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Esko Aho served as Prime Minister of Finland during 1991-1995, and as Member of the Parliament between 1983-2003. He is currently Executive Chairman of East Office of Finnish Industries representing the leading Finnish corporations in Russia, Chairman of the Board of the Skolkava Foundation in Moscow and Executive in Residence of Aalto University in Helsinki. He is also Senior Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where he pursues research on the changing role of the state in maintaining welfare and global competitiveness.


/files/images/events/ylp2016/eduardo.jpg : 93Kb Eduardo Rojas-Briales is currently the chair of Spanish Board of Foresters and professor of Silviculture, Afforestation and forest genetics at Polytechnic University of Valencia. Previously he held the position of Assistant Director-General and Head of the Forestry Department, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.  He also acted as UN Commissioner General for Expo Milano 2015. Dr. Briales has been on number of boards and panels including EFI Scientific Advisory Board. He holds a PhD from Polytechnic University of Madrid.
/files/images/events/ylp2016/fors_stefan.jpg : 6Kb Stefan Fors is the Senior Advisor of Biomaterials and Bio composites at NC Partnering Ltd. He has broad experiences on product development in biomaterials, bio composites, board, paper, chemicals including industrial investment management and implementations of projects. He has been involved in start-up, operation, commercialization and operative management of big production lines and businesses. He also has experience working in international environment especially in China.
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Lauri Hetemäki is the Assistant Director for Policy Support at the European Forest Institute. He is also Adjunct Professor in Forest Economics and Marketing, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Helsinki. 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 190 scientific and popular publications.

/files/images/capacity_building/ylp/speakers/timo_karjalainen_siw.jpg : 53Kb Timo Karjalainen is Professor of international forestry related to forestry in Russia and Eastern European countries with economies in transition at the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) and at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF). He has published over 120 publications, led several national and international research projects and served in advisory panels. Research in the group he leads at Luke provides up-to-date information about the state and development of forest sectors in Russia and Central and Eastern European countries. At UEF professor Karjalainen is responsible of the Russian forestry study programme and coordinating Forestry Master degree programme of the Finnish-Russian Cross-Border University.
elena_kulikova_150.jpg : 51Kb Elena Kulikova is the Coordinator of the Young Leadership Programme, and Senior Expert in the Forest for Society Unit 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.
/files/images/events/ylp2016/lindner_marcus.jpg : 42Kb Marcus Lindner has been Head of Programme (Sustainability and Climate Change; earlier: Forest Ecology and Management) at the European Forest Institute since 2003. Dr. Lindner studied forest science at the University of Freiburg, Germany and obtained a PhD from the University of Potsdam, Germany with a dissertation in Geoecology “The Impact of Climate Change on Managed Forests in Central Europe”. Since 2008 he is Adjunct Professor "Climate change and the sustainability of the forestry sector in Europe" at the Faculty of Science and Forestry, University of Eastern Finland, Finland. Dr. Lindner has more than 20 years of experience in research on climate change impacts and the development of response strategies in forest management, forest sector sustainability assessment and biomass resource assessments from European forests. He has authored more than 80 peer-reviewed articles  in scientific journals, book publications or conference proceedings.
/files/images/events/ylp2016/natalia_lukina.jpg : 12Kb Natalia Lukina is the Director of Centre for Forest Ecology and Productivity, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow. Dr. Lukina has been leading various projects and programmes related to forest ecology in Russia. She plays an important and active role in promotion and development of related to bioeconomy approaches. In particular, she is a coordinator of forest-based sector direction of Russian Technology Platform BioTech2030, and at the same time she is a member of Advisory Committee of the European Forest Technology Platform. She has over 200 publications including 8 monographs. She has a PhD in Ecology and DSc in Biogeochemistry from Leningrad Botanical Institute and Moscow State University respectively.
/files/images/events/ylp2016/marc_palahi.jpg : 17Kb Marc Palahí is the Director of the European Forest Institute and responsible for leading the organisation towards an acknowledged Pan-European science-policy platform. Previously he led EFI’s policy support activities and during this time was instrumental in launching ThinkForest, a European high-level science forum on the future of forests. He has also worked as Head of EFI’s Mediterranean Regional Office, EFIMED. He has a PhD in forestry and economics and an MSc in forestry engineering.
pelli_150.jpg : 11Kb 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.
/files/images/events/ylp2016/rober_prinz.jpg : 27Kb Robert Prinz is a research scientist at the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) and has over 9 years working experience in forest bioenergy sector. He has been working as a researcher and project manager in numerous EU-funded projects mainly dealing with international forest technology and know-how transfer, holistic supply chain design as well as dissemination and business adaptation including adult education. Through his international project involvement, e.g. as COST-Action Chair, Robert has a tremendous expert network. Robert has a M.Sc. degree (Forest & Wood Science) from TU Munich.
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Irina Prokofieva heads the Forest Economics Department of Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia (CTFC) since 2007. Her research experience lies in the fields of environmental economics, institutional and policy analysis, as well as forest policy instrument design and assessment. She has conducted research on environmental regulation of externalities, assessment of sustainability impacts of forestry wood chains, design and implementation of payments for ecosystem services, as well as policies and regulations concerning non-wood forest products in European countries. Irina has a PhD in Economic Theory by the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain.


/files/images/events/ylp2016/jaakko_syyskuu_2016.jpg : 28Kb Jaakko Puhakka Prof. is Academic Rector of the University of Eastern Finland. Earlier he has served as Vice-President for Research, Vice-Dean, Department Head and the leader of the Industrial Bioengineering research group at Tampere University of Technology. He has over 25 years of experience in national and international research programs with the industry and academic partners in the field of industrial and environmental biotechnology often as the principal investigator. A number of his projects involve R&D and have been and are being funded by European Union, Academy of Finland, Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, various foundations or directly by industrial sponsors. He has supervised over 130 M.Sc. and 27 Doctoral theses and has over 200 publications in international peer-review journals. He obtained his undergraduate and graduate degrees (M.Sc., Licentiate, Ph.D.) at the University of Helsinki.
/files/images/events/ylp2016/tarmo_raty.jpg : 23Kb Tarmo Räty is Senior Scientist at Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke). He has a doctorate degree in Economics from UEF and previously studied provision of social and educational services as well as their efficiency at Government Institute for Economic Research (VATT). His responsibilities in Luke are in promoting environmental performance measures for wood working industry. The toolbox covers not only the common sustainable forestry certificates, but extends also to  eco labelling of consumer goods, green building certification and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) tools like environmental product declarations and carbon footprints. He is currently running the project “Competitive woodworking and research” supporting implementation of environmental communication tools and digitalization for micro and small wood working companies.    
/files/images/events/ylp2016/pasi_rikkonen.jpg : 28Kb Pasi Rikkonen is a Principal Research Scientist and futurist at the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke). He received his PhD degree from the Turku School of Economics in 2005 and studied alternative scenario approaches in defining the agenda for future agricultural policy. He has recently carried out studies analyzing the future scenarios of agriculture, future strategies of farm enterprises, new business opportunities of renewable energy and new and enhanced policy measures promoting sustainable growth in bio economy. He has conducted numerous future-oriented studies and participatory scenario exercises within the agricultural and food sector and published peer reviewed articles on future studies and agricultural sciences internationally. He has been an expert member of several future-oriented working groups of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and Parliament of Finland.
/files/images/capacity_building/ylp/speakers/lauri_sikanen_web.jpg : 40Kb Lauri Sikanen is a group manager in Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke). He has 20 years of history in R&D of forest biomass supply chains, forest bioenergy and international technology and know-how transfer. In Luke Dr. Sikanen is in charge of innovation processes and new business related to bioeconomy. Prior to this position Dr. Sikanen has been 5 years as a professor of energy pellet research and director of Mekrijärvi Research Station at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF). Modern forest bioenergy in bioeconomy is an example of new businesses, which are already economically viable in large scale or close to it. Many more are coming, but strong interaction between research and business is needed to boost best ideas. Dr. Sikanen underlines the importance of cross-disciplinary approaches and better communication of R&D organisations. 
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Marc Siles is representative of INNEOX in Finland. He coaches executive and top management teams around the globe, focusing mainly on breakthrough innovation and personal growth. He is very interested in creating new challenges that nobody has ever been able to solve with a human centric approach. He holds an M.Sc. in Business Administration and a Global Executive MBA from IESE Business School, while also being Six Sigma Black Belt Certified and expert in communication. He has over 12 years of experience in Consumer Finance, and has been holding Senior Executive positions for the last 7 years, prior to joining INNEOX. He has started his own companies, while mentoring a few others. 

/files/images/events/ylp2016/harri_snellman.jpg : 95Kb Harri Snellman works for Stora Enso Biomaterials as a Development Manager for Enocell pulp mill. His expertise lies in developing the pulp mill processes, products and customer co-operation.  He joined Stora Enso in 2005, and has worked in various positions related to Production, Customer Service, Supply Chain and R&D at Enocell pulp mill.  Harri takes care of strategic development projects in Enocell and manages the process development teams. He  has Master of Science in Pulp and paper technology as well as a Master of Science in Forestry.
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Mikhail Tarasov is IKEA Global Forestry Manager. He is leading forestry agenda and the matrix of forestry specialists to secure compliance of IKEA wood based products with international norms and increase the use of wood from IKEA More Sustainable Sources. He is also managing partnership with WWF and regional partners to advance responsible forestry in IKEA priority regions. Prior to this position Mikhail has been IKEA Greater China and Asia Pacific Forestry manager. Before joining IKEA he has been working with Finnish forest industry. Mikhail has over thirteen years of experience in sustainable forestry and supply chain management covering Russia, Scandinavia, Asia Pacific and South America.He also holds PhD in forest ecology.

  Maxim Trishkin is finalizing his PhD studies University of Eastern Finland and working as a researcher in the same institution. Previously he worked in business consulting sector in Russia and Finland dealing with forest sustainability issues, resource assessment and due diligence studies. Also had experience working UPM Finland as environmental forest analyst. Maxim has over eight years of experience in sustainable forestry and resource management. He holds M.Sc. degrees from University of Eastern Finland, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Petrozavodsk State University.
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.







Photo credits: Finnish Institute of International Affairs; Finnish Forest Research Institute; Christophe Maitre; Stian Mathisen; Marc Montebello; Erkki Oksanen; Saku Ruusila; UEF Communications; Pekka Väänänen, Visuaalinen viestintatsto Salama, Saku Ruusila