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André Ballesteros

Independent consultant and Waste Management Coordinator at Sea Shepherd Brazil

Graduated in Social Communication and postgraduate in environmental management, he has 15 years of experience in the area. He worked for more than a decade in attracting investments and implementing socio-environmental projects in the Amazon. He is a consultant on environmental issues with experience in reverse logistics projects and waste management planning for small and medium-sized cities in different regions of the country.

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Angelita Saul 
Technical Manager for Consumer & Industrial Business of Polymers South America


Angelita holds a B.Sc in Industrial Chemistry, M.Sc in Chemistry and an MBA in Business Management. Angelita started her career working for over 10 years on the Coatings and Adhesives Industries with Product Development.

She joined WACKER in 2014 as Application Chemist and, since 2021, has also been leading the Regional R&D cell. Angelita currently holds the position of Technical Manager for Consumer & Industrial Business of Polymers South America.


Augusto M. Lopes Donelles Filho
Head of Audit Office : Aceplas Brasil & ACE-ESG-PLAS Portugal

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Master in automotive engineering from the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo; degree in Mechanical Technology Engineering from Unesp (Centro Paula Souza), postgraduate degree from FGV (São Paulo School of Business Administration) in Skills Development in Marketing, and bachelor's degree in Social & Economic Sciences from the University of São Paulo and degree in Education Methodology (Faculty of Education - USP). Having worked in companies such as Rhodia, Celanese – Plásticos de Engenharia, Ciba-Geigy, Hoechst and DuPont, where he held positions as manager of technical support, marketing, market development, product development, new business, and more recently, Sales manager for strategic customers in the automotive area for Mercosur (Division - 'Transportation & Industrial' – Dupont do Brasil), in the area of engineering plastics & adhesives.

Furthermore, he was an associate professor at FEI -Fundação Educacional Inaciana "Padre Saboia de Medeiros" (formerly the Faculty of Industrial Engineering), and also teaches postgraduate courses in Project Management Methodology and Engineering and Value Analysis.


Bruno Oliveira
Business Coordinator at ADDITIVE 3D
Printing Technologies


Business Coordinator at ADDITIVA 3D Printing Technologies, graduated in Materials Engineering from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, has worked in recent years with the most varied materials technologies.


Carolina Blanez
Sales Supervisor


She has been working in the Automotive market for 22 years, 12 years in the development engineering of the company Visteon Sistemas Automotivos, she was the engineer responsible for all validation and approval tests of our products under development, and in the last 10 years, with the change for Mitsubishi Chemical group, together with its new group plant in Brazil, for 5 years as supervisor of the quality management system where she was responsible for the implementation of ISO9001 and all quality control, and in the last 5 years responsible for the commercial area serving the entire South American market with engineering polymers for the mobility, food, wire and cable and 3D printing sectors, serving the market in a distribution model for our product lines from the most diverse global production factories, developing the market and I support commercially and technically from the development phase to post-sales.

Chemistry Technician from Pentagon School, Production Engineer from Universiade São Judas Tadeu, Executive MBA in Commercial Management and Sales from FGV.

Speaker training for entrepreneurs at the religious institution I participate in, multiplying my knowledge.

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Cintia Godoi
Co-owner of eeCoo sustentabilidade

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She has a degree in Geography from the Federal University of Uberlândia (2003), a master's degree in Geography from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (2007) and a PhD in Geography from the Federal University of Goiás (2012). Founding partner eeCoo sustainability. Innovation and Product Manager eeCoo sustainability. Full Professor of the Master's Degree in Regional Development at UNIALFA - Centro Universitário Alves Faria, Researcher at Funadesp. Affiliated with MOC - Microeconomics of Competitiveness at the Michael Porter Institute, Harvard University. Superintendent of Development, Innovation and Technology at Fundação Antares from 2018 to 2020. Technical Director at Fundação Antares from 2019 to 2020. (Countries where she was present for academic and technical activities: France, Netherlands, China, Chile, United States and Cuba) .

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Elton Elias Melo Costa
Application Scientist at BPC Instruments

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Graduated in Chemistry (2010), with a master's degree in Analytical and Environmental Chemistry (2012) and a PhD in Science (2016) from the Federal University of Alagoas. He completed a sandwich doctorate at the University of Kansas, USA, and postdoctoral research at Lund University, Sweden. He has extensive experience in the area of instrumentation and control of biological processes.

He works as a scientist at BPC Instruments in the area of biotechnology, focusing on the development of automated analytical solutions for analyzing the biodegradability of plastic materials under laboratory conditions. He is responsible for developing the company's business strategy in the biodegradability sector, articulating technological innovation with market trends, political discussions and environmental impacts related to bioplastics.

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Emanuel Martins
President of ABICOM

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Emanuel Martins is a Mechanical Engineer, with a postgraduate degree in Industrial Automation. Career developed in the Plastic and Rubber Industry with 20+ years of professional experience in the area of plastic injection working in strategic roles, covering business management and development of structured solutions for the industry. Since 2016, he has been part of the ERT team that opened the 1st Biodegradable BioPolymers plant in Latin America, coordinating the product division.


This year he assumed the presidency of Abicom with the aim of disseminating and expanding knowledge about bioplastics.

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Jade Rodriguero Dino
Product Management Plastic Additives South America 

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Graduated in Chemical Engineering. More than 7 years at BASF working in the areas of Controlling, Marketing and Product Management. Since 2022 in the segment of Plastic Additives, bringing efficiency, quality and sustainability to the plastic chain.

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João Carlos de Godoy
Technical and commercial director of Oeko Bioplásticos


João Carlos de Godoy Moreira graduated in Materials Engineering from the Federal University of São Carlos (1989). Businessman, founder and currently Technical and Commercial Director of the company Oeko Bioplásticos, founded in 2014. He has extensive experience in entrepreneurship for technology-based companies and in managing integration programs between universities, research centers and companies for technology transfer and technical cooperation for technological research and development in Brazil and Europe for the production and development of new products in the areas of engineering plastics and biopolymers/bioplastics from agricultural renewable sources and agro-industrial waste.

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Jörg Dörrstein
Managing Director da Biofibre GmbH


• 2010: Bachelor of Science in Geo and Atmospheric Sciences / University of Innsbruck, Austria

• 2012: Master of Science in Renewable Resources / Technical University of Munich, Germany

• 2013-2016: PhD student at the Chair for biogenic polymers of the Technical University of Munich

• 2017-2021: Head of Research & Development at Biofibre GmbH

• 2022-present: Managing Director at Biofibre GmbH

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Kim Gurtensten Fabri


Graduated in Business Administration from PUC-Pr with an MBA in Project Management from FGV-Rio and Counselor Development Program from Fundação Dom Cabral. President and CEO of Earth Renewable Technologies, an American company producing BioPolymers.

He led the company abroad, when he returned to Brazil to inaugurate the 1st Biodegradable BioPolymers plant in Latin America.

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Marcos Vinholes
Responsible for application development


Materials Engineer specialized in polymers, graduated from UFSCar with 30 years of experience in the engineering plastics market, having worked in the most diverse areas of this segment (product development, technical assistance, sales, application and market development, consultancy and teaching) .


Currently responsible for the application development sector at Dakhia - Engineering Plastics.


Michael Thielen 
Founder and publisher of Renewable Carbon Plastics

Dr. Michael Thielen from Germany is the founder and editor of Renewable Carbon Plastics (formerly known as bioplastics MAGAZINE), the first and only trade magazine dealing exclusively with bioplastics. He is a mechanical engineer with a degree in plastics engineering from RWTH Aachen University, Germany. He is the author of several books on blow molding technology and bioplastics and has shared his knowledge about plastics in numerous lectures, seminars, conferences and teaching assignments in Germany and abroad.

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Nereo Rodriguez
Sales Manager Polymer Tech. / Licenses at Polymer & Crystallization


Nereo Rodriguez graduated with a master degree in chemical engineering from the Complutense University from Madrid in Spain. After several internships around Europe, he carried out a Master in Business Administration (MBA). Since 2012 he has worked for different technology providers as Sales and Application Engineer for the O&G and chemical industry. In 2021 he joined the polymer business team at Sulzer Chemtech Ltd in Switzerland in the role of Senior Sales Manager for foam extrusion lines. In 2023, he moved within the polymer business unit to a new role as Sales Manager Polymer Tech. / Licenses at Polymer & Crystallization, where he is now responsible for the sales and licensing activities related to the biopolymer technologies with the focus, among others, on Polylactic Acid (PLA) from sugar sources (1st and 2nd Generation) and/or other renewable feedstocks.

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Philippe Dewolfs 
Leads the bioplastics certification department in TÜV AUSTRIA


With an engineering and computer science background, Philippe Dewolfs has always worked in the field of conformity assessment.

In the road and rail sector at the beginning of his career, then, since the end of the 1990s, in the certification of bioplastics.

He currently leads the bioplastics certification department in TÜV AUSTRIA, which acquired this activity from Vinçotte at the end of 2017.

TÜV AUSTRIA is a leading certification organisation with more than 5000 active certificates in this field.

He is a member of several national and international working and standardisation groups and is regularly consulted to share his experience.


Paulo Teixeira
Executive President of Abiplast


Graduated in Economics, Specialist in Public Policy Formulation and Analysis, Master in Economic Development, MBA in Strategic Project Management, PhD in Production Engineering.
He worked as Manager of the Department of Research and Economic Studies at the Federation of Industries of the State of São Paulo-FIESP. He worked as a Consultant in the Areas of Policy Assessment for FAO/UN, UNDP, Comunidade Solidária, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Incra and SEBRAE Nacional.

He serves on several boards such as: CNI, INP, CETEA, IQA, Ewsp. Mentoring several startups in the areas of Business with Social Innovations and Circular Economy.

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Thiago Bazaglia Spedo
Business Coordinator at GBU Specialty Polymers

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Plastics Technician, Materials Engineer and MBA in Foreign Trade with an emphasis on International Business.  Career developed in the Petrochemical, Plastics, Paints and Distribution Industry. Over 20 years of experience, he worked in product development, technical assistance, market development, import, export and mainly in the commercial area in vinyl resins, engineering polymers and pigments.


Since 2015 working in the commercial area of BASF, joining the Performance Materials business unit in 2017 and acting as Sr. Business Coordinator and focal point in South America for the Plastic Specialties division since 2020.


Yuri Tomina Carvalho

Sustainable Solutions Manager

Packaging & Consumer Goods South America

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Head of Cazoolo (Circular Packaging Design Lab) and Renewable PE (I'm greenTM bio-based) at Braskem for South America, he leads a team of specialists focused on developing business and packaging innovations in support of the circular economy of plastics. Graduated in Advertising from PUC-SP and with an MBA from Insper, he has 20 years of experience in the petrochemical industry, working in the areas of Strategic Marketing, Communication and Branding in Brazil and abroad.

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