European Court of Auditors (EU's external auditor)
Liia Laanes is a Senior Auditor at the European Court of Auditors (ECA) and Head of Task of a recent audit on ‘The EU’s support for sustainable biofuels in transport: An unclear route ahead’. She has been working on various audit tasks relating to sustainable use of natural resources in ECA since 2015.
Mika Torsten Bärlund
Lead Category Manager, Fuels
Mika has specialized in Supply Chain and Procurement within the oil and energy sector for more than 25 years. Experiences covers both up- and downstream activities with focus on procurement of fuels and manufacturing of lubricants. Lately activities and responsibilities has expanded globally, and the challenge is to replace current conventional fuels with bio- or alternative fuels supporting Ørsted’s vision of a world than runs entirely on green energy. Mika got his business diploma from the Copenhagen Business College and added Supply Chain Master study at Vlerick Management School in Belgium. Mika has served as a reserve officer in the Danish Army artillery for more than 10 years.
Nautical Supply International Limited (NSI)
"Karl Shrowder is a Bunker Broker at Nautical Supply International Limited (NSI). In addition to broking, he has been handling the correlation and analysis of data for blue-chip shipowners and charterers energy transition requirements and takes a special interest in the potential impact of legislation on the bunker market. NSI is the largest independent marine energy brokerage with offices in the UK, US, Dubai and Greece."
Head of Market Intelligence
Cornelius Claeys is head of market intelligence within Neste's strategy function. In this role, he leads the analytical team responsible for providing internal stakeholders with strategic market updates and assessments. Before joining Neste, Cornelius was director of renewables at an energy consulting firm. Prior roles also include experience in the European Commission's DG Trade, Brussels-based think tanks and international business media. Other topics on which he presented at international conferences include aviation biofuel production costs, the impact of road electrification on biofuel demand and follow-up legislation to the European Green Deal.
Wim De Windt
Wim De Windt is an experienced, values-driven business leader and currently CEO of Europe and Advisory Board Member at Gadot Group, leader in value chain management for the global chemical industry and supply chain. Wim is responsible for the Company’s European activities in specialty chemical manufacturing, liquid conditioning and global distribution and supply chain solutions. He served as a Director for several technology start-ups as well as for established multinationals, both stock quoted and private equity based. In diverse roles and environments he was trusted to bring about a step change and take the company to the next level.
Sandra De Mey
North Sea Port
Sandra De Mey graduated in 1991 as a bachelor in Communications Management (specialties in PR, advertising & communication). Postgraduate in port management at the Ghent University Maritime Institute. She has been working with Ghent Port Company since 1992, where she started her career as a PR assistant (PR department). Not much later, she was appointed head of PR until in 2004 she opted for a new challenge as dry bulk manager and later as an account manager. Today, as commercial manager her focus points are agribulk, liquids, food and (bio based)chemistry. Account management, trade, prospection and invest are daily focus points. Sandra is a board member of IMEXGRA (FEGRA) and of the Promotion Council North Sea Port. Furthermore, she is an ambassador for ‘Women in Agribusiness’. Today she has already been working for 33 years in the port (started as Port of Ghent) that changed to NORTH SEA PORT in January 1, 2018, the new international merged port. "To help my port clients boost their businesses and find new investments are my daily targets. Know-how, years of experience and connecting people are some of my useful assets.”
Vice President of Biofuels Value Chain
Niels is responsible for the end-to-end biofuels business in bp’s customer & products group. He is driving bp’s biofuels strategy, regulatory position development and associated financial delivery on a global scale, with focus on Europe and the Americas. He has more than 20 years of industry experience and has worked across the value chain from retail to supply and trading in various roles. Prior to his current role, he managed bp’s supply business in Northwest Europe and has worked for more than 10 years in commercial leadership roles in bp. Niels holds a diploma as an industrial engineer from Nordakademie Hochschule der Wirtschaft, Elmshorn in Germany.
Ausilio is a partner at ERM in the Sustainable Energy Solutions team where he leads the low carbon fuels and sustainable chemicals sector. He was previously founder and director of sustainable energy strategy advisory firm E4tech. He is a leading expert in low carbon fuels with over 25 years’ experience, and works with a broad range of clients on projects covering technical and commercial due diligence, business and policy strategies, and project and supply chain formation. He participates in advisory panels for a range of organisations, including the UK Department for Transport Advanced Fuels Fund, the Sustainable Aviation Buyers Alliance (SABA), the IEA and the Climate Bonds Initiative.
Director of Regulatory Affairs
Valérie Corre has spent her almost entire professional life in the alcohol business starting with SpiritsEurope in 1994. She then led the European Association of Ethanol Producers and was actively involved in the early discussions on the promotion of biofuels in the EU. Since 2013, she is Director of Regulatory Affairs Alcohol/Ethanol Europe with TEREOS, a French Sugar Cooperative leader in sugar and ethanol production in the EU. Since 2022, she is also President of the French Ethanol Association (SNPAA).
Technical Marketing Specialist
Jonas Höwing has a MSc and PhD in inorganic chemistry from Uppsala University, Sweden. He has extensive experience working with material selection, failure analysis, remaining life assessment and corrosion studies at Alleima and other companies. He now holds the position of Technical Marketing Specialist at Alleima Tube division, responsible for the EMEA Nordics region.
Luis da Silva e Serra
Luis has been working in 2BS for the last 10 years. He holds an MBA from ESCP Business School and a Naval Engineering Degree. In the last 20 years, his professional career has led him to specialize in the following areas: • Certification of bio energies supply chains (Biofuels, Bioliquids, and Fuels from Biomass). • Greenhouse Gas emissions calculation and sustainability frameworks. • Risk management, and sustainable development management of oil production (offshore & onshore) and due diligence. • Management of certification bodies and qualification of auditors: of systems, services, and products.
Nathan has more than 30 years of experience in industrial biotechnology. Currently, Nathan is a principle at BioCognito, a consultancy that helps firms in agricultural and industrial biotechnology to bring new technologies to from the lab to commercialization. Clients have included Arzeda, Exopolymer, Monsanto, the National Corn Growers Association, Primient and others. Prior to BioCognito, Nathan was at DuPont in business development in their Applied Biosciences group. In this role he initiated or assisted in bringing new biopolymers and enzymes to commercialization. Nathan graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Science degree in molecular biology and biochemistry. He earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Colorado for his work on metabolic engineering in ethanol producing organisms. He has an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.
Eduardo Famini Silva
Director, Renewables and Energy Transition
RBC Capital Markets
Eduardo Famini Silva is Director of Renewables and Energy transition at Royal Bank of Canada (“RBC”), based in London. In his role, Eduardo is responsible for advising and providing insights to clients in EMEA on transactions across capital raisings, mergers & acquisitions, and capital markets issuances. Eduardo has more than 15 years of experience in the energy sector and has advised on several deals across bio and synthetic fuels. Eduardo holds a Master of Business Administration degree from London Business School.
José María Casablanca
Barinder JS Ghai
Director Technical Marketing and New Business Development, EMEA
Barinder J S Ghai is the Director Technical Marketing and New Business Development at Alleima, based in Birmingham, UK. He is focused on maintaining and developing the technical marketing organization within a region to extend the technical and application knowledge on a regional and global level. The position is a link between R&D, Marketing, Sales, Supply and technical experts to customers. Barinder is leading Biofuels segment initiatives within Alleima focussing on suitable corrosion resistance tubular material for shift from Fossil fuels to Renewable diesel, SAF and Biogas.
André Paula Santos
Head of EU Policy
André is Nuseed’s EU representative, based in Brussels. With more than 15 years of experience, he drives the company’s EU policy advocacy strategy, steering Nuseed Bioenergy Platform and Carinata Programme development in Europe. Prior to joining Nuseed, André spent +7 years at the EBB-European Biodiesel Board, the association representing European biodiesel & HVO producers. As Head of EU Policy, André led the EBB’s advocacy work, developing common policy positions and working on joint positions with external stakeholders and coalitions. He also represented the industry in EU expert groups and conferences. He focused on the implementation of the post-2020 EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED II), the Fit-For-55 package (RED III, aviation, maritime, etc.), multiple European Green Deal proposals and trade matters. Before the EBB, André spent +4 years as a consultant at a public affairs agency in Brussels, advising clients in the energy, environment, and transport sectors, with a strong focus on biofuels issues. Prior to moving to Brussels, André worked for various law firms in Portugal focused on public law and policy.
Sustainability & Regulatory Low Carbon Fuels Lead
David Carpintero joined ePURE as Director General in June 2022. Previously he worked as Director General for a Brussels-based food trade association and has a long international experience with a multinational in the agricultural sector with postings in Europe and America. He started his career as a management consultant with A.T. Kearney. David earned an MBA at IESE Business School and a Master’s in Agronomic Engineering at Polytechnic University of Madrid.
Tim leads the editorial team for Fastmarkets Agriculture, and is responsible for all news, pricing and content across the group’s three main pillars of Agricensus, The Jacobsen and Palm Oil Analytics. A veteran in the price reporting space, Tim was a co-founder of Census Commodity Data prior to its acquisition by Fastmarkets, and before that spent ten years working across a diverse range of commodities at Platts, now S&P Global Commodity Insights. He is based in the UK.
Associate Director, Biofuels Value Chain Service
S&P Global Commodity Insights
Ina Chiriță is an expert in European biofuels markets at S&P Global. She specializes in EU biofuels regulatory frameworks and is responsible for the development of the long-term biofuels and feedstocks supply and demand forecasts for the region. Ina has over 10 years of experience in energy research and analysis. Since she joined the company in 2014, she has worked in different roles in the Oil Markets, Midstream and Downstream group. She has focused on the long-term implications of the energy transition on the European downstream sector and has led the Europe Refining and Marketing research capability between 2018 and 2020. Previously, Ina was an Adviser on Climate and Sustainability at the Romanian Presidential Administration.