Speakers

The 2014 World Perfumery Congress (WPC) speaker lineup is still being built. When finalized, the complete list of speakers with full biographies will appear here. Please join the WPC mailing list for announcements.

Thierry Audibert

Global Head of Fragrance Science & Technology, Givaudan

Thierry Audibert, global head of fragrance science and technology at Givaudan has more than 22 years of experience with the company and has worked in a large variety of roles. Audibert has an organic chemical engineering degree from Marseille University. In 1986, he joined the Roure Perfumery School in Grasse before becoming a consumer products perfumer in Grasse, Hong-Kong and then Geneva, following the 1991 merger with Givaudan. In 1996, Thierry Audibert joined the sales organization, where he headed a major customer account. He took his current role in 2009.

Session:

Tuesday, June 10

Irina Barbalova

Head of Global Beauty and Personal Care Research, Euromonitor International

Irina Barbalova heads up the global research program for beauty and personal care. She drives the content, quality and evolution of Euromonitor’s beauty research, which provides strategic analysis of the global market and in-depth coverage of the industry in more than 80 countries worldwide. Barbalova leads the industry research teams to provide insights and opinion to Euromonitor’s client base, as well as the wider beauty business community.

Session:

Wednesday, June 11

Izaskun Bengoechea

Research Manager, Euromonitor International

Izaskun Bengoechea is responsible for the Sub-Saharan Africa country research team, covering key countries such as Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya, and building relationships with market players to enhance Euromonitor International’s expertise in the region. Often called the last frontier, the development of beauty and personal care research in Africa is increasingly more detailed to reflect the rapid change of the market and its consumers.

Session:

Wednesday, June 11

Danielle Bibas

Global Vice President Fine Fragrances, Avon Cosméticos Ltda.

Danielle Bibas graduated in Business Administration in São Paulo, Brasil, at Fundação Getulio Vargas. Prior to joining Avon Cosmetics in São Paulo, Bibas held various positions with P&G, including marketing director for laundry and additives in Western Europe, general manager of the health and beauty care business in Canada, and marketing vice president for Latin America. Prior to taking her current role, she served as marketing vice president for Latin America for Avon Cosmetics. Bibas is the recipient of several awards, including a Bronze Effie for Lenor Fabric Softener Belgium Case Study, and Gold Effies for Lenor Fabric Softener Western Europe Case Study and Lenor Fabric Softener U.K. Case Study.

Session:

Wednesday, June 11

Boet Brinkgreve

President Ingredient Division, Firmenich

In 2002, Boet Brinkgreve was invited by venture capitalists to spin off an AkzoNobel chemistry division making composite fibers for the military industry. The company was sold to DuPont de Nemours in 2003, and Brinkgreve eventually managed all military business for DuPont in EMEA. He first joined Firmenich as a member of the strategic development group, followed by a brief period with the corporate compliance group, focused on corporate sustainability strategy. In 2009, he led the building of the naturals business unit and oversaw the turnaround of Firmenich's Grasse and Seillans factories. He later led the global supply chain for ingredients and, in July 2012, took on the role of president of the ingredients division.

Session:

Thursday, June 12

Emilie Coppermann

Senior Perfumer, Symrise AG

Emilie Coppermann discovered her passion for fragrance when she was 14 years old and so studied organic chemistry and attended the International Institute of Perfumes, Cosmetics & Aromas in Versailles. Coppermann relies on her feminine intuition, the power of her dreams, her determination and sense of realism to inspire her fragrances. She also has a passion for India and exploring her hobby in black and white photography. In 2012, she received an award from the Centre du Luxe et de la Création, the Prix Lalique award in recognition of her work.

Session:

Thursday, June 12

Charles Cronin

Music Copyright Infringement Resource, University of Southern California

Charles Cronin is lecturer in law, with a specialization in copyright at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles where he heads the online Music Copyright Infringement Resource. He has published many law review articles dealing with works on the fringes of copyright; his article on the appropriate scope of VARA (Visual Artists Rights Act) was used by the 7th Circuit as the basis for its Chapman Kelley v. Chicago Park District decision (2011). He has taught copyright at the University of San Diego Law School and recently spent a year at Yale Law School as an Information Society visiting fellow. B.M., Oberlin; J.D., American University Law School; M.A., Ph.D., Stanford; M.I.M.S. (Information Systems), Berkeley.

Session:

Wednesday, June 11

Saori Dubourg

President, Nutrition & Health Division, BASF

Saori Dubourg joined BASF in 1996 and has held positions in dispersions and pigments, the European business for acrylic monomers and superabsorbents, and BASF’s global diversity and inclusion project. She was appointed president of BASF Asia Pacific in 2009. One of her key focus areas was the development of BASF’s sustainability strategy for Asia Pacific. Since 2012, she has been a member of the corporate sustainability board of BASF group, which monitors the implementation of the sustainability strategy and cross-divisional initiatives, defines global sustainability goals and issues corporate policy on sustainability topics. Since 2013, she has served as president of BASF's nutrition and health division.

Session:

Wednesday, June 11

Jeff Falk

Editor in Chief GCI and Cosmetics & Toiletries, Allured Business Media

Jeff Falk began his career as a beauty trade publication editor with GCI in 2005, helping to shape coverage on global issues affecting the beauty industry. After achieving much success in the growth and positioning of the GCI brand, its publisher, Allured Business Media, promoted Jeff to Editor in Chief of GCI as well as Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine in the winter of 2011, where he is now responsible for the strategic direction of both brands. Falk works closely with his team of editors in both publications to provide valuable and educational content in various forms of media to help connect the audience with the information that is vital to their careers. Falk has moderated multiple sessions at conferences around the world and has established key relationships with event managers and associations throughout the industry. Falk also has been a contributing blogger for events such as in-cosmetics and is regularly contacted by mainstream/consumer media for insights on the global beauty industry.

Session:

Tuesday, June 10

Anne Flipo

Perfumer, International Flavors & Fragrances/LMR

IFF VP Perfumer Anne Flipo likes to play games. To her, creating perfumes is an everyday delight, born from human encounters, which she channels into scents. For 30 years, Anne has been creating perfumes for the most prestigious global brands, combining her unique passionate intuition and masterful technique. Each new experience encourages her to take new creative risks.

Session:

Thursday, June 12

Julie Girling

MEP for the South West, United Kingdom, European Parliament

Julie Girling, MEP for the South West, United Kingdom, holds a BA (Hons.), and held positions with Argos Catalogue Group, Dixon's Stores Group and Boots/Halfords. She has served on the Gloucestershire County Council, was a Lead Cabinet Member and was a member of the South West Regional Assembly.

Session:

Wednesday, June 11

Sandy Gregory

Fragrance Marketing Director, MWV

Sandy Gregory is the fragrance marketing director for MWV with global responsibility for the growth strategy of MWV’s fragrance dispensing business, innovation and product development.

Session:

Tuesday, June 10

Claire Guillemin

Expert for Trade Secrets, IP and EU Advocacy

Claire Guillemin is an expert in intellectual property law, with a specialization in the fragrance and flavor industries. She earned her undergraduate degree in law at the University of Lyon and recently received her doctoral degree from Bucerius Law School in Hamburg. Her dissertation Law & Odeur addresses various legal challenges particular to the fragrance industry, and the applicability of trademark, patent and copyright to fragrances. She now advises the International Fragrance Association (IFRA) on its EU advocacy strategy – most notably in the area of trade secret legislation. She also advises individual perfumers and small fragrance manufacturers on intellectual property matters.

Session:

Wednesday, June 11

Monte Henige

CEO and Owner, Tru Fragrance and Beauty

Monte Henige is the CEO and majority owner of Tru Fragrances, LLC, (formerly Romane Fragrances, LLC), headquartered in Willowbrook, IL, with offices also in New York City and Denver, Colorado. The company designs, produces, distributes and merchandises colognes, perfumes and other fragranced products, as well as beauty products. Products are sold under the Tru label, licensing agreements and in a private label capacity and comprise 80 brands sold in more than12,000 doors. Distribution is both domestic and international and channels include independents, specialty retailers, department stores, mass merchandisers and boutiques. Prior to joining Tru, Henige was president of O’Connor Specialists, L.L.C., a group of equity options specialists and market makers operating on the floor of the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), served on the Exchange’s market performance committee, served as the senior vice president and CFO for the Chicago Stock Exchange, and was an auditor and management consultant for Deloitte and Touche LLP.

Session:

Thursday, June 12

Jordi Castells

VP Perfumery, Robertet

Session:

Thursday, June 12

Jason Kelly

Founder, Ginkgo Bioworks

Jason Kelly co-founded Ginkgo BioWorks in 2008. Ginkgo licenses strains that produce cultured flavor and fragrance ingredients via fermentation. These strains are designed and built in an automated, 11,000-sq-ft facility in Boston. Kelly earned his PhD in biological engineering and BS in chemical engineering and biology from MIT.

Session:

Thursday, June 12

Torsten Kulke

VP Global Innovation, Fragrances & Oral Care, Symrise AG

Torsten Kulke, VP global innovation, fragrance and oral care, for Symrise AG, joined the company in 2011. He previously held positions with Reckitt Benckiser, where he had pipeline and innovation responsibility for the AirWick brand; Ciba Specialty Chemicals; and Unilever.

Session:

Thursday, June 12

Christophe Laudamiel

Master Perfumer, DreamAir Studio

Christophe Laudamiel is the Master Perfumer at DreamAirstudios, scent sculptor, osmocurator and chemist champion who has created top-10 scents for beauty and fashion houses. Recently, with Christoph Hornetz, he has been designing Air Sculpture atmospheres for hotels, stores and museums around the world. Artistically, Christophe co-created 12 controversial scents for Garden of Addiction exposed and guarded in Grasse and Marseille museums and has had four solo shows in the last three years in New York and Berlin galleries, strictly devoted to olfactory art. He made and scent-jockeyed the 30-plus scents for the scent opera Green Aria at the Guggenheim Museums. Always a vocal defender of perfumery, he has given 125-plus speeches and lectures at congresses, top universities and political institutions. He leads the not-for-profit Academy of Perfumery & Aromatics in the United States, has contributed chapters to reference books and co-invented several scent technologies. For the first time in modern history, he allowed full publication of a fine fragrance formula by the International Fragrance Association for educational purposes.

Session:

Tuesday, June 10

Kenji Maruyama

Executive Director, Senior Perfumer, Takasago International Corp.

Session:

Tuesday, June 10

Emmanuelle Moeglin

Global Fragrance Analyst, Mintel

Emmanuelle Moeglin, Mintel’s fragrance and personal care analyst, has several years of experience in fragrance development and market research. A graduate of ISIPCA, a perfume school in Paris, Moeglin has worked with both fragrance brands and suppliers, including L’Oreal, Puig and Symrise, developing fragrances for various brands and markets. Throughout the years, she has built an extensive knowledge of the fragrance and beauty industry working in Paris, Barcelona, New York and London. As Mintel’s global analyst, Moeglin applies her creative and analytical background to various sectors of the beauty industry.

Session:

Tuesday, June 10

Fanny Moreau

Perfumer, Mon Absolu

At the age of 28, Fanny Moreau decided to transmit her passion to the Brazilian market and became the first French woman to open a perfume creation boutique in Brazil. After earning a Master's at the prestigious University of Sorbonne in Paris, Fanny Moreau did a specialization in fragrance in Paris and Grasse, France, and São Paulo. Founder of Mon Absolu Haute Parfumerie located in São Paulo, Moreau directs perfume creation ateliers and works with multinational companies for olfactory marketing in Brazil.

Session:

Wednesday, June 11

Dr. Claus Noppeney

Professor, Bern University of the Arts & Business School at Bern University of Applied Sciences

Claus Noppeney has been Professor at Bern since 2009. In his research he explores the role of the senses (e.g., smell) for organizing practices. The field of perfumery is also the context of two recent research projects funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (project one; project two). He studied economics, philosophy and sociology in St.Gallen, Constance and at Duke and Harvard University.

Session:

Tuesday, June 10

Fabian Oefner

Artist, Studio Oefner

Fabian Oefner is a curious investigator, photographer and artist, whose work moves between the fields of art and science. His images capture in unique and imaginative ways natural phenomena that appear in our daily lives, such as sound waves, centripetal forces, iridescence, or the unique properties of magnetic ferroliquids. His exploration of the unseen and poetic facets of the natural world is an invitation, as he says, "to stop for a moment and appreciate the magic that constantly surrounds us." Oefner's photographs have been exhibited in various countries and are part of private collections around the world. He has been featured in Wallpaper, Wired, New Scientist, Designboom, Spiegel and Huffington Post among many others. Besides pursuing his own projects, he also collaborates with influential international brands on ad campaigns and art projects. He works and lives in Switzerland.

Session:

Tuesday, June 10

Mike Popplewell

Vice President, Corporate R&D, International Flavors & Fragrances/LMR

Michael Popplewell has served as vice president, corporate R&D, since 2007. Based in the IFF R&D Facility in Union Beach, New Jersey, he is responsible for innovation programs in delivery technology and engineering, analytical chemistry and sensory science, malodor control, and performance and modeling technology. Popplewell joined IFF in 1999 as director of flavor delivery systems after experiences in flavor and consumer product research. Later, his responsibilities were expanded to include the R&D efforts in fragrance delivery and process engineering. He holds a BS in chemical engineering from Ohio State University, an MS and PhD from the University of Massachusetts, and an MBA from Loyola University—Maryland.

Session:

Tuesday, June 10

Shigeru Sawamura

Senior Principal Researcher Global R&D – Perfumery Development, Kao Corporation

Shigeru Sawamura has worked with Kao as a perfumer for 36 years in the fabric care and beauty care areas. He is responsible for developing demo formulas and presentations of the company's aroma chemicals, including its latest, Terpirosa. In addition, he works on challenging functional accords using Kao aroma chemicals.

Session:

Tuesday, June 10

Ruth Sutcliffe

Sr. Marketing Director and Fragrance Designer, COTY

Ruth Sutcliffe was raised on a farm in the Midwestern United States and built her awareness of scent from a very young age. In a career spanning over 25 years, Sutcliffe has gained expertise in a wide-range of end-uses including fine fragrance, laundry and air care, and all genres of personal care products. She has held positions including fragrance evaluator at Fritzsche Dodge & Olcott and Creations Aromatiques, and worked in fragrance development at IFF where she co-authored a patent called NeutrIFF. She later served as a sensory analyst and fragrance developer for Clairol, and now serves as senior marketing director and fragrance designer at Coty where she lends her fragrance expertise in the development of both lifestyle and celebrity brands such as Beyonce, Katy Perry, Celine Dion, Guess and Nautica.

Session:

Tuesday, June 10

Jenny Tillotson

PhD, Central Saint Martins / Sensory Design & Technology Ltd

Jenny Tillotson is a reader in sensory fashion at Central Saint Martins with a PhD in textiles from the Royal College of Art. She has more than 13 years of experience in wearable technology, fragrance and fashion. Tillotson is the founder of eScent, a platform for wearable scent technology that she is commercializing through her startup company.

Session:

Tuesday, June 10

Bernard Toulemonde

General Manager, IFF-LMR Naturals, International Flavors & Fragrances/LMR

A doctorate in biochemistry led Bernard Toulemonde into a 30-year career in the food, flavor and fragrance industry, holding various R&D and technical responsibilities, while being an amateur mountain guide and sailing navigator, both inextricably linked to a passion for the beauty of nature. For the past 12 years, Bernard has used his expertise and passion for natural ingredients as General Manager of IFF-LMR Naturals, creating and delivering superior natural, pure, transparent and sustainable extracts to perfumers.

Session:

Thursday, June 12

Rafael Trujillo

Research Fellow and Senior Perfumer, The Procter & Gamble Co.

Rafael Trujillo is a research fellow and senior perfumer with The Procter & Gamble Co. (P&G) and has 25 years of experience in the industry. He has developed perfumes and perfume technologies for P&G for all categories and regions and has been a change agent in the industry, working closely with key perfume houses in developing new materials for P&G fragrances.

Session:

Thursday, June 12

Kedar Vaze

Perfumer/Owner, Kelkar Group

Since 1996, Kedar Ramesh Vaze has been working as an in-house perfumer with M/s S.H.Kelkar & Co. Pvt. Ltd. He is also director of M/s Keva Flavours Pvt Ltd and M/s K.V Arochem Pvt Ltd Vapi. In addition, he leads the Kelkar Group, with responsibility for continued expansion of the fragrances, flavors and aroma chemicals divisions, as well as the integration of the newly acquired Dutch multinational M/s PFW Aroma Chemicals B.V.

Session:

Tuesday, June 10

Jonathan Warr

Senior Vice President Research & Development, Takasago International Corp.

Jonathan Warr joined Unilever Research in 1990, following a degree and PhD in chemistry. At Unilever he supported basic research for the global laundry category and moved to marketing innovation in 2000 in support of European laundry brands. In 2003 he joined Takasago at its new European creation center in Paris, establishing a European R&D presence. Since 2012 he has been a member of fragrance leadership team representing R&D.

Session:

Wednesday, June 11

Kate Williams

Creative Perfumer, SevenScent

Kate Williams holds a Masters in psychology and has training in Neuro Linguistics Programming (NLP) and 10 years industry experience. She works globally, creating fragrances across all product categories—with specialist expertise in personal wash and laundry—and has achieved wins for brands in Africa, Asia and the United Kingdom. Williams has also worked with the Seashell Trust school to use odor learning and communication for multisensory impaired children, and has recreated historical odors for the U.K.’s Archeology for Schools program.

Session:

Wednesday, June 11

All exhibitors, sessions, presenters, times and locations are subject to change without notice.