08 October - 11 October 2019
London, UK

Argus Biofuels

Speakers and panelists include:

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.
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.
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.
Kona Haque
Head of Research, ED&F Man
Kona Haque joined ED&F Man in May 2014 as Group Head of Research, responsible for the company’s commodity and macro-economic research team (including Volcafe coffee, Man Sugar, and grains). She joined from Macquarie Bank where she was responsible for agriculture and soft commodities research for 7 years. Previously, Kona spent 4 years as Senior Commodities Editor at the E...
Kona Haque joined ED&F Man in May 2014 as Group Head of Research, responsible for the company’s commodity and macro-economic research team (including Volcafe coffee, Man Sugar, and grains). She joined from Macquarie Bank where she was responsible for agriculture and soft commodities research for 7 years. Previously, Kona spent 4 years as Senior Commodities Editor at the Economist Group. She has also worked for a shipping consultancy as Director of Bulk Commodities and spent 4 years at Metal Bulletin Research, specialising in base metals. Other experience includes working as an Economist for a grains market information provider and with the United Nations in Rome, Italy. Kona has an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and a BSc in Agricultural Economics from Reading University.
Dr. Jan Henke
Director, Meo Carbon Solutions and ISCC
Jan Henke has studied International Economics at the University of Tübingen in Germany. He has worked for four years at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy in the research area of environmental and resource economics. During that time he also acquired his PhD from the University of Potsdam in Germany. After that he joined Meo Carbon Solutions, a management consultancy...
Jan Henke has studied International Economics at the University of Tübingen in Germany. He has worked for four years at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy in the research area of environmental and resource economics. During that time he also acquired his PhD from the University of Potsdam in Germany. After that he joined Meo Carbon Solutions, a management consultancy focussing on sustainability, climate change and renewable resources. While working with Meo, Jan was involved from the beginning in the development of GRAS Global Risk Assessment Services and ISCC (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification). Jan is working on topics of renewable resources, recycling, sustainability, renewable energies, climate change, land use and land use change, GHG calculations and certification. The regional focus of Jan’s work is Europe, the Americas and South East Asia.
Timo Huhtisaari
Sustainability Director, NEOT
Timo Huhtisaari is the Sustainability Director at North European Oil Trade (NEOT), a Finnish Fuel procurement company which is also operating in Sweden. Although Timo has been fully working at NEOT for a two and a half years, oil – and later biofuels – industry can be said to be for him in the milk. Only at the age of 15 he started as a summer helper for Esso Finland and h...
Timo Huhtisaari is the Sustainability Director at North European Oil Trade (NEOT), a Finnish Fuel procurement company which is also operating in Sweden. Although Timo has been fully working at NEOT for a two and a half years, oil – and later biofuels – industry can be said to be for him in the milk. Only at the age of 15 he started as a summer helper for Esso Finland and has been in the industry ever since in various different tasks learning the characteristics of the whole fuel products supply chain. Through his Bachelor in Environmental engineering and later on Masters of Corporate Environmental Management he developed a deeper interest in environmental topics, renewable energy and specifically Biofuels. Now at NEOT Timo focuses on the Regulatory Affairs on Nordic and European. This is accompanied by leading the NEOT’s Corporate Responsibility team that looks after NEOT’s Advanced ethanol production projects in Gothenburg, Sweden and Kajaani, Finland.
Rachel Solomon Williams
Head, Low Carbon Fuels, Department for Transport UK
Rachel’s career has focused on energy and environment policy development. Most of her work has been with the UK civil service, but she has also worked in the corporate affairs team at Tesco and for a year as interim Managing Director at Sandbag, a UK climate think-tank. Highlights of Rachel’s career have included piloting the UK Climate Change Bill through parliament and o...
Rachel’s career has focused on energy and environment policy development. Most of her work has been with the UK civil service, but she has also worked in the corporate affairs team at Tesco and for a year as interim Managing Director at Sandbag, a UK climate think-tank. Highlights of Rachel’s career have included piloting the UK Climate Change Bill through parliament and overseeing a major review of the Feed-in Tariffs Scheme.
James Standage
Biodiesel Physical Broker, OTC Europe
James Standage is a Biodiesel Physical Broker at London-based energy brokerage OTC Europe. James joined the company in 2014, bringing the team he had established in his previous role at Oil Brokerage, specialising in swaps and physical products. James joined Oil Brokerage in 2008, after three years at HBI in Paris, where he sold market reports, brokered castor oil derivati...
James Standage is a Biodiesel Physical Broker at London-based energy brokerage OTC Europe. James joined the company in 2014, bringing the team he had established in his previous role at Oil Brokerage, specialising in swaps and physical products. James joined Oil Brokerage in 2008, after three years at HBI in Paris, where he sold market reports, brokered castor oil derivatives and started in an emergent biodiesel market. James graduated from St Andrews University in Scotland in 2005.
Anders Edling Hultgren
General Manager Biorefinery, SCA
Anders joined Swedish forestry firm SCA in 2011 and is responsible for developing the biorefinery business. His biofuels journey in started 2006 in the ethanol business, before he switched focus to the biodiesel industry, where his work focused on compliance with the Renewable Energy Directive and national legislation. At SCA, Anders studies biofuel and biochemicals market...
Anders joined Swedish forestry firm SCA in 2011 and is responsible for developing the biorefinery business. His biofuels journey in started 2006 in the ethanol business, before he switched focus to the biodiesel industry, where his work focused on compliance with the Renewable Energy Directive and national legislation. At SCA, Anders studies biofuel and biochemicals markets, policy, global and regional trends, new technologies, and how the forestry industry can work with others to replace fossil fuel-fired power with bio-based products. In addition to heading two commercial advanced biofuel projects, he also works in fuel technology development, including a pilot process designed to convert lignin into advanced biofuels such as renewable naphtha, diesel and jet fuel.
Panu Routasalo
Vice-President, UPM Biofuels
Panu Routasalo is Vice-President at UPM Biofuels, which offers customers in the transport and petrochemical industries ways to replace fossil fuels with renewable and sustainable alternatives. He has more than 10 years of experience in the oil and biofuels industries, including commercial and technical roles, and was previously Director of Sales & Product Management for UP...
Panu Routasalo is Vice-President at UPM Biofuels, which offers customers in the transport and petrochemical industries ways to replace fossil fuels with renewable and sustainable alternatives. He has more than 10 years of experience in the oil and biofuels industries, including commercial and technical roles, and was previously Director of Sales & Product Management for UPM BioVerno.
Chris Judge
Vice President, Crude and Oil Products, Argus
Chris Judge is Vice-President for Products at the Argus head office in London. He is responsible for the development of market-appropriate price assessments, methodologies and editorial training and development. Chris was previously editor of the daily European Products report, which publishes price assessments used in physical and derivative indexation for the European ga...
Chris Judge is Vice-President for Products at the Argus head office in London. He is responsible for the development of market-appropriate price assessments, methodologies and editorial training and development. Chris was previously editor of the daily European Products report, which publishes price assessments used in physical and derivative indexation for the European gasoline markets, among others. Chris graduated in English literature at the University of Kent. Before joining Argus, Chris worked for other media organisations, including energy price reporting service Platts, where he headed up the European products team in London, before moving to New York to manage the coverage of US markets.
Colin Cowan
Trading Manager, COUNT Renewables
Colin Cowan works at COUNT Renewables Trading in Rotterdam, building the renewables team and managing sustainable UCO supply chains worldwide. He also works with COUNT Terminal Rotterdam, which is a renewable storage hub with 70,000t of Cat3 and UCO storage, with plans to increase to 130,000t by 2020-21. Colin has 15 years’ experience working in the oil industry, includin...
Colin Cowan works at COUNT Renewables Trading in Rotterdam, building the renewables team and managing sustainable UCO supply chains worldwide. He also works with COUNT Terminal Rotterdam, which is a renewable storage hub with 70,000t of Cat3 and UCO storage, with plans to increase to 130,000t by 2020-21. Colin has 15 years’ experience working in the oil industry, including at Chevron and Greenergy, with 10 years focused specifically on UCO, wastes, and renewables.
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.
Kees Schipper
Broker, Global Bio Broker
Kees began his commodities career in 1997 as a grains trader for the former Soviet Union and eastern Europe at two major Rotterdam-based agricultural trading houses. In 2006, he became involved with biofuels trading and, in 2008, he launched his own business, providing interim management at an integrated rapeseed crush/RME production plant in the Netherlands. He then began...
Kees began his commodities career in 1997 as a grains trader for the former Soviet Union and eastern Europe at two major Rotterdam-based agricultural trading houses. In 2006, he became involved with biofuels trading and, in 2008, he launched his own business, providing interim management at an integrated rapeseed crush/RME production plant in the Netherlands. He then began brokering biodiesel and later founded the biofuels desk at TFS London, moving into derivatives. Since October 2012, he has run his own business in Rotterdam, brokering biodiesel, biodiesel feedstock, and by-products at Global Bio Broker. Kees has an MA in economics from the Amsterdam Free University.
Laura Buffet
Energy Director, Transport and Environment
Laura joined clean transport campaign group Transport and Environment (T&E) in April 2013 after working for two years as a parliamentary assistant in the European Parliament. Laura manages T&E’s energy campaigns and focuses on making European fuels policy more sustainable, moving away from oil towards alternatives such as renewable electricity, and phasing out support for ...
Laura joined clean transport campaign group Transport and Environment (T&E) in April 2013 after working for two years as a parliamentary assistant in the European Parliament. Laura manages T&E’s energy campaigns and focuses on making European fuels policy more sustainable, moving away from oil towards alternatives such as renewable electricity, and phasing out support for land-based biofuels. She has worked extensively on campaigns around the Renewable Energy Directive and the Fuel Quality Directive, as well as the EU-delegated act that labelled palm oil diesel unsustainable. During her time in parliament, Laura worked on different files being discussed by the environment committee, with a focus on biodiversity, and closely followed the work of the petitions committee. Laura hails from the east of France and studied public administration at the Institute of Political Studies in Strasbourg, followed by environmental law at the University of Strasbourg.
Josefine Ahlström
Vice-President Business Development, Argus
Prior to joining Argus, Josefine spent nine years with Shell Downstream in the strategy, marketing and sales departments. She has a master’s degree in economics from Lund University, Sweden, and is now Vice-President at Argus leading Business Development in Europe.
Prior to joining Argus, Josefine spent nine years with Shell Downstream in the strategy, marketing and sales departments. She has a master’s degree in economics from Lund University, Sweden, and is now Vice-President at Argus leading Business Development in Europe.
Alberto Carmona
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.
Charles Jans
Principal, Argus
Charles leads engagement across the energy industry, specialising in providing market studies and investment feasibility analysis for Argus clients looking to build assets in fossil fuel and bio-based supply chains. Before joining Argus, Charles worked at Accenture, growing its renewable energy consulting practice. He has also worked in the UK civil service, looking at lon...
Charles leads engagement across the energy industry, specialising in providing market studies and investment feasibility analysis for Argus clients looking to build assets in fossil fuel and bio-based supply chains. Before joining Argus, Charles worked at Accenture, growing its renewable energy consulting practice. He has also worked in the UK civil service, looking at long-term shifts in society and the challenges for government. Over the past year, Charles has led multiple projects, helping companies understand the implications of biofuels blending on their supply chains.
Pietro Mendes
Advisor to the General Director, ANP
Pietro is adviser to the General Director of Brazilian oil, gas and biofuels agency ANP. He has 13 years’ experience of the energy regulatory and biofuels sectors. He was a postdoctoral scholar at the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada.
Pietro is adviser to the General Director of Brazilian oil, gas and biofuels agency ANP. He has 13 years’ experience of the energy regulatory and biofuels sectors. He was a postdoctoral scholar at the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada.
Stephen Wetmore
Business Development Director, Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials, RSB
An economist by training, Stephen works with government bodies, civil society, industry and companies to drive RSB’s impact around the globe. With more than 20 years’ experience in sustainability and a career spanning four continents and environmental sectors, he brings unique perspectives and skills garnered from various roles and leadership positions. Stephen has a track...
An economist by training, Stephen works with government bodies, civil society, industry and companies to drive RSB’s impact around the globe. With more than 20 years’ experience in sustainability and a career spanning four continents and environmental sectors, he brings unique perspectives and skills garnered from various roles and leadership positions. Stephen has a track record in merging sustainability and business development to drive success.
Dickon Posnett
Director of Corporate Affairs, Argent Energy
Dickon has been working in the biodiesel industry since 2004. Initially the Development Director for Argent Energy in the UK, he has managed the marketing for Argent and is now focused on advocacy and the relevant legislative and regulatory instruments that affect biodiesel markets in Europe and around the world. Argent specialises in the production of waste-based biodiese...
Dickon has been working in the biodiesel industry since 2004. Initially the Development Director for Argent Energy in the UK, he has managed the marketing for Argent and is now focused on advocacy and the relevant legislative and regulatory instruments that affect biodiesel markets in Europe and around the world. Argent specialises in the production of waste-based biodiesel and has recently constructed a second plant in the UK able to handle very low-grade waste feedstocks. Dickon was involved in setting up the supply chain for high blends of waste-based biodiesel into London buses, works closely with the UK’s Department of Transport on policy and is Vice-President of the European Biodiesel Board, where he has chaired the Advanced Biodiesel sector group for a number of years.
Nuno Correia
CEO, Hardlevel
Nuno has been CEO at Hardlevel since 2018. Hardlevel is a leading company on used cooking oil (UCO) collection and its pre-treatment for use as biofuel feedstock. For the past year, Nuno has also led several research and development projects, as well as the development of a method to characterise UCO. Before this, Nuno worked for more than 11 years in biofuel production as...
Nuno has been CEO at Hardlevel since 2018. Hardlevel is a leading company on used cooking oil (UCO) collection and its pre-treatment for use as biofuel feedstock. For the past year, Nuno has also led several research and development projects, as well as the development of a method to characterise UCO. Before this, Nuno worked for more than 11 years in biofuel production as Chief Operating Officer at PRIO — one of the top European UCO based biodiesel producers. Nuno has a PhD in chemical engineering from IST – University of Lisbon — and has completed advanced training in management at Catolica Porto Business School.
Cloe Ragot
Policy Advisor, Plastic Energy
As Head of Policy for Plastic Energy, Cloe leads the work on EU and national regulations associated with chemical recycling, plastic recycling, and circular economy. She is also heavily involved with the communication side of the business. Prior to Plastic Energy, Cloe was a researcher in European political and policy environment for Eurasia Group. Cloe holds an MPhil degr...
As Head of Policy for Plastic Energy, Cloe leads the work on EU and national regulations associated with chemical recycling, plastic recycling, and circular economy. She is also heavily involved with the communication side of the business. Prior to Plastic Energy, Cloe was a researcher in European political and policy environment for Eurasia Group. Cloe holds an MPhil degree in European politics from the University of Oxford and a BA in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Sonja Caymaz
Senior Editor, Energy and Industry, Longitude, Financial Times Group
Sonja joined Longitude, a Financial Times group company, in 2018 to expand its thought leadership regarding energy and industry. She has more than 10 years’ experience as an editor in news and business-to-business publishing and has worked as a correspondent covering European energy markets.
Sonja joined Longitude, a Financial Times group company, in 2018 to expand its thought leadership regarding energy and industry. She has more than 10 years’ experience as an editor in news and business-to-business publishing and has worked as a correspondent covering European energy markets.
Gustav Melin
Secretary General, SVEBIO
Emanuele Fratantuono
REG
John Houghton-Brown
Deputy Editor, Argus Biofuels, Argus
John Houghton-Brown is Acting Editor of the Argus European Biofuels report, covering biodiesel, ethanol and feedstock markets. Prior to joining Argus in early 2016, John worked as a journalist for an oil business intelligence firm, writing about oil and gas supply chain investments on a country-by-country basis across four continents.
John Houghton-Brown is Acting Editor of the Argus European Biofuels report, covering biodiesel, ethanol and feedstock markets. Prior to joining Argus in early 2016, John worked as a journalist for an oil business intelligence firm, writing about oil and gas supply chain investments on a country-by-country basis across four continents.
Gileade Borges
Founder, Treefex
Gileade Borges is the founder of Treefex, a biofuel brokering firm focused on physical trades of ethanol and other bio commodities. Before founding his own company Gileade worked for commodities trading firm Vitol on the biofuel and crude desk. Prior to that he worked for Spain’s Abengoa on the ethanol trading desk for more than seven years. Gileade has a master’s degree i...
Gileade Borges is the founder of Treefex, a biofuel brokering firm focused on physical trades of ethanol and other bio commodities. Before founding his own company Gileade worked for commodities trading firm Vitol on the biofuel and crude desk. Prior to that he worked for Spain’s Abengoa on the ethanol trading desk for more than seven years. Gileade has a master’s degree in business administration from Erasmus University, Rotterdam.
Bernadett Burkus
Technology Manager, Axens
Sean Newsum
Head of Environment, Boeing
Alessandro Schiavone
Portfolio Management and Supply, ENI
Alessandro Schiavone is the supply and portfolio manager of biofuels at Eni. Aside from 10 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, he has held a variety of roles in the supply chain, from refineries optimisation to the trade of oil products. Schiavone holds an MS and BE in mechanical engineering, an MBA in business administration and has completed post-university...
Alessandro Schiavone is the supply and portfolio manager of biofuels at Eni. Aside from 10 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, he has held a variety of roles in the supply chain, from refineries optimisation to the trade of oil products. Schiavone holds an MS and BE in mechanical engineering, an MBA in business administration and has completed post-university education in trading, shipping and quantitative finance.
Octavio Lelis Carvalho
Technologist, Axens
Octavio Lelis Carvalho is a technologist for the Clean Fuels and Bio Technology Group of Axens. Octavio has been deeply involved in Axens’ Hydroprocessing Technology of Renewable Lipids since 2014, first as Process Engineer Referent of the technology, and nowadays as Technologist. Octavio started his career in Axens in 2010 as a Process Engineer, where he could participa...
Octavio Lelis Carvalho is a technologist for the Clean Fuels and Bio Technology Group of Axens. Octavio has been deeply involved in Axens’ Hydroprocessing Technology of Renewable Lipids since 2014, first as Process Engineer Referent of the technology, and nowadays as Technologist. Octavio started his career in Axens in 2010 as a Process Engineer, where he could participate in various refining and petrochemical projects. He holds a double degree of Chemical Engineering from the University of Sao Paulo, as well as a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering and Refining from the IFP School in France.
Alice Robinson
Long Term Economics and Strategic Planning, Essar Oil
Alice is in the Long Term Economics and Strategic Planning Team at Essar Oil UK at Stanlow Refinery. Alice has nine years of experience in the Oil and Gas Industry and prior to joining the Economics team she 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 ...
Alice is in the Long Term Economics and Strategic Planning Team at Essar Oil UK at Stanlow Refinery. Alice has nine years of experience in the Oil and Gas Industry and prior to joining the Economics team she 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.
Javier Criado
Head of Marketing, CEPSA
Kevin Struve
Executive President, OCI
Kevin Struve oversees the methanol business group for OCI, where he has worked for more than 30 years. OCI is one of the world’s largest methanol producers, with 3 million tonnes of production capacity located in the USA and the Netherlands. Struve has led the company’s effort to increase the production of bio-methanol, which qualifies as a second-generation advanced biofu...
Kevin Struve oversees the methanol business group for OCI, where he has worked for more than 30 years. OCI is one of the world’s largest methanol producers, with 3 million tonnes of production capacity located in the USA and the Netherlands. Struve has led the company’s effort to increase the production of bio-methanol, which qualifies as a second-generation advanced biofuel in Europe. He also serves as chairman of the Methanol Institute, a global trade association for the methanol industry.
Darrin Morgan
Head of Growth and Investment, SkyNRG