Speaker Bio

TECHNICAL PANEL – WASTE, INNOVATIONS & FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS

Manuel Hidalgo
Manuel Hidalgo

Team Leader, Parsons

Mr. Hidalgo is a chartered MSc in Chemistry and MSc in Environmental Management and Control with over 30 years of vast international experience in the environmental and energy sectors, particularly in water treatment, waste management and energy generation.

He has 15 years of experience in consultancy, due diligence, engineering, and O&M of industrial (hazardous and non-hazardous) and municipal wastes management including collection, transport, treatment, disposal, and recovery/reuse/recycling. This includes technical expertise and operations experience in waste management facilities.

Mr. Hidalgo has also experience in developing strategies for minimizing and recycling wastes, storing hazardous materials, evaluate waste recycling, treatment, and disposal projects and technologies as well as new permanent waste management facilities in compliance with international best practices, environmental standards and regulations.

His experience also encompasses the implementation of environmental regulations and standards related to waste management, ensuring its control, monitoring, and continuous enforcement, as well as develop and maintain policies, procedures and programs in compliance with company’s environmental and sustainability policies.

Holding nine years of experience in KSA and twenty years in the MENA region, he has a thorough and holistic knowledge of the KSA waste management sector, having worked with government organizations, private companies, and regulatory authorities. He is currently involved in the environmental compliance of industrial facilities according to the regulations and standards related to waste management, ensuring its control, monitoring, and continuous enforcement.

Mr. Hidalgo is currently employed by Parsons, serving as Waste Management Team Leader in the Environmental Protection and Control Department of the Royal Commission of Yanbu, Saudi Arabia. Formerly, he served as Technical & Business Advisor at the National Environmental Preservation Company (BeeA'h) in Jubail Industrial City. Previously, he was the Engineering Department Manager at Veolia Middle East. Finally, he served as a Manager and Senior Specialist for Business Development at MARAFIQ.
He possesses ample experience in managing diversified international teams, as well as coaching, mentoring, and training people to instill and transfer know-how, leadership, management, commercial and technical attitudes and skills.

Mr. Hidalgo is a regular speaker at water, waste, environment, and energy-related conferences, workshops, seminars, and forums for different public & private organizations.