2020 | Webinar Speakers

Dr. Irene C. Latorre Martinez studied Chemistry at the University of Zaragoza in Spain and at the RWTH Aachen University. After receiving her PhD at the RWTH Aachen University on supramolecular and organic chemistry in the group of Prof. Dr. M. Albrecht, she gathered additional experience at CAT Catalytic Center on catalysis of industrial processes. In 2013 she started at Covestro in the manufacturing area as a Process Chemistry Expert. Since 2018 she works as a Senior Project Manager focusing on the search of sustainable new building blocks and modern alternative crosslinking technologies in the coatings and adhesives area.

Enzo Favoino is the Scientific Coordinator of Zero Waste Europe (ZWE).
He has been with Scuola Agraria del Parco di Monza, a not-for-profit Research Centre based in Northern Italy, since 1990.

He and his team have been involved, across Europe and the world, in scientific and technical issues related to optimisation of schemes for separate collection, definition and implementation of Zero Waste programmes, process management in composting and anaerobic digestion sites, optimisation of existing plants, marketing of composted products, sustainable management of resources and waste.

He was co-founder of ECN – European Compost Network.  Since 2004 through 2012 he served as Chair of the WG on Biological Treatment at ISWA – International Solid Waste Association.
He’s also the Lead Expert in the Knowledge Team of Let’s Do It World, the global network that organises the World Cleanup Day.

Andrea Noske was appointed Head of Division at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research in September 2015. Her main responsibilities include project funding as well as science and technology policy in relation to a bio-based economy. 

She had previously completed a four-year post as Head of the Science and Technology section at the German Embassy in Washington, D.C. 

Andrea Noske started her career at Forschungszentrum Jülich as a Desk Officer at Project Management Jülich. In 1991, she joined the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in its “Laser Research and Technology” division. In 1996, she was appointed Desk Officer for Scientific Cooperation with Israel in the division “Bilateral Cooperation with Western Europe, Mediterranean Countries and Africa”. In 1998, she served as Deputy Personal Assistant to Federal Minister Jürgen Rüttgers. In the following year, she assumed the position of Director for Infrastructure Management and Academic Personnel at Jacobs University in Bremen during its period of founding, staying there until the end of 2003. 

After returning to the BMBF, she organized the “Year of Science 2005”. From 2006 to January 2010, she was Head of Division “Cabinet; Parliament” followed by Head of Division “Basic Policy Issues; Internationalization Strategy”. At that time she was also Head of the German Delegation at the OECD Science and Technology Policy Committee and also at the OECD Education Policy Committee. 

Andrea Noske holds an MSc degree (Diplom-Ingenieur) in Metallurgical Sciences from RWTH Aachen University, Germany. 

Dr. Cordula Mock-Knoblauch is Director Renewables & Sustainability in the global New Business Development unit of the Intermediates division of BASF SE. Together with her team she is identifying, evaluating and developing new intermediates based on renewable raw materials as well as initiating and coordinating sustainability projects within the Intermediates division. She also represents BASF in the European Biobased Industry Consortium.

Cordula joined BASF in 2000 as laboratory manager in the central R&D department. She then moved on to a new business development position in the electronic materials unit in Asia and to leadership positions in the Competence Centre Environment, Health and Safety, where she was particularly engaged in air quality and climate protection.

She studied chemistry in Bonn, Dublin, Wuerzburg and Tokyo and holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Wuerzburg, Germany.