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Speakers/Moderators
- 4 - 5 October 2017, Edinburgh

click for speaker profiles below  
>> Pharoah Le Feuvre >> James Cogan >> Christian Schweitzer
>> Yuan-Sheng Yu >> Roger Kilburn >> Grant Pearson
>> John Cropley >> Jessica Robinson >> Tom Gameson
>> Andrew Murfin >> Prof. Martin Tangney >> Chris Wilcox
>> Jeremy Woods >> Chris Stark >> Tim Worledge
>> Robin Vercruse >> Dickon Posnett >> Rob Wakely
>> Per Koustrop >> Gillian Harrison >> Sonia Slavinski
>> Graeme Walker >> Mark Simmers  

Speakers

Pharoah Le Feuvre

Pharoah Le Feuvre

Market Analyst
International Energy Agency (IEA)

Pharoah Le Feuvre is based in the Renewables Energy Division of the International Energy Agency (IEA) and undertakes analysis in the area of bioenergy and biofuels markets. Pharoah has a background working in the renewable energy field conducting commercial analysis for an energy utility company, in energy consultancy and also the management of renewable power and heat subsidy schemes in the United Kingdom.

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James Cogan

James Cogan

Technology, Industry and Policy Analyst
Ethanol Europe Renewables Limited

Producer of video series www.climateethanol.eu

In 2016 James Cogan produced a short video series on the topics of climate change, ethanol and Europe's COP21 goals.

James is a technology, industry and policy analyst working in the fields of bioeconomy, hi tech, energy, transport and environment. He works for the European Commission, local public organisations, industrials and expert consultancy services. James studied electronics engineering at University College Dublin and acquired an MBA at Trinity College Dublin. He spent 25 years in industry (aerospace, telecommunications, construction), finding his way into EU public affairs in 2012. He currently advises Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd, operator of Europe's newest largest and most resource efficient ethanol biorefinery Pannonia Ethanol at Dunaföldvár in Hungary.

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Christian Schweitzer

Christian Schweitzer

Managing Director
bse Engineering Leipzig GmbH

Christian Schweitzer was born in July 1964 in Aachen. There he completed his engineering studies at the Fachhochschule Aachen. He also received his Bachelor of Business Administration in 1999 from the St. Gallen Management Institute, Switzerland Since 1995, Mr. Schweitzer is managing director of bse Engineering Leipzig GmbH.

The bse Engineering GmbH Leipzig works across whole Europe and is an independent, consultative and customer-oriented engineering company in the field of liquid and solid biomass.

bse is the initiator of a full service package consortium for execution and operating of small scale Methanol plants. The Partner are AKER Solution, BASF, ISK Nordic green and WEMAG The application for different industrial sectors like waste incineration, papermills.

With the successful establishment of the bioethanol plant in Zeitz and Anklam in Germany in he joined the biofuel industry. Since that time Mr. Schweitzer has supported and implemented many bioenergy projects throughout Europe. Furthermore, Mr. Schweitzer released different articles about BioEthanol, sugar mills and (sustainable) utilization of biomass as well as held presentations on these topics at International Bio-Energy conferences.

Mr. Schweitzer has develops the technical and economic integration of the large scale chemical Energy storage of Methanol in the Ethanol Industry. He has patent the integration of first gen Ethanol plants with advanced fuel Methanol plants.

He is in regular contact with DG Energy and DG Climate to give his input in the cross sector strategy from different industries.

As speaker of the network renewable Methanol he build up an European wide knowledge platform for the different stockholders.

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Yuan-Sheng Yu

Yuan-Sheng Yu

Senior Analyst
Lux Research

Yuan-Sheng Yu is a Senior Analyst based in Lux Research's Singapore office. He leads Lux's Asia-Pacific research initiative, providing strategic advice and on-going intelligence for emerging technologies in energy, health and life sciences, chemicals and materials, and digital transformation. He works with Global 1000 clients in implementing innovation strategies, identifying emerging opportunities, and explores strategic partnerships focusing on bridging business objectives with high-potential, disruptive technologies.

In addition, Yuan-Sheng leads the Alternative Fuels Intelligence team and supports Lux's research on the global energy transition. He identifies key drivers, such as policy influences and societal transitions, to determine the impact they have on the economic feasibility and capabilities of emerging technologies.

Prior to joining Lux Research, Yuan-Sheng conducted research at The University of Georgia on bioenergy with funding from the United States Department of Energy and the United States Department of Agriculture.

Yuan-Sheng holds a M.S. in Forestry from The University of Georgia and a B.S. in Microbial Biology from The University of California, Berkeley.

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Roger Kilburn

Roger Kilburn

Chief Executive Officer
The Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC)

Roger was appointed CEO of IBioIC in January 2014.  Roger, a chemical engineer by profession, is an experienced international business leader with a proven track record in business turnaround, growth and leadership.  He has worked 26 years in the Chemical and Fine Chemicals Sectors (ICI, Johnson Matthey) located in UK, Australia, Germany and USA.  He then moved on to focus on using his experience to support SME's with strategy, business development and management, before taking up his current role.

IBioIC is an Industry led membership organisation that funds research in Scottish Universities that de-risks and accelerates its member's IB activities. IBioIC also funds pre-university and post graduate skills programmes and supports the National Plan for IB in Scotland to create a £900 million industry by 2025.

In addition, Roger is Chair for the Scottish IB Development Group, sits on the Leadership Team of Chemical Sciences Scotland, the Innovation Team of the Chemical Growth Partnership, the IB advisory group to the World Economic Forum, the Bio-futures Steering Team of the Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Industrial Advisory Board of Heriot Watt University and the Scientific Advisory Board for Biochar for Carbon Capture, he is also an Honorary Assistant Professor at Heriot Watt University.

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Grant Pearson

Grant Pearson

Commercial Director
Ensus

Grant is the Commercial Director of Ensus, a UK bioethanol and animal feed producer. Grant joined Ensus shortly after the business formed and has responsibilities for all commercial aspect of the business. Prior to Ensus Grant had extensive commercial and business management experience, managing businesses, based in the USA, Belgium, Hong Kong and the UK. These roles were predominately in the chemicals, electronics, automotive and service industries and included General Manager, Royal Mail, UK, President and CEO Acheson Industries, USA, General Manager and Corporate VP Emerson & Cumming, USA.  Grant has also been a Board / Policy Board member of a number of industry association including ePURE, NAPA and the REA where he currently also chairs the Road Transport Group.

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John Cropley

John Cropley

Head of Liquid Products Research
ED&F Man

John Cropley is the Head of Liquid Products Research at ED&F Man, where he directs the analysis of biofuels and feedstock markets. Prior to joining ED&F Man 10 years ago, Mr Cropley worked for the commodities consultancy LMC International and before that with the UK Government's Overseas Development Administration. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Wales and Masters from the University of London. Although born and bred in the UK, Mr Cropley has lived and worked for the last two decades in New Orleans.

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John Cropley

Jessica Robinson

Director of Communications
National Biodiesel Board

Jessica Robinson, Director of Communications for the National Biodiesel Board, has worked in biofuel communications for nearly ten years. Jessica leads the communications team in the ongoing effort to promote U.S. biodiesel's economic, environmental and health benefits. In addition she manages NBB's national outreach programs designed to increase awareness of biodiesel as the alternative fuel of choice for diesel engines in the United States. Aimed at promoting positive public perception of biodiesel to help create demand and support, Jessica most recently led the launch of NBB's first ever national advertising campaign, which has demonstrated measurable success at reaching the target audience. NBB harnesses the power of eight national and specialized public relations and communications agencies to provide access to experts whose direct biodiesel experience totals more than 50 years.

Jessica joined NBB in 2009, bringing to the industry more than a decade of professional communications experience. She has worked for trade associations, government agencies and politics and also in radio and television news. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri's School of Journalism and hold a Masters in Strategic Leadership fro Stevens College.

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Tom Gameson

Tom Gameson

Independent Consultant

Tom Gameson has worked for the last 16 years for Abengoa in the field of biofuels, reaching the level of Vice President for European Institutional Affairs.

During that time, Tom has advocated for, amongst others, the Biofuel Directive, the Renewable Energy Directives and the Fuel Quality Directive including the E10 petrol specification.

Tom's advocacy work has been done directly for Abengoa but also indirectly through industry associations.

Tom was one of the founding fathers that created ePURE, the European renewable ethanol industry association, (and its predecessor, eBIO), as well as the European Ethanol-REACH Association and also the NVDB, the Dutch Biofuel Association. He went on to serve in the Board of these associations and has held the position of President of the European Ethanol-REACH Association and Vice President of ePURE.

Tom has also served on the steering committees of the European Biofuel Technology Platform and the European Industry Bioenergy Initiative, and also on the board of directors of the Spanish biofuel association, APPA Biocarburantes.

Over the years, Tom has also participated in biofuel policy development through a number of European Commission advisory groups including, presently, the ART-Fuels Forum of DG ENERGY.

Tom has also contributed at a technical level, since 2004, in the standing Working Group 21 of the European Standards Institute, which is responsible for the development of standards pertaining to petrol-engine vehicles. Over the last 13 years this Group has designed and delivered three European Standards for fuel ethanol, and, last September, adopted a European Standard for E85.

Prior to working with Abengoa, Tom previously enjoyed positions in the European Commission, the British Government and in international consultancy.

This summer Abengoa has sold off its biofuel interests and Tom has chosen to move back into consultancy.

He holds a Master's degree in Environmental and Resource Economics, and a first degree in Rural Environment Studies; both awarded by the University of London.

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Andrew Murfin

Andrew Murfin

General Manager, Advanced Biofuels
Shell

Andrew Murfin joined Alternative Energies in 2009 and was appointed GM Advanced Biofuels at the beginning of 2013. In his current role, he has global accountability for the delivery of an advanced biofuels manufacturing business. He has over 25 years' commercial, project and technology implementation experience.

Prior to his current role, Andrew was in Canada, developing a proposed project to deliver a cellulosic ethanol facility in conjunction with government funding and technology providers. Previously, he was Project Director of the now operational $3bn London Array offshore wind project in the UK.

Andrew has worked in the renewable energy field since 2001 and joined Shell in 2003. Prior to joining Shell, he held a number of senior positions in UK electricity and gas utilities.

He spent much of his early career in a range of commercial, mergers and acquisitions, new business development and trading roles in the UK utility industry. Andrew has a first degree in Electro Mechanical Engineering, is a Fellow of the Energy Institute and a Chartered Engineer.

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Prof. Martin Tangney

Prof. Martin Tangney

President
Celtic Renewables

Prof Martin Tangney is an internationally recognised expert in microbial biofuel production and in 2007 he established at Edinburgh Napier University the UK's first research centre dedicated to the development of sustainable biofuel Ė the Biofuel Research Centre (BfRC). The centre has achieved international prominence as a portal for the assimilation, integration and dissemination of knowledge and information across national and international academia, industry and Government. Martin is a key figure and prominent speaker in the renewable energy sector in Scotland and internationally, and has informed the policy debate here and abroad. In 2011 he launched Hong Kong's first recycling to biofuel campaign and he also hosted a visit by the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Government during the Hong Kong Premier's state visit to the UK. In 2012 he helped devise an MOU on renewable energy between Scotland and Hong Kong. Martin made global news headlines for his process for producing biobutanol, as a sustainable advanced biofuel (a direct replacement for petrol), from the by-products of Scotland's malt Whisky industry - not only providing a sustainable disposal route for the by-products of one of the country's largest industries, but also integrating renewable chemical production with environmental sustainability and carbon reduction. His acclaimed innovation has been equally applauded by NGOs, industry leaders and international Government leaders alike and hen has focused worldwide media attention onto innovation in Scotland. In 2012 he received the highly prestigious Institute for Chemical Engineers International Award of "Innovator of the Year" for his process - an innovation he is a now commercialising as the Founder of Celtic Renewables Ltd. The startup company has already achieved global recognition and numerous awards; including the Shell Springboard Award for Low Carbon Innovation and the much coveted "Best Innovation" accolades at the Scottish Green Energy Awards, and from the Chemical Industries Association. Martin has been internationally recognised for his thought leadership, and his personal story "Biofuels whiskey and me", which he delivered in a TED talk in Hong Kong, is a testament to his belief in sustainability through innovation.

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Chris Wilcox

Chris Wilcox

Vice President of Business Development
Gevo, Inc

Chris Wilcox is a successful venture founder and promoter with the bulk of his experience in commercial development and international trade. He is currently the Vice President of Business Development for Gevo's hydrocarbon business handling all aspects of strategy, marketing, sales, and distribution. In the decade prior Chris headed business and corporate development efforts for several industrial biotechnology companies as well as traditional companies looking to enter the biotech sector. In the early 2000's Chris co-founded, grew, and successfully exited Plascon Inc., a company which imports conversion equipment and establishes turn-key manufacturing operations in the ethylene industry. Prior to this Chris managed the Mid-Atlantic region for Rockwell Automation where he directed OEM and distribution relations in the industrial power transmission sector. In addition to his roles in the industrial sector, he has been called to assist in early and small venture valuations and support smaller publically traded organizations navigate earnings calls and investor presentations. Chris holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Colorado's Leeds School of Business.

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Jeremy Woods, Lecturer in bioenergy at Imperial College London

Jeremy Woods

Lecturer in bioenergy
Imperial College London

Jeremy Woods is a Lecturer in bioenergy at Imperial College London working on the interplay between development, land-use and the sustainable use of natural resources. At Imperial, he is a co-director of ICEPT (Centre for Energy Policy and Technology) and a member of the Bioeconomy Platform of Climate-KIC which is dedicated to the development of advanced biorenewables. He coordinated the land/food/bioenergy and climate science components of the Global Calculator supervised Alexandre Strapasson's PhD on 'the limits to bioenergy'.

As a member of the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) Scientific Advisory Committee on its 'Bioenergy: bridging the gaps' project he was lead author of the 'land and bioenergy' chapter and co-author on a cross-cutting issues chapter on 'Food Security'. He is a member of the Royal Society's - DFID Africa Capacity Building Initiative Assessment Panel and previously its Leverhulme Africa Awards Assessment Panel. He has sat on two RS working groups, 'GHG emissions from agriculture' in 2010 and its 2008/09 working group on 'Biofuels' which produced an internationally acclaimed report on the science and policies needed for their sustainable development.

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Chris Stark

Chris Stark

Director of Energy and Climate Change
Scottish Government

Chris Stark is Director of Energy and Climate Change in the Scottish Government, leading the development of Scotlandís approach to emissions-reduction and the accompanying energy system transition. His team provides advice to Scottish Ministers on all aspects of energy and climate policy Ė and on licensing and consent decisions for new onshore energy infrastructure. Chris previously headed the Strategy Unit, the Scottish Governmentís central strategy team, and has worked in a number of Whitehall departments. He has wide experience of economic policymaking, in the Scottish Government, HM Treasury and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

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Tim Worledge

Tim Worledge

Platts Agriculture
S&P Global Platts

Biography pending.

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Robin Vercruse

Robin Vercruse

Vice President of Policy and Environment
Fuel Freedom Foundation

Robin Vercruse has broad international management and executive experience in both the private sector and nonprofit leadership. After a career in marketing and product management in the software industry in the United States and in Asia Pacific, she turned her attention to energy and environmental policy. Robin now directs the national and state policy, research, and environmental programs as Vice President of Policy at the Fuel Freedom Foundation, a non-partisan U.S. NGO focused on promoting fuel diversity in the U.S. and around the world. A committee member of the Ag-Auto-Ethanol Alliance, the High Octane Low Carbon Alliance, and the International Symposium on Alcohol Fuels, Robin holds a Masterís degree in Environmental Science and Management from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Dickon Posnett

Dickon Posnett

Development Director
Argent Energy

Dickon has been working in the biodiesel industry since 2004. Initially the Development Director for Argent Energy in the UK, he has managed the marketing for Argent and is now focussed on advocacy and the relevant legislative and regulatory instruments that affect biodiesel markets in Europe and around the world.

Argent Energy, owned by John Swire and Sons, specialises in the production of waste-based biodiesel and has recently constructed a second plant in the UK able to handle very low-grade waste feedstocks. Dickon was involved in setting up the supply chain for high blends of waste-based biodiesel into London buses, works closely with the UKís Department of Transport on policy and is Vice-President of the European Biodiesel Board where he has chaired the Advanced Biodiesel sector group for a number of years. Dickon is also President of the RBO, a scheme aimed at satisfying the EU Commission requirement for a single database for biofuel trades to ensure a robust and trustworthy trading market in Europe.

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Rob Wakely

Rob Wakely

Head of Low Carbon Fuels
UK Department for Transport

My team work across Government, with industry, environmental NGOs, and the EU Commission to develop and deliver policies to reduce the climate change impact of transport fuels. I lead strategy and policy delivery on the transport elements of the EU Renewable Energy and Fuel Quality Directives, including the biofuels mandate. The Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation Unit within my Division oversees the UK biofuels mandate and compliance with the mandatory sustainability criteria by fuel suppliers. Current challenges include how to address the indirect land use change impact of biofuels, limit competition with food, and encourage the development of advanced biofuels from waste. I am the SRO for a £40m grant programme to support the commercial development of advanced biofuels in the UK. I previously worked in the Department for Work and Pensions and led policy design and strategic analysis delivering major Government initiatives on pensions and welfare reform.

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Per Koustrop

Per Koustrop

CO-founder
Nordic Green

Mr. Koustrup has more than 12 years of experience with renewable energy for transport and has worked for fuel cell companies as well as Scandinavia's largest fuel company Circle K (former Statoil). At Cirle K he was in charge of BtB Pricing and a volume exceeding 800.000 m3/yr equal to a turnover exceeding 1 bio €. He represented Circle K in the branch organisation (EOF) in the workgroups "Biofuels" and "Gas for transport" and was in national TV and newspapers regarding biofuels, OPEC crude production, consumer prices etc.. He is an Industry Observer in the International Energy Agency Advanced Motor Fuels (IEA-AMF) subcommittee as expert on alcohol fuels. Nordic Green is one of only two companies world-wide that, to our best knowledge, has experience in trading commercial volumes of bio-methanol defined as shiploads.

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Gillian Harrison

Gillian Harrison

Chief Executive Officer
Whitefox Technologies

Gillian Harrison, CEO at Whitefox Technologies, will be speaking at this year's Biofuels International Conference.

Harrison started her career as a finance lawyer at global law firm Clifford Chance in London, where she focused on corporate finance, infrastructure projects, and cross border mergers and acquisitions.

During her ten years working at Clifford, she spent two of those years in Sao Paulo where she specialised on large-scale project finance in the oil and gas sector. Harrison changed direction in 2007 when she joined Whitefox Technologies.

Whitefox focusses on membrane-based processes to improve production efficiencies for alternative fuels and industrial chemicals and she was attracted to the prospect of helping to build a business that enables producers to be more sustainable and improve their bottom line.

Initially she had a hybrid role, legal and business development with a focus on the South American markets. In 2009, Harrison was appointed CEO of Whitefox and has positioned the company to take advantage of growth opportunities in the main global ethanol markets.

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Sonia Slavinski

Sonia Slavinski

Standard Manager
Bonsucro

Sonia Slavinski is the Standards Manager at Bonsucro, the Global Sugarcane Platform. She is responsible for managing and developing the standards, design and provision of qualification training for auditors and producer experts, and leading on content for Bonsucro Connect, Bonsucro's newly launched IT platform for traceability and adding value to the reporting and audit process. Bonsucro believes in the power of sugarcane and our mission is to ensure that responsible sugarcane production creates lasting value for the people, communities, businesses, economies and eco-systems in all cane-growing origins. The Bonsucro certification system is used to certify any sugar-cane derived product. Prior to joining Bonsucro, she worked with smallholder farmers in West Africa on organic certification and microfinance for oil production from tree crops, and obtained degrees in Environmental Science (B.S.) and Environmental Policy (MSc.).

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Graeme Walker

Graeme Walker

Professor
Abertay University

Graeme is currently Professor of Zymology and director of the Abertay University Yeast Research Group (Dundee, Scotland) and also acts as Scientific Director of the Ethanol Technology Institute. Graeme graduated with a BSc in Brewing & Biochemistry in 1975 and completed his PhD in Yeast Physiology (1978), both from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. He was awarded DSc by Abertay University in 2004. Prior to joining Abertay in 1987, he held positions in Denmark (Carlsberg Foundation), New Zealand (Otago University) and Ireland (Dublin City University).

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Mark Simmers, CEO, Celtic Renewables

Mark Simmers

CEO
Celtic Renewables

Biography pending.

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There is still a chance to be part of the 2017 conference programme. Please send your contact details and a short abstract to:

Margaret Dunn

Conference Co-ordinator
Email:   margaret@biofuels-news.com

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