2019 Speakers

Take a sneak peek at the speakers confirmed for the 50th edition of PRIMA! There's plenty more to come so watch this space. 

  • Tim Barker

    Director Truffula Ltd

    With a background in the print and paper industry, Tim has extensive experience of dealing with sustainability issues. He was responsible for the sustainable supply chain programme of a global paper merchant group and has managed corporate sustainability and environmental management systems. As an independent sustainability consultant and environmental auditor based in the UK, Tim has advised numerous businesses, large and small, helping them to make progress against their sustainability goals. Recent projects have included research into cartons versus plastic packaging, comparisons of plastic and paper bags, and communications about why paper packaging can be the natural choice for brands, retailers and consumers.

  • Arco Berkenbosch

    Vice President Innovation and Development Smurfit Kappa

    After successfully obtaining his PhD in applied mathematics, Arco Berkenbosch worked as a consultant for private packaging businesses, and advised international B2B and B2C companies on packaging strategies. He joined Smurfit Kappa as head of Research and Development in 2000. In 2011, Arco was appointed as Vice President of Marketing, Research and Development, while in 2015 he started the role of Vice President Innovation and Development.

    In this position, Arco has the overall responsibility for innovation and development for Smurfit Kappa Europe, which employs 46,000 professionals across 35 countries. Reporting directly to the CEO Europe Saverio Mayer, he is responsible for covering the main areas such as design, retail, e-commerce, supply chain, sustainability, mechanics and mechanisation. Arco is also a member of the board in Smurfit Kappa Europe.

    Arco is an experienced keynote speaker for international conferences for more than 20 years, giving inspiring speeches on the impact of trends such as e-commerce, changing consumer behaviour and increased sustainability awareness on packaging innovation and business strategy.

  • Angelika Christ

    Secretary General FEFCO - European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers

    Angelika Christ has been the Secretary General of FEFCO since 2007 and the Secretary General of CITPA since 2014.

    She has been involved in associations of corrugated board manufacturers for over 20 years, first in Germany and then at the European level. Prior to FEFCO, she was the Managing Director of the German Association of Corrugated Board Industries (VDW) from 1996 until 2007. Her first professional experience was with the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI), where she executed various positions from 1980-1996.

  • Phil Davidson

    Global Sustainability Director HAVI

    Phil is responsible for providing environmental and sustainable sourcing expertise to support the implementation of innovative and cost-effective packaging solutions within the McDonald’s packaging supply chain.  Based in the UK, he often operates as a consultant across the wider HAVI global client network.

  • Dina Dedic

    Vice President Biorefinery & Energy RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, RISE Bioeconomy

    Dina Dedic is the Vice President of Biorefinery and Energy at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden. In her role, she executes the company’s strategy with a specific focus on bio-based materials and processes as a solution to resource scarcity. With a background is in chemical engineering, Dina started her career in research. In 2016, she and her colleagues worked on the RISE Bioeconomy report “A Cellulose-Based Society”, in which scientific and technological progress is put in context of societal trends and challenges. This report came to be a key component of the company´s strategy. Apart from hikes at wuthering heights, Dina is passionate about building strong teams and in undertaking seemingly impossible projects.

  • Bernd Eikens

    Executive Vice President UPM Biorefining

    Executive Vice President, UPM Paper ENA 2013-2016, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, Paper Business Group 2008-2013, President, UPM-Kymmene Inc., North America 2005-2008. Several management positions at UPM Nordland Papier 1998-2005. Senior Process Engineer, International Paper Co. 1996-1998.

     

    Supervisory Board Member of Johann Bunte Bauunternehmung GmbH & Co. KG, Advisory Board member of Meyer Turku Oy.

  • Markus Gärtner

    Chief Executive Officer, Fibre Packaging/Paper Mondi

    Markus has significant industrial and international business experience. He started his career at McKinsey & Company, working on numerous operational and strategic projects with a primary focus on product development and manufacturing processes across a variety of industries. He went on to join Novelis AG, a leading producer of rolled aluminium products, as Director of Strategy & Business Development for Europe. After a series of commercial and technical roles with growing responsibility, he eventually headed one of Novelis’ three businesses as Vice President & General Manager Specialities. In this capacity, he was responsible for a diverse range of applications, including consumer packaging solutions and industrial products. Markus joined Mondi in September 2018.

     

    Marcus has a Doctorate of Technical Sciences from ETH Zürich and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

  • Jay L. Gouliard

    Vice President of Global Packaging Mondelez International

    Based in East Hanover, NJ, Jay leads a diverse and dispersed team of scientists, engineers, designers, and business leaders charged with growing the Mondelez International business – both top- and bottom-line – through packaging innovation, design and technology development.  He also serves as the global capability leader for design – both creative and execution. 

     

    Prior to joining Mondelez, Jay served as Avery Dennison’s Global Vice President of Innovation; Unilever’s Global Vice President Packaging Development and Design - supporting all brands in all markets for Unilever across home care, personal care, laundry, food, beverages, ice cream, and food solutions ; Vice President of Packaging Development, Innovation, Technology, and Quality at General Mills;  Director Global Packaging Development & Design at the Coca-Cola Companies, Sr. Manager Integrated Product and Process Development at Anheuser-Busch Companies, Sr. Mechanical Design Engineer at McDonnell Douglas Aerospace.

     

    Jay graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bradley University in Peoria, IL, and holds a master’s degree in Technology & Engineering Management from the University of Missouri – Rolla. He is a co-author of the book, The Big Moo, published in 2005.

  • Marcus Hellberg

    Sales Director Södra Cell International, Italy

    Marcus Hellberg is Sales Director - Italy at Södra Cell, based in Milan. He joined the company in 2007 and is also one of Södra’s 50,000 forest owners. Previous roles at Södra include head of marketing and business development, in which capacity he was based at the head office in Växjö, Sweden, until August 2018. Prior to that he was head of the Tissue & Board business area. Hellberg began his career at Unilever in the consumer goods sector. He has an MBA focused on marketing/marketing management from Växjö University in Sweden.

  • Christian Kallenberg

    Founder & Owner We Like Mags

    Christian Kallenberg is the founder and owner of We Like Mags agency in Germany focusing on editorial services, licensing, M&A consulting for magazine media companies

    Christian has been involved with high profile launches of both, internationally known and German specific brands. He has been active as an editor, publisher and consultant to numerous launches in the area of consumer titles, primarily print magazines but also apps, e-papers, etc from as early as 2011.

    Having started his career in 1996 as a journalist at Bauer Media Group, by the early years of the new millennium he got appointed as Editor of the German version of FHM, followed by similar ventures for L’Officiel Hommes, Octane and others.

    As a strong believer in the haptic experience of analogue media Christian started his own publishing consultancy "We Like Mags" based in Berlin in 2011 and has advised on and executed many launches in print and digital ever since.

  • Ari Kiviranta

    Senior Vice President, Development Metsä Group

    Ari Kiviranta started his career with Tampella as project engineer in 1988. He worker with the company, that later become part of Valmet in 1988-1993 and 1995-1999 in various positions, the latest being Manager, Product development.

    He first stint with Metsä Board was in 1993-1995 and he has been with the company since 1999. His positions with Metsä Board include, for instance, Head of Production and later Mill Manager at Metsä Board Zanders and SVP, Head of Cartonboard Business Area. His current position (since 2017) is SVP, Development.

    Kiviranta holds D.Sc. in paper technology.

  • Martin Luh

    Global Packaging Base Material Management (Solidboard), Nestlé

       

     

  • Bernhard Niemela

    Managing Director & Editor-in-Chief Deutscher Drucker Verlag – a unit of Ebner Media Group

    Bernhard Niemela is Managing Director of Deutscher Drucker Verlag (a unit of Ebner Media Group) and Editor-in-Chief of Deutscher Drucker magazine. Deutscher Drucker Verlag is the leading publishing house for the printing, packaging and media industry in the german speaking countries.

    The portfolio includes amongst others the print and digital publications Deutscher Drucker, print.de, Grafische Palette, Flexo+Tief-Druck and Etiketten-Labels, the renowned Druck&Medien Awards and the marketing agency 3co-max. Bernhard is lecturer for Social Media at the Akademie der Bayerischen Presse, member judge of several international print awards and acts as an international speaker and moderator. He holds a Master of Arts degree in History and German Language and Literature from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.

  • Adam Page

    Global Director of Research and Reports Smithers

    Adam is Global Director, Reports and Consultancy at Smithers..

    He has over 15 years’ experience in market intelligence, consultancy, directing market research and working with clients to deliver high-value strategic studies and analysis.

    During his time at Smithers, he has published or delivered hundreds of market studies, reports, technical books and single-client projects across a range of industries including packaging, print, paper, nonwovens and raw materials.

    Adam has spoken at and moderated many industry and client events including the Global Packaging Summit, Future of Polyolefins, and The Banknote Conference. Adam has established and developed a global network of experts, consultants and researchers who contribute to hundreds of primary research-based projects every year. He is a member of the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals

  • Magnus Renman

    Group R&D Director DS Smith

    Since 2018 Magnus has been working as Group R&D Director for DS Smith, where he is leading the R&D work in material and technology developments. Prior to this Magnus worked specifically within DS Smith’s Packaging Division as a Technical Director between 2012 and 2016, then as the Design and R&D Director between 2016 and 2018.

  • Mikhail Senatorov

    Senior Vice President & CEO DOUBLE V Group of Companies

    Following 12 years in the printing industry, running an offset and digital printing house in Moscow, Mikhail Senatorov joined the paper industry as Senior Vice President, CEO and shareholder of the DOUBLE V, Group of companies.

    Mikhail graduated from the Moscow State University for Graphic Arts as an engineer-technologist in printing and packaging production, with a Masters Degree in Print Media Management from the High School for Media (Hochschule der Medien) in Stuttgart, Executive MBA of St. Gallen University (Switzerland).

    Mikhail is also a multiple medalist of Russian sailing championships, and was European champion in Oslo in 2008.

  • Henrik Sjölund

    CEO Holmen

    Henrik Sjölund obtained an MBA in International Business administration in 1993. He joined Holmen Paper´s marketing department in 1993 where he has been product manager, manager for Holmen Paper´s sales company Nordic and sales & marketing director. He took up the position of CEO in Holmen Paper September 15 2011. From April 9 2014 he has the position as CEO and President of Holmen Group.

  • Marko Summanen

    Vice President Business Development Europe Fisher International, Inc., Finland

    Marko Summanen is currently VP Business Development, Europe at Fisher International. Marko is a paper industry professional with over 25 years of experience across management consulting, strategic, tactical, engineering, and sales functions as well as a worldwide scope that includes work in China, Southeast Asia, the US, Canada, and many European countries.

    Prior to joining Fisher International, he held various positions at Valmet, running projects that included starting up 10 new paper machines in Europe, NA and Asia - among them, UPM Tervasaari PM8, making specialty papers. Most recently as a Director of Service and Mill Improvements, his team focused on paper mill efficiency improvements and cost savings. He was also responsible for agreements business and developing the new services business models.

    Throughout his career, Mr. Summanen has championed the transformative power of data-driven management. At Fisher, his solutions-focused approach helps clients improve performance and expand their position in the marketplace using data, analytics, and leveraged consulting.

  • Claire Summersby

    Partnership Sales & Marketing Manager the Alexir Partnership

    Claire Summersby has worked for the Alexir Partnership since 2012 and is now the Sales and Marketing Manager, combining multiple functions in NPD, CSR and sustainable packaging solutions. She spearheaded the introduction of digital carton printing in 2015 and has worked closely with the department to make the success it is.

    Her background has always been in B2B Marketing in a FMCG environment, although previously she worked in the wine industry. Claire is based in the UK and has a BA (Hons) in Modern Languages. She speaks fluent Spanish having studied at Granada University and teaching at a private school for five years. She also has a Diploma in Wine.

  • Rupert Taylor

    Head of Corporate Sector Advisory NatWest

    Rupert Taylor is the Head of RBS / Natwest’s Corporate Sector Advisory team.  The team focuses on supporting large corporate clients and financial sponsors in financing events (for example acquisitions, IPOs and capital restructurings) predominantly in EMEA.  Rupert has 18 years of experience in financial services, and over 10 years of experience within the paper and packaging sector.  He has undertaken numerous deals in the global paper and packaging sector for both corporates and financials sponsors. 

  • Gary Thomson

    Senior Market Consultant EMGE & Co

    Gary Thomson, BA (Hons), has been analysing paper markets for more than 25 years. He is a leading market research consultant in the Paper Industry, specialising in Printing & Writing Paper and Newsprint markets for the consulting firm, EMGE & Co.

    EMGE produces forecasts and research information in the form of multi-client reports, individual market sector research projects and commissioned market surveys. For over quarter of a century, EMGE has been publishing regular global graphic paper market reports and forecasts, including the EMGE World Newsprint Markets Report.

    Gary began his career in 1993, working for Pulp & Paper International (PPI) as a paper market reporter, focusing on packaging and wastepaper markets. In 1997, he joined International Papermaker magazine, where he continued reporting on the world’s paper business. In 2001, he moved to Germany to become Editor-in-Chief of International Paper World magazine.

    He was recruited by EMGE in 2004, and has since become one of the firm’s leading consultants, as well as the chief writer of its forecast reports. He regularly makes presentations on EMGE forecasts at events and conferences around the world.

    In his free time, Gary volunteers with the Salvation Army, working with homeless people.

  • Natasha Valeeva

    Analyst - Food and Agribusiness Supply Chains RaboBank

    Natasha is an Utrecht-based analyst working for the F&A Supply Chain team. In the past nine years, Natasha worked as a researcher Markets and Supply Chains at LEI Wageningen University. In this position, she conducted research on a wide range of F&A sectors such as poultry and dairy as well as into a number of overarching food supply chain themes like food safety.

    Natasha started her career in 1999 as Quality Assurance Manager at a baby food production plant (part of Royal Numico) in Moscow. From there on she moved to the Netherlands to work on her Ph.D. at Wageningen University, focusing on the economics of food safety and traceability in the Dutch dairy chain. During this period she was also a visiting researcher in the US and Australia. Next to her Ph.D., Natasha holds a MSc in Agricultural Economics from the Russian State Agricultural University (Moscow Timiryazev Agricultural Academy).

  • Gilles van Nieuwenhuyzen

    Executive Vice President, Packaging Solutions Stora Enso

    Gilles van Nieuwenhuyzen is Executive Vice President and Head Packaging Solutions at Stora Enso since 2015. Prior to this, he was the President of the Enablers division at DuPont Nutrition & Health (formerly Danisco) 2010 – 2014. Earlier he was Executive Board Member and Division President at the Dutch food ingredients group CSM, and held positions at Rexam, DSM and McKinsey.

    He holds a MSc in Applied Physics and MBA from INSEAD.

  • Claire Virazels

    Programme Manager Production Colour & Packaging Technology Xerox EMEA

    Claire Virazels has worked for Xerox since 1997 and has held various positions in sales, marketing and management in France, Switzerland and now at European level. As Programme Manager, she is currently in charge of the Production Colour Business Team (Xerox iGen Press and Iridesse), as well as the Digital Packaging Programme. Claire is based in France and holds a Master from Neoma Business School in Rouen (France) and has also studied at the University of Bath in England.

  • Berry Wiersum

    CEO SAPPI

    Sappi, a leading global provider of sustainable woodfibre products and solutions, appointed Berry Wiersum (62, Dutch) Chief Executive Officer of Sappi Europe S.A. on 15 January 2007. Mr Wiersum started his career at ICI Fibres, became President of Amoco Fabrics (Europe), then the President of Amoco Chemicals (Europe), and when Amoco was taken over by BP, he moved to BP to assist with the integration of the two groups in Europe.  He subsequently left BP and joined Pechiney S.A. in France and ran the CEBAL packaging division until he was recruited as Managing Director of the Packaging division of Kappa Packaging BV (The Netherlands) and member of the Management Board responsible for paper manufacture and packaging in the Kappa group.  He holds a Master of Arts degree with Combined Honours in Mediaeval and Modern History and subsidiaries in French and Music from the University of St. Andrews in the UK. Berry Wiersum was Vice-Chairman Coated Cepifine in 2009 and 2010. Berry Wiersum was Chairmen of Cepi (Confederation of European Paper Industries) in 2010 and 2011. Berry is married with four children.