2019 Speakers & Panellists

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  • Dr. Philipp Gattner

    Chief Strategy Officer reBuy reCommerce GmbH , Germany

    Biography to follow....

  • Virginie Maes

    Vice President, Corporate Strategy Amcor, Switzerland

    Ms. Maes joined global packaging leader, Amcor, in November 2016. Previously, she held a number of senior strategy roles including with leading international management-consulting firm, McKinsey and Company.

    Today, as Amcor’s Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Ms. Maes identifies strategic opportunities for the company; assessing acquisitions and developing growth strategies for the business, worldwide. This includes leading Amcor’s expanding ecommerce offering.

    Prior to Amcor, Ms. Maes ran transformations, restructures, and merger integrations for several global clients of McKinsey in the chemical, agricultural and insurance sectors. 

    She was previously a private equity associate at Terra Firma Capital Partners and a financial analyst in investment banking at Morgan Stanley.

    Ms. Maes has a Masters, Business Administration, from Harvard Business School, a Masters, Financial Management, and a Masters, Applied Economics.

  • Alien Mulyk

    Policy Advisor EMOTA (European eCommerce & Omni-Channel Trade Association), Belgium

    Alien Mulyk works as a Policy Advisor at the European eCommerce and Omni-Channel Trade Association (EMOTA), which represents national eCommerce associations and corporate online traders in Brussels. She focuses on supply chain issues and other policy areas with an impact on online retailing such as taxation and data protection. Alien holds a tri-national master’s degree in European Studies and before joining EMOTA, she worked at the European Commission and the European Parliament.


  • John Munnelly

    Head of Operations, Magna Park Campus John Lewis & Partners, UK

    John Munnelly is Head of Operations at John Lewis Plc., one of the UK’s leading retailers. For the last 12 years, John has been responsible for the design, build and implementation of their highly-acclaimed, multi-award winning semi-automated National Distribution Centre in Magna Park, Milton Keynes.  The customer-centric facility has an operating footprint in excess of 2 million square feet, and is industry leading, enabling one pool of stock to be used for all shop deliveries and customer fulfillment.  This includes John Lewis’s online proposition, which will account for almost 50% of total sales by 2020.

  • Elisa Pogliano

    Digital & Omnichannel Director, Europe Mattel, UK

    Based in the UK, Elisa has been working at Mattel since 2015, first as eRetail and then as Omnichannel Development Director, developing a holistic approach to retail channel strategy and delivering scalable initiatives, plans and assets to support trade and shopper marketing activities across the region for well-known brands such as Barbie, Fisher Price, Hot Wheels, Thomas & Friends and many more. In 2018 she also took over responsibility for Digital Marketing, including Digital Media & CRM.

    Before joining Mattel, Elisa spent 10 years working for Procter&Gamble in a number of Sales and Trade Marketing roles working across multiple categories including Home Care, Personal Care, Snacks and Pet Food. Her love affair with digital commerce began in 2007, when she started working as the Tesco.com Key Account Manager, and eventually led her to heading up the UK eRetail Team in 2013.

  • Per Stoltz

    Resource and Waste manager IKEA Group IKEA Services AB, Sweden

    Born in Sweden 1962. I finished my studies with a Bachelor in Business and administration.  I started to work for IKEA in 1992 in the local Italian purchasing organization. Moved to Sweden in 2000 to the product development and supply chain headquarter of IKEA situated in the small town of Älmhult.

    Working first with global strategic purchasing and later with product development projects. Since 2008 working with Sustainability, the first years with product related questions and communication and since September 2014 with Circular IKEA and Resource and Waste management for IKEA Group

  • Abdullatef Almalouhi

    Senior Online Marketing Manager Rakuten, Germany

    Abdullateef works as a Senior Online Marketing Manager at Rakuten. He is responsible for online marketing as well as taking care of Rakuten Affiliate Mall’s growth strategy in the UK and Spain. Before Rakuten, he worked on expanding the online presence for brands like Watchmaster and Airbnb and helped brands like Boeing and NasJet improve their brand awareness in the Middle East.

  • Benjamín Arias Gálvez

    Managing Partner Foresta.IO, Chile

    Academic: - Industrial Engineer, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Chile - Msc in TI and Management, Pontificia Universidad Católica, Chile  - Diploma in Packaging Technologies & Materials, U. Tecnológica Metropolitana, Chile  - Diploma in Artificial Intelligence, Udacity  - Diploma in People Management, MCE Belgium 

    Professional:  Past:  - 3 years as packaging specialist at Nestlé Chile.  - 4 years as project leader for Operations Improvement Teams at Nestle  Switzerland, leading improvement projects in Supply Chain in USA, Latam,  Europe and South Asia.  - 10 years as Chief Information Officer at Frutam, the biggest fresh fruit broker  for the Pacific coast from USA to Chile, with operations in 11 countries.  - 3 years as Corporate Director for Industrial Performance at Unilever, in  Switzerland.  - Present:  - Assistant Professor for Topics in Industrial Engineering, U. Técnica Federico  Santa María  - Managing Partner at Foresta.IO 

    Personal:  - Chilean  - 45 years old  - Married, 3 kids  - Loves outdoors, reading and racquetball 

  • Arco Berkenbosch

    Vice President Innovation and Development Smurfit Kappa, Netherlands

    After successfully obtaining his PhD in applied mathematics, Arco Berkenbosch worked as a consultant for private packaging businesses, and advised international B2B and B2C companies on packaging strategies. He joined Smurfit Kappa as head of Research and Development in 2000. In 2011, Arco was appointed as Vice President of Marketing, Research and Development, while in 2015 he started the role of Vice President Innovation and Development.

    In this position, Arco has the overall responsibility for innovation and development for Smurfit Kappa Europe, which employs 46,000 professionals across 35 countries. Reporting directly to the CEO Europe Saverio Mayer, he is responsible for covering the main areas such as design, retail, e-commerce, supply chain, sustainability, mechanics and mechanisation. Arco is also a member of the board in Smurfit Kappa Europe.

    Arco is an experienced keynote speaker for international conferences for more than 20 years, giving inspiring speeches on the impact of trends such as e-commerce, changing consumer behaviour and increased sustainability awareness on packaging innovation and business strategy.


  • Roberta Fabretti

    eCommerce Marketing Lead Mondelēz International – Europe

    Biography to follow...

  • Stephen Harrod

    Consultant Smithers Pira, UK

    Stephen Harrod is responsible for a range of Smithers Pira reports including the Global Corrugated Market, the Global Folding Carton Market, Central and Eastern European markets for corrugated and folding carton, Packaging in the Middle East, Retail Ready Packaging, Luxury Paperboard Packaging, Liquid Packaging Board and many others, including Sustainable Insulation. He has contributed to the Smithers Pira reports on the Global Packaging Market and the Global Printing Market, whilst also building in-house databases on the global paper and packaging markets.

    Born in the UK, educated in Rhodesia and South Africa, Stephen spent eleven years building a market research company in South Africa, focussed on the paper and packaging industry in that country. He left this business and spent six years in the paper industry with Mondi and JAC Labels before relocating to England. Following a spell as a freelance marketing consultant, he has been authoring reports for Smithers Pira since 2006, with a focus on global paper and packaging markets.

  • Stuart Heffernan

    Head of eBusiness Pernod Ricard, UK

    Stuart Heffernan started his career in Ecommerce at Tesco.com in 2003 working with suppliers to understand how to measure, managing & maximise performance from the channel. Over past 15 years in FMCG ecommerce Stuart has experience of working with multiple manufacturers to develop the channel from a retailers perspective and at several digital media owners. Stuart made the move to supplier side in 2010 at Kerry foods and developed their 1st ecommerce & digital strategy with eretailers. In past 2 years Stuart has been working at Pernod Ricard, implementing a strategy to grow ecommerce at 2x the market growth, deliver new opps in channel and develop a best in class operation to deliver ambitious growth targets. The cost of deliver bottles direct or with eretail partners is a real challenge that Pernod Ricard face in the near future and the business is actively looking for potential ways to solve this challenge to deliver more value for the eBusiness channel at Pernod Ricard

  • Jonne Hellgren

    Managing Director RePack, Finland

    Jonne believes in creating value through sustainability. He founded a sustainability consultancy Natural Interest Ltd. in 2006 and in 2012 co-founded reusable packaging startup focused on sustainability and simplicity. RePack is an award winning European startup based Helsinki, Finland.

  • Angela Hultberg

    Global Head of Sustainable Mobility IKEA Group (INGKA Holding B.V.), Sweden

    Angela Hultberg is the global Head of Sustainable Mobility at IKEA Group (INGKA Holding B.V.)

    She is leading the IKEA Group efforts in relation to the sustainable mobility agenda, reducing customer and co-worker travel emissions as well as achieving zero emission home deliveries and services.

    Previously, Angela was leading the sustainability work within Customer Fulfilment, focusing on creating a truly sustainable multichannel network for IKEA Group. This included lowering emissions, working with circular initiatives and waste reduction, supply chain management and much more.

    Angela holds a masters of law degree from Lund University and has worked for PwC and Scania before joining IKEA Group.


  • Sukky Jassi

    Research and Operations Manager The Retail Institute, Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Sukky is a dynamic research professional based in academia. She has held many roles including Head of the Retail Institute which involved managing the institute from a strategic and operational perspective, delivering the longstanding Membership scheme and handling a portfolio of research projects commissioned by commercial clients from the Retail, Food and Packaging industries.

    More recently, Sukky widened her remit and is now Research and Operations Manager for the Business School at Leeds Beckett University and remains affiliated to the Retail Institute as an Associate continuing to work on special projects and further her research interests. Sukky is a researcher by background and has over 17 years’ experience of delivering qualitative and quantitative applied research and consultancy projects in both the public and private sector – the outcome of which ultimately drives decision making, problem solving, policy making and the improvement of services.  Her experience and collaborative approach helps clients identify where there is a need for research and subsequently shape and develop new projects that drive growth.

    Sukky is also in the early part of her journey to undertaking a PhD which seeks to understand consumer acceptance towards smart and intelligent packaging.

  • Shameem Kazmi

    Director of Research & Development and Technical Implementation Britvic Plc, UK

    Shameem has worked at Britvic PLC for four years and in his current role, ‘Director of Research & Development and Technical Implementation’ he has responsibility for R&D strategies, delivering an innovation pipeline and technical operations across GB and Ireland.

    Shameem is an experienced Director having worked around the world for global fast-moving consumer goods companies.  As a materials scientist, Shameem has a passion for science, innovation and the environment. 

  • Niall Murphy

    Co-founder and CEO EVRYTHNG, UK

    Niall Murphy is Co-founder & CEO of EVRYTHNG, the internet of things platform for consumer products. EVRYTHNG has been named as Technology Pioneer 2018 by the World Economic Forum. A technologist, serial-entrepreneur, and angel investor, Niall has 25 years experience in innovation and future-thinking. He has founded and built pioneering businesses in internet infrastructure, the mobile internet and Web services. Niall is a frequent speaker at venues around the world, including TED.

  • Santiago Navarro

    CEO & Co-Founder Garçon Wines, UK

    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, revolutionising the 35 billion bottles used annually in wine and making flat bottles as commonplace as round bottles in both wine and spirits.

  • Andrea Questa

    E-Commerce Manager Channel EMEA Sealed Air, Italy

    Biography to follow ...

  • Claudia Rivinius

    Marketing Director STI Group, Germany

    Claudia Rivinius is as Marketing Director responsible for the national and international marketing of the STI Group. Claudia has supervised numerous studies on the sales effect of packaging and displays and is in demand as an author and speaker.

    With the title “Move people to buy more” she designed the first international display book. Together with her team, with ROI Light™ she has developed a market research tool that enables the comparison of different packaging and display variants at an early design stage.

    Customers: Unilever, Jacobs Douwe Egberts, Pernod Ricard, Sennheiser, reBuy



  • Frank Rönspiess

    Managing Partner IMPLIZIT GmbH, Germany

    Biography to follow...

  • Santiago Soria

    -Commerce Right Size Packaging Business Development Manager DS Smith, Germany

    Soria is developing the Right Size Packaging (RSP) business for the E-Commerce market at DS Smith. In an industry where boxes contain 55 % air on average, RSP is a clear opportunity to reduce operational costs, increase customer experience and reduce CO2 footprint. A clear example of how Innovative solutions can address E-Commerce challenges. Santiago has more than 18 years of experience in the packaging business within multinational companies – in the areas design, FMCG key accounts, sales management, Retail and now e-Retailers; combining innovation with sales development.

  • Uwe Streiber

    Lead Packaging Management Zalando SE, Germany

    He is responsible for Packaging Management at Zalando SE, Berlin and is responsible as Business Lead Buyer for the procurement of consumables and packaging as well as project manager for the development of future packaging strategies. After completing his Master of Engineering in Packaging Technology / Packaging Technology at the Beuth University of Applied Sciences, Berlin, Uwe Streiber worked as a packaging and process engineer at MSP GmbH, Cologne and at the DeutscheMTM Association eV, Hamburg Zalando SE started.

  • Jürgen Strohhäcker

    Head of Marketing ASB Greenworld Ltd., Germany & US

    Since 1987 employed at ASB Grünland, starting as an advertising assistant, later on advertising manager and meanwhile Head of Marketing for the whole group. We are producing garden care products (fertilizer, potting soil) for any retail stores who are dealing with that kind of products – specialist for private labels. ASB Grünland or international ASB Greenworld (brand name) has five production plants in Germany, two in Canada and one in Estonia and the Czech Republic - in addition sales offices in Switzerland, Austria, Sweden and the USA. The percentage of my daily work in packaging will be approx. 75 %.

    Education and career development:  Born 1957 in Germany / After school examination and military apprenticeship as a silk-screen printer / Department Manager Prepress in a company for promotional products, decorative articles, posters, banners etc. / Studies of Marketing Communications at the “Hochschule der Medien HdM” in Stuttgart / First professional experience after finishing the studies in advertising agencies and specialist printing houses

  • David van der Lei

    Global E-commerce Lead / International Trade Marketing Director Perfetti Van Melle Group, The Netherlands

    David has been fascinated by marketing since his childhood. The first 10 years of his working life, he spend in management consulting, focusing on fixing strategic and growth challenges for CPG companies in US and Europe. In 2005 he joined Perfetti Van Melle and took care of various candy brands in Benelux, focusing on innovation and impactful communications. Besides strong brand growth, the work was recognized with a Golden Effie and a British Design Effectiveness award. From 2010 to 2015 he was responsible for Marketing and Trade Marketing teams in Perfetti Van Melle Vietnam – achieving 5 years of consecutive double-digit growth for the brands in this emerging South East Asian country. Since 2015 he is Perfetti’s Global Ecommerce Lead, supporting operating companies around the globe to quickly develop e-commerce skills and achieve above fair share in this emerging new eco-system.

  • Richard Walzer

    Principal Designer, EMEA Mars Wrigley Confectionary, UK

    Richard leads the regional design team within Mars Wrigley Confectionary, shaping the design and innovation agenda to ensure that the innovation pipeline is fuelled with customer-centric solutions that meet our global brands’ strategies and individual market requirements, across our portfolio of chocolate, gum and fruity confections.

  • Michael Weber

    Director Corporate Marketing Thimm the Highpack Group, Germany

    Michael Weber studied business administration in Stuttgart where he took his diploma degree in. After his studies he spent several years working within international IT and electronic companies like Hewlett-Packard within various marketing and sales positions, before he joined the THIMM Group. Michael Weber holds the position as Marketing Director currently. Within this function he is responsible branding, communications, trade fairs, market research and development as well as product management.

  • Erin Wirz

    Business Manager E-Commerce Central Europe DS Smith, Germany

    In his specialist role at DS Smith, Erin is driving forward the e-commerce strategy within the region. He has a background in retail business and holds a degree in Business Administration. Erin had been working in a consulting company before he entered the packaging industry.

    Within the last 7 years he gained e-commerce expertise in various roles in Sales & Marketing. Erin is highly involved in innovation projects with some of the biggest brand owners, e-retailers and fulfillment partners in the market.

    In collaborative workshops he always thrives to find the optimum solution for each customer. Instead of focusing on logistics only he is using a holistic approach which takes into account all relevant aspects including customer experience, marketing strategy and sustainability. Erin stands up with his colleagues to fight the Empty Space Economy.

  • Luca Zerbini

    Vice President Sustainability, Marketing and Innovation Amcor Group GmbH, Switzerland

    He is the Vice President Marketing, R&D and Sustainability, Amcor Flexibles Europe, Middle East and Africa; effective 1st of July 2016. 

    He holds a BSc, MSc Industrial Engineering Polytechnic Milan MBA, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania 

     Luca A. Zerbini joined Amcor in September 2014 as VP Corporate Strategy and Business Development 
    Prior to this he was Strategic Marketing Director for Honeywell Transportation Systems, a global division supplying turbocharging technologies to the automotive industry.  
    Luca has also held a CEO position in the building materials industry and has served as a management consultant with Bain & Company.  He started his career in Supply Chain Management at Hewlett-Packard.