2019 Cleaning Products Latin America Speakers

  • Hal Ambuter

    Vice President, Regulatory Affairs & Policy Reckitt Benckiser

    Hal is the Senior Director of Regulatory and Government Affairs at Reckitt Benckiser after serving as their Director of Regulatory and Government Affairs in North America for over 16 years.  He spent 7 years at BF Goodrich developing and leveraging innovative polymers and technology to improve existing applications and to allow entry into new markets as their Technical Service & Application Development Group Leader.  Beyond this, Hal has spent time at Procter & Gamble and Noveon in R&D and Product Development, and he graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University

  • José Alberto Pino Andrade

    Home Care Marketing Manager – Latin America Consumer Solutions Dow

    Alberto Pino is Marketing Manager for Home Care in Latin America, designing and implementing the strategy to serve the Latin market with innovative ingredients ad hoc to the current consumer trends.

    Prior to this position, he was manager of the Consumer Value Chain for the North Region of Latin America that covers Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean; In charge of developing techniques to learn more about the Mexican consumer market and to lead the new CONSUMEX project developing projects for Bimbo, Natura, Ureblock and Walmart, generating new ways to understand value chain understanding end user and regional market trends using innovation tools as Design Thinking.

    He has also served as Manager of New Business Development for the North Region of Latin America. Prior to this, Alberto served as Technical Manager for Dow Home, Industrial and Personal Solutions for the North and Andean Region of Latin America. His main responsibility was to make a strong bond with the manufacturers of personal care products and home offering the best solutions for optimization and improvement in the performance of their products.

    Previous to Dow he was Product Manager for Farline in Madrid, Spain, formulating and implementing commercialization for more than 50 products in Spain, Italy, Brazil and Mexico for sun, skin and hair care.

    Born in Mérida, Yucatán; Mexico, is a Chemist by the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Monterrey. He has a Master's Degree in Cosmetic Formulation and Derma-pharmacy from CESIF (Center for Advanced Studies in the Pharmaceutical Industry) in Madrid, Spain.

  • Antonio Calcagnotto

    Head of Corporate Affairs at UNILEVER Brazil & President of ALIADA (LATAM) ABIPLA and ALIADA

    Antonio Candido Prataviera Calcagnotto is a graduated in Business Administration and Law. He holds a Masters in Strategic Planning (FGV / SP) with 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, Head of the Corporate Affairs at Unilever Brazil, he is responsible for sustainability strategy for Unilever Brazil and External Affairs for Latin America.

    Besides being an executive of Unilever, Calcagnotto accumulates the positions President of ABIPLA (Brazilian manufacturing of Cleaning Products Industry), President of ALIADA (Cleaning Products LATAM Association), 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 presidency of 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.

  • Andre Chieffi

    R&D Manager Procter & Gamble

    Dr. Andre Chieffi works at P&G’s Newcatle Innovation Centre (UK), where he leads a group working on cleaning technologies. Before joining P&G in 2002, he studied chemistry (BsC and PhD) at Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil) and University of Waterloo (Canada) and did a postdoc at MIT (US). At P&G, Andre worked most of his career at the Newcastle Innovation Centre (UK) working on the development of new technologies for sustainable cleaning products (e.g.:  enzymes, polymers, bleach, encapsulation and active delivery systems). Recently, Andre spent two years in Brazil (2012/2013) leading P&G´s Open Innovation program for Latin America.

  • Laercio de Albuquerque

    Technical Specialist for Home Care Dow Chemical Company

    More than 30 years’ experience on R&D and Technical Assistance to Home & Personal Care markets. Working in Dow since 2010, as a Senior TS&D for Latin America, developing new products and cleaning formulations to Landry, Dish Care, Hard Surface, Polishers, etc.

    Member of the ABIPLA’s Board

  • Benjamin Dureau

    Perfumer – Fabric & Home Care MANE

    Benjamin Dureau is a passionate perfumer, with first contact in the industry at age 14 confirmed the desire to pursue a career in the industry.   After receiving a degree in chemistry and another in the ISIPCA (Versailles perfumery school) he started his career at Mane.  Now with over 12 years in the perfumery business, he has been working at Mane for almost 8 years in the entire LATAM region, 2 years in evaluation at Mane Chile, 1 year in Home & Fabric evaluation in Mane Colombia, seeing the markets of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile. 2 years in evaluation Home in Fabric in Mane México, seeing the markets from Mexico to Chile (except Brazil, Argentina) 1 year in the internal school of Mane France, for training as a perfumer Home & Fabric Care, second year as a perfumer H & F for all markets from Mexico to Chile (except Brazil, Argentina).

  • Jose Oscar Figueroa

    Regional Technical Manager Fragrances Latam IFF

    Coming soon! 

  • Paolo Mazza Forno

    Commercial Engineer Empresas Demaria

    Coming soon!

  • Maria Eugenia Fumagalli

    R&D Director The Clorox Company

    Maria Eugenia Fumagalli is the R&D director for Clorox International, leading the Buenos Aires R&D site that supports Home Care development for both LATAM and Rest of World. She joined Clorox in 2012 and since then she’s worked for both the US Cleaning and International divisions. Currently, she’s the functional representative on Clorox’s Leadership Team for Asia/Europe, covering businesses such as Cleaning, Laundry, Natural Wellness, and Personal Care through these regions. Prior to Clorox, Eugenia worked for Unilever R&D and SC Johnson Consumer Insights teams.

    Maria Eugenia is a Chemical Engineer, graduated from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, and a Fulbright alumni from Rochester Institute of Technology where she received a Master of Science in Sustainable Engineering with specific focus in product development and Life Cycle Assessment. She has a 5-year old daughter and a 2-year old son, and enjoys weekend barbeques with friends and family

  • Tatiana Goncharova

    Global Segment Leader Powder Detergents DuPont, Nutrition & Biosciences

    Tatiana Goncharova is Global Segment Leader Powder Detergents at DuPont, Nutrition & Biosciences division. She is responsible for giving strategic direction to the category and the global execution of the marketing mix for the total portfolio.

    Before that Tatiana has worked as a Sales Manager in DuPont Home and Personal Care responsible for Central and Eastern Europe area. She led a number of DuPont’s regional strategic projects from a corporate marketing position. For different DuPont businesses she worked on strategies targeting revenue and market share growth, regional expansion, new route to market approaches and new solution development.

    Tatiana is Russian and is based in Moscow. She graduated from Moscow Engineering Physics University in 2011 specializing in international scientific and technological cooperation.

  • Karen Henríquez

    Manager of Development of Fragrances CRAMER

    "Creating a perfume is an 'art' that is influenced by the tastes of the client who requests it, fashion, trends and even social movements"

    Chemical Engineer by profession, Karen came to work at Cramer, one of the main flavors and fragrances houses in South America, in June 1989. Today she is the Manager of Fragrance Development and leads the area teams at Cramer Chile and its subsidiaries in Brazil and Peru.

    Currently Karen directs and trains specialized teams in the trends and olfactory tastes of different areas of Latin America, to develop not only aromas for perfumes, but also for all kinds of beauty products and personal care, home care, industrial, among many others.

    Her career as a perfumer led Karen with Patricia Muñoz, another Cramer perfumer formed by herself, to be recognized with the Actualidad Cosmética Prize - in the category of "Unrestricted Perfume Creation" - in its twenty-fifth version.

    She has also prepared different professionals such as perfumers, analysts, chemists, evaluators, among others; so that they are part of the Fragrances team of the company.

  • Rafael Juen

    Head of Technical Center South America Alpla

    Coming soon!

  • Kiran Kulkarni

    Marketing Specialist, Professional Hygiene Lonza

    Kiran currently manages the disinfecting wipes - Marketing platform for Lonza’s Professional Hygiene business. 

    He holds a Masters of Chemical Technology from Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai (formerly UDCT) and MBA from University of Massachusetts, Boston.

    For the past 12 years, Kiran has held a variety of commercial positions with a number of chemical producers.

  • Oscar Lagos Zepeda

    Sales & Business Development Manager for Biochemicals Division Corbion

    B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Facultad de Química UNAM. Diploma in Strategic Planning based on Quality from CONCAMIN & Leadership Diploma from Rafael Preciado Hernandez Foundation /KAS. All in Mexico City.

    Current Sales & Business Development Manager for Biochemicals Division in Latin America for Corbion (February 2015- Up to date).  From 1993, he has developed a full career in Sales &  Business Development in companies like Polímeros Sintéticos, Eastman Chemical Company (Obtaining recognition in Everest Club Sales Excellence Award in 2009), Pemex Gas y Petroquímica Básica and Química del Atlántico.

    Hobby interest to expand the knowledge and wine appreciation, through wine tastings and related conferences.

  • Gonzalo Muñoz Abogabir

    CEO TriCiclos

    Co-founder and CEO of TriCiclos, first B-certified company in South America. After working in the food sector for some years (Gonzalo was General Manager of some traditional agro-industrial companies in Chile and Argentina), he left corporate life to co-create TriCiclos and then SistemaB.  With a masters in environmental management, Gonzalo received a national award for innovation in the environment (AVONNI) 2011; Environmental character of Chile (MMA) 2012; Social entrepreneur of Chile (Schwab Foundation) 2013; World Economic Forum Social entrepreneur of the year 2015; Global Responsible Leader (BMW Foundation) 2016. General Manager, leader in sustainability Chile (ALAS20) 2016. Winner Circulars 2019 (World Economic Forum). Ashoka Fellow since 2011. Entrepreneur Endeavor since 2014. Co founder of SistemaB; member of the BLab USA board; co founder and chairman of Viña Polkura's board. Member of the global advisory board of the New Plastics Economy at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.  

  • Leo Musante

    VP of Food Retail Services Ecolab

    Coming soon!

  • Pablo Olivares

    Vice President Chilean Toxicology Society

    Doctorate in Pharmacy. Master's degree in Bioactivity from the University of Valparaíso. He is currently Vice President of Chilean Toxicology Society and Regulatory Affairs manager of SQM company. He is a representative of the Chilean Chemical Industries Association (ASIQUIM) in Chilean GHS implementation Coordinating Committee and has been a representative of the Industry in the APEC Economic Forum. Previously, he was key member of Chilean Poison Control Center of Catholic University (UC - CITUC) and he led a lot of Toxicology Studies about risk assessment on human for Health and Environment Authorities and he developed proposals for the regulatory management on chemical products.

  • Juan Carlos Rios

    Executive Director of Toxicology Information Center CITUC (Chilean Poison Control Center of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

    Dr. Rios is a toxicologist. He currently serves as Executive Director of the Center for Toxicology and Medicines Information (CITUC) and Associate Associate Professor of the Faculty of Medicine of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Honorary Professor of the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Seville, Spain. He is the chief professor of pharmacology courses in Medicine, Nursing, Nutrition and Dietetics and Speech Therapy at the Faculty of Medicine of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He is director of the diploma courses of "Clinical Pharmacology" of "Occupational Toxicology" of "Toxicology: clinical mention" of "Food Safety and Toxicology" and "Environmental Toxicology and Risk Assessment of Human Health". He was founder and president of the Toxicology Society of Chile and currently Director. He is a member of the Spanish Toxicology Association and a member of the committee of the Spanish registry of toxicologists. He is a toxicologist registered in the European register of toxicologists (EUROTOX). Deputy editor of the Spanish Journal of Toxicology and belongs to the editorial board of the Ibero-American toxicology journal. He was a member of the technical support group for IPCS / INTOX, of the World Health Organization (IPCS / WHO). He is currently a collaborator of the REDCIATOX / SAICM of PAHO / WHO. He is the author of publications in the area of ​​toxicology in national and international books and journals.

  • Gaston Fernandez Schiaffino

    Head of Regulatory Direcon Chile

    Commercial Engineer from the University of Valparaíso, Diploma in Public Policies from the University of Chicago, and MBA from Babson College.

    Head of the Regulatory Department, General Management of International Economic Relations (DIRECON), Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs,

    Responsible for bilateral negotiations in Chile for the chapters Good Regulatory Practices, Technical Barriers to Trade and Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures, and in the commissions that administer the current trade agreements. In the multilateral sphere, it represents Chile in international organizations linked to trade (WTO, OECD, APEC, ALADI, MERCOSUR). He chairs the National Commission Technical Barriers to Trade and the National Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures. During 2019, he chairs the APEC Subcommittee on Standards and Conformance. Formerly head of the OECD Department, and National Contact Point (NCP) of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

    Experience in managerial positions in the public and private sector, particularly in the negotiation of commercial agreements of Chile with Asia, Latin America, Central America and Europe, having as a responsibility the implementation and administration of these. Consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington and for the World Trade Organization (WTO). Commercial Engineer from the University of Valparaíso, Diploma in Public Policies from the University of Chicago, and MBA from Babson College.

  • Francisco Jose Spirito

    Marketing Director Unilever

    His extensive experience in Marketing started at Universidad Argentina de la Empresa, with his bachelor degree, then a Post Graduate degree from Bath University in UK. With a total of 25 years of professional experience mainly in FMGCs. The last 20 years were dedicated to contribute to Unilever results, a marketing mogul. Francisco has lived in Buenos Aires, London, Sao Paulo  and Santiago, thus he offers a diverse and global view. Within Unilever Francisco worked for more places than he lived, as his positions took him to LATAM, as well as Europe, and he also worked for all sectors: Foods, Home Care and Personal Care, running the innovation strategy for brand like Omo, Drive, Rinso, Quix and Cif.

  • Suzanne Thompson

    Chief Technology Officer Diversey

    Suzanne Thompson, is the Chief Technology Officer at Diversey.  In this role, she leads Global Research & Development, and Regulatory for Diversey.  Suzanne is very active in the cleaning products industry.  She currently sits on the board of directors for the American Cleaning Institute

    Prior to Diversey, she worked in Research & Development at the Clorox Company for 29 years.  Clorox roles included innovation roles, technology development roles and regulatory and global stewardship

  • Scott Tuchinsky

    Global Sales Director - Home Care & Water Treatment Croda

    Scott originally joined Croda in 1987 as a sales representative.  He left the company in 1990 to pursue his graduate degree full time.  Upon graduation, Scott joined Stepan Chemical as a National Account Manager with responsibility for multi-national accounts in the consumer markets.  He returned to Croda in 1997 and has since held a number of commercial positions covering markets such as Energy, Personal Care, Home Care, Polymer Additives, Coatings, Water Treatment, and Industrial Specialties.  In his current role, Scott is responsible for global sales into the Home Care and Water Treatment markets. In addition to his commercial role, Scott also sits on the global management team for Croda’s Performance Products business sector.

    Scott holds a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

  • Ana María Vazquez-Galliano

    General Manager The Clorox Company

    World class business leader with over 20 years of experience in the FMCG industry. Lived and worked in the Caribbean, the United States, Mexico, Europe and now in Santiago, Chile. Her experience and exposure to diverse markets and strategic management responsibilities are building her credentials of a leader to drive good growth.

  • Martin Wolf

    Director, Sustainability & Authenticity Seventh Generation

    Mr. Wolf is responsible for ensuring the design of sustainable products at Seventh Generation, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of ecological household and personal care products. He is also responsible for creating frameworks for more sustainable businesses and more sustainable systems of commerce.

    Mr. Wolf brings over 40 years of experience in industrial and environmental chemistry to his work, starting with environmental fate and metabolism studies for agricultural chemicals, followed by studies of the occurrence of hazardous chemicals in the environment, conducting life cycle studies of product systems, and designing more sustainable household cleaning products.

    Working at Seventh Generation, Mr. Wolf has developed frameworks for environmental product design, helped educate his coworkers, customers, and consumers about the environmental impacts of consumer products and the industries that produce them, successfully lobbied for passage of phosphate bans in a number of states, helped develop standards for voluntary ingredient disclosure, and brought change to the cleaning products industry through more sustainable product designs.
    In addition to his work for Seventh Generation, Mr. Wolf served as the Co-Chair of the Research, Technology, and Regulatory Committee of the American Cleaning Institute (2015-2018), and has served as the Vice Chair and Chair of the Sustainability Committee (2010-2015), and as the Vice Chair and Chair of the Strategic Advisory Committee (2007-2011).

    Mr. Wolf was appointed a Fellow of the Aspen Institute, Environmental Forum in 2006, and received an EPA Region 1 Environmental Merit Award in 2011. In 2013 Mr. Wolf was appointed by the National Academy of Science to the Committee on Design and Evaluation of Safer Chemical Substitutions. In 2015 he won the Elva Walker Spillane Distinguished Service Award of the American Cleaning Institute, and in 2016 was appointed to the Working Group On Toxic Chemical Use In Vermont by the State’s Agency Of Natural Resources.

    Mr. Wolf holds an M.A. in Chemistry from Yeshiva University (New York) and a B.S. in Chemistry from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Massachusetts).