Sanjeev Sharma, Head, Product Management
South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa
Label and Packaging Materials, Avery Dennison
Sanjeev Sharma is the Head of Product Management for South Asia and Sub Saharan Africa, with Avery Dennison. In this role, he is responsible for driving profitable growth and defining long-term business strategies for the company’s pressure-sensitive materials businesses. In addition, Sharma is also responsible for managing the Paper Portfolio across the South Asia Pacific and Sub-Saharan Africa (SAPSSA) regions.
Sanjeev has 25 years of industry experience, specifically in the paper business. Prior to joining Avery Dennison in 2009, he worked with BILT and APP in various technical and commercial capacities. In one of his key milestones, Sanjeev was instrumental in the development and introduction of “Think Thin”, lightweight products through the use of lesser materials enabling sustainable and cost-effective solutions for the industry. This is a key driver in providing solutions towards meeting Avery Dennison Global Sustainability Goals in the regions.
John Heath, Deputy Global Head, Sustainability and Product Development, Corrie MacColl
John Heath has spent more than 40 years in the rubber industry having worked at Revertex, Industrial Latex Adhesives, Mardec Industrial Latex and Latex Products as well as Cargill. His specialisation in latex continued with Wurfbain and GMG Investment, with whom he developed markets for the expanding output from GMG’s African plantations. He re-joined Wurfbain in 2011 as head of the latex department before assuming his responsibilities for product development and sustainability for the Corrie MacColl Group. Mr Heath graduated from the University of Oxford with an MA degree. Click here to see his interview.
Kim Carstensen, Managing Director, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
Kim Carstensen has held the position of Managing Director of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) since October 2012.
Before joining FSC, Mr Carstensen managed an environmental strategy and sustainable development consultancy that helped link the concepts of the green economy and sustainable development for clients in the global South.
He has a strategic approach to handle environment and development issues, which stems from his over 20 years of experience in leadership roles in international environment and development NGOs, including WWF International’s Global Climate Initiative and its Denmark office, and as the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Danida, Denmark’s official development assistance agency. He also has extensive experience in corporate CSR.
Tereza Vrabcová, Sustainability Analyst, HAVI Global Solutions
As a Sustainability Analyst, Ms Vrabocová is responsible for coordinating the supplier and customer interface for sustainability function in the APMEA (Asia, Pacific, Middle East) region. Based in Singapore, she directly supports the implementation of McDonald’s Scale for Good sustainability framework and related Packaging and P.N.Sridharr, Recycling Strategy.
She works collaboratively across HAVI, customer and supplier boundaries to ensure the global strategies are implemented and aligned with the needs and expectations of local markets.
P.N.Sridharr, DGM Marketing, ITC Ltd, Paperboards & Specialty Papers Division
P.N. Sridharr, an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Packaging, has been in the field of marketing packaging materials for more than two and a half decades.
He is now in charge of effectively communicating ITC’s green credentials and spearheads this effort in the Paperboards & Specialty Papers Division of ITC
Sridharr is also in charge of promoting the usage of credibly certified papers and paperboards and in creating awareness about the eco-friendliness of paper. His vision is to see all print and packaging firms creating a positive ecological footprint.
He is currently the DGM Marketing of the Paperboards & Specialty Papers Division of ITC.
Muthusamy Gunasekaran, Manager, Technical Customer Services South Asia, Lenzing AG
Gunasekaran’s current responsibilities include providing Technical Customer Service to South Asia market in the area of Finishing/value Addition, New Product Development & Supply Chain Establishment with key customers in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan & Sri Lanka. He also handles various certifications & compliance requirements for the region. ( Lenzing™ Certification, FSC and other schemes).
His past experience includes working with Mandhana Industries for 5 years, leading the quality department & product development and coordination with customers.
Sesh Seshadri, Director, Lonely Planet India
The Director of Lonely Planet India, Sesh Seshadri is one of the most established names in the publishing industry today. He played a vital role in Lonely Planet’s entry into the Indian market with the launch of its series of Travel Guides in 2012. Lonely Planet has till date launched 53 titles.
With over four decades of experience in the publishing business, Seshadri was associated with Oxford University Press (OUP) for over 25 years until 1997. He was the only employee to be appointed to 3 of OUP’s national strategic committees’ viz. Educational, Academic and Finance & Operations. He also worked as the Executive Director of Dorling Kindersley, India.
Chennai-born Seshadri also established a publishing consulting company O.V.E.R.L.E.A.F. in 1997 which passionately works towards furnishing classrooms with quality learning and teaching resources.
Joe Liao, Supply Chain Manager, Prospect Hospitality Co., Ltd, DL of McDonald’s
Joe Liao is a supply chain manager and have been with Prospect Hospitality Co., Ltd, DL of McDonald’s for 9 years, he spent 4-year in McDonald’s operation first to nourish his foundational professions. Currently, he possesses 5-year experience in supply chain as manager, overseeing logistics, packaging purchasing and waste management to accelerate restaurant efficiency and business growth, and meanwhile continuously drive responsible sourcing by collaborating with multi-suppliers on FSC certification to amplify the brand message and support sustainability efforts.
Marthe Tollenaar, Environmental and Social Manager, New Forests
Marthe Tollenaar is responsible for environmental and social management of New Forests’ investments in Southeast Asia. This includes primary responsibility for supporting portfolio companies in compliance with IFC Performance Standards and FSC certification. In this role, Marthe assists the investee companies in the development of Social and Environmental Management Systems and works closely together with the local E&S teams. Marthe also focuses on ensuring that environmental and social issues are integrated into New Forests’ investment activities in the Asia region, supporting due diligence through operations.
Marthe has more than six years of experience in E&S Management in the forestry sector in Africa and has worked for a Payment for Watershed Services project in West Kalimantan. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and a Master’s degree in Environmental Biology (MSc) from the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Musa Salleh, Senior Planning Officer (Policy and Legislation), Sabah Forestry Department
Musa Salleh joined Sabah Forestry Department (SFD) since 1986, and has been assigned in various fields ranging from research, forest planning and management, forest policy and legislation, forest fire management and forest certification.
His recent roles are related to forest planning and policy including forest certification. He is a member of Sabah Forestry Department’s Technical Working Group (TWG) on forest certification, and a member of Standard Review Committee (SRC) on the Revision of the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (Forest Management).
Musa Salleh is a forester with a degree in forest management from Universiti Putra Malaysia, and master of science in agroforestry from Universiti Malaysia Sabah. Click here to see his interview.
Thesis Budiarto, SE Asia Program Coordinator, SCS Global Services
Thesis has been working in the certification industry for 12 years with a forestry background. He started his professional career with The Forest Trust (TFT) for 5 years and is now with PT SCS Indonesia as the Program Manager for South East Asia region. With SCS, he is actively involved in business development and conducting audits for certification schemes such as FSC, RSPO, ISCC, ASC, Fair Trade USA, Bonsucro, Recycle Content, LHV, CARB, Starbuck CAFÉ Practices, etc in South East Asia region.Lead Auditor for Forestry Certification Schemes
At TFT, his role as a project officer of EU-TTAP (Timber Trade Action Plan) includes determining actions required throughout supply chains to meet market, legislative and third-party verification of legality requirements and communicating with EU buyers, timber suppliers, forests and factories in the supply chain.
Teena Antil, Lead Auditor for Forestry Certification Schemes, SGS India Pvt Ltd
Teena’s responsibilities include management of Forestry certification schemes and its Accreditation Management. Her major FSC Clientele includes Birla Cellulosic, Tetra Pak, J K Paper and more.
Before that, she served GICIA (Affiliate office of SCS Global Services) for more over eight years, and gain extensive experience in Auditing, Certification Scheme Development, Quality Management System, Accreditation Management and Business Development. She has looked after the company procedures as per the compliance of Accreditation Standards for FSC, ISO/IEC 17065 and 17021 as well.
Apart from this, she was an active member of the standard development group of GICIA for the VRIKSH Standards. She is also a member of “Network for Certification and Conservation of Forests (NCCF)” and worked with NCCF as Technical Expert for the formulation of NCCF Accreditation Requirements for Certificate Bodies(CBs).
Ewan Brown, Senior Certification Manager, Soil Association Certification Ltd.
Ewan graduated with a degree in Forest Products Technology and Forestry in 2001 and has since developed a broad background based in the timber industry. His experience extends from having provided Technical Consultancy for historic timber buildings in the UK, to supporting the Engineered Wood Panels industry in Australia before moving into certification and joining the Soil Association 6 years ago.
He is now responsible for the management of Soil Association Certifications ‘Asia Pacific and Americas’ portfolio which includes India, Australasia and North and South America, managing staff and auditors responsible for providing certification services, supporting certificate holders and providing mechanisms for continued business growth.
Auditing timber and paper-based industry sectors is still an important part of his role, and having considerable international experience within most facets of the timber industry means that he can often bring a fresh perspective and solutions to certification challenges.
Adam Beaumont, Regional Director, FSC Asia Pacific
As Asia Pacific Regional Director at FSC, Adam is driving industry change towards responsible forest management with the help of FSC’s three chambers of membership, certified businesses and supporters.
A trained Forester with a Masters in Environmental Law, Adam has significant experience in public and private regulatory systems and natural resource management with past roles with consultants GHD and the Victorian Environment Protection Authority (EPA).
Jeremy Harrison, Chief Marketing Officer, FSC International
Jeremy joins FSC from Basel, Switzerland where he had been working for Syngenta for 6 years as the Head of Business Development & Planning. At Syngenta, Jeremy was working on global market development projects with a particular focus on crop solutions for smallholder farmers in developing markets.
Prior to Syngenta, Jeremy had a successful international career in marketing, strategy and business development roles for leading consumer goods organisations which span across Europe and Asia.
Anand Punja, FSC European Regional Director
Anand’s role is to support and facilitate FSC’s uptake and growth across the European Region. Working closely with FSC teams in 18 countries, as well as stakeholders where FSC is not actively present, Anand has developed a strong understanding of the varying challenges and opportunities faced by forest-related value chains.
Anand has been working with the European Timber Industry for over 8 years, having led on sustainability issues at the Timber Trade Federation in the UK, prior to joining FSC. There he developed the TTFs Responsible Procurement Policy and supported members implementation of it, growing the percentage of certified timber available in the UK market.
John Ramsay has over 40 years’ experience as a professional adviser to organizations in Europe, North America, the Middle East and Africa. After running the UK Strategy consulting unit for Ernst & Young for a number of years, he established his own consultancy in 1991 specializing in working with boards and small groups of senior individuals to implement their organizations’ strategies.
He has facilitated many workshops and conferences for FSC, including the last seven FSC General Assemblies.