2017 Speakers

  • Anne Marie Api, Ph.D.

    RIFM Science Fellow, Human Health Sciences RIFM

    Anne Marie Api is a Science Fellow, Human Health Sciences at The Research Institute for Fragrance Materials, Inc. (RIFM).  RIFM is an independent international scientific organization, which tests and evaluates the safety of fragrance materials.  The Institute represents more than seventy member companies on a worldwide basis.

    Dr. Api combines an advanced knowledge of fragrance ingredient safety, senior leadership experience, an excellent work ethic and exceptional communication skills, to establish a quality record of managing fragrance ingredient safety at RIFM.  She is committed to investigating new scientific methodologies to keep RIFM at the cutting edge of advancements in toxicology.  She is also committed to education and inspiring others on current and future goals.

     

    Dr. Api started with RIFM as a Scientific Assistant and has progressed through Toxicologist and then Manager before her current position.  Before joining RIFM, she worked at Unilever Research in Edgewater, NJ where she worked in the safety assurance section.

     

    Dr. Api holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from Manhattan College and a Masters of Science degree in toxicology from St. John's University. Dr. Api earned a Doctor of Philosophy from Aston University in Birmingham, England. 

     

    Dr. Api has served several independent scientific peer review panels and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Rutgers University.   

     

    She has authored over 100 scientific publications and is a member of numerous scientific organizations. She has been a member of the Society of Toxicology since 1997 and has served on the Career Resources and Development Committee (CRAD) from 2013-2015 and was Secretary/Treasurer for the Dermal Toxicology Specialty Section from 2006-2008.  Among her other professional affiliations, she is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Chemical Society, American Contact Dermatitis Society, American Society for Photobiology, European Society Contact Dermatitis, Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society of Toxicology, Society of Investigative Dermatology and the Women in Flavor & Fragrance Commerce (Board of Director 1997-2015; Treasurer 2008-2011).  She also served on the Dermal Clinical Evaluation Society Board of Directors from 1991-1997.

  • Brad Barron

    Senior Brand Manager, Home Care The Honest Company

    Clean-freak, millennial, outdoor enthusiast, and self-proclaimed top chef.

    EDUCATION

    MBA, Kellogg School of Management

    BS, Packaging, Michigan State University

    EXPERIENCE

    8+ years in Global Home Care R&D + Brand Management

  • Ian Bell

    Head of Home Care, Tissue & Hygiene Research Euromonitor International

    Ian Bell manages the research programme for the global home care industry at Euromonitor International, which he joined in February 2001. In his current post, Ian has direct responsibility over the content and quality of Euromonitor's Home Care research, which provides strategic analysis of the global market as well as in-depth coverage of 80 countries worldwide. Ian is also responsible for working with the international Home Care client base of Euromonitor's online database Passport.

    Before joining the global research team at Euromonitor International, Ian worked initially as a Japanese FMCG Research Analyst and then as Research Manager overseeing FMCG market research for Northern Europe, including the UK, Germany and Russia. 
    Ian has a degree in Japanese Studies (BSC) from the University of Sheffield, and has also studied at Nagoya University.

  • Nancy Bock

    Senior Vice President, Education American Cleaning Institute

    Nancy Bock is a Senior Vice President at the American Cleaning Institute® (ACI). She is a recognized leader in consumer affairs, outreach, communications, external relations, and partnership development and family and consumer sciences. For the past 34 years, she has been dedicated to designing campaigns, programs and materials that provide better living for individuals, families and communities.

    She is passionate about her work and has earned a credible reputation in the world of education. Anyone who has worked with her, knows that she has mastered the art of uniting the interests’ of multiple groups around common goals, to produce collaborative programs that are strategic, budget driven and of the highest quality. In recent years, Ms. Bock has been a leader in developing partnerships with key organizations including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Clean the World, American Society for Microbiology, National Education Association, American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Cleaning for a Reason, National Poison Prevention Week and the Coin Laundry Association to name a few.

    She is responsible for developing, managing and measuring the success of all consumer education programs and outreach activities for the American Cleaning Institute. She has published more than 100 educational pieces during her tenure at ACI and has reached over one billion consumers since joining the ACI team.

    Nancy also provides the leadership for all ACI member meetings.  She provides the strategic direction for the meetings and manages the budget and contracts as well as all vendor relations.  She has grown the revenue stream for the Annual Convention for the past 9 years and routinely earns a 95%+ performance rating on the overall Convention.  She created ACI’s Quack for a Reason charity duck race that has raised more than $100,000 for Cleaning for a Reason®. She successfully moved the Annual Meeting to a new venue after 37 years at the same property and registration has increased each year since the move.

    She has served on numerous advisory committees and boards and currently serves on the Cleaning for a Reason Board of Directors, Clean the World Board of Directors, WVU Visiting Committee and the Leading Authorities Event Advisory Board.  And she has received numerous awards for her educational programs.

    Her multi-faceted work experience includes county, state and federal government (Department of Agriculture), faculty positions at two land grant universities (Cooperative Extension Service), non-profit associations (American Chemical Society and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) and business and industry (American Cleaning Institute).

    Ms. Bock has a B.S and a M.S. degree in Education from West Virginia University.

  • Antonio Calcagnotto

    President of ALIADA (LATAM) – Corporate Affairs Director at UNILEVER Brazil Unilever

    Antonio Candido Prataviera Calcagnotto is a graduated in Business Administration and Law. He holds a Masters in Strategic Planning (FGV / SP) and (Exchange) at York University, Canada.

    In his career, Calcagnotto has held highlights positions in important companies, including: Marcopolo SA, Navistar International Trucks, Supermarkets Calcagnotto SA, Renault-Nissan Alliance and Unilever.

    Since January 2014, in charge of the Corporate Affairs at Unilever Brazil, he is responsible for sustainability strategy for Unilever Brazil and External Affairs for Latin America and responsible for bringing the brand closer to entities, public and private bodies, as well as coordinating Internal and External Communication areas to raise awareness of the Unilever brand.

    Besides executive of Unilever, Calcagnotto accumulates the positions President of ABIPLA (Brazilian manufacturing of Cleaning Products Industry), vice-president of ABIA (Brazilian Association of Food Industries), titular member of CNI - MEI (National Confederation of Industry / Business Mobilization for Innovation) and CNI-National Forum of Manufacturers. Member counselor of: CEBDS (Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development), of ABIHPEC (Brazil manufacturing HPPC Association - Personal Hygiene, Perfumery and Cosmetics), of Britcham (The British Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Brazil) and of  Dutcham (Dutch Brazilian Chamber of Commerce). Also, holds the Presidency of ALIADA (Latin America Association of Cleaning Products Industry) and Britcham South Brazil.

    He is MBA professor in ​strategic ​business management, Communication & marketing and ethics since 1989 in couple universities, among them, mainly at ESPM.

    Additionally, Calcagnotto, in the public activities, holds the title of Commander (ComC), appointed and honored by the State of Parana/Brazil, thereby becoming member of the Order of Pinheiro, due to the work he carried out in favor of the social, industrial and economic development of Paraná/Brazil, as well as the negotiations and the support in attracting other companies to the state.

  • Kip Cleverley

    Vice President, Global Sustainability International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.

    Kip Cleverley s a  seasoned Sustainability executive with more than 20 years of experience developing and leading award winning programs in multiple industries both nationally and internationally.

    He is the Vice President of Global Sustainability for International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE:IFF).  IFF is a leading innovator of sensory experiences that move the world, co-creating unique products that consumers taste, smell, or feel in fine fragrances and beauty, detergents and household goods, as well as beloved foods and beverages.

    At IFF, Cleverly is responsible for the company’s global sustainability strategy, leading positive transformational change to pioneer the future. He is committed to the principle of circular design and to sustainable development, integrating the triple bottom line-thinking (environmental, social and economic) into IFF’s long term strategy as it moves toward a low carbon economy. 

    He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, as well as Masters of Science in Environmental Systems Science.  Cleverley is a member and speaker of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, ACI, the Corporate Sustainability Round Table, the Sustainability Leaders Council and many more organizations dedicated to driving positive transformational changes in the world. 

    Kip is a devoted father of two and an avid outdoorsman who enjoys nature, skiing, fishing, hiking and team sports.

  • Emily Feenstra

    Deputy Director US Water Alliance

    Emily Feenstra is a Deputy Director of the US Water Alliance. In this capacity see oversees a diverse portfolio of projects and manages partnerships with Alliance members and supporters to advance one water management in America.

     

    Prior to joining the US Water Alliance, Emily was the Director of Infrastructure Initiatives and Public Affairs at the American Society of Civil Engineers. In that role she led policy and advocacy initiatives for the American Society of Civil Engineers, including ASCE’s Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, the Failure to Act economic study series, and other reports designed to influence infrastructure policy. She also directed the media relations team for the 145,000-member Society. Prior to ASCE, Emily held senior positions at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America and as a consultant for the Washington State Department of Transportation. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Washington.

  • Craig Hidalgo

    President Definitive Design Corporation

    Craig Hidalgo the founder and President of Definitive Design Corporation, founded in 1999.  As an Engineering and Design Management Professional with more than twenty-five years of product development experience, he guides a powerful team of program managers, industrial designers, engineers and model makers.  A core strength is Craig’s ability to uncover, understand, and prioritize his customer’s and the end-user’s needs and requirements.  This enables him to formulate an exacting development plan that satisfies those needs while maintaining compliance with the applicable guidelines for documentation control and design validation.  Expertise includes product design for manufacturing and all aspects of prototyping and rapid prototyping.

    The country’s most respected healthcare and consumer products companies have benefited from Craig’s technical prowess. Medical clients in particular have benefited from Craig’s extensive experience in early stage medical device development programs.  He is inventor of record on 17 patents in the fields of tissue ablation, deployable ultrasound devices, uterine treatment instruments, sharps protection, durable medical goods, and dental devices.

    Craig’s career has been characterized by his ability to identify innovative solutions to unique challenges while developing project plans that exceed customer expectations.

  • Terry Kitagawa

    Associate Research Fellow The Clorox Company

    Terry Kitagawa is an Associate Research Fellow at The Clorox Company.  Currently in his 10th year at Clorox, he has developed and launched many successful products in the Cleaning and Laundry categories, such as Liquid Plumr®, Liquid Clorox2®, and Clorox® Liquid Bleach.  He is a Subject Matter Expert in oxidative/bleach chemistry.  Prior to joining Clorox®, he studied inorganic chemistry at UCLA, and followed his passion for chemistry to the University of Washington in Seattle, receiving his Ph.D. in bioinorganic chemistry.  He is also a biohacker who puts butter in his coffee.  In his free time you can find him studying personal development, slinging heavy kettlebells and using his sous vide in his quest for the perfect steak.

  • Dr. Andrew Maier

    Associate Professor of Environmental and Industrial Hygiene University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine

    Dr. Maier is an Associate Professor of Environmental and Industrial Hygiene at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He is board certified in industrial hygiene practice and in toxicology. He received a PhD in molecular toxicology from the University of Cincinnati and a M.S. In industrial health from the University of Michigan. Dr. Maier is the director of the Risk Science Center at the University of Cincinnati, and has several leadership roles in the Education and Research Center funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. He has published extensively in issues related to safety assessment for worker exposures to chemicals and methods for developing exposure limit guidance. He currently is working on research to assess chemical exposures and risk among home health care workers.

  • Dr. John McKoen

    CEO Allergy Standards

    Dr McKeon is responsible for corporate strategy and all operational activities at Allergy Standards Ltd, including expanding related services and developing client relationships.

    John is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and qualified as a medical doctor from Trinity College Dublin in 1996. He also holds his United States Medical Licensing exams.

    Dr McKeon was joint founder of the company while working in Emergency Room Medicine.

    John graduated first in his class from a National Business Incubation Programme in January 2001 with a Post Graduate Diploma in new business development.

    John was awarded the ‘Lead Entrepreneur Award’ by the Irish Prime Minister while participating in the biotechnology business incubator programme in 2002. He also received funding from the national enterprise body Enterprise Ireland.

    John also graduated with distinction from the Dublin Institute of Technology business school with a post graduate diploma in International Selling.

    John maintains a keen interest in clinical medicine and is a member of the Royal Academy of Medicine. He has had several publications in Medical journals such as ‘Injury’ and the European Journal of Surgery.

    He is frequently asked to participate in articles relevant to asthma, allergy and consumer products. Most recently he contributed to articles in the Washington Post and the Guardian newspaper in the UK.

    John has been profiled in several business publications including the Irish Entrepreneurs magazine and the Sunday Business Post.

    John is a member of the Institute of Directors and a frequent guest speaker at marketing seminars in Dublin University Business School.

    He is married to Anna, also a medical doctor, and they have three young children.

  • Rodrigo Mena-Brito

    Technical Account Manager, Home Care Clariant

    Rodrigo Mena-Brito has been working at Clariant in Charlotte, North Carolina for the last 5 years within the consumer care segment in different technical and sales roles within the global key account management and North America consumer care organizations.

    Before joining Clariant he worked for Colgate-Palmolive in the Global Technology Center where his last position was Sr. Scientist for Home Care products, and also with DuPont as Color Laboratory Manager.

    He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, as well as Masters of Science in Chemical Engineering.  

  • Dr. Bruce Mitchell

    CEO & Founder AIRMID Health Group

    Dr Mitchell is the CEO and founder of airmid healthgroup. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland, the Royal College of Physicians in Canada and is a diplomat of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. He is a director of the Immunology Laboratory, Blackrock Clinic and a past President of the Allergy Foundation of Ireland. He has been a member of the WHO sponsored International Workshop on Dust Mite Allergy. Dr Mitchell has extensive business experience within the allergy and asthma specialties and is also co-founder of Mitest Limited a manufacturer of a patented dust collection device that is distributed internationally. Dr Mitchell practices at the Blackrock Clinic as a Consultant Physician and Clinical Immunologist.

  • Dr. Andras Nagy

    Applied Technology Manager Household Care/North America Evonik Corporation

    Dr. Andras Nagy, Applied Technology Manager, Household Care, North America Evonik Corporation

    Andras has been working at Evonik (formerly Degussa) for 13 years in Richmond, Virginia in new product development and application in oleochemicals and organomodified silicones supporting home- fabric- car care and I&I.

    Prior to his current employment he held various academic and industrial positions at the University of Akron, OH, at the Central Research Institute for Chemistry of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and at Capital Chemical Co. in OH.

    He holds a Masters degree in chemical engineering a Doctorate degree in polymer chemistry and a Ph.D. in macromolecular science.

    Beyond work and family Andras tries to find time for his hobbies which includes landscaping, baking and long distance running. 

  • Tom Szaky

    CEO Terracycle

    Tom Szaky is the founder and CEO of TerraCycle, a global leader in the collection and repurposing of otherwise non-recyclable pre and post-consumer waste. TerraCycle operates in 21 countries, working with the world’s largest brands and companies to create national platforms to recycle products and packaging that currently go to landfill or incineration.

    Through TerraCycle, Tom is pioneering a new waste management process, involving manufacturers, retailers, governments and consumers, to create circular solutions for materials such as cigarette butts, laboratory waste, coffee capsules and even food packaging that otherwise have no other path to be recycled.

    Tom is the author of three books, “Revolution in a Bottle” (2009, Portfolio) and “Outsmart Waste” (2014, Berrett-Koehler) and “Make Garbage Great” (2015, HarperCollins). Tom created, produced and starred in TerraCycle’s reality show, “Human Resources” which aired on Pivot from 2014-2016. Tom and TerraCycle have received over 200 social, environmental and business awards and recognition from a range of organizations including the United Nations, World Economic Forum, Forbes Magazine, Fortune Magazine, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Annemarieke Van Heeswijk

    Global Category Leader Liquid Enzymes DuPont Home & Personal Care Division

    Annemarieke van Heeswijk is Global Category Leader Liquid Enzymes at the DuPont Home & Personal Care division. She is responsible for giving strategic direction to the category and the global execution of the marketing mix for the total portfolio.

    Annemarieke is working in the enzyme business for 7 years now. Prior to joining DuPont she worked for DSM in diverse marketing and sales positions.

    A native from the Netherlands, Annemarieke holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Maastricht University with a specialization in Marketing & Innovation Management. She moved to the USA in 2013 and currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.