TMS Director/Chair, Extraction & Processing Division
Senior Research Fellow, Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology
Christina Meskers is senior manager, Open Innovation, at Umicore (Belgium), where she develops and implements the open innovation strategy and is responsible for the development, management, and governance of the network and global portfolio of programs in Recycling & Extractive Technologies. With more than 15 years of experience in the raw materials sector, her current focus is on the contribution of recycling and extractive technologies to the transition to sustainable cities and e-mobility.
Meskers graduated from Delft University of Technology with an M.Sc. (2004) in resource engineering and a Ph.D. (2008) in materials science and engineering, including stays at McGill University, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and the University of Melbourne.
Currently, Meskers serves on the industrial advisory boards of the Center for Resource Recycling and Recovery (CR3) and the Sustainable Materials (SuMa) and Sustainable and Innovative Resource Management (SINReM) international M.Sc. programs. She is vice-chair of EIT Raw Materials Innovation Hub West. The United Nations' International Resource Panel report, Metal Recycling-Opportunities, Limits, Infrastructure (2013) is a key publication that she co-authored. Meskers is co-recipient of the 2014 Ondernemers voor Ondernemers Award, and the 2013 Belgian Business Award for the Environment.
Her TMS activity started in 2007 with membership in the Recycling and Environmental Technologies and the Materials and Society Committees, and she later served on the Public & Governmental Affairs and Program Committees. She was lead organizer of Sustainable Materials Production & Recycling 2010 and of the last three installments of the REWAS symposium. In 2008, Meskers received the TMS Young Leaders Professional Development Award for the Extraction & Processing Division. Meskers is currently serving as the vice chair of the Extraction & Processing Division.