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, Greenbury & Associates
  • 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)

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
  • Forests mitigating 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 speakers of World BioEconomy Forum 2018. Speakers for 2019 will be published here soon.

  • Waldemar Kütt, Head of Unit D RTD FI Bioeconomy Strategy, EU Commission to talk about update on EU biostrategy
  • Kristine Sirma, Head of Sustainable Agriculture Development Division Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture to talk about Latvia's biostrategy. Latvia is the first EU-13 country to publish their biostrategy.
  • Tony Duncan, Most Innovative Bioeconomy CEO ( to talk about high performance moleculer over bio
  • Aida Greenbury, Global Sustainability Advisor, Greenbury & Associates, to discuss global deforestation, forest conservation and responsible production
  • Lauri Hetemäki, Assistant director of EFI to talk key requirements of bioeconomy
  • Teresa Presas, former Director General of CEPI, Strategic Perspectives at Steps STRL, to share her views on forest industry and its role on climate change
  • Nils Torvalds, Member of the European Parliament (MEP) to talk about regulatory environment on land use rights
  • Sirpa Välimaa, Product Manager Dissolving Pulp, Stora Enso, to share her views on cellulosic textile fibers in textile industry
  • Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Professor of the faculty of Agronomy, Polytechnic University of Valencia, to discuss global forest biomass resources and their applications
  • Paavo Virkkunen, Executive Vice President of Business Finland, to talk about Finland and the global bioeconomy
  • Sigridur Thormodsdottir, Head of Biobased Industries, Innovation Norway, to discuss biostrategy in Norway
  • Antti Asikainen, Research professor from Luke to talk about the impact of forests on climate change
  • Ilkka Rantanen, Director Chemicals & Biorefining Technologies, Pöyry, to discuss novel technologies for biofuels and their way from innovation to commercial production
  • Michael Carus, Director and founder of Novainstitute to run panel evolving value chains based on bio-feedstock
  • Mika Aho, Director of St1 Nordic Oy to tell about Cellunolix®: Saw dust based biorefinery
  • Pramod Chaudhari, Executive Chairman of Praj Industries Ltd, to talk about bioenergy and bioethanols in India
  • Anna Palmberg, Material & Innovation Developer, IKEA, to discuss textile industry's demand for renewable, biobased fibers
  • Heikki Hassi, Senior Partner and Chairman at Scitech Service, to talk about the future outlook of man-made cellulosic fibers
  • Risto Huhta-Koivisto, Senior Director, Bio and Circular Economy, Business Finland, to lead the discussion on tourism and forest industry
  • Andreas W. Engelhardt, Product Marketing & Innovation, Groz-Beckert KG and owner of The Fiber Year GmbH, to share his thoughts on the latest development in the textile industry
  • Kari Tuominen, Director of Andritz Oy in Finland, to discuss how pulp mills can improve bioeconomy
  • Heli Virkki, Senior Manager, Bio2X Product Portfolio, Fortum to talk about value-added products based on biomass fractionation
  • Ali Harlin, Research Professor, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, to discuss evolving cellulosic textile fiber technologies
  • Ville Aho, CEO of Rukakeskus Oy to tell about how the Ruka success story was build.


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

Aida Greenbury
Global Sustainability Advisor
Greenbury & Associates

Pentti Hyttinen
Director General
Finnish state forest enterprice

Michael Carus
Founder and Managing Director

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)

Antti Asikainen
Research professor
Natural Resources Institute Finland, Luke