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2023 Speakers & Panelists

Smithers' is pleased to present the Sustainability in Packaging US 2023 Speakers and Panelists. The following packaging and sustainability experts have confirmed their participation at the upcoming event.
Brendan Adams - Kraft Heinz

Brendan Adams

Senior Manager, Global Government Affairs at Kraft Heinz
Renata Neri - Chick-fil-A Corporate

Renata Neri

Principal Category Lead, Menu & Packaging at Chick-fil-A Corporate
Gary McElyea - The Coca-Cola Company

Gary McElyea

Head of the North America Public Policy Center at The Coca-Cola Company
Ana Espinosa - The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

Ana Espinosa

Packaging Sustainability Manager at The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
Kate Bezar - The Better Packaging Co.

Kate Bezar

Co-Founder and Head of Impact at The Better Packaging Co.
Justin Schmidt - Ben & Jerry’s

Justin Schmidt

Global Packaging Manager at Ben & Jerry’s
Matt Swihart - Double Mountain Brewery and Cidery

Matt Swihart

Founder and Brewmaster at Double Mountain Brewery and Cidery
Wesley Porter - Berry Global

Wesley Porter

Director Of Business Development - Sustainability and Innovation at Berry Global
Xavier Bonamour - Bobst

Xavier Bonamour

Application Manager at Bobst
Raphaël Bardet - Ahlstrom

Raphaël Bardet

Head of the Product Management and R&D at Ahlstrom
David Nelson - Eastman

David Nelson

Director, Corporate Innovation at Eastman
Marika Knorr - CCL Label

Marika Knorr

Head of Sustainability and Communication at CCL Label
Felipe Victoria -  Ocean Conservancy

Felipe Victoria

Senior Manager for International Plastics Policy at Ocean Conservancy
Ashley Elzinga - Foodservice Packaging Institute

Ashley Elzinga

Director of Sustainability & Outreach at Foodservice Packaging Institute
Gary Robinson - Lomi, Pela Earth

Gary Robinson

Vice President, Enterprise Solutions at Lomi, Pela Earth
Brandon Frank - Pacific Packaging Components

Brandon Frank

President at Pacific Packaging Components
Brent Ostrowski - Managed Packaging by BillerudKorsnas

Brent Ostrowski

Global Director of the Packaging Design Center (PDC) at Managed Packaging by BillerudKorsnas
Mark Pszczolkowski - The Clorox Company

Mark Pszczolkowski

Principal R&D Scientist at The Clorox Company
Erin Simon - World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

Erin Simon

Senior Program Manager, Packaging at World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
Robert Lilienfeld - SPRING

Robert Lilienfeld

Executive Director at SPRING
Ian Montgomery - Guacamole Airplane

Ian Montgomery

Founder and Creative Director at Guacamole Airplane
Brant Wunderlich - NOVA Chemicals, Inc.

Brant Wunderlich

Caps and Closures Market Manager at NOVA Chemicals, Inc.
Carlos Ludlow-Palafox - Enval

Carlos Ludlow-Palafox

CEO at Enval
Emily Tipaldo - U.S. Plastics Pact

Emily Tipaldo

Executive Director at U.S. Plastics Pact
Evan Abel - The Rounds

Evan Abel

Head of Service Design at The Rounds
Brad Austin - Marquette County Solid Waste/Recycle 906

Brad Austin

Director of Operations at Marquette County Solid Waste/Recycle 906
Kathy Pazakis - TerraCycle

Kathy Pazakis

Chief Commercial Officer at TerraCycle
Doug Gatlin - Green Seal

Doug Gatlin

CEO at Green Seal
Dan Felton - AMERIPEN

Dan Felton

Executive Director at AMERIPEN
Albert Douer - UBQ Materials

Albert Douer

Chairman and Co-CEO at UBQ Materials
James Harmer  - Cambridge Design Partnership

James Harmer

Planning & Innovation Strategy Leader at Cambridge Design Partnership
Lynn Dyer - Pactiv Evergreen

Lynn Dyer

Chief Sustainability & Public Affairs Officer at Pactiv Evergreen
Kate Flynn - Sun & Swell Foods

Kate Flynn

Co-Founder and CEO at Sun & Swell Foods
Michael Pratt - Sonoco

Michael Pratt

Associate Manager, Sustainability- North America at Sonoco
How Lau - How Lab Consulting, LLC

How Lau

Consultant at How Lab Consulting, LLC
Annika Greve - Loop

Annika Greve

Sr. Director Business Development, Global at Loop
MJ Werlein - Adept Group

MJ Werlein

Senior Packaging Manager – Sustainability at Adept Group
Marco Macoratti - Mondi AG

Marco Macoratti

Head of Sustainable Business Solutions & Circularity for Retail Channel at Mondi AG
Charles Ho Fung - MolsonCoors

Charles Ho Fung

Senior Packaging Innovation/Strategy and SC Business Partner at MolsonCoors
Patrick Keenan - Annie's

Patrick Keenan

Packaging Engineer at Annie's
Michael Martin - r.Cup

Michael Martin

Founder and CEO at r.Cup
Lael Hamilton - Kroger

Lael Hamilton

Senior Packaging Engineer at Kroger
Charles David Mathieu-Poulin - TC Transcontinental

Charles David Mathieu-Poulin

Manager of Public Affairs and Stakeholders Relations at TC Transcontinental
Annette Groenink - Zume Inc.

Annette Groenink

EVP of North & Latin America at Zume Inc.
Savannah Seydel - Better Earth

Savannah Seydel

Vice President of Sustainability at Better Earth
Andrew Aulisi - PepsiCo

Andrew Aulisi

Vice President, Global Environmental Policy at PepsiCo
Matt Prindiville - UPSTREAM

Matt Prindiville

Chief Solutioneer and CEO at UPSTREAM
Michelle Cliffe - Canopy

Michelle Cliffe

Senior Corporate Campaigner at Canopy
Martin Grandjean - Tembo Paper

Martin Grandjean

Global Business Development Manager at Tembo Paper
Linda Roman - Kraft Heinz Company

Linda Roman

Associate Director of Packaging at Kraft Heinz Company
Scott Cassel - Product Stewardship Institute (PSI)

Scott Cassel

CEO & Founder at Product Stewardship Institute (PSI)
Emily Williams - TC Transcontinental

Emily Williams

Sustainability and Innovation Partnerships Leader at TC Transcontinental
Zach Muscato - Plastic Ingenuity

Zach Muscato

Corporate Sustainability Champion at Plastic Ingenuity
Jeff Travis - American Packaging Corporation

Jeff Travis

Manager of Innovation & Sustainability at American Packaging Corporation
Dr. Sandeep Kulkarni - KoolEarth Solutions Inc.

Dr. Sandeep Kulkarni

Founder and President at KoolEarth Solutions Inc.
Kat Shayne - CIRT

Kat Shayne

Founder and CEO at CIRT
Graeme Smith,  - Mars Petcare

Graeme Smith,

Global Sustainable Packaging Director, R&D at Mars Petcare
Anne Germain - National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA)

Anne Germain

Chief Operating Officer & Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affair at National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA)
John Hewitt - Consumer Brands Association

John Hewitt

Vice President, Packaging Sustainability at Consumer Brands Association
Nate Pajka - Metsӓ Board, Americas

Nate Pajka

Sustainability Specialist at Metsӓ Board, Americas
Ryan Stolzenbach - Abbvie

Ryan Stolzenbach

Program Manager, Sustainability, Global Packaging at Abbvie
Lynn Hoffman - Eureka Recycling

Lynn Hoffman

Co-President at Eureka Recycling
Prapti S. Muhuri - American Chemistry Council

Prapti S. Muhuri

Manager of Recycling and Recovery at American Chemistry Council
Cheryl Coleman - Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries

Cheryl Coleman

Vice President for Sustainability at Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries
Damian Massa - Away

Damian Massa

Sr. Manager, Packaging Development at Away
Paul Earl-Torniainen - Starbucks

Paul Earl-Torniainen

Lead Packaging Engineer, R&D at Starbucks
Rhodes Yepsen - Biodegradable Products Institute

Rhodes Yepsen

Executive Director at Biodegradable Products Institute
Dustin Schadt - Stora Enso

Dustin Schadt

Director of Business Development and Key Account Manager at Stora Enso
Rob Writz - AMP Robotics

Rob Writz

Director of Industry Relations and Strategic Partnership at AMP Robotics
Sheida Sahandy - Encina

Sheida Sahandy

Chief Sustainability Officer at Encina
Irene Hofmeijer - South Pole

Irene Hofmeijer

Practice Lead Circular Economy at South Pole
Emily Lin  - Diageo

Emily Lin

Global Packaging Sustainability at Diageo
Danielle Zola - Patagonia

Danielle Zola

Global Packaging & Branding at Patagonia
Bineke Posthumus - Avantium

Bineke Posthumus

Director Business Development at Avantium
Sean Kohl - Industrial Physics

Sean Kohl

Global Product Line Director at Industrial Physics
Nuha Siddiqui - erthos

Nuha Siddiqui

CEO and Co-Founder at erthos
Suzanne Shelton - Shelton Group

Suzanne Shelton

President & CEO at Shelton Group
Tim Cooper - Smithers

Tim Cooper

Project Director, Packaging Consultancy at Smithers