Policy, business-models and human capital for bioeconomy: Identifying opportunities


Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO in partnership with the European Forest Institute plan to arrange a series of open discussions “Europe and Russia: towards cooperation in the bioeconomy development” to be held during 2017-2019. It will facilitate an informed dialogue on the concept of bioeconomy itself, role of policy, research and innovation, public and private partnerships in introducing it and developing bioeconomy.

These events will have a special emphasis on forest-based bioeconomy aspects. At the same time, they will be articulated around key topics: policy, business-models, international cooperation and human capital as well as specific geographical dimension: Russia and its regions, Europe and EU regions and states.

The organizers are honored to invite you to join the initial event in this series - an Open Discussion “Policy, business-models and human capital for bioeconomy: Identifying opportunities”.

November 9, 2017 (Thursday), 09:30-14:00
Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO
100 Novaya Str., Skolkovo village, Odintsovo District, Moscow Region


The purpose of the event

The open discussion is aimed to gather European and Russian representatives leading bioeconomy agenda to discuss its opportunities in policy, business, human capital development and in collaboration between Europe and Russia.

Event details

Bioeconomy comprises those parts of the economy that use renewable biological resources from land and sea (forests, crops, animals and micro-organisms) to produce food, innovative materials, “clean” energy and other products with a high added value and to meet human needs by providing ecosystem services.

Such European countries as Finland, Germany and Sweden have already made great strides in introducing the bioeconomy agenda into state development strategies for various sectors of the economy.

In Russia, the Comprehensive Program for the Development of Biotechnologies to 2020 has also been approved, and such initiatives as the BioTech2030 technology platform are developing. However, the drivers of positive transformations are not only advanced technologies, as such, but also far-sighted political decisions, innovative business models and the development of human capital.

The development of bioeconomy in Russia is a new opportunity to ensure sustainable investment and economic growth, employment of the population in sectors, which are safer for the health and environment and the solution of environmental problems.

Now is the best time to transform the Russian economy from the state of dependence on fossil resources and to move towards a sustainable, low-carbon and cyclical bioeconomy based on the integrated use of biological resources. At the same time, the need to popularize the concept of bioeconomy in Russia and its potentially unlimited opportunities for business and the state is obvious. International cooperation and the exchange of best practices could help create the conditions for a sustainable and consistent development of bioeconomy in Russia.

Key speakers

Sergei Ivanov

Special Presidential Representative for Environmental Protection, Ecology and Transport

Sergei Ivanov is a Russian senior official and politician, a permanent member of the Security Council of the Russian Federation. In 2001 – 2007 – Minister of defense of the Russian Federation. In 2008 – 2011 – Deputy Chairman of the Russian Government. In 2011 - 2016 — the Head of the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation. State Councilor of Russian Federation of 1 class.


Esko Aho

Strategic Advisor, European Forest Institute; Former Prime-Minister of Finland in 1991-1995, Chairman of the Board of Directors, East Office of Finnish Industry; Senior Fellow, Harvard University; Consultative partner, Nokia Corporation; Chairman of the Council of the Skolkovo Foundation; Executive in Residence of Aalto University in Helsinki

Esko Aho served as Prime Minister of Finland from 1991 to 1995 and as Member of Parliament from 1983 to 2003. Since then he has been serving as an Executive Vice President of Corporate Relations and Responsibility at Nokia and member of the Nokia board, President of the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, etc. Currently, he serves as Executive Chairman of the Board of East Office of Finnish Industries Ltd. Representing 25 the leading Finnish corporations in Russia.


Marc Palahí

Director, European Forest Institute

Marc Palahí is responsible for leading the European Forest Institute (EFI) towards an acknowledged pan-European science-policy platform. Previously he led EFI’s policy support activities and played a very important role in launching a European high-level science-policy forum on the future of forests – ThinkForest. Mr. Palahí has a PhD in forestry. He is an expert on forests and global change and author of influential articles on the transformational role of forests in fighting climate change and developing a European bioeconomy.


Vladimir Popov

Director of the Research Center of Biotechnology, Russian Academy of Science; Chairman of the Board, Technological Platform “BioTech2030”

Vladimir Popov is the Doctor of Chemical Sciences, Corresponding Member of Russian Academy of Science (RAS), professor of the Faculty of biology atthe Lomonosov Moscow State University and Director of the Federal Research Centre "Fundamentals of Biotechnology" RAS. He is also the Chairman of the Board of the Technological Platform «Bioindustry and Bioresources» (BioTech2030), the head of the Russian National contact center FP7 NCP-Bio in the direction of "Biotechnology, agriculture and food" and the representative of Russiain the Working group on biotechnology (RSL) of the Committee on scientific and technological policy at the Organization for economic cooperation and development (OECD). He has more than 250 publications in national and foreign periodicals and awardsfrom the Government of the Russian Federation for achievements in science and technology (1997, 2010).


Timo Jaatinen

Director General, Finnish Forest Industries Federation

Timo Jaatinen is the Director General of Finnish Forest Industries Federation (FFIF). FFIF represents Finland’s entire pulp, paper, and paperboard industry as well as ~65% of the wood products industry and aims to ensure that Finland offers a competitive and innovative operating environment for forest industry production, employment, and investments. Mr. Jaatinen’s current significant positions of trust related to the forest sector includes following: vice chairman, the Forest industry working group of the Finnish-Russian Intergovernmental Commission for Economic Cooperation; member of Steering Committee, Confederation of European Paper Industries CEPI; member of Bioeconomy panel, Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy; member of ICC Finland, International Chamber of Commerce; member, Forest Academy for Decision-Makers; member, FAO Advisory Committee on Paper and Wood Products; the Association Directors’ Group ADG, Confederation of European Paper Industries CEPI.


Olga Kochetkova

Deputy Director of the Department for Strategic Development and Innovation, Ministry of Economic Development of Russian Federation

Mrs. Kochetkova is responsible for the development and coordination of the implementation of the Comprehensive Program for the Development of Biotechnologies in the Russian Federation for the period until 2020, as well as the Action Plan ("road map") "Development of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering".


Esa Härmälä

Special Adviser, European Forest Institute; Former CEO, Metsähallitus

Esa Härmälä has held several leading positions related to forestry and agriculture, such as the CEO of the Finnish State Forest Enterprise Metsähallitus, Director-General of the Energy Department at the Ministry of Employment and the Economy as well as Director General of European Fertilizer Manufacturers Association in Brussels. In 1994–2006, he was President of the Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK). Mr Härmälä has also worked as a member of the EC accession negotiators delegation for Agriculture and Fisheries in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, as Special Adviser to Prime Minister Esko Aho on economic affairs and as an expert at Finland’s EC Representation in Brussels.


Sergei Bobylev

Head of Center for Bioeconomy and eco-innovations, Lomonosov Moscow State University

Sergei Bobylev is a Doctor of Economic Sciences, professor, Honored Scientist of the Russian Federation and Head of the Center for Bioeconomy and Eco-Innovations at the Faculty of Economics at the Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU), Dr. Bobylev is the winner of the competition for the award of the Moscow Government in the field of environmental protection (2013); editor in chief of the "Report on human development 2001. Russian Federation" (laureate of the international competition of the UN Development Program for the best national Report (2002)). He lead the expert group and participated in projects for the Ministry of Economic Development, Ministry of Natural Resources, State Duma, the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation and for the international organizations: United Nations Development Programme, the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility. Visited as a lecturer leading universities of USA, Université Paris-Dauphine (Paris) and the Vienna University of Economics (Vienna).


Nikolay Shmatkov

Head of the Forest Program, WWF Russia

Nikolay Shmatkov is the Director of Forest Program, supervising the whole range of forest projects implemented by WWF-Russia and the Chief Editor of “Sustainable Forestry” magazine. Thematic scope of his work includes ensuring sustainable forest management and balance of stakeholders’ interests, improving forest governance and law enforcement, eliminating illegal logging and trade, developing approaches for high conservation value forests preservation and promotion of non-wood timber products, providing support for FSC certification, etc. Mr. Shmatkov participated in the development of the Russian Forest Policy as a delegate from Russian environmental and social NGOs’ community. Before joining WWF he worked for 10 years in the Forest Program of IUCN Russia.


Gala Mansurova

General Manager, Huhtamaki Fiber Packaging Russia

Mrs. Mansurova has an MBA degree in Commerce and 25-years professional experience in Food Packaging and Food Hygiene industries. Since 2011 she has been working as a General Manager for Huhtamaki Fiber Packaging Russia & CIS, driving the division to double its capacity through modern equipment for manufacturing eco-friendly and biodegradable packaging from recovered paper.


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Event agenda

09:30 - 10:00Registration, welcome coffee
10:00 - 10:15Opening Remarks
10:00 - 10:15

Andrei Sharonov, President, Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO
Sergei Ivanov, Special Presidential Representative for Environmental Protection, Ecology and Transport
Esko Aho, Ex-Prime Minister of Finland, Strategic Advisor, European Forest Institute

10:15 - 10:30Vision and Request of Business
10:15 - 10:20

Kamil Zakirov, President, Segezha Group

10:20 - 10:25

Anatoliy Frishman, CEO, Sveza Group

10:25 - 10:30

Natalia Malashenko, Corporate Communications Director, UPM-Kymmene

10:30 - 11:50Vision & Trends in Science, Education, Business and Regulation (Open Lectures and Q&A)
10:30 - 10:50


Esko Aho, Ex-Prime Minister of Finland, Strategic Advisor, European Forest Institute

Building the European bioeconomy: why, what and how?

Marc Palahí, Director, European Forest Institute

10:50 - 11:10

Prospects of bioeconomy in the Russian Federation

Vladimir Popov, Director, Research Center of Biotechnology, Russian Academy of Science, Chairman of the Board “BioTech2030”

11:10 - 11:30

The Finnish forest-based bioeconomy: emerging business models, products and infrastructures

Timo Jaatinen, President, Finnish Forest Industries Federation

11:30 - 11:50

Russian forestry sector and its potential in bioeconomy development

Olga Kochetkova, Deputy Director of the Department for Strategic Development and Innovation, Ministry of Economic Development of Russian Federation

11:50-12:10Coffee break
12:10 - 13:20Panel Discussion: Building the Russian Bioeconomy, Q&A
12:10 - 13:20


Elena Kulikova, European Forest Institute

Panel participants

Esa Harmala, Former CEO of Metsähallitus
Galina Mansurova, General Manager, Huhtamaki Molded Fiber Russia
Sergei Bobylev, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Head of Center for Bioeconomy and eco-innovations
Nikolay Shmatkov, Director of the Forest Program, WWF Russia

13:20 - 13:30Concluding remarks
13:20 - 13:30

Esko Aho, Ex-Prime Minister of Finland, Strategic Advisor, European Forest Institute
Alexey Kalinin, Director Institute of Emerging Markets Studies

13:30 - 14:30Lunch, networking and informal communication

* The list of participants can be modified.


Organizers of the event would like to express their deep gratitude for cooperative partnership and support to the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications of Switzerland (DETEC).


The event is free of charge and by invitation only. Registration required.
Event languages: Russian and English (simultaneous translation).

Please consider that the number of participants is limited and be sure that have confirmed your participation before the registration is closed.

Location map

Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO,
Novaya ul. 100, Skolkovo village, Odintsovsky district, Moscow region

By public transport: from metro station “Slavyansky boulevard” bus “Sk”; from metro station “Kievskaya”, “Park Pobedy” or “Slavyansky boulevard” mini-bus #523 till the bus-stop “Moskovskaya shkola upravleniya”.
More options.

If you go by car, which you plan to park at the School parking, please inform us about the plate number in advance and use at the checkpoint the “code-word” - “Bioeconomy”.