08 April - 10 April 2019
London, UK

Argus Biomass

2019 advisory board leaders and expert speakers

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.
Michael Christensen
Chief Operating Officer, CM Biomass
Tom Cullen
Lead Project Manager, Renewable Energy Investment Programme, National Trust
Tom Cullen has worked in construction and project management for more than 10 years, across the private, public and charity sectors. Having left university with a degree in civil engineering, he worked as Site Manager for a piling contractor before being taken on as a Construction Manager. Tom then spent a number of years as a Project Manager at the Royal Botanic Gardens, ...
Tom Cullen has worked in construction and project management for more than 10 years, across the private, public and charity sectors. Having left university with a degree in civil engineering, he worked as Site Manager for a piling contractor before being taken on as a Construction Manager. Tom then spent a number of years as a Project Manager at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, where he first became involved with projects incorporating the use of renewable energy. Following a further two years managing projects in the private sector, Tom joined the National Trust’s Renewable Energy Investment (REI) Programme. In January 2018, he was promoted to Lead REI Project Manager for the Southern Regions.
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.
Valentas Rutkauskas
Project Manager, UAB Vilniaus Kogeneracinė Jėgainė
Valentas is a Project Manager at Vilniaus Kogeneracinė Jėgainė, a subsidiary of Lithuania’s state-controlled Lietuvos Energija, which is developing a new waste to energy and biomass combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Vilnius. He joined Lietuvos Energija in 2014, and moved to Vilniaus Kogeneracinė Jėgainė in 2016 to help prepare for commercial launch of the CHP plant, w...
Valentas is a Project Manager at Vilniaus Kogeneracinė Jėgainė, a subsidiary of Lithuania’s state-controlled Lietuvos Energija, which is developing a new waste to energy and biomass combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Vilnius. He joined Lietuvos Energija in 2014, and moved to Vilniaus Kogeneracinė Jėgainė in 2016 to help prepare for commercial launch of the CHP plant, which is expected to be a significant biomass consumer. Valentas’ background includes engineering, economics, policy and environmental science. He has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the UK’s University of Nottingham and a master’s degree from University College London.
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).
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.
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.
Fredrik Tärneberg
Manager Energy Products, Södra Skogsägarna Ekonomisk Förening
Fredrik has worked at Södra since 2009, starting as Area Manager for Forest Biomass. After a few years, he assumed responsibility for biomass exports and now manages sales of about 100 000 t/yr of pellets produced from shavings and sawdust.
Fredrik has worked at Södra since 2009, starting as Area Manager for Forest Biomass. After a few years, he assumed responsibility for biomass exports and now manages sales of about 100 000 t/yr of pellets produced from shavings and sawdust.
Marco Kim
General Manager, Bio Power Business Division, Hanyang Corporation
Marco Kim is the General Manager of the Bio Power Business Division at Hanyang Corporation, focusing on biomass procurement planning for the Gwangyang biomass power plant project. Prior to this, Marco worked for Halla Corporation working with biomass suppliers in Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Canada, and with SK Forest focusing on new business development in forestry and...
Marco Kim is the General Manager of the Bio Power Business Division at Hanyang Corporation, focusing on biomass procurement planning for the Gwangyang biomass power plant project. Prior to this, Marco worked for Halla Corporation working with biomass suppliers in Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Canada, and with SK Forest focusing on new business development in forestry and land-use, planning and building a new wood pellet plant in South Korea.
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 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.
Afonso Bertucci
Technical Director, Pellco – Wood pellets company
Afonso shaped his career in the pulp and paper industry in project financing and construction at Cenibra, Riocell and CMPC, and then in development of forestry financials and CO2 Credit (International Paper). He founded Finagro, which promotes greenfield bio-energy and food industry projects. Alfonso has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Federal Univers...
Afonso shaped his career in the pulp and paper industry in project financing and construction at Cenibra, Riocell and CMPC, and then in development of forestry financials and CO2 Credit (International Paper). He founded Finagro, which promotes greenfield bio-energy and food industry projects. Alfonso has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil, and a master’s in chemical engineering From the University of Manchester in England.
Peter Kofod Kristensen
Senior Lead Sustainability Advisor, Ørsted Bioenergy
Peter has 15 years’ experience of global timber supply chain due diligence and forest policy. He has worked for Orsted for five years, during which time he has been involved in development and implementation of SBP and regulatory matters related to the RED II process in the European Commission and European Parliament. At Orsted, he leads the biomass and sustainability stak...
Peter has 15 years’ experience of global timber supply chain due diligence and forest policy. He has worked for Orsted for five years, during which time he has been involved in development and implementation of SBP and regulatory matters related to the RED II process in the European Commission and European Parliament. At Orsted, he leads the biomass and sustainability stakeholder dialogue with NGOs and regulators.
Mario Montevirgen
Chief Logistics and Project Officer, Falkenbergs Returflis
Mario has been responsible for European recycled wood waste procurement for different plants in Scandinavia for a number of years. Specialising in new sourcing strategies and logistics optimisation, Mario is continuously developing sourcing options for customers to find new ways to import waste wood in this growing and rapidly changing industry. Before joining Falkenberg...
Mario has been responsible for European recycled wood waste procurement for different plants in Scandinavia for a number of years. Specialising in new sourcing strategies and logistics optimisation, Mario is continuously developing sourcing options for customers to find new ways to import waste wood in this growing and rapidly changing industry. Before joining Falkenbergs Returflis AB in 2013, Mario was an In-house Consultant in Global Logistics in the construction industry, and prior to that he was involved in the export of paper and pulp from Scandinavia. He holds a BSc degree in supply chains at WWU Munster in Germany, and an MBA at the Nordakademie Graduate School.
Yoshinobu Kusano
Executive Advisor & General Manager, Fuel Procurement, Biomass Energy, Renova
Yoshinobu Kusano joined RENOVA as Executive Advisor in 2017. From January 2018 he has been Head of Fuel Procurement Group, Biomass Energy of RENOVA. Before joining RENOVA, he worked for Sumitomo Corporation head office in Overseas Transport Division, Living & Material Division, as well as Pulp & Paper Division. During that period, he has been involved in start-up of overse...
Yoshinobu Kusano joined RENOVA as Executive Advisor in 2017. From January 2018 he has been Head of Fuel Procurement Group, Biomass Energy of RENOVA. Before joining RENOVA, he worked for Sumitomo Corporation head office in Overseas Transport Division, Living & Material Division, as well as Pulp & Paper Division. During that period, he has been involved in start-up of overseas plantation forest management and operation joint venture as Director. From 2003, he has intensively focused on biomass fuel development and sourcing as a head of Biomass Group of Sumitomo Corporation. He holds a BA in Law from Waseda university.
Justinas Milasauskas
Senior Vice-President, DAO Family
Justinas Milasauskas is responsible for private equity investments and co-investments at DAO Family, which manages and invests in real estate and private equity. He has 12 years’ international experience in banking, asset management and trading. Before joining DAO, Justinas headed the Baltic Trading and Sales division at DNB Markets in Vilnius. He has an MSc in quantitativ...
Justinas Milasauskas is responsible for private equity investments and co-investments at DAO Family, which manages and invests in real estate and private equity. He has 12 years’ international experience in banking, asset management and trading. Before joining DAO, Justinas headed the Baltic Trading and Sales division at DNB Markets in Vilnius. He has an MSc in quantitative finance from Amsterdam’s VU University and a BSc in econometrics from Vilnius University. Justinas is also a CFA charterholder and serves on the board of two companies.
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 lo...
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.
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.
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.
Robert Seehawer
Senior Business Developer, EEX
Robert is a Senior Business Developer at European Energy Exchange (EEX), the leading energy exchange in Europe which develops, operates and connects markets for energy and commodity products. He is responsible for identifying business opportunities, developing and implementing exchange products fitting market needs and enriching the exchange’s product portfolio. Robert is ...
Robert is a Senior Business Developer at European Energy Exchange (EEX), the leading energy exchange in Europe which develops, operates and connects markets for energy and commodity products. He is responsible for identifying business opportunities, developing and implementing exchange products fitting market needs and enriching the exchange’s product portfolio. Robert is dedicated to global markets and has a record of developing environmental products. Prior to joining EEX, Robert worked as portfolio manager and fixed income trader for commodity companies and investment banks in London, Berlin, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt. He has a diploma degree in economics and a diploma degree in business administration from the University of Leipzig.
Mattias Erixon
Manager Sales, Biomass Conversion, Valmet
Mattias Erixon is Manager for Sales at Valmet in Sundsvall, Sweden. His main responsibilities are commercialisation of systems and plants designed to convert renewable raw materials into cellulosic ethanol, bio coal, black pellet and bio-chemicals. He previously worked in engineering and sales at firms producing panel board and pulp. Mattias has over 20 years’ experience i...
Mattias Erixon is Manager for Sales at Valmet in Sundsvall, Sweden. His main responsibilities are commercialisation of systems and plants designed to convert renewable raw materials into cellulosic ethanol, bio coal, black pellet and bio-chemicals. He previously worked in engineering and sales at firms producing panel board and pulp. Mattias has over 20 years’ experience in the biomass processing sector and in international business. He has a BSc in technology and export management.
Seth Walker
Senior Economist, Director of Business Development, FutureMetrics
Seth Walker is Senior Economist and Director of Business Development for FutureMetrics. Seth has extensive knowledge and experience in the bioenergy and forest products sectors. Prior to joining FutureMetrics, Seth spent seven years leading the bioenergy services team at RISI as their Senior Bioenergy Economist. Seth was the author of RISI’s North American Bioenergy Fore...
Seth Walker is Senior Economist and Director of Business Development for FutureMetrics. Seth has extensive knowledge and experience in the bioenergy and forest products sectors. Prior to joining FutureMetrics, Seth spent seven years leading the bioenergy services team at RISI as their Senior Bioenergy Economist. Seth was the author of RISI’s North American Bioenergy Forecast and the Global Pellet Outlook report. His previous experience also includes roles as an analyst of North American and international timber markets. Seth has presented at more than two dozen conferences in numerous countries across North America, Europe and Asia. Seth works in FutureMetrics consulting services and also is leading the development of new reports and products for the wood pellet sector. He holds a B.S. in Resource Economics and Commerce and an M.S. in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics from the University of Rhode Island.
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.
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.
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.
William Strauss
President, FutureMetrics
William (Bill) Strauss is the President and founder of FutureMetrics. Bill is globally recognised as a leading expert in the wood pellet sector. He 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 founder and a Director of Maine Energy Systems, the largest manufacturer...
William (Bill) Strauss is the President and founder of FutureMetrics. Bill is globally recognised as a leading expert in the wood pellet sector. He 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 founder and a Director of Maine Energy Systems, the largest manufacturer of European-style automatic pellet-fuelled central heating systems in North America. Bill was named by Argus Media as one of the most influential leaders in the biomass sector in 2016 and 2017, and was the 2012 recipient of the International Excellence in Bioenergy award. Bill has more than 40 years of strategic and policy planning, project management, data analysis, operations and modelling experience in the renewable energy sector, including 10 years operating large waste-to-energy plants in the 1980s. He has an MBA (specialising in finance) and a PhD (in economics and earth systems science).
Gernot Stadlober
Managing Director, Stadlober
Gernot Stadlober graduated with a master’s degree in Wood Technology and Management in Vienna, Austria. During his studies he worked on many different projects internationally concerning biomass, in particular pelletizing and torrefaction projects for South America, Asia and Europe, including a six month study in Australia focused on renewable energy issues. As well as wor...
Gernot Stadlober graduated with a master’s degree in Wood Technology and Management in Vienna, Austria. During his studies he worked on many different projects internationally concerning biomass, in particular pelletizing and torrefaction projects for South America, Asia and Europe, including a six month study in Australia focused on renewable energy issues. As well as working in the family owned fuel business specialized on biomass fuels, but has been the head of the export department and currently the biggest reseller for pellets in bulk in Slovenia since 2009. The company was the first in Austria to professionally deliver wood pellets in bulk to end customers in specialized silo trucks. The company has also been significantly involved in implementing wood pellets as booming domestic fuel through the development of logistic and storage systems. Further, Gernot Stadlober is a lecturer for pellets logistic and storage systems at workshops organized by the Austrian Biomass Association.
Martin Englisch
Managing Director, BEA Institute für Bioenergie
Martin Englisch Ph.D. is the Managing Director of BEA Institute für Bioenergie GmbH; a consulting and engineering company specialized in biomass pellets and biomass heating systems including torrefaction. The company supplies biofuel testing (lab analysis), pellet certification (ENplus), plant engineering and produces lab equipment for biofuel testing. Formerly, he was hea...
Martin Englisch Ph.D. is the Managing Director of BEA Institute für Bioenergie GmbH; a consulting and engineering company specialized in biomass pellets and biomass heating systems including torrefaction. The company supplies biofuel testing (lab analysis), pellet certification (ENplus), plant engineering and produces lab equipment for biofuel testing. Formerly, he was head of a department for energy from biomass in a large research institute for 15 years. He was senior expert in EU projects e.g. BioNorm, Phydades, Astwood, BioHousing, Sector. He is involved in evaluation of national and international projects (e.g. for EU commission). He holds a Master in chemical engineering from the Technical University of Wien, and Ph.D. from the Faculty for Chemical Technology, University of Twente, Netherlands.
Didzis Palejs
Wood Chip Sourcing and Sales Specialist, CM Biomass, President, Bioenergy Europe
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. Besides his everyday work at CM Biomass Partners, Mr Palejs was one of the found...
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. Besides his everyday work at CM Biomass Partners, Mr Palejs was one of the founders and is chairman of Latvian biomass association Latbio. He is also president of European biomass association Aebiom.
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.
Henry Pease
Biomass Trader, RWE Supply & Trading
Henry Pease is a member of RWE Supply & Trading’s biofuels trading team, which buys and sells biomass for internal and external customers. Henry has extensive experience of sourcing biomass, particularly from North America and Europe. He has worked closely on the conversion of the UK-based Tilbury power plant from coal to biomass, and with the RWE Essent team on the co-fir...
Henry Pease is a member of RWE Supply & Trading’s biofuels trading team, which buys and sells biomass for internal and external customers. Henry has extensive experience of sourcing biomass, particularly from North America and Europe. He has worked closely on the conversion of the UK-based Tilbury power plant from coal to biomass, and with the RWE Essent team on the co-fired biomass Amer power plant in the Netherlands. Prior to joining RWE, Henry developed and raised funding for a biomass combined heat and power and wood pellet plant in Belgium. He has an MBA from the University of Virginia.
Carsten Huljus
Chief Executive Officer, SBP
Carsten joined SBP on 1 May 2016 as Chief Executive. He has a wealth of experience and a detailed understanding of forest management and chain of custody certification schemes, being involved in managing sustainability certifications for nearly 16 years. Prior to joining SBP, he was Managing Director of GFA Certification, part of the GFA Consulting Group, which in 2000 be...
Carsten joined SBP on 1 May 2016 as Chief Executive. He has a wealth of experience and a detailed understanding of forest management and chain of custody certification schemes, being involved in managing sustainability certifications for nearly 16 years. Prior to joining SBP, he was Managing Director of GFA Certification, part of the GFA Consulting Group, which in 2000 became the first German company and certification body to be accredited by the Forest Stewardship Council. He joined GFA in 2002 and built a global operating certification business for sustainable forestry from scratch, adding Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes and legality verification to the service portfolio. He introduced co-operate quality management within the GFA group and headed the process until initial independent auditing against ISO 9001. Carsten built strong working relationships with the many stakeholders involved in the certification process. He understands the views of stakeholders and is experienced in addressing their concerns. Carsten holds a masters in international forestry from Georg-August University Gottingen.
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.
Andrew Johnson
Vice President, TSI
Originally from the UK, Andrew has lived and worked in the US for the last 25 years. He has 35 years’ experience in the wood processing machinery business. Based near Seattle, TSI specialises in the manufacture of heat energy, dryers and emission control systems for the engineered wood and biomass processing industries. TSI is largely focused on the North American market a...
Originally from the UK, Andrew has lived and worked in the US for the last 25 years. He has 35 years’ experience in the wood processing machinery business. Based near Seattle, TSI specialises in the manufacture of heat energy, dryers and emission control systems for the engineered wood and biomass processing industries. TSI is largely focused on the North American market and counts almost all the major pellet producers in the US and Canada as clients. The company has also been active in South America and southeast Asia.    
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.
Valerio Borgia
Senior Trader, FLAME SA
Jean-Michel Sylvestre
Chief Executive Officer, Charmont Investments