Dr. Theodora Kourti is SVP Global Regulatory Affairs in ISPE and an adjunct professor at McMaster University. Dr. Kourti is a Chemical Engineer and holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from McMaster University in Polymer Reaction Engineering and Control. She joined ISPE from GSK where she served as senior technical director. Prior employment includes Polysar Canada (currently Bayer), Exxon Research and Engineering in NJ, USA, Esso in Netherlands, and the McMaster Advanced Control Consortium. Dr. Kourti has extensive experience with methodology for Process and Product Improvement and Abnormal Situation Detection in Process Industries, and has consulted with more than 40 diverse industries such as Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Semiconductor, Mining, Pulp and Paper, Petrochemicals, Photographic and Steel Industry, in North America, Europe and Asia. She has published extensively in this area and has provided training for numerous industrial practitioners. Dr. Kourti serves in the Editorial Board of the Journal of Chemometrics and the Scientific Board of directors at IFPAC, the PQRI steering team and has served in numerous committees in professional organizations and co-chaired IFPAC 2010.