Entries will be judged by a specially chosen panel of leading industry experts, all with a keen interest in innovation. They will be 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 will take place in early July, and a short-list of entries to go forward to the final judging round in early September will be published in ICIS Chemical Business in August.
This year’s panel is:
Neil Checker is a partner at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and part of the global chemicals leadership team, based out of the firm’s Dusseldorf office. Neil has over 30 years’ industry and consulting experience in the chemicals and process industries. He is also an advisor to many of the leading private equity firms that have invested in the sector. Neil has a DPhil in Polymer Physics and is a member of the Institute of Directors.
Pascal is a member of the executive committee of Solvay. He joined Rhone-Poulenc in 1988 and eventually became head of Rhodia’s Novecare business and a Rhodia executive committee member in 2010. After the recent merger of Rhodia with Solvay, he became President of Solvay Essential Chemicals. He is a graduate of the European Business School of Paris (ESCP).
Detlef is responsible for corporate technology & operational excellence at BASF and is a member of BASF’s commission for investment and M&A. With 23 years of experience in R&D, production, strategy, technology and business he has worked in various leadership positions, most recently leading business units for petrochemicals and industrial chemicals in both Asia and Europe. He has a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Heidelberg.
Olivier is new product identification manager in the New Product Platform group at ExxonMobil Chemical, based in Texas, and manages the pursuit of new product opportunities. He joined the company in France in 1998 as an engineer and then sales manager. In 2013, he became specialty elastomers business development manager. He has degrees in chemistry and chemical engineering from ESPCI ParisTech.
Peter was until recently chief innovation officer at Evonik Industries and was previously head of Corporate Innovation Strategy & Management. He holds a doctorate in Chemistry and began his professional career in 1986 at Degussa, a forerunner of Evonik. He is now involved in stepping up efforts to internationalise innovation at Evonik
Ernesto is executive vice president, technology & innovation at SABIC. He has spent his career mostly in R&D leadership with Montedison, EniChem and Dow Chemical, in multiple geographies and with multiple industrial implementations. His current role includes leadership of technology development, licensing, venture capital and sustainability. Personal network includes academic institutions, public laboratories, equipment manufacturers and top customers.
Walter Vermeiren has been head of technology intelligence in the R&D division of Total Refining & Chemicals since 2014. He worked in the catalysis group of Total Petrochemicals Research in Feluy, Belgium, for 11 years, and then as business developer in base chemicals. Until recently he headed the new technologies department in Refining & Chemicals. He has a masters degree in bio-engineering and a PhD in catalysis science, both from University of Leuven