Judging process

Entries have been judged by a specially chosen panel of seven leading industry experts, all with a keen interest in innovation. 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.

Initial judging took place in early July and has resulted in a short-list of 13 entries to go forward to the final judging round in September.

The winners in each category and an overall winner for 2015 was announced on 19 October, on this web site and in ICIS Chemical Business.

This year, the judges were:

Dr Neil Checker
Roland Berger Strategy Consultants

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 Juéry

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).

Dr Detlef Kratz

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 Lorge
ExxonMobil Chemical

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.

Dr Peter Nagler
Evonik Industries

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 Occhiello

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
Total Refining & Chemicals

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