© Jelka von Langen


Sonja Jost


Sonja Jost is an inventor and engineer who co-founded DexLeChem in 2013, a Green Chemistry startup of which she is the CEO. She is member of different advisory/ supervisory boards and high-tech juries, such as the biomedical research institute “Berlin Institute of Health” of Charité, the Helmholtz Association, the “Chemical Invention Factory” of TU Berlin (John-Warner-Center for Startups in Green Chemistry), and the U.S. peer-reviewed journal “Green Chemistry Letters and Reviews”. She has received various awards and recognitions for her work. ZEIT online listed Jost among “25 female inventors who are changing our world”, Capital magazine named her repeatedly on their “40 under 40” entrepreneurs list, and the economic business magazine Business Punk chose her as #1 of their 2018 watch list “100 startups, makers, creatives”. Since 2017, she has been a member of the General Assembly of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Berlin and jury member of the Accelerator pilot of the European Commission, which decides about startup investments of 0.5 bn € p.a. In 2019, Jost was appointed as ambassador of the initiative “Germany – Land of Ideas” of the German Government and the Federation of German Industries BDI. Jost gives advice to governmental organizations, scientific institutions, NGOs, as well as several political parties in Germany, the U.S., and in the EU. She has co-founded and initiated several campaigns and networks that support the translation process of scientific findings into industry which she also promotes as frequent guest on economic and political panel discussions.