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PRESENTERS*. You will hear from some of the top biopolymer and biobased chemical thought leaders from Europe and the rest of the globe. Our speakers & panelists come from diverse companies and backgrounds in order to assure a well-balanced programme that truly addresses the entire value chain.We are pleased to announce our speakers.
Marcel Arsand, Project Manager, WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) - UK Marcel manages WRAP research on plastic films, including market analysis, UK reprocessing capacity and trials with new technologies. He is also responsible for the technical support to the On-Pack Recycling Label scheme and provides technical advice for recycle on the go projects. Prior joining WRAP, Marcel worked for Recoup, a UK non-for-profit plastic advisory organization where he managed various projects across the plastic supply chain, including the UK Household Plastics Packaging Collection Survey report (2009 and 2010);  market review for the introduction of non-bottle rigid plastic packaging collection schemes; market assessment for MBT process plastic outputs; rPET procurement for food grade application; part of a consortium to engineer and manufacture medium to high value products using mixed polymer recyclate (under the FP7 framework) as well as supporting the delivery of several recycle on the go initiatives. Marcel is a bioscientist with a MSc in Integrated Waste Management and a MSc by Research in anaerobic digestion treatment, both from Cranfield University, UK. Dr. David Bailey, Science-to-Business Center Eco², Creavis Technologies & Innovation, Evonik Industries AG - GERMANY After completing his Ph.D. in chemistry at Simon Fraser University in Canada Dr. Bailey  moved to Jacobs University Bremen, Germany for his post-doctoral studies. Following his post-doctoral fellowship Dr. Bailey stayed in Bremen joining Voith Engineering Services as a team leader working in close cooperation with Airbus on a variety of projects.  David is now a project manager for the Creavis Technologies & Innovation Science-to-Business Center within Evonik Industries AG.  For Evonik, Dr. Bailey is heading several varied projects with a primary goal in all of them being the reduction of CO2 emissions and improved sustainability for Evonik and its products.    Rodrigo Belloli, Marketing & Market Intelligence, Renewable Chemicals, Braskem S.A. - BRAZIL Rodrigo Belloli is manager of Marketing and Market Intelligence for Renewable Chemicals in Braskem. Based in São Paulo, Rodrigo helps Braskem to build a solid strategy for the green chemicals business through long-term vision, strategic business management, planned communication and strong relationship with the stakeholders. Rodrigo is a chemical engineer with 10 years experience in the plastics business and has been dedicated to strategic marketing in the petrochemical business for the last 6 years. Since 2010, Rodrigo has been focusing his efforts on sugarcane based biopolymers and has spoken for on behalf of Braskem during many green materials forums. Christiaan Bolck, Program Manager Materials, Wageningen UR - Food & Biobased Research - NETHERLANDS Christiaan Bolck, has 13 years of experience in product and market development regarding materials and products from biobased resources. As programme manager biobased materials within the applied research institute Food and Biobased Research, he is currently responsible for the research and development activities at Wageningen University and Research centres in the field of biobased materials, such as bioplastics, paper, pulp, and building materials. He is director of the Biobased Performance Materials programme and is heading the Biobased Materials workpackage for the topsector Chemistry and Biobased Economy. In addition, he is currently a member of the “Ad hoc advisory committee Biobased Products” within the lead markets initiative of the European commission (since 2008), Advisory Board lectorate polymer technology at the hogeschool Windesheim (since 2008), member of the advisory committee on (green) taxation scheme of packaging waste (since 2008), Consultant Biopolymers at the Dutch Polymer Institute value Centre (since 2007), and Consultant “governmental policy on the biobased economy” for the Dutch ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation (since 2004). Mike Bruscino, Manager, Licensing, Scientific Design Company, Inc. - USA Currently Licensing Manager for Scientific Design, Company (SD) responsible for the sales and marketing of SD’s technologies and products used within the petrochemical industry. Previously was Technical Director for SD’s EO catalyst and worked with the R&D, Product Development, Technology groups in the development of new products and provided sales and marketing services for the commercialization of these products along with technical service to clients. Massimo Centemero, Technical Director, CIC - ITALY Since 1991 to 2004 works as technician at Working Group on Composting and Integrated Waste Management in Scuola Agraria del Parco  di Monza. Since 2001 co-ordinator of Technical Committee of Italian Composting Association (Consorzio Italiano Compostatori). Since 2005 Technical Director of Italian Composting Association. Since 2006 Member of the Fertilisers Technical Commission in Agriculture Minister. Since 2011 member of Technical Committee of Italian Bioplastic Association. Basically he works with recycling of biowaste and compost utilisation in agriculture, following experimental trials of compost production and application. He has carried out studies on fertilisers production in different ranges: growing media for nurseries, soil improvers for field crops and landscaping, organic fertilisers for horticulture. He is the responsible of Compost Certification Label and Compostable Certification Label. Author of many technical and scientifically papers. Dr. Wantanee Chongkum, Director of Innovation Culture Promotion Department, Thailand’s National Innovation Agency - THAILAND Dr. Wantanee Chongkum is the Director of Innovation Culture Promotion Department in Thailand’s National Innovation Agency. With PhD  in Chemistry from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, she has more than 20-year experience in government support programs for Technology and Innovation Development for Thai industry in order to enhance the nation competitiveness.  According to her national and international networks with industry and research communities, she has been assigned to  develop and manage the National Bioplastics Roadmap for driving Thailand to be the regional  Bioplastics  Hub. She sits in the National Bioplastics Industry Development Sub-Committee and  the  Policy Committee of the Cassava and Cassava Products Research Center , Suranaree University of Technology. François de Bie, Global Marketing Director, Purac - NETHERLANDS François de Bie is Marketing Director PLA and bioplastic building blocks at Purac, always committed to bring maximum value to those Purac business partners that have an interest to enter the fast growing bioplastics market. François holds a Master of Science degree in polymer technology from Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands. Before joining Purac François worked at EconCore, Sabic and GE Plastics where he was responsible for business leadership, marketing and sales. Successful introductions of new business concepts, new technologies and new plastics in a range of industries, include Consumer Electronics, Packaging, Automotive and Aerospace are my key area of expertise. With EconCore François won the European Bioplastics Award in 2010. Dr. Francesco Degli Innocenti, ECOPEC - Ecologia dei prodotti e Comunicazione Ambientale, (Ecology of Products and Environmental Communication), NOVAMONT S.p.A. - ITALY Francesco Degli-Innocenti born in Florence (Italy, 1955) is Ecology of Products and Environmental Communication   manager in Novamont (Novara, Italy).   The group deals with sustainability of bioplastics; biodegradability, ecotoxicity, LCA, regulatory and certification, food  contact, safety issues, Corporate Social Responsibility, etc. FDI is also personally involved in standardisation at ISO, CEN, ASTM, UNI. In 2008 FDI was appointed by the European  Commission DG Enterprise as an expert in the ad-hoc advisory group created for the implementation of the Lead Market Initiative for bio-  based products where he served as Chairman of the Standardisation working group. He is member of  the European Bioplastics Board. He is biologist (University of  Florence). Main professional experiences:      1982-1984: Max-Planck fellowship at Max-Planck Institut für molekulare Genetik, Berlin, Germany.  1984-1988: Fermentation  Group Supervisor at the  Biotechnology  Development Centre at SCLAVO (Vaccines and Pharmaceuticals – today: Novartis), Siena, Italy  1988-1991: Group-Leader of the Laboratory of Industrial Microbi-ology at the Biotechnology Research Centre for Agriculture,  AGRIMONT located in Massa-Carrara, Italy.  1991: Environmental Affairs in NOVAMONT, located in Novara, Italy.   Dirk den Ouden, Director New Business Development, Avantium - NETHERLANDS Dirk den Ouden is Director New Business Development at Avantium and works on the commercialization of Avantium’s YXY (~icksy) platform – green building blocks for innovative materials. Dirk holds a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Eindhoven Technical University, the Netherlands. Before joining Avantium, Dirk worked at Fortis Corporate Finance and Capital Markets, where he advised biotech and cleantech companies on IPOs, private placements and M&A transactions. Bruno De Wilde, Laboratory Manager, Organic Waste Systems (OWS) - BELGIUM Bruno De Wilde is the Laboratory Manager of Organic Waste Systems (OWS) in Ghent, Belgium for whom he has worked for more than 20 years already.   In this capacity, he manages biodegradation, composting and digestion tests, supervising a team of almost 40 people. Bruno De Wilde has authored or co-authored about 30 scientific articles. Besides he is an active participant of several ISO and CEN working groups in this field and each year gives about 20 presentations on this topic at international conferences and company workshops. He took his MSc in Agricultural Engineering at the State University of Ghent in 1983, spent another year in the Laboratory of Microbial Ecology and then worked in an R&D project on making energy from biomass though biogasification in Indonesia for 4 years prior to joining Organic Waste Systems. Stefano Facco, New Business Development Director, Novamont SpA - ITALY Stefano Facco is New Business Development Director of Novamont SpA as well as the managing director of the German subsidiary of Novamont, which is based in Eschborn. He has held this position since 1997, following six years as Product Development Manager for Montedison Deutschland, where he worked on the market introduction of biofuels and biopolymers. Earlier, he had worked there on liquid crystal polymers for electronic applications like PCB and speciality fibres for EMI shielding. The first stages of his career were interspersed with two stints at the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Germany, as consultant for EDP and marketing issues and lately as Managing Director. He was for over a decade member of the board and co-founder of EuBP, the European Bioplastics Association and former member of the Din “biodegradable polymers” working group. Stefano Facco was born in Hong Kong 1963, went to High School in Germany and Austria, has a background in economics. Senatore Francesco Ferrante, XIII Commissione Ambiente, Territorio, Beni ambientali, Responsabile politiche cambiamenti climatici ed energia Pd, Esecutivo nazionale Associazione Ecologisti Democratici - ITALY Francesco Ferrante is born in Palermo on the 23rd March 1961. On April 28th of 2006 he is elected Member of the Senate for the Ulivo coalition In June he becomes the Senate’s 13th permanent Commission (Environment, Territory, Environment Heritages). He has collaborated to various editorial initiatives on environmental issues such as the "Guide for the Ecological Consumer" written in 1992 together with Roberto Della Seta (Longanesi Editions) He has realised several reports and studies on environmental issues like : "The Chemical Industry in Italy"; "Pesticides in Agriculture and Residues in Food"; "Urban Air Pollution"; "Seas Pollution"; "Rivers Pollution"; "Hydrogeological Upheaval"; "The Minor Cultural Heritage in Italy". He is the author of several articles on environmental politics published on major national newspapers and magazines, such as La Nuova Ecologia, Il Sole 24 Ore, Il Manifesto, L’Unità; La Stampa, Europa. He has held training courses for managers of multinational companies, a lecture at the University of Trieste on the theme "Enabling consensus on environmental issues : the OGM case", a seminary at the University of Urbino on the theme "Working in the non profit sector". Greg Ganczewski, Polish Packaging Research & Development Centre, Packaging and Environment Department - POLAND Greg Ganczewski, MA is a specialist in Packaging and Environment department of Packaging Research and Development Centre since June 2005. He is managing several European projects concerning biodegradable packaging and is active in the packaging Life Cycle Assessment field. He also produced several marketing related studies concerning biodegradable packaging, from both the producers and end consumers perspective. Dr. Karlheinz Hausmann, Research and Technology Fellow with DuPont de Nemours International Sàrl - GERMANY Dr Karlheinz Hausmann, Research and Technology Fellow with DuPont de Nemours International Sàrl is holding a doctoral degree in Material Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland and  has more than  22 years of experience in ethylene copolymers. He joined DuPont in 1987 and has been in a number of R&D and Technical Development assignments including packaging and automotive applications. Currently he is part of the P&IP Technical Organisation in Meyrin near Geneva, Switzerland and specialist for polymer modification and  compatibilisation. He is leading the technical developments on Ionomer Resins, Modifiers at DuPont Packaging and Industrial Polymers in Europe and has the function of Global Sustainability technology Leader for DuPont’s  Packaging and Industrial Polymers Business Unit. Verena Jost, Department of Materials Development, Fraunhofer Institute, Process Engineering & Packaging IVV - GERMANY Verena Jost studied Food Science at the Technical University of Munich. She performed her diploma thesis in the area of polymer science. Structural information of polymers was studied with Raman-Spectroscopy. Since 2008 she is working at the Fraunhofer IVV in the Department of Materials Development, first in the field of material testing, then as scientist within the research area of ‘sustainable packaging materials for food’. Verena Jost is involved in project work as well as preparing new project proposals. Within the projects new materials are developed and produced but also characterised at the IVV. Jim Kleinschmit, Director, IATP’s Rural Communities Program - USA Jim Kleinschmit is the Director of IATP’s Rural Communities Program, which works with farmers, rural community leaders and policymakers to promote sustainable rural development strategies, projects and policies. Jim grew up on his family's farm in Nebraska, and first came to IATP in 1995. Since that time, he has worked on a wide array of issues associated with sustainable agriculture, rural community development and the “bioeconomy,” which includes biofuels, biomaterials and local food systems. Within the bioeconomy, the Rural Communities Program focuses on greening the entire value chain and assuring that family farmers and local communities benefit from this sector.  Specific work includes establishing policies and market  mechanisms – such as the Working Landscapes Certificates Program – that reinforce the need for sustainable agricultural systems as the “foundation” for the bioeconomy.    Jim has a M.A. from the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington-Seattle, and a B.A. from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. In addition to his work at IATP, he is also Co-Chair of the steering committee of the Sustainable Biomaterials Collaborative and on the board of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance and Peace Coffee. Dr. Walter Lopez, Marketing Executive, Limagrain Cereales Ingredients - FRANCE Walter studied biology at the University of Clermont Ferrand (France) and received his Ph.D on collaboration with Limagrain group. Since 1997, he held a multitude of research and technology, innovation, sales and marketing functions in Limagrain Cereales Ingredients, before becoming marketing manager in charge of Biolice, the first biodegradable plastic made from maize flour. Maira Magnani, Advanced Materials & Processes, Ford Research & Advanced Engineering Europe -  GERMANY Maira Magnani has joined Ford Research Center Aachen in 2000 after completing her studies in Production Engineers in the Federal University of Sao Carlos and getting her master-degree in Environmental Management at the University of Sao Paulo. Since then she has worked in different topics such as recycling concepts and technologies for alternative powertrain vehicles. Currently, working in the Advanced Materials and Processes team, her focus in on the research, development and implementation of bio-based materials in Ford European vehicles. Dr. Mario Malinconico, Italian Representative at IUPAC, Research Director, Institute on Polymer Chemistry and Technology, (ICTP-CNR), Coordinator Technical Committee, Assobioplastiche - ITALY Graduated in Industrial Chemistry at University of Naples. Head of the Laboratory of Polymer Synthesis and Chemical Modification of Polymers 2011 Appointed as President of the Technical-Scientific Committee of the Italian ASSOBIOPLASTICHE Association 2010 Appointed as Italian  Representative at IUPAC 2007 Nominated as one of the two Eligible Directors of Institute on Polymer Chemistry and Technology (ICTP-CNR) 2005 Appointed as Research Director at ICTP 2004 Winner of one of the 3 “St. Andrews Prize's for the Environment” for his studies on biodegradable mulchings 2003 Coordinator of the LIFE Environment Project "Bio.Co.Agri" (Biodegradable Coverages for Sustainable Agriculture) . 2002 Coordinator of The Commission for Environment and Cultural Heritage of the Italian Association of Science and Technology of Macromolecules (AIM) 2000 Responsible of the Research activity for the ICTP in the frame of an European GROWTH Project on Bioplastics 1979-1981 appointed as Research Assistant at University of Liverpool, Dept. of Inorganic, Physical and Industrial Chemistry. Regularly invited as lecturer at the Cursos de Verano of Universitat des Andes, Colombia. Expert in Polymer Synthesis, chemical modification of natural and synthetic polymers, polymer recycling,  calorimetry, viscometry, extrusion and molding of plastic materials. Author of 160 papers on internationally reviewed journals, of 15 patents and of many chapters in international books and handbooks. Reviewer of Polymer for Advanced Technologies and of Polymer Degradation and Stabilit Dr. Marco Meneghetti, Laboratory & Bioplastics Product Manager, API (Applicazioni Plastiche Industriali) Spa - Vicenza - ITALY Api Applicazioni Plastiche Industriali Spa - Vicenza - (Italy) Dic. 2005 - Present Education Padova University (Italy) Industrial Chemistry (1997) Experience Plant Manager at HI-FITT Spa – Vicenza (Italy) Plastic - high pressure hoses Sep. 2004 - Nov. 2005 Quality and Environmental Manager at API Spa – Vicenza (Italy) Plastic - thermoplastic compounds Sep. 2002 - Aug. 2004 Technical & Quality Manager at FILK Spa – Vicenza (Italy) Engineering - gold chains Oct. 2000 - Aug. 2002 Laboratory Manager at ORV Spa – Padova (Italy) Textile - fiber and nonwoven Mar. 1997 - Sep. 2000 Dr. Samuel Mugo, Assistant Professor (Chemistry), Grant MacEwan University - CANADA Dr. Samuel Mugo graduated with a PhD in analytical chemistry from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada in 2006. He took a two year NSERC postdoctoral position at Queens University (2007-2008) where his focus was development of microfluidic mass spectrometry platforms for clinical diagnosis. Samuel has been at Grant MacEwan University from July 2008. Other than teaching courses in analytical chemistry, he is active in engaging students in his research; including  chemoenzymatic synthesis of value added products especially waxes and biopolymers from plant oils as well as developing analytical processes for environmental and food contaminants analysis.  As a young prolific researcher, Dr. Mugo has up to 16 key articles dispersed in different journals including: Rapid communications in mass spectrometry, Journal of molecular catalysis B, Journal of Lipids, Journal of mass spectrometry, Journal of Analytical Chemistry and several conference proceedings.  He has filed two patents in the last 2 years. He has also presented widely in Chemistry and Biotechnology conferences. David Newman, Direttore, CIC (Consorzio Italiano Compostatori) - ITALY Education: First Class Honours in Modern History and Economics (Manchester University, 1977)  Current Employment:   Managing Director of the Italian Composting Association (C.I.C.) since 1999. Director of the ATIA-ISWA ITALY  in Italy since 2002. General Secretary of the Italian Association of Bioplastics since 2011 Vice President of the ISWA International Board since 2010 External Advisor ROUTES project financed by the EU, since 2011  Member of the Scientific Committee of the Rimini Fair, Ecomondo since 1999.  Prizes and Awards:  Sardinia Region, Peace Prize 1996  Piedmonte Regione, Premio Zolfanello, 1996  Comune of Subiaco, Environmental Prize, 1997  Province of Terni, San Valentino Prize, 1997 ISWA Membership Awards 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009. ISWA Publication Award, 2nd Place, 2004 Fredric Petit, Director Sustainability, DSM Engineering Plastics - NETHERLANDS Fredric Petit has over 18 years of experience with DSM - the Life Sciences and Materials Science company.  He is the Director Sustainability. for DSM Engineering Plastics, a global player in (bio-based) polyamides and polyesters serving the electrical and electronics, automotive, engineering and packaging industries.  Before this role, Mr. Petit was the Global Business Director and General Product Manager for the (co-) polyester product lines Arnitel TPC and Arnite PET & PBT.  When joining DSM, Mr. Petit started as Business Development Manager Stanyl Polyamide 46 with DSM Fibre Intermediates who produce caprolactam and acrylonitrile, which are raw materials for synthetic fibers and plastics. Mr. Petit holds a Master of Science in Chemistry from the Universiteit Leiden in the Netherlands and has completed several business programs at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switserland. Stefano Rossi, Life Cycle Engineering - ITALY Biography to come. Dr. Anna Salerno, Graz University of Technology, Institute of Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering - AUSTRIA Since 2010, Anna Salerno is active as senior researcher at Graz University of Technology, Institute of Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering in the area of “White Biotechnology”. Her research focuses on cost-efficient production of bacterial polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) from waste materials. Here, process development encompasses the upstream processing of raw materials, strain selection, improvement of fermentation technology and downstream processing. The ultimate research target is a cost-efficient production of biopolymers by providing research results to industry for design of a manufacturing plant. At the moment, Anna Salerno is mainly involved in the ANIMPOL project, dealing with PHA production from animal-derived waste streams. Dr. Carsten Sinkel, Advanced Materials & Systems Research – Biopolymers, BASF - GERMANY Carsten Sinkel is polymer chemist by training and obtained his PhD at the University of Marburg (Germany) in 2010. He has joined the Biopolymer Research Group of BASF SE in the same year and is stationed at the company’s headquarter in Ludwigshafen (Germany). There he is part of the team working on the BASF biodegradable polyester Ecoflex® and the biodegradable compound family Ecovio®.   Marco Versari, Presidente, ASSOBIOPLASTICHE - ITALY Marco Versari is an agronomist and he spent most of his career in the area of agriculturefor non food purposes. Member of the Scientific Committee of the International Symposium on Alcohol Fuels ISAF in 1991, he has a deep experience in the use of renewable resources for fuels and materials. Marco joined Novamont in year 1995 and today is Strategic Marketing Manager devoting most of his energies and time to accreditate bioplastics with stakeholders and opinion makers both at Italian and international level. He is President of the Italian Bioplastic Association and Vice – President of the Romanian Bioplastic Association. Since year 2007 he is member of the Board of the Italian Composting Association. Since year 2010 he is Vice – Chairman of the “bio- based & biodegradable product group” in Plastic Europe David Webber, Senior Partner and Advisor, PA Europe – Strategy Consulting and Public Affairs - BELGIUM David Webber is currently the Senior Partner of PA Europe – a Brussels based public affairs, strategic communication and lobbying agency. PA Europe is part of the PA group of companies with offices in Europe, Japan, US, Russia, Asia and Middle East. In his function he is also responsible for the media and political relations of the EU Brussels office, bringing him in to daily contact with policy-makers and other stakeholders on a wide variety of issues. Experienced with over 15 years of consultancy and client relationship management he has a sound knowledge and understanding of the processes of public affairs (monitoring, information analysis, strategic input, policy development and lobbying) as well as a developed knowledge of the European institutions, decision-making process and European policies. Dr. John Williams, Head of Materials for Energy & Industry, NNFCC - UK John is the NNFCC’s sector manager responsible for bio-derived polymers, composites and fibres including renewable construction materials. He is responsible for identifying, developing and helping to commercialise market opportunities in the materials markets. Another important part of John’s remit is the interaction of renewable materials at the end of life, and how these materials can be exploited in recycling and recovery operations, which includes the measurement of bio-based carbon and translation of its importance to the whole of supply chain, as well as advising policy makers and standardisation bodies. John is a Polymer Chemist, with 20 years technical experience in working with SMEs and multinationals in polymer applications. He is experience in identifying market opportunities and technical gaps in polymers and materials from non-fossil carbon. *Programme and speakers subject to change.