Bioeconomy Forum 2021

March 17 - 29, 2021

Washington DC


The Bioeconomy Transition

The forest is back on the Washington agenda.

New threats to the world’s environment, economy and energy security are

driving interest in expanding the use of biomass for
liquid fuels, chemicals, products, packaging, heat and power.


For Nordic companies, this provides an unique opportunity to contribute and benefit.

Join us on a fact-finding mission to Washington, D.C. from March 15 - 17, 2021.


In addition to customized Nordic sessions, we have joined forces with the premier American bio-economy gathering, the Advanced Bioenergy Leadership Conference (ABLC), to give you high-powered interactions with U.S. industry leaders, policymakers and the media.

ABLC attracts owners and operators, project developers, investors, policymakers, end-use customers and channel & development partners to further the dialogue on the industrial movement towards sustainability and renewables. 


Monday March 16 - The Mayflower Hotel


                Welcome reception and networking event 


Tuesday March 17 - Advanced Bioenergy Leadership Conference, Mayflower Hotel

               Nordic Networking Breakfast : meet American public and private-sector                             influencers and policy makers

               Bioeconomy Policy Forum: how new and existing carbon policies affect

               global transition to a low-carbon economy 

               Industry Horizons: deploying at scale, attracting capital, brand visibility and

               how to monetize through existing and new channels 

               Global Leadership Keynote

               C.J. Warner, C.E.O., Renewable Energy Group 


               Market perspectives: gaining and speed and being sustainable 

               ABLC Keynote

               Senator Angus King of Maine 

               Innovation Leaders: panel discussion with Nordic companies 

               Moderator: Doug Faulkner

                Ismo Sillanpaa, Director, Dolea

                Kati Kaivonen, C.E.O. of the Americas, Finnair

                Markku Hamalainen, C.E.O., Kotkamills 

               Breakout Sessions on advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals

               and sustainable aviation

               Nordic Dinner

               Hosted by Charles  C. Adams II, Former Ambassador to Finland

Wednesday March 17 - Nordic West USA headquarters


               Discussion on the elections, trade war and the economy

               The changing role of America in the world

               Reta Jo Lewis, Transatlantic expert and political analyst,

                 German Marshall Fund

               The politics of trade: the disputes, deals and power plays

               Josh Kallmer, Innovation and trade policy expert, ITI

                 Jeanine P. McGuinness, U.S. trade and investment expert, Orrick

                 Harry Clark, Chair of international trade and compliance group, Orrick

               Elections 2020 – what happens next

               Richard Starr, Political analyst and commentator

Featured Speakers

Jeanine P. McGuinness 
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U.S. trade and investment expert
Jeanine, partner at Orrick, specializes in U.S. trade and investment laws applicable to cross-border transactions, focusing on U.S. economic sanctions, anti-money laundering laws, anti-boycott laws, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and transaction reviews by U.S. national security agencies, including the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Jeanine's clients include major U.S. and foreign financial institutions, and pharmaceutical, technology, telecommunications, energy and natural resources companies. 
Josh Kallmer
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Innovation and Trade policy expert
Information Technology Industry Council 
Josh serves as executive vice president for policy at ITI, leading the organization’s efforts to enable innovation and economic growth through policy development around the globe. Previously, Josh was counsel in the International Trade and International Dispute Resolution groups of Crowell & Moring LLP.  Josh has also served as Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Investment, co-chaired the United States’ bilateral investment treaty (BIT) program, and represented the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).  
Reta Jo Lewis
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Transatlantic expert and political analyst
German Marshall Fund 
Reta Jo serves as director of congressional affairs at the German Marshall Fund. Previously, she served as the State Department’s first-ever special representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs, under secretaries of state Hillary Clinton and John Kerry. Reta Jo has also served in the Clinton administration and she was the director for business outreach for the Obama-Biden Transition Team. Among her many high-profile roles, Reta Jo has served as the vice president and counselor at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and director of the Chamber’s effort focused on small business and outreach to women and minority-owned businesses.  
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Richard Starr
Political reporter and analyst 
Richard Starr is a freelance writer and editor. He was an editor at The Weekly Standard from 1995 to 2018. He previously worked as an editor at a variety of publications, including the Washington Times, the National Interest, the Public Interest, Insight, and the American Spectator. 

Event Details

The program will start in the morning of March 15

and will end at noon on March 17, 2021

Program participation fee $4,500*

(*flights and accommodations not included)

To sign up, contact

or call +1 202 339 4888

Welcome to Washington!


Event Organizers

Kristiina Helenius


Nordic West, Inc.

Douglas L. Faulkner


Leatherstocking, LLC

The joint venture between Nordic West and Leatherstocking combines expertise of the Nordic and U.S. business environments and offers Nordic companies tailored support in strategic planning, Washington access, government relations, integrated communications and sustainability in the fields of renewable energy and resource efficiency.