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Inspiring thought leaders from around the globe

Andres Aguilar

Researcher - Water Technologies and Environmental Impact; CIATEC

Andres Aguilar holds a BA in Environmental Engineering from the Autonomous Metropolitan University in Mexico and a MEng in Advanced Wastewater Treatment for Potable Reuse from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He joined the Research and Innovation Center CIATEC in February 2014, where he works with the private sector through consultancy on bioenergy (biogas), water systems and environmental impact. He has over 14 years’ experience in water and wastewater industries and in the environmental field. His recent work focuses mainly on the sustainability requirements for alternative jet fuel production in México and the development of indicators for implementing RSB Standard in a variety of supply chains.

Simon Bennett

General Manager – Sustainable Development; The China Navigation Co. / Swire Pacific Offshore

Simon Bennett was appointed General Manager for Sustainable Development for The China Navigation Company in August 2011. This portfolio includes responsibility for Corporate Philanthropy, Employer of Choice, the Environment, Health and Safety and Supply Chain Management.
He went to sea as a Navigating Cadet in 1978 and has worked for the Swire group for the past 34 years, initially with Swire Pacific Offshore. Mr. Bennett graduated from the University of East Anglia with an honours degree in Environmental Sciences majoring in Meteorology and Oceanography and has a Diploma in Safety Management issued by the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management. He has attended executive programmes at INSEAD and was awarded the Reserve Decoration as Lt. Cdr. in the Royal Naval Reserve.

Tjasa Bole-Rental

Bioenergy Programme Manager; WWF South Africa

Tjaša Bole-Rentel holds a BA in Economics from the University of Ljubljana and an MSc in Environment and Resource Management from the Free University in Amsterdam. She joined the Worldwide Fund for Nature South Africa in September 2014, where she holds the position of Bioenergy Programme Manager in the Policy and Futures Unit. 

She has over 10 years’ worth of experience as a researcher and consultant in the environmental field, having worked on a number of issues related to bioenergy. She has conducted research in feedstock production potentials and policy support options, developed decision-support tools for development practitioners looking to implement bioenergy projects, as well as hands-on policy development experience. Most recently, she has been leading the project “Development of Sustainable Aviation Biofuels in Sub-Saharan Africa” together with the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials, which aims to mainstream sustainability practices in the emerging aviation biofuel market in the region.  

Robert Boyd

Manager Environment – Alternative Fuels; IATA

Robert Boyd holds the position of Manager Environment – Alternative Fuels, within the Environment department at the International Air Transport Association (IATA). His focus on alternative jet fuel is aimed to increase the global deployment while addressing policy, economic, sustainability and logistics challenges. 

Robert serves as a member of the United Nations ICAO Alternative Fuels Task Force and sits on the advisory board of the Carbon War Room and Canada’s Biojet Supply Chain Initiative (CBSCI).  Prior to joining IATA Robert was the Principal Economist for Virgin Australia Airlines and co-lead of the renewable jet fuel team. 

Barbara Bramble

Vice President for International Conservation and Corporate Strategies; National Wildlife Federation

As Vice President for International Conservation and Corporate Strategies, at the National Wildlife Federation, Barbara J. Bramble works with the private sector to sever the connection between deforestation and agricultural production. She brings NWF’s massive membership to bear in convincing manufacturers and major retail brands to avoid purchasing agricultural and forest commodities that originate from recently cleared tropical rain forests and other carbon rich lands. Before joining NWF, she served as legal advisor to the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Her J.D. is from George Washington University, and B.A. is from George Mason University. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Forest Stewardship Council and former board chair of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials.

Sandra Combet

Head of New Energies & Biofuel Strategy; Air France

Sandra Combet is the head of “new energies and biofuel” at Air France. She has been involved in aviation for several years and is responsible for shaping Air France strategy committed to biofuel development and utilisation. With the players in the air transport sector, (aviation industry, airlines, airports, research institutes, and relevant institutions and ministries), she is involved in several national and international projects . Since 2015, Sandra Combet is the interlocutor of the French Civil Aviation Authorities for Air France as part of the Green Deal Biofuel Project and an expert for the European Commission. She is olso member of the EU Flightpath 2020 initiative and member of CORAC (French Council for Civil Aeronautics Research).  

Maarten van Dijk


Maarten van Dijk is CEO at SkyNRG. He has been involved in sustainable aviation fuels since 2007 and has been with the company right from the start in 2010. Maarten holds various advisory and board positions in sustainable aviation fuel projects and platforms across the globe. He studied chemistry at Utrecht University, where he graduated with additional majors in renewable energy technologies and in business economics.

Frederic Eychenne

Manager, Sustainable Aviation Engagement Programme; Airbus

Frederic Eychenne has been Airbus Sustainable Aviation Engagement Programme Manager since May 2011 within the Environmental Affairs department. In this role, Frederic manages all the Airbus Projects and partnerships on Sustainability for aviation and emissions reduction. He also contributes to all initiatives in conformance to the Airbus New Energies strategy and Sustainable Fuels projects.

Kevin Fingerman

Assistant Professor; Humboldt State University

Dr. Kevin Fingerman is an Assistant Professor in the department of Environmental Science and Management at Humboldt State University. His research has investigated broad-based environmental and social impacts of transportation energy. In particular, he has worked on the life cycle water and greenhouse gas impacts of bioenergy systems and policy design to improve the environmental and social performance of fuels. Dr. Fingerman served in a consulting capacity on bioenergy sustainability issues for several California regulatory agencies, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Packard Foundation, Friends of the Earth International, and several private sector entities. 

Michael Gessese

Lead; Ethiopian Biofuel Development Coordination Directorate

Engineer Michael Gessese leads the Biofuel Development Coordination Directorate in Ethiopia where he is responsible for shaping the implementation of the country’s strategic commitment to biofuel development and utilization.  The goal of the strategy was to produce adequate biofuel energy from domestic resources within Ethiopia to reduce the country’s reliance on expensive imports contribute to rural development and job creation through biofuel manufacturing, transport and distribution, while reducing overall GHG emissions.

Laurel Harmon

Vice President; Lanzatech

Dr. Harmon joined LanzaTech from Striatus Inc, where she consulted on proposal and project development in advanced technologies, including energy and renewable fuels. After receiving her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Michigan, Dr Harmon joined ERIM, a non-profit research organization, to conduct applied R&D for a variety of defense and other government customers. Later she was a technical co-founder of Nonlinear Dynamics, a company specializing in applied pattern recognition. Dr Harmon provides policy direction and leadership on international legislative and regulatory matters and develops collaborative research and demonstration projects.

Maiju Helin

Head of Sustainability and Market Development; UPM Biofuels

Maiju Helin is Head of Sustainability and Market Development at UPM Biofuels based in Helsinki, Finland. She has over 10 years’ experience of biofuels’ sustainability, regulation and business development. Maiju is a Master of Science from Tampere University of Technology and has studied chemical engineering at McGill University in Montreal and business leadership at Henley Business School.

Bart Hellings

Head of Innovation; GoodFuels

Bart is responsible for development of biofuels for the marine market at GoodFuels. Before joining GoodFuels he worked as a management consultant on corporate sustainability and innovation and he pioneered on the development of sustainable biofuels from tropical crops.


Global Head of Sustainability; Louis Dreyfus Company

Guy joined the Louis Dreyfus Group in 1994 from British food company Tate & Lyle, where he worked in various animal feed and sugar roles for 7 years. After serving in several commercial positions within Louis Dreyfus Company’s Sugar and Oilseeds Platforms over the years, Guy was appointed Global Head of Sustainability in 2010. In this role, he leads Louis Dreyfus Company’s efforts to improve and advance the sustainability profile of its diverse business portfolio worldwide.


Ethical Sugar

Dr. Deberson Ferreira Jesus  is an expert in the sugar/energy industries, and works at both Ethical Sugar and the Institute of Research in Risk and Sustainability (IRIS). He is a regular contributor to publications within the sugar/biofuel sectors, with particular attention to socio-environmental governance, risks and impacts. He has also authored research papers about the multiple and complex social links between risks, governance challenges and sustainability strategies, especially through transnational certifications.



Executive Director - Regulatory Affairs; Agrisoma

Glenn Johnston is the Executive Director Regulatory Affairs at Agrisoma.  Mr.  Johnston has over 28 years’ experience in the biotech/chemical global regulatory arena. Prior to joining Agrisoma, Mr. Johnston was Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for Gevo Inc. There he accelerated establishing a pathway for advanced isobutanol with US EPA policy makers. Mr. Johnston also established ASTM specifications for new alternative jet fuel pathways (ATJ) and has been recognised multiple times by ASTM with the “Award of Excellence” for his dedication and contributions to developing standards.  

Liping Kang

Senior Clean Transportation Manager; Innovation Center for Energy and Transportation (iCET)

Ms. Kang has over 10 years experiences on biofuel research and project implementation, and also serves as a committee expert at China’s Technical Committee on Energy Industry Non-food Biomass Feedstock Standardization (NEA/TC24) and China’s Technical Committee on the Energy Industry bio-liquid Fuel Conversion Process (NEA/TC22), as well as an expert member at Chamber 4 of Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials. Ms. Kang has been engaged in introducing international advanced biofuel standards and policies to China, submitted recommendation papers to decision-makers; she has published over twenty papers, reports and reviews related to biofuels, co-wrote the book BIOMASS ENERGY PROJECT with China’s most distinguish bioenergy experts, and owns a patent of ethanol conversation technology.  Ms. Kang holds a Master’s degree with the research direction on biofuels from the China Agricultural University, responsible for sustainable fuel, clean vehicle project research and implementation at iCET.

John Kornerup Bang

Head of Sustainability Strategy; A.P. Moller-Maersk

John Kornerup Bang is Head of Sustainability Strategy and shared value initiatives at Maersk and brings 20 years of experience working on sustainable globalization. Currently in Maersk, he drives the development of the overall direction and priorities on sustainability as well as work on solving larger systemic issues related to global logistics through combining commercial muscle with multi-stakeholder partnerships. During the past 10 years John has served as Chief Advisor and spokesperson on Climate Change for Maersk. Over the past three years John served as advisor from Maersk to Ban Ki Moon’s High Level Advisory Group on sustainable transportation including work on the links between the SDGs and transportation.

Karin Kreider

Executive Director; ISEAL Alliance

Karin Kreider is the Executive Director of the ISEAL Alliance – the global backbone organization for the sustainability standards movement.  She is one of the world’s leading experts on ecolabels, sustainability standards and certification.  Before joining ISEAL in 2009, she was involved in the start-up of Rainforest Alliance, and worked there for more than 20 years, first as Associate Director of the organisation, and then as Director of the Sustainable Agriculture Programme.  Karin holds a BFA and an MBA from New York University and is based in London.

Klaske Kruk

Founder; Circularities

Klaske Kruk is founder of Circularities a Dutch organisation helping companies and government formulate and realise circular economy programs. Klaske collaborates with worlds most distinguished thinkers in the field of circular economy and won prices with that. Before she founded Circularities Klaske was the Programme Director of Circle Economy.

Guillaume Lebert

Sustainability Senior Scientist for Fabric Care Euro; P&G

Guillaume Lebert is Sustainability Senior Scientist for Fabric Care Europe and is currently leading the Research & Development projects related to plant-based products in Europe. With more than 13 years’ experience across the different product categories and regions within Fabric Care, Guillaume has been at the forefront of work to product innovations and maximising irresistible consumer experience.  In 2017, he has joined P&G Europe Fabric Care R&D to lead sustainability programs.

Shutong Liu

Founder; MotionECO

Shutong Liu the founder of MotionECO, graduated from VU University Amsterdam, has a master degree of Environment & Energy Management Studies. MotionECO present a systemic biodiesel solution that turns waste cooking oil into biofuel for transportation sectors, simultaneously building up a sustainable feedstock and product supply chain for biodiesel, HVO and Biojet fuel in Asia. Before moving back to China, Shutong worked at SkyNRG and its parent company Argosenergies in the Netherlands.

Amy Malaki

Programme Manager - Transportation; ClimateWorks Foundation

Amy Malaki is the Program Manager for the Transportation Portfolio at the ClimateWorks Foundation where she focuses on philanthropic strategies to reduce emissions from the transportation sector. She focuses on policies for cleaner and more efficient vehicle and fuel technologies, increased availability and accessibility of transit, biking, and walking and also leads the international aviation initiative at ClimateWorks. Before joining ClimateWorks Amy used to work in the electric vehicle industry and as a high-tech strategy consultant. She has a B.A. in Chinese and a B.A. in China Studies both from the University of Washington and a M.A. in International Policy Studies (Energy and Environment) from Stanford University.

Neva Murtha

Senior Corporate Campaigner; Canopy

Neva leads Canopy’s Second Harvest Campaign and works with Canada’s major magazine publishers and North America’s leading printers to develop visionary procurement policies for forest conservation and agricultural residue paper development. She has been with Canopy since 2002, first working with the Canadian magazine industry to help the major publishers develop leading procurement policies and use Ancient Forest Friendly paper.  She now leads the Second Harvest Campaign growing markets for paper made with straw residues and also work with the North American print sector. 

Hasso von Pogrell

Managing Director; European Bioplastics (EUBP)
Hasso von Pogrell is Managing Director of European Bioplastics (EUBP), the association of the bioplastics industry in Europe. Before joining EUBP in 2009, von Pogrell worked as lobbyist for a number of industries, including optical and medical technologies, retail enterprises, and the German construction industries. 

Kenneth Poucher

Global Environmental Advisor; A.P. Moller - Maersk

Kenneth Poucher is the Global Environmental Advisor for A.P. Moller – Maersk, within Sustainability Strategy and Shared Value Projects. Kenneth’s position focuses on developing standards, matrices and strategy for decarbonising logistics; provides specialist advice on environmental management issues within the marine environment; and is developing A.P. Moller – Maersk’s ability to become resilient to risks from climate change.   

Leonardo B. Rosario

Executive Director; Trowel Development Foundation

Leonardo B. Rosario is a development manager with more than 30 years professional experience in project development and management, sustainability auditing, participatory action research, case study documentation, project monitoring and evaluation, community training, network building,  organisational development, and technical writing among others.

A consultant and coordinator, he is a consultant and local expert of Proforest in the United Kingdom for sustainability assessment following Nestle’s Responsible Sourcing Guidelines. He is also a consultant of Crop Defenders of Canada and a member of the Technical Advisory Committee of the United Nations Development Programme Equator Prize in New York City.

Jayant Sarnaik

Director; Applied Environmental Research Foundation

Jayant Sarnaik, based in Pune, Maharashtra, India is founder member and joint director of the Applied Environmental Research Foundation (AERF), a conservation NGO. He has been active in the field of sustainable biofuels since 1998. In the early phase of his involvement, he along with his colleagues successfully developed and piloted indigenous technology for complete treatment and recycling of wastewater from molasses-based ethanol distilleries. He holds the Indian patent for the same. About 10 years ago, he started looking at sustainable utilisation of native oilseed species for decentralised production of biofuels in the Western Ghats – a biodiversity hotspot. For his concept of mainstreaming biodiversity for sustainable biofuel production, he received the IUCN’s practitioner fellowship in conservation and sustainability. He is currently engaged in smallholder certification and industry uptake of the RSB standard in India.

Perry Toms

President & CEO; Steeper Energy

As co-founder of Steeper Energy, Mr. Toms is leading the company to develop commercial projects with its proprietary HTL technology, Hydrofaction™, that facilitates the transformation of various low-value forestry or agricultural biomass to a petroleum-like renewable fuel oil that can replace fossil fuels in heavy transport sector, as well as a source of renewable hydrocarbons for chemicals and lubricants. Mr. Toms has held various executive management positions related to corporate and business development within the conventional and renewable energy industries over a career spanning 30 years. Perry has developed projects around the world including biomass thermal gasification and waste biomass to energy projects in Australia and United Kingdom, North America’s largest municipal solid waste to compost projects for the City of Edmonton, carbon offset projects in India, and, soil carbon sequestration in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Stephen Wetmore

Sustainable Business, Partnerships & Innovation; WWF

A social economist by training, Stephen is more a strategist and pragmatic optimist with a deep knowledge and blended experience in the fields of community development, sustainability, innovation, and market transformation. Driven by the desire for social, economic and environmental justice, he has often combined formal work experience with social enterprise. With more than 20 years’ experience, he brings a range of leadership roles and unique perspectives and experience, garnered as an NGO activist, researcher, academic, business initiator, social entrepreneur, corporate consultant and policy advisor.

Bing Xu

Associate Professor in Finance; Heriot-Watt University

Dr. Bing Xu is an Associate Professor in Finance at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK. She holds an MA (Hons) in Business Studies & Accounting and a PhD in Management both from the University of Edinburgh, UK. Her research concerns banking and finance, energy economics, Data Envelopment Analysis and Multi-Criteria Decision-Making Analysis. She has also worked on several funded research projects on the design of multidimensional frameworks for assessing competing energy strategies and collaborated with various industrial and government partners. Currently, Bing is working on an EPSRC funded project on low carbon aviation biofuel through integration of novel technologies for co-valorisation of CO2 and biomass (EP/N009924/1), and she is the work package 5 Leader on Energy Policy and Public Engagement.







Our Annual Meeting is made possible by our generous sponsors.

Airbus is an international pioneer in the aerospace industry and a leader in driving sustainability across the sector.

Agrisoma is meeting the growing global demand for sustainably sourced, renewable biofuels with Carinata, a sustainably grown crop designed for producing low GHG fuels with no land use change or other adverse effects.

UPM plans to become a major player in high quality, advanced biofuels for transport. Biofuels are an essential part of the Biofore strategy. The innovative wood-based biofuels developed by the company and their production technologies are part of a sustainable future. UPM’s biofuels are frontrunners in quality, usability and sustainability.

RSB's Annual Meeting runs alongside European Bioplastics' Conference and we will be partnering with them to showcase the growing market for bioproducts of all kinds

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