2016 Speakers

  • Sanjay Patel

    Global Innovation Connector Coca Cola Beverage Services Ltd., UK

    Sanjay has worked for The Coca-Cola Company for 12 years.  Within his current role as Global Innovation Connector, Sanjay is responsible for coordinating insight based innovation across the Global business and portfolio of brands.  Prior to this assignment, Sanjay looked after the global water category,  delivering packaging savings of $73MM and creating several new ‘shared value’ revenue streams for the business.  During this period, Sanjay worked with the operating committee on a short term assignment to understand how The Coca-Cola Company could work within the circular economy and further reduce their packaging impact on the environment.

    As part of the innovation leadership team, Sanjay helps drive creativity across the system, train new recruits and deliver insight based innovation workshops and hack-a-thons. Previous roles outside of Coke have been within PZ Cussons, Astra Zeneca & American Poly Foam in San Francisco. Sanjay has two Masters in packaging engineering and a degree in packaging design.  Sanjay has been happily married for 12 years with two children aged 8 & 10.

  • Marko Arola

    CEO Tempix AB

    Marko Arola has an interesting and wide background from the "Nordic green gold"; the forest industry sector. Mainly from Pulp and Paper industry that serves the packaging arena. He has held positions within the former Swedish Korsnas Group (today merged with Billerud). He started his career within production and quality control in the paper mill. After he finished university he continued his missions within marketing, logistics, distribution and IT. Nearly two decades within Korsnas was followed by the Norwegian Nordic Paper Group (former Wermland Paper) consisting of four paper mills, as the Director of procurement, logistics and IT.

    Then Marko turned his interest towards clean tech field and served For half a decade as both business developer and CEO in Mewab AB and Hans Andersson Recycling AB. The services offered were primarily targeted to the packaging and forest industry sector within Sweden. Marko Arola joined Tempix as a co-owner and board member four years ago. He became soon the marketing director and in 2014 he started to operate as the new CEO of the innovative and awarded Tempix company.

    Today Tempix is spreading their unique and cost effective cold chain monitoring solutions to the big markets in the world.

    Marko Arola is also one of the authors to the book "Temperature on Business systems" used in the Information Technology Institutes in the Swedish Universities.


  • M. Isabel Arroyo

    Senior Research Scientist, Value Chain and Sustainability, Packaging and Specialty Plastics Dow Chemical Iberica S.l., Spain

    Isabel joined DOW Technical and Developmental Group in 1995, since then she was worked on the Performance Packaging Group. Currently, she is technically leading the development of new products and applications for Food Packaging throughout the Value Chain, integrating Dow’s packaging portfolio, resins, coatings and adhesives and developing innovative solutions to this key market.

    Isabel has a solid technical background, build up working in different geographies with major film converters, product, technologies, and leading end-user programs. 

    Isabel holds a bachelor degree in Chemistry from the Universidad Catolica de Chile, a Masters on Polymer Chemistry from the Simon Fraser University in Canada, and a marketing diploma from Universidad Iberoamericana Mexico.

  • Jean-Baptiste Bayart

    Sustainability Consultant Quantis, Swizerland

    Jean-Baptiste supports companies in reducing their environmental footprint. He managed projects related to Life Cycle thinking deployment within companies, including ecodesign guidelines and tools development, network coordination, action plans definition and capacity building.

    Jean-Baptiste supports Danone in the development of the Packaging Ecodesign Tool For Environmental Responsibility (PETER). 

  • Paul Bruijn

    Senior Global Lead Safety & Environment Heineken Supply Chain B.V., UK

    Paul Bruijn has degrees in mechanical engineering and in biology. At Heineken he has been working on a wide range of environmental projects ranging from by-product management, water and energy savings and carbon footprinting.

    He has been involved in Heineken’s sustainability program Brewing a Better World since the start. For Heineken he joins the meetings and several working groups of the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER), a technical alliance that works on environmental sustainability issues. More recently he represents Heineken in the Brewers of Europe BEER pilot project.

  • Paulo Correia

    CTO Logoplaste, Portugal

    Paulo Correia has a background of Mechanical Engineer and has been working at LOGOPLASTE for 23 years.

    He started working in R&D, Plastics and Moulds and has been involved in R&D for the past 26 years. He created ILAB – LOGOPLASTE Innovation Lab in 2000 and was a PIRA Innovation Thought Leader in 2011.

  • 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.

  • Dr. Michiel De Smet

    Project Manager, New Plastics Economy Ellen MacArthur Foundation, UK

    Michiel works as a project manager in the New Plastics Economy team at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, where he focuses on engaging policymakers and closing knowledge gaps on plastics. Michiel joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to work in the Project MainStream team writing the report The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the future of plastics. 

    Before joining the Foundation, Michiel worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. He also has experience with social enterprise management, having completed the OnPurpose leadership programme, and with fundamental research, holding a PhD in mathematics (research at Gent University and Bristol University).


  • 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).

  • Antonino Furfari

    Managing Director Plastics Recyclers Europe, Belgium

    Antonino Furfari is the Managing Director of Plastics Recyclers Europe. He has a long European experience in sustainability and recycling topics. Prior Antonino was Project Manager for the European Plastics Converts association.

    He holds MA in Management Science from Solvay Business School based in Brussels, Belgium. Antonino is bilingual Italian-French speaker and he is fluent in English.

  • 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.

  • Martin Kersh

    Executive Director The Foodservice Packaging Association, UK

    Martin Kersh is Executive Director of The Foodservice Packaging Association representing the manufacturers, distributors and users of single use packaging used to serve and prepare food and drink away from home. With 200 company members the FPA is at the forefront of environmental and legislative developments impacting on the foodservice packaging industry and provides an effective lobby for its members who work closely with foodservice, quick service restaurants and catering operators to develop foodservice packaging that continues to achieve improved levels of safety, product performance and environmental &  resource efficiency using a number of materials.  The FPA has been at the forefront of the UK packaging industry’s response to the controversy surrounding the recycling of paper cups, working closely with Government and getting agreement to a Paper Cups Recycling Manifesto.

    Martin helped form the UK Government’s Litter Strategy Advisory Group, is a member of the Steering Group for Hospitality & Food Service Agreement seeking to reduce food waste, attends the All Party Parliamentary Group for Packaging and is active liaising with Government on a wide range of issues including litter and packaging recovery and recycling.

    He  began his serious working life at international advertising agency McCann-Erickson followed by DMB&B, spending 15 years in advertising before establishing his own Market Research consultancy with projects undertaken for a range of FMCG and business to business organisations. Has great belief in the strength of the UK packaging industry and its contribution to the UK economy and the public.

  • Marcel Keuenhof

    European Packaging Manager Wessanen, The Netherlands

    Holding a degree in Industrial Product Design from The Hague University, Marcel specialised in Packaging Technology with a graduation project on glass packaging at the Ukrainian food company Chumak, in 2001.

    Ever since he has worked in the packaging / FMCG industry, in various roles and at various companies, covering pretty much the entire value chain. He started out on the side of packaging manufacturing (folding cartons, glass jars & bottles), before moving to the brand-owner side of the industry. Having joined Heinz quite a few years ago, Marcel worked in quite a few packaging-related roles within the company, linking R&D, Marketing, Quality, Supply Chain, Purchasing and Continuous Improvement in European & global projects. This experience, combined with his long-time membership of the Dutch Packaging Technologists association and role as Food Safety coach for the Dutch Union of Foodbanks, will undoubtedly prove very useful in his new role as European Packaging manager for Wessanen, a company focusing on healthy & organic food, based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

    Besides being passionate about packaging, languages & his children, he likes to think of himself as a ‘green’ thinker. Wanting to put these ideas into action, he is actively exploring - e.g. in discussion panels & lectures - the role of packaging in our current & future society, including the ‘waste paradox’ that surrounds packaging (especially in relation to food)...

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  • Hester Klein Lankhorst

    Director Netherlands Institute for Sustainable Packaging, Netherland

    Hester Klein Lankhorst has been Managing Director at the Netherlands Institute for Sustainable Packaging since 2013. Before that she was Managing Director of the Department Waste and Sustainability at the Ministery of Infrastructure and Environment, and of the Department Strategy and Information (Investigation Office). She started her career as a lawyer. Hester Klein Lankhorst studied law in Utrecht.

  • Christine Levêque

    Director Business Innovation Benelux & Germany SUEZ, Belgium

    Christine is the Director Business Innovation for the business unit Recycling & Recovery Benelux and Germany at SUEZ.  In her function, Christine leads a team of developers facilitating and accelerating the emergence of new business ventures in those four countries.  The last years have seen her successfully focussing on projects related to the recycling of plastics.

    Christine holds a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the U-Mons Polytechnical faculty in Belgium.  From the revamping of nuclear power plants to the develoment of biogas stations, Christine spent half of her career taking care of the energy resources, before making the move in 2007 towards the material resources and associated waste recycling business.

    Christine lives in Belgium with her husband and two children, in a country where she hopes to see all packaging plastics being soon collected selectively in an apart bin for material recycling, as it is already the case in neighbour countries.

  • 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.

  • Tuomas Mustonen

    Founder, Managing Director Paptic Ltd., Finland

    Mr. Tuomas Mustonen (MBA, M.Sc. Applied physcis) is Co-Founder and CEO of Paptic Ltd, a renewable materials start-up focusing on replacement of plastics in carrier bag and packaging applications.

    Prior to Paptic, Mr Mustonen has worked as Vice President, Sales at VTT  Technical Research Centre of Finland, and has an industry background from the packaging industry in several roles ranging from business development to technical marketing.

    He is specialized in commercialization of new biobased material technologies with special focus on packaging applications. Mr. Mustonen has a MBA degree from the Aalto University and Master of Science degree in Applied Physics from the University of Jyväskylä.


  • Nathan Kemeling

    Director Business Development YXY Avantium, The Netherlands

    Nathan Kemeling is Director Business Development YXY at Avantium (www.avantium.com), a leading renewable chemicals company that develops and commercializes next generation biobased chemicals and plastics. YXY is Avantium’s technology platform to convert plant-based sugars into renewable FDCA. FDCA can be polymerized into PEF a 100% biobased polyester with unique properties, opening up new packaging solutions for bottles and films. Avantium is collaborating on PEF bottles with Coca-Cola, Danone and ALPLA, and is working with undisclosed parties on packaging films.


    At Avantium Nathan is responsible for managing existing partnerships on biobased materials, and developing collaborations in new application areas like fibers and other FDCA based products. Prior to joining Avantium Nathan worked for more than ten years in Asia in various High-Tech Business Development roles. First he worked in the semiconductor equipment business at ASM Japan, and then at Air Liquide, introducing novel materials for thin film deposition to semiconductor and photovoltaic customers in Asia.

    Nathan holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Physics from Delft University of Technology.

  • Adam Page

    Global Director Reports and Consultancy Smithers Pira, UK

    Adam is Global Director, Reports and Consultancy at Smithers Pira and Smithers Rapra.

    He has over 15 years’ experience in market intelligence, consultancy, directing market research and working with clients to deliver high-value strategic studies and analysis.

    During his time at Smithers Pira, he has published or delivered hundreds of market studies, reports, technical books and single-client projects across a range of industries including packaging, print, paper, nonwovens and raw materials.

    Adam has spoken at and moderated many industry and client events including the Global Packaging Summit, Future of Polyolefins, and The Banknote Conference. Adam has established and developed a global network of experts, consultants and researchers who contribute to hundreds of primary research-based projects every year. He is a member of the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals

  • Benoît Piette

    Packaging Technology Manager Danone Nutricia Research, The Netherlands

    Benoît obtained his Packaging Engineer Diploma of ESIEC in Reims France in 1992. From 1994 to 2003 he worked as a buyer and R&D packaging Engineer at Lactalis.

    From 2003 to 2007 he worked as Project Manager at Bledina - Danone. In 2007 he started as Packaging Technology Manager at Danone Nutricia Research  and since 2014 he has been leading
    the packaging Eco-design project and process for Danone Group.

  • 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.

  • Roland Rex

    President Pro Carton – The Association of European Cartonboard and Carton Manufacturers

    Roland Rex is the President of Pro Carton, the Association of European Cartonboard and Carton Manufacturers.  Pro Carton’s main purpose is to promote the use of folding cartons as an economically and ecologically balanced packaging medium.

    Roland studied Industrial Engineering, was a Management Consultant and worked in the machinery industry before beginning his career in the cartonboard industry with WEIG-Karton in 1995.  Since 2015 , he has been Head of Customer Focus and Business Development and is a member of the Management Team.  He is an active member of German paper and board associations and has been President of Pro Carton since 2009

  • Per Stoltz

    Circular and Waste Manager Sustainability IKEA Group, Sweden

    Per Stoltz finished his studies with a Bachelor in Business and Administration.  He started to work for IKEA in 1992 in the local Italian purchasing organisation.

    He then moved to Sweden in 2000 to the product development and supply chain headquarter of IKEA situated in the small town of Älmhult. Working first with global strategic purchasing and later with product development projects.

    Since 2008 he has been working with Sustainability, the first years with product related questions and communication and since September 2014 with the initiative “ Turning waste into resources” and circular economy for the IKEA Group.

  • Andy Sweetman

    Marketing Manager Futamura, UK

    Andy Sweetman graduated from the University of Southampton with a degree in Modern Languages and holds the Diploma in Packaging Technology from the UK Institute of Packaging. He has worked in the packaging industry for over 25 years principally in the field of sales and marketing management, based in both the UK and continental Europe.

    Over the past 15 years he has been closely involved with the development and commercialisation of Futamura’s range of renewable and compostable films, marketed under the NatureFlex™ tradename.

    Between 2009 and 2013, Andy was Chairman of ‘European Bioplastics’ the official Trade Association which promotes the use of biodegradable and biobased materials throughout Europe and beyond. He was also elected as founder Chairman of the UK’s Biobased & Biodegradable Industries Association (BBIA) in 2015.

    Andy speaks regularly on the subjects of Packaging and Sustainability at conferences and events in Europe, the Americas and Australasia.



  • Karen van de Stadt

    Packaging Expert Netherlands Institute for Sustainable Packaging, Netherland

    Karen van de Stadt has been an packaging expert at the Netherlands Institute for Sustainable Packaging since 2013. Before that she was leader of the prevention department of the Dutch producer responsibility organisation Nedvang. She has started her career as a packaging developer and worked on packaging development and design for several brands. Karen van de Stadt has studied packaging design (The Hague) and packaging management (Gouda).

  • Herman Van Roost

    Business Development Manager Recycling TOTAL Polymers Business, Belgium

    Herman Van Roost studied at the University of Leuven (KUL) and holds a Civil Engineering degree in Electro Mechanics and Energy Conversion.

    From 1980 to 1996 he worked in the Antwerp petrochemical industry for Exxon Chemical and PetroFina, first in engineering and later as Maintenance Manager and Plant Manager.

    Between 1996 and 2006 he occupied several business management positions, in the fields of Polyethylene for pipes application, Elastomers and Base Chemicals.

    From 2007 till 2013 Herman Van Roost contributed to Total’s strategy deployment, first as General Manager of the corporate project ‘Industrial Organization and Competencies’, later in JV management and integration of Total’s Antwerp site and finally in new projects in the Middle East and North Africa.

    Since 2014 Herman Van Roost returned to Total’s Polymers department as Business Development Manager Recycling, taking up the challenge to launch Total’s polymers activity into the Circular Economy.


  • 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.

  • John R Williams

    Business Development Director Aquapak Polymers, UK

    John is the Business Development Director of Aquapak Polymers, a UK based manufacturer of speciality polymers.

    John is also an advisor to Sinvestec LLC, a specialist investment company in biotech, a  Non-Executive Director of Floreon Transform Packaging, a Hull based SME producing bioplastics, as well as a Board member and Technical Director of the Bio-Based & Biodegradable Industries Association

    John was for over 7 years Head of Materials at the UK’s National Centre for Biorenewable Technologies, before joining Aquapak in 2016. Previously he had spent over 15 years in senior technical roles in the polymer industry.

    John holds a degree in Chemistry and doctorate in polymer chemistry and is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Institute of Directors, and European Chemical Society.