Fanya Ismail 

CEO and Co-founder at SgMA 

Fanya Ismail is the CEO and Co-founder of SGMA, an award-winning paper treatment technology company, leveraging silica sand to provide a sustainable alternative to plastic. Their technology spans sectors including packaging, hygiene pads, textiles, and wearable electronics. Their treatment, Solgelica, provides a waterproof barrier replacing the plastic liner in the paper coffee cups and wider single use packaging market, making it totally recyclable, compostable, and biodegradable solution. 

Fanya has expertise that spans the chemistry, business and legal sectors and she received an Innovate UK ‘Women in Innovation’ award in 2019. She obtained a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Manchester in 2003 after being awarded a scholarship from the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2000. Fanya previously worked in QMUL, University of Manchester and Kingston University. Since 2015 she focused on advanced materials and launched SgMA in 2017.

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