Below is a list of speakers from Plasticity NY, 2014

Information on Plasticity 2015 speakers will be posted in the near future

Keynote Speaker - Pres. Jose Maria Figueres

Global Ocean Commission

President Figueres was Costa Rica’s President from 1994 to 1998, under a one-term constitutional mandate. Since leaving government, Pres. Figueres has served on numerous other boards. He was chairman of LEAD (Leadership for Environment and Development) as well as the small business agency FUNDES Internacional. In 2000, he was appointed Managing Director of the World Economic Forum, and served as the organisation’s first Chief Executive between 2003 and 2004. He has also been a Director of the World Resources Institute (WRI), the Stockholm Environment Institute and WWF. Since 2010 he has been President of the Carbon War Room.

From 2009 until 2011, when its mandate was completed, Pres. Figueres served on UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s Advisory Group on Climate Change and Energy.
Pres. Figueres graduated in engineering from the United States Military Academy (West Point). He also holds a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University.

Keynote Speaker - Ron Gonen

Closed Loop Fund

Ron has just been named the CEO of the new $100m Closed Loop Fund, which will provide zero-interest loans to municipalities that invest in recycling infrastructure and will also invest in private companies focused on waste reduction and recycling. The fund’s founding investors include Walmart, Coca-Cola, Pepsico, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, Keurig Green Mountain Coffee and Goldman Sachs. The businesses’ decision to start the fund was sparked by stagnant recycling rates and corporate concern over supply shortages.

Mr. Gonen is the former recycling czar of NY City, as the Deputy Commissioner of Sanitation, Recycling and Sustainability for New York City. He joined the Bloomberg administration in 2012 with the task of developing and implementing a plan to divert over 30% of New York’s waste stream from landfills by 2017 and over 70% by 2025. He is responsible for New York’s recycling programs which include paper, metal, glass, plastic, organics, textiles, electronics, hazardous waste and related legislation. In 2013, NRDC and Earth Day New York named Ron as the Public Official of the Year in New York City. He is also currently an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School. In 2012, he was the recipient of the Social Enterprise Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching.

From 2004-2010, Ron was the Co-Founder and CEO of RecycleBank. During his tenure as CEO, the company grew from an idea into a company that serviced over 50 cities and over 1 million households. RecycleBank was recognized with a number of business and environmental awards including the Philadelphia Sustainability Award, The Conference of Mayors – Public/Private Partnership of the Year and as a ‘Technology Pioneer’ by the World Economic Forum. He has been a Catto Fellow at the Aspen Institute, and has an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Keynote Speaker - William McDonough

McDonough Innovation

William McDonough is a globally recognized leader in sustainable development. Trained as an architect, McDonough’s interests and influence range widely, and he works at scales from the global to the molecular. Time magazine recognized him in 1999 as a “Hero for the Planet,” stating that “his utopianism is grounded in a unified philosophy that—in demonstrable and practical ways—is changing the design of the world.” He has written and lectured extensively on design as the first signal of human intention, everywhere and at all scales. McDonough and the German chemist Michael Braungart co-authored Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things (2002), which is acknowledged as a seminal text of the sustainability movement. In addition to his work with William McDonough + Partners (architecture and design) and McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (Cradle to Cradle consulting), McDonough advises major enterprises including commercial and governmental leaders worldwide through McDonough Innovation.

Mike Biddle

Keynote Speaker - Dr. Mike Biddle

Founder and Director
MBA Polymers

“Developing the Cure for Plastics Fever by Creating a Plastics ‘Gold’ Rush”

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.

Keynote Speaker - Steve Russell

VP - Plastics Division
American Chemistry Council

“Too Valuable to Waste: Rethinking Used Plastics”

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.

Steve Davies

Director - Marketing/Public Affairs
Nature Works

“Plastics – Rethinking Where They’re From, What They Do, and Where They Go”

Steve leads marketing & public affairs globally for NatureWorks LLC, a company formed with the mission of bringing to market a broad family of naturally advanced, renewably sourced materials.. He is responsible for the company’s cradle-to-cradle strategy, including feedstocks sourcing and strategy, product recovery strategies, and for managing the company’s external communications and media relations.

Previously as NatureWorks’ global marketing director, Steve was responsible for market development with Ingeo plastics in rigid and flexible packaging, food service-ware and durable goods, and with Ingeo fibers in apparel, personal care, home and garden.

Robert McKay

Senior Business Manager – Global Sustainability
SABIC - Innovative Plastics

Robert will be chairing the thought-provoking panel “Design and Sustainability for Scale in a Changing World”

Robert is a 17-year veteran of in the plastics industry. Robert’s experience in the industry encompassed roles from marketing, to product management, and commercial. In 2005 Robert started his work in sustainability at SABIC. He managed the development of NORYL™ resin utilizing post-consumer-recycle content, while also helping form SABIC’s corporate sustainability program in 2009. Robert currently leads Sustainability Marketing for SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business, working with the business’ marketing and innovation leaders to identify opportunities to continue to drive sustainability in the business. Robert has degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Finance, and Business Administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Boston College respectively.

Keynote Speaker - Scott O'Connell

Director, Environmental Affairs

Scott leads a global team responsible for Dell’s environmental strategy, worldwide product compliance, and Design for Environment programs to increase sustainable product and packaging leadership across its entire portfolio.  His role within Dell also includes engagement with leading industry partners to help influence global environmental regulations and standards, as well as development of new product environmental technologies and strategies such as closed loop recycling programs. Scott actively participates in a number of industry associations and consortia (ITI, The Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, iNEMI, etc). He is also one of the primary authors of Dell’s annual Corporate Responsibility report and regularly engages customers on the sustainability value proposition of Information Communications Technology.

Scott received a BS from the University of Texas and an MS in Environmental Management from Duke University.

Arthur Huang

CEO and Founder

Recognized for his innovative spirit in the field of sustainable material development based on today’s ever growing urban trash resources, Arthur was featured by New York Times’ A Turn Around in Trash article on Nov30th 2013, selected by Mayor Bloomberg as New York City’s Venture Fellows 2012, awarded the Finalist of Wall Street Journal’s Asian Innovator Award 2011, recognized as the Winner of Financial Times’ Earth Award 2010 (global product category), reported by Economist’s cover story, April 2012, ‘The Third Industrial Revolution’ as one of the global inventors with “new game-changing ingredients” that has “a concrete advantage.” National Geographic Channel’s ‘Megastructure’ series featured Mr. Huang and his MINWIZ team in an hour long documentary telling the vivid story of their ground breaking trash-to-building R/D process broadcasted across 140 countries in 26 languages since 2011. In 2012, CNN’s ‘EcoSolution’ program featured MINIWIZ and Huang’s quest to develop up-cycling technology to “profit from urban mining” in Taiwan by collecting world’s post consumer trash including, e-waste, consumer packaging/containers, and industrial agriculture by-products.

A graduate from Cornell University’s B-ARCH program, Arthur developed a multi-disciplinary maker-doer ethos at a young age, inspired by history, structural engineering and biology. He later completed his graduate study in Harvard’s M-Arch II program with special concentration in green business development, where he investigated the possibility of sustainable economic growth based on renewable resources. With no successful precedents in sight, he decided to start a company pioneering into transforming universally accepted carbon minimizing concepts into physical products/materials. He began his venture by working closely with the manufacturing supply chain in Asia in order to have an intrinsic understanding of the underlying global production ecosystem since 2004. Mr. Huang formally established MINIWIZ in 2005NY/2006 HK and since then the company has grown organically into a profitable international eco-material /building module product company employing over 40 full-time international professional engineers, architects and industrial designers.

Elizabeth Balkan

Director of Policy and Senior Advisor to the Commissioner
Department of Sanitation

“How Cities are Changing, and Where Companies can Play a Role”

Elizabeth focuses on solid waste policy and sustainable procurement at the City of New York Mayor’s Office. She was responsible for the development, and now oversees implementation, of the Food Waste Challenge, a voluntary program that invites NYC restaurants to join the city in preventing food waste from going to landfill. She also leads city legislative initiatives including the commercial organics mandate. Before working for the Mayor’s Office, she researched solid waste planning in China, which took her to landfills, incineration facilities and recycling markets. Balkan also created a specialized consulting firm, Emergence Advisors, whose clients included the New York Power Authority, the United Nations Environmental Programme, United States Agency for International Aid and the Climate Group. She has worked extensively with cities to make sustainable development a viable option for both developed and emerging economies. Her educational background is in public policy and economic development. She holds a masters degree from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, and a Bachelors from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.

Stephan Clambaneva

Director and Design Business Consultant for the Design Studio
Dassault Systems

“Design and Sustainability for Scale in a Changing World”

Stephan is the Director and Design Business Consultant for the Design Studio at Dassault Systemes, the leading Product Lifecycle Management Organization. He was the Industry Experience Consultant Director for the Consumer Goods and Retail Industry team and previously also Industry Business Consultant Director for the Industrial Equipment Industry Team. He has worked for IBM as a design process business consultant for the Global Business Services PLM team. His other responsibilities included Environmental Product Lifecycle Management Champion and Global Industry Leader for the IBM PLM organization.

Stephan Clambaneva is the Vice President for the North East District for the Industrial Designers Society of America. He was also Chapter Chair of IDSA for New York City. His experience spans the entire product lifecycle from ideation and industrial design through engineering, manufacturing execution to operations and sustainability. He lead the New York Chapter through continuous growth and ever increasing local monthly events and large scale programs such as the IDSA Curated Booth at the Annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair. When taking on the Role as DVP, he created and executed two successful District Conferences in Philadelphia and Hartford and his last one is planned for New York in May of 2014 on the intersection of NYC design, local manufacturing and VC funding.

Stephan has published and presented papers on the subject of PLM, ID, Green Design, Environmental Management Systems and sustainability. He received his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom and his Masters in Manufacturing Management from Pennsylvania State University. He is fluent in English, French and Greek. Mr. Clambaneva has significant international experience and lives and works in New

Sam Harrington

Product Design Manager
Ecovative Design

“A Kingdom of Possibilities – and a Growth Market you Won’t Believe”

Sam joined Ecovative when the company was just a few people in a basement with a wild idea to revolutionize the way materials are made. He’s helped develop the automated bio-manufacturing system that harnesses living fungi to turn agricultural crop wastes into protective packaging. Sam has conducted Life Cycle Assessments of the production system to inform engineering decisions and minimize Ecovative’s environmental footprint. He has worked with numerous Fortune 500 customers to develop award winning sustainable packaging and product solutions utilizing Mushroom Materials. Today, Sam’s focus is on obsoleting the largest use of plastic foams: building insulation. Sam received a dual B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Product Design from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Dr. Richard Mattison


“Valuing Plastic – The Business Case for Measuring, Managing and Reporting”

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.

Richard is also a Member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Biodiversity & Natural Capital, member of the Oxford University Smith School Stranded Asset Programme consultative panel, advisor to The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) coalition, fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a regular public speaker on environmental matters.

Previously Richard held a number of senior positions as a strategy consultant and began his career as a neuroscientist. Richard holds a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Edinburgh.

Katherine O'Dea

Senior Director of Innovation & Advisory Services

Katherine O’Dea is Senior Director of Innovation and Advisory Services at GreenBlue and has a 20 year background in corporate sustainability. Since joining GreenBlue in 2007, Katherine’s work has been multifaceted. In addition to launching and building out the organization’s Advisory Services program she plays a principal role in strategy development, leads the exploration and investigation of new program and project opportunities, and contributes to various Sustainable Packaging Coalition projects (e.g., development of the Sustainable Packaging Indicators and Metrics Framework, which served as the baseline for the Global Protocol for Packaging Sustainability). Previously, Katherine was Executive Director of INFORM, Inc., an environmental research and education nonprofit, Chief Operating Officer for the Nantucket Conservation Foundation, Vice President of Business and Environment Programs at Business for Social Responsibility, where she managed BSR’s Apparel Working Group and launched the Clean Cargo Working Group, as well as Founder and Principal Consultant of Ecologistics.

A Voice from Our Youth

Gary Bencheghib

Film Student and Ocean Ambassador

“Leadership from our Youth”

Gary, nicknamed Bémore, was born in Paris, at 19-year-old has spent the last ten years living in Bali, Indonesia, known as the “Island of the Gods” for its deep spiritual heritage. At 14, Gary founded Make A Change Bali, to raise awareness about the increase in beach pollution by employing music to educate and engage the local Balinese community in environmental activities.

As a passionate music composer and filmmaker, Gary believes that music and film have the power to bring people together to make a change. Gary currently studies documentary film-making at the New York Film Academy.

In 2012, Gary was selected as a Global Teen Leader to attend the Just Peace summit by We Are Family Foundation.

Conrad MacKerron

Senior Vice President
As You Sow

Conrad is the Senior Vice President at As You Sow, an Oakland non-profit that promotes corporate social responsibility through shareholder advocacy. Conrad has more than a decade of experience managing corporate dialogues and shareholder advocacy initiatives on cutting-edge environmental issues with blue chip companies. He specializes in engagements on resource efficiency, recycling and producer responsibility. His engagement of Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Nestle Waters resulted in stronger quantitative commitments by each company to packaging recycling, and Colgate-Palmolive to agree to phase out non-recyclable packaging. His engagement with Apple and Dell led to stronger corporate e-waste recycling programs and led Best Buy to provide e-waste take back at all U.S. stores. He has engaged more than 60 companies on responsibility for post-consumer packaging.

He was formerly director of social research at Piper Jaffray Philanthropic & Social Investment Consulting and at Progressive Asset Management. Also formerly a journalist, he was Washington Bureau Chief for Chemical Week and a writer for BNA’s Environment Reporter. In 2007, he received a service award from the U.S. Social Investment Forum for outstanding contributions to the social investor community. He is author of the book Business in the Rainforests: Corporations, Deforestation and Sustainability and two As You Sow reports including Unfinished Business: The Case for Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging.

Monique Maissan

Founder and CEO

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.

Lewis Perkins

Senior Vice President
Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute

Lewis is Senior Vice President, Development and Textiles & Apparel of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. Prior to joining the Institute, Perkins consulted companies both big and small on creating programs and awareness for environmental and social initiatives. He led the “green” charge as Director of Sustainable Strategies for The Mohawk Group and continues to draw on this passion and experience helping advance the Institute’s mission of scaling Cradle to Cradle product certification worldwide. Over the past two decades, Perkins has served in a strategic role in organizations such as The Clean Air Campaign, 360i, USWeb/CKS, the Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center, EarthShare of Georgia, The Green Chamber of The South, The Captain Planet Foundation, and Sustainable Life Media. Lewis is been a featured speaker at the 2009 Forbes Magazine Green Visionary Series, Sustainable Brands, LOHAS Forum, The White House Council for Environmental Quality GreenGov Symposium in 2010, and the 53rd and 54th Annual Grammy Awards Green Summit panel, among others.

Tom Outerbridge

General Manager
Sims Municipal Recycling

Tom has worked in the area of recycling and composting in New York City since 1990. For the past 10 years, he has been General Manager for Sims Municipal Recycling (SMR). SMR manages all NYC curbside metal, glass and plastic under a contract with the Department of Sanitation. This is done through waterfront facilities in the Bronx, Queens, Jersey City, and a new processing facility in Sunset Park, Brooklyn – the largest such facility in the US.

Erin Meezan

Vice President Sustainability

As the Vice President of Sustainability for Interface, Erin gives voice to the company’s conscience, ensuring that strategy and goals are in sync with the aggressive sustainability vision established almost 20 years ago. She leads a team that provides technical assistance and support to the company’s global business, addressing sustainability at all levels– from operations and management, to employees and customers, and in policy forums. And she also keeps a finger on the pulse of the company’s transformed culture, a by product of sustainability thinking that has been critical in driving innovation and retaining and attracting talented employees. Erin and her team are focused on nourishing and reinforcing the unique culture, and also on documenting its evolution. Erin is a frequent lecturer on sustainable business to senior management teams, universities and the growing green consumer sector. She has spoken at a variety of conferences and forums including: Bioneers, Greenbuild, SXSW, Businesses for Social Responsibility and others. Erin is a magna cum laude graduate of the Vermont Law School, where she earned her Masters Degree in Studies in Environmental Law and her Juris Doctor degree.

David Katz

Plastic Bank

David is the President of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, and recent winner of the Global Citizen award. This award is given to one member of the E.O. each year that uses his entrepreneurial skills to make positive change. This award recognizes David’s new venture, The Plastic Bank. The Plastic Bank provides an opportunity for the worlds disadvantaged to collect and trade plastic waste as a currency. He is also the President of Nero Global Tracking, a GPS tracking service that allows its customers to reduce their expenses associated with a mobile workforce. Nero Global has provided GPS tracking to 1000’s of vehicles nationally.

Steve Rochlin

Co-CEO and Co-Founder
IO Sustainability

Steve is co-Founder and co-CEO of IO Sustainability. IO (Impacts and Outcomes for Sustainable Development) identifies strategic solutions for private, public, and civil sector organizations that maximize economic, social, and environmental value for the long-term.

Steve has over 18 years of experience in sustainability and corporate responsibility (S&CR). He has advised leading companies across a wide variety of industry sectors on how to improve sustainability performance in a way that drives competitive success. He has been a senior executive at two leading S&CR organizations. For AccountAbility he served as the Director of Global Advisory Services and a member of the Board of Directors. For the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship Steve served as the Director of Research and Development. Under his leadership both organizations demonstrated growth in revenues, reputation, and international presence. He is also the co-author of two books on S&CR: Beyond Good Company: Next Generation Corporate Citizenship and Untapped: Creating Value in Underserved Markets.

Jo Royle

Sea Champion
Common Seas

Jo is a Sea Champion of Common Seas where she leverages her 10 years’ experience spearheading global marine programs and sailing ventures. She transforms critical marine issues into opportunities to engineer innovative, practical and deliverable strategies, her work has resulted in the creation of new products, systems and policies to help create a resilient ocean.

Jo has gained international recognition as one of Europe’s leading female ocean sailing skippers. Seeing plastic on astonishingly remote beaches, including the Antarctic in 2002, triggered a lifelong commitment to improve the health of the relationship between people and the sea.

To showcase solutions to the Billions of tonnes of plastic in our seas, Jo co-directed the design and build of the world’s first ‘closed-loop’ trans-ocean sailing vessel, the United Nations-recognized “Plastiki”. The Plastiki campaign invented a low toxicity highly recyclable boat building material and the world’s first high performance post consumer sailcloth. To prove the properties of these new materials she skippered the Plastiki with a crew of five boys for three months across The Pacific, grabbing the curiosity of global media.

She has been featured on Oprah, BBC, National Geographic, Vogue,TIME, and TEDx and has improved socio-ecological value across big brands including Nike, Hewlett-Packard, L’Oreal and Inmarsat. In 2012 Jo was awarded The Geddes Environmental Medal.

Jo holds an MSc in Environmental Science and Society from University College London and a BA in Public Relations from Leeds Business School.

Christian Felske

Technical Specialist - Processing, Research & Regulatory, Waste Management Services
City of Edmonton

Christian has a Ph.D. in Solid Waste Management, and now is the Technical Specialist – Processing, Research & Regulatory, Waste Management Services, for the City of Edmonton. He received his Engineering Diploma and Ph.D. from the University of Essen in Germany. Prior to moving to Canada, he was a project engineer with the AGR mbH in Essen, Germany from 1999 to 2003. During that time he was involved in the design and operation of several landfills, composting plants and anaerobic digestion/waste to energy facilities in the Ruhr Region in Germany. From 2003 to 2009 Christian worked as a Research Scientist in the Waste Management Technologies program at the Alberta Research Council during which he lead several landfill gas biofiltration/ bioreactor and waste to energy projects. In his current role with WMS of the City of Edmonton, Christian is responsible for overseeing the Branch’s processing activities, interactions with regulators, and for providing technical and scientific expertise through the Branch’s Research & Development activities. Christian is also managing the Advanced Energy Research Facility which houses a pilot municipal solid waste gasifier and waste-to-biofuel process based on Enerkem technology.

Tony Kingsbury

Founder and President

Tony is the Founder and President of TKingsbury LLC where he leads a consulting practice assisting companies and organization improve the sustainability of their plastics and chemicals. Kingsbury honed his sustainability expertise during a nearly three decade long career at Dow Chemical in a variety of roles including Global Plastics Sustainability Leader. He is a recognized expert in green chemistry, environmentally preferred purchasing, value chain sustainability challenges, public policy, life cycle thinking, environmental and societal issues associated with corporate and product sustainability. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies around the globe in supply chains ranging from consumer electronics to packaging, apparel to toys. He is known for using his wide ranging knowledge of the whole supply chain to find workable solutions to complex challenges and for distilling complex messages into understandable language.

Kingsbury spent the period between 2007 and 2012 as an Executive in Residence at UC Berkeley. In this role, Kingsbury led the multidisciplinary sustainability center and taught a variety of graduate level courses on sustainability.

Jennifer Gerholdt

Director, Environmental Initiatives
US Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

Jennifer is the Director of Environmental Initiatives with the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center (CCC). In her role, Jennifer directs high quality programming for business leaders including The Dow Chemical Company, MGM Resorts International, Microsoft, Shell, and Veolia to help maximize their positive contributions to address pressing environmental issues, including around energy, water and waste.

Prior to CCC, Jennifer was Senior Manager of Conservation International’s Business & Sustainability Council (BSC). In her role, Jennifer managed corporate partnerships, planned and executed BSC’s annual event and oversaw delivery of additional membership benefits, and directed BSC marketing and communications efforts.

Prior to Conservation International, Jennifer was the Program Officer with World Wildlife Fund’s Global Forest & Trade Network-North America program, where she assisted companies in understanding the sources of their forest products, developing and implementing responsible purchasing policies, and increasing the proportion of credibly certified material in their supply chains. Jennifer also managed special projects and events, communications products, research and reporting.

Jennifer holds a Master of Science degree in environmental sciences and policy from The Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from New Mexico State University.

Destin Layne

Think Beyond Plastic

Destin Layne is an innovation strategist and one of the US foremost executives successfully bridging the fields of sustainability, technology and industry. With over fifteen years of experience leading philanthropic, political, and education initiatives, Ms. Layne has helped hundreds of companies, funders and organizations to amplify and expand their mission-driven impact.

In addition to tenures with the Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson, Virgin Records and GRACE Foundation, Ms. Layne established early leadership in the food and tech space by hosting high-visibility initiatives and creating the first food hackathons, innovation dinners and executive trainings focused on disruptive change.

Chris Clarke

UK R&D Manager
Logoplaste Innovation Lab

Chris is the R&D Manager for the UK hub of Logoplaste Innovation Lab, the business unit of the Logoplaste group dedicated to the R&D of high performance plastic packaging solutions. In this role he has led many high profile packaging developments delivering innovative solutions for the Logoplaste groups’ multi-national client base and for other independent companies looking for either a creative approach to their packaging or improvements from a sustainability or environmental aspect.

Over the last three years he has worked alongside the Institute of Materials on packaging design and development programs aimed at encouraging the younger, future generation of plastic designers to see the value and importance of having ‘good packaging design’. He has spoken at many plastic packaging industry forums and was recently invited by the Institute of Materials to co-judge the 2014 WorldStar packaging awards. Chris has recently supported the packaging development on ECOVERS ‘Ocean bottle’ which is made using 10% ocean waste plastic, a bottle design that was fully supported using biomimicry methodology. He has also been invited by the Ocean Friendly Design Forum to support as a technical partner.

Jon Angin

Vice President, Business Development
Agilyx Corporation

Jon is the Vice President of Business Development at Agilyx Corporation, one of the leading plastics to oil technology providers.

Prior to joining Agilyx, he operated a private international consulting firm providing strategic planning and business development services in the solid waste, recycling and renewable energy sectors. His consulting engagements included solid waste infrastructure planning and development work in North America, Asia and Latin America.

Jon spent more than twenty years in the solid waste industry where he held senior leadership positions with Waste Management and Norcal Waste Systems (now known as Recology). He has taken a leadership role in assisting both the public and private sectors develop integrated waste handling programs focused on Zero Waste principles by advocating for the use of conversion technologies in conjunction with traditional methods to achieve highest and best resource utilization.