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bill-zitoBill Zito – Consultant (USA)

Bill Zito is president of ZITO (Zito Induction Technology Options), a consulting firm specialising in induction sealing problems and solutions. He previously spent more than 25 years working in sales for induction sealing technology specialist Enercon Industries.

agnieszkaAgnieszka van Batavia – The LCA Centre (The Netherlands)

Agnieszka van Batavia is a packaging professional and a strategic sustainability and regulatory advisor at the Dutch packaging research institute The LCA Centre. The LCA Centre guides companies, institutions and policymakers to identify, assess, develop and implement sustainable, science-based and commercially viable packaging products and systems.

ken-braneyKen Braney – Society of Plastics Engineers (UK)

Thermoforming veteran Ken Braney is Past President 2011-2012 of the industry organisation Society of Plastics Engineers.

keiji-fukueKeiji Fukue – Toyo Seikan (Japan)

Keiji Fukue is general manager and head of technical development at Toyo Seikan, a Japan-based container packaging manufacturer. The company supplies a full range of packaging including plastics bottles, cups, pouches and closures. It also sells food packaging machinery and systems, while providing technical services.

paolo-galliPaolo Galli – Consultant and polymer chemist (Italy)

Professor Paolo Galli serves as a consultant and advisor on research and technology matters to companies worldwide. His career has seen him win numerous awards and acknowledgements, in particular for his outstanding contribution to the development of the science and technology of catalysis.

nicholas-mockettNicholas Mockett — Moorgate Capital (UK)

Nicholas Mockett is a corporate financier and has focused on the packaging industry for 20 years. Active in every substrate, Mockett’s experience includes mergers, acquisitions, public company takeovers and leveraged buy-outs.

tarmo-raudsepp-borougeTarmo Raudsepp – Borouge (Singapore)

Tarmo Raudsepp is vice president of business optimisation for Borouge, which is a joint venture polyolefin manufacturer of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company and Austria’s Borealis.

david-tysonDavid Tyson – Tyson Packaging Solutions (UK)

David Tyson’s career spanned three businesses in flexible packaging with many owners: Reed Group, Smith & Nephew, and Venus Packaging, which was subsequently owned by Metal Closures Group, Wassell, Sidlaw Group, Danish, and Amcor. David went on to become chief executive of the Packaging and Films Association (PAFA). During his time there, PAFA (now merged with the British Plastics Federation) secured a climate change agreement to give tax rebates in exchange for companies meeting emissions reduction targets for their business, which likely resulted in around £15 million ($20.6m) of tax rebate benefits to UK film producers.

george-crochiereGeorge Crochiere – Crochiere & Associates (USA)

George Crochiere is president/owner of Crochiere & Associates, LLC, which conducts consultancy and testing of packaging components for sealing properties and oxygen, carbonation and contaminant (TCA and similar) barrier properties under commercial conditions.

dan-weissmannDan Weissmann – Consultant (USA)

Dr Dan Weissmann is the principal of DW & Associates, a consultancy specialising in plastics and packaging. His blow moulding career spans 35 years with major involvement in the development of plastics bottles for the beverage industry. He has also worked in the areas of custom sheet extrusion and new plastics material development. Member of the Society of Plastics Engineers for the last 40 years, Weissmann was elected a fellow of the society in 1996.

nina-goodrichNina Goodrich – GreenBlue and the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (Canada)

Nina Goodrich is director of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and executive director of GreenBlue. GreenBlue is a nonprofit that provides science and resources to make business more sustainable.

frank-welleDr Frank Welle – Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering & Packaging IVV (Germany)

Dr Frank Welle is senior scientist at Fraunhofer IVV, which is one of the main institutes for applied packaging research

mike-nealMike Neal- Petcore (UK)

Mike Neal is the chairman of the Petcore Technical Committee. Petcore is the European value chain association with a mission to facilitate sustainable growth for post-consumer PET collection and support all PET recycling processes.

scott-seydelScott Seydel – Seydel Companies (USA)

Scott Seydel is president of the Seydel Companies which, among other activities, recycles PET from beverage bottles into coatings for textiles and wood products. He also chairs the boards of Global Green and Elemental Impact and is a board director of Green Cross, Container Recycling (CRI), and Atlanta Recycles.

chandler-slavinChandler Slavin — Dordan Manufacturing Co (USA)

Chandler Slavin has been serving as custom thermoformer Dordan Manufacturing’s sustainability coordinator since 2008. She is the author of the blog Recyclablepackaging.org, where she discusses the intersection between ethics, packaging and sustainability; her research has been published in more than 20 industry periodicals and she continues to speak domestically and abroad on progress in PET thermoform recycling.

meenu-sachdevaDr Meenu Sachdeva – UFlex (India)

Meenu Sachdeva, Ph.D., is head of quality assurance (QA) and research and development (R&D) with Ultimate Flexipack, a group company of UFlex. She has a doctorate in polymer chemistry with 20 years of experience in R&D, QA, and technical support. She is lead auditor for the company’s Quality Management System (QMS) and Food Safety Management System (FSMS) and has been a consultant for QMS, FSMS, Environment Management System (EMS), and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP). During her career, Sachdeva has been a guest faculty in various universities and colleges, with many publications to her credit in national and international journals.

jay-gouliard-copy-2Jay Gouliard – Innotrigue B.V (The Netherlands)

Jay Gouliard is the former global vice president of innovation for Avery Dennison where he was responsible for building an innovation pipeline and delivering differentiated innovations to the global market. He also led Avery Dennison’s global innovation centre in Pune, India.
Prior to joining Avery Dennison, Jay was Unilever’s vice president of global packaging development and design, vice president of packaging development (in the Innovation, Technology and Quality organisation) at General Mills, director of global packaging development and design at the Coca-Cola Companies, and senior manager of integrated product and process development at Anheuser-Busch Companies.
Jay is currently vice president for global packaging at Mondelez International.

Randy Yakimishyn – Consultant (Canada)

Randy spent 22 years at Husky Injection Molding Systems, 14 years as manufacturing manager and 7 as general manager of Bolton Molds. He then became president and chief executive of StackTeck Systems for 12 years before retiring. He now serves as a member of the board at StackTeck Systems.

Edgar Acosta – MACE Virtual Labs (USA)

Edgar Acosta is the managing partner of MACE Virtual Labs. He was previously the managing director of Olefins and Aromatics for DeWitt & Co. Inc., a petrochemical consultancy located in Houston, Texas, and senior vice president of Argus DeWitt, which was the result of Argus Media’s buyout of DeWitt & Co in 2012.

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