Aki Nakazono joined ITOCHU corporation in 1986 after graduating from the legal department of Keio University.
For nearly two decades he held positions in charge of fuel oil, petroleum and oil products trading in Japan, East Asia, and other locations around the Pacific. From 2004, for five years Aki served as the Energy Division Head of ITOCHU Korea, which marked his first involvement in the nuclear sector. In 2009, Aki returned to Japan to become Group Manager of ITOCHU's Nuclear Fuel Group where he expanded activities in uranium trading and project development. As of last year, Aki serves as General Manager of ITOCHU's Nuclear & Low Carbon Fuel Department, which oversees two nuclear fuel groups and one group developing biomass projects and emissions credit trading.
With over 10 years of experience in Asia, Robbert Klein Langenhorst joined DPCleanTech in 2012 as a part of the management and is responsible for the company’s development in South East Asia, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America.
Robbert originally relocated to Asia to represent Dutch Companies NEM Energy Service and later on Stork Gears and Services in Singapore. Prior to joining DPCleantech, he was the Product Director at Stiebel Eltron Asia in Thailand specializing in heating equipment in retail industry. While at Stiebel Eltron, he had the privilege to develop the Asia market for heat pumps and was intrigued by the possibility of renewable energy, where technology and the environment can go hand in hand.
An MBA graduate from the University of Wales; Robbert has graduated from the University of Groningen with a BA in Economics. He is able to speak four languages: Dutch, English, German, and Thai.
Brodie Govan has been with Argus since August 2008 at the company’s London headquarters after spending time as a foreign correspondent and reporter for business publications and media agencies in America and Asia.
Since moving to Argus, Brodie covered global freight markets before taking up the role on the Argus Biomass team where he is responsible for compiling the weekly market report and index. In recent months he has been working closely with CME Group on their new financial wood pellet exchange which will be settled against the Argus index and is involved in bioenergy consultancy work.
Prior to Argus, he spent two years with Brewin Dolphin Securities at their trading division. Following spells as a reporter for a local newspaper in the state of Missouri and Scotsman Publications in Edinburgh, Brodie spent time as a foreign correspondent in south east Asia for a Scandinavian company, ScandAsia, covering business, trade and travel news.
Son-U Michael Paik is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of EnerOne, based in Seoul, Korea.
In his 20 years of professional experience in consulting and law practice, Michael has served as consultant or counsel for some of Korea's most prominent companies, and has assisted Korean, European and US clients in risk management as well as venture capital, public offering and merger transactions. Michael has also represented numerous start-upcompanies, as well as leading venture capital, private equity and investment banking firms.
As part of his practice at Hanol Law Offices, Michael served in various client management positions, including as General Counsel of Hankook Tire and the STX Group. From 2004, Michael taught corporate law, technology transfer and energy transactions as a professor at Yonsei University's College of Law, The Republic of Korea's Judicial Research & Training Institute and Seoul National University's College of Engineering, where he also served as Director of Technology Incubation, Chief Technology Officer for the university and Alumni Advisor for the International Energy Policy Program. From 2002, Michael has served in various public positions, including as an elected member representing Silicon Valley to the board of directors for the California Young Lawyers' Association, and legal advisor to the Korean Venture Capital Association, the Korean Nurses' Association and the Incheon Free Economic Zone Authority.
He is Trustee and General Counsel at the Inje Foundation, Korea's oldest privately endowed foundation and holding entity for five general hospitals and Inje University.
Matt Bovelander is a Principle with Pöyry Management Consulting heading up the bioenergy practice area in Asia. Mr Bovelander joined Pöyry in 1999 and has worked with Pöyry in Auckland, London and Indonesia. Currently Mr Bovelander works and lives in Auckland covering the Asia Pacific region.
Pöyry’s bioenergy focus in Asia has concentrated primarily on agricultural feedstocks for biofuels (oil palm and Jatropha for biodiesel and sugar cane for bioethanol) as well as biomass for energy (heat and electricity) generation. Mr Bovelander has worked on a wide range of assignements covering market research, feed stock suitability and technology evaluation, due diligence and project feasibility assessment for a broad range of clients covering Forest Industry, equity investors, lenders, project developers and trading houses. Much of this work has had both global and regional focus with specific emphasis on South East Asia.
Bioenergy assignments have included the due diligence on two bioethanol projects in the Philippines, oil palm plantation feasibility assessments, wood pellet processing feasibility assessments and integrated biodiesel processing feasibility assessments.
Mechnical Engineer(1st Class), Project Management Professional(PMP), etc.
7 years in Overseas Power Business, 5 years in Power Generation Management, 2 years as Thermal Power Training Institute Instructor, 4 years in Power Plant Construction Management and 8 years in operators
Hong Lee, Managing Director of Control Union Certifications Korea. He was born and raised in the Netherlands and started his career in Banking and Finance in the Netherlands. Went to Hong Kong 9 years ago to pursue his career in Inspection and Certifications. He initiated and wrote together with his team the Global Recycle Standard, a certification standard for Recycled materials, now used by major textile brands and retailers.
In 2010 he was appointed member of the Certification Management team of Control Union World Group. Since 2011 he is Managing Director of Control Union Certifications in Korea and is responsible for the overall management of all activities of Control Union World Group in Korea.
Mr. Roh is currently the New Business Development Team manager for Korea East West Power Co. Ltd., where he has served since 2010 in a variety of capacities, including New Renewable Energy Team manager.
He has also worked on the development of Individual Power Plant(IPP) of coal fired thermal power plant and Combined Heat Power Plants(CHP), and has explored renewable energies such as biomass, wood chip, pellet, waste energy.
He holds a BA in Mechanical Engineering from Busan University.
Mr. Håkan Ekström is the principal of Wood Resources International LLC, an internationally recognized consulting firm providing forest market analysis and wood price reporting for the forest industry worldwide since 1987.
He has, for the past 23 years, worked in various capacities relating to wood products utilization, international forest products marketing and global wood supply. His international experience is extensive, including visitation of more than 25 countries to research forest resource issues and to study forest products industry developments on-site.
He is also the editor of the Wood Resource Quarterly and the North American Wood Fiber Review, two reports tracking wood markets and focus on the global and the North American market, respectively. The reports include information about wood fiber costs, sawlog prices, wood supply, biomass markets and trade of wood products in all the major regions of the world.
Gordon is the executive director of the Wood Pellet Association of Canada, where he works on behalf of Canada’s pellet producers, traders, ports, terminals, equipment manufacturers, consultants, universities and others engaged in Canada’s pellet industry.
Before joining WPAC, Gordon spent 30 years in the forest industry – operating mills, forest operations and in finance. Most recently he has worked as an independent advisor assisting with forestry mergers, acquisitions and in raising capital. His passion for the wood pellet business began while working on a deal to sell timber assets to one of Canada’s largest pellet producers.
He has Bachelor of Science in Forestry degree from the University of British Columbia and is both a Registered Professional Forester and a Certified Management Accountant.
M. Seth Ginther is Executive Director of the U.S. Industrial Pellet Association (“USIPA”) and Co-Managing Partner of Hirschler Fleischer's Renewable Energy Group.
As Executive Director of USIPA, Seth represents the interests of the US based industrial pellet industry with a focus on issues such as specifications, certifications, sustainability, uniformity of spot trading contracts, shipping and other exporting issues such as safety, port infrastructure and transportation.
In the energy area, Seth routinely represents renewable energy businesses in project finance, negotiating and drafting power purchase agreements, recapitalizations, mergers and acquisitions and multi-state and federal legislative and regulatory matters as they relate to renewable energy. Seth, together with other members of the Firm’s Renewable Energy Practice Group, has advised clients involved in a broad spectrum of renewable and alternative energy-related projects, and closed in excess of $500 million in renewable energy transactions in the last 24 months.
Seth earned a B.A. in Political Science from Virginia Tech and a J.D. from the University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law (Editor-in-Chief of the Richmond Journal of Law and Public Interest). From 2002 to 2005 Seth served the Commonwealth of Virginia as Senior Assistant Attorney General and Chief of Commerce and Financial Law.
Larry Weick, Vice President, Business Development, Zilkha Biomass Fuels, Houston, Texas USA
Larry Weick has engineering and business development experience in oil & gas, electric power, cogeneration, and fuels technology, from startups to Fortune 100. Prior to Zilkha Biomass, he was Vice President for Syntroleum leading commercial efforts for gas-to-liquids (GTL), including two years as CFO. Previously he worked at ARCO (now BP), CSW Energy (now AEP), and developed Stanford University’s Cardinal Cogen. Early in his career he was transmission engineering supervisor at a Midwest municipal utility as well as power industry experience in Africa and the Pacific. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a MS in Engineering-Economic Systems from Stanford University. He has been licensed as a registered professional engineer; and holds several US patents.