32nd Annual Polyethylene and Polypropylene (PEPP) Conference

17 – 18 June 2024 · Amsterdam, The Netherlands

 

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PEPP 2024 Speakers

Duncan Clark

Vice President, Global Aromatics & Fibers Team Lead Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

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Nick Vafiadis

Vice President, Global Plastics & Polymers Team Lead Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

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Mino Angelilli

Commercial Director, Circular Plastics Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS, a Dow Jones Company

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Oskar Karlsson

Chief Procurement Officer and VP Sustainability Trioworld

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Mark Vester

CEO GreenDot (DerGrünePunkt)

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Carlos Monreal

Founder and CEO Plastic Energy

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Guido Aufdemkamp

Executive Director Flexible Packaging Europe

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Brian Kimberley

Vice President, Licensing and Global Services W. R. Grace & Co.

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Elisa Conte

Marketing and Business Development Manager, Recycling and Polymer Modification Segment Nouryon

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Dr. Andreas Goeldel

Gruppo Azoty Polyolefins S.A.

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Fabrizio Galie

Associate Director, EMEA Polypropylene Chemical Market Analytics · OPIS, A Dow Jones Company

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Kaushik Mitra

Executive Director, Europe Plastics & Polymers Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

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Matthew Thoelke

Executive Director, EMEA Ethylene & Propylene Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

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Martin Wiesweg

Executive Director, EMEA Plastics Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

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Duncan Clark

Duncan Clark Vice President, Global Aromatics & Fibers Team Lead Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Duncan Clark is the Vice President of the Global Aromatics and Fibers business at Chemical Market Analytics.

Duncan acts as the key resource within Dow Jones for understanding and providing insight into the Aromatics sector of the petrochemical industry, he works closely with the petrochemical, oil, and financial industries.
Duncan joined IHS Markit base chemicals business (now known as Chemical Market Analytics) in 2013, he has spent the last 32 years working in the chemical and petrochemical industries in various Sales, Marketing, and Global Business Management roles.

Before this, Duncan spent ten years working in an ExxonMobil / Shell joint venture company, involved in Fuel and Lubricant additives visiting refineries all over the world. He also spent 12 years working for Air Products in various chemical and industrial gases businesses in the U.K., U.S., and Netherlands. He now provides insights into the global aromatics and derivative markets including paraxylene, purified terephthalic acid, ethylene glycols, polyurethane feedstocks, and the global benzene, toluene, and xylenes markets.

He graduated with a BSc. in Chemical Engineering from University College London. He also has a Master of Business Administration from Manchester Business School.

 

Nick Vafiadis

Nick Vafiadis Vice President, Global Plastics & Polymers Team Lead Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Nick Vafiadis is the Vice President of the Plastics & Polymers business at Chemical Market Analytics.

Nick is a 30-year veteran of the chemical industry and manages Chemical Market Analytics’s global plastics practice. His daily responsibilities encompassed analysis, consulting, and reporting on the global polyolefins market, as well as managing the operations associated with producing and developing the report. Concurrently, he contributed to single-client projects and studies related to the polyolefins industry. In his earlier assignments, he was responsible for consulting duties associated with the Chlor-alkali and vinyl product chain. He contributed to the Monomers Market Report, the Chlor-Alkali Market Report, and the Global Plastics & Polymers Market Report.

Nick has been with IHS Markit base chemical business (now known as Chemical Market Analytics), and its predecessor CMAI since 2002. Before joining CMAI, he had spent twelve years with Vista Chemical Company (now Condea Vista Chemical Company), where he held assignments in marketing, product management, and sales management in both the vinyl and surfactant business areas. Mr. Vafiadis holds a Management BBA from The University of Texas at Austin, United States.

Mino Angelilli

Mino Angelilli Commercial Director, Circular Plastics Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS, a Dow Jones Company

Oskar Karlsson

Oskar Karlsson Chief Procurement Officer and VP Sustainability Trioworld

Oskar Karlsson is the Chief Procurement Officer and VP Sustainability at Trioworld. With more than 15 years of experience from various raw material markets, such as pulp & paper, aluminum and polyethylene, Oskar brings value for the organization in the transformation to become sustainable.

In his current position, he is responsible for the group’s sourcing activities and sustainability journey as well as the product-line Personal Protective Equipment. Oskar is driven by customer’s current and future needs, his ambition is to contribute to Trioworld’s vision to constantly strive to be the first choice in sustainable polyethylene film solutions.

He has a M.Sc degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University Chalmers in Gothenburg and a MBA from Stockholm School of Economics.

Mark Vester

Mark Vester CEO GreenDot (DerGrünePunkt)

Mark Vester has more than 33 years of experience in the petrochemical industry, working for DSM and SABIC. He has held different managerial and leadership positions in research, manufacturing, licensing and business. After leading the polyethylene business in Europe, he has initiated and build SABIC’s global circular economy business around its pioneering TRUCIRCLE program. He also has been a chairman of PCEP. In 2022 Mark joined GreenDot and leading GreenDot’s business in Germany.

Carlos Monreal

Carlos Monreal Founder and CEO Plastic Energy

Carlos Monreal is the Founder and CEO of Plastic Energy, one of the world’s leading chemical recycling companies, with industrial plants in operation for over 10 cumulative years. He is an engineer by training and has been a serial entrepreneur for more than 35 years, focusing on developing disruptive technologies and innovative solutions in the sustainability sector. He has founded a wide range of companies whose activities include the development of precision farming and machine control of fleet management, as well as an EPC company on renewable energy. Carlos is the founder and president of Green Dot Global, a company focused on recycling and sustainability of packaging, who has recently acquired Der Grüne Punkt (The Green Dot) in Germany to increase packaging circularity. Carlos is also the founder and CEO of Greenland Capital, a company with the vision to identify and develop new technologies that provide sustainable and economical solutions to the growing challenges of waste and water management, and alternative energy management.

Guido Aufdemkamp

Guido Aufdemkamp Executive Director Flexible Packaging Europe

Guido Aufdemkamp is Executive Director of Flexible Packaging Europe (FPE), the industry association representing the interests of more than 80 small, medium-sized companies, and multinational manufacturers with more than 350 sites in Europe. Almost half of the Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) in Europe, excluding beverages, are packed with flexible packaging made of different materials, mainly plastics, aluminium, and paper. Examples include all kind of packaged foods such as pet food, personal, household care products, medical and pharma which all rely on flexible packaging. Guido Aufdemkamp is an economist by education and has been working for German and European flexible packaging and aluminium associations since 2003. His main expertise is market analysis, sustainability and recycling, communications, advocacy, but also food contact legislation.

Brian Kimberley

Brian Kimberley Vice President, Licensing and Global Services W. R. Grace & Co.

Brian is Vice President, Licensing and Global Services, within the Specialty Catalysts business unit of W. R. Grace & Co. In this role he is responsible for the UNIPOL® PP licensing and services business.  Prior to this role Brian served as Commercial Director for Specialty Catalysts and was responsible for the catalyst business across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Brian has more than 25 years’ experience within the petrochemical industry working for BP then INEOS prior to joining Grace in 2015.  Brian has broad experience across a variety of leadership roles in R&D, catalyst manufacturing, technology licensing, global sales, technical service, business development and management.

Brian graduated with a B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Warwick and holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Imperial College, London.  After working in several European locations Brian recently moved and is now based in Grace’s headquarters in Maryland, USA. He has filled more than 50 patents and has published over 15 scientific articles.

Elisa Conte

Elisa Conte Marketing and Business Development Manager, Recycling and Polymer Modification Segment Nouryon

Elisa Conte holds the position of Marketing and Business Development Manager for the Recycling and Polymer Modification segment at Nouryon, in the Polymer Specialties business. She has a PhD in Chemical Engineering by the Technical University of Denmark, and hold several roles in R&D, marketing, and sales at AkzoNobel and now Nouryon. In her current role, she focuses on empowering the recycling industry with the development of additive solutions to improve the final quality of recycled plastic and eventually increase the recycled content in high quality products, paving the road for the circular economy of plastics.

Dr. Andreas Goeldel

Dr. Andreas Goeldel Gruppo Azoty Polyolefins S.A.

Fabrizio Galie

Fabrizio Galie Associate Director, EMEA Polypropylene Chemical Market Analytics · OPIS, A Dow Jones Company

Fabrizio Galie is the Associate Director of Polypropylene EMEA at Chemical Market Analytics.

Fabrizio joined Chemical Market Analytics in June 2021. He has an extensive experience in the petrochemical industry, in particular covering the polymer sector since 2005 and providing analytics and consulting services. His expertise includes price forecasting, business outlooks, competitive assessment and investment evaluations, market segmentation, demand projections, trade analysis, scenario planning, and others. He has been a frequent and popular speaker at conferences and seminars on olefins and polyolefins in Europe, Africa, North America, Asia, and the Middle East. He contributed several articles, interviews, and editorials to international magazines, and sectorial and economic journals. Fabrizio has a Master’s Degree in Economics and Business Administration from Bologna University, Italy.

Kaushik Mitra

Kaushik Mitra Executive Director, Europe Plastics & Polymers Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Kaushik Mitra is the Executive Director of polyolefin, for Europe Middle East, and Africa at Chemical Market Analytics.

Mr. Mitra steers the Polyolefin Insight and Research practice for Chemical Market Analytics under Chemical Market Analytics and played a pivotal role in conceptualizing, developing, and executing the Chemical Market Analytics sustainability study. He has gained diverse career experience working at top global companies and leading business management, market development, market intelligence, and strategy. His interests are in pricing, strategy, and intelligence. He joined Chemical Market Analytics in 2016 with more than 22 years of experience in the petrochemicals business. Previously, with petrochemical giant SABIC, Mr. Mitra led the global strategy team for the polymers business, shaping long-term ambitions in terms of growth, business improvement, innovation, and pricing. He was instrumental in developing a framework for strategy execution, as well as deploying performance metrics. Mr. Mitra holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a marketing MBA.

 

Matthew Thoelke

Matthew Thoelke Executive Director, EMEA Ethylene & Propylene Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Matthew Thoelke is the Executive Director for Olefins and Derivatives in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa at Chemical Market Analytics.

During his time with Chemical Market Analytics (formerly part of IHS Markit base chemicals business), and CMAI, Martin took a variety of roles across a broad range of product areas. With over 20 years of experience, Matthew acts as the key resource within the business for understanding and insight into the olefins sector of the petrochemical industry, for these key regions, he works closely with the petrochemical, oil and financial industries, bringing support and guidance throughout the petrochemical chain. Current specific responsibilities include the European/Middle East Report Olefins and primary input and support for the World Ethylene and Propylene Analyses.

Previously within CMAI, Mr. Thoelke has worked in both olefins and aromatics consulting in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa with key responsibilities in olefins, but also in aromatics markets. His previous role had a primary focus on butadiene and elastomers, in which subjects he remains a globally recognized industry speaker and expert. His responsibilities included input to the Global Outlook – Feedstocks, Elastomers Report, European Market Report Aromatics, Aromatics Market Report, and taking the lead role in analyzing olefin and derivative markets in support of the long-term planning outlooks in the World Analysis.

Educated at Cambridge University Mr. Thoelke received a BA and MA in Material Sciences before completing a Diploma in Manufacturing Engineering (ACDMM).

Martin Wiesweg

Martin Wiesweg Executive Director, EMEA Plastics Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Mr. Wiesweg is the Executive Director for EMEA Plastics at Chemical Market Analytics

Mr. Wiesweg contributed to various consultancy projects since joining the IHS Markit base chemicals business (now known as Chemical Market Analytics). Several projects consisted of a thorough and extensive market analysis of European polymer markets for potential suppliers. Also, Martin contributed to projects assessing competitive positions of polymers for associations of polymers.

In 1989 Martin joined Huels AG as Product Developing Manager for flame retardant polystyrene and became Technical Service Manager in 1992. In 1998 Martin joined BP Chemicals as a result of the acquisition of Huels styrenics activities by BP. Within BP Chemicals he has had many different responsibilities in the commercial departments, e.g. as European Sales Manager for Polystyrene, Distribution & Export Manager, and Marketing Manager for polystyrene and EPS.

In 2005 Martin moved into the polymer JV Ineos Nova and became the commercial director for polystyrene specialties, responsible for the purchase, sales, technical service, and product development.