World BioEconomy Forum Speakers

World BioEconomy Forum Speakers

The World BioEconomy Forum Advisory Board 2019 working to finalize the program is chaired by Jukka Kantola, and includes several accomplished bioeconomy experts:

  • Dr. Christian Patermann, "Father" of European bioeconomy, Former Director EU Commission and Advisor to the German Government on bioeconomy matters
  • Jim Philp, Policy Analyst, Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, OECD
  • Aida Greenbury, Sustainability Advisor
  • Mark Rushton, Media Consultant and Senior Editor
  • Pentti Hyttinen, Director General of Metsähallitus (Finnish state forest enterprise)
  • Michael Carus, Founder and Managing Director of nova-Institute
  • Mika Aalto, Director General, Chemical Industry Federation of Finland
  • Mario Bonaccorso, Founder and Editor in Chief of Il Bioeconomista
  • Ludo Diels, Research Manager, Sustainable Chemistry, Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO)
  • Antti AsikainenExecutive Vice President, Research, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)
  • Teresa Presas, The Navigator Company Board Member, former Director General of CEPI - Confederation of European Paper Industries

World BioEconomy Forum offers a great opportunity to discuss the most current bioeconomy issues with relevant experts in several panel sessions covering the following themes:

Advisory Board 2019

Christian Patermann

Jim Philp

Aida Greenbury

Mark Rushton

Pentti Hyttinen

Michael Carus

Mika Aalto

Mario Bonaccorso

Ludo Diels

Antti Asikainen

Teresa Presas

Jukka Kantola

Keynote speakers

  • The bioeconomy strategy of the EU
    Elisabetta Balzi    
    The head of the  bioeconomy unit in the European Commission
  • Nils Torvalds    
    Member of the European Parliament

Elisabetta Balzi

Nils Torvalds

Panel 1:
Implementing bio-strategies

Moderator Dr Christian Patermann

  • The biostrategy in Italy and its implementation
    Mario Bonaccorso
    The founder and Editor in chief, Il Bioeconomista
  • The implementation of Austria's new biostrategy
    Isabella Plimon
    The Director for Innovative Technologies and Bioeconomy at the Austrian Federal Ministry for Sustainability and tourism
  • UK's Latest biostrategy update and its implementation
    Paul Henderson
    Head of Bioeconomy and Plastics at the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
  • The local bioeconomy in the Basque Region
    Bittor Oroz
    Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Policy of the Basque Government
  • The efforts to advance the forest bioeconomy in Michigan
    Dr Mark Rudnicki
    The Executive Director of the Michigan Forest Biomaterials Institute (MiFBI)
  • Local Bioeconomy in North Ostrobothnia
    Pauli Harju
    Region Mayor, Council of Oulu region

Christian Patermann

Mario Bonaccorso

Isabella Plimon

Paul Henderson

Bittor Oroz

Dr Mark Rudnicki

Pauli Harju

Panel 2
Forest bioeconomy and climate change

Moderator Aida Greenbury

  • Forests and Climate change
    Antti Asikainen
    Executive Vice President, Research, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)
  • The requirements of forest bioeconomy
    Lauri Hetemäki
    Assistant Director of the European Forest Institute (EFI)
  • Climate change and forest bioeconomy in Brazil from an agricultural viewpoint
    Marcello Brito
    President of the Brazilian Agribusiness Association (ABAG)
  • The role of forests and global solutions to deforestation
    Grant Rosoman
    Senior Advisor, Greenpeace International

Aida Greenbury

Antti Asikainen

Lauri Hetemäki

Marcello Brito

Grant Rosoman

Panel 3
CEO Panel

Moderator Teresa Presas

  • Steering a company in today's evolving, global bioeconomy
    Berry Wiersum
    CEO, Sappi Europe
  • The financial side of bioeconomy and the future of the forest industry
    Rainer Häggblom
    Chairman of Häggblom & Partners Ltd
  • Nicholas Oksanen
    Executive Vice President and Head of Process Industries Division, Pöyry
  • Anatoly Frishman
    CEO, Sveza
  • Elisabeth Stanger
    Head of Marketing / Business Development, Global Pulp&Wood, Lenzing

Teresa Presas

Berry Wiersum

Rainer Häggblom

Nicholas Oksanen

Anatoly Frishman

Elisabeth Stanger

Panel 4
Circular Bioeconomy

Moderator Mika Aalto

  • Innovation and carbon capturing
    Freya Burton
    Chief Sustainability and People Officer, LanzaTech
  • Biorefinery technologies, their sustainable applications and how they can be implemented around the world
    Tomi Honkala
    CEO, Chempolis Ltd
  • Biorefineries  and how they can reduce carbon footprints and the dependency on finite resources
    Dennis Chafiâ
    Business Development Manager, G.I. Dynamics
  • Waste cellulose conversions to value-added products - from kgs to tonnes"
    Tony Duncan
    CEO, Circa Group
  • The processes aimed at enabling the use of currently underutilized raw material streams
    Hanna Karlsson
    LignoBoost technology manager, Valmet

Mika Aalto

Freya Burton

Tomi Honkala

Dennis Chafiâ

Tony Duncan

Hanna Karlsson

Panel 5
Evolving value chains based on bio-feedstocks - Case Plastics

Moderator Michael Carus

  • The applications of nanocellulose
    Fredrik B. Rosén
    Vice President, Market Strategy and Business Development at Bioeconomy Division of Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE)
  • Biobased materials in the New Plastics Economy
    Maija Pohjakallio
    Sulapac
  • Evolving biomaterials - case USA
    Robert M. Baldwin, PhD
    National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
  • Replacing paper and plastics
    Tuomas Mustonen
    Founder and CEO, Paptic
  • Anna Tenhunen
    Senior Scientist, Project Manager, VTT

Michael Carus

Fredrik B. Rosén

Maija Pohjakallio

Robert M. Baldwin

Tuomas Mustonen

Anna Tenhunen