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Dr Rocio Diaz-Chavez (Deputy Director for Research, Stockholm Environment Institute Africa)

Title: Bioeconomic, circular economy and sustainability in Sub-Saharan Africa 


Dr Rocio A Diaz-Chavez is the Deputy Director for Research at the Stockholm Environment Institute Africa Centre and the Energy and Climate Change Programme Leader. She is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Environmental Policy at Imperial College London. Her research area focuses on sustainability assessment and deployment of bioeconomy, land use and natural resources and the synergies with energy, sustainability and SDGs. She has participated in different EU funded projects in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. She contributed with FAO developing the indicators for the Global Bioenergy Partnership and acted as Chair of the Social Group of the ISO Bioenergy Standard. She was the co-chair of the International Energy Agency for the UK Task 40 (Biomass trading) for four years 2013-2017. She received the SCOPE 2010 Young Scientist Award in Environmental Management for her work on sustainable development indicators and standards.

Dr Charif Mahmoudi (Software Architect for intelligent systems, Siemens, USA) 

Title of talk: Edge federation as a key driver for environmental data processing


Dr. Charif Mahmoudi received the MSc and PhD degrees in computer engineering from the University of Paris-EST (France) in 2009 and 2014, respectively. After His Post-Doc at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, he joined Siemens Corporate Technology as a Software Architect for Intelligent Systems. He participated as consultant then software architect to several successful telecommunication projects within France Telecom and Bouygues Telecom and contributed to several research projects with deploy- ments in several countries. His areas of research are on distributed systems, cloud computing, mobile com- puting and Internet of things.