Véronique de Bruijn
Véronique (MSc/MBA) was appointed CEO of Photanol in January 2016 where since then she has steered growth, realised strategic partnering and secured financing for development of Photanol as leading CO2 based platform for production of chemicals. Prior to that she was Investment Director at Icos Capital (2011) she successfully lead the investment in 3 early stage start-up companies in the water and chemicals industry. Since 1999 she was at PwC where she was entrusted with multiple M&A transactions as well as restructuring deals for PE and securing funding for start-up companies. Her carrier started in project management working for Hollandsche Beton Group (HBG) that enabled her to realise challenging technical projects across the globe from South East Asia, Nigeria, Northern America to offshore Hibernia (Canada).
"Our huge chemical industry is addicted to fossil fuels. But, with these fuels becoming scarce, it is necessary and inevitable to find a different way to produce our chemicals". Véronique de Bruijn, armed with a drive to make a change for future generations, created Photanol: CO2 to chemicals.
Together with a team of scientists and professionals, they turn carbon dioxide directly into chemicals with the help of prehistoric bacteria and sunlight and provide a fully sustainable alternative for oil-derived products. Photanol is now ready to scale-up and set to change the mindset of the chemical industry, from fossil fuels to this fourth generation CO2 solution.