2017 Speakers

  • Andreas Gémes

    Marketing Manager Circular Economy Solutions Borealis AG, Austria

    Andreas Gémes is Marketing Manager and Deputy Head of the Circular Economy Solutions unit at Borealis AG. He has been focussing on entrepreneurship, innovation, and sustainability for more than ten years. Andreas has an interdisciplinary background and has worked in business, academia and well as in the public sector. Before joining Borealis in 2014, he pursued a career as management consultant and advised corporates, SME, start-ups and the public sector. Andreas holds a Ph.D. and an MBA with focus on entrepreneurship and innovation.

  • Ramon Arratia

    Sustainability Director Ball Beverage Packaging Europe

    Ramon Arratia is a sustainability director with 17 years of practical experience in corporate sustainability positions at multinational companies such as Interface, Vodafone, Ericsson and now at Ball Corporation. Ramon is a strong advocate of product sustainability and the circular economy. His focus is on creating ambitious sustainability strategies that deliver core business advantages through reducing carbon footprint, designing out chemicals, accelerating innovations, creating better marketing, redesigning supply chains, and building higher ground cultures.

    During Ramon's eight years at Interface Europe, the company managed to reduce its GHG emissions by 95 per cent, water use by 78 per cent and its embodied carbon footprint in the supply chain by 39 per cent. His role at Ball will concentrate on pushing forward the environmental ambitions of the company, helping the industry to make beverage cans the most sustainable packaging, and influencing policy makers to adopt a more circular economy. Moreover, he will represent Ball in sustainability and environmental matters at Metal Packaging Europe, the association representing the rigid metal packaging industry.

    Ramon has an MBA from Warwick Business School, an MSc in Quality and Environment from Spain and a degree in chemistry. This mixture of business and technical education has given him the unusual facility of being able to understand both the geeks (life-cycle assessment practitioners, academics, engineers, chemists) and the geezers (marketing, PR, sales, sustainability consultants).


  • Juan Manuel Banez Romero

    Public Affairs Manager Europe MARS, Belgium

    Juan Manuel is the European Public Affairs Manager at Mars Inc. In this capacity, Juan Manuel leads on Mars’ engagement on the European Union (EU) circular economy package and coordinates internal work stream pertaining to this topic. In addition, he represents Mars at the ‘New Plastic Economy Initiative’, a global program from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Juan Manuel is also the Chairman of the Climate Change Expert Group at FoodDrinkEurope, the Food industry confederation in the European Union, since 2015.  

    Prior to joining Mars Inc., he worked at the European Commission in dealing with Climate Change, Environment, Natural Resources & Water and international development in the Latin American region. Before joining the Commission, he worked for the Spanish Government in Public Service and Work & Emigration Department.

    With than 16 years of professional experience, Juan Manuel has the proven ability to build relationships within and across both the private & public sectors, and a talent for transitioning research strategy into policy action. Juan Manuel holds a Diploma in International Relations at the London School of Economics (LSE) & Univ. of London, a Master’s degree in Environmental Education and a second one in European Studies, a postgraduate studies in neuroscience from the Univ. of Seville and Madrid and a Bachelor Degree in Psychology from the Univ. of Granada.

  • Piotr Barczak

    Policy Officer on Waste European Environmental Bureau, Belgium

    Piotr Barczak was born in Poland in 1984. Having studied in Poznan and Bremen, Piotr holds a Masters degree in Geography with a specialisation in Spatial Management and Regional Development. He also has a diploma in Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change.

    He started his professional career as a land surveyor for a private company providing technical analysis of urban and coastal areas.

    In 2010 he started working in the Polish Ministry of the Environment where he joined the International Cooperation Unit. In 2011 he was sent to Brussels to reinforce the Environmental Policy Unit at the Permanent Representation of Poland to the EU. After a successful Polish Presidency at the Council he decided to leave the diplomatic service and join the NGO world where he worked on shale gas and landgrabbing in Africa. He has worked in several missions in the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan collaborating with Caritas and the UN Mission to South Sudan.

    Piotr came back to Brussels in 2013 to join the EU Policy Team of the European Environmental Bureau working on air pollution and waste. He is now responsible for the waste policy at the EEB representing the voice of around 150 national NGOs dealing with environmental protection. He chairs the EEB Waste Working Group which consists of waste experts from Member States with hands-on experience in waste management and prevention measures. He collaborates closely with the Zero Waste Europe as well as with municipalities, progressive industry and waste management organizations.


  • Werner Bosmans

    Coordinator Plastics Strategy European Commission, DG Environment

    Werner Bosmans, a Belgian national, graduated as a Bio-engineer at the University of Ghent, Belgium, and obtained a Ph.D. in international economics in Montpellier, France. He also holds a degree in Public Management.

    After undertaken research at the University of Ghent and at the Belgium Ministry of Agriculture, he worked as assistant to the Secretary-General of the Belgian and Flemish Ministry of Agriculture. He is also a part-time professor at the ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles).

    In 2005, he joined the Directorate-General Environment of the European Commission in Brussels. He is responsible for Natural Resource policies, promoting life-cycle thinking to reduce environmental impacts. He helped setting up the International Resource Panel together with UNEP. He is one of the authors of the Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe and coordinated follow-up work, such as the European Resource Efficiency Platform (EREP). He is now focussing on the Circular Economy and coordinating the development of a Strategy on Plastics.

  • Dr. Gerold Breuer

    Head of Marketing & Business Development EREMA Group GmbH, Austria

    Since it was founded in 1983, EREMA Engineering Recycling Maschinen und Anlagen GmbH has specialised in the development and production of plastics recycling systems and technologies for the plastics processing industry.

    Gerold Breuer is responsible for Marketing & Business Development at EREMA. He has studied technical chemistry and received his doctor´s degree in technical sciences with a focus on polymer science from the Johannes Kepler University in Linz (Upper Austria) in 2008.

  • Giacomo Canali

    Packaging Research and Sustainability Manager Barilla G. e R. Fratelli SpA, Italy

    Graduated in Chemistry, he spent more than 24 years in the Packaging Industry, both as User and as Producer.

    He has worked for big companies such as Bormioli Luigi, Zambon and Barilla (since 2003) with different responsibilities, always on packaging topics: research, sustainability, design and quality management of packaging suppliers.

  • Marcia Correa

    Marketing Director Specialties Klöckner Pentaplast, Germany

    Marcia holds more than 20 years of experience in Marketing, Strategy & Consumer Insights. She has worked for FMCGs such as Coca-Cola, L’Oreal and Givaudan and has experience in Luxury, Cosmetics, Food, Beverages and Packaging businesses. She is passionate about sustainability and its ways of positively impacting society.

    She studied Business Administration and holds an MBA from IMD (Business School from University of Lausanne) and studied Strategy at INSEAD in Singapore.

    Currently, Marcia works as Marketing Director at Klöckner Pentaplast. Her responsibilities include the segment of Packaging Label films – where sustainability is a major topic. Klöckner Pentaplast believes in driving sustainability practices and principles and is committed to deliver products that enhance our customers’ brands and help them achieve their sustainability goals.

  • 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).

  • 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

  • Laura Fernandez

    Senior Packaging Technologist Marks & Spencer, UK

    Laura has worked in M&S since she came over from Spain starting in stores as temporary Xmas staff (and still there 27 years later!)  and then moving to Head Office doing many different roles in Clothing and Home focusing later in our European division using my background in languages. Her passion for Europe led her to move to Foods project managing the development of packaging for the different European countries.  That was her introduction to packaging by default and what became her new passion.

    As M&S launched Plan A she began to get more interested on the technical aspects of packaging and did the Diploma in Packaging through IOM3 becoming a packaging technologist in 2010. She is now at the late stages of a MSc in Packaging Technology and Management at Brunel University due to be finished Sept 2017.  She is one of three packaging technologists in Foods with responsibility for the Ambient categories and also managing the sourcing of hardware for the Food group.

  • Suvi Haimi

    CEO Sulapac Ltd., Finland

    CEO and co-founder of Sulapac Ltd, received her Master’s degree in Biochemistry in 2006 and PhD in Medical Biomaterials in 2008 at the University of Tampere, Finland. She has 10 years of experience of project management and leadership at several universities in Finland and The Netherlands. She has been the key person gathering the passionate team behind Sulapac Ltd. Sulapac Ltd has created one of the world’s most ecological options for packaging material made out of wood. Sulapac® has plastic like properties but, it contains 0% plastic. Sulapac® products combine ecology, luxury and unlimited design possibilities, which makes it a totally unique packaging concept.

  • Dr. Karlheinz Hausmann

    R&D Fellow Sustainability Technology Leader DuPont de Nemours Intl Sarl, Switzerland

    Dr Karlheinz Hausmann, Research and Technology Fellow  with DuPont de Nemours International Sàrl is holding a doctoral degree in Material Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland and  has more than  28 years of experience in ethylene copolymers. He joined DuPont in 1987 in the W&C group which was part of PPD and then moved to Specialty Polymers until P&IP was founded, Here he had a number of R&D and Technical and Market  Development assignments including packaging, polymer modifcication  and automotive applications. Currently he is part of the DuPont Performance Materials Technical R&D  Organisation in Meyrin  Switzerland and specialist for polymer modification and  compatibilisation. He is leading sustainable packaging polymer developments developing new packaging concepts including renewable type of solutions. In this function he is also heavily involved in novel concepts for meat packaging using coextrudable adhesives and Ionomer resins. He is one of the receipients of the 2014 Pedersen Awards and is holding the position of global sustainability technology leader of DuPont Performance Materials packaging organization.

  • Graham Houlder

    Managing Director and and Project Co-ordinator for the CEFLEX project SLOOP Consulting, Netherlands

    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.

    He is the Project Co-ordinator for CEFLEX (a Circular Economy for Flexible Packaging), a collaboration from across the flexible packaging value chain to make flexible packaging even more relevant in the circular economy.

    Since 2011 he has also been retained by the Flexible Packaging Europe association as Sustainability Director. 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.

    He is recognised as one of the industry thought leaders for sustainable packaging and is one of the 13 founding members of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC).

  • 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.

  • Lars Brede Johansen

    Head of Development Grønt Punkt Norge AS, Norway

    He holds a master of technology from Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. Specializing in industrial chemistry with thesis on LCA for the production of polyolefins.

    Worked with LCA and industrial ecology at the Industrial Ecology Program, NTNU

    Grønt Punkt Norge (Green Dot Norway) since 2004 as senior analyst, head of the membership department and now head of development.

    Currently working with Grønt Punkt Norge and our members to meet the challenges and opportunities related to new EU regulations and the concept of circular economy.

  • Prof. Dr. Rudy Koopmans

    Director Plastics Innovation Competence Center; Switzerland

    Foster creative thinking that stimulates innovative science and technology and application development impacting industry and contributing to a sustainable society.

      *   Director Plastics Innovation Competence Center (PICC) -  Fribourg - Switzerland

      *   Director of Institute for Applied Plastics Research (iRAP) - Fribourg - Switzerland

      *   Founder Koopmans Consulting GmbH - Zurich - Switzerland

      *   Lecturer ETH- Zürich – Department of Materials – Switzerland

      *   Former R&D Fellow at The Dow Chemical Company - Belgium, Netherlands, USA, Switzerland

      *   Ph.D in Physical & Macromolecular Chemistry - University Antwerp (B)

      *   Master in Business Adminstration – University Leuven (B)


      *   Publications:


         *   70+ papers in international journals and contributed book chapters

         *   2 books

         *   20+ patents


  • Oona Koski

    Senior Specialist Sustainability UPM Raflatac, Finland

    Oona Koski holds a Master of science (Tech)  from Tampere University of Technology (TUT) specializing in material science. She is UPM Raflatac's expert in eco-design and the circular economy. Oona is passionate about the sustainability and has the heart of an engineer. An ambitious approach to partnerships and finding solutions helps the industry to implement the newest innovations for the labeling world.

  • Mustan Lalani

    Manager, Environment Affairs Tetra Pak International, Belgium

    Mustan Lalani is Environment Affairs Manager at Tetra Pak, a global market leader in food processing & packaging solutions. Together with our customers, each day Tetra Pak meets the needs of hundreds and millions of people in more than 175 countries around the world. Mustan manages the company’s environment related advocacy worldwide specifically on packaging and waste related policies including Extended Producer Responsibility.

    He represents Tetra Pak in numerous EU and international bodies such as the Consumer Goods Forum Solid Waste Task Force, a member of the Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance’s (EXPRA) strategic committee and at the European Association for Packaging and the Environment (EUROPEN) circular economy task force. Mustan has contributed to the development of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) guidance on Extended Producer Responsibility for governments.

    Prior to joining Tetra Pak, Mustan worked for a consulting firm headquartered in Toronto, Canada where he managed several client engagements with multinational companies on developing international recycling strategies, recycling market development and formulating corporate positions on government recycling policies.

    Mustan Lalani holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto specialising in Actuarial Science and Statistics and has completed a number of professional development programmes including receiving the Leadership Essentials Certificate from the Rotman School of Management in Toronto, Canada.

  • Dr. Mats Linder

    Project Manager Ellen MacArthur Foundation, UK

    A Chemist by training, Mats leads the Innovation Programme within the New Plastics Economy initiative. This role involves identifying and mobilising catalytic innovation that has the potential to enable a completely new standard for how we design and execute plastics material flows, for example the New Plastics Economy Innovation Prize, launched on 18 May 2017. Working with innovation in plastics packaging means that Mats is obsessed with learning about all aspects of the plastics value chain and would be delighted to have a chat about almost any related topic.

    Mats joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in 2014 and has since then worked on various projects besides the New Plastics Economy, for example A toolkit for policymakers and the Project MainStream report Intelligent Assets – unlocking the circular economy potential. Before joining the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Mats worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, following his PhD years where he split his time between research and amateur theatre.

  • Prabhat R Mishra

    M. Ch. Engg., Chartered Scientist, & Fellow of IOM3, Global Packaging Sustainability Lead Mondelez International, UK

    Founder of Johnson & Johnson Packaging University, Prabhat Mishra is a passionate techno-commercial professional in the Plastics, Packaging, New Product Development & Sustainability arena.

    Prabhat is a Fellow of IOM3, Chartered Scientist, Master of Chemical Engineering, & Management. He is working in the Global R&D & Innovation function of Mondelez International, UK, which is consistently rated amongst top ten of the world’s most innovative companies. He leads the Packaging Sustainability function in Mondelez globally and nurtures the evolution of the next generation core technology.

    He participates in the iconic industry events including those from the Society of Plastics Engineers, India, TAPPI PLACE, USA (Chairman & Session Builder), Sustainable PETs, Brussels, & many others.

    Prabhat specializes in the unusual & the niche areas of his field. He derives specialty performance from a combination of commodity materials, transformational designs & harnessing the power of the contemporary processing & other upcoming surrogate technologies. He is known for meeting the formidable challenge of optimally balancing cost, value, & speed (the Holy Grail) to deliver truly sustainable NPD & outstanding consumer value propositions.

    Prabhat is here to do both, learn as well as share some of his own insights and perspectives on global packaging sustainability arena and views on fortifying the value chain to meet the above challenges.

  • Dr. Géza T. Nagy

    Senior Packaging Specialist (Metals) Nestlé S.A., Switzerland

    As technology lead of Nestlé global metal packaging my role is to establish and deliver the innovation vision. I work together with a team of packaging and engineering specialists to provide enhanced and memorable experience to the consumer by utilising the tools of Consumer Centric Innovation, Inclusive Design, and Ecodesign. I work for 5 years at Nestlé and previously spent 10 years at Tata Steel Packaging Applications. I have a background of Mechanical / Integrated engineering and Biomechanics / Soft tissue engineering. Metal packaging is the second largest spend category with over 200 sites worldwide filling Nestlé products into steel or aluminium containers.


  • Heiða Gunnarsdóttir Nolsøe

    Co-founder DropBucket ApS, Danmark

    Heiða Gunnarsdóttir Nolsøe – Founding partner at DropBucket ApS & Civil Engineer Student (Cand. Polyt)

    Heiða Gunnarsdóttir Nolsøe is currently a master student at the Technical University of Denmark. Her bachelor was specialist in product development and here she together with Marie Stampe Berggreen invented the famous waste bin made out of recycled paper (www.dropbucket.dk). Since then Marie and Heiða have focusing on developing sustainable products. 

     In may 2015 they won the world most famous design price: Red Dot: Best of the best.

  • Lena Nover

    European Business and Sustainability Manager Metal Packaging Europe

    Biography to follow...

  • Rauno Raal

    CEO Estonian Deposit System (original name in Estonian language - Eesti Pandipakend OÜ), Estonia

    With management experience in banking and IT development sector landed in exciting recycling sector, where I have been enganged since 2008. One of the biggest challenges has been to turn around the boat (Estonian Deposit System) and put it to work in an efficient way from both environmental and financial aspects.

  • Ulrike Sapiro

    Director Sustainability Coca-Cola Company, EMEA

    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.

  • Jorge Serrano

    Head of the Companies and Ecodesign Department Ecoembes, Spain

    Jorge Serrano is Head of the Companies and Ecodesign Deparment in Ecoembes. He joined the company in 2007 after several years working for engineering companies. He has a degree in Environmental Sciences and he is an expert in packaging design. At its day-a-day work, the team that Jorge leads promotes the Ecodesign of packaging in Spain by developing trainings, tools and services, working together with several stakeholders (member companies, packaging manufacturers, designers, retailers, universities...)

  • Tom Szaky

    CEO TerraCycle, USA

    Tom Szaky is the founder and CEO of TerraCycle, a global leader in the collection and repurposing of otherwise non-recyclable pre and post-consumer waste. TerraCycle operates in 21 countries, working with the world’s largest brands and companies to create national platforms to recycle products and packaging that currently go to landfill or incineration.


    Through TerraCycle, Tom is pioneering a new waste management process, involving manufacturers, retailers, governments and consumers, to create circular solutions for materials such as cigarette butts, laboratory waste, coffee capsules and even food packaging that otherwise have no other path to be recycled.


    Tom is the author of three books, “Revolution in a Bottle” (2009, Portfolio) and “Outsmart Waste” (2014, Berrett-Koehler) and “Make Garbage Great” (2015, HarperCollins). Tom created, produced and starred in TerraCycle’s reality show, “Human Resources” which aired on Pivot from 2014-2016. Tom and TerraCycle have received over 200 social, environmental and business awards and recognition from a range of organizations including the United Nations, World Economic Forum, Forbes Magazine, Fortune Magazine, and the Environmental Protection Agency.


  • Sebastian Tarkowski

    Client Director and Brand Strategist NINE, Sweden

    Sebastian combines engineering, a deep consumer understanding and a commercial mindset with natural curiosity and creativity to challenge the status quo in any innovation or design project. He is a seasoned public speaker, mixing humoristic observations with well grounded facts to paint an inspirational picture of our future opportunities.  

  • Kevin Vyse

    Primary Foods Packaging Technologist and Packaging Innovation Lead Marks and Spencer, UK

    Kevin Vyse is one of the UK’s leading packaging professionals and has spent over thirty years in the industry.

    He has worked with many of Europe’s leading brands as well as for Marks and Spencer where he now leads on packaging innovation and the circular economy.

  • Adnan Wasti

    CTO Hanhaa, UK

    Biography to follow...

  • Dr. Carsten Weiss

    Vice President Engineering Robert Bosch Packaging Technology GmbH, Germany

    Carsten Weiss studied material engineering and graduated from Erlangen University, Germany. He holds a PhD in material science.

    After several assignments in technical positions in Europe and Asia he took over the position as Vice President Engineering at

    Robert Bosch Packaging Technology GmbH at the beginning of 2016. He is a member of the board of the German Industry Association for Food Technology and Packaging (IVLV).

    Within his area of responsibility he coordinates several topics referring to sustainable packaging.