Session S1.5

President’s Discussion “Translating scientific research into effective forest management to meet multiple societal objectives: challenges and opportunities”

In this session, leaders of IUFRO Member Organizations and IUFRO partners will discuss the role of forest research in providing timely, relevant and reliable data, tools, and practical advice to public, private, and community forest management agencies and organizations now and in the future. Learn more >

THEME 1: Strengthening forest resilience and adaptation to stress
Date: Monday, June 24
Organizer: IUFRO President in collaboration with IUFRO Headquarters
Session lead: John Parrotta (IUFRO President’s Discussion)

Moderator

John Parrotta is the President of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) for the period 2019–2024. He has served as the National Research Program Leader for International Science Issues with the US Forest Service, Research & Development, Washington, DC since 2000.Dr. Parrotta has conducted research in Puerto Rico, Brazil and India, worked collaboratively with many colleagues from around the world on a variety of science syntheses and other projects. He is the author of over 150 scientific publications on these and other topics, and a member of the editorial board of several international forest science journals.

Session speakers

Randy Moore is Chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service, leading a workforce of more than 31,000 employees who sustainably manage 193 million acres of national forests and grasslands, support the world’s largest forestry research organization, and work with states, Tribes and partners.

Prior to serving as Chief, he served as the agency’s Pacific Southwest regional forester from 2007 to 2021. He also oversaw State and Private Forestry programs in Hawaii and the U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands. He began his 45-year career in 1978 with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in North Dakota and joined the Forest Service in 1981.


Jae Soo BAE – President, NIFoS (Republic of Korea) – obtained his Ph.D. degree in Forest Policies from Seoul National University in 1997.

From 2005 to 2010 he worked as a governmental delegation of Republic of Korea at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), on behalf of forest fields. From 2010 to 2012, he worked as a Seconded Scientist at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Indonesia, in charge of the NIFoS-CIFOR Cooperative research project. Also, from 2011 to 2016, he led a feasibility study on REDD project on the west protection forest management unit (KPHL Rinjani Barat) of Indonesia, as a Principal Investigator in Lombok, Indonesia.

He held major positions such as Director of Forest Policy Division and Director-General of Future Forest Strategy Department, and he has been working as the President of NIFoS since Febuary, 2023.


Peter Mayer is the Managing Director of the Austrian Research Centre for Forests (BFW), responsible for the development and implementation of the overall strategy and financial operations of BFW.

From 2003 to 2010 he was Executive Director of IUFRO, the International Union of Forest Research Organizations. From 1998 to 2003 Peter Mayer was the head of the Liaison Unit of Forest Europe responsible for developing pan-European forest policy. He holds a Master’s degree in forestry and political science and a PhD in forest policy.


Cécile Bibiane Ndjebet – Founder of the African Women’s Network for Community Management of Forests (REFACOF, (Cameroon) – is an Agronomist and Social Forester by profession; she is one of the well-known leaders of CSO in Africa, an international women’s rights advocate and gender specialist. Cécile has been devoted to women’s rights issues for the past 25 years.

Cécile is a member of a good number of networks and professional societies at national, regional and global levels. In September 2000, she co-funded Cameroon Ecology, a local NGO to promote community forestry; In May 2009, she co-funded REFACOF, a Sub-Sahara women’s Platform of the forest sector.

Cécile is COMIFAC Climate Change Champion, Wangari Maathaï Forests Champion, UNEP Champion of the Earth and Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity 2023 Winner.


Erich Schaitza – General Head, EMBRAPA Forestry (Brazil) – is a forest engineer with a master’s degree in renewable energy systems. Currently, he is the General Director of Embrapa Forestry. Along his career, Erich has acted both as a researcher in small-scale forestry and in administrative positions as Deputy Director for Communication and Business, International Affairs Liaison and Coordinator of Embrapa Africa.

He was an officer of the IUFRO´s Latin America and the Caribbean Information Network in the 90’s, country representative of Brazil from 2000–2005 and President Nominee for the period 2020–2025.

Session S5.7

Leadership for Sustainability – Overcoming Challenges in Forest Research

Join the IUFRO Directors’ Forum at the Congress for a session on ”Leadership for Sustainability – Overcoming Challenges in Forest Research”. Discover a strategic approach to leadership addressing environmental, social, and economic challenges, and explore the crucial role of forests in a sustainable future. Gain insights into talent acquisition and strategic foresight to bridge science and policy including on climate change through a keynote address and panel discussion featuring experts from diverse sectors. Learn more >

THEME 5: Forests for the Future
Date: Tuesday, June 25
Organizer: IUFRO Directors’ Forum
Session lead: Peter Mayer, BFW, Austria; IUFRO Directors’ Forum
Session co-leads: Veronika Juch, IUFRO

Moderator

Peter Mayer is the Managing Director of the Austrian Research Centre for Forests (BFW), responsible for the development and implementation of the overall strategy and financial operations of BFW. From 2003 to 2010 he was Executive Director of IUFRO, the International Union of Forest Research Organizations. From 1998 to 2003 Peter Mayer was the head of the Liaison Unit of Forest Europe responsible for developing pan-European forest policy. He holds a Masters degree in forestry and political science and a PhD in forest policy.

Session speakers

Lars Rebien Sørensen holds the position of Chair of Danish Novo Nordisk Foundation since July 2018. He has over 35 years of general management experience in the pharmaceutical industry including global positions across the Middle East and the United States. In 1994, he was appointed a member of the corporate management team and assumed responsibility for the Novozymes A/S Healthcare Business. In November 2000, he became President and CEO of Novo Nordisk A/S, a position he held until December 2016.

He received an MSc in Forestry from the Copenhagen Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University and a BSc in International Economics from Copenhagen Business School.


Ms. Juliette Biao Koudenoukpo was appointed by the UN Secretary General as Director of the UN Forum on Forests Secretariat on 20 January 2022. Ms. Biao is a national of Benin, and a Canadian Citizen.

She has a wealth of experience in international development managing complex initiatives across Africa, in Latin America, and Canada with a focus on the environment, community livelihood and gender equality. As the first female forester in West Africa, she pioneered ground-breaking initiatives including participatory management of protected areas.

Ms. Biao served as Benin’s Minister of Environment and Nature Protection as well as Acting Minister of Family and the Child.


Dr. Johanna Buchert is currently President and CEO of the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), in charge of the research strategy and impact of the research portfolio. The Institute promotes bioeconomy and sustainable use of natural resources with key focus on forestry, agriculture, food value chain, blue bioeconomy and wild-life research.

Before moving to Luke, she worked at Technical Research Centre Finland Ltd. as vice president, research with responsibility of the bioeconomy research.

Her own research has focused on biorefinery concepts with special emphasis on exploitation of different biomass hydrolyzing and modifying enzymes as tools in food processing and in food by-product valorization as well as in pulp and paper processing.


David Lytle serves as Deputy Chief of Research and Development for the US Forest Service. In this role, he directs the vast network of all research and scientific activities that support management of the nation’s diverse forests and rangelands.

As a research scientist within the US Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy and as a Science Center Director with the US Geo-logical Survey and throughout his management roles as State Forester of Ohio and a Director within the National Forest Sys-tem, his career has been defined by the challenge of how to best produce, interpret, and apply science for the benefit of people and ecosystems.

Session S5.2

Convincing or compelling? Powerful sustainability communication to shape a future with more wooden buildings

In this interactive, innovative, and thought-provoking panel will share their experiences and strategies towards bold, impactful communication about forests Participants will have the opportunity to learn from the advertising world, from global forest communication experts, and from architects immersed in sustainability thinking. Learn more >

THEME 5: Forests for the Future
Date: Tuesday, June 25
Organizer: Forest Communicators Networks
Session lead: Jennifer Hayes, USDA Forest Service
Session co-leads: Maria De Cristofaro, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; Kai Lintunen, Finnish Forest Association

Moderator

Jennifer Hayes is the National Sustainable Operations Coordinator for the United States Forest Service. Throughout her 20+ year career, she has served in a variety of leadership roles and is a recognized expert in communicating and delivering complex science to various audiences.

Jennifer serves as the Deputy Team Leader for the FAO-UNECE Forest Communicators Network, is a founding member of the North American Forest Communicators Network and is Deputy Coordinator of the IUFRO Working Party on Public Relations.

Session speakers

Maria De Cristofaro is the Communications Officer for the Forestry Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. She has established six Regional Forest Communicators Networks, promoting cross-border communication and dialogue on forestry.

As part of her work, she carries out extensive training and mentoring of forest communicators at national, regional, and global levels and speaks at international conferences about communication strategies and the importance of communication for the forestry community. Prior to her current role, she worked in media relations and advocacy for FAO and spent 12 years working as a journalist for leading newspapers and television agencies.


Kai Lintunen is the Head of International Communication at the Finnish Forest Association and has more than 20 years of experience in sustainability communications, environmental and lobbying activities for the Finnish forest sector. Previously, he has held a variety of positions in industries, environmental communications and consulting companies, specializing in international issues.

He is the leader of the FAO-UNECE Forest Communicators Network as well as a member of the FAO global forest communications coordination group. Kai studied environmental and land use economics as well as communications at the University of Helsinki. He holds a Master of Science (Agriculture and Forestry) degree.


Eduardo Rojas-Briales holds an MSc in Forestry from the University of Freiburg and a Ph.D. from the Polytechnic University of Madrid. In his 35+ year career, he has covered numerous positions in academia and international organizations, including serving as Assistant Director-General and Head of the Forestry Department at FAO.

Since 2021, he is the Chair of the PEFC. He has been on several international boards and panels, including the EFI Scientific Advisory Board, the Water and Environment Research Institute of the Polytechnic University of Valencia, the IUFRO Forest Legislation Working Group, the Advisory Board of CIHEAM and the patronage of Pau Costa Foundation, and the Spanish Board of Foresters.


Robert Grace is the Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer for the M&C Saatchi Group in South Africa.

Equipped with the philosophy of Brutal Simplicity of Thought, Robert drives the strategic marketing and communications mandate for a number of South Africa’s most chosen and loved brands including Takealot.com, Standard Bank, Lexus, Nando’s and Heineken to name a few.

With a keen passion for creativity and the arts, Robert also sits on the Board of the National Arts Festival, South Africa’s longest running arts festival which consistently brings critical acclaim and has brought many new artists and ideas to the global stage.


Vicente Guallart is an architect and book author working on projects to develop ecological cities and buildings globally with his company, Guallart Architects. He has won numerous international competitions including Housing post-COVID in Xiong’an and Xianmi hu Master Plan in Shenzhen.

He was chief architect of the city of Barcelona, spearheading major transformations in the city, which was named European Capital of Innovation in 2014. He also co-founded the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, where he currently works in the development of bio-cities and is building the tallest wooden dwelling building in Barcelona.


Ingwald Gschwandtl was the Head of Forest Policy and Forest Information for the Federal Government of Austria for 20+ years. Currently, he works as a private consultant and acts as Chair of the Global Coordination Group for FAO’s Regional Forest Communicators Networks.

He was Vice-President of the 11th World Forestry Congress, Vice-Chairman of the 9th Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests, and Leader of the FAO-UNECE Forest Communicators Network. He holds a degree in Forestry from the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences in Vienna and has taught international forest policy and sustainable development in several Universities.

Session S4.3

International Forest Governance: A Comprehensive Global Review

This session will present the outcomes of a new global assessment report on the international forest regime. The study that is currently being prepared by the IUFRO Science-Policy Programme will contribute to improve the understanding of the increasing complexity of the topic. Learn more >

THEME 4: Forests for Sustainable Societies
Date: Thursday, June 27
Organizer: IUFRO Science-Policy Programme (SciPol)
Session lead: Christoph Wildburger, IUFRO
Session co-lead: Nelson Grima, IUFRO

Moderator

Christoph Wildburger is the Coordinator of IUFRO’s Science-Policy Programme, which provides a mechanism for effectively communicating information and scientific expertise to governments and intergovernmental processes related to forests and trees. He has over 25 years of experience working at the interface between forest science and policy, both in research projects and as an advisor to international organisations and governments.

Christoph holds a PhD from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. His core areas of expertise include environmental policies, conservation biology and biological diversity, as well as in-depth knowledge of related international processes and institutional frameworks.

Session speakers

Daniela Kleinschmit is Vice President of Divisions at IUFRO and Professor of Forest and Environmental Policy at the University of Freiburg. Since 2016 she has played an academic leadership role, starting as Vice-Dean and later Dean of the Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources. In 2021 she was elected Vice-President of the University of Freiburg, being responsible for internationalization and sustainability.

Her areas of expertise comprise forest governance, bioeconomy, policy integration, participation and political communication. She supports diverse science-policy interactions and is a Member of the Bioeconomy Council of Baden-Württemberg and the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry.


Franklin Obeng-Odoom is Professor of Global Development Studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He is a Fellow of the Teachers’ Academy, the highest recognition for distinguished teachers at the University, and winner of the Deborah Gerner Innovative Teaching Award for effective pedagogy that engages students with issues of war, peace, identity, sovereignty, security, and sustainability.

His research focuses on the political economy of development, urban and regional economics, natural resources and the environment. He is editor of various academic journals and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, an assembly of the world’s leading social scientists.


Nathalie Faure is a Senior Program Officer at RECOFTC, where she leads the organisation’s work on Governance and Rights in Southeast Asia. She has a legal background and 15 years of experience advising governments and empowering NGOs to engage in decision-making processes in Asia and Africa.

Her interventions are diverse, ranging from conducting action research and legal analysis to the organisation of policy dialogues and the development of regional standards. Her areas of expertise include community forestry, governance and trade, communities’ rights, access to justice and gender.

Session S4.6

Forest governance in regions – A stakeholder dialogue

By bringing together diverse perspectives and expertise, the roundtable aims to improve the understanding of regional forest governance needs, challenges and solutions. It will explore overlaps and trade-offs between diverse initiatives and opportunities for co-creation and sharing of power, benefits, and knowledge. Learn more >

THEME 4: Forests for sustainable societies
Date: Friday, June 28
Organizer: IUFRO Science-Policy Programme
Session lead: Christoph Wildburger, Coordinator, Science-Policy Programme, IUFRO
Session co-leads: Viola Belohrad, Project Manager, Science-Policy Programme, IUFRO

Moderator

Dr. Christoph Wildburger is the Coordinator of IUFRO’s Science-Policy Programme, which provides a mechanism for effectively communicating information and scientific expertise to governments and intergovernmental processes related to forests and trees. He has over 25 years of experience working at the interface between forest science and policy, both in research projects and as an advisor to international organisations and governments. Dr. Wildburger holds a PhD from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. His core areas of expertise include environmental policies, conservation biology and biological diversity, as well as in-depth knowledge of related international processes and institutional frameworks.

Session speakers

Viola Belohrad Viola Belohrad is a project manager in IUFRO’s Science-Policy Programme. She has over ten years’ experience working on sustainable natural resource management and human development with a focus on tropical forests and indigenous and community-led initiatives.

Ms. Belohrad holds a master’s degree in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management from the University of Oxford, and a bachelor’s degree in Environment and Bio-Resources Management from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU).


Dr. Chongho Park is the Executive Director of the Asian Forest Cooperation Organization (AFoCO). AFoCO is a treaty-based intergovernmental organization that promotes cooperation towards achieving the SDGs and regional and global forestry objectives.

Dr. Park has over 30 years’ experience in the forest sector and international affairs. He previously served as the Minister of the Korea Forest Service, the President of the Korea Forest Land Restoration Technology Institute and Vice Executive Director of the ASEAN-Korea Forest Cooperation Secretariat. Dr. Park holds a masters in forest policy from Michigan State University and a PhD in forestry from Chungnam National University.


Prof. Daniela Kleinschmit is the incoming IUFRO President, IUFRO Vice President of Divisions and Professor of Forest and Environmental Policy at the University of Freiburg. Her areas of expertise comprise forest governance, bioeconomy, policy integration, participation, and political communication.

She has been deeply involved in the leadership of scientific management, serving as Dean and from 2021 to 2024 as Vice-President of the University of Freiburg. She supports diverse science-policy interactions and is a Member of the Bioeconomy Council of Baden-Württemberg.

She is also the main lead author of the recent IUFRO study on International Forest Governance to be published in May.


Thomas Haußmann is the Head of the Liaison Unit of FOREST EUROPE. FOREST EUROPE is a Pan-European voluntary high-level forest policy process aiming to develop common strategies for its 46 signatories on how to protect and sustainably manage forests.

Mr. Haußmann has more than 30 years of experience in different international forest policy positions. He worked as a national expert at the European Commission in Brussels, at Germany’s Permanent Representation to the FAO in Rome and as chair of the UN Economic Commission for Euope’s International Co-operative Programme on Assessment and Monitoring of Air Pollution Effects on Forests.


Dr. Doris Mutta is Senior Programme Officer at the African Forest Forum (AFF). AFF is a pan-African non-governmental organization aiming to provide a platform and create an enabling environment for independent and objective analysis, advocacy and advice on relevant policy and technical issues pertaining to achieving sustainable management, use and conservation of Africa’s forest and tree resources.

Dr. Mutta is a natural resources scientist experienced in sustainable management of forestry, marine and coastal ecosystems in Africa. She previously worked with the Nairobi Convention Secretariat, UNEP and the Kenya Forestry Research Institute focusing on science-based management, policy and institutional analysis.


Carlos Armando Salinas MontesAdministrative Director and Head of the Forest Programme, Amazon,
Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO)

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Joji Cariño (tbc)Coordinator, Centers of Distinction on Indigenous and Local Knowledge (COD-ILK)

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Session S5.1

Forest Futures

This session will provide an opportunity for discussing different perspectives on possible forest futures, considering social, economic and ecological specificities. Furthermore, the role of research in defining these futures and their feasibility will be addressed. Learn more >

THEME 5: Forests for the Future
Time: Friday, June 28, 14.30–15.30 (Stockholm time)
Organizer: The Forests, Trees and Agroforestry Partnership (FTAP)
Session lead: Vincent Gitz, FTAP
Session co-leads: Madeleine Fogde, SIANI, and Co-chair of the FTA Partnership

Moderator

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Session S5.8

Power of Youth in Scaling Multisectoral Collaboration: The role of forests in achieving the vision for 2050

Through facilitating a multi-stakeholder dialogue, the session aims to explore what kind of forests young people envision for the future and illustrate the knowledge that is needed to achieve this goal and increase the role of forests in cross-sectoral collaboration. Learn more >

THEME 5: Forests for the Future
Date: Saturday, June 29
Organizer: International Forestry Students’ Association (IFSA)
Session lead: Augustin Rosello, International Forestry Students’ Association
Session co-leads: Erlita Savitri, International Forestry Students’ Association
Benjamin Navarro, International Forestry Students’ Association
Jair Granados Chacón, International Forestry Students’ Association

Moderator

Augustin Rosello is the Immediate Past President of the International Forestry Students’ Association (IFSA). He pursued a degree in Forestry at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile with special focus on forest management, conservation, and restoration. Agustin, who also studied in Madrid, Spain and Vancouver, Canada, worked as an assistant professor of Silviculture for several terms and did internships at the Ministry of Environment of Chile and IUFRO HQ in Vienna, Austria. In IFSA, Agustin also held other leadership positions such as Head of the International Policy Commission and Head of the Organizing Committee for the 50th International Forestry Students Symposium Chile 2022. Agustin oversees the Youth Engagement and leads the IFSA participation at the IUFRO World Congress 2024.

Session speakers

Salina Abraham is an Eritrean-American advocate for people-driven solutions for sustainable development. An architect at building programs, teams, and forums for multi-stakeholder action. Experienced in strategic planning, communications & outreach, and mobilizing partners & resources. Former clients include Global Landscapes Forum, World Bank, UN Environment.

Serves on the Advisory Council to the World Economic Forum’s Trillion Tree platform and the UN FAO’s Forest and Farm Facility. Holds a Master’s in Public Policy as one of 5 environmental leaders receiving a full scholarship from the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership. BSc in Environmental Science & Economics.


Paula Sarigumba is a filipino forester who worked at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (CGIAR FTA), the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), and on various on-the-ground forestry research and had research on Indigenous youth participation in territorial governance in Bolivia.

She sits on the Board of the International Society of Tropical Foresters (ISTF) and the Global Network for Forestry Young Professionals (ForYP). She is the Program Lead for Nature-based Solutions at Veritree, a start-up company that provides a fully integrated monitoring and verification platform designed to have more transparent restoration efforts.


Valter Ziantoni is an Agroforestry Designer, Forestry Engineer and MSc. in Agroforestry, working with local indigenous knowledge in agroforestry. With more than 20 years of experience, including project management, forest inventories and monitoring and promotion of NTFP production in the Amazon.

Extensive experience in rural economy and sustainable development models, with international experience (UNDP and FAO) in management and leadership positions. Enthusiastic about transparency, sharing, empowerment and collaboration between people. He is passionate about wildlife and ancestral land management practices and sustainable organizational techniques. Valter is a farmer and founder of PRETATERRA.


Walter Yan is an M.Sc. student studying at UBC Faculty of Forestry. His master’s project is to use Python programming to build an innovative mathematical modeling framework to simulate and optimize the climate change mitigation potential of the BC forest sector, including both the forest ecosystem and the harvested wood product industry.

He was a Junior Analyst at Forsite Consultants Ltd. in the summer of 2023, working on computer programming, geospatial analysis, and mathematical modeling. Moreover, with a passion for the intersection of artificial intelligence (AI) and forestry, he founded Forestry AI, an international society for everybody worldwide to learn, share, discuss, and collaborate on any work about AI for Forestry.


Ngozi Edum is a Climate and Forestry Researcher and Policy Analyst. She has gathered years of experience working in Non-profits and has a strong background in social advocacy, livelihood, and conservation initiatives.

She has a bachelor’s degree in Forestry and Environmental Management from Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, where she finished with a First-Class Honors. Ngozi is pursuing a research-based master’s in European Forestry through the Erasmus Mundus Joint master’s degree at the University of Eastern Finland. & Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg, Germany. She firmly advocates inclusive and indigenous participation in forest management and policy formulation.


Apsana Kafle is a forester with experience in Forest Resource Management, Gender Inclusion in the Forestry Sector, Forest and Alternative Timber Industries Development, and Timber Bamboo Development in Ethiopia, Nepal, Canada, and the ASEAN region.

Apsana is passionate about engaging youth in forest restoration and environment conservation through using the power of Communication. She has been engaged in International Discussions for Youth Engagement through United Nations, UNITE 2030, and RECOFTC, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Forestry from Nepal with a gold medal.