PBPC2023: Circular Solutions will explore the innovations, business models, and policies influencing the entire lifecycle of bioproducts in the promotion of a more circular economy. Attendees will hear from, and network with, industry leaders, policymakers, brands, and experts through panels, keynotes, networking sessions, and more.
We attract influential, visionary experts and leaders worldwide, who have the knowledge, experience, and capabilities to engage and stimulate innovative dialogue amongst their peers.
Stay tuned for more information. We’ll add speakers here as they are confirmed.
Executive Director, Plant Based Products Council
Jessica Bowman serves as the Plant Based Products Council’s (PBPC) Executive Director, where she leads the organization’s efforts in advocating for the expanded use of renewable, plant-based materials to help guide the global economy toward a circular model.
Jessica joined PBPC in 2019 to provide the growing bioeconomy with an industry voice for both policy advocacy and education on Capitol Hill and beyond. She collaborates with PBPC members, which include early-phase startups and Fortune 500 companies, on their sustainability efforts, legislative priorities, and awareness initiatives. As an engineer and lawyer, Jessica plays a unique role in bridging the gap between today’s biobased innovations and policies that encourage their broader adoption, including legislation that supports more robust end-of-life infrastructure such as composting and recycling.
Jessica joins PBPC from the American Chemistry Council, where she served as Executive Director of the FluoroCouncil, representing the world’s leading manufacturers of fluorinated chemicals (PFAS). She also previously served as Senior Director of Environmental Affairs for the Airports Council International – North America. Jessica holds a J.D. with a concentration in environmental law from University of Maryland School of Law and a B.S. in GeoEnvironmental Engineering from Penn State University.
Alex Buck, Ph.D.Director of Industrial Innovation, Iowa Corn Promotion Board
Dr. Alex Buck is the Director of Industrial Innovation for the Iowa Corn Promotion Board’s biobased chemicals and plastics technologies. Alex directs R&D through process development, patent strategy development and implementation, and commercialization through licensing of all plant-based products. The Iowa Corn Promotion Board represents the interests of corn farmers through the corn checkoff, and the Iowa Corn Growers Association represents over 7000 dues paying farmers and agribusiness people through the development of pro farm and ag policies.
Sarah JelkenVice President, Industrial Segment Leader, Cargill Starches, Sweeteners and Texturizers North America
Sarah Jelken is the Vice President, Industrial Segment Leader for Cargill Starches, Sweeteners and Texturizers North America (CSSTNA). Cargill is committed to helping the world thrive by providing food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services globally with 150,000 employees in 70 countries. Prior to this role Sarah spent 13 years in Cargill in a variety of general management and trading/merchandising/risk management roles. These include serving as Assistant Vice President Starch Product Line Leader, and the Corn Oil Product Line Manager, the General Manager for Cargill’s trading and soy crush business in Lusaka, Zambia and as the Merchandising Leader for the Northwest Region of Cargill AgHorizons. Sarah also worked as a Business Analyst in the Strategy & Business Development group, as a Merchant in Cargill’s Grain and Oilseeds group, and as a member of the Board of Directors of Ag Partners, LLC, a 50/50 Cargill/Coop owned Joint Venture which handles grain, agronomy, and feed in Iowa.
Before joining Cargill in 2008, Sarah spent 5 years as Quality Manager in a specialized agency of the United Nations in Bern, Switzerland. Sarah has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech. Sarah serves as the Global Chair of the Cargill Women’s Network and mentors Veterans entering the work force post military career thru American Corporate Partners. She and her husband Chad currently reside in Victoria, MN and she has 2 stepsons, Riley (23) and Gavin (21).
Vice President, Strategic Partnership, BioSolutions, Archer Daniels Midland Company
Dr. Justine Li, is Vice President, Strategic Partnership, BioSolutions. In this role, Li is responsible for M&A and JV partnerships to enhance market facing capabilities and leading carbon strategy as ADM looks to provide our customers differentiated climate solutions via product carbon reduction.
She joined ADM in 2013 as Marketing Director of Renewable Chemicals division. Li was instrumental in developing market facing activities for renewable chemicals. She served as Vice President of Strategic Marketing and Business Development of ADM’s Health and Wellness business. In this role, Li was responsible for developing and commercializing bioactives, and for managing the strategic growth opportunities. She played a key role in the establishment of the Bioactives platform. Most recently, Li was responsible for the establishment of sustainable materials and sustainability solutions platforms.
Prior to joining ADM, Li had held various leadership positions in the chemical and biotechnology industry, including most recently, Strategic Marketing Director for BASF Plant Science, and earlier in her career, Head of Chemical Technology, for Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT.
Li holds dual bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Economics from Shanghai JiaoTong University, a doctorate in Chemistry from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.