Norbert Haberland, PhD, born in 1956 in Germany, received his MSc degree in Chemistry and Technology of Rubber and Plastics from Moscow Institute for Fine Chemical Technology in 1981. In 1986, he gained his PhD in chemical engineering from the same institute. Dr Haberland is a member of the German Rubber Association, where he worked for many years as Chairman of the North Rhine-Westphalia section. For his dedication and contribution to the German Rubber Association, he became member of the Rubber Hall of Fame in 2012.

After diverse management positions in material development, technical management, and general management in globally active rubber companies, Dr Haberland has been working for Datwyler Group since 2010, and is currently Head of Co-operation & Business Development, with a focus on advanced technologies and innovation.