Our multi-talented team brings together different backgrounds and expertise.
Dr. Michael Boot
Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Panos Kouris
Co-founder & Chief Technology Officer
Panos holds a MSc. and PhD in Chemical Engineering (specialty in lignocellulosic biomass conversion) from Eindhoven University of Technology. In 2017, he co-founded Vertoro, a spin-off company with the mission to valorise the IP generated during his PhD research.
Within Vertoro, he is responsible for all technological developments and to successfully scale-up the production of Crude Lignin Oil, a platform product that has the potential to decrease the carbon footprint of the chemical industry and energy sector.
Panos has been selected as 2018 Young European Talent in the category ‘Science’, from the Nederlands. In 2021, he won the Marc Cornelissen Brightlands Award, which is an incentive prize for encouraging talented pioneers to persevere, show courage and leadership on the road to achieving their dream for a more sustainable society.
Mr. David Samad
Chief Commercial Officer
David, who graduated in Finance from the University of Colorado Boulder and holds an MBA from INSEAD, is a solutions-oriented business developer and investment professional.
Mr. Derk Smid
Vice President, Specialties Business Unit
Ms. Svetlana Obydenkova
Chief Sustainability Officer
Dr. Timothy Boon von Ochssée
Chief Financial Officer
Prof. Emiel Hensen
Ms. mONIKA JEDRZEJCZYK
Head of Research, Development and Innovation
Monika holds her BSc in Chemical Technology and MSc in Nanotechnology from Lodz University of Technology (Poland). Her main areas of expertise are polymer chemistry and material science.
Monika holds her BSc in Chemical Technology and MSc in Nanotechnology from Lodz University of Technology (Poland). Her main areas of expertise are polymer chemistry and material science. In 2016 Monika joined Maastricht University where she pursued her PhD in the group of assoc. prof. Katrien Bernaerts and prof. Andrij Pich. Her project focused on the development of lignin-based applied materials such as adhesives, coatings and additives. During her PhD Monika not only combined and advanced the knowledge and on-hand experience in polymer and organic chemistry in combination with material science, but also was actively in collaboration with multiple academic and industrial partners. At Vertoro Monika is involved in the projects related to material applications of Goldilocks®. Monika is a huge enthusiast of innovative and sustainable science, especially when it is introduced into the market and our everyday lives, and intellectual property law.