Speakers of the International Conference
Overview of confirmed speakers
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Vice President biofuels value chain, BP Europe SE
As Vice President biofuels value chain Niels is responsible for the biofuels business in bp’s customer & products group. He drives bp’s biofuels strategy, develops bp’s regulatory positions and is responsible for the financial delivery of the biofuels agenda globally, with a specific focus on Europe and the Americas.
Niels has more than 20 years of industry experience. He has worked in the value chain in various roles, reaching from retail to supply and trading, and prior to his current role managed bp’s supply business in Northwest Europe. He has worked more than 10 years in commercial leadership roles in bp.
Niels holds a diploma as an industrial engineer from Nordakademie Hochschule der Wirtschaft, Elmshorn in Germany.
University of Dresden
Chairman of the Board of Bundesverband Bioenergie e.V. (BBE)
Dr Marko Babic is the Head of Product Area at Bosch, the Germany-based multinational engineering and technology company. He joined Bosch in 2007 and has a doctorate in communications engineering and IT and a parallel diploma in economics and business engineering. In his current role, Dr Babic is responsible for development and sales of ambient air quality solutions and digital fuel twin platform, based on Bosch deep domain expertise in sensors, modelling, simulation, as well as IoT device and big data management.
Studies: University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, Agriculture,
Major in Agricultural Economics, graduated Oct. 2004.
From 01 Nov 2004 to 31 Aug 2006 private research association (ÖVAF).
Since 01 September 2006 Austrian Chamber of Agriculture, Department of Forestry and Timber, Energy.
Since June 2018 Chairman COPA working group "Bioenergy/Biotechnology & Non-Food".
Since June 2021 Managing Director Renewable Fuels Platform
Darmstadt University of Technology
Dr Marcus Bollig, born in 1967, has been Managing Director of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) since May 2022. He is responsible for the "Product and Value Creation" division. After studying mechanical engineering and completing his doctorate at RWTH Aachen University, Dr Bollig, who was born in Bonn, joined BMW AG in 1998. There, Dr Marcus Bollig dedicated himself to drive development, and from 2011 he was initially responsible for the "New Technologies and Electrification" project as Head of Department. In the following years, he headed various other technical areas, such as "Efficient Dynamics", "Complete Vehicle Research" and most recently "Drive Process".
At the VDA, Dr Marcus Bollig uses his vehicle expertise to mediate between the interests of politicians, authorities and manufacturers when defining technical regulations. His technological focus is on the transformation to climate-neutral mobility and digitalisation.
Studies of Economics at the University of Kiel, USA, Belgium and University of Bonn (Germany) as part of the European Doctoral Programme finishing with the degree of a Ph.D. in Economics in 1989.
Since 1990 working at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection in Germany in several general directorates.
2018-2020 Deputy Director-General responsible for Immission Control, Transport and Safety of Installations.
Since 2020 Director-General Chemical Safety, Immission Control and Transport.
Since December 2022
DSLV Federal Association of Freight Forwarding and Logistics e.V.
Head of Environment | Climate and Energy Policy
November 2020 - November 2022
REWE Group | Rewe Zentral AG, Cologne
Deputy Team Lead Goods Flow Control and Disposition
October 2018 - October 2020
Cargonexx GmbH, Hamburg
Transport Manager | Coordination Business / Professional Associations & Chambers
January 2018 - September 2018
Nagel Group | Kraftverkehr Nagel SE & Co. KG, Hamburg Branch
Dispatcher International Land Transport
August 2015 - January 2018
Nagel Group | Kraftverkehr Nagel SE & Co. KG, Branch Office Hamburg
Commercial vocational training, freight forwarding and logistics services clerk
Freya Burton has served as LanzaTech’s Chief Sustainability Officer since 2016. She joined LanzaTech in 2007 and during this time has worked in various other roles throughout the company, including in communications, government relations, human resources, and research and development.
Freya holds an M.A. from Corpus Christi College at the University of Cambridge
August 2023 - Present: Eco-Runner Team Delft, Operations Manager - Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
2021 - 2022: Civil Business Days Committee - Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
2020 - 2023: Bachelor of Civil Engineering and Honour's program - Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Mr Simon Detscher has been managing partner of revis bioenergy GmbH since 2013.
Before that, he completed a degree in business administration.
He is currently advancing the nordfuel biometh plant project, which will be the largest in Germany.
Dr.-Ing. Ralph-Uwe Dietrich leads the research area Techno Economic Assessment(TEA)at the Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Stuttgartsince 2015. He is responsible for the research group on techno economic and ecologic evaluation of alternative fuels for aviation and global transport. He received his PhD in Engineering at the Technical University Clausthal in 2013 as a scientific associateat the Clausthaler Umwelttechnik Institute (CUTEC-Institut GmbH). Before that, he got 15 years of project manager experience at different enterprises (SME and Fortune 500) of the process and automation industry.
Study of geoecology at the University of Bayreuth with a focus on agroecology and biogeography
since 1998 scientific assistant at the Kuratorium für Technik und Bauwesen in der Landwirtschaft e.V., Darmstadt, first in the field of soil protection, then in the field of environment and energy
2010 to 2013 EU project coordination
Since 2014 team leader "energy, emissions and climate protection"
Technical focus: Energy demand and energy use in agriculture, fuels/drive systems, renewable energies in the agricultural environment.