20 4月 - 22 4月 2020
London, UK

Argus Biomass Conference

2020 speakers and advisory board members include:

Cordula Mock-Knoblauc
Director Renewables & Sustainability, BASF
Cordula Mock-Knoblauch is Director of Renewables and Sustainability in the global New Business Development unit of the Intermediates division of BASF. Together with her team she identifies, evaluates and develops new intermediates based on renewable raw materials as well as initiating and co-ordinating sustainability projects within the Intermediates division. She also rep...
Cordula Mock-Knoblauch is Director of Renewables and Sustainability in the global New Business Development unit of the Intermediates division of BASF. Together with her team she identifies, evaluates and develops new intermediates based on renewable raw materials as well as initiating and co-ordinating sustainability projects within the Intermediates division. She also represents BASF in the European Bio-based Industries Consortium. Cordula joined BASF in 2000 as a laboratory manager in the central R&D department. She then moved on to a new business development position in the electronic materials unit in Asia and to leadership positions in the Competence Centre Environment, Health and Safety, where she was particularly engaged in air quality and climate protection. She studied chemistry in Bonn, Dublin, Wurzburg and Tokyo and holds a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Wurzburg, Germany.
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.
Matt Willey
Group External Affairs Director, Drax
As group director of external affairs for Drax, Matt is responsible for the company’s public affairs, policy, media and digital communications teams. Before joining Drax in 2012, he worked at a communications consultancy advising clients from a range of business sectors, including energy, intellectual property, defence and charity. From 2001-07, Matt worked for the Civil S...
As group director of external affairs for Drax, Matt is responsible for the company’s public affairs, policy, media and digital communications teams. Before joining Drax in 2012, he worked at a communications consultancy advising clients from a range of business sectors, including energy, intellectual property, defence and charity. From 2001-07, Matt worked for the Civil Service, first on the Cabinet Office communications team, and then at the Ministry of Defence.
Ted Kim
Senior Professional, Agri & Commodities Part (Palm Product Trading), Living Industrial Team, Trading & Investment Group, 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.
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.
Mihkel Jugaste
Head of Quality and Certification Systems, Graanul Invest
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Fabien Méhu
Head of Biomass Trading, Engie
Fabien Méhu runs the biomass trading department within GDF Suez. He has worked in commodity markets for 12 years, having held various positions within the GDF Suez group. Fabien first worked in Paris for five years in the gas and LNG business before taking a power assets management and renewable certificate origination position in the UK. Fabien joined the Brussels-based c...
Fabien Méhu runs the biomass trading department within GDF Suez. He has worked in commodity markets for 12 years, having held various positions within the GDF Suez group. Fabien first worked in Paris for five years in the gas and LNG business before taking a power assets management and renewable certificate origination position in the UK. Fabien joined the Brussels-based coal, freight and biomass division in 2012, and became Head of Biomass Trading in 2014. He holds a postgraduate degree in mathematics, economy and finance from the University of Sciences and Economy of Paris.
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.
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.
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.
Kristaps Knesis
Biomass Cogenaration Process and Purchasing Manager, Fortum
Knesis is biomass portfolio manager with Finnish energy company Fortum’s city solutions division. His role involves sourcing biofuels and overseeing logistics in Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Russia and Belarus for Fortum power plants in the Baltics and Scandinavia. He joined the company in 2014.
Knesis is biomass portfolio manager with Finnish energy company Fortum’s city solutions division. His role involves sourcing biofuels and overseeing logistics in Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Russia and Belarus for Fortum power plants in the Baltics and Scandinavia. He joined the company in 2014.
Christopher Fodor
Founder, Mediaside
Chris is based in Salzburg, Austria, although he spends increasing amounts of time in central Africa. He is currently spearheading the first project to produce wood pellets from the vast Congo River Basin forests. Prior to his interest in chips Chris was into fish, working on the financing and development of fish farms in Cameroon, Gabon and Congo-Brazzaville, on a three-y...
Chris is based in Salzburg, Austria, although he spends increasing amounts of time in central Africa. He is currently spearheading the first project to produce wood pellets from the vast Congo River Basin forests. Prior to his interest in chips Chris was into fish, working on the financing and development of fish farms in Cameroon, Gabon and Congo-Brazzaville, on a three-year project for the Austrian Development Agency. He has previously worked as transportation planner and systems analyst on World Bank-funded projects in Senegal, Togo, Nigeria and Algeria. From 1985 to 1989, Chris worked for Gruner + Jahr, the magazine publishing division of Bertelsmann. For G+J - USA he worked in circulation and strategic planning. For G+J in Paris, as assistant to the president, Chris helped launch the weekly Voici and establish the UK subsidiary. From 1991 to 2001, Chris occupied various functions for RCS Rizzoli, the largest Italian publisher. From 1999 to 2001, he was Managing Director of the north Asia subsidiary. Prior to that, in Milan, Chris had overall responsibility for Rizzoli’s international magazine operations. In newspaper publishing Chris covered strategic planning and business development for Corriere della Sera and La Gazzetta dello Sport. From 1991 to 1993, he was marketing director for Rizzoli Book Publishing in New York. From 2006 to 2009, Chris first tested his entrepreneurial mettle with the launch of GO, a monthly management magazine. Chris received his MBA from Stanford University and his BSc in civil engineering from MIT.
Gilles Gauthier
General Manager, Bioenergy Europe
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.
Vilma Gaubyte
Director, LITBIOMA
Vilma has been director of Lithuanian biomass association LITBIOMA since 2014. She worked as Assistant-Secretary in Lithuania’s parliament in 2012-15, and in 2015-16 was a project manager at non-governmental organisation The Green Policy Institute. Vilma was elected as a board member of European biomass association Aebiom in November 2016.
Vilma has been director of Lithuanian biomass association LITBIOMA since 2014. She worked as Assistant-Secretary in Lithuania’s parliament in 2012-15, and in 2015-16 was a project manager at non-governmental organisation The Green Policy Institute. Vilma was elected as a board member of European biomass association Aebiom in November 2016.
Elena Dumitru
Certification Manager, ENplus®
Elena Dumitru is working as Certification Manager for ENplus® - the world leading certification scheme guaranteeing the quality of wood pellets with 1000 certified company based in 45 countries. Elena has been part of scheme’s success for more than 5 years now. She worked as Project Officer in Bioenergy Europe and she has experience in project management and international ...
Elena Dumitru is working as Certification Manager for ENplus® - the world leading certification scheme guaranteeing the quality of wood pellets with 1000 certified company based in 45 countries. Elena has been part of scheme’s success for more than 5 years now. She worked as Project Officer in Bioenergy Europe and she has experience in project management and international environments.
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.
Jamie Aldridge
Reporter, Argus
Jamie joined the editorial team at Argus Media in December 2016, where he covers the global biomass industry. Prior to joining Argus, Jamie was a proprietary futures trader at LDN Capital. He has a degree in geophysics from Durham University.
Jamie joined the editorial team at Argus Media in December 2016, where he covers the global biomass industry. Prior to joining Argus, Jamie was a proprietary futures trader at LDN Capital. He has a degree in geophysics from Durham University.
Mark Lebus
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, LC Energy
Stefan Ortner
CEO, ÖkoFEN
Keith Lockhart
Senior Category Manager – Utilities, Heathrow
Markus Süßmann
Head of Special Projects, Danpower GmbH
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
Marketing Director, Rainbow Pellet
David Wong is the marketing director of Rainbow Pellet, which has been producing pellets since 2014 together with its associated group of companies. The family-owned company has been supplying the Asian market actively and more recently, it has also been selling into the Europe market. The wood pellet business is a subsidiary of another family business which focuses on int...
David Wong is the marketing director of Rainbow Pellet, which has been producing pellets since 2014 together with its associated group of companies. The family-owned company has been supplying the Asian market actively and more recently, it has also been selling into the Europe market. The wood pellet business is a subsidiary of another family business which focuses on international sawed lumber trade since 1985. Rainbow Pellet holds PEFC certification and aims to be SBP certified by January 2020. The company is currently the leading wood pellet manufacturer in Malaysia.
Simon Armstrong
CTO, SBP
Marco Palazzetti
CEO, Palazzetti Group
Matthieu Campargue
Director, RAGT