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 Asikainen, Research Professor, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)
  • Teresa Presasformer Director General of CEPI - Confederation of European Paper Industries

Ruka coincides ideally with the EU’s latest bioeconomy strategy update, and will offer an opportunity to discuss its ramifications in depth with relevant experts in several panel sessions covering the following themes

  • Implementing bio-strategies
  • Forest bioeconomy and climate change
  • CEO Panel - How to steer a company in the field of bioeconomy
  • Circular Bioeconomy - Enterprise panel
  • Evolving value chains based on bio-feedstocks - Case Plastics

Below are the confirmed speakers of World BioEconomy Forum 2019. The speaker list is updated regularly so stay tuned!

  • Dennis Chafiâ, Business Development Manager at G.I. Dynamics, will be joining the Circular Bioeconomy panel to discuss how biorefineries can reduce carbon footprints and the dependency on finite resources
  • Freya Burton, Chief Sustainability and People Officer at LanzaTech - the company ranking #1 on the “50 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy” listing published by The Digest - will share her insights into innovation and carbon capturing in the fourth panel
  • Lauri Hetemäki, Assistant Director of the European Forest Institute (EFI) will join the discussion on the requirements of bioeconomy on the second panel
  • Rafael Cayuela, Corporate Chief Economist of Dow Chemicals will be discussing the future of the chemical industry on the first panel
  • Antti Asikainen, Research Professor at Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) will share his insights on forests and climate change on the second panel
  • Isabella PlimonDirector for Innovative Technologies and Bioeconomy at the Austrian Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism, will be joining the first panel to discuss the implementation of Austria's new biostrategy
  • Mario Bonaccorso, the founder and Editor in Chief of Il Bioeconomista, will take part in the first panel to give his insights into the biostrategy implementation in Italy
  • Tomi Honkala, the CEO of Chempolis Ltd, will join the fourth panel to discuss biorefinery technologies, their sustainable applications and how they can be implemented around the world
  • Berry Wiersum, the Chief Executive Officer of Sappi Europe, will join the CEO Panel to share his insights into steering a company in today's evolving, global bioeconomy
  • Fredrik B. Rosén, Vice President, Market Strategy and Business Development at Bioeconomy Division of Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), will participate in the fifth panel to discuss the applications of nanocellulose
  • Hanna KarlssonLignoBoost technology manager at Valmet, will join the Enterprise panel on Circular Bioeconomy to discuss their processes aimed at enabling the use of currently underutilized raw material streams
  • Marcello Brito, President of the Brazilian Agribusiness Association (ABAG), will join the second panel to discuss climate change and forest bioeconomy in Brazil from the agricultural viewpoint
  • Jonathan Hoare, Deputy Head of Agri-Tech, Bioeconomy, Chemicals, and Plastics at the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (UK Government), will join the first panel, Implementing biostrategies, to talk about UK's latest biostrategy update and its implementation
  • Bittor OrozDeputy Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Policy of the Basque Government, will be joining the first panel, Implementing biostrategies, to give his insights into the local bioeconomy in the Basque region
  • Grant Rosoman, Global forests solutions Senior Advisor, Greenpeace International, is joining the panel discussion on Forest bioeconomy and climate change to discuss the role of forests and global solutions to deforestation
  • Rainer Häggblom, Chairman of Häggblom & Partners Ltd, will join panel 3 CEO Panel to share his visions for the financial side of bioeconomy and especially the future of the forest industry
  • Dr Mark Rudnicki, the Executive Director of the Michigan Forest Biomaterials Institute (MiFBI), will be joining panel 1 Implementing Biostrategies to discuss the efforts to advance the forest bioeconomy in Michigan, USA

Christian Patermann
"Father" of European bioeconomy
Former Director EU Commission and Advisor to the German Government on bioeconomy matters

Aida Greenbury
Global Sustainability Advisor

Pentti Hyttinen
Director General
Metsähallitus (Finnish state forest enterprise)

Michael Carus
Founder and Managing Director
nova-Institute

Jim Philp
Policy Analyst
Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, OECD

Mika Aalto
Director General
Chemical Industry Federation of Finland

Mario Bonaccorso
Founder and Editor in Chief
Il Bioeconomista

Jukka Kantola
Chairman of the Advisory Board
World BioEconomy Forum

Mark Rushton
Media Consultant and Senior Editor

Lauri Hetemäki
Assistant Director, European Forest Institute (EFI)
Adjunct Professor, University of Helsinki

Ludo Diels
Research Manager, Sustainable Chemistry
Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO)

Teresa Presas
Former Director General
CEPI

Antti Asikainen
Executive Vice President, Research
Natural Resources Institute Finland, Luke

Isabella Plimon
Director for Innovative Technologies and Bioeconomy
Austrian Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism (photo: BMNT/Paul Gruber)

Dennis Chafiâ
Business Development Manager
G.I. Dynamics

Freya Burton
Chief Sustainability and People Officer
LanzaTech

Rafael Cayuela
Corporate Chief Economist
Dow Chemicals

Tomi Honkala
CEO
Chempolis Ltd

Berry Wiersum
CEO
Sappi Europe

Fredrik B. Rosén
Vice President, Market Strategy and Business Development
Bioeconomy Division of Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE)

Hanna Karlsson
LignoBoost technology manager
Valmet

Marcello Brito
President
Brazilian Agribusiness Association (ABAG)

Jonathan Hoare
Deputy Head
Agri-Tech, Bioeconomy, Chemicals, and Plastics at the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (UK)

Bittor Oroz
Deputy Minister
Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Policy of the Basque Government

Grant Rosoman
Global forests solutions Senior Advisor
Greenpeace International

Rainer Häggblom
Chairman
Häggblom & Partners Ltd

Dr Mark Rudnicki
Executive Director
Michigan Forest Biomaterials Institute (MiFBI)