Niall Dunne

Chief Executive Officer, polymateria

Niall joined Polymateria as Chief Executive Officer in January 2018 to tackle the global crisis of plastic waste and lead the company on its mission of advancing science to help nature deal with plastic pollution.

Upon his appointment Niall announced an ambition to “redesign the rules of an entire industry” and create the Tesla of plastics.

Polymateria has a diverse range of partnerships such as some of the biggest chemical companies in the world Clariant (now Avient) and Indorama Ventures as well as the Government of India and the all-electric off-road racing series, Extreme E and the actor/activist Robin Wright. The company is also proud to be a founding signatory of HRH The Prince of Wales’ Terra Carta (Earth Charter) established under the Sustainable Markets Initiative.

Niall is also on the Sustainability Board of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
since June 2019. UKRI brings together the seven Research Councils within the UK, & has a combined budget of more than £7 billion, funding pioneering research and innovation across the planet.

A World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, Niall has worked on WEF’s Global Agenda Councils on Sustainable Consumption and Climate Change where he has launched and led initiatives such as and These initiatives have unified some of the largest businesses and NGOs in the world behind systems level transformations seeking to tackle some of the biggest issues we are facing.

Previously Niall has worked in senior leadership roles in BT, Accenture and Saatchi & Saatchi.

A keen athlete since his youth, Niall represented Ireland internationally as an 800m runner.

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