Asia Renewables 2018 - 4th Biomass & Bioenergy Asia

17-19 Jan, 2018 - Ho Chi Minh City, VIETNAM

Eastin Grand Hotel Saigon
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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. Pham Van Bac

Dr Pham Van Bac holds a BSc in Chemistry in Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava in 1983. In 1999 he achieved the Doctoral degree in Refining and Petrochemical at Gubkin University in Moscow, Russia. He has experiences of nearly 30 years working in the oil and gas industry in Vietnam, he has contributed important role in many key projects and also the development of Petrovietnam as well.  

Dr.Bac started his career as a Chemist at National Chemistry Institute in 1989 and then joining in oil & gas industry. He has excellently served in many senior positions in the petroleum companies, including that of Manager of Technical Supervisor Department (Dung Quat Refinery Project), senior engineer of State’s Steering Committee of Oil & Gas Projects, senior engineer of Board of Directors’ Office, Deputy General Director of Long Son Petrochemical Complex Project and currently being Deputy General Manager of Oil & Gas Division (Petrovietnam) since  2010.

Dr. Pham Van Bac, Deputy General Manager - Petroleum Processing Div
Ethanol Demand Outlook in Vietnam & Fuel Ethanol Production from Cassava – Challenges & Opportunities
Day 3 [Fri 19, January], at 09:10 AM

Mr. Andy Bui

Andy Bui is the Vice President of AVP. Since 2015 AVP has become the biggest woodpellet supplier in south East Asia, cover more than 50 % of the whole market. AVP is family own business, his background is a mechanical engineerer and also involved in timber industries for many years. Andy Bui has been in the biomass business for nearly 6 years and has been attending worldwide biomass conference as a guess speaker.


Woodpellet is a challenging business and still on the growning process. Reputation is the most important factor to be in this business for Andy and his company.

Mr. Andy Bui, International Sales Director
An Viet Phat Energy Co., Ltd
Development of Vietnam’s Wood Pellet Market
Day 2 [Thu 18, January], at 03:00 PM

Mr. John Jeon

John JEON also known for JJ, has been in working for GS Group, the energy based conglomerate in South Korea, for 5 years as biomass trader. GS has set up a wood pellet factory in China as joint venture, and has been dealing with a no. of countries as partner including South East Asian countries and Canada.

GS Group is not only a trader but also an end-user of biomass fuel, having its 105MW powerplant running since 2015 with 400,000MT of PKS, and no. of other power plants who will be obligated to use wood pellets in near future.

Mr. John Jeon, Biomass Trader, Green Energy Team
GS Global Corporation
South Korea - Wood Pellets & Biomass Demand & Import Outlook
Day 2 [Thu 18, January], at 02:00 PM

Mr. Matt Wilson

Matt is Corporate Affairs Director of HEINEKEN Vietnam and previously was Corporate Affairs and Legal Director for HEINEKEN New Zealand. He has held management roles for HEINEKEN in Corporate Affairs and Legal fields as well served on the Boards of non-profits from the packaging, advertising and theatre industries. Matt was born in New Zealand and is passionate about the environment and working for HEINEKEN to Brew a Better World.

Mr. Matt Wilson, Corporate Relations Director
Heineken Vietnam Brewery
Dropping the C(O2) with Biomass
Day 2 [Thu 18, January], at 11:40 AM

Mr. Craig Jackson

Craig Jackson was born in NYC and attended NYU where he received his degree in marketing. His time in the pulp and paper sector has been a total of 38 years first working at the Simpson Paper Company where he was Executive Vice President.

For the past 18 years he has been at CellMark AB a Swedish trading company, At CellMark he has been Managing Director of both Sierra Fibers and Singapore Pulp Private Ltd, currently is heading up the energy sector in Asia.

He sits on the BOD of GPS and Asia Pellet Company both are joint ventures for CellMark with local entrepreneurs. Craig has been based in Singapore for the past 13 years with his family. 

Mr. Craig Jackson, VP
CellMark Asia Pte Ltd
Leveraging on Global Experience to Establish Bio-Energy Presence in Asia
Day 2 [Thu 18, January], at 05:00 PM

Mr. Wouter van Ravenhorst

Mr. van Ravenhorst graduated from The University of York with a MSc Degree in Business Administration. He has always had an interest in businesses that focus on sustainability and think in long-term generations, which was one of the reasons to join Control Union in 2015 in The Netherlands. Since then he has been involved in multiple projects related to certification, inspection and logistics, covering various commodities. Nowadays, his focus lies on, among others, the Asian biomass sector and specifically areas such as sustainability and traceability. Currently, he lives in Vietnam, one of the key biomass sourcing areas in Asia

Mr. Wouter van Ravenhorst, Project Manager
Control Union Vietnam Co.,Ltd
Developing Sustainable-Certified Biomass Products for Export
Day 2 [Thu 18, January], at 04:30 PM

Mr. Pedro Campilho

Pedro Campilho is a member of Pöyry’s Global Bioenergy Consulting business and he is based in Pöyry’s London office. He has more than ten years of experience working in the bioenergy industry, and he has successfully managed a large number of consulting assignments covering the entire biomass to energy/fuel value chain in Asia, Europe, North and South America.

Pedro is a specialist in bioenergy market economics with a focus on the global market for white and black pellets for energy generation. His expertise also includes biomass price projections, biomass port infrastructure, biomass conversion technologies (white and black pellets, advanced biofuels, combined heat and power and dedicated power generation), long-distance ocean transport chains, trade-off analysis and entire supply chain optimization.

Pedro has been involved in several commercial and technical due diligences supporting clients in their investment and divestment strategies. Pedro holds an engineering degree in Forest Products Technology from the Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal, and an MSc in Bioenergy from the Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal.

Mr. Pedro Campilho, Senior Consultant
Pöyry Management Consulting (UK) Ltd.
Chairman’s Remarks & Introduction
Day 3 [Fri 19, January], at 09:00 AM
Strategic Options for Vietnamese Pellet Producers in a Rapidly Changing Market
Day 2 [Thu 18, January], at 04:00 PM

Mr. Tran Viet Nguyen

Mr. Nguyen Viet Tran has 15 year’s experience in various power sectors. Currently the deputy Director of Business Department in Electricity of Vietnam (EVN), he is responsible for energy efficiency, demand side management (DSM) and renewable energy. He has held various positions of functional departments in Petrovietnam Power Corporation (PVPower), Office of the Government (GO) and Electricity of Vietnam (EVN). Mr. Nguyen holds Bachelor degree in Information System Management for Business from Swinburne University of Technology (Australia) and MBA from Victoria University (Australia)

Mr. Tran Viet Nguyen, Deputy Director, Business Development
Vietnam Electricity (EVN)
Towards RE’s Cooperative Partnerships between EVN & the Private Sector
Day 2 [Thu 18, January], at 10:10 AM

Mr. Ha Dang Son

Mr. Ha Dang Son has been involving in various consulting and policy advisory activities related to clean energy, climate change and green growth in Vietnam. At present, Son is involved in the Vietnam Low Emission Energy Program funded by USAID to support the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam in developing new policies and strategies to support private investments in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Vietnam. Prior to his current position, Son led a team to support the Ministry of Construction in Vietnam in developing the Low Carbon Development Action Plan for the cement sector, and supported the Government of Bhutan in developing the NAMA/MRV Framework and the NAMA proposal for energy efficiency in the building sector.

Mr. Ha Dang Son, Deputy Chief of Party
USAID Vietnam Low Energy Emission Program
Promoting RE Investment: From Policy Perspective to Actions
Day 2 [Thu 18, January], at 11:10 AM

Mr. Luu Hoang Ha

Luu Hoang Ha specializes in Energy, Infrastructure and Natural Resources with 22 years of legal practice experiences. Ha regularly represents Fortune 500 clients and major Vietnamese companies in many of the most complex projects in the country. He has been instrumental in drafting major regulations affecting the Vietnam energy sector. Ha has been consistently recognized by peers as a top tier energy lawyer in independent legal listings such as Chambers & Partners, Legal 500, and IFLR.


Ha served as a Board Director of AIPN (Association of International Petroleum Negotiators) from 2013 to 2016. He is a committee member of Power Law Committee, Oil and Gas Committee, and Environment, Health and Safety Committee of the IBA (International Bar Association).


Mr. Luu Hoang Ha, Partner
VILAF Hanoi Branch
Chairman’s Remarks & Introduction
Day 2 [Thu 18, January], at 09:00 AM
Vietnam Renewable Energy: Investment Opportunties & Key Considerations
Day 2 [Thu 18, January], at 09:40 AM

Mr. Nguyen Ninh Hai

Mr. Nguyen Ninh Hai is Acting Director of Renewable Energy Department under Electricity and Renewable Energy Authority of Minstry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam (MoIT). Mr. Hai has been working as MOIT’s officer in renewable energy field since 2008. Mr. Hai has involved in drafting promoting mechanisms and policies to promote development of renewable energies in Vietnam, including FIT for wind power, biomass, and municipal solid waste to energy and solar, National Strategy on promoting development of renewable energy in Vietnam, National Master Plan on Renewable Energy in Vietnam. Mr. Hai is also Vietnam focal point of Renewable Energy Subsector Network under ASEAN Energy Cooperations.

Mr. Nguyen Ninh Hai, Acting Director, Renewable Energy
Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT)
National Master Plan & Renewable Energy Roadmap - Now till 2020 and the Future
Day 2 [Thu 18, January], at 09:10 AM

Ms. Nguyen Tuong Khanh

Mrs. Khanh has been working for GIZ since 2007 and currently is the Senior Project Officer of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (4E) project. She is technically responsible for the implementation and quality assurance of the Renewable Energy component (bioenergy).

With more than 10 years working experiences in the development organization with 9 years focus on renewable energy development in Vietnam, Mrs. Khanh has intensively involved in relevant policies development and advices, design and implementation of capacity building measures to key stakeholders and private sector support. With regards to bioenergy projects, Mrs. Khanh has engaged in the development of the FIT for solid biomass and W2E projects in Vietnam and closely supporting the sugar industry in increasing energy production from bagasse and other biomass resources. “Work for change” is the dream job for Khanh, as the impacts of her work in the development sector are significant, on a wide spectrum and on a sustainable basis.

Ms. Nguyen Tuong Khanh, Snr Project Officer, Energy Support Prog, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Project
Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Solid Biomass Energy Development in Vietnam: Potentials, Applications & Success Factors
Day 3 [Fri 19, January], at 09:40 AM

Mr. Ted Kim

Joined Samsung C&T in 2010. Current position is Manager and handling biomass products, especially wood pellet since 2013. Has experience in trading commodities and Waste to Energy projects.

Mr. Ted Kim, Agri & Commodities Part (Palm Product Trading)
Samsung C&T Corporation HQ
Prospects for Biomass Co-firing in SE Asian’s Coal Power Plants
Day 3 [Fri 19, January], at 11:10 AM