Call for Speakers!

Increase your visibility throughout the IFBC international community by becoming an event Speaker!

We seek experienced thought leaders and industry professionals to share their knowledge and expertise as we explore new forest business frontiers, promulgate leading practices, and advocate for the forest sector as a natural climate solution. Next to global recognition for your work, IFBC Speakers receive a 10% registration discount. 

To participate as a speaker in the IFBC2024, please send us the presentation title proposal to 

Journal of Forest Business Research – Call for Papers

We invite you to contribute to the first issue of the Journal of Forest Business Research (JFBR) that will be dedicated to forest investment and finance. The proposed issue will publish peer-reviewed papers presented at the International Forest Business Conference (IFBC2022) held in Poland on 23-24 May 2022. In addition, this issue will include papers on similar topics not presented at the conference.

Examples of subjects that are within the scope of the Journal include, but are not limited to the following:

1. Forest investment finance and business

  • timberland investments

  • forest finance

  • portfolio management

  • business structures and forest investment strategies

  • conservation forestry

  • corporate social responsibility

  • ESG in forest investments

  • sustainable business practices within the forestry sector

2. Forest-related industries and wood market dynamics

  • wood markets

  • wood-product trade and policy

  • timber prices and forecasts

  • production, consumption, and trade of forest products

  • forestry contractors

  • business leadership and organizational management

  • business management case studies

3. Forest silviculture and management

  • intensively managed plantations

  • natural and high conservation value forest management

  • improved technologies for forest management and investments

  • forest carbon and bioenergy markets

4. Natural resource economics and policy

  • forest economics

  • risk, uncertainty, and decision-making

  • policy and law

  • natural resource and ecosystem service investments

Please feel free to disseminate this announcement to any colleagues who might be interested. All submissions will undergo an anonymous peer review process to guarantee high scientific quality and relevance to the subject. 

All accepted papers will be instantly published on Journal’s website. All articles and contact details of corresponding authors are included in our press release service, which means that your work is drawn to the attention of all the main media organizations in the world, who may choose to feature the work in newspaper and other media reports.

Deadline to submit the paper:

The first issue will be published at the end of 2022, which means that we will need your manuscript by 1st September 2022. 


To submit your paper, please visit the website of the Journal of Forest Business Research, register your user account and follow the submission guidelines:

Yours sincerely,

Rafał, Fred, Bin and Jacek

Contact to Editors:

Rafał Chudy –
Frederick Cubbage –
Bin Mei –
Jacek Siry –

Speakers IFBC2022

Bin Mei

Duke University

Professor Of the Practice of Natural Resource Finance

Tomasz Kozlowski

European Investment Fund

Head of Mandate and Product Development

Andrzej Bednarski

Shandong Sun Paper

International Project Director

Mike Strzelecki

Manulife Investment Management

Managing Director, Business Development, Senior Timberland Portfolio Manager

Keith Black

FDP Institute

Managing and Program Director

Chung-Hong Fu

Timberland Investment Resources

Managing Director, Economic Research and Analysis

Karolina Chudy

Forest Business Analytics

CEO & Founder

Austin Himes

Mississippi State University

Assistant Professor

Aleksandra Antsugai

Alexandra Antsugai

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Senior Environmental Advisor

Lawson Fite

Lawson Fite

Marten Law


Laura Merlini

Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association


Jacek Siry

University of Georgia

Professor in Forest Economics

Eric Cooperström

Manulife Investment Management

Managing Director, Impact Investing and Natural Climate Solutions

Asger Olesen

Asger Strange Olesen

Forest Stewardship Council

Chief Climate and Ecosystems Officer

Nabil Fawaz

Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency

Sector Manager, Agribusiness, Manufacturing, and Services Operations Group

Frederick Cubbage

North Carolina State University

Professor in Forest Economics

Andy Hiegel

University of Georgia

Doctoral Candidate in Forest Business

Peter Chappell

Tilhill Forestry

Head of Investment and Property

Carsten Brinkschulte

Carsten Brinkschulte

Dryad Networks

Co-founder and CEO

Mark Willhite

World Forest Investment


Doug Jones



Aleksandra Holmlund


Researcher in innovative finance for biodiversity protection

Phil Cottle


Head of Forestry

Robert Adamczyk

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Senior Environmental Advisor

Krzysztof Wypij

Bureau Veritas

Forest Management Certification Technical Manager

David Evison

David Evison

University of Canterbury

Associate Professor in Forest Economics

Shauna Matkovich

The ForestLink

Founding Director

Antonio Carlos Arpini Tatagiba

Antonio Carlos Arpini Tatagiba


Chief Executive Officer

Sven Kallen Life Terra

Sven Kallen

Life Terra Foundation

Co-founder and Secretary

Andreas Schnall


CEO / Senior Consultant Land Use and Forestry

Lukas Schönach

Lukas Schönach

Descartes Underwriting

Senior Business Developer

Andreas Stephan

Andreas Stephan

Linnaeus University

Professor of Forest Industrial Economics

Bob Izlar

University of Georgia

Founding director of the University of Georgia Harley Langdale, Jr. Center for Forest Business

Maurice Ryan

Green Belt

Business Development Director

Frederic Fournier

Frédéric Fournier

Open Forest Protocol

CEO and Co-founder

Wendelin von Gravenreuth

Wendelin von Gravenreuth

MEAG a Munich Re Company

Senior Manager Global Forest Investments

Carlo Farina

Carlo Farina

CERN Pension Fund

Head of Real Estate and Private Markets

Doug Moore

PGIM Real Estate's Timberland Finance

Investment Vice President

Eimear McBride


Director of Digital and Innovation

Ian Cameron


Vice President of Operations

Dzintars Salavs

I Asset Management

Fund Manager

Charl de Villiers

Margules Groome Consulting


Rafał Chudy

Forest Business Analytics

Founder and Chief Economist

Manoel de Freitas

Forest Engineer graduated at Federal University of Paraná, Business Administrator, graduated at Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas and with a postgraduate degree in Environmental Management from the Metropolitan Faculty of Campinas. Attended Development Course for Senior Executives at Darmouth School – USA.

He served as Executive for the American multinational in the forest products sector Champion International Corporation / International Paper. He acted as Director of several sectorial entities, among them, Forest Research and Studies Institute – IPEF / USP, FLORESTAR Fund, Brazilian Forestry Society. Author of several technical papers on the forestry sector. In the last few years, he has acted as a counselor and consultant, both for companies in Brazil and abroad.

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Keith Black

Keith Black currently serves as Managing Director of Content Strategy for the CAIA Association. He previously worked in hedge fund manager research at Ennis Knupp + Associates, as well as an assistant professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Prior experience includes commodities derivatives trading, stock options research and CBOE floor trading, and equity research.

Dr. Black has been published in The Journal of Wealth Management and The Journal of Alternatives Investments among others. He is the co-author of the second, third, and fourth editions of the CAIA Level I and Level II curriculum.

Dr. Black earned a BA from Whittier College, an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, and a PhD from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He has earned the CFA, FDP, and CAIA designations.

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