- Michelle Carvell, COO, Lorax Compliance
- Gabriela Dobrot, Project Director, Lorax EPI
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.
Mattia Pellegrini is currently Head of Unit for « Waste Management & Secondary Materials » at DG Environment, European Commission. Previously he was Head of Unit for Raw Materials, Metals, Minerals and Forest-based Industries at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. Previously, he worked as Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Nelli Feroci and as a Member of the Cabinet of the Vice President of the European Commission, in charge of Enterprise and Industry. Mr Pellegrini has a Master’s Degree in European Legal Studies obtained at the College of Europe, Bruges, and a postgraduate diploma in EC Law obtained at L.U.I.S.S. “Guido Carli”, University of Rome.
Speaker Bio to follow
As Ocean Ambassador of the Netherlands, Willemijn Peeters is an established international speaker on circular plastics. Being highly committed to preventing plastics from ending up in our environment, Willemijn founded Searious Business, a social enterprise that makes the difference in the world of plastics. She works together with highly motivated international brand owners to close the plastic loop in 3 impact sectors: packaging, furniture, consumer electronics. Creating innovative, economically advantageous alternatives at the source, Searious Business strategically assesses internal plastic use, accelerates circular product & business innovation, and reduces external impacts on ocean ecosystems.
Willemijn has been awarded with several titles:
-Ocean Ambassador of the Netherlands;
-Green Solutions partner of the European Commission;
-Leader in Sustainable Top 100 in the Netherlands;
-Member of Dutch circular economy transition team;
-Winner Plastic Recycling Europe Award 2018;
-Winner National Energy Globe Award 2018;
- Developer of fully recyclable drink pouch
-Co-developer of Oceans and Plastics Platform, IUCN;
-Initiator of circular product line: 276pieces.com;
-Developer of Design Sofa from >95% recycled plastics (mainly packaging materials.)
Rorie Parsons is a Postdoctoral Research Associate on the project ‘Many happy returns – Enabling reusable packaging systems’, a £1 million pound, 2 year project, part of UK Research and Innovation’s ‘Smart Sustainable Plastics Packaging’ challenge and is managed by the Natural Environment Research Council.
Ulrika Nordvall Bardh has for the past 11 years worked for the H&M Group in various positions, all related to Non Commercial Goods, like packaging, buildings, store construction and interior. Currently she is based at the Global Sustainability Department, working as Circular Strategy Lead for Noncommercial Goods. As part of her role lies the responsibilities of the Groups Circular Packaging Strategy including the goalsetting process. She is also representing the group in the working group lead by The Ellen Mac Arthur Foundation related to the initiative The New Plastic Economy, Global Commitment. She has recently worked with the startup of one of the groups brand ARKET where she was situated at the Expansion- and store concept team. Before that, she worked at the Global Visual Department driving and representing the functions sustainability work.
Biography to follow shortly
Kirstie joined Diageo in August 2020 having spent the previous 28 years managing sustainability in the electronics sector. Her remit at Diageo is to create and lead transformational sustainability programmes which drive momentum and deliver on the 2030 Spirit of Progress commitments. Kirstie is passionate about collaboration which builds scale and enjoys developing sustainability strategies which achieve real business results. She has an engineering doctorate in environmental technology and has published widely on sustainability and supply chain issues
Paul has huge experience in all aspects of packaging and has an exceptional understanding of packaging materials, and processes. Paul developed Tesco strategy for packaging sustainability including the creation of preferred materials and formats guidelines.
Currently working for Tesco with responsibility for the non food area for both Own Label and Branded products. Has previously been responsible for the Tesco Packaged Food areas as well as Household and Personal Care.
In his personal life Paul is Chairman of the Thriplow Daffodil Festival – an annual charity event which has raised over £1m to date.
As Business Development and Innovation manager I'm continuing the
searching new and added value materials out of waste streams. Codevelopment is searched of new activities / technologies with third partners in waste or process / product industry. I'm closely linked to R&D and innovation of Suez Groupe. My passion is on sorting, mechanical conversion and chemical extraction, inline fast characterisation and quality screening, creation of products, ... mainly driven by technology and product flows. The geographical scope is Belgium due to sales of SUEZ activities.
Alexey is an engineer who’s prime interest is in packaging concept development, scale-up and best possible end-of-life scenarios. His wide ranging areas of professional expertise include paper physics, packaging and specialty papers, paper recycling, flexible paper packaging, barrier paper, moulded pulp, paper converting, filling & packing and packaging sustainability.
Prior to joining Nestlé Alexey was a Research Scientist at VTT and has also held various consulting and innovation roles. He has a B.Sc in pulp & paper technology and an M.Sc in forest bio-refineries from Saint-Petersburg State Forest-Technical University; an M.Sc. in chemical engineering from Lappeenranta University of Technology and a D.Sc (Tech) in paper converting & packaging from Tampere University of Technology.
Born in Parma in 1966, he graduated in Organic Chemistry at the University of Parma and in his career he has always dealt with Packaging from different points of view. In the Zambon group (Inphardial) as CQ / AQ, then as head of the Packaging Design Office for the Bormioli Luigi glassworks, and finally in Barilla since 2003, where he has taken on various roles, from design, to innovation, up to today's position of Senior Science Manager on the topics of: Food Contact Materials, Research and Sustainability Packaging at a global level for the Barilla group.
He is part of the following working groups: FREP Leadership Team (EuPC - Food Contact Regulatory Expert Panel), CEFLEX initiative, PWCoA (plastic waste coalition of action) of the Consumer Goods Forum, and some Working Groups of the Italian Packaging Institute on Environment, Sustainability and Technical topics, CONAI Prevention Group, and is in the board of directors of GSICA (Italian Scientific Group for Food Packaging).
Dr. Erwin Lepoudre obtained his Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) in 2000. After another 2 years of research at the university, he started his industrial career within Kaneka Belgium N.V. in 2002.
He has initially been responsible for technical service and project management with customers of the Kane Ace® product line, which includes various polymer additives
Later one, as New Business Development Specialist, he has been accountable to enlarge the use of new technologies of Kaneka Corporation within the European market, such as Sibstar®, an isobutylene based thermoplastic elastomer for flexible high barrier packaging applications.
Since 2016 he is active within Kaneka’s Green PlanetTM project. As Sustainability Manager, he is responsible for sustainability and regulatory affairs related to this biobased and biodegradable material. Within this position, he is also member of the board of European Bioplastics and Belgian Biopackaging.
Susanne Haase is the Program Director of the 4evergreen Alliance since May 2020. The goal of the alliance, an initiative of Cepi (Confederation of European Paper Industries), is to boost the contribution of fibre-based packaging in the circular economy.
Susanne Haase, an experienced editor, and award-winning journalist has been enthusiastically reporting on the international pulp and paper industry, its supply chains and product converting, for more than 15 years.
Susanne has authored numerous articles in her career that have underlined the importance of cross-value chain collaboration to drive circularity and the role of fibre-based products in mitigating climate change. As Program Director of 4evergreen, she is in a good position to help drive the mission forward.
Publications for which Susanne has been responsible for as Editor-in-Chief include journals like ipw (International Paperworld), Paperazzo and Biofibre Magazine. In addition, she has worked as chief reporter for APR (Aktuelle Papier-Rundschau).
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).
Feliks is currently leading Mars' global packaging sustainability strategy with a special focus on improving circularity of flexible packaging. He is passionate about circular economy and keen to develop systemic solutions to improve the life cycle of plastic packaging. He has extensive business and technical experience in packaging design and recycling infrastructure, and for more than 10 years he has been involved in various sustainability positions helping companies such as Renault, Tarkett and Danone to transition towards circular economy.
Graham is the Managing Director of SLOOP Consulting B.V. which has been offering consulting services and tools in the field of packaging and sustainability since 2009.
He is the founder & project co-ordinator for CEFLEX (a Circular Economy for Flexible Packaging), which is a collaborative initiative by over 170 companies and associations from across the flexible packaging value chain to make flexible packaging even more relevant in the circular economy.
Prior to 2009, he worked for Unilever for 23 years with a wide range of responsibilities including: R&D, Packaging management and design, Supply chain restructuring, Sustainability and CSR.
When not helping clients to make their packaging more sustainable, he enjoys being outdoors, BBQ’ing, restoring an old house and trying to fend off Father Time by keeping fit.
Guido Aufdemkamp is Executive Director of the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA). He is an economist by education and has almost 20 years of experience working for German and European aluminium and packaging associations. His main expertise is market analysis, communications, but also aluminium in contact with food. Since his career start, he was involved in sustainability and recycling activities shaping the profile of the industry.
Jan is a PhD Chemist, graduated from the University of Bonn / Germany. He started his career in CIBA Specialty Chemistry in Basel Switzerland in chemical process development in 2001, from 2004 onwards he took over various roles in product development and marketing in the area of specialty chemicals for the electronic industry with focus on LCD flat panels in CIBA and later in BASF.
In 2015 he joined Clariant as Global Head of Product Management and Innovation for Masterbatches. In 2019 he was appointed to the role of Global Head of Innovation and Sustainability in which he is driving the sustainability agenda for the Masterbatch Business with a strong focus on developing innovative solutions for plastic recycling and biopolymers. In July 2020 the Clariant Masterbatch Business was acquired by PolyOne and is now merged into one business under the name Avient. Also in the new company Jan is globally leading Innovation & Sustainability initiatives and workstreams.
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