2020 Speakers - Sustainability in Packaging

  • Adrienna Zsakay

    CoE – Chief of Everything Circular Economy Asia

    For many years Ms Zsakay worked in the food industry, setting up Asia Connect (Korea) to import food from Australia, New Zealand and the EU. In later years Ms Zsakay established the Asian Food Regulation Information Service, the world’s largest free access database of Asian food regulations.  
    Ms Zsakay has a BA(Asian Studies & Politics) from the University of Western Australia and has studied International and Asian food law from Michigan State University. 

    After moving to Thailand from South Korea, Ms Zsakay became interested in infrastructure design for recyclable resource recovery collection systems, initially as a hobby. From there it was an easy transition to the Circular Economy and the founding of Circular Economy Asia Incorporated (CEA) in 2016. 

    CEA leads the discussion across the region on improving resource management, educating consumers, working with product brand owners and all tiers of Government who must respond to the global pressures of growing resource scarcity and overwhelming waste. We focus on how circular design values and principles can improve lives, add value by future-proofing businesses against resource scarcity and promote new circular industries.

    Ms Zsakay wrote The Nine Steps Towards a Circular Business, a comprehensive guide any business can use to transition to the circular economy. Each of The Nine Steps can also be explored as a hands-on workshop. CEA’s other programs include Recyclable Resource Recovery, the Asian Plastics & Packaging Agreement and consultancy services.  

  • Amita Chaudhury

    Global senior sustainability advisor, UN Unilever

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  • Asa Robinson

    General Manager Ball Corporation

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  • Ashwin Subramaniam

    CEO GA Circular

    Ashwin Subramaniam is an environmental consultant with 11 years of business experience across Asia. He is the founder and CEO at GA Circular, a research and strategy advisory firm that is driving circular economy in Asia. He has led various materials-flow analysis, research, strategy and implementation projects on circular economy in this region. He specialises in packaging and food waste in Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and India and has worked with multinational clients from consumer goods, packaging and petrochemical industries as well as government agencies. He is passionate about unlocking business opportunities in Asia from the annual USD120 billion worth of packaging waste and USD 1 trillion worth of food waste globally.

  • Ben Gunneberg

    CEO and Secretary General PEFC International

    Ben is the CEO and Secretary General of PEFC International, a position he has held since 1999. 

    An Aberdeen University forestry graduate, a chartered forester, with an Masters in Business Administration from the Open University, Ben has spent most of his working life in forestry, starting as a forestry worker.

    After completing his studies he joined the University of Wales, Bangor as a researcher in Forest Economics and thereafter worked in various positions in the Timber Growers Association in the UK where he dealt with technical and policy aspects of forestry. Ben became involved in forest certification when he took on the position of Technical Director.

  • Gary Calicdan

    Ethical Buyer – Packaging and Print Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

    Gary Calicdan is the Packaging and Print Ethical Buyer of Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics North America . Joining the company in February 2007, he has seen the business grow from 80 shops to over 250 shops.  Along with growing the supply chain, Gary has led many initiatives to improve our ethics and sustainability in our packaging supply chain such as use of 100% recycled plastics and paper for all packaging and print materials . Gary has also focused on developing a local high quality recycled plastic materials supply base including Ocean plastics and created closed loop systems through retail and manufacturing operations wherever possible.

    Gary is currently a council Director of The Packaging Consortium ( PAC) under Pacific Region Leadership Council based out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

    Prior to migrating to Canada in 2006, Gary was the Purchasing Manager of ALCAN Packaging and Avon Cosmetics back in the Philippines from 2001 to early 2006.

  • Casper Durandt

    Director Sustainable Packaging and Climate Protection Coca-Cola ASEAN

    Dr Casper Durandt was a founder member of numerous Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Companies, Chairman of the PET recycling company PETCO, founder member of the Glass Recycling Company and MetPac-SA. He has a PhD in Industrial Engineering focused on coupled manufacturing efficiency improvement. He has an MBA from the University of Stellenbosch, a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Pretoria University and is a qualified Professional Engineer with the International Engineering Council.
    Casper is an accomplished international speaker, has a passion for the environment and is a technical expert in the field of beverage production, supply chain, environmental issues and equipment maintenance.


  • Ciaran Little

    VP of Business Development & Director of Operations: Asia Pacific Smithers

    Ciaran is Global VP of Business Development and Director of Operations for Asia - Pacific. He is responsible for delivering Smithers global growth initiatives and supporting Smithers Asian client base.

    Ciaran has been working for Smithers for nearly twenty years supporting the packaging, print and paper value chains with key market and technical information in the form of conferences, reports and consulting. Ciaran has worked on winning and delivering a wide range of market consultancy projects to major industry players, recent projects include a global assessment of printing and packaging growth trends and market assessment for a major new product launch for one of the world’s largest packaging converters.

    Ciaran has launched and managed many international conferences in this sector including Digital Print for Packaging, SustPack, Specialty Papers and Print Futures.

  • Doug Boodrie

    Global Category Leader, Packaging Associated British Foods plc

    Doug has worked within the food industry for over 30 years and most recently with Associated British Foods plc (ABF) with time spent as the Head of Procurement for British Sugar, Group Procurement Director for George Weston Foods Australia/ New Zealand and Global Category Leader, Packaging working directly for the parent company ABF. Prior to his time with ABF Doug led a number of Procurement roles with Britvic Soft Drinks plc as well as working in Government Procurement having started his career in Food Retail with J Sainsbury plc.
    At ABF Doug leads a small team of regionally based Packaging Category Leaders and spends much of his time working with the many companies within the ABF group on a whole range of subjects including sustainable packaging.
    When not at work Doug is a keen road cyclist and enjoys spending time at home with his family.


  • Duan Yanjian

    Chief Packaging Expert, Head of Logistics Planning JD Logistics

    Duan Yanjian holds a master’s degree in packaging engineering, graduated from Jiangnan University. Now he’s responsible for logistics and packaging technique in JD Logistics. In 2017, he has launched “Green Stream Initiative” with several brands which aims to promote green and sustainable development of the end-to-end supply chain (B2B2C) along with upstream and downstream enterprises.

    Besides, he has founded green corrugated packaging alliance and e-commerce packaging standard alliance in order to promote e-commerce packaging standard and industrial certification, also remodel supply chain packaging of e-commerce.

    He has been involved in the drafting and revising of dozens of national/industry packaging standards.

  • Edwin Seah

    Head of Communications Food Industry Asia

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  • Geoff King

    CEO The Food Purveyor

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  • Jiang Nanqing

    Secretary general China Plastics Reuse and Recycling Association

    Jiang Nanqing, PhD in ecology, graduated from Beijing Normal University. In her professional field, she’s got an academic background in ecology and environment, and worked extensively with research institutions to achieve significant results in promoting the effects of policy on the transformation of scientific results. She worked in universities and international research institutions in Netherlands, Japan, Israel, and Kenya for more than 7 years and was engaged in post-doctoral and research in agroecology. In 2007, she returned to China and worked for INBAR as theECBP Officer.

    After that, sheworked at China office of UNEP for 10 years, where she’s responsible for promoting and coordinating the planning and implementation of UNEP initiatives and strategic areas in China and promoting the mainstreaming of environment at national level. She is familiar with international and national environmental affairs and the United Nations framework planning at national level. She has applied international concepts and strategies to serve national needs and providedtransboundary solutions to environmental, energy and resource issues. Besides, shehas built an extensive network of partners to achieve multiple benefits of sustainable development.

    She has extensive experience in national project management and development, including scientific assessments, project solutions, partnerships and resource mobilization. She also has given full play to the role of the United Nations platform, built multi-stakeholder partnerships, and promoted sustainable priority issues in cross-cutting areas, such as sustainable consumption, environmental education, sustainable cities and energy.

    She has integrated science, policy and management, and worked with different partners to achieve sustainable development of environment. With her efforts, she has successfully promoted the implementation of several UNEP initiatives in China, such as the green economy initiative, sustainable consumption and sustainable value chains, resource-efficient cities, urban regional energy, economics of ecosystems and biodiversity, and youth environmental education.
    She joined CPRRA in Oct. 2018, and took CPRRA as the first China Sectoral Association to join Global Commitment raised by Ellen MacArthur Foundation and UNEP of “ New Plastics Economy” in late 2018.  She also serves the external expert of EU-China Environmental Policy and Circular Economy Dialogue, WWF International Consultant on Platics. She was invited by China Delegation to WTO to attend first WTO event on plastic pollution, she was invited by  EU to attend EU Circular Economy Conference and World Circular Economy Conference. She also the author of newspaper and magzine articles on Plastics, and was interviewed by  media and CGTN. She is the leading figure in plastic recycling sector in China.   

  • Jun Wang

    Packaging Innovation - Global Design & Packaging Colgate-Palmolive

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  • Kane Jacker

    Associate Director Packaging Mondelez International

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  • Mert Sasoglu

    Associate Director Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health

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  • Phan Bai

    Corporate BD Director for Sustainable Packaging Veolia

    Phan BAI is the senior corporate business development director at Veolia for the Circular Economy presently specialized in plastics particularly packagings. He has 20 years of experience in the Environmental Service industry from water infrastructure to waste recycling in developed and developing countries. Before joining the global plastic business development, he has acted as project developer, innovation director and general manager for Veolia in Taiwan, Japan, USA and Canada. In his current position, he is namely developing plastic collection, recycling and integrated waste projects as well as global and local partnerships with private and public sectors, with a focus on innovative schemes and new business models. 

  • Quentin Yan

    Sr. Manager/Director, Asia Pacific Market Development, Consumer Packaging WestRock

    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.

  • Renae Kezar

    Sr. Director and global lead for sustainability Avery Dennison

    With 17 years experience at Avery Dennison in marketing, innovation and business leadership, Renae has broad experience in packaging and labeling across multiple consumer categories, and both global and local packaging expertise.  She has extensive international experience and has been based in both The Netherlands and the United States. Renae serves as a Global Sr. Director of Sustainability at Avery Dennison with her mission to drive long term systemic change through innovation, employee engagement and delivering positive business results.  

  • Richard Fine

    Founder, Product Development & Sustainability Director BioPak

    Richard Fine is the Founder & Sustainability Director of BioPak, an award-winning and leading supplier of carbon neutral, compostable single-use packaging. The business was born out of combining Richard's 30 years of industry expertise with his passion for sustainability. He is also a founding member of the Australasian Bioplastics Association and actively involved in a number of industry working groups to cut waste to landfill and find more sustainable alternatives for the foodservice industry and beyond.

    Richard and BioPak are using business as a force for good to educate the public about plastic pollution and the detrimental impact finite fossil-fuel based plastics have on the planet. Since the inception of the business in 2003, he has been continuously driving new innovative products and services to contribute to solving the problem and saving the environment for future generations.

  • Richard Horne

    Vice President Marketing Centre Packaging Borouge

    Richard Horne is the Vice President Marketing Centre Packaging at Borouge since June 2018.

    Based in Singapore, he is responsible for managing future growth of Borouge’s packaging business by defining and implementing a longterm packaging strategy, developing strategic plans around application segments and creating opportunities within the entire value chain. Horne manages the positioning of Borouge’s packaging product portfolio as well as the company’s market intelligence and marketing communication in specific market areas. He is also responsible for managing circular economy for the packaging business.

    Prior to joining Borouge, Horne worked for Amcor Ltd for 6.5 years in various roles, across Europe, Asia and Oceania. His last position was Sales & Marketing Director for Amcor Ltd’s food business based in Singapore, and before that, he was General Manager – Sales, Marketing, Commercial, R&D for the Amcor New Zealand business, based in Auckland, and he was responsible for managing various global key accounts and the Medical & Pharma business in the Asian region. In 2016, Horne led a team of key account managers for Amcor Ltd in Europe & Americas focusing on driving customer centricity the snacks and confectionary markets.

    Horne had various roles in the UK prior to joining Amcor, one with Excelsior Technologies Ltd (now Mondi Group) from 2010 to 2012 as Business Manager, and prior to that as Scottish Sales Manager for Fispak Ltd from 2008 to 2010.

    Horne holds a Master of Arts Degree in Geography from the University of Glasgow, Scotland since 2008. He also completed a Master’s Degree in Business & Administration (MBA) from CASS Business School, part of City University of London, obtained between 2013 and 2015, focusing on Innovation & Strategy. Horne is a Scottish national.

  • Sharon Xiao

    Sustainability Manager, APAC UPM RAFLATAC

    Sharon holds a master's degree in sustainable development management and has 11 years of management experience in the field of sustainability. She has worked in environmental NGO, consulting company and manufacturing industry. Through innovative sustainability related programs, as well as internal and external strategic communication, she provides technical and strategic support to create business value and competitive advantage for the businesses. Extensive practical experience in environmental- friendly materials, life cycle assessment, responsible supply chain management, environment and sustainability related certification systems, and stakeholder communication.

  • Stephen Harrod

    Consultant Smithers

    He is responsible for a range of Smithers reports including the Global Corrugated Market, the Global Folding Carton Market, Central and Eastern European markets for corrugated and folding carton, Packaging in the Middle East, Retail Ready Packaging, Luxury Paperboard Packaging and many others. He has contributed to the Smithers reports on the Global packaging Market and the Global Printing Market, among others, whilst also building in-house databases on the global paper and packaging markets.

  • Sumangali Krishnan

    Head of Research GA Circular

    Sumangali Krishnan, is the Head of Research at GA Circular (GA) and has developed and led various research, policy and on-ground projects aimed at developing a Circular Economy framework for Asia.  Following a career in corporate law, both in private practice and more recently, in start-ups and emerging businesses, Sumangali is currently following her passion for sustainability with her role at GA. 

    Sumangali has a J.D. in Law and a Masters in Economics, and has lived and worked in the United States prior to moving to Singapore.  She is particularly passionate about policy, legislation and business-led interventions as a solution to resource management in Asia

  • Sylvain Rannou

    NQAC Expert, Packaging Safety & Compliance (PS&C) in AOA Nestle

    Sylvain Rannou holds a PhD of Polymer Science & Engineering from The University of Manchester, UK.

    With over 10 years’ experience in the polymer and food packaging industry in UK and Singapore, his expertise covers a range of functions, from packaging development, polymer processing & regulatory compliance, to training & coaching, issue management and networking to leverage expertise.

    Having worked in R&D for Mars Drinks UK and A*STAR Singapore, his current responsibility within Nestlé is to ensure that Nestlé factories in zone Asia-Oceania-Africa (AOA) implement the Nestlé packaging safety & compliance (PS&C) program. His responsibility covers both food contact materials (i.e. mainly packaging) and non-food items (i.e. promotional items).

  • Victor Barichello

    Commercial Director Selerant

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