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The world is facing considerable challenges posed by plastic pollution and climate change. In our oceans alone, it is estimated that there will more plastic than fish by 2050. The extent of the problem extends beyond just plastics in our oceans, with microplastics (tiny fragments of plastic found in water and air) now being found in the Arctic and other remote areas.

The global market urgently requires sustainable solutions to tackle these major challenges. SGMA delivers solutions that are extracted from sand, sustainable and provide alternatives to plastic and a route to create effective non fossil fuel-based chemicals by using non-toxic raw materials that are available globally.

SGMA’s barrier coating for fibre-based packaging provides an excellent example of how we can make a difference. Our barrier coating for fibre-based packaging provides a complete solution to replace single-use plastics and eliminates confusion among users and customers.

Completely free from micro plastics, our technology helps also fits seamlessly into the recycling infrastructure of any country by providing a solution that is biodegradable, compostable and recyclable. The product currently is in process of getting certified for food contact in Europe and America.

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The Board

Fanya Ismail – CEO

Fanya Ismail, the founder of SGMA, is an entrepreneur, with expertise that span the chemistry, business and legal sector.

Using her expertise from each sector she built SGMA, an advanced chemical company focusing on the development of sol-gel technology, delivering solutions to sustainability problems.

Fanya graduated from UMIST which is currently part of the University of Manchester with a PhD in Chemistry, having been awarded a prestigious scholarship from the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2000. In 1999 Fanya also obtained an MSc in Physical Chemistry from the University of Manchester.

Fanya then went on to work as a Research Scientist at Queen Mary’s University and at the University of Manchester. She has also been a lecturer at the School of Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences at Kingston University.

Her business career started as the Director of a legal consultancy, where for 6 years she supported businesses that wished to invest internationally. Since 2015 Fanya returned to her true vocation in advanced materials, undertaking research & development and commercialisation, before launching SGMA in Feb 2017.

Paul Nuber – Finance NED

Paul Nuber is a non-executive director for SGMA, an advanced chemical company focusing on development of sol-gel technology solution to sustainability problems.

He is currently the CFO for Russia & Eurasia for Nestle. His career spans through 30 plus years in Finance, General Management, as well as Supply Chain, Audit, Legal, Purchasing, etc. Born in Japan, Swiss and UK National, having lived and worked in many countries, demonstrating disruptive leadership and transformational skills through various positions, focusing on people, simplicity and efficiency.

Paul’s track-record of profitable growth, speed and efficiency speaks many words…

He is an active Angel Investor and he also has written a dystopian novel (available in English or Russian, just ask for your free copy), gives lectures on Macroeconomic Realities, wrote a TV show, and has also occasional other endeavors he likes to get involved in…

Michale Hughes – Commercial NED

Michael Hughes is the commercial non-executive director for SGMA, an advanced chemical company focusing on development of sol-gel technology solution to sustainability problems. He is the UK and Ireland President at Schneider Electric.

His executive leadership and international business experience – focused on the fourth industrial revolution – spans the UK, France, China, Taiwan, and Germany. Mike’s business development success has led him to be responsible for operating multiple manufacturing sites, managing thousands of staff, and delivering high turnover.

He is an active Angel Investor and has represented investors as an independent member of a Fund Investment Committee.

Executive Team

David Price – Chief Technology Officer

David is the Chief Technology Officer for SGMA, an advanced chemical company focusing on development of sol-gel technology solution to sustainability problems. He has recently retired after 38 years with ExxonMobil Chemical working in the Petrochemical industry.

He has held executive management positions in Manufacturing, Marketing, Sales, Product Development and Project management, many of these outside the UK. As a senior manager in a company with a strong reputation for technology leadership in its industry, he has led multiple teams responsible for the commercialisation of new products for the packaging, construction, and automotive industries.

David is a British citizen and holds a BA in Chemistry from Oxford University.

Paul Nuber – Finance NED

Paul Nuber is a non-executive director for SGMA, an advanced chemical company focusing on development of sol-gel technology solution to sustainability problems.

He is currently the CFO for Russia & Eurasia for Nestle. His career spans through 30 plus years in Finance, General Management, as well as Supply Chain, Audit, Legal, Purchasing, etc. Born in Japan, Swiss and UK National, having lived and worked in many countries, demonstrating disruptive leadership and transformational skills through various positions, focusing on people, simplicity and efficiency.

Paul’s track-record of profitable growth, speed and efficiency speaks many words…

He is an active Angel Investor and he also has written a dystopian novel (available in English or Russian, just ask for your free copy), gives lectures on Macroeconomic Realities, wrote a TV show, and has also occasional other endeavors he likes to get involved in…

Jeff Pedley – Technology Consultant

Jeff is is a technical consultant for SGMA, an advanced chemical company focusing on development of sol-gel technology solution to sustainability problems. Jeff has a PhD in Chemistry from King’s College London and ~40 years years experience working in industry and academia.

Previously, Jeff has worked for Shell Research as a Principal Scientist and Research Manager; Bellingham+ Stanley Ltd (Optical Instrument Manufacture) as Sales & Marketing Director; University of Greenwich as a Bus Dev Manager, Tutor in Quality Management and Project Manager for Enterprise Europe Network.

Don Lawrence – Operations Manager

Don is a Technical Operations Manager for SGMA, an advanced chemical company focusing on development of sol-gel technology solution to sustainability problems

Previously an Avionics Electronics Engineer at BAE Systems for 40 years. Worked in the defence and civil Avionics industry. Experience in Engineering, Production, Finance, Marketing and Sales.

Sheila Fattah – Head of Applications

Sheila is Head of Applications for SGMA, an advanced chemical company focusing on development of sol-gel technology solutions to sustainability problems. Sheila has MSc in Quantity Surveying from London South Bank University and 9 years experience working in the construction industry.

Previously, Sheila has worked for Pristine Consultancy as an architect’s Assistant and for Corderoy as a Quantity Surveyor.

Michael Phillips – Product Development Director

Michael has been part of award winning industrial design and engineering teams for more than 30 years. As Design Development Director at Renfrew Group International (RGI) since 2005, Michael leads innovative approaches to the manufacture of a wide variety of technologies for a broad range of organisations and across sectors including medical and consumer devices,, automotive, aerospace and consumer products.

Michael has received awards for his work in problem solving and system design for private and public sector organisations including the Department of Health, NHS National Innovation Centre and NHS nationally, His previous work has focussed on innovation in medical technologies programmes including, HCAI technologies, novel surgical instruments with Barts, QMC & Royal Free and Chair4Life -a radically new, powered wheelchair for the NHS.

Previous clients have included global organisations such as: GSK, ThermoFisher, Oxford Medical Diagnostics, Gama, Airbus, Raleigh, Honda, Aprilia, Suzuki, Xerox, Shell, Iveco, NHS and UK Sport Olympics equipment design.

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