DISCOVER the 2023 expert roster made up of industry innovators and thinkers.
CEO and Founder
COSMETIC INSPIRATION AND CREATION
With over 20 years of experience working in the beauty industry, Leila Rochet founded Cosmetics Inspiration & Creation in 2007, a Trend Forecasting and Consulting Firm specializing in Beauty Innovations. Based in Paris with a network of international partners, her firm works with the top international beauty companies. She earned her MBA from Cornell University (USA) before heading various international positions in International Marketing and Development at Procter & Gamble and LVMH.
Leïla is a “beauty trotter” with a passion for world cultural influences, changes in consumers’ lifestyle, innovations and their influence on beauty and her office has worked on the Green/Wellness trend for more than ten years. She contributes expert insight for Premium Beauty News and CosmetiqueMag and has been featured in various other magazines such as BW Confidential, WWD and CosmeticDesign.
Leila frequently speaks at beauty industry events and has held various conferences all around the world including CEW Beauty Day Paris, MakeUp in events, and more.
Allured Business Media and Global Cosmetic Industry
Jeb Gleason-Allured is the editor in chief of Global Cosmetic Industry Magazine and Perfumer & Flavorist Magazine. Representing the fourth generation of the Allured family to work with the industry, he is a member of Cosmetic Executive Women, Women in Flavor & Fragrance Commerce, and oversees strategy for the BeautyAccelerate, World Perfumery Congress and Flavorcon events.
Access Beauty Insiders
Daniela Ciocan is the Founder/ CEO of Access Beauty Insiders, a specialized firm with a proven 360-marketing approach for direct-to-consumer brands looking to scale quickly. Quoted in national media outlets such as VICE, Forbes, and NewBeauty, she most recently created UNFILTERED EXPERIENCE, a new beauty event, winner of BIZBASH BEST INFLUENCER EVENT 2019/2020. A two-time winner of Trade Show Executive’s “Marketing Genius Award”, Daniela is credited with growing Cosmoprof North America from infancy into one of the most awarded exhibitions in the country, continuously listed as one of America’s “50 Fastest Growing” and “Top 100 Gold Largest US Exhibitions” by Trade Show Executive and TSNN. Representatives from retailers like Amazon, Target, Neiman Marcus, QVC, and Nordstrom look to “Business Woman of the Year” and “Female Executive of the Year” (Women World Awards) winner Daniela to find “the next big thing” in beauty.
The Young Group
Before opening The Young Group in 1999, Karen was Vice President of Marketing, Advertising, Product Development and Sales Promotion for Lancôme. Prior to that, she spent seventeen years at Estée Lauder, where she held a variety of executive positions, including Executive Director of Color Cosmetics.
Karen is an active board member of Fashion Group International. She is a certified personal trainer and nutritionist. Karen divides her time between New York and Paris, where The Young Group also has an office.
Since opening The Young Group, Karen has worked extensively in all categories of the cosmetic industry. She has developed concepts and products for RoC, Bath and Body Works, Neutrogena, e.l.f, Vichy and Oribe. Karen has worked on numerous established brands in the beauty category, including Christian Dior Beauté, Shiseido, Bumble & bumble, Dove and Paula’s Choice.
Karen is an adjunct professor at The Fashion Institute of Technology, teaching Product Development in the Master’s program in Cosmetic & Fragrance Marketing and Management.
Julissa Bermudez is a Dominican American actress & veteran TV host, influencer and founder of República Skin. She is best known for hosting some of TV’s biggest pop culture shows from BET to MTV. From being one of the most raved about hosts to co-starring across reality and daytime shows and an influencer in beauty, Julissa always felt that bodycare is skincare and went on to launch República Skin. She continues to be one of the industry’s leading voices for beauty and style advice and is taking República Skin to the next level.
Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc.
Rose Maylen is a Sustainability Analyst at WAP Sustainability and has a passion for helping organizations drive positive environmental change. Her interdisciplinary background has shaped her skills in systems thinking and problem solving, and her experience within several industries and organizational structures has made her an adaptable asset.
Her work at WAP Sustainability is focused on Life Cycle Assessment and GHG accounting. She is highly skilled in data management and analysis, modeling, and communicating findings to key stakeholders.
Prior coming to WAP Sustainability, she co-authored two case studies, received sustainability honors, and completed a 15-month project with a global snack food brand which was immediately material to sourcing decisions in their South American commodities. These accomplishments speak to her strong research abilities and drive to make change.
After hours, Rose enjoys hiking and traveling, eager to see and experience all the world has to offer. She enjoys thriller books and movies and is always willing to give you a recommendation.
CEO and Founder
Anthe Angelides is a hospitality veteran and entrepreneur with high-performing vacation properties. Committed to customer service, sustainability, and ethical operations, Anthe saw a need for effective and natural personal care amenities tailored to enhance her guests’ five-star stay experience. Oneiro was then born with the belief that luxury vacations deserve luxury amenities. Further inspired by her summers spent with family on the island of Rhodes, Greece, Anthe roots the Oneiro experience in a Mediterranean flair. The tranquility of island living is omnipresent in each formula’s potent ingredients, engulfing scents, and sustainable packaging. Oneiro cultivates a heritage of love, family, and nature, with the goal of creating a more beautiful and responsible world.
CEO and Founder
Izzy Zero Waste Beauty
After having accrued over 15 years of dedicated beauty experience in marketing, innovation and product development, Shannon Goldberg founded Izzy with the goal of creating a zero-waste beauty brand that would contribute to a brighter future for her nine-year-old daughter, Emm. “I wanted to provide my daughter with truly sustainable beauty options,” explains Shannon, “ones that would go beyond the standards of the current clean movement.”
In the process, Shannon created a brand that transcends waste reduction by eliminating waste altogether. In addition to not using any outer packaging or plastic labels, Izzy challenges traditional notions about supply chains, product development and marketing by having the smallest carbon footprint of any beauty brand in the world. Izzy’s entire supply chain is located within a 400-mile radius, while the initial product offering itself–a zero waste mascara–is fully circular, certified carbon neutral and 100% recyclable. “If we want to give our children a fighting chance tomorrow, then we need to do something radical about reversing this cycle today.” But for Shannon, Izzy is about more than just affecting change. “It’s about doing the right thing,” she adds, “and looking beautiful while doing it!”
Ooli DE VILLELE
Ooli DE VILLELE is the founder and CEO of Meta Mementos, a technology startup that brings the metaverse to physical products to help brands increase their conversions and customer loyalty. Previous to this she was the Founder and CEO of a fem-tech startup based in San Francisco.
Wunderman Thompson Intelligence
Emily Safian-Demers is a Trends Analyst with Wunderman Thompson Intelligence (formerly J. Walter Thompson) where she identifies cultural trends, analyzes shifts in consumer behavior and translates these into actionable insight for brands and marketers.
Prior to joining JWT, Emily was the Senior Project Manager for the Ipsos Neuro & Behavioral Science Center, a global task force spearheading innovative consumer neuroscience research to understand consumer emotion and motivation. Her work has taken her around the world, collaborating with colleagues and clients from a wide variety of sectors to implement research using EEG, facial coding and biometrics. She has a BA in Brain & Cognitive Science and French from the University of Rochester.
Anisa TELWAR KAICKER
Victor began his career as Chief Chemist and Managing Director at MAC Cosmetics, Ltd. from the brand’s inception in 1984. At MAC he gained a reputation as a world-renowned product innovator known for formulating industry icons such as Studio Fix and a portfolio of pro-quality products used by make-up artists worldwide.
In 2000, Victor co-founded Cover FX and supported the development of the brand as Chief Innovation Officer where he was an early pioneer in the vegan and clean beauty movement and created products free from irritants and ingredients that could be potentially harmful.
In 2021, Victor and a team of industry veterans co-founded MOB Beauty with a mission to offer pro-quality, clean and vegan color cosmetics in refillable and sustainable packaging solutions. Victor currently serves as the CEO of MOB Beauty.
In addition to his work with MOB, Victor also co-founded Pure Culture Beauty in 2020, a next generation personalized skin care brand. Victor’s most recent launch, however, was on Earth Day 2021 with the launch of the Pact Collective.
Victor partnered with Credo and other eco-conscious beauty industry leaders to launch Pact, a program for hard to recycle beauty packaging that takes responsibility for the beauty industry’s impact on the planet. Pact is focused on building more sustainable packaging solutions, and MOB Beauty will be piloting a mail back component for Pact in July 2021.
Director of Sustainablity
Resource Label Group
Tim Bohlke is the Director of Sustainability for Resource Label Group. Bohlke has more than 25 years of management experience working with and for brand owners inf various functions to include sustainable solutions for best-in-class materials. He leads a Sustainable Champions team at Resource Label Group, a full-service label manufacturer with locations throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Danessa Myricks Beauty
Executive Director/Head of Product Development
Ms. Abrams is currently the head of product development for the LA-based entrepreneurial skincare brand, Summer Fridays. She is responsible for ensuring product viability and profitability, creating efficiencies, and overseeing the development process from ideation through execution.
Previously, Ms. Abrams was the Executive Director of Sustainable Development for Shiseido Americas. She drove Shiseido’s sustainability efforts for all brands in the America’s region, leveraging her expertise in product and package sustainability.
In her prior role at Shiseido Americas, Ms. Abrams was the Executive Director of Product Development at the Global Makeup Center of Excellence. She worked across all makeup brands in the portfolio to cultivate innovation, focusing heavily on the mascara category. She drove speed-to-market initiatives, located and created state-of-the art packaging and formulas, and managed packaging design and development for the Shiseido brand in partnership with headquarters in Tokyo.
Prior, Ms. Abrams served as the Head of Product Development at Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare™, a pioneering clinical skincare company. Ms. Abrams worked closely with the brand’s founders, spearheading R&D and managing the new product development process from concept to counter. Previously, she was responsible for overseeing packaging design and development, global product compliance, and regulatory affairs.
Ms. Abrams began her professional career as a New Business Advisor at hair care manufacturer Bumble and bumble. Later, she was promoted to Counter Manager at Bb.StylingBar, an experimental venture of Bumble and bumble, which extended their presence into Bloomingdale’s 59th Street as an innovative dry hairstyling bar.
Ms. Abrams graduated from The George Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She spent a semester abroad in Rome, Italy and has studied Italian and French.
She completed her master’s degree with honors at the Fashion Institute of Technology and served as the president of the FIT Alumni Association from 2017 – 2019. Ms. Abrams sits on the advisory board for Beauty Packaging magazine. She was also an advisor and speaker for GCI/C&T’s Beauty Accelerate product development conference in 2019.
Director of Engineering & Innovation
Robert Bulla has been working in plastics for his entire professional career of over 30 years in several industries such as medical, automotive, construction, military and for over the last decade in cosmetics and skincare packaging. Bulla has been a leader in the Wood Plastic Composites (WPC) industry with over 15 unique weatherable formulations for injection molding, contributed articles and webinars on sustainable packaging, and authors The Packaging Blog which is geared towards beauty packaging. Bulla graduated with a degree in Plastics Engineering and has worked with national and global beauty brands including Estee Lauder, Loreal, Unilever, Clinique and Mac.
- US Patent # 11,148,131 – Mono-Material System Dropper & Bottle
- US Patent # 10,829,271 – Refillable Jar
- US Patent #10,781,033 – Airless Refillable System
- Sustainability & The Material Wars: https://apcpackaging.com/material-wars/
- Designing Packaging for Sustainability: https://apcpackaging.com/designing-for-sustainability/
- Plastics 101: https://apcpackaging.com/plastics-101/
- Packaging for a Circular Economy (Sustainable Cosmetics Summit Panel): https://apcpackaging.com/packaging-circular-economy/
- Mono-Material Video Bite by Beauty Packaging: https://apcpackaging.com/mmsd-videobites/
- Packaging in Unprecedented Times: https://apcpackaging.com/unprecedented-times-video/
- Packaging Blog: https://techcenter.apcpackaging.com/
- LinkedIn Blog: https://www.linkedin.com/newsletters/packaging-blog-6996193637348864000/
ABOUT APC PACKAGING
All Points Covered.
When it comes to eco-friendly beauty packaging, APC Packaging has All Points Covered. A sustainable strategic partner, APC Packaging provides the solutions, innovations, quality, and expertise clients need for their primary beauty packaging. From the biggest names in beauty to smaller indies to fresh startups, APC Packaging has been the sustainability beauty packaging resource clients have trusted for over 20 years.
Sustainable. Innovative. Responsive.
Perfecting the art of packaging while also innovating. APC Packaging holds patents on several eco-friendly packaging innovations including the Refillable Jar and Mono-Material System Dropper & Bottle which are both winners of the MakeUp in New York IT PRODUCTS awards, and the Airless Refillable System. With its own factory, APC Packaging provides quick turnarounds including a large inventory of in-stock products, competitive prices, and low MOQs. Whether the project is big or small, APC Packaging’s commitment to service is unparalleled.
APC Packaging is a women-owned, WBENC certified company with US headquarters.
Beauty Industry Media Consultant
ID Brand Architect Lab
Sheri is the Co-Founder and Chief Strategist of MSLK, a branding agency based in New York. MSLK specializes in helping beauty companies find their voice in today’s crowded marketplace through 360° positioning — from overall brand strategy to brand identity, packaging, websites and digital marketing campaigns. Sheri has worked with clients such as Aveda, Chanel, Joico, John Masters Organics, Maybelline, Ouidad, Redken, Sephora, in addition to many smaller brands.
She frequently speaks about marketing and branding at conferences around the world. In 2002 Sheri co-founded the non-profit organization, Spark Design Professionals and in 2012 Evolve Symposium. Both produce events and workshops dedicated to best practices and business acumen for design agencies.
Head of Global Supply Chain Resources
With over 20 years of CPG experience, from Fortune 500 companies to small startups, Akemi’s experience ranges from product development to sourcing and supply chain transformation. Akemi has run chemical procurement at The Clorox Company, formulation and fragrance development at method, and was most recently VP of Product at J.R. Watkins, overseeing development, quality, regulatory compliance, claim support, and third-party manufacturing oversight for hand care, personal care, home care, and OTC remedies. She now heads up the Independent Beauty Association’s (IBA) global supply chain and sustainability programming, supporting small to medium-sized businesses in the beauty and personal care sector. Akemi holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Director, Packaging Engineering
Packaging Lead, Operations
Having worked on printing presses, direct mail campaigns, and pack out advertisements since the age of 14, Blake has been raised to have a passion for graphics and packaging. Having attended California Polytechnic State University (San Luis Obispo) to major in Graphic Communication, throughout his young career he has been on all sides of the graphic’s industry. From being in sales for direct mail, to working on marketing/branding in the restaurant industry, to now having a focus on sustainable and innovative packaging in cosmetic beauty, Blake is continuing to make his mark in the world of production and procurement.
Haus Labs by Lady Gaga
Kelly Coller is the Chief Marketing Officer at Haus Labs by Lady Gaga and has been a critical partner in rebuilding the brand (under Founder Lady Gaga’s vision) and leading its retail expansion. Coller rebuilt three departments within Haus and is part of the powerhouse team responsible for the highly successful, best selling, reimagined Haus Labs – from brand DNA and strategy to positioning, product marketing, storytelling, viral campaigns including TikTok, and more. Prior, Coller drove unprecedented global growth and expansion for celebrity/beauty startups including previous leadership roles at LVMH/Kendo (Kat Von D Beauty) – L‘Oreal and Sephora (Sephora Originals). Coller is recognized as the secret weapon behind Top 10 global makeup / founder brands and offers a unique lens – leading and developing breakthrough brands, firsts, and fan frenzy.
Luana Bumachar is Chief Marketing Officer at Beautycounter, a certified B Corp, leader in clean beauty with a mission to get safer products into the hands of everyone. Luana oversees the overall brand strategy, product innovation, creative and communications . In her role, she builds and amplifies the brand mission through a powerful community and positive movement that is set to transform the beauty industry for better – crafting high-performing , clinically proven products with unmatched safety standards while relentlessly advocating for health-protective laws.
Luana is a transformational marketing executive with over 20+ years of experience of building brands, maximizing their impact and cultural relevance through groundbreaking marketing strategies, product innovation & digital marketing strategies . Prior to joining Beautycounter, Luana was Senior Vice President of Digital Marketing & eCommerce at Central Garden & Pet as well as Vice President of Owned Brands & Innovation at Grove Collaborative, another B Corp that develops and sells home essentials that are a positive force for human and environmental health. Prior to that, Luana spent 18 years as a marketing executive and brand builder at global consumer goods company Unilever. Her most recent position at Unilever was as General Manager of Digital Marketing and Ecommerce for the Beauty and Personal care category, a multibillion-dollar division of Unilever North America. During her tenure at Unilever, she worked on over 200 trend-led initiatives for more than 20 iconic brands.
Albéa Cosmetics & Fragrance
Aline brings 19 years of experience in Marketing both BtoC and BtoB. She first started at Albéa Dispensing in 2017 and then became Marketing Director for Skincare. In 2020 she joined Silgan, the acquirer of Albéa’s dispensing business. Early this year, she came back to Albéa and was appointed Marketing Director Cosmetics & Fragrance. In this position, she drives the product investment as well as the standard offering.
Creative designer and founder
Danielle is a designer, art director, strategist, and Founder of California-based branding and packaging agency, Designsake Studio. She started her career as a photographer, then transitioned into design where she created packaging, brand strategy, and global advertising campaigns for Benefit Cosmetics. After 6 years designing professionally for their team, she broke off to start Designsake in 2014. Since then she’s built Designsake into an award-winning agency and her studio’s work has been featured in publication and resource books such as Dieline, BranD, Mindsparkle, Studio AC, and World Brand Design.
EVP Business Development
TERRACYCLE & LOOP
Anthony has been with TerraCycle since 2012 when he joined the TerraCycle Canada team in Toronto as a Business Development Manager. Since then, he has worked with TerraCycle and Loop partners in both the B2C and B2B space and has brought in many new international partners. As the EVP, Business Development for both TerraCycle and Loop, Anthony develops the company-wide sales strategy and manages TerraCycle Inc.’s 50+ person global sales. Anthony has 15+ years of business development experience and prior to joining TerraCycle he worked in Toronto, Dijon, Budapest, and Vienna for some of the world’s largest professional service firms and financial institutions.
Director of Packaging Development
Nikia Brown has over 20 years of experience in Packaging Development& Innovation; including color cosmetics, skin care, and consumer goods packaging. Prior to joining Beautycounter in 2023, her diverse career experiences included key roles at global brands such as L’Oreal, Johnson & Johnson, ConAgra Foods, PepsiCo, and Murad.
She is a transformational and inspirational leader who has a deep passion for innovation and developing others. Her accomplishments include the development and commercialization of numerous creative packaging solutions several of which she holds patents. Nikia earned a B.S. of Packaging Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology and holds a PMP certification from the Project Management Institute.
Founder / Head of Curiosity
Brent Lindberg is annoying, and he knows it. With a curiosity that rivals George, he has a habit of relentlessly asking questions like a 5-year-old. And anyone who knows him can tell you he has an obnoxious appetite for the unexpected. But somehow these odd traits create a perfect storm for real innovation. This has become the culture of Fuseneo, the packaging innovation team he formed over a decade ago. Together they supported major brands and built a powerhouse team that has garnered awards, secured patents, and earned a reputation for using creative solutions to overcome the most challenging packaging hurdles while finding unexpected opportunities in packaging by combining daring creativity with serious expertise.
VP of Product Design and Development
Alexander is known as a product innovator, creative thinker, and collaborative leader. In his 12 years at FusionPKG, he has played an integral role in the company winning numerous global packaging awards. During his career, he has created countless beauty packages and received patents for both color and skincare packages. Over the years, Alexander has worked at Anchor Hocking Glassware, co-owned and led his own design studio, co-founded a sustainable outdoor brand, and worked at Mary Kay as the company’s first industrial designer. He started his schooling in graphic design and then set his sights on product development. He earned a BFA in Industrial Design from Columbus College of Art + Design and minored in writing. Outside of office hours, Alexander enjoys hiking, camping, and other outdoor activities. Alexander has also been on FusionPKG’s sustainability council since its inception. The group is advancing the company and beauty industry toward a more sustainable future.
Chief Marketing Officer
Knoll Printing & Packaging
Founder & CEO
Cosmopak USA LLC
Influencer, blogger and founder
Associate Director of Sales | North America
Kenton Hipsher is the Associate Director of Sales for Geltor, a vegan collagen and protein bioactive ingredient supplier based in Emeryville, CA. He leads the commercial sale of Geltor’s ingredients and partnerships with key accounts in North America. Before joining the beauty industry, Kenton spent time on the bench developing innovative, high-performing, and sustainable alternatives backed by science. In 2020, he made his transition off the bench and into beauty and personal care via sales with the goal of utilizing his technical background and communication skillset to help bridge sustainable beauty knowledge gaps between contract manufacturers, brands, and consumers. In addition to providing innovative and impactful technologies to the world, Kenton strives to make an impact in his community by serving on diversity & inclusion committees, minority scholarship committees, and speaking with Black and Brown youths.
Sr. Director, Research & Innovation and Beauty Product Development
The Honest Company
Mallory has a dual role at The Honest Company, as both the head of Research & Innovation and Product Development. As the leader for Research & Innovation, Mallory leads a team of formulating chemists, creating the infamous ‘No List’ while identifying new technology platforms and finding unique formulating tricks to develop clean products that actually work. Additionally, in her role as head of Product Development for Honest Beauty, Mallory is at the forefront of trends – including ingredient, format, and application trends. A self-identified serial innovator, Mallory started her career at a specialty chemical supplier where she invented novel polymers for skin care, sun care, and color cosmetics. As an R&D leader at Honest, Mallory has married that innovative mindset with her passion for safe, sustainable, and inclusive products. With a strong focus on skin health, Mallory believes in minimal ingredients, use of ingredients at their active level, and creating products that address a consumer need state.
CEO and Founder
Hayley Hoffman contributes a 360 degrees outlook to the Beauty Industry with a 20-year span of hands-on experience from concept to consumer. She is an ingredient storyteller, thought leader, and B2B influencer with a vision to create a conscious community within the Beauty Industry. Currently, her expertise focuses on sustainability, ingredient highlights, innovation, and community to align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Her daily mission is to connect brands with service providers and ingredient manufacturers doing good for people and the planet to create change one product at a time. Hayley is a sustainability visionary with a strong belief that together the Beauty Industry community can be the solution to create positive change for the well-being of people and the planet, one day at a time.
President & Chief Creator
Valerie George is President & Chief Creator at Simply Formulas. An award-winning cosmetic chemist, science communicator, educator, leader, and avid proponent of transparency in the beauty industry, she most recently worked on the latest research in hair color and hair care at a leading salon professional brand based in Los Angeles, CA. Valerie is currently a national board member of the national Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC) and has also served as Chair of their Committee on Scientific Affairs, two terms as Chair of the SCC California Chapter, recipient of the Chapter Merit Award, and recipient of the Chapter Best Speaker Award. With more than a decade of beauty industry experience, she is a contributing editor at Happi, and the co-host of The Beauty Brains podcast. You can find Valerie on Instagram or LinkedIn.