Alistair manages the Food Packaging Safety Section within Smithers. This involves advising clients on the safety legislation which applies to food packaging in a wide range of different countries throughout the world and coordinating work programmes to ensure that clients' products meet these requirements. His expertise spans all the EU countries, USA, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Israel, Russia and all the South American countries.
Alistair graduated with a degree and PhD in Chemistry from Birmingham University. After working for BP and the Department of Health, he joined Smithers in 1994, taking up his current position in 1995.
Carlos graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. He worked in industry before moving to the United Kingdom, to do his Ph.D at the University of Cambridge. During his doctoral research and subsequently as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate, he developed the basis of the Enval process to recycle plastic aluminium laminate pouches, sachets, tubes, etc.
As a result, Carlos founded Enval where he is CEO. The Company now has a commercial plant recycling laminates in the UK and is in the process of installing further units in other locations. Enval has also started to develop recycling processes for other materials, creating a link between the packaging world and the waste handling sector.
Nick is a systems integration professional with nearly ten years of experience in helping post-consumer material processors create more value from the waste stream. Since joining TOMRA in 2018, he has helped players across the post-consumer supply chain lay the foundation for closing the loop on paper and plastics packaging and biomass. Born and raised near the ocean, Nick is an avid competitive waterman and has spent the last 16 years working part-time as an Ocean Lifeguard with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
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T. Edwin Freeman is a Principal Scientist at Mars, Inc., responsible for sustainable packaging materials development and open innovation. He has an extensive background in materials research and development, having worked at The Coca-Cola Company, where he was responsible for breakthrough innovations in sustainable packaging. His prior R&D experience also includes Xerox Corporation where he worked on the research and development of materials for the fabrication of components that enabled innovations in xerographic and direct marking technologies as well as PPG Industries, where he worked on the development of materials for ophthalmic lens application. Edwin earned his PhD in Polymer Science from The University of Akron and he holds over 30 US Patents.
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Technical leader in packaging R&D with 18 years experience in the Food industry. Idea champion who leverages expertise in packaging materials and new technologies to deliver cost reductions, quality improvements and fuel growth pipelines. Led effectively cross functional, global and external projects and teams. Ability to identify packaging development opportunities to deliver top and bottom line growth across the supply chain.
Andrea began her career working in labs, first as a research assistant with the Institute for Genomic Research and then with Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC. Her undergraduate degree is in Biology from University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Virginia. After attending law school at George Washington University, she was an attorney for many years with Emord & Associates PC in the Washington, D.C. area, representing clients regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (and related agencies). After leaving private practice, Andrea was Legal Counsel with Celltex Therapeutics, a ground-breaking stem cell company in Houston, TX. Next, Andrea was Regulatory Director, Associate General Counsel with Innophos, Inc, a manufacturing company supplying ingredients to the food, dietary supplement, pharmaceutical and technical industries around the globe. Currently Andrea is Food Law Counsel with Campbell Soup Company working primarily with its Quality, Regulatory, R&D, and Marketing teams on some of the most iconic brands in the United States.
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Leslie Patton has more than a decade of experience in regulatory toxicology. Leslie specializes in food additives and food contact, pesticides, consumer products, and cosmetics. She has extensive experience working with industries to successfully register pesticides with the US Environmental Protection Agency and Health Canada and submit new food contact notifications (FCN) with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Leslie routinely prepares the necessary submissions for food contact notifications (FCNs) and GRAS notifications. She develops data waiver rationales for human health and environmental toxicology requirements for registrations of conventional, antimicrobial and biochemical pesticides, and writes inert ingredient petitions for these products. She carries out hazard and exposure assessments to show compliance with Proposition 65, and develops product labels for a variety of consumer and personal care products. Leslie can also serve as an expert witness in legal matters involving toxicology.
Leslie has a BS in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan and a PhD in Environmental Toxicology from Cornell University.
Francis Olajide Jr. is global application technology leader of polyolefins modification for packaging at Eastman, where he oversees technical development with a strong focus on delivering innovative products and services that support customer success. With more than 18 years’ experience in polyolefin material and application development in the plastics and packaging industry, he has worked in a variety of technical, research, and marketing roles. Before coming to Eastman, Olajide held technical leadership roles at Dow, Illinois Tool Works (Zip-Pak division), and Ciba Specialty Chemicals (acquired by BASF). He is a member of the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA), the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), and the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), where he’s an active technical committee member. He holds a master of business administration degree in technology management from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from Clarkson University.
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