David leads Amcor’s safety, environmental compliance, and sustainability programs including the EnviroAction program to improve the environmental and social profile of their operations and products. He is closely involved with integrating sustainable design and social responsibility into Amcor’s product development and innovation processes, including issues related to the collection, processing, and use of recycled containers.
David is also chairman of the Plastic Recycling Corporation of California and serves on the External Advisory Board of the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan.
Bridget Croke leads external affairs including investor partnerships, industry partnerships, communications and special projects at the Closed Loop Fund. Bridget has spent 15 years designing and building campaigns, often in partnership with brands and companies, to motivate consumers to lead a more sustainable lifestyle. Prior to Closed Loop Fund she held leadership roles with …myActions behavior change platform, social movement consultancy and incubator Purpose.com; recycling rewards program Recyclebank.com and the Fair Food Project. When not taking on environmental behavior and systems change, Bridget spends as much time as possible rock and ice climbing, skiing and playing Star Wars with her 5 year old son.
Steve Davies leads marketing & public affairs globally for NatureWorks LLC, a company formed with the mission of bringing to market a broad family of naturally advanced, renewably sourced materials. He is responsible for the company’s cradle-to-cradle strategy, including feedstocks sourcing and strategy and product recovery strategies, and for managing the company’s industry and stakeholder relations, external communications and media relations.
Previously as NatureWorks’ global marketing director, Steve was responsible for market development with Ingeo plastics. When not wearing a NatureWorks hat, Davies has twice served (2011, 2014) as Industry Chair of the SPI’s (Society of the Plastics Industry’s) Bioplastics Council, a group formed in 2009 with the mission of promoting the development of bioplastics as an integral part of the plastics industry. Steve has also served as co-chair of the Washington based BIO’s (Biotechnology Industry Organization’s) biobased products working group 2011-2013.
Nathiel G. Egosi
Nathiel G. Egosi, P.E. is President and Chief Executive Officer of RRT Design & Construction, a national leader in the engineering and construction of solid waste processing and recycling facilities.
Since founding RRT in 1989, Mr. Egosi has led the development and construction of over 400 material recovery facilities nationwide, and has pioneered the development of advanced technologies for the recycling, paper and solid waste industries. He is widely recognized as an expert in process engineering and equipment design for the recovery of materials from solid waste and refining them for re-use.
Mr. Egosi is a registered Professional Engineer in 26 states and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Civil Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of New York (now NYU School of Engineering).
Kyla Fisher is the principal of Three Peaks Consulting where she works with industry associations and private companies to develop research and programs around sustainable packaging, waste management and sustainability reporting. Kyla spent seven years in the petroleum sector where she led the stakeholder and sustainability efforts of the first company to develop coalbed methane and shale gases in Canada. She transitioned to the Packaging Sector in 2008 as the Director of Sustainability for PaperWorks Industries.
Kyla is also an instructor with the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University.
Rachel is the Global Sustainability Director for Scientific and Regulatory Affairs at Mars, Incorporated. Her roles include leading packaging sustainability, implementing programs on sustainability related claims, and acting as the sustainability SME for the Global Horizon Scanning capability at Mars. Rachel also engages externally on behalf of Mars-representing Mars as the co-chair of the Food Beverage and Agriculture working group of the Sustainability Consortium; co-chairing the Forest Products working group of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition; and leading Mars’s engagement in the New Plastics Economy.
Prior to Mars, Rachel was the Team Leader of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP), a voluntary program that encourages methane emissions reductions through the capture and beneficial use of landfill gas. She was also the lead for this work in India, China and Southeast Asia under the Global Methane Initiative. Rachel spent eleven years in the environmental, safety and health field before joining EPA.
Rachel has an MBA with an Environmental Management Concentration from The George Washington University, and a B.S. in Human Factors Engineering from Tufts University.
Dr. Martin Gooch, Ph.D, is co-founder and CEO of VCM International, a global consulting company which helps businesses, primarily in the agricultural and food industry, enhance their long-term profitability and environmental sustainability. Two decades of analyzing businesses and value chains to identify where food and related waste occurs and why, and developing relationships with international initiatives designed to enable businesses to profit from reducing food waste, led to VCMI establishing the Cut Waste, GROW PROFIT™ initiative. Martin holds a PhD and Master’s degree in agri-food management, and a Bachelor of International Business. In 2013 Martin received Bayer Inc.’s “Outstanding Canadian” award for his contribution to “Food Chain Partnerships,” and was appointed Adjunct Professor at the College of Business and Economics, University of Guelph.
Susan Graff is Principal and Vice President of Global Corporate Sustainability at RRS. She is responsible for corporate materials recovery and sustainability programs, and leads collaborative projects to recover plastics and other commodity recyclables.
Prior to RRS, Susan was Principal of ERS Global, a sustainability consultancy serving the Fortune 200 with corporate sustainability strategies and reporting. She is a former senior official at US EPA, where she was responsible for waste management, environmental risk assessment and public/private partnership programs.
Susan holds a Master of Science in Technology and Science Policy from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Western Illinois University.
Andrew J. Gruber
A.J. is currently the President of the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA). He received a B.S. in Packaging from Michigan State University in 2005. A.J. began his career with UPS in Chicago, IL where he worked as a Packaging Engineer and Supervisor of Dangerous Goods prior to joining ISTA as Vice President of Technical Operations in 2011. His current industry activities include the following:
Journal of Applied Packaging Research (JAPR) Editorial Board
Board of Directors – Michigan State University Packaging Alumni Association
Industry Advisory Board Member – Cal Poly State University
Industry Advisory Board Member – Rochester Institute of Technology
Member of ASTM International Committee D-10 on Packaging Testing Standards
Member of International Association of Packaging Research Institutes (IAPRI) and ISO
Calvin Lakhan, Ph.D, is currently co-investigator of the “Waste Wiki” project at York University (with Dr. Mark Winfield), a research project devoted to advancing understanding of waste management research and policy in Canada. He holds a Ph.D from the University of Waterloo/Wilfrid Laurier University joint Geography program, and degrees in economics (BA) and environmental economics (MEs) from York University.
His research interests and expertise center around evaluating the efficacy of municipal recycling initiatives and identifying determinants of consumer recycling behavior. Calvin has worked as both a policy planner for the MOECC and as a consultant on projects for Stewardship Ontario, Multi Material Stewardship Manitoba, and Ontario Electronic Stewardship. Calvin currently sits on the editorial board for Advances in Recycling and Waste Management, and as a reviewer for Waste Management, Resources Conservation and Recycling and Journal of Environmental Management.
Chaz worked for EPA’s solid waste office doing recycling and other waste-related work. After a stint at the Glass Packaging Institute, he came to NSWMA in 1991. Chaz has worked on a variety of issues facing recycling waste waste management including market development, state recycling legislation, extended producer responsibility, flow control, interstate and international waste shipments, truck safety, transfer station siting and organics management. He has testified at state and Congressional hearings. Chaz has been a keynoter and speaker at recycling and solid waste conferences in the United States, Canada, Japan and China. He writes “The Circular File”, an award-winning column for Waste 360.
Mrs. Luciana Pellegrino is the Executive Director of the ABRE – Brazilian Packaging Association. Among her responsibilities, Mrs. Pellegrino leads the activities of ABRE and its projects and promotes the interface between the association and the industry, the government and international organizations by sharing market information, trends and promoting key connections among companies and packaging executives.
Mrs. Pellegrino has held many positions with the World Packaging organization, most recently serving as the Vice President of Marketing, where she seeks to build the brand value of the Organization and its communication tools and activities.
Mrs. Pellegrino graduated in Business Administration focused on International Trade by Mackenzie University – São Paulo. She has additional specializations in Environmental Issues by Mackenzie University – São Paulo. Additionally she has taken many short term programs for business and not-for-profit organizations including: FGV São Paulo, Marketing applied to services – ESPM – São Paulo, Negotiation – FGV – São Paulo and Design Thinking at IIT – Chicago.
Walter Peterson holds the position of Manager, Packaging Innovation and Sustainability at Nestlé USA. Prior to joining Nestlé in 2006, Walter was in a variety of packaging roles in manufacturing, sales and product development both in the U.S. and abroad. Walter holds a B.S. Degree in Industrial Technology-Packaging Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Stout and an M.B.A. from California State University-Bakersfield. Passionate about reducing food waste, Walter works in creative ways to develop materials to extend product use at the consumer level. Walter currently resides in Littleton, Colorado where he enjoys skiing and fly fishing.
Brian’s 30-year professional career as an entrepreneurial business and technical leader spanned Packaging Technology Integrated Solutions (co-founder of PTIS), Kellogg’s, Sara Lee, Multiform Desiccants, Carton-Craft Corp., Burger King and General Foods. Havi Global Solutions acquired PTIS in 2011, and Wagner worked as Vice President, Consulting Services until mid 2016. Over 16 years, PTIS helped over 250 organizations globally to achieve better results by developing future focused growth and productivity initiatives, as well as consumer and market insight, design, brand innovation, sustainability and organizational strategy.
In 2008, Brian was inducted into the Michigan State University School of Packaging Hall of Fame and was recognized as 2008 Western Michigan Business Review – Thought Leaders. In 2016, Wagner received the Reister-Davis-Brody Lifetime Achievement in Food Packaging.