Each day, there will be a keynote session on innovation and sustainability, parallel to the three scientific keynote sessions. Renowned speakers will share their views and experiences in the field of innovation and sustainability and will inspire you to take your own steps towards essential changes.
André Veneman - Monday April 22
Sustainability is business and business is sustainability
André Veneman is the corporate director for sustainability at AkzoNobel. AkzoNobel is a global sustainability leader, and this position was cemented in 2012, when AkzoNobel was ranked a supersector leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, thus achieving a top 2 position on the prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) for the 7th consecutive year.
Dr. Veneman earned his medical degree in 1983. From 1983-1988, he worked with UNHCR as a medical coordinator in emergency and refugee situations.
In 1989 he joined the HSE department at Shell International. In January 1999, he joined AkzoNobel HSE, and in October 2003 he was appointed the corporate director for sustainability and health, safety and environment.
Louise Vet - Monday April 22
Need, challenge and implementation of sustainable eco-technology
Louise E.M. Vet is a professor of Evolutionary Ecology at Wageningen University and since 1999 director of the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW). She conducted her PhD in 1984 at the University of Leiden. In 2004 she was elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. She published some 200 papers in refereed journals (h-index 45). Vet was awarded several international research prizes (e.g. British Rank Prize for Nutrition). Apart from the University of Leiden and Wageningen University she conducted research at the University of Riverside California, Simon Fraser University Vancouver, and University of Toronto. Vet serves on a diversity of national and international boards and committees. Selection: Chair of the Netherlands Ecological Research Network (NERN); member of the Earth and Life Sciences Board (KNAW); Supervisory board of the Netherlands Genomics Initiative; Task Force Life Sciences (NWO); Supervisory Board National Centre for Science and Technology; Board The Circle Economy etc.
Tim Cook - Tuesday April 23
Innovation as a sign of life (in individuals or organisations)
Tim Cook advises universities on technology transfer and is a non-executive director of Oxford Gene Technology, a successful spinout from Oxford University. He recently retired as the non-executive director of Lombard Medical Technologies plc. He has worked with Oxford University since 1997 and the University of Cambridge since 2004, where he now advises the board of Cambridge Enterprise, the university’s technology transfer company. He was chairman of the Knowledge Starts Programme for University Spinouts in Sheffield and of the South Yorkshire Seed Fund Pilot Programme, and he has given invited lectures in the USA, Japan, Australia and many European countries. He is a member of the scientific advisory board of TT Venture - Fondamenta SGR in Italy.
Claus-Peter Haelsig - Tuesday April 23
Where no other generation has gone!
Claus-Peter Hälsig has over 35 years of industrial experience in various aspects of hydrocarbon processing in the refining and petrochemical industries, covering catalysis, new process developments, clean fuels and heavy fuel oil upgrading up to bio-fuels, energy efficiency and sustainability / renewable aspects as well as alternative energy resources. He is located in Haarlem, the Netherlands and in his position as Vice President for Process Engineering & Technology is responsible for the Europe, Middle East, Africa region as well as Russia.
Before joining Fluor in Irvine, California in 1993, Mr. Hälsig worked for British Petroleum in Sunbury (UK) in various functions from 1986, leading a refinery support team which provided worldwide technical and scientific support to BP's refineries. This included input into refinery configuration studies and evaluating refinery processing requirements to meet clean fuels quality targets in the US and Europe.
Geert Woerlee - Wednesday April 24
Dancing with Elephants
Geert Woerlee is founder and CEO of the FeyeCon group, global leader in carbon dioxide technology. Dr. Woerlee holds a master degree in physics and a PhD in applied sciences. FeyeCon creates game changing sustainable products in various markets using clean CO₂ technology. FeyeCon generates these products with a team of more than 70 people in close collaboration with our market clients. These collaboration have resulted in multiple spin-off companies. FeyeCon holds strategic participations in 16 of these joint ventures who employ over 80 professionals. During the last decade FeyeCon evolved from a contract development company to a company with its own extensive Intellectual Property portfolio. It owns over fifty CO₂ related patents, market intelligence, operating procedures and proprietary knowledge. FeyeCon has offices in the Netherlands, Malaysia, France and the US, striving to implement clean CO₂ technology worldwide.