Dr Carmen Messerlian
Assistant Professor of Environmental Reproductive, Perinatal, and Pediatric Epidemiology, Departments of Epidemiology and Environmental Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Messerlian is a passionate and curious scientist committed to understanding how the world around us impacts human reproductive health and development. Her research at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health is focused on examining the extent to which environmental exposures affect a couple’s ability to achieve conception, maintain pregnancy, and deliver healthy offspring. She investigates paternal and maternal exposures to phthalates, phenols, and other emerging chemicals and their mixtures on ovarian reserve, time to pregnancy, pregnancy loss, preterm birth, birth weight, placental parameters, and child development outcomes. She has specialized in reproductive, perinatal and pediatric epidemiology, infertility, assisted reproduction, and causal methods with perinatal application. She applies cutting-edge epidemiologic methods to generate evidence-based knowledge of the effects of environmental chemicals on fertility, pregnancy, and child health outcomes.


Dr. Messerlian holds a BS in nursing and PhD in epidemiology from McGill University, and an MS in public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Dr. Messerlian has been the recipient of a number of distinguished awards and honors including an outstanding academic faculty teaching award.

Paul Foulkes-Arellano
founder, circuthon consulting

Paul Foulkes-Arellano has worked in sustainability and packaging innovation since 1989, having held senior positions at London’s biggest agencies, including PI Global, Design Bridge & Seymourpowell. He has been a part of leadership teams from early in his career, running major global projects as well as innovation and sustainability workshops. He is a regular speaker on sustainable packaging and new materials.


In March 2020 Paul founded Circuthon Consulting to accelerate his work on sustainability and circular economy projects across the globe. His focus is raw materials, food & beverage, apparel and footwear. His particular focus is NextGen fibre recycling, composting, biomaterials, and new material development. Much of his work is mentoring businesses in the supply chain and disposal chain including reuse and novel materials.

Henri Allen
head of solutions, a plastic planet

After training to be a photographer in NY and DC, Henri shifted gears towards public health.  From the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Health she worked in Neglected Tropical Diseases at The World Health Organisation followed by 10 years with Population Services International where she became director for the Bill & Melinda Gates funded Malaria elimination program covering Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos PDR. In 2018 Henri returned to the UK and joined A Plastic Planet.  With experience in marketing for positive health outcomes, large-scale programming driven by research data and a keen focus on behaviour change, government advocacy, mass commodity procurement and strong supply chains, Henri is the Head of Solutions with a specific focus on plastic free material fusions for commercial application.


Born in the UK, Gary was raised in the Mediterranean, where his love affair with the ocean first formed. He has been living in Asia for the past 31 years where he has worked as a professional photographer, diving instructor and in the food and beverage industry. He has become an effective ocean advocate due to his ‘no-compromise’ approach. Gary previously held the position of Asia Director for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a position he held for the past 5 years. Gary has spent the past twenty years investigating and exposing the shark fin industry, gaining international media coverage for the cause, as well as working with airlines and shipping lines to investigate and shut down shark fin shipping routes. When not exposing the shark fin industry, he can be found investigating shipping routes for possible transnational wildlife crimes or on a beach analysing trash to better understand the plastic pollution crisis as the Operations Director of OceansAsia, the marine conservation NGO dedicated to investigating and researching wildlife crimes he founded in 2018. 

Gary’s work has been featured in BBC documentaries as well as films such as A Plastic Ocean, Seaspiracy and most recently Eli Roth’s FIN.

owner, jlfg communications

Julia founded JLFG Communications in 2011. She helps manufacturing businesses tell their stories to customers, employees, and the world by writing clear, concise content and running customized training programs. She likes to highlight ways her clients are reducing waste, saving energy, and making their manufacturing processes more sustainable. That includes considering the impact of materials and chemicals on human health and the environment.


A self-described materials geek, Julia first became fascinated with engineered materials in college. She holds a PhD in materials science from UC Berkeley, an MS in materials science from Stanford University, and a BS in engineering from Harvey Mudd College. Julia is the award-winning author of Material Value: More Sustainable, Less Wasteful Manufacturing of Everything from Cell Phones to Cleaning Products and Rethink the Bins: Your Guide to Smart Recycling and Less Household Waste.

Dr Ramani Narayan

University Distinguished Professor, Michigan State University

Dr. Ramani Narayan is University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University in the Department of chemical engineering & materials science. He is Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and Fellow of ASTM International. 200+ refereed publications in leading journals, 32 issued patents and graduated 22 Ph.D. and 23 Master’s students. Commercialized several biobased and biodegradable-compostable technologies. Active in Standards development at ASTM and ISO for biobased and biodegradable-compostable plastics. Technical advisor to Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI), USDA BioPreferred program, and EU certification groups.