9th Biomass Pellets Trade & Power
第9回 バイオマス・ペレット会議 ~貿易と発電~

14-17 May, 2018 - Tokyo, JAPAN

Tokyo Marriott Hotel
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. Brodie Govan

Brodie Govan currently runs biomass operations at Voyage Power. Prior to this he spent three years at PVM Environmental Products brokering physical and financial biomass business from the head office in London. He joined PVM from Argus, where he launched the Argus Bioss desk and created and managed the weekly market report and index for five years. Before this, he spent two years at Brewin Dolphin Securities' trading division. Following spells as a reporter for a local newspaper in the US state of Missouri and at Scotsman Publications in Edinburgh, Brodie spent time as a foreign correspondent in Southeast Asia covering business, trade and travel news.

Mr. Brodie Govan, Biomass Broker
Voyage Power Ltd
Evolution of the Wood Pellet Spot Market in Asia & Europe
Day 2 [Tue 15, May], at 12:20 PM
Afternoon Chairman
Day 3 [Wed 16, May], at 02:10 PM

Closing Panel - Global Supply to North Asia
Day 3 [Wed 16, May], at 03:45 PM

Mr. Vaughan Bassett

Mr. Bassett has an extensive international career in international business, particularly in the forest products industry, in increasingly more senior commercial and logistical roles. He was appointed Senior Vice President, Sales & Logistics of Pinnacle in May 2011, where he is responsible for the pellet marketing, sales, sustainability, logistics and trading activities of the company. He is responsible for leading the development into new markets, where current activity is focused on Asia. Mr. Bassett is well connected to most other biomass producers in Canada and is an active Director of the Wood Pellet Association of Canada, where he is serving as Vice President. He has represented Pinnacle and the Canadian wood pellet producers many times in international forums throughout Asia, Europe and North America and works closely with the Sustainable Biomass Partnership on sustainability strategy. He also provides practical and useful direction to wood pellet research within the University of British Columbia. Mr. Bassett is a Director of the Advisory Board of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (BC) and is currently serving as its Vice Chairman. He also serves as a member of the Prince Rupert Port Authority Port Users Nominating Committee.

Previously, Mr. Bassett spent almost 20 years with Sappi, a global pulp and paper company. As their executive in charge of their world-wide pulp sales, he was stationed in Hong Kong for 10 years before moving to Canada in 2007. He started up his own green business in Canada, did some consulting work and also taught export management and international logistics at Humber Business School in Toronto.

Mr. Bassett earned his BSc from the University of Natal and his MBA from the University of the Witwatersrand, both located in South Africa.

Mr. Vaughan Bassett, Senior Vice President, Sales & Logistics
Pinnacle Renewable Energy
Afternoon Chairman
Day 2 [Tue 15, May], at 02:00 PM
Closing Panel - Global Supply to North Asia
Day 3 [Wed 16, May], at 03:45 PM

Mr. Henry Pease

Henry Pease currently works in RWE Supply & Trading’s biofuels trading team. He has extensive experience of sourcing biomass from North America and Europe. He has worked closely on co-firing biomass at the Amer & Eemshaven Power Stations in Holland, as well as the conversion of Tilbury and Lynemouth Power Stations from coal to biomass in the UK. He has developed new biomass supply markets including residential heat in Europe and industrial demand in Asia. Prior to joining RWE Henry developed and raised funding for a biomass CHP and wood pellet plant in Belgium. He has an MBA from the University of Virginia and a BSc from University College London.

Mr. Henry Pease, Biomass Trader
RWE Supply & Trading
How the Biomass Supply Market is Becoming Global & What This Means for Asian & European Wood Pellet Buyers
Day 2 [Tue 15, May], at 04:15 PM

Mr. Yasuhisa Okamoto

Yasuhisa Okamoto joined Sumitomo Corporation in 2001, and was posted as Executive Vice President in an affiliated plantation and woodchip export company in Chile for 4 years in 2014.  Since 2016, Okamoto san has been leading the biomass team in the material and supply business development/promotions department.  Over the past two years, the team has succesfully establish biomass fuel marketing in Japan where most of the imported wood-pellet in the country is handled.

Mr. Yasuhisa Okamoto, Manager Biomass Team
Meeting Japan’s Need for Biomass (Wood Pellet, PKS, Wood Chips)
Day 2 [Tue 15, May], at 02:05 PM

Mr. Kerry Lige

Kerry Lige was selected as the CEO at Fibreco Export Inc in October 2013. Kerry brings to Fibreco diversified experience within terminal operations, development and project management. His experience includes managing break bulk facilities, cruise terminals, stevedoring, and a container terminal well as overseeing significant capital projects and investment in contemporary software systems. Besides his agility in leadership, client relations and process optimization, he also brings a great deal of expertise in labour relations.

Mr. Kerry Lige, President and CEO
Fibreco Export Inc.
Considerations in Wood Pellet Handling Through Ports
Day 2 [Tue 15, May], at 03:15 PM

Mr. Andrew Crisp

Andrew Crisp is the head of Pöyry’s forestry consulting practice for Asia and has 17 years’ experience in the forest industry including 7 years based in Asia. He has worked for Pöyry in their Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore and Melbourne offices since joining the company in 2004. Andrew’s areas of consulting focus include Asian forestry, wood sourcing, forestry economics and markets, feasibility studies and due diligence exercises. He has travelled and worked extensively throughout Asia undertaking forest industry related projects in China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and Laos.

Mr. Andrew Crisp, Head of Forestry Consulting Practice for Asia
Pöyry (Beijing) Engineering & Consulting Company Limited
Chairman’s Remarks
Day 3 [Wed 16, May], at 09:00 AM
Supply regions that hold potential for additional forest plantations, expected price levels, competitiveness across regions, timelines for establishment & mobilization to North Asia
Day 1 [Mon 14, May], at 01:30 PM

Mr. Yoshiomi Todo

Mr Yoshiomi Todo joined Nippon Paper Industries Co.,Ltd in 1985.  In 2010, he was appointed Vice General Manager for Corporate Planning of Nippon Paper Industries, Subsidiaries and Affiliated Companies.  In 2014, he moved to the energy division and most recently in 2015, he is appointed as general manager of the energy business division and heads as president & CEO of Nippon Paper Ishinomaki Energy Center Ltd.

Mr. Yoshiomi Todo, Director General, Energy Business
Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd.
NPI's Biomass-Based Power Generation Business
Day 3 [Wed 16, May], at 09:10 AM

Ms. Miyuki Tomari
Miyuki Tomari graduated from Nihon University with Master's degree in International Relation in 1989, and she joined the presently known Mizuho Information & Research Institute, Inc. In 1999, she founded "Biomass Industrial Society Network", which became an NPO in 2004 and she assumed the role of Chairman. She is a member of biofuel sustainability Committee of METI, and biomass policy evaluation committee of Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. Her main work includes '' Biomass Real Story (Publisher: Tsukiji-Shokan)", Chiiki no Chikara de Shizen Energy (Coauthor,Publisher : Iwanami-Shoten), "Biomass Industrial Society" (Coauthor, Publisher: Tsukiji-Shokan), "The Mercedez-Benz from Amazon farm" (Coauthor, Publisher:Tsukiji-Shokan), etc.

Ms. Miyuki Tomari, President
Biomass Industrial Society Network (BIN)
The Clean Wood Act & Characteristic of Fuel Traceability for FIT Biomass Power Generation in Japan
Day 3 [Wed 16, May], at 09:40 AM

Ms. Satomi Funahashi

Satomi Funahashi has been working for Fuji Keizai Co., Ltd. as a consultant to provide support services in the field of environment and energy fields for public and private sectors. Especially she has been involved in biomass related projects including oil palm biomass.

Ms. Satomi Funahashi, Senior Researcher, Environment & Renewable Energy Manager
Fuji Keizai Co.
Building the Sustainability Path for Oil Palm Biomass
Day 3 [Wed 16, May], at 10:10 AM

Mr. Yoshinobu Kusano

Mr Kusano graduated from Waseda University with a Degree in Law. His area of academical speciality was in Civil Law and International civil law procedure. He has served founding and operating overseas forestry projects, woodchips trade and biomass trade in Sumitomo Corporation for over 30 years.  In 2017 he moved to RENOVA to take Executive Advisor & general manager, fuel procurement, biomass energy position. 

Mr. Yoshinobu Kusano, Executive Advisor
Renova Inc
Competitiveness of IPP Biomass Power Generation in Japan
Day 3 [Wed 16, May], at 11:20 AM
Chairman's Welcome & Remarks
Day 2 [Tue 15, May], at 09:00 AM

Mr. Ryosuke Kanemitsu

Mr. Kanemitsu is Equis Bioenergy’s Fuel and Strategy Manager, and has over 8years experience in Japan’s energy sector including energy trading, conventional thermal power wood biomass power generation.  His experience includes  business planning, construction, start-up, biomass fuel supply contracting and supply chain, and plant operation. He joined Equis Bioenergy in 2017 to participate in the launch of the biomass power generation business in Japan. He holds an engineering degree from Kyoto University.

Mr. Ryosuke Kanemitsu, Fuel & Strategy Manager
Equis Bioenergy KK
Fuel Requirement of Biomass Power Plant
Day 3 [Wed 16, May], at 11:50 AM

Mr. Yuji Fukuda

Yuji Fukuda has over 15 years of international and structured financing experience in various sectors.

He joined SMBC group in 1997. He started his career in international banking and project finance in 2002 as a secondee to one of Japanese trading companies where he gained the expertise and way of thinking as project sponsors. He then spent around four years in project finance team in Tokyo, five years in Doha as the officer for project finance and corporate finance for state own entities in GCC countries, and four years in London for structure finance for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia in the area of renewable energy, power, oil and gas, social infrastructure and transportations.

Mr. Yuji Fukuda, Head of Project Finance Group III, Structured Finance Dept.
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)
Funding/Financing Criteria for IPP & Biomass Conversion Projects in Japan
Day 3 [Wed 16, May], at 12:20 PM

Mr. Suwat Kamolpanus

Suwat is an advisor for Mitr Phol Renewable Energy Business dealing extensively with all renewable sectors in Thailand including biomass, biogas, co-generation, bio-fuel and solar business.  With his 32 years work experience, he helped company develop new business units and brought advance technology to be applied in the business.  He also held many top management positions in sugar, pulp and paper and energy industries.


He graduated from Chulalongkorn University in Electrical Engineering and got his master degree in Chemical Engineering from Miami University, USA.   He is now Chairman of Renewable Energy Industry Club, The Federal of Thai Industries, the position that he can contribute and share his expertise constructing national policy for sustainable development of renewable energy for Thailand.

Mr. Suwat Kamolpanus, Managing Director, Power Business
MitrPhol Sugar Co. Ltd.
Bagasse Pellet from Thailand – New Source of Biomass to Meet North Asian’s Demand
Day 3 [Wed 16, May], at 02:45 PM

Mr. Craig Jackson

Craig Jackson was born in NYC and attended NYU where he received his degree in marketing. His time in the pulp and paper sector has been a total of 38 years first working at the Simpson Paper Company where he was Executive Vice President.

For the past 18 years he has been at CellMark AB a Swedish trading company, At CellMark he has been Managing Director of both Sierra Fibers and Singapore Pulp Private Ltd, currently is heading up the energy sector in Asia.

He sits on the BOD of GPS and Asia Pellet Company both are joint ventures for CellMark with local entrepreneurs. Craig has been based in Singapore for the past 13 years with his family. 

Mr. Craig Jackson, General Manager
CellMark Asia Pte Ltd
Closing Panel - Global Supply to North Asia
Day 3 [Wed 16, May], at 03:45 PM

Mr. Thomas Meth

Thomas Meth is the co-founder and Executive Vice President of the Sales and Marketing team of the Enviva family of companies. Thomas has led Enviva’s global Sales and Marketing team since the company’s inception, developing strategies and contracts for utility, industrial and commercial customers in the US, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean. He is also responsible for Enviva’s sustainability and public affairs initiatives. Enviva Partners, LP (NYSE: EVA) completed its initial public in April 2015, becoming the first publicly traded, master limited partnership that focuses on renewable energy production. The publication Environmental Finance named Enviva’s IPO its “Bioenergy Deal of the Year”.  He has been with Enviva for over 12 years.

Mr. Thomas Meth, Executive VP, Sales & Marketing
Enviva LP
Closing Panel - Global Supply to North Asia
Day 3 [Wed 16, May], at 03:45 PM

Mr. Roman Romanovsky

Roman Romanovskiy currently holds the position of VP Business Development for the Russian Forest Products Group.  He has a wealth of experience in the industry including over seven years in the forest industry and over 10 years in management.  His previous employers include Ilim Pulp Group, United Aircraft Corporation, Skolkovo Foundation, Jaakko Poyry Group, Renova Group, and Rostec. 

Mr. Roman Romanovsky, Vice President, Business Development
Russia Forest Products (RFP) Group
Closing Panel - Global Supply to North Asia
Day 3 [Wed 16, May], at 03:45 PM
The RFE - A question of logistics, The RFE supply potential & what can happen
Day 1 [Mon 14, May], at 12:00 PM

Mr. Tony Wood

In 1993 Tony took up an opportunity to move to Indonesia for the development of tropical hardwood plantations. Tony was in direct management roles within Indonesia for over 15 years progressing to the management of all activities from plantations, harvesting, road construction and maintenance, transport, social issues, out-grower schemes, certification achievement and research activities. The last three positions held were at the General Manager level for large Pulp & Paper producers.

In July 2008 Tony left the direct management roles and moved into consultancy by joining the Poyry Management Consulting Group in order to manage their Jakarta office. While with Pöyry, Tony was involved in projects across Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Congo and Brazil. His work resulted in stock exchange regulation fulfillment, major investment into forestry, palm oil and biomass projects, and operational performance enhancement.

After two years away from Indonesia, Tony has now returned in order to join PT Ata Marie as a partner in their biomass management and consulting company.

Mr. Tony Wood, Partner
Ata Marie Group Ltd
Indonesia - Wood, KS & EFB, challenges of aggregation in a high domestic user country
Day 1 [Mon 14, May], at 11:00 AM

Mr. Scott Bax

As Senior Vice President of Operations for Pinnacle Renewable Energy, Scott is responsible for the safe and productive operations of Pinnacle’s seven pellet plants located throughout BC, Canada. Scott is also Chair of the Wood Pellet Associations of Canada’s Safety Committee and is active in driving safety conversations across the entire pellet supply chain.  Before joining Pinnacle, Scott acquired over 20 years of forestry experience in wood manufacturing facilities and logging operations throughout Canada and the USA. Scott holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Forestry (MF) both from the University of Alberta.

Mr. Scott Bax, Senior Vice-President, Operations
Pinnacle Renewable Energy
Canada - As European demand ramps up, what’s really there for Asia?
Day 1 [Mon 14, May], at 11:30 AM

Mr. Yong Cheul Shin

Mr Yong Cheul, Shin is director of Energy & Infra Team 2 of Korea Ratings. Mr. Shin joined Korea Ratings in 1999 and has 20 years of experience in energy and infrastructure projects.

Mr.Shin also has various experience in biomass project. He conducted assessment and due diligence on number of biomass power plant projects in South Korea. Also, he was involved in several wood pellet mill projects and worked with GENCOs for setting up their biomass sourcing strategies.

Mr. Yong Cheul Shin, Director of Energy & Infra Team 2
Korea Ratings
Japan & South Korea - How policies are shaping demand & nature/form of acceptable biomass, opportunities & challenges
Day 1 [Mon 14, May], at 02:10 PM

Dr. Takanobu Aikawa

Takanobu Aikawa has been in his current position, Senior Researcher, Renewable Energy Institute in Tokyo, since June 2016. He was previously ein a senior research consulting position for Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Co., Ltd. from 2004 to 2016 and was involved in investigations and consulting activities on forest sector.In June 2017, he was appointed as a board member of Japan Woody Bioenergy Association.

Dr. Takanobu Aikawa, Senior Researcher
Renewable Energy Institute
Japan & South Korea - How policies are shaping demand & nature/form of acceptable biomass, opportunities & challenges
Day 1 [Mon 14, May], at 02:10 PM

Mr. Owen Mulford

Mr. Owen Mulford is currently the General Manager with Lauritzen Bulkers Singapore overseeing the Pacific book east of Suez with currently about 90 handysize and Supramax vessels on the water.. He has a Bachelor's of Business Administration degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Science in International Transportation from State University of New York Maritime College. He has worked in the USA, Denmark and has now been in Singapore for 6 years putting his network and market knowledge to use in order to expand the Lauritzen bulkers presence in Asia.  Lauritzen bulkers currently runs multiple long term biomass COA’s from USA to Europe and intends to build up a similar portfolio in the Pacific basin with long-term focused customers.

Mr. Owen Mulford, General Manager
J. Lauritzen Singapore Pte. Ltd.
Logistics/Shipping Economics of Biomass Exports to Japan/South Korea
Day 1 [Mon 14, May], at 03:10 PM

Mr. Shuji Aoki

Shuji Aoki joined NYK which is the one of the largest shipping line on 1999 and have worked for Bulk Division (Japan), Logistics Division (China) and Pure Car Carrier Division (Japan, Belgium and Russia) for 19 years.

Since April 2016, he assumes the new role in biomass transportation business.

Mr. Shuji Aoki, Manager of Coal & Biomass Team, Business Group No. 1
NYK Bulk & Projects Carrier, Ltd.
Challenges of Biomass Ocean Transportation
Day 2 [Tue 15, May], at 02:30 PM

Mr. Yusuke Ito

Yusuke Ito has 15 years’ experience in conventional or multi-purpose vessel’s trade.  He joined NYK Hinode Line, Ltd. in 2003 as ship’s operator in India/Middle East trade. 

In 2005, he was seconded to Japanese Engineering Company as shipping coordinator, and when he returned in Jan 2006, he assumed the sales role for plant cargo. 

From July 2009 to March 2013, he was seconded to subsidiary - NYK Line, as trade manager of West Africa trade.  Upon his return in April 2013, he became the line manager of NYK Hinode Line’s Europe/Africa trade. 

NYK Bulk & Projects Carriers, Ltd. was established in October 2013, by merger of NYK Hinode Line, Ltd. and NYK Global Bulk. 

From October 2016 to September 2017, he was based in Jakarta, on assignment with the Japanese Engineering Company. Since October 2017, he has been taking charge of the north bound trade in the intra-Asia trade. 

Mr. Yusuke Ito, Manager of Asia/Oceania Team Business Group 2
NYK Bulk & Projects Carrier, Ltd.
Challenges of Biomass Ocean Transportation
Day 2 [Tue 15, May], at 02:30 PM

Ms. Fiona Matthews

Fiona has held the role of Research Manager at Hawkins Wright since 2014 and has been working in the bioenergy industry for ten years. She is the co-author of Hawkins Wright’s market-leading Outlook for Wood Pellets service and Asian-Pacific Biomass report. Fiona regularly undertakes consultancy projects for clients in Asia, Europe and North America on topics including wood pellet and biomass markets, sustainability, and energy policy. She is also the Editor of Hawkins Wright’s Forest Energy Monitor, a monthly information service which analyses global developments in bioenergy.

Ms. Fiona Matthews, Research Manager (Bioenergy)
Hawkins Wright Ltd.
Can Woodchips Compete Against Pellets/PKS? Interactions between Energy & Pulp/Paper Markets
Day 3 [Wed 16, May], at 02:15 PM

Dr. Ha-Yan Lee

Dr. Lee joined RENOVA in 2017 as the Director of Global Business Development.

Prior to REVOVA, her career spanned across various sectors and industries: the Clinton White House, Citadel Investment Group , Information Analytics Group of Caterpillar Inc., Harvard University, and the Asian Development Bank. She received a Ph.D. in economics from M.I.T., and her areas of specialty are International Finance and Econometrics.

Dr. Lee taught various economics and statistics courses at Harvard University and M.I.T. for both undergraduates and M.B.A. students.

Dr. Ha-Yan Lee, Executive Vice President, Global Business Development
Renova Inc
Competitiveness of IPP Biomass Power Generation in Japan
Day 3 [Wed 16, May], at 11:20 AM