18th MEAPET
Middle East & Africa PET Markets, Applications & Recycling

21-22 Feb, 2017 - Dubai, U A E

Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach
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About our Event Speakers
We pride ourselves in presenting to you accomplished leaders, authors and advocates with strong track records of achievement and vision in a wide array of backgrounds, professional fields and life experiences. We believe you will benefit from their years of knowledge and experience and also from the latest thinking and innovative processes driving individuals and organizations forward.
Mr. Ankit Kedia
Ankit Kedia is a graduate in Food Marketing from Western Michigan University and a post graduate from Mumbai University, with a passion for packaging. He is a member of the several packaging insitutues like Indian Institute of Packaging, Indian Plastics Institute and others. He has been with Manjushree Technopack since 2005 and is a part of the board of directors in the company, over looking sales and marketing functions of the company and driving the company towards strategy and growth.

Mr. Ankit Kedia, Director
Manjushree Technopack Limited
Chairman’s Introduction and Welcome Remarks
Day 1 [Tue 21, February], at 09:00 AM
Trends and Outlook of PET Packaging in Pharma Application
Day 1 [Tue 21, February], at 04:30 PM
Mr. David Swift

 David Swift was educated in UK studying Biochemistry at the University of Manchester and, subsequently, gained a Masters degree in Toxicology from the University of Surrey.

David joined Shell's PET business unit in 1997 and in 2000, David transferred to M&G Group , with the purchase of Shell's PET business, working as Global Marketing manager for the Resins Business Unit. In March 2007, he joined PCI PET Packaging Resin & Recycle Ltd. (PET & RPET) and subsequently became the owner.

In November 2015, PET & RPET was acquired, along with other PCI companies, by Wood Mackenzie and David continues to work in PCI Wood Mackenzie as a Director of Research, PET & RPET.



Mr. David Swift, Managing Director
PCI Wood Mackenzie
Can Demand for PET Resin Grow Profitably - Outlook for 2017
Day 1 [Tue 21, February], at 09:10 AM
Mr. Rajesh Kumar Gera

 Mr Rajesh Gera had joined Reliance Industries Limited - PET Division in '97 in their Technical Services Division in Mumbai, India. He is now working as AVP - Business Development and is responsible for development and promotion of New Applications and Products & the Sustainability initiatives. The PET development projects include 'Barrier PET, Dairy, Edible Oil, Pharma and APET/CPET applications' among others. Some of the PET/APET products developed jointly with the brand-owners had won Packaging Star awards in India.

He also works closely with AIPMA/ICPE & other national level bodies in India to address the recycling concerns. Prior to joining Reliance, he had worked in the Technical Services Division in LG Polymers (Polystyrene & EPS) and in Market Development Division of FGP (FRP products). He is B. Tech in Plastics Technology from HBTI Kanpur, India & with a total work experience of 31 years plus.



Mr. Rajesh Kumar Gera, AVP Business Development
Reliance Industries Limited
India PET Market Trends and Demand Outlook
Day 1 [Tue 21, February], at 09:45 AM
Afternoon Chairman’s Introduction
Day 1 [Tue 21, February], at 01:45 PM
Ms. Kemisola Oloriegbe

 KEMISOLA has a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and Post-graduate Degree in industrial Engineering.

She joined Nigerian Breweries Plc, an Heineken subsidiary in 2012 as shift manager packaging and have been involved in the packaging of beverages.

In 2014, she worked with the project team as the startup manager for the installation and commissioning of a 36,000bottles/hour PETline for Heineken.

Presently involved in optimization of the PETLINE efficiency, driving quality and reducing waste. She holds a PMP and Six sigma Black Belt certification.



Ms. Kemisola Oloriegbe, Line Manager Packaging
Nigerian Breweries Plc
Nigeria Breweries’ PET Packaging Plan
Day 2 [Wed 22, February], at 09:35 AM
Mr. Kaunain Shahidi

 Mr. Kaunain Shahidi is a strategic thinker with over 20 years' experience in Packaging Technology. He holds a Post-Graduation in Packaging Technology from Indian Institute of Packaging, India. His additional achievements include; recognition by the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) as a Certified Packaging Professional (CPP), USA and Associate. Inst. Pkg. by Institute of Packaging (IOP), UK.

Mr. Kaunain has comprehensive understanding, knowledge and practical exposure of broad packaging spectrum with expertise in packaging innovations, trends and technologies. He has served packaging industry at various levels with national and multinational companies.

Mr. Kaunain regularly participates in various seminars and conferences to share his ideas on packaging, which he considers as fascinating and dynamic subject with an incredible and complicated future but having great potential for brand and business growth in the digitalized economy of 21st century.



Mr. Kaunain Shahidi, R&D Manager (Packaging)
Almarai KSA
Leading Dairy Brand in Saudi Arabia: Yoghurt & Dessert Packaging Trends and Demand for PET
Day 1 [Tue 21, February], at 11:15 AM

Day 1 [Tue 21, February], at 03:55 PM
Mr. Riccardo Rubini

 Riccardo Rubini joined the SACMI Group in Imola, Italy in 2013.

He graduated from the University of Bologna in 2008 and is presently Area Sales Manager for the GCC and CIS markets in the Closures&Containers divisions at SACMI Imola.

Rubini is currently handling assignments as Key-Account Manager for the biggest East-Europe customer of the Closures&Containers Division.

After joining SACMI in 2013, Rubini was first appointed as Project manager and worked in this capacity until 2015. He subsequently moved on to a new position as Area Sales Manager for the CIS and GCC markets, being directly responsible for all sales activities and all developments activity in the mentioned markets within the caps and closure business.



Mr. Riccardo Rubini, Area Sales Manager - Closures & Containers
Sacmi Imola SC
Combining Performance with Flexibility: The New IPS Injection Preform System
Day 1 [Tue 21, February], at 11:45 AM
Mr. Thanos Tsetsonis
Thanos Tsetsonis is a Director of Regional Sector Research at the Treasury of Emirates NBD. His major fields of study are international economics and finance with particular interests in Emerging Europe and MENA Region. Prior to joining ENBD in 2014, Mr. Tsetsonis served as an Economist for Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI). From 2007 to 2011, he worked as an Economist at the Research Division of Piraeus Bank, Greece.

Mr. Thanos Tsetsonis, Senior Economist
Emirates NBD
Economic Outlook for Middle East and North Africa (MENA) amid Global Uncertainty
Day 1 [Tue 21, February], at 01:50 PM
Mr. Tomasz Nowowiejski
 Mr Tomasz Nowowiejski graduated with quadriple diploma from International Management in HEC Paris, Law in University of Warsaw and Finance & Accounting and Management from Warsaw School of Economics. He is a founder and Managing Director of Jumia Market in Africa. He is a CEO and founder of Mutalo Group - Polish international FMCG company that introduced a top-selling KABISA Energy Drink to Sub-Saharan African market.

Mr. Tomasz Nowowiejski, Chief Executive
Mutalo Group
Africa Beverage and Personal Care Market Expansion and Distribution
Day 2 [Wed 22, February], at 10:05 AM
Mr. Rahul Avasthi

 Rahul Avasthi is an engineer by qualification with specialisation in "Tool and Mould Design" and an MBA in Marketing. He has 30 years experience in Plastics & Packaging Industry.

He is presently working as CEO-Packaging Group, at IFFCO Group in Sharjah, manufacturing PET Preforms, Closures, PVC Compounds , Colour Master -batches and corrugated boxes.

He has filed 4 Patents. Three of them for printing on Polymer Meshes and one for development of a 3 Dimensional Geogrid.



Mr. Rahul Avasthi, CEO
Intergulf Ltd (Empol)
Panel Discussion: Strategy towards Sustainable Brand PET Packaging
Day 1 [Tue 21, February], at 03:55 PM
Chairman’s Introduction
Day 2 [Wed 22, February], at 09:00 AM
Mr. Nicola Ayyash
 Nicola graduated from the American University of Beirut with a Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has 35 years' experience in the soft drink industry spent with Cadbury Schweppes & Coca-Cola companies, covering various roles in Technical & Operations.

Mr. Nicola Ayyash, Packaging & Commercialization Manager
The Coca-Cola Company Middle East

Day 1 [Tue 21, February], at 03:55 PM
Mr. Emmanuel Armand
 Emmanuel Armand has spent 15 years in the beverage packaging industry at Husky Injection Molding Systems, including 7 years in Asia as Sales Support Director. Now based in EMEA Headquarters in Luxembourg as Director of Multilayer Barrier Solutions, he is actively supporting project developments for long shelf life milk, juices, teas, and other carbonated beverages using multilayer preforms. These multilayer solutions enable safe, cost effective PET containers, ideal to meet today today's demanding shelf life requirements for quality products across the world.

Mr. Emmanuel Armand, Director, Multi-layer Barrier Solutions
Husky Injection Molding Systems (Shanghai) Ltd
Multi-Layer Barrier Technology is Enabling Growth in PET Packaging
Day 2 [Wed 22, February], at 11:00 AM
Ms. Cecile Bourland

 Cécile Bourland is the Marketing Manager of M&G Group. She joined the M&G Group in 2008 as Project Manager for barrier resins. In 2012, she was appointed Marketing Manager for Specialty Resins (bio-PET and barrier resins).

Before that, she was for two years New Business Development Manager at C'Capital (French packaging design agency - Groupe Dragon Rouge). Ms. Bourland started her career in the Danone Group where she spent more than 10 years and was involved in various brand management and central purchasing positions.

She graduated from Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris in 1986 and received an MBA from Columbia University (New York) in 1988.



Ms. Cecile Bourland, Marketing Manager for PET Specialties
Mossi & Ghisolfi International S.a r.l. - London Branch
Latest Innovation in PET Resins
Day 2 [Wed 22, February], at 09:05 AM
Mr. Tarek Sultan
 Engineer Tarek Sultan graduated from Ain Shams University with a B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1989. He has 25 years of wealthy experiences in multi-national companies with 15 years of abroad assignments (out of Egypt) working for Schlumberger in the North Sea, Procter & Gamble in Europe and the Middle East, PepsiCo in Egypt, Henkel in Egypt and Bericap in Egypt and Middle East/Africa region. Currently, Tarek is working for Bericap for the last seven years as Bericap Egypt General Manager and board member.

Mr. Tarek Sultan, General Manager
Bericap Egypt
North Africa PET Markets: Focus on Algeria, Morocco and Egypt
Day 1 [Tue 21, February], at 10:45 AM
Ms. Sanaa M Al Ghemlas
 Sana has been a senior executive with almost 6 years experience in Foam/Plastic industry. She had previously worked as Deputy CEO in Kuwait Packing Materials (KPAK), a leading manufacturer of extruded, expanded foam products. She has an extensive knowledge and experience in thermoforming, extrusion and plastic food packing processes. She has a great understanding of the latest technologies and best practices in plant and production management as well as product and process development. She is recently involved in recycling project aiming to conserve energy, help the environment and reduce waste products.

Ms. Sanaa M Al Ghemlas, CEO
Omniya Company
FIRST in Kuwait & the Gulf -Compact Industrial Scale Recycling Facility
Day 2 [Wed 22, February], at 11:30 AM
Mr. Ayhan Kurt Kuruc

 Since 2010, Mr. Kurt KURUÇ is the General Manager of Farmamak, now kp Turkey since 2016, the leading rigid foil producer in Turkey. Before, he has worked in the flexible packaging industry for 20 years.

He was the president of the Turkish Packaging Manufacturers Association (ASD) for 5 years and served many other non-profit industrial organisations in Turkey over the years.

He studied Materials Science and holds an MBA. He is married with two children.



Mr. Ayhan Kurt Kuruc, General Manager
kp Istanbul – Farmamak
Market Drivers and Advancements in Sheet and Film Food Packaging
Day 1 [Tue 21, February], at 02:50 PM
Mr. Davide Bartoli

 Davide Bartoli joined the Italian branch of Agr International in 1999. He was first appointed as Service Engineer and subsequently moved to a new position as Service Manager for EMEA and SAM areas.

His current role is Regional Sales Manager for Agr's plastic division in Italy, UK and Ireland, The Middle East, Africa, Argentina and Chile.

Bartoli participated in multiple installations, improvement projects and development of technologies for material distribution measurement and control in the re-heat stretch blow-molding process of PET bottles.

Throughout the course of his career, Bartoli has helped several customers worldwide, including major names within the beverage industry, to overcome packaging issues and to improve their performance with his consulting services and continued promotion of Agr products.



Mr. Davide Bartoli, Regional Sales Manager – Plastic Division
AGR Europe s.r.l.
A 3-Steps Approach to Improve Quality and Profitability in the Production of PET Bottles
Day 1 [Tue 21, February], at 02:20 PM