Keynote Speakers

April 22 - 25, 2018 | Omni Charlotte Hotel, Charlotte, NC

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Conference Keynote Speakers


Associate Director, Corporate R&D, Global Product Stewardship
The Procter & Gamble Company

Presenting “A Brand Owner’s Perspective: Material Selection and Consumer Messaging for Flexibles”

The conference Opening Session will be keynoted by Steve Sikra. Mr. Sikra is a Materials Science Engineer with more than 26 years at The Procter & Gamble (P&G) Company. He currently oversees P&G’s global solid waste management strategy and drives end-of-life innovations.

His professional history includes management roles in process and package development, product supply operations, materials science innovations, and end-of-life solutions for P&G products and packages. A long-time champion for recovery and recycling, Mr. Sikra is a welcome collaborator with many companies, trade organizations, and NGOs, actively participating in a variety of roles, including:

- Chairperson, Rigids Committee, Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR)
- Vice Chair & Executive Board Member, The Recycling Partnership (TRP)
- Investor Advisory Board Member, Closed Loop Fund (CLF)
- Advisory Board Member, Closed Loop Oceans (CLO)
- Steering Team member, Flexible Film Recycling Group (FFRG)
- Chairperson and Technical Advisor, Materials Recovery for the Future project (MMRF)
- Co-Chair, Solid Waste Working Group, Consumer Goods Forum
- Member, Trash Free Seas Alliance of Ocean Conservancy

Throughout his career, Mr. Sikra has helped advance P&G towards its goal of doubling post-consumer recycled (PCR) use, improving the recyclability of packaging, and reducing P&G’s packaging footprint. A recycling champion for more than twenty years, he is also dedicated to advancing recycling systems around the globe.



R&D Vice President for Packaging & Specialty Plastics and Hydrocarbons
The Dow Chemical Company

Presenting “Packaging and Specialty Plastics Innovation: Delivering Sustainability Solutions Across the Value Chain”

On Tuesday, the Awards Luncheon features a keynote address from Bob Maughon. Dr. Maughon began his career with The Dow Chemical Company in 1998, working in the Central Research laboratories on a variety of programs ranging from heterogeneous hydrogenation catalysis, ring opening polymerization and homogeneous catalysis. In 2004, he assumed leadership for the chemical feedstocks research area focusing on breakthrough technologies. He subsequently became the Technical Leader for the Catalytic Chemistry group of Core R&D in 2005. In 2006, he was named Director of Inorganic Chemistry & Catalysis where he was responsible for leading inorganic chemistry, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, and high-throughput research. From 2008-2010, he served as the Lead R&D Director for the Hydrocarbons and Energy Business. Prior to his current role, he was the Senior R&D Director for Dow Pharma and Food Solutions in the Functional Materials Business Group.