Judging process

Entries to the ICIS Innovation Awards 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 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 9 August edition of ICIS Chemical Business. The judges will meet in late August to select the category winners and the overall winner for the year.

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

This year’s judges:

Paul Bjacek

Is a principal director at Accenture and leads strategic research for the Resources operating group, which includes chemicals, energy, natural resources and utilities. 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.

Adrian Higson

Is a director at NNFCC and its lead consultant in the area of biobased products. He has over 18 years’ research and consulting experience in the chemical and materials industry and has worked closely with the European Commission and UK government to produce policy to support the biobased product sector. He has a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Liverpool. Prior to joining NNFCC, he was a project manager at Sigma Aldrich Fine Chemicals.

Just Jansz

Just Jansz is the founder and managing director of business and technology management consultancy Expertise Beyond Borders. He has 30 years’ experience with LyondelBasell, Basell and Shell and is a former president of the technology business at LyondellBasell. He currently has non-executive director roles with Synthomer and Econic Technologies and is a senior advisor with Natrium Capital.

Detlef Kratz

is president of process research & chemical engineering at BASF, with responsibility for global research in chemical synthesis, heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis, inorganics, battery materials and process development and engineering. He has worked in leadership positions in both Asia and Europe since joining BASF in 1992. He has a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Heidelberg and spent a year as postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology in Los Angeles.

Mike McKenna

is president and 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 in 2004, he held various roles in sales, marketing, operations and principal management in a 20+ year career in specialty chemical manufacturing and distribution.

Godefroy Motte

is the founder and managing director of advisory firm Adrialis. He has 31 years’ experience with Eastman Chemical and was latterly a member of the senior executive team, as senior vice president, and chief regional and sustainability officer. His current focus is to bridge the “language” gap that often exists between complex chemicals companies and the investment industry. He has recently been appointed associate director at Cleantech Capital Advisors.