Carbios, a pioneer in the development and industrialization of biological tech for reinventing the life cycle of plastics and textiles, has appointed four members to its Board of Directors.
These include, Prof. Karine Auclair, Chemistry professor at McGill University, Sandrine Conseiller, ex-CEO of Aigle, Amandine De Souza, General Manager of LE BHV MARAIS, Eataly and Home, DIY and Leisure Purchasing at Galeries Lafayette Group, and Mateus Schreiner Garcez Lopes, Global Director for Energy Transition and Investments at Raizen.
What do the appointments mean for Carbios?
In the new structure at the company, Prof. Karine Auclair succeeds Jacqueline Lecourtier, Sandrine Conseiller succeeds Jean Falgoux, Amandine De Souza succeeds Alain Chevallier, and Mateus Schreiner Garcez Lopes succeeds Jean-Claude Lumaret.
“We wish to thank Jacqueline Lecourtier, Jean Falgoux, Alain Chevallier and Jean-Claude Lumaret for their strong contribution to Carbios over the years, helping the company to grow from the early R&D phase to pre-commercial stage. As Carbios now moves towards its industrial and commercial stage, and prepares internationalization, bringing new expertise to the Board is key to success,” said Philippe Pouletty, Chairman of Carbios’ Board of Directors.
“Furthermore the election of three new female board members, Prof. Karine Auclair, Sandrine Conseiller and Amandine De Souza, along with Mateus Schreiner Garcez Lopes, all with stellar professional and complementary backgrounds, and who share our passion to help clean the planet with radical innovation, is a strong signal of Carbios’ commitment to ESG criteria.”
What do the appointees bring to Carbios in the roles?
Three of the new members have strong, proven expertise in various industries covering fashion, retail and energy, and business development and senior executive management in high-growth markets and sectors. The new scientific expertise will also help enhance and advance Carbios’ research into biological solutions for the life cycle of plastics and textiles.
In addition, a sensitivity to CSR issues and proven results in this field was also a key selection factor to join the Board. The new members’ combined strategic vision, solid industry experience and CSR commitments will support Carbios in its industrial and commercial plans.
Prof. Karine Auclair
Prof. Karine Auclair is Professor of Chemistry at McGill University and holds the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Antimicrobials and Green Enzymes. She has received many awards, like the Clara Benson Award of the Canadian Society of Chemistry, McGill Tomlinson Professorship, the Leo Yaffe Teaching Award, and the McGill Fessenden Professorship, to name a few.
She is an internationally recognized bioorganic chemist with significant scientific contributions to the fields of antimicrobial resistance, biocatalysis and enzymology. Her research led to several patents notably in the clean enzymatic depolymerization of untreated, high crystallinity PET plastics for closed-loop recycling. Her work has been published in nearly 100 peer-reviewed publications in high-impact journals, and often highlighted by the media.
As a recognized leader in her field, she is often invited to speak at industrial and academic conferences, and to review theses and grant applications for worldwide institutions.
Prof. Karine Auclair: “From my expertise with enzymes in moist-solid mixtures, I am excited to join the Board of Carbios and help grow plastic biorecycling and biodegradation.”
Sandrine Conseiller is former CEO of Aigle (the emblematic French brand committed to sustainable fashion). Prior to Aigle, Sandrine was Group Marketing & Branding Executive Vice-President at Lacoste (another historic French fashion brand) from 2011 to 2015.
She contributed to the Lacoste maison turnaround with strong growth and numerous professional awards like several Cannes Lions Awards. She was also Member of the Executive Board. She began her career at Unilever and spent 20 years leading businesses within various divisions, mainly in Personal Care, in Latin America, Europe, and Asia.
Sandrine is also Member of the Board of Phildar (the iconic French knitwear brand), Member of the Board of Raise Sherpa (the first philantropic endowment fund dedicated to start-ups) and is a funding partner of NEO FOUNDERS (a venture fund mentoring impact start-ups).
Sandrine Conseiller commented, “I feel privileged and humbled to join Carbios’ Board of Directors and take part in a transformative adventure that will impact both the fashion and beauty industries, as well as the world we will leave for our children.”
Amandine De Souza
Amandine De Souza is General Manager of LE BHV MARAIS (French retail, decoration and fashion department stores), Eataly (an Italian gastronomy concept franchise) and Home, DIY and Leisure Purchasing at Galeries Lafayette Group since 2018. She has been a Member of its Executive Committee since 2020. Amandine has 17 years’ experience in different types of companies of various sizes: from family business, to start-up, and multinational.
She was General Manager for France at Westwing (an e-commerce start-up) from 2015 to 2018. From 2009-15, she was International Merchandise Director at Casino Group (food and non-food retail distribution). Prior to this, she worked as a strategic consultant at Bain & Company within their Distribution and Consumer Goods Division in France and internationally.
Amandine De Souza: “I am delighted to join the Board of Carbios, an extremely innovative company tackling the major issue of plastic pollution. I will be working alongside the company to support its international development and find the best ways to enhance its performance.”
Mateus Schreiner Garcez Lopes
Mateus Schreiner Garcez Lopes is Global Director for Energy Transition and Investments at Raizen (global leader in bioenergy from Brazil), leading tech, new business development and intellectual property at the company. He was previously Global Manager for Innovation and Business Development in Renewable Chemicals at Braskem (the largest producer of thermoplastic resins in the Americas and the world’s largest producer of biopolymers).
Before moving to the corporate world, he held researcher and lecturer positions on Synthetic Biology and metabolic Engineering at Universities in Mexico, Germany, Brazil and US. He is a Board Member of Iogen Energy Corporation, Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Brazilian Association of Bio Innovation, and Advisory Committee Member at the MIT Energy Initiative.
Mateus Schreiner Garcez Lopes: “I am thrilled to be involved in Carbios’ mission of reshaping the plastics and textile industries with circular processes. Carbios has a world-class team of scientists and entrepreneurs, and by joining the Board, my expertise in bringing new renewable technologies to market will help to design its R&D and commercialization strategy.”
Who are the members of Carbios’ Board of Directors?
Members of Carbios’ Board of Directors:
- Dr. Philippe POULETTY, Chairman
- Prof. Karine AUCLAIR
- Sandrine CONSEILLER
- Prof. Juan DE PABLO
- Amandine DE SOUZA
- Vincent KAMEL
- Emmanuel LADENT
- Isabelle PARIZE
- Laurent SCHMITT, representative for BOLD (Business Opportunities for l’Oréal Development)
- Mateus SCHREINER GARCEZ LOPES
- Nicolas SEEBOTH, representative for Michelin Ventures
- Alen VUKIC, censor
Visit the Carbios website for individuel Board Member biographies.