2020 Speakers

  • Georgia Barnes

    Senior Business Development Manager Soil Association Certification, UK

    Georgia Barnes' diverse role as Senior Business Development Manager for beauty & wellbeing at the Soil Association Certification aims to sustain and grow the certified organic health and beauty market through campaigning for clarity within the beauty industry, supporting new and existing certified brands grow and develop their businesses and driving awareness of the certified organic industry.
    In her time at the Soil Association, the certified organic industry has grown 34% year on year. Georgia's "One Small Swap" campaign in 2019 saw unprecedented mainstream press coverage for the organic beauty industry, and she was recognised in the "Who's Who in Natural Beauty" in the summer of 2019. 

  • Chris Baudry

    Sales Director, Brand Owners Metsä Board, Finland

    Chris Baudry has a strong background within the paper and paperboard industry. With some 30 years of experience from management & sales he has since 2018 headed the Brand Owners Sales in EMEA for Beautycare and Healthcare.

    Chris Baudry is renowned for anticipating the packaging needs of the market in Beautycare and healthcare by working collaboratively with Brand Owners, designers and technology experts. He constantly advocates the role of responsible packaging and renewable raw materials as a tool for a healthier environment.

    Chris has a university degree in Communication & Advertising, a university degree in Marketing & Sales and is also a graduate of the Metsä Group and Aalto University Executive Management Programme.

    You can read more about him https://www.linkedin.com/in/christophe-baudry-7251341/

  • Philippe Blank

    Head of Innovation and Sustainability Henkel Beauty Care, Germany

    Joining Henkel in 2015, Philippe is heading the sustainability initiatives within International Packaging Development for Henkel’s Beauty Care business unit.

    As a co-author of the corporate sustainable packaging strategy, he is responsible for the strategical execution of the ambitious 2025 packaging targets within the Beauty Care business unit and is representing Henkel in multiple external initiatives and programs that are centered around sustainable packaging.

    Before joining Henkel, Philippe was working in the field of product- and device development for multiple global organizations in the consumer goods and medical sector.

    He is holding an engineering degree in plastics engineering and is looking back on more than 25 years of experience in plastic processing and plastic related product development. 

  • Anna Brightman

    Co-Founder UpCircle Beauty, UK

    Anna launched UpCircle alongside her brother in 2016 and the brand has taken the beauty world by storm. UpCircle are the pioneers of the circular skincare trend. All UpCircle products are natural, organic, vegan, cruelty-free, palm oil-free, sustainable, handmade in the UK and housed in 100% recyclable packaging. But their key point of difference from other beauty brands is that each of their products is made with a core repurposed ingredient. “Natural” is the new “normal” – UpCircle go a step further with their waste-fighting formulations.

    Prior to launching UpCircle, Anna worked as an area manager of several supermarket stores. Despite the huge responsibility this role afforded her, she was keen to forge a new path in an industry closer to her heart. Anna combines her passion for skincare and previous experience in logistics and management to single-handedly manage operations, marketing and new product development for UpCircle.

  • Dr. Barbara Brockway

    Director Barbara Brockway Consulting, UK
    • Consultant to the Cosmetic Industry, Biochemist (molecular rearrangement of structural protein) and Director of Personal Care, Applied DNA Sciences
    • Past President, Hon Member of the Society of Cosmetic Scientists
    • Chair In-Cosmetics Formulation Summit

    Barbara started her career in Biochemistry over 30 years ago after studying Microbiology at college. She went on to graduate from the University of Kent, UK with BSc Hons & PhD in Biochemistry. After postdoctoral research she lectured at Reading University in aspects of Food Science and Technology. Her areas of interest are wide and include DNA Technology, Rheology and the Microbiome.

    In 1993 Barbara joined the cosmetic industry working at The Body Shop as Head of Applied Research and is proud to have been a key member of the team who developed their hemp range and to have inspired food-based concepts such as Body Butter. Her career then took her to New York where she worked for Dr James Hayward, then CEO of Collaborative Laboratories on Stony Brook University, campus. Collaborative Laboratories were famous for developing innovative cosmetic ingredients from high-sheer/high pressure dispersions, liposomes and novel hyaluronic acid derivatives to potent preservative blends. They were acquired by Engelhard and are now part of BASF’s empire. After extending her stay in America to manage Huntsman LLC Personal Care laboratory in Austin Texas, she returned to the UK in 2004 and worked for the next 12 year as scientific advisor for Personal Care in Sales & Distribution at IMCD.

    Barbara became a Forensic Cosmetic Scientist, when she joined Dr James Hayward, now Founder and CEO of Applied DNA Sciences, in New York. Her wealth of experience in both developing and distributing cosmetic materials, makes Barbara the ideal person to work with brands and suppliers to secure their global supply chains and achieving radical transparency.

    More recently, as Chair of the prestigious In Cosmetics Formulation Summit, held annually in London, and as an invited author contributing to The Secret Life of Skin webpage, she has expanded her interests to include areas such as AI, Augmented Reality and the impact of Next Generation Sequencing revealing the skin microbiome, on the cosmetic industry.

  • Jo Chidley

    Co-Founder Beauty Kitchen, UK

    Jo Chidley is the ‘Flounder’ of Beauty Kitchen, which creates natural, effective beauty products.

    Jo is a Chemist, Herbal Botanist, beekeeper and natural beauty products lover and is committed that Beauty Kitchen 100% makes a difference, from ensuring all products, not just the ingredients are sustainable as possible.

    • United Kingdom
  • Emma Dawes

    Technical Committee COSMOS and Soil Association Certification Ltd, UK

    Emma Dawes has worked in the field of ‘green’ cosmetics for over ten years. She works at the Soil Association, the UK’s first certification body to develop organic beauty standards. Emma graduated from the University of Bristol with a BSc. in chemistry and an MSc. in analytical chemistry.  

    Emma works on the technical and chemistry parts within certification of cosmetics to COSMOS and Soil Association standards. She represents Soil Association on the COSMOS technical committee, which discusses raw materials and technical points within the COSMOS standards.

    She has always had a very strong interest in environmental issues and also works in the organic food and textiles sectors at work.

    • United Kingdom
  • Mark Evans

    European Commercial Director INOLEX, UK

    Mark Evans is the European Commercial Director at Inolex. After studying Biochemistry at the University of Kent (Canterbury), Mark joined the Organics division of Henkel (subsequently rebranded as Cognis and in-turn purchased by BASF) in 1999 as a Technical Service Chemist. This role was his introduction to personal care formulating, covering the basics of emulsion chemistry and surfactant systems. At Cognis, Mark specialised in the development of cold process liquid emulsion concentrates (PIT technology), formulating new concentrates that are commercially available today. After five years in the laboratory Mark moved to a technical sales role at UK distributor, Aston Chemicals. There his personal care knowledge extended further, covering the technical aspects of nearly every application of raw materials (including skin care, hair care, sun care, colour cosmetics, AP/Deo, baby care, naturals and actives). In 2009 Mark moved to Inolex as Sales Manager North Europe, progressing to his current role of European Commercial Director. His knowledge of the personal care industry and formulating experience are an ideal match for the forward thinking and innovative raw material manufacturer, Inolex.

  • Oscar Exposito

    CEO and Co-founder Vytrus Biotech, S.L

    Oscar Expósito is a biologist with a pHD in Plant Biotechnology, for the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Barcelona. There he met his colleague Albert Jané, and together they created the Spin-Off Vytrus Biotech in 2009, specialized in the development, production and commercialization of high added value active ingredients from plant stem cells.

    CSO, CEO and Co-Founder of Vytrus, Oscar is author of more than 12 scientific articles and 5 patents in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic sectors, he has participated as speaker in more than 30 national and international conferences, has been a professor in 7 masters and specialization courses, in entrepreneurship and biotechnology, and he is a member of several prestigious associations such as SEQC, SCS or IFSCC. With Vytrus he has won several international awards, such as the GOLD Innovation Award and the GOLD Green Award during In-Cosmetics 2019, and the Cosmetorium Award 2018.

  • Alexandra Jeanneau

    Technical Information and Scientific Communication Manager Alban Muller - L’Expert du Naturel, France

    Biography to follow

  • Jakob Kaikkis

    Managing Partner Seismografics, Germany

    Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the packaging industry. Skilled in sustainable Packaging, Advertising, Digital Printing, Variable Data Printing, and Business Development. Strong business development professional with a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) focused in Marketing from Universität St. Gallen-Hochschule für Wirtschafts-, Rechts- und Sozialwissenschaften. 

  • Ewa Kania

    Senior Research Analyst Euromonitor, UK

    Biography to follow

  • Jan Kuśmirek

    Director and NPD Consultant Genera Consultancy Ltd., Elemis & Fragrant Earth International, UK

    Attuned to Physics than Chemistry he has spent some forty years in the fragrance, aromatic and cosmetic industry. He practiced in Naturopathic and Herbal Medicine and was Marketing Manager for the Soil Association developing organic standards and the symbol scheme. Organic agriculture has been at the heart of his career path.

    Whilst promoting the development of natural ingredients and extraction processes Jan became aware of the values of aromatic materials in medicine and cosmetics he trained in perfumery and other aromatic applications both in Morocco and UK. He created the Origins brand and then Elemis to which he remains as senior NPD consultant. Genera consultancy has been instrumental in the development or creations of many brands such as Nude, Aromatherapeutics, Nelson & Russell and others.

    The Fragrant Earth Company under his control creative is an influential proponent of natural fragrances and materials shaping fragrances of distinction in a world of perfume where caution is required concerning brand ethics. 

    • United Kingdom
  • Dr. Sophia Letsiou

    Research and Efficacy Manager, R&D APIVITA, Greece

    Dr. Sophia Letsiou is currently the Research and Efficacy manager in APIVITA SA. Since 2011, she holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Harokopio University of Athens. Her expertise based on system biology research. During her academic career, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, Portugal, and Greece. Currently, she is responsible for the in vitro testing for safety and efficacy of natural raw materials as well as for the clinical studies for final cosmetic formulations. Since 2015, she is the coordinator of three HORIZON 2020 research programs in APIVITA SA that are linked to research and innovation based on marine biotechnology. She has authored several journal papers as well as patents in the field of cosmetics.

  • Lee Mann

    Global Community Trade Manager The Body Shop, UK

    30+ years business experience in complex global supply chains including 10+ years experience with artisanal product and small business development in emerging countries. Specialist in sustainable supply chain management - fair trade, ethical trade and commercial. 

  • Francesca Morgante

    Market Development Manager Europe Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, Italy

    Francesca Morgante joined RSPO in October 2018. Her role consists of engaging with stakeholders to help increase the uptake of certified sustainable palm oil in the European market. Francesca holds a degree in Development and International Cooperation from the Bologna University and has a working experience of over 10 years within the non-profit sector at international level. Thanks to her previous role at NATRUE, where she was responsible for the development a quality seal for natural and organic cosmetics, she gained sound knowledge on how to strategically position private standards in different markets.

  • Mathilde Omnès

    Global Sustainability Manager Lubrizol Life Science, France

    Biography to follow

  • Rolando Stefanos Zabban

    Managing Director/COO Sana Jardin, UK

     Experienced executive with strong strategy, business development and planning, management, leadership and commercial skills

    * 15 years experience with Blue Chip companies (Luxury Cosmetics/FMCG, Consulting, Banking, Manufacturing, Telecoms), entrepreneurial fast growing SMEs and start-ups, in both a matrix and flat structure organisation

    * Career experience spanning General Management, Business Development, Operations, Business Planning, Supply Chain, Procurement, NPD, Sales Administration, Finance, AP/AR

    * International mind frame and multilingual capabilities

    * Cross-functional business understanding, strategic influencing and analytical thinking.

    * Superior presentations skills.

    * Advanced analytical skills, results oriented, self-motivated and customer oriented

  • Amit Tewari

    Group Leader - Phytochemical Ingredient Science L’OREAL Research & Innovation, France

    Responsible for worldwide scientific and technical expertise for phytochemical ingredient sciences within L'Oréal.

    Contributing to performance from ongoing marketing insights to nature inspired innovation in product development. 

  • Emma Thornton

    Founder and Owner True Skincare, UK

    Emma Thornton, Founder and Owner of TRUE Skincare, has been entrenched in premium beauty for the duration of her career, leading the marketing for a number of high profile, high price point brands.  Knowing how little legislation there is with regards to “natural” and “organic” beauty claims, how much water was being used in products, alongside the desire to create something accessible yet elegant, Emma was determined to develop a range which was genuinely organic, natural, affordable but still premium in look, feel, efficacy and ethics - as well as being entirely waterless in formulation. Following the company’s registration in March 2018, the full range quickly launched with Holland & Barrett in May 2018. Since, distribution has continued to grow and the brand is now stocked with Ocado and soon-to-be-launching with Birchbox UK and Boots. In addition to the brand’s numerous accolades, due to her commitment and contribution to the natural and organic industry, Emma has also been listed as a “30 Under 30” and one of the top 25 “Who’s Who in Natural Beauty”. 

  • Nick Vaus

    Partner and Creative Director Free The Bird, UK

    Nick is responsible for the creative concepts and development from the agency. Or the Beautiful Thinking stuff. The rigour and relevance of the concepts, the perfection of the execution, the all-round inspiration, imagination and general ‘swipe-me-sideways-that’s-brilliant’ – ness of everything. And Nick is very, very, very, add a very, attentive to detail. Expect high standards. He does.

  • Neil Watson

    Founder Neil Watson Consultancy, UK

    Neil has been creating personal care products for over 20 years for many different brands and for the last 10 years he worked at The Body Shop before starting his own consultancy. At the Body Shop he held the position of Global Director of Research and Development, responsible for all product formulation and packaging development. He is a passionate advocate of sustainable development and creating great products using a blend of science and Nature.

  • Amanda Winwood

    Managing Director Made for Life Organics, UK

    Biography to follow