Fastmarkets RISI Sessions

Tuesday, March 17

Coffee break between sessions sponsored by 
Fastmarkets RISI

10:00 - 10:40am

Fastmarkets RISI Global Printing-Writing Papers Market Trends Session

Derek MahlburgDerek Mahlburg is a senior economist at Fastmarkets RISI’s Charlottesville office and has covered North American graphic paper markets since 2008, co-authoring the North American forecasts and commentaries, including the monthly Paper Trader and five and fifteen-year forecasts. He also directs the global graphic paper forecast and has led various special studies and risk analyses, including the Global Woodfree Risk of Closure Study, North American Containerboard Conversion Study, The Impact of Media Tablets on Publication Paper Markets and The Impact of E-commerce on North American Paper Packaging 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.


10:50 - 11:30am

Fastmarkets RISI Global Paper-based Packaging and Recovered Fiber Trends Session


Abdulla Zaid is an economist in the Paper Packaging division at Fastmarkets RISI, with a focus on containerboard, boxboard, and other packaging papers. He authored multiple single/multi-client studies covering key paper market segments in North America, Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining Fastmarkets RISI, Abdulla did policy analysis and econometric modeling for think tanks and consultancies in the US and Europe. His publications in development economics have been referenced in reports from the World Bank, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, the International Labour Organization, and other think tanks. Abdulla has a Master’s in Development Economics and Policy from the University of Manchester in the UK, and a Bachelor’s degree, with a double major in Economics and Political Science, from St. Lawrence University in the US.