The world is changing and needs tranformational leaders

Join our open seminar, "Leadership and transformational change towards the bioeconomy” which will take place in Joensuu, Finland on Monday 11 March at 9.00 AM. Well-known keynotes will lead reflections on the importance of leadership in times of changes and, at the same time, present their view on what types of changes our world is facing on the way towards a global circular bioeconomy with the focus on forests and forest-based sectors.

Xavier Marcet, President of Lead to Change, will set the scene while he examines leadership in a world of accelerated changes and unprecedented challenges.

During the first session, Peter Csoka, from the Forestry Department of FAO, will describe which forest resources do we have globally and how they can be used to realise the bioeconomy concept. He’ll be followed by Alexander Buck, from the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), who will stress on issues of global forest governance with this regard.

The second session will help to discover regional perspectives of the forest-based bioeconomy. In particular, at the scale of Europe presented by Lauri  Hetemäki from EFI, Russia by Sergei Bobylev from Lomonosov Moscow State University and China by Xiaoqian Chen from EFI.

The event is free of charge to attend and takes place on Monday 11 March in the Louhela Auditorium at the Business Joensuu Oy premises.
Register here.

The seminar marks the Opening Event for the 2019 edition of EFI’s Young Leadership Programme YLP Eurasia. The 2019 edition will focus on Eurasia, exploring the potential of the forest-based bioeconomy in China and Russia in connection with Europe. It targets the leaders of the future, bringing young professionals together with experts to create a new space where change can happen. It provides training, knowledge sharing and networking opportunities.


Draft programme: (also available as a pdf)

9.00 Welcome
  Jukka Mönkkönen, Rector, University of Eastern Finland
  Marc Palahí, Director of the European Forest Institute (EFI)
9.30 Leadership in a world of accelerated changes and unprecedented challenges
  Xavier Marcet, President of Lead to Change
  Q&A and discussion
10.00 Which forest resources do we have globally to realise the bioeconomy?
  Peter Csoka, Forestry Department, FAO
10.20 Global forest governance: ways forward for a sustainable bioeconomy
  Alexander Buck, International Union of Forest Research Organisations (IUFRO)
10.40 Q&A and discussion
11.00 Coffee
11.30 European forest bioeconomy: key sectors and principles
  Lauri Hetemäki, EFI
11.50 Russian potential of forest bioeconomy
  Sergei Bobylev, Center for Bioeconomy and Eco-Innovations, Lomonosov Moscow State University
12.10 Circular economy in China and its connection with bioeconomy
  Xiaoqian Chen, EFI
  Q& A and discussion
12.30 Light lunch


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