"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."
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.