IGCW'19|Speakers

Speakers Of IGCW 2019




× Prof. Paul T. Anastas


Paul T. Anastas is the Teresa and H. John Heinz III Professor in the Practice of Chemistry for the Environment. He has appointments  in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Department of Chemistry, and Department of Chemical Engineering. In addition, Prof. Anastas serves as the Director of the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale.

Anastas took public service leave from Yale to serve as the Assistant Administrator for the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Agency Science Advisor from 2009-2012. From 2004 -2006, Paul Anastas served as Director of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute in Washington, D.C. He was previously the Assistant Director for the Environment in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where he worked from 1999-2004. Trained as a synthetic organic chemist, Dr. Anastas received his Ph.D. from Brandeis University and worked as an industrial consultant.

He is credited with establishing the field of green chemistry during his time working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the Chief of the Industrial Chemistry Branch and as the Director of the U.S. Green Chemistry Program. Dr. Anastas has published widely on topics of science through sustainability including eleven books, such as Benign by Design, Designing Safer Polymers, Green Engineering, and his seminal work with co-author John Warner, Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice.


× Dr. John Warner


John is the recipient of the 2014 Perkin Medal, widely acknowledged as the highest honor in American Industrial Chemistry. He received his BS in Chemistry from UMASS Boston, and his PhD in Chemistry from Princeton University. After working at the Polaroid Corporation for nearly a decade, he then served as tenured full professor at UMASS Boston and Lowell (Chemistry and Plastics Engineering).

In 2007 he founded the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, LLC (A research organization developing green chemistry technologies) where he serves as President and Chief Technology Officer, and Beyond Benign (a non-profit dedicated to sustainability and green chemistry education). He is one of the founders of the field of Green Chemistry, co-authoring the defining text Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice with Paul Anastas. He has published over 250 patents, papers and books. His recent work in the fields of pharmaceuticals, personal care products, solar energy and construction and paving materials are examples of how green chemistry principles can be immediately incorporated into commercially relevant applications.

Warner received The 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Mentoring (considered one of the highest awards for US science education), the American Institute of Chemistry’s Northeast Division’s Distinguished Chemist of the Year for 2002 and the Council of Science Society President’s 2008 Leadership award. Warner was named by ICIS as one of the most influential people impacting the global chemical industries. In 2011 he was elected a Fellow of the American Chemical Society and named one of “25 Visionaries Changing the World” by Utne Reader.


× Dr. David Constable


David Constable, Ph.D., has been the Director of the ACS-Green Chemistry Institute (ACS GCI) in Washington, D.C., since January 2013. The mission of ACS GCI is to catalyze and enable the implementation of green chemistry and engineering throughout the global chemistry enterprise.

From September 2011 to January 2013, Constable was owner and principal at Sustainability Foresights, LLC, a consulting firm that assisted companies with sustainability; sustainable and green chemistry; energy; and environment, safety, and health (ESH) programs. Prior to that, he was with Lockheed Martin as the corporate vice president of energy, environment, safety, and health.

Before joining Lockheed Martin, Constable was the director of operational sustainability in the Corporate ESH Department at GlaxoSmithKline. In that global role, he led GlaxoSmithKline’s development of sustainability-based programs, systems, tools and methodologies.  Prior to joining SmithKline Beecham, Constable served as Group Leader of the SHEA Analytical Services group at ICI Americas.

Constable has a Ph.D. in Chemistry and B.S. in Environmental Sciences, Air and Water Pollution.


× Prof. C J Lee

Dr. Dietmar Hueglin is Vice President Advanced Materials & Systems Research at BASF and Head of the Innovation Campus Mumbai (India). In his 30 years of research career he has held several senior management positions which include Head of BASF Research Center Basel (Switzerland) and Global Head of R&D of Segment Home & Personal Care at Ciba SC. Examples for his key innovations are new photo-polyimides for semiconductors (OCG, Providence, Rhode Island, USA) and new cosmetic UV-absorbers. Dr. Hueglin is the main inventor in more than 40 US patents. For his contributions to applied chemical sciences he received the Sandmeyer Award of the Swiss Chemical Society (2004) and the BASF Innovation Award (2011). Dr. Hueglin holds a Diploma in Chemistry and a PhD in Natural Sciences, both from University Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany.


× Dr. David Constable


Since June 2012, Johannes Benkhoff has been responsible for the Chemistry & Materials Platform, covering the molecular and formulation design at Clariant. Group Chemical Research is operating out of three global research locations, the Clariant Innovation Center, CIC, in Frankfurt, and two Regional Innovation Centers in Mumbai, and Shanghai with focus on Surfactant, Functional Chemical, Specialty Polymer, Colorant, Interface & Formulation as well as High Throughput Technology.

Previous to his current role, as Vice President Global Technology Pigments, he was responsible for the development and execution of the global pigment technology strategy and roadmap, Operating Division Dispersions & Pigments at BASF. Between 2005 and 2009 Johannes held various senior management positions in Global Product, New Business Development and Global Application & Technical Services, within the Coating Effects Segment at Ciba. He started his industrial career in the pigment research labs at Ciba Specialty Chemicals in 1998, following a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University between 1995 and 1997. Johannes studied chemistry at the University of Bochum, obtained his PhD at the University of Essen and holds a Masters of Marketing degree from the University of Basel.


× Prof. C J Lee

Ms Bijal Mathkar has a background in chemical engineering with 14 years of experience. She has been associated with Solvay since 2011 and has varied managerial experience in transversal roles for process / product development in collaboration with R&D (bench and pilot scale), Projects, Quality control and Business development teams in a global set up for chemical manufacturing.


× Dr. David Constable


Dr Achala Danait is a senior research professional in the chemical industry with 27 years of diverse experience, both in industry and academia. Since 2013, she is the Head of Regional Innovation Center at Clariant India Ltd., with research interests in the areas of Chemistry and Materials.

Prior to joining Clariant, Achala was Technology Leader in Halliburton Technology Center Pune, from 2007 onwards, responsible for providing technology solutions to major oil companies in Asia Pacific, Middle East, Europe, Africa and Russia. She joined industry in 2002 as R&D Head of the Phthalocyanine pigments division in Sudarshan Chemical Industries Ltd., Pune. Dr Achala Danait started her career in academia in 1992, as a Faculty teaching UG and PG courses in polymer chemistry, in institutes affiliated to the University of Pune. During this time, she also led government funded research projects in polymer materials.

Dr Achala has a Masters and Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai.

Dr Achala has filed several US patents and co-authored numerous research publications. She has successfully completed Business Leadership Development programs in Mays Business School at Texas A&M University, USA. She is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt. She was a member on the Board of Studies for Petroleum and Petrochemical Engg., University of Pune, during the period 2011-13. Dr Achala is a member of the Technology & Energy Expert Committee of Indian Chemicals Council.


× Prof. C J Lee

Nitesh Mehta holds a master's degree in chemical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, IIT-Bombay. He received his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from University of Pune.

His expertise is in process development, scale-up and technology implementation at commercial scales. He also has expertise in setting up recycle loops in plant i.e. recycle of effluent streams back in the process for unit processes like Reduction, Nitration, Diazotization-Hydrolysis, etc.

His professional experience includes implementing more than 500 commercial batches with Newreka Reduction Technology, in more than 25 different products. He has guided more than 2000 laboratory experiments for bench scale development of Green Chemistry based process technologies for more than 75 different molecules. Currently, his key accountability involves marketing Newreka's knowledge-based Green Chemistry technologies in Indian & International markets.

Newreka was felicitated by the “Green Chemistry Network Center Award” for commercialization of Green Chemistry based technology, where the mother liquor obtained from the process was recycled 75 times back in the process.

Nitesh Mehta is the Co-founder of Green ChemisTree Foundation and Convener of IGCW, a not-for-profit initiative launched in 2009, with the commitment to promote and advance the implementation of Green Chemistry in India.


× Prof. C J Lee

After completing the Undergraduate course in Chemistry at Madras University in 1986, won a Fellowship from National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) in Poona, for securing a rank in the top 20 at the All-India level. On completing the Master's program in Organic Chemistry at the University of Poona, won a Fellowship in 1988 from the University Grants Commission, Government of India, for the Ph.D. program in the field of Chemistry at NCL.

The Ph.D. degree in Chemistry was awarded in 1993. After completing a short stint of post doctoral work at NCL, joined Syngene (Biocon Group Company) in 1994 on its inception. Rose to be VP and CSO in a span of 12 years and built a good cohesive group of 500 chemists with diverse chemistry skills.

In August 2006, decided to Co-found Anthem Biosciences, along with two ex-colleagues.

Anthem differentiates itself from the competition by being a Contract Research and Innovation Service (CRISP) provider. As a CRISP, Anthem works on novel platforms that are of service to clients and to meet new found customer expectations.

Our highly creative research team has developed a range of innovation driven products with unique value differentiators. The research journey over the years has resulted in several publications and patents.

A strong pipeline of products with plenty of opportunities to innovate is a great stimulant for our highly committed research team!