P&P 2017 Speakers

  • Kristiina Veitola

    Senior Manager, Sustainability Stora Enso Oyj, Finland

    Kristiina Veitola has a Master’s Degree in Environmental technology. She has worked in Stora Enso for over 20 years in different positions and in several Divisions. Since April 2016 she has been responsible for product safety in Stora Enso Packaging Solutions Division. Kristiina has an extensive hands on experience in the areas of product safety and sustainability.

  • Dr. Jochen Ballach

    Manager Food Safety + Toxicology, Global HSE + Sustainability Siegwerk, Germany, Chairman of the EuPIA Analytical Experts Working Group

    Dr. Jochen Ballach studied chemistry at the Phillips-University in Marburg and obtained a PhD in analytical chemistry at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University in Frankfurt am Main (Germany).
    Since 2012 he works for Siegwerk Druckfarben AG & Co. KGaA in the Global division HSE & Sustainability as Manager Food Safety + Toxicology. There, his major work includes exposure and risk assessments of printed packaging materials for nutrition, pharma, cosmetics and hygiene applications. Since this year he is the chairman of the EuPIA “Analytical Expert Working Group (AEWG)”. Previously, he was a team leader for chemical product testing at SGS Institut Fresenius GmbH

  • Marcel Bosma

    Global Product Steward SABIC, The Netherlands

    “Mr. Bosma has a background in (organic) chemistry and has a long term experience in regulatory affairs at different companies. Mr. Bosma was heavily involved in the legal framework of REACH and its guidance documents  and has been member of different working groups of CEFIC on REACH His current focus is on food contact compliance and  he is member of different PlasticsEurope working groups in Brussels and the Netherlands.

    At the moment he is the chairman of the Food Contact Expert working group and the Polyolefin working group and vice-chair of the Food Contact Committee.

    In  that role he represents PlasticsEurope at the European Commission and the Dutch Authorities.

    As a PlasticsEurope representative he also participates value chain initiatives (e.g. the Plastics Coordination Group – an alliance of the different associations in the value chain and the Cross Sector for Regulatory Approaches for Food Contact Materials (FCM) and -Additives – an alliance of plastic and non-plastic representatives of the value chain) to provide comments on EFSA opinions and to identify  the impact on existing regulations & framework for new regulations for the non-harmonised FCMs”

  • 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
  • Dario Dainelli

    Chair, Food Contact Experts EuPC-European Plastics Converters, Belgium

    Doctor Degree in Chemistry (University of Pisa), Master in Jurisprudence (Michigan State university). I begun my career as Lab Supervisor in Montedison in 1988, then moved to M&G Polymers as process Engineer in 1990. In 1991 I joined W.R Grace as labs manager, and in 1997 in Sealed Air as Regulatory and Lab manager. In 2000 I became Regulatory Affairs Director for EMEA , and I further expanded this responsibility to cover Asia-Pacific. In 2015 I  hold the global responsibility of Regulatory Affairs in Sealed Air, and in August 2017 I moved to SITGROUP as R&D Director. Since 2000 I hold the chair of the Food Contact Panel of EuPC, the European Plastic Converters Association, and as such I participate in various working groups with the EU Institutions such DG Santé, EFSA and within-industry groups

    • Italy
  • Carlos De La Cruz Garcia

    Head of Regulatory & Scientific Affairs Nestlé Nespresso S.A., Switzerland

    Graduate in Pharmacy and PhD in Analytical Chemistry at University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain).

    Involved since 2000 in the safety evaluation of food contact materials, he was working with universities and research centers in Spain, France and USA. In 2003, he joined the Nestlé Research Centre in Switzerland, and moved into different positions dealing with the quality and safety of food contact materials. In 2011 he moved into the coffee-machine area as Regulatory Manager in the Nestlé System Technology Center, and finally in February 2014 he was appointed as Head of Regulatory Affairs for Nespresso in its HQ in Switzerland.

    • Switzerland
  • Dr. Birgit Faust

    Senior Analytical Manager, Specialist FCM Dow Olefinverbund GmbH, Germany

    Dow Olefinverbund GmbH 1978 -1983 Study of Chemistry in Merseburg (Germany) ( now Martin Luther University Halle) special areas:  petrochemistry and chemical technology

     1983-1988 Scientific Coworker at University in Merseburg tasks : teaching / research / analytical service with GC/MS, 1987  :PhD : „Kinetical Studies : Autoxidation of Phenylcycloalkanes”, 6 month work at Institute of Physical Chemistry of Academy of Sciences (Moscow), determination of chain termination speed using chemoluminiscence

    since 1989 Dow Olefinverbund GmbH / site Schkopau, (former VEB Kombinat Chemische Werke Buna) areas: environmental analysis, remediation, development of new polymers, troubleshouting, production support, method development (AAS, AES, GC, GC/MS, LC, LC/MS)

    since 2003  Leader of Product Safety Group in Europe / EH&S Analytical evaluation of plastic in contact with food, drinking water, medical devices according EU legislation member of several working groups / organizations (e.g. CEN, DIN,  PlasticsEurope, work force Migration Testing JRC SANCO)


  • Dr. Matthias Henker

    Director of Technology Flexible Packaging EMEA Flint Group GmbH, Germany, Chairman of the EuPIA Technical Committee “Printing Inks for Food Packaging

    Matthias is chemist and working in the printing ink industry for more than 25 years. He held several positions in the area of development and technical support of packaging inks. For many years, he actively contributes to the work of the German Ink Association VdL, and EuPIA. Currently, he is the Chairman if the EuPIA Technical Committee “Printing Inks for Food Packaging

  • Alistair Irvine

    Business Manager UK Food Contact Compliance Smithers Pira

    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
  • Dennis Keefe

    Director Office of Food Addtive Safety, FDA, USA

    Dennis M. Keefe, Ph.D. Dennis Keefe is the Director of the Office of Food Additive Safety, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. FDA’s Office of Food Additive Safety is the Agency’s one-stop shop for questions about the safety of food ingredients, food packaging and food processing equipment, including sources of radiation used to treat or inspect food, and foods derived from bioengineered plants. OFAS is responsible for the premarket review of food additive and color additive petitions, the consideration of independent determinations of GRAS status, and the premarket review of notifications for food contact substances. Dr. Keefe joined FDA in 1991 and has served as Office Director since 2011. From 1995- 2011, he was responsible for the international activities of the Office, especially the Codex Alimentarius, and the Codex Committee on Food Additives (CCFA). In this capacity he was instrumental in the design, development and elaboration of the Codex General Standard for Food Additives. Dr. Keefe received a Bachelor of Science degree from St John’s University in Minnesota; a Master of Science degree in biology from The University of Chicago; and a Doctorate of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.), also from The University of Chicago, in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology.

  • Jeffrey Keithline

    Partner Keller and Heckman, LLP

    Jeffrey Keithline joined Keller and Heckman in 1998. Mr. Keithline practices food and drug law.

    Mr. Keithline assists companies in establishing the suitable regulatory status of their products under the requirements of various federal agencies including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    Mr. Keithline also assists clients with compliance issues under state and local requirements relating to the manufacture, labeling and disposal of products and packaging, including toxics in packaging, legislation and various state right-to-know acts.

    In addition, Mr. Keithline advises clients regarding the requirements for these products throughout the world, especially in Canada, Mexico, the European Union, Central and South America, and the Pacific Rim.

    Prior to law school, Mr. Keithline served as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy aboard the USS West Virginia (SSBN 736), a nuclear submarine.Mr. Keithline earned his law degree from Washington and Lee University where he served as the editor-in-chief of the Washington and Lee Law Review.

    • USA
  • Dr. Diana Kemmer

    Dep. Head of Migration Laboratory Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV, Germany

    Diana Kemmer is a certified food chemist (Dr. rer. nat). Since 2005 she works for the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging (IVV), Freising, Germany in the field of product safety and analysis. Her major research interests are the interactions between packaging materials and foods with a special focus on migration studies and compliance testing of food contact materials made of plastics.

    Her work also includes consultancy and safety assessments of food contact materials according to EU and US food regulatory requirements.


  • 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
  • Sander Koster

    Group Leader Packaging Food Safety Nestlé, Nestlé Research Centre, Switzerland

    Dr Sander Koster studied analytical chemistry at the University of Amsterdam and obtained a PhD in polymer mass spectrometry at the Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics (AMOLF-FOM) in Amsterdam. After his postdoctoral studies at University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland) in the field of microfluidics he moved to Groningen University (Netherlands) as an assistant professor in pharmaceutical analysis where he developed microfluidic electrospray chips for mass spectrometry and biosensors. Next, he moved to TNO in Zeist, the Netherlands for 6 years as a senior scientist in advanced food analysis where he was responsible for new analytical developments to evaluate food safety based on the threshold of toxicological concern (TTC). One of the main focusses were food contact materials. At present, Sander is group leader of the Packaging Food Safety Group (PFS), leading a team of packaging safety experts at the research centre of Nestlé (Lausanne, Switzerland). Sander was member of an ILSI working group on the use of TTC to assess the safety of unidentified peaks and chair of the ILSI working group on non-intentionally added substances (NIAS). At present, sander is co-chair of the ILSI packaging taskforce.

  • Silvia Larrucea

    Chemical Engineer in R&D Department GCR GROUP, Spain

    I studied Chemical Engineering at Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) in Barcelona. Afterwards I carried out the professional practices in the patent department at the Technical Center of Seat and once it is completed, I started my professional carrier in GCR GROUP. I speak Spanish, Catalan, English, German (level B2) and some Italian.

  • Dr. Dan Li

    Technical Supervisor National Reference Laboratory for Food Contact Material (Guangdong), China

    Date of Birth: Oct. 03, 1973, Place of Birth: Yueyang City, Hunan Province, P.R.China, Education:

    1990~1997,Sun Ya-xin University, Inorganic chemistry(specialty), Master’s degree, Occupational history: 1997~2000 Foxconn Group (China),Chemical engineer.

    2000~2006 Environment monitoring station of Guangzhou city,Senior chemical engineer. Focused on environmental analysis.

    2007~now FCM Lab of Guangdong IQTC,Researcher.  Focused on technical development of FCM migration test. 


  • 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.

  • Marcello Pezzi

    Food Contact Manager - European Paper and Packaging DS Smith, UK

    Marcello is an internationally experienced senior manager in the Food and Packaging industry. His experience reaches the areas of Regulatory affairs, Product and Food Safety, Risk and Quality Management Systems. 

    • United Kingdom
  • Martin Policar

    Advocacy & Regulatory Affairs Manager European Plastics Converters, Belgium

    Martin graduated from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and University of Leiden with MA in European Public Administration and European Politics and Policies. He is currently managing the Food Contact Regulatory Expert Panel within the association of European Plastics Converters. He participated in the organization of the training courses "Better Training for Safer Food" facilitated by the European Commission in 2016 and 2017. Martin has experience in environmental and health & safety compliance auditing of industrial facilities. 


  • Alexandra Roß

    Product Regulatory Specialist H.B. Fuller; Chair of the FEICA Paper and Packaging Technical Working Group, Belgium

    Alexandra Roß is a food technology engineer with more than 16 years of regulatory experience with a focus on food contact compliance. She has been at H.B. Fuller for 8 years now and previously looked after regulatory affairs at a leading flexible packaging producer for 10 years. As the „Product Regulatory Specialist“ for H.B. Fuller EIMEA she is responsible for risk evaluation and compliance issues for H.B. Fuller adhesives in Europe. Since 2009 she has been a member of the technical working group ‘Paper and Packaging’ of FEICA (Association of European Adhesive and Sealants Industry) where she has been the acting Chair since 2015.

  • Rachida Semail

    Partner Keller and Heckman, LLP, Belgium

    Rachida Semail is a Partner in Keller and Heckman’s Brussels, Belgium office and heads the firm’s Brussels food packaging practice. She is affiliated with the Paris bar (France). Ms. Semail assists clients with food packaging matters, particularly with the establishment of suitable EU status for articles and materials intended for food contact. Ms. Semail has extensive experience on subject matters not harmonized at the EU level, as is the case in much of the food contact sector, where mutual recognition is of paramount importance. Ms. Semail also has extensive expertise on matters of food law, including in the area of enzymes, flavoring, and food additive clearances, of particular relevance to active packaging. Ms. Semail has also advised clients on product recall and related liability issues.

  • Tjoena Siere

    Consultant AdFoPack, The Netherland

    Tjoena Siere has worked for over 25 years in the Food Packaging Team at TNO, a Dutch research organization. Besides compliance testing of food contact materials (FCM) she has developed analytical methods to determine migration of packaging components into food simulants.

    At the request of the authorities, she has evaluated many dossiers that were submitted to the SCF, EFSA and the Dutch G4 Commission for the authorization of new substances in FCM.

    As a project manager, she was responsible for the preparation and filing of dossiers to the authorities (EU, FDA, BfR, NL) to obtain authorization for the use of new substances in FCM.

    Since January 1, 2016, Tjoena is co-owner (with Rinus Rijk) of AdFoPack, offering advice and support to authorities, manufacturers and users of FCM.

  • Dr. Monika Toenniessen

    Head of Product Safety & Regulatory Affairs – Europe Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, Germany

    Dr. Monika Tönnießen studied chemistry at the RWTH Aachen and completed her study with the degree of doctor in organic chemistry. In 1993 she started working for Henkel AG & Co. KGaA in the division Industrial Adhesives, department product development of labelling adhesives. From 1996 to 2000 she worked in France. She was head of the European Center of Competence for labelling adhesives at Henkel France in Châlons. Since 2008 she has been part of the Product Safety Department of the Adhesive Technologies division and deals with food contact related topics. As an expert on all topics related to food safety, she is coordinating Henkel’s risk assessment for food contact products and has a leading role in bringing together all relevant functional departments like in-house analytics and toxicology. She has been continuously driving for safer products involving colleagues from purchasing, product development and production. At Henkel she is the responsible manager for all food contact questions in Europe and she is head of the global product safety and regulatory affairs team for food contact issues.  She performs worldwide internal and external trainings on food safety topics.  In the European Adhesive Association FEICA she is a member of the paper & packaging group.


  • Heinz Traussnig

    Director Product Safety and Compliance Mayr-Melnhof Karton Gesellschaft m.b.H., Austria

    Heinz Traussnig, Director Product Safety and Compliance Mayr-Melnhof Karton; 1956 in Knittelfeld, Austria; Study of Biochemistry and Food chemistry at the Technical University in Graz;

    After working in the field of biotechnology several years he joined 1988 Mayr-Melnhof Karton as Head R&D (main topic product safety);

    Chairman CEPI Food Contact Group;

    Convenor of CEN TC 172 WG 3, “Analytical methods for the assessment of paper and pulp in contact with foodstuffs” and of the Austrian mirror group;

    Member of CITPA and ECMA working groups on food contact paper and board and also in corresponding working groups in Austria and Germany;            

    Since 2004 responsibility for product safety of the whole Mayr-Melnhof group (Mayr-Melnhof Karton is manufacturing > 1,7 million tons of board in 7 mills, about 75 % based on paper for recycling and about 140 000 tons of ground wood in one mill, Mayr-Melnhof Packaging is converting about 730 000 tons of board, that corresponds to > 60 billion folding box boards, in 38 mills, about 60 % based on paper for recycling. Only about 25 % of the board converted by Mayr-Melnhof Packaging is delivered by Mayr-Melnhof Karton, which means only about 11 % of the board manufactured at Mayr-Melnhof Karton is supplied to Mayr-Melnhof Packaging).

    Hobbies are steam engines and narrow-gauche railways.



  • Katja Tuomola

    Product Safety Manager Metsä Board, Finland

    Katja graduated from Jyväskylä University, Finland with a Master of Science in the field of Applied Wood and Paper Chemistry. She has a strong background within the pulp and paper industry, with over 17 years’ experience, and has specialised in the formulation and application of chemicals for pulp and paper mills. Currently, she is responsible for the global product safety and food contact compliance of Metsä Board products – a leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards including folding boxboards, food service boards and white kraftliners.

  • Dr. Sabine Vogt

    Product Steward for Dispersions and Resins BASF SE, Germany

    Dr. Sabine Vogt studied chemistry at the Johannes Gutenberg-University in Mainz, Germany. Research for her PhD Thesis was done at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research and in December 1993 she awarded her PhD. 

    Dr. Sabine Vogt joined BASF AG in April 1994. She was working in the research for polymers and was later responsible for the communication “plastics and the environment”. 

    Since the beginning of 2000 she was member of the expert team for plastics safety and regulatory affairs with respect to all BASF plastics in sensitive consumer applications. 

    In April 2016, she became a member of the Product Stewardship Team Dispersions and Resins in BASF. Her special focus is on dispersions and additives for paper and paper board including Food Contact, Ecolabel and Sustainability.

  • Xiaolu Wang

    Regulatory Research Analyst - Asia Pacific Verisk 3E

    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.

  • Dr. Michael Washüttl

    Head of Packaging Department OFI – Austrian Research Institute for Chemistry and Technology, Austria

    Dr. Michael Washüttl is the head of OFI’s Packaging and Food Department. For over 15 years, our customers have relied on his expertise in the testing of existing packaging and the development of new packaging ideas. He and his interdisciplinary team find appropriate (packaging) solutions for each individual case.

  • Christoph Wöss

    Business Development Manager Application Bottle EREMA Group GmbH, Austria

    Christoph Wöss was born in 1980 in Linz. He visited the Secondary College for Electronics & Communications- Engineering in Leonding near Linz, Austria and graduated in 1999.

    At the beginning of his career he worked exclusively in the automotive industry as an automation engineer.

    In the year 2001 he joined EREMA in the software/electrical department and was responsible for the visualization and automatisation of large plants at EREMA.

    All along more and more PET recycling sparks his interests and so he assumed the control of the PET recycling plants in the EREMA group, the so called VACUREMA in the year 2007 as Product Manager.

    Since then he was responsible for product development, technical Sales and customer care in this division. Meanwhile, with more than 15 years of experience in the plastic industry he also is member of PETCORE Europe (PET Container Recycling Europe) since 2007 and represents the Recycler‘s interests in the Board of PETCORE since 2011.

    In 2014 EREMA introduced the new Business Development Department where Christoph is now responsible for the Application “Bottle”.