2017 Advisory Board

  • Mehdi Abbadi

    Global Business Manager for Performance Elastomers Bluestar Silicones

    Education: PhD in Organic Chemistry from Grenoble University and MBA from Paris Sorbonne University.

    Professional: Worked 9 years as a consultant in New Business Development for the company Daydream, then 3 years for SNF Floerger (petrochemicals and water treatment) as a Strategy Manager. Joined Dow Corning in 2010 as European Marketing Manager and now with Bluestar Silicones since 2014 as Global Business Manager for Performance Elastomers.

    Hobbies: I envoy spending time with my wife, my two children and my friends with whom I like jogging, skiing and sailing.

  • Giorgio Cabrini

    Commercial Director & Board Member MESGO S.p.A

    As member of the Mesgo Spa Board, Giorgio Cabrini helps customers in Mesgo Group providing product line strategic directions and assuring adequate customer service levels defining differentiated business models approach. As CEO of Mesgo Asia, Cabrini is responsible for the startup and the plant in Istanbul, Turkey, as well for developing Middle East and Asian countries.

    Giorgio has been working for Posa Group from 1984 until 1989, as plant manager for the silicone rubber extrusion factory.

    Than he joined Dow Corning in 1990, where has held positions in engineering, logistics, organization, production, quality, technical service and sales; then he was STI Italy service center manager from 1994 to 1997; Silicone Rubber supply chain manager for Southern Europe from 1998 to 2000; from 2001 to 2004 Cabrini was European Area Director for Engineered Elastomer Industry, member of the Global  Board; he was CEO of Multibase SA, a Dow Corning Company, from

    Cabrini has a classic education background (Latin, old Greek, philosophy, Italian literature), as well as training in finance, business, human resources, organization, marketing, and general management. He is based in Milan, Italy.

    • Italy
  • Oliver Franssen

    Global Marketing Director Elastomers Transportation Momentive Performance Materials GmbH

    Oliver Franssen studied Mechanical Engineering and Plastics Technology at RWTH Aachen / IKV in Germany and received his engineer diploma in 1990. He started his professional career 1990 at Dätwyler / Switzerland as project leader for rubber precision parts for the Automotive Industry. In 1996, Oliver joined DuPont-Dow Elastomers as Market Development Manager for Automotive. Between 2001 and 2003 he was the commercial director at Omnexus in Europe. In 2004 he joined Momentive Performance Materials (formerly GE Bayer Silicones) in Automotive Marketing for Elastomers. Since 2008 he is the Global Marketing Director of this segment.

    • Germany
  • Ralf-Urs Giesen

    Managing Director UNIpace

    Dr. Ralf-Urs Giesen studied Mechanical Engineering specialized in polymer process engineering at University of Paderborn/Germany. In 2009 he took up employment as scientific assistant in the Institute for Materials Technology, Department Polymer Technology at University of Kassel/Germany. In 2017 he received a PhD in the field of Electrochromic Devices based on polycarbonate. Currently Dr. Giesen is the managing director of the Polymer Application Center (UNIPace) of the University of Kassel and also the head of the division Polymer Process Engineering in the department of Polymer Technology.

  • Kurt Manigatter

    Kurt Manigatter

    CEO ELMET Elastomere Produktions- und Dienstleistungs-GmbH

    Kurt holds a Master of Engineering degree and is graduate of Höhere Technische Lehr- u. Versuchsanstalt in Waidhofen an der Ybbs, Austria.

    He began his career developing molds and special devices to manufacture ships and ship parts. Kurt moved into sales and marketing, which led him to a leading toolmaker/molder where he was sales and marketing director. In 1996 he started with ELMET Produktions- und Dienstleistungs Gmbh in Oftering, Austria, specializing in liquid silicone rubber tooling. Here he is co-owner and president.

    • Austria
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    Kathy Schmidtke

    Senior Development Engineer, Material Innovation / Backend Technology OSRAM Opto Semiconductor AG

    Kathy Schmidtke studied chemistry at Technical University of Chemnitz and received her diploma from Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena. After a research study at Max Planck Institute of polymer research about organic-inorganic hybrid materials, she joined Osram Opto Semiconductors 2010. There, she is working in material development with a focus on silicone elastomers for LED applications.

    • Germany
  • Hans Peter Wolf

    Dr. Hans Peter Wolf

    Manager Research & Development, Silicone Rubber Dow Corning GmbH

    Dr. Hans Peter Wolf studied Chemistry at the University Frankfurt and completed his Ph-D. in inorganic Chemistry 1988 with the dissertation work about „Gasphase reactions on Raney Nickel and with shock cooled zinc“.

    He started his career at Dow Corning in November 1988 and worked as research and TS&D chemist for direct process and automotive market until 1991. From 1992 -1996 he worked in the supply chain organization as Upgrade Engineer and later as Elastomer Production Leader in Wiesbaden. Between 1997- 2007 he was Manager of the application technology and technical service team for silicone rubber in Europe.

    Since 2008 he is Global Research and Development Manager for Silicone Rubber.

    • Germany