Prof. Stefan Buchholz (55) is the head of Creavis, the strategic R&D unit of Evonik. Prof. Buchholz studied chemistry in Marburg, Germany, and received his doctorate from the Max-Planck-Institute of Polymer Research in Mainz. He finished his post-doc at the Harvard University in Boston, USA. In 2011 Buchholz was appointed honorary professor by the University of Stuttgart. Prof. Buchholz began his professional career within Evonik in 1993 as scientific assistant in the business unit Industrial and Fine Chemicals of the former Degussa in Frankfurt. From 1998 to 2000 he worked as plant assistant at the Antwerp site in Belgium before he took over management of the Biotechnology Project House at the Hanau site. From 2008 until 2012, Prof. Buchholz was Head of Innovation Management in the business unit Advanced Intermediates. He took over as head of Creavis in 2012 and since then leads the strategic innovation unit with a focus on transformational and long-term innovation.