18th MEAPET
Middle East & Africa PET Markets, Applications & Recycling
21-22 Feb, 2017 - Dubai
Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach
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. 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

Day 1 [Tue 21, February], at 03:05 PM
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 11:45 AM
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 12:15 PM
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 02:05 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 1 [Tue 21, February], at 02:35 PM
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 03:05 PM
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 2 [Wed 22, 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 Recycling
FIRST in Kuwait & the Gulf -Compact Industrial Scale Recycling Facility
Day 2 [Wed 22, February], at 11:45 AM