Since June 2019, Jori Ringman is Director General of the Confederation of European Paper Industries (Cepi). Previously he was Deputy Director General and responsible for issues relating to sustainability, environment and consumer protection, with particular concern for packaging and food contact. Since joining Cepi in 2005 he has been advancing and exploring circular low carbon bioeconomy in the sector.
Prior to 2005, he was a civil servant at the European Commission and a political advisor in the European Parliament.
As of January 2020, the new Cepi Chairman is Mr Ignazio Capuano, CEO of the Italian firm Burgo Group Spa and Vice President of the Italian paper manufacturers’ association Assocarta.
Mr Capuano, who holds an Engineering degree and a Master’s degree in Economy from the University of New York, has been working for the paper industry since 1991 as general manager of Saffa, CEO of Reno de Medici and presently, since 2016, as CEO of Burgo Group.
Economist with a strong experience of public affairs at EU level in a European industry trade association, I’m in daily contact with companies and EU institutions officials advocating on behalf of an industry sector striving for competitiveness and jobs. I have been involved in the Alliance for a Competitive European Industry, which gathers the heads of the main industry sector organisations based in Brussels.
Nicola Rega has been working in Brussels on EU-related policies for a wide range of stakeholders (industry associations, European Commission, NGOs, governmental institutes, consultancies) since February 2003. His area of expertise focuses primarily on energy and environmental policies. In January 2013 he joined the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI), where he holds the position of Climate Change and Energy Director. His role is to represent industry’s interests towards the European Institutions, international organisations and relevant stakeholders.
Ulrich Leberle joined the Confederation of European Paper Industries (Cepi) in November 2005. Having held several positions in the area of raw materials at Cepi, his responsibilities in his current role of Raw Materials Director include the availability of raw material both from forestry and recycling and the policies impacting them.
Prior to Cepi, he worked in the European Commission, the European Parliament and as a consultant in a Brussels based company specialising in EU Public Affairs.
Katrina is a London-born and bred, Brussels-based moderator and communications specialist, with a degree in Modern Languages from Oxford University.
Since 2007 when she moved to Brussels, Katrina has been consulting for, and moderating events covering diverse topics and policy areas. These span research and innovation, technology and digitisation; social affairs and development issues; agriculture, environment and climate change; energy, mobility and transport; and fisheries and maritime affairs. Alongside, until 2017, she managed the co-creation of content and development, and subsequent roll-out across Europe, of multimedia, multilingual communications campaigns targeting the public, and EU and national stakeholders from diverse sectors.
Massimo Ramunni, gaduated in Industrial chemistry at the University of Milan, after an experience in the aluminium sector, since 1998 works for Assocarta, the association of the Italian pulp and paper industry, becoming Deputy director general in 2008. He is also the Director of Aticelca, the Italian association of the paper industry technicians, the Country manager of Two Sides in Italy and Member of the Board of Conlegno - Monitoring Organisation for the EU timber regulation, Eucepa – the European association of the paper technicians and AFC – Italian association for vocational education in the paper industry. He took part and/or chaired few working groups and committee at National and European level related to environment, climate, circular economy, food contact, forestry, research and technical standardisation. He is also author of publications and guidelines.
Annita Westenbroek is Energy Innovations Manager at Cepi since June 2020. She is also Manager Innovations at the Royal Association of Dutch Paper and Board Industries, director of the Dutch Biorefinery Cluster, and cluster director at the Dutch Institute for Sustainable Process Technology (ISPT), where she coordinates the European initiative on Deep Eutectic Solvents.
Annita studied Chemical Engineering and in 2000 received her PhD on a research towards refining of paper making fibres. She has been employed for 11 years at Wageningen UR, of which 6 years being responsible for coordination of the research group focusing towards the pulp & paper industry.
Catharina is a highly-skilled sustainability assessment professional working as the Sustainability and Chemicals manager at CEPI. Her main responsibilities include leading various sustainability projects and expert groups in the field of e.g.circular economy, sustainability and environmental directives. Catharina has more than 16 years of experience from developing environmental methodologies as well as data management and softwares in the field of life cycle assessments. Catharina is based in Finland and works for CEPI part time.
Sappi, a leading global provider of sustainable woodfibre products and solutions, appointed Berry Wiersum (64, British) Chief Executive Officer of Sappi Europe S.A. on 15 January 2007.
Mr Wiersum started his career at ICI Fibres, became President of Amoco Fabrics (Europe), then the President of Amoco Chemicals (Europe), and when Amoco was taken over by BP, he moved to BP to assist with the integration of the two groups in Europe. He subsequently left BP and joined Pechiney S.A. in France and ran the CEBAL packaging division until he was recruited as Managing Director of the Packaging division of Kappa Packaging BV (The Netherlands) and member of the Management Board responsible for paper manufacture and packaging in the Kappa group.
Charlotte Sode is Head of Sector for Bioeconomy within the Directorate General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission in Brussels. She joined the European Commission in 2007, and worked in the Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development on Direct Payments, as Head of Sector for Arable Crops and for the Common Agricultural Policy Budget for Direct Payments. While working as Head of Sector in the Danish Agricultural Agency, she represented Denmark in EU work related to the Common Agricultural Policy. She has a BA and Cand.Mag Degree in French from the University of Copenhagen and the BSc degree in Agricultural Economics from the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University.
Dr. Müller Is Director General for Forests, Sustainability and Renewable Resources of the German Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture (BMEL).
She has more than 35 years of professional experience in international forestry, with a focus on forest policy and sustainable forest resource management. From 2004 to 2018 she worked in leading positions with increasing responsibility at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome. As Director of Forestry Policy and Resources she led FAO’s technical work in Forestry.
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Ecol Studio is successfully involved in the realms of occupation al health and safety, and of environment and product quality, with distinctive competences as far as services and markets, specialized in training, consultancy and testing.
The Italian company with 35 years of experience in the paper and board field, has 2 sites in Europe (Sweden-UK) and is an international reference point for the paper industry and its supply chain.
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