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LSQ are pleased to advise that TABBS 2017 will be held on October 20th at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. 

In the lead up to the Symposium in Brisbane 20th October, and given the importance of regional stakeholder engagement, LSQ is coordinating a series of regional satellite events on the 17th, 18th and 19th of Oct in
Gladstone, RockhamptonMackay and Townsville respectively.

Following the TABBS event we will host the Globally Engaging Networking Event (GENE2017) at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. TABBS delegates are entitled to complimentary registration to GENE.

Speakers


    Heather Bone | Director, Bioenergy Australia
Heather has worked for 20 years in environmental and sustainable development law, commercial, business development and marketing roles in mines and energy, transport and logistics in Australia and internationally.  Heather studied sustainable development and environment law when it wasn’t trendy and was Australia’s representative for Climate Change and Renewable Energy in 2012 for a four week program run by the US State Department at the invitation of US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton.  Heather is a qualified HAZOP facilitator and a Director of Bioenergy Australia.
 


Dr David Bressler | Professor/BCN Director, Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, Agricultural Food and Nutritional Science, University of Alberta
Dr. David Bressler is a Full Professor appointed within the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences where he studies the conversion of biomass to valuable materials and chemicals. His general area of research is the industrial application of chemical, thermal, and biological systems for the conversion of biomass into higher value materials, chemicals, and value-added commodities. His research program is unique in that it utilizes a multidisciplinary approach combining industrial microbiology, biotechnology, and analytical chemistry with previous experience in engineering and high temperature free radical chemistries.  The program is very applied and is resourced through numerous partnerships with leading enzyme companies as well as agricultural, chemical and forestry industries.  He is the holder of several patents and patent applications in the areas of renewable biofuels and in the production of renewable biomaterials. 
Dr. Bressler is also the inventor and technology founder behind Forge Hydrocarbons, a novel thermochemical lipid-to-hydrocarbon based technology company, with internationally awarded patents, that has commenced building commercial facilities in Sombra Ontario with expected completion fall 2018.
Dr Bressler was named to Canada’s Clean 50 for 2017 being named one of the top 50 people in clean tech in Canada.  


    Mr Colin Cassidy |  Deputy Director-General, Department of State Development
Colin joined the state government in 1991 after almost 10 years in local government. He has over 25 years' experience in a range of senior professional, policy and corporate leadership roles within the public sector.
Colin has led a number of major structural and cultural reforms, legislation and policy programs and business improvement initiatives.
After two years as the Department of State Development’s (DSD) Chief Operating Officer, Colin was appointed as Deputy Director-General of the Economic and Industry Development Group within DSD in 2015.
The Economic and Industry Development Group leads the delivery of economic development outcomes through analysis and advice and influencing, developing and implementing economic policy and programs, including targeted industry sectors.

    Mr Troy Collings | Director - Corporate Affairs, Southern Oil & Northern Oil  
Northern/Southern  Oil  receive  over 400,000  litres  of  waste  oil  daily at their Qld  and  NSW  facilities - refining a  waste  that  would  otherwise  be  dumped or  burnt  into  “A”  grade  base  oil  products.   The  development  of  world  leading processes  in  this  field, has  led  to  this  privately  owned  Australian  company investing  in,  and  opening, Australia's first Advanced  Biofuels  Laboratory and Biofuels Pilot Plant  in  Gladstone. The  Pilot  is  now  home to some 17  joint venture partnerships progressing the testing of waste feedstocks into biocrude ‐ which in turn will be refined into a variety of (100%) drop‐in fuels. Waste streams includes mining/passenger tyres, prickly acacia, agricultural and forestry waste, green waste, plastics and biosolids. 
Along with his biofuels Director role, Troy is also the Managing Director of BPRS Pty Ltd. Established in 2008, BPRS has worked with over 70 government agencies providing regulatory training and  review  services. Prior to this, Troy worked for 23 years in government, leading national policy  projects  and  state operational programs in portfolios including environment, natural resources, mining, water, transport, and justice. Troy also had an intriguing 3 year stint as the Chief of Staff, Environment and Heritage Protection, gaining a rare insight into political and policy processes at the highest level. Troy is also the Chair, Queensland Advisory Council, Greening Australia, and he provides pro‐bono assistance to Ronald McDonald House.
 


  Dr Jaleh Daie Ph.D. | Managing Partner, Aurora Equity
Hall of Famer of Women in Technology and recipient of US Congressional Citation, Dr. Jaleh Daie is a versatile and strategic leader with a record of impactful contributions in private and public sectors. She has held leadership positions in business, academia and government. She has had the honor of serving the administrations of three Presidents and has been featured in major media (ABC, CBS, PBS, NY Times, SV Business Journal, SF Chronicle). A noted life scientist and expert in agriculture and food, Jaleh has extensive board and executive experience. She has global point of view and cultural acumen shown by her extensive international engagements through work in eight countries and numerous global speeches including the Biotech Distinguished Speaker Series in South Africa.
Jaleh is currently managing partner at Aurora Equity and founding chair of AgFoodTech at the Band of Angels in Silicon Valley. Previously, she was head of science at Packard Foundation and managed a $120 million annual budget. Jaleh started her career at Rutgers University and UW-Madison. Jaleh has served on numerous boards in the private and public arena. She has been recognized with Teksia Lifetime Achievement Award; honorary doctoral degree, Fellow of AAAS and AWIS and Scientist’s “Leaders of Science”. She is @LinkedIn.com 
    Mr Scott Emerson MP | Shadow Treasurer, Queensland Parliament 
Scott Anthony Emerson is an Australian politician. He is the Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Small Business in the Queensland Liberal National Party Opposition. In the Queensland Parliament he represents the seat of Indooroopilly in Brisbane’s inner-west, which he has held since 2009.
Emerson attended the University of Queensland where he studied Law, Economics and Journalism. He finished an Arts degree in 1985 (majors in Laws and Journalism) and an Economics degree in 1987. 
    Dr Les Eyde | Head of Research & Development, Leaf Resources 
Les has over 30 years professional experience in research and development in Australia and in the US, with a strong interest in biomass conversions by thermochemical, biochemical, microbial and hybrid processes. He is recognised internationally and since 2007 held the position of National Task Leader, International Energy Agency, Bioenergy Task 39 – Commercialising Advanced and Conventional Liquid Biofuels from Biomass. Les has a background in carbohydrate chemistry, expertise in biofuels production processes and sustainable biomass supply. He also has research interests in the conversion of lignocellulosic to fuels and chemicals, biorefining for total biomass utilisation and heterotrophic algal oil production. 

 
  Mr Mac Irvine | Associate Director, Clean Energy Finance Corporation 
Mac began his career at NAB specialising in corporate transactions and relationship management. In 2012, he moved to London where he managed an international portfolio of infrastructure, renewable energy, power and utilities and real estate assets across UK, Ireland and France for Barclays Investment Bank. He later moved to KPMG London’s Corporate Finance division, focussing on the infrastructure, renewable energy and power and utilities sectors where he advised both private and public sector clients on project financing, deal structuring, procurement, strategy and execution. Mac returned to Brisbane in 2015 and now works as Associate Director in the Origination and Transactions team at the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. In this role, he specialises in corporate and project finance transactions (debt and equity) for the Waste and Bioenergy sectors.

 
  Dr Mark Jacobs |  Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation, Queensland Government
 


  Mr Todd Jorgensen | Co-Owner and Managing Director, Associated Grain
Todd has worked in most roles at Associated Grain since he was ten years old. Taking over as Managing Director in 1999 from his father Max, he has led the expansion of Associated Grain from a small packing and processing plant to a large-scale, modern, grain facility. Overseeing all infrastructure projects for three factories, he is committed to continually improving the business to ensure customer satisfaction. Todd is a Member of the Australian Mungbean Association and was President from 2011–2013. 
    Ms Lisa Kennedy | Director of Business Development, Genomatica
Lisa Kennedy is Director of Business Development at Genomatica with responsibility to advance partnerships for commercialization of biobased ingredients. She joined Genomatica in 2011 and since that time has launched a biobased nylon development program and established a distribution network to support product roll-out of biobased butylene glycol, a naturally sourced ingredient for the personal care industry.
Lisa has been a conduit between brands and technologists, educating parties to the life cycle and sustainability benefits of biobased ingredients. Her previous experience in business development include the assessment of a biobased diacid development pipeline and implementing a corporate brand at Verdezyne. 
Lisa holds a B.Sc. in biochemistry from the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and an MBA from the University California, San Diego Rady School of Management. 

 
    Cpt Henry (Hank) Krakowski | Director, Sustainable Aviation, Agrisoma
Captain Krakowski brings 40+ years of Aviation experience with a career that encompasses well over a decade of Executive Level leadership in aviation environmental, operational, safety and regulation. Prior to joining Agrisoma, Captain Krakowski was President of Houston based NanoVapor Fuels Group, which under his leadership commercialized break-through petrochemical vapor suppression systems for aviation and industrial use, reducing carbon emissions and safety risks. Captain Krakowski served over 3 years as Chief Operating Officer of the US Federal Aviation Administration as the top official responsible for the US Air Traffic Control system. Under his leadership, the FAA “NextGen” modernization program advanced with numerous environmental performance improvements to air traffic control procedures and policies. He has deep experience with International Regulators as well as the US Congress and served on, and co-chaired various high level government committees including unmanned aircraft integration. Prior to FAA Captain Krakowski held numerous executive level positions at United Airlines including Vice President of Safety, Security and Quality Assurance which had accountability for environmental policy, environmental safety and quality assurance of the aircraft fueling and maintenance functions. He served as Director of Flight Operations Control which pioneered numerous fuel efficiency initiatives including cross-Polar flights between the US and Asia. He also served on, and led numerous industry committees and task forces including Fuel Tank Inerting, Safety, Operations and Aviation Security. He retired after a 29 year career with United as Vice President – Flight Operations, the company’s Chief Pilot. He holds a BS degree in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering and MS Business & Management. 

    Dr Alok Kumar | Relationship Manager, Strategic-Co-Investments, Horticulture Innovation Australia
Dr Alok Kumar is leading Strategic Research Investments in Advanced Production Systems and Crop Pollination at Hort Innovation since 2014. Current Investments in Pollination fund stands at A$33 Mil. Prior to this, Alok managed the breeding & biotechnology portfolio as R&D Manager, directly responsible for investments in excess of $30 Mil per annum. Before joining Hort Innovation in 2010, Alok has worked for Monsanto in Australia and India; and Bayer Crop Science as Regulatory Manager for biotech products. Combining commercial and technical skills, Alok has negotiated and developed numerous international research partnerships delivering outcomes to a range of stakeholders.  His extensive experience of over 18 years includes capital raising for high value projects; Crop biotechnology and  high level strategic relationship management. Alok has eleven years of research experience with a PhD in plant molecular biology and MBA in International Business. 
    Hon Dr Anthony Lynham MP |  Minister for State Development; Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Queensland Government
Dr Anthony Lynham is the Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines.
Before entering Parliament as the Member for the Brisbane seat of Stafford in 2014, Dr Lynham worked as a maxillofacial surgeon. Dr Lynham is an Adjunct Professor at QUT and an Associate Professor at the University of Queensland (UQ) School of Medicine. Upon his election in July 2014, he served as the Shadow Minister for Education, Innovation, Science and Information Technology, Shadow Minister for Primary Industries and Fisheries, and shadow spokesman for the public service assisting the leader.
Dr Lynham graduated in medicine from the University of Newcastle and completed his maxillofacial surgery training in Queensland. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He worked most of his medical career at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s hospital and is part of a research team at Prince Charles Hospital.

 
  Mr Sean McKay | President and CEO, Composites Innovation Centre 
Sean McKay has held the position of President and CEO at the Composites Innovation Centre located in Manitoba since its inception in 2003.  This not for profit corporation supports and stimulates economic growth through innovative research, development and application of composite materials and technologies for manufacturing industries.  He has a wealth of knowledge and experience in composite materials related technologies with over 37 years of industrial experience within the aerospace, ground vehicle and, most recently, industrial bioproducts sectors.
He has been a major proponent for building a robust biomaterials industry in Canada.  This has included developing and executing integrated programs related to producing bioproduct prototypes to engage industry, conducting technology development projects to overcome technical barriers holding back their use in industrial and construction applications and implementing robust supply chains from the producer to the end user.  This effort has included creating national and international relationships that have entailed executing projects in Australia, China, US and Europe.  He also leads recently launched national networks focused on developing quality standards for industrial bioproducts and overcoming supply chain gaps.
 
    Dr Murray McLaughlin (B.Sc. McGill University, M.Sc. and Ph.D. Cornell University) | Advisor, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada
Murray McLaughlin, an Advisor to Bioindustrial Innovation Canada(BIC) since 2016, prior he was Executive Director of BIC from 2010 and President SCA 2009-16,in Ontario, focused on Bioeconomy. He managed the AgSci Cluster, 2013-16.  Dr. McLaughlin has held positions in the private, government and non-profit sectors such as Director of BD, Canadian Light Source, Presiident OAFT, DM Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food, and President AWB Inc. He managed an agricultural VC Fund, Foragen, 15 years with ELANCO. His career has focused on bioindustrial and agricultural technologies including research, development, product management, marketing, commercialization, economic development and y. cluster building. He served on numerous Boards and Committees. He graduated from NSAC, McGill (B. Sc. Agr.) and Cornell (MSC/PhD). He received Honorary Doctorate Degree from Dalhousie and received several awards from NSAC, CAMI, LSO, BioteCanada and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal. Recognized in the top 100 global leaders in Advanced Bioeconomy in Biofuels Digest, 2016.
    Ms Sarah Meibusch | Investment Manager, OneVentures
Sarah brings over 16 years of global life science business development and management experience, 11 of those years in the human healthcare industry, and the past 12 years working in the Brisbane biotechnology ecosystem. Her previous roles included 5 years scouting for for Shire Pharmaceuticals, a global specialty pharmaceutical company (LSE: SHE). Sarah’s role at Shire grew to seeking technologies within Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, Korea and Japan including playing a key role in sourcing the $300M Fibrotech deal announced in 2015. Sarah has a strong understanding of the pharmaceutical, medtech and healthcare industries gained through senior roles at the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI), the Beef CRC, Progen Pharmaceuticals and Pyxis Genomics.
Sarah is a graduate of Cornell University (Masters of Professional Studies), University of Queensland (Bachelor of Agricultural Science, Biochemistry and Animal Science) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). She has also completed postgraduate courses at Harvard Business School focusing on negotiation and decision making. 
    Dr Blaine Metting | Microbial Biotechnologist, Metting Consulting
Recently retired from Battelle Memorial Institute at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Dr. Metting’s expertise is the science and application of microbial biotechnology.  At PNNL, he managed the $90M Biological and Environmental Sciences Product Line and commercial business for the Fundamental and Computational Sciences organization.  Prior to joining PNNL, Dr. Metting was in the private sector as co-founder in 1979 of a microalgae company and subsequently with companies active in application of biotechnology to environmental restoration. During this time he was awarded small business innovation research (SBIR) grants from the Department of Energy, the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).  
While at PNNL, Dr. Metting supported the Office of Science at DOE for development and management of the Subsurface Science, Bioremediation Research, Carbon Sequestration, and Genomes to Life Programs.  He contributed to the Office of Science/Office of Fossil Energy joint Carbon Sequestration Research and Development roadmap and the Interagency Climate Change Technology Program plan.  For PNNL, he helped conceive and implement internal initiatives in Microbial Biotechnology, Bio-Based Products, Biomolecular Systems, Environmental Biomarkers, and Microbial Community Science while overseeing growth of the National Institutes of Health (primarily National Cancer Institute), National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, and National Toxicology Program portfolio from less than $1M to over $10M, a trajectory toward the current $25M business.
In 1998, Dr. Metting began a PNNL collaboration with RITE, the Research Institute for Innovative Technology for the Earth, Kyoto, Japan for whom he served as technical advisor while speaking at numerous conferences organized by RITE, by the Japan Research Institute, and Okiyama Prefecture. He is Science Advisor to two Tokyo-based spin-off companies from RITE, the Utilization of CO2 Institute Co., LLC and Green Earth Institute CO., LLC.
Dr. Metting served as Chair of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Microalgae Biofixation Network, contributed to the Battelle-Malaysia Renewable Energy Laboratory project for Petronas, and supported establishment of the Industrial and Environmental Section at the Biotechnology Industry Association (BIO) for which he has served on inaugural and subsequent organizing and program committees for BIO’s annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy. He serves on the Advisory Board for the Global CO2 Initiative (San Francisco).  He edited Soil Microbial Ecology, Applications in Agriculture, Forestry and Environmental Management (Marcel Dekker), and has over 30 refereed scientific articles and book chapters, Dr. Metting holds a Liberal Arts degree from Whitman College (1972) and a Ph.D. in Botany from Washington State University (1979) where he first studied the systematics, ecology and technical potential of soil microalgae and cyanobacteria.
 
    Professor Neena Mitter | Professorial Research Fellow, Centre for Plant Science
Professor Neena Mitter is an agricultural biotechnologist recognised for her leadership in innovative cross-functional research and exceptional industry engagement to address global challenges of agriculture and food security. Her scientific journey began as an agricultural scientist at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India. She moved to Australia in the year 2000 and progressed to the role of the Focus Team Leader and Principal Scientist at Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) Queensland within seven years. Prof. Mitter joined QAAFI's Centre for Animal Science in October 2010. At QAAFI, her multidisciplinary background and experience makes her a leading contributor in both the Centre for Plant Science and the Centre for Animal Science. Her innovations creating change by research at UQ, namely 'BioClay for crop protection', 'Nanovaccines for animal health', and "Clonal propagation of avocado using plant stem cells" are ground breaking platform technologies impacting agricultural production, environmental sustainability and socio-economic dynamics of farming community. These revolutionary concepts with significant commercialization potential are progressing towards product development under her leadership of global multidisciplinary funding initiatives (~$8m in competitive funding from Govt, philanthropy, industry and end users). Patent protected BioClay (non-GM, non-toxic, sustainable spray for protecting crops by using clay nanoparticles to deliver RNA interference) and Nanovaccines (single dose, shelf-stable, self adjuvanting vaccines, targeting animal health using silica vesicles as antigen careers) will create a niche market for crop and animal health products. Using plant stem cells for clonal avocado plants will be a game changer for the avocado growers. It provides an alternative to the 40 year old industry practice which is unable to meet the growing demand for > 2 million new trees annually, causing backlog of orders till 2022. Her high quality research has merited 40 publications in the last 5 years even within the landscape of commercial confidentiality. She is actively championing the development of an Ag-Nano Innovation Hub at UQ as a QAAFI-AIBN initiative to increase industry investment and augment UQs role in knowledge leadership for a better world.

    Professor Sagadevan G. Mundree  | Director, Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities, Institute for Future Environments
Sagadevan Mundree was appointed Director of the Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities (CTCB) at Queensland University of Technology in January 2016. Prior to that, Sagadevan was Deputy Director of the CTCB for 5 years. He leads a research Team that is focused on making crops more resilient to environmental stresses such as drought and salinity and more nutritious. Prior to joining QUT, he was a Senior Executive in the Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (QPIF) where he led a Team that was responsible for QPIF’s Investments in Research, Development and Extension in all the primary industries of Queensland.  Sagadevan is a former academic from the University of Cape Town and served as Chief Executive Officer of South Africa’s National Innovation Centre for Agricultural Biotechnology. He holds a PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology, which he completed at Auburn University (USA) on a Fulbright Scholarship, an MBA from the University of Cape Town and recently became a Senior Executive Fellow of the Harvard Kennedy School. Sagadevan is a member of the South African Academy of Science and served on the National Biotechnology Advisory Council.

    Dr Siyabulela Ntutela | CEO, AfricaBio
Dr Siyabulela (Siya) Ntutela graduated with a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Cape Town, focussing on drug discovery and medicinal chemistry.
Siya is currently the CEO of AfricaBio. He also founded and manages the following companies: Zanalytix Laboratories, a contract analytical services company offering post-importation testing in pharmaceutical industry and Intini Research & Consulting, a biotech consulting firm. Prior to establishing Zanalytix, Siya served in a number of high profile positions, such as CEO of iThemba Pharmaceuticals, Senior GM – Operations at the Technology Innovation Agency, COO of PlantBio Innovation Centre and Deputy Director at the National Department of Science & Technology.
Siya has an extensive experience in innovation management, agricultural, pharmaceutical industry and biotechnology sector in South Africa. Dr Ntutela worked with a number of start-up companies, assisting them to develop and commercialise their innovations. He also provides strategy consulting to the biotech and pharmaceutical industry. 
Siya serves in expert advisory roles to a number of institutions such as the Department of Science & Technology, National Research Foundation and the Gauteng Provincial Department of Economic Development and Council for Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) through his consulting entity, Intini Research & Consulting (Pty) Ltd. 
He has served in a number of Boards of start-up companies in South Africa.
 
    Prof Ian O’Hara | Queensland Biofutures Industry Envoy, Queensland Government
Ian O’Hara is a Principal Research Fellow within the QUT Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities (CTCB). Ian was responsible for the development of, and is the research program leader for the Mackay Renewable Biocommodities Pilot Plant (MRBPP) – a unique publicly accessible pilot scale research facility in Australia for the development and demonstration of processing technologies for the manufacture of biofuels and bioproducts.
Ian is a Process Engineer with extensive experience in the biofuels, biorefining and sugar industries in research, consultation, policy development, operations management, process design and engineering. Ian works closely with industry and undertakes consulting projects globally in areas including design of greenfield sugar factories and refineries, development of new integrated agricultural precincts, techno-economics, business strategy and other work in the fields of energy efficiency, sugar recovery, sugar quality and process improvement. Ian has been involved in policy development in areas including industrial research, environment, biofuels and renewable energy.
In 2016, Ian was appointed by the Queensland Government as Queensland’s first Biofutures Industry Envoy.

    Mr Mario Pennisi | Chief Executive Officer, Life Sciences Queensland Limited 
Mr Pennisi is the CEO of the Australian industry representative group - Life Sciences Queensland Ltd. Having held a number of senior management roles, Mr Pennisi has more than 30 years of experience in managing and growing commercial operations in the life science industry. He is a Member on several committees and advisory groups, including the University of Queensland Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Faculty Board and Schools of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences Industry Advisory Board, Suncare, as well as a Government appointed Member serving on the QUT Council and is the Chairman of Griffith University’s Clinical Trials Advisory Committee. Mario has a keen interest in the role of innovation in economic development and was the inaugural convenor of the Innovation-20 (I-20) meeting which is held as a satellite event to the G-20/B-20 Meetings. Under Mario’s direction LSQ will host the first Commonwealth Innovation Forum.
    Alain Pillay | Director, Nexus Strategem Pty Ltd.; Director, Australian Ag Partners.
Alain has had over 20 years experience in corporate finance and economics with a particular focus on strategy development and execution. Alain has been involved across a range of industries both in a direct operational and consulting capacity.
Alain Pillay is a former partner of Deloitte and founded the Queensland Economics and Strategy Unit within their Corporate Finance Practice. Alain was responsible for developing and executing COFCO Corporation’s entry into the Australian Sugar sector in 2011.
Alain has previously advised companies such as Queensland Sugar Limited, QR National, Peabody, Xstrata, BMA, IBMGSA and Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
Alain has been involved in identifying capital improvement and acquisition/aggregation opportunities and industry reform across the beef, sugar, cotton and grain sectors for over 10 years. Alain has recently assisted in the delivery of $300m investment term sheet in conjunction with a boutique investment group. 
    Dr Peter Riddles | CSIRO
 
    Dr Christian Rowan MP | Shadow Minister for the Environment & Heritage Protection, Queensland Parliament
Dr Christian Rowan is the State Member for Moggill in the Queensland Parliament. He is the Shadow Minister for the Environment & Heritage Protection. He is also the Shadow Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef. He is the former Deputy Chair of the Health, Communities, Disability Services, Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee of the Queensland Parliament. Dr Rowan is passionate about the development and implementation of sound, evidence based public policy for the electorate of Moggill and for Queensland. Christian believes in fostering an educational system which recognises that both personal fulfilment and social responsibility are compatible and that the pursuit of excellence is not in conflict with equal opportunity for all. Christian understands the importance of a financially sustainable and accessible health system in both the public and private health care sectors. Christian will always work collaboratively and constructively with other local community leaders to ensure the electorate of Moggill receives its fair share of funding for enhanced infrastructure and the delivery of vital basic services. Dr Rowan is an Addiction Medicine Specialist. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians' Chapter of Addiction Medicine, The Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators, the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and the Royal Australian College of General practitioners. He is also a member of the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs. Christian completed his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree at the University of Queensland. He holds a number of clinical and administrative fellowships as well as a Masters degree in Diplomacy and Trade from Monash University in foreign affairs, public policy and international trade.
Christian is a former President of both the Australian Medical Association of Queensland and the Rural Doctors Association of Queensland. He was previously a member of the Queensland Mental Health Commission’s Mental Health & Drug Advisory Council.
He is the Patron and Chair of the School of Hard Knocks Council, Queensland. He is a former Ambassador and current General Member of Anglican Overseas Aid.
Christian and his wife Jane, and their children, live in Pullenvale. Having grown up in Chapel Hill and Kenmore, he understands the issues of the Moggill electorate. 

    Mr Karl Seck | President and CEO, Mercurius Biorefining Inc
Karl is the CEO/President and Founder of Mercurius Biorefining Inc. a company formed to develop and commercialize transformational technology. The technology efficiently converts biomass into drop-in biofuels and green chemicals. Karl has spent most of his career in the petroleum refining field as a process engineer. He has held design, technical services, optimization, and operations management positions with three oil companies: Conoco, Sunoco, and Clark.  After working for a mid-sized engineering firm, Karl started his own process consulting service in 2001 to provide optimization services to the petroleum industry. He received a BS Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kansas. 
 
    Mr James Tilbury | Operations Director, EnergyLab
James Tilbury is the Operations Director of EnergyLab, an organisation dedicated to helping people set up and grow clean energy companies. Prior to EnergyLab James worked for the Boston Consulting Group, specialising in energy and strategy. He has also worked as a researcher for the University of Oxford and an energy auditor at Ernst & Young. James has a Bachelor of Engineering from the Queensland University of Technology and a Masters in Environmental Management from Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.
 

 
  Mr Chris Tindal | Adjunct Professor, Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities, Queensland University of Technology
Chris Tindal started his federal civil service career in 1988 at Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) in Charleston, South Carolina working in Facilities Management, Operations, and Energy Management.  Early in his job as the Utilities and Energy Management Division Director, Chris created, developed and led the innovative Utilities and Energy Cost Saver Tiger Team.  This program helped save the Navy over $10 million in energy reductions.  He moved up to NAVFAC Headquarters in Washington, DC in 2006 to work in the Department of Navy’s Energy Program as the Energy Operations Director.  
In 2008, Chris became the Director for Operational Energy working for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy.  In this position, Chris was in charge of setting energy policy and direction for the Department of the Navy and promoting the adoption of alternative fuels and renewable energy resources.  Additionally, he developed intergovernmental, international, and industry relationships throughout the energy field.  He was the Navy leader of the pioneering U.S. Department of Agriculture/ U.S. Department of Energy/ U.S. Navy Alternative Fuels Initiative which developed programs to launch the advanced biofuels industry.  
In his role, Chris led the Great Green Fleet effort, overseeing the planning and logistics.  Through his strong coordination with the Defense Logistics Agency-Energy, the U.S. Navy acquired and used 77 million gallons of F-76 alternative fuel blend for their ships in the Great Green Fleet deployment in 2016.
Chris has deep-seated international connections and has engaged with numerous foreign navies to discuss interoperability concerns with alternative fuel use by the U.S. Navy in the future.  These engagements included Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea, Israel, Spain, Chile, France, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand, Norway, Germany, Mexico, Columbia, Turkey, Denmark, Argentina, Netherlands, Bangladesh, and Brunei.  
He has had the honor to be named in the peer-selected competition for the "Top 100 People in the Bioeconomy" Awards by the Biofuels Digest from 2013 through 2017.
Chris Tindal was a Navy man for over 40 years.  He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1980 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and served on Active Duty on two ships in Charleston, South Carolina.  He retired as a Captain in the Navy Reserves in 2010.  Chris is a Professional Engineer and a Certified Energy Manager.  Originally from Alabama, Chris currently lives in South Carolina.


 
    Mr Michael Vevera | CFO/CMO, Mercurius Biorefining Inc 
Michael Vevera is CFO of Mercurius Biorefining Inc. Michael joined Mercurius in January 2010 to provide start up management and strategic planning expertise. Michael has been in the renewable fuels space since 2008. He has owned and managed companies in three different countries (Australia, Japan, United States) on an equal number of continents (Asia, Australia, and North America) which allowed him to gain diverse experience in areas ranging from construction, education, and training to foreign exchange trading and small goods manufacturing logistics and supply chain management. Michael intends to continue to help build inspiring companies that not only produce profit but also benefit those working at them as well as the communities in which they are located. Michael earned his Bachelor of Science degree in International Finance from Oregon State University in 1987 and his Master of Business degree in International Marketing from the University of Technology Sydney in 2001.
    A/Professor Claudia Vickers | Associate Group Leader, Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology
A/Professor Vickers completed her PhD in cereal crop biotechnology at CSIRO Plant Industry/The University of Queensland in 2004. She held post-doctoral and Visiting Scientist positions at Essex and Lancaster Universities in the UK 2004-2007, where she worked on abiotic stress and the metabolic regulation and physiological function of volatile isoprenoids in plants. She returned to The University of Queensland in 2007, joining the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology to expand her research program into microbial metabolic engineering. Since then she has headed a group focussed on converting agricultural biomass to industrially-useful biochemicals using advanced systems and synthetic biology approaches. Target compounds sit in the isoprenoid group of natural products, and include jet fuel, plant hormones for agricultural applications, food additives (flavours, colours, etc.), fragrances, and pharmaceuticals. Since January 2017 A/Professor Vickers has held a joint appointment with CSIRO to lead the CSIRO Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform (SynBioFSP), a $13 M investment aimed at expanding synthetic biology research in Australia.

    Juhani von Hellens | Technical Manager, Bioproton Pty Ltd
Juhani von Hellens is Technical Manager and oversees RnD Collaboration to Commercialisation. Bioproton Pty Ltd is an Australian based biotechnology company with core business in developing; manufacturing and marketing high quality feed enzyme supplements.  We actively collaborate with local and international research groups in developing new and novel feed ingredients.  
Bioproton in partnership with UQ has been awarded Australian Research Council (ARC) grants and was a finalist in Agriculture Category in the Australian Export Awards.  In 2016 we we were jointly awarded an Advance Queensland Innovation Partnerships grant with the goal of establishing Australia’s first bio-manufacturing platform to develop animal feed supplements from lab to market.  The partners include QUT, UQ and Ridley AgriProducts Pty Ltd and Kennedy Creek Lime Pty Ltd.    
 
    Mr Kevin Weiss | Chief Executive Officer, Byogy Renewables, Inc. 
Mr. Kevin Weiss is a co-founder and CEO of Byogy and has driven the company since its inception in 2006. Prior to Byogy, Mr. Weiss successfully served for 18 years as Chairman and CEO of a San Francisco Bay area engineering company where he took the company from startup to a successful enterprise that designed and developed over 2,000 infrastructure and development projects. He has participated in developing some of the leading environmental engineering criteria for sustainable energy design specifications that are currently used throughout the United States.
Mr. Weiss’ knowledge of sustainable and environmental design and processing, coupled with a sharp technical engineering background, has enhanced his abilities to be at the forefront of renewable energy implementation. He has held numerous leadership positions by providing seminar discussions for both the private sector and local government environmental agencies on sustainable development practices. 
Mr. Weiss is a licensed Professional Engineer and holds BS degrees in Civil Engineering, Physics, and Math from Penn State University. 

 
    Dr Christine Williams | Acting Queensland Chief Scientist 
Dr Christine Williams is acting in the role of Queensland Chief Scientist. In this role she will be accountable for science policy, providing strategic guidance across a range of government departments, and will also be involved with a number of reviews and enquiries.
Christine will provide leadership in science policy development and implementation supported by the department and provide high level, strategic advice to the Queensland Government on the role of science, research and innovation in meeting Queensland’s economic challenges. She will also provide advice on maximising opportunities from the Government’s investment in research and development.
Christine will also act as an ambassador for Queensland science, fostering cooperation and collaboration amongst the government, research, industry and community sectors; raising Queensland's profile as a smart region characterised by world class research and investment opportunities; and engaging the community in better understanding the importance of science, research and innovation in the state's future economic, social and environmental wellbeing.
In her previous role as Assistant Director-General, Science, Christine has worked in close partnership with other government agencies (state and federal), universities and other research groups, as well as industry, a role she will continue to perform and expand upon as Acting Chief Scientist. Christine will focus on harnessing the opportunities provided by the Advance Queensland initiative to attract and retain world class research and scientific talent to Queensland and grow the jobs of the future.
Christine was previously an academic at Queensland University of Technology and The University of Queensland where she was responsible for teaching statistics and econometrics.
Christine is an economist by training with a Doctor of Philosophy from The University of Queensland and a Master of Philosophy from Oxford University. 

    Dr Hideaki Yukawa | CEO, Utilization of CO2 Institute in Japan
Dr. Yukawa is CEO of the Utilization of CO2 Institute in Japan, was founder of Green Earth Institute, Inc., Japan, and built the microbial biotechnology group at RITE, the Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth in Kyoto.
Utilization of Carbon Dioxide Institute Inc (UCDI) develops innovative biotechnologies based on hydrogen-utilizing bacteria to convert CO2 into high-value products to address food security and global warming. An initial focus on food security is to develop and manufacture microbial animal and aquaculture feeds (biofeeds). This novel, patented technology is also applicable to producing biofuels (ethanol and butanol) and bio-chemicals (organic acids and amino acids).