Will Parker


Will will be the first day-programme leader of the business strategy day.

Prof. Andrea Boltho

Economist & Lecturer at Oxford University


Educated in Italy and at the Universities of London (LSE), Paris and Oxford. From 1966 to 1977 at the OECD’s Department of Economics and Statistics. In 1973-74 Japan Foundation Fellow at the Research Institute of the Economic Planning Agency, Tokyo. From 1977 to 2007, Fellow and Tutor in Economics at Magdalen College, University of Oxford. Since 2008 Emeritus Fellow.

At various stages, consultant to the World Bank, the OECD and member of the Academic Council of the IFO Institute, Munich, as well as Visiting Professor in various European universities. Andrea has been a Member of the Board of Finmeccanica and is a Director of Oxford Economics.

Pellegrino Riccardi

Expert on diversity and cultural awareness


Cultural diversity

For over 30 years, Pellegrino Riccardi has excited and delighted audiences all over the world with a style of public speaking that brings together the ability to present complex ideas in a simple and accessible way, which is then wrapped up in a seamless fusion of masterful storytelling and observational humour.

Pellegrino’s talks appeal on both an intellectual and emotional level, tapping into the hearts and minds of his audiences and taking them on a visceral and emotional journey.

“I don’t just want my audiences to understand my message; I want them to feel it too,” says Pellegrino.

What all of Pellegrino´s talks have in common is the human aspect.

Ophelie Gourdou



Founder of Cairn Consulting, to guide you towards sustainable packaging solutions, I am currently managing CELAB-Europe, to create a circular economy for self-adhesive label materials. 

Graduated with an executive MBA in Sustainability and CSR, I have led R&D Teams in Mondelez (former Kraft Foods), one of the biggest global food companies, for which I worked on sustainability strategies for European brands.

With an Engineering background in Food Sciences and experience in a multicultural background, I am recognized as strong to identify and deliver practical solutions by using analytical skills especially in situations of complex problems.

I am a strong advocate of integrating sustainable choices into my life, both personal and professional. Since April 2018, I created Cairn Consulting to guide Brand owners and packaging suppliers towards sustainable solutions, from specific advice to detailed strategy mapping. I am also involved in a social project called Eco-Schools, to educate the youngest in sustainable development.

​To do something good for your business and for our children.

Norman Bremer

IK Investment Partners/Optimum Group


Norman Bremer is a partner at IK Investment Partners, a pan-European private equity fund, and responsible for its Benelux investments. Before joining the firm in 2014, Norman worked at Vitruvian Partners and in the M&A and leveraged finance group at J.P. Morgan in London. He is a non-executive director with the Optimum Group.

“I am very excited to be participating in this year’s edition of the FINAT ELF conference and to share my views on the label industry from a private equity perspective. Why is private equity increasingly interested in the European label industry and what does that mean for label owners and entrepreneurs? Please join me for the discussion on the 1st of June.”

Noel Mitchell

Independent consultant


As Independent Consultant in the fields of labels, films and packaging at label . film . & pack solutions, Noel is based in Germany. He will be the day-programme leader of day 2, the circular economy day.

Nick Mockett

Moorgate Capital


Nick has focused on the Packaging, Plastic & Paper related industries for twenty years and his experience includes disposals, acquisitions, and leveraged buyouts. He has advised on several billion dollars of transactions. Prior to Moorgate Capital he spent 4 years with Europa Partners and 8 years with PwC Corporate Finance where he was Sector Leader for the PPP industry. Nick is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Stationers & Newspaper Makers and a member of the Institute of Packaging. Nick is a member of the Editorial Board of Plastics in Packaging.

Nanette Thomas



Mikaela Harding

Avery Dennison


Matthias Vollherbst

VollherbstDruck GmbH


Markus Wörner

einhorn products GmbH


University, jobs in publishing and in fashion - been there, done that. But why do I get up every morning? Just for money? No! So better get a job working for a sustainable condom brand. Markus has been doing this for almost 5 years now. What started as a marketing-job turned out to be a crazy experimental new work journey, which made him part of the einhorn salary council. Starting out with almost no rules, einhorn explored several ways of New Work trying to find a fair system for all employees. Markus will talk about transparency, the focus on needs and what role performance plays in a system like this. And maybe about condoms....

Maja Desgrees - Du Lou

EU DG Environment Policy Office Packaging and Packaging Waste


Keenan Thompson



A dangerously creative multifunctional translator, Keenan is known for his ability to bridge the gap between commercial and technical teams, helping them understand each other’s needs, constraints, and eventually unlocking solutions that work for both. From diapers to beer, you can find his handprints on many global brands and product portfolios including: Kleenex, Huggies, Depend, Poise, Cottonelle, Colgate, Stella, Budweiser, Corona, Ultra and Bud Light.

Jules Lejeune



Jules Lejeune was appointed as FINAT's Managing Director in 1998. He was closely involved in the launch of the FINAT Radar in 2014. Each year he presents the annual review of trends and developments in the self-adhesive label materials demand in Europe.

2 June, 09:15 Talk: Annual business report

Jennifer Dochstader

LPC Inc.


Hywel Berry

Mind Gym plc


As the Director of Mind Gym's Talent Network, Hywel could be recommended to anyone. Hywel has experience in leadership, executive development and communications. Immediately prior to joining Mind Gym, Hywel worked as a Sales Director at the world's leading global business publication. In building a network of relationships spanning the globe, he managed budgets of over 30 million USD and teams of up to 25 people. Hywel has delivered Mind Gym sessions throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, South America, Middle East and an expert in Mind Gym delivery, Hywel also trains coaches to deliver their products. 

Hywel typically works with senior leadership, senior managers, individual contributors, front line managers, middle managers, VP and SVP level, and C-level executives. 

Gian de Belder

Technical Director, R&D Packaging Sustainability Procter & Gamble (and Board member Petcore)


Gian is a technical director and packaging technologist at Procter & Gamble (P&G), one of the largest consumer packaged goods companies in the world.
In his 20+ year career at P&G, Gian has helped drive R&D into sustainable packaging across the company. With experience in upstream technologies, sustainable resins and EU funding projects, Gian has been involved in developing key partnerships across the value chain and managing open innovation through P&G’s Connect & Develop Programme.

To help drive cross-sector collaboration, Gian is a board member of Petcore Europe (the association representing the complete PET value chain in Europe), next to being very active in Plastic Recyclers Europe’s Recyclass platform (chair of advisory board and steering board member). Gian is also active in other cross value chain associations such as Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW), Ceflex, and others. He is also a regular speaker at Packaging Conferences.

Recently, Gian has been initiating and leading the 3-year Pioneer project “HolyGrail” on the standardisation of markers/ watermarks in packaging (barcode for recycling), to increase efficiencies in high-quality sorting and to strive for higher recycling rates, as part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative. This project received multiple awards (eg Packaging Europe’s 2019 Sustainability Awards, 2020 Edie Sustainabiliy award, WPO Worldstar Winner 2021, PAC Global Leadership awards 2021, next to some other awards. He also ensured the continuation of this project into establishment of HolyGrail 2.0 (100+ members, Gian chairs the Leadership team), facilitated by AIM (European Brands Association), to proof the viability of digital watermark technologies and business case at scale.

Gian has also been official juror for multiple packaging awards: PackTheFuture 2018, Dow DuPont Packaging Innovation Awards (2018), 2020 Plastics Recycling Awards and Packaging Europe’s Sustainability Awards (2018+2019+2020). He has been elected finalist for the 2018 and 2019 “EU Plastics Recycling Ambassador” (from Plastic Recyclers Europe) and actually received this title in 2019.

Gian is 45 years old and holds a degree in Polymer & Composites Engineering from Leuven University. He was born in Belgium and is married with 2 children. He is a big fan of sports (running/ squash/ padel/ cycling) and travel.

Francesc Egea

IPE Industria Gráfica


Chris Parnham

NJP, Aston Chambers & Baine Wallace


Chris is responsible as Managing Director of NJP for three recruitment brands; The NJ Partnership (www.nj-partnership.com) a executive search business operating in the international print and packaging sectors, Aston Chambers (www.aston-chambers.com) an executive search business operating in the international Ingredients, Flavours, Fragrances and Speciality Chemicals, and Baine Wallace (www.bainewallace.com) an executive search business operating in the international advisory and consulting industries. Managing a cross-functional team of recruiters, project delivery managers and researchers offering support to a range of Global, European and domestic clients. 

Chris Ellison

OPM Labels & Packaging

Bert van Loon

Independent Strategist


Co-Founder Content Marketing Fast Forward #CMFF (NL).

Arno Melchior

Global Packaging Director Reckitt


An Vossen

Technical Manager AIM, the European Brands Association


An Vossen was already at the cradle of Plarebel in 1996, a non-profit organisation that is the reference in Belgium for anyone looking for information, advice and guidance on all aspects of circular plastics, including circular design and effective recycling. An is also active in several European industry associations and initiatives, and is constantly looking for new opportunities to respond to the many challenges in the transition towards a circular economy for all plastics. An early passion for plastic recycling has become a lifelong pursuit to enable a circular economy for plastics; driven by the evolving relationship between people and planet, she proudly carries the art of recycling in her heart!

For more than 20 years, she has been building expertise and extending her network, whilst supporting and advising on plastic recycling. In 2018 she launched a new future trajectory for Plarebel to expand their product portfolio beyond the scope of household plastic packaging waste. Today Plarebel profiles itself as the Belgian catalyst for the circular value chain for plastics.

The 2022 programme will be announced at the beginning of the year. Below an overview of the 2021 programme.

FINAT - The Online European Label Forum 2022
'A summer retreat of thought leaders'

The language at the FINAT event is English only. There is no simultaneous translation available. See the preliminary programme below or download the pdf file on top of this page (available soon).

Below an overview with per day a summary of the day programme, followed by more detail per programme item. Scroll down to see all information.

Wednesday, 1 June

Pre-conference activities
09:00 - 18:30 Ends: 18:30

Pre-conference meetings and activities

09.00 - 15.30  Backoffice preparations

12.00 - 17.00  Pre-conference meetings and activities

Roundtables (optional), workshop(s) (optional), CELAB-Europe annual meeting, FINAT General Assembly

16.30 - 18.30  Set-up tabletop and award ceremony

19:00 - 22:00 Ends: 22:00

Welcome cocktail and dinner

FINAT officially welcomes its delegates and partners to the European Label Forum 2022 with cocktails. A ceremonial handover of the Presidency chain will be done by Chris Ellison and Philippe Voet (delayed from 2021).

Thursday, 2 June

Plenary conference session
09:00 - 10:15 Ends: 10:15

Plenary session 1: Opening of the European Label Forum 2022

09:00 - 09:15 Ends: 09:15

Welcome speech by FINAT President

Welcome by Philippe Voet (BE), President of FINAT, opening the event.

09:15 - 09:45 Ends: 09:45

Annual business report

Jules Lejeune, Managing Director of FINAT, will present the FINAT labelstock and label markets update.

Jules Lejeune

09:45 - 10:15 Ends: 10:15

The guiding values of an unconventional entrepreneur

10:15 - 11:00 Ends: 11:00

Business-to-business & member-to-member break

Plenary conference session
11:00 - 13:00 Ends: 13:00

Plenary session 2: The big picture

11:00 - 11:30 Ends: 11:30

Society: the changing consumer and attitudes towards packaging

11:30 - 12:00 Ends: 12:00

Regulatory: the legislative tsunami

12:00 - 12:30 Ends: 12:30

People: Change management

12:30 - 13:00 Ends: 13:00

Business: the industry landscape beyond COVID

13:00 - 14:00 Ends: 14:00


Parallel business learning sessions
Track 1
14:30 - 16:15 Ends: 16:15


14:30 - 15:15 Ends: 15:15

Topic 1

15:30 - 16:15 Ends: 16:15

Topic 2

Track 2
14:30 - 16:15 Ends: 16:15

Consumer habits

14:30 - 15:15 Ends: 15:15

Topic 3

15:30 - 16:15 Ends: 16:15

Topic 4

Plenary conference session
16:30 - 17:15 Ends: 17:15

Outcomes of breakout sessions

Friday, 3 June

Parallel business learning session (continued)
Track 4
09:00 - 12:15 Ends: 12:15


09:00 - 09:45 Ends: 09:45

Topic 7

10:00 - 10:45 Ends: 10:45

Topic 8

Track 3
09:00 - 12:15 Ends: 12:15


09:00 - 09:45 Ends: 09:45

Topic 5

10:00 - 10:45 Ends: 10:45

Topic 6

10:45 - 11:30 Ends: 11:30

Business-to-business & member-to-member break

Plenary conference session
11:30 - 12:30 Ends: 12:30

'Super League' Panel - 5 years further down the road - what happened between Berlin and Baveno

12:30 - 13:15 Ends: 13:15

Engaging and managing the workforce of tomorrow/leadership

13:00 - 14:30 Ends: 14:30

Closure and lunch