2019 Speakers

See the 2019 speaker line-up below.

  • 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: Boisrobert, Ch., Stjepanovic, A., Oh, S., Lelieveld, H. (Eds.), Ensuring Global Food Safety  –  Exploring Global Harmonization. Academic Press/Elsevier, New York, USA, pp. 227-261. (now under review for the second edition in 2019).

    - Ariosti, A., (Guest Ed.). 2014. Proceedings of the 5th. ILSI International Symposium on Food Packaging 'Scientific developments supporting safety and innovation', Berlin, Germany, 14-16 November 2012. Food Additives and Contaminants: Part A (Taylor & Francis, UK), 31, 3, pp. 341-565.

    - Ariosti, A. and Olivera Carrión, M. 2014. Argentina. In: Kirchsteiger-Meier, E., Baumgartner, T. (Eds.), Global Food Legislation: An Overview. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA., Weinheim, Germany, pp.1-32.

    - Ariosti, A. 2015. Global legislation for regenerated cellulose materials in contact with food. In: Baughan, J. S. (Ed.). Global legislation for food contact materials, Woodhead Publishing Ltd., Cambridge, UK, pp. 109-139.

    - Ariosti, A. 2016. Managing contamination risks from packaging materials. In: Lelieveld, H., Gabrić, D., Holah, J. (Eds.), Handbook of hygiene control in the food industry, second ed. Woodhead Publishing, Duxford, UK, pp. 147-177.

    - Ariosti, A. and Padula, M. 2017. Use of nanomaterials for food packaging in Latin American and Caribbean countries. In: Veraart, R. (Ed.), The use of nanomaterials in food contact materials – Design, application, safety. DEStech Publications Inc., Lancaster, PA, USA, pp. 165-209.

  • Charlotte Bedford

    Regulatory Affairs Manager Ball Packaging Europe

    Responsible for ensuring sector compliance to all relevant food contact legislation and otherrelevant product safety requirements. Accountable for ensuring compliance of Ball products to food contact legislation in relevant markets. Preparation of documentation confirming such compliance to legislation including declarations of conformance.

  • Eugenio Cavallini

    Technical Manager CEPI, Belgium

    Eugenio Cavallini, Italian, 62 years old. Graduated in Chemistry.He 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 the packaging board.

    During this last period he specialized on 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.

    At date, he is the Technical Manager of CEPI  and works also an independent consultant for P&B Industry.

    • Italy
  • Pavlina Chopova-Leprêtre

    Associate Mayer Brown

     Pavlina is an associate in the EU regulatory group of the Brussels office of Mayer Brown LLP. Her practice areas include regulatory matters involving foods and drugs, food contact materials, cosmetics, chemicals, biocides, pesticides as well as waste and medical devices. 

  • Dr Bernard Hegarty

    Director of Enforcement Policy Food Safety Authority of Ireland

    Dr Bernard Hegarty is Director of Enforcement Policy with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland. He is responsible for management of the official food control activities of the inspectorates and laboratories in their enforcement of food law, including the national inspection and sampling programmes for food contact materials. He provides technical expertise into initiatives by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland to increase compliance with legislation on food contact materials. He represented Ireland at the European Commission Working Group on Food Contact Materials, which develops the harmonised European legislation, from 2000 to 2009. He co-chaired the Council working group that developed Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004. He chaired the Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts on materials intended for contact with food from 2006 to 2007. He has a BSc and a PhD in Chemistry and an MA in Public Management.

  • Sonia Huertas

    Senior scientist Repsol

    Sonia Huertas holds a Bachelor in Chemistry (Murcia, Spain 1996) and a PhD in Chemistry (Murcia, Spain 2000).

    She has almost 18 years research experience in the Analytical Chemistry field in Repsol, where currently she works as a Senior Scientist, in the Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry Laboratories of Repsol Technology Laboratory.

    Her main research activities are currently focused on multivariate data analysis, new analytical methodologies development, new analytical technologies surveillance and chemistry analysis prospecting for the petrochemical industry. She also collaborates in the standardization of petroleum products based on chromatographic methodologies at the CEN (the European Committee for Standardization) and in the OSINET (the Bonn Agreement oil spill identification network of experts).

    She is co-authored of 13 scientific papers, reviewer of scientific articles and co-director of a doctoral thesis.

  • Dr. Alistair Irvine

    Manager, Food Contact Compliance Smithers

    Alistair manages the Food Packaging Safety Section within Smithers. 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 Smithers in 1994, taking up his current position in 1995.

  • Henrik Jungclas

    Project Manager

    Henrik Jungclas is a Project Manager at Decernis GmbH. Prior to his recent position he has worked as a Regulatory Affairs Manager and internal auditor for quality and hygiene at Tetra Pak, Weidenhammer and Sonoco Consumer Products Europe since 2006. He is chair of the Food Contact group of the German Paper Converting Association, external expert to the BfR Commission subgroup Paper & Board and co-author of “Praxishandbuch Lebensmittelverpackungen” and “30 minutes hygiene training”. He holds a PhD in Chemistry from the Phillips-University Marburg. His main interests are global compliance and environmental assessments of Food contact materials

  • Dr Christian Kirchnawy

    Team Leader OFI Technologie & Innovation GmbH

    Dr. Christian Kirchnawy studied food and biotechnology in Vienna. Since his diploma thesis in 2010 he is working on the application of in-vitro bioassays for the safety assessment of food packaging. For his doctor thesis in technical chemistry he developed test methods for the detection of endocrine active substances. Since 2011 he is leading the Microbiology & Cell Culture department at OFI. The main focus of his work, is on the safety assessment of food contact materials and medical devices

  • Dr. Sharon Koh-Fallet

    Consumer Safety Officer, in the Office of Food Additive Safety/Division of Food Contact Notification U.S. Food and Drug Administration

    Sharon Koh-Fallet completed her Ph.D. in Chemistry at Northwestern University in 2007. Following the completion of her Ph.D., Dr. Koh-Fallet worked for Milliken & Company, working as a Research Chemist to develop innovations for advanced materials including textiles, carpets, plastics, and silicones. After spending more than 6.5 years in industry, Dr. Koh-Fallet went to the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) as an American Society of Engineering Education Postdoctoral Fellow where she worked for 1.5 years on developing new computational methods to understand energetic materials. Following her time at NRL, Dr. Koh-Fallet worked at Strategic Analysis where she provided programmatic and scientific technical support to various program managers in different government agencies. Dr. Koh-Fallet started at the FDA in the Office of Food Additive Safety in the Division of Food Contact Notification in January of 2017 where she works as a Consumer Safety Officer (CSO). As a CSO, Dr. Koh-Fallet manages the review process for premarket industry submissions for food contact notifications. She helps facilitate communicate between the industry and FDA, and serves as a regulatory scientist on the review team.

  • Caroline Locre

    Project Engineer – Functional Products & Surfaces – Food Contact Centre Technique Du Papier

    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 or 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.

  • Peter Oldring

    Regulatory Regulatory Affairs Manager - Manager Sherwin Williams (Ex Valspar)

    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.

  • Ioan Paraschiv

    Regulatory Affairs Manager – REACH & Food Contact Materials Knoell NL B.V.

    Dr. Ioan Paraschiv is a Regulatory Affairs Manager at Knoell NL B.V. in the Netherlands. He is advising on the registration of food contact materials (FCM) in the EU and the US and is also supporting knoell’s clients in the preparation of registration dossiers for the industrial chemicals in Europe (REACh).

    He received his Ph.D. degree in Physical-Organic Chemistry from Wageningen University in the Netherlands, in January 2007. His thesis focused on the synthesis, characterization and opto-electronic properties of H-bond stabilized columnar discotic liquid crystals.

    Following his Ph.D. he has worked with several Contract Research Organizations (CROs) in the Netherlands, Scotland and Romania, with focus on solid state chemistry studies applied to small molecule pharmaceuticals, as well as on registration of crop protection products in the EU.

    During the last 7 years he has been providing scientific and regulatory support to customers on the analytical and physical chemistry sections of REACh/ FCM registration dossiers.

  • Monika Rawat

    Lead Regulatory Affairs Zydus Wellness Limited

    Monika Rawat is the Lead Regulatory Affairs at The Kraft Heinz Company/ Zydus Wellness Limited’, India. In her current role, she is responsible for overall regulatory compliance for business in India. Prior to Joining The Kraft Heinz Company/Zydus Wellness Limited’, 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 17 years of experience in Food Safety Auditing, Capacity Building, Quality Assurance, 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
  • Gregor Schneider

    Authorized Head of Business Unit Agpure RAS AG

    Gregor Schneider, at RAS AG is responsible for Business Development in the Business unit „agpure® nanosilver“, this means acquisition of new customers and taking care of all key account customers. During his work he gained a lot of experience and therefore is also responsible for all regulatory aspects on this nanostructured biocide, including the creation of a biocidal substance dossier for nanosilver.

    Besides he is managing development projects which deal with

    Development of new antimicrobial products and applications together with our customers
    Tests and research on antimicrobial activity of nanosilver products
    Assessment of Nanosilver’s Risks and Chances

  • Dr. Dennis J. M. Snelders

    Project Manager Food Contact Materials Triskelion

    Dennis Snelders, PhD has a background in organic chemistry and 10 years of research experience, both in academia as well as in industry. Currently, he works as a project manager at Triskelion, a Contract Research Organization in the Netherlands which is active in the field of food contact materials. Triskelion performs compliance studies against national, EU and FDA legislation as well as risk assessment of NIAS (Non Intentionally Added Substances) in food contact materials.

  • Katja Tuomola

    Business Development Director Metsä Board

    Katja Tuomola works as a Business Development Director in Metsä Board Finland. Her days are filled with managing the new barrier board product development including boosting the sales, creating new businesses, finding new application areas, networking and training personnel, creating great customer experiences and building up materials to do all this. She is also a known speaker in international conferences as well as in customer events.

    Prior she has worked for over 19 years in the global product safety and sustainability, product development, formulation and application areas both in paper and paper chemical industry giving her plenty of experience in teamwork and leadership. Katja graduated from Jyväskylä University, Finland with a Master of Science in the field of Applied Wood and Paper Chemistry.

    Being a very active and joyful person, she enjoys travelling and discovering new places with her family and friends. You can read more about her www.linkedin.com/in/katja-tuomola

  • John Van bruschem

    Product Regulatory Compliance Specialist Avery Dennison

    John van Bruchem, Product Regulatory Compliance Specialist at Avery Dennison in Europe.                  Avery Dennison is a Pressure-Sensitive Label manufacturer with a worldwide footprint and a             turnover of more than 6 bill USD. Operating in more than 60 countries and have a workforce of           about 30000 people. In 2014 John graduated from the University of Leiden, the Netherlands as             Pharmaceutical Scientist specializing in Medicinal Chemistry.  As of 2016, John is working for the Product Stewardship team at Avery Dennison, focussing on Food Contact. With relentless passion for improvement and efficiency he worked on a Product Integrity Management System for Europe and is now actively involved in the global   roll-out of the system.

  • Xiaolu Wang

    Regulatory Research Analyst - Asia Pacific Verisk 3E

    Ms. Xiaolu Wang has extensive legal and regulatory knowledge and expertise in the field of environmental, health, and safety (EHS) and product compliance. Prior to joining Verisk 3E as a regulatory analyst for the Asia Pacific region, Ms. Wang worked for a regulatory consulting firm based in Washington DC as a senior regulatory specialist, during which time she monitored and analyzed regulatory changes in Asia, focusing on chemical management, food contact materials, cosmetics, and medical devices. In addition, she worked as a litigator in Beijing, advising her clients on corporate law matters and contracts.


    At Verisk 3E, one of the major topics that Ms. Wang closely monitors and analyzes is regulatory requirements for consumer packaged goods (CPG), such as food additive, food contact material, cosmetics, and personal care products, in multiple Asian countries, including China, Japan, and Korea. 

    Ms. Wang has been a frequent speaker at the Global Food Contact Conferences hosted by Smithers Pira since 2017 and served as a member of the Advisory Board for a number of these conferences.

    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.