Renewable chemistry director (& President of ACDV)
Born on 1958, I graduated from Ecole Polytechnique (Paris) in 1981, and then obtained a Master in Theroretical Physics (1982) and a PhD in Experimental Nuclear Physics in 1985 (Paris). I also got a Master in Artificial Intelligence (1986; Paris)
I’ve worked 4 years for the Corporate R&D center of Compagnie Générale d’Electricité (former name of Alcatel-Lucent) in Artificial Intelligence.
I joined Solvay in 1989, where I’ve been in charge of chlorofluorinated production for 3 years. After 8 years of plant management in mineral and pharmaceutical chemistry, I’ve been managing the Global Business Unit “Advanced Functional Minerals” (based in Angera, Italy).
I moved to Solvay’s Corporate New Business Development structure in 2006 (Brussels, Belgium), where I developed the Group level activities in Nanotechnologies and Renewable Based Chemistry.
Since 2012 and take-over of Rhodia by Solvay, I’m focusing on Renewable based chemistry
Former Board member of SpecialChem (Paris,) and of Capricorn Cleantech VC fund (Leuven, Belgium) I’m presently at the Advisory Board of Sofinnova Green Seed Fund and a member of ANR (French National Research Agency) advisory groups on chemistry and materials.
Après avoir été chercheur au CEA (1964-1965), Monsieur John PERSENDA a rejoint le Groupe SHELL dans la branche Chimie en 1965 où il a occupé successivement, tant en France qu’au siège du groupe à Londres, dans diverses divisions, les postes d’Ingénieur Commercial, Directeur de Division Technique et Directeur du Marketing.
En 1976, il crée SP METAL, devenue en 2005 : le Groupe SPhere SA.
Le Groupe SPHERE est constitué de 1106 personnes avec 13 sites de production répartis en Europe et a réalisé en 2013, un chiffre d’affaires de 341,7 millions d’Euros.
Director Public Affairs
Ward Mosmuller joined DSM in 2009. Currently is he responsible for Global Public Affairs at DSM in the areas innovation, bio-based economy and climate & energy. He advise and reports to the CEO and DSM Leadership Team on strategic issues that impact the license to operate of DSM. In his role, he represents DSM in industry associations and engages in societal, governmental and legislation related debates. He is responsible for issue management, lobby strategies and engagement with strategic stakeholders.
Ward studied Molecular Sciences at Wageningen University and obtained his PhD-degree in 1993 in
Bio-organic Chemistry. He joined Senter (today RVO), where he held several positions, starting as coordinator of a national innovation programme and taking his leave as manager of the industrial development loan scheme (TOK), a € 600 million public loan facility for businesses. In this period he obtained his MBA-degree. In 2001 Ward joined PricewaterhouseCoopers and was one of the key members of the Life Sciences team of PwC NL. At the end of 2002 he became managing director of BioPartner, which supported universities in improving their capabilities in entrepreneurship and he supported setting-up a range of spin-offs in life sciences.
In 2005 Ward started his own company with a focus on innovation and technology transfer. He was
one of the founders of Health Valley, a regional broker between science and business. In 2006 he was cofounder of the Technology Transfer Office of VU University & Medical Centre and was appointed managing director (on a part-time basis); in this role he (co)founded several spin-off companies in a range of areas.
From 1979 to 1990 Henri PLANEIX was in charge of the development of automotive finishes for Peugeot and Renault in PPG development Laboratory. Then he joined as head SORITEC laboratory in this business he managed the development of products for different sectors of activity (Rail, Automotive, General Industry). He became R & D Director at MÄDER when SORITEC MÄDER joined the Group in 2000 and has since supported the coordination of research in the Group’s various business segments and is directly responsible for Mäder Research.
VAN ARDENNE Agnes
Representant / Chair
COPA COGECA (LTO) - DUTCH BIOREFINERY CLUSTERBiography
Board Member Biobased Industries Consortium
President of Dutch Biorefinery Cluster
Vice Chair Advisory Council for Environment and Infrastructure
President Product Board for Horticulture, 2011- 2015
Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the FAO in Rome, 2007-2011
Minister for Development Cooperation, 2003-2007
Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, 2002-2003
Member of Parliament CDA, Commissions on Agriculture, Defense and Foreign Affairs, 1994-2002
Member Board of Biobased Industries Consortium
President CEO Group Dutch Biorefinery Cluster
President Supervisory Board Green University for Applied Sciences Van Hall Larenstein
Chair Board of Governors African Studies Centre
Member Copa Cogeca Bioeconomy Task Force
DE JONG Ed
Ed graduated at Agricultural University Wageningen, the Netherlands and also defended his
PhD thesis at the Agricultural University Wageningen, the Netherlands on the degradation of lignocellulose by white-rot fungi (1993). He has been research associate for 3 years at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada at the group of Jack Saddler, on the use of softwood species for biofuels application. He has been Head of the Department of Fibre and Paper Technology, Food and Biobased Research, Wageningen University & Research Centre, The Netherlands. He joint Avantium Chemicals in 2007. He is currently VP Development – responsible for Public-Private partnerships of Avantium, feedstock selection and Catalytic Biomass Conversion of carbohydrates into building blocks for polyesters such as PEF a improved replacement of PET. He is involved in the valorization of side products of the YXY Process, cq humins and levulinates. He is co-chair of the IEA-Bioenergy Task 42 on biorefineries.
Head of Régulatory Affairs & Technical Service EMEA
Research & Development engineer
Graduated with a Master Degree in "Eco-Design of Polymers & Composites" I’m a Research & Development engineer at EcoTechnilin, French leading supplier of non-woven natural fiber products with a production capacity of 7000 tonnes per year. EcoTechnilin is also a partner in the project of comparative Life Cycle Analysis of a bio-based composite and a similar non-biobased product market.
Graduated from a master degree in agronomy with a specialization in bio-based chemistry, I’m in charge of the topic of LCA applied to bio-based products (chemical products and materials) in ADEME, the French Environment and Energy Management Agency. ADEME promotes the development of relevant solutions with lower environmental impacts and we choose Quantis, Ecotechnilin and FRD to work on an LCA of a bio-based composite for the automotive sector.
R&D technician and Project Manager
Ana Palanca, holds an MSc degree in Industrial Engineering by the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, working in AIMPLAS at the R&D department since 2011. She participates in the preparation of European Projects, coordinating the technical part and the consortium building of the proposals in which AIMPLAS participates (+75 Projects since 2000, 36 of them FP7 in 18 as Coordinator). She has participated in the preparation of R&D projects focused on biopolymers, composites and material processing such as ECO-INNOVATION DRIUS, FoF NMP COALINE, R4SME BIO4MAP and KBBE BISIGODOS. Currently she participates in the development of KBBE BISIGODOS project, aiming to obtain valuable algae derived chemicals, amino acids and high added-value bio-resins starting from algae biomass fed directly with CO2 from industrial emissions.
Sustainability and Communications Manager
Since 2005, Sascha Nissen has been working with A.I.S.E., the international Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products in Brussels. He is mainly involved in the development and implementation of A.I.S.E.’s European voluntary initiatives on Sustainable Production and Consumption (SCP) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities for the industry sector, in particular in the project management of the ‘A.I.S.E. Charter for Sustainable Cleaning’. Sascha is also coordinating A.I.S.E.’s Product Environmental Footprint pilot on household liquid laundry detergents, a project in the context of the EU Environmental Footprint initiative.
Sascha studied Political Science at the University in Bonn, Germany, and was working in parallel in the German Parliament as Parliamentary Assistant. After his graduation as Magister Artium, M.A., he worked as Consultant for Public Relations and Public Affairs firms in Germany and Brussels.
Sascha has been a speaker at numerous international symposia and congresses across Europe.
Boris Estrine has been the manager of the ARD chemistry
department since 2002. He obtained his Ph.D. in organic and
macromolecular chemistry in 2002 from Reims University, France. His main research interests are sugar chemistry and catalysis for the development of specialty chemicals.
Graduated in 2010 from ECPM (Strasbourg), European School of Chemistry, Polymers and Material Science, Florence completed in 2011 her academic education with a Specialized Master in Project Management at HEC, Paris. She started her career within BASF France, as Market Development specialist, managing cross-divisional projects to develop the French market for various industries: wind energy, biopolymers, packaging. Since 2013, she joined BASF Beauty Care Solutions as Marketing Manager for active ingredients, her current position.
Dr. Laurent Bélard holds a Ph.D. in Materials Chemistry from the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne and a Master’s Degree in Materials Science from the EEIGM (European School for Materials Engineering). Since 2011, he is the R&D Manager of NaturePlast, remaining since its creation the bioplastics supplier with the largest portfolio in Europe. He is also the R&D manager of Biopolynov, company fully owned by Natureplast and dedicated to developing new bioplastics materials with improved properties. Since its creation Biopolynov has succesfully undertaken several dozens of customers’ projects, leading to the development of more than 500 hundreds new materials.
Technical Sales Manager
Mr. Martin Clemesha graduated as a materials science engineer at the Polytechnic School of São Paulo University in 2001 and has a post-graduation degree in Packaging Engineering.
Along his 15 years carrier, he has provided technical support to Customers in several segments in Brazil, South America and Europe. As market development engineer, he worked on projects involving the replacement of traditional materials in the paint packaging and medical packaging industries. Today in a more commercial role, his aim is to serve current customers and open new opportunities for Braskem’s I’m GreenTM polyethylene in Europe.
His employment history is as follows:
Braskem Netherlands BV
March 2014 to present
Technical Sales Manager
January 2011 to February 2014
Held the position of Market Development followed by Technical Services for Europe & Overseas
Quattor Petrochemical Co.
June 2008 – Dec 2010
Technical Services Engineer
Polibrasil Resinas / Suzano Petroquímica
2000 – 2008 (8 years)
Technical Services Engineer
Project manager in green chemistry
Soutenance des travaux de thèse intitulés « fonctionnalisation d’huiles végétales et de leurs dérivés pour la formulation de nouveaux revêtements polyuréthanes agro-ressourcés » en 2011. Intégration de la société COLAS, numéro 1 mondial dans le domaine de la construction routière, d’abord en tant qu’ingénieur R&D dédié à l’assistance technique aux filiales du groupe, puis comme chef de projet au sein de la section « chimie verte ».
VAN DER MEIJ ROB
Capricorn Venture Partners NVBiography
Rob has worked over 20 years in the chemical and refining catalysts industry (Akzo Nobel, Shell Chemicals, Gemini Consulting), in business and technology management roles before becoming a start up entrepreneur in Clean Tech since 2008.
He has been involved as founder and CEO and currently as private investor and board member in several start-ups in the field of bio-fuels, chemical separation technology and water technology. Rob is an Investment Manager for Capricorn’s new Sustainable Chemistry Fund.
Rob is Chemical Engineer from the Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands
Orkun Kaymakci has received his MSc degree in Polymer Science and Engineering from Virginia Tech, VA, USA. Previously, he worked at Massachusetts General Hospital-Harvard Medical School as a Biomedical Engineer on development of polymer based implants. He has been working in Arcelik A.S. for over two years and his current primary research interest involves advanced polymer composites. He has a distinctive research and development experience in diverse fields of polymer science and technology.
Manager EU Research
Guy Buyle holds a Masters of Engineering degree. He obtained his PhD in Physics on the subject of simulating PVD coating processes. He started at Centexbel in 2006 in the textile coating and finishing group. He has mainly been working on cross sectorial innovation projects. An example is the European AT SEA project in which textile substrates were developed for the growth of seaweed. This project received the TechTextil Innovation Award in 2015. Currently, he is Manager EU Research of Centexbel.
R&D Project Manager
CEVA (Centre d’étude et de valorisation des algues)Biography
PhD in green chemistry, with experience in applied industrial R&D in an international context at CEVA (Agro-Industrial Technical Institute for Algae, France) since 2012. Maud BENOIT is in charge of the set-up, management and transfer to the semi industrial scale of innovative R&D projects (private contracts and collaborative research) that integrate seaweed and microalgae as raw materials. She covers various fields of applications around the “blue bioeconomy”: mainly in cosmetics area (surfactants, functional and active cosmetic ingredients) but also in biomaterials, agriculture, feed, food and energy industry.
Maud BENOIT is an expert in plant extraction and algae-based chemistry, with a special focus on biopolymers/carbohydrates and their applications, fractionation, purification and transformation by physicochemical routes. She managed more than 30 public or private projects in various topics (active cosmetic ingredients from tropical and local seaweeds, fermentation for PLA industry, transformation of cellulosic seaweed for bioethanol industry, active ingredients for aquaculture, surfactants for detergency area, seaweeds for plant health and crop protection…)
She is co-author of 11 publications.Speaker for
Market Development Manager
Stephan Roest has a Bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering at Utrecht University, a Master degree in Policy Analysis, Systems Engineering and Management at Delft University and an Executive MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management.
Stephan started his career working for 8 years in consultancy, of which he worked 7 years at PwC as sustainability consultant focusing mainly on the chemical industry. In this role he advised chemical companies formulating sustainability strategies or helped them complying and implementing environmental and chemical regulations. Since 2015, Stephan has stepped over to a truly sustainable chemical company, Corbion, that is involved in the manufacturing of biobased ingredients, biobased chemicals and biobased plastics. In his role as Biobased Innovations Market Development Manager he is responsible for developing the business for Corbion’s Biobased Innovations portfolio, of which FDCA for PEF is one of them.
His employment history is as follows:
Corbion Gorinchem, The Netherlands, 2015 to present
Market Development Manager, Biobased Innovations
Responsible for developing the business for Corbion’s Biobased Innovations portfolio.
PwC, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2008 to 2015
Manager – Sustainability & Climate Change
Consultant advising several companies in the chemicals and processing industry on sustainability, environmental compliance and business improvement.
Koning&Hartman, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2007 to 2008
Technology Consultant – Chemical Engineer
Kevin has worked in Croda since 2009, across different departments; technical, product assurance, sales and marketing. Currently, he is responsible for coordinating Marketing & Business Development activities for the French territory and for all of Croda’s Industrial markets as well as Crop Care market. This job consists mainly of local communications, sales and technical support, and market studies.
Prior to joining Deinove in January 2013, Emmanuel PETIOT was Director of Sales at Novozymes North America Inc., the world leader in enzymes and microorganisms. For 9 years, he has had a successful career at this Danish industrial biotechnology leader, holding executive positions in marketing, sales and business development, both in Europe and the United States. He was also General Manager of the French subsidiary of Novozymes, covering European operations. Previously, he held senior marketing and sales positions at Dow Chemical (2000-2004) and Air Liquide (1996-2000). His job at DEINOVE is to make sure that the company strikes the right technology and commercial partnerships as well as further strengthens its R&D and Operational structures to accelerate industrialization of its breakthrough bio-based solutions.
Emmanuel PETIOT graduated from EDHEC Business School and the École Centrale de Paris (renowned engineering school).
A graduate of ENSAIT, the French School of Textile Engineering, Karim has spent his whole career in the field of non-wovens, first working for a machine supplier and then for material producers. He has been Ecotechnilin general manager from february 2009. He grown up the business from 5M€ to 11M€ during the past 6 years and today he forecasts to full fill the facility in Yvetot with 14M€ turnover this year and to open a new facility in eastern Europe.
Head of Applied Technology Household Care for Europe
Evonik Nutrition & Care GmbHBiography
Dirk Kuppert is holding scince 2005 the postion of Head of Applied
Technology Household Care for Europe at Evonik Nutrition & Care
GmbH located in Hanau, Germany. He is responsible for the
identification and management of strategic and operational
innovation projects for the commercialisation of new ingredients
and technologies in the area of Laundry and Fabric Care, Household
Cleaners and Car Caring products. Before he was Head of the
Process Technology group within the research platform Interfacial
Technology in Evonik’s Consumer Specialties Business Unit dealing
with synthesis and development of surface active polymers for
various application areas. He started his industry career with the
former Degussa AG in Marl as Head of a R&D Laboratory Monomers
for Polyamides in the business unit High Performance Polymers.
Dirk studied Chemistry and received his PhD in Bioinorganic
Chemistry in 2000 from the Universität des Saarlandes in Germany.
Afterwards he co-founded a chemical Start-Up company whose
managing director he was until 2002.
Head of business Development
Thomas holds an MSc in Biotechnology (ESBS, Strasbourg) and an MBA from ESC Grenoble. He started his career in the technology transfer office of the CEA (Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique), then became Business Development & IP Manager at Biométhodes, a protein engineering company. Subsequently Thomas took over the responsibility for strategic development at the antibody development company MorphoSys, one of the three biggest German biotech companies. He joined Global Bioenergies in October 2010.
Biomaterials Referent – Materials Innovation Leader
Of training Chemical engineer specialized in Polymers of the College of Organic and Mineral Chemistry (E.S.C.O.M.), I began my career in the automotive sector to Renault. After around ten years in Painted assembled body Engineering department as Project manager and / or Quality manager in vehicles’ industrialization projects, I joined in 2010 the Polymers section of the Materials department as Materials Innovation Leader. I was named Biomaterials Referent in the field of expertise "Polymers, Characterization and Transformation Processes" in 2013, to identify and to study bio-based materials which can be integrated at Renault.
Head of sustainability
As an agronomist trained in Paris and an MBA graduate of HEC, Claude FROMAGEOT began his career in Tunisia for a cooperation program. He integrated the Rocher Group in 1987 as Raw Materials Quality Manager then moved on to Manager of Manufacturing in 1989 and Production Manager in Luxembourg in 1991.For 13 years, as Director of Research and Develoment, Claude FROMAGEOT directed twenty research teams in all disciplines from plant to skin. Yves Rocher Research has brought not only the discovery of major botanical extracts and recognized scientific publications to Botanical Beauty, but also agronomic and botanical research to the world. Since September 2011, Claude FROMAGEOT has been Head of sustainability for the Groupe Rocher and Director of the Yves Rocher Foundation.
Besides, Claude FROMAGEOT is involved in organizations as NRSC (Natural Ressources Stewardship Circle), OREE, FRB (Fondation pour la Recherché sur la Biodiversité), MnHn (Museum national d’Histoire naturelle).
He also plays the violin as the founder of the Poliphile string quartet.
I4CE - Institute for Climate EconomicsBiography
Benoît is the Managing Director of I4CE – Institute for Climate Economics, the think tank on the economics of the transition to a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy initiated by Caisse des Dépôts and Agence Française de Développement.
Benoît has been advising, since 2002, public and private decision-makers on issues related to the transition to a low-carbon economy, including policies and economic tools. He lectures on the economics of climate change in various Masters programs. He is also a member of several expert groups, inter alia: the Kyoto Protocol’s Article 6 Supervisory Committee; the Advisory Board on Economic matters to the French Minister for Environment; the Goodplanet Foundation’s Scientific Committee. In addition, he was in 2013 a member of the group of experts for the French Debate on Energy Transition.
Prior to joining the Caisse des Dépôts group, Benoît worked on greenhouse gas emission verification assignments, particularly in the energy sector, and on advisory assignments on the economics of climate change, for public and private clients.
Benoît is an engineering graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and the ENSTA Paris Tech, and holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Economics from Paris-X University. A French national, he is fluent in French, English and Spanish.
University of NantesBiography
Clémence Queffélec studied at the University of Lille 1 and obtained her Ph.D. degree in organic chemistry in 2007. Afterwards, she did an 18 months postdoctoral work within the field of phosphorus chemistry, at the Department of Chemistry, TCU, Fort Worth, Texas with professor Jean-Luc Montchamp. Then, she worked for one year at the University of Paris XI on the enantioselective intramolecular hydroamination catalyzed by rare-earth metal complexes. In 2010, she was appointed Maıt̂re de Conférences at the University of Nantes, joining the team of Bruno Bujoli. Currently, she is working on phosphonate-based organic−inorganic hybrid materials applied to biotechnologies and supported catalysis, and on the development of hydrothermal liquefaction as a route to transform microalgae residues into bio-asphalt.
Emmanuel Chailleux obtained his PhD in 2000 from the "Ecole Centrale de Lyon (France)" in polymer science field. In 2004 he has been appointed associate professor at IFSTTAR institute in the pavement department. In 2014, he has been promoted research director. His current investigations deal with bituminous binder performances, including rheological properties, viscoelastic modelling, ageing and cracking phenomena. He also conducts researches to develop and characterize alternative binder from biomass. He is the secretary of the RILEM technical committee SIB (Testing and Characterization of Sustainable Innovative Bituminous Materials and Systems). He is the authors of 43 research papers.
Cheif Technology Officer
Inkemia Green Chemicals
Manager of the innovation Department
Chemical Engineer profile, graduated from the Higher School of Clermont Ferrand chemistry, Carine ALFOS at first started his career at FPI (French Petroleum Institute) where she supported for three years the conduct of a project to upgrade petrochemical oils. At the end of this experience, she will start her career at ITERG (Industrial Technical Center specialized in lipids) in the world of plants and oleochemistry, incorporating a design engineer position then taking the direction of the Lipochemistry department allowing her to sit the development of this competence within the Institute. Alongside she will work towards the establishment of a unit dedicated to Customer Relationship before the ride. Today she took over the direction of the Innovation Department bringing together all research, development and transfer on such diverse markets as food industry, nutrition and health, cosmetic, or industry (building, transport, materials, biomolecules, additives, ....).
Specialist, Bio-Based Additives and Materials, Organic and Green Chemistry, Organic-Inorganic Interactions, Formulation, Bio-Inspired Systems
Lê-Chiên HOANG, Specialist, Bio-Based Additives and Materials, Organic and Green Chemistry, Organic-Inorganic Interactions, Formulation, Bio-Inspired Systems
1985: Organic and Petrochemistry Engineer at the Hanoi Polytechnic School, Vietnam
1990: Doctor in organic catalysis chemistry at the Poitiers University, France
1990 - 1991: Research Engineer for GDF Suez
Research activity: Air Depolluting by catalytic reduction of the NOx
1991 - 2007: Co-creator and Scientist Director for Valagro Company
R&D activities: Industrial valorization of the biomass (vegetable oils, lignocellulosic matters) as biofuel, biolubricants, biomaterials …
2007 to today: Spesialist for Lafargeholcim R&D
R&D activities: Organic-Inorganic composite design, Bio-based Additives, Biomass-Cement composites, mineral foam as insulating materials
More 20 publications, more of 20 patents and several international conferences
Creator and Manager of numerous public and private R&D projects
Chairman & CEO
Frédéric Gauchet graduated in 1985 from Ecole Normale Supérieure, the most prestigious French college in Paris for science and literature. He majored in biology and chemistry, and also holds a Master of Science in Organic Chemistry, Aggregation in physical sciences, college teacher in Chemistry and Physics (1984-1988). Frédéric Gauchet is also an Ingénieur au Corps des Mines (1985-1988), the elite business administration programme reserved for top 10 graduates of Ecole Polytechnique and three graduates of Ecole Normale Supérieure.
His career began in 1988, with Sanofi-Synthelabo Inc (New York, USA) where he held the position of Assistant to President of North-American Operations for two years, then as Plant + R&D Manager within Sanofi-Synthelabo Chemie, in France for another two years.
In 1992, he joined Total, Paint Division (Paris) as Vice-President, Strategy & Planning and two years later, he moved to Vinci as Managing Director Vinci Concessions. Vinci is the world leader for construction, civil engineering and concession business.
Seven years later, Frédéric Gauchet joined Dufry Group (formerly Weitnauer), in Basel Switzerland as CEO and Board’s director. Dufry, a privately owned Swiss company, had been known under the name of Weitnauer as a European leader in the duty free wholesale business for more than a century.
In 2004, he founded Minafin SaRL (Luxembourg). Minafin is the holding company of the Minafin Group, which develops and manufactures active ingredients, organic intermediates and specialty fine chemicals for the life science industries and technical applications, since its inception in 2004. The group operates under five trademarks: Minakem (that includes Minakem High Potent), Minasolve, Pennakem, Minascent and Pressure Chemical managed as distinct business units. Its consolidated net sales amount to EUR 135 million and its six European and American sites employ 750 people, 60 of whom are devoted to R&D activities. In 2016, Minafin move dits headquarters from Luxembourg to Belgium and acquired the Belgian nationality.
New Business Development Director
Stefano Facco is New Business Development Director of Novamont SpA as well as the managing director of the German subsidiary of Novamont, which is based in Eschborn. He has held this position since 1997, following six years as Product Development Manager for Montedison Deutschland, where he worked on the market introduction of biofuels and biopolymers. Earlier, he had worked there on liquid crystal polymers for electronic applications like PCB and speciality fibres for EMI shielding . The first stages of his career were interspersed with two stints at the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Germany, as consultant for EDP and marketing issues and lately as Managing Director.
He is Vice President and co-founder of EuBP, the European Bioplastics Association and former member of the Din “ biodegradable polymers” working group.
Stefano Facco was born in Hong Kong 1963, went to High School in Germany and Austria, has a background in economics
Novamont is has been active for more than 25 years in development of new types of bioplastics, biolubricants and bio-additives and with the build-up of innovative biorefineries, fully integrated in the local areas designed on the bases and respect of local biodiversity and culture.. The aim is to produce advanced solutions for final applications capable of delivering strong environmental, social and economic benefits for the system in which the biorefineries operate (i.e. local areas, regions) by enabling an efficient and sustainable use of the planet’s limited natural resources.
For its pioneerinstic approach and technological achievements Novamont has got many international awards Among them in 2007 Novamont CEO’s Catia Bastioli was awarded the prestigious international prize of “European Inventor of the Year 2007” by the European Commission and the European Patent Office.
Novamont’s activities focus on the development of integrated biorefineries which are dedicated to the production of high added-value, biobased chemicals and bio products. Preserving resource efficiency and local biodiversity are the common denominators guiding all the processes from R&D&I to market development
The aim is to identify different non-food local crops that can be grown in marginal, non-irrigated land and pastures in order to preserve and enhance local biodiversity and soil fertility and maximize the use of waste and residues, using them as precious input for the biorefinery
The integrated Biorefinery therefore entails not only large-scale investments in research and plants, but primarily an interactive and multidisciplinary approach which involves a broad range of local stakeholders and continuous training of human resources – both from a technical point of view and in terms of ethics and systemic vision. The cooperative and inclusive approach with farmers and academia at local level aims to instill a culture of innovation in the areas in which the biorefineries operate and to maximize knowledge spillovers across several involved sectors (end users, farmers, regions, students.).
Philippe Willems, bioengineer by education, business developer by experience, a life dedicated to the bio-based economy. After spending 15 years in the agro-industry, Philippe started a consultancy activity in the field of bio-economy. After 6 years he made a move back to operational activities as co-founder of Orineo, a SME that designs, develops, produces and supplies aesthetic bio-based materials for interior design and furniture markets.
Pöyry Management ConsultingBiography
Henna Poikolainen joined Pöyry in 2011 with a focus on techno-economic feasibility studies, market assessments and industry analyses. She is specialised in bio-based chemicals, fuels, materials and new business development. Ms. Poikolainen has been supporting clients e.g. in market entry, product portfolio and partnering strategies; in supply, demand and cost analyses; and in technology reviews and pre-feasibility assessments. She holds M.Sc. (Chem.Tech) degree from Aalto University including business studies from the University of Hong Kong.
architect and environmental researcher
Rachel Bevan ArchitectsBiography
Tom Woolley B.Arch, PhD is an architect and environmental researcher living in Northern Ireland. He is internationally known for his work on sustainable architecture and construction materials. He was Professor of Architecture at Queens University Belfast from 1991 to 2007.
Tom Woolley has published widely on community participation, housing, green architecture and healthy buildings, including the Green Building Handbook, Natural Building, Hemp and Lime Construction and Low Impact Building. He specialises in research into and the use of bio-based and ecological materials. His latest book to be published by Routledge this year is Building Materials, Health and Indoor Air Quality. Tom has spoken at numerous conferences and workshops around the world including Canada, South Africa, Malaysia, Holland, Austria, Denmark, Sweden and Poland. He is a member of the board of Bryson Energy, and Natureplus. Tom is also a consultant to Dublin City Council working on the Wiser/Life/Rediscovery project in Ballymun.
J. RETTENMAIER France (JRS)Biography
Since 2004, Stéphane Laurent (chemical engineer) is working at JRS France as market manager for building chemistry, technical applications and home & personal care. He became in 2012 Director of Innovation for the French market and develops new applications, new developments and new products.
Marcel Lubben is President of Reverdia, a JV of DSM and Roquette. Reverdia is a leading company in the bio-based economy and produces and sells bio-based succinic acid, a building block for a wide range of bio-materials, all from renewable feedstock. Marcel has worked in various leadership positions in DSM in Business Development, Marketing & Sales, Venture Capital and Licensing. He has worked in DSM’s Pharma / Biotech business as well as in the renewable Chemicals & Materials activities. Changing the oil-based economy into a truly renewable and sustainable economy that solves our climate issues is what drives Marcel.
Polymer Chemistry R&D Manager
French, 41 y.o, Polymer Chemistry R&D Manager of Roquette Company, Lestrem Research Center, France.
1999- Graduated from Chemistry High School of Montpellier, specialty: Polymer chemistry.
99-2002: PhD Degree in Polymer Chemistry : polycondensation field : Synthesis of Thermoplastic elastomers from Poly(ethylene terephthalate) chemical recycling.
2003 : Post-Doctoral fellowship in Warwick university (Pr. Haddleton Polymer group): Synthesis of amphiphilic (meth)acrylate compounds through catalytic chain transfer polymerization.
2004 : Researcher in Flamel Technology: polymers for pharmaceutical applications
2005-2007: Post-doctoral fellowship in INSA Lyon: synthesis of isosorbide containing poly(ethylene terephthalate)
2008-2016: Polymer chemistry Research manager of Roquette dealing with three main domains:
reactive extrusion of polymers / polysaccharides and proteins,
polycondensation (mainly polyesters, polycarbonates and thermoplastic polyurethane)
thermosetting resins (mainly, alkyd resins, epoxy resins and (meth)acrylics resins)
Publications and reviews: 15
Polymers from renewable 1,4:3,6-dianhydrohexitols (isosorbide, isomannide and isoidide): A review Fenouillot, F.; Rousseau, A.; Colomines, G.; Saint-Loup, R.; Pascault, J.-P. Progress in Polymer Science (2010), 35(5), 578-622
Bio-based alternatives in the synthesis of aliphatic-aromatic polyesters dedicated to biodegradable film applications Jacquel, Nicolas; Saint-Loup, Rene; Pascault, Jean-Pierre; Rousseau, Alain; Fenouillot, Francoise, Polymer (2015), 59, 234-242
Synthesis and properties of poly(butylene succinate): Efficiency of different transesterification catalysts, Jacquel, Nicolas; Freyermouth, Floriane; Fenouillot, Francoise; Rousseau, Alain; Pascault, Jean Pierre; Fuertes, Patrick; Saint-Loup, Rene, Journal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry (2011), 49(24), 5301-5312
UV curing of a novel resin derived from poly(ethylene terephthalate), Auvergne, R.; Saint-Loup, R.; Joly-Duhamel, C.; Robin, J. J.; Boutevin, B., Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry (2007), 45(7), 1324-133
Synthesis of poly(ethylene terephthalate)-block-poly(tetramethylene oxide) copolymer by direct polyesterification of reactive oligomers, Saint-Loup, Rene; Robin, Jean-Jacques; Boutevin, Bernard, Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics (2003), 204(7), 970-982
Steve Hisiger graduated from Polytechnique Montreal where he obtained a M.Sc.A in Chemical Engineering by developing different cell culture systems. He began his career at the Canada Research Chair in Applied Metabolic Engineering where he worked in the field of Biotechnology.
He joined Salveco in 2008 as a Research Engineer and was in charge of the Formulation and Responsible for the Regulation Affairs. He has been R&D Manager for Salveco for 4 years by leading the Laboratory in the development of innovative formulations from renewable resources. Taking care of the health of the users, he is responsible for developing innovative solutions in Detergents, Hygiene and Biocides areas.
Head of Industrial Partnerships
Caroline holds a diploma from the Chemical Engineer School of Marseille (today Ecole Centrale Marseille). She completed her studies at the University of Rennes with a PhD degree in 2003, on the topic of polyolefin catalysts and high-throughput screening. In 2003, she joined CERTECH in Belgium, a contract research organization, as R&D project manager. Caroline was responsible for leading collaborative projects in the unit “Catalysis and Synthesis”, and was in charge of industrial contracts.
In May 2014, she joined the SAS PIVERT as Head of Industrial Partnerships to valorize and to transfer the IP rights of the company and to lead the Club of Industrials.
The SAS PIVERT, created in 2012 within the frame of the “Investments for the Future” program is a company with a business model based on the valorization of innovative technologies. Linking precompetitive research and industrialization, the SAS PIVERT plays a key role in the innovation and technology transfer process.
Alex Saunois, PhD, is the Technical Director of Sederma. This CRODA group company is dedicated to innovation on active ingredients for cosmetic industry.
Specialized in Phytochemistry, eco-design processes and CSR, his career of more than 20 years have led him towards responsibilities in Research and Development for the Food-processing industry with Danone, the Pharmaceutical industry with Laboratories Expanscience and LMD Pharmacognosie and the Cosmetic industry with LVMH, and now, Sederma.
Technical Marketing Manager
Delphine Gely is Technical Marketing Manager of CRODAROM, a French company located in the South of France. She joined the company 15 years ago.
After graduating in biochemistry and biology, she obtained a Master of plant physiology, biochemistry and health at the Faculty of Pharmacy of Lille.
With a strong marketing and cosmetic knowledge, she has been working with several international style and trend offices to develop and create botanicals linked to innovative, trendy and original concepts.
Involved in product development and technical and marketing projects, she is in charge of setting up and deploying the CSR strategy within Crodarom.
Joško Bobanović joined Sofinnova in 2010 as Partner of the Sofinnova Green Seed Fund dedicated to seed activities in renewable chemistry and bio-energy. Prior to joining Sofinnova he spent eight years in venture capital with iNovia Capital and its fund MSBi Capital in Montreal, Canada. Joško was responsible for cleantech investments at the fund, and focused on seed and early stage investments in cleantech and information technology. Prior to his venture capital career he created an internet startup and a software company. After completing his PhD studies Joško developed real-time ocean forecasting systems still used at Environment Canada for coastal ocean management. Joško holds a BSc. in physics from University of Zagreb, a PhD in physical oceanography from Dalhousie University and an MBA in finance and marketing from McGill University.
Taghleef Industries SpABiography
Emanuela Bardi holds a M.Sc. in Materials Engineering and has been working at Taghleef Industries since 2013 and in 2014 has taken the position of Product Manager for NATIVIA™ PLA films. Emanuela has worked as an open innovation consultant for companies in the oil&gas, home appliance and automotive sectors. Her first approach to bio-based plastics dates back to a project for the development of a fully compostable packaging for the cosmetic industry.
Dipl.-Ing. in Mechanical Engineering and PhD in Chemical Engineering about Innovation Management. Dr. Ziegler worked 13 years for Fraunhofer ICT in the area of Polymer Engineering and General Management, including 2 years in the US and 2 years in Brazil where he was involved in the development of bio-based compounds, plastics processing and mould technology. Since 2009 he is director for R&D and Innovation Management of Tecnaro. Current projects on European and national level are related to bio-composites, bio-based TPE including renewable raw materials with a special focus on by-products and residues.
Sr Manager Business Development
Joop Groen studied Process Engineering and Business administration (MBA) and he is also a certified coach for personal development. Joop started his career with the General Electric company in the Engineering Plastics division where he worked for 17 years. Initially in technical and operational leadership roles, such as plant manager, and later in commercial roles such as marketing- and product manager.
In 2005 Joop joined TNO, the Dutch organization for applied research where he held various leadership positions in automotive and monitoring systems. Since 2012 Joop joined the sustainable chemistry and biobased economy team as senior manager new business development, where he is responsible for initiating large new programs and projects, such as Biorizon (see www.biorizon.eu)Speaker for
Innovation & development - Head of Biosourced Projects
Graduated with a Ph. D in chemistry
Began to work at TOTAL within R&D team in fuels and additives developments.
Since 2011, within TOTAL Fluides, was in charge of the BioLife program to develop the new range of hydrocarbon fluids based on renewable feedstock.
Now, in charge of the Research, Prospective and Innovation within Strategy Direction within TOTAL Fluides.
DE WEVER HELEEN
Project Manager Biotechnology
Heleen De Wever has a PhD in Applied Biological Sciences and is a Project Manager at the Flemish Institute of Technological Research (VITO) in Belgium and leads the Biotechnology team in the business unit Separation and Conversion Technology. The main research lines of the team are process intensification, valorization of biomass and CO2-to-product bioconversions. Technological approaches include the combination of separation technology with bioconversions for high cell density fermentations, in-situ product recovery, enzyme immobilization and/or selective product separation, tailoring of biomass towards defined oligomer fractions, and gas fermentations. Heleen is (co)author of >60 peer-reviewed publications, 4 book chapters and is inventor of 3 patent applications.
Catherine Tredway, Architect and President of WhiteCloud Innovations travelled internationally for over 20 years developing luxury resorts throughout the pristine environments of the world. With WhiteCloud, she used her knowledge of material science to develop IP based on sound industrial design, market trends and advanced biobased chemistry. She has lead an internationally esteemed team of scientists and engineers to set new boundaries in composite technology. Catherine is a passionate advocate for third world improvement and an accomplished author.
Timothée Boitouzet is a French architect, biologist and entrepreneur. CEO of WOODOO, his startup focuses on fusing natural sciences and technology to create advanced sustainable materials, most particularly molecularly enhanced translucent wood technology. Timothée is a graduate from Harvard University, former researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the WYSS Institute (biology inspired engineering). Geared towards green innovation, his research received numerous prizes, such as most recently the « Innovator of the year 2016» award by MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35.
Member of the Executive Committee
MITSUBISHI CHEMICALS (MCC)
Raw Materials Sustainability Manager
VAN DER SLUIJS INKE
Technical manager Europe
Sales and Marketing Director
Sustainable Innovation Manager
Head of Active Cosmetic Ingredients
Directrice Recherche Actifs
Director Long-term Innovation
ISP Business Group, Sustainable Ressources Dept.
Mitsubishi Chemical Corp
EMEA Sales Manager
DuPont Tate & Lyle
Responsable développement applications techniques et composites
Terre de Lin
Materials Global Domain Manager
Taghleef Industries SpA
VEN EETEN DENNIS
Packaging Innovation Manager
Taghleef Industries SpA
Business Development & Innovation Manager
Business Development Woodforce
VAN DE VEN ARNO
Svp Innovation, Biomaterials
Jacki Davis is a leading commentator and analyst on European Union affairs. She is an experienced journalist, speaker and moderator of high-level events both in Brussels and in EU national capitals, the editor of many publications, a regular broadcaster on television and radio news programmes, and a member of the Governing Board of the European Policy Centre think tank. Jacki has been based in Brussels for over 20 years, and was previously Communications Director of the European Policy Centre, a leading EU think tank; editor-in-chief of E!Sharp, a magazine launched in 2001; and launch editor of European Voice, a Brussels-based weekly newspaper on EU affairs owned by The Economist Group, from 1995-2000.
VP Science and Regulatory Affairs in charge of European Relations
Anne Dux graduated as a Medical Doctor, a fellowship from the Ecole Normale Supérieure, holds a DEA (MAS equivalent) in immunology and a DESS (Masters equivalent) in medical law.
After four years with the Rhône Poulenc Group, Anne Dux was the Medical Director at Pharmacology Center (Necker Hospital).
In 1992 she joined the French Agency for fair trade and competition, consumer protection and fraud prohibition (DGCCRF) at the Ministry of Economy and Finance where she served as Head of the private and hospital prescription control section.
Then, from 1997 to 2002, she held important functions in the private offices of the Secretary of State for Health (Technical advisor responsible for the private health care sector and patients’ rights), the Minister of Employment and Solidarity (Advisor on health matters), and that of the Minister for Cooperation as special Advisor to the Minister. She also ran the private office of Bernard Kouchner, Secretary of State for Health and Social Action.
From 2002 to 2007, Anne Dux was Manager of the Health and Social Action Office at the DGCCRF.
Since the beginning of 2008 she has been VP Science and Regulatory Affairs in charge of European Relations at FEBEA. In this capacity she has played an active role in work of Cosmetics Europe (e.g. Colipa). As a well-known figure working in or representing the cosmetic products industry she was a member of the Cosmetology Commission at the French national agency for the safety of medicines and health products, AFSSAPS (now ANSM), until its abolition in 2012. Since April 2013, Anne Dux has been a member of the Liaison Committee for the French national agency for the safety of medicines and health products and professional bodies representing manufacturers of products, for cosmetic use.
Anne DUX is member of the French Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SFC), the French Society of Perfumers (SFP) and member of the Cosmetic Executive Women. She chairs the AFNOR working group on organic and natural standard for cosmetics.
Managing Director, Redefining Value & Education
WORLD BUSINESS COUNCIL FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Chairwoman of the working party on environment
LE HENAFF YVON
DG Research, Bio-based products Head of Unit
Advanced Materials & Processes
FORD RESEARCH & INNOVATION CENTER AACHEN
Environment Manager for processing & packaging
Innovation Manager, Research and Innovation
EUROPEAN CHEMICAL INDUSTRY COUNCIL - CEFIC
Global sustainable Manager Dispersions & Pigments
Head of Product Management
VAN DER MEULEN JAN
GUSTAVO MARTINS LUIZ
Sr. Advisor Innovation Policy
Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer
Managing Director, Redefining Value & Education
WORLD BUSINESS COUNCIL FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
SCHREINER G LOPES Mateus
Innovation in Renewable Technologies
Consultant Bio-based Economy
Director, State & International Policy
BIOTECHNOLOGY INNOVATION ORGANIZATION
Research & Development Manager