Speakers

Peter Csoka

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Peter Csoka is deputy head of the Forest Economics, Policy and Products Division in FAO and secretary of the Committee on Forestry. A forester and system analyst by education, he has over 30 years of experience in forestry and worked at the Secretariat of the United Nations Forum on Forests, the State Forest Service of Hungary including being its head, and was director general for natural resources at the Ministry of Agriculture. His expertise lies in forest inventory, monitoring, forest sector planning and forest policy. He represented his country in various intergovernmental forums and served as chair of the FAO European Forestry Commission and vice-chair of UNFF.


Improved environmental governance in the 21st century
Monday 15 December


Sustainable governance in forestry. Interactive panel discussion on the emerging forest-related policy framework.
Monday 15 December


Fedor Grabar

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Fedor Grabarworks for International Paper Russia as wood procurement and forest operations director. Previously he spent 9 years at Segezha P&P Mill and after its acquisition by holding company InvestLesProm with responsibility for wood procurement and forest management. Before that, he worked in accounting and financial positions in small and middle-scale forest industry enterprises. He holds an MSc from Petrozavodsk State University.


Future prospects of the Russian forest sector
Wednesday 17 December


Panel discussion: Potentials and challenges of the Russian forest sector
Wednesday 17 December


Lauri Hetemäki

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Lauri Hetemäki is the Head of the Foresight and Policy Support Programme at the European Forest Institute and Professor in Forest Sector Foresight at the Faculty of Science and Forestry, University of Eastern Finland (UEF). His research interest are foresight studies, forest sector outlook studies, and forest products and bioenergy markets. He has extensive experience in coordinating forest sector outlook studies and policy support work. He is an author of over 160 scientific and popular publications.


Understanding the future of the forest-based sector: global drivers, trends and markets
Wednesday 17 December


Foresight as a tool for strategic thinking and action
Thursday 18 December


Anders Hildeman

Anders Hildeman

Anders Hildeman is the Global Forestry Manager of IKEA. He coordinates a global network of forestry specialists, supporting the business to ensure that the wood that is used in IKEA products meets the company’s sustainability requirements. More than 13 million cubic meters of wood is sourced annually in order to supply IKEA products. He also coordinates IKEA-funded projects in 13 different countries where the aim is to improve the standards of forest management. Previously he was the Senior Vice President, Environment and Public Affairs, at SCA, a Swedish forest and hygiene products company.


Contributing to sustainable forest management in Russia: the IKEA approach
Tuesday 16 December


Panel discussion: Promoting sustainable forest management via intensification - challenges, approaches and experiences in Russia
Tuesday 16 December


Saija Huuskonen

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Saija Huuskonen is a Researcher at the Finnish Forest Research Institute. She holds a PhD in Silviculture at the University of Helsinki. She has experience in forest management and silvicultural practices, particularly in growth and yield and profitability. She is part of the research group which has developed forest management decision support system MOTTI. Recently a relevant part of her work duties has been dissemination of research knowledge. She has also worked as a university lecturer for five years at the University of Helsinki.


Promoting SFM through intensive forest management 
Tuesday 16 December


Pentti Hyttinen

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Pentti Hyttinen has been the Region Mayor of the Regional Council of North Karelia, Finland since the year 2001. He holds a PhD in Forest Management and Economics from the University of Joensuu, Finland. He has also conducted research at the European Forest Institute and the University of Joensuu, and worked as a Forestry Expert at DG Research of the European Commission in Brussels.


Towards a Green Economy: why, what and how the forest sector can contribute?
Monday 15 December


Sustainable governance in forestry. Interactive panel discussion on the emerging forest-related policy framework.
Monday 15 December


Timo Karjalainen

Timo Karjalainen

Timo Karjalainen is Professor of international forestry related to forestry in Russia and Eastern European countries with economies in transition at the Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla) and at the University of Eastern Finland. He was previously a programme manager at the European Forest Institute and a researcher at the University of Joensuu. He has published over 120 publications and contributed to several reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Research in the knowledge group he leads at Metla provides up-to-date information about the state and development of forest sectors in Russia and Central and Eastern European countries.


Moderator, Sustainable forest management (SFM) as a basis for developing the forest sector in Russia
Tuesday 16 December


Vesa Korhonen 

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Vesa Korhonen, Senior Economist, Bank of Finland Institute for Economies in Transition (BOFIT). Analysis and medium-term forecasts of the Russian economy. Also worked on Russian and transition economies, trade and finance at the Finnish Embassy in Moscow, the European Free Trace Association (EFTA), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the European Central Bank (ECB).


Russian economy in transition: What can be expected towards 2020?
Wednesday 17 December 


Panel discussion: Potentials and challenges of the Russian forest sector
Wednesday 17 December


Elena Kulikova

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Elena Kulikova is the Coordinator of the Young Leadership Programme, and Senior Expert in the Foresight and Policy Support Programme at the European Forest Institute. She has over 15 years’ experience in forest sector governance in Russia, and was formerly Forest Programme Head at the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Russia. Prior to this she was a Head of Division in the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation, and a Deputy Director of the Department of International Cooperation in the Federal Forestry Service of the Russian Federation.


Introduction to the YLP week
Sunday 14 December, Monday 15 December


The new Russian forest policy framework, role of stakeholders
Monday 15 December


Moderator, Theme 2: How are policies affecting the Russian forest sector?
Tuesday 16 December


Panel discussion: Potentials and challenges of the Russian forest sector
Wednesday 17 December


Ilya Kuzminov

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Ilya Kuzminov is a senior expert in International Research and Educational Foresight Center, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow. His main area of competence is Science & Technology Foresight in sustainable resource management. The area encompasses best practices, innovative approaches, and emerging technologies in environmentally sound use of natural resources, both renewable and non-renewable, including minerals, soils, forests, as well as anthropogenic mineral deposits. Ilya has graduated from Moscow State University in 2009, has a candidate of science degree in economic geography. He is an author of a number of research papers in the area of sustainable forestry and timber industry development in Russia. 


Foresight experiences in Russia and applications to natural resource sector
Thursday 18 December


Riitta Lumme-Tuomala

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Ritta Lumme-Tuomala is director of the department of Talent Management and Russia in Aalto Unviersity Excecutive Education. She is heading the Russian Business area cooperating with top Russian Business Schools and Working with High Potential and Talent Management concepts. Her key qualifications are in the areas of Leadership, especially from the point of view of different generations at the same workplace, young potential development, social media issues and individual diversity. From 2009 to 2012 Riitta worked as a private entrepreneur cooperating with several clients with strong connections to Aalto EE. 


Managing of innovation talent
Friday 19 December


Kenneth Munson

Kenneth Munson

Kenneth Munson is Director of Global Forestry Projects at International Paper. Until July 2012, he was director of forestry and wood supply for International Paper – Europe, based in St Petersburg, and prior to this had a similar role with Ilim Group in Russia. He has worked in the forest products industry for 28 years in forest operations, research and technology, and nursery management in the US, and has forestry project experience in Brazil, China, Canada, France, Poland, New Zealand and the Philippines.


Moderator, Theme 4: The future of the global forest-based sector: which role for Russia?

Wednesday 17 December


Gert-Jan Nabuurs

Gert-Jan Nabuurs

Gert-Jan Nabuurs is the lead scientist on European Forests in Alterra, Wageningen University. Previously he worked as an Assistant Director for the European Forest Institute. He has a PhD in forest planning and economics and a MSc. in Forestry and Soil Sciences. His main field of interest is in forest resource modelling of European forests for sustainable management in combination with climate change, carbon sequestration and biodiversity issues. He has extensive experience of project coordination and leadership. Among his many affiliations, are a membership of the expert group for the UN-ECE's 'European Forest Sector Outlook Studies' and deputy chairmanship of the IUFRO taskforce on climate change.


European forest under climate change: challenges for forest management to combine traditional and new functions of the forest
Monday 15 December


Sustainable governance in forestry. Interactive panel discussion on the emerging forest-related policy framework.
Monday 15 December

Päivi Pelli

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Päivi Pelli is working as a researcher in the University of Eastern Finland. Previously she worked in EFI with foresight exercises, socio-economic research and e.g. policy topics. She has co-ordinated and participated in several projects and events, including COST strategic workshop series “Foresight on Future Demand for Forest-based Products and Services” and FP7 Regions of Knowledge project “Sustainable forestry providing renewable energy, bio-based products and sustainable construction RoK-FOR”. Päivi has a M.Sc. degree from Turku School of Economics and Business Administration and is a PhD candidate in the University of Eastern Finland.


Rethinking the role of forest-based sector services
Tuesday 16 December


Introduction to the Foresight Exercise: Building Scenarios for Russian Forest Sector
Thursday 18 December


Petteri Pihlajamäki

Petteri Pihlajamäki

Petteri Pihlajamäki is the Director, Global Practice Leader, Forest and Wood Products at Pöyry Management Consulting Oy. His expertise lies in strategic planning and development of forestry and forest industry business, combining complex fibre resource, market, competitiveness and environmental issues into strategic plans and advice to improve business performance and shareholder value. He has wide experience in sectoral analysis of forestry and the forest industry, both in developing and developed countries. He joined the Jaakko Pöyry Group in 1986.


Results of the EBRD’s Russian Forest Policy Dialogue study
Wednesday 17 December


Panel discussion: Potentials and challenges of the Russian forest sector
Wednesday 17 December


Denis Popov

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Denis Popov is a sustainable development manager at Forestry Operations of Mondi Syktyvkar since 2010. He works on implementation of best forest management practices, integrated management system and forest certification, chain of custody and wood flows tracing, corporate social responsibility and stakeholder management, green marketing and PR. Since 2012 he has been actively involved in activities of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), representing Economic Chamber in Standard Development Group and Steering Committee. In 2008-2010 he was a stream manager within a project on operational excellence in CTL wood harvesting. 


Panel discussion: Economic aspects of forest management in Russia

Tuesday 16 December 


Irina Prokofieva

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Irina Prokofieva heads the Environment Economics Department of Forest Sciences Center of Catalonia (CTFC) since 2007. Her research experience lies in the fields of general economic theory, environmental economics, contract theory and law and economics. She has conducted research on environmental regulation and has worked on the development of marketing tools for rural tourism in Finland, as well as on the legal and economic aspects of environmental taxation in European countries. She has participated in the elaboration of guidelines for selection and definition of the externalities of forestry wood chains. Irina has a PhD in Economic Theory by the Autonomous University of Barcelona.


Non-market forest services: from values to payments

Wednesday 17 December 


Katri Pynnöniemi

Katri Pynnöniemi

Katri Pynnöniemi is a Senior Research Fellow at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) since 2002. She received her PhD from the University of Tampere, Department of Political Science in 2008. In the thesis work she analyzed the interaction of politics and economic geography in Russian thinking on transport system development. Her current research focuses on Russia’s evolving security landscape, in particular to the problematization of critical infrastructures in the Russian context. She has also published widely on EU-Russia relations, political constraints on economic modernization in Russia, and more recently, on the development of military-industrial complex in Russia.


The global drivers and political constraints for change in Russia: implications for the Russian forest sector
Monday 15 December


Margaret Shannon

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Margaret Shannon is a Senior Fellow in the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, School of Law, SUNY Buffalo and Professor in Honor at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat, Freiburg, Germany . She has been involved with EFI in coordinating several forestry events. She has taught natural resource policy, law and governance in universities in the US and abroad since 1978. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in natural resource policy and sociology from the University of California at Berkeley, College of Renewable Natural Resources.  She has been principal investigator or consultant in several major research projects in the United States and in Europe and has been active in forestry professional associations in the USA and internationally since 1978.   


Moderator, Global governance: issues at stake and implications for the forest sector
Monday15 December


Nikolay Shmatkov

Nikolay Shmatkov

Nikolay Shmatkov is the Forest Policy Projects Coordinator for WWF Russia. He works with forest management authorities, legislation bodies, policy makers and various other stakeholders on improvement of Russian forest legislation, scoring forest management effectiveness in regions of Russia. He participated in the development of the newly approved Russian Forest Policy text as a delegate from Russian environmental and social NGOs’ community. He coordinates the FLEG 2 Program in Russia and Belarus on behalf of WWF, and is the Editor-in-Chief of “Sustainable Forestry” magazine. Before joining WWF he worked for 10 years in the Forest Program of IUCN Russia.


EU Timber Regulations and Round Wood Act of the Russian Federation
Monday 15 December


Sustainable governance in forestry. Interactive panel discussion on the emerging forest-related policy framework
Monday 15 December


SFM  environmental and social aspects
Tuesday 16 December


Panel discussion: Promoting sustainable forest management via intensification - challenges, approaches and experiences in Russia 
NGOs and their role as stakeholders
Tuesday 16 December 


Tomi Tuomasjukka

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Tomi Tuomasjukka is an independent work community coach. His work includes assisting individuals, teams and work communities in improving human interaction, work community skills and functionality of organisations. His main methods are work counselling, coaching, training and consultation. He also works as a mediator in workplace conflicts. Tomi's background is in forest sector development cooperation, where he has 25 years of experience as an expert and a manager in a broad cultural diversity of organisations internationally. His main interests in the field of work community development are human interaction and the role of feelings.  


Leadership and communication issues
Friday 19 December 

Sirpa Välimaa 

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Sirpa Välimaa works for Stora Enso Biomaterials as a Technical Customer Service Manager for dissolving pulp. She is involved in the strategic development of the cellulose based business for Stora Enso. Her expertise lies in various regenerated cellulose applications, from market analysis to product development.  She joined Stora Enso in 2003, starting in various positions related to Customer Service, R&D and Supply Chain in Kemijärvi and Imatra pulp mills.  Sirpa also worked as a Project Manager for Stora Enso Enocell pulp mill (partly converted into dissolving pulp production for the textile industry). She holds a Master of Science in paper converting technology as well as Master of Arts in German and Swedish languages. 


Forest biorefinary developments
Wednesday 17 December 


Bernhard Wolfslehner

Bernhard Wolfslehner

Bernhard Wolfslehner is Head of EFI’s Central-East and South-East European Regional Office (EFICEEC-EFISEE) since 2010. Previously he worked as a researcher at the Institute of Silviculture, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna. He was also an advisor for the Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests (MCPFE), as well as the Austrian Forest Dialogue. His expertise includes sustainable forest management, criteria and indicators, non-timber forest products and services, biological diversity and multi-criteria decision support.


What is sustainable forest management? How to measure it? Criteria and indicators, lessons learned
Tuesday 16 December

Photo credits: Saku Ruusila; Metla; Bank of Finland; Regional Council of North Karelia; Christophe Maitre, Finnish Institute of International Affairs; Stian Mathisen; Erkki Oksanen, Finnish Forest Research Institute;  Tuukka Tuomasjukka