The Independent Technical Advisory Panel (ITAP) provides strategic guidance to the implementation of the SMEP programme. The group of individually appointed independent experts provides a sounding board for the SMEP procurement strategy and advises on the selection of SMEP service providers.

Harro von Blottnitz

Harro von Blottnitz is a professor in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at the University of Cape Town (UCT). He defines his research and teaching interests by the multiple challenges of sustainable development in developing country settings. Professor von Blottnitz holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering from UCT, a BSc Honours in Operations Research from UNISA, an MSc in Engineering from UCT and a Doctorate in Engineering from the RWTH Aachen in Germany.

Amir Rashid

Amir Rashid has about thirty years of experience in diverse research and industrial manufacturing environments in South Asia and Europe, ranging from heavy to high precision manufacturing. Currently a professor of manufacturing at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, he has worked actively with the European Union’s framework programmes since 2001 at several different levels, including as lead (PI) of large-scale research and innovation (R&I) projects.

Saima Murtaza

Saima Murtaza works as Director Advocacy and Communication for Rahnuma, formerly the Family Planning Association of Pakistan or FPAP. Rahnuma is a Member Association of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), one of the largest and oldest rights-based civil society organizations working in more than 160 countries.

Christian Lenges

Christian Lenges is a Venture Director at IFF in the Health and Biosciences Division, creating and building sustainable material technology-driven ventures and creating strategic business growth platforms across IFF and through strategic partners. He has expertise in building winning business models in the fields of specialty chemicals and polymers, diagnostic service offerings, distributed renewable energy systems and creating novel biopolymer material platforms.

Ichin Cheng

Ichin is Director and co-founder of the Sustainable Innovation Lab. She has over 25 years of international experience in the field of sustainable innovation and green business related to climate change, clean technology, sustainable materials and products, the circular economy and the eco-city.

Adrian Whyle

Adrian has 30 years international experience working in the speciality chemicals industry. He has worked in several roles ranging from pure R&D to New Product Development, Manufacturing, Technology & Knowledge Transfer, Innovation Leadership and International Marketing & Communications.

Natnael Behabtu

Natnael is currently a technology manager in the DuPont Nutrition and Bioscience division. He leads on the development of biomaterial to address pressing sustainability needs and their societal impact - a generation-defining challenge - which requires holistic approach, that goes beyond technical solutions.

Michael Saltzberg

Michael A. Saltzberg is the Global Business Director for Biomaterials at DuPont where he leads a portfolio of commercial and emerging businesses. These businesses utilize renewable feedstocks, rather than petroleum or natural gas derivatives, to make industrially important chemicals and materials, including DuPont Sorona® polymer and Bio-PDO™ propanediol.

Jon Shepard

Jon is a director with the Global Development Incubator (GDI), a non-profit that matches ambitious leaders, strong concepts and capital with the executional power required to launch and scale transformational development ventures.