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This forum creates a platform for an in-depth engagement with stakeholders on challenges and opportunities in the pursuit of a circular economy for nonwovens.

Circular economy is on everyone’s agenda.

NGOs, companies across all sectors and throughout the value chains, European regulators and legislators alike strive for a shift towards a circular economy. The new Circular Nonwovens Forum is dedicated to addressing challenges and collectively finding opportunities in order to accelerate this transition. 

Join us and participate in this unique and interactive Forum to:

  • Hear from experts on the latest technologies and trends
  • Exchange views and ideas on issues and solutions
  • Inspire and get inspired in round table discussions
  • Identify topics for future cooperation on common initiatives 

Maria Teresa Ambrosi
Senior consultant nonwovens and roll goods
Schlegel und Partner

Maria Teresa Ambrosi has been covering the position of Senior Consultant Nonwovens and Roll Goods for the German technical consultancy Schlegel und Partner since 2020. She has been working for Schlegel und Partner for 4 years, managing as a project leader and participating as a team member to more than 40 international projects most of which around the topic of nonwovens and other roll goods, filtration and sustainability. Maria Teresa Ambrosi holds a MSc. in Business Management from the Bocconi University in Milan and from the University of Cologne.


Maria Teresa Ambrosi will give a presentation on: 

Market point of view on sustainable raw materials for the nonwovens industry: Reality check of existing alternatives, current applications and hands-on opinions of the market. 

Hugo Christiaen
Director CSR

Hugo Christiaen started his career 40 years ago and entered the nonwovens industry 35 years ago in 1987 with the company Libeltex in Belgium, at that time belonging to The Vita Group. Since 2012 Libeltex was acquired by the TWE Group with HQ in Emsdetten, Germany.

Hugo is a Master of industrial engineering and is currently director CSR for the TWE Group.

Hugo has performed several management roles within both the Vita and TWE organisations in Procurement, Sales, R&D and Operations. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences of the fibre and nonwovens industry and has published several articles in international magazines


Hugo Christiaen will give a presentation on: 

A new circular product portfolio using post-consumer textiles as feedstock in a cradle to cradle concept

Pierre Conrath
Business Development Manager for Circular Polymers
Pierre Conrath is Business Development Manager for Circular Polymers at ExxonMobil. Pierre joined ExxonMobil in 2017 as Sustainability Manager for Polyethylene.

With a Master’s Degree in Government Relations and Advocacy, Pierre started his career as an association management and advocacy professional, advising and managing associations in sectors ranging from batteries and flame retardants to exhibition logistics. Pierre then joined EDANA, the international Association representing the nonwoven and related industries, where he spent 9 years developing and managing sustainability and advocacy initiatives, most recently as External Relations and Sustainability Director.

Pierre currently supports ExxonMobil’s advanced plastics recycling program, with a focus on creating an enabling regulatory framework and developing global capabilities to market certified circular polymers. 


Pierre Conrath will give a presentation on: 

Enabling advanced recycling solutions for plastics

Bryan Haynes
Technical Director Global Nonwovens


Inna Knelsen
Senior System Manager
ISCC - International Sustainability and Carbon Certification

Inna Knelsen will give a presentation on: 

Credible sustainability certification of nonwovens

Katharina Obergruber
i.V.: M.Sc. BWL Senior Manager Sustainability

Katharina Obergruber will give a presentation on:

Going beyond circular limitations - A closed cycle

Karthik Ramaratnam
Director of Product Development - North America

Karthik Ramaratnam will give a presentation on: 

Developing sustainable solutions for the nonwovens market: approach to improve the end-of-life of nonwoven products by using bio-assimilation technology

Frantisek Riha-Scott
Founder and Design Director
Confitex Technology

Frantisek Riha-Scott will give a presentation on: 

How nonwovens may be the surprising solution that reduces landfill and saves the planet

Moderator - Gil Stevens
External Relations & Sustainability Director

Gil Stevens is the External Relations and Sustainability Director for EDANA, the international Association representing the nonwoven and related industries, a position he has held since March 2018.

With a Master’s Degree in Product Development and in Environmental Science, Gil started his career as product engineer in the building industry. Pursuing his passion for sustainability, Gil joined the Cradle to Cradle Platform in 2012, where he has been guiding companies in different sectors, such as textiles, cleaning agents, building, office equipment towards the integration of C2C and preparing them for a circular economy. As sustainability coach at Sustenuto, Gil supported organisations in developing and implementing a sustainability strategy. At the beverage group Spadel, Gil’s responsibilities included the coordination of local CSR representatives at the various European sites and external CSR communication. During his career, Gil also concluded an Executive MBA programme at the Antwerp Management School.

Gil currently has responsibility for managing sustainability and maintaining external relations for EDANA. He manages several of the association’s Working Groups including the Circular Economy WG, Sustainability WG, Construction WG and the Communication & Advocacy SG. 

Miriam Weber
HYDRA Marine Sciences

Miriam Weber will give a presentation on 

How does your biodegradable plastic behave in the environment?

Fees Members Non members
Circular Nonwovens Forum 2022 (Hybrid) Full delegate pass - attend in person €295.00 €445.00
Circular Nonwovens Forum 2022 (Hybrid) ONLINE Delegate Pass €295.00 €445.00
Circular Nonwovens Forum 2022 (Hybrid) Sponsorship €550.00 €900.00
Practical info

Hybrid format

The Forum is a hybrid event. You are invited to attend in person. The EDANA team, is happy to welcome you at the beautiful Dolce La Hulpe Hotel, located near Brussels in the middle of the forest. 
For those who can't travel, the Forum is available online through our event platform. 


Sponsorship opportunities

Give more exposure to your company at the circular Nonwovens Forum. Sponsorship package includes: 

  • Your logo on the homepage of the event on our website
  • Your logo in the "sponsor section" of the Circular Nonwovens Forum on our website
  • Your logo on the company list
  • Your logo in the programme (online and printed)
  • Your logo in every email sent about the event 
  • Your logo on the conference screen
  • Promotion of your sponsorship through our social media (linkedin and twitter)
  • A promotional popup message + push notifications sent to attendees on the online platform
  • Your promo ad + banner on the online event platform

Sponsorship fees:

  • Member: 550€
  • Non-member: 900€
Previous edition

Wider reach for second edition of Circular Nonwovens Forum

180 key actors gather to debate challenges and opportunities in the pursuit of a circular economy. 

Gathering key stakeholders and industry players, the second edition of EDANA’s Circular Nonwovens Forum enabled engaged professionals to discuss the latest trends and innovations around circularity within the sector.

Held on the 30th of September, both online and in person at La Hulpe Brussels, the forum gathered nonwoven manufacturers, their suppliers and converters for an in-depth engagement with stakeholders on challenges and opportunities in the pursuit of a circular economy for nonwovens... Read more

2021 Programme

2021 Company list


If you wish to receive the pictures from the event, please contact giovanna.merola@edana.org


For any questions please contact
Marie-Josepha Peeters