Meet Our Speakers for 2022

Sujoud Al Balawneh

Director - National Packaging Center JoPack-Amman

  • Providing packaging consultancies for SMEs in packaging design, solution, training, innovative structural design & prototyping.
  • providing consultancies for packaging material testing laboratories and food safety related Issues.
  • Provide local & regional training in (packaging technology concepts)
  • Provide technical support to clients to enable their products to Conform to market requirements regarding packaging & labeling standards and regulations

Thomas Gester

Head of Special Projects and Networking at ATB WATER GmbH

  • Since November 2011, Eng. Gester is member of the German DIN standards committee water engineering “Small wastewater treatment systems”, that mirrors the European standard EN 12566 development structures. He is member of the European working group CEN TC 165 WG 41 “Small wastewater treatment systems < 50 PE”, and since January 2021, head of special projects and networking at ATB WATER GmbH.  He recently started to focus on the industrial use and commercialisation of waste water.

Waleed Gabr

Export Supervisor at SEKEM

  • A law graduate, Waleed Gabr has worked in the food FMCG sector for 11 years. Over this time he has become passionate about organic and biodynamical products, in particular, He has been working in SEKEM for the past two years, during which he has been exposed to and influenced by the bio-dynamical and health awareness movement that is rapidly spreading all over the world.

Kofi Essuman

Chief Executive Officer of GS1 Ghana - Institute of Packaging Ghana/APO

  • Kofi was the Programme Coordinator of the International Trade Centre, (ITC), a UN Agency in Fiji from 2015 to March 2017 where he successfully managed ITC’s 2 Projects – Improvement of Key Services to Agriculture & Improvement of Key Services To Livestock. Prior to this assignment he worked as Senior Adviser, Export Value Chain for ITC in Geneva from 2012 to 2015 with responsibility for ITC’s Supply Chain Training and Packaging Programmes.

Aslihan Arikan

General Secretary ASD Turkish Packaging Manufacturers Association

Aslihan Arikan is a Chemical Engineer. She has a Master Degree on Polymers. After graduating, she employed as engineer, specialist and project coordinator at different public institutions and private companies. She attended numerous life-long seminars and trainings in packaging and related issues and EU affairs programs. She has lectured packaging programs at different universities and public institutions.

Dr. Mohamed Khairy

Associate professor at the Food Technology Department in the Faculty of Agriculture

Dr. Mohamed Khairy is an associate professor at the Food Technology Department in the Faculty of Agriculture at Benha University. He holds a Ph.D in food science and has several years of experience as a lecturer and demonstrator. Dr. Mohamed has submitted his Ph.D thesis on the Applications of Nanotechnology and Novel Technologies to Produce Some Safe Food Products

Dr. Ron Harrison

Ph.D. Entomologists

Ron Harrison earned his BS in Agronomy from Utah State University (Logan); his MS in Horticulture from the University of Georgia (Athens); and his Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Georgia (Athens). He has done Post Doctoral work in England and Florida working on  biological control research programs.  He is a tenured Professor at Mercer University  and adjunct Professor at Mercer University. He has also served on committees for the Entomology Society of America and Georgia as well as the National Pest Management Association. Dr. Harrison has been employed by Rollins/Orkin, LLC since 1998 in various roles from Director of Training to Director of Global Technical Services providing advice and counseling on technical matters to field locations and home office departments.  He researches and recommends the most effective products and service procedures and forges alliances with universities.  He is a sought after speaker for pest control associations across the nation and continues to nurture the professionals in the field.


Ahmed Alex Omah

President of the African Packaging Organization (APO)

Alhaji Ahmed Alex Omah has more than 30 years of working experience in the Packaging Industry, with visits to more than 38 Countries attending packaging Training and conferences.

He is the Founder/President of Graphics Packaging Communications LLC. Owners of Packaging Academy, Publisher of Nigeria Packaging Journal and Producer of Packaging News on WebTV.

Omah is President of the African Packaging Organization (APO). He co-founded APO in 2012 at Santon, Johannesburg. APO is a packaging association with members in Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia, and Tanzania.

Soha Atallah

Vice President for WPO

Soha Atallah established herself as a proactive player in the Lebanese industry, founding LibanPack, the Lebanese Packaging Centre, and raising awareness on packaging development.

 During her work experience she provided packaging and labelling design services to more than 200 industrial companies in Lebanon and other Arab Countries . Ms. Atallah has been working for more than 13  years with UNIDO ( United Nations Industrial Development Organization ) as an international expert on packaging and marketing in several countries.


Bassem Khoury

Technical director at Hydrodex

Bassem Khoury is the Technical director at Hydrodex. He holds a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Eng. Bassem is also  a Certified Water Treatment Specialist from IDA (International Desalination Association) and WQA (Water Quality Association)

And a consultant to the EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development)

Dr. Mosaad Attia Abdel-Wahhab

professor at the Department of Food Toxicology & Contaminants, National Research Center

Dr. Mosaad Attia Abdel-Wahhab is a professor at the Department of Food Toxicology & Contaminants, National Research Center.He established the Egyptian Society of Science and Halal Products on 2016 and act as elected president of this Society till now. He acted as a visiting Professor in several universities at several countries.He conducted more than 15 research projects in the area of food safety, food contaminants; nanotechnology and natural products funded by National and International agencies and got 6 patents. He published more than 240 research articles in the International Journals and several book chapters.He conducted semiannual training courses in the area of mycotoxins and food safety. He is a reviewer for more than 60 International Journals and co-editor for 20 International Journals. He was honored and awarded from many international and national agencies and in 2019 he awarded the State Appreciation Award in Advanced Technological Sciences, Academy of Scientific Research and Technology, Egypt. He is a basic membership in several professional organizations.

Mr. Mahmoud Beltagy

General manager of InnovaFood

Mr. Mahmoud Beltagy is the general manager of InnovaFood, a leading manufacturing consultation firm specialized in food industry. Eng. Beltagy has more than 15 years of leadership experience in the food production, providing technical and strategic consultation in designing and building food production facilities, Project management and business building. Mr. Beltagy has been leading the management and operations in different food manufacturing companies before shifting to the consultancy field. He has executed different successful projects with millions of dollars through out his career. Mr. Beltagy’s Experience extends to working in projects in the Middle East, Africa and Europe. His background is the factory designs, project management, business & financial analysis, product design & development, human capital management, Turnkey solutions, business evaluation, machinery assessment & selection, supply chain and logistics. Mr. Beltagy is an MBA holder and graduated from mechanical engineering department, Alexandria University.

Sanky Marzouk

Head of Business Development vali.sys GmbH

Born in 1981, Holding a degree in Business Administration "Managment" from the University of the District of Columbia, Washington DC, in 2003, Marzouk has 18 years of experience in international sales and marketing in Europe and the MENA region. He was the business development manager at Dittel Engineering before taking on the position of Head of business development at vali.sys GmbH Since 2018 he has overseen marketing and press relations for the German Cleanroom Institute (DRRI) as well.

Dr Ayoade Adeyemi

International Trainer and Speaker

Dr Ayoade Adeyemi is an international trainer and speaker, a consummate professional, strategist and consultant of over two decades.He has facilitated many training sessions locally and internationally, he consults for many Local and Multinational Organizations in the areas of Enterprise Development, Business Strategy, Marketing and Human Resources Management.  He is a Member of Governing Council of Federal Polytechnic Offa, Kwara State, a Council Member and a Fellow of the f Chartered Institute of Information and Strategy (CIISM), a Fellow and former Council Member, National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria. (NIMN), Fellow, Chartered Quality Institute of Nigeria, Full Member, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management, Full-Member, Institute of Entrepreneurs (IOE), Registered Member, Chartered Institute of Stockbroker (CIS), Full-Member, Institute of Packaging, Nigeria, Associate, Member, African Franchise Institute and Alumnus of Prestigious Daystar Leadership Academy (DLA).


Design Project Manager

Zippy is an accomplished and performance driven professional with extensive experience spanning 20+ years in liquid food and food packaging. She has a solid history of success in managing business operations and leading cross functional teams to achieve shared visions and goals.

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