FVA New Media Design partner from 1995, Susanna Albertini has integrated her specialization in Psychology of work and business organization with multimedia and new technology communication.
Since 2000 she is involved as project manager and researcher in projects funded by the European Commission as expert in game-based training, co-creation and creativity enabling factors, enhanced HCI, communication, impact and valorization of research results.
She has been selected by the European Commission as evaluator for Horizon 2020.
FVA is the Italian partner of the BIOWAYS project (GA 720762), a Coordinated and Support Action (CSA), funded under Horizon 2020 and BBI-JU aiming at promoting Bioeconomy, Bio-based products and the research in the domain. FVA is also involved in the new BIOVOICES (GA 774331) project aiming at establishing a multi-stakeholder platform of Bioeconomy stakeholders to co-create and Mutual Learn (MML).
Pierre-Marie Aubert joined IDDRI’s Food and Agriculture programme in January 2015, to work on interactions between agricultural development, food safety and biodiversity conservation at three different levels: national, regional and global.
Having received an interdisciplinary education combining biotechnical sciences (agronomy, forestry) and sociology, Pierre-Marie Aubert is interested in environmental and natural resource management issues, seen from four different and complementary angles: formulation and evaluation of public policies; implementation of public environmental action; governance of global agricultural and agri-food chains; and regional foresight.
Martin Behrens is a political scientist with specialisation in European Public Administration and Law. He worked as European consultant and chief administrative officer for a political party at municipal level. Mr Behrens has experience in local government, sustainable urban development and environmental studies. Currently he is working as Senior Advisor at the Agency for Renewable Resources (www.fnr.de) and is responsible for the development of EU-Projects, specialised in multi-stakeholder activities focusing on bio-based products. He is also in charge of EU networking activities within FNR’s Department for EU and International Affairs. He was involved (partly as coordinator) in the projects Open-Bio (bio-based product database development), InnProBio (public procurement of bio-based products) and BioCannDo (awareness raising of consumers).
Dr John Bell is Director for the Bioeconomy in DG Research & Innovation. He is responsible for leading the definition, implementation and investment of EU Research & Innovation policy and programming across the Bioeconomy; from agriculture and food systems, oceans, marine and maritime issues to investment in new sustainable bio-based industries. This includes Horizon 2020, 3.8 billion Societal Challenge 2, the EU Bioeconomy Strategy, the 3.7 billion euro Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking, and Food and Nutrition Security FOOD2030. He leads Oceans R&I strategies including the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance, the Bonus programme (Baltic Sea) and the BlueMed Initiative (Mediterranean).
His professional background was in academia (Anglo-Irish Studies) and in Business Journalism in London. During his E.C. career he has worked in External Relations on financial assistance programmes in the former Yugoslavia, public administration reform in Central and Eastern Europe, and on Poland's accession to the EU. Dr Bell was a member of the Cabinet of Commissioner David Byrne with responsibility for enlargement, food safety, tobacco control, public health and global health security issues, including bioterrorism. He was Head of Cabinet to European Commissioner Meglena Kuneva on Consumer Affairs. As Head of Cabinet to Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn on Research and Innovation, he was responsible for developing and funding Horizon 2020, mainstreaming innovation, financial investment and simplification.
A native of Dublin, Ireland, he was educated at University College Dublin and completed his Doctorate (D. Phil.) in Cultural Nationalism in Northern Ireland at St John's College, Oxford University.
Mattias Bodin has worked for H&M since 2003 both as specialist and as manager, covering areas such as restricted substances, quality assurance, regulatory product compliance, product safety and material environmental impact. Mattias is today based in the Global Sustainability Department at the Head Office in Sweden but has previously spent several years in China and Bangladesh and worked with the supply chain.
His main focus today is to secure the evaluation of material’s environmental profile and traceability and to engage the company with material and process innovations that are needed to achieve its 2030 goal of only using recycled or other sustainably sourced materials. Mattias Bodin holds a M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.
Elodie Bugnicourt holds a Master in Material Science & Engineering (2002) and a PhD in Polymers and Composite Materials (2005), both from National Institute of Applied Science (INSA), Lyon, France. Leader of the EcoMaterials business unit in IRIS from 2009 until 2014 and now Head of the innovation Unit. Since in IRIS, she coordinated several European projects in the fields of bio-based packaging materials development, process monitoring and surface treatment. Among other successful proposals, she has ideated the AgriMax bid and promoted the project since its outset.
She has extensive R&D experience in the chemical industry especially related to reactive polymer formulations: Arkema (ex. Cray Valley, 2002, Spain) in the field of polyester powder coating; Wacker Chemie (2002-2005, Germany and France), Silicone division that funded her PhD thesis regarding the development of nanocomposites based on an epoxy matrix and silica; and Ashland (2006-2009, located sequentially in USA, Spain and France) in the Composite Polymers division, focussing on bio-sourced resins, flame retardant resins, SMC resins, PU and epoxy structural adhesives.
With a strong interest in innovation and sustainability, so far, Elodie Bugnicourt has led and participated in many R&D projects aimed at developing new formulations, understanding mechanisms and structure-properties relationships, developing new analytical and modelling methods (for improved quality management). She has as well collaborated with academic labs and other players in the supply and value chain. Finally, she is the author of several papers in peer-reviewed and technical journals and has presented her work in numerous international conferences.
Luigi Capuzzi graduated in Chemistry from the Perugia University in 1981. He worked as researcher at the Istituto Guido Donegani (Montedison Group) dealing with Synthesis of pheromones, new insecticides and development of new formulations. In 1995, he became Responsible of R&D of the Sipcam-Oxon group and the director of the research center “E. Gagliardini”. During his experience at Oxon group, he dealt with formulation research, quality assurance, synthesis of agrochemicals and fine chemical intermediates, biochemicals (biofuels, biogas) and management of the intellectual property of the group.
In 2008, he joined Novamont as R&D Director and since 2012, he is also Responsible of Matrìca R&D department (Matrìca is a joint venture between Novamont and Eni-Versalis for the reconversion of Porto Torres petrochemical site). He is coauthor of more than 40 patents and patent applications, and several scientific publications and communications, which complete his scientific profile.
Dirk Carrez is the Executive Director of the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC). BIC represents the private sector in a public-private partnership (PPP) with the European Commission, known as the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU).
Dirk Carrez is Bioengineer and holds a PhD in Agricultural Sciences. He has worked at SOLVAY in the research department, at the Belgian Federation for the Life Sciences and Chemical Industry as Director Innovation & Product Policy, as Secretary-general of the Belgian Biotechnology Industry Association, and has been Director Industrial Biotechnology at EuropaBio.
Dirk Carrez is also the Managing Director of Clever Consult, member of the Board of Bio.be and a member of the EC Expert Group for Bio-based Products.
Joanna Dupont-Inglis first joined EuropaBio, the European Association of Bioindustries, in February 2009 and in April 2011 was appointed Director of Industrial Biotechnology. Her work within EuropaBio involves developing a more supportive, predictable and coherent EU policy environment for the deployment of industrial biotech products and processes within the broader bioeconomy. EuropaBio seeks an Innovation-driven EU research agenda for Biobased Industries, enabled by Industrial Biotechnology. Coalition building with other sectors of the circular bioeconomy has been a key area of activity, both in the development of the €3.7 billion Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) and through the European Bioeconomy Alliance. Joanna also works towards improving understanding of the benefits and solutions provided by industrial biotech as a key enabler of a more competitive, sustainable bioeconomy in tackling grand challenges such as resource efficiency, the need for food, feed, materials and fuels, climate change mitigation, jobs and growth. In 2016 Joanna was appointed as chair of the EU Bioeconomy Panel.
Nelo Emerencia studied Chemical Engineering at the Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands). In 1973 he returned to Aruba, his native island, where he worked at the Esso refinery and progressed to Marketing Manager. In 1985 he was transferred to the chemicals business in Rotterdam and later in Brussels and held positions in economics and planning, marketing and public affairs.
During his career, he was seconded twice to industry associations. In 1998, he was seconded to PlasticsEurope in Brussels, where he worked as Communications and Public Affairs Director for three years. His main achievement then was the increase of awareness and acceptance of the applications of plastics in our daily life. In 2006, he was seconded to the Dutch Chemical Industry Association, and held the positions of Education & Innovation Manager and secretary/coordinator of the Dutch Chemistry Board through June 2014. During this assignment Nelo increasingly occupied himself with bio-based economy activities for the chemical industry, the required developments in education to support a bio-based economy and societal awareness and acceptance of bio-based applications.
Nelo retired in 2014 and as an independent consultant he has assumed the responsibilities of programming for the Bio-based Industries Consortium since 1 April 2015.
Mathieu is a partner of GFBiochemicals, the leading global producer of levulinic acid and derivatives. He co-founded the business nine years ago with the ambition of finding sustainable alternatives to oil-based products. In 2016, GFBiochemicals acquired Segetis, the leading producer of levulinic acid derivatives.
He has always been interested in new technology and has played an active role in developing his businesses alongside his playing career at AC Milan, Arsenal and Crystal Palace. At the World Bio Markets Awards in 2016, he was nominated as Bio-based Business Person of the Year. He is also a member of the Paris 2024 Olympic Environmental Excellence Committee. Mathieu was part of the team that created BIOCIRCE, Europe’s first Masters’ degree dedicated to bioeconomy, through GFBiochemical’s collaboration with several leading Italian universities.
In addition, Mathieu co-founded the BioJournal, the world’s first e-magazine devoted entirely to the bio world and eco-sustainability. The BioJournal publishes high quality content covering politics, economy, tech and lifestyle. Having co-founded GFBiochemicals, Mathieu’s pivotal role in the creation of both BIOCIRCE and the BioJournal further underlines his commitment to the long-term development of the bioeconomy.
Mr. Juha Hakkarainen is the Forest Director of the Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK). MTK is an interest organisation representing farmers, forest owners and rural entrepreneurs in Finland. Mr. Hakkarainen has a long and comprehensive history working for MTK. He holds a licentiate degree in forest business economy from the University of Joensuu, Finland.
Juha Hakkarainen has gained vast experience being a member of different forest related boards and expert groups at both national and international level. To mention a few, Mr. Hakkarainen was the Chairman of the European Commissions’ Civil Dialogue Group on Forestry and Cork (formerly called Advisory Group Cork and Forestry) for the period between January 2011 and December 2015. He was also the Chairman of the board of The Finnish Forest Association in 2007 – 2008 and has been the first vice chairman of the Copa-Cogeca Working Party on Forestry since January 2010.
Mats Hjørnevik is Marketing Manager of Borregaard's new business area, Cellulose Fibrils. He has six years of experience working on the cellulose fibrils, and as the marketing manager of the Exilva product line from Borregaard, he works closely on introducing the cellulose fibrils concept to the market segments and application areas. He has a M.Sc. in international marketing and experience from both the Norwegian School of Management, BI (Norway), as well as from the University of Mannheim (Germany). His specialization is on development and marketing strategies, including digitalization strategies.
Lieve Hoflack is Project Manager at Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant. She holds a PhD in biotechnology (Ghent University, 1998) and has been working as a researcher in academia (University of TX Health Science Center, Ghent University), as well as in biotech SMEs (Plant Genetic Systems, Dyax, Vivactis), and later as project manager in SMEs (MintEurope, Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant). She coordinated the project Bio Base NWE that won the 2017 Regiostars award in the category innovation. She also coordinated FP7, Horizon2020 and Interreg projects such as IB2Market, Pilots4U and BioBase4SME.
Phil Hogan has served as EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development since 1 November 2014.
His policy priorities include modernising and simplifying the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), strengthening European farmers' market resilience and their position on the food chain, and developing new export markets for EU agri-food products. Commissioner Hogan grew up on a farm in rural Kilkenny, in south-east Ireland. From 1989 until he became Commissioner, he represented the Carlow/Kilkenny constituency in Dáil Éireann, the Irish Parliament. Between 2011 and 2014, he served as Irish Minister for the Environment and Local Government, successfully implementing a broad-ranging agenda, including the biggest reform of local government since the foundation of the Irish State.
He has also occupied various senior posts at local, national and European level, including President of the Council of EU Environment Ministers (2013), Chairman of the European People's Party of Environment Ministers (2012-14), National Director of Elections for the Fine Gael party (2010-11), Fine Gael Director of Organisation (2002-07), Chairman of Kilkenny County Council (1985 and 1998), Chairman of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Group (1995-2001) and Minister of State at the Irish Department of Finance (1994-95).
Prior to his entry into politics, he established and subsequently directed an insurance and real estate business. He also managed the family farm between 1981-1983. He is a graduate of University College Cork, with a BA in Economics and Geography (1981).
Waldemar obtained his Ph.D. from the Technical University in Aachen (RWTH) in 1988 in solid state physics and semiconductor technology. He joined the Research Directorate General of the European Commission in 1997 and has since coordinated activities and policies related to innovation, SME, IPR, finance, technology transfer and bioregions, and as part of the EU Life Sciences and Biotechnology Strategy.
He has coordinated European Technology Platform activities and was involved in the setting up of the first platforms. He has contributed to the development of the FP7 thematic programme for "Food, agriculture, fishery and biotechnology" and a strategy for a European knowledge-based bio-economy (KBBE), as well as the related lead market initiative on bio-based products.
From May 2008 to November 2014 he held various positions as senior expert, Deputy and Head of Cabinet in the Cabinet of Research Commissioners Potočnik and Geoghegan-Quinn. His main responsibilities included the €80billion new Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020. In November 2014 he became Head of Unit of "Bio-based Products and Processing" in the bioeconomy directorate of DG Research and Innovation and as of January 2017 he is Head of Unit for "Bioeconomy Strategy" in the same Directorate.
Yvon Le Hénaff, graduated engineer from AgroParisTech, started his career in 1977 as a R&D Engineer. Then, he held different positions as industrial and commercial director in process engineering and contracting companies in the field of agro industry, in France and abroad (USA, Asia, Russia, Middle East, Iran, etc.).
He was appointed General Manager of ARD in 2002. Under his management, this Research and Development company whose core business is the design and scaling up of process in plant refining, white biotechnology and green chemistry, acquired a worldwide reputation. It now operates for industrial companies and start up such as Corbion, Amyris, Global Bio Energies,... and has been founding shareholder of Soliance, producing actives ingredients out of plant for the cosmetic industry, recently taken over by Givaudan group, and of BioAmber for which it did design and scale up on its industrial demonstration plant the succinic acid production process.
Born in 1991, Jannes Maes grew up on a Flemish farm (dairy cattle, sheep and arable crops) in Aalter, East of Flanders and has been passionate about agriculture and horticulture since childhood. He later attended secondary agricultural education and then obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture. Today, he works with his family in their dairy farm, cooperating with other farmers in collecting and processing their milk.
For the last two years Mr. Maes has served as Vice-President of CEJA, and before that was the international representative of Groene Kring and began to attend CEJA meetings. Mr Maes has been an active member of Groene Kring for several years at both regional and national representative levels.
Markku Markkula is the First Vice-President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) having served as President (February 2015-July 2017). A member of Espoo City Council since 1980, he held its Presidency 1990-92 and 2010 and is the Chair of the city's board 2017-2021.
Markku was member of the Finnish Parliament (1995-2003) where he served among others the Committee for the Future. He works at Aalto University specialising in EU research, innovation and education policy. He previously worked as the Director of the Lifelong Learning Institute Dipoli and was Secretary-General of the International Association for Continuing Engineering Education (IACEE).
In Finland he has been on boards of companies and associations, such as Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation and Technology. As a tribute to his achievements he was elected to the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame in 2008.
Sophie Mather, Founder and Material Futurist at biov8tion has over 20 years of industrial apparel and textile experience, working on the ground in the EU, USA and Asia for major global brands, directing innovation and materials. In her role, she works to inspire and transform the textile industry to a future where processes are eradicated and performance created without impact to people or planet. With the big picture and longer-term vision in sight, biov8tion embraces challenges as the driver for new innovation. Commercial results are born from the facilitation of multi stakeholder relations, formed between supply chain partners (raw materials, machine builders, fabric suppliers,) brands, retailers, non-profits, academics and cross industry expertise.
Seeing the potential for bio synthetics within the apparel industries innovation agenda, she has been working on this topic since 2009 on behalf of Nike and the non-profit The Textile Exchange where she has most recently driven a Bio Synthetics cross industry working group.
Philippe Mengal is currently the Executive Director for the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking which operates under Horizon 2020, and is driven by the Vision and Strategic Innovation. As Executive Director, he is the chief executive responsible for the day-to-day management of BBI JU in accordance with the decisions of the Governing Board.
Mr. Mengal trained as an engineer in Chemistry and Bio-industry at Gembloux Agro-bio Tech Université and later on in Strategic Innovation Management at INSEAD.
During his 26 years of professional experience, he has spearheaded major strategic and managerial achievements, being CEO, Managing Director, R&D Director and Senior Consultant in food ingredient, engineering and life sciences industries. Throughout his professional career, he has also been a Consultant in innovation management, IP valorisation, European projects, spin off creation and development, business development and project management.
Jack Metthey received a Doctorate in Biological Sciences from Strasbourg University (France) and a Master of Science from the University of California (USA) where he worked as Research Assistant. He then worked as software engineer and joined a leading IT company as senior consultant.
He entered the European Commission in 1988, first in the Information Technologies Research programme (ESPRIT) and later as Assistant to the Director General and Head of the Unit for Research co-ordination and information society. In 1995, he became Advisor of the European Commissioner for Research, Education and Youth. In 2002, he was appointed Director for Transport research, leading to the first research strategic agenda for European aeronautics and the inclusion of Space as a policy in the EU Treaty. He then launched in 2006 the European Research Council (ERC) and set up its Executive Agency, for which he was the first Director.
In January 2011, he became Director for the Framework programme and Policy Development at Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, in charge in particular of the preparation of the Horizon 2020 package (2014-2020) and its institutional negotiation with Council and Parliament. Since February 2016 he is Director in charge of Climate Action and Resource Efficiency, dealing in particular with the COP21 follow-up and, since April 2017, deputy Director General (acting) in charge of Research Programmes.
Roberto Moncalvo was unanimously elected in 2013 President of Coldiretti. He has been the Vice President of COPA since 2015. Holding a master degree in Automotive Engineering, he is the owner of a farm in Settimo Torinese (Piedmont region), which he runs with his wife Elena and his sister Daniela. Specialized in fruits and vegetables production, the farm invested in infrastructures for on-farm food processing, agro-tourism and direct sales. The farm is officially recognized as “educational farm” and involved in social farming activities, like the insertion of refugees and people with disabilities.
His involvement in farmers’ movements has a long standing, dating back in 1996, with Coldiretti Young Movement at local and national level. He became the vice-president of Coldiretti Turin in 2007 and of Coldiretti Piedmont in 2012. He chairs the foundation “Observatory on crime within agriculture and the agro-food system” and is member of the executive board of the Pollenzo University of Gastronomic Sciences. In 2013 he was one of the founding members of the cooperatives association UECOOP and is still part of its national committee today.
Strongly engaged at the international level, he participates in the World Farmers Organization, FAO and IFAD activities, with the aim of valuing farmers’ contribution to economically, environmentally and socially sustainable development globally. He also fostered the presence of Coldiretti at Expo Milan 2015: over a hundred thousand farmers could play a key-role on that world stage.
Bill Morissey has worked in the Agri-Food Sector since 1998 in a number of different roles including Supply Chain, R&D and Procurement. His PhD from University College Cork was undertaken while working in industry specializing in the commercial optimization of large scale bacteria and yeast fermentations. He has worked with Glanbia since 2007 and is responsible for the commercial valorization of their whey side streams. He currently is the Bioeconomy Lead for Glanbia Ireland and sits on the board of the Irish Bioeconomy Foundation.
Neil Parry obtained a first degree in Biology at Portsmouth University in 1993. He completed PhD in Industrial Biotechnology in 1996 involving every aspect of the protein engineering cycle and this provided the opportunity to work in a number of EU labs and industry groups as part of the consortium. In Unilever he worked on enzymes and protein technology for the chemical businesses and the antibody company Unipath. During this time he established a spin out company with Unilever Ventures for applications of biomolecules in the pharmaceutical and agrochemical industry.
In 2005 / 06 he moved to the Unilever Port Sunlight R&D lab to lead the Biotechnology expertise and science area with closer business and open innovation partner interactions and support the categories in advancing new technologies. The current teams comprise of both scientists located internally and externally with collaborators. In 2012, he took on the R&D programme Director role leading Disruptive Sustainability Technologies. This has the strong bias in the discovery for new biotechnologies and green chemistries for opportunities in Unilever’s portfolio.
In 21 years at Unilever, Neil Parry has successfully commercialised of a range of new ingredients with suppliers in our product portfolio. Awarded Unilever scientist of the year in 2016/17. Inventor on 35+ patents, he holds advisory posts on external boards in Industrial Biotechnology (European Union, IBLF, IBIOC, BBSRC etc).
Carlo Pettinelli is an official of the European Commission. He holds a university degree (Laurea) in Economy and Business Administration and is a Chartered Accountant (Dottore Commercialista), Certified Professional Auditor (Revisore contabile) and Certified Forensic Auditor.
After several years of professional experience in the private sector, in Italy and abroad, he joined the European Court of Auditors in 1994. In 1998 he moved to the European Commission where, dealing with different tasks, he worked in the Directorates-General for Competition, Audit, Education & Culture and Employment & Social Affairs, where he has been appointed Director. Carlo Pettinelli joined Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (former Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry) in February 2011.
Since 1st June 2015 he is in charge of the "Consumer, Environmental and Health Technologies" Directorate, which is responsible for the Chemical Industry, Biotechnology and Food Supply Chain, Health Technology and Cosmetics as well as of the REACH Regulation, among other sectors.
His previous and other positions include Director at DG Entreprise / DG Employment & Social Affairs; Head of Unit at DG Emplyment & Social Affairs / DG Education & Culture; Desk Officer at DG Competition / DG Financial Control and Auditor at the European Court of Auditors.
Mat Quaedvlieg is Chairman of the Governing Board of the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking and of the Board of the Bio-Based Industries Consortium. He has been a member of both boards from day one.
More than 42 years of experience in paper industry have shown him the relevance of bio-based materials in industry applications. Currently he holds the position of Vice President Strategic Business Projects. Prior to that, he was VP Manufacturing, R&D, and Technology for more than 11 years at Sappi Europe, Head Office based in Brussels. In this role, he put a strong focus on innovation in adjacent business areas and the development of new business initiatives.
Ricardo Serrão Santos is a Member of the European Parliament since July 2014 and full Member of the Committees on Fisheries and on Agriculture and Rural Development and in the Inter-parliamentary Delegation EU-Canada. He is Coordinator for Socialists and Democrats on Fisheries. He is also the Vice-Chair of the Parliament Intergroups on "Seas, Islands, Rivers and Coastal Zones" and on "Climate change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development".
RSS holds a Doctorate Degree from the Universities of Liverpool and the Azores. Marine Researcher for 30 years, he has over 300 scientific papers and books published. In addition to his academic position at the University of the Azores, where he keeps supervising several PhD students is a member of the Scientific Council of the Oceanography Institute of Paris. Associated Editor of "Marine Biodiversity" and Speciality Chief Editor of "Frontiers in Marine Science/Deep-Sea Environments and Ecology".
RSS has been a member of the scientific councils and chair of evaluation panels of the Portuguese Ministry of Science and Higher Education and Portuguese Delegate at ESFRI and the EC Committee of Research Infrastructures. Ricardo has also been the President of IMAR-Institute of Marine Research, and Pro-Rector and Director of the Department Oceanography and Fisheries at the University of the Azores, Vice-Chair of the European Marine Board and Chair of EurOcean.
He has received several honourable mentions, prizes and awards, among which the Gifts to the Earth by WWF in 2002. In 2012 RSS received the Autonomous Insignia of Recognition of the Azores. In 2013, he was knighted "Chevalier de l'Ordre de Saint Charles” by SAS Prince Albert II of Monaco. RSS was honoured as member of the "Portuguese Academy of Sciences" (Class of Sciences, Section of Biological Sciences) in 2009 and emeritus member of the "Portuguese Navy Academy" (Class of Arts, Letters and Sciences) in 2017.
Since 1987, Mrs Nathalie Sauze-Vandevyver has held various positions within the European Commission civil service. She has been nominated on October 1st 2017 as Director of the Directorate "Quality, Research and Innovation, Outreach" within the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI). Her mission includes the promotion of research and innovation in the agricultural sector through the EU's research policy (Horizon 2020) and the European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability. As such, she is a member of the Governing Board of the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking.
Mrs Sauze-Vandevyver is a lawyer who specialised in European law (Institute of European Studies, ULB). She started her career at the Commission within the Financial Control department. There she was already involved in the agricultural sector, particularly within the framework of the Integrated Mediterranean Programmes. Subsequently, she was responsible for the management of the Directive on the labeling of foodstuffs within DG Enterprise. In 1999, she joined DG AGRI where she held the posts of Deputy Head of Unit and Head of Unit of the Legal Unit and later on, was appointed to the post of Director of the Directorate responsible for Legal, Institutional and Procedural matters, where she participated actively in the work on the different reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy.
After 12 years experience in Procter&Gamble R&D and Marketing with a sustained record of delivering banked contributions, Marcello Somma recognised the opportunity to leverage the sustainability challenge as a driver of innovation and competitive advantage. As part of the Italian Rientro dei Cervelli (“Brain Gain”) program, he moved back to Italy in 2009 to lead Fater’s sustainable development program. Since 2010, he has become an award-winning pioneer in sustainable innovation and circular economy. He is the inventor of several patented processes for up-cycling of post-consumer absorbent hygiene product waste and his leadership role has led Fater to establish itself as a corporate name of sustainability in Italy, as testified by several awards achieved under Marcello’s tenure, such as the EMAS Award 2011, the GPP Award 2012 by the Italian Ministry of Environment, and the top spot in Great Place to Work’s 2013 “Best Sustainable” Company ranking. Marcello Somma also regularly lectures at various Italian Universities, and his sustainable innovation role and contributions have been covered in both specialist and mainstream media.
Tom van Aken holds a Master’s Degree in Chemistry from the Utrecht University in the Netherlands. He worked at DSM, a Dutch chemical company, from 1996 until 2002. At DSM he held various commercial positions in the USA and the Netherlands. In 2002, he joined Avantium as Vice-President of Business Development. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Avantium in 2005. At Avantium Tom has led the company through the transition to become a focused renewable chemistry company by divesting its pharmaceutical business and by developing a portfolio of innovative products and processes in renewable chemistries. Following the incorporation of Synvina, a joint venture between BASF and Avantium, to commercialize FDCA and PEF, Avantium successfully listed on the Euronext stock exchange in 2017 to raise an additional EUR 109 million.
Nelleke van der Puil joined The LEGO Group as Vice President of Materials in 2014. She is responsible for the current and future materials in LEGO core line products; one of the drivers of the LEGO sustainability agenda (Materials Ambition 2030). In December 2015, she was appointed head of the technical mission of the Sustainable Materials Center in Billund. Prior to joining LEGO, Nelleke van der Puil worked at Avantium b.v. in Amsterdam, in various management positions (VP Operations, VP Technology Development) (2000-2014). Additionally, she worked as R&D Engineer at former ABB Lummus Global, now Lummus CBI, at the Technology R&D center in Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA (1997-2000). She holds a PhD and MSc Chemical Engineering Delft University of Technology.
Lambert van Nistelrooij is Member of the European Parliament since 2004 and he has been focusing on regional policy, research and innovation, energy, and the digital agenda. He was member of the local community council and member of the 'Provinciale en Gedeputeerde Staten' in the region of Noord-Brabant from 1991-2004. He was the rapporteur for the General Regulation on the EU Regional Policy 2014-2020, including the European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF, 325 billion euro).
In 2017, he was the rapporteur on the Regulation for the Structural Reform Support Programme (SRSP) and in 2016, on the report on investing in jobs and growth - maximising the contribution of European Structural and Investment Funds: an evaluation of the report under Article 16(3) of the CPR. In 2013, he wrote the report on European Joint Technology Undertaking Biobased Industry. In 2011, he was the first rapporteur on EP and Council Regulation on the General Regulation, European Investment Funds (ESIF) and, he wrote the opinion on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Year for Active Ageing (2012). In 2010, he reported on the implementation of the synergies of research and innovation earmarked Funds in Regulation (EC) No 1080/2006 concerning the European Fund of Regional Development and the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development in cities and regions as well as in the Member States and the Union.
Lambert van Nistelrooij is treasurer of the Dutch EPP delegation (CDA); a member, EPP Coordinator and EPP Speaker in the Committee on Regional Development; and a substitute member of the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection. He is a member of the Delegation for relations with the Federal Republic of Brazil, the Delegation for relations with Mercosur, the Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly. He is the co-president of the AGE and URBAN-intergroups and the president of the Knowledge for Innovation (K4I) Forum in the European Parliament. He is a member of the Bureau of the European Internet Foundation (EIF) and the European Energy Forum (EEF).
Wouter van Winden holds a MSc degree in Bioprocess Technology of Wageningen University, The Netherlands. He obtained a PhD degree in the field of metabolic engineering of micro-organisms at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. He then held the position of assistant professor metabolomics at the same university from 2002-2007. Since 2007, Wouter has been working at the DSM Biotechnology Center in Delft, as a fermentation scientist. He was involved in lab scale development, piloting and large-scale implementation of new fermentation processes, as well as trouble shooting and optimization of existing ones. His focus areas are fermentation technology, process modelling and data analysis, and science management. He currently holds the position of principal scientist fermentation. Wouter (co)authored over 50 peer reviewed scientific articles, book chapters and patents.
Helena Vieira has been an entrepreneur for the past 16 years. She has founded a few start-ups, was co-founder and CEO (2005-2013) of BIOALVO SA, a Portuguese natural resources biotech company and has recently started MY.SKINMIX, an innovative concept for a co-creation & personalised skincare enterprise. Currently, Helena is a Full Associated Invited Professor of FCUL, responsible for the supervision & teaching of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology Transfer courses to Science Students at all levels. She is an invited mentor for several national mentoring programs like the Women Win Win Mentoring Platform, Beta-start, National Network of Mentors and Entrepreneurship Passport. She is also the Executive Director of BLUEBIO ALLIANCE, the Portuguese network for the marine bioresources sector and an expert for marine biotech at the BBI JU Scientific Committee, European Marine Board and at the International Advisory Board of ERA NET – MARINE BIOTECH.
She holds a postgraduate in Leadership & Strategy in Pharma & Biotech, from Harvard Business School, USA and a PhD in Biomedicine from Imperial College of London, UK. Helena is highly skilled in start-up founding and fast growth, being an expert in biotech strategy and major technical aspects of natural products bioactive discovery and development for several industries, from pharmaceutical to cosmetics and nutraceuticals while having developed specialized skills in innovation and tech transfer business methodologies, consulting and management strategies in marine biotech and sea economy projects.
David E. Winickoff, JD, MA, is Senior Policy Analyst and Secretary of the Working Party on Bio-, Nano- and Converging Technology at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris. He came to the OECD from a tenured professorship in bioethics and biotechnology policy at University of California, Berkeley, where he directed the Program on Science and Technology Studies. The work he leads at the OECD addresses policies for the responsible development of emerging technologies in areas such as synthetic biology, neurotechnology, gene editing, bioeconomy, and convergent production technologies such as robotics and cyber-physical systems. He has over fifty publications in academic journals and other outlets. His articles have appeared in Science, New England Journal of Medicine, Nature Climate Change and the Yale Journal of International Law, among others. Winickoff served as a working group member on a U.K. Royal Academy panel on geoengineering and a National Academies of Science expert study on Gene Drives. He holds degrees from Yale University, Cambridge University, and Harvard Law School and was a fellow for two years at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is currently a visiting professor at Sciences Po University in Paris.
Marcel Wubbolts holds a PhD from the department of Biochemistry, University of Groningen, NL, and was Post- Doctoral research associate and subsequently Assistant Professor at the Institute of Biotechnology at the ETH in Zürich, CH leading a research group on biocatalyst development and remained there until late 1997.
Following his positions in academia, he joined the Life Sciences and Material Sciences company DSM in Geleen, where he has held several positions including that of Chief Technology Officer. As Chief Technology Officer, Marcel Wubbolts is responsible for Corbion’s global Science and Innovation portfolio. He is passionate about developing sustainable solutions, in conjunction with partners from academia and industry.