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Business Development Manager


Eric Alvarez joined Genomatica in April 2019 in the newly created role of business development manager and is responsible for fostering customer transition to sustainable materials. After studying psychology and founding a cleantech company specializing in natural fibers, Eric started off as a self-taught sales manager in specialty chemicals at Interpolymer in October 2019 before joining the performance chemicals business of Innospec in July 2013. Over a 10‐year career in personal and beauty care, Eric has successfully contributed to the rise of waterborne polymers and sulfate-free surfactants in Europe.




Cécile Barrère-Tricca, 49, is an engineer who graduated from the Ecole nationale supérieure de Chimie de Toulouse. She holds a graduate research degree in materials sciences from the Institut national Polytechnique de Toulouse and a PhD in the chemistry and physical chemistry of polymers from Pierre et Marie Curie University (Paris 6). She joined IFP Energies nouvelles in 1998 as a research engineer in the Catalysis and Separation Division. In 2001, she became project manager in the field of flue gas treatment before taking on a similar role, in 2006, in the field of 2nd generation biofuels within the Process Design and Modeling Division. In 2008, she was appointed head of the Process Design Department within the Process Design and Modeling Division, then Head of the Chemical Engineering and Technology Department in 2010. She had been Director of the Physics and Analysis Division from 2014 to 2017. She has been appointed Site Director of IFPEN-Lyon in November 2017 and President of the cluster for the chemical and environmental sectors AXELERA since September 2019.




Born and raised in the South of France in 1959, trained as a biochemist at Nice University, France 1978-1982. Ten years of biochemical research activities, with a PhD on the nutritional valorization of amino acids in 1985 at CNRS/University Aix-Marseilles, a post-doctoral work on snake venom toxins at Biotechnology Laboratory of Butantan Institute, Brazil and a six-years research at Orsan-Ajinomoto joint venture research laboratory in France on new amino acids. Thirty years of business activities with the Ajinomoto Animal Nutrition under different functions of business development, regulatory affairs and amino acid bioindustry corporation management, in Latin America (based in Sao Paulo, Brazil 1997-07 and Mexico), USA (CEO, Chicago-based 2007-14), and Paris, France, 2014-21. Corporate executive officer of Ajinomoto Co.Inc, Japan 2013-19. Currently starting a consulting company, Biostorming. Contribution to feed industry associations all along this period as member/board member/chairman, at SYNPA, France ; FEFANA, EU ; Sindiraçoes, Brazil, American Feed Industry Federation (AFIA), USA ; International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) currently chairman since 2017 with notable partnership with FAO.

Jeremie BLACHE




Innovation manager agro & new Business



Co-founder & CEO


Paul-Joël DERIAN

Vice President - Innovation & Sustainable development



Scientific Advisor, Catalysis and Processes



Innovation & Development Director - Natural Ingredients


After graduating from CHIMIE PARISTECH in 1998, Sebastien obtained a PhD in organic chemistry (Pierre et Marie Curie University, Paris). In 2003, he joined CHIMEX, a L’OREAL subsidiary in charge of the development, industrialization and manufacturing of L’Oréal proprietary ingredients as process development chemist. He was then in charge of eco-designed processes laboratory in 2007 and finally appointed as R&D Director from 2012 to 2016. In June 2016, he joined SEPPIC, a subsidiary of AIR LIQUIDE designing beauty & health ingredients to be in charge of Excipients and bio-based active ingredients Innovation. In March 2017, he was appointed Innovation Director and SEPPIC Executive Committee member. Since September 2019 Sébastien joined Groupe ROCHER as Innovation & Development Director - Natural Ingredients. His areas of interest are cosmetics ingredients, naturality, innovation, green chemistry, biotechnologies, eco-design and sustainable development with a strong focus on business.


Head of Biotechnology


Career: 2018 – today Head of Biotechnology, Covestro AG, Innovation - Heading the research group/competence center for biotechnology - Applying biotechnology/biocatalysis in the chemical industry - Expert for biotechnology and renewable feedstocks 2018 – today Lecturer/”Gast-Dozent”, RWTH Aachen - Lecture: “Biotechnologische Verfahren zur Nutzung nachwachsender Rohstoffe” 2016 – 2018 Bioprocesses, Bayer MaterialScience AG (today: Covestro AG), Innovation - Leading disruptive process development projects - Upscaling of R&D projects - Expert for biotechnology and renewable feedstocks 2014 - 2016 New processes, Bayer MaterialScience AG, Process research - Leading disruptive process development projects - Project portfolio manager for all process R&D projects at Covestro 2012 - 2014 Innovation & project management, Bayer MaterialScience AG, Corporate Development - For Chief Technical Officer (board), leading a global team developing biobased materials - Scouting new technologies for Bayer 2011 - 2012 Post-Doc, RWTH Aachen, Biochemical engineering - Pretreatment of lignocellulose for the subsequent production of chemicals - Integrated Bioprocesses Education: 2008 - 2011 Doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.), RWTH Aachen, summa cum laude - Biocatalytic conversion of biomass to chemicals 2005 - 2007 Master of Science (biotechnology), RWTH Aachen - Molecular immunology, industrial biotechnology, bioanalytics 2002 - 2005 Bachelor of Science (biotechnology), RWTH Aachen Memberships: DECHEMA (committee “Biochemical Engineering”) GDCh (committee “sustainable chemistry”) CLIB2021 (board member) previously: VCI (committee “renewable raw materials”) Publications: >25 peer-reviewed publications and patents Awards: Karl-Schügerl-Preis (Leibniz Universität Hannover, Solvay GmbH, Springer Verlag GmbH, Deutsche Messe AG), Brochers-Plakette (proRWTH), Springorum-Denkmünze (pro RWTH), Schöneborn-Preis (proRWTH)


Head of Strategic Planning and Corporate Communication


Ling HUA

Head of Group Biotechnology


Ling Hua, Head of Group Biotechnology at Clariant, is responsible for R&D and commercialization of bioproducts at Clariant. Ling has more than 20 years experiences in biotechnology arena, including biofuels, industrial enzymes, biomaterials and probiotics. Ling has global experiences, worked with different size of companies in US, Europe and China. She was Harold Jeskey Professor at Southern Methodist University in the field of biocatalysis and biotransformation. Prior joining Clariant, she spent more than 10 years at DuPont Nutrition and Biosciences. She has a MS degree in Medicinal Chemistry from Southern Methodist University and a Ph.D. in Bioorganic Chemistry from Rice University. She authored more than 40 research papers, book chapters, and she is the inventor of several dozens of issued patents. Currently, she is a Board member of SusChem (European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry) and a Governing Board of Director of Alternative Fuels and Chemicals Coalition.

Michael KREL



Michael joined Sofinnova as Senior Associate in 2013 and has been involved ever since in the investment activity of Sofinnova in industrial biotech. He focuses on early stage deals in Europe and North America with applications in chemicals, materials, agriculture, food, feed and synthetic biology. He sits as an observer on Comet Bio board and sits on the boards of EnobraQ and Afyren. He has been the CEO of EnobraQ (a Sofinnova green Seed Fund portfolio company) for 2 years, and has transitioned out of the company to focus on investments. Prior to Sofinnova, Michael spent six years in Industrial biotech start-ups, holding business development positions. After completing his PhD studies, Michael was a consultant focused on R&D’s strategic and organizational issues. Michael is a graduate engineer from Ecole Polytechnique and holds a PhD in organic chemistry from Paris X Orsay University.




Guillaume LEBERT

Head for Fabric Care Europe


Guillaume Lebert is Sustainability Group Head for Fabric Care Europe and is currently leading the Research & Development projects related to this topic in Europe. With more than 13 years’ experience across the different product categories and regions within Fabric Care, Guillaume has been at the forefront of work to product innovations and maximizing irresistible consumer experience. In 2007, Guillaume has led the deployment of Downy Single Rinse, a Fabric Softener which enables terrific water saving for hand-wash consumers in developing markets. In 2010, he has been one of the initiator of fabric protection research programs, enabling better longevity for clothes. In 2017, he has joined P&G Europe Fabric Care R&D to lead sustainability programs. Mr. Lebert received in 2004 his Master degree in chemistry from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris (France) and is currently based in P&G Brussels Innovation Center (Belgium).

Patrick LEDJAM

General Director


Chemical Engineer, Master's Degree in Biochemistry & DESS in Cosmetics. More than 25 years of commercial experience in the Cosmetics industry, including 17 years in Export. Has held General Management positions since 2013. Managing Director of BASF France since 2016.


Managing Partner


Dr. Simone M.P. ARIZZI

Technology and innovation Manager


Simone Arizzi has responsibility for technology and innovation across the EMEA and the Asia Pacific regions. In this role, and working with the region and country organizations, he defines the critical competencies, talent development and R&D infrastructure needs for DuPont in the future. He works with the technology and business leaders to implement the overall innovation and sustainability strategy in these regions, cross-business initiatives, and open innovation partnerships with academia and start-ups. Leveraging his extensive experience with R&D and innovation management in a global organization he leads the worldwide network of DuPont Innovation Centers, where DuPont gains valuable market insights to generate new growth initiatives and influence the Company’s innovation and sustainability agenda. Based in Geneva, he is also the Managing Director of DuPont in Switzerland and President of DuPont Italiana. Until 2012 he led technology globally in DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions. In this role he was responsible for developing and implementing DuPont’s innovation strategy in this market, creating next-generation materials for PV applications to improve the efficiency, lifetime, and cost of PV cells and modules. From 2004 to 2007 he worked as Technology Manager in the Material Science & Engineering division of DuPont’s Central Research and Development, in Wilmington (USA). His main activities have been in the areas of alternative energies with a focus on fuel cells, new materials for photovoltaic applications, as well as renewably sourced materials for packaging applications. From 1996 to 2003 he held a variety of technology and business management positions in the Lycra® and Nylon Specialty Intermediates businesses in the US and Europe. He joined DuPont in 1991 in Geneva. He holds a chemical engineering degree from the ETH in Zürich, and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from MIT.


General Director


Marco Mensink is Director General of Cefic since May 2016. With a team of 160 and members adding over 550 billion Euro to the EU economy annually, Cefic is the largest industry sector representation of its kind in Brussels. Cefic unites 22 national federations, 8 associate federations and 650 members and affiliates from all over Europe. It hosts over 70 different sector groups. Virtually all large global and local chemical companies with production facilities in Europe are Cefic members. Marco Mensink has chaired and is a member of ICCA, the global Chemical Industry Council, which covers over 90% of the global industry. Key focus in his role is to be the interface between the industry and policy makers, NGO’s, the innovation networks and scientific community and media. Marco Mensink has an extensive network of contacts within the three key European institutions and has served on several European Commission High Level Groups. Marco Mensink is representing industry on the Management Board of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in Helsinki and has chaired and is member of the Alliance of Competitive European Industries. A Dutch national born in 1968, with a Dutch wife and three kids, he is a seasoned public affairs professional. He has worked in Brussels since early 2006. Before Cefic, he was Director General of the Confederation of European Paper Industries in Brussels. In this role he developed a strong network in the global forest products and paper industry and the European paper recycling and waste sectors. Starting in Ernst&Young and the NL Paper and Board sector, he still has an extensive network in the Netherlands, in industry and at political level.

François MONNET

Renewable chemistry director (& President of ACDV)


Yukihito OZAKI

General Manager





Research Director

CNRS, ICBMS, Université de Lyon


Vice President



Managing Director


Olivier Rolland is Managing Director of TWB, a public / private industrial biotechnology organization that transitions early stage R&D from academic labs into preindustrial development projects and start-ups. Olivier has 10+ years experience in strategy, business and product development in the bio-economy at Boeing, Amyris, Total and Michelin. In particular, he led the development of the first commercial sugar-based aviation fuel in relation to which he received the Presidential Green Chemistry Award from US Environmental Protection Agency in 2014. He has a Ph.D. in chemistry, which he achieved while working at Rhodia (now Solvay).

Christophe RUPP-DAHLEM

Head of Global Public Affairs



Head of Communications and Biotechnology departments


Dr. Kathrin Rübberdt (born 1973) studied chemistry at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and the Universität Leipzig and received her PhD in Göttingen. In addition, she got an additional degree in economics at the Fernuniversität Hagen. In 2001, she started her career with Accenture in strategic management consulting. In 2007, she joined AMR International Ltd. as a project manager. Since 2008, she has been working at DECHEMA Gesellschaft für Chemische Technik und Biotechnologie e.V. (Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology) where she is today head of communications and head of the biotechnology department.


Senior Vice President



Project manager Bioaromatics


Nicolas SORDET



Mariagiovanna VETERE

Global Public Affairs Director


As NatureWorks Global Public Affairs Director, Mariagiovanna represents the company on public and legislative affairs. Her responsibilities include Government relations, product Circular Economy options, feedstock and biomass sustainability aspects, bioeconomy and interface with relevant industry associations and external stakeholders. Mariagiovanna manages an extensive network and relationships with the Plastics industry associations, Brand Owners associations and NGOs; she has practical experience in how the legislative process is implemented both in EU and USA. Mariagiovanna brings a strong background well suited to this space, having spent 10 years at Corepla, the Italian consortium for Plastics Packaging Collection, Recycling and Recovery. Her previous experience is with consulting company KPMG where she was focused on Business Process Reengineering. Mariagiovanna holds a master’s degree in economics.

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