Our Team

RiKarbon has created a productive, dynamic and safe work culture. The team includes technically dedicated and business motivated personnel with extensive experience in innovation, process management, commercialization and marketing.

Management Team

Basudeb Saha

Founder & President

Basu has 22+ years of industrial and academic experience in R&D, innovation, management, and commercialization. Previously he worked in the polyurethane business R&D division at the Dow Chemical Company, served as a tenured professor at University of Delhi and co-founded Spero Energy, Inc. He is an inventor of 22 patents, the author of 115+ peer-reviewed journal articles and an editor of the book “Sustainable Catalytic Processes” with Elsevier. His vast technical and management experience is instrumental to RiKarbon’s cutting edge technology and product discovery and commercialization.

J Gary McDaniel

Chief Business Officer

Gary is serving as a Chief Business Officer from January 2023. Before January 2023, he served as an advisory committee member for RiKarbon. Prior to that, he has spent over 25 years in the oil refining industry with companies like W.R. Grace, Akzo Nobel, and Honeywell/UOP.

Arvind Nanduri, Ph.D.

Chief Operating Officer

Arvind earned his PhD in Sustainable Energy Systems Engineering from Texas A& M University-Kingsville. He also has M.S degree in Chemical Engineering from Missouri University of Science & Technology and, M.S degree in Natural Gas Engineering from Texas A& M University-Kingsville along with a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from India. He has industrial and academic experience in process modeling and design, development of bench- & pilot-scale experimental systems, R&D management and commercialization of specialty and commodity products. He is currently leading process development for upcycled oils manufacturing using flow reactors.

Douglas Zeisel

Chief Financial Officer

Doug has been serving as a Chief Financial Officer since January 2023. He has over 35 years of experience working in startup enterprises, Fortune 500 companies and those in between. Previously, he served as CFO partner in Tatum, a national professional services firm which had offices in 33 cities across the USA. He provided interim CFO services to manufacturing companies.

Sudipto Majumdar, Ph.D.

Scientific Officer

Sudip is an expert in membrane-based separation technologies and process engineering. He has been recognized with one of the first ICIS Alpha Innovator awards in 2016 for the development of a new low-energy technology. He is a co-inventor of 8 US patents and author of over 30 journal articles and 2 book chapters. Sudip manages RiKarbon’s R&D lab operations, and leads product separation projects.

Board of Advisors

Bill Ludlum

Global Commercial Advisor

Bill has 35+ years of experience in commercialization of specialty chemical products with global chemical and fragrance enterprise. He is leveraging his multi-level management and commercialization experience in connecting our cutting edge technologies and sustainable products with customers in the niche markets and developing new business opportunities.

Graeme Biggin

Business Development Advisor

Graeme has 25+ years of experience as a leader in chemical industry. He lived in three continents and
worked in a number of global roles with P&G and Solvey. Currently he is business development director at Jacob Stern and Sons. He has been successful in new business development and acquisition in lubricants and personal care products space and commercialization of specialty bio-based products.

Lou DiNetta

Grant Management Advisor

Louis has 30+ years of experience in corporate commercialization and new business development in the emerging technology space. Currently he is serving as the Technology Business Development Manager at Delaware Small Business Development Center. He is advising RiKarbon in areas of investment, grant management, government cost accounting and proposal strategy.