Dr Despina Anastasiou is Global Business Development Director - Corporate Strategy. In this role, she is responsible for identifying new materials and new business models that provide opportunities across multiple businesses for the global infrastructure markets. She is a member of Dow’s European Leadership team, the European Women's Innovation Network and Sustainability Steering teams, and is also an elected Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.
Despina joined Dow Chemical Australia in 1990 and in the years that followed she has held diverse roles of increasing responsibility in Market and Account Management, Business Development and Business Leadership across a broad range of products, markets and countries, including a three year assignment in Shanghai China. In late 2013, Despina was named President for Dow Hellas and relocated to Athens, Greece, with her family. Thereafter, this role was expanded to Regional President for Dow Central Europe. Despina assumed her current role in February 2019 and moved to Horgen Switzerland in June 2019.
Despina attended Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and holds a B.Sc. (hons) and a Ph.D. in Chemistry. She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Japanese language from Swinburne University.