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  • Paolo Bonamigo

    Head of Product Safety Europe hubergroup Deutschland GmbH

    Paolo graduated in 2005 in Industrial Chemistry at the University of Padua, Italy. For around 10 years he worked in technical positions (QA and R&D) in the plastic industry in Italy (food packaging).

    In 2012 he entered in hubergroup as R&D specialist for printing inks for flexible packaging in the Italian Motherplant, combining technical knowledge with regulatory affairs expertise. Since 2018 he holds the position of Head of Product Safety Europe in the headquarters in Munich.

    Paolo is active in trade associations since 2014, first in Italy (AVISA) and more recently in Germany (VdL), and he is currently Chairman of the EuPIA Technical Committee.  

  • Dr. Dennis Bankmann

    Global Business Development Manager Circular Economy, Packaging & Consumer Goods Henkel AG & Co. KGaA

    Dennis Bankmann studied physical chemistry and radiochemistry in Cologne, followed by a doctoral dissertation in physico-organic chemistry. In 2007, he joined Henkel in Düsseldorf as a researcher in the Adhesive Technologies business unit. Subsequently, he moved to Barcelona to help establish a joint academic research center. Returning from the assignment, Dennis joined the Packaging & Consumer Goods Adhesives division in 2012 to take over the development of LOCTITE LIOFOL products for flexible packaging in Europe. During 2014 and 2015, Dennis was also overall responsible for Packaging & Consumer Goods development in the IMEA region. As of 2019, Dennis has taken on a global role to support the Henkel Circular Economy strategy with a focus on packaging and consumer goods.

  • 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”

  • Jonathan Briggs

    Policy Officer European Commission, DG SANTE – Health and Food Safety

    Policy Officer at European Commission.

  • Robert Broughton

    Product Safety Manager Amcor

    Robert has a degree in Chemistry from Cambridge University and since graduating in 1976 has had continuous employment in the flexible packaging industry, mostly in technical roles.

    He was originally employed at the Midsomer Norton, UK site of Mardon Flexible Packaging (later Lawson Mardon Packaging then Alcan Packaging).

    He was Food Contact Manager Europe for Alcan Packaging when they were bought by Amcor in 2010 and he took on his current position.

    His role requires extensive knowledge of existing and forthcoming food contact legislation, transferring this into company guidelines, ensuring these are conformed with and communicating with suppliers, customers, trade associations etc.

    He has chaired the Technical Committees of both the UK Packaging and Films Association (PAFA) and Flexible Packaging Europe (FPE). 

    • United Kingdom
  • 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

    Sr Regulatory Advisor Polymer Comply Europe

    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

  • Malcolm Driffield

    Managing Scientist - Food Safety and Food Contact Material Exponent International Ltd



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  • Dominik Gebel

    Junior Referent Product Stewardship Formulation Additives BASF Personal Care and Nutrition GmbH

    2018: M. Sc. in Toxicology @ Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf.

    Since 2018 @ BASF, working in regulatory affairs and product stewardship for formulation additives.

    His special focus is in the field of Food Contact, Toxicology and Raw Material Management.

    Research projects @ Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), German Diabetes Center Düsseldorf, Cluster of Excellence on Plant Science (CEPLAS).

  • Dr. Birgit Geueke

    Scientific Officer Food Packaging Forum Foundation

    Birgit studied biology at the RWTH Aachen and Lund University and holds a doctorate degree in Microbiology from the Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf. During her postgraduate work at the Research Center Jülich she developed novel biocatalytical processes for the production of fine chemicals and feed additives. Subsequently, she joined Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, as a scientist and worked on the enzymatic degradation of man-made chemicals such as the pesticide lindane and on structure-function relationships of proteins. Furthermore, she coordinated an international research project funded by the German Federal Environmental Foundation (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt) in which novel routes for the production of food additives and pharmaceuticals were investigated. Since January 2013, Birgit is working for the Food Packaging Forum as Scientific Officer. She is a full scientific member of the Association for General and Applied Microbiology (VAAM) and the Swiss Society for Microbiology (SSM).



  • Kaisa Herranen

    Senior Manager, Product Stewardship UPM



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  • Alistair Irvine

    Manager, 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.

  • Minna Kiviranta

    Senior Manager, Product Safety Stora Enso Packaging Solutions
    • Master of Food Science, University of Helsinki
    • Working at Stora Enso since 2003 in different positions
    • Long experience on regulatory affairs, food and product safety, hygiene management systems and auditing
    • Currently working as Senior Manager, Product Safety in Stora Enso division Packaging Solutions leading a multinational team of experts in Stora Enso Packaging Solutions mills in Finland, Sweden, Poland, Baltics and Russia
    • Stora Enso Packaging Solutions representative in the CEPI Food Contact Group and CEPI/CITPA Food Contact Coordination Group
    • Finnish forest industry representative in the Ad Hoc Working group on paper and board at the Council of Europe



  • 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.

  • Dr Ulrich Nehring

    Managing Director NEHRING Consultants GmbH

    Food chemist Dr Ulrich Nehring is Managing Director of NEHRING Consultants GmbH at Braunschweig in Germany, which is an independent consultancy firm in the field of food law, food hygiene, quality management as well as requirements and conformity work for food contact materials.

    For 25 years until 2017 Ulrich Nehring was working as Managing Director and scientific head of INSTITUT NEHRING GmbH, an independent testing laboratory specialized in food safety, hygiene and compliance testing of foodstuffs and food contact materials.

    Dr Nehring is also Chairman of the Food Contact Working Group of the German Verband Metallverpackungen (the German metal packaging industry association) and is a member of the Metal Packaging Europe (MPE) food contact commission and of T-JIG.

    Dr Nehring chairs the scientific advisory board of BOGK e.V (association of the German fruit, vegetable and potatoes processors industry) and is member of the scientific advisory board of the Research Association of the German Food Industry (FEI).

  • 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.

  • Dr Barry Podd

    Consultant Independent consultancy

    Dr Barry Podd, Independent Consultant, gained a BA (Hons) and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Essex.

    He was a Post Doctoral Research Fellow for three years at the University of Surrey. Podd spent 26 years in the Chemical Industry in various positions in Research and Development, Marketing, Sales and the Regulatory Affairs Departments. Podd joined Kimberly Clark in 2005 and was Associate Director Global Regulatory Affairs responsible for Chemical Management and Food Contact issues around the world until he retired at the end of 2012. Before retiring, Barry was active in the EDANA and European Tissue Symposium [ETS] Trade Associations. Podd chaired the EDANA Industrial Wipes Group and the EDANA REACH Core Group plus being a member of the ETS Food Contact Working Group where he represented the European Tissue Industry on a number of Cross Industry Working Groups.

  • Chris Rietveld

    Senior Expert Toxicology / Consultant Product, Advisory Group Health, Safety & Environment Royal HaskoningDHV



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  • Jori Ringman

    Director General Confederation of European Paper Industry (CEPI)

    Since June 2019, Jori Ringman is Director General of the Confederation of European Paper Industries (Cepi). Previously he was Deputy Director General and responsible for issues relating to sustainability, environment and consumer protection, with particular concern for packaging and food contact. Since joining Cepi in 2005 he has been advancing and exploring circular low carbon bioeconomy in the sector.

    Prior to 2005, he was a civil servant at the European Commission and a political advisor in the European Parliament.

    Mr Ringman has a background in Economics, Econometrics and Business Management and broad experience in communications, public administration and politics. He also holds an MSc in Environmental Decision-making.

    • Belgium
  • Sarah Dubail

    Packaging Coatings, Senior Regulatory Analyst The Sherwin-Williams Company

    Sarah Dubail has been Regulatory Affairs Specialist at Sherwin-Williams, Packaging coatings division, since 2017. Formerly she was the Manager of the European Analytical lab of Valspar for 13 years, responsible for analysing migration from packaging coatings and providing analytical data to carry out risk assessments. She has experience in food contact regulations and analytical methods for the determination of FCM migrants including NIAS. She is an active member of CEPE food contact material groups, contributed to coating industry migration and NIAS guidelines and chairs the Rigid Metal Can Sector’s working group on Methodology to demonstrate Compliance with Framework Regulation (EU) 1935/2004.

  • Matthieu Schelcher

    Manager Centre Technique du papier

    Matthieu SCHELCHER has an engineering degree in chemistry and joined CTP in 2003 as Project Leader in the fields of environment and food contact. In 2005, he took over the responsibility of the chemical analysis laboratory and was responsible for the development of new quantification methods for food contact and chemical characterization of paper and board. In particular, he developed methods to evaluate the migration of mineral oil in dry foods or food simulants as well as methods for assessing mineral oil barrier performance. Since 2011, he is also in charge of the team “Hygiene – Food Contact” at CTP.

  • Dr Gertrud Scherer

    Senior Expert Product Stewardship BASF SE

    1989: PhD in Food Chemistry and Toxicology@ University of Kaiserslautern

    Since 1990 @ BASF, working in regulatory affairs and product stewardship for acrylate monomers and acrylic polymers

    Her special focus is on dispersions and additives for adhesives including Food Contact, Biocides, Ecolabel and Toxicology/Ecotoxicology

    Since 2000 she has been working in several industry associations such as EDANA, RadTech HS&E Committee, Deutsche Bauchemie, VCI, CEPE  and EPDLA (various Task Forces)

    2001 – 2016: Chair of the EPDLA Food Contact Materials TF

    2012 - 2018 : Vice-Chair of EPDLA

    Since 2016  : Chair of EPDLA Biocides TF

  • Dr. Lionel Spack

    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 

  • Dr. Manfred Tacker

    Head of Department, Section of Packaging and Resource Management University of Applied Sciences Vienna

    Manfred Tacker studied Biochemistry at the University of Vienna and is habilitated in food packaging at the Technical University Vienna.

    He has long experience in research and business development in pharmaceutical companies and in

    From 1994 to 2010 he was CEO of the Austrian Research Institute for Chemistry and Technology and
    head of the Austrian Packaging Institute.

    Since 2014 he developed study programmes for packaging technology and sustainability at the
    University of Applied Sciences in Vienna. He is currently head of the department packaging and
    resource management at the University and CEO of Circular Analytics, a consultancy specializing in
    packaging sustainability based in Vienna.

  • Judith Vermeulen

    Food Safety Lead, R&D Department Mars Wrigley

    Judith Vermeulen is Food Safety Lead for Mars Wrigley in the Netherlands. She has been working for almost 20 years in the area of Quality & Food Safety combined with Regulatory Affairs. The last 4 years she was chair of the Food Contact Material expert group of the Dutch trade association (FNLI). She holds a strong background in Food Safety Management systems, Risk Management, EU Food Safety Legislation and Business Processes.

    Judith is always looking for opportunities to improve, at work but also personally. Her personal motto is: “if not now, when?”