2020 Speakers

Speakers Confirmed for the 2020 Virtual Summit

James Sulivan

Head, Global Sustainability Innovation Accelerator | SAP

James Sulivan

James Sulivan

Head, Global Sustainability Innovation Accelerator | SAP


Siân Sutherland

Co-Founder | A Plastic Planet

Siân Sutherland

Siân Sutherland

Co-Founder | A Plastic Planet


Werner Bosmans

Directorate General Environment | European Commission

Werner Bosmans

Werner Bosmans

Directorate General Environment | European Commission


Kristin Hughes

Director of the Global Plastic Action Partnership and Member of the Executive Committee | World Economic Forum

Kristin Hughes

Kristin Hughes

Director of the Global Plastic Action Partnership and Member of the Executive Committee | World Economic Forum


Kathleen Rademan

Director Innovation Platform | Fashion for Good

Kathleen Rademan

Kathleen Rademan

Director Innovation Platform | Fashion for Good

 

Kathleen Rademan is the Director of the Innovation Platform at Fashion for Good. Fashion for Good is the global platform for collaborative innovation in the fashion Industry. Together, we harness the power of innovation, practical action & collaboration towards a circular textile industry.

Kathleen is responsible for leading Fashion for Good’s Accelerator Programme and for sourcing and implementing innovation within the plastics, end of use, CMT and traceability space. She  leads the implementation effort through developing collaborative, global, multi-brand pilot projects with the most recent being the polybag to polybag project launched in December 2019.

Kathleen brings both financial and sustainable start up experience to the table having spent six years in investment banking financing the retail sector and two years as Strategy Lead for Dutch sustainability start up Fastned. Under her direction, Fastned launched in four new markets across Europe. Kathleen has a background in financial mathematics and holds a MBA from INSEAD


Stephen Jamieson

Head of Sustainable Business Innovation | SAP

Stephen Jamieson

Stephen Jamieson

Head of Sustainable Business Innovation | SAP

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David Nelson

Director of Biodegradable Platform | Eastman Chemical Company

David Nelson

David Nelson

Director of Biodegradable Platform | Eastman Chemical Company


Dr. Ashley Holding

Principal Consultant and Scientist | Circular Material Solutions Ltd

Dr. Ashley Holding

Dr. Ashley Holding

Principal Consultant and Scientist | Circular Material Solutions Ltd


Sophie Tuviahu

VP Business Development and Sales | UBQ Materials

Sophie Tuviahu

Sophie Tuviahu

VP Business Development and Sales | UBQ Materials


Katherine Roop

Business Development - BioPBS | PTTMCC Biochem Company Limited

Katherine Roop

Katherine Roop

Business Development - BioPBS | PTTMCC Biochem Company Limited


Annika Sundell

Executive Vice President Innovations and Business Development | Walki Group

Annika Sundell

Annika Sundell

Executive Vice President Innovations and Business Development | Walki Group


Irene Cristina Latorre Martinez

Senior Project Manager | Covestro Deutschland AG

Irene Cristina Latorre Martinez

Irene Cristina Latorre Martinez

Senior Project Manager | Covestro Deutschland AG


Rolph Payet

Secretariat | Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

Rolph Payet

Rolph Payet

Secretariat | Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions


Hannu Kasurinen

EVP, Head of Packaging Materials Division | Storaenso

Hannu Kasurinen

Hannu Kasurinen

EVP, Head of Packaging Materials Division | Storaenso


Archana Jagannathan

Snr Director Sustainable Plastics | PepsiCo

Archana Jagannathan

Archana Jagannathan

Snr Director Sustainable Plastics | PepsiCo


Keefe Harrison

CEO | The Recycling Partnership

Keefe Harrison

Keefe Harrison

CEO | The Recycling Partnership


Pilar Tejada Lopez

Head of Brand & Communication | PYRATES smart fabrics

Pilar Tejada Lopez

Pilar Tejada Lopez

Head of Brand & Communication | PYRATES smart fabrics


Rebecca Johansson

Sustainability and R&D Manager | Helly Hansen

Rebecca Johansson

Rebecca Johansson

Sustainability and R&D Manager | Helly Hansen


Phil Van Trump

CTO | Danimer Scientific

Phil Van Trump

Phil Van Trump

CTO | Danimer Scientific


Dr. Luke M. Haverhals

Founder & CEO | Natural Fiber Welding, Inc

Dr. Luke M. Haverhals

Dr. Luke M. Haverhals

Founder & CEO | Natural Fiber Welding, Inc


Marjolein Wijnands

Global Brand Manager NIVEA Body Care | Beiersdorf AG

Marjolein Wijnands

Marjolein Wijnands

Global Brand Manager NIVEA Body Care | Beiersdorf AG


Michalyn Andrews

Chief Executive Officer | Provenance Bio

Michalyn Andrews

Michalyn Andrews

Chief Executive Officer | Provenance Bio


Fernanda Tavares

Vice President of Marketing | Cardolite

Fernanda Tavares

Fernanda Tavares

Vice President of Marketing | Cardolite

Fernanda Tavares is the Vice President of Marketing at Cardolite based in Bristol, PA. She received her Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University in 2003 and started her career with Rohm and Haas (now Dow Chemical) where she held various technical and commercial positions. Since joining Cardolite in 2011, Fernanda has focused on market and product development for industrial applications.


Puneet Trehan

Material Innovation & Development Leader | IKEA Group

Puneet Trehan

Puneet Trehan

Material Innovation & Development Leader | IKEA Group


Francois de Bie

Senior Marketing Director | Total Corbion

Francois de Bie

Francois de Bie

Senior Marketing Director | Total Corbion


Dr. Robert D. Allen

Distinguished Research Staff Member Sr. Manager of Polymer Science & Technology | IBM

Dr. Robert D. Allen

Dr. Robert D. Allen

Distinguished Research Staff Member Sr. Manager of Polymer Science & Technology | IBM


Marcus Dehlin

Head of Business Alliances, Packaging Materials | Stora Enso

Marcus Dehlin

Marcus Dehlin

Head of Business Alliances, Packaging Materials | Stora Enso


Lianne Trowbridge

Designer Relations | The Sustainable Angle

Lianne Trowbridge

Lianne Trowbridge

Designer Relations | The Sustainable Angle


Arthur ten Wolde

Executive Director | Ecopreneur.eu

Arthur ten Wolde

Arthur ten Wolde

Executive Director | Ecopreneur.eu


Rodrigo Tona

Chief Executive Officer | Termoencogibles S.A de C.C

Rodrigo Tona

Rodrigo Tona

Chief Executive Officer | Termoencogibles S.A de C.C


Efrat Friedland

Founder | Materialscout

Efrat Friedland

Efrat Friedland

Founder | Materialscout


Tine Žlebnik

Sales & Marketing manager | Echo Instruments

Tine Žlebnik

Tine Žlebnik

Sales & Marketing manager | Echo Instruments


Alice Beyer Schuch

Circular Fashion Change Agent | CIRKLA MODO

Alice Beyer Schuch

Alice Beyer Schuch

Circular Fashion Change Agent | CIRKLA MODO


Hugo Ferreira Da Silva

Vice President, DSM Additive Manufacturing | DSM

Hugo Ferreira Da Silva

Hugo Ferreira Da Silva

Vice President, DSM Additive Manufacturing | DSM


Hasso von Pogrell

Managing Director | European Bioplastics

Hasso von Pogrell

Hasso von Pogrell

Managing Director | European Bioplastics


Monique Maissan

CEO and founder | Waste2wear

Monique Maissan

Monique Maissan

CEO and founder | Waste2wear

Monique Maissan  is a Dutch entrepreneur and textile engineer specialized in Circular Economic solutions for the textile industry.  As CEO and founder of Waste2Wear, she leads a committed team towards sustainable innovation using textile products made from recycled plastic to create positive environmental impact.

 

The innovations in her company, have been acknowledged through the following awards:

Entrepreneur the Year award 2012, in the USA from Enterprising Women;  the Sustainability Award from the European Economic and Sustainability Committee in 2014; the Women Economic Forum’s Outstanding Women for the Advance of Sustainability  award in 2017; The #1 Business Women Of Excellence award in Egypt in 2018; the She Rockers MyEO Women SDG Award 2019 from EO (Entrepreneur Organization); and the Personality of the Year award from the Benelux Chamber of Commerce.  She was a finalist for the EY (Ernst & Young) Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 award.

 

One of the initiatives from Waste2Wear is the Ocean Plastics Program.  In collaboration with the local Chinese government and NGO’s, Waste2Wear created a business model in which former fishermen could recover their income (lost due to environmental regulations) by fishing plastic from the ocean. They now collect more than three tons of waste directly from the ocean every week. Thus, Waste2Wear is pioneering solutions for plastic recycling and delivering 100% traceable and sustainable textiles.

 

She continuously strives to create collaborations with a broad diversity of stakeholders to help creating awareness and to find solutions to protect the environment. This includes collaborations with the Jane Goodall Institute, National Geographic and many more.

 

She is a frequent speaker at sustainability events around the globe, including, the 2015 EXCELerate Conference in Canada, the EWC Sustainability Summit at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in 2016,  China’s World Creative Economy Summit in 2017, the Beyond Plastic Pollution conference in Australia in 2017, the Women for Success summit in 2018 at the Arab League and the APIC virtual conference on ‘Technologies & Solutions for Ocean Clean Up’ September 2020.


Ravish Majithia

CEO & Founder | Magnomer

Ravish Majithia

Ravish Majithia

CEO & Founder | Magnomer


Todd Gasparik

Sustainable Material Advancements for the Packaging Industry | Smart Planet Technologies

Todd Gasparik

Todd Gasparik

Sustainable Material Advancements for the Packaging Industry | Smart Planet Technologies


Michael Colarossi

VP Product Line Management, Innovation and Sustainability, Apparel Solutions | Avery Dennison

Michael Colarossi

Michael Colarossi

VP Product Line Management, Innovation and Sustainability, Apparel Solutions | Avery Dennison


William Kuecker

VP Marketing | Mondi Group

William Kuecker

William Kuecker

VP Marketing | Mondi Group


Gerald Rebitzer

Senior Sustainability Director | Amcor

Gerald Rebitzer

Gerald Rebitzer

Senior Sustainability Director | Amcor


Manuel Maqueda

Co-Founder & CEO | SUPER

Manuel Maqueda

Manuel Maqueda

Co-Founder & CEO | SUPER


Paul Bjacek

Principal Director, Global Resources Research Lead | Accenture

Paul Bjacek

Paul Bjacek

Principal Director, Global Resources Research Lead | Accenture


Lauren Hill

Co Founder | Population

Lauren Hill

Lauren Hill

Co Founder | Population


Catherine Tedrow

Co Founder | Population

Catherine Tedrow

Catherine Tedrow

Co Founder | Population


Oliver Syed Shafaat

Manager, Fiber R&D Section | Spiber Inc

Oliver Syed Shafaat

Oliver Syed Shafaat

Manager, Fiber R&D Section | Spiber Inc


Venkatesh Kini

Co-Founder | Ubuntoo

Venkatesh Kini

Venkatesh Kini

Co-Founder | Ubuntoo


Sandeep Kulkarni

Polymer Science & Sustainable Packaging | Kool Earth Solutions Inc

Sandeep Kulkarni

Sandeep Kulkarni

Polymer Science & Sustainable Packaging | Kool Earth Solutions Inc


Dr Vivek Tandon

Founder and CEO | perPETual Global Technologies Limited

Dr Vivek Tandon

Dr Vivek Tandon

Founder and CEO | perPETual Global Technologies Limited

Dr Vivek Tandon is an experienced international entrepreneur with an extensive background in growing technology companies. He is the founder and CEO of perPETual Global Technologies Limited, a company with a breakthrough environmental and cost-effective technology enabling the conversion of used plastic bottles into high-quality products including but not limited to filament textile yarns, BOPET film, packaging and bottles.


Valerie Langer

Fibre Solutions Strategist | CanopyPlanet

Valerie Langer

Valerie Langer

Fibre Solutions Strategist | CanopyPlanet

Valerie Langer is the Fibre Solutions Strategist for non-profit environmental organization CanopyPlanet. Her focus is to accelerate commercial production of pulp and paper made with Next Generation alternative fibres. She has been engaged in forest conservation campaigns for over 30 years. Valerie pioneered the international market campaign strategy of influencing logging companies’ practices by engaging their commercial customer base and was a lead developer of the award-winning Great Bear Rainforest Ecosystem Based Management framework. Her work has directly contributed to the conservation of millions of hectares of biologically rich forest lands.


Giulio Bonazzi

President & CEO | Aquafil

Giulio Bonazzi

Giulio Bonazzi

President & CEO | Aquafil

Giulio Bonazzi has dedicated his career to evolving Aquafil S.p.A. into a leading player in the global carpet and textile materials industry. The company was founded by Bonazzi’s parents 50 years ago in Arco, Italy. An innovator and disruptor, he is transforming his family’s manufacturing business into a sustainable global enterprise. To achieve this vision, Bonazzi challenged the organization to develop a recycled nylon material by turning nylon trash into high-quality, beautiful fibres. Where others see waste, Bonazzi saw an opportunity. After several years of investment in R&D and a relentless pursuit of a new way to regenerate nylon, ECONYL® was born. Aquafil launched ECONYL® regenerated nylon in 2011 and today it is one of the most sought after materials in the world for fashion designers and carpet manufacturers.


Mark Herrema

CEO | Newlight Technologies

Mark Herrema

Mark Herrema

CEO | Newlight Technologies


Steven Bethell

President & Partner | Bank & Vogue

Steven Bethell

Steven Bethell

President & Partner | Bank & Vogue


Shelby Buso

Chief Sustainability Officer | City of Atlanta

Shelby Buso

Shelby Buso

Chief Sustainability Officer | City of Atlanta


Carlos Bosques

Vice President of R&D and Innovation | Evolved By Nature™

Carlos Bosques

Carlos Bosques

Vice President of R&D and Innovation | Evolved By Nature™


Ross Polk

Business & Product Development | Full Cycle Bioplastics

Ross Polk

Ross Polk

Business & Product Development | Full Cycle Bioplastics


Michele Bartolini

Senior Marketing Director | Sustana

Michele Bartolini

Michele Bartolini

Senior Marketing Director | Sustana


John Van Leeuwen

CEO | Universal Matter Inc

John Van Leeuwen

John Van Leeuwen

CEO | Universal Matter Inc


Meghan K. Olson

Business Development Lead, MycoComposite | Ecovative Design

Meghan K. Olson

Meghan K. Olson

Business Development Lead, MycoComposite | Ecovative Design


Abdulrahman Khogali

COO | Genecis

Abdulrahman Khogali

Abdulrahman Khogali

COO | Genecis


Hasitha de Alwis

Director of R&D | Genecis

Hasitha de Alwis

Hasitha de Alwis

Director of R&D | Genecis


Jan Dell

Independent Engineer | The Last Beach Cleanup

Jan Dell

Jan Dell

Independent Engineer | The Last Beach Cleanup


Michiel Scheffer

Program Manager Textile and Sustainability | Wageningen University & Research

Michiel Scheffer

Michiel Scheffer

Program Manager Textile and Sustainability | Wageningen University & Research


Mark Sunderland

Chief Sustainability Officer | Hemp Black

Mark Sunderland

Mark Sunderland

Chief Sustainability Officer | Hemp Black


Simon Balderson

Director | Sirane

Simon Balderson

Simon Balderson

Director | Sirane


Garry Kohl

Sr. Director R&D, Global Packaging Innovation for Snacks & Foods | PepsiCo

Garry Kohl

Garry Kohl

Sr. Director R&D, Global Packaging Innovation for Snacks & Foods | PepsiCo


Adrián López Velarde

Adrián López Velarde | DESSERTO

Adrián López Velarde

Adrián López Velarde

Adrián López Velarde | DESSERTO


Marte Arturo Cázarez Duarte

President | DESSERTO

Marte Arturo Cázarez Duarte

Marte Arturo Cázarez Duarte

President | DESSERTO


Traci Kinden

Founder | REvolve Waste

Traci Kinden

Traci Kinden

Founder | REvolve Waste


Scott Miller

Director, Business Development | The Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Scott Miller

Scott Miller

Director, Business Development | The Sustainable Apparel Coalition


Vincent Doumeizel

Director - Food Programme | Lloyd's Register Foundation

Vincent Doumeizel

Vincent Doumeizel

Director - Food Programme | Lloyd's Register Foundation


Julia Wetstein

Zero Waste Director US | Vegware Packaging, Inc

Julia Wetstein

Julia Wetstein

Zero Waste Director US | Vegware Packaging, Inc

Julia Wetstein is the former Assistant Dean of Agriculture from Southern Illinois University. Since 2014, Julia has been the Zero Waste Director for Vegware Packaging, Inc, the US arm of the Vegware brand based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Julia is a member of the US Composting Council, serves on two working groups for Biodegradable Products Institute, BPI and is an advisor to the Compost Manufacturing Alliance. She had helped many US corporations implement zero-waste-to-landfill employee cafeterias.


Lucy Frankel

Environmental and Communications Director | Vegware

Lucy	Frankel

Lucy Frankel

Environmental and Communications Director | Vegware


Bob Powell

CEO & Founder | Brightmark

Bob Powell

Bob Powell

CEO & Founder | Brightmark


Willem Hamersma

Product Management LNP | SABIC Innovative Plastics B.V.

Willem Hamersma

Willem Hamersma

Product Management LNP | SABIC Innovative Plastics B.V.


Karla Magruder

CEO | Accelerating Circularity

Karla Magruder

Karla Magruder

CEO | Accelerating Circularity


Stephanie Lavelle

Environmental consultant/Chair the Plastic Special Interest Group | Sea Sanctuaries Trust & IMarEST

Stephanie Lavelle

Stephanie Lavelle

Environmental consultant/Chair the Plastic Special Interest Group | Sea Sanctuaries Trust & IMarEST


Robert Lou

CEO | MI TERRO

Robert Lou

Robert Lou

CEO | MI TERRO


Sam Deconinck

Deputy Lab Manager | OWS nv

Sam Deconinck

Sam Deconinck

Deputy Lab Manager | OWS nv


Ian Rosenburger

CEO & Founder | First Mile & Thread

Ian Rosenburger

Ian Rosenburger

CEO & Founder | First Mile & Thread


Lawrence Lenihan

Chairman and Co-Founder | Resonance Companies

Lawrence Lenihan

Lawrence Lenihan

Chairman and Co-Founder | Resonance Companies


Viirj Kan

CEO | Primitives Biodesign

Viirj Kan

Viirj Kan

CEO | Primitives Biodesign


Aman Khan

CEO & Founder | Sycomo.re

Aman Khan

Aman Khan

CEO & Founder | Sycomo.re


Mike Newman

CEO | Returnity Innovations

Mike Newman

Mike Newman

CEO | Returnity Innovations


William Horner

Founder & President | Single Use Solutions

William Horner

William Horner

Founder & President | Single Use Solutions


Beth Cormier

Vice President Research, Development and Sustainability | Sappi North America

Beth Cormier

Beth Cormier

Vice President Research, Development and Sustainability | Sappi North America


Tricia Carey

Director Global Business Development - Denim at Lenzing Fibers | Lenzing Group

Tricia Carey

Tricia Carey

Director Global Business Development - Denim at Lenzing Fibers | Lenzing Group


John Felts

CEO | Cruz Foam

John Felts

John Felts

CEO | Cruz Foam


Jocelyn Doucet

CEO | Pyrowave

Jocelyn Doucet

Jocelyn Doucet

CEO | Pyrowave


Bruno Perira

Chief Sustainability Officer | BioLogiQ

Bruno Perira

Bruno Perira

Chief Sustainability Officer | BioLogiQ


Ruth Farrell

Global Marketing Director, Textiles | Eastman

Ruth Farrell

Ruth Farrell

Global Marketing Director, Textiles | Eastman


Branson Richie

Director, Technology Development & Implementation | New Materials Institute, University of Georgia

Branson Richie

Branson Richie

Director, Technology Development & Implementation | New Materials Institute, University of Georgia


Tyler Whale

VP Agriculture | BioFusion

Tyler Whale

Tyler Whale

VP Agriculture | BioFusion

Tyler has extensive experience in agriculture, academia, technology commercialization, entrepreneurship and network development.  Raised in dairy farming, he has earned a PhD (immunology) and an MBA, founded 2 companies and helped to optimize the potential of many innovative ventures in agri-tech. Tyler’s focus with BioFusion’s technology is to create game-changing progress through a commercial and technology based lens.


Martin Ekenbark

Project Manager - Circular Innovation LAB | H&M Group

Martin Ekenbark

Martin Ekenbark

Project Manager - Circular Innovation LAB | H&M Group

Martin started his innovation journey at the royal school of technology in Stockholm and has since then worked with mechanical engineering and material development for both IKEA and H&M. After building up and heading the engineering department within global expansion he joined the H&M group global sustainability department last year to help build up the Circular Innovation Lab.


David Newman

Managing Director | Bio-based and Biodegradable Industries Association (BBIA)

David Newman

David Newman

Managing Director | Bio-based and Biodegradable Industries Association (BBIA)


Nicole Rycroft

Founder and Executive Director | Canopy

Nicole Rycroft

Nicole Rycroft

Founder and Executive Director | Canopy


Malte Biss

Gründer | Flustix

Malte Biss

Malte Biss

Gründer | Flustix


Kilian P. Hochrein

Product Stewardship, Fabrics Divison | W.L.Gore & Associates

Kilian P. Hochrein

Kilian P. Hochrein

Product Stewardship, Fabrics Divison | W.L.Gore & Associates


Delphine Lévi Alvarès

European Coordinator of the #BreakFreeFromPlastic movement and Coordinator of the 'Rethink Plastic' Alliance | Zero Waste Europe

Delphine Lévi Alvarès

Delphine Lévi Alvarès

European Coordinator of the #BreakFreeFromPlastic movement and Coordinator of the 'Rethink Plastic' Alliance | Zero Waste Europe


Kristy-Barbara Lange

Head of Public Affairs | APK AG

Kristy-Barbara Lange

Kristy-Barbara Lange

Head of Public Affairs | APK AG

Kristy-Barbara Lange is Head of Public Affairs at APK AG an innovative recycling company from Merseburg, Germany. Kristy is responsible for stakeholder management, communications and strategic cooperations. Before joining APK in March 2020 she worked nearly 10 years for European Bioplastics as Head of Regulatory Affairs and Deputy Managing Director. Prior to her engagement in the bioplastics sector, she managed PA and PR projects in international agencies with a focus on infrastructure and (renewable) energy. Kristy holds a Master of Political Sciences from Heidelberg University, Germany.


Klaus Wohnig

CEO | APK AG

Klaus Wohnig

Klaus Wohnig

CEO | APK AG

Klaus Wohnig joined Merseburg-based recycling company APK AG in 2012. In his capacity as CEO, he is positioning APK AG and its innovative Newcycling® technology – a solvent-based physical recycling process for polyolefin-based packaging – within the acutely changing recycling and plastics packaging industry. APK’s technology aims to close material cycles for products that were deemed ‚not recyclable‘ up to now. Klaus Wohnig is a member of the board of the BDE (Federal Association of the German Disposal, Water and Raw Materials Industry) as well as of the Plastics Recycling Committee of the base (Federal Association of the German Recycling Industry). Furthermore, APK is involved in  Plastics Recyclers Europe, CEFLEX and the New Plastics Economy of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation


Lucy van Keulen

Commercial Director | Umincorp

Lucy van Keulen

Lucy van Keulen

Commercial Director | Umincorp


Blai López Rius

Researcher in Composites Department | AIMPLAS

Blai López Rius

Blai López Rius

Researcher in Composites Department | AIMPLAS


Patrik Lundström

CEO | Renewcell

Patrik Lundström

Patrik Lundström

CEO | Renewcell

Mr. Lundström is an experienced industrial executive that joined re:newcell as CEO in 2019, having previously served as Chairman of the Board of Directors at the company. He has lead numerous industrial growth projects in executive positions at companies such as DSM and General Electric both in Sweden and internationally. Mr. Lundström holds an M Sc in Chemical Engineering from KTH and an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics.


Jane Muncke

Managing Director and Chief Scientific Officer | Food Packaging Forum

Jane Muncke

Jane Muncke

Managing Director and Chief Scientific Officer | Food Packaging Forum


Michael Delle Selve

Senior Communications Manager | FEVE – The European Container Glass Federation

Michael Delle Selve

Michael Delle Selve

Senior Communications Manager | FEVE – The European Container Glass Federation


Hanna de la Motte

Programmes Director | Mistra Future Fashion

Hanna de la Motte

Hanna de la Motte

Programmes Director | Mistra Future Fashion


Linus Mueller

IP/R&D Coordinator | Circular Systems

Linus Mueller

Linus Mueller

IP/R&D Coordinator | Circular Systems


Patrick Verhelst

Chief Marketing Officer | Elopak

Patrick Verhelst

Patrick Verhelst

Chief Marketing Officer | Elopak


Marko Kärkkäinen

Chief Commercial Officer - Global | Clewat Inc.

Marko Kärkkäinen

Marko Kärkkäinen

Chief Commercial Officer - Global | Clewat Inc.


Petra Inghelbrecht

Global Sustainability Manager | Ineos Styrolution

Petra Inghelbrecht

Petra Inghelbrecht

Global Sustainability Manager | Ineos Styrolution


Christian Crépet

Executive Director | PETCORE Europe

Christian Crépet

Christian Crépet

Executive Director | PETCORE Europe


Dr Gayatri Keskar

Head of Research | Material ConneXion

Dr Gayatri Keskar

Dr Gayatri Keskar

Head of Research | Material ConneXion


Felipe Villela

CEO & Co-Founder | reNature

Felipe Villela

Felipe Villela

CEO & Co-Founder | reNature


Ralf Ponicki

Director UPM Formi | UPM Biocomposites

Ralf Ponicki

Ralf Ponicki

Director UPM Formi | UPM Biocomposites


Helmut Schmitz

Director of Communication & Public Affairs | Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Holding GmbH

Helmut Schmitz

Helmut Schmitz

Director of Communication & Public Affairs | Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Holding GmbH


Nicole Bendsen

Secretariat of the PREVENT Waste Alliance | GIZ

Nicole Bendsen

Nicole Bendsen

Secretariat of the PREVENT Waste Alliance | GIZ

Nicole Bendsen has been working for GIZ in international development cooperation for nearly ten years. In her current position, as secretariat of the PREVENT Waste Alliance, she coordinates a network of over 85 member organisations from civil society, academia and both the private and public sectors. The members of PREVENT have committed to jointly work towards a functioning circular economy, especially in low- and middle-income countries. As a zero waste advocate, Nicole is dedicated to finding long-term solutions to the growing waste problem worldwide- both professionally and in her personal life.


Stuart Hayward-Higham

Technical Development Director | Suez

Stuart Hayward-Higham

Stuart Hayward-Higham

Technical Development Director | Suez


Andy Sweetman

Sales & Marketing Manager | Futamura

Andy Sweetman

Andy Sweetman

Sales & Marketing Manager | Futamura


Karin Molenveld

Expertise leader Sustainable Plastics Technology | Wageningen Food & Biobased Research

Karin Molenveld

Karin Molenveld

Expertise leader Sustainable Plastics Technology | Wageningen Food & Biobased Research


Beth Simpson

Senior Consultant in Waste & Resource Sustainability | Anthesis Group

Beth Simpson

Beth Simpson

Senior Consultant in Waste & Resource Sustainability | Anthesis Group


Ramani Narayan

Proffessor, Department of Chemical Engineering & Material Science | Michigan State University

Ramani Narayan

Ramani Narayan

Proffessor, Department of Chemical Engineering & Material Science | Michigan State University


Karolina Brabcova

Plastics and toxic chemicals expert | Arnika Association

Karolina Brabcova

Karolina Brabcova

Plastics and toxic chemicals expert | Arnika Association


Insiya Jafferjee

CEO | The Shellworks

Insiya Jafferjee

Insiya Jafferjee

CEO | The Shellworks


Miriam Gallur

Head of New Advanced Materials Technological Research Group | ITENE

Miriam Gallur

Miriam Gallur

Head of New Advanced Materials Technological Research Group | ITENE


Dr Christian Haessler

SVP & Head of Circular Economy Program | Covestro

Dr Christian Haessler

Dr Christian Haessler

SVP & Head of Circular Economy Program | Covestro


Tara Luckman

Sustainable Fashion Consultant | Flourish CSR

Tara	Luckman

Tara Luckman

Sustainable Fashion Consultant | Flourish CSR


Henry le Fleming

Assistant Director, Sustainability and Climate Change | Sustainability Analytics

Henry le Fleming

Henry le Fleming

Assistant Director, Sustainability and Climate Change | Sustainability Analytics


Tamara Thomas

Director of Research – Head of RPET/PET | Wood Mackenzie

Tamara Thomas

Tamara Thomas

Director of Research – Head of RPET/PET | Wood Mackenzie


Matanya Horowitz

Founder | AMP Robotics

Matanya Horowitz

Matanya Horowitz

Founder | AMP Robotics


Prof María Carmen Garrigós

Department of Analytical Chemistry, Nutrition & Food Sciences | University of Alicante

Prof María Carmen Garrigós

Prof María Carmen Garrigós

Department of Analytical Chemistry, Nutrition & Food Sciences | University of Alicante


Anna Preut

Researcher | Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML

Anna Preut

Anna Preut

Researcher | Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML


Hans-Josef Endres

Institute Director | Institut fur Kunststoff-und Kreislauftechnik

Hans-Josef Endres

Hans-Josef Endres

Institute Director | Institut fur Kunststoff-und Kreislauftechnik


Richard Ali

Vice President Public Affairs | Huhtamaki

Richard Ali

Richard Ali

Vice President Public Affairs | Huhtamaki


Liesl Truscott

Director - Europe and Materials Strategy | Textile Exchange

Liesl	Truscott

Liesl Truscott

Director - Europe and Materials Strategy | Textile Exchange


Douglas Johnson-Poensgen

Founder & CEO | Circulor

Douglas Johnson-Poensgen

Douglas Johnson-Poensgen

Founder & CEO | Circulor

Douglas Johnson-Poensgen is co-founder and CEO of Circulor (www.circulor.com)

Circulor is using blockchain, IoT and AI to bring transparency to raw materials supply chains and is a recent graduate of the PnP programme in Silicon Valley.  Now three years old, the business has customers like Daimler, Volvo, Boeing, LG Chem and CATL.

Doug has 25 years international experience working both in MD roles for large corporates (Barclays, BT) as well as starting and growing companies (Snapdragon, ISD, Cadence). He started his career as a bomb disposal officer.

Outside work he is a keen cyclist, oenophile and over-enthusiastic early adopter of gadgets.


Shachar Richter

Professor | Cine'al / CapitalNano

Shachar Richter

Shachar Richter

Professor | Cine'al / CapitalNano


Oliver Borek

Managing Director | Mura

Oliver Borek

Oliver Borek

Managing Director | Mura


Janne Poranen

CEO | Spinnova

Janne Poranen

Janne Poranen

CEO | Spinnova


Volker Krümpel

VGeneral Counsel and Compliance Officer | Minespider

Volker Krümpel

Volker Krümpel

VGeneral Counsel and Compliance Officer | Minespider


Birgit Klockenhoff

Project Engineer Advanced Materials, | Daimler

Birgit Klockenhoff

Birgit Klockenhoff

Project Engineer Advanced Materials, | Daimler


Mark Hoff

Partner, Sustainability | ERM

Mark Hoff

Mark Hoff

Partner, Sustainability | ERM


Norbert Schmitz

Managing Director | ISCC System GmbH

Norbert Schmitz

Norbert Schmitz

Managing Director | ISCC System GmbH


Dr. Antje Lieske

Head of Department Polymer Synthesis | Fraunhofer IAP

Dr. Antje Lieske

Dr. Antje Lieske

Head of Department Polymer Synthesis | Fraunhofer IAP


Sabine Feuerer

CEO | SF Design

Sabine Feuerer

Sabine Feuerer

CEO | SF Design


Viirj Kan

CEO | Primitives Biodesign

Viirj Kan

Viirj Kan

CEO | Primitives Biodesign


Carlos Monreal

CEO | Plastic Energy

Carlos Monreal

Carlos Monreal

CEO | Plastic Energy


Wilhelm Myrer

Founder & CEO | Empower.eco

Wilhelm Myrer

Wilhelm Myrer

Founder & CEO | Empower.eco


Cyndi Rhoades

Founder | Worn Again Technologies

Cyndi Rhoades

Cyndi Rhoades

Founder | Worn Again Technologies


Satwik Mudgal

Senior Consultant | Quantis

Satwik Mudgal

Satwik Mudgal

Senior Consultant | Quantis


Dr. Stephan Kabasci

Head of Department Bio-Based Plastics | Fraunhofer UMSICHT

Dr. Stephan Kabasci

Dr. Stephan Kabasci

Head of Department Bio-Based Plastics | Fraunhofer UMSICHT


Athan Fox

Founder | Ever Resource Ltd

Athan Fox

Athan Fox

Founder | Ever Resource Ltd


Ioana Popescu

Programme Manager | ECOS

Ioana Popescu

Ioana Popescu

Programme Manager | ECOS


Julian Reuter

Managing Director & Co-founder | out for space

Julian Reuter

Julian Reuter

Managing Director & Co-founder | out for space


Markku Hamalainen

CEO | Kotkamills Oy

Markku Hamalainen

Markku Hamalainen

CEO | Kotkamills Oy


Daniel Odenthal

Founder | Arcus Greencycling GmbH

Daniel Odenthal

Daniel Odenthal

Founder | Arcus Greencycling GmbH


Eric Zhang

Founder & CEO | Biofiber Tech Sweden

Eric Zhang

Eric Zhang

Founder & CEO | Biofiber Tech Sweden


Antti Valtonen

Head of Marketing & Communications | Sulapac

Antti Valtonen

Antti Valtonen

Head of Marketing & Communications | Sulapac


Johannes Auer

EHS Manager | Siemens AG

Johannes	Auer

Johannes Auer

EHS Manager | Siemens AG


Andreas Jenne

Head of Sustainability | REHAU Group

Andreas Jenne

Andreas Jenne

Head of Sustainability | REHAU Group


Christian Schiller

Co-Founder & CEO | Cirplus

Christian	Schiller

Christian Schiller

Co-Founder & CEO | Cirplus


Raphael Bardet

Head of Business Line, Food | Ahlstrom-Munksjo

Raphael Bardet

Raphael Bardet

Head of Business Line, Food | Ahlstrom-Munksjo


Sascha Schriever

Head of Chemical Technologies for Textile and Fibre Innovations | ITA Technologietransfer GmbH - ITA Institute of RWTH Aachen

Sascha Schriever

Sascha Schriever

Head of Chemical Technologies for Textile and Fibre Innovations | ITA Technologietransfer GmbH - ITA Institute of RWTH Aachen


Fanya Ismail

CEO | SGMA (Sol-Gel Coatings & Advanced Materials Ltd)

Fanya Ismail

Fanya Ismail

CEO | SGMA (Sol-Gel Coatings & Advanced Materials Ltd)


Wilma Kleefsmann

Global Strategy Director | Waste2wear

Wilma Kleefsmann

Wilma Kleefsmann

Global Strategy Director | Waste2wear


Ke Wang

Knowledge Lead | Platform for Accelerating The Circular Economy (PACE)

Ke Wang

Ke Wang

Knowledge Lead | Platform for Accelerating The Circular Economy (PACE)


Bettina Siggelkow

Program Manager EcoCircle | Clariant

Bettina Siggelkow

Bettina Siggelkow

Program Manager EcoCircle | Clariant


Paul Gilligan

Co-founder/Director | Magical Mushroom Co

Paul Gilligan

Paul Gilligan

Co-founder/Director | Magical Mushroom Co


Dr Marco Ricci

Coordinator | Consorzio Italiano Compostatori (CIC)

Dr Marco Ricci

Dr Marco Ricci

Coordinator | Consorzio Italiano Compostatori (CIC)


Niels van Marle

Packaging Expert | Netherlands Institute of Sustainable Packaging (KIDV)

Niels van Marle

Niels van Marle

Packaging Expert | Netherlands Institute of Sustainable Packaging (KIDV)


Sanjay Patel

Founding Partner | The Packaging Collective

Sanjay Patel

Sanjay Patel

Founding Partner | The Packaging Collective


Jack (Tato) Bigio

Co-Founder, Israel CEO | UBQ Materials

Jack (Tato) Bigio

Jack (Tato) Bigio

Co-Founder, Israel CEO | UBQ Materials


Dr Thomas Stegmaier

Department head and deputy head of the institute | Centre of Excellence Technical Textiles Denkendorf (DITF)

Dr Thomas Stegmaier

Dr Thomas Stegmaier

Department head and deputy head of the institute | Centre of Excellence Technical Textiles Denkendorf (DITF)


Dr Raquel Prado

Sustainability and Research Manager | Ananas Anam

Dr Raquel Prado

Dr Raquel Prado

Sustainability and Research Manager | Ananas Anam


Dr Laura Gottardo

Team Leader - Fibres, Filaments and Felts - Research & Technology | Autoneum Management AG

Dr Laura Gottardo

Dr Laura Gottardo

Team Leader - Fibres, Filaments and Felts - Research & Technology | Autoneum Management AG


Chris Waterhouse

Managing Director | iDi Pac Ltd

Chris Waterhouse

Chris Waterhouse

Managing Director | iDi Pac Ltd


Bas Froon

Co-Founder | Unseam & 3D Jellyfish Leather

Bas Froon

Bas Froon

Co-Founder | Unseam & 3D Jellyfish Leather


Oliver Ehlert

Product Manager | DIN CERTCO Society for Conformity Assessment mbH

Oliver Ehlert

Oliver Ehlert

Product Manager | DIN CERTCO Society for Conformity Assessment mbH


Erwin Vink

Senior Sustainability Manager | NatureWorks

Erwin Vink

Erwin Vink

Senior Sustainability Manager | NatureWorks


Sophie Mather

Managing Director/Material Futurist | The Microfiber Consortium/Biov8tion

Sophie Mather

Sophie Mather

Managing Director/Material Futurist | The Microfiber Consortium/Biov8tion

As a reputable thought leader on Sustainable Innovation, Sophie Mather, co-founder and Managing Director of The Microfibre Consortium* (TMC) brings a depth of first-hand experience, innovative thinking and network to the industry challenge of fibre fragmentation release within the clothing industry.
Compelled by her textile engineering curiosity to understand the trigger causing fibre release,
she crowdfunded early research in 2016 which drew the attention of many brands, retailers and suppliers. This enabled founding funding from The European Outdoor Group this later spun out into a standalone non-profit organisation in 2018 and now operates TMC with around 40 outdoor, sport, fashion and home textile brand members. TMC facilitates the development of practical solutions for the textile industry to minimise fibre fragmentation release to the environment from textile manufacturing and product life cycle.
Sophie is a renowned and inspirational speaker delivering thought provoking ideas and challenging
her audiences from platforms such as the TEDx stage, UK parliamentary forums, industry
conferences and most recently to HRH The Prince of Wales.
*Founded by the Outdoor Industry, executing within Outdoor, Sport, Fashion and Home

Sophie Mather, Material Futurist and founder of biov8tion, inspires and facilitates sustainable material disruption across the textile industry, working collaboratively to unlock fresh opportunities. Sophie’s work brings strategy, vision, deep technical expertise and a vast network gained from two decades of cross-industry, on the ground experience in Europe, USA and Asia.
Bringing a distinct ability to demystify complex ideas, challenges and technologies, she enables big-thinking values-led leaders, to think boldly, act responsibly and capture commercial opportunities. Sophie’s cross-industry, global clients, partners and audiences include world renowned brands and retailers, government sector supply chain, academia and non-profit organisations.
Over the last decade, a selection of the work Sophie has delivered through the biov8tion platform has included driving the topic of microfibre release from clothing, via founding roles in #DontFeedTheFish and The Microfibre Consortium, the facilitation, development and leadership of Textile Exchange’s BioSynthetics working group and design and development of WRAP’s Clothing Knowledge Hub.
Prior to founding biov8tion, Sophie served as Global Director of Advanced Materials for Nike USA, following roles in innovation for Nike Asia. Focusing on sustainability and innovation, she regularly challenges and inspires audiences via conferences, media and keynote speaking, expert commentary, mentoring and lecturing.


Anne Uusitalo

Product Safety and Sustainability Director | Metsa Group

Anne Uusitalo

Anne Uusitalo

Product Safety and Sustainability Director | Metsa Group


Thomas Bak Thellesen

Director Group Sustainability & External Affairs | Faerch Group

Thomas Bak Thellesen

Thomas Bak Thellesen

Director Group Sustainability & External Affairs | Faerch Group


Jeremiah Dutton

Head of Sales & Marketing | Trifilon AB

Jeremiah	Dutton

Jeremiah Dutton

Head of Sales & Marketing | Trifilon AB


Lucy Mortimer

Partner | Archipelago Eco Investors

Lucy	Mortimer

Lucy Mortimer

Partner | Archipelago Eco Investors


Robbie Staniforth

Head of Policy | Ecosurety

Robbie Staniforth

Robbie Staniforth

Head of Policy | Ecosurety


Dr. Dennis Bankmann

Global Business Development Manager Circular Economy | Henkel

Dr. Dennis Bankmann

Dr. Dennis Bankmann

Global Business Development Manager Circular Economy | Henkel


Ina Budde

Founder | circular.fashion

Ina Budde

Ina Budde

Founder | circular.fashion


Claudius Jaeger

Sales Director Europe | Digimarc GmbH

Claudius Jaeger

Claudius Jaeger

Sales Director Europe | Digimarc GmbH


Trevor Davis

Head of Marketing Consumer Products | Borealis AG

Trevor Davis

Trevor Davis

Head of Marketing Consumer Products | Borealis AG


David Rüßmann

Manager Circular Economy | Tomra Sorting GmbH

David Rüßmann

David Rüßmann

Manager Circular Economy | Tomra Sorting GmbH


Willemijn Peeters

CEO | Searious Business

Willemijn Peeters

Willemijn Peeters

CEO | Searious Business


Marcel Arsand

Head of Sustainability for Ball Beverage Packaging EMEA | Ball Beverage Packaging Europe

Marcel Arsand

Marcel Arsand

Head of Sustainability for Ball Beverage Packaging EMEA | Ball Beverage Packaging Europe


Andreas Grabitz

Business Unit Manager Packaging Materials | Eurofins Consumer Product Testing GmbH

Andreas Grabitz

Andreas Grabitz

Business Unit Manager Packaging Materials | Eurofins Consumer Product Testing GmbH


Dr. Christian Weilach

Global R&D | Lenzing

Dr. Christian Weilach

Dr. Christian Weilach

Global R&D | Lenzing


Dirk Wens

President | Belgian BioPackaging Association (BBP)

Dirk Wens

Dirk Wens

President | Belgian BioPackaging Association (BBP)


Christian Lenges

Business Development BioMaterials | DuPont Industrial Biosciences

Christian Lenges

Christian Lenges

Business Development BioMaterials | DuPont Industrial Biosciences


Lucienne Damm

Senior Environmental Manager | TUI Cruises

Lucienne Damm

Lucienne Damm

Senior Environmental Manager | TUI Cruises


Maurizio Crippa

CEO | Gr3n Recycling

Maurizio Crippa

Maurizio Crippa

CEO | Gr3n Recycling


Lara Dammer

Head of Department Economy & Policy | nova-Institute

Lara Dammer

Lara Dammer

Head of Department Economy & Policy | nova-Institute


Michael Carus

Founder and managing director | nova-Institute

Michael Carus

Michael Carus

Founder and managing director | nova-Institute


Jukka Valkama

CEO | Plafco Fibertech Ltd.

Jukka Valkama

Jukka Valkama

CEO | Plafco Fibertech Ltd.


Mauro Scalia

Director Sustainable Businesses | The European Apparel and Textile Confederation (EURATEX)

Mauro Scalia

Mauro Scalia

Director Sustainable Businesses | The European Apparel and Textile Confederation (EURATEX)


Steven IJzerman

Quality Manager | Udea

Steven IJzerman

Steven IJzerman

Quality Manager | Udea


Joachim Kircher

Senior Consultant | Denkstatt GmbH

Joachim Kircher

Joachim Kircher

Senior Consultant | Denkstatt GmbH


Kay Tseng

Assistant Marketing Manager | Leezen Company Limited

Kay Tseng

Kay Tseng

Assistant Marketing Manager | Leezen Company Limited


Jenni Kärkkäinen

Principal, Packaging | AFRY (Formerly known as Pöyry)

Jenni Kärkkäinen

Jenni Kärkkäinen

Principal, Packaging | AFRY (Formerly known as Pöyry)


Susan Harris

Technical Director | Anthesis Group

Susan Harris

Susan Harris

Technical Director | Anthesis Group


George Kellie

Chairman | Kellie Solutions

George Kellie

George Kellie

Chairman | Kellie Solutions


Claudia Amos

Technical Director | Anthesis Group

Claudia Amos

Claudia Amos

Technical Director | Anthesis Group


Al Overton

Buying Director | Planet Organic

Al Overton

Al Overton

Buying Director | Planet Organic


Eric Vogel

CMO | NAECO

Eric Vogel

Eric Vogel

CMO | NAECO


Damir Perkic

CEO | BE O

Damir Perkic

Damir Perkic

CEO | BE O


Małgorzata Then

CEO | Biotrem

Małgorzata Then

Małgorzata Then

CEO | Biotrem


Giovanni Fantoni Modena

Co-founder | Valuebin

Giovanni Fantoni Modena

Giovanni Fantoni Modena

Co-founder | Valuebin


Dermot Brady

CEO | AB Packaging

Dermot Brady

Dermot Brady

CEO | AB Packaging


Bernd Keller

Founder | tRUE STANDARD

Bernd Keller

Bernd Keller

Founder | tRUE STANDARD


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