Lionel Clarke

Lionel Clarke – Co-chairman

UK Synthetic Biology Leadership Council

Lionel Clarke is engaged in the planning and delivery of strategic research and technology programmes to Shell across the ‘biodomain’ (‘biofuels and other biotechnology applications’), deploying internal and external resources – including academic and industrial partnerships – to deliver innovative solutions to market. Clarke is based at the Shell Technology Centre Thornton, UK.

Within Shell, he has worked extensively, taking ideas from lab to market at the interface between fuels and engines, including the worldwide removal and replacement of leaded gasoline, and the introduction of cleaner and improved performance fuels in both developed and developing markets. Working with the Brazilian fuels market for a number of years gave him early first-hand experience of the potential, as well as practical issues, associated with the use of bio-fuels. Clarke has been responsible for facilitating the planning and delivery of strategic research programmes across the biodomain within Shell for more than ten years.

Clarke chaired the UK Synthetic Biology Roadmap coordination group during 2012 and is now co-chairman of the UK Synthetic Biology Leadership Council. He has extensive experience as a speaker and panelist at conferences around the world, including the US, Europe, India and China.