Jacek Siry, PhD
Dr. Siry’s expertise includes international investments and finance, business management, and policy; wood products trade, availability, and costs; and forest management across the world’s leading wood supply regions. His research is focused on the global competitiveness of forest industries, international forest investments, timber market modelling, and forest management efficiency.
Currently, Dr. Siry is Stuckey Timberland Professor of Forest Economics and Taxation, The Harley Langdale Jr. Center for Forest Business, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia, USA.
Rafał Chudy, PhD
Fred Cubbage teaches, performs research, and serves the profession in natural resource policy and forest economics. He has worked at the University of Georgia, the USDA Forest Service, and North Carolina State University. He has authored or co-authored about 550 papers and articles, and 4 books, including a new book in 2022 on Natural Resource Leadership and Management published by Routledge Press.
Fred was the Department Head of Forestry and Environmental Resources at NC State for 10 years, and was the Founder and Co-Director of the Southern Forest Resource Assessment Consortium (SOFAC) for 25 years. Fred was a Fulbright Scholar in Argentina and Uruguay in 2004, and consulted for the World Bank and has cooperated with scientists in Latin America, Vietnam, Laos, and China for two decades. He was President of the Society of American Foresters in 2017.
Bin Mei, PhD
Bin Mei is Hargreaves Professor of Forest Finance at the University of Georgia. He has co-authored 35 journal papers and over 60 presentations on timberland investments, forest products market, and decision-making under uncertainty. He is the founder of Floria Consulting LLC, serving the forest industry since 2009. He is on the editorial board of two leading forestry journals: Forest Science and Canadian Journal of Forest Research.
Richard received his PhD from the University of Georgia, MS from Mississippi State University, and MS and BS from Beijing Forestry University. He passed CFA level I exam in June 2019.
Karolina Chudy is the Chief Executive Officer at the Forest Business Analytics (FBA), focusing on the supervision of the projects related to timberland investments and forest products markets. Karolina is also responsible for the implementation of comprehensive client service plans for existing and future clients. Before joining FBA, Karolina worked as a data visualization specialist at the European Commission – Joint Research Centre, where she analyzed massive data sets in Tableau software to provide strategic insights.
She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Analysis and Business Administration from the University of Lodz, a Bachelor's Degree in International Business from Østfold University College in Norway and a double International Master of Business Administration Degree (IMBA) at EAE Business School and University of Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain. Karolina also has accomplished the Fundamentals of Alternative Investments program organized by the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association.
Scientific Board Members:
Ragnar Jonsson, PhD
Expert in forest products market analysis and modelling. He has worked for the FAO, European Commission - Joint Research Centre and currently works as a researcher at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
Virginia Morales Olmos, PhD
Virginia Morales Olmos is an Adjunct Professor at the University of the Republic in the Departments of Economics in Tacuarembó (Uruguay). Her research covers economic impact analysis of forest sectors, timber investments, forest policy, renewable energies, and agroforestry, with a focus on Latin America. She teaches economics, natural resources economics, and forest economics. She is on the editorial board of the forestry journal Forest Science.
She worked for the National Agricultural Research Institute (INIA), for Weyerhaeuser, and in consultancies for the public and private sectors. She received an undergraduate degree in Economics at the University of the Republic in Uruguay, a Master of Science, and a PhD at the University of Georgia.
Austin Himes, PhD
Austin Himes is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Forestry at Mississippi State University. Prior to his academic career, he worked for GreenWood Resources, Inc. conducting applied forestry research and managing hybrid-poplar plantations. His research interests are interdisciplinary and revolve around silviculture and management of forests for multiple ecosystem services. He has authored peer-reviewed articles on a diverse range of topics including trade-offs between ecosystem services in plantation forests, the carbon benefits of building with wood, short-rotation wood crop systems and the different ways that people value ecosystem services.
Austin received his PhD in Forest Ecosystems and Society from Oregon State University in 2019 and holds a M.S. from the University of Washington School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. He is a Society of American Foresters Certified Forester and a Registered Forester in the state of Mississippi.
Matthew Pelkki, PhD