(Chairman of the Jury)
Satkar Gidda studied Business Studies and Marketing and is Sales & Marketing Director of SiebertHead, the longest established brand and packaging design consultancy in the UK. His primary responsibility is presenting the skills of SiebertHead. He also works with global clients on helping them create that all important one to one communication between the brand and the consumer.
Stan Akkermans was trained as Industrial Engineer and General Manager with focus on the packaging industry. In 2000 he joined Mars Inc. where he advanced to Graphics Manager and worked in the Innovation team as Portfolio Manager in Germany. He moved to Holland where he is now responsible for Global procurement of creative agencies such as packaging design and innovation.
After his study of repro- and printing technology, Martin Luh worked in the folding carton industry before joining Nestlé In 1996. He advanced to the role of Procurement Manager for fibre based materials and is owner of the Nestlé cartonboard sourcing strategy for all European Markets. His key objectives are the development of innovation partnerships with the paperboard industry, specification performance management, responsible fibre sourcing and education programmes for employees.
After being trained as a mechanical engineer, Peter Klein Sprokkelhorst decided to join the paper-processing industry. In 1982 he became managing director of Zedek Deventer Holland (which today belongs to the Smurfit Kappa Group) and turned the company into a major display and packaging supplier in Europe. He retired in 2008, but with 45 years of experience is still active as an independent consultant.
Geert Verlinden studied Graphical Industries with specialisation in Pre-press, worked as Price Analyst for a commercial printing office and then changed company to become Customer Support Manager and finally Plant Manger at a small commercial printing company. He joined Van Genechten Biermans in 1993. In 2001 he lead the Cad-cam and R&D department as R&D Manager developing and implementing new projects for European customers. He has built up an impressive knowledge of materials, production processes, orderflow and shapes. Since 2012 he is leading VGP’s 3 innovation hubs as Group Innovation Manager, working on projects in close contact with European Customers and Brand owners.