Speakers of the International Congress

Overview of confirmed speakers

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Angel Alberdi

European Waste-based & Advanced Biofuels Association (EWABA)

Angel Alvarez Alberdi is the Secretary General of EWABA since its creation in 2013. EWABA is a Brussels-based trade association promoting the interests of the waste-based and advanced biodiesel industry. Angel has been working in EU government and institutional affairs in Brussels for over 13 years, with a particular focus on biofuels, renewable energy, transport, infrastructure and EU institutional and legislative matters. He started his career with a stint at the European Commission’s Secretariat General, to then work for an international public affairs consultancy, EU trade association European Biodiesel Board, and a global law firm. A lawyer by training, Angel holds an M.A. in European Interdisciplinary Studies with a major in EU Governance from the College of Europe.

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Frederike Altgelt

Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena)

Friederike Altgelt is an expert for electricity-based energy carriersand sustainable mobility at the German Energy Agency (dena). In this role, she focuses on the regulatory framework for the use of renewable hydrogen-based energy carriers (also referredto as e-fuels or powerfuels) at national and European level, sustainability criteria for the production of these energy carriers, and the use of hydrogen and other powerfuels in road transport. She ad-vises the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energyon theimplementation of the National Hydro-gen Strategy and is part of the project team ofthe Global Alliance Powerfuels, an initiative launched by dena in 2018 to promote the market development of renewable hydrogen-based energy carriers. Prior to herroleat dena, sheworked in public affairsconsulting.Friederike Altgelt holds a BA in International Relations from the Technical University of Dresden and an MSc in Behaviour Change from University College London (UCL).

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Stephan Arens

Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP) and Board of Directors of the German Bioenergy Association (BBE). (BBE) 

Studied agricultural sciences at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen with a focus on agricultural economics and agricultural policy; graduated as agricultural engineer (Dipl.-Ing. agr.).  

After his studies, he worked as a self-employed expert for a large livestock insurer and as a scientific assistant to a member of the German parliament. 

1998 Change to the German Raiffeisen Association e.V. (DRV), where he was responsible for various product areas, including energy with service stations and heating oil trading, building materials and home and garden markets; 
From June 2003, set-up of the new association office in Berlin.  

In 2006, advisor to the working group on food, agriculture and consumer protection of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag. 

Since 2012, managing director of the Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants e.V. (UFOP).  

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Dr. Ulrich Arnold

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Ulrich Arnold is a group leader at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology - Institute of Catalysis Research and Technology (KIT-IKFT). He studied Chemistry at the University of Heidelberg and finished his PhD in 1998. After a research stay at the University of Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil, he joined the Institute of Technical Chemistry of the former Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH and worked on the development of high-performance materials and catalysts. Since the foundation of KIT-IKFT in 2011, his research activities concentrate on heterogeneous catalysis for the production of alternative fuels from renewable resources. Currently, the thematic focus is on the synthesis of oxygenate fuels for diesel applications and the production of specialty gasoline. Activities comprise catalyst development for fuel production, investigations on structure-performance relationships as well as fuel characterization and design.

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Artur Auernhammer

MP, Chairman of the Board, German Bioenergy Association e. V. (BBE)  

  • Agricultural master, state-certified farmer
  • Vocational and post-vocational school for agriculture in Ansbach
  • Agricultural technical school in Weißenburg, Higher agricultural school Triesdorf
  • Study course "Agriculture and representation of interests" at the German Rural Youth Academy in Bonn-Röttgen
  • Member of the district council of Weißenburg Gunzenhausen and the city council of Weißenburg
  • Member of the 15th German Bundestag (July 2004 to September 2005) and of the 18th and 19th German Bundestag
  • Since 2016 Chairman of the Executive Board of Bundesverband Bioenergie e. V. (BBE)

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