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Panel discussion: The Commercialization of Biofuels

The aviation sector has identified the use of sustainable biofuels as one of the key ways it can contribute to global efforts to combat the effects of climate change. However, ensuring industry access to sufficient biofuel stock at a cost-competitive price and attracting long-term capital investment for production and distribution of sustainable biofuels, remains a significant challenge.

Paul Steele, Director Aviation Environment, IATA
Paul Steele is responsible for guiding and implementing IATA’s environment strategy worldwide. He is also Executive Director of the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) a cross-industry body that promotes sustainable aviation. Prior to joining IATA, Paul was COO of WWF International. Before WWF, his roles included Chief Executive of The Virgin Trading Company; Senior Vice President Sales, Marketing and Information Technology of the Hilton Hotel Group, and various senior roles at Pepsi Cola International. He holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration with French and a Diploma in Industrial Studies from Loughborough University.

Jim Andersen, Business Director, Honeywell UOP
Jim Andersen is the Business Director for Renewable Energy and Chemicals aHet Honeywell UOP, a global leader in technologies for the production of fuels and chemicals. He is based at UOP’s headquarters in Des Plaines Illinois (near Chicago) and his responsibilities include licensing technologies for the production of Honeywell Green Diesel™ and Honeywell Green Jet Fuel™.to engines. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

Robert Earley, Director, Low Carbon Transportation Program
Innovation Center for Energy and Transportation (iCET)
Trained in Canada in Environmental Science and Planning, Robert Earley, Director, Low Carbon Transportation Program at iCE, brings a strong background in government policy and social and environmental impacts transportation fuel development to iCET. Mr. Earley drives government cooperation projects in China including biofuel carbon intensity and sustainability standards, low carbon fuel standards and policy development and fuel economy standards in China. He has spearheaded cooperation between NGOs and companies for public benefit in the transportation sector, and cooperated with international organizations such as the World Bank and United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development.  Mr. Earley is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Andy Shankland,SVP, Leasing Markets,  Airbus
Andy Shankland was appointed Senior Vice President Leasing Markets for Airbus in April 2011. In this role, he is in charge of all Commercial activity with world-wide lessors. In his 20-year career with Airbus, Mr Shankland had a variety of management roles in Sales and Marketing and Business Development at the Airbus North America office in Northern Virginia.  He joined Airbus Industrie in Toulouse in 1992 as Senior Airline Analyst in the Marketing Division. Prior to joining Airbus Industrie, he worked with British Aerospace (BAe). Mr Shankland holds a BSc (Eng) in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College of Science and Technology, in London, England. 

Steve Emmert, Regional Director of Biofuels Strategy for China and North America, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Stephen is Regional Director of Biofuels Strategy for China and North America.  He develops action plans for acceleration of biofuels in these regions, and manages their execution. He also provides business and technical advice to biofuel supply chain constituents including airline customers, feedstock developers and biofuel processors. Prior to Boeing, Stephen worked as a consultant for BCG, as an analyst in the power sector, and spent two years in Nanjing China building a petrochemical refinery.  He has a BA from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. 

Dr. Jim Hileman, FAA
Dr. Jim Hileman is the Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor for Environment and Energy for the Federal Aviation Administration. Prior to this, he was a principal research engineer within the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT where his work focused on modeling the environmental impacts of using alternative jet fuels and innovative aircraft concepts on noise, air quality and global climate change. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University.  


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