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Adam Closson, PhD


Marios Hatzikyriakou


Karin Bartels, PhD



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Neil Burns


Owen Jappen


Brian Orkin


Guy Penard


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April 5 - Consumer Trends - Oxford Economics, IFF
Don't miss the economic update of the prestigious Oxford Economics and IFF, a leader in flavors & fragrances



Jan 15, 2018 - CME supports ACS International Chapter on K-12 STEM Festivals & Symposia

For the fisrt anniversary of ACS Peru Chapter, CME organized event in Lima and invited members and friends of ACS Peru to celebrate the first 2018 meeting and grow STEM education (Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics) in which Chemistry is the central pillar. CME Past Chair George Rodriguez was keynote speaker at the event that kicks off a year focused on STEM educational institutions, industry and government.

Showing the magic of chemistry has inspired over 6,000 students.

Dec 4, 2018 - Seventh STEM Leadership Awards

Participating in this multiple award-winning event that celbrates the leaders of today and enables those of tomorrow will be Dr. Thomas Connelly, ACS Executive Director and CEO, and George Rodriguez, the event founder and past CME Chair. This exciting event will be held on Tuesday, December 4 from 11:30 am to 2:45 pm at the NY Metropolitan Club to honor the following leaders: for STEM Philanthropy Simons Foundation Co-founders Marilyn and James Simons; for Lifetime Achievement KKR Co-Founder Henry Kravis; and for Corporate Reinvention DowDuPont CEO Ed Breen. To salute these exceptional leaders, please buy tables or send STEM donations by emailing your request to Contact CME ACS

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2017 Ledership Awards

Host and Leadership Awardees Benavides, Keller, Pappas.

Rodriguez, Skorton, Navarro, Benavides, Kroh, Keller, Susan Pappas, Chris Pappas and Brumlik.

Metropolitan Club Great Hall Reception.

West Lounge Award Presentation.

Leadership Awards: Insightful. Warm. Inspirational.

2017 Awards Program

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April 5 - Leveraging Exciting Consumer Trends

Join us on April 5th to hear two expert views. First, the U.S. Chief Financial Economist at Oxford Economics will provide valuable insights on the economy, trade issues and consumer trends. Secondly, the Director of Corporate Strategy at IFF will discuss how a leading supplier to consumer product goods (CPG) companies plans to leverage emerging growth opportunities.

In the Consumer Market, the global operating environment is more dynamic and the pace of change is accelerating. Over the past several years, macroeconomic conditions have remained uncertain, consumer preferences have continued to evolve, and CPG companies have faced pressure from challenged organic volume growth and continued industry consolidation.

IFF, a leader in the Flavor & Fragrance industry, fuels innovation and sensorial experiences for CPG players around the world. As the industry has undergone changes, IFF has positioned its strategy to address these shifting dynamics.

Kathy Bostjancic, Chief US Financial Economist at Oxford Economics, provides global economic and financial market analysis and forecasts to institutional and retail investors and Fortune 500 business leaders, including insights on U.S. monetary and fiscal policy and its impact on the markets. She was Director for Macroeconomic Analysis at The Conference Board. She has worked at Citicorp Investment Bank, Union Bank of Switzerland, and Merrill Lynch. Kathy is frequently cited in the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, and the New York Times, and she regularly appears on radio and television programs. MA in economics from NYU. BA in economics from Rutgers College.

Ash Bhumbla, is Director of Corporate Strategy at International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF). In this role, he is responsible for developing and supervising IFF’s global strategy, leading special projects, and driving M&A strategy. Previously, he served as IFF’s Director of R&D Finance and Strategy, managing investment strategy for IFF’s innovation portfolio. Before IFF, Ash worked at the management consulting firm Marakon on strategy and operations engagements in Consumer Packaged Goods, Biotechnology, Medical Nutrition, and Private Equity. B.A. at UPenn. MBA at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.



Mar 1 - Bioscience Research in the Digital Age

Peter Eckes, President of BASF bioscience Research, drives innovative sustainable solutions for agricultural, food and industrial applications for a better life and improved environment. PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Frankfurt and pursued post-doctoral studies at Harvard University.

Jan 10 - McKinsey - Digital Meets Chemical: Innovate or Evaporate?

Johnathan Ablett is an expert with the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI). He studies the macroeconomic forces and risks driving the global economy and translate these insights into actionable business strategies. Jonathan was an economist with the World Bank . MBA from Babson College, MA in Economics from McGill.

Sam Samdani , PhD, is a senior industry knowledge expert at McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. His responsibilities include leading the firm’s Chemicals & Agriculture Practice. Prior to joining McKinsey in 1995, Sam worked at McGraw-Hill He holds a BS and PhD in chemical engineering.

Nov 2 - Bain: M&A Lessons from Private Equity

viroscoTom Shannon, is partner in Bain’s Chicago office and leads Bain’s Global Industrial Goods & Services practice. Tom has deep experience with all aspects of portfolio and transformational growth strategies. He has supported private equity and corporate buyers on the diligence of more than 200 businesses.

viroscoJason McLinn, partner in Bain’s Chicago office and leads Bain’s Chemicals practice in North America. He has experience in polymers, plastics, specialty chemicals, transportation, and chemical distribution. Focus on corporate growth strategy, commercial excellence, acquisitions and post-merger integration.

Oct 5 - ACC: Economic Outlook in Turbulent TImes

viroscoDr. Kevin Swift, Chief Economist at the American Chemistry Council. The business of chemistry supports 25 percent of the US GDP. It is vital to continued expansion, job creation, and the return of a strong domestic manufacturing sector. He has provided us in the past with an accurate view of the energy and housing markets.

Aug 22-23, 2017 - Journey to Mars Symposium


Event created by CME in collaboration with POLY and ACS Publications and the endorsement of 18 ACS Technical Divisions. Over 800 people attended the first ACS NASA Journey to Mars Symposium, among the highest attendance for a new topical symposium at the ACS national meeting in recent history. Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC. Event focused on cutting-edge developments to advance space travel and translate them into new practical knowledge for the benefit of humanity.

Mars Program

ACS 1-min Mars Symposium Promo Video

C&EN 5-min Video ACS Symposium: How chemistry will help put humans on Mars (interviews w NASA's Kavandi and Siochi, Clemson's Blenner, MIT's Swager)

DAY 1 (Tue 8/22, Industry): Technology & Jobs. Marquis Shaw

New Materials, Polymers, CNT composites. Industry Session: featuring speakers from NASA, Lockheed Martin, Aerospace Corporation, Orbital ATK, Aerojet Rocketdyne and GWU.

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm CME Lectures. Marquis Independence D/E

1Dr. J. Craig Venter, PhD, Co-Founder, Executive Chairman, Head of Scientific Strategy, Human Longevity, Inc. Founder of Celera Genomics, key contributor to the groundbreaking 2001 Science publication of the human genome. .

1Janet L. Kavandi, PhD, Director of NASA’s John H. Glenn Research Center. Manages propulsion, communications, power, microgravity sciences and materials development. Astronaut. 535 Earth Orbits. 13.1 million miles. PhD in analytical chem.

1Harry B. Gray, PhD, Arnold O. Beckman Professor of Chemistry at Caltech. Developed ligand field theory to interpret the electronic structures and reactions of transition metal complexes. Using cutting-edge chemistry to make oxygen from CO2 for space missions.

6:30 pm – 10:30 pm CME Leadership Awards Reception at the National Air & Space Museum (NASM). Awards Presentation honoring the lecturers. IMAX 3D film Journey to Space.

DAY 2 (Wed 8/23): Technology Innovation. Marquis Shaw.     Energy Storage, Sensors. Aerogels, MOFs, In-situ Utilization of Martian Soil, Extraordinary control of Mars Environment.

Symposium Organizers: Michael Meador (NASA), George Rodriguez (CME), Charles Brumlik (CME)

June 1 - Use of Renewables in Specialty Chemicals

Specialty chemicals market estimate is USD 1,3 Trillion by 2024. .

viroscoJames Virosco, is Vice President in Nexant's Energy and Chemicals Advisory consulting practice including basic petrochemicals, polymers, and specialty chemicals. He was a Research Engineer at Union Carbide. B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from MIT, and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

casconeRon Cascone, is a Principal in the Energy and Chemicals Advisory at Nexant, Inc. and a leader in bio-renewables, waste disposal and bio-based processing including by gasification, fermentation, pyrolysis and chemical conversion. BS in chemical engineering at Manhattan College and Columbia University.

May 4 - Latinamerican Outlook

Latin American population to reach one billion people by 2050.

Lourdes Cassanova, PhD, Academic Director of the Emerging Markets Institute at the Johnson School at Cornell. Ranked as one of the 50 most influential Iberoamerican intellectuals by Esglobal. A Fulbright Scholar, she worked at UC Berkeley, Cambridge, Oxford, and Zurich. Executive programs at INSEAD. Author of ‘Global Latinas: Latin America’s emerging multinationals.’

Marcos Troyjo, PhD, co-founder of BRICLab at Columbia University, where he teaches international affairs. Op-ed columnist for Folha de S. Paulo and a regular commentator for CNN en Español, Huffington Post and Financial Times. He authored the books Trading Nation: Power & Prosperity in the 21st Century.

Danil Kerimi, Director of the Center for Global Agenda at World Economic Forum USA. Prior to joining the WEF in 2008, Worked with the United Nations, governments and business leaders in Europe and Central Asia. Since 2011, he has been in charge of data, digital ecosystem, ICT and competitiveness, and hyperconnectivity.

George Rodriguez (moderator), a growth and innovation advisor. Worked at Nagase America,, Asahi Glass, Pfizer. Past Chair of CME made it the largest topical group at ACS. Founder of ACS Peru, CME Leadership Awards and the ACS NASA Space Symposia. Highest honors in B.S. Chemical Engineering, and M.S. Ind. Mgt.

March 2 - CVC: Manufacturing Reinvention

Tom Kichler, Partner and US Head of Industrials and Energy at CVC. Previously, worked at One Equity Partners (JP Morgan), Citigroup CIB (Salomon). Board of Directors at Anchor Glass, and he served at the Boards of East Balt, PeroxyChem, Sonneborn Refined Products, Columbian Chemicals. BSE, Wharton School.

February 2 - Loreal, IFF: Cosmetics Innovation

Michael White, Assistant Vice President of Creative Fragrance Development at L’Oreal USA, .has 30 years in the personal care industry in quality, formulation, and creative fragrance development. Mike has worked for Gillette and has created fragrances for nearly every personal care category in body application.

Dennis Maroney, Perfumer at International Flavors and Fragrances which he joined in 2001. Previously, he was Perfumer at Shaw Mudge and Co. and Kato Worldwide Ltd. He was President of the American Society of Perfumers. BS in Psychology and Chemisty.

January 11 - Industry outlook: fresh start for manufacturing renaissance?

Ezra Greenberg Economist and Strategist. A Senior Expert in McKinsey's center for advanced analytics in strategy, corporate finance, and macroeconomics,Ezra worked for three years at the world's largest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates.

Sam Samdani , PhD, is a senior industry knowledge expert at McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. His responsibilities include leading the firm’s Chemicals & Agriculture Practice. Prior to joining McKinsey in 1995, Sam worked at McGraw-Hill He holds a BS and PhD in chemical engineering.

November 3 - Royal Adhesives M&A for Growth

Theodore Clark is the Co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Royal Adhesives & Sealants LLC, a global top six manufacturer of adhesives and sealants for the transportation, assembly and construction industries and is also Board member of MPD Laboratories and Nusil a silicone manufacturer. He has been President and Chief Executive of PRC-Desoto , Burke Industries.

October 6 - WR Grace Sharp Strategic Focus

Fred Festa joined Grace as President and COO in 2003, became CEO in 2005, and Chairman in 2008. He completed 22 acquisitions and guided Grace through the longest Chapter 11 process.  Festa served in senior positions at Morgenthaler Private Equity Partners, ICG Commerce, AlliedSignal and GE.

September 8 - Sustainable Packaging: What's Next?

Emile Homsi, Ph.D., LLM, is currently the SABIC Global leader for The Polymer Application Technology Group. Emile has worked for Honeywell, BASF and DSM. He was Americas VP of Research and Technology for DSM.

Matt Morrison, DFES, MBA, is the SABIC Americas leader for Corporate Sustainability. He worked as a research scientist and team lead at the U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development. He has a PhD Forestry and Environment, MS in Chemistry, and an MBA.

Tamal Ghosh , PhD, is an expert in polymer engineering for Sustainable Packaging, Bio-derived Polymers, Polymer Composites, and Barrier Coatings. He has two decades of global industry experience at Engelhard, Ciba Specialty Chemicals and PepsiCo.

June 2 - NNI 2.0 The Future of USA Nanotechnology

Michael A. Meador, PhD, is Director of the National Nanotechnology coordination Office (NNCO). NASA Glenn Research Center Chief of the Polymers Branch (1988 to 2011). He led a NASA-industry-academia project under the Space Technology Mission Program.

Rajiv Banavali, PhD, is Chief Technology Officer for Honeywell Advanced Materials. He has worked with new low-global-warming-potential Solstice refrigerants, blowing agents, solvents and aerosols as part of Performance Materials and Technologies.

Qinghuang Lin, PhD, Research senior manager at IBM Watson Research Center. He is an IBM Master Inventor with over 80 granted patents with 70 patents pending. He is the editor of 6 books and the author of over 60 technical papers. He is the Chair of the ACS Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering (PMSE) division.

May 5 - 2016 Latin America Outlook

Federico Mennella, Managing Director & Head of Lincoln’s International Global Chemical practice. Led Chase's Chemical and Industrial M&A advisory . Worked at Peter J. Solomon, Deutsche Bank, McKinsey, Lazard, Oppenheimer and Arthur Andersen.

Renzo Merino, Analyst, Moody’s Sovereign Risk Group. Has covered the credit of the Inter-American Development Bank, Panama, Ecuador, USA, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, South Africa, Brazil, Peru, and Venezuela. Country Risk Analyst at BMI.

Moderators: George Rodriguez and James S. Rosenstein, Executive Director, Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce.

April 7 - 2016 Biotech Outlook

Michael King, PhD, is Michael King Jr is a Managing Director and senior research analyst in biotechnology . Prior to joining JMP, he worked at Dawson James Securities, Rodman & Renshaw, Ziopharm Oncology and Wedbush Securities.

Nathan Tinker PhD, has been Executive Director of New York BIO since 2007. He has worked at Sabin Vaccine Institute Cancer Vaccine Consortium and Antenna Group.  Dr. Tinker was Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of the NanoBusiness Alliance. 

Paul Pospisil, PhD, is a Senior Client Partner, Global Life Sciences at Korn Ferry. He recruits CEOs, CFOs, CTOs and other key executives. Co-founder of Aduro Capital LLC. He has worked at Atlas Venture, Millennium Pharmaceuticals and Altus Biologics.

Mar 9 - Accelerating Growth through Distribution

Growth in the $3.4 trillion global chemical value chain .

J. Erik Fyrwald Univar CEO since May 2012. He was President of Ecolab; CEO of Nalco, and Group Vice President of the Agriculture and Nutrition Division of DuPont. Serves on the board of Eli Lilly, Amsted Industries, The SCI, and The Field Museum. BS ChE.

Feb 4 - Sparking the Senses: From Flavor to Table

Ken Gilbert, Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Voss of Norway ASA. Ken has over 35 years experience with companies such as A&W Brands, G. Heileman Brewing, Cadbury Schweppes, and Mystic Beverages. Ken was CMO of the Snapple Beverage Group. 

Kay Murano, PhD, Flavorist at International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF). She is a member of the Creative and Applications team. Dr. Murano holds a B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry from St. John's University and a Ph.D. in Food Science from Rutgers.

January 7 - 2016 Economic Outlook, ACC, R. Fry

Kevin Swift, PhD, is a Managing Director and Chief Economist at the American Chemistry Council in Arlington, VA, where he is responsible for economic and other analyses dealing with markets, raw materials, trade, tax, energy, and competition and innovation. 

Robert Fry, PhD, is Principal at Robert Fry Economics where he analyzes the global economy to help decision-makers at manufacturing companies and wealth management firms. He was an award-winning Senior Economist at DuPont. 

December 8 - CME ACS Awards

November 5 - DB: Driving Growth through M&A

Adam Abramson, is a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank. $75 billion of advisory and capital transactions. Involved in the acquisition of Celanese by Blackstone, and the JV of Americas Styrenics by Dow and ChevronPhillips Chemical. Sell-side: OM Group to Apollo and Platform Specialty Products, Rockwood's Pigment business to Huntsman, Ocean Nutrition Canada to DSM, Solutia to Eastman Chemical, Lyondell Chemical to Basell, Ashland’s Electronic Materials to Air Products.

October 1 - What is Next in Crop Science

Jay Vroom, has been president and CEO of CropLife America (CLA) since 1989. CLA lobbies for the benefits of crop technology in enhancing food, fiber and renewable fuel production, and advocates for science-based regulations.  He brings agency experience, plus environmental science knowledge from the U. of Illinois. 

Iain Kelly, Ph.D. is Research Fellow and Director of Regulatory Policy at Bayer CropScience in RTP.  With more than 30 years' experience, his primary responsibility has been coordinating a range of bee health related topics.  He is the immediate past chair of CropLife America's Pollinator Team.

September 9 - Shaping the Future at Chemours

Mark Vergnano is CEO of Chemours, arguably the most significant spinoff of the legendary DuPont in the last half century. The Chemours is in a unique position to re-invent the nature of the formerly known Chemicals & Fluoroproducts and Titanium Technologies businesses of DuPont. Speech Audio/PPT and Press Release

June 4, 2015 - Specialty Chemicals: A New Paradigm for Consumers, Naterials and Life Science

Speaker: James Mish leads Ashland’s global Consumer Specialties business, a leading provider of personal and household care, pharmaceutical, and nutritional specialty chemicals. Mish has integrated the International Specialties Products (ISP) and Ashland consumer businesses to achieve improved growth, innovation and customer experience.


May 7, 2015 - Latin American Outlook

Mauro Leos, Vice President and Sr. Credit Officer, Moody’s Sovereign Risk Group. He is the Regional Credit officer for Latin America. He was Managing Director for Latam at Wharton Econometrics. Graduate in finance from U. of Wisconsin and ITES de Monterrey.

Christian Perlingiere, Associate Director, Latin America, Veracity Worlwide. He analyzed political, social, environmental, and reputational risks linked to major mining projects. Graduate from Georgetown and U. of Chicago's Booth School of Business.

Alberto Ramos, is head of the Latin America Economic Research team in the Global Investment Research Division. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2003. He worked at the IMF for six years.He earned an MA and PhD in Economics and taought at the U. of Chicago.

Mark Gross is a Managing Director at Dominick & Dickerman, an investment bank.  He was Head of Corporate & Investment Banking, Brazil at Standard Chartered Bank and Country Officer for the American Express Bank International.  He holds an MBA from the Stern School of Business.

April 2, 2015 - Japan-USA: Regenerating the World of Medicine

Hiromichi Kumagai, PhD, – Fellow, Head Biotech Lab, Asahi Glass Central Research. Former Managing Director of the ASPEX Division of AGC. Received the 2011 Award of the Japan Bio-industry Association. Shinya Yamanaka, the 2012 Nobel Prize winner found that induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC's) could be derived from normal adult cells..

Speaker: Stephen Chang, PhD, , Vice President for R&D at NYSCF. Since 2005, the New York Stem Cell Foundation has created the first patient-specific stem cell lines for ALS and reprogrammed pancreatic cells. Genetic models of diabetes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases of human stem cells are being developed at the NYSCF Lab .

October 2, 2014 - Huntsman: Transforming the World of Advanced Materials

James Huntsman, President, Huntsman Advanced Materials. $1.3 billion in epoxy and polyurethane-based polymer products, focus: aerospace, adhesives, high-performance coatings, power generation, green electronics and large-scale projects.

September 10, 2014 - Evonik: Capturing Growth in Specialty Chemicals

Speaker: John Rolando, President of Evonik North America. With more than €12.5 billion in sales in 2012, Evonik is in the midst of an ambitious €6 billion investment program focused to grow its specialty chemicals businesses around the world.

July 12, 2013 - Sustainability Symposium at JFK. Solar Impulse: An Energy Revolution!

The Symposium was organized by Solvay in association with CME and ACS. Solar Impulse is the first solar-powered aircraft to fly across America day and night without any fuel. This amazing machine of 63 meters (208 ft) in wingspan that weighs only 1600 kg (3520 lb) is a marvel of engineering, chemistry, physics, and most importantly, the human passion for perseverance and making the impossible dreams come true.