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International Forest Business Conference 2020
#IFBC2020 Preliminary Agenda is available now!
7:30 – 9:30 Registration – Sheraton Sopot Hotel/Lobby
8:00 – 8:15 Introduction and Welcome /Conference Room
Master of Ceremony: Sona Blessing, Independent Researcher
Organizer: Karolina Chudy, FBA
Session Ia: Wood Industry and Certification
Moderator: Arne Rørå, NORSKOG
8:20 – 9:20 PANEL: Where the wood will flow? International trade prospects and challenges.
William Schlosser, Washington State University
Hendrikus Oddendal, JELD-WEN
Krzysztof Wypij, Bureau Veritas Certification Holding
Charles de Villers, Margules Groome
To be determined (TBD)
9:20 – 9:40 Coffee Break
Session II: New Technologies
9:45 – 10:05 The application of blockchain technology for forest protection and climate finance
Francisco Benedito, ClimateTrade
10:10 – 10:30 The difference AI can make in forest management and planning
Rolf Schmitz, CollectiveCrunch
10:35 – 10:55 Augmented Reality in the forestry – today and in the future.
Johan Ekenstedt, Arboreal
11:00 – 11:45 TBD
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
Session IIIa: Forestry – a growing asset class
Moderator: Rafal Chudy, NORSKOG
13:05 – 13:25 Short rotation coppice, flexibility as a key component of their success. Challenges and opportunities.
Fabrizio Nardin, GREENWOOD RESOURCES
13:30 – 13:50 Creating Impact Investments and Measuring their Returns – 3 forestry cases studies
Tom Tuchmann, US FOREST CAPITAL
13:55 –14:15 Why Ingka Group invests in forestland?
Andriy Hrytsyuk, INGKA HOLDING B.V.
14:20– 14:40 Coffee Break
14:45 – 15:05 Forestry as an investment asset – trends and drivers in the Baltic Rim region.
Arne Rørå, NORSKOG
15:10 – 15:30 Timberland Investments in Africa – investing in the value chain: challenges and opportunities.
Hans Lemm, GREEN RESOURCES AS
15:35 – 15:55 Timberland: Harvesting the Illiquidity Risk Premia for a Portfolio (A Cross-section of Allocator Insights)
Sona Blessing, Independent Researcher
16:00 – 16:25 Understanding the future opportunities for forestry investments in Latin America
Mark Willhite, World Forestry Investments Inc.
16:45 – 19:00 Forest Asset Valuation Course / Free time / Business Meetings
19:30 – 21:00 GALA DINNER
Session IIIb: Forestry – a growing asset class
Forestry as an investment in the planet’s future
Moderator: William Schlosser, Washington State University
8:00 – 8:20 Forest Investment Framework as a Support Tool for the Sustainable Management of Planted Forests
Richard Yao, SCION
8:25 – 8:45 Projecting global and regional outlooks for planted forests under the shared socioeconomic pathways
Frederick W. Cubbage, NCSU
8:50 – 9:35 TBD
09:35 – 10:00 Coffee Break
Session IV: Applied Science
10:05 – 10:25 Why log price predictions define overall asset value for timber management organizations?
William Schlosser, WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
10:30 – 10:50 Timberland Investment Trends: Tempests on Wall Street versus Global Opportunities
Frederick W. Cubbage, NCSU
10:55 – 11:15 Publicly-traded vs private equity investment options – which are better for investors interested in participating in the timberland asset class?
Richard Mei, UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
11:20-11:40 Economic impacts of setting reference levels for the forest carbon sinks in the EU on the European forest sector
Birger Solberg, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
11:45 – 12:05 Which investors are willing to pay for goodwill and impact in their alternatives investments?
Adair Morse, HAAS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA BERKLEY
12:10 – 13:10 Lunch
13:15 – 14:15 PANEL: Investments in Forestry, Trends and Opportunities
Moderator: Sona Blessing, Independant Researcher
Laura Merlini, CAIA Association
Rafal Chudy, NORSKOG
Wendelin von Gravenreuth, MEAG
Session Ib: Wood Industry – The Future of Wood
Moderator: Karolina Chudy, FBA
14:40 – 15:00 Wood Fibre Life Cycle at Egger as a Foundation for Sustainable Future.
Lukasz Tymendorf, EGGER GROUP
15:05 – 15:25 How Does the Public see Sustainable Wood Sources?
Hendrikus Oddendal, IKEA
15:30 – 16:15 TBD
16:45 – 19:00 Forest Asset Valuation Course
Space is limited so reserve your seat. HERE
EGGER Group raw chipboards plant in Biskupiec
Host: To be determined
Due to the dynamic developmen EGGER Group has decided to build first plant in Poland. The investment has been located in Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodeship, in the town of Biskupiec. The factory brings to the region around 400 direct new jobs and 600 indirect jobs created by business partners and local small & medium businesses. Investment in Biskupiec is a key plant in this part of Europe, equipped with the best available technologies. The plant produces mainly raw chipboards for the furniture industry.
IKEA Industry Wielbark
Host: To be determined
IKEA Industry Wielbark is one of the largest sawmills in Poland, with 100% of wood being delivered from the forests of the north-eastern part of the country. The facility also includes a glued-laminated board, a furniture factory and a pellet plant in the same location. IKEA Industry Wielbark produces over 2.5 million furniture and 35,000 tons of pellets per year. The facility employs over 1800 people. In 2016 the plant successfully completed the NEPcon certification procedure and became the responsible biomass producer. The factory produces furniture and wooden elements, including popular HEMNES and HURDAL series, which are exported to IKEA stores around the world. The IKEA beds, chests of drawers and wardrobes, designed in Scandinavian traditional style, decorate interiors of houses in over 80 countries.
https://www.industry.ikea.pl/index/nasze-zaklady/wielbark.html (in Polish but you can translate the page into English using Google).
The field trip fee (95€) includes transportation, traditional Polish lunch, snacks and drinks.
Early Bird registration (if received by 15th April 2020) – €595*
The registration fee (if received after 15th April 2020) – €795*
The fee includes: coffee breaks, lunches, Gala Dinner.