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Currently confirmed to speak at the conference:


Claudio Finol, Packaging Manager, Chiquita Brands Ltd

Claudio has a background in Chemical Engineering and polymer science. He has studied and lived in different countries. He started his career in engineering companies developing studies for the gas and petrochemical industry. After a short time, he decided to find a job where he could be closer to consumers.

With the help of the ancient, he found a job at the Innovation Centre of FrieslandCampina in Wageningen, The Netherlands. It is here, where his incursion in packaging development started.

In 2009 he went bananas and moved to Chiquita in Rolle, Switzerland where he is heading the Innovation, R&D and packaging department.

Edward Kosior, Managing Director, NexTek

Edward Kosior has been active as an innovator in polymer technology for the past 35 years both within universities and recycling enterprises. He and his company have been recognised with a number of awards in the past 10 years for products, technology and leadership in this area.

He holds several patents for the recycling of food grade PET and other plastics and been instrumental in the introduction of post-consumer plastics into food packaging Europe and Australia (PET, HDPE and PP).

His goals have been to help preserve and improve the natural environment through the development of novel technologies that reduce waste generation and increase the pace towards a closed loop economy that promotes high efficiencies in the use of limited resources and the development of truly sustainable materials.

Stephen Knowles, Managing Director, IDC

As MD for IDC, one of the world’s leading independent product development consultancies, Stephen Knowles has overseen many cutting edge design projects and has seen first-hand the merging of packaging and product for the benefit of users. 

Aside from maintaining the company’s reputation for award-winning products, Stephen takes a technological interest and is a chartered engineer, with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering.  This background means he has wide experience of both managing and undertaking technical and non-technical projects and has a thorough understanding of all aspects of design and manufacture.  

Peter Aldous, Creative Services Director, Elmwood Design

Peter started his career in reprographics at the London College of Printing, before completing an apprenticeship in origination and film planning. After working for many years using traditional techniques, the invasion of Apple forced him to get to grips with the digital age. He went to work for several top agencies, including Interbrand and PI Global. Peter also successfully converted the platemaking department of MY Cartons into CTP. After over twenty years in the industry, he joined the vibrant bunch at Elmwood, heading up creative. 


Keith Barnes, Chairman, The Packaging Society

Keith Barnes has been in the World of  Packaging for over 50 years in Management roles within Ilford Limited and Boots and in recent years as a Consultant. Mintel is his major client where he helped organise their GNPD Packaging section. He is also the UK Coordinator for Michigan State University July Packaging Summer School.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Packaging, a past Chairman of National Council and Trustee of the Institute. The IOP has recently merged with The Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining and Keith is  the Chairman of the new Packaging Society. He is also the Packaging representative on the Technology Board, a member of IOM3 Council and on The Sustainability Development Group, Energy Materials Group and Natural Materials Association.  He has lectured and written on many aspects of packaging and organised courses and conferences. He was awarded Chartered Scientist status  and Chartered Environmental status By IOM3. Recently he has been awarded ‘ Accredited Packaging Professional’, the highest level within UK packaging.

Richard Inns, Director, PEC Partnership Ltd

A Polymer Physicist has worked in the packaging industry for 40 years for both manufacturers (Metal Box) and users (Unilever) of packaging. Spent ten years as Director of the Packaging Division of Pira before moving back to Unilever taking responsibility for Personal Care packaging in Asia before moving to Italy to take responsibility for packaging at the Global Dental Innovation Centre and then on to a similar role in the Spreads Category in Rotterdam. Both at Pira and Unilever he played a major role in identifying and evaluating new packaging technology from around the World.

He was a member for seventeen years of the Unilever Corporate Packaging and Environment Group becoming Chairman of that group, Global Issue Leader for packaging, packaging sustainability policy advisor to the Unilever Board and a member of Corporate Policy Group. Since becoming a consultant he has been an advisor to EUROPEN and has carried out projects for EUROPEN, ECR Europe, Incpen, WRAP, BSi and major European packaging manufacturers and brand owners.

He is a member of the Packaging Board of IOM3.

Michael Nieuwesteeg, Managing Director at NVC (Netherlands Packaging Centre)

Michael Nieuwesteeg MSc MEng (1959) is managing director of NVC Netherlands Packaging Centre. NVC (founded in 1953) is the association of companies addressing the activity of packaging throughout the supply chain of packaged products. The NVC membership, projects, information services and education programme stimulate the continuous improvement of packaging. Please visit the NVC-website for more information.

Michael is a trainer for the NVC Training and Education department on sustainable innovation in packaging, accessible (inclusive) packaging design and Web Retail Packaging.

Before joining the NVC (1997) Michael was business unit manager within a major medical corporation with worldwide responsibility for the development, manufacturing and sales of intracorporeal medical microsensors in cardiology, urology and neurology. He worked as a member of scientific staff in semiconductor research at a large consumer-electronics and healthcare multinational before that. After graduating in Chemistry (Utrecht University, with honours) and Chemical Engineering (Twente University) he was editor-in-chief of a monthly popular-scientific magazine in The Netherlands for two years (1984-85).

Michael is board member of the World Packaging Organisation (WPO), secretary of the European Packaging Institutes Consortium (EPIC) and chairman of the Netherlands Packaging Standardisation Committee. As member of the Convenors Action Group (CAG) within ISO he was closely involved in the development of the new world standards on packaging and environment. 

Chris Griffin, Managing Director, Pi Global


Christopher Cornyn, President, DINE. The Food and Drink Agency

Chris began his branding and marketing career working with Klondike Ice Cream Bars, Betty Crocker and Yoplait Frozen Yogurt. His background includes roles as business and brand strategist as well as creative director on a number of food brands before founding DINE.

DINE is a full service strategy and branding firm focused exclusively on the food and beverage industry. DINE delivers strategy, branding, innovation, marketing and packaging initiatives for clients such as: La Brea Bakery, Columbus Salame, Wendy's, Agro America, California Giant Strawberries, Hungry Jack, ConAgra, Mrs. Fields Cookies, Green Giant, Sugar Foods, Galaxy Deserts, and Marine Harvest.

In 2011, Chris sold DINE to Mattson & Co., the largest independent food and beverage innovation company in the country. Mattson employs over 70 food professionals and has one of the richest environments in the food industry to innovate collaboratively with clients and consumers. Chris continues to run DINE as its President.

Chris also is a frequent speaker and lecturer at industry events including Food Vision, Fancy Food Show, Best of Food and Beverage Packaging, Next Level Summits, IFT and the American Association of Advertising Agencies. In addition, Chris is a featured contributor to business and food publications as well as served as a mentor on Lifetime's TV show "Supermarket Superstar".

Volker Till, CEO, Till GmbH

Ever since graduating as Dipl. Ing mechanical engineering from the university of Darmstadt Germany in 1973, Volker Till is dedicated to designing packaging and process machines that suit the needs of the beverage industry.

After leading Till Maschinenfabrik to world market leadership for kegging lines he sold the company to GEA, which later transferred it to KHS. He continued to shape the industry by working for GEA and joining KHS as technical board member.

Driven by his creativity and entrepreneurial spirit, he founded a new company in 2011 – Till GmbH - to lead direct digital decoration from niche to mass markets. The modular Till smartprint machines print directly on any container and allow batch size 1 decoration at industrial speed of up to 600 containers / minute.

Peter Booth, Principal Consultant & Director, Tin Horse

Peter has 24 years experience in Design and innovation. He graduated from the MA Industrial Design course at Central Saint Martins in 1990. Since then he has worked across categories ranging from transport, food and drink, personal care, pharmaceutical to household  for companies spanning global FMCG companies to start up businesses.

In addition, he has spent time lecturing at undergraduate and postgraduate design colleges (Central Saint Martins, Royal College of Art, Goldsmiths College, Middlesex University) and still presents design thinking lectures to MA Innovation and Design courses and is currently the external examiner for Goldsmiths College MA  Critical Practice and MA Design Research courses.. He joined Tin Horse in 1998 and is now a share holding director and Principal Consultant

Tin Horse’s agile and robust approach to innovation;  working with “real people, in real situations using real things” has attracted global  leading FMCG businesses such as P&G, Unilever, Colgate, Kimberly Clark, Heineken, Danone. They have generated over 300 functional patents on products and strive to ensure their work delivers “effectiveness for Good”.

Steve Gibbons, Managing director, DewGibbons

Steve studied Graphic Design at the Royal College of Art. He was invited by his tutor Brian Tattersfield to join Minale Tattersfield on graduation. He subsequently joined The Partners in 1984, becoming a partner in 1986. He founded Dew Gibbons, later DewGibbons + Partners, in 1997.

Steve has sat on the executive board of D&AD (Design & Art Direction Association) where he served as chairman of the education committee and is currently a Director of the Design Business Association with an objective to share his knowledge of leading a successful design agency and to promote the effectiveness of design. DewGibbons + Partners clients include: Procter & Gamble, Boots, Waitrose, Marks & Spencer, Novartis Consumer Health, Boehringer Ingelheim, Abbott Laboratories and a host of smaller independent entrepreneurial businesses.

Steve lives in the country with his wife, 2 children and a collection of aesthetically chosen, but almost entirely unproductive, chickens.

Paul Graham, Sales Director EMEA, Pantone LLC

Paul Graham is responsible for Sales & Marketing for Pantone in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Pantone’s business in this area is concentrated on the printing, publishing, digital printing and textile industries. His main responsibilities are the design and implementation of sales and marketing strategies, managing sales teams, the build-up of new sales channels and territories and the cultivation of strategic distribution partnerships.

Graham ran his own design and marketing consultancy for 11 years prior to joining Pantone, and has worked for a number of companies in the print, design and packaging sectors including, Letraset, Esselte and The Bowater Corporation.

He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Management and Business Studies from the University of Kent Business School.


Call for Papers

We would like to invite you to submit a paper to present at the PDD Forum (Print Packaging Decoration Design). The topics we are looking to address on the programme are:

  • Understanding customers and adapting to the changing market.
  • Fostering innovation - staying competitive and evaluating financing solutions.
  • Experiencing first-hand the latest technologies and innovative concepts in packaging.
  • Balancing your finances, lowering your costs while increasing quality.
  • Learning how to ensure innovation growth and evaluate the risk of long term projects.
  • Packaging production and material sourcing – innovative methods and approaches.
  • Creating the need and generating the buzz with forward-thinking packaging.

If you have an exciting, insightful and informative paper you would like to share with the key stakeholders then please send in your abstract to the contact below.

For any question and to send your abstract please contact:

Pranita Nangia
Conference Producer

t: (+44)208 253 9623


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