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The 2nd World BioEconomy Forum at Ruka, Finland
September 11-13, 2019


Experts from the leading edge of bioeconomy gather together in the outstanding nature of northeast Finland for roundtable discussions at the second ever World BioEconomy Forum in September 2019!

Panels and the speakers
Have you been keeping up with the speaker updates? See the full list of confirmed speakers below!
Panel 1: Implementing Biostrategies
Dr Christian Patermann
"Father" of the European bioeconomy
The bioeconomy strategy of the EU
Elisabetta Balzi    
The head of the  bioeconomy unit in the European Commission
The future of the chemical industry
Rafael Cayuela
Corporate Chief Economist, Dow Chemicals
The biostrategy in Italy and its implementation
Mario Bonaccorso
The founder and Editor in chief, Il Bioeconomista
The implementation of Austria's new biostrategy
Isabella Plimon
The Director for Innovative Technologies and Bioeconomy at the Austrian Federal Ministry for Sustainability and tourism
UK's Latest biostrategy update and its implementation
Jonathan Hoare
Deputy Head, Agri-Tech, Bioeconomy, Chemicals, and Plastics (UK Government)
The local bioeconomy in the Basque Region
Bittor Oroz
Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Policy of the Basque Government
The efforts to advance the forest bioeconomy in Michigan
Dr Mark Rudnicki
The Executive Director of the Michigan Forest Biomaterials Institute (MiFBI)

Panel 2: Forest bioeconomy and climate change
Aida Greenbury
Sustainability Advisor
Forests and Climate change
Antti Asikainen
Executive Vice President, Research, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)
The requirements of forest bioeconomy
Lauri Hetemäki
Assistant Director of the European Forest Institute (EFI)
Climate change and forest bioeconomy in Brazil from an agricultural viewpoint
Marcello Brito
President of the Brazilian Agribusiness Association (ABAG)
The role of forests and global solutions to deforestation
Grant Rosoman
Senior Advisor, Greenpeace International

Panel 3: CEO Panel
Mark Rushton
Media Consultant and Senior Editor
Steering a company in today's evolving, global bioeconomy
Berry Wiersum
CEO, Sappi Europe
The financial side of bioeconomy and the future of the forest industry
Rainer Häggblom
Chairman of Häggblom & Partners Ltd
Forest based industries: the role model for the bioeconomy
Teresa Presas
The Navigator Company Board Member and Senior Consultant
Nicholas Oksanen
Director, Industry Business Group, Pöyry

Panel 4: Circular bioeconomy - Enterprise panel
Mika Aalto
Director General, Chemical Industry Federation of Finland
Innovation and carbon capturing
Freya Burton
Chief Sustainability and People Officer, LanzaTech
Biorefinery technologies, their sustainable applications and how they can be implemented around the world
Tomi Honkala
CEO, Chempolis Ltd
Biorefineries  and how they can reduce carbon footprints and the dependency on finite resources
Dennis Chafiâ
Business Development Manager, G.I. Dynamics
Waste cellulose conversions to value-added products
Tony Duncan
CEO, Circa Group
The processes aimed at enabling the use of currently underutilized raw material streams
Hanna Karlsson
LignoBoost technology manager, Valmet

Panel 5: Evolving value chains based on bio-feedstock - case plastics
Michael Carus
Founder and Managing Director of nova-Institute
The applications of nanocellulose
Fredrik B. Rosén
Vice President, Market Strategy and Business Development at Bioeconomy Division of Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE)
Biobased materials in the New Plastics Economy
Maija Pohjakallio
Research team Leader, VTT
Evolving biomaterials - case USA
Robert M. Baldwin, PhD
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Replacing paper and plastics
Tuomas Mustonen
Founder and CEO, Paptic
See more on the program here

Canada's bioeconomy strategy was release on May 14th, 2019. Read the full strategy report here >>

What is the current state of the European bio-based economy? Read what Michael Carus, the CEO of nova-Institute, has to say about the subject in his interview here >>
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