Cosmetics Business Live

Anna Brightman LinkedIn

Co-Founder, UpCircle


TOPIC: By-product beauty: Upcycling leftover natural ingredients into skincare formulations

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.>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.

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.

Amy Jeffries

Partnerships Director, Gleam Futures


TOPIC: Influencers and the beauty in the ‘new normal’

Amy is Partnerships Director at leading digital-first talent management business, Gleam Futures. Since joining Gleam Futures Amy has led the strategic career development of some of the UK’s biggest creators, entertainers and entrepreneurs who have emerged from digital platforms over the last ten years. Across a roster spanning entertainment, fashion, beauty, parenting, health and food, Amy has been instrumental in diversifying digital-first talent into the fields of publishing, licensing, media and entertainment.

Since becoming Partnerships Director in 2020, Amy oversees relationships with key commercial partners for the business on behalf of rostered talent including brands, social media platforms and media publishers.

Ben Grace LinkedIn

Founder, SBTRCT


PANEL: Should we all get naked?

Ben Grace founded SBTRCT (pronounced “Subtract”) on one guiding principle; less is more. By stripping out the things we don’t need in life, we are more able to love the things we have made a conscious choice to keep.

The SBTRCT philosophy of minimalism is one that has gradually crystallised throughout Ben’s 15 year career in skincare; a journey starting with the marketing for Beiersdorf(NIVEA) brands and progressing to a formative 10-yearjourney as a founding partner of men’s Skincare brand Bulldog, a progressive business where ethical sourcing &sustainability were at the core of the brands proposition.

Bernhard Henes

Head of Biotechnology, Mibelle Biochemistry


TOPIC: Achieving Superior Performance In Sustainable Formulations

Bernhard Henes, Head of Biotechnology at Mibelle Biochemistry since 2013, leads the development of biotechnologically sourced active ingredients for the cosmetic industry. Before this, Bernhard worked 6 years at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) and prior 5 years at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences as a scientist in biotechnology research.

Brian Allen

Global Marketing and Sales Director, Siltech


TOPIC: Achieving Superior Performance In Sustainable Formulations

Brian Allen is a Marketing and Sales Director for Siltech. He joined Siltech in 2018 to lead the personal care segment globally. Brian’s specialty chemical experience spans technical, marketing and sales roles as well as leadership across each of those disciplines. Previous to Siltech Brian served at Wacker Silicones for thirteen years across numerous market segments including personal care. His blended experiences across technical and commercial roles provide a diverse perspective. Brian has a MBA with a concentration in Marketing from the University of Toledo and he is a member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists.

Carys Smith LinkedIn

Consumer Research Consultant and Regulatory Specialist, Ayton Global Research

Regulatory & Testing

TOPIC: Consumer validation: Trials and tribulations

Carys Smith has been at the forefront of developments at Ayton Global Research since 2012. She is a specialist in legislation that affects advertising standards and regulations which impact FMCG industries. This knowledge has been put to good effect when working closely with international brand owners and contract manufacturers including Walgreen Boots Alliance, Oriflame, Skinny Tan, Temple Spa, The Body Shop and many more.

Carys has designed, directed and managed studies for over 250 clients and is in a great position to lecture about global trends in FMCG industries, consumer research and claims testing. Carys has travelled globally to Asia, Europe, Middle East, USA and more to provide lectures and discussions on maximising your brand advertising, research methodologies, claim substantiation and legislation surrounding this process.

Colette Laxton LinkedIn

Co-Founder & CEO, The Inkey List

Mark Curry LinkedIn

Co-Founder, The Inkey List


TOPIC: Empowering and educating consumers on ingredients

Founded by Colette Laxton and Mark Curry in 2018, The INKEY List was born from a belief that better knowledge powers better decisions. Passionate and committed to guiding, empowering and delivering knowledge and education to their ever- growing community via a plethora of platforms, The INKEY List is the ultimate affordable, accessible, transparent and efficacious skincare brand.

Dario Magni

Global Sales Director, Univar Solutions


TOPIC: Supply chain troubleshooting (Covid-19/bad harvest/fires)

Dario Magni is global sales director for beauty and personal care at Univar Solutions and a leader in developing exceptional customer and supplier solutions. With a technical background and more than ten years of sales, marketing and specialised experience in the industry, Dario is recognised for his in-depth knowledge of specialty cosmetic ingredients globally. He understands the market dynamics, customer demands and supply chain challenges in the industry and leads an impressive and diverse team of dedicated beauty and personal care experts, bringing innovation, growth and ingredient solutions to customers and suppliers worldwide.

Eliisa Laurikainen LinkedIn

Business Development Manager, UPM Raflatac


TOPIC: How labels help you reach beyond your sustainability goals?

Eliisa holds a Master of Science (Tech) from Helsinki University of Technology specializing in Forest Products Technology. She is a professional in pressure sensitive label technology with almost 15 years’ working experience on label stock business. Her vast label stock value chain and converting understanding enables evaluation of new materials and possibilities for product decoration. Eliisa is enthusiastic to understand the circularity of packages and create opportunities with motivation to learn new every day. In UPM Raflatac Eliisa is responsible of the consumer goods business development, focusing on personal and home care packaging.

Elise Ngobi LinkedIn

Director of International Growth, Dash Hudson


TOPIC: The rise of social commerce in cosmetics and personal care

Elise Ngobi is the Director of International Growth at visual marketing platform Dash Hudson’s London office. Her expertise draws from a stint in a scaling startup, and years in the social, digital, content and print marketing world.

George McLoughlin LinkedIn

Research Analyst – New Plastics Economy, Ellen MacArthur Foundation


TOPIC: Upstream Innovation: Rethinking cosmetics product delivery in a circular economy

George is a research analyst in the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Plastics initiative. The initiative aims to transition the global plastics packaging economy from a linear to a circular economic model and works with a broad range of stakeholders from innovative start-ups through to the largest fast-moving consumer goods companies. George specifically focuses on investigating the role of upstream solutions such as circular business models and material innovation.

Jo Chidley LinkedIn

Founder, Beauty Kitchen


TOPIC: Refillables: Are they for you?

Panelist: Should we all get naked? The naked packaging implications for industry

Jo Chidley is a chemist and the Founder of Beauty Kitchen, leaders in effective, natural and sustainable beauty. Widely regarded as one of the pioneers of sustainable beauty, Jo is driving the beauty industry forward with better practise approaches, always. She is Beauty Kitchen’s toughest critic, inspecting everything from the efficacy of the products, to the way ingredients are sourced, right down to the packaging sustainability for each and every product. Sustainability in packaging is a subject that is close to her heart.

John Toner LinkedIn

Marketing Director, Aprinnova


TOPIC: How to join the sustainable beauty renaissance

John Toner heads Aprinnova’s global innovation efforts to help the industry shift towards sustainability without sacrificing performance. He leads industry events and dialog between media, brand, and distribution leaders in support of knowledge sharing and continuing development, while also overseeing global campaigns for Aprinnova’s line of sugarcane-derived ingredients.

Karine Fleury-Richards

Co-Founder/Director, Flores Brand Works


TOPIC: Getting travel retail back on track

The early days of Karine’s career began in new product development within the global NPD team at Lancôme, Paris. Subsequently, she progressed to the UK with L’Oréal, Paris. Later, at Estée Lauder Companies Travel Retail, Karine enjoyed various positions in marketing, sales, brand management, passengers and consumers insights plus category strategy. Following a promotion to develop a new department for Shopper Insights and Category Strategy for EMEA, she was further promoted to Global VP Travel Retail to ensure its continuing success.

Kat Towers LinkedIn

Head of Culture, LOVE


TOPIC: Dupe culture: Protecting your signature style

Kat’s role as Head of Culture at LOVE is a unique role within the agency world – a hybrid of research and strategy, scanning the horizon for trends and part creative. She is a consumer focused, culture-first communications expert, with a deep understanding of media, marketing and commercial environments.

She’s the eyes and ears fo the of the agency to ensure LOVE and LOVE’s clients are aware of cultural and consumer trends – helping them find their place in the world. Kat has an intuitive approach to her work, preferring to speak directly to consumers, seek out trends on social media and find things that are invisible to marketeers.

Before joining LOVE, Kat worked in TV and radio for both Capital and BBC Radio One.

Kevin Anderson

Manager Director, KeepMe Lifestyle


TOPIC: The rise in luxury brands during Covid-19

Kevin is the Founder and Managing Director of KeepMe Lifestyle which was launched in 2004. With considerable experience in complex projects and account management, Kevin has guided the company to become a leading provider in the development, design and manufacture of fragrance, skincare, beauty, cosmetics & lifestyle products. With a passion for the industry, Kevin and his team work with leading brands on NPD delivering full-service solutions.

Laura Rudoe LinkedIn

Creator & Founder Evolve Organic Beauty and Adaptology


Panelist: Clean beauty: Hero or villain?

Laura Rudoe set up Good Ventures in 2008 as an ethical development company with the mission to create new organic personal care brands that make a difference. A former Management Consultant and Venture Capitalist, Laura holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and was a founding employee of NUDE skincare – so was well equipped to face the challenges of starting a skincare business.

Laura is a passionate advocate of ethical and environmentally friendly business as well as natural and sustainable living. Her deep appreciation for nature is at the heart of everything she does.

Lori Fiori

Co-Founder/Director, Flores Brands Works


TOPIC: Getting travel retail back on track

With a passion for marketing, Lori started her career with Estée Lauder UK, working with start-ups such as Prescriptives as well as the market leaders Clinique and Aramis. Following, as GM for Stila, she led brand strategy and managed financial, sales, PR and training. After a 5-year sabbatical living abroad, Lori returned to Estée Lauder Travel Retail, this time as Director of the EMEA Retail team where she quadrupled growth in sales and distribution. During her global COO role at Clive Christian Perfumes, she perfected her skills in sales, distribution, logistics and NPD.

Marc Pissavini LinkedIn

Basic Research Director, Coty

Regulatory & Testing

TOPIC: SPF. Don’t get burnt by a sunscreen scandal

Marc Pissavini is a chemist Ph.D. He started his career in the cosmetic industry in the field of Analytical chemistry in 1997. In 1998 he joined the Sun Research Department of Coty-Lancaster Group. He has been promoted to the Director of the Basic & Applied Research in 2008 which specialized in in the study of the roughness of supports and photoprotection. Marc frequently publishes articles and contributes in conference to further the innovation within the field. He is also an active member of different specialist groups and industries which include AFNOR, or FEBEA. He also holds chairman positions for the Sun Protection Methodology Task force for Cosmetics Europe since 2012 and currently chairs the ISO TC217/ working group 7 – Sun protection test methods.

Margo Marrone LinkedIn

Co-founder and Director, The Organic Pharmacy


TOPIC: Stores for thought: Selling wellness in-store

While pursuing her Pharmacy degree at Kings College London, Margo fell in love with herbs and homeopathy and specialised in this field. In 1990 she met and married Italian designer Francesco Marrone while working at several of London’s top hospitals and pharmacies. But she found pharmacy work lacked energy, a pulse. She felt constrained by the methodology and desired access to a wider range of methods to help and heal her patients. She began to search, voraciously reading medical texts and alternative health books until she came upon Edward Bach’s “Heal Thyself”. His short, simple text inspired her to leave her job and study homeopathy.

In February 2002, Margo and Franco opened the doors of The Organic Pharmacy. In the past ten years, The Organic Pharmacy has become a destination hot spot, a celebrity spa and a trusted name in health and beauty. Staffed with a team of homeopaths and beauty therapists all as passionate as Margo. Today The Organic Pharmacy has 6 stores in the UK, 1 flagship store in Beverly Hills and is stocked in luxury spas and department stores worldwide. In 2009 Margo fulfilled her life long dream of writing her first book: The Complete Guide to Natural Health and Beauty.

Dr Mark Smith LinkedIn

General Director, NATRUE

Regulatory & Testing

TOPIC: Hyper-certification: How much is too much?

Mark graduated with an M.Chem (Hons.) and a PhD in chemistry. Following research positions in the UK and Canada, in 2014, Mark joined NATRUE and became Director-General of NATRUE in 2016. Mark is involved in the running of the association and takes the lead role in all political, regulatory and scientific affairs of the association.

Dr Marko Lens LinkedIn

Founder, Zelens


TOPIC: From retinol to niacinamide: Finding/rediscovering the gold standard ingredient

As a global authority on skin ageing and skin cancer, London-based Dr. Marko Lens is renowned for his no-nonsense approach to great skin and the flawless complexions he creates. Dr. Lens holds a Master of Science degree from Harvard University and a PhD degree from Oxford University in the field of skin cancer. He is a sought-after plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and founder of acclaimed skincare brand, Zelens.

Mary Kernohan LinkedIn

Head of Nurture, SnapDragon Monitoring Ltd

Regulatory & Testing

TOPIC: Black market beauty: Fighting the fakes

Mary Kernohan is Head of Nurture at award-winning brand protection agency, SnapDragon Monitoring. Mary works with brands on a daily basis, helping them find solutions to tackle online sales of counterfeit goods using registered intellectual property.

As one of the founding members of the SnapDragon team, Mary has been instrumental in its growth and success, which now sees the company defending businesses of all sizes, globally.

Michelle Burgess LinkedIn

Executive Director of Product Development, Oribe Hair Care


TOPIC: The ‘skinification’ of hair

As the Executive Director of Product Development, Michele Burgess is responsible for expanding and developing all product offerings within the Oribe Hair Care collection. In this position, Michele manages all phases of the product development life cycle from concept to execution. She is intimately involved in every aspect of bringing a product to market, which includes brainstorming ideas, forecasting beauty trends, working with educators to refine and test formulations and launching the products in partnership with the sales, marketing and education teams.

Mylan Nguyen LinkedIn

Senior FMCG Market Research Analyst, Euromonitor International


TOPIC: Cosmetic packaging trends of 2021

Mylan Nguyen is a Senior Analyst at Euromonitor International. In her current position, Mylan contributes to the content and quality of Euromonitor International’s research, primarily focusing on the beauty and personal care industry, monitoring industry trends and forecasts and providing key insights through analysis into the beauty industry.

Natalie Elliott LinkedIn

Founder, SAKRID Skincare


PANEL: Clean beauty: Hero or villain?

Natalie Elliott is a clean beauty expert, philanthropist, campaigner for natural beauty self-care products & cosmetics, media commentator, global speaker on toxic beauty, investigative writer and founder of Sakrid self care products. After her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, Natalie began to investigate what she could do to minimise her family’s exposure to potentially harmful chemicals that can negatively impact our health. The more she learnt about the ingredients of everyday cosmetics and beauty products the more alarmed and scared for her kids she became. Rather than sit back, Natalie decided to do something about it.

Today, Natalie has decided to dedicate her life to learning more, educating others and making the beauty and personal care industry take more responsibility for the harmful effects their products are having on us. Her mission is simple – to generate awareness and dialogue to make the big global beauty brands remove the unnecessary and harmful chemicals and toxins from everyday personal care and beauty products and help people along the way to make informed choices.

Olivia Houghton LinkedIn

Senior Creative Researcher, The Future Laboratory


TOPIC: New directions in beauty and wellness in the aftermath of Covid-19

Olivia joined The Future Laboratory in early 2018 and is responsible for leading research to identify and visually communicate global trends across the lifestyle sectors. Contributing regularly to publications including Cosmetics Business, Vogue, Departures and Financial Times, Olivia is known as The Future Laboratory’s go-to expert for consumer trends in Beauty, Health & Wellness.

Renée Appel LinkedIn

Associate, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Regulatory & Testing

TOPIC: Make America safe again: An update on US regulations

Renée’s work spans two sides of the spectrum: the proactive and reactive. She works with companies of all sizes on the development of lawful products and marketing tactics, while also assisting clients who are subject to litigation or government enforcement actions.

Her practice focuses on advertising and marketing, personal care and cosmetics products, consumer financial protection matters, and general regulatory compliance. Renée has a knack for problem-solving, which begins with asking the right questions of her clients, interpreting the rules and regulations that apply to her clients’ situations, and devising expedited resolutions.

Renske Gores LinkedIn

Segment Market Manager – Cosmetic Packaging, Specialty Plastics Eastman


TOPIC: Can chemical recycling benefit business and planet?

Renske is a marketing leader specialising in sustainability solutions for Eastman’s Specialty Plastics division, a pioneer in the development of high performance resins derived via molecular recycling. With more than a decade of experience working with leading global brands, Renske is working to create a more sustainable future for cosmetic packaging.

Rouah Al Wakeel LinkedIn

Brand Owner, RAW Cosmetics – With Hope

Ingredients Keynote

TOPIC: The current landscape of cosmetics ingredients

Rouah is a creative and impact-focused cosmetic chemist with an entrepreneurial drive. She has over eight years’ experience as a formulator, product and project manager, and scientific advisor within the cosmetic industry. She is passionate about understanding the science behind raw ingredients and, after years of research, recently launched her own company – With Hope – a British lifestyle brand with a sincere interest in wellbeing, sustainable action, and social influence.

Rupa Shah LinkedIn

Founder, Hashtag Ad

Regulatory & Testing

TOPIC: A good influence: keeping ambassadors on the right side of the law

Rupa Shah is Founder and Director of Hashtag Ad Consulting, a London firm that provides guidance and training on the advertising rules to social media and influencer marketers.

Prior to founding Hashtag Ad, Rupa trained in law and worked at the Advertising Standards Authority for 13 years, where she developed a keen understanding of the regulatory regime for advertising through her investigative, advisory and compliance roles. Now a member of the Committee of Advertising Practice’s Promotional Marketing & Direct Response Panel, Rupa maintains a close relationship with global advertising regulatory bodies and has spoken at numerous international conferences on the subject of advertising compliance.

Sam Farmer BSc (Hons) Dip SCS (Dist.) MSCS LinkedIn Twitter



Panelist: Clean beauty: Hero or villain?

Sam Farmer launched his Unisex Teenage cosmetics range in 2013 via SpaceNK, the products are now sold throughout the UK. Sam is passionate about challenging the gender segregation of young adults in the cosmetics industry and believes we can have a positive impact on the lives of young people and how they feel about themselves.

Sam has served three years on the Council of the Society of Cosmetic Scientists (SCS), Chaired the SCS ‘Scrub Up On Science’ national schools education committee and is the founder of CIN (Cosmetic Information Network).

Samantha Freedman LinkedIn

CEO & Co-Founder, Curate Beauty


Panelist: ‘Buying to sell: The fundamentals of stocking brands’

Samantha started her career over 12 years ago, working as an award-winning beauty journalist across titles including Grazia, Tatler and During Samantha’s time in publishing she witnessed the explosion of the indie beauty category first hand. Being in a position to meet, learn and understand the wants and needs of new indie brands, she quickly discovered that although their founders were filled with passion and authenticity, they all struggled with one thing – finding great stockists.

So, Samantha set out to bridge the gap between brands and retailers, starting Curate Beauty, Europe’s first wholesale marketplace designed predominately for indie beauty, grooming and wellness brands. Essentially a virtual trade show for the 21st century! Samantha regularly speaks at industry events sharing her passion for entrepreneurship, knowledge within beauty and her findings as a first-time female founder.

Sandra Ferretti LinkedIn

Chief Compliance Officer, Obelis

Regulatory & Testing

TOPIC: The EU: Key updates

Sandra is a Chief Compliance Officer at Obelis, the leading EU player in cosmetics regulatory consulting and Responsible Person services.  She has over 20 years of experience in EU regulatory affairs with expertise in Cosmetics, and specialises in the profession of Responsible Person and Person Responsible for Regulatory Compliance. As Obelis Public Affairs Director, she is involved in the European cosmetic Responsible Person Association (ERPA) for cosmetic products.

Simi Lindgren LinkedIn



TOPIC: ‘How AI is giving power to personalised shopping’

In 2020, Simi Lindgren founded the AI-driven beauty e-commerce marketplace YUTYBAZAR, which addresses both sustainability and inclusivity in beauty, helping shoppers find the right beauty products. The marketplace sells conscious, independent beauty brands across haircare, skincare and cosmetics categories, such as Epara, Marie Hunter Beauty and Freya+Bailey.

Lindgren studied at St George’s Medical School, before launching her career in beauty and tech. An award winning Commercial Leader, she has held leadership roles at companies such as Centaur Media and Cision.

YUTYBAZAR launched at the end of August 2020 and has been featured in the likes of ELLE, Refinery29 and POPSUGAR. YUTYBAZAR’s advisory board includes Akiko Takashima, Keturah King and Carmen Busquets who has invested in the likes of Net-a-Porter, Farfetch, Lyst and Cult Beauty where she is Chairman. In 2021, the company raised a VC led pre-seed round.

Simon Duffy LinkedIn

Founder, Bulldog Skincare & Waken


TOPIC: A product lifecycle that won’t cost the earth

Simon Duffy MBE is the founder of Bulldog Skincare and Waken. Bulldog’s award-winning skincare, shaving and body care products are created using the best of nature and the best of science via sustainable business practices. Bulldog launched in the UK in 2007 and is now available in more than 30 countries around the world. Simon’s new brand, Waken, offers a fresh approach in the dental care market and shares similar pioneering characteristics across sustainability, naturals and performance. Waken launched their first range of products in the UK in 2019.

Stefan Pryor LinkedIn

Senior Product Manager – Packaging, James Cropper


TOPIC: Hygiene and packaging in the Covid-19 era

Stefan has 13 years’ paper industry experience in account and project management roles. His current role as a Senior Product Manager for Packaging includes the identification of emerging trends, new markets and the development of innovative product solutions.

Sumaira Latif LinkedIn

Company Accessibility Leader, Procter & Gamble


TOPIC: Avoiding ‘ableism’: Accessible packaging for use by all

Sam Latif is P&G’s Company Accessibility Leader and is leading the company’s thought leadership and commitment to making our products, packaging and advertising accessible for the ageing population and 1.3 billion people around the world with a disability.

Sam also is the global leader for P&G’s People With Disability network to enable all employees with a disability or a family member with a disability to perform at their peak.Sam is blind and the passion for what she is doing at P&G has been inspired by the personal access challenges she has experienced as both a consumer and an employee. Prior to taking this role, Sam has had a successful career in IT at P&G.

Tanja Bagar, Ph.D

Assistant Professor, ICANNA


TOPIC: Phytocannabinoids: CBD and beyond

Tanja Bagar is the CEO and Chairman of the Expert Council of the International Institute for cannabinoids. She is a deputy director in the company that operates in the field of research, development and trade and also the head of research and development in an environmental company. She has extensive research experience gained in the laboratory at the National Institute of Chemistry, the Faculty of Biotechnology, the National Laboratory for Health, Environment and Food, in the Topolšica Hospital and abroad at the Institute of Microbiology and Genetics at the Georg-August University of Gottingen in Germany and at the Institute for Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh.

She holds knowledge in the fields of microbiology, cell biology, biochemistry and molecular biology in conjunction with the endocannabinoid system and the functioning of cannabinoids, and laboratory analysis.

Dr Theresa Callaghan Ph.D LinkedIn

CEO & Founder, Callaghan Consulting International

Regulatory & Testing

TOPIC: Cosmetic Claims: Challenging the Fantasy

Dr. Theresa Callaghan PhD is a skin care scientist and cosmetic product claims specialist. With an international career spanning more than 30 years she has worked for a number of well-respected personal care companies at the senior level.

In 2008 she set up her own consulting business, anticipating a need for more discipline of cosmetic claims, and furthering scientific developments involved in that process. As a scientist and the author of the popular book Help! I’m Covered in Adjectives:Cosmetic Claims & The Consumer, Theresa is also very widely published.

She sits on the scientific editorial board of the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, and is an active member of a number of professional societies including the British Herbal Medical Association and the Society of Cosmetic Scientists.

Thomas Flatley LinkedIn

Brand Manager, Univar Solutions


TOPIC: From concept to commercialisation: practical solutions for indie brands

Tom Flatley is brand manager for beauty and personal care in the U.S. at Univar Solutions and head of its global brand development team, helping to deliver dedicated solutions for new and growing cosmetics brands. With a chemistry background and more than ten years of scientific and technical sales expertise in the chemical and ingredient industry, Tom is recognised for his global perspective on market dynamics and the complex challenges faced by all sides of the supply chain. He leads a team of industry experts worldwide, focusing on helping solve customer’s pain points, providing inspiration, access, scale, and speed-to-market, as they move from concept to commercialisation.

Tom Szaky LinkedIn

Founder & CEO, Terracycle


TOPIC: Striking the right balance in sustainability

Tom Szaky is founder and CEO of TerraCycle, a global leader in the collection and repurposing of complex waste streams. TerraCycle operates in 21 countries, working with some of the world’s largest brands, retailers and manufacturers to create national platforms to recycle products and packaging that currently go to landfill or incineration.

TerraCycle is also the lead company in a new circular shopping platform called Loop that enables consumers to shop for some of their favourite brands in durable, reusable packaging. Launched in May 2019, Loop is a key step in helping to end the epidemic of waste that is caused by ' single use' consumption. Tom and TerraCycle have received hundreds of social, environmental and business awards and recognition from a range of organizations including the United Nations, World Economic Forum, Schwab Foundation, Fortune Magazine and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Tonya Esposito LinkedIn

Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Regulatory & Testing

TOPIC: Make America safe again: An update on US regulations

Tonya has represented numerous clients in private litigation, as well as in several government investigations brought by the state Attorneys General, the Food and Drug Administration, the Federal Trade Commission, the US Department of Justice, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Her experience spans a range of issues, including: antitrust, advertising, financial services and white collar litigation and government investigations.

William Broere LinkedIn

Senior Legal Advisor, ECHA

Regulatory & Testing

PANEL: REACH: Ask the experts

William Broere is a senior legal adviser working at the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). He has been working at ECHA since 2008.He advises the Agency on all matters relating to the interpretation and application of the REACH Regulation. He is frequently representing the Agency in litigation before the European Court of Justice and the Agency’s Board of Appeal. Before this he worked for over ten years in a law firm in Brussels. William has a LLM in European Union law from the College of Europe in Bruges.

Winnie Awa LinkedIn

Founder & CEO, Antidote Street


PANEL: Buying to sell: The fundamentals of stocking brands

Winnie Awa has over 10 years experience of building innovative consumer-tech platforms for world-renowned companies like Net-a-Porter, ASOS and LVMH. After seeing first hand how the afro and multi-textured hair customer wasn’t being served, she was determined to make a change. She initially launched cult platform Antidote Street (as seen on Vogue, Dazed, Refinery29, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Glamour), where she had a front-row seat to the biggest challenges facing textured haired women. In running this, she had the front row seat to the biggest challenges facing customers with textured hair and thus Carra was born.

Winnie’s tireless mission to transform the textured hair industry has seen her spearhead initiatives such as the Antidote Street Salon Manifesto of change, a touring Summer Hair Lab for the Black community as well as Antidote Street Labs, a B2B consultancy for global brands seeking to authentically engage with the afro hair community.

Wizz Selvey LinkedIn

CEO & Founder, Wizz&Co


TOPIC:From indie brand to cult status

Panel Discussion:Buying to sell: The fundamentals of stocking brands

Wizz is the founder of WIZZ&CO, a brand and retail strategy agency who help emerging brands scale and stand out and works with established brands and global retailers. Previously Wizz headed up Beauty Buying at Selfridges, she has an instinct for trends, how to build a disruptive brand and customer behaviour. Wizz regularly speaks about the retail industry, beauty and wellness trends and consumer insights.