Professor Oladele Osibanjo has a PhD degree in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Birmingham , Edgbaston, United Kingdom in 1976. He won the Elwell Award also in 1976 of the Royal Society of Chemistry; Midlands Region; United Kingdom for contribution to the development of analytical chemistry. He was a Professor of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria’s premier university until retirement in December 2015 from the institution. He was the pioneer Executive Director, since inception in 1994; of the Basel Convention Coordinating Centre for Training and Technological Transfer for the Africa Region (BCCC--Africa in Nigeria) on Hazardous Waste and Toxic Chemicals Management. BCCC--Africa in Nigeria is a Federal Ministry of Environment – University of Ibadan Linkage Centre and Federal Ministry of Environment/ GEF/UNIDO designated Regional Geo-environmental Centre, until his retirement in early 2016. .
TRINE A. SOGN is a professor in environmental chemistry at The Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management. She has long experience in utilizing organic waste products in agronomic plant production. She is investigating the potitive effects of organic waste products on soil physical and biological characteristic, as well as the fertilizer potential. However, also the negative consequences of a potential content of environmental harmful constituents as unwanted trace metals and organic pollutants in organic waste products have been of concern.
Dr. Fini is the Director of the International Innovation Network for Construction Materials, Methods and Management (ICM3), Senior Sustainability Scientist and, Associate professor of School of Sustainable Engineering and Built Environment at Arizona State University. She is also J. W. Fulbright Scholar of Aalborg University of Denmark. She is currently serving as an AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador working to promote culture of invention and innovation in academia. She is also the co-founder of Bio-Adhesive Alliance Inc., a spin-off company from her research group. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has been a research affiliate at MIT’s Center for Materials Science and Engineering and an Associate Editor of the ASCE Journal of Materials. She has served as the president of ASCE’s North Carolina Northern Branch and a program director of the National Science Foundation. She has been an invited speaker at Kavli Frontiers of Science at the National Academy of Science. Her achievements were recognized via multiple awards including an NSF CAREER award, ASEE Gerald Seeley award, BEYA Emerald STEM Innovation award, and NC BioTech Research Excellence award.