The 1st International Biogas Conference Organizing Committee welcomes a faculty of acclaimed speakers.
Dr Janez Potočnik (1958) graduated from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (Ph.D. degree 1993). He was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Science by London Imperial College and by Ghent University in 2008 and 2009 respectively, and Doctor of Science in Economics and Business Administration by Finland Aalto University in 2016.
After a successful career starting in 1989 in Slovenia as a researcher at the Institute of Economic Research, Director of the Institute of Macroeconomic Analysis and Development (1994). He was appointed Head of Negotiating Team for Accession of Slovenia to the EU (1998). He was also Director of Government Office for European Affairs (2000), Minister Councillor at the Office of the Prime Minister (2001) and Minister responsible for European Affairs (2002). In 2004 he joined the European Commission, first as “shadow” Commissioner for Enlargement and then as Commissioner responsible for Science and Research. In 2010 Dr Potočnik became Commissioner for Environment, his term ended on November the 1st 2014.
In November 2014 he was appointed as a member and Co-Chair of International Resource Panel hosted by United Nations Environment Programme. In the same month he was also appointed as a Chairman of The Forum for the Future of Agriculture and the RISE Foundation and a Member of the European Policy Centre’s Advisory Council.
Sylvain Donnaz is part of the Strategic Development of Suez International as Global Market Leader for Waste Water and Biosolids. He has been 15 years in the field of wastewater treatment, commissioned more than 9 million PE (Population Equivalent) of WW facilities as process commissioning manager in different countries for Suez, mainly for large infrastructure. His 11+ years’ experience with Suez International led him to manage a various range of water treatment processes (including drinking water and desal) in different types of contractual projects such as EPC, DB, DBO and BOT. He’s been 4 years O&M process expert for the technical direction of Suez Water France and R&D Center, inventor of 2 Patents both filed in 2017.
Active fellow member of IDA, IWA, he published 28 Papers over the last 3 years with oral presentation. He’s been session co-chair at the Water Convention of the Singapore International Water Week 2018, Chairman of the Session “WWTP Rehabilitation” at the last 2018 World Congress of IWA in Tokyo.
He received the Award of “Environment And Sustainability” at IDA World Congress 2017 in recognition of best paper and presentation on Water Reuse in Agriculture for As Samra Water Reclamation Plant in Jordan.
Riccardo Gefter Wondrich, is International Sales Manager at BTS Biogas, a leading Italian company that designs, produces, installs, manages and maintains biogas plants, with 200 plants built across Europe, Japan and South America. Riccardo has a 15-year experience in bioenergy and business development, working for the Italian Biogas Consortium, private companies and a Science Park. He spent six years in Argentina and Brazil as consultant for agro-industrial co-ops. Graduated in Communication Sciences, Master degrees in International Relations and Export Management.
Alex Marshall has the lead international role for Clarke Energy for marketing and compliance. Clarke Energy is a multinational specialist in the provision of gas based power systems. The company has over 1,200MW of biogas based power systems installed globally across Europe, Africa, South Asia and Australasia. Alex has 16 years of operating in the biogas sector and has extensive experience of waste management and agricultural biogas systems. Alex has an MBA from Manchester Business School and is a Chartered Environmentalist.
Alberto Confalonieri (M.Sc. Biological Sciences) is an expert in biowaste recycling. Since 1999 he has worked for the main Italian waste technology providers and then, from 2006 to 2018, as a researcher in the integrated waste management sector.
His job mainly focuses on regulatory and technical implications of composting and anaerobic digestion, biogas production and upgrading to biomethane. Since 2014, he is a senior staff member of the Italian Composting and Biogas Association and chair of its Technical Committee; he takes part to several working groups of the European Compost Network.
Konstantinos Nikakis is a Dipl. Environmental Engineer, graduate of the Democritus University of Thrace and a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece. This period he is a graduate of the MSc “Energy and Environmental Investment” – MBA Energy, specializing in biogas and biofuel investments. He participated in European and National programs as a researcher on anaerobic digestion and agro-animal waste management for energy generation. He is representing the company Tetoros Machinery SA and is a member of the group that constructed and operated 18 units and their extensions throughout Greece. The constructions of the company refer to a wide range of capacity (from 250 kWel to 2.9 MWel). Our company is active in Greece in cooperation with the German company Weltec – Biopower GmbH in the design, implementation and operation of biogas plant projects as well as in researching new technologies that can help optimize its production process.
Marit Soleim works as project manager for City of Oslo, Waste-to-Energy agency (EGE). The Waste to Energy agency runs two optical waste sorting plants, a waste incineration plant and a biogas production facility where biogas is produced from household food waste. Marit’s role includes interdisciplinary work to develop the market for LBG as a fuel for heavy duty vehicles in addition to leading investment projects related to EGE’s operations.
Harmen Dekker academically earned his bachelor of science (chemistry) and complementary his bachelor in business administration from IM&B (University of Keele; UK). After living for 6 years in the UK whilst looking after the European markets for the chemical industry he moved back to the Netherlands where he developed business for an American renowned specialty gases company in Europe.
Hereafter he switched to the sustainability sector. Within this sector he was responsible for growing the water treatment business in Europe and setting up subsidiaries for several companies. More recently he combined his experience in the gas and water and started working for DMT Environmental Technology. As Manager Business Development he is responsible for the worldwide market with prime focus on the biomethane market. He recently started an office for DMT-ET in Asia and is looking after geographical developments as well as introduction of new products and business models within the biogas sector in particular.
Thomas Minter is a director of Malaby Biogas, owner & operator of Bore Hill Farm Biodigester in Wiltshire. Having travelled extensively and built a broad career in fields as diverse as hospitality, horticulture, marketing and property development he has brought a unique perspective to the AD industry. He drove the Bore Hill Farm project through the concept, design, planning, construction, commissioning, operation and optimisation stages and has developed the wider site to be a model of integrated development and innovation. Incorporating a future R&D and training facility alongside commercial and residential uses Bore Hill Farm is set to be a model of sustainability and innovation. With a developer’s eye on maximising asset value and cost control he has ensured the Bore Hill Farm Biodigester was built with flexibility and education at its heart.
Operational optimisation and R&D projects have improved the plant efficiency beyond its original design capacity. Recent academic and industrial R&D work on yield enhancements, novel feedstocks and energy use open up future avenues for plant innovation and efficiency. Thomas and his team are proud to have developed creative and practical solutions to normal, but often overlooked, operational issues. He is looking to develop on site facilities that bridge the gap between academic research and commercialisation. An area with a hitherto poor track in the UK, real world commercial scale application of scientific principles provides great opportunities in a global world.
Combining a world view with a principled and common-sense approach Thomas sees opportunities where others see problems.
Prof. Maria Loizidou was educated at the University of London where she obtained her PhD in chemical engineering focusing on the field of environmental protection. She followed an academic career being Professor at the National Technical University of Athens in the School of Chemical Engineering and Head of the Unit of Environmental Science & Technology (www.uest.gr).
Her efforts are continuous in the field of the environmental protection and human health, enhancing education, research technology and innovation in waste management including biogas. She has been scientific responsible for more than 170 environmental projects supporting competent authorities, municipalities and others (http://www.uest.gr/index.php/projects). She has more than 500 publications in international scientific journals (http://www.uest.gr/index.php/publications) and conferences and 7,000 citations.
Prof. Loizidou has established the successful series of international conferences on Sustainable Waste Management being the Head of the Scientific Committee and bringing together academics, private and public sector, local authorities, business from all over the world. Prof. Loizidou received the first Green AWARD, since the SOL-BRINE project was voted as the best LIFE ENVIRONMENT project for the period 1992-2017 among more than 4,000 LIFE projects.
Christopher D. Maloney, Global Head, Organics Diversion Eisenmann Corporation. Mr. Maloney is a senior executive with over 30 years of global corporate management experience in the energy, renewables, water and waste management sectors and currently serves as Global Head of the Organics Diversion Group for Eisenmann Corporation. He served previously as Chief Executive Officer of The Capernaum Group, Chief Operating Officer of Digested Organics, and Chairman and CEO of Amandla International in Johannesburg South Africa. He represents Eisenmann as a member of the World Biogas Association and the American Biogas Council – holds a BS in Engineering from the University of Illinois and serves on the boards of Prime Quoin and Asia West.
Francesco Valentino is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemistry of “La Sapienza” University of Rome. He received the PhD in Chemical Processes in 2012, at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Material and Environment, at the same University. His current research activities are focused on the development of chemical and/or biological processes, with particular emphasis on the treatment and bio-resource recovery of waste and wastewater. Currently, he is involved in four RIA-IA European H2020 projects, mainly aiming to the bioprocess scalability in the frame of circular economy and urban organic waste conversion into biopolymer (polyhydroxyalkanoates, PHA) and biogas. Currently developed at pilot scale, his research activities are addressed to the demonstrating the potential advantages related to the PHA production coupled to the treatment of municipal and/or agro-industrial waste and wastewater: carbon and nutrient recovery, limited excess sludge production, bio-waste recycling and valorisation, creation of innovative bio-based material for multi-purposes applications.
Agriculture engineer, with MSc on environmental planning. Works at Center for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving as leader of the Biomass department. Over 25 years of experience as coordinator and scientific responsible in a range of RTD projects related to assessment of biomass availability and energy potential, as well as on research on sustainable biomass production from a wide range of energy crops. Considerable expertise on the technical evaluation of integrated biomass value chains for energy and biorefinery concepts. Member of the Governmental Committee for drafting the National Renewable Energy Action Plan (NREAP) of Greece, and national representative in the European Committee for the sustainability in biofuels and bio-liquids. Member of the Advisory Board of the European Technology and Innovation Platform (ETIP) Bioenergy, as well as member of the Biomass Working Groups in ETIP Bioenergy and ETIP Renewable Heating and Cooling.
is an Economist and Business Consultant. He is graduate of the Department of Industrial Management and Technology of the University of Piraeus and holds a postgraduate degree in Industrial Logistics Systems Organization and Management from Piraeus University and the National Technical University of Athens. He is President and CEO of All About Business Ltd since 2007, focusing on the development of business process redesign studies and the preparation of investment plans for EU funded programs at national and European level.
He is an elected member of the City Council of Athens since 2010 and member of the Board of Director of the Regional Association of Municipalities of Attika. He has held the position of President of the Athens Development & Destination Management Agency, where he was responsible for the implementation of the “Athens Project”, a 10-year multidimensional development plan for the city of Athens, financed by EU restructuring funds that amount to 120 million euros.
In 2014, he was appointed Vice – Mayor for Finance, delegated with the exercise of the responsibilities of the Directorate of Procurements and of Finance: a) Budget, b) Accounting Office, c) Revenues and d) Expenditures, achieving to reduce municipality taxes for citizens in a period of economic crisis.
Since November 2016 he is Vice – Mayor for Waste Management, delegated with the exercise of the responsibilities of the Directorate of Cleanliness, Recycling and Mechanical Equipment Maintenance.
Dr Dominic Hogg (1965) graduated from the department of Physics at the University of Oxford, before undertaking a Masters Degree in Development Economics at the University of Wales (Swansea), and a PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge.
He set up Eunomia Research & Consulting in 2001 following several years working as Associate Director for an environmental consultancy where he was responsible for the Environment Policy and Economics work. His work at Eunomia has retained the same blend of applied technical and economic analysis to major environmental problems, mainly in respect of waste, resources, and the circular economy, but also, in respect of air quality, natural environment, marine issues, and climate change. Amongst other work, his analysis of the economic and environmental implications of different approaches to collecting and treating biowaste was significant in persuading UK government to adopt, as best practice, a system of separate food waste collections as a feedstock for anaerobic digesters. He led a team which gave considerable support to DG Environment in the review of the key waste Directives (as part of the so-called Circular Economy Package), and he is currently engaged in work at the European level on developing Guidance for Extended Producer Responsibility schemes.
With 10+ years of experience across energy fields and cogeneration technologies, Vladimir started up and developed different markets like Romania, Greece, Bulgaria, Republic of Moldavia and contributed at the development of Czech Republic market. Vladimir’s main task is to open and develop new markets, support and advice customers about the proper way to save energy through cogeneration turnkey solutions fuelled by natural gas, biogas or special gases. Towards the goal to support customers in preparing facility-wide energy conservation strategy, Vladimir can provide site surveys, energy consumption analysis, cogeneration plant dimensioning and feasibility studies.
Hanna Richter- Stallkamp.de
Strong components for biogas plants. Being specialized in design, manufacture and assembly of high-quality stainless steel products such as tanks, pumps, agitators and separators, we are the competent partner for agriculture, biogas and waste water industry. Our products are successfully applied all over the world for more than 40 years.The optimal energetic fermentation of manure, crops or food waste requires strong components. With our stainless steel digesters, digestate storages, biogas mixers, biomass pumps and digestate separators, we have the solutions to optimize gas yields.
Wilbert Smeets- SESA SpA.
Born system engineer Wilbert Smeets developed the composting process of SESA SpA, which runs one of the largest and most innovative waste treatment facilities. Growing up in Holland in a mushroom-growing family, Smeets got to see how biology and technology interact. Mushroom beds were followed by compost system projects around the world that Smeets planned for a Dutch company. Wilbert Smeets finally “got stuck” in Italy since 1998 with S.E.S.A. That receives thousands of tons of green cuttings and organic waste each year and is located in Este (PD), Italy. At this modern waste treatment plant, composting and anaerobic digestion complement each other perfectly. Wet organic waste supplies biogas for green power (biomethane, electricity, district heating), clean water and optimum quality of compost. That goes for S.E.S.A. and naturally for its sister facility BIOMAN Spa., which Smeets planned from the first pipe to the last valve.
Dr. Fabiana Fantinel
has a strong track record in the Life Science industry, spanning across innovation, strategy and operations management. She worked several years in Chemicals and Life Science landscape for BASF and LyondellBasell. Subsequently, as Engagement Manager for a McKinsey spin-off and for Capgemini Consulting, she led several projects in the area of innovation strategy and operational improvement for Life Science industry players. Currently she is Managing Director at CO2BioClean GmbH, a Bioetch start-up, with the mission to turn industrial CO2 emissions into biobased and biodegradable natural polymers and at InnoEXC GmbH a management consulting boutique focused on Innovation Excellence for institutional clients and for start-ups. She holds a PhD from the University of Padua and an MBA from the Liverpool Business School, University of Liverpool.
Director for Energy Projects, HELECTOR. Ioannis Boukis holds a MSc (RIT, Stockholm) and a PhD in chemical reactor engineering (Aston University, UK). He has worked as Technical Director at the Center for Renewable Energy Sources (CRES) and during 1997-2001, his team at CRES supervised more than 100 wind, biomass, small hydro and energy savings projects in Greece, co-funded by Commission Structural Funds. Since 2002 he is the Director for Energy projects in HELECTOR S.A. He has developed and implemented a number of wind parks and is a member of the BoD at BEAL S.A. one of the largest landfill gas fueled power plants worldwide, undertaking a recent expansion of the plant. Ioannis has also worked developing in international RDF and SRF gasification projects funded by the European Commission and is currently working on the implementation of biomass combustion power plants and anaerobic digestion plants.
Prof. Dr. Hassan El Bari
has obtained the PhD in Material Sciences from INPL (France) in 1987 and also has Doctorat d’Etat in Mechanical Engineering, University Mohamed V, Rabat – Morocco-1998. He is :
● The President of the Moroccan Association of Solid Waste (AMADES-Morocco) since 2005.
● The Master Degree Coordinator Waste Management and Recovery, University of Ibn Tofail, since 2010 and Responsible for EU FP7 Work Package 5 (Biogas Production) in the European project BIOWASTE4SP, «Turning biowaste into sustainable products: development of appropriate conversion technologies applicable in developing countries.
● International expert at the Global Partnership on Waste Management-United Nations Program for the Environment -UNEP -2012
● Coordinator of the project “Biogas production of organic effluents from the industries of paper-Cards in Morocco: Pilot digester coupled to favourite Solar Energy”, funded by IRESEN (InnoThermo / InnoBiomass), 2014.
● Partner of Europrean project ERANETMED II: RenewValue : “Local sustainable renewable energy supply for vulnerable communities in arid and semi-arid Mediterranean zones”, Coordinated by University of Rostock – Germany, Sept 2017 to August 2020.
● Moroccan Coordinator of Cooperation Project between HTW-Berlin- University of Applied Sciences – Germany and Ibn Tofail University – Kenitra – Morocco, “Ecological sustainable waste management – energetic utilization of organic waste”(Biowaste4E), funded by BMZ and DAAD, Germany, 2018.
General Manager at kΙΕFER
Experienced Engineer in Renewable Energy Systems with strong negotiation skills and demonstrated expertise in Business Administration. Duties: Financial Management, Overseeing of all administrative functions in the company, Decision-making, Investment Manager.
• Business Development Manager – PRIOSOL Energy Investments GmbH Project design and development of Energy systems
• Senior Planning Engineer – Phoenix Solar AG Project design and development of Energy systems
• Planning Engineer – Solar Cells Hellas Group Development of large-scale photovoltaic power plants
• Researcher at PV Systems Department – CRES Research on PV systems Education
• Bachelor in Business & Organisation Management-Hellenic Open University
• Master’s degree in Energy – Herriot Watt University
• Bachelor’s degree in Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering – Technological Educational Institute of Crete
SEBIGAS is an Italian company specialized in the design and construction of biogas plants, converting organic substrates (farm and agricultural by-products, industrial waste and OFMSW) into biogas, for the production of electrical and thermal energy or biomethane.
SEBIGAS operates as EPC contractor and Technology Provider offering customized plants to fit customer requirements achieving the highest performance possible. It is proved that SEBIGAS plants, over 80 plants in operation or unders construction, ranging from 100kWe to 3MWe, guarantee 98% availability at the maximum power.
SebiBio, Sebigas internal biological laboratory, can support customers from initial substrate analysis, achieving the correct plant diet for any available substrate.
Since 2013 SEBIGAS operates in Thailand with SEBIGAS-UAC Co.Ltd and in Brazil since 2014 with SEBIGAS DO BRASIL ltda. SEBIGAS, established in 2008, as part of Maccaferri Industrial Group, is growing in many other countries across Far East and North-America.