Alvaro is a shareholder and co-founder of shecco as an independent entity. He was instrumental in the early success of shecco’s communication platforms (R744.com, hydrocarbons21.com, ammonia21.com) and market research services. With a background in social sciences and international relations, he has spent the last six years working at the European Commission as an Human Resources expert, overseeing several change projects and helping to set up two new Agencies of the EU from scratch. As of March 2016, Alvaro is back at shecco to help its further international development and lead the media team in its efforts to share relevant stories, news and updates on the global transition towards natural refrigerants.
Jan holds a Doctor of Engineering degree in System Design from Hosei University in Tokyo and a Master’s degree from the Czech Technical University in Prague. During his studies, and research undertaken in the USA, Europe and Japan, Jan has centered his academic focus on environmental technologies and marketing strategies. Having lived in Japan for over 8 years, Jan communicates fluently in Japanese and has a rich experience cooperating with Japanese industry. Jan is currently based in Tokyo, responsible for business development activities and monitoring Asian markets on behalf of shecco Japan.
In 2000, Abel Gnanakumar joined Emerson Climate Technologies' Asian head quarters as the Manager of the Hong Kong engineering center, where he led several engineering research and development projects in the advancements of HVAC systems, compressor testing and development. In 2007, he took the position of Director of the Refrigeration Marketing (Asia) before becoming Vice President of Refrigeration (Asia) in 2015.
Anshu Kumar began his career in 1983 as Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Service Technician and now holds a Ph.D. degree in Training. From 2000 onwards he has been working on the phase-out of Ozone Depleting Substances. Anshu has many years of practical experience working with hydrocarbons. He has served as a Consultant to different agencies such as UNICEF, INFRAS, GIZ Proklima, UNDP, UNEP, BEE, ICPCI & Ozone Cell and MoEF India, and was responsible for the training activities on ODS phase-out in India and abroad. In 2012 Anshu joined the UNEP CAP-ROAP Team in Bangkok. At present he is working in India on the HCFC Phase-out activities and travelling across South Asia handling the respective training workshops. Anshu has co-authored the “Guide for Trainers on Good Servicing Practices in the Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Sector for HCFC Phase-out", scheduled to be published soon
Dr. Tul Manewattana has been involved in the design of many large refrigeration and HVAC projects in Thailand for more than 30 years. He is also a full-time faculty member of Mechanical Engineering Department at Chulalongkorn University since 1980. His teaching subjects include Refrigeration, Ventilation and Air Conditioning for senior mechanical engineering students and Advance Refrigeration and Air Conditioning for graduate engineering students. His past/present positions worth mentioning include Head of Mechanical Engineering Department, President of Air Conditioning Engineering Association of Thailand (ACAT), Officer of ASHRAE Thailand Chapter, ASHRAE Student Branch Advisor and the Advisor of Thai Refrigeration Association (TRA).
After graduating in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering in 1993 in Padua, Italy, Francesco Mastrapasqua started his career as a Commercial and Marketing Manager in the area of robotic and handling factory automation. Since 2003, he has gained a wide experience in business development, international sales, key account and marketing in several HVAC&R multinational companies. Since 2009 at Epta, he has focused on natural refrigeration and environmentally sustainable systems applied to the commercial retail business.
Epta has a leading position as a turnkey system provider and offers to its clients fully comprehensive assistance and training. from the choice of the ideal solution to its implementation and maintenance, including a permanent training center in the CO2 Excellence Center in the UK.
Miruza Mohamed has been working as Assistant Director at the Ministry of Housing and Environment of the Republic of Maldives since 2008. Previous positions included activities in the Ministry of Science & Technology, and the Ministry of Health. MIruza is responsible for the HCFC phase-out management plans of the Maldives and for pursuing a carbon-neutral policy.
Miruza holds a MSc in Urban Environmental Management from the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand.
André Paz Rosa works at Embraco since 2003 in several roles inside R&D: Research Engineer, Product Development Manager and R&D Senior Manager for Europe. Current responsibilities include product development and technical support for household and light commercial refrigeration in the Asia-Pacific market. André holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineer and Master’s Degree in Scientific Metrology from Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC).
As director of the Technical Department BeLux David Schalenbourg is since September 2015 in charge of realizing Delhaize’s ambitions to reduce its CO2 footprint by building towards a sustainable ‘brick’ network. Graduated as an architect in Brussels, with a Master in Urban Planning obtained in Paris and with an international track record in a variety of sustainable building projects (residential, office, retail, islands, …).
Hidekazu Tachibana is the General Manager at Panasonic. Having started his career in 1981, Mr. Tachibana has more than 30 years of experience in his field. In 2006, he was appointed as the President of Panasonic Compressor Malaysia Co. Ltd., and has since served as Head of the Sales Department and as Group Manager.
Speaker at ATMOsphere Bangkok 2013, side event to the MOP25