Cleaning Products Europe 2019 Speakers

  • Dr Graeme Cruickshank

    Director for Formulation CPI

    Graeme is Director of CPI’s National Formulation Centre. Graeme’s focus is on the establishment and management of CPI’s National Formulation Centre which enables the UK’s ecosystem of academics, SMEs and large companies to de-risk the development and scale-up to manufacture of their complex, high-value, formulated products (with applications spanning foods to pharmaceuticals, paints to detergents, inks to composite materials). CPI provides access to a highly experienced staff with broad ranging technical and business expertise and has unique technical capabilities across making, measuring and scaling-up the complex solids and complex liquid products spectrum.

    Graeme joined CPI in 2015 from Procter and Gamble where he spent 20 years in a range of product design and technology innovation roles across a range of FMCGs (e.g. Fairy Automatic Dishwashing products) and in Corporate R&D developing new product categories e.g. Sleep-care and Water purification.  Most recently he was Global Associate Director for Strategic Alliances where he worked in partnership with appliance manufacturers to ensure domestic appliances and detergents innovate together to ensure consumers got ideal end results, with sustainability built-in by reducing water and energy use.  In parallel he also led the Global Methods Team bringing robust and more consumer predictive methods for product evaluation which is key in accelerating innovation, allowing faster decision making i.e. direct productivity enabler.

  • Sophie Aviron-Violet

    Biocides & Medicines Team Leader Staphyt Regulatory

    Sophie Aviron-Violet is graduated in ecotoxicology of the environment. She has more than 15 years of experience in regulatory affairs and in risk assessment. She worked for Ciba-Geigy and Novartis and she joined the biocides team at Staphyt Regulatory (ex-ASC) in 2007 as ecotoxicologist and project manager. In 2010 she took over the management of the biocides registration team. Her field of expertise covers risk assessments and the Biocidal Product Regulation. 

  • 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.

  • Dr Charlotte Blackburn

    Regulatory Specialist UL

    Charlotte is a Regulatory Specialist at UL, where she is a key member of UL’s Global Regulatory Assurance Team who provide comprehensive regulatory support to a wide range of companies around the world. Charlotte’s main area of expertise is chemicals legislation in the EU, and she specialises in chemical hazard assessment and product labelling, and authors safety data sheets for a range of product types.

    In today’s complex global market, UL offers an alternative to fragmented product and supply chain management. With solutions for R&D, Chemical Data Management, EHS, Supply Chain Management and Product Promotion – backed by world-class technology, scientific and regulatory expertise – companies around the world partner with UL to strengthen their supply chains and develop safe, innovative products.

    Prior to joining UL in 2016, Charlotte completed a PhD in Chemistry and an MChem in Chemistry with Industrial Training at the University of Bath.

  • Paola Cammarano

    Global Communications Manager Procter & Gamble

    Paola is the Global Communications/External Relations Manager for Procter & Gamble's home care team 

  • Gundula Czyzewski

    Head of Washing Technology, Development Washing Appliances BSH

    Born 1962 in Berlin, 1982- 1987 Studies in Process Technology, since 1991 Process Engineer at BSH (R&D), active in International, European and German standardization committees, since 2006 Convenor of WG1 (TC59X), since 2011 Head of Washing Technology, Development Washing Appliances at BSH

  • Ewa Daniel

    Toxicologist and Chemical Director AllergyCertified

    Ewa is a toxicologist and co founder of AllergyCertified. She has made risk assessments of cosmetic products and detergents for many years, and has a lot of knowledge when it comes to chemicals and allergy. She has been a speaker at many conferences teaching consumers and producers how to minimise allergic reactions from our daily products.

  • Mauro Davanzo

    Director R&D Above the Floor Category - EMEA Consumer Vileda

    Mauro Davanzo, chemist, has covered the industry sectors of Paper and Corrugated with Cargill, Thermoplastic Polymers with Radici Group, Food and Beverages with Illy Caffe’, and ultimately specialized in the cleaning sector by developing Detergents with Reckitt Benckiser in Fabric Care, Surface Care and Dishwashing categories, Basic Chemicals and Fragrances for detergents with Akzo Nobe and IFF, and finally Cleaning Tools with Vileda – Freudenberg Home and Cleaning Solutions. In this journey he has operated in Italy, Germany, Sweden and Singapore.  

  • Katie Dec

    EMEA Sales Manager Croda

    Katie has an MSc in Chemistry from the University of Bristol, during which she spent time working at Lubrizol in a technical role. She joined Croda in 2003, working within the Polymer Additives teams in their applications laboratories. Katie subsequently moved into a commercial role and since then, she has held a number of positions covering markets such as Home Care, Polymer Additives, Coatings and Industrial Specialties in the UK, Europe, as well as working globally as the Key Account Manager for a number of multinationals.  In her current role, Katie is responsible for sales into the Home Care market in EMEA as well as leading global initiatives for Croda for the fabric and hygiene nonwovens markets.

  • Dr Joey DeCourcey

    Senior Scientific Officer Allergy Standards

    Joey DeCourcey is the Senior Scientific Officer of the international standards body Allergy Standards Ltd where he maintains the scientific standards behind the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program. The program allows consumers to identify products which have been proven through rigorous testing to be more suitable for asthma and allergy sufferers.

    Dr DeCourcey holds a BSc in Analytical Science and a PhD in Immunology. He has worked in basic, clinical and industry led research in Ireland and the UK and has expertise in inflammatory disease mechanisms, assay development and analytical techniques. He has led several industry-partnered research projects, published peer-reviewed articles in leading international journals and presented work at international conferences. When he is not working he likes to spend time with his growing family along the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland.

  • Jiten Dihora

    Vice President, Technology Trucapsol LLC

    Jiten was previously Principal Scientist at Procter & Gamble for 19 years. He developed and commercialised new fragrance delivery technologies for dry laundry detergents (Ariel, Gain) and liquid fabric softeners (Downy).  He has formulation knowledge in household cleaning products as well as personal care products (shampoos, conditioners, and antiperspirants) and is the primary inventor on 35 patents in this technical area. His work at Trucapsol, over the past 3 years, has focused on the development of new tools and capabilities to achieve controlled release of a variety of actives (flavors, fragrances, neutraceuticals), while maintaining a favorable environmental biodegradability profile.

  • Tom Domen

    Global Head of Long-Term Innovation Ecover / Method

    Global Head Long Term Innovation Manager (aka Science Friction Soaper) Ecover / Method

    Tom Domen graduated in 1996 with a Master in Industrial Design. In 2007, he completed a Master in Sustainable Development at the University of Brussels. With his MA on Sustainable Technology for Eastern Africa, he received the yearly Award for Innovative Technology from the Chamber of Engineers.

    He started working for Philips in packaging innovation after which he worked for 5 years as a marketing and communication specialist at Panasonic.

    Tom has been working for Ecover/Method for 13 years, where he is responsible for the long term innovation strategy and sustainability for the different categories of Ecover/Method products (laundry, cleaning, dishwashing, home care and personal care). Getting inspiration out of biomimicry and system thinking, he has been laying out an ambitious roadmap for the company to inspire transformative change towards a restorative business model. Tom is also a member of the board of Kringwinkel, a Belgian organisation that gives a second life to what otherwise would be waste.

    ECOVER / Method
    For over 25 years, Ecover has been producing products that adhere strictly to the World Health Organisation's definition of health, which incorporates the wellbeing of the whole person and the environment in which he or she lives. They are constantly innovating and pushing boundaries to create new and more effective products that have minimum negative impact on the environment, and consistently achieve extraordinary ethical standards with their products, management and production methods. Recently, Ecover merged with the US-based company Method and now has become the largest company for ecological washing and cleaning products.

  • Dr Peter Douben

    Director REACHWise

    Peter Douben, PhD is an environment expert with more than 30 years’ experience in research, industry and consultancy services, focussing on the fate and effect of chemicals in the environment. He has been involved in the development of chemical legislation and understands their importance for company strategies.

    One of his current major assignments for REACHWise is supporting a global downstream end user of chemicals with ensuring the chemicals compliance with REACH in the client’s products and development of mitigation strategies. This also covers defining R&D programmes with the focus on chemical aspects of sustainability activities. 

    Before REACHWise, Peter was Head of Environmental Protection in Unilever and served on many industry bodies in Europe and North America. Then he was Director REACH/Chemicals Policy in Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council, during which he was responsible for the implementation of REACH, and as such he was involved in several RIPs. He led the Project Management Groups on the guidance for information requirements on intrinsic properties of substances, and the one on carrying out the chemical safety assessment.

  • Gareth Evans

    Principal Scientist and Technical Lead Health & Safety Laboratory

    Dr Gareth Evans has published 83 peer reviewed' papers and book chapters. He is the responsible technical lead for health hazard investigations in areas such as occupational cancer and respiratory allergy. 

    He has contributed to a 7 year study updating estimates of the current and future burden of occupational cancer (led by Dr Lesley Rushton at Imperial College). 

    He has also worked closely with HSE and industry to take forward a programme of research into exposure to used metal working fluids and respiratory allergy. 

    Other research includes investigation of exposure to allergens in the baking industry.

    Gareth is also leading a team of HSL staff to develop new tools to look after and disseminate expert knowledge. 

    Background expertise: Inflammation and allergy; cancer biology, use of alternative human cell culture models for toxicological investigations. 

    Career History

    2009-2011 Principal Scientist Technical lead

    2002-2009 Principal Scientist and Head of Unit 

    1994-2002 Lecturer (tenured) and Post Graduate Tutor: University of Sheffield

    1985-1994: Cancer Research Campaign: Postdoctoral fellow at the Paterson Institute; Christie Hospital in Manchester

    1980-1985: PhD fellowship at the Tenovus Institute for Cancer Research; University College of Medicine, Cardiff)

  • Xenia Georgiou

    Product Stewardship and Regulatory Affairs Manager DuPont

    Xenia Georgiou is a Product Stewardship and Regulatory Affairs Manager at DuPont Industrial Biosciences. She is responsible for the compliance of enzyme products with major regulatory schemes in the EMEA region, including REACH, CLP, and BPR.

    Xenia has been working in the enzyme industry for 8 years. Prior to joining DuPont she worked in the agrochemical sector.

    Xenia holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Chemistry from the University of Athens. She is based in the UK.

  • June Graham

    R&D Director McBride

    Based in Manchester, United Kingdom, June Graham is the Research and Development Director for McBride plc,   McBride  are the leader in  development and supply of Private Label  Household and Personal Care products in Europe.  

    The team June leads,   develop the products   which retailers'   sell as their own brands. This includes a wide variety of products,  including Eco label and Nordic Swan.





  • Marie Hélène Gramatikoff

    CEO Lactips

    Lactips (2013-today)- Founder and shareholder: Defines the strategy of Lactips and coordinates means to achieve objectives. Leads the commercial action and intervenes transversally with the teams.

    Previous position: President & CEO, EXTENDIS SAS (2013-2013)

    Other positions
    Senior Business Consultant, SEMAPOPHORES ENTREPRISES (2010-2012)
    Senior Technical Consultant, ALTRAN (2008-2009)
    Chief Operating Officer, SOLAR Group Spain (2006-2008)
    International Project Manager, COGEMOULE (2002-2004)
    Key Account Manager, ERCE PLASTURGIE (1999-2002)
    Industrial Project Manager, FAURECIA – SOMMER ALLIBERT INDUSTRIE (1994-1999)


  • Michael Harris

    Category Technical Manager Sainsbury's Argos

    Mike is a Category Technical Manager for Home and Seasonal General Merchandise products at Sainsbury’s Argos. Mike is a Chartered Chemist with 20 years experience of formulating consumer products and their packaging. 

  • Dr James Hindley

    Executive Director Indoor Biotechnologies

    James Hindley, BSc, PhD is Executive Director of Indoor Biotechnologies Ltd - a leading provider of products and services for allergy research. James obtained both his BSc in Medical Biochemistry and his PhD in Immunology from Cardiff University in 2006 and 2010, respectively. James oversees a wide range of operations for the company, including R&D, contract research, analytical services and product sales to over 50 different countries. Recently James headed the opening of InBio’s new laboratory facilities in India and Wales. In 2016 he was named one of Wales’s Rising Stars of business.

  • Stuart Holt

    Global Technical Marketing Manager – Cleaning Nouryon

    Stuart has been working at Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals) for over 15 years, and currently leads the global technical marketing efforts for the cleaning segment, which includes specialty surfactants and water soluble polymer products. Stuart has a Chemistry background from Imperial College, London, and has developed a varied career in technical, innovation, sales and marketing roles across a variety of indsutries, with a keen focus throughout in the development of sustainable and low toxicity chemistry. 

  • Peter Jochems

    Lead Formulator Ecover

    In 2014 Peter Jochems started as a formulator at people against dirty (Ecover & Method) after his PhD in bio-science engineering. He formulated both manual as automatic dish products. Currently he is lead formulator for people against dirty and oversees all new formulation developments for people against dirty in Europe.

  • Ursina Kohler

    Regulatory Lead – Environmental Health & Safety Dow Chemical

    Ursina Kohler is the Global EH&S Product Sustainability Leader for Dow Consumer Solutions. In this role she is responsible for a global team responsible for the regulatory compliance for ingredients developed for various consumer markets and drives the implementation of Responsible Care™ Product Stewardship Practices.
    Ursina started her career in Dow in 2002 as a Product Steward for Specialty Plastics and Elastomers.  She currently represents Dow in the CEFIC Microplastics Issues Team.
    Ursina received her Masters in Chemistry from the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland (ETH).

  • Dr Andras Nagy

    Applied Technology Manager Household Care/North America Evonik Corporation

    Andras has been working at Evonik (formerly Degussa) for 14 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 running.

  • Gabi Ohlendorf

    Technical Application Manager EMEA Clariant

    Gabi Ohlendorf was born in Leverkusen, Germany. She studied chemistry at the University of Bonn, Germany, with a focus on organic chemistry. In 2009, she spent one semester abroad in Paris, France. During her PhD, she worked in the field of organic macromolecules. After graduating from University with honors, she joined Clariant as a Technical Application Manager for Industrial and Home Care. She supports Clariant’s Sales Team in the EMEA region with her technical experience.

  • Federica Proh

    Marketing Manager BBA ECOTECH s.r.l

    Trained as a product and communication designer, F. Proh has worked as Marketing Manager at BBA Group for three years today. She has been working for ten years in sales, new business and project’s development. She loves all innovative and ecofriendly technologies. The chance of dealing with ecofriendly and future oriented biotechnologies has always motivated Federica in thinking out of the box and in finding challenging eco-sustainable solutions. Environmental consciousness, innovative and forward-thinking projects are driving Federica to support customers in achieving their goals and helping them in every step of project development with a keen eye for uniqueness.

  • Carlos Ruiz

    Senior Analyst Kline & Company

    Carlos has been five years with Kline & Company, where he is a Senior Consultant from the Chemicals and Materials team. During this time, he has participated in different projects across the chemical industry, especially on the Personal Care, Home Care, agrochemicals, lubricants and pharmaceutical areas.

    He is a Chemical Engineer holding a Master in Chemical Engineering and Processes from Rovira i Virgili University from Tarragona, and he was one of the finalist of the Dow award in 2013.  

  • Dr Mark Stalmans

    Global Product Stewardship & Sustainability Procter & Gamble

    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,, ‘I prefer 30°’ ( and the CEFIC Sustainability Programme Council.

  • Cecilie Svanes

    Professor Centre for International Health, University of Bergen

    Svanes is a professor at the Centre for International Health, University of Bergen (UiB), and consultant in pulmonary medicine at Dept Occupational Medicine, Haukeland University hospital (HUH). She is an international top-expert in the field of early life origins of respiratory health and disease. She is sharing her time between clinical and scientific work, and has four children. Svanes is a member of the Steering Committee of the ECRHS, the world’s largest international study of asthma and allergies in adults, which results are disseminated in >500 scientific articles that contribute to guide current health care policies. She leads the work on early life origins in the ECRHS /RHINE studies, and has conceived and leads the generation study RHINESSA. Svanes has an extensive and exponentially increasing scientific track record with a high scientific achievement, especially given relatively short time in fulltime research (H index WoS 43).

    Her work has been highly cited (WoS 3159 excl. self-citations) and has impact on policy (cited in 15 policy documents, and practice (>10 textbooks of medicine). She is an experienced supervisor of young researchers who today are lead researchers in their field or administrative leaders. Svanes’ main strengths as a scientist are original and innovative thinking, excellent network building capacity and extensive experience with international research administration. This is reflected in papers that have contributed to paradigm shifts in the research area, and in the calibre of her international research networks.

  • Bengt Vernberg

    Head of Technical and Laboratory Network Testfakta Research

    Bengt Vernberg is the founder of Testfakta, an independent test and research company specializing in laboratory testing and evaluation of products for B2C and B2B. Testfakta is divided in two business units: Editorial, a consumer news agency supplying Nordic media with articles and news based on laboratory test results and Research, performing test and evaluation on assignment from manufacturers and retailers.

    Today Bengt is responsible for technical test setup and the development of new test protocols, in collaboration with Testfakta’s laboratory network.

    Bengt has a background in accounting and finance and has worked in leading positions for companies in the telecom, IT and electronics sector prior to launching Testfakta in 2001.

    Testfakta and RISE Biocience and materials collaborate in a project promoting the development from fossil-based to bio-based raw materials in products for B2C and B2B.

  • Marcus Westergren

    Head of Section Chemistry Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE)

    Marcus has a Ph. D. in organic chemistry, focused towards organometallic chemistry.

    He is head of the section for Chemistry at the department of Chemistry and materials at Rise. Part of his function is to lead the diverse chemical investigation, research and assessment business. Personnel responsibility and financial accountability.

    Previously his work experience has been in the petroleum and energy industrial sectors at ExxonMobil, SGS and the Swedish Energy Agency.

  • Dr Samantha Westgate

    CEO Perfectus Biomed

    Dr Samantha Westgate, CEO Perfectus Biomed, is passionate about designing bespoke microbiological services that serve the antimicrobial community.

    Sam has been working on medically relevant biofilms for the past seven years. She has written a number of peer reviewed publications, a book chapter on wound biofilms and is also a regular reviewer of wound journals. She has attended and also presented her work at both national and international conferences including the American Society of Microbiology and the European Wound Management Association.

  • Dr Susanne Zänker

    Director General A.I.S.E.

    Dr. Susanne Zänker has been Director General of A.I.S.E., the International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products, since August 2005. As head of the Association and based in Brussels, she leads the A.I.S.E. Team and the membership, consisting of 30 national associations, 18 corporate members and 6 value chain partners across Europe. She interacts with stakeholders on a daily basis in spearheading the industry agenda.

    Dr. Zänker graduated as a Doctor in veterinary medicine at the University of Liège, Belgium in 1989. From 1989 to 1990 she focussed her studies on a European Commission project on the subject of rabies eradication. In 2016, she also received an Executive Masters in International Association Management at the Solvay Business School (ULB) of Brussels.

    In 1990 Susanne joined Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica GmbH in Germany as Product Manager for vaccines. In 1993, she moved to the European Federation for Animal Health FEDESA (now known as IFAH-Europe), where she became Technical and International Affairs Director in 2000 and Managing Director in 2004.

    Susanne is the author of several scientific publications and was a speaker at numerous international symposia and congresses on animal health until 2005. Today, Susanne is proactive in presenting updates on key developments for the detergents industry in Europe at major events and conferences on behalf of A.I.S.E.

  • Jan-Paul Zock

    Researcher RIVM, Centre for Sustainability, Environment and Health

    Jan-Paul Zock completed his M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences at the University of Wageningen (The Netherlands) in 1990 and received his PhD at the same university in 1998. He specialised in occupational and environmental epidemiology, and occupational hygiene. From 1999 onwards he has been affiliated with the Barcelona Institute for Global Health.

    During his scientific career he has been involved in occupational and environmental epidemiology, in particular research projects on respiratory health effects. Highlighted areas of his experience include the assessment of occupational exposures and their effects on asthma and COPD; asthma related to professional and home cleaning agents; respiratory health effects of indoor exposures; and health effects of oil spills.

    He has participated as work package leader in several EU projects. He currently participates in the EU funded project Ageing Lungs in European Cohorts (ALEC) and takes part in the European Community Respiratory Health Survey (ECRHS) steering committee as coordinator of the occupational working group. He has led or contributed to over 150 peer-reviewed publications (H-index 35).

    From 2017 onwards his main affiliation is at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (Centre for Sustainability, Environment and Health), Dutch Ministry of Health.