Kati Gastrow is Global Engineering Manager for Robotics and Automation at Unilever, based in Port Sunlight UK. She is leading the technology selection for automated guided vehicles and robotics in the manufacturing space. Her passion lies in building diverse teams and diverse manufacturing systems, especially in this age of digitalisation.
She received her electronic engineering degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, before joining petrochemical coal-to-liquid pioneer Sasol as control systems engineer. Following the successful delivery of projects, she moved into global consumer goods manufacturing with Procter & Gamble in Germany. Projects included designing manufacturing platforms for personal care products for European factories. She then joined Mars Wrigley Confectionery as a project manager for delivering food manufacturing projects. In 2020, Kati was recognised as an Exemplar in The Manufacturer Top 100, celebrating leadership and commitment to manufacturing in the UK.
She has served as a Council Member for the Women’s Engineering Society and engages with ambassador organisations to promote women in engineering. In addition, she is proud to give back to the engineering research community by serving as a member of the Engineering Strategic Advisory Team at the EPSRC. Kati gained her Engineering Chartership from the IET in 2018.