Core Principles of Management and Use
Recorded Webinar (June 30, 2020)
The IFA has recently put into place a Covid-19 Information Center (members-only) which includes updates from fertilizer companies on guidelines and best practices, as well as various Covid-19 updates from countries around the world, in an attempt to help the industry better understand the potential implications of this fast changing crisis situation.
Watch the latest edition of IFA’s 2020 webinar-series to hear first-hand how some of the leading fertilizer companies are coping with the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.
Dr. Julian HILTON
Chairman, Aleff Group, UK
Phosphogypsum: Leadership, Innovation, Partnership
Julian Hilton is Chairman of the Aleff Group which he co-founded in 1992 with Dr. Malika Moussaid at the suggestion of senior officials of the European Commission. He is currently Convenor of the IFA Phosphogypsum/ NORM Working Group.
He started working with the phosphate industry in 1998 under the guidance of Mike Lloyd. He was Principal Investigator for the phosphogypsum Project Stack Free by ’53 (2005-2011), funded by the Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research Institute, lead consultant to IAEA Safety Report 78 (2007-2013) on NORM residues in the Phosphate Industry (Vienna, 2013), member of the Editorial Team responsible for Phosphogypsum: Sustainable Management and Use (IFA, Paris 2016) and General Editor, Phosphogypsum – Leadership, Innovation, Partnership (IFA, Paris 2020).
He is widely published on phosphogypsum matters including policy, regulations, sustainability, and economics. He is a regular speaker at international conferences, meetings and training events on NORM industries in general (minerals and oil and gas), and in particular on valorisation and use of industrial residues including phosphogypsum.
He is currently Chair of the UN Sustainable Development Goals Working Group, UN Economic Commission for Europe, Technical Advisor to the African Union Commission on the implementation of the Africa Mining Vision and an IAEA expert, having conducted missions in more than 15 countries. He studied and taught at the University of Oxford and prior to founding Aleff Group held senior academic positions at universities in UK and Europe.
Dr. Connie NICHOL
Environmental Soil Scientist, Nutrien, Canada
Using Phosphogypsum to create Soil and combat Climate Change
Connie Nichol started working at Agrium (now Nutrien) in 1995 as an Environmental Scientist and has been working with phosphogypsum reuse and reclamation for more than 20 years. Since 2005, Connie has researched phosphogypsum reclamation options by collaborating with experts in government and universities and by supporting graduate student research. Research results are widely shared with presentations at industry, forestry and reclamation meetings and publication in scientific journals, conference proceedings and newsletters.
Connie has a BSc in Agriculture and a PhD in Soil Chemistry from the University of Alberta. She is currently co-convenor of the IFA International PG Working Group.
General Manager, Prayon Technologies, Belgium
The Future of Phosphogypsum
He graduated as a Biochemical Engineer at the University of Louvain in Belgium. He joined Prayon Technologies Company in 1995 as Process Engineer.
In 2002 he was the Commercial Manager of Prayon Technologies; the technologies offered include Phosphoric acid and related technologies.
In 2004 he joined CYTEC as a Project Manager and Maintenance Specialist. He managed revamping projects of three production units and improved the reliability of these plants.
In 2006 he joined De Smet Engineers and Contractors, an EPC company specialised in the supply of turn key plant, as Business Development Manger. He developed the biomass business division.
In 2010 he joined back Prayon as a Process Manager. He works on the technical and commercial development of new and existing phosphoric acid technologies.
In 2013, he became General Manager of Prayon Technologies.
Director, Technical & Safety, Health, Environment, IFA
Mr. Volker Andresen is a seasoned business development executive who joined the International Fertilizer Association as Technical & Safety, Health, Environment (SHE) Committee Director in 2012.
In this leadership role, he develops tools and reports to promote responsible production. Examples of success include the IFA’s product stewardship certification (Protect & Sustain), regular benchmarks on employee safety, fertilizer emissions and energy efficiency, as well as renowned reports on the Sustainable Management and Use of Phosphogypsum, and a Green Ammonia Overview.
In addition, Volker was involved in the strategic IFA2030 Initiative which aimed at preparing the fertilizer industry and its only global Association for a sustainable future. As results, IFA created Industry Stewardship Champions awards, launched the Global Stewardship Conference, and published its first Sustainability Report, for example.
On top of that, Volker coordinated the IFA's activities in the Former Soviet Union and he is now focusing on China, handling relations with key market players and government officials.
Originally from Germany where Volker grew up on a large farm, he completed his Economics Masters studies in the United States of America and France. Over the past two decades, Volker has held several senior-level positions in the Europe, Middle East and Africa headquarters of IBM, as well as directorship positions at Survey Sampling International (SSI), and at the World Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Association.
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