The post-plastics revolution is now in full swing with a surge in innovation in plastic alternatives in recent years, matched by a wave of new corporate commitments that have aimed to set a new agenda for packaging and waste. While the public has declared an all out war on plastics, new products, processes and technologies have helped companies come to terms with the opportunities that exist to move their products and supply chains beyond single-use plastics, and potentially harness competitive benefits in doing so. But market innovation needs to go hand-in-hand with the appropriate public infrastructure, policies and cross-sector partnerships that can enable a shift beyond individual companies.
This event will showcase some of the developments that are forging a future beyond single-use plastics, bringing together innovators and industry leaders to discuss how progress in the science of post-plastics is implemented in the real world. How can companies collaborate to shape a favourable ecosystem for plastics alternatives? How can waste management systems adapt more quickly to support plastics innovation? What more needs to happen to encourage innovation, and reduce the risks and unintended consequences of these rapid market shifts? These challenges are also unparalleled opportunities for organisations to show meaningful and science-based public leadership on plastic pollution.
Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez is Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Notpla, a London based start-up with the goal of making packaging disappear. The company is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology. It has won the World Technology Award by Fortune and TIME, the WIRED start-up of the year and currently is the Innovator in Residency of SKY. Rodrigo received his architectural degree from the ETSAM, the Technical University of Madrid. Previously he studied at Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology University in India and at the Industrial Design at Pontificia Universidad Católica in Chile. He did postgraduates studies at Umeå Institute of Design, Imperial College of London and Royal College of Art. His works have been shown in different artistic centers such as the Cite de l'Architecture of Paris and the Venice Biennale of Architecture. He also worked for more than ten years as an improvisation actor, and awarded with the Gold Medal in the II Improvisation World Championship celebrated in 2009 Santiago de Chile. Currently, he is a senior lecturer in Product Design in Kingston University and collaborates as a visiting tutor with different universities and institutions as Cornell.
Niall Dunne is CEO at Polymateria. He leads the company on its mission of advancing science to help nature deal with plastic pollution. Upon his appointment Niall announced an ambition to “redesign the rules of an entire industry” and create the Tesla of plastics. He is also on the Sustainability Board of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), funding pioneering research and innovation across the planet, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.
John Williams is Technical Director at Aquapak. He started his career in technical roles in the polymer industry with Henkel GmBH. A globally recognized expert in bioplastics, John has also worked as Head of Biomaterials at the National Non-Food Crops Centre; a Task Force member of Green Alliance Circular Economy Panel; Board Member of the Biobased & Biodegradable Industries Association; Member of the Industrial Biotech Leadership Forum; an advisor to BEIS and Ellen MacArthur; and serving on the Green Economy Panel of Leeds City region.
Daphna Nissenbaum is the Co-Founder and CEO of Tipa, a company she founded together with Tal Neuman. Tipa offers a viable alternative to flexible packaging for food: its packaging is 100% compostable and has the same mechanical properties as ordinary plastic. Prior to founding TIPA in 2010, Daphna served as the CEO of the Caesarea Center for Capital Markets and Risk Management at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya. Daphna holds an MBA (with honors) in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from IDC Herzliya and a BA in Economics and Software Engineering from the Bar Ilan University.
Laure Cucuron is the General Manager of TerraCycle Europe, a global leader in the collection and repurposing of otherwise non-recyclable post-consumer and post-industrial waste. In 21 countries, TerraCycle creates national platforms to recycle products and packaging that currently go to landfill or incineration, in collaboration with the world’s largest brands (e.g. BIC, JDE, P&G) and retailers (e.g. Tesco, Carrefour)
Richard Kirkman is Chief Technology & Innovation Officer for Veolia UK & Ireland. An environmental engineer, Richard is responsible for Veolia’s Technology and Innovation, Material Sales, Combined Heat and Power, Fleet and External Affairs. He is a member of the UK Plastics Pact, Council for Sustainable Business and leads the UK research and innovation activity. An avid promoter of progressive resource management, Richard is driven to ensure this generation protects the interests of the next.
David Newman is the MD of Bio-based and Biodegradable Industries Association (BBIA). He has been working in the areas of biowaste and biomaterials in improving the waste stream since the late 1990s. David was part of the team that successfully got through the EU Directive reducing plastic bag consumption. He was President of ISWA from 2012 to 2016 and appointed President of the newly founded World Biogas Association. He has led the BBIA since founding it in June 2015.
Mark Dempsey is HP Sustainability Manager for the UK and Ireland helping to lead HP’s sustainability programmes and working in partnership with customers to deliver positive sustainable impact. Mark is also our Global WEEE policy lead for HP. Mark has previously worked as European Environmental Policy Advisor for Hewlett Packard and Manager of the Parliamentary Sustainable Waste Group at Westminster. Mark authored a parliamentary research report on Producer Responsibility, led a think tank developing proposals for UK WEEE implementation, and has led HP’s WEEE policy work in Brussels and Westminster. Mark has also spoken at conferences in China, India, Brazil and Australia on EPR. Mark has previously worked as Development Officer for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and advised the Australian Government on Product Stewardship. Mark has gained detailed knowledge of the Extended Producer Responsibility, the Circular Economy, resource efficiency, and environmental management for businesses; and has extensive experience of leading policy engagement in Westminster and Brussels. Mark has a degree in Geography and a Masters in Environmental Policy and Management and is a member of the CIWM and a Fellow of IEMA.
Paula Chin has over 20 years’ experience in the packaging industry encompassing all areas of the supply chain across several sectors. Starting off in manufacturing with Betts Tubes, she went on to gain invaluable experience within the FMCG giant Procter & Gamble. After a few years working in packaging design, artwork and repro, she has spent the past 10 years building on her knowledge within the retail sector, working at Marks & Spencer (Food & Clothing) & Sainsbury’s at a time when sustainability was becoming a bigger part of the packaging role. Her most recent role at Pret saw her revive the business’ focus on packaging and take on challenging on-the-go issues around coffee cups, cutlery and reusables. An all-rounder when it comes to packaging, her passion for sustainability and her keenness to stay at the forefront of industry discussions around sustainability continue to motivate her after all these years.
|Co Founder||A Plastic Planet|
|Commercial Sustainability Manager||AkzoNobel|
|Snr Sustainability Manager||Amazon|
|Sustainability controller||Arcadia Group|
|Partner||Archipelago Eco Investors|
|Director of Devices & Circuits Research||Arm|
|Representative||Bio-based and Biodegradable Industries Association (BBIA),|
|Corporate Sustainability Associate||BloombergNEF|
|BNP Paribas Global Sustainability Ambassador||BNP Paribas|
|Business Development Lead||BP|
|Sustainability Manager||British American Tobacco|
|Senior Standards Manager||BSI|
|Director||Business in the Community|
|Sustainability Manager||Canary Wharf|
|VP, Sustainability||Coca-Cola European Partners|
|Project Manager||Costa Coffee|
|Environment Manager||Crossrail Limited|
|B Corp Director||Danone|
|Founder CEO||Delphis Eco|
|Director Investor Relations||Diageo|
|Supply Chain & Property Services Director||EDF Energy|
|Corporate Sustainability Associate||Estee Lauder Companies|
|Senior Consultant||Forster Communications|
|Acting Associate Director, Europe||Forum for the Future|
|Managing Director||Global Ethics Ltd (One water)|
|Head of HSEQ||Global Outdoor Media|
|Sustainability Manager||Guy’s and St Thomas’ Trust|
|Sustainability Strategy Manager||Heathrow Airport|
|Managing Director||Hubbub Enterprise|
|Head of Sustainability||Informa plc|
|Head of Energy & Sustainability||ISS Facility Services|
|Group Head of Sustainability||James Finlays Limited|
|Head of Social Impact||JCDecaux|
|Senior Sustainability Manager||John Lewis|
|Business Development Director||Johnson Matthey|
|Deputy Fund Manager||Jupiter|
|Environmental Sustainability Leader | Infrastructure||Laing O’Rourke|
|Sustainability and Responsible Investment Manager||Legal and General Investment Management|
|Environment impacts director||LEGO Group|
|Supply Chain Senior Officer||Lidl GB|
|Group HSES Director||Lloyd’s Register|
|Cabinet member for crime and community safety||London Borough Of Newham|
|Circular Economy Projects Manager||London Waste and Recycling Board|
|Environmental Strategy Manager||Mace Dragados|
|Sustainability Manager||Mace Ltd|
|Senior Packaging Technologist||Marks and Spencer’s|
|Sustainability Manager||Marylebone Cricket Club|
|Senior Sustainability Consultant||Max Fordham LLP|
|Responsible Investment Analyst||Newton Investment Management|
|Head of Energy and Environment||NHS Property Services|
|Sustainability Project Manager||O2|
|Environmental & Sustainability Manager||Overbury|
|Head of Corporate Responsibility||Pentland|
|sustainability Manager, Packaging||PepsiCo|
|Technical lead on plastics and circular economy||PwC|
|Corporate Responsibility Project Manager||RELX|
|Group Environment Manager||Rothschild & Co|
|Operations Director||Sabien Technology|
|Category Packaging Manager||Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd.|
|Digital Venture Lead – Sustainability||Shell|
|Director of engineering||Spie|
|Head of Engineering, Energy & Environment||Standard Chartered Bank|
|Head of Risk & Compliance||The Royal Household|
|Project Manager||The sustainable angle|
|VP Business Development||TIPA – CORP|
|Purpose Director||Virgin Management Ltd|
|Sustainability Manager||Waitrose & Partners|
|Sustainability Manager||Willmott Dixon Interiors|
|Sustainable Materials Specialist||WWF-UK|