Sibel Selcuk is the Executive Vice President of Research & Development for The Heritage Group. She previously served as VP, Global R&D and Strategy for Monument Chemical, and is also President of Heritage Turkish Holdings. Sibel served in leadership roles at the American Chemical Society, is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Interaktif Cevre, is a member of the US-Turkiye Business Council and Dean’s Advisory Board for the School of Science at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis. She earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Middle East Technical University and a Ph.D. in Macromolecular Science and Chemistry from Louisiana State University.
Sibel: Thoughtful and human centric creation of organizational design is critical to support and drive innovation. Shifting from being the only source of support to operational needs to a more balanced portfolio of projects that includes not only core but adjacent and transformational projects has its own complexity. Each business has a different definition of innovation, what is yours? Is your definition is
same as your employees or your stakeholders?
Sibel: Last year I really enjoyed the conference, the discussions and made great connections. I am hoping for a similar experience.
Sibel: Sustainability and green chemistry will continue to challenge the chemical industry for the better. A financially feasible way to execute will be the biggest innovation for chemical industry. The second most important future that waits for the chemical industry is Artificial
Intelligence. What would be the impact?
Sibel: I am not clear on the efforts of AI in Europe. If not already adopting, we might be late.
Sibel: I have attended an Innovation Conference in the US. How they are incorporating design thinking and Artificial Intelligence was very inspiring. Not easy to wrap around but needless to say very inspiring.