Jenny secured a position as a translater fresh from business school for a purchaser who said all the wrong things. When he realized that she winged the translations, she got a purchaser position at a German construction company. This was the beginning of her sourcing journey.
She quite recently came from a great company that built affordable housing for those on the salary level of a preschool teacher, to a company that wants to positively impact the climate and promises to be a good company. Both very excellent companies but with the difference that today she has the luxury to go to work at Oatly and know that she makes an actual impact on people´s health and our earth .
Luis Carlos Chacón
Global Consultant/Op-Ed Columnist
BusinessCase/Forbes Latin America
Luis Carlos Chacón leads the BusinessCase team, a Boutique-Global-Firm that works with multinational FMCG's identifying emerging and future business opportunities. Also, has been a columnist for Forbes Latin America for several years, and currently pursuing a postgraduate degree in Global Business at the University of Oxford (where previously graduated in Strategy and Innovation), his educational background also includes studies at Stanford, The University of Manchester, and Houston University. In business, he has worked for more than eighteen years for the global and regional operations of FMCG’s such as The Coca-Cola Company, Colgate-Palmolive, Diageo, Kellogg’s, Unilever, AB InBev among many others. Global traveller, eternal student, avant-garde thinker, business consultant, writer, and researcher, related to topics such as economics, storytelling, investment, retail, futures, semiotics, creativity, business competitive, globalization strategy, design thinking and behavioural sciences.
Head of Packaging & EDP Quality Supplier
Head of the packaging quality team in Essential Dairy & Plant Based Division, covering 30 Manufacturing plants , 200 supplier sites for > 1Bln spend. Extended QFS experience developed in various roles of co-man and supplier management in PepsiCo and Danone, ensuring the right quality standards for materials and suppliers.
Head of Packaging R&D
Will received a Ph.D in glass manufacturing technology from the University of Cambridge in 2000, and has been leading the development of materials and packaging for FMGC companies ever since. First with Procter & Gamble, then Coty, and since 2018 heading the pack development team for Britvic, he has designed and optimised packs for brands as diverse as Lenor and Gucci. A believer in data-driven environmentalism he sees the greatest challenge of his current role to be supporting the transformation of packaging into a part of the future low-carbon, low waste, circular economy.
Global Sustainability Programme Manager
Robbert Slooten is sustainability program manager at Signify, the world leader in lighting formerly known as Philips Lighting. In this role, Robbert now oversees a sustainable packaging program, driving global multidisciplinary project teams to identify and implement non-plastic packaging solutions.
Prior to his current role, Robbert managed two of Signify’s Brighter Lives, Better World commitments - zero carbon and zero waste. He was responsible for building Signify’s carbon emissions reduction and offsetting strategy. Under his direction, Signify completed the first-ever virtual Power Purchase Agreement in Poland and was the first corporate to apply IRECs in the Gulf region.
Robbert studied Industrial Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology, where he mastered in Innovation Management with a focus on Sustainable Energy Technologies.
Technical Packaging Engineer
Head of Sustainable Design
Thomas Marinelli is heading the Sustainable Design & Products program in Signify. Signify is a global leader in lighting, with recognized expertise in the development and application of innovative, energy-efficient lighting systems and services that improve people’s lives. Philips/Signify have focused on environmental sustainability since the 1970s.
Mr. Marinelli is responsible for driving Sustainability strategic priorities towards product businesses, identify energy efficiency and other sustainable design opportunities for the lighting product portfolio, and identify business opportunities in making the Signify propositions more interesting and attractive for the customer.
Mr. Marinelli has a PhD in heterogeneous catalysis and an MBA degree from the Rotterdam School of Management. He started his working career in The Coca-Cola Company where he had various assignments in product integrity and process improvement. In the past fifteen years he was responsible for vast variety of sustainability projects in several Royal Philips businesses before moving to his current position in Signify (formerly Philips Lighting).
Chief Technologist: Design & Packaging
Mr. Ashwani Kumar is currently Chief Technologist for Design & Packaging for India’s leading consumer goods company ITC Limited. He has over 29 years of in-depth experience in the area of Design, Packaging, Materials and related Machinery. His key competency is in putting together Design Strategy and ensuring an end to end solution working with a large cross functional team.
He has been the chairman of the AsiaPack Summit for last three consecutive years. A key expert and with a flair for speaking, he has been a speaker at various international forums in the area of Packaging and Graphics Design. For the past several years, he has been the keynote speaker at the prestigious EuroPack Summit at Cannes and Monaco. He has also been a speaker at the International Holographic Conference, World Packaging Summit etc.
His Contribution has also been in terms of a several write ups for ‘The Economic Times’ wherein he has enunciated theories and perspectives related to Design, the ‘T’ principle being one of them.
He has been a member of the prestigious ‘India Design Council’ and has been contributing in his various capacities for Design propagation.
An avid traveller and a keen photographer, Mr Kumar is one of the first in the country to start Nordic walking and has been propagating the benefits in his own way.
Mr. Kumar’s mantra “Nothing is impossible”.
Strategic Packaging Development Manager
Kati Randell (M.Sc., Food Science) has worked 25 years in the field of packaging research and development.
She’s done research on the various packaging technologies and quality of packaging materials at the Technical Research Centre of Finland for four years. Thereafter Randell worked both at Valio (no 1 dairy company of Finland) and at Fazer (no 1 confectionery company of Finland) for ten years as Packaging Development Manager. At Paulig, she leads the packaging development for coffee and drinks. Her passion is to combine in the best and most sustainable way the various demands packaging has to fulfil with the added value it can offer. She enjoys working closely with many people internally and externally.
Randell takes part in many national collaborative organisations in the packaging sector, like the board of the Finnish Packaging Association.
Assistant Professor, Food Quality & Design
Dr Jenneke Heising is an assistant professor at the Food Quality and Design group in the Department of Agrotechnology and Food Sciences at Wageningen University. Jenneke completed her study Food Technology and her Ph.D. at Wageningen University on the topic of Intelligent Packaging for monitoring food quality. Her research interests lie in the area of food packaging, with a focus on the relationship between food packaging and the quality of packed foods. She has collaborations with researchers in several other disciplines, e.g. logistics and consumer science. Currently she focuses mainly on the design of sustainable food packaging that reduces food waste or influences the quality of foods, with a special interest for active and intelligent packaging and on modelling quality reactions of foods.
Co-Founder and COO
Nikhil is the Co-Founder and COO of MIT spinoff Graviky Labs Inc. Graviky is currently actively capturing air pollution and recycling it into inks used by various industries, artists around the world. Prior to this, Nikhil ran a business and tax advisory based out of Mumbai practice where he advised several large corporations, not-for profit organizations and startups. He continues to assist the not-for profits as an advisor. Before this, Nikhil was associated with Ernst & Young. Nikhil’s core competencies include business development, client relations, operational controls, cross-border taxation. Nikhil thrives in managing discipline in unstructured environments and is interested in reinterpreting the way organizations do business. Nikhil was amongst 100 Leading Global Thinkers at Foreign Policy Washington DC 2016.
Co-Founder & Marketing Director
Erika Ollen’s experience ranges from strategic marketing to brand consulting and design, always for the food related industries and very often with a health/nutritional and/or educational focus. Erika is a skilled chef with insights in product development and communication. She has more often than not ran her own projects and initiatives.
For the past four years she has been part of running the innovative beverage company Caliente Beverages, being head of Marketing. Their drink range has received great international recognition, incl. “Best New Adult Drink” at World Beverage Innovation Awards. Extensive dialogue with the market made the team identify the gap for NA spirits early on, thus developing Gnista – the first non alcoholic spirit truly resembling a fine spirit. Gnista’s first flavour, Floral Wormwood, was launched Autumn 2019.
Business Development Director
Birstonas Mineral Water Company
Marius finds his career background in Israel in the Home Audio industry. He witnessed first hand the market transformation to personal audio products and the way in which this shifted the industry and the brands that grew from it. After moving to the food and beverage industry, he has been inspired by the changes he has witnessed in consumer behaviour, which now leans towards healthier and more environmentally friendly choices. He saw this as an opportunity fir new companies to enter the global beverage market. At Birstona Mineral Water Company he works hard to achieve healthy and sustainable products, based on the highest quality water resources and advanced technology, with a view to becoming a global player in the industry.
Senior Scientist, BioComposites Centre
With a background in materials chemistry, Adam Charlton has over 25 years experience in collaborative industrial research across different fields, including the development of new functional materials for the telecommunications / molecular electronics sectors and the synthesis of chemical intermediates for the pharmaceuticals industry. His research now focuses on the production of value added products from biomass, with a general interest in bio-refining and the use of agricultural, forestry and food processing residues for different applications, including packaging. He is responsible for the Biorefining – Technology Transfer Facility, which houses the BioComposites Centre’s pilot scale equipment on the Island Of Anglesey. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Chartered Chemist.
Head of Marketing
Marc has over a decade of international experience, as a director of startups and business units in technology and digital marketing.
Deeply convinced of the need to transform our economy and consumption models to circularity, he joined Loop in 2019 as Head of Marketing and Communications for Europe.
Marc began his career as a product manager at Tencent, China's largest internet company, before joining Ogilvy & Mather's Digital Lab in Shanghai, to become Managing Partner of their Singapore innovation agency, K1ND.
Based in London since the end of 2016, he decided to focus on the development of social enterprises and NGOs as an independent consultant. He has helped them develop strategies for growth, digital transformation and impact evaluation. These include the Royal Bank of Scotland's community investment fund, the Social Innovation Exchange, a global network of social innovators and Global Action Plan, an NGO focusing on environmental protection, the circular economy and behaviour change.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from l’IESEG, a Master's degree in International Business from IMI in New Delhi and is a fellow of On Purpose, London.
Head of Product Communication & Graphic Design
Onur started his career in Infotron A.Ş. as a part time Product Designer in 2007, while he was a senior student at Istanbul Technical University Industrial Product Design Department. After graduating in 2008, He joined the Arçelik Industrial Design Team as an Industrial Designer. He had the opportunity to experience many white goods and small home appliance design processes produced for global and local markets. While continuing his design studies under Arçelik, he was promoted in 2019 and became the head of the Graphic design & Product Communication Team. He is managing all Graphic Design & Product Communication activities for group brands (Arçelik, Beko, Grundig, Blomberg, Elektrabregenz, Arctic, Defy, Dawlence, Flavel, Leisure, Singer and Altus) and leading design team for the study of product serigraphies, graphic user interfaces (GUI), packagings and user manuals.