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Catia Bastioli

CEO and Chairwoman of Novamont SpA

Catia Bastioli (CEO and Chairwoman of Novamont SpA)

Born in Foligno in 1957 and graduated in Pure Chemistry from the University of Perugia, Catia Bastioli is a chemist, a researcher and an entrepreneur.

She is the CEO of the Novamont Group, an industrial reality born from the results of her research activity on the development of bioplastics and biochemicals from renewable origin, according to a model of Circular Bioeconomy that she developed, intended as territorial regeneration with the quality of soil and water at its centre. In October 2023 she was also appointed as Chairwoman of Novamont. Since 2011 he has been CEO of Matrica, a Joint Venture with Versalis.

She also served as President of Terna Spa (2014-2020) and in the on the Board of Directors of Fondazione Cariplo (2013-2019).

She is currently President of the Kyoto Club Association (since 2009) and President of the Italian Circular Bioeconomy Cluster SPRING (since 2014).

She has been a member of important EU working groups on climate change and the environment, such as the Mission Board on Soil Health and Food. First inventor of about 80 patent families in the sector of biopolymers and transformation processes of renewable raw materials, she was awarded “European Inventor of the Year 2007” by the European Patent Office and the European Commission for her inventions related to starch-based bioplastics between 1991 and 2001.

She holds a Honorary Doctoral Degree in Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering by “Alma Mater Studiorum” University of Bologna (2019), a Honoris Causa Degree in Business Economics by University of Foggia (2018), a Honoris Causa Degree in Materials Engineering by University of Palermo (2016) and a Honoris Causa Degree in Industrial Chemistry by University of Genoa (2008).

In 2017 she was given the honorary title of Knighthood “Cavaliere del Lavoro” by the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella.

Catia Bastioli’s career is a testament to her commitment to advancing bioplastics and promoting environmentally sustainable solutions.