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Vann Bush Managing Director of energy Supply and Conversion at GTI

Vann Bush

Managing Director, Energy Supply and Conversion,
Gas Technology Institute

Mr. Bush has been conducting and managing energy and environmental research since 1976. He has managed work and served as the program manager or principal investigator in the areas of combustion research, coal and biomass conversion, emissions control, emissions measurement, integrated biorefinery systems, and greenhouse gases technology verification. He is Managing Director of GTI R&D programs relating to the conversion of solid fuels into synthesis gas and the cleanup and re-forming of natural and synthesis gas for use in power, chemicals, and liquid fuels production.

Kyriakos Maniatis Principal Administrator at  DG ENER European Commission

Kyriakos Maniatis, PhD

​Principal Administrator, Energy Technologies Innovation & Clean Coal,
DG ENER European Commission

Mr. Maniatis is Principal Administrator in the Directorate General for Energy of the European Commission. He is responsible for technical issues related to biofuels and bioenergy and managed the DG ENER demonstration component on advanced biofuels in the 7th Framework Programme. He contributes regularly to the legislative actions of the European Commission and to the European Technology Innovation Platform - Bioenergy of the EU Strategic Energy Technology Plan. He is responsible for drafting the mandates to CEN for standardisation work related to liquid and gaseous biofuels. In June 2011 Kyriakos initiated the Biofuels FlightPath for Aviation in close coordination with the aviation and biofuels sectors. In 2016 he initiated and chaired the Sub Group on Advanced Biofuels of the Sustainable Transport Forum which yielded valuable and state of the art information on advanced biofuels representing the voice of the industry. In 2016 he initiated a series of workshops on CCU with emphasis on benchmarking LCA work. Kyriakos also represents the European Commission in the Executive Committee of IEA Bioenergy Implementing Agreement and served as the ExCo Chairman in 2002, 2005-2007. He regularly organizes workshops and conferences on these subjects such as the International Conference on Lignocellulosic Ethanol (6th ICLE) and Algae Europe 2017.


​Keynote Speakers for tcbiomass2017

Vincent Chornet, Chief Executive Officer, Enerkem, Inc.

Vincent Chornet

​Chief Executive Officer, Enerkem, Inc.

Vincent Chornet holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, concentration in finance, from HEC Montréal (Québec). He has been the guiding force behind Enerkem’s development since the company’s inception in 2000. His vision and leadership ushered Enerkem during the transition towards the commercialization of its proprietary technology. Under his expert guidance, Enerkem has established itself as an entrepreneurial leader in the field of advanced biofuels and green chemicals. Prior to heading Enerkem, he was strongly involved in the development and funding of industrial projects and start-up companies in the energy and specialty chemicals sectors. He is a Director of the Advanced Biofuels Business Council in the United States, and was a member of the Cleantech Advisory Board to the Canadian Foreign Affairs and International Trade Ministry from 2012 to 2014.​​

Ingvar Landalv Senior Project Manager, Luleå University of Technology

​Ingvar Landälv

Senior Project Manager, Luleå University of Technology​

​Mr. Ingvar Landälv holds an MS degree in Physics and Chemistry. At the Luleå University of Technology as Senior Project Manager in the LTU Biosyngas Program, focusing on continued R&D and commercialization of biomass derived gasification technologies. He is also Vice Chair of the European Biofuels Technology Platform. From 1997-2012, he served as CTO of Chemrec, fully engaged in the development and commercialization of their black liquor gasification technology. Ingvar has more than 38 years experience of process R&D, design, engineering, construction and operation of gasification based process plants based on oil, coal and biomass, and holds a number of patents.

Jonathan Male Director Director of the Bioenergy Technologies Office photo

Jonathan Male

Director, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy​

Dr. Jonathan Male is the Director for the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). In this role, he leads the Office’s work to lower costs, reduce technical risk, and accelerate deployment of bioenergy and renewable chemicals technologies. He oversees research and development across the entire supply chain—from sustainable biomass growth and collection to biomass conversion technologies that include biochemical, catalytic, and thermochemical pathways to produce economically viable biofuels and bioproducts.

Teemu Lindberg Director of Refining at UPM-Kymmene Corporation photo

Teemu Lindberg

Director of Refining at UPM-Kymmene Corporation​

Mr. Teemu Lindberg is a graduate of The Lappeenranta University of Technology where he gained an MSc in chemical engineering. Teemu Lindberg is a Director Refining of UPM-Kymmene Corporation, one of the world’s largest forestry companies, headquartered in Helsinki, Finland. The company combines bio and forest industries in an innovative and sustainable way. After spending six years in various operations and management positions TMr. Lindberg joined UPM Biofuels to take responsibility for the scale-up of UPM’s first commercial renewable diesel plant in Lappeenranta, Finland. After this was commissioned he became responsible for production and technology in UPM Biofuels SBU. Currently he heads the Refining team in UPM Biofuels’ Development group.


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