Judging process

Entries to the ICIS Innovation Awards are judged by a specially chosen panel of seven 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 benefitting the environment and progressing sustainability.

Initial judging took place in early July and the resulting shortlist of entries in each category is now published on this web site and in the 11 August edition of ICIS Chemical Business.

The judges will meet in early September to select category winners and an overall winner for the year. Winners will be notified in September and the results announced in special publication in October.

Winning companies and individuals will be presented with their awards at a lunch in central London in early December, attended by the winners, sponsors, judges and ICIS personnel.

This year the judges are:

Christina Välimäki

is senior director, chemicals segment 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.

David Woods

is opportunity identification manager, new product platforms, at ExxonMobil Chemical, based in Baytown, Texas, US. He manages the pursuit of new product opportunities

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.

Mike McKenna

is chief operating officer for Maroon Group, a North American specialty chemical and ingredients distributor. He is responsible for operational excellence, global supply partnerships and marketing and is a member of the company's M&A team. Before joining Maroon Group he worked for Johnson Matthey.

Peter Nieuwenhuizen

is global RD&l director specialty chemicals at AkzoNobel, where he is focused on making chemistry both more profitable and sustainable, with an emphasis on building innovative business partnerships. He joined the company in 2011 after five years at consultancy AD Little. He has a PhD in chemistry from Leiden University

Pierre Barthélemy

is executive director for research and innovation at Cefic, representing the priorities of the chemical industry towards the EU institutions for innovation-related aspects. He is also a member of the board of SusChem and A.SPIRE. He joined Solvay in 1988 and was seconded to Cefic in 2014. He has a PhD in chemistry from the University of Liège, Belgium.

Paul Bjacek

is a principal director and leads Accenture’s chemicals and natural resources strategic research. He has more than 25 years of experience in the process industries, including project activities in manufacturing, marketing and distribution. Paul regularly writes and presents on topics impacting the chemical industry. He holds a master’s degree from the London School of Economics, with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and business.