Marco Eikelenboom is Chief Executive Officer at Sappi Europe since April 2021. His professional career started in 1992 with KNP Fine Paper in The Netherlands and after several commercial positions in Maastricht and Paris, he was appointed Manager Corporate Planning when KNP Leykam was acquired by Sappi Ltd. in 1997. Following this corporate strategy position, Marco took on the role as Managing Director of Sappi Benelux and left in 2002 to Sappi’s global Head Office in Johannesburg to become Marketing Director. Marco came back to Brussels as Director Marketing & Sales in 2005 and after the acquisition and integration of M-Real Graphics In 2008, he assumed the global Marketing & Sales responsibilities for the Graphics business of Sappi Europe as Vice-President Marketing & Sales. Marco holds a Master of Science in Business Administration from the Erasmus University Rotterdam and followed executive management courses at INSEAD, IMD and MIT Sloane School of Management. He lives with his wife and dog Dingo in Brussels and has 3 sons at University in the Netherlands.
António José Pereira Redondo
The Navigator Company
António José Pereira Redondo has been CEO of The Navigator Company since January 2020, and a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee since April 2007.
In 1987 he joined Soporcel, the company that was eventually incorporated in Portucel Soporcel Group, now The Navigator Company, where he started on the Technical and Production departments and led Marketing and Commercial departments. As Chief Commercial Officer until 2019, he was responsible for the areas of Marketing, Sales, Revenue Management, Supply Chain, Logistics and Product Development.
António Redondo holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Science and Technology College of Coimbra University (1987), also had university studies in Business Management and holds an MBA from Universidade Católica Portuguesa (1998).
Sven Ombudstvedt has held senior management positions in the chemical and pulp and paper industries for more than two decades.
Through his positions in Norske Skog, SCD SAS, Yara International and Norsk Hydro, he has gained international experience in leading large global organisations both from the board room and from the CEO seat.
Sven Ombudstvedt has been with Norske Skog since 2010. He has a Masters in International Management from Thunderbird (USA) and a Bachelor in Business Administration from Pacific Lutheran University (USA).
Professor of International Business and Strategyat
Henley Business School
Bio to follow shortly
Dr Hans Grünfeld
VEMW (Dutch association of non-domestic energy and water consumers)
Since 2003, Dr Hans Grünfeld has been managing director of VEMW, a Dutch association of non-domestic energy and water consumers, representing companies and organisations from industry, the financial, health care, educational and other sectors in The Netherlands. From 2007 to 2010, he was president of IFIEC-Europe, the European association of industrial energy consumers.
Having served VEMW since 1999, Hans has extensive experience with the liberalisation and integration of the European gas and electricity markets. Before joining VEMW, he worked for McKinsey & Company (researcher) and Rand Europe (policy analyst).
Hans Grünfeld received a Ph.D. from Delft University of Technology and holds an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Masters in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam.
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.
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. In 2021 he accquired the rights to former famous german youth magazine brand POP Rocky and relaunched it as a retro brand for the generation +40.
Formerly European Leader, Forestry, Paper and Packaging Industry Groupat
Regional Sales Directorat
KROENERT GmbH & Co KG
Andrea Glawe has been Regional Sales Director for the Asian / Pacific market at KROENERT since 2015. Prior to that she had roles as Director R&D for the KROENERT group in Hamburg; R&D leader at DRYTEC GmbH & Co KG in Norderstedt; Deputy Sales Director with responsibility for technical sales and project management at Coatema Coating Machinery GmbH in Dormagen. She started her career as scientific assistant for the Textile Research Institute Thüringen-Vogtland e.V. Greiz.
Ms Glawe has a Masters degree in “Technical textiles and process engineering” from the Technical University of Chemnitz.
Felipe Schlingmann Ortega
Head of Bioeconomy Division; Projects Directorateat
European Investment Bank
Felipe Ortega Schlingmann is Head of Division in the Bioeconomy Division within the Projects Directorate of the European Investment Bank. This Division is responsible to provide support to the operational units in the technical, economic, environmental and social due diligence of the investment proposals. It also defines the sectorial lending strategies and policies and establishes the financing eligibilities in the sectors relevant for the Division based on the Banks priority lending objectives.
Felipe Ortega, a Spanish and German, national studied Agricultural Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Madrid. He holds a Ph.D in Agronomy by the University of Bonn and an MBA by IESE-Universidad de Navarra. Before joining the EIB, Felipe Ortega worked for more than 15 years in agricultural, microbiological and chemical research, development and innovation both in the public and the private sector. He served in several positions overseeing and managing technical activities at E.I. DuPont de Nemours, Inc. in its Agricultural Products Division.
Project Leader, at
FiberLean Technologies Ltd
Per has +40 years’ experience of working for the paper industry. After chemical engineering studies in Gothenburg, Sweden he joined Eka´s paper chemicals (today Kemira) in 1979 and was part of the team that developed Compozil, the first retention aid system based on nanoparticles. In 1989 he joined Stora Papyrus in Möndal for a role as technical manager, coated papers. The combination of experience in both wet-end and coating was a good basis for moving to English China Clays, later Imerys, in 1994. Per was one of the inventors of the FiberLean® MFC process and was heading up Imerys´ commercialisation effort for this breakthrough technology. The current role is to lead the development of a novel wet-end coating concept with MFC as the binder, “FiberLean on Top”.
Head of Sustainable Finance, Corporatesat
Arthur joined RBS Global Banking and Markets as a graduate in 2008. He was appointed Sustainable Finance Co-ordinator in 2017 and Head of Sustainable Finance Corporates in 2019. Previous roles included covering Northern European clients for the Debt Financing and Risk Solutions team. His current responsibilities are to support sustainable finance deal origination and execution, advise clients on sustainable finance products and solutions, and to promote ESG thought leadership.
Arthur has a PhD in Finance (Strathclyde University), an MSc in International Management (LSE, University of Chicago) and a BSc in Philosophy and Economics (LSE). He was a Visiting Associate at the Boston Consulting Group and a Research Intern at the Dutch Ministry of Finance.
Head of Regulatory Affairsat
Sappi Europe S.A.
Sappi, a leading global provider of sustainable woodfibre products and solutions, appointed Berry Wiersum as Chief Executive Officer of Sappi Europe S.A. on 15 January 2007. Berry retired as CEO in March 2021 and is currently Head of Regulatory Affairs for Sappi Europe.
Mr Wiersum 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)
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.
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.
Teija Konttori is the Managing Director of Vision Hunters. With an engineering background in paper technology and international business, the last 15 years she has been working in the management consulting business. Her key role is to give strategic advice globally for customers and stakeholders across the forest industry value chain.
Head of Marketingat
Fabienne is Head of Marketing at PEFC International. She leads the end-users and retailers engagement programme, promoting PEFC sustainable forestry Standards for supply chain traceability assurance. Managing a team of colleagues and consultants, Fabienne ensures that companies understand the importance of PEFC’s work and are equipped to report their own progress on sustainability targets. Previously, Fabienne worked for 15 years in the consumer goods industry in various marketing roles of brand management, category development and integrated communications in the UK and Geneva. She briefly worked as a consultant for the International Trade Centre part of WTO. She graduated from Nantes University in business management and further studied marketing in London with the Chartered Institute of Marketing. In 2020, Fabienne obtained a high pass from the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership for the Business Sustainability Management course.
Sami-Pekka has B.Sc. in engineering and a degree in marketing. He has more than two decades of experience in serving pulp and paper industry. During this time he has been holding various management positions in sales organizations of chemical solution providers. Throughout his 7-year career in MetGen Sami-Pekka has been responsible for building partnerships to create value-chain enabling technology development and commercialisation of MetGen technologies.
Head of Technology & Innovation; Recovered Fibre Operations Managerat
Richard has a BSc in Paper Science at the University of Manchester. He is currently Head of Technology & Innovation and Recovered Fibre Operations Manager at James Cropper plc. Richard has worked in the paper industry for 20 years across multiple sectors and disciplines, with the last 8 years spent at James Cropper. Recently, he has led pioneering recycling schemes to utilise and build value from materials that had previously been considered difficult to recycle.
AFRY Management Consulting
Arne originally graduated with an MSc in Paper Technology from the German University of Darmstadt and has over 25 years of background in the European forest-based industry sector. He combines several years of work-experience in production management together with a broad range of management consulting activities ranging from techno-economic studies to corporate strategy development and M&A advisory/due diligence services . Arne also worked as project manager in a greenfield mill project.