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.
Leader Circular Economyat
Mark is born in Helmond, The Netherlands. He holds a Master of Science degree in Physics from Eindhoven University of Technology in The Netherlands.
Mark began his career as process control engineer at the Research Department of DSM in 1989. At DSM he also took on roles in manufacturing, large projects, licensing and business management. With the purchase of DSM Petrochemicals activities, Mark joined SABIC in 2002 and subsequently managed the European Business Intelligence, Strategic Planning and Research. In 2007 Mark was appointed as the integration director for the newly acquired SABIC UK Petrochemical activities, after which he returned in 2008 to manage the energy and utilities business for SABIC in Europe. From 2012 until 2019 he was responsible for SABIC’s polyethylene business in Europe. Currently Mark is SABIC’s global leader for Circular Economy. Mark is also chairman of the Board of PCEP (Polyolefin Circular Economy Platform) and a Board Member of NRK Verpakkingen, the Dutch plastics packaging association.
Mark is married and has two children. He lives in Maarheeze and is an enthusiastic football fan and jogger.
Dr Feliks Bezati
Global Director of Circular Packagingat
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.
Strategic Technical Managerat
Helen has always had a passion for sustainability and has worked in resource management for 13 years, and has been at WRAP for 11 years. She oversees the roadmap for the delivery of The UK Plastics Pact, a whole chain approach to tackling plastic waste. Key workstreams include eliminating unnecessary/problematic plastics, recyclability and composting, film/flexibles, recycled content and end markets. Helen is a key spokesperson, responsible for developing and often delivering WRAPs messages on plastics and recycling.
She has overseen WRAP’s work on Consistency in Household Recycling – a whole chain initiative to increase recycling, improve material quality, provide opportunities for collaborative procurement and efficiency savings, all while increasing the consistency in materials collected from householders. Her experience and expertise covers local authority collections, sorting and reprocessing and citizen engagement.
Prior to settling in the field of sustainability, Helen held Marketing roles, including in the food manufacturing sector.
Sustainability and Innovation Expertat
Jamie has 20+ years’ experience working with the biggest FMCG companies globally both ‘in-house’ and ‘in-agency’. He creates, design, sustainability, innovation and marketing strategies that deliver world class outputs and lead to sustained and purpose driven brand growth. His particular focus is on stretching brands into new markets and new business models, while creating sustainable innovations for a better tomorrow.
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.
Executive Director at
European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA)
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.
Dr Simon Francis Webb
Director of Government Relationsat
Procter & Gamble
Bio to follow shortly
Senior policy officerat
Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Ambrogio works as Senior Policy Officer within the Institutions, Government and Cities team at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. He holds a MSc in Environmental Engineering for Natural Resources Management and he focuses on the identification of key intervention points to drive and accelerate the transition towards a circular economy for plastics.
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.
Salvador Zumaya Palacios
Kellogg's Brands R&D Innovation Packaging Managerat
A passionate packaging developer, devoted to Sustainability & Innovation, a believer of the Kellogg’s Make it Happen culture, I always think, every little step into the long journey to Sustainability counts, I bring solutions to the table rather than excuses, our planet is giving us signals that we need to help him, there is only one Earth and the clock is ticking, we must continue working and working hard every day, this Sustainability journey, is a journey that would be difficult to finish on our own, we need to engage and influence more people across Europe and the rest of the world, my mission is to leave a better world than the one I have found, I am a professional with more than 18 year of experience in the Packaging Industry, companies I have developed new products: SC Johnson and Colgate Palmolive.
Carlos graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. He worked in industry before moving to the United Kingdom, to do his Ph.D at the University of Cambridge. During his doctoral research and subsequently as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate, he developed the basis of the Enval process to recycle plastic aluminium laminate pouches, sachets, tubes, etc.
As a result, Carlos founded Enval where he is CEO. The Company now has a commercial plant recycling laminates in the UK and is in the process of installing further units in other locations. Enval has also started to develop recycling processes for other materials, creating a link between the packaging world and the waste handling sector.
EcoSolutions Project Managerat
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.
Senior Commercial Director EMEA at
Jürgen Krahé is Senior Commercial Director EMEA at ORBIS. He has been in management positions in automotive and logistics for over 25 years, including 9 years at an automotive supplier and 8 years at a supply chain consulting company. From 2009 to 2017, Jürgen Krahé was honorary chair of the advisory board for supply chain and logistics management at University of St. Gallen.
Technical Management Sustainability and Packaging Leadat
Dr. Christian Detrois studied mechanical engineering at the Aachen University of Technology and did a PhD in the field of plastics processing. After that he was heading the PET Technology Centre of Krones AG, Neutraubling, where he focused on process and bottle development for stretch blow moulded PET bottles. From 2007 he led the packaging development team for Nestlé Waters in their Product Technology Centre in Vittel, France. Before joining the technical team of Nestlé Germany in 2016 as market packaging manager he and his team among others developed Ecodesign software at Nestlé Research Centre in Lausanne, Switzerland. Since 2020 he is responsible for all packaging activites in Nestlé Zone EMENA (Europe, Middle East & North Africa) as well as for environmental performance in the factories.
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.
Dr Kirstie McIntyre
Sustainability Director, Global Supply and Procurementat
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
Malcolm Waugh is CEO of British sustainable packaging company Frugalpac, who create and supply recycled paper-based products with the lowest carbon footprint that are easily recycled again and don’t need go to landfill.
Last year Frugalpac successfully launched the Frugal Bottle - the world's first commercially available paper bottle for wine, spirits and olive oils made from 94% recycled paper.
The Frugal Bottle is five times lighter than glass with a carbon footprint six times lower.
Frugalpac have received enquiries for more than 85 million bottles for wine and spirits brands around the world including sake bottles for Japan, olive oil bottles for Greece, two UK gin producers and five wine brands in the US, Italy, Spain and England.
Before joining Frugalpac, Malcolm worked at Essentra plc and Tetra Pak.
Jo Chidley is a chemist and the Co Founder of Beauty Kitchen, a B Corp certified business on a mission to create the most effective, natural and sustainable beauty products in the world. Widely regarded as one of the pioneers of sustainable beauty, Jo is driving the beauty industry forward with better practise approaches, always.
She is Beauty Kitchen’s toughest critic, inspecting everything from the efficacy of the products, to the way the ingredients are sourced, right down to the packaging sustainability for each product. Sustainability in packaging is a subject that is close to her heart and has inspired Beauty Kitchen’s Return•Refill•Repeat programme. Implementing Cradle to Cradle design into Beauty Kitchen’s circular approach, Jo is pioneering a Reuse Revolution through sustainable innovation and design by powering the service behind the ground-breaking Return•Refill•Repeat Refill Stations.
Jo has won industry awards, including the ‘Who’s Who in Natural Beauty’ and business awards such as ‘Scale Up Entrepreneur of the Year’. She features in national and international press and is regularly invited to speak at global sustainability events, to share her ideas and knowledge on how all of us can develop new ways to build a more sustainable future.
Vice President of Sustainabilityat
Jenny is the Vice President of Sustainability at Trivium Packaging and a seasoned global leader with experience from big brands like Shell and Avery Dennison. As a Dutch national, sustainability is in her DNA and her true passion. She believes sustainability is no longer a choice, but an imperative for the success of any company. At Trivium she is committed to positively impacting the lives of millions of people through the company’s sustainable and circular product offerings.
Global Sustainability Leader at
Avient Switzerland GmbH
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.
Packaging & Environment Managerat
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).
Senior Manager Circular Economyat
Philippe is currently leading the circular economy workstreams for Product Development, Regulations and Advocacy within the Packaging & Consumer Goods division of Henkel’s Adhesive Technologies business unit.
As a passionate and experienced sustainable packaging expert, he is covering a broad range of different materials and production processes that spans from paper and metal to plastics. His competence fields are centered around material & production expertise, sustainable packaging design and strategy development, next to regulatory and legislative insides that are currently worked out on different levels to leverage circularity in packaging as well as extended producer responsibility.
He is holding an engineering degree in plastics and environmental engineering and is looking back on more than 25 years of experience in plastic processing and packaging related product development.
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).
Hans Van Bochove
Head of Public Policy Centerat
The Coca-Cola Company Europe
Bio to follow shortly
Head of Salesat
After graduating Bachelor of science in 2013, Marcel Rensmann was one of the first members to join Pyreg as a start-up-company in 2013. He has been instrumental in guiding the company to market leadership in the past years and has been leading the company as Head of Sales since 2020
Strategic International Advisor on Circular Economyat
Strategic International Advisor on Circular Economy
Arnoud Passenier (59) is strategic advisor circular economy at the International Department of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management in The Netherlands. He has a master’s degree in Political Sciences, International Relations. Arnoud has a long track-record in shaping the circular economy on the national, European and global level, focusing on innovation, bringing together stakeholders in and between material value chains (rare metals, phosphorus, plastics and textiles). Arnoud was the architect of the National Covenant on the Circular Economy (January 2017), the Plastics Pact NL (2019), the European Plastics Pact (March 2020) and the Denim Deal (2020). On the global level, he focuses his efforts in building a strong CE-network with stakeholders in Europe and abroad to create impactful value chain cooperation, bilaterally as well as in the context of international conferences (WCEF+Climate) and multi-stakeholder platforms (PACE, WEF).
Brought up in a family of printing and paper production and 15 years at H&M HQ marketing department working with innovation, building our supplier network, the startup of our sustainability work and wow with Point of sale material it was a complete match when I started to work with H&M group customer packaging 9 years ago. Taking our innovation and sustainability work within packaging for our stores and growing E-com sales to the next level, setting our packaging strategy and having the possibility of making sure we are leading the way to a more sustainable future is still my passion and the journey has just begun.
Bettina Lorz is a Senior Expert in the European Commission Directorate General for the Environment, working in the Waste Management and Secondary Materials Unit. Since 2015, she coordinates the 'waste streams sector', including policies on waste from electrical and electronic equipment and related substance restrictions, batteries, packaging and packaging waste, Single-use Plastics Directive. From 2010 to 2014 Bettina was seconded to the EU Delegation in Nairobi, as the EU Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Environmental Programme and UN-Habitat.
A lawyer by training and European Commission official since 1990, Bettina has extensive experience of EU environmental, consumer and related product policy and legislation, and worked on a large spectrum of EU and global environmental policies and issues.
Business Development and Innovation Managerat
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.
Director Solution Salesat
Kristopher Fain is currently leading the Solution sales team at BillerudKorsnäs. He has over 25 years’ extensive global experience working with brand owners and retailers in packaged food and beverage segments. He has held senior commercial and strategic marketing roles at companies such as Tetra Pak, Sidel, MeadWestvaco, SPX Flow and Sulzer. In addition, he has also led the commercial scale-up and preparation for public listing of a Swedish bio-tech company in the protein purification space as CEO.
Over the course of his career has helped brand owners and retailers adapt to, and growth with, changing market conditions and new consumer trends in the areas of packaging, processing and packaging equipment, complete production lines and new product development.
Global Head Long Term Innovationat
SC Johnson Lifestyle Brands
Global Head Long Term Innovation Manager (aka Dreamcatcher) Ecover / Method (SC Johnson Lifestyle brands)
Tom Domen graduated in 1996 with a Master in Industrial Design. In 2007, he completed a Master in Sustainable Development at the University of Brussels. With his MA on Sustainable Technology for Eastern Africa, he received the yearly Award for Innovative Technology from the Chamber of Engineers.
He started working for Philips in packaging innovation after which he worked for 5 years as a marketing and communication specialist at Panasonic.
Tom has been working for Ecover/Method for 15 years, where he is responsible for the long term innovation strategy for the different categories (laundry, cleaning, dishwashing, home care and personal care). Getting inspiration out of biomimicry and system thinking, he has been laying out an ambitious roadmap for the company to inspire transformative change towards a restorative business model. Tom is also a member of the board of Kringwinkel, a Belgian organisation that gives a second life to what otherwise would be waste.
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
VP Global Packaging at
Valentina leads the Global Packaging team for Barilla. Valentina is a chemist with long experience in Product Development in pasta, sauce and bakery products, and more recently, in Packaging development, innovation and sustainability.
Barilla is an Italian Company, still owned today by the family that founded it in 1877. Barilla is the leading Italian company in the production of the semolina pasta and ready-made sauces present in more than 100 countries. On top of pasta and sauces sold under the Barilla brand, the company plays an important role in the bakery market around the world with its brands Wasa, Harry’s and Mulino Bianco.
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.
Sustainable Packaging Managerat
Alexandre Vernier, 44 years old, is sustainable packaging manager for the Bel group (The Laughing Cow, Kiri, Babybel, Boursin, Leerdammer brands) since 2016. Engineer graduated from the Reims packaging school (ESIReims, ex-Esiec) and holder of a master's degree in applied physics, he spent his entire professional career within the French cheese group which he joined in 2003 as a packaging and packaging development engineer at the Dole (Jura) production site, and then join the R&D teams in Vendôme since 2004.
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).
Dr. Erwin Lepoudre
Sustainability Manager at
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.
Ulrika Nordvall Bardh
Strategy Lead Circular Economy- Packaging at
Ulrika Nordvall Bardh has for the past 14 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 Strategy Lead for Circular Economy- packaging. As part of her role lies the responsibilities of driving the Groups Circular Packaging agenda including to set processes, methods and progress follow up as well as enabling for circular data management. She is also representing the group in the Initiatives The New Plastic Economy- Global Commitment lead by The Ellen Mac Arthur Foundation as well as The Fashion Pact- Ocean Pillar. 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.
Virginia Janssens joined PlasticsEurope as Managing Director in March 2020 with a clear mandate to help accelerate a solutions-driven approach, working towards the circularity and climate goals of a sustainable plastics industry. Building on eight years as Managing Director of EUROPEN, (the European Organization for Packaging and the Environment), Virginia brings considerable experience in business-critical issues, engaging with different parts of the plastics value chain, and key EU policy priorities.
Prior to EUROPEN, Virginia acquired her knowledge of the Brussels arena working for a leading public affairs consultancy on multi-sector clients including food, chemicals and energy. She holds a master’s degree in Political & Social Sciences from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, and a second Master’s Degree in Intercultural Management from the ICHEC Business School in Brussels. Virginia is a mother of a young boy and lives with her family in Ghent.
R&D Packaging Managerat
AISA Automation Industrielle SA
Since 2019, Gilles Demaurex is leading the packaging development at AISA, the world leader in machinery for packaging tube production. Gilles has a Master in Mechanical Engineering from EPFL in Switzerland; he started his career in machining machinery and watch industry, then enter in the world of packaging by working 13 years for Nestlé in various position such as R&D, Operation and Business Unit.
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.
Dr Marinella Vitulli
Food Contact Center
Dr Marinella Vitulli (51) is the owner and the technical director of Food Contact Center srl.
She has worked in the field of analytical services for 20 years and added expertise in the field of food safety during this time. After obtaining her PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology from the Pisa University, Dr Vitulli worked as Researcher in Pisa University, dealing with food and pharmaceutical chemistry.
She took over the position of Quality Control and R&D Manager at Drogheria e Alimentari S.p.A. in 2005, and was in charge as Laboratory Manager in the Intertek Italian Lab, between 2008 and 2010. As Laboratory Director at ECOLSTUDIO spa, Dr Vitulli was responsible for the development and management of the testing capabilities for food, environmental and consumer products.
In her next position she was Laboratory Manager in pH Lab, a member of TÜV SÜD, coordinating the laboratory activity and developing technical services and testing on food, food contact, consumer products and environmental samples.
Dr Marinella Vitulli belongs to the professional association of Chemists “Albo dei Chimici”. Since 2009 she belongs to the Professional Association AIBO - Food Contact Expert” (matr n°035). She cooperates with Italian Packaging Institute taking part in technical committee, and having speech in trainings and many national and international events.
Founder and CEOat
Carlos Monreal is the Founder and CEO of Plastic Energy, one of the world’s leading chemical recycling companies, with industrial plants in operation for the last five years. He is an engineer by training and has been a serial entrepreneur for more than 30 years, focusing on developing disruptive technologies and innovative solutions in the sustainability sector. He is the founder of a wide-range of companies whose activities include the development of GPS applications like precision farming and machine control of fleet management, as well as an EPC company on renewable energy. Carlos is also the founder and CEO of Greenland Capital, a company with the vision to identify and develop new technologies that provide sustainable and economical solutions to the growing challenges of waste and water management, and alternative energy management.
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.)
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.
In January 2001, he also became Secretary General of PRO EUROPE, the umbrella organisation of 35 packaging recovery organisations using the Green Dot trademark. Between April 2005 and February 2013, he was appointed as managing director of this organisation.
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.
Besides this, he is working since June 1995 as independent German Lawyer specialized on international extended producer responsibility legislation. In addition to his work as Managing Director of EXPRA and being a German lawyer, he is involved in the following positions and associations
EVP Business Developmentat
TerraCycle & Loop
Anthony has been with TerraCycle since 2012 when he joined the TerraCycle Canada team in Toronto as a Business Development Manager. Since then, he has helped TerraCycle and Loop partners work towards their sustainability goals in both the B2C and B2B space. As the EVP, Business Development for both TerraCycle and Loop, Anthony develops the company-wide sales strategy and manages TerraCycle Inc.’s 60+ person global sales. Anthony has 15+ years of business development experience and prior to joining TerraCycle he worked in Toronto, Dijon, Budapest, and Vienna for some of the world’s largest professional service firms and financial institutions.