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. Josef R. Wuensch is the current chairman.

Board Members

  • Josef R. Wuensch Josef R. Wuensch
    Josef R. Wuensch

    Josef R. Wuensch is the Chairman of the SusChem board. He is Senior Vice President R&D Performance Materials at BASF. His expertise at BASF covers global research and product development for performance materials based on ‘thermoplastic’, ‘duroplastic’ and biobased / biodegradeable materials. Click here to read Josef R. Wuensch's full biography. 

  • Andrés R. Alcántara Andrés R. Alcántara
    Andrés R. Alcántara

    Andrés R. Alcántara studied chemistry and received his doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of Córdoba, Spain, in 1989. After a postdoctoral stay at the University of Kent at Canterbury, U.K., he joined the Department of Chemistry in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Complutense University of Madrid, where he is Full Professor in Organic Chemistry and director of the R&D Group of Biotechnology and Applied Materials (TRANSBIOMAT). Click here to read Andrés R. Alcántara's full biography.

  • Stelios Bikos Stelios Bikos
    Stelios Bikos

    Stelios Bikos (SusChem GR) is the 2020 Chair of the SusChem NTPs leadership team (2020-2023), representing the National Technology Platforms network at Board level. He is currently heading activities of Public Gas Corporation (DEPA) in gas wholesale, including pricing and commercial policy. Click here to read Stelios Bikos' full biography.

  • David Bogle David Bogle
    David Bogle

    David Bogle is Professor of Chemical Engineering at University College London (UCL) and Pro-Vice-Provost of UCL’s Doctoral School. He is currently Scientific Vice President of the European Federation of Chemical Engineers. His expertise is in Process Systems Engineering and Systems Biology. Click here to read David Bogle's 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's full biography.

  • Thomas Görgen Thomas Görgen
    Thomas Görgen

    Thomas Görgen is an experienced innovation leader focusing on OPEN INNOVATION. He is heading Alliance Management in Innovation Management and Commercial Sercives at Covestro. The function comprises university and research cooperations, innovation networks with companies, public funding as well as innovation policies. Click here to read Thomas Görgen's full biography. 

  • Silke Gotthardt Silke Gotthardt
    Silke Gotthardt

    Silke Gotthardt obtained her PhD in Natural Sciences from the University of Erlangen, Germany, in the field of Pharmaceutical Technology in close cooperation with Parke Davis GmbH, Freiburg, Germany. As of October 2021, she was appointed Head of Process Technology Development within Engineering & Technology at Bayer in Leverkusen. Click here to read Silke Gotthardt's full biography. 

  • Reinier Grimbergen Reinier Grimbergen
    Reinier Grimbergen

    Reinier Grimbergen is an organic chemist by training and obtained his PhD in solid state chemistry at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. After his studies he joined Royal DSM, a Life Science and Material Science company and made his career in R&D and Innovation management with a focus on sustainable value creation. At TNO, he has been appointed as a Principal Consultant in 2021. Click here to read Reinier Grimbergen's full biography. 

  • Philippe Jacques Philippe Jacques
    Philippe Jacques

    Chemical Engineer graduated from the University of Louvain‐la‐Neuve, Belgium, Philippe Jacques joined Solvay in 1988 in Brussels, Belgium, and moved to various Intellectual Property, R&D management and senior leadership roles. Since 2018, he is also the Managing Director of the Energy Materials Industrial Research Initiative (EMIRI). Click here to read Philippe Jacques' 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's full biography.

  • Jarmo Ropponen Jarmo Ropponen
    Jarmo Ropponen

    Jarmo Ropponen received his PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Jyväskylä in 2004. He joined VTT in 2008 where he has acted in several R&D and manager positions. Currently he is Vice President of Industrial Chemistry research area. Click here to read Jarmo Ropponen's full biography. 

  • Tanya Sheridan Tanya Sheridan
    Tanya Sheridan

    Tanya Sheridan joined the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2018. As Head of Policy and Evidence, she is Policy responsible for a portfolio of research, policy and responsive work. The aim: to advise decision makers on what they can do so that the chemical sciences community can make the world a better place. Tanya has extensive experience of making and implementing public policy. Click here to read Tanya Sheridan's full biography.

  • Christoph Weckbecker Christoph Weckbecker
    Christoph Weckbecker

    Since summer 2018, Christoph Weckbecker is working at Evonik Corporate Innovation and is responsible for the Group ‘Innovation Networks’. The focus of the actual work is on open innovation, ideation and design thinking processes by setting up networks with new industry or strategic academia partners. He also represents Evonik in different associations and councils and coordinates the innovation relevant activities in Evonik. Click here to read Christoph Weckbecker's full biography.

  • Hans-Georg Weinig Hans-Georg Weinig
    Hans-Georg Weinig

    Hans-Georg Weinig is since 2016 Director Education, Career and Science at the German Chemical Society (GDCh) in Frankfurt, Germany. His tasks include international affairs, chemistry education and advanced training, organisation of multilateral scientific conferences, scientific consulting of policy makers, promoting career pathways in science as well as exchange of young scientists. Click here to read Hans-Georg Weinig's full biography. 

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