AshTrans® Conference Prague, Czech Republic 2024

2–3 September



About AshTrans®

Focusing on ashes and related products, AshTrans® brings together over 100 people from businesses around the globe for two days of business networking, discussion and debate.

The conference is of interest to those that enable the supply chain of energy by-products, from source to end use.

Organisations and companies that have provided insight through speaking and sponsorship at recent events…

Attend to:

  • Meet over 100 members of the energy by-products supply chain
  • Exchange views and connect with potential new commercial partners
  • Get the latest market insights and hear from leading professionals
Prague – AshTrans® 2024

What Will We Be Talking About at AshTrans® 2024?

Challenges remain and opportunities grow for the ash industry in 2024, the exciting times continue.

Always on Topic

At last year’s AshTrans®, in Rome, decarbonisation was high on the agenda, with discussions on how the move to a more sustainable future is affecting the availability of ashes globally, as well as the opportunities for the global supply chain and trading. Delegates also heard from leading organisations who shared their experience of technologies, from the processing of historic ash deposits to advances in greener cement and concrete solutions.

These will still be hot topics as AshTrans® opens in Prague, along with how natural pozzolans and natural ashes are making an impact and coming back into standardised use, amongst a myriad of other green cementitious solutions.

At this year’s AshTrans® delegates will also hear from industry leaders about the international trade in low carbon materials, new technologies and supply chain developments, as well as talking about natural pozzolans and the availability of modern day pozzolans, such as fly ash, and the interlinkages between the energy sector and the cement and concrete industry as we transition to net zero industrial strategies.

Aside from the presentations, AshTrans® always builds in ample time for networking, and this year the format will focus on providing an array space and time for lunches and break-out conversations, where delegates can converse with each other, and meet exhibitors. It’s also a chance to ask our speakers questions – the type of questions you feared asking in front of everyone!

Discuss the future of ash, surrounded by the historic grandeur of the Czechia capital, Prague.

This year’s AshTrans® will be held in a the five-star Prague Marriott Hotel with its dedicated conference facilities and amazing service. Dissected by the Vltava River, Prague is a beautiful, welcoming place that is steeped in history, with amazing architecture, renowned food and drink, and so many sights to see.

All the pieces are in place for a superb AshTrans® 2024. All we need now is you – the delegates. AshTrans brings together a ‘who’s who’ of the ash industry. It is an annual gathering of the people who making things happen, from upstream to downstream and everything in between – the innovators, the experts, the professionals, the traders, the business executives, directors and CEOs. AshTrans provides the connective tissue between them. We hope you will join us.

Conference Schedule

Monday 2nd September

  • 10:30 – Registration desk open in Reception area
  • 10:30 – 12:00 Networking with delegates and exhibitors in Prague Marriott Hotel 
  • 12:00 – 13:00 Networking lunch in Prague Marriott Hotel
  • 13:00 – 17:00 Presentations/ Panel discussions in Prague Marriott Hotel 
  • Afternoon refreshment breaks held in Prague Marriott Hotel together with exhibitors
  • 19:00 – 19:30 Welcome Cocktail in Prague Marriott Hotel
  • 19:30 – 22:00 Gala Dinner at Prague Marriott Hotel 

Tuesday 3rd September

  • 09:00 – 13:00 Presentations/ Panel discussions in Prague Marriott Hotel
  • Morning refreshment breaks held in Prague Marriott Hotel together with exhibitors
  • 13:00 – 15:00 Networking lunch in Prague Marriott Hotel

Conference Venue

AshTrans® 2024 conference will be held at the Prague Marriott Hotel.

You can view the conference venue here.

Prague Marriott Hotel – V Celnici 8, Prague, Czech Republic, 110 00.

Gala Dinner Venue

AshTrans® 2024 conference will be held at the Prague Marriott Hotel.

You can view the conference venue here.

Prague Marriott Hotel – V Celnici 8, Prague, Czech Republic, 110 00.


Hotel Accommodation is not included. A block booking is available with discounted room rates and a link will be made available with conference ticket purchases.


10 exhibition tables are available where delegates and exhibitors will enjoy networking breaks and lunches throughout the event.

EXHIBITOR SPACE: €1,500.00 total per space.


Talk to us about being recognised as a key sponsor of this years conference, bespoke packages available.

AshTrans® 2024 Confirmed Speakers and Panel Participants

Hans-Joachim Feuerborn AshTrans Speaker

Dr.-Ing Hans-Joachim Feuerborn

Secretary General
European Coal Combustion Products Association ECOBA |

Dr.-Ing. Hans-Joachim Feuerborn studied Metallurgy and Material Science at Aachen Technical University. In 1986 he started his scientific work at the University Technical University Aachen on reuse of industrial residues in construction products. From 1990 he worked as chief engineer in the department of binder materials (cement, lime, gypsum) and as consultant in ceramics and binder materials and for reuse of industrial residues. 

In 2000 he started his work as adviser for by-products from coal-fired power stations at the department of environmental protection of VGB PowerTech, the European Technical Association for Power and Heat Generation. Furthermore, he is serving as Secretary General for ECOBA, the European Coal Combustion Products Association and since 2015 as secretary of the World-Wide Coal Combustion Products (CCP) Network. He is actively involved in several European and German standardisation committees. 

Zarina Bazoeva AshTrans Speaker

Zarina Bazoeva

Chief Executive Officer
Neocrete |

I co-founded Neocrete to make our buildings more durable and sustainable, with a long-term goal of delivering carbon-free concrete.

Neocrete has developed an additive that activates low carbon materials, such as volcanic ash, to perform like cement, but without the costly and carbon intensive production process. Our low-carbon activated materials can currently replace up to 50% cement in concrete without the loss in performance, including early strength.

Previously I was a business advisor at KPMG, Davanti Consulting and Discovery Inc.

I have an Economics degree from University College London, focused on Environmental Economics, Game Theory and Data Analytics. My passion and deep knowledge of concrete originates with my genius dad, who has a PhD in Civil Engineering and has dedicated his life to reformulating concrete. I am hoping to take his invention further and develop concrete solution for our environmental challenge.

Nicolai Bech AshTrans Speaker

Nicolai Bech

Standard Consult |

Danish Technical University
M. Sc. Chem. Eng 1976
Ph. D. Coal cobumstion 1984

Copenhagen Business School
Graduate diploma in Marketing Management1985

Work experience
Standardconsult ApS, CEO and consultant
From april 2018 –
Advicing on the use of industrial by-product
Assessment of harmonized standards

HOFOR A/S, Mineral product manager
2014 – 2018
Managing power station by-products

Vattenfall A/S, Mineral product coordinator
2006 – 2013
Managing power station products and purchasing industrial chemicals.

President for ECOBA.
Initiator for AshTrans, international conference
Member of various standardisation committees.

Philip Jarvis AshTrans Speaker

Philip Jarvis

Chief Executive Officer
Coomtech Ltd |

Starting out on the technical side, in electronics and military communication systems, Philip initially joined Xerox in sales in the UK, progressing into regional development roles across the globe. Leaving the corporate world to launch an IT/services start-up in Russia, he then joined a Californian start-up in 1998 bringing one of the first managed services offerings to market.

In 2006, on return to the UK, Philip became involved in several university spin outs as mentor and non-executive, and worked with early-stage ventures. This included as turnaround chairman of a VC backed travel services – a venture which trebled profit within 18 months.

Recently, Philip has focussed upon industrial cleantech/decarbonisation ventures, leading to his appointment with Coomtech in 2019 to take it forward through commercialisation to fully operational in the global market.

Dr Nigel Cooke AshTrans Speaker

Dr. Nigel Cooke

UK Quality Ash Association |

Dr. Nigel Cooke was appointed Director of the UKQAA in June 2017. Nigel has more than 30 years’ experience in the building materials sector, including time spent at Blue Circle Industries and Lafarge. During his time with Blue Circle and Lafarge, he was seconded to business units in Singapore, Malaysia, Chile, and Switzerland. He also spent 2 years at the Lafarge HQ in Paris working on Group cementitious strategy.

His first experience with Coal Derived Fly Ash (CDFA) was when he was Executive Director for Supermix Concrete Malaysia though, over the period 1999 to 2010 whilst in the UK, he was responsible for developing CDFA partnerships with ScottishPower (ScotAsh), RWE (CelticAsh) and EDF (ProAsh). In addition to numerous environmental accolades, ScotAsh won two Queens Awards for Innovation and the Environment.

Nigel has responsibility for representing the UKQAA and its membership to industry and is actively engaged in research and promoting the use of recovered CDFA as a result of legacy stockpiles from UK Coal Fired Power Stations.

Sylvie Doutres AshTrans Speaker

Sylvie Doutres Ghizzo

DsG Consultants |

Co-founder and joint-managing director of DsG Consultants since July 2011, Ms Sylvie Doutres has worked as consultant in the port sector for 30 years. After graduating in Economics (Master 1) at Perpignan University, she obtained a Master 2 in International Trade & Logistics for Export. She began working in a Business center at Barcelona (Spain) as International Customers Manager and then joined RDM Consultants (France), in 1992, as consultant for port intelligence surveys and missions. She became managing director of RDM Consultants in 2001, and remained at this position until May 2011. In July 2011, she founded DsG Consultants (France) in partnership with Sophie Robert, also port senior consultant involved in French market.

Specialized in port intelligence, international development, market studies, trade flows monitoring, forecast and analysis, as Senior consultant, she advises private and public companies involved in maritime activities or port projects. She demonstrated an expert knowledge in European and Mediterranean countries port organizations. Involved in the management of several statistics databases, she acquired a good vision of seaborne trade flows and port activity in the Med area, especially for building materials, solid fuels and minerals products. 

DsG Consultants has a recognized knowledge of dry bulk logistics chain and a long-record expertise of cement markets and trade flows in the Mediterranean area.

Ana Esther Gonçalves AshTrans Speaker

Ana Esther Gonçalves

Process Engineer
Christian Pfeiffer Maschinenfabrik GmbH |

M. Sc. Ana Esther Gonçalves holds both a Master’s and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil, with emphasis on process modelling and thermodynamics. She has broad international experience and a robust background in Process Engineering within the cement manufacturing industry.

Having worked at cement plants owned by Supremo Secil Cimentos and CRH Brazil, Ana developed her expertise in performance optimization, quality control, process expert systems, and has been a key player in multiple high-impact projects, with a strong focus on decarbonization solutions such as alternative fuel strategies and clinker substitutes.

Since 2022, Ana has served as a Process Engineer at Christian Pfeiffer in Germany. Her responsibilities extend beyond equipment design, project commissioning, and mill audits to include innovative initiatives dedicated to advancing sustainability in the cement industry. Her work is strongly dedicated to optimizing processes to reduce product carbon footprint and effectively implementing clinker substitutes in modern cements.

Rafic Minkara AshTrans Speaker

Rafic Minkara Ph.D., P.E.

CEO and Head of Global Project Development at EP Power Minerals
EP Power Minerals |

Dr. Minkara is currently building an international team for EP Power Minerals CM to augment the global supply of low-carbon SCM’s and leading its start-up in the U.S. He brings experience in engineering, construction, research, commercialization of new technologies and business development in the materials, environmental and energy sectors. 

He previously led technical and business teams for the development and commercialization of new technologies in coal combustion and by-product utilization including deployment readiness assessment of nano-catalysis, coal-to-chemicals and renewable energy. He also managed an EPC company delivering mechanical and civil projects for material processing, handling, and disposal. The environmental sector experience covers water treatment, air pollution control, and site remediation.

Dr. Minkara has a BS, MS. & PhD in engineering and an MBA in Marketing/International Business from the University of Toledo.  He is a registered professional engineer and holds many records of inventions.

Book Your Tickets for AshTrans® 2024

2nd–3rd September

AshTrans® 2024 is heading to the Czech Republic’s ‘City of 100 Spires’ – historic Prague

‘Vítejte v Praze!’ or, as they say in the Czech Republic, ‘Welcome to Prague!’

This year’s AshTrans® will be a celebration of industry, innovation and business set against a stunning cultural backdrop, as the conference heads to the beautiful city of Prague.

From the 2nd to 3rd of September 2024 AshTrans® will be held at the five-star Prague Marriott Hotel, which sits right in the heart of the city and has been lovingly renovated.

The Marriott’s central location lends itself perfectly to delegates who are keen to explore Prague and the city centre, with the world-famous Old Town Square just a short stroll away along with the Charles Bridge and other legendary attractions.

Delegates who book early can take advantage of beneficial room rates in the Prague Marriott Hotel via a dedicated AshTrans® booking link. Staying at the conference venue enhances networking opportunities and convenience for delegates.

Limited spaces are available to join us:

EARLY BIRD RATE: €1,100.00 total per person
Book before end of May 2024

STANDARD RATE: €1,200.00 total per person

(Only available when purchased with a delegate ticket.)

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Delegate tickets include attendance to both conference days, networking refreshments, standing lunches and the very special Gala Dinner.

Hotel Accommodation is not included. A block booking is available with discounted room rates and a link will be made available with conference ticket purchases.

Once verified electronic invoice will be raised by Cinis Management Ltd. emailed to designated email for invoice. Payment terms are immediate upon receipt of invoice – payment by credit card and bank transfer are available.

No cancellations within 30 days of event.

Delegates attending AshTrans agree that their contact details including name, job title, company, email and phone numbers will be shared with other delegates only for the purpose of networking. Contact details will not be shared with anyone who is not attending the conference. Delegates not wishing for their details to be shared can request to be removed from the delegate list within 2 weeks of event start by emailing and requesting removal of specific information from the official delegate list.

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