- What is sustainable packaging?
- What’s influencing and affecting the market?
- Sustainable packaging materials and market outlook.
- Regional sustainable packaging and comparison.
Nancy Yao | Head of Oprations, Asia, Smithers
Nancy has experience in collaborating with clients across a range of industries and various government agencies. Working for Smithers for 10+ years, she has helped the company set up several new business units in China, and recently leading our information business in the region developing conferences and working on market research projects. Nancy has led multiple consulting projects, and her early market research on new projects has provided key information and data to support both our clients and our own investment decisions.
Nancy holds a bachelor’s degree of arts in English Major from Nanjing University of Science and Technology, and MBA degree in East China University of Science and Technology.
Pollene graduated with a degree in BS Packaging Engineering and has held various roles in the packaging industry. She has been a Packaging Development Specialist for RFM Corporation, and Packaging Scientist for Universal Robina Corporation - both food and beverage manufacturing companies in the Philippines. Pollene also joined Sealed Air Corporation, a global packaging materials and equipment supplier, as a Territory Manager. She was with the company for 6 years and has led a series of packaging development projects for B2B and B2C sectors. During her stint with Sealed Air, she supports all the packaging development activities in close collaboration with internal and external stakeholders: from business proposition, evaluation, installation & commissioning, to commercial launch.
Currently, she works as an Investment Manager for Emerald technology Ventures’ Sustainable Packaging Fund. Emerald is one of the first venture capital firms to focus on sustainable industrial innovation. From intelligent water efficiency, to smart packaging, to innovations in electrification of transport and industrial automation, Emerald has been at the forefront of sustainability for many years. Based in Emerald’s Singapore office, Pollene covers the sustainable packaging sector wherein she is involved in all phases of the investment process: sourcing, evaluating, selecting and supporting novel packaging start-ups from early diligence to exit.
Kiril Dimitrov is a Chemical Engineer by education with over 20 years of extensive experience in the field of packaging development and materials innovation. Professional career across the entire packaging supply chain, working for some of the leading paper and packaging manufacturers and recyclers, with many years in food retail and currently a Packaging Expert at Nestle’s Confectionary Product Technology Centre in York, UK. With specific interest and focus on restorative and renewable solutions, Kiril Dimitrov has been leading the confectionary packaging science & technology R&D portfolio for the past 4 years.
Lynn is the Regional Head of Sustainability with HP, championing HP’s sustainability efforts in Asia Pacific with the bold goal of making life better for everyone, everywhere.
In her role, she provides access to HP’s portfolio of environmentally responsible products and services to enable customers to achieve their goals sustainably while providing the security and durability they expect and depend on.
She engages across a broad range of topics – climate, change, diversity, access to quality education and economic opportunity, and protecting workers.
To overcome these challenges, Lynn will partner to drive lasting improvements to the planet, people, and communities where we live, work, and do business.
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.
As the Senior CSR & Sustainability Manager of foodpanda Hong Kong, Woody Chan spearheads the company’s mission to become more environmentally and socially responsible while also overseeing its strategy and execution. Since joining in 2020, Woody has focused on reducing foodpanda’s carbon emissions, cutting plastic consumption and promoting sustainable foods, with projects including a Sustainable Restaurant Certification Scheme and a surplus food donation programme. Most recently, Woody has driven foodpanda to partner with WWF-Hong Kong to launch a groundbreaking reusable food packaging pilot - the first of its kind in Hong Kong. On the CSR front, he is dedicated to helping foodpanda give back to the community and improve employee wellbeing
Debasish Mandal, heading the Packaging Predevelopment & Sustainability function of the regional R&D center of Beiersdorf in India. He is responsible to lead the sustainable packaging development for Emerging Markets including India, Africa, Russia, Turkey, Middle East & also few of the South East Asian countries. Debasish has work experience in India, Thailand & Germany for Beiersdorf and Colgate Palmolive.
In early 2022, Agathe Detanger joined the PT Veolia Services Indonesia rPET factory, the largest PET recycling facility in Indonesia. Agathe and her team work on designing, deploying and continuously improving the mechanisms driving the sustainability programmes. Working in close partnership with our client and local NGO in the field, the Sustainable Development department at PT Veolia strengthens our ties and enhances the production operation of the Indonesian informal waste sector.
Mechanical Engeneering, working on packaging since 1999. At Boticário Group since 2018.
Richard Smith is the Sustainability Director for Amcor Flexibles Asia Pacific.
Richard is a Chemical Engineer and has worked in the packaging industry for over 30 years focused heavily on innovation and enabling brand owners to become more circular through responsible packaging solutions.
In 2013 Richard was made a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Packaging for significant contribution to the development of innovative plastics packaging.
More recently in 2020, Richard was appointed as a non-executive Director of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO).
Wikkie Netten is the APAC Marketing Manager for PEFC, a leading global alliance promoting PEFC sustainable forestry Standards for supply chain traceability assurance. Her work is focused on developing regional partnerships, engage with the private sector and assisting businesses who choose to use materials obtained from forests in a sustainable way.
Wikkie has established her reputation as an environmentalist that conceptualize and execute partnerships from start to finish, managing complex milestones while adapting to changes and shifting priorities.
Specialized in marketing eventually led to 25+ years of experience in the textile, furniture, building, flooring and biomass industry. She recently graduated from the Singapore Management University in Singapore in sustainability in businesses.
Ms. Heidi Su joined Suzano in 2022 and currently serves as the Head of Sustainability,Asia, responsible for Suzano's sustainability-related business in Asia, including stakeholder engagement, sustainability project development and decarbonization roadmap in China. Previously, she worked at Innovation Center Denmark (partnership between Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Higher Education and Science) as the Sustainability Innovation Officer. She is also the founder of the Sino-Danish Child Friendly Project.
Heidi graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a master's degree in environmental engineering.
Mar. 1995 – Feb. 2000 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Biotechnology / Ph. D.
Mar. 1993 – Feb. 1995 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Biotechnology / M.S.
Mar. 1987 – Feb. 1993 Korea University, Food Technology / B.S.
May. 2022 – Present CJ Cheiljedang)White BIO (Suwon, Korea) - CTO / Executive Vice President
May. 2020 – Apr. 2022 CJ Cheiljedang)White BIO (Suwon, Korea) - Head of R&D Center
Nov. 2016 – Apr. 2020 CJ Research Center America (Boston, MA, USA) - Director of Microbial Research
Jul. 2008 – Oct. 2016 Metabolix (Boston, MA, USA) - Director of Microbial Research
Aug. 2006 – Jun. 2008 University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI, USA) - Visiting Scientist
Dec. 2004 – Jul. 2006 Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN, USA) - Post-doctoral Researcher
May. 2000 – Oct. 2004 University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK, USA) - Post-doctoral Researcher
Quentin is responsible for leading the implementation of market strategies to grow the consumer packaging paperboard business in the Asia Pacific region. Quentin has been with the company for 30 years, with experience in packaging innovation, marketing, and business development. He resides in the U.S., but travels frequently to the Asia Pacific region.
Attorney Marc Anthony Cruz Cox (Marc) is the Director for Stakeholder Relations of Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Inc. (CCBPI).
In this role, Marc is responsible for managing and developing strategic partnerships with key stakeholders, including industry groups and foreign chambers, NGOs, local government units, partner communities, and national government agencies to advocate issues of close concern to CCBPI.
In the area of sustainability, Marc is leading the company’s initiatives toward establishing a more robust circular economy for sustainable packaging— as aligned with The Coca-Cola Company’s World Without Waste vision: to collect and recycle 100% of its plastic and can packaging by 2030. Towards this goal, Marc represents CCBPI as a Director in PETVALUE Philippines Corporation— the company’s joint venture with Indorama Ventures Limited of Thailand. PETVALUE Philippines is the country’s first food-grade bottle-to-bottle PET recycling facility which commenced operations recently (2022). Through his leadership, PETVALUE Philippines was granted pioneer investment status by the Philippines’ Department of Trade and Industry -Board of Investments in December 2020, further paving the way for a truly world-class recycling enterprise to be established locally.
Michelle Yu is the Sustainability Manager for UPM Raflatac’s APAC region. She leads the sustainability strategy development and implementation in the market for the region. Michelle’s responsibilities include climate and beyond fossils roadmap development, management of products’ eco-design and life cycle assessment through UPM Raflatac’s Label Life service, development of RafCycle® program, sustainability expertise support for the business team, stakeholder and partnership development, as well as sustainability marketing and communications. Michelle has more than 15 years practical experience in sustainability topics like climate, responsible sourcing, circularity and sustainable forest management etc. That experience is now applied to being a sustainable packaging solution provider with UPM Raflatac in areas like Food, Home and Personal care, Retail, Logistics, Wine and Spirits.
Howard is the Packaging Technologist at LUSH Cosmetics in the United
Kingdom. He is involved in the development of packaging products, materials
and manufacturing technologies that are Inline with LUSH’s core values of
environmental and social regeneration, and providing global technical support
for the company’s international Buying Team.
Howard’s background is in Industrial Product Design having previously
developed product’s for brand’s such as John Lewis, Mathmos, B&Q, Argos,
Maxeda, Wickes, Screwfix & Laura Ashley.
Gerald Iannone, French Italian, 43 years old, is the Asia Pacific Sales Director and Regional General Manager for Polyart Group.
Polyart has his HQ in Paris with 7 plants and service center spread all over the world with global reach (sales in over 50 countries). They are an innovation-oriented group, providing specialty solutions on paper and films.
Since 2014, Gerald worked to create an effective network all over Asia Pacific with nowadays a physical presence almost everywhere in the region.
Freshly graduated from his Circular Economy studies in 2020 and Essec-Mannheim MBA in 2022, Gerald’s major focus now includes a more innovative, strategic approach towards sustainable packaging challenges.
He defines himself as a ‘Loop Creator’ whereby ensuring that the entire packaging ecosystem gather and close loops through dynamic collaborations. As such, for him, circular economy is a unique yet essential opportunity for the labelling and packaging industry.
Samantha is Senior Manager, Sustainability - APAC & MEA at Electrolux. Samantha ever worked in HAVI for managing the sustainabilty packaging portfolio in APAC. HAVI is a global company focused on innovating, optimizing and managing the supply chains of leading brands.
In parallel, Samantha sits on the Packaging Partnership Program in Singapore through her role as Deputy Sector Group Leader to support the industry transition towards the nationwide EPR by 2025.
Samantha currently holds a master degree in environmental management, and has worked across a breath of sustainability industries ranging from FMCG, NGOs and consulting.
Michel is the Product Development Director for the Business Unit Industrial Trade and Converting. He leads a global team that is developing masking, packaging, repairing and industrial mounting adhesive tapes. He has a diploma degree in chemical engineering and has been working for tesa since 2005. He and his team are focusing on the reduction of fossil plastics as tesa targets to have a 70% share of bio-based and recycled materials by 2030 for products and packaging. Michel has working experience in Germany and China.
At Food Industry Asia, my role is to provide policy and regulatory advice and insights to the food and beverage companies in Asia. My main area of expertise includes topics such as Recycled Food Contact Materials, Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and other key sustainability- related issues impacting the industry.
With over 50 years of professional experience as a Chemist, Business Manager and Vice President, Naeem Mady has been the Vice President of Regulatory Market Access at Intertek since 2010, Vice President Regulatory Services at Ciba Expert Services from 1996-2010, and Manager of Analytical regulatory services for Ciba-Geigy from 1983 to 1996. In his early career in the USA, he worked for Booz Allan Hamilton and Philip Morris. As the Vice President of Ciba Expert Services and Intertek, Mr. Mady has been responsible for the FDA and EPA regulatory compliance.
Mr. Mady has published and presented several papers in the field of Analytical Chemistry and Regulatory Compliance. He is the co-author of the Regulatory Aspects Section in the Plastic Additives Handbook and has written numerous articles in Management and Quality Systems newsletters.
On October 19, 2017, Mr. Mady was included in Marquis Who’s Who®, a reference resource for biographical and professional data about individuals of accomplishment. Marquis Who’s Who® June 2018.
Mr. Mady is a 50-year member of the American Chemical Society and served on the Board of Directors of Decernis, a company that offers a comprehensive regulatory management system. He has been the president of the Ocean Club Board of Directors in Boca Raton, FL since 2013.
Tim is the sole director and founder of Lifecycles, a premium supplier of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and sustainability services, and owner of LCA software packaging tool, PIQET.
With over 25 years of experience in LCA, Tim is a pillar of the international Life Cycle community through his involvement with the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative, ISO standards development committee for ISO14048 and the Forum for Sustainability through Life Cycle Innovation.
Tim has been instrumental in the development of data and leading-edge scientific support for supply chain sustainability tools. He has contributed to several books, being co-author of Assessment: Principles, Practice and Prospects (CSIRO Publishing) and Design + Environment: A Global Guide to Designing Greener Goods (Greenleaf Publishing Limited). He strives to make a more rational science-based approach to environmental decision-making through his consultancy work, training and tool development.
Chris specialises in creating value and positive impact for large, complex businesses and organisations by improving the sustainability of their operations, products, packaging, and supply chain.
His experience includes driving system changes to deliver sustainability, product stewardship and corporate reputation outcomes in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and the US.
Prior to joining APCO in August 2022, Chris led strategic and transformational change in environmental sustainability across leading retailers Kmart and Target where his remit included climate change, product stewardship, circular economy, packaging, plastic, and waste. He has also spent time in the packaging and utilities industries and government.
As APCO’s CEO, Chris leads the development and execution of strategies that bring business, governments, and industry together to design, use, recover, reuse and recycle packaging to improve waste, climate, water, material, chemical and social impacts.
Prof. Li currently serves as a full time PI at the Center of Low Dimension Material, Donghua University in Shanghai, China. His research interests include product carbon footprint, plastic circularity technology, and packaging material application development. Prior to join the academic circle, he has worked 15 years in Dow with various application development experience from wire and cable to hydrocarbons, and packaging as well, mostly in the polyolefin areas. He also serves as the deputy director of Green Recycled Plastics Working Group (GRPG), which is a cross value chain consortium with 60+ companies to drive plastic circularity. Dr. Li holds 15 granted US patents.