Principal Industry Advisor, Global Chemicals and Fertilizers
RB joined the WBG in 2012 after a long career in the Chemicals Industry in R&D, Technology Development, Technology Marketing, Licensing and Technology Transfer, Business and Market Development, IP Management, and Corporate Strategy. As Principal Industry Advisor to the Global Chemicals and Fertilizers Investment portfolio of IFC, he guides the investment teams and decision-making committees throughout the lifecycle of IFC’s investment including Business Development, Due Diligence, Project Execution and Portfolio Supervision. He has lived and worked in four countries and has done business in over 30 countries.
RB leads the IFC’s efforts in helping shape the transformation of the Chemicals Industry to reduce its environmental footprint while sustainably producing the critical chemicals needed for everyday life. His areas of focus include: Green ammonia for fertilizers; Bio-derived and bio-degradable chemicals to wean off global dependence on fossil fuels; Flared gas reduction; Pathways to meeting industry’s energy needs with on-demand renewable energy; Circular solutions to minimize demand on natural resources; and, Carbon Capture and Utilization solutions.
RB holds a Ph.D. in Polymer Science from the U. of Akron, Ohio, an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the U. of Connecticut, and a B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering from the U. of Madras, India. He has published his research in several scientific journals and presented at various academic and industry conferences; he also holds many patents for his work on specialty polymer films.