Speaker Biographies

Hans Holger Gliewe

Chairman, International Fragrance Association

Hans Holger is the Chairman of the IFRA Board. He took up the role on 1 April 2020.

A German national, Hans Holger Gliewe has worked in the fragrance and flavor industries for forty years. He first joined Haarmann & Reimer GmbH, which later became part of Symrise, in 1980.

After holding several regional and global management positions he was appointed as a member of Symrise’s Global Executive Boards in 2009 as President of the Flavor & Nutrition Division. He later became Chief Sustainability Officer, based in São Paulo, Brazil.

Hans Holger was Chairman of the International Organization of the Flavor Industry (IOFI) from 2014 to 2016.

Rohaya Mamat

IFRA APAC Regional Director
International Fragrance Association

Rohaya Mamat joined IFRA in January 2018 to establish APAC regional office in Singapore and lead the development of work in this growing region. Together with the APAC Committee, focus on jointly agreed priorities and horizontal actions (with advocacy at a national level remaining the responsibility of national associations).

As a regional IFRA resource, Rohaya coordinates this work and provide an additional resource for national member associations in the APAC region. She will help them to address current and upcoming regulatory challenges, as well as developing a tailored service to members in the region and promoting our Association among regional-level policymakers and other stakeholders.

Prior to joining IFRA, Rohaya was Director, Regulatory Affairs/Corporate Affairs at Mead Johnson Nutrition, covering seven countries across south and south-east Asia. She has also worked in public affairs, public relations, corporate affairs and policy roles for pharmaceutical companies Sanofi, Pfizer-Wyeth, Nanopharm and Abbott Laboratories.

Rohaya holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy from the University of Science Malaysia and Diploma in International Arbitration. Rohaya has experience across a range of disciplines and countries, and working with national governments, international organizations and multi-stakeholder bodies.

Thierry Audibert

Member of the SIPC (Société Internationale des Parfumeurs-Créateurs)
Head of New Business Development Fragrances, Givaudan

Thierry Audibert has a background in chemistry and perfume creations. Trained as a creative perfumer in Hong Kong and Paris, Thierry has held various positions designing fragrances for consumer products. He moved into sales before becoming the global account manager for a major global customer. 

In 2009 Thierry was appointed as Head of Fragrance Research, covering new Ingredients, novel manufacturing processes, fragrance encapsulation and the Health and Wellness platform. In that role, Thierry contributed to the development of Givaudan’s fragrance biotechnology expertise. 

Today, as Head of New Business Development for the Fragrance Division, he covers merger and acquisition activities within core and adjacent business fields. He is also a member of the SIPC, the global body for perfume creators.

Bronwyn Capanna

Executive Director, ACCORD – Australian hygiene, personal care and specialty products industry association

Bronwyn Capanna is the Executive Director of Accord, the body representing the hygiene, personal care and specialty products industry in Australia.

She has over 30 years’ experience in association management and has held senior positions in the not-for-profit and private sectors (both in the UK and Australia). Bronwyn has also worked within the healthcare, chemical and related agriculture/veterinary medicines sectors, and has held senior expert advisory, representative and ministerial appointments within government for these sectors.

She is highly engaged in regulatory policy and reform at a national and international level, being a member of senior stakeholder and consultation bodies for Australian regulatory agencies and participating in relevant international fora.

Alex Wiltschko

Staff research scientist, Google Brain

Alex Wiltschko is a staff research scientist at Google Brain, focusing on building more flexible machine learning software systems, and also applications of machine learning to biology.

He completed his PhD in olfactory neurobiology at Harvard, focusing on quantifying scent-driven behavior and body language using depth cameras and nonparametric time-series modeling, and now leads Google's efforts to digitize the sense of smell.

Alain Khaiat

President, CTFAS – Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association of Singapore

Dr Alain Khaiat has more than 40 years of experience in the cosmetic industry, and has served as Vice-President R&D and QA with Johnson & Johnson, Yves Rocher and Revlon. In 2006 he created SEERS Consulting, and in 2010 was awarded the first in-cosmetics Lifetime Achievement Award in Paris.

Dr. Khaiat is President of the CTFA of Singapore, Past-Chairman (2014-2019) of the ISO TC 217 (cosmetics), Past-Chairman of the ASEAN Cosmetic Association (2009-2011 and 2017–2019), a member of the ASEAN Cosmetic Scientific Body, and a member of the International Dialogue for the Evaluation of Allergens (IDEA) Supervisory Group, a multi-stakeholder project involving IFRA and the European Commission as well as academia, healthcare professionals and others.

Bhashkar Mukerji

Head Regulatory Affairs and Product Safety (APAC), Givaudan

Bhashkar Mukerji has more than 25 years of professional experience in regulatory affairs and product safety, principally in the hazard and risk assessment and regulatory compliance of chemicals, cosmetic products, foods, and over-the-counter products. He has worked for multinational companies including Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, and now Givaudan.

A biomedical PhD and a toxicologist, he ha also pursued research interests in the area of toxicology, animal alternatives, and cosmetics product development.

Bhashkar actively participates in various industry associations, including IFRA’s APAC Technical Committee, which he currently chairs. He was also vice-president of the safety and toxicology committee of the ASEAN Cosmetic Association for 11 years.

Gil Perez

Co-chair, ASEAN Regulatory Co-operation Project
Workgroup Lead, Emerging Regulations, Singapore Chemical Industry Council (SCIC)

Gil began his career as an Environmental Specialist at the Philippines Environmental Management Bureau (1997–2000) before joining Procter & Gamble in Manila (2000–2004), in Kobe, Japan (2004–2012) and now Singapore (2012 to present). He currently manages a team of regulatory managers and experts, who support the SK-II cosmetics brand and P&G’s compliance and advocacy needs on chemical regulations across the Asia region.

Gil chairs the SCIC (Singapore Chemical Industry Council) ERWG (Emerging Regulations Working Group). He also co-chairs the ARCP (ASEAN Regulatory Cooperation Project), which aims to drive regulatory convergence and cooperation among regulators and industry across ASEAN markets.

Gil is trained in Environmental Science, holding a Masters Degree from the University of the Philippines.

Ilaria Resta

President, Global Perfumery, Firmenich
IFRA Board member

Ilaria Resta was named President, Global Perfumery at Firmenich in March 2020, and also joined the company's Executive Committee. She joined the IFRA Board in 2020.

She has more than two decades of experience in the consumer goods sector, having worked at Procter & Gamble since 1997 building iconic brands such as Tide, Ariel, Fairy, Swiffer, Duracell, Pantene, Head & Shoulders, Herbal Essences and Aussie across Europe, the Middle East, China and North America.

Muti Arintawati

Director, Assessment Institute for Food, Drug and Cosmetic, The Indonesian Council of Ulama

Muti Arintawati has been working in the field of Halal Certification since 1994 and she has involved related with Halal Certification ever since. She received her bachelor degree  at Bogor Institute of Agriculture majoring Food Technology and Nutrition in 1992 and her Master Degree (S2) at the same university majoring Food Science in 1999. She has experiences as  auditor, trainer, participant and speaker in domestic and international forum, writer and sources for the articles about Halal, as representative in various halal international forum such as MABIMS, IMT-GT, WHFC,  member of team of establishment Halal Industrial Area in Cooperation with Ministry of Industry and also in the development of standard of competency of halal supervisor and halal auditor. Recently, she is appointed as the Executive Director of LPPOM MUI year 2020 - 2025.

Martina Bianchini

President, International Fragrance Association

Martina became President of IFRA in June 2016. She has a passion for bringing together science and society, drawing from her multinational and multicultural experiences working across the chemical, agricultural, biotech, food, health and luxury goods sectors in a wide range of functions.

Martina has been educated at Louisiana State University, US; the Universities of Trier, Germany; the University of London, UK as well as the Harvard School of Public Health. She holds an MSc in Environmental Toxicology, a BSc in Earth Sciences and other continued education certificates.

She began her career at Monsanto and worked at Dow as Vice-President for EU Government Affairs & Public Policy and global advocacy lead for chemicals and health.

Until she joined IFRA, she was Vice-Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce’s Environment and Energy Commission and Chair of ICC’s Green Economy Task Force. She also was a business delegate to inter-governmental bodies such as the OECD and served on several boards.

Maria Eugenia Saldanha

IFRA LATAM Regional Director,
International Fragrance Association

Mrs. Maria Eugenia Saldanha has a double separate roles as the Executive Director of the Fragrance an Flavour Association in Brazil (ABIFRA) and the Director of IFRA LATAM (Latin America).

Mrs. Saldanha is a pharmacist-biochemist with a background in toxicology and busines administration.

Prior to her current job, Eugenia has worked in multinational companies for 13 years and for the last 13 years has been with ABIPLA - Brazilian Association of Cleaning and Related Products Industries and Sipla - National Union of Cleaning Products Industries

Sven Ballschmiede

Executive Director, International Organization of the Flavor Industry (IOFI)

Sven Ballschmiede is Executive Director of IOFI, having previously been the Executive Director for the European Flavour Association (EFFA) and the German Flavour Association (DVAI) and the German Fragrance Association (DVRH). A native of Saarbrücken (Germany), Sven is a lawyer by training who studied both in Germany and Switzerland.

Sven previously worked at the International Law Firm Gide Loyrette Nouel in Brussels, specializing in International Trade Law and WTO Dispute Settlement.

Adrian David Cheok

Director of the Imagineering Institute, Malaysia
Full Professor at i-University Tokyo

Adrian David Cheok AM is Director of the Imagineering Institute, Malaysia. Born and raised in Adelaide, Australia, Adrian has worked on research covering mixed reality, human-computer interfaces, wearable computers and ubiquitous computing, fuzzy systems, embedded systems and power electronics.

His research on smell interfaces was selected by NESTA as Top 10 Technologies of 2015. In 2016 he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Awards by University of Adelaide, in recognition of his achievements and contribution in the field of Computing, Engineering and Multisensory communication.

Michael Carlos

IFRA Chairman Emeritus
Co-Chair, IFRA India Task Force

Michael Carlos was Chairman of IFRA from 2016 to 2020, when he became Chairman Emeritus. Michael is also Co-Chair of the recently-created IFRA India Task Force.

Michael started his career in the fragrance industry in 1984 as General Manager for Givaudan in Hong Kong. He rose to become Global Head of Consumer Products in 1999 and then President of the Fragrance Division in 2004, a position from which he retired in 2014.

Marco Mensink

Director General, European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic)

Marco Mensink is Director General of Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council, which represents the voice of medium and small chemical companies across Europe. With members adding over 550 billion Euro to the EU economy annually, Cefic is the largest industry sector representation of its kind in Brussels.

Marco Mensink also has the role of Council Secretary of the International Council of Chemical Industries (ICCA), uniting 95% of global chemical production.

A Dutch national, he is an established authority and a frequent commentator on all aspects of EU policies affecting European businesses. He has lived and worked in Brussels since 2006, and has an extensive network of contacts within the European Institutions and wider Brussels sphere.

Patrick O’Quin

President, FEBEA – French Federation of Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Companies

Patrick O'Quin has rich experience both of public administration and private business. A graduate of the prestigious ENA (Ecole Nationale d'Administration), he spent 18 years as a civil servant in the French ministries of Agriculture and Foreign Affairs, where he gained experience in European and international affairs.

As a VP in the Danone Group, he was in charge of Corporate External and Governmental Affairs. In July 2014 he became President of FEBEA, the French trade association for cosmetics), and a Board member of Cosmetics Europe and France Industrie, and a member of the Executive Board of MEDEF (the French business federation).

Julia Raquet

Senior Vice-President for Animal Nutrition and Aroma Ingredients, BASF
IFRA Board member

Julia became Senior Vice-President for BASF's Global Business Unit Animal Nutrition and Aroma Ingredients in 2020. She also joined the IFRA Board in 2020, as Treasurer.

Julia had previously led the Global Sales & Business Management of BASF's Aroma Ingredients business. She has broad experience from senior roles in the company's portfolio of businesses.

Shelly Yang

Director, Fragrance Product Compliance, Global Regulatory Affairs (GRA), GA

Shelly Yang, Ph.D,  GRA Director of Fragrance Product Compliance, IFF Greater Asia, is responsible for Fragrance Compliance and has the clear strategy to manage fragrance  business requirements. She has strong knowledge about sustainability, biodegradability, CLP, GHS, green chemicals, allergens, natural, cosmos, etc. She is the leader of IFRA Chinese Work Group (CWG), contributing a lot on lobbying about new chemical registration for small volume, safety assessment, fragrance standards for Cosmetics, Dish Wash and Toothpaste, etc different applications. Prior to IFF, she has worked as Product Stewardship manager, PPG Asia for more than 5 years and has worked as R&D manager for about 5 years. She is closely connected with R&D and commercial team. In 2000, she got her Ph.D degree from DongHua University in macromolecular materials and polymer science. After that she worked as a Post doctor at Fudan University on researching about Advanced materials and Nano technology application on Coatings.

Maria Ruiz-Cuevas

International Chemicals Manager, Industrial Policy, Cefic; Representative, ICCA – International Council of Chemical Associations

Maria Ruiz-Cuevas is a Spanish citizen who holds a Chemical Engineer degree with an Executive Master in Business Administration.

She worked for ten years at ExxonMobil, holding several positions globally, mainly in sales and operations management. She joined Cefic in 2008 and currently is working as International Chemicals Manager leading several international projects and advocacy activities.

Maria is Cefic’s liaison in several international working groups representing the chemical industry. She is deeply engaged in global regulatory cooperation activities with governments, industry and international bodies (such as the OECD and the UN), looking for more effective chemical policies.

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