Bill 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.
Ken Braney – Society of Plastics Engineers (UK)
Thermoforming veteran Ken Braney is Past President 2011-2012 of the industry organisation Society of Plastics Engineers.
George 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.
Kiyonori Kogashiwa – Toyo Seikan Kaisha (Japan)
Kiyonori Kogashiwa is general manager – International Operations, at Toyo Seikan Kaisha, a Japan-based total packaging company. The group supplies packaging ranging from metal cans to plastics bottles, cups and pouches, closures and paper packaging.
P.V. Narayanan – SIES (India)
P.V. Narayanan is chief executive of the Indian Flexible Packaging and Folding Carton Manufacturers Association (IFCA), and is also secretary general of the Institute of Packaging Machinery Manufacturers of India (IPMMI), and an adviser to Cognizance Packaging Solutions.
Paolo 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.
Boh C. Tsai – Amerasia Technologies, Inc. (USA)
Boh C. Tsai is the managing director of Amerasia Technologies, Inc. In the 1980s at American Can, he was one of the key scientists that pioneered the PP/EVOH container for shelf-stable food packaging. During the past few years, as a consultant, Tsai has worked with Mullinix Packages developing an innovative PET/scavenger container, which he believes will replace the PP/EVOH container in the next 30 years.
Nicholas 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 – Borouge (Singapore)
Tarmo Raudsepp is vice president, Marketing Centre Moulding, for Borouge, which is a joint venture polyolefin manufacturer of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company and Austria’s Borealis.
Dan 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 Goodrich – PAC and Innovolve Group (Canada)
Nina Goodrich is PAC NEXT, program director with the PAC, and is also a senior associate with the Innovolve Group, which consults on sustainability issues.
Dr 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 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 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 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.
Edgar Acosta – Sycamore Growth (USA)
Edgar Acosta recently formed Sycamore Growth Inc. 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.
JAY 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.