Meet the Speakers

Alptekin Akgümüş

Senior Technical & Laboratory Manager - Coating Additives, Evonik Turkey

Alptekin Akgümüş is a chemist who has been actively working in coating industry for 20 years and currently works for Evonik as Senior Technical and Lab Manager based in Istanbul - Turkey since 2017. Alptekin Akgümüş is a member of Scientific Committee at The Association of Paint Industry – Turkey. You can reach Alptekin at [email protected].

GÖKAY BULUT

Technical Support Manager, Kempro Chemicals

He was born in Mersin/Turkey on 28.12.1954. He finished Chemical Engineering Department of Middle East Technical University in 1980.

He worked as a R&D engineer and later R&D Manager in Dewilux Paint Factory /Turkey for 10 years, and another 10 years for Akzo Nobel Turkey as R&D Manager; mainly responsible for Automotive OEM coatings, Car Refinishes, Plastic Coatings and General Industrial Coatings. Since 2001, he is General Manager of his company IZPOL CHEMICALS and also working as Technical Support Manager for KEMPRO CHEMICALS.

Giacomo Pagani

Head of Operations, Debem Srl

Giacomo Pagani enters the world of the AODD pumps after a long experience in the electronics industry. His collaboration with Debem begins as the Project Manager, a key coordinator for the development of new products. After two years as a technical spokesman, Mr Pagani’s competence earns him the responsibilities of Plant Manager.

Debem grows further and its Board of Directors needs a leading managerial figure, so Mr Pagani is chosen as Managing Director and Head of Operations. Today, Mr Pagani plays a prominent role within the Debem Board of Directors and thanks to his deep technical knowledge of the product and the world of diaphragm pumps, he guides the company towards new goals to be achieved.

Mukund Gogte

Key Account Manager – Middle East & Africa region, Ashland Specialty Ingredients

Mukund Gogte is Technical Sales – Coatings for MEA for Ashland Specialty Ingredients. Over the past 12 years, he has worked closely with the Coatings and Construction chemicals manufacturers in the GCC, East and South Africa to develop and expand their portfolio with innovative chemistries from Ashland.

With a strong background in the field of Chemistry and his passion for Construction Chemicals, he believes the future is in Green and Sustainable Chemistry.

Ophelie Anjard

Technical Support Manager EMEA, Imerys

Ophélie Anjard is a Technical Support Manager at Imerys for Paints and Coatings in EMEA. She first started as a scientist working on the development of new products in Paints and Coatings but also in Polymers.

Ophélie is a chemist, with a Master's degree obtained from Chimie ParisTech (Paris' technical institute of chemistry).

Rene Spier

Technical Service Support Manager, AGC Chemicals Europe

Rene Spier has almost 30 years of experience in the coating industry and has held various positions from product developer for a coating manufacturer to a coating specialist within an engineering company, throughout the years. He is currently working for AGC Chemicals Europe in the capacity of Technical Service Support Manager.

His vast Experience in the coatings industry allows him offer valuable advices towards current and future users of AGC's Lumiflon resins. Rene Spier support the commercial department in the technically related queries and leads the Technical Service Centre in Amsterdam.

Dr. Dinesh Patel

Regional Technical Manager, Covestro

Dr. Dinesh Patel was born in 1972 and studied in India. He received a master’s degree in Polymer Science in 1995 and a post graduate Diploma in marketing management, in 1996 from Sardar Patel University. Between 1995 and 2001, he worked in India for various companies like Asian PPG Industries, Synpol Resin etc. in their R & D and production department. In 2001, he joined National Paints Sharjah-UAE, for development, manufacturing and technical services of different types of paints and coatings used in the construction, industrial, marine, wood, automotive, can, coil and flooring industries. In Jan 2007, he was awarded the “coating inspector” certificate by NACE, USA.

In March 2007, he joined Bayer Middle East, Dubai (now “Covestro”) as a Regional Technical Manager for Middle East & Africa, in order to provide market development service for Coatings, Adhesives & Specialties (CAS) division of Bayer Material Science (now “Covestro”). During 2008 – 2009, Dinesh underwent extensive induction training in Germany for 18 months, to orient him with the range of “Covestro” products. In 2013, he accomplished PhD in Polymer science. At present we are helping ME-Africa customers for Covestro- CAS technical supports, training & regional development in technology of Covestro products.

Mohammed Sanaobar

Regional Technical Director, Wacker Chemicals Middle East

Mohammed Sanaobar is currently the Regional Technical Director at WACKER
CHEMICALS MIDDLE EAST and the Head of WACKER ACADEMY in Dubai. Mr.
Sanaobar has an MBA in Project Management from U21 University in Singapore and a Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering from the American University in Sharjah. He started his career eighteen years ago working at the laboratories of the Dubai Municipality in the United Arab Emirates.

Prior to joining Wacker, he worked as a Project Manager at the petrochemical plant of SASOL Dubai where he advised the board of directors on the production
strategic direction for the company, managed all plant expansion projects &
modifications, and trained all the production and logistic team on health, safety and
environmental topics.

In 2006, Mr. Sanaobar joined WACKER CHEMICALS MIDDLE EAST to oversee the technical services offered to the clients within the Middle East and Africa, improve the development of dry mix formulations, and administer safety and the quality measures that meet company guidelines and requirements of the ISO certifications.

Andy White

Business Unit Director Paints and Plastics, FP-Pigments

After a degree in Chemistry from Nottingham University, Andy started work making polymers and subsequently industrial coatings for ICI in Birmingham in 1984. In 1991 he stepped into raw materials when he moved to SCM Chemicals (latterly Millennium Chemicals and now Cristal/Tronox) as a Technical Service Manager. There followed a 17 year career in TiO2, selling into both the coatings and plastics markets and ending up in some of their highest sales positions (Global Account Manager – Akzo, BASF, PPG).

In 2007 Andy moved out of TiO2 into coloured pigments as European Sales Director for Rockwood Pigments (now Venator), moving on the Cathay Pigments as VP for Global Key accounts in 2013.

In early 2017 Andy stepped back into the TiO2 sphere enticed by the next generation opacifying technology with FP Pigments and now heads up the Paints and Plastic Business Unit for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Sachin Arte

Senior Business Manager, Evonik

Sachin Arte has completed M.Sc. in Inorganic Chemistry with a Diploma in Paint Technology and Post graduate Diploma in Marketing Management.

Since 2006 he has been working with Evonik Gulf FZE Dubai, UAE in the capacity as a Senior Business Manager for Middle East & Africa Region for Business Line Crosslinkers. He has 31 years in Coatings and related Industry with initial experience as a R&D Chemist with Asian Paints India Ltd, followed by active Sales and Marketing with Paint and Construction Chemical majors in India and at present employed with Evonik.

Papers presented in International Conferences representing Evonik- 1) Asian Coatings Conference – Bangkok Thailand 2015 organized by CMT Singapore and presented Middle East Coatings market and future trends. 2) 3rd MEA Coatings Conference Dubai 2016 by CMT Singapore and presented Evonik Coatings portfolio and its innovative coatings solutions. 3) Nigerian Coatings show 2019 and presented Business Line Crosslinkers entire coatings portfolio.

He has + 21 years overall experience in Middle East with previous work-related stay in Muscat Oman and at present located in Dubai UAE with active travelling for promoting Evonik Crosslinkers portfolio in entire MEA region.

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