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
Melissa Bartlett is a markets editor who covers the European ethylene oxide (EO) and ethylene glycol markets, as well as the hydrochloric acid (HCl), chemical tanker shipping and LPG markets. Prior to working at ICIS Melissa worked in publishing, specialising in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), medical and trade non-fiction publications.
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
With over 30 years of international leadership experience, Ramesh Doraiswami is currently the Managing Director of VVF India Limited which is India’s largest Oleochemicals manufacturer with a global footprint.   Ramesh’s career has spanned a variety of roles in Finance, Supply Chain, Procurement and General Management across three global multinationals in diverse industry verticals - Unilever (FMCG), Johnson & Johnson( Healthcare) and VVF (Oleochemicals/FMCG). ...more
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
Dr Zainab Idris was born in Penang, Malaysia in 1965. Zainab attended the Laurentian University of Sudbury, Ontario, Canada for her Bachelor Degree in Chemistry in 1988. She served as a Production Chemist in Rubberex (M) and Rubberthread (M) Sdn Bhd, companies under IGB Group for 2 years. She then joined Palm Oil Research Institute of Malaysia (then known as PORIM) and obtained her Master in Science Degree from University Putra Malaysia (UPM) in 1998. In 2000, PORIM merged with Palm Oil Re...more
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
Business Unit Manager
Stephan Marusczyk was born in Cologne, Germany in 1978. After studying Business Administration with a focus on Logistics & Distribution, he started his working career in Mexico, where he lived for more than 8 years and developed business for different Freight Forwarding & Logistics companies. As Business Unit Manager for Trans Ocean Germany & Switzerland he has been primarily focusing on non-hazardous and containerized bulk liquid solutions during the past 3 years. Managing sea...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
R&D Director
Miquel Osset is R&D Director at BLUESUN ( Miquel Osset has previously worked as consultant and lecturer with 30 years of experience in R&D of Fast Moving Consumer Goods in Europe, China and Latinamerica. He worked as R&D Manager in Henkel and LEITAT Technological Center delivering 25 granted patents, leading innovation projects with more than 200 products launched in more than 20 different countries.  He is a professor at the Autonomous University of Barc...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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