Conference Program

Day 1: Tuesday 12 September 

Time Proposed Topics Speaker
8.50am-9.00am Welcome Dennis Neilson - Director Dana (NZ) Ltd, New Zealand
9:00am-9:30am Opportunities for Global Timber Investors in Africa Ole Sand - CEO, Criterion Africa Partners,
9.30am-10.00am Managing a Major Forestry and Wood Processing Operation in Africa: A York Timbers Experience   Pieter van Zyl - CEO, York Timbers, South Africa 
10.00am-10.30am Improving Forest Asset Values by Optimising Cash Flow Returns and Productivity Charl de Villiers - Principal, Poyry Management Consulting, London  
10.30am-11.00am   Morning Break 
11.00am-11.30am Tanzania: Private sector plantation forestry, forest industry and market opportunities Hans Lemm - CEO of Kilombero Valley Teak Company, Tanzania  
11.30am-12.00pm Kenya: Private sector plantation forestry, forest industry and market opportunities Tevis Howard - Founder and CEO Komaza 
12.00pm-12.30pm Swaziland: Private sector plantation forestry, forest industry and market opportunities Ferdie Brauckmann - Executive Manager TWK Agri, (Shiselweni Forestry Company), Swaziland 
12.30pm - 2.00pm   Lunch
2.00pm-2.30pm Malawi: Private sector plantation forestry, forest industry and market opportunities Trent Bunderson - Executive Director Natural Resources/Ecology, Total Land Care, Malawi 
2.30pm-3.00pm Uganda: Private sector plantation forestry, forest industry and market opportunities Paul Jacovelli - Head of Forest Investment Division, UNIQUE Forestry & Land use GmBH, Germany
3.00pm-3.30pm Mozambique: Private sector plantation forestry, forest industry and market opportunities

Jarl Kosberg - Chief Operating Officer, Green Resources Norway

3.30pm - 4.00pm
  Afternoon Break
4.00pm-4.30pm Advances in Breeding Eucalyptus Sawlog Species/Hybrids Dr. Steve Verryn -Tree Breeding specialist, Han Merensky, South Africa 
4.30pm-5.00pm The need for good applied research in support of new plantation development Andrew Morris - Research Manager for the Institute for Commercial Forestry Research (ICFR) South Africa
5.00pm-6.00pm   Free Time
6.00pm-7.00pm Kruger Game Drive    
7.00pm-9.00pm Dinner Braai (BBQ), "Under Stars", Kruger National Park

 

Day 2: Wednesday 13 September 

 

Time Proposed Topics Speaker
8.40am-8.45am Housekeeping Dennis Neilson - Director, DANA (NZ) Ltd, New Zealand  
8.45am-9.30am Motivational Key Note Speaker Zelda la Grange  - Former PA to President Nelson Mandela 
9.30am-10.00am The importance of Third Party Forest and Wood Products Certification 

Chris Burchmore - FSC Regional Director

Craig Norris - South African Forestry Assurance Scheme (SAFAS)

10.00am-10.30am The Zambian Commercial Timber Industry Frightone Sichone, Managing Director, ZAFFICO, Zambia
10.30am-11.00am   Morning Break
11.00am-11.30am The Global & African Woodchip - Biomass Trade: Outlook and Opportunities for new African Projects Robert Flynn - Director, International Timber, RISI, USA
11.30am-12.00pm Quantum Global Investments in African Forestry Tapani Pahkasalo - Vice-President, Timberland Investment, Quantum Global, Switzerland
12.00pm-12.30pm The Navigator Group (Portucel)  Mozambique Case Study: Perspective of a European pulp and paper leader on investing in Africa Joao Le - CEO, The Navigator Company, Mozambique 
12.30pm-1.30pm    Lunch Break
1.30pm-2.30pm Key Note Speaker: Challenges and Opportunities of making Major Investments in Africa  [45 mins plus Q & A] Stephen Jennings - Director, Rendeavour Group, London   
2.30pm-3.00pm The Current and future Wooden Pole Market  in Africa  Pierre Tullis - Managing Director of African Certification and Testing (ACT)  
3.00pm-3.30pm CBG: A case for sustainable natural forest management in Sub-Saharan Africa Emmanuel Groutel - Director Marketing & Sales, Compagnie des Bois du Gabon
3.30pm-4.00pm New Projects - New Funds Panel  
4.00pm Conference Closing Dennis Neilson - Director, DANA (NZ) Ltd, New Zealand 

 

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