Helen Sanders, Ph.D.

Strategic Business Development, Technoform Glass Insulation NA, Inc


Helen has 22 years’ experience in the glass industry and over 17 years’ experience in dynamic glass technology and insulating glass fabrication. She has a M.A. in Natural Sciences (Chemistry) and Ph.D. in Surface Science from the University of Cambridge, England.

Currently, she is responsible for strategic business development at Technoform, the leader in thermal break solutions for fenestration systems. Her role involves driving market development, new and existing product development, developing strategic relationships and influencing the regulatory environment with the goal of moving the market towards higher performing façades.

Previously, she played a significant role in creating and growing the market for dynamic glazing. Throughout her career, she has held a number of diverse leadership positions, including business development, heading technical and customer services, sales, managing operations including manufacturing, engineering and solution delivery, codes and standards development, product development, process development and project management. She has also been involved in the implementation of safety and environmental programs, quality systems and lean manufacturing tools.

She is an active member of a number of industry organizations, serving on the board of the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) and as chair of IGMA’s emerging technologies and innovation committee and the Glazing Industry Code Committee.

Recently, she was named one of USGlass Magazine’s Top 100 Influencers as one of the individuals “who are leading their peers in new directions” and “changing the whole equation of how we look at the industry.”

Helen has previously spoken at the AIA National Convention, LightFair International, BuildingsNY, West Coast Energy Management Conference, Façade Tectonics, Glass Performance Days, BEST Conferences, Glass Build America, Ecobuild UK, Façades Plus, GlassCon Global.