Gain insight into Ilham's remarkable journey, learn from her experiences as she shares her story, including the challenges she faced, her successes, and vision for the future.

Ilham Kadri is a French Moroccan business woman with an extraordinary career and an iron will. Having worked in Europe, the Middle East, in Asia, and the United States, she is known for her ability to lead a team and transform a business. In 2019, she became the CEO of Solvay, the Belgian chemicals giant with 21,000 employees and $10 billion in sales.

In this unique conference for our members, Ilham will share her story of perseverance, determination and the key moments that have shaped her successful career. She will shed light on her approach to leadership and learn how she has navigated the complexities continuing to innovate and push boundaries.

This is a must-attend event for anyone looking to learn from a humanist born-leader. Ilham Kadri has this ability to inspire and motivate you to pursue your own goals and dreams.


Dr. Ilham Kadri is the CEO of Solvay. Kadri is a world citizen, a scientist, a businesswoman, and a humanist. Her international career spans more than three decades over four continents.

Under her leadership at Solvay, and previously at Diversey (USA), she delivered purpose-led transformations leading to sustainable and profitable businesses. Her Solvay One Planet and Solvay One Dignity roadmaps are leading to carbon neutrality before 2050, reducing inequalities at work and making diversity, equity and inclusion a business imperative.

Kadri was decorated with the Légion d’honneur and received a Golden Award for the Woman of the year in 2019. She is a Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Namur (BE) and EWHA University (KR). Kadri is a board member at L’Oréal and at AO Smith and serves as a Chair of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

Ilham Kadri holds a degree in chemical engineering and a PhD in physics and chemistry from Strasbourg University.


  • 19:00 > Welcome
  • 19:30 – 20:30 > Conference and Q&A


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