Shri. Rajeev Kapoor, IAS

Secretary, Dept. of Chemcials & Petrochemcials Govt. of India
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Shri. Ashutosh Sharma

Secretary, Dept. of Science & Technology
Govt. of India
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Shri. Sanjay Sethi, IAS

CEO, Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation
Govt. of Maharashtra, India
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Shri. Ajay Narayan Jha, IAS

Secretary , Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Govt. of India
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Shri. (Dr.) Rajiv Sharma

Secretary, Science and Engineering Research Board Government of India.
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Dr. R. Gopalakrishnan

Former Director TATA Sons, Author & corporate Advisor
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Keynote Address By

× 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. John Warner

R Gopalakrishnan studied physics at St Xavier’s Kolkata, engineering at IIT Kharagpur and attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He has been a corporate leader for 48 years: 31 years in Unilever and 17 years in Tata. He served in Jeddah as Chairman of Unilever Arabia, as Managing Director of Brooke Bond Lipton and Vice Chairman of Hindustan Lever, and as Executive Director of Tata Sons. Apart from serving as a Director on the TATA parent board, Tata Sons, and he also served several Tata group companies. Currently he serves as an independent director of listed companies, Akzo Nobel India, Castrol India, and Hemas Holdings PLC, Sri Lanka.

His Professional Involvements include:
  1. As a member of the TATA Group Corporate Centre he was deeply engaged in the restructuring and renewal of the prestigious Tata Group.
  2. Deeply involved since the mid 1990’s with the shaping of HLL, India’s largest FMCG Company through mergers, acquisitions and re-organisations.
  3. Worked on the re-organisation of Unilever’s interests in the Arabian Peninsula from 1991 to 1995 by merging three components into a strong local company. Led a multinational team of managers [15 nationalities].
  4. Led export development in overseas markets as Vice President in HLL. Travelled and experienced in OECD countries, the Arab World and the erstwhile Soviet Union.

He is an international speaker and is actively engaged in both instructional and inspirational speaking. He has been a newspaper columnist and continues to write every month for financial papers. He has also authored five books since 2007, the latest of which is “Six Lenses: vignettes of success, career and relationships”

× Dr. John Warner

Protein Engineering, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology
Panjab Univ., Chandigarh: B.Sc. Hons. 1976; M.Sc. Hons 1978; Ph. D. (I.I.Sc.) Bangalore 1984.
Post-Ph.D. Career:
Univ. of California, Santa Barbara, CA, USA: Postdoc Trainee 1984-86; Rockefeller Univ. New York, USA: Sr. Res. Assc. and Adjunct Faculty ’86-’88; Albert Einstein Coll. Medicine, New York: Sr. Res. Assoc.1987-91; CSIR-Instt. of Microbial Tech : Senior Scientist 1991-2005; Director: 2005-2015; Director General, CSIR 2015-present.
Scientific Work:
Contributions in the area of protein cardiovascular drugs especially ‘clot busters’ and their mode of action in the human body. Lead teams responsible for producing technology for India’s first indigenous clot bluster drug, natural streptokinase (under brand name ‘STPase’ marketed by Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Ahmedabad), and recombinant streptokinase (produced by Shasun Drugs, Chennai) marketed as several brand names eg.‘Klotbuster’ (Alembic) and ‘LupiFlo’ (Lupin). Developed a novel life-saver thrombolytic drug (Clot-specific streptokinase) India’s first bio therapeutic molecule which is not a Biosimilar that has been patented world wide, and licensed to a US Pharma company in 2006. Commercial launch expected 2016. Recently, developed Fourth-generation ‘Anti-thrombotic’ clot busters that have been out-licensed in multi-million dollar deals.
Awards & Distinctions:
  • National Biotechnology Product Development Award 2002
  • CSIR Technology Shield 2001-2002
  • The Vasvik Industrial Award 2000
  • Ranbaxy Award in Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2003, Vigyan Rattan Award 2014, Shri Om Prakash Bhasin Award 2013, CSIR, Technology Award for Business Development and Technology Marketing 2014 etc.

× 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.

Convention Speakers

× Prof. C J Lee

Director of NSERC CREATE in Green Chemistry and Green Chemicals Co-Director, FQRNT Centre for Green Chemistry and Catalysis Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (Academy of Science) Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS) Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC)

Research Description:

  1. Green Chemistry: Explore new catalytic reactions that have high atom-efficiency in water and other cleaner media (CO2 and Ionic Liquids), and to transform these reactions into general synthetic tools for synthesizing biologically important compounds and organic materials in a cost-effective and environmentally friendly manner.
  2. Synthesis of biologically active compounds: Developing new methods for synthesizing natural products and other biologically important compounds. One special interest is to develop synthesis and study of "Chemical Sensitizers" for targeted cancer therapy.

Education :

B. Sc. (Zhengzhou University, 1983)
M.S. (Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1988)
Ph. D. (McGill University, 1992)
NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow (Stanford University, 1992-94)
(US) Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award (Academic), 2001
Canadian Green Chemistry and Engineering Award (individual), 2010

× Prof. C J Lee

C. Oliver Kappe is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Graz (Austria) and Key Researcher at the Research Center Pharmaceutical Engineering GmbH (RCPE). He received his diploma (1989) and his doctoral (1992) degrees in organic chemistry from the University of Graz where he worked with Gert Kollenz on cycloaddition and rearrangement reactions of acylketenes. After periods of postdoctoral research work on reactive intermediates and matrix isolation spectroscopy with Curt Wentrup at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia (1993-1994) and on synthetic methodology/alkaloid synthesis with Albert Padwa at Emory University in Atlanta, USA (1994-1996), he moved back to the University of Graz in 1996 to start his independent academic career.

He has spent time as visiting scientist/professor at e.g. the Scripps Research Institute (La Jolla, USA, K. Barry Sharpless, 2003), the Toyko Institute of Technology (Toyko, Japan, T. Takahashi, 2008), the Sanford-Burnham Institute for Medical Research (Orlando, USA, 2010) and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2013-2015).

Professor Kappe has an extensive general experience and a 25 year track record in synthetic and physical organic chemistry, process intensification using batch microwave technology and flow chemistry/microreaction technology, communicated in ~380 scientific publications  (Research ID, WoS h-Index 69). For the past decade the focus of his research has been directed towards flow chemistry/microreaction technology, encompassing a wide variety of synthetic transformations and experimental techniques.

C. Oliver Kappe is the Founding Editor and current Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Flow Chemistry and a board member of the Flow Chemistry Society..

× Dr. David Constable

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× Dr. Pascal Metivier

Pascal Metivier is Solvay group Science & Technology director, based in Brussels (Belgium).< br> Pascal Metivier did all his career within R&D, where he held various positions. He entered Rhone-Poulenc in 1987 in Lyon (France) as research scientist working for the pharmaceutical division and then in 1989 working for the agro division. In 1992 he joined the Organic division as group leader where he first work on development of new fragrant molecules, before moving to the industrial side working on process improvement for major industrial units.

In 1996 he joined Rhodia and was appointed head of the catalysis and process department of Rhodia focusing mainly on development and improvement of major industrial processes of Rhodia such as the polyamide intermediates.

In 2001 he was appointed global R&D director of the new Phosphorus and Performance Derivative business unit and moved to London. He returned to France in 2004 where he was appointed global R&D director for Novecare Business unit.

IN 2007 he was appointed as R&I director for Asia-Pacific zone. During the 9 years he spend in Asia he lead the development of R&D in the zone including construction of new research centers in China (Shanghai), Korea (Seoul) & India (Vadodara).

Pascal Metivier studied at “Ecole Europeenne des Industries Chimiques” in Strasbourg (FRANCE), and got his PhD from University Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg. He also spend 18 month as visiting scientist in Purdue University (Indiana , USA)

Pascal Metivier has been named professor “honoris causa” of Zhengzhou university (Henan, China) in 2009, and is also guest professor since 2013 at East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai.

× Dr. Michel PHILIPPE


Studies : Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry (Paris-Sud University, Orsay, France)
- Ph. D., 1984: New sugar derivatives in the field of antibacterial compounds and immunostimulants (Pr. Sir Derek Barton, Nobel Prize Laureate, as thesis committee member).


Joined L’OREAL R&I in 1984
Team Manager in charge of eco-design of skin care and hair care ingredients till 2004
Sustainable Innovation Manager from 2004

Scientific Activity

120 patents
20 publications and posters
30 oral communications in Green Chemistry International Conferences
Design and Development of new Sugar derivatives and new Sphingolipids launched on the market for hair and skin care Synthesis of new C-Glycoside surfactants
Implementation of Green Chemistry Principles at L’Oréal since 2005
Participation in the drafting of a new ISO Standard on Natural & Organic ingredients in cosmetics (ISO 16128)

Research topics

Eco-design of green ingredients based on chemistry and biocatalysis of monosaccharides, polysaccharides and lipids (sphingolipids and ceramides)
Development of new green processes using renewable raw materials from plant
Implementation of green metrics and naturalness index

× Dr. Ingrid Mergelsberg

Dr. Ingrid Mergelsberg received her PhD degree in organic chemistry from the University in Freiburg, Germany. After two postdoctoral trainings at the University of Rochester, NY and Hoffman LaRoche, Basel, Switzerland she started her industrial career at Parke Davis in Freiburg, Germany and then worked for Schering-Plough first in Switzerland and then in New Jersey, USA and later for Merck, New Jersey after the merger.
During her more than 30 years in Chemical Development she has held a progression of roles of increasing responsibilities serving for the last seven years as Director in Process Chemistry. She is leading the cross functional /cross divisional Green and Sustainable Science team at Merck. A former co-Chair of the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute Pharmaceutical Roundtable, Dr. Mergelsberg has been very active in green chemistry initiatives both Merck internally as well as externally. Dr. Mergelsberg also leads the Green Chemistry Working Group of the International Consortium for Innovation and Quality in Pharmaceutical Development (IQ).

× Dr. David Constable

Jeffrey Whitford joined Sigma-Aldrich in 2005 and since that time has served in a variety of positions including the company’s first-ever head of Global Citizenship. After the acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany in 2015 he was named Head of Corporate Responsibility for the Life Science business and recently the head of Branding. In his latest role, Whitford is responsible for developing and implementing strategic programs designed to enhance Merck’s position as a global leader in green chemistry, product recycling, environmental sustainability and social responsibility.

He works to integrate sustainable development concepts into the strategic plans for the business. He also directs the company’s largest Corporate Responsibility initiative, SPARK, where employees in more than 36 countries participate in charitable events designed to benefit their local communities.

Whitford guided Sigma-Aldrich to recognition for leadership in their Corporate Social Responsibility efforts from the Carbon Disclosure Project, Dow Jones Sustainability Index, #20 from the Corporate Knights Global 100 at the World Economic Forum at Davos, #5 in the United States on Newsweek’s Green Rankings, #1 in the Materials Sector on The Civic 50 and #5 on Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s Top 100 Corporate Citizens.

Whitford earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Strategic Communications from the University of Missouri-Columbia and earned a master’s degree in business administration at Washington University in St. Louis. Whitford has served as board member of the International Institute in St. Louis and the St. Louis chapter of JDRF.

× Dr. Ashutosh Agarwal

Dr. Ashutosh Agarwal is working with Jubilant Life Sciences Ltd. since eighteen years as Chief Scientific Officer. Participated as Advisory Board Member for CII’s IP Education Initiative. Has 36 years of experience in varied capacities. Got 27 research papers & 75 patents to his credit. He is a member of ACS, ORCS, Indian Pharmaceutical Association, Catalysis Society of India and Fellow Indian Chemical Society. Education from University of Allahabad (India) and was awarded gold medal in his post graduation. He was instrumental in bringing recognition to Jubilant in the form of six National awards (Sir Aacharya P. C. Ray award for in house R&D during 2004 and 2008, DSIR award for in-house R&D effort for year 2004, Golden Peacock Innovation Award-2010, FICCI Chemicals & Petrochemicals award for year 2014 and Sustainability Award for Best Green Process in Chemical Sector for 2016).

× Dr. Mark Dorfman

Mark Dorfman is a biomimicry chemist with Biomimicry 3.8, an organization founded on the premise that living organisms, by necessity, have developed sophisticated, highly effective, life-friendly chemistries that could inspire provocative, sustainable technologies for modern society.
In partnership with forward-thinking chemistry labs, Mark seeks out and applies the design principles of nature's time-tested chemical strategies to the development of innovative solutions to the toxic chemical and material challenges facing the 21st century.

× Dr. Sandeep Mohanty

Dr. Sandeep Mohanty is currently a Director in Process Innovation at Chemical TechOps, Manufacturing Science & Technology,  Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd in Hyderabad. He brings in more than 23 years of experience in API Research & Development with a focus on product cost management, process reengineering, process Management, data analysis and six sigma operations in manufacturing.
Sandeep has been working with Dr. Reddy’s for past 17 years and has significantly contributed to the growth of Process R&D in Chemical TechOps enabling launch and commercialization of several API’s. Prior to Dr.
Reddy’s, Sandeep worked with Standard Organics Ltd, Max Pharma and Zenith Lab. Sandeep earned a PhD in Organic Chemistry in JNTU, Hyderabad.    

× Dr. Anuj Mittal

Educational Qualifications: M.Sc. , Ph. D. ( University Of Lucknow, Lucknow, UP)
Experience: ~ 20 Years in Synthetic Organic Chemistry
Presently working as VP-R&D, PI Industries Limited.

  • 8 Years with Dabur Research Foundation
  • 3 Years Aurobindo Pharma Limited.
  • 8.5 Years with PI Industries Limited

× Dr. Dharamaraj Rao

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× Dr. R. Rajagopal

Dr. R.Rajagopal is a strategist, author and mentor; active in the study of sustainability literacy, human geography and healthcare technologies. He researches global sustainability and technology models in chemicals, materials, energy and agricultural value chains. He has three decades of experience in the chemicals and in particular, the fine and specialty chemicals value chain. As a strategy advisor he assists companies in business diversification, partnering models, structuring alliances, customer engagement models, portfolio rationalization, technology platforms and sustainability management. He is the author of “Sustainable Value Creation in the Fine and Specialty Chemicals Industry”, 2014, Wiley.
A PhD Tech. from the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, he is the Founder and CEO, KnowGenix, a Mumbai, India based niche research and strategy. The consortium of KnowGenix, Helios Capital Advisors P. Ltd. and Fortune Financial & Equities Services P. Ltd, offer strategic growth and IB advisory services to companies in energy; oil and gas; healthcare; fine, specialty, consumer and life science chemicals; biotechnology; food processing and packaging value chains.

× Mr. Ravi Raghavan

Ravi obtained his M.S. in Polymer Chemistry from Drexel University (USA), after his B.Sc. (Tech) (Plastics) from UDCT. In 1986, he joined Chemical Weekly, where he is presently Editor/Publisher.
Ravi is also responsible for strategic planning for the group, which is also into exhibitions/conferences and in strategic market research and consultancy.
He has written extensively on the chemical industry and presented papers at numerous business conferences in India and abroad.

  • Distinguished Alumnus, Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), formerly known as UDCT.
  • President, UDCT Alumni Association.
  • Honorary Fellow, Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers

× Mr. Nitesh Mehta

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.

× Dr. Jeff Eaves

Dr. Jeff Eaves is the General Manager for Circa Sustainable Chemicals Ltd.  Jeff has a PhD in chemistry and worked for an international chemical company for eleven years in both technical and commercial roles before completing an MBA and becoming a specialist in commercial due diligence for mergers and acquisitions working for both KPMG and Deloitte.  Jeff has worked in early stage venture capital with IP Group in the UK and was CEO of Chamelic Ltd, a polymer based start up from the University of Leeds.  Prior to joining Circa, Jeff worked with the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence at the University of York.

× Dr. Karim Cassimjee

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× Dr. Ashok Menon

Dr. Ashok Menon has 18 years of experience in provide technical expertise and lead global research & technology teams in General Electric Co. and SABIC. He has been primarily responsible for leading large teams and developing technologies in area of catalysis, polymer processing, and material characterization. He also has experience in developing and implementing organizational strategizes related to corporate governance, sustainability, product stewardship and regulatory affairs.

He is currently heading the Global Life Cycle Assessment efforts for SABIC and is responsible for sustainability impact assessment of SABIC’s products, processes and services across the value chain. Dr. Menon completed his postdoctoral fellowship from University of Minnesota, USA and PhD from University of Mumbai.