Hans Bruyninckx

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Hans Bruyninckx is the Executive Director of the European Environment Agency, since 1 June, 2013. From 2010 until his appointment at the EEA, he was head of the HIVA Research Institute in Leuven, Belgium, a policy-oriented research institute associated with the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, where he was also head of the Political Science department from 2007 to 2010. Over the last 20 years, he has conducted research in more than a dozen countries, in areas including environmental politics, climate change, and sustainable development.

Towards environmentally sustainable economy
Thursday 11 September, 11.40

Ladislaus Döry

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Ladislaus Döry has been the President of the European Panel Federation (EPF) since year 2004 and the Vice-President of CEI-Bois - Confederation of Woodworking Industries since year 2007. In his posts Mr. Döry aims at promoting better networking of the whole woodworking industry at international, national and company level. He also hopes to maximize the efforts to the further upgrading of wood products and consequently make themes like raw material, energy and industry more relevant to policy making in Brussels and the EU member states.

Panel member, New opportunities for forest-based bioeconomy products and services
Thursday 11 September, 14.25

Eeva Hellström

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Eeva Hellström is Senior Lead in strategy at The Finnish Innovation Fund (Sitra), responsible for developing a model for sustainable well-being society. She holds a Doctoral degree in environmental economics and a Master's degree in land use economics and is also a university-educated forester. She is a member of EFI Board since 2013. She was also for many years the Director of the Finnish Forest Academy for Decision-Makers. 

Moderator, Thursday 11 September, 13.50

Lauri Hetemäki

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Lauri Hetemäki is the Head of 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. 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.

Future of forest-based sector in Europe
Thursday 11 September, 13.50

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. 

Panel member, New opportunities for forest-based bioeconomy products and services
Thursday 11 September, 14.25

Andreas Kleinschmit von Lengefeld

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Andreas Kleinschmit von Lengefeld is the Director for Innovation and Research of the French Institute of Technology for forest based and furniture sectors (FCBA) since April 2011. From March 2005 until March 2011 he was involved in the setting-up and operating of the European Forest-Based Sector Technology Platform – FTP sprl, at which he held the position of Director. During that period he was also the RTDI Manager at CEI-Bois. He studied forestry sciences at Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich and holds a PhD from Technical University of Munich.

Moderator, Members' Dialogue Session
Wednesday 10 September, 9.00

Ana Belén Noriega

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Ana Belén Noriega, Forestry Engineer, is since 2006 the Secretary General of PEFC Spain, Association to promote Sustainable Forest development through Forest Certification. She has a vast experience and knowledge in forest policies that are in force, having worked for the Ministry of Environment as international forest policy adviser since 1999 until joining PEFC Spain. During the years 2011 and 2012 has been the Head of the Liaison Unit Madrid, the Secretariat of the European Process "FOREST EUROPE", led by the European Ministers.

Panel member, New opportunities for forest-based bioeconomy products and services
Thursday 11 September, 14.25

Marc Palahí

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Marc Palahí is the Interim Director of the European Forest Institute. Since 2012, in his post as a Deputy Director of EFI, he has been responsible for the overall coordination and integration of EFI’s strategic activities related to research and policy support. Previously he led EFI’s policy support activities and during this time was instrumental in launching ThinkForest, a European high-level 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.

EFI as a network organisation – highlights and emerging opportunities
Wednesday 10 September, 9:15
Moderator, Thursday 11 September, 9:20


Göran Persson

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Göran Persson served as Prime Minister of Sweden from 1996 to 2006 and was the leader of the Swedish Social Democratic Party from 1996 to 2007. Since leaving office, Mr. Persson has been a consultant for the Stockholm-based PR firm JKL. In 2008 he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Sveaskog by the Swedish Government and he is also the President of the European high-level forum on the future of forests, ThinkForest, facilitated by EFI.

Future of Bioeconomy in Europe
Thursday 11 September, 9.20

Margarida Tomé

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Margarida Tomé
, Forestry Engineer, is Professor at Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Universidade de Lisboa, where she teachs Forest Resources Inventory, Forest Modelling and Forest Management. She coordinates the Forest Resources Inventory and Modelling Group (ForChange), one of the research groups of CEF (Forest Research Centre). She has been strongly involved with EFI, namely with EFIATLANTIC and EFIMED regional offices, as well as with IUFRO where she is the present Division IV coordinator.
Future of Bioeconomy in Europe
Thursday 11 September, 16.15


Photo credits: Simon Pugh, EEA, Pentti Vänskä, Pohjois-Karjalan maakuntaliitto, Jaanis Kerkis/Sitra, Saku Ruusila, picturesborn.