Clinker Factor - Episode #39

18 March 2024In this episode of the Clinker Factor, Ian Riley talks to Sam Draper, CEO of Seratech, about Seratech’s technology, business model and whether the technology can be scaled to a size interesting to a cement plant.

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.

Sam Draper

Clinker Factor Guest: Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Seratech

Sam studied Engineering at the University of Cambridge, before moving to Imperial College London in 2017 to undertake a PhD in the field of low carbon cement chemistry. During this time, he co-founded Seratech with Barney Shanks.  

As CEO of Seratech, Sam leads the business development as the company looks to scale their solution, working closely with numerous parties throughout the cement and concrete value chains. Sam regularly gives presentations and takes part in panel discussions to increase awareness of the challenges facing the construction industry and potential solutions.