Martin has an EMBA and an MSc in Technology and Entrepreneurship. Before joining Tembo, he co-founded two companies in Argentina in the food and beverage industry.
Martin’s love of business development drew him to his role at ITM, where he has been Area Sales Manager for Latin America. And he took the same passion to his role at Tembo Paper.
Tembo Paper is part of Tembo Group, a global, family-owned group of companies that use technology and innovation to create sustainable manufacturing solutions in the fast-moving consumer goods market.
At Tembo Paper, Martin works with a talented team who help global brands be the first to launch next generation products by combining world-class product and machine development. This unique approach means clients and partners can make a smooth transition from plastic straws to high-quality, food-safety-compliant, and environmentally-friendly paper straws.
Tembo Paper’s unique paper straw technology enables high-volume paper straw production. By working only with the best suppliers and materials, and by minimising waste, Tembo Paper ensures optimal quality while keeping the environmental footprint low.
Joaquin Ventura Rodrigues
Sales Development Manager, Latin America Regionat
A mechanical engineer with more than 30 years of experience working with multinational companies in the packaging space, Joaquim Ventura Rodrigues is a packaging sales development manager for Latin America with Electronics For Imaging.
He joined EFI in 2021 from Miraclon (formerly Kodak Packaging), where he served as President of Miraclon’s Mexico operations. Prior to then, Ventura spent 9 years in several sales and management roles with Kodak Mexico. His work building sales operations helped make Latin America one of Kodak’s top three regions for packaging and, in 2017, he was named Kodak’s Latin America Packaging Sales Director. Before Kodak, Ventura worked for 14 years in packaging business management and sales roles with Dupont in Mexico. He began his packaging career with Smurfit Carton de Venezuela, where he worked as a Plant Manager.
Ventura is a Six Sigma Green Belt, and is based in Mexico City. He has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Simón Bolívar University in Caracas, Venezuela, and an MBA in Managerial Engineering from Universidad Metropolitana in Caracas.
Technical Director, Liquid Inks Latin Americaat
Sun Chemical Corporation
Viviana Sayegh is a chemist, and has worked at Sun Chemical in Argentina since 1994. Viviana started working in the lab, doing raw materials quality control, and in 1996, completed a master in Safety, Health & Environment. In 2000, Viviana had the responsibility of the Technical Area locally, and in 2013, became Technical Director for Latin America, with influence from Mexico to Argentina. Viviana's focus is to build strong teams across the region and support new initiatives with sustainable purposes based on the 5R approach defined by Sun Chemical
These 5R (Reuse, Renew, Recycle, Redesign & Reduce) are our pillars to define our current portfolio. Her mission is to present & introduce this range of products in our customers.
Federico di Penta
Regional Director, Latin Americaat
Bio coming soon!
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.
United Nations Environment Programme
Izarelly Rosillo is a lawyer and researcher of human rights and environmental law with a doctorate in law from the Autonomous University of Queretaro. In her career, she has contributed to over 20 local state laws and 3 international ones. She has also influenced many proposals and programs on environmental law. Izarelly wrote the first law in circular economy (to help regulate climate change, biodiversity loss, waste, and pollution) for the Mexican state of Quintana Roo and also for Dominican Republic. She has worked for various national and international authorities, including:
UNITED NATIONS EVIROMENTAL PROGRAM, UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, WORLD BANK, INTER-AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK, GERMAN COOPERATION AGENCY GIZ, JAPANESE COOPERATION AGENCY JICA, MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENTS OF PERU, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, MEXICAN CHAMBER OF DEPUTIES IN MEXICO, LOCAL MEXICAN GOVERMENTS (SECRETARIAT OF ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES -SEMARNAT-), Among Others
Izarelly and is currently a member of National System of Researchers of the National Council for Science and Technology in Mexico. She is the author of several books and articles published in national and international journals. Due to her focus on environmental law, she has also received the following prestigious awards.
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.
Jorge is a Consultant at Euromonitor International with a focus on Home & Tech industries. Based in Santiago office, he has more than 5 years of experience in the industry.
Jorge commissions the research for Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Peru mainly, being Home Care and Tissue & Hygiene his main areas of specialization, providing consumer insights and local knowledge about these industries.
Jorge advises companies in their industries, not only providing them with the strategic market information necessary for decision-making, but also attending to their research needs in order to cover relevant topics for clients. Jorge is regularly quoted in key publications among the region such us La Tercera (Chile), La República (Colombia), El Comercio (Peru), America Economía (Chile), among others.
Coordinadora de Ciudades Sustentablesat
Bio coming soon!
Smart Planet Technologies
Bio coming soon!
Karla Chaves Brenes
Regional Director of the ecoins program and the Proxima Comunicacion agencyat
As founder of Próxima Communication since 2005 (www.proximacomunicacion.com), Karla has developed a business vision specialized in services on environmental, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and more recently Circular Economy. She focuses on communication and awareness of environmental topics to public and private sector companies. Her experience includes the areas of: development of communication strategies of corporate spokesperson training, media relations, internal communication, public and community affairs, public-private partnerships, and crisis prevention, as well as planning strategies
Karla was recognized as one of the 25 innovators in communication by the organization The Holmes Report 2019. In addition to twice winning as Manager of the year in the Sustainability category, recognition of the Semanario El Financiero, 2018 and 2019.
Karla has a large experience in the development of strategic content and with her master's degree in User Experience Management, she has developed skills that allow her to understand in detail the processes and experience from the users when having contact with content and communication materials. In this way, she achieves a deep understanding of the most strategic way to deliver the messages to the public and obtain a greater impact on the results. That is why she will work together with the expert team on the subject of economics to carry out the pertinent analysis in a strategic way.
CCO and Co Founder Solubag LATAMat
Bio coming soon!
Eduardo Selley Vazquez
Bio coming soon!
Paolo Mazza Forno
Chief Executive Officerat
Paolo Sandro Mazza Forno has more than thirty years of work experience, in Chile and Brazil, in mass consumption industries, in the food industry and he household cleaning industry.
Since January 2020 is President of ALIADA, the LATAM Cleaning Products Association http://www.aliada.org/aliada/.
He is also President of AGAD Chile, the Chilean Manufacturing of Cleaning Products Industry Association, since January 2018, as such, he represents the private sector of Chile in the Negotiation of technical obstacles of the Chapter of Cleaning Domestic Pacific Alliance.
He worked for more than 10 years in the Coca Cola system, in bottlers in Brazil and Chile, since 2012 serves as Deputy CEO Empresas Demaria S.A. (https://demaria.cl/corporativo/)
Paolo is graduate in Business Administracion, from the Adolfo Ibáñez University in Chile (1990). Later he obtained the Master in Business Administration degree from the Adolfo Ibáñez University (2002). Paolo has participated in the following academic programs: Senior Executive Leadership Program at School of Management Yale University New Haven, May 2018; CEOs ’Management Program at Kellogg School of Management Northwestern University Evaston, July 2016; The Senior HR Executive Program at the Ross School of Business The University of Michigan Ann Arbor, October 2013 and Economy, Culture and Business at Jiao Tong University Shanghai, China, October 2011.
Directora Regional de Sostenibilidad para Middle Americas at
Grupo Modelo Mexico
Soqui Calderon, Directora Regional de Sostenibilidad para Middle Americas (Mexico, Colombia, Perú, Ecuador, Honduras, El Salvador y El Caribe)
+15 años de experiencia en distintos sectores como Naciones Unidas, Medios audiovisuales, Telecomunicaciones y Consumo Masivo.
+ de 8 años liderando distintas áreas en Recursos Humanos y Sostenibilidad.
Romina Martínez Solares
Directora de Operaciones y Programasat
Actualmente Directora de Operaciones y Programas de ECOCE teniendo a su cargo la operación de los programas de educación ambiental a nivel nacional en escuelas, instituciones, comunidades y los eco-rescates. Así como la vinculación con los tres diferentes niveles de gobierno para llevar a cabo sinergias en relación con el manejo adecuado de los residuos reciclables. Además de la atención de comités técnicos para darle viabilidad al acopio y reciclaje de los diferentes materiales de envases y empaques que los asociados ponen en el mercado.
Alfredo Prince is the Commercial Director of Braskem Idesa and currently leads ANIPAC Circular Economy Executive Committee, he has more than 17 years of experience at Braskem, highlighting his career as head of Nonwovens and Channel Distribution for the PP and PE segment at Braskem USA, and being a leader in the areas of finance, procurement, supply chain and logistics in the start-up of Braskem Europe in Germany for 5 years. Before starting his career in the petrochemical industry, he participated for 8 years in the telecommunications sector. He is an Economist from Santa María University (Caracas, Venezuela) and has an MBA in Finance from La Salle University (Philadelphia, USA).
Alfredo Prince es Director Comercial de Braskem Idesa y lidera la comisión ejecutiva de economía circular de la ANIPAC, cuenta con más de 17 años de experiencia en Braskem, destacando su trayectoria como responsable de No Tejidos (nonwovens) y Distribución de Canales para el segmento de PP y PE en Braskem EE.UU., y siendo líder en las áreas de finanzas, procura, supply chain y logística en el arranque de Braskem Europa en Alemania durante 5 años. Previo a iniciar su trayectoria en la industria petroquímica, participó durante 8 años en el sector de las telecomunicaciones. Es Economista por la Universidad Santa María (Caracas, Venezuela) y cuenta con un MBA en Finanzas por la Universidad La Salle (Filadelfia, EE.UU.).
R&D Open Innovation Leadat
HALEON Consumer Healthcare
David Dombrowski is a strategic and tactical design leader with over 30 years of experience in consumer product and packaged goods where empathy for the consumer and environment lays at the heart of everything he considers through design. Along with a Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Design education, David positions himself as a leader of Design at the epicenter of what he refers to as, Design Centricity. Where Manufacturing, R&D, Marketing, Customer and Consumer are all equally expressed and considered by Design. Having had great opportunities designing for such well known and established companies as Fisher-Price, Schick & Wilkinson Sword, P&G, David is currently R&D Head of Innovation and Sustainability with GSK Consumer Healthcare. With over 70 design and utility patents, David prides himself in delivering innovative products to market. If you’ve shaved with a Schick Quattro or Intuition razor, lathered up with Old Spice or Gillette Body Wash, taken a Centrum Vitamints or used ChapStick Duo, chances are you’ve experienced his work.
Editor in Chiefat
Plastics Technology Mexico
Bio coming soon!
Sustainability Marketing Managerat
Dow Chemical Company
Iván Trillo is the Sustainability Marketing Manager at The Dow Chemical Company, and also the President of Institutional Relations and Member of the Executive Committee at Association of Plastics Industries (ANIPAC)
Regional Director, Latin Americaat
Mark has been executive director of Plastic Oceans Chile since June 2017, and Regional Director of Latin America since 2020. He oversees development, networks creation and the establishment of international contacts and education programs tailored to the Latin American market. Mark gives talks to raise issue awareness about ocean plastic pollution and the circular economy to universities, municipalities and companies, including his November 2019 participation as a panelist at the Retech conference about “circular economy against marine littering” in Berlin, Germany. Mark pushes for Chile´s transition to a Circular Economy in different worksgroups and is also a member of the board of the Chilean Plastics Pact. He works with companies, NGOs, government institutes and international embassies to generate a multisectoral collaborative network to manage this transition. Mark uses local and international examples to show how change is possible through will, collaboration and vision. Mark has been representing Plastic Oceans International at conferences in Colombia, Uruguay, South Korea, Germany and Portugal.
As a two-time President of the Community Environmental Committee of Providencia, he won a national award for best committee in 2017. He is currently serving his first term on the advisory board of the Chilean Ministry of Environment. He is also part of the Circular Economy platform of the Americas, CEPA.
Fernando Pérez Vas
Strategic Business Development Managerat
Chemical Engineer by Universiad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and International MBA by Instituto de Empresa deamcor Madrid, Spain. Started his career in marketing and sales at IDESA. He joined BASF in purchasing for BASF Mexico, Central American and the Caribbean, later as head of sales of the specialty chemicals business division and then as commercial manager for automotive additives region North America. Currently he is the head of Strategic Business Development for BASF Mexico, Central American and the Caribbean.
Fernando estudió Ingeniería Química en la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), y tiene un MBA Internacional por el Instituto de Empresa deamcor Madrid. Empezó su carrera profesional en marketing y ventas del Grupo IDESA, seguido de tres años en adquisiciones en BASF México, Centroamérica y el Caribe. En 2005 se unió a Ciba Specialty Chemicals México. En 2016 regresó a BASF México, Centroamérica y el Caribe en donde se convirtió en jefe de ventas de la División de Químicos de Alto Desempeño y gerente comercial de aditivos automotrices en la región de Norteamérica. Desde 2018 se desempeña como gerente de Desarrollo de Negocios Estratégicos para BASF en México, Centroamérica y el Caribe.
President at Asociación Mexicana de Envase y Embalaje (AMEE)at
National Account Manager at KURARAY - EVAL
Rodrigo is an Industrial Chemical Engineer from the Chemical Engineering and Extractive Industries School of the IPN (National Polytechnical Institute)
He has a Specialty in the Area of Polymers and a Diploma in Plastics from the Mexican Institute of Industrial Plastic.
He has worked in companies such as Celanese, Henkel, Lanxess and Nynas (crude refining company)
He currently works at Kuraray Mexico as National Account Manager EVAL (EVOH: oxygen barrier material for food packaging, automotive and agricultural industry)
He is also the current President of the Mexican Packaging Association (AMEE)
the Carbon Trust
Bio coming soon!
Metsӓ Board, Americas
Nate Pajka, Sustainability Specialist, Metsӓ Board, Americas, works in tandem with the Product Safety and Sustainability team in Finland to provide a range of sustainability services to the Americas and serves as Metsä Board’s sustainability expert in the region. Based in the Norwalk, CT, office, he is responsible for providing sustainability data, information and education to help clients reduce the environmental impact of their packaging. Before joining Metsӓ, he worked for one of the largest healthcare companies in Massachusetts as well as serving as a sustainability ambassador for one of the largest utilities in New England. Nate holds an MBA in Sustainability and Social Change and an MS in Environmental Science and Policy from Clark University, Worcester, MA.
Maria Alejandra Gonzalez
Regional Coordinator Plastic Policy - LAC at
María Alejandra es la Coordinadora Regional de Politica de Plásticos de WWF para América Latina y el Caribe, donde se enfoca en los procesos de incidencia en política para la adopción de medidas para abordar la contaminación por plásticos y promover una economía circular de los plásticos. Así mismo, lidera los procesos de involucramiento y participación de actores públicos, privados y sociedad civil en el proceso de creación del tratado global sobre contaminación por plásticos y su relación con las acciones nacionales, subnacionales e iniciativas voluntarias.
Anteriormente, Maria Alejandra se desempeñó como especialista sectorial de mitigación al cambio climático en WWF Colombia, donde lidero el diseño e implementación de iniciativas y proyectos de reducción de emisiones y sostenibilidad en los sectores de energía, industria e infraestructura.
María alejandra es ingeniera química e ingeniera ambiental, con maestría en gestión de proyectos de energía y medio ambiente.
CoRe Livable and Kind Cities, A.C.
Zara Snapp has a BA in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Denver, and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University, where she received a full scholarship. She has won scholarships such as the Truman Scholarship, the Public Service Fellowship and the Martin Luther King Award from the city of Denver.
Since 2016, she is the coordinator of CoRe Ciudades Vivibles y Amables AC in Mexico City, where she has organized numerous forums (including the annual CoRe Foro Urbano), Pechas Urbanas, a diploma course in conjunction with the UNAM and the advocacy strategy. As the representative of the Kaluz Social Investment Fund, she has co-led the UN Global Compact Working Group on Sustainable Cities to address SDG 11.
Zara began her work in urban development in the city of Denver where she organized homeless people to demand affordable housing, a place to camp, access to basic services and dignified treatment. She wrote her undergraduate thesis on the elimination of public space as a way to criminalize homeless people.
Zara has always worked in civil society, collaborating with various organizations for the last 25 years, including the Kellogg Foundation, Mi Casa Resource Center for Women, and the Denver Tent City Initiative.
Head of EU & International Affairsat
Axel joined the public policy affairs department of Citeo in 2018, after experiences in the high administration and advisory firm for the public sector. He works very closely with all the actors of the packaging value chain in particular on the Circular Economy Package, the european plastics strategy, the circular plastic alliance, the national pacts on plastic packaging, the new circular economy action plan within the European green deal and EPR projects around the world.
He’s also lecturer on circular economy and european affairs for the university of Paris and ESSEC - international business school.
He graduated from the University Paris Dauphine (Master in Law and Regulatory Markets) and from the College of Europe (LL.M in EU law).
Operations Director Mexico & Plastic Strategy Ops Regional Leadat
Born June 3rd, 1982 in Guatemala City. Raised among different cities in Guatemala and Colombia, graduated from high school in 1999 and from college in 2003 with an industrial engineering degree and with a postgraduate degree in Quality. Married since 2008 with 2 boys (13 and 9 years) and with a 5 year dog called Scooby!
His professional life started on 2002 in Blockbuster where he learned about customer service, from 2003 to 2009 continue in telecommunications industry and glass bottle manufacturing with a focus in HR and Operations; since 2010 working for PepsiCo Beverages in Operations in which he has been responsible of different markets and since 2019 living in Mexico City as head of Operations for Mexico Beverages and a second role leading the plastics agenda for Latin America.
Professional with 15 years of solid experience in Operations Management on the beverage & packaging field. Collaborate beyond boundaries to achieve company goals to ensure delivering the right results. Expertise in strategic planning, environmental strategy, innovation execution, productivity, supply chain planning and quality.
Zita Oliveira Krammer
Senior Sustainability Packaging Manager LATAM at
For 21 years, she has been developing cutting-edge packaging, helping
leading brands overcome significant challenges in implementing innovations.
Well-experienced in project management, bringing the balanced combination of business opportunities and technical possibilities.
At Unilever, she had the exclusive opportunity to launch new shapes and varied materials throughout Latin America with Regional, Local and Global scope with the brands: Seda, Rexona, Close-up, Dove; OMO, Lux, Knorr, Arisco and Hellmann's.
Currently, she strongly works in environmental causes, connected to the purpose of business growth, bringing reduction of the environmental impact that also contributes positively to the social sphere.
Responsible for leading the first project to implement Post Consumption Resin in cosmetic bottles in Brazil on a large scale.
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.
Head of Sustainabilityat
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.
Owner and Principalat
Juli Lassow is an accomplished retail executive with 20 years of experience in the disciplines of sourcing, merchandising, inventory planning, and analytics. As the founder and principal of JHL Solutions, Juli helps businesses navigate the complex world of global retail sourcing and private label product development, by supporting retailers and suppliers in finding, developing products, and better negotiating with each other. Her particular passion is supporting efforts of retailers and their partners in becoming more sustainable and better stewards of the earth. Before establishing her business, Juli held several progressive leadership roles at Target Corporation.
President of Innovation Committeeat
Asociación Mexicana de Envase y Embalaje (AMEE)
Currently Director / Founder of Packinnovation Consulting, a company focused on creating added value through packaging, product development, innovation, cost optimization and sustainability.
Strategic, Innovative and influencer Packaging Expert, with 10 packaging utility patents for beverages, 15 awards from WPO, IOPP, AMEE, Dupont and Pepsi, +23 MM USD savings and launch of packaging for over 400 new products with a high success rate for brands such as Gatorade Pepsi Driknfinity Hellmann´s Knorr Bestfoods AdeS, etc. and companies such as PepsiCo (Pepsi) Unilever Bestfoods Reckitt Benckiser Amcor, and consulted for Kraft, Mars Masterfoods ACH Bimbo JugosDelValle Pepsi, Walmart and PDC brands.
Director of Business Intelligenceat
Bio coming soon!
Head of Regional Packaging, Latamat
Industrial engineers with 15 years of Packaging Development Experience, helping national and multinational organizations reach their full
potential. Background from Avon, Jequiti and Grupo Boticario and since 2015 working for Reckitt in different roles and today leading the Packaging development team inside Hygiene Division with brands such as Lysol, Vansih, Harpic and Airwick. Triathlon – Ironman competition as hobby as well as mentoring focused on business and career development.
EVP Business Developmentat
TerraCycle & Loop
Anthony has been with TerraCycle since 2012 when he joined the TerraCycle Canada team in Toronto as a Business Development Manager. Since then, he has helped TerraCycle and Loop partners work towards their sustainability goals in both the B2C and B2B space. As the EVP, Business Development for both TerraCycle and Loop, Anthony develops the company-wide sales strategy and manages TerraCycle Inc.’s 60+ person global sales. Anthony has 15+ years of business development experience and prior to joining TerraCycle he worked in Toronto, Dijon, Budapest, and Vienna for some of the world’s largest professional service firms and financial institutions.