"Henk Pool is an Innovation Manager at Cefic, the forum and the voice of the chemical industry in Europe. Henk joined Cefic’s Innovation department in February 2016 as a secondee from the industry. His responsibilities include amongst others, Chemical Recycling of Plastic Waste, Water and Raw Materials innovation programs. He has spent over 30 years of his professional career in the chemical industry.
Henk holds a Master’s degree in engineering from the Twente University of Technology in The Netherlands."
Senior engineer specialised in waste and business, with two master's degrees, an MBA and a master's degree in waste management, currently studying for a degree in law. He has been working in the world of waste for 16 years since he started at the age of 18 as an operator in waste collection, juggling it with his studies. He has grown within FCC through various positions within the operation, then in the technical office of Ecoembes and now closing the cycle of waste management as General Manager of ANARPLA, the Spanish National Association of Plastic Recyclers.
"Academic Background: Degree in Chemistry (Complutense University of Madrid / University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA), Master in Science and Technology of Polymers in the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), PhD summa cum laude in chemistry from the UCM - CSIC and accredited by the ANECA as Assistant Professor. Postgraduate in Public Affairs Management (MAS Consulting- Comillas Pontifical University ICAI –ICADE (2016).
Professional experience: For several years working as research at the Spanish National Research Council, with 22 scientific papers and a patent, participating in more than 30 conferences, as well as national projects in international. The best part of this period was to have the opportunity to work in the US, France and Germany in different research groups, with multidisciplinary and multicultural teams. Since February 2013, Sustainability and Environmental Manager for PlasticsEurope, the European Association of manufacturers of plastic raw material, in its regional office in Spain"
He holds a degree in International Business Administration from the University of Paderborn. Jan Bauer is the Managing Director of RIGK GmbH.
The company, based in Wiesbaden (Germany), was founded by the plastics industry in 1992. For more than 25 years, RIGK has been developing and managing 7 Collective Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) systems for packaging and plastics products in Germany. Jan Bauer is a member of the Executive Committee of EPRO (European Plastics Recycling and Recovery Organisations), where he leads and coordinates the Working Group on Agricultural Plastics. He is also a member of the Board of the Circular Economy Digital Platform Plastship. Throughout his career, Jan has developed several RAP systems for different packaging and other plastic products.
Degree in Chemistry from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Teresa has more than 20 years of experience in Plastics, Environment, Recycling and Sustainability. She has been a member of the Executive Committee of the European Association EPRO, Secretary General of the AENOR Plastics Certification Committee, Technical Director of ANAIP, General Director of CICLOPLAST, President of PAISAJE LIMPIO, President of CICLOAGRO, member of the Board of Directors of ECOEMBES and President of its Plastics Technical Commission. Teresa Martínez has been invited as an expert by the European Commission, the Congress of Deputies and the Senate to participate in the debates prior to the drafting of the Plastics and Circular Economy Strategy and the regulation on Waste and Resources. She is currently Project Manager at SINTAC and General Manager of CAPEC (Boxes and Pallets in a Circular Economy). Teresa Martínez coordinates the CHEMCIRCULAR project in Spain, which aims to implement in Spain a SCRAP (Collective System of Extended Producer Responsibility) for industrial packaging in the chemical industry, inspired by the RIGK model, in place in Germany for more than 25 years.
"Degree in Chemical Sciences, specialising in technical chemistry and Advanced Programme in Environmental Engineering and Management from the School of Industrial Organisation (EOI).
For the last 25 years she has developed her experience in the field of waste, recycling and plastics. He has worked for 22 years in the engineering company IDOM carrying out waste studies on packaging and plastics, always promoting prevention, selective collection and recycling. In 2016 she joined CICLOPLAST as Technical Director, coordinating technical R&D&I projects on circular economy in packaging and plastics and packaging prevention. In January 2018 she was appointed General Manager of CICLOPLAST. She is also Spanish representative and coordinator of the plastic packaging statistics group of EPRO (European Plastics Recovery and Recycling Organisations), President of the NGO Paisaje Limpio and member of expert panels on plastics and sustainability."
TOMRA Recycling. Prior to that, she was Technical Sales Manager for TOMRA Sorting Recycling in Spain, Portugal and Latin America for seven years. She joined TOMRA in 2007 from ECOEMBES where she spent 8 years in the Plant Department. Judit has a Master's degree in Environmental Engineering and Management and a degree in Physics.
Daniel Carrero has been Technical Director since 2020 at PICVISA, where he previously held the position of Product Manager. He has also worked in companies such as Acció Global as a programmer analyst.
Industrial Technical Engineer specialised in Industrial Chemistry from the Universitat Politècnica de València. Executive MBA from ESIC Business&Marketing School. Until 2017, he has developed his professional career in the field of industrial waste management in different areas: commercial, production, facility design, coordination and implementation of treatments for the proper management of industrial waste. In 2017 he joined Heura as Development Director, where he is responsible for the area of projects, strategic planning and development of activities related to the environment, including the extended producer responsibility system AEVAE.
Leader of the Mechanical Recycling group at AIMPLAS. She holds a degree in Environmental Sciences from the Universidad Miguel Hernández of Elche and a Master's degree in Sustainable Waste Management from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, with six years of experience in waste management. She started at AIMPLAS as a researcher in the Department of Sustainability and Industrial Recovery in 2018 and has experience in the development and improvement of waste recycling facilities to increase the efficiency of selected materials. Her activities include research on product recyclability and different mechanisms to optimise the best methods, manufacturing processes, material recycling/recovery and eco-design. It has also participated in national and international projects focused mainly on the recovery of waste to obtain new products, as well as on the prevention and recovery of marine waste.
Andreas Habrich holds a Master’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Duisburg and is specialised in plastics processing. He is sales engineer at Brabender Technologie since 2015 and responsible for the Spanish and Portuguese market since 2018. Brabender Technologie is one of the leading producers of feeding and discharging equipment. With more than 60 years’ experience it’s specialized in the production and development of gravimetric and volumetric feeders.
Marina Matta studied at the Heilbronn University of applied science and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Process and Environmental Technology.
Has been with Coperion since 2011. As process engineer she was responsible for the technical design of twin–screw extruders. She provided guidance and technical assistance to the sales and service for different applications such as masterbatch production, direct extrusion and degassing. Since 2018 specialized in recycling processes, including mechanical, chemical, and solvent based recycling processes. Since 2020 team leader.
Sebastian achieved a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Applied Science Nuremberg. Since 2007 he has been working at Leistritz Extrusionstechnik GmbH as a chemical engineer. In 2011, he was appointed Team Manager of the Leistritz Lab. His main responsibility include planning of trials and setting up extruders in terms of chemical engineering. As an extrusion expert, he also provides support to the sales team and customers. In 2013 he became Head of Process Technology and in 2017 Products and Applications Manager. Since 2020, he is responsible for all extrusion processes and applications at Leistritz Extrusion Technology as Directorr Processing and Applications. Sebastian has also been a speaker at plastics industry conferences and events around the world.
Dr. Santiago García Pardo is Head of R&D and Quality at SOGAPOL (Valtalia Group). PhD in Polymer Science from the UDC.
Postgraduate in Innovation Management (UNIR, EOI) and Degree in Chemistry (UDC). He has developed his professional experience in the field of plastics since 2003 in research centres and companies in the sector. He has specialised in structure-properties relationships of polyolefins and composite materials. He has participated in more than 20 R&D projects, author of 12 publications in JCR articles and 36 international and national conferences.
CEO and co-founder of Altero Recycling Machinery. He holds a degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the UPC in Barcelona and a master's degree in marketing from the EADA business school. Previously, he held the position of Head of Marketing and Product Development at B.Braun Medical, a manufacturer of electromedical machinery for hospitals.
Head of Global End Use Additives for Thermoplastics at BYK Chemie. He graduated in 1994 with a graduate engineer in Chemistry from the University for Applied Sciences of Aachen, Germany. He has over 25 years’ experience in marketing, sales and product development in the European polymers industry. His functional experience marketing, product development, strategy appraisal and business management in markets with have included commodity and engineering resins, plastics masterbatches and plastics additives. His employment history is as follows: BYK Chemie since 2001, Technical Service Manager at Colorplasticchemie Albert Schleberger and Regional Sales Manager North Germany at Treffert GmbH & Co. KG.
Eva is the leader of the Chemical Recycling group at AIMPLAS. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Chemistry from the Universitat de València. Consultant in Engineering and Environmental Management (School of Industrial Organization of Madrid). Highly specialized stay in recycling of plastic materials in Fraunhoffer-IVV (Freissing - Germany). She joined the Institute in 1993. Her expertise is focused on sustainable development, materials from natural resources, biodegradable plastics and recycling. She holds large experience in proposal writing and participation/coordination of relevant national and international R&D projects related to her expertise. She has participated as speaker in numerous seminars and conferences, is author of technical articles for scientific journals and magazines, and professor in different sustainability and recovery-related courses. She is chairman of the Standardization Subcommittee AEN / CTN 53 /SC SC08- Plastics Recycling. Member of the plenary meeting of the Technical Committee for Standardization CTN53 Plastics and Rubber. Member of the CEN/TC 249/WG 11- Plastics recycling.
"Raquel Sánchez holds a degree in Organic Chemistry from the Autonoma University of Madrid and has post-graduate studies in Polymer Science and Technology from CSIC (Higher Council for Scientific Research by its Spanish acronym) in Madrid.
Raquel has an extended career in Repsol with a specific focus on the polyurethane field.
Currently, Raquel is the Head of the Technical Service and Development department. This department supports customers in their technical requirements. Additionally, Raquel and her team are in charge of coordinating all the required activities to be ready to produce and sell the upcoming Repsol Reciclex®'s brand new recycled polyol."
Jasmina Nikodinovic-Runic is a full research professor, and an Eco-biotechnology and Drug Development group leader at the Laboratory for Microbial Molecular Genetics and Ecology, Institute of Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering, University of Belgrade. She conducts research in the field of molecular genetics of bacteria, directs the evolution of enzymes, isolates and characterizes novel biocatalysts, converts petrochemical plastic monomers to biopolymers (PHA), and works on biotechnological process optimizations. Her research interests include microbial biotechnology (bacterial fermentation, strain improvement, and bioremediation), biocatalysis (protein expression and directed evolution, and biotransformations), bacterial bioactive secondary metabolites (biopigments, and antifungal and anticancer compounds), and novel materials (biopolymers, PHA, nanocellulose, and functionalizations). The group is active in eco-green molecular biotechnologies and in the design of bioactive molecules.
Ignacio Buezas has a degree in Chemical Engineering and is specialized in polymer technology. He has been working with polymers since 2005 when he started working as a researcher in different research institutes like AIMPLAS, IVW and TNO. He has been working at Elix Polymers since 2014 where he has performed different roles from Technical Customer Service engineer to Business Development Manager for different segments like healthcare, consumer goods, appliances and automotive. Currently he is leading business development global activities for the automotive industry as well as coordinating the Technical Customer Service activities at Elix Polymers. Ignacio is part of the Sustainability Committee at Elix Polymers which is the responsible team to develop more sustainable products and solutions and launch them into the market.
Jenifer Mitjà has an Industrial Technical Chemical Engineering Degree by University Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) and Materials Engineering Degree by Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). She has worked in different companies in the field of packaging and plastics in the roles of application engineer, R&D films responsible, among others. In 2015, Jenifer joined Corbion as an application engineer for bioplastics. In 2017 when the joint venture Total Corbion PLA bv was created, she joined as Application Engineer for PLA, focused in extrusion coating and powder applications. Since 2018 Jenifer is combining her job as an Application Engineer with the role as an Account Manager for Iberia.
Graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Industries Agricoles et Alimentaires (ENSIA) in France, he has spent his entire career in the world of flexible packaging and for more than 20 years in the field of polyester films. He is currently Business Development and Sustainability manager at Transparent Paper Ltd.
Dr. Rolf-Egbert Gruetzner completed his studies with the PhD in Polymer Chemistry in 1989 from University of Jena, Germany. Since 1990 he has been working in the polyamide industry covering different functions, e.g. in R&D, QM & QC, market development as well as technical customer service. He started with Thueringian Institute for Plastics & Fiber Research (TITK), followed by Honeywell Polymers and BASF. Since 2005 he is working for BASF SE as Market Development & Technical Support Manager for Extrusion Polyamides.
PhD in Chemical Sciences. Project Director of the Asociación Vertidos Cero, Professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, founding member and research member of the Spanish Association of Marine Litter (AEBAM) and expert consultant for the United Nations Mediterranean Environmental Programme (UNEP/MAP).
Aeronautical Engineer by the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and master’s degree by ICAI, he has developed his professional activity during the last 30 years in different industrial sectors: aeronautics, automobile, metal mechanics, fuel and plastic and in different sizes of companies, multinationals, SMEs and micro SMEs. At the end of 2007 he joined Acteco in charge of the Recycling Business where the R&D&I activity is integrated. He has participated in more than 20 European, national and regional R&D projects. He is a member of the Board of Directors of ANARPLA (Spanish National Association of Plastic Recyclers) and of different technical committees of PRE (Plastic Recycling Europe).
Hazel O'Keeffe counsels clients on the regulation of food-contact materials, notably in the European Union (EU), Switzerland and the United Kingdom, focusing on establishing a suitable status for all types of food-contact materials at both the EU and national level.
Hazel helps clients navigate the complexities of applying the principle of mutual recognition to facilitate the free movement of non-harmonized products throughout the EU, the European Economic Area (EEA), and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries. She advises on inter alia, EU requirements for biocides, materials in contact with drinking water, personal protective equipment, packaging waste and single-use plastics, medicinal products/European Pharmacopoeia, medical devices, cosmetics, fluorinated greenhouse gases, ozone depleting substances and recycling and green claims.
She completed an internship at the European Commission during which she specialized in relations with the European Parliament and gained first-hand experience of the workings of the EU institutions.
Hazel is a contributing author to PackagingLaw.com, as well as related industry publications, and is frequently invited to speak at international food-contact conferences.
Ales Bartl es asociado de regulación de la UE en la oficina de Bruselas de Keller and Heckman. Ales asesora sobre el cumplimiento normativo de una amplia gama de productos comercializados en la UE. Sus campos de especialización son REACH, Clasificación, Etiquetado y Envasado (CLP), Contaminantes Orgánicos Persistentes (COP), legislación sobre biocidas, legislación alimentaria, dispositivos médicos, productos electrónicos y seguridad de productos y alimentos. Antes de incorporarse a Keller and Heckman, Ales realizó prácticas en la Comisión Europea y trabajó durante casi diez años como asociado en materia de regulación de la UE en dos bufetes de abogados internacionales en Bruselas.
Natalia Grzomba is the Network Lead at Crowdhelix, an international network of universities, research organisations and businesses, where she is responsible for managing relationships with network members and project management. Currently she is managing Crowdhelix’s involvement in two EU-funded projects focused on recyclability of plastics: Multicycle and PRESERVE. In the frame of these projects, Natalia is overseeing the Circular Plastics Helix - a virtual community of experts in plastics, circularity and recycling hosted on the Crowdhelix platform.