World BioEconomy Roundtables

The World BioEconomy Roundtables are online events that follow the agenda of the on-going season. Hard talk – Easy Access – Relaxed Environment.

The Roundtables are moderated by bioeconomy professionals who, together with high profile speakers, engage in hard talks on the World BioEconomy Forum Four-Pillar Strucuture: The Bioeconomy: People, Planet, Policies; Global Leaders and Financial World; Bioproducts around us; Looking to the Future. All these events will last approximately two hours and will be easy and safe to access over the Internet, regardless of the location. The World BioEconomy Forum team will ensure a relaxed environment, supporting you every step of the way. Join us and be part of the world of Bioeconomy!

Roundtable

Corporate Leaders and the Financial World

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Corporate Leaders and the Financial World

28 June 2023 13:00–15:00 BST – Online event via Zoom Webinar

The Roundtable will be held on 28 June 2023 13:00–15:00 BST with the topic Financing the bioeconomy.

The bioeconomy is growing interest also as investment opportunity. Current value in is said to be about 4 trillion USD and there are expectations that its value will be almost 30 trillion USD. Only during recent 16 months major economies like USA and China have increased their activities in this space and India is bringing the bioeconomy for the first time in the G20 agenda.

In the Roundtable we will hear a review on a status of the global economy and insights by experts on bioeconomy as investment destination.

One cannot miss this!

Contents

  • Case example on an investment for the bioeconomy
  • What kind of financial incentives are available for the bioeconomy?
  • What are the major drivers for the investors within the bioeconomy?
  • Review on a global hub for the bioeconomy survey
This roundtable is held in cooperation with Chatham House.

Hosts

Jukka Kantola

Founder and CEO, World BioEconomy Forum

Ana Yang

Executive Director, Sustainability Accelerator, Chatham House

 

Programme

  1. Opening & major findings of the recent study on a status of global bioeconomy
  2. Keynote speakers – Investing in the bioeconomy by Jim Philip, OECD
  3. Case example by Mariagiovanna Vetere, NatureWorks
  4. Lessons from bioeconomy investments:
    Introduction speeches by panellists
  5. Panel on Financing the bioeconomy:
    Moderated by Ana Yang, Chatham House
  6. Q & A Session
  7. Conclusion and wrap-up

Keynote speakers

Jim Philp

Policy Analyst, OECD

Mariagiovanna Vetere

Global Public Affairs Director, NatureWorks

Panellists

Marco Jansen

Business Director Biopolymers EMEA /
Advocacy & Sustainability director Europe & Asia at Braskem

Dr. Neil Perry

Research Programme Director
Biotechnology & Biosourcing at Unilever

Nabil Moura Kadri

Deputy Managing Director of Environment at BNDES

John M. May

Managing Director at HamiltonClark

Caitlin Clarke

Director of Policy and External Affairs,
BTG Pactual Timberland Investment Group

The Bioeconomy: People, Planet, Policies

The Bioeconomy: People, Planet, Policies

25 April 2023 15:00–17:30 (EAT) 14:00–16:30 (CET) – Online event via Zoom Webinar

The Roundtable will be held on 25 April 2023 15:00–17:30 (EAT) 14:00–16:30 (CET) with the topic Witnessing a new era for the bioeconomy in Africa.

Africa is the next big opportunity for the Bioeconomy with its huge reservoirs in biomass, unused arable land and untapped treasures of biodiversity.

But it also needs to respect its continental boundaries, its large dominating rural areas, but also emerging preurban and urban agglomerations, and its small retail economic structures which cannot be compared with other continents.

South Africa for more than a decade is leading the development of a Bioeconomy in Africa, recently followed by the East African Union, Namibia etc. This is the first time that a dedicated African Round Table takes place in which the many diverse aspects of African bioeconomies from North to South and East to West are discussed.

Come and join this unique event!

Contents

  • Witnessing biostrategies evolving in Africa
  • Different priorities of the bioeconomy in various part of African
  • Inter-African cooperation: status, opportunities and obstacles
  • Review of the ongoing survey on a global hub for the bioeconomy

Moderator

Christian Patermann

Honourable Chair of the World Bioeconomy Forum Advisory Board

Hosts

Jukka Kantola

Founder, World BioEconomy Forum

Flora Ismail Tibazarwa

Board member, National Environment Council, Vice Chairperson, Biotechnology Society of Tanzania

More on biostrategies in Africa

Programme

  1. Opening remarks by Jukka Kantola and Flora Ismail Tibazarwa Status review on on-going “a global hub for the bioeconomy” survey
  2. Introduction of the topic by Dr. Christian Patermann Keynote: The state of bioeconomy Eastern Africa Community 2022 by Philip Osano, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
  3. Introduction presentations by the panelists
  4. Panel
  5. Q&A
  6. Conclusion

Speakers

Dr. Vuyisile Phehane

Executive on Bio-Economy at Technology Innovation Agency, South Africa

Paulus Mungeyi

Manager of the Biotechnology Division, National Commission on Research, Science and Technology, Namibia

Dr. Safietou Sanfo

Regional Thematic Coordinator, WASCAL, Burkina Faso

Muyambi Fortunate

Deputy Executive Secretary (Projects and Programme) at East Africa Science and Technology Commission

Moderator

Dr. Christian Patermann

Dr Christian Patermann

“Father” of the European Bioeconomy, Co-founder, Honorary Chair of the Advisory Board

Speakers

Vuyisile Phehane

Vuyisile Phehane

Executive on Bio-Economy at Technology Innovation Agency, South Africa

Safietou Sanfo

Safietou Sanfo

Regional Thematic Coordinator, WASCAL, Burkina Faso

Muyambi Fortunate

Muyambi Fortunate

Deputy Executive Secretary (Projects and Programme) at East Africa Science and Technology Commission

Paulus Mungeyi

Paulus Mungeyi

Manager for the Biotechnology Division at the National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST), Namibia

Keynote

Philip Osano

Philip Osano

Center Director of Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) Africa

Hosts

Jukka Kantola

Jukka Kantola

Founder and CEO, World BioEconomy Forum

Flora Tibazarva

Flora Ismail Tibazarwa

Board member, National Environment Council, Vice Chairperson, Biotechnology Society of Tanzania, Advisory Board, World BioEconomy Forum

In a collaboration with

EAC
PAMSA
SEI
Bioproducts around us​

Bioproducts around us

15 February 2023 13:00–15:00 CET – Online event via Zoom Webinar

The Roundtable will be held on 15 February 2023 13:00-15:00 CET with the topic Biorevolution knocking on the door.

The World BioEconomy Roundtable is arranged with a strategic partner G-STIC in Rio de Janeiro.

Moderator

Ludo Diels

Senior advisor, Sustainable Chemistry Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO), Professor Emeritus at Antwerp University, Chair of the Advisory and Programming Group of Processes4PlanetT

Hosts

Mark Rushton

Co-founder, World BioEconomy Forum

Jukka Kantola

Founder, World BioEconomy Forum

Programme

  1. Opening
  2. Launching a global hub survey for the bioeconomy
  3. Presentations (10 minutes each)
  4. Panel
  5. Questions from the audience
  6. Conclusion

Contents

  • Most interesting application areas for biotechnology?
  • What kind of regulatory cooperation would be needed in the international level to enhance developments of the bioeconomy?
  • What about education to this sector? How it is organised in your region?
  • Is there a space for a safety and security matters to be taken into account? What about standards, norms?
  • How about international classifications for the bioproducts? Is there any need for these?
  • In case there is a global home for the bieconomy what of the topics from biotechnology should be discussed and agreed in a global level

Speakers

Giulia Gregori

Head of Strategic Planning and Corporate Communication, Novamont

Dr. Andrew Kiggundu

National Agricultural Research Organization

José Luis Gordon

Managing Director, Productive Development,
Foreign Trade and Innovation BNDES

Thiago Falda

Executive President, Brazilian Bioinnovation Association – ABBI

Dr. Jibin Sun

Professor, Deputy Director-General, Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Genét Garamendi

Head of Strategic Relationships, Checkerspot

In cooperation with

ABBI
BNDES

Corporate Leaders and the Financial World

14 June 2022 15:00–17:00 CET – Online event via Zoom Webinar

Contents

  • Forest industry companies are providing traditional and emerging bioproducts, which are in most of the cases superseding fossil-based, non-renewable resources
  • Current climate mitigations tools are favouring forests role as carbon sinks and stocks. What are potential implications of this for the forest industry?
  • What is forest industry role in the climate mitigation issues? What about substitution?
  • What is Forest industry message to the COP27? 

 

Moderator

Teresa Presas

Co-founder, World BioEconomy Forum Board

Hosts

Mark Rushton

Co-founder, World BioEconomy Forum

Jukka Kantola

Founder, World BioEconomy Forum

Programme

  1. Opening
  2. Presentations (10 minutes each)
  3. Panel
  4. Questions from the audience
  5. Conclusion

The Roundtable will be held on 14 June 2022 15:00–17:00 CET with the topic Forest Industry Leaders – What role does the forest industry play in climate change mitigation?

Speakers

Ilkka Hämälä

President and CEO, Metsä Group

Derek Nighbor

President and CEO,
Forest Products Association of  Canada, FPAC

Walter Schalka

CEO, Suzano

David Brand

CEO, New Forests

Co-organisers

Cepi
Fpac.ca
Pamsa
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The Bioeconomy: People, Planet, Policies

The Bioeconomy: People, Planet, Policies

7 April 2022 15:00–17:00 CET – Online event via Zoom Webinar

The Roundtable will be held on 7 April 2022 15:00–17:00 CET with the topic Follow up on latest biostrategies.

Contents

In the roundtable we will follow up and deepen discussions on the developments of recent national and regional Biostrategies and Bioinitiatives introduced and discussed in the World BioEconomy Forum 2022 (Colombia, State of Para, Brazil, Portugal, Region of Catalonia, Spain, East African Union and Indonesia)

  • What have been actions on these announced Biostrategies and Bioinitiatives for their implementation?
  • What major steps have been taken?
  • What kind of challenges have been encountered and what has been the response? Impact of the Pandemic?
  • What will happen next? Are there lessons learnt which might be shared?

Moderator

Christian Patermann

“Father” of the European Bioeconomy, Co-founder, Honorary Chair of the Advisory Board

Hosts

Mark Rushton

Co-founder, World BioEconomy Forum

Jukka Kantola

Founder, World BioEconomy Forum

Programme

  1. Opening
  2. Presentations (10 minutes each)
  3. Panel
  4. Questions from the audience
  5. Conclusion

Confirmed Speakers

Camille Bemerguy

Director of Climate Change, Environmental Services and Bioeconomy at the Pará Environment and Sustainability Secretariat, Brazil

Marisa Silva

Advisor to the Minister of Environment and Climate Action, Portugal

Julius Ecuru

Programme Manager at BioInnovate Africa

Ignasi Rodríguez Galindo

Responsible for External Relations, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food, Government of Catalonia

Dr. Jorge Cano

Coordinator of the implementation of the Mission de Sabios’ Recommendations at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of Colombia

Bioproducts around us​

Bioproducts around us

10 February 2022 15:00–17:00 CET – Online event via Zoom Webinar

The Roundtable will be held on 10 February 2022 15:00-17:00 CET with the topic Wood construction – long lasting bioproducts.

Contents

  • Global wood construction markets
  • Latest innovations on wood construction
  • Any evolving policies favouring wood construction
  • Contribution of wood construction in terms on climate change mitigation

Moderator

Ludo Diels

Research Manager, VITO, Chair of the Advisory and Programming Group of Processes4Planet, World BioEconomy Forum Advisory Board Member

Hosts

Jukka Kantola

Founder, World BioEconomy Forum

Matthias Zscheile

World BioEconomy Circle – membership programme director

Programme

  1. Opening
  2. Presentations (10 minutes each)
  3. Panel run by the moderator
  4. Questions from the audience
  5. Conclusion

Confirmed Speakers

Ian Delaroche

Adjunct Professor, The University of British Columbia

Andrea Stocchero

Sustainable Architect, Portfolio Leader “Trees for High Value Wood Products” Scion

Bruno Gorrini

Principal Researcher in Bioforest, Arauco

Oliver Sterl

RLP Rüdiger Lainer + Partners

Daniel Meyer

Chairman of the Board of Directors and Member of the Executive Board, Lüchinger + Meyer

Looking to the Future

Looking to the future

15 September 2021 15:00–17:00 CEST

The Roundtable will be held on 15 September 2021 15:00-17:00 CEST with the topic What does the bioeconomy mean for Brazil and the Amazon?

Contents

  • Which are the big challenges of Amazon in terms of conciliating climate agenda and development agenda
  • What  can the Amazon offer for the global bioeconomy society?

Programme

  1. Opening
  2. Presentations (10 minutes each)
  3. Panel
  4. Questions from the audience
  5. Conclusion

Moderator

José Mauro de Lima O' de Almeida

José Mauro de Lima O’ de Almeida

Secretary of State for the Environment of Pará

Speakers

Camille Bendahan Bemerguy

Camille Bendahan Bemerguy

Director of bioeconomy, climate change and environmental services from Environment and sustainability Secretariat of Pará

Ana Toni

Ana Toni

PhD, Executive Director of Instituto Clima e Sociedade (iCS)

Ana Euler

Ana Euler

Forest Engineer at the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro

Francisco Piyãko

Francisco Piyãko

Leader of Apiwtxa village, an advisor and secretary of the State Government for Indigenous Peoples between 2003 and 2010

Hosts

Jukka Kantola

Jukka Kantola

Founder and CEO, World BioEconomy Forum

Mark Rushton

Mark Rushton

Co-Founder, Advisory Board

Global Leaders and the Financial World

18 May, 2021 15:00–17:00 CET

The Roundtable will be held on 18 May 2021 15:00-17:00 CET with the topic “Bio-based Investments – it takes 3 to tango” Roles of private – public – institutes to facilitate investments to circular bioeconomy.

Contents

  • How do the triangle public – private – institutes works to facilitate investment into circular bioeconomy
  • What are the drivers – what are the obstacles
  • Any success stories
  • What are currently the fastest growing sectors

Programme

  1. Opening
  2. Presentations (10 minutes each)
  3. Panel
  4. Questions from the audience
  5. Conclusion

Moderator

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Michael Nettersheim

Founding Partner, European Circular Bioeconomy Fund

Speakers

Jório Veiga

Jório Veiga

Secretary of State for Economic Development, Science, Technology and Innovation Government of Amazonas

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Dr. Sergey Malkov

President, Association of the Specialists of the Pulp and Paper Industry (ASPPI) Russia

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A.J. (Sandy) Marshall

Executive Director Bioindustrial Innovation Canada

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Philippe Mengal

Executive Director, Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking

Hosts

Jukka Kantola

Jukka Kantola

Founder and CEO, World BioEconomy Forum

Mark Rushton

Mark Rushton

Co-Founder, Advisory Board

The Bioeconomy: People, Planet, Policies

The Bioeconomy: People, Planet, Policies

4 February, 2021 15:00–17:00 CET

The Roundtable will be held on 4 February 2021 15:00–17:00 CET, with the topic “Biostrategies overview” – status on the programs in various parts of the world.

Contents

  • Status of biostrategies in that specific region
  • Focus areas on biostrategies? Any action plans?
  • How are the bioeconomy programs implemented?
    Eventual new priorities?
  • What kind of role does the bioeconomy
    play on the national level?
  • Any indications about the value of bioeconomy?
  • Incentives programs to enhance circular bioeconomy?
  • Fastest growing sectors related to circular bioeconomy?

Programme

  1. Opening
  2. Status on Biostrategies by Christian Patermann
  3. Presentations (10 minutes each)
  4. Panel
  5. Questions from the audience
  6. Conclusion

Moderator

Dr. Christian Patermann

Dr Christian Patermann

“Father” of the European Bioeconomy, Co-founder, Honorary Chair of the Advisory Board

Speakers

Carolina Balian

Carolina Balian

Advisor in Natural Resource Economics and Climate Change in the Office of Agricultural Planning and Policy of the Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries (MGAP) of Uruguay

Dr. Mary Maxon

Dr. Mary Maxon

Associate Laboratory Director for Biosciences at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA

Monica Rauh

Monika Rauh

Head of Division, Industrial Affairs, Chemical, Textile, Woodworking and Paper Industry, Bioeconomy, Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy, Germany

Professor Fang Chen

Dr. Fang Chen

Ph.D., Director of Information Research Department and Executive director of Center for Strategic Studies on Bioscience and Biotechnology (CaSBIO), Chengdu Library and Information Center Chinese Academy of Sciences

Hosts

Jukka Kantola

Jukka Kantola

Founder and CEO, World BioEconomy Forum

Mark Rushton

Mark Rushton

Co-Founder, Advisory Board

Bioproducts around us​

Bioproducts around us

25 November, 2020 13:00–15:00 CET

The first Roundtable will be held on 25 November, 2020, 13:00 – 15:00 CET, with the theme “Bioproducts around us” – Lessons from various value chains

  • How do the corporates incorporate sustainability, recyclability, traceability in their value chains they are in?
  • How do they include climate change mitigation measures in their value chains?
  • How do they present/ communicate their bio products/services/processes to their markets? Is there appetite for them?
  • Is there anything to learn from each other?

Programme

  1. Opening
  2. Presentations
  3. Panel discussion
  4. Q&A
  5. Conclusions and closing remarks

Registration

Moderator

Ludo Diels

Prof. Emeritus at Antwerp University, senior advisor at VITO and portfolio manager of Processes4Planet

Speakers

Giulia Stellari

Director, Sustainable Sourcing, Digital and Carbon Solutions, Unilever

Dr. Josef Innerlohinger

Dr. Josef Innerlohinger

Head of Monitoring and Funding, Global R&D, Lenzing Aktiengesellschaft

Michael Duetsch

Michael Duetsch

Vice President, UPM Biochemicals Business

Martin Clemesha

Martin Clemesha

Technical Sales Manager, Braskem

Hosts

Jukka Kantola

Jukka Kantola

Founder and CEO, World BioEconomy Forum

Mark Rushton

Mark Rushton

Co-Founder, Advisory Board

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