Yvonne Heischkel studied chemistry at the University of Bayreuth in Germany and received her Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2000. In the same year, she joined the Polymer Research lab of BASF in Ludwigshafen heading a synthesis laboratory for coatings raw materials. At BASF she hold various positions in new business development of chemical intermediates and strategic marketing of plastic additives. Now she is a manager of strategic procurement of renewables. Her focus areas cover renewable feedstocks like sugars, ethanol, vegetable oils or biomethane, and their value chains as a drop in and for dedicated production processes.