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Confirmed speakers at Argus Biofuels 2017:

Keynote speakers

Mark Chesworth, Vivergo
Mark Chesworth
, Managing Director, Vivergo

Mark joined Vivergo Fuels in December 2013, bringing a wealth of expertise after working in multiple industries. Mark joined ABF (Associated British Foods) in 2004 as Supply Chain Director for Ryvita, before moving on to become Operations Director for UK Grocery Group. His most recent role prior to joining Vivergo was as the Commodities and Procurement Director sitting on the Westmill Foods Board. Mark sits on a number of boards, including the AB Sugar Board and as a member of the ePure board. The Vivergo Fuels bioethanol plant in Hull was officially opened in July 2013 by business secretary Vince Cable MP and is owned by ABF as a majority shareholder, along with DuPont. The plant represents a £400mn investment in the renewables sector in the UK. It operates from the Humber’s Energy Estuary and is an official member of the UK government’s Northern Powerhouse Partnership. The plant is the UK’s largest bioethanol producer and the largest single-source supplier of animal feed, providing valuable commodities that the UK would usually have imported in the past. 
Vincent Dabas Total

Vincent Dabas
, Head of Biofuels Business, Total

Vincent has a diploma in physics and chemistry, followed by research works at the Imperial College of London. He joined Elf in 1998 to work in its polymers division. He then moved to a business position with the development of new affairs in Middle East. He has been extensively involved in a petrochemical project in Qatar. In 2009, he moved to the newly created Gas & New Energies branch of TOTAL, in charge of developing new businesses around coal, gas, and biomass. Since 2013, he had different positions in the Refining and Petrochemicals branch. Vincent and his team had a key role in the development of the project of retrofitting La Mede refinery into a biorefinery.
Kaisa Hietala
Kaisa Hietala, Executive Vice-President, Renewable ProductsNeste

Kaisa Hietala is Executive Vice-President, Renewable Products. She joined the company in 1998. Repsonsible for the renewable products business area. Served in several positions at Neste, most recently as Vice-President of the Renewable Fuels business 2011-2014, Vice-President of Supply and Commercial Director in Singapore 2008-2011 and Feedstock Manager in the renewable fuels business operations 2006-2008. She is a Member of the Board of Kemira Oyj.
Sari Mannonen,UPM
Sari Mannonen
, Vice-President, UPM Biofuels

Sari Mannonen is Vice-President with responsibility for the UPM Biofuels Strategic Business Unit based in Helsinki, Finland. She was previously Director for Sales and Marketing at UPM Biofuels, responsible for commercial strategy and product launches in the biofuels business. She was also Director for Business Relations, where her contact groups included technology, suppliers in the biofuels sector, investors, reporters, EU and national decision-makers, NGOs and financial audiences. 

Sari has more than 15 years’ experience in leading global sales and marketing, customer management, customer strategy and business relations, as well as business development in different global businesses. She has a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Helsinki and diplomas in business management and leadership from business schools at Henley, IMD and the Helsinki School of Economics.

 Speakers and Panellists

Victor Allemandou

Victor Allemandou
, Biofuels and Feedstock Broker, Greenea

Victor is a broker on physical biodiesel and feedstock covering and developing European (Med and Eastern European countries) and South-American Markets.
He started his career in Investment Banking and Asset Management. Victor holds a double degree: Master in Management and a Msc in Financial Markets from EDHEC Business School. His working languages are French, English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Christine AnckerChristine Ancker, Editor - Argus Biofuels, Argus
Elmar Baumann, VDB
Elmar Baumann
, Managing Director, VDB

Elmar Baumann is a degreed engineer in biotechnology with a focus on process engineering. He is also a Master of Industrial Engineering with advanced training in investment/financing, logistics and innovation management. Elmar has been working for the German Biofuel Industry Association (VDB) since 2007. He was originally a specialist in technology, economics and sustainability. Elmar was a guest lecturer at the Coburg University of Applied Sciences during the 2009 summer semester. Elmar has been Managing Director of the VDB since 2009, representing the interests of member companies in their dealings in the spheres of politics and administration. As the debate on adjusting the EU’s biofuel policy has intensified in the course of the iLUC debate, his focus has been at European level, particularly the Commission, Parliament and Council in Brussels. The core topics of his work are currently the Recast of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) of the EU and the advancement of the German GHG mandate.
Aaron Berry

Aaron Berry
, Head of Low Carbon Fuels Strategy, Department for Transport UK

Aaron Berry is Head of Low-Carbon Fuels Strategy at the UK’s Department for Transport. Aaron leads the team that is negotiating and implementing the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED). He is also chair of the fuels group for the EU concerted action programme on RED implementation, and the UK’s representative on alternative fuels at the International Civil Aviation Authority task force. He was a co-author of the Gallagher review into the indirect effects of biofuels production published in 2008. Aaron held a variety of environment-related posts in several UK government departments before his current role, including developing the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) legislation and then helping to run the RTFO. Aaron studied at Keele University, where he graduated with a first class degree in environmental management and business. He is married and lives near London with his wife and three boys.
Peter Caddy

Peter Caddy
, Director of Global Business Development, Argus

Peter Caddy is Director of Global Business Development and has been a Director of Argus since 1993. He is responsible for the strategic direction of business development and for global market reporting. Peter has worked at Argus for over 25 years in different parts of the world, including heading Argus’ Asian and US operations. 

Peter has been intensively involved in oil market pricing during this period and also launched Argus non-oil (gas, power and coal) services at Argus between 1995 and 2001. Peter has a PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London and an MA from Cambridge University.

Alberto Carmona Bosch
Alberto Carmona Bosch
, Chief Executive Officer, NixAl Commodities

Alberto Carmona Bosch is Chief Executive Officer for NixAl Commodities. Alberto has led global trading operations for the last 12 years at Abengoa Bioenergie and has held several conferences in relation to commodity markets, ethanol markets and risk management. He has been active in the international development of bioethanol since 2005, with activities in the Netherlands, Brazil and the US. Alberto started working in Abengoa Bioenergie in 1999. He has a professional background in financial and commercial activities and promoting and financing renewable energy projects in Europe, including acquisitions. Alberto graduated from the University of Seville, Spain, and the University of Paderborn, Germany, with a bachelor degree in economics and business administration. He has an executive MBA from the San Telmo Institute, a partner school of IESE.
James Cogan, European Commission
James Cogan
, Industry and Policy Analyst, Ethanol Europe Renewables

James Cogan advises corporate, academic and public clients on technology innovation, industrialisation and public policy, in particular on EU policy in relation to climate, innovation and economic development. He is a member of the Private Sector Mechanism of the UN's Committee on Food Security and a member of the Council for Innovation in photonics in Italy. He recently worked for the European Commission and its agencies and partners on innovation finance (grant programmes), co-ordination and support projects and innovation project development. He currently advises Ethanol Europe Renewables (Pannonia Ethanol) on project development and on public policy for transport biofuels. James has a bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering from University College Dublin and an MBA from Trinity College Dublin.
Bo J Gleerup

Bo Gleerup
, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Nordic Green

Bo Gleerup is the Chief Executive and Co-Founder of Nordic Green. Nordic Green has a high level of expertise in marketing and selling advanced biofuels, specialising in biodiesel, low blending of gasoline with ethanol, fuel cells and bio-MTBE. 

The company aims to optimise value from the producer to the end-user in their different markets, based on an in-depth understanding of the customer’s value proposition as well as the local regulatory environment, including taxation.

Bo has more than 16 years of experience in sales and distribution of different raw materials and components for the food, feedstock and pharmaceutical industries.
He is also the owner and Chief Executive of distribution company Johannes Eriksen and a board member and business adviser for several companies. Bo has a BSc degree in business administration.
Michael Goldsworthy

Michael Goldsworthy
, Senior Consultant, NNFCC

Michael joined the NNFCC in 2012, having completed a PhD at the University of Exeter researching advanced microbial biofuels in collaboration with Shell.
Now a senior consultant, Michael works closely with the UK renewable fuels sector, providing knowledge and advice on UK and EU policy, market development and sustainability.
He regularly contributes to key industry working groups, most recently participating in the Department for Transport’s Transport Energy Taskforce, LowCVP’s E10 Working Group and the Royal Academy of Engineering’s expert group on lifecycle accounting for liquid biofuels.
Florian Gollin

Florian Gollin
, Sales Manager, ecoMotion

Florian joined biodiesel producer and marketer ecoMotion – a subsidiary of German firm Saria – in 2012, and is currently responsible for the firm’s commercial activities. Saria/ecoMotion operates five biodiesel plants in Europe with a total capacity of 300,000 t/yr. The plants mainly run animal fat and rapeseed oil.
George Hayes
George Hayes
, Global Trade Coordinator, CHS

American born, George Hayes spent his entire adolescence on the family farm outside of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Following his passion for agriculture, he moved to the United States to attend the University of Minnesota majoring in Agricultural Economics. For the past 20 years, George has focused on commodity trading. Working his way up from an internship at the Minneapolis Grain Exchange, he began a 9 year career at Cargill, followed by senior trading positions at top tier commodity trade houses such as LDC, and ADM. Starting his career at the farmer level he worked his way up the value chain. With a vast experience in softs trading, he specialized in the sugar and ethanol sector since Y2K. Having been exposed to a multitude of markets and cultures, George began working as a Global Trade Coordinator for CHS managing trading activities in Asia, Europe, Brazil and US. 
Dr Jan Michael Henke
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 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, 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.
Gergor Herz, IKTS

Gregor Herz
, PhD Student, IKTS

Gregor Herz is a doctoral candidate at the Fraunhofer IKTS Dresden, where he works in the process systems engineering department. He graduated from the Technische Universitat Dresden in 2017 with a diploma in process engineering with simulation and optimisation as his field of specialisation. After graduation he continued his research on sustainable Fischer-Tropsch processes, which he had started during his thesis. While initially focusing on process simulation, his area of activity recently expanded to demonstrating the relevant processes used to obtain data that allow for a comprehensive evaluation of the technical and economic feasibility of the novel process concepts. 
 Timo NEOTTimo Huhtisaari, Sustainability and Biofuels Expert, North European Oil Trade Oy (NEOT)

Timo Huhtisaari is the Sustainability and Biofuels Expert at North European Oil Trade Oy, 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.
Chris Judge

Chris Judge
, Vice-President, Crude and Products, Argus

Chris Judge is Vice-President for Crude and Products at the head office of Argus 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 Argus 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 product markets.
Geraldine Kutas
Géraldine Kutas
, Head of International Affairs, UNICA

Géraldine Kutas is Head of International Affairs at Brazilian sugar cane association UNICA and Senior International Adviser to the organisation’s president. Géraldine is responsible for defining and leading UNICA’s international activities. She has worked extensively in the area of international trade policy, and can call on this experience in her work to strengthen UNICA’s activities across the EU, the US and Asia. Géraldine has particular expertise in biofuels and agricultural policies, coupled with extensive exposure to multilateral and regional trade negotiations in agriculture. She has a PhD in international economics from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris.
Brendan McGivern
Brendan McGivern
, Partner, White & Case

Brendan McGivern is a Partner in the Geneva office of law firm White and Case and Head of the firm’s World Trade Organisation (WTO) practice. Brendan advises companies, industry associations and sovereign governments on the full range of WTO rules. He represents WTO member states in dispute settlement proceedings before panels and the appellate body. Brendan has extensive experience in international energy trade law issues. He has an active practice in public international law, including the negotiation and implementation of environmental treaties. Prior to joining White and Case, Brendan was Senior Legal Adviser and Head of the dispute settlement section at the Canadian Mission to the WTO in Geneva.
Larissa Perotta

Larissa Perotta
, Technologist, Axens

Larissa is a Technologist in the Alternative Fuels Technology Group of French technical consulting firm Axens. Larissa started her career at Axens in 2010 as a Process Engineer, participating in refining and petrochemical projects. She was deeply involved in developing cellulosic ethanol technology and participated in pilot plant operations and full-scale industrial unit design. In 2014, she joined the dedicated Technology Group created by Axens to promote its technological solutions for the production of alternative fuels and intermediates. She specialises in cellulosic ethanol and the hydrogenation of renewable lipids technologies. She holds a Chemical Engineering degree from Universidade Federal do Parana in Brazil and a Master’s in Chemical Engineering and Refining from France’s IFP.
Dickon Posnett

Dickon Posnett
, Director of Corporate Affairs, Argent Energy

Dickon has worked in the biodiesel industry since 2004. Initially the Development Director for Argent Energy in the UK, he has managed Argent’s marketing and now focuses on advocacy and the relevant legislative and regulatory instruments that affect biodiesel markets in Europe and around the world. Argent, owned by John Swire and Sons, 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 to 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. Dickon is also President of the RBO, a scheme aimed at satisfying the European Commission requirement for a single database for biofuel trades to ensure a robust and trustworthy trading market in Europe.
Eduardo Puertas
Eduardo Puertas
, Head of Ethanol, ED&F Man

Eduardo Puertas is responsible for the global ethanol desk of ED&F MAN, a world leader in the trade of sugar, ethanol, grains, coffee and molasses. He is based in Brazil.
Previously, Eduardo was Asia Ethanol Manager for ED&F MAN in Singapore, and was responsible for developing, implementing and managing a leading trading platform for oil industry participants and beverage/industrial companies. He was also responsible for the ethanol operation in the Philippines as Country Manager for Ethanol, creating a unique logistics and distribution structure offering a tailor-made operation for clients’ needs. Eduardo has worked in the agro-commodities trading sector for almost 10 years, focused on bringing value to clients and on fully developing ED&F Man´s ethanol team. Eduardo is a law graduate and has a post-graduate degree in business.

Chris Snyder
Christopher Snyder
, Executive Director - Europe Operations, Renewable Energy Group

Chris Snyder was named Executive Director of Renewable Energy Group’s (REG) Europe Operations in June 2017. Chris joined REG in 2016 as Director of Strategic Planning and Analysis, where he led the integration of biodiesel producer Petrotec. REG completed the acquisition of Petrotec — now known as REG Germany — a fully integrated company utilising waste feedstocks to produce biodiesel at two bio-refineries in Germany in January 2017. After starting his career in finance and brand marketing at Amoco Oil, Chris held leadership roles in multiple agriculture-based industries. Prior to joining REG, Chris was most recently President and Chief Executive of Essentia Protein Solutions, a global food and feed ingredient company with operations in the US, Europe, and South America. Chris has an MBA in brand marketing and international business from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Illinois and a BBA in finance from the University of Iowa.
James Standage

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 derivatives and started in an emergent biodiesel market. James graduated from St Andrews University in Scotland in 2005.

Adam Stepien
Adam Stepien
, Director General, Polish Chamber of Biofuels

Adam Stepien became director-general of the Polish Association of Oil Producers in 2015. He has held the same position at the Polish national chamber of biofuels KIB since 2011. He is also vice-chairman of the bioenergy and biotechnology working group at European farming association Copa-Cogeca in Brussels, Belgium. 

In 2008-10, he was a representative of Poland’s National Council of Agricultural Chambers at Copa in Brussels Adam graduated from the zootechnical faculty at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. His postgraduate studies covered the functioning of the EU and   political science. Adam has authored numerous publications and articles on agriculture, renewable energy and transport biofuels.

Per Koustrup

Per Sune Koustrup
, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Owner, Nordic Green

Per Sune has more than 12 years of experience in the renewable energy sector. He previously worked for Scandinavia’s largest fuel company, Circle K — formerly Norwegian state-controlled Statoil’s retail arm. Per Sune headed Circle K’s business-to-business pricing strategy and oversaw sales exceeding 800,000 m³/yr, equivalent to 20pc of the fuel sold in Denmark. He has discussed biofuels, Opec crude production and consumer prices in national media, and serves as an alcohol fuels expert on industry association IEA-AMF’s subcommittee. Nordic Green is one of only a handful of European companies that trades large quantities of bio-methanol. 
Melanie Williams
Dr. Melanie Williams
, Director, Melanie Williams Consulting

Dr Melanie Williams is an expert in sustainability and supply chain traceability. She has been an independent consultant for the past five years working with both companies producing biofuels and bio-based chemicals plus EU approved Voluntary Sustainability Schemes. Melanie started her career with BP. She spent ten years developing new processes for the chemicals and refining businesses. She led the work to develop and implement new BP processes for the production of both bulk chemical and speciality products. Melanie then worked for SERCO, leading the Environmental Measurements Group at the National Physical Laboratory in the UK for over seven years. The Group provided high quality, accredited, environmental monitoring and instrumentation certification services to government and industry customers worldwide. She has a MA in Natural Sciences and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Cambridge. 
Alejandro Eito, White Sugar Trading Manager, Alvean
James Fry, Chairman, LMC International 
Luis Rodrigo Poch, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, UCO Trading

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Mark Chesworth, Managing Director, Vivergo

Mark joined Vivergo Fuels in December 2013, bringing a wealth of expertise after working in multiple industries. Mark joined ABF (Associated British Foods) in 2004 as Supply Chain Director for Ryvita, before moving on to become Operations Director for UK Grocery Group. His most recent role prior to joining Vivergo was as the Commodities and Procurement Director sitting on the Westmill Foods Board. Mark sits on a number of boards, including the AB Sugar Board and as a member of the ePure board. The Vivergo Fuels bioethanol plant in Hull was officially opened in July 2013 by business secretary Vince Cable MP and is owned by ABF as a majority shareholder, along with DuPont. The plant represents a £400mn investment in the renewables sector in the UK. It operates from the Humber’s Energy Estuary and is an official member of the UK government’s Northern Powerhouse Partnership. The plant is the UK’s largest bioethanol producer and the largest single-source supplier of animal feed, providing valuable commodities that the UK would usually have imported in the past. 

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