Senior Research Analyst, New Plastics Economy Initiativeat
Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Leela is part of the New Plastic Economy innovation team. She uses her technical background to assess emerging innovation opportunities within the plastic packaging sector, specifically focusing on the exciting innovation and business potential offered by upstream solutions.
Vice President Global Packagingat
Vice President of Global Packaging Research, Development and Innovation leading packaging development, innovation, sustainability, productivity and design across all markets, categories, and brands for Mondelez International - one of the world’s largest snack companies. Our Mondelēz International mission is to “Lead the future of snacking by offering consumers the right snack for the right moment made the right way”.
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.
As a trained editor Susanne Haase has been enthusiastically reporting for more than 15 years on the international pulp and paper industry. For many years she was responsible for journals including IPW (International Paperworld), Paperazzo and Biofibre Magazine as Editor-in-Chief. In addition, the native German has been working as chief reporter for apr (Current Paper Review) until recently. In numerous editorials, Susanne has underlined the importance of cross-value chain collaboration to drive further circularity and benefit from fibre-based products’ immediate impact on mitigating climate change.
To walk that talk, Susanne recently started as Program Director of the 4evergreen Alliance, an initiative of Cepi, the European Association representing the Paper Industry. This unique forum engages and connects industry members from across the fibre-based packaging value chain, from paper and board producers to packaging converters, brand-owners and retailers, technology and material suppliers, waste sorters and collectors.
Executive Vice President, Packaging Materials Divisionat
Stora Enso Oy
Hannu Kasurinen, Executive Vice President, Packaging Materials Division, Stora Enso
Hannu has been a member of Stora Enso's Group Leadership Team since December 2019 and heads the Packaging Materials division, which aims to become the global leader in circular bioeconomy based on renewable and recyclable materials. He has held several leadership positions in Stora Enso, including SVP of Liquid Packaging and Carton Board, SVP of Strategy and EVP of Wood Products division, so he definitely knows what a tree can do. Hannu is excited about replacing fossil-based materials with renewable solutions and seeing designers’ ideas for the renewable packaging of tomorrow.
Mette Koefoed Quinn
Head of Unit for EU ETS Implementationat
European Commission, DG Climate Action
Working in the Directorate for European and International Carbon Markets Mette Quinn is heading the unit for Implementation of the EU Emissions Trading System and IT in the Commission’s Directorate-General for Climate Action. She took part in the negotiations of the international climate agreement in Paris in 2015, and also worked on international and EU domestic climate finance and innovation issues.
Within the European Commission she has also worked in the Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry, where she has a number of years’ experience as a policy officer on innovation policy development, governance and benchmarking. Previously, she worked for the Danish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and also spent a few years at the Danish Permanent Representation to NATO. She is an economist (Cand. Polit) and married with one daughter.
Global Sustainability Product & Packaging Leaderat
With single-use plastics, recycled fibers and post-consumer waste on the collective radars of customers, governments and NGOs, Daniel Locke is leading Kimberly-Clark’s strategy around some of the consumer goods industry’s most pressing environmental concerns.
In his role as global product and packaging leader, Locke architects programs to address the company’s ability to make products and packaging more renewable, recyclable, reusable or compostable. His task is to enable a circular economy approach to Kimberly-Clark’s Plastic Footprint focus area and Sustainability 2030 Ambition across the company’s five business units and global supply chain functions.
Locke is a passionate proponent of Kimberly-Clark’s Zero Waste Mindset, believing that manufacturers must go beyond their traditional waste footprint to include product and packaging materials after use and to identify secondary, beneficial uses for our materials to divert them to a higher value.
Locke’s prior experiences include strategy development at Kimberly-Clark, engineering at Fluor Corporation, and in material research and design as a Packaging Engineer at Kimberly-Clark Professional, Smith & Nephew, and Coveris (formerly Exopack). He is a proud Clemson graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Packaging Science and serves on the Board of Directors for Chattahoochee Riverkeeper in Atlanta, a not-for-profit working to ensure clean water for now and future generations.
Norske Skog ASA
Sven Ombudstvedt has held senior management positions in the chemical and pulp and paper industries for more than two decades. He has gained international experience in leading large global organisations both from the board room and from the CEO seat. Having been through several turnarounds, he is well versed with developing and implementing strategies and working with both P/L and balance sheets.
The Navigator Company
Nuno Santos is an Executive Director at The Navigator Company since May 2015 (member of Group Navigator’s Board and Executive Committee).
He is currently responsible for Navigator’s Tissue Business (around 120.000 tons per year) and for Navigator’s Market Pulp Business (around 360.000 tAD per year). He also supervises the Energy Division, global Procurement, and Business Development.
Until 2019, he was also responsible for Navigator’s forest and wood supply activity (5 million tons per year of eucalyptus wood; 100.000 hectares of own forest land), and for the international Project in Mozambique (currently in forestry phase; 150.000 hectares plantation potential).
Before that, Nuno has been at McKinsey & Company for 22 years, from 1993 until 2015. He was elected Partner on 2001 and Senior Partner on 2008. He led the Energy, Commodities and Industrial Practice at McKinsey’s Iberian Office.
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.
Chief Operations Officerat
Peter joined the Financial Times in 1984 when the newspaper was printed using Hot Metal. He was heavily involved in the FT’s international expansion programme and the multitude of technological changes that have appeared over the years. He has been in the COO role for over 7 years - his remit includes the international printing infrastructure (including St Clements Press in London which was rescued from administration in 2012), global digital ad operations, FT creative and the off-shore facility in Manila. Peter also led the team responsible for moving the FT headquarters from Southwark to St Paul’s.
Vice President – Business Development Europeat
Marko Summanen is a career paper industry professional with over 20 years of experience across strategic, tactical, engineering, and sales functions as well as a worldwide scope that includes China, Southeast Asia, the U.S., Canada, and several European countries.
Prior to joining Fisher, Marko held management positions at Valmet, running projects that included starting up 10 new paper machines. As Director of Service, he developed a new services business model focused on efficiency improvements and cost savings.
Throughout his career, Marko has championed the transformative power of data-driven management. At Fisher, he uses his deep solutions-focused understanding of paper making operations to help clients improve performance and address the particular challenges faced by European players.
Marko holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Automation Engineering from the Technical Institute of Jyväskylä, Finland.
Founder and CEOat
Tom Szaky is founder and CEO of TerraCycle, a global leader in the collection and repurposing of complex waste streams. TerraCycle operates in 21 countries, working with some of the world’s largest brands, retailers and manufacturers to create national platforms to recycle products and packaging that currently go to landfill or incineration.
TerraCycle is the lead company in a new circular shopping platform called Loop that enables consumers to shop for some of their favorite brands in durable, reusable packaging. Launched in May 2019, Loop is a key step in helping to end the epidemic of waste that is caused by 'single- use' consumption.
Tom and TerraCycle have received hundreds of social, environmental and business awards and recognition from a range of organizations including the United Nations, World Economic Forum, Schwab Foundation, Fortune Magazine, Time Magazine and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Tom is the author of four books, “Revolution in a Bottle” (2009), “Outsmart Waste” (2014), “Make Garbage Great” (2015) and “The Future of Packaging” (2019). Tom created, produced and starred in TerraCycle’s reality show, “Human Resources” which aired on Pivot from 2014-2016 and is syndicated in more than 20 foreign markets on Amazon and iTunes.
Head of Corporate Sector Advisoryat
Rupert Taylor is Head of Corporate Sector Advisory at NatWest. He is focussed on sector-specific corporate finance advice for large global corporates. He has worked in the Paper and Packaging sector for over 10 years of his career, working with and advising a large number of global businesses in the sector.
Director, Innovation & Sustainabilityat
Since 2019 Mr. Tillman is working at RDM Group as Director Innovation&Sustainability.
Before joining RDM Mr. Tillman worked at IKEA of Sweden for six years in the position of Project Leader in Packaging Development as well as in Wood Supply&Forestry.
Starting in 1990 Mr. Tillman successfully spent more than 20 years in the Pulp&Paper Industry holding positions in R&D, Production Operations as well as Head Office Management positions in the areas of Sustainability, Energy, Environment, Health&Safety and Risk Management for SCA, SCA Packaging and DS Smith.
Mr. Tillman is of Swedish nationality and has a background of Chemical Engineering at the Lund Institute of Technology in Sweden and Pulp&Paper Technology at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.
Mr. Tillman was born in 1965 and is married to Anna with two children.
Senior Analyst Packaging Supply Chainat
Natasha is a Utrecht-based analyst working for the F&A Supply Chain team.
Prior to joining Rabobank, Natasha worked as a Markets and Supply Chains researcher 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 on 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, 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. In addition to her Ph.D., Natasha holds a MSc in Agricultural Economics from the Russian State Agricultural University (Moscow Timiryazev Agricultural Academy).
Senior Packaging Specialistat
Alexey is an engineer who’s prime interest is in packaging concept development, scale-up and best possible end-of-life scenarios. His wide ranging areas of professional expertise include paper physics, packaging and specialty papers, paper recycling, flexible paper packaging, barrier paper, moulded pulp, paper converting, filling & packing and packaging sustainability.
Prior to joining Nestlé Alexey was a Research Scientist at VTT and has also held various consulting and innovation roles. He has a B.Sc in pulp & paper technology and an M.Sc in forest bio-refineries from Saint-Petersburg State Forest-Technical University; an M.Sc. in chemical engineering from Lappeenranta University of Technology and a D.Sc (Tech) in paper converting & packaging from Tampere University of Technology.
Chief Executive Officerat
Sappi Europe S.A.
Mr Wiersum joined Sappi Europe in January 2007 as Chief Executive Officer Sappi Europe. He started his career at ICI Fibres, held the position of President of Amoco Fabrics (Europe) followed by President of Amoco Chemicals (Europe). Following the takeover by BP, he joined BP to assist with the integration of the two groups in Europe. He then joined Pechiney SA 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. Mr Wiersum was Chairman of CEPI (Confederation of European Paper Industries) from 2009 – 2011. In 2017 he was named RISI's European CEO of the year and International CEO of the year at the PPI awards.
Qualifications: MA (Medieval and Modern History)