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2021 Speakers

Benjamin ALLEARD

Infection Prevention Expert France


Benjamin Alléard is currently Infection Prevention Technical Expert at Diversey. The company delivers hygiene and cleaning technologies. Prior to this, he was Consultant working for biotech companies ; Marketing and Product Manager for EMEA region at STERIS in charge of the detergents and consumables ; and International Product Manager at Laboratoires Anios. Previously, he was Operations Manager at Eurapharma Group, involved in distribution and promotion of healthcare products in Africa. While at Eurapharma, he had also been Head of Operations at Laborex Kenya.


Business Development Manager


Eric Alvarez is the Business Development Manager for Specialty Ingredients at Genomatica, a widely recognized leader in bioengineering and naturally-sourced ingredients that is leading the transition to more sustainable materials. Prior to joining Genomatica in April 2019, Eric was Senior Regional Sales Manager, Personal Care EMEA at Innospec. From 2008-2013, Eric served as Sales Manager at Interpolymer. Eric has also founded a cleantech company specializing in natural fibers. With over a 10‐year career in personal care and beauty, Eric has successfully contributed to the rise of waterborne polymers and sulfate-free surfactants in Europe

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Business Development


Agronomy Engineer, with more than the 10 years of experience as Biomass Researcher in CENER with special focus on bioeconomy strategies, comprehensive process sustainability, sustainable use of biological resources and production of biofuels/bioproducts. At the moment implementing and developing growth opportunities as Business Development Manager in CENER´s BIO2C, by the establishment of long term value factor from the point of view of markets, customers, partners and their interrelationships in biomass and bio-based products sector.

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Catia Bastioli is a chemist, a researcher and an entrepreneur. Since 1996 she has been leading the Novamont Group, an industrial reality born from the results of her research activity on the development of bioplastics and biochemicals from renewable origin, according to a model of Circular Bioeconomy that she developed, intended as territorial regeneration with the quality of soil and water at its center. She is President of the Kyoto Club Association (since 2009) and of the Italian Cluster of Green Chemistry SPRING (since 2014). She is also a member of important EU working groups on climate change and the environment, such as the Mission Board on Soil Health and Food; she is “European Inventor of the Year 2007” for bioplastics and, in 2017, she was given the honorary title of Knighthood “Cavaliere del Lavoro” by the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella.




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.

Olivier BOBIN



Olivier Bobin graduated with a MSc (1996) in Chemistry and a PhD (2001) in Physics of Archaeomaterials from the University of Bordeaux, France. In 2005, he founded, with Richard Cheret, CIRAM laboratory. He is currently CEO and scientific director. CIRAM is a private laboratory focused on scientific analysis and dating of ancient materials, and especially on radiocarbon dating. He analyzes more than 1.500 artefacts a year: organic, mineral and metallic materials. For several years, we distorted the Radiocarbon dating aim to the analyze, test and authentication of the biobased materials.

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Natural Resources Officer (Bioeconomy)

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Anne Bogdanski is a Natural Resources Officer at the Office of Climate, Biodiversity and Environment, of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation in Rome, Italy. Anne coordinates the International Working Group on Sustainable Bioeconomy, and FAO´s work on Bioeconomy, which guides and accompanies FAO member countries in the development of sustainable and circular bioeconomy strategies and programmes. She is member of the International Advisory Council on Global Bioeconomy and co-chairs the 'Food Systems Microbiomes' Working Group of the EC-led International Bioeconomy Forum.




Born on 2nd February 1963 in Koprivnica, Slovenia, Franc Bogovič graduated from the Agronomy College in 1984 and became an Agricultural Engineer. His professional career constitutes of several different posts, such as agricultural extension expert, agricultural trade entrepreneur, Mayor of Krško Municipality, member of Slovenian National Assembly and Minister of Agriculture and Environment. On 2 March 2013, Bogovič was elected President of the Slovene People’s Party, the position he held until 6th December 2014. Bogovič is currently serving his second term as a Member of the European Parliament, where he is mostly engaged in topics related to agriculture, rural and regional development, cohesion policy, as well as energy. Bogovič is also leading the Smart Villages initiative as well as chairing the “Bioeconomy” Working Group of Intergroup on "Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development" in the European Parliament.

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Isabelle BONNET

Project Leader


Isabelle Bonnet has a Diploma of Biochemistry engineer (INSA Lyon). She joined BASF in 1997 and is working as a project leader at BASF Beauty Care Solutions France SAS, in Lyon. Her main activity is to coordinate the development of effective and innovative active ingredients dedicated for skin and hair care cosmetic application.

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Delphine BOUVIER

Green Sciences program, R&I international director


- June 3rd 1971 - Organic chemistry Engineer – graduated at INSA Rouen in 1994 - Spent 10y in textile industry as material and process development manager – DIM – Sara Lee group from 1994 to 2004 - Joined L’Oréal research & development in July, 2004 and had different positions related to cosmetic raw materials, technologies and methods development with external partners - joined Nihon L’Oréal in 2014, as the head of advanced research Japan and Korea, covering all activities related to scientific collaboration with external partners, in the field of material and life sciences. - Coordinator of the Loreal sustainable program: Sharing Beauty with All for R&I Asia. - Recently back to France as Green Sciences program director for R&I and open innovation for partnerships related to sustainable development.

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Jamel Bouzenzana has a PhD in Biochemistry and more than 10 years of experience in innovation consultancy. Jamel is the CEO of PNO Consultants France, the European leader in innovation consulting. He has made PNO Consultants a strong value in the bioeconomy by winning 3 BBI JU Flagship projects between 2018 and 2020.


General Partner


Dr. Michael Brandkamp, PhD in Business Innovation with 20+ years of investment experience as Managing Director of High-Tech Gründerfonds Management GmbH, Tech Investments in KfW, and tbg. As the member of several advisory boards, he assured investments in numerous high-tech start-ups, closed more than a hundred exits, excecuted 30+ IPOs, and raised almost EUR 1bn in various fundraising initiatives.


Technical Director


Gregory BROCHARD started to work in paint research and development 30 years ago. He is also involved as an expert in the French federation FIPEC as well as in CEPE’s technical committee (European Paint Federation ) on various issues such as standardization. His main target is to formulate innovative and special function paints but also using more and more sustainable raw materials ! And than comes the great challenge : the above paints must have the level of performances and quality ( applicability , coverage, opacity,... ) expected and desired by the painter.


Application Laboratory Manager


Magalie Cabannes completed her Master’s degree of fine chemistry specializing in flavors, perfums and cosmetics. She joined the Greentech company in 2013 at the head of the application laboratory. The laboratory is a technical support for the customers’ formulation projects. Within the laboratory she offers formulas and advices to serve the actives of the Greentech company. Involved in the R&D process, she takes part to the development of natural origin functional ingredients.

Michael CARUS



Michael Carus studied physics at the University of Cologne. He worked as a scientific staff member for nuclear energy and environment at the University of Tuebingen, as a scientific journalist for different professional magazines, at the KATALYSE-Umweltinstitut in Cologne (environment and resources), for the US company Tektronix GmbH in Cologne (IT) as well as for the company Flachglas Solartechnik GmbH in Cologne (solar power) until founding the nova-Institute for Political and Ecological Innovation together with other scientists in 1994. nova-Institute is a private and independent research institute, offering research and consultancy with a focus on Renewable Carbon – bio-based and CO2-based economy and recycling – in the fields feedstock, techno-economic evaluation, markets, sustainability, dissemination, B2B communication and policy. The institute has more than 40 employees. Since its foundation Michael Carus is acting as board member and managing director. Mr. Carus is a member in many societies, associations and international organisations. Carus is science-based consultant on company strategies and policy in different countries around the world.

Benjamin CASSOU



Ben is a multi-faceted entrepreneur passionate about using disruptive innovation to make the world a better place and challenge the status quo. He is a Co-Founder and President of ReStalk, Inc. a company that implements regenerative solutions by transforming agricultural waste into valuable products. Initiatives adopted by ReStalk puts the world, its environment, and the customers that live in it first. Benjamin is motivated to new technologies with responsible manufacturing practices to market with a focus on implementing regenerative solutions in traditional industries. Before leading ReStalk, Ben started Caduceus Media, a Chicago based company, that is pioneering new ways to interface digital video technologies inside hospitals.

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PhD - Project Manager


Having earned a doctorate in microbiology and material sciences, Elodie is an engineer in biological engineering and her fields of expertise are innovation, food-resources and biotechnology. Working at Lactips since 2017, Elodie leads the development of several project of products thanks to her knowledge about our biobased ingredients and industrial technology.

Patrick CHOISY

Head of Innovation in Natural Materials and Sustainable Development


Patrick CHOISY is an engineer in biotechnology (UTC – Fr) with a PhD in microbiology and enzymology. I have been working in pharmacy sector (ICI-Biological products), plant pigments (CRITT Horticole – Rochefort) and joined cosmetic domain with L’Oréal (15 years). I joined LVMH Perfumes and Cosmetics In 2015. I am in charge of Innovation in Natural Materials and Sustainable Development.




Olivier Choulet holds a Master of Chemical Engineering from CPE, Lyon and a Master of Business Administration from ESSEC, Paris. He has 25 years of international experience in Research, Production, Strategy, Marketing and Commercial Management functions in the Paint and Coating Materials Division for Europe, Middle East and Africa regions at Dow/Rohm and Haas Company. Olivier is now the Chief Executive Officer of Ecoat, a company specialized in the development of biobased components for the paint and coating markets.



BioChem Europe & CEFIC

o Economist by education o 29 years in European public affairs for various sectors (sugar industry, farmers’ union, land and forest owners, pulp and paper industry and now chemical industry) o Additional degrees in forestry and in human resources management

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Research Leader


Prof. Ludo Diels, Dr. in chemistry & biotechnology, works at the University of Antwerp. He is the chairman of the Industrial Research and Innovation Agenda Group of the Public – Private – Partnership SPIRE (Sustainable Process Industry by Resource and Energy Efficiency) bringing together 8 large industrial sectors (chemistry, steel, cement, minerals, non-ferrous, engineering, ceramics, water, refining, pulp & paper) and he is member of the SPIRE-CBE (Circular Bioeconomy Europe) working group. He is strongly involved in the set up of a biobased economy in Flanders and Europe, and the collaboration between Europe and India on bio-economy and water business. He is a founding father of the Shared Research Centre on Bio-aromatics (BIORIZON), the BioInnovation for Growth Cluster of the trilateral alliance between Flanders, the Netherlands and NordRhein Westfalia and the Vanguard Initiative on Interregional Smart Specialisation. He is also working on the combination of bio-economy and circular economy with a strong emphasis on the use of wood and wood residues (strong focus on lignin) for integrated applications in many sectors with a first focus on construction materials. He is senior advisor Sustainable Chemistry for the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) in Mol, Belgium.

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Director Long-term Innovation


Tom Domen graduated in 1996 with a Master in Industrial Design. In 2007, he completed a Master in Sustainable Development at the University of Brussels. With his MA on Sustainable Technology for Eastern Africa, he received the yearly Award for Innovative Technology from the Chamber of Engineers. He started working for Philips in packaging innovation after which he worked for 5 years as a marketing and communication specialist at Panasonic. Tom has been working for Ecover/Method for 15 years, where he is responsible for the long term innovation strategy and sustainability for the different categories of Ecover/Method products (laundry, cleaning, dishwashing, home care and personal care). Getting inspiration out of biomimicry and system thinking, he has been laying out an ambitious roadmap for the company to inspire transformative change towards a restorative business model. Tom is also a member of the board of Kringwinkel, a Belgian organisation that gives a second life to what otherwise would be waste.


Vice President


Michael Duetsch, Vice President, UPM Biochemicals Business, joined UPM in 2011. He has studied chemistry at the universities Hamburg, Göttingen and Paris. In 1994, he started his professional career at Goldschmidt (today: Evonik) in research and development (R&D) followed by management positions in corporate strategy and controlling. He headed R&D as well as new business development departments within Evonik and BASF. Today his main responsibility is to create a new business for biochemicals at UPM. He is based in Leuna, where UPM currently invests into a biorefinery to produce bio-monoethyleneglycol, bio-monopropyleneglycol, renewable functional fillers and industrial sugars.

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Sébastien DUPRAT

Director innovation and development natural raw materials


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.

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Associate Professor


F. El Garah is Assistant Professor (MCF) of organic chemistry at the Faculty of Pharmacy of Toulouse and co-animator of the Biofilms Engineering group in the BioSyM department of the Laboratoire de Génie Chimique (LGC). F. El Garah qualified as an engineer in chemistry in 2006. She obtained a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Toulouse in March 2010 (EU-FP6 program) under the supervision of Drs. A. Robert and B. Meunier (CNRS, Toulouse) and Pr P. O’Neill (Liverpool, UK). In 2011, she received “Le Prix de la Recherche” of Le Monde journal for her thesis work. After a post-doctoral (CNRS, 1 year) and an ATER (UPS, 2 years) contracts, she joined LGC in 2014. Fatima works in several areas of synthetic organic chemistry with a strong emphasis on drug-design, and medicinal chemistry of anti-biofilm compounds, targeting the process of bacterial cell-cell communication, also called Quorum Sensing. She is also interested in exploring marine algae as source of natural anti-biofilm agents. The aim of F. El Garah projects is to conduct fundamental studies to further understand and explore bacterial biofilms, to ultimately develop innovative anti-biofilm strategies, with applications in health and in industry.

Stefano FACCO

New Business Development Director


Stefano Facco is New Business Development Director of Novamont SpA as well as the managing director of the German subsidiary of Novamont, which is based in Eschborn. He has held this position since 1997, following six years as Product Development Manager for Montedison Deutschland, where he worked on the market introduction of biofuels and biopolymers. Earlier, he had worked there on liquid crystal polymers for electronic applications like PCB and speciality fibres for EMI shielding . The first stages of his career were interspersed with two stints at the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Germany, as consultant for EDP and marketing issues and lately as Managing Director. He is Vice President and co-founder of EuBP, the European Bioplastics Association and former member of the Din “ biodegradable polymers” working group. Stefano Facco was born in Hong Kong 1963, went to High School in Germany and Austria, has a background in economics 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.

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Nathalie FAYOLLE

Personal Care Manager


Since 2015, Nathalie has been in charge of the business development of JRS Personal Care in France. Graduated from ESCOM (high school of Organic and mIneral Chemistry) she specializes in green and clean cosmetic innovation based on cellulose ingredients: alternatives to microplastics in skin care, Hair Care, and make-up but also Pickering emulsions. new generation of solid cosmetics...

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Philippe GABANT

Co-founder & CSO


Philippe holds a PhD in Molecular Biology from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) obtained in 1993 and a Master in Management de l’Innovation from HEC Saint Louis (Brussels, Belgium) obtained in 1995. In 1995-1996 Philippe did a post-doctoral research at the University of Edinburgh (UK). During this research he discovered using mouse model the function of the alpha-fetoprotein the major embryonic plasma protein in mammalian development. During his academic research career he was involved has an inventor in the development of a portfolio of genetic selection patented technologies. One of these technologies belonging to ULB was licensed to Life technologies and is on the market since 1995 it is today a standard in DNA assembly method: Gateway technology, TOPO cloning. Other technologies were licensed to Sanofi-Pasteur, GSK and Merck to improve biopharmaceutical production. Since 2013 Philippe is the Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Syngulon a startup focusing on genetic innovations to improve the biocontrol of microbial population using bacteriocins (antimicrobial peptides). Philippe has established several partnerships for the company with academics and industries.

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Antoine GALLOS

Research Scientist


Dr. Antoine Gallos completedhis B.S. in chemistry at Université du Littoral Côte d'Opale (ULCO) and his M.S. in material science at Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille (USTL) in France. He then made a Ph.D on reactive extrusion and Fame retardancy of polylactide at Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille (ENSCL) in the Ingénierie des Systèmes Polymères (ISP) group. After a postdoctoral position dedicated to the study of natural fibers composites, he is now working at the URD Agro-Biotechnologies Industrielles by AgroParisTech at the Centre Européen de Biotechnologie et de Bioéconomie (CEBB) as a Research Engineer.

Olivier GALY

Director of operation


Olivier Galy is Director of Operations & Technologies for Toulouse White Biotechnology TWB). TWB operates in a context where societal challenges (climate, food and energy) are increasingly important. Biobased products and biological catalysts are possible answers to address these challenges of the 21st century. In this context, TWB provides a concrete response to industrials, biotechnology entrepreneurs and researchers, to develop new biological production routes. Olivier coordinates TWB technical platforms activities and ensure development and implementation of consistent as well as standardized operation and business processes for TWB project portfolio follow up. Olivier came to TWB after occupying several positions as a postdoctoral fellow specialized on development of Enzymatic tools applied to manufacturing of bio-commodities.


Project manager - Research & Innovation Department


I am a chemical ingeener. I did PhD studies at Ecole Centrale of Lyon, granted by TOTAL, in order to understrand the mechanisms of additives involved in Warm Mix Asphalt production. I have joined Eiffage in 2015 as project manager in the Research & Innovation Department. First in charge of “Road of the Futur” projects, I am currently in charge of the R&I chemical activities. Specially, I focus on the development of low carbon asphalt mixes and the use of bio-based products as substitute of bitumen, which is a petroleum by-product.


Marketing Manager


Tim Gratzke is Marketing Manager for Decovery® at DSM Resins & Functional Materials. He’s passionate about Innovation and Sustainability and a firm believer in the use of renewables as an alternative to fossil raw materials. He has worked for 10+ years in commercial roles in the chemical and packaging industry, dedicating much of his time to sustainability innovations. His aim is to accelerate the transition of the paints & coatings industry towards renewable materials.


Plastic and rubber manager


I was graduated in 2016 with a Master degree of chemistry (materials) from Rennes university. I started to work as a technical sale manager in coating, lubricant, polymer and elastomer application. Since 2019, I specialized in polymer, biopolymer and elastomer application.


COO & co-founder


Dr. Florent Héroguel is co-founder and COO of Bloom Biorenewables SA where he brings functionalization strategies to biomass for valorisation with high yields and selectivities. His focus is to deliver new high performances products which are both sustainable and cost-competitive to markets such as fragrances, materials and cosmetics. Previously, Florent was project leader at EPFL after obtaining a PhD in Chemistry from ETH Zürich.


Assistant Professor


Assistant Professor at AgroParisTech, I am focusing my research activities on the multi-scale stabilisation of dispersed systems such as emulsions and foams, with a specific interest in the structuration of the interfaces. In SayFood Joint Research Unit, we are interested in the technological itineraries allowing the transformation of agro-ressources into food and by-products. I am currently launching an ANR project dedicated to stabilizing clean-label emulsions with minimal-processed vegetal by-products, in a partnership with JRS Rettenmaier.

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Gisle Løhre JOHANSEN

Executive Vice-President Speciality Cellulose & Fine Chemicals


Gisle Løhre Johansen holds since 2019 the position as EVP of Speciality Cellulose and Fine Chemicals in Borregaard, which operates one of the worlds most advanced biorefineries. He has an MSc in natural products chemistry from Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and has since 1991 served in management positions within R&D, production, sales and Business Development in Borregaard

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Mickael KREL



Partner at Sofinnova Partners, joined the firm in 2013 and is a key member of the Sofinnova Industrial Biotechnology Fund. His primary focus is on identifying early-stage deals in Europe and North America with applications ranging from chemicals, materials, agriculture, food, feed, and synthetic biology. He is on the Board of Directors of several companies including EnobraQ, Afyren, and Enginzyme, and an Observer on Comet Bio’s Board. He served for 2 years as the CEO of EnobraQ, a Sofinnova Partners’ Green Seed Fund portfolio company. Previously, Michael spent six years in industrial biotech start-ups, in senior business development roles. He also worked in a consulting firm advising on strategic R&D and organizational issues. Michael is an engineer who graduated from Ecole Polytechnique in Paris and holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Paris X Orsay University.

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Vice President Biopolymer Research


Andreas Künkel studied biology at the Philipps University Marburg and received his Ph.D. in 1998 at the Max Planck Institute for terrestrial microbiology. Afterwards he started his BASF career within the Central R&D department, followed by marketing positions for Fine Chemicals and ecoflex® & ecovio® with focus on strategy and New Business Development. Since 2010 he is head of biodegradable and biobased polymer research of BASF. The focus of this research is the fundamental understanding of the biodegradation process in different environments and the development of new biodegradable and biobased polyesters and compounds for different applications. He is teaching at the University of Marburg.

Marie-Pierre LABORIE

Professor of Forest Biomaterials


Prof. Laborie leads the Chair of Forest Biomaterials in the Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources at the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg. She also currently serves on the board of directors of the Freiburg Materials Research center at the University of Freiburg. There her research group investigates and develops novel avenues to add value to wood and wood-based polymers by turning them into advanced biomaterials. She obtained her PhD in Wood Science and Forest Products from Virginia Tech in 2002 and her habilitation in Materials and Process Engineering from Grenoble Institute of Technology in 2008. She has coauthored over 90 peer reviewed publications in the field of wood science, adhesion science and wood-based polymers and composites. Since 2013 she is an elected fellow of the international academy of wood science (IAWS).


Rubber Material Engineer


Chemist specialized in materials science, I started my career in rubber industry 5 year ago developing innovative compounds and processes for a wide range of applications. In 2018, I joined Decathlon as rubber material engineer for our footwear department where I am in charge of developing and validating exclusive rubber materials while focusing on environmental impact, availability and product benefits.

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Stephane LAURENT

Director of Innovation & Maghreb Area Manager


Stéphane LAURENT, chemical engineer, works since 2004 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 biobased applications and/or products. He is also since 2020 responsible for the Maghreb area for all JRS applications.


Project Manager


Victor Laurent completed his PhD in organic chemistry with a specialty biocatalysis in the University of Clermont Auvergne (UCA) in 2020. During his thesis one of the main purposes was the use of aldolases from biodiversity for tertiary alcohol synthesis. Since 2019 he is project manager in R&D team of Greentech Group, this opportunity leads him to work at the crossroad of different worlds: plants, cosmetics and chemistry. He already has improved some active crafting process and now his working on introducing more green method like the use of enzyme in the active creation approach.


Innovation & Development biotechnology active Manager


Rémi Laville is a Chemical Engineer and has a PhD in Chemistry of Marine Natural Products. After two postdocs from 2008 to 2012, one in the Chemical Institute of Natural Substances in Paris on Marine Sponges Chemical Analysis and the other at the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis on Aromatic and Medicinal Plant Valorization, he co-created and developed the R&D department on Natural Cosmetic and Perfume ingredients at Cosmo International Ingredients in Nice from 2012 to 2016. Since 2016 he is in charged of the Innovation & Development Team in Plant Biotechnology at Biotechmarine, subsidiary of SEPPIC.

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Xavier LE FUR

PH.D, MBA, Director of Innovation & Business Development


Engineer and PhD from the university of Göttingen, Germany. Held management positions in R&D and international business development in the industry in Germany and France, for different sectors such as construction, furniture and automotive . Xavier considers there are paths to implement sustainable solutions on the market, both from a technical, industrial and business development perspective. Evertree allows him to concretize his vision of each day improving the environmental footprint and health impact of adhesives by use of plant-based raw materials, formulation and process solutions.

Guillaume LEBERT

Sustainability Group 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).

Christophe LUGUEL

Director Europe

IAR, The French Bioeconomy Cluster

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. Christophe is also Vice chair of BIC (Biobased Industries Consortium) Board and member of the Governing Board of the Bio-Based Industries (BBI) JU, a € 3.7bn Public Private Partnership on Bio-Based Industries, within Horizon 2020.

Anisul Islam MAHMUD

Project Engineer [R&D]


Raised in the Southern part of Bangladesh. Anisul Islam MAHMUD graduated in Marine Science from NSTU, Bangladesh with the focus on Chemical Oceanography and after completed Erasmus Mundus Post-graduation Fellowship in Biology with the specialization on environmental pollution from Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Université Libre de Bruxelles and Università degli Studi di Firenze. Joined in DVI labo, France in 2016 as a research fellow and recently started to work with EUROBIORG as R&D Engineer as parallel holding the position as Project Engineer, R&D, DVI labo. Mainly interested in Experimental Biology, Industrial Ecology, Quality Control, Green Chemistry, Eco-friendly Products and Environmental Risk Assessment.


PhD, R&D team leader


Held a Ph.D in Chemistry where she worked on the valorisation of plant-based oils for the production of bioplastics. Carine joined Evertree to strengthen company expertise in chemistry and is now leading a multidisciplinary team of scientists to develop plant-based solutions for adhesives. Carine considers there are paths to implement sustainable solutions on the market, both from a technical, industrial and business development perspective. Evertree allows her to concretize her vision of each day improving the environmental footprint and health impact of adhesives by use of plant-based raw materials, formulation and process solutions.

Patrick MARTIN



Patrick Martin, Professor at the University of Artois (Béthune, France) and Director of the Artois site of the Unit Transformations et Agroressources (ULR 7519) is expert in bio-based chemistry (extraction, characterization, formulation/modification). He is specialized in the conception of bio-based products starting from biomolecules or biopolymers as raw material by chemical pathways. His current research interests are in the field; glycochemistry (surfactants, liquid crystals, biopesticides, drug targeting), secondary metabolites (anti-oxidants, dyes) and biomaterials (plastic, concrete).

Nicolas MARTIN

Sustainability Director


Nicolas Martin joined Ajinomoto Animal Nutrition Europe in November 2018, as Sustainability Director. His role is to contribute to the definition and implementation of AANE’s sustainability strategy, in terms of benefits for livestock production but also at the production plant. Before that he worked as Policy Advisor for FEFAC during seven years, with management responsibilities in the area of sustainability and agricultural markets. He started his career in the dairy sector working on market analysis and marketing. He then spent 4 years with the French feed manufacturers association before joining FEFAC and then Ajinomoto. He graduated in agronomy from the National Institute of Agronomy in Paris, with a specialization in economics.

Philippe MENGAL

Executive Director


Philippe Mengal is the Executive Director of the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) since 1st of October 2015. His mission is to further consolidate the role and responsibilities of the BBI JU. The Executive Director is the legal representative of the BBI JU. He is the chief executive responsible for the day-to-day management of the BBI JU in accordance with the decisions of the Governing Board. Mr. Mengal trained as an engineer in Chemistry and Bio-industry at the Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech University and later on in Strategic Innovation Management at INSEAD - Fontainebleau in France. He started his career in 1990 in France as R&D engineer in the field of biomass fractionation and purification. In 1995 he became Technical Director of a research centre dedicated to biomass valorisation and between 1990 and 1997 he taught in a Master programme on chemical engineering in Rennes, France. He has published a number of scientific papers and awarded 5 patented license agreements. In his 25 years of professional experience before joining BBI JU, Mr. Mengal held strategic managerial positions in France and Belgium such as CEO of three companies, Global R&D Director of a multinational and Senior Consultant in food ingredient, engineering and life science industries.




Joachim Merziger joined AFYREN in 2019 as Chief Commercial Officer in charge of marketing and commercial activities. Before having joined AFYREN Joachim held management positions at Arkema as Business Director Coating Resins, as General Manger Oilfield Chemicals as well as Head of Market Development for biobased high-performance polyamides. Prior he occupied marketing and product management roles with global exposure in the refrigeration and the automotive sectors at Atofina. Joachim started his career in R&D at Elf Atochem and Alphacan and holds an engineering degree from RWTH Aachen University.

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Before co-founding IntPact in 2018, Raphaël was the CIO of SpecialChem, a digital marketing company providing business development and innovation acceleration services for Chemicals & Materials companies. Raphaël has strong experience in designing new business development and innovation processes leveraging digital technologies to gain on growth speed and efficiency. He also has past experiences in R&D and Sales management at companies like Solvay, Sabic (formerly GE Plastics) and more. He holds a Ph.D. and an Engineering degree in Polymer Sciences from the University of Strasbourg (France). Prior to SpecialChem, Raphael started his career with Solvay (Belgium) in reactive extrusion. He then moved to GE Plastics Europe (now Sabic IP) in charge of Polycarbonate Compounding and technical development. Then, he continued with Polytechs SA, a company specialized in toll compounding and masterbatches as Sales and Marketing manager. Raphael holds a Ph.D and an Engineering Degree in Polymer Science from the University of Strasbourg (France) and a Masters Degree in Organic Chemistry. Raphael holds 10 patents and lives in Paris, France.

Antoine MIALON

Product Development Manager


Antoine Mialon holds a PhD in Medical Biochemistry and Genetics from the University of Turku, Finland and is fully armed to cover the panel of methods used at MetGen to answer customer’s needs. As the head of the application testing group Antoine assesses the full benefits of using lignin for packaging applications and MetZyme® in customer driven projects.


Design Director


Craig Milnes co-founded Wilson Benesch in 1989. Through global collaborative Research and development programs he has sought to introduce novel technologies in order to redefine the State of The Art in audio reproduction. “The Future is Carbon” has been the strap line for the company since it pioneered carbon fibre based technologies. A raft of product developments are recognised globally as pioneering developments and multi award winning designs. Future innovations will be defined by the companies expertise in advanced manufacturing both in metal and advanced composites.

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François MONNET



After graduating from Ecole Polytechnique (Paris) in 1981, F Monnet obtained a PhD in Experimental Nuclear Physics in 1985 (Paris). He also got a Master in Artificial Intelligence (1986; Paris) He first worked 4 years At Alcatel-Lucent’s corporate labs, in Artificial Intelligence. François joined Solvay in 1989, to successively be in charge of chlorofluorinated production, and then plant manager in mineral and pharmaceutical chemistry. He managed the Global Business Unit “Advanced Functional Minerals” (Angera, Italy). Since 2006, François has been developing Solvay’s activities in Nanotechnologies and Renewable Based Chemistry, as part of Solvay’s Corporate New Business Development . F Monnet is presently - President of ACDV, the French Industrial Association for Plant-Based Chemistry. - a member of CEFIC program Council on Research & Innovation - and member of the Boards o of the cPPP SPIRE o and of the European Technological platform Suschem. o Axelera, the Competitiveness cluster of chemical and environmental industries, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in France

Philippe MOUSSOU

R&D Project Management Manager


Philippe Moussou has a Diploma of Biotechnological engineer (INSA Toulouse) and a PhD in Chemistry (Aix-Marseille University). After different positions in R&D on active ingredients in the personal care industry since 1998, he is now working today as R&D project manager at BASF Beauty Care Solutions in France. His main activity is to lead the R&D projects portfolio for innovative active ingredients and processes.


Research Engineer


PhD on rhizosphere and microorganisms at CNRS, Najat joined RITTMO Agroenvironnement® in 2003 and is in charge of topics related to soil fertility, microbial biostimulation and biocontrol. As such, she participates in setting up and monitoring research projects, in targeted studies for private clients and in regulatory and technical expertise for the marketing of fertilizer, biostimulant and biocontrol products.

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Sustainable Development Coordinator


Corinne Nawrocki graduated from INSA (Institut National des Sciences Appliquées) Engineering School of Toulouse and she has a Mastère in management of technical innovation from Paris Central School. Corinne joined Air Liquide group in 1994 as food development engineer and later worked in the Air Liquide research center (CRCD) in food processing and medical gases sectors. In 2001 she joined SEPPIC Castres as production Engineer. Then in 2006 she occupied the post of research manager for the Human Adjuvant and Injectable activity. Presently, Corinne Nawrocki is sustainable development coordinator for SEPPIC group.

Frédéric NIOLA

Global Innovation Director


Frédéric Niola is the Global Innovation Director Personal Care at Cargill. He joined Cargill in 2017 to lead the innovation activities of Cargill Beauty and to coordinate the four regional hubs to provide optimal support for global and regional customers. Cargill Beauty focuses on technologies based on the vertical integration of ingredients, with a clear focus on sustainable supply chains, co-product valorization and on researching opportunities that originate from the food industry. The result is a broad portfolio of nature-derived personal care ingredients that support the wellbeing of consumers and the environment. Prior to joining Cargill, Niola held R&D and purchasing positions at L’Oréal

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Director of Sustainability


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 strategy on Sustainable Development, covering a wide range of activities for the industry sector in Europe; these include the industry’s flagship initiative ‘A.I.S.E. Charter for Sustainable Cleaning’ and other industry voluntary schemes such as on social responsibility and the circular economy. The area of his activity comprises also to contribute to the industry sector external affairs related to global and EU sustainability policies, including the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the European Green Deal. 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.

Laurent NOCA

Technical and Innovation Director


After 14 years of R&D, Constructions Composites Bois has developed the Lignoroc technology. Lignoroc is a new innovative biosourced construction material, a wood concrete, adapted in qualitative and fast constructive principles in prefabrication. Our constructive systems allow the construction of all types of buildings with a negative global carbon balance. Moreover, Lignoroc wood concrete has remarkable technical properties that make it an uncompromising material for both the builder and the final consumer.

Kristel ONS

Secretary General


Kristel Ons is the Secretary General of FEICA, the Association of the European adhesive and sealant industry. Kristel has been with FEICA since 2009, previously as the association’s Communications and Events Director responsible for the organisation of the annual FEICA Conference & EXPO as well as internal and external communication. She was also instrumental in the rollout of FEICA’s strategy. Prior to joining FEICA, Kristel had a successful career in global business development across a range of industries.

Bruno PARY

International UARF fellow

University of Akron Research Foundation (UARF)

Bruno M. Pary started his career in 1975, as Research Assistant for the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) at the Paris University. In 1978, he joined ExxonMobil as an Elastomers Commercial Engineer in Paris and then moved to Brussels, where he held several supervisory positions in Elastomers Technology and Product Management. He was transferred to Houston in 1988 to the Polymers Business, and then returned to Brussels. During this period, and until 1995, he held a number of management positions in Marketing, Sales and Product Management. In 1995, he was appointed Europe, Middle East & Africa General Manager for Specialty Elastomers and in 2001 Global Manager for Sales for Specialty Elastomers. In 2006, he was appointed Senior Advisor, at ExxonMobil Chemical Middle East and Africa. In this position, he participated to the definition and the implementation of the Elastomers project in Saudi Arabia, a multi B$ project including several Rubber plants, a Rubber Institute and a Technology Center. He retired from ExxonMobil in 2013, after 35 years of service. Mr. Pary has been an active member of the International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers (IISRP), as European Director and as International President. In this position, he has organized the first Global Rubber Forum in the Middle East, in Dubai. In 2018, he received the prestigious IISRP General Award for his global contributions to the Synthetic Rubber Industry. He is currently International Fellow of the University of Akron Research Foundation. In this position, he supports a number of initiatives aiming at the commercialization of Technologies developed in the Ohio Business incubator. Mr. Pary, a native of Marseille (France), is a Chemical Engineer (Lyon), earned a Doctorate in Polymers at the Pierre and Marie Curie University (Paris), and a Business Degree from the IAE Paris (Institut d’Aministration des Entreprises).


R&D Director


After material sciences master degree, Rémi PERRIN joined SOPREMA as R&D scientist. Rémi PERRIN is General Manager in charge of R&D for the SOPREMA group and manage a scientist team of 110 people all over the world. SOPREMA R&D projects covers thematics from polymer chemistry to building physics.


Vice President Europe


Babette is the Vice President, Europe for LanzaTech, a pioneer in gas fermentation technology. LanzaTech converts carbon-rich gas streams into value-added products using proprietary microbes that feed on gases to provide economic routes to ethanol, jet fuel and chemicals. LanzaTech technology feeds on a variety of gases, including industrial off-gases from steel, and syngas from municipal solid waste (MSW) and biomass to reduce carbon emissions from industry, while producing platform chemicals that serve as building blocks to consumer products such as plastics, fuels and synthetic fibers. Products made from recycled carbon from industrial emissions reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by over 70% when compared to equivalent products derived from fossil fuels. Before joining LanzaTech, Babette was Director of Business Development at Ginkgo Bioworks, an early stage leader in synthetic biology. Prior to this, Babette was the Chief Business Development Officer at Capricorn Venture Partners, a European manager of venture capital and equity funds, Chief Commercial Officer for BioAmber, a market leader in renewable chemicals, and VP New Business Development for Performance Materials at Royal DSM. Prior to this, Babette held Marketing & New Business Development roles in different industry groups for over 20 years at Dow Corning. Babette has a BSc in Biology from Wellesley College, USA and an MBA from INSEAD, France. She lives and works in Brussels, Belgium, and is on the Board of the United Fund of Belgium which helps disadvantaged people and those with disabilities, by investing in projects that improve their situation and their social integration.

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Patrick PIOT



Patrick PIOT is CEO at Demeta S.A.S since January 2017. Prior to that, Patrick worked 9 years for ARD then BioAmber Inc. as Vice-President Business Development, pioneering the development and commercialisation of the first large-scale bio-based succinic acid facility. He also worked 10 years in various sales and purchasing positions at Rhône-Poulenc, Aventis and Bayer. Patrick holds a MSc in Lifesciences from AgroParisTech and an MBA from INSEAD, France.

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R&D manager


Vincent RAPINEL is a French chemical engineer (ENSCR) & since 2018 he got a PhD at Avignon University (FR) about the use of liquefied gases as alternative solvents for extraction of natural products, in collaboration with the company CELSIUS PROCESS. He joined the EcoXtract team right after his PhD in July 2018 as the R&D manager.

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Laurie REY

Business Director


Laurie Rey is currently Business Director at TWB managing a multimillion € portfolio consisting of 25 key accounts, including 4 top CAC40 companies in France. She is leading the business and partnership team in charge of collaborative projects with industrials, legal and financial negotiation and new business opportunities notably in pharma, cosmetics, F&F and Ag-tech. She also animates TWB network of 53 partners and leads the delivery of 30+ projects per year according to plan. Before that, Laurie spend 7 years at Alcimed, a company that helps organizations in innovation and development of new markets as project manager and business developer. She focused in particular on life sciences industries to support development of TOP 10 pharma companies and numerous start-up. She holds a PhD in molecular biology from Toulouse University in France.

Jean-Philippe RICHARD

VP Europe


Jean-Philippe is a Senior Investment Director at Bpifrance specialising in SPI Funding and holds various board positions in European Industrial SME’s operating in the Bioproduction. With over 25 years experience in European banking and investment, strategic consultancy and senior executive management, Jean-Philippe has an in-depth knowledge of the European Biotech and Deeptech bioproduction sectors and provides companies with a unique proven expertise in the industrialization of innovation, especially as regards Green Chemistry.

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Project Manager


Currently holds the position of Project Manager at LOBA. He has a degree in International Sciences and Diplomatic relations and in the past he worked at the “Central Directorate finances, assets, coordination and programming of economic and community politics” of the Italian Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia. Namely, at the Department of European Territorial Cooperation Service, State aids and general affairs, supporting the Managing Authority of Interreg V-A Italy-Slovenia 2014-2020 programme.


PhD student


Maya RIMA is currently a third-year PhD student in microbiology at the Laboratoire de Génie Chimique. She graduated from the Lebanese University – Faculty of Sciences with a Bachelor’s degree in Life and Earth Sciences followed by a 1st year Master’s degree in Plant biology and environment. She then completed the 2nd year of a Master’s degree in Applied Biotechnology from the Lebanese University – Faculty of public health. Her thesis, a collaborative project between the Lebanese University and the University of Toulouse, focuses on the valorization of seaweed extracts as antibiofilm agents against pathogenic bacteria and good candidates for the preventive and curative treatment of bacterial biofilms.


Thermoplastic Material Engineer


Chemical Engineer from ECPM in Strasbourg, after 8 years with various positions in the synthetic rubber industry (production, application development, product management), I joined Decathlon as thermoplastic material engineer. For more than a year, I have been in charge of developing and validating new thermoplastic for footwear application with a strong focus on outsole material. As part of this responsibility, I am responsible for measuring and reducing the environmental impact of our materials, whether by formulating internally or in partnership with suppliers.

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Innovation Manager Biosurfactants


Dr. ir. Sophie ROELANTS (F) is Innovation Manager Biosurfactants and has worked on Microbial Biosurfactants for over 12 years. She managed(s)/coordinated several projects on the development of microbial strains, fermentation- and purification processes and application research for (new-to-nature) biosurfactants (AppliSurf, Marisurf, Carbosurf, StaboSurf, IB2M, Biosurfing and the recently granted BBI demo project WASTE2FUNC). She holds a degree in Bio Science Engineering (Ghent University, 2007) and a PhD in Applied Biological Sciences (Ghent University, 2013). Sophie and her team have developed a battery of yeast strains derived from the non-conventional yeast Starmerella bombicola for the production of a portfolio of novel glycolipid biosurfactants. She subsequently embarked on the quest to develop sustainable, scalable and efficient production processes (fermentation and purification) for these novel compounds of which some multiple were scaled up to the multiple ton scale. Recently she coordinated the AppliSurf project where about 25 of those so-called microbial biosurfactants and 40 innovative derivatives were screened for their application potential by evaluating their physicochemical and biological properties in high throughput. Moreover, the project laid the base for structure-function relationship modelling. Sophies research resulted in over 40 peer-reviewed publications, 4 book chapters and the co-inventorship of 6 patent applications.


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).

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Annariikka ROSELLI

Development Manager


Dr. Roselli defended her doctoral thesis in the field of ionic liquids, i.e. specific molten salts, which are able to dissolve e.g. wood polymers. During her career, she has been working with dissolving pulp and man-made cellulosic fibres, and is now the textile fibre specialist at Metsä Spring, Metsä Group's innovation company.

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Bio-inputs Market Manager & R&D Project Manager


2018 - 2020 : ARD, Bioinputs Market Manager Management of all bioinputs projects 2014-2020 : ARD, R&D Project Manager Management of biotechnology projects 2010-2014 : ARD, Engineer in plant fractionation and DSP for biotechnology process Design and scale-up of the DSP of biotechnology processes from lab. to industrial scale 2009 : AgroParisTech Master’s Degree in Industrial Biotechnologies-Fermentation- Microbiology – Food Industry 2006-2009 : AgroParisTech, Engineer studies with a specialization in microbiology for biotechnology processes

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Vice President Customer Alliances - Corporate Sustainability


Chris Sayner has worked with Croda for 39 years in several sales & marketing roles. As Vice President Global Accounts Chris has seen the evolution of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability reporting particularly in consumer products industries and helped design the architecture around Croda’s Sustainability Reporting in 2007, and now Croda’s 2030 ambition to be Climate, Land and People Positive. Croda has twice been included in the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World, 2013 and 2014 and on the CDP “Climate Disclosure Leadership Index” 2013 for leading on climate change transparency together with recognition by Trucost, sustainability analysts, as a Natural Capital Decoupling Leader since 2014. Chris writes and presents extensively on supply chain integrity covering wide ranging issues such as carbon footprint, biobased raw materials, traceability and supporting Certified Sustainable Palm Oil supply chains in Home & Personal Care.

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Mathias SEXE

Director of Agronomy and Development, EMC2 & Technical Committee Chairman


Mathias Sexe, 55, Agricultural Engineer has been Director of Agronomy and Development of the EMC2 agricultural cooperative group since 2000. The EMC2 Group is a multi-trade agricultural cooperative group that advises, collects and supplies 3,000 farmers in the Greater East region of France (945,000 t of cereales, 581 million euros of turnover, 665 employees). Mathias Sexe has chaired the CRD Technical Committee since 2009. CRD is the cooperative union that funds the work carried out by ARD on biointrants.

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CEO & Founder


In 2018, after a sabbatical year, Kathryn was listed by Conscious Company Magazine as a Top Conscious Business Leader for her Personal Journey, one of 21 leaders recognised globally. And in 2019, she developed and launched a Credibility Audit to help measure the credibility of a company’s brand and claims. Kathryn is an Ambassador for 1% for the Planet and Co-Founder of buitendenker, taking companies and entrepreneurs into nature to help align their intentions with their actions.

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Head of Laboratory of Forest Plant Biotechnology


Dr. Vaida Sirgedaitė-Šėžienė – senior researcher. Specialist in forest ecology, plant biochemistry. Head of The Laboratory of Forest Plant Biotechnology in LAMMC Institute of Forestry since 2019. Published 12 scientific articles in ISI WOS. Research areas - evaluation of forest phytocenosis, forest vegetation and condition, determination of plant metabolism, mineral composition and physiological parameters. Executor of LAMMC long-term research program and national projects. In 3 of them as the Project leader. Research was presented at 11 international and 7 national conferences. Participated in 1 international internship. Scientific experience - 5 years.

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Prof. Wim Soetaert holds a degree in chemical and biochemical engineering (1987) and a PhD in bioengineering (1991) from Ghent University. Prof. Wim Soetaert heads the Centre of Expertise for Industrial Biotechnology and Biocatalysis ( at Ghent University, Faculty of BioScience Engineering. InBio is active in the areas of industrial biotechnology, biocatalysis, fermentation science and engineering. Prof. Wim Soetaert is also the founder and director of the Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant, an open innovation Pilot Plant for biobased products and processes based in Ghent. Starting in 2009 from a European Interreg project with a budget of 21 Million euros, the Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant has grown into a leading biobased research and development organisation with about 100 collaborators. Prof. Wim Soetaert is the founder and chairman of Ghent Bio-Energy Valley, a public private partnership to promote the development of biobased activities in Belgium. Since its creation in 2005, Ghent Bio-Energy Valley has quickly grown into one of the main growth centers for the biobased economy in Europe, with over 500 Million euros investments in the port of Ghent. Over the years, Ghent Bio-Energy Valley has expanded its scope to biobased products and products under the name Flanders BioBased Economy. Prof. Wim Soetaert is the founder and executive chairman of Inbiose, a spin-off company of Ghent University that is producing speciality carbohydrates through industrial biotechnology. Inbiose is currently focusing on the synthesis of Human Milk Oligosaccharides for health applications. During his earlier career, Wim Soetaert has worked as a research director in Germany and France, for the sugar group Pfeifer & Langen and the starch processing company Chamtor (now ADM).

Nicolas SORDET



After more than 15 years in Finance in Europe, Asia and the in US, Nicolas has joined the AFYREN’s journey to develop its proprietary technology in order to valorize, in a sustainable approach, non food biomasse into 100% biobased molecules for food, feed, cosmetic, healthcare and fine chemistry applications. After more than 7 years of R&D and technology development, AFYREN has recently started the construction of its 1st industrial Plant in North East of France.

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Project Manager


Joana is the Project Manager for Construction at the Innovation department in Amorim Cork Composites. She trained in Chemical engineering and focused on developing products with cork and other materials for several construction segments within the company, from flooring manufacturers to heavy construction.

Christophe TROUILLET

Development Manager


Christophe TROUILLET holds a double engineering/master’s degree, jointly issued by 3 schools (ESCOM in Compiègne, ENSCP and UPMC in Paris). His background is clearly oriented towards the physical chemistry of polymers. He has graduated these schools by the means of an apprenticeship, thanks to the company PolyOne, where he learned the processing of polymers from an industrial point of view, and more specifically reactive extrusion. After this experience, he has joined the company Hutchinson, where he was in charge of improving production processes of sealants for the automotive and aeronautics industries. 5 years ago he has joined the company JSP as a development engineer, with the main mission of developing and improving expanded polypropylene grades better known under the brand ARPRO. He has been leading the team for nearly 4 years, trying to develop always more innovating and engineered products.

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Matthijs VAN LINT

Business Development Manager Specialty Chemicals


Matthijs van Lint, PhD is a Business Development Manager at Wageningen University and Research and drives the interaction of the institute with industrial partners in the field of biobased specialty chemicals. After obtaining his BSc and MSc in Biomedical and Chemical sciences, he acquired his PhD in Chemistry at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam on the topic of natural product synthesis. He continued his career in commerce at a specialty chemicals distributor, where he built an extensive network of industrial partners, and gained detailed market knowledge on chemical products and intermediates.

Isabelle VAN REETH

Skin Care Global Technical leader


Isabelle Van Reeth joined the Personal Care Science and Technology Group at Dow Corning in 1987. She started as the technical representative in France and Spain and in 1998 became the European Application Center coordinator based in Belgium. In 2001, she became global technology leader for the Skin care and Ap/deo segment. Since August 2004, she is based in Dow Corning Shanghai where in addition to the global technical coordination role; she had coaching responsibilities for helping the local technical people and was also leading the new assessment center for Personal Care applications. From October 2011 until July 2015, she added the manager role for the Greater China Beauty Care Application and technical service group. In October 2013, she has been nominated Dow R&D/TS&D Fellow. Since 2017, she is back in Dow Silicones Belgium. She is a co-inventor on several patents for the use of silicone materials into cosmetic applications and is the author of a high number or publications in specialized cosmetic journals as well as a book chapter in Handbook of Cosmetic Science and Technology. Isabelle Van Reeth holds a master’s degree in pharmacy and a master’s degree in cosmetic science from the Free University of Brussels.

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Innovation management project leader


Laurie Verzeaux is graduated of the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France. She defended her PhD in molecular and cellular biology in June 2015 within the UMR CNRS 7369. After 3 years as a project leader in scientific communication at SILAB, Laurie is now innovation management project leader, in charge of innovation concept development and scientific promotion of cosmetic ingredients.

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Managing Director


Dr. Zscheile studied at the TU Dresden, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Wood and Fiber Materials Technology. He wrote his doctorate about special problems of the mathematical modeling within the cutting processes in solid wood processing. He worked in various leading positions in the international wood industry. 2003 Dr. Zscheile was appointed as professor for production technology at Rosenheim University. In addition, he is head of the laboratory “sawmill technology and solid wood processing”. Since 2012 until June 2017 he was the chairman of the board of the leading edge cluster BioEconomy e.V.. Since 2017, Juli 1st. he is the director of the BioEconomy Cluster Management GmbH (BCM).

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