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Andrew Falcon

Mats Linder

Richard Thompson


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CEO, Full Cycle Bioplastics FalconCEO, Full Cycle Bioplastics<div class="ExternalClassDF7FB975EF354EB4930FAA0C5B65E751">Andrew Falcon brings substantial commercial, operations, and general management expertise to his role as CEO of Full Cycle Bioplastics. A seasoned operating executive, Andrew’s experience with alternative materials, packaging, and zero-waste solutions makes him particularly well suited to lead Full Cycle’s transition from lab to commercial scale. Andrew is passionate in his belief that circular, regenerative solutions are essential for the long-term health of the planet, and that entrepreneurs, innovation and markets have the best chance to catalyze system level change. Andrew lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two children, and holds a BA in International Relations from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.</div>, Andrew FalcomGP0|#23a44cc7-19ce-49ee-928c-43b9f340f583;L0|#023a44cc7-19ce-49ee-928c-43b9f340f583|Andrew Falcon;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#60aa0f51-dfde-4d32-80ae-abcb14c61cdbPlasticsAndrew Falcon
Professor of Marine Biology and Associate Dean of Research, Faculty of Science and Engineering at Plymouth University ThompsonProfessor of Marine Biology and Associate Dean of Research, Faculty of Science and Engineering at Plymouth University<div class="ExternalClass6636C26CBF1B44239EB04CAD36736864"><p>Richard Thompson is Professor of Marine Biology and Associate Dean, Research in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Plymouth University. Much of Professor Thompson’s work over the last decade has focused on marine debris, with numerous publications and significant research funding on this topic. Professor Thompson co-authored the European Union Marine Strategy Framework Directive text on marine litter, prepared reports for the United Nations Global Environment Facility and United Nations Environment Programme, and was lead editor for two substantial journal volumes on plastic litter. In 2014 he presented his research to the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, at his Our Ocean meeting in Washington. He has also presented to OECD nations and G7 nations. Recent work by his team directly informed the UK Government decision to introduce legislation on the use of microplastics in cosmetics. He is currently working with G7 nations on the monitoring of marine litter. Professor Thompson obtained his first degree from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and his PhD from Liverpool University. </p></div>, Richard ThompsonGP0|#7dbafb13-6663-4187-8c50-f332ac7a7d02;L0|#07dbafb13-6663-4187-8c50-f332ac7a7d02|Richard Thompson;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#60aa0f51-dfde-4d32-80ae-abcb14c61cdbPlasticsRichard C. Thompson
President & CEO, PAC Packaging Association and Vice Chair, National Zero Waste Council DownhamPresident & CEO, PAC Packaging Association and Vice Chair, National Zero Waste Council <div class="ExternalClass13953978521D41499132427C16479664">Since 2006 Jim Downham has been advancing the packaging industry agenda as the President & CEO for the not-for-profit, PAC Packaging Consortium. Prior to PAC Jim spent his career in the manufacturing of package materials/containers rising to the level of CEO of a $175 million multi-plant North American packaging leader. In 2000 Jim founded LeaderLinx, a packaging industry consultant. In November 2014 Jim reached the pinnacle of his career when he was inducted into the Packaging Hall of Fame in Chicago, Illinois.</div>, Jim DownhamGP0|#dc107bf9-8cc3-4ab6-a2ce-0c5bc03186db;L0|#0dc107bf9-8cc3-4ab6-a2ce-0c5bc03186db|Jim Downham;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#60aa0f51-dfde-4d32-80ae-abcb14c61cdbPlasticsJim Downham
Lead, Innovation Programme, New Plastics Economy, Ellen MacArthur Foundation LinderLead, Innovation Programme, New Plastics Economy, Ellen MacArthur Foundation <div class="ExternalClassD768A1720F4B408BA1E929DCE8ECB6D6"><p>A chemist by training, Mats leads the Innovation Programme within the New Plastics Economy initiative. This role involves identifying and mobilising catalytic innovation that has the potential to enable plastic system that works. In this role, Mats looks after the $2 million <a href="" target="_blank">New Plastics Economy Innovation Prize</a>, launched on 18 May 2017. </p><p>Before joining the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Mats worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. He holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry and a M.Sc. in chemistry and chemical engineering, both from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm. </p></div>, Mats LinderGP0|#1e73f355-98ee-4e11-ba9d-9e195b81b5e9;L0|#01e73f355-98ee-4e11-ba9d-9e195b81b5e9|Mats Linder;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#60aa0f51-dfde-4d32-80ae-abcb14c61cdbPlasticsMatsLinder

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