KEYNOTE

Trade and trade resilience

Time & Location

Thursday: 12.40 to 13.00, Stage 2

Speaker

Thomas BirkManaging Director - BASF UK & Ireland

About this presentation

Trade and trade resilience

As a nation the UK has, and is changing its trading relationships, but we need to move to greener feedstocks at an industrial scale without compromising profits and harming the environment. 

In an ideal world, we would all use plant-based chemicals to create products but substitute materials bring substitute problems… never mind the sheer scale of the challenge.

Speaker Bio:

Thomas Birk studied Business Administration at the Cooperative State University (BA) in Loerrach and Economics at the University of Heidelberg. He began his career at BASF in 2008 as a consultant to Global Strategy and has since worked in diverse project and product management roles culminating in his last role as Head of Product Management for natural food ingredients at BASF Corp in the USA. He returned to Europe this year and has taken up the position of Managing Director of BASF plc in UK and Ireland as of summer 2021.