The World BioEconomy Forum announces high-level speakers for October event to be held in Belém, Brazil; Registration now open

The World BioEconomy Forum is pleased to announce the latest high-level speakers to join its event in Brazil 18-20 October 2021. The Forum for 2021 will be held in the city of Belém, Pará state, the gateway to the Amazon region and an area of significant importance to the global circular bioeconomy.  

The Forum will consist of its four usual themes; People, Planet, Policies; Global Leaders and the Financial World; Bioproducts Around Us; Looking to the Future. The Forum has put together a diverse programme featuring prominent speakers and panellists from governments, banks, companies, global brands, NGOs, institutes and associations. The three-day event will include keynote addresses as well as dedicated panel discussions. Over 60 speakers from all over the globe are expected to take part in the event.  

The latest speakers and panellists now confirmed for the event include:

  • Vice President of Brazil, Antônio Hamilton Martins Mourão,will deliver a keynote speech in the opening session.
  • CEO of Klabin, Cristiano Teixeira, will join the CEO Panel.
  • The President of the Central bank of Brazil, Roberto Campos Neto, will provide an overview of the global economy in the session Global leaders and the Financial World.
  • Joachim Schönbeck, Member of the Executive Board, Andritz, will join the CEO Panel
  • Nelleke van der Puil, Vice President of Materials, LEGO Group, will join the Bioproducts Around Us panel.


Jukka Kantola, Founder of the World BioEconomy Forum says, “Programme planning is progressing according to our expectations. Our desire is that everyone can benefit and acquire knowledge from our programme and continue to be informed about major trends in the global circular bioeconomy. We have a world-wide reach this year but with an emphasis on topics relating to the Global South and Amazon region. We are delighted to already have an impressive line-up of speakers from various sectors.”


Grant Rosoman, Forests Solutions Senior Campaigns Advisor for Greenpeace International, says, “The World BioEconomy Forum is a great platform to discuss and help find solutions with the private sector and government on how bio-based products can be responsibly produced. It can in particular provide leadership in responsible sourcing of bio-materials that are within Earth’s planetary boundaries, including no deforestation, ecological agriculture and forestry, respect for indigenous rights and moving away from burning biomass as fuel.

I’m excited to be part of the WBEF Forum in Belém, Brazil, not only as this is the first time the forum is held in a tropical producer country but to dig more deeply into key issues on biomaterial feedstocks, including the opportunities that integrated landscape management provides. I am looking forward to seeing the role of The BioEconomy Forum and the declarations it has made in ensuring that its members and partners are ‘walking the talk’.”


Teresa Presas, Board Member of The Navigator Group, and moderator of the CEO Panel to be held at the event, says, “Business is a fundamental actor of the bioeconomy. In order to play their role in the most successful way it is important that companies and their strategies, innovations and activities are framed within a clear and supportive scenario. The World BioEconomy Forum will provide the stage for business to interact with different stakeholders to create a mutual understanding of each other’s contribution and bridge with relevant audiences.

“The famous statement “Think Global, Act Local” has not aged. Although the challenges we face are global, the solutions must match individual circumstances. We expect these thoughts will become evident in Belém, creating mutual understanding of each other’s contribution, to bring to the fore a sustainable bio-based economy in our societies.”

Registration is now open for the Forum. Please visit


The World BioEconomy Forum is held in partnership with the state of Pará, and major bioeconomy associations in Brazil, ABAG and Ibá.  The Forum 2021 will be held in the recently developed and renovated riverside venue Estação das Docas in Belém. The city has been recognized as a Creative City of Gastronomy by Unesco.


World BioEconomy News Service

As part of its growing platform of services for the circular bioeconomy stakeholder community, the World BioEconomy Forum is pleased to announce the launch of its news bulletin service which includes a monthly newsletter and a rolling daily news service available on the Forum website. For more details and to receive the monthly bulletin, please visit:


More information:

Jukka Kantola

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