Judging Panel

The judging panel consists of senior executives from major businesses, widely recognised scientists and academics. Collectively, they represent a broad range of subject matter expertise, and 100's of years of industry experience. The proposals will be assessed against a criteria carefully crafted in collaboration with the challenge partners and participants of the New Plastics Economy initiative. Please see the Official Rules for an overview of the judging criteria.


Jeff Seabright


Chief Sustainability Officer



Jeff started as a strategy consultant, then served as Vice President for Environmental and Water Resources at Coca-Cola, and was later the Foreign Service Officer for the US State Department in Brussels from 1981-1985. Returning to Washington, he became Legislative Assistant to US Senators, Timothy Wirth and John D Rockefeller IV from 1985 –1992, then joined the Clinton administration to head the US Agency for International Development. Later he became the Director of the Office for Energy, Environment and Technology and moved to the White House in 1999 as Executive Director of the Climate Change Task Force.

Jeff left government in 2000 and became Vice President of Policy Planning for the CEO, Texaco. He is now responsible for driving transformation and change for Unilever’s priority areas, including climate change; eliminating deforestation; sustainable agriculture & smallholder farmers; water, sanitation and hygiene; and opportunities for women. He has five board memberships, including the WEF Global Future Council on Food, Security & Agriculture.



Vice President Marketing, R&D, and Sustainability

Amcor Flexibles Europe, Middle East and Africa


Having acquired a BSc and MSc in Industrial Engineering at the Polytechnic in Milan and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Luca began his career in Supply Chain Management for Hewlett-Packard. Since then he has occupied CEO positions in the building materials industry and notably served as a management consultant with Bain & Company.

Prior to joining Amcor in 2014 as Vice President for Corporate Strategy and Business Development, Luca was the Strategic Marketing Director for Honeywell Transportation Systems which is a global division supplying turbocharging technologies to the automotive industry. He now leads flexible packaging Marketing, R&D and Sustainability in the EMEA region, where the company’s primary focus remains on innovation that responds to customer needs and delivers responsible global packaging solutions.

Luca A. Zerbini


Barry Parkin


Chief Sustainability and Health & Wellbeing Officer

Mars, Incorporated


As Chief Sustainability Officer at Mars, Incorporated, Barry is responsible for developing and driving Mars’ sustainability programmes and oversees work in two critical areas. He has dedicated the last two and half years working with the business unit’s sourcing teams to articulate Mars’ strategies, and the operational teams to build programmes which ensure the company’s operations are sustainable.

The corporate spokesperson on the Mars’ sustainability platform, Barry is also the Chairman of the World Cocoa Foundation and leads the industry’s collaborative efforts to make cocoa fully sustainable.

In early 2015, Barry took responsibility for the company’s approach to health and wellbeing and identified trends that Mars, Incorporated must consider before determining the risks or opportunities those trends may present. Barry works closely with each business segment to determine the implications each trend holds and how best to respond, which clarifies what the longer- term Mars Incorporated strategies should be.



Senior Executive Vice President Development Innovation & Markets



Laurent graduated from École Centrale de Lyon in 1991 and began his career in the same year as a consultant at Japan in Time Experts, in Tokyo. In 1997, he became the Manager of Générale des Eaux at the Bethune agency.

After an initial posting in Shanghai, in 1999 he founded and led Veolia’s water activity in Korea and then served as President of Veolia Water Japan, where he grew the business dramatically. Later, in 2008, Laurent was appointed Executive Vice President for the Americas, where, he again pursued his aims to improve clients’ energy efficiency, better managing their water and wastewater, and recovering valuable resources from their waste.

In 2013 Laurent was appointed Senior Executive Vice President Innovation & Markets of Veolia and is a member of the Executive Committee.

Laurent Auguste


Igor Chauvelot


Cups Solution & Circular Economy Director



Igor has an engineer’s degree in polymer chemistry and 15 years’ experience in FMCG companies. He started his career at L’Oreal, first as product development manager and then as buyer for Marketing services. He has spent the last 11 years at Danone working in different positions in direct and indirect purchasing as well as sustainability.

Last June, Igor joined the Plastic Cycle in charge of the definition and execution of the Circular Economy Strategy for Danone’s Packaging. He is also in charge of sourcing the plastic cups packaging of Danone.



R&D Director for Discovery & Sustainability

PepsiCo Foods Packaging


Having earned his degree in Polymer Chemistry at the University of Missouri-Rolla, Brad Rodgers is a veteran of the plastics and packaging industry, who has dedicated 30 years to its innovation and improvement.

Brad spent the first half of his career working for major polyolefin manufacturers in Texas and Delaware, where he developed polymers for use in numerous packaging applications. He is currently the Research & Development Director of Foods Packaging Discovery and Sustainability for PepsiCo where his responsibilities include the development for the next generation of packaging materials with a better overall impact on the environment.

Brad currently holds 13 patents for various packaging applications and has written and co-authored several papers and published articles about food packaging, and is currently working to develop advanced barrier technologies for bio-based packaging.

Brad Rogers


Scott Seydel



The Seydel Companies


Scott serves as a Trustee of the US. Ellen MacArthur Foundation and has chaired several non-profit boards focused on sustainable manufacturing and design, including Global Green, the GreenBlue Institute, and Elemental Impact. He is a co-founder of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, the Coalition for Resource Recycling, and Atlanta Recycles, and has served as a Director of the National Recycling Coalition, the Oceans Exchange, and the Container Recycling Institute.

Scott is a lifelong environmentalist specialising in resource conservation and recycling. His companies manufacture renewable resource based chemicals that replace petrochemicals and are readily biodegradable, and Scott consults and collaborates with companies that manufacture compostable and recyclable packaging and apparel.

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, he has served locally as Chair of the Atlanta YMCA, the Georgia State University Business School Board, the Georgia World Congress Institute, the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and several other hometown organisations.



Director, Sustainable Business

Marks & Spencer


Mike is a chemistry graduate from Sheffield University and was part of the small team that in 2007 developed and delivered the company's groundbreaking Plan A, a 100 point, five-year plan to address a wide range of environmental and social issues.

Mike is responsible for delivering M&S’ aspiration to be the world’s most sustainable retailer. His job is to work with the M&S leadership team to integrate sustainability into the heart of the business across its global retail channels and supply chains. This includes developing the business case; coaching/mentoring colleagues; changing business processes; customer and stakeholder engagement; and business model innovation.

In May 2011, Mike was named the Guardian’s inaugural Sustainable Business Innovator of the Year. He is Co-Chair of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) Sustainability Steering Group, a Visiting Fellow at the Smith Centre for Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University, a Senior Associate at the Cambridge Programme for Sustainable Leadership and sits on BiTC’s Environment Leadership Team. You can follow Mike on @planamikebarry.

Mike Barry


Jochen Hertlein


Packaging Performance and Sustainability Lead



Jochen holds a doctoral degree in food engineering, and having trained as a food technologist at the Technical University of Munich, began his career in performance packaging with a sound knowledge of product requirements, and the interactions between machinery and those products.

Based in the Nestlé Head Office in Vevey, Switzerland, Jochen uses his experience to coordinate and work on projects that will improve the environmental impact of packaging materials globally, with a clear focus on plastics. Before moving to Switzerland in 2016, he headed Nestlé Germany’s packaging team and actively contributed to packaging sustainability initiatives with the German brand association Markenverband. He was also a member of the industry working group Packaging and the Environment Arbeitsgemeinschaft Verpackung und Umwelt (AGVU).



Vice President Marketing



After graduating in the early 90s, Frédéric joined the chemical industry, after which he moved to the Environmental Services sector in 1997. There he worked primarily with industrial waste management. He held several positions in both Europe and Asia, among which marketing, strategy, business development, and general management have been key areas of focus.

Frédéric joined SUEZ in 2003, and has been VP of Marketing since end of 2014.

Frédéric Grivel


John Warner


President & Chief Technical Officer

Warner-Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry


John received his BS in Chemistry from UMASS Boston, and PhD in Chemistry from Princeton University and spent nearly a decade working at the Polaroid Corporation, before serving as a tenured professor at UMASS Boston and Lowell (Chemistry and Plastics Engineering).

In 2007, John founded the Warner Babcock Institute, a research organisation that develops green chemistry technologies, and Beyond Benign, a non-profit organisation dedicated to sustainability and green chemistry education. He co-authored Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice with Paul Anastas and has published nearly 300 patents, papers and books.

Among his multiple recognitions, John received the 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Mentoring, and the Council of Science Society President’s 2008 Leadership award. In 2011, he was elected a Fellow of the American Chemical Society and received the 2014 Perkin Medal, widely acknowledged as the highest honour in American Industrial Chemistry. In 2016, he was named a 2016 AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador.




University College London


Mark Miodownik is Director of Institute of Making at UCL, where he teaches and runs a research group. He received his PhD in turbine jet engine alloys from Oxford University in 1996, and since then has published more than 100 research papers.

His current research interests are animate materials, innovative manufacturing, and sensoaesthetic materials. For more than ten years he has championed materials research that links the arts and humanities to medicine, engineering and materials science. This culminated in the establishment of the UCL Institute of Making where he is Director. Mark is a well-known author and broadcaster. He regularly presents BBC TV programmes on engineering which have reached millions of viewers in more than 200 countries. In 2013, he was awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering Rooke Medal and elected as a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2014. He is the author of Stuff Matters, a New York Times Best Selling book, which won the Royal Society Winton Prize in 2014 and the US National Academies Communication Award in 2015. In 2016, he was awarded the American Association for the Advancement of Science Prize for Public Engagement with Science.

Mark Miodownik


Jenna Jambeck


Associate Professor

University of Georgia, New Materials Institute


Jenna is Director of the Center of Focus in Circular Materials Management in the New Materials Institute and an Associate Professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia (UGA). She uses concepts of the Circular Economy and Green Engineering Principles to examine materials and products along their entire value chain.

Jenna has been conducting research on solid waste and materials management issues for 20 years with related projects on marine litter since 2001. She also specializes in global waste management issues and plastic contamination. Her work on plastic waste inputs into the ocean has been widely recognized by the global community and translated into policy discussions by the Global Ocean Commission, in testimony to U.S. Congress, G7, G20, and the United Nations Environment program. She has won numerous awards for her teaching and research in the College of Engineering and the UGA Creative Research Medal, as well as become UGA Public Service and Outreach Fellow.




Michigan State University


Professor Narayan is Scientific Chair of the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) USA and a convener and technical expert on ISO committees. He is also affiliated to many organisations and groups such as the WWF-led bioplastics feedstock alliance, USDA Biopreferred, and Coca-Cola’s plant bottle Advisory Board.

Ramani has 200 refereed publications, 30 issued patents, and graduated 20 PhD and 25 Masters students. He has received a significant list of academic and industry awards, which include among them: University Distinguished Professor in 2007; The Governor’s (State of Michigan) University Award for commercialisation excellence; Michigan Green Chemistry Governor’s Award for developing biodegradable packaging and insulation foams, 2011; DuPont’s Packaging Award for excellence in Innovation & Sustainability, 2010; The James Hammer Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award, 2006 for outstanding leadership, and research accomplishments from the BioEnvironmental Polymer Society (BEPS), as well as the first recipient of Life Time Achievement Award, 2010.

Ramani Narayan


John Warner


Founder & CEO

Think Beyond Plastic


Daniella leads Think Beyond Plastic, an innovation accelerator with a focus on the new plastics economy. She believes that intractable environmental challenges can be addressed by harnessing the forces of innovation and entrepreneurship, and the power of the markets to do good.

Since 2009, she has led the development of an innovative eco-system enabling the shift away from fossil fuel-based plastics towards bio-benign materials from renewable sources, with new manufacturing and innovative products designed to handle these new materials.

Daniella is a serial entrepreneur whose experience includes executive management of businesses from start-up phase through initial public offering, as well as within Fortune-500 companies such as Infoseek, Sun Microsystems, and Xerox PARC. She is a member of the Founders Board of Advisors at StartX Stanford Student Startup Accelerator and an Associate Professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies Graduate Program in International Policy and Management. She serves on the boards of numerous businesses and non- governmental organisations.