SESSION CHAIRS

Dilek Bil is one of three partners of Sustineo Istanbul, a consulting agency that builds systems to prioritize, measure, and report in issues of sustainability. Previously Ms. Bil gained work experience in marketing with several significant brands in Turkey and also worked as a board member of the Turkish-British Business Association. Ms. Bil holds the position of vice president of the Turkish Financial Literacy and Inclusion Association (FODER) as well as a BBA in International Finance and International Marketing from the University of North Texas, USA.

Hannelore Daniel is a nutritionist by background and is director of the Centre Institute of Nutrition and Food Research at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. Since 2009 she has been a member of the German Bioeconomy Council. In addition she holds various memberships in national and international organisations such as the National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina). Ms. Daniel co-founded the European Nutrigenomics Organisation (NuGO) and the European personalised nutrition project Food4Me. She has received several well-known scientific awards as well as the Medal of the Land of Bavaria.

In 2010 Regina Birner took the Chair of Social and Institutional Change in Agricultural Development at the Institute of Agricultural Economics and Social Sciences in the Tropics and Subtropics, University of Hohenheim, Germany. Before that Ms. Birner worked as Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) where she led the Research Program on “Governance for Agricultural and Rural Development”. She has many years of professional experience in working in and with development countries such as Ghana and Uganda. Since 2012 Ms. Birner has been a member of the German Bioeconomy Council.

Ingrid Kögel-Knabner has held the Chair of Soil Science at the Life Sciences Centre of Technical University of Munich since 1995. During this time, she gained varied experiences by visiting the US Geological Survey/Reston and the Delft University of Technology. Aside her membership in the German Bioeconomy Council, Ms. Kögel-Knabner is represented in the Committee of the German Research Foundation as well as in evaluation panels of the German Science Council. She is also a member of several high-impact soil science journals and since 2011, she has been Carl von Linde Fellow at TUM Institute of Advanced Study.

Daniela Thrän is head of the department of Bioenergy Systems at the German Biomass Research Center (DBFZ) and also of the Bioenergy Department at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ). Ms. Thrän is a graduate Diplom-Engineer for environmental technologies and since 2011 she has held the professonial chair Bioenergy Systems at the Institute for Infrastructure and Resources Management, University of Leipzig. Aside from her membership in the German Bioeconomy Council, Ms. Thrän is represented in working groups at ISO, CEN, VDI, DIN, the European technology platform for biofuels as well as the IEA Bioenergy Task 40.

Georg Backhaus has been the President of the Julius Kühn Institute since 2008. Previously he gained professional experiences at the Swedish Agricultural University, Uppsala, as director of the department of Plant Protection in Horticulture at the Provincial Chamber of Agriculture in Weser-Ems as well as at the Federal Biology Institute of Agriculture and Forestry (president). He is a graduate agricultural scientist specializing in horticulture and phytomedicine and also the publisher of the Journal of Horticultural Crops. Since 2012, Mr. Backhaus has been a member of the German Bioeconomy Council.

Holger Zinke is a molecular biologist and entrepreneur. In 1993 he founded BRAIN Biotechnology Research AG and acted as CEO until summer 2015. BRAIN is a technology company group with a focus on white/industrial biotechnology. It holds a leading role in the area of the industrial use of natural microbial biodiversity with more than 80 collaborations with companies such as BASF and Clariant. Mr. Zinke is represented in several commissions and advisory committees, e. g. the Association of the German Chemical Industries (VCI) and the Bioeconomy Panel of the European Commission. Since 2010, he has also been a member of the German Bioeconomy Council.

Folkhard Isermeyer is the president of the Thünen-Institute, an indepedent research institute under the roof of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture. The Institute carries out research and provides science-based policy advice with regard to agriculture, forestry, fisheries and rural areas. Mr. Isermeyer received his doctorate degree in agricultural economics from Göttingen University where he holds a professorship. His research focus is mainly on international comparisons of agricultural production systems and on politics (agricultural, environmental, animal welfare, research policy). Mr. Isermeyer is represented in several committees, since 2009, he has been a member of the German Bioeconomy Council.

Gernot Brodning is currently the Director of the Global Economics and Social Science Programme at IUCN. He has some 25 years of international experience in policy analysis, program/project management and research in natural resources management, biodiversity conservation and climate change, with a focus on livelihood and governance issues. Mr. Brodnig worked for UNESCO's World Heritage Centre, served as UNDP's Environment Advisor for Asia, and - most recently - managed various REDD+ research and capacity-building initiatives at the World Bank. Before, he spent five years as a Research Fellow at Harvard University, investigating environmental and social impacts of oil exploration.

Léon Broers is an agronomist and since 2007 he has been the Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board at KWS SAAT SE, Germany. The company is one of the world’s leading seed producers and Mr. Broers is chiefly responsible for the research and development and energy-plant sectors. In this position, he was involved in many plant breeding projects such as GABI, the former German plant genome research initiative. Mr. Broers gained professional experiences at Nunhems (Bayer Cropscience) and joined the German Bioeconomy Council in 2012.

Harald Grethe is an experienced agronomist and since 2008, Professor of Agricultural and Food Policy at the Universität Hohenheim. Furthermore he advises the German government in several positions such as the Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board on Agricultural Policy, led by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, as a member of the Bioeconomy Strategy Group at the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Wurttemberg and many others. Mr. Grethe is also represented in various international associations as the International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium and the European Association of Agricultural Economists.

Dirk Pilat is currently the Deputy Director of the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation. 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 1997and has worked primarily on how to strengthen the contribution of science and innovation to economic performance and social outcomes. He became Head of the Science and Technology Policy Division in January 2006, with responsibilities for the OECD’s work on science, technology and innovation policy. Mr. Pilat holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Groningen.

Jackie Hunter joined BBSRC as CEO in October 2013. She has wide experiences in the bioscience research sector, working across academia and industry and playing a key role in innovative collaborations and partnerships. She holds a personal chair from St George's Hospital Medical School and a PhD in Psychology from Bedford College, London. Ms. Hunter spent several years developing and leading GSK's external science engagement strategy. She also gained professional experience in founding of OI Pharma Partners in 2010 to support the life science sector in harnessing the power of open innovation. Jackie Hunter is a current member of the Council of the University of Hertfordshire.

Franz Fischler is an experienced representative of the agriculture sector whose career began at the Provincial Chamber of Agriculture of Tyrol. After becoming its director, Mr. Fischler was appointed Federal Minister of Agriculture and Forestry in Austria in 1989. In that capacity he played an important part in the negotiations for Austria's accession to the European Union. From 1995 to 1999 he was European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development and after that also responsible for Community fisheries policy. Since 2004 Franz Fischler has concentrated on consultancy work, giving lectures and holding speeches. In addition he has been president of the think tank European Forum Alpbach and Chairman of the RISE-Foundation since 2012.

Inge Paulini has been the Secretary-General of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) since 2009. Ms. Paulini holds a Master of Science in Nutrition, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Washington State University, a Diploma in Nutrition, University of Bonn as well as a Ph.D. in Biology from the University Hannover. Before joining the WBGU she worked in various leading poitions at the Federal Environment Agency (Germany) on environmental and sustainability topics. In addition Ms. Paulini is a member of several committees on sustainable development strategies.

Helge Braun has been Minister of State to the Federal Chancellor since December 2013. Four years before he held the position of the Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Education and Research. Since 2009, Mr. Braun has been a member of the German Bundestag (also from 2002 to 2005: Committee on Education, Research and Technology Assessment and Committee on the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety). Before starting his political career, Mr. Braun worked as a doctor.

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.

Luis Almagro Lemes was elected Secretary General of the Organization of American States on March 18, 2015. Mr. Almagro was Foreign Minister of Uruguay from 2010 to 2015. In addition, he was elected Senator in the national elections in Uruguay in October 2014. Mr. Almagro, a career diplomat, was also Ambassador to China for five years, after occupying senior diplomatic posts in the Foreign Ministry of his country, and in the Embassies of Uruguay in Germany and Iran. In 2014 Foreign Policy magazine named him a Leading Global Thinker, one of ten decision-makers in the region granted this international distinction.

Mohd Nazlee Kamal has been the CEO of Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation Sdn Bhd since 2011. Prior to this, he was the founding CEO of Inno Biologics and the Group Managing Director of Inno Bio Ventures. He also has six years of business development experience with MNCs such Amersham Biosciences, Sartorius and BBraun. Mr. Kamal worked as a lecturer at the University of Technology Malaysia and invented the ‚External Spinfilter’ now marketed by Sartorius BBI Systems. Mr. Kamal holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from University of Queensland, Brisbane and is a member of several international associations such as Malaysian Molecular Biology Society.

Rene van Ree has over 25 years working experience in the energy sector with a current main focus on bioenergy, advanced biofuels and biobased products. Since 2007, Mr. van Ree has acted as leader Bioenergy & Biofuels at Food & Biobased Research Wageningen and has also been the coordinator of the IEA Bioenergy Task 42 Biorefining. Additionally he holds memberships in the Steering Committee European Biofuel Technology Platform (EBTP), the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) Bioenergy as well as in the Energy Advisory Group at the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. Mr. van Ree has a master’s degree in chemistry.

Gerfried Jungmeier has been the Austrian Team Leader in IEA Bioenergy Task 42 Biorefining since 2007. He studied Mechanical Engineering at Graz University of Technology and wrote his PhD on ‚Greenhouse gas balance of bio energy systems’ (1999). From 1993 on Mr. Jungmeier has been worked Joanneum Research mbH where he is currently responsible for energy systems and strategies. His research focuses mainly life cycle assessment, bioenergy, emission and energy balances. Additionally Mr. Jungemeier is operating agent in Task 19 Life Cycle Assessment of Electric Vehicles of the IEA Implementing Agreement Hybrid and Electric Vehicles and lecturer at several Austrian universities.

Olivier Dubois is Senior Rural Institutions Officer and Coordinator of the Bioenergy Group within the Climate, Energy and Tenure Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). He has worked on land use intensification, forest management, and institutional aspects of rural development in more than 40 countries, through both long-term assignments for instance with the Belgian Cooperation Agency and FAO, and several short-term missions, including the World Bank and the European Commission. Mr. Dubois has a Masters in Agronomy, certificates in Tropical Agriculture, Rural Economics and Sociology from the Faculty of Agronomy of Gembloux, Belgium, and a Masters in Environmental Management from the European Community Environment Programme.

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.

Stephen Blackmore is a British botanist with a PhD from the University of Reading, Berkshire. Since 2014 Mr. Blackmore has been chairman of the Botanic Gardens Conservation International. Additionally he is expert committee’s chair of the Darwin Initiative, supported by the UK government, and also a board member of the Seychelles Islands Foundation. Mr. Blackmore gained professional experience among others as Head of the National Herbarium and Botanic Garden at the University of Malawi as well as Head of Palynology and Keeper of Botany at Natural History Museum in London. Stephen Blackmore has received several awards including Victoria Medal of Honour.

Peter Schintlmeister is an Austrian chemical engineer with emphasis on industrial biotechnology. After working experience in industry and at NGOs he joined the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy in 2003, where he is responsible for the field life sciences and biotechnology. Beside this Mr. Schintlmeister represents the ministry in various positions such as commission’s chairman of the European Expert Group for Bio-Based Products and the OECD’s Task Force of Industrial Biotechnology. He is also a member of the European Commission’s Bioeconomy Panel and worked temporarily at the Austrian Embasy in Beijing.  

Szilvia Nemeth works as Policy Officer responsible for International Cooperation in the Bioeconomy Directorate of DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission. She has been a member of the team of the 'Strategy' unit since 2007 where she is also in charge of communication activities. Prior to this she had worked in DG Enlargement and DG Agriculture and Rural Development. Before joining the Commission, Ms. Nemeth had gained experience of several years in the private sector and in the public administration of Hungary. As an EU expert she was employed by the department of agro-economics at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Ms. Nemeth has a background in International Economics.

Lino Paula works as a policy officer at the Research & Innovation DG of the European Commission and is currently involved in the Ethics and Gender Unit. He holds a M.A. in Biotechnology Law and Ethics, Sheffield University and a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies, University Amsterdam. Before joining the European Commission, Mr. Paula gained several research experiences such as senior lecturer biology and society at the Institute of Biology of Leiden University. Additionally he worked on various projects for the Dutch Parliament and other international studies on the main topics of ethics and life sciences.

During her political science studies Marion Aberle gained journalistic experiences as a freelancer for various daily newspapers and for television. After graduating from university she completed an editorial traineeship at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Following this she worked there in several positions including a two years stay in South Africa. In 2004 Ms. Aberle joined the German NGO Welthungerhilfe. She started as press officer, afterwards she was head of information and press office. Since 2014 Ms. Aberle has been supporting Welthungerhilfe’s politics and lobbying activities.

Andrea Noske was appointed Head of Division “Bio-Economy” at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research in September 2015. Her main responsibilities include project funding as well as science and technology policy in relation to a bio-based economy. She had previously completed a four-year post as Head of the Science and Technology section at the German Embassy in Washington, D.C. Additionally Ms. Noske gained political experiences, among others, as Desk Officer for Scientific Cooperation with Israel in the division “Bilateral Cooperation with Western Europe, Mediterranean Countries and Africa”, Deputy Personal Assistant to Federal Minister Jürgen Rüttgers as well as Head of the German Delegation at the OECD Science and Technology Policy Committee and also at the OECD Education Policy Committee.