Mr Barry Robson has been President of the Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia since 2003 and was a delegate between 1995 and 2003. From 1995 to 2003 he was also Assistant Secretary, Maritime Union of Australia and prior to that a Councilor of Blacktown City Council, NSW. Mr Robson is currently President of the Blacktown and Mt Druitt Cardiac Support Group, Director of the Asbestos Diseases Research Foundation and a member of the National Asbestos Taskforce.
Linda Reinstein became a public health advocate after her husband, Alan, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2003. Realising that this fatal disease kills many people yearly, she co-founded the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) in 2004.
Now serving as President and CEO, Reinstein is a strong political voice for justice in every major asbestos-related issue. She has presented persuasive testimony and keynote speeches in more than 18 countries and frequently serves as Congressional witness.
Focused on occupational and environmental disease prevention, Reinstein’s proficiency in the powerful social media advocacy has greatly increased the effectiveness of ADAO’s core mission of education, advocacy, and community support to a worldwide audience.
Tony Rich, also known under his alias Asbestos Hunter, has literally served ‘in the trenches’ as an industrial hygienist and environmental technician in the consulting field for the past twenty years, specializing in asbestos-related work, including: inspection surveys, abatement monitoring/sample analyses, project management, regulatory compliance, and worker training. He has also received microscopy training from McCrone Research Institute for identification of bulk asbestos via polarized-light microscopy (PLM).
Over the years, Tony has developed an extensive collection of asbestos-related photographs, product materials, artefacts, historical books, industry documents, film archives, and other related media. He is also a gifted photographer.
Harry Vonk will be presenting on his asbestos awareness museum in Delft, the first such in the world and recently founded by the International Asbestos Awareness Foundation in Delft. By means of the museum’s rich collection of asbestos artefacts, he will explain about the asbestos industry’s strategy to indoctrinate the use of ‘safe’ asbestos and its widespread use in the face of contradictory medical science.
Harry has extensive experience in providing a wide scope of asbestos and safety training.
Over the past fifteen years, Yvonne Waterman Ph.D. LL.M. has visited and spoken at many asbestos conferences worldwide, from Washington to Yokohama and from Ottawa to Athens. All the time, she learned and wondered why so many countries have the same asbestos problems and at the same time haven’t a clue about the solutions their neighbours came up with. Yet the knowledge is out there for all to share – it’s the network that is lacking. On the premise ‘if you build it, they will come’, she founded the European Labour Forum Foundation to organise this conference as an annual event where asbestos networks may be build and knowledge may be shared.
In daily life, she runs the niche law firm Waterman Legal Consultancy in the Netherlands, which specialises in all things pertaining to asbestos, asbestos law and employers’ liability law. She also teaches liability law classes to lawyers and publishes in many legal journals and legal handbooks. If there is any time left after also organising the EAF conferences, you may find her in the woods with her dog.
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Wayne Williams has over 25 years’ experience running his own business, DMW Environmental Safety, in the field of health & safety and asbestos management to UKAS standards. He is actively involved in marketing, project management and health & safety training. Wayne is an IATP Director and also examiner for the British Institute of Occupational Hygiene for asbestos competency qualifications. He is a Certified Competent Person in Asbestos, has CMIOSH status and an Honours degree in Building surveying. A daredevil with his heart in the right place, Wayne has recently skydived to raise funds for Asbestos Awareness & Support Cymru.
Mark Winter has seen a fair bit of the world. Born in England, he has worked long stints in both South Africa and Australia. After returning to England, he began as an independent asbestos trainer in 2004, establishing CNM Training Solutions Ltd. From 2009 to 2014, he has also been a director of IATP, working closely with other asbestos trainers, HSE ALG and many organisations in the asbestos sector. He works under his own name: Winter Asbestos Consultancy. His specialities lie in asbestos and H&S training and the innovation of asbestos abatement products.
Mark Wit studied building technology at Delft Technical University, the Netherlands, and has considerable experience as a project manager in building engineering and fire safety. He has been project manager asbestos survey and consultancy at Oesterbaai since 2013 and feels strongly motivated for a healthy and safe environment for all.
Dilan works as an environmental engineer and Deputy Expert at the Turkish Occupational Health and Safety Institute of Republic of Turkey. She graduated from Middle East Technical University in 2012. She trained to become an asbestos removal expert at BG BAU in Germany. Nowadays she trains asbestos removal experts in Turkey.
Professor Nico van Zandwijk will speak on the developments in treating malignant mesothelioma, a subject of increasing promise.
In 2007, he joined ADRI after a long career in thoracic oncology in Europe. In 1985, he founded the department of thoracic oncology at the Netherlands Cancer Institute and made major contributions to the identification of prognostic factors in lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma, to chemoprevention studies in lung cancer and major national and international clinical trials.
He served as secretary (1982-1988) and chair (1988-1994) of the EORTC Lung Cancer Cooperative Group. He chaired the Dutch Guidelines Committee for Diagnosis and Treatment of Lung Cancer and State Committees on Asbestos-related diseases, and Asbestos & Lung Cancer of the Dutch Health Council (2002-08). He was a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association for the Study on Lung Cancer (IASLC) (2005-09) and the advisory board of the Thoracic Oncology Section of the French National Cancer Institute (INca) (2006-2008) and co-chaired the (IASLC) World Conference on Lung Cancer 2011 in Amsterdam and is a member of the Core Program Committee for the WCLC 2013 in Sydney.
He is a member of the National Lung Cancer Advisory Group of Cancer Australia and the National Asbestos Management Review Panel. Also, he has authored or co-authored more than 250 peer-reviewed international scientific papers and book chapters and has long-standing collaborations with investigators from other states in Australia, Europe, Canada, the US, Japan and Korea.