Angela Austin has over twenty five years of management consultancy and industry experience in the polyurethane industry, mainly as an Associate Director with IAL Consultants of London, having been involved in their work for the global PU industry since the mid 1980’s until 2009. She then worked as the Editor and Editor in Chief for a trade magazine in the polyurethane industry – PU Magazine International, published in Germany. She regularly presents papers on the market dynamic...more
Michel Baumgartner is the Secretary General of EUROPUR, the European association of flexible polyurethane foam blocks manufacturers, and of EURO-MOULDERS, the European association of manufacturers of moulded polyurethane parts for the automotive industry. He serves both associations since November 2013. He spent most of his career representing trade associations in Brussels, and notably served as EU Affairs Manager of EUROBAT, the European association of automotive and industrial battery m...more
Dr Ugis Cabulis graduated Latvian University in 1986, and received his PhD in 1993, at Institute of Wood Chemistry, after this he has worked in the polyurethane R&D for more than 25 years, covering all aspects: from fundamental science to practical coordination of National and International research projects. His scientific topics are: polyurethanes from renewable raw materials and rigid polyurethane foams as cryogenic insulation. He is a partner in the FP7 projects FORBIOPLAST; BIOCOR...more
Michael Costello has been Stahl’s Director of Sustainability since October 2015.
Michael has a broad experience in the chemical industry in a variety of positions. In 1988, he joined Stahl USA as a process & lab chemist and later in commercial positions in the coatings segment. In 1996 he became industry specialist at Stahl Europe and also led the successful MRPII Class A implementation project for Stahl Ibérica.
After a break of six years as EMEA Sales Manag...more
Frank Dürsen received his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Stuttgart, Germany in 1998. He started his career in R&D at Akzo Nobel Faser AG in Obernburg/Main. In 2008, he took responsibility for quality assurance at Sika Deutschland GmbH, Bad Urach. Since 2011 he has been Director of R&D Future and Sustainability at RAMPF Holding GmbH & Co. KG, Grafenberg. He is responsible for the development of new products (polyurethanes and epoxies) based on sustainable raw mater...more
Gary joined Rennovia in 2010 to lead the product development and commercialization effort. Before joining Rennovia, Gary was Vice President, Catalysis, at Symyx Technologies, leading high-throughput catalysis research across a wide range of application areas, from business development to successful delivery of research goals to customers. Prior to joining Symyx in 1999, Gary was a Senior Technologist with Mobil Chemical Company. Gary has over 60 issued U.S. patents, from novel catalysts an...more
Mr Jens Eulitz is Marketing Director of PolyGreen Chemicals ( Malaysia ) Sdn Bhd. He is responsible for Sales & Marketing of PolyGreen’s Polyols outside Asia.
Prior to PolyGreen Mr Eulitz was 24 years with Goldschmidt Group that is now a part of Evonik Industries. During that time he was Sales Manager for Polyurethane Additives with responsibility in Asia from 1987-1991.
Thereafter he was leading branch offices of Goldschmidt in Denmark and Ireland before moving to&...more
Shpresa Kotaji studied Industrial Chemistry in Brussels, Belgium. She joined ICI Polyurethanes, now Huntsman Polyurethanes, in 1988 in the Research and Development department. In 1995 she joined the International Environmental Affairs Group and became the company expert in Life Cycle Assessment. She is now Sustainability Manager and manages various issues such as Climate Change, Sustainable Development, Environmental Labelling and Waste Management, both for Huntsman and for several polyure...more
Dr. Kai Laemmerhold has joined the management board of the CAT Catalytic Center in Aachen since July 2016, and has worked for Covestro and Bayer for the past 5 years.
Born on August 14, 1979 in Grünstadt, Germany, Laemmerhold studied chemistry at Freiburg and Stanford University. After obtaining his PhD in chemistry from Freiburg University in 2010 he went on with Post-Doctoral training at Yale University.
Laemmerhold joined Bayer in 2011. His first assig...more
Dr. Gity Mir Mohamad Sadeghi studied polymer engineering (Ph.D.) at the Iran Polymer & Petrochemical Institute in 2004 and polymer engineering (Master of Science) at the University of Tehran in 1998. She joined to the Department of polymer engineering, physical chemistry of polymers Lab., at Amirkabir University of Technology in 1991 where she received her Bsc. in 1987.
At the moment she is the Associate Professor at Amirkabir University of Technology. Her research work is being d...more
Wladimir Moraes is the Marketing Director Europe for BioAmber Inc., a market leader in biobased succinic acid and a pioneer in renewable chemicals. Prior to BioAmber Wladimir worked 20 years in the polymer industry for LyondellBasell and predecessors, occupying different roles in business management, market development and sales for the specialty materials division.
Wladimir is Brazilian but currently lives in France, having also lived in Italy, and USA. He has a BSc in Materials Engin...more
Richard Northcote has a wealth of experience in construction, journalism, communications and chemicals. He has lived and worked in a variety of European countries, the Middle East and Asia. He has worked in the chemicals industry since 1996 and joined Covestro AG (formerly Bayer MaterialScience) in 2009, where he serves as Chief Sustainability Officer.
Richard Northcote is a Steering Committee member of the Oxford UniversityBusiness Economics Programme (OUBEP); an advisor to the Board ...more
Munjal is currently the Global Market Support Manager with Israel Chemicals Ltd (ICL), supporting Flame Retardants for Polyurethane applications. Before joining ICL in 2014, Munjal worked at Stepan Co., and Urethane Soy Systems Co. Munjal has extensive background in R&D of soybean oil based polyol and polyester polyols, and has worked in R&D for more than 14 years including polyurethane applications - flexible slabstock foam, flexible molded foam, rigid PIR and sp...more
Graduated in Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology at Politecnico di Milano with master degree thesis at UC Berkeley. Employed as Sales Engineer at Afros SPA, leading company in the production of mixing systems for reactive resins.Responsible for networking and dissemination for Afros SPA European funded projects.
Director/Head - ITQUIMA-Instituto de Tecnología Química y Medioambiental
University of Castilla-La Mancha
Dr Juan Francisco Rodríguez is Full Professor of Chemical Engineering and the Head of the Institute of Chemical and Environmental Technology (ITQUIMA) from 2007. With about 40 researchers, ITQUIMA is one of the reference research Institutes in the University of Castilla-La Mancha in funding, number of projects, scientific publications and technology transference. More than 160 scientific publications and 170 participations in congress validate the quality of his applied resear...more
Peter Shepard joined Novomer first as a business consultant in January 2008 and then full time as Vice President of Business Development in August 2008. Peter's initial task was to prioritize the many different technologies Novomer had licensed from Cornell in order to focus the company's efforts on those with the best potential for technical and commercial success. His leadership led to the selection of the CO2-based Polyol and the CO-based Acrylic Acid technologies, t...more
Lyudmila Skokova is a Sales Manager in H&S Anlagentechnik since 2012 and Product Manager responsible for recycling reactors since 2005. Lyudmila received her Master of International Economy in Donetsk National University, Ukraine.
Hailing from Lake Worth, Florida, Matt completed undergraduate studies in Organic Chemistry at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida and graduate studies in Chemical Engineering at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. His first industrial experience was with Reichhold Chemical in Research Triangle Park, NC, working in the unsaturated and saturated polyester resins where he focused on adhesive and coating raw materials. For eight years, he worked for Piedmont Chemical in High...more
Since joining Reverdia in 2011, Lawrence Theunissen has worked within the Commercial Team, acting as intermediate between the market and internal and external R&D teams. Lawrence previously joined DSM in 2002 and managed application development activities for various business units in research and innovation environments.
He received a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering (focus on plastics technology) from University of Applied Sciences, Heerlen, Netherlands.&nb...more
Simon Waddington graduated from Brunel University in 1986 with a BSc. (Hons.) in Material Science and Polymer Chemistry.
He began his career as a chemist in the polyurethane coatings industry and then moved to Switzerland in 1989 to join Dow Europe (Polyurethanes) as a Technical Service and Development Engineer for flexible foams. This was followed by various technical roles within Dow for the CASE market before he transitioned to a commercial function responsible for the m...more
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