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2018 Featured speakers

Bertrand Piccard
Bertrand Piccard - Initiator and Chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation
Bertrand Piccard is the initiator behind Solar Impulse, the first airplane to fly around the world without a drop of fuel. He more recently launched the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions, and with it the goal of selecting #1000 solutions that protect the environment in a profitable way to bring them to decision makers by COP24 (2018) and encourage them to adopt more ambitious environmental targets and energy policies.

Originating from a family of explorers, it is in his DNA to go beyond the obvious and push back the boundaries of the possible, as he did with his two round-the-world flights – with Solar Impulse and before that non-stop in a balloon. A trained psychiatrist, Bertrand constantly sets out to challenge certitudes and convictions, and advocates for an innovative and pioneering spirit to improve the quality of life on Earth.

Envisioning ecology through the lens of profitability, promoting clean and profitable solutions that are “logical” more than just “eco-logical,” Bertrand demonstrates the opportunities that lie in solving climate change. With his dual identities as explorer and medical doctor, he has become an influential voice heard among the most distinguished institutions across the globe as a forward-thinking leader for progress and sustainability.


Richard C (Dick) Darr
Richard C (Dick) Darr - VP Global Packaging Development @ Plastipak Packaging Inc.
Dick Darr has been in plastics since he was a teenager. At 16 he began working after school in a small injection molding company. After graduation continued with Plasticraft in Wadsworth, Ohio as a process technician and advanced to a shift supervisor in late 1967. He started with Plastipak Packaging Inc. February 1971 as a Production Manager, Plant manager and multiple positions in Development within Plastipak. In 2000 was named Vice President Global Packaging Development and is a member of the Plastipak Packaging Inc. Executive Steering Team. He has invented or co-invented 188 Patents in the field of Plastic Injection and Blow Molding. He has been actively involved in developments of PET Stretch Blow Molding since 1978. He has been involved in the Development of Plastic Aerosol Containers for the past 10 years through the launch of the Febreeze aerosol package in 2017. He attributes his singular success in plastics to his early exposure to all aspects of the field.
Mylan Nguyen
Mylan Nguyen - Packaging Analyst @ Euromonitor International
Mylan Nguyen is a Packaging Analyst at Euromonitor International, she directly contributes to the content and quality of Euromonitor International’s packaging research. Mylan primarily focuses on the beauty and personal care and home care industries, monitoring industry trends and forecasts and providing key insights through articles and analysis into the packaging industry.

At FEA Global Aerosol Events 2018, Mylan Nguyen will provide an overview of the trends and key drivers shaping the global metal aerosol cans market, which accounts for over 9 billion units in 2017. While beauty and personal care is the main industry for the pack type, representing 53% of global retail metal aerosol cans sales, followed by home care at 36%, global metal aerosol cans volumes within beauty are set to increase by 5% in 2017. Mylan Nguyen will focus on discussing the main challenges and opportunities for aerosols in the global beauty and personal care and home care industries.


Stéphane Tondo
Stéphane Tondo - Chief Marketing Officer @ ArcelorMittal / President @ APEAL
Stéphane Tondo is Chief Marketing Officer for the Packaging and Energy segments at ArcelorMittal and the current President of APEAL, the Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging.

After an early career as a sales engineer in Germany, he joined ArcelorMittal in 1998 holding positions as market development engineer, key-account manager and regional head of automotive sales before assuming his current position in October 2013. He holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Marketing from the Esidec-ICN business school in Metz, France.


Dr. Ralf Freiberger
Ralf Freiberger - Responsible for product development @ Mühlbauer GmbH & Co. KG
Dr. Ralf Freiberger studied physics in Aachen. Subsequent to his graduation he was employed by the RWTH Aachen (Technical University Aachen) where he focused on Microscopy with short wavelengths. Since 2013 he has been working in the R&D department of the Mühlbauer Group with responsibility for development and improvement of products in the field of visual inspection. Dr. Freiberger is member of the DPG (German Society of Physicists) and has published papers about EUV-microscopy, defect-inspection and time resolved microscopy.
Richard van Hooijdonk
Richard van Hooijdonk
Trend watcher Richard van Hooijdonk futurist lectures have been attended by over 300,000 people. He works with RTL, BNR and is guest lecturer at several universities. Hooijdonk and his international team research ‘mega trends’ such as robots, drones, the internet-of-things, 3D/4D printing, Big Data and biomimicry and how new technology affects many industries. Richard van Hooijdonk started his career as marketing director at banks, publishing companies and technology companies where he held strategic advisory positions, was part of management teams and sat on various boards of directors.
Benjamin Punchard
Benjamin Punchard - Global Packaging Insight Director @ Mintel
As Mintel’s Global Packaging Insights Director, Benjamin is responsible for delivering actionable insight drawing on his eight years of extensive international experience. Over this time he has worked with the leading multinational packaging companies to provide strategic market recommendations. Benjamin holds significant experience in conceiving, conducting and delivering quantitative and qualitative research.

An accomplished public speaker, Benjamin is regularly invited to present at global conferences and trade shows such as HBA Global Expo and The European Packaging Summit. Benjamin’s packaging analysis regularly appears in the trade press in magazines such as Packaging News and Beauty Packaging Magazine.


Christian Crepet
Christian-Yves Crepet - Executive Director @ Petcore Europe; vice-President @ Plastic Recyclers Europe
With a commercial and executive business management background, Christian-Yves Crépet started his career with Dow Chemical and went on with Eni Chem both in France and other European countries. Before running Petcore Europe, he has been the Managing Director of the French 50 kt/pa PET&HDPE recycling company Sorepla Industrie for the last 21 years.

He is very familiar with the PET and the Polyolefin Industry. Having been a member of Petcore since 1993, became a director and treasurer. Also, for the past 15 years, Vice-President of PRE (Plastics Recyclers Europe), Chairman and founder of it’s HDPE/PP WG and Vice-Chairman of the PET WG.


Han Toebast
Han Toebast - Business Development & Strategy Director @ VanBerlo
Representing distinguished independent Dutch Design Agency VanBerlo, and with a story to tell that spans ten years in the creative industry; join Han Toebast on a journey into how Design Thinking methodologies can be a catalyst in your innovation process. By means of inspiring project cases, he will show you how VanBerlo approaches their clients’ business challenges in a uniquely unorthodox manner. Their Design Driven Innovation approach results in products, services or a combination of the two, that focus on creating an optimal balance between building the right business case, living up to user needs and technical possibilities.

Independent of your place in the value chain, innovation should fulfil these needs in diverse ways. Han strongly believes, that optimizing total user experience unlocks hidden potential to truly grow your turnover and market share.


Avinash Chandarana
Avinash Chandarana - Learning & Development Director @ MCI-Group
As a leading cross-cultural trainer, accomplished presentation skills coach, facilitator, moderator and keynote speaker, Avinash has extensive experience working with a broad range of clients and regularly speaks, consults and provides training for global companies and international non-profit associations, worldwide.

Avinash is a Fellow of the Learning and Performance Institute, member of the International Association of Facilitators and serves on the Chief Learning Officer Business Intelligence Committee. Voted a Platinum speaker by Meetings Professionals International (MPI), Avinash captivates audiences at regional, national and international conferences and is regularly invited to speak, moderate and facilitate on a range of Cross Cultural, Talent Development and Leadership topics.

With a degree in Business, his twenty-five year international career includes diverse roles for both corporate and not for profit organisations in the UK, US, Norway and Belgium, with project assignments spanning a further thirty countries. Indian by culture, born in Uganda and raised and educated in the United Kingdom, Avinash’s background exemplifies a broad understanding of the sensitivities and needs of the growing international and multi-cultural business environment.

Avinash also serves and consults in the area of Learning and Development strategy for MCI, the world’s leading provider of strategic engagement and activation solutions and a key driver of innovation in the meetings, events, association and congress industries.


Gregor Spengler
Gregor Spengler - Secretary general @ Aerobal
After finishing his economics studies at the University of Dortmund, Gregor Spengler started his professional career at the German Aluminium Association (GDA) in April 1994. From April 1994 to August 2011 he held the position as Manager of GDA’s Flexible Tubes and Can Division. Since September 2012 he has been Head of Packaging in GDA. From 1994 until today he has also been responsible in GDA for technical issues and food contact legislation matters for rigid and flexible packaging.

Under the umbrella of GDA Mr. Spengler holds the positions as Secretary General of the:

  • International Organisation of Aluminium Aerosol Container Manufacturers (AEROBAL) founded in 2006 as a follow-up organisation of the European Association of Aluminium Aerosol Container Manufacturers for which he was responsible as Secretary General since 1996
  • european tube manufacturers association (etma) since 1996, an organisation of European producers of flexible aluminium, laminate and plastic tubes

From January 2006 to May 2011 he also held the position as Director Regulatory Affairs for Flexible Packaging Europe (FPE), the European forum for the flexible packaging industry.


Shohei Horiuchi
Shohei Horiuchi - Manager CAE Engineer of Corporate Research Development @ Toyo Seikan Group Holdings, Ltd.
Mr.Horiuchi took bachelor degree of mechanical engineering in Keio University and published papers about FEM.

After graduating Keio University, he took master degree of Quantum Engineering and Systems Science in Tokyo University Graduate School and studied on nuclear engineering.

Since 2003 he has been working in CORPORATE RESEARCH &DEVELOPMENT of Toyo Seikan Co.,Ltd in the field of computer simulation.


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