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The Focus-Abengoa Foundation opens ‘World Bioenergy Leadership Forum’ in Seville


Seville, Spain - May 20, 2015- The Focus-Abengoa Foundation today opened the World Bioenergy Leadership Forum, an exclusive gathering of global biofuels and biomaterials leaders taking place at the historic Hospital de los Venerables, in Seville May 20-21.

Building on the 13-year legacy of the Focus-Abengoa Foundation’s annual biofuels industry gathering in Seville (previously named World Biofuels Conference); the re-imagined “World Bioenergy Leadership Forum” brings senior leaders together for a unique 48 hours of candid discussion during a time when the global biofuels and biomaterials industry finds itself at a perplexing crossroads, with a still promising future.

Scheduled leadership forum topics include a discussion on role of the industrial biotechnology industry in solving global challenges, an examination of current policies and prospects and innovations in the market, an overarching discussion on immediate future of the sector, and a host of workshops and panels on other pressing industry issues.

Forum attendees include Germán Bejarano, institutional relations of Abengoa; Antonio Vallespir de Gregorio, CEO of the Abengoa Bioenergy area; Christopher Standlee Executive Vice President of the Abengoa Bioenergy area; and Anabel Morillo León, Director General of the Focus-Abengoa Foundation.

Select 2015 World Bioenergy Leadership Forum speakers include Anton Robek, Founder & President of Biobased Products, DSM; Dario Giordano, CEO, Beta Renewables; Antonio De Palmas, President, Boeing Italy; Anna Rath, President & CEO, Nexsteppe; Jim Greenwood, President & CEO, Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO); Eric Sievers, CEO, Ethanol Europe; Paul Verhoef, Head of Unit - Renewable Energy Technologies, European Commission; Dr. Heinz Kopetz, President, World Bioenergy Association; Jim Lane, Editor & Publisher, Biofuels Digest;  Tim Portz, Vice President of Content for BBI International; and Dr. Sean Simpson, Chief Scientific Officer, LanzaTech.

Upon conclusion of the two-day conference, World Bioenergy Leadership Forum will aim to provide an authoritative point of view on the state global bioeconomy and spur industry momentum – from global market developments to upstream technologies and industry collaboration.

The Focus-Abengoa Foundation

The Focus-Abengoa Foundation was created in 1982 as a result of the cultural work begun in 1972 by Abengoa with the publication of the works Temas Sevillanos e Iconografía de Sevilla (Themes of Seville and Iconography of Seville). A collection of documents, books and engravings on the Kingdom of Seville and by Sevillian authors was created during the same period. This initial cultural work showed Abengoa’s directors the importance of the company’s involvement in activities that directly benefit society, beyond the firm’s core technology work, which led to the creation of the Seville Cultural Fund Foundation. Following the acquisition of Velázquez’s Santa Rufina by the Foundation in 2007, the Hospital de los Venerables, a 17th century monument and the headquarters of the Focus-Abengoa Foundation in Seville, has housed the Diego Velázquez Research Centre, a leading institution for studying and disseminating the Baroque era and the Sevillian period of this universally renowned artist.

Attention to this crucial moment of the Golden Age is completed with the legacy of Professor Alfonso E. Pérez Sánchez, received by the Foundation in 2011. Consisting of his library, photo library, archive and collection of artworks, its cataloging is enabling to create a library specializing in Baroque art and culture,

For more information

Communication Department of Abengoa:

Patricia Malo de Molina Meléndez.
Tel: +34 954 93 71 11

German Bejarano, manager of institutional relations of Abengoa during the inauguration.

Christopher Standlee, Executive Vice President of the Abengoa Bioenergy, during the inauguration.

The Hospital de los Venerables hosts the World Bioenergy Leadership Forum.

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