Key Note Speaker – Fernando J. Gómez, Ph.D.

The global chemical and materials industry in the Decade of Delivery

The prominence, persistence and complexity of global risks related to environmental sustainability accentuate the need for a major shift to collaborative action. The chemical and advanced materials industry has made great progress in adopting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a useful framework to develop and deploy solutions to existing challenges and to build greater global resilience. However, to ensure that the much-needed progress is reached, the industry must establish action-oriented partnerships with a wide and increasingly complex range of stakeholders. In this dialogue, we explore some of the areas offering valuable opportunities for the sector and some of the structural conditions required for collaborations to yield tangible returns in the decade of delivery.

Fernando J. Gómez, Ph.D., Head of Chemistry and Advanced Materials Industry, World Economic Forum

Fernando J. Gómez, Ph.D.

Head of Chemistry and Advanced Materials Industry, World Economic Forum


Fernando is Head of Chemistry and Advanced Materials at the World Economic Forum, where he oversees the involvement of partners from the chemical and materials industries in the Forum’s programs and activities.


Fernando has over a decade of experience in structuring and managing partnerships for technical and regional development, and has performed in areas including technology management, innovation, new product development and corporate venturing. Before joining the Forum in 2010, Fernando was for eight years at AkzoNobel, working in the areas of technical development and venture relations.


Fernando holds a Chemistry degree from Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia, a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Florida, and completed his postdoctoral work at Stanford University. His research in polymer chemistry resulted in over 20 journal articles and patents. Fernando is a volunteer advisor to his alma mater and is active in global industrial and scientific societies.