17 November - 19 November 2020
Virtual conference

Argus Biofuels Live - Virtual Conference

Expert speakers include

Senator Reuven Carlyle
Chair, Senate Environment, Energy and Technology Committee
Reuven Carlyle is a Democratic member of the Washington State Senate, representing the state’s 36th legislative district. A state representative for seven years before his election to the senate in 2016, he has also served as chair of the finance committee and a budget writer. He has passed legislation ensuring open transparency of the value of tax preferences. He now chai...
Reuven Carlyle is a Democratic member of the Washington State Senate, representing the state’s 36th legislative district. A state representative for seven years before his election to the senate in 2016, he has also served as chair of the finance committee and a budget writer. He has passed legislation ensuring open transparency of the value of tax preferences. He now chairs the senate’s Environment, Energy and Technology Committee, for which he has led on climate action such as nationally recognised 100% clean energy legislation, consumer data privacy and net neutrality.
Jim Duffy
Chief Transportation Fuels Branch, California Air Resources Board
Jim Duffy manages the Transportation Fuels Branch at the Air Resources Board and oversees the Low Carbon Fuel Standard. Dr. Duffy holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University and a PhD in Water Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Between his undergraduate and graduate schooling, he served for six years as a nuclear engi...
Jim Duffy manages the Transportation Fuels Branch at the Air Resources Board and oversees the Low Carbon Fuel Standard. Dr. Duffy holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University and a PhD in Water Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Between his undergraduate and graduate schooling, he served for six years as a nuclear engineering officer onboard the USS Georgia submarine and as a nuclear power plant instructor at the Naval Nuclear Prototype Training Facility in Idaho. After earning his PhD, he taught for eight years in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Montana State University.
Bharadwaj Kummamuru
Executive Director, World Bioenergy Association
WBA is the leading global association promoting the sustainable development of bioenergy. It covers all sectors, including liquid biofuels, solid biomass and biogas, representing a member base of companies, associations and researchers from more than 65 countries. Bharadwaj has led the association for the past three years in executing activities, including publications (fa...
WBA is the leading global association promoting the sustainable development of bioenergy. It covers all sectors, including liquid biofuels, solid biomass and biogas, representing a member base of companies, associations and researchers from more than 65 countries. Bharadwaj has led the association for the past three years in executing activities, including publications (factsheets, statistics and market reports), events (conferences, study trips), projects and collaborations with international partners. He joined WBA in 2014 to lead the project on bioenergy statistics after graduating with a Master’s degree in sustainable energy systems.
Michael Rensing
Director, Low Carbon Fuels, British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
Michael Rensing is the Director of the Low Carbon Fuels Branch of the Environment Ministry. He moved to the Ministry of Energy and Mines in 2007 to develop policies and legislation for renewable and low-carbon fuels after joining the British Columbia public service in September 2003 to work in the Air Protection Section of the Ministry of Environment. Michael has a PhD in ...
Michael Rensing is the Director of the Low Carbon Fuels Branch of the Environment Ministry. He moved to the Ministry of Energy and Mines in 2007 to develop policies and legislation for renewable and low-carbon fuels after joining the British Columbia public service in September 2003 to work in the Air Protection Section of the Ministry of Environment. Michael has a PhD in physics from the University of Victoria in British Columbia.
Rachel Solomon Williams
Head, Low Carbon Fuels, Department for Transport UK
Rachel has been head of low-carbon fuels at the UK Department of Transport since 2018. Before this, her career covered various aspects of energy and environment policy, including leading Whitehall work on the UK Climate Change Act and Feed-in Tariffs scheme, and a year as interim managing director of a thinktank.
Rachel has been head of low-carbon fuels at the UK Department of Transport since 2018. Before this, her career covered various aspects of energy and environment policy, including leading Whitehall work on the UK Climate Change Act and Feed-in Tariffs scheme, and a year as interim managing director of a thinktank.
Cedric Bourdon
Trading Manager, Alcotra
Cédric Bourdon recently joined Alcotra Singapore as Trading Manager where he is co-responsible to develop the ethanol trading and distribution business in Asia. He focuses mainly on the ISO and drum bulk business. He previously worked as a Risk & Trading Analyst in the Brussels’ branch. There he specialised in commodity market research and developed new risk assessment too...
Cédric Bourdon recently joined Alcotra Singapore as Trading Manager where he is co-responsible to develop the ethanol trading and distribution business in Asia. He focuses mainly on the ISO and drum bulk business. He previously worked as a Risk & Trading Analyst in the Brussels’ branch. There he specialised in commodity market research and developed new risk assessment tools and hedging strategies. Cédric holds a Master’s degree in Management Sciences and Economics from the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management.
Harrison Clay
Vice President Strategic Development Global Environmental Products, BP
Harrison Clay, Vice President of Strategic Development at BP, works within BP’s Global Environmental Products Group with a particular focus on BP’s efforts to produce and sell renewable natural gas (or biomethane) that is derived from the anaerobic decomposition of organic waste. BP’s joint-venture with Aria Energy owns three operational biomethane production plants locat...
Harrison Clay, Vice President of Strategic Development at BP, works within BP’s Global Environmental Products Group with a particular focus on BP’s efforts to produce and sell renewable natural gas (or biomethane) that is derived from the anaerobic decomposition of organic waste. BP’s joint-venture with Aria Energy owns three operational biomethane production plants located outside of Detroit, Memphis and Oklahoma City. The joint-venture has three additional biomethane production facilities under development. BP is the one of the largest biomethane suppliers and marketers in North America. Harrison served as the President of Clean Energy Renewable Fuels, the largest RNG vehicle fuel seller in North America, until its acquisition by BP in March of 2017.
U. R. Unnithan
Founder and CEO, Sumwin
U.R. Unnithan is the founder and Chief Executive of Sumwin Group, a technology company that specialises in value food, feed, oleo-chemicals, neutraceuticals and renewable energy. He is also co-founder and Chief Executive of blockchain powered digital platform Dibiz Pte. U.R. Unnithan has over 35 years’ experience at a corporate level in the oils and fats, oleo-chemicals an...
U.R. Unnithan is the founder and Chief Executive of Sumwin Group, a technology company that specialises in value food, feed, oleo-chemicals, neutraceuticals and renewable energy. He is also co-founder and Chief Executive of blockchain powered digital platform Dibiz Pte. U.R. Unnithan has over 35 years’ experience at a corporate level in the oils and fats, oleo-chemicals and biofuels fields. He worked for 22 years as Executive Director of biodiesel firm Carotino in Malaysia, where he was responsible for the palm oil downstream business, as well as working with consumer firm Unilever in India at a senior management level. U.R. Unnithan is President of the Malaysian Biodiesel Association and has been actively involved in the implementation of the biodiesel programme in Malaysia since 2001. He has a master’s degree in chemical engineering from India’s Premier Chemical Technology Institute and is an advanced management programme graduate from the Harvard Business School.
Andrew Nobbay
Commercial Director, Oxy Low Carbon Ventures
Andrew serves as Commercial Director with Occidental’s Low Carbon Venture Services (OLCVS) group, where he is responsible for strategic planning, customer engagement, commercial agreements and transaction support. OLCVS’ primary business is the creation of CO2 sequestration hubs across the US. The group also provides support for projects in carbon capture, transportation, ...
Andrew serves as Commercial Director with Occidental’s Low Carbon Venture Services (OLCVS) group, where he is responsible for strategic planning, customer engagement, commercial agreements and transaction support. OLCVS’ primary business is the creation of CO2 sequestration hubs across the US. The group also provides support for projects in carbon capture, transportation, utilisation and sequestration. Andrew first joined Occidental in Qatar in 1995 to work on the multi-billion-dollar Idd Al Shargi project. He subsequently progressed through multiple roles in the finance, accounting, reporting and control areas. He has served in positions of Manager, Director, Controller and Vice President in Occidental’s oil and gas, corporate and shared services divisions in Qatar, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Bahrain and Houston.
Angel Alvarez Alberdi
Secretary General, EWABA
Angel Alvarez Alberdi has been Secretary General of European waste-to-advanced biofuels association EWABA since its creation in 2013. EWABA is a Brussels-based trade association defending the interests of waste-based biofuel producers using feedstocks such as used cooking oil (UCO), tallow and other wastes to produce sustainable biofuels with greenhouse gas savings ranking...
Angel Alvarez Alberdi has been Secretary General of European waste-to-advanced biofuels association EWABA since its creation in 2013. EWABA is a Brussels-based trade association defending the interests of waste-based biofuel producers using feedstocks such as used cooking oil (UCO), tallow and other wastes to produce sustainable biofuels with greenhouse gas savings ranking among the highest available on the market. Angel has been working in EU government and institutional affairs in Brussels for the past decade, with a particular focus on energy matters and on EU legislative procedures. He started his career in Brussels with a stint at the European Commission’s Secretariat General, then worked for an international public affairs consultancy, the trade association European Biodiesel Board and a global law firm. A lawyer by training, Angel has an MA in European interdisciplinary studies with a major in EU governance from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.
Henri-Jean Bardon
Senior Biofuels Trader, Alvari Group
Henri is the founder and leader of the biodiesel desk at Alvarigroup since early 2019. Alvari S.A. (Geneva) has evolved to become a major blender in the Biodiesel trade in Northwest Europe with a 1/2 Billion turnover. Henri has been involved with Biofuels since 2006 in various capacities in trading, production and management across geographies. Henri’s Agricultural busin...
Henri is the founder and leader of the biodiesel desk at Alvarigroup since early 2019. Alvari S.A. (Geneva) has evolved to become a major blender in the Biodiesel trade in Northwest Europe with a 1/2 Billion turnover. Henri has been involved with Biofuels since 2006 in various capacities in trading, production and management across geographies. Henri’s Agricultural business background with Continental Gain Co and risk management training at Trafigura has helped him navigate the highly volatile ascendency of Biofuels in the last 10 years. Henri who is a permanent resident in Singapore holds an MBA from Thunderbird International School of Management and a BS in Economics from Arizona State University.
John Boesel
CEO and President, CALSTART
John Boesel is the President and Chief Executive of non-profit organization CALSTART, which seeks to promote the development of clean and efficient transport solutions. John joined CALSTART in 1993 as Vice-President of Technology Programs, being promoted to his current role in 2001. John serves on the Advisory Board for the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center at Stanford Uni...
John Boesel is the President and Chief Executive of non-profit organization CALSTART, which seeks to promote the development of clean and efficient transport solutions. John joined CALSTART in 1993 as Vice-President of Technology Programs, being promoted to his current role in 2001. John serves on the Advisory Board for the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center at Stanford University and is a board member of the Clean Vehicle Foundation. He previously worked in the California state legislature as a legislative aide. John graduated from the University of California and has an MBA from the Haas School at University of California, Berkeley.
Alberto Carmona Bosch
Chief Executive Officer, NixAl Commodities
Alberto started working at telecommunications company Abengoa in 1999. He has a background in financial and trading commodities, promoting and financing renewable energy projects in Europe, the US and the South Americas. Alberto has also professionally traded ethanol and related commodities across Europe, the US and Brazil since 2005. He has led global trading operations o...
Alberto started working at telecommunications company Abengoa in 1999. He has a background in financial and trading commodities, promoting and financing renewable energy projects in Europe, the US and the South Americas. Alberto has also professionally traded ethanol and related commodities across Europe, the US and Brazil since 2005. He has led global trading operations over the last 12 years. Alberto graduated from the University of Seville in Spain and the University of Paderborn in Germany with a bachelor in economics and business administration and an executive MBA from the Institute San Telmo.
Michael Fiedler-Panajotopoulos
Director of Government Affairs, Renewable Energy Group Europe
Michael Fiedler-Panajotopoulos serves as the Director of Government Affairs at Renewable Energy Group, Europe. He presides over Europe’s fastest growing biofuels association, EWABA, (European Waste-to-Advanced-Biofuels Association, Brussels) and Europe’s biggest national advanced biofuels association, MVaK, Berlin. Michael holds a Business Administration degree from Bayreu...
Michael Fiedler-Panajotopoulos serves as the Director of Government Affairs at Renewable Energy Group, Europe. He presides over Europe’s fastest growing biofuels association, EWABA, (European Waste-to-Advanced-Biofuels Association, Brussels) and Europe’s biggest national advanced biofuels association, MVaK, Berlin. Michael holds a Business Administration degree from Bayreuth, Germany and an MBA from ESCP, Paris-Oxford-Berlin.
Gene Gebolys
Founder, President and CEO, World Energy
Since 1996, Gene has played a pioneering and leading role in building today’s $136bn global biofuels industry. In 1998, he launched World Energy to drive positive change by accelerating the commercialisation of viable alternatives to fossil motor fuels. World Energy has since then worked to drive innovation though collaboration in North America and beyond. World Energy’s m...
Since 1996, Gene has played a pioneering and leading role in building today’s $136bn global biofuels industry. In 1998, he launched World Energy to drive positive change by accelerating the commercialisation of viable alternatives to fossil motor fuels. World Energy has since then worked to drive innovation though collaboration in North America and beyond. World Energy’s mission remains the same today as it was on its first day and Gene’s commitment to the company delivering on it only continues to grow. Gene holds a master’s in public administration from Harvard University and bachelor of science degrees in economics and business management from Ohio State University.
Guillaume Lawlor
CF Partners
Andreas Bodenmuller
Head of Trade, Verbio
Andreas Bodenmüller has a degree in mechanical engineering. He spent 12 years working for the mineral oil industry in various senior management positions. During that time he was responsible for supply, trading and sales, overseeing several European countries. Andreas joined Verbio in 2006 and is responsible for supply and trading of biodiesel, bioethanol, biomethane, pha...
Andreas Bodenmüller has a degree in mechanical engineering. He spent 12 years working for the mineral oil industry in various senior management positions. During that time he was responsible for supply, trading and sales, overseeing several European countries. Andreas joined Verbio in 2006 and is responsible for supply and trading of biodiesel, bioethanol, biomethane, pharmaglycerine, quota, vegoils and components.
Shutong Liu
Founder, Motion Eco
Shutong studied and worked in the Netherlands for nine years. He graduated from VU University Amsterdam and has a Master’s degree in environment and energy management studies. He started his biofuel career in SkyNRG in 2012, then worked at Argos energis (now Varoenergy) as the Asian Business Development Manager. He was the first person to export Chinese UCO, and also broug...
Shutong studied and worked in the Netherlands for nine years. He graduated from VU University Amsterdam and has a Master’s degree in environment and energy management studies. He started his biofuel career in SkyNRG in 2012, then worked at Argos energis (now Varoenergy) as the Asian Business Development Manager. He was the first person to export Chinese UCO, and also brought ISCC to the Chinese market. In 2015, Shutong moved back to China and founded MotionECO, aiming to build a reliable, tradable and sustainable biofuel and feedstock supply chain. MotionECO has its own collection network, and track and trace applications. Shutong is awarded as Forbes China 30 under 30 and winner of UNEP sustainable challenge etc.
Elmar Baumann
Secretary General, VDB
Elmar has worked for VDB since 2007, and is now focused on transposing the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive II (RED II) and the reshaping of German energy and climate policy. In his current role, he lobbies for the Germany’s biodiesel industry, which has the highest output in Europe, representing members in Berlin and Brussels. Elmar has a bachelor’s degree in biotechnology...
Elmar has worked for VDB since 2007, and is now focused on transposing the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive II (RED II) and the reshaping of German energy and climate policy. In his current role, he lobbies for the Germany’s biodiesel industry, which has the highest output in Europe, representing members in Berlin and Brussels. Elmar has a bachelor’s degree in biotechnology engineering and a master’s in industrial engineering, and has completed advanced training in investment and financing, logistics and innovation management.
Michael Dowd
Director of the Air and Renewable Energy Division, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Michael oversees the air quality planning, permitting, compliance, monitoring and mobile source programmes, as well as the Small Renewable Energy Permit by Rule programme for the Commonwealth. Prior to becoming Air Director, Michael served as the Department of Environmental Quality’s Enforcement Director. Previously Michael was an attorney in private practice with law firm...
Michael oversees the air quality planning, permitting, compliance, monitoring and mobile source programmes, as well as the Small Renewable Energy Permit by Rule programme for the Commonwealth. Prior to becoming Air Director, Michael served as the Department of Environmental Quality’s Enforcement Director. Previously Michael was an attorney in private practice with law firms in Richmond, Virginia, Washington, DC, and Columbus, Ohio. He is a graduate of Columbia University and holds a J.D., cum laude, from Vermont Law School. He is a recipient of EPA’s Bronze Medal. Michael is on the Board of Directors and co-chair of the Enforcement Committee of the National Association of Clean Air Agencies, the Board of Directors and Past Chair of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Management Association, and on the Executive Committee of the National Council on Electricity Policy.
Paul Niznik
Manager, Biofuels & Environment, Argus Consulting Services
Paul has over 27 years of experience in biofuels and alternative fuel development. His broad knowledge of biofuel economics – including RFS, RINs and LCFS – has kept refiners, biofuels producers, automakers and government agencies informed of alternative fuels markets and policies. He pioneered biodiesel sales for major oil companies such as Hess, Gulf and Irving Oil, and ...
Paul has over 27 years of experience in biofuels and alternative fuel development. His broad knowledge of biofuel economics – including RFS, RINs and LCFS – has kept refiners, biofuels producers, automakers and government agencies informed of alternative fuels markets and policies. He pioneered biodiesel sales for major oil companies such as Hess, Gulf and Irving Oil, and has consulted for Chevron, US DOE, USDA, Phillips 66, Nissan, Toyota, Hess, Petrobras, the Government of Zimbabwe and UOP Honeywell. Paul is an alumnus of Yale University where he studied astrophysics.
Andrea Martelli
Head of Biofuels Trading, Portfolio Optimization & Supply , Eni
Andrea leads the overall biofuels activities (i.e. Feedstock, HVO, Biodiesel, mandate, new initiatives) within Eni. He became Head of Biofuels Trading in Eni Trading and Shipping S.p.A. in 2019 (the London-based trading arm of Eni in charge of the trading operations within the group) with responsibility for enhancing biofuels trading activities. In 2020 he took over the ro...
Andrea leads the overall biofuels activities (i.e. Feedstock, HVO, Biodiesel, mandate, new initiatives) within Eni. He became Head of Biofuels Trading in Eni Trading and Shipping S.p.A. in 2019 (the London-based trading arm of Eni in charge of the trading operations within the group) with responsibility for enhancing biofuels trading activities. In 2020 he took over the role of Head of Supply for Eni. With more than 15 years’ experience within the group he has held roles in several countries, including German and Austrian Branch Manager in Dusseldorf and Vienna. He was previously responsible for developing gas sales in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, was Head of Gas Sales in Paris, Milan and Brussels, and was the Business Development Manager for gas and power and emissions.
Emmanuel Desplechin
Secretary General, ePURE
Emmanuel leads the ePURE team, which he first joined in 2013 as Director of Government Affairs responsible for energy and environmental affairs. Before coming to ePURE, Emmanuel was Senior Manager for Public Affairs with Novozymes. His career in public affairs and advocacy also includes positions with UNICA, the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association, and the Industrial ...
Emmanuel leads the ePURE team, which he first joined in 2013 as Director of Government Affairs responsible for energy and environmental affairs. Before coming to ePURE, Emmanuel was Senior Manager for Public Affairs with Novozymes. His career in public affairs and advocacy also includes positions with UNICA, the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association, and the Industrial Ethanol Association. He holds a Master's Degree from the Institute of Political Studies of Bordeaux and an LL.M in European Law from the University Carlos III of Madrid. A French citizen, Emmanuel also speaks English and Spanish.
Tom Parsons
Low Carbon - Commercial Development Manager, Air BP
Tom is responsible for Air BP’s low carbon strategy, and the sourcing and supply of sustainable aviation fuel. Tom joined BP as a research chemist in 2008, working on the development and scale-up of technologies including BP’s Fischer-Tropsch process. He has since held business development and strategy roles in technology licensing, BP’s fuels businesses and in downstream ...
Tom is responsible for Air BP’s low carbon strategy, and the sourcing and supply of sustainable aviation fuel. Tom joined BP as a research chemist in 2008, working on the development and scale-up of technologies including BP’s Fischer-Tropsch process. He has since held business development and strategy roles in technology licensing, BP’s fuels businesses and in downstream commercial development. He also led BP’s Advanced Bio Products team at its inception before joining Air BP in 2017. Tom holds a Master’s and PhD in chemistry from the University of Oxford. Outside of work, he enjoys coaching his son’s rugby team as well as playing the trumpet in a local jazz band.
Raymond Richie
Vice President and Managing Director of International Business, Renewable Energy Group
Raymond Richie serves as Vice President and Managing Director of International Business at Renewable Energy Group. He focuses on leading international operations, business development and integration for future projects. Prior to his current role, he served as Vice President of Strategic Planning and Analysis and Managing Director of European Operations. Raymond has expert...
Raymond Richie serves as Vice President and Managing Director of International Business at Renewable Energy Group. He focuses on leading international operations, business development and integration for future projects. Prior to his current role, he served as Vice President of Strategic Planning and Analysis and Managing Director of European Operations. Raymond has expertise in several industries including fuels and chemicals, agribusiness, transportation and logistics, and healthcare. He has served in a variety of executive positions, including President and Chief Financial Officer, where he has overseen manufacturing, sales and marketing, procurement, and finance and accounting. Raymond holds a BS and an MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business where he majored in finance, marketing, and strategy.
Alice Robinson
Executive Assistant, Essar Oil
Alice is the Executive Assistant to the CEO of Essar Oil. Alice has nine years of experience in the Oil and Gas Industry and has worked in Essar’s Economics and Strategic Planning team at the Stanlow Refinery team and was a Process Engineer for refining units, including the catalytic cracker and oil movements. Alice has been involved with the refinery’s bio-fuel strategy...
Alice is the Executive Assistant to the CEO of Essar Oil. Alice has nine years of experience in the Oil and Gas Industry and has worked in Essar’s Economics and Strategic Planning team at the Stanlow Refinery team and was a Process Engineer for refining units, including the catalytic cracker and oil movements. Alice has been involved with the refinery’s bio-fuel strategy since she joined in 2013 in both a technical and economics capacity.
Togar Sitanggang
Vice Chairman III, Indonesian Palm Oil Association (GAPKI)
Togar has served as vice-chairman of Indonesian Palm Oil Association/GAPKI since April 2018. Before that, he was secretary general from 2015-18 and general manager for PT Musim Mas in Jakarta. For more than 20 years, Togar has worked in the palm oil industry with national and multinational companies such as PT Smart, Cargill, Bunge, ED&F Man and Darmex in areas such as res...
Togar has served as vice-chairman of Indonesian Palm Oil Association/GAPKI since April 2018. Before that, he was secretary general from 2015-18 and general manager for PT Musim Mas in Jakarta. For more than 20 years, Togar has worked in the palm oil industry with national and multinational companies such as PT Smart, Cargill, Bunge, ED&F Man and Darmex in areas such as research, logistics, trading and now corporate affairs. Togar is also active in palm oil-related associations such as Association of Biofuels Producers Indonesia, Association of Oleochemicals Manufacturer and Dewan Minyak Sawit Indonesia – Indonesia Palm Oil Board (DMSI). He holds a degree in computer science from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and a master’s degree from North Sumatra University in Medan.
Ian Thomson
President, Advanced Biofuels Canada
Ian Thomson is President of Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABFC), the national trade association for advanced biofuel producers and developers, feedstock suppliers and fuel distributors. Its members are Canadian companies that are global leaders in commercial production of a range of synthetic fuels and advanced biofuels from sustainable feedstocks, with more than 14bn litres o...
Ian Thomson is President of Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABFC), the national trade association for advanced biofuel producers and developers, feedstock suppliers and fuel distributors. Its members are Canadian companies that are global leaders in commercial production of a range of synthetic fuels and advanced biofuels from sustainable feedstocks, with more than 14bn litres of installed annual capacity worldwide. ABFC members include Canada’s leading technology innovators, which are actively developing new clean liquid fuels production and distribution assets in Canada. ABFC has provided over 15 years of guidance in Canadian federal and provincial fuels, carbon pricing, and climate policy. Ian currently chairs a federal advocacy coalition of non-fossil clean fuel trade associations and NGOs focused on an effective federal Clean Fuel Standard.
Sam Wade
Director of State Regulatory Affairs, RNG Coalition
Sam Wade serves as the Director of State Regulatory Affairs at the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas. Previously Mr. Wade worked as Chief of the Transportation Fuels Branch at the Californian Air Resources Board, where he oversaw the Low Carbon Fuel Standard Program for four years. In other roles at CARB, Mr. Wade served as Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs, d...
Sam Wade serves as the Director of State Regulatory Affairs at the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas. Previously Mr. Wade worked as Chief of the Transportation Fuels Branch at the Californian Air Resources Board, where he oversaw the Low Carbon Fuel Standard Program for four years. In other roles at CARB, Mr. Wade served as Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs, developed the Cap-and-Trade rule, and authored portions of California’s first Greenhouse Gas Scoping Plan. He’s also worked in energy policy at Pacific Gas and Electric and with a bioenergy/biochar start-up. Sam holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from U.C. Davis, a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hawaii, and an M.P.A in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University.”
Isabel Welten
Chief Commercial Officer, GoodFuels
As Chief Commercial Officer at GoodNRG, Isabel is responsible for all the commercial activities within GoodFuels, including marine, road and rail, as well as managing GoodShipping. Her main responsibility is to maintain contacts with key partners, explore new business opportunities, and develop business cases to commercialise new sustainable fuels in close cooperation with...
As Chief Commercial Officer at GoodNRG, Isabel is responsible for all the commercial activities within GoodFuels, including marine, road and rail, as well as managing GoodShipping. Her main responsibility is to maintain contacts with key partners, explore new business opportunities, and develop business cases to commercialise new sustainable fuels in close cooperation with the innovation department, all while continuing to pursue her passion for sustainability by contributing to a low-carbon environment. Before she joined GoodNRG, Isabel worked at Procter & Gamble in the field of logistics, and gained commercial experience at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She holds an MSc degree in Systems Engineering, Policy Analysis and Management at the Technical University of Delft, with a specialisation in renewable energy.
Caroline Midgley
Head of Research, LMC International
Caroline Midgley PhD is director of oleochemicals and biofuels research at LMC International, a firm that provides economic, marketing, and consulting services for a broad range of industries related to agricultural commodities and their downstream derivatives. She is based in Oxford and her work — which is supported by LMC’s oilseeds, grains, sugar and starch teams — incl...
Caroline Midgley PhD is director of oleochemicals and biofuels research at LMC International, a firm that provides economic, marketing, and consulting services for a broad range of industries related to agricultural commodities and their downstream derivatives. She is based in Oxford and her work — which is supported by LMC’s oilseeds, grains, sugar and starch teams — includes investment appraisals for new plants, assessing the impact of domestic policy changes, analysis of agricultural raw material and by-product markets, and analysis of the impact of technological developments.
Justin Johnson
Partner, MMR, LLC
Justin Johnson joined MMR in 2016, bringing with him more than 20 years of experience working in federal, state, and municipal government in both the United States and Australia, and the respect of both government and business colleagues around the world. Immediately prior to joining the firm Justin was the Secretary of Administration for the State of Vermont. In additi...
Justin Johnson joined MMR in 2016, bringing with him more than 20 years of experience working in federal, state, and municipal government in both the United States and Australia, and the respect of both government and business colleagues around the world. Immediately prior to joining the firm Justin was the Secretary of Administration for the State of Vermont. In addition, he has worked for Democratic and Republican Governors in Vermont as Commissioner of Environmental Conservation and Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources. Justin served on the board of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative for seven years and is a valuable and trusted source of information and advice for national and international clients seeking to navigate the regulations and policies related to carbon pricing. Justin spent three years as Chief of Staff to a member of the Australian Federal Parliament and as a senior executive at the Mornington Peninsula Shire, a large municipal government in the state of Victoria, Australia. In 2015 he was the winner of the prestigious USEPA Ira Leighton “In Service to States” Award, just the second person to receive this award. He holds a BA (Journalism) from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Vinesh Sinha
Director, FatHopes
Vinesh Sinha, the CEO of FatHopes Energy, has been at the forefront of the sustainable biofuel industry for in access of a decade, prioritising the most transparent, accountable and robust supply chain for sustainable biofuels implementation. Under his watch the organisation has developed some state of the art solution to provide real time traceability of waste and residue...
Vinesh Sinha, the CEO of FatHopes Energy, has been at the forefront of the sustainable biofuel industry for in access of a decade, prioritising the most transparent, accountable and robust supply chain for sustainable biofuels implementation. Under his watch the organisation has developed some state of the art solution to provide real time traceability of waste and residues aggregated, providing peace of mind across the supply chain. In the recent year the system has caught the attention of global regulators with a potential of it becoming widely accepted as a true traceability solution - enabling subsidies and incentives to be accurate calculated and disbursed. His work has been throughout the world and he has managed to engage and push his ideology to the highest levels of the largest corporations in the world that produce vast amounts of waste and residue based vegetable oil that act as a feedstock that the organisation converts to biofuels and supply’s large global oil and gas companies predominantly in Europa and USA. He started the organisation at a tender age of 19 and now more than a decade later has become an iconic Entrepreneur in Asia, winning several awards including the Forbes 30 under 30 2018, EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 and has been identified as a Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum.