Banquet Speaker – Michael Lakeman, Ph.D

The Future of the Bioeconomy – Beyond Sustainability

Michael Lakeman has spent his entire professional career driving sustainability-oriented innovation to commercial application. For over 10 years he has been a central figure in Boeing’s efforts to bring sustainable aviation biofuels to market. He has brought together diverse partnerships that have addressed some of the most challenging technical, policy, and commercial barriers.

Dr Lakeman has served on the board of several organizations and has been an external technical advisor for a several large research consortia. Notably, in 2017 he chaired the Steering Committee of the US Department of Energy’s peer review of their entire BioEnergy Technology Office portfolio. He is also deeply committed to training and education and was a founding director of the Algae Foundation, a non-profit focused on STEM outreach and education.

Academically, he was awarded a Ph.D. in botany from the University of Washington, and attained his Bachelor’s degree of science in biological chemistry from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.