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Caroline Frery LinkedIn

Head of Business Development TerraCycle

TOPIC: Recylcing the impossible

Caroline heads TerraCycle’s global Business Development team across the 21 markets TerraCycle operates in. The team is responsible for identifying and forming new partnerships to develop recycling systems for previously non-recyclable waste that would otherwise go to landfill or incineration. 

Prior to heading the global Business Development team, Caroline headed up the European team where under her direction the team achieved significant growth, doubling the number of free recycling programmes.  This included the development of new partnerships with leading brands such as Reckitt Benckiser, Walkers (Pepsico), Whiskas (Mars Pet Care), Pringles (Kellogg’s), Colgate, Acuvue (Johnson & Johnson Vision), etc.

Caroline graduated with a Master’s degree in Marketing & Management from the Emlyon Business School in 2014.  She has worked in marketing for FMCG conglomerates before heading to India to work for a social entrepreneurship consultancy and then joined TerraCycle in 2016 as part of the Business Development team.


Esther Cuso LinkedIn

Iberia Agent Paptic Oy

TOPIC: Renewable + Reusable + Recyclable + Biodegradable: New packaging materials are more than alternatives to plastics

Cuso has been involved in the world of paper since 1996, having graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and History (1995). She began her a career at Copacel (1996-2010) as a commercial secretary in a commercial paper agency marking her professional career. During her time at Copacel, Cuso participated in the sale and commercialisation in the Iberian Peninsula of wood pulp and very diverse papers. She moved onto become Customer Service Manager at Tullis Russell Iberia (2010-2015 ). In 2015, Cuso was finally established as independent paper agent, first with the great Graspapier from Papierfabrik Scheufelen and now with the revolutionary Tringa from Paptic Oy. Cuso is committed to the introduction of new sustainable materials that can replace plastics.


Nick Vaus LinkedIn

Partner & Creative Director Free The Birds

TOPIC: Meeting a very big A.S.K. – how to design next generation beauty brands

Nick Vaus is partner + creative director of London-based branding, design and communications agency Free The Birds and is passionate about reinventing the everyday for the better; from immersive brand experiences to digital design and sustainable packaging.

An avid shopper, gallery visitor, traveller and yoga buff, Nick is always searching for creative inspiration, expressing his insights at leading industry events, including in-cosmetics global and the Fragrance Foundation as well as for Cosmetics Business, SPC and Design Week magazines.


Gary Parker

Sustainability Group Head, Health Environmental & Regulatory Services Intertek

TOPIC: The survival guide for sustainable packaging

Gary Parker is the Sustainability Group Head at Intertek. Gary has worked on sustainability issues for over 20 years. He pioneered sustainability at the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline before leading the sustainability team at the UK packaging institute Pira and then becoming Sustainability Group Head at Intertek.

Gary has led hundreds of sustainability projects for many of the world’s best-known companies. He has also been involved in major government-funded projects such as the European Union’s review of the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive. Gary’s key areas of expertise are corporate sustainability, life cycle assessment, carbon footprinting, sustainable packaging, recycling, energy conservation and business strategy in terms of the circular economy. Gary lives in the UK. His first degree was in biology and he obtained post-graduate diplomas from Stanford and Oxford.


Stephen McSpadden LinkedIn

Product ManagerCutitronics

TOPIC: Smart packaging isn’t that smart … yet.

Stephen McSpadden has been a technical product manager for 8 years, having been involved in smart cards, security related software and anti-counterfeit technologies for a total of 24 years. Starting his career in smart card chip testing, he moved to focusing on software, developing certified cryptographic libraries. He then went on to develop applications for smart card schemes in domains as diverse as payment, transport and identity both in the UK and internationally (including in what he terms “interesting places”).