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New York, Metropolitan Club

2022 CME STEM Leadership Awards

2022. 12. 06 11 am - 2:30 pm ET



Metropolitan Club
1 E 60th Street
New York

Event times (ET)

11 am - 12 pm
Registration and reception

12 - 1 pm

1 pm - 2:30 pm
Award presentation

Event fees

Send registration information request to contact@cme-stem.org


Seifi Ghasemi

Air Products

Chairman, President and CEO
2021 STEM Leadership Awardee for Outstanding Global Growth

Keynote Speaker and Event Co-Chairs

Tara Ruttley

NASA Assoc. Chief Scientist

NASA Liaison with CME


The event Co-chairs LyondellBasell CEO Bob Patel, Molson Coors Chair Peter Coors and J&J Global Head of R&D Mathai Mammen cordially invite you to join the Tenth Leadership Awards Luncheon and Gala Reception of Chemical Marketing and Economics (CME) at the New York Metropolitan Club on December 7, 2021, from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. We will honor Air Products Chairman and CEO Seifi Ghasemi. The Keynote speaker will be NASA Associate Chief Scientist Tara Ruttley.

Since 1954, CME has helped the industries of chemistry create sustainable solutions to humanity’s greatest challenges with exciting events, such as the CME STEM NASA Symposium, inspiring the over 150,000 members of the American Chemical Society, including 20,000 students. CME also provides free student industry luncheons on innovation and environmental social governance, scholarships, STEM awards for students and mentors, K-12 science festivals, and mentoring for young women and minorities in the STEM field.

We invite you to buy a table and bring guests, donate a table to STEM students, or send a STEM contribution. Please send an email to contact@cme-stem.org

For background on the awards, click on “Keep reading.”

Celebrating the leaders of today and enabling those of tomorrow. This has been the hallmark of the Chemical Marketing & Economics, Inc. (CME), a forward-looking non-profit dedicated to accelerating diverse science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) talent and leadership for sustainable innovation in energy, materials and life sciences.

CME brings together Nobel Laureates and the leaders of industry, government, academia, philanthropy, and the public to share cutting-edge insights in exciting events and award-winning programs—such as the CME STEM Leadership Awards™ and CME NASA Symposium co-organized with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Earth’s finest space agency, and Technical Divisions of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society.

The CME STEM Leadership Awards™ honors leaders with distinction in harnessing the transformative power of chemistry to advance humanity. Past honorees include Nobel Laureates Frances Arnold and Eric Betzig, Craig Venter (Human Genome Project), Roy Vagelos (Merck, Regeneron), James and Marilyn Simons (Simons Foundation), Henry Kravis (KKR), Martin Brudermüller (BASF), Bob Patel (LyondellBasell), Ed Breen (DowDuPont), David Skorton (Smithsonian), James Green (NASA), David Cote (Honeywell), and Robert Langer (MIT).


Chemical Marketing & Economics, Inc. (CME) announced that Mr. Seifi Ghasemi, chairman, president and chief executive officer at Air Products, will receive the STEM Leadership Award for Outstanding Global Growth on December 7, 2021.

In 2020, Air Products became the largest U.S. chemical company by market capitalization, announced a $2 billion project to support the national security and energy independence policies of Indonesia, and was selected to provide its world-leading and proprietary technology and equipment for a massive LNG project in Qatar. The most exciting 2020 development is the $7 billion NEOM project—the world’s largest green hydrogen project to supply 650 tons per day of carbon-free hydrogen for transportation globally, saving the world three million tons per year of carbon dioxide and eliminating smog-forming emissions and other pollutants from the equivalent of over 700,000 cars.

Click on “Keep reading” or download the press release below.

“Mr. Ghasemi’s record of growth has been breathtaking—not only in financial returns, but also in developing an inclusive, winning team and supporting programs for diverse STEM talent,” CME Co-Chair Ms. Ksenia Takhistova noted. “Under his visionary leadership we have seen exciting new growth strategies in gasification, carbon capture and hydrogen for mobility at Air Products, which accelerate its global expansion,” CME Co-Chair Mr. Steve Barnett stated. “His vision enables the next generation of STEM professionals to participate in the company’s success,” said Mr. George Rodriguez, the founder of STEM Leadership Awards.

Mr. Ghasemi was delighted with the recognition. “It is an honor to accept this award on behalf of the more than 17,000 Air Products employees in over 50 countries who through their hard work, dedication to safety and commitment, enable the growth of our company and create opportunities for the next generation of STEM professionals,” he said. “CME initiatives on STEM programs that attract and encourage students to accelerate sustainable innovation in chemicals, materials and life sciences are essential in solving the challenges facing humanity, including the need for sustainable energy, health care, clean water supply, transportation, and the environment.”

Ghasemi became chairman, president and chief executive officer of Air Products in July 2014. In this role, he is focused on setting the strategy and policies of the company, developing leadership, and meeting shareholder commitments. Mr. Ghasemi is a member of The Business Council, an association of the chief executive officers of the world’s most important business enterprises. In 2020, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum. In 2019 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the US-China Business Council.

Prior to joining Air Products, from 2001 to 2014 Mr. Ghasemi served as chairman and chief executive officer of Rockwood Holdings, a global leader in inorganic specialty chemicals and advanced materials that was acquired by Albemarle Corporation in January 2015. In 1997-2001 he held leadership roles at GKN, a global industrial company, including positions as director of the Main Board of GKN, plc; and chairman and chief executive officer of GKN Sinter Metals, Inc. and Hoeganes Corporation. Earlier in his career, Mr. Ghasemi spent nearly 20 years with The BOC Group (the industrial gas company which is now part of Linde AG) in positions including director of the Main Board of BOC Group, plc; president of BOC Gases Americas; and chairman and chief executive officer of BOC Process Plants Ltd. and Cryostar.

Mr. Ghasemi earned his undergraduate degree from Abadan Institute of Technology and holds an M.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. He also was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Lafayette College in 2017 and an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in 2018.

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