The shift from a ‘take-make-dispose’ model makes both ecological and economic sense. The adoption of a closed loop approach that is both restorative and regenerative has the potential to benefit businesses, their customers, and the planet. But, at the same time, it requires considerable effort on the part of companies to rethink their business processes or, in some instances, their entire business model.
How can businesses innovate to better provide for the use and reuse of materials throughout the product life cycle? What role do partners play in this ideation and transformation? And how does digital technology enable the change we need to create?
On 9 September 2020, EuroCham builds on its previous sharing session on the circular economy by presenting further insights on how an improved approach to the supply chain can be key to a more sustainable future.
4:45 pm Webinar waiting room opens
5:00 pm Welcome Address by Mr Federico DONATO, President, EuroCham
5:10 pm Introductory Remarks by Mr. Larry MEDINA, Head of Career Services, Alumni & Corporate
Relations, ESSEC Business School
5.20 pm Introduction of companies by Prof Arijit CHATTERJEE, Associate Professor of Strategy, ESSEC
Business School and Academic Director, Asian Strategy Consulting Project
5:30 pm Presentations
- Dr Marika LINDSTROM, Vice President – Procurement Packaging, Unilever
- Ms Michele LEMMENS, APAC Head of Business Sustainability, Tata Consultancy Services Limited
- Mr Lloyd LOWE, Senior Regional Manager, Biopolymers Sales Management Asia Pacific, BASF
- Mr Jeremy RABANI, Manager External Affairs, Philip Morris International
- Ms Piia HELMINEN, Sales Manager, Wipak
6:00 pm Panel Discussion and Q&A moderated by Prof Arijit CHATTERJEE, Associate Professor of
Strategy, ESSEC Business School and Academic Director, Asian Strategy Consulting Project
6:30 pm Wrap-up by Ms Nele CORNELIS, Executive Director, EuroCham; end of programme
Marika Lindstrom is Vice President of Packaging Procurement globally. Central to the agenda is plastics reduction, better plastics and new business models for more sustainable packaging. Unilever’s Procurement strategy is Procurement with Purpose, focusing on Value, Sustainability and Growth.
Marika’s previous role was Supply Chain for Unilever Philippines. The role included end to end responsibility for all Supply Chain activities in-country for the FMCG company and she is also a member of the local business board.
She joined Unilever in October 2009 in Schaffhausen, Switzerland as VP Indirect Procurement, and relocated to Singapore in June 2010 as VP for Packaging Procurement and then completed her tenure in Procurement with Procurement Operations role in January 2014, based in Dubai. All Procurement roles at Unilever have been globally executive roles.
Prior to her career at Unilever, Lindstrom worked at Nokia and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), forming a strong background in telecommunications and consumer electronics. She has held various positions in both direct materials and indirect procurement in Europe and the Americas, as well as Product Marketing while with Nokia. She holds a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Technology in Lappeenranta, Finland and a PhD in Supply Chain Management from the University of Technology in Helsinki, Finland. Lindstrom also completed a Master of Business Administration at the University of Dallas, USA.
Michele is a senior business leader passionate about the opportunity for businesses to embrace more sustainable business models by harnessing the power of innovation and digital in the way they operate and champion change. She has extensive experience in business model transformation often led by strategies involving new market entry, M&A, JVs, start-ups and strategic alliances. This experience has been built across multiple business functions and industries spanning APAC, ASEAN, Middle East and UK geographies.
Michele is currently the Business Sustainability Head and Sustainability CTO / Innovation Evangelist for APAC Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). She is also seconded to Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) ASEAN Regional Hub, launched in September 2019 where she works across multi-stakeholder networks advocating change and enabling businesses, governments, regulators, stock exchanges, investors and academia of the ASEAN region to engage in dialogues that will enable better decisions based on information that matters.
Chairman of EuroCham Packaging Committee
Biopolymers Sales Management, Asia Pacific
Lloyd leads the Asia Pacific Regional Sales team for BASF’s Biopolymers Business. BASF has been researching biodegradable and bio-based polymers for more than 30 years. Bioplastics do not substitute conventional plastics but instead compliment them as special materials which offer new properties and application possibilities. They are, for example, the optimal solution for organic waste bags, compostable fruit and vegetable bags, compostable food packaging or agricultural mulch films. Lloyd has lived and worked in Asia since 1998 supporting a range of industries including Packaging, Automotive, Textiles and Specialty Plastics. He holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from Auburn University.
Jeremy leads the External Affairs function at Philip Morris Singapore. In his role, Jeremy drives initiatives that allow Philip Morris Singapore to operate fairly and effectively including in areas such as scientific affairs, sustainability and illicit trade prevention. He joined the company in March 2019 after a stint as Country Director for Singapore at Vriens & Partners, a Southeast Asia focused government relations consultancy.
Jeremy’s background is in foreign policy having served in various roles at the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs for more than a decade. During this time, he led the Southeast Asia I Directorate’s Indonesia branch and coordinated the Singapore-Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership which saw upgrades to the Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement and to bilateral defence agreements. Jeremy also served at the Singapore Embassy in Cairo from 2011 to 2014 and was a delegate at the 70th United Nations General Assembly in New York in 2015.
Jeremy majored in Political Science and graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2007.
Piia is the Regional Sales and Marketing Manager for Wipak, a global supplier of sustainable packaging solutions for food products, medical instruments, and devices. She joined Wipak in 2010 and worked in various sales roles in several locations in Europe, including Finland, Germany, and the UK.
The past five years she has spent in Asia driving the change from conventional plastic packaging to sustainable solutions which combines both personal passion and corporate strategy. Wipak have a clear vision to become the most sustainable flexible packaging company – with a promise to reduce the company’s CO2 footprint to ZERO!
Piia holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a dual executive-MBA from two leading European Universities (ESADE Business School and Aalto University).
Professor Chatterjee teaches strategy, entrepreneurship, and epistemology in the MBA, MSc, PhD, and executive programs at ESSEC.
His current research and case-writing explores how inequality within and outside of firms is addressed through institutional mechanisms and social movements, how small organizations scale up and contribute to large-scale institutional change, and how businesses can pursue economic, social, and environmental goals simultaneously.
In 2020, Professor Chatterjee launched a new course for the Global MBA on Responsible Leadership and Sustainability. His research on strategic decision-making has appeared in the Academy of Management Review and Administrative Science Quarterly, and has been covered by The Economist, Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, The Times, Financial Times, Forbes, MSNBC, and Le Monde. Several of his case studies have been published through The Case Centre.
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