Plenary Speakers


Mike Burnard

Deputy Director of the InnoRenew CoE

Assistant Professor at the University of Primorska

Adhesion and Wood: a Scoping Study and Bibliometric Analysis

Mike grew up in the forest sector in the Pacific Northwest of the US, first following his father and grandfather around the family sawmill and later working for the company, which became noted for its innovative products, marketing, and operations. He returned to academia in 2010 and completed a Master’s of Science degree in Wood Science at Oregon State University in 2012.

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Ashlee Cribb

Senior Vice President – Chief Commercial Officer

Roseburg Forest Products

Market Outlook and Opportunities for Wood Adhesives

Ashlee Cribb is Senior Vice President – Chief Commercial Officer at Roseburg Forest Products, with headquarters in Springfield, Ore. Ashlee oversees the sales, marketing and logistics functions for the company, and leads a large supply chain transformation initiative and related projects. 

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Manfred Dunkey



Challenges of Bio-based Materials from an Industrial Perspective

Manfred Dunky studied Polymer Engineering and Science at the University in Leoben, Austria, and got his PhD 1980 on “Chemical-physical characterization of UF resins for the particleboard industry”. 

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Joseph Jakes

Research Materials Engineer

US Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory

Using Advanced Experimental Tools to Accelerate Wood Adhesive Development

Since 2010 Joseph Jakes has been a Research Materials Engineer in the Forest Biopolymer Science and Engineering group at the USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, WI. He received a BS in Chemical and Biological Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005.

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Charles Markessini

R&D Director

Chimar  Hellas SA

Adhesive Systems used in the European, Asian, and African Particleboard, MDF, and OSB Industries

He has completed his Chemical Engineering studies at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), Greece, in 2002. In his final thesis he studied the design of a pilot unit producing urea-formaldehyde resins under continuous flow conditions.

In 2007 he has completed a two-year master’s course in “Applied Informatics, specialization in Computer Systems” at the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki.