Doug Berven


Vice President of Corporate Affairs

Doug Berven joined POET in March 2003 and has served the organization in several key roles since then. In his current role as Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Berven promotes the corporate objectives of POET, the importance of agriculture, and the benefits of biofuels domestically and internationally. Berven currently sits on BIO’s Industrial and Environmental Section Governing Board, the U.S. Grains Council Ethanol Advisory Team, the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance Executive Committee and Board, South Dakota Agriculture Foundation Board, is a Senior Advisor to Solutions From the Land, is an Emeritus Board Member of the American Council on Renewable Energy, is the Executive Director of the South Dakota Ethanol Producers Association, and serves on several other industry associated work groups, committees and associations. He has also served on several of POET’s plant Boards of Directors. Berven also manages strategic corporate relations for POET, promotes state, national and international policy objectives for the industry, and is a recognized authority on biofuels, renewable energy and agriculture. Prior to joining POET, Berven held various roles in banking, real estate development and medical consulting. Berven received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., where he currently resides with his wife and two children.

Sessions With Doug Berven

Tuesday, 8 March

  • 07:30am - 08:35am (CST) / 08/mar/2022 01:30 pm - 08/mar/2022 02:35 pm

    Next-gen Biofuels: What's the potential?

    Panel Agribusiness & Biofuels
    As energy transition and fuels decarbonization continues and spreads to more countries and jurisdictions, the demand for both biofuels and low carbon feedstocks is increasing. Advanced or next-generation biofuels have been slow to enter the market for a variety of reasons such as policy support, technological limitations, and the availability of conventional biofuels. How is the energy transition changing the landscape for next-generation biofuels? What are investors noticing as new technologies, projects, and feedstocks are beginning to enter the market? What are the major drivers for the future success of next-generation biofuels?
  • 03:00pm - 03:30pm (CST) / 08/mar/2022 09:00 pm - 08/mar/2022 09:30 pm

    Natural Carbon Sinks: Plants, Oceans, Soil

    Agribusiness & Biofuels Carbon Management/Decarbonization

    New breakthroughs in understanding and harnessing the carbon sink potential in agricultural products, plant biology and in the protection and cultivation of ocean resources could be the “next frontier” opportunity for addressing climate change. This session will compare and contrast the potential impact of emerging developments in these areas. What innovative approaches could rebalance the carbon footprint of the Agriculture industry and what has to happen at the farm level to make this happen? What are the latest scientific developments to harness the carbon absorbing qualities of plants ? What is the potential for this science to impact climate change? What are the key areas of research which offer carbon-reducing potential from oceans? What are the potential commercial openings which could develop from breakthroughs in these areas?