Judging process

Entries are judged by a specially chosen panel of six leading industry experts, all with a keen interest in innovation. They are looking for innovative projects that solve problems and provide solutions for companies, their customers and society at large, as well as the environment.

Initial judging took in mid-July and the resulting short-list of entries in each category will now to go forward to the final judging round in early September.

The winners in each category and an overall winner for 2016 will be announced on 17 October, on this web site and in ICIS Chemical Business.

This year the judges are:

Dr Detlef Kratz

is responsible for corporate technology and operational excellence at BASF and a member of BASF’s commission for investment and M&A. He has worked in leadership positions in both Asia and Europe and has a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Heidelberg.

Christina Välimäki

senior director, chemicals industry marketing, for Elsevier, a leading provider of information solutions to science, health and technology professionals. She has an MBA from Harvard Business School and is a member of the Chemical Marketing & Economics Group and the Chemists’ Club.

Richard Northcote

is chief sustainability officer at Covestro. He has a wealth of experience in the chemical and construction industries and has worked as a journalist, corporate communications and government affairs executive and latterly in sustainable development. He joined ICI in 1996 and then Covestro in 2009

Michael (Mike) Lacey

is new product identification manager within the New Product Platform group of ExxonMobil Chemical in Houston, Texas, and manages the pursuit of new product opportunities. He holds a BS in chemistry from Texas A&M University and a PhD in chemistry from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

David Yankovitz

is managing director for Accenture’s global chemical industry practice and has segment P&L responsibilities in North America. He has 25 years’ experience with clients across all sectors of the chemical industry and a degree in industrial and systems engineering from Case Western Reserve University.

Just Jansz

is an independent board member and advisor, and founder and MD of business and technology management consultancy Expertise Beyond Borders. He has 30 years’ experience with LyondellBasell and its precursors and was formerly president of technology business at LyondellBasell.