Philippe Diercxsens is a Belgian citizen and holds a PhD degree in eco-toxicology of the Polytechnic School of Lausanne, Switzerland. He works since January 1999 as Packaging and Environment Manager at DANONE Beverages Division.
He is chair of the Sustainability & Regulatory Affairs work group of EUROPEN, the European Organization for Packaging and the Environment as well as co-chair of the Sustainable Food Systems work group of FoodDrinkEurope (FDE).
Founder and Directorat
Dana Mosora holds a Chemical Engineering degree from the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest (Romania) and an MBA in Marketing from Colorado State University (US).
Her professional experience ranges from applied research in cosmetics, to consumer marketing in Colgate Palmolive and Sara Lee in US and Europe and plastic packaging value chain in Europe and Africa.
With Dow Chemical between 2007 and 2016, she led the Value Chain Engagement for the European Division of Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics and eventually headed the European, Middle East and Africa Sustainability and Advocacy initiatives for the business.
She is now the founder of DANA MOSORA Consulting, a company dedicated to driving the Circular Economy for Plastic Packaging and works as consultant for the European CEFLEX consortium.
As legacy project, she created in 2017 the ASASE Foundation in Accra, Ghana. The foundation is helping entrepreneur women from under-privileged communities to start social enterprises in recycling plastic packaging and deviate it from urban and marine littering.
Dr Gerald Rebitzer
Gerald Rebitzer is responsible for Sustainability at Amcor Flexibles Europe, Middle East and Africa and Amcor Flexibles Americas.
From 2007 to 2009 he was head of product-related sustainability management at Alcan Packaging, globally. Prior to this, he had several roles related to EHS and sustainability within Alcan, focusing on the various aluminium production and fabrication businesses (2003 – 2007). Gerald has over 20 years of experience in implementing sustainability initiatives and life cycle approaches in sectors such as Packaging, Building and Construction, Automotive, Aerospace, Electronics, and Metals.
He holds a Ph.D. in Life Cycle Management from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne and a Masters in Environmental Engineering from the Technical University Berlin. He is editor for The International Journal of LCA, member of the Executive Committee of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, and chairman of the Sustainability Committee of Flexible Packaging Europe. Gerald was also member of the Steering Committee of the WRI/WBCSD GHG Protocol’s Product and Supply Chain Initiative and was active in the board of the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative. Gerald has published more than 120 papers in the area of life cycle thinking and sustainability and regularly speaks at international conferences.
Hans Van Bochove
Chair of EUROPEN and Vice-President Public Affairs Europeat
Coca-Cola European Partners
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Simon Boas Hoffmeyer
Director, Group Sustainabilityat
Simon has a background within strategy, business development, PR and communications and has been developing business-driven sustainability solutions for more than 10 years, within many different areas such as compliance, reporting, communication, data management and branding. He is currently sustainability director at Carlsberg Group and is among others responsible for the roll out of the sustainability programme Together Towards ZERO. His interest particularly lies in making sustainability relevant and accessible for the consumers, and developing value-chain partnerships to achieve sustainability goals. An example of this includes the development of the world’s first bio based beer bottle – The Green Fiber Bottle.
Lars Lundquist holds a PhD in polymer composites science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, where he conducted research within the fields of pulp and paper chemistry, composites processing science and life-cycle engineering.
He currently holds a position as Senior R&D Expert at the Nestlé Research Center where he is responsible for the development and dissemination of knowledge related to packaging environmental sustainability within the Nestlé organisation. Representing Nestlé he has contributed to a wide variety of international environmental initiatives including co-chairing The ECR/EUROPEN Guide “Packaging in the Sustainability Agenda: A Guide for Corporate Decision Makers”, The Consumer Goods Forum Global Protocol for Packaging Sustainability as well as the FoodDrinkEurope ENVIFOOD Protocol for Environmental Assessment of Food and Drink.
Virginia Janssens is currently Managing Director at Plastics Europe. From July 2012 - March 2020 she was Managing Director for the European Organization for Packaging and the Environment (EUROPEN). EUROPEN is a unique cross-sectoral EU industry association in Brussels, presenting the opinion of the packaging supply chain in Europe, without favouring any specific material or system. EUROPEN members are comprised of multinational corporate companies spanning the packaging value chain (raw material producers, converters and brand owners) plus six national packaging organizations all committed to continuously improving the environmental performances of packaged products, in collaboration with their suppliers and customers. www.europen-packaging.eu
Prior to joining EUROPEN in January 2010 as EU Affairs Manager, Ms Janssens acquired considerable experience in the Brussels arena working both as a public affairs and public relations consultant for various clients coming from the environment, food, chemical and energy sectors. Ms Janssens obtained a master’s degree in Political & Social Sciences at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium and a second master’s degree in Intercultural Management at the ICHEC Business School in Brussels.
Kelly L. Helein
VP Strategic Accountsat
Kelly L. Helein brings 29 years of executive leadership in the capacity of sales, marketing and business development having worked for specialty paper companies, converters and manufacturers. A self-described highly motivated connector and collaborator, she has extensive experience in driving innovation and growth while working with leading consumer products companies. Passionate about sustainability and the impact of packaging on the global network, Kelly has championed change as the past Board President for the Paper Discovery Center and the Paper International Hall of Fame. She also serves on the advisory committee for Smithers Pira Sustain Pack Europe and US. Kelly previously worked as Vice President, Industrial for Coveris, now TC Transcontinental and now serves as Vice President, Strategic Accounts for Footprint.
Louise is an engineer with a MSc in Biotechnology from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. She has been with BillerudKorsnäs since 2011 in roles such as process engineer, technical service manager and sustainability manager. Louise has among other things been crucial in the work to set BillerudKorsnäs’ Science Based Targets in 2017 and is today focused on working with the commercial side of BillerudKorsnäs where she is active in developing the sustainability agenda focusing on product development, customer needs and circular economy. Her passion is to drive sustainability throughout the company, ensuring that the company contributes to a sustainable future.
Senior Director of R&Dat
Garry Kohl is PepsiCo’s Sr. Director of R&D accountable for Global Packaging Technology/Design & Environmental Sustainability across PepsiCo’s Snacks and Nutrition Categories. In its global portfolio of food and beverage brands, PepsiCo has 22 different brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales. With net revenues of over $63 billion, PepsiCo’s businesses make hundreds of enjoyable foods and beverages that are respected household names around the world.
In his role, Mr. Kohl oversees new developments in designing packaging materials and machinery for global PepsiCo. This includes bio-based materials, lowering carbon footprint and design for recovery. Consumer focused, to capture competitive advantage and drive PepsiCo’s businesses forward.