Alan has over 25 years’ experience of working with global companies and governments on sustainability. He joined the world’s largest Steel company ArcelorMittal in 2014 as their General Manager for Sustainable development and Corporate Responsibility and since then has helped develop a sustainability framework ranging from products to process. He is Co-chairman of ResponsibleSteel and sits on the steering board of the Initiative for Responsible Mining. Alan created and chaired the Ebola Private Sector Mobilisation Group, which was a collaboration of over 100 companies sharing best practice and coordinating the corporate respond to Ebola in West Africa. For this he was made a Clinton Global Citizen honouree in 2015.
Previous to that he was Sustainability Director for Business and the Community (BITC) where he oversaw all their Corporate Sustainability Programmes. He advised the Virgin Group on sustainable development for seven years. Previously he has worked with global companies as diverse as B&Q where led their entire Cr and Sustainability programme for 10 years. He was instrument in founding and developing the Forest Stewardship Council. He held similar roles in the Parent company Kingfisher and SABMiller, the multibillion brewery company.
For nine years he was a commissioner with the Sustainable Development Commission and he introduced the concept of "choice editing" into the product policy debate. He is a Senior Associate of the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership.
He was awarded the OBE in June 1998, in 2005 the US-based Rainforest Alliance presented him with a lifelong award and in 2013 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Society for the Environment.
Dr Benjamin Punchard
Global Packaging Insights Director
Benjamin brings over 13 years of experience in the packaging world, and 10 years creating and delivering packaging based market insight. During this time, Benjamin has worked with global clients big and small, and has been a regular speaker at international conferences. Benjamin has been with Mintel since 2012. In his current role as Global Packaging Insights Director, he is responsible for creating and delivering Mintel’s packaging content. Benjamin also leads the delivery of bespoke packaging insights, focusing on the specific packaging needs of Mintel’s clients. Prior to Mintel, he worked at Euromonitor International, initially as a researcher and client manager, which enabled him to forge strong links to the industry and grow his understanding of market research and insight needs. Subsequently, he was promoted to Head of Global Packaging Research, a role in which he led a significant revision in data collection, analysis and presentation that delivered a step change increase in data quality. Before joining the world of market research, Benjamin was Science Manager for Faraday Packaging Partnership. Working as a technology translator in this government funded initiative, he forged links between the packaging industry and academic excellence in fields as diverse as material science, decision making, engineering, psychology and design. Benjamin holds a Ph. D. in Polymer Physics from The University of Leeds where he investigated the pressure dependence of segmental polymer dynamics.
Senior Team Leader Packaging, R&I Advanced Medical Nutrition
Elin Aronsen Beis
Foodloopz Sweden AB
I am the founder and CEO of Foodloopz who works for Zero Food Waste in the supply chain on the Swedish market. We do that in three ways:
1. We offer companies and organizations to find new costumers in an efficient way for food and beverages that is hard to sell the “normal” way. We matchmake small and large batches risking to become food waste, both by sales and donations via our platform and network.
2. We work in collaborations and projects with specific problems or products related to food waste such as Re:winers and other projects.
3. We offer companies our services as consultants to help companies reduce food waste
I have a background as packaging design manager at a food retail company but felt that I cold do more and do better things with my time and founded Foodloopz. We are a passion driven company with a focus to improve the food system in a sustainable way.
Francisco Miguel Nogueira
Global Packaging Innovation – Decoration Specialist
I am part of ABI Global Packaging Innovation team and responsible for Aesthetic decoration on primary packs, ‘shaping’ the future looks of beer packaging!
I have a fantastic job right where technical Packaging development crosses with Innovation.
Whether it's doing developing digital printing, tactile executions, leading FEI projects on finishing looks or colours. It's the sweet spot where my passion meets my skills and what is needed by my FMCG industry. With a 10+ year career in Packaging, R&D and Supply, I'm happy to still be challenged every day.
Head of Graphic Design & Product Communication
Gorkem Gor is the Head of Graphic Design & Product Communication at Arcelik Group. As a Team, they are responsible of designing all necessary graphic needs like on product prints, graphic user interfaces (GUI), packaging and user manual visuals for the product range of Arçelik Group brands. (Arçelik, Beko, Voltas Beko, Grundig, Blomberg, Elektrabregenz, Arctic, Defy, Dawlence, Flavel, Leisure, Altus)
He graduated from Marmara University, Faculty of Fine Arts, specializing in Graphic Art and Design. He has an experience in brand identity, print, packaging, and digital media over 10 years of experience. He experienced working at local agencies and IKEA Turkey organization.
Ilana Taub is the co-founder of SNACT. She started her career in sustainability as a Sustainable & Responsible Investment Analyst for an asset manager and graduated from Imperial College London with an MSc in Environmental Technology, specialising in Business & Environment. Ilana has worked for ICAEW's (The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) sustainability team lobbying for finance to play a bigger role in sustainable development. In 2014, she was selected as a London Leader by the GLA (Greater London Authority) and the Mayor of London, and became an Unreasonable Group fellow in 2017.
Lee Richard Taylor
EVP, Global Innovation
Luis Carlos Chacón
Global Consultant / Op-Ed Columnist
BusinessCase / Forbes LatinAmerica
Luis Carlos Chacón leads the BusinessCase team, a global firm that works with multinational FMCG's identifying emerging and future business opportunities and how to connecting between consumers, markets and innovations. Also, has been a columnist for Forbes Latin America for several years with a focus on economics and industries, and currently pursuing a graduate degree in Global Business at the University of Oxford (where previously graduated in Strategy and Innovation), his educational background also includes studies in Design Thinking at Stanford, and Futures at the Universities of Manchester, and Houston.
In Business, he has worked for more than eighteen years for the operations of Companies such as Coca-Cola, Colgate, Diageo, Kellogg’s, Unilever, Dannon, among many others. Behavioral economics enthusiast (understanding needs and contexts) and believer in connecting the distant (linking the disconnected but inseparable) under the influence of sociocultural changes in industries and consumption, and off course, a GlobeTrotter.
Niels van Marle
Netherlands Institute for Sustainable Packaging
CEO & Co-Founder
Santiago Navarro is a serial entrepreneur. His first start-up in 2011, Vinopic Wines, was an online retailer which was the first to use science to judge and score wines for their intrinsic quality. Following this, he went on to co-found Nightly.travel, the world's only hotel booking site to split a traveller’s stay across two hotels to enable them to save as much as 70%. Santiago’s now focused on Garçon Wines, as CEO and co-founder, innovating the 35 billion bottles used annually in wine and aiming to make flat, sustainable bottles the dominant primary packaging in wine.