Final Agenda

Day 1        Day 2

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

  • Welcome Evening Reception (per invitation only), 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

Setting the Scene

Session Chairs:
Joachim von Braun, Co-Chair, German Bioeconomy Council
Christine Lang, Co-Chair, German Bioeconomy Council
  • Strategic Debate: Revisiting the Concept of Bioeconomy
    Ruben Echeverria, Director General, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
    H.E. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim
    , Former President, Mauritius
    Yin Li, Deputy Director-General of Bureau of International Cooperation, CAS
H.E. Anja Karliczek, Minister of Education and Research, Germany
9:15- 9:20 Emerging Trends in Bioeconomy Policies
Christian Patermann, International Bioeconomy Advisor
09:20- 10:20

Bioeconomy, Nature and Sustainable Development

Session Chair:
Jussi Manninen, Executive Vice President, VTT Finland
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
, Former President, Mauritius

2. Climate Protection and Conservation in the Bioeconomy
H.E. Tarsicio Granizo, Minister of Environment, Ecuador

3. Tropical Agriculture and Rural Development in the Emerging Bioeconomy
Mauricio Lopes, President, Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa)
10:20- 10:50 Coffee Break, World Bioeconomy Exhibition and Media Corner
10:50- 11:35

Bioeconomy, Nature and Sustainable Development

Session Chair:
Dieter Birnbacher, Professor, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf
  • Bioeconomy of World Regions (Room: Bratislava)
    - Africa -
    Jan Börner, Professor, University Bonn
    Julius Ecuru, Head, BioInnovate Africa Programme
    Fabio Fava, Professor, University Bologna
13:35- 14:30 Networking & Lunch
14:30- 16:15

Innovation Impetus - the Future of Bioeconomy

Session Chair:
Murray McLaughlin, Co-Chair, Government’s Industrial Bioproducts Value Chain Roundtable, 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 Chairs:
    Jim Philp, Policy Analyst, OECD
    Newai Gebre-ab, former Chief Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia

    Jennifer Molloy, Researcher, University of Cambridge
    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 Media Corner
  • Innovation & Environment (Room: Prague)
    - Blue Bioeconomy -
    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 (at the Telekom Forum)
Conference Day 2 - 20 April, Telekom Forum
8:30 - 8:40 Welcome Address
H.E. Julia Klöckner, Minister of Food and Agriculture, Germany
8:40 - 8:50 Welcome Address
Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
08:50- 10:35

Global Policy Frameworks for the Bioeconomy

Session Chair:
Regina Birner, Member, German Bioeconomy Council
  • 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

    Session Chairs:
    Mohamed Ait Kadi, President, Council of Agricultural Development, Morocco
    Dirk Pilat, Deputy Director, OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation

    H.E. Lino Barañao, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovative Production, Argentina
    H.E. Tarsicio Granizo, Minister of Environment, Ecuador
    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
10:35- 11:00 Coffee Break, World Bioeconomy Exhibition and Media Corner
  • Bioeconomy of World Regions (Room: Warsaw)
     - Asia (1) -
    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
  • Policy (Room: Budapest)
    - Education and Training -
    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 (Room: Prague)
    - Climate Change and Health -
    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
13:00- 14:00 Networking & Lunch
14:00- 15:00

International Collaboration in Bioeconomy Innovation Agendas

Session Chairs:
John Bell, Director Bioeconomy, European Commission DG Research & Innovation
Elspeth MacRae, General Manager Manufacturing & Bioproducts, SCION

Introductory Keynote: Global Innovation Agendas to Achieve a Sustainable Bioeconomy
Ulrich Hamm, Member, German Bioeconomy Council
  • Strategic Debate: Reshaping Stakeholder Exchange and Agenda Setting for International Collaboration

    Carl Wolf, Vice President Europe, LanzaTech
    Gertrude Ngabirano, Executive Secretary, East African S&T Commission
    Yoshihide Esaki, Deputy Director-General, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry & Cabinet Secretariat Japan.
15:00- 15:30

Reporting from Workshop Tracks

Track Reporter:
Bioeconomy of World Regions: Fabio Fava
Industry: Derrick Williams
Innovation & Environment: Johannes Vogel
Policy: Ben Durham

15:30- 16:15

The Way forward – Communiqué of GBS2018

Session Chairs:
Joachim von Braun, Co-Chair, German Bioeconomy Council
Christine Lang, Co-Chair, German Bioeconomy Council

Dirk Carrez, Executive Director, Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC)
H.E. Cameron Dick, Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, Queensland Government
Gerard J. Ostheimer , Bioenergy Lead for Sustainable Energy for All
Aitbate Hatago Stuurmann, Researcher, University of Namibia
Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, Bishop & Chancellor, Pontificial Academy of Science
16:15 Farewell Coffee



Ian Goldin was the founding Director of the Oxford Martin School (2006-2016). He is currently Oxford University Professor of Globalization and Development and the Director of the Oxford Martin Program on Technological and Economic Change. In the course of his career, he was Vice President of the World Bank, Chief Executive and Managing Director of the Development Bank of Southern Africa and served as an advisor to President Nelson Mandela. He has a BA and a BSc from the University of Cape Town, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and an MA and Doctorate from the University of Oxford.

John Bell is Director Bioeconomy, DG Research & Innovation. He is implementing EU research & innovation policy and initiatives in biobased industries, sustainable bioeconomy, agriculture, food sector, forestry, marine, maritime and inland water. He has been a European Commission official since 1993. Mr. Bell was also a member of the Cabinet of Commissioner David Byrne with responsibility for enlargement, public health and global health security issues, including bioterrorism, and Head of Cabinet for European Commissioner Meglena Kuneva on Consumer Affairs. He completed his Doctorate at St John's College, Oxford University in 1993.

Newai Gebre-ab is the former Executive Director of the Ethiopian Development Research Institute and the former Chief Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister. He has extensive experience not only in formulating green growth and development strategies but also in macro-economic policy and international finance. In the course of his career, Mr. Gebre-ab has been involved in many multi-lateral policy forums and negotiations, such as the World Bank, the IMF, the United Nations and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development. Gebre-ab earned his undergraduate degree in economics from Haile Selassie University, Addis Ababa, and his B.Litt. degree in economics from Oxford University.  

Dirk Pilat is currently the Deputy Director of the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation. He manages the OECD’s work on innovation, business and productivity dynamics, science and technology, digital economy, consumer policy as well as the statistical work associated with these areas. He began his career in 1994 with work in the OECD Economics Department on climate change, unemployment and product market regulation. He joined the Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry in May 1997 and has worked primarily on how to strengthen the contribution of science and innovation to economic performance and social outcomes. Mr. Pilat holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Groningen.

Maria Helena Semedo is Deputy-Director General, Natural Resources of the FAO UN and has been working for it in various positions since 2003. Under her present role she coordinates the work of the 3 departments Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and two natural resources divisions. Ms. Semedo has held various ministry positions in her home country Cape Verde, including Minister for Fisheries, Agriculture and Rural Affairs and Minster for Marine Affairs. Furthermore, she has served as Chairperson of the Ministerial Conference on Fisheries Cooperation among African States bordering the Atlantic Ocean and as Chairperson of the Ministerial Conference on Fisheries Cooperation among African States bordering the Atlantic Ocean.

Murray McLaughlin is an advisor to Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) on international and government relations. He was the founding Executive Director of BIC (2010-2016) and the Sustainable Chemistry Alliance (2009-2016) in Sarnia, Ontario. In the course of his career, Mr. McLaughlin has held several high-level positions in agriculture as well as the biobased industry. He was President of Ontario Agri-Food Technologies, Deputy Minister of Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food, and President of Ag-West Biotech. He is a graduate of Nova Scotia Agricultural College, McGill (B. Sc. Agr.) and Cornell (MSC and PhD). McLaughlin is currently President of McLaughlin Consultants and consults on the Bioeconomy, Agriculture and Forestry sectors.  

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.     

Ulrich Schurr was the founding director of the Institute of Plant Sciences at Forschungszentrum Jülich (Germany). He held numerous positions in national and international science institutions and coordinated major scientific programs e.g. the European Technology Platform Plants for the Future, the Helmholtz Program Key Technologies for the Bioeconomy. He is the coordinator of the Bioeconomy Science Centre (BioSC) – an institution focussing on integrated bioeconomy solutions based on research in Sustainable plant production and resource stewardship, Microbial and molecular transformation, Microbial and molecular transformation and Economy and social implications. He coordinates national and international programs in plant phenotyping and integrated bioeconomy.

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. 

Harry Baumes 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, 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.   

Jenny Molloy is a Shuttleworth Foundation Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, studying the role and impact of open approaches to intellectual property for a sustainable and equitable bioeconomy. Her work focuses on initiatives that increase access to scientific tools such as instrumentation and biological reagents. Molloy is particularly interested in the social outcomes of distributed innovation with next generation biotechnologies in low-resource settings, making research tools more accessible, used and useful as an experiment that can provide insights into the economics and sociology of science and technology.

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 former 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'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.

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 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.


Carl Wolf is Vice President, Europe for LanzaTech. He joined LanzaTech in 2011 and has worked in various roles within the company. Carl currently leads LanzaTech’s Europe activities, including existing collaborations, new business development, and government relations. Prior to LanzaTech, Carl was a consultant at BCS, Incorporated, where he worked with environmental and energy sector clients, including the US Department of Energy’s International and Biotechnologies Office’s.

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.

Regina Birner is Chair of Social and Institutional Change in Agricultural Development at the University of Hohenheim, Germany. From 2004 to 2010, she led the Governance Research Program of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, DC. Since 2012, she has been a member the German Bioeconomy Council and the German Advisory Council on Agricultural and Food Policy. She has been consulting with international organizations, such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). She received her doctoral degree in Socio-Economics of Agricultural Development from the University of Göttingen, Germany.

H.E. Lino Barañao holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Buenos Aires. He has an extensive career as a scientific researcher in Argentina, the United States and Germany, specializing in cell biology, physiology of reproduction and animal biotechnology. In 2002 he participated in the team that achieved the first cloned veal of Latin America, genetically altered for the production of human growth hormone milk (hGH). From 2003 to 2007 he was president of the National Agency for Scientific and Technological Promotion. He is the first to hold the position of Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation of the Nation.

Nachilala Nkombo is the Country Director for the World Wide Fund for Nature in Zambia, where she is spearheading conservation programs that seek to impact agriculture, natural resources, and energy policies and programs in Zambia. Nkombo has over 10 years of experience in leading national and international policy reform initiatives. Prior to joining WWF Zambia, Nkombo served as Deputy Director for Africa at the ONE Campaign in South Africa, where she led the organization’s advocacy and campaign work. Nachilala holds a Masters of Public Management from The University of Potsdam, Germany and a Bachelor of Arts, Economics University of Zambia.

David Babson is the Senior Advisor for Renewable Energy, Natural Resources and the Environment in the Office of the Chief Scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. David is on detail and is a Technology Manager in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO). Before BETO he was a Senior Fuels Engineer at the Union of Concerned Scientists, and a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. David received a PhD in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from Rutgers University and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts.

Hiroaki Ishizuka is Senior Corporate Adviser and former President, Chief Executive Officer & Director at Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation Japan. Mr. Ishizuka began his career at Mitsubishi Chemicals in 1972 after graduation in chemical sciences at Tokyo University. Since then, he has held numerous positions in the plastics, polymer and petrochemicals divisions of the group. Hiroaki Ishizuka served on several boards of directors, including Mitsubishi Chemicals Corp. and the Kaiteki Institute. He is the Chairman of the Japan Bioplastics Association, the Japan Association for Chemical Innovation and the Japan Plastics Industry Federation.

Matthias Braun is representing „Industrial Affairs Active Ingredients“ at the Board of Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH. In addition to that he has held the position as Vice President Continous Improvement und Lean Management for Chemistry & Bio Chemistry between 2012. Most recently he has taken over the Coordination of an Efficiency Program for all Industrial Affairs in Frankfurt Germany. Matthias Braun started his career after obtaining a PhD in Chemsitry from the University of Mainz at Hoechst AG in 1992. He has held several positions in Process Development in Europe and USA and support functions bevor he was assigned as Head of the production Chemistry in Frankfurt. He has been appointed as Regional head for Chemistry in 2005 (Germany, Italy, India). Also In 2005 he was appointed Board Member in the legal entity of Germany, a position which holds still today In 2012 he became responsible for Lean Management Implementation in Chemistry& Biochemistry. Since 2012 he is also chairing the industry association for Biotech industry in Germany (Deutschen Industrievereinigung Biotechnologie, DIB).

David Babson is the Senior Advisor for Renewable Energy, Natural Resources and the Environment in the Office of the Chief Scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. David is on detail and is a Technology Manager in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO). Before BETO he was a Senior Fuels Engineer at the Union of Concerned Scientists, and a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. David received a PhD in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from Rutgers University and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts.

Steve Csonka is the Executive Director of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative, an industry partnership fostering the development and commercialization of sustainable alternative jet fuels (SAJF). CAAFI engages in public-private-partnership activities designed to assist in bringing together the group of participants needed to stand up an entirely new industrial sector. Steve is a commercial aviation professional with 32 years of experience. For the last decade, Steve has been a strong industry advocate who has worked in roles of developing pragmatic solutions to the challenges of aviation growth, and that interest led him to the accepting the current CAAFI role in 2012.

Dr Jussi Manninen is Executive Vice President at VTT responsible for the business area of Solutions for Natural Resources and Environment. The business area consists of 450 research professionals working in three research areas: Industrial Biotechnology and food solutions, Biomass processing and products, and Sustainable energy and chemical technologies. Jussi moved to VTT from the Ministry of Employment and the Economy of Finland, where he was responsible for the implementation of the Finnish Government’s key projects on the Bioeconomy and Cleantech and the Finnish bioeconomy strategy.

Yoshihide Esaki is Deputy Director-General for healthcare, biotechnology and medical policy of the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Cabinet Secretariat. After graduating at the University of Tokyo he joined METI in 1989 and has worked in various positions within the Ministry. From 2012 to 2017 he, for example, was involved in the legal system reform concerning to regenerative medicine at the Bio-Industry Division. Mr. Esaki further worked for the EU Directorate General for Industry (DGⅢ) the Japanese Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, and the Gifu prefectural Government.

Christian Patermann is an international bioeconomy expert and advisor. Over the years, he has held numerous top positions in the international science and technology policy world. He was the Director of Biotechnology, Agriculture and Food Research and the Director for Environment and Sustainable Development at the European Commission's Research Directorate-General and he was Deputy Director-General at the German Federal Ministry for Research and Education. Earlier, he worked at the European Space Agency and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory.

Tarsicio Granizo is an Ecuadorean biologist, researcher and planner for 35 years in environmental conservation for governmental and non-governmental organizations in several countries in Latin America. He has authored and co-authored several scientific publications in Ecuador and other countries. He was appointed Minister of the Environment on 24 May 2017. Has a degree in Biological Sciences from the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador and studies in Ecoauditories and Environmental Business Planning of the Institute of Ecological Research in Malaga – Spain.

Rafi Wertheim is, since 2009, Professor for Mechanical Engineering at the IWU.Fraunhofer in Chemnitz and served as head of the Machining Technology Department. Since 2015, he is Fraunhofer Senior Advisor in Israel. From 2014, teaching Mechanical Engineering at Braude College, Karmiel, Israel, ISCAR Manager of engineering from 1975 to 2003, including production, legal proprietary, international instruction and R&D. Active in CIRP, the international Academy for Production Engineering, and served as the President in 2001- 2002. Mayor of the town Qiryat Bialik in Israel from 2003 to 2008. Received his Dr -Ing. Production Engineering from the RWTH Aachen (1975), B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the Technion, Israel.

Minister Dick is responsible for delivering the Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland Biofutures 10-Year Road Map and Action Plan with a vision of a $1 billion industrial biotechnology and bioproducts sector by 2026. The 10-Year Biofutures Road Map showcases Queensland’s unique opportunities including climate, available land, quality feedstock, and close positioning to emerging markets. Minister Dick is supported in his work by Queensland's inaugural Biofutures Industry Envoy Professor Ian O'Hara of the Queensland University of Technology, who joins Minister Dick at the Global Bioeconomy Summit 2018.

Gerry is a Senior Advisor to the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (and Advisor to the President), Munich, Germany. In 2017, he acted as Principal Investigator on a Fraunhofer project entitled “Biologicalisation in Manufacturing”. He holds an honorary doctorate in recognition of his outstanding international contribution as an innovator in engineering. He was awarded the Gold Ring of the German Society of Engineering (VDI) in recognition of his insights into the fundamentals of material removal processes. He is also the recipient of the prestigious Taylor Research Medal of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in recognition of outstanding research contributions. In 2017 he was awarded the Taler Medal for his international contribution to applied R&D and Innovation.

Anja Karliczek was appointed Federal Minister of Education and Research in March 2018. She gained a diploma in business management from the FernUniversität Hagen after completing initial training as a bank clerk at Deutsche Bank AG and training in hotel management, during which she also gained qualifications to train apprentices. She worked as a hotel manager from 1994 until becoming a Member of the German Federal Parliament (Bundestag) in 2013, where she dealt primarily with issues of finance and tourism. As Minister she has announced an “offensive” for education, research and digitization. She is convinced that science has to be brought to the public’s attention.

Julia Klöckner was appointed Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture in March 2018. She gained a M.A. in Political Science, Theology and Education from Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz and underwent a journalist trainee program. From 2002 to 2011 she was a member of parliament in the German Bundestag and, from 2009 to 2011, she was a parliamentary undersecretary in the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection. From 2011 to 2018, she was the Chair of the CDU parliamentary group in the Land parliament of Rhineland-Palatinate and Deputy Chair of the federal CDU.

Gerard J. Ostheimer serves as the Bioenergy Lead for Sustainable Energy for All. Working with diverse international partners, like the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, International Energy Agency and the International Renewable Energy Agency, he promotes the development and deployment of sustainable bioenergy. In collaboration with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development Mr. Ostheimer co-founded below50, which works to deploy the world’s most sustainable Low Carbon Fuels. He now serves as a Senior Advisor for the below50 campaign. Mr. Ostheimer has a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Oregon and did postdoctoral work in Cancer Systems Biology at MIT.

Derrick Williams has been a science correspondent at Deutsche Welle for a decade, appearing regularly in the “Journal” to explain the background of breaking news stories in fields from nuclear physics to genetic engineering. He also works as the Co-Editor of European Biotechnology News magazine, and is the Communications Manager for the European Biotechnology Network. Over the years, he has worked extensively with many of Germany’s major research institutions and initiatives – among them the Helmholtz Association Research Centers, the Max Planck Society and the World Health Summit – on a wide variety of English-language media projects, films and publications.