Solveiga Pakštaitė is the the industrial designer behind Mimica Touch; a label that tells you exactly when food spoils in order to reduce food waste. Solveiga also lectures at UCL and has been previously named MIT Technology Review's Inventor of the Year. Her name was once the answer to a clue in The Times crossword.
Co-founder, SVP Sales & Business Developmentat
Mr. Hoshen is a serial entrepreneur and a hi-tech business development professional with two decades of diverse international experience in building and accelerating technology start-up businesses from the conceptual stage to profitability. Yoav co-founded Water.io, the smart packaging leader, and currently leads the company's business development efforts. Yoav also co-founded Beyond Verbal (emotions, wellness, and mHelath analytics worldwide leader based on the tone of the human voice) and Superb Reality (Virtual and Augmented Reality computer vision solutions). Mr. Hoshen holds an LLB from Tel Aviv University.
VP of Marketingat
Tetra Pak U.S. and Canada
Pedro Gonçalves serves as vice president of marketing for Tetra Pak U.S. and Canada. Gonçalves tracks category, packaging and industry trends for dairy, dairy alternatives, juice, nutritionals and food. He also develops growth strategies and implements strategic marketing plans to achieve growth goals.
Gonçalves has 18 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, working in many different areas including sales, innovation and marketing for both equipment and packaging. He has been with Tetra Pak since 2000 and most recently served as marketing, category and portfolio director in the Processing Systems Division for Tetra Pak North, Central and South America.
Gonçalves received his MBA from Fundação Getulio Vargas and a bachelor’s degree from Universidade Paulista, both in Brazil.
Pepin Gelardi works at the intersection of purpose and possibility, exploring the role of entrepreneurship and technology in solving future-facing problems. As a Partner at Tomorrow Lab®, Pepin leads the Industrial Design and Mechanical Engineering teams to invent and develop new, impactful hardware products.
After hours, Pepin teaches workshops in design, aspires to become a Pasta Scientist, and creates site-specific art with his wife Teresa.
COO and Founderat
Danny Polise is the COO and founder of Penelope Bourbon. In his role, Polise oversees the operations of the business - from compliance to managing production, supply chain, and inventory. Upon graduating college, Polise with a passion for hospitality, had also opened the East End Bar and Grill which has become a fixture in the Upper East Side. Danny attended Manhattan College where he earned his bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering.
Genius Ventures Inc
Navjeet Chhina is the CEO of Genius Ventures Inc, an augmented, virtual and mixed reality firm based in North America. He is responsible for monitoring all facets of the organization including Operations Oversight, Strategic Planning, International expansion and building the senior executive team. He has 12 years of executive and project management experience across various industries; using his predictive approach to bring innovation into the customer consciousness. He uses comprehensive analysis of competitive trends to drive growth with quantifiable metrics to illustrate the benefits of taking on new avenues for brands. From digital marketing to research & analytics to leveraging strategic relationships, Navjeet perpetually pursues avenues for coupling products with consumers, propogating loyal customers and cultivating long-term brand relationships.
Navjeet is currently focusing on expanding operations internationally, showcasing how augmented reality and forward thinking innovative technologies can provide solutions for organizations of all sizes.
Head of Group Innovationat
Leonard Badet is Head of Group Innovation at Bobst, where he works to support digital transformation of the group, to foster innovation - development processes, technologies, and additive manufacturing, and to increase internal and external visibility.
Nomad Spirits Company & Nomad Wellness Company
A serial entrepreneur and nomad, Mayo Akindele graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas where he studied International Business & Finance. He founded the Nomad Spirits Company as a way to combine his love of technology and premium spirits from around the world.
General Manager - Americasat
Fred Clulow is General Manager (United States), at Kezzler - a pioneering company in the realm of the Internet of Things. Kezzler focuses on the formation and development of serialization technology to unify production, distribution and consumption processes by individually identifying and connecting each item.
Benjamin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and an M.B.A from the University of Akron. Benjamin has spent the last seven years in market research and strategic consulting across a wide range of industries. In this time, Benjamin has participated in all functions of these roles including conducting primary and secondary research, analyzing trends, developing market size estimates, evaluating competitive landscapes, authoring reports, developing strategic recommendations, and conducting presentations.
Benjamin has experience working in a number of commercial, industrial, and consumer research segments, including packaging, consumer goods, oil & gas, transportation, plumbing fixtures & fittings, HVAC-R, and printing, among others. Prior to joining Smithers, Benjamin ran the Private Equity Diligence division of a Public Equity research firm. Benjamin was responsible for all aspects of this division outside of sales.
Skanem (India) Pvt. Ltd.
Vinod, a Mechanical Engineer has over 20 years’ experience across various industries. Having spent the initial 12 years of his professional journey handling various International markets, he has also completed executive programs in General Management & Lean Manufacturing, and is currently the MD of Skanem India.
He has been awarded the “Exemplary Leadership” award by the Thought leadership & World Quality congress during year 2017 under the Manufacturing segment. He was also the part of National committee for Capital Goods & Engineering of both CII (Confederation of Indian Industries) & FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industries) during the year 2017.
Dhiraj has a rich experience of 27 years in the Industrial B2B space working with organizations like Larsen & Toubro Ltd., SMC Pneumatics and Kone Elevators, before joining Danaher in 2008. He has managed business in multiple countries outside India like Japan, Korea and South East Asia.
Dhiraj is an alumni of Mayo College, NIT Rourkela, XLRI Jamshedpur and Harvard HBX and has proficiency in areas of Business Strategy, Problem solving, Continuous improvement, Product Management , Marketing and Supply chain.
Murad is a management consultant turned entrepreneur. He was a Consultant with Bain & Company from 2006-2015 in their New York and Mumbai offices. While at Bain, he served leading companies across various industries. Murad was also a senior leader in the Firm’s Asia-Pacific Financial Service Practice.
In 2015, he Co-Founded, India’s first money management application for parents to teach their children good money habits. More recently, he Co-Founded Sepio with the vision to make every product safer for consumers. It is this vision that drives Sepio’s strategy to digitize every item in the global supply chain.
Murad also has an MBA from Duke University, the Fuqua School of Business. In his free time, he enjoys CrossFit and has also raced thoroughbred horses as a jockey.
VP Strategic Partnerships - North Americaat
Ed Morris currently leads Zappar’s North American business as VP of Strategic Partnerships. Zappar is a leading augmented reality platform and creative studio rolled into one. They were one of the earliest players in the mobile AR space and over their 10 year history, have created hundreds of projects for many of the World's leading brands, including: 7-Eleven, Nestle, Rovio, Shazam, Hasbro, Universal and Unilever. Prior to Zappar, Ed co-founded Gate Reality - a London and NYC based AR/VR production studio. Ed lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and 2 kids.
Director, Innovation Solutions Groupat
Jones Healthcare Group
James is the Director, Innovation Solutions Group with Jones Healthcare Group based in London Ontario Canada, a leader in folding carton, labels and contract pharmaceutical filling. In his role, James focuses on new packaging technologies for tomorrow and their potential impact and outcomes for consumers, patients and brand-owners. James has over 25 years of experience in prepress and print production with organizations such as TC and SGSCO. With successful projects run under a varying set of global verticals throughout his career, James brings a diverse understanding of the packaging market with an eye for reproduction quality under differing print methods. James also serves as a co-chair for IntelliPACK a North American industry association to help accelerate adoption of intelligent packaging products in the marketplace.
Stephen McSpadden has been a technical product manager for 9 years, having been involved in smart cards, security related software and anti-counterfeit technologies for a total of 24 years. Starting his career in smart card chip testing, he moved to focusing on software, developing certified cryptographic libraries. He then went on to develop applications for smart card schemes in domains as diverse as payment, transport and identity both in the UK and internationally (including in what he terms “interesting places”).
• The application software in several million bank cards in Eastern Europe
• Development of the core cryptographic services of a payment SAM used throughout Denmark
• Responsibility for delivering the security evaluation and certification for the ITSO-specific Secure Application Module as used in over 20,000 London Underground gates and 90% of buses in the UK
• Development of card and supporting services for an ID program in the Middle East for government employees, pensioners, displaced citizens and refugees
• Development work on a health card application to provide health professional workflow assurance in the out-patient treatment of conditions such as diabetes
• Two years on an anti-counterfeiting technology programme to define a solution for product authentication and workflow assurance in the pharmaceutical industry
Global Business Development Managerat
For more than 25 years, Wolfram Hahn has been passionate about the packaging industry, the industry that has shaped his career path thus far. During this time he has various positions in sales, project management and in the development of folding cartons.
At the Edelmann Group, Hahn acts as the Global Business Development Manager. Beyond his passion for packaging, Hahn enjoys traveling with his family, he likes sport and he is highly interested in history.