Position: Associate Senior Research Fellow

Organisation: CEPS

Contact him by email felice.simonelli@ceps.eu or connect with him on LinkedIn

Felice Simonelli is an Associate Senior Research Fellow at CEPS. Since 2009 Felice Simonelli has been providing research and advisory services to public institutions, trade associations, and companies. His research and consultancy activities focus on better regulation, digital economy, industrial competitiveness, research and innovation, energy and energy-intensive industries. Felice has managed large research projects on better regulation and analysis of public policies for the European Commission and the European Parliament, including impact assessments and ex post evaluation of EU legislation. He has extensive experience in data collection and analysis across EU countries, including conducting interviews and surveys and arranging stakeholder consultations on behalf of the European Commission. In 2012 he was a visiting Ph.D. student at The Buchmann Faculty of Law (Tel Aviv University) and in 2011 he was a visiting researcher at Berkeley Law (University of California). He holds a Ph.D. in Law and Economics from LUISS University, an LL.M. cum laude in Law and Economics from Erasmus University of Rotterdam and from Ghent University, a two-year M.Sc. cum laude in Law and Economics and a Bachelor cum laude in Economics and Business from LUISS. He has published several papers on peer reviewed journals. He is a native Italian speaker and fluent in English.

Position: Head of Working Group Innovative Solid Biofuels

Organisation: IEA Bioenergy Technology Collaboration Program

Contact him by email luc.pelkmans@caprea.be or connect with him on LinkedIn

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Position: Head of Department “EU and International Cooperation”

Organisation: FNR

Contact him by email B.Kerckow@fnr.de or connect with him on LinkedIn

Studied agricultural sciences with a specialisation in agricultural economics at University of Göttingen (Germany). Work at the Federal Research Centre for Agriculture in Braunschweig, Germany (now Thünen), German Federal Ministry of Agriculture (BMEL), European Commission DG Research and since 1997 at Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V. (Agency for Renewable Resources, FNR). Represents Germany in IEA Bioenergy and IEA AMF. Actively involved in supporting the European Technology and Innovation Platform Bioenergy (ETIP Bioenergy, formerly EBTP) since 2006.

Position: Senior Scientist

Organisation: VTT

Contact her by email Kati.Koponen@vtt.fi or connect with her on LinkedIn

Kati Koponen, Dr.Sc (Tech), works as a Senior Scientist at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. With over 13 years of experience, she is an expert in climate impact and sustainability assessment of renewable energy. Her research has focused on the European Union Renewable Energy Directive RED2 and its sustainability criteria for bioenergy and alternative fuels. She is a National Team Leader in IEA Bioenergy Task 45 “Climate and sustainability impacts of bioenergy within the broader bioeconomy”. Currently, she coordinates EU H2020 project “Quantifying and Deploying Responsible Negative Emissions in Climate Resilient Pathways (NEGEM)”.

Position: Senior Scientist

Organisation: AFRY

Contact him by email petteri.pihlajamaki@afry.com or connect with him on LinkedIn

Mr Pihlajamäki has over 30 years of experience in strategic development of forestry and forest/bioproduct industry businesses worldwide. He has capability to combine complex fibre resource, market, competitiveness and environmental issues into strategic plans and advice to improve business performance and shareholder value. Over the years he has accumulated a large experience in forestry, investment strategy and M&A assignments for leading international corporations, and more recently also in climate impact and forest carbon strategies. Mr Pihlajamäki has gained extensive global experience in his assignments in Europe, Russia, South and South-East Asia, East and West Africa, Latin America and the USA.

Position: Business Development Manager

Organisation: CENER BIO2C

Connect with her on LinkedIn

Agronomy Engineer by the Public University of Navarra, with a solid technical knowledge gained through the 14 years of experience as Biomass Researcher in CENER Biomass Department. She has been specially focused on bioeconomy strategies and clustering, comprehensive process sustainability, sustainable use of biological resources and production of biofuels/bioproducts based on EU and US based Directives. Over the years, she has participated in a set of industry driven and EU funded projects.

At the moment she is implementing and developing growth opportunities within Biomass Area of CENER, by the establishment of long term value factor from the point of view of markets, customers, partners and their interrelationships in biomass and bio-based products sector.

Position: CTO CO2 and Energy ArcelorMittal Europe flat products

Organisation: ArcelorMittal

Graduated in engineering from Ecole Centrale de Lille, Jean-Luc has held various positions in the companies ArcelorMittal and Eramet in operational and technical functions. Since 2016, he is in a position of CTO and is participating to the construction of the CO2 roadmap of ArcelorMittal in Europe.  As such, he is involved in several initiatives in breakthrough technologies and the field of biomass transformation and use is part of them.

He is a native French speaker and fluent in English.