FEFCO Summit 2024 - Conference Programme

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 Wednesday 15 May
16:00 - 18:00 Registrations at Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso hotel
19:00 - 21:00 Welcome reception   
  Room Athina, floor -1, Divani hotel (Dress code: Business attire)


 Thursday 16 May
Moderator Ms. Valerie Thys     
09:00 - 09:10 Welcome address 
  Dr. Fady Gemayel, President - FEFCO
09:10 - 09:25 Keynote Speech
  Mr. Grafakos, Emmanouil, Secretary General for Waste Management, Ministry of Environment & Energy
09:25 - 09:30 Ms. Maria Spyraki, Member of the European Parliament (MEP)
09:30 - 09:45 Opening speech
  Mr. Vassilis Exarchos, President of the Hellenic Paper Packaging Association (HPPA)

Setting the scene 2024 and beyond

09:45 - 10:05 Industry and the global economy: Trends and Challenges
  Professor Nikos Vettas, General Director, Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE), Athens University of Economics and Business
10:05 - 10:25 Corrugated markets outlook - Seizing the day in a changing World
  Mr. Neil Osment, Managing Director, NOA Consulting
10:25 - 10:45 Containerboard markets outlook – Past, Present and Future
  Mr. Paul van Bezouw, Managing Director, Cepi ContainerBoard
10:45 - 11:30 Coffee break

Unboxing the Packaging & Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR), Challenges & opportunities

11:30 - 11:50 PPWR: Navigating Europe's new regulatory landscape
  Ms. Eleni Despotou, Director General, FEFCO 
11:50 - 12:10 Customer: Large household appliances perspective
  Ms. Franziska Decker, Environment Policy Manager, APPLIA
12:10 - 12:50 Statements and panel discussion: How the PPWR can shape the Corrugated Industry
  Mr. Saverio Mayer, CEO Europe Smurfit Kappa, Mr. Alexander Enzenberg, Managing Director Dunapack Packaging, Mr. Alex Manisty, Group Head of Strategy and Innovation, DS Smith, Ms. Franziska Decker, Environment Policy Manager, APPLIA, Mr. Neil Osment, NOA


13:00 - 14:15


Lunch at Divani Apollon Palace  - Sponsored by Graco


Corrugated Cardboard Packaging - Pioneering Sustainability

14:15 - 14:35 Building our future on the Green Deal   
  Mr. Jori Ringman, Director General, CEPI
14:35 - 14:50 Environmental Social and Governance standards (EGS) / Reporting   
  Ms. Outi Marin, Head of Sustainability, Smurfit Kappa
14:50 - 15:05 Combatting Climate Change 
  Ms. Maija Aho, Head of Sustainability, Stora Enso, Packaging Solutions 
15:05 - 15:20 Best Practice Handbook on Energy Efficiency
  Mr. Robert Tschullik, Project Engineer, Klingele
15:20 - 15:35 HPPA Sustainability Report 2021-2023
  Dr. Konstantinos Kyriakos, Sales Marketing & Innovation Manager, DS Smith
15:35 - 15:45 Q&A session


All speakers


18:00 - 22:30 Evening programme
18:00 - 19:00 Departure from the Divani Hotel
19:00 - 20:00 Optional visit - Acropolis Museum  - Dionysiou Areopagitou 15, Athens 117 42,
20:00 - 22:30 Cocktail and Get-together dinner at Acropolis Museum (Dress code: Business attire) - Sponsored by BOBST
  Hand-over FEFCO Presidency 
22:30 First bus back to the Divani Hotel


 Friday 17 May
Moderator Ms. Valerie Thys   

Adapting to the new world - strategic issues for the industry

  Mr. Constantinos Skrekas, Minister of Industry & Development
09:00 - 09:20 AI in the paper packaging industry: The challenge of today and the path for the future
  Prof. George Ioannou, Athens University of Economics and Business
09:20 - 09:40 Reinvention of the packaging industry in the era of AI
  Dr. Charalampos Charalampous, Industry Lead, Accenture Greece
09:40 - 09:55 FEFCO initiative on Cyber Security
  Mr. Hans Christian Hansen, Industrial Control Director, DS Smith
09:55 - 10:10 Cybersecurity on par with sustainability
  Mr. Leonidas Tougiannidis, Regional Director, Fortinet
10:10 - 10:30 Panel discussion – How the new technologies can impact the corrugated industry

All speakers


10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break

Reaching the EU target audience  

11:00 - 11:20 Communicating in a rapidly changing world: FEFCO’s experience in staying one step ahead
  Mr. Phil Weiss and Mr. Jesus Azogue, ZN Consulting 
11:20 - 11:40 Greening the EU Economy: A Regulatory Framework for Low-Carbon Materials
  Mr. Axel Darut, Circular Economy Activist
11:40 - 11:55 From Pollution to Solution: Uniting for Sustainable Seas and Circular Solutions
  Mr. Dimitris Alexopoulos, Enaleia 
11:55 - 12:10 Marine litter threatens health & economy
  Ms. Anthi Aggelopoulou, Naftemporiki, Health & G Next Generation, Boussias Media
12:10 - 12:30 Panel discussion: Engaging European audiences on environmental issues
  Speakers of the above session and Mr. Greg Dawson, Director of Corporate Affairs, DS Smith 
12:30 - 12:40 Closing remarks
  Ms. Eleni Despotou, FEFCO - New FEFCO President


Lunch at the Hotel - Sponsored by Graco


14:00 End of the Summit