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UEIL 2021 Virtual Congress “From business resilience to sustainable growth – Re-imagining the future of the lubricants industry “

UEIL is delighted to announce that it will take its 2021 Congress online.

The Congress will be organised over two days, on 20th and 21st October 2021, from 1.30pm to 5pm CET.

The Congress will feature a mix of keynote speeches and technical presentations by prominent speakers, as well a series of roundtables. UEIL also appreciates the importance of networking in those particular times, and will provide participants a platform to organise bilateral networking meetings.

Our theme for 2021 will be “From business resilience to sustainable growth – Re-imagining the future of the lubricants industry”. Topics will include resilience & growth, sustainability in the lubricants industry, the European Green Deal and its impact for our sector, sustainable mobility, bio-based lubricants and also diversity in the industry.

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In order to register, please click on the “Register” button at the bottom of this page. Registration is free of charge.

We look forward to October 2021!


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UEIL 2021 Virtual Congress Programme


Enrique Garcia John, European Commission, DG Environment

KEYNOTE SPEECH: The European Green Deal


Enrique is a biochemist and a toxicologist working as a policy officer in the Waste Management and Secondary Materials Unit of DG Environment. He works in areas related to the interface between chemicals, products and waste and is currently involved in the implementation of the Circular Economy Action Plan. Before joining the European Commission in 2010 he worked for 19 years as a consultant in the fields of environmental management and chemical safety. 

Jennifer Jordan, IMD Business School

KEYNOTE SPEECH: Transformational Leadership in the New Normal

Facing one of the most disruptive and transformational times in the 21st century, leaders are having to learn how to motivate, influence, and enable their teams in an entirely new, and constantly changing, environment. This “new type” of leadership requires a specific set of skills, behaviors, and mindset. In this keynote, I will talk about what leaders need to think and do and how to start doing it.


Jennifer Jordan is a Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland. She also holds an honorary chair in Human Resource Management at the University of Groningen in The Netherlands. Jennifer’s researches, teaches on and consults in the areas of leading digital, power and influence, and ethics. Prior to IMD, Jennifer was a lecturer at the Kellogg School of Management and Tuck School of Business in the United States. Her research articles are published in several top journals within management and social psychology and Jennifer serves on the editorial boards of two academic journals. In 2019, Jennifer was named as one of the top 40 MBA professors worldwide under 40 years of age by Poets and Quants and nominated for a Thinkers50 Radar Award. Jennifer received her doctorate degree and two masters degrees from Yale University.

Katty Hoste, Chevron

MODERATOR: The future of sustainable mobility


Katty joined Chevron in 2003 after obtaining a PhD in Polymer Chemistry at the University of Gent, Belgium. Her first role in Chevron was as a Product Development Chemist specialising in industrial applications. Later she moved on to the role of TeamLeader Technical Support. In 2008 she joined Chevron Base Oils as Marketing Specialist for Europe supporting the group II base oil business development in Europe. In 2018 Katty moved to the role of Business Development Manager Europe for Chevron Base Oils.

Trevor Gauntlett, Gauntlett Consulting

ROUNDTABLE SPEAKER: The future of sustainable mobility

Sustainable mobility goes beyond decarbonisation of motive power to include resource efficiency and further strengthening of the circular economy. Some companies may consider that sustainability means re-shoring some of their activities. When looking at the European Green Deal headlines, what paradigm shift might “renovating in an energy and resource-efficient way” bring to traditional lubricants markets, for example?

William Downey, Novvi

MODERATOR: The future of bio-based lubricants: challenges and opportunities


William started his career in the lubricants business in an eight- year tenure with the Royal Dutch Shell/ Group of Companies, in technology, lubricants, base oils and additives. Across these endeavors, he has 40 years of experience in the petroleum and chemical industry and is recognized as an expert in the lubricants, wax, and petroleum specialties value chains. He has addressed and moderated ICIS Conferences in Dubai, London, New York, Jersey City, NJ, Sao Paulo, and Seoul.

Our Partners


For sponsorship opportunities, please consult the UEIL 2021 Sponsorship Brochure!

We’re delighted to introduce you to the UEIL 2021 sponsors

A huge thanks for their support!

Chevron Base Oils provides a global slate of premium Group II base oils. Our technically substitutable base oils produced at multiple plants are made available from a network of regional supply hubs centrally located near the world’s largest lubricant markets. Our base oils are suitable for more than 90% of the worlds formulating needs for automotive and industrial lubricants. We work closely with lubricant manufactures, additive companies, original equipment manufactures and industry groups such as API, SAE, ILSAC and ACEA to advance industry standards that protect engine performance while enabling environmental compliance for new engine designs. To find out more visit www.chevronbaseoils.com 

Novvi was created to develop, produce, market, and sell high-performance oils and specialty chemicals from renewable sources. Novvi LLC is a joint venture of Amyris, American Refining Group, Chevron, and H&R.  Novvi draws from the strengths of all its strategic shareholders to execute a level of innovation to rapid commercialization to meet the increasing demands on the chemicals industry for sustainability, performance, and value.

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