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Entries will be evaluated by panels of judges who will independently review the entries against the award criteria set out in each category. The scores of each panel will be collated to determine the winner of the category.

The finalists for each cateogry will be invited to send a representative to the awards ceremony. The winners from each category will be featured in the Paper 360 magazine issue that follows the awards.

2017 Judges

Adam Bushong

Global Commodity Manager


Adam Bushong is the Global Commodity Manager for Packaging at Dell, Inc. In his role, he is responsible for identifying and developing suppliers around the world to support Dell's sustainable packaging initiatives. Prior to joining Dell, Adam as a Supplies and Logistics officer in the US Navy.

Bob Latham

Owner & Managing Director

Delphi Projects

Bob Latham runs his own sustainability consultancy, Delphi Projects. Delphi Projects specialises in providing advice and guidance to corporate businesses on Sustainability governance, decision rights, stakeholder engagement and supply chain analysis, inspired by the twin mottos of the Oracle of Delphi: "know thyself" and "nothing to excess". Sustainability and environmental responsibility have featured heavily in Bob´s previous

career, which includes 16 years with the UK based PaperlinX subsidiary Robert Horne Group, as Marketing and Commercial Director and for the last 4 years as PaperlinX Sustainability Director. Prior to that, Bob worked for luxury paper convertor Svecia Antiqua, preceeded by nine years with papermaker Wiggins Teape, during which time he managed the Conqueror brand worldwide in the 1980s. Bob is now a Advisory Board member of CS Partners Ltd, a leading London based Recruitment and talent management provider which specialises in the Forest Products Industry, Energy, Retail, Building and Food sectors.

Bob is a family man with a wife, twin teenage girls and a "sustainable population" of assorted furry animals at his home in Bedfordshire in the UK. When not at home or working, he practices popular control on any trout water he can find.

Bodo Kottwitz

Associate Principal, Tissue - RISI

BKay Tissue Advice

Bodo Kottwitz (BKay Tissue Advice + Associate Principal, Tissue at RISI) has long experience (some 25 years) of the tissue and hygiene product businesses.

Bodo's expertise covers market, Commercial, technical and strategic issues in the tissue industry. He is a pulp & paper engineer with a commercial apprenticeship. Since 2004 Bodo has been working with his own consulting company. He specializes in strategic advice in and around the tissue industry and has carried out numerous private client projects. He is regularly working on projects with the RISI team.

Donna Harman

President and CEO


Donna Harman is president and chief executive officer of the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) and is recognized by industry leaders and policymakers alike as one of the leading experts on public policy for the pulp, paper, packaging, and wood products manufacturing industry, which comprises nearly 4 percent of the nation’s manufacturing output. 


Before assuming her current role in May 2007, Harman was AF&PA’s senior vice president, policy and government affairs. She worked previously in government affairs for Champion International Corporation and The Dow Chemical Company after serving as a legislative assistant in Congress.


Harman is the president of the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations and a member of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s steering committee on Sustainable Forest Industries. She is also immediate past chair of the National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) Council of Manufacturing Associations, a member of the NAM Board of Directors, and Secretary-Treasurer of the Forest Products Industry National Labor Management Committee.


Born in Elkhart, Kansas, Harman earned a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from Anderson University and a law degree from American University. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Association Committee of 100, is on RISI’s Top 50 Power List for the pulp and paper industry, and was named to CEO Update’s 2013 Top Association CEOs list.

Esko Uutela

Principal, Tissue


With more than 30 years' experience in the global paper market, Esko's expertise lies in the tissue and recovered fiber markets. After working nearly 18 years for a large forest industry consulting company in Helsinki and Munich, Esko established EU Consulting, his own forest industry consulting company. Esko carries out numerous private client projects, as well as publishing RISI's comprehensive studies on tissue business developments and global recycled fiber markets worldwide.

John Pollard

Packaging Supply Technology Manager


John Pollard is a Packaging Supply Technology Manager for Unilever. He provides technical support to those responsible for purchasing paperboard packaging.

John was born in Northern Ireland in 1959, and studied Mechanical Engineering at Queens University Belfast. During this time, he spent a summer in South Africa working on a diamond mine.

He's had a variety of roles in both engineering and manufacturing in numerous types of businesses. These include Industrial, Speciality Chemicals and FMCG businesses. For the last 12 years he's worked in packaging, specializing in paperboard packaging for the last 8 years.

He has lived overseas in USA, Netherlands and Tunisia and is currently based in the UK.

Kari Vainio



Before working as Vice President, Corporate Communications at Enso-Gutzeit Oy and Stora Enso Oyj, Kari Vainio was employed by the Finnish Foreign Office. He was based as Commercial Counselor in Tokyo (accredited to Manila and Seoul, as well) and as Press Counselor in Singapore (ASEAN Region). At Enso, and later Stora Ense, Kari was a member of the Management Team, in charge of global operations. His special fields of expertise are marketing communications, financial communications and issues management. After leaving Stora Enso, Kari has been a consultant to top executives of some major Finnish listed companies and industrial organisations.



Kevin O'Grady

Director and Principal Consultant

Pinnacle Quality

Kevin O'Grady is the Director and Principal consultant for Pinnacle Quality, a multidisciplinary group offering a complete range of sustainability and quality based business solutions.  He specialises in helping client develop systems to meet high end quality and sustainability certification systems such as RSPO, FSC and SAN and the emerging Alliance for Water Stewardship (ASI) at both field and chain of custody level.

As principal consultant for Pinnacle Quality he has  been involved in water stewardship since its inception in 2006. He’s worked on sustainable water projects in Australia Africa and South America in areas as diverse as Meat production, off channel irrigation, cut flower production and wine production.  He is also an approved consultant under the AWS and has audited companies to the AWS standards on behalf of an approved AWS certifying body.

Nicholas Mockett

Partner, Packaging & Paper

Moorgate Capital

Nicholas Mockett is a Partner, Packaging & Paper and has served the global packaging industry exclusively for over twenty years. His experience includes leveraged buy-outs (including MBOs/MBIs), mergers, acquisitions and disposals, public company takeovers and public to privates, refinancings and restructurings. He has worked on dozens of deals, around the globe, worth billions of Euros. Throughout the packaging sector, he has been active in every substrate from rigid and flexible plastics to fibre and in consumer and industrial applications ranging from pharmaceuticals and healthcare to food and beverage to bulk chemicals. Nick is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspapermakers, established in the City of London in 1403. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Plastics in Packaging and a judge of the UK Packaging Awards.

Robert Wilson

Director of European Consulting, Renewables and Bioprocess


  • AMEC. Director of European Consulting. Renewables and Bioprocess. 2011-
  • Capital Partner (M&A Advisory). Senior Director. 2010-
  • Rivenhall Project. Integrated Waste to Energy, Deinked Pulp. Owner's Adviser. 2010-
  • Voith Paper. Advisor to CEO and Management Team. 2010-12
  • PaperlinX. Adviser to the CEO and Management Team. 2010-12
  • Chairman, President/CEO - Poyry Consulting Ltd. London. 1997- 2010, Corporate Strategy, Sustainable Businesses, Supply Industries, Consumer Businesses
  • Group Business Development Manager - Arjo Wiggins Appleton. 1988-96, Commercial and Forest Director. Member of Company Boards and Management Teams
  • Project Manager. - Shell International Petroleum Company. 1983-87, Diversification Division. Implementing Shell’s Future – After Oil (Renewables)
  • Qualifications: Masters Degree. Business and Forest Management. Oregon State University. Business Management Programmes. Oxford University, London Business School, INSEAD, Cranfield School of Management, Henley Business School

Rod Young

Chief Economic Advisor


Rod Young started modeling and forecasting in the pulp and paper industry in 1977. Since then, his work in international pulp and paper markets has received worldwide recognition. Rod now consults on a regular basis with companies throughout the world. He continues to assist in the development of the RISI analysis and forecast of the world pulp and paper market, along with working on individual projects.

Rod became Chairman of RISI on January 1, 2007, after serving for nearly two years as the company President and CEO. His new role includes advising on the strategic development of RISI and exploring opportunities to broaden the scope of information services provided by RISI.

Rod received a Master of Science degree in Forestry Economics from Virginia Polytechnical Institute in 1977 and also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry from Michigan State University.

Stuart Andrews

Forests Policy Manager

CDP Worldwide

Stuart Andrews is currently Forests Policy Manager at CDP where he engages on Supply Chain issues around drivers of deforestation; everything from timber and illegal logging to land use change and agri-commodities.

His career in the paper trade spanned thirty years before he completed the transition from selling paper grades into promoting sound environmental concepts to help responsible businesses participate in restricting climate change to a maximum of two degree above the pre-industrialisation average; conservation of natural resources being key.