Agenda (Status February 12)

Day 1        Day 2

Pre-Conference Day - 18 April
  • IAC Meeting (closed session)

  • Welcome Evening Reception, Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Conference Day 1 - 19 April, Telekom Forum
08:30 OPENING
08:40


I PLENARY SESSION
Setting the Scene - the Emerging Trends in Bioeconomy
Session Chairs: Joachim von Braun, Christine Lang - Co-Chairs, German Bioeconomy Council
  • Greeting & Welcome
    Ruben Echeverria, Director General, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
  • Revisiting the Concept of Bioeconomy
    Joachim von Braun, Chair, German Bioeconomy Council
    Christine Lang, Chair, German Bioeconomy Council
    Yin Li, Deputy Director-General, Bureau o international Cooperation, Chinese Academy of Sciences
    Keabetswe Ncube, Researcher, Agricultural Research Council South Africa
  • Keynote: Latest Trends in Global Policy and Bioeconomy
    Biosphere and the Global Crises of Unsustainable Resource Utilization
    John Schramski, Professor, University of Georgia

09:30 POLITICAL WELCOME ADDRESS
09:45 Coffee Break, World Bioeconomy Exhibition and Communication Corner
10:15

II PLENARY SESSION
Bioeconomy, Nature and Sustainable Development
  • Keynotes
    1. Role of Bio-Innovation and Biodiversity for Africa
    H.E. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President, Mauritius
    2. Climate Protection, Conservation and Public Health in the Bioeconomy
    H.E. Marcelo Mena, Minister of the Environment, Chile
    3. Tropical Agriculture and Rural Development in the Emerging Bioeconomy
    Mauricio Lopes, President, Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária
  • Strategic Debate: Nature Protection & Bioeconomy – Ethics of Actions for Sustainability
    Nachilala Nkombo, Country Director, WWF Zambia
    Maarten van Dijk, CEO, SkyNRG
    Jean-Francois Soussana, Vice-President International Affairs, INRA
  • Session Chair
    Dieter Birnbacher, Professor, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf
11:45 Lunch & Networking
12:45   PARALLEL WORKSHOPS I
  • Bioeconomy of World Regions
    - Africa -
    Co-Chairs:
    Jan Börner, Professor, University Bonn
    Julius Ecuru, Head, BioInnovate Africa Programme
    Fabio Fava, Professor, University Bologna
  • Industry
    - Biobased Innovations in Manufacturing -
    Co-Chairs:
    Matthias Braun, Chairman, German Association of Biotechnology Industries
    Yoshi Fujishima, Director Strategic Planning Department, Japan Bioindustry Association
  • Policy
    - Good Governance to Establish Sustainable Bioeconomy -
    Co-Chairs:
    Stefan Bringezu, Professor, Center for Environmental Systems Research, Sustainable Resource Futures Group, University of Kassel
    Pedro Machado, Coordinator, Embrapa, Labex Europe
  • Innovation & Environment
    - Biodiversity & Conservation in the Bioeconomy -
    Co-Chairs:
    Maritta Koch-Weser,  Founder and President, Earth3000
    Johannes Vogel, Member, German Bioeconomy Council
14:45 Coffee Break, World Bioeconomy Exhibition and Communication Corner
15:15

III PLENARY SESSION
Innovation Impetus - the Future of Bioeconomy
  • Keynotes
    1. Inclusive Bioeconomy Innovations powered by the 4th Industrial Revolution
    Juan Carlos Castilla-Rubio, Chairman, Space Time Ventures
    2. Frugal Innovation: A Catalyst for a Conscious Bioeconomy
    Navi Radjou, Author and Strategist
    3. Building the Bioeconomy
    Rob Carlson, Managing Director, Bioeconomy Capital
    Session Chair
    Murray McLaughlin, Member, Government’s Industrial Bioproducts Value Chain Roundtable, Canada
  • Strategic Debate: What will drive Bioeconomy-Innovation in the Future?
    Linda Kahl, Director of Ownership and Innovation, Biobricks Foundation
    Adrian Percy, Global Head of Research & Development, Bayer Crop Sciences
    Alix Zwane, CEO, Global Innovation Fund
    Session Chair
    Jim Philp, Policy Analyst, OECD

16:45 PARALLEL WORKSHOPS II
  • Bioeconomy of World Regions
    - Europe and North America -
    Co-Chairs:
    Benoit Girard, Director Research, Ministry of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Waldemar Kütt, Head of Unit Bioeconomy Strategy, DG RTI, European Commission
    Timothy Rials, Associate Dean & Director AgResearch, University of Tennessee
  • Industry
     - Bioeconomy Financing -
    Co-Chairs:
    Harry Baumes, Director, Office of Energy Policy and New Uses, US Department of Agriculture
    Anne-Hélène Mathey, Acting Director, Economic Analysis Division, Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada
  • Policy
    - Transformative Science and Communication -
    Co-Chairs:
    Achim Dobermann
    , Chief Director, Rothamsted Research
    Ben Durham, Chief Director Bio-Innovation, National Department of Science and Technology (RSA)
  • Innovation & Environment
    - Blue Bioeconomy -
    Co-Chairs:
    Bjørn Tore Erdal, Senior Adviser, Nordic Council of Ministers
    Alejandro Mentaberry, Executive Coordinator, Scientific and Technological Cabinet, Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Argentina
18:45 Break
19:00 Evening Reception, Dinner & Dinner Speech
Conference Day 2 - 20 April, Telekom Forum
08:30

IV PLENARY SESSION
Global Policy Frameworks for the Bioeconomy
  • Keynotes
    1. Strengthening the Climate Agreement and Energy Security
    Frank Rijsberman, Director-General, Global Green Growth Institute
    2. Science and Technology Policy & Regulation for an Expanding Bioeconomy
    Mary Maxon, Associate Laboratory Director for Biosciences, Berkley Lab
    3. Strengthening Trade and Investment Agreements for inclusive Development with Bioeconomy
    Fan Shenggen, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute
  • Strategic Debate: International Collaboration in Bioeconomy Governance
    H.E. Lino Barañao, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovative Production, Argentina
    H.E. Suvit Maesincee, Minister of Science and Technology, Thailand
    Klaus Töpfer, former Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme and former German Federal Minister
    Thomas Videbæk, Executive Vice President & COO for Research, Innovation & Supply, Novozymes
    Session Chair
    Mohammed Ait Kadi, President, Council of Agricultural Development
    Dirk Pilat, Deputy Director, OECD
10:15 POLITICAL ADDRESS
10:30 Coffee Break, World Bioeconomy Exhibition and Communication Corner
11:00   PARALLEL WORKSHOPS III
  • Bioeconomy of World Regions
     - Asia (1) -
    Co-Chairs:
    Morakot Tanticharoen, Senior Advisor to the President of the National Science and Technology Development Agency, Thailand
    Masahiro Uemura, Director, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan
    - Latin America and the Caribbean (2) -
    Co-Chairs:
    Ruben Echeverria, Director General, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
    Adrian Rodriguez, Chief Agricultural Development Unit, UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
    Eduardo Trigo, Advisor to Ministry of Agroindustry Argentina
  • Industry
    - Bioenergy and Biorefinery -
    Co-Chairs:
    Steve Csonka, Executive Director CAAFI, USA
    Ulrich Schurr, Director Bioeconomy Science Center, Forschungszentrum Jülich
  • Policy
    - Education and Training -
    Co-Chairs:
    Ahmed Fahmi, Program Specialist, Natural Science Sector, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
    Josef Glössl, Professor, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna
  • Innovation & Environment
    - Climate Change and Health -
    Co-Chairs:
    Andrew Haines, Professor, Depts of Social and Environmental Health Research and of Population Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
    Jos Lelieveld, Director of Atmospheric Chemistry Department, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz
13:00 Lunch & Networking
14:00 Reporting from Workshop Tracks
14:30

V PLENARY SESSION
International Collaboration in Bioeconomy Innovation Agendas
  • Keynote
    Global Innovation Agendas to achieve a Sustainable Bioeconomy
    Ulrich Hamm, Member, German Bioeconomy Council
  • Strategic Debate: Reshaping Stakeholder Exchange and Agenda Setting for Int. Collaboration
    Dirk Carrez, Executive Director, Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC)
    Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, Lanzatech
    Gertrude Ngabirano, Executive Secretary, East African S&T Commission
    Renu Swarup, Managing Director, Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), India
    Session Chair
    Elspeth MacRae, General Manager Manufacturing & BioproductsSCION
15:30 VI PLENARY SESSION
The Way forward – Communiqué of GBS2018
16:20 Farewell Coffee

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Day 1        Day 2

Pre-Conference Day - 18 April
  • IAC Meeting (closed session)

  • Welcome Evening Reception, Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Conference Day 1 - 19 April, Telekom Forum
07:30- 08:30 Registration
08:30- 08:40 OPENING
08:40- 09:00


I PLENARY SESSION
Setting the Scene - the Emerging Trends in Bioeconomy
Session Chairs:
Joachim von Braun, Co-Chair, German Bioeconomy Council
Christine Lang, Co-Chair, German Bioeconomy Council

  • Dialogue: Revisiting the Concept of Bioeconomy
    Ruben Echeverria, Director General, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
    Yin Li, Deputy Director-General, Chinese Academy of Sciences
    Keabetswe Ncube, Researcher, Agricultural Research Council South Africa

09:00- 09:15

POLITICAL WELCOME ADDRESS
9:30- 10:20

II PLENARY SESSION
Bioeconomy, Nature and Sustainable Development
Introductory Keynote: Biosphere and the Global Crises of Unsustainable Resource Utilization
John Schramski, Professor, University of Georgia
  • Keynotes
    1. Role of Bio-Innovation and Biodiversity for Africa
    H.E. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President, Mauritius
    2. Climate Protection, Conservation and Public Health in the Bioeconomy
    H.E. Marcelo Mena, Minister of the Environment, Chile
    3. Tropical Agriculture and Rural Development in the Emerging Bioeconomy
    Mauricio Lopes, President, Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária
10:20- 10:50 Coffee Break, World Bioeconomy Exhibition and Communication Corner
10:50- 11:35

II PLENARY SESSION
Bioeconomy, Nature and Sustainable Development

Session Chair:
Dieter Birnbacher, Professor, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf

Strategic Debate: Nature Protection & Bioeconomy – Ethics of Actions for Sustainability

Nachilala Nkombo, Country Director, WWF Zambia
Hiroaki Ishizuka, Chairman Japan Bioplastics Association, Mitsubishi Chemical
Maarten van Dijk, CEO, SkyNRG
Jean-Francois Soussana, Vice-President International Affairs, INRA

Twitter OR Interactive Conference Tool "Slido": Simple polls and questions from the audience (moderated by Monica Jones)

11:35- 13:35   PARALLEL WORKSHOPS I
  • Bioeconomy of World Regions
    - Africa -
    Co-Chairs:
    Jan Börner, Professor, University Bonn
    Julius Ecuru, Head, BioInnovate Africa Programme
    Fabio Fava, Professor, University Bologna
  • Industry
    - Biobased Innovations in Manufacturing -
    Co-Chairs:
    Matthias Braun, Chairman, German Association of Biotechnology Industries
    Yoshi Fujishima, Director Strategic Planning Department, Japan Bioindustry Association
  • Policy
    - Good Governance to Establish Sustainable Bioeconomy -
    Co-Chairs:
    Stefan Bringezu, Professor, Center for Environmental Systems Research, Sustainable Resource Futures Group, University of Kassel
    Pedro Machado, Coordinator, Embrapa, Labex Europe
  • Innovation & Environment
    - Biodiversity & Conservation in the Bioeconomy -
    Co-Chairs:
    Maritta Koch-Weser,  Founder and President, Earth3000
    Johannes Vogel, Member, German Bioeconomy Council
13:35- 14:30 Lunch & Networking
14:30- 16:15

III PLENARY SESSION
Innovation Impetus - the Future of Bioeconomy

Session Chair:
Murray McLaughlin, Member, Government's Industrial Bioproducts Value Chain Rondtable, Canada

Introductory Keynote: Economics of Transformation in the Anthropocene
Ian Goldin
, Director, Oxford Martin Program on Technological and Economic Change

  • Keynotes
    1. Inclusive Bioeconomy Innovations powered by the 4th Industrial Revolution
    Juan Carlos Castilla-Rubio, Chairman, Space Time Ventures
    2. Frugal Innovation: A Catalyst for a Conscious Bioeconomy
    Navi Radjou, Author and Strategist
    3. Building the Bioeconomy
    Rob Carlson, Managing Director, Bioeconomy Capital
  • Strategic Debate: What will drive Bioeconomy-Innovation in the Future?
Session Chair:
Jim Philp, Policy Analyst, OECD

    Linda Kahl, Director of Ownership and Innovation, Biobricks Foundation
    Adrian Percy, Global Head of Research & Development, Bayer Crop Sciences
    Alix Zwane, CEO, Global Innovation Fund
16:15- 16:45 Coffee Break, World Bioeconomy Exhibition and Communication Corner
16:45- 18:45 PARALLEL WORKSHOPS II
  • Bioeconomy of World Regions
    - Europe and North America -
    Co-Chairs:
    Benoit Girard, Director Research, Ministry of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Waldemar Kütt, Head of Unit Bioeconomy Strategy, DG RTI, European Commission
    Timothy Rials, Associate Dean & Director AgResearch, University of Tennessee
  • Industry
     - Bioeconomy Financing -
    Co-Chairs:
    Harry Baumes, Director, Office of Energy Policy and New Uses, US Department of Agriculture
    Anne-Hélène Mathey, Acting Director, Economic Analysis Division, Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada
  • Policy
    - Transformative Science and Communication -
    Co-Chairs:
    Achim Dobermann
    , Chief Director, Rothamsted Research
    Ben Durham, Chief Director Bio-Innovation, National Department of Science and Technology (RSA)
  • Innovation & Environment
    - Blue Bioeconomy -
    Co-Chairs:
    Bjørn Tore Erdal, Senior Adviser, Nordic Council of Ministers
    Alejandro Mentaberry, Executive Coordinator, Scientific and Technological Cabinet, Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Argentina
18:45- 19:00 Break
19:00 Evening Reception
Conference Day 2 - 20 April, Telekom Forum
08:30

IV PLENARY SESSION
Global Policy Frameworks for the Bioeconomy
  • Keynotes
    1. Strengthening the Climate Agreement and Energy Security
    Frank Rijsberman, Director-General, Global Green Growth Institute
    2. Science and Technology Policy & Regulation for an Expanding Bioeconomy
    Mary Maxon, Associate Laboratory Director for Biosciences, Berkley Lab
    3. Strengthening Trade and Investment Agreements for inclusive Development with Bioeconomy
    Fan Shenggen, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute
  • Strategic Debate: International Collaboration in Bioeconomy Governance
    H.E. Lino Barañao, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovative Production, Argentina
    H.E. Suvit Maesincee, Minister of Science and Technology, Thailand
    Klaus Töpfer, former Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme and former German Federal Minister
    Thomas Videbæk, Executive Vice President & COO for Research, Innovation & Supply, Novozymes
    Session Chair
    Mohammed Ait Kadi, President, Council of Agricultural Development
    Dirk Pilat, Deputy Director, OECD
10:15 POLITICAL ADDRESS
10:30 Coffee Break, World Bioeconomy Exhibition and Communication Corner
11:00   PARALLEL WORKSHOPS III
  • Bioeconomy of World Regions
     - Asia (1) -
    Co-Chairs:
    Morakot Tanticharoen, Senior Advisor to the President of the National Science and Technology Development Agency, Thailand
    Masahiro Uemura, Director, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan
    - Latin America and the Caribbean (2) -
    Co-Chairs:
    Ruben Echeverria, Director General, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
    Adrian Rodriguez, Chief Agricultural Development Unit, UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
    Eduardo Trigo, Advisor to Ministry of Agroindustry Argentina
  • Industry
    - Bioenergy and Biorefinery -
    Co-Chairs:
    Steve Csonka, Executive Director CAAFI, USA
    Ulrich Schurr, Director Bioeconomy Science Center, Forschungszentrum Jülich
  • Policy
    - Education and Training -
    Co-Chairs:
    Ahmed Fahmi, Program Specialist, Natural Science Sector, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
    Josef Glössl, Professor, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna
  • Innovation & Environment
    - Climate Change and Health -
    Co-Chairs:
    Andrew Haines, Professor, Depts of Social and Environmental Health Research and of Population Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
    Jos Lelieveld, Director of Atmospheric Chemistry Department, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz
13:00 Lunch & Networking
14:00 Reporting from Workshop Tracks
14:30

V PLENARY SESSION
International Collaboration in Bioeconomy Innovation Agendas
  • Keynote
    Global Innovation Agendas to achieve a Sustainable Bioeconomy
    Ulrich Hamm, Member, German Bioeconomy Council
  • Strategic Debate: Reshaping Stakeholder Exchange and Agenda Setting for Int. Collaboration
    Dirk Carrez, Executive Director, Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC)
    Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, Lanzatech
    Gertrude Ngabirano, Executive Secretary, East African S&T Commission
    Renu Swarup, Managing Director, Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), India
    Session Chair
    Elspeth MacRae, General Manager Manufacturing & BioproductsSCION
15:30 VI PLENARY SESSION
The Way forward – Communiqué of GBS2018
16:20 Farewell Coffee

Dieter Birnbacher

Thomas Videbæk is Executive Vice President & COO for Research, Innovation & Supply at Novozymes. Previously, he developed diverse key functions within the organization, spanning both the commercial and operational side of the business. Prior to joining Novozymes, Thomas worked for Novo Nordisk A/S, where he set strategy for the food and feed industries. Thomas holds a Ph.D. and an M.Sc. In Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), as well as a B.Com. in International Business from Copenhagen Business School. He currently serves as member of the board of Evolva SA, and he is Vice Chairman of the Board of Albumedix A/S. 

Chief of the Agricultural Development Unit of the UN Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN-ECLAC), one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations, Headquartered in Santiago, Chile.  Mr. Rodriguez studied Economics (Lic.) at the University of Costa Rica and Agricultural Economics and Environmental Economics (MSc. and Ph.D) at the Pennsylvania State University. He has served as Rural Development Specialist at the InterAmerican Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA), Senior Advisor to the Costa Rican Minister of National Planning, Professor in the School of Economics, University of Costa Rica, and as consultant in several Latin American countries.

Ahmed Fahmi is the program specialist in the life and chemical sciences at UNESCO. Before joining UNESCO, he was a university lecturer in biochemistry at the University of London. He worked in South Asia and the Asia Pacific region on managing and coordinating the execution of the Basic Sciences, Engineering and Science Policy program of UNESCO and was a visiting professor at the United Nations University in Tokyo. He is currently involved in the establishment of UNESCO centers of excellence and in establishing public private partnership in scientific research for Africa. He has a PhD in biophysics from the University of Cambridge.     

Jean-Francois Soussana is Vice-President for international affairs at INRA. Previously, he was Scientific Director for Environment at INRA (2010-2017). Since 1998, he is member of the Working Group II of IPCC and was Lead Author for the 3rd, 4th and 5th Assessment Reports and shared with all IPCC authors the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2007. He co-chairs the Integrative Research Group of the Global Research Alliance on agricultural greenhouse gases (46 countries) and the Steering Council of AgMIP, an international modeling program on climate change impacts on agriculture. Mr. Sousanna obtained his PhD in plant physiology at USTL Montpellier in 1986 after an engineer degree in agronomy.

Josef Glössl is Professor of Applied Genetics at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) and served as Vice Rector for Research and International Research Collaboration of BOKU 2010 - 2018. He is Chair of the Bioeconomy Committee of ICA (Association for European Life Sciences Universities). 2000 - 2008 he was a member of the Board of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). Since 2015 he is Chair of the Assembly of Delegates of the FWF. He was founding board member and President of the Austrian Association of Molecular Life Sciences and Biotechnology (ÖGMBT), where he is currently the Vice President. 

Bjørn Tore Erdal is senior adviser at the Nordic Council of Ministers Secretariat (NCMS) in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Nordic Council of Ministers is the formal cooperation of the governments of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden as well as Aland, Faroe Islands and Greenland. Bjørn holds an M.A. in International Relations from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. He has previously worked for the Norwegian Ministry for Trade, Industry and Fisheries. Before taking up his position at NCMS, he worked as a counsellor at the Norwegian Mission to the EU in Brussels, Belgium.

Suvit Maesincee has been the Minister of Science and Technology of Thailand since 2017.  He received his Ph.D. in Marketing from Kellogg Graduate School of Management in the US.  Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Maesincee was the Director of the Sasin Institute for Global Affairs in Thailand during 2008-2014.  He was also Deputy Minister of Commerce in 2015, and Minister attached to the Prime Minister’s Office in 2016.  He is very instrumental in driving Thailand 4.0, which is a long-term national strategy to transform Thailand's economy into one that is more value-based and innovation-driven through S&T and innovation.    

Maarten van Dijk is CEO at SkyNRG. He has been involved in the company right from the start in 2010. Before taking on the role as CEO, he was responsible for Business Development and Sustainability, focusing on regional supply chain development. Maarten facilitates SkyNRG’s independent Sustainability Board and is currently in the Board of Directors of the Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterials. He holds various advisory and board positions in renewable jet fuel projects, across the globe. Maarten studied chemistry at Utrecht University, where he graduated with majors in renewable energy technologies and in business economics.

Stefan Bringezu is Professor for Sustainable Resource Management and director at the Center for Environmental Systems Research (CESR) at University of Kassel. There he heads the Sustainable Resource Futures (SURF) group. He is member of the International Resource Panel. His main subject is the multi-scale analysis of the socio-industrial metabolism and related land use, the indicators of sustainability and the implementation of the SDGs, modelling the bioeconomy, assessing innovative technologies such as CCU, and life-cycle-based assessments of infrastructures.

PhD in Chemical Sciences, National University of Buenos Aires, 1981
B.A.  in Biochemestry , National University of Buenos Aires, 1974
Current Position: Executive Coordinator of Sciences and Technology at MINCyT, Principal Researcher, National Council for Scientific and Technical Research.
Consulting Professor, National University of Buenos Aires
Fields: Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Plant Virology

Anne-Hélène Mathey is the Acting Director of the Economic Analysis Division of the Canadian Forest Service of Natural Resources Canada. She currently leads a team of economists, engineers, and policy analysts who conduct economic, techno-economic and policy analysis (from fibre to market) with the goal to establish a solid foundation for Canadian forest sector policy decisions, including bioenergy and biorefining pathways. Anne-Hélène has a Masters in Forest Science and a PhD in Management and Planning.  She started her career at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Forestry working on the design of decision support systems for the forest sector.

Ms. Gertrude Ngabirano is the Executive Secretary of the East African Science and Technology Commission (EASTECO) an institution of the East African Community. The Development Objective of EASTECO is to promote and coordinate the development, management and application of Science and Technology to support regional integration and socio-economic development. With EASTECO Ms. Ngabirano is at the forefront of coordinating multidisciplinary stakeholders from the East African Community (EAC) partner states to formulate and implement regional science and technology initiatives including regional strategy and policy development for socio-economic growth and regional integration. She is passionate about nurturing the innovation potential of the east African region.

Fabio Fava (1963) is Full Professor of “Industrial & Environmental Biotechnology” at the University of Bologna (Italy) since 2005. He has more than 130 papers on peer-reviewed international journals in the fields of the Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology. He is the Italian Representative in the OECD Working Party on “Biotechnology, Nanotechnology and Converging Technologies" and at the European Commission in various projects (e.g. Horizon2020 Programming Committee “Bioeconomy”). Finally, he is the scientific coordinator of the Italian Bioeconomy Strategy and of the International Exhibition on Green and Circular Economy ECOMONDO (Rimini, Italy).      

Maritta Koch-Weser has a distinguished career spanning four decades in international development, as anthropologist, environmentalist, and social entrepreneur. She has field experience in Latin America, South & East Asia, and in parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. Dr. Koch-Weser worked as social scientist and in managerial positions at the World Bank and subsequently as Director General of IUCN -The World Conservation Union. Maritta Koch-Weser is Founder and President of Earth3000, a non-profit organization supporting strategic innovations in governance for environment and development. She leads a program on contemporary Amazonia in Brazil, and member of Supervisory and Advisory Boards of several international NGOs.

Yoshiyuki Fujishima, D.Phil., is a Director in Japan Bioindustry Association. His role includes policy proposal to Japanese government in biotechnology industrial promotion, participate in negotiation at the Convention on Biological Diversity meeting in the area of synthetic biology. He had worked for Ajinomoto Co. Inc., for over 20 years in the area of R&D especially in amino acid physiology, functional food clinical development, food taste and texture improvement as well as managerial position in research labs for budget management and external research collaboration. His academic background includes polymeric material application for artificial organs in Japan, antibiotics biosynthesis, structural analysis of proteins at University of Oxford, UK.

Pedro Luiz Oliveira de Almeida Machado is the Coordinator of the Embrapa Labex Europe Program based in Montpellier, France.  The Labex Program is present in the US, Europe and Asia and aims at an optimised scientific partnership for knowledge sharing and research network built-up. PhD in Soil Science combined with many years of experience in the Brazilian low-carbon agriculture, Pedro Machado now fits into vacant spaces between research, extension and policy.  He has large experience in carbon dynamics in terrestrial ecosystems, conservation agriculture, precision farming, nutrient cycling, and agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.  Recent work has included sustainable metrics, energy balance and carbon footprint.

Julius Ecuru, PhD, is an interdisciplinary scientist and researcher. He works on issues related to technological innovation and industrial competitiveness in Africa. His focus is on the theory and practice of sectoral and regional innovation systems, innovative clusters and innovation policies (especially in health, agriculture and environment) that foster sustainable development. Julius also contributes scholarly works in the chemical and bioengineering sciences, and supports regulatory science and research ethics capacity development. His current research interests include interactive learning models, which make universities and related institutions more productive and catalytic mechanisms for innovation, growth and social development.  

Jan Börner is an agricultural and environmental economist with applied research experience in Latin America, Africa, and Europe. He is Professor for Economics of Sustainable Land Use and Bioeconomy at the University of Bonn and Steering Committee member of the German United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (G - SDSN). His current research agenda expands from environmental policy analysis towards the role of global trade and consumption patterns in affecting ecosystem services provision from ecologically sensitive landscapes.  

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 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 and as Secretary-general of the Belgian Biotechnology Industry Association, and has been Director Industrial Biotechnology at EuropaBio. He is also the Managing Director of Clever Consult .  

Elspeth MacRae leads Scion’s bioeconomy related activities including biorefinery, bioenergy, biodiscovery and bioplastic, clean technology, wood and fibre and biotech/omics activities from discovery to commercialisation. She leads a Portfolio for the National Science Challenge in Science and Technology for Industry. She is Deputy Chair of the Biopolymer Network Ltd Board, and a member of the Bioprocessing Alliance and the New Zealand Packaging Council governance groups. She has represented Scion in biotechnology policy issues for 12 years, has sat on multiple grants panels and review activities, participated in governmental delegations and provided futures activities for the NZ government for 6 years. She is New Zealand’s representative on the EPSO committee 2008-2018.  

Jim Philp is a microbiologist who has worked as a policy analyst since 2011 at the OECD, specialising in industrial biotechnology, synthetic biology and biomass sustainability. He spent some 16 years as an academic researching industrial and environmental biotechnologies. He worked for 8.5 years with Saudi Aramco in Saudi Arabia as an oil biotechnologist. He has authored over 300 articles. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2015, and a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers in 2016. 

Renu Swarup is presently Sr. Adviser for Department of Biotechnology (DBT). She also holds position of Managing Director, Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), a Public Sector Company incorporated by the Government to nurture and promote innovation research in the Biotech Enterprise with special focus on Start‐ups and SMEs. A PhD in Genetics and Plant Breeding, RenuSwarup completed her Post Doctoral at The John Innes Centre, Norwich UK, and returned to India to take up the assignment of a Science Manager in the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, GoI, in 1989. Renu Swarup has also been closely involved in Programmes and activities related to Women and Science.

Harry Baumes is the Director of the Office of Energy Policy and New Uses (OEPNU). He was appointed by the Chief Economist Director in December 2010. For the four years prior, he served as the Associate Director. Dr. Baumes served a partial detail to the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office serving as a Senior Executive Advisor to the director (August 2015 - April 2016). In addition to administrative and management responsibilities, he focuses on renewable energy and bioeconomy policy and evaluation. Dr. Baumes chairs the Bioeconomy Council Coordinating Committee at the USDA which coordinates renewable energy, heat and power, and biobased product-related activities among USDA agencies and performs duties as assigned.    

Ruben G. Echeverría
Currently Director General of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT-CGIAR). CIAT has a global research for development mandate related to sustainable food systems, including crop biodiversity and productivity, management of natural resources, climate change, ecosystem services and policy analysis. Ruben studied Agronomy at the University of Uruguay (B.Sc.) and Agriculture and Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota (M.Sc. and Ph.D.). He worked on agricultural research policy issues and capacity building in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, based at ISNAR (CGIAR) in The Hague. He worked for 15 years at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, and for 5 years as Executive Director of the Science Council of CGIAR in Rome.

Morakot Tanticharoen completed her post-graduate at the University of Rhode Island in USA. She has served as Dean of the School of Bioresources and Technology, as well as the School of Energy and Materials at KMUTT. She has been active member and working on the executive of several societies and organizations, as well as serving on the editorial board of a number of noted international journals. Morakot was BIOTEC Director from 2000 – 2008. and also served as Chairman of the ASEAN Sub-Committee on Biotechnology (SCB), from 2005- 2008. She is now the senior advisor to NSTDA President, KMUTT President and the Professor Emeritus at the School of Bioresources and Technology.  

Masahiro Uemura is currently in charge of promotion of bio-industry as Director for Bio-industry Division, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan. He began his career with the Government of Japan in 1993 and has over 20 years of policy making experience in various fields such as energy, service industry, environment and recycling, lifestyle industry, small and medium enterprise policy, cybersecurity policy and IT industry.  

Professor Achim Dobermann is the Director & Chief Executive of Rothamsted Research in the UK, where he provides leadership for a wide range of research programs that aim to develop solutions for the sustainable intensification of agricultural systems. He has over 30 years of research experience from all world regions. Before joining Rothamsted Research in 2014, he served as Deputy Director General at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). As a member of the Leadership Council of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), Professor Dobermann contributes to implementing the new Sustainable Development Goals. He is an Editor of the international journal Global Food Security.

Mohamed Ait Kadi is presently President of the General Council of Agricultural Development. This Council is a high level policy Think Tank of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development and Forestry in Morocco. He was also Secretary General of the Ministry. He is resident member of King Hassan II Academy of Sciences and Techniques. He has been a member of the Board of the Central Bank of Morocco, the CGIAR Consortium Board, IFPRI’s Board of Trustees and the Board of Advisors of the World Agricultural Forum. He has served in many high level international assignments.

Dr. Frank Rijsberman leads the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) in supporting governments transition towards a model of economic growth that is environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive. He was appointed as the Director-General of the Institute, on October 1, 2016. Prior to joining GGGI, Dr. Rijsberman was CEO of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Consortium in Montpellier, France. He was the first Director of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, USA and also worked as Program Director at Google.org, the philanthropic arm of Google. Mr. Rijsberman holds a PhD degree in water resources management and planning from Colorado State University (US).  

Ms. Keabetswe Tebogo Ncube, a PhD student in Genetics at Agricultural Research Council, Biotechnology Platform, South Africa and is registered with University of Kwa-Zulu Natal for her PhD. She is on a research exchange program at the USDA-ARS Animal Genomics Improvement Lab in Beltsville. Ms. Ncube’s work with ARS enhances ongoing work by the ARS lab on the USDA-USAID Feed the Future Livestock Improvement Project, as well as advancing ARS cattle genomics research. She has been named a Top Outstanding Young Person in academic Excellence by Junior Chamber International South Africa (2017), and Next Einstein Forum Ambassador (NEF) for South Africa.    

Dr. Rob Carlson is a Managing Director of Bioeconomy Capital, which invests in startups working at the interface of biology, engineering, and manufacturing. Dr. Carlson is best known for developing technological and economic metrics for biotechnology; The Economist deems these “Carlson Curves” as important for biology as Moore's Law is for semiconductors. Carlson's book Biology is Technology received the PROSE award for Best Engineering and Technology Book of 2010 and was named to Best of 2010 lists by writers at The Economist and Foreign Policy. Carlson earned a doctorate in Physics from Princeton University in 1997.   

Dr. Linda Kahl focuses on legal frameworks governing ownership, access, and use of biotechnologies in the United States and internationally. She counsels clients on a variety of biotechnology-related issues, including patenting, open source technologies, and leveraging the public domain.  
Prior to becoming an attorney, Dr. Kahl trained as a research scientist. She received her BS in biology from UCLA, her PhD in biochemistry and cell biology from Princeton, and completed postdoctoral studies in genetics at UC Berkeley. Dr. Kahl received her JD, magna cum laude, from Santa Clara Law School, and is admitted to practice in California and before the USPTO.

John Schramski is a mechanical engineer and ecologist with 28 years’ experience in industry and academia focusing on mechanical design and thermodynamic modeling.  He currently leads UGA’s Energy Systems Modeling and Engineering Laboratory where his funded research includes theoretical ecology, complex systems analysis, and the thermodynamics and energetics of the natural biosphere, civilization, and industry.  He completed his BSME at the University of Florida in 1989, his MSME at the University of Cincinnati in 1993 in conjunction with General Electric’s Advanced Courses in Engineering, and his PhD in Ecology at the University of Georgia in 2006.  He teaches undergraduate and graduate engineering thermodynamics and biosphere energetics.    

Waldemar Kütt is Head of Unit "Bioeconomy Strategy" in the Bioeconomy Directorate of DG Research and Innovation in the European Commission which coordinates bioeconomy research programmes and policy strategy. From 2012-2014 he was Head of Unit of "Bio-based Products and Processing" in the same directorate. 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. He holds a doctor's degree in physics from the Technical University Aachen, Germany. 

Navi Radjou is an innovation and leadership thinker and advisor in Silicon Valley. A Fellow at Cambridge University's Judge Business School, he serves on World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Previously, he was a Vice President at Forrester Research in Boston and San Francisco. A TED Speaker, he won the 2013 Thinkers50 Innovation Award. He is co-author of Jugaad Innovation (2012), From Smart To Wise (2013) and Frugal Innovation (2015), published by The Economist. Born and raised in Pondicherry, India, he holds French-American dual citizenship. He studied at Ecole Centrale Paris and Yale School of Management. 

Adrian Percy is the Head of Research & Development of Bayer Crop Science. He is also a member of the R&D Executive Committee of Bayer and a Member of the Board of Trustees for the Bayer Science & Education Foundation. He began his career in 1991 as a toxicologist with Rhone-Poulenc Agrochimie based in France. Since then, he has held numerous positions in the Crop Science division of Bayer and its legacy companies in France, Germany and the USA. Mr. Percy earned a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacology at the University of Liverpool, a Master’s degree in Toxicology and then a doctorate in Biochemistry at the University of Birmingham. 

Ameenah Gurib-Fakim is the president of Mauritius. She's been honored as one of Foreign Policy's 2015 Global Thinkers. Mrs. Gurib-Fakim has been, prior to joining the State House, the Managing Director of the Centre International de Développement Pharmaceutique (CIDP) Research and Innovation as well as Professor of organic chemistry with an endowed chair at the University of Mauritius. She has long been a leading biodiversity scientist studying one of the world's key biodiversity hotspots. As an entrepreneur at CIDP R & I and professor of organic chemistry, she analyzed the plants from the region for their health, nutritional and cosmetic applications.

Eduardo Trigo is currently Director of Grupo CEO and is Scientific Adviser for International Relations at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of Argentina, and as such he represents his country in the biotechnology platform of the MERCOSUR countries, BioTecSur. In the past he has served as Director of Science and Technology at the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture, IICA, and as Director of Research at the International Service for National Agricultural Research, ISNAR. He was also active as consultant in the area of science and technology policy, with emphasis in biotechnology applications to the agricultural and food sector.

Johannes Vogel is General Director of the Museum of Natural History in Berlin and Professor of Biodiversity and Public Science at the Humboldt Universität, Berlin. Mr. Vogel received a Ph.D. in the Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge and the Department of Botany, Natural History Museum, London, where he went on to become Keeper of Botany. His research has focused on evolutionary biology and citizen science and his interests include developing dynamic, adaptive, entrepreneurial scientific organizations, and creating and sustaining robust knowledge communities and public engagement with science. Mr. Vogel has been vice chairman of the German Bioeconomy Council since 2012.

Ben Durham is Chief Director: Bio-innovation at the National Department of Science and Technology in South Africa. His responsibilities included theimplementation of the South African Bio-economy Strategy, launched in January 2014, and he now is overseeing implementation of the four themes of Agricultural, Health, Industry and Environment, and Indigenous Knowledge, together with system implementation. Ultimately the purpose is to developand improve the efficiencies of the National System of Innovation, ensuring socio-economic benefits to the broader society.

Christine Lang is founder and Managing Director of Organobalance GmbH, which became part of Novozymes A/S in 2016. At the Technical University Berlin she lectures on genetics in biotechnology. Since 2012, she is the Chair of the German Bioeconomy Council. Mrs. Lang is active in biotechnology associations, for example as a member of the Management Boards of DECHEMA and VCI/DIB and Vice-President of VAAM . She received her doctoral degree from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany and then worked for 10 years in industrial research at Hüls Chemie. In 1993 she became researcher at the TU Berlin and consequently Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics.

Frank Rijsberman was appointed CEO of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR Consortium) in May 2012, having previously held the position of Director General at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). Frank has also worked as the Director of the Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene initiative at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as well as Program Director at Google.org, Google's philanthropic sector. Thirty years of experience as a researcher and consultant in natural resources management have helped Frank drive CGIAR's focus towards improving food security, nutrition and health, reducing rural poverty and protecting the environment. Frank has worked in Africa, Asia and Europe, and has authored over 60 scientific articles and book chapters, including World Water Vision: Making Water Everybody's Business. 

Klaus Töpfer is the founding Director and former Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam. Over the years, Mr. Töpfer has held several high-level positions in national and international environmental policy. He was Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations. He was appointed German Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety from 1987 to 1994 and subsequently Minister for Regional Planning, Housing and Urban Development. Since 2007, Mr. Töpfer has also been Professor of Environment and Sustainable Development at Tongji University in Shanghai.

Ulrich Hamm is professor for agricultural and food marketing at the University of Kassel, Germany. He has more than twenty years of experience in consumer research and agricultural/food marketing. In recent years, he has specialized in organic food and ethically motivated consumption. In 2012, Mr. Hamm has been appointed to the German Bioeconomy Council. For five years, he has also been a member of the German Scientific Advisory Board for Biodiversity and Genetic Resources. Mr. Hamm serves on the world board of the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR) and is an editor of the Organic Agriculture journal. 

Joachim von Braun is Professor and Director of the Department for Economic and Technological Change at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), Germany. In 2017, he has been nominated President of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences of the Vatican. Since 2012 he is the Chair of the German Bioeconomy Council and the Vice-President of the NGO “Welthungerhilfe”. From 2002 to 2009 he was Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) based in Washington DC. Before these positions, von Braun was professor at Kiel University, Germany. He received his doctoral degree in agricultural economics from the University of Goettingen, Germany.

Georg Schütte has been State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research since December 2009. Prior to this, he was Secretary General of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Bonn. Mr. Schütte worked as Executive Director of the German-American Fulbright Commission in Berlin. During this period, he was also a member of the EU Commission's expert group on 'Benchmarking Human Resources'. Among other things he is a member of the Founding Supervisory Board of the Berlin Institute of Health and the Supervisory Board of the GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research.

Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo is an Argentinean Bishop and the Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, based at the Vatican. He has intimate knowledge of the Pontifical encyclical Laudato Si, which he presents worldwide. Mr. Sánchez has held positions as Lecturer at the Lateran University Rome and as full Professor at the Libera Università Maria SS. Assunta. He received several honors for his work, including the Legion d’Honneur of France. In 2001, His Holiness John Paul II consecrated him titular Bishop of Vescovìo.

Juan Carlos Castilla-Rubio
Serial entrepreneur, founder and CEO of start-ups in artificial intelligence, biotech, fintech and cleantech. Senior executive leadership positions at Cisco, SABMiller, Oliver Wyman and McKinsey & Co. Former founding CEO, biotechnology start-up Bioingenieria Aplicada S.A. Founder and Chairman, Planetary Skin Institute, a Silicon Valley research and development corporation co-founded with NASA. Founder and Chairman, Space Time Ventures and Space Time Analytics. World Economic Forum: Member, Global Future Council on Environment and Resource Security; Member, Global Advisory Council for the last eight years designing and incubating innovation programs to address global critical issues in energy, food and water security, risk management, climate change and tropical ecosystem protection.

Marcelo Mena Carrasco - Biochemical engineer, MS and PhD at the University of Iowa. Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT Joint Program on the Policy and Science of Global Change. Distinguished Alumnus at Universidad Catolica de Valparaíso and the University of Iowa. In 2017 he received the Clean Air and Climate Honorary Award for working on developing air quality policies for Chile. In each of the years in government there were massive reductions in respiratory emergency room visits from obstructive crisis, and total air quality episodies in cities like Santiago were reduced in over 70% since 2013. He was minister during Michelle Bachelet’s award from UN Environment: Champions of the Earth. Dr Mena is also a cyclist, and a renewable energy enthusiast.

Maurício Lopes, a plant geneticist by training, received his BSc degree in Agronomy (1983) from the Federal University of Viçosa, Brazil, his MS degree in Plant Genetics (1989) from Purdue University, Indiana, USA and his PhD in Genetics (1993) from the University of Arizona, Tucson, USA. Dr. Lopes served in a number of national and international committees, missions, panels and working groups related to agricultural R&D. He started his activities as an Embrapa (Brazilian AgriculturalResearch Corporation) researcher in 1989. Since then, he has held several leadership positions in the company. Most recently,he was the R&D Director. Since 2012, he is the president of Embrapa.

Alix Zwane is a social entrepreneur and CEO of the Global Innovation Fund, a $200m fund that takes a venture capital approach to supporting entrepreneurs and the scaling of evidence-based innovation in global development. She has previously served as Executive Director at Evidence Action, a non-profit that leads the Deworm the World Initiative and develops business models for effective development programs. She was Senior Program Officer in the Global Development group at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and a member of the inaugural team at google.org. Her stint in philanthropy was preceded by experience in management consulting and academia at the University of California, Berkeley. Alix holds a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University and has published widely in environmental and development economics journals.

Dr. Yin Li received his PhD in Fermentation Engineering at Jiangnan University in China in 2000. He worked in the Netherlands, Ireland, and United States as a researcher. In 2006 he was appointed as Professor by the Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Dr. Li is a microbial biotechnologist with broad interest in bioeconomy. Currently he is the Deputy Director-General of Bureau of International Cooperation CAS, director of the CAS-TWAS Centre of Excellence for Biotechnology, and editor or editorial board member of Microbiology, Microbial Cell Factories, Biotechnology Journal, Industrial Biotechnology, and Food Bioscience.

Shenggen Fan (樊胜根) has been director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) since 2009. Dr. Fan joined IFPRI in 1995 as a research fellow, conducting extensive research on pro-poor development strategies in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. He is one of the Champions of Target 12.3 of the Sustainable Development Goals, dedicated to inspiring ambition, mobilizing action, and accelerating progress toward cutting global food loss and waste. He serves as a member of the Lead Group for the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. He serves as advisor to many national governments (including China and Vietnam) on agriculture, food security and nutrition.

 

Prior to LanzaTech, Dr. Holmgren was VP and GM of the Renewable Energy and Chemicals business unit at UOP LLC, a Honeywell Company. Under her management, UOP technology became instrumental in producing nearly all the initial fuels used by commercial airlines and the military for testing and certification of alternative aviation fuel. In 2015 Dr. Holmgren and her team at LanzaTech were awarded the U.S. EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Award and she was awarded the BIO Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in Industrial Biotechnology. In 2016 she was named the most influential leader in the Bioeconomy by Biofuels Digest.

Andy Haines has been a Professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine since 2001. He was Dean for nearly 10 years until October 2010. His research interests currently focus on the linkages between health and natural systems and the health (co)benefits of ‘low carbon’ policies, including sustainable healthy cities and food systems. He has been a member of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (for the 2nd,3rd and 5th assessment reports) and the WHO Advisory Committee on Health Research. He is currently a member of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Leadership Council, the Scientific Advisory Panel of the UNEP-hosted Climate and Clean Air Coalition and the Rockefeller Council on the Economics of Planetary Health.

Jos Lelieveld received a PhD from the University of Utrecht (1990). He was at Stockholm University (1991), the University of California, San Diego (1992), and became professor in air quality at Wageningen University in 1993, and in atmospheric physics at Utrecht University in 1995. Since 2000 he is director at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz. He is also professor at the University of Mainz and the Cyprus Institute. He is a member of the German national academy of sciences Leopoldina, of international societies, and received many distinctions. His research addresses atmospheric chemistry, air quality and climate.

Dieter Birnbacher, born 1946 in Dortmund, Germany, studied Philosophy, English and General Linguistics. He earned a B. A. (Cambridge), a Dr. phil. (Hamburg) and holds a Habilitation (Essen). From 1993 to 1996 he was professor of philosophy at the University of Dortmund, from 1996 to 2012 professor of philosophy at the University of Düsseldorf. Professor Birnbacher has published widely in applied ethics, such as bioethics, environmental ethics and future ethics. He is member of the Central Ethics Commission of the Bundesärztekammer (German Medical Association), Vice-President of the Schopenhauer-Gesellschaft, Frankfurt/M. and member of Leopoldina, National Academy of Sciences.

Mary E. Maxon is the Associate Laboratory Director for Biosciences of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). She has been integral to the strategic planning efforts and development of the Biosciences Area for four years. She earned her graduate degree in molecular cell biology from the University of California, Berkeley. Maxon has worked in the private sector, both in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry, as well as the public sector, highlighted by her tenure as the Assistant Director for Biological Research at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President, where she developed the National Bioeconomy Blueprint.