Invited speakers

Keynote speaker

Laurence Tubiana

Laurence Tubiana is the Special Representative of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP-21) and is also French Ambassador for Climate Negotiations. She is the founder of the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) in Paris, Professor and Director of the Sustainable Development Center at Sciences-Po, Paris and is visiting Professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. Since September 2012, Laurence serves as co-Chair of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)'s Leadership Council and of the SDSN working group on Deep Decarbonization Pathways. She is also President of the Board of Governors of the French Development Agency.

In 2012, Laurence Tubiana was appointed by the French government to the National Steering Committee on Energy Transition. From May 2009 to May 2010, she was in charge of launching the new direction of Global Public Goods of the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. From 1997 to 2002, she served as Senior Advisor on environmental issues to the French Prime Minister and conducted a number of international negotiations on this subject. Previously, she served as a member of the French Council of Economic Analysis and as Research Director for the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA). She also represented European NGOs at the World Bank and directed the French-based NGO Solagral. She is member of several scientific boards of main research institutions such as the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), the India Council for Sustainable Development and the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development. Founder of the journal Le Courrier de la Planète, she has published a number of articles and books on environment, development and international issues. Since 2007, she co-directs the publication of the annual review Sustainable Development in Action – A Planet for Life. Laurence Tubiana studied at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris and holds a PhD in economics.

Keynote speaker

Peter Bolt
The Netherlands

Peter Bolt is founder and CEO of DADTCO. He is an entrepreneur with a long-term vision on how to revolutionise Africa’s agricultural landscape. He has a profound knowledge of agricultural farming systems, specialized in rice and cassava cultivation and processing. He gained soft commodity trading experience over 18 years of trading, an experience essential to develop breakthrough ideas for the commercialization of Africa’s agriculture. From 1985 to 2002, he was Managing Director of Chemimex B.V. A, a fertilizer and commodity-trading company with an annual turnover exceeding €30 million. The company was specialised in fertilizer trade to Africa and commodity trade to Europe. In 1997 Chemimex, which had become a household name in Africa for fertilizers was sold to Netagco Holding, an agro related company in Holland with over 900 staff.

From 1984 to 1985 Peter was Senior Rural Development Advisor for the Ministry of Development Cooperation – DGIS (NL), Dep. SMA. This post provided Peter with the opportunity to travel extensively in Africa, attending multinational donor meetings (EEC/FAC/Worldbank/FAO), with purchase responsibility for huge projects and responsible for the editing and running of tender documents for the abovementioned organisations. He started his career (1972 – 1984) as a Project Manager for the Ministry of Development Cooperation of the Netherlands first in Mali (55.000 ha irrigated rice), then in Sierra Leone (20.000 ha floating rice) and Cameroun (head of a trial and seed production farm of 145 ha). Perter has performed research work on rice and food crops (Cameroun) and holds a Bachelor degree in Agri: Tropical Applied Soil Science & Tropical Agri (Deventer State Agri College).

Keynote speaker

Uwe R. Fritsche

Uwe R. Fritsche studied applied physics at the Technical University Darmstadt and then, from 1984, worked as a scientist at the Öko-Institut (Darmstadt), developing expertise in life-cycle and material-flow analysis of energy, materials and transport systems, and in developing sustainability metrics. Uwe headed the Energy & Climate Division of the Öko-Institut until 2010 and progressively focused is time on international activities and projects related to sustainable use of biomass, land, and resources.

In 2012, Uwe Fritsche co-founded the International Institute for Sustainability Analysis and Strategy (IINAS) and now works there as its Scientific Director. Currently, Uwe is working on national, EU and international projects, and is National Team Leader for IEA Bioenergy Task 40. Additionally he is technical expert to the FAO, Global Environment Facility, IEA, the Global Bioenergy Partnership and the UN’s Environmental Programme (UNEP) and Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

Uwe is currently project leader of the GLOBALANDS project which aims at developing global standards for sustainable land use, and contributes to several EU and IEA projects on sustainable biomass use.

Keynote speaker

Rintu Banerjee

Dr. Rintu Banerjee is presently holding the position of Chair Professorship of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy in the P. K. Sinha Centre for Bioenergy, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. Her area of specialization is Enzymology, Food and Bioenergy Research. She started her career with Non-Conventional Energy Production from biomass and subsequently switched over to enzymatic conversion of biomass to liquid fuel. Her contribution in the area of bioenergy is well recognized.

She has developed a microbial conversion of lignite to biomethane with value addition, in collaboration with a multinational industry. The work is under commercial consideration. In the process of her innovative development, she was granted 6 Indian and 3 International (US, Japanese, Chinese) patents and 23 patents are under consideration. She has published more than 140 papers in peer reviewed journals. She has written 27 book chapters and her book on “Environmental Biotechnology” has been published by Oxford University Press. She is Fellow of Indian Academy and different International/National Societies. She has received various prestigious awards from the Government/Non Govt organizations of India. She holds a PhD in Microbial Biotechnology from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur.

Ella Jamsin

Ella Jamsin is part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which was set up in 2010 with the objective of inspiring a generation to rethink, redesign, and build a positive future through the vision of a circular economy. This model provides a coherent framework for systems level redesign and as such offers us an opportunity to harness innovation and creativity to enable a positive, regenerative economy. To achieve this goal, the Foundation works in three interlinking areas: education, business and analysis.

Ella manages the Foundation’s research and analysis activities, which aim to identify and share evidence of the benefits of a circular economy and insights into the transition pathways. Prior to joining the Foundation, Ella was a theoretical physicist – her PhD thesis explored the hidden symmetries of black holes in higher-dimensional universes – and worked as a business consultant for McKinsey & Company.

Johan Sanders
The Netherlands

After graduating from the University of Amsterdam in 1977 with a PhD in Molecular Biology, Johan Sanders spent many years gaining experience of biomass processing, having first worked with Gist-Brocades (a Dutch company which now forms part of DSM) on the development of the tools and processes (enzymes and fermentation) to produce lysine from manure and later ethanol from wood. From 1993 – 2002, Johan was R&D Director of AVEBE the world largest potato starch company and was involved in work aimed at the enzymatic modification of starch to produce a.o. gelatin substitutes. Johan was also involved in work on the genetic modification of potato and cassava to modify starch in the potato and thereby prevent (capital) costs and environmental problems.

In 2002, Johan joined Wageningen University and Research Center in 2002, creating a Chair in the Biobased Economy for the Valorisation of Plant Production, and focusing his research on how to produce bulk chemicals from agricultural raw materials in a sustainable and cost effective way. Using chemical, enzymatic and microbiological strategies Johan has explored biorefining on both large and small scales. In 2014, Johan joined the Wageningen UR Food&Biobased Research institute where he continues to focus his activities multiproduct biorefining. Unsurprisingly, Johan Sanders is also the ‘father’ of BFFM, a conference that was first held in Wageningen in 2013.

Carol S. K. Lin
Hong Kong

Dr. Carol Lin is an Assistant Professor in the School of Energy and Environment at the City University of Hong Kong. Her current research interests focus on the valorization of food waste through conversion into commercially valuable products such as biofuels, bioplastics and platform chemicals. Her recent work on ‘Starbucks Biorefinery’ strategy for sustainable production of succinic acid has been highlighted by the American Chemical Society in the 244th meeting and in high profile media venues e.g. Time Magazine, CNN, BBC news.

She is also editorial board member of several biotechnology and energy related journals. She has published about 45 papers with several scientific manuscripts in top impact factor journals including Chemical Society Reviews, Energy and Environmental Sciences; editor of 1 book and co-authored 4 book chapters and around 50 oral presentations in Belgium, China, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, the UK and USA.

Jean-Luc Dubois

Jean-Luc Dubois is Scientific Director at Arkema. He is in charge of Corporate R&D linked with Catalysis, Processes and Renewable resources. He supervises the long-term projects in these areas, and builds the relationships with academic partners and companies for collaborative research.

Graduated from the Hautes Etudes Industrielles, he did a Voluntary Service Overseas in Saudi Arabia at the Research Institute of the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Menerals. He obtained is PhD from the Institut Français du Pétrole (French Institute of Petroleum) for his work on Catalysts for Oxidative Coupling of Methane. After a Post-Doctorate at the National Chemical Laboratory for Industry (Tsukuba, Japan), he found a Research Scientist position at the R&D Centre of the refining company elf-antar-france (now TOTAL), and stayed 2 years in the laboratories of Japan Energy in a collaborative research project on Hydrodesulphurisation catalysts. He moved to the chemical division of the group, elf-atochem (now in-part Arkema) in 1997, and successively stayed in the R&D Centres in Saint-Avold and Pierre-Bénite (France), where he worked on oxidation catalysts and started several research projects. He is the author of more than 100 publications and 130 patent applications.

Arkema operates 5 plants in the world using renewable resources for the production of technical products: Marseille (France) and Heifei (China) using Castor Oil, Blooming Prairie (USA) making epoxidized oil, terpenes, limonenes…, Parentis (France) making activated carbons from local pine wood, Feuchy (France) producing fatty amines. Arkema has been a member of the FP7 European Projects EuroBioRef and BioCore dealing with Biorefineries.

Istvan Kenyeres

A chemical engineer and biotechnologist by profession, István started his carrier as a Researcher at the Budapest Technical University, focussing on bioreactor and artificial ecosystems design and biorefinery processes. After 15 years he left academia and founded and led several succesful companies, including Organica Water, Inc., now a global player on the cutting edge of the water treatment market, having introduced an entirely new paradigm to the industry, based on his inventions.

In 2012 István left Organica to start the Biopolus Group and within that the Biopolus Institute, this latter a non-profit private R&D organization to facilitate closing the water, food, waste and energy loops, combining urban water reuse with distributed biological manufacturing, in densely populated urban environment.

He holds the Silver Merit Cross of the President of the Republic of Hungary for his achievements in establishing the modern environmental industry in Hungary.

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