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.
Senior Packaging Managerat
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.
Head of Packaging, Quality and Food Safetyat
A recognised expert, leader and innovator across Packaging, Sustainability and Global Food Supply Chains with over 20 years in-depth knowledge and experience as a key player in packaging and sustainable sourcing across the retail and manufacturing sectors. As Head of Packaging at Iceland and a Non-Executive Director of the On-Pack Recycling Label Stuart continues to build on his proven track record and of crafting and implementing highly innovative strategies and ground-breaking packaging and CSR initiatives. A chemical engineering graduate of Queen’s University Belfast. He joined Safeway Supermarket in 2001, eventually heading up the packaging team. Via a period with print management specialist TDG, he was recruited by Sainsbury’s to re-establish their packaging department in 2005. Having been directly responsible for the packaging and design strategy behind Sainsbury’s Brand (including industry-leading targets on packaging reduction) Stuart moved to establish the Head of Sustainable & Ethical Sourcing in 2013 working right across Sainsbury’s world recognised 20x20 sustainability plan. Leaving Sainsbury’s in 2018, Stuart became an ambassador for The Institute for Global Food Security at Queens University Belfast continuing his relationship with the University that dates back to 1991 ahead of joining Iceland in early 2019.
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.
Technical Packaging Engineerat
Gizem Narin is a Technical Packaging Engineer at METRO based in Duesseldorf. She is responsible for the development and quality assurance of packaging for common source Own Brand products for METRO Cash & Carry International and providing general packaging support to the METRO countries. Prior to METRO, she was a packaging development engineer at Colgate Palmolive and R&D Responsible at Unilever. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry and a Master's Degree in Material Science and Engineering.
Becca Cable is a seven year Starbucks partner (employee) and has supported various aspects of sustainability across Starbucks Enterprise. Currently she is orchestrating the multi-year sustainability strategy and governance structure as a senior strategy & sustainability brand manager on the Starbucks Global Channel Development (GCD) Team. Prior to this role, Becca was a New Product Introduction and Priorities Manager in Global Supply Chain. She was responsible for executing, from concept to in-store launch, sustainable packaging product development. Simultaneously, Becca created and led the Mandate Response Team where she managed and executed in store solutions in support of sustainable packaging legislation in the Americas. Additionally, for two years Becca served as a Co-Director of Events for an employee engagement group, Partners for Sustainability. She and her co-director, hosted 45 events attended by over 10,000 and provided attendees with local action-oriented organizations and resources aimed at driving sustainable change.
Director Environmental Policyat
Gloria Gabellini is Director Environmental Policy for Europe at PepsiCo, where she works since 2016. She manages environmental policy issues including packaging sustainability and environmental labelling, supporting markets in Europe in the implementation of strategies involving these issues.
Prior to joining PepsiCo, Gloria worked as a policy advisor on agricultural markets and trade at COCERAL, the EU association of grain traders where she also held the position of Deputy Secretary General.
Gloria has a Master in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Bologna and worked there as a research assistant on energy crops before moving to Brussels in 2009.
Dr Feliks Bezati
Global Circular Packaging Directorat
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.
Adrian Sen is the Packaging Innovation & Sustainability Manager for Colgate-Palmolive Europe, where he is responsible for the development and implementation of Colgate’s packaging sustainability strategy.
Before joining Colgate, Adrian worked for Johnson & Johnson where he led the implementation of an end-to-end Supply Chain transformation program to optimize cost and managed a cross-functional team.
Adrian started his career at Bosch Packaging Technology in Product Management. Adrian holds a Master's degree in packaging engineering and an Executive MBA degree from the University of applied science in Basel. He also received a Certificate of Sustainability Management in Business in 2020 from the University of Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership, in the U.K.
Project Coordinator, CEFLEX and Managing Director, Sloop Consulting B.V.at
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.
Co-founder & CEOat
Mikela is the Co-founder & CEO of Greyparrot, the leading AI waste analytics platform for the circular economy on a mission to increase transparency and automation in waste management and unlock the financial value of waste. Greyparrot is recognised as one of “Europe's 100 Hottest Startups” by WIRED in 2021 and “100 most promising AI company” globally by CB Insights. The company’s vision is to create a world where every piece of waste is valued as a resource. www.greyparrot.ai
Previously, Mikela worked in the fields of computer vision and augmented reality, leading multi-disciplinary teams and partnering with global brands to deliver award-winning projects. Most of her career has been in commercial, strategic and operational roles with start-ups ranging from early to high growth stages, including being the Chief Commercial Officer at Blippar – a company listed 3 years in a row in CNBC’s list of most disruptive companies in the world.
Mikela is passionate about gender equality, sustainability and dedicated to bringing together the best tech talent in the world to address the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
As a Strategic Product Manager Sustainability, Clemens Zimmerer is responsible for managing the transformation of Constantia Flexibles' more sustainable product portfolio “Ecolutions”. He is a member of various sustainability committees and contributes as a member of Technical Committees to Design-for-Recycling guidelines. With a background in product management, packaging materials, procurement, and sustainability, his career expands through management consulting and the packaging industry before joining Constantia Flexibles in January 2020. Since then, Clemens Zimmerer passionately combines sustainability topics with product management and kicked off the aluminum roadmap to overcome the industry's challenges.
Clemens Zimmerer is 34 years old and was born and raised in Vienna, Austria, where he lives with his little family. He studied at Technical University in Vienna & at UPV (Universitat Politècnica de València), where he received a master's degree in industrial engineering & mechanical engineering. Privately, he enjoys spending time with his family as well as doing sports like bike road racing in summer and skiing in the wintertime.
Alexander Urmanov is executive director of Bulgaria’s largest packaging waste recovery organization. Alexander has an over 20-year experience in multicultural organizations throughout Europe and in Southeast Asia. He has a long history of success on senior strategic and commercial positions in the area of FMCG, telecommunications and facility management. Starting from a career in Cоca Cola HBC Bulgaria, he has consecutively held various leadership roles in the area of sales, production and services, among which regional manager of Coca Cola Philippines, commercial director of Coca Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated Malaysia, CEO of leading spirits producer Power Brands, CEO of facility service manager Mundus Services, etc.
Coming to Ecopack Bulgaria in 2020 with a proven record in change management, productivity boost and launch of operations in diverse strongly competitive and fast-changing market environments, he currently leads the organization through the new ERP sector challenges and the discussion over the implementation of DRS system in the country.
Joachim Quoden studied law at the “Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität” in Bonn between 1987 and 1992 and served his legal internship in Bonn and Cologne from 1993 until 1995.
In between these placements, he spent 4 months within the German Federal Ministry of Environment where he was working on packaging issues including the German Packaging Ordinance.
From February 1993 until June 2006 Mr Quoden worked for Der Grüne Punkt - Duales System Deutschland GmbH (DSD) in various capacities. From January 2001, he served as Head of International Affairs of DSD and was vested with general commercial power of representation in 2003.
Since April 2013 he is appointed as managing director of EXPRA – Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance – Inspiring Packaging Recycling, an alliance of currently 26 non-profit packaging recovery organisations owned by obliged industry from 24 countries from Europe, Canada and Israel.
Van Migem Thierry
Director Sales EMEAat
Thierry Van Migem has held senior leadership positions at The Dow Chemical Company and Rohm and Haas in his over 30-year career in the chemical industry. He has been Michelman EMEA's Sales Director for the last six years, where he has managed the growth of the region's Printing & Packaging, Coatings, and Fibers & Composites business segments.
Stefan holds a BSc in Earth Sciences and an interdisciplinary MSc in Sustainable Development with a focus on natural resource
management. In recent years, he has worked on several plastics-related projects in both academia and industry. He also gained
hands-on experience in management consulting and project development in the pharmaceutical and renewable energy sectors,
focusing on transformation and innovation projects.
Since joining Quantis in 2020, he has worked on various projects focused on the fashion and sporting goods industry, contributing
through business development, analysis and project management. In doing so, he has delivered solutions in the areas of plastics
and packaging, climate strategy & transformation, circular economy and eco-design. He is also closely involved in
multi-stakeholder collaborations such as the European Commission's PEF Initiative and the WBCSD's Circular Plastics & Packaging
Co-Founder and Managing Directorat
Vivian Loftin studied International Cultural & Business Studies at the Universities of Mannheim and Passau. After her studies, she worked for a year in Mexico in a cultural centre in the field of intercultural cooperation. As part of an innovation programme on the topic of "Waste - Be Circular", she and her team started working on the idea for Recyda. In March 2020, she founded Recyda as a company with her two co-founders and is now in charge of communication and international data research.
Chief Operating Officerat
Michelle co-founded Lorax Compliance in 2014 in order to help companies that are obligated under Extended Producer Responsibility and Product Stewardship legislation around the world. With 15 years of experience working in this sector, her focus is to ensure clients find the process of EPR and Stewardship reporting as simple as possible, despite the complexities placed on businesses by legislation. As COO, her role covers the management and delivery of several teams, including Accounts, Compliance, Sales, Marketing and Human Resources.
Michael Delle Selve
Head of Marketing and Communications at
FEVE – The European Container Glass Federation
As a Head Marketing and Communications, Michael comes with a strong experience in Management, Communications and Marketing fields gained in European Institutions, Consulting Communications and Public Affairs Agencies, and Trade Associations. Since 2005, he has put his knowledge at the service of the European Container Glass Federation. He is now heading Communications, Marketing and Advocacy activities in Brussels and throughout Europe to support the industry in their business relationships with brands, retailers, consumers, and other stakeholders. Supported by the industry, he has shaped a common framework of Marketing and Advocacy activities and he coordinates their implementation with a network 13 national teams.
Michael holds an Executive master’s in International Association Management from the Solvay Brussels School Economics and Management, a University Degree in Foreign Languages from the University of Bari, Italy, acknowledged competences in integrated marketing and communications, social media, public affairs, management, and leadership. He speaks Italian French, English (mother tongue level). He strives to keep constantly up to date by following training in the context of his current activities (e.g. social media communication, EU Public Affairs, mental coaching).
Director External Affairs Plastics Europeat
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Luca A. Zerbini
CEO and co-Founderat
Una Terra Venture Capital Fund
Luca is Founder and co-Managing Partner of Una Terra Venture Capital Fund, a $200M Venture Capital fund based in Zurich, to scale-up European start-ups fostering solutions to climate change and biodiversity loss, and targeting the removal of 2 Gtons of CO2e from the environment by 2030 (5% of global emissions), by leveraging his previous experience with a 3X gross MOIC track record investing in sustainable technologies and his ESG engagement with global organizations such as UNEP, WWF, WEF and EMF. He is an accomplished C-Suite Executive, with a track record of success working up to CEO and Managing Director at Fedrigoni Paper (a $2B Bain Capital portfolio company) and Vice-President and General Manager at Amcor for a $1B global business (Amcor is a $13B global NYSE listed, S&P500 corporation), where he also led the Global Flexibles Sustainability Initiative.
Jesse Rep is Director Sustainability at Stora Enso in the Packaging Materials division. He is a sustainable packaging professional with strong experience in leading a regional sales organizations. In his current role, Jesse leads and coordinates the strategic sustainability engagement with the Packaging Materials sales network, key accounts, and partnership accounts.
Head of Sustainable Packaging Solutions for FMCG & Industrial Channelsat
Thomas Kahl studied economics at the University of Applied Sciences in Moenchengladbach
He has over 25 years’ experience in sales and marketing in the European flexible packaging industry. His functional experience includes sales, marketing and project management. Since 2018 Thomas is leading the EcoSolutions project at Mondi focusing on sustainable packaging guided by the headline “paper where possible and plastic when useful”
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.
Founder & Director at
Unpackaged Innovation Ltd.
Catherine’s career has spanned both the private and Third Sectors, but always focussing on the interplay of how business interacts with, and supports, the society in which it operates. Before the concepts of zero waste and the circular economy had developed, Catherine could see that there was a problem with the amount of plastic packaging being used in our modern lives. A true innovator, Catherine set-up Unpackaged in 2006 as the world’s first modern zero waste shop, which has since developed into a leading consultancy with clients such as Waitrose, Planet Organic, Sainsbury's, M&S, The Co-Op, Morrisons, Ocado, Abel & Cole, Sodexo, River Cottage and a host of smaller independent brands and retailers. Not only has Unpackaged created a new, desirable, sustainable category in modern retailing but Catherine’s passion for developing systems to enable refilling, and reuse, within various food sectors has enabled many other businesses to create real and lasting change. With the issues surrounding single-use packaging pollution now firmly in the public spotlight, Catherine is one of the leading voices in the field, often quoted in the press from The Guardian to the BBC and Sky News.
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.
Degree in Political Science and International Relations at University of Turin, Italy
Master of Art’s Degree in European Studies at the College of Europe in Warsaw, Poland
Government Affairs and Business Development in the European region for global aluminium leaders Arconic and Alcoa
Public Affairs at Hyundai Motor Company, the Confederation of Italian Industry and Alcan
Currently Managing Director of EUROPEN, the European Organisation for Packaging and the Environment, comprised of companies representing the packaging supply chain and national packaging associations
Dr. Marta is a creator, innovator, and troubleshooter, who after almost two decades in Corporate, recently became a founder of DR.MP, a small business that offers B2B services in skincare formulations, defense and aerospace, D&G, consumer products packaging and circular economy best practices.
DR Marta developed her deep love for consumer products, particularly skincare at an early age when she realized she could put science to good use. A native of Spain, where she obtained her BSc. in Chemistry and MS in Polymer Science, she came to the USA as a Fulbright scholar to earn her doctorate in Polymer Chemistry from the University of Akron. Her career has taken her to assignments in North America, Europe and Asia, living in seven different countries, working for some of the world’s major skincare companies and most iconic brands ; Proctor & Gamble, Gillette, SKII, Gucci and Estee Lauder where she was Director of R&D for the Estee Lauder Companies (ELC)
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Chee Hau Teoh
CEO and Co-Founderat
Chee is the CEO and Co-founder of Nfinite Nanotechnology, a venture-backed startup that makes smart nanocoating for sustainable packaging to eliminate plastic waste. He received his MASc degree in Mechatronics Engineering from the University of Waterloo. He invented the first two industrial-scale nanocoating systems in Canada that can produce superior ultrathin-films at high speed and low cost. To fight the plastic crisis, he and his team are working with brand owners and packaging producers to rethink and redefine their packaging design for a circular economy.
Janne Varvemaa is currently responsible for product management, product development as well as R&D and technology steering activities in UPM Specialty Papers. Janne has over 25 years of international experience in paper industry, having had roles in managing R&D portfolio of UPM Paper businesses, leading UPM’s biggest R&D center in Lappeenranta, Finland, production & development of papers & recycled pulp and technical customer service of printing papers. Janne has an MSc in Paper Technology from Helsinki University of Technology (currently known as Aalto University) and an MBA degree from Lappeenranta University of Technology. As a management team member, he has an active role in strategic growth and innovation projects of UPM Specialty Papers ENA.
Expert on Packaging and Marine Litterat
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
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Director Research & Business Developmentat
RISE Research Institutes of Sweden
Paul Krochak is Director of Research & Business Development at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden. Pauls primary focus is in the area of packaging, and developing innovative solutions to improve the circularity, sustainability, and minimize the climate impact of packaging across the entire packaging value chain. Paul has worked with packaging related R&D for over 20 years, and works closely with packaging producers, converters and brand owners to help achieve their climate related targets.
Global Packaging Fabric&Home Care Senior Directorat
Procter & Gamble
Gina is the Global Packaging Senior Director of Procter Gamble’s largest Sector, Fabric Home Care, which includes many of P&G’s most iconic brands Tide, Ariel, Downy, Gain, Lenor Fairy, Mr Clean, Swiffer In this role, Gina’s responsibilities include Upstream Packaging Innovation and Sustainability As Chemist by education, Gina loves complex challenges that enable disruptive innovation She has a particular talent in envisioning new ideas and emerging technologies that drive sustainability, translating them swiftly into packaging innovations.
Gina began her P&G career in R&D Upstream New Product Innovation in Rome in 2000 and has since then built her expertise across various R&D disciplines and P&G categories until she started her adventure in Fabric Care Packaging Development in 2011.
As a visionary leader with a consumer centric approach, she has an outstanding track record in delivering superior performing products, materials and packages She is also known for building and growing her organization, matching people’s skills and passions with the right challenges to enable exceptional diverse committed teams Gina’s mindset and skills make her a game changing innovator while developing a positive, inclusive culture with winning teams.
Amanda Fuso Nerini
Head of International Affairs at
CONAI Consorzio Nazionale Imballaggi
CONAI International Affairs Head, dealing with packaging environmental /sustainability policies and tools. Graduated in Food Science and Technology, with over 15 years’ experience in the Italian Packaging Producer Responsibility Organisation (CONAI). Currently also Chair of UNI TC Packaging and Convenor of the Italian Packaging Institute TC “Packaging&Environment”. Member of the Board of EXPRA, of which is chairing the Sustainability & Packaging Working Group
With a background in industrial design engineering and strategic design, as well as experience from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Circle Economy, Kinge is currently a partner in the new accelerator Grow FutureLab and a specialist and advisor in Circular Design. By facilitating the collaboration and adoption of new technologies, beyond 1:1 replacement, her focus is on creating concepts that add value to all stakeholders, and that accelerate the creation of circular systems.
Head of Sustainability & Corporate Responsibilityat
Trine Pondal is Head of Sustainability and Social Responsibility in Flying Tiger Copenhagen.
With a masters degree in European Ethnology, a background in communication & training and most lately a Post Graduate Certificate in Circular Economy Trine has a wide variation of experience and skills as foundation for her work in Flying Tiger Copenhagen.
Flying Tiger Copenhagen has the ambition to become a green frontrunner in the retail industry and has recently had their climate targets validated by the Science Based Targets initiative. The targets to reduce plastic in both products and packaging, and use more circular materials are ambitious – targets which are changing the look and feel of products in their stores.
VP, Global Business Development at
Loop (TerraCycle Company)
Anthony Rossi is the VP, Global Business Development for Loop (TerraCycle company), a global platform that enables consumer product companies and retailers to shift from a disposable supply chain to a durable one.
Anthony has been with Loop since its inception and with Loop’s parent company, TerraCycle, for 7-years. Tony and his team are the first point of contact with brands and retailers interested in partnering with Loop and Anthony works with these stakeholders to get their products into the Loop platform.
Before leading the global business development team for Loop, Anthony was the head of global business development for TerraCycle supporting the company’s growth in 21 markets around the world.
Prior to joining TerraCycle, Anthony earned his business development stripes working in Toronto, Dijon, Budapest, and Vienna for some of the world’s largest professional service firms and financial institutions.
Circular Economy - Packaging Innovation and System Design - Senior Analystat
Ellen MacArthur Foundation
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Global Branding and Packaging Director at
Jennifer Patrick is the Global Branding and Packaging Director at Patagonia. She is responsible for driving Patagonia’s branding and packaging initiatives in support of the company’s mission to save our home planet.
VP Sustainability & Public Affairsat
Johan Lunabba is Vice President, Group Sustainability & Public Affairs at Ahlstrom-Munksjö. Johan has broad experience of business-driven sustainability from corporations as well as consulting. He has held global sustainability leadership positions in Neste and Stora Enso before joining Ahlstrom-Munksjö in Oct 2021. He also has a long background from the management consulting business mainly engaged in strategy, innovation and business development topics.
Customer Account Managerat
Lorax Compliance Ltd
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Dr. Carolin Struller
Department Head of R&D, Competence Centre & Laboratory – Sustainability Ambassadorat
Carolin, who holds the position of Department Head of R&D, Competence Centre and Laboratory at Bobst Manchester, has over 10 years of experience working in the field of vacuum coating for flexible packaging barrier materials. Carolin has a PhD in Surface Engineering from the Manchester Metropolitan University and a Diplom-Ingenieur’s degree in Food Technology from the Technical University of Munich. Within Bobst Manchester she additionally also has the role of Sustainability Ambassador. Her work predominantly concerns the development of sustainable flexible packaging solutions and associated processes, with the research area spreading from mono-material to biodegradable and paper-based barrier solutions.
Team Leader – Fiber-based Packagingat
PhD in Paper Engineering with total professional experience of 19 Years. Currently leading the fiber based packaging R&D team at Nestlé in the Institute of Packaging Sciences located in Lausanne, Switzerland and working on high impact cross category projects at a global landscape and steering the concept-to-market journey of recyclable fiber-based food packaging solutions. Prior to Nestlé have worked at DIAGEO where have set up a world class packaging R&D center. Before DIAGEO have spent 10 years at ITC Limited in the Paper business where have worked on the development and commercialization of paper & paperboard grades for wide range of packaging applications.
With over 15 years experience in our industry Jens has a proven track record in designing and implementing practical EPR solutions to discharge producer’s legal obligations under evolving legislative frameworks. Together with his team Jens provides advisory services on EPR strategy as well as on broad range of operational challenges such as recyclability and recycled content. Typical clients for Reclay’s EPR advisory services are global corporates, national industry associations, as well as government bodies interested in best practice EPR implementation. Jens is a member of the expert group that has been installed to develop the German Minimum Standard (Mindeststandard der Zentralen Stelle Verpackungsregister).
Dr. Afsaneh Nabifar
Global Market Development Biopolymers at
• Born and raised in Iran.
• Chemical Engineer from background, with a PhD in polymer engineering from University of Waterloo in Canada.
• Joined BASF in 2012 and have had several positions, working mainly in packaging applications in both US and Germany
o R&D water based printing inks and adhesives
o Business development for extrusion Polyamide used in flexible packaging applications (including topics of mechanical recycling, chemical recycling)
o Latest position: Market development for biopolymers
Market Development Consultantat
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Dr Peter Sandkuehler
Director for Sustainabilityat
Peter Sandkuehler is the Director for Sustainability, for Europe, Middle East and Africa, for the Packaging and Specialty Plastics business of Dow.
Peter leads the business in addressing sustainability challenges and opportunities, focusing on Dow’s Stop the Waste, Close the Loop and Protect the Climate business targets. He works across the organization and with partnerships to drive an increase in low carbon solutions and carbon emission reductions. He leads a cross functional team to drive and implement new business models for advanced and mechanical recycling and serves as the Dow representative in external regional consortiums like PlasticsEurope and the Circular Plastic Alliance (CPA).
Prior to this, Peter was a TS&D/R&D Fellow in the European R&D organization working on design for recycling, packaging application development and circular packaging solutions.
Peter brings 18 years of working experience in the chemical industry and holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland (2004) and a Master in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Clausthal.
Head of Novel Packaging developmentat
Alexey Vishtal is working at Mayr-Melnhof Group and is responsible for new barrier fibre-based packaging materials development. Before joining MM Alexey was for 7 year with Nestlé in Switzerland leading development of recyclable fibre-based packaging, and before that he held various positions in paper and related industries. Alexey has a paper engineering background and also has doctoral degree in paper physics and converting.
Packaging Research Senior Science Managerat
Barilla G. e R. Fratelli S.p.A.
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).
Jhi Yong Loke
CTO and Co-Founderat
Jhi is the CTO and Co-founder of Nfinite Nanotechnology, a venture-backed startup that makes smart nano coatings for sustainable packaging. He co-invented the first two industrial-scale nano coating systems in Canada. The technology produces superior ultra thin barrier coatings for sustainable packaging without affecting the recyclability and/or compostability of the packaging. To fight the plastic crisis, he and his team are working with brand owners and packaging producers to rethink and redefine packaging design for a circular economy.
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.
Senior Director, Global Public Affairsat
Can Buharali is leading Mondelēz International’s Global Public Affairs since December 2020 and is responsible for setting the global agenda for priority issues and advocacy opportunities, balancing long-term issues and immediate barriers with potential business disruption. Can is with Mondelēz International for the past 10 years and prior his actual role he was leading Corporate and Government Affairs for Asia Pacific Middle East and Africa (AMEA) Region from Singapore.
Buharali started his career as a diplomat with the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and held positions in Ankara, Brussels and Tehran. He then shifted to consultancy and was the managing partner of an Istanbul based consultancy for about 10 years. Can also lectured at university on “Economic integration and the role of the European Union.
Executive Vice President Sustainability and Communicationsat
Born 1972, Dutch citizen
Executive Vice President, Sustainability and Communications
GET member since: March 1, 2020
Joined the company: 2020
Education: M.A. (HONS)
Primary working experience:
Varanah Ventures (2019-2020), Head of Communications and Public Affairs;
Viskumed (2019-2020), Head of Value Creation;
Hoffman-La Roche Pharmaceuticals (2015-2019), several positions, latest Head of Communications & Public Affairs, Europe;
General Electric Oil & Gas (2010-2013), General Manager and Director, Global Communications;
APCO Worldwide (1996-2008), several positions, latest, Managing Director, Africa (Public Affairs & Strategic Communications)
Packaging Technology Expertat
Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures, University of Sheffield, UK.
Sarah Greenwood is a packaging, plastics and sustainability consultant with over 25 years’ experience working in industry. Holding degrees in Physics and Polymer Science, she began her career in packaging as a development technologist on high performance packaging films at BP. She has since held technical roles at major brands and retailers in all aspects of the packaging supply chain. This included looking into the use of bio-plastics and packaging designed to extend product shelf-life for a major retailer. As a consultant her clients have included WRAP, Smithers, Iceland Foods and Garçon Wines. Sarah co-leads the project Many Happy Returns: Enabling reusable packaging systems at The University of Sheffield, Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures, a project funded by the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge. A fellow of the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining, she is chair of the North of England Packaging Society and is a member of the IOM3 Packaging leadership group.
Paper Bottle Co.
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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.
Iván González is one of the co-founders and actual CEO of recycl3R. As lawyer with focus on environmental regulations, he has been working as an environmental consultant for several public administrations and companies for more than 18 years. Besides his Bachelor’s degree in Law, he holds Master in Public Management and Sustainable Development and a Postgraduate in Environmental Education and Globalization. He is also a founder and actual board member of the Digital DRS Alliance, a global non-profit collaboration of the world’s leading industry and technology organisations that are working together to build and validate a Global Standard for a Digital DRS with an open and fully-scalable system suitable for any multi-stakeholder environment.
Plastics & Packaging Solutions Leadat
Laura is a sustainability consultant with over 12 years of experience guiding companies across diverse sectors in their plastics and packaging strategies. Throughout her career, she has supported dozens of businesses in developing robust environmental strategies to reach sustainability targets. She currently leads the plastics and packaging solution at Quantis and managed the Plastic Leak Project — a multi-stakeholder collaboration.
EU Policy Officerat
She joined the public policy affairs department of Citeo in 2021, after experiences in the high administration and law firms specialized in European law and Environmental law. She works very closely with all the actors of the packaging value chain in particular on the Circular Economy Package, the European plastics strategy, the circular plastic alliance, the national pacts on plastic packaging, the new circular economy action plan within the European Green Deal and EPR projects around the world.
She graduated from the Paris 1 Sorbonne University (Master in European Economic Law) and holds a lawyer certification from the Paris Bar Association.
Dr. Dennis Bankmann
Independent Scientific Consultantat
Dennis Bankmann founded his own consultancy business in 2021 and supports CEFLEX as an independent scientific consultant to the design guideline testing programme. He has extensive industrial research & development experience including establishing a joint academic/industrial research center, and the creation of a circular economy strategy for a packaging and consumer goods adhesives company.
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.)
Director Business Developmentat
Bineke Posthumus works as a Director Business Development at the Renewable Polymers department of Avantium. In this function, she works on the commercialization of Avantium’s innovative 100% plant-based FDCA and PEF technology. Bineke Posthumus obtained her Master of Science degree in Strategic Management from the London School of Economics in 2007. Before Avantium, she worked at TNO, one of Europe’s largest research institutes, for approximately 10 years. There, she worked at the Strategic Analysis & Policy department, where she had a specific focus on bringing new technology to market in the areas of the circular economy and the energy transition.
Group Sustainability Managerat
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Executive Vice President Corporate Strategy & Sustainability at
Daniel Winkler combines a sales perspective with sustainability topics and brings in first-hand knowledge of the market. Leveraging the unique lessons he learned from the industry, he knows exactly what it needs, and how customers can transform to a more sustainable packaging portfolio. Daniel earned an Engineering and Business Administration degree from Johannes Kepler University in Austria. He held various commercial and operations positions worldwide, and Managing Director roles in Central and Eastern Europe. His strong background in strategy, business development, sales, and operations made him a crucial part of today’s executive team of Constantia Flexibles.