Global Food Contact Speakers

Speakers 2017

  • Ningjia Zheng

    Toxicology & Regulatory Compliance, Product Safety Group Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP, USA

    Ningjia Zheng joined Chevron Phillips Chemical Company (CPChem) in 2006, working on global food contact and drug packaging regulatory compliance, and providing product regulatory compliance assurance to customers.  She graduated in preventive medicine from Shanghai Medical University (now Fudan University Shanghai Medical College). She had a degree Ph.D. in public health from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health, and is a Diplomate of American Board of Toxicology (DABT).  Before joining CPChem, she worked for eight years in the area of human health risk assessment for health scientific consulting firms. 

  • Professor Alejandro Ariosti

    Materials for Sanitary Applications - Technical Assistance National Institute of Industrial Technology (INTI) - Plastics Centre, Argentina

    He is a Chemical Engineer (1981, National University of Buenos Aires) with two post-degrees: a Master on Food Science and Technology (1983, National University of Mar del Plata) and a Specialization on Plastics Conversion Technologies (2005, National University of San Martín).

    He received scholarships for technical training on food packaging and other sanitary applications of plastics, at the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (Roma, Italy) (1987), the Svenska Quality Management Group (Stockholm, 1987), the Japan Packaging Institute/JICA (Tokyo, 1991), and the Iberoamerican (Latin America + Spain + Portugal) CYTED (Science and Technology for Development) Program Center (Antigua Guatemala, 2002).

    He works at the National Institute of Industrial Technology (INTI) - Plastics Centre of Argentina since 1984, dealing with food packaging, materials interactions with foodstuffs, packaging and environment, and regulatory issues. His tasks at the INTI - Plastics Centre began with tests and analysis at the lab, continued and evolved with research and development, technical assistance, management, technical training, and standards and regulations development. He has been Deputy of the Plastics Centre (1997-2002) and also its Director (2002-2007). Now he is mainly involved with senior technical assistance and training, and with the MERCOSUR Packaging Group for the development of FCMs regulations.

    He also teaches Food Packaging at public Universities (National University of Buenos Aires - Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry – Food Science Department) (degree and post-degree), at the Argentine Catholic University (degree), and at the Argentine Packaging Institute (IAE) (tertiary level and post-degree). Since 2012 he is member of the Academic Commission of the Post-degree Specialization Course on Packaging (Agreement between the National University of Rosario and the IAE). He is coordinator of and Professor at several Modules of the post-degree course. He is also Professor of the IAE Technical Packaging Course since 1987.

    Since 1991 he represents INTI at the MERCOSUR Food Packaging Group, which developed the block regulations on different food contact materials, and since 1984 at the Argentine Institute of Standardization and Certification (IRAM).

    He has been national coordinator of two CYTED packaging projects (migration of food packaging components, and active and biodegradable food packaging), and at presents belongs to the scientific network Global Harmonization Initiative (GHI) (based at the BOKU University, Vienna, Austria), and he acts as its representative in Argentina.

    He is author and co-author of chapters of books in Spanish and English on food contact materials sanitary issues. For instance, his last publications are:

    - Kopper, G. and Ariosti, A., 2010. Food Packaging Legislation: Sanitary Aspects. In: Ensuring Global Food Safety  –  Exploring Global Harmonization. Boisrobert, Ch., Stjepanovic, A., Oh, S., Lelieveld, H. (Editors). Academic Press/Elsevier, New York, USA, pp. 227-261.

  • Dr. Silvio Bassi

    Regulatory, Quality & Compliance Manager, COIM S.p.A. , Italy / Member of the Paper & Packaging Technical Working Group FEICA (The Association of the European Adhesive & Sealant Industry), Belgium

    Regulatory, Quality & Compliance Manager, COIM S.p.A. , Italy / Member of the Paper & Packaging Technical Working Group / FEICA (The Association of the European Adhesive & Sealant Industry), Belgium

    1983 - 1987  Researcher in the field of low molecular weight polymers in the former Inmont Italiana (now Flint Group former XSYS and BASF Vernici e Inchiostri). 1984 - 1995  Consultant of Ecolab s.r.l. (now SETI – Ambio s.r.l.) for the field of airborne pollutants sampling strategy in workplace and analytical methods development.

    1987 - 1989  Analytical laboratory manager for the BASF Vernici e Inchiostri, activity including airborne pollutants sampling strategy in workplace and airborne pollutants determination.

    1989 - 1994 Assistant to Health, Safety and Environment Manager for BASF Vernici e Inchiostri.

    1994 - 1999  Health, Safety and Environment Manager for BASF Vernici e Inchiostri Italy.

    1999 - 2001  Central european Health, Safety and Environment Manager for BASF Vernici e Inchiostri.

    1999 - 2001  Health, Safety and Environment Manager Worldwide for Global Business Unit Printing Systems of BASF Group.

    1999 – today Chairman of Technical Committee Printing Inks of AVISA.

    2001 – 2003 Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Manager Worldwide for Global Business Unit Printing Systems del of Gruppo BASF Group.

    2003 – 2004 Responsible Care Coordinator for BASF Group Companies within Italy.

    2004 – 2005 Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Manager Worldwide for XSYS Print Solutions.

    2005 – 2009 European Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Manager for Flint Group Europe.

    2009 – 2013      National Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Manager for Flint Group Italy.

    1999 - 2012       Chairman of Technical Committee of EuPIA

    2013 – 2014      HSE & Regulatory Consultant

    2014 – 2015  Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Manager for N.Benasedo S.p.A.

    2015 – today Regulatory, Quality and Compliance Manager COIM S.p.A.


    European Technical Committee of EuPIA (European Printing Ink Association) Chairman from 2008 to 2012.
    Past Chairman and member of Occupational Safety and Risk Assessment Working Group di EuPIA.
    EuPIA Labelling and Safety Data Sheet Working Group Chairman.
    EuPIA Task Force Printing Ink for Food Packaging member.

    Silvio has been a member of the Paper & Packaging Technical Working Group of FEICA since December 2015


    SHE Officer according to Italian legislation (RSPP)
    SHE Coordinator certified (Italian SHE officer association - AIAS)
    Qualified as Chemical Graduate for Italian Republic
    Academic degree in Pure Chemistry
    High school degree in chemistry

  • Eugenio Cavallini

    Technical Manager CEPI (Confederation of European Paper Industries), Belgium

    Eugenio Cavallini is Italian and is 60 years old. Cavallini graduated in Chemistry and has been working for the Paper Industry for more than 30 years. For 10 years, he has been active in the sector of fine papers and for more than 20 years in packaging board. During this last period he specialized in food contact papers and boards and has been member of the CEPI (the Confederation of the European Paper Industries) Food Contact Group for 13 years. Eugenio has chaired the CEPI Food Contact Group for 7 years. Currently, he is the Technical Manager of CEPI and works also a consultant for P&B Industry.

    • Italy
  • Dr. Sebastian Gierisch

    Product Safety hubergroup Europe hubergroup Deutschland

    Dr. Sebastian Gierisch, chemist, joined Michael Huber München GmbH in 1989. After years of R&D, mostly of packaging inks, he has been appointed head of the Product Safety department in 2005, active for the European member companies of the hubergroup. He represents the hubergroup in the Technical Committees of EuPIA, the European printing ink makers' association, and is vice chairman of the EuPIA Technical Commitee "Printing Inks for Food Packaging".

  • Eric F. Greenberg

    Principal Attorney Eric F. Greenberg P.C.

    Eric F. Greenberg is Principal Attorney of the law firm Eric F. Greenberg, P. C., with a practice concentrated in food and drug law, packaging law, and commercial litigation.

    His food and drug work has included regulatory counseling, label and claims review, new product development, GRAS and food contact materials evaluations and clearances, negotiations with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and state agencies, handling recalls, and defending enforcement actions.   

    He and his firm counsel a wide range of consumer product companies, packaging manufacturers and others on regulatory and labeling requirements, and handle related contractual and litigation matters.

    In addition to his law practice, Eric is a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he teaches Food and Drug Law and Administrative Law, and Michigan State University School of Packaging, where he teaches Packaging Law and Regulation.  

    He serves as monthly legal columnist for Packaging World Magazine.  

    Eric wrote the book, Guide to Packaging Law, the Second Edition of which was published in October 2007.  

    His firm is based in Chicago and represents clients based all over the world.

  • Jim Huang

    Director, Food Contact Materials Safety | Global Scientific & Regulatory Affairs The Coca Cola Company, USA

    Jim Huang is the Director, Food Contact Materials Safety at The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC). He provides subject matter expertise and thought leadership around safety assessment processes and advocacy initiatives for food contact materials in TCCC’s Global Scientific & Regulatory Affairs (SRA).  Prior to joining TCCC in early 2016, Jim was the global SRA director at the Bemis Company where he instituted standardized processes and developed tools to streamline SRA operations.  He participates at the leadership level in the Food, Drug, & Cosmetic Packaging Materials Committee of SPI – The Plastics Trade Association and chaired its Project Passport, a multi-stakeholder workgroup on improving supply chain risk communication. 

    • USA
  • Dr. Alistair Irvine

    Business Manager UK Food Contact Compliance Smithers Pira, UK

    Alistair manages the Food Packaging Safety Section within Smithers Pira. This involves advising clients on the safety legislation which applies to food packaging in a wide range of different countries throughout the world and coordinating work programmes to ensure that clients' products meet these requirements. His expertise spans all the EU countries, USA, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Israel, Russia and all the South American countries.

    Alistair graduated with a degree and PhD in Chemistry from Birmingham University. After working for BP and the Department of Health, he joined Pira in 1994, taking up his current position in 1995.

    • United Kingdom
  • Grant Kenion

    Scientific Fellow Henkel Corporation, USA

    Dr. Kenion has over 16 years of service with Henkel in various functions (product development, technical service, regulatory) related to food packaging adhesives and coatings, with time spent in both Europe and the US. Prior experience includes analytical (chromatography and mass spectrometry) and product development positions at other companies. He has a PhD in Organic Chemistry and a minor in Analytical Chemistry from North Carolina State University. He married for 30 years and is the proud father of three adult children, all of whom are better looking and smarter than he is.

  • Kevin C. Kenny

    Chief Operating Officer Decernis, USA

    Kevin is co-founder and owner of Decernis and is an experienced regulatory attorney who has worked and consulted for 20+ years in the food and consumer products space.  He advises some of the world’s largest manufacturers on Food, Food Contact and Supply Chain Compliance challenges globally. Working with a team of native speaker experts in all major markets, Kevin has led a Decernis team effort to expand regulatory coverage to over 200 countries.  He spends much of the year meeting with clients to identify and satisfy their needs across the Decernis global client base. Kevin builds cooperative and partnering relationships with governmental agencies and organizations (today 40+ countries across five continents, including US FDA, European Union, Canada, China and Japan).

    An expert on food contact and food additive regulation globally, Kevin is a frequent speaker at international conferences and an active participant in the Regulatory Affairs Committees of food, cosmetic and consumer product associations.  Kevin also attends the Codex Alimentarius Committee on Food Additives in China annually as a member of the International Food Additives Council.

    Prior to founding Decernis, Kevin worked as a regulatory attorney and later VP, International Operations at Ariel Research, which managed product safety regulations globally for chemical manufacturers.

    Kevin has lived and worked for seven years across five European and Asian countries and is fluent in German, French and Spanish. He possesses an honors Juris Doctor, an LL.M. in International Law and the Hague Diplôm de Droit International.  In 1992, he was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship in Bonn and later taught International Law courses at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Kiel, Germany.

    • USA
  • Dr. Martin Klatt

    Head of Product Stewardship, Regional Business Unit Dispersions & Resins Europe BASF, Germany

    1992: PhD in Chemistry @ University of Göttingen
    1992 – 1995: Senior Scientist @ University of Göttingen
    1995 – 1999: Research @ BASF for Engineering plastics and Flame Retardants
    1999 – 2000: Head of Product Safety and Regulatory Affairs @ BASF

    •Member of Bedarfsgegenstände Kommission of BfR
    •Chair of Plastics Europe FCC Expert and Exposure WG
    •Chair of FCA Polymerization Production Aids TF
    2007 – 2014: Head of Engineering Plastics and Flame Retardancy Research
    Since 2014 : Head of Product Stewardship @ Dispersions and Resins, E-EDE

    •Chair of EPDLA Food Contact Materials TF
    •Chair of RadTech HS&E Committee
    •Chair of CEFIC PARAD REACh Consortium



  • Peter Oldring

    Regulatory Affairs Manager (Europe) The Valspar (UK) Corporation, UK

    Peter graduated from York University with a BA in Chemistry and from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology with a PhD in polymer science. He has worked in the resins and coatings industries in various roles. He is currently Regulatory Affairs Manager (in Europe) for The Valspar Corporation and is actively involved in activities to support the can coating business and food contact, some of which are chairing the industry consortium involved in the 7th Framework Programme for developing a risk management tool to assess exposure to migrants from food packaging (FACET) and the Coatings Code of Practice group in addition to supporting other trade association initiatives. The latest initiative is in critiquing conditions in the migration guidelines for the plastics regulation and where they are inappropriate for non-plastics in association with numerous professional associations.

    Peter has published widely – over 18 books and peer reviewed scientific articles.

  • Patrick Poitevin

    Senior Associate Principal Scientist Mondelez International, USA

    Patrick Poitevin is currently Senior Associate Principal Scientist at Mondelez, working global and cross category and focused on new core technologies. Nearly forty years Blue Sky, Packaging Development, Packaging Innovation, Packaging Engineering and Quality Assurance experience. Fully conversant with all packaging related processes from raw materials until landfill. Curiously passionate and hungry for innovation, newness and latest technologies. Technical strengths with analytical and scientific approach. Short and long term provider, strategic, market research and trend analysing. Explore within own environment, at competitors, cross industry and where possible apply biomimetics. Eager to be a leader, being first and try not to follow. Strong personality with many skills. Team player and with ability to make decisions and takes responsibility. Creative and innovative and constantly looking for new challenges and opportunities. Mentor and keen to motivate students, colleagues and developers

  • Miguel Angel Prieto Arranz

    FCA – Secretary General CEFIC-FCA (“Food Contact Additives” Sector Group of Cefic), Belgium

    Miguel Angel Prieto Arranz, is a chemist by training. Since November 2012, he is working in Cefic (the European Chemical Industry Council) where he is responsible for FCA (the European professional associations representing producers of additives used in various food contact applications). Before joining Cefic, he worked for four years in FoodDrinkEurope (the association of the European food manufacturing industries) in Brussels and as R&D manager at the “Technology Transfer Center Bremerhaven” in Germany.

  • Monika Rawat

    Head Regulatory Affairs The Kraft Heinz Company, India

    Monika Rawat is the Manager Regulatory Affairs at The Kraft Heinz Company, India. In her current role, she is responsible for overall regulatory compliance for business in India. Prior to Joining Kraft Heinz Company, she was associated with FICCI as Senior Assistant Director and led policy and regulatory advocacy for Food Businesses. During her tenure with FICCI, she was member of various committees including Scientific Panel of Labeling Claim and Advertisement at FSSAI, BIS and Department of Legal Metrology, Ministry of Consumer Affairs. Monika has over 16 years of experience in the area of Food safety auditing, quality, regulatory and Government affairs. She has received her Bachelor’s of engineering degree in Food Technology from FET, R B S College Agra, India.



    • India
  • Lionel Spack, Ph.D

    Manager for Packaging Chemical Safety Nestlé

    Graduated in chemistry in 1989, then a Master in Environmental Sciences from 1989 to 1991. Ph.D in analytical chemistry in the field of Ecotoxicology at the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne.

    Scientific collaborator within the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne during 4 years.

    He joined Nestlé Research Center in June 1998, working on packaging safety and compliance.

    From 2007 to 2010, he moved to Nestlé Switzerland for the implementation of the packaging safety and compliance strategy of Nestlé Group.

    2011 back to Nestlé Research Center to manage a project on adhesives.

    Since beginning 2014, Senior Packaging Safety & Compliance Expert for the European Zone 

  • Marina Vivas

    Scientific Evaluator, Health Products and Food Branch Health Canada, Canada

    Dr. Marina Vivas is a Scientific Evaluator in the Food Packaging Materials and Incidental Additives Section of the Bureau of Chemical Safety at Health Canada. Her work includes conducting evaluation of the chemical safety of food packaging materials. She received her PH.D in Polymer Chemistry from the University of Ottawa, Canada.

  • Xiaolu Wang

    Regulatory Research Analyst - Asia Pacific 3E, USA

    Ms. Wang brought extensive legal and regulatory knowledge and expertise in the field of environmental, health, and safety (EHS) compliance to the 3E Company. Before joining 3E Company as a regulatory analyst for the Asia Pacific region, she worked for a regulatory consulting firm based in DC as a senior regulatory specialist, monitoring and analyzing regulatory changes in Asia on EH&S related issues, including renewable energy, air/water pollution prevention, hazardous chemicals, food contact materials, natural resource restrictions, cosmetics, and medical devices. In addition, she worked as a litigator in Beijing, advising her clients on corporate law matters and contracts.

    One of the major topics that Ms. Wang closely monitors and analyzes is food contact material-related regulations in multiple Asian countries, including China, Japan, and Korea.  Ms. Wang recently conducted an in-depth analysis of a total of 160 Chinese technical standards for food contact materials, including national and industrial standards that are currently in force. She identified applicable migration limits for food contact materials from these standards and ensures that they are reflected in the regulatory compliance tool that 3E offers.  Ms. Wang also researched specific legal issues concerning food contact materials, such as the required format of expression of migration test results for food contact materials.

    Ms. Wang obtained her Bachelor of Laws (JD equivalent) from the Capital Normal University (CNU) in Beijing, China and a Master of Laws degree (LL.M) from American University in Washington DC. She is a licensed attorney admitted to the bars of China and the State of New York. She is a native Chinese (Mandarin) speaker and fluent in English.