2017 Speakers

  • 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.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Prabhar R Mishra

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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.