CEO – Corrugated Packaging
Markus joined Mondi in September 2018 as CEO of Mondi’s Fibre Packaging / Paper business unit. Since 2019, he is responsible for the entire corrugated value chain as CEO Corrugated Packaging.
Markus has significant industrial and international business experience. He started his career at McKinsey & Company, working on numerous operational and strategic projects across a variety of industries. Markus went on to join Novelis AG, where he held various roles in strategy and sales with growing responsibility until he became the head of one of Novelis’ three businesses as Vice President & General Manager Specialities. In this capacity, he was responsible for a diverse range of applications, including consumer packaging solutions and industrial products.
Magdalen College, University of Oxford and Oxford Economics
Educated in Italy and at the Universities of London (LSE), Paris and Oxford. From 1966 to 1977 at the OECD’s Department of Economics and Statistics. In 1973-74 Japan Foundation Fellow at the Research Institute of the Economic Planning Agency, Tokyo. From 1977 to 2007, Fellow and Tutor in Economics at Magdalen College, University of Oxford. Since 2008 Emeritus Fellow.
At various stages, consultant to the World Bank, the OECD and member of the Academic Council of the IFO Institute, Munich, as well as Visiting Professor in various European universities. Has been a Member of the Board of Finmeccanica and is a Director of Oxford Economics.
CEO Packaging Division
Stefano Rossi joined DS Smith in 2012 after spending more than 20 years in the paper business. In 2014, took over the role of Divisional Chief Executive Officer for the Packaging Division of DS Smith, the leading global provider of sustainable fibre-based packaging worldwide, supported by recycling and papermaking operations. The packaging division is the largest within the company with approximately 25,000 people, over 200 manufacturing sites in thirty-four countries, including fulfilment services in Europe, Asia, and the United States.
Born in Lucca, Italy, Stefan holds a University Degree in Pulp and Paper Technology and a Master Course in Chemical Engineering and started working in the Packaging industry from 1988 for SCA which later became DS Smith as a part of that firm’s expansion in 2012. In Paper he covered all roles, from operations, to sales and marketing, and finally appointed to CEO of the Paper division in 2010.
DS Smith was the first packaging company to recycle more waste than it produces, and innovating sustainable new materials and design is a key driver for the leadership team who are dedicated in their commitment to ensuring that products function within the principles of a circular economy and are intended for reuse from inception. By 2023, the e-commerce industry is predicted to be worth more than $6.5bn, with increasing demand for brand new, intelligent, and innovative sustainable packaging solutions.
Sevinç Yener Çimecioğlu
Mondi Corrugated Turkey
Sevinç Yener Çimecioğlu has almost 30 years' experience in executive management with broad expertise in manufacturing, change management, company integration, culture change, lean management, labor relations, and employee engagement in several multinational companies. She holds a BSc in Industrial Engineering from Boğaziçi University and obtained her master's degree from the same institution.
She worked at Delphi Automotive Systems Turkey for 15 years in managerial positions including project management, quality, manufacturing, and plant manager of one of its three production plants in Turkey, then as the director of Turkish production control and logistics operations. She then moved on to Magna Automotive Corporation's Exteriors-Interiors Division as a General Manager, establishing its operations in Turkey during 2008-2011.
Yener switched from automotive to textile packaging in 2011, becoming the General Manager of Greif FPS Turkey where she integrated its newly acquired Turkish manufacturing operations. From 2016 to 2018 Yener worked as a freelance consultant on projects for multinational companies, harnessing her manufacturing know-how, such as up-sizing, down-sizing, developing new manufacturing sites, cultural change, and lean management.
Since 2028 Yener has been the CEO of Mondi Corrugated Turkey, formerly known as Mondi Tire Kutsan, operating seven box plants, one paper mill, and one recycling facility. She is a board member. She recently joined the 'Women on Board Association" In 2019 she received the "Turkey's 50 Powerful Female CEOs" award by Capital and Ekonomist, and in 2020 received the "Fortune Turkey 50 Most Powerful Business Women" award. She is the two-time winner of the 50 Most Admired CEOs of Turkey category at the Golden Leader Awards in 2022 and 2023.
Since 2016 CEO of RDM Group, the leading producer of recycled
cartonboard in Europe.
After the Master Degree in Chemical Engineering from Pisa
University, Mr Bianchi started his professional career in the
packaging sector in Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget-SCA, acquired in 2012 by DS Smith, the leading provider of corrugated packaging in Europe.
After 14 years in SCA and 3 in DS Smith, with 8 different job positions
and seven years of experience at European level, since November
2016 Michele Bianchi has been CEO of RDM Group.
Today, Mr Bianchi has a rooted and valuable knowledge of packaging
sector dynamics and trends, and he has developed extensive skills in
the management of complex organizations. He also holds important
institutional roles: he is President of Pro Carton, President of CEPI
Cartonboard and President of Federazione Carta Grafica.
Head of Sustainability, Recyclability & Gov’t Affairs (Recycling)
13 years’ experience in the waste and recycling industry with DS Smith, in a mix of commercial, project and specialist roles and in the position of Head of Sustainability, Recyclability & Gov’t Affairs in the Recycling Division for the past 3 years.
Experience in managing commercial contracts, business development and material sales of fibre and plastics, as well as operational improvement projects. Now focussed largely on delivery of our Now & Next Sustainability Strategy, working with brands and producers on recyclability of fibre-based packaging placed on the market, government affairs and policy related activities, and thought leadership campaigns.
I’m passionate about improving the environment in which we live in and playing my part in the circular economy by promoting solutions for keeping resources in use longer.
Jori Ringman is Director General of the Confederation of European Paper Industries (Cepi) since June 2019. Previously he was Deputy Director General and responsible for issues relating to sustainability, environment and consumer protection, with particular concern for packaging and food contact. Since joining Cepi in 2005 he has been advancing and exploring circular low carbon bioeconomy in the sector.
Prior to 2005, he was a civil servant at the European Commission and a political advisor in the European Parliament.
Mr Ringman has a background in Economics, Econometrics and Business Management and broad experience in communications, public administration and politics. He also holds an MSc in Environmental Decision-making.
Director, Global Packaging in Global Supply Chain Organization
Frank Heidlberger is Global Packaging Director and part of the Global Supply Chain organization at McDonald’s. Frank provides strategic direction and oversight to the McDonald’s global packaging category. He leads an external global team responsible for holistic Packaging category management including Sourcing, Product Development & Innovation, and Sustainability.
His past 5 years were very much influenced by the shifting category dynamics in Packaging. Together with McDonald´s Sustainability experts
Frank was instrumental in the development of the Packaging & Recycling
pillar of McDonald´s Global Sustainability Strategy with the goal to drive circularity. Frank is leading McDonald´s global transformation of the single-use Packaging category and their global commitment to source 100% of their guest packaging from renewable, recycled or certified sources by 2025. Together with other functional leads he established global reusable standards at McDonald´s that assure compliance with legislative requirements.
Frank is passionate to transition the Packaging Category to a Circular Economy & Waste Management Category. In this context he is in particular focusing on establishing structures that enable better collaboration not only between internal functions and packaging suppliers but as well among brands and different industries as it requires many stakeholders to continually reduce waste and increase recycling.
Harald Ganster, MD of Hamburger Containerboard, born in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, holds an MBA from California State University, Hayward and studied engineering in
Austria. After several years in tissue and specialty paper industry he took over the position Mill Manager of Hamburger Austria in 1991. Since that time he has
developed the Hamburger Containerboard Division to the current size of 2,5 million tons capacity.
In 2009 he took over responsibility for the whole Containerboard Division as Managing Director.
Since November 2021: Speaker of the Board of Prinzhorn Holding Group, Managing Director for Prinzhorn Holding.
Harald Ganster is married to Susanne Ganster and they have one daughter.
Joachim is of German-Swedish origin and holds a master's degree in business administration. Since 1996 he has worked with global companies in the sector to define strategies, improve performance, transform supply chains and integrate acquired companies. Prior to founding StepChange in 2006, he worked for 10 years as a management consultant with a large international management consulting and technology firm, where he was operationally responsible for building the pulp and paper consulting practice. In addition to his specialization in the forest, pulp & paper industry, he has consulting experience from a wide range of other industries.
Chairman of the Board
Orhan OBiicii was born in 1956 in Gaziantep. He completed his high school education in Gaziantep and graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Mr. Ogiicii began his professional career at Giineydogu Iplik Sanayi. From 1978 to 1980, he served as a Lecturer at Middle East Technical University's Gaziantep campus. In 1984, he took part in the establishment of Marmara Pamuklu Mensucat and continued to work at the management level of the company until 2007.
With the founding of Lila Kagit in 2007, he has been serving as the Chairman of the Board. Throughout different periods, he has been a member of the Board of Directors for the TOBB Paper Products Council and the Cellulose and Paper Industry Foundation.
Currently, he is actively involved in the Board of Trustees of the Turkish Education Volunteers Foundation (TEGV) and the Board of Directors of the Volunteer Services Foundation (GHV).
Eleni Despotou is the Director General of FEFCO since Feb. 2021. She has a long-standing experience of more than 20 years in Public Affairs and industry association management. Before joining FEFCO, she has worked at United Nations, European Commission and hold various responsibility positions at the Solar Power Europe and Industrial Minerals industries’ association, notably advocating at the highest EU and global levels.
Over the years, she has acquired extensive expertise on industry related issues on climate change, energy, circular economy, sustainability issues and was highly involved in the Green Deal. Ms Despotou has a background of Mechanical Engineering, Political sciences with expertise in Energy and Climate Change matters.
REIS Pazarlama ve Ticaret
O. Ismet Müstecaplıoğlu, CEO of REIS Pazarlama ve Ticaret has been working in REIS since 1984.
Experience in all fields of Pulp & Paper Industry: Pulp, Paper, Pulpwood, Wastepaper, Chemicals, Machinery, Consulting
Board Member of Parkim ( www.parkimgroup.com )
Founder President of Turkish Pulp Club
Past President of Europulp
BSc. Electrical Engineering, BA Economics
University of Rochester 84
Mike Turner is the Managing Director of the European Carton Makers Association (ECMA) who are the ‘voice’ of the European carton sector, representing 500+ companies with 80,000 staff, he is also Chair of the ‘Fibre Packaging Europe’ coalition and represents the Packaging Converters on the Steering Committee of fibre packaging’s ‘4evergreen Alliance’. Mr Turner joined ECMA in September 2019 from Graphic Packaging International, where he served as Managing Director of their EMEA Foodservice Packaging business. Prior to that, Mr Turner spent 14 years with International Paper, working in positions of increasing responsibility culminating in the position of Managing Director of their EMEA Foodservice Packaging Business and Senior Lead Team member of their Global Foodservice Packaging Business. Prior to that, Mr Turner spent 10 years with M-Real, a Scandinavian paper mill and merchant group. Mr Turner has also served 4 years as President and Chairman of the Brussels based ‘Pack2Go’ representing manufacturers of packaging for food & beverages ‘to go’. Mr Turner serves on the Board of ‘First Steps’ which is a UK based family & child support Charity
Nick Mockett is a corporate financier and has served the global packaging & paper related industries exclusively for over twenty-five years. His experience includes leveraged buy-outs (LBOs/MBOs/MBIs), mergers, acquisitions and disposals, and public company takeovers. He has worked on dozens of deals worth billions of Euros around the globe. Throughout the packaging sector, he has been active across substrates including, cartons & corrugated, solid board & core board, paper & tissue and in consumer & industrial packaging ranging from pharmaceuticals & healthcare to food & beverage to bulk chemicals & agricultural. Nick is a Liveryman of the Company of Stationers & Newspaper Makers, Judge of Packaging News Packaging Awards, and speaks at Packaging conferences around the globe.
Director – Macroeconomics
Lasse Sinikallas is the Director of Macroeconomics for Fastmarkets Forest Products. Lasse joined Fastmarkest in August 2017 from a foreign affairs post which he held for the past decade. Lasse’s early career background was in forest products and he also worked in management consulting for Pöyry, IBM and Accenture. He has real-world insight into geopolitical economic analysis, international trade issues, country risk analysis, and the legal and regulatory environment, along with the forest products industry. Lasse holds Master’s degrees in both Chemical Engineering and Economics and works out of Fastmarkets RISI's Helsinki office.
Senior Vice President
Principal – Tissue
With more than 30 years' experience in the global paper market, Esko's expertise lies in the tissue and recovered fiber markets. After working nearly 18 years for a large forest industry consulting company in Helsinki and Munich, Esko established EU Consulting, his own forest industry consulting company. Esko carries out numerous private client projects, as well as publishing Fastmarkets RISI's comprehensive studies on tissue business developments and global recycled fiber markets worldwide.
Global Forest Products, Paper & Packaging Lead
Bain & Company
Ilkka Leppävuori is the global lead for the Paper & Packaging sector for Bain & Company. He has close to two decades of management consulting experience, with focus on pulp, paper, and packaging. He is a trusted advisor to many C-level executives within the paper & packaging sector, as well as private equity companies investing into the sector. His broad capability expertise covers growth strategies, sales force effectiveness, performance improvement, organizational restructuring, and mergers & acquisitions. Ilkka is also the lead author of the recently published Paper & Packaging Report by Bain & Company.
Director – Fiber
Director , Europe Packaging and Graphic Papers
Alejandro is responsible for client support and analytics for Fastmarkets RISI’s European Graphic Papers team. Previously, Alejandro was a business analyst for a European fine paper producer. He has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from the Solvay Business School of Economics and Management in Brussels.
European Analyst – European Forest Products
Philipp is a member of the economic analysis team in Europe, and in his role, he is monitoring and analyzing the tissue markets worldwide. Philipp holds an MSc degree in Economics and Political Science from the Università degli Studi di Milano and a BA degree in Political and Social Studies from the Julius-Maximilians-Universität. He further developed his analytical and consulting skills by working as a consultant and business analyst for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Sollers Consulting in Germany and Poland.
Associate Economist – Pulp and Paper
Camila is responsible for the analysis and forecasting for the paper and package industry, having special expertise in the Kraft paper market in Europe. Previously, Camila worked as a Senior Consultant, and Economic and Investment Advisor for the economic and financial consultancy industry, and as a Revenue Management specialist for the shipment industry. She has a bachelor’s in Economics from the National University of Colombia and a Master’s in Economics of Markets and Organizations from the Toulouse School of Economics.
Tero joined the Fastmarkets RISI’s global packaging team after more than nine years as an analyst and product manager on our mill intelligence team. As an economist he will cover the European containerboard markets and conducts economic analysis of paper packaging markets in Europe. Tero holds a degree of Master of Science in paper and pulp manufacturing and finished his master’s thesis on corrugated board in co-operation with Fastmarkets RISI.
Director – EMEA Mill Intelligence
Ville conducts various benchmarking analyses of global pulp and paper mills to estimate their competitiveness. Since joining Fastmarkets RISI in 2005, Ville has managed content in Analytical Cornerstone and Asset Database tools. He has also worked on multiple consulting projects and multi-client studies, including topics such as manufacturing costs, asset quality, machine conversions and risk of closure.
Procurement Director, Global Paper & Flexible Packaging
Currently Procurement Director, Global Packaging, I've 18+ years’ experience in FMCG companies and Cleaning/Food/OTC/Health/Infant Nutrition markets. (Nestlé, Unilever, and Reckitt), being 8+ years in Regional/Global leadership positions.
During my career I had the opportunity to work, understand and improve the E2E Supply Chain in different areas within the Procurement department, such as Food commodities negotiation on physical and future markets, Procurement Financial Controlling and Forecast, Indirect Purchase (from Capex to Corporate Services), Third Party Manufacturer negotiation, Chemicals, Packaging Procurement. In the past 10 years, 5 positions in 3 different locations, guiding diverse multicultural team(s) of buyers/managers to outperform.
I’ve Graduation in Economics, my native language is Portuguese, and I've fluency in English and Spanish.
Throughout my career journey I had relevant experience in regional structure implementation, categories negotiation, processes redesign, KPI’s creation, Procurement transformation (M&A & Change management), Global Procurement/Supply Interface, make or buy studies, eSourcing & eTools, SAP, Strategic Sourcing, Supply Management, Power BI creation. Besides Procurement experience, in my previous leadership role as EPR Fees & Eco Taxes strategy – Project Director at Reckitt, inside Sustainable Brands – Corporate Communications & External Affairs Department, I've added experience on Project Management, Packaging Innovation forums, ESG, Brands Sustainability Strategy, Packaging global regulatory landscape and its financial impact. Recently (Apr/18) certified as Integral Associate Coach™.
Group Head of Fibre Sourcing
2021-Present Group Head of Fibre Sourcing at Mondi Vienna
2008-2021 Mondi South Africa
– Head of Forests Technical
– Re-Engineering Manager
– Forest Engineering Manager
– Harvesting Specialist
2000-2008 Researcher and Lecturer Forest Engineering and Forest Work Science at University of Freiburg (Germany) and Stellenbosch University (South Africa)
Dr. rer. Nat. & Diplom Forstwirt, University of Freiburg
IUFRO (International Union of Forest Research Organizations)
Alexander Buck is the Executive Director of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), a global network for science collaboration uniting over 15,000 scientists in more than 600 member organizations in 125 countries. He studied forestry and law and is an expert on international forest, environment and resource policy. Alexander has 20 years of experience in working in research management and at the science-policy interface.
Head of Research
Over the last five years, my professional path has brought me to Athens, where I currently hold the position of Head of the Research Department at Intermodal Shipbrokers. My expertise is centered on both the dry and tanker sectors within the maritime industry. Prior to this role, I gained valuable experience as a dry cargo charterer at Simpon Spence Young and Intermar Chartering in London. Additionally, I contributed as a researcher at the Central Bank of Greece. My educational background includes a bachelor's degree in economics and a postgraduate degree in International Shipping and Finance, which I completed at Henley Business School, University of Reading.
Chief Economist & Global Strategist
ADM Investr Services
Analysing and forecasting the impact of macro / microeconomic trends on a broad range of asset classes, where necessary challenging market psychology and consensus views. The joy of working as a market economist is, and has always been the constant need to research and learn about the changing landscape of the way that the world works, going far beyond the limited scope of economics and financial markets; be that in respect of how globalization, energy transition and technology has and is transforming nearly all aspects of communication, culture, energy and how we interact with the environment on all levels. The desire is to enable and facilitate critical & lateral thinking perspectives on global economic, political and asset market trends; to convey these ideas enthusiastically in terms that are accessible and thought provoking. Having spent much of his childhood in Libya and Iran, Marc has a particular interest in the Middle East, is passionate about music of all genres; university guest lecturer; mentor; a very regular conference speaker and guest on TV & Radio, and widely quoted in the media.
Chief Commercial Officer
Port of Halland
Tom Jennemann, Strategy Director at Fastmarkets, is an experienced leader known for his measured approach to turning content into business-critical products. With over two decades of editorial and market expertise, Tom has been instrumental in Fastmarkets' journey, focusing on integrating proprietary pricing data into customer workflows and enhancing transparency in physical commodity markets. His achievements encompass pricing various commodities, driving the adoption of global trade benchmarks, launching new pricing solutions, and achieving rigorous IOSCO audits. Tom's diverse skill set includes product go-to-market strategies, strategic roadmaps, market and customer engagement, solidifying his crucial role in Fastmarkets' evolution as a respected Price Reporting Agency.
Senior Vice President, Division Manager, Paper & Tissue
President of KASAD and Vice President of ECMA
Bringing over 25 years of experience in the industry, as the 3rd generation to proceed Mr Alican Duran is the Managing Director at Duran Ofset, a leading folding carton converter and publicly listed company on the Istanbul Stock Exchange. With a Bachelor's Degree in International Business Management, he played pivotal roles in various industry associations, including serving as President of KASAD and Vice President of ECMA, Istanbul Exporters Association, TOBB Packaging Council, and ASD.
Director Product Management
Analyst – Supply Chain Food, and Agribusiness
Natasha is a Utrecht-based analyst working for the F&A Packaging and Logistics.
Prior to joining Rabobank in 2016, Natasha worked as a Markets and Supply Chains researcher at LEI Wageningen University. In this position, she conducted research on a wide range of F&A sectors, such as poultry and dairy, as well as on a number of overarching food supply chain themes, like food safety.
Natasha started her career in 1999 as Quality Assurance Manager at a baby food production plant (part of Royal Numico) in Moscow. From there, she moved to the Netherlands to work on her Ph.D. at Wageningen University, focusing on the economics of food safety and traceability in the Dutch dairy chain. During this period, she was also a visiting researcher in the US and Australia. In addition to her Ph.D., Natasha holds a MSc in Agricultural Economics from the Russian State Agricultural University (Moscow Timiryazev Agricultural Academy).
Global Procurement Director for Paper-Based Packaging
Raw Material Sales and Strategic Purchasing Director