Clinker Factor - Episode #31

 28 June 2023 - In the latest episode of the Clinker Factor, Ian Riley speaks to Hari Harikumar, VP & GM Advanced Carbon & Membranes of CHASM Advanced Materials and WCA Member about the development of the world's largest nanotube reactor and the potential application of nanotubes to cement and concrete.

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Cement production is responsible for approximately 7% of global greenhouse gas emissions and is possibly the hardest to abate sector. In this podcast series, the World Cement Association’s CEO, Ian Riley, talks to industry leaders, experts and technological innovators from across the globe, bringing insights and fresh perspectives on how the cement sector can decarbonise and improve sustainability. Suitable for anyone interested in climate change mitigation and industrial sustainability.


Ian Riley

Clinker Factor Host: CEO, World Cement Association

After graduating from Cambridge University in 1979, Mr Riley worked in a number of management roles in the UK, the USA, Australia and Japan before moving to China in 1998. He was General Manager of a British project management and consulting firm, based in Shanghai and also Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai before joining Holcim/Huaxin in 2006.

As Huaxin VP responsible for international business, strategy and sustainability, he oversaw Huaxin’s first overseas venture in Tajikistan. Mr Riley was Greater China Country Head for LafargeHolcim from 2014 to 2019.  He has been CEO of WCA since September 1, 2019.

Hari Harikumar

Clinker Factor Guest: VP & GM Advanced Carbon & Membranes, CHASM Advanced Materials

Hari leads CHASM’s Advanced Carbon and Advanced Membranes business units, which delivers game changing solutions ranging from, Additives enabling “low carbon-low cost” Cement to Conductive pastes for Batteries to Vertically aligned nanotube membranes for water purification. With more than 30 years of senior techno-commercial leadership globally, including, CEO of QM Power, an Electric Motor startup in Kansas City, Missouri, VP- Innovation, Sustainability and Technology for Ingersoll Rand/TRANE in Charlotte, North Carolina and President & CTO for USHA a leading consumer brand in India.

Hari brings leadership experienced gained in multiple domains including Mechanical and Electrical Systems, Computational mechanics, Material Science, Smart Controls and Power electronics, Energy efficiency and Sustainability, Engineering software, Remote Monitoring and Analytics. Hari holds an MS & PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science – Bangalore, India.