Biomass Trade & BioEnergy Africa

28-29 Sep, 2017 - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA

Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton
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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. 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 02:05 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 02:35 PM

Mr. Marko Nokkala

Marko Nokkala holds a Licentiate Degree (Agriculture and Forestry) from University of Helsinki and a M.Sc. Econ. Degree from University of Joensuu, Finland. He has nearly 20 years of experience on applied economics research. He joined VTT, Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. in 2000 but has since also worked 4 years in Tanzania as well as worked on various projects in the Southern Africa region. At present he works at VTT as Key Account Manager for Bioenergy and Biofuels. His key accounts include such major industry players as Valmet and Andritz.

Mr. Marko Nokkala, Key Account Manager
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland - HQ
Combined Heat & Power (CHP) Technology for Localised Energy Generation & Industrial Utilisation
Day 1 [Thu 28, September], at 03:35 PM
Chairman’s Welcome Remarks
Day 2 [Fri 29, September], at 09:00 AM

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 04:10 PM
Afternoon Chairman
Day 1 [Thu 28, September], at 02:00 PM

Mr. Eddie Cooke

Eddie started his career as Mechanical Engineer for 5 years, and there after he started LPG business 15 years ago which included running vehicles on LPG and is still involved with LPG distribution. After natural gas was introduced into South Africa and he got involved with the conversion of vehicles to run on CNG. He is involved in CNG and all its technologies for last 11 years.

Eddie was involved with the first Biogas to Vehicle fuel project that started 4 years ago. Currently he serves as director on Southern African Gas Association (SAGA) and part of his duties is as technical standards convener for CNG and Biogas standards at SABS. He is also currently serving as Vice Chairman of Southern African Biogas Industries Association (SABIA).

Recently he started a consultant company Gas4E specialising in CNG and Biogas consultation services. Specialising in upgrading of biogas to be used as Compressed biogas for industrial and vehicle fuel applications.

Mr. Eddie Cooke, Vice Chairman
Southern African Biogas Industries Association
Commercial Biogas Development & Growth in South Africa – Prospects & Challenges
Day 2 [Fri 29, September], at 09:05 AM

Dr. Elias Aklaku

Dr Aklaku graduated from Hohenheim University in Stuttgart, West Germany with Master’s Degree in Agricultural Engineering and Ph D with specialisation in Anaerobic Digestion Technology. He is a retired Senior Lecturer from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and currently the CEO of Biogas Engineering Ltd, and President of the Biogas Association of Ghana.

Dr. Elias Aklaku, President
Biogas Association of Ghana
Field Experiences on Current Progress of Biogas Project & Regulatory Challenges in Ghana
Day 2 [Fri 29, September], at 09:35 AM

Dr. Hannes Lechner

Hannes leads Pöyry’s Biomass and Bioenergy consulting business, and has more than 15 years of experience working in this industry sector. He specialises in international biomass markets, biomass market economics, and biomass supply chains and sourcing strategies. Hannes also has a strong academic background in forestry and holds a PhD in Forestry and Resource Management from the University of Freiburg (Germany). Hannes joined Pöyry in 2007 and founded the bioenergy team in Pöyry’s London office. Pöyry is the advisor of choice for all stakeholders in the biomass to energy value chain, providing a wide range of consulting and engineering services including; feasibility studies, commercial and technical due diligences, market insights, modelling and price projections, and the development of domestic and international biomass procurement strategies.

Dr. Hannes Lechner, Senior Principal
Pöyry Management Consulting (UK) Ltd.
Wood Pellet Export Opportunities for African Producers - Overview of Pellet Market & Future Outlook
Day 2 [Fri 29, September], at 10:40 AM

Mr. Mohammed Safdar

Mohammed manages finance and operations for all energy origination and export from West Africa. This ranges from an overview of feed stock availability, through each aspect of the logistics chain right up until the biomass is loaded on to ships and delivered to discharge ports.

Mohammed also manages the company’s global banking structure, between Belgium, London and West Africa, as well as its currency risk.

Mohammed is a graduate of the University of Warwick, and holds a BA in Politics with Economics.

Mr. Mohammed Safdar, Director of the Biomass Energy Department
Africa Renewables Ltd (AfriRen)
Setting Up Biomass Export Operations from West Africa
Day 2 [Fri 29, September], at 12:10 PM

Mr. John Swaine

John has over 33 years experience in the forestry, pulp and paper and woodchip export  industries in South Africa. He is employed  as General Manager Timber Exports and New Business Development with TWK Agri, a diversified timber and agri business with assets in both South Africa and Swaziland . TWK’s Forestry Division  owns plantations, sawmills, a woodchip mill, trades in timber and exports  to the international market.

John holds a graduate and post graduate degree in Forestry from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Mr. John Swaine, General Manager, Timber Exports & New Business
TWK Agriculture LTD
Wood Chip Production & Export Outlook from South Africa
Day 2 [Fri 29, September], at 11:10 AM

Ms. Kelly Cure

Kelly Cure is the Head of Strategic Initiatives for Montigny Investments, where she is leading the development of a 34 MW Biomass Power Plant and an innovative smallholder Forestry community livelihoods development programme.

Since joining Swaziland’s emerging renewable energy sector two years ago, she has worked to make biomass energy in the sector a reality. Prior to joining Montigny she worked with TechnoServe and Deloitte Consulting across Southern Africa, the US, Europe and the UK.

Ms. Kelly Cure, Head of Strategic Initiatives
Montigny Investments Ltd
Sustainable Swaziland: How Optimising the Biomass Value Chain Can Secure A Country’s Future Energy Supply
Day 1 [Thu 28, September], at 10:15 AM