Kelly L. Helein brings 29 years of executive leadership in the capacity of sales, marketing and business development having worked for specialty paper companies, converters and manufacturers. A self-described highly motivated connector and collaborator, she has extensive experience in driving innovation and growth while working with leading consumer products companies. Passionate about sustainability and the impact of packaging on the global network, Kelly has championed change as the past Board President for the Paper Discovery Center and the Paper International Hall of Fame. She also serves on the advisory committee for Smithers Pira Sustain Pack Europe and US. Kelly previously worked as Vice President, Industrial for Coveris, now TC Transcontinental and now serves as Vice President, Strategic Accounts for Footprint.
Bettina Lorz is a Senior Expert in the European Commission Directorate General for the Environment, working in the Waste Management and Secondary Materials Unit. Since 2015, she coordinates the 'waste streams sector', including policies on waste from electrical and electronic equipment and related substance restrictions, batteries, packaging and packaging waste, Single-use Plastics Directive. From 2010 to 2014 Bettina was seconded to the EU Delegation in Nairobi, as the EU Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Environmental Programme and UN-Habitat.
A lawyer by training and European Commission official since 1990, Bettina has extensive experience of EU environmental, consumer and related product policy and legislation, and worked on a large spectrum of EU and global environmental policies and issues.
Ambrogio works as Senior Policy Officer within the Institutions, Government and Cities team at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. He holds a MSc in Environmental Engineering for Natural Resources Management and he focuses on the identification of key intervention points to drive and accelerate the transition towards a circular economy for plastics.
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Anthony Rossi is the VP, Global Business Development for Loop (TerraCycle company), a global platform that enables consumer product companies and retailers to shift from a disposable supply chain to a durable one.
Anthony has been with Loop since its inception and with Loop’s parent company, TerraCycle, for 7-years. Tony and his team are the first point of contact with brands and retailers interested in partnering with Loop and Anthony works with these stakeholders to get their products into the Loop platform.
Before leading the global business development team for Loop, Anthony was the head of global business development for TerraCycle supporting the company’s growth in 21 markets around the world.
Prior to joining TerraCycle, Anthony earned his business development stripes working in Toronto, Dijon, Budapest, and Vienna for some of the world’s largest professional service firms and financial institutions.
As Ocean Ambassador of the Netherlands, Willemijn Peeters is an established international speaker on circular plastics. Being highly committed to preventing plastics from ending up in our environment, Willemijn founded Searious Business, a social enterprise that makes the difference in the world of plastics. She works together with highly motivated international brand owners to close the plastic loop in 3 impact sectors: packaging, furniture, consumer electronics. Creating innovative, economically advantageous alternatives at the source, Searious Business strategically assesses internal plastic use, accelerates circular product & business innovation, and reduces external impacts on ocean ecosystems.
Willemijn has been awarded with several titles:
-Ocean Ambassador of the Netherlands;
-Green Solutions partner of the European Commission;
-Leader in Sustainable Top 100 in the Netherlands;
-Member of Dutch circular economy transition team;
-Winner Plastic Recycling Europe Award 2018;
-Winner National Energy Globe Award 2018;
- Developer of fully recyclable drink pouch
-Co-developer of Oceans and Plastics Platform, IUCN;
-Initiator of circular product line: 276pieces.com;
-Developer of Design Sofa from >95% recycled plastics (mainly packaging materials.)
Jo Chidley is a chemist and the Co Founder of Beauty Kitchen, a B Corp certified business on a mission to create the most effective, natural and sustainable beauty products in the world. Widely regarded as one of the pioneers of sustainable beauty, Jo is driving the beauty industry forward with better practise approaches, always.
She is Beauty Kitchen’s toughest critic, inspecting everything from the efficacy of the products, to the way the ingredients are sourced, right down to the packaging sustainability for each product. Sustainability in packaging is a subject that is close to her heart and has inspired Beauty Kitchen’s Return•Refill•Repeat programme. Implementing Cradle to Cradle design into Beauty Kitchen’s circular approach, Jo is pioneering a Reuse Revolution through sustainable innovation and design by powering the service behind the ground-breaking Return•Refill•Repeat Refill Stations.
Jo has won industry awards, including the ‘Who’s Who in Natural Beauty’ and business awards such as ‘Scale Up Entrepreneur of the Year’. She features in national and international press and is regularly invited to speak at global sustainability events, to share her ideas and knowledge on how all of us can develop new ways to build a more sustainable future.
Global Head Long Term Innovation Manager (aka Dreamcatcher) Ecover / Method (SC Johnson Lifestyle brands)
Tom Domen graduated in 1996 with a Master in Industrial Design. In 2007, he completed a Master in Sustainable Development at the University of Brussels. With his MA on Sustainable Technology for Eastern Africa, he received the yearly Award for Innovative Technology from the Chamber of Engineers.
He started working for Philips in packaging innovation after which he worked for 5 years as a marketing and communication specialist at Panasonic.
Tom has been working for Ecover/Method for 15 years, where he is responsible for the long term innovation strategy for the different categories (laundry, cleaning, dishwashing, home care and personal care). Getting inspiration out of biomimicry and system thinking, he has been laying out an ambitious roadmap for the company to inspire transformative change towards a restorative business model. Tom is also a member of the board of Kringwinkel, a Belgian organisation that gives a second life to what otherwise would be waste.
Kirstie joined Diageo in August 2020 having spent the previous 28 years managing sustainability in the electronics sector. Her remit at Diageo is to create and lead transformational sustainability programmes which drive momentum and deliver on the 2030 Spirit of Progress commitments. Kirstie is passionate about collaboration which builds scale and enjoys developing sustainability strategies which achieve real business results. She has an engineering doctorate in environmental technology and has published widely on sustainability and supply chain issues
Ulrika Nordvall Bardh has for the past 14 years worked for the H&M Group in various positions, all related to Non-Commercial Goods, like packaging, buildings, store construction, and interior. Currently, she is based at the Global Sustainability Department, working as Strategy Lead for Circular Economy- packaging. As part of her role lies the responsibilities of driving the Groups Circular Packaging agenda including to set processes, methods and progress follow up as well as enabling for circular data management. She is also representing the group in the Initiatives The New Plastic Economy- Global Commitment lead by The Ellen Mac Arthur Foundation as well as The Fashion Pact- Ocean Pillar. She has recently worked with the startup of one of the groups brand ARKET where she was situated at the Expansion and store concept team. Before that, she worked at the Global Visual Department driving and representing the functions sustainability work.
A passionate packaging developer, devoted to Sustainability & Innovation, a believer of the Kellogg’s Make it Happen culture, I always think, every little step into the long journey to Sustainability counts, I bring solutions to the table rather than excuses, our planet is giving us signals that we need to help him, there is only one Earth and the clock is ticking, we must continue working and working hard every day, this Sustainability journey, is a journey that would be difficult to finish on our own, we need to engage and influence more people across Europe and the rest of the world, my mission is to leave a better world than the one I have found, I am a professional with more than 18 year of experience in the Packaging Industry, companies I have developed new products: SC Johnson and Colgate Palmolive.
Paul has huge experience in all aspects of packaging and has an exceptional understanding of packaging materials, and processes. Paul developed Tesco strategy for packaging sustainability including the creation of preferred materials and formats guidelines.
Currently working for Tesco with responsibility for the non food area for both Own Label and Branded products. Has previously been responsible for the Tesco Packaged Food areas as well as Household and Personal Care.
In his personal life Paul is Chairman of the Thriplow Daffodil Festival – an annual charity event which has raised over £1m to date.
As Business Development and Innovation manager I'm continuing the
searching new and added value materials out of waste streams. Codevelopment is searched of new activities / technologies with third partners in waste or process / product industry. I'm closely linked to R&D and innovation of Suez Groupe. My passion is on sorting, mechanical conversion and chemical extraction, inline fast characterisation and quality screening, creation of products, ... mainly driven by technology and product flows. The geographical scope is Belgium due to sales of SUEZ activities.
Dana Mosora holds a Chemical Engineering degree from the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest (Romania) and an MBA in Marketing from Colorado State University (US).
Her professional experience ranges from applied research in cosmetics, to consumer marketing in Colgate Palmolive and Sara Lee in US and Europe and plastic packaging value chain in Europe and Africa.
With Dow Chemical between 2007 and 2016, she led the Value Chain Engagement for the European Division of Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics and eventually headed the European, Middle East and Africa Sustainability and Advocacy initiatives for the business.
She is now the founder of DANA MOSORA Consulting, a company dedicated to driving the Circular Economy for Plastic Packaging and works as consultant for the European CEFLEX consortium.
As legacy project, she created in 2017 the ASASE Foundation in Accra, Ghana. The foundation is helping entrepreneur women from under-privileged communities to start social enterprises in recycling plastic packaging and deviate it from urban and marine littering.
Alexey Vishtal is working at Mayr-Melnhof Group and is responsible for new barrier fibre-based packaging materials development. Before joining MM Alexey was for 7 year with Nestlé in Switzerland leading development of recyclable fibre-based packaging, and before that he held various positions in paper and related industries. Alexey has a paper engineering background and also has doctoral degree in paper physics and converting.
Born in Parma in 1966, he graduated in Organic Chemistry at the University of Parma and in his career he has always dealt with Packaging from different points of view. In the Zambon group (Inphardial) as CQ / AQ, then as head of the Packaging Design Office for the Bormioli Luigi glassworks, and finally in Barilla since 2003, where he has taken on various roles, from design, to innovation, up to today's position of Senior Science Manager on the topics of: Food Contact Materials, Research and Sustainability Packaging at a global level for the Barilla group.
He is part of the following working groups: FREP Leadership Team (EuPC - Food Contact Regulatory Expert Panel), CEFLEX initiative, PWCoA (plastic waste coalition of action) of the Consumer Goods Forum, and some Working Groups of the Italian Packaging Institute on Environment, Sustainability and Technical topics, CONAI Prevention Group, and is in the board of directors of GSICA (Italian Scientific Group for Food Packaging).
Malcolm Waugh is CEO of British sustainable packaging company Frugalpac, who create and supply recycled paper-based products with the lowest carbon footprint that are easily recycled again and don’t need go to landfill.
Last year Frugalpac successfully launched the Frugal Bottle - the world's first commercially available paper bottle for wine, spirits and olive oils made from 94% recycled paper.
The Frugal Bottle is five times lighter than glass with a carbon footprint six times lower.
Frugalpac have received enquiries for more than 85 million bottles for wine and spirits brands around the world including sake bottles for Japan, olive oil bottles for Greece, two UK gin producers and five wine brands in the US, Italy, Spain and England.
Before joining Frugalpac, Malcolm worked at Essentra plc and Tetra Pak.
Brought up in a family of printing and paper production and 15 years at H&M HQ marketing department working with innovation, building our supplier network, the startup of our sustainability work and wow with Point of sale material it was a complete match when I started to work with H&M group customer packaging 9 years ago. Taking our innovation and sustainability work within packaging for our stores and growing E-com sales to the next level, setting our packaging strategy and having the possibility of making sure we are leading the way to a more sustainable future is still my passion and the journey has just begun.
Dr. Erwin Lepoudre obtained his Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) in 2000. After another 2 years of research at the university, he started his industrial career within Kaneka Belgium N.V. in 2002.
He has initially been responsible for technical service and project management with customers of the Kane Ace® product line, which includes various polymer additives
Later one, as New Business Development Specialist, he has been accountable to enlarge the use of new technologies of Kaneka Corporation within the European market, such as Sibstar®, an isobutylene based thermoplastic elastomer for flexible high barrier packaging applications.
Since 2016 he is active within Kaneka’s Green PlanetTM project. As Sustainability Manager, he is responsible for sustainability and regulatory affairs related to this biobased and biodegradable material. Within this position, he is also member of the board of European Bioplastics and Belgian Biopackaging.
Susanne Haase is the Program Director of the 4evergreen Alliance since May 2020. The goal of the alliance, an initiative of Cepi (Confederation of European Paper Industries), is to boost the contribution of fibre-based packaging in the circular economy.
Susanne Haase, an experienced editor, and award-winning journalist has been enthusiastically reporting on the international pulp and paper industry, its supply chains and product converting, for more than 15 years.
Susanne has authored numerous articles in her career that have underlined the importance of cross-value chain collaboration to drive circularity and the role of fibre-based products in mitigating climate change. As Program Director of 4evergreen, she is in a good position to help drive the mission forward.
Publications for which Susanne has been responsible for as Editor-in-Chief include journals like ipw (International Paperworld), Paperazzo and Biofibre Magazine. In addition, she has worked as chief reporter for APR (Aktuelle Papier-Rundschau).
• Born and raised in Iran.
• Chemical Engineer from background, with a PhD in polymer engineering from University of Waterloo in Canada.
• Joined BASF in 2012 and have had several positions, working mainly in packaging applications in both US and Germany
o R&D water based printing inks and adhesives
o Business development for extrusion Polyamide used in flexible packaging applications (including topics of mechanical recycling, chemical recycling)
o Latest position: Market development for biopolymers
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).
Feliks is currently leading Mars' global packaging sustainability strategy with a special focus on improving circularity of flexible packaging. He is passionate about circular economy and keen to develop systemic solutions to improve the life cycle of plastic packaging. He has extensive business and technical experience in packaging design and recycling infrastructure, and for more than 10 years he has been involved in various sustainability positions helping companies such as Renault, Tarkett and Danone to transition towards circular economy.
Graham is the Managing Director of SLOOP Consulting B.V. which has been offering consulting services and tools in the field of packaging and sustainability since 2009.
He is the founder & project co-ordinator for CEFLEX (a Circular Economy for Flexible Packaging), which is a collaborative initiative by over 170 companies and associations from across the flexible packaging value chain to make flexible packaging even more relevant in the circular economy.
Prior to 2009, he worked for Unilever for 23 years with a wide range of responsibilities including: R&D, Packaging management and design, Supply chain restructuring, Sustainability and CSR.
When not helping clients to make their packaging more sustainable, he enjoys being outdoors, BBQ’ing, restoring an old house and trying to fend off Father Time by keeping fit.
Joachim Quoden studied law at the “Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität” in Bonn between 1987 and 1992 and served his legal internship in Bonn and Cologne from 1993 until 1995.
In between these placements, he spent 4 months within the German Federal Ministry of Environment where he was working on packaging issues including the German Packaging Ordinance.
From February 1993 until June 2006 Mr Quoden worked for Der Grüne Punkt - Duales System Deutschland GmbH (DSD) in various capacities. From January 2001, he served as Head of International Affairs of DSD and was vested with general commercial power of representation in 2003.
Since April 2013 he is appointed as managing director of EXPRA – Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance – Inspiring Packaging Recycling, an alliance of currently 26 non-profit packaging recovery organisations owned by obliged industry from 24 countries from Europe, Canada and Israel.
Guido Aufdemkamp is Executive Director of the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA). He is an economist by education and has almost 20 years of experience working for German and European aluminium and packaging associations. His main expertise is market analysis, communications, but also aluminium in contact with food. Since his career start, he was involved in sustainability and recycling activities shaping the profile of the industry.
Jan is a PhD Chemist, graduated from the University of Bonn / Germany. He started his career in CIBA Specialty Chemistry in Basel Switzerland in chemical process development in 2001, from 2004 onwards he took over various roles in product development and marketing in the area of specialty chemicals for the electronic industry with focus on LCD flat panels in CIBA and later in BASF.
In 2015 he joined Clariant as Global Head of Product Management and Innovation for Masterbatches. In 2019 he was appointed to the role of Global Head of Innovation and Sustainability in which he is driving the sustainability agenda for the Masterbatch Business with a strong focus on developing innovative solutions for plastic recycling and biopolymers. In July 2020 the Clariant Masterbatch Business was acquired by PolyOne and is now merged into one business under the name Avient. Also in the new company Jan is globally leading Innovation & Sustainability initiatives and workstreams.
After graduating Bachelor of science in 2013, Marcel Rensmann was one of the first members to join Pyreg as a start-up-company in 2013. He has been instrumental in guiding the company to market leadership in the past years and has been leading the company as Head of Sales since 2020
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