Keynote Speakers

Herlinda Soto

Dr. Soto-Valdez works for CIAD, Centro de Investigación en Alimentación y Desarrollo, A.C. (Research Center for Food and Development) an Institution dedicated to carrying out scientific and technological research in food and development, in Hermosillo, México. She is a Chemical-Biologist, with a specialty in Food Technology, at the University of Sonora, Mexico. Herlinda has a Ph.D. in Food Science (specialization in Food Packaging) given by the University of Leeds, UK. Member of the National Researchers System (SNI III) Award, from 1997 to date. She is also awarded by National Award in Food Technology 2010.

Srini Srinivasan 

Designer & entrepreneur in creative design and technology development. Srini is the President of WDO (World Design Organization, formerly Icsid), working with its global members to promote design for a better world. He is the Chairman & CEO of LUMIUM DESIGN, Inc., a Silicon Valley-based, world-class, award-winning product Design Company that has developed 300+ products in the Consumer Electronics, Medical, Industrial Goods, Security and Surveillance domains. Srini is an Adjunct Professor and advisor at Tongji College of Design & Innovation, Advisory Board of Indus Design School, Indus University; and Wellingkar Institute of Management Development & Research, Mumbai, India.

Diane Mollenkopf

Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management at the University of Canterbury. Dr. Mollenkopf’s primary research interests lie within the areas of integration and supply chain sustainability. She plays an active role in the logistics/supply chain discipline. Serves as an Associate Editor for Journal of Business Logistics, Journal of Operations Management and International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, and on the editorial review board of Journal of Supply Chain Management. 

Ron Puvak

Managing Director of the Association for Contract Packagers and Manufacturers at Contract Packaging Association since 2017. Ron Puvak has been in the packaging industry for 40 plus years. In 1976 he began his career as a Research Technician. In 2003 and then in 2010 Ron received recognition as a Certified Packaging Professional (CPP) via the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IOPP). An active member of the International Society of Beverage Technologists (ISBT) he has served as Chairman for the Packaging Technology Committee, on the board member of the national organization and now helps coordinate ISBT’s marketing effort.

Carl Melville

Carl Melville is a leadership strategist for the Contract Packaging Association. He is also the founder and chief marketing officer of The Melville Group, an organization dedicated to “helping contract packaging companies grow.” Carl’s clients include some of the industry’s largest and fastest-growing organizations, helping open new markets, improve lead generation, increase revenue, and boot enterprise value. The Melville Group also works with private equity firms, providing industry research and due diligence on the contract packaging and contract manufacturing industry.

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