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We are pleased to announce the following confirmed speakers for the Renewable Plastics Conference 2013-


Philippe Roulet, Head of Global Packaging Material and Training, Nestlé

Chemical Engineer graduate, Philippe started his career as a Food Scientist in the Nestlé Research Centre located in Lausanne (Switzerland). After 10 years, he moved within the same company to the very exciting area of packaging. During the next 20 years, Philippe has occupied a number of positions from operational responsibilities through to Innovation Packaging Manager. In 2007, Philippe spent a year in the Nestlé USA headquarters leading the implementation of the new Nestlé Packaging Safety Strategy.

In 2008 he moved back to the corporate packaging department in the Nestlé worldwide headquarter based in Switzerland as Head of Packaging Material and Training.

In this function, Philippe has to follow up on packaging innovations in all packaging categories in order to evaluate and identify any interest for potential application within the complex Nestlé product portfolio. Relating to packaging & sustainability, he is involved in the elaboration of the Nestlé Strategy and has to ensure its implementation.

Philippe is also leading or organizing Nestle internal training programs.

Dr. Klaus P. Stadler, Director Environment & Water Resources Europe, The Coca-Cola Company

After completing his Master of Science and PhD in Chemistry at the Technical University of Munich Klaus initially worked 11 years internationally for BASF in various functions at the Headquarter in Ludwigshafen and BASF Corporation in New Jersey/USA.

He joined the Coca-Cola GmbH in 1997, where he started as head of Quality Management and then Technical Director of the German Division. From 2002 to 2004 he was responsible as a member of the management board for Operations, Procurement and Logistics of CCE AG, which is the biggest German bottler.

He rejoined the Coca-Cola GmbH in 2005 in various technical leadership functions. Today he is responsible for the Environmental Sustainability agenda in Coca-Cola’s European Business Group.

Dr John Williams

Dr John Williams, Head of Materials for Energy & Industry, NNFCC

John is the NNFCC’s Polymers and Materials Manager. As a Sector Manager, he is responsible for identifying commercial opportunities for bio-derived polymers and materials, coordinating research and development projects for emerging markets and development of sustainable supply chains.  Activities include consortia building, funding proposal support and information supply.

NNFCC develop the evidence base for products produced from renewable materials and non-food crops in order to better understand their environmental and economic benefits and build more sustainable supply chains.

Sharad Shah, Global Senior Manager-Materials Engineering, Graham Packaging Company

Sharad Shah is a Global Sr. Manager, Materials Engineering @  Graham Packaging company in York, PA.  a leading Blow Molding Company   which is a part of the RANK group. Sharad has M.Sc. in Chemistry and  M. S. in Plastics Engineering from Uni. of Mass. @ Lowell, Mass. 

Sharad  has 30 years of an Industrial and Academic experience. In his current  assignment he overseas materials research , supports material related  practical  training on a global basis to cover more than 90 plants plus  current and potential customers.

Materials of interest are HDPE, PP, PET, PVC, Elastomers, Adhesives, EVOH, Nylon, other barrier materials, Colorants, Functional Additives , Mineral fillers and Foaming agents  etc.

He has a  hands on experience with Bio derived HDPE and Plant Bottle PET resin. Working with innovative Bio derived Polymers from different part of the world.

Sharad is an active   member of the Patent review committee and active member of the material supplier Audit committee within  the company. 

As well as an  elected member of the Association of Post-consumer Recyclers, past  President of the Society of Plastics Engineers, Toledo section and recently  a session chairman for Bio Plastek 2012.

Julia Ramge, Process Engineer, Automatik Plastics Machinery

Julia Ramge, graduated from the University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt, has been working as an application engineer for Automatik Plastics Machinery GmbH since 2007.

She is primarily involved in development, design and calculation of process components for pelletizing systems, organization and implementation of laboratory tests with customers, implementation of various laboratory trials regarding the granulation of biopolymers, WPC (wood plastics composites) and NFC (natural fiber compounds).

Urs J. Hänggi, Manager, Biomer

Dr. Hänggi is founder and director of Biomer, a company promoting and selling PHB (polyhydroxybutyrate) based thermoplasts by “transforming” the biopolymer into a bioplast. He got interested in PHB in the early eighties while teaching applied biotechnology.

Before founding Biomer he directed applied research at btF in Linz, Austria, at Henkel in Düsseldorf, at Battelle in Frankfurt, and lectured at the Universities of Munich, Darmstadt, and Köln. He graduated in chemistry/biochemistry in 1968 in Fribourg, Switzerland and held post-doc positions in Munich and at Harvard.

Dr. Stephan Kabasci, Business Unit Manager Renewable Resources, Fraunhofer UMSICHT

Dr. Stephan Kabasci holds a degree as Dr.-Ing. (PhD) in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Dortmund. He has been working for Fraunhofer UMSICHT since 1992, starting as a research engineer and project manager.

From 1998 – 2003 he was head of the "bioengineering" group, 2004 – 2012 he was business unit manager "Renewable Resources", and since January 2013 he has been leading the department “Bio-based Plastics”. Dr. Kabasci's main research area is the production of polymers and plastic materials from renewable resources.

Since 2003 he has been teaching bioengineering at the faculty of mechanical engineering at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

Dr. Benjamin Brehmer, Business Manager Biopolymers - Resource Efficiency High Performance Polymers, Evonik Industries

Benjamin Brehmer was born in Vancouver, Canada on the 24th of August 1981. After graduating from Killarney Secondary School in 1999, he moved to Germany to study Process Engineering and Energy Technology at the Applied University of Bremerhaven. An international directed course he would perform two foreign internships and received both the Bachelor and Masters degrees with honours. His Master Thesis was conducted at Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) in the field of bioethanol for biochemicals.

In 2004, he joined the research chair “valorisation of plant production chains” of Wageningen UR and successfully defended his PhD in October, 2008. The topic was the energy and exergy life cycle assessment of producing bulk-chemicals from a biomass origin in comparison to the traditional petrochemical route.

His career started in late 2008 at the strategic research department of Evonik Industries AG, Creavis S2B Eco². There all topics were geared towards creating products or processes which contribute to a substantial CO2 emissions savings. In 2011, he transferred to the Business Line High Performance Polymers as a Business Manager to further develop and promote bio-polyamides.

David Webber, Senior Partner & Senior Advisor, PA Europe - Strategic Advice & Consulting

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 20 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.

With a background in European politics and environmental science he has been involved in the development of the bio-economy for the past decade, working as an advisor to the European Commission and the UK Government as well as with industry associations and major multi-nationals. More recently he has been actively involved in establishing a value chain initiative for bio-plastics as well as the promotion of the bio-plastics opportunity to senior policy makers in Brussels and around Europe. Prior to joining PA Europe, he was responsible for the international parliamentary network GLOBE (Global Legislators for a Balanced Environment) that was founded by former US Vice President Al Gore and Senators John Kerry and John Heinz. In this function David Webber worked closely with environmentally conscious politicians across the planet on sustainable development policy and worked for the organisation in Moscow, Brussels, London, Tokyo and Washington.

Bruno Rudnik, Managing Owner, SusTech Consult

Bruno Rudnik is the Managing Owner of SusTech Consult, a Munich-based consulting firm that identifies and realizes cleantech market and financing opportunities in Emerging Markets in Asia.

From 2004 to 2009 he has worked for a leading management consultancy with focus on Emerging Markets where he headed the global chemicals and plastics industry practice. He has been supporting European, American and Chinese blue chips as well as SMEs within their internationalization strategies and implementation of investment projects in the global growth markets.

Bruno Rudnik is an intimate connoisseur of China where he has lived and worked for 5 years. He has studied in Germany, Sweden and China and holds a master degree in business administration from Passau University.


Dr. Mike Biddle, President and Founder, MBA Polyers


Dr. Mike Biddle, the founder and President of MBA Polymers, the world leader at recycling plastics from very complex waste streams such as computers, electronics, appliances, automobiles and mixed rigid MSW (municipal solid waste), will share, what can be called a revolution in the way we handle plastic – and show, that embedding sustainability into a business from cradle to cradle is easy, smart, profitable and not only for "green products".
Dr. Mike Biddle, the founder and President of MBA Polymers, the world leader at recycling plastics from very complex waste streams such as computers, electronics, appliances, automobiles and mixed rigid MSW (municipal solid waste), will share, what can be called a revolution in the way we handle plastic – and show, that embedding sustainability into a business from cradle to cradle is easy, smart, profitable and not only for "green products".
Dr. Mike Biddle, the founder and President of MBA Polymers, the world leader at recycling plastics from very complex waste streams such as computers, electronics, appliances, automobiles and mixed rigid MSW (municipal solid waste), will share, what can be called a revolution in the way we handle plastic – and show, that embedding sustainability into a business from cradle to cradle is easy, smart, profitable and not only for "green products".

Nathan Kemeling, Director Business Development YXY, Avantium Chemicals BV

Nathan Kemeling is YXY Business Development Director at Avantium (, a leading renewable chemicals company that develops and commercializes next generation biobased chemicals and plastics.

YXY is Avantium’s technology platform to convert plant-based sugars into renewable chemical building blocks, like FDCA. Avantium has announced partnerships with The Coca-Cola Company and Danone to collaborate on the commercial rollout of bottles from PEF, a biobased polymer made from FDCA building blocks.

At Avantium Nathan is responsible for the development of partnerships in new PEF application areas like bottles, films and fibers. Prior to joining Avantium, Nathan worked for more than ten years in Asia in Business Development roles, first in the field of semiconductor equipment at ASM Japan, and then in the field of advanced electronic materials at Air Liquide. Nathan holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Physics from Delft University of Technology.

Prof. Ignaas Verpoest, Professor Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, President of the CELC European Scientific Committee

Prof. Ignaas Verpoest got a Masters Degree (1972) and a PhD-degree (1982) in Materials Engineering at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium). As a full professor (since 1990) he is guiding a group of 8 postdoc researchers and 25 PhD-students, carrying out research in the areas of mesomechanics of (textile based) composites, nano-engineered composites, natural fibre reinforced (bio)polymers and avanced production methods for  composites. He is the author of more then 150 journal papers and about 400 conference papers and 3 books, and holds 12 patents.

prof. Verpoest is chairman of the European Scientific Committee of CELC, the European Confederation on Flax and Hemp.
He was President of the European Society for Composite Materials (ESCM), and of the International Committee on Composite Materials. He won several awards, most recently the Descartes Prize for Science Communication of the European Commission (2004), the International Fellowship of the Society for the Advancement of Materials Processing and Engineering (SAMPE, 2009) and of the International Committee on Composite Materials (ICCM,2009)

François de Bie, Global Marketing Director PLA & bioplastic building blocks, Purac

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.

Henk Gurdebeke, Project Manager R&D, Ter Beke

Henk Gurdebeke is project manager R&D at Ter Beke. Ter Beke is an innovating Belgian fresh food group that commercialises its assortment in ten European countries. The group has two core activities: processed meats and fresh ready meals. It has eight plants in Belgium and the Netherlands and employs approximately 1,750 persons. In 2011 Ter Beke realised a turnover of 403.7 million EUR. Ter Beke is listed on Euronext Brussels.

At Ter Beke Henk is responsible for managing research projects with mid term and long term perspectives in a wide range of activities – microbiology, packaging, ingredients, technology, … -  in collaborations with universities and companies.

Henk Gurdebeke  holds a Master´s Degree in Bio-engineering from Leuven University (2000). He has been active in research in the food industry in different food companies since 2002.


Nanou Peelman, PhD researcher, Ghent University

Nanou Peelman is a PhD researcher at Ghent University. In the framework of her PhD research, she has worked on a 2-year collective research (IWT) project titled ‘Application of bioplastics as food packaging’. This project was requested by Pack4Food (, a consortium of Flemish research institutes and more than 60 companies operating in the different sectors involved in food packaging. Pack4Food aims to stimulate innovation in food packaging, both at food producers and at their suppliers (packaging manufacturers, filling machine manufacturers).

Nanou is now working on the VIS research traject ‘Sustainable and functional food packaging’ (Pack4Food), in which she investigates the temperature resistance of renewable materials.

Nanou holds a Master’s Degree in Bio-engineering (Food Science and Nutrition) from Ghent University.




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