Chris is an innovation consultant with strong industrial experience. He has led business development and project financing teams for major multinationals for more than 15 years and has supported new ventures, mostly in chemical related industries (water, pharma intermediates, oil processing, plastics, rubber, industrial raw materials, fine chemicals, ion exchange), throughout Europe, Southern Africa, the USA and the Middle East.
His career has included business development and technology management for The Dow Chemical Company, project financing as Senior Consultant with the Saudi Industrial Development Fund and new venture start-up as Commercial Vice President for a new chemical process technology.
In 2002, Chris founded Comstratos Sarl, a company specialising in new business growth and the optimisation of the interface between research, manufacturing and commercial operations. As a result, he has a great deal of practical experience in the prioritisation of research efforts, commercial evaluation of R&D projects, resource identification and definition, integration of R&D results into existing structures, the development and implementation of business process methodologies and tools, and the development of processes for cross fertilisation opportunities.
Chris has regularly worked with Orion Innovations over the last five years, and continues to do so having relocated back to South Africa and closed Comstratos in 2011.