Instructor / Speaker of our Online-Seminars

Our Online-Seminars are always presented by one speaker and one moderator. Our speaker presents the Online-Seminar and the moderator supports the speaker technically or answers your questions in the chat. In order for you to learn more about our speakers, you will find a short overview of their profiles below.

Thomas Gester, Civil Engineer (Dipl.-Ing) – Head of ATB-Academy

  • Civil Engineering – Construction degree (Dipl.-Ing) in 1979
  • Different working stations as qualified civil engineer
  • Since August 1989 working amongst others in the domain of small and small scale wastewater treatment plants as executive assistant, technical general manager, technical head of special projects and general manager in two prefabricated concrete component companies
  • Since May 2002 head of export division of ATB WATER GmbH, a specialist for development and production of small and small scale wastewater treatment plants
  • Since November 2011 member of the German DIN standards committee water engineering “Small wastewater treatment systems”, the German mirror committee for the European standard EN 12566
  • Member of the European working group CEN TC 165 WG 41 “Small wastewater treatment systems < 50 PE”

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Thomas Gester

Stefan Ihrens​, Chemical Engineer (Dipl.-Ing.)​ ​

  • Master degree in chemical & process engineering in 1992

  • 30 years experience in biological waste water treatment and biogas business
    Since 1993 layout and design of large-scale SBR and biogas plants as chief engineer and general manager of a contracting company

  • Since 2000 design of aeration and mixing systems for biological waste water treatment in municipal and industrial applications worldwide

  • Since 2017 layout and design of SBR plants and of aeration and mixing systems for biological waste water treatment in municipal and industrial applications worldwide

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Bettina Schürmann,​ Microbiologist (Dipl.-Biol.)

  • Biology-Degree (Dipl.-Biol.) 1976​

  • Microbiologist (Dipl.-Biol.) 1976

  • Up to 1/1980 scientific collaborator at RWTH Aachen University, Institute for Microbiology (Prof. Dr. C.C. Emeis)
    2/1980 till 4/2013 scientific collaborator at RWTH Aachen University, Institute of civil engineering

  • Working for different research projects as well as teaching at the university

  • Specialized on decentralized wastewater treatment, water reuse, optimization of treatment processes, P-elimination

  • Teaching and consulting projects in Indonesia, Algeria, Morocco, Belgium, Austria

  • Member and chair of different German and European standardisation committees ( CEN TC165, WG50 water reuse,  small wastewater treatment plants)

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Frank Pogade, Environmental Engineer (Dipl.-Ing.)

  • 27 years of experience in the water & sanitation sector, with a focus on Asia, Africa and Middle East
  • Comprehensive working experience with international donors and development banks (GIZ, KfW, Asian Development Bank, Worldbank), as well as private companies from the water sector
  • Leading teams of more than 30 staff and certified GIZ "Capacity Works" advisor
  • Comprehensive experience on wastewater management and decentralized wastewater treatment, as well as capacity building in general (public utilities and ministries), as well as on business development, sales and PPP approaches
  • Chairman of Water Solutions International e.V. (NGO) and Water Solutions South-East Asia Co. ltd.
  • Countries of work experience: China, Thailand, Jordan, Vietnam, Kenya, Yemen, Austria, UAE, Turkey, Poland, Norway, India, Zambia, Germany

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Vinod Malviya, Biochemical (B.Sc.)​ ​

  • B.Sc. in Biochemical in 2000
  • Different working stations as Biochemist like Nicholas Piramal.
  • Full time Director in Shubham Inc. since 2006, a Water and Wastewater Treatment Company focusing area of Water, Sewage & industrial Effluent.
  • The most enlightened person in the company handling Marketing and Design departments. A true explorer of current and future possibilities in water & wastewater sectors, he is also a friend, philosopher and guide to foster the skills and enthusiasm of the young Team Shubham.
  • Has always been passionate about finding smart ways to save water. With Environmental Engineering close to his heart, he drives and enables creativity and innovation across all streams of engineering and technology.
  • His company designed, supplied & commissioned more than 600 Water Treatment Plant & Sewage Treatment Plants having capacity of 0.1 MLD to 10 MLD.
  • He is part of various organisations like Indian Plumbing Association (IPA), Indian Green Building council (IGBC), Fire Safety Association (FSAI), Gujarat Chamber of Commerce (GCCI).


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Dr. Gerhard Rappold, Geographer

Freelancing Senior Consultant
PhD in 2003: “Hydrological Analysis of Agricultural Water Availability in a Semi-arid Terraced Catchment in Yemen”.
Since then work with development focus on:  

  • Interlinked supply risks: The Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus
  • Climate change adaptation and vulnerability analysis
  • Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM)
  • Organisational Development/Moderation
     

Work with BGR, GIZ, freelancing since 2018


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Daniel Verschitz, Civil Engineer (Dipl.-Ing.)

  • Civil Engineering – Construction degree (Dipl.-Ing.) in 2007​
  • Since September 2007 “Testing Engineer” for decentralized wastewater treatment building products at PIA GmbH - Prüfinstitut für Abwassertechnik
  • Specialized in structural behaviour, hydraulic efficiency tests, range and design verifications
  • Since September 2012 “Head of Material Testing” of PIA GmbH. Specialized in “reaction to fire” tests and “dangerous substances in building products” among others
  • Since 2016 responsible for section “Decentralized Stormwater Treatment” and “Light Liquid Separators” at PIA GmbH​
  • Since 2018 member of the German DIN standards committee water engineering “Small wastewater treatment systems”, the German mirror committee for the European standard EN 12566​
  • Member of the European working group CEN TC 165 WG 41 “Small wastewater treatment systems < 50 PE”​


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Ganbaatar Khurelbaatar, Civil Engineer (Dr.-Ing.)

  • Civil Engineer (B.Sc.) at the Mongolian University of Science and Technology in Darkhan, Mongolia 2006 - 2010​
  • PhD at the Bauhaus Universität Weimar in Urban Water Management (Siedlungswasserwirtschaft) in 2016​
  • Since 2016 Post-Doctoral researcher at Helmholtz-Center for Environmental Research – UFZ ​
  • Implementation and research project experience in Mongolia, India, China, Oman, Jordan, Palestine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Germany

 

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Marc Sengelin, Engineer in chemistry and polymer physics (Dipl.-Ing.)

  • European School of Chemistry, Polymers and Materials of Strasbourg: Dipl.-Ing. in Chemistry and Polymer Physics September 2001

  • 1st position as technical and process manager (2001) in the sanitary products sector

  • Since August 2006, working in the field of industrial packaging, water treatment at plot level (non-collective sanitation, rainwater) and fuel oil storage as head of patents, standards and approvals and since 2016, also head of the design office at RIKUTEC France (e.g., SOTRALENTZ).

  • Since February 2007, member of the French standardization committee AFNOR for wastewater treatment, French mirror committee of TC 165 (e.g., EN 12566)

  • Since April 2013, convenor of the European working group CEN TC 165 WG 41 "Small wastewater treatment plants up to 50 p.e."

  • Also, various positions as moderator or chairman of standardization committees (TDG, fuel oil, rainwater)


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