|KEY NOTES SESSION - Thursday 27th|
Chief Executive Officer LanzaTech, USA
|Dr. Jennifer Holmgren is CEO of revolutionary carbon recycling company, LanzaTech. Prior to joining LanzaTech, Dr. Holmgren was VP and General Manager of the Renewable Energy and Chemicals business unit at UOP LLC, a Honeywell Company. Today, under Dr. Holmgren’s guidance, LanzaTech is working towards developing a variety of platform chemicals and fuels, derived from industrial waste gases, municipal wastes, and biomass residues.|
In 2017, Dr. Holmgren was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for developing technologies to improve our energy future, from renewable energy and chemicals to combinatorial chemistry and materials discovery. She is the author or co-author of 50 US patents and more than 30 scientific publications. In 2003, she was the first woman awarded the Malcolm E. Pruitt Award from the Council for Chemical Research (CCR). In 2015 Dr. Holmgren and her team at LanzaTech were awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Presidential Green Chemistry Award and she was awarded the BIO Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in Industrial Biotechnology. Dr. Holmgren was named as #1 of the most 100 influential leaders in the Bioeconomy by Biofuels Digest for 2016-2017.
Dr. Holmgren is on the Governing Council for the Center for Advanced Bioenergy Research in India, jointly funded by the Indian Department of Biotechnology (Ministry of Science and Technology) and Indian Oil Corporation. She currently serves on the board of The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Biofuels Advisory Committee.
Dr. Holmgren holds a B.Sc. degree from Harvey Mudd College, a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
|A.J. (Sandy) Marshall |
Director at Bioindustrial Innovation Canada
|Sandy was raised on a farm near Blyth Ontario Canada before graduating with Bachelor of Applied Science Degree (BASc) and Masters of Applied Science Degree (MASc) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. He started his professional career in 1984 with Polysar Inc., a Canadian rubber manufacturer. Over his 30 year career in the chemical and polymers industry, he worked in research and process, product development and market development before moving into Operations and General Management. Sandy had two international assignment, one in Germany and a second in Cincinnati USA. Sandy finished his corporate career as President and Managing Director responsible for Canadian Operations of Lanxess Canada. Sandy is Executive Director of Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC), President and CEO of Sustainable Chemistry Alliance, Member of the Board of Governors at Lambton College, Chairman of the External Advisory Board for the Biorefinery Research Institute at Lakehead University and is also member of the Boards of BIOTECanada and the Oilseed Innovation Partnership. Sandy has been recognized as a leader committed to Corporate Social Responsibility and environmental sustainability in Canada. Sandy lives in Brights Grove with his wife Darlene. They have two sons, Nathan and Adam who also live and work in Sarnia.|
|FINANCING THE BIOECONOMY - Thursday 27th|
Executive Director Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking, Belgium
|Philippe Mengal is the Executive Director of the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) since 1st of October 2015. His mission is to further consolidate the role and responsibilities of the BBI JU. The Executive Director is the legal representative of the BBI JU. He is the chief executive responsible for the day-to-day management of the BBI JU in accordance with the decisions of the Governing Board. Mr. Mengal trained as an engineer in Chemistry and Bio-industry at the Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech University and later on in Strategic Innovation Management at INSEAD - Fontainebleau in France. He started his career in 1990 in France as R&D engineer in the field of biomass fractionation and purification. In 1995 he became Technical Director of a research centre dedicated to biomass valorisation and between 1990 and 1997 he taught in a Master programme on chemical engineering in Rennes - France. He has published a number of scientific papers and awarded 5 patented license agreements. In his 25 years of professional experience before joining BBI JU, Mr. Mengal held strategic managerial positions in France and Belgium such as CEO of three companies, Global R&D Director of a multinational and Senior Consultant in food ingredient, engineering and life sciences industries.|
|Peter van Gelderen|
Partner at Icos Capital, Germany
|Dr. Peter van Gelderen is a partner and co-founder at Icos Capital, based in The Netherlands and Germany, investing in Europe. Icos is currently investing from its third fund under management, in disruptive scaleup companies in the agro-food and chemical sectors. The focus of this fund, launched in 2017 in collaboration with Bühler (food sector, Switzerland) and AkzoNobel (chemical sector, The Netherlands) is on digitization and sustainability propositions in these industrial sectors. Peter has worked in cleantech-related sectors (food, energy, water and materials) for over 20 years as a researcher in nanotechnology at Philips, as a strategy consultant at Deloitte Consulting and in the last 12 years, as investment manager at Icos Capital. Peter is an expert in green chemistry innovations and agro-food technologies. He is currently on the Board of Photanol (green chemicals made of CO2) and BioActor (food ingredients with clinically proven health benefits). Peter received his PhD from Nijmegen University in nanotechnology and computational materials science and has a Master’s in theoretical physics.|
|Filippo Giancarlo Martinelli |
Operations Manager PNO Consultants, Belgium
|Filippo Giancarlo MARTINELLI (Executive MBA, PDEng, MSc), Male, currently works as Operations Manager at PNO Consultants’ Brussels-EU office (PNO Innovation NV). He is the responsible person for agro-food and Bioeconomy for the whole PNO Group with a focus on large corporate, industrial clusters, open innovation and European Institutions. He is mostly involved in proposal writing, EU projects implementation and management consulting services in all aspects of agri-business and bioeconomy, as well as active in most of PNO’s EU funded projects in the sector.|
His prior experiences include: Product Manager at Agroils Technologies (biodiesels), Florence, from Feb 2014, BioProduct Designer at Delft Advanced Biorenewables (biofuels), DSM (biochemicals) and TU Delft, Delft, from Feb 2012 and Research trainee at KtedoGEN/NAICONS (bioactives), Milan, from July 2010. He is also co-founder of BioDirecta: “All Biotech Companies at once!”, Europe’s largest database free of biotech companies.
His education includes a PDEng (industrial PhD) from TU Delft, an MSc from University of Milano-Bicocca, an International Summer School from ETH/UZH. He recently finalised a two year Executive MBA at Rotterdam School of Management Erasmus University.
Co-Founder @ GFBiochemicals, Italy
|A top professional football player with the business credentials to match,
he is the co-founder of GFBiochemicals, a biochemical company that has its
target set on finding sustainable alternatives to oil-based products. |
He was nominated as Bio-based Business Person of the Year at the World Bio Markets Awards in 2016. He is also a member of the Paris 2024 Olympic Environmental Excellence Committee and he was part of the team that created BIOCIRCE, Europe’s first Masters’ degree dedicated to the bioeconomy.
Director Business Development Ginkgo Bioworks, USA
|Babette is a Director of Business Development at Ginkgo Bioworks. Ginkgo Bioworks is the organism company, who design custom microbes for customers across multiple markets, and build biological foundries to scale the process of organism engineering using software and hardware automation. Before joining Ginkgo, Babette was the Chief Business Development Officer at Capricorn Venture Partners, a European manager of venture capital and equity funds, Chief Commercial Officer for BioAmber, a market leader in bio-based succinic acid and a pioneer in renewable chemicals, and VP New Business Development for Performance Materials at Royal DSM. Prior to this, Babette held Marketing & New Business Development roles in different industry groups for over 20 years at Dow Corning, after started her career in Product Management in the Healthcare Industry with Baxter Travenol. Babette has a BSc in Biology from Wellesley College, USA and an MBA from INSEAD, France. She is on the Advisory Committee of the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3) and the European Forum of Industrial Biotechnology (EFIB), and the Boards of The United Fund of Belgium (UFB) and VMD Invest. Babette is a member of Club L, Women’s Professional network, and WOB, Women on Board.|
|Michael Nettersheim |
BASF Venture Capital, Germany
|Michael Nettersheim joined BASF Venture Capital in August 2011. In his previous position he was a member of the invest management at High-Tech Gruenderfonds in Bonn (Germany). Prior to this he was responsible for corporate finance and investor relations at a publicly listed biotech company in Munich. Michael studied Chemistry at the University of Bonn and was awarded a doctorate in the field of Biochemistry. He holds an MBA from the Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA Program. He is also a Certified Biotech Analyst for the German Association of Financial Analysis and Asset Management (DVFA).|
European Investment Bank, Luxembourg
|Jason Leoussis is an Advisor at the Innovation Finance Advisory Division of the European Investment Bank (EIB) in Luxembourg since January 2016. He co-authored EIB’s study on Access-to-Finance Conditions for Investments in Bio-Based Industries and the Blue Economy published in 2017. He is also involved in the set-up of the Circular Bioeconomy Investment Platform, a thematic investment platform aiming to catalyse third-party financing for the circular bioeconomy, expected to be launched in Q4 2018.|
Prior to joining the EIB, he has held various positions in the financial services sector for 10 years, primarily in corporate and investment banking. He was primarily responsible for originating, advising, negotiating and executing corporate and leveraged finance transactions in the EMEA and CIS regions for corporate clients of financial institutions, among which ING Bank.
Jason Leoussis holds a MSc in Foreign Service from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University, concentrating on Finance, Commerce and International Business. He also holds a MSc degree in Political Economy from the London School of Economics and a BA in European Economic Studies from the Athens University of Economics and Business.
|BIO-BASED INDUSTRIES - Thursday 27th|
Head of Lignin Business UPM Biochemicals, Germany
|PhD in polymer chemistry.|
First 15 years in the chemical industry, at Degussa and BASF.
In 2012 joined UPM Biochemicals, first in strategic marketing for bio-based chemicals; Since 2015, Head of Lignin Business globally
Responsible for Strategic Planning at Novamont, Italy
|Giulia Gregori works in Novamont. Novamont is a global market leader in biodegradable materials. Starting as a research centre in the 90s it became a profitable company, awarded and recognized at international level. Novamont is currently involved in several projects which entails conversion of petrolchemical sites in biorefineries in Italy with the aim to restore growth through bioeconomy. |
Giulia Gregori entered in Novamont in September 2000, after graduating in Pure Chemistry with a specialization in Bioinorganic from the University of Milan. Within Novamont she is responsible for the coordination of the development of R&D and Researcher Training Projects and Corporate Communication, and undertaking also external relationships with Public and Private Funding Institutions. She has been a member of several Associations and she is member of Biobased Industries Board. Giulia Gregori is Secretary General of SPRING, the Italian Cluster of Green Chemistry, and Director of Strategic Planning in Novamont.
|Niklas von Weymarn|
Vice President for Research at Metsä Fibre, Finland
|Niklas von Weymarn has a doctoral degree in bioprocess engineering from Aalto University in Finland. He has also studied economics and innovation strategies. His job career begun in 1999, when he took on the position of Research Scientist at Cultor Technology Center (Cultor is today a part of DuPont). |
He has since hold the positions of Project Manager, Team Leader, Program Manager and Technology Manager at Aalto University, VTT and CLIC Innovation. He is currently Vice President for Research at Metsä Fibre. Niklas was also part of the industrial core team that set up the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) and together with the European Commission, the Bio-based Industries Public-Private Partnership. He is Board Member of BIC and the Forest-based Sector Technology Platform.
Managing Director & Technical Scientific Director of Soremartec Italia srl, Italy
|With a Chemistry Master Degree Mauro Fontana has more than 47 years experience in Managerial roles in International Food Companies. Current position is Managing Director & Technical Scientific Director of Soremartec Italia srl (R&D Company of Ferrero Group) Other roles include: member of some Boards and Scientific Committees of Technological Platforms, Technical or Scientific Associations, Business Associations, Academic Masters.|
Sustainability Manager at BASF Italia, Italy
Astrid Palmieri is Sustainability Coordinator for Europe and Sustainability Manager for BASF Italia S.p.A. In this position she is responsible for implementing BASF’s sustainability strategy at country level, supporting local Sales to develop business using sustainability as a lever. In her European coordination role, she ensures a common approach to sustainability through the transfer of corporate sustainability strategy and related initiatives within the region and individual countries. Astrid has an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and a joint Masters degree in Environmental Studies and Business Administration from Yale University. She has worked in the energy sector, in strategy and business development functions. At BASF, she has covered various roles including logistics, procurement and strategic marketing, always keeping an eye on sustainability.
|Elvina Dhiaul Iftitah|
M.Si Chemistry Department Faculty of Science, Brawijaya University Jl
|Obtained her Doctorate, in 2011 from Gadjah Mada University, Jogjakarta, INDONESIA She undertook sandwich program research (2009-2010) at the CNR- ISTM, National Research Council, Institute of Molecular Science and Technologies in Milano, ITALY. She is a researcher, lecturer (since 1997) and holds position as a Head of Organic Chemistry Laboratory at Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, University of Brawijaya (since 2014). She is a Manager of Scientific Publication in Essential Oil’s Institut (Institut Atsiri, IA), University of Brawijaya, the Center of Excellence for Science and Technology in the field of Essential Oil. Her primary research is in Heterogeneous Catalyst fo Fine Chemical, Catalytic Reaction in Organic Synthesis (specifically in Biocatalytic by Enzymatic Reaction/ Chemoenzymatic Reaction) and Nature of Chiral Compound in Essential Oil. She obtained registered patent in 2017, in the field of catalytic technology for one step conversion from (R)-Citronellal to para Menthan-3-ol compound. She also play an active role in several organizations such as members of the Indonesian Chemical Society (HKI), Indonesian Essential Oil Council (DAI) and Indonesian Essential Oil Researcher (APAI).|
|THE CLUSTER PERSPECTIVE - Thursday 27th|
|Johan De Coninck|
Head of Business development at IAR – The French Bioeconomy cluster, France
|Holding a Master in Biochemistry from the University of Sciences and technologies of Lille and a MBA (Master in Business Administration) at Vlerick business School (Belgium), I have during 15 years developed the activities of a SME active in oilseed crush and oleochemicals, 3 years in the R&D department developing new formulas to expand company’s portfolio and then as Commercial Director to develop the linseed oil sales and to run up a new division in the oleochemistry sector.
In 2010, I joined IAR – The French Bioeconomy Cluster to be project manager of the biggest French project in plant based chemistry since ever in France, the project P.I.V.E.R.T. (250 Million euro’s project). |
Today I’m in charge of business development, in charge of an Investor Club (IAR-INVEST), of international representation of our members and developing new services for our members such as the investor club to finance Start Up active in Industrial biotech and plant based chemistry, representation of our new open innovation platforms, or organizing international partnering missions. Finally since 2017, I’m as well in charge of the Event department of IAR and in Particular of the launch our international conference BIOKET
|Mr Barna Kovacs|
Cousellor at Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU , Hungary
|Barna Kovacs is currently working as counsellor at the Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU. |
He has been appointed as the General Secretary of the BIOEAST Initiative.
His responsibilities covers the follow up of the Council discussion with regard to the research and innovation in the field of bioeconomy. Between 2009-2017 he worked as scientific and policy officer in the European Commission's Directorate General Research and Innovation, Bioeconomy Strategy unit, in 2016 Mr. Kovacs was appointed as secretary for the Standing Committee on Agricultural Research. His responsibilities covered FP7 and HORIZON2020 project management and policy definition, contributing to conceptual reflections and to the work programme, strategic documents and new approaches for the implementation of the Bioeconomy Strategy. Barna Kovacs was a focal point for relations with the EU Member States and civil society, coordinated foresight exercises in the field of agriculture, forestry and fisheries within bioeconomy, responsible for the developments of the Bioeconomy Observatory. In the period of 2004-2009 he worked in Brussels in the European Parliament. Upon obtaining his PhD degree and teaching at the Budapest University of Economic Science and Public Administration, between 1999-2004 he worked at the Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture and Hungarian Statistical Office. His scientific background covers management and business administration focusing on the socio-economic aspects of agriculture, localized agri-food systems, food safety and security, as well as on the innovation aspects of origin labelled products.
|AGROFOOD SESSION - Friday 28th|
Managing Director of the Research Center for Bioeconomy at the University of Hohenheim, Germany
|Susanne Braun has a broad knowledge in the food sector, based on an academic degree in food technology (MSc) and a second academic education in economy and European politics (MBA). Her work included international management and consulting activities within food companies in different countries. She is highly experienced in working in international research projects and is involved in the coordination and the management of EU research projects. She is member in various European food networks and associations. Currently she is the chair of the European network FoodForce, Her main activities in the recent years consisted, amongst others, in the optimization of the knowhow transfer to SMEs in the food sector and the linking with a trans-European network of various stakeholders. This comprised the coordination and participation in several large scale European projects. The work included several publications as well as the organization and participation in a big number of international conferences and workshops. Susanne Braun is working as Managing Director of the Research Center for Bioeconomy, a central inter-faculty center at the University of Hohenheim. She brings together a broad scientific knowledge from agricultural sciences, biology, food sciences, nutrition sciences, to socio-economic sciences as a background for interdisciplinary and international research activities and networks. A central task of the Center is to foster cooperation with various stakeholders and research institutions in the food sector on national and international level.|
|Alit Fasce Pollicelli|
Project Manager at the Argentinian Ministry of Science and Technology, Argentina
|Alit Fasce Pollicelli, MSc in Biotech, she specialised in management of science and technology in South Korea and in Project Management, she worked as in strategic financial for biotech projects in Bioceres group and then moved to the Ministry of Science and Technology were is the responsible of the Argentinean Bioeconomy programme for Europe.|
CEO SilicoLife, Portugal
|Simão Soares is CEO and co-founder of SilicoLife, a company working in the powerful combination of artificial intelligence and biological knowledge to design optimized microbial strains for the cost-effective production of chemicals. He holds a MSc in Bioinformatics from University of Minho, postgraduate in management from NOVA School of Business and Economics and trained in Blue Ocean Strategy at INSEAD. He is member of the board of P-BIO - the Portuguese Bioindustry Association. Simão is a Global Shaper - an initiative of the World Economic Forum- and is also a Climate Reality Leader.|
New business development manager Flanders' FOOD, Belgium
|As new business development manager Ir. Veerle Rijckaert is responsible for connecting different stakeholders in the agri-food system and its surrounding industries by dealing with all relations of external stakeholders (cross-sectoral and cross-border), creating communities and guiding companies towards co-creation, co-development and implementation of new technologies. This also on a European level. Veerle has a master degree in Bioscience Engineering and a master degree in Industrial Business Management (both University of Ghent, Belgium). She works at Flanders’ FOOD since March 2012 and has a broad experience in project management and initiating of industry-driven projects, overall coordination work in the framework of a cluster organisation, elaboration of roadmaps, moderation of brainstorm sessions with multiple stakeholders (and analysis of the results), communication and dissemination activities. Before Flanders’ FOOD Veerle worked at several agri-food companies in marketing and sales functions, giving her a broad view on the management and business decision making processes in companies.|
Technical Director at 3F BIO, UK
|Paul is a biologist and biochemical engineer with experience working for large corporates, SMEs and in public funded organisations, all of which bring their unique challenges! He is increasing interested in the economics and business models employed in the bioeconomy and is currently working to commercialise a novel, zero waste process for the production of mycoprotein within a spin out company, 3F BIO Ltd. When he is not working Paul lives in rural village in the west of Scotland with his wife, two excitable young sons and an equally excitable labradoodle named Jackson!|
Director of Fondation Jacques de Bohan, France
|Since 2010, Project Manager for ARD for setting up the innovation platform BRI (Biorefinery Research & Innovation) located within the biorefinery site of Bazancourt Pomacle near Reims. |
This platform involves beyond ARD, Ecole Centrale Paris (now CentraleSupelec), AgroParisTech, Neoma BS and Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne. Also director of Fondation Jacques de Bohan – Institut de la Bioraffinerie : Corporate foundation (Cristal Union & Vivescia & ADM) think tank dedicated to the bioeconomy. Representative of ARD at ACDV and EuropaBio (European Association for the Bio-industries) Representative of Europabio in the Civil Dialogue Group Agriculture and Rural Development (European Commission)
Professor of Food Microbiology at University of Turin, Italy
|Luca Cocolin, full professor of food microbiology, Department of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences, University of Torino, Italy. He is the author of more than 300 publications that relate to the microbiology of food, most of them (ca. 200) in international journals and reviewed by ISI (Institute for Scientific Information of Philadelphia, USA). As reported by Scopus (January 2018), the publications reviewed were cited 5368 times, with an index "h" equal to 41. Executive Board Member of the International Committee on Food Microbiology and Hygiene (ICFMH) part of the International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS) (http://www.icfmh.org/). Member of the Leadership Team of the European Technology Platform Food for Life (http://etp.fooddrinkeurope.eu/). Scientific responsible for the University of Torino in the EIT Food (https://eit.europa.eu/eit-community/eit-food). Editor in Chief of International Journal of Food Microbiology. Expert in: (i) Development, optimization and application of molecular methods for the detection, quantification and characterization of foodborne pathogens; (ii) Study of the microbial ecology of fermented foods (mainly sausage, cheese and wine) by using culture independent and dependent methods; (iii) Bioprotection: molecular characterization of bacteriocin production and its study in vitro and in situ; (iv) Study of the human microbiome.|
|ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT|
Executive President of the Brazilian Industrial Biotechnology Association, Brazil
|Appointed as Executive President of the Brazilian Industrial Biotechnology Association (ABBI) in January 2015. Prior to joining ABBI, he worked at the World Economic Forum headquarters in Cologny, Switzerland, overseeing corporate and membership affairs in South America. He also served in a variety of government affairs and policy advocacy roles within the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (ApexBrasil), and with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Brasilia, Brazil. Bernardo Silva earned his MA degree from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, a MBA from Fundacao Getulio Vargas (FGV), and holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics. He was also the first Brazilian to ever be accepted as a Global Leadership Fellow at the World Economic Forum.|
|David Chiaramonti |
University of Florence, Italy
|David Chiaramonti, PhD, teaches Bioenergy Conversion Technologies at the University of Florence. He is member of CREAR and chairman of the Renewable Energy COnsortium for R&D (RE-CORD), University of Florence. His main scientific interest is on the production and use in engines/turbines of biofuels, either liquid, gaseous or solid, and on bioproducts, mainly focusing on thermochemical biomass conversion and process development. Recent activities cover aviation biofuel, catalytic pyrolysis and gasification of biomass in pilot/demo reactors, hydrothermal liquefaction and carbonization, methanation, and algae cultivation systems and downstream processing. He is author of more than 180 publications on International Journals and Conferences, and participated to more than 25 EU R&D and dissemination projects, in particular in the field of Biomass. He is member of the International Organising Committee, Scientific Committee and Topic Organiser of major conferences in the field, such as the European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE), the International Symposium on Alcohol Fuels (ISAF), and the International Conference on Applied Energy (ICAE). David Chiaramonti has been member and Country Representative of IEA-Bioenergy, Task 34 - Biomass Pyrolysis and IEA Task 39 (Liquid Biofuel), and today Country Representative at UN-ICAO CAEP AFTF (ICAO task force on Alternative Fuels for aviation). He was a member of the Italian and the European Biofuel Technology Platforms, and technical secretary of the Leaders for Sustainable Biofuels: he is now technically coordinating the Alternative and Renewable Transport Fuel Forum (ART Fuel Forum, AFF), a DG Energy tender on market and policy for Advanced Biofuels. David Chiaramonti chairs the German Biomass Research Center (DBFZ) Research Advisory Council (RAC), the biomass research Institution of the German Minister for Agriculture. David Chiaramonti has been awarded the Linneborn Prize for outstanding merits in biomass at EUBCE 2017 in Stockhlom.|
CEO at SEA Marconi Technologies, Italy
|Vander Tumiatti is the founder and owner of SEA MARCONI TECHNOLOGIES (SMT since 1968), Torino, Italy, an international company that is involved in research, technologies, products, and services for energy & environment. He has developed BAT & BEP Sustainable Solutions for Life Cycle Management (LCM) of insulting liquids & transformers focalized on inventory, control, diagnosis, decontamination, depolarization end dehalogenation. He has more than 40 international patents and is the author of many international technical and scientific publications. He has been the Assistant Secretary of IEC TC10 since 2000. He is also a member of several international groups, with major participation in technical normative activities (CENELEC, IEC, CIGRE ,IEEE). He has received of the IEC Award committee (25 June 2009) "1906 Award": for “the precious contribution to the understanding of the potentially corrosive behaviour of mineral insulating oil used in power transformers and for his discoveries, recognised worldwide, in the development of diagnostic chemical analyses”.|
|Mieke De Schoenmakere|
Project Manager at European Environment Agency in Copenhagen, Denmark
|Mieke De Schoenmakere works at the European Environment Agency in Copenhagen as project manager on integrated policy analysis, with a particular focus on the circular economy. She has more than 10 years of work experience on the sustainable management of waste and materials, resource efficiency and circular economy in the public administration both at Belgian/Flemish level (The Public Waste Agency of Flanders and the Flemish Ministry for Environment) and European level (national expert at EEA). At the Public Waste Agency of Flanders, Mieke led the unit responsible for European and international waste and materials policies and held this role during the Belgian presidency of the EU in 2010. She graduated as Industrial Engineer (Agriculture/Horticulture) and worked for seven years in the field of organic fertilizers and applied research on field grown vegetables.|
European Public Affairs Manager at Braskem, Brazil
|Henri Colens is European Public Affairs Manager for Braskem, the largest plastics producer in Brazil and the largest petrochemical company in Latin America. With the launch of its I’m green™ polyethylene in 2010, Braskem immediately became the largest bio-based plastic producer in the world. The company has opened European headquarters in Frankfurt and Rotterdam. Henri sits on the Board of European Bioplastics and serves as the Association’s vice-Chairman. |
Henri is Belgian, but was educated in the UK.
Responsible for Strategic Research @ Group Material Lab Centro Ricerche FIAT, Italy
|Mechanical Engineering at Politecnico di Torino in 1995. He has worked in FCA for 20 years. |
Since 2010 he has been employed in the Group Materials Labs department where he has in charge the strategic research and innovation in materials area.
He has developed research projects related to the adoption of biomaterials in automotive sector in the frame of European Framework Programs.
|Graduated in Industrial Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano, with an executive MBA degree at SDA Bocconi and a period of study at the Universidad Politecnica de Catalunya. |
Since 2018 he is CTO at Gruppo CAP with special focus on Circular Economy strategies and projects.
Partner and founding member of Istarter, a "experts network company" created to develop startups, he is also a Aspen member, as Junior Fellow.
Manager at ACEA Pinerolese Industriale, Italy
|Davide Mainero is manager of the waste treatment plants for ACEA Pinerolese Industriale, the technical area involves a Landfill a biodigestion and SRF production plant and a compost plant. After the Politecnico di Torino school he worked in tunneling on a French site. He gaines his professional experiences working in ACEA starting from the organization of the waste collection system to the management of the landfill, following the compost plant project and being part of the project and the start up of the biodigestion plant and SRF production. He manages the activities of the ACEA Waste treatment facilities and he works on ACEA new developing projects. He is involved in technical table at the Comitato termotecnico Italiano (CTI), at Consorzio Italiano Compostatori (CIC) and at Cosorzio Italiano Gas (CIG) on a national level and, on an international level, he participates to the ISWA’s Biological treatment working group.|