A social entrepreneur and expert in the recycled plastic industry, Raffi Schieir is the Director of Bantam Materials, the supplier of Prevented Ocean Plastic. As well as diverting plastic away from our oceans, Prevented Ocean Plastic programme supports coastal communities in developing countries by working with bottle collectors, collection centres and local recyclers to elevate and align recycling standards. The programme, in cooperation with Lidl supermarkets, won Sustainable Initiative of the Year in the UK (RIA 2020).
Raffi served as chair of Europe’s main plastic recycling conference (ICIS-2017) and, from his work with ocean-bound plastics, offers a unique perspective on comparative models of recycling in key supply areas. Before embarking on an MBA in Entrepreneurship, Raffi studied Political Science and Psychology. Experiences from his early career days in advertising, banking, improv comedy and education have been vital in shaping the successful entrepreneur he is today.