2017 Speakers Included

Speakers for the 2018 Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference Europe will be added as they are confirmed.

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.

Hendrik Beel

RRT Steinert

Hendrik Beel is Managing Director of RTT Steinert and global sales director at STEINERT for the waste and recycling market. He is a graduate of the RWTH in Aachen, Germany, and has been working in the waste and recycling business for more than 20 years. As a student he started working for the engineering company HTP GmbH in Aachen before later establishing HTP´s office in Berlin. In 2010 he joined Steinert as an application specialist and regional manager. He was a member of the Steinert support group and in this function developed individual process solutions for the needs of Steinert’s customers. As a regional manager he was responsible for Australia and Asia. In 2012 Hendrik was announced as Managing Director of RTT Steinert.

Jochen Behr

DS Smith

Jochen Behr joined United Kingdom-based DS Smith in 2017 as Head of Recycling, following his successful track record as a Country General Manager for global blue-chip companies. Prior to joining DS Smith, Jochen developed his exceptional analytical and problem-solving skills working for Siemens, GE Capital and CHEP. A Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Jochen gained 20 years’ experience in developing and executing high-impact strategies to enable greater operational efficiency, turn around underperforming operations and promote profitable business growth.

Thijs Cox

Ciparo BV

Thijs Cox graduated as an industrial engineer in the Netherlands. In 1992 he became a partner in China Commodities International. From 1993 to 1995 he was involved in the opening of several offices across Asia. In 1996 Cox became the founding partner of Ciparo bv, a scrap paper trading house. He later established Tianjin Golden Windmill International Trade Corp. in China. In 2006 Cox co-founded Ciparo Products in the Netherlands, a company focused on the marketing and sales of Asian prime paper products into the European markets.

Szymon Dziak-Czekan

Polish Recycling Association

Szymon P. Dziak-Czekan was born in Poland and is a businessman, social activist and professional speaker. Simon graduated from Kent State University in the United States with cum laude semester honors in December 2006. As a 23-year-old in August 2007, Szymon obtained private equity to invest in a startup company focused on the sale of recycled plastics. Within two months of its debut, Szymon’s company Kalman Plastic had achieved its first million dollars in revenue, and in the following years began supplying plants in more than 20 countries around the EU. In 2013, Szymon was awarded first place in the 2013 Business Speaking Competition of the Professional Speakers Association and is the founder of SPDC International. In September 2015 Szymon became the founder and first chairman of the Polish Recycling Association (Polski Recykling). The association’s members combined process more than 550,000 metric tons of material annually.

Simon Ellin

The Recycling Assoociation

Simon Ellin is CEO of Independent Waste Paper Processors Association (IWPPA), where he joined as commercial director in 2009. In 2011 he was promoted to CEO of IWPP and The Recycling Association. Prior to these roles, Ellin worked for Cheshire Recycling (now Palm) and was involved in some of the country’s first pioneering curbside programs where he gained experience in operations, mill buying and facilities management sectors in the recycling industry. He earned a degree and Ph.D. in environmental science nearly 30 years ago, and soon after joined Staffordshire County Council as the first waste disposal authority recycling officer

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 .

Adrian Haworth

Sales & Marketing Director
Recycling Technologies Ltd.

Adrian, who holds a combined three bachelors and master’s degrees in engineering, is the Sales & Marketing Director for Recycling Technologies Ltd., where he leads market development for the company’s plastic waste-to-oil business. He spent 33 years with GE Energy in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Russia, covering various roles including Engineering Services Manager, Director of European Service Sales, Region Director for Russia/CIS and Director of GE Energy's Strategic Marketing department in Europe. During his GE career, Adrian has been involved in technology evaluation and development across a wide spectrum including combined cycle-gas turbine, gasification, distributed combined heat-and-power, smart grids, solar, wind, storage and transport systems.

Edward Kosior

Managing Director
Nextek Ltd

Edward Kosior is Managing Director of London-based Nextek Ltd., which he founded in 2005. Prior to that he worked for Australia-based Visy Industries and as a researcher at RMIT University in Australia. He holds bachelor degrees from Melbourne University and a Masters of Engineering Science degree in Polymer Engineering from Monash University in Australia. Edward is an Honorary Professor at Brunel University London, at the Wolfson Materials Processing Centre. He also is a Fellow of The Society of Plastics Engineers and of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. He holds several patents for the recycling plastics and been instrumental in the introduction of recycled plastics into food packaging in Europe and Australia.

Marcin Kwiatkowski

Smurfit Kappa Group

Thirty-six-year-old Marcin Kwiatkowski was born 1981. He is the Purchasing Manager Recovered Paper Poland at Smurfit Kappa Recycling GmbH in Germany. He has responsibilities for all recycling operations in Poland. He has been with Smurfit Kappa Recycling for five years. Before joining Smurfit Kappa, Marcin was working at medium-sized recycling companies in Poland. He is focused on and specializes in recovered paper, especially high grades.

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.

John Paul Mackens

Business Development Manager - Secondary Raw Materials
Kühne + Nagel (AG & Co.) KG

John Paul Mackens is the Business Development Manager - Secondary Raw Materials for Hamburg-based Kühne + Nagel (AG & Co.) KG. He has worked for 18 years in the secondary raw material shipping and transport branch of the company, which ships nearly all types of secondary raw materials around the world. It doesn’t matter whether it’s green list, yellow list or if notification is needed for transport, Mackens builds up the recycling business inside Kühne + Nagel and helps its European and global workforce and customers with laws and regulations. Secondary raw materials are his passion. In Germany he has formed a new working group called “International Plastic Markets” at the BVSE German recycling association.

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.

Sébastien Ricard

Head of Sustainable Development Policy and Public Affairs
Paprec Group

Sébastien Ricard is Head of Sustainable Development Policy and Public Affairs at Paris-based Paprec Group. He has a degree as an Engineer in Agronomy and also graduated from Sciences-Po Paris in 2008, and from ESSEC Business School in 2010. After working as member of the French Agriculture and Fishing Minister’s cabinet, he worked at CA-CIB as a Soft Commodity Analyst. Sébastien then joined the French Sports Minister’s cabinet. He joined PAPREC Group in 2013, and is now Head of Sustainable Development Policy and Public Affairs. Sébastien also has been teaching at Sciences-Po Paris since 2011 (PSIA Master).

Craig Robinson

Purchasing Manager
Cycle Link UK

Craig Robinson is Purchasing Director at Cyclelink International. Cyclelink is the wholly-owned purchasing and trading division of the Anhui Shanying Group in China, with offices in the U.S.A., U.K., the Netherlands, Japan, Australia and China. Craig is based in the U.K., where he is responsible for the sourcing and quality of recovered fibre grades, strategy development, and leading special projects. Craig has more than 15 years of experience in the paper sector, previously holding positions at UPM-Kymmene. Prior to joining UPM, Craig, a forester by profession, spent 14 years in commercial forestry, primarily in the harvesting and marketing of round timber.

Dan Sandoval

Conference Advisor
Recycling Today Media Group

Dan Sandoval has been reporting on the recycling industry for more than 20 years. His area of experience is on the paper markets, from collection to brokering and consuming. While Dan retired as senior editor of Recycling Today in spring 2017, he still plays an active role in the development and growth of the Recycling Today Media Group’s conference programs.

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 is the managing director of Hamburger Recycling Group GmbH, part of the Austria-based Prinzhorn Group. He has served in that role for eight years. Hamburger Recycling Group conducts collection and trading activities for a variety of materials in East and Southeast Europe, focusing on paper for recycling and for the supply of secondary raw materials for the paper industry. Prior to joining Hamburger Recycling, Andreas worked in the waste and recycling business at a medium-sized enterprise for 18 years, serving as managing director for eight of those years. His work there focused on the collection, processing and sale of secondary raw materials.

Additional Speakers Include:

Martino Tavalato, VIPA Lausanne SA