Thierry Piret is Head of Solvay Ventures in the corporate venturing arm of the Solvay group based in Brussels, Belgium. With a team of 6 professionals, Solvay Ventures manages a portfolio of fund and direct investments in the chemicals / advanced materials space. Thierry represents the Solvay group at advisory boards of partner funds in Europe, North America and Asia. He holds non executive director / observer roles with a number of portfolio companies. Thierry evaluated start-ups and their people, business models and technologies in a broad range of high tech industries, including organic and printed electronics, photovoltaics, fuel cells and other alternative energy sources. He led teams to conduct due diligence, closed venture investment deals, and acquired and divested equity.
Thierry worked for Solvay for 30 years within research, innovation and new business development including activities in biotechnology, industrial enzymes and animal health. He holds a MSc. in Chemical and Agricultural Sciences.