2019 Speakers & Panellists

More speakers and panellists to be announced...

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • Shameem Kazmi

    Director of Research & Development and Technical Implementation Britvic Plc, UK

    Shameem has worked at Britvic PLC for four years and in his current role, ‘Director of Research & Development and Technical Implementation’ he has responsibility for R&D strategies, delivering an innovation pipeline and technical operations across GB and Ireland.

    Shameem is an experienced Director having worked around the world for global fast-moving consumer goods companies.  As a materials scientist, Shameem has a passion for science, innovation and the environment. 

  • 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.