Prof Pierre Pienaar


World Packaging Organisation

He holds a professorship in Packaging Engineering and is currently President of the World Packaging Organisation (WPO). Pierre has a Master of Science Degree (Packaging Engineering/ Technology) from Brunel University, UK. He also has a Master of Manufacturing and Production Degree from University of Hertfordshire, UK. He is a registered Certified Packaging Professional in 52 countries. He has been National President of the South African Institute of Packaging (IPSA), an honorary life member of (IPSA), a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP), Professional member of the Australian Food, Industry and Science Technology. He is the current National Education Director, Past National President of the AIP and past Vice President of the World Packaging Organisation (WPO), being responsible for global packaging education.

He has lectured in the technology and science of packaging at various universities and institutions around the world for the past twenty eight years. He currently lectures the Masters students in Food Innovation and Packaging at University of Melbourne, Beijing University, Sichuan University, Tra Vinh University as well as a guest lecturer at Rochester Institute of Technology, Gadjah Mada University and University of New South Wales.

Rakesh Mehta

Sr. Vice President & Head Global Sales & Marketing - API

Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

Ashok Kumar Bhattacharya

Executive Director/ Country Manager

Takeda Pharmaceuticals India Pvt Ltd.

Over 36 yrs of experience in Global Pharmaceutical MNCs as a Successful Manager in various Marketing & Sales roles & Excelling in diverse multicultural environments . A strong proponent for Building Big Brands & enhancing corporate equity through Patient & Customer Focus . Launched & Built Brands in Multiple Therapeutic segments , & managed overall P&L of Business Units . Actively involved in Mergers, Acquisitions & Integrations , Change Management process without losing sight of Performance. Was associated with Anderson Consulting for Business Process Re Engineering project . He is a member of Mumbai Management Association, Leadership Excellence – Harvard Business Square, Takeda India & Asia Pacific Leadership Team, the Executive Committee of OPPI & Co Chair for the HR Committeeof OPPI, National Committee on Pharma 2017-18

Dr. Sanjit Singh Lamba

Managing Director

Eisai Pharmaceuticals India

Sanjit Singh Lamba heads as Managing Director, Eisai Pharmaceuticals, India. Eisai’s state of art Integrated global Manufacturing and Research Complex in India which won the Facility of the year award in year 2012 by ISPE, USA. Sanjit worked as Director-Global Pharma Manufacturing of Ranbaxy and as Vice President - Operations of Lupin with overall responsibility for Innovation, Implementation, Commissioning and Production of new Sterile and Non-sterile APIs and Dosage forms He is associated with professional bodies like Indian Pharmaceutical Association, International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE) and serves as President – India Chapter for Parental Drug Association (PDA). He is the Chairman - Technical & Supply Chain committee for Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI) and also distinguished Board Member. Sanjit also serves on the judging panel of ISPE headquarters, USA. He is been awarded Distinction during his Management Studies from University of Mumbai in 1993 and also he has successfully accomplished his Post graduation in Pharmaceutical Technology in year 1989 from Punjab University, Chandigarh and Ph.D in Pharmaceutical Technology.

Barun Dey

Director- Packaging Development

Dr Reddy’s laboaratories

Barun Dey is a Nationally acclaimed professional in the field of packaging science & technology. He is a visionary leader with his current mission to support the Journey of “Brand India” & “Make-In-India” campaign. Currently, as the Director of Packaging at Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, he applies an integrated approach towards packaging and packaging systems. He is a pioneer in working on different optimization & simplification assignments. His earlier assignments were with Zydus Cadila Healthcare , Alembic, Cadila Pharma & Aurobindo Pharma. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma from the Indian Institute of Packaging, with a Graduate degree in Chemistry.

Ajay Bapat

Head - Packaging Development

Emcure Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Anahita Karande

Head - Packaging Development & Procurement

Alembic Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Avinash Talwar

Director - Supply Chain Management (Strategic & Plant Sourcing)

Dr.Reddy's Laboratories

Chakravarthi AVPS

Global Ambassador

World Packaging Organisation

Widely known as a 'young veteran in packaging' has around three decades of experience in paper, paper boards & packaging, in different capacities in companies like International paper, Ballarpur industries, A&R (Sweden), Huhtamaki packaging etc. before he established Ecobliss Joint Venture. Served as chairman of Indian Institute of Packaging, Hyderabad. Spoke on international platforms in more than 15countries. He is also elected Governing Board member of IIP and on board of Asia Packaging Federation

Dharmil Sheth



Dharmil Sheth is the co-founder of Pharmeasy, the leading medical and healthcare app in India that connects consumers with local pharmacies and diagnostic centres. At Pharmeasy, Dharmil particularly looks at the key areas of customer experience and also helms the operations and marketing divisions of the company.

With a Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering from KJ Somaiya College of Engineering and a PGDM from IMT Ghaziabad, Dharmil has been associated with renowned companies such as MakeMyTrip in key leadership roles. Fulfilling his entrepreneurial passions with new and exciting ventures, prior to Pharmeasy, Dharmil founded 91 Streets, a shopping search platform and BoxPlay Sports, a world-class sports infrastructure set-up for teams and individuals to play soccer and cricket. A keen contributor to society, Dharmil has also laid the foundation of and is President to Ekagrata Foundation, a Non-Government Organisation which works towards the welfare of underprivileged children.

Gautama Buddha

Packaging Consultant


Prabir K Das

Head of Packaging Technical Services OSD Division

Mylan Laboratories Ltd, India

Prabir K Das, currently the Head of Packaging Technical Services, OSD Division at Mylan Laboratories Ltd, India. Prabir is a Chemistry (Honors) graduate from Calcutta University. He is one of the 1st batch PG students from Indian Institute of Packaging, Mumbai (1985 - 1987). He is now associated with Pharmaceutical Packaging for almost 27 years with 4 years prior engagement with Packaging materials and conversion industry prior to joining in erstwhile Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited, the pioneer of India based global pharmaceutical company. Prabir is actively involved in large scale Indian pharmaceutical business for both regulated and semi-regulated countries. He is well known in Indian Packaging Industry and well aware of systems and procedures associated with the subject. We hope his knowledge and experience sharing will definitely help the audience

Prasad Deshpande

Vice PresidentVice President – Supply Chain Management

Biocon Limited

Prasad Satam

Associate Vice President - Packaging Research Development

Aurobindo Pharma Ltd

Ravipati Chandi Prasad

Head – Packaging Development

Aurobindo Pharma Limited

Ravipati Chandi Prasad is currently heading Packaging Development at Aurobindo Pharma Limited, Hyderabad. Aurobindo Pharma Limited is a generic pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients manufacturing organization and features among the top 10 companies in India in terms of consolidated revenues with exports to over 125 countries across the globe. Having result driven, growth oriented career of multi-faceted experience over 25 years in packaging development, quality control and quality assurance in reputed pharmaceutical organizations manufacturing formulations. As a Packaging Technologist with ability to define vision, focus on short-term and long-term goals of organization, accepting pivotal assignments, set high expectations and produced results. Had previously association with Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited, Actavis Pharmaceutical Mfg. Limited and Natco Pharma Limited. In the long professional career accomplished projects of selection of packages for product stability, quality, safety, compliance to regulatory and statutory requirements, technology transfer of packaging, packaging automation projects, vendor development and audit, driving and implementation of cost saving projects in packaging materials and productivity resulted in huge savings.

Soumyanath Mishra

Head Packaging Development

Mankind Research Centre

Soumyanath Mishra is currently working as Head–Packaging Development, Mankind Research Centre based out of Gurgoan, India . He has more than 16 years of industrial experience and worked in flexible packaging converter(FMCG) and various pharmaceutical companies across India like Paharpur Industries Ltd, Aurobindo pharmaceutical , Jubilant Generic , Zydus Cadila , Dr Reddys Lab.

Mr. Mishra has persued Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Chemistry and Post Graduation in Packaging Technology from Indian Institute of Packaging(IIP), Mumbai. His areas of expertise are ‘Pharma Packaging Innovations’, ‘Pharma Packaging Development’,( Various doses form ) ‘Packaging Optimization’ and ‘Packaging Material Studies & Controls’. Currently he is responsible for including Packaging Material/Design Innovations & Packaging Development of new products including in different doses form for semi regulated /advanced regulated market for Mankind Research Centre( A unit of Mankind Pharmaceutical Ltd).

Tj Sarvanan

Associate Director – Packaging Development (QA)

Biocon Limited

He has had a rich and varied experience of 19 years in pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, FMCG and the food and beverage industry in both packaging development and vendor management. He is currently the Associate Director – Packaging Development (Quality Assurance) at Biocon Limited. He has formerly worked with FMCG giants like Hindustan Unilever and large pharmaceutical companies like Himalaya Drugs, Ranbaxy and Medreich.

Philippe Lauwers

Director Technology Development

Terumo Pharmaceutical Solutions

Philippe Lauwers is currently the Director Technology Development at Terumo Pharmaceutical Solutions, a division of Terumo Corporation. He graduated in Biotechnology from the Ghent University, Belgium, and worked as a scientific researcher at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. Upon obtaining an additional degree in Biomedical Engineering, Philippe moved from an academic to an industrial environment. He has been active in the medical and pharma packaging sector for the last 10 years in various roles.