GO Wipes Europe Speakers 2018

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2018 speakers included:

  • Martti Osmo Vähälä

    Business Development & Segment Manager, Tyre & Wet Wipes, Specials, EMEIA UPM Raflatac

    Martti has MSc degree in Paper Converting; and since 1995 he has worked in packaging industry. Until 2002 he worked in polymer manufacturer Borealis with positions in Customer Service, Technical Sales and R&D. At 2002 Martti joined UPM Raflatac; being firstly dealing with R&D of plastic films; and then since 2013 he has focused on Marketing and Business Development. Martti lives in Tampere Finland with wife and three children

    • Finland
  • Rahul Bansal

    General Manager - Nonwovens Birla Cellulosic (Grasim Industries Limited)

    Professional Experience: Textile Technocrat having around 19 years of experience in various products - from Fibres & Synthetic yarns to Spunlace Nonwovens and Wet Wipes.

    Qualification - B. Tech. in Textiles with specialization in Man Made Fibres Technology.

    Areas of Exposure –Sales / Exports / Business Development / Market Research / Customer Technical Services.

    Products Handled – Viscose Staple Fibre / Nonwoven spunlace fabrics & Converted Products / Wet Wipes / PET fiber grade chips / POY / Polyester Filament Yarns / Nylon Filament Yarns.

    Since May 2010 he is working as a General Manager - Nonwovens at Birla Cellulose (Grasim Industries Limited). 

    From 2007 to 2010, he was Asst. General Manager at Ginni Filaments Ltd (Nonwovens Division).

    In 1997 he joined Century Enka Ltd as a Regional Sales Manager and thereafter, he was responsible for the Customer Technical Service. 

    • India
  • 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.

    • USA
  • Dr Werner Bosmans

    Policy Officer European Commission - DG Environment

    Werner Bosmans, a Belgian national, graduated as a Bio-engineer at the University of Ghent, Belgium, and obtained a Ph.D. in international economics in Montpellier, France. He also holds a degree in Public Management.


    After undertaken research at the University of Ghent and at the Belgium Ministry of Agriculture, he worked as assistant to the Secretary-General of the Belgian and then Flemish Ministry of Agriculture. He is also a part-time professor at the ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles).


    In 2005, he joined the Directorate-General Environment of the European Commission in Brussels. He is responsible for Natural Resource policies, promoting life-cycle thinking to reduce environmental impacts. He helped setting up the International Resource Panel together with UNEP. He is one of the authors of the Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe and coordinated follow-up work, such as the European Resource Efficiency Platform (EREP). He is now focussing on the Circular Economy and coordinating the development of a Strategy on Plastics.

  • Matt Bromfield

    Formulation Chemist Lonza

    A chemistry graduate working as a formulation chemist. His career so far has led him from the dynamic and challenging world of Fast Moving Consuming Goods industry (FMCG) to hygiene consumer care. With passion and motivation for developing high quality consumer products, ranging from household cleaning products to antimicrobial formulations.

    • United Kingdom
  • Michael Carus

    Founder & Managing Director Nova-Institute

    Michael Carus studied physics and mathematics at the University of Cologne (1975 - 1983). After Carus left university in 1983, he became a tele-education teacher at the University of Tübingen, for the topics of ecology, nuclear energy and radioactivity. He worked as science journalist and as scientist at the KATALYSE Environmental Institute with a focus on energy and ecology which was followed by six years as system manager in the IT area (Tektronix GmbH) (1985 - 1991) and by two years in the solar industry (Flachglas Solartechnik) (1989 - 1991). In the beginning of 1993, Carus was promoted to department manager for “renewable resources” at the Cologne KATALYSE Environmental Institute (1991 - 1994).

    At the end of 1994, Michael Carus and five other scientists founded the nova-Institut GmbH – nova-Institute for Ecology and Innovation. Ever since the beginning, Carus has been involved in the company as co-owner and as one of two Managing Directors. Main focus of the work are bio-based chemicals and materials with a focus on technology, markets, policy and sustainability.

    Today, Michael Carus is recognized as one of the leading European experts, market researchers and policy advisers for bio- and CO2-based economy. Carus is main author and co-author of many fundamental reports and policy papers concerning the bio-based economy, markets and sustainability (www.bio-based.eu/nova-papers and www.bio-based.eu/policy).

  • Onur Cimen

    Director of R&D Kansan Machinery

    Onur Cimen is an experienced Research And Development Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the machinery industry. Skilled in mechanical engineering, solidWorks, robotics and automation fields. He is a strong research professional with a Master of Science (M.Sc.) focused in Machine Construction&Manufacturing Engineering. He’s been designing paper converting machines since 2009 under Kansan’s presence.

  • 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).

  • Dr Kyra Dorsey

    Suominen Corporation Product Development Manager

    Kyra Dorsey is the Product Development Manager for Suominen Corporation. The ability to research and passion for development has provided a good basis for her career which began with spun-melt nonwoven development and expanded to composite, wetlaid, carded and chemical development.  Prior to moving back to the Technology group in 2016, she was a product manager for Suominen’s household, industrial and flushable business areas. Kyra received her doctorate in chemical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology where she researched polymer engineering and fiber formation.

    • USA
  • Dr Laura Foster

    Head of Clean Seas Marine Conservation Society (MCS)

    Laura Foster graduated as an oceanographer from University of Southampton, UK. She then worked as a management consultant, before returning to complete a Ph.D. in climate change at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

    After undertaking a number of research posts looking at the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification (including IFM-GEOMAR, Germany and University of Bristol, UK), she joined the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) in autumn 2013. She has lead a number of campaigns alongside technical and policy work. This has resulted in legislative changes in the UK such as the introduction of a plastic bag charges and a microbead ban in personal care products as well as the upcoming Deposit Return Scheme. She is also heavily involved in advocating and helping businesses change to push reductions in single use plastic.

    In 2015 she started and lead the campaign ‘Wet wipes turn nasty’ at MCS. This was in part a response to the MCS annual surveys on UK beaches showing wet wipes have increased by over 400% over the last decade, becoming one of the top 10 items found. The campaign also aims to reduce the amount of microplastics found in our environment.

  • Bryan D. Haynes

    Sr Technical Director Kimberly-Clark Corporation

    Dr. Haynes received his B.S. and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering and Ph.D.in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. During his graduate studies Dr. Haynes conducted research in the aerodynamics and polymer processing of the meltblowing process which was funded by Exxon Chemical Company. He specialized in propulsion, heat transfer and gas dynamics.

    He taught full time in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering prior to joining Kimberly-Clark Corporation as a Research Scientist in 1992. While working at Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Dr. Haynes has held various positions in research and engineering including an assignment at the Lexington Mill in North Carolina serving as the Technical Team Manager.

    He currently holds the position of Senior Technical Director for Global Nonwovens. Prior to his current role he served as the Director of Research and Engineering in Global Nonwovens where his team was responsible for the front end innovation portfolio for nonwovens supporting Kimberly-Clark’s internal businesses in addition to the nonwoven pilot facilities. Dr. Haynes has published several papers and has obtained 43 U.S. Patents and 13 Trade Secrets during his Kimberly-Clark career. Dr. Haynes has received several awards including the Kimberly-Clark Technical Excellence Award, 2012 Rodney D. Chipp Memorial Award from the Society of Women Engineers, and the 2017 INDA Lifetime Technical Achievement Award. He is also an Adjunct Professor at The University of Tennessee in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering.

    He serves on the External Advisory Board for the School of Materials Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and on the Board of Directors as Secretary for Georgia FIRST which is a non-profit organization that supports STEM programs in Georgia, including FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics.

    He also serves on the Strategic Scientific Advisory Board for the Nonwovens Institute at NC State University and previously served on the Board of Directors for INDA.

    Dr. Haynes is married with two daughters and enjoys spending time on the lake, riding motorcycles, flying drones, radio control aircraft and Tennessee football.



    • USA
  • Bernd Heinken

    Head of Customer Support SAI Schülke & Mayr GmbH

    After studying chemical engineering in Münster (Germany) and several years of R&D work in various technical industries Bernd Heinken started in 1998 at Schülke & Mayr GmbH, Norderstedt (Germany) in the Application Department. In 2002 he took over the responsible role as international Market Manager for a technical biocide business unit at Schülke & Mayr. Since beginning of 2009 Bernd Heinken is responsible for the Technical Support Department “Special Additives” within schülke’s worldwide organisation with focus on integrated MQM concepts and global Technical Support networking. In addition, he is member of several industrial expert groups/ associations, i.e. DGK, EDANA, etc.

    • Germany
  • Seán Kerrigan

    Communications & Media Relations Executive EDANA

    Seán Kerrigan is an Irish national who has been based in Brussels for the past decade. With over 15 years’ experience as a communications and marketing professional he has previously worked in the food & drink and professional services sectors. He joined EDANA in March 2017 assuming responsibility for communications and media relations within the network. During this time he has been directly involved in the coordination, promotion and programme management of a number of EDANA events, most recently sitting on the programme committee for EDANA’s International Nonwovens Symposium in Rome.

  • Dr. Philippe Lapersonne

    R&I and Strategic Development Director Rhodia Acetow GmbH

    Dr. Philippe Lapersonne started his professional career in 1990 in the former Rhodia Group and took over several R&D laboratory management positions. 
    In 2004, Dr. Philippe Lapersonne joined Rhodia Acetow as Head of Filter R&D and was appointed Director R&D in 2008.  In addition, he also took over the responsibilities of the Market Intelligence since end of 2015.

    Dr. Philippe Lapersonne holds a degree in Chemistry and Physics from ESPCI and a PhD in Chemistry and Chemical Physics of Polymers from Paris University.

    • Germany
  • Dr Nina Maier PhD

    Scientific Officer German Environment Agency

    Nina Maier is the Executive Secretary of the Interest Group Plastics, a working group within the European Network of the Heads of Environment Protection Agencies. Established in 2016, the IG Plastics focuses on unwanted plastic inputs into the environment from landside, and on measures targeting plastics at the EU level.

    Nina is a scientific officer at the German Environment Agency and has a joint appointment at the units Protection of the Marine Environment and Product Responsibility. She holds a PhD in Political Science and her research background is in Marine Policy and EU Environmental Policy

    • Germany
  • Phillip Mango

    Associate Consultant Smithers

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

  • Dr. Cécile Mazard

    Global Applications Manager for Elastomeric Modifiers and European Nonwovens Applications OMNOVA Solutions

    Dr. Mazard graduated from INSA Lyon engineering school in Materials Science. She holds a PhD in Polymer physical chemistry, during which she developed a SEBS based formulations for automotive underhood applications. Cécile started within Eliokem/OMNOVA in 2002 as an application engineer for elastomeric modifiers business. In 2005, she moved to the Oil & Gas business. Cécile led the application team for 10 years, while being a co-developer of 3 new commercial products and the co-author of 2 patents. Since 2016, she has been the global application manager for the Elastomeric Modifiers business and in charge of the European technical support for the Nonwoven business. In her spare time Cécile sings with a jazz choral group.

    • France
  • Gabi Ohlendorf

    Technical Application Manager EMEA Clariant

    Gabi Ohlendorf was born in Leverkusen, Germany. She studied chemistry at the University of Bonn, Germany, with a focus on organic chemistry. In 2009, she spent one semester abroad in Paris, France. During her PhD, she worked in the field of organic macromolecules. After graduating from University with honors, 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.

  • Christine Oleschkewitz

    Senior Expert Regulatory Marketing Schülke & Mayr GmbH

    Christine Oleschkewitz has commercial background and gained her technical and legal expertise
    during the past 25 years in the cosmetic industry. In 2000 she joined Schülke & Mayr GmbH,
    Norderstedt (Germany) and followed her career in different functions in Marketing Department.

    In her position as Product Manager she has been globally responsible for the marketing of the entire
    product range of cosmetic preservatives and antimicrobial stabilizers as well as for the development
    of new products.

    Beginning of 2017 Christine Oleschkewitz took over the management of the new
    division Regulatory Marketing. In addition, she is member of several associations, i.e. EFfCI, EDANA, etc.

    • Germany
  • Jan O'Regan

    Nonwovens Marketing Cotton Incorporated

    Jan O’Regan is Director, Nonwovens Marketing for Cotton Incorporated. In this capacity she works to uncover new opportunities for cotton to bring value in to the nonwovens industry. The work includes leading efforts in strategy, business and technical development, and marketing to global supply chain partners.

    • USA
  • Dr Shayda Rahbaran

    Business Development Manager Wipes and Hygiene Global Lenzing AG, Austria

    Dr Rahbaran studied Technical Chemistry at the Technical University of Vienna with PhD in 1989. She has been working for Lenzing AG for 27 years with experiences in R&D, fibre science, and fibre processing of wood-based cellulose fibres as well as product development for nonwoven applications in co-operation with the customers in the supply chain in segments wipes, hygiene and medical. Shayda managed an innovation group for wipes, medical and hygiene from 2007-2014. From 2014-2016, she was responsible for business development Asia Pacific (Japan and South Korea). Her current position is global business development manager for wipes and hygiene in the Lenzing group. In addition, she is also a member of industrial experts EDANA, and ISO TC224/WG10.

    • Austria
  • Nicola Rider

    UK Retail Category Manager Rockline Industries

    Nikki Rider is Category Manager for the Rockline UK retail team.  Following her degree in Product Design and Innovation in 2006 Nikki joined Rockline, developing into a variety of roles which allows her to work closely with consumers, customers and suppliers to help shape the products of the future.  She has been responsible for the relationship of one of Rockline’s most strategic customers, driving growth ahead of the market in a highly competitive environment.  In her current role as Category Manager she uses her keen interest in consumer behaviour to work with brands, turning insight into actionable and commercial propositions.

  • Sean Riley

    Chief Executive DUDE / Co-founder Dude Products Inc, USA

    Born and raised just south of Chicago. Sean has always been a creator and salesman at heart.  After college and a few years of a 9-5 he wanted to follow a passion for connecting with people. So he decided, along with his friends / co-founders, to launch Dude Products out of their apartment in Chicago in 2012.  

    Whether it was some unexpected physical activity or the aftermath of our burrito diets, they were destined to smell. So they set out to change the bathroom forever by creating the Award Winning Flushable Dude Wipes. Since then the wipe game has never been the same...Dude Wipes were featured on Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory on MTV, trended world wide on twitter and yielded an investment from Mark Cuban on Shark Tank. In 2016 we launched the Quick DUDE Shower, a new full body wipe for every awesome, stanky or highly questionable situation.

  • Prof Stephen Russell

    Technical Director Nonwovens Innovation & Research Institute Ltd. (NIRI)

    Stephen is Professor of Textile Materials and Technology at the University of Leeds in the UK. He is also Director of the Clothworkers’ Centre for Textile Materials Innovation for Healthcare, and Group Leader for Technology at the same University. He is a textile engineer with twenty years’ experience of both academic and commercial R&D in nonwovens and related industries.

    He has over 200 publications and patents, leading to multiple new technologies applied in industry.

    In 2005, Stephen founded and became Technical Director of the Company, Nonwovens Innovation and Research Institute (NIRI) Limited.

    NIRI Ltd is a rapidly growing technical consultancy company that provides a commercially-focused product development service for the global nonwovens industry, working across industrial, medical and consumer product sectors.

    • United Kingdom
  • Pranay Sahu

    Assist. Vice President - Head Sales & Marketing (Advanced Textiles), Welspun India Limited

    A Graduate in Textile Technology and PGBDA in Marketing has over 14 years of work experience in marketing of textiles, technical textile & nonwoven products. Has hands-on experience in marketing of product categories like Nonwovens for Wipes, health, hygiene & medical application, Geosynthetics, Coating substrates, Coated & laminated fabrics, Filtration media, etc.

    Since last 8 years, he has been with Welspun India (since the inception of Welspun's new business in Advanced Textiles) and has played a vital role in building the nonwovens business.

  • Nick Santoleri

    VP of Global Operations and Strategic Sourcing Rockline Industries, USA

    Nick Santoleri is V-P of Global Operations and Strategic Sourcing for Rockline Industries, a global private branded supplier of personal care and household wet wipe products.   He has been with Rockline 1999, and became Vice-President of Global Operations in 2004.  Prior to that, he spent 20 years with Kimberly-Clark Corporation, in various engineering, product and manufacturing roles, spanning product lines from Consumer Tissue and Towels to Baby Wipes.

    Originally from Pennsylvania, he moved to the Bentonville, Arkansas area from Wisconsin in 1999. His educational background includes an Electrical Engineering Degree from Drexel University, a Certificate of Management from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, and Supply Chain Management study at Cranfield University in the UK, Northwestern’s Kellogg school of business in Chicago and MIT’s Sloan School of Management, in Cambridge, Mass.  

    Nick has served on the International Non-Wovens and Disposables Associations (INDA)  Executive Board for the past 9 years. Is a member of the Northwest Arkansas Council,  Elevate's CEO Forum in Fayetteville, AR, and Chief Executive Corp - Chief Executive Network.

  • Andrew Streeter

    Director CPS International and innovātus, UK

    Andrew Streeter is an international packaging specialist pioneering a holistic approach for Packaged Brand creation and renovation synthesising the art and science of packaging to create and secure profitable Packaged Brands.

    Over 30+ years Streeter has worked for 100’s of brand owners globally developing new packaging philosophies and methodologies realising strategy, pack innovation and value. He created consultancy CPS international and research company Pack-Track strong in open innovation applications. He is an industry reference point and famous for his acute Japanese packaging understanding.

    Today after selling both CPS International and Pack-Track he continues to provoke thinking on packaging supporting brand owners to maximise the potential of their packaging brands in an increasingly complex world.

  • Melanie Sumereder

    Sustainability Relations Manager Lenzing AG

    Melanie Sumereder has been working with the Lenzing Group since the year 2003. Being part of the nonwovens fiber industry for more than 15 years, Melanie had the opportunity to experience the increasing importance of sustainability related issues in convenience products such as wipes first-hand.

    As a communications graduate, Melanie has held several management positions with a continuous focus on marketing communication. Based on her strong interest for market research, Melanie was able to gain insights into global consumer behavior and consumer needs.

    • Austria
  • Peter Treur

    Nonwoven Sales & Marketing Manager Eastman

    Peter is 35 year and a seasoned marketing  and business development manager. He is an industrial engineer by education, and studied a double master at Eindhoven University of Technology and Korea Institute of Science and Technology

    He started his career in the semiconductor industry working for Samsung. After 4 years he joined Eastman working on innovative resins and polymers for hotmelt adhesives. After having worked on developing a brand new cellulosic fiber, he moved into an hybrid sales and marketing role to deliver on Eastman’s mission to “Enhance the quality of live in a material way”

    • Netherlands
  • Brian Wilkin

    Co-founder Dude Products Inc, USA

    Brian is one of the founding DUDES of DUDE Products. He has been guiding the growth of his company through inventory management, projections, and creative financing. When he is not working on all things DUDE, he enjoys golfing and watching the Chicago Cubs.

  • Hayate Zarth

    Sales and Marketing Manager ADEKA Europe GmbH

    Profound experience in the cosmetics and toiletry industry. Since 3 years responsible for sales and marketing of cosmetic, detergent and toiletry ingredients at ADEKA.

    • Germany