Worldstar Winners 2017 - Lifetime Achievement in Packaging Award

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Lifetime Achievement in Packaging Award
For over 40 years Sergio Haberfeld owned the largest packaging group in Brazil, named at the time Dixie Toga, now part of the Bemis group, known in the national market for its continuous investment in the latest technologies and pushing the boundaries in the developing packaging industry in Brazil. During this period, he did not concentrate all his efforts in his own company, but rather in making the national and international packaging industry stronger. Sergio Haberfeld was the president of ABRE – Brazilian Packaging Association from 1996 to 2002, and the president of WPO – World Packaging Organisation from 1999 to 2003. Seen as a great entrepreneur, a charismatic person and admired for his strategic managing mind set, Sergio has always used his prestige to call attention to the packaging industry, engaging leaders from different companies to support ABRE - and WPO and at the same time mentoring and inspiring youngsters to succeed in their careers. In Brazil, besides engaging packaging companies and their executives, Sergio also built strong connections with universities, packaging trade shows, and laboratories, amongst others things, to guarantee the entire ecosystem that supports the packaging industry would work alongside the association.
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Søren Rahbek Østergaard, Denmark
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Lifetime Achievement in Packaging Award
Søren started as a young man 1 July 1966 as operator on a food packaging line and since then he has made an amazing contribution to the packaging industry. Søren Østergaard has worked with the development of packaging since 1975 (41 years). He has during this period contributed to numerous highly innovative packaging solutions and has been the author of the Danish development of smart and intelligent packaging in Denmark. His network is widely diversified, ranging from both employees of the Danish packaging industry to scientists around the world. Søren has been responsible for the Danish Packaging School since 1999 and he has changed the Danish Packaging School to a distance-learning programme. Søren was from 1994-2001 external ass. Professor at DTU for the packaging learning programme and further he has participated in training programmes on packaging in several emerging countries. Søren has in more than 30 years been participating in the public debate about the benefits of packaging under the motto: Packaging is a gift for the environment. This work includes several participations in TV and radio medias, articles in newspapers and newsletters, conferences etc. Søren is a member of several governmental committees and has been participating in national, European and ISO standardisation for the past 25 years.
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Dharmatilake Ratnayake, Sri Lanka
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Lifetime Achievement in Packaging Award
Dharmatilake Ratnayake, popularly known as Dharme among all his local associates and Dharma amongst his foreign contacts was born to a middle-class family as the third child of a family of six in 1941 in the North-Western Province of Sri Lanka. His father was a Principal of a village government schoo l under whose guidance Dharma completed his primary education and moved on to a leading school – Maliyadeva College in the Capital of the North-Western Province to commence his secondary education and ended up with a Bachelor of Science Special Degree at the University Ceylon (Sri Lanka). After a short spell of one year as an assistant lecturer in the University, Dharma was offered a post Graduate Scholarship to carry out research on Chemistry & Pharmacology of Local Herbs. However, after two years as a Research Scholar during which he published two joint research papers he changed his career in 1968 to serve the Packaging Industry as a Chemist/ Quality controller in a Multinational Company- Acme Aluminium Company (later to be named Acme Printing & Packaging). During his 33-year carrier at this company he was trained in Aluminium foil rolling operations and all aspects of Flexible Packaging Converting technology in the United Kingdom, India, Japan, Australia and Malaysia and was promoted to the positions of Production Manager followed by the Factory Manager until he left the company in 2001. From 2001 up to 2015 Dharma has been serving five companies including a local branch of a German Company involved in trading mainly on packaging industry related products and four flexible packaging converting companies assisting them to improve their production operations and marketing in different capacities like Deputy General Manager, Director/General manager, Consultant /CEO, Technical consultant etc. At present he is a Freelance Packaging Consultant accepting short term assignments helping the local Packaging fraternity. He has been associating with the Sri Lanka Institute of Packaging (SLIP) for 49 years and during this time he has held the posts of Secretary, Vice President, President and at present he is a member of the council of management of the SLIP representing the Packaging Development Centre which was established by him in 2006 as the Technical arm of the SLIP. Dharma has been holding responsible positions in various other local and international associations connected to Packaging including Sri Lanka Institute of Printing, INGRIN Institute of Printing & Graphics as its Chairman, National Packaging Centre, and the Asian Packaging Federation as its President. He is being serving the Ministry of Industry & Commerce of the Government of Sri Lanka as the Chairman of its Packaging Sector Advisory Committee for the last 6 years. Dharma Ratnayake is also the Chairman of his own trading Company floated with his partner serving the local packaging convertors as an indenting agent for foreign manufacturers of raw materials. Dharma’s pioneering services in his chosen field - packaging for the last 49 years accomplishing remarkable services will make his name engrossed in the history of the packaging sector forever.
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Lifetime Achievement in Packaging Award
Anne Emblem becomes first woman to win WPO Lifetime Achievement in Packaging Award. Anne Emblem has become the first woman in its 49 year history to win the World Packaging Organisation Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognises individuals who have made a significant and recognisable contribution to the packaging industry, nationally or internationally, over a prolonged period of time. Anne’s packaging career began in 1972, when she was appointed Product Development Manager for Alcan Foils Limited. She achieved the Institute of Packaging Diploma in Packaging Technology in 1974 and was then frequently invited to speak at events throughout the UK. This nurtured her interest and enthusiasm for packaging education. Over time, Anne has worked in the pharmaceutical industry as Packaging Buyer at Merck, Sharp & Dohme Limited; the cosmetics industry as Packaging Development Manager, Avon Overseas Limited and the food industry as Packaging Development Manager, British Sugar plc. She has gone from strength to strength helping develop packaging courses for industry and academia. Anne has sat on various committees and Chaired the Institute Of Packaging Board of Examiners, where she implemented a robust assessment system based on clear marking briefs, peer-marking and external verification. She chaired the IOP Education Committee from 1984 to 2001, during which time she developed and delivered courses on a range of topics and steered the redevelopment of the Diploma course syllabus, updating and organizing it into a modular format with clear learning outcomes and assessment methods. In 1995, she co-edited the first UK text of Walter Soroka’s Fundamentals of Packaging Technology, providing an invaluable resource for students and practitioners throughout the UK. Anne went on to develop the Certificate in Packaging in 2001 for those seeking an overview, rather than the detailed packaging technology of the Diploma. She has most recently been appointed Senior Lecturer and Course Leader at University of the Arts London, a testament to her contribution to packaging education. Anne has contributed significantly to course development, always ensuring the curriculum remains firmly rooted in industry. Anne commented, “I am delighted and honoured to have been selected to be one of the first recipients of the World Packaging Organisation’s Lifetime Achievement in Packaging Award. Packaging Technology has been an important focus throughout my entire career. Since gaining the Institute of Packaging’s Diploma in Packaging Technology in 1974, I have never stopped learning about this fascinating discipline. I have been fortunate to work on the development of a wide range of products across the cosmetics, pharmaceutical and food industries, ensuring that packs meet their functional and aesthetic demands.”