Cosmetics Business Regulatory Summit

Anni Hood

Founder and Managing Director Well Business Solutions

TOPIC: Wellness: the big beauty story and what to claim

Anni is the co-founder and Chief Executive of Well Intelligence, research, insights and strategic development hub delivering market evidence and analysis that makes the case for wellbeing investment in business.

In addition, she is the founder and Managing Director of Well Business Solutions, an international advisory firm working with public and private sector organisations who seek advice and global expertise in the rapidly evolving and increasingly fused sectors of wellness and leisure hospitality, integrative (medical and wellness) health, beauty, spas, lifestyle, community wellbeing and wellness tourism.


Alexandra Egan LinkedIn

Regulatory Analysis Manager – Global Oriflame

TOPIC: Everything you need to know about the ASEAN cosmetics industry

Alexandra Egan graduated with Biomedical Sciences from the University of Bradford. In 2005 Alex joined Oriflame Research & Development in Dublin, initially working in product development and registration teams before moving into a regional regulatory support role. Alex’s current title is Regulatory Analysis Manager – Global and she is responsible for proactively monitoring changes in global regulations affecting Oriflame markets and working with internal and external regulatory counterparts to ensure any associated business impact is eliminated or minimised. In 2014 Alex spent 7 months in New Delhi working within the Oriflame’s local Regulatory Affairs team, gaining insight into the complex market and regulatory landscape. Alex is currently part of the Task Force Russia, China and India in Cosmetics Europe. She is also an active member in the Irish cosmetic trade association, the ICDA, updating on international regulatory issues.


Ben Elmadi LinkedIn

Microbiologist MSL

TOPIC: Microbiological testing in vegan beauty

Ben, a University of Hull graduate, has gained considerable experience and knowledge in the cosmetic industry. With an initial 2-year focus on claim support Ben moved toward microbiological testing.
Ben has worked at Microbiological Solutions Limited (MSL) for over 4 years. They are an integrated provider of both Testing and Regulatory services and act as Responsible Person for some of the world’s leading cosmetic brands. He began working in sterility testing before moving on to heading Preservative efficacy and stability testing departments. He now works closely with the regulatory team supporting customers ranging from new starters to well-developed brands. Ben is experienced validating and performing bespoke methods as well as interpreting and applying internationally recognised standards.


Dr Carol Treasure LinkedIn

Founder & CEO XcellR8

TOPIC: Taking the sting out of mildness testing

Dr Carol Treasure is the Founder and CEO of XCellR8, an animal-free testing laboratory. XCellR8 conduct regulatory in vitro safety and efficacy tests for global cosmetic ingredient manufacturers as well as high street retailers including Lush and The Body Shop.

Treasure holds a PhD from the FRAME Alternatives Laboratory at University of Nottingham, based on skin cell biology and reconstructed skin models for cosmetics testing. She has devoted her career to using innovative science to replace animal testing over the past 25 years. She founded XCellR8 in 2008 with a mission to accelerate the world’s transition to 100% animal-free testing and the company’s work has been recognised at a regulatory level by the OECD and by top funding bodies such as Innovate UK and Horizon 2020.


Dorota Keczmerska M.Sc.Eng., M.Sc., M.Phil.

Global Regulatory and R&D Manager, Volcke Aerosol Connection

TOPIC: Aerosols: The low down on definitions, regulations and safety assessment in the EU and USA

Global Regulatory and R&D Manager in Volcke Aerosol Connection with more than 10 years’ experience in the Cosmetics Industry. A hands-on cosmetic chemist and Engineer who has experience in all aspects of cosmetics manufacture and qualified as a Cosmetics Safety Assessor.


Gary Parker

Sustainability Group Head, Health Environmental & Regulatory Services Intertek

TOPIC: Why sustainability should matter to your supply chain: The standards, claims and brand protection that you need to know

Gary Parker is the Sustainability Group Head at Intertek. Gary has worked on sustainability issues for over 20 years. He pioneered sustainability at the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline before leading the sustainability team at the UK packaging institute Pira and then becoming Sustainability Group Head at Intertek.

Gary has led hundreds of sustainability projects for many of the world’s best-known companies. He has also been involved in major government-funded projects such as the European Union’s review of the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive. Gary’s key areas of expertise are corporate sustainability, life cycle assessment, carbon footprinting, sustainable packaging, recycling, energy conservation and business strategy in terms of the circular economy. Gary lives in the UK. His first degree was in biology and he obtained post-graduate diplomas from Stanford and Oxford.


Helen Bannayan LinkedIn

CEO and Founder Emulsion Cosmetics Ltd.

TOPIC: Putting the personal into personal care: how to remain compliant with customisable beauty

An Environmental engineer by education, with Bachelors and a Master’s Degree in Engineering from the University of Leeds, and a creative entrepreneur by passion. Bannayan is a business executive with a proven track record in launching and managing multi-million-dollar projects in areas of Manufacturing, Research & Development, and Trade. During her 30 years’ experience she deployed my scientific knowledge and business skills seizing opportunities to launch and register several public and private companies in Europe and the Middle East.

Emulsion Cosmetics Ltd company owns “Emulsion” personal care brand offering an array of natural premium products and adhering to the highest quality standards in cosmetics.


Dr James Wakefield

Toxicologist Delphic HSE

TOPIC: Beauty down under: Australasian regulation & compliance

Dr James Wakefield is a Toxicologist at Delphic HSE, based in the Hong Kong office since 2014 as the Asia-Pacific Director, and acting as the regional representative in Asia-Pacific and expert for Delphic HSE. James is responsible for leading the team in undertaking safety and regulatory
assessments of many types of consumer product globally, particularly specialising in cosmetic safety and regulatory compliance.

He obtained his PhD in Toxicology from the University of Newcastle, UK, where his studies focused on dermal toxicology. Prior to joining Delphic, James worked as a toxicologist at the UK Health Protection Agency, where he was involved in many research projects at a UK and EU level, lecturing on dermal toxicology, industrial chemicals & chemical agents as well as supervising PhD and MSc students. He has published a number of scientific articles, including book chapters on in vivo skin absorption, dermal toxicity and inhalation toxicology.


Dr Jordan Petkov

Global Head of Research and Development, Lonza Consumer Product Ingredients

TOPIC: Shining a light on blue-light protection

Jordan Petkov, Ph.D., is the Global Head of Research and Development for the Lonza Consumer Product Ingredients Personal Care and Hygiene businesses. Dr. Petkov provides technical support for Lonza’s portfolio of hygiene, preservation, hair and skin care products. In addition, he oversees Lonza’s expansion into new personal care market sectors and strengthens Lonza’s offering in its areas of expertise. Dr. Petkov is a 18-year veteran of the chemical process industry.
Prior to joining Lonza, Dr Petkov served for two and a half years as a Global Research & Development Director for KLK Oleo in Petaling Jaya, Selangor (MY). He began his career as a Science Area Leader for Unilever at the Research & Development Centre in Port Sunlight (UK). A Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Dr Petkov has co-authored more than 100 papers in peer review journals and patents granted or pending. He is a Visiting Professor at the School of Physics and Astronomy, Manchester University in Manchester (UK) and at the Centre of Bioengineering and Biotechnologies, China University of Petroleum in Qingdao, Shandong (CN).


Josep Tous LinkedIn

Senior Consultant Product Safety Management

TOPIC: Spotlight on international market surveillance, product safety & compliance

Josep Tous has nearly 20 years’ experience as a senior expert in the consumer product safety field. Tous is the former General Director of the Consumer Protection Directorate for the government of Catalonia (1999-2004). He is an Expert Assessor for the United Nations in the product safety MENA Project (2016-2018). He is also an Expert Assessor for the Organization of American States (OAS) in product safety and the consumer safety and health network project (2008-2014). Mr. Tous uses his product safety expertise in working with authorities in legal framework and market surveillance in Latin-American countries, Mongolia, Lebanon, Palestine, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and others in drafting product safety legal framework, implementing market surveillance and carrying out risk assessments.


Olivia Santoni LinkedIn

Director, Bloom Regulatory Ltd

TOPIC: Cannabis & Cosmetics – What’s legal and where?

Olivia Santoni studied business law and healthcare product law before specialising in regulatory affairs. She has an extensive knowledge of the cosmetics industry in France, the UK and globally. In 2008 she joined the UK Cosmetics Toiletry and Perfumery Association (CTPA) and was appointed in 2016 Director of the Regulatory and International Services. She has been leading the Association’s work on Brexit, EU and international regulatory affairs. Over the years Olivia has been an active participant at Cosmetics Europe groups on both regulatory and international issues.
Previously, she worked for the French Agence Nationale de Sécurité du Médicament et des Produits de Santé (ANSM) on Medical devices, and on international regulatory affairs for the French cosmetics trade association (FEBEA).
In 2019 Olivia founded Bloom Regulatory Ltd to provide regulatory and strategic support to cosmetics companies.


Robert Koller LinkedIn

Senior Director – Regulatory Affairs, DKSH

TOPIC: Everything you need to know on how to tap the thrivine Japanese market

Based in Switzerland, Robert heads up a team of more than one hundred regulatory specialists serving the Business Unit Performance Materials. He has global responsibility for the competences for Safety, Health and Environment (SHE), Quality Assurance (QA) and Registrations (REG) ensuring full compliancy whist also contributing towards the DKSH’s wider sustainable growth strategy. Prior to this, Robert was Managing Director DKSH Switzerland Ltd.


Sandra Ferretti LinkedIn

Chief Compliance Officer, Obelis Group

TOPIC: Battling Brexit and updates on the latest EU regulations

With a near to 20 years of employment at Obelis s.a. as Chief Compliance Officer, Sandra Ferretti has a unique expertise in European regulatory affairs both in cosmetics and medical devices fields. Her specialities: Regulatory affairs, cosmetics, medical devices, responsible person, authorised representative, quality assurance, policy making, European associations representation, company law, social law, business administration, public subventions.


Sandra Schneider LinkedIn

President, DougMar Consultants

TOPIC: How to succeed in the US market

Sandra is a published Global Regulatory Affairs Consultant specializing in OTC Drugs, Cosmetics and Personal Care Products who provides assistance to start-ups, small and large companies. Involved at senior levels within international trade associations and government organisation’s, she regularly presents strategic papers around the world, as well as a yearly guest lecturer at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) NYC.

Sandra has completed global product registrations in over 56 countries and has been successful in removing companies from the United States’ FDA’s Import Alert Lists and works with them to solve Import Custom issues such as quarantined shipments, micro issues etc. She is an active member of of the United States’ Personal Care Product Council (PCPC), Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD) and Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) and their Committees, Canada’s Cosmetic Alliance and its Regulatory Committee.