PLASTICITY TEXAS SPEAKERS LIST
Confirmed presenters so far include:
Trish Hyde, CEO, Australian Packaging Covenant
Stuart Clart, Managing Director, FOY Group Ltd.
Larry Black, Senior Advisor Waste Management McDonough Sustainable Innovation Collaboration , McDonough Innovation
Eric Kanter, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
Steve Davies, Director – Public Affairs, NatureWorks
Uday Nandan, Managing Director, Stifel Investment Banking
Libby Bernick, Global Head of Corporate Business, Trucost
Conrad McKerron, President, As You Sow
Matt Prindiville, Executive Director, Upstream
Steve Rochlin, Co-CEO & Co-Founder, IO Sustainability
Rachael Miller, Co-Founder, Rozalia Project
Doug Woodring, Founder & MD, Plasticity Forum & Ocean Recovery Alliance
Robert Grace, President, RC Grace LLC (Event Moderator)
FOY Group Ltd.
“The Waste Plastic Solution for Today: A Bridge to the Circular Economy”
Stuart is the Managing Director of FOY Group- a publicly listed company- and a director of Integrated Green Energy. Both companies are working together to establish commercial, environmentally sustainable solutions.
In a career spanning more than 30 years, Stuart has gained extensive commercial, finance and management experience as well as significant capabilities in human resources, sales, project management and change management, in addition to strong operational and strategic skills.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales and holds Graduate status with the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
He has worked in Australia and abroad with such blue-chip companies as The Walt Disney Company, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Carlson Companies. He has also held senior roles with publicly listed companies such as Global Television and Hoyts, as well as the start-up enterprises Nudie Foods and McElroy All Media, during their inception phases. He played a key role in establishing these latter two businesses, both of which went on to trade successfully and achieve considerable success. He was recently Director and Company Secretary for the publicly listed IT company ComOps and he was most recently an employee of Dickson & Dickson Healthcare and held the role of Chief Operating Officer.
“Plastics in Packaging: A Circular Economy Blueprint”
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 and product recovery strategies, and for managing the company’s industry and stakeholder relations, external communications and media relations.
When not wearing a NatureWorks hat, Davies has twice served (2011, 2014) as Industry Chair of the SPI’s Bioplastics Council, a group formed in 2009 with the mission of promoting the development of bioplastics as an integral part of the plastics industry.
Separately Steve has also served as co-chair of the Washington based (BIO) Biotechnology Industry Organization’s biobased products working group 2011-2013. In BIO and SPI roles, Davies was involved in formulating industry input to the US Department of Agriculture’s 2014 Farm Bill and BioPreferred program, and regularly works with industry in advocating for federal policies that promote the long term growth of the biobased products industry. He speaks regularly on behalf of SPI, and has represented the European Bioplastics Industry Association, of which NatureWorks is a longstanding board member, in North America.
In January, 2016, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation launched their “New Plastics Economy” report, essentially a blueprint for packaging plastics in the circular economy. Their just launched 2017 report further advances the thinking with specific, actionable priorities and joint industry projects.
In this session, hear from a plastics industry executive with experience spanning some 3 decades in the polymer & fibers industry. From the perspective of NatureWorks’ partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Davies offers a polymer producer’s perspective on how the plastics and plastics packaging Iindustry is rethinking itself against that blueprint, and where bioplastics can play a role. In the past decade especially, the bioplastics industry as a whole has made big strides in broadening the functional property set of its materials, and the number of applications, as well as the new grades and formulations have proliferated. Hear what’s real today, and what’s next, with a variety of studies and packaging substrates illustrated
Australian Packaging Covenant
“Galileo: Are Circular Economies Flat? – Embedding Circularity”
Trish joined the Australian Packaging Covenant (APC) as Chief Executive Officer in April 2016, signalling the start of a strategic renewal and rejuvenation the organisation. Under Trish’s guidance, the APC has stepped up to embrace a new paradigm of packaging sustainability in Australia, enabling industry-wide collaboration and leadership to deliver environmental outcomes.
With a passion for innovation and learning, Trish brings people together to create change. She has extensive leadership experience across a broad range of industries including complex, highly regulated, stakeholder-diverse corporations. With expertise in advocacy, communications and core business skills, she continues to deliver transformational outcomes for business, with a focus on repositioning and game-changing alliances.
“Mergers and Acquisitions Panel”
Eric is a New York-based Managing Director of Morgan Stanley. He joined the firm in 2003, has been a member of Global Private Equity since 2007, and now oversees the fund responsible for plastics and packaging. He was previously a vice president in the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Eric was an associate at Ryan Enterprises Group, the private equity firm for the Patrick G. Ryan family. He began his career as a management consultant at A.T. Kearney. He serves on the board of directors of Smile America Partners and previously served on the board of directors of Tops Markets. Eric holds a B.A. from Northwestern University and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Senior Advisor Waste Management McDonough Sustainable Innovation Collaboration
“Starting Recycling from Scratch at a National Scale”
Larry is a Senior Advisor to McDonough Innovation, and works with governments, urban planners, major corporations and thought-leaders globally to solve waste, recycling, packaging and curricular economy challenges. He is a passionate environmentalist while being committed to sound economic decision making. Lawrence is a consultant, entrepreneur and business leader who has worked across a wide range of industries, including retail, environmental, waste and recycling, energy, manufacturing and commercial real estate. He has held senior leadership positions, including Director Global Business Development at Waste Management, VP Retail Services Group at Grubb & Ellis Commercial Real Estate and Chief Merchant at Sport Chalet. His retail experience includes owning and operating a number of specialty stores and serving as senior merchandising consultant to Nike, Columbia Sportswear, Patagonia, Macys, and Sports Authority among others.
As a professional member of the National Speakers Association, Lawrence enjoys delivering presentations, training and executive coaching. Drawing on his strong business development capacity, he has sold over one billion dollars of products and services, primarily in the environmental services sector. In addition to his role at McDonough Innovation, he advises governments and Fortune 1000 companies on how to create effective waste and recycling strategies. He is a graduate of the WP Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and participates in numerous associations.
Global Head of Corporate Business
“Positive Impact and Net Benefit: New ways to communicate value and speed up investments in scalable, sustainable plastic solutions”
Libby is a member of Trucost’s senior management team, is the Global Head of Corporate Business, and is responsible for managing Trucost’s product development, research and sales activities for all corporate programs. She directs Trucost programs for impact and benefit analysis of bonds, company ESG disclosure and reporting to investors, and has been a strategic advisor to global multinational corporations, development banks, investors, and foundations on environmental and social issues. Areas of special interest include water-related risks for businesses and investors, supply chain and portfolio risks, and linking environmental impact to financial value.
She has worked for over 25 years integrating environmental information into business decision-making processes, and has led the development and implementation of numerous decision-support tools and programs. Prior experience includes multi-year assignments on new product development teams commercializing the launch of greener products and as the environmental manager within a production facility, as well as regulatory experience as a manager with the US EPA. An author of numerous articles and frequent speaker at international industry events and forums, Libby holds a M.A.S. in Civil (Environmental) Engineering and a B.A. in Chemistry and Biology from the University of Delaware. She is a licensed Professional Engineer and is LEED AP accredited by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Senior Vice President
As You Sow
“Brand Shift: Searching for a Recycling Fix for Flexible Plastics”
Conrad is 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 key social and environmental issues. He specializes in engagements on resource efficiency and post-consumer producer responsibility. He has engaged Coca-Cola, Colgate-Palmolive, PepsiCo, and Procter & Gamble on sustainable packaging; and Amazon, Apple, Best Buy, and Dell on electronic waste recycling. In the social arena, he has engaged Gap, McDonald’s, Nordstrom, Nike and Walt Disney on supply chain labor practices. His most recent focus challenges consumer brands to make plastic packaging more recyclable and to take more responsibility for improvement of recycling collection and processing systems.
He was formerly director of social research at Piper Jaffray Philanthropic & Social Investment Consulting; Washington Bureau Chief for Chemical Week; and writer for BNA’s Environment Reporter. He received the SRI Service Award for outstanding contribution to the social investor community. He is author of the book Business in the Rainforests: Corporations, Deforestation and Sustainability; and several As You Sow reports including Unfinished Business: The Case for Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging; and Waste and Opportunity 2015: Environmental Progress and Challenges in Food, Beverage and Consumer Goods Packaging.
Uday is a Managing Director at Stifel Investment Bank in New York. He has responsibility for coverage of the Plastics, Packaging & Paper Sectors within the firm’s Industrials Group. Uday brings a breadth of transaction experience across debt, equity and M&A products. Prior to Stifel, he worked in senior banker roles at George K. Baum Capital and Merrill Lynch. Uday combines experience in investment banking and industry, having spent several years in business development at Tyco International before joining Merrill Lynch in 2005. He began his investment banking career as an associate at Salomon Smith Barney prior to joining Tyco.
Uday holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India, a Master’s of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Villanova University, and an MBA from University of Michigan’s Business School.
Matt is the Executive Director for UPSTREAM, which engages non-profit, government and business leaders to solve the environmental problems caused by products and packaging. Matt is a social entrepreneur, policy expert and campaign strategist who has helped develop and coordinate efforts to advance safer chemicals policy, toxics-use reduction, plastic pollution prevention and product stewardship throughout the United States. He brings a wealth of technical knowledge on product policy as well as real-world practical experience in running successful advocacy campaigns, developing and implementing legislation, building broad coalitions, and working with stakeholders from all sides.
“Microfiber Pollution: Stopping the Leakage with a Consumer Solution and Sparking Upstream Innovation”
Rachael is the co-founder/Executive Director of Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean. As the Executive Director, Rachael leads the program in vision, program development, putting together a great team, partnerships and working toward achieving Rozalia Project’s mission of protecting the ocean. She is also part of the design team for the Cora Ball, a consumer-based solution to microfiber pollution. Rachael holds a USCG 50 ton Master’s license and captains the 60’ sailing research vessel, American Promise, trains remotely operated vehicle pilots for VideoRay and is a member of the US Sailing Training Committee. Her academic background is in marine studies and underwater archaeology which she studied at Brown University. She lives in Vermont and loves to ski as much as sail.
Co-CEO and Co-Founder
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 20 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.
Steve is co-author of two books on S&CR: Beyond Good Company: Next Generation Corporate Citizenship and Untapped: Creating Value in Underserved Markets. He is the lead author of the landmark research report: Project ROI – Defining the Competitive and Financial Advantages of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability. Steve obtained his MPP from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and his A.B. from Brown University.
Founder & Managing Director - Plasticity Forum
Ocean Recovery Alliance
Mr. Woodring is the Co-Founder of Ocean Recovery Alliance, a non-profit organization which is focused on bringing innovative solutions, technology, collaborations and policy together to impact positive improvements for the health of the ocean. Two of its global programs were launched at the Clinton Global Initiative in 2010, the Global Alert platform, and the Plastic Disclosure Project. He is a UNEP Climate Hero for his efforts, and has been on the advisory board of the XPrize, and The Economist’s World Oceans Summit. In 2011, he co-authored the United Nations Environmental Program Yearbook chapter on the danger of plastic in the ocean. The group is the first NGO in the world to be working with both UNEP and the World Bank on plastic pollution and ocean issues. He is on the Advisory Committee of Wharton’s Institute for Global Environmental Leadership, and is the founder of the Plasticity Forum, first launched at the Rio+20 Earth Summit, and since held in Hong Kong, New York, Portugal, Shanghai and London.
He works with companies to improve their recycling and waste reduction vis-vis plastic, and helped Watsons Water, once of Asia’s biggest bottled water companies, to move to use 100% recycled PET material for its bottles, saving over 75,000,000 bottles per year from being used with virgin material.
Mr. Woodring has worked in Asia for over 20 years in a number of industries, including finance, the environment and new media platforms. He has a dual master’s degree from The Wharton School (MBA) and Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) where he studied Environmental Economics. He has an undergraduate degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
RC Grace LLC
Robert began his B2B journalism career with Crain Communications Inc. in 1980 in Akron, Ohio, and worked as a reporter and editor for Crain for seven years in London, England, before returning to Akron in 1989 to become the founding editor of the weekly business newspaper Plastics News. He also served as PN’s associate publisher, conference director and business development director. He struck out on his own in 2014, launching RC Grace LLC, and in July 2016 also assumed the role of managing editor for Plastics Engineering, the magazine of the Society of Plastics Engineers. He is an ardent design advocate, and has been a member of the Industrial Designers Society of America since 2003. He has moderated every Plasticity Forum since Plasticity Portugal in June 2015.