appointed Head of the Environmental Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Santiago, Chile. He previously was a Foreign Service Officer posted at the Mission of Chile to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva.. In 2006 Mr. Álvarez-Pérez was appointed Officer-in-charge of Chemicals Conventions and related matters by the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Division for the Environment) and served as a co-chair to the Ad-hoc Working Group on Cooperation and Coordination among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions during 2007-2009. He actively participated in BASEL COP8 and COP9, ROTTERDAM COP3 and COP4, IFCS FORA V and VI, ICCM2, STOCKHOLM COP2 and COP3 and BASEL OEWG V, OEWG VI and OEWG VII as Coordinator for the Group of Latin American and Caribbean Countries. He also is Vice-President to the International Conference on Chemicals Management and re-elected Vice-President to the Basel COP9. Mr. Álvarez-Pérez has also served at the Mission of Chile to the United Nations in New York and the Embassy of Chile in Canada. Mr. Alvarez was elected to the Compliance Committee by the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties in December 2006 for two full terms, which will end at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties. He is also the President of the sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention.


Ms. Leela Padmini BATUWITAGE

Ms. Batuwitage was elected to the Compliance Committee by the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties in June 2008 for two full terms, which will end at the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties. Ms Batuwitage is Director/Environment of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Sri Lanka. She has been actively involved in the Basel Convention since COP2. She is the subject officer for the Stockholm Convention on POPs and SAICM too. She has extensive experience in Development of National Environmental Policies and Strategies, International Environmental Policies, International Environmental Negotiations, Industrial Ecology and Green Design, and Natural Resources Economies in Developing Countries. She represented the Asia and the Pacific Region at the Intersessional Working Group to review the 10 year Strategic Plan for the implementation of the Basel Convention. She also represented the Asia and the Pacific Region in the Ad-Hoc Joint Working Group on Cooperation and Coordination between the Basel, Rotterdam and the Stockholm Conventions. She was a Vice Chair at the 4th Meeting of the Open Ended Working Group for the Basel Convention. At present she has been charged with the responsibility of providing secretariat facilities on behalf of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources to the proposed National Council for Sustainable Development, chaired by the President of the Government of Sri Lanka. She has been offered a Special Recognition Award by the National Cleaner Production Center in recognition of the invaluable contribution to Cleaner Production in Sri Lanka.


Ms. Farah BOUQATARCHA

Ms. Bougartacha was elected to the Compliance Committee by the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties in December 2006 for two full terms, which will end at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties. She has worked in Department of Environment since 1993 and has been in charge of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions. She has worked on the development and implementation of a number of projects related to the environmentally sound management of chemicals and hazardous wastes, including NIP of POPs. She is a member of POPRC committee and has contributed to set up legislation in waste and control of transboundary movement. She is Chief of the Division of Prevention and Strategies of intervention at the Department of Environment. She is also the head of the national committee for the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.


Mrs. Zdenka BUBENIKOVA

Ms. Zdenka Bubenikova is the Chief of Waste Management Department of Directorate of Technical Protection of the Environment at the Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic. In 2001-2002, as the Chief of Waste Management Department of the Ministry of the Environment, she was involved in designing 10 years waste management plans. In 2003 she worked in the Czech Environmental Inspectorate, where she participated in checks, investigations and audits focusing particularly on chemical plants as pollution sources. At the present time, she is involved in close relationship among the Waste Management Department, Czech Environmental Inspectorate, General Directorate of Customs and Police Presidium to address the illegal shipments. Furthermore, she is currently responsible for updating of national legislation on waste. In 2008 Ms. Bubenikova attended the OECD Workshop on Sustainable Materials Management, which was followed by OECD meeting of Working Group on Waste Prevention and Recycling afterwards. She actively participated in meetings within the scope of the European Union to address the Basel Convention issue, OEWG 6 and COP 9 of the Basel Convention. Ms. Bubenikova was elected to the Compliance Committee by the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties in June 2008 for two full terms, which will end at the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties.


Mr. Suh-Yong CHUNG

Mr. Chung is Associated Professor of International Law at the Myongji University, Seoul, Republic of Korea. Mr. Chung holds a Doctorate from Stanford Law School, and has published numerous articles and books on international environmental governance and environmental cooperation in the northeast Asian region. Mr. Chung also serves on a number of advisory boards on environmental matters, including the Advisory Board for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea in the field of international environmental cooperation. Mr. Chung was elected to the Compliance Committee by the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties in December 2006 for two full terms, which will end at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties.


Mr. Dessalegne Mesfin FANTA

Mr. Dessalegne Mesfin obtained his Masters Degree in Environment for Development in 2007. He graduated from the Law Faculty of Addis Ababa University and obtained LLB. He also pursued a correspondence course in International Environmental Policy and Law. For a couple of years, he worked as Head of the Legal and Certification Service of the then called Ethiopian Authority for Standardization and served as Public Prosecutor on matters dealing with Metrology. He joined the Environmental Protection Authority of Ethiopia (EPA) as an Environmental Policy Analyst and was later appointed as Head of the Environmental Policy and Legislation Department of EPA. Currently, he is Deputy Director General of the Ethiopian Environmental Protection Authority and has written and presented numerous studies in the area of environment and development. He also participated in a number of Multilateral Environmental Agreements representing Ethiopia. Mr. Dessalegne served as co-chair of the Legal and Implementation working group of the Basel Convention that was established by COP 6 to the Basel Convention. He also served as Vice President of the Bureau of the First Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention. He served as a member of the Steering Committee for the International Expert Meeting on Sustainable Consumption and Production. In addition, he is member of the Steering Committee of the Nile Transboundary Environmental Action Programme and Chair of the Small Grant Programme of the GEF-UNDP/Ethiopia. Mr. Mesfin was elected to the Compliance Committee by the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties in June 2008 for two full terms, which will end at the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties.


Ms. Gillian GUTHRIE

Ms. Guthrie is the Director for Projects and Enforcement in the Environmental Management Division of the Office of the Prime Minister of Jamaica. In this capacity she has worked on the development and implementation of a number of projects related to the environmentally sound management of chemicals and hazardous wastes, including the National Used Lead Acid Battery Project and the National Waste Management Project, which included developing a policy framework for the management of hazardous wastes in Jamaica. In addition to representing Jamaica at national, regional and international meetings related to trade and the environment, she served as co-chair of the Executive Board of the SAICM Quick Start Programme 2006/7 and 2007/8, and is Jamaica’s focal point for the Basel and Stockholm Conventions. Ms. Guthrie was elected to the Compliance Committee by the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties in December 2006 for two full terms, which will end at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties.


Mr. Damien HALL

Mr. Hall is the Director of the Hazardous Waste Section within the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage. He has extensive experience in bilateral and multilateral negotiation skills, with significant experience in procurement, policy and management and delivery of the Australian Government’s property divestment programmes. Mr. Hall is currently responsible for implementing the Australian Government’s obligations under the Basel Convention, thus including processing export, import and transit permit applications; ensuring compliance and enforcement with the Convention; preparing implementing and amending national legislation; and formulating and implementing policies related to the international movements of hazardous wastes. Mr. Hall was elected to the Compliance Committee by the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties in December 2006 for two full terms, which will end at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties.


Mr. Larsey MENSAH

Mr. Mensah is the Legal Director of the Environmental Protection Agency of Ghana and, among other things, is responsible for treaties and conventions on the environment. Mr. Mensah has served on a number of national committees and projects, including on its national task force on hazardous wastes. He has also worked on the preparation of the draft laws giving effect to Ghana’s obligations under multilateral environmental agreements, including the Basel Convention. Mr. Mensah has written extensively on issues relating to the implementation of international environmental obligations at the national level. Mr. Mensah was elected to the Compliance Committee by the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties in December 2006 for two full terms, which will end at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties.


Ms. Gordana PETKOVIC

Ms. Petkovic is Assistant Director for legal and economic affairs in the Ministry for Science and Environmental Protection - Directorate for Environmental Protection of the Republic of Serbia. She has been involved in the research of legal and economic aspects of environmental protection, both internationally and nationally. She has more than 17 years in the field of international law and in the preparation and implementation of national environmental legislation, policies and programmes and has published several books and important number of articles in a number of areas, including waste management. She is a registered expert on the UNEP Working Group of Experts of Multilateral Environmental Agreements, and has previously served one term on the Compliance Committee for the Basel Convention (2002-2004). Ms. Petkovic was elected to the Compliance Committee by the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties in December 2006 for two full terms, which will end at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties.


Mr. Marek PORYCKI

Mr Porycki is the civil servant in Chief Inspectorate of Environmental Protection. He has been involved in environmental protection matters since 1997 when he started to work in the Department of International Cooperation and European Integration of Chief Inspectorate of Environmental Protection. During that time he dealt with multilateral and bilateral aspects of cooperation in the area of environmental protection. In 2007 he focused his activity on the international problems of waste shipment. Currently he works in the Division of Transboundary Movement of Waste of Chief Inspectorate of Environmental Protection. His main area of work is the cases of illegal shipment of waste. Mr Porycki was nominated to the Compliance Committee in September 2007 to serve the remainder of the term of Polish representative who was elected by the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties in December 2006 for two full terms, which will end at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties.


Mr. Rasio Ridho SANI

Mr. Sani has over 16 year experiences in the area of environment and public management. Currently he is in charge as an Assistant Deputy Minister for Hazardous Materials and Wastes Management (Mining, Energy, Oil and Gas Industries) in the Ministry of the Environment Republic of Indonesia. In addition to this position, he is the Executive Secretary of the Indonesia Public Disclosure Program for Environmental Compliance. Mr. Sani has diverse educational and training backgrounds from sciences to public management. He holds degree in Chemistry (Indonesia), Master in Commerce (Australia), and Master of Public Management (Germany). Also he was actively involved in several international conference and meeting as member of Indonesian delegation. On the basis of his working experience and educational backgrounds, Mr. Sani has strong experiences and knowledge in the area of environmental strategic management, environmental compliance, performance indicator measurement, environmental cost and the benefit analysis, and communication. Mr. Sani was elected to the Compliance Committee by the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties in December 2006 for two full terms, which will end at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties.


Mr. Martin WIDSTAM

Mr. Widstam has a background in international law and is legal adviser at the Division for Legal Services in the Ministry of Environment of Sweden. At the Ministry he is responsible for legal issues related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements, participating in negotiations at meetings of treaties such as UNFCCC and its Protocol, the Rotterdam Convention, the Montreal Protocol, the Convention on Bio-diversity, CITES etc. Mr. Widstam is also responsible for matters related to compliance with Multilateral Environmental Agreements and has been directly involved in negotiations for compliance mechanisms under the Kyoto Protocol, CITES and the Rotterdam Convention. Mr. Widstam was elected to the Compliance Committee by the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties in December 2006 for two full terms, which will end at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties.


Mr. Roy WATKINSON

Mr. Watkinson was elected to the Compliance Committee by the sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties in December 2002 and served until the end of the eight meeting of the Conference of the Parties in November 2006. He was elected as Chair of the Compliance Committee in 2003 and presided over the Committee’s four meetings until the expiry of his term of office. He was re-elected to the Compliance Committee by the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties. He is a UK expert dealing with UNEP Basel Convention, enforcement and compliance with Multilateral Environmental Agreements and hazardous waste management. As the UK Environment Agency’s Hazardous Waste Policy Manger he initiated a number of projects on controlling transboundary shipments of waste that led to successful prosecutions. He has been UK representative on OECD committees and at the European Union for controlling transboundary movements of wastes. He has contributed to international conferences, working groups and projects in respect of environmental crime prevention, waste regulation and management and ship dismantling – chairing the Basel Convention’s working groups on this issue and the Joint ILO/IMO/BC working group. Mr. Watkinson was elected to the Compliance Committee by the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties in June 2008 for two full terms, which will end at the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties.


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