Dr. Holger Bengs

BCNP Consultants GmbH, Germany
Initiator and organizer of the 1st European Chemistry Partnering in Frankfurt am Main, Germany; to promote the innovation engine chemistry and its creative entrepreneurs, especially start-ups and the established major companies of the chemical industry and their user industries, e.g. pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, plastics, energy, mobility, nutrition, leisure, construction and housing, and health.

Dr.-Ing. Arwed Schmidt

Easy Mile, France
Arwed Schmidt is EasyMile’s Director of Strategic Initiatives - Passenger Transportation. He creates awareness and visibility of the strengths and varied use cases of autonomous vehicle technology, while forging close working relationships with partners, governments and academia. Arwed is a committed specialist in autonomous electric vehicles, bringing 10 years of working experience in project management and strategy to EasyMile. Prior to this he studied Industrial Engineering at Technical University Berlin where he focused on renewable energy systems and electric mobility. He completed his academic education with a doctoral thesis exploring, “Fleet Management of Electric and Autonomous Service Agents in Urban Local Passenger Traffic”, and won an award related to the future of mobility. Arwed is fueled by his personal drive to combine renewable energy with the right mobility solutions to shape society so that humans can thrive. He considers EasyMile the best company sufficiently dedicated to autonomous driving to be aligned with his vision, as well as making AVs the answer to sustainable climate change. As a tennis coach in his spare time, Arwed knows that early and honest investment into talent, paired with passion and discipline, brings trust, success, and invariably some fun as well. He treats his team in EasyMile as if he is the coach and enjoys watching their wins in their own specific playgrounds.

Prof. Dr. Iris Lewandowski

University of Hohenheim, Germany
Prof. Dr. Iris Lewandowski holds the position of Chief Bioeconomy Officer (CBO) at the University of Hohenheim and chairs the department "Biobased Resources in the Bioeconomy".Her research focuses on the analysis, design and development of sustainable biomass production systems and value chains within the bioeconomy. In order to predict the environmental effects of biomass production and biogenic products, the entire value chain including all its production stages needs to be taken into account, e.g. through life cycle assessment (LCA). As a member of our panel, Prof. Dr. Iris Lewandowski will discuss future demands and developments in sustainable agricultural production.In her capacity as an academic and expert in bioeconomy research, she is also a spokesperson and advisory board member for several organizations that promote the bioeconomy. These include the positions of Co-Chair of the Baden-Württemberg federal government's Sustainable Bioeconomy Advisory Council, Co-Chair of the Bioeconomy Council of the German Federal Government, and Spokesperson of the European Bioeconomy University (EBU).

Friedrich Barth

Global Entrepreneurship Centre - GEC, Germany
Friedrich studied physics, geoecology and hydrology at the universities of Heidelberg, Bayreuth, Freiburg and Galway. He has 25 years of management experience in the fields of sustainability, environment, climate and chemistry in both the public and private sectors at global, regional and national level. He has held management positions at the United Nations, the EU Commission, the Ministry of Environment and most recently, as Managing Director, has been very successful in establishing the International Competence Centre for Sustainable Chemistry on behalf of the German Federal Government. Friedrich also spent many years on the management board of a medium-sized consultancy firm (IFOK GmbH) and has advised industry, the World Economic Forum and the United Nations as a consultant. Friedrich has established and managed several companies and organisations.

Sebastian Gronwald

Global Entrepreneurship Centre - GEC, Germany
Sebastian studied International Bussiness at Masstricht Untiversity, with a focus on Finance & Accounting. Sebastian has been working at Deloitte for several years, after having worked for 2.5 years at a software specialist for the travel industry. There he was responsible for the financial planning and controlling of the software provider and developed the start-up through the scale-up phase. The projects at Deloitte focused on supporting corporate clients and private equity houses in their merger and acquisition projects with the execution of financial due diligence processes and other services in connection with these transactions as well as financial consulting. Sebastian is the co-founder and CFO of the Global Entrepreneurship Centre (GEC) aiming to scale-up impact entrepreneurs and start-ups to enable a transformation through innovations.

Dr. Stefan Carsten

Futurologist, Germany
Dr. Stefan Carsten was project manager in the ‘Society and Technology Research Group’ of Daimler AG in Berlin, where he designed new mobility services such as car2go and moovel. He is currently on the advisory board of the Federal Ministry of Transport for “Strategic Guidelines of Public Transport in Germany”, the IAA Mobility in Munich, the Reallabor Radbahn in Berlin and a member of the design advisory board of HOWOGE Berlin. Since 2019, he has been publishing the Mobility Report in cooperation with the Zukunftsinstitut.

Marcus Arens

Ayming Deutschland GmbH, Germany
Marcus Arens is a Director at Ayming Deutschland GmbH, an international Consulting Company, located in Europe, Asia and the Americas. He is responsible for Sales and Business Development in Germany, focusing on innovation. With 1.300 employees Ayming is a well-known partner for over 20.000 clients on an international level, when it comes to generating grants or subsidies. Marcus has fundamental knowledge and experience in the field of innovative business models, serving as Director Sales and Business Development within StreetScooter (Senior Vice President at Deutsche Post DHL Group). As the pioneer of constructing, producing and selling fully electric light commercial vehicles, StreetScooter was the innovator in the last mile delivery industry. Marcus accompanied the luxury Startup MeisterSinger, as responsible for Sales, Marketing and Business Development. In addition to that, Marcus was the CEO of a company for plant construction of raw materials handling and CEO of a family-business in the luxury goods industry. Marcus holds a master’s degree in Business Administration of Westfälische Wilhelms- Universität Münster, Germany.

Hendrik Waegeman

Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant (BBEU), Belgium
Hendrik Waegeman obtained a master’s degree in Biochemical Engineering at Ghent University (2007) and holds a PhD in Applied Biological Sciences-Chemical Engineering (2011), also obtained at Ghent University. During his doctoral research he metabolically engineered Esherichia coli to improve recombinant protein production. During his post-doctoral research, Hendrik Waegeman was involved in a number of projects that focused on the fermentative production of specialty carbohydrates. He is also a co-founder of the company Inbiose NV, founded in 2013, which develops fermentatively produced specialty carbohydrates such as human milk oligoscaccharides. In 2012 he was guest lecturer at the University of Incheon, South-Korea where he lectured a course on Industrial Biotechnology. Since 2012, he has a position at the Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant in Ghent, Belgium. Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant is globally the largest Pilot- and Demonstration Facility for Industrial Biotechnology. Hendrik is currently Head of Business Operations and responsible for the operational management of BBEPP. He is also involved in the setup of Bio Base Asia Pilot Plant in Rayong, Thailand that will become operational in 2024 and will be the largest scale up facility in Asia. Hendrik is also board director of Inbiose NV, Bio.be (the cluster of Belgian biotech companies) and Biobased Industries Consortium (BIC, the private partner in the joint undertaking Horizon2020-BBI-JU and HorizonEurope-CBE-JU (Circular Bio-based Europe). Hendrik is a strong believer in the bioeconomy and industrial biotechnology. www.bbeu.org www.inbiose.com https://biconsortium.eu/

Stéphane Roussel

European Circular Bioeconomy Fund (ECBF), Germany
Stéphane brings more than a decade of experience in venture investments and in creating successful corporate & startup partnerships. He was a founder of, and lead, Venture Capital activities at Rhodia and Solvay. Active portfolio management and profitable exits (one unicorn) with 80m€ under management. Moreover, he has a network of trusted relationships in the industry and the VC community, in Europe, US but also Asia. Stéphane has a 25 years track record in the advanced materials and chemical industry with depth of sector experience in Ag Tech and Aquaculture, Advanced and Bio-based Materials. He graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique (France) and holds a Master of Chemical Engineering.

Nadia Soultanova

Urban Impact Ventures,
Nadia is the Head of Urban Network for Urban Impact Ventures, a Dutch impact investor of a mission to improve urban quality of life. Prior to joining UIV she held various roles in urban innovation and digitalization. She was the Head of Investment and Business Development at the Sofia Investment Agency, the investment promotion arm of the Bulgarian capital city and a Director of Digitalization and Innovation at Sofia Municipality, where she was involved in innovative urban projects in the areas of citizen participation, e-services, open data, intelligent cities, human-centered e-service design, and data-driven policymaking.

M. Lee Greene

Foodhub NRW e.V., Germany
Lee has been actively involved in the evolution of the food system since 2006. Recognizing the shift toward a sustainable food system early on, she embarked on a journey as change maker. From managing a biodynamic vineyard in Tuscany to building a farm to table brand in the USA, she has been spearheading new concepts and start-up projects. She is convinced that digitalization and technology can go hand in hand with economic, ecological and social sustainability, and champions innovations that bridge these diverse standpoints. Since returning to Germany in 2016 she has helped agrifood businesses to navigate the changing environment, identify growth opportunities and remain competitive. As an avid believer in the power of open innovation, she co-founded Foodhub NRW, an open innovation platform for the agrifood value chain, facilitating collaboration between start-ups, farmers, established businesses and other innovators.

Christopher Kong

Better Nature, United Kingdom
Chris is a biochemist-turned-entrepreneur who’s excited by the amazing potential of translating advances in food science and technology into real-world impact. Something he believes we can do through tempeh fermentation.

Susanne Weiß

womanage e.K., Germany
Susanne has 25 years of experience in the automotive and mobility industry. Since 2011 she has been a strategy consultant for business model innovation in the field of electromobility. With her consulting brand shemobility Susanne’s areas of expertise include gender marketing and strategies for car dealerships to re-position themselves as regional mobility networks. Since 2012 Susanne has been the Regional Lead of BEM (Bundesverband eMobilität e.V. - Federal Association for eMobility) for the State of Hesse, is now a member of the BEM Expert Advisory Board. Susanne is a member of the emobility Network of the State of Hesse with representatives from State Hess Energy Agency (LEA), ministries, municipalities, municipal economic development agencies, State Office for Construction and Real Estate Hesse, and others. She is trained as an emobility pilot (eLotse) for shaping future-oriented (e)mobility in the municipality, together with 200 hessian municipal representatives.

Katarzyna Dembska

Global Entrepreneurship Centre - GEC, Germany
Katarzyna holds a master’s degree in Food Science from the University of Florence and is completing her Executive MBA at IESE Business School in Munich. She has 10+ years of experience in sustainable nutrition research and communication. She is Catalyst Program Manager at the Global Entrepreneurship Center, a program designed for startups who have already launched the business, dedicated time to grow it and have initial feedback on their product and market. Focus areas include Nutrition and Agriculture, Textiles, Mobility and Transportation, Building and Living.

Sebastian Hanny-Busch

NRW.BANK, Germany
Sebastian Hanny-Busch is associated director at NRW.BANK and advises start-ups, companies and their multipliers on public grants, infrastructure, incubator and accelerator programs from the EU, the federal government and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia as well as programs from universities and public-funded digital or other hubs. He has many years of experience in technology and knowledge transfer, especially in supporting innovative start-ups and in advising on public funding. Before working at NRW.BANK, he was managing director of the Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology Transfer at TU Dortmund University, where he was responsible for the area of ​​start-up services, for example the conception of the "Excellence Start-up.Center NRW", funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs of North Rhine-Westphalia. He also works as an expert, mentor and jury member in innovation and start-up competitions, accelerator programs and as an author and free editor on start-ups and innovation.
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