ANZBC21 Key Note Speakers and Presenters

We have a fantastic line-up of renowned experts joining us for this year’s conference.

Here are a few of our speakers for ANZBC21. Full Programme announced!

Josh Wilson – Shadow Assistant Minister for the Environment Josh has been the Member for Fremantle since 2016 and he was appointed Shadow Assistant Minister for the Environment after the 2019 election. Josh grew up in Fremantle and for more than a decade has made a significant leadership contribution through public and community service. Josh’s Shadow Ministerial responsibilities are focused on the areas of waste and recycling, ocean protection, and national heritage. He is the Deputy Chair of the Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy, and is a member of both the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties and the Select Committee on Regional Australia. His committee work has included a focus on fair trade, broadband technology, energy policy, liquid fuel security, and biodiversity protection.

Professor Stephen Joseph – UNSW Stephen’s area of expertise includes: development of processes that recycle or value-add to waste especially those that produce energy and a stable carbon that can be utilised to increase food production and help remediate degraded land. Design and evaluation of bio-gas, bio-diesel, bio-ethanol and bio-oil plants; design and commercialisation of biochar and energy technology from stoves to large scale continuous plant, design and evaluation of waste minimisation processes and plant, development of biochar based integrated vermiculture/ aquaculture /hydroponics systems, design and testing of stoves, dryers, small kilns, furnaces, steam plant, pyrolysis and gasifiers that use biomass, coal, liquid or gaseous fuels, evaluation of biomass feed stocks and processed products; design and testing of advanced gas combustion equipment for turbines and for industrial processes, design of landfill energy systems, design, development and testing of air-emissions control systems; impact assessment of toxic wastes and indoor air pollution.

Andre van Zyl – New World Pavement Solutions Mr. van Zyl graduated in 1986 as a Chemical Engineer from the VAAL University of Technology, in South Africa. He has substantial experience in process plant design and its implementation for the steel, water treatment, mineral processing and mining industry in Africa, Asia and South America. For the past fifteen years has acquired specialized knowledge and skills in road surfacing technology, especially in the development, manufacture, and installation of environmentally friendly emulsified cold road-premix material, for both new urban and remote infrastructure development areas. During the last 4 years, he has been instrumental in the further development and re-design of the Carboncor Technology to suit specific climatic, geo-technical and soil conditions as viable and cost-effective road products in the Asian region. This has lead to numerous specialized formulation, stability testing and engineering activities of emulsion, to design conventional/direct (water-in-oil) emulsions, invert/reverse (water-inoil) emulsions, multiple (water-in-oil-in-water, oil-in-water-in-oil) emulsions and micro-emulsions. Following the latest 2 years of active R&D and specific design, a new and revolutionary Carboncor product range of road and construction materials is now available: to facilitate installation of an environmentally friendly option, or to do permanent maintenance/repairs and new road installations in Asian urban and/or extreme remote infrastructure development areas, where currently no other cost-effective technology is available for permanent road surfaces.

Nigel Murphy – Green Man Char Nigel is a Founder and Director of Earth Systems and Cyclic Carbon aka Green Man Char. For the last decade these companies have been at the forefront of biochar and wood vinegar technology development and production in Australia. He is an Honorary Life Member of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand and has qualifications in environmental and earth science. Nigel will explore how biochar can fulfil its potential.  He will identify the barriers to market acceptance and what the industry must do to bring biochar into the mainstream.


Ian Stanley – Rainbow Bee Eater is a third generation farmer, who, with his sons Travis and Clint, owns and operates a 25,000 ha wheat and sheep farm in Kalannie in the Central Wheatbelt of Western Australia. During his farming career Ian has overseen the expansion of the farm from 5,500 Ha to its present size and planted and integrated over 1.2 million oil mallee trees on the farming property. Ian has become widely recognised as a spokesperson for the integrated farm forestry industry in Australia. In 2003 he was elected as President and Chairman of the Oil Mallee Association of Australia. Ian is passionate about growing small rural communities through new industry and farming enterprises. He has been awarded both the State and National Landcare Awards for Individuals. Nominated for his work in landcare, Ian was 1 of only 80 people selected to run with the Olympic Torch in Australia for the Beijing Olympics. Ian has been a Director of the Central Wheatbelt Football League for fourteen years, 9 as Chairman. Ian currently serves on the Boards of RBE; Kalannie Distillers; a local eucalyptus oil manufacturing enterprise; and Fares Rural a company investing in Australian agricultural production.

Peter Burgess – Rainbow Bee Eater spent 35 years in Australian and international operational, corporate and advisory roles involving conception, feasibility, financing, design, construction, risk management and operation of large mining and manufacturing projects. Peter held senior leadership roles with Alcoa in Western Australia, Victoria and USA; served as Chair of the Federal Government and Industry Light Metals Action Agenda; sits on the Board of Engineers Without Borders Australia; and as consultant to Alumina Ltd and CSIRO Minerals and Energy. Peter believes that Australia, especially rural and regional areas, will gain significant environmental, social and economic benefits by using safe, efficient and clean 21st century technologies for the sustainable production of renewable energy from biomass residues that are currently burnt or landfilled. Peter’s career includes many examples where he has initiated or been a key player in the trialling and development and full implementation of new technologies including many environmental initiatives.

Dr Lukas van Zwieten – NSW DPI Lukas’s research focuses on soil processes including C and N cycling, and how these relate to greenhouse gas emissions; contaminants in the soil environment; and unravelling microbial, rhizosphere and soil chemical processes. His research on biochar was acclaimed in the 2007 United Nations’ World Environment Day Award Meeting the Greenhouse Challenge, which has been popularised through the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Catalyst program (2007), a CNN “special report” in 2008, ABC’s Landline (2009) and Discovery Channel’s Ecopolis mini-series in 2009/10. He has published over ninety papers and book chapters and has over 5800 cites (Scholar). He is a Program Leader for the Co-operative Research Centre – High Performance Soils. Lukas will give us an overview on biochar research in 2020-21.

Annette Cowie – Bioenergy Australia has a background in soil science and plant nutrition, with particular interest in sustainable resource management. Annette contributes to development of policy for GHG (greenhouse gas) abatement, including GHG accounting for emissions trading at state, national and international levels. Annette led the New Forests research program in the NSW DPI (2001-2009), researching environmental services from planted forests, and the Applications and Outreach program in the CRC Greenhouse Accounting 2002-2004. Annette was the Director of Rural Climate Solutions, an alliance between NSW DPI and the University of New England 2009- 2014. Annette was a member of interim Domestic Offsets Integrity Committee, assessing methodologies for the Carbon Farming Initiative 2010-2012. Since 2000 Annette has been a member of the International Energy Agency Bio-energy research network Climate Change Effects of Biomass and Bioenergy Systems, and currently leads this group. Since 2012 Annette has been the Land Degradation advisor on the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility. She is a member of the Science Policy Interface of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.

Kathleen Draper is Chair of the International Biochar Initiative (IBI) She is also the US Director of the Ithaka Institute for Carbon Intelligence. The Institute is an open source network focusing on beneficial carbon sequestration strategies which simultaneously provide economic development opportunities both in the developed and developing world. She is an editor and writer for The Biochar Journal, sponsored by the Ithaka Institute. Kathleen also works with various different universities and individuals on projects that are investigating the use of biochar in cement and other building and packaging products to develop products with lower embodied carbon which can be made from locally available organic waste. She has written extensively about various topics related to biochar and is a co-author of the book “Terra Preta: How the World’s Most Fertile Soil Can Help Reverse Climate Change and Reduce World Hunger” and Co-Author of Burn: Using Fire to Cool the Earth

Tom Miles is the CEO of the U.S. Biochar Initiative, president of T.R. Miles, Technical Consultants in Portland, Oregon, a biomass energy consulting firm which designs, develops, installs, and commissions systems that improve efficiency and emissions and recycle nutrients from biofuel processes. Mr. Miles has extensive expertise in innovative biomass systems for processing wood, agricultural, and urban residues including pyrolysis, gasification, and combustion, boiler and gasifier modification and feedstock sizing, recycling, drying, densification, and handling. Projects in Developing Countries Mr. Miles has lived and worked in several countries where he contributed to the development of improved cooking stoves as well as small scale heat and power systems. He has also sponsored and hosted online discussions on cookstoves, biomass energy and biochar since 1994. Early Work In the 1970s, Mr. Miles developed uses for straw which led to expertise in the thermal conversion of agricultural residues including crop straws, pits, nuts, shells, grain processing residues, and animal bedding and manures. This understanding of ash transformation led to his interest in using pyrolysis to recycle nutrients in wood and agricultural residues in biochar – charcoal prepared for use in soil – which improves soil health and sequesters carbon. Mr. Miles was formerly chairman of the International Biochar Initiative.

Harald Bier is head of Office at European Biochar Industry Consortium He is a Geographer with a Master in Humanitarian Action, has 10 years of experience with biochar and soil stabilization projects, involved in the development and implementation of large-scale international programs, adapted “Terra Preta” techniques, won the WHH Innovation Price 2013, experienced in communications and campaigning and advocacy for agroecology and biochar.




Hon. Darren West MLC, Member for Agricultural Region. Darren was elected to the Western Australian Legislative Council in 2013 and represents the Agricultural Region which spans from Northampton to Esperance covering around 260 000 square km.The Agricultural Region contains the electorates of Geraldton, Moore, Central Wheatbelt and Roe along with 61 Local Governments and over 150 schools. Darren is Parliamentary Secretary to Minister Alannah MacTiernan and holds the portfolios of Agriculture and Food, Regional Development and Hydrogen Industries. He is the only working farmer in the WA Parliament. Before entering Parliament, Darren ran the family farm at Jennacubbine near Northam in Western Australia and spent six years as Chair of WA’s Wheatbelt Development Commission.

Melissa Rebbeck directs her company Climate & Agricultural Support Pty Ltd.  In the 4 years her company has been established she has been instrumental in developing and managing projects including; utilising biochar to reduce nitrogen inputs and improve soil health, replicated soil health trials, 10 soil health case studies, implementation of soil moisture probes and feeding biochar to 500 dairy cattle to improve milk quality.  Prior to directing her company Melissa developed and managed multiple projects relating to agriculture and climate variability as a senior researcher for the Uni of Adelaide and the SA Research and Development Institute Melissa is also councillor for the Goolwa Hindmarsh Island Ward of the Alexandrina Council, a beef producer and sits on the board of the South Australian Dairy Industry Fund BoardFleurieu Farming Systems Board, Alexandrina Sustainable Agricultural Round Table, Alexandrina Environmental Group, Ranges to River NRM Group the SA Murray Darling Basin Association, the SA Livestock consultants and the Fleurieu Regional Aquatic Authority.

Karen Enkelaar and Steve Sullings are Co-Directors of Agspand Pty Ltd, healthy profitable agriculture, in Tasmania. They are manufacturers of Agspand’s FEEDCHAR™ certified-quality charcoal supplement for farm animals. Karen is the author of “A Commercial Cycle for Biochar Markets” (2017), a consultant tool outlining the community-wide participants and commercial uses of biochar in a large-scale industry that is contributing to managing waste, improving soils, and sequestering CO2eqv gases. She is also a researcher, writer and non-fiction copy editor.

Dr Sara Tahery – UNSW: Sara is a Research Fellow in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of New South Wales. Her research focuses on the characterization of physical, electro-chemical and micro-structural properties of a wide range of mixed-feedstock-biochars, soil and biological samples. She has considerable expertise in analysis via nanoSEM, TEM, FTIR and Raman spectrometers, ESR, LC-OCD, Zetasizer Nano ZS and Cyclic voltammetry. Sara has published over twenty papers in this field. She has also conducted multiple research and commercial biochar-based projects since 2016.

Doug Pow is a Manjimup farmer in Western Australia who has discovered how to store carbon in the soil, reduce methane emissions from his cattle and improve the productivity of his whole farm. The cattle and avocado producer started feeding his cows biochar nine years ago to see if he could store carbon in the ground using the natural system of dung beetles. He thought if researchers were burying biochar in the ground with machines in an attempt to store carbon and increase fertility, why couldn’t the dung beetles do it at no cost? He already had the cows, and knew the beetles would bury their dung within a day or so, to around 600mm deep. He thought he would be onto something magnificent if he could feed biochar to the cows and have the beetles actually bury it. They did and the rest is history.

Stuart Larsson, SOFT Agriculture Pty Ltd started developing Mara Seeds in 1967 initially as a primary production unit and then the addition of a value adding facility was developed. The land base for primary production has expanded from 200 hectares to 3000 hectares in that time. Over the past twenty years, the business has changed direction to organic agriculture, building a 750-breeder herd which grain assists progeny for a supermarket chain, a soybean production area of 816 hectares, maize and pasture seed area of 300 ha, as well as a hay and compost production system which is managed under the trademarked SOFT (Sustainable Organic Farming Techniques) management system. In 2012, SOFT Agriculture Pty Ltd was established as a marketing arm of Mara Seeds Pty Ltd. SOFT Agriculture’s vision is to offer farmers access to Biochar activated “carbon-smart” innovations that deliver superior animal and soil health productivity.


John Saad – CHT Australia is a graduate Chemist, that spent all of his professional career in the area of Industrial applications of chemicals in the manufacturing sector, he now has over 40 years of Specialty Chemical field application experience in Australia beginning with 10 years industrial cleaning chemicals with what was known as Campbell Brothers, 17 years in adhesives and Coatings with National Starch & Chemical and most recently 14 years with CHT Australia, continuing his application chemistry connections in the textile and Building and Construction. John is the lead innovator and patent holder for a clay soil dispersion and slaking properties modifying agent using colloidal siloxane chemistries to manage the hydraulic conductivity of these, and other soil types. John and his team, have applied their knowledge and experience of dispersion management and formulation process chemistries to value-add performance excellence to Biochar systems, be they in Infrastructure or in Agronomy.

Jennifer Lauber Patterson is Managing Director of Frontier Impact Group. She is a pioneer in climate solutions with 30+ years in banking and energy companies, environmental markets (particularly carbon markets) and sustainable solutions. Pioneered one of the first green electricity deals 25 years ago, and started the first carbon markets business at ANZ bank in the early 2000’s A key passion for Jennifer is to demonstrate how bioenergy can support the regeneration of the Australian landscape.

Associate Professor Harn Wei Kua is currently the Assistant Dean (Academic) of the School of Design and Environment of the National University of Singapore (NUS). He is also leading the Smart Materials Laboratory and co-leading the construction 3D printing program in the School. He has 3 Masters degrees (in theoretical physics, civil & environmental engineering, and technology policy) from NUS or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and his PhD is in sustainable building technology from MIT. His current research interest is in bio-based building materials and life cycle sustainability assessment. His current focus on bio-based building materials is innovative use of biochar as a sustainable way to recycle biological waste to improve structural integrity and indoor air quality of buildings. Dr Kua has authored about 100 articles and book chapters; in many of these publications, he is either the sole or lead author. He has won more than 60 different international/national academic awards, including several from MIT, and has been invited by local and international organizations to deliver guest lectures and speeches on his research more than 60 times, including as a plenary speaker at the Forum for Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development, workshop on Sustainable Consumption and Production, which was organized by the International Council for Science on 11th June 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (at Rio+20). He consults for the Singapore Government on environmental issues and has helped set up corporate sustainability guidelines for companies with more than SGD 2 billion in combined annual turnover. He is currently involved in collaborations with various groups and universities in China, USA, Italy, Colombia, South Africa, and Saudi Arabia on biochar building materials, sustainable resource management policies and construction 3D printing.

Mal Campbell is Head of technology at Frontier impact Group Mal has an outstanding track record with 30 years in energy markets and carbon markets, technology and detailed financial modelling. Mal is passionate about bioenergy and the opportunities that wood vinegar and biochar can provide in achieving sustainable outcomes.

(Conference) Mauro Giorcelli is a Resercher at Politecnico di Torino (Italy) in the Department of Applied Science and Technology (DISAT). He is an Electronic Engineering and he has got his PH.D. in Physic in 2009. He is carbon material specialist with over 70 papers in international peer reviewed journal with over 600 citations. He is active member and co-founder of Carbon Group at Politecnico di Torino. This group is composed of carbon material specialists where all the aspects of carbon are investigated in the optic of possible applications. His collaborative network moves from north America to Asia through a massive number of European Universities. He is active in the field of composite material for special applications. Because this he is member of MODCOMP European H2020 project. In the recent years, his research activity was focused mainly on the use of Biochar in composite as alternative, low cost and not oil based carbon filler. Because this, he organized in the 2018 the “Biochar day” at University of Toronto in collaboration with Prof Charles Jia and Prof Franco Berruti in order to create a Canadian network of biochar specialists. He won several Erasmus + projects that permit to travel in Asia and Canada to consolidate his collaborations. He is regularly invited in conferences as speaker where he promotes the use of biochar as possible alternative filler in composites to improve mechanical and electrical properties.

Dr. Alexandru Let – Technical Manager, State Asphalt Services – Kypreos Group – I graduated from Polytechnic Institute Bucharest with degree in chemical engineering and PhD degree from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. My area of expertise includes nanotechnology application in material construction, including development of processes that use recycle materials in construction industry. My experience includes biochar, toner (from recycling cartridge printer) and crumb rubber used as additive in asphalt industry. Recently I joined the Kypreous Group after 9 years with Boral where my last position was National Development Engineer was engaged in research, developing new products.

Dr Chun-Zhu LiRenergi Pty Ltd obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London in 1993. After postdoctoral experience, he joined Monash University in 1996. Dr Li moved to Curtin University of Technology in January 2009 to be the Director of Fuels and Energy Technology Institute (initially known as Curtin Centre for Advanced Energy Science and Engineering). He was a John Curtin Distinguished Professor. He is now an Adjunct Professor in The University of Western Australia. Dr Li has co-authored more than 300 papers in journals and conference proceedings. He has been the Editor-in-Chief of international journal Fuel Processing Technology. He is a co-inventor of 9 families of patents with more than 55 granted patent rights. He is the CEO and one of the Directors of Renergi Pty Ltd.


Russ Martin – MS2 has over 30 years’ experience in product stewardship, circular economy, public policy, bioenergy and sustainability, both in government and as an advisor to industry and governments. These roles have been in the US, Australia, New Zealand and Middle East. Primary responsibilities include serving as CEO of the not-for-profit Global Product Stewardship Council, Director of consultancy MS2 and Founder of the International Stewardship Forum series, including the Sydney Forum 2018 and Paris Forum 2019. Russ was awarded the Global Green Future Leadership Award by the World CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Congress. Russ was appointed to the Australian Government’s Product Stewardship Advisory Group, as the Independent Chair leading development of a national product stewardship approach for handheld batteries in Australia, and to the advisory body for Australia’s development of product stewardship framework legislation. Russ has also worked with Australian wool, sugar, timber and energy industries on stewardship and bioenergy. Russ has delivered major presentations in China, Singapore, Serbia, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand on product stewardship and sustainability for products ranging from packaging to electronics and hazardous wastes. From developing and implementing a market-based approach to increase packaging recycling in Florida, to chairing the inaugural Australian Greenhouse Conference, to crafting innovative waste management legislation in the United Arab Emirates, Russ has long been a leader in developing innovative yet pragmatic policies and programs.

Peter Burgess – Rainbow Bee Eater spent 35 years in Australian and international operational, corporate and advisory roles involving conception, feasibility, financing, design, construction, risk management and operation of large mining and manufacturing projects. Peter held senior leadership roles with Alcoa in Western Australia, Victoria and USA; served as Chair of the Federal Government and Industry Light Metals Action Agenda; sits on the Board of Engineers Without Borders Australia; and as consultant to Alumina Ltd and CSIRO Minerals and Energy. Peter believes that Australia, especially rural and regional areas, will gain significant environmental, social and economic benefits by using safe, efficient and clean 21st century technologies for the sustainable production of renewable energy from biomass residues that are currently burnt or landfilled. Peter’s career includes many examples where he has initiated or been a key player in the trialling and development and full implementation of new technologies including many environmental initiatives.

James Joyce – Pyrocal CCT is a PhD and MBA qualified chemical engineer with nearly 30 years industry experience in a wide variety of roles, in the bioenergy, renewables and sugar milling sectors. His experience spans across R&D, process modelling, design, commissioning, operations/maintenance supervision and commercialisation. James used this experience to co-invent the BIGCHAR continuous carbonisation technology in 2008 and since then has overseen 20 implementations of the technology across eight countries

Terri Sun is a Director of Carbon Powered Mineral Technology and Products (CPMTP). Terri has extensive and in-depth working experience in multinational companies in the senior finance positions, across multiple industries including aerospace, automotive, diversified industries and telecommunications. Terri has a good sense with numbers and a strong ability to bridge western and eastern businesses.

Shaista Shah – Pyrocal CCT is a Chemical Engineer with 13 years’ industry experience and is working as a Senior Process Engineer at Pyrocal responsible for detailed front-end engineering, design and commissioning across various projects. Before joining Pyrocal, Shaista worked in the Sugar Industry in South Africa for 11 years and gained valuable experience across 14 operations in South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe in areas relating to sugar and starch production, renewable electricity generation, effluent management and sustainability. She is qualified with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering in 2008 and a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering in 2017. I registered as a Professional Engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) in 2014 and as a Chartered Member of IChemE (Institution of Chemical Engineers).

Tom Vogan – Energy Farmers (right) – Grew up on a farm near Lancelin, WA. Since studying Mechanical Engineering at UWA and graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering. Tom has worked in the mining industry as an Engineer and Project Manager in construction and maintenance of heavy engineering plants for 11 years. More recently Tom has spent 6 years working for a large engineering consultancy gaining experience in feasibility studies and project development. Through his construction experience, Tom has gained experience in fabricating, constructing and commissioning process plants. In addition, Tom’s recent experience has provided him with a good understanding of the requirements for project development including environmental, technical and economic project drivers.

Euan BeamontEnergy Farmers Originally a farmer from Mullewa, Western Australia, Euan holds a degree in Agribusiness, a diploma in Farm Management and has over 20 years’ experience in agriculture. Euan leases his farm to local farmers from Mullewa and takes a keen interest in the West Australian agriculture industry. Euan has worked for a large offsetting company in WA, has studied carbon accounting and reporting and has a strong knowledge of the Australian carbon market. Euan has experience in business development, stakeholder engagement, public relations, marketing and international logistics. Euan also participates on the board of Biochar Network of WA and Geraldton Community Energy and is a Task Force Group Member for the Australian/New Zealand Biochar Initiative. Together, we have combined our agriculture and engineering skills to design and develop bioenergy and biochar projects in regional areas of Australia.




Thomas Schroeder – South Pole Australia. Thomas has 20+ years of international experience in climate action and sustainability. He is a key member of South Pole’s leadership team in Australia, working with private and public sector clients. He is responsible for developing carbon and biodiversity projects across Australia, drawing on South Pole’s global leader role. In addition, he trades environmental commodities, such as carbon credits and renewable energy certificates. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. Thomas is a member of the Environmental Advisory Committee of Waverley Council in Sydney’s East.

Louisa Kiely – Carbon Farmers of Australia Director of Carbon Farmers of Australia, Louisa is known for activity to get farmers paid fairly for the reduction of emissions and carbon sequestration on farm. She has organised and run eight carbon farming conferences, and submitted the first Soil Carbon Methodology to the then Domestic Offsets Integrity Committee. She has up-to-date knowledge of the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) policy and has four government ERF contracts with landholders. Louisa is keen to progress the common goals of Australian Farmers for Climate Action and Carbon Farmers of Australia. 

Tim Charlton is Director of Aqua Firma Solutions Pty Ltd. Specialist in scientific research design and evaluation with over 15 years experience providing consulting services to a range of industries including aquaculture biosecurity, environmental sustainability, protective coating design and formulation, health and medical device cleaning. Senior Consultant with ITG providing R&D Tax advice across sectors in relation to innovations in IT, engineering and science. With degrees in chemistry, microbiology and history I have a passion for understanding the interaction between humans and the environment and contributing to the development of environmentally sustainable ways of living.

Dr Ruy Anaya de la Rosa as Project Director for our global Biochar for Sustainable Soils (B4SS) initiative. Ruy is passionate about the potential of biochar to improve soil fertility and sustainability. Ruy’s experience includes biochar, carbon markets, life cycle analysis and the uptake of appropriate technology in less developed countries. Ruy has a Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Science, a Masters of Science in Sustainable Energy Technology and Bachelor of Science in Mechanical with Electrical Engineering.While born in Mexico, Ruy’s life and work have taken him around the globe and he is fluent in Spanish, English, French, Portuguese, Dutch, German and Swedish.The purpose of B4SS is to share knowledge and build capacity regarding the use of innovative biochar-based organic amendments for sustainable soils and land management. In this way the project aims to support rural livelihoods for small landholders, enhance productivity, improve the capture and efficient use of nutrients, address declining soil fertility, contribute to watershed management and strengthen resilience to climate change. Funding of USD2m has been secured from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) for this purpose. The project will leverage an additional USD1¼m of value through collaboration with existing biochar projects from six countries. These projects span a range of different soils, climates and cultures with the core focus being. Vietnam ~ rice straw biochar to improve soil fertility and sequester carbon, Ethiopia & Kenya ~ use of biochar to aid the return of nutrients to depleted cropping soils, Indonesia ~ working with an existing network of 1,750 small-scale women farmers with dryland cropping systems to improve soils affected by the 2004 tsunami, China ~ testing biochar for immobilising heavy metals, Peru ~ biochar to reduce deforestation and improve crop productivity.

Simon Dawkins – Oil Mallee Association of Australia has been engaged in Climate Change policy and strategy since 1999.  Initially as Director, Emissions Trading and Climate Change Policy in the WA Department of Premier and Cabinet, the engagement continued in other positions including Director of Economic policy and Director Social Policy. His contribution to policy development included representing the State on a COAG subcommittee, through engagement with the Australian Greenhouse Office and attendance at UNFCCC international conferences, including as part of the Australian delegation. This engagement in policy continued through his creation of EcoCarbon Inc, a think tank on Emissions Trading. This policy stream was followed by managing the Oil Mallee Association and negotiations with the Commonwealth and State Governments on behalf of its members for recognition of their efforts as early movers and for appropriate CFI treatment and ERF methodologies. Simon has completed a PhD investigating the impact of government policy and other factors such as land use concerns and sustainability frameworks on the development of mallee agroforestry.




Prof Jim Jones PhD, MS, BE(Hons) 1st Class Professor and Research Director. School of Food and Advanced Technology, Massey University, New Zealand Professor Jim Jones teaches into the Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering degree and is the Research Director  for SF&AT.  He conducts research across a number of fields, principally in thermal processing and particle technology.  This includes current projects such as pyrolysis kinetics, pyrolyser design, life cycle assessment of biochar systems, mastication of food, coating of powders, spray-drying of emulsions, flow of food powders, volcanic pyroclastic density currents and lahars.  Previous projects include agglomeration of milk powder, coating of high fat powders, granulation modelling, secondary nucleation of lactose, truck spreading of fertiliser, and ballistic modelling for topdressing.

Professor Damien Batstone is Deputy Director (Education) of the Advanced Water Management Centre at The University of Queensland and Professor in the School of Chemical Engineering. He is current holder of an Australian Research Fellow from the ARC (Australian Research Council). Damien has over 20 years experience in wastewater process modelling, design, and environmental biotechnology. He is extensively involved as lead consultant at the AWMC with a wide range of industrial partners around the world. Damien is also heavily involved in the Chemical Engineering programme at UQ, leading major courses, including Process Modelling and Statistics, as well as teaching into other courses.

Dr Aravind Surapaneni – South East Water is a Senior Research and Planning Scientist. He is also Program Manager for Intelligent Water Networks Biosolids and Resource Recovery Program and Deputy Director for “Australian Research Council Training Centre for the Transformation of Australia’s Biosolids Resource” based at RMIT Bundoora campus. He drives recycled water, biosolids, waste management, soils and groundwater programs that will contribute to the understanding and management of product risk. He is responsible for leading water industry and academic research programs and collaborations at state and national level.

Mohammad Nusheh is the Lead R&D Scientist at Hot Lime Labs (New Zealand). Hot Lime Labs has developed patented CO2 capture technology for commercial greenhouses. The Hot Lime system allows growers to produce clean carbon dioxide (CO2) from waste biomass (wood), allowing them to boost yields, reduce carbon footprint and transition to renewable energy. Mohammad was one of the original team members of Hot Lime Labs, founded in 2017. He has a PhD in materials science with 15 years experience in industrial and academic R&D projects, and is currently leading the Hot Lime Labs R&D team in several aspects of the Hot Lime system (chemistry and material) and expanding potential applications. Today, one of the core projects he is working on is exploring the characteristics and use of the char, produced as a by-product of the core Hot Lime process. To date, the char is showing promising results in lab tests. Mohammad will talk about these results, and the char potential use in wastewater treatment.

Graham Lancaster from Environmental Analysis Laboratories is a long-term professional staff member Southern Cross University and its predecessor institutions since the early 1990s.  In 1987 he commenced study in the Bachelor of Applied Science Coastal Management and then conducted Honours in 1990 in water and environmental chemistry. Under the mentorship of Professor David McConchie (Dec.) he was instrumental in the establishment of the University’s Environmental Analysis Laboratory (EAL) in 1993 which was initially based in the School of Environment, Science and Management. The EAL start-up concept was due to a lack of instrumentation funding available to a small regional university to support research, therefore commercial income was essential. The EAL is now a successful research, teaching and environmental agricultural laboratory supporting over 40 staff and has a commercial income of almost $5m per year with continued national and international growth. I have been Director/Manager of the EAL for over 29 years. He is very active with the University Gym and running groups, in the community for regional tennis and international competitive waveski surfing.

Philip Link has over 15 years experience in management consulting, advisory and assurance across vastly diverse interests within clean tech: from carbon management; energy efficiency; renewable energy and biofuels; sustainability & climate disclosure and economic & cost benefit analysis.

He is currently the Managing Director of EnergyLink Services, a multidisciplinary carbon, energy and sustainability consultancy and project developer that are empowering the environment via development of solutions which are ultimately helping to transition the world to a low carbon future.