Conference Committee

Honor Committee

Biography: María Dolores Esteban (Ph.D.) is an Associate Professor in Coastal Engineering at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and in Coastal Engineering and Renewable Energies at the Universidad Europea. She has more than 15 years of experience in the fields of maritime engineering and renewable energies as an engineer in a private company and as a lecturer and researcher at the university. She has more than 50 technical papers in SCI indexed journals and numerous oral presentations in international conferences. Her main fields of research are coastal and maritime engineering, harbor and ports, beaches, loads actions and effects in maritime structures, renewable energies such as offshore wind, wave, and currents. She is very active in R&D projects, being an important asset to her research group the Environmental, Coast and Ocean Research Laboratory (ECOREL) at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

Biography: Prof. Dr. Engr. Saim Memon is Industrial Professor of Renewable Energy Engineering at Jiangsu Sanyou Dior Energy-Saving New Materials Co., Ltd, China, External Examiner in the School of Engineering and the Built Environment, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK, and Visiting Academic Fellow at London Centre for Energy Engineering, School of Engineering, London South Bank University, London, UK.
Previously Saim was Deputy Head of School of Engineering at Arden University, Coventry, UK and Distinguished Professor of Renewable Energy Engineering at Zhejiang Ocean University, China. Prior to this, Saim was Associate Professor in Renewable Energy Engineering at School of Computing and Engineering, University of Huddersfield, UK. Prior to this, Saim was the Head of Solar Thermal Vacuum Engineering Research Group, Senior lecturer in Electrical Engineering and Course Director of three MEng/BEng/HND courses with expertise of The IET UKSPEC accreditation and validation of course curriculum and degree apprenticeship program at Division of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, School of Engineering, London South Bank University, London, UK.
Saim studied for: PhD in Mechanical, Electrical & Manufacturing Engineering as part of EPSRC Funded CALEBRE Project (Loughborough University, UK); PGCert in Teaching Qualification (University of Aberdeen, UK); MSc in Mechatronics (Staffordshire University, UK) and; BEng (Hons) in Electrical Engineering. Saim is Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of Higher Education Academy and has Qualified Teacher Status by General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS).
Saim has world leading multidisciplinary research expertise in Electrical, Mechanical and Renewable Energy Materials Engineering. His specific research experiences are on: thermal management of electric vehicles batteries, energy-materials for vacuum-insulated-smart-windows to net Zero Energy Buildings; vacuum based photovoltaic solar thermal collector; applied semi-transparent photovoltaics and PDLC films; translucent vacuum insulation panel; renewable energy technologies; thermoelectric devices for energy harvesting applications with vacuum-insulation; smart-grid integration to electric-vehicles with fast charging battery mechanism and; harvesting the concentrated solar irradiations to useful electrical energy.
Saim published over 100 research articles in the form of journals, book-chapters, patent-provisional, conferences, book-editor, newsletter and magazines. Saim collaborated with at least 100+ international and national scholars across 40+ countries globally. Saim raised funding of £394,853 from various national and international universities and organisations e.g., H2020, Innovate-UK, The IET/IMechE Engineering-Education-Grant-Scheme EEGS, DAIWA-Anglo-Japanese, Royal Academy of Engineering participation and Newton-Fund participation grants. Saim currently leads international collaborations as part of Solar Thermal Vacuum Engineering Research Group. Saim has been invited and keynote speaker in numerous international conferences/workshops and presented research findings and developed collaboration with researchers in the UK, Japan, China, Egypt, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, South America, Kenya, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, South Korea, South Africa, Belarus, Pakistan, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Italy, Germany, France, Algeria, India, USA, UAE, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Turkey, Taiwan, Portugal and Spain.
Saim is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Solar Thermal Vacuum Engineering with international collaboration of 14 countries worldwide. Saim is the International Review Board Member of the Russian Science Foundation and Expert Contributor at Vacuum Science World. Saim is a Review Editor of Frontiers in built Environment journal, Guest Editor at Sustainability and Energies of 3 Special Issues in (a) Renewable Energy and Advanced Smart Vacuum Insulations Technologies for Zero Energy Buildings (2019-2022), (b) Applied Solar Thermal Energy (2020-2022) and, (c) Sustainable Development of Solar Photovoltaic Islands’ Decarbonization (2021-2022). Saim was also an Editor-in-Chief for the published book on Advanced Thermoelectric Materials for Energy Harvesting Applications, it attracted worldwide collaborations. Saim is a recognised reviewer of over 40 leading and world’s top journals by Elsevier, Springer, IEEE, Taylor & Francis and MDPI publishers.
Saim taught 41 BEng/MSc modules and supervised over 39 PhD/MEng/MSc & BEng projects. Saim was nominated for Best Supervisor, Outstanding Lecturer and Research in Action Awards by Staff and Students for four consecutive years (2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020) at LSBU. Saim demonstrated and evidenced his excellent track record in Teaching and Supervision practices throughout his career. Saim developed and led a project that engaged local London Engineering students on Solar Car Challenge as part of the IET IMechE Engineering Education Grant Scheme. Saim also organised and chaired international and national conferences. Saim was the founder of DEEE Society at LSBU for students’ academic-industrial engagement. Saim has outstanding volunteer contributions throughout his academic career as evidenced on his profile such as: he contributed to the society as elected vice-chairman of The IET Young Professionals; elected Executive Officer at Staffordshire University Students Union; elected committee member of Postgrad Taught Students at NUS UK; elected vice-chair at Loughborough University Postgraduate Association; elected honorary secretary and committee member at Vacuum Group Institute of Physics; and many more volunteer roles he held and continue to serve our global academic societies.

Biography: My field of expertise is in the area of public policy and law related to climate change and biodiversity. Ocean renewable energy is one of the possibilities to diminish the effects of energy on the change of the climate and the loss of biodiversity. Dr. Peña-Neira has studied the topic of climate change and biodiversity since his studies in Chile on the topic of the adverse effects of climate change and later in the Netherlands (University of Amsterdam) and Tokyo (United Nations University). Peña-Neira obtained his Ph.D. in 2014 in Universidad Internacional de Andalucía and later he has continued his research in England (King´s College London, The Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy and Law, mentored by Professor Joseph Raz and the University of Cambridge, Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law). Today he is Associate Professor at the Law School of Universidad del Mar, Chile and Associate Researcher of the Research Centre for Society and Health of the same university. As well he has been member of the Chilean Society of Public Policy and the Chilean Society of International Law. Finally, Dr. Peña-Neira has publications in books, journals and newspapers related to international and comparative public policy, law, and environment.

Biography: Mike is the Director of International Estuarine & Coastal Specialists (IECS) Ltdand also the Professor of Estuarine and Coastal Sciences at the University of Hull, UK. He was Director of the former Institute of Estuarine & Coastal Studies (IECS)at the university from 1996-2017. He is a marine biologist with a wide experience and interests and histeaching, research, advisory and consultancy includes estuarine and marine ecology, policy, governance and management. Mike has published widely, co-authoring/co-editing 20 books/proceedings and >300 scientific publications. This includes co-authoring 'The Estuarine Ecosystem: ecology, threats and management' (with DS McLusky, OUP, 2004), 'Ecology of Marine Sediments: science to management' (with JS Gray, OUP, 2009), and ‘Estuarine Ecohydrology: an introduction’ (with E Wolanski, Elsevier, 2015). He was an editor and contributor to the ‘Coasts and Estuaries: the Future’ (Wolanski, Day, Elliott and Ramachandran; Elsevier, 2019), Fish and Fisheries in Estuaries (Whitfield, Able, Blaber& Elliott; Wiley, 2022) and the Treatise on Estuarine & Coastal Science (Eds.-In-Chief - E Wolanski & DS McLusky, Elsevier). He has advised on many environmental matters for academia, industry, government and statutory bodies worldwide. Mike is a past-President of the international Estuarine & Coastal Sciences Association (ECSA) and is now Vice-Chair of Future Earth Coasts and a Co-Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Estuarine, Coastal & Shelf Science; he currently is or has had Adjunct Professor and Research positions at Murdoch University (Perth), Klaipeda University (Lithuania), the University of Palermo (Italy), Xiamen University (China) and the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity. He was awarded Laureate of the Honorary Winberg Medal 2014 of the Russian Hydrobiological Academic Society. He is also a member of many national and international committees linking marine science to policy.

Biography: José-Santos López-Gutiérrez (Ph.D.) is Associate Professor in Coastal Engineering at the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid. He has more than 25 years of experience in the fields of maritime ´ engineering and renewable energies as a lecturer and researcher at the university. He has supervised 5 Ph.D. dissertations. He has around 60 technical papers published in SCI indexed journals and more than 60 oral presentations in national and international conferences. He is responsible of the research line on marine energies within the group of researchers of the Environmental, Coast and Ocean Research Laboratory (ECOREL) at Universidad Politecnica de Madrid. Apart from research ´ fields related to marine energies, such as load and effect actions on marine structures for offshore wind installations, and wave and current exploitation, other research fields in which he is involved include coastal and maritime engineering, ports, and beaches.

Biography: Dr. Gabbar is a full Professor in the Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science, and cross appointed in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, at Ontario Tech University (UOIT), where he has established the Energy Safety and Control Lab (ESCL), Smart Energy Systems Lab, and Advanced Plasma Engineering Lab. He is the recipient of the Senior Research Excellence Aware for 2016, UOIT. He is recognized among the top 2% of worldwide scientists with high citation in the area of energy. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE NPSS. He is leading national and international research in the areas of smart energy grids, energy safety and control systems, and waste to energy using advanced plasma technologies. Dr. Gabbar obtained his B.Sc. degree in 1988 with first class of honor from the Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University (Egypt). In 2001, he obtained his Ph.D. degree from Okayama University (Japan). From 2001 till 2004, he joined Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan), as a research associate. From 2004 till 2008, he joined Okayama University (Japan) as an Associate Professor, in the Division of Industrial Innovation Sciences. From 2007 till 2008, he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto. He also worked as process control, safety, and automation specialist in energy and oil & gas industries. Dr. Gabbar has more than 230 publications, including patents, books / chapters, journal, and conference papers.

Biography: Prof. Ir. Ts. Dr. Sharifah Rafidah Wan Alwi is a Fellow and R&D Manager of Process Systems Engineering Centre (UTM-PROSPECT), and Professor in Faculty of Chemical and Energy Engineering in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). She previously helmed as the Director of UTM-PROSPECT for ten years (2011 to 2021). She is an expert resource minimisation consultant for multiple industries and is among the leading researchers in resource integration technique development. Prof Sharifah is also the co-founder and Director of Optimal Systems Engineering Sdn Bhd, a UTM Spin-off company. She has been extensively involved in 80 research projects, 17 industrial based projects for various companies and government agencies and has trained engineers from more than 300 companies in the field of sustainable engineering design and management. Together with her team, they have developed 7 resource minimisation software. Sharifah has won various international and national awards such as Green Talents 2009 (Germany), IChemE Highly Commended Sir Frederick Warner Prize 2011 (UK), ASEAN Young Scientist and Technologist Award 2014, National Young Scientist Award 2015, ASEAN-US Science Prize for Women 2016 in Energy Sustainability, Malaysia Research Star Award 2016, 2018, 2019, Top Research Scientists Malaysia 2018 and Sarawak State - International Women Award 2021. She was listed as ‘Asian Scientist 100’ in 2017 and ‘Asia’s Rising Scientists’ in 2020, and ‘8 Women Scientists from Asia You Should Know’ in 2021 by AsianScientist.com and World Top 2% Scientist 2022 (Single Year and Career Long). Sharifah is also the Associate Editor for Journal of Cleaner Production and UTM Sustainable Energy Management System advisor. She has also served as the Chair for the Science Leadership Working Group under Young Scientist Network, Academy of Sciences Malaysia (YSN-ASM) and Chair for Malaysia IChemE Young Engineer Group (YEG). Sharifah is also a professional engineer, a professional technologist, a UK/EU chartered engineer, a certified energy manager, a registered electrical energy manager and a certified trainer for ASEAN energy managers.

Organizing Committee

Prof. A.M. Hoguane, Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique
Dr. Jian Zhang, Jiangsu University of Science and Technology, China
Dr. M. Dolores Esteban, Environment, Coast and Ocean Research Laboratory(ECOREL-UPM), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Dr. José-Santos López-Gutiérrez, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Spain
Dr. I. Ljubenkov, Water Development, Croatia
Dr. K.L. Priya, TKM College of Engineering, India
Dr. Joan Cecilia C. Casila, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Philippines
Dr. S. Haddout, Ibn Tofail University, Morocco
Dr. K. Komali, University of Central Lancashire, UK

Publication Chair

Dr. S. Haddout, Ibn Tofail University, Morocco
Dr. K.L. Priya, TKM College of Engineering, India
Dr. Jian Zhang, Jiangsu University of Science and Technology, China

Technical Program Committee Chair

Dr. Joan Cecilia C. Casila, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Philippines
Dr. K. Komali, University of Central Lancashire, UK
Dr. A. Haddout, Ibn Tofail University, Kenitra, Morocco

Award Chair

Dr. M. Dolores Esteban; Environment, Coast and Ocean Research Laboratory (ECOREL-UPM), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Dr. D. Elemam, Damietta University, Egypt

International Technical Program Committee

Dr. M. A. Quirapas-Franco, Aquatera Asia Pte Ltd, Singapore
Dr. Huynh Cong Khanh, Can Tho University, Vietnam
Dr. Bing Bai, Beijing Jiaotong University, China
Dr. Noemi Vergopolan, Princeton University, United States
Dr. Philipp Thies, University of Exeter, United Kingdom
Dr .Eckart Schumann, Nelson Mandela University, Gqeberha, South Africa
Dr. Tri Retnaningsih Soeprobowati, Universitas Diponegoro, Indonesia
Dr. Omar Farrok, Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology,Bangladesh
Dr. K. R.Renjith, KSCSTE-Centre for Water Resources Development and Management, India
Dr. Bilal Acar, University of Selcuk, Turkey
Dr. Gökçen Uysal, Eskişehir Technical University, Turkey
Prof. Yossi Mart, Recanati Institute of Maritime Studies, University of Haifa, Israel
Dr. Ahmed Mohamed Hassan El-kasaby, Matrouh University, Egypt
Dr., Y. Haddout, Ibn Zohr University, Ouarzazate, Morocco
Dr. Fuad Mahfud Assidiq, Universitas Hasanuddin, Indonesia
Dr. Yousry El Sayed Mattar, Water & Agriculture, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Dr. Enrico Zacchei, Portugal University of Coimbra, CERIS, Coimbra, Portugal
Dr. Z. Bolatova, Almaty University of Power Engineering and Communication, Kazakhstan
Dr. Ronaldo B. Saludes, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Philippines
Dr. A. Haddout, Ibn Tofail University, Kenitra, Morocco
Dr. Decibel V. Faustino-Eslava, University of the Philippines, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines
Dr. Tuba Hatice DOĞAN, Ataturk University, Turkey