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The WACKER ACADEMY Team of Instructors
Theoretical expertise and practical experience are the cornerstones of the WACKER ACADEMY team. With backgrounds in sales or technology, our experts come to the table with extensive application knowledge. They are also trained instructors and moderators with a sixth sense for current trends and market developments.
Construction Materials Instructors
Dr. Hartmut Ackermann
Dr. Hartmut Ackermann studied chemistry in Marburg an der Lahn, earning his PhD in inorganic chemistry. He joined WACKER in 2000 as a process chemist for the methyl resin plant. Alongside his work at WACKER, Dr. Ackermann was active in R&D support in the field of industrial coatings at Akzo. Since 2006, he has been technical marketing manager for Construction Chemicals, supporting customers in EMEA/LATAM. Dr. Ackermann also has several years’ experience as a customer-training instructor.
Jesús is WACKER POLYMERS’ sales manager for the Andean region. He joined WACKER in 2015 after working for Esenttia as senior R&D engineer for polypropylene. Jesús is a chemical engineer and holds an MS degree (specializing in polymers). He is currently responsible for WACKER POLYMERS’ sales and market development in the construction, adhesives and coatings industries in Colombia and Ecuador.
Ruben Akopyan joined WACKER in May 2011 as a technical assistant in the Polymers division, working in the Moscow technical center. He has been a technical manager for Construction Polymers since January 2012. He is currently responsible for seminars, laboratory testing and customer support for customers in Russia and Armenia.
Amanda joined WACKER in 2011 as a Chemist in the Construction Chemicals Business Team after working at ICI Paint, Flint Ink, Akzo Nobel and BASF. She holds an MS in Materials and Chemical Synthesis from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a BSc in Polymers and Coatings Technology from Eastern Michigan University. She is currently the Technical Manager of the Decorative Coatings, Anti-stain and Enhancers market segment.
Anna Artamonova joined WACKER Russia in 2008 as a technical assistant for Construction Polymers. Since May 2018, she has been a technical manager for Polymer Dispersions at the Moscow technical center. She has an education in organic chemical engineering. With a focus on Coatings, she is responsible for technical support, laboratory trials and seminars for customers in Russia and CIS countries.
Gerardo is a chemical engineer from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), where he holds a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering (with Bioengineering as a focus). He has more than 7 years’ chemical-industry experience of technical sales for industrial applications, personal care, the household sector and now construction. He joined WACKER in 2015 as sales manager for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Gerardo provides support to construction customers in the following markets: paints, coatings, maintenance and general construction. Also, he has participated as a speaker for associations such as Mexico’s ANAFAPYT (representing paint and printing ink manufacturers), where WACKER has a presence.
Jack Cen is a senior technical engineer at WACKER Guangzhou Branch. He is in charge of technical support and service for polymers in South China.
Kevin Chen joined WACKER in 2008. Now, as a technical manager at the Shanghai technical center, he is in charge of technical support and service in northern China for dispersible polymer powders supplied by Construction Polymers.
Before joining WACKER in 2013, Il-Joon Choi worked as a technical and sales manager in the construction industry for 9 years. Il-Joon Choi is a technical manager for construction dispersions and polymer powders at the WACKER Seoul technical center. In addition to dry-mix mortars, he also has extensive experience in infrastructure and concrete. Since 2018, he has worked on new concrete business development in the Asia region.
Dr. Tina Duan
Dr. Tina Duan is a senior technical manager for WACKER POLYMERS in China. She is in charge of the ADTS team and technical support for the region. She obtained a PhD in Materialogy at Tongji University and joined WACKER in May 2008. She has extensive experience with applications of dispersible polymer powders.
Anoop D’Souza holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and has been with WACKER since 2005 as a team leader for Construction Silicones. He heads the Construction Silicones business unit for the Middle East and Africa, with a focus on Construction Sealants, Adhesives and Construction Silicones. He has supported the WACKER ACADEMY training team since 2009 and has been involved in a variety of training activities for sales managers, consultants, contractors and end-users, where he has gained extensive experience in training norms and guidelines.
Vadim Epstein holds a Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry from the D. Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia. In 1996, he took a position as R&D director at GLIMS Production. He has been a technical manager for Construction Polymers at the WACKER Moscow technical center since December 2013, where he is in charge of lab trials, technical support and seminars for customers in Russia and Ukraine.
Victoria holds a Bachelors of Chemistry from Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL. She joined Wacker in 2017 in the Decorative Coatings Group as a Chemist. She offers over 20yrs of formulating coating experience including solvent and waterbased systems as decorative and functional coatings that serve convential architectural, elastomers, electrical conductive and roof markets. Her prior employers include Valspar/Sherwin-Williams, Quest Construction Products (now part of GAF) and Sto Corp.
Dr. Jörg Heinlein
Dr. Jörg Heinlein began work as technical service manager for effect pigments based on liquid crystalline polymers after his studies. Later on he was responsible for market development for optical film applications with liquid crystalline polymers. In 2011, he conducted as technical service manager for HDK fumed silica with focus on coatings and composites first trainings for WACKER SILICONES distribution partners. Since then, he has been part of the WACKER ACADEMY training team.
Dr. Hardy Herold
Dr. Hardy Herold studied Chemistry at the Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen (Germany), and obtained a doctorate in the field of geophysics. After spending two years at KWU (Siemens subsidiary), he started at WACKER POLYMERS in October 1989, working in Technical Marketing, where he supported customers around the world. During this period, he spent substantial periods abroad, including as technical center head in both Moscow (Russia) and Allentown (USA). Since November 2021, Dr. Herold has been a trainer at WACKER ACADEMY Europe.
Malik Jamal Jaffar Ali
Malik holds a Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering from National University of Singapore and had co-authored several patents. He joined WACKER in 2011 and is currently heading its Technical Centers in Southeast Asia. He is a frequent speaker at symposiums and seminars related to his area of expertise on the advantages of polymer modified drymix mortar applications.
Vaibhavi Jogadia joined WACKER in 2018 as a technical service assistant in the Mumbai technical center. She had previously worked in a corporate quality assurance team at a pharmaceutical organization. She has been involved in training for construction applications from the start of her career at WACKER. She holds a Master of Science degree in Analytical Chemistry.
Before joining WACKER in 2010, Chul-kyu worked at Henkel & Lucky Silicone since 2003. He is currently the Application Development & Technical Support manager for the Construction Sealants & Adhesives business team in Asia. He has 15 years of experience with construction silicone sealants & adhesives – including hybrid materials.
Abbas Kanisan holds a Bachelor Degree in Chemistry and Bachelor in Physical Science. He has been with WACKER since 2008 as a Technical Manager for the construction polymer division across the MEA region. Since 2009, he supports the WACKER ACADEMY training team and has been involved with customer training and seminars for the past few years. He is a certified ISO 9001:2000 auditor and has supported our ISO 17025 accreditation.
Dr. Marion Killat
Dr. Marion Killat studied and received her doctorate in chemistry at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern. Following a post-doctoral stay in the USA, she started her career at WACKER in research and development at WACKER POLYMERS. Shortly after the founding of WACKER ACADEMY, she became a member of the trainer team with a focus on various products and applications of the POLYMERS division. In 2020, she took over the management of WACKER ACADEMY Europe.
Michael Killermann joined WACKER in 1992 in the analytical department. From 1996 to 2008, he worked as a lab technician in the Building & Coatings business team, where he was in charge of technical distributor support for industrial coatings. He was recruited to the WACKER ACADEMY training team as a practical instructor in May 2008.
Kyoungmo Koo joined Wacker Chemicals Korea in 2017 as part of the Construction Silicones team. From 2009 to 2017, he worked as a researcher in the Insulation & Fire-Resistance development team. There he took part in the development work of fire-resistance paint and the testing of water-repellents in insulating materials. He has worked as a technical manager for Construction Silicones at Wacker Chemicals Korea since March 2017.
Woo-Jae Lee joined AD/TS team of industrial coating polymers team of Wacker Chemicals Korea of 2012. He had a master degree of organic systhesis and experenced various waterbone dispersion on his 15 years. Currently he taking care of NEA/SEA/ANZ technical manager for adhesive / Carpet & Paper.
Steven Li is a senior technical engineer at the WACKER Beijing Branch. He is in charge of technical service and technical support for polymers in Northern and Northeastern China.
Technical Manager for Construction Silicones in South America, Pedro Marani is a Bachelor in Chemistry from University of São Paulo, Master in Polymer Chemistry from University of São Paulo and MBA in Innovation Manager from Business School Sao Paulo, with more than a decade of experience in the Construction Chemicals industry in companies such as Dow Chemical and MC-Bauchemie. Working in Wacker Brasil since 2013, his main activities are in silicone specialties for the construction and coatings industry, developing new applications and solutions for the local market.
Roberto is the distribution manager for the region. He joined WACKER in 2007 as sales manager responsible for construction silicones and paper coatings. In 2009, he also became the sales manager for sealants and pyrogenic silica. In 2015, he switched to the Construction Polymers business unit, with responsibility for the Middle Americas region. Roberto has 13 years’ experience of construction in Mexico, Central America and the North Andean region. He has a BS in Chemical Engineering from La Salle University in Mexico.
Peer Mohammed holds a Master Degree in Chemistry from American College in India and worked as Technical Manager for Construction Silicones across the MEA region. He has more than 20 years of diversified experience in R&D, Product Development, Technical Service in Paint & Coating Industry.
Andrew, a Chemist with the Construction Silicones Business Team has been with WACKER since 2014. He is responsible for formulating new and existing products for use in the decorative coatings market, as well as to give technical support to customers using WACKER products. Andrew has a BS in Molecular Biology from Liberty University. Prior to working with WACKER, he was a Quality Assurance Chemist at Chemtura / Great Lakes Chemical.
Andreas Peic joined SILICONES after completing his chemical training at WACKER in 2008. As a member of the Construction Chemicals business team, his responsibilities have included technical support for gypsum, boards and insulating materials. Since 2010, he has been a trainer for SILRES® construction applications at the WACKER ACADEMY. Alongside his job at WACKER, he is currently training to become a certified chemical technician.
Christian Putz is technical service manager within the Construction Chemicals business team at WACKER SILICONES. The certified paints and lacquers engineer has been with WACKER since 1998. He has been working as technical service manager for SILRES® silicone resin emulsion paints and plasters for the construction industry since 2007.
Daniela joined WACKER in 2019 as WACKER POLYMERS commercial manager for the Middle Americas region. Her previous employers included Stepan, Grupo Petroquímico Beta, Akzo Nobel/Comex and Hercules-Aqualon. She has over 15 years’ solid experience, covering market analysis, R&D, quality control and a wide range of applications (in construction, paints, architectural coatings, oilfields, personal care and the household sector). Daniela has a Chemical Engineering degree from the Technological University of Mexico and several certificates from organizations such as the IMCYC, ACI and UNAM.
Jayne holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from Mapua Insitute of Technology in Philippines. With years of experience in architectural and industrial coating in Philippines and Singapore, she joined WACKER in 2016 and is responsible for the technical service support in Singapore, Philippines and Myanmar.
Mohammed Sanaobar is the Regional Technical Director and Head of WACKER ACADEMY. He has been with WACKER since 2006. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering and Master’s Degree in Project Management.
Hector is the senior technician for the Construction Polymers business unit at Wacker Mexicana. He has been with WACKER since 2012 and has more than 16 years’ experience of paint development and manufacturing processes (for automotive repainting) and of dry-mix-mortar technology. Hector manages the lab at the Construction Technical Center in Mexico and is responsible for offering technical support to WACKER POLYMERS’ customers throughout the Middle Americas & Caribbean region. He has a BS in Industrial Engineering and Administration from the Technological University of Mexico. He joined WACKER after working for Dupont in R&D and production, where he monitored the automotive repainting sector.
Nelson joined WACKER in 2016 as a Construction Polymers lab technician for the Andean region. He has more than 15 years’ experience of the polymer chemical industry, working in technical and R&D/innovation departments. He has led the development, innovation and design of new industrial products, mainly in coatings, construction, adhesives, paper, packaging and graphic arts. Nelson has extensive knowledge of polymerization processes, polymer science, surface modification and product testing techniques. He Holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the National University of Colombia and a postgraduate certificate of expertise in coating technology from the Ramon Llull University. He currently manages the Construction Polymers lab for the Andean region in Bogota and is responsible for providing technical support to customers in that region.
Mark Sha is a technical manager at WACKER’s Shanghai technical center. He is in charge of technical service and support for silicone oligomers in coatings and for water-resistant products in China. Mark Sha has worked in production, R&D and technical service for coatings since 1995. He joined WACKER’s Shanghai technical center in August 2005.
Farah Shahin joined WACKER in 2019 as Assistant Manager of Technical Services for the Bengaluru Technical Center. She has been involved in training customers in applications for cementitious tile adhesives. She holds a B.Tech. in Polymer Science & Technology from Kolkata University.
Moghul Sirajuddin has been working at WACKER as an Assistant Technical Service Manager in the Mumbai technical center since 2019. He is responsible for technical services, customer training and application development. He is a civil engineering graduate with a Masters by Research in Construction Materials from the Institute of Indian Technology (IIT) Madras (Chennai).
Georgy Syaduk graduated from Moscow State University, Chemistry department. He joined WACKER’s Construction Silicones business unit in May 2009 as a technical manager. He is responsible for laboratory trials, training, seminars and technical support for customers in Russia and CIS countries. Since May 2011, he is responsible for training facilities as head of the WACKER ACADEMY in Moscow.
Alex holds a Master Degree in Polymer Science and Technology from Loughborough University in UK. He join WACKER in 2012 and is responsible for the technical service support in Malaysia and Thailand.
George is the Technical Service Manager for Wacker Chemical Corporation’s Construction Polymers Business Unit – Americas. George has been with WACKER since September 2009 and has more than 38 years of experience in the construction chemicals industry. George manages a Team of Chemists and Technicians in the Allentown facility responsible for the technical support of WACKER POLYMERS customers throughout North America. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chemistry from the University of Vermont. He came to WACKER from BASF where he was the Group Leader for Cementitious Products & EIFS. Previously, he was the R&D Manager for Harris Specialty Chemicals/Thoro Systems.
Fouzan Thakur has completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering, as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree with a specialization in Operations Management. He has held 2 positions at Wacker Chemicals Middle East, having joined as an Application Engineer in 2013, and currently holds the position of Technical Manager for the construction polymers business unit. He serves as the Quality Management Officer, overseeing the implementation of ISO 17025 guidelines in the activities of the technical center, and conducting & organizing internal & external audits, as the Management Representative.
Dr. Sergei Udra
Sergei Udra graduated from the Moscow State University, Chemistry Department. Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry. He joined WACKER’s Silicones for Construction in December 2016 as Technical Manager. He is responsible to provide lab trials, trainings, seminars and technical support for customers in Russia and CIS countries. Main topics are Hybrid materials for adhesives, sealants and coatings.
A technical manager at the WACKER Shanghai technical center, Jerry is in charge of technical service and support for polymer powders in Central and Eastern China. He has many years of experience with dry-mix mortar. His activities are currently focused on promoting the application of polymer powders in ceramic tile adhesives.
John Zhu is a senior technical manager at the WACKER Shanghai technical center. He has been responsible for technical service and lab management for Silicone Construction Chemicals since July 2016. Before that, he had worked for several years as a Silicone Construction Chemicals sales manager at WACKER China.