David Swift was educated in UK studying Biochemistry at the University of Manchester and, subsequently, gained a Masters degree in Toxicology from the University of Surrey.
David joined Shell's research laboratory in Sittingbourne, Kent (UK) but moved to Shell Centre in 1980. Several different assignments followed including product management and work in the Chemical Strategy and Planning unit before joining Shell's PET business unit in 1997. During this period David gained an MBA from Henley Management College, part of Brunel University.
David transferred to M&G Group in May 2000 with the purchase of Shell's PET business. He worked as Global Marketing manager for the Resins Business Unit until March 2007. David now the Managing Director of PCI PET Packaging Resin and Recycling Ltd and based in Derby, United Kingdom.
James Bernard joined the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) as Associate Director Commodities in 2006. James is involved with various commodities and has played a leading role in the development of the DGCX plastics futures contracts which are due to be launched on the Dubai Gold and Commodity Exchange this year.
James brings with him over 15 years of valuable experience within the Commodities Industry and Financial sector as well as having a solid logistical background.Gaining experience on various global exchanges and trading in several unregulated and regulated physical commodity markets he has a broad range of knowledge and understanding of commodities and financial instruments. James has worked for several global trading houses providing him with extensive financial and physical trading experience.
Prior to joining DMCC in 2006, James was Managing Director of Bartizan International Trading and Marketing Director of Wonder International Mg where he was responsible for global trading, marketing, and distribution.
Elfriede Hell is General Manager Division of the business unit ‘recycling technology’ since 2007; she has joined Starlinger in 2004 as Product Manager. She looks back at more than 18 years career in plastic technology business. She has profound experience in general management, growth strategies and innovation management for capital investment goods, know-how in packaging and food-contact industry, plastics industry in general and recycling in special.
Elfriede Hell holds a mechanical engineering degree as well as a business degree. Elfriede obtained her MBA at the Brisbane Graduate School of Business, Australia, in 2004. She specialised in Marketing, International Business, and Strategy
Luc Vervynk graduated in 1993 with an engineering degree in Electro-Mechanics and specialised in Micro-Electronics.
He started his career in the plastic industry with Plastimat NV, at the time a Belgian preform manufacturer, where he was responsible for preform production and implementation of quality control systems.
In 1995, he joined ColorMatrix Europe Ltd as Sales Representative for Northern Europe, progressing to Sales Manager for Northern & Eastern Europe in 1999.
In 2006, he joined the ColorMatrix's Global Market Development Group as Market Development Manager, responsible for driving growth through the introduction of innovative technology solutions within the packaging market. Luc lives in Ghent, Belgium.