Sappi, a leading global provider of sustainable woodfibre products and solutions, appointed Berry Wiersum as Chief Executive Officer of Sappi Europe S.A. on 15 January 2007. Berry retired as CEO in March 2021 and is currently Head of Regulatory Affairs for Sappi Europe.
Mr Wiersum started his career at ICI Fibres, held the position of President of Amoco Fabrics (Europe) followed by President of Amoco Chemicals (Europe). Following the takeover by BP, he joined BP to assist with the integration of the two groups in Europe. He then joined Pechiney SA in France and ran the CEBAL packaging division until he was recruited as Managing Director of the Packaging Division of Kappa Packaging BV (The Netherlands) and member of the Management Board responsible for paper manufacture and packaging in the Kappa group. Mr Wiersum was Chairman of CEPI (Confederation of European Paper Industries) from 2009 – 2011. In 2017 he was named RISI's European CEO of the year and International CEO of the year at the PPI awards.
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Since 2003, Dr Hans Grünfeld has been managing director of VEMW, a Dutch association of non-domestic energy and water consumers, representing companies and organisations from industry, the financial, health care, educational and other sectors in The Netherlands. From 2007 to 2010, he was president of IFIEC-Europe, the European association of industrial energy consumers.
Having served VEMW since 1999, Hans has extensive experience with the liberalisation and integration of the European gas and electricity markets. Before joining VEMW, he worked for McKinsey & Company (researcher) and Rand Europe (policy analyst).
Hans Grünfeld received a Ph.D. from Delft University of Technology and holds an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Masters in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam.
Mr. Summanen has had 30 years of experience within strategic, tactical, engineering, and sales roles that have provided him with a global scope after doing work in China, Southeast Asia, the US, Canada, and several other European countries. He has held various key management positions at Valmet managing numerous projects, such as starting up 10 new paper machines. He has also held several sales and business management positions as well, including head of the technology unit for mill improvements by delivering rebuild solutions for paper mills across the globe. As Director of Service, he was responsible for international business agreements and developing new services’ business models. In his current role, he is leading Fisher International’s European team by guiding and supporting companies in the pulp & paper industry and helping them make data-driven business decisions. This work is conducted by a team of senior consultants and experts, supported by the world’s largest database for the pulp & paper industry — FisherSolve™ Next and other advanced tools like market model based forecasting tool Fisher-STE. Marko Summanen earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Automation Engineering from the Technical Institute of Jyväskylä in Finland.
Felipe Ortega Schlingmann is Head of Division in the Bioeconomy Division within the Projects Directorate of the European Investment Bank. This Division is responsible to provide support to the operational units in the technical, economic, environmental and social due diligence of the investment proposals. It also defines the sectorial lending strategies and policies and establishes the financing eligibilities in the sectors relevant for the Division based on the Banks priority lending objectives.
Felipe Ortega, a Spanish and German, national studied Agricultural Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Madrid. He holds a Ph.D in Agronomy by the University of Bonn and an MBA by IESE-Universidad de Navarra. Before joining the EIB, Felipe Ortega worked for more than 15 years in agricultural, microbiological and chemical research, development and innovation both in the public and the private sector. He served in several positions overseeing and managing technical activities at E.I. DuPont de Nemours, Inc. in its Agricultural Products Division.
Arne originally graduated with an MSc in Paper Technology from the German University of Darmstadt and has over 25 years of background in the European forest-based industry sector. He combines several years of work-experience in production management together with a broad range of management consulting activities ranging from techno-economic studies to corporate strategy development and M&A advisory/due diligence services . Arne also worked as project manager in a greenfield mill project.
Christian Kallenberg is the founder and owner of We Like Mags agency in Germany focusing on editorial services, licensing, M&A consulting for magazine media companies
Christian has been involved with high profile launches of both internationally known and German specific brands. He has been active as an editor, publisher and consultant to numerous launches in the area of consumer titles, primarily print magazines but also apps, e-papers, etc from as early as 2011.
Having started his career in 1996 as a journalist at Bauer Media Group, by the early years of the new millennium he got appointed as Editor of the German version of FHM, followed by similar ventures for L’Officiel Hommes, Octane and others.
As a strong believer in the haptic experience of analogue media Christian started his own publishing consultancy "We Like Mags" based in Berlin in 2011 and has advised on and executed many launches in print and digital ever since. In 2021 he accquired the rights to former famous german youth magazine brand POP Rocky and relaunched it as a retro brand for the generation +40.
Fabienne is Head of Marketing at PEFC International. She leads the end-users and retailers engagement programme, promoting PEFC sustainable forestry Standards for supply chain traceability assurance. Managing a team of colleagues and consultants, Fabienne ensures that companies understand the importance of PEFC’s work and are equipped to report their own progress on sustainability targets. Previously, Fabienne worked for 15 years in the consumer goods industry in various marketing roles of brand management, category development and integrated communications in the UK and Geneva. She briefly worked as a consultant for the International Trade Centre part of WTO. She graduated from Nantes University in business management and further studied marketing in London with the Chartered Institute of Marketing. In 2020, Fabienne obtained a high pass from the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership for the Business Sustainability Management course.
Since 2019 Mr. Tillman is working at RDM Group as Director Innovation&Sustainability.
Before joining RDM Mr. Tillman worked at IKEA of Sweden for six years in the position of Project Leader in Packaging Development as well as in Wood Supply&Forestry.
Starting in 1990 Mr. Tillman successfully spent more than 20 years in the Pulp&Paper Industry holding positions in R&D, Production Operations as well as Head Office Management positions in the areas of Sustainability, Energy, Environment, Health&Safety and Risk Management for SCA, SCA Packaging and DS Smith.
Mr. Tillman is of Swedish nationality and has a background of Chemical Engineering at the Lund Institute of Technology in Sweden and Pulp&Paper Technology at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.
Mr. Tillman was born in 1965 and is married to Anna with two children.
Teija Konttori is the Managing Director of Vision Hunters. With an engineering background in paper technology and international business, the last 15 years she has been working in the management consulting business. Her key role is to give strategic advice globally for customers and stakeholders across the forest industry value chain.
Richard has a BSc in Paper Science at the University of Manchester. He is currently Head of Technology & Innovation and Recovered Fibre Operations Manager at James Cropper plc. Richard has worked in the paper industry for 20 years across multiple sectors and disciplines, with the last 8 years spent at James Cropper. Recently, he has led pioneering recycling schemes to utilise and build value from materials that had previously been considered difficult to recycle.
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Sami-Pekka has B.Sc. in engineering and a degree in marketing. He has more than two decades of experience in serving pulp and paper industry. During this time he has been holding various management positions in sales organizations of chemical solution providers. Throughout his 7-year career in MetGen Sami-Pekka has been responsible for building partnerships to create value-chain enabling technology development and commercialisation of MetGen technologies.
Andrea Glawe has been Regional Sales Director for the Asian / Pacific market at KROENERT since 2015. Prior to that she had roles as Director R&D for the KROENERT group in Hamburg; R&D leader at DRYTEC GmbH & Co KG in Norderstedt; Deputy Sales Director with responsibility for technical sales and project management at Coatema Coating Machinery GmbH in Dormagen. She started her career as scientific assistant for the Textile Research Institute Thüringen-Vogtland e.V. Greiz.
Ms Glawe has a Masters degree in “Technical textiles and process engineering” from the Technical University of Chemnitz.
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