GO Wipes Europe Speakers 2017

The 2017 Conference is currently in production with the below heavy-weight industry experts already confirmed to speak.

Confirmed speakers so far include:

  • Sebastian Basel

    Business Manager Speciality Papers Kelheim Fibres GmbH, Germany

    After his degree in environmental engineering in Augsburg (Germany), Sebastian worked at the Fraunhofer Society for several research projects, investigating future applications of regenerative energies in the Middle East. In 2005 Sebastian joined an international measurement equipment producer for Biotech and Medical, where he took care of the International Sales and Key Account Management for 6 years. Since 2011, Sebastian is with Kelheim Fibres, focussing on viscose short cut fibres for innovative speciality papers and wet-laid applications, including tailored product development for these areas.

    Sebastian is married; together with his wife, he loves to go to the mountains for skiing, mountain biking or hiking. He enjoys watching any soccer game and still tries to understand Cricket thoroughly.

  • Heidi Beatty

    CEO Crown Abbey, Ltd, UK

    Heidi Beatty, founder of Crown Abbey, Ltd. has over 15 years of experience in developing consumer and health care products.

    After gaining a bachelors degree in Chemistry from the University of York, UK, Heidi worked with Johnson & Johnson for 10 years across Europe and the US, starting as a Formulator developing products that safely and effectively clean babies skin for Johnson’s Baby®. From there she applied her knowledge of skin to develop pantyliners and then wet wipes – with a focus on developing unique and proprietary claims through linking a deeper understanding of women’s health and wellbeing with new technologies.

    In 2010, she went to PDI Healthcare, where she led teams to launch Surface Disinfectants and Skin Antisepsis products – striving to develop products that prevent infections in hospitals. She not only led projects, but also brought strategic direction both in terms of process improvement for product innovation and to improve team effectiveness. Her passion for the Environment is evident in the technical solutions she brings as well as her involvement in Corporate Sustainability programs.
    Heidi founded Crown Abbey nearly two years ago, to support her clients in their project launches – using her unique skills of Project Management and Product Development across both Consumer and Healthcare categories. One of the clients Maternal Science is a Start-Up, where she has developed supplements, OTCs and nutritionals that are safe and effective for Maternal Health.

    Her accomplishments, aside from the many product launches, include holding a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, being the Chair of EDANA’s Wet Wipe Committee for 3 years, holding a Black Belt in Six Sigma, filing several patents as well as identifying and leading multiple FDA-Remediation programs.

  • Dr Edmund Carus

    Owner Carus Consultancy Services, UK

    Dr Edmund Carus has worked in the nonwovens industry for some 50 years. He gained a PhD in the mechanics of nonwoven materials at UMIST Manchester and following this worked with his family business Vernon-Carus Ltd. After this he worked as a Research Fellow at the Kimberly-Clark Corporation in the US. He later returned to the UK and has technically advised Lohmann GmbH & Co., KG. He has since then actively and successfully consulted with several international companies.

  • Clare Clark

    Technical Support Manager schülke UK Ltd, UK

    BSc (Hons) Applied Microbiology, ACIST, MRSB. Clare Clark has worked as a microbiologist in healthcare, education and industry for 20 years and has been Technical Support Manager at schülke UK since 2002. During her time with schülke Clare has specialised in hygiene and decontamination practices, providing advice to customer, carrying out manufacturing hygiene surveys and testing the efficacy of preservatives in cosmetic and wet wipe formulations.

  • Guido Conio

    Chief Commercial Officer Teknoweb Converting, Italy

    Guido is a highly qualified executive with over 20 years experience in the disposable hygiene market and automation, leading different roles from operations and engineering to sales and marketing. He holds a MS in Naval Engineering and worked for the Italian Navy, P&G, Bolton, Coesia and Rockwell Automation. Currently CCO for Teknoweb Converting selling solutions for wet wipes manufacturing. He is 50 years old, married , 1 son (22).

  • Pierre Conrath

    External Relations and Sustainability Director EDANA, Belgium

    Pierre Conrath leads the External Relations and Sustainability activities of EDANA, the international association serving the nonwovens and related industries.

    Pierre joined EDANA in 2008 and coordinates a number of working groups and supports EDANA members on topics ranging from international trade to ecolabels and environmental legislation.

    Prior to joining EDANA, Pierre worked as Senior Consultant for Kellen Europe, an Association Management firm. In this role Pierre managed and advised several trade associations operating in various fields, with a strong focus on manufacturing industries and environmental issues. Previously Pierre acquired experience in a wide range of roles when working in the environment and chemicals practice area of Fleishman-Hillard, as the Brussels representative of a French transport trade association, focusing on EU road transport policy. Pierre also worked as a member of DSM’s public affairs team, on biotechnology issues.

    Pierre holds a degree in political science from the Institute of Political Science of Bordeaux. In addition, he has a Masters degree in Public affairs and representation of interests from Laval University of Québec and the Institute of Political Studies of Bordeaux.  In addition to his speaking French as his native language, Pierre speaks fluent English and Dutch and has a good knowledge of German.

  • Lorraine Crosbie

    Business Unit Director Rockline Industries, UK

    Lorraine Crosbie has worked in Private Label Product Development and Customer Relationship Management for over 25years. She has been with Rockline Industries for over 10 years and is based out of their UK factory. Lorraine’s current role is focused on the UK Retail market but she is also responsible for Rockline’s Global Innovation Process and for the marketing strategy for new markets.

    Lorraine is married with 2 boys. She lives in Manchester and loves football.

    Lorraine’s experience is primarily in the health and beauty markets and although she has worked almost exclusively within the UK Retail market she had a number of years working in the cosmetics industry with prestige brands.  Her passion has always been on what drives the purchase and how to make it easier for retailers and brands to differentiate themselves, whilst making money.  To that end she has always had a passion for what motivates the consumer, how do we make customers want our everyday products over everyone else’s and how do we add value and innovation into an own brand proposition.  

  • Dr Anna Gergely

    Director, EHS Regulatory Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Belgium

    Dr Anna Gergely holds a PhD in analytical chemistry and quantum chemistry and is a registered European patent attorney.

    In a position equivalent to partner, Dr. Gergely is Director EHS Regulatory in Steptoe’s Brussels office.  She has more than 20 years of experience as a scientific and regulatory adviser in law firms, she provides companies with comprehensive compliance strategies in areas such as: chemicals, food and feed, food contact materials, regulation of medical devices, and nanotechnologies. Prior to working in law firms, she had an academic research career followed by an in-house position at Monsanto in Belgium.

  • Mike Harris

    Category Technical Manager (Household and Pet) Sainsbury's Supermarkets, UK

    Mike is a Category Technical Manager for the Household and Pet category at Sainsbury’s Supermarkets, based at their Store Support Centre in London. Mike is a Chartered Chemist with over 20 years experience in Research & Development and Retail roles, involving Household Products for the Domestic and Professional markets.

  • David M. Jackson

    Former, Sr. Research Technical Leader - Global Nonwovens Kimberly Clark Corporation, USA

    David M Jackson completed a BSc. Chemical Engineering at UC Swansea in 1976. He then went on to complete an MSChE at University of Washington Seattle in 1978. David was at Kimberly Clark for 38+ years at headquarters sites in Wisconsin and Georgia, with a primary focus on nonwoven composites for wiping, absorbency, disposable elastic composites and treatment chemistry and processes. After recently taking retirement, David has started a non-wovens consultancy, Material/Process Connexxions. David holds over >50 US patents and > 200 worldwide.

  • Markku Koivisto

    Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Suominen Corporation, Finland

    Markku Koivisto is currently Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Suominen Corporation. Prior to this appointment he was Head of Global Business Development and UPM Raflatac from 2011–2016. From 2006-2015 he stood as Vice President, Biocomposites Business Unit at UPM-Kymmene, preceded by 5 years as a Venture Manager at the same company. From 2000-2001 Marrku was Tender Manager at Fortum. Between 1996 and 1999 he held several positions at Siemens.

    Markku holds a M.Sc. (Tech.).

  • Phillip Mango

    Associate Consultant Smithers Pira, USA

    Phillip Mango is an Associate Consultant at Smithers Pira, specialising in wipes. 

  • Gabi Ohlendorf

    Technical Application Manager Industrial & Home Care EMEA Clariant, Germany

    Gabi Ohlendorf studied chemistry at the University of Bonn, Germany, with a focus on organic chemistry. After graduating, she joined Clariant as a Technical Application Manager for Industrial and Home Care. She supports Clariant’s Sales Team in the EMEA region with her technical experience. Her focus is innovation and application development for new technologies and application fields.

  • Tiffany Oliphant

    Director of Clinical Services Floratech, USA

    Tiffany obtained a BS in Molecular Bioscience and Biotechnology from Arizona State University, an MS in Pharmaceutics with an emphasis in Cosmetic Science from the University of Cincinnati, as well as an MSc in Regulatory Science from Johns Hopkins University. She began her career in cosmetics in 2005, holding various positions in research, technical, and quality control. Tiffany has spent a majority of her career in clinical research and product development of cosmetic and personal care products.


  • Jay Roth

    Corporate Sales Manager Elsner Engineering Works, Inc., USA

    Jay currently serves as Sales Manager for Elsner Engineering Works, Inc. with 22 years of service to the company. He has a strong engineering background with degrees from The Pennsylvania State University in both Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Technology, working as a machine designer prior to embarking on his sales career. Jay currently oversees the Elsner global team of salesmen and representatives.

  • Saara Söderberg

    Vice President, Marketing & Product Management Suominen Corporation, Finland

    Saara Söderberg has been Vice President, Marketing & Product Management at Suominen Corporation since 2013. She was Director, Global Practice Leader at Pöyry Management Consulting Oy and Member of Business Group Executive Committee from 2010–2013, before which she was their Principal. From 2009-2010 she held the position of Vice President, Tissue Business at Pöyry Finland Oy. From 1996 to 2009 Saara held various positions at Jaakko Pöyry Consulting with increasing responsibility in Finland, Italy, USA and Canada. Saara holds an M.Sc. (Tech.). 

  • Jeremy Steach

    Principal Scientist Eastman Chemical Company, USA

    Jeremy Steach has been with Eastman Chemical Company for 9 years.  He currently holds the position of principal scientist within the Corporate Innovation division at Eastman that focuses on application development in new markets. Prior to Corporate Innovation, Jeremy was a research scientist in Eastman’s Fibers business. He obtained his PhD in Analytical Chemistry from The Ohio State University in 2008. 

  • Eamonn Tighe

    Fibers & Nonwovens Business Development Natureworks LLC, Ireland

    Eamonn Tighe has responsibility for the development of business in Europe with Ingeo Fibers & Nonwovens. He has been with NatureWorks LLC for the past 14 years, working from his offices in Ireland and Holland.

    Eamonn has an MBA from the UK’s Open University Business School

    He has spent more than 25 years in the Fibers, Nonwovens & Plastics industries. He previously worked with Wellman International in Ireland over a 20-year period where he held senior technical, product development and commercial roles.

    In the past 20 years, he has traveled extensively in all EU countries, as well as in Asia and the US working with Polyester and Ingeo PLA fibers..

    In his Business Development role, Eamonn works directly with all levels of the supply chain. 

  • Jason White

    Research Fellow, R&D, Core Cleaning Clorox, USA

    Jason White is a Research Fellow focused on wipes/ nonwoven development and manufacturing.

    He has spent 14 years with Clorox R&D in Pleasanton, CA.

    Jason leads a very busy life with a working wife, 4 kids, and a Labrador retriever.  He enjoys the outdoors regularly with his family.

    Jason White has 20+ years of Nonwoven development and manufacturing experience spanning Hygiene, Industrial, Filtration, Medical, Laundry, Hard Surface and Personal Care wipes:

    • BS  Chemical Engineering  from University of Tennessee, 1997
    • Kimberly-Clark R&D,  Meltspinning,  Roswell, GA   1994-2000
    • Superior Nonwovens,   Gray Court, SC   2000-2002
    • Joined Clorox R&D 2003
  • Fabio Zampollo

    CEO TKW Materials, Italy

    Fabio Zampollo approached the “Disposable World” during his studies in Architectural at Politecnico of Milano. Starting from 1987 up to 2004 Fabio was working in disposable diapers machineries design and manufacturing at Nuova Red Italiana first then GDM and then SSP & Technology as disposable product needs identification and technology developer. In 2004 he moved in Wipes Converting business co-founding Teknoweb Company as Sales Manager and Product Developer. From 2010 the primary focus has been nonwoven composites for wiping (Hybrid Technology), absorbency, disposable cores composites and processes, creating TKW Materials in 2015 with specific R&D of Hybrid nonwoven products. From 2017 the multinational Group OERLIKON joined TKW Materials to expand the Products Development in the new disposable nonwoven generations.