The 11th ICIS World Oleochemicals Conference :: Speakers The 11th ICIS World Oleochemicals Conference :: Speakers

Managing Director Asia
Norm Ellard was born in London UK and emigrated to Canada in 1965. Norm attended the University of Toronto for Math and Physics. He joined P&G Canada in 1973 as a sales person in the consumer business and after that joined the Chemicals Division in 1977. Norm has held positions of increasing responsibility and consequently assumed the position of Manager, Chemicals Canada in 1988. Norm moved to Cincinnati, OH USA in 1990 to assume the role of International Sales Manager where he wa...more
Senior Editor, Manager
Business Manager – Reaction Technology
Mr. Thomas Blocher has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University in the US and has been successfully bringing process solutions to chemical companies large and small in many segments of the chemical process industries worldwide for over 27 years.   Serving clients while working at leading process equipment suppliers earlier in his career, he is now Business Manager of Reaction Technology at Buss ChemTech AG, a Switzerland-based supplier of gas-liquid reaction, ...more
Managing Director
VVF ltd
Business Development Manager, Product Manager Glycerine
Roberto Echeverría Botero was born in Colombia and moved to Germany for university studies in 2003. He holds an Foreign Trade/International Management degree from the University of Hamburg (HAW). Having lived, studied, and worked in 3 continents and 5 countries, Roberto looks back at a holistic education and business track record. His professional experience in project management for a major German FMCG multinational, supply chain services for an Asia based global trading group and ...more
Malaysian Palm Oil Board
Application & New Business Development Manager
Jens Kubitschke holds a PhD in chemistry from the University of Kiel, Germany. After working as a research associate at The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, USA, he joined the R&D department of OXEA GmbH in 2012. Being responsible for carboxylic acids, alcohols and esters, he was optimizing production processes and developing new products from lab to commercial scale for several years. Joining OXEA’s marketing department as Application & New Business Development Manager,...more
Director of Bio-based Chemicals Research
Caroline Midgley, PhD, is Director of Oleochemicals and Biofuels Research at LMC International, a firm providing economic, marketing, and consulting services for a broad range of industries related to agricultural commodities and their downstream derivatives. Based in Oxford and supported by LMC’s oilseeds, grains, sugar and starch teams, Dr. Midgley is responsible for LMC’s oleochemicals and biofuels research. This work includes investment appraisal projects for new plants, as...more
VP Customer Alliances, Corporate Sustainability
Chris Sayner has 35 years in the Home & Personal Care industry having worked for Croda in a number of sales & marketing roles. During the last 15 years as Vice President Global Accounts Chris has seen the evolution of Corporate Social Responsibility in the consumer goods industries. Chris helped designed the architecture around Croda’s Sustainability Reporting which began in 2007 and in recent years has received increasing external recognition. Croda has twice been included i...more
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