2017 Advisory Board

Look who will be collaborating on the innagural Sustainability in Packaging Europe conference

  • Dr. Mark Caul

    Technical Manager for Packaging Tesco, UK

    Mark Caul joined Tesco from M&S in October 2011, with the ambition to provide thought leadership on Tesco’s Packaging strategy.  This will encompass commercial, functional, sustainability, innovation, quality and safety.  A Materials Engineer by training, he has previously spent time in diverse industries such as Forestry, Nuclear Energy, and Civil Engineering before settling into a packaging career with over 10 of those years spent as senior packaging technologist at M&S.

    Mark also is a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Environmentalist and a Fellow of the Institute of Materials and sits on the board of the UK Packaging Society. 

    He is a keen to encourage innovation, having an open door policy for everyone with a good idea, whether this is a customer, a student, a packaging company, a food company, a college, or indeed the entrepreneurs ‘out there’.

    The end consumer drives Marks passion for the packaging industry whilst safety remains at the core of everything he does – something that he would like to believe he has a renowned expertise for.

    His current reach is all Tesco Foods Packaging sold in the UK, but can touch on global operations from time to time.  He describes packaging as a series of pillars that interact with each other (Innovation, Sustainable, Commercial, Governance, Legal and Safe), with the end customer at the heart of everything that he does.

  • Gian De Belder

    PET Cycle Project Manager and P&G R&D Packaging Sustainability Procter & Gamble, Belgium

    Gian graduated as MSc - European Postgraduate Education in Polymer and Composites Engineering (Leuven University, Belgium) and has more than 16yrs experience in packaging development.

    He currently works as a Principal Scientist at P&G (Brussels Innovation Center), focussing on Sustainable Packaging development. He is also the Project Coordinator of the PETCycle project. (http://petcycleproject.eu), a Life+ (EU-funded) project focussing on improved recycling by involving the full value chain. Gian is a regular speaker at international packaging conferences, highlighting the importance of partnerships in order to develop more sustainable packages.

  • Philippe Diercxsens

    Packaging & Environment Manager Danone Waters, Belgium

    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).

  • Paul Earl-Torniainen

    Senior Scientist General Mills, US

    Paul is a Senior Scientist at General Mills and a member of the Executive Committee of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition.  Over his 20+ years in packaging, sustainability, and most recently, food shelf life determination, he has assisted major retailers in the development of packaging scorecards, participated in the development of the GPPS, and supported the launch and growth of the How2Recycle labelling program that standardizes on-pack recycling communication in the US.  He holds a M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

  • Henrik Essén

    SVP Communication & Sustainability BillerudKorsnäs, Sweden

    Henrik Essén is Senior Vice President Communication & Sustainability at BillerudKorsnäs. He joined BillerudKorsnäs in 2011 after more than a decade in management consulting to the international paper and packaging industries. Prior to the current BillerudKorsnäs position, Henrik Essén worked with Business Intelligence and M&A.

    Henrik Essén holds an MSc degree in Chemical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden

  • Jonne Hellgren

    Managing Director RePack, Finland

    Jonne believes in creating value through sustainability. He founded a sustainability consultancy Natural Interest Ltd. in 2006 and in 2012 co-founded reusable packaging startup focused on sustainability and simplicity. RePack is an award winning European startup based Helsinki, Finland.

  • Virginia Janssens

    Managing Director EUROPEN, Belgium

    Virginia Janssens is Managing Director for the European Organization for Packaging and the Environment (EUROPEN) since July 2012. EUROPEN is a unique cross-sectoral EU industry association in Brussels, presenting the opinion of the packaging supply chain in Europe, without favouring any specific material or system. EUROPEN members are comprised of multinational corporate companies spanning the packaging value chain (raw material producers, converters and brand owners) plus six national packaging organizations all committed to continuously improving the environmental performances of packaged products, in collaboration with their suppliers and customers. www.europen-packaging.eu

    Prior to joining EUROPEN in January 2010 as EU Affairs Manager, Ms Janssens acquired considerable experience in the Brussels arena working both as a public affairs and public relations consultant for various clients coming from the environment, food, chemical and energy sectors. Ms Janssens obtained a master’s degree in Political & Social Sciences at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium and a second master’s degree in Intercultural Management at the ICHEC Business School in Brussels.

  • Dr. Lars Lundquist

    Senior R&D Expert Packaging Environmental Sustainability Nestlé, Switzerland

    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.

  • Dana Mosora

    Sustainability and Advocacy Director DOW EMEA Packaging & Specialty Plastics, Switzerland

    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 since end 2007 she led the Value Chain

    Engagement for the European Division of Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics.

    Since August 2015 she headed the European, Middle East and Africa Sustainability initiatives for the business.

    As an experienced business leader with proven track record in bringing innovative solutions to the packaging industry, through powerful collaborations, she is now working as a consultant dedicated to driving the Circular Economy for Plastic Packaging.


  • Dr. Gerald Rebitzer

    Sustainability Director Amcor, Switzerland

    As Director Sustainability Gerald Rebitzer is responsible for Sustainability at Amcor Flexibles Europe, Middle East and Africa and Amcor Flexibles Americas. This role encompasses both environmental management and social responsibility from an operations perspective as well as working with customers and suppliers to enhance the performance of the packaging solutions Amcor provides to the food, home-, medical- and personal care, and pharmaceutical industries. A major focus of his work is the creation of tangible customer value from Amcor’s sustainability program and leveraging this to improve customer relationships and profitability.

    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.

  • Ulrike Sapiro

    Director Sustainability Coca-Cola Company

    Ulrike is Sustainability Director at the Coca-Cola Company in Europe, leading sustainability strategy, policy, programs and partnerships across the Company’s strategic priorities, including Packaging and  Circular Economy, Water Stewardship, Sustainable Agriculture, Women Empowerment and Community Engagement.

    In her role, Ulrike aims to use the power of the Coca-Cola system to create scale and positive impact, to inspire change and to forge collaboration along the value chain. A key focus area has been the Coca-Cola systems sustainable packaging strategy, including packaging recovery & recycling, as well as the connection to the Circular Economy. She is advising international and European policy and governmental affairs, supply chain management, commercial, communications and external partnerships. She is currently President of the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI Platform) and is involved in other international and European industry collaboration platforms on key sustainability issues.

    Ulrike has been with The Coca-Cola Company since 2007. Previously, she held various Corporate Affairs positions dealing with water resources, public infrastructure and development policy. Ulrike holds a Master’s degree in political sciences and post-graduate degrees in sustainability leadership.