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.
PhD in chemistry - > 20 years experience in household care/detergent industry: 10 years R&D and Technical Sales Support in Clariant - 2 years heading Technical Customer Support team in Propack (= RB private label division) - 3 1/2 year Industry Technology Specialist in Novozymes - since 4 years HHC (household care) Market & Insights Manager in Novozymes.
Hazel is an Environmental Fate Expert at Staphyt. She has over 20 years experience in chemical regulatory affairs, drawn from roles in CRO and consultancy.
She has worked in consultancy since 2009, specialising in environmental fate and risk assessments for agrochemicals, REACH and biocides. Previously she worked as a research associate at a large CRO, specialising in Environmental Fate studies. Hazel has extensive experience of dossier preparation for PPPs and Biocidal products, as well as performing groundwater and surface water modelling as part of the risk assessment for product approvals.
Ross Ellis obtained his PhD in Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh in 2009. He has worked as a research scientist in specialty chemicals in the UK, US, and now Norway. He currently works in the R&D department at the Borregaard Biorefinery in Norway, developing new biopolymers from sustainable Norwegian wood.
Geoffrey Stijfs is a 28-year-old Technical Sales Manager at Sappi. He is responsible for the global market development of Fibrillated Cellulose – branded as Valida – in Personal Care and Homecare.
Geoffrey has a master’s degree in Life Sciences, with a specialization in biomaterial science, surface and fiber chemistry. After graduating, he joined the Sappi team to coordinate production teams and balance the system chemistry following significant process changes. After several years, he transferred his activities to the fibrillated cellulose team to maximize business potential by utilizing his fundamental understanding of fibers.
To close, Geoffrey’s mindset closely relates to a famous quote from Thomas Edison:
“There is a way to do it better. Find it.”
Heidi Beatty, founder of Crown Abbey, Inc. has over 15 years of experience in developing consumer and health care products.
After gaining a bachelors degree in Chemistry from the University of York, UK, Heidi worked with Johnson & Johnson for 10 years across Europe and the US, starting as a Formulator developing products that safely and effectively clean babies skin for Johnson's Baby®. From there she applied her knowledge of skin to develop pantyliners and then wet wipes – with a focus on developing unique and proprietary claims through linking a deeper understanding of women's health and wellbeing with new technologies.
Next, she went to PDI Healthcare, where she led teams to launch Surface Disinfectants and Skin Antisepsis products – striving to develop products that prevent infections in hospitals. She not only led projects, but also brought strategic direction both in terms of process improvement for product innovation and to improve team effectiveness. Her passion for the Environment is evident in the technical solutions she brings as well as her involvement in Corporate Sustainability programs.
Heidi founded Crown Abbey (www.crownabbey.com) to support her clients in their project launches – using her unique skills of Project Management and Product Development across both Consumer and Healthcare categories.
Filip has a background in business psychology and has started to specialize in home care as the industry project lead and as Consultant for home and technology industries at Euromonitor. He provides analysis on trends and developments, with special emphasis on broader consumer trends and areas where home care overlaps with other industries. This big picture view helps clients to learn about opportunities and threats, and to take informed strategic decisions.
Heather serves as the Global VP of Regulatory for Hygiene and Home at RB, covering brands like Lysol, Harpic, Finish, Vanish and Airwick. Prior to this, Heather was the Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs where she developed the regulatory strategy for projects across all phases and directed the activities of a team of regulatory professionals. In that role, Heather represented company interests with local government agencies, industry associations and other organizations to influence legislation, regulations and/or guidelines that impact the Canadian business, and managed the protection and promotion of RB business, brands and initiatives.
Prior to this, Heather served as the Government Relations Manager for S.C. Johnson & Son, ltd. Where she was the key external ambassador and representative for the company.
Heather currently serves on the Board of Directors for A.I.S.E. (International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance) and had previous roles as Vice Chair for the Consumer Health Products of Canada Strategies Committee; Vice Chair of the Consumer Health Products of Canada Drug Scheduling Task Force and a Member of both the Ontario Chamber of Commerce Working Group on Waste Reform and the Network of Executive Women Mentoring Committee.
Heather holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry with a Minor in Nutritional Science and a Masters degree in Toxicology.
Since 2005, Sascha Nissen has been working with A.I.S.E., the international Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products in Brussels. He is mainly involved in the development and implementation of A.I.S.E.’s strategy on Sustainable Development, covering a wide range of initiatives for the industry sector in Europe; these include the ‘A.I.S.E. Charter for Sustainable Cleaning’ and other industry voluntary schemes such as on social responsibility and the circular economy with activities linked to plastic packaging and bio-based materials. He also coordinated A.I.S.E.’s Product Environmental Footprint detergents pilot, a project in the context of the EU Environmental Footprint initiative.
Sascha studied Political Science at the University in Bonn, Germany, and was working in parallel in the German Parliament as Parliamentary Assistant. After his graduation as Magister Artium, M.A., he worked as Consultant for Public Relations and Public Affairs firms in Germany and Brussels.
Sascha has been a speaker at numerous international symposia and congresses across Europe.
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 reuse business models and material innovation.
Ed Thorne is the is the Head of Business Development for Loop (TerraCycle company) in Europe. Loop is a global platform that enables consumer product companies and retailers to shift from a disposable supply chain to a durable one.
Ed joined Loop in early 2020 and heads up partnerships and new business with retailers, brands and others who are looking to develop durable supply chains across Europe.
Prior to joining Loop, Ed had a range of commercial and general management experience with innovative businesses in SaaS and corporate intelligence in Europe and East Asia.
Leipzig University of Applied Sciences
Graduate engineer in packaging and printing
Vocational training locksmith & metalworker
• Werner & Mertz GmbH – Head of Packaging Development Department
• Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller - Senior-Packaging Developer
• Plantic Technologies (Germany) GmbH - Application Development & Sales Manager
• Unilever Netherlands BV - Packaging Development Manager SCC
• Unilever Deutschland GmbH - Packaging Developer
• Fraunhofer-Anwendungszentrum für Verarbeitungsmaschinen und Verpackungstechnik Dresden (AVV) – scientific assistant
• Locksmith & metalworker for machinery and equipment
Dr Stefania studied Biomedical Engineering at the University of Genoa before moving to the University of Southampton to complete her PhD investigating interfacial instability generation in dental biofilms plus several post-doctoral placements specialising in marine biofilm decontamination. Stefania joined Perfectus Biomed in 2018 and is a Senior Scientist interfacing between clients and the lab teams.
Bsc virology and microbiology, Msc Lifesciences, with 14 years experience in biocides, microbiology and virology.
Dr. Mark Stalmans obtained a Ph.D. in Colloidal and Interphase Chemistry in 1986 (Leuven University, Belgium). He joined Procter & Gamble in 1987 and has managed global and regional safety, regulatory, lifecycle analysis and sustainability programs for household and professional product categories.
Since 2013, he is manager Global Product Stewardship & Sustainability for the Global Fabric & Home Care Business Unit where he coordinates P&G’s internal and stakeholder programmes around sustainability and innovation. He is an active member of the A.I.S.E. and CEFIC industry association networks and supports safety and sustainability initiatives such as A.I.S.E. Charter for Sustainable Cleaning, www.cleanright.eu, ‘I prefer 30°’ (www.iprefer30.eu) and the CEFIC Sustainability Programme Council.
As director of strategy at Veeva, John is responsible for overall strategic direction for the Veeva Claims application. This includes product roadmap prioritization, industry thought leadership, and strategies and tactics to drive awareness and interest within targeted verticals. John acts as the subject matter expert around advertising and product claims management and works closely with the sales and services teams on new and existing customer accounts.
John has over 20 years of experience in senior marketing and strategy roles across a variety of industries, including consumer products, healthcare, and technology. As associate director of marketing at The Clorox Company, John worked extensively in regulated categories, and led teams responsible for brand strategy and marketing, innovation, and channel marketing.
John holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA from Harvard University.
Peter Littleton is Technical Director for Europe’s only family owned multi-national supplier of specialist detergents and disinfectants for the food, beverage and diary industries – Christeyns Food Hygiene Ltd.
In this position, Peter’s enthusiasm and commitment has led to an engagement with industry, enforcement and special interest groups to address the issue of consumer safety with regard to the management of food safety and hygiene within food, beverage and dairy manufacturing / processing operations.
Peter works extensively with special interest groups, such as the Anaphylaxis Campaign, research organisations, universities and retailers as well as chairing the Processing, Operations and Preservation Member Interest Group at Campden BRI. He was awarded the Society of Food Hygiene Technology’s Trainer of the Year Award in 2011.
Toxicologist and AllergyCertified co-founder Ewa Daniél. Ewa has a Master degree in human toxicology from Roskilde University. She has worked with risk assessments for almost twenty years. She is an often used speaker on chemicals and trends within skin allergy. She co-founded AllergyCertified back in 2014 where she works as chief toxicologist today. Her and her team has assessed more than 2.000 products over the last six years whereof 1.600 have been certified.
After her studies in chemistry and agro-chemistry, Pauline Raffaitin has completed a PhD on environmental impacts of waste management in collaboration with the French Environment Agency (ADEME). She integrated the ECOCERT Group in 2008 to work on the certification of natural and organic cosmetics. Since more than 10 years, she has developed a solid expertise on natural and organic market. She is now at the head of home and personal care business unit for the ECOCERT Group to develop these two sectors of activities worldwide.
Francesca Morgante joined RSPO in October 2018. She has been appointed as Market Development Manager for Europe. Her role consists of engaging with stakeholders to help increase the uptake of certified sustainable palm oil in the European market. Before joining RSPO she was responsible for the development of a quality seal for natural and organic cosmetics, where she gained sound knowledge about the international cosmetic sector and on how to strategically position private standards in different markets. 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.
Alain Phyfferoen is the Senior Technical Support and Development Manager for Consumer and Industrial applications in the EMEA region at CP Kelco. He has nearly 30 years of experience helping customers find nature-based solutions that exceed their technical needs while also answering the latest consumer trends. His range of expertise spans across a variety of industries as well, including household and home care products, such as laundry and personal care, to construction, agriculture, textiles, mining, paints and coatings, and even pharmaceuticals. Alain holds a degree in chemistry from Loughborough University of Technology and a masters in business administration from Kingston University. He is a chartered chemist and member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (C.Chem MRSC).
Ross Sellars is a Lead Applications Scientist in the Home Care team at Croda, which he joined in October 2018. In his current role, Ross develops innovative and sustainable products for the global home care market, including products for hard surface cleaning, fabric care and nonwovens. Before joining Croda, Ross worked as a Senior Development Chemist in the coatings industry formulating a range of wood care and architectural coatings products. Ross has a degree in Chemistry (BSc) from the University of Sheffield, UK.
Geoffrey Gendebien holds a Masters Degree in Engineering from the University of Liege, Belgium and a Management Certificate from the University of Toronto, Ontario
He has over 20 years’ experience in operations, sales and strategic marketing in the Composites, Polymers and, Packaging industries. He has worked and lived in Europe and North America and, has held global responsibilities.
Over the last 5 years, he has been managing product lines and Market Segments in Composites and Flexible Packaging. He is currently managing the Home and Personal Care Market for Amcor in EMEA. He is driving innovation projects and aligning internal resources to deliver appealing value propositions and, successful innovative solutions to his markets.
- Aliplast spa, Ospedaletto di Istrana (TV), Italy, 2011 to present.
Business Development and Institutional. Affairs Strategic business; national and European lobby.
- Plastics Recyclers Europe Association – board member since 2012 and chair of RecyClass Platform.
-European Plastics Converters Packaging Excom – member since 2014.
- Assorimap (Italian plastics Recyclers Association) – board member since 2013.
- PETCORE EUROPE – Co-chairman of PET TRAYS Working Group since 2015.
- PET Sheet Europe (Sector Group of EuPC) – Past President and Vice-President since Jan 2019.
Leigh has worked at Allergy UK for over twelve years and she manages the product endorsement programme for the charity across a number of product sectors, with a global reach. She works with some of the UK’s leading dermatologists and toxicologists regarding product ingredients and their impact on people who live with allergic disease. Over the last two years Leigh has helped to establish Allergy UK’s position in the indoor and outdoor air pollution debate from the perspective of the impact of poor air quality on people with allergic disease. She has represented Allergy UK at a number of events and conferences on the topic, to create awareness of how products can affect your indoor air quality and your health and wellbeing.