Jacques is a Belgian citizen, born in Brussels. He became impassionate with chemistry when he was still a teenager. He graduated in chemistry at the University of Brussels. For his Ph.D thesis, he specialised in Quantum Chemistry, which led him to study at the University of Berkeley, California, for a one-year post-doctorate.
Back from California, he joined the Research Center of Solvay in Brussels, in a department dedicated to polyolefin development, where he led a number of projects from catalysis, to process and product development.
After 25 years in R&D, he moved to Regulatory and External Affairs, looking after SHE, Product Stewardship of Olefins and Polymers and representation of INEOS in a number of PlasticsEurope and Cefic bodies.
He is currently chairman of the polyolefin producers group within PlasticsEurope.