Board 2021-2023


Dr. Rolf Albach, Covestro Germany, Leverkusen


Elisabeth Meints, HOBUM Oleochemicals, Hamburg


Oliver Erdenberger MA, Clariant, Frankfurt
Dr. Wolfgang Hübinger, BASF, Ludwigshafen
Dr. Wolfram Keller, Wolfram Keller Professional Services, Pfungstadt
Willis Muganda M.Sc., University of Siegen
Prof. Dr. Hannes Utikal, Provadis School of International, Frankfurt
Melanie Walther, University of Bremen
Dr. Daniel Witthaut, European Chemical Industry Council - Cefic aisbl, Brussels / Evonik Industries, Hanau
Dr. Christopher Zimbardi, Texon Möckmühl

Representation of JuWiChem

Philipp Werner, Münster

The Board is directly elected by the members, it takes on continuous tasks in the area of organization and administration. The Board is supplemented by a representative of the young business JuWiChem). The representative of JuWiChem is appointed as a permanent member by its federal board.

v. l. n. r.: obere Reihe - Willis Muganda, Daniel Witthaut, Wolfram Keller, Oliver Erdenberger; mittlere Reihe - Philipp Werner, Rolf Albach, Melanie Walther, Elisabeth Moshake; untere Reihe - Christopher Zimbardi, Wolfgang Hübinger, Hannes Utikal, Nicole Bürger (GDCh)

Dr. Rolf Albach

Dr. Rolf Albach studied chemistry in Bonn and at the Technical University of Munich, where he received his doctorate in 1992 under WA Herrmann in the working group of U. Küsthardt. After a NATO scholarship at the Université de Paris-Sud with J.-J. Girerd joined Bayer AG in 1994 and has held management positions in research, application technology, sales and post-merger integration in the Polyurethanes division since 1998. Since Covestro was founded, he has been leading polyurethane R&D projects in the field of circular economy, automotive interiors and flame protection and also supports dissertations at universities in Germany and abroad on these topics. From October 2020 he will be teaching at the Aachen University of Applied Sciences. Rolf Albach holds a double MBA from WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management (Vallendar) and Kellogg School of Management from Northwestern University (Chicago).

Rolf Albach has been working on a voluntary basis in environmental policy for 30 years, both for NGOs such as the Local Agenda and the SolarImpulse Foundation as well as in local and regional politics, e.g. B. in the research & education working group of the Rhineland metropolitan region, in the commission for regional and structural issues of the Cologne district government, in the administrative board of the Cologne municipal drainage company, the operating committee of the Cologne waste management company and the environmental committee of the Cologne city council.

Oliver Erdenberger MA

Oliver Erdenberger studied business administration and industrial Management at the Provadis University based at the Höchst industrial park in Frankfurt. He started his professional career at Clariant in 2002. After holding various positions in IT and Marketing , he moved to Celanese in 2007. Until 2012 he worked there in global supply chain Management . From 2012, his main focus was on management consulting. Initially at Camelot Management Consultants and from 2015 at Accenture. In consulting, he accompanied numerous projects in the chemical industry, primarily in the area of supply chain & operations. At Accenture, he was also responsible for the chemicals community in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, where management issues in the chemical industry are systematically processed and relevant transformation needs are identified. He has been continuing his career at Clariant in Operations since 2019. As a Supply Chain Black Belt, he is responsible for global transformation projects. He is still a member of the circular economy working group of the VCI. With his commitment to the "Association for Chemistry and Economics) he would like to contribute to a close interlinking of theory and practice in the discussion of management issues in the chemical industry.

Dr. Wolfgang Hübinger

Dr. Wolfgang Hübinger studied technical chemistry at the Technical University of Berlin as a Dipl. Ing. And obtained his doctorate there. rer. nat. in polymerization technology. He has been working at BASF in Ludwigshafen since 1989: first as a laboratory manager in process development in the plastics laboratory, then with the transfer of two processes to production scale in the management of a large production company.

After various positions in global strategic planning and the Management of the Ludwigshafen site, he has held managerial positions in the petrochemicals division at BASF since 2007, in particular for research management and strategic Marketing .

Particular areas of interest are long-term strategies (Industry 4.0, circular economy, bioeconomy) and the interdisciplinary training of (business) chemists, engineers and business IT specialists.

In the VCW, Dr. Hübinger promote the networking of the "accounting" professions (chemistry, process engineering, business administration, IT).

Dr. Wolfram Keller

Dr. Wolfram Keller studied chemistry at the TU Darmstadt and received his doctorate there in 1989 in biochemistry on biopolymers. He then spent 8 years in various positions in R&D, analysis, production and application technology for high-purity electronic chemicals in Germany and Asia.

He then carried out projects in chemical and pharmaceutical companies all over the world as an employed management consultant for more than 10 years. In 2008 he founded his own consulting company, Wolfram Keller Professional Services, and in 2018 the informal network CHEM4CHEM, which provides prospective and working chemists with tips and assistance on the challenges of the future chemical industry from experts and practitioners.

As a long-time practitioner, initiator of studies such as ?Professions 4.0?, ?Digitization & Sustainability? and ?Chemistry after Corona? and a regular participant in the VCW get-togethers, it is important to him to bring the ?W? (economy) more to the fore To move VCW, because about 75% of all chemists work in the economy.

As a Board , he wants to achieve a lot for VCW members, Young economic chemists chemists and young chemists with like-minded people like Christopher Zimbardi . He advocates better integration of chemists from small and medium-sized companies and the coordination of current issues, such as those discussed separately at VCW round tables, but similar in content.

With only occasional professional activities, he has enough time and motivation to advance exciting VCW topics, ideally in a team with other committed VCW members.

Elisabeth Moshake M. Sc.

Elisabeth Moshake studied business chemistry at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel and the Université de Nantes, France. At the same time, she gained practical experience at LORD Corp., ALTANA AG and at the Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia.

In her master's thesis, she developed a key figure system for global R&D in cooperation with R&D Controlling at Beiersdorf AG. Then she got into technology scouting and was responsible for idea management and open innovation. Since 2019 she has been working as Technical Marketing Manager at HOBUM Oleochemicals GmbH with a focus on bio-based polyols and epoxy hardeners. More information at LinkedIn.

In June 2015 E. Moshake founded WiChem Kiel eV with other students and built it up as one of the chairmen. As a member of the JuWiChem board, she initiated and established the JuWiChem. With her commitment to the VCW Board , she would like to continue to bring together students, young professionals and experienced professionals in the chemical industry, especially against the background of generation change and digitalization. She would also like to develop communication with members and the public together with the editorial team.

Willis Muganda M. Sc.

Willis Muganda studied chemistry at the University of Siegen and currently doing his doctorate at the same university in the field of Physical Chemistry (Chemistry and Physics of Biointerfaces). During his studies he joined JungChemikerForum (JCF) in 2014 and in 2015 being elected as the chairperson of the regional forum in Siegen (JCF-Siegen). While as chair he managed to reactivate JCF-Siegen, which was almost dying and recruited more than 30 new members to join the German Chemical Society. To date JCF Siegen boasts to be one of the active JCFs in Germany.

In 2017, he opted to take new challenges and was elected to join the national board of JungChemikerForum. During his two-year term in the national board he was responsible of international relations and advertising media. Together with his team mates in the national board, they successfully achieved many milestones one major being the strong collaboration with Industry partners like BASF, Bayer, Evonik, Merck, Altana, Sanofi and ISC3 in pushing forward matters related to Innovation, Sustainability, Digitalization and Career development and increased financial support for JCF activities. Furthermore, the establishment of equal opportunities commission within JCF, which today has played a major role in addressing equal opportunities within and outside JCF.

Since October 2018, he is the Finance team lead for International Younger Chemists Network (IYCN). Currently, the IYCN has taken a major role using its wealthy global membership in addressing and advocating for Sustainable Development Goals globally. He is also one of the founders of VCW Roundtable meetings in Siegen, of which he leads together with other two members since last year August.

His purpose to join the VCW board is to create a link for VCW in its quest to engage on an international level not only with industries but also young chemists globally. Moreover, open the VCW space of expertise to all international players in Chemistry and Business by introducing VCW activities to international chemistry conferences, meetings and online platforms.

Prof. Dr. Hannes Utikal

Prof. Dr. Hannes Utikal studied business administration at the University of Cologne, the HEC in Paris and the Pennsylvania State University in the USA. rer. pole. At the University of Cologne he worked for several years in strategic management consulting. The Provadis University, based at the Höchst industrial park in Frankfurt, has been its focus since 2005.

Since then he has been fascinated by management issues in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. He dealt with these topics with the establishment of the rhein-main-clusters chemistry and pharmaceuticals, the publication of the book "Future Chemistry. Perspectives on the World of Tomorrow" (FAZ-Verlag 2014) as well as with the study "From Megatrends to Business Success . Implications of the megatrends for Management in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry "(together with the University of Münster and the VCI).

After various functions at the Provadis University (dean, vice president, Board), he has been Head of the Center for Industry and Sustainability (ZIN) there since 2016, which is involved in innovative education and research projects, in particular with the design of transformation processes.
Since 2016 he has been editor of the "Journal of Business Chemistry - the academic journal for management issues in the chemical industry". At the German Chemical Society , he was already a member of the board of the Association for Chemistry and Economics in the 2018-2020 election period. With his continued engagement on the Board of the "Association for Chemistry and Economics), he would like to make a contribution to shaping transformation processes in the chemical industry.

Melanie Walther M. Sc.

Melanie Walther studied business chemistry with a focus on technology management and organic chemistry at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel. After research stays in Wales and Sweden as well as various internships in the chemical industry, she is now doing her doctorate at the University of Bremen at the chair for organic functional materials on the synthesis of molecular switches and their embedding in polymer materials.

During her studies, she and other Kiel students and doctoral students founded the WiChem Kiel - Wirtschaftschemiker Kiel eV association in order to establish a network between students, alumni and industry. In addition, she organized various events in cooperation with chemical companies and, as CFO, was responsible for the association's finances. At the same time she was active with the young business JuWiChem and represented the interests of the student and young VCW members on the VCW board for two years as chairman of the federal Board. After her JuWiChem term of office, she remained in the VCW's core team. She is still committed to the concerns of the JuWiChems and, for example, in the VCW editorial team advocates broader communication with the members and the resulting better networking.

Dr. Daniel Witthaut

Dr. Daniel Witthaut is Head of Strategy at Corporate Innovation at Evonik Industries AG. Dr. Witthaut has a total of around 20 years of professional experience in various areas of the chemical industry and various functions such as strategy, strategic controlling, new business development and innovation. He lived in the USA, Singapore and China for a total of 7 years and enjoys exchanging ideas in his global network. In addition to his duties at Evonik, Mr. Witthaut is also a lecturer at the Business School of the Technical University of Munich, on the Board of the European Industrial Research Management Association and is a sought-after (keynote) speaker at international innovation conferences.
Dr. Witthaut received his doctorate summa cum laude in organic chemistry from the Westphalian University of Münster in Münster and also has an MBA with top honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

The aim of Dr. Witthaut is to promote the exchange and cooperation between the members, especially in the areas of "Sustainability" and "Digitalization", which have a great influence on chemistry and cannot be tackled alone, not even by larger companies.

Dr. Christopher Zimbardi

Dr. Christopher Zimbardi studied chemistry in Hamburg and Bonn with an interdisciplinary focus. After graduating in 2015, he initially worked for various, especially medium-sized companies outside the chemical industry in Marketing / product management and then in the management. Due to his great passion for science in general, research & development and innovation as well as his weakness for an intercultural environment, he returned to R&D in 2020, namely at Texon, an international company in the paper industry.

Christopher Zimbardi has been a member of the Association for Chemistry and Economics (VCW) since the end of 2018 and is extremely committed to it. After he got a taste of networking and recognized its profitable advantages, he not only founded the VCW round table in Heilbronn. So far, he has also attended VCW round tables in a large number of cities and thus played a key role in coining the terms ?round table tourism? and ?round table nomadism?. In order to express his commitment even more strongly and to further promote the network idea among the members, he is also active in the VCW editorial team and became a member of the VCW core team at the beginning of 2020. He has been an elected VCW board member since 2021.

Representation of JuWiChem on the VCW Board

Philipp Werner

Philipp Werner is currently studying for a master's degree in business chemistry at the Westphalian Wilhelms University in Münster. After completing his bachelor's degree in chemistry and a bachelor's thesis in polymer chemistry at the University of Stuttgart, he switched to the University of Münster and the School of Management & Economics at the Dalian University of Technology (China) for a postgraduate master?s degree. His studies focus on innovation Management, strategy & leadership.

Since March 2018 he has been active with the Young Business JuWiChem) and is jointly responsible for the organization of the JuWiChem Day. In January 2020 he began to work as deputy JuWiChem federal Board and as a representative of JuWiChem on the VCW board. Further tasks lie in the management of the local group and member support department

Core team

The following are currently involved in the core team of the VCW:


  • Dr. Hervé Baratte, Linking People and Experience
  • Dr. Holger Bengs, BCNP Consultants GmbH, Frankfurt
  • Dr. Adam W. Franz, BASF, Ludwigshafen
  • Prof. Dr. Klaus Griesar, Merck, Darmstadt
  • Dr. Achim Ilzhöfer, Covestro Deutschland AG, Leverkusen
  • Andreas Konert, Infraserv Höchst, Frankfurt
  • Thorsten Kritzer, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim
  • Dr. Christian Küchenthal, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt
  • Dr. Ulrich Küsthardt, Evonik Industries, Hanau
  • Prof. Dr. Jens Leker, Westphalian Wilhelms University of Münster
  • Michael Linden, University of Giessen
  • Dr. Thorsten Löhl, Borealis Polyolefine, Linz / A
  • Dr. Andreas Otterbach, formerly BASF SE, Ludwigshafen
  • Dr. Carsten Schaffer, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt
  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Seeger, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • Dr. Kevin Stella, Robert Bosch GmbH, Schwieberdingen
  • Katharina Uebele MSc., DuPont Sustainable Solutions, Düsseldorf
  • Dr. Joachim von Heimburg, jvhinnovation, Riehen / CH

Dr. Hervé Baratte

Dr. Hervé Baratte is a self-employed, independent consultant "Groth Strategy Innovation".

Innovation Networks: Adidas, Airbus, Air Liquide, BASF, BMW, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Bosch, Cr.Hansen, Evonik Industries, DHL, DSM, GE, Henkel, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, 3M, Merck, Novozymes, Philips, Sanofi , Shell, Siemens, Solvay, Sulzer ...

Innovation partnering: between ?Elephants? & ?Mouse? SMEs, start-ups

Professional Career
1983: Thomson CSF Research, France
1985: IBM Research, USA
1990: IBM Manufacturing, Germany.
1993: Cap Gemini Vice President
2000: Accenture Associate Partner
2003: Independent Consultant

1995: Professor Innovation Strategy MBA
Author: 30 publications, scientific and business

    Dr. Holger Bengs

    Holger Bengs studied chemistry in Hanover and Mainz and Business Administration in Hagen. He is the founder and managing partner of BCNP Consultants GmbH based in Frankfurt, formerly Dr. Holger Bengs Biotech Consulting. The company, which was founded in 2002, has ten employees, mostly natural scientists, and specializes in the four industrial fields of biotech, chemistry, nanotech and pharmaceuticals (BCNP). The company has had an office in Dresden since 2011 ( ).

    H. Bengs has been a member of the Vereinigung Chemie und Wirtschaft (VCW) for ten years and has been part of the core team for six years. He represents industrial biotechnology thematically. This resulted in interdisciplinary lectures in December 2005 in Frankfurt at Infraserv Höchst and in April 2008 in Leipzig at c-LEcta GmbH, which were very well received. Since May 2009, on his initiative, regular VCW round tables in Frankfurt and other cities for informal exchange.

    Dr. Adam W. Franz

    As an expert in production processes and organizational development in the chemical industry, Dr. Adam Franz works globally as Senior Project Manager in Inhouse Consulting at BASF SE from Ludwigshafen. His previous positions in the chemical industry were research and production at Merck in Darmstadt and production, global technology and corporate operational excellence at BASF in Ludwigshafen. Since his studies and doctoral studies in organic chemistry at the Universities of Frankfurt, Heidelberg and Düsseldorf, Adam Franz has been associated and committed to the GDCh in various fields. He particularly appreciates the exchange and the shared values and interests at VCW and JCF events.

    Prof. Dr. Klaus Griesar

    Prof. Dr. Klaus Griesar leitet bei Merck die Abteilung „Science Relations“ und ist somit für die weltweiten strategischen Partnerschaften mit Universitäten und Forschungszentren und die Identifikation neuer Geschäftsfelder aus der Perspektive „Science & Technology“ verantwortlich.

    Im Kontext „Science Relations“ repräsentiert Prof. Dr. Griesar die Merck KGaA unter anderem in der Deutschen Akademie für Technikwissenschaften (acatech) und im BDI-BDA Fachausschuss „Forschung, Innovation, Technologie“ (FIT).

    Er war und ist Mitglied zahlreicher Gremien und Kommissionen innerhalb der GDCh. So war er von 2015 bis 2020 Vorsitzender der „Vereinigung für Chemie und Wirtschaft“ und ist daneben zur Zeit auch Koordinator der Arbeitsgemeinschaft "Chemie und Gesellschaft“ und Mitglied des Vorstandes der Fachgruppe „Chemieunterricht“ sowie Mitglied im GDCh-/Wiley-VCH-Verlagsbeirat. Zudem engagiert er sich – über sein Wirken in der GDCh hinaus - in der „chemical community“: beispielsweise im Kuratorium der „Angewandten Chemie“ oder im Vorstand der ASIIN (Fachagentur zur Akkreditierung Natur- und ingenieurwissenschaftlicher Studiengänge).

    Seit 2004 hat er einen Lehrauftrag an der TU Darmstadt; er hält dort die Vorlesungen „Management von Forschung & Entwicklung“ sowie „Die chemisch-pharmazeutische Industrie im Überblick – Strukturen, Märkte, Strategien“.

    Dr. Achim Ilzhöfer

    Achim Ilzhöfer has been accompanying the position as global circular economy manager at Covestro Deutschland AG in Leverkusen since October 2017. In the course of his 17-year Career in the Bayer Group, before moving to Covestro, he held various positions and management responsibilities in the areas of plant engineering, innovation management, and university marketing and headed Bayer AG's global climate and resource efficiency program. Dr. Ilzhöfer studied mechanical engineering and materials science at the University of Karlsruhe (TH) and the INSA Lyon (F), completed his dissertation at the Karlsruhe Nuclear Research Center, received his doctorate at the University of Karlsruhe (TH) and completed a post-doc at the Joint Research Center of the European Commission in Ispra , Italy.

    Achim Ilzhöfer holds the position as global circular economy manager within the Covestro Deutschland AG since October 2017. During his 17-years previous employment relationship within the Bayer AG he held various leadership positions in Engineering, Sustainability and Innovation. As program manager of Bayer's global climate program he developed and implemented emission mitigation and resource efficiency strategies. He started his career after his PhD studies within the Joint Research Center of the European Commission in Ispra, Italy. Ilzhöfer holds a Diploma in mechanical engineering and material science from Karlsruhe University and he studied abroad at INSA Lyon, France.

    Dr. Andreas Konert

    Andreas Konert bezeichnet sich selber als Exot innerhalb der Vereinigung für Chemie und Wirtschaft. Der studierte Kaufmann (Köln, Rotterdam, Barcelona) verantwortet seit 2009 das Marketing bei Infraserv Höchst in Frankfurt am Main - Partner für Chemie- und Pharmaunternehmen bei der Standortentwicklung. Dies beinhaltet neben Standortmarketing für den Industriepark Höchst insbesondere die Positionierung im Markt für ein vielseitiges Dienstleistungsgeschäft sowie die Übernahme von Standorten in Europa. Zuvor war er selbständiger Strategie- und Marketingberater und hat Projekte im Bereich Dienstleistungen, Chemie, Banken und Bildung durchgeführt.

    Aus dieser Zeit stammt auch die erste Berührung mit der Vereinigung für Chemie und Wirtschaft, als ihm das Netzwerk der VCW mit diversen Expertengesprächen Einblicke in die Chemiebranche ermöglicht hat. Unmittelbar darauf trat er der VCW bei und engagiert sich seit 2013 im Kernteam und war von 2015 bis 2020 m Vorstand. Er ist 41 Jahre alt und lebt mit seiner Frau und zwei Kindern in Köln.

    Thorsten Kritzer

    Thorsten Kritzer, a trained publishing clerk and Marketing specialist since 2002, has been a chemistry fan since September 2003 at the latest. At that time, he began his Career as a product manager at the leading industry newspaper CHEManager. As a segment manager for chemicals / pharmaceuticals / food, he is now responsible for the areas of advertising, Marketing and networks.

    He has been a VCW member since 2011. In 2013 he became a member of the core team and was involved in the organization of the events "Social Media in the Chemical Industry" (2013) and "Circular Economy - Idealistic vision, regulatory nightmare or your next big opportunity?" (2018) significantly involved. As part of the VCW Marketing team, he helped design the VCW's new appearance.

    Dr. Christian-Hubertus Küchenthal

    Christian Küchenthal began his professional Career in 2012 at the oldest chemical-pharmaceutical company in the world - Merck - in Darmstadt. There he held various positions in the areas of innovation management and business excellence until he took over the research management of the Performance Materials site in Jerusalem for Merck in 2016. Since 2018 he has headed the start-up Smart Consumables in the Merck Life Science division, which develops and markets digital products for the highly regulated laboratory sector.

    He studied chemistry at the University of Giessen, where he received his doctorate in organic medicinal chemistry, and then completed a Master of Business Administration degree at the Collège des Ingénieurs in Paris, Turin and Munich.

    In addition to his work at Merck, Christian Küchenthal teaches innovation management at the Universities of Gießen and Hamburg and is also active as a coach and business angel investor in the German start-up environment.

    His involvement in the German Chemical Society is varied. He founded and led the JungChemikerForum Gießen, was JCF national spokesman, board member of the Association for Chemistry and Economics, GDCh local association chairman in Darmstadt and a member of the GDCh board. He is currently a member of the VCW core team and on the advisory board of the GDCh mentoring program CheMento and the August Wilhelm von Hofmann Foundation.

    Dr. Ulrich Küsthardt

    Dr. Ulrich Küsthardt studierte Chemie an der Universität Frankfurt/Main und promovierte in Metallorganischer Chemie an der TU München. Nach post-doc Aufenthalten an der University of Arizona und Stanford University begann er seine berufliche Laufbahn 1993 bei der Unternehmensberatung A.T. Kearney.

    Seit 1997 arbeitet er bei SKW Trostberg, später Degussa und heute Evonik Industries AG im Divisionscontrolling, Marketing und unterschiedlichen Geschäftsführungen. Seit 2015 ist er Chief Innovation Officer der Evonik und somit für den Bereich Corporate Innovation verantwortlich.

    Dr. Küsthardt ist seit 1981 GDCh-Mitglied, war von 2006 bis 2008 Vorsitzender des Vorstands der Mineralfarbenindustrie e.V. und ist seit 2015 Mitglied des Vorstands der Evonik Stiftung und SusChem sowie Mitglied des VCI-Fachausschusses „Forschungs- und Bildungspolitik“.

    Prof. Dr. Jens Leker

    Prof. Dr. Jens Leker studied business administration at the Christian Albrecht University in Kiel. After receiving his doctorate in 1999, he accepted an endowed professorship in "Business Administration in the Natural Sciences, in particular Chemistry" at the Westphalian Wilhelms University in Münster. Since 2000 he has been the managing director of the "Institute for Business Management in the Department of Chemistry and pharmacy". He is in charge of the business chemistry university courses at the University of Münster and is the event manager of the modular advanced training program for young chemists "Certified Project Manager Business Chemistry GDCh" and the new modular advanced training program "Certified Business Chemist (GDCh) ®". Prof. Leker is co-editor of the textbook "Betriebswirtschaftslehre für Chemiker" and chief editor of the "Journals of Business Chemistry".

    Michael Linden M.Sc.

    No further information is available yet.

    Dr. Thorsten Löhl

    Dr. Thorsten Löhl is Director Science & Engineering at Borealis, responsible for more than 400 scientists and engineers in research and development at four locations. He is also Executive Director of Borealis Polyolefine Linz GmbH, and Head of the joint Plastic2Plastic program of OMV and Borealis.

    Dr. Löhl has international experience in R&D and Marketing Management in specialty and basic chemicals including polyolefins as well as in the consumer goods industry. The focus was on developing new business areas, creating innovation Marketing and the resulting implementation in and with the corresponding R&D or marketing units, measured by the achievement of successful growth.

    In previous positions, Dr. Löhl Vice President Innovation and member of the board of Borouge Pte Ltd., Abu Dhabi (UAE), responsible for research and development. Previously, he was Executive Vice President Research & Innovation at Swarovski, where he was responsible for research, development, engineering and new business at Swarovski Professional, as well as ensuring the support of the Swarovski Group as the sole R&D center. Earlier professional positions included Marketing and R&D management positions at Borealis, Cognis and Henkel.

    Dr. Löhl has in Münster / W. PhD in organic chemistry, an MBA from the University of Bradford, and a married father of two.

    Dr. Andreas Otterbach

    After studying chemistry and doing his doctorate in Karlsruhe, Andreas Otterbach started his career in 1987 as a research laboratory manager at BASF SE. Working in industrial organic chemistry and process engineering laid the foundation for his subsequent activities as a project manager for the construction of chemical plants and as operations manager at the BASF site in Schwarzheide.

    At the beginning of 1997 he took on strategic tasks in Marketing and technology for BASF in Brussels with global responsibility in the polyurethane area. At the beginning of 2007 he returned to Ludwigshafen, where he headed the Investment Valuations unit, which deals with the economic valuation of investment, strategy and research projects at BASF, and at the end of 2009 switched to the Care Chemicals division. After being responsible for production in Europe, Andreas Otterbach was Senior Vice President responsible for global technology in the Care Chemicals division until the end of 2015. Today he lives in retirement and deals with questions about value chains, energy as the basis of our prosperity and sustainability, climate protection and alternative courses of action in a social context.

    Dr. Carsten Schaffer

    Carsten Schaffer studied chemistry in Chemnitz and Münster and received his doctorate in 2004 from the Westphalian Wilhelms University on innovation management in the chemical industry. He then started at Merck KGaA. There he had functions in corporate auditing, in-house consulting and business development chemicals. He is currently working for Merck in Shanghai, where he is in charge of Strategic Business Development for the Performance Materials division. He has been active in the "Chemistry and Economy" association since 2003 and was on the Board of the section from 2006-2011 and chairman from 2010-2011. Dr. Schaffer was spokesman for the Jungchemikerforum Münster and is involved in the Alumni Initiative of the Jungchemikerforum for the further networking of the young chemists. In addition, he is a speaker in the GDCh advanced training program "Certified Project Manager" and is the technical director of the "Certified Business Chemist GDCh (®)" program.

    Prof. Dr. Stefan Seeger

    Further information is not available.

    Dr. Kevin Stella

    Dr. Kevin Stella studied chemistry at the University of Duisburg-Essen with a guest stay at the University of Liverpool (England). In his doctorate at the University of Duisburg-Essen, he deepened his knowledge of surface properties and surface processes. He received his doctorate in 2011 on "Electronic dissipation processes during chemical reactions on surfaces".
    In order to expand his knowledge of chemistry with business knowledge, he completed an international Master of Business Administration at the renowned Collège des Ingénieurs in 2012. In accordance with the motto ?Learning Through Action?, he also completed a junior consultant project at Infineon Technologies AG in Regensburg.

    After a stopover at Competence E (KIT), where he used agile working methods for the first time to develop lithium-ion technologies and use them in electric cars, he has been with Robert Bosch GmbH since 2016. As a product integrator in assembly and connection technology, he now supports various innovative products in the automotive environment. In addition, he establishes the agile way of working in various facets in his environment and works as an agile team coach. With the help of new, even unconventional methods, Bosch is positioning itself to respond even better than before to new customer requirements and increasingly volatile markets.

    As part of the GDCh, he was in the Young Chemists Forum for several years, including as chairman (08-10) and deputy. Chairman (07-08) of the Jungchemikerform Essen-Duisburg active. During this time he was also one of the leading organizers of the 11th JCF Spring Symposium in Essen with more than 400 participants from 30 countries.

    He has been a member of the VCW since 2013 and is involved in the core team at various events. Among other things, he was a lecturer at the GDCh-VCW autumn course "Challenges in the chemical industry" and gave lectures on e-mobility, storage systems, market volumes and possible innovation approaches for the chemical industry and developed scenarios with the course participants. He was also involved in the VCW's new look as part of the VCW's Marketing team. In 2019 he initiated the VCW conference "Tanker or Speedboat? Agile Management in the Chemical Industry" and transferred it to doing with a good team. With a view to the future, he is particularly interested in interface topics, innovation topics and learning different industrial sectors.

    Katharina S. Uebele

    Katharina S. Uebele ist Unternehmensberaterin in der chemischen Industrie und langjähriges aktives Mitglied der Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker. 

    Sie ist Gründerin der Jungen WirtschaftschemikerInnen (JuWiChem) - das Jugendnetzwerk der VCW - und leitete diese für zwei Jahre als Vorsitzende. Das Team etablierte neue Veranstaltungskonzepte, warb VCW-Mitglieder und erschuf eine deutschlandweite Community für Studierende & Promovierende an der Schnittstelle zwischen Chemie und Industrie. Nach mehrjährigem Gast-Sitz im VCW Vorstand als JuWiChem Vertreterin, wurde sie gewähltes Vorstandsmitglied der VCW für die Amtsperiode 2018-2021. Des weiteren sitzt sie seit 2019 im Kuratorium der Nachrichten aus der Chemie. 

    Seit 2020 ist sie gewähltes Vorstandsmitglied der Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker und hier in Kommissionen zur Bachelor-Studienempfehlung, den GDCh-Preisen, des GDCh-Veranstaltungsbereichs und der lebenslangen Bindung von Industrie-Mitgliedern aktiv. 

    Beruflich ist Katharina als Unternehmensberaterin tätig und sammelte Erfahrungen bei PwC und DuPont Sustainable Solutions. Sie fokusiert sich auf Beratung in der chemischen Industrie auf dem Gebiet Operations, digitale Lösungen und Sustainability. Dabei ist sie für Projekte in Middle East, Asien und Europa im Einsatz gewesen. Weitere Informationen über LinkedIn:

    Sie studierte Wirtschaftschemie an der Christian Albrechts-Universität Kiel (B.Sc.) und der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Münster (M.Sc.) mit einer Spezialisierung in Green Chemistry & Sustainable Industrial Technology von der University of York (UK). 

    Dr. Joachim von Heimburg

    Dr. Joachim von Heimburg is an independent Innovation Architect, Executive Advisor and Board Member helping companies to improve their innovation processes and create sustainable business value by innovation. As founder and Managing Director of jvhinnovation gmbh, a boutique consulting firm on innovation and industrial R&D, he designs and implements business development, R&D and innovation strategies, processes and structures and makes them operational driving the business. This he supports by creating an environment fostering an innovative spirit and entrepreneurial activities.

    Joachim’s expertise is based on his deep understanding of innovation and his profound expertise in industrial R&D, Product Development, and Consumer Research acquired during his long and successful career at Procter&Gamble. As International Director for Innovation & Knowledge at P&G he created and led the organizational and culture change from traditional R&D to Open Innovation systems (Connect & Develop) in Europe/Middle East/Africa. From 2010 to 2012 he was General Manager Innovation and Corporate Program at SABIC, one of the leading global chemical companies. In this new position working for SABIC’s top management he laid the foundations for a more innovate SABIC.

    He has extensive multi-cultural working experience in 7 countries. He holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics of the University of Marburg, Germany and studied economics at the University of Frankfurt, Germany. He is an individual member of EIRMA (European Industrial Research Management Association) and a certified Innovation Standards Professional (PDMA). More on his LinkedIn profile

    Within VCW Dr. von Heimburg wants to promote Open Innovation and the development of young professionals for management and leading positions in industry, science and research.

    Advisory Board

    The Association for Chemistry and Economics (VCW) can be supported by an advisory board made up of well-known personalities from the chemical industry and related branches. Important impulses from companies and industry are received via these advisory boards, since the interests of industry and those employed in industry are of great importance in the VCW activities.

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