20 2月 - 22 2月 2023
In-person: Singapore & Online Access

Argus Biomass Asia Conference

Expert speakers include:

Yoshinobu Kusano
Executive Advisor & General Manager, Fuel Procurement, Biomass Energy, RENOVA,Inc.
Yoshinobu Kusano joined Renova as an Executive Adviser in 2017. From January 2018 he has been head of Renova’s Fuel Procurement Group, Biomass Energy. Prior to that, he worked for Sumitomo head office as well as offices in Saudi Arabia and in Johannesburg as its representatives. He has been involved in the start-up of overseas plantation forest management and operation joi...
Yoshinobu Kusano joined Renova as an Executive Adviser in 2017. From January 2018 he has been head of Renova’s Fuel Procurement Group, Biomass Energy. Prior to that, he worked for Sumitomo head office as well as offices in Saudi Arabia and in Johannesburg as its representatives. He has been involved in the start-up of overseas plantation forest management and operation joint venture as Director. From 2003, he has been intensively focusing on biomass fuel development and sourcing as a head of Sumitomo Biomass Group. He holds a BA in Law from Waseda university in Tokyo.
Dr Takanobu Aikawa
Senior Researcher, Renewable Energy Institute
Takanobu Aikawa is a Senior Researcher at the Renewable Energy Institute in Tokyo, since June 2016. Takanobu was appointed a member of the Biomass Sustainability Working Group organized by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in April 2018, and he is a board member of the Japan Woody Bioenergy Association. Takanobu was previously employed in a senior research consul...
Takanobu Aikawa is a Senior Researcher at the Renewable Energy Institute in Tokyo, since June 2016. Takanobu was appointed a member of the Biomass Sustainability Working Group organized by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in April 2018, and he is a board member of the Japan Woody Bioenergy Association. Takanobu was previously employed in a senior research consulting position for Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting, from 2004 to 2016, where he was involved in investigations and consulting activities in the forestry sector. Takanobu obtained his master’s degree in forest ecology from the Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University. In March 2016, he completed his doctorate in agricultural studies on the theme of human resources development policy in the area of forest management.
David Wong
Marketing Director, Rainbow Pellet
David Wong is the marketing director of Rainbow Pellet, which has been producing pellets since 2014 together with its associated group of companies. The family-owned company has been supplying the Asian market actively and more recently, it has also been selling into the Europe market. The wood pellet business is a subsidiary of another family business which focuses on int...
David Wong is the marketing director of Rainbow Pellet, which has been producing pellets since 2014 together with its associated group of companies. The family-owned company has been supplying the Asian market actively and more recently, it has also been selling into the Europe market. The wood pellet business is a subsidiary of another family business which focuses on international sawed lumber trade since 1985. Rainbow Pellet holds PEFC certification and aims to be SBP certified by January 2020. The company is currently the leading wood pellet manufacturer in Malaysia.
Naoki Kawamoto
Senior (Black Pellets), Coak & Energy Solutions Dept, Idemitsu Kosan
Naoki Kawamoto graduated from the Faculty of Engineering Kyushu University in 1984. For the first 7 years, he was engaged in fuel conversion activities from oil to coal and coal sales, followed by 6 years at the head office and 10 years in China for coal purchase and sales.In 2008, he became Sales Manager of the Coal and Energy Solution Business Department, responsible for...
Naoki Kawamoto graduated from the Faculty of Engineering Kyushu University in 1984. For the first 7 years, he was engaged in fuel conversion activities from oil to coal and coal sales, followed by 6 years at the head office and 10 years in China for coal purchase and sales.In 2008, he became Sales Manager of the Coal and Energy Solution Business Department, responsible for coal and oil sales to Japanese power and steel companies and then Deputy General Manager,responsible for overseas mine development. He then served as Chairman of IAR, which owns and operates three coal mines in Australia, for three years. After 35 years in coal business field, he was promoted as DGM of Black Pellet Business Development from 2019 to June 2022. He played a main role in setting up the Black Pellet Forum in Japan and is currently leading the Japan Black Pellet Forum as Group Secretariat.
Takeshi Maruo
Manager, Coal and Biomass Team, Bulk Carrier Division, NYK Group
Takeshi Maruo is the manager of the coal and biomass team at bulk carrier group no 1 at NYK Bulk and Projects Carriers. He joined Nippon Yusen Kaisha in 2002 and has spent 18 years at NYK Group, in charge of Asia-Pacific for conventional vessels, the corporate planning group, PCC and the regional headquarters for containers in London. He joined NYK Bulk Project in October ...
Takeshi Maruo is the manager of the coal and biomass team at bulk carrier group no 1 at NYK Bulk and Projects Carriers. He joined Nippon Yusen Kaisha in 2002 and has spent 18 years at NYK Group, in charge of Asia-Pacific for conventional vessels, the corporate planning group, PCC and the regional headquarters for containers in London. He joined NYK Bulk Project in October 2018, and takes great pleasure in supporting customers in the biomass business field
Michael Wild
Managing Partner, Wild&Partner
Michael Wild, economist and engineer by education, is active in renewable energies for practically his entire 26 years professional career. He has pioneered Biomass fired district heating systems in Austria and conversion of coal fired systems to biomass in former socialist countries. The first internet based biomass trading platform (ABEX) was started by him in 1999. Unti...
Michael Wild, economist and engineer by education, is active in renewable energies for practically his entire 26 years professional career. He has pioneered Biomass fired district heating systems in Austria and conversion of coal fired systems to biomass in former socialist countries. The first internet based biomass trading platform (ABEX) was started by him in 1999. Until 2010 he led the international biomass trading company EBES creating numerous intercontinental supply chains for palm kernel shell, pellets and wood chips. From 2007 he took a leading position in torrefaction technology development forming also a consortium with Andritz AG. In 2012 he helped setting up within AEBIOM the International Biomass Torrefaction Council IBTC whose members elected him president. Also from 2012 on he has been supporting Bridgewell Resources Ltd in developing their Biomass desk acting as their European Sales Manger.
Carsten Huljus
Chief Executive Officer, Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP)
Carsten Huljus is Chief Executive of the Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP), a not-for-profit multi-stakeholder organisation that has developed an independent third-party certification system to provide assurance that woody biomass is sourced from legal and sustainable sources. Over the past 20 years Carsten has been involved in forest sustainability and chain of custody ce...
Carsten Huljus is Chief Executive of the Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP), a not-for-profit multi-stakeholder organisation that has developed an independent third-party certification system to provide assurance that woody biomass is sourced from legal and sustainable sources. Over the past 20 years Carsten has been involved in forest sustainability and chain of custody certification (FSC, PEFC), consulting and related activities and projects globally on behalf of private clients, GIZ, the World Bank, WWF, FAO and EBRD.
Kenneth Tran
Director, Ayo Biomass
Jayendu Krishna
Director - Maritime Advisors, Drewry
Jayendu leads the maritime advisory practice team in Singapore. He has more than 15 years’ research and advisory experience in shipping and ports. He has undertaken numerous consultancy assignments on due diligence, feasibility study, freight procurement strategy, traffic potential and logistics cost estimation for potential investors, financial institutions, port promoter...
Jayendu leads the maritime advisory practice team in Singapore. He has more than 15 years’ research and advisory experience in shipping and ports. He has undertaken numerous consultancy assignments on due diligence, feasibility study, freight procurement strategy, traffic potential and logistics cost estimation for potential investors, financial institutions, port promoters and other firms.
Lt Col Monish Ahuja (Retd)
Managing Director, PRESPL
Monish Ahuja is currently the managing director of Indian biomass fuel aggregation and supply company Punjab Renewable Energy Systems. He has been an advocate of biomass and its industry development in India, working closely with other biomass project developers to overcome barriers to entry and promoting its use to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Sources.
Monish Ahuja is currently the managing director of Indian biomass fuel aggregation and supply company Punjab Renewable Energy Systems. He has been an advocate of biomass and its industry development in India, working closely with other biomass project developers to overcome barriers to entry and promoting its use to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Sources.
Andy Hill
Deputy Chair, Wood Recyclers Association
Andy has worked in the UK’s organics and alternative fuels sectors for more than 14 years, including nine years at SUEZ UK. Andy’s focus is on the commercial development of alternative fuels for the wood, RDF and SRF markets requiring the development of their fuel production facilities and associated supply chains. Under his leadership, SUEZ UK became the largest exporter ...
Andy has worked in the UK’s organics and alternative fuels sectors for more than 14 years, including nine years at SUEZ UK. Andy’s focus is on the commercial development of alternative fuels for the wood, RDF and SRF markets requiring the development of their fuel production facilities and associated supply chains. Under his leadership, SUEZ UK became the largest exporter of alternative fuels and the first company to successfully supply SRF to non-EU markets for the cement industry. Subsequently, Andy set up his own consultancy business for companies involved in the alternative fuels markets, with a focus on emerging markets. It is in this role that he serves as senior adviser to N+P. Andy is also chairman of the Wood Recyclers’ Association in the UK, which represents UK producers and European energy and panel board consumers.
Erisa Senerdem
Editor, Biomass, Argus
Erisa Senerdem is editor for the Argus Biomass Report. She has previously covered Petroleum Coke and contributed to the Argus Coal Daily International report as well as covering gas and power markets at Argus. Prior to Argus, she has worked as a researcher, university lecturer, journalist and a consultant. She has a Ph.D. in economics, with a special focus on the energy f...
Erisa Senerdem is editor for the Argus Biomass Report. She has previously covered Petroleum Coke and contributed to the Argus Coal Daily International report as well as covering gas and power markets at Argus. Prior to Argus, she has worked as a researcher, university lecturer, journalist and a consultant. She has a Ph.D. in economics, with a special focus on the energy field.
Andrew Jones
Deputy Editor - Coal, Argus
Andrew Jones is the Deputy Editor for Argus Asia Coal. He joined Argus in 2009, based in the company’s Singapore office. His initial focus was on the Asia-Pacific dry bulk and tanker markets before switching to the coal desk, where he now focuses on price discovery, news and analysis of regional thermal coal and petroleum coke markets. Having previously worked at sea, Andr...
Andrew Jones is the Deputy Editor for Argus Asia Coal. He joined Argus in 2009, based in the company’s Singapore office. His initial focus was on the Asia-Pacific dry bulk and tanker markets before switching to the coal desk, where he now focuses on price discovery, news and analysis of regional thermal coal and petroleum coke markets. Having previously worked at sea, Andrew started his journalism career in the UK before moving to Asia in 2006 as a correspondent with Dow Jones Newswires/The Wall Street Journal, where he covered various regional commodities markets.