Tuesday, December 8 2020

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
9:20 – 9:40      Coffee Break

Session II: New Technologies
Moderator: Karolina Chudy, FBA

9:45 – 10:05    Bucking industry practises with value-based harvest optimization.
Perttu Aunola, Trimble Forestry
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 – 11:20   Digital aerial forest management How to make the most of the new image and 3D analysis technologies to optimise your forest productivity.
Albrecht von Ruffer, SKYLAB

11:25 – 11:45    Taking the pulse of the forest: emerging satellite technologies for timberland evaluation and monitoring.
Joseph O. Sexton, terraPulse
11:50– 12:10    TBD
12:10 – 13:05    Lunch

Session IIIa: Forestry – a growing asset class
Moderator: Robert L. Izlar

13:05 – 13:25    Forestry as an investment asset – trends and drivers in the Baltic Rim region.
Arne Rørå, NORSKOG
13:30  – 13:50   Creating Impact Investments and Measuring their Returns – 3 forestry cases studies
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    TBD
15:10 – 15:30   Central European Storm & Beetle Crisis: Effects on a Diversified Timberland Portfolio.
Felix Jenninger, Salm-Salm & Partner
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   Timberland Investments in Africs – investing in the value chain: challenges and opportunities.
Hans Lemm, Green Resources

16:45 – 19:00    Forest Asset Valuation Course / Free time / Business Meetings
19:30 – 21:00    GALA DINNER

Wednesday, Devember 9 2020

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 – 9:10 Ultra-premium hardwood from complex natural forests – the paradigm case in Modern Forest Finance
John Foppert, Pekin Branch Forestry
9:15 – 9:35 Understanding Natural Hazard Risks in Forestry
Phil Cottle, ForestRe
09:35 – 10:00 Coffee Break

Session IV: Applied Science
Moderator: TBD

10:05 – 10:25 Why log price predictions define overall asset value for timber management organizations?
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?
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?
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
Justin Beardon, Preqin

Session Ib: Wood Industry – The Future of Wood
Moderator: Rafal Chudy, NORSKOG

14:40 – 15:00 Wood Fibre Life Cycle at Egger as a Foundation for Sustainable Future.
Lukasz Tymendorf, EGGER GROUP
15:05 – 15:25 SCA, the forest and the climate
Björn Lyngfelt, SCA
15:30 – 15:50 How Does the Public see Sustainable Wood Sources?
Hendrikus Oddendal, JELD-WEN

15:55 – 16:15 The importance of markets: linerboard industry and forestry in the US South
Jacek Siry, UGA

16:20 Adjourn

16:45 – 19:00 Forest Asset Valuation Course

Monday, December 7 2020

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: TBD

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.

Space is limited so reserve your seat. HERE

Please note that conference schedule is subject to change at any time and without notice.