Anna Thore

Anna Thore is a green politician for the social democrats. She is chairman for the new Water- and Environmental board in Kalmar municipality.

The purpose of the board is to increase the environmental ambition and to make the coast of Kalmar clean and the municipality sustainable with the targets to be a climate neutral city by 2030 and circular by 2045. Since the board started Kalmar has topped rankings of the best environmental cities in Sweden but there is still much work to do.

“I want Kalmar to take a leading position in biogas best practice, and I’m looking forward to networking and to learn from other good examples in order to succeed with this.”

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Anna Virolainen-Hynnä

Anna Virolainen-Hynnä works as an executive director at the Finnish Biocycle and Biogas Association.  

She is actively following the policy and legislation development (environment, climate, waste, agriculture, transport) in Finland and at the EU-level. The Finnish Biocycle and Biogas Association promotes nutrient recycling and biogas in Finland, but the association is also actively advocating in Brussels. 

“I am looking forward to meeting old and new colleagues from the Nordic and Europe. I am sure that this event will be immemorable – biogas is making its breakthrough on the market.” 

Björn Fredriksson Möller

Björn Fredriksson Möller is a Senior Specialist at St1 Biogas in Malmö, Sweden working with Business Development and Public Affairs.

He holds a Ph D in power plant technology from Lund University and has been working in several areas within renewable energy and new technologies such as Biomass Gasification, Carbon Capture and Storage and Power to Gas. He sits on the Advisory Board of f3 – fossil free fuels as well as BSRC – Biogas Solutions Research Center and Bio4Energy.

“Energy and energy systems has always been my profession. It is great to come together to discuss and outline the future for biogas in the Nordics and Europe.”

Caroline Steinwig

Caroline Steinwig has worked as Technical Adviser Biological Recycling at the Swedish Waste Management Association (Avfall Sverige) since 2014. 

She has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management and Policy from Lund University. Previous to Avfall Sverige Caroline has worked with business development projects focusing on biomethane development including injection of biomethane into gas grids and as an environmental consultant with focus on biogas/biomethane. 

“Turning society’s waste resources, like source-separated bio-waste, into digestate (biofertiliser) and biogas is the most pedagogic example of circular economy in practice. I’m really looking forward to learn more and get inspired by other Nordic examples on biogas solutions.”  

Cecilie Lind

Mrs Cecilie Lind is CEO at Avfall Norge

She has been CEO of Avfall Norge since 2020, before that Sustainability Director in Ragn Sells, Norway’s second largest private waste company. Broad experience from the industry, with sustainability, social responsibility, profiling / reputation building, compliance, quality and HSE. Authority contact, framework conditions, industry work, board work and management.

“I look forward to attending the Nordic Conference and digging into the opportunities offered by a circular bioeconomy. Functional markets in the Nordic region depend on both collaboration and harmonization of policies, so it is important that we meet and talk. We often share the same challenges as well, so let’s learn from each other and join forces!”     

Frank Scholwin

Frank Scholwin is founder and CEO of the Institute for Biogas, Waste Management & Energy and Honorary Professor of Biogas/Bioenergy at the University of Rostock, Germany.

Professor Dr.-Ing. Frank Scholwin is an environmental engineer with a history in biogas research and consulting activities at the German center for bioenergy research (Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum gGmbH www.dbfz.de). In 2012 je founded his own Institute for Biogas, Waste Management & Energy (www.biogasundenergie.de) as consulting company for biogas plant operators as well es energy suppliers for biogas and biomethane production, some research, knowledge transfer and trade optimisation. He is active among many other things in the international reference group of the BRC Linköping.

“A pleasure to exchange experiences at the Nordic Biogas Conference to jointly build up a sustainable gases future for whole Europe!”

Jan Moestedt

Jan Moestedt is an industrial researcher at Tekniska verken i Linköping AB (publ.), the local energy company and the biogas producer in Linköping. He is also a senior adjunct lecturer at Linköping University, the department of TEMA Environmental Change, Sweden.  

He is an industrial researcher at Tekniska verken i Linköping AB (publ.) since 2009, leading the biogas laboratory at the company and working with process optimization and sustainable solutions related to biogas production. He has a PhD from Swedish University of Agricultural Science in Uppsala within anaerobic microbiology and has published several research papers. He also acts as a consultant and has assisted several biogas plants in the Nordics with his expertise from industrial biogas production and does also act as co-supervisor for a handful of PhD-students. 

Jens Måge

Mr Jens Måge is Technical Advisor at Avfall Norge and board member of the European Compost Network.

He has been at Avfall Norge since 2014, where he works as Waste Management and Circular Economy  Advisor, responsible for biowaste resources and treatment. He has more than 15 years experience from the industry as entrepreneur and working on industry development, policy development, training and sustainability.

“I am thrilled about going to the 8th Nordic Conference in Linköping. I strongly believe in the Nordic model for collaboration and developing the circular biogas and biofertiliser value chains which the World needs to solve the big challenges on energy, carbon and nutrients. I look forward to meeting the biogas community, investors and researchers.”

Johan Englund

Johan Englund is responsible for Public Affairs in Sweden for the gas company Gasum. with 15 years experience of the energy sector.

He has a master’s in molecular biology from Uppsala University and has worked in the energy sector for 15 years. He has worked with public affairs and communication around all the major energy sources and is experienced in the complicated policy frameworks that surrounds energy. He is a member of the board for Energigas Sverige and has worked with the gas sector, and biogas in particular, for the last two years.

“There is so much happening right now when it comes to the political framework, and there are such great opportunities ahead. There are also challenges so I really look forward to the conference and the opportunity to discuss these matters.”

Kari-Anne Lyng

Kari-Anne Lyng is a senior researcher at NORSUS Norwegian Institute for Sustainability Research and the Norwegian representative in IEA Bioenergy Task 37 Energy from Biogas.

Kari-Anne has worked with research related to biogas value chains in Norway since 2008 and is coordinator for biogas research at NORSUS. She is chairman of the board of Avfallsforsk, a network for waste related research in Norway. Her speciality is life cycle assessment (LCA) and how the methodology can be applied to improve value chains and as input to policy development.

“I believe that the Nordic countries have much to gain from exchanging knowledge and experience, and I am looking forward to viewing biogas from a Nordic perspective.”

Lars Vikinge 

Lars Vikinge is the Mayor of Linköping and has been that since 2018. 

He is representing the center party in Östergötland and has a background as Senior Lecturer in Theological Ethics at Linköping University. 

 “In the transformation to a more circular and sustainable society biogas is a crucial component. The Nordic model for biogas solutions is not only sustainable but does also transform potential climate gases to renewable energy. It is also a technology that is operative here and now.” 

Lorie Hamelin

Lorie Hamelin is a senior researcher at the Federal University of Toulouse and advisor to the Biogas Solutions Research Center.

Lorie Hamelin, laureate of the 2017 French presidential climate call “Make our planet great again” (Project Cambioscop), heads a research team at the Federal University of Toulouse. Her research focuses on the environmental- and cost- performance of strategies to transit towards a low fossil carbon economy, at national and regional scales. Counting with 14 years of research experience in Canada, Denmark, Poland and France, she developed early methods for life cycle assessments of biogas & overall manure management systems (PhD 2013), headed 2 WPs of EU projects related to biogas and is advisor to the Swedish Biogas Research Centre. She supervised 9 PhD students (6 on-going), 7 postdocs, and several M.Sc. projects.  

“It’s great to be back at NBC, after mostly 10 years – we were understanding the role of biogas in larger system transition and premises to ensure sustainability then, now it’s about making it a reality at scale.“ 

Mats Eklund

Mats Eklund is professor in Environmental Technology and Management and scientific leader of Biogas Solutions Research Center at Linköping university, Sweden

He is a professor at the technical faculty of Linköping University since 2007. He leads research in industrial and urban symbiosis and is the founder of the transdisciplinary, triple-helix center of excellence called Biogas Solutions Research Center. He has supervised more than 50 Master theses, ten PhD-candidates to their degree and authored more than fifty scientific papers on analysis, development and dissemination of sustainable solutions. He is strategic advisor and evaluator of research projects for the Family Kamprad foundation and evaluator in the Energy Agency biomass research program.

“I look forward especially to the networking at the conference in a very dynamic and promising time for biogas development in the Nordics.”

Sharareh Edström

Sharareh Edström is leading Gasum Traffic Swedens business, with the mission to decarbonize the transport sector.

With 13 years of experience from the transport industry where the past years was mainly dedicated to lead business partnerships within triple helix setting to demonstrate that all aspects of sustainability, economic-, social- and environmental, can and should be addressed. Today She leads the same mission from the energy sector as Director for Gasum Traffic Sweden. The future of fuels for the transport sector is eclectic. Different transport applications are best suited to run on specific fuels, which has always been a fact. Nevertheless, she is convinced that by now we know for a fact that both compressed and liquified biogas as fuel, in the transport sector, is the most viable fuel yesterday, today and tomorrow. And we have done the necessary by build the core network in Sweden.

”Alongside the challenges, there are great opportunities ahead and I strongly believe in collaboration to reap the success of our common efforts.”

Tony Clark

Tony Clark has been the Managing Director of Avfall Sverige, the Swedish Waste Management Association, since 2019.

Tony has previously worked in several positions within the Swedish government offices. Prior to joining Avfall Sverige he was senior advisor at the Swedish Ministry of the Environment and Energy, and he has a solid background and experience from the environment sector, including being responsible for the development of the first Swedish and EU producer responsibility legislation and systems for handling electrical and electronic waste. Tony has also been counsellor for trade and investment promotion and head of Sweden’s environmental technology center at the Embassy of Sweden in Beijing.

“I’m looking forward to discuss the opportunities and challenges of biogas solutions from a waste management perspective. National as well as EU waste legislation and policy really presents many interesting cases for the biogas industry.”

Vanya Veras

Ms Vanya Veras, is the Secretary General of Municipal Waste Europe.

Vanya Veras has more than 20 years of experience in waste management legislation, practices and systems. She joined Municipal Waste Europe as their Secretary General in 2012; the association which represents municipalities and their public waste management companies, in their public responsibility and engagement in waste management services.

Vanya Veras is a multinational, multicultural individual who began her career in Brussels in 1996 in the field of environmental policy, beginning her specialisation in waste policy in 1999.

After almost twelve years in Brussels, Vanya was offered the opportunity to return to her home country, Greece, with Coca-Cola Hellenic and there held the position of Environmental Affairs Manager for three years, learning a great deal about the practical functioning of various extended producer responsibility systems in the European Member States within the group’s 28 countries and facilitating the transfer of knowledge between them. Opting to remain in Greece as a freelance consultant, Ms. Veras worked with several companies and local authorities, advising them on a variety of environmental issues, including the position of special advisor on waste management to the then Mayor of Piraeus, Vassilis Michaloliakos.

With the benefit of this combined experience of the waste industry, the producer and the local authority, Vanya Veras is now leading Municipal Waste Europe through the revision of the waste legislation.