Justin Wood

Alliance to End Plastic Waste

Vice President, Strategic Partnerships

Justin Wood is Vice President for Strategic Partnerships at the Alliance to End Plastic Waste. He joined the Alliance in April 2020 and is responsible for raising funds for the Alliance, as well as managing relationships with external stakeholders, including businesses across the plastic value chain, governments, NGOs, civil society, inter-governmental organisations, development banks, and academia. Justin also oversees the regional strategies of the Alliance, ensuring that the work of the Alliance is tightly linked to the local priorities of different geographies. Before joining the Alliance, Justin was Head of Asia Pacific and Member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum from 2015 to 2020 where he managed the Forum’s portfolio of activities and relationships in Asia, working on trade and economic integration, human capital development, technology policy, environmental sustainability and infrastructure financing. Before 2015, he worked for The Economist Group for 18 years, the last 14 of them in South-east Asia. For eight of those years Justin ran an economic advisory and research service covering the Asia region, and before that he worked as a journalist, covering economics and business across Asia. Justin is a graduate of the London School of Economics (1992) and has completed post-graduate studies in corporate finance at London Business School (2001) and in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School (2019). Justin is the author of several books and is a frequent commentator on TV and in the press.

Sessions With Justin Wood

Wednesday, 9 March

  • 03:30pm - 04:10pm (CST) / 09/mar/2022 09:30 pm - 09/mar/2022 10:10 pm

    Innovation in Plastics Recycling: Chemical vs. mechanical

    Innovation & Technology

    For at least four decades, plastic recycling has been an ambitious solution for the global plastic waste problem. Mechanical plastic recycling has not been economically viable without subsidies and/or legislative mandates. More recently, polymer depolymerization, known as chemical recycling, is gaining momentum as a possible economic alternative to mechanical recycling. However, at its current scale of operation, chemical recycling, a complex and expensive technology, is not without its own challenges. How is innovation moving the needle toward achieving economically viable plastic recycling technology? Will the integration of plastic waste pyrolysis processing within refining and petrochemicals operations prove to be an economically feasible approach? In the foreseeable future, will plastics recycling require a widely implemented, holistic approach that cannot be realized by technological innovation alone?

Thursday, 10 March

  • 10:30am - 11:00am (CST) / 10/mar/2022 04:30 pm - 10/mar/2022 05:00 pm

    Meetup - Alliance to End Plastic Waste Meet & Greet

    Carbon Management/Decarbonization

    Following from the Executive Conference discussion on “Sustainability & Circularity: The changing world of chemicals & plastics” earlier in the week, Jacob Duer, CEO of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW) will be available along with other representatives from member companies from the alliance for an informal “meet and greet.” Join this exciting Meetup to learn more about how this organization is helping drive the shift to a more circular and sustainable world for plastics and chemicals.