The Biobased Solutions international conference and exhibition
22-24 April 2019
Cité De Congrès Lyon - France

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Speakers 2017

  • Monnet François

    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.

  • Philippe Michel

    Senior Research Associate Sustainable Transformations Manager



    Studies: Biochemistry and organic chemistry
    - Ph. D., 1984: New sugar derivatives in the field of antibacterial
    - Joined L’OREAL R&I in 1984
    - Green and Sustainable Chemistry Manager
    Main fields of expertise:
    - Eco-design of green ingredients based on chemistry and
    biocatalysis of monosaccharides, polysaccharides and lipids:
    mainly, amphiphilic derivatives, surfactants and lipids
    (sphingolipids and ceramides) with launches on the market
    - Development of new green processes using renewable raw
    materials from plant
    - Implementation of green indicators
    - > 120 patents
    - > 20 articles and posters

  • Bobanovic Josko

    Partner, renewable chemistry and bioenergy


  • Luguel Christophe

    International Affairs Manager



    Christophe Luguel has a Master of Engineering in Agronomy (AgroParisTech, France). After three years spent in a R&D Centre (Hoechst), he occupied various positions in sales, marketing and business development in chemical and biotech companies. He joined the French biocluster IAR (Industries & Agro-Ressources) in 2007, as Head of International Affairs.
    He was the coordinator of the FP6 CSA project “Biorefinery Euroview” (2007-2009) and was involved (WP leader) in the FP7 CSA project Star-Colibri (2009-2011). Within this project, he coordinated the development of the “Joint European Biorefinery Vision for 2030” and of the “European Biorefinery Joint Strategic Research Roadmap”.
    He is currently member of the Governing Board of the Bio-Based Industries (BBI) Joint Undertaking, a € 3.7bn Public Private Partnership on bioeconomy within Horizon 2020.





    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 Royal DSM in 2009; currently he is director EU affairs. He supports and advises Business Groups on regional EU affairs and the Managing Board/Executive Committee on strategic
    issues that affect DSM’s license to operate in the EU. He represents DSM in EU associations Cefic and EuropaBio and he chairs the bioeconomy working groups. He was engaged in setting up the public
    private partnership Bio-Based Industries (BBI JU) and is founding father of BIC, the Bio-based Industries Consortium, the private partner in BBI JU. He engages on behalf of in societal, governmental & legislation related debates and is responsible for issue management and stakeholder management. Ward studied Molecular Sciences at Wageningen University and obtained his PhD-degree in 1993 in Bioorganic Chemistry. He joined the Dutch Technology Agency Senter where he held several positions,
    starting as coordinator of a national innovation program on Catalysis and taking his leave as manager of the national innovation development loan scheme, a € 600 million public loan facility for innovative businesses. In this period he obtained his MBA-degree. In 2001 Ward joined PricewaterhouseCoopers as one of the key members of the Life Sciences team of PwC NL. At the end of 2002 he became managing director of BioPartner, supporting universities in improving their capabilities in entrepreneurship and supporting and setting-up a range of spin-offs in life sciences. In 2005 Ward started his own consultancy 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 was (co)founder of a range of spin-off companies.

  • HILLAIRET Caroline

    Project Leader



    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. Her field of expertise covers organic and organometallic chemistry, catalysis, high-throughput screening, polymers as well as plant-based chemistry and bioplastics. In May 2014, she joined the SAS PIVERT as project leader, the SME in charge of managing the Institute for Energy Transition P.I.V.E.R.T. to develop the oilseed biorefinery of the future.

  • PLANEIX Henri

    R&D Director



    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.


    Board member




    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

    Additional functions

    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

    VP Development



    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.

  • SÉNÉ Christophe

    Global Advisor for Regulatory Affairs, Trade Compliance and Sustainability



    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.

    Speaker for

    Sustainability and Communications Manager

    A.I.S.E. aisbl


    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.


    Marketing Manager



    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.

  • CLEMESHA Martin

    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

    Braskem S.A.
    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 ».


    Investment Manager

    Capricorn Venture Partners NV


    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


    R&D Specialist

    Arcelik A.S.


    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)


    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




    During his entire career, Grégoire has fulfilled several positions in process development of innovative technology to sustainably produce cosmetic ingredients. He has extensive experience in green chemistry, process intensification, industrialization and new technologies. Due to his strong belief in disruptive innovation and sustaining improvement, his main areas of development work are environmental impact reduction of manufacturing processes by innovative approach and technologies.

    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


    Marketing coordinator

    Croda France


    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.

    Speaker for




    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).


    General Manager



    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.


    Manager Technical Service Household & Car Care Europe Nutrition & Care



    Business Development Manager



    Ronan Rocle has a scientific training in Chemistry at Ecole Normale Supérieure and in Economics at the Paris School of Economics. Following his MBA (Collège des Ingénieurs, Paris), he worked for Total, in the Refining & Chemicals branch. He joined the Business Development team of Global Bioenergies in March 2014.


    Biomaterials Referent – Materials Innovation Leader

    Renault Group


    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.

  • PICARD Anaïs

    Sustainability Project Manager

    Groupe Rocher


    Anaïs PICARD is Sustainability Project Manager for the Group Rocher. Her current responsibilities cover the design and the development of the Group’s sustainability strategy, internal and external lobbying and also the impulsion of sustainability projects across the Company’s value chain (sourcing, manufacturing, distribution…).
    Anaïs PICARD has a Master’s degree in Economics and Management from French EM Lyon Business School and attended INSEAD’s Social Entrepreneurship Programme (ISEP).


    Managing Director

    I4CE - Institute for Climate Economics


    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.


    Assistant Professor

    University of Nantes


    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.

    Speaker for




    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.

    Speaker for

    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

    Lafargeholcim R&D


    Lê-Chiên HOANG, Specialist, Bio-Based Additives and Materials, Organic and Green Chemistry, Organic-Inorganic Interactions, Formulation, Bio-Inspired Systems

    Lafargeholcim R&D

     Training:
    1985: Organic and Petrochemistry Engineer at the Hanoi Polytechnic School, Vietnam
    1990: Doctor in organic catalysis chemistry at the Poitiers University, France
     Career
    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

    Novamont SPA


    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’s Biorefinery

    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.


    Senior Consultant

    Pöyry Management Consulting


    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.


    Innovation Manager



    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.



    Reverdia VOF


    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

    Roquette Company


    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
    Most significants:
     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


    R&D Manager



    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.

  • HILLAIRET Caroline

    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.


    Technical Director



    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.


    R&D Engineer



    Junior Product Manager



    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.


    Director R&D

    Tecnaro GmbH


    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

    Speaker for

    Prospective Research and innovation manager – Head of Biosourced project

    TOTAL Fluides


    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.

    Speaker for

    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.

    Speaker for




    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.


    CEO, Founder



    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



    Diplômé de l’ESCP-Europe, Pascal JUERY a démarré sa carrière à l’audit interne de Rhône-Poulenc en 1988, après une première expérience en Corée du Sud. Il a ensuite pris différentes responsabilités au sein de l’activité Rhodia Novecare: en Europe et aux Etats-Unis. Il est notamment Directeur Général Europe, responsable mondial de l’activité Home Personal Care.

    En 2006, il est nommé Directeur des Achats du Groupe Rhodia. En 2008, il retourne aux États-Unis pour prendre la direction générale de Rhodia Novecare.

    Pascal Juéry rejoint le Comité exécutif de Rhodia en 2010 et devient administrateur de l’UIC.

    Après la fusion avec Solvay, il est nommé Président de Solvay Essential Chemicals, qui regroupe les activités soda ash et peroxide d’hydrogène. Il rejoint le Comex de Solvay en 2014.

    Au sein du Comex, Pascal Juéry supervise les activités soda ash, peroxide d’hydrogène, acetow ainsi que polyamide. Il supervise également les fonctions recherche et innovation, marketing & ventes ainsi que la région Amérique latine. Enfin, il supervise la France qui reste à ce jour l’implantation la plus importante du groupe Solvay.





    Christophe Aufrère (53) is a graduate of the Ecole Supérieure des Techniques Aéronautiques et de Construction Automobile (ESTACA), one of France’s leading engineering schools.

    Christophe Aufrère is Group Chief Technical Officer since 2015. He is in charge of defining the automotive trends, the new products and technologies which Faurecia will have to address in the future and the new manufacturing technologies mainly driven by the digital aspects. He is also responsible for managing and developing the expertise network throughout the entire Faurecia R&D organization and coordinates the Group’s academic partnerships. Christophe Aufrère was previously Vice President, Group Technology Strategy since 2011.

    Prior to his previous positions, he spent 20 years within Faurecia Automotive Seating in different positions within the R&D department, successively occupying the position of Vice President R&D, Structures and Mechanisms and becoming CTO for Complete Seats and Metal.

    Prior to Faurecia, Christophe spent three years at Rockwell Automotive Body Systems in Advanced Engineering working on electric motors and door systems.

    He is a member of the CTA, French Technical Automotive Committee and is President of the CRA French Research Automotive Council. He is also member of the CLEPA European organization for the automotive suppliers.




    Johei Takimoto - Executive Officer
    Chief Operation Officer, Polymer Division
    Date of Birth October 20, 1961

    1984 Bachelor of Laws, The University of Tokyo
    Professional Career
    1984 Joined Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
    1996 Manager, Executive Affairs, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
    2002 Manager, Petrochemicals Planning Dept., Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
    2003 General Manager, Petrochemicals Planning Dept., Petrochemicals Segment, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
    2007 General Manager, C4 Derivatives Dept., Chemical Derivatives Div., Petrochemicals Segment, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
    2009 General Manager, Performance Polymers Dept., Polymer Div., Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
    2012 General Manager, Performance Polymers Dept., Polyester and Nylon Dept., Polymer Div., Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
    2013 Associate Director, General Manager, Performance Polymer Dept., Polymer Div., Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
    2014 Executive Officer, Chief Operation Officer, Polymer Div. General Manager, Performance Polymer Dept., Polymer Div., Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
    2014 Executive Officer, Chief Operation Officer, Polymer Div., Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation


    Asst. Technical Manage



    Ashwin Selvaraj is part of the technical team at RSPO based in The Netherlands. He works with stakeholders in europe on RSPO membership, certification, claims, traceability and smallholder engagement. Ashwin is an engineer by training and holds an MBA in General Management from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, The Netherlands. He has worked as a business analyst in an investment bank in the US for 5 years prior to his MBA. After graduating from Erasmus University, Ashwin worked for UTZ Certified, which is a sustainability label and program for Coffee, Cocoa, Tea and Hazelnuts for 4 years before joining RSPO in the beginning of 2016. He also has experience with inclusive business, participatory and sustainable development.


    Sales and Marketing Director



    Head of Active Cosmetic Ingredients



    Frédérique Lafosse graduated from the University of Burgundy/Ensbana (l’École Nationale Supérieure de Bio-logie Appliquée à la Nutrition et à l’Alimentation), France, with a PhD in biotechnology. She began her career in 1989 at Roure, leading new biotechnology research activities to develop bio-sourced fragrance materials. In 1993, she joined Limagrain thanks to BFA Laboratoires, a biotech start-up specialized in natural flavors she founded and developed a few years before. Beginning in 1996, she held technical, sales and profit cen-ter management positions at global companies such as BBA, IFF, Quest and Givaudan. In 2008, Frédérique Lafosse was named the general manager of Soliance, a French bio-sourced company that was acquired by Givaudan in 2014. Today, she leads the active cosmetic business for Givaudan as the Head of Active Beauty.


    Directrice Recherche Actifs



    Director Long-term Innovation



    ISP Business Group, Sustainable Ressources Dept.

    Mitsubishi Chemical Corp


    Mar 1986:BA in Economics, Keio University, Tokyo

    Professional Experience:
    Group Manager,
    ISP Business Group, Sustainable Resources Dept. Mitsubishi Chemical Corp.

    GSP Business Group, Sustainable Resources Business Development Dept.
    Mitsubishi Chemical Corp.

    Managing Director,
    Techno Polymer HongKong Co., Ltd.

    Group Leader, Automotive Sales Group, Sales Dept.
    Techno Polymer Co.,Ltd.


    EMEA Sales Manager

    DuPont Tate & Lyle


    Denis Burlaud is an Account Executive representing DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Denis received his engineering degree in Biochemistry and Polymeric Sciences from Paris University and his MBA from La Sorbonne University. Prior to joining DuPont Tate & Lyle, Denis spent six years with DuPont de Nemours where he held various European positions in Marketing and Sales.


    Responsable développement applications techniques et composites

    Terre de Lin


    Après une formation en mécanique et plasturgie, M. MATHIEU va exercer 8 ans en bureau d’études. En 2004, il reprend l’entreprise familiale spécialisée dans les matériaux composites pour le secteur aéronautique. En 2011, il crée la société BIORENFORTS spécialisée dans les composites à base de fibres naturelles et forme le cluster Agrocomposites entreprises. En 2015, la société BIORENFORTS est intégrée à la coopérative Terre de Lin sous l’entité de Tdl Technique. Tdl Technique est spécialisé dans la préparation des fibres de lin pour les usages composites et techniques.


    Materials Global Domain Manager



    R&D Manager

    Beckers Group


    1999 – 2001 : Employed as Coil Coating research senior Chemist for Domestic Appliances coating at Becker Industrie France (Montbrison)
    2001 – 2005 : Coil Coating Team Manager for short term development & customer support at Becker Industrie France (Montbrison)
    2005 – 2009 : Coil Coating Team Manager for short term development , customer support, colour matching at Becker Industrie France (Montbrison)
    2009 - 2015 : Coil Coating laboratory Manager France and Beckers Technical key account manager for ArcelorMittal at Becker Industrie France (Montbrison)
    2015 - Now : Coil Coating laboratory Manager France, SELA Technical CC Coordinator and Beckers Technical key account manager for ArcelorMittal at Becker Industrie France (Montbrison)

    Eric Chevet has been working in the field of Coil coating Paints for more than 18 years. During all these years, he’s been acquiring experience in developing and formulating Coil Coating paints for all coil coating final applications for all the Beckers French customers.
    All this work has always been in partnesrship with key customers and always lead by anticipating all the new regulations always moving replacement of strontium chromate, lead and chrome pigments, high-solid paint and more environmentally friendly coatings.

    The development of ’sustainable coatings’ for Coil application is a key project for Beckers group, largely supported by our Swedish owner, and, in this frame, the development of paints based on ’bio-based raw materials’ is critical step to have new generation of really sustainable products!


    Product Development



    1990-2006 : Industrial experiences in various positions dealing with management of galvanizing lines at ArcelorMittal Montataire (France)
    2006- 2010 : In charge of new steel composite product development for automotive at ArcelorMittal Global R&D (France)
    2008-now : In charge of new organic coated steel development for construction market at ArcelorMittal Global R&D (France)

    Fanny Langevin has been working in the field of precoated steel for more than 8 years and being involved in projects dealing with sustainable materials for more than 10 years. She has investigated the fields of plant based paints for pre-coated steels at R&D level since 2009 and initiated the creation of the Sorago consortium (Substrate with Organic covering range from biOsources).
    Her experience on the European Building market has been developed working on projects with industrial partners and architects to develop new steel offer dedicated to roofing and cladding.
    The development of plant based and low VOC pre painted steel product is in accordance with the ArcelorMittal Safe & Sustainable Steel policy.


    Business Development & Innovation Manager



    1998 – 2001 : Employed as Application & Development Chemist for coating resins in 1998 at Cray Valley Machen Technology Centre (Wales)
    2001 – 2004 : Lab synthesis manager for decorative coating resins at Cray Valley France R&D Centre (Verneuil en Halatte)
    2004 – 2008 : Lab synthesis manager for industrial & decorative coating resins at Cray Valley France R&D Centre (Verneuil en Halatte)
    2009 - 2012 : EMEA Coil coating resins technical manager at CrayValley till July 2011 then carrying on same job at Arkema
    2012 – now : EMEA Industrial coating resins technical & innovation manager Arkema (R&D Centre Verneuil en Halatte)

    Frank Cogordan has been working in the field of coating resins for more than 18 years. Throughout the years he’s been acquiring experience in formulating resins for decorative and industrial coatings following various customer requests and in accordance with new regulations always moving towards lower VOC and more environmentally friendly coatings. Since 2012 he is in charge of customer project developments in the field of industrial coatings making the link between the customers and the R&D team based in the R&D centre of Arkema Coating Resins (in Verneuil en Halatte – France).
    The development of bio-based binders for pre-painted steel was the object of his important focus fitting with Arkema growth strategy i.e. giving priority to R&D projects developing new generation products that are fully in line with sustainable development.


    Technical Sales & Development Support Manager



    Xavier Le Fur holds the position io Technical Sales and Development Support Manager at Sonae Arauco, world leader in wood-based panels production.
    He’s an expert in wood, polymers, and plastics products and their related processes.
    He occupied several management functions in operations, R&D, product development and business development for the Sonae Arauco group.
    Xavier le Fur holds a MBA, a Ph.D from the University of Göttingen (Germany), and a degree of engineer with a specialization in polymer Chemistry.





    Fabrice Garrigue has spent all his career in the traditional chemicals industry, lately leading a global business in isocyanates before joining Evertree as CEO. He understands that the future grows in plants to have sustainable chemicals. Part bio-evangelist, part cool-headed business leader, Fabrice is using his passion and expertise to lead an industrial revolution. His agility and dogged determination probably come from his years of deftly navigating through business development to bring value and new solutions to customers through innovation and services excellence.





    Director, Global Technology Scouting Biomaterials



    Dirk den Ouden is the Global Technology Scouting Director for the Stora Enso Biomaterials division. Based in the Innovation Centre for biomaterials in Stockholm, Dirk is looking for new products and processes which will benefit Stora Enso in its transition to a renewable materials company. Before joining Stora Enso, Dirk worked in the bio-based industry as a new business developer for Avantium and Photanol and as an investment banker for Fortis (now ABN AMRO) and Kempen&Co. Dirk is a biomedical engineer by training, from Eindhoven Technical University.




    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


    Speaker for

    Chairwoman of the working party on environment



    Liisa Pietola received her Ph.D in soil and crop sciences in 1995 and serves also as an adjunct professor (docent) at the University of Helsinki in Agricultural Chemistry and Physics (1998- ). She has published close to 100 scientific papers and led courses on soil structure, hydrology and plant nutrition over 20 years. She worked 5 years for international fertilizer industry on research and development (2006-2011).
    Currently, she is a Head of Environmental Affairs at the Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK), and chair of the Working Party on the Environment at Copa-Cogeca.
    Her responsibility is focus on environmental externalities and impacts related to agriculture and forestry, such as recycling of nutrients, water quality protection, climate change mitigation, air quality and biodiversity of agro-forestry ecosystems, including landowner’s property rights and legislation proposals both in Finland and EU level.
    She is also an active farmer and round wood producer. Her family grows barley and wheat and has pastures and grasses on the family farm in South-Western Finland. Forests include both conservation areas and wood production areas.


    Managing Director



    Yvon Le Hénaff, graduated engineer from AgroParisTech, started his career in 1977 as a R&D Engineer. Then, he held different positions as industrial and commercial director in process engineering and contracting companies in the field of agro industry, in France and abroad (USA, Asia, Russia, Middle East, Iran ...).
    He has been appointed General Manager of ARD in 2002. Under his management, this Research and Development company whose core business is the design and scaling up of process in plant refining, white biotechnology and green chemistry, acquired a worldwide reputation. It now operates for industrial companies and start up such as Corbion, Amyris, Global Bio Energies,... and has been founding shareholder of Soliance, producing actives ingredients out of plant for the cosmetic industry, recently taken over by Givaudan group, and of BioAmber for which it did design and scale up on its industrial demonstration plant the succinic acid production process.


    DG Research, Bio-based products Head of Unit



    Waldemar obtained his ph.d. from the Technical University in Aachen (RWTH) in 1988 in solid state physics and semiconductor technology.
    He joined the Research Directorate General of the European Commission in 1997 and has since coordinated activities and policies related to innovation, SME, IPR, finance, technology transfer and bioregions, technology platforms. He has contributed to the development of the FP7 thematic programme for European knowledge-based bio-economy (KBBE).
    From May 2008 to November 2014 he held various positions as senior expert, Deputy and Head of Cabinet in the Cabinet of Research Commissioners Potočnik and Geoghegan-Quinn. His main responsibilities included the €80billion new Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020.
    In November 2014 he became Head of Unit of "Bio-based Products and Processing" in the bioeconomy directorate of DG Research and Innovation and as of January 2017 he is Head of Unit for "Bioeconomy Strategy" in the same directorate.


    Environment Manager



    Philippe Diercxsens is a Belgian citizen and holds a PhD degree in eco-toxicology of the Polytechnic School of Lausanne, Switzerland. He works since January 1999 as Packaging and Environment Manager at DANONE Beverages Division.
    He is chair of the Sustainability & Regulatory Affairs work group of EUROPEN, the European Organization for Packaging and the Environment as well as co-chair of the Sustainable Food Systems work group of FoodDrinkEurope (FDE).


    Environment Manager for processing & packaging



    Héloïse Gouriten graduated in Food industry Engineering from AgroCampus Ouest and she developed competences on Sustainability issues and Carbon impact reduction through a project related to energy recovery in food processes. She is currently Environment Responsible for Tetra Pak Processing and Packaging in France, driving Environmental excellence on the whole value chain, with the ambition to improve the impact of Tetra Pak activities on our planet from a sustainable sourcing, to efficient machines and package recycling.


    Technical Director



    Carmen Esteban, Project leader for the standard “Technical Guidelines for ingredients Natural and Organic ingredients and products” within the ISO TC217 WG4 on behalf of AENOR, the Spanish Standardization body.

    Technical Director of STANPA, the Spanish Cosmetics and Personal Care Association, located in Madrid.

    Her previous experience was working as Quality Assurance Manager; Director of Communication and Institutional affairs for the Spanish subsidiary of SC Johnson, a leader global company on household products.

    Postgraduate Degree in Biochemistry, (Universidad Complutense Madrid), Master in Business Administration (Instituto de Empresa (IE) – Spain)

    In addition to her current responsibilities, she is Lecturer on Cosmetic Regulations in several Master’s Programs: Universidad San Pablo CEU, Universidad de Barcelona, Centro de Estudios Superiores de la Industria Farmacéutica (CESIF).


    Innovation Manager, Research and Innovation



    Flavio Benedito is a Brazilian / German citizen. He completed he studies in Chemistry in both countries in 2003. After that he joined the Max-Planck Institute for Bioinorganic Chemistry (today Max Planck Institute for Energy conversion). In 2009 he did his first post-doc in Materials Science with Prof. Ferdi Schueth at the Max Planck Institute for Coal Research and after that another post-doc in Innsbruck (Austria) in 2010 in Natural Products. Since 2011 he is employed at BASF where he developed many projects for sustainable energy production and management, for example, organic solar cells and organic LEDs. He is part of the diplomatic body of BASF linked to Research and Innovation. In 2015 he was seconded to Cefic (the European Chemical Industry Council) in Brussels. There he is responsible for the industrial R&I aspects of Bioeconomy and also he currently manages the European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry “SusChem”.

    Speaker for

    Global sustainable Manager Dispersions & Pigments



    Education: Economics and Japanese at University of Bonn, Germany and at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan
    PHD: Financing of Biotech Companies in Japan at University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
    2006-2008: Credit Risk Management Consultant at Creditreform Consulting Services in Neuss, Germany
    2009-2010: Project Manager at Association of German Biotech Companies in Frankfurt, Germany
    2011-2014: Internal/Senior Auditor at BASF SE in Ludwigshafen, Germany
    2015-now: Global Sustainability Manager Dispersions and Pigments BASF SE in Ludwigshafen, Germany
    Main Tasks of current position:
    • Biomass Balance Project Lead
    • Sustainability Strategy Implementation
    • Sustainability Portfolio Segmentation
    • Customer Workshops


    Head of Product Management



    Wolfgang Hoffmann, born in 1964, studied chemistry in Stuttgart after completing his training as painter and varnish painter. After studying, she stayed for several years in Slough / England with ICI. From 1994 to the end of 2013, he was responsible for brand of Sigma Coatings and Gori, as the technical manager at PPG. Since 2014, Mr. Hoffmann is responsible as head of the Caparol product management for paints and plasters.


    Managing Director



    After having fulfilled several marketing and general management functions in the paint and resins industry, Jan van der Meulen was appointed Managing Director of CEPE, the European Council of the Paint, Printing Inks and Artists’ Colours Industry, since March 2005.
    He holds a master degree in chemistry from the University of Utrecht (Netherlands).
    From 1997-2002, he was President of the Radtech Europe association.





    - Pharmacist-Biochemist Graduate in the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of
    São Paulo - Brazil.
    - Masters degree in Immunology and Aging Skin from the University of Paris XI in France.
    - Specialization in Cosmetic Dermatology Vrije University of Brussels in Belgium.
    - Executive Mater Business Administration by FGV (Getulio Vargas Foundation in Brazil);
    - Author of the book "The Human Skin" – Publisher Senac, 1995.
    - Author of the Book "Photoprotection: The Influence of Radiation on Skin and Hair" - Publisher
    Tecnopress - 2002.
    - Co-Author of the book "Applied Cosmetology" – Publisher MedFarma, 2003 – 1st edition; 2007 –
    2nd edition.
     Last articles published in technical journals:
    o Evaluation on the preservative efficacy of Aroeira (Schinus terebenthifolius Raddi) and
    Barbatimão (Stryphnodendron barbatiman) extracts.
    o In vitro skin permeation of Octyl methoxycinnamate encapsulated in a new nanocapsules
    protein system.
     Acts as:
    o Technical Director of Products Mapric Farmacocosméticos Ltda.
    o Member of the board of directors of ABC (Brazilian Association of Cosmetology).


    Sr. Advisor Innovation Policy



    Current positions
    - Senior Advisor Innovation Policy @ essenscia, Belgian federation of the chemical and life sciences industry (September 2015 to date):
    Main responsibilities: Innovation policy in the region of Flanders, Connection with Belgian and European level, Bio-economy.

    - Program Manager @ FISCH, Flanders innovation hub for sustainable chemistry (March 2012 to date):
    Main responsibilities: program coordination and project brokerage in the field of renewable chemicals, internationalisation strategy, general strategy support.

    Previous positions
    - Advisor Renewables & Biotechnology @ essenscia, the Belgian federation of the chemical and life sciences industry (March 2012 to August 2015)

    - Project Leader BIOCHEM and Eco2Chem @ essenscia, the Belgian federation of the chemical and life sciences industry (June 2010 to February 2012).

    Speaker for

    Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer



    Dominique Debecker began his career at Solvay in 1987 and never left. He holds Masters in Mechanical Engineering and Business Management. He started as researcher in Corporate R&I in the field of engineering polymer compounds. In 1992, he moved to commercial activities for inorganic chemicals in Benelux, with main achievement in doubling revenue and tripling profitability. From 1999 to 2008, he served successively in two Global Business Units, with worldwide scope, as Marketing, Strategy and then Business Director.
    From 2009 on, Dominique scoped, developed and rolled out the Solvay proprietary and best-in-class tool SPM (Sustainable Portfolio Management) that enables the Company to transform its portfolio while making informed and fact-based decisions on sustainability risks and opportunities for business.
    Dominique serves today as Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer, with primary focus on supplier and customer stakeholders and Sustainable Business Solutions.


    Market Manager



    After studying chemical engineering and a thesis in materials chemistry, I was hired by TOTAL group. Initially in charge of thermal management developments for Hutchinson, I’m now in charge of development of markets of cosmetic and home care for Total Fluides.


    Innovation in Renewable Technologies



    Mateus Schreiner Garcez Lopes, PhD, MBA serves as Head of Innovation in Renewable Technologies at Braskem, the largest petrochemical company in Americas and considered as one of the world´s 50 Innovative companies by Fast Company (2014). He is responsible for technology valuation, partnerships and R&D projects related with renewable technologies. He has worked at the Natural Energy Institute (USA) and the Institute of Biotechnology from UNAM (Mexico).

  • WILLEMSE Harmen

    Consultant Bio-based Economy



    Harmen Willemse is a consultant at NEN, the Netherlands Standardization Institute. He is the secretary of the CEN Technical Committee ’Bio-based products’ (CEN/TC 411). In this position he supports the development of European standards for various aspects of bio-based products, including sustainability and determination of bio-based content.
    His other field of activity is the development and management of certification schemes. These include the Better Biomass (NTA 8080) sustainable biomass certificate and the Biobased Content certificate (EN 16785-1:2015).
    Before NEN, Harmen worked as a management consultant and as a sales professional in several companies in the IT and management consultancy sector. Harmen studied Business Administration at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam, where he graduated on stakeholder involvement in standardization.


    Director, State & International Policy



    Stephanie Batchelor is the Director of State and International Policy at the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO). In this role, Stephanie provides policy guidance to technology companies who are leaders in the production of biofuels, biobased products, and biomanufacturing processes. With a specialization in sustainability, and renewable energy and biobased products policy, she manages the BIO I&E state government relations committee, climate change & sustainability working group, Latin America working group, and international biotechnology climate coalition. She is also a member of the California Air Resource Board’s low carbon fuel standard advisory panel. Prior to joining BIO, Stephanie worked at the European Economic and Social Committee, where she focused on transportation and energy policy for the European Union. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and History from the University at Albany, and a Master of Arts in International Relations/Politics from New York University. She is also the Chair for the Women in Industrial Biotechnology group.

    Areas of expertise: sustainability, renewable energy and biobased products, policy, state government relations, international affairs.


    Research & Development Manager



    Frantz Scheirlinckx holds a Master in Chemistry and a PhD in Biochemistry from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium). He first worked as scientific collaborator in a company that produced enzymes from plant origin. He then took part as chief science officer in the creation of a SME specialized in the extraction and the characterization of natural extracts. The objectives were to scientifically demonstrate the efficiency of these preparations as alternative to classic chemical compounds. Since 2013, he joined Chembo to implement the use of biologically active ingredients in detergents. In its current position, he participates to the development of new products used for the cleaning of surfaces or for the treatment of waste water, for public or professional use. He also leads collaborative projects of Research and Development and manages the laboratory and the scientific department.


    Director Renewable Chemicals



    Business Development & Licensing Manager



    Paul Langston is a PhD qualified and IChemE chartered Chemical Engineer with over 20 years industrial experience in the hydrocarbons industry. Paul has experience of developing and marketing and various process technologies and equipment designs whilst working for specialist vendor, engineering contractor, and operator organisations. He is currently the Licensing Manager for Technip’s Hummingbird Ethanol to Ethylene Technology.

    Speaker for

    Global Sustainability Palm Products Home & Personal Care

    BASF Personal Care and Nutrition


    Jutta studied Polymer Science at the University of Paderborn and has been working internationally in the field of home and personal care for about 19 years. She started her career at Henkel in the product development of emulsions polymerisation additives. She occupied later several positions in marketing and product management in the Home & Personal Care business at Henkel, Cognis and BASF. Since 2015 she is the key interface for customers and other stakeholders for oil palm related topics.





    Ghislaine Tissot-Lécuelle has over 20 years of experiences in the field of metabolic and genetic engineering in plant and microalgae.
    After a PhD in cellular and molecular biology, she worked for 9 years in Bayer as project leader. During this period, Ghislaine developed innovative chloroplast transformation methods for the production of therapeutic proteins and agronomic traits in tobacco and soybean (leading to 7 publications and 5 patents).
    Since 2013, Ghislaine is the CEO and founder of Alganelle, an innovative start-up in biotechnology, which is specialized in the development and the production of high added-value molecules from optimized microalgae. Alganelle uses these microorganisms for their exceptional biodiversity and properties in the cosmetic and biomedical fields. The first patent was filed related to the production of hyaluronic acid in optimized microalgae.

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    Philippe LAVOISIER is chemical engineer , more than 25 years experience in the plastic packaging industry
    - 1985 created IDEAS company for the sales of plastic films for packaging and started to work on biodegradable films that were sold over europe
    - Starting 2011 , Philippe developped technology based upon Macro algaes which are waste ( ULVA)
    and showed feasability of making bioplastics from those without odor and color as it can be founded on other Algae bioplastics .
    - Two patents were filled related to technology to produce bioplastics with their formula , properties and application .
    - Philippe has expertise in all kind of Bioplastics used in the plastic industry
    - in 2016 , ERANOVA was created as Biotech company

    Speaker for

    Research Leader, Polymers & Composites


  • TOURRES Aldric

    Exec. VP – Head of Sales & Marketing



    Aldric Tourres have been working for 19 years in the chemical industry and in the field of services, with jobs and missions linked to new business development, strategic marketing consulting or profit center management.

    Aldric Tourres is today heading SpecialChem’s Sales & Marketing Department, where he is leading the company’s global commercial strategy. For 11 years, he has brought his mixed technical and marketing background to bridge the gap between technical innovation and market trends.

    After obtaining his MBA in B-to-B Marketing in 1998, he joined Bayer AG (now Lanxess) and was responsible for the market launch of new specialty chemicals. In 2003, he moved to GE plastics (today Sabic IP) and was responsible for business development of performance polymers at key European accounts involved in various industrial markets.

    Aldric holds an Engineering Degree in Polymer Science from ESCOM (France) and a B-to-B Marketing Degree from E.M. Lyon Business School.


    RDI Project Manager

    TRIMATEC Cluster


    With a PhD degree Claudine Colin has more than 35 years experience in new products development in household domain, technical textile sector for PPE, sportwear activities or building industry. Claudine managed different teams as R&D manager and R&D Director
    - Starting 1983 in the consumer Products division of Hutchinson, Claudine developped new products linked to new technologies. Four patents were filled related to formulation, grafting technologies and polymers surface properties.
    - 1996 she joined different technical textile companies, working on surface properties of natural or synthetic polymers. Six patents were filled and four innovative technologies were transfered .
    - 2009 she joined Trimatec to promote innovation and development for companies involved in technologies applications and Biobased ingrédients

    Speaker for

    Head of Biofuels & Derivatives



    Dr. Markus Rarbach, born 1968, is Head of Start-up Business Project Biofuels & Derivatives at Clariant’s Group Biotechnology in Munich/Germany. Heading Clariant’s bioethanol operations, Dr. Rarbach is, among other tasks, responsible for the development and commercialization of Clariant’s sunliquid® technology for the conversion of cellulosic feedstock into 2nd generation bioethanol. Dr. Markus Rarbach studied Biotechnology at Technical University of Berlin. He worked as a PhD student at the Institute of Biotechnology at Technical University Berlin where he obtained his doctorate as “Dr.-Ing.” in 1999. As a Postdoc Dr. Rarbach worked at the Institute of Biochemical Kinetics at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen with Nobel laureate Dr. Manfred Eigen. In November 2000 he joined DIREVO Biotech AG as Department Head of Screening and Automation assumed responsibilities of a Vice President Operations of DIREVO in 2005. In November 2006 Dr. Rarbach joined Süd-Chemie as Head of Biocatalysis at Süd-Chemie´s Corporate Research and Development department in Munich, before Süd-Chemie was aquired by Clariant.


    Technical Application Manager, Industrial & Home Care EMEA



    Product Manager



    Antonio Aulicino is Product Manager in Matrica S.p.A, the JV between Eni Versalis and Novamont which produces a variety of specialty chemicals starting from European vegetable oils through a proprietary process. He is currently involved in product and business development of Matrica’s renewable chemicals. He holds a Master Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Naples "Federico II". At the beginning of his career he contributed to the University’s researches on innovative techniques to reduce pollutants emissions. Before joining Matrica, he spent 6 years in Chimec S.p.A., at first as Technical Engineer and lately as Product Manager, focusing on chemical technologies for the oil and gas downstream sector, in particular those related to the energy saving and costs optimizations.

  • Schachtsiek Tilman

    Policy Advisor

    Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture


    Dr. Tilman Schachtsiek was born in Darmstadt, Germany and spent part of his childhood in Montevideo, Uruguay. Mr. Schachtsiek holds a BSc. in “Forestry and Forest Ecology” and a MSc. in “Tropical and International Forestry” both from the University of Göttingen, Germany. From 2009 to 2012, in the framework of his dissertation at the Center for Development Research, Bonn, he conducted a field experiment on the suitability of different tree species to afforest abandoned saline croplands in the Khorezm Region, Uzbekistan.

    Later, Mr. Schachtsiek joint a company specialized in the production of Kiri trees (Paulownia s.p.) where he was responsible for the development of research projects and the management of short-rotation tree plantations in Europe. In 2015, Mr. Schachtsiek was responsible for the administration of the funding of international forest research projects of the German Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture (BMEL) at the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food. In March 2016, Mr. Schachtsiek joined the division “Bioeconomy and Industrial Use of Biomass” in the BMEL. There, he is responsible for the implementation of the German National Policy Strategy on Bioeconomy.
    Mr. Schachtsiek is married and has one daughter.


    Communication & societal innovation



    Advanced Materials & Processes



    Directeur R&D



    Research Scientist at InKemia IUCT Group


    Speaker for

    Global Director Strategic Alliances

    Manufacture Française des Pneumatiques MICHELIN


    PhD in Material Science , joined the Michelin Group in 1990. From 1990 to 2011, different positions in R&D in Europe and USA, in the area of tire reinforcement materials (structure properties relationship, design and processing of textile , steel cords and composites) as well as rubber compounding. From 2011 to 2016 pre-development global director for reinforcement material design and processing for all the tire lines. Since 2016 global director for strategic alliances for the Michelin Material Product Line.

  • LOCHWOOD Sarah




    Executive Assistant




    Environmental Investigations


    Directeur Commercial International



    Responsable Environnement et Economie Circulaire



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