2017 Speakers Include:

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Mike Baxter


RPC-BPI Group is the largest manufacturer and recycler of waste polythene films in Europe with a manufacturing and recycling capacity in excess of 400,000 tonnes per year. Mike Baxter joined BPI in 1988 and has held senior roles within various BPI businesses, including polythene extrusion, converting and recycling. Currently Mike is responsible for all external affairs representing BPI-RPC at the United Kingdom and European government levels, plus trade associations including Plastics Recyclers Europe and the British Plastics Federation Recycling Group. He also is a director of RPC-BPI Recycled Products with responsibility for the company’s range of recycled rigid plastics. Mike was appointed in 2016 to the U.K. Government Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP), representing the U.K. plastics processing and recycling sector. He is a board member and trustee of the U.K. charity Recycling of Used Plastics Limited (RECOUP) and a member of the BPF Plastics & Packaging Management Committee.

Szymon Dziak-Czekan

Polish Recycling Association

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Shailesh Gothal

Gemini Corp

Gemini Corporation is a sourcing, inspecting and logistics company for recyclable/renewable and second choice/stocklot materials. It is headquartered in Antwerp, Belgium with an employee basis of over 200+ specialists, based in associated offices spread over Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia. Our wide geographical spread and presence in several markets allows us to provide our suppliers with new markets and our customers with new sourcing opportunities. We have 27 years of experience in Plastics recycling.

Shailesh Gothal is Business Development Manager for paper division. Gemini is having footprint in USA , Europe, Asia and Middle East for Prime Paper, Stocklot Paper, Waste Paper .

Jim Keefe

Jim Keefe

Executive Vice President/Publisher
Recycling Today Media Group

Mr. James R. Keefe joined GIE Media, Recycling Today’s parent company, in 1991 in a sales and market research capacity.

During his career, he has overseen the continuing development of Recycling Today magazine, which is today the leading business magazine serving the recycling industry. In addition, he has managed the launch of its website, www.RecyclingToday.com, as well as numerous publication launches.

Jim currently serves as an executive vice president for GIE Media and is a member of the firm’s executive management team. He is a graduate of Ohio University, Athens, Ohio.

Marcin Lotysz


Marcin Lotysz is one of the co-founders and inventors of BIN-e - smart waste bin. He is a designer, and for more than 20 years was associated with the advertising and production sectors, supporting activities for companies and corporations. In the past seven years Marcin has designed and coordinated the implementation of innovative Web platforms and has supported numerous start-up initiatives. At BIN-e he is responsible for developing the technological concept of the project and he takes part in all stages of the work’s development. Marcin also is an active mechanic, restoring old motorcycles as a hobby.

Michael McManus

VP Corporate/Government Affairs
Asia Pulp & Paper and Associated Companies

Michael McManus is vice president, government and corporate affairs and is involved in stakeholder engagement in North America for Asia Pulp and Paper Group (APP). APP is the world’s largest, fully integrated pulp and paper manufacturer with products used by millions of people every day. Michael is currently responsible for corporate communications, internal and external messaging, sustainability public relations, corporate and government affairs and customer relationship strategy for APP and its partner and affiliated companies. McManus graduated with a BA in Communications from Marymount University and earned his Master’s in Strategic Public Relations at the George Washington University’s School of Political Management.

Bill Moore

Bill Moore

Moore & Associates

Mr. Bill Moore is president of Moore & Associates, an international consulting firm engaged in providing a range of market research and strategic services to the global paper recycling industry. Prior to his many years as a consultant, he held a series of positions in the solid waste, paper and recycling industries. At Moore & Associates, he has served more than 250 clients on more than 450 projects. Mr. Moore’s knowledge base includes all aspects of the worldwide supply and demand of recovered paper.

David Powlson

Pöyry Management Consulting, UK

David Powlson is a director at Pöyry, where he is responsible for IT consulting work in the European paper sector, as well as focusing on paper recycling and specialty paper. He has significant skills in project management, and particular experience in managing large and complex projects. Powlson has managed and supervised numerous strategic assessments, due diligences and investment assessments. He has 20 years’ experience in paper, having previously worked for the U.K. government as a paper industry specialist, and prior to that was a production manager in a paper mill. He has a degree in paper science with management from the University of Manchester, and also undertook a year’s research in paper at the Technical University of Dresden.

Jim Keefe

Craig Robinson

Purchasing Manager
Cycle Link UK

Craig Robinson has held several management positions within recovered fibre procurement at UPM since joining the company in 2002 and has been the head of RCP market and operations – U.K., since October 2011. He is responsible for sourcing the market volumes of RCP and commingled material for the UPM Shotton newsprint mill in Deeside, North Wales, United Kingdom, along with the sale of all recyclables from the material recovery facility (MRF) and external sorting operations. Prior to joining UPM, Craig, a forester by profession, spent 14 years in the commercial forestry industry primarily in the harvesting and marketing of round timber.

Brian Taylor

Managing Editor
Recycling Today Media Group

Brian Taylor joined the Recycling Today Media Group in September 1997 and serves as an editor for the media group.

The Recycling Today Media Group, based in Valley View, Ohio, USA, is part of GIE Media Inc.

Taylor, a graduate of the University of Toledo in Ohio, has been a business journalist for 25 years. In his current role, he works from Hong Kong tracking commodity pricing and also gathers information on processing technologies, equipment and emerging markets in the recycling industry.

Hrishikesh Vora

Victory Creations

Backed by a solid 100 years of business background, the Victory Creations family is a fourth-generation business that has evolved tremendously. An ancestral bloodline of international trading has boosted the growth of the company and taken the business to great heights. “One Stop Shop for All Your Paper Requirements” is the company’s motto with which it prides itself. Hrishikesh Vora is the fourth generation young and dynamic CEO who has brought in fresh enthusiasm and contemporary methods to the business. He takes pride in expanding the business with his regular travelling across the globe, taking pride in understanding scrap paper plants and related paperstock and stock lot industries all across the world.

Jim Keefe

Andreas Walser

Managing Director
Hamburger Recycling

Andreas Walser has served as the managing director of Hamburger Recycling Group GmbH for four years. Hamburger Recycling Group GmbH operates collection and trade activities with a variety of waste in east and southeast Europe, focusing on paper for recycling and for the supply of secondary raw materials for the industry. Walser is also the managing director of ZWS Recycling GmbH in Regensburg, a middle-class plastic recycling company. Before his activities at Hamburger Recycling GmbH, Walser worked in the disposal business in a middle-class enterprise for 18 years, serving eight years as managing director. His work focused on the collecting, treating and commercialization of secondary raw materials.

Additional Speakers Include:

Stéphane Armange, Director, Paprec
Hendrik Beel, Steinert/RTT
Jochen Behr, DS Smith
Sebastian Behr, General Manager, JERICH Germany GmbH
Jochen Behr, DS Smith
Jody Cleworth, CEO, Marine Transport International
Christian-Yves Crépet, Executive Director, Petcore Europe
Adrian Griffiths, CEO, Recycling Technologies
Edward Kosior, Managing Director, Nextek
Marcin Kwiatkowski, Smurfit-Kappa Group (SKG)