Innovation Awards judges

Innovation Awards 2012


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Category Sponsors


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This year's judging panel for the ICIS Innovation Awards consists of six leading innovation experts with a wide range of experience. 

They were looking for innovative projects that solve problems and provide solutions for companies, their customers and society at large, as well as the environment. The final judging session took place in early September in London and winners were revealed on 22 October in a special supplement to ICIS Chemical Business

The judges for 2012 are: 



Prof Dr Hans-Wilhelm Engels

Senior vice president of Innovation & Specialties in the Coatings, Adhesives & Specialties (CAS) business unit of Bayer MaterialScience. He is also a member of the CAS management team and head of the Community Council Innovation of Bayer MaterialScience. He has been in corporate research with Bayer since 1980, and has held head of R&D positions in coatings, adhesives and specialties and in polyurethanes.

Dr. Steve Fletcher
Director of delivery programmes at Chemistry Innovation, one of the UK's Knowledge Transfer Networks. He is a chemist with more than 25 years' experience in industry in management and research roles.

Professor James Clark
Professor of chemistry and director of the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence at the University of York in the UK. He is also director of the new BioRenewable Development Centre and president of the Green Chemistry Network.

Dr. Gregg Zank
Senior vice president and chief technology officer at Dow Corning. He leads the company's innovation efforts, which include a unified approach to advancing and managing innovation for maximum future growth based on global megatrends.

Dr. Neil Checker
Partner at international management consultancy Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. He has worked internationally in the chemicals industry for over 25 years and was until recently vice president and head of the Europe & Middle East region for chemicals at consultancy CRA


Alexander Farina

General manager for chemicals strategy at Shell Chemicals. He has a masters degree in chemical engineering and is a member of Shell Chemicals' leadership team. He is also responsible for Shell Chemicals' technology activities.