Barcelona, 13 November 2018
Visions, approaches and experiences
in the forest circular bioeconomy
Fabio Boscaleri, Forestry Engineer, is policy advisor at the Tuscany Region Brussels liaison office. His main areas of competence are Environmental, Energy and Agricultural policies. He is the Brussels coordinator of the informal Network of European Regions for Innovation in Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ERIAFF).
With a strong interest in networking and innovation projects, he promoted the creation of a thematic partnership on High Tech Farming under the S3 AGRIFOOD Platform.
He is member of the European Stakeholders Bioeconomy Panel for the period 2016-2018 and partner in two active H2020 CSA Projects: NEFERTITI (European Network of Demo Farms) and ROSEWOOD(Network of European Regions for Wood Mobilization).
In his previous position at the Ministry for Agriculture of Tuscany Region, he was in charge for green biotechnologies and member of the Italian Inter-ministerial Commission for the assessment of transgenic organisms.
Lluís Brotons has a PhD in Biological sciences from the University of Barcelona (UB) in Spain. Since 2015 he is a CSIC researcher doing research at CREAF and CTFC within the framework of the InForest JRU between both institutions. He has conducted research in leading institutions in Spain, Finland, Canada, Australia and France. The approach that he is taking aims to cover the need in terrestrial agroforestery systems, and it is based on the integration of different approaches ranging from ecology, statistical, landscape and species distribution modelling to remote sensing science. Unravelling the causes of past changes in biodiversity patterns under environmental change (land abandonment, landscape fragmentation, climate change, agricultural intensification and changes in the disturbance regimes, such as fires) allows the critical and adequate calibration and development of models of future ecosystem response to further change. He is now involved in the ERANET project FutureBioecon aiming at the identification of sustainable ways to achieve European and bioeconomy forest policies in practice.
Francisco José Barreiros Rodrigues de Carvalho Carvalho is the director of Amorim Florestal, SA. Since 1991 in the Corticeira Amorim, he is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Business Unit of Raw Materials, and member of the Board of Directors of several companies in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia.
Member of the Board of AIFF - Association for the Competitiveness of Portuguese Forestry industries and member of the Stakeholder Council of CITAB - Centre for Research and Agro-Environmental and Biological Technologies of UTAD
Since June 2009 is Ambassador of the Earth Condominium Project whose aim is to reorganize the global neighborhood and get the recognition of climate and ocean systems as World Common Heritage in order to capture factors that are vital to the economy and considers externalities.
Phd student of Management Sciences, Master in Marketing and Strategic Management from the University of Minho, Portugal, and a Degree in Management from the same university.
Laura Dalmau Pol is the Deputy Director General of Rural Planning at the Department of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food of the Generalitat de Catalunya since 2008, where she coordinates and plans execution and monitoring of the Rural Development Program (Programa de Desarrollo Rural, PDR) of Catalonia 2014 – 2020.
Previously, between 2006 and 2007, she was in charge of the Rural Development Program (PDR), coordinating the redaction, negotiation and implementation of the Rural Development Program (PDR) of Catalonia 2007 – 2013, and promoting the global operation contract.
Among the measures of the Rural Development Program under its responsibility for management, stand out the improvement of agricultural competitiveness, the incorporation of young farmers, the agricultural and environmental measures and organic farming, and the measures associated to Leader methodology. She has a degree of Agricultural Engineer from the University of Lleida (1996) and an Agricultural Technical Engineer degree from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (1994). Through her professional experience, she become specialized in Rural Development.
María Gafo is forest engineer with a PhD on Advanced Forest Research from the Polytechnic University of Madrid. She completed her studies in the Universities of Wageningen (the Netherlands) and Debrecen (Hungary). She also has a Diploma on European Studies from the Diplomatic School of Spain.
She started her international career in the European Commission following environmental and climate change policies in the Directorate General for Energy and Transport and later on in the DG for Industry. Afterwards she moved to DG Agriculture and Rural Development where she was Head of the Forest and Bioeconomy Sector in the Unit "Environment, Forestry and Climate change". Currently she is Deputy Head of the Unit responsible for a number of Rural Development Programmes, social Inclusion and broadband in this same DG.
While leaving in Spain, she was consultant in Arthur Andersen- Garrigues. She also participated in several development projects in Mexico, Ecuador and Paraguay.
Lauri Hetemäki is the Assistant Director at the European Forest Institute (EFI); and Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Helsinki. He has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Helsinki.
Hetemäki is responsible for managing EFI’s science-policy work. He has extensive experience in science-policy support work, e.g. in European Parliament, European Commission and national Governments and Parliaments, as well as coordinating pan-European science-policy studies. He is the author of over 200 scientific and popular publications.
Before his current position, Hetemäki was a Professor in Forest Sector Foresight at the University of Eastern Finland and Head of Foresight Programme at EFI; and Senior Researcher and Project Manager at the Finnish Forest Research Institute. He has been a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Haas Business School, University of California, Berkeley; at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria; and at the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Canberra. Hetemäki is a Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry.
Teresa Jordà Roura is Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food of the Generalitat de Catalunya. Graduate in Modern and Contemporary History from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Mayor of Ripoll (2003-2011). She worked in the municipal policy for 19 years, until 2017 when she left the City Council. Among others, she has worked in the Federation of Municipalities of Catalonia carrying cultural policies and in the SOC. She has also been vice president of the Fundació Eduard Soler (Ripoll) and president of the Guifré Foundation. In 2011, Teresa Jordà took a leap to the state politics and since then, she leads the Girona list in the Congress of Deputies. She had the confidence of Girona people for three legislatures (2011, 2015 and 2016).
Since 2005, Višnja Košćak is a senior project manager develops and implements projects along the entire value-added chain of the wood industry in field of internationalization, innovation and knowledge transfer for Styrian Woodcluster (Holzcluster Steiermark) and its 150 member companies. She worked on and coordinated several EC funded projects (FP7, ETC SEE, IEE, INTERREG, etc.) and is involved as senior consultant in numerous market intelligence projects for international development bodies (such as EBRD and ADA), and private entities. Regarding International wood promotion and education, from 2005 to 2013 Ms Koscak was responsible on behalf of proHolz Austria for organization of promotion activities in Central and South Eastern Europe increasing use of regional, sustainable and renewable resource timber.
She studied Management of information systems at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of organization and informatics in Varaždin (Croatia) and she holds a master degree in informatics.
Waldemar Kütt is Head of Unit "Bioeconomy Strategy" in the Bioeconomy Directorate of DG Research and Innovation in the European Commission which coordinates bioeconomy research programmes and policy strategy. From 2012-2014 he was Head of Unit of "Bio-based Products and Processing" in the same directorate. From May 2008 to November 2014 he held various positions as senior expert, Deputy and Head of Cabinet in the Cabinet of Research Commissioners Potočnik and Geoghegan-Quinn. His main responsibilities included the €80billion new Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020. He joined the Research Directorate General of the European Commission in 1997 and has since coordinated activities and polices related to innovation, SME, IPR, finance, technology transfer and bioregions. He holds a doctor's degree in physics from the Technical University Aachen, Germany.
Tanja Lepistö is the project manager of Smart Arctic Forest Network which aims to promote internationally the expertise of the arctic forestry in Lapland. In the network, stakeholders strengthen the sustainable use of forests in forest management, natural products and in ecotourism.
During the last decade, she has coordinated and worked on several projects related with bioenergy and business development of small and medium enterprises.
In 2010 she wrote a manual for entrepreneurs and consulting purposes about producing the good quality forest chips and in 2016 she participated the expert group guiding the editing of the work book for official recommendations for energy wood supply. In 2011-2015 she was part of the energy strategy follow-up group of Council of Oulu Region. In 1999 and 2001 she worked for international research groups in Canada, first in Newfoundland then in Quebec.
She holds a Master’s degree in forest ecology from the University of Helsinki.
Marco Marchetti is Full Professor (Chair of Forest Management and Conservation), head of the Laboratory of Forest Ecology and Geomatics, and Vice-Rector at the University of Studies of Molise (Italy). In 2007, he has been appointed as Head of the Department of Science and Technologies for Land and Environment, and in 2012 as Head of the Department of Biosciences and Territory. Since 2009 he is member of the EFI’s Scientific Advisory Board (Chairman from 2012 to 2014), and appointed as new Board member for the period 2017-2020. Since 2016 he’s Chairman of the Italian Society of Forest Ecology and Silviculture (SISEF) and of the Research Centre for Inner Areas and Apennines (ArIA). From 2017, Chairman of the Italian Association of Agricultural Science Societies (AISSA). He has a long-time experience in the field of Earth Observation and Natural Resources monitoring acquired through several National and International collaborations Institutions, such as the scientific supervision of the updating processes of CLC, and the participation to FP7, H2020, LIFE and INTERREG, as well as several national projects. Current research mainly focuses on multiresources inventory, forest and land use management and planning, multiscale mapping and assessment of ecosystem services and biodiversity with particular regard to Natural Capital and protected areas, and the development of innovative sustainable paths for rural areas through valorizing environmental resources.
Andreu Mas-Colell is Professor of Economics (Catedrático) at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona and the founder of the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. Well known for his monograph The Theory of general economic equilibrium: A Differentiable Approach, he is an international expert of microeconomics. He is also co-author, with M. Whinston and J. Green, of the graduate textbook Microeconomic Theory.
Professor Mas-Colell is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and was its President in 1993. In 1997 he was elected Foreign Associate to the US National Academy of Sciences and Foreign Honorary Member of the American Economic Association. He has been a Sloan Fellow and Guggenheim Fellow. From 1999 to 2005 he was a member of the Executive Committee of the International Economic Association and in 2006 he served as President of the European Economic Association. He has been General Secretary of the European Research Council from July 2009 to August 2010. He holds Honoris Causa Doctorates from the universities of Alacant, Toulouse, HEC (Paris) and Universidad Nacional del Sur (Argentina). He has been awarded several times including by the Rey Juan Carlos Prize in Economics, the Pascual Madoz (National Research Prize) and the Premio Fundación BBVA Fronteras del Conocimiento en Economía, Finanzas y Gestión de Empresas, shared with Hugo Sonnenschein.
Professor Mas-Colell also served several times in the Catalonia Government. Most recently, from 2010-2016, he was Minister for Economy and Knowledge.
Bittor Oroz Izagirre is Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Policy in the Basque Government since December 2012. Agricultural Engineer by the Universidad Pública de Navarra, he was associate professor in the Department of Rural engineering and projects at the same university from 1997 to 2004. He has worked as technician for the rural and coastal promotion and development in the public society Mendikoi later called Itsasmendikoi (2000-2011). He has also worked as coordinator for Projects and support services area of Hazi Foundation (2012). Bittor Oroz was mayor of Ataun from 2003 to 2011. Among others, he has been member of the Executive Commission of EUDEL (2007-2011), member of the Permanent Commission of the Euskadi School Board (2008-2011), member of the Interinstitutional Commission for cooperation in development (2009-2011), member of the Advisory Board for the Protection of Nature (Naturzaintza) (2008-2011), president of the Commission for Rural Municipalities of EUDEL (2007-2011) and member of the Executive Board of Haurreskolak Consortium (2005-2011). He also has been Burukide of Gipuzkoa Buru Batzar (2012) and member of Kutxabank Foundation (2012).
Felipe Ortega Schlingmann is a Lead Engineer in Agriculture, Agro-Food and Forest industries. He currently is working in the Agribusiness and Rural Development Division within the Projects Directorate of the European Investment Bank. This Division is responsible to provide support to the operational units in the technical, economic, environmental and social due diligence of the investment proposals in Bioeconomy. It also defines the sectorial lending strategies and policies and establishes the financing eligibilities in the sectors relevant for the Division based on the Banks priority lending objectives.
Felipe Ortega, a Spanish and German, national studied Agricultural Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Madrid. He holds a Ph.D in Agronomy by the University of Bonn and a MBA by IESE-Universidad de Navarra. Before joining the EIB, he worked for more than 15 years in agricultural, microbiological and chemical research, development and innovation both in the public and the private sector. He served in several positions overseeing and managing technical activities at E.I. DuPont de Nemours, Inc. in its Agricultural Products Division.
Since 2008 he has been working in the Projects Directorate of the European Investment Bank (EIB), concentrating on lending activities to the Bioeconomy. From 2011-2014 he worked within the NER300 Technical Advisory Unit at the EIB which provided technical and economic support to the European Commission in its NER300 scheme.
Christian Patermann is a former Director of the European Commission, serving from 1996-2003 as Director for Environment, Sustainability and Climate and afterwards until 2007 as Director for Agriculture, Food, Forestry, Fisheries and Biotechnology in the Directorate General for Research and Technology of the EU. During the last term he launches the Bioeconomy as part of the 7th Framework Programme, known at that time as the Knowledge based Bioeconomy in Europe.
Before he was Dep. Dir. General in the German Ministry for Reseach and Science, among many fonctions director of Cabinet, Spokesperson etc.
He is a lawyer, studied also economics, in Germany, Switzerland and Spain.
He retired end of 2007 and since advises many governments and companies on the development of a biobased economy. He is also a member of the first German Bioökonomierat, Bioeconomy Council, advising the German government.
Álvaro Picardo is Technical Adviser to the General Director in Natural Environment, at the regional government of Castilla y León (Spain), where he coordinates the program for forest resources mobilization and develops forest policies and innovation projects. Besides working on wood mobilization, he has contributed to the recovery of resin activity in Spain and the creation of 1.000 employments for resin workers. He has set up a regional program for mycological resources, that includes new regulations of mushroom picking and commercialization. He participated in the Plan 42, to prevent forest fires through social action, at local level, integrating livestock grazing in sustainable forest management.
His international career includes the creation of the Mediterranean Model Forest Network and the advice on the Patagonian Forest Plan in Argentina.
Risto Poutiainen is the Region Mayor of the North Karelia region in Eastern Finland. He graduated from the Helsinki University of Technology with a degree in Engineering (Master of Science). He has been in charge of regional strategies and international activities in North Karelia since mid-1990s.
He is a passionate supporter of fossil free North Karelia and a leading force of the recently established European forested regions initiative.
Donatella Spano is Regional Minister of Sardinia Region for the Environment Protection and Chair of Environment and Energy Commission of the Italian Conference of Regions. Full Professor and Scientific Coordinator of the PhD program in Agrometeorology and Ecophysiology of Agricultural and Forestry Ecosystems at University of Sassari.
She is actively involved in European and international research activities on the assessment of impact of climate change and modelling in the field of agriculture and forestry.
Member of the Strategic Committee of the Euro Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change and Founding Member and President Elect 2013 of the Italian Society for Climate Sciences.
Antoni Trasobares is the director of CTFC since December 2016, and he has the responsibility to lead the strategy of the organization to become a major research centre in Southern Europe.
He was Director General of Natural Resources and Biodiversity of Department of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food from the Government of Catalonia from February 2013 to February 2016. During his mandate, the General Plan for forest policy of Catalonia was approved, and various measures to promote the bioeconomy at regional level were activated, among others the utilization of new products of local timber for the construction and rehabilitation of public buildings, the Government Strategy to promote the energetic use of forest biomass, and a new model of management and merging of supply for public forests.
He has also worked in private consulting and on European research and technology transfer projects in forest management.
He holds a PhD in Forest management and economy from the University of Joensuu (Finland).
Jari Voutilainen is Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs at Metsä Group. Metsä Group is a forerunner in bioeconomy and circular economy utilising renewable wood from sustainably managed northern forests.
He holds a doctorate in economics from Aalto University School of Business and a M.Sc. (Tech.) from Aalto University School of Technology, Helsinki.
He has been leading Metsä Group’s Corporate Affairs team since April 2018 and represents the group towards national and European stakeholders. He represents Metsä Group in different industry associations. Previously he was Senior Vice President for Metsä Group logistics. He also has extensive experience in the mining, metals and consumer electronics industries.
Georg Winkel is Head of the European Forest Institute’s Bonn Office and the Resilience Research Programme. He is also an associate professor at the Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Freiburg, and a co-opted associate professor at the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Bonn. He is further affiliated with Yale University (Faculty Associate). His main research interests and competencies are inter- and transdisciplinary research relating to forest and environmental topics. Prof Winkel has led and contributed to various European research projects. He has authored more than 100 publications, 54 of them peer-reviewed scientific publications. He is very active at the science policy interface and has given more than 150 academic presentations in his career.