International Science and Policy Coordinator
Health Care Without Harm
Ruth Stringer is the International Science and Policy Coordinator for Health Care Without Harm. She has been working with Health Care Without Harm for over fifteen years, coordinating work on waste, but also providing expertise on chemicals, pharmaceuticals and procurement. She is a member of the International Solid Waste Association healthcare waste working group, and advises on waste management policy and practice internationally. Ruth has worked closely with HECAF360 for the last decade, both on joint projects and in relation to HECAF360’s role as strategic partner to Health Care Without Harm.
International Environmental Health Consultant &
President at International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance
Working with WHO in Nepal, Han Heijnen started engaging with HECAF in 2006. HECAF and WHO partnered in training and applied research on health care waste management. It led to practical solutions for waste management and to international contacts and participation in WHO expert meetings. Han Heijnen left Nepal in late 2009, continuing to work as an independent consultant on environmental health in Africa and South Asia.
In the last decade he has been promoting rainwater harvesting around the world and is the current President of the International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance, based in Geneva. He now lives in the Netherlands.
Chemist and Coordinator of Chemical Management
Region Västra Götaland, Sweden
Anders Bolmstedt, PhD, is a chemist at the occupational health service of Region Västra Götaland, Sweden. He coordinates the chemical management in Region Västra Götaland in the aspects of health and environmental protection. Important parts in this work are setting up and evaluating demands in procurements and educating employees in safe management of hazardous chemicals. He has been involved in risk assessments of hazardous chemicals for more than fifteen years. He was one of the initiators of the National Substitution Group (NSG) in Sweden where he is still active. In addition to his work on chemicals he is interested in the role of good health for the environment.
Environmental Activist and Writer
Margot Becker is a passionate and tireless environmental activist focusing on transforming the waste system and mitigating climate change. She first began collaborating with HECAF 360 (then HECAF) in 2010 and attributes her passion for waste system transformation to this connection.
She is currently working on a comprehensive Zero Waste Plan for Ulster County, NY, in partnership with County legislators. She is a member of the Global Assembly team, bringing the world’s first global citizens assembly to deliberate on climate change at the UN COP26 Climate Conference in 2021; this will be the first time the people’s voice is heard at COP. Margot is excited about the elevation of citizens assemblies as a tool for the new democracy. She has many decades of experience in international fundraising.
Margot lives in New York in a home that is free of fossil fuels.
Since the early 1970’s Russ Pariseau has worked as a producer and director/cameraman for independent documentaries and commercial clients including the United Nations, Fortune 500 corporations, the U.S. government and numerous advertising agencies and public relations firms. His films have won numerous awards.
Russ and partner Frances Turner lived in Kathmandu from 2006 to 2010 during which time he worked closely with HECAF and Mahesh Nakarmi on the Nepal Ambulance Service and videos on earthquake awareness and risk mitigation. Russ now lives in the UK.
National – Nepali Advisors
Dr. Narayan Ghimire
Senior Advocate, Supreme Court, Nepal
Dr. Ghimire holds Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) and LLM (Hon’s) California USA, and MA, LLB from Nepal. He was Former Member to the Commission for the diplomatic passport abuse investigating commission Nepal -2001. Dr. Ghimire has been in Law Practice since 35 years.
He is also teaching Private International Law, Tort Law and Commercial Law at Law School (Purvanchal Univesrity) Dr. Ghimire is the Founding President of Centre for Rule of Law. He is also involved as Pro Bono National Trainer for Nepal Women Lawyers International Training organized by Nepal bar Association, DLA Piper, UNDP and WLJH.
He has drafted and reviewed federal and provincial laws. He is known as an expert of Tort Law in Nepal and aslo coordinating the committee on Tort Law for the Supreme Court Bar. He has conducted various trainings on the constitution and human rights, legal aid, pro bono and Tort Law. He has worked as an expert in Legal Aid Guidelines for Nepal Bar Association.