ACDV Executive Committee
Decision-making and executive body
The Executive Committee implements the strategy defined and voted by the Board of Directors. It oversees the Association’s accounts and intervenes on all administrative matters. The President of the association, or when necessary one of the Vice-Presidents, represents the association in external events.
Operational management of the ACDV is conducted by Eric Firtion, Executive Officer and Director of Innovation at the UIC. He is assisted by Aurore Friès, Deputy Executive Officer and Innovation Project Manager at UIC and Odile Le Serre, Assistant to the ACDV and the UIC.
The members of the Executive Committee of the ACDV are appointed from the Board of Directors
Vice-President of Plant-Based Chemistry R&D - ROQUETTE
Read Lire Christophe Rupp-Dahlem’s biography
Christophe Rupp-Dahlem graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie (Higher National Chemistry School) in Lille in 1983.
At the end of 1985 he joined Henkel France as Technical Support Manager for the industrial detergents market and from 1988 to 1990 he was Business Manager at Klopman International (Dominion Textile group).
In 1990, Christophe Rupp-Dahlem joined the Roquette group at the head office in Lestrem (northern France) and occupied various operational, commercial, marketing and technical positions in the chemistry and biotechnology markets.
His current role as Vice-President of Plant-Based Chemistry R&D is to steer development programmes in the plant-based chemistry field, such as the BioHub® programme with isosorbide and succinic acid in particular.
Christophe Rupp-Dahlem is a member of several scientific associations and European working groups such as EUROPABIO (European Association for Bioindustries) and ERRMA (European Renewable Raw Materials Association). He is also a member of the “Governing Board” of the Public-Private Partnership “Bio-Based Industries” established with the European Commission to develop innovative bio-based industries in Europe. Christophe Rupp-Dahlem is also a member of the European Bioeconomy Panel.
Since May 2008, Christophe Rupp-Dahlem has been President of the Association Chimie du Végétal created in France on the initiative of industrial companies in the chemicals and agricultural resources sectors to industrially develop this new plant-based sector. He is also secretary of the Board of Directors of the competitiveness cluster Industries & Agro-Ressources (IAR). He is additionally a member of the Steering Committee for the Green Chemicals and Biofuels industrial plan.
Deputy Scientific Director, Solvay
Read Jean-Marc Pujol’s biography
Jean-Marc Pujol is currently Deputy Scientific Director for Solvay Research and Innovation. He is responsible in particular for coordinating relations with several outside organisations involved in collaborative innovation. He is an engineer who graduated from the Ecole de Chimie de Strasbourg (Strasbourg Chemistry School) and holds a doctorate in polymer synthesis. He has held various R&D management responsibilities, particularly as worldwide head of industrial applications, head of the European centre for Surfactants, Polymers and Solvents, and also as head of the Polyamides and Isocyanates teams and of the Silicone Synthesis, Formulation and Applications laboratories in Lyon and Cranbury. Before joining the Group in 1990, he was in charge of product development for electronics at 3M in the United States.
Read Thierry Stadler’s biography
Thierry Stadler obtained his doctorate in biology in 1984 at the Université des Sciences et Techniques de Lille I (Lille I University of Sciences and Technology). After working on algae for three years as a research engineer at the Université de Lille I, he obtained a postgraduate diploma (DESS) in Project Management in 1987 and took part in the creation of a start-up in the algae biotechnology field. At the end of 1987, he joined the Centre de Valorisation des Glucides et Produits Naturels (CVG) (Recycling Centre of Carbohydrates and Natural Products) in Amiens, an agro-industrial technical centre specialising in the fractionation and recycling of plant biomass. He has successively held the positions of Executive Assistant and Operational Director. He became Managing Director in 1997.
In 2005, he was the driving force behind the creation of FERMENSYS (white biotechnologies).
In January 2006, he was appointed as Managing Director of the competitiveness cluster Industries et & Agro-Ressources (IAR). He became President of the cluster in December 2014.
Executive Officer – USIPA
Read Jean-Luc Pelletier’s biography
After studying history and geography at Paris IV Sorbonne and obtaining a master’s degree in history, Jean-Luc Pelletier joined the Ministry of Agriculture in 1981, where he acquired solid experience in the Common Agricultural Policy and agricultural markets (mainly cereals) and in international trade negotiations (World Trade Organisation and EU bilateral agreements).
Since 1992, he has held the position of Executive Officer of the USIPA (Union des Syndicats des Industries des Produits Amylacés et de leurs dérivés), the trade association representing the French starch Industry which represents the interests of starch and isoglucose producers operating in France (Cargill Haubourdin, Chamtor, Roquette and Tereos-Syral).
In this capacity, within the Association Nationale des Industries Alimentaires (ANIA) (National Association of Food Industry), he leads two working groups dedicated in the first case to energy and climate change issues and in the second case to the WTO and trade negotiations.
This double concern for the economy and the environment, and the wide range of traditional uses of starch and glucose, naturally led him to become active very early on in the promotion of plant-based chemistry. He thus leads the Regulations/Incentives Expert Group within the ACDV.
The USIPA is one of the five founder members of the ACDV.
General Manager ELIPSO
Read Françoise Gérardi’s biography
Françoise GERARDI is the General Manager of ELIPSO, the French Plastic and Flexible Packaging Association.
She has a 15-year experience in the packaging industry.
Her activities have been mainly turned towards the environmental issues in packaging and the European standardization with her commitment in the working group TC 261 and the presidency of the SC4 in charge of standardization in packaging, which developed mandated standards on packaging and environment.
With the industry she represents, she observes and informs on possible orientations for packaging which includes development of materials. This is done in the frame of sustainability.
Head of Sustainable Development and Scientific Relations - BASF France
Read Caroline Pétigny’s biography
Since 2013, her role has been to construct and coordinate the group’s CSR strategy in France. Her responsibilities also include scientific relations and institutional relations on nanotechnology and renewable raw material issues.
After graduating from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie in Mulhouse (Mulhouse Higher Chemistry School) , she moved to the Université Joseph Fourier in Grenoble to prepare a thesis on the synthesis of natural products. After a post-doctorate course at the University of Nottingham, she worked for a few years in research and development in the pharmaceutical industry in France and then in Switzerland (at Sanofi-Aventis and then at Polyphor). She joined the BASF group in 2007 to take charge of scientific relations for France.
Caroline Pétigny is also a member of the Innovation Commission, the CSR group and the Nanos support group of the UIC and a member of the Bureau of the Ile de France section of the Société Chimique de France (French Chemical Society).
Jean-Marie Chauvet - ARD
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Holder of a doctorate in Macromolecular Biochemistry (CERMAV CNRS-Université de Grenoble 1987) and a DEA in Applied Ecology, research work on the use of cellulosic biomass (enzymatic saccharification for the production of ethanol and other fermentation products / short-rotation coppice poplar model).
Research fellow at the University of Sherbrooke (Canada), in an integrated programme of biomass fractionation and use of lignins (1988-1990).
Project manager and then director of CAVISA (Centre d’Analyse et de Valorisation Industrielle des Substrats Agricoles) (Centre of Analysis and Industrial Recycling of Agricultural Substrates) in Reims until 1998. Director of ADRIAC (a technical centre specialising in Packaging and Conditioning) until 2001. Partner at ACL Consulting in Paris from 2001 to 2003.
Création d’Espace Temps et Perspectives (Creation of Time Space and Perspectives) in 2003 (consultancy, studies, organisation of symposia, etc.). Consultancy missions conducted for the INRA (Innovation Division), for the Caisse des Dépôts & Consignations and Crédit Agricole du Nord-Est. Advisor to the president of the Champagne Céréales (Champagne cereals) cooperative and to the Managing Director of ARD (Agro-industrie Recherches et Développements) (Agro-Industry R&D).
Involved in the competitiveness cluster Industries & Agro-Ressources (IAR) from 2006 to 2008 (in charge of biofuels –launching of the Futurol project – and international activities). Received for one year as a representative of the IAR cluster at USDA in Washington DC (USA), as a visiting scholar for an exploratory mission (Bridge) (2008-2009).
Since 2010, in charge of setting up the BRI (Biorefinery Reseach & Innovation) platform within ARD on the Bazancourt-Pomacle agro-industrial site near Reims and of the Fondation Jacques de Bohan.
Head of the Environmental Assessments department of the Research Centre and head of R&D cooperation at Arkema Rhône-Alpes
Read Hervé Thiébaud’s biography
Head of the Environmental Assessments department of the Research Centre and head of R&D cooperation at Arkema Rhône Alpes.
For many years, the Arkema group’s R&D teams have been developing components obtained from plant-based raw materials, particularly castor oil, such as Rilsan® and Pebax®, high-performance polyamides used in numerous fields. The Group is continuing its innovation efforts, exploring other sectors based on other plant species, with the aim of increasing use of renewable raw materials. Holder of a Doctorate, Hervé Thiébaud worked at the University of California in the United States and then at the EPFL in Switzerland in the field of ecotoxicology and environmental toxicology before joining the Arkema group. His training and his professional experience have given him a solid background in chemical products and biobased chemistry and in fields such as analytical sciences and process analysis, life cycle analysis, exotoxicology and biodegradability.
The operational team serving members’ needs
Read Eric Firtion’s biography
Eric Firtion graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Industries Chimiques (Higher School of Chemical Industries) in Nancy in 1988 and holds a master’s degree in Process Engineering (materials option). He joined the UIC in March 2014 as Director of Innovation and also occupies the position of Executive Officer of the Association Chimie du Végétal. He spent 24 years in industry where he occupied various positions. He began his career as a Development Engineer for Corning before joining the car industry to become head of a Materials and Components department with a leading equipment supplier. He subsequently worked for Inergy where he was given responsibility for an innovation project of strategic importance for the company. Lastly, he has spent eleven years at Faurecia where he has launched a programme on biobased materials for plastics technology. His latest mission has seen him take charge of the technological industrial strategy for the Interior Systems branch. In this capacity, he has led a project to open a new factory in Romania. He also represented Faurecia on the board of directors of the Pôle Européen de la Plasturgie (European Plastics Technology Centre).