A Circular Future with Plastics 2019: 13-14 June, Berlin

Confirmed Speakers Friday, 14 June

Renato Zelcher Renato Zelcher is the CEO of Crocco SpA. He spent his entire career in the company, holding multiple management positions. Among other assignments he is a Board Member of Corepla (Italian National Consortium for the collection, recycling and recovery of plastic packaging), of Federazione Gomma Plastica and of Confindustria Vicenza. Furthermore, he is a member the EuPC Steering Committee and was elected as EuPC President in 2018.

Roland Straßburger Roland Straßburger joined the Schütz Group in 2003 as COO and became its Global CEO in 2007. Prior to Schütz, Straßburger held several senior positions in the Steel Service Center Industry. Notably, he was a Member of the Board of Kloeckner & Co. AG, Germany responsible for Sales & Marketing from 1999 to 2002. From 1995 to 1999, he served as president and CEO of Kloeckner Namasco Corp., USA subsequent to other assignments for the company in France and Germany. Straßburger is a seasoned international executive with vast experience around the world and possesses extensive practical knowledge in the B-to-B area. He is a graduate of WHU Business School in Germany, one of Europe’s leading business schools. He currently serves as president of the German Plastics Packaging Association (IK).

Javier Constante Javier Constante is the EMEA Commercial Vice President for the Packaging and Specialty Plastics Business of The Dow Chemical Company since 2011. He joined Dow in 1989 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and worked in various leadership positions across Sales and Marketing serving a variety of businesses in Latin America and Europe. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Equate / TKOC and EMC Equate Marketing Company. In 2015 he was elected Vice President of PlasticsEurope, and in 2018 as President. In addition, he is a member of the World Plastics Council.

Tom Crotty Tom Crotty, currently serves as Director at the INEOS Group. He is Vice President of PlasticsEurope, Member of the CEFIC Board and Executive Committee, and President of CIA. In addition, he currently serves as Chairman of the UK CBI’s Manufacturing Council.

Rudolf Wölfer Rudolf Wölfer currently serves as Head of Innovation Headquarter and Project Management Office at Borealis. He joined the company in 1996 as Field Marketing and Sales Manager France. Since then he held numerous management positions, working as Market Development Leader Automotive, Sales Manager, Business Portfolio Manager, and Polyolefin Business Optimization Manager. Since 2011, holds the position of Product Portfolio Manager Polypropylene, and in 2016 he became Head of Innovation Project Management Office. Borealis decided to form an Innovation Studio for Circular Economy Solutions in May 2019, which Rudolf will establish and lead.

Carlos Monreal Carlos Monreal is the CEO of Plastic Energy, a company that offers a global and sustainable solution to help prevent plastic pollution, by transforming previously unrecyclable plastic waste into a valuable resource. He has been an entrepreneur for more than 30 years. After founding Inlandgeo, a company supplying high tech electronic instruments and turnkey solutions in multiple industries, and leading it for 24 years, Carlos became President of Abasol, a company offering consultancy and EPC solutions on renewable energy and efficiency, for 7 years. Carlos is also founder and CEO of Greenland Capital, a company with the vision to identify and develop disruptive technologies that provide sustainable and economical solutions to the growing challenges of waste management and alternative energy management. In 2019, Carlos was elected as the first president of Chemical Recycling Europe.

Oliver Wittke Oliver Wittke was appointed Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy on 14 March 2018. Following his degree in economics and geography from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Mr. Wittke worked as a project assistant at a development agency, before becoming the mayor of Gelsenkirchen in 1999. In 2005, he became Marketing Director of Montan-Grundstücksgesellschaft and Head of the Cabinet Department for Building and Transport of North Rhine-Westphalia. From 2009 to 2010, he was member of the Management Board of Hellmich-Gruppe in Duisburg, and from 2010 to 2012, he was Secretary-General of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) of North Rhine-Westphalia. Mr. Wittke is a member of the German Bundestag since 2013.

Kirsi Ekroth-Manssila Kirsi Ekroth-Manssila is the Head of the “Chemicals” Unit in the European Commission’s DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. In this function, she is responsible for supporting the competitiveness of the chemicals industry and the further completion of the Internal Market for chemical substances and products. In particular, her unit is responsible for the new Fertilising Products Regulation, the Plastics Strategy, the Regulation on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of substances and mixtures (the ‘CLP Regulation’), the Directives on Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and product-specific chemical legislation: detergents, pyrotechnics articles, explosives, and drug precursors. She has previously managed the “KETs, Digital Manufacturing and Interoperability” unit, the “Clusters and Emerging Industries” Unit and the “Sustainable Industrial Policy and Construction” Unit in the same Directorate-General. Since joining the Commission in 1996, Kirsi has worked for several years on SME policy. Her work experience before the Commission includes the banking sector and the paper industry.

Michael Kundel Michael Kundel is the CEO of Renolit since 2008. He joined the company in 1993 as Head of Corporate Controlling, before becoming the Managing Director of Renolit Hispania S.A. in 2000. He was appointed as a member of the Board of the Renolit Group in 2003 and joined the Board of the Vinyl 2010 that same year. ln addition, he is a board member of IVK Europe, an association he chaired from 2010-2018. Since May 2013, he has been a member of the of EuPC Steering Committee. From 2014-2018 he was also president of EuPC.

David Baker David Baker has over 40 years’ experience in the metal and plastics Packaging Industry, starting his working life at Metal Box (CMB) and joining RPC Group just prior to the MBO that formed the company in 1991. He has spent his career holding various senior operational as well as group roles and is currently the RPC Group Industry Affairs Director. Additionally, he is active in various organisations and associations such as INCPEN (Chair), RECOUP (Board Member), the BPF (Council Member) and EuPC (Vice-President & Packaging Division Chairman). In 2018, he was appointed chairman of the newly formed Polyolefin Circular Economy Platform (PCEP).

Dr. Melinda Crane Dr. Melinda Crane is an experienced TV anchor; as chief political correspondent at Deutsche Welle TV, she analyzes German and European policy and also hosts the English editions of Quadriga and People & Politics. Dr. Crane studied history and political science at Brown University and law at Harvard. She received her PhD in political economy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Her journalistic experience includes work for the “New York Times Magazine”, ”The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine,” “The Boston Globe,” the “Christian Science Monitor” and German newspapers and magazines. Her diverse areas of expertise include transatlantic politics, energy, climate and environment, transport and communication, globalization, finance and trade, science and medicine, migration, integration and urbanization, women, youth and education as well as new media and the internet.

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