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.


    MBA, Kellogg School of Management

    BS, Packaging, Michigan State University


    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.

  • Scott Berry

    Director of Policy and Government Affairs US Water Alliance

    Scott Berry is the Director of Policy and Government Affairs for the US Water Alliance. He leads the Alliance's engagement on policy issues out of their Washington DC office. Until very recently he was Director of the Utility Infrastructure Division at the Associated General Contractors of America. There he spent 9 years as their head lobbyist on water infrastructure and water policy issues and member services lead for water, sewer, power, telecom, and underground construction.

  • 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 (Cleaning Products LATAM Association) and President of ABIPLA – (Brazilian manufacturing of Cleaning Products Industry) ABIPLA/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 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 ParanĂ¡/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.

  • Brian Del Buono

    former Sr. Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary Sun Products

    Brian is currently Vice President, Chief Legal & Regulatory Officer for Stuart Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company located in Stuart, FL. He has over 20 years of multinational experience in the legal field, serving as both in-house and outside counsel in the fast-moving consumer goods and high-technology industries, particularly in the areas of intellectual property acquisition and leveraging, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory affairs and corporate governance, and has had key responsibilities in large merger integration efforts. He also has substantial experience in R&D innovation and management. Prior to joining Stuart Therapeutics Brian was Sr. VP, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary for The Sun Products Corporation (through its acquisition by, and integration into, Henkel & Co KGaA), and was a partner at Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, PLLC in Washington, DC. Brian holds a J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center, an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Microbiology/Biochemistry from The Pennsylvania State University, and a B.S. in Microbiology/Chemistry from Juniata College, and was a postdoctoral fellow in Biochemistry and Hematology/Oncology at Boston University School of Medicine.

  • Fred Hart

    Creative Director & Partner Interact Boulder

    Fred Hart is a Partner and Creative Director at Interact Boulder, a spirited and obsessive branding and packaging design firm that works closely with food and beverage brands. Located in Boulder CO, at the epicenter of the natural foods movement, Fred helps usher in the good food revolution and changing of the guards in CPG.

    Fred’s CPG experience includes work in multiple bleeding and leading-edge food and beverage categories, as well as in automotive and household cleaning industries. Notable brands he’s worked with include Dogfish Head Brewery, Mondelez-owned Enjoy Life Foods, Monster Energy, and S.C Johnson brands Scrubbing Bubbles & Pledge.

    When Fred’s not walking through grocery stores like they’re art museums, he’s actively disproving that white men can’t jump and exploring cities on foot.

  • 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 McKeon

    CEO Allergy Standards

    Dr John McKeon is the CEO and co-founder of international standards body Allergy Standards Ltd. He is a medical doctor, a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and holds a number of business development qualifications. He is the Entrepreneur in Residence at Trinity College Dublin. His company, Allergy Standards Ltd., develops the scientific standards behind the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program, which allows consumers to identify products which have been proven through rigorous testing to be more suitable for asthma and allergy sufferers. Dr McKeon is a regular contributor at conferences, in print and other media articles, and at seminars, on the subjects of asthma, allergy, and consumer products. He maintains a keen interest in clinical medicine and has been published in medical journals. 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. 

  • Victoria Nelson, B.Sc., M.Sc.

    Director, R&D Inflamax Research

    Victoria Nelson, B.Sc., M.Sc. (Director, R&D) has over 10 years of clinical research experience in a Contract Research Organization (CRO) setting, as well as in allergy research, Allergy Immunotherapy and Environmental Exposure Chamber (EEC) technologies. Victoria has been instrumental in the design, development and validation of several EEC models, including the world’s only aerosolized cat allergen chamber. She has considerable phenology knowledge and has authored more than 18 publications in the field of allergy. In addition to directing the R&D group at Inflamax, Victoria also oversees the late phase medical writing team, and is a scientific consultant to a number of Clinical and Regulatory departments within Inflamax Research, as well as to our current sponsors and prospective clients.

  • Francisco Paz

    Market Development & Value Chain Manager, Packaging and Specialty Plastics The Dow Chemical Company

    Francisco Paz serves as Market Development & Value Chain Manager for Packaging & Specialty Plastics, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company. In this role, Francisco engages with value chain stakeholders, such as OEMs, brand owners and trade associations, to explore and develop new business opportunities and to inform the Company’s North America marketing strategy.

    Francisco also promotes Dow´s Sustainability Driven Innovation Portfolio, including RecycleReady and PacXpert technology. He holds additional responsibilities as the Marketing and Commercial focal point for the INNATE™ product family, developing the market introduction strategy for this new product.

    Francisco has held various positions since joining the Company in 2010. His past roles span Sales, Technical Services & Development and Market Development & Value Chain for Latin America, with broad market alignment that includes adhesives and rigid and flexible packaging.

    Before joining Dow, Francisco worked in Sales and Marketing for AB Inbev and SABIC Innovative Plastics, both located in Argentina.

    Francisco holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Buenos Aires and has earned one patent in multi-layer film design for greenhouse films. He is located in Houston, Texas.

  • Fred Richards

    Chief Creative Officer & Partner Kaleidoscope

    As Chief Creative Officer, Fred ensures that Kaleidoscope leverages its diverse creative talent from all offices in Chicago, Cincinnati, New York and Europe to generate fresh, strategic packaging design solutions for clients. Fred has worked in the international design industry for more than 20 years, specifically in the “Fast Moving Consumer Goods” category. Having worked for some of the world’s leading branding and design companies in Britain, USA, and Switzerland, Fred brings a multifaceted perspective and rich design philosophy to Kaleidoscope’s design. 

  • 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.