Durval Garcia

Based in São Paulo / Campinas, Brazil


Durval Garcia has more than 20 years of experience developed through technical and leadership positions at the specialty chemicals segment focus on pulp & paper, water treatment, leather processing and sugar & ethanol industries mainly developing global innovation strategies, establishing and improving culture of innovation engaging the R&D staff and other areas of the company (as MKT, Production and sales) in the innovation process. Professional highly experienced in project and portfolio management, leading cross-functional teams. Strong skills as strategic thinking, problem-solving, long-term future vision and creative. Also experienced on mapping innovation trends through patents database, articles and technology reports. Has successful developed a Sectorial Cluster for Innovation on Pulp & Paper business in Brazil also Developed a global innovation strategy in chemical companies.

Major experience on technical areas as biotechnology – enzymatic technology and biocides (synthesis, and applications); polymers (acrylic and co-polymers), anti-scale, corrosion inhibitor and analytical chemistry.Also added experience in quality management systems, continuous improvement and process optimization; Regulatory Affairs, Post-sales technical services, technical marketing; procurement focusing on global negotiations; strategic sourcing; technical/economic feasibility studies, technical school and undergraduate professor.

Currently is the Head of Innovation at GAC BRASIL, in charge of developing innovation strategy for the consultancy operation in Brazil, new innovation services, innovation services improvements understand the dynamics and customer needs, develop and train a consultancy team for innovation services and represent the consultancy in other organizations.

Area of expertise:

  • New Product Development 
  • Innovation,Research & Development management, 
  • Technology Strategy development, 
  • Mapping Innovation trends, Building scenarios and foresight studies
  • Innovation Networks, 
  • Intellectual property management.
  • Innovation trainning


  • BSc in Chemistry by University of Campinas, Brazil (1980-1985)
  • MBA by Katz Business School , University of Pittsburgh, USA (2000-2001)
  • Strategic Management of Technology of Innovation by University of Campinas, Brazil (2013-2014)

LinkedIn : https://www.linkedin.com/in/durvalgarcia/