Curated Session: Waste Management Challenges

World Bank Projects Around the World (1.75 CEUs)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
9:00 – 10:45
Room 314

Moderator: John Morton, Senior Urban Environment Specialist- Latin America and the the Caribbean at the World Bank Group

The World Bank Group session will focus on three themes: global solid waste data, innovations to improve services, and private sector involvement. The World Bank is updating a flagship publication on global solid waste management entitled What a Waste to provide data on waste management from around the world at both urban and national levels. This session will begin with preliminary trends from the upcoming publication and then move into how data is being used to improve waste management services in World Bank projects. One of the innovations that will be highlighted is results-based financing for solid waste management across the value chain. Finally, the session will transition to private sector involvement from the International Finance Corporation’s perspective.


Jim Michelsen, Senior Industry Specialist, IFC—International Finance Corporation, Washington, D.C.

Jim Michelsen

Jim Michelsen has more than 20 years of global experience in the solid waste industry and energy sector, with a particular focus on energy from waste and climate opportunities in waste in developing countries. Mr. Michelsen provides technical expertise to staff looking at solid waste opportunities in emerging economies and supports the development and implementation of IFC’s solid waste sector strategy.

Maria Sarraf, Senior Environmental Economist, The World Bank, Washington, D.C.

Maria Sarraf

Maria Sarraf was born in Beirut and studied environmental economics at University College London, where she met many of her World Bank colleagues. Joining the Bank in 1997, one of her lines of work in the Middle East and North Africa region was to estimate the cost of environmental degradation. She published many papers and reports. Putting a monetary value to environmental degradation has helped push the environmental agenda in many countries she says. Ms. Sarraf also worked in the South Asia region building resilience to climate change in the coastal area of Bangladesh.

Silpa Kaza, Solid Waste and Urban Specialist, The World Bank, Washington, D.C.

Silpa Kaza

Silpa Kaza works on solid waste management and low carbon planning in cities in the LAC, MENA, AFR, SAR and EAP regions and also manages CURB, a low carbon planning tool for cities. Prior to the Bank, she worked on waste management and environmental issues in the private and social sectors in New York City and India. She also modeled domestic health care policies in preparation for the Affordable Care Act at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Ms. Kazqa holds degrees in public administration, economics and mechanical engineering from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, London School of Economics and MIT, respectively.

Charis Lypiridis, Infrastructure Specialist, The World Bank, Washington, D.C.

Charis Lypiridis

Charis Lypiridis is a World Bank specialist on blended finance, infrastructure and climate change, currently leading operations in South Asia and the Pacific region. Previously, he worked for IFC—International Finance Corporation’s Department on Public-Private Partnerships, Bloomberg New Energy Finance and EU programs. Hh holds degrees in public administration from Columbia University, sustainability science from UNU in Tokyo and civil engineering from Aristotle University in Greece.