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Benjamin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and an M.B.A from the University of Akron. In his current role, Benjamin leads the strategic consulting division of Smithers Information in North America. This division works with clients to gather a deep understanding of their business goals, and to develop in-depth research programs to provide visibility into markets and niches. This process is designed to dig deep into a wide variety of industries and topics, gather insights, and provide an unbiased view of the key challenges faced by our clients. These efforts allow our clients to evaluate their strategic plans and make decisions based upon credible data and analysis, supported by robust research conclusions and recommendations.
Elizabeth is the global strategic marketing manager for the rigid packaging segment at H.B. Fuller. With a passion and focus on sustainable packaging solutions, new packaging design and e-commerce and extensive knowledge of the packaging industry and B2B marketing experience, Elizabeth acts as a connection between market and technology, customers and research and development.
A well-known leader in the government affairs arena for more than 20 years, Dan has worked within the bottled water, credit card, healthcare and information management industries. He is particularly passionate about environmental, sustainability and packaging issues and has lobbied extensively in those areas at the state and federal levels. He leads the efforts of AMERIPEN – the American Institute for Packaging and the Environment – to develop and advocate positions for the U.S. packaging industry on issues related to packaging and the environment, using sound science and a philosophy of material neutrality.
Regarding the current clean agenda you sent over, it looks good and glad to see it appears you're having some (CPGs and/or others) speak to their need for AR to help meet recycled content goals and mandates. As far as the placeholder it looks like you have at the end of the agenda about standardizing recycling requirements, it's a great subject and AR totally ties into that. I could conceivably help you flush that out and even moderate if you want.
Nate works in tandem with the Product Safety and Sustainability team in Finland to provide a range of services to the Americas market and functions as Metsä Board’s sustainability expert in the region. Based in the Norwalk, CT office, he is responsible for educating customers on the sustainability-related attributes of Metsä Board products and operations, which involves providing environmental impact data, regulatory/compliance information, and other relevant internal or industry resources. He also helps customers interpret sustainability information so they can effectively reduce the environmental impact of their packaging. Nate holds a BS in Chemistry from Bates College as well as an MBA in Sustainability and Social Change and an MS in Environmental Science and Policy from Clark University.
Agricultural Engineer, Master in Environmental Agrobiology. He specialized in the impact of industries against climate change, with a focus on solid waste management, composting and recycling. He has experience in promoting projects from the root, which seek to generate economic development in a sustainable way, with a solid perspective on the circular economy.
Carlos graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. He worked in industry before moving to the United Kingdom, to do his Ph.D at the University of Cambridge. During his doctoral research and subsequently as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate, he developed the basis of the Enval process to recycle plastic aluminium laminate pouches, sachets, tubes, etc.
As a result, Carlos founded Enval where he is CEO. The Company now has a commercial plant recycling laminates in the UK and is in the process of installing further units in other locations. Enval has also started to develop recycling processes for other materials, creating a link between the packaging world and the waste handling sector.
Desde 2019, se desempeña como Directora Ejecutiva en Ecoplas, entidad técnica profesional de Argentina especializada en plásticos y medio ambiente, cuya misión es la de impulsar el desarrollo sustentable de la industria plástica a través de la promoción del uso correcto y responsable de sus productos, la valorización y reciclado para una economía circular.
Tiene a su cargo el desarrollo y ejecución del plan de la organización en las distintas áreas: Asuntos Públicos, Comunicaciones, Educación, Institucionales y Técnico, respondiendo al Consejo Directivo, dirigiendo y consolidando un equipo interdisciplinario.
Con experiencia y formación en el ámbito de las Comunicaciones Corporativas y gestión de Asuntos Públicos, articulación con la prensa, Responsabilidad Social Empresaria (RSE), Educación y Sustentabilidad; cuenta con una trayectoria de más de 18 años para la industria plástica; comenzando en el departamento de Coordinación General, y ascendiendo más tarde como Gerente de Asuntos Gubernamentales y Comunicaciones. Anteriormente, trabajó como Coordinadora de Comunicación y Asuntos Públicos en la antecesora de Ecoplas, “Plastivida Argentina”. Fue Coordinadora de Comunicación en la compañía Natura Cosméticos, así como Coordinadora de Medios en Franchising Advisors y también trabajó de periodista en medios de comunicación.
Alberto has +18 yrs. experience in international business in Latin America and Asia.
He lived with his family for +7yrs in China where he founded two companies and invested in one. Alberto also worked with local and foreign universities as an adjunct professor in conflict
resolution and consulted MNCs in the field of innovation & high performance.
Academic expertise in Design Thinking, International Negotiations, and Conflict Management.
Alberto has collaborated with organizations such as IDEO, +Acumen, Impact Hub, EF, United Nations, and Deloitte.
Alberto is husbando to Caro Zicchieri, an Argentinian fashion designer, and father to Martino & Vitorio. Alberto is a former competitive athlete, a current calisthenics
fan and Vipassana meditation practitioner.
Mariana Soto Urzúa, Chemical Civil Engineer from the University of Chile, in Santiago, Chile. With wide experience in paper manufacture companies, such as “Celulosa Arauco”, “CMPC Tissue”, “Papelera Vera & Giannini”, “MM – Marinetti Packaging”. Since 2009 she is in charge of “Centro de Envases y Embalajes de Chile – CENEM” management. CENEM is nonprofit private technical organitazion, which reunites the valuable chain of the packaging industry, and focuses its strategy in four fundamental pillars: Sustainability, innovation, human capital, and digital packaging. Today she is part of the management of the “Centro de innovación tecnológica de alimentos CeTA”, in the sustainable production and consumption committee by the Ministry of environment. She leads the clean production agreement in the packaging area and coordinates work meetings of different packaging sectors and other activities of the corporation.
Marika Knorr is the Head of Sustainability and Communication at CCL Label since April 2020 and is dedicated to grow the “Sustainable Product Family” while driving CCL’s Sustainability roadmap. Marika holds a Master‘s Degree in Art from Cologne University and Arizona State University and started her career as a newspaper and magazine writer before moving into Corporate Communications at international companies including TÜV Rheinland, LANXESS AG and Constantia Flexibles. She has held varied and senior positions in marketing and communications and has extensive experience in our industry focusing on sustainability and communication. Marika is based in Cologne, Germany.
Rodrigo Leiva’s 30-year career in waste management began in France, and continued in Chile where he managed national waste and recovery programs across several industry sectors as a Veolia Environment executive. Rod established his consulting practice in 2010 to play an active role in in the establishment of Chile's new Environmental Producer Responsibility.
Rod has been actively involved in Chilean EPR since its introduction in 2010. He works closely with the Chilean Environmental Agency and major industry producers - initially to develop the nation's EPR Law Framework - and more recently, to advise Government and Industry on it implementation and new products to be considered
Rod's keen interest in international EPR and Product Stewardship best practice, and how these can be applied in Latin America has extended his network across the globe, where he engages with authorities and Product Stewardship organizations in the EU, Canada, Australia and USA. He is member of ISWA (International Solid Waste Association) and Chair of it Working Group Governance & Legal Issues and the coordinator of the mirror working group for Latin America focused in EPR.
Rod graduated as an Industrial Engineer from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and holds an MBA from Lleida University, Spain.
Brian applies his knowledge in sustainability, technology & policy into creating value by leveraging the circular economy movement into business model innovation. He connects a network of experts across industry, academia, finance & government who are keen to collaborate on innovative upstream waste management solutions.
He is keen to explore how plastic packaging can be used in a circular manner that provides the benefits of plastic, without the impacts of mismanaged plastic waste.
With Algramo, he focuses on connecting stakeholders to help catalyze reusable packaging systems on a globally significant scale. At Algramo, Brian and the team are currently working with Unilever, Nestle, Colgate and others, on game-changing packaging as a wallet technology that enables their reusable packaging to communicate with IoT connected vending machines. This enables cashless payments and small volume purchases at bulk prices-solving the Poverty Tax. Algramo’s distribution system engineers out reverse logistics to create major economic & environmental savings.
In addition to his work at Algramo, Brian is also an instructor in a graduate level circular economy class at Harvard.