Speakers

Confirmed speakers for the 2018 conference include:

  • 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

  • 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 Malcolm Driffield

    Manager of the Packaging and Mass Spectrometry Solutions team The Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA)

    Dr Malcolm Driffield is the Manager of the Packaging and Mass Spectrometry Solutions team at Fera Science Ltd in the UK. Following completion of a PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Malcolm went on to work for what was then CSL (Central Science Laboratory) developing new analytical methods for natural toxins in foodstuffs. Since then he has moved into the area of food contact materials and packaging migration where he has worked for over 15 years. He specialises in the use and development of high resolution mass spectrometry methods for the determination of non-intentionally added substances (NIAS).

    • United Kingdom
  • Silvia Freni Sterrantino

    EU Regulatory Affairs Manager European Plastics Converters


    Silvia Freni Sterrantino is the EU Regulatory Affairs Manager at European Plastics Converters. Before joining EuPC, she worked as an attorney in leading European law firms and in the Directorate-General for Competition of the European Commission. Admitted to the Italian Bar Association as qualified attorney, she studied law at the universities of Siena, Cambridge and London, where she earned a LL.M. in Competition Law & IP at the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

  • Jomarie Garcia

    Regulatory Research Analyst, North America Verisk 3E

    Jomarie Garcia is Verisk 3E’s lead North America regulatory research expert. In this capacity, Ms. Garcia plays a significant role assessing statutes and regulations pertaining to the U.S. and Canada. Her core expertise includes chemical management and food contact materials legislations. Ms. Garcia serves as an internal liaison for translating regulatory data into accurate content for Verisk 3E’s flagship products Insight for Chemicals and Insight for Food. Likewise, Ms. Garcia utilizes her legal training to provide consulting services to businesses considering entry into the North American market. These services are wide-ranging in scope and include conducting regulatory compliance checks for consumer products, safety data sheets, and food contact materials, among others. She is an interdisciplinary professional licensed to practice law before the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and U.S. Court of International Trade. Prior to joining Verisk 3E, Ms. Garcia gained work experience as a scientist and advisor for business solutions related to U.S. import/export activities with several governmental authorities, including the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the Embassy of Spain.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Dr Martin Kanert

    Executive Manager European Printing Ink Association - EuPIA

    Dr Martin Kanert, born in 1962, studied chemistry at the universities of Dortmund and Aachen.

    Since 1 January 2009 Dr Kanert has been Director of the German Paint and Printing Ink Association (VdL) (The German Printing Ink Association merged with the German Paint Manufacturers Association with effect from 1 January 2009). Alongside this role, he has also been Executive Manager of the European Printing Ink Association (EuPIA), a sector of CEPE, since 1 May 2006.

    Prior to these appointments, Dr Kanert was Deputy Executive Director at Verband der Mineralfarbenindustrie e.V. (VdMi) from 2000 – 2008. He was Executive Manager of VdMi’s Verband der Druckfarbenindustrie from 1998 – 2008 and from 1995 – 1998 he was Technical and Regulatory Affairs Manager at Verband der Mineralfarbenindustrie e.V.

  • Jeff Keithline

    Partner Keller and Heckman LLP

    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.

     

  • 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. 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

     

     

  • 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.

  • Antonio Nespoli

    Q&FS Governance Director Barilla G. e R. Fratelli

    Mr Nespoli is a Chemical Engineer graduated.

    He has 20 years experience in Food industry both in R&D and Q&FS. His is currently responsible for Q&FS Governance globally, covering the entire supply chain from Vendor Assurance to Final Product Quality Monitoring in Point of Sales. His team also supervise thermal processes to assure Safety and Quality.

  • Enrico Nieddu

    Business Unit Manager, Project Science Center Mérieux Nutrisciences Laboratories

    Enrico Nieddu is now the Director of the Science Center in Mérieux Nutrisciences Laboratories, Italy. After studying Chemistry at Venice University, he had worked for a year at the same University studying the pollutants occurring in the Adriatico sea. Since 1999 he has been working in the Packaging Division of Chelab Laboratories, holding different scientific and management positions.

    He has been involved in various scientific activities concerning Food Packaging Safety and, due to his experience on Compostable plastics, he is a member of the EU Bioplastic Advisory Committee.

    In 2012 Chelab became part of Mérieux NutriSciences international group and he took the lead of several food safety projects, based on non-targeted analyses.

    From 2018 he is in the management team of AIBO association ( Italian Food Contact Expert association).

  • Peter Oldring

    Regulatory Affairs Manager (Europe) Sherwin Williams

    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. 

  • Marja Pitkänen

    Senior Scientist VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd

    Mrs. Marja Pitkänen is Senior Scientist having over 20 years’ experience in product safety related research. She works for VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland as Senior Scientist in Solutions for Natural Resources and Environment department. In Fibre Product Manufacturing Technologies team she is involved in research related to various novel materials and structures, like bio-based barrier materials, and acts as an expert on product safety. She has long expertise in the regulations concerning food contact materials and nanomaterials’ safety assessment, safety assessment of FCM, and on environmental, health and safety issues of cellulose nanomaterials.

  • 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.

  • Martin Policar

    Regulatory Compliance Polymer Comply Europe

    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. 


     

  • Miguel Angel Prieto Arranz

    FCA Group Sector Manager Food Contact Additives, a Sector Group of Cefic (FCA)

    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.

  • Massimo Ramunni

    Deputy Director General Italian Paper Association - ASSOCARTA

    Massimo Ramunni, graduated in Industrial chemistry at the university of Milan, after an experience in the aluminium sector, since 1998 works for Assocarta, the association of the Italian pulp and paper industry, becoming Deputy Director General in 2008. He is also the Director of Aticelca, the Italian technical association of pulp and paper, the Country manager of Two Sides in Italy and Member of the Board of Conlegno and AFC. He took part to many Committee and working groups at National and European level related to environment, food contact and technical standardisation. He also contributed to the Cast project, leaded by the Istituto Superiore di Sanità.

  • Monika Rawat

    Lead Regulatory Affairs & Compliance, India The Kraft Heinz Company

    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 17 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
  • Jori Ringman

    Deputy Director General Confederation of European Paper Industry (CEPI)

    Senior European affairs professional with an insightful, creative and effective approach to the Brussels scene.

    Key skills:

    * In-depth knowledge of the workings of EU institutions and political processes 
    * Strategic understanding of managing complex coalitions and value chains 
    * Experience in leading organisations and managing finance, budgets and staff
    * Experience in environmental policy issues, public affairs and issue management 
    * Ability to be analytical, solution-oriented and to identify opportunities in problem situations
    * Effective negotiating and communication skills in a multi-cultural and pluralistic environment
    * Highly-developed team working, communication and interpersonal skills
    * Extensive management experience; past 11 years at senior management level

    Employment history: 

    Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI), February 2005 - present Sustainability Director
    − Responsibilities cover many key areas of the European forest-based industries: raw material availability and quality, value chains, product and food safety, environment and sustainability, as well as related research and communications. 
    − Acting Director General for six months in 2016
    − Developing a positive business environment for the sector by instigating and analysing policy initiatives and taking pro-active voluntary action including the value chain. 
    − Involvement in the transformation of the forest-based sector towards circular economy and low-carbon bio-economy. 
    − Successfully built consensus within the sector and across industries in controversial and complex issues as well as within the NGO community. 


    Prior to appointment in CEPI in February 2005, a civil servant in the European Commission. Has also worked in the European Parliament Environment Committee as a political advisor (1999 – 2004), as Secretary General of a parliamentary group in the Finnish National Parliament, a chief editor of a newspaper and manager of various NGOs.

    • Belgium
  • Dr Barbara Schmitt

    Regulatory & Product Applied Toxicologist Dow Silicones Belgium SPRL

    Dr Barbara Schmitt is a Regulatory Toxicologist at Dow Silicones Belgium SPRL, located at Seneffe, Belgium. Overall, she has 15 years of professional experience in chemical industry, with an emphasis on dietary and consumer product safety throughout different positions at Firmenich, Nisso Chemical Europe, Dow Corning and Dow. Since five years, she has been responsible for the safety of silicone-based raw materials and product solutions for food contact materials in the EU. Barbara holds a PhD in food chemistry from the University of Bonn (Germany), and a MSc in Applied Toxicology from the University of Surrey (UK).

  • Ian Schofield

    Own Label and Packaging Manager Iceland Foods

    Ian travels the world spreading his 40 years of Packaging knowledge and experience.  His job includes best practise launch methods from product development stage to arrival in store and driving innovation in Packaging. He is also trained on colour and all printing processes.

    He is now leading the way turning down the tap of plastic used in Food Packaging. This year Iceland declared first it would remove all plastic from it’s Own Label products by 2023. This was the catalyst to change government, consumer and industry thinking on the use of single use plastics. The rest is now history.

    He started his career in the Co-operative Head Office in Manchester qualifying in packaging development/engineering before moving into buying and marketing roles. 

    In the mid 80’s, he joined retailer Iceland (for the first time) as Own Label Manager  to develop the Iceland brand looking after design, packaging and technical.  In his time there, he initiated and managed the launch of over 8,000 lines.

    Ian then moved to the supplier side, working with a number of companies providing product solutions which included design, packaging technology, project and asset management, vendor management, product development, artwork/pre press services and printing to the largest FMCG brands around the world. 

    Ian joined Sun Branding Solutions(was Gilchrist) in 2004 as Sales and Marketing Director and was instrumental in the companies’ product and service development and growth, using his experience and unique perspective to scope and develop bespoke launch solutions for FMCG brands and retailers.

    In 2013 he re-joined Iceland after the company went private again under the original owner Sir Malcolm Walker. Iceland now turnover £3bn with 900 stores and sell in 40 countries.  He looks after all graphics and packaging including the Own Label process. He works directly for Nigel Broadhurst the MD and is acknowledged as being the most senior packaging person in UK retailing.(All other Packaging people work several layers down in other retailers)

    Ian is a fellow member of the Institute of Packaging(IOM3) and Institute of Marketing.

  • Rachida Semail

    Partner Keller and Heckman LLP

    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 Food Contact Materials and Legislation 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. Judgement of DoC’s and the preparation and submission of dossiers to EFSA, National authorities and USA-FDA are examples of the activities of AdFoPack.

  • Dr Hervé Simian

    Packaging Quality & Safety senior specialist Nestlé Research Center

    Hervé Simian is a senior specialist of the safety, quality and compliance of Food Contact Materials at the Nestlé Research Center, Lausanne, Switzerland.

    Having a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Nice (France), he has more than 30 years of experience in chemical analysis, mainly by GC and GC-MS. He started his carrier in a French public institute controlling the air pollution. Then he moved to Switzerland in 1990 to work within Nestlé in the analysis of culinary food flavours first and then in the coffee domain. Since 2004, he is located in the Nestlé Research Center, analyzing the composition of the Food Contact Materials and their migration into food simulants and packed food.

    He is mainly involved in the analysis of Mineral oils and in the untargeted screening and identification of IAS and NIAS for which he developed several internal analytical methods.

     

  • Geoffroy Tillieux

    Director Regulatory Compliance European Plastics Converters (EuPC)

    Geoffroy graduated in 2000 from Solvay Business School, specialisation Finance, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB),  he obtained a Master in Law in 2012 from Université Catholique de Louvain and a master in environmental management at ULB in 2017. He has been working for the European Plastics Converters Association since 2000 and from 2005 at PCE where he  heads the Regulatory Compliance Services Division. Geoffroy coordinates plastics  raw materials issues including recycled materials , food contact issues and  development of compliance tools, risk assessments and consortia related to the implementation REACH legislation.

  • Dr Michael Warhurst

    Executive Director CHEM Trust

    Dr Michael Warhurst has been Executive Director of CHEM Trust since July 2014. CHEM Trust is a UK registered charity that works at EU, UK and International levels to prevent man-made chemicals from causing long term damage to wildlife or humans, by ensuring that chemicals which cause such harm are substituted with safer alternatives – see www.chemtrust.org

    In addition to directing the organisation, his work also focussed on working with his team and other NGOs to improve chemical policies, in particular the EU policy on endocrine disrupting chemicals, the EU’s REACH regulation and EU laws on chemicals in food contact materials. He also leads CHEM Trust’s work on Brexit.

    Prior to CHEM Trust, he worked on waste & resource use at Friends of the Earth from 2005-June 2014, including heading up Friends of the Earth Europe’s Resources and Consumption programme for over 5 years. Prior to this he worked on chemicals policy at WWF European Policy Office for 3 years and at Friends of the Earth for 5 years, focussing on advocating for reform of EU chemicals policy and working on the initial stages of EU chemicals law REACH. 

    He is a PhD Biochemist, with an MSc in Environmental Chemistry and a degree in Biochemistry