Keynote Speakers:



Prof Surendra M. Gupta

Surendra M. Gupta, Ph.D., P.E., is Professor Emeritus of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He received his BE (Honors) in Electronics Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, MBA (Honors) from Bryant University, and MSIE and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Massachusetts, USA. Dr. Gupta’s research interests span the areas of Production/Manufacturing Systems and Operations Research. He is mostly interested in Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing, Reverse and Closed-Loop Supply Chains, Disassembly Modeling and Remanufacturing. He has authored or coauthored thirteen books and well over 700 technical papers published in edited books, journals and international conference proceedings. His publications have received over 20,000 citations (with an h-index of 73) from researchers all over the world in journals, proceedings, books, and dissertations. He has traveled to all seven continents viz., Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America and presented his work at international conferences on six continents. In addition, he has delivered over 35 plenary/keynote speeches in international conferences in several countries including Spain, The Netherlands, Denmark, France, Japan, Korea, Thailand, India, Taiwan, China, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. He has supervised 35 PhD’s dissertations and over 70 Master’s Thesis and Projects. Dr. Gupta has served as editor, associate editor and editorial board member of dozens of international journals. Among the many accolades received, he is Listed in the Stanford’s List of World’s Top 2% Scientists; Distinguished Professor Award from the Industrial Engineering and Operations Management Society International; Best Dissertation Advisor Award from the American Society for Engineering Management; Outstanding Research Award, Outstanding Industrial Engineering Professor Award and Multiple Major Works Awards from Northeastern University; and Outstanding Author Contribution Award from Emerald Publishing.


Industry Keynote Speakers:


Prof Rolf Steinhilper 


Stefan Caba
Head of Innovation Field Sustainable Vehicle DevelopmentEDAG Engineering GmbH, Germany

Stefan Caba has worked in composites for more than 15 years. In 2017 he completed his PhD working on void reduction in Resin Transfer Molding. Since then he has been part of the EDAG Innovation Department. His main area of work is the circular economy and sustainable solutions in the automotive industry with a focus on composite concepts for circular design.




Fernand Weiland

30 years in management positions with Bendix Automotive, Lucas Automotive, Magneti Marelli Automotive and TRW Automotive.

Fernand Weiland, honorary member and founder of APRA (Automotive Parts Remanufacturer Assoc.) European Division in 1989, serving as the first chairman for more than 20 years. Between 1990 and 2010 he organised a considerable number of APRA forums, workshops, and exhibitions across Europe.

A co-founder of the biennial ReMaTec remanufacturing exhibitions in Amsterdam, Fernand Weiland has written numerous articles for the ReMaTecNews magazine as well as editing five books about automotive remanufacturing in Europe. He was also instrumental in setting up APRA’s Asia-Pacific Division. In 2019 Fernand was honoured with the prestigious Best Reman Ambassador Award presented by Rematec Amsterdam. Fernand is currently Editor and the Director of FJW Consulting.