Speakers 2019

Dr. Erik Maier, Junior Professor Retail- and Multi-Channel-Management


Erik Maier teaches and researches E-commerce and digital marketing at the HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management. He gained experience in retail at McKinsey & Company (consulting stationary retail) Home24 (E-commerce marketing). He studied at the University of Cambridge and the Technical University Dresden and obtained his doctorate at ESCP Europe. His research has been published globally (e.g. Int. Journal of Electronic Commerce). Erik Maier authors articles on Handels.blog about digital retail topics and is a commentator in the media (e.g. Tagesschau, RTL aktuell, Die Welt).

Discussion Participants 2019

Dr. Michael Scriba
Attorney at Law / Advisor to the Board of Directors of mtm plastics GmbH (Member of the Borealis Group)

Michael Scriba is advisor to the CES (Circular Economy Solutions) Team at Borealis Headquarters in Vienna, which focuses on developing and implementing a circularity strategy for one of the largest polyolefin producers. He also advises the management of mtm plastics, which is one of the most important players in the European mixed polyolefins recycling market. As MD of mtm plastics (Niedergebra, Germany) until the end of 2018, he was responsible for raw material supplies, marketing, PR, legal matters, international affairs and group strategy.

Scriba headed the German Plastics Recyclers Association (BVSE - FV Kunststoffrecycling) for several years before he joined the Management Committee of Plastics Recyclers Europe and set up a mixed plastics recyclers working group within PRE in January 2011. In the industry since 1993, he has published numerous papers on plastics collection, sorting and recycling and is a regular speaker at national and international conferences on this issue.

Patrick Zimmermann, Director Global Marketing & Sales, FKuR Kunststoff GmbH, Germany

Patrick Zimmermann studied engineering at the technical college Aachen with the focus on energy and environmental protection technology and specializing in waste treatment and waste management of hazardous and nuclear substances. In addition, he completed postgraduate studies at the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg, graduating with a diploma in industrial engineering with the focus on risk management.

In the past 16 years, Patrick Zimmermann was significantly involved in the global market development and the marketing of the compostable and biodegradable product portfolio at FKuR. He also holds the responsibility for the marketing of the FKuR distribution portfolio, e.g. Green PE or Bio PA. Within the framework of the global marketing strategy of FKuR, he was also responsible for the development of the US subsidiary. Since August 2015, he is also acting as managing director of FKuR Polymers GmbH, a manufacturer of customer-specific Polyolefin- and TPE compounds.

Moderators 2019

Janine Steeger
Photo: Nadine Dilly

Janine Steeger, Journalist, Moderator

Janine Steeger is a journalist and moderator and for many years worked for several TV-channels. For seven years, as a successor to Markus Lanz, she hosted the RTL format „Explosiv“. She then quit her well-paying and secure job to focus on the topics close to her heart, sustainability and environmental protection. As Green Janine she presents events and as a speaker promotes the FUTURELIFESTYLE. In 2018, she launched her newest baby – futurewoman.de


Moritz Aebersold

Moritz Aebersold, CEO, Contura Consulting AG 

Moritz Aebersold is the owner and CEO of Contura Consulting AG in Basel (CH). The business economist has a high level of strategic competence and is a renowned expert for the worldwide natural and organic cosmetics market. He has been closely engaged in the international organic cosmetics trade and has helped to establish its successful development since the mid 90s, through many years as director in the Weleda Group executive board, and his work in industry associations, including the position as founding president of NATRUE. Since 2013, Moritz Aebersold and his consulting company Contura Consulting AG provide business- and management consulting, he also works as a professional non-executive director in supervisory boards. A special focus is aimed at the strategy- and business development in the value-oriented pharmaceutical- cosmetics- and consumer goods industry in Europe, Asia and the United States.

Gerald A. Herrmann

Gerald A. Herrmann, Director, Organic Services

Gerald A. Herrmann, an agricultural engineer, is a pioneer in the organic sector. He is a worldwide renowned specialist and organic industry expert and speaker. Since the 1980s, he has been engaged in developing the organic sector. He spent about two decades shaping Naturland e.V., an international farmers’ association and private organic certifier, as an organic farm consultant, its President and Executive Director. For several years, he served voluntarily in different capacities at IFOAM, including as its President. Today he is a partner and director of Organic Services GmbH, an international strategy- and management consultancy specializing in the organic (food) sector, sustainability and development matters.