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Renewable Plastics Connect 2021

Achieving your sustainability mandate by reimagining the use of plastic in your products and packaging

VIRTUAL SUMMIT
7-9 June, 2021

“Bioplastics will control a 5 percent market share of the total plastics market by 2020 and a 40 percent share by 2030, making bioplastics a $324 billion-dollar enterprise in just over a decade.”

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Why Attend

This event will connect brands and manufacturers, looking for solutions to meet their sustainability requirements, with the scientists; researchers; producers and start-ups who are at the forefront of innovation in renewable polymers. Benefit from international policy updates; a clear picture of the momentum in this new industry - the investment opportunities and how it is commercializing - alongside practical case studies of renewable polymers in cross-vertical applications. Choose from a workstream targeted to sustainability and product managers exploring pricing; marketing; consumer needs and sourcing or our technical showcase which takes a deep dive into material properties and solutions.

 

Industry leading Speakers

 

Sridevi Narayan-Sarathy

Senior Principal Scientist
PepsiCo

Sri Narayan-Sarathy is Senior Principal Scientist with PepsiCo and member of the elite PepsiCo R&D Fellows program.  Sri received her M.Sc. in Chemistry and M.Tech. in Polymer Science & Technology from Indian Institutes of Chennai and Delhi respectively.  She got her Ph.D. in Polymer Science & Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  Prior to joining PepsiCo in 2010, Sri was Technology Manager/Principal Scientist at Ashland Performance Materials.   Sri’s research interests are in the areas of Materials Science and Chemistry.

Sridevi Narayan-Sarathy

Senior Principal Scientist
PepsiCo

Sridevi Narayan-Sarathy

Senior Principal Scientist
PepsiCo

Sri Narayan-Sarathy is Senior Principal Scientist with PepsiCo and member of the elite PepsiCo R&D Fellows program.  Sri received her M.Sc. in Chemistry and M.Tech. in Polymer Science & Technology from Indian Institutes of Chennai and Delhi respectively.  She got her Ph.D. in Polymer Science & Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  Prior to joining PepsiCo in 2010, Sri was Technology Manager/Principal Scientist at Ashland Performance Materials.   Sri’s research interests are in the areas of Materials Science and Chemistry. At PepsiCo, she is leveraging   her extensive experience with different polymer chemistries to identify and develop bio-based materials for sustainable flexible packaging with good end of life.  She has several patents and publications to her credit.  Sri also has an adjunct faculty appointment in the Department of Grain Sciences at Kansas State University.

 

Daniel Fitzgerald

Senior Director, Product Sustainability
Stanley Black & Decker

Dan Fitzgerald is Stanley Black & Decker’s Product Sustainability Lead and is responsible for identifying, defining, and facilitating all strategies and action plans associated with improving the sustainable performance of products across the corporation.  He leads the “Innovate with Purpose” pillar of the Corporate Social Responsibility strategy which includes goals to develop products that address unmet societal needs and to improve the impacts of products across their lifecycle.

Daniel Fitzgerald

Senior Director, Product Sustainability
Stanley Black & Decker

Daniel Fitzgerald

Senior Director, Product Sustainability
Stanley Black & Decker

Dan Fitzgerald is Stanley Black & Decker’s Product Sustainability Lead and is responsible for identifying, defining, and facilitating all strategies and action plans associated with improving the sustainable performance of products across the corporation.  He leads the “Innovate with Purpose” pillar of the Corporate Social Responsibility strategy which includes goals to develop products that address unmet societal needs and to improve the impacts of products across their lifecycle.  He joined Stanley Black & Decker in 2006 and spent his first ten years at the company in a product stewardship role providing safety and environmental compliance support for the Power Tools Business.  Dan holds a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland – College Park.

 

Özak Durmuş

Senior Sustainability Engineer
Ford Otosan

Özak Durmuş, completed B.Sc in Mechanical Engineering at Hacettepe University and has been working in Ford Otosan since 2013. He has 6.5 years experience as Senior Engine Mount Design Engineer and 0.5 years as Sustainability Senior Engineer. He is also the co-founder and lead of company internal initiative ReCube(Recycle,Reuse,Reduce) project. He has experience in anti-vibration systems, engine mounts and brackets, sustainable material development & applications, circular economy and life cycle assessment.

Özak Durmuş

Senior Sustainability Engineer
Ford Otosan

Özak Durmuş

Senior Sustainability Engineer
Ford Otosan

Özak Durmuş, completed B.Sc in Mechanical Engineering at Hacettepe University and has been working in Ford Otosan since 2013. He has 6.5 years experience as Senior Engine Mount Design Engineer and 0.5 years as Sustainability Senior Engineer. He is also the co-founder and lead of company internal initiative ReCube(Recycle,Reuse,Reduce) project. He has experience in anti-vibration systems, engine mounts and brackets, sustainable material development & applications, circular economy and life cycle assessment.

 

Clément Affholder

Innovation Manager
VAUDE Sport

Clément Affholder is an innovation manager at VAUDE Sport, where he works on materials and plastic engineering. After a master in materials science from the University of Lille, where he gathered a background in polymer science and composites, he joined VAUDE to help develop innovative and environmentally friendly materials. Outside the office, Clément likes to go and test VAUDE gear in the nearby Alps.

Clément Affholder

Innovation Manager
VAUDE Sport

Clément Affholder

Innovation Manager
VAUDE Sport

Clément Affholder is an innovation manager at VAUDE Sport, where he works on materials and plastic engineering. After a master in materials science from the University of Lille, where he gathered a background in polymer science and composites, he joined VAUDE to help develop innovative and environmentally friendly materials. Outside the office, Clément likes to go and test VAUDE gear in the nearby Alps.

 

Marck Højbjerg Matthiasen

CEO and Owner
Dantoy

Marck Hojberg Mathiasen is CEO and Owner of Dantoy A/S which is now one of the largest plastic toy manufacturers in Europe, having produced toys for more than five decades. With his strong track record in entrepreneurship, prior to leading Dantoy Marck was Co-Founder and Co-Owner of JuicOrganic for over five years. JuicOrganic is a Danish juice, smoothie and nectar manufacturer for food service and retailers under the brands ‘JuicOrganic’ and ‘House of Juice’. The company has the widest organic product range in the Danish foodservice sector.

Marck Højbjerg Matthiasen

CEO and Owner
Dantoy

Marck Højbjerg Matthiasen

CEO and Owner
Dantoy

Marck Hojberg Mathiasen is CEO and Owner of Dantoy A/S which is now one of the largest plastic toy manufacturers in Europe, having produced toys for more than five decades. With his strong track record in entrepreneurship, prior to leading Dantoy Marck was Co-Founder and Co-Owner of JuicOrganic for over five years. JuicOrganic is a Danish juice, smoothie and nectar manufacturer for food service and retailers under the brands ‘JuicOrganic’ and ‘House of Juice’. The company has the widest organic product range in the Danish foodservice sector. Marck shares in the business were sold to the existing owners in 2016. The first business that he co-founded and co-owned was Direct Promotion ApS – a Danish call centre providing business to business and business to customer outbound telemarketing, market research, appointment setting, lead generation and sales. Direct Promotion was successfully acquired by its competitor Partner Dialog A/S in February 2012. Marck holds an MSc in Business Administration, Auditing and Economics and was educated at Copenhagen Business School in Denmark.

 

 

Orkun Kaymakçı

Technology Team Leader
Arcelik Global (BEKO)

Orkun Kaymakçı is the Team Leader of the Polymers & Chemistry Technology Group at Arçelik R&D. He received his B.Sc. degree in Chemistry from Koç University and his M.Sc. degree from Macromolecular Science & Engineering from Virginia Tech. He completed his Ph.D. in Polymer Science & Technology from Istanbul Technical University.

Orkun Kaymakçı

Technology Team Leader
Arcelik Global (BEKO)

Orkun Kaymakçı

Technology Team Leader
Arcelik Global (BEKO)

Orkun Kaymakçı is the Team Leader of the Polymers & Chemistry Technology Group at Arçelik R&D. He received his B.Sc. degree in Chemistry from Koç University and his M.Sc. degree from Macromolecular Science & Engineering from Virginia Tech. He completed his Ph.D. in Polymer Science & Technology from Istanbul Technical University.

Before joining to Arçelik, he worked at Massachusetts General Hospital-Harvard Medical School as a Biomedical Engineer on development of polymer based implants. He has been working for Arcelik Global for seven years. He has a distinctive research and development experience in diverse fields of polymer science and technology. His current primary research interest includes advanced recycling technologies and renewable polymers for home appliance applications. He has 14 patent applications and numerous papers and presentations in the field of polymers.

 

Allard Max

Founder & CEO
Aethic

Allard became intrigued by aquatic pollution whilst working on the Delfino (the Italian word for dolphin) car project and wanting to off-set the car's footprint not by planting trees but by doing something valuable in the ocean. 

Seemingly there was no existing method to attribute damage costs to water pollutants and so the marine pollution acquatrail was born with the help of marine scientist Prof. Roberto Danovaro and sustainability specialist Susannah Stewart. 

Allard Max

Founder & CEO
Aethic

Allard Max

Founder & CEO
Aethic

Allard became intrigued by aquatic pollution whilst working on the Delfino (the Italian word for dolphin) car project and wanting to off-set the car's footprint not by planting trees but by doing something valuable in the ocean. 

Seemingly there was no existing method to attribute damage costs to water pollutants and so the marine pollution acquatrail was born with the help of marine scientist Prof. Roberto Danovaro and sustainability specialist Susannah Stewart. 

Danovaro and Corinaldesi had just published the damage done to coral by sunscreens and Allard decided to establish Aethic and develop Sôvée with world’s only scientifically proven and patented eco-compatible sunscreen formula - 100% proven reef safe.

Aethic’s various products have been and/or are retailed on board Air Canada, Alitalia and KLM as well Whole Foods, Planet Organic and online with Victoriahealth.comnet-a-porter.com and krisshop.com 

 

Clemens Feigl

CMO & Co-Founder
Everwave

Clemens Feigl is one of the founders of everwave and CMO. The organisation everwave is a social enterprise that is dedicated to protect the ocean from plastic waste. By creating a brand in the market of sustainability, Clemens and his team were able to establish partnerschips with international corporates.

Clemens studied at the university of Munich and worked for several years as a host for tv- and radio-stations and brands such as The Northface, Allianz, Media Markt and many more.

Clemens Feigl

CMO & Co-Founder
Everwave

Clemens Feigl

CMO & Co-Founder
Everwave

Clemens Feigl is one of the founders of everwave and CMO. The organisation everwave is a social enterprise that is dedicated to protect the ocean from plastic waste. By creating a brand in the market of sustainability, Clemens and his team were able to establish partnerschips with international corporates.

Clemens studied at the university of Munich and worked for several years as a host for tv- and radio-stations and brands such as The Northface, Allianz, Media Markt and many more.

 

Dr. Suneel Kunamaneni

Entrepreneurial Academic
Leeds Business School

Suneel Kunamaneni stands at the forefront of sustainability and inclusivity trend: packaging, agri-food and social care. He has spent the past ten years supporting social and eco innovation and entrepreneurship through his various teaching, mentoring, research and consultancy activities.

Dr. Suneel Kunamaneni

Entrepreneurial Academic
Leeds Business School

Dr. Suneel Kunamaneni

Entrepreneurial Academic
Leeds Business School

Suneel Kunamaneni stands at the forefront of sustainability and inclusivity trend: packaging, agri-food and social care. He has spent the past ten years supporting social and eco innovation and entrepreneurship through his various teaching, mentoring, research and consultancy activities.

Suneel drives innovation ecosystems for developing and diffusing ideas and solutions to address pressing socio-environmental problems. A calculated risk taker with deep technical knowledge of materials, Suneel has championed commercialisation of eco materials and technologies with Universities, MNC labs, Startups and private technology licensors, and has built a reputation for developing new business strategies and incubating new business models that minimise the impact on the environment.

In his current role as an academic at Leeds Business School (UK), Suneel has also fed his insatiable interest in sustainable innovation in emerging countries and inclusive growth. His interest in emerging countries is rooted in his concerns that current growth-based business models cannot solve issues surrounding the environment, and affordable access to food and well-being.  Suneel believes that entrepreneurship and mission-driven start-ups are key to challenging the status quo.

Suneel also advises social enterprises in the UK working on refugee entrepreneurship and mental health for the BAME community, thus facilitating the inclusion of marginalised communities. With his experience in both corporate technology innovation and social enterprise, Suneel offers new business models and strategies for a more sustainable and equitable world.  

Suneel holds a bachelors in Chemical Engineering from Bangalore University, a masters in Chemical engineering from Indian Institute of Science, a PhD in Polymer physics from University of Leeds, and an MBA from Alliance Manchester Business School. 

 

Rudy Koopmans

Director
Plastics Innovation Competence Center

Prof. Dr. Rudy Koopmans is Director of the Plastics Innovation Competence Center, Director of the Institute of Applied Plastics research, and Professor at the University of Applied Sciences (HEIA-FR) at Fribourg (CH). He holds a visiting professorship at ETH Zürich (CH) where he also received the Staudinger-Dürer Medal for excellence in Materials Science.

Rudy Koopmans

Director
Plastics Innovation Competence Center

Rudy Koopmans

Director
Plastics Innovation Competence Center

Prof. Dr. Rudy Koopmans is Director of the Plastics Innovation Competence Center, Director of the Institute of Applied Plastics research, and Professor at the University of Applied Sciences (HEIA-FR) at Fribourg (CH). He holds a visiting professorship at ETH Zürich (CH) where he also received the Staudinger-Dürer Medal for excellence in Materials Science.

With 40 years of research experience in the chemical and plastics industry he brings practical understanding to find solutions for the challenges associated with sustainability and circular economy models.  He is also expert for the EU commission and member of the Horizon Europe Mission on Clean Oceans assembly.

As owner of Koopmans Consulting GmbH, located in Zürich, Switzerland, he provides consultancy support for setting-up networks of experts, and supporting start-up companies in their endeavour towards a sustainable future.

He has published more than 70 papers in international journals, contributed several book chapters, wrote three books, presented multiple keynotes at international conferences, and is holder of 23 patents.

 

Willemijn Peeters

CEO
Searious Business

Willemijn is the CEO of Searious Business, a social enterprise committed to prevent plastics from ending up in our environment. She has over 16 years of experience in changing companies to a more sustainable business model. Her experience includes game changing, innovating, program management, business developing and finance.

Willemijn Peeters

CEO
Searious Business

Willemijn Peeters

CEO
Searious Business

Willemijn is the CEO of Searious Business, a social enterprise committed to prevent plastics from ending up in our environment. She has over 16 years of experience in changing companies to a more sustainable business model. Her experience includes game changing, innovating, program management, business developing and finance.

With a background in business management, broad experience in joint initiatives between businesses and the non-profit sector, she is used to bringing about change in the strategy and way of working of organizations. She is specialized in moving teams of people forward in an enthusiastic way – by creating a spark, an initiative that people and organizations want to be a part of.

She has been awarded with several titles:

- Green Solutions partner of the European Commission

- Finalist of edie Sustainability Leaders Awards 2020

- Winner of Dutch Design Awards 2019
- Winner Plastic Recyclers Europe Award 2018
- Winner National Energy Globe Award 2018

- Leader in Sustainable Top 100 in the Netherlands

- Ocean Ambassador of the Netherlands

 

Rania Elkalla

Founder
Shell Homage

Rania Elkalla is an integrated designer with product & graphic design educational background with an experience in material science and production techniques.

She is skilled in visual communication, spatial imagination, branding, designing 2D & 3D products, illustrations, patterns, experimenting with materials, and integrating between different design groups.

Her designs are mostly eclectic, derived from different cultures and styles. She likes to merge between different disciplines.

Rania Elkalla

Founder
Shell Homage

Rania Elkalla

Founder
Shell Homage

Rania Elkalla is an integrated designer with product & graphic design educational background with an experience in material science and production techniques.

She is skilled in visual communication, spatial imagination, branding, designing 2D & 3D products, illustrations, patterns, experimenting with materials, and integrating between different design groups.

Her designs are mostly eclectic, derived from different cultures and styles. She likes to merge between different disciplines.

The main aim is to keep on improving, present the best of herself and most authentic version of who she is.

Designers should always remember the word “FUN” that exists in Function. She tends to design things with humor and interaction with users

 

Beth Zonis

Regional Director
Cleantech Open

As Director of Cleantech Open Northeast, Beth is passionate about combating climate change, improving environmental equity, and growing the cleantech economy through innovation and entrepreneurship. The Northeast is the most active region of Cleantech Open, the world’s oldest and largest nonprofit accelerator and business plan competition. Beth has experience developing innovation hubs in the Northeast with Cleantech Open, as well as in India and Russia.

Beth Zonis

Regional Director
Cleantech Open

Beth Zonis

Regional Director
Cleantech Open

As Director of Cleantech Open Northeast, Beth is passionate about combating climate change, improving environmental equity, and growing the cleantech economy through innovation and entrepreneurship. The Northeast is the most active region of Cleantech Open, the world’s oldest and largest nonprofit accelerator and business plan competition. Beth has experience developing innovation hubs in the Northeast with Cleantech Open, as well as in India and Russia. She has worked at MIT and IBM, run her own marketing and sustainability consulting business, and led business development for a startup that grew from 10 to 1000 employees. Beth holds two prominent volunteer leadership positions: Board Member of ACTION Innovation Network, and Vice President of her graduating class at Wellesley College. She is a frequent speaker on cleantech innovation, as well as a judge and mentor. She’s been invited to speak at MIT, Wharton, Carnegie Mellon, Tufts, and Boston University. An MIT Venture Mentoring Service (VMS) trained mentor, she has mentored and judged startups in various programs including Cleantech Open, MassChallenge, SBIR, Techstars, MIT $100k, and MIT Media Lab. She holds a BA, cum laude, from Wellesley College, an MBA from Boston University, a Certificat d’Etudes Politiques from Science Po in Paris, and a Certificate in Sustainable Business from the University of Southern Maine. She speaks French and Spanish. She plays squash, swims, kayaks and hikes, and enjoys spending time with her family.

 

James O'Brien

Co-Founder & Co-CEO
Polycarbin

James O'Brien

Co-Founder & Co-CEO
Polycarbin

James O'Brien

Co-Founder & Co-CEO
Polycarbin
 

Alexis Figeac

Partner
Sustainability Investors LLP

Alexis has been a pioneer throughout his career. Looking into Artificial Intelligence and human-computer interaction in the 80’s, he seized the opportunity of German reunification to be at the forefront of economic transformation in East Germany at the Treuhandanstalt. He was involved with privatisation further afield in Eastern Europe before leading teams in the area of business restructuring at PriceWaterhouse.

Alexis Figeac

Partner
Sustainability Investors LLP

Alexis Figeac

Partner
Sustainability Investors LLP

Alexis has been a pioneer throughout his career. Looking into Artificial Intelligence and human-computer interaction in the 80’s, he seized the opportunity of German reunification to be at the forefront of economic transformation in East Germany at the Treuhandanstalt. He was involved with privatisation further afield in Eastern Europe before leading teams in the area of business restructuring at PriceWaterhouse.

Wanting to back good advice with money he joined Deutsche Telekom’s corporate venture capital entity, T-Venture, investing in and serving on the boards of numerous young ICT businesses.

Recognising the opportunity and necessity of a greener economy (he had invested in wind farms since 1995), he sought to establish one of the 1st cleantech Venture Capital funds in Germany in 2003. Alexis has been an early-stage investor and board member in a host of innovative green technology companies, also during his time as Partner at the Entrepreneurs Fund in London.

Through his 5-year tenure as Head of Sustainable Business and Entrepreneurship at the UNEP Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production in Wuppertal, Alexis took his thinking on sustainability to a new level and implemented its practice at DAX-30 clients as well as advising developing countries. Moreover, he has been instrumental in furthering knowledge on the business models of Circular Economy, as the instigator and coordinator of the R²π consortium: highlighting successful cases, accompanying businesses on a Circular Economy ‘innovation journey’ and drafting policy recommendations for the EU, from which it received € 3 Mio. in funding. Alexis is recognised as an expert on CE and has published articles on the topic. As Head of Circular Economy at KPMG Germany, he advised a major Tier-1 automotive supplier on transforming its lead product according to Circular Economy principles.

His Venture Capital experience and sustainability expertise have led him presently to establishing Sustainability Investors’ 1st fund: it brings technology solutions to the challenges facing our resource-constrained world in the 21st century. By providing much needed equity capital and value-creation to young businesses, Sustainability Investors will help disseminate real environmental solutions, protecting our planet while promoting prosperity.

 

Simon Hann

Principal Consultant
Eunomia

Simon is involved in a wide range of policy and research based projects and with a background in design, he is interested in how the products we use everyday can be improved to better the environment.

Simon Hann

Principal Consultant
Eunomia

Simon Hann

Principal Consultant
Eunomia

Simon is involved in a wide range of policy and research based projects and with a background in design, he is interested in how the products we use everyday can be improved to better the environment.

Simon joined Eunomia in 2013 as the in-house Life Cycle Assessment(LCA) specialist after seven years working for an internationally recognised UK manufacturer, Kohler Mira Ltd. Whilst working as an engineer he developed an extensive knowledge base of materials and processes whilst studying for an MSc in Sustainable Product Design. His thesis, which looked at how LCA can be integrated into the design process, was awarded a distinction and the tools and models developed as an output continue to be used by Kohler.

 

Nina Birger

Vice President of Partnerships
Greentown Labs

Nina Birger

Vice President of Partnerships
Greentown Labs

Nina Birger

Vice President of Partnerships
Greentown Labs
 

Ravish Majithia

Founder & CEO
Magnomer

Ravish Majithia leads Magnomer as founder & CEO. He holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science from Texas A&M University. Ravish is also a Babson Fellow and MBA from Babson College. Ravish was named one of the top 100 MBA’s in 2018 by Poets and Quants and was awarded the prestigious Sorenson Merit Award by Babson College for his work on Magnomer. Magnomer is a winner of Materials Research Society’s Innovation Award & MassChallenge Gold.

Ravish Majithia

Founder & CEO
Magnomer

Ravish Majithia

Founder & CEO
Magnomer

Ravish Majithia leads Magnomer as founder & CEO. He holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science from Texas A&M University. Ravish is also a Babson Fellow and MBA from Babson College. Ravish was named one of the top 100 MBA’s in 2018 by Poets and Quants and was awarded the prestigious Sorenson Merit Award by Babson College for his work on Magnomer. Magnomer is a winner of Materials Research Society’s Innovation Award & MassChallenge Gold.

 

Dr. Anders B. Laursen

CEO
RenewCO2 LLC

Dr. Anders B. Laursen has a BS in chemistry and PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark with nine years of cumulative experience in electrochemistry and renewable energy storage. His experience includes electrochemical and photoelectrochemical hydrogen production (water splitting), materials synthesis, spectroscopic characterizations, and catalytic processes. He has authored 27 scientific papers and 4 patent applications. Dr. Laursen joined Prof. Dismukes’ group at Rutgers in 2013 and now works as a Research Associate.

Dr. Anders B. Laursen

CEO
RenewCO2 LLC

Dr. Anders B. Laursen

CEO
RenewCO2 LLC

Dr. Anders B. Laursen has a BS in chemistry and PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark with nine years of cumulative experience in electrochemistry and renewable energy storage. His experience includes electrochemical and photoelectrochemical hydrogen production (water splitting), materials synthesis, spectroscopic characterizations, and catalytic processes. He has authored 27 scientific papers and 4 patent applications. Dr. Laursen joined Prof. Dismukes’ group at Rutgers in 2013 and now works as a Research Associate. He also serves as the chief executive officer of RenewCO2, LLC a start-up formed with Prof. Dismukes and graduate student Ms. Calvinho. Anders has extensive experience with catalyst design, synthesis, characterization and activity evaluation, electrolyzer development, and fabrication of electrochemical cells.

 

Dr. Hüdai Kara

Founder
Metsims Sustainability Consulting

Dr Hüdai Kara is also founder of Metsims Sustainability Consulting. He has over 20 years of combined experience in low carbon sustainable technologies, critical metals research in energy generation supply chain, carbon footprint, life cycle assessment (LCA) and management, materials security, energy efficiency and renewable energy, waste management, and research and development covering industries from metallurgy to materials, chemical, energy and buildings.

Dr. Hüdai Kara

Founder
Metsims Sustainability Consulting

Dr. Hüdai Kara

Founder
Metsims Sustainability Consulting

Dr Hüdai Kara is also founder of Metsims Sustainability Consulting. He has over 20 years of combined experience in low carbon sustainable technologies, critical metals research in energy generation supply chain, carbon footprint, life cycle assessment (LCA) and management, materials security, energy efficiency and renewable energy, waste management, and research and development covering industries from metallurgy to materials, chemical, energy and buildings.

Before establishing the consultancy business, Dr Kara worked as Research Fellow on smart materials at Bath University, as Senior Scientist at Johnson Matthey Technology Centre on materials and process development and as Technical Consultant at Oakdene Hollings advising UK DEFRA, DfT, WRAP and many private clients on sustainability, materials security, critical materials, resource efficiency, carbon and waste management.

Dr Kara is a global expert on Life Cycle Assessment and is currently leading the development of Turkish Life Cycle Inventory Database for sustainability performance assessment of the economic activity in Turkey.

He is on the Technical Advisory Board for European Commission on PEF (Product Environmental Footprint) development and an expert Evaluator for EU Horizon 2020 and other research and development funding streams. He sits on the technical committee of the International EPD System.

Dr Kara is the author of over dozens of scientific papers in refereed journals and presented in many international conferences. He regularly writes on sustainability and sustainable development issues in an industrial journal. He has a Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science from the University of Oxford.

 

Richard Betts

Director of Sustainability Services
KPMG

Richard is director of Sustainability Services at KPMG and a recognized international expert in sustainability. Richard has led a wide range of sustainability engagements in Turkey and over 20 countries across Europe and Asia. He is also a Certified Public Accountant with ACA accreditation and a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW)

Richard Betts

Director of Sustainability Services
KPMG

Richard Betts

Director of Sustainability Services
KPMG

Richard is director of Sustainability Services at KPMG and a recognized international expert in sustainability. Richard has led a wide range of sustainability engagements in Turkey and over 20 countries across Europe and Asia. He is also a Certified Public Accountant with ACA accreditation and a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW)

Richard has over 15 years of experience with Big 4 consultancies in Turkey and the UK. Over this time, he has led wide range of advisory and assurance engagements relating to sustainability & financial audit. Areas of expertise within sustainability include the following: Climate Change, Low Carbon Transformation, TCFD, Sustainability Strategy & implementation, Sustainability Performance Improvement, Integrated Reporting Advisory, Sustainability Reporting & Assurance, Total Valuation, SROI, Circular economy, Sustainable Finance, Sustainable Bonds, Environmental Due Diligence

Before moving to Istanbul, Richard lived in the UK, Italy and Mexico. He has dual UK-Turkish nationality and speaks 8 languages.

He has extensive experience in sustainability across many sectors including Finance (Banking & Insurance), Food & Beverage Sector, Cement, Glass Manufacturing, Telecommunication, Energy (O&G and Utilities), Holdings, Retail

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