2020 Speakers

Phil Richardson

President | BioFusion

Phil Richardson

Phil Richardson

President | BioFusion


Branson Richie

Director, Technology Development & Implementation | New Materials Institute, University of Georgia

Branson Richie

Branson Richie

Director, Technology Development & Implementation | New Materials Institute, University of Georgia


Sian Sutherland

Co-Founder | A Plastic Planet

Sian Sutherland

Sian Sutherland

Co-Founder | A Plastic Planet


Bruno Perira

Chief Sustainability Officer | BioLogiQ

Bruno Perira

Bruno Perira

Chief Sustainability Officer | BioLogiQ

Experienced Sustainability and New Business Development Leader with a demonstrated history of working in the plastics and packaging industries. Currently focused on collaborating for scientific progress pertaining to biobased thermoplastics, recycling and biodegradation.

 


Dr. Robert D. Allen

Distinguished Research Staff Member Sr. Manager of Polymer Science & Technology | IBM

Dr. Robert D. Allen

Dr. Robert D. Allen

Distinguished Research Staff Member Sr. Manager of Polymer Science & Technology | IBM


David Nelson

Director of Biodegradable Platform | Eastman Chemical Company

David Nelson

David Nelson

Director of Biodegradable Platform | Eastman Chemical Company


Phil Van Trump

CTO | Danimer Scientific

Phil Van Trump

Phil Van Trump

CTO | Danimer Scientific


Scott Miller

Director, Business Development | The Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Scott Miller

Scott Miller

Director, Business Development | The Sustainable Apparel Coalition


Garry Kohl

Sr. Director R&D, Global Packaging Innovation for Snacks & Foods | PepsiCo

Garry Kohl

Garry Kohl

Sr. Director R&D, Global Packaging Innovation for Snacks & Foods | PepsiCo


Jocelyn Doucet

CEO | Pyrowave

Jocelyn Doucet

Jocelyn Doucet

CEO | Pyrowave


Julia Wetstein

Zero Waste Director US | Vegware Packaging, Inc

Julia Wetstein

Julia Wetstein

Zero Waste Director US | Vegware Packaging, Inc


Hannu Kasurinen

EVP, Head of Packaging Materials Division | Storaenso

Hannu Kasurinen

Hannu Kasurinen

EVP, Head of Packaging Materials Division | Storaenso


John Felts

CEO | Cruz Foam

John Felts

John Felts

CEO | Cruz Foam


William Kuecker

VP Marketing | Mondi Group

William Kuecker

William Kuecker

VP Marketing | Mondi Group


Tricia Carey

Director Global Business Development - Denim at Lenzing Fibers | Lenzing Group

Tricia Carey

Tricia Carey

Director Global Business Development - Denim at Lenzing Fibers | Lenzing Group


Simon Balderson

Director | Sirane

Simon Balderson

Simon Balderson

Director | Sirane


Mike Newman

CEO | Returnity Innovations

Mike Newman

Mike Newman

CEO | Returnity Innovations

Mike is considered one of the leading experts in the transformation of logistics platforms from single use to circularity, reducing the mountains of plastics and corrugated cardboard entering our waste stream while saving millions in packaging expenses. He received his MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Over the last 20+ years he has worked at the intersection of supply chain and sustainability; he directed the Sierra Club’s political operations in 20 states and built e-waste programs which saved millions of used cell phones from landfills for companies such as Verizon, AT&T, Walmart, and Best Buy during his tenure as the Sales and Marketing Vice President for ReCellular. A serial entrepreneur, he has founded three companies and built and launched technology products that have been distributed to millions of consumers. He brings a unique range of leadership experience to the table, including being elected president of a labor union and working in Nairobi advising a non-profit making footwear made from used tires. He has a true passion for starting and growing companies and developing partnerships with companies like Wal-Mart, Target and Verizon. He has leveraged his unique insight to effectively implement successful programs that balance sustainability with consumer and financial targets, empowering companies’ supply chain and purchasing teams to adopt innovative new packaging models thereby easing the shift to the new circular economy.


Ian Rosenburger

CEO & Founder | First Mile & Thread

Ian Rosenburger

Ian Rosenburger

CEO & Founder | First Mile & Thread


Beth Cormier

Vice President Research, Development and Sustainability | Sappi North America

Beth Cormier

Beth Cormier

Vice President Research, Development and Sustainability | Sappi North America


Viirj Kan

CEO | Primitives Biodesign

Viirj Kan

Viirj Kan

CEO | Primitives Biodesign


Lawrence Lenihan

Chairman and Co-Founder | Resonance Companies

Lawrence Lenihan

Lawrence Lenihan

Chairman and Co-Founder | Resonance Companies

Lawrence is the Chairman and co-Founder of Resonance, which launched in July 2015 with the purpose of transforming the Fashion Industry by enabling talented fashion designers to build businesses that are as beautiful as their creative visions. Resonance uniquely combines venture capital company-building experience; fashion industry insight and experience; a proprietary, technology-based fashion business architecture; advanced manufacturing capability; and capital. Prior to Resonance, Lawrence founded FirstMark Capital in New York City in 2007, and before that he was the Founder of Pequot Ventures, the predecessor to FirstMark, in 1996.  He started his career at IBM in its Retail Industry sales organization.

Lawrence is the Co-Founder of the NYU Stern Fashion Lab and has served as an Adjunct Professor at NYU since 2007.

Lawrence holds a BSEE from Duke University and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.  Follow Lawrence on Twitter at @lawrencelenihan on Instagram at @lawrence.lenihan.


Christian Lenges

Business Development Manager | DuPont

Christian Lenges

Christian Lenges

Business Development Manager | DuPont


Sam Deconinck

Deputy Lab Manager | OWS nv

Sam Deconinck

Sam Deconinck

Deputy Lab Manager | OWS nv


Prof Yuanqing (Emily) He

Sr. Product Manager LNP, Specialties SBU | SABIC Innovative Plastics B.V.

Prof Yuanqing (Emily) He

Prof Yuanqing (Emily) He

Sr. Product Manager LNP, Specialties SBU | SABIC Innovative Plastics B.V.


Robert Lou

CEO | MI TERRO

Robert Lou

Robert Lou

CEO | MI TERRO

Robert is a three-time entrepreneur. He sold his first company for $300,000 while he studied at the University of Southern California. He is a Forbes Under 30 Scholar and Global Shaker’s Sustainable Fashion Innovator 2019. He is also an Entrepreneur Hall of Fame at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business.


Erwin Vink

Senior Sustainability Manager | NatureWorks LLC

Erwin Vink

Erwin Vink

Senior Sustainability Manager | NatureWorks LLC


Eric Vogel

CMO | Naeco

Eric Vogel

Eric Vogel

CMO | Naeco


Bob Powell

CEO & Founder | Brightmark

Bob Powell

Bob Powell

CEO & Founder | Brightmark


Jan Dell

Independent Engineer | The Last Beach Cleanup

Jan Dell

Jan Dell

Independent Engineer | The Last Beach Cleanup


Karla Magruder

CEO | Accelerating Circularity

Karla Magruder

Karla Magruder

CEO | Accelerating Circularity


Hasitha de Alwis

Director of R&D | Genecis

Hasitha de Alwis

Hasitha de Alwis

Director of R&D | Genecis


Abdulrahman Khogali

COO | Genecis

Abdulrahman Khogali

Abdulrahman Khogali

COO | Genecis


Katherine Roop

Business Development - BioPBS | PTTMCC Biochem Company Limited

Katherine Roop

Katherine Roop

Business Development - BioPBS | PTTMCC Biochem Company Limited

Currently, Katherine is working at Mitsubishi Chemical Performance Polymers managing the business development and sales of BioPBS TM in North and South America. BioPBS TM is manufactured by PTTMCC Biochem Company Limited, supplier of the first bio-based polybutylene succinate. Both MCPP and PTTMCC have a passion to bring sustainable material solutions to the plastics industry with a focus in sustainable packaging. BioPBS TM is a partially bio based polyester that is certified industrial and home compostable providing a sustainable solution over conventional plastics used today.


Meghan K. Olson

Business Development Lead, MycoComposite | Ecovative Design

Meghan K. Olson

Meghan K. Olson

Business Development Lead, MycoComposite | Ecovative Design


John Van Leeuwen

CEO | Universal Matter Inc

John Van Leeuwen

John Van Leeuwen

CEO | Universal Matter Inc


Steven Bethell

President & Partner | Bank & Vogue

Steven Bethell

Steven Bethell

President & Partner | Bank & Vogue

Over the past 25 years, Steven has been motivated by a strong sense of environmental ethics and continues to develop new ideas and business opportunities that support his company’s purpose: Innovative and Relevant Solutions for the Crisis of Stuff. The Bank and Vogue family of companies which Steven leads is focused on diverting waste from landfills and contributing to the global economy through circularity. 


Dr Ramani Narayan

MSU University Distinguished Professor; BioPlastics thought leader and researcher. | Michigan State University

Dr Ramani Narayan

Dr Ramani Narayan

MSU University Distinguished Professor; BioPlastics thought leader and researcher. | Michigan State University


Traci Kinden

Founder | REvolve Waste

Traci Kinden

Traci Kinden

Founder | REvolve Waste


Paul Bjacek

Principal Director, Global Resources Research Lead | Accenture

Paul Bjacek

Paul Bjacek

Principal Director, Global Resources Research Lead | Accenture


Manuel Maqueda

Co-Founder & CEO | SUPER

Manuel Maqueda

Manuel Maqueda

Co-Founder & CEO | SUPER


Ross Polk

Business & Product Development | Full Cycle Bioplastics

Ross Polk

Ross Polk

Business & Product Development | Full Cycle Bioplastics


Michael Savarie

Sustainability Enterprise Catalyst | Hemp Black

Michael Savarie

Michael Savarie

Sustainability Enterprise Catalyst | Hemp Black

Michael is the Sustainability Enterprise Catalyst for Hemp Black. Hemp Black is a hemp technology startup based in Philadelphia, creating innovative technologies that utilize the plants inherent performance and sustainability attributes. In his role, Michael works across the organization to ensure that all innovations, processes, and products are socially and environmentally responsible. Originally from Canada, Michael has worked in social and environmental sustainability for 5 years. He has a M.S. in Sustainable Design from Thomas Jefferson University, where he researched the sustainability of hemp and its technological uses for Hemp Black.

 


Michele Bartolini

Senior Marketing Director | Sustana

Michele Bartolini

Michele Bartolini

Senior Marketing Director | Sustana


Marte Arturo Cázarez Duarte

President | DESSERTO

Marte Arturo Cázarez Duarte

Marte Arturo Cázarez Duarte

President | DESSERTO

Adrián and Marte were born the same day, the same month and the same year. The first is originally from Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes and studied Global politics and Economy at Tamkang University Lanyang Campus in Taiwan. The second, from Culiacán, Sinaloa, studied International Business at Tec de Monterrey, Guadalajara, and learned the Chinese language in Taiwan. They met in 2011 in Taipei. Back both in Mexico, with the experience of having worked in the fashion, automotive, furniture and food industy, they generated brainstorming to put together a project that would contribute with a sustainable material that was a solution and covered the needs of these industries that face a global problem that has to do with the environmental impact.

 


Adrián López Velarde

Vice President | DESSERTO

Adrián López Velarde

Adrián López Velarde

Vice President | DESSERTO

Adrián and Marte were born the same day, the same month and the same year. The first is originally from Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes and studied Global politics and Economy at Tamkang University Lanyang Campus in Taiwan. The second, from Culiacán, Sinaloa, studied International Business at Tec de Monterrey, Guadalajara, and learned the Chinese language in Taiwan. They met in 2011 in Taipei. Back both in Mexico, with the experience of having worked in the fashion, automotive, furniture and food industy, they generated brainstorming to put together a project that would contribute with a sustainable material that was a solution and covered the needs of these industries that face a global problem that has to do with the environmental impact.

 


Giulio Bonazzi

President & CEO | Aquafil

Giulio Bonazzi

Giulio Bonazzi

President & CEO | Aquafil


Carlos Bosques

Vice President of R&D and Innovation | Evolved By Nature™

Carlos Bosques

Carlos Bosques

Vice President of R&D and Innovation | Evolved By Nature™


Dr. Luke M. Haverhals

Founder & CEO | Natural Fiber Welding, Inc

Dr. Luke M. Haverhals

Dr. Luke M. Haverhals

Founder & CEO | Natural Fiber Welding, Inc

Dr. Luke Haverhals is the founder & CEO of Natural Fiber Welding, Inc. (NFW).  Luke has deep technical expertise with natural materials, nanomaterials, agriculture, manufacturing technologies and automation.  He has spent the last decade working on scalable technologies that will enable the circular economy.  Luke founded NFW to commercialize technologies he developed as a professor at the United States Naval Academy and Bradley University.


Oliver Syed Shafaat

Manager, Fiber R&D Section | Spiber Inc

Oliver Syed Shafaat

Oliver Syed Shafaat

Manager, Fiber R&D Section | Spiber Inc

Oliver received his Ph.D in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics from The California Institute of Technology. Following his doctorate, Oliver relocated to Japan to join Spiber, where he draws inspiration from nature to design new protein materials from the genetic level up. The Fiber R&D section adopts and develops methods to deliver next-generation, synthetic protein fibers and textiles with higher performance, lower cost, and with less environmental impact. Oliver’s work on material design, creation, and testing contributes to the realization of Spiber’s vision for a more sustainable future.


Nicole Rycroft

Founder & Executive Director | Canopy

Nicole Rycroft

Nicole Rycroft

Founder & Executive Director | Canopy


Ravish Majithia

CEO & Founder | Magnoma

Ravish Majithia

Ravish Majithia

CEO & Founder | Magnoma

Ravish Majithia leads Magnomer as founder & CEO. He holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science from Texas A&M University. Ravish is also a Babson Fellow and MBA from Babson College. Ravish was named one of the top 100 MBA’s in 2018 by Poets and Quants and was awarded the prestigious Sorenson Merit Award by Babson College for his work on Magnomer.

Magnomer is a winner of Materials Research Society’s Innovation Award & MassChallenge Gold.

 


Sandeep Kulkarni

Polymer Science & Sustainable Packaging | Kool Earth Solutions Inc

Sandeep Kulkarni

Sandeep Kulkarni

Polymer Science & Sustainable Packaging | Kool Earth Solutions Inc

With over 20 years of industry experience working for several large packaging companies, such as International Paper and Georgia Pacific. He developed packaging that resulted in over $ 25 MM in revenue for these companies. Most recently he worked for PepsiCo, in the area of sustainable beverage packaging. During his 8 year tenure at PepsiCo, Dr. Kulkarni worked on a wide range of sustainable packaging initiatives such as a fiber-based bottle, bio-based plastics for beverage bottles and designing packaging for recyclability. Dr. Kulkarni has 7 granted patents as well as several publications in industry journals


Rodrigo Tona

Chief Executive Officer | Termoencogibles S.A de C.C

Rodrigo Tona

Rodrigo Tona

Chief Executive Officer | Termoencogibles S.A de C.C

Experienced CEO with a demonstrated history of Business Development in the Americas and South East Asia. Skilled in Strategic Planning, Business Development, M&A, Innovation, Sustainability, Corporate Venturing, Great Place to Work, Strategic Marketing, Sales and Operations Mgt, Lean and Six Sigma Transformations. Strong business development professional with a Master of Science in Management and BS in Industrial Engineering.


Shelby Buso

Chief Sustainability Officer | City of Atlanta

Shelby Buso

Shelby Buso

Chief Sustainability Officer | City of Atlanta


Michalyn Andrews

Chief Executive Officer | Provenance Bio

Michalyn Andrews

Michalyn Andrews

Chief Executive Officer | Provenance Bio

Michalyn founded Provenance after experiencing supply chain issues as a fashion entrepreneur, namely a lack of high-quality vegan leather alternatives. Her journey began in the early 2000’s, with an exploration of lab-grown materials as compassionate solutions to leather. Michalyn founded Provenance, partnering with scientists from the University of California at San Francisco.

Provenance Bio is a synthetic biology platform on the cutting-edge of recombinant protein protection and is working to realize the next generation of design and sustainability in our core materials.


Venkatesh Kini

Co-Founder | Ubuntoo

Venkatesh Kini

Venkatesh Kini

Co-Founder | Ubuntoo


William Horner

Founder & President | Single Use Solutions

William Horner

William Horner

Founder & President | Single Use Solutions


Fernanda Tavares

Vice President of Marketing | Cardolite

Fernanda Tavares

Fernanda Tavares

Vice President of Marketing | Cardolite


Keefe Harrison

CEO | The Recycling Partnership

Keefe Harrison

Keefe Harrison

CEO | The Recycling Partnership


Markku Hamalainen

CEO | Kotkamills Oy

Markku Hamalainen

Markku Hamalainen

CEO | Kotkamills Oy


Dr Gayatri Keskar

Head of Research | Material ConneXion

Dr Gayatri Keskar

Dr Gayatri Keskar

Head of Research | Material ConneXion

Dr. Keskar has played a key role in establishing Material ConneXion as a thought leader, by creating curated content and presenting eco-innovative solutions at various conferences and client meetings. Dr. Keskar has served as a technical advisor to various start-ups and Fortune 500 companies including NBCUniversal, Hunter Douglas, and The Estée Lauder Companies.


Lauren Hill

Co Founder | Population

Lauren Hill

Lauren Hill

Co Founder | Population


Catherine Tedrow

Co Founder | Population

Catherine Tedrow

Catherine Tedrow

Co Founder | Population


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