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The SusChem Board manages the technology platform’s overall strategy and activities. Its members are drawn from SusChem’s main stakeholder groups.

The full board meets four times a year, usually in Brussels. In addition, teleconferences and other virtual meetings of board members involved in specific tasks take place regularly. The business of the SusChem board is supported by the SusChem secretariat based in Cefic in Brussels.

The Chairman of the board is elected by board members and usually serves for a two-year term. Dr. Klaus Sommer is the current chairman.

Board Members

  • Pierre Barthélemy Pierre Barthélemy
    Pierre Barthélemy

    Pierre Barthélemy obtained his PhD in chemistry from the University of Liège, Belgium, in 1987, in the field of lanthanide coordination chemistry, followed by one year of postdoctoral research at Florida State University. He joined Solvay in 1988 in Brussels, Belgium, and moved to various R&D, management and senior leadership roles. Click here to read Pierre Barthélemy full biography. 

  • Maarten de Zwart Maarten de Zwart
    Maarten de Zwart

    Maarten de Zwart is a member of the management team of the Chemical Sciences Division of the Dutch Research Council. Since he joined NWO in 2000, he has been highly involved in the management of public-private partnership programmes in chemistry with both major industries and SMEs. Click here to read Maarten de Zwart full biography.

  • Joanna Dupont-Inglis Joanna Dupont-Inglis
    Joanna Dupont-Inglis

    Joanna Dupont-Inglis first joined EuropaBio, in 2009 and in 2011 was appointed Director of Industrial Biotechnology. Her work within EuropaBio involves developing a more supportive, predictable and coherent EU policy environment for the deployment of industrial biotechnology products and processes within the broader bioeconomy. Click here to read Joanna Dupont-Inglis full biography.

  • Andreas Förster Andreas Förster
    Andreas Förster

    Andreas Förster studied chemistry and received his doctorate in physical chemistry from the University of Würzburg in 1997. Since 1997, he has been an employee of DECHEMA, the German Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, where he heads the Department for Research Coordination and Conferences.  Click here to read Andreas Förster full biography.

  • Cristina Gonzalez Alonso Cristina Gonzalez Alonso
    Cristina Gonzalez Alonso

    Cristina Gonzalez Alonso has a PhD. in Analytical Chemistry, with a Master’s Degree in Promotion and Management of International R&D+I Projects. She currently works as Innovation Manager in the Spanish Chemical Industry Federation (FEIQUE), where she is also responsible for advocacy and strategy.  Click here to read Cristina Gonzalez Alonso full biography.

  • Peter Jansens Peter Jansens
    Peter Jansens

    Peter Jansens, PdD, is a Dutch national who joined DSM in 2008 following a professorship in separation technology at the Delft University of Technology. Prior to that he had begun his career at Shell International Chemicals. At DSM, he started as R&D Centre Manager, moving to the position of R&D Director of DSM ChemTech R&D in 2010. Click here to read Peter Jansens full biography.

  • Ulrich Kettling Ulrich Kettling
    Ulrich Kettling

    Dr. Ulrich Kettling is Head of Market Segment Industrial Enzymes at Clariant. Before, Dr. Kettling was Head of R&D, Group Biotechnology; Global Director Biotechnology and Biorefinieries at Süd-Chemie AG; Chief Scientific Officer at Direvo Biotech AG. He graduated in Biotechnology at the Technical University Braunschweig, and obtained a PhD in Biophysical Chemistry at the Max Planck Institute in Göttingen.

  • Klaus Kümmerer Klaus Kümmerer
    Klaus Kümmerer

    Klaus Kümmerer is a professor in Sustainable Chemistry and Material Resources at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg. His research and teaching is focused on sustainable chemistry, sustainable pharmacy, material resources and aquatic environmental chemistry including the ‘benign by design’ concept. Click here to read Klaus Kümmerer full biography.

  • Ulrich Küsthardt Ulrich Küsthardt
    Ulrich Küsthardt

    Ulrich Küsthardt graduated in Chemistry at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, and has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the TU Munich. From 1987 to 1993, he was assistant Professor for Bio-Inorganic Chemistry. In 2001, he joined Evonik-Degussa Aerosil & Silane division as President of the Aerosil & Silane Business Unit. Click here to read Ulrich Küsthardt full biography.

  • François Monnet François Monnet
    François Monnet

    After graduating from Ecole Polytechnique, François Monnet obtained a PhD in Experimental Nuclear Physics and a Masters in Artificial Intelligence. He worked four years at Alcatel-Lucent’s corporate laboratories in AI, before joining Solvay to manage chlorofluorinated production and as plant manager in mineral and pharmaceutical chemistry. Click here to read François Monnet full biography. 

  • Fernando Moreno Fernando Moreno
    Fernando Moreno

    Now Executive Chairman and founding partner at Solutex, Fernando Moreno has been part of the agro food industry since the beginning of his professional career. He has acted in three of the most important companies in the European alimentary market, with responsibilities for expansion in the European and American markets.  Click here to read Fernando Moreno full biography.

  • Jens Rieger Jens Rieger
    Jens Rieger

    Jens Rieger received his PhD in Theoretical Physics in Germany. The same year he joined the Polymer Physics Department of BASF, where he was involved in R&D projects in the fields of plastics, coatings and paints, foams, cosmetics, pharma formulations, and detergents. Click here to read Jens Rieger full biography.

  • Klaus Sommer Klaus Sommer
    Klaus Sommer

    Klaus Sommer is chairperson of the SusChem board and is also President of the A.SPIRE aisbl which represents industry stakeholders from eight sectors involved in the Public-Private Partnership SPIRE. He is also a member of the High Level Group of Energy Intensive Industries. Click here to read Klaus Sommer full biography.

  • Rodney Townsend Rodney Townsend
    Rodney Townsend

    Rodney Townsend has been involved in SusChem at Board level from the beginning of 2005. From the beginning of 2008 until the end of 2010, Townsend was Chairman of the Board of SusChem and since then was first the lead Board member responsible for developing its Business Strategy and Vision to meet the challenges of Europe 2020. Click here to read Rodney Townsend full biography.

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