Cosmetics Business Regulatory Summit

Alexandra Egan LinkedIn

Global Principal Regulatory Affairs Analyst Oriflame

TOPIC: Introducing the ASEAN cosmetics regulatory scheme

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 Global Principal Regulatory Affairs Analyst and 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 an innovative market – Vegan & natural products

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- Definitions, Regulations, Safety Assessment, European and USA Compliance

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 matters 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.


Jordan Petkov

Global Head of Research and Development, Lonza Consumer Product Ingredients

TOPIC: How to substantiate a “blue light protection” claim in the current regulatory landscape.

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:Internatinal Market Surveillence and product safety and 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 – How to navigate the regulatory & legal landscape

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:J-beauty – A long-standing hotspot at the global stage. How to navigate the 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 Schneider LinkedIn

President, DougMar Consultants

TOPIC: US cosmetic regulation and compliance.

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.