Mattia Pellegrini is currently Head of Unit for « Waste Management & Secondary Materials » at DG Environment, European Commission. Previously he was Head of Unit for Raw Materials, Metals, Minerals and Forest-based Industries at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. Previously, he worked as Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Nelli Feroci and as a Member of the Cabinet of the Vice President of the European Commission, in charge of Enterprise and Industry. Mr Pellegrini has a Master’s Degree in European Legal Studies obtained at the College of Europe, Bruges, and a postgraduate diploma in EC Law obtained at L.U.I.S.S. “Guido Carli”, University of Rome.
Senior Packaging Specialistat
Alexey is an engineer who’s prime interest is in packaging concept development, scale-up and best possible end-of-life scenarios. His wide ranging areas of professional expertise include paper physics, packaging and specialty papers, paper recycling, flexible paper packaging, barrier paper, moulded pulp, paper converting, filling & packing and packaging sustainability.
Prior to joining Nestlé Alexey was a Research Scientist at VTT and has also held various consulting and innovation roles. He has a B.Sc in pulp & paper technology and an M.Sc in forest bio-refineries from Saint-Petersburg State Forest-Technical University; an M.Sc. in chemical engineering from Lappeenranta University of Technology and a D.Sc (Tech) in paper converting & packaging from Tampere University of Technology.
Hans Van Bochove
Chair of EUROPEN and Vice-President Public Affairs Europeat
Coca-Cola European Partners
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Ulrika Nordvall Bardh
Circular Strategy Lead Non Commercial Goods at
Ulrika Nordvall Bardh has for the past 11 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 Circular Strategy Lead for Noncommercial Goods. As part of her role lies the responsibilities of the Groups Circular Packaging Strategy including the goalsetting process. She is also representing the group in the working group lead by The Ellen Mac Arthur Foundation related to the initiative The New Plastic Economy, Global Commitment. 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.
Dr Kirstie McIntyre
Sustainability Director, Global Supply and Procurementat
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
Packaging & Sustainability Director at
Biography to follow shortly
Dr Feliks Bezati
Global Director of Circular Packagingat
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.
Project Coordinator, CEFLEX and Managing Director, Sloop Consulting B.V.at
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.
Executive Director at
European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA)
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.
Senior Packaging Managerat
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.
Chief Operating Officerat
Michelle co-founded Lorax Compliance in 2014 in order to help companies that are obligated under Extended Producer Responsibility and Product Stewardship legislation around the world. With 15 years of experience working in this sector, her focus is to ensure clients find the process of EPR and Stewardship reporting as simple as possible, despite the complexities placed on businesses by legislation. As COO, her role covers the management and delivery of several teams, including Accounts, Compliance, Sales, Marketing and Human Resources.
Dr Gerald Rebitzer
Gerald Rebitzer is responsible for Sustainability at Amcor Flexibles Europe, Middle East and Africa and Amcor Flexibles Americas.
From 2007 to 2009 he was head of product-related sustainability management at Alcan Packaging, globally. Prior to this, he had several roles related to EHS and sustainability within Alcan, focusing on the various aluminium production and fabrication businesses (2003 – 2007). Gerald has over 20 years of experience in implementing sustainability initiatives and life cycle approaches in sectors such as Packaging, Building and Construction, Automotive, Aerospace, Electronics, and Metals.
He holds a Ph.D. in Life Cycle Management from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne and a Masters in Environmental Engineering from the Technical University Berlin. He is editor for The International Journal of LCA, member of the Executive Committee of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, and chairman of the Sustainability Committee of Flexible Packaging Europe. Gerald was also member of the Steering Committee of the WRI/WBCSD GHG Protocol’s Product and Supply Chain Initiative and was active in the board of the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative. Gerald has published more than 120 papers in the area of life cycle thinking and sustainability and regularly speaks at international conferences.
Senior Commercial Director – EMEAat
Jürgen Krahé is Senior Commercial Director EMEA at ORBIS. He has been in management positions in automotive and logistics for over 25 years, including 9 years at an automotive supplier and 8 years at a supply chain consulting company. From 2009 to 2017, Jürgen Krahé was honorary chair of the advisory board for supply chain and logistics management at University of St. Gallen.
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.
Consumer Products Expertat
PA Consulting Switzerland
Vincenzo Disavino has extensive programme management, product and process development experience with leading CPGs and PA Consulting. With expertise in R&D, Operations, Digital and Sustainability he combines broad technical and commercial knowledge to assist clients in the identification and integration of effective solutions. Vincenzo has a MSc in Mechanical Engineering and an E-MBA
Owner & Distiller at
Dunnet Bay Distillers Scotland
Scottish entrepreneur Martin Murray is the founder of mainland Scotlands most northerly distillery - Dunnet Bay Distillery. He has created two unique products, Holy Grass Vodka and Rock Rose Gin, which has won awards and a devoted following for its botanicals-infused flavours. Martin is a Chartered Chemical Engineer with a Masters of Engineering focused in Chemical Engineering with Energy Resource Engineering
Vice President of Sustainabilityat
Jenny is the Vice President of Sustainability at Trivium Packaging and a seasoned global leader with experience from big brands like Shell and Avery Dennison. As a Dutch national, sustainability is in her DNA and her true passion. She believes sustainability is no longer a choice, but an imperative for the success of any company. At Trivium she is committed to positively impacting the lives of millions of people through the company’s sustainable and circular product offerings. Peipei Yang: Peipei is the Product Stewardship Analyst at Trivium Packaging. She focuses on the company’s Sustainability and Product Compliance Strategy. With experience from Europe, the US and Asia and from different industries, Peipei brings a multi-faceted perspective to her sustainability work. She recognizes that changing to circular economy thinking can be a challenge, but she is passionate about developing and implementing the right processes to enable a truly holistic approach to sustainability.
Packaging & Environment Managerat
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).
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).
Strategic International Advisor on Circular Economyat
Strategic International Advisor on Circular Economy
Arnoud Passenier (59) is strategic advisor circular economy at the International Department of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management in The Netherlands. He has a master’s degree in Political Sciences, International Relations. Arnoud has a long track-record in shaping the circular economy on the national, European and global level, focusing on innovation, bringing together stakeholders in and between material value chains (rare metals, phosphorus, plastics and textiles). Arnoud was the architect of the National Covenant on the Circular Economy (January 2017), the Plastics Pact NL (2019), the European Plastics Pact (March 2020) and the Denim Deal (2020). On the global level, he focuses his efforts in building a strong CE-network with stakeholders in Europe and abroad to create impactful value chain cooperation, bilaterally as well as in the context of international conferences (WCEF+Climate) and multi-stakeholder platforms (PACE, WEF).
Business Development and Innovation Managerat
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.
Director Solution Salesat
Kristopher Fain is currently leading the Solution sales team at BillerudKorsnäs. He has over 25 years’ extensive global experience working with brand owners and retailers in packaged food and beverage segments. He has held senior commercial and strategic marketing roles at companies such as Tetra Pak, Sidel, MeadWestvaco, SPX Flow and Sulzer. In addition, he has also led the commercial scale-up and preparation for public listing of a Swedish bio-tech company in the protein purification space as CEO.
Over the course of his career has helped brand owners and retailers adapt to, and growth with, changing market conditions and new consumer trends in the areas of packaging, processing and packaging equipment, complete production lines and new product development.
Dr Anna Bortoluzzi
Owner & Director at
Quota Sette s.r.l. - ITALY
Anna Bortoluzzi, ICMCI qualified Management Consultant, works in the field of innovation projects. Graduated in chemistry, materials technologist, she gained significant work experience in the management of industrial plants and in statistical analysis. Since 2006 she worked as LCA expert in international projects and in the development of Product Category Rules. She held the role of professor for 20 years at the Milan University. She is the founder and partner of MAPPING LCA platform.
Sustainable Packaging Managerat
Alexandre Vernier, 44 years old, is sustainable packaging manager for the Bel group (The Laughing Cow, Kiri, Babybel, Boursin, Leerdammer brands) since 2016. Engineer graduated from the Reims packaging school (ESIReims, ex-Esiec) and holder of a master's degree in applied physics, he spent his entire professional career within the French cheese group which he joined in 2003 as a packaging and packaging development engineer at the Dole (Jura) production site, and then join the R&D teams in Vendôme since 2004.
Packaging Research and Sustainability Senior Science Manager at
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).
Dr. Erwin Lepoudre
Sustainability Manager at
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.
Gabriela has been working at Lorax/EPI since 2008, specializing in packaging sustainability and global product stewardship law compliance. She is involved with developing corporate environmental packaging design and labeling specifications, assisting clients with packaging fee reporting and conducting Design for Environment (DfE) studies and Life Cycle Assessments. She has also worked to develop packaging sustainability evaluation tools such as the Eco-filter and has published a variety of research projects involving sustainability and environmental modeling.
R&D Packaging Managerat
AISA Automation Industrielle SA
Since 2019, Gilles Demaurex is leading the packaging development at AISA, the world leader in machinery for packaging tube production. Gilles has a Master in Mechanical Engineering from EPFL in Switzerland; he started his career in machining machinery and watch industry, then enter in the world of packaging by working 13 years for Nestlé in various position such as R&D, Operation and Business Unit.
Dr Marinella Vitulli
Food Contact Center
Dr Marinella Vitulli (51) is the owner and the technical director of Food Contact Center srl.
She has worked in the field of analytical services for 20 years and added expertise in the field of food safety during this time. After obtaining her PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology from the Pisa University, Dr Vitulli worked as Researcher in Pisa University, dealing with food and pharmaceutical chemistry.
She took over the position of Quality Control and R&D Manager at Drogheria e Alimentari S.p.A. in 2005, and was in charge as Laboratory Manager in the Intertek Italian Lab, between 2008 and 2010. As Laboratory Director at ECOLSTUDIO spa, Dr Vitulli was responsible for the development and management of the testing capabilities for food, environmental and consumer products.
In her next position she was Laboratory Manager in pH Lab, a member of TÜV SÜD, coordinating the laboratory activity and developing technical services and testing on food, food contact, consumer products and environmental samples.
Dr Marinella Vitulli belongs to the professional association of Chemists “Albo dei Chimici”. Since 2009 she belongs to the Professional Association AIBO - Food Contact Expert” (matr n°035). She cooperates with Italian Packaging Institute taking part in technical committee, and having speech in trainings and many national and international events.
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.)
Director Business Developmentat
Bineke Posthumus works as a Director Business Development at the Renewable Polymers department of Avantium. In this function, she works on the commercialization of Avantium’s innovative 100% plant-based FDCA and PEF technology. Bineke Posthumus obtained her Master of Science degree in Strategic Management from the London School of Economics in 2007. Before Avantium, she worked at TNO, one of Europe’s largest research institutes, for approximately 10 years. There, she worked at the Strategic Analysis & Policy department, where she had a specific focus on bringing new technology to market in the areas of the circular economy and the energy transition.
Noémie is a sustainability consultant at Quantis, and she contributes to LCA and Eco-Design projects, particularly in the ICT and packaging sectors.
Through her experience in conducting environmental assessments of products and companies, she guides stakeholders in defining their environmental strategies. Noémie focuses on developing digital tools to support companies in deploying integrated eco-design approaches in packaging and product development.
She joined Quantis in 2019 after holding different positions in product innovation and sustainability fields. From 2014 to 2018, Noémie worked as system architect and sustainability coordinator for Philips. Her latest position was Circular Economy project lead for Schneider Electric.
Noémie graduated in mechanical engineering at the University of Technology of Compiègne (UTC) and a post-master degree in International Environmental Management of MINES PARIS TECH (ISIGE).
Postdoctoral Research Associate at
University of Sheffield
Rorie Parsons is a Postdoctoral Research Associate on the project ‘Many happy returns – Enabling reusable packaging systems’, a £1 million pound, 2 year project, part of UK Research and Innovation’s ‘Smart Sustainable Plastics Packaging’ challenge and is managed by the Natural Environment Research Council.