Speakers 2017

Take a look at the industry leaders set to speak this year...

  • Mark Clayton
     
    Mark Clayton Managing Director
    Aardvark
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    Mark Clayton is from a commercial and industrial background working as Managing Director of Aardvark EM Ltd and director of Qube Renewables Ltd as well as other NED roles.

    A career commercial environmental scientist, having over 23 years’ experience in the UK public and private sectors providing commercial environmental services and support to a wide range of water and land based clients both Corporate and Private Sector. He has supported major international programmes for UNDP/EP, UNIDO, World Bank and EU to deliver sustainable solutions in renewable energy, waste recovery, and water treatment.

    Mark has extensive experience in project management, financial due diligence, technical due diligence, design and innovation particularly in the clean energy sector.

  • Newcastle University
    Newcastle University
    Professor Tom Curtis Professor of Environmental Engineering
    Newcastle University
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  • Mary Dimambro
    Cambridge Eco
    Mary Dimambro Managing Director
    Cambridge Eco
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    Mary is Managing Director at Cambridge Eco Ltd. She has led a wide range of projects within the organic waste sector over the last 14 years, focussing on digestates and compost. Mary has managed a variety of projects from pot to field trials assessing plant and soil responses to digestates and composts, including arable and horticultural crops, ornamentals, and novel crops for AD. Additional research includes specific aspects of PAS100 and PAS110 including physical contaminants. Recently Mary led a major review of the criteria for compost stability in the UK on behalf of WRAP and the Environment Agency.

  • Dr Mike Mason
    Tropical Power
    Dr Mike Mason Research Fellow, University of Oxford and Chairman
    Tropical Power
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    Engineer and entrepreneur Mike Mason is best known for co-founding ClimateCare, one of the world’s first carbon trading businesses which was sold to JP Morgan in 2008.  He is involved as an investor and director in a range of companies from Healthcare to Renewable Energy.

    He served for many years as an international judge for the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy, and is now leading research at the University of Oxford focusing on making bioenergy both commercially affordable and a positive force in food production rather than a competitor.  His aim is to move the bioenergy debate from ‘fuel or food’ to ‘fuel and more food’.

    Mike is using ruminants and other grazers to provide models of cellulolysis.  The aim is to understand why these animals are so much more effective than human designed anaerobic digesters and to translate what can be learned from them into commercial reality.

    Mike’s current commercial activities and investments include Tropical Power and Yasa Motors.  He is also a director of Healix Holdings and Chairman of Mixergy.

  • Dr Mark Walker
     
    Dr Mark Walker Research Associate, Energy2050 initiative
    University of Sheffield
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    Dr Mark Walker is a Research Associate in the Energy2050 initiative at the University of Sheffield and has 10 years of diverse AD research experience including contributions to key Defra (Food waste AD) and WRAP (PAS110) research projects. Recently Dr Walker’s research is focused on the process modelling of AD with particular foci in parameter estimation and biomass description methods, biochemical kinetics and transient operation of AD systems, micro-grid integration of AD, control and optimisation of AD and methanisation of H2 in biogas plants. Mark has recently completed a large collaborative UK/Indian research project with the aim of integrating AD with other renewables for rural electrification which resulted in the installation of a 10kW microgrid system in rural India powered by a 20 m3 biogas plant and has subsequently started working on a hybrid AD/Desalination project in collaboration with Egyptian partners.

  • Dr. Ewan McAdam
     
    Dr. Ewan McAdam Reader in Process Engineering
    Cranfield Water Science Institute
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    Ewan’s research focus is on developing innovative membrane separation technologies for environmental applications including: gas separation, water and wastewater treatment, energy production and resource recovery, and has culminated in the production of over 100 journal and conference papers. His research traverses the TRL scale and has resulted in the production of several patented membrane separation technologies that are exploring licensing opportunities. He has recently been awarded a prestigious five-year European Research Council Fellowship which allows him to explore the science underpinning membrane crystallisation, which is a unique facet of the Membrane Ammonia Crystallisation Reactor (MAC-R). This merits of this technology for application to food waste digestate treatment will be introduced at the ADBA Research and Innovation event.

  • Charlotte Morton
    ADBA
    Charlotte Morton Chief Executive
    Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA)
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    A practising lawyer for 10 years, Charlotte Morton studied for her MBA at London Business School. Establishing the business side of ADBA in 2009, she saw the potential of an industry that can deliver huge value to the UK and now some of the world’s increasingly pressing issues. Charlotte is also on the board of Green Gas Trading Ltd, which runs the Biomethane Certification Scheme.

  • Professor Jerry Murphy
     
    Professor Jerry Murphy Chair of the
    International Energy Agency (IEA) Biogas Task 37
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    Jerry is Director of the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) funded MaREI Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy. MaREI has 150 researchers and includes for researchers in 6 Universities and has 46 industry partners. Jerry is Professor of Bioenergy Research. Jerry is the Leader of the International Energy Agency (IEA) “Energy from Biogas” Task. He has served with IEA Bioenergy since 2007 and in this role has edited a book and written a number of reports. Jerry’s particular research focus is on second and third generation gaseous biofuels including for algae biofuels, power to gas concepts, and life cycle analyses of various biofuel systems. He has published ca. 100 peer review journal publications; according to Google Scholar his work has been cited over 4000 times with a H-index of 33. Jerry is a Civil, Environmental Engineer with a Masters Degree in Anaerobic Digestion (1991 – 1992) and a PhD in energy production from waste (1999 – 2003).

    Professor Jerry D Murphy
    Director SFI MaREI
    International Energy Agency Leader Task 37 (Energy from Biogas)
    Director of Bioenergy and Biofuels Research
    Environmental Research Institute
    School of Engineering
    University College Cork
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  • Frank Scholwin
    University of Rostock
    Frank Scholwin Director and owner / Honorary Professor for biogas / bioenergy at
    University of Rostock
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    Professor Dr.-Ing. Frank Scholwin is an environmental engineer who obtained his doctorate in biological waste treatment at Bauhaus University in Weimar. Between 2003 and 2010 he conducted and coordinated biogas research and consulting activities at the German center for bioenergy research (Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum gGmbH www.dbfz.de). In 2011 and 2012 he was that organisation's Scientific Director. Since 2008 he is Honorary Professor of Biogas/Bioenergy at the University of Rostock. In 2012 je founded his own Institute for Biogas, Waste Management & Energy (www.biogasundenergie.de). He is author of a large number of book chapters, conference contributions, and journal articles. He is engaged in the scientific boards of conferences and scientific bodies as well as in the European Biogas Association (EBA) as vice chair of the EBA Scientific Advisory Board.

  • Iain Soutar
    University of Exeter
    Iain Soutar Associate Research Fellow, Stepping Up
    University of Exeter
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    Iain is an Associate Research Fellow within the Energy Policy Group at the University of Exeter. His research focuses on understanding innovation and inertia in energy systems, and the implications thereof for meeting both policy and broader societal objectives. He is currently involved in the EPSRC project Stepping Up, which seeks to develop a better understanding of the impact of innovations, such as AD, within the context of the food-water-energy nexus.

  • Dr James Suckling
    University of Surrey
    Dr James Suckling Research Fellow, Stepping Up, Centre for Environmental Strategy
    University of Surrey
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    Dr James Suckling is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Environment and Sustainability, within the University of Surrey. His research focuses on the water, energy, food nexus and how niche innovations may be scaled up achieve a broader reduction in environmental impact within it. Particular focus is given to the food supply chain and how to make best use of surplus, waste or by-products generated within it. He is working as part of a project called Stepping Up, a partnership of seven universities and research centres, looking at the issues faced by not only the food system, but also the water and energy systems with which it is intertwined. The project is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

  • David Tompkins
    Aqua Enviro
    David Tompkins Bioresources Development Manager
    Aqua Enviro
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    David is an environmental scientist with a background in digestate and compost market development, food safety, soil science and horticulture. He currently leads a small team at Aqua Enviro focused on biowaste/bioresource process optimization and output valorization with materials ranging from livestock slurry to compost, digestate and biomass ashes – whether derived from source-segregated or mixed inputs. David’s current portfolio of projects includes: developing guidance for digestate and compost use; assessing the suitability of biodiesel processing residues for biotreatment; assessing the safety of recycled materials in the food chain; process optimization and digestate quality support for merchant AD facilities.

  • Peter Winter
     
    Peter Winter Principal Research Engineer, Sludge & Energy Innovation
    Thames Water
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    Peter is a Chartered Engineer in Thames Water Innovation with over 20 years’ experience in the water industry. His area of expertise is anaerobic digestion and odour abatement. He also has experience in other key disciplines such as carbon management and Health & Safety. He holds a Degree in Environmental Engineering from the Polytechnic in Lübeck, Germany and a Master of Science in Environmental Decision Making form the Open University. He is a member of CIWEM and the German Water Association.

  • Dr Yue Zhang
     
    Dr Yue Zhang Lecturer
    University of Southampton
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    Dr Yue Zhang is a lecturer in Environmental Engineering within Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton. Her research is directly related to current practice in bioenergy production via anaerobic biotechnology route, and is a key research area at present for both renewable energy production and organic waste management. Dr Zhang’s work focuses on microbial aspects of the anaerobic digestion process, including the effect of trace elements, in order to identify the practical benefits this could give in terms of engineering control of these systems. The fundamental knowledge and understanding gained can be applied in both bioenergy and biofuels production, and biotechnology for bioproducts. Another stream of her research is about biological wastewater treatment and pollution remediation.

  • Colin Miles
    BBSRC
    Dr Colin Miles Head of the Strategy & team leader - Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy sector
    BBSRC
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    Dr Colin Miles is Head of the Strategy and team leader for the Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy sector at BBSRC.

    Colin joined the research councils in 1988 after a period as a postdoctoral research assistant. He has worked in a number of different areas in the research council system, including plant sciences, biomolecular sciences, structural biology, biochemistry, cell biology, drug delivery, bioinformatics, synchrotron, neutron and laser facilities, stem cells, regenerative medicine and systems biology.

    His current role as head of strategy is to lead a team in BBSRC to help increase the capacity and capability of the UK academic base in research, training and knowledge exchange activities in UK industrial biotechnology and bioenergy research. This is being achieved through developing national partnerships with other UK sponsors through the BBSRC Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (BBSRC NIBB) and the Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst and internationally through partnerships with other European nations and countries such as Argentina, Brazil, India and China.

  • Dr Tanja Radu
    Loughborough University
    Dr Tanja Radu Research Associate
    Loughborough University
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    Dr Tanja Radu is a Research Associate within the Water Engineering Group, at the School of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University. She received her PhD in Environmental Engineering from Auburn University, USA and has close to 10 years of post-PhD experience. Her research is in the area of area of environmental and water engineering and waste treatment using anaerobic digestion technology, with special focus on the developing countries.

    She has been involved in a range of projects with the aim of waste reduction and harvesting energy from waste for supplying biogas to the rural non-gridded communities in India and Thailand. Furthermore, her work includes close collaboration with industries, SMEs, farmers and local councils.

  • Alexander Henderson
     
    Alexander Henderson Organic Resource Agency
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    Alexander joined ORA in 2010 after completing a physics degree with the University of Exeter. He works with ORA’s clients to provide advice regarding AD optimisation strategies, troubleshooting techniques and technical due diligence. He also works with ORA’s wider team on major mechanical biological treatment facilities with a focus on process testing and data management.

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    Anne-Marie Liszczyk Project Manager I Project CLoCC
    Nationalgrid
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    Dr. Sonia Haven Head of Water and Environmental Engineering Group, Faculty of Engineering and the Environment
    University of Southampton
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    Erik Nordell Development Engineer at. dept. Biogas R&D
    Tekniska verken i Linköping AB (public)
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    Nina Sweet Special Adviser
    WRAP
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    Ollie More Head of policy
    ADBA
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    Prof. Charles Banks Emeritus Professor of Environmental Biotechnology
    University of Southampton
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    Prof. Christopher Kent Reynolds Professor of Animal & Dairy Science
    University of Reading
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    Prof. David Stuckey Professor of Biochemical Engineering
    Imperial College London
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    Thomas Minter Director
    Malaby Biogas
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  • Dr Raffaella Villa
    Cranfield Water Science Institute
    Dr Raffaella Villa Senior Lecturer in Biopress Technology
    Cranfield Water Science Institute
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    Dr Raffaella Villa graduated in 1993 from the University of Milan in Food Science and Technologies, where she also did her PhD in applied biological catalysis. She is currently Senior lecturer in Bioprocess Technology at Cranfield University where she has been working since 2007.

    Dr Villa is an applied microbiologist with particular expertise in microbial and enzymatic processes, which she has adapted to the waste and environmental sectors. Her research interests cover waste/by-products biotransformation, applied biocatalysis and bioenergy from waste, with a particular interest in anaerobic digestion (AD). She is currently the Principal Investigator (PI) on a PhD project on enzymatic additions in AD, but she had been actively involved in the subject for the last 10 years. She been actively involved in three WRAP funded projects, supporting the AD Quality Protocol PAS 110 and she was appointment as the national AD technical support for WRAP in 2013. In this role she also provided some technical support for ‘Towards the Circular Economy’ - Ellen MacArthur Foundation second publication.

    She currently leads a group of 6 PhD students and coordinates the virtual Centre for Anaerobic Science. She has published over 40 peer-reviewed research papers, books and conference proceedings with substantive contributions to biotransformations and biocatalysis.

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