We are very pleased to announce that the following plenary speakers have agreed to present at ECCE10+ECAB3+EPIC5

  • Ken Alston - CEO, President Consulting and Education Services, MBDC - USA
  • Philippe Charreau - Vice President, iCMC New Products Program, R&D - Industrial Affairs at Sanofi - France
  • Christodoulos A. Floudas - Director, Texas A&M Energy Institute, Erle Nye '59 Chair Professor for Engineering Excellence, Texas A&M University - USA
  • François Kalaydjian – Deputy Director, Resources technical Business Unit at IFPEN - France
  • Wilfried Seyfert - Senior Vice President Chemical & Process Engineering at BASF - Germany
  • Gerhard Wagner - Director of Biotechnology Center at DSM - The Netherlands

CEO, President Consulting and Education Services, MBDC (McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry) - USA

Sunday, September 27th - 4:00 PM


Ken is CEO and President of Consulting and Education Services at MBDC, the groundbreaking design chemistry firm William McDonough co-founded
with German chemist Dr. Michael Braungart. Since joining the firm in 2000, Ken and MBDC have helped leading companies like Berkshire Hathaway's Shaw
Industries (for which the U.S. EPA awarded him the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award), Method, Herman Miller, Steelcase, Centria, Owens Corning, Dow
Chemical Company, Procter & Gamble, Alcoa, FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service profitably implement the Cradle to Cradle framework for continuous improvement and, in many instances, proceed to implement the Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM Program, which was conceived and developed by MBDC and then gifted to the nonprofit Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute in 2010. The program guides improvement towards products that are: made with materials that are safe for people and the environment; designed so all ingredients can be reused by nature or industry at high levels of quality; manufactured with clean sources of energy; and produced in ways that protect and enrich water supplies and advance social and environmental justice. Ken has led MBDC's pioneering work around redefining product quality—characterizing down to the parts per million and including effects on ecological and human health—which has permanently transformed the conversation around materials and the built environment and later became the basis for the information transparency movement today.

Prior to joining MBDC, Ken worked in global multinational companies in a variety of technical and business roles for over 30 years. In the late 1980s he developed the first environmental packaging strategy for SC Johnson in Europe and as European Marketing Manager he evaluated green marketing of cleaning products with consumers. In 1992, as Global Director of Sustainable Product Innovation at SC Johnson & Son, Ken was responsible for worldwide environmental product stewardship, the oversight of corporate environmental goals and metrics, and the direction of SC Johnson's Worldwide Business Council on Environment. He worked closely with other companies in the Presidents Council on Sustainable Development and the World Business Council on Sustainable Development. Under Ken's direction, SC Johnson made great strides in eco-efficiency and green chemistry, reporting results that continue to be widely recognized for their environmental leadership today.

Ken has a Bachelor of Technology degree in Applied Chemistry from Brunel University, (West London, UK) and a Masters in Business Administration from Brunel/Henley Management College (Oxford, UK).

Ken Alston is exceptionally skilled at presenting the business, social and environmental benefits of Sustainability, Cradle to Cradle® design and the Circular Economy. Drawing on his extensive knowledge and experience of managing corporate programs, Ken has the authoritative voice demanded internationally by businesses and governments alike. He has presented to audiences from 50 to 1,000 and worked with universities, start-up businesses to Fortune 500 companies, such as Waste Management, S.C. Johnson, Shaw and Steelcase. Ken is internationally recognized as a passionate speaker with a persuasive style that has audiences nodding in approval and demanding more. In addition to the United States, Ken has spoken extensively in Europe and Latin America including Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, the Netherlands and Peru. In 2015 he was chosen to tour Germany, presenting at several Earth Week events on behalf of the U.S. State Department.

Working closely with your event team, Ken customizes his speaking and training engagements to the specific needs of the client. As a result of his unique experience and expertise, he has the ability to integrate valuable content with the needs of the client to engage and educate all participants. Ken's excellent storytelling skills illustrated with real world examples will persuade your audience there is a hopeful, positive future waiting to be designed while creating economic, social and environmental value.



Vice President, iCMC New Products Program, R&D, Industrial Affairs at Sanofi - France

Danckwerts lecture : Process Excellence and Innovation - Key drivers of the Sanofi Manufacturing System

Thursday, October 1st - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Philippe CharreauDr. Philippe Charreau has been Vice President of Industrial Development, Launches and Support at Sanofi since January 1st, 2014.
He is leading an international group of around 1100 scientists, located on 18 sites, in charge of chemical & biotechnological drug substance processes development, oral, injectable & fill and finish pharmaceuticals processes development, program management, from preclinical to transfer to production, launch and optimization of commercial processes. Philippe is member of Global Industrial Affairs Council, reporting to Philippe Luscan, Executive Vice President Global Industrial Affairs and Sanofi Executive Committee Member.
Philippe served as Associate Vice President of Chemistry and Biotechnology Development at Sanofi from January 2011 to December 2013, Senior Director of Process Development Chemistry at Sanofi from April 2005 to January 2011. He began his career as Process Development Chemistry Engineer in Rhône Poulenc Rorer in 1991 and subsequently served as Project Director at Rhône Poulenc Industrialization and Director of Business Development in a Contract Research Organization.
Philippe Charreau has graduated from Ecole Supérieure de Physique et Chimie Industrielle (E.S.P.C.I) of Paris. He received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Ecole Normale Supérieure (Pr. Marc JULIA) in Paris and from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (Pr. Steven V. LEY) in London in 1991.
Philippe is member of the Board of Administrators of the Société Française de Génie de Procédés.
In his spare time, Philippe can be found playing music, scuba diving, shooting photography or video, or doing some sightseeing with his wife and their three children.

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Director, Texas A&M Energy Institute, Erle Nye '59 Chair Professor for Engineering Excellence, Texas A&M University - USA

Danckwerts lecture : Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Sequestration: A Multi-scale Grand Challenge

Monday, September 28th - 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Floudas 2015-rt BDThe P.V. Danckwerts Memorial Lecture was established in 1985 to honor Professor Peter V. Danckwerts as a leading scholar in the field of chemical engineering and for his contributions as an Executive Editor of Chemical Engineering Science, the second Shell Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Cambridge, and past President of IChemE. The Danckwerts Lecture is co-sponsored by Chemical Engineering Science, IChemE, AIChE, and EFCE, and is held in alternating years at the ECCE and AIChE meetings.

Professor Floudas is the Erle Nye '59 Chair Professor for Engineering Excellence at the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University. He served Princeton University for 29 years and is the Stephen C. Macaleer '63 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science, Emeritus, and Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Emeritus at Princeton University.

Professor Floudas is a world-renowned authority in mathematical modeling and optimization of complex systems. His research interests lie at the interface of chemical engineering, applied mathematics, and operations research, with principal areas of focus including multi-scale systems engineering for energy and the environment, chemical process synthesis and design, process operations, discrete-continuous nonlinear optimization, local and global optimization, and computational chemistry and molecular biology.

Professor Floudas is the author of two graduate textbooks, Nonlinear Mixed-Integer Optimization (Oxford University Press, 1995), and Deterministic Global Optimization (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2000). He has co-edited ten monographs/books, has over 320 refereed publications, delivered over 330 invited lectures, seminars, and named lectureships. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors for teaching and research that include the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, 1988; the Engineering Council Teaching Award, Princeton University, 1995; the Bodossaki Foundation Award in Applied Sciences, 1997; the Best Paper Award in Computers and Chemical Engineering, 1998; the Aspen Tech Excellence in Teaching Award, 1999; the 2001 AIChE Professional Progress Award for Outstanding Progress in Chemical Engineering; the 2006 AIChE Computing in Chemical Engineering Award; the 2007 Graduate Mentoring Award, Princeton University; Member of National Academy of Engineering, 2011; One thousand Global Experts, China 2012-2015; SIAM Fellow, 2013; TIAS Fellow and Eminent Scholar, 2013-14; AIChE Fellow, 2013; National Award and HELORS Gold Medal, 2013; Honorary Doctorate, Abo Akademi University, Finland, 2014; Thompson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher, 2014 (for 2002-2012, 11 years); Member of TAMEST (The Academy of Medicine, Engineering, and Sciences of Texas), 2015; the Constantin Caratheodory Prize, International Society of Global Optimization, 2015; Academy of Athens, Corresponding Member, 2015.


Fossil fuels supply more than 85% of the current energy consumption worldwide, and contribute to the anthropogenic CO2 emissions. In the United States, large stationary sources such as power plants, cement production, iron and steel industries, refineries, petrochemicals, and gas processing plants emit more than 60% of the total emissions. Stationary sources are point sources with large CO2 emissions, and provide a realistic opportunity to reduce CO2 emission.
In the 2015 Danckwerts lecture, I will introduce a multi-scale energy systems engineering framework for addressing the grand challenge of CO2 capture, utilization, and sequestration (CCUS) at an individual process level and at the supply chain network level. Depending on the selection of CO2 sources, utilization and/or sequestration sites, CO2 capture technologies, processes and materials used, CCUS costs vary. Key decisions involve the identification of the best capture materials, and the selection of source plants, capture processes, CO2 pipelines, locations of utilization and sequestration sites, amounts of CO2 storage, as well as the optimization of each CO2 capture process. Computational results will be presented for optimized supply chain networks which can reduce 50% of the total stationary CO2 emissions.

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Deputy Director, Resources technical business unit at IFPEN
Rueil Malmaison - France

Plenary lecture : Shale gas and industrial deployment : the US example

Wednesday, September 30th - 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Francois KALAYDJIANFrancois Kalaydjian joined the IFPEN in 1985 as a reservoir engineer. He hold then several managerial positions in Exploration and Reservoir Engineering and got also appointed Director for Sustainable Development Technologies from 2008 to 2011. Since 2011 he is acting as the Deputy Director of the Energy Resources technical business unit.

He is the coordinator of the Fossile Fuels and Geothermal working group of the French Energy Research alliance (ANCRE) and is chairing the ‘Emerging Technologies for Well Stimulation’ working group of the European Science & Technology Network on Unconventional Hydrocarbon Extraction launched in 2014 by the European Commission.

Francois Kalaydjian has co-authored several reports on the exploitation shale resources including the ANCRE report published in July 2012 and entitled "Programme de Recherche sur l'Exploitation des Hydrocarbures de Roches Mères".

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seyfert bisSenior Vice President Chemical & Process Engineering at BASF SE - Ludwigshafen - Germany

Plenary lecture: Upwind, trends and challenges in Process Engineering Research

Monday, September 28th - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Dr. Wilfried Seyfert heads BASF's research department for Chemical and Process Engineering. Its 300 engineers and scientists in Germany, North America and East Asia develop processes, scale up designs and formulate products for businesses in BASF. The field of work includes process development, the classical unit operations as well as biotechnology, safety engineering, simulation and modelling.

Dr. Seyfert has 20 years of experience in senior management roles for BASF. Before becoming head of Chemical and Process Engineering he has been responsible e.g. for the global process catalyst business of BASF and the Polyurethane technology function. He studied Chemistry at the Technical University Darmstadt, where in 1984 he also received a doctorate degree on work concerning the kinetics of the midpressure methanol synthesis. He joined BASF in 1985 where his first assignment was in Process Development Research.

Dr. Seyfert is contributing to ProcessNet, the German chemical engineering professional initiative. He also teaches Process Development in chemical industry at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the University of Kaiserslautern.



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Director of Biotechnology Center at DSM - The Netherlands

Plenary lecture : Industrial Enzyme Development


Tuesday, September 29th - 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM


GerhardThe DSM Biotechnology Center is a leading research and development center working in the fields of food enzymes, dairy culture and savoury, offering tailor made biotechnological processes for pharma customers, biotechnological processes for fuel, bio based building blocks and antibiotics.

Dr. Wagner has 16 years of international senior management experience in Research & Development (R&D) including strategy and business development, acquisition and integration of R&D groups worldwide. He studied process engineering at the Technical University of Munich and gained his doctorate 1994. Since then he hold different scientific and managerial positions at Hoffmann-La Roche and DSM in Switzerland, China, the US and The Netherlands.

His specific scientific interests beside biotechnology are process technology, product design and engineering. In these fields he is holding several patents and published several articles. Since 2007 he is co-editing three book volumes in the field of "Product Design and Engineering" with Wileys.

Dr. Wagner is Co-Chairman of the EFCE section group "Product Design and Engineering", Chairman of the TI Food and Nutrition program "Cardiovascular Health", Board Member of the Dutch TechCenter for Life Sciences and Member of FoodDrinkEurope.




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