In this Falling Walls Breakthrough Conversation with Marius Brand, digital participants had the chance to discuss and ask questions. The interview series provided an intense personal atmosphere, in which high-level guests, speakers and panelists of the Falling Walls Science Summit 2021 focused on their individual research, career paths and experiences. Falling Walls Breakthrough Conversations is supported by Klaus Tschira Stiftung.
Marius Brand is the Executive Vice President, Sasol 2.0 Transformation at the Chemicals and Energy company Sasol. Marius is responsible for the Sasol 2.0 programme – a group-wide transformation programme positioned to achieve the Future Sasol strategy. In addition, Marius is accountable for the new Sasol business unit, Sasol ecoFT, which will use Sasol’s proven Fischer-Tropsch technology to produce sustainable fuels and chemicals, from sustainable hydrogen and carbon sources. The initial primary focus of the new business venture will be to establish a global footprint in the power-to-liquid sustainable aviation fuel market. During his career at Sasol, Marius has worked at most of Sasol’s South African operating facilities. He has been exposed to a broad range of business activities, including roles in plant operations, asset capital project management, establishing transactional and site shared services, managing profit and loss businesses, heading group strategy, and leading group-wide transformation, sustainability and digital programmes. He was appointed to the Sasol Group Executive Committee in April 2019.
As Head of Publishing for the Springer Nature SDG Programme, Nicola is responsible for coordinating the publishing activity across Springer Nature where it relates to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, in order to bring research that can contribute to achieving the Goals to the attention of those best placed to implement it. Nicola is passionate about the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration for solving complex global problems, and the need for solid research evidence to inform policy and practice.