Louisa Nara joined the AIChE’s Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) in 2010 as the Technical Director responsible for CCPS book projects, tools and training development. In 2017, she assumed her current role as Global Technical Director. This position is the capstone of a 37+ year career in the chemical, pharmaceutical and food industries. Louisa began her work at the site level in operations and process engineering and continued, successively, in regional and global technical leadership roles. She has also spent time in consulting. Louisa gained her expertise in engineering, process safety, crisis management, and emergency response from hands-on experience preventing, investigating, and responding to significant incidents. Most recently, before joining CCPS, Louisa was Director, Risk Management and Compliance, for Bayer MaterialSciences (now Covestro) in NAFTA.
Louisa is responsible for providing subject matter expertise on all matters relating to CCPS technical content and tools, including intellectual property, and copyright and branding issues. Louisa also serves as a primary instructor for CCPS training courses, and evaluates and approves CCPS instructors worldwide. She represents CCPS and AIChE globally with member companies, and government and trade associations as part of CCPS’ Responsible Collaboration outreach. She has interviewed high-ranking corporate executives and regulators about the importance of process safety and how to improve it. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and meetings around the world, sharing lessons learned and enhancing process safety knowledge and risk awareness.
Louisa has a BS in chemical engineering from West Virginia University and an MS from Villanova University in water resources and environmental engineering. Louisa is a Certified Process Safety Professional (CCPSC) and a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP). She was elected to the West Virginia University Chemical Engineering Academy for her outstanding professional accomplishments.
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