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Deloitte’s 16th Global Chemicals Think Tank - Speakers

Basel | 29th-30th Nov,2017

Silvia Henke
Leader Market Development Food REC at Linde AG

Silvia is the head of Market Development Food for the region European Continental at Linde AG since 2012. In addition, Silvia leads the expert group food of the German Industrial Gases Association (IGV). Before joining Linde in 2008, Silvia headed quality assurance and management departments at Schuco Gewürze and Alsitan Nahrungsergänzungsmittel. Silvia is a graduate engineer in technology and biotechnology in food of TU Munich/ Weihenstephan. 


Dr. Ricardo Gent
Executive Director German Association of Biotechnology Industries

Ricardo Gent was appointed Executive Director of the German Association of Biotechnology Industries (DIB) in 2003, one of the world´s largest biotechnology industry association. Prior to his appointment, Ricardo worked as Executive Manager at CropLife International. He started his career in 1996 as a Science Manager with the German Agrochemical and Mineral Fertilizer Association. He graduated in agricultural science and earned his doctorate in Phytopathology from the Friedrich-Wilhelms University in Bonn.

Frank Lelek
Head of Integration Office at Evonik

Frank is SVP Integration & Separation at Evonik Industries AG. Born and brought up in Marl, Germany, Frank’s association with Evonik spans over 30 years of a diverse and enriching experience in various business, general management and regional leadership roles in Germany, the UK, Hong Kong, the U.S. and India. Frank completed his vocational training in industrial business administration at Hüls AG, a predecessor company of Evonik. Frank continued his education in parallel to his work, completing a course in foreign business from Export Akademie in Germany and various executive development programs at IMD and Wharton.

Liana Logiurato
Former Global Head of M&A at Syngenta International AG

Liana is former Global Head of M&A at Syngenta International AG, having joined in 2010. Prior to that she worked for 14 years in investment banking (i.e. M&A, corporate defense, capital raisings, private equity, project finance) in London, Tokyo, Zürich and New York, primarily with UBS and Nomura, covering a variety of sectors (e.g. chemicals, healthcare, technology, electronics, industrials, materials and transportation). She started her career with a 2-year spell in management consulting / strategic planning. Liana holds an MBA from IMD (Switzerland) and an MSc in Business Administration from Bocconi University (Italy).

Ben Nino
Head of Digital at Syngenta International AG

Ben is the head of Syngenta's global Digital Center of Excellence with the aim to transform the food chain to safely feed the world and take care of our planet using Digital. Ben is an entrepreneurial senior executive with years of experience disrupting traditional industries with digital innovation with a track record of delivering uncommon success in the digital era. He has founded a number of successful start-ups and driven radical growth through digital transformation at some of the worlds most recognized global brands. 

Ralph Schmidt
Global Group Controller at Olam

Ralph is the Global Group Controller of the Cocoa division at OLAM based in Nyon, Switzerland. He has 24 years of work experiences of which 12 years are in the agriculture / production sector. Next to leading Finance teams across the globe, Ralph was part of the deal team for sizable M&A activities. In particular, he was the internal Program Director for significant divestitures including complex and global carve out projects. During his career, he was based in Germany, The Netherlands and Switzerland.

Dr. Joachim Schneider
Head of Vegetable Seeds Bayer CropScience

In 2014, Joachim became Head of Bayer Vegetable Seeds headquartered in Nunhem, Netherlands. Before, Joachim held a number of diverse global management positions in the fields of Crop Protection Research, Product Development, Marketing, Seeds and Traits, Public Affairs, Adjacent Space and Market Intelligence. For about half of his career, he worked outside of the German HQ in the US, UK, France, Japan and China. Since 2015, Joachim is member of the Executive Committee at ESA and active within Plantum, the Dutch Seed Association. Joachim holds a PhD in plant pathology at the University of Gießen and the University of the South Pacific in West Samoa.

Dr. Wolfgang Falter
Global Leader Chemicals & Specialty Materials

Wolfgang leads Deloitte's Chemicals and Specialty Materials sector globally. He specializes in strategy, organization, carve outs, pre-to post-merger integration as well as improving purchasing, sales, and distribution performance of chemical, petrochemical and chemical distribution companies. He has carried out various engagements, mostly for large, global clients. Wolfgang started his career as an application technology manager for the beverage industry at Henkel, after obtaining a Phd in Chemistry from RWTH, Aachen in Germany and the University of Kansas, Lawrence. He also holds an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau and Harvard Business School, Cambridge.

Shay Eliaz
Specialist Leader Crop Science and WEF Project Advisor

Shay Eliaz is a Specialist Leader for Crop Science at Monitor Deloitte, the strategy arm of Deloitte Consulting. He provides consulting services in the area of Growth and Innovation. He supports his clients grow where it is hardest – new products / services, new markets, new channels, and has run a number of transformational programs. He has considerable expertise in strategic planning, business development, M&A Strategy, Market Entry and Competitive Strategy, Supply Chain strategy, contracts, and project management.

Jens Hermann  Paulsen
Blockchain Institute

Jens is experienced with disruptive technologies and is a member of the Deloitte Blockchain Institute were he explores the different application areas of the technology.

Dan Schweller
Leader M&A and FAS

Dan is a principal in Deloitte Consulting’s M&A practice. Dan has over 30 years of professional experience including significant experience advising and working with senior executives to drive shareholder value through the full lifecycle of M&A transactions.

Stefan Weiss
Leader Learning Advisory Germany

Stefan is Director in the Service Area "Human Capital Advisory Services" and leads the "Learning Solution“, "New Technology Adoption" and “Leadership Development“ offerings in Germany. Furthermore, Stefan is responsible for managing the Human capital activities in the automotive cluster in Germany together with the respective account teams. Stefan has more than 16 years of experience in the management consulting business and always worked on Talent Management and Learning projects. Stefan implemented learning and training solutions for global clients and specialized in the area of sales improvement and customer loyalty programs in the automotive industry.

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