Matthew Harwood

As Vice President of Business Strategy for OGCI Climate Investments, Matthew is responsible for developing the strategy of OGCI and measuring progress toward our vision of GHG reduction. Matthew’s career in Energy and Climate has spanned 30 years working in Strategy, Sustainability and Operational roles across the value chain.

Before joining OGCI CI, Matthew led the development of the Energy Transition strategy at McDermott and delivered the divestment of Lummus Technology as part of the company’s restructuring. At Johnson Matthey, Matthew led the development of the Hydrogen and Battery strategy and at Petrofac was responsible launching businesses in Offshore Wind and Carbon Capture. Matthew also spent time in strategy and M&A roles in Iberdrola with a strong focus on renewables and the energy supply business. Matthew has a PhD and Post Doc in Atmospheric Science and is a Chartered Engineer.

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Yvette Go

Yvette Go is Investment Director at Capricorn Partners, one of the key persons managing the Capricorn Sustainable Chemistry Fund and investor director at Econic.

During the first decade of her career, Yvette worked in chemicals and performance materials at Royal DSM and Shell International Chemicals. Always at the interface of business and technology, she held various roles including polyol development for polyurethanes and global Product Portfolio Management in coating resins. In 2008 she transitioned to the venture capital industry, investing in sustainable energy technology companies at SET Ventures and later leading all fund-of-fund impact investments as the Head of Social & Environmental Impact at the European Investment Fund. She returned to direct investment into innovative companies when joining Capricorn in 2019. Building businesses-with-a-purpose using leading innovation is Yvette’s passion and common thread throughout her career.

Yvette has a MSc in Chemical Engineering from Delft University of Technology and a Global Executive MBA from IESE Business School.

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Dr Michael Kember

Mike is a co-inventor of Econic’s catalysts and has been involved in developing the technology for over 10 years. In this time, he has held personal postdoctoral fellowships from AXA and EPSRC at Imperial College London and completed his PhD thesis in the area of catalysts for COepoxide co-polymerisation.

Mike has an MChem from Oxford University, where he carried out a Masters research project in organometallic catalysis, sponsored by Johnson Matthey.

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Jill Dearnaley

Jill’s extensive leadership experience has been developed across multiple industries, including the chemical industry at Univar, with roles in supply chain management, engineering working processes, and customer and supplier business relationship management.

Jill joins the leadership team to design develop and establish cost-optimised business processes that will deliver results driven by exceptional customer service.

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Keith Wiggins

Keith Wiggins is the newly announced CEO with Econic. Keith is an advocate for sustainable manufacturing businesses, latterly with early-stage businesses – notably Worn Again Technologies and Nanoco. He started work with ICI in R&D and manufacturing, before progressive commercial and business roles with Dow Chemical located around the world.

Keith is a graduate from Imperial College London, and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

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Prof. Charlotte Williams

Charlotte is a Professor of Inorganic Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Oxford, and is also Econic’s CSO. Her research interests are in the area of catalysis and polymer chemistry, including polymerisation catalysts, CO2 activation, and the catalytic valorisation of renewable resources.

Charlotte’s work has been recognised by awards from the Royal Society of Chemistry (the Meldola Medal, the Energy Environment and Sustainability Award, and the Corday-Morgan Prize), the Bio-Environmental Polymer Society, the UK Catalysis Hub (the Sir John Meurig Thomas Catalysis Medal), and the German Chemical Society (the Otto Roelen Medal). In 2020, Charlotte was awarded an OBE for Services to Chemistry, and in 2021 she was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society. for She trained at Imperial College, the University of Minnesota and the University of Cambridge.

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