Our creative team
SurfactGreen was created in 2016 by 2 investors and 4 entrepreneurs. As a result, SurfactGreen is a an experienced team of founders and co-owners cumulating 170 years of experience in Chemistry, 90 years in international business development and start-ups and finally 90 years in green chemistry academic research.
PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER
Pierre-Yves Divet (Chemical Engineer) is a private investor in the chemistry sector. He has also an international track record over several decades in leading large chemical companies.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND CO-OWNER
Xavier Roussel (INSEAD Executive MBA, BA Sales and Marketing) has held various positions (Supply Chain, VP Sales and Marketing, VP Operations and Managing Director) in different countries. Mainly focused on international development, Xavier has also been involved in food, agro-business, renewable energy and fine chemistry.
INVENTOR, SCIENTIFIC ADVISOR, AND FOUNDER
Thierry Benvegnu (Ph.D in organic chemistry at ENSCR, postdoctoral studies at the Stanford University in USA) is professor, specialized in the design of 100% bio-based surfactants. Thierry received 6 awards and published more than 80 scientific papers. He published also 18 patents and is the co-author of several books.
Daniel Danjean (Engineer ENSC Toulouse) has 25 years of experience as business developer for international chemical distributors. Indeed, Daniel is an expert in surfactant applications such as cosmetic, detergent, paint, building, printing and agroscience. He is also expert in formulation, registration, labelling and has also a diploma of trainer FFP.
inventor AND FOUNDER
Daniel Plusquellec is former Dean of Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Rennes (ENSCR), France and former President of Fédération Gay-Lussac. Currently, Daniel is Emeritus Professor and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK). Daniel has published more than 130 scientific papers, patents and is the co-author of several books.
SCIENTIFIC ADVISOR, AND CO-OWNER
Jacques Biton (Phd in biotechnology) has firstly held operational positions in R&D in international pharmaceutical companies. Since 2002, Jacques is involved in set up (from initial idea up to IPO on alternext) and operational management of innovative start-ups in cleantech, greentech and biotech.
Francis Galle is a chemical engineer from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille (ENSCL). As a new member of Surfactgreen, Francis will certainly be able to rely on his experiences with surfactants used in detergent and agrochemical for the development of SurfactGreen molecules.
Cédric Boyere has a PhD from the university of Liège. He did some research projects on organic chemistry and he also wrote a novel anionic sugar-based detergents. He also developed an original library of surfactants. Lately, Cédric worked in CO₂ technologies and new ideas to green chemistry.
PROJECT CRM MANAGER AND MARKETING & COMMUNICATION ASSISTANT
Cyrielle Cleenewerck is studying in the Business School of Rennes. Previously brand ambassador and commercial & marketing intern, she is going to develop the digital strategy of SurfactGreen and set up new projects in periodic training.