INOVACAT management team consists of its CEO and three founders. In addition we have a dedicated team of engineers, R&D specialists and operational staff. INOVACAT was initiated as a think tank seeking innovative solutions to common issues refiners and petrochemical operators are faced with today.


We possess over 100 years of experience across the hydrocarbon value chain. INOVACAT team's track record span most critical areas: 

  • Extensive Refining & FCC knowledge: Hands-on operating and Technical Service experience in FCC, hydrotreating, reforming, catalytic polymerization, alkylation, blending, effluent plant operations and linear modelling
  • Hands-on Research & Development: Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, R&D in Catalysis and Fluid and Fixed Bed Catalytic cracking
  • Broad market understanding of the Refining & Petrochemical Industry: Technical Sales and commercial management, contract negotiation, fundamental market analysis
  • Extensive leadership, financial and operational experience: HSE, Strategy&Planning, Business Development, M&A, Finance, Regulation, Capital Project Management, Lean Operations

Niels van Buuren

Chief Executive Officer

Energy professional with 25-year proven track record across the energy value chain of identify-ing and delivering value. He worked in various technical, commercial and leadership roles in E&P, consultancy, private equity and FTSE30 companies. Niels has a MSc in geology / geophysics, an INSEAD MBA and is a McKinsey&Co alumnus.

Ray Fletcher


Well-known Process Technology Developer with 30 years experience in the international refining and petrochemical industry. Hands-on refinery  optimization and FCC trouble-shooting expert to more than half of the world’s refining and petrochemical complexes. Authored over 45 journal articles in these areas.

Bart de Graaf


Industry thought leader on Fluid Catalytic Cracking and Heterogeneous Catalysis with numerous patents and articles on his name.  Bart has worked in various leadership roles in research and technical sales with Akzo Nobel/Albemarle Catalyst Company and Johnson Matthey Process Technologies.

Herman van den Bold


Senior marketing executive in the international petrochemical industry with 30 years of extensive technical sales, business development and managerial experience. Throughout his career he has acted as initiator, innovator and market developer for several petrochemical market areas.