Speakers

James Astill

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James Astill is the Washington Correspondent of The Economist. He was formerly the Energy and Environment Editor, leading the magazine’s coverage of climate change, oceans and forests. In 2010 he wrote a special report on the world’s forests, researched in Indonesia, Uganda, India, Mexico and Brazil, that won the Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment. He retains a strong interest in global forest issues, about which he continues to write and speak widely. He has also worked as The Economist’s Political Editor and Bagehot Columnist, South Asia Bureau Chief, International Security Editor, Afghanistan & Pakistan Correspondent, and Africa Correspondent. 

 

Paul Brannen

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Paul Brannen is a Labour Member of the European Parliament for the North East of England, a full member of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development and a substitute member of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. A graduate of Leeds University, Paul worked for the Anti-Apartheid Movement in London, then as a press officer for the Labour Party. After the 1992 General Election he became Christian Aid's first ever Head of Campaigns, leading their work on fair trade. He later worked for Christian Aid as Head of Advocacy. He was elected as an MEP in 2014. His main areas of interests include climate change mitigation and adaptation, forestry and rural development.

 

Lucas Bretschger

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Lucas Bretschger is Full Professor of Economics/Resource Economics at ETH Zurich and elected future President of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE). He is also a Research Associate of the University of Oxford and holds the title of Professor at the University of Zurich; he is a member of the Executive Committee of the Swiss National Science Foundation, a consultant to the Swiss government on climate issues, and a member of the Swiss delegation at international climate negotiations. He has served on many platforms such as the German Board of Environmental and Resource Economics, the Energy Science Center, the Center for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, and the Alliance for Global Sustainability. 

 

Henrik Ehrnrooth

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Henrik Ehrnrooth is a respected Finnish business leader and an ambassador for the sustainable development of the world’s forests, in the context of the emerging bioeconomy. He is Chairman of the Board of two organisations – Pöyry PLC, an international consulting and engineering company with deep global expertise in the energy and industry sectors and Otava Group Ltd, a leading Finnish graphic publisher, whose main business areas include books, trade and magazines. As a Member of the Board of The Marcus Wallenberg Foundation, Sweden, Mr. Ehrnrooth supports the organisation’s main focus: the sustainable use of renewable forest resources to serve society.

 

Silvia Melegari

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Silvia Melegari is the new Secretary General for EOS, the European Organisation of the Sawmill Industry. Previously she worked for the European Panel Federation (EPF) as environment and research adviser. The focus of her activity was the deep analysis of European legislation on the competitiveness of the European wood-based panel industry. She is a Member substitute in the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and has been appointed as an expert to two EESC Opinions: Contribution of the woodworking sector to the carbon balance and Opportunities and challenges for a more competitive European woodworking and furniture sector.

 

Hannah Mowat

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Hannah Mowat is a campaigner at Brussels-based NGO, Fern and currently focuses on forests and climate issues. Fern’s mission is to achieve environmental and social justice with a focus on forests and forest peoples’ rights in the policies and practices of the European Union (EU). Amongst other things, Hannah analyses the impact of market-based instruments on the environment and local communities and advocates for the importance of getting to the root causes of environmental degradation and recognising the rights of communities. Previous to Fern, amongst other things, Hannah worked at the financial consultancy The Munden Project as Environment Advisor, before becoming an Associate.

 

Gert-Jan Nabuurs

Gert-Jan Nabuurs

Gert-Jan Nabuurs is Special Professor European Forest Resources at Wageningen University, and the lead scientist on European Forests in Alterra, Wageningen University. Previously he worked as an Assistant Director for EFI. 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. Among his many affiliations, are a membership of the expert group for the UNECE's 'European Forest Sector Outlook Studies' and deputy chairmanship of the IUFRO taskforce on climate change.

 

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.

 

May Anne Then

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May Anne Then recently graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Forest Sciences, focusing on Disturbance Ecology. She is currently serving her second term as President of the International Forestry Students’ Association (IFSA).

 

 

Per-Olof Wedin

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Per-Olof Wedin joined the Executive Committee of the European State Forest Association (EUSTAFOR) in 2012 and has served as its President since March 2015. Mr. Wedin began his career as a paper technology engineer, later holding executive positions in the pulp and paper industry and an infrastructure company before joining Sveaskog, Sweden´s largest forest owner, in 2011. He was instrumental in Sveaskog joining the Haga Initiative, which strives to reduce the industry’s carbon footprint and highlights climate change as one of the most important issues for the future.

 

Peter Wehrheim

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Peter Wehrheim works for the European Commission as Head of Unit in the Directorate General "Climate Action". His portfolio includes two different topics: climate finance, and forestry and agriculture. He is responsible for the treatment of agriculture and forestry in the context of the EU's climate policy including in the 2030 climate and energy framework. Peter started work at the European Commission in 2004 and was first affiliated with the Directorate General for Agriculture. Prior to joining the Commission he worked as a senior research fellow at the Centre for Development Research in Bonn/Germany.