Professor Feridun Hamdullahpur is President and Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Canada. He has more than 34 years of university teaching, research, and leadership experience. Dr. Hamdullahpur has spearheaded several initiatives and has pursued projects already underway that focus on student experience and success, and teaching and research excellence, and is committed to placing Waterloo on a trajectory to meet its sixth-decade goals.
Managing Director of the Austrian Pellets Association and President of the World Bioenergy Association (WBA). Rakos, a physicist, has spent his entire professional life dealing with the use of renewable energy. First at the Institute for Technology Assessment of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, then at the Austrian Energy Agency, and finally as Managing Director of the Austrian Pellet Association. Rakos was also the founding president of the European Pellet Association and a board member of the Forum of Austrian Scientists for Environmental Protection and the Austrian Society for Environment and Technology. He is active on the board of the Austrian Biomass Association and the Umbrella Association for Renewable Energy Austria.