Dr. Dave Lütkenhaus

Dr. Dave Lütkenhaus is the Global Sustainability Breakthrough Innovation Director at Diageo. He drives and oversees the innovation pipeline of new transformational technologies and new business models to propel Diageo’s future carbon, energy and water strategy towards 2030 ESG targets and beyond.

Dave has more than 17 years of broad international experience combining leadership skills with a highly technical background across the key sustainability themes in the consumer goods industry. Prior to Diageo, Dave was International Research & Sustainable Innovation Director at L’Oréal with a broad scope encompassing all the Emerging Markets (LATAM, Africa, Southeast Asia). Previously, he led the Sustainability strategy for the Packaging and Specialty plastics business at the Dow Chemical. He has also worked for P&G and FIAT leading sustainable innovation projects for the EMEA region.

Dave holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Birmingham, UK; a double Master’s degree in Materials Sciences from the Technical University of Munich and the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany; an MBA in Strategic Management from the University of São Paulo, and a Master’s degree in Materials and Polymer Sciences from the University of Turin, Italy.