7th Biomass Pellets Trade & Power

16-19 May, 2016 - Tokyo, JAPAN

Tokyo Marriott Hotel
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About our Event Speakers
We pride ourselves in presenting to you accomplished leaders, authors and advocates with strong track records of achievement and vision in a wide array of backgrounds, professional fields and life experiences. We believe you will benefit from their years of knowledge and experience and also from the latest thinking and innovative processes driving individuals and organizations forward.
Dr. Ir. Wim Willeboer

 Wim has an MSc in Mechanical and Process Engineering and a PhD in Energy Conservation in Industry.

His early work was Project Engineering at both KEMA and PNEM/EPZ.

Over the period 1989 - 1997 he was R&D Manager at Demkolec, the worlds' first demo IGCC.

In 1997 Wim became Project Manager at Essent for a novel wood gasification plant.

After that, he was Manager of the Process technology group of Essent.

Today, he is Strategic Engineer in RWE Generation in the Netherlands. His current work covers subjects such as biomass co-firing, coal firing, wood gasification, technological support and trouble shooting on running plants, RWE's R&D work and innovation, project scouting, etc.

Dr. Ir. Wim Willeboer, Strategic Engineer, Process Technology
RWE Generation NL BV
Co-Firing of Black Pellets in Pulverized Coal Fired Power Stations
Day 1 [Mon 16, May], at 03:30 PM
Technical Perspective from A Decade’s Experience with High Percentages Biomass Co-Firing
Day 3 [Wed 18, May], at 10:25 AM

Mr. Matt Bovelander

Mr Bovelander has worked for many years in forest industry consulting bringing a wealth of experience based solutions to a broad range of client challenges from Asia to West Africa and South America. Specifically Mr Bovelander's bio solutions focus has concentrated primarily on agricultural feedstocks for biofuels (e.g. oil palm and Jatropha for biodiesel and sugar cane for bioethanol) as well as biomass (e.g. wood chips, wood pellets and EFB pellets) for energy generation and bio based economies. This work has included investigation into the development of short rotation woody crops in support of industry initiatives.

Typical assignments undertaken by Mr Bovelander include market research, feed stock assessment, technology evaluation, due diligence and project feasibility assessment for a wide range of clients covering forest industry, investors, lenders, project developers and trading houses.

Mr. Matt Bovelander, Senior Consultant Bio Solutions
Indufor Asia Pacific Ltd
Chairman’s Welcome & Remarks
Day 2 [Tue 17, May], at 09:00 AM
Japan & Korea: Developments in Policy Instruments & their Impact on Demand for Internationally Traded Biomass
Day 2 [Tue 17, May], at 12:15 PM

Chairman’s Remarks
Day 3 [Wed 18, May], at 09:30 AM

Ms. Miho Kurosaki
 Miho covers power and gas with a particular focus on Japan's energy market reforms. Prior to her current role, she was an Environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) analyst covering Asia Pacific region. In her role as an ESG analyst she served as a member of the Environmental Reporting and Disclosure committee convened by Japan's Ministry of Environment. Prior to Bloomberg, Miho worked for Trucost, a London based environmental research firm, as a research analyst focused on on responsible investment and environmental risk assessment in portfolio management. Miho holds a Master of Science in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London and a BA in Economics from Keio University.

Ms. Miho Kurosaki, Power & Gas Senior Analyst
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Impact of Electricity Market Reform on Japan's Generation Mix
Day 2 [Tue 17, May], at 09:10 AM

Mr. Yoshinobu Kusano

 Yoshinobu Kasuno has served as General Manager, Biomass business, Materials & Supplies Business Development & Promotion Dept., Sumitomo Corporation since 2013 and has been focusing on the development of Sumitomo's biomass business since 2007. Between 2000 - 2006 he managed wood chip projects and previously was assigned overseas in South Africa, where he was involved in establishing a joint venture for forest ownership and forest management company with South African local partner 1995 - 2000. His previous roles at Sumitomo Corporation, which he joined in 1978, have included bulk carrier chartering, bulk cement export project to the middle-east countries and woodchips projects for the Japanese pulp & paper industry.

He graduated from Waseda Univercity Faculty of Law in 1978.

Mr. Yoshinobu Kusano, General Manager, Biomass Business Team
Sumitomo Corporation
Biomass Opportunities in Japan's Electricity Generation & FIT System
Day 2 [Tue 17, May], at 09:35 AM

Mrs. Jihyun Park, Kelly
Jihyun Park (Kelly) is the energy product trading manager of Hanwha Corporation. With a M.S. in Environment Engineering from Yonsei University(2006), she has been involved in the biomass business sector since 2006 as a researcher in an environment consulting company related to response climate change. She then joined Hanwha Corporation as a project developer in renewable energy power plants and wood pellet plants. Currently, Kelly handles trading energy products including wood pellet, carbon credit and electricity.

Mrs. Jihyun Park, Kelly, Manager, Green & Renewable Energy Business Team Strategic Business Development Division
Hanwha Corporation
Changes of Energy Policy in South Korea & Opportunities for Domestic/Imported Biomass
Day 2 [Tue 17, May], at 10:50 AM

Mr. Weiquan Wang

 Mr. WANG graduated from Tsinghua University in 2006, obtaining a Master's degree in Environmental Science and Technology.

Mr. WANG has been focusing on renewable energy since 2006, including solar PV, wind power, solar heating water, biogas, biomass power, MSW project, biomass heating, bio-liquid fuel, etc. His work covers policy analysis, market study, conference and expos, study tour, etc. Mr. WANG has participated many studies and programs about renewable energy such as "Chinese Wind Power Development Report in2012", "New Energy Development Planning in Tibet", "Study on Financing Mechanism of Distributed Solar PV Power Project". He is also the team leader of high-level biomass conferences named as Bio-Energy China 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, respectively.

He began to work on CDM project development in 2005 on a professional level, in all matters related to CDM projects. So far, Mr. WANG has been involved in over 50 CDM projects, including wind power, hydro power, biogas, landfill gas, biomass, waste heat recovery, etc. Mr. WANG successfully developed the first biomass CDM project in China.

Mr. Weiquan Wang, Vice Secretary General
China Renewable Energy Industry Association
China’s Effort to Curb Coal Emission & Corresponding Impact/Opportunities for Biomass Utilisation
Day 2 [Tue 17, May], at 11:45 AM

Mr. Vaughan Bassett
 Vaughan Joined Pinnacle in May 2011 and is responsible for the pellet marketing, sales, logistics and trading activities of the company. He has an extensive international career in the forest products industry, having spent almost 20 years with Sappi, a global pulp and paper company. As the executive in charge of their world-wide pulp sales, he was stationed in Hong Kong for 10 years before moving to Canada in 2007. He has also taught export management and international logistics at Humber Business School in Toronto as well as starting up his own green business in BC. Vaughan has a BSc from the University of Natal and an MBA from the University of the Witwatersrand, both located in South Africa.

Mr. Vaughan Bassett, Senior Vice President, Sales & Logistics
Pinnacle Renewable Energy
Risks along the Wood Pellet Supply Chain
Day 2 [Tue 17, May], at 04:25 PM
Biomass Supply Panel Discussion
Day 2 [Tue 17, May], at 05:20 PM

Mr. Wattanapong Thongsoi

 Wattanapong has a MBA and Engineering background, with over 17 years technical and commercial expertise in gold trading, agricultural inspection and testing services and biomass manufacturing and trading.

Currently, he is developing a Biomass Commodity Exchange to secure both supply and demand for biomass in Asia. In addition to the Biomass Commodity Exchange project, he is also developing a social enterprise in biomass called ThaiBiomass. This project secures biomass feedstock supply while creates balance of economics, society and environment in rural communities.

Mr. Wattanapong Thongsoi, Managing Director
Tipawat Corporation Limited
Biomass Pellets & Power Status in Thailand
Day 2 [Tue 17, May], at 02:15 PM
Biomass Supply Panel Discussion
Day 2 [Tue 17, May], at 05:20 PM

Mr. Andy Bui
 Andy Bui is the International Director of An Viet Phat Energy Ltd in Viet Nam. He has a background in mechanical engineer and furniture manufacture, and has been involved in the wood pellet business for 3 years.

Mr. Andy Bui, International Sales Director
An Viet Phat Energy Co., Ltd
Vietnam Pellets Biomass
Day 2 [Tue 17, May], at 02:40 PM
Biomass Supply Panel Discussion
Day 2 [Tue 17, May], at 05:20 PM

Mr. Oliver Mauss

 Oliver is a Managing Director and founding Partner of ARP Holding Pte Ltd. The Asia Resource Partners group was established in 2006 and is made up of a number of privately owned companies rapidly expanding into South East Asia and Japan. Headquartered in Singapore, the group's business activities focuses on the following segments: Fuels and Logistics, Biomass (PKS) and Coal Marketing, Hauling and Mine Logistics.

Oliver formerly worked at Morgan Stanley , Credit Suisse, and A.C. Nielsen in Singapore and Tokyo. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree, Magna Cum Laude from Babson College with a Major in International Business Studies/Minor in Japanese Studies.

Mr. Oliver Mauss, Managing Director
Asia Resource Partners Pte. Ltd.
Analysis of Palm Kernel Shells (PKS) Market Dynamics: The Impending Supply/Demand Imbalance
Day 2 [Tue 17, May], at 03:05 PM
Biomass Supply Panel Discussion
Day 2 [Tue 17, May], at 05:20 PM

Mr. Simon Rodian Christensen
 Simon has been on the board of the parent company of CM Biomass Partners, Copenhagen Merchants Group, since 1993 and has been active in the day to day operations of the group since 2003. He co-founded CM Biomass Partners in 2009, the same year that he became co-owner in the Copenhagen Merchants Group. Prior to Copenhagen Merchants, Simon worked at Cargill and then in the Private Equity team at Danske Bank. Since starting CM Biomass Partners, the company has become the world's largest independent biomass trader in part by utilizing synergies within Copenhagen Merchants. The Group companies comprise chartering, vessel management, inspection services, stevedoring, and ocean bulk terminals. Simon holds a Master in Finance from Copenhagen Business School.

Mr. Simon Rodian Christensen, CEO Terminals / Trading
CM Biomass Partners A/S
The Emergence of Russia as a Major Wood Pellet Supply Hub
Day 2 [Tue 17, May], at 04:00 PM
Biomass Supply Panel Discussion
Day 2 [Tue 17, May], at 05:20 PM

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

Mr. Brodie Govan, Biomass Broker
Voyage Power Ltd
The Fight for Fibre. International Supply & Demand Impacts on the Price of Biomass Supplies into Japan & Korea
Day 2 [Tue 17, May], at 04:50 PM
Biomass Supply Panel Discussion
Day 2 [Tue 17, May], at 05:20 PM

Afternoon Chairman:
Day 2 [Tue 17, May], at 02:10 PM

Mr. Gordon Murray
 Having been on the ground in sawmill and woodlands operations, as well as the corporate finance aspect of the industry - working in mergers, acquisitions, and project financing, Mr. Murray joined the Association in 2009. Today, he works as an ardent advocate on behalf of producers, traders, ports, terminals, shipping companies, equipment suppliers and all those who want to participate in the growth and prosperity of the Canadian wood pellet industry. Mr. Murray has a bachelor of science in forestry, is a registered professional forester and a chartered professional accountant.

Mr. Gordon Murray, Executive Director
Wood Pellet Association of Canada - WPAC
08:00 to 09:30 Breakfast Talk - Solid Biomass Fuel Characteristics & Sourcing Considerations
Day 3 [Wed 18, May], at 08:00 AM
Afternoon Chairman:
Day 3 [Wed 18, May], at 02:15 PM

Mr. Edze Diemer
 Edze Diemer (Msc) is business developer Biomass for ECN, where he focuses on commercialising ECN's knowledge, skills and technologies in biomass combustion, gasification, biobased and energy efficiency. He has 10 years experience in (bio-)renewables and power markets. Prior to ECN, Edze worked in South-East Asia with his own independent consultancy/business development company in bio-energy and biobased. Before that, he worked 5 years for a Dutch entrepreneurial strategy consulting boutique, where he focused on power markets, sustainability and (bio-) renewables and biofuels. Clients included leading EU utilities, banks, investment firms, (semi-) governments, telecommunications and aviation companies.

Mr. Edze Diemer, Senior Business Developer, Biomass & Energy Efficiency
Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN)
Smart Blending in Co-Firing Strategies: Lessons learned in Europe for Asian Markets
Day 3 [Wed 18, May], at 12:20 PM

Mr. Kazuhiko Kamada
 Since 1983 he worked for Marubeni Co., (Japanese SOGO SHOSHA (global trading house)) in charge of woodchips trading from overseas not only for raw material for pulp producing company in Asia and Europe but also for biomass fuel for electric power supply company in Japan. After 30-years career in Marubeni Co., he joined Oji Group in 2013 and became Director of the Board, Executive Officer, Oji Holdings Co., in 2015 in charge of Forest and Environmental Marketing Business sector in charge of handling market pulp, woodchips, lumber, biomass fuels (PKS, pellets) and management of new FIT scheme boilers.

Mr. Kazuhiko Kamada, Director of the Board; Executive Officer; President, Forest Resources & Environment Marketing Co.
Oji Holdings Corporation
Oji Group’s Involvement in the New FIT Scheme for Biomass Energy
Day 3 [Wed 18, May], at 11:30 AM

Mr. Kiyoshi Kamikawa

 Mr Kiyoshi Kamikawa, Managing Director of Japan Paper Association

Graduated from University of Tokyo in 1977, and M.S. (1982) degree in Wildland Resource Science from University of California, Berkeley

Joined Forestry Agency of the Government of Japan in 1977, and he served in various departments and organizations such as Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Department of Construction and Department of the Environment. He assumed positions including Director of Conservation Division and Director General of Forest Training Institute of Forestry Agency.

After 29 years of public service, joined Japan Paper Association in 2006, and he is responsible for raw materials (woodchip, pulp and recovered paper) covering various aspects such as market trends, biomass energy, forest certifications, plantation and forestry.

Mr. Kiyoshi Kamikawa, Managing Director
Japan Paper Association
Japan’s Wood Biomass Power Generation Under FIT at the Turning Point
Day 3 [Wed 18, May], at 11:55 AM

Mr. Michael Paik
 Michael Paik is Executive Director at Lantern Advisory & Investments, based in Seoul, Korea. This fund invests in renewable technologies as well as steam and energy projects. Michael received his BA in Economics at Syracuse University (1991), MBA at Yale University (1995) and JD at Columbia University (1998), and is licensed as an attorney in New York and California.

Mr. Michael Paik, Executive Director
Lantern Advisory & Investment
Operating an IPP Biomass Power Plant in South Korea (Case Study Ulsan IPP's SRF & Biomass Utilization)
Day 3 [Wed 18, May], at 02:20 PM

Mr. Yoshihiro Hamaguchi

 He received the B.E. degree and M.E. degree in Engineering Science from Kyoto University in 1981 and in 1983. He joined Osaka Gas Company Limited in 1983. He was in charge of Manager, Production Planning Division, Gas Production Department in 2000, and Plant Manager of Nakayama Nagoya Coal Fired Power Plant (149MW) in 2003, and Deputy Terminal Manager of Himeji LNG Terminal in 2008.

Since 2011, he has held the position of Director and Head of Power Business Department of Gas and Power Company Limited.

Mr. Yoshihiro Hamaguchi, Director, Head of Power Business Department
Gas and Power Co., Ltd
Design & Construction of the Pulverized Coal & Biomass Fired Power Plant
Day 3 [Wed 18, May], at 02:45 PM

Emi Oono

 Emi Ohno is a combustion engineer and manager for IHI corporation. The company designs, manufactures and constructs steam generators ranging from packaged boiler to Ultra Super-Critical boiler.

She started the research of biomass co-firing in 1998 and is currently responsible for the development of combustion system for variety of fuel including biomass.

Emi Oono, Combustion Engineer & Manager
IHI Corporation
Woody Pellet Co-firing for Pulverized Coal Fired Power Plant
Day 3 [Wed 18, May], at 03:15 PM

Dr. William "Bill" Strauss
 William Strauss is the President and founder of FutureMetrics, LLC. Dr.Strauss is globally recognized as a leading expert in the wood pellet sector. Dr. Strauss continues to be a thought leader in the sector and has published numerous papers on a variety of subjects relevant to the wood pellet sector. He is the 2012 recipient of the International Excellence in Bioenergy award and has been named as one of the most influential leaders in the biomass sector in 2016 by Argus Media. He has an MBA (specializing in Finance) and a PhD in Economics.

Dr. William "Bill" Strauss, President & Founder
FutureMetrics, LLC

Day 3 [Wed 18, May], at 08:00 AM

Mr. Junghun Kim
 Junghun Kim was an outside director at Green & Clean Tech. He established a strategic alliance with a Finnish vessel equipment company, Wartsila, and managed the first overseas office in Qingdao China. Junghun Kim is currently studying for a doctor`s course in economics at Seoul National University. In addition, he received his master`s and bachelor`s degree at Seoul National University.

Mr. Junghun Kim, Assistant Manager
EnerOne, Inc.
Changes of Energy Policy in South Korea & Opportunities for Domestic/Imported Biomass
Day 2 [Tue 17, May], at 10:50 AM

Mr. Mark Lyra
 Mark Lyra was born in Kansas, USA and was raised in São Paulo Brazil. He holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Miami and a MBA from HEC Paris. Mark began his career at AT&T in Hong Kong where he lived from 1994 to 1998. In 1999 Mark moved to Seattle, Washington to lead the expansion of VoIP services for AT&T in the US. In 2000 Mark joined Razorfish in New York City where he worked on strategy consulting projects for clients in various industries. In 2002, he began his MBA at HEC Paris and in 2004 was hired by Nissan Motors to lead a major restructuring project at the company's European HQ in Paris. Mark joined Cosan S.A. in 2008 as the company's Commercial Director for Ethanol. Mark founded Cosan Biomassa in 2010.

Mr. Mark Lyra, CEO
Cosan S/A Industria e Comercio (Grupo Cosan)
Sustainable Sugarcane Biomass
Day 3 [Wed 18, May], at 09:35 AM

Mr. Sven Rudnick

 Sven Rudnick is a General Manager at Rudnick & Enners Maschinen- und Anlagenbau GmbH.

Rudnick & Enners was established in 1977 and has more than 38 years of experience in the wood working and biomass industry. Headquartered in Alpenrod / Germany R+E´s business activities focuses on the development, engineering, production and realization of machines and system solutions for the biomass fuel, timber, particle board / MDF and pelleting industry.

Sven holds a German apprenticeship training as industrial mechanic, a Bachelor of Engineering degree from University of Applied Sciences Koblenz, Germany and an MBA from University of Louisville, USA. He has more than 10 years of professional experience in the development, engineering, production and realization of machines and system solutions worldwide.

Mr. Sven Rudnick, General Manager
Rudnick & Enners GmbH
Innovative Pellet Production at Different Scales
Day 3 [Wed 18, May], at 10:00 AM

Ms. Cindy Dawes
Cindy has worked throughout her career in the financial and physical markets as a broker developing liquidity in markets such as the interest rate derivative market, the emissions market , the weather derivative market and the biomass market. During her career she has run a number of brokerage businesses, has been part of the management team that took one of those businesses public, set up the initiative to develop cleared derivative markets as in Swap Clear and created the contracts that are now listed on the CME to hedge weather. At PVM Associates she was hired to develop the non-oil areas of the business. The first business she established at PVM in early 2013 was a brokerage business in wood pellets and chips for biomass. During her three years there the team concluded deals from prompt through to 15 years in both wood chips and pellets and gained a reputation as being the pre-eminent broker in these markets. These contracts have involved clients throughout the world including in Japan, Europe, Africa, USA, Russia, and Korea. In 2016 in order to build on the success achieved at PVM she decided to establish a specialist company focusing only on timber products; wood chips for biomass, MDF and pulp and paper and wood pellets for the industrial and heating market. Through that company she will continue to build liquidity in these markets and will continue to promote the understanding of the need for sustainable supply.

Ms. Cindy Dawes, Director
The Fight for Fibre. International Supply & Demand Impacts on the Price of Biomass Supplies into Japan & Korea
Day 2 [Tue 17, May], at 04:50 PM