2017 Speakers

The following speakers will be presenting at Digital Print for Packaging Europe 2017

  • Speaker to be confirmed

    . Xeikon, Belgium

    Biography to follow...

  • Paddy O’Hara

    Director of Technology Industrial Inkjet Ltd., UK

    Paddy has over 20 years of experience in the industrial inkjet market. After graduating in Mechanical Engineering from Brunel University in 1996, he joined a small technology start up company called Xaar. Over the next 11 years as the company grew to a large manufacturing company, he held a number of senior technical roles ranging from Quality Assurance Manager to Product Proving Manager, specialising in inkjet application performance and technical trouble shooting.

    He joined Industrial Inkjet Ltd in 2007 as Engineering Manager, rising to Director of Technology, which incorporates directing the development of new products and business development of new markets whilst supporting Konica Minolta’s printhead OEMs outside of Asia.

    Industrial Inkjet Ltd (IIJ) was established in 2005 to provide technical and sales support to customers of Konica Minolta Inkjet Technology outside of Asia. Since that time, IIJ has also developed its own range of high speed single-pass inkjet print engines, working with many major companies worldwide to apply inkjet to new applications. It now has total sales of approximately £7.3million.


  • Donald Allred

    WW Sales & Marketing Innovative Solutions, Enterprise Inkjet Systems Division Kodak, US

    Mr. Donald Allred has had a key part of developing several inkjet technologies, applications, and markets in his career.  His over 35 years of work has been focused on inkjet technology and applications.  Of note is his participation in phase change drop-on-demand inkjet technology for industrial applications, binary continuous inkjet technology for proofing and fine art reproduction, and at present the Kodak Stream Inkjet Technology.  Mr. Allred is currently responsible for Worldwide Sales and Marketing for Packaging and Innovative Applications covering business opportunities through partnerships and direct with customers to expand the breadth of applications using the new Kodak Stream Inkjet Technology. 

    Mr. Allred has helped open several new applications for Kodak inkjet including newspaper printing, corrugated printing, carton, décor, napkins, and now into direct printing on flexible films.

    Mr. Allred has a BS in Chemistry and an MS in Industrial Chemistry from the University of Central Florida.  He currently lives in the Cincinnati – Dayton area, while traveling regularly to see his children and grandchild in New York and Columbus, Ohio.

  • Dr. Kai K. O. Bär

    Managing Director/President adphos Digital Printing GmbH

    Dr. Bär is the Managing Director/President of the adphos Digital Printing GmbH. He is one of the founders of the IndustrieSerVis GmbH (legal predecessor of AdPhos). Before he was the leader of the business segment “High Temperature Technology and Installations” at IABG, Ottobrunn. Dr. Bär was responsible for the Technology-Program “HERMES-Heatstructure-Tests” and graduated as Dr.-Ing. (with award) at the faculty of mechanical engineering at the RWTH Aachen in Germany.

  • Elsa Callini

    Business Development Manager ebeam Technologies, Switzerland

    Biography to follow...

  • Stefan Casey

    Innovation Lead for Packaging, NPTC Confectionery Nestlé S.A., UK

    Biography to follow...

  • Edoardo Cotichini

    Business Development Manager Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH, Germany

    Biography to follow...

  • Matthew Daniels

    R&D Global Packaging Capability Leader - Printing & Decoration Unilever, UK

    Graduated in 1992 with Diploma in Art & Design from Coleg Gwent, Wales. Between 1990 – 2003 held various Pre-press and Design roles with Bowater and Rexam Corrugated, before becoming Graphic Design Manager with SCA Packaging to develop HD Flexo Printing Capability and convert traditional Gravure Pre-print designs into HD Flexo.

    In June 2003, joined Unilever as Packaging Artwork Manager for Spreads & Cooking Products Category, Europe in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. For the next three years I supported the rolled out new innovation and renovation projects for Primary and Secondary branded packaging brands such as; Blue Band, Rama, Flora, Flora Pro-activ and Bertolli with external Print Management Agency (PMA). Another highlight during this period was to deliver a Hybrid Colour Harmonisation programme with Supply Management for Injection Moulded Label (IML) tubs and lids portfolio. My role during 2006 evolved into a Unilever One position for both Foods & HPC as Best Practice Manager for Artwork, where the focus for next three years was to; reduce complexity and standardise the role and responsibilities of packaging development teams across Europe. Improved PMA performance within Europe by defining continuous improvement plans from technical audits. A common process and global PMA roster was established and deployed into other emerging markets.

    In 2010, returned to U.K. as Global Packaging Capability Leader for Printing & Decoration at Unilever R&D Port Sunlight. To explore and prove novel and disruptive technologies with Category Packaging & Procurement teams to differentiate Unilever branded products on-self and to excite and engage the consumer during use.

    • United Kingdom
  • Frank de Jonge

    Business Development Director ARMOR industrial inks lab, Germany

    Biography to follow...

  • Ben Ginesi

    Managing Director HSG Packaging Ltd., UK

    Biography to folow...

  • Michael Gluzman

    Design Lead Coca-Cola, USA

    Michael Gluzman is an Atlanta based designer currently working for The Coca-Cola Company. A Russian hailing from the Baltic state of Latvia, he’s proudly called Atlanta home since the age of three. He studied industrial design at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and discovered he was equally interested in many design disciplines. Michael began his career working with the likes of sculptural lighting designers, savvy digital agencies, and many endearingly quirky clients. He has lead design for Coca-Cola, Sprite, Fanta, Seagram’s, Mello Yello, and Fresca. His work includes visual identity design, packaging, photography, shopper marketing, print, and digital media.

    In his spare time, he likes to nerd out reading science fiction novels, design for clients of his own, and binge-watch Stranger Things.

    Michael lives with his brilliant wife Anne and their dog Tomato, who knows 3.5 tricks.

  • Henrik Jensen

    Managing Director Christiansen Print GmbH, Germany

    Henrik Jensen worked as a Officer at the Danish Air Force. He obtain his Bachelor Degree Business Management and worked as an insureance salesman.

    He holds serveral senior management sales and marketing positions in Denmark and Germany.

    Since 2000, he has been working in senior management position in the paper industry and since 2013, he has been working as Managing Director at Cristiansen Print GmbH.

  • Sean Moloney

    Global Product Manager – Digital SUN Automation Group, UK

    Biography to follow...

  • Ofer Nir

    Vice President of Marketing & Business Development Velox, Israel

    Ofer leads Velox’s sales and marketing activities, ensuring a successful match between Velox solutions and customers’ needs. Ofer has over 20 years of experience in transforming innovative technologies into high-impact market solutions, from global multi-disciplinary companies such as Stratasys and Nokia-Siemens Networks.

  • Bernhard Schaaf

    Senior Project Manager Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Germany

    Bernhard Schaaf has joined Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG in 2006, introducing the new industrial VLF offset printing lines XL145 & XL162 to the market. Since 1995, he has been working as a consultant for the print media industry in the field of strategic investment planning and production facility design on a worldwide basis.

  • Daniel Scheepstra

    Managing Director THIMM Display GmbH, Germany

    Managing Director, THIMM Display GmbH, March 2016 – today; Sales Director International THIMM Verpackung GmbH + Co.KG, February 2003 – February 2016

    IHBO “De MAere”, NL-Enschede, Bachelor’s Degree, HEAO-Economic-Linguistic, 1983-1987 Nienoord College

  • Dr. Peter Schkoda

    Head of Sales FMCG Hapa AG, Switzerland

    In December of 2013, Peter Schkoda joined Hapa as Head of Sales FMCG. Along with holding an Executive MBA from the Simon Business School and a PhD in Food Processing Engineering, Peter has extensive managerial experience leading an SME, and business units with profit and loss responsibilities. As well, he brings in-depth experience in international B2B companies and he has a profound knowledge of supply chain solutions for FMCG industries.

    Peter Schkoda’s key task as Head of Sales is to translate Hapa’s fifty-plus years of successful innovation in the pharmaceutical packaging industry into dynamic growth for the company in the cosmetic-, food- and beverage-packaging fields. Hapa’s digital, tailor-made, in-house printing solutions, which optimize supply chain management and streamline work processes, is ideal for an ever-widening range of applications. Mr Schkoda is a member of the Hapa Management Team, and reports directly to the Beat Rupp, CEO, Hapa.

  • Sean Smyth

    Print Consultant Smithers Pira, UK

    Sean Smyth has spent over 25 years in the industry in senior technology positions for a variety of print businesses across the supply chain, in hands on and consultancy roles. He helps companies make money through the appropriate use of technology.

    Sean has a deep knowledge of the global print market, and a key member of the team providing quantitative market data and forecasts for the printing, paper and packaging industry. He authors off-the-shelf market studies and provides strategic consultancy services to a range of clients across the value chain.

    Sean has a strong background in appropriate application of technology to print, implementing digital print systems, MIS and workflows to take time and cost out of the print supply chain. In 1994 he became Technical Director of Rexam, where the first colour digital presses in the UK were installed and he has extensive experience of digital printing. He has written many books and market studies on the future, print technology and digital print, including Smithers Pira's flagship title "The Print & Production Manual" and the "Future of Global Print Markets".

    He has held senior management roles for several large and small print and print management companies where he applied systems and technology to improve efficiencies. He has a very strong background in digital printing, for users and suppliers. Currently he acts as a non-executive Director at REAL Digital International, the pioneer of high volume inkjet and electrophotographic print. He is the editor of "Digital Labels and Packaging" launched in 2010 for Whitmar Publications, and contributes regular technology columns and articles for the Trade Press and Smithers Pira journals

  • Speaker to be confirmed

    . Landa, Israel

    Biography to follow..

  • Paul Stoudmann

    Head of Group Strategy & Planning BOBST, Switzerland

    Has worked for over 20 years in the packaging, graphic arts and tobacco industry and has occupied several positions in the BOBST Group in Switzerland and abroad.

    Is currently responsible for the Bobst Group’s Strategy and Business Development, with a current focus on Brands and Retailers.

  • Nigel Tracey

    Head of Packaging Scodix Ltd., Israel

    With 30 years’ experience in the print and packaging industries Nigel started his career in Die Making following an education at the London College of Printing. Now Head of Packaging at Scodix, a leading provider of digital print enhancement. Nigel’s passion is to bring digital processes to the packaging Industry with a strong focus in finishing. Working with packaging producers as well as brand owners to create profitable business growth through true brand differentiation in today’s highly competitive printing market. With a special interest in the folding carton and corrugated board industries, Nigel works with businesses to see how Scodix technology can boost the profitability and efficiency of their business models.

    Previously Nigel held senior positions at Highcon and Bobst, and is based in Switzerland.

  • Claire Virazels

    Marketing Manager Production Colour & Packaging Technology Xerox Europe, France

    Claire Virazels works for Xerox since 1997 and has held various positions in Sales, Marketing and Management in France, Switzerland and now at European level.

    As Marketing Manager, she is currently in charge of the Production Colour Business Team (Xerox iGen Press and ColorPress), as well as the Digital Packaging Program and in parallel she brings management & marketing support to the German speaking countries in Europe. Claire is based in France and holds a Master from Neoma Business School in Rouen (France) and has also studied at the University of Bath in England.

  • Askold Zimmermann

    Account Executive GlobalVision, Germany

    Askold Zimmermann is responsible for Business Development in Europe and helping existing and ongoing customers to automate the proofreading process. Askold works closely with GlobalVision business partners which provides Artwork Management Systems and Workflow Solutions to the pharmaceutical industry. GlobalVision’s technologies for Text & Graphics inspection, Braille and Barcode are seamlessly integrated in such management solutions and provide a real added value of automation to the proofreading process.