Head of Corporate Development (Asia)at
Plastic Energy is leading the development of advanced recycling of waste plastics around the world, working closely with the entire value chain from waste management to producers of consumer goods.
Ying leads Plastic Energy’s business in Asia Pacific, including strategy, project and business development, finance and value chain engagement, from the company’s Asian base in Singapore.
She started her career in the British Government, where she led research in 10 Downing St under Prime Minister David Cameron and served a number of roles in the UK Department for Transport and Department for International Development, including and 2 years delivering UK aid programmes in Uganda. After leaving government, she was Head of Asia at strategic advisory firm Global Counsel for 6 years, where she advised multinational companies on cross-border trade and investment issues across Europe, Asia and Africa, with a focus on commodities and sustainability.
Ying graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Classics and English from Oxford University and holds an M.A. in East Asian Studies from Yale University, where she was a Henry Fellow. She is fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese, and a CFA Level 3 candidate.
Dr Len Humphreys is a serial entrepreneur and veteran of the science, technology and clean energy industries. Len has pioneered low-carbon solutions, renewable energy and technology in Australia and internationally in senior leadership positions for over 35 years. He is the Co-Founder of Licella Holdings, global leaders in Hydrothermal Liquefaction, and was instrumental in the conception and development of Licella’s pioneering Catalytic Hydrothermal Reactor (Cat-HTR™) technology. He is the inventor of several patents around the Cat-HTR™ process and has been the Company’s CEO since it was formed in 2007.
In 2015 Len Co-Founded Gelion Technologies, a battery technology start-up, where he is currently a Director. Len is also a Director of iQ Renew, an innovative Australian recycling company.
Len holds a PhD in Chemistry from Durham University (UK), is a Chartered Chemist and a is Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK).
Previously Len was a Director and Managing Director of several renewable energy companies including Novera Energy, a renewable energy company that was listed on the AIM in the UK and the ASX listed company IBA Health (now I-Soft), a healthcare IT software provider.
Carlos graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. He worked in industry before moving to the United Kingdom, to do his Ph.D at the University of Cambridge. During his doctoral research and subsequently as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate, he developed the basis of the Enval process to recycle plastic aluminium laminate pouches, sachets, tubes, etc.
As a result, Carlos founded Enval where he is CEO. The Company now has a commercial plant recycling laminates in the UK and is in the process of installing further units in other locations. Enval has also started to develop recycling processes for other materials, creating a link between the packaging world and the waste handling sector.
Jet Chang, VP public affairs, Tomra Asia; National Vice Chair, Environment working group, EUCCC.
Jet Chang joined TOMRA in Oct 2017 and is responsible for circular economy policy advocacy and business development in China. Before that, he worked 8 years for several international and domestic companies in the environment industry such as Haldor Topsoe China, Poten Environment and Derun Environment. From 2004-2011, he served as senior commercial officer at the Embassy of Denmark in China for 7 years. Since 2019, he has also been the national chair/vice chair of the environment working group of the EUCCC. Jet holds two master’s degrees from the Northwestern Polytechnic University and Nanyang Technological University, respectively.
Chief Sustainability Officer and Chief Commercial Officerat
Tamsin Ettefagh has 33 years of experience in the areas of recycling and plastics recycling; from implementing a recycling collection program, to running the recycling operations for a MRF, to purchasing raw materials for plastic recycling companies, to selling recycled resins for plastic recycling companies. She has consulted for agencies, banks, potential plastic manufacturers on market conditions, types of supply and how to evolve and diversify markets for recycled resins. Ms. Ettefagh is currently working as Strategy and Sustainability Officer for Purecycle Technologies
Head Packaging Pre-Development & Sustainability, Emerging Markets R&D Centreat
Debasish Mandal, heading the Packaging Predevelopment & Sustainability function of the regional R&D center of Beiersdorf in India. He is responsible to lead the sustainable packaging development for Emerging Markets including India, Africa, Russia, Turkey, Middle East & also few of the South East Asian countries. Debasish has work experience in India, Thailand & Germany for Beiersdorf and Colgate Palmolive.
Dr. Melanie Williams
Dr. Melanie Williams is an independent expert in sustainability. She has provided strategic consultancy, technical advice and communications for both businesses and sustainability schemes for the past ten years.
Melanie started her career with BP. She spent ten years developing new processes for the chemicals and refining businesses and three years in process licensing.
She then moved to the UK’s Measurement Institute, the National Physical Laboratory. She led the Environmental Measurements Group which provided accredited, environmental monitoring and instrumentation certification services to government and industry customers worldwide.
She has a MA in Natural Sciences and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Cambridge.