May
06 - 09
2024

AVANI + Riverside Bangkok Hotel

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64th Annual General Meeting

Bangkok, Thailand

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Mission Possible: Journey into a Sustainable Industry.

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President

Mr. Kazuyoshi Matsuura

Mr. Kazuyoshi Matsuura

Current President International

Registration

Full AGM 4 days program (Member)

$3,000.00

*The early registration price ends on March 1st, 2024​
Regular price: $3,500.00

This type of registration includes:

  • Participation in all activities and events of the 64th AGM.
  • Committee Meetings ( only committee members)
  • Welcome reception
  • Award Ceremony and Award Luncheon
  • Networking activities on Tuesday May 7, afternoon - city tour
  • Casual dinner
  • Committee Chair Luncheon
  • Annual Institute General BOD Meeting (only members)
  • Gala Dinner
  • Speaker program - two sessions
  • Farewell lunch

2 day participation program (Member)

$2,200.00

*The early registration price ends on March 1st, 2024​
Regular price: $2,600.00

This type of registration includes: (All activities on Tuesday, May 7, and Wednesday, May 8.)

  • Committee meetings ( only committee members)
  • Award ceremony
  • Award luncheon
  • Networking activity - city tour
  • Casual dinner
  • Speaker program
  • Committee chair luncheon
  • Annual Institute General BOD meeting (only members)
  • Gala dinner

1 day participation program (Member)

$1,200.00

*The early registration price ends on March 1st, 2024​
Regular price: $1,500.00

This type of registration includes: (All activities on Tuesday, May 7, or Wednesday, May 8.)

Tuesday:
  • Committee meetings ( only committee members)
  • Award ceremony
  • Award luncheon
  • Networking activity - city tour
  • Casual dinner
Wednesday:
  • Speaker program
  • Committee chair luncheon
  • Annual Institute General BOD meeting (only members)
  • Gala dinner

Full AGM 4 days program (Non-Member)

$6,000.00

This type of registration includes:

  • Participation in all activities and events of the 64th AGM
  • Welcome reception
  • Award Ceremony and Award Luncheon
  • Networking activities on Tuesday May 7, afternoon - city tour
  • Casual dinner
  • Committee Chair Luncheon
  • Gala Dinner
  • Speaker program - two sessions
  • Farewell lunch

Attendee's Companion

Fee varies

Welcome reception – 180 USD

Networking - City tour and casual dinner – 350 USD

Award Ceremony and luncheon – ​180 USD

Committee Chair Luncheon – 180 USD

Gala dinner – 400 USD

Farewell Luncheon - 180 USD

Speaker

No Fee

This type of registration includes:

  • Participation in all activities and events of the 64th AGM
  • Committee Meetings ( only committee members)
  • Welcome reception
  • Award Ceremony and Award Luncheon
  • Networking activities on Tuesday, May 7, afternoon - city tour
  • Casual dinner
  • Committee Chair Luncheon
  • Annual Institute General BOD Meeting (only members)
  • Gala Dinner
  • Speaker program - two sessions
  • Farewell lunch

Award

No Fee

This type of registration includes:

  • Participation in all activities and events of the 64th AGM
  • Committee Meetings ( only committee members)
  • Welcome reception
  • Award Ceremony and Award Luncheon
  • Networking activities on Tuesday, May 7, afternoon - city tour
  • Casual dinner
  • Committee Chair Luncheon
  • Annual Institute General BOD Meeting (only members)
  • Gala Dinner
  • Speaker program - two sessions
  • Farewell lunch

Press

No Fee

This type of registration includes:

  • Participation in all activities and events of the 64th AGM
  • Committee Meetings ( only committee members)
  • Welcome reception
  • Award Ceremony and Award Luncheon
  • Networking activities on Tuesday, May 7, afternoon - city tour
  • Casual dinner
  • Committee Chair Luncheon
  • Annual Institute General BOD Meeting (only members)
  • Gala Dinner
  • Speaker program - two sessions
  • Farewell lunch

IISRP Staff

No Fee

This type of registration includes:

  • Participation in all activities and events of the 64th AGM
  • Committee Meetings ( only committee members)
  • Welcome reception
  • Award Ceremony and Award Luncheon
  • Networking activities on Tuesday, May 7, afternoon - city tour
  • Casual dinner
  • Committee Chair Luncheon
  • Annual Institute General BOD Meeting (only members)
  • Gala Dinner
  • Speaker program - two sessions
  • Farewell lunch

Program

Event Day 01 | Monday May 06th

08:30 / 16:30

Registration Desk

09:00 / 15:00

EHC - TOC Joint Meeting

Room: Air 1 & 2

**Only Committee Members

09:00 / 15:00

Stats Committee Meeting

Room: Sky

**Only Committee Members

11:30 / 14:00

Finance, Pension & Audit Committee

Room: Breeze

**Only Committee Members

12:00 / 13:00

Lunch

**Committee members only

14:00 / 17:00

Executive Committee Meeting

Room: Breeze

**Only Officers

18:30 / 20:30

Welcome Reception

Room: SEEN Rooftop Bar

**Joint Activity

Event Day 02 | Tuesday May 07th

08:00 / 10:30

Registration Desk

08:00 / 10:30

Asia Pacific Section BOD

Room: Sky

**BOD Member & Committee Chairs

08:00 / 10:30

EMEAS BOD & Americas BOD

Room: Breeze

**BOD Member & Committee Chairs

11:30 / 12:25

Award Ceremony

Room: Galaxy ballroom

**Joint activity

12:25 / 14:00

Award Lunch

Room: Galaxy ballroom

**Joint activity

14:00 / 22:00

Networking - Full Group Tour & Casual Dinner

Venue: Sirimahanop Restaurant

**Joint activity

Event Day 03 | Speaker Program | Wednesday May 08th

08:00 / 11:00

Registration Desk

08:00 / 08:10

Greetings

Room: Galaxy ballroom

08:10 / 09:00

Auto Industry Trends and Needs

Room: Galaxy ballroom

By: Somboon Samakphan – BMW Group​

09:00 / 09:30

Auto Market Outlook

Room: Galaxy ballroom

By: Ammar Master - Global Data

09:30 / 10:00

World Economy Outlook

Room: Galaxy ballroom

10:00 / 10:30

Coffee Break

10:30 / 11:00

Synthetic Rubber Market Situation

Room: Galaxy ballroom

By: Roxanna Petrovic - IISRP

11:00 / 11:30

Natural Rubber Market Situation

Room: Galaxy ballroom

By: Prof. Joseph Adelegan - IRSG

11:30 / 12:00

End Use Market & Sustainability

Room: Galaxy ballroom

12:15 / 13:30

Committee Chairs Award & Lunch

Room: Moon Ballroom

**Joint activity

14:00 / 17:00

Annual General & Board Meeting

Room: Galaxy Ballroom

**IISRP Members Only

14:05

After Annual General Meeting

Incoming Executive Committee Meeting

**IISRP Incoming Officers Only​

18:30 / 10:30

Gala Dinner

Venue: Chom Wang Convention Hall

**Joint activity

Event Day 04 | Speaker Program | Thursday May 09th

08:10 / 09:00

Tire Industry Trends and Needs

Room: Galaxy ballroom

By: Sunam Sarkar - Apollo Tyres Ltd

09:00 / 09:30

Present Situation of Chinese Tire Industry

Room: Galaxy ballroom

By: Mary Xu - CRIA

09:30 / 10:00

Technical trends

Room: Galaxy ballroom

By: Dr. Liqun Zhang – South China University of Technology

10:00 / 10:30

Coffee Break

10:30 / 11:00

Clean Energy/Sustainability

Room: Galaxy ballroom

By: James Moore – Wave Exponential PCl​

11:00 / 11:30

Strategies for Sustainability for Synthetic Rubber

Room: Galaxy ballroom

By: Lee Fagg - NexantECA

11:30 / 12:00

Monomer Market Situation

Room: Galaxy ballroom

By: Bill Hyde – Chemical Analytics

12:30 / 14:00

Farewell Lunch

Room: Moon Ballroom

**Joint activity

Speakers

Ammar Master

 

Bill Hyde

 

James Moore
James Moore

 

Lee Fagg

 

Roxanna Bauza-Petrovic

 

Ammar Master

 

Bill Hyde

 

James Moore

 

Lee Fagg

 

Dr. Liqun Zhang

 

Roxanna Bauza-Petrovic

 

Somboon Samakphan

 

Sunam Sarkar

 

Joseph Adelegan

 

Mary Xu

 

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Location

Places to visit:

The Grand Palace

Places to visit:

Wat Phra Kaew

Places to visit:

Golden Mountain

Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, is a large city known for ornate shrines and vibrant street life.

The boat-filled Chao Phraya River feeds its network of canals, flowing past the Rattanakosin royal district, home to opulent Grand Palace and its sacred Wat Phra Kaew Temple. Nearby is Wat Pho Temple with an enormous reclining Buddha and, on the opposite shore, Wat Arun Temple with its steep steps and Khmer-style spire.

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Practical Info

Generally, a foreign citizen who wishes to enter the Kingdom of Thailand is required to obtain a visa from a Royal Thai Embassy or a Royal Thai Consulate-General. However, nationals of certain countries are exempted from visa requirements when entering Thailand for tourism purposes. Such nationals will be permitted to stay in the Kingdom for a period of not exceeding 30 days. For more information, please see the Summary of different visa types and verify if you need a tourist visa. Nationals of certain countries are required to apply for a visa only at the Royal Tai Embassy or the Royal Thai Consulate in the applicant’s country of residence. The travelers are advised to consult an authorized office for the issuance of visas before departure. You can find more information in the following link.

THAI VISA INFO

If you need an invitation letter for your visa, please fill in the attached form and email the completed form to: salinas@iisrp.com Please include all the necessary information and full name as it appears on the passport (first name, middle name, and last name).

Download the LOI request - AGM 2024

In Thailand, the power plug sockets are of type A, B, C, F, and O. The standard voltage is 220 V, and the frequency is 50 Hz. You can use your electric appliances in Thailand if the standard voltage in your country is between 220 – 240 V (as is in the UK, Europe, Australia, and most of Asia and Africa). If the standard voltage in your country is in the range of 100 V – 127 V (as is in the US, Canada, and most South American countries), you need a voltage converter in Thailand.

Baht (Code THB) is the official currency of Thailand. It is subdivided into 100 satang. In 2018, the Royal Thai Mint and the Ministry of Finance issued a new series of general circulation coins, with the same standard specifications and with denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25, 50, satang and 1, 2, 5, and 10 BHT and announced a new family of banknotes with denominations of 20, 50 and 100 baht and two denominations, 500 and 1,000 baht were issued on the anniversary of the birth of King Maha Vajiralongkorn, July 28, 2018.

The standard value-added tax (VAT) rate in Thailand is 7%. There is also a zero rate on certain services, including export sales, international transport services, goods sold within customs-free zones, and others. Certain supplies are exempt from VAT, including textbooks, healthcare services, property rental, and others. Tipping is NOT customary in Thailand, there is absolutely NO mandatory requirement to tip anyone, but small gratuities for great service are very much appreciated. Unlike some other parts of the world, you will never see a Thai service provider with his hand out waiting for a tip.

Bangkok has a tropical savanna climate. Experience three season: warm, rainy and cool. Temperatures are quite hot throughout the year, in May the temperature normally ranges between 26 to 35 degrees Celsius and relative humidity of around 75%. The rainy season begins with the arrival of the southwest monsoon by mid-May. September is the rainiest month, with and average rainfall of 334 millimeters (13.16 inches).

Venue | Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel

From high above the city skyline, create your evening plans or start the day right & all in Avani+ style and comfort. Your best choice for a riverside hotel in Bangkok.

Overlooking Bangkok's magnificent Chao Phraya River, Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel is a soothing retreat in the heart of the city. Escape the hustle and bustle in a comfortable, inspiring space. Take in awe-inspiring views of the River of Kings as you float serenely in our infinity pool.

Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • Check-Out: 12:00
  • 30 minutes away from Don Mueang International Airpor
  • 50 minutes from Suvarnnabhumi International Airport
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Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel, 257 Charoennakorn Road, Thonburi, Bangkok 10600

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Asiatique The Riverfront, Iconsiam, Riverside Plaza, Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaeo, Wat Pho, Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn).

  • Check-in: 15:00
  • Check-Out: 12:00
  • 30 minutes away from Don Mueang International Airport
  • 50 minutes from Suvarnnabhumi International Airport
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Dress Code

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Awards

Mr. Dan P. French

IISRP General Award Winner 2024

Dr. Sven Thiele

IISRP Technical Award Winner 2024

Anti-trust Statement

The International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers, Inc. (the “Institute”) has as its primary purpose the promotion of the synthetic rubber industry, in the furtherance of which the Institute and its members engage in a variety of joint activities. These activities, which necessarily involve the participation of competitors, must be done in such a way that they do not violate the antitrust laws of countries in which Institute members do business. Those laws generally proscribe agreements among competitors with anticompetitive effects.

There are any number of actions, which could be anticompetitive, including otherwise legitimate activities undertaken for anticompetitive purposes, and it is not possible to describe each and every one. The general rule, however, is straightforward. Any agree- ment among competitors, which reduces competition, is illegal and could have serious consequences for the individuals involved, the companies, which they represent, as well as the Institute.

It is, therefore, important that those attending this and any other Institute meeting not participate in any activities, which could have anticompetitive effects. It is equally important that participants refrain from discussions or actions, which could be interpreted as having an anticompetitive purpose. For example, participants should avoid discussing with competitors matters relating to price, other terms or conditions of sale as well as any matter, which should be the subject of agreement between a seller and his customer.

If you have any questions regarding this important Institute policy and its applicability, please consult Institute counsel, who will be present throughout this meeting, or your corporate counsel.

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Mr. Kazuyoshi Matsuura

Current President International

Mr. Kazuyoshi is actually the Director and Managing Executive Officer of Zeon Elastomers and Chemical Business.

He joined Zeon in 1993. In 2013, he was appointed General Manager of Sales and Marketing of Electronic Materials. In 2014, he was named General Manager of Sales of the Synthetic Rubber Division.

In 2017, he held the position of Corporate Officer Division Manager of the Synthetic Rubber Business, and in 2019, he held the position of Director and Corporate Officer Administrative HQ, Division Manager of Human Resources, General Manager of Human Resources, and General Manager of Chinese Business Administration. Last year, he was appointed Director and Managing Executive Officer of Elastomers and Chemical Business HQ.

Mr. Dan P. French

Mr. Dan P. French

IISRP General Award 2024

For more than 30 years, Dan has been in charge of the Chairman and CEO position at French Oil Mill Machinery Company, but his history with the company started more than 50 years ago. He began his professional career as a machine operator and has since advanced to the position of president, president, and CEO, all of which he has held for more than half a century.

The history of the family company, founded by his grandfather over 120 years ago, has influenced his professional career. Dan began his tradition of service and giving back in 1966 when he joined the US Air Force as a second lieutenant. He was on active duty for five years before joining French Oil, which involved service in Vietnam. Dan continued military service in the USAF Reserves until he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1994 after joining the company full-time.

Under Mr. French's leadership, the family-owned company has experienced successful growth through emphasizing its core values of customer first and continuous innovation. These values are achieved by supplying customized equipment built to last in customer plants worldwide. His business experience is recognized by his peers and clients, who have benefitted from his services throughout his professional career; the lives of the family company’s employees and the productivity of many synthetic rubber production plants have been improved by his business management and efforts.

For several decades now, the global synthetic rubber industry has benefited from receiving superior-value products and services that aim to improve its customers' productivity and reduce their production costs through all the technological innovations driven by Dan. All of the above can be seen in the improvements in the finishing lines that are operating in many plants and through the hydraulic presses for molding rubber and rubber compounds, in the rubber mixers, and in the screw presses for synthetic rubber processing and in equipment for separating liquids from solids.

Dan advocates for the partnership between industry and market stakeholders. Dan’s active involvement, leadership, and support have been beneficial to many businesses, industry associations, and civic organizations.

The IISRP is no exception. Its continuous support and active participation have benefited the Institute. He will be remembered for participating in numerous AGMs organized by IISRP, which demonstrates his interest in collaborating in the activities and projects of the IISRP.

Dan graduated from Princeton University in 1966 and completed a post-grad program at Harvard Business School in 1977.

Dr. Sven Thiele

Dr. Sven Thiele

IISRP Technical Award 2024

Dr. Thiele is Senior R&D Leader, Process & Product Development for SSBR Synthos Synthetic Rubber.

Citation

Dr. Sven Thiele is nominated for his outstanding technical contributions that have played a pivotal role in shaping the global synthetic rubber industry. His influential body of research, particularly his pioneering work in the field of functionalized synthetic rubber materials, has brought about transformative changes. This work has set new standards for the growth in the production of advanced synthetic rubber grades and directly contributed to innovation in the tire sector, with significant improvements in tire performance and sustainability.

Professional Background

Dr. Thiele earned his PhD in Chemistry from Westfaelische Wilhelms University in Muenster, Germany. His postdoctoral activities included research projects with industry leaders such as Solvay and DSM. He has held significant industrial R&D positions since 1997 at Trinseo, Dow, and DSM. In 2021, following Synthos’ acquisition of Trinseo’s synthetic rubber business, he joined Synthos. This transition has further established his leadership, driving the SSBR process and product development activities of Europe’s largest synthetic rubber producer toward more advanced and sustainable commercial materials.

Key Impacts and Contributions.

Fundamental contributions – Dr. Thiele’s R&D inventions form the foundations for all commercial functionalized rubber grades produced at Synthos’ manufacturing facility in Schkopau, Germany, which are used across the global tire and industrial rubber product manufacturing sectors.

SSBR production advancements – Dr. Thiele's pioneering work in the field of elastomer functionalization for nearly two decades has been critical to the success and growth of commercial production of solution styrene butadiene rubber (S-SBR). The expansion of S-SBR production from one train to four production trains by 2023 in Schkopau, Germany, making it the world's largest S-SBR production site, can be directly attributed to his innovative contributions.

Enhanced tire performance - SSBR architecture and functionalization significantly improve the balance between key performance properties of passenger car tires. Dr Thiele’s research on novel functionalized synthetic rubber has directly translated into enhanced tire performance. These innovative rubber grades he has developed for use in tire tread compounds offer reduced rolling resistance, superior traction, and handling combined with a balanced grip on various road surfaces, leading to improved road safety.

Sustainability - Dr Thiele's R&D work has consistently aimed to advance material solutions that are both sustainable and highly efficient. His functionalized SSBR grades have played a significant role in the development of fuel-efficient tires, directly aligning with global sustainability goals.

EV tire applications - Recently, Dr Thiele has shifted his focus to the development of new SSBR grades to meet the performance demands of EVs. This includes efforts to reduce rolling resistance further and enhance tire wear and durability. With tire wear emerging as a source of environmental microplastics, the most efficient way to reduce microplastics is to improve tire abrasion. Dr Thiele’s efforts are directly contributing to reducing the environmental impact.

Awards
Ammar Master

Ammar Master

Senior Manager, Global Data - Automotive

Ammar’s work experience includes six years of covering the automotive markets in India and Thailand as a journalist. As a senior manager for Global Data (former LMC) Automotive’s Asia Pacific automotive forecasting division, he is currently responsible for monitoring, analyzing and forecasting the automotive market in India and Pakistan. He also previously analyzed and forecasted the automotive market in ASEAN and South Korea, as well as the powertrain forecasts for India. Prior to joining LMC Automotive, Ammar spent two years in India as an automotive journalist and worked for a leading trade magazine and a business newspaper. At Mint Newspaper in Mumbai, he covered the automotive beat with responsibilities to write breaking news stories and identifying trends in the sector. At Autocar Professional Magazine, he covered Mumbai- and Pune-based vehicle manufacturers such as Tata Motors, Mahindra & Mahindra, Bajaj Auto, DaimlerChrysler, Bharat Forge and a host of component makers. Ammar was Features Editor at ASEAN Autobiz in Bangkok where his works included writing articles related to the motorcycle industry, company profiles, and human resources and community development in the region. There, his responsibilities involved researching the regional automotive industry, attending press conferences as well as conducting interviews for the featured articles. The magazine was published by Grand Prix International, Thailand’s leading automotive publisher and organizer of the Bangkok International Motor Show. He has a Bachelor of Commerce H.R. College of Commerce & Economics in Mumbai, India. Ammar is fluent in English, Thai, Hindi and Gujarati.

Bill Hyde

Bill Hyde

Vice President of Olefins and Elastomers in Chemical Market Analytics, a Dow Jones Company

Bill began his career with Union Carbide Corporation in 1990 where he had various positions, including engineering, optimization, planning, and logistics. In 2000, he joined Texas Petrochemicals as a Business Analyst. Bill joined CMAI in the Olefins Consulting practice in 2002. He assumed responsibility for CMAI’s Global C4 Olefins and Elastomer Practice in 2006. In 2011 he was promoted to Senior Director Olefins and Elastomers in IHS Chemicals, Now IHS Markit, with responsibility for the global suite of Olefins and Elastomers Services. Currently is Vice President of Olefins and Elastomers in Chemical Market Analytics, a Dow Jones Company. He has published several papers on the Olefins and Elastomers industries as well as presented at Olefins and Elastomers Conferences around the world. Bill has B.S. and M.S. Degrees in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University and an M.B.A. from Tulane University.

James Moore

James Moore

Lee Fagg

Lee Fagg

NexantECA

From February 2004 onwards, Mr. Fagg has been working at NexantECA, Energy and Chemicals Advisory. He is currently Vice-President Consulting Services and the leader for chemicals consulting in Asia and provides comprehensive consulting services to the energy and chemical value chain. Previously, he covered regional markets in the Middle East and Europe. Before working at NexantECA, he worked as a business Manager at Tecnon OrbiChem from 2000 to 2004, where he served as a lead consultant for styrenics and maleic anhydride. Integrating global chemical industry intelligence with strategic analysis and consulting. Products covered: olefins (propylene, ethylene, butadiene), aromatics (benzene, paraxylene, xylenes), monomers (styrene, phenol, acrylonitrile, acrylic acid, etc, and polymers (polycarbonate, PP, PE, PS, ABS, nylons, PET). Mr. Fagg obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Business from the University of Leeds.

Dr. Liqun Zhang

Dr. Liqun Zhang

South China University of Technology

Dr. Liqun Zhang Is currently chancellor of South China University of Technology, He worked at the Beijing University of Chemical Technology, as the Dean of Materials Science and Engineering. He is also the Cheung Kong Scholar of the Ministry of Education, Distinguished Young Scholar of NSFC, the winner of the first “Ten Thousand” plan, Chief Scientist of National 973 Project. He is titled the Director Committee Member of the Professional Committee of China Synthetic Rubber Industry Association, the council member of the Chemical Industry and Engineering Society of China, including the Associated Director Committee Member of the Rubber Professional Committee, and the Director Committee Member of Professional Committee of Green Manufacturing of Rubber-Plastics Products. He has published over 400 papers, and the number of papers with his name as the first author or the corresponding author included by SCI is over 200, with the Google Scholar citation up to 20428. He was chosen to be one of the most cited Chinese Researchers of Elsevier 2014-2018. He has been awarded more than 200 Chinese patents. He has also won two National Awards for Technological Invention 2nd Prize, eight Provincial first prize. He has been awarded the national Excellent Scientist, the 9th Chinese Youth Sci-Tec prize, the excellent technological leader of China Rubber Industry Association, and so on. He has also been awarded the Sparks-Thomas Award, Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society (2012);the SCEJ Asia Research Award, The Society of Chemical Engineering, Japan (2012);the Morand Lambla Award from International Polymer Processing Society (2014); the International Rubber Conference Organizing Medal (2018); Selected as academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering in 2021.

Roxanna Bauza-Petrovic

Roxanna Bauza-Petrovic

General Director of Programs of the International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers, Inc. based in Houston, Texas.

Her career began at INSA in 1999 (Mexico) where she held several positions until 2003 when she transferred to Dynasol, LLC (Houston) as their marketing specialist. She holds a BS in chemical engineering from ITCM (Mexico) and she completed her MBA in digital marketing at CEREM International Business School in 2018. Roxanna served as Dynasol’s representative on the Americas Section Statistical Committee and as the Institute’s Statistical Committee Chair in 2009. In her current role, Roxanna is accountable for the IISRP’s Statistical Programs including data collection, reconciliation, systems design, and analysis and reporting. Also, she is responsible for the preparation of all statistical publications. Has direct responsibility for the Statistical Committee activities and serves as principal liaison for this Committee to the Managing Director. Assists the Managing Director for policy planning, development and implementation. Roxanna has more than 20 years of experience in engineering, supply chain, procurement, quality systems, project management, commercial intelligence and international business development support.

Somboon Samakphan

Somboon Samakphan

BMW Group

Mr. Samakphan, who has worked in the auto industry, is a well-experienced environmental specialist. ISO 14001, water treatment, biodiversity, energy conservation, environmental audit, and environmental awareness are his areas of expertise. Mr. Samakphan has been working at BMW Manufacturing (Thailand) Co. LTD, since 2017, and he is currently an advanced specialist in Energy & Environmental Management, where he has several responsibilities including: Develop and manage energy and environmental projects to achieve the resource efficiency strategy. Develop a strategy that focuses on sustainability and carbon reduction strategy. The responsibility of interacting with government agencies and in charge of the response to fulfill environmental legal requirements. Evaluate the environmental impact and provide guidance to prevent the environmental risks from projects. Performing the statistical analysis of non-financial data related to energy, water, waste, and emissions for sustainability reports. Mr. Samarkphan earned his bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Mahidol University and his master's degree in the technology of environmental management, also from Mahidol University.

Sunam Sarkar

Sunam Sarkar

Apollo Tyres Ltd

Sunam Sarkar oversees Human Resources, Integrated Supply Chain including Raw Material sourcing, Production Planning & Logistics Operations, Information Technology, Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Strategy. Sunam, who is best known for his innovative perspectives and participatory management style, in his previous role as the CFO, had successfully led and executed Apollo’s international acquisitions and greatly strengthening the company’s Balance Sheet. Sunam Sarkar began his career at Modi Xerox, where he held assignments in direct sales, sales management and training, before becoming one of the youngest executives to head a Business Unit as a General Manager. At Xerox, he also aided the development of cutting-edge sales training programmes and played a significant role in helping Xerox India attain 58-percent market share. In 1999, Sunam joined Apollo Tyres as Head, Marketing, Non-Truck Tyres. Since then he has pioneered a number of initiatives that have had a significant impact on revenue, profitability, employee satisfaction and customer delight. He took over as the Chief Financial Officer in 2009, and as Chief Business Officer in November 2014. Sunam has been a Director on the Board of the Company since 2004. A Commerce graduate from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, Sunam also holds an International Masters in Practicing Management from Lancaster University, UK. An avid golfer, he enjoys western classical music, travelling and study of human behaviour and processes.

Joseph Adelegan

Joseph Adelegan

IRSG

Professor Adelegan is the Secretary-General of the International Rubber Study Group (IRSG) based in Singapore, the biggest worldwide community in the Rubber Industry. He is a C-Suite Executive and an international development expert, a Professor of Practice of Environmental Science and Engineering and a practitioner-scholar in management with over three decades of distinguished professional trajectory across 24 African Countries, Europe, North America, and Asia. His work experience spans several organizations including the United Nations, development finance institutions, international organizations, government, non-governmental organizations, education, innovation, and research institutions among others. He has extensive experience in the sustainable investment, disruptive innovation, and circular economy of the elastomer products. He has held Senior Roles at the United Nations as the Team Leader at the United Nations Technology Innovation Lab, the first European Lab in Finland and as a Senior Advisor at the United Nations Office of Project Services in Denmark. Professor Adelegan was the Division Chief at the Office of the Vice President of the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development, an International Development Financial Institution established by ECOWAS Treaty and covering 15 ECOWAS Countries. He was a representative of Africa and the Middle East at the Climate Investment Trust Fund at the World Bank, Washington DC, United States. His portfolios have included programs and projects funded by the European Union, World Bank, Green Climate Fund, Climate Investment Fund, African Development Bank, ECOWAS, African Union, NEPAD Agency, Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO), Australian Aid, several United Nations agencies, and funds among others. Professor Adelegan have held several board appointments, created strategic partnerships, and mobilized resources from development agencies, development finance institutions and several donor agencies. He was a Member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council, Geneva, Switzerland, and Non-Executive Director of the European Sustainable Development Organization among others. He was a Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering at Universities in Africa, Europe, and North America. He was a Professor of the Practice of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Venda, South Africa. He was a Visiting Professor of Water and Energy Engineering at the Pan African University, Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (including Climate Change), Tlemcen, Algeria established by the African Union. He was a Visiting Professor of Environmental Management at the Commonwealth University, London, United Kingdom and a Professor of Environmental Leadership at the Missional University, North Augusta, South Carolina, United States. Professor Adelegan is a recipient of several global awards including: 2006 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, Geneva, Switzerland; recognition in 2007 as an Inventor Social Entrepreneur and Ashoka-Lemelson Fellow by the Ashoka Innovators for the Public and the Lemelson Foundation based in United States; 2009 Technology Pioneer of the World Economic Forum, Geneva, Switzerland; 2009 Technology Award Laureate and Prize Recipient of the Technology Museum of Innovation, San Jose, California, United States; 2010 Member of the Crans Montana Forum of New Leaders of Tomorrow, Geneva, Switzerland and 2010 Member of the Clinton Global Initiative, New York, United States among others. He is in high demand as a regular speaker at international conferences in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, North America, and Australia. He has made appearance in CNN as 2008 Principal Voices on the “Economics of Energy” by CNN in association with Shell, Times, and Fortune Magazine. He has travelled to over 120 countries in this regard. He has written over 30 publications on several topical issues. Professor Adelegan earned Two Doctorate Degrees. He earned a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Degree from the Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, United States. He also gained a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Nigerian Premier University of Ibadan. He is an alumnus of several executive programs including the United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan; the University of California, Berkeley, United States; Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California, United States; John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Harvard Business School, Harvard University, United States among others.

Mary Xu

Mary Xu

Bachelor of Rubber Engineering

Mary Xu Bachelor of Rubber Engineering, graduated from Qingdao University of Science & Technology in 1994. From August 1994 to February 2006, she worked in China United Rubber (Group) Corporation and served as Manager of The Advisory Cooperation Department, Manager of Conference & Exhibition Department and Assistant of General Manager. Since January 2007 till now she has been working in China Rubber Industry Association, she successively had the former posts of Director of Information Department and Conference & Exhibition Department, Chairman of Rubber Materials Committee, Deputy Secretary General and Executive Deputy Secretary General. Now she is the Chairman of China Rubber Industry Association.