2019 Speakers & Panellists

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  • 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.

  • Eline Boon

    Senior Policy Analyst for the Systemic initiatives Ellen MacArthur Foundation

    Eline Boon is a Research Analyst for the New Plastics Economy initiative, an ambitious 3-year initiative that brings together major players from across the plastic packaging value chain, to mobilise the transition to a plastics system that works.

    Her main focus is engaging with policymakers and international institutions to accelerate the transition towards a circular future for plastics, a New Plastics Economy.

    Prior to joining the Foundation she worked as a Policy Assistant for the European Commission, focusing on international ocean governance. She also worked as a Company Lawyer and Corporate Social Responsibility Officer in Brussels.

  • Michael Brandl

    Managing Director EXTR:ACT e.V., Germany

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  • Pascal Chapon

    Sustainable Plastic R&I 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.

  • 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, R&D Packaging 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 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.
    Since 2018, Gian is also official juror for PackTheFuture (Elipso+IKV = German and French association for plastics packaging and films) and DuPont Packaging Innovation Awards.
    Gian is 42 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.







  • 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).

  • Paul Earnshaw

    Packaging Manager Tesco

    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.


  • Dr. Christoph Hoffmann

    Director Corporate Strategy, BD & Sustainability ALPLA, Switzerland

    Biography to follow...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.