2019 Speakers

George Kellie

Chairman | Kellie Solutions

George Kellie

George Kellie

Chairman | Kellie Solutions

Dr George Kellie is chairman of KellieTechnologies, a leading UK marketing and technology company. His businesses have been in existence for nearly 20 years and boast a strong reputation and expertise in composites, non-wovens, plastics and sustainability strategies. KellieTechnologies has been particularly active in the field of non-wovens materials, working on specific applications and generating detailed market assessment and data. Recent work has included submissions on nanotechnology to the UK House of Lords Science & Technology Committee. George is the editor of Advances in Technical Nonwovens, 1st Edition recently published by Elsevier. In the automotive field, KellieSolutions has been active in areas as diverse as engineered thermoformed components, use of bioplastics and recycled materials and composite materials for thermal and acoustic insulation. In packaging, this world-renowned expert has additionally published a series of groundbreaking reviews on non-wovens in packaging.


Sian Sutherland

Co-Founder | A Plastic Planet

Sian Sutherland

Sian Sutherland

Co-Founder | A Plastic Planet

Igniting social change, creating brands, campaigns and businesses with soul are among Siân’s overriding passions. The recipient of multiple awards, including ‘Female Marketer of the Year’, ‘CEW Achiever Award’, ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ and ‘British Inventor of the Year’, Siân is a serial entrepreneur with a varied background in advertising, Michelin Star restaurants, film production and brand creation design agencies. In 2017, she and Frederikke Magnussen founded ‘A Plastic Planet’, a global social Impact movement with a single goal: to ignite and inspire the world to ‘turn off the plastic tap’. As entrepreneurs, Siân and Frederikke bring a different, fresh pro-business approach to environmental issues. A Plastic Planet is highly vocal in representing the public’s right for plastic-free choice, working collaboratively with industry, retailers, governments, legislators and the United Nations to accelerate the pace of change at all levels. From ‘hack-athons’ for Unilever to the ‘Plastic Free Aisle’ campaign, A Plastic Planet has created a global impact in just two years.


Kristy-Barbara Lange

Deputy Managing Director | European Bioplastics

Kristy-Barbara Lange

Kristy-Barbara Lange

Deputy Managing Director | European Bioplastics

Kristy-Barbara Lange is the deputy managing director of European Bioplastics (EUBP), the association representing the interests of the thriving bioplastics industry in Europe. She originally joined the EUBP in 2010 as head of communication and since 2014 has been representing the organization in Brussels, focusing on regulatory affairs and networking with the various European institutions. She holds a masters degree in Political Sciences from Heidelberg University, Germany.


Henry le Fleming

Assistant Director, Sustainability and Climate Change | PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

Henry le Fleming

Henry le Fleming

Assistant Director, Sustainability and Climate Change | PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

Henry is an assistant director in the Sustainability and Climate Change team with 20 years of business and environmental consulting experience. Henry has been working with leading consumer products companies to address waste and recycling as well as drive wider circular economy approaches across their value chains.

Henry has helped companies develop plastic foot printing methodologies to assess their use of materials. These have helped organisations understand the scale of the problem in their supply chain, in their own operations and in consumer use of the products after they have been sold.

He has led projects to analyse alternatives to existing plastics and develop strategies to reduce the environmental impacts from these materials. This has included assessment of the impact on environmental and financial performance of different materials strategies, including forecasting changes in costs under different regulatory scenarios.


Nicole Rycroft

Founder and Executive Director | Canopy

Nicole Rycroft

Nicole Rycroft

Founder and Executive Director | Canopy

Nicole Rycroft leads the strategic direction of award-winning not-for-profit Canopy. Fueled by a deep commitment to social justice and passion for wild places, Nicole strives for the creation of a compassionate society where our natural world is respected and valued beyond its resource values. A firm believer that we could be doing things in a fundamentally smarter way, Nicole is committed to ensuring that the power of the global market place leverages tangible eco-solutions, a green economy and tangible conservation gains for the world’s forests, species, climate and frontline communities. Well known for greening the Harry Potter books, Nicole and her team have worked to transform unsustainable global supply chains and green the purchasing practices of more than 750 large companies including Penguin Random House, Zara, H&M.  Nicole is an Ashoka Fellow, Meritorious Service Cross of Canada recipient, Canadian Environment Award Gold Medal winner, and recognized with numerous industry awards.


Werner Bosmans

Directorate General Environment | European Commission

Werner Bosmans

Werner Bosmans

Directorate General Environment | European Commission

Werner Bosmans, a Belgian national, graduated as a Bio-engineer at the University of Ghent, Belgium, and obtained a Ph.D. in international economics in Montpellier, France. He also holds a degree in Public Management.

After undertaken research at the University of Ghent and at the Belgium Ministry of Agriculture, he worked as assistant to the Secretary-General of the Belgian and then Flemish Ministry of Agriculture. He is also a part-time professor at the ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles).

In 2005, he joined the Directorate-General Environment of the European Commission in Brussels. He was responsible for Natural Resource policies, promoting life-cycle thinking to reduce environmental impacts. He helped setting up the International Resource Panel together with UNEP. He is one of the authors of the Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe and coordinated the European Resource Efficiency Platform (EREP) and work around the Circular Economy. The last years, he focused on developing the Plastics Strategy and the Directive related on single use plastics in order to reduce marine litter.


Augusto Garzon

Global Innovation Director | Unilever

Augusto Garzon

Augusto Garzon

Global Innovation Director | Unilever

Augusto has over 20 years experience leading purposeful brands across beverages and personal care products working in brands like Coca Cola, Rexona and Dove. In the last 17 years, he has worked for Unilever in different regional and global roles across in Latino America, US and currently in the UK. His current focus is on making “sustainable zero-waste” living desirable and accessible.


Kanako Hasegawa

Associate Programme Officer | United Nations Environment Programme

Kanako Hasegawa

Kanako Hasegawa

Associate Programme Officer | United Nations Environment Programme

Kanako Hasegawa is an Associate Programme Officer at the Terrestrial Species Team of the Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS). Previously, she worked as an Associate Programme Officer for the Global Partnership for Marine Litter of the Global Programme of Action and for the Regional Seas Programme of the UN Environment Programme.


Stephen Jamieson

Head of Sustainable Business Innovation, Northern Europe’ | SAP

Stephen Jamieson

Stephen Jamieson

Head of Sustainable Business Innovation, Northern Europe’ | SAP


Helen Bird

Strategic Engagement Manager | WRAP

Helen Bird

Helen Bird

Strategic Engagement Manager | WRAP

Helen Bird has worked in resource management for more than 11 years and has been at WRAP for nine years but has always had a passion for sustainability and recycling in particular. Her experience and expertise covers local authority collections, sorting and reprocessing and on-pack recycling information. She oversees The UK Plastics Pact – a whole-chain approach to tackling the issue of plastic waste.


Jürgen Dornheim

Section Head Packaging Capability | Procter & Gamble Service GmbH

Jürgen Dornheim

Jürgen Dornheim

Section Head Packaging Capability | Procter & Gamble Service GmbH

Jürgen is Section Head in P&G’s global packaging organization with a focus on innovation and sustainability.
In present days engaged in assessing new technologies, materials and concepts to realize P&G’s Global ambitious sustainability goals.
Representing P&G in various European Industry associations and expert panels.


Michelle Legatt

Materials Innovation Engineer | Patagonia

Michelle Legatt

Michelle Legatt

Materials Innovation Engineer | Patagonia

As a Materials Innovation Engineer at Patagonia Inc, Michelle Legatt researches, identifies and supports the development of novel polymers that reduce the environmental impact and/or increase the performance and comfort of Patagonia’s products. Prior to Patagonia, Michelle spent 11 years at 3M developing new technologies and products.


Christine Schütz

Project Manager – Materials and Manufacturing processes | Volkswagen AG

Christine Schütz

Christine Schütz

Project Manager – Materials and Manufacturing processes | Volkswagen AG

Dr. Christine Schütz studied chemistry, music and pedagogics in Rostock and Umea (Sweden). Since she has completed her PhD thesis on a polymer research topic she works as a project manager in the Materials Design department of Volkswagen AG Group Research. Her activities are focused on research on new sustainable material approaches for automotive applications.


Steven Eschig

Project Leader | Fraunhofer WKI

Steven Eschig

Steven Eschig

Project Leader | Fraunhofer WKI

Steven Eschig has a diploma in chemistry from the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany. His PhD he received in 2014. Since 2014 he is working as a project manager at Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut (WKI), Braunschweig. Currently he is working in the field of switchable and functionalized polymers.


Paulo Mirpuri

President of Hi Fly and the Mirpuri Foundation | Hi Fly

Paulo Mirpuri

Paulo Mirpuri

President of Hi Fly and the Mirpuri Foundation | Hi Fly

Paulo Mirpuri was appointed President and CEO of Hi Fly in 2005 and has led the airline through a highly successful period of growth. Over the past 28 years, he has accumulated a wealth of expertise in the aviation industry, having held top management positions at several other airlines, as well as in the support side of the industry, including aircraft trading, inflight catering units, aircraft handling and maintenance organizations.


Kirsi Seppäläinen

VP, Strategic projects | Stora Enso

Kirsi Seppäläinen

Kirsi Seppäläinen

VP, Strategic projects | Stora Enso

Kirsi Seppäläinen, Vice President, Strategic projects, Stora Enso Biomaterials is member of Biomaterials division management team since March 2012 and responsible for strategy process, various strategic projects, marketing communications, branding and certification. Prior to this position she held managerial responsibilities in communications, marketing and sustainability at Stora Enso and other global companies.


Jean-Marie Bourgeois-Jacquet

Business development Manager | APM - Automotive Performance Materials

Jean-Marie Bourgeois-Jacquet

Jean-Marie Bourgeois-Jacquet

Business development Manager | APM - Automotive Performance Materials

Since 2000, year of his graduate in Product development engineering, Jean-Marie has been working in innovation department of major companies, in automotive industry or in consumer goods. By the end of 2018, he decided to join the adventure of the company APM to work on deployment of biomaterials, willing to participate on the conduct of change for a less and better plastics world.


Marcel Arsand

Sustainability Manager – UK and Nordics | Ball Beverage Packaging Europe

Marcel Arsand

Marcel Arsand

Sustainability Manager – UK and Nordics | Ball Beverage Packaging Europe

With more than ten years experience in the waste management and food and drink sectors, both in the UK and abroad, Marcel has worked with organisations as diverse as Recoup, WRAP, DS Smith and now Ball.

During that time he has developed an extensive knowledge of packaging and recycling, and has taken part in groundbreaking research on methods of separating plastic packaging for recycling and developing new end-markets for recycled material. He has also been involved in delivering sustainability strategies for both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Marcel has a background as a bioscientist, with two MScs – in integrated waste management and anaerobic digestion treatment – from Cranfield University in the UK. He is also a chartered member of the Institute of Waste Managers and the Chairman of the Can Makers UK.


Tristanne Davis

Senior Manager | GreenBlue

Tristanne Davis

Tristanne Davis

Senior Manager | GreenBlue


Hugo Ferreira Da Silva

Vice President, DSM Additive Manufacturing | DSM

Hugo Ferreira Da Silva

Hugo Ferreira Da Silva

Vice President, DSM Additive Manufacturing | DSM

Hugo joined DSM in 2017 – a purpose-led global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living – to lead the 3D Printing business, one of the large innovation programs within the company.

Before joining DSM, Hugo held several positions in 3D printing at Dow Corning/Dow, most notably as Global Industry Director – 3D Printing & Lighting and Innovation Business leader 3D Printing. Before that, Hugo built broad business and marketing experience at Dow Corning/Dow, Philips and Toshiba. Over the course of his 20-year career, he contributed in a number of roles, including sales, product development, project management, business leader, marketing and innovation, supporting new technologies from early stage to mass adoption.
Hugo earned an Electronics Engineering degree and an MBA in Marketing from Mackenzie University in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He also completed financial business training from FGV in Brazil.


Christian Hainz

Senior Analyst Automotive & Transportation | Ernst & Young (EY)

Christian Hainz

Christian Hainz

Senior Analyst Automotive & Transportation | Ernst & Young (EY)

Christian Hainz is a Senior Strategic Automotive Analyst. He has over 13 years of experience with strategic projects and analyses in the automotive industry and in total over 18 years of experience in consulting and private equity/M&A.


Jurgita Girzadiene

Sustainability Manager | Smurfit Kappa Group

Jurgita Girzadiene

Jurgita Girzadiene

Sustainability Manager | Smurfit Kappa Group

Jurgita Girzadiene joined Smurfit Kappa in 1998 for a particular reason – the interest in paper as sustainable material! Since 2010 Jurgita is a Sustainability Manager. The main focus of Jurgita is to drive Smurfit Kappa sustainability agenda from the brand owner, retailer and consumer point of view. In this role, she functionally heads a team of specialists in 10 regions in Europe to ensure a close link between operational and strategic sustainability topics. Jurgita is also leading newly launched Smurfit Kappa initiative – Better Planet Packaging – an initiative which will generate and inspire breakthrough insights that will re-imaging packaging for a more sustainable future and world.


Julien Van Damme

Manager Environment and Safety Planning Office | Honda Motor Europe

Julien Van Damme

Julien Van Damme

Manager Environment and Safety Planning Office | Honda Motor Europe

Ir. Julien Van Damme got his master in Civil Engineering (Electro-Mechanics) in 1978 and an MBA in 1982.  He joined Honda in 1979 in logistics (inventory control, sales, parts system set up).  In 1995 he became “Milieucoördinator” (Environmental Coordinator – an official degree in Flanders) and started to focus on environmental systems.  In 2000 he became fully responsible for setting out the Honda policies on waste streams (e.g. ELV).  This included the study of how to recycle ELVs in a cost-efficient way.


Ashley J Holding

Innovation Manager | Fashion for Good

Ashley J Holding

Ashley J Holding

Innovation Manager | Fashion for Good

Ashley Holding is an Innovation Manager at Fashion for Good, the global initiative to make all Fashion Good. He focuses his efforts on plastics in the fashion supply chain. Ashley has a background in polymer chemistry and previously worked with Worn Again technologies developing a chemical recycling process for textiles.


Josephine Visholm Jein

Co-Founder | PlanetGreen

Josephine Visholm Jein

Josephine Visholm Jein

Co-Founder | PlanetGreen

Planetgreen is a new company focusing on biodegradable disposable tableware, such as cups, plates, cutlery and takeaway boxes made from corn starch, wheat straw & sugar cane. The company is driven by two ambitious, environmentally conscious young women, who recently finished their master’s degree from Copenhagen Business School. Planetgreen aims to provide eco-friendly alternatives and more sustainable solutions to your everyday disposable products.


Sofie Viegand Hougesen

Co-Founder | PlanetGreen

Sofie Viegand Hougesen

Sofie Viegand Hougesen

Co-Founder | PlanetGreen

Planetgreen is a new started company focusing on biodegradable disposable tableware, such as cups, plates, cutlery and takeaway boxes made from corn starch, wheat straw & sugar cane. The company is driven by two ambitious, environmentally conscious young women, who recently finished their master’s degree from Copenhagen Business School. Planetgreen aims to provide eco-friendly alternatives and more sustainable solutions to your everyday disposable products.


Alex Robinson

Managing Director | Hubbub Enterprise

Alex Robinson

Alex Robinson

Managing Director | Hubbub Enterprise

Alex is Managing Director of Hubbub Enterprise, the commercial arm of environmental charity Hubbub.

Hubbub Enterprise takes creative inspiration from its parent charity and scales its successful experiments. That means running Plastic Fishing trips in Canary Wharf, making and selling the innovative voting ashtray the Ballot Bin all around the world, and providing inspirational and engaging consultancy services to major businesses, among much else. This year, Hubbub is launching major on-street recycling campaigns in several cities across the UK.

After a successful career as an entrepreneur in the music industry, Alex turned to his passion for environmental issues and social enterprise. He thereby joined a very small group of people who have run projects for both Snoop Dogg and the Royal Bank of Scotland. He has spent the last two years building Hubbub’s commercial arm into an award-winning and fast-growing social enterprise.


Richard Daley

Managing Director | ReNew ELP

Richard Daley

Richard Daley

Managing Director | ReNew ELP


Ina Budde

Founder | circular.fashion

Ina Budde

Ina Budde

Founder | circular.fashion

Ina Budde, Designer and MA Sustainability in Fashion, works as circular design strategist, lecturer and entrepreneur within sustainable fashion. She is on of the founders of ‚circular.fashion’ – a sustainable change agency realizing recyclable product and system innovations for fashion brands through workshops, consultancy and a Circular Design Software. Parallel she lectures Sustainable Design at international universities in Hamburg, Copenhagen, Melbourne and currently Berlin. Her work was selected as sustainable innovator 2014 by LAUNCH Nordic and received the NEXT ECONOMY AWARD 2015, GERMAN FEDERAL AWARD ECODESIGN 2017 and the Global Change Award by the H&M Foundation 2019.


Ulrika Nordvall Bardh

Circular Strategy Lead-Non Commercial Goods | H&M Group

Ulrika Nordvall Bardh

Ulrika Nordvall Bardh

Circular Strategy Lead-Non Commercial Goods | H&M Group

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


Renana Krebs

Co-founder & CEO | Algalife

Renana Krebs

Renana Krebs

Co-founder & CEO | Algalife

Renana Krebs, M.A, Germany/Israel: Co-founder and CEO of Algalife. B.des in fashion design with honors (Shenkar collage) and a M.A in sustainable design (ESMOD Berlin). Expert in textile research and sustainable design. Krebs, has experience of more than 15 years as a senior fashion designer and textile researcher. 


Alexander Winter

Global Brand Manager | Unilever

Alexander Winter

Alexander Winter

Global Brand Manager | Unilever


Aniela Hoitink

Research, Textile & Concept Design | NEFFA

Aniela Hoitink

Aniela Hoitink

Research, Textile & Concept Design | NEFFA

After graduating in fashion design, Hoitink worked many years for companies like Tommy Hilfiger designing successful collections. In 2004 she founded NEFFA to focus on fashion innovation. Working on the crossover of textile, technology and microbiology Hoitink develops innovative personalized fashion and textile concepts. In 2018 she won the Global Change Award for MycoTEX, custom-made clothes made from compostable mushroom roots.


Patrick Zimmermann

Director Marketing and Sales | FKuR Kunststoff GmbH

Patrick Zimmermann

Patrick Zimmermann

Director Marketing and Sales | FKuR Kunststoff GmbH

Patrick Zimmermann graduated from the University of Applied Science in Aachen with a diploma in Mechanical Engineering. His speciality subjects were Energy and Environmental Technology with the main focus on waste treatment and waste management of dangerous and nuclear substances. In addition, he was granted a diploma in Engineering and Economics from the University of Applied Science in Hamburg specializing in Risk Management.
In the past 16 years, Patrick Zimmermann has been deeply involved in the global business development and marketing of FKuR´s biodegradable and compostable product portfolio. He is also responsible for the marketing and sales of FKuR´s distribution portfolio like Green PE or Bio-PET. He was responsible for the establishment of FKuR´s activities in the USA as part of the global marketing strategy. Since August 2015 he is also Managing Director of FKuR Polymers GmbH, a company specialized in the development and production of Thermoplastic Elastomers as well as of tailor-made Polyolefin Compounds.


Phil Townsend

Sustainable Raw Materials Specialist | Marks & Spencer

Phil Townsend

Phil Townsend

Sustainable Raw Materials Specialist | Marks & Spencer

Phil is responsible for delivering the environmental sustainability program for M&S’ Clothing & Home business. Working with the central Plan A team, buying teams, sourcing offices and suppliers, he leads the development and implementation of the key raw material strategies used within M&S. He also works on other projects to develop sustainable supply chains from farm to store – including traceability, animal welfare, chemical compliance and leading the eco-factory programme.

Phil has spent over 20 years at M&S. Prior to his current role he worked as a Product Technologist, where he was responsible for product development, supply chain management, innovation and quality management.
 
He has been Vice Chairman on the BCI Council for the last two years and has just been elected onto the ZDHC Board of Directors.
 
He is passionate about nature conservation and has worked as a volunteer for the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust for over ten years, managing one of their chalk grassland reserves in the Chilterns.


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)

Mauro Scalia is Director of Sustainable Businesses in EURATEX, the European Confederation of Textile and Apparel industry, in Brussels. In addition to his responsibilities in the Confederation management, he is charge of all activities on the sector chemicals, resources efficiency, circularity, climate change, CSR and sustainable supply chains which he coordinates with the EURATEX member national /European associations. He graduated cum laude in Political Sciences with specialization in Politics and Economics at the University of Catania, Italy, also studying in Germany and France. He joined Euratex in 2004 after several professional experiences in business consulting, industrial research and at the European Commission. Italian mother tongue, he also speaks English, French and German.


Joanna Griffiths

Global Food Community Director | BSI Group

Joanna Griffiths

Joanna Griffiths

Global Food Community Director | BSI Group

Joanna Griffiths began her career in product development across the fmcg and automotive industries, before entering the standards world with BRC Global Standards. Now at BSI, Joanna is committed to building communities to focus on the delivery of safe, sustainable food. Now, as Global Food Community Director at BSI, her responsibilities lie in developing thought leadership communities across the global food supply chain.


Cedric Dever

Project Manager Packaging Materials | IKEA

Cedric Dever

Cedric Dever

Project Manager Packaging Materials | IKEA

Dr Cedric Dever is a renowned specialist in polymer chemistry and boasts more than 20 years’ expertise in the field of renewable plastics. Following his PhD in polymer chemistry in France and a postdoctoral position in Australia, Cedric kick-started his career as the scientific manager of a private research center dedicated to the valorization of biomass into plastics and biofuels. After three years developing bioplastics packaging with Danone, one of the world’s leading companies in food packaging, since 2018 he has been with IKEA where he is in charge of developing bioplastics solutions for all of the Swedish company’s lifestyle products.


Simone Seisl

Ambassador & Consultant for Fiber & Materials | TextileExchange

Simone Seisl

Simone Seisl

Ambassador & Consultant for Fiber & Materials | TextileExchange

Simone Seisl is a product enthusiast, sustainability and marketing specialist with 25 years+ industry insight throughout the value chain of textiles. As a consultant for brands and retailers and as an ambassador for the global non-profit Textile Exchange she aims for real and systematic change in the industry where resource friendly material innovations and circular business models can make responsible consumption common practice.


Matteo Traina

Raw Materials Expert | Röchling Automotive

Matteo Traina

Matteo Traina

Raw Materials Expert | Röchling Automotive

Matteo Traina is a materials engineer (PhD) specialized in plastic materials. His experience moves from the materials development and characterization to the validation testing and development of plastic components for automotive applications. Currently, he is working at Roechling Automotive (joined in 2011). His role is to provide cross-support for the topics related to the plastic materials.


Sophie Mather

Board Chair | The Microfibre Consortium

Sophie Mather

Sophie Mather

Board Chair | The Microfibre Consortium


Harald Cavalli-Björkman

Head of Communications | Re:newcell

Harald Cavalli-Björkman

Harald Cavalli-Björkman

Head of Communications | Re:newcell

As Head of Communications at re:newcell Harald manages the company’s external relations and brand development. He has a background as an analyst and strategy consultant at Weber Shandwick heading projects for various global B2C and B2B brand clients. Harald joined re:newcell in 2017 as the company began its leap from the lab to commercialization.


Jürgen Eizinger

Vice President of Global Business Management Nonwovens | Lenzing AG

Jürgen Eizinger

Jürgen Eizinger

Vice President of Global Business Management Nonwovens | Lenzing AG

As Vice President of Global Business Management Nonwovens, Jürgen Eizinger is also in charge of implementing Lenzing’s B2Me approach for the recently introduced VEOCEL™ brand with the vision to drive sustainability and circularity along the entire value chain.

Jürgen has been working with the Lenzing Group since the year 2001. During that time he was not only located in multiple locations around the world but also had the opportunity to dive into different areas across the Lenzing Group ranging from various commercial roles to engineering and Technical Customer Service. Being part of the fiber industry for almost 20 years, he has experienced the increasing importance of sustainability related issues in convenience products such as wipes first-hand.


Pierre-Yves Paslier

Co-founder | Skipping Rocks Lab

Pierre-Yves Paslier

Pierre-Yves Paslier

Co-founder | Skipping Rocks Lab

Pierre is a London-based Innovation Design Engineer. He started his career as a Packaging Engineer for L’Oréal in the daytime and hacking 3D-printers in his living room at night. He then decided to study design at the Royal College of Art and in 2013, he co-designed one of the first consumer delta 3D-printers. He loves DIY, especially if it involves drones lifting dangerous electronic components or street art robots redecorating the streets. This passion for innovation led him to co-found two startups, Gravity Sketch (3D creation in VR) and Skipping Rocks Lab (edible packaging). Driven by the urge to act on our plastic addiction, he’s now 100% focused on Ooho, the edible water bottle as Co-CEO of Skipping Rocks Lab. He has a Masters degree from the RCA’s Innovation Design Engineering programme (MA & MSci) and INSA de Lyon (MEng). He has written articles for Wired Magazine and given a number of conferences about his projects at TEDx conferences in Athens and Warwick.


Hilde Van Duijn

Project Manager Circle Textiles Programme | Circle Economy

Hilde Van Duijn

Hilde Van Duijn

Project Manager Circle Textiles Programme | Circle Economy

Hilde van Duijn is a project manager for the Circle Textiles programme at Circle Economy. Building on a career as strategy consultant and policy advisor, she now accelerates the development of technologies and policies to create the right incentives for a circular textiles system.


Carlo C. Galli

Head of Sustainability | Nestlé Waters

Carlo C. Galli

Carlo C. Galli

Head of Sustainability | Nestlé Waters

Carlo has worked with Nestlé since 1991 and has a deep and extensive knowledge of Nestlé’s operations worldwide with a specific focus on water resources.

Carlo joined Nestlé Waters in 1991 in Italy and managed natural mineral water concessions of key brands such as Levissima, Panna and S.Pellegrino. In 2005, he was appointed as the Head of Water Resources at the Nestle’s global bottled beverages division (Nestlé Waters). Carlo joined Nestlé Group Corporate Operations in 2008 and successfully redefined the water stewardship strategy for all Manufacturing facilities and agricultural supply chain.

Carlo played a key role in the elaboration of the new International Water Stewardship Standard. He has become an active member of the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Technical Committee and has received the “2017 Water Stewardship” prize. He is currently an AWS Board member.

In his new capacity as Head of Sustainability for Nestlé Waters, Carlo especially leads the two key strategic areas of water and plastic stewardship which contribute to the resilience and growth of our water business.

He is playing a key role in ensuring deployment of the certification commitments recently made by Nestlé Waters – 100% of factories to be AWS certified by 2025 and in setting up the new plastic stewardship strategy aimed at ensuring a circular economy for our bottled water packaging.


Lara Dammer

Head of Department Economy & Policy | Nova-Institute

Lara Dammer

Lara Dammer

Head of Department Economy & Policy | Nova-Institute

Lara holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from Universität Bonn (Bonn University) and before beginning her career with the nova-Institute worked in project management, communication and consulting for several projects in Germany and the Philippines. nova experts come from a wide range of backgrounds, including material sciences, economics, chemistry, biology, environmental sciences, biotechnology and physics, which gives the organisation a unique understanding of the bio-based economy, markets and trends to enable it to support industry. Lara’s work at Nova focuses on the political framework for the material use of biomass, resource and environmental policy, market analysis as well as the standardization and certification of bio-based and CO2-based products.


David Newman

Managing Director | BBIA

David Newman

David Newman

Managing Director | BBIA

David has been active in the field of waste management since 1997, specializing particularly in food waste management and bioplastics. Over the past 20 years, he has founded, led or run several national and international associations working in these fields, including being President of the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) 2012-2016 and the Italian Compost and Biogas Consortium CIC 2000-2014, and the UK Bio-Based and Biodegradable Industries Association (BBIA) since 2015. Among his many notable achievements, he was part of the team that managed to change Italy’s laws, introducing biowaste collections with biobags and banning plastic shopping bags, instead promoting the use of re-usable and compostable bags. David was additionally part of the team that successfully pushed through the EU Directive reducing plastic bag consumption.


Johannes Ganster

Division Director Biopolymers | Fraunhofer IAP

Johannes Ganster

Johannes Ganster

Division Director Biopolymers | Fraunhofer IAP


Daniel Söderberg

Director | KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Daniel Söderberg

Daniel Söderberg

Director | KTH Royal Institute of Technology

MSc 1994 and PhD 1999 at Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm. At the Research Institute Innventia 1999–2013, working as Deputy Director Material Processes from 2009. Adjunct Professor at KTH during the period 2008–2014. Since 2014 full-time employee at KTH and Head of the Department of Mechanics at KTH 2016–2018. Since March 2018 he is the Director of Treesearch (www.treesearch.se).


Anette Kaeding-Koppers

Owner & Senior Consultant | AKK Innovation & CEFLEX

Anette Kaeding-Koppers

Anette Kaeding-Koppers

Owner & Senior Consultant | AKK Innovation & CEFLEX

Annett started akk-innovation in 2018 after a long career of 18 years in food packaging industry, followed by sustainability studies and projects in Switzerland and at Brückner Maschinenbau to complete her knowledge in Aluminum packaging, machine technologies and in the latest change and innovation management methods and procedures. She has had a wide range of leadership and management responsibilities within a globally operating company such as R&D director plastic films and packaging innovation, head of production, laboratory and quality control, European sustainability programme manager, European head of sustainable product management.
Annett has a proven track record of managing new business development projects in cooperation with international brand owners and other European partners across the whole packaging value chain.
Amongst others, Annett is the inventor of reclosable cheese packaging concepts, including film development, packaging design, migration barrier optimization and material management from functionality through to recyclability.


Karsten Brast

Founder & CEO | nature2need Europe

Karsten Brast

Karsten Brast

Founder & CEO | nature2need Europe

Dr. Karsten Brast is a seasoned automotive and plastics industry executive with more than 20 years of experience in senior management positions globally. Since April 2017 he is holding his current position as CEO of the nature2need group, a global compounder specialized on durable and bio-degradable, natural fiber reinforced performance materials.

For the previous decade, Karsten was vice president of R&D and lean production of Ningbo HuaXiang Automotive (NBHX), an international Tier-1 supplier with locations all over the world, mainly serving German OEMs. Before being with NBHX, Karsten was vice president of programs and engineering for SAS, a global venture between Faurecia and Continental AG. From 1997-2001, Karsten worked as a research manager for Germany’s Institute of Plastics Processing, or Institut für Kunststoffverarbeitung (IKV), at RWTH Aachen University.


Janne Poranen

CEO | Spinnova

Janne Poranen

Janne Poranen

CEO | Spinnova

As the CEO and co-founder of the company, Janne looks at the bigger picture for Spinnova. Before ‘spinning’ the business off from the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland with Juha Salmela, he headed VTT’s Fibers and Bio-based materials research area. This PhD in physics, in his own words a hybrid of scientist, industrial expert and entrepreneur, is adamant that Spinnova can – and will be – the most sustainable fiber in the world.


Debbie Luffman

Product Director | Finisterre

Debbie Luffman

Debbie Luffman

Product Director | Finisterre

Finisterre is a clothing brand born from the needs of British surfers that designs sustainable product for those who share the brand’s love of the sea. Debbie has led the product department at Finisterre for the past 10 years, heading-up the design, development and sourcing of all Finisterre product. Her passion lies in unravelling supply chains and seeking solutions to the environmental impact of textiles.


Trang Ly

Senior Consultant | Pöyry Management Consulting

Trang Ly

Trang Ly

Senior Consultant | Pöyry Management Consulting

Trang Ly is working as Senior Consultant at Pöyry Management Consulting, focusing on megatrends, paper, packaging and consumer markets. Prior to joining Pöyry in 2014, she worked as Product Manager at Huhtamäki Consumer Goods. Ms Ly is based in Pöyry headquarters in Finland, yet works with leading global brand owners and paper and packaging companies covering also the Asia Pacific and American markets. She holds M.Sc. Degree from Aalto University (Finland) with major in packaging technology, bio-based materials and strategic management.


Chris Holland

Research Lead | The University of Sheffield - FLIPT

Chris Holland

Chris Holland

Research Lead | The University of Sheffield - FLIPT

Chris is a Senior Lecturer and leads the Natural Materials Group (www.naturalmaterialsgroup.com) at the University of Sheffield. He currently co-ordinates the H2020 FET OPEN FLIPT project (www.h2020flipt.eu) and investigates how processing effects performance in natural materials. Looking at how silk is spun, he now focusses on how this can improve traditional polymer processing. Outside the lab he is an Associate Editor for ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering and Chair of the IoM3 Natural Materials Association.


Mark Reinders

CEO | HempFlax Group

Mark Reinders

Mark Reinders

CEO | HempFlax Group

Mark is CEO of the HempFlax group of companies. He is one of the most creative, practical and experienced professionals in the field of European hemp. Mark tirelessly researches, implements and promotes both environmentally responsible and sustainable manufacturing processes and new uses for hemp.


Klaus Hauschulte

CEO | Scholz Recycling GmbH

Klaus Hauschulte

Klaus Hauschulte

CEO | Scholz Recycling GmbH

Dr Klaus Hauschulte is an expert when it comes to industry and sustainability. His career began with a doctoral thesis on recycling and cost optimization in early design phases. An urgent and still present topic, he constantly dealt with during his leading operational assignments at Benteler and Siemens. His personal goal is to sustainably integrate environmental protection and industrial needs.


Caroline Frery

VP, Global Business Development | TerraCycle

Caroline Frery

Caroline Frery

VP, Global Business Development | TerraCycle

Caroline Frery heads TerraCycle’s global Business Development team across the 21 markets TerraCycle operates in and forms new partnerships to develop recycling systems for previously non-recyclable waste that would otherwise go to landfill or incineration. Prior to heading the global Business Development team, Caroline headed up the European Business Development, which under her direction the team achieved significant growth, doubling the number of free recycling programmes TerraCycle offers in its 12 European markets.


Enrica Arena

Co-Founder | Orange Fiber

Enrica Arena

Enrica Arena

Co-Founder | Orange Fiber

Born in Catania, she holds a degree in International Cooperation for Development as well as in Communications, where she has a diverse range of experiences in non-profit sectors and project management. She is now in charge of communication, marketing and fundraising.


Suki Kler Young

Scientific Supervisor | EPEA Internationale Umweltforschung GmbH

Suki Kler Young

Suki Kler Young

Scientific Supervisor | EPEA Internationale Umweltforschung GmbH

Suki’s concerns from an early age about plastics and other man-made materials in the environment led her to study Chemistry and Environmental Science, and to work at the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Society of Chemical Industry and the Environmental Industries Commission in the UK, before eventually finding EPEA in Hamburg, where she is a Senior Project Manager engaged in Cradle to Cradle projects involving various materials and industries.


Martin Baxter

Chief Policy Advisor | IEMA - Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment

Martin Baxter

Martin Baxter

Chief Policy Advisor | IEMA - Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment

Martin works in the UK and internationally to support the transition to a low carbon, sustainable economy.
Martin leads IEMA’s policy and engagement activity with government and business. He has national and international experience in developing and negotiating global and European standards and developing capacity for effective and widespread implementation.


Vivek Tandon

Founder and CEO | PerPETual Global Technologies Limited

Vivek Tandon

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.


Vittorio Bortolon

Managing Director | Plantura

Vittorio Bortolon

Vittorio Bortolon

Managing Director | Plantura


Laurent Bélard

R&D Manager | NaturePlast

Laurent Bélard

Laurent Bélard

R&D Manager | NaturePlast

With a degree in Materials Engineering from the Ecole Européenne d’Ingénieurs en Génie des Matériaux (EEIGM) in Nancy and a PhD in Materials Chemistry from the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, Laurent Bélard has been in charge of managing R&D activities for the company since 2011. Since 2002, he has expertise in Research and Development in bioplastic materials, their formulation, and their transformation. He is in charge of the technical management of the company’s joint projects (French and European).


Anke Domaske

Inventor | Qmilk

Anke Domaske

Anke Domaske

Inventor | Qmilk


Arjan van Raadshooven

Managing Director | NewspaperWood

Arjan van Raadshooven

Arjan van Raadshooven

Managing Director | NewspaperWood

NewspaperWood is a spinoff from the Dutch design label, Vij5, which was founded by Arjan van Raadshooven in 2006. NewspaperWood as a product is the result of a 2003 project of Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Mieke Meijer. After partnering with Vij5 in 2007 (and the presentation of the material at its infancy in 2011), Arjan and Mieke decided to join forces and form a new company to advance the material to the next level.


Jürgen Towara

Partner and Senior Food Contact Expert | ERM

Jürgen Towara

Jürgen Towara

Partner and Senior Food Contact Expert | ERM

Dr. Jürgen Towara is a Partner and Senior Food Contact Expert at ERM. He has 19 years of experience in the regulatory field of food contact and related areas. Until 2009, Jürgen Towara was the manager for regulatory affairs at TICONA/CELANESE, a leading producer of technical polymers. In this role, he also represented TICONA in the corresponding plastics associations. He was working as a regulatory consultant for INFRASERV HOECHST (2000-2002) and INTERTEK (2010-2018) assisting companies throughout the whole supply chain of food contact applications.


Johanna Lahti

Senior Research Fellow | Tampere University

Johanna Lahti

Johanna Lahti

Senior Research Fellow | Tampere University

Senior research fellow, Dr Johanna Lahti from Finland’s Tampere University has over 20 years’ experience in the field of paper/board/plastic converting and processing and packaging technology. Her research fields have spanned coating technologies (dispersion, (co)extrusion), surface treatments (corona, flame, atmospheric plasma), polymers (including biopolymers), (multi-layer) packaging materials, wood-based materials, thin nanoscale coatings and thin-film technologies (e.g. plasma deposition and ALD) and printing technology.


Mark Lancelott

Sustainability and Circular Economy Lead | PA Consulting

Mark Lancelott

Mark Lancelott

Sustainability and Circular Economy Lead | PA Consulting

Mark leads PA’s sustainability and circular economy activity, spanning client work on sustainability strategies and new business models, disruptive technologies and materials, and new product and packaging design and manufacture. He manages PA’s engagement with both the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Circular Economy 100 as well as the United Nations Global Compact’s Project Breakthrough.


Vlasta Kubusova

Founder | Crafting Plastics! Studio

Vlasta Kubusova

Vlasta Kubusova

Founder | Crafting Plastics! Studio

Vlasta Kubušová has been collaborating with chemists from Slovak University of Technology on the development of a new generation of bioplastics for consumer goods and ready-to-wear products since 2014. In 2016, though, she founded Crafting Plastics! Studio with Miroslav Král. The Berlin- and Bratislava-based studio’s first fruits, cp! eyewear, have clearly been developed with sustainability and transparent production processes in mind, all in response to what the pair view as exploitative practices in the fashion industry. This unique collection of biodegradable eyewear has been presented all over Europe and has won several international prizes, including a ‘Diploma Selection’ (2016) and the ‘Slovak National Design Award’, while also being nominated for the ‘German Design Award’ (2018) and a ‘Green Product Award’ (2017). In 2018, Vlasta was named one of Slovak Forbes ‘30 under 30’. Also last year, Crafting Plastics! Studio’s long-term collaboration with material scientists led to the unveiling of NUATAN, a selection of sustainable blends designed to be an ecological alternative to synthetic plastics for value-added products.


Simon Balderson

Director | Sirane

Simon Balderson

Simon Balderson

Director | Sirane

Simon possesses a degree in Physics from the University of Manchester and has garnered an enviable wealth of experience in materials science research. After moving into the food packaging industry in the early 1990s, he subsequently spent 10 years in global research and general management roles for food packaging companies. In 2002, he established Sirane as a science-led research and manufacturing company aimed at developing and commercializing new packaging technology. Now a global business with multiple manufacturing locations, the company is pioneering plastic replacement and other new packaging technology around the globe.


Pekka Hautala

Head of School, Automotive and Mechanical Engineering | Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Science

Pekka Hautala

Pekka Hautala

Head of School, Automotive and Mechanical Engineering | Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Science

Metropolia University of Applied Sciences 2008 – PresentHead of School, Automotive and Mechanical Engineering 2019 – PresentHead of Competence Unit 2014 – 2018Technology Manger 2010 – 2013Aalto University, previously Helsinki University of Technology (HUT)   – 2008Different posts: Professor, Research Manager, …Lic Sc. / PhD 1988, Helsinki University of Technology (HUT), Mechanical EngineeringMSc 1986, Helsinki University of Technology (HUT), Mechanical Engineering


Ahmed-Amine Ouali

Research assistant | Chemnitz University of Technology

Ahmed-Amine Ouali

Ahmed-Amine Ouali

Research assistant | Chemnitz University of Technology

Ahmed-Amine Ouali, research assistant at the Chemnitz University of Technology (CUT). He deals with the concept and the development of unidirectional natural fibres biocomposites, at the department of the lightweight structures and polymer technology, in the research group “bioplastics and natural fibre composites”


Daphna Nissenbaum

CEO | TIPA

Daphna Nissenbaum

Daphna Nissenbaum

CEO | TIPA

Daphna Nissenbaum is the CEO and Co-Founder of TIPA, a leading compostable packaging company founded in Israel in 2010. She holds an MBA specializing in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from IDC Herzliya (graduated with honors) and a BA in Economics and Software Engineering from Bar Ilan University. She graduated from the elite Israeli Army software engineering program (Mamram) and served as an officer in the Israeli Navy software unit, rising to the rank of Captain.


Branson W. Ritchie

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

Branson W. Ritchie

Branson W. Ritchie

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

Branson Ritchie, DVM, PhD, Distinguished Research Professor, Director of Technology Development and Implementation at the New Materials Institute, Director of the Emerging Diseases Research Group. For 30 years, Dr. Ritchie and his teams have developed innovative technologies that improve the health of companion and free-ranging animals, as well as humans, through translational research.


Martin Clemesha

Technical sales – Renewable Chemicals | Braskem

Martin Clemesha

Martin Clemesha

Technical sales – Renewable Chemicals | Braskem

Marco holds a degree in economics and after working at Air Products from 1996 until 2007 where he held different positions in the commercial and supply chain positions he joined Arkema where he was responsible for the sales of organic peroxides as well as marketing of the fine chemicals division. In 2010 Marco joined Braskem in Rotterdam initially responsible for marketing the polyethylene and polypropylene resins imported from Brazil. In 2012 he became the Commercial Manager for the renewable chemicals division in Europe and since 2013 Marco is heading the renewable chemicals division in Europe and North America, driving the growth of the biobased polyethylene business. Marco is also one of the founding board members of Holland Bioplastics.


Antti Valtonen

Head of Marketing & Communications | Sulapac

Antti Valtonen

Antti Valtonen

Head of Marketing & Communications | Sulapac

Antti has 15+ years of experience in leadership positions on global marketing from companies like Telia AB and F-Secure Corporation. In 2018 Antti moved from protecting consumers and companies from cybersecurity threats to saving our planet from the plastic waste.


Vincent Doumeizel

Vice President Food & Sustainability | Lloyd’s Register

Vincent Doumeizel

Vincent Doumeizel

Vice President Food & Sustainability | Lloyd’s Register

Following a degree in economics, Vincent worked for the French government in Africa on a number of agriculture projects; he also carried out humanitarian work in the Middle East and Africa.

Vincent Doumeizel joined Lloyd’s Register in 2014, as Vice President for Food & Sustainability at group level serving over 100+ countries and tens of thousands food clients with verification & business assurance solutions.

Vincent also supports actively the charitable objectives of the Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF), notably through the identification & funding of innovative projects to drive sustainability in the food supply chain. He is also member of various Advisory Boards for food universities research projects as well as disruptive blockchains or biotech start-ups all over Europe.

He has led the LRF Foresight Review on Food Safety supported by global food thought leaders and is a regular speaker at some of the world’s leading events including COP (United Nations), FAO & OECD conferences as well the Global Food Safety Initiative.


Marianna Faraldi

Project Manager | Tecnoalimenti

Marianna Faraldi

Marianna Faraldi

Project Manager | Tecnoalimenti

University degree in Pharmaceutical Technologies (specialisation: Environmental Toxicology) at the Faculty of Pharmacy of University of Milan. Project manager at Tecnoalimenti S.C.p.A. since 2001, her expertise focuses on creating connections between industry and research actors, for new ideas to realise through industrial research projects on multidisciplinary topics related to food.


Andrew  Thornton

Owner | Thornton's Budgens

Andrew  Thornton

Andrew  Thornton

Owner | Thornton's Budgens

Andrew Isaac Thornton is an entrepreneur, the owner of Thornton’s Budgens (a supermarket in North London) and the founder of Heart in Business Limited

His life purpose is to put the Heart back into Business and encourage the shift from an obsession with profit, towards a business world where the focus in on ‘growing people, growing business to full potential for a better society’. He has applied these principles to Thornton’s Budgens – see what the Huffington Post had to say about his approach.

He is currently writing the book “Putting the Heart back into Business” and his aim is to build a network of heartful businesses. He has spearheaded Thornton’s Budgens becoming the first UK supermarket to launch Plastic Free Zones.

Andrew was a founder director of social enterprises “The People’s Supermarket” and “Food from the Sky”, founded and ran the retail consultancy SRCG and is a fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Commerce and Industry. Andrew grew up in Dublin and is a graduate of University College Dublin, doing both a B.Comm and an MBS.


Ali Harlin

Research Professor | VTT

Ali Harlin

Ali Harlin

Research Professor | VTT

Having created some 60 patented inventions, Research Professor Ali Harlin is quite justified in referring to himself as an ‘industrial inventor’. Although he is currently in charge of VTT’s bioeconomy research agenda, where some of his focus is on developing substitutes for plastics, his other areas of expertise cover the petrochemical, machinery and forest industries. With an extensive career both in academia and industry, his knowledge of such diverse markets gives him a wide perspective on innovation policy. Research commercialization is also one of his main interests in his current position as a research professor and in that regard he has been involved in several start-ups, for which he has been able to apply his expertise comprehensively.


Oliver Ehlert

Product Manager | DIN CERTCO Society for Conformity Assessment mbH

Oliver Ehlert

Oliver Ehlert

Product Manager | DIN CERTCO Society for Conformity Assessment mbH


Clément Affholder

Polymer Scientist | VAUDE

Clément Affholder

Clément Affholder

Polymer Scientist | VAUDE

Clément Affholder is an innovation manager at VAUDE Sport, where he works on materials and plastics engineering. After a master in materials science from the University of Lille, where he gathered a strong background in polymer science and composites, he joined VAUDE to help develop innovative and environmentally friendly materials. On the weekend, though, you can find him testing new gear in the mountains!


Adam Walker

Chief Scientific Officer | Worn Again Technologies

Adam Walker

Adam Walker

Chief Scientific Officer | Worn Again Technologies

Adam Walker gained his PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Cambridge in 2004. For the past 15 years, he has worked at Bioniqs and TWI in the development of solvent-based recycling technologies for a variety of polymers, including polyolefins, styrenics and PVC. He joined Worn Again in 2012 as Chief Scientific Officer and now heads up a team of 10 polymer scientists, chemists and engineers at the Company’s laboratories in Nottingham, UK, working on recycling PET and cellulose.


Josie Morris

Managing Director | WoolCool

Josie Morris

Josie Morris

Managing Director | WoolCool

Josie Morris BA (Hons), MA is the managing director of The Wool Packaging Company Limited – Woolcool. A passionate advocate for diversity and the development of strong cultures within innovative businesses, Josie is also closely involved with organizations such as the BBIA (Bio-Based Industries Association), which lobbies UK government on the environmental problems of global packaging waste and supports pioneering companies such as Woolcool, which offer genuinely sustainable alternatives to plastic materials.


Hua Sun

Chief Operating Officer | North American Green Pulp

Hua Sun

Hua Sun

Chief Operating Officer | North American Green Pulp

1993-1996 North Dakota State University, Ph.D.  of Engineering, Food Processing

1995-1996 Cargill West Fargo Multi-seeds Processing Plant, Intern

1997-2008 Buhler Inc. Process Engineer, Process Engineering Manager, Special Technologist for Sales & Technology Support

2008-Present, Managing Director of USS International Group, LLP

2008-2009  Cellulosic Ethanol preparation & fermentation project with Dr. Nancy Ho of Purdue University

2011-2015  Director of Business Development for a major US Dust Suppression Company

2009-2015  Involved  with Beijing Straw Pulp Science & Technology Co. Ltd to develop enzymatic straw pulping process

2015-Present President/COO  North America Green Pulp, Inc.


Christian Lenges

Business Development BioMaterials | DuPont Industrial Biosciences

Christian Lenges

Christian Lenges

Business Development BioMaterials | DuPont Industrial Biosciences

Christian Lenges, business development for BioMaterials at DuPont Industrial BioSciences, is leading the development and launch of emerging and growth businesses to make industrially important chemicals and materials from renewable feed-stocks. He boasts extended experience in a variety of roles at DuPont, including new product development and venture leadership in the company’s efforts in Biomaterials since 2008, in the Sorona business and business development to select and develop the current industry-leading biomaterials portfolio approaching commercial launch.


Christian Fischer

CEO | Bcomp

Christian Fischer

Christian Fischer

CEO | Bcomp

Christian is a multilingual engineer and entrepreneur who co-founded and co-developed Bcomp to become one of the world’s leading suppliers of high-performance, sustainable composite materials. The company’s advanced renewable material solutions are specifically designed to increase performance, decrease weight and reduce the environmental impact of its customers’ products, in applications ranging from skis to race-car body parts. Christian holds a MSc and PhD in materials science and engineering, has won several entrepreneur and innovation awards, and teaches innovation, technology transfer and composites at various universities.


Richard Mckinlay

Head of Circular Economy | Axion Group

Richard Mckinlay

Richard Mckinlay

Head of Circular Economy | Axion Group

Richard graduated from The University of Manchester with a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering and is currently Head of Circular Economy at Axion. Richard has worked on a range of research, development and demonstration projects in the waste and resource sector with a focus on plastic packaging.


Volker Wagner-Solbach

Procurement and Supply Chain Management | Amsilk

Volker Wagner-Solbach

Volker Wagner-Solbach

Procurement and Supply Chain Management | Amsilk

Holding a diploma in chemistry from LMU Munich, a PhD in chemistry from TU Munich and a business administration qualification from Fernuni Hagen, Dr Volker Wagner-Solbach has an enormous wealth of experience and knowledge in the sector. For more than two decades he has worked in numerous managerial, business development, sales, consultancy and procurement/supply chain roles at companies including C-LAB Chemievermittlung, Sanomol, VECtor Pharma, Solvay/Peroxid Chemie, Bayern Innovativ, KCCS, AVA-CO2 Schweiz, AVALON Industries and of course AMSilk.


Franziska Dormann

European Represtentative | Global Organic Textile Standard

Franziska Dormann

Franziska Dormann

European Represtentative | Global Organic Textile Standard

Franziska Dormann found her way into the fashion industry through various internships. Here she focused more and more in the field of sustainability and fashion. After working for Sekem in Egypt, she worked as a PR coordinator and has been a representative of the Global Organic Textile Standard since the beginning of 2019. The GOTS is the world’s leading standard for the processing of textiles made from biologically produced natural fibers. It defines environmental requirements along the entire textile production chain as well as social criteria. 


Peter Bartel

Marketing & Engineering Director | Circular Economy Solutions GmbH

Peter Bartel

Peter Bartel

Marketing & Engineering Director | Circular Economy Solutions GmbH

Peter Bartel has more than 25 years’ experience in remanufacturing and circular economy within the automotive aftermarket, 19 of which was with Robert Bosch. He has been a member of the Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association (APRA) Europe board since 2009, where he has served as chairman. Peter was additionally involved in the UNEP Basel Convention and the G7-Alliance on Resource Efficiency process. Since 2016, he has been head of marketing/engineering at Circular Economy Solutions GmbH.


Beth Simpson

Senior Consultant in Waste & Resource Sustainability | Anthesis Group

Beth Simpson

Beth Simpson

Senior Consultant in Waste & Resource Sustainability | Anthesis Group

With more than 15 years’ experience, Beth has intricate knowledge of the recycling supply chain, using her operational insight to support clients on extended producer responsibility and sustainable waste management practices, including plastics. In her role as a lead waste material flow and economic modeller at Anthesis, Beth builds models on complex scenarios, such as Deposit Return Schemes, to enable clients to make strategic business decisions or respond to pending policy changes.


Agnes Bunemann

Managing Director | Cyclos GMBH

Agnes Bunemann

Agnes Bunemann

Managing Director | Cyclos GMBH

– Co-founded cyclos GmbH in 1993,
– Management and implementation of projects in the field of EPR, especially packaging on national and international levels (like Jordan, Serbia, Chile, the Netherlands and Tunisia), green economy,
– Mass flow verifications of waste streams (packaging, plastics),
– Workshops and Training around Extended Producer Responsibility and Design for Recycling,
– Capacity building projects,
– Waste management studies and waste management concepts.


Blai López Rius

Composites department | AIMPLAS

Blai López Rius

Blai López Rius

Composites department | AIMPLAS

Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering. School of Industrial Engineering. Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV).

Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering. School of Industrial Engineering. Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV).

Work experience:

Researcher at Composites Department of AIMPLAS (Technological Institute of Plastics): 2 years

Experience in polymer science, composite materials processing and product development. Experience in the development of R+D projects and technical advice in the area of composite materials both nationally and internationally.


Friederike Priebe

Innovation Management Textiles | EPEA Internationale Umweltforschung GmbH

Friederike Priebe

Friederike Priebe

Innovation Management Textiles | EPEA Internationale Umweltforschung GmbH

Friederike Priebe is a qualified clothing and textiles engineer whose focus is on sustainable textile finishing. Her thesis for the Hamburg-based skate label, Cleptomanicx, revolved around ecological and fair supply chain management. As a team leader in the textile sector of the consulting firm EPEA GmbH, part of Drees & Sommer, she works closely alongside scientists to develop solutions for material optimization to enable a true circular economy.


Bodil Engberg Pallesen

Senior Adviser | Danish Technological Institute

Bodil Engberg Pallesen

Bodil Engberg Pallesen

Senior Adviser | Danish Technological Institute

Bodil brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Conference, having attained an MSc in agronomy from Denmark’s Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University. Over the course of the past few decades, she has worked as a special consultant with the Danish Agricultural Advisory Service and was subsequently recruited as a special advisor with AgroTech. Since early 2018, though, she has worked with the research and technology leader, the Danish Technological Institute, as a senior advisor. An experienced professional and project manager in the fields of innovation and business development, bio-economy and use of bio-resources, her specialist area, in particular, is plant fibers. Indeed, Bodil has developed many new bio-products for multiple applications including but not limited to building materials, absorption, composites and bio-packaging.


Thierry Le Blan

Textile Engineer for Sustainable Development | CETI

Thierry Le Blan

Thierry Le Blan

Textile Engineer for Sustainable Development | CETI

Trained as an engineer, now being a professional for more than 30 years in the textile industry. He has begun its career in the textile industry before joining the IFTH in 2000 as R&D Manager on Textile Processes. Since 2010, he joined the CETI as Sustainable Development Engineer where he manages several collaborative and private projects.


Ulrich Zang

Geo-Ecologist, Head of Compostability Testing Department | ISEGA Forschungs- und Untersuchungsgesellschaft mbH

Ulrich Zang

Ulrich Zang

Geo-Ecologist, Head of Compostability Testing Department | ISEGA Forschungs- und Untersuchungsgesellschaft mbH

Following academic research activity including in the field of biodegradation of natural polymers, Dr Ulrich Zang joined ISEGA in 2013 before becoming the head of compostability testing department in 2014. ISEGA provides standard and non-standard test and evaluation procedures for private, public and academic clients.


Bruno Pereira

VP, Sustainability Sciences | BioLogiQ

Bruno Pereira

Bruno Pereira

VP, Sustainability Sciences | BioLogiQ

Experienced Sustainability and New Business Development Leader with a demonstrated history of working in the plastics and packaging industries. Currently focused on collaborating for scientific progress pertaining to biobased thermoplastics, recycling and biodegradation.


Paul Bjacek

Principal Director, Global Resources Research Lead | Accenture

Paul Bjacek

Paul Bjacek

Principal Director, Global Resources Research Lead | Accenture

Paul Bjacek heads Accenture Research for the Resources industries. His career spans more than 25 years, including extensive project activities in manufacturing, marketing and distribution. Before joining Accenture, Paul had been affiliated with Chevron and the Stanford Research Institute (now part of IHS Markit). Furthermore, he has held elected positions with several leading industry associations in petrochemicals and plastics. His analyses are frequently published in the press and on the Accenture Chemicals Blog. He holds a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and a B.Sc. in chemistry and business.


Christian Kemp-Griffin

CEO | CelluComp

Christian Kemp-Griffin

Christian Kemp-Griffin

CEO | CelluComp

Prior to CelluComp, Christian held the position of CEO at EDUN, a company developing socially responsible and sustainable clothing. Christian has also held senior management positions with Ralph Lauren, Lacoste and Disney Consumer Products and has extensive experience in product development, manufacturing, marketing and licensing. Christian graduated from Princeton University.


Alan Spray

Head of Analytics | Anthesis Group

Alan Spray

Alan Spray

Head of Analytics | Anthesis Group

Alan Spray is Head of Analytics at Anthesis. He leads the relationship with software partner Footprinter as well as several ongoing client relationships on the use of established product and packaging design tools, including PepsiCo and RB. Having completed a PhD in Civil Engineering, Alan has particular knowledge of carbon footprinting, Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) and wider sustainability metrics.


Sophie Tuviahu

VP Business Development and Sales | UBQ Materials

Sophie Tuviahu

Sophie Tuviahu

VP Business Development and Sales | UBQ Materials


Marc Dokter

Owner & Managing Director | ENKEV Natural Fibres

Marc Dokter

Marc Dokter

Owner & Managing Director | ENKEV Natural Fibres


Bernd Frank

Managing Director | Bafa Neu

Bernd Frank

Bernd Frank

Managing Director | Bafa Neu

Bernd is hemp pioneer from the very beginning and with his fundamental experience in all applications and processing possibilities of hemp he is known Europe-wide and also worldwide as the expert for all questions around hemp. BAFA Neu GmbH profits from his knowledge and his pragmatic approaches to solutions and can therefore often present itself as the solution finder for meaningful handling and processes in all applications of hemp.


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