Prof. Dr. Wiltrud Treffenfeldt

Chief Technology Officer Europe, Middle East and Africa

DOW Europe GmbH

Bachtobelstrasse 3, CH-8810 Horgen, Switzerland

Significant career milestones

Over 25 years of experience in industrial-, pharmaceutical- and agricultural biotechnology in the following positions:

  • Chief Technology Officer Europe, Middle East and Africa, Dow Europe GmbH
  • Research and Development Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Dow Europe GmbH
  • Director, Bioprocess Research and Development, Dow AgroSciences, USA
  • Director, BioPharma at Dow, USA
  • Director of Biological and Environmental Engineering at Degussa/Evonik

Honorary professorship and 16 years as a lecturer at the University of Hannover, Biotechnology / Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical Engineerin.

Other professional activities

  • Participation in national and international research committees: Dechema Karl Winnaker Institute, GVC, OECD, Advisory Board of the Bioeconomy Center, Jülich, VCI
  • Member of the Bioeconomy Council (first working period), spokesperson for the Industrial Biotechnology Association
  • Member of the board of numerous SMEs and Dow Olefinverbund Germany
  • Winner of the 2012 'Industrial Biotechnology Nord' Award

Current fields of activity

  • Head of Research and Development at Dow Europe, Middle East and Africa, with the objective of strengthening and further expanding existing internal research activities in these regions
  • Development of the research organisation towards future growth markets in the areas of energy efficiency, infrastructure, water production and recycling, transportation and materials science
  • Establishment of cooperations with academic and industrial partners