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The World BioEconomy Forum is based on the idea that there needs to be a global platform for Circular Bioeconomy stakeholders to get together, exchange views and come up with a joint agenda on this increasingly important topic. Jukka Kantola, founder of the Forum, realised with his partners a couple of years ago that the time is right to launch this new incentive and work started on the forming the first event which was held in September 2018.

This kind of event would not occur without a sound network of influential stakeholders from the Circular Bioeconomy. One of the first tasks the organisers of the Forum had was to form an Advisory Board which has now successfully attracted representatives of the Circular Bioeconomy from all over the world. This has proved to be one of the most important guarantees that the content of the programs at the events is always of the very best quality.

Pretty soon after Advisory Board was established Kantola teamed up with Aida Greenbury, and Mark Rushton, who together form the core team of the World BioEconomy Forum. Later the team was completed with the joining of Jin Hailiang and Anna Nikkilä.

Right from the beginning, Ruka, a resort town in northern Finland, along with the nearby city of Kuusamo, have supported the idea of the Forum and have provided excellent facilities for the event. The Forum itself is held in a modern conference centre situated at the top of hill that overlooks pristine Finnish wilderness – the perfect setting for providing insightful dialogue between speakers and delegates from all over the world.