John Bell

John Bell

John Bell is Director for the Bioeconomy in DG Research & Innovation. He is responsible for leading the definition, implementation and investment of EU Research & Innovation policy and programming across the Bioeconomy; from agriculture and food systems, oceans, marine and maritime issues to investment in new sustainable bio-based industries. This includes Horizon 2020, 3.8 billion Societal Challenge 2, the EU Bioeconomy Strategy, the 3.7 billion euro Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking and Food and Nutrition Security FOOD2030. He leads Oceans R&I strategies including the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance, the Bonus programme (Baltic Sea) and the BlueMed Initiative (Mediterranean).


Fredrick Federley

Fredrick Federley

Fredrick Federley is the Swedish Centre Party member of the ALDE group in the European Parliament. He is a member and coordinator on the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and substitute member of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development and the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. Since 2015, he is the vice president of the Centre Party and vice president of ALDE-party. Currently, he is the ALDE-shadow on the LULUCF-file in ITRE-committee.


Lauri Hetemäki

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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.


Jyrki Katainen

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Jyrki Katainen is Vice President of the European Commission responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness. He joined the college in July 2014 as Vice-President for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the euro. Before that he served as Prime Minister of Finland, 2011 - 2014 and Minister of Finance, 2007 - 2011. He was Member of Finnish Parliament 1999 - 2014 for the National Coalition Party (Kokoomus).


Elisabeth Köstinger

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Elisabeth Köstinger has been a Member of the European Parliament for Austria since 2009. She is a full member of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, and a substitute member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. In 2014-2015 she was rapporteur on the EU Forest Strategy. Ms Köstinger is also vice-chair of the parliamentary Intergroup ‘Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development’.


Miapetra Kumpula-Natri

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Miapetra Kumpula-Natri has been a member of the European Parliament since summer 2014. She is a member of the Committee for Industry, Research and Energy as well as a substitute in the Committee of Employment and Social Affairs. She is the chair of the Bioeconomy Working Group, European Parliament Intergroup on "Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development". Previously, Ms Kumpula-Natri was a member of parliament in Finland for 11 years, chairing the Committee of European Affairs as well as a long-term member of the Committee of Economy, which is responsible for industrial matters. By education, Ms Kumpula-Natri is an engineer.


Bart Muys

Bart Muys

Bart Muys is a full professor of forest ecology and management at the University of Leuven, Belgium. His expertise is in sustainability assessment of forestry and other biological production systems, where he focuses on the transition process to a sustainable bioeconomy. In the European FORMIT project (FORest management strategies to enhance the MITigation potential of European forests) he contributes to the first dynamic Life Cycle Assessment of the complete European forest and wood sector. He has also worked as a senior scientist for EFI and as director of the Belgian Royal Institute for Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and Promotion of Clean Technologies.


Marc Palahí

Marc Palahi

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.


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. He is also a Member of the Board of the World Resources Institute, and the President of the European high-level forum on the future of forests, ThinkForest, facilitated by EFI.


Anton Stredák

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Anton Stredák was appointed as State Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Slovak Republic in March 2016. Previously he was Head of Office of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Other positions include the Central Office of Labour, Social Affairs and Family in Bratislava, where he cooperated with the Section of Employment Services, Section of the European Social Fund and participated in the preparation of the project management concept for the employment services field. At the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) in Bratislava he worked as Acting Director of the EU Structural Funds Section.


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.


Photos: Simon Pugh (GP); BigShot1 (EK); Giuseppe Aresu (JK); Visuaalinen viestintätoimisto Salama Oy (MP).