2019 Speakers, Panellists & Moderators

More speakers to be announced...

  • James Harmer

    Planning Director Strategy & Innovation Touch Design, UK

    James Harmer is the Planning Director for Strategy & Innovation at Touch. He has over 23 years of experience in the branding and packaging design industry. Working for leaders in brand consulting and design, such as Landor Associates and Design Bridge, developing brand communications and delivering major packaging innovation for global FMCG companies.

    James is responsible for navigating the trends, challenges and opportunities that will impact client’s brands in future. His role involves creating and delivering bespoke innovation initiatives across the FMCG packaging world.


  • Peter Schelstraete

    Co-Founder and CEO Ubuntoo, USA

    Peter is co-founder and CEO of UBUNTOO, a Certified B-Corporation with a mission to accelerate scalable sustainability solutions and innovations. The Ubuntoo platform connects innovators and industry leaders to collaborate on innovations and technologies in support of the UN SDGs, starting with solutions to end plastic waste & pollution.

    Previously, Peter was at The Coca-Cola Company. In his 19 years’ tenure, he held a variety of high profiles roles, including Global VP Digital & Assets and CMO for Asia Pacific.

    Being a true world citizen, Peter has lived and worked in four continents. He has Master's degree in Commercial Engineering at the University of Leuven, Belgium and also holds a Postgraduate Master's degree in Business Management from the University of Montpellier in France.

  • Ramon Arratia

    Sustainability Director Ball Beverage Packaging Europe, UK

    Ramon Arratia has 17 years of practical experience in corporate sustainability positions at companies such as Interface, Vodafone, Ericsson and now at Ball Corporation. He 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 concentrates 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.

  • Romain Badie

    Corporate Social Responsibility Manager Carrefour, France

    Biography to follow...

  • Alba Bala Gala

    Senior Researcher UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change (ESCI-UPF), Spain

    Alba is a Senior Researcher and Project Manager at the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF, based in Barcelona, where she is in charge of the Waste Management and Circular Economy research line. She is a former researcher at the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (UAB) and environmental consultant at Randa Group.

    She has participated in more than 25 national and international research projects related to Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), green procurement and Eco-design in various sectors such as packaging, electric and electronic equipment, waste management, urban furniture and public administrations.

    Her research has been published in more than 30 papers in technical and scientific journals, conference proceedings and book chapters. She is the co-author of two books about Eco-design and three guides on green procurement. Alba participates regularly in national and international conferences. 

    In addition to her scientific production, she has been co-founder and coordinator of o2-Spain, a group aiming to promote Eco-design in Spain (until December 2007). Alba is member of the Spanish LCA network and the International Expert Group on Waste Management and LCA.

    In academia, Alba is currently providing training to post-graduate students at University of Girona and University of La Rioja and to undergrads at ESCI-UPF on "Environmental Management" (Degree in International Business and Marketing). She has been former lecturer of “Eco-design” for 5 years at Escola Superior de Disseny Industrial (ESDI, Universitat Ramón Llull, Spain) and delivered training courses on green procurement, LCA and SimaPro and GaBi software.

  • 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.

  • Raphaël Bardet

    Head of Business Line, Food Ahlstrom-Munksjö Specialties, France

    Raphaël Bardet is Head of the Food Business Line at Ahlstrom-Munksjö, one of the world's leading players in sustainable and innovative fiber solutions.

    Amongst his current responsibilities is the business management and development of fiber-based solutions dedicated to sustainable food packaging applications used in everyday life. He mainly focuses on solutions contributing to replace non-renewable materials. For instance, he was recently involved in product launch such as new paper straws materials or recyclable and compostable materials for baking molds.

    Raphaël has a MSc degree in Papermaking and a PhD in Biobased Nanomaterials from Grenoble Institute of Technology in France. He has more than 10 years of experience in the field of sustainable solutions, with expertise both in the business and technical fields, in particular in product development and innovation.

    Raphaël is convinced that innovation in fiber-based solutions will help to better protect the planet and contribute to a better tomorrow for future generations.

  • Jean-Baptiste Bayart

    Sustainability Consultant Quantis, Swizerland

    As a sustainability consultant at Quantis, I am doing my best to achieve sustainable changes.
    My mission is to support companies to measure, understand and reduce their environmental footprint.
    I manage projects related to sustainability software development, ecodesign, Life Cycle Assessment, Total Cost of Ownership and water stewardship. I like to develop tangible and customized solutions helping companies making sustainable decisions, based on science and metrics. I also like to deploy broadly these solutions and to engage people on the sustainability journey. 

  • Dr. Catharina Bening

    Senior Researcher ETH Zurich, Switzerland

    Catharina has been a postdoc in the Group for Sustainability and Technology since 2012. Her current research focuses on the sustainable circular economy and she is co-leading a Swiss National Science Foundation project on the economic, regulatory and environmental implications of the transition towards a circular economy. This project is particularly focusing on plastic packaging as well as the construction sector. As the topic of circular economy is an emerging field which has been extensively shaped by industry, Catharina has collaborated with many different players in the respective industries and consulted on possible sustainable solutions towards circular economy.

    Catharina holds a PhD in economics from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland (HSG), and pursued her studies in Singapore (NUS), Rotterdam (Erasmus University) and at the University of Chicago.

  • Maik Birnbach

    Environmentalist einhorn products GmbH, Germany

    Maik is Environmental Engineer (M.Sc. / TU Berlin) with specialization in Life Cycle Assessments. After working in renewable energy and environmental education he switched to einhorn products, a company that reinvests 50% of its profits into sustainable supply chain projects. Maik is part of the Fairstainability team and in charge of the development of sustainable packaging solutions for condoms and female hygiene products

  • Nicolas Bouché

    Packaging & Rfid Leader Decathlon, France

    Nicolas BOUCHE is Packaging Director for DECATHLON, the sporting goods producer and retailer. He leads the packaging process with a strong “dare for less & better” philosophy. Packaging should be optimized to decease prices and costs and it’s value for employees and customers should be increased. The packaging business unit supports 58 Passion Brands in their international development in 55 countries, providing them optimized and sustainable packaging solutions.

    Nicolas BOUCHE He also has a strong experience in the product development, design management, innovation management and research and development.

    In his previous experience in DECATHLON Research & Development team, he created the Affective Sciences Department. Physical activity should first and foremost be a pleasure. This R&D laboratory is dedicated to ease of use, sensation and emotion. It is aimed at better understanding, measuring and evaluating the sensations and emotions perceived by consumers and users to design pleasurable new sport experience.

    Nicolas BOUCHE has a Master's degree in Engineering with a specialization in product design.

  • Michael Brandl

    Managing Director EXTR:ACT e.V., Germany

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  • Riccardo Castagnetti

    Director, Portfolio Planning and Strategy Tetra Pak, Italy

    Riccardo Castagnetti is the Director for Portfolio and Strategy within the Packaging Solutions team of Tetra Pak based in Modena, Italy

    Previously he covered the role of Marketing Director in Tetra Pak Arabia Area (GCC, Levant and Yemen) based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and before in Tetra Pak Italy.

    Riccardo has also worked in the United Kingdom, Sweden and Italy in various sales and marketing functions of Tetra Pak Group.

    He has extensive experience in market research, consumer insights and product launches throughout different markets. He holds a Master Degree in Business Management from Modena University.

    Riccardo is married with three children. He speaks Italian, English and French, likes good wine and enjoys football.


  • Pascal Chapon

    Sustainable Plastic R&D Manager Danone, France

    Experienced Director Of Research Development with a demonstrated history of working in the plastic and chemical industries. Skilled in Business Planning, Management, Continuous Improvement, Polymer Chemistry, and Product Development. Strong research professional with a MBA focused in Economics from IESE Business School - University of Navarra.

  • Mauro Giuseppe Ciriminna

    Senior Pulp, Paper and Packaging Advisor, Forest Sector Transformation WWF, Sweden

    Mauro has wide experience in development projects, social issues, working with indigenous people, and commodity certification in more than 15 countries. Mauro has supported companies, communities and smallholders getting forest certification and improving management practices to meet international social and environmental benchmarks.

    He has worked in projects led by development organizations such as WCS and Pact, forest standards such as FSC.  Mauro is now working with WWF as Senior Advisor for Pulp, Paper and Packaging, engaging companies in the sector to increase transparency and environmental performance. He holds a master’s degree in environmental science, policy and management from the MESPOM consortium (Central European University, Lund University, and the University of Manchester).

  • Dr. Will Connolly

    Head of Packaging Britvic Soft Drinks Limited, UK

    Originally a materials scientist, Will has spent nearly 20 years developing innovative FMCG packs for brands as diverse as Ariel and Gucci perfume. Now leading the packaging development team for Britvic soft drinks he is particularly interested in new ways to engage the consumer in sustainable solutions’.

  • Jan Dalsgaard Johannesen

    Senior Sustainability Advisor Arla Foods, Denmark

    In 1998 I joined MD Foods in Denmark as Corporate Environmental Manager. Since 2000 I have been responsible for all environmental issues at Arla Foods such as developing sustainability strategies and carbon reduction programs.  In 2011 I had the responsibility for developing Sustainability Strategy 2020, and during the last two years I have been responsible for developing our new Green Ambition 2050.

    In 2012 I was appointed as Sustainability Director at Arla Foods and in 2017 I had a new position as Senior Sustainability Advisor in Arlas global CSR department.

    At European level, I participate in the European Dairy Association´s Sustainability Working Group. Internationally I am an active member of the International Dairy Federation standing committee on environment and Global Dairy Platforms sustainability working group and in SAI, Sustainable Agriculture Initiatives dairy working group

  • Gian De Belder

    Packaging Technologist , Packaging Research & Development Sustainability Procter & Gamble, Belgium

    Gian is a principal scientist and packaging technologist at Procter & Gamble (P&G), one of the largest consumer packaged goods companies in the world.
    In his 20-year career at P&G, Gian has helped drive R&D into sustainable packaging across the company. With experience in upstream technologies, sustainable resins and EU funding projects, Gian has been involved in developing key partnerships across the value chain and managing open innovation through P&G’s Connect & Develop Programme.
    To help drive cross-sector collaboration, Gian is a board member of Petcore Europe (the association representing the complete PET value chain in Europe), co-chairman of the Packaging Task Force at the A.I.S.E. (International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products). Gian is also active in other industry associations such as the FostPlus (Belgian green dot), Expra (Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance) and others.
    Most recently, Gian is helping lead a pioneering project “HolyGrail” on the standardisation of markers/ watermarks in packaging (barcode for recycling), to increase efficiencies in high-quality sorting and to strive for higher recycling rates, as part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative.

    In 2018, Gian has also been official juror for PackTheFuture (Elipso+IKV = German and French association for plastics packaging and films) and Dow DuPont Packaging Innovation Awards ; in 2019 he is juror for Packaging Europe’s Sustainability Awards.
    He has been elected finalist for the 2018 and 2019 EU Plastic Recycling Ambassador (Plastic Recyclers Europe) and actually received this title in 2019.
    Gian is 44 years old and holds a degree in Polymer & Composites Engineering from Leuven University. He was born in Belgium and is married with 2 children. He is a big fan of sports (running/ squash/cycling) and travel.

  • Heather Deeth

    Head of Buying Lush Cosmetics North America

    Heather Deeth is responsible for the ethical sourcing, operations and execution of Lush’s raw material supply chain including over 400 ingredients and the thousands of packaging items that make up Lush’s fresh, handmade products.

    Her teams manage the operational performance of the supply chain for the company’s two factories and ensure Lush’s strict ethical standards on non-animal testing, fair pay and conditions for workers and having a reduced environmental impact are upheld and progressed throughout all levels of supply.  The ethical sourcing innovation in packaging has included using 100% post-consumer materials, building closed loop systems and incorporating ocean plastics into our packaging.

    When not travelling in pursuit of new ingredients and packaging innovation, Heather enjoys experiencing new cultures, the human experience and natural environment in different parts of the world.  She has a B.Comm from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

  • Michael Delle Selve

    Senior Communication Manager FEVE – The European Container Glass Federation, Belgium

    As a Senior Communications Manager, Michael comes with a solid experience in Management, Public Affairs, Communications and Marketing fields. Since 2005, he has put his knowledge at the service of the European Container Glass industry where he is responsible for the Communications, Marketing and Public Affairs activities in Brussels and throughout Europe. He has built from zero and he coordinates the activities of a network 11 national teams who implement MarCom activities.

    Michael holds an Executive Master in International Association Management from the Solvay Brussels School Economics and Management, a University Degree in Foreign Languages from the University of Bari, Italy, acknowledged competences in integrated marketing and communications, social media, public affairs, management and leadership. He speaks Italian French, English (mother tongue level). He strives to keep constantly up to date by following training in the context of his current activities (e.g. social media communication, EU Public Affairs, mental coaching).

  • 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).

  • Tom Domen

    Global Head of Long-Term Innovation Ecover / Method

    Global Head Long Term Innovation Manager (aka Science Friction Soaper) Ecover / Method

    Tom Domen graduated in 1996 with a Master in Industrial Design. In 2007, he completed a Master in Sustainable Development at the University of Brussels. With his MA on Sustainable Technology for Eastern Africa, he received the yearly Award for Innovative Technology from the Chamber of Engineers.

    He started working for Philips in packaging innovation after which he worked for 5 years as a marketing and communication specialist at Panasonic.

    Tom has been working for Ecover/Method for 13 years, where he is responsible for the long term innovation strategy and sustainability for the different categories of Ecover/Method products (laundry, cleaning, dishwashing, home care and personal care). Getting inspiration out of biomimicry and system thinking, he has been laying out an ambitious roadmap for the company to inspire transformative change towards a restorative business model. Tom is also a member of the board of Kringwinkel, a Belgian organisation that gives a second life to what otherwise would be waste.

    ECOVER / Method
    For over 25 years, Ecover has been producing products that adhere strictly to the World Health Organisation's definition of health, which incorporates the wellbeing of the whole person and the environment in which he or she lives. They are constantly innovating and pushing boundaries to create new and more effective products that have minimum negative impact on the environment, and consistently achieve extraordinary ethical standards with their products, management and production methods. Recently, Ecover merged with the US-based company Method and now has become the largest company for ecological washing and cleaning products.

  • Paul Earnshaw

    Packaging Manager Tesco, UK

    The most satisfying thing Paul has found in his career is the buzz he gets from turning ideas into a customer delighting reality.

    Paul has a highly successful record in complex packaging project management in the areas of food and drink, cosmetics, healthcare and pharmaceuticals.

    Paul is packaging manager for Tesco, the second largest retailer in the world.

    Pauls experience runs from managing the initial innovation through to large scale factory implementation via basic proof of principle, tooling, design, business model development and supply chain management.

    Following a career in packaging management with Boots and Coty Paul worked internationally at CXO level with many of the major global FMCG brands and large retailers developing new products and NPD systems.

    Pauls main focus is on delivering an improved customer experience through understanding the capabilities of packaging technology and the constraints of the supply chain and legislative landscape.

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  • Sokhna Gueye

    Plastics Sustainability Manager Nestlé

    Over 12 years of experience in various aspects of Sustainability and Packaging.
    In my current role, I lead, coordinate and support the growing work on plastics stewardship across Nestlé. This involves engaging externally with stakeholders to collaborate on pre-competitive solutions, as well as aligning corporate and NGO approaches to plastics packaging challenges.
    I believe that business has a key role to play in Sustainable Development and is passionate about social En/Intrapreneurship.


  • Michael Hahl

    Sustainability and Strategic Innovation Director Huhtamaki Flexibles, Germany

    Michael Hahl – Sustainability & Strategic Innovation director. Michael studied packaging engineering at Stuttgart Media University of Applied science. He worked for major FMCG companies (P&G, Nestle, Unilever) on packaging projects worldwide and joint Huhtamaki in 2018. Michael believes that collaboration between multiple stakeholders is key for a sustainable future in packaging.

  • Stephen Harrod

    Consultant Smithers

    Stephen Harrod is responsible for a range of Smithers reports including the Global Corrugated Market, the Global Folding Carton Market, Central and Eastern European markets for corrugated and folding carton, Packaging in the Middle East, Retail Ready Packaging, Luxury Paperboard Packaging, Liquid Packaging Board and many others, including Sustainable Insulation. He has contributed to the Smithers reports on the Global Packaging Market and the Global Printing Market, whilst also building in-house databases on the global paper and packaging markets.

    Born in the UK, educated in Rhodesia and South Africa, Stephen spent eleven years building a market research company in South Africa, focussed on the paper and packaging industry in that country. He left this business and spent six years in the paper industry with Mondi and JAC Labels before relocating to England. Following a spell as a freelance marketing consultant, he has been authoring reports for Smithers since 2006, with a focus on global paper and packaging markets.

  • Tommi Heinonen

    Head of Sales, EMEIA UPM Specialty Papers, Finland

    Tommi Heinonen has nearly 25 years of experience from fiber-based businesses. He has an extensive background in forest industry in Sales and marketing, Supply chain and Market research functions. His working field covers various parts of the fiber-based value chain, providing insight and perspective on how e.g. the converting value chain can contribute to sustainable solutions. Last five years he has focused on fiber-based flexible packaging and label industries. During his career, he has actively contributed to the growth of flexpack paper business and led organizations working for more sustainable and fiber-based solutions. In his current position, he can be considered as an expert on the industry of the closed loop economy with the distinction of dealing with renewable and biodegradable materials. In leading a Sales organization for the region of EMEIA, Tommi is actively developing and contributing to finding suitable business models in the flexpack and label paper businesses.


  • Kelly L. Helein

    Director of Business Innovation Footprint, US

    Kelly L. Helein has 27 years of experience in sales, marketing, and product development, working for specialty paper companies, converters, and manufacturers. A self-described highly motivated connector and collaborator, she has extensive experience in business development, driving innovation and growth while working with customers such as ConAgra, Nestlé, Kohler, Mondi, Johnson and Johnson, Becton Dickinson and Zeiss.

    Passionate about product innovation and problem-solving, Kelly serves as Board President for the Paper Discover Center and the Paper International Hall of Fame. She is also on the advisory committee for Smithers Pira’s Sustain Pack Conference and Specialty Papers Europe.

    When she isn’t on the hunt for new product discovery, Kelly can be found with her husband and three children, in Appleton, Wisconsin. Kelly Helein is currently Director of Business Innovation for Footprint.

  • Dr. Christoph Hoffmann

    Director Corporate Strategy, BD & Sustainability ALPLA, Austria

    Christoph has been with ALPLA since 2012. He is the Director of Corporate Strategy, Business Development and Sustainability including Circular Economy and Public Affairs. He has 15 years working experience in the packaging and consulting area. Prior to working in the industry, he studied business engineering at Technical University Berlin and holds a PhD from the University of St Gallen (HSG). He is passionate about driving change and new opportunities in organizations with a holistic view on systems, including goals, processes, actions and motivating people to join in.

  • Maria Holopainen

    Business Lead on Circular Economy Stora Enso, Finland

    Maria joined Stora Enso, the renewable materials company, in 2016 to develop sustainable packaging solutions together with customers and other stakeholders. Now, she is responsible for developing solutions in the circular economy with partners across the value chain for collection and recycling of fibre-based packaging materials. Her background is within strategy, business development and innovation and she has been delivering sustainable solutions in the field of clean technologies, low carbon energy and bioeconomy for more than 10 years.

    When not dealing with wicked problems related to sustainable business, Maria goes running or does yoga. Her true passion is scuba diving that has taken her around the world to explore different underwater environments from cold climates to tropical and turquoise terrains.

  • Graham Houlder

    Project Co-ordinator CEFLEX project, The 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).

  • Petra Knapp

    Packaging Sustainability Analyst Nike Inc., USA

    I am positive, versatile, and innovative. I love working on group projects and have used my teamwork and leadership skills to successfully compete at Robotics World Championships in 2012, build a 3D Printer from scratch, start a youth robotics summer camp in my community, assemble three flight simulators as a Software Integration Team inter, coach a youth FLL robotics team and organize a local youth robotics tournament. My interest in product design and sustainability have drawn me to take classes in Materials Engineering and study Biomimicry, which I hope to use in my future career. I worked at Insitu as a summer inter Summer 2011. I also worked part-time, while attending high school in 2012 to 2014 and during Fall 2014 quarter at Cal Poly, in the food industry developing customer service skills.

    From Seattle originally, I moved to Hood River Oregon and consider myself an avid kiteboarder, biker, skier, swimmer, kayaker, runner, cyclist, hiker, and backpacker. 

  • Sandeep Kulkarni

    President KoolEarth Solutions Inc., USA

    Dr. Sandeep Kulkarni is the founder and President of KoolEarth Solutions Inc., a technical consulting and business development company focused on helping small as well as large companies develop and commercialize new sustainable packaging solutions as well as to improve the sustainability footprint of existing packaging. Sandeep has over 20 years of industry experience working for several large packaging companies, such as International Paper, Neenah Paper and Georgia Pacific. Most recently he worked for PepsiCo, in the area of sustainable beverage packaging. Sandeep has 7 granted patents as well as several publications in industry journals. He has also served on conference advisory boards and has delivered several invited presentations, at international conferences, on the topics of sustainability and sustainable packaging. Sandeep serves as an Adjunct Professor at The Packaging School (affiliated with Clemson University) as well as the North Carolina State University.

  • Annette Lendal

    Senior Research Analyst Ellen MacArthur Foundation

    Annette is a Senior Research Analyst in the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative. She is a reuse specialist, having conducted extensive research on how to move from single-use to reusable packaging models and conceptualising the benefits of reuse from a business perspective.

    Before joining the Foundation, Annette worked as a strategy and policy consultant for the Danish NGO Plastic Change, in Ramboll Management Consulting and in the European Commission. Recently, she joined the Expedition Plastic sailing in French Polynesia to document the scale and consequences of plastic pollution. Annette holds a master’s degree in Political Science from Copenhagen University and Sciences Po Paris.

  • Carlos Ludlow Palafox

    CEO Enval Ltd., UK

    Biography to follow...

  • Arno Melchior

    Global Packaging Director Reckitt Benckiser, UK

    Packaging Professional with more than 30 years of International Experience in Packaging. I am focusing on Sustainability, Quality, Consumer Experience, Innovation, New Technologies, Cost Optimisation, Strengthening the Bench and Partnership with Suppliers and Retailers

    Chair of the steering group for Recoup’s first and second edition of “Recyclability by Design” Guideline www.recoup.org/design (RB was also the financial sponsor of this project).

    Chair of the Packaging Task Force of A.I.S.E the International Association for Soaps,
    Detergents and Maintenance Products

    Chair of the Packaging Task Force of the German Cosmetics and Detergents Manufacturers Association IKW.

    Acting judge for the UK Packaging Award / acting judge for the Sustainable Packaging Award

    Member of the advisory board of the leading German Packaging Design magazine Creativ Verpacken (since 1998). Support the editorial team in defining the direction of the magazine.

    Active Member of the German Packaging Engineers association BDVI as well as active Member of the US Packaging Engineers association IoPP – Institute of Packaging Professionals.

    Founding member and active member of the Packaging Executive Committee of the IoPP. 

  • Xavier Melisse

    PWI Supplies Category Manager WW and EMEA HP, Belgium

    Joined HP in 2005 through the acquisition of Scitexvision Ltd as a EMEA category manager for Industrial supplies, same position I do currently hold in PWI.

    In Scitexvision, that I had joined on January 2001, I have endorsed several technical functions, from Service engineers to PSM for Media&Inks, till sales manager for Supplies in EMEA.

    During that time, I have build a solid network in the industry and grew my knowledge in media and color management as well as regulatory aspects of supplies .

    I had joined the company attracted by the growing importance of the digital technology and went away from SunChemical where I was holding position in the European Engineering centre (designing ink factories and delivery systems for analog inks).

    So my career path is clear, ink-ink-ink.

    I have graduated from Polytechnical Faculty of Mons Belgium with a degree in Fluid mechanics and a post-graduate in business management from the Faculté Universitaire Catholique à Mons

    I am married and father of an 12 years old daughter (2 arms, 2 legs all normal).”

  • Prabhat R. Mishra

    Global Sustainability Director Johnson & Johnson Santé Beauté,France

    Global Packaging, Plastics, Innovation, Sustainability, Project & Programme Management Expert with over twenty years of world class techno-commercial experience in senior leadership positions exclusively with some of the best companies in the world.

    All round experience of delivering consistently high class innovative consumer focused solutions leading to significant business improvements world-wide while working hands on in Manufacturing, Procurement, R&D, Marketing, Consumer Research, as well as cross functionally & Consulting.

    An outstanding record of building Centres of Excellence, Global Cross-Functional teams, improving Operating Efficiencies, developing existing & opening New Markets & Market Spaces, Developing New Vendors, Global New / Improved Supply Bases and faster Creation, Development, & Implementation of new products ahead of the competition.

    Offering strong communication, presentation, strategic, programme & change management skills, gained working for some of the world’s largest companies from a wide range of sectors, e.g., FMCG, Food, Pharmaceutical, Petrochemicals, Manufacturing, Packaging Raw Materials, Design, Conversion and top Medical Product companies.

    SPECIALTIES: Strategy, Innovation, New Product Development from aspiration to delivery, Supplier Quality Improvements, Award Winning Products and Business Solutions balancing top & bottom line performance. Technology Scouting, Sustainability, Open Innovation Leader, Deep Expertise in Polymers (including Bio-polymers) applications, processing, troubleshooting, counterfeit protection, Intellectual Property and cross functional leadership in some of the largest companies of the world. 

  • Vincent Mooij

    Head of SUEZ.circpack® SUEZ, The Netherlands

    Vincent is head of SUEZ.circpack® within SUEZ, a world leader in smart and sustainable resource management. Vincent has over 10-years’ experience in innovation in the recycling industry. He established multiple new recycling propositions and set up partnerships. With an extensive background in marketing, product innovation and sustainability, Vincent combines strong customer focus with a clear understanding of technological challenges.

    As the head of SUEZ.circpack® he offers consultancy-services to retailers, packagers and brand owners with the aim to increase the recyclability of packaging. The operational knowledge of SUEZ in the field of collection, sorting and recycling of packaging material, provides additional credibility to the expertise of the circpack-team. On top of that, his department provides certification on recyclability for different types of packaging.

    Vincent is 49 years old and holds a degree in Marketing from The Hague University of applied science. He was born in The Netherlands, is married and has 1 daughter. In his free time, he enjoys being a windsurfer, a football referee and singer in a rock band.

  • Tim Mulder

    Packaging Development Manager FrieslandCampina, The Netherlands

    Tim Mulder works as packaging developer within the global R&D packaging department. They are responsible for all FrieslandCampina packaging. He leads the sustainable packaging expert team and has a strong drive to bring sustainable packaging to a higher level.

    Tim firmly believes that data helps us to make the right sustainability decisions. Last year he lead the development of a packaging eco-design tool (Respackt) to quantify the footprint of packaging during the development process. With the insights of Respackt, he collaborates with the commercial teams to create action plans to improve the recyclability and footprint of their packaging.

  • Dr. Jane Muncke

    Managing Director Food Packaging Forum Foundation, Switzerland

    Jane Muncke holds a doctorate degree in environmental toxicology and a MSc in environmental science from the ETH Zurich. Since 2012 she has been working as Managing Director and Chief Scientific Officer at the Food Packaging Forum Foundation in Zurich, Switzerland. Prior to this role she worked for Bucher Emhart Glass, a Swiss mechanical engineering company and glass packaging industry supplier. Before leaving academia she was a scientific associate at Eawag, the Swiss Aquatic Science Institute, collaborating in various different research projects, including endocrine disruption in developing zebrafish, sustainable urban wastewater management, and removal of Arsenic from drinking water in Bangladesh. Jane has extensive experience as science communicator and presenter, and she works with scientists on live presentation skills. She is a full scientific member of the Society of Toxicology (SOT), the Society for Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology (SETAC), the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Endocrine Society. She lives with her family in Zurich, Switzerland.


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  • Sarah Nelen

    Head of Unit Waste Management and Secondary Materials at DG Environment European Commission, Belgium

    Sarah Nelen is Head of the Waste Management & Secondary Materials Unit in the European Commission's Directorate General for the Environment since May 2017. Previously she was a Member of the Cabinet of First Vice-President Timmermans, responsible for sustainable development and the circular economy. From 2010 to 2014, she worked in the team of the President of the European Council, Mr Herman Van Rompuy, where she had a coordinating function. She started in the European Commission in 2001, in DG Justice and Home Affairs and dealt with external relations in this area. Earlier, she was a researcher at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven where she obtained a Masters in Political Science. She also studied at the Facultés Universitaires Saint Louis in Brussels and the University of Leicester and she is a College of Europe alumnus.


  • Katy Newnham

    Founder and CEO Wastebuster CIC, UK

    Katy Newnham is the founder of Wastebuster. Formed in 2006, Wastebuster is a not-for-profit environmental education company specialising in entertainment for social change and the development of national and international campaigns, designed to promote responsible consumption. Katy spent the start of her career as a commercial underwater photographer and having documented the impact of El Niño, climate change and pollution in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, moved into conservation and education. Katy has since worked with partners ranging from international corporates, NGO’s, Governments and the UN to deliver education and awareness programmes that support development of the circular economy, in alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Wastebuster has now acquired the Pod, one of the largest climate science and sustainable development education programmes globally. The Pod/Wastebuster combined school network is over 20,000 schools internationally, representing circa 6million children and young people. Katy is now focusing on development of international campaigns that use the power of entertainment, education and media technology combined, to inform, inspire and empower children and young people to adopt more sustainable lifestyle choices

  • Heiða Gunnarsdóttir Nolsøe

    Co-founder DropBucket ApS, Denmark

    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.

  • Ulrika Nordvall Bardh

    Circular Strategy Lead Non Commercial Goods H&M Group, Sweden

    Ulrika Nordvall Bardh has for the past 11 years worked for the H&M Group in various positions, all related to Non Commercial Goods, like packaging, buildings, store construction and interior. Currently she is based at the Global Sustainability Department, working as Circular Strategy Lead for Noncommercial Goods. As part of her role lies the responsibilities of the Groups Circular Packaging Strategy including the goalsetting process. She is also representing the group in the working group lead by The Ellen Mac Arthur Foundation related to the initiative The New Plastic Economy, Global Commitment. She has recently worked with the startup of one of the  groups brand ARKET where she was situated at the Expansion- and store concept  team. Before that, she worked at the Global Visual Department  driving and representing the functions sustainability work

  • Umberto Paves

    CFO Gr3n, Switzerland

    CFO, he worked as a consultant within the asset management industry in Paris and within the art market. In Sao Paulo, he worked as Deputy Manager at the Italian-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce. In 2015, he joined Embed Capital, an independent private player on Italian VC scene, as Investment Manager. In 2019 he goined Gr3n.

  • Laura Peano

    Senior Sustainability Consultant Quantis, Switzerland

    Sustainability consultant with over 10 years of experience in the field, Laura has performed hundreds of Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) in several sectors, in particular in the bio-based & packaging sectors.

    During her career, she has worked with many companies to build their environmental strategy and reach their sustainability targets and contributed to different publications. Today, she is the Project Manager of the Plastic Leak Project, a large pre-competitive initiative to map plastic and microplastic pollution across the value chain.


  • Sarah Perreard

    Consultant Precious Planet Consulting, Switzerland

    Sarah Perreard is a consultant in circular economy, having worked 12 years in the plastic industry and the past 5 in the packaging field, for DuPont and then Dow. Holding a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Geneva (HEC), she has spent the start of her career in marketing, commercial and new business development roles, before transitioning to the sustainability aspect of business.  She has built and led several circular economy projects at national level (South Africa, Jordan, the UK) focusing on collection, recycling and education for behavior change. Now an independent consultant in sustainable development, Sarah leads circular economy initiatives in Europe on behalf of Dow, coaches project teams for the Dow Social Impact Fund and leads a plastic waste data project for the Alliance to End Plastic Waste.

  • Joachim Quoden

    Managing Director EXPRA, Germany

    Joachim Quoden studied law at the “Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität” in Bonn between 1987 and 1992 and served his legal internship in Bonn and Cologne from 1993 until 1995.

    In between these placements, he spent 4 months within the German Federal Ministry of Environment where he was working on packaging issues including the German Packaging Ordinance.

    From February 1993 until June 2006 Mr Quoden worked for Der Grüne Punkt - Duales System Deutschland GmbH (DSD) in various capacities. From January 2001, he served as Head of International Affairs of DSD and was vested with general commercial power of representation in 2003.

    In January 2001, he also became Secretary General of PRO EUROPE, the umbrella organisation of 35 packaging recovery organisations using the Green Dot trademark. Between April 2005 and February 2013, he was appointed as managing director of this organisation.

    Since April 2013 he is appointed as managing director of EXPRA – Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance – Inspiring Packaging Recycling, an alliance of currently 26 non-profit packaging recovery organisations owned by obliged industry from 24 countries from Europe, Canada and Israel.

    Besides this, he is working since June 1995 as independent German Lawyer specialized on international extended producer responsibility legislation. In addition to his work as Managing Director of EXPRA and being a German lawyer, he is inolved in the following positions and associations:

    since October 2013 he was appointed as chair of the ISWA Working Group Governance & Legal Issues and therefore member of ISWA’s Scientific & Technical Committee;

    member of the European Think Tank of the German waste association DGAW
    member of the European Commissions’ Expert Group "Support to Circular Economy Financing",
    Board member of the CEFLEX consortium (www.ceflex.org),
    member of the Advisory Board of the EPS SURE consortium (www.life-eps-sure.com),
    Board member of the Global Product Stewardship Council (Sydney),
    member of the Advisory Council of the Product Stewardship Institute (Boston)
    since 2000, member of the OECD expert group on EPR.
    He was also an expert of the ISO global standardisation project SIS/TK 165/AG 10 Packaging and Environment that has developed between 2009 and 2012 global standards on packaging optimisation, recycling, reuse and energy recovery.

    He is a member of

    • the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), http://www.iswa.org
    • the German lawyer’s association, http://anwaltverein.de/,
    • the association of lawyers in Bonn, http://bonner.anwaltverein.de/start/start.html,
    • the Product Stewardship Institute in Boston, US, http://www.productstewardship.us,
    • the Global Product Stewardship Council, http://www.globalpsc.net,
    • German Association for waste management (DGAW), www.dgaw.de
    • Clean Europe Network, http://www.cleaneuropenetwork.eu
    • Körbe für Köln eV which is an NGO working in the inclusion of young people into society via sports, http://koerbe-fuer-koeln.de

    Further details can be found here: http://www.quoden.com

  • Safia Qureshi

    Founder and CEO CupClub, UK

    Safia Qureshi is an award-winning Architect, innovation designer and educator. Born in London, UK, she launched Studio [D] Tale in 2015 to build projects with high social and environmental impact. She then incubated and launched CupClub™ - returnable packaging service for drinks in 2016. In 2016 she was acclaimed by Core77 Magazine to have developed a 'creative business with a social edge.'
    Safia’s work is recognised for its innovative use of design, digital exploration, and spatial interventions that challenge conventional notions of cities and the built environment. Her work is immediately recognisable, encompassing product innovation, brand identity, system and service design, digital products and architecture.
    She has earned a variety of awards including top prize winner for CupClub™ from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and IDEO and appeared in a number of media and publications, including BBC, Sky, Design Week, Core77, Dezeen, Design Indaba and The Drum. 
    She has been a guest critic at the Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, Royal College of Art and London Metropolitan University. She is currently on the network of professional mentors for the RIBA.

  • Fatma Sahin

    European External Affairs Manager Unilever, Belgium

    Fatma joined Unilever’s European External Affairs team in 2017. She is responsible for the Home and Beauty & Personal Care Portfolio. As part of her role Fatma also deals with Circular Economy including sustainable packaging. She obtained her law degree from the University of Maastricht, with a specialisation in EU Law. Fatma is a seasoned EU public affairs expert, with amongst others previous experience of over 10 years in representing the retailers’ interests in Brussels.

  • 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.

  • Troy Swope

    CEO and Co-Founder Footprint, USA

    If you are looking for alternatives to plastics in packaging, Troy Swope is the visionary that will most likely already be working on a solution.  Troy’s experience in packaging innovation spans over 18 years, first at Intel where he introduced new methodologies and a new department to explore packaging innovation and advanced polymer development that resulted in a $350 million dollar costs savings over 4 years.  Later at Unisource Global Solutions, Troy and his team pioneered and developed a new material supply chain around FSC certified bamboo fibers for Dell Computers, a move that redirected the molded fiber industry towards a highly marketable alternative to EPS and EPE foam packaging.  Troy’s current venture, as CEO and Co-Founder of Footprint, a sustainable technology company that is manufacturing solutions that eliminate single use plastics in packaging, is once again focused on redirecting the molded fiber industry and disrupting single use plastic industries.

  • Patrick van Baal

    R&D Global Director Packaging Development FrieslandCampina, The Netherlands

    Patrick van Baal is Global Director Packaging Development at FrieslandCampina and has over 22 years of experience in the packaging industry, working for FMCG companies like Heineken, Danone and FrieslandCampina and worked in Europe and Asia. With a personal drive for sustainability, Patrick aims to accelerate innovation in packaging development and waste management. Apart from his work at FrieslandCampina, he is the chairman at the National Test Centre Circular Plastics.

  • Hans van Bochove

    Vice-President Public Affairs Europe Coca-Cola European Partners, Belgium

    Hans is the Vice-President Public Affairs Europe at Coca-Cola European Partners. Amongst his responsibilities is the company’s packaging and recycling policy. He joined the Coca-Cola system in 1998, serving as the Director of Public Affairs and Communications in The Netherlands for nine years. In this capacity, he was responsible for the company’s transition from refillable to non-refillable/recyclable PET bottles. He also developed a sustainable policy and published the first public societal report within the Coca-Cola system. From 2007 to 2011 Hans was the Director of Public Affairs, Communications and CSR at Starbucks Coffee Company for the Europe, Middle-East and Africa. He then returned to Coca-Cola to his current role, and since March 2017 also serves as the Chairman of the European Organization for Packaging and Environment (EUROPEN). Hans holds a master degree in Business Administration from the Erasmus University Rotterdam/Rotterdam School of Management.

  • Hein van den Reek

    Business Director Solutions BillerudKorsnäs AB, Sweden

    Hein has been the packaging industry since 1990. He worked in different fields of packaging. Paper, Paper laminates, extrusion coating, flexo- and rotogravure printing, production of industrial- and consumer packaging. Also has experience in plastic consumer packaging as PET/HDPE/PP bottles, jars and closures.

    He has always been looking for innovation in packaging and machines and combinations of the two. His motto: “Don’t always try to invent new things, combine the unlikely. Create value through co-operations”. The packaging industry has to step over its own shadows to find sustainable solutions for packaging in the future. Brands& retailers, material providers, converters and machine producers have to work together to deal with the challenges we face. If we do it right we will create new opportunities and shorten time to market. And last but not least: packaging is not just work, it is passion.

    At BillerudKorsnäs we are working on a sustainable packaging future. You’re welcome to join us and grow together.

  • Herman Van Roost

    President Plarebel, Belgium

    With the circular economy at everyone’s attention, the plastics sector is entering a new era. The increased recycling objectives are complemented by industry commitments to integrate recyclate in their plastic products. While waste and recycling industry insists on proven solutions and pragmatic but conservative design guidelines, the development of a circular future for plastics will also depend on innovation and new technology. But why are plastics today not yet mature in terms of circularity despite past innovations ? How are fundamental scientific principles interfering with circularity and with the required innovations to get there ? As always, the answer lies in thermodynamics...


  • Erwin Vink

    Senior Sustainability Manager NatureWorks LLC, The Netherlands

    As the Senior Sustainability Manager for NatureWorks, Erwin’s responsibilities include LCA, Environment, Feedstock Sustainability and Standardization. He is active in European Bioplastics, EuropaBIO, NEN, CEN and ISO, and serves as the chairman of Holland Bioplastics.  Erwin has a master’s in chemistry from the Utrecht University.

  • Alexey Vishtal

    Packaging Specialist Paper & Board Nestlé, Switzerland

    Alexey Vishtal works in Nestlé Research Centre where he focuses on development and implementation of innovative fibre-based packaging solutions. Alexey has a doctoral degree from Tampere University of Technology (Finland) in the field of papermaking and paper converting. He also has industrial experience in pulp and paper and chemical industries.

  • Dr. Armin von Keitz

    Manager Sustainability and Associations Packaging Tata Steel, The Netherlands

    Armin von Keitz is the Sustainability Manager for Tata Steel in Europe. Armin works within the Packaging sector on all packaging-related sustainability issues including recycling, Life Cycle Performance of steel, food waste reduction and ethical sourcing. He has a background in Chemistry and a PhD in Material Science.

  • Simon Waddington

    Business Development Director Interface Polymers Ltd., UK

    Simon Waddington graduated from Brunel University in 1986 with a BSc. (Hons.) in Material Science and Polymer Chemistry.

    He began his career as a chemist in the polyurethane coatings industry and then moved to Switzerland in 1989 to join Dow Europe (Polyurethanes) as a Technical Service and Development Engineer for flexible foams.  This was followed by various technical roles within Dow for the coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers (CASE) markets. He then  worked in new business development roles looking for new application space outside of the current businesses, before he transitioned to a commercial function responsible for the marketing of Dow`s polyurethane raw materials and systems for CASE applications. He spent two years as Marketing Manager for the flexible foam market before returning to the CASE markets as a Business Development Manager.

    Since 2012 he has been consulting within the polymer industry working with chemical start-ups. He was part of the team that transitioned the Novomer ,Inc. CO2 polyol technology to Saudi Aramco in 2016 and is currently the Business Development Director for Interface Polymers Limited, Coach and Trainer for Market Blueprinting.


  • Simon Webb

    Government Relations P&G, Belgium

    Experienced Government Relations practitioner, Research Manager and Toxicologist with a demonstrated history in the consumer goods and chemical industries. Numerous graduate and postgraduate qualifications in life sciences, toxicology, business, environmental chemistry and law. Expert in Government Relations, Environment, Health & Safety, Consumer Products, Crisis Management, Research Management, Corporate Social Responsibility, Alternatives to Animal Testing and Stakeholder Relations. Experienced in building multi-functional advocacy teams and multi-sectoral/stakeholder coalitions to promote informed policy making. Employed at P&G since 1994.