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Bridget Croke leads external affairs including investor partnerships, industry partnerships, communications and special projects at the Closed Loop Partners. Bridget has spent the last 20 years building movements to help drive a more sustainable economy – from the local food movement to the circular economy. This work has included a national campaign to improve quality of life with less consumption; building and executing campaign tools to move consumers to Buy Fresh, Buy Local; a start up turned growth company incentivizing consumers to recycle right and Purpose, a consultancy and incubator leveraging the tools of movement building to solve global challenges.
Casper Holst Algren is Head of Marketing & Business Development at Novozymes North America. As an experienced global leader with a passion for biotechnology, life science and sustainability, he has a demonstrated ability to deliver high impact in various roles within Marketing, Sales, Supply Chain Management and Sourcing. Casper received a Master degree from Copenhagen Business School, academy profession in biotechnology and executive leadership education from INSEAD.
Monica is the Director, Beauty, Personal Care and Household Products at the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute where she is leading work with companies in these sectors and in packaging to scale the positive impact of Cradle to Cradle Certified™, a multi-attribute sustainable product certification.
Prior to joining the Institute, Monica worked as Director of Collaborative Innovation for the Green Chemistry & Commerce Council (GC3), leading projects on strategic ingredients for consumer products such as preservatives and silicone alternatives. She created and grew the GC3's Startup Network and Technology Showcase.
Monica held management positions in clean tech and remanufacturing consulting and R&D programs at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability and began her career as a chemical engineer at Eka Chemicals (now Nouryon). Monica holds Masters’ degrees in Civil & Environmental Engineering and Technology & Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
Mónica Ochoa Ruiz is responsible for the Global Marketing for Dishwashing at DuPont Nutrition & Biosciencess based in Leiden, The Netherlands. She has a master degree in Biotechnology and joined DuPont in 2011 in the Home and Personal Care Applications group.
Josh Winters is a Research Analyst at Euromonitor International specializing in consumer markets.
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Scott Jaynes is an R&D Applications Manager at Croda, Inc. in Edison, New Jersey, where he is responsible for new product development and technical service for household and I&I cleaning markets in North America. Prior to joining Croda, Scott held R&D positions at BASF, Ciba Specialty Chemicals, and Unilever. He received a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Dartmouth College.
Christoph Krumm is the co-founder and CEO of Sironix Renewables, where he works to develop new greener, safer, and more effective ingredients for cleaning products like laundry detergents. He was recently selected as an American Institute of Chemical Engineers Top 35 Under 35 for innovation, and has earned over $4.5M in grant funds and partnerships to help commercialize Sironix Renewables’ new eco-friendly cleaning product ingredients. Christoph earned his PhD from the University of Minnesota and bachelors from the University of Washington, both in chemical engineering.
Wesley Spindler is a Business Strategy & Sustainability Director within Accenture and co-author of The Circular Economy Handbook. She acts as Accenture’s Circular Economy Lead, delivering circular economy programs around the globe with partners and companies across industries, bringing to bear strong expertise in purposeful business, technology and innovation. She was Program Director of The Circulars, the world’s premier circular economy award program, which ran for 5 years in collaboration with the World Economic Forum, and will be re-launching as an Innovation Accelerator program in the autumn of this year.
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Julie Savoie is the Director of the SmartLabel program at the Consumer Brands Association (CBA). She leads CBA’s work on the consumer-packaged goods transparency initiative, SmartLabel, which enables consumers to digitally access more information about the products they use every day.
Prior to joining the CBA, Julie spent 10+ years in the apparel, cosmetics and retail industry, holding various positions in business development, marketing and demand planning. She received her MBA from Georgetown University and her bachelor’s degree from Loyola University in Baltimore.
Steve is VP of Business Development at NXTLEVVEL Biochem - a commercial scale manufacturer of next generation biomass derived chemicals, with world leading technology in bio-solvents based on levulinic acid. Steve has been involved in the specialty chemicals industry for over 30 years. During his career he has held leadership positions in Business Management, Technology Management, International Sales Development, Application Engineering, and Product Development.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from Wichita State University.
Gwen Whiting embodies an entrepreneur’s spirit with a creative vision and an executive’s talent for leading and growing a global lifestyle brand. Long before sustainability became an inspiring way of life, in 2004 it was Gwen’s vision to create a premium, eco-friendly laundry and home cleaning brand – The Laundress. Without external funding, through Gwen’s tenacity and leadership, The Laundress grew via multi-channel distribution and was acquired by Unilever.
Gwen spearheads brand creation, including branding and product design, product development, and production. Whether customers are doing their laundry, cleaning their homes, or organizing their belongings, she is obsessed with identifying new and innovative ways to improve their experience of home keeping. Gwen continues to focus on product innovation and sustainability while also being a voice in thought leadership, entrepreneurship and female empowerment.
Sarah Paiji Yoo is CEO and Co-Founder of Blueland, which is reimagining cleaning products to eliminate single-use plastic packaging. Sarah is a serial retail entrepreneur passionate about sustainability and innovation. Prior to Blueland, she was a Partner at LAUNCH, a leading startup studio, and launched and operated several consumer brands including M.Gemi, Rockets of Awesome and Follain. She was previously co-founder and CEO of Snapette, the largest mobile platform for local fashion shopping, which was sold to leading e-commerce platform Pricegrabber in 2013. Sarah most recently was featured on this season's Shark Tank and has contributed to The Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, Forbes, Time, InStyle and Glamour. She attended Harvard College and Harvard Business School and currently lives in New York City with her 3-year-old son Noah and husband Ken.