World BioEconomy Forum announces new Advisory Board members in preparation for 2022 season

8 December 2021 – The World BioEconomy Forum is pleased to announce new Advisory Board members in preparation for the 2022 season. The Advisory Board has two major roles within the Forum: Firstly, to run its programme planning; and secondly, to drive the process of the annual declaration, announced at the end of each forum. In its declaration, the World Bioeconomy Forum captures the most relevant drivers of the bioeconomy for that specific year.

The Advisory Board consists of both permanent, 3-year term, and season-specific members. The new 3-year term members are:

Dr. Flora Ismail Tibazarwa, Programme Director of the Southern Africa Innovation Support Programme, a regional initiative funded by six governments and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) secretariat to strengthen innovation ecosystems and stimulate collaboration between regional and international actors.


David Brand, Chair and CEO of New Forests

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

Marco Mensink

Marco Mensink, Director General of Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council

All new members offer solid insights and experience of the bioeconomy in various parts of the world.

Flora Ismail Tibazarwa says: “As a member of the Advisory Board I aim to bring the perspective of African bio-based businesses to the Bioeconomy Forum. Africa has a huge potential for bio-economy and with several countries developing strategies, it would be a milestone to host the Bio-economy Forum in the near future.”

David Brand runs the second largest forestry investment business in the world and reveals his expectations of the Forum saying, “With the forestry sector poised to play an increased role in our transition to a sustainable future society, the World BioEconomy Forum will be an important part of increasing information flow and catalysing innovation.”

Forest resources are vast in Russia and represent untapped potential for the country’s Bioeconomy. As President, Association of the Specialists of the Pulp and Paper Industry in Russia, Sergey Malkov is looking forward to his role on the Advisory Board and hopes to contribute to the development of a sustainable bioeconomy and to one day bring the World BioEconomy Forum to Russia.

Marco Mensink, Director General of Cefic: “I’m pleased to join the Advisory Board to discuss measures to scale up the bioeconomy. The bio-based industries can play a critical role in supporting the green transition and our chemical sector holds huge innovation potential in the production of bio-based plastics and chemical building blocks that can manufacture a broad range of other products. I look forward to the information exchange and cross industry collaboration that will be needed for the upscaling of our innovations as well as the market uptake for these products.”

The Forum prides itself on the diversity and range of its Advisory Board members, ensuring that all regions of the globe are included as the circular bioeconomy takes centre stage in the fight against climate change. The new members will represent bioeconomy progress taking place in Africa, Europe, Australasia, and Russia. Having the chemical industry on the Board will also allow the Forum to follow developments within related industries.

Jukka Kantola, Founder of the World BioEconomy Forum, states, “The Forum is once again very well equipped for the upcoming 2022 season. As we always say, “Content is King” at our Forum events, and to ensure that this continues we make sure that we have an Advisory Board offering solid experience and insights into all areas related to the circular bioeconomy. With our new members, alongside our existing prominent Advisory Board members, our 2022 Forum promises to be one of the best yet.

The full World BioEconomy Forum Advisory Board can be viewed by visiting:

Exclusive Interviews with the new members will be published on the World BioEconomy Forum YouTube channel in due course.

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The Four-Pillar Structure of the World BioEconomy Forum

The Forum operates under a strict, Four-Pillar Structure: I The Bioeconomy: People, Planet, Policies, II Global Leaders and the Financial World, III Bioproducts Around Us and IV Looking to the Future. Using the Four-Pillar Structure enables the complete evaluation of the status of the circular bioeconomy and so facilitates developments across the whole of the sector. This makes the Forum and its activities extremely powerful and effective, facilitating a holistic bioeconomy and making significant joint efforts in the mitigation of climate change.

All Forum programs and activities are aligned with the Four-Pillar Structure, including all Roundtables and the annual Declaration. This four-pillar structure ensures that all relevant stakeholders in the circular bioeconomy have a voice and a platform.

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