GO Wipes Europe Speakers 2017

The 2017 conference attracted the below industry experts

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr Peter Bartsch

    Head of Corporate Sustainability Lenzing AG

    Peter Bartsch studied chemistry at the University of Stuttgart and wrote his dissertation at the Institute for Textile Chemistry and Chemical Fibers on the topic of the synthesis and properties of carbohydrate-containing coloring agents. He has been working for Lenzing AG since 1995. His main tasks during the first three years focused on lyocell fiber research, particularly on developing non-fibrillating lyocell fibers. Subsequently he held management positions in application technology for textile fibers and product development for textile application, garment marketing and consumer products. Peter Bartsch has been head of the Corporate Sustainability area of Lenzing AG since November 2015.

  • Sebastian Basel

    Business Manager Speciality Papers Kelheim Fibres GmbH

    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

    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 Patricia Berger

    R&D/Materials Development The Procter & Gamble Company

    Dr Patricia Berger is a R&D Section Manager in the Baby/Fem Care Global Materials Development and Supply Organization department at the Procter & Gamble Company (P&G). In this role, Patricia leads the materials development for Wipes Substrates and Lotions and Diapers and Fem Care Lotions. She has previously led modeling efforts, Analytical teams and technology development for Fabric and Home Care at P&G.  She has developed multiple patented technologies current in marketed products and is a practitioner of Lean Product Development.  Before joining P&G in 1998, Patricia was an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Southern Oregon University, ventured in Forensic Chemistry and completed her graduate dissertation and post doc in Zeolite Chemistry and encapsulation.  Patricia is originally from Argentina.  She has a BSc in Chemistry and a MSc in Physical Chemistry from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, a PhD in Materials Chemistry from the University of New Mexico and a post doc from the University of Toronto.  Outside of work, Patricia spends time traveling, scuba diving, cooking and wine making.

  • Chris Chadwick

    Technical Service Manager, EMEA Lonza

    Chris has over 20 years of experience in Hygiene and Preservation, spanning front-end research, application development, and technical support for customers. He began his career researching the physical chemistry and efficacy of preservatives, where he gained a BSc in Applied Chemistry at Manchester Metropolitan University, while working for Zeneca Specialties in the Biocides division. He has since worked for Arch Chemicals on Hygiene and Preservation for I&I, Home Care, and Personal Care, joining Lonza in 2011, where Chris now works with customers in EMEA to develop their applications in these areas.

  • Clare Clark

    Technical Support Manager schülke UK Ltd

    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

    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).

  • Lorraine Crosbie

    Business Unit Director Rockline Industries

    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.  

  • Nikhil Dani

    Associate Research Fellow, R&D Clorox

    Nikhil Dani joined Clorox in 2004 after getting his Ph.D in Fiber and Polymer Science from North Carolina State University (NCSU) under the guidance of Dr. Benham Pourdeyhimi and Dr. William Oxenham. At Clorox, he has worked across multiple functions and businesses. He started his career in Advanced Measurement Sciences group supporting Clorox Disinfecting Wipes by developing fundamental understanding of various aspects related to Nonwovens\Liquid interactions. He then moved to the Advanced Technology group where he led work to identify next generation technologies applicable to wipes. In 2009, he rotated into the Food business driving discovery initiatives on Hidden Valley Ranch dressing. In 2012, he moved to the Brita business, where he created and led the commercialization of the Brita StreamÒ platform – a line of nonwoven based Filter-As-You-Pour water filters. In January of 2017, Nikhil moved into the Cleaning Growth and Innovation Group – Wipes Pod - where his primary responsibility is to drive next generation innovation on Wipes and continue developing nonwoven capabilities within Clorox through external partnerships.  He resides with his wife and daughter in Pleasanton, CA. 

  • Dr Anna Gergely

    Director, EHS Regulatory Steptoe & Johnson LLP

    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

    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.

  • Anil Kirhalli

    Director of Sales & Development Kansan

    Anil Kirhalli was born in Ankara, Turkey, in 1976. He holds a B.Sc. degree in international relations and master’s degree on logistics and international maritime transportation.

    Over the years he worked at various levels of international logistics and trade in companies like UPS and PANALPINA. He also worked as foreign trade executive for several Turkish Companies.

    He joined Kansan Machinery Company in 2010 and is currently working as sales and marketing director of the company.

    He is married with one kid and fluent in English

  • Markku Koivisto

    Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Suominen Corporation

    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

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

  • Gabi Ohlendorf

    Technical Application Manager Industrial & Home Care EMEA Clariant

    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

    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.

    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.

  • Pranay Sahu

    Senior General Manager - Head Marketing (Advanced Textiles - Spunlace Business) Welspun India Limited, India

    A Graduate in Textile Technology and PGBDA in Marketing, Mr Sahu has over 12 years of experience in marketing textiles, technical textiles & nonwoven products. Pranay has hands-on experience in marketing product categories like geosynthetics, coating substrates, coated & laminated fabrics, filtration media as well as nonwovens for health, hygiene & medical application etc.

    For the last 6 years, he has been with Welspun India (since inception of Welpun’s new business in Advanced Textiles) and has played a vital role in building their nonwovens spunlace business.

  • Saara Söderberg

    Vice President, Marketing & Product Management Suominen Corporation

    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

    Group Leader, Nonwovens Application Development and Technical Service Eastman Chemical Company

    Jeremy Steach has been with Eastman Chemical Company for 9 years.  He currently holds the position of Group Leader, Nonwovens Application Development and Technical Service. He recently served as 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

    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. 

  • Heidi van den Hul

    Owner fabriCreation

    Heidi van den Hul founded her company fabriCreation in 2012. After combining her activities with payroll jobs for a couple of years, she has recently decided to become fulltime entrepreneur. Prior to becoming fulltime self-employed, she was Global Market Manager Hygiene and Wipes at Jacob Holm. She has held different positions in the Nonwovens Industry, Marketing Manager at Lenzing AG and Market Manager at Polymer Group Incorporated. She is currently working on a consultancy basis for Lenzing AG in Business Development Nonwovens. She also lectures Entrepreneurial Skills and International Management at the “Master of Innovative Textile Development” in the Netherlands

    Educated in Textile Engineering, Heidi van den Hul has chosen to work in different positions in the Textiles Industry; in Fashion, Bedding, Interior and Nonwovens. She started her career in Production and Quality Management and then she held different commercial positions in Purchasing, Sales and Marketing.

    In her current role, she develops and implements growth opportunities especially in the Nonwovens market, providing a link between Product Development and Sales.

  • Pierre Wiertz

    General Manager EDANA

    Pierre Wiertz is General Manager of EDANA, the international association serving the nonwovens and related industries.

    Pierre, who started at EDANA in 1982, has held the position of General Manager since February 2004.  As head of the organisation, he is responsible for the Association’s operations, and has initiated a new business orientation for its activities and membership benefits, and given impetus to the geographic expansion and leadership of the Association, as outlined in its Vision and Mission.

    From 1982 to 2004, Pierre held several other positions within EDANA. Pierre began his professional career after graduating in Economics from the University of Liège (Belgium) in 1979, where he worked for three years as a researcher in Labour Economics and Demography. He has authored and co-authored various scientific reports and papers on these subjects

    Pierre regularly speaks at European and international conferences on topics related to nonwoven materials, hygiene and medical disposables.

    Pierre is fluent in both French and English, and has a working command of Spanish and German.