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Hilton Prague Old Town, V Celnici, Nove Mesto, Czechia

REGISTRATION FEE for The VinylPlus Sustainability Forum 2019: € 485 + VAT

The sustainable growth of society is only possible through the balancing of economic, social and environmental sustainability. In this context, innovation is key. As countless new technologies have developed in the past decades, new methods and tools have accelerated innovation throughout all industries, encouraging sustainable development.
Today, as new technologies continue to develop, the VinylPlus Sustainability Forum 2019 will address the upcoming challenges and opportunities the PVC industry is seizing to further contribute to a sustainable society.
• What is the right market balance for the use of virgin and recycled PVC?
• What is the competitiveness of PVC products over their whole life cycle?
• How can we efficiently develop technologies and digital solutions that we can trust and use correctly?
• How are these innovations changing the PVC industry?



Start: 9 May 2019
End: 10 May 2019

Hilton Prague Old Town

V Celnici 7
110 00 Nové Město Prague
Czech Republic


Brigitte Dero

General Manager
ECVM / VinylPlus
  • Brigitte Dero

    Dr. Brigitte Dero holds a PhD in Sciences (Molecular Biology) from the University of Brussels (ULB) in Belgium. Early in her career she worked for a special programme of the World Health Organisation on tropical diseases before moving to the metals industry to work in the occupational health, safety and environment arenas and, subsequently, on waste management and recycling.

    In June 1999 she joined the European Chemical Industry Council to manage the plastic additives sector groups , PVC stabilisers, plasticisers, flame retardants, antioxidants and food contact additives.

    In December 2011 Brigitte became general manager of the European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers (ECVM).

    In January 2014 she became general manager of VinylPlus the umbrella under which 200 companies from the PVC value chain (resin, chemical additives, and plastic converters) work together to increase the sustainability performance of PVC.

    In 2012 she registered VinylPlus in the UN Registry of Commitments and engaged VinylPlus with UNEP/UNIDO. IN 2013, VinylPLus became a member of the UNIDO/UNEP Green industry platform, a global high-level, multi-stakeholder partnership to mobilise action on Green Industry around the world.

    She is Belgian, married and has two sons. Brigitte is passionate about science & sustainability, women in chemistry & education. She supports the ‘Women in Green industry chapter’ of UNIDO/UNEP.

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Martina Dlabajová

Member, European Parliament (MEP)
European Parliament
  • Martina Dlabajová

    Martina Dlabajová (ALDE/ANO) graduated from the University of Padua, Italy in political science with specialisation in European integration. She founded and managed several companies in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Italy. For seven years, she held the position of the coordinator at the Representation of the Zlín and Olomouc Regions to the EU. In 2012 she was elected the president of the Regional Chamber of Commerce of the Zlín Region. Two years later, in 2014, Martina was elected to be a member of the European Parliament.

    Within the scope of her parliamentary mandate, Martina is Vice-Chair of the Committee on Budgetary Control where she has mainly been dealing with the auditing of EU funds and especially controlling and improving the system of EU funds absorption. She is also an active member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs where she focuses on issues of youth employment, matching skills and jobs, labour mobility, support of SMEs and creative industries.

    Besides her own-initiative report on matching skills and jobs, she was also the rapporteur of the New Skills Agenda for Europe which calls for an improvement of literacy, numeracy and digital skills. Given her field of expertise, she became directly involved in the Czech National Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition.

    Martina holds the position of vice-chair of the SME Intergroup and the Intergroup on Cultural and Creative Industries of the European Parliament and is also a member of the VinylPlus Monitoring Committee. In the Czech Republic, she has launched a motivational project called PročByNe? that offers, to young people under 25 years, the opportunity to fulfill their professional dreams through exclusive traineeships.

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Zdenek Hruska

Public Affairs Senior Manager
Zdenek Hruska
  • Zdenek Hruska
    Zdenek Hruska holds an Engineering Diploma in Plastics Technology from the Prague Institute of Chemical Technology; and a PhD in Polymer Chemistry from IMC in Prague. Since joining Solvay in 1991 he held various management positions in Belgium, Germany, and France. In 1999 he moved to Alkor Kunststoffe GmbH in Munich as Development Manager. Since 2004 he had been responsible for the PVC Promotion and Environmental Affairs, first at SolVin France and later at SolVin GmbH & Co. KG, covering Germany and Scandinavia. In 2013 he moved to Brussels, first at SolVin and later at Inovyn as an Advocacy Manager. In January 2016 Zdenek joined the European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers (ECVM) as Public Affairs Senior Manager.
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Henry Warren

Director – Inorganics Group, Chemical
IHS Markit
  • Henry Warren

    Henry Warren is director of the Inorganics Group at IHS Markit and is the global service leader for the Vinyls Market Advisory Service.

    Henry performs market analysis of the polyvinyl chloride (PVC) industry and its precursors - ethylene dichloride (EDC) and vinyl chloride monomer (VCM). He is responsible for an annual World Analysis - Vinyls; the in-depth monthly vinyls service; and the three weekly reports covering vinyls in regional markets: the Americas, Asia and Europe. For most of his career, he has covered hydrochloric acid, chlorinated solvents, caustic potash and caustic soda, but his focus has continued to center on vinyls. He joined IHS, now IHS Markit, when it acquired Harriman Chemsult, a highly regarded consultancy specialising in the chlor-alkali and vinyls segment.

    Henry entered the field of chemical market analysis in 1996, analysing feedstocks and several polyolefin value chains in Europe, North America and Latin America. Along with the stakeholder relationships he has built over several decades, his in-depth understanding of the industry contributes to the unparalleled level of insight that IHS Markit brings to this sector.

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Harald Pilz

Senior Adviser
Harald Pilz

Alessandro Marangoni

  • Alessandro Marangoni
    Allessandro is an economist, specialised in strategy and corporate finance in the energy and environmental industries both at an academic level and at a professional one.

    Graduating with honors at Bocconi University, he was a researcher at Space Bocconi, since its establishment in 1990, in a joint venture with Boston Northeastern University.

    Allessandro started teaching “Ecology&Safety in Industrial Enterprises”, the first academic course in Italy about environment management.

    He is also a professor of “Technological and market profiles of the environmental services” in the Master in Economy and Management of Public Utility Services at Bocconi University. He teaches or has taught in various academic and master classes, including: “Economy and Management of the Utilities”, “Management of Network Services and Marketing of Services” and “Accountancy and Environmental Evaluation” at the Master in Economy and Management of Environmental Services at Bocconi University.
    He is the scientific Director of Irex Monitor, a think tank on the renewable energies industry, he is the Director of WAS – Waste Strategy, research centre on waste management and recycling sector and of Top Utility, observatory on top public utility.

    With a wide experience in strategic management, Marangoni has been one of the first in Italy to deal with accountancy and environmental reports, sustainability and cost-benefit analysis, becoming one of the main expert in business and financial issues on environment.

    He is specialised in energy industry, utilities, waste management and recycling. He is author of several publications, above all on environment, energy, public utilities and infrastructures. He is a member of scientific committees or referee of various magazines, including Journal of Investor Relations, Management delle Utilities and Waste Management.

    Member of the Renewable Industry Advisory Network of IEA, the International Energy Agency in Paris, member of REN21 of the ONU the International Association for Energy Economics and the Italian Association for Energy Economics and Shared Value Initiative.

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Cathy Wang

Yunnan Zhengbang Technology Co Ltd
Cathy Wang