Ben joined the Environment Agency from an environmental consultancy, firstly working in permitting before moving to a compliance role in which he was responsible for inspecting and auditing industrial plants including power stations and waste incinerators. He then moved to the Environment Agency’s Environment & Business Department where he worked on a number of national regulatory projects before taking over as Senior Advisor for Energy from Waste five years ago. Ben was also the UK’s lead representative in the Technical Working Group for the Waste Incineration BREF review in Seville.
Business Development Manager
Damir Zibrat is Business Development Manager of Austrian company TECHNIKGRUPPE , and has more than 25 years’ experience in international strategic selling and marketing. Damir joined TECHNIKGRUPPE in 2016 and has spoken frequently about combustion optimization in waste to energy and biomass plants. After completing his university education in electro-engineering he was engaged for more than 5 years in electronic development and applications of industrial measurement systems.
Head of Programme Development
Edward Thomas is Head of Programme Development for Viridor’s Energy business since 2015. Edward has 27 years’ experience in the process & power industries, including the circular economy, fine chemicals and power generation, covering all stages of the business cycle from devising and winning long-term PFI contracts, through construction of ERFs, power plants and smaller plants, and through to operations and maintenance.
Edward has a passion for adding value to the business through continuous improvement, spotting business opportunities and seeing them through to fruition. He established a technical graduate programme in Viridor to develop the next generation of experts.
Global Director Flue Gas Treatment Applications
Research and Development
Johan Heiszwolf PhD. has more than 25 years of research & development experience in chemical reactor engineering and materials science. He authored over fifty technical publications and patents with a H-index of 16.
As global director for flue gas treatment applications at Lhoist, he focuses on the development of innovative products, advanced technical support, and marketing.
CEO, Technical Expert
Matthias Lukic is founder, CEO, technical expert and 100% owner of Austria based Technikgruppe. He has over 25 years of experience in combustion optimization on forward moving grates in waste to energy and biomass to energy plants. After finishing his education at Technical University in Graz – Austria, Matthias has worked on automations of complex production systems in the power industry, oil & gas and the chemical & petrochemical industries. Matthias speaks English, German, Croatian and Italian. Over the last few years he has presented at many waste to energy events.
Michael Anderson, Managing Director, KRR Prostream
Michael is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with a broad range of experience, from Black belt training at a blue-chip manufacturer to managing one of the UK’s oldest operational power stations after its conversion from coal to biomass and Energy from Waste (EfW). Michael is experienced with operating and maintaining Gas Turbines, Heat Recovery Steam Generators, Steam turbines, conventional boiler plants, coal, gas and specifically the difficulties associated with EfW and biomass plants.
Michael has recently returned to the UK having spent 5 years in the Middle East acting as a technical advisor to financiers on new build and operational power and water projects. One of Michael’s overriding values is ensuring things are done safely with everyone being able to return home unhurt at the end of day; this dovetails crucially with KRR values and with those of our clients.
Paul James, BSc MSc
SLR Consulting Ltd; event chair
Originally trained as a Chemist and in Chemical Engineering, Paul has spent over 30 years working internationally in the Energy and Environment fields for both the Public and Private Sector. His experience covers a wide range of themes including industrial emissions and industrial impact reduction, renewable energy technologies, projects & policy development and delivery, and he has specific expertise in waste-to-energy and biomass energy projects. As the author of the first EU “Best Available Techniques” Reference (BREF) document on thermal waste treatments (2006) he is well known internationally for his expertise in this area. Over the last 15 years he has worked on numerous projects for the development and implementation of waste and energy infrastructure, as an adviser to national and international governments & agencies, and developed leading international consulting businesses in these areas. He is the Chairman of the UK Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (CIWM) Special Interest Group on Thermal Waste Treatment and the author / co-author of papers on issues including low carbon energy and resources/waste management, a supervisor of university projects, and author of technical policy documents regarding national and international emission regulation.