Meet the speakers 2022


Marco TEN BRUGGENCATE is the Commercial Vice President for Packaging and Specialty Plastics for EMEA, and is based in Horgen, Switzerland. He is also a vocal advocate for inclusion and diversity and is Co-Chair in Dow’s Women’s Inclusion Network & Executive Sponsor of the Disability Employee Network in EMEAI.

Marco joined Dow in 2000 in the role of Commercial Manager Polyurethanes. In 2007, he became Strategic Marketing Manager for Dow Building Solutions, before being appointed Product Director in 2011. As part of that role, he became the Chairman of the European Extruded Polystyrene Insulation Producers Association, EXIBA.

In 2012, Marco assumed the role of Business Director EMEAI for Dow Building Solutions and in 2014 was appointed Global Business Director for Dow Construction Chemicals. In 2017, he moved to Midland, MI, United States, as the Global Business Director role of Dow Building & Construction and subsequently became responsible for Global Strategy for the Polyurethanes Portfolio before assuming his current role.

Marco earned his Masters degree in Business Economics at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.

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Dr. Kevin M. VAN GEEM is full professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture at Ghent University (UGent). He is director of the Center of Sustainable Chemistry and director of the board of the Laboratory for Chemical Technology of Ghent University.

His main research interest is thermochemical reaction engineering in general, with a focus in particular the transition from fossil to alternative resources such as biomass, CO/CO2 and plastic waste.

He is a former Fulbright Research Scholar of MIT and visiting professor at Stanford. He is in charge of the pilot plants for chemical recycling, oxidative coupling of methane, steam cracking, biomass pyrolysis and super dry reforming. He is the author of more than two hundred scientific publications, has 3 patents and he is managing director of his own spin-off company on modeling steam cracking. He is involved in chemical recycling, electrification, process intensification, machine learning & data mining, product formulation, drug discovery, scale-up and process modeling.


Aurel CIOBANU-DORDEA leads the Directorate responsible for Circular Economy in the European Commission's Directorate General for Environment since 1st May 2022.

Before that, he was in charge of Directorate ‘Compliance, Governance and Support to Member States in the same Directorate General.

Before joining DG Environment in 2014, he was Director for "Equality" in charge of fight against discrimination in DG Justice between 2011 and 2014. He joined the European Commission in 2009 as Director for "Fundamental Rights and EU Citizenship" in DG Justice, Freedom and Security, later DG Justice. Aurel Ciobanu-Dordea holds an LL.M. from the University of Illinois (US) and a Ph.D. from the University of Bucharest (RO).


Paul DAVIDSON joined UKRI in 2020 as Director for the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge programme Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge, a £60 million, 5-year programme that represents the largest ever UK government investment in sustainable plastics research and innovation.

He has over 20 years’ experience in the field of plastics, most recently with SABIC where he was responsible for European market development for flexible packaging resins and was active in driving forward both mechanical and chemical recycling solutions for plastics packaging. Prior to joining SABIC, Paul spent 11 years at WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) running a number of major plastics recycling programmes including the development of food grade HDPE and PP recycling capacity in the UK. Paul holds a first degree in Materials Science and Technology from Brunel University and a PhD in the processing of PET from Loughborough University. 

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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 the last six years. He is an engineer by training and has been a serial entrepreneur for more than 30 years, focusing on developing disruptive technologies and innovative solutions in the sustainability sector. He is the founder of a wide range of companies whose activities include the development of GPS applications like precision farming and machine control of fleet management, as well as an EPC company on renewable energy. 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.


Egor DEMENTEV is Senior Analyst, Plastics Recycling at ICIS. Egor focuses on the EMEA region, covering plastics circularity with a key focus on mechanical and chemical recycling. Prior to joining ICIS, Egor worked at SIBUR, the largest petrochemical company in Russia, and was responsible for analysing the macro environment and developing internal expertise in sustainability and recycling.

Recently Egor obtained an MSc degree from Imperial College Business School (London) in addition to his BA and MA degrees in Political Science from Moscow State Institute of International Relations.


Fabian LOSKE holds an environmental engineering degree from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. After working for the Fraunhofer Department Life Cycle Engineering in Stuttgart he joined thinkstep AG (now Sphera).

Currently he is applying his 8+ years of experience in sustainability assessment in the renewable materials & chemicals sector as Senior Business Development Representative, leading Sphera’s effort in the chemical recycling space.  

Outside his assignment at Sphera he is supporting the development of the sustainability/climate strategy for a global NGO.

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Ton EMANS has more than 30 years’ experience in the plastic recycling process. He is Director Group Recycling.

Ton Emans started his career with DSM in Geleen, The Netherlands and worked as researcher in the field of environment and safety. In 1991, he relocated to a subsidiary of DSM called REKO, a company which started to recycle plastics in 1979. As an Quality, Environment, Safety and Health Manager he became familiar with plastic recycling. After the merger with Wavin Re-use into Arena Recycling he was named Purchasing Manager.

After the bankruptcy of Arena Recycling in 2000 Ton searched for a new owner for the site in Geleen and found CeDo willing to buy her own recycling plant. He was named Managing Director.

In 2004, Ton Emans extended his responsibilities and moved to Mönchengladbach, Germany where he was named Supply Chain Managing Director of CeDo Group.

Ton Emans holds a Master of Science in occupational health and safety from the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands and has completed several business programs.  

In 2011, Ton Emans has been named President of PRE, a non-profit organization whose members are European plastic recyclers. PRE represents National Associations and Individual companies covering 80% of the European market. PRE actively promotes the increase of plastics recycling and supports the transition towards circular economy.


Dr. Daria FRACZAK has been a member of Clariter's Research and Development team for the past 14 years. As the Head of R&D, Daria manages a team of scientists and personnel in Poland and South Africa. Her extensive knowledge of petrochemical processing and chemical recycling makes her an expert in these fields. Daria has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Silesian University of Technology. She has two additional master's degrees in Chemical Technology – one focusing on polymers and plastics and another focusing on quality control and environmental protection.


Karen LAIRD, after graduating with a master’s degree in English language and literature, she started out as a sworn Dutch – English translator for legal and technical documents. She later moved into technical writing, with a focus on the plastics industry. From 2010 on, she worked for Modern Plastics/Plastics Today, where, as contributing European editor, she was also responsible for the sustainability beat. In May 2017 came the switch to Detroit, USA-based Crain Communications, where she served first as editor of Plastics News Europe and subsequently as the founding editor of Sustainable Plastics.


Joshua BACA, as Vice President of ACC’s Plastics Division, he leads public policy and advocacy initiatives rooted in sustainability and circularity to help advance bold goals and commitments on behalf of the plastic resin producers, converters, suppliers, and recyclers. As chief advocate for America’s plastic makers, he fosters dialogue through collaboration and serves as an educator on plastics’ role in critical applications and markets like food and medical packaging, automotive, building and construction and emerging technologies. His career spans government and politics, public affairs, communications, and sustainability. He previously led public affairs at the American Beverage Association, where he oversaw the launch of a new plastics sustainability initiative and helped advance community-based recycling projects. Joshua has an MA in Government and Political Communications from The Johns Hopkins University and a BA in Political Science from Texas Tech University.


Jan HOMMEN studied Industrial Engineering at the University of Applied Science in Koblenz. After completing his Bachelor’s Degree in 2019, he went on to complete a Master’s Degree in 2019. His Master’s Thesis was done in partnership with TOMRA and focused on advanced mechanical recycling processes and is the result of half a year’s active work in an Advanced Mechanical Recycling facility in Germany.

Jan joined TOMRA’s Circular Economy Division in 2021 and currently serves as an engineer, concentrating on New Plastics Applications. In his role, he explores the market for recycling opportunities that lead to closing the loop for plastics and to achieving a Circular Economy.

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Annick MEERSCHMAN is Innovation Director at Cefic, the forum and the voice of the chemical industry in Europe. Annick joined Cefic’s Innovation department in August 2022 as a secondee from the industry. Her responsibilities include Circularity and Chemical Recycling of Plastic Waste, and associated innovation programs. She has spent over 30 years of her professional career in the chemical industry.

 Annick holds a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Leuven (KUL) in Belgium.