Speakers of the International Conference

Overview of confirmed speakers

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Manfred Aigner

German Aerospace Center (DLR)

  • Studies and doctorate at the University of Karlsruhe
  • For many years calculation engineer, project manager, department head, vice-president at BBC, later ABB Kraftwerke AG, Baden, Switzerland
  • 1998-2021 Director of the Institute of Combustion Technology, full professor at the University of Stuttgart, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
  • since 2014: Initiator and coordinator of the DLR cross-sectional project on alternative fuels and the "Technology Platform for PtL Fuels (TPP)" initiative
Jane Amilhat

Jane Amilhat, who took over the management of unit “Clean Transport Transitions” Low emission future industries in the Directorate General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) of the European Commission in April 2021, is coming from Directorate General for Energy (DG ENER) where she was 3 years Deputy Head of Unit in charge of Energy infrastructures and Regional cooperation. Jane Amilhat worked in the private sector after her engineer/economist study in France and Germany. She started her career in the industrial/energy sector (Danone, Gaz de France/Engie, RWE Trading). She joined the European Commission in Directorate General for Environment (previously DG ENV, now DG CLIMA) from 2006 until 2008, where she was responsible for international climate change negotiations and sectorial climate policies. She has been dealing with Energy and industrial issues when she started at Directorate General for Trade (DG TRADE) at the end of 2008. She was responsible for Russia and the Eastern Partnership but also the Western Balkans and Switzerland when she became Deputy Head of Unit at DG TRADE in 2014.

Niels A. Anspach

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.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Atzler

Technical University Dresden

  • 1990 Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, specialisation in “design of high speed combustion engines“ FH Regensburg,
  • 1994 – 1999 PhD in “aerosol combustion”, University of Leeds, UK,
  • 1999 – 2005 IVECO Motorenforschung, Arbon, Switzerland, Development of commercial diesel engines and exhaust gas aftertreatment for EU3 to 5
  • 2005 – 2016 Continental Automotive GmbH (formerly Siemens VDO),
  • Diesel combustion systems, exhaust gas aftertreatment and hybrid powertrains
  • 2016 – 2019Professor for combustion engines at Westsaxonian University of applied science in Zwickau
  • since March 2019 Professor of combustion engines and powertrain systems at Technical University Dresden



Artur Auernhammer

Chairman of the Board of Bundesverband Bioenergie e.V. (BBE)

Dr. Marko Babic

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.

Alexander Bachler

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

Prof. Dr. Christian Beidl

Darmstadt University of Technology

seit 2008 Full Professor, Head of Institute, TU Darmstadt; Institute for Internal Combustion Engines and Powertrain Systems

2004-2008Director Powertrain Calibration, AVL worldwide
2004-2005 Additional assignment as CEO of AVL Pierburg FT GmbH, Germany

Hermann Benning

Mr. Benning has an agricultural background both privately and professionally. He has been working for revis as a project developer since 2021 and is deployed throughout Europe.

Dr. Marcus Bollig

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.

Dr. Anita Breyer

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. 

Simon Brück

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

Julie den Dekker

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

Dr. Ralph-Uwe Dietrich

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.

Henning Eckel

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.

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