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Bioeconomy investment summit - Unlocking EU leadership in 21st Century Bioeconomy - Programme

9-10 November 2015, Brussels
Venue, Charlemagne building, Rue de la Loi, 170

Day 1   Day 2

Monday, 9 November 2015
de Gasperi room
Unlocking EU leadership in 21st Century Bioeconomy

08:30 –  09:15

Registration

09:15 – 09:45

Welcome and setting the Scene

Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation
Phil Hogan, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development

09:45 – 10:45

Investing in the Bioeconomy

Mari Kiviniemi, Vice-Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD
Jonathan Taylor, Vice-President of the EIB Management Committee responsible for Environment and Climate Action
Catia Bastioli, CEO of Novamont, President of Terna
Denis Lucquin, Sofinnova Partners
Jyrki Ovaska, Executive Vice President for Technology, UPM

Moderator: Jacki Davis,
Journalist and moderator

10:45 – 11:15

Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:15

Agriculture, Food and Bio-Based Products

  • Business case

Presentation of Eurocob, an initiative led by the cooperative Euralis in the use of corn cobs in France and Hungary to produce a large range of products from industrial absorbents to cosmetics, by Claude Leprêtre, General Manager of Eurocob

  • Panel discussion

Siobhán Talbot, Group Managing Director of Glanbia
Xavier Beulin, President of Sofiproteol, President of the 'Fédération Nationale des Syndicats d'Exploitants Agricoles' and Vice-President of  COPA
Daan Dijk, Managing Director Biomaterials Supply Chain, Rabobank
Eric Sievers, CEO of Ethanol Europe renewables

Moderator: Vivienne Parry, BBC radio broadcaster/science presenter

12:15 – 13:15

From Forestry to New Bio-Based Products

  • Business case

Presentation of Metsä Fibre's project to build the first next-generation bioproduct mill in Europe (Äänekoski, Finland), by Ilkka Hämälä, CEO of Metsä Fibre

  • Panel discussion

Gunilla Saltin, President of Sodra Cell
Aljoscha Requardt, Secretary General of the European Confederation of Forest Owner (CEPF)
Linde Zuidema, Campaign coordinator at FERN
Nella Baerents, Sustainability Policy Director – Europe, Arizona Chemical B.V.

Moderator: Quentin Cooper, BBC radio broadcaster/science presenter

13:15 -  14:45

Lunch break

14:45– 15:45

Looking ahead: the Marine and the Bioeconomy

  • Business case

Presentation of GreenSea, a company producing marine ingredients, derivatives of macroalgae or microalgae, by Jean-Paul Cadoret, Managing Director of GreenSea

  • Panel discussion

Helena Vieira, Marine biotech expert, University of Lisbon, Science Faculty
Lara Barazi-Yeroulanos, CEO of Kefalonia Fisheries S.A.
Gesine Meissner, Member of the European Parliament, President of the EP Intergroup  Intergroup Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas
Peter Van den Dorpel, CEO AlgaeLink NV

Moderator: Vivienne Parry, BBC radio broadcaster/science presenter

15:45 – 16:45

From Bio-Waste to Bio-Based Goods and Services

  • Business case

Presentation of technology prototyping for bioplastic production as a by-product of wastewater treatment services for Veolia and Aquiris in Brussels, by Alan Werker, Manager R&D, Cella™ Technologies at Anoxkaldnes

  • Panel discussion

Jesús López, Vice-President for EU Affairs and IR,Abengoa Bioenergy
Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, Coordinator of the EP working group on the bioeconomy (EP Inter-group on Climate, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development)
Thierry Stadler, President of IAR (Cluster Industries & Agroressources)
Ward Mosmuller, Director of Corporate public affairs, DSM

Moderator: Quentin Cooper, BBC radio broadcaster/science presenter

16:45 – 17:15

BREAK

17:15 – 18:15

Facilitating Investment in the Bioeconomy

Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness
Mairead McGuinness, Vice-president of the European Parliament
Markku Markkula, President of the EU Committee of the Regions
Carmen Vela, State Secretary for Research, Development and Innovation, Spain

Moderator: Jacki Davis, Journalist and moderator

18:15 - 19:30

Reception and networking event

20:00

Gala Dinner (private event)
Key note Speeches by Gunter Pauli, Founder and Director of Zero Emissions Research and Initiatives, Author of "The Blue Economy: 10 years - 100 innovations - 100 million jobs" George Freeman,  UK Minister for Life Sciences

Tuesday, 10 November 2015
de Gasperi room
Show and Tell the impact of EU Bioeconomy research and innovation

09:00 – 09:10

Opening

John Bell, Director of Bioeconomy, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation

09:10 – 10:00

Panel discussion

Building on 30 years of EU Framework Programmes from Biotechnology to the Bioeconomy, and 10 years of the Knowledge-Based-Bioeconomy. Impacts and Prospects for the European Bioeconomy:

Markus Norström, Business Area Manager, Technical Research Institute of Sweden
Nathalie Moll, Secretary General of EuropaBio, member of the  European Bioeconomy Alliance
Christine Lang, co-chair of the German Bioeconomy Council


Hosted and moderated by Chris Patermann, Member of the BioEconomy Council

10:00 – 10:30


Coffee break

Parallel (Thematic) sessions

10:30 - 11:30

(Jenkins room) Agri-food

  • FP Project presentations

- NAMASTE
- NOSHAN
- FOODMETRES
- EUROPRUNING
- BIOCORE
- AGROCOS

  • Round-table discussion

Moderator: Catherine Eccles (DG RTD) and Virginie Rimbert (DG AGRI)

(Mansholt room) Forestry

  • FP Project presentations

- PROLARIX
- STARTREE
- INFRES
- WoodWisdom+
- Wobama
- Eco2Wood

  • Round-Table discussion

 Moderator: Doru Irimie (DG RTD)

11:45 – 12:45

(Jenkins room) Marine

  • FP Project presentations

- ARRAINA
- Securefish (discards)
- MIRACLES (algae)
- Bioclean (biodegr plast)
- PHARMASEA
- Byefouling
- Marine Biotech ERANET

  • Round-Table discussion

Moderator: Sigi Gruber (DG RTD)

(Mansholt room) Bio-waste, residues and the circular economy

  • FP Project presentations

- TRANSBIO
- BRIGIT
- BIOWASTE4SP
- CHIBIO

  • Round-Table discussion

Moderator: Thomas Dodd (DG RTD)

12:45 - 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 – 14:45

(Jenkins room) Regional opportunities for investments in the Bioeconomy: Synergies between H2020 and ESIF
Katja Reppel, DG REGIO Regional investments using ESIF and synergies with H2020

Christophe Luguel Head of International Affairs Competitiveness Cluster – Industries & Agro-resources, Laon Cedex, France
Case 1: Regional investments on Bioeconomy: The case of Champagne

Manuel Rodriguez, CEO of ADItech, Navarra region/Spain 
Case 1: Focusing on Bioeconomy Regional investments: The case of Navarra

Q&A

Moderator: Dimitri Corpakis, DG RTD

(Mansholt room) Investing in bio-based activities: the role of BBI JU

- Presentation of the BBI-JU
- Presentations around 3 types of actions funded in the 2014 Call:
- Valchem
- Newfert
- FIRST2RUN

Q&A

15:00 – 15:45

(de Gasperi room)
Financing the Bioeconomy
- Opening session, Waldemar Kütt, DG RTD
- EIB study: presentation of the preliminary results on access-to-finance for Bio-based Industries and other financial instruments such as InnovFin, Christine Garburg, EIB
- The industrial and private investor perspective, Piero Cavigliasso, Biochemtex and Massimiano Tellini, Intesa Sanpaolo Group.

Q&A

Moderator: Waldemar Kutt, DG RTD

15:45 – 16:00

Closing (de Gasperi room)

Aldo Longo, Director of General Aspects of Rural Development and Research, European Commission, DG Agriculture and Rural Development

Bioeconomy Village – a two floor exhibition of EU-funded research projects

10.30-15.45

Four themes in exhibition:
Agro-food, Forestry, Fisheries/Marine, Bio-waste
Confirmed stands:

  • NAMASTE
  • FOODMETRES
  • NOSHAN
  • EUROPRUNING
  • AGROCOS
  • BIOCORE
  • AGROCOS
  • PROLARIX
  • INFRES
  • STAR TREE
  • Woodwisdom ERA-NET (including projects: Eco2wood and Wobama)
  • ARRAINA (Feed)
  • Securefish (discards)
  • Marine Biotech Eranet
  • MIRACLES (algae)
  • PHARMASEA (Pharma)
  • BIOCLEAN
  • TRANSBIO
  • BRIGIT
  • CHIBIO
  • The BBI Joint-undertaking (including Valchem, Newfert and FIRST2RUN projects)

 

Jyrki Katainen Is the Commissioner for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness responsible for:

Leading the project team "Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness"

Delivering the new jobs, growth and investment programme, which will mobilise up to €300 billion in additional public and private investment in the real economy over the next three years.

Coordinating the mid-term review of the Europe 2020 strategy.

Pursuing structural reforms in EU countries and ensuring, together with the Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue, that the EU's economic policy coordination is successful and takes account of the socialimpacts of reforms.

Helping improve the business environment to make Europe a more attractive place in which to work and invest.

John Bell is the Director Bioeconomy, DG Research & Innovation.

He has been a European Commission official since 1993. During his career he has worked on financial aid assistance programmes in the former Yugoslavia and in Albania, as well as public administration reform programmes in Central and Eastern Europe.

Mr. Bell was also a Member of the Cabinet of Commissioner David Byrne with responsibility for enlargement, public health and global health security issues, including bioterrorism, and Head of Cabinet for the first Bulgarian European Commissioner Meglena Kuneva on Consumer Affairs.

He completed his Doctorate at St John's College, Oxford University in 1993.

Mairead McGuinness is the Vice-President of the European Parliament.

As Vice-President she oversees the Parliament's Information Policy, Press and Citizens Relations including the Parliament's information offices across the 28 Member States.

She has responsibility for the Parliament's scientific research body – STOA – which aims to bridge the gap between the scientific community and policy-makers. She also plays a leading role in the area of children's rights as the Parliament’s mediator in cases of international parental child abduction.

Ms McGuinness is an agricultural economist, working on the future shape of agriculture and rural development, global development policy, the environment, public health and food safety and security and is a member of the Parliament's Agriculture and Rural Development Committee and the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee.

Carlos Moedas is the Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation.

He was born in Beja (Portugal) in 1970. He graduated in Civil Engineering from the Higher Technical Institute (IST) in 1993, completing the final year of studies at the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris (France). He worked in engineering for the Suez-Lyonnaise des Eaux group in France until 1998.

He obtained an MBA from Harvard Business School (USA) in 2000, after which he returned to Europe to work in mergers and acquisitions at investment bank Goldman Sachs in London (UK). He returned to Portugal in 2004 as Managing Director of Aguirre Newman and member of the Executive Board of Aguirre Newman in Spain. In 2008, he founded his own investment company, Crimson Investment Management. In 2011, he became a Member of Parliament in Portugal and was appointed to the position of Secretary of State to the Prime Minister of Portugal, in charge of the Portuguese Adjustment Programme. In 2014, he became Member of the European Commission, overseeing the portfolio of Research, Science and Innovation.

Phil Hogan is the Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development responsible for:

  • Ensuring that EU agricultural and rural development policies promote growth, investment and new jobs.
  • Reviewing the effectiveness of EU spending on agriculture and rural development.
  • Identifying how European agriculture can be more energy efficient and can lower its carbon dioxide emissions.
  • Examining ways to simplify direct payments for farmers.

Markku Markkula is the President of the European Committee of the Regions.

A long-standing politician, Mr. Markkula has been member of the Espoo City Council since 1980 and is a former member of the Finnish Parliament. Mr. Markkula works at the Aalto University as advisor to Aalto Presidents, where his focus mainly lays on European Union research, innovation and education policy affairs.

Carmen Vela is the Spanish State Secretary for Research, Development and Innovation under the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. One of her achievements at the Department of State has been the coordination and launch of the Spanish Strategy of Science, Technology and Innovation (2013-2020) and its renovated funding instrument: The National Plan of Scientific and Technological Research and Innovation. Before her position in the government, Carmen Vela was involved as a scientist and entrepreneur in the S&T private sector in Spain, being CEO of INGENASA, a biotechnology company that researches on animal health and food security.

Jonathan Taylor has been a Vice President of the European Investment Bank since January 2013.

He is a member of the EIB’s Management Committee which draws up the Bank's financial and lending policies, oversees its day-to-day business, and takes collective responsibility for the Bank’s performance.

Mr Taylor has particular responsibility for the Bank’s activities in Greece, Cyprus, Ireland, the United Kingdom and Asia.

He also leads the Bank’s work in climate action, and in other environmental lending policies. Internally, he is responsible for a range of control functions, such as audit, compliance and related issues.

Mari Kiviniemi is the OECD Deputy Secretary-General

Ms Kiviniemi took up her duties as OECD Deputy Secretary-General on 25 August 2014. Her role consists of sharing her extensive experience to help increase the impact and relevance of OECD work and to contribute to the public policy challenges of promoting inclusive growth, jobs, equality and trust.

She is responsible for the strategic oversight of the OECD’s work on Efficient and Effective Governance; Territorial Development; Trade and Agriculture, as well as Statistics. She is also responsible for advancing the Better Life Initiative.

Ms. Kiviniemi was Finland’s Prime Minister from 2010 to 2011. Previously, she was Special Advisor on Economic Policy to the Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, Minister for European Affairs and Minister of Public Administration and Local Government. Elected for the first time at the age of 26, she was a Member of Parliament from 1995 to 2014, chairing and participating in a vast number of committees. She also held a variety of leadership positions in her political party, the Finnish Centre Party.

An economist by training, she studied political science at the University of Helsinki and holds a Master's degree in Social Sciences. Born in 1968, she is married and has two children.

Catia Bastioli is the CEO of Novamont, an industrial reality that over time she has turned from a research centre into a reference company in the field of bioplastics and products from renewable sources.

She has been developing and field-studying the model of third-generation bio-refineries, where an efficient use of resources is the primary objective and priority is given to high value-added products, short supply-chains and a system-based economy.

Ms Bastioli has been a member of important EU working groups about climate change, renewable raw materials and bioeconomy – such as the Bioeconomy Panel of the European Commission.

Denis Lucquin is a Managing Partner and Chairman of Sofinnova Partners.

In life sciences, he specializes in industrial biotechnology investments.

Mr. Lucquin began his career in academic research. For five years, he was in charge of the technology transfer department at the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), France’s agricultural research institute.

He is a graduate in engineering from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole du Génie Rural des Eaux et Forêts. He has a degree in Innovation Management from the Université de Paris-Dauphine.

Jyrki Ovaska is the Executive Vice President of Technology at UPM.

With over 30 years of experience in the forest products industry after graduating from the Helsinki University of Technology, Mr. Ovaska has been a member of the UPM Executive Team since 2002 and was the Chairman of EuroGraph, The European Association of Graphic Paper Producers for 3 years.

He is also Vice-Chairman of AmCham Finland and board member in CLIC Innovation Oy, an open innovation cluster for bioeconomy and cleantech.

Jacki Davis is a leading commentator and analyst on European Union affairs.

She is an experienced journalist, speaker and moderator of high-level events both in Brussels and in EU national capitals, the editor of many publications, a regular broadcaster on television and radio news programmes, and a Senior Adviser to the European Policy Centre think tank.

Jacki has been based in Brussels for 23 years, and was previously Communications Director of the European Policy Centre; editor-in-chief of E!Sharp, a magazine on the EU launched in 2001; and launch editor of European Voice, a Brussels-based weekly newspaper on EU affairs owned by The Economist Group, from 1995-2000.

Claude Lepêtre is the General Manager of EUROCOB (France) and COBEX (Hungary).

EUROCOB's activity focus on industrial markets emphasizing the specific and original characteristics of corncob products. The company provides industries with taylor-made grades used as ingredient for innovative and complicated designed products.

EUROCOB and COBEX process each year about 30.000 tons of corncobs, generate revenues of approximately 12 million Euro and employ 50 people.

Siobhán Talbot was appointed as Group Managing Director of Glanbia plc in November 2013. She was previously Group Finance Director where her role encompassed responsibility for Group strategic planning.

She has been a member of the Group Executive Committee since 2000 and the Board since 2009 and has held a number of senior positions since she joined Glanbia in 1992.

Prior to joining Glanbia, Ms Talbot worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dublin and Sydney, Australia. A fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, Ms Talbot graduated from University College Dublin with a Bachelor of Commerce and Diploma in Professional Accounting.

Xavier Beulin is the President of Sofiproteol, and of the 'Fédération Nationale des Syndicats d'Exploitants Agricoles' and Vice-President of COPA.

He is a farmer in France in the region of the Loire valley.

Together with his brother and two cousins, Mr.Beulin manages a large exploitation of wheat, colza, corn and sunflower together with a milk farm with a quota of 150 000 litres.

Daniel D. Dijk is the Managing Director of the Biomaterials Supply Chain at Rabobank.

Mr. Dijk studied Chemical Physics at the Universities of Groningen and Tel Aviv (MSc, 1980). He worked as a researcher and consultant in the energy sector for nearly 20 years.

In 2007 he was awarded the UNEP-FI Carbon Leadership Award.

 

Eric Sievers is the CEO of Ethanol Europe Renewables, the parent of Pannonia Ethanol, Eastern Europe’s largest bioeconomy asset and one of the newest and it supports 2000 jobs in Hungary, mostly in rural locations.

Over his career, Mr. Sievers founded and for seven years directed an international environmental NGO, worked for several international law firms in the U.S., Russia and Kazakhstan, worked for several U.S. and U.K aid agencies in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, and worked in senior management for Nordkap bank AG, a Swiss commercial bank.

Jean-Paul Cadoret is the Director of Greensea SAS. based in Meze, South of France and subsidiary of Greentech.

Prior to this, Mr. Cadoret was the Director of the Unit Biotechnologies and Marine Resources Ifremer French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea and Director of the laboratory Physiology and Biotechnology of Algae. Ifremer.

He was also the researcher at the "Institut Français de Recherche et d'Exploitation de la Mer (IFREMER)" in the "unité mixte de recherche 219 DRIM (Défense et Résistance chez les Invertébrés Marins) Université de Montpellier II, IFREMER/CNRS" laboratory.

Vivienne Parry is a British science writer and broadcaster.

Best known for her many programmes for the BBC, she also writes for a wide range of newspapers including the Times and Guardian.

Ms Parry also has a part time role as Head of Engagement for the 100,000 Genomes Project, the UK government’s landmark gene sequencing programme. She facilitates many events, including the G8 Dementia Summit and is on the governing board of the UK’s Medical Research Council.

Ilkka Hämälä is the President and CEO of Oy Metsä-Botnia Ab.

He is the Member of the Board of Directors for 2015 of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation.

Mr. Hämälä obtained a M.Sc. (Eng.) degree in 1986 majoring in pulp and paper technology at the Helsinki University of Technology.

Gunilla Saltin is the President of Södra Cell AB.

She has held different positions in the forest industry prior to joining Södra in 2000. For the past seven years she has been the president of Södra Cell AB. Ms Gunilla has a MSc in Chemical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Idaho as well as an MBA from Stockholm School of Economics.

Aljoscha Requardt is the Secretary General of the Confederation of European Forest Owners (CEPF) in Brussels and represents the interests of European forest owners and the forest sector at international/EU policy level.

Before joining CEPF, he worked at the European Forest Institute (EFI), as Manager of the Observatory for European Forests (OEF) in Nancy, France, and as Scientist at the Thünen Institute/ University of Hamburg in Germany.

Mr. Requardt holds a PhD in Natural Science from the University of Hamburg and an MSc in Forest Science from the Dresden University of Technology.

He is an expert in European forest policy processes and advocacy and has an extensive background in the concept and monitoring of Sustainable Forest Management.

Linde Zuidema is a policy advisor at FERN, a non-governmental organisation aimed at protecting forests and the people who depend on them.

Ms Zuidema is responsible for informing EU policy debates that impact on demand - such as on climate and energy, the circular economy and bioeconomy, as well as on broader European forest issues. She embraces Fern’s style of promoting an inclusive and informative debate. Linde has an academic background in environmental law and political science, and worked for international organisations and European institutions, as well as the private sector, prior to joining Fern.

Nella Baerents is the Sustainability Policy Director for Europe and works for Arizona Chemical in the Netherlands.

Ms Baerents is responsible for Arizona Chemical's sustainability policy and public affairs activities in Europe. She has Master’s degree on Forestry at the University of Helsinki in Finland.

Having worked in the field of sustainable use of renewable raw materials, bio-economy, forestry, environment, climate change and resource efficiency including waste management over ten years Ms Baerents has built an in-depth knowledge on sustainability, the European decision making processes and of bio-based industries.

Quentin Cooper is one of the most familiar voices of science in the UK, Quentin regularly presents The Forum on BBC World Service and Frontiers on BBC Radio 4.

He has worked in over 60 countries and is much in demand to give talks, host conferences, chair panels, facilitate debates, conduct interviews, present podcasts, MC events and run science communication and media skills workshops.

He is also Creative Director of Science Oxford, one of the UK’s largest science outreach organisations, and hosts the UK and International finals of the world’s largest science communication competition, FameLab.

Helena Vieira has been an entrepreneur for the past 13 years.

Currently, she is the Executive Director of BLUEBIO ALLIANCE, the Portuguese network for the marine bio-resources sector and invited Professor at the Science Faculty of the Lisbon University, responsible for the supervision and teaching of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology Transfer courses.

She is an invited mentor for several national mentoring programmes such as the Women Win Win Mentoring Platform, Beta-start, National Network of Mentors and Entrepreneurship Passport.

Ms Vieira is also an expert for marine biotech at the European Marine Board and at the International Advisory Board of ERA NET – MARINE BIOTECH.

She holds a post-graduation in Leadership and Strategy in Pharma and Biotech, from Harvard Business School, USA and a PhD in Biomedicine from the Imperial College of London, UK.

Helena is highly skilled in biotech strategy and major technical aspects of the discovery and development of natural bioactive products for several industries, from pharmaceutical to cosmetics and nutraceuticals having developed specialized skills in innovation and tech transfer business methodologies, consulting and management strategies in marine biotech and sea economy projects.

Lara Barazi-Yeroulanos is the CEO of Kefalonia Fisheries S.A., an aquaculture company founded in 1981 and the first fish farm established for the production of Mediterranean sea bass and sea bream in Greece.

Ms Barazi-Yeroulanos is a member of the Board of the Federation of Greek Mariculture (FGM), the Greek representative to the Federation of European Aquaculture Producers, a member of the Board of the European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform as well as the Hellenic Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform. She serves as a consultant to the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) and the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) on issues of sustainable aquaculture and development.

She is a graduate of Columbia University (BA) and Harvard University (MA) with degrees in Economics & Agricultural Development and International Trade & Finance.

Gesine Meissner - Member of the European Parliament

In 2009, Gesine Meissner became a member of the European Parliament. Ms Meissner is currently the coordinator of the ALDE Group on the Committee on Transport and Tourism and a substitute member in the Environment Committee.

Ms Meissner is president of the Intergroup Seas, Rivers and Coastal Areas as well as a member of the EU-Mexico and Euro-Latin America Delegations.

Gesine Meissner is a member of the council of the ALDE party and the federal executive board of the German Free Democratic party (FDP).

She was elected as President of the liberal women in Germany in March 2014, and as Vice President of the ALDE Party Gender Equality Network in November 2013.

Before joining the European Parliament, Gesine Meissner was a member of the regional Parliament of Lower Saxony where she was chairing the Committee on Health and Social Affairs from 2003 to 2009.

Alan Werker is an environmental engineer with 30 years of experience in both academic and industrial research and development efforts.

His research over the years has focused on contaminate fate and removal, bioprocess engineering, and also in materials science.

He is a Canadian turned Swede, with a PhD from the University of British Columbia, and now with roots firmly entrenched in Skåne, Sweden.

For the past 13 years he has been driving devil in the detail at Veolia Water Technologies AB (AnoxKaldnes) from fundamental know-how to first commercial implementations of Cella™ Technologies - producing biopolymers from residuals management services.

Alan maintains academic ties as Adjunct Professor with the University of Queensland. He is author or co-author in 61 scientific publications and co-inventor in 13 patents or patent applications.

Jesús López is the Vice-President for EU Affairs and Investigation and Research at Abengoa Bioenergy, that he joined in 2008.

An industrial engineer by education, he has an expertise on environmental solutions and contamination abatement.

In Abengoa Bioenergy, Mr. Lopez has developed different activities on sustainability, R&D, supply chain certification and sales areas prior to his current position.

Miapetra Kumpula-Natri has been a member of the European Parliament since the summer 2014.

She is a member in the Committee of Industry, Research and Energy as well as a substitute in Committee of Employment and Social Affairs.

Before the EP, Ms Kumpula-Natri was a member of parliament in Finland for 11 years, chairing the Committee of European Affairs as well as a long-term member in the Committee of Economy, which is responsible for industrial matters.

By education, Ms Kumpula-Natri is an engineer. Her other activities in the Parliament include the membership in the European Internet Forum and chairing of the working group for Bioeconomy as well as being a Member of the Board of European Energy Forum.

Thierry Stadler is the General Director of the competitiveness cluster “Industry and Agroressources” – IAR.

He has a Ph. D in plant biochemistry and physiology and spent three years at the University of Lille I as researcher working on seaweeds and algae.

Mr. Stadler organized in 1986 the first international workshop on algal biotechnology. The proceedings were published in a book “Algal biotechnology” by ELSEVIER (T. STADLER editor).

He became General Director of the CVG in Amiens in 1997. In 2004, he set up a small company working on fermentation SEADEV, located in Amiens. In 2006 he became General Director of the competitiveness cluster “Industry and Agroressources” – IAR.

He was expert for the European commission and is member of the board of the association “Chimie du Végétal”.

Thierry STADLER is member of the “Conseil économique et social regional de Picardie” since 2008 and “officier du mérite agricole”.

Ward Mosmuller is responsible for Global Public Affairs at DSM, that he joined in 2009, in the innovation, bio-based economy and climate & energy.

He advises and reports to the CEO/DSM Leadership Team on strategic issues that impact the license to operate of DSM. In his role, he represents DSM in industry associations and engages in societal, governmental and legislation related debates. He is responsible for issue management, lobby strategies and engagement with strategic stakeholders.

Mr. Mosmuller studied Molecular Sciences at Wageningen University and obtained his PhD-degree in 1993 in Bio-organic Chemistry.

Gunter Pauli has dedicated his career to the transformation of the economy.

He formulated the theory of zero waste and zero emissions (total resource productivity) in 1991 based on his entrepreneurial experience creating 12 companies (2 failed).

He has put these concepts in practice learning in the process how to do this better. Today, based on nearly 200 projects implemented, $4 billion invested and 3 million jobs generated, the theory is shaping into a pragmatic approach to competitiveness and growth, capable of responding to the basic need for water, food, health, shelter, and mobility while generating jobs.

Successful projects are translated into fables inspiring children. His latest book "The Blue Economy" has been translated in nearly 40 languages with +one million copies distributed.

George Freeman was elected to Parliament in 2010 after a 15 year career across the life sciences sector, in particular working with hospitals, clinical researchers, patient groups, and biomedical research companies to pioneer novel healthcare innovations.

On July 15 2014, Mr. Freeman was appointed as Minister for Life Sciences, a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Health and Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. His mission is to make the UK the best place in the world to discover and develop 21st Century healthcare innovations.

Markus Norström is the Business Area Manager of Energy, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden (SP).

Mr. Norström graduated from Lund University of technology as M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering in 1999 where he continued to work with development of cellulosic ethanol technology. He also held a position in research and development at the Swedish utility company Vattenfall. After this he spent 10 years in the pulp and paper industry having various roles in project development and execution.

He is since 2012 acting as Business Area Manager at the Swedish RTO, SP, and in this position has the role to coordinate and develop the Bioeconomy area. In this role, Mr. Norström has also been active in setting up the AERTOs Program on Bio-based Economy, a collaboration initiative between seven European RTOs.

Nathalie Moll is the Secretary General of EuropaBio.

In the course of her career, she has focused on improving awareness of the importance and benefits of biotechnology for society and has worked, together with the industry, regulators and stakeholders, towards developing a more supportive legislative framework and operating environment for the industry and related sectors.

In 2013, Ms Moll won the Technovisionaries Women Innovation Award organised by Women & Technologies®.

After graduating with Honours in Biochemistry and Biotechnology from St Andrews University, Scotland, and a stage at the European Commission, Ms Moll has spent nearly 20 years working for the biotech industry at EU and national level.

Christine Lang is one of the founders and the Managing Director of ORGANOBALANCE GmbH.

As a Doctor of Biology, she spent ten years working in industrial research at Hüls Chemie Forschungsgesellschaft where, amongst other things, she established and ran the working group on genetics and molecular biology.

Since 2012, Ms Lang has been the Chairwoman of the German Bioeconomy Council. In 1993 she moved to the Technische Universität Berlin and was promoted to Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. At the TU Berlin she lectures on genetics in biotechnology. Ms. Lang is active in various biotechnology associations. She is a member of the Management Board of the DECHEMA and member of the Management Board of the VCI/DIB.

Christian Patermann is a former member of the German Bioeconomy Council and since his retirement in 2007 an independent consultant for public and private institutions and companies.

Mr. Patermann was the director of Biotechnology, Agriculture and Food Research at the European Commission's Research Directorate-General and previously deputy director-general at the German Federal Ministry of Sciences and Education. He has studied law, economics and languages in Germany, Spain and Switzerland. He held numerous top positions in the international science and technology world, including at the European Space Agency and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory.

From 1996 to 2003, Mr. Patermann was director for environment and sustainable development at the Research Directorate-General of the European Commission, Brussels.

Henk Kamp is the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs in the Rutte-Asscher government.

Previous to that, Mr. Kamp worked actively as a mediator in the formation of the present government and was appointed Minister of Social Affairs and Employment in the Rutte-Verhagen government.

In a career dedicated to politics, his previous appointments include Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment and Minister of Defence from 2003 to 2007.

Peter van den Dorpel is CEO of AlgaeLink. Mr. van den Dorpel gained extensive experience with GE Plastics and a number of other General Electric companies. Peter has accumulated process operations, project, technology, sales, marketing and general management experience during his time with GE, culminating in his appointment as a Managing Director, Europe for GE Capital. In his capacity as CEO of AlgaeLink N.V., Peter has contributed as speaker and panelist in many international conferences about Energy, Algae, Biomass, Bio-Fuel, Waste Water Treatment, Climate and Environmental topics.

Katja Reppel is Deputy Head of the Unit in charge of smart and sustainable growth and major project issues of the European Commission's Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy.

Ms. Reppel is responsible for supporting the negotiations of the 2014-20 Structural Funds programmes with a view to the smart growth, i.e. investments in research, innovation, SME competitiveness and ICT, and supporting the development of smart specialisation strategies by regions and Member States.

Piero Cavigliasso is Director of Institutional Relations and Public Funding in Biochemtex.

Mr. Cavigliasso is responsible for strategic development and management of corporate and government relationships. Previously, Mr. Cavigliasso spent 25 years professional experience in packaging and plastics.

Aldo Longo is Director responsible for "General aspects of rural development and research" at the European Commission, DG Agriculture and Rural Development.

He joined the European Commission in 1984 and has held positions of increasing responsibility. He has experience in all the main areas of the Common Agricultural Policy, notably agricultural markets, international affairs, management of resources and rural development, being a key player in horizontal and sectorial agricultural policy developments.

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