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Taking place on 15th and 16th of October 2014 at the Hotel Novotel Nice Centre.

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Jürgen Towara, Senior Food Contact Expert, Intertek

Jürgen Towara is Senior Food Contact Expert at Intertek Germany in the Health, Environment & Regulatory Services. He has more than 14 years of experience in the regulatory field of food contact and related areas.

Until 2009 Jürgen Towara was manager for regulatory affairs at Ticona, a leading producer of technical polymers. In his role he also represented TICONA in the corresponding plastics associations.

Prior to that he was working as regulatory consultant for Infraserv Hoechst , (manufacturers and converters of plastics). In addition he was representing these companies in national associations of Germany, European Plastics Converters (EuPC) and PlasticsEurope.

Jürgen Towara studied Food Chemistry in Würzburg, graduated as Doctor at the University of Bayreuth in the Environmental Area, where he was investigating sources and transport of polychlorinated Dioxins and related compounds in the environment.

Nadine Thomis, Business Consultant Regulatory Services, Intertek

Mrs. Nadine Thomis holds a Master in Science in Chemistry and Food Technology at the Limburg Catholic University College in Belgium.  Within Intertek, she is a member of the Regulatory Experts Team and has many years of experience as Business Consultant for food contact materials.

Mrs. Thomis has extensive knowledge on European and national food contact regulations and supports clients in setting up an appropriate test program in order to comply with the relevant regulations for their materials and products intended to come into contact with food.
This support is not limited to plastic materials but also covers non-plastic materials, like e.g. paper & board, printing inks, coatings, rubbers, silicones and multilayer materials.

Prior to joining Intertek, Mrs. Thomis worked for DSM on several projects where her focus was on the analytical development of new testing procedures and compliance support for DSM’s applications in the food and pharmaceutical industry. 


Naem Mady, Vice President- Regulatory Service , Intertek

Naeem Mady, Vice President, Regulatory Services at Intertek has various responsibilities including worldwide notification of U.S. products and food contact substance regulatory compliance. Prior to working for Intertek, Mr. Mady designed and implemented Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) and Quality Management Systems programs for Ciba.

He also designed and developed migration studies for FDA submissions and had been responsible for the FDA and EPA regulatory compliance at Ciba since 1995. Mr. Mady joined Ciba in 1980. Prior to his present position, he was the Manager of the Analytical Department and the Manager of the Quality Assurance Unit for Ciba. Previous business experience includes working as a Manager of Analytical and Technical Services at Phillip Morris and as a Senior Analytical Chemist at Allied Signal.

Mr. Mady has published and presented several papers in the field of Analytical Chemistry. He is the co-author of the Regulatory Aspects Section in the Plastic Additives handbook, and has written numerous articles in Management and Quality Systems newsletters. Recently, he has been an invited speaker at regulatory conferences sponsored by organizations such as The American Chemical Society, The American Chemical Council, The Society of Plastics Engineers, The Society of Plastics Industry, and GPEC, a Division of SPE to provide expertise in the areas of food contact compliance and the notification of new products. Mr. Mady received his BS in Chemistry and Geology from Alexandria University, Egypt, his MS in Chemistry from Farleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, United States.

Admira Mesic, Global Expert Advisor - Hygienic Regulations and Design, Tetra Pak

Admira Mesic, M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering, joined Tetra Pak in 2009 to lead the internal quality and environmental work in the packaging material converting factory. From 2012 Admira works as Global Expert within the Hygienic Regulations and Design area. She leads cross organisational and global hygienic related activities and projects as well as the ownership of Tetra Pak regulatory strategy for Hygienic Design.

Admira’s main focus is monitoring of EU and US standardisations and ensures they are implemented in the applicable areas. She also develops compliance routines and tasks to be used in development and maintenance processes across the company. Admira represents Tetra Pak in several external standardisation organisations and is a member of various working groups within 3-A SSI, EHEDG and Swedish Standard Institute. Starting last year she has also taken on the challenge to coordinate Tetra Pak work in monitoring the development of Chinese standardisation updates.

Before joining Tetra Pak Admira worked in the pharmaceutical industry as a research scientist, safety supervisor and in-vitro lab group manager.

Bernard Fritz, Product Manager, Sun Chemical

Bernhard Fritz joined (Hartmann Druckfarben, a Sun Chemical affiliate) 1985 as a research chemist. 1994 he became Technical Director Offset Sun Chemical Germany. In 2002 he took over the responsibility as European Product Manager sheetfed inks.

Education in chemistry (universities in Karlsruhe and Göttingen). Doctorate in Physical Chemistry.

Member of VDD (German Printing Engineers).

Fabien Bolle, Head of Unit of FCM, Scientific Institute of Public Health Belgium 

Fabien Bolle is the Head of Unit for the Food contact materials at the Scientific Institute of Public Health since 1998. In that capacity, he is responsible for the training, research, verifying upon request of AFSCA the compliance of food contact materials and articles with the applicable legislation and provide advice on other Belgian laboratories.

Fabien Bolle is also acting since 2009 as an expert on food contact materials within ANSES, and since 2004 as a Belgian delegate to the JRC. He is also sitting since 2001 as an expert for Belgium regarding matters discussed by the European Commission and the Council of Europe relating to food contact materials.

Miguel Angel Prieto Arranz, FCA- Secretary General, The European Chemical Industry Council - CEFIC

Miguel Angel Prieto Arranz, is a chemist by training. Since November 2012, he is working in Cefic (the European Chemical Industry Council) where he is responsible for two food-related Sector Groups organized under Cefic’s “Fine and Specialty consumer Chemicals” programme. In his role as Secretary General of FCA (the European professional associations representing producers of additives used in various food contact applications) he liaises with authorities and other industry associations on various scientific and regulatory aspects on food contact materials and monitors and coordinates the activities of the various related industry members in this regard.

Before joining Cefic, he worked for four years in FoodDrinkEurope (the association of the European food manufacturing industries) as food policy, science and R&D manager dealing with food contact materials and food ingredients (food additives, flavourings and enzymes). Prior to that he worked as R&D manager at the Technology Transfer Center Bremerhaven (ttz-bremerhaven) in Germany.

Kevin C. Kenny, Chief Operating Officer, Decernis

Kevin is a co-founder and owner of Decernis. He is an experienced regulatory attorney who has worked and consulted for 18 years in the product safety and food arenas.  Kevin advises some of the world’s largest manufacturers in the areas of Food Additives, Food Contact and supply chain compliance globally.  He coordinates with Decernis clients globally on the scope of coverage for Decernis content. In the past decade, he has also met and built cooperative and partnering relationships with various governmental agencies and organizations in over 40 countries on five continents, including US FDA, European Union, Canada, China and Japan.
Prior to founding Decernis, Kevin worked as a regulatory attorney and later VP, International Operations at Ariel Research, which managed product safety regulations globally for chemical manufacturers.
Kevin lived and worked for eight years across five European and Asian countries and is fluent in German, French and Spanish. He possesses an honors Juris Doctor, an LL.M. in International Law and the Hague Diplôm de Droit International.  In 1992, he was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship in Bonn, Germany and later taught International Law courses at Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Kiel, Germany.

Kevin attends the Codex Alimentarius Committee on Food Additives in China annually as a member of the International Food Additives Council.  An expert in food additives and food contact regulation with particularly strong expertise and contacts in Asia, Kevin is a frequent speaker at international conferences and an active participant in the Regulatory Affairs Committees of several major food, cosmetic and consumer product associations in the U.S.

Catherine Simoneau, Competence Area Leader, European Commission

Catherine Simoneau got her BSc in Biology applied to Nutrition and Food from Univ. Dijon (FR), a MSc in Food Science and a Ph.D. in in food chemistry from University California Davis, (USA) . She started working for the European Commission Joint Research Centre in 1995 to create an activity on food contact materials. She is currently group leader for food ingredients and technologies and also heads the European Reference Laboratory for Food Contact Materials established by Regulation on Official Feed and Food Controls.  She is active at the regulatory level in the EU as well as in risk assessment, in methodology and standardization and in RTD foresight projects. She has published more than 100 publications and 200 contributions worldwide in various languages to international conferences in the fields of food safety, food contact materials and fats and oil chemistry.

Gabriela Leszczyk, NQAC EUR Packaging Safety Expert, Nestlé Quality Assurance Centre, Europe

Gabriela Leszczyk is Packaging Safety Expert of Nestlé Quality Assurance Center in Europe (NQAC), a quality and food safety organization with decentralized operational activities and a central management.

The NQAC provides services to the Nestlé Markets and Nestlé Globally Managed Businesses (GMBs) in the area of food safety and quality management, and ensures that the company is prepared for new development in science or emerging food safety issues.

Born in Poland, she has received first Master Degree in Chemistry then Engineering Degree with option Analytical Methods from Conservatoire des Arts et Metiers CNAM in Paris, France.

She has been working for Nestlé over the past 12 years in various fields covering R&D packaging activities and packaging safety and compliance processes for Nestlé Purina in France before joining NQAC Europe in January 2012.

Prior to joining Nestlé, Gabriela was working into the Technical Services Companies in the field of controls of food contact materials making calls to various analytical techniques.

Gabriela is the lead auditor for ISO 22000 and packaging auditor based on recognized referentials in GMP as well the Nestlé Referential for Packaging Safety and Compliance (S&C) audits.

In addition she develops and delivers the training for Nestlé community on the risk assessment for food contact materials, Packaging S&C audits and all aspects dealing with Nestlé packaging safety initiative.

Since 2010 Gabriela is actively involved in the work of Liaison Committee “CLAC” of National Association of Food Industries in France (ANIA) and French Packaging Industries (CLIFE) into the field of food safety packaging.

Monika Tönnießen, ARP-PSS Product Safety Industrial Packaging Adhesives EMEA, Henkel

Dr. Monika Tönnießen is a chemist by profession with the degree of doctor in organic chemistry. In 1993 she started working for Henkel AG & Co. KGaA in the division Industrial Adhesives, department product development of labelling adhesives. Now, as part of the Product Safety Department of the Adhesive Technologies division she has dealt with customer inquiries since more than 8 years and is an expert on all topics related to food contact. At Henkel she is the responsible manager for all food contact questions in Europe, in the European Adhesive Association FEICA she is a member of the paper & packaging group.

Luigi Rossi, Independent Consultant

Dr. Rossi acted as responsible for Food Contact Materials in EU from 1973 until his retirement in 2006. He participated as speaker in hundreds Conferences in all world. Now he is engaged as a "Strategic Advisor" in Keller and Heckman a law company, which delivers opinion letters on the legal status of a food contact material in the world.

Francoise Godts, Manager Food Contact EMEA, DuPont Coordination Center & Representative, Plastics Europe

Dr. Françoise Godts graduated from the University of Leuven (Belgium) with a master in Chemical Sciences and obtained subsequently a PhD in Chemical Science at the same university.

Françoise started her career as a researcher dealing with the synthesis of new products for the adhesives and coatings industry. After 12 years, she then moved to the product Stewardship and Regulatory affairs department working at several regulatory topics.

Dr. Françoise Godts joined DuPont in June 2007 as the food contact manager within the Corporate PS&R EMEA team and is located in Belgium. She ensures support to the different Businesses having products primarily designed for the food contact applications in Europe.
Currently Françoise is the chair of the Plastics Europe Food Contact Committee and vice-chair of CEFIC FCA (food contact additives).

Eva Manova, Food Packaging Forum

Eva Manova gained her undergraduate Master’s degree in Medicinal and Biological Chemistry with Industrial Experience (First Class Honours) from the University of Edinburgh, spending a year with GlaxoSmithKline as a Physical Properties Analyst. In July 2014, Eva defended her PhD thesis in the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zürich). Her PhD project focused on consumer exposure to ultraviolet (UV) filters contained in personal care products, in particular organic UV filters that have a potential to cause endocrine disruption and contact and photocontact allergic dermatitis. Eva joined the Food Packaging Forum as a Scientific Communication Officer in September 2014.

Zhu Lei, Associate Professor, Ph.D.

China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment


Since 2006, she has been working at China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment, mainly responsible for work on Food Related Products Committee of the China National Food Safety Standard Committee and the Secretariat of the Codex Committee on Food Additives. She leads the food packaging clean-up work, various safety standards-setting and revision work of food packaging materials, including the GB9685-2008 the Hygienic Standard for the Use of Additives in Food Containers and Packaging Materials, General Manufacturing Practice for Food Packaging Materials and many commodity standards of food packaging materials.

She is a member of the National Packaging Standardization Technology Committee (SAC/TC49) and National Plastic Products Standardization Technology Committee (SAC/TC48).

Cécile Saint-Gérard, EMEA Regulatory Manager, The Dow Chemical Company

Cécile joined DOW in 2009 as a Food Contact Regulatory Specialist for Europe. In this position, she is mainly responsible for products compliance/safety assessments and authorization of new substances at EFSA or national Authorities mainly for plastics, coating, adhesives and  printing inks applications. Her current responsibilities include also regulatory support for drinking water products, food additives and excipients/APIs.

Prior to joining DOW, Cécile held several regulatory positions at Rohm and Haas, Arkopharma and NicOx. Cécile has a PhD in medicinal Chemistry from the University of Strasbourg (France) and a master’s degree from the Chemical Engineering School of Mulhouse (France).

Huqui Zhang, VP Chemical Management, Intertek

Huqiu Zhang holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry.  She joined Intertek in July, 2013 as Vice President, Chemical Management, focusing on consumer product safety, regulatory compliance, and chemical management.  Prior to that, she was Director, Packaging, Scientific and Regulatory Affair, for The Coca Cola Company and was responsible for food contact material safety and regulatory compliances globally.

Before joining The Coca Cola Company, she was the Head of Regulatory Service, NAFTA, for Ciba Specialty Chemicals; Program manager of Global Food Contact and Healthcare programs for GE Plastics; as well as product stewardship for BASF.  Her working experiences cover food contact material safety and global regulatory compliances within the whole supply chain including chemical manufacture, plastics manufacture, and consumer product manufacture.  

She is an active member of the Society of Plastics Industry (SPI), Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Packaging Material Committee, former Chairman of the International Subcommittee.  She played the critical role in opening communication channel between the US FDA and China MOH agencies, and building relationship and establishing project collaboration between the US SPI and China MOH agency in the areas of food contact material safety and regulations.

Jan Duffhues, Print Development Manager - Commercial Europe, Mars Netherlands




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