2018 Advisory Board

  • Steve Block

    Director, Marketing & Business Development Elevance Renewable Sciences

    Steve currently leads global business development programs in the Household, Institutional & Industrial and Personal Care markets at Elevance. His emphasis is leading commercialization of new generations of bio-based building blocks and ingredients that are derived from natural oils and transformed into high-performing specialty materials. He is also responsible for developing strategic partnerships across these industry sectors. Steve has been involved in the specialty chemicals industry for over 30 years. During his career he has held leadership positions in Business Management, Technology Management, International Sales Development, Application Engineering, and Product Development. 

    He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from Wichita State University.

  • Dr. Steven Bolkan

    Director of Research Church & Dwight Co. Inc.

    Dr. Steven A. Bolkan is the Director of R&D for Transformational New Product Development for Church and Dwight Co., Inc., Princeton NJ.   Dr. Bolkan received his B.S., B.A., and PhD degrees in Chemistry from Oregon State University, Corvallis Oregon.   He has over twenty five patents and publications which outline his R&D achievements.   He is a current member of the Strategic Advisory Board for the American Cleaning Institute, a past Chairman for the Industry/University Collaborative Research Center: Particulate and Surface Science with the University of Florida and Columbia university, and a former Vice Chair and Chairman for the Surfactants and Detergent Division of the America Oil Chemistry Society.   


  • 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.

  • Dr. Madhusudan Patel

    Director of Biotechnology & Strategic Partnerships International Flavors & Fragrances

    Dr. Madhusudan Patel, Director of Biotechnology & Strategic Partnerships, ‎ International Flavors & Fragrances

  • Brian Sansoni

    VP Sustainability Initiatives & VP Communication and Membership American Cleaning Institute

    Brian T. Sansoni is Vice President of Communication and Membership and Vice President of Sustainability Initiatives at the American Cleaning Institute.  ACI is the trade association for the cleaning products industry in the United States, based in Washington D.C.

    Since 2000, Mr. Sansoni has served as a spokesman for ACI and is responsible for the association’s external and internal communication activities, including media relations and promotion of the ACI’s technical, government affairs, sustainability and consumer education activities. 


    In 2012, he was named Vice President, Sustainability Initiatives, reflecting the work already done to build ACI’s sustainability programs that showcase how ACI members are leading the way in demonstrating sustainability every single day. This includes the 2011 release of the first-ever Sustainability Report for the U.S. cleaning products industry.

    Mr. Sansoni also directs ACI’s membership development and member retention efforts.

    Prior to joining ACI, Mr. Sansoni worked at the Grocery Manufacturers of America (now Grocery Manufacturers Association), the world’s largest association of food, beverage, and consumer product companies. While there, he served as Senior Manager for Public Policy Communications, working as a spokesman for association positions on issues like food biotechnology, food and product safety, obesity, and irradiation.

    Mr. Sansoni’s role as a trade association communicator has led to appearances on such venues as NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, Fox News, CNN Talkback Live, Good Morning America, MSNBC, and numerous local TV news programs.  As a spokesman and media relations expert, he has successfully placed his trade associations in such publications as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Time magazine, and numerous wire stories and local and regional newspapers.

    For more than eight years, Sansoni was a press secretary in the United States House of Representatives, serving as a spokesman for four Members of Congress.  Prior to that, he worked a radio news reporter in Pennsylvania and New Hampshire.

    Sansoni is a graduate of Lock Haven University in Lock Haven, PA, where he received a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism.