Leela is a senior research analyst in the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's New Plastics Economy initiative. She uses her technical background to assess emerging innovation opportunities within the plastic packaging sector, specifically focusing on the exciting innovation and business potential offered by upstream solutions. She holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Queensland.
Suzanne is the voice and the vision of Shelton Group. Drawing on her extensive experience in energy and the environment – and 25+ years in the marketing and advertising industry – Suzanne provides high-level strategic insights for our clients and guidance for our research and creative departments. She regularly speaks at conferences around the country, including Sustainable Brands, Fortune Brainstorm E and the International Builders’ Show, and serves as a guest columnist for publications like Fast Company, Green Builder and GreenBiz.com.
Benjamin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and an M.B.A from the University of Akron. Benjamin has spent the last seven years in market research and strategic consulting across a wide range of industries. In this time, Benjamin has participated in all functions of these roles including conducting primary and secondary research, analyzing trends, developing market size estimates, evaluating competitive landscapes, authoring reports, developing strategic recommendations, and conducting presentations.
Benjamin has experience working in a number of commercial, industrial, and consumer research segments, including packaging, consumer goods, oil & gas, transportation, plumbing fixtures & fittings, HVAC-R, and printing, among others. Prior to joining Smithers, Benjamin ran the Private Equity Diligence division of a Public Equity research firm. Benjamin was responsible for all aspects of this division outside of sales.
Brent Lindberg is annoying, and he knows it. It’s more than just the corny jokes and odd quirks. With a curiosity that rivals George, Brent has the habit of relentlessly asking questions like a 5-year-old. He also has an obnoxious appetite for the unexpected (as anyone who’s seen his wardrobe can tell you).
Together these traits produce an unorthodox approach to structural packaging design which has built a culture at Fuseneo, the creative studio he started. And somehow, it seems to be working. Their incessant inquisition and boundary-pushing has been reshaping packaging experiences across retail and e-commerce for more than a decade.
A serial entrepreneur and nomad, Mayo Akindele graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas where he studied International Business & Finance. He founded the Nomad Spirits Company as a way to combine his love of technology and premium spirits from around the world.
Anthony Rossi is the VP, Global Business Development for Loop (TerraCycle company), a global platform that enables consumer product companies and retailers to shift from a disposable supply chain to a durable one.
Anthony has been with Loop for 18 months and TerraCycle for 7-years. Before leading the global business development team for Loop, Anthony was the head of global business development for TerraCycle supporting the company’s growth in 21 markets around the world.
Prior to joining TerraCycle, Anthony earned his business development stripes working in Toronto, Dijon, Budapest, and Vienna for some of the world’s largest professional service firms and financial institutions.
Nicole is a senior sales and marketing executive with extensive experience across early-stage and Fortune 100 packaging and consumer packaged goods companies. Nicole currently serves as Vice President of Commercial and Business Development for AeroFlexx, an Innventure portfolio company, and is responsible for the entire customer collaboration and commercialization process for new partners and products, from initial pak design to e-commerce launch and on-shelf brick-and-mortar execution.
Nicole joins AeroFlexx from Be Green Packaging, where she led the effort to build the corporate sales and marketing functions from the ground up to support the growth and expansion of Be Green’s retail consumer goods compostable packaging business. Prior to Be Green, Nicole worked for more than thirteen years with Mars, Inc. During her tenure with Mars, Inc., Nicole worked across several business units and every retail class of trade to build teams focused on achieving sales and marketing goals. Nicole’s final position at Mars, Inc. was to oversee and grow Mars Food’s large customer relationships, working across Walmart, Target, Meijer and regional grocery chains, drug, natural/speciality, and military channels to grow e-commerce and support overall business development and growth. Nicole’s team won the 2017 Mars Food Team of the Year due to their support of overall growth across major retailers.
Tania Montesi is Business Development Manager/E-Commerce Packaging Manager at H.B. Fuller.
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Michel is a passionate Innovation Manager and creative problem solver. In his role, Michel is shaping the overall innovation agenda at DHL through developing industry trend reports and identifying, piloting and commercializing state-of-the art technology solutions for the logistics industry and its customers. Within the Trend Research team, Michel’s work focuses on future application areas of drone technologies within logistics operations and the introduction of upcoming packaging innovations to the business.
Michel joined Deutsche Post DHL Group in 2017 and worked for the global innovation team at the Innovation Centers in Germany and Singapore. Michel studied in France and Germany and holds a Master’s degree with a focus on Technology & Innovation Management.
Katie Schomberg is the director of business development for the Home Care market at Aptar Beauty + Home, responsible for both the global market and a focus in North America. Previous to this position, Katie worked in market development in Food + Beverage at Aptar and a variety of roles in consumer package goods companies, bringing an understanding of the brand and general business requirements required to partner in delivering innovation to the market. Katie is passionate about understanding market drivers, such as E-Commerce and Sustainability, and understanding how the needs of consumers, brands, the market, and industry, translate into value-added packaging solutions and services that improve the consumer experience and transform categories.