Biomass Trade & BioEnergy Africa

28-29 Sep, 2017 - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA

Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton
About our Event Speakers
We pride ourselves in presenting to you accomplished leaders, authors and advocates with strong track records of achievement and vision in a wide array of backgrounds, professional fields and life experiences. We believe you will benefit from their years of knowledge and experience and also from the latest thinking and innovative processes driving individuals and organizations forward.
Mr. Kahenge Haulofu

Mr. Kahenge Simson Haulofu holds a B.Sc. Degree (Honours) in Civil Engineering from the Tampere University of Technology, Finland.  He currently serves as the Managing Director of the Namibia Power Corporation (NamPower) Pty Limited, the power utility of Namibia whose core business is the generation, transmission and trading of energy.  He is registered as a professional engineer with the Engineering Council of Namibia.


Haulofu joined NamPower in 1998 as Construction Manager: Projects and Civil Assets. In 2003 he was promoted to General Manager: Engineering Services.   In 2004,  Haulofu became Divisional Manager: Power Generation until October 2015, he was then appointed as NamPower’s Acting Managing Director, and in 2016 he was officially appointed as NamPower’s Managing Director.

Mr. Kahenge Haulofu, Managing Director
Namibia Power Corporation (Pty) Ltd
Biomass Power Capacity Growth in Namibia – Drivers for Growth, NamPower’s Case Studies, Opportunities & Challenges
Day 1 [Thu 28, September], at 11:00 AM
Mr. Makarand Arvind Joshi

Makarand is a business development professional at Praj Industries - a global leader and supplier of ethanol technology and manufacturing plants. Makarand holds a degree in Petrochemical Engineering and Master’s degree in Business Administration from University of Pune, India. With industry experience spanning close to 15 years, Makarand has worked along a wide spectrum of ethanol industry – from proposal engineering & establishing an ethanol plant to sales & business development in regions like India and Africa. He possesses the techno-commercial acumen on the African ethanol industry.

Mr. Makarand Arvind Joshi, Assistant General Manager (Business Development, Africa)
Praj Industries (Africa) (Pty) Ltd
Economics of Biofuel (Ethanol) Production & Sustainable Energy Processes in the Sugar Mill Operations (Based on the Case Study from Kakira Sugars)
Day 1 [Thu 28, September], at 01:45 PM
Mr. Berend Vreugdenhil

Berend Joost (Berend) Vreugdenhil holds an M.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University Delft. In 2006 he started his career at ECN within the Syngas and SNG group, where research is focussed on developing the technology to produce sustainable natural gas from biomass. The first four years at ECN he was involved in the gasifier research, looking into the effect of bed materials on gas composition, temperature effects and the influence of gasifying medium. Next to this he also looked into the behaviour of tar and more precisely the condensation behaviour of tar in a producer gas.

Since beginning of 2011 he is responsible of the tar removal technology developed by ECN, named OLGA, and is coordinating the research program into further optimizing this technology and broadening the range of applications of OLGA. In 2015 he changed in his role to Innovation Manager Gasification, which entails setting out program for gasification within ECN. The area he now is responsible for is gasification, gas cleaning and gas upgrading. Next to the production of substitute natural gas (SNG) from biomass/waste also the production of valuable chemicals (BTX, ethylene) are routes that are being developed.

Mr. Berend Vreugdenhil, Innovation Manager, Biomass Gasification
Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN)
Biomass & Waste Valorization through Thermo Chemical Conversion
Day 1 [Thu 28, September], at 03:20 PM
Mr. Maarten Herrebrugh

Maarten Herrebrugh is CEO and co-founder of Blackwood Technology, a leading torrefaction technology company. From 2009-2015 he was the COO and later CEO of Topell Energy, where he was responsible for building and operating Topell’s industrial scale biomass torrefaction plant. Before entering the bioenergy industry, he ran a restructuring business where he executed operational turnarounds for various companies in different industries. Earlier in his career he worked for Akzo Nobel and the Boston Consulting Group. Maarten holds a MSc degree in Aerospace Engineering from Delft University of Technology and a MBA degree from MIT Sloan School of Management.

Mr. Maarten Herrebrugh, CEO
Blackwood Technology B.V.
Benefits of Torrefaction for Co-Firing of Biomass in Coal Power Stations
Day 1 [Thu 28, September], at 04:20 PM