Research Team

RISI’s ability to deliver industry-leading insight on the global forest products industry is due to our diverse team of industry experts.

Many of our journalists, economists, engineers and analysts are regarded as the leading authority of their area of focus.

David Allan

Editor, Nonwovens Markets, News, Markets & Prices

With over 30 years experience, Dave reports on the nonwovens market by gathering market intelligence on key market activities and conditions. Prior to joining RISI, Dave spent 25 years as an industry executive, forecaster and consultant, working with manufacturers and their suppliers and customers. Dave has spoken at industry conferences in North America, Western Europe and Latin America.

Asia & Australia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East & Africa, North America,Nonwovens

Peter Barynin

Principle Economist, Economic Analysis

Peter Barynin's specialties include natural resource price modeling, forest industry and timber markets, and international trade. Peter has over 20 years of experience servicing the forest industry, primarily as an economist. Peter currently authors RISI's North American Timber Forecast, World Timber Price Quarterly, World Pulpwood Study and World Sawlog Study. His current activities include leading the development of RISI's timberland valuation models, forest stand models, and timber price forecasts. Prior to joining RISI in 2008, Peter worked as an executive for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), where he recommended and administered government financing related to industry restructuring initiatives. With the MNR, Peter also held the position of Timber Pricing Specialist, setting the prices for all Crown timber sold from Ontario's 22 million acres of forestlands. Peter taught at Harvard University in 1996, leading the curriculum in Environmental Economic Assessment Methodology in the Kennedy School of Government.

Asia & Australia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East & Africa, North America,Timber

Bob Berg

Principal Economist, Economic Analysis

Bob Berg has spent over 25 years following the North American solid wood markets, specializing in price forecasting. Bob is a founding member of RISI and built many of its solid wood and engineered lumber models along with segments of the timber and panel models. During his tenure from 1985 to 2007, Bob mentored many of the economists following the North American lumber markets. In 2007 he left RISI to pursue other wood market opportunities, but returned to RISI in 2009.

North America,Wood Products

Ryan Burgess

Product Manager, Mill Intelligence

Ryan is the product manager for RISI's cost benchmarking service that oversees maintenance, updates, and improvements made to the Analytical Cornerstone application. He also researches and compiles regional cost data for pulp and paper markets globally, while focusing his benchmarking analysis on North American and Latin American mills.

Latin America, North America,Pulp & Paper

Nick Chang

Editor, PPI Asia, News, Markets & Prices

Nick manages the PPI Asia editorial team and reports on the Asian pulp and recovered paper markets, and has been with RISI for over ten years. He speaks Mandarin Chinese, the Chinese dialect Hokkien, English and reads Japanese.

Asia & Australia,Packaging Paper & Board, Pulp

Melissa Chen

Research Analyst, News, Markets & Prices

Melissa Chen joined UM Paper at RISI's Beijing Office in 2011. She covers pricing and end-uses for packaging paper and board in China, with a focus on containerboard and carton board grades. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Pulp and Paper from Shaanxi University of Science and Technology in China.

Asia Pacific,Packaging Paper & Board

Kevin Conley

Senior Economist, Economic Analysis

Kevin Conley has worked as an Economist for RISI for over 15 years. He contributes to the World Graphic Paper Service, providing quarterly analysis and forecasts of the global graphic paper markets, and compiles RISI's annual pulp & paper statistics.

Asia & Australia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East & Africa, North America,Graphic Papers, Packaging Paper & Board

Chris Cook

Deputy Editor, Newsprint, Coated, Uncoated Mechanical (Pulp & Paper Week); Executive Editor (PPI Latin America), News, Markets & Prices

Chris provides analysis and commentary on North American markets for newsprint, coated papers and uncoated mechanical grades and editorial oversight for our Latin American bureau. He is a lifelong journalist with more than 20 years of business and financial experience, the past eight of which have been spent covering the North American paper industry.

Latin America, North America,Graphic Papers

Jennifer Coskren

Senior Economist, Economic Analysis

Jennifer Coskren is a Senior Economist in the Wood Products group at RISI. She has more than 15 years of professional experience in construction economics, macroeconomics, statistics and real estate research. She is the co-author of the monthly Structural Panel Commentary and five and fifteen year North American Structural Panel Forecasts. Before coming to RISI in 2014, Jennifer worked at McGraw-Hill Construction and was responsible for maintaining and improving the national and regional construction models. She also developed new models to forecast state level housing starts and was behind the development and maintenance of the Dodge Momentum Index, a widely cited leading indicator of nonresidential construction spending. In addition, she provided consulting services, assisting clients with building models for individual company sales forecasting. Prior to returning to McGraw-Hill in 2001, Jennifer was employed by Bain & Company, where she did market research and statistical consulting. Jennifer has a bachelor's degree in economics from Regis College in Weston MA and holds a Master's Degree in Business Economics from Bentley University in Waltham MA.

North America,Wood Products

Marina Faleiros

Senior News Editor, News, Markets & Prices

Marina manages the pricing data for the graphic paper and boxboard markets, as well as reports trends and in-depth information about key moves by producers and buyers. Additionally, Marina provides insight into the general economy and how this affects the pulp and paper industry in Brazil and Latin America. Prior to joining RISI, Marina spent four years reporting on the pulp & paper industry while working at the Brazilian Pulp and Paper Association (ABTCP). During her tenure at ABTCP, Marina visited more than ten mills in Brazil and Uruguay, deepening her understanding of pulp & paper engineering. She is the recipient of two journalism awards for her reporting on the Brazilian economy and holds a degree in journalism from Faculdade Cásper Líbero.

Latin America,Graphic Papers, Packaging Paper & Board

Amanda Fantinatti

Associate Economist, Economic Analysis

Amanda, who is based at RISI’s office in São Paulo, is primarily responsible for developing the packaging sections for Latin American forecasts. She covers key paperboard market segments as well as downstream dynamics in converting and end-use markets. Prior to joining RISI, Fantinatti served as an economist for Parcitas Investimentos. She has also worked at Banco Safra de Investimentos and Brevan Howard Asset Management. Along with her work for RISI, Amanda teaches macroeconomics at Fundação Getúlio Vargas, where she earned her Master’s in Economics and Finance.

Latin America,Packaging Paper & Board

Sarah Feng

Senior Price Analyst, PPI Asia, UM Paper, News, Markets & Prices

With more than six years' experience in Chinese forest products industry, Sarah has maintained communications with over 100 industry players to regularly report on price fluctuations for imported and domestic recovered paper markets.

Asia Pacific,Recovered Paper

Robert Flynn

Director, Economic Analysis

Bob Flynn is Director, International Timber, and has nearly 40 years experience in the forest industry. He has spent the past 27 years as a consultant to the international forest industry, with a focus on analysis of timber supply and demand trends outside of North America; international trade of logs, woodchips, and biomass; and trends in international timberland investment. Prior to joining RISI in April 2006, he worked as a consultant with several firms including Wood Resources International, assisting clients in understanding trends in forest resources, forest ownership, and industrial development in Southern Hemisphere plantation forest countries, China, and elsewhere. In addition, Bob worked 11 years as a forester, primarily for Champion International in Oregon. Since joining RISI in 2006, he has published an annual report on the international woodchip trade (co-authored with Dennis Neilson of DANA Ltd.), two multi-client studies analyzing the economics of forest plantation development, four reports on the Chinese domestic timber supply and import requirements, two reports on India's forest products industry, and two reports focused on timberland investment opportunities in Latin America. In addition to publications and consulting projects for various clients, he is chairman of RISI's Forest Products and Timberland Investment Conference (New York City) and the International Woodfiber Resource and Trade Conference. He holds a BA degree in geography from the University of Texas, a BS degree in forest management from Northern Arizona University and an MS in economics from the University of Oregon.

Asia & Australia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East & Africa, North America,Timber

David Fortin

Senior Economist, Economic Analysis

David Fortin has been with RISI for more than 9 years. Before joining the Wood Products Economic Analysis team in 2013, he spent 7 years as a member of Fiber Economic Analysis team focusing on the global wood pulp market. As a member of the fiber team he assisted with the World Pulp Monthly, the quarterly World Pulp and Recovered Paper Forecast and all other recurring reports. He has taken part in completing multiple in-depth studies in both the fiber and wood products space. Since joining the wood products team he has had the opportunity to work closely with both Bernard Fuller, Principal Economist North American Wood Panels, and Robert Berg, Principal Economist North American Lumber. He is the co-author of the monthly Lumber Commentary and five and fifteen year North American Lumber Forecasts. David has a master's degree in international economics and finance from the International Business School at Brandeis University and has a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

North America,Wood Products

Bernard Fuller

Economic Advisor, Economic Analysis

Bernard Fuller is a founding member of RISI, specializing in the end-use markets for wood products (wood-based panels and lumber). Over the past quarter century, Bernard has led analysis on the pane board (softwood plywood, oriented strand board, medium density fibreboard and particleboard) and treated wood products markets. Bernard has been with RISI from 1985 to present, most recently contributing to RISI's monthly and quarterly forecasts for panel, engineered wood products and lumber markets and has recently returned to the role full time. Bernard holds a BA in Economic and Social History from the University of Nottingham, England; a MA in U.S. Economic History from the University of Wisconsin, and has also completed requirements for a Ph.D., except dissertation, in U.S. Economic History from State University of New York at Binghamton.

Asia & Australia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East & Africa, North America,Wood Products

Anne Grimbert

News Editor, PPI Europe, News, Markets & Prices

Anne reports on prices and market trends within the cartonboard and sack kraft paper segments, and covers breaking news for PPI Europe. Anne speaks French, German and Spanish. Prior to joining RISI, Anne spent four years as a country risk analyst for a French consulting firm writing real-time, online security alerts and making recommendations to CAC 40 companies regarding their global development projects. Anne holds a master's degree in international and strategic studies.

Europe,Packaging Paper & Board

Gavin Hao

Forester, Economic Analysis

Gavin joined RISI in August 2010 and has undertaken a number of forest valuations, wood market reviews, projects in both plantation and natural forests in China, Russia Far East, Cambodia, and Fiji. He also has experience in Forestry Management and Development, Forestry Growth Modeling, Forestry Valuation Processing, as well as Cost and Price Benchmarking. Prior to joining RISI, Gavin was previously employed in forestry operational manager positions for Stora Enso in Guangxi Province from 2005-2009. He has also worked for Pöyry as a consultant in their Shanghai offices from 2009. Gavin holds a Masters degree in Ecology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Forestry from Beijing Forestry in China.

Asia Pacific, Europe,Timber Forestry & Environment

Ville Henttonen

Senior Product Manager, Mill Intelligence

Ville conducts cash manufacturing cost studies of global pulp and paper mills to estimate their cost competitiveness in specific markets, such as European packaging and fine paper grades. Since joining RISI in 2005, Ville has worked on various cash manufacturing cost analyses, using proven methodology to estimate cost competitiveness of pulp and paper mills.

Europe,Pulp & Paper

Steven Honeyman

Associate Economist, Economic Analysis

Joining RISI in 2013, Steven is the latest addition to RISI's wood products analysis team. He contributes to the analysis of all North American wood products including lumber, structural and non-structural panels, and engineered wood products. Steven has three years of professional financial modeling experience at a large regional bank and five years total experience in the banking industry. He holds a master's degree in International Economics and Finance from Brandeis University International Business School and a bachelor's degree in Economics, International Business, and Business Management he earned from Whitworth University School of Global Commerce and Management.

North America,Wood Products

Dustin Jalbert

Economist, Economic Analysis

Dustin provides support with forecasts and analyses related to the global packaging market, including single- and multi-client studies. Prior to joining RISI's packaging team, Dustin worked on RISI's fiber team for over two years, assisting with such publications as RISI's World Pulp Monthly, the World Pulp and Recovered Paper Forecast, and the World Dissolving Pulp Monitor. He also contributed to several multi-client studies including the Outlook for the World Dissolving Pulp Market (2013) and the Outlook for the World Fluff Pulp Market (2014). Dustin holds a Master's Degree from Brandeis University in International Finance and Economics and a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Maine.

Asia & Australia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East & Africa, North America,Packaging Paper & Board

Kevin-Kun Jiang

Project Analyst, Economic Analysis

Kevin Jiang is a project analyst of RISI's special project team based in RISI Beijing office and responsible for executing pulp & paper market research, analyzing end-uses industry, preparing project proposal and writing reports on China graphic paper, packaging paper and board, recovered paper, tissue, dissolving pulp in different multi-client studies and single-client consulting work. Kevin has nearly ten years' experiences in China paper and packaging industry including three years' experiences in consulting field. Before joining RISI, Kevin was working with Pacific Millennium Paper Group Ltd. as a sales & market supervisor. Prior to that, he worked at China National Pulp and Paper Research Institute as a researcher. He has a bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering and Pulp and Paper Technology from Qilu University of Technology.

Asia Pacific,Graphic Papers, Packaging Paper & Board, Recovered Paper, Tissue

David Katsnelson

Director, Economic Analysis

David has over 15 years market experience in the financial industry, including over a decade as a trader for boutique hedge funds and brokerages in New York and Boston. He also co-founded ProSeed Capital Holdings, an international venture capital company. David is responsible for collecting, analyzing, forecasting, and communicating macroeconomic data and its relevance to clients throughout the forest product industry. He is the editor of RISI's Monthly Economic Commentary and the Economic Outlook chapters that appear in all RISI forecasts.

Asia & Australia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East & Africa, North America,Macroeconomy

Minnie Kong

Associate Economist, Economic Analysis

Minnie's primary responsibility is market analysis of pulp and recovered paper in Asia and producing China pulp market updates. Minnie also helps with the preparation of World Pulp Monthly, the quarterly forecasts, and special market analysis studies. She gives consultations and presentations to pulp producers and financial institutions. She holds a Masters degree of Economics from the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), Beijing.

Asia Pacific,Pulp, Recovered Paper

David Lees

Analyst, Mill Intelligence

David joined RISI in March 2002 and is responsible for researching, collecting and updating mill data and industry information for RISI's Asset Database. He collects data from worldwide news contributors, the global RISI editorial team, as well as various other sources like mill managers and suppliers to provide balanced and objective information. David is solely responsible for investigating and recording new projects at mills throughout the industries while also maintaining current information on existing projects for RISI’s Global Projects Database. David can be accredited with complete production of RISI's Lockwood-Post Directory of Pulp & Paper Mills in the world and the development and production of RISI Regional Mill Maps.

Asia & Australia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East & Africa, North America,Pulp & Paper

Beth Lis

Consultant, Economic Analysis

Beth began her career at RISI in 1995, as an economist analyzing Asian paper and board markets. Her work was instrumental in helping to develop and expand RISI's analysis of these markets, building RISI's extensive databases, developing RISI's price series, and forecasting for the Asian region. In 2006 she opened RISI's Shanghai office. She currently assists on the Asian Graphic paper forecasts and reports. Beth holds a Masters in Public Affairs (focusing on Economics and Public Policy) from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, USA and a B.A. in Economics and Computer Science from Dartmouth College, USA.

Asia Pacific,Graphic Papers

Jennifer-Yaping Liu

Market Analyst, Economic Analysis

Jennifer is a market analyst of graphic paper and tissue at RISI Beijing. Her primary responsibility is market information collecting and data updating for both graphic paper and tissue paper. And help with the Asian Pulp & Paper Monitor, Asia Graphic Paper Forecast, Capacity Report, and special market analysis studies. She also gives consultations and presentations to tissue producers. She holds a Master's degree of Pulp and Paper Engineering from South China University of Technology.

Asia Pacific,Graphic Papers, Tissue

Chris Lyddan

Executive Editor, North American Woodfiber & Biomass Markets, Timberland Market Reports, News, Markets & Prices

Chris joined RISI in 1995 and serves as timber analyst, including including North American woodfiber, timberland and biomass markets and price reporting. His work is also the basis for the company's benchmarking and forecasting services in woodfiber and timberland. Chris co-founded International Woodfiber Report in 1995 and Timberland Market Reports in 2000, and is executive editor North American Woodfiber & Biomass Markets. Prior to joining RISI in 1995, Lyddan owned a timber harvesting and log export business based in Virginia, founded in 1979. He holds a B.S. in Industrial Forestry from Virginia Tech.

Asia & Australia, Europe, Latin America, North America,Bioenergy, Timber, Timber Forestry & Environment, Timberland Owners

Alisa Ma

Associate Analyst, UM Paper, News, Markets & Prices

Alisa joined UM Paper (RISI China) as an associate analyst in 2014. Her primary responsibility is pulp market information collecting, data updating and pulp reports (weekly, monthly and annual) writing. Before that she was a market analyst for graphic paper and tissue.

Asia Pacific,Pulp

Derek Mahlburg

Senior Economist, Economic Analysis

Derek is the co-author of the monthly Paper Trader and the North American Graphic Paper Forecast, and also contributes to RISI's recurring analysis of the Latin American and global graphic paper markets. He has completed several in-depth studies, including the Global Outlook for Woodfree Risk, Global Newsprint Risk of Closure and Impact of Media Tablets on Publication Paper Markets. Derek completed his undergraduate education at the University of Kansas, where he majored in Economics, and holds a Master's Degree in Economics from the University of Missouri.

North America,Graphic Papers

John Maine

Vice President, Economic Analysis

As a RISI co-founder and Vice President of graphic paper, John has developed RISI's approach to graphic paper analysis and forecasting. With over 30 years in the graphic paper industry, John is an industry-recognized expert for printing and writing paper markets, prices, analysis, and forecasts. John is a regular speaker and consultant for most major producers worldwide as well as various end-user groups including insert and catalog publishers, magazine publishers, book publishers, paper merchants and brokers, and major commercial printers. He collects industry prices monthly, which are used by buyers and sellers in settling contract prices. John manages all of the world newsprint and printing and writing analysis and forecasts for RISI. His published reports include the monthly Paper Trader, World Coated Paper Supply: A risk assessment of capacity closures; World Graphic Paper Forecast; World Graphic Paper Capacity; and North American Graphic Paper Forecast.

Asia & Australia, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, North America,Graphic Papers

Alejandro Mata

Economist, Economic Analysis

Alejandro is responsible for client support and analytics for RISI's European Forest Products team. Previously, Alejandro was a business analyst for a European fine paper producer. He has a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from the Solvay Business School of Economics and Management in Brussels.

Europe,Pulp & Paper

James McLaren

Senior News Editor, Boxboard (PPI Pulp & Paper Week); Editor, RISI Global Online News, News, Markets & Prices

James McLaren has covered the forest products industry for 20 years. He is a senior editor for RISI's PPI Pulp & Paper Week, mainly reporting on North American boxboard markets, and also serves as executive editor of RISI's global online pulp and paper news service. A graduate of Rutgers University, he worked for daily newspapers in New Jersey before originally joining P&PW in 1989 under Miller Freeman. He joined RISI in 2004, and covered wood products markets for Crow's newsletter before returning to P&PW in 2008. With Miller Freeman, James was launch editor of PPI Asia in Singapore in 1998 and co-founded International Woodfiber Report in 1995. He was co-chairman of the International Woodfiber Conference in 1996, the Southern Forest Industries Conference in 1997, and the first Wood Summit in 1998.

Asia & Australia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East & Africa, North America,Packaging Paper & Board

Li Meng

Economist, Economic Analysis

Li is responsible for collecting Asian graphic paper market information, and analyzing, modeling and forecasting market data. She is the co-author of RISI's Asian Pulp & Paper Monitor as well as quarterly and long-term forecast on Asian graphic paper market. Li holds a Ph.D. of applied economics from Auburn University, USA.

Asia Pacific,Graphic Papers

JJ Meng

Analyst, Mill Intelligence

JJ joined RISI's Beijing Office in 2011. She is responsible for researching and collecting mill data and industry information, conducting cash cost studies for for Asian pulp and paper mills and updating the mill intelligence database used to store the machine, mill and market data. She holds a Master degree of Engineering in Pulp and Paper Technology from the South China University of Technology, as well as a Bachelor degree from the Beijing Forestry University.

Asia Pacific,Pulp & Paper

Renata Mercante

Editor, PPI Latin America, News, Markets & Prices

Renata Mercante joined RISI as Editor of PPI Latin America in September 2006. She works in RISI's São Paulo office and covers news, prices and market developments in the Latin American pulp and paper sector. During her time in the industry, she has interviewed many of the CEOs at the leading pulp and paper companies and visited many mills in Brazil and other Latin American countries. She speaks fluent Portuguese, English and Spanish and has a working knowledge of Italian and French. Prior to joining RISI, Renata spent five years working for ABTCP, the Brazilian pulp and paper technical association, where she spent five years covering covered the Latin American pulp and paper market. In her role as Editorial Coordinator at ABTCP, Renata was responsible for putting together the editorial for O Papel and Nosso Papel magazines as well as preparing the news for the association's website and co-ordinating their Buyers Guide publication. She holds a degree in journalism and communications from the Casper Líbero University in São Paulo and also in law at Ibirapuera University in São Paulo.

Latin America,Graphic Papers, Pulp

Will Mies

Editorial Director, PPI Pulp & Paper Week, News, Markets & Prices

Bringing decades of experience writing about pulp, paper and packaging markets, Will supervises overall market and price coverage for PPI Pulp & Paper Week and PPI Latin America as well as RISI's online news service. He coordinates a team of eight news editors in San Francisco and São Paulo, collecting news on the pulp and paper industry. Will also covers the containerboard and kraft paper markets for PPI Pulp & Paper Week and has been involved in organizing RISI conference programs and starting the annual CEO of the Year awards. Will served as Editor of PPI Pulp & Paper Week for 18 years from its original launch in 1979. He later served as Group Publisher of Miller Freeman's pulp and paper industry publications and events prior to the formation of RISI. During his career, Will has written about nearly every major pulp, paper and packaging market sector and was involved in the development of such editorial features as "Price Watch," sales and earnings roundups, company market share rankings and capacity expansion/closure tables. Will holds a B.A. in government and economics from the University of Arizona and an M.A. in journalism from Stanford University.

North America,Packaging Paper & Board

William Perritt

Executive Editor, North American Woodfiber & Biomass Markets, News, Markets & Prices

William Perritt is a Senior Editor for RISI, serving as Executive Editor for RISI's North American Woodfiber & Biomass Markets, News Editor for International Woodfiber Report, and editor of Log Lines. He also produces RISI's North American and European Wood Biomass Project databases. Perritt has covered pulpwood market news with IWR since its first issue in 1995, and launched WBMR in 2008. His efforts include regular contact with industry sources to construct real-world North American monthly market reviews in the pulpwood and wood biomass realms, analyzing price trends and market drivers for those raw materials. Perritt is a graduate of Emory & Henry College with a degree in print journalism. He is on the Forest Resources Association's Board of Directors and is a member of the West Virginia Forestry Association.

North America,Bioenergy, Timber

Jon Rager

Senior Vice President, Mill Intelligence

A 20+ year veteran of the forest products industry, Jon works out of RISI's Atlanta office leading the global team of engineers and analysts who comprise the Mill Intelligence Services division. Jon was previously at Pöyry Management Consulting where he managed a technical strategy practice area. He has also worked in the corporate lending sector at GE Capital to provide financing to companies in this industry. Earlier in his career Jon held various process engineering and operations roles with several pulp and paper producers. He has a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering with honors from The Pennsylvania State University.

Asia & Australia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East & Africa, North America,Pulp & Paper

Sheila Rezak

Product Manager, Mill Intelligence

Sheila developed RISI's Asset Database, which provides global company, mill and projects data. She also developed RISI's new Pulp & Paper Company Profiles database. In addition, Sheila oversees improvements and continued data updates to these applications.

Asia & Australia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East & Africa, North America,Pulp & Paper

Graeme Rodden

Executive Editor, IFPTA Journal and PPI Magazine, News, Markets & Prices

A native of Montreal, Graeme brings over 30 years experience covering the forest products industry. He joined RISI in 2001, moving to Belgium to become Editor of PPI, and in 2007 assumed the duties of Editor of the IFPTA Journal. Over the years, Graeme has visited more than 200 pulp and paper mills worldwide and attended countless forest products industry events and conferences. Currently, he is based in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Asia & Australia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East & Africa, North America,Pulp & Paper, Graphic Papers, Packaging Paper & Board, Pulp, Recovered Paper

Greg Rudder

Editor, PPI Pulp & Paper Week, News, Markets & Prices

Greg Rudder is lead editor for PPI Pulp & Paper Week. He has covered US and export recovered paper for more than 20 years, and during that period containerboard for seven years, uncoated freesheet for four years, and various other paper and board grades. A Pepperdine University graduate, he was a daily newspaper reporter for 12 years before joining PPI Pulp & Paper Week.

North America,Graphic Papers, Recovered Paper, Tissue

Steven Sachoff

Editor, PPI Europe, News, Markets & Prices

Steven brings more than 10 years of international journalism experience to RISI where he reports on the European pulp market. Steven oversees the editorial side of the weekly newsletter PPI Europe, and writes in-depth reports on the European pulp market. Prior to joining RISI in 2010, he covered business and political news in Central Europe for the Interfax news agency and launched and ran a trade publication for the European security industry.

Europe,Pulp

Kurt Schaefer

Vice President, Economic Analysis

With over two decades of experience with the company, Kurt leads RISI's analysis of the pulp and recovered paper segments of the industry, specializing in papergrade pulp. He publishes a monthly commentary and forecast on the world pulp market, World Pulp Monthly. He also produces RISI's long-term pulp forecasts, focusing on variables such as pulp consumption, capacity, production, production costs, and pricing. Prior to specializing in papergrade pulp, Kurt was Director of Pulp & Paper Forecaster and was responsible for forecasting prices and market conditions across all of the major grades of paper and paperboard in North America, including containerboard, newsprint, and printing and writing papers. In 1995, he received the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), and holds degrees in Economics from the University of Virginia and Miami University.

Asia & Australia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East & Africa, North America,Pulp

Gleb Sinavskis

Associate Economist, Economic Analysis

Previously, Gleb worked in the financial services industry. Before that, he had an internship at the United Nations, where he has assisted in the desk research. He has MSc in Business and Economics from Uppsala University and BSc in Economics from Mälardalen University in Sweden.

Europe,Packaging Paper & Board

Bryan Smith

Deputy Editor, News, Markets & Prices

Bryan has covered the global pulp industry since joining RISI in 2000. In 2001, he established RISI's US spot market coverage, which resulted in biweekly indexing of four key grades of market pulp in the decade since. Currently he provides market analysis and commentary on the North American market pulp industry as well as export markets and helps lead RISI's editorial coverage of pulp globally. A career media professional, Bryan covered business and general interest news for the Associated Press, Reno Gazette-Journal, and PC World prior to joining RISI.

Asia & Australia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East & Africa, North America,Pulp

Candice-Bei Song

Packaging Analyst, Economic Analysis

Candice joined RISI in 2011 as a data analyst. Her main responsibility includes data gathering/analysis, and assisting in the production of monthly packaging commentaries and quarterly forecasts. She also generates annual Asian containerboard & boxboard capacity report and provides support on special market projects. So far she has participated in the 2012 China Boxboard Study, Oji MG Machine Glazed Paper Study, and so forth. Candice holds a Master degree of Engineering in Pulp and Paper Technology from China National Pulp and Paper Research Institute and a bachelor degree of Engineering in Pulp and Paper Technology from Shaanxi University of Science & Technology, China.

Asia Pacific,Packaging Paper & Board

William Studstill

Director, Graphic Paper, Mill Intelligence

Bill conducts competitive cost studies of global pulp and paper mills producing graphic papers, including coated and uncoated, woodfree and mechanical grades. In addition, Bill conducts single-client and multi-client specialty paper studies, as well as consulting projects which include due diligence, strategic assessment and mill optimization studies.

Asia & Australia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East & Africa, North America,Graphic Papers

Esko Uutela

Principal, Tissue, Economic Analysis

With more than 30 years' experience in the global paper market, Esko's expertise lies in the tissue and recovered fiber markets. After working nearly 18 years for a large forest industry consulting company in Helsinki and Munich, Esko established EU Consulting, his own forest industry consulting company in 1994. In 2007, EU Consulting was merged with RISI. Esko is the chief editor of RISI's comprehensive studies on tissue business worldwide as well as carries out numerous private client projects.

Asia & Australia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East & Africa, North America,Tissue

Irina Van den Neste

Senior News Editor, News, Markets & Prices

Irina reports on pulp and paper market developments in Europe, with a special focus on the paper packaging sector. Leveraging her native Russian language ability to conduct interviews, she frequently writes about the forestry sector in Russia and other Eastern European countries. Irina earned a Master of Philosophy degree in European Literature from Cambridge University and a Master of Arts degree in Germanic Studies from Donetsk National University.

Europe,Packaging Paper & Board

Sampsa Veiljalanien

Product Manager, Mill Intelligence

Sampsa is responsible for conducting mass and energy balances as well as cost benchmarking analyses for EMEA pulp and paper mills.

Europe,Pulp & Paper

Ken Waghorne

Vice President, Economic Analysis

Ken has specialized in the paper packaging markets for RISI since 1983. He provides detailed monthly and quarterly analysis and forecasts of the North American paper packaging markets as well as single- and multi-client studies. He developed RISI's international containerboard and other packaging paper and board models for Latin America, Africa, Oceania and the Middle East. He also developed the RISI end-use market analysis for the Paperboard Packaging Council's Trends Report on the US folding carton industry. Ken also manages RISI's global packaging economic team, and directs the incorporation of the forecasts from North America, Asia, Europe and Latin America into RISI's global reports. Ken holds a Master of Science degree in Forest Economics from Virginia Tech and his Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry from LSU.

Asia & Australia, Europe, Latin America, North America,Packaging Paper & Board

Seth Walker

Economist, Economic Analysis

Seth Walker is RISI's Bioenergy Economist. He currently produces RISI's North American Bioenergy Forecast and aides in the production of RISI's International Timber Service. As a consultant, he has conducted several due diligence, fiber supply and site selection studies for the forest products and bioenergy industries. Seth previously covered timber pricing in the US South and Pacific Northwest as editor of RISI's Timber Transaction Price Service and Log Lines delivered log price report. He recently produced RISI's 2014 Global Wood Pellet Demand Study. Seth joined RISI in 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Resource Economics and Commerce from the University of Rhode Island and a Master of Science in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, also from URI.

North America,Bioenergy

Daniela Wortmann

Deputy Editor, News, Markets & Prices

Daniela has over ten years experience covering the Spanish market and international news. She is a native German speaker and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

Europe,Graphic Papers, Recovered Paper

Sarah Xu

Analyst, Mill Intelligence

Sarah joined RISI's Beijing Office in April 2012. She is responsible for researching and collecting mill data and industry information, conducting cash cost studies for Asian pulp and paper mills and updating RISI's Asset Database. Sarah holds the Master degree and bachelor degree of Engineering in Pulp and Paper Technology from Tianjin University of Science & Technology.

Asia Pacific,Pulp & Paper

Kong Yan

Associate Editor, Nonwovens Markets, News, Markets & Prices

Before joining RISI, Yan was an English editor and journalist in a Chinese government news agency for 7 years. She reports on Asian nonwovens markets, writing for such RISI products as Nonwovens Markets, Nonwovens Company Profiles and www.nonwovens.com.

Asia Pacific,Nonwovens

Rita Yao

Editor, PPI Asia, News, Markets & Prices

With ten years of news reporting experience in China, Rita researches the pulp and paper market within the country. She reports on a variety of grades inside China including newsprint, printing and writing paper, containerboard, and cartonboard. Rita also provides monthly Chinese paper and board price coverage for PPI Asia.

Asia Pacific,Graphic Papers, Packaging Paper & Board

Rod Young

Chief Economic Advisor, Economic Analysis

Rod Young started modeling and forecasting in the pulp and paper industry in 1977. Since then, his work in international pulp and paper markets has received worldwide recognition. Rod now consults on a regular basis with companies throughout the world. He continues to assist in the development of the RISI analysis and forecast of the world pulp and paper market, along with working on individual projects. In addition, Rod is the primary person responsible for the RISI analysis of the global dissolving pulp market. Rod became Chief Economic Advisor for RISI in 2010, after serving for four years as the company CEO and then Chairman. His role includes integrating economic analysis across the different divisions of RISI. Rod received a Master of Science degree in Forestry Economics from Virginia Polytechnical Institute in 1977 and also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry from Michigan State University.

Asia & Australia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East & Africa, North America,Graphic Papers, Packaging Paper & Board, Pulp, Recovered Paper

Gary Zauner

Editor, Crow's Market & Price Service, News, Markets & Prices

Gary provides editorial, analysis and market pricing for Crow's Weekly Market Report newsletter, the midweek update and RISI Wood & Timber news service.

North America,Lumber, Panels

Angela-Ce Zhang

Market Analyst, Economic Analysis

Angela conducts analyses on the China recovered paper and pulp market. She contributes to the World Recovered Paper Monitor as well as special market analysis studies. She graduated from the Central University for Nationalities, Beijing where she earned her BA in Business Management with a focus on mathematics and statistics.

Asia & Australia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East & Africa, North America,Pulp, Recovered Paper

Hannah Zhao

Senior Economist, Economic Analysis

Hannah joined RISI in January 2009 as an economist on recovered paper. She is the coauthor of RISI's special studies, Outlook for Global Recovered Paper Markets and The China Recovered Paper Market: A Comprehensive Analysis and Outlook, as well as the World Recovered Paper Monitor, the World Pulp & Recovered Paper 5-Year Forecast and the World Pulp & Recovered Paper 15-Year Forecast. Ms. Zhao holds a Master's degree in Resource Economics from University of Rhode Island.

Asia & Australia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East & Africa, North America,Recovered Paper

Portia Zhao

Senior Product Manager, Mill Intelligence

Portia joined RISI's Shanghai office in 2006. She specializes in cost benchmarking of Asian pulp and paper producers. Portia holds a Master degree of Engineering in Pulp and Paper Technology from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand and a Bachelor degree of Economics in International Economics and Trade, and a Bachelor degree of Engineering in Pulp and Paper Technology from the South China University of Technology.

Asia Pacific,Pulp & Paper

Jessica Zimbalatti

Senior News Editor, News, Markets & Prices

Jessica researches markets and prices for newsprint, fine paper, and packaging grades across Southeast Asia and India, while providing in-depth market coverage of Japan and South Korea. She also delivers focused news coverage of Oceania.

Asia Pacific,Graphic Papers, Packaging Paper & Board
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