Dr Ritu Paul

Global R&D Director for Paper, Polymer and Laminating

H.B. Fuller


Ritu Paul is the Global R&D director for paper, polymer and laminating at H.B. Fuller, working closely to Flexible Materials and Rigid Packaging businesses. With over 14 years in the specialty chemicals industry, Ritu has solid experience in leading global R&D and cross-functional teams to deliver unique technology and products based on market and customer needs. She has technical expertise in a wide range adhesive technology and she and her team have a proven track record of developing, scaling-up, and commercializing new solutions for markets such as Electronics, Woodworking & Composites, Durable Assembly, BTRS & RV (bus, truck, rail, special vehicles & recreation vehicles) and Packaging. Ritu also has extensive knowledge in product management and market strategy including value-based pricing for improved profitability. She is an advocate for diversity and inclusion and adept at driving strong internal and external global collaboration for project execution. Ritu holds a Ph.D. in polymer science and engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, in the U.S.

Presentation Abstract

Diversity & Inclusion Matter

Over the last few years, a vast body of research around the world from well-known universities, consulting groups and institutions, like Catalyst, Gartner, and McKinsey, for example, have documented that diversity and inclusion (D&I) initiatives benefit individuals, organizations, teams, and society. Much of this research also draws direct correlations between diversity in the workplace and improved business performance. In this masterclass, Ritu Paul will share her own personal story and explore why D&I matters. While connecting to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) efforts and focusing on key imperative areas, like talent, innovation, reputation, and finance performance, the discussion also will consider how we can lead and support these efforts across our industry. If the D&I goal is important, we can certainly say the journey is equality important. With this in mind, Dr. Paul will share examples of both corporate and community initiatives that will give participants insights and inspiration that they may leverage in their own business practices and promote D&I across their sector(s).

Presentation Time

Master Class II: Diversity and Inclusion in the Adhesive and Sealants industry

Friday, 16 September 2022, 11:00 - 12:30

FEICA Conference