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Kelly L. Helein brings 29 years of executive leadership in the capacity of sales, marketing and business development having worked for specialty paper companies, converters and manufacturers. A self-described highly motivated connector and collaborator, she has extensive experience in driving innovation and growth while working with leading consumer products companies. Passionate about sustainability and the impact of packaging on the global network, Kelly has championed change as the past Board President for the Paper Discovery Center and the Paper International Hall of Fame. She also serves on the advisory committee for Smithers Pira Sustain Pack Europe and US. Kelly previously worked as Vice President, Industrial for Coveris, now TC Transcontinental and now serves as Vice President, Strategic Accounts for Footprint.
Montague joined TAPPI as President and CEO in 2006. His passion for the pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and converting industries is only matched by the passion of the volunteers, staff and members of TAPPI. He is known for his ability to transform a company into a thriving, financially viable and competitive enterprise in the global marketplace. Montague ‘s dedication to the continued and lasting sustainability of TAPPI is an essential motivator in his success with the association.
Montague was listed as one of the industry’s Top 8 Movers & Shakers in a Paper360 magazine readership survey and was twice named as one of RISI’s 100 most influential people in the Pulp& Paper Industry. He spoke at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on Defense of US Paper & Print, and is currently a member of AGENDA 2020, ASPI, CESSE, GSAE, and serves on the boards of TAPPI, TAPPI Foundation and the Advisory Board for Herty.
Pirita Huotari has 10 Years of Paper Industry Experience. She has been working within Business Intelligence and Strategic Consulting at Fisher International since 2016.
Previously, Pirita worked in various technical roles at a major machine supplier. She is a Master of Science in Process Engineering / Pulp and Paper Engineering.
Since June 2019, Jori Ringman is Director General of the Confederation of European Paper Industries (Cepi). Previously he was Deputy Director General and responsible for issues relating to sustainability, environment and consumer protection, with particular concern for packaging and food contact. Since joining Cepi in 2005 he has been advancing and exploring circular low carbon bioeconomy in the sector.
Prior to 2005, he was a civil servant at the European Commission and a political advisor in the European Parliament.
Mr. Ringman has a background in Economics, Econometrics and Business Management and broad experience in communications, public administration and politics. He also holds an MSc in Environmental Decision-making.
Kirk began his career at 3M in Minnesota, USA, in 1983. There, he spent 16 years with various posts in research and business development.
In 1999, Kirk joined KNH, a leading specialty nonwoven company in Asia as President and then CEO.
On July 1, 2011, Kirk was appointed to Chung Hwa Pulp (CHP) as CEO, and led the integration of the CHP and YFY Paper units. He led the combined entity to refocus business development in specialty pulp & paper and bio-chemicals across operations in both Taiwan and China.
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Andreas Faul graduated in paper technology at the Munich University of Applied Sciences. He worked at Steinbeis Papier, one of the pioneers of deinking and production of recycled papers, for 16 years – starting his professional career in the laboratory and changed to technical marketing and later to research and development for treatment of paper for recycling and mechanical pulp. After this, his duties were in the licensing and consulting departments.
Since 1999 Andreas Faul has been working as consultant, today as managing director and partner of PROPAKMA, located in Southwestern Germany. PROPAKMA is an independent provider of technological services for the paper industry, also running the office of INGEDE, the International Association of the Deinking Industry. Andreas Faul was appointed as managing director of INGEDE in 2003. Representing INGEDE is Andreas Faul’s main job today.
Dr. Antje Harling is division manager of materials testing and analytics at Papiertechnische Stiftung (PTS) in Heidenau /Dresden, Germany. Dr. Harling is a certified food chemist and expert for food packaging. She has four years of experience in research and laboratory leadership of an official food control laboratory (central laboratory for food contact materials of Baden Württemberg, Stuttgart, Germany), as well as profound experience in R&D in paper and board. She is well versed in consulting with all questions related to food contact materials, physical and chemical testing. She is involved in many DIN and CEN committees for Paper, Board and Tissue (e.g. member of DIN advisory board NPA for paper, board and fibres). From 2018-2022 she is an appointed member of the German BfR commission on consumer products and BfR paper committee, which is the responsible committee for the German BfR paper recommendations XXXVI beyond other.
Janet Preston joined English China Clays Int. (now IMERYS Minerals) in 1985 and has worked in the areas of coatings research, in the area of paints, inks paper coating and in printing science.
Whilst working at Imerys Janet graduated from University of Plymouth with an honours degree in Applied Chemistry. She then gained a PhD in Chemistry with the Interface Analysis Centre, University of Bristol, where she studied ink and coated paper interactions. Janet has around 90 publications in this area. She is currently a senior scientist in the company’s Carbonate Group.
In 2007 Janet was appointed as an Adjunct Professor (Docent) at Abo Akademi University in Finland, in the Laboratory of paper coating and converting.
Memberships: Chartered Chemist & Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Tappi (Former chairperson of the Tappi Fundamentals CIG), Member of the FRC Committee (The Pulp and Paper Fundamental Research Soc.).
Janet is married to David and has a daughter Laura.
Alexey is an engineer who’s prime interest is in packaging concept development, scale-up and best possible end-of-life scenarios. His wide ranging areas of professional expertise include paper physics, packaging and specialty papers, paper recycling, flexible paper packaging, barrier paper, moulded pulp, paper converting, filling & packing and packaging sustainability.
Prior to joining Nestlé Alexey was a Research Scientist at VTT and has also held various consulting and innovation roles. He has a B.Sc in pulp & paper technology and an M.Sc in forest bio-refineries from Saint-Petersburg State Forest-Technical University; an M.Sc. in chemical engineering from Lappeenranta University of Technology and a D.Sc (Tech) in paper converting & packaging from Tampere University of Technology.
Jochen Schlegel studied chemical and process (paper) engineering. He has more than 30 years experience in the paper and board industries, amongst other things. He is an independent expert for speciality paper and board grades since 2009.
Mia Ahokas has a PhD (Tech.) degree in Chemical Engineering at Åbo Akademi University in Finland. She has been studying bio-based materials and been involved in barrier development and characterization at CH-Polymers since 2016.
Brian graduated from Virginia Tech with PhD in Polymer Science and Engineering. He started at Dow in 2008 as an applications scientist in the Paper Coatings business. He has held roles in R&D and technical service where he has developed binders with improved strength, hollow sphere pigments for thermal insulation and opacity, and barrier materials for food packaging.
Jürgen Luchtenberg has obtained his doctorate in the field of Polymer-Chemistry.
For more than 20 years he had various positions at Nouryon (previously CP Kelco) and he has always been passionate about the applicatons of products in the paper- and board industry.
Today he works with global responsibility as Technical Support & Development Manager. His focus is to develop new markets and applications and introduce new products and concepts to the industry.
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Caroline LOCRE has an engineering degree in papermaking and joined CTP in 2013 as Project Leader in the fields of surface treatments of papers and boards, barrier materials, and food contact materials.
She currently coordinates the Sherpack project and participates in several R&D projects related to surface treatment of papers and boards and development of new food contact materials with specific barriers properties. Interactions between cellulosic packaging materials and foodstuffs are one of her favoured research topics. Assessment of the compliance of (sometimes new) food contact cellulosic materials with EU regulation is also part of her activities.
Martina Lindner B. Eng. Packaging Technology, Media University, Stuttgart
M. Eng. Dairy and Packaging Economics, University of Applied Sciences, Hannover
PhD: Chair for Food Packaging Technology, Technical University of Munich
Since 2013: Researcher at Fraunhofer IVV
Since 2014: Associate Lecturer at University of Applied Sciences Ostwestfalen-Lippe and Kempten
Since 2019: Business Development Manager Packaging Fraunhofer IVV.
More than 30 years experience in pulp and paper industry, both in end-user, production and supplier environment, I have a passion for papermaking and process control, as well as understanding the drivers along the value chain of paper products.
Currently holding a European marketing position for Board & Packaging at Nalco Water, closely mixed with technical development, brings me close to paper mills addressing needs in paper products as well as operational challenges and restrictions.
Living in Sweden
Marion Sterner, working as head of R&D, is shareholder in Gruppo X di X Gruppo srl, a company generating patents on innovations in the packaging and mainly paper sector, developing them with industrial partners and licensing patents, know how and technology. She is co-author of the base patents of Gruppo X’s developments and has been working since 1990 in the field of process and material innovation. Main Gruppo X’s licencees are, among others, BillerudKorsnas, Nippon Paper Industries, BP Europack (today Amcor Flexibles).
Marion holds degrees in architecture from Germany and Italy.
Dr. Rafik Allem is a Lead Scientist at FPInnovations. He received his Doctorate in Materials Science at INPL Lorraine, France and held a post-doctoral fellowship at École Polytechnique, Montréal. At FPInnovations he has led various research projects related to the performance of paper, board and tissue products. His current interests include developing highly extensible paper, bio-based barrier coatings for advanced packaging products, and exploring the use of biomaterials.
I graduated in Chemistry and Sustainable Technologies in October 2016 at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, and received the PhD in Chemistry at the same institution in March 2020, with a thesis on Supramolecular Organic Chemistry.
Since May 2020 I’m working in the R&D department of Favini, assisting the R&D Manager.
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