Alexander Koukoulas is managing director of A2K Consultants LLC, helping clients develop new products, assess and validate new technology platforms, and create new businesses since 2006. Prior to A2K, he held senior management positions at International Paper and Albany International, and was President and CEO of the Herty Advanced Materials Center. Koukoulas received his B.Sc. and Ph.D degrees in chemistry from McGill University, and holds executive certificates from the MIT Sloan School of Business. He is a member of ACS, AIChE, ASTM, INDA, and TAPPI. A prolific inventor, he developed the first biodegradable coffee cup and spearheaded the development of a novel biorefinery co-location model for the pulp and paper industry. He can be reached at alex@a2kcon sultants.com.
With expertise in fiber-based technologies, web coating processes, and polymer physical chemistry, Nick Triantafillopoulos specializes in leveraging technologies in new products, applications, and markets. He has experience in technology management, customer-centric new product/market development and go-to-market strategies, consultive technical sales, intellectual property management, due diligence, and cross-fertilizing knowledge between applications and from academia to industry. He has introduced products for new-to-the-world coating processes for fibrous webs while collaborating with equipment manufacturers and papermakers. A TAPPI Fellow, he has numerous patents and publications, and has presented over 60 technical papers.