Mike Biddle

Keynote Speaker - Dr. Mike Biddle

Founder and Director
MBA Polymers

“Untangling Systems for Streamlined Material Flow”

Winner of the Gothenburg Sustainability Prize in 2012.

Dr. Biddle started MBA over 19 years ago – literally from his garage. He has since grown his company to what is now the world’s leading multi-national company recovering plastics from end-of-life durable goods, such as computers, electronics, business equipment, appliances and automobiles. MBA is headquartered in Richmond, California and has over 300 million pounds per year of processing capacity in the US, Europe and China to turn waste into plastics for use right back into the same types of products from which they came. Some of the largest manufacturers in the world use MBA’s plastics to replace virgin plastics in their new products.

Andrew Morlet

Chief Executive
Ellen MacArthur Foundation

“How do we Collectively Scale for the Circular Economy”

Andrew Morlet is the Chief Executive, and leads the business programmes of, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which promotes economic development that is restorative and regenerative by design, and which enables the shift to renewable energy. As part of the Foundation’s business programme, Andrew leads the CE100, a global innovation platform that brings together large corporates, emerging innovators, government bodies and academic partners to define and launch initiatives to accelerating transition to a circular economy.

Andrew has over 25 years’ experience in strategic management consulting working with CEOs, Board level and Senior Executives of many of the largest global companies in the automotive, consumer, financial services, healthcare, industrials, pharmaceuticals, resources, hospitality, travel and transport sectors across the USA, UK/Europe, Asia and Asia-Pacific.

Willem De Vos

Society of Plastics Engineers

Willem De Vos became CEO of the Society of Plastics Engineers in January 2012. SPE is a Knowledge and Networking organisation active in the plastics industry world wide, SPE is active in 30 countries and has about 30 divisions and 70 regional sections with members in 84 countries around the world. He began his career in 1991 at Eurocompound, a leading European supplier of rubber emulsion compounds and coatings to the textile, automotive, and paper industries. He is Master in Chemical & Polymer Engineering from the university of Gent, Belgium. He also holds Executive MBA from the Vlerick Management School in Belgium and is a certified London Business School Senior Executive Program holder.

Keynote Speaker - Steve Russell

VP - Plastics Division
American Chemistry Council

“Collaborations to Develop Systems that Harness the Value of Waste”

Steven Russell joined the American Chemistry Council (ACC) in 1995 and currently serves as Vice President for the Plastics Division. In that capacity he leads the Division’s solutions-oriented programs, scientific research and public outreach regarding product innovations and solutions. Through value chain and other partnerships the Division is driving efforts to reduce, reuse, recycle and recover plastics, and to provide sustainable solutions to prevent litter, increase recycling, and address marine debris. At ACC, Mr. Russell has previously served as Senior Legal Counsel and as Senior Director for Health, Products and Science Policy. Mr. Russell earned a BA from the University of Kansas in 1984, and a JD from California Western School of Law in 1987.

Brad La Force

CEO and General Partner and Business Development Consultant
DEEP and La Force LP

“Plastic – How it can Become More Valuable than Cement”

Brad is CEO of DEEP and General Partner and Business Development Consultant for La Force LP. Mr. La Force manages a team who provides over a hundred small business owners with marketing strategies, outsourcing tactics, data collection and analysis, education, communication processes, and live event management for measurable revenue growth and loss mitigation. Mr. La Force helped found La
Force LP in 2003 when he developed a marketing and communication education program specifically designed for small and medium sized business. Through his work at La Force LP, Mr. La Force was retained as a Board Member for Recon
Mining Incorporated, helping facilitate capital raise and logistical solutions for production and sales capacity, Mr. La Force has served on Recon Mining Inc.’s board since 2010.

Monique Maissan

Founder and CEO

“Bottles to Textiles – Developing Circular Systems for Water Protection”

Monique is a China-based Dutch entrepreneur, specializing
in high quality textile products. A self-confessed “China-enthusiast.” She set up Vision Textiles in 1998, which has grown into a fully-fledged fashion group with its own manufacturing bases in China and India, and sales offices in America, Malaysia, India, Europe. In 2011 she began “Waste2Wear”; Textile products made from recycled plastic bottles. Using new techniques in order to create very thin yarns suitable to be used alone or in combination with eco-friendly natural fibers. Vision Textiles offers a full circle solutions through partnering up with local waste-management companies, collecting plastic PET and shipping it with reversed logistics back to China in order to create products for the initial donor region, which include school uniforms and medical gowns.

Dr. Denise Hardesty

Senior Research Scientist, Oceans and Atmosphere Flagship

“Talking Trash: Upstream sources and opportunities to reduce litter inputs”

Dr. Denise Hardesty has been leading a portfolio of marine debris projects the last several years which is resulting in global recognition of Australia’s role in leading cutting-edge marine debris work of high value and impact. A broadly trained scientist who has worked on all seven continents, she brings a unique understanding to environmental issues. Increasingly, Ms. Hardesty has been called on to serve as a leader for marine debris fora and as a science expert providing information to the federal government, to non-government organizations, to industry parties within Australia and internationally, and to other stakeholders focused on marine debris impacts at a multitude of spatiotemporal scales.

Tom Domen

Long-Term Innovation Manager

“Design for Good, Upscaling the Ocean Bottle Initiative”

Tom has been working for Ecover/Method for 9 years, where he is responsible for the long term innovation strategy and sustainability for the different categories of Ecover/Method products (laundry, cleaning, dishwashing, home care and personal care). Tom is also a member of the board of Kringwinkel, a Belgian organisation that gives a second life to what otherwise would be waste. Tom Domen graduated in 1996 with a Master in Industrial Design. In 2007, he completed a Master in Sustainable Development at the University of Brussels. With his MA on Sustainable Technology for Eastern Africa, he received the yearly Award for Innovative Technology from the Chamber of Engineers.

Shannon Davis

Voice from our Youth

“A Comparison of UC Berkeley and the City of Berkeley’s Plastic Recycling Processes “

Shannon Davis is an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley double majoring in Society and Environment and Sustainable Environmental Design. Her senior thesis titled “The Commodification of Waste: A Story of Plastic Recycling in Berkeley” inspired the creation of a course now offered at UC Berkeley called “The Zero Waste Movement” and catalyzed the completion of UC Berkeley’s Plastic Disclosure Project. Shannon also served as a Zero Waste Commissioner for the City of Berkeley for two years and evaluated the plastic recycling processes for both the City and the University through a commodity chain analysis for comparison. Shannon is currently completing her final semester in Copenhagen, Denmark evaluating the recycling processes present in Scandinavia.

Dr. Richard Mattison

Chief Executive

“Measuring the Positive Socio-Economic Benefit of Plastic Innovations”

Richard is Chief Executive of Trucost Plc, the leading provider of natural capital measurement and valuation. Trucost has been helping companies, investors, governments, academics and thought leaders to understand the economic consequences of natural capital dependency for over 12 years. Richard has advised various UN bodies and governments on environmental reporting and ecosystem services and has led groundbreaking projects including developing the world’s first Environmental Profit and Loss account for PUMA, valuing the environmental externalities of the world’s 3,000 largest companies for the UN Principles for Responsible Investment, and producing the UK Government’s Environmental Reporting Guidelines for Business.

David Stover

Bureo Inc.

Upcycling Fishing Nets into Skateboards – A Shared Value Approach

David Stover is a Co-Founder of Bureo Inc, an emerging company focused on developing innovative solutions to ocean plastic pollution. Graduating from Lehigh University in 2007 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Mr. Stover began his professional career as a financial consultant focused on valuation services for a range of international clients. An avid surfer and environmental enthusiast, his global travels led him to an awareness of the many challenges facing the marine environment.

Ryan W. Hunt

Chief Technology Officer

Mr. Hunt is the Chief Technology Officer, member of the Board of Directors, and co-founder of ALGIX, LLC. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics and a Master of Science in Biological and Agricultural Engineering from the University of Georgia. Mr. Hunt has over eight years of research experience in biopolymers, algae technology, biomass fractionation, and photosynthetic optimization. Ryan has published six journal articles and is a co-inventor of four patents on algae-related technologies. Mr. Hunt uses his diverse skill set and research experience to drive innovation and promote sustainability and excellence for the leadership and vision of ALGIX.

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