The 10 Most Innovative Bioeconomy CEOs in 2020. Now choose the number 1

“Bioeconomy in everyday life” @ BioBased World 2015 in Frankfurt am Main

The 2020 that is drawing to a close has been a really tough year for the world population. The pandemic has exposed many of the limitations of our economic and social model. It’s time for a profound change that cannot ignore the circular and sustainable bioeconomy. The circular bioeconomy is innovation, the result of the skills and passion of researchers and managers able to create value and new high-qualified jobs, reconciling economy, society and the environment. At the end of 2014 Il Bioeconomista launched a new initiative: The 10 Most Innovative Bioeconomy CEOs.

We have asked a panel of world bioeconomy experts to tell us the Chief Executive Officers that have stood out as the most innovative during the last year.

Now we ask you to choose the most innovative CEO responding to our survey (open till December 11 at 7.30 am, Western European Time).

The most innovative CEO 2016 was Ken Richards (CEO of Leaf Resources, Australia)

The most innovative CEO 2017 was Tony Duncan (CEO of Circa Group, Australia)

The most innovative CEO 2018 was Jürgen Eck (CEO of BRAIN AG, Germany)

The most innovative CEO 2019 was Alex Michine (CEO of MetGen, Finland)

This is the result of 2020 (in alphabetical order)

Catia Bastioli, Novamont (Italy)

Veronique de Bruijn, Photanol (Netherlands)

Jennifer Holmgren, LanzaTech (USA)

Matt Lipscomb, DMC Bio (USA)

Christophe Schilling, Genomatica (USA)

Simão Soares, SilicoLife (Portugal)

Marcus Steilemann, Covestro (Germany)

David Sudolsky, Anellotech (USA)

Peter Vanacker, Neste (Finland)

Sytze van Stempvoort, Peelpioneers (Netherlands)

President-elect Joe Biden announced Secretary John Kerry as Special Presidential Envoy for Climate

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“The men and women I am announcing today will be core members of my national security, foreign policy, and law enforcement team. They are experienced and crisis-tested. They will keep us safe and secure. And, they are leaders who look like America and reflect my core belief that America is back and that we lead not just by the example of our power, but by the power of our example.

I’m honored to introduce these six extraordinary individuals:

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An exclusive interview with Mercedes Alonso, Executive VP Neste

Mercedes Alonso at IFIB 2020 in Rome

“We are very committed to our purpose of creating a healthier planet for our children, working towards our climate goal of helping our customers around the world to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with our renewable and circular solutions by at least 20 million tons every year by 2030.” Mercedes Alonso, Executive Vice President, Renewable Polymers and Chemicals at Neste, talks to Il Bioeconomista. In this long exclusive interview, she talks about Neste, the circular bioeconomy and the green recovery after the Covid19.

Interview by Mario Bonaccorso

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GBS 2020: Berlin celebrates the world bioeconomy

Berlin is the world capital of bioeconomy. Approximately 3,000 participants from all over the world are taking part today in the Global Bioeconomy Summit 2020. That Summit takes place from November 16 to 20, guided virtually from the German capital city. Germany’s partners are ASEAN/Thailand, Japan, Latin America, East Africa and – of particular importance – the EU Commission.

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Lombard Odier launched a Natural Capital strategy

Hubert Keller, Managing Partner Lombard Odier

Lombard Odier yesterday launched a Natural Capital strategy. “For the first time – the Swiss company stated – there is the opportunity to invest in public companies that leverage the regenerative power of nature, Natural Capital. We believe these companies will deliver strong growth and become the winners of the future.”

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An interview with Marc Palahí, Director EFI: “The bioeconomy is an important concept currently missing in the Green Deal”

Marc Palahi at the European Bioeconomy Summit in Helsinki (2017)

“In my opinion the bioeconomy is an important concept currently missing in the Green Deal, and it should be connected to the circular economy concept (a main pillar of the Green Deal).” Marc Palahí, Director at EFI (European Forest Institute), talks to Il Bioeconomista. In this exclusive interview, he talks about pandemic and Green New Deal, forests and the role of cities and regions in the development of the EU bioeconomy.

Interview by Mario Bonaccorso

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Irish government launched the National Bioeconomy Forum

Lighthouse Ireland

In Ireland Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD, along with Minister of State in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), Martin Heydon TD, launched the National Bioeconomy Forum to promote, support and advocate for the sustainable development of the bioeconomy in Ireland.

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New book: The man who invented the bioeconomy

The Eni of Enrico Mattei, the great vision of Adriano Olivetti: in the industrial history of Italy we too often find ourselves, in retrospect, regretting the enormous opportunities lost due to the resistance to change by the “country system”. The intertwining of interests between politics, economics and finance has often played a key role in marginalizing and failing the most innovative industrial projects, those that could redesign the face of the Italian economy and society. Today we sadly pay the price and for this very reason it is important to rewrite the history of another great innovator, perhaps the only one who has not been hypocritically “beatified” after his death, and after the destruction of his project: Raul Gardini.

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The European Forest Strategy takes a step forward

European Parliament, Brussels

Last Thursday the European Parliament gave a “go” to the Com Agri Report prepared by MEP Petri Sarvamaa on the “European Forest Strategy – the way forward”. This plenary vote sent a positive signal for forest owners and managers and the 4 million workers involved in the forestry value chains. 

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The EC announced at IFIB in Rome the first closing at €82 million of the ECBF

The European Commission announced last Thursday, during the International Forum on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioeconomy which was held in Rome, the first closing at €82m of the European Circular Bioeconomy Fund (ECBF), the first equity fund focused on the bioeconomy and on circularity in the EU and Horizon 2020 Associated Countries under management of the ECBF Management GmbH. The European Investment Bank (EIB), which committed to invest a total of €100m to the target size of the ECBF of €250m, raised €65m in the first closing, the rest came from private investors.

Michael Brandkamp, Head of ECBF in Rome at IFIB

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