Jean-Marie Solvay is a serial entrepreneur in various industries and continents. In 1988, he founded two businesses in the helicopter service industry in the western US of which he was CEO and chief pilot, specializing in forest fire fighting, power line construction and maintenance. In 2000, Jean-Marie sold his aviation activities and invested in the East Berlin real-estate market where he currently manages a portfolio of buildings.
As a member of the board of Solvay S.A. for 29 years (until Mai 2020) and since 2004 as a member of the innovation board, Jean Marie has actively supported research and innovation at Solvay. He is also the chairman of the Solvay family’s shareholder council and member of the Solvac SA board.
Jean-Marie is a member of the Board of the Innovation Fund in Brussels Belgium, a capital venture fund focused on providing financial support to emerging businesses in the chemical industry in Belgium.
He is the chairman of the board of the Solvay International Institutes for Physics and Chemistry. These institutes are a widely known Belgian scientific foundation. They organize periodically the famous counsels for physics and chemistry and supports the Belgium scientific community with activities organized around distinguished researchers.