20 April - 22 April 2020
London, UK

Argus Biomass

2020 advisory board members and speakers include:

Arnold Dale
Vice President Bioenergy, Ekman & Co
Arnold is Vice-President Bioenergy at Ekman & Co in Gothenburg, Sweden. Ekman is one of the world’s leading sales and marketing organisations, focusing on the global forestry industry. He is responsible for the sale and marketing of wood pellets, including the 900,000t of wood pellets produced by Vyborgskaya in Russia. Before joining Ekman, Arnold was Sales Director at Swe...
Arnold is Vice-President Bioenergy at Ekman & Co in Gothenburg, Sweden. Ekman is one of the world’s leading sales and marketing organisations, focusing on the global forestry industry. He is responsible for the sale and marketing of wood pellets, including the 900,000t of wood pellets produced by Vyborgskaya in Russia. Before joining Ekman, Arnold was Sales Director at Swedish pellet producer Latgran in Latvia. Arnold has recently been elected Chairman of the European Industrial Pellet Suppliers (EIPS) group and is a board member of The European Pellet Council (EPC).
Siobhan Sherry
Head of Biomass Electricity, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Siobhan leads on the strategic role of bioenergy for power and on evaluating the potential of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage. She previously worked as a Senior Scientific Officer at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), leading on sustainable intensification and land use evidence, and agri-environment monitoring and evaluation. Siobhan ...
Siobhan leads on the strategic role of bioenergy for power and on evaluating the potential of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage. She previously worked as a Senior Scientific Officer at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), leading on sustainable intensification and land use evidence, and agri-environment monitoring and evaluation. Siobhan has a BSc in biology and an MSc in Environmental consultancy from Newcastle University.
Thomas Meth
Co-Founder and Executive Vice-President of Sales and Marketing, Enviva
Thomas is a co-founder and Executive Vice-President of Sales and Marketing at the Enviva family of companies. Enviva is the world’s largest producer of wood pellets, with sales of over 2.3mn t in 2016. Thomas has led Enviva’s global sales and marketing team since the company was founded, developing strategies and contracts for utility, industrial and commercial customers i...
Thomas is a co-founder and Executive Vice-President of Sales and Marketing at the Enviva family of companies. Enviva is the world’s largest producer of wood pellets, with sales of over 2.3mn t in 2016. Thomas has led Enviva’s global sales and marketing team since the company was founded, developing strategies and contracts for utility, industrial and commercial customers in the US, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean. He also is responsible for Enviva’s sustainability and public affairs initiatives. Enviva has seven wood pellet manufacturing facilities in Mississippi, North Carolina, Virginia and Florida, and two deep-water marine terminals with transatlantic export capabilities at Chesapeake, Virginia, and Wilmington, North Carolina. Enviva Partners completed its initial public offering (IPO) in April 2015, becoming the first publicly traded, master limited partnership that focuses on renewable energy production. The publication Environmental Finance named Enviva’s IPO its bioenergy deal of the year. Thomas holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the Vienna University of Economics and Business, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business. He lives in Washington, DC.
Jonathan Sims
Deputy Editor, Argus
Jonathan Sims took over as Deputy Editor of Argus European Emissions Markets at the start of 2018, having spent the previous five years focusing on north western European power markets for Argus. In this time he has developed specific expertise on the UK and Irish markets during a period of significant transition owing to coal’s dwindling share in the country’s generatio...
Jonathan Sims took over as Deputy Editor of Argus European Emissions Markets at the start of 2018, having spent the previous five years focusing on north western European power markets for Argus. In this time he has developed specific expertise on the UK and Irish markets during a period of significant transition owing to coal’s dwindling share in the country’s generation mix and growth in renewables. Jonathan spent two years working in the grains market for a small commodity broker before joining Argus.
Seth Ginter
Executive Director, USIPA
Seth Ginther is Executive Director of the US Industrial Pellet Association (USIPA) and Co-Managing Partner of Hirschler Fleischer's Renewable Energy Practice Group. As Executive Director of USIPA, Seth represents the interests of the US-based industrial pellet industry with a focus on issues such as specifications, certifications, sustainability, uniformity of contracts,...
Seth Ginther is Executive Director of the US Industrial Pellet Association (USIPA) and Co-Managing Partner of Hirschler Fleischer's Renewable Energy Practice Group. As Executive Director of USIPA, Seth represents the interests of the US-based industrial pellet industry with a focus on issues such as specifications, certifications, sustainability, uniformity of contracts, shipping and other exporting issues such as port infrastructure and transportation. In the energy area, Seth routinely represents renewable energy businesses in project finance, negotiating and drafting power purchase agreements, recapitalisations, mergers and acquisitions and multi-state and federal legislative and regulatory matters. Seth, together with other members of Hirschler Fleischer's Renewable Energy Practice Group, has advised clients involved in a broad spectrum of renewable and alternative energy-related projects, and closed renewable energy transactions worth in excess of $500mn in the past 24 months.Seth earned a BA in Political Science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a JD from the University of Richmond, TC Williams School of Law where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Richmond Journal of Law and Public Interest. From 2002 to 2005, Seth served the Commonwealth of Virginia as Senior Assistant Attorney General and Chief of Commerce and Financial Law.
Gordon Murray
Executive Director, Wood Pellet Association of Canada
Gordon graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in forestry. After university, he began his career as a logger and eventually became the woodlands manager for a large British Columbia-based lumber manufacturer. In 1992, he started his own forest management company, which he operated successfully for the next 10 years. Gord...
Gordon graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in forestry. After university, he began his career as a logger and eventually became the woodlands manager for a large British Columbia-based lumber manufacturer. In 1992, he started his own forest management company, which he operated successfully for the next 10 years. Gordon embarked on a new course in 2002, setting up a practice as an independent corporate finance adviser specialising in the forest industry. He was involved in preparing business plans for wood pellet plants, and by 2008 was working on projects for the Wood Pellet Association of Canada. He was appointed as the organisation’s executive director in 2009.
Michael Schytz
Head of Fuel and Logistics, Hofor
Michael Schytz heads the fuel procurement and logistics department at Hofor. He has been procuring biomass, both wood pellets and wood chips, for 10 years. He mainly focuses on procurement, supply chain development and sustainability.
Michael Schytz heads the fuel procurement and logistics department at Hofor. He has been procuring biomass, both wood pellets and wood chips, for 10 years. He mainly focuses on procurement, supply chain development and sustainability.
Giulio Volpi
DG Energy, Unit Renewables and Carbon Capture and Storage Policy, European Commission
Giulio Volpi has extensive experience in the field of European clean energy and climate change policy. He has worked for the Directorate General for Energy since 2011, focusing on European renewable energy policy, including bioenergy sustainability. Giulio joined the European Commission in 2008, working first on international environmental relations for the Directorate Gen...
Giulio Volpi has extensive experience in the field of European clean energy and climate change policy. He has worked for the Directorate General for Energy since 2011, focusing on European renewable energy policy, including bioenergy sustainability. Giulio joined the European Commission in 2008, working first on international environmental relations for the Directorate General for Environment. Before joining the commission, Giulio worked in Latin America for several years, co-ordinating a number of projects on climate change mitigation and adaptation. Prior to that, he worked in Brussels for non-governmental organisations and private-sector firms on European renewables and energy efficiency policy. Giulio holds an MSc in environmental management and an MA in political sciences. He has completed advanced studies on the regulation of energy markets at the European University Institute.
James Behan
Trading and Sales Director, Peltrade
James Behan founded timber agency business Reneport in 2012, before expanding into biomass in 2015. Reneport merged with Peltrade in 2016, and the company has since grown to become a leading premium market trader. Peltrade has offices in London and St Petersburg and operates warehouses in the UK. James also sits on the board of the UK Pellet Council.
James Behan founded timber agency business Reneport in 2012, before expanding into biomass in 2015. Reneport merged with Peltrade in 2016, and the company has since grown to become a leading premium market trader. Peltrade has offices in London and St Petersburg and operates warehouses in the UK. James also sits on the board of the UK Pellet Council.
Lauma Kazuša
Head of Market Analysis, SUEZ Trading Europe
Lauma joined SUEZ Trading Europe in 2018 and heads market analysis activities for all trading streams – alternative fuels, wood, paper, plastics and non-ferrous metals. She has been working with biomass energy and EfW sectors for nearly 15 years, with previous professional experiences in due diligence work, market assessments and competitive analysis.
Lauma joined SUEZ Trading Europe in 2018 and heads market analysis activities for all trading streams – alternative fuels, wood, paper, plastics and non-ferrous metals. She has been working with biomass energy and EfW sectors for nearly 15 years, with previous professional experiences in due diligence work, market assessments and competitive analysis.
Christian Rakos
Chief Executive Officer, proPellets Austria
Christian Rakos was born in 1959 and studied physics, philosophy and history at the Technical University of Vienna and the University of Vienna. He received his engineering degree in 1984 and his doctoral degree in 1992. After positions at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the Austrian Energy Agency and the Irish renewable energy information office, he became Managing Dire...
Christian Rakos was born in 1959 and studied physics, philosophy and history at the Technical University of Vienna and the University of Vienna. He received his engineering degree in 1984 and his doctoral degree in 1992. After positions at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the Austrian Energy Agency and the Irish renewable energy information office, he became Managing Director of Austrian pellet industry association proPellets Austria. From 2010-16 he was President of the newly founded European Pellet Council. He is the founder and Manager of Save Energy Austria Ltd. an enterprise owned by proPellets Austria and the Austrian Biomass Association that is producing energy-saving certificates for the Austrian market. Christian is a member of the board of the European Pellet Council and a member of the board of the Austrian Biomass Association. He is married and has four sons and one grandchild.
Christian Joore
Lead Trader, Vattenfall
Christian Joore is a senior commodity trading professional with over 15 years of extensive financial and physical trading experience in the global energy markets. He is currently responsible for commercial and business development activities in Vattenfall’s merchant biomass trading department. His role includes the optimisation of biomass flows from suppliers to internal a...
Christian Joore is a senior commodity trading professional with over 15 years of extensive financial and physical trading experience in the global energy markets. He is currently responsible for commercial and business development activities in Vattenfall’s merchant biomass trading department. His role includes the optimisation of biomass flows from suppliers to internal and external customers, and increasing value creation through the development of upstream and downstream partnerships. Prior to joining Vattenfall in 2013, Christian worked as an energy trader for Essent Trading in the Netherlands and later for RWE Supply and Trading in Switzerland, managing various cross-commodity proprietary positions and asset-backed energy portfolios. Christian holds an MBA degree from the University of Groningen.
Tiago Andrade
Director, Wood Pellet Services
Tiago Andrade is the Founder and Director of Wood Pellet Services (WPS), a brokerage, agency and consultancy firm with a large portfolio of wood pellet supply under management. His early career in Portuguese multinationals gave him access to knowledge and contacts, particularly in the renewable sector. In 2004, Tiago identified the opportunity to create a wood pellet ind...
Tiago Andrade is the Founder and Director of Wood Pellet Services (WPS), a brokerage, agency and consultancy firm with a large portfolio of wood pellet supply under management. His early career in Portuguese multinationals gave him access to knowledge and contacts, particularly in the renewable sector. In 2004, Tiago identified the opportunity to create a wood pellet industry in Portugal, replicating this work in Spain in 2007. In 2010, WPS expanded its consultancy work to the Americas, extending its brokerage and agency activities there in 2012. Tiago holds a BBM honours degree in management and business administration, and an MBA in business information from the Catholic University in Porto, Portugal.
Mihkel Jugaste
Head of Quality and Certification Systems, Graanul Invest
Kristaps Knesis
Biomass Cogenaration Process and Purchasing Manager, Fortum
Gilles Gauthier
General Manager, European Pellet Council (AEBIOM)
Gilles Gauthier currently works as a bioenergy expert for European biomass association Aebiom and as general manager of the European Industry of Pellet Suppliers (EIPS) and the European Pellet Council (EPC). He mainly works on pellet issues such as ENplus certification management, market data, pellet safety and communication. His background is as an industrial engineer wit...
Gilles Gauthier currently works as a bioenergy expert for European biomass association Aebiom and as general manager of the European Industry of Pellet Suppliers (EIPS) and the European Pellet Council (EPC). He mainly works on pellet issues such as ENplus certification management, market data, pellet safety and communication. His background is as an industrial engineer with a specialisation in agriculture and the environment. He previously spent more than two years working as a project engineer for a Belgian agropellets producer. He was in charge of R&D before assuming responsibility for agropellets formulation and sales. Gilles later worked for Belgian biomass association ValBiom, initially in charge of energy crops and wood pellets, before becoming the association’s co-ordinator.
Mark Lebus
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, LC Energy
Keith Lockhart
Senior Category Manager – Utilities, Heathrow
Cordula Mock-Knoblauc
Director Renewables & Sustainability, BASF
Richard Bourdon
Climate and Energy Transition Manager Europe, Solvay
Todd Bush
Partner, CM Biomass
Redwynn Sterry
Senior Advisor, Waste Regulation, Environment Agency
Timo Gerlagh
Senior Expert Bioenergy, Dutch Government
David Wong
Founder, Rainbow Pellet