Meet the International Advisory Board

A recognized panel of experts is participating in the organization of the event to ensure an adequate balance between supply and demand and appropriate levels of interconnection.


President- Process & Industrial Division Amec Foster Wheeler

Daniel Lachapelle received his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering & Robotics from Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal, Quebec. He also holds a Certificate of Advanced Management from McGill Executive Institute - McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Daniel started with Foster Wheeler in August of 2011 from Fiera Axium Infrastructure in Montreal where he served as Vice President Construction. Daniel brings with him over twenty years of success driving business growth and revenue. During a twenty one year career with SNC-Lavalin, he held the role of VP Pharmaceutical Engineering and Sr. VP & General Manager. Daniel was responsible for overseeing SNC Lavalin's Engineering & Technology Division with operations in Canada, the US, India and Asia; directing national and international business development, sales, marketing, client relations, finance, HR, quality control, divisional business administration, regulatory compliance, and safety and environmental programs. Since joining Amec Foster Wheeler as President of the Process and Industrial Division and Global Business Line Leader, Daniel has grown the division revenue and profit by over 500% and has turned it from an Engineering only division to an EPCM Integrated Supplier. Daniel enjoys running and snowboarding as well as spending time with his family and friends


President AIREX

Koji KAWASAKI is a businessman and also an engineer of great experiences of clean-room technologies for many industries such as pharmaceutical', medical', food' and others with more than 30 years. He established his own company, "Airex Co.,Ltd." in 1997, and he has always been challenging himself to develop new state of the art clean-room systems including already manufactured system in his firm such as Sterile Isolators, RABS、Bio-decontamination systems using Hydrogen peroxide vapour, Containment systems, and E-beam Sterilization systems. In 2012, he established a joint-venture company, "Tofflon-Airex" in Shanghai, and he has launched overseas market development by using his technological experiences in Japan. His major in the college was chemical engineering.


Head of Manufacturing Process Control NOVARTIS

Antonio Buendia is Head of Manufacturing Process Control of NOVARTIS, responsible for setting up the technology direction for the Pharma Division (ca. 25 sites, including Pharma, Chemical and Bio) in terms of Automation. Previously, Antonio has worked for Eli Lilly in Madrid, where he shaped the site automation strategy and subsequent implementation driving productivity and quality. He has more than 20 years of experience in the areas of Project management, Facilities master planning, solid dosage, liquid dosage, R&D labs, and qualification of facilities, utilities and equipment. This wide experience in Engineering very close to Operations, allows him to link the technology dimension with the business needs. Antonio holds a Master for Industrial Engineering from the University of Comillas in Madrid. He is a founding member of the ISPE Spain, which chaired from 2007-2009 and as well as a member of the international board of Directors of the ISPE, Tampa from 2009-2011.


Pharmaprocess Scientific Commitee director

Career progression:
- Freelance Interim Operations Project Manager in Mylan. 2011 - Industrial Operations Manager in Instant Proces S.L. 2010-2011 - Institutional affairs and New industrial projects Director in Lacer, S.A. 2010 - General Manager EFARMES ( Group Lacer). 2009 - 2010 - Technical Director Nutrition&Santé (N&S). 2008 - 2009 - Industrial Operations Director (NCH / N&S): Plant close down and Logistic outsourcing (2007 - 2008) - Nutrition &Santé (Ex-Grupo Novartis ) (2005- 2008) - Novartis Consumer Health (NCH) (2001 - 2005) - Responsible for Production. Lab. Solvay Pharma. 1996 - 2000 - Responsible for Production. Lab. Prodesfarma. 1985 - 1995 - Director of Production. Lab. Salvat. 1982 - 1984 - Responsible for Production. Lab. Dr.Andreu. 1979 - 1982 - Responsible for Quality. Lab. Perez Iborra. 1977 - 1978

Additional information:
President of the Industrial Pharmaceutical National Association ( AEFI ) 2005-2008 - President of the Industrial Pharmaceutical Catalonian Association (AEFI) 2001-2004 - Member of the board of the Industrial Pharmaceutical Catalonian Association (AEFI) 1996-2001 - Professor of the Pharmaceutical and Para Pharmaceutical Industry Master CESIF (Sterile, GMP y Cleaning Validation) - Professor of the Food Technology Master CESI.


Group Vice President Pharma Solid Dosage at GEA.

Frans has more than 25 years of diverse leadership experience in sales, manufacturing, marketing and management positions. Prior to this role, he held the role of Vice President Sales & Marketing at GEA Pharma Systems. Prior to joining GEA, he worked at o.a. BOC Edwards, CMG consultancy and General Electric Plastics. In his current position he heads up the global center of excellence for continuous manufacturing technologies within GEA Pharma Systems and is part of the pharma SBU board of the GEA Process Engineering segment. Frans holds an MSc in mechanical and industrial engineering from the Technical University in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Introduction GEA Pharma Systems
GEA Pharma Systems supplies complete process plant, as well as stand-alone machines for Oral and Parenteral Dosage processing to customers in the industries of pharmaceuticals, biotech and nutraceuticals. We offer the largest variety of solutions for contained processing, but also unrivalled experience in identifying the most appropriate solution, based on a containment risk analysis. GEA Pharma Systems is dedicated to innovation and thereby providing durable quality through its well-established brands: Aeromatic-Fielder™ and Collette™ - batch and continuous granulation, drying, pelletizing and coating; Buck® - contained materials handling; Courtoy™ - tablet compression; Lyophil™ - Pharmaceutical freeze drying and automated vial handling systems; and Diessel™ - fermentation and process vessels for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. The main technology centres are based in Belgium, UK, Germany and Switzerland. GEA Pharma Systems is part of the Process Engineering segment of the German GEA Group, headquartered in Düsseldorf.


Associate Vice President, Global Engineering & Maintenance at Sanofi Pasteur

A strategic business leader with technical and organizational expertise and international experience. Providing exceptional leadership by leveraging my experiences, unique skills and knowledge to strategically align business, operations and colleagues into a dynamic and cohesive force. Successful record of leading global Food, Consumer Products and Pharmaceutical organizations, plants and capital projects. Hands-on experience in a wide range of process industries specializing in Technical Operations management and Engineering. Experience: Associate Vice President, Global Engineering & Maintenance 2011 - Present Sanofi Pasteur – Global Industrial Operations. Sr. Executive Director, Facilities Management 2000 - 2011 Sanofi Pasteur Limited, The vaccine division of Sanofi-Aventis Group. Sr. Director, Global Operations Development 1998 - 2000 Adams/Consumer Health/Park Davis Pharma, Divisions of Pfizer (formerly Division of Warner-Lambert). Plant Manager - Candy & Mints 1996 - 1998 Adams Operations – Toronto, Division of Warner-Lambert Canada Inc.Manager, Manufacturing Engineering 1992 - 1996 Adams /Parke Davis Operations – Toronto, Division of Warner-Lambert Canada Inc.Manager, Engineering and Maintenance 1988 - 1992 Cadbury Beverages Canada Inc. Manager, Engineering and Maintenance 1980 - 1988 Canada Packers Inc. Project Engineer 1977 - 1980 Canada Packers Inc..


Executive Vicepresident Grupo Indukern S.L.

Professional activity
2009-Present Grupo Indukern, S.L. – Ejecutive Vicepresident. 2008-Present AESEG (Spanish Generic Association) – President. 1999– Present Kern Pharma, S.L. /(2009-present) CEO / (2000-09) General Manager / (1999-2000) Deputy General Manager. 1992-1998 Indukern, S.A. and its subsidiaries. with different responsibilities. Spain (97-98): Deputy General Manager, Head of Purchasing and Logistics / Hong Kong (95-96): General Manager / Switzerland (95): Head of purchasing API products in China / Spain (92-94): Area Manager Export Department (Asia). 1992-1993 Golf de Viladecans,S.A. – General Manager Project to build a Golf Course near Barcelona

Studies and academic qualifications
1992 Hochschule St. Gallen, Master in Foreign Trade by Community of European Management Schools (CEMS). Suiza. 1986-1992 ESADE, Bachelor of Business Administration and Master in Business Administration (MBA). 1973-1985 Escuela Suiza Barcelona – Swiss School (EGB y BUP)

Language skills
Spanish and German: Native language English: Fluent. Portuguese, French and Italian: Good comprehension and conversation


President and CEO at Azbil Telstar and Pharmaprocess president 2013- 2015 

Ton Capella is President and CEO of the company Azbil Telstar SL, subsidiary in Spain of the Japanese group Azbil Corporation. Almost all Ton's professional career has been linked to his family founded company, Telstar. Since 1991 Ton leaded this company to become nowadays one of the top global solutions supplier of engineering, construction and validation of complete laboratories and critical facilities for research and manufacturing of medicines, and also pharmaceutical equipment design and manufacturing with its own technologies for life sciences field. With operations in Spain, China, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Brazil, United States… up to 14 countries, Azbil Telstar covers all the world. In 2013 Telstar was sold to the Japanese Azbil to have a more solid base for the future expansion of the company. The company changed its name to Azbil Telstar SL and Ton remained in the company as President & CEO. Ton received his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from ETSEIAT (Escola Tècnica Superior d'Enginyeries Industrial i Aeronàutica de Terrassa), UPC (Polytechnic University of Catalonia). He also has a Managing Development Degree in IESE (Business School of Navarra University). Ton also has the position of President of the Board of Directors of Egarsat (Work Accidents and Occupational Diseases Mutual of the Social Security).