Dr. Schmid-Schlager finished her studies in Technical Chemistry and Industrial Engineering at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz. For the diploma thesis within Technical Chemistry she focused on Physical Chemistry and accomplished her studies on Organic Schottky Diodes under the supervision of Prof. Niyazi Serdar Sariciftci at the Linz Institute of Organic Solar Cells (LIOS). After that, she started her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Sariciftci in the field of biocatalytic and bio-electrocatalytic CO2 reduction using microorganisms and enzymes and finished moreover her second diploma thesis in Industrial Engineering in the topic of CO2 reduction at semiconductor electrolyte interfaces. After one year as a postdoctoral assistant she joined in January 2017 the group of Nonwovens & Technical Products of the Research & Development Department of Lenzing AG. In her research, she focuses on the investigation of biological degradation of cellulosic products, the chemical and mechanical aftertreatment of cellulosic fibers and design of new, safe hygiene and technical products.
Dr. Anna Gergely
Director, EHS Regulatoryat
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Dr. Anna Gergely, a European Patent Attorney in a role equivalent to partner, with a PhD in analytical and quantum chemistry, brings to clients a unique combination of deep scientific understanding and cutting-edge regulatory knowledge in environmental legislation, focusing on chemicals, food, food contact materials, consumer products and workers' safety matters. With more than 20 years of experience in law firms in Brussels focusing on EU regulatory law, she provides companies with comprehensive product compliance strategies and creative regulatory solutions in areas related to the REACH Regulation, the Biocidal Product Regulation with specific emphasis on in-situ generated active substances and treated articles, legislation on cosmetics, food and feed, food contact materials, medical devices, toys, and other regulated products. Anna is consistently recognized in the top tier by the legal directory The Legal 500 EMEA for her work in all the areas of her practice, namely chemicals and environment, and food safety: she has the "rare ability to give clients not only legal advice, but also a scientific interpretation of complex REACH matters," and her "excellent scientific background" is a "great asset."
Experienced business leader and manager. Specialized in a field of ecology and environmental innovations. Expertise in strategic consulting gained in PwC. Joined a family company in 2015, tripled its turnover and turned into European leader in an area of natural, plastic free, hygienic products. Master in Finance, ESCP Europe (Paris, London). Actively engaged in supporting social initiatives and cultural projects.
Associate Director of the Athens Research Centerat
Dr. Karson Durie is the Associate Director of the Athens Research Center at Danimer Scientific. She leads a team in product development to replace petroleum-based plastics with poly(hydroxyalkanoates). Throughout her tenure at Danimer, Karson and her team have developed materials for blow molding, paper coatings, injection molding, but most notably marine-degradable/home-compostable fibers. Karson holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Georgia and is currently receiving her MBA from the University of Georgia.
Senior Vice President Americas & Business Developmentat
Lynda Kelly holds the position of Senior Vice President Americas & Business Development at Suominen Corporation. She has a long breath of experience in nonwovens with leading positions at First Quality Nonwovens and International Paper.
Head of Sales Spunlaceat
Arnaud is gratuated in Mechanical and Industrial Manufacturing Process with a Master‘s Degree Engineering from the University of Technology Belfort-Montbéliard (France).
He has joined ANDRITZ Perfojet in 1999, serving initially as Project Manager and moved to sales department in 2004, developping markets for complete spunlace and air-through bonding nonwovens lines in various areas such as China, Turkey and Far East countries.
Responsible Flushing Alliance
Lara Wyss is a strategic communications leader with experience leading teams and campaigns focused on consumer products, reputation management, environmental affairs, and crisis communications. She has led communication campaigns for some of the world’s leading brands, including Starbucks, Unilever U.S., eBay, and has served on communications committees for trade associations including the National Coffee Association and American Cleaning Institute (formerly the Soap & Detergent Association). Her experience with community-based environmental programs includes leading brand partnerships with The Nature Conservancy, The National Parks Foundation, Conservation International, and Keep America Beautiful.
Sales & Business Development Directorat
Anil Kirhalli was born in Ankara, Turkey. He holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations and a master’s degree in logistics. After 10 years of experience at various levels of international B2B sales in logistics companies such as UPS and Panalpina he then joined Kansan in 2010 as an area sales executive. After a year he was appointed as the Sales Manager. He is currently working as the Sales and Business Development Director of the Group.
Senior Commercial Director EU/AM/MEAat
As Senior Commercial Director EU/AM/MEA, Jürgen Eizinger is in charge of securing Lenzing’s success of Nonwovens business in the biggest region.
Jürgen has been working with the Lenzing Group since the year 2001. During that time he was not only located in multiple locations around the world but also had the opportunity to dive into different areas across the Lenzing Group ranging from various commercial roles to engineering and Technical Customer Service. Being part of the fiber industry for almost 20 years, he has experienced the increasing importance of sustainability related issues in convenience products such as wipes first-hand and is an advocate for strong collaboration and partnership to shape the future of nonwovens.
Heidi Beatty has a successful track record as an Innovator and project manager. Over her 20+ year career, Heidi has launched products for some of the world’s leading brands as well as for some of the most entrepreneurial start-ups. As CEO of Crown Abbey, Heidi and her team helps a global client base across consumer, health care and nutritional categories to identify and commercialize new technologies.
After gaining a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of York, UK, Heidi worked with Johnson & Johnson for over 10 years across Europe and the US. From there, she has worked at both mid-size companies as well as start-ups, before founding Crown Abbey, nearly 6 years ago.
Heidi speaks & moderates at many conferences on a variety of topics, including women’s health products, innovation and project management tools.
David M. Jackson
Materials/Process Connexxions LLC
David M Jackson completed a BSc. Chemical Engineering at UC Swansea (Wales) in 1976, then went on to complete an MSChE at University of Washington (Seattle) in 1978. David was a Senior Technical Leader 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 taking retirement in 2018, David started a non-wovens consultancy, Material/Process Connexxions. David holds >60 US materials and process patents and > 200 worldwide
Executive V.P. & Chief Innovation Officer at
Bast Fibre Tech
Jason Finnis is a 30-year veteran of the hemp and natural fibre industries with hands-on experience in all aspects of the value chain. He has a strong background in fibre innovation and is adept at developing intellectual property that leverages the inherent qualities of bast fibres and brings performance and sustainability to the nonwoven and textile industries.
Phillip Mango has spent almost forty years in nonwovens, starting in 1981 with Air Products and Chemicals, where he was the Manager of the Nonwovens Group. Air Products was the major supplier of latex binders to major nonwovens used in wipes, notably airlaid and DRC (double recrepe). In 1991, he left Air Products to join Walkisoft USA as Director of Technology. Walkisoft was the largest global producer of airlaid at that time. Sensing a need for a more innovative, specialty oriented airlaid producer, Mr. Mango started his own airlaid business and designed and built a specialty airlaid line in 1997. This company, Airformed Composites, was one of the early developers of commercial multibonded airlaid for baby wipes, as well as other unique products and process advances. In 2000, Concert Industries acquired Airformed Composites and Mr. Mango. With Concert, Mr. Mango was the Director of Product Development. In 2002, Mr. Mango left Concert to start his own consulting business, Phillip Mango Consulting, LLC. Over the last 18 years, Mr. Mango has consulted extensively in the wipes market, technology, nonwovens and raw materials. He has authored numerous studies on flushable wipes, the global wipes market and technology, and other nonwovens related subjects.
Sustainability Project Managerat
Mérieux NutriSciences Italia
Andrea Vittadello coordinates the group of Project Managers in our Science Center and is himself Project Manager for the "Sustainability" area. He has been part of this laboratory since 2002 in the non- food division and has been involved almost immediately in Biodegradability and Compostability studies. He is a member on these matters of the European Bioplastics Technical Committee , BPI Committee and Standardardization working groups of CEN, ISO, UNI, ASTM. He was involved as a stakeholder in the Ecolabel EU certification of Detergents and Cosmetics.
Senior Research Analystat
Per is a senior research analyst at Euromonitor International with a focus on Tissue and hygiene. Based in London, he has more than 3 years of experience in the industry. Per advises clients on key trends, market movements and new developments, delivering an understanding of the product categories as well as country specific insights. Per also participates in conferences and writes tissue related articles in various trade press as well as develop content that is published by Euromonitor International.
EU Business Development Manager at
Eamonn Tighe has responsibility for the development of business in Europe with Ingeo Fibers & Nonwovens. He has been with
NatureWorks LLC for the past 19 years, working from his offices in Ireland.
Eamonn has an MBA from the UK’s Open University Business School
He has spent more than 30 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 25 years, he has travelled extensively in all EU countries, as well as in Asia and the US working with Polyester and Ingeo PLA fibres & nonwovens.
In his Business Development role, Eamonn works directly with all levels of the supply chain.
Head of Supply Chainat
Mat Rice holds the position of Head of Supply Chain for Rockline UK and has been with Rockline for 12 years. Mat has worked in supply chain for over 20 years within the FMCG sector. Mat oversees purchasing, planning, warehousing, and customer service for Rockline UK.