27 April - 29 April 2022
In-person: London, UK & Online Access

Argus Biomass Conference

Keynote speaker:

Will Gardiner
CEO, Drax
Drax Group CEO Will Gardiner is redefining the company’s future – building on its proud history with exciting ambitions for the business to be the cornerstone of a zero carbon economy. Following an international career spanning the US, UK & Latin America, including Executive positions at JP Morgan, Easynet and CSR, Will joined Drax in 2015 as CFO, as it was completing t...
Drax Group CEO Will Gardiner is redefining the company’s future – building on its proud history with exciting ambitions for the business to be the cornerstone of a zero carbon economy. Following an international career spanning the US, UK & Latin America, including Executive positions at JP Morgan, Easynet and CSR, Will joined Drax in 2015 as CFO, as it was completing the final stages of the largest decarbonisation project in Europe, following the conversion of the power station from coal to sustainable biomass. Will is now leading Drax on another journey of transformation. Appointed as CEO in 2018, Will’s vision for Drax is firmly focussed on enabling a zero carbon, lower cost energy future, and spearheading the company’s world-leading ambition to be carbon negative by 2030. Under his leadership, Drax is pioneering the development of Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS), putting Drax and at the forefront of negative emissions technology to fight climate change in the UK and globally.

2022 confirmed speakers include:

Rick Taylor
Head of Fuels, Drax Power
Søren Alsing
Head of Fuel, Bioenergy and Thermal Power, Ørsted
Søren joined Orsted in 2017, having worked at Swedish utility for Vattenfall 11 years, the last five of which he spent as Head of Global Commodities, based in Amsterdam. He was previously Head of Fuel at Energy E2, a former utility in eastern Denmark. Soren has also held various positions in the energy sector and EU Commission.
Søren joined Orsted in 2017, having worked at Swedish utility for Vattenfall 11 years, the last five of which he spent as Head of Global Commodities, based in Amsterdam. He was previously Head of Fuel at Energy E2, a former utility in eastern Denmark. Soren has also held various positions in the energy sector and EU Commission.
Alf van Weereld
Head of Biomass Sourcing & Trading, Uniper
Alf has been the head of biomass sourcing and trading at Uniper since 2009. He is responsible for leading teams across Uniper, global development, and the sourcing and trading of biomass for all of Uniper’s biomass projects and operations. Previous to this, he held several senior management positions across Europe in Exxon, Essent and Duferco. During his 13-year career at ...
Alf has been the head of biomass sourcing and trading at Uniper since 2009. He is responsible for leading teams across Uniper, global development, and the sourcing and trading of biomass for all of Uniper’s biomass projects and operations. Previous to this, he held several senior management positions across Europe in Exxon, Essent and Duferco. During his 13-year career at Essent he spent nine years as a Board member in several business units — Essent Generation, Essent Renewables and Essent Trading. Alf holds an Msc in chemical engineering from the Technical University of Twente, The Netherlands.
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.
Yves Ryckmans
Chief Technology Officer, Biomass, Engie Lab Laborelec
Yves Ryckmans is Chief Technology Officer, biomass, at Engie’s Laborelec unit, managing research and services for bio-energy applications within Engie and for third parties world-wide. He has been involved in the verification of sustainability criteria for solid biomass since 2005 and has been part of the Sustainable Biomass Partnership’s development group since 2013. He j...
Yves Ryckmans is Chief Technology Officer, biomass, at Engie’s Laborelec unit, managing research and services for bio-energy applications within Engie and for third parties world-wide. He has been involved in the verification of sustainability criteria for solid biomass since 2005 and has been part of the Sustainable Biomass Partnership’s development group since 2013. He joined Laborelec in 1989 as a nuclear energy research engineer. In 1999, Yves became head of the biomass Lab, where he initiated the development of fixed-bed and circulated fluidised-bed gasification of woody biomass at several Belgian and European projects. Yves graduated from Belgium’s Louvain-la-Neuve University where he conducted a PhD study on modelling heat transfer in furnaces. Laborelec works on technical issues in biomass-to-power applications with combustion or gasification, biomass fuel characterisation, biogas applications, torrefaction, biomass sustainability assessments and life-cycle studies.
Vaughan Bassett
Senior Vice President, Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc
Vaughan is a Senior Vice President of Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. based in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he is responsible for the commercial, logistics and sustainability activities of the company. He leads the business development into new markets, where current activity is focused on Asia. Vaughan is a Director of the Wood Pellet Association of Canada, where he ...
Vaughan is a Senior Vice President of Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. based in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he is responsible for the commercial, logistics and sustainability activities of the company. He leads the business development into new markets, where current activity is focused on Asia. Vaughan is a Director of the Wood Pellet Association of Canada, where he is serving as President. In this role he has represented the Canadian wood pellet producers many times in international forums throughout the world. Vaughan is a Director of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters association and is currently serving as its BC Division Chairman. Vaughan is also a Director of the London based Sustainable Biomass Program Ltd (SBP).
Christian Joore
Head of Biomass & Freight, 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.
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
President, World Bioenergy Association
Christian Rakos has been President of the World Bioenergy Association since May 2020. He is Chief Executive of Save Energy Austria, a company producing and trading energy efficiency certificates. Christian was President of the European Pellet Council in 2010-16 and since mid-2005 has been an Executive Director for Austrian pellet industry association ProPellets Austria. In...
Christian Rakos has been President of the World Bioenergy Association since May 2020. He is Chief Executive of Save Energy Austria, a company producing and trading energy efficiency certificates. Christian was President of the European Pellet Council in 2010-16 and since mid-2005 has been an Executive Director for Austrian pellet industry association ProPellets Austria. In 2004-05 he worked at the Irish Renewable Energy Information Office as European Projects Manager. Christian joined the Austrian Energy Agency in 1998 where he was responsible for renewable energies with a special focus on bioenergy. Between 1988 and 1998 he worked at the Institute for Technology Assessment at the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
Kamila Waciega
Director, Energy and Climate Issues, Public Affairs
Kamila has graduated from Sciences Po Paris and London School of Economics. She holds a PhD in Political Sciences from Sciences Po Paris, applied to decarbonisation policies in former coal regions in Europe. She’s been in charge of investigating and ensuring access to public funds and energy and climate policy for Dalkia Central Europe Department between 2010 and 2014. ...
Kamila has graduated from Sciences Po Paris and London School of Economics. She holds a PhD in Political Sciences from Sciences Po Paris, applied to decarbonisation policies in former coal regions in Europe. She’s been in charge of investigating and ensuring access to public funds and energy and climate policy for Dalkia Central Europe Department between 2010 and 2014. In 2014, Kamila joined Veolia's Public Affairs Department, where she has been acting - since January 2018 - as Director in charge of energy and climate issues. She is currently chairing Energy Policy Working Group at Cogen Europe, Member of the Steering Committee of EFIEES, and represents the group in other EU climate and energy associations.
Harold Arnold
President, Fram Renewable Fuels
Harold Arnold has been involved in the forest industry his entire working life. He spent more than 23 years in the Forest Resources Division of Hercules and held the position of Western Region Superintendent prior to his leaving Hercules in 1995. Harold joined Fram Renewable Fuels in October 2005. His industry knowledge led to the development of Fram’s first wood pellet fa...
Harold Arnold has been involved in the forest industry his entire working life. He spent more than 23 years in the Forest Resources Division of Hercules and held the position of Western Region Superintendent prior to his leaving Hercules in 1995. Harold joined Fram Renewable Fuels in October 2005. His industry knowledge led to the development of Fram’s first wood pellet facility in Baxley, Georgia. Appling County Pellets was constructed and began producing in late 2007. As the industry continues to grow, Harold is enhancing Fram’s profile to further develop the wood pellet industry in the southeast US.
Timo Gerlagh
Senior Expert Bioenergy, Dutch Government
Timo Gerlagh is a senior biomass and bioenergy adviser at the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO). He is a specialist in the sustainability of biomass and is involved in the implementation of the sustainability framework for the Netherlands SDE subsidy for biomass, the new EU Renewable Energy Directive — the CA-RES-project — and ICAO. Timo was also involved in the developm...
Timo Gerlagh is a senior biomass and bioenergy adviser at the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO). He is a specialist in the sustainability of biomass and is involved in the implementation of the sustainability framework for the Netherlands SDE subsidy for biomass, the new EU Renewable Energy Directive — the CA-RES-project — and ICAO. Timo was also involved in the development of the register for renewable energy by the Netherlands Emission Authority (NEa), the development of CEN-standards for solid biofuels and development of the Dutch monitoring protocol for renewable energy.
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.
Johan Mertens
Biomass Trader, Engie
Johan Mertens is currently biomass trader at Engie Energy Management in Brussels. He has been working in commercial roles in the biomass sector since 2006 when he joined the fuel procurement team of Electrabel (Engie). Before joining Engie, he was a technical buyer at Hydrogenics, a Canadian electrolyser and fuel cell manufacturer. He started his career in the petrochemic...
Johan Mertens is currently biomass trader at Engie Energy Management in Brussels. He has been working in commercial roles in the biomass sector since 2006 when he joined the fuel procurement team of Electrabel (Engie). Before joining Engie, he was a technical buyer at Hydrogenics, a Canadian electrolyser and fuel cell manufacturer. He started his career in the petrochemical sector as a refinery planner at Nynas, a Swedish specialty oils producer. Johan holds a master’s degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in information technology from KU Leuven university, Belgium.
Hugues de Cherisey
General Secretary, SNPGB
Hugues de Cherisey has been an independent consultant since 2003, running projects on a number of topics related to the different uses of biomass, such as bio-materials, bio-chemicals and cosmetics. He has experience in research and development, marketing and management. Hugues is secretary-general of French wood pellet producers association SNPGB. He holds a doctorate in ...
Hugues de Cherisey has been an independent consultant since 2003, running projects on a number of topics related to the different uses of biomass, such as bio-materials, bio-chemicals and cosmetics. He has experience in research and development, marketing and management. Hugues is secretary-general of French wood pellet producers association SNPGB. He holds a doctorate in plant genetics.
Filippo Valdata
Business Development Consultant, Intergroup MyFire
Filippo Valdata is the Co-founder and CEO of Creole — a consultancy specialising in green energy, biomass and biomass trading. He has been involved in a number of projects developing agricultural plantations, wood pellet plants and logistics facilities around the world. In 2016, Filippo became Business Development Manager for Interwest, the trading division of Italian log...
Filippo Valdata is the Co-founder and CEO of Creole — a consultancy specialising in green energy, biomass and biomass trading. He has been involved in a number of projects developing agricultural plantations, wood pellet plants and logistics facilities around the world. In 2016, Filippo became Business Development Manager for Interwest, the trading division of Italian logistics firm Intergroup. Interwest is the largest wood pellet importer and distributor in Italy, delivering more than 120,000t of premium wood pellets bagged and delivered to 800 domestic customers. He joined Global Renewables, the biomass division of Genoa-based steel trading firm Metco Group, in 2015 as Pellet Business Manager, where he helped develop the Italian wood pellet market as well as bagging and storage facilities — particularly in Sardinia, with Global Renewables securing over 50pc of the market. Prior to this, Filippo joined Italian biomass distributor Adriacoke in 2006 as a trader covering palm kernel shells, olive cake and chip wood.
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, as well as co-founder and Director of 3nergy (3N), a sister firm focused on chips and logs for the energy, MDF and pulp markets. His early career in Portuguese multinationals gave him access to kno...
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, as well as co-founder and Director of 3nergy (3N), a sister firm focused on chips and logs for the energy, MDF and pulp markets. 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 many other regions worldwide. Tiago holds a BBM honours degree in management and business administration, and an MBA in business information from the Catholic University of Portugal in Porto.
Ryuu Lee
Senior Manager Material Department, Renewable Energy Section, Hanwa Thailand Co
Ryuu joined Hanwa Singapore in 2013 and was initially responsible only for the sourcing of biomass for the Japanese and Korean markets. With the growth of Hanwa’s business in the renewable energy sector over the last few years, he is now responsible for sourcing of biomass, sales of biomass to regions out of Japan/Korea and new project developments. He is currently based i...
Ryuu joined Hanwa Singapore in 2013 and was initially responsible only for the sourcing of biomass for the Japanese and Korean markets. With the growth of Hanwa’s business in the renewable energy sector over the last few years, he is now responsible for sourcing of biomass, sales of biomass to regions out of Japan/Korea and new project developments. He is currently based in Bangkok for the development of sustainable long-term wood pellet supplies.
Gilles Gauthier
Director of Business Development and Membership, Bioenergy Europe
Gilles Gauthier, Director of Business Development and Membership, Bioenergy Europe As well as being the contact person for any members, Gilles works mainly on pellet issues ‒ market data, pellet sector quality and safety and communication. His background is in industrial engineering, specialising in environment. Before joining Bioenergy Europe, he worked as research and d...
Gilles Gauthier, Director of Business Development and Membership, Bioenergy Europe As well as being the contact person for any members, Gilles works mainly on pellet issues ‒ market data, pellet sector quality and safety and communication. His background is in industrial engineering, specialising in environment. Before joining Bioenergy Europe, he worked as research and development engineer and then a sales engineer for a Belgian agropellets producer. Later, he worked at the Belgian Biomass Association as pellet expert and co-ordinator.
Ted Kim
Senior Professional, Biofuels Group, Energy Division, Samsung C&T Corporation
Ted Kim is the manager of trading and investment group of Samsung C&T Corporation, covering and developing biomass fuels business such as wood pellet in Asian regions since 2010. Ted's main role is to optimize the global biomass fuels trading operations, as well as to develop the biomass power plant project in S.Korea and Japan.
Ted Kim is the manager of trading and investment group of Samsung C&T Corporation, covering and developing biomass fuels business such as wood pellet in Asian regions since 2010. Ted's main role is to optimize the global biomass fuels trading operations, as well as to develop the biomass power plant project in S.Korea and Japan.
Dr Takanobu Aikawa
Senior Researcher, Renewable Energy Institute
Takanobu Aikawa is a Senior Researcher at the Renewable Energy Institute in Tokyo, since June 2016. Takanobu was appointed a member of the Biomass Sustainability Working Group organized by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in April 2018, and he is a board member of the Japan Woody Bioenergy Association. Takanobu was previously employed in a senior research consul...
Takanobu Aikawa is a Senior Researcher at the Renewable Energy Institute in Tokyo, since June 2016. Takanobu was appointed a member of the Biomass Sustainability Working Group organized by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in April 2018, and he is a board member of the Japan Woody Bioenergy Association. Takanobu was previously employed in a senior research consulting position for Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting, from 2004 to 2016, where he was involved in investigations and consulting activities in the forestry sector. Takanobu obtained his master’s degree in forest ecology from the Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University. In March 2016, he completed his doctorate in agricultural studies on the theme of human resources development policy in the area of forest management.
Yoshinobu Kusano
Executive Advisor & General Manager, Fuel Procurement, Biomass Energy, RENOVA,Inc.
Yoshinobu Kusano joined Renova as an Executive Adviser in 2017. From January 2018 he has been head of Renova’s Fuel Procurement Group, Biomass Energy. Prior to that, he worked for Sumitomo head office as well as offices in Saudi Arabia and in Johannesburg as its representatives. He has been involved in the start-up of overseas plantation forest management and operation joi...
Yoshinobu Kusano joined Renova as an Executive Adviser in 2017. From January 2018 he has been head of Renova’s Fuel Procurement Group, Biomass Energy. Prior to that, he worked for Sumitomo head office as well as offices in Saudi Arabia and in Johannesburg as its representatives. He has been involved in the start-up of overseas plantation forest management and operation joint venture as Director. From 2003, he has been intensively focusing on biomass fuel development and sourcing as a head of Sumitomo Biomass Group. He holds a BA in Law from Waseda university in Tokyo.
Giulia Cancian
Policy Advisor, Bioenergy Europe
Giulia joined Bioenergy Europe in 2018 and has been working on energy and trade policy since 2012 in other Brussels-based trade associations. She co-ordinates the association’s outreach to contribute to a supportive business environment for bioenergy industries to thrive in. She holds a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Rome and an MSc in Eu...
Giulia joined Bioenergy Europe in 2018 and has been working on energy and trade policy since 2012 in other Brussels-based trade associations. She co-ordinates the association’s outreach to contribute to a supportive business environment for bioenergy industries to thrive in. She holds a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Rome and an MSc in European economic integration from Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
Michael Wild
Managing Partner, Wild&Partner
Michael Wild, economist and engineer by education, is active in renewable energies for practically his entire 26 years professional career. He has pioneered Biomass fired district heating systems in Austria and conversion of coal fired systems to biomass in former socialist countries. The first internet based biomass trading platform (ABEX) was started by him in 1999. Unti...
Michael Wild, economist and engineer by education, is active in renewable energies for practically his entire 26 years professional career. He has pioneered Biomass fired district heating systems in Austria and conversion of coal fired systems to biomass in former socialist countries. The first internet based biomass trading platform (ABEX) was started by him in 1999. Until 2010 he led the international biomass trading company EBES creating numerous intercontinental supply chains for palm kernel shell, pellets and wood chips. From 2007 he took a leading position in torrefaction technology development forming also a consortium with Andritz AG. In 2012 he helped setting up within AEBIOM the International Biomass Torrefaction Council IBTC whose members elected him president. Also from 2012 on he has been supporting Bridgewell Resources Ltd in developing their Biomass desk acting as their European Sales Manger.
Bengt-Erik Lofgren
Chief Executive Officer/ Founder, AFAB and Swedish Pellet Association
Bengt-Erik Löfgren is Co-ordinator of the Swedish Pellet Association and chief executive and founder of ÄFAB in Sweden, and since 1984 has worked in the borderland between academia and enterprise. Bengt-Erik is one of the best-known experts in small and medium-scale bioenergy in Sweden and has worked in the front line of the bioenergy industry for more than 30 years. He ha...
Bengt-Erik Löfgren is Co-ordinator of the Swedish Pellet Association and chief executive and founder of ÄFAB in Sweden, and since 1984 has worked in the borderland between academia and enterprise. Bengt-Erik is one of the best-known experts in small and medium-scale bioenergy in Sweden and has worked in the front line of the bioenergy industry for more than 30 years. He has founded several companies and organisations that are working to create new business opportunities, particularly for SMEs. He has been involved in many types of committees, from making new EN standards for pellet burners to distributing government grants. Bengt-Erik provides a link between researchers in universities and business, and between government and end users. His closest network includes most of the companies that represent the major part of the Swedish bioenergy industry.
Andy Hill
Deputy Chair, Wood Recyclers Association
Andy has worked in the UK’s organics and alternative fuels sectors for more than 14 years, including nine years at SUEZ UK. Andy’s focus is on the commercial development of alternative fuels for the wood, RDF and SRF markets requiring the development of their fuel production facilities and associated supply chains. Under his leadership, SUEZ UK became the largest exporter ...
Andy has worked in the UK’s organics and alternative fuels sectors for more than 14 years, including nine years at SUEZ UK. Andy’s focus is on the commercial development of alternative fuels for the wood, RDF and SRF markets requiring the development of their fuel production facilities and associated supply chains. Under his leadership, SUEZ UK became the largest exporter of alternative fuels and the first company to successfully supply SRF to non-EU markets for the cement industry. Subsequently, Andy set up his own consultancy business for companies involved in the alternative fuels markets, with a focus on emerging markets. It is in this role that he serves as senior adviser to N+P. Andy is also chairman of the Wood Recyclers’ Association in the UK, which represents UK producers and European energy and panel board consumers.
Freddie Staermose
Vice President, Generating Fuels and Dry Bulks, Argus
Freddie started work as a price reporter with ICIS Heren, covering commodities from power to gas to coal, before moving into the sharper end of the business with Noble Group, becoming their senior market analyst for thermal and coking coal. From there he moved to EdF where he worked as a fuel originator, working as part of a team that sourced 10mn t/yr of coal and 250,000 ...
Freddie started work as a price reporter with ICIS Heren, covering commodities from power to gas to coal, before moving into the sharper end of the business with Noble Group, becoming their senior market analyst for thermal and coking coal. From there he moved to EdF where he worked as a fuel originator, working as part of a team that sourced 10mn t/yr of coal and 250,000 t/yr of biomass for UK power plants. Freddie joined Argus as business development manager in January 2014, focusing on growing the company’s coal, iron ore, petroleum coke and biomass indexation and coverage.
Didzis Palejs
Biomass Trade Development, CellMark AB
Didzis Palejs has worked in the wood energy industry for almost 20 years. He has mostly dealt with producing wood energy products such as wood chips, pellets and firewood, as well as handling and managing sales/logistics. He has worked for national and international companies of various sizes. Mr Palejs was one of the founders and is chairman of Latvian biomass association...
Didzis Palejs has worked in the wood energy industry for almost 20 years. He has mostly dealt with producing wood energy products such as wood chips, pellets and firewood, as well as handling and managing sales/logistics. He has worked for national and international companies of various sizes. Mr Palejs was one of the founders and is chairman of Latvian biomass association Latbio. He is also a Board director of EPC (European pellet council) and Board director of Bioenergy Europe.
Erisa Senerdem
Editor, Biomass, Argus
Erisa Senerdem is editor for the Argus Biomass Report. She has previously covered Petroleum Coke and contributed to the Argus Coal Daily International report as well as covering gas and power markets at Argus. Prior to Argus, she has worked as a researcher, university lecturer, journalist and a consultant. She has a Ph.D. in economics, with a special focus on the energy f...
Erisa Senerdem is editor for the Argus Biomass Report. She has previously covered Petroleum Coke and contributed to the Argus Coal Daily International report as well as covering gas and power markets at Argus. Prior to Argus, she has worked as a researcher, university lecturer, journalist and a consultant. She has a Ph.D. in economics, with a special focus on the energy field.
Brodie Govan
Biomass Broker, Voyage Power
Brodie Govan joined the PVM Environmental Products team in 2013 to broker biomass following five years with Argus. Since moving to PVM, Brodie has been focused on brokering physical spot and long-term biomass business out of the company’s London headquarters.While at Argus, he covered global freight markets before taking up a role on the Argus Biomass team where he helped ...
Brodie Govan joined the PVM Environmental Products team in 2013 to broker biomass following five years with Argus. Since moving to PVM, Brodie has been focused on brokering physical spot and long-term biomass business out of the company’s London headquarters.While at Argus, he covered global freight markets before taking up a role on the Argus Biomass team where he helped to launch and manage the weekly market report and index. Before this, he spent two years at Brewin Dolphin Securities’ trading division. Following spells as a reporter for a local newspaper in the US state of Missouri and at Scotsman Publications in Edinburgh, Brodie spent time as a foreign correspondent in southeast Asia covering business, trade and travel news.
Markus Süßmann
Head of Special Projects, Danpower GmbH
Since 1995, Markus has developed biomass and biogas plants, including biomass sourcing. Danpower operates a number of biomass CHP plants, woodchip boiler houses and about 40 biogas plants across Germany. Markus oversees Danpower Eesti in Estonia and represents the group in various professional associations for the purpose of promoting German bioenergy. Markus graduated fro...
Since 1995, Markus has developed biomass and biogas plants, including biomass sourcing. Danpower operates a number of biomass CHP plants, woodchip boiler houses and about 40 biogas plants across Germany. Markus oversees Danpower Eesti in Estonia and represents the group in various professional associations for the purpose of promoting German bioenergy. Markus graduated from the University of Energy Engineering in Zittau.
Jan Groenveld
Biomass Sourcing Manager, Uniper
Mark Lebus
Chairperson, UK Pellet Council
Mark Lebus is Chairman and CEO of leading UK biomass supply company LC Energy, a Director of Bioenergy Europe and Chair of the UK Pellet Council. Mark has board, executive and strategic responsibility for the company, which specialises in biomass wood fuel solutions, including wood fuel supply from sustainable, accredited UK resources, commercial biomass system design, ins...
Mark Lebus is Chairman and CEO of leading UK biomass supply company LC Energy, a Director of Bioenergy Europe and Chair of the UK Pellet Council. Mark has board, executive and strategic responsibility for the company, which specialises in biomass wood fuel solutions, including wood fuel supply from sustainable, accredited UK resources, commercial biomass system design, installation, repair and maintenance, tree planting and sustainability consultancy services. LC Energy was founded by Mark in 2007 and has a proven track record in wood chip and wood pellet fuel supply, and services to public, private and commercial sectors.
William Strauss
President, FutureMetrics
William Strauss is the President and founder of FutureMetrics,. Bill and FutureMetrics are recognized as leading experts in the wood pellet sector. Bill continues to be a thought leader in the sector and has published numerous papers on a variety of subjects relevant to the wood pellet sector. He is also a co-founder and a Director of Maine Energy Systems, the largest m...
William Strauss is the President and founder of FutureMetrics,. Bill and FutureMetrics are recognized as leading experts in the wood pellet sector. Bill continues to be a thought leader in the sector and has published numerous papers on a variety of subjects relevant to the wood pellet sector. He is also a co-founder and a Director of Maine Energy Systems, the largest manufacturer of European style automatic pellet fueled central heating systems in North America. Bill has been named as one of the most influential leaders in the biomass sector in 2016 and again in 2017 by Argus Media, and is the 2012 recipient of the International Excellence in Bioenergy award. Bill has an MBA (specializing in finance) and a PhD (economics, earth systems science) both from the University of New Hampshire.
Matteo Favero
Responsible for ENplus® and ariaPulita® Certifications, AIEL
Matteo was previously responsible for trade and supply chain at consultancy Etifor, and before that worked as a Technical Advisor at Italy’s Forest Stewardship Council. He has a PhD in forest policy and economics, and a master’s in forestry and environmental sciences.
Matteo was previously responsible for trade and supply chain at consultancy Etifor, and before that worked as a Technical Advisor at Italy’s Forest Stewardship Council. He has a PhD in forest policy and economics, and a master’s in forestry and environmental sciences.
Gabriella Twining
Biomass Reporter, Argus
Gabriella is a biomass reporter at Argus. She previously worked as a reporter in IHS Markit’s Maritime & Trade department covering all areas of shipping. And prior to that worked for several years at a ship management company in the Safety Security and Environment department.
Gabriella is a biomass reporter at Argus. She previously worked as a reporter in IHS Markit’s Maritime & Trade department covering all areas of shipping. And prior to that worked for several years at a ship management company in the Safety Security and Environment department.
Maarten Gnoth
Founder and Director, Hinterland Management
Maarten has 25 years of experience in sustainability, international business development and consultancy in renewable energy, biomass and SME start-ups in emerging countries. He is an expert in biomass-to-energy, such as co-firing and biomass processing, and in environmental and social responsibility within the energy sector. Maarten previously held positions such as chief...
Maarten has 25 years of experience in sustainability, international business development and consultancy in renewable energy, biomass and SME start-ups in emerging countries. He is an expert in biomass-to-energy, such as co-firing and biomass processing, and in environmental and social responsibility within the energy sector. Maarten previously held positions such as chief commercial officer at a European bioenergy group and Engie’s manager of business development, biomass and sustainable development. His bioenergy track record focuses on Africa and APAC. Maarten has a master of science degree in international technological development sciences, social sciences and industrial management from Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands, and a bachelor of science degree in automotive engineering technology.
Igors Krasavcevs
Head of economic research department, Forest and Wood Products Research and Development Institute
As Head of economic research department for Wood Products Development and Research Institute, Igors is responsible for managing roundwood and by-products price monitoring system, managing of price indexing system for wood resources prices in mid- and long-term delivery contacts, forecasting of forest industry demand/supply and managing www.latvianwood.lv- wood resources ma...
As Head of economic research department for Wood Products Development and Research Institute, Igors is responsible for managing roundwood and by-products price monitoring system, managing of price indexing system for wood resources prices in mid- and long-term delivery contacts, forecasting of forest industry demand/supply and managing www.latvianwood.lv- wood resources market info IT platform for Latvian forestry & processing companies.
Carlos Retortillo
Operations Director
Juan Prados
Managing Director, Generandi
Juan is managing director of Spanish company Generandi, which is involved in the forestry value chain, from plantations to product trading in Europe. Generandi is active in the woodchip and pellet business and is the exclusive agent for Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation in Europe. He has a master’s in forest engineering from Madrid’s Polytechnic University, an MBA from ESADE, a...
Juan is managing director of Spanish company Generandi, which is involved in the forestry value chain, from plantations to product trading in Europe. Generandi is active in the woodchip and pellet business and is the exclusive agent for Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation in Europe. He has a master’s in forest engineering from Madrid’s Polytechnic University, an MBA from ESADE, a master’s in enology and viticulture from the ISSC and was a researcher at the department of forestry at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the US. He is also silviculture and reforestation Ad Honorem Professor at Madrid Polytechnic University. Since 1998 he has held positions such as vice-president of the European Confederation of Woodworking Industries (CEI-Bois), board member of the Spanish Confederation of Woodworking Industries (Confemadera), chairman of wood promotion project Living With Wood and board member of PEFC-Spain.
Jaime Reis
Director, BSL Comercio
Alexander Afanasyev
Managing Director, PelTrade
Alexander co-founded Peltrade, a wholesale supplier of biomass to the UK and other EU countries, in 2012. The company has grown significantly since then, from moving just one container load a month to thousands of tonnes, and is now one of the UK’s biggest premium pellet trading and wholesaling firms. Alexander graduated from Moscow State Technical University in 2005 with ...
Alexander co-founded Peltrade, a wholesale supplier of biomass to the UK and other EU countries, in 2012. The company has grown significantly since then, from moving just one container load a month to thousands of tonnes, and is now one of the UK’s biggest premium pellet trading and wholesaling firms. Alexander graduated from Moscow State Technical University in 2005 with a degree in Engineering and in 2007 in Economics. He then traded various asset classes for banks and asset management companies. In 2012 he took an MBA at Cass Business School in London, before founding Peltrade with another graduate. Alexander launched a wholesale wood pellet business in Italy in 2014 and in 2016 started Reneport Trading, which specialises in supplying the bulk of the UK market through a chain of ENplus screening depots.
Luc Pelkmans
Technical Coordinator, IEA Bioenergy TCP