Speaker profile

Dr Adrian Beard

Dr Adrian Beard

Advocacy Flame Retardants for the Segment E-Mobility & Electronics, Clariant P&C GmbH, Germany, Clariant Plastics & Coatings (Deutschland) GmbH

Since 2023, Adrian Beard takes care of advocacy and sustainability issues for flame retardants in the Segment Electro-Mobility & Electronics in the Business Unit Additives & Adsorbents. Before, he also led the flame retardants marketing team within the Business Unit Additives of Clariant, a Swiss based specialty chemical company. He is a senior expert in fire safety and environmental properties of phosphorus-based flame retardants.

Since 2017, he chairs the association for non-halogenated phosphorus, inorganic and nitrogen flame retardants (, as sector group of Cefic. He lectured courses on fire safety at the University of Wuppertal, Germany. From 1991 to 1999, before joining Clariant, he was head of the environmental analytical laboratory at the Fraunhofer-Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology in Oberhausen, Germany. There he carried out fire safety research and took part in the investigation of the Dusseldorf Airport fire in 1996.

He holds a doctorate in analytical chemistry from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and a diploma in geo-ecology from the University of Bayreuth, Germany.