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Programme 2023

On 12 December 2023 • Hybrid Event

The programme is based on four theme areas of the World BioEconomy Forum. The programme will consist of presentations and high level panel discussions. The programme planning is under way in the Advisory Board.

Morning sessions

Opening

Break

Afternoon sessions

Break

Closing of the Forum 2023

Conclusion
Declaration 2023
Annual awards 2023

Times expressed in EST – Local time in Washington D.C.

08:30

Doors open and registration – morning coffee

Studio open – live from Washington D.C.!
Studio team opening for online audience

09:00

Opening – welcoming worlds

H.E. Mikko Hautala, Ambassador of the Republic of Finland to the USA

NN, USA gov. rep (TBA)

Timo Jaatinen, Permanent secretary, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment

Jukka Kantola, Founder of the Word BioEconomy Forum

09:30

Introduction of the theme by the session head

Rocio A Diaz-Chavez, Senior Research Fellow, Imperial College London, The World BioEconomy Forum

Opening remarks:  A status of the Global Bioeconomy

Dr. Christian Patermann, ”Father” of European bioeconomy, Former Director EU Commission and Advisor to the German Government on bioeconomy matter, Honourable chair of the World BioEconomy Forum Advisory Board

Keynote speech: A status of Finland–USA collaboration

Ulla Lainio, Commercial Counsellor, Embassy of Finland in Washington DC

Claire Hawkins, Director, Natural Resource Markets & Economic Development, Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry, State of Maine

Shannon Lott, Natural Resources Deputy, Michigan Department of Natural Resources

09:50

Panel 1 – Latest development of national and regional biostrategies

Moderated by Rocio A Diaz-Chavez, Senior Research Fellow, Imperial College London, The World BioEconomy Forum

Kelly Seagraves, Senior Advisor in the U.S. Department of State’s Office, U.S. Department of State’s Office

Silke Boger, Agricultural Counsellor at the Delegation of the European Union to the United States of America

Dr. Rajesh S. Gokhale, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt of India

Patrick Barret, Agricultural Inspector, Research Division, Bioeconomy, Agriculture Knowledge & Innovation Systems

11:00

Coffee break – Back to the studio

11:25

Introduction of the theme by the session head

Asko Hyttinen, Board member, World Bioeconomy Forum 

Keynote speech: Global economy review

TBA

Panel 2 – Financing the Bioeconomy

Moderated by Asko Hyttinen, Board member, World Bioeconomy Forum 

Mary Lystad, Global Sector Lead, Forest and Wood Products, 
Manufacturing Agribusiness & Services Department, International Finance Corporation

Ellison M. Wright, Senior Environmental Finance Specialist at World Bank Group

Camillo Santa, Biodiversity & Natural Capital Specialist, Inter America Development Bank (IADB)

Paula Caballero, Regional Managing Director for Latin America, The Nature Concervancy 

12:25

Lunch break – Back to the studio 

13:20

Introduction of the theme by the session head

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 Processes4Planet

Keynote speech: Biorevolution under way

Andrea Hodgson, Program Scientist on the BioFutures Program, Schmidt Futures

13:40

Panel 3 – Biotechnology, a game changer?

Moderated by Merja Penttilä, Research professor, VTT Industrial Biotechnology

India Hook-Barnard, Executive Director, Engineering Biology Research Consortium, EBRC

Megan Palmer, Senior Director, Public Impact, Ginkgo Bioworks

TBA

TBA

14:50

Coffee break – Back to the studio 

15:15

Keynote speech: Sustainable use of bioresources

Mark Pitts, Executive Director, Government & Industry Affairs at American Forest & Paper Association

Keynote speech: Forest health is challenged by changing climate – implications for bioeconomy?

Markus Melin, Research Manager at Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)

15:35

Panel 4 – Forest-based value chains – “evolving lignin”

Moderated by 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 Processes4Planet

Stefan Sundman, VP, Public Affairs at UPM

Mojgan Nejad, Associate Professor, Michigan State University

Lauri Lehtonen, SVP, Head of Innovation Biomaterials, Stora Enso

Jack Miller, Principal Consultant, Biobased Markets, Market-Intell LLC

Kelly Tiller, Founder & Chief Strategy Officer at Genera Energy Inc.

16:30

Coffee break – Back to the studio 

16:50

Introduction of the theme by the session head

Mark Rudnicki, Professor of Practice Forest Biomaterials, Michigan Technological University

Keynote speech: Results of the global hub for the bioeconomy survey

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

17:00

Panel 5 – A global hub for the bioeconomy

Moderated by Mark Rudnicki

Lev Neretin,  Environment Team Lead, Head of Environment and Social Management Unit, Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment (OCB) at FAO

Christine Lang, Co-Chair of the International Advisory Council on Global Bioeconomy (IACGB)

Gerard Ostheimer, Manager of the Clean Energy Ministerial Biofuture Campaign

Jukka Kantola, Founder and CEO at the World BioEconomy Forum

Sarah R Carter, Senior Fellow, Federation of American Scientists

18:00

Closing of the Forum 2023

Conclusion
Declaration 2023
Annual awards 2023