Snehal Desai knows the business of water. As the global business director for Dow Water & Process Solutions, a leader in sustainable separation and purification technologies, Desai is responsible for implementing DW&PS' business growth strategy and leading the 1800 people who work in the business. He is an expert on key industry and global issues such as water scarcity, quality and safety along with the interdependencies of water and energy. Desai has more than 25 years of increasing progressive leadership responsibility experience in the sales, marketing and business development of water, plastics, chemicals and renewable materials. From 2008 to 2010, he led commercial and business development for Segetis, a startup focused on developing novel bio-based chemicals. Previously, from 2003 to 2008 he served as the vice president and chief marketing officer of NatureWorks LLC, the first company to offer a family of commercially available low-carbon-footprint polymers. In this role, Desai led strategic development and global execution of the marketing, sales and development teams for the company resulting in impressive growth. From 1988-2003 Desai held various positions with the Dow Chemical Company in sales, marketing, business development and TS&D in the Specialty Chemicals, Plastics, E-Business and New Business Growth divisions. Desai is a founding member and past Chairman of the Board and Executive Committee member of the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals (A.S.A.P.), and has held a variety of leadership positions there since 1998. Desai received bachelor's degrees in chemistry and chemical engineering from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.