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UNC Clean Tech Speaker

Adam Monroe

Adam Monroe
Novozymes Americas


When Adam Monroe joined Novozymes as a chemical engineer in 1991, the company’s Franklinton, North Carolina facility employed about 100 people and generated $30 million in sales.

Today, Novozymes is a world leader in bioinnovation with more than 1,500 employees working at 18 sites across the Americas. Its North American headquarters in Franklinton, North Carolina has grown to five times its original size with sales approaching $1 billion in the United States and Canada. The company is a global leader in sustainability and innovation having earned recent recognitions including Top Science Employer from Science magazine, ranking on Forbes magazine’s World’s Most

Innovative Companies list and ranking #9 on Fortune magazine’s 50 Companies Changing the World list.

With more than 26 years of experience in industrial biotechnology, Adam is a strong advocate for the potential of biotechnology, enzymes and microorganisms, and the strategic opportunity in sustainable global development. Adam became president for North America in 2009 adding South America in 2013.

Based in Franklinton, NC in the greater Research Triangle region, he currently heads the Americas regional leadership team as well as Novozymes’ global public affairs and sustainability areas. Monroe has been a leading voice for biotechnology and sustainability and has spoken at numerous forums including the United Nations, U.S. State Department, the White House and Sustainable Brands conference. He is passionate about bringing business partners and key stakeholders together to innovate new ways to utilize biological solutions to help build better lives in a growing world.

In his previous role as Director of Supply Chain Operations Americas and Global Planning, he led a successful effort to establish Novozymes’ global supply chain of enzymes for the biofuels industry. That line of business now represents 17 percent of the company’s business.

Monroe currently serves as Chair of the Advanced Biofuels Business Council as well as the Arkansas College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council, North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Foundation, the North Carolina AgBiotech Advisory Council and has been inducted into the University of Arkansas Academy of Chemical Engineering. He served as National Chair for the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s Industrial & Environmental Board from 2012-2015 and continues to serve as a board member. In 2015, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Arkansas College of Engineering. He is committed to education and is personally involved in developing models for business to engage and inspire students at all levels, particularly through the Early College Program in rural Franklin County, North Carolina.

Monroe was born and raised in Arkansas, received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arkansas and is a diehard Razorback fan. He enjoys living in North Carolina and spending time with his wife and two daughters and playing guitar – everything from blues to neoclassical heavy metal. He also enjoys cycling and competing in triathlons, with a fondness for tough rides typified by the “Blood Sweat & Gears” race held in western North Carolina.