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International Executive Committee
Packaging Industry Leaders

RONALD DE VLAM
CEO/Global Managing Partner, Webb deVlam

Ronald studied automotive design, practiced product and toy design and gradually evolved into a holistic brand guru. In 1992 he set-up Webb deVlam with the ambition to design for brands. Today, Webb deVlam solves complex business problems for companies/brands like Tide, Valspar, Motorola and Jim Beam with a blend of insights, strategy and design. He has built three offices covering the three continents of North America (Chicago), Europe (London) and South East Asia (Singapore) and like a serial entrepreneur he is always pursuing new business models and new services that look to strengthen the relationships between client and agency.


JON DENHAM
Vice President Strategy & Accounts, Lextant

By discipline, I am an Industrial Designer. By profession, a visionary brand and design organization builder. This has been developed and leveraged by some of the world’s leading manufacturers in cpg, food and pharmaceuticals. My accomplishments cover design innovation, brand building and organizational transformation on a global and regional basis.


JAMES D DOWNHAM
President & CEO, PAC Packaging Consortium

As the CEO & President of the non-profit, PAC Packaging Consortium, Jim Downham has been dedicated to advancing the packaging community agenda. Under Jim's leadership PAC has created several packaging programs including the PAC GLOBAL LEADERSHIP AWARDS; PAC NEXT and PAC FOOD Sustainability Programs; PACed Certificate Program; and the IFS PAC secure GFSI benchmarked food packaging safety standard; and intelliPACK, A Smart Packaging Innovation Catalyst. Jim is a former package manufacturing CEO & President and current industry non-profit CEO. In 2014 Jim was inducted into the Packaging Hall of Fame.


JOHN GLEASON
Founder & President, A Better View Strategic Consulting

During more than two decades at Procter & Gamble, John's global responsibilities in operations, international trade, strategic sourcing, and design, and touched every business unit. John was the first executive to lead P&G's external design and innovation relationships. In 2007, John founded A Better View Strategic Consulting to help brand owners elevate and leverage insights, design, and innovation as strategic business competencies that helps drive business results; to help creative enterprises become better businesses and partners; to help enhance the intersection of these client/agency - to be better, together. John and A Better View have touched more than 600 creative services enterprises, and more than 70 of the world's leading consumer-facing corporations.


JASON HOBSON
Creative Director, Sobeys

Jason has over 20 years of experience developing some of Canada's biggest brands. He is a proven business leader with a passion for design and branding with years of experience in national brand and control brand packaged goods, working both agency and client side. Currently providing strategic, creative and brand leadership at Sobeys.


ROB WALLACE
Managing Partner, Best of Breed Branding Consortium

Rob helped run the branding consultancy Wallace Church & Co for more than 30 years, before he re-invented brand identity consulting. Now through Best of Breed Branding Consortium, Rob creates "dream teams" of talented individuals - custom tailored to project needs and budgets. Together they synthesize brand messaging at every consumer touch point. Clients have included Nestle, Pepsico, Pfizer, P&G, Colgate, Bacardi, Clorox and dozens more global brand leaders. Delivering better work faster and often cheaper than traditional "brick and mortar" consultancies, BBBC generates the highest client return on investment, and they can prove that.


International JUDGES
Packaging Industry EXPERTS

CHAKRAVARTHI AVPS
CEO Managing Director, Ecobliss India

Appointed as 'Global Ambassador of World Packaging Organisation', Chakravarthi is CEO, Managing Director of Ecobliss India (a JV with Netherlands based MNC) a global leader in innovative packaging solutions. More than three decades of experience in paper, printing and packaging fields. Served as chairman of Indian Institute of Packaging, Hyderabad and is on the National board for more than a decade. Was also Chairman of prestigious Golden Jubilee Committee. Has been the jury/chief jury for several national & international awards. Instrumental in developing various pharmaceutical compliance packs for US and regulatory markets! Published articles in various magazines and participated in live programmes of public interest in TV shows. Toured extensively worldwide, during the past two and half decades!


DAVAR AZARBEYGUI
Creative Director, INHOUSE DESIGN

Creative professional with extensive knowledge in conceptualizing, producing and enforcing the brand identity of Fortune 500 brands. Strong passion for design that connects human emotions with brands. I like to step back, look at the big picture and see how simple design solutions can help business's achieve their full potential and watch them thrive in the real world. Deep student of design history and its impact on a global scale. World traveler and cultural curiosity lies at the heart of my knowledge in design.


MICHAEL AZULAY
Chief Strategy Officer, Invok Brands

Highly experienced thought leader in the development consumer and corporate brand communication. Recognized by clients for his ability to intuitively connect the need for compelling business communication and break-through creativity.


DENNIS BENOIT
Creative Director, St. Joseph Communcations Content

Originally from Québec, Dennis studied Graphic Design at Montreal's Dawson College, where he graduated in 1981.


MEG BECKUM
Executive Creative Director, Elmwood NYC

Meg Beckum oversees all aspects of creative strategy and delivery for Elmwood NYC. With over 18 years of experience helping businesses uncover, craft and cultivate brands that deliver customer value and drive real impact. In her post at Elmwood, Meg is responsible for elevating all aspects of studio's creative strategy and output. Introducing new methodologies, nurturing top talent, and building agile and collaborative teams - she is working to ensure that the studio is equipped and ready to help clients outpace the new challenges they face. She brings expertise in design, corporate branding, verbal identity and customer experience.


ALAN BLAKE
Retired Executive - Pkg & Sustainability

30 year career at Procter & Gamble with leadership roles in packaging R&D and sustainability. Followed by 4 years as PACNEXT and PAC Food Waste Executive Director and PAC board member bringing industry together to find solutions to packaging and food waste challenges. Former board member of National Zero Waste Council and co-lead of the Product & Packaging working group. Currently retired, but still a member of PAC and still passionate about all things packaging.


JEFF BOULTON
V.P. Creative Director, Bridgemark

Simple.
Iconic.
Ideas.


PETER BOOTH
Principal Consultant, Tin Horse

Peter has 25 years experience in Design and innovation. He graduated from the MA Industrial Design course at Central Saint Martins in 1990. Since then he has worked across categories ranging from transport, food and drink, personal care, pharmaceutical to household for companies spanning global FMCG companies to start up businesses. In addition, he has spent time lecturing at undergraduate and postgraduate design colleges and still presents design thinking lectures to MA Innovation and Design courses. He joined Tin Horse in 1998 and is now a share holding director and Principal Consultant.


IAN CARNDUFF
PRESIDENT, NICOSIA CREATIVE EXPRESSO

Having worked with NICE for 18 years, Ian now oversees the global offices, NYC, PARIS, SIN, TKO. He has over 24 years design experience, ranging from 3d & innovation to strategy and branding. Originally trained as an Industrial Designer, he has a specialist knowledge of materials and production, and has won awards for design in recycled materials.


SAM CIULLA
CEO, CIULLA ASSOC

Sam brings over 30 years of experience as a designer, creative director, brand strategist and owner of CIULLA ASSOC. As CEO and ECD, Ciulla manages and directs a staff of brand consultants and design and production specialists working in the areas of consumer and corporate branding assignments. His work includes brand identity, packaging, structural design and integrated communications. His responsibilities and leadership help guide all strategic and creative efforts at CIULLA ASSOC specializing in Innovation, New Product Development and Brand Revitalization.


DAVID CLARK
Vice President Sustainability, Amcor Ltd.

David leads Amcor's global sustainability agenda. He works closely with the global packaging company's research-and-development and innovation functions to integrate sustainable design and social responsibility into Amcor's product development and innovation processes. He is active in Amcor's global sustainability partnerships with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, World Food Programme, Ocean Conservancy, and others. He leads the company's program to achieve its pledge to develop all of its packaging to be recyclable or reusable by 2025, to increase the use of recycled content, and to drive up rates of recycling around the world.


PHILLIP J. CLAYTON
Founder/CEO/Creative Director, PJClayton Creative Ltd.

A visual artist, designer and creative consultant with 15+ years of experience working in the creative industry. As lead at PJClayton Creative Ltd., with his focus on vision, strategy, identity, and design solutions, inspired by people, he's passionate about teamwork and a holistic approach to delivering excellent creative solutions that drive business results. PJClayton Creative Ltd., is a Brand design consulting service passionate about brands; insights, strategies, innovation, design, art, identifying and developing brand DNA. We are organically brand passionate, and people driven, developing solutions through visual art, design and creative consulting.


ELISABETH COMERE
Director Environment & Government Affairs US/ Canada, Tetra Pak Inc.

Elisabeth Comere serves as Director Environment at Tetra Pak US & Canada. Tetra Pak is the world leader in packaging and food processing solutions. She joined the company in 2006 as Environment Manager for Europe where she helped define and drive Tetra Pak's environment strategy and contributed shaping recycling for cartons in Europe. Since 2010, she is based in the US, focusing on advancing the Tetra Pak's commitment to sustainability and recycling in the US and Canada. She is a founding member and board member of AMERIPEN and a member of The Sustainability Consortium, US business Council for Sustainable Development (USBCSD) and PAC. She is also contributing in the roll-out of the recycling strategy developed by the Carton Council in the US and Canada serving as Vice-President Government Affairs.


GREG COREY
Founder, Porchlight

Greg is the founder and principal of Porchlight, an Atlanta-based design agency rooted in retail. He has over 25 years of experience in the creative industry, particularly in the retail sector, and has worked with an impressive array of clients, including The Home Depot, Newell-Rubbermaid, Yamaha, Husky, Genie, RIDGID, NASCAR and the Olympics. Greg finds inspiration in the design community at large, as well as his daily interaction with family and friends. He resides in the heart of Atlanta with his wife Amber, daughter Vivian, son Oliver, and dog Ruthie.


ELSIE CROSS
Business Partner, Procurement Manager - Contract Manufacturing, Nestle Canada

Elsie is the Strategic Procurement Manager for Contract Manufacturing for Nestle Canada. She is responsible for the end-to-end business relationship with co-manufacturers, as well as working directly with them to develop and produce products for Canada under the Nestle name. Elsie has a strong packaging and raw materials background to support her role at Nestle.


PAOLA DANIELE
Graphic Studio Manager, Ardagh Group

Starting my career as a creative person, I am an experienced manager in the packaging Graphic Industry, Prepress and Printing, for global and regional markets in Aerosol, including Personal Care, Household, Pharmaceuticals, in Food and Seafood, Kegs, Nutrition, Paint&Coatings. Actually leading Ardagh Group European Graphic Studio based in Italy and committed with global inter functional standardization projects.


JAMES DAVIDSON
Director of Commercial Development, Amcor Flexibles NA

James has held progressive positions with packaging and consumer product companies including roles as packaging engineer (Kraft & Unilever), process engineer, production manager, quality manager and technical manager (Sonoco).He is a PAC, Packaging Consortium Board Director and Co-Chair for the PAC Pacific Region Leadership Council.


PAUL DRAKE
Founder & Creative Director, JDO

Paul Drake is an industry high flyer, designing brands in the world’s big name brand consultancies until he decided he wanted to do things differently. With an unerring passion and a genuine desire to change the world, he set up his own JDO studio alongside Ben Oates. For almost 20 years, we’ve been putting exceptional creativity at the heart of our business. From embryonic concepts to billion dollar brands, we expediently deliver superlative creative in the most nimble efficient way. With an entrepreneurial start up mentality and a blend of brave creative and insightful strategic vision, we explore new ways to push the creative edge, always in search of the fresh, the new, the bold.


AMY DRESNER-YULES
Senior Manager of Global Design; Health Brands Lead, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare

Amy has over 25 years in creative direction within the CPG and Health industries. She is a passionate design visionary who finds global marketing solutions by integrating world-class design into business strategies for some of the world's leading brands. Amy is a global brand design leader and strategist, with an unrelenting commitment to inspiring, mentoring and developing her team in order to consistently provide best-in-class packaging solutions for her clients. With passion, integrity and drive, this brand pioneer consistently delivers on design and innovation excellence.


JONATHAN FORD
Founding Creative Partner and CEO, Pearlfisher

Jonathan's vision is as clear today as it was when he co-founded Pearlfisher 25 years ago: to continually further creative standards through provocative thinking and by boldly challenging the status quo. Always pushing himself and others to stretch further, Jonathan has led the creation of some of the world's most loved challenger and iconic brands including Cadbury Dairy Milk, Waitrose, Target, Help Remedies and Jim Beam - while gaining Pearlfisher countless Design Effectiveness Awards and a much coveted Gold Cannes Lion along the way.


ANTHONY GARAGUSO
CPP, Engineering Technology Manager, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.

Anthony has over 20 years of Package Development and Engineering experience, including expertise in color cosmetics, fragrance, and personal care. His Mechanical Engineering background created a solid foundation for his career, which began supporting manufacturing of consumer products and led to rotations through the Procurement and Packaging Departments. Anthony's skill sets grew during his experiences at Yves Rocher, Revlon, and J&J, working as a Packaging Manager. Currently, he is responsible for strategic packaging cost saving initiatives in the J&J Consumer sector.


HUMBERTO GARCIA
Packaging Director, Campbell Snacks

Humberto is a packaging professional with over 20 years of experience. Having worked in global and regional roles for Unilever and Pepperidge Farm (Campbell Snacks), Humberto has been involved in packaging development for both Foods and Personal Care, with a passion for sustainability and for making packaging an integral part of the consumer experience.


TOM GILBERT
Creative Director - Shanghai, Design Bridge

Tom has nearly 20 years of design experience, working in a wide varieties of sectors and disciplines, but branding has been a constant through it all. Whilst studying for his Design degree, he was already working full-time in a manufacturers studio, and designing products. Before joining Design Bridge in 2010, his design career benefited from; teaching at Eton College, an Ethnographic researcher for Nokia and Electrolux, plus being a Creative Strategist and design thinking on brand creation projects. He now leads the Shanghai creative studio and is helping international brands adapt to the Chinese market, and domestic brands evolve for the international market.


SARAH GRUNDY
VP Creative, Fish Out of Water Design

Sarah is passionate about connecting brands and consumers. She believes that clearly and consistently articulating a brand's evolving voice, strategically within a customer's journey is elemental in long term loyalty. For 20 years she has successfully led creative teams delivering on that mission. Sarah's expertise includes brand strategy, graphic design, video, production, retail communications, store environments, and packaging.


LEON HALL
Retail Ready Packaging Solutions Lead, WestRock

With 20+ years' experience in retail, Leon has lead several strategic initiative both internally and externally for Walmart US and Walmart Canada. He made his way to Walmart Canada Home Office where he lead their sustainable packaging efforts and began North America's journey on Retail Ready Packaging. Leon recently left Walmart US, where he was a key member of their Retail Ready Packaging Standards Team to join WestRock as their lead in their Enterprise Solutions Team where they are focused on creating the most efficient Retail/Shelf Ready Packaging solutions leveraging WestRock's Global Enterprise in both design & automation.


LAURENT HAINAUT
Founder, forceMAJEURE Design

French born Laurent Hainaut is an Industrial Designer by training. Laurent is the founder and President of forceMAJEURE design, a creative agency formerly known as Raison Pure NYC. Laurent has over 29 years of experience in Visual strategy, Brand Identity, Product Design, Packaging Design, Retail Environments & Experiences, Consumer Product Innovation and Global Design Management. His knowledge of international markets and design has made forceMAJEURE a leader in design for premium, luxury and lifestyle brands. His creative vision and strategic counsel have been valued by clients, including Unilever, Diageo, L'Oreal, Revlon, Avon, Gallo, Penfolds and many others.


HELEN HARTLEY
Creative Director, Elmwood

A multiple award-winning designer with 22 years of experience in brand design and brand strategy, including Coley Porter Bell and WPA Pinfold. Working in the FMCG sector in both food and non-food, she has worked for on global and national brands, including Coca Cola, Unilever, Nestlé, Vodafone, IBM, Kimberly Clark, Asda, Selfridges, Debenhams, Pernod Ricard, Carlsberg, Tesco, Npower & National Grid.


DAVID HASLAM

David Haslam started his career in the UK after he graduated from Manchester Polytechnic with a Bsc in Environmental Chemistry in 1988. He worked in the UK at Tronic Gravure until he moved to Canada in 1995. He joined Southern Graphic Systems as a production manager and rose to the level of V.P Operations. In 2015, David joined Transcontinental Packaging to manage the premedia portfolio for newly established packaging division and his role is VP Premedia. David is a board member of the Gravure Association of the Americas (GAA) and active member in PAC


KATIE IRELAND
Packaging Equipment Program Manager- Starbucks Global Engineering

26 Years in Packaging Design and Innovation, Quality, Manufacturing, and SupplyChain


PAUL JENKINS
Managing Director, ThePackHub

Paul Jenkins runs UK packaging innovation consultancy ThePackhub helping to deliver a range of packaging solutions for brand owners, retailers and packaging suppliers.


JOHN F. KISSOON
Director, Creative Services, Main St. Group

John is a leader in creative and brand strategy management with experience on both the client and agency side of the business, building national brands including Kraft Foods, McDonalds, Nissan and Canadian Tire.


WENDY KUFELDT
Managing Director, Anthem Worldwide

As Managing Director for Anthem Worldwide, a global strategy, design, and marketing communications agency, Wendy works with global, regional, and emerging brands across North America. Wendy brings a depth of integrated experience in the CPG, retail, healthcare, consumer electronics, and telecommunications sectors, and has been recognized as an innovation leader for her work helping brands build equity, connect with consumers, and drive purchase and measurable ROI.


ANA LANKARANI
Packaging Development Specialist, Irving Consumer Products Limited

I lead packaging development of the US Private Label tissue products at the present time. My educational background and the experience in packaging design, prepress, print, has enabled me to appreciate the final product in many levels and various aspects. Throughout the years, I have had the opportunities to oversee development of hundreds of successful pharmaceutical, confectionary, household packaging products from creative concept through delivery to the markets in the US and Canada.


MUDIT LAWANIA
Senior Manager Packaging Design, Development and Procurement, Walmart India

An Engineer in Printing Technology and Post graduate in Packaging Technology, who has delivered innovations/Patents with Unilever, in the domain of RFID and is currently taking Private label innovations to the next level with Walmart. He leads the artwork development, package design and procurement currently, with an inclination towards innovative technologies, customer convenience and sustainability.


LOUIS LEMAIRE
Vice President Sales and Marketing, Graphic Packaging Interational

Louis has been with Cascades and Graphic Packaging for over 24 years. In his tenure, he's been involved in the containerboard, paperboard and folding carton industries. He's also been heavily committed and passionate about sustainability and corporate social responsibility. In addition, Louis has been engaged in various industry associations, including PAC, the Recycled Paperboard Alliance, the Paperboard Packaging Council, the Recycled Paperboard Technical Association and the Foodservice Packaging Institute.


KENNY LI
Designer, Werle Design Associates

Kenny Li is a designer at Werle Design, and a graduate from OCAD University's design program. Kenny has over 5 years of experience across packaging and brand design and has provided solutions for brands such as Powerade, vitaminwater, Nestea, Minute Maid, Fruitopia, and Fuze.


JOSE ANTONIO ROJANO LÓPEZ
Brand Manager, El Cortes Inglés

Jose holds a BFA Industrial Design and a Master Advance in Product Design from Istituto Europeo di Design and an Executive Master in Marketing Management & Sales at IE Business School. Started in El Corte Inglés in 2007 as designer for their own brand portfolio. Today he is the department Brand Manager and Design Director, developing more than 30,000 sku new packaging design, obtaining 30 international design awards. Jose’s main role/tasks are focused on creative direction, communication and marketing strategy, account and project management, design and co-creation processes, innovation and own Brand portfolio management.


DAVID LUKSHUS
Executive Vice President Business Develpment and Customer Relations, Cog LLC

David founded Cog LLC in 2010 to add value to the packaging development process. Mentored by Lou Dorfsman in the NYC advertising bad lands, David has since been a designer at several agencies, design director at Marsh Brand Partners, and a design manager at Procter & Gamble, so he's seen the need from the other side for third-party assistance. Now he and his team help all stakeholders in the process work toward the same goal, only smarter, faster and more cost effectively. In his words, "Think of Cog as your packaging development department down the hall."


NATALIA LUMBY
Associate Professor, Ryerson University

Natalia Lumby is an Associate Professor at Ryerson University. She teaches in areas of packaging, premedia and management. Her research focuses on enhancing physical products with digital technologies such as augmented reality, NFC technology and etc.


RICHARD MCNABB
Global Packaging Director, Church & Dwight

Richard has more than 25 years of CPG packaging industry experience working in the UK and the US. His global experience at Unilever and Church & Dwight brings both packaging development and packaging design expertise. He is passionate about consumer driven innovation. 


DANIEL MILNER
Designer, Signet Branding

Daniel is an industrial product designer at heart, with experience across a variety of industries and design disciplines including a strong interest in 3 dimensional structural packaging embellishments. He has recently joined Signet as their main product designer supporting and advising across the whole business, converting and interpreting client briefs into bespoke products, for the global supply of high quality, luxury packaging accessories and product decoration solutions that Signet are renowned for in the premium spirit and liquor sector.


JARED MIRSKY
CEO/Founder, Wick & Mortar

Since 2009 Jared Mirsky and his award-winning cannabis-focused branding agency, Wick & Mortar have been featured in over eleven magazines including Entrepreneur Media, Forbes, Huffington Post, CNN Money, Geekwire, WeWork, The Dieline, High Times, Dope Magazine, MG Magazine, NW Leaf Magazine, Leafly, Herb, Cashinbis, Top 40 under 40 in Marijuana Venture Magazine and most recently the Dope Magazine Industry Award Winners for "Best Cannabis Design Firm," two years in a row.


KATIE OZAMIZ
Global Packaging Designer, Microsoft

Having achieved a huge breadth of experience in her 6 years as a design professional, Katie's packaging experience continues to evolve as she moves from working in CPGs to the world of premium Tech products at Microsoft.


SVEN PETERSEN
Brand Design Consultant, Square44

Sven started in 1993 as packaging design consultant in Hamburg after a short career in advertising and ever since loved the power of packaging design. He was a shareholder of "SOLUTIONS Branding & Packaging Design Germany - Russia - Turkey" and has worked for 4 years in Russia and for more than 8 years in South East Asia for clients like DANONE, DR OETKER, CARLSBERG, BEIERSDORF, COLGATE, CAMPBELLS, UNILEVER. Square44 is an independent international brand consultancy that delivers highly specialized, outstanding creative and strategic brand design solutions in Consumer Branding, Retail Branding and Corporate Branding.


JOEL PORTER
Package Graphics Manager, Coca-Cola

Over 25 years in the beverage industry with Coca-Cola, Cadbury Beverages and Canada Dry. 10 years in the printing/pre-press industry with DRG Packaging, Lawson Mardon and Southern Graphics Systems.


LUIS PRIOR
Director of Marketing & Business Development, Atlantic Packaging

Luis' 14 years of experience includes overseeing multiple product launches into a variety of retail markets across North America. As the current Director of Marketing and Business Development for Atlantic Packaging Products, he brings his retail insight to packaging and helps drive ideas to Atlantic’s customer base consisting of several global brands.


JOE PUNTILLO
Strategic Retail Merchandising Manager, ecobee

Strategic Retail Merchandising Manager who thrives in entrepreneurial environments. Effectively turns innovative ideas into successful solutions that bring shopper, marketing, and consumer insights to life. Influential and approachable contributor, enthusiastically motivating and supporting teams to achieve results. Builds trusted relationships with teams, management, and clients. Competently creates and delivers presentations to drive sales results.


JOACHIM QUODEN
Managing Director, EXPRA

Joachim Quoden is the managing director of EXPRA Inspiring Packaging Recycling. From 2001, he became Secretary General of PRO EUROPE, the organisation of 35 packaging recovery organisations using the Green Dot trademark and in 2005 he was appointed as managing director. Joachim was a subject matter expert for the ISO global standardisation project SIS/TK 165/AG 10 Packaging and Environment that was developed between 2009 & 2012 global standards on packaging optimisation, recycling, reuse and energy recovery. Joachim works as an independent German Lawyer specialized on international extended producer responsibility legislation.


DANISH RAHI
Senior Design Manager, Shopko Stores

Danish is an accomplished expert in Design Management, CPG Branding and Packaging, Print Production and Packaging Design experience working with some of the top ad agencies and brands. He currently leads branding and packaging design teams on several fronts of the retail industry including Consumables, Home, Seasonal, and Textiles. His award winning work has appeared on TV and magazines around the world. Danish holds a BA in Graphic Design from Troy University Alabama, a Masters in Design Management from Pratt Institute New York and currently completing his Premier Certification in Management from Harvard Business School.


DONNA RAZIK
Ryerson University

A proven design leader, educator and technical packaging specialist with almost 20 years experience in the CPG beverage sector and graphic arts industry. Passionate about innovation, emerging technologies and giving back to our upcoming generations that are eager to make a difference in the future of packaging & design.

Donna's strength is her inclusive & collaborative approach to any challenge; blending both practicum and theory based learning into her teachings and corporate leadership. "Design in reverse to solve for the journey".


GERALD REBITZER
Director Sustainability, Amcor Flexibles EMEA

Gerald is head of Sustainability at Amcor Flexibles Europe, Middle East and Africa, Amcor Flexibles Americas, and Amcor Capsules. This role encompasses operational environmental management and social responsibility as well as working with customers and suppliers to enhance the performance of Amcor packaging products. In industry groups, Gerald is chairman of the CEFLEX project (Circular Economy for Flexible Packaging) committee and leads a standardization effort for recycling of flexible packaging within the New Plastics Economy Initiative of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.


JEFF RECTOR
Art & Design Manager, McCain Foods (Canada)

A Fine Arts Graduate from the University of Maine, Jeff has spent the past 16 years immersed in the creative world at McCain by providing support to the Retail and Foodservice Businesses. Working closely with agencies, he helps to ensure brand consistency across packaging, print & digital environments. As a Designer, he and his team also provide in house design support to Marketing and Sales divisions across the globe.


NICK REES
Global Creative Director & Partner, Bulletproof

Nick has risen through the ranks to become agency Partner playing a key role in overseeing and delivering Bulletproof's sensational growth. Nick's commitment to his creative team and inclusive management style ensures Bulletproof attracts and retains the very best creative talent. As Global Creative Director, Nick is responsible for all creative work for clients including Arla Foods, Diageo, Kraft Heinz, Mondelez International and Unilever across the agency's studios in London, New York and Singapore.


BRIAN A. RICE
Senior Director, Design & Packaging Innovation, Georgia-Pacific Consumer Business

With more than 20 years of design leadership experience with Procter & Gamble, The Coca-Cola Company and Bristol-Myers Squibb, Brian has led design, packaging development, product design, and creative communications globally for several of the world's most iconic brands. Brian serves as the Senior Director of Design & Package Innovation for Georgia-Pacific where he is responsible for overseeing design best practices and capability development in consumer packaging, brand identity, graphics, and package innovation.


MIKE RICHMOND
Principal, PTIS

Mike is a strategic business and technical leader with 30 years of experience across PTIS, Kellogg, Kraft, and Michigan State University, where he was an assistant professor in the School of Packaging. Mike has numerous achievement awards and commendations and is past head of the Industrial Advisory Committee for the Center for Advanced Food Technology (CAFT) at Rutgers University. Mike lectures at both Michigan State University and Western Michigan University in their packaging and food marketing and M.B.A. programs.


SUKHDEV SAINI
AMEA Packaging Manager, General Mills

I have been on a Packaging Supply Chain Adventure for the past 15 years starting with the base camp at Indian Institute of Packaging, Mumbai. The trek started with Unilever, a fun sojourn at GlaxoSmithKline and now camping at General Mills. Till date, I have scaled the peaks of Foods, Nutrition, Pharmaceutical & Personal care packaging. My passion helped me win The CEO Award, International Awards, Patents and Industry recognition.I love cooking, walking, listening to Sufi music, watch Animations, Practice Alternate healing and enjoy Masala Chai with a book in hand.


CLAIRE SAND
Owner, Packaging Technology and Research

Claire Sand is an industry and academic leader who focuses on decreasing food waste with packaging, food engineering, and food science. Sand integrates material science, active and intelligent packaging, ingredient technology, and food processing strategies to launch new products and extend the shelf life of existing products. Dr. Claire Sand runs Packaging Technology and Research, where she provides project based strategy, technology, consulting and coaching services to food and packaging companies. Dr. Sand holds a doctorate degree in Food Science and Nutrition from the University of Minnesota and MS and BS in Packaging from Michigan State University.


ELIOT SCHREIBER
Managing Partner, Alpen Advisory

With a background reflecting client-side, global consulting and senior management experience, Eliot is an industry leader in brands, strategy, design and innovation. He's advised both Fortune 500 companies as well as those who've disruptively challenged conventions to create new markets for their products and services. He is currently Managing Partner of Alpen Advisory, a consultancy providing operations management expertise and business growth strategy for creative service firms, entrepreneurial companies and non-profit organizations.


ERIC SCHULTZ
VP Business Development, SGK Inc.

Eric's background includes over 18 years in product development, innovation and brand building by working for and collaborating with agencies, suppliers, converters and CPGs. Most recently, as head of structural design and innovation at Kraft Foods Group, he managed the company's structural design lab and set the companies structural packaging design strategy. Eric is a member of the Industrial Design Society of America (ISDA) and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois at Chicago.


CHRIS SHERWIN PHD
Director, reboot innovation

Chris specializes in connecting environmental and social responsibility with product and packaging innovation, design and marketing. He recently set up reboot innovation - previously he was Head of Sustainability in design agencies Seymourpowell, Dragon Rouge and Interbrand, and Head of Innovation at sustainability advisory group Forum for the Future. Notable recent projects include the strategy and design for the award-winning fairphone 2; being the creative and technical partners helping AkzoNobel/Dulux to develop and launch a mainstream recycled paint; and strategic work to help Yeo Valley launch 'Left Yeovers'. Chris has consulted with Unilever, Mars, PepsiCo, Nestle, Sainsburys.


ELIAS SPARTIS
Manager of Packaging, The Home Depot

As an award winning thought leader in product design, packaging, & point of sale/retail display, Elias has been infusing design thinking into interdisciplinary teams across his entire career. Currently Elias leads a packaging team for Global Brand & Product Development at The Home Depot focused on value creation for private label brands.


TRACY SUTTON
Director, Root

Root delivers specialist packaging consultancy in the form of packaging analysis, packaging design strategy, specialist research and design workshops. Root works collaboratively with established brands, retailers, raw material suppliers and converters looking to pioneer and integrate responsible packaging design. Tracy has worked with global clients including Starbucks, Innocent and Pukka Herbs on strategic and technical projects to drive innovation into packaging. Tracy has been on the sustainability advisory board for a number of global brands and has written articles for publications including The Guardian, The Times, Packaging News and Packaging Europe.


JAY TAPP
Retail Packaging Specialist, Veritiv Inc.

Jay has 30+ years of industry leadership in packaging manufacturing, design & innovation. Currently Retail Packaging Specialist for Veritiv, his experience includes CEO positions in folding cartons, flexible packaging, labels, digital printing and containers. Jay works with brand owners and designers to help deliver compelling solutions with structural integrity to optimize brand performance and customer interaction. Jay is interested in helping brands achieve visibility and consumer response through the innovative use of smart phone interfaces with retail packaging programs.


JAMEY WAGNER
Exective Creatice Director, Interbrand

With over 20 years of experience creating and managing strategic design, Jamey leads a talented team of design professionals that specialize in creating consumer brand experiences. Jamey improves clients' brand performance through innovative visual solutions, which are achieved through close cross-functional collaboration to ensure visual strategies meet marketing objectives. He has a great breadth of experience in consumer categories, including automotive, fabric and home care, food and beverage, chocolate and confections, health and beauty, entertainment, home improvement, lawn and garden, athletes/sports organizations, technology, pet and wines/spirits and many others.


BRAD WALLING
Director Global Design, WestRock

Brad's passion is bringing awesome packaging products to life. He currently leads an award-winning team of world class designers focused primarily on beverage packaging, who share this same passion for disruptive and game changing designs. He enjoys running, soccer, beer culture, spending time with his family and spending hours on end in grocery stores looking at all of the amazing packaging innovations that improve consumers lives (much to the annoyance of his Wife). Brad earned his B.S. in Packaging Science from Michigan State University and has spent the past 15+ years focused on leading packaging product development for Fortune 500 Customers.


MICHAEL WINTROB
Vice President Strategy, LPK

Michael Wintrob has amassed deep experience in the fields of brand and design strategy over the past 15 years. As VP, Strategy at LPK, Michael has developed best-in-class branding practices - including positioning, architecture and identity systems - for leading brands in a wide variety of categories, including higher education, food, beverage and personal care. Michael also has served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Cincinnati's Lindner College of Business and co-authored a chapter in the textbook Strategic Design Thinking. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from the University of Cincinnati.


KIM YOKOTA
VP Creative Director, Shikatani Lacroix Design

Kim Yokota, VP Creative Director at Shikatani Lacroix Design, leads a diverse and talented team of senior designers in developing successful design solutions for every project in the studio. Kim is a leader in brand strategy and design thinking, and is known for her innovative design solutions and fresh, inventive perspective and design philosophy.


ROGER ZELLNER
President, Rogue Zebra Consulting

Industry veteran of 30+ years leading R&D packaging teams globally with Mondelez International and Kraft Foods. Launched new packaging and product innovations with $100+MM revenue, delivered global margin management platforms worth 5+% COGS annually and created R&D sustainability strategy, goals and platforms including communication plans internally and externally. Currently starting Rogue Zebra Consulting