Speakers – Beauty of Sourcing with Respect 2014

Suhel al Janabi_ABS

Suhel al-JANABI

Co-Manager, ABS Capacity Development Initiative

Suhel al-Janabi is Co-Manager of the ABS Capacity Development Initiative inter alia in charge of working relations with African Governments, the private sector and the donors of the initiative. He is also Executive Director of GeoMedia – a consultancy on environment, development and communication – and a member of the Informal Advisory Committee on Communication, Education and Public Awareness of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Mr. al-Janabi holds an MSc after studying geography and ecology.

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Fernando ALONSO

Organic Products Manager, Native Organics

Fernando Alonso is Organic Products Manager at Native Organics, since 1999. He graduated as agronomist engineer and holds an MBA in economics. Before joining The Balbo Group, owner of Native Organics and São Francisco Sugarmill, in 1995, he worked as a researcher at Copersucar Technology Center and as agricultural planning analyst in other sugar mills.

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Christina ARCHER

Senior Buyer for Community Fair Trade ingredients, The Body Shop

Christina Archer is Senior Buyer in the Community Fair Trade programme of The Body Shop. She is responsible for the development, management and impact monitoring of supply chains for fairly traded ingredients from smallholders in Latin America, the Pacific and southern Europe for The Body Shop, as well as the wider L’Oréal group. She is a socio-economist specialising in the management of corporate social responsible programmes, pro-poor and ethical supply chains. Christina has been working with non-governmental organisations, multi-national businesses, small-medium enterprises and community groups in Latin America, Asia, the Pacific and Europe for over 20 years.


Rachel BARRE

Biodiversity Project Manager, Environmental Research & Sustainable Development,  L’Oréal Research & Innovation

Rachel Barré is an Agronomist with a post graduate specialization in CSR management, from HEC Business School. During the past years within Research & Innovation Division, Rachel has contributed to L’Oreal’s approach for sustainable innovation. Rachel has notably led Biodiversity related questions, with a focus on sustainable sourcing of renewable ingredient and international mechanisms for Access and Benefit sharing.

 Sylvie Benard_LVMH


Environmental Director, MOET HENNESSY LOUIS VUITTON –  LVMH 

Agronomist, after Food Science studies at Cornell University (US), Sylvie becomes Doctor-engineer in Agronomic sciences in 1983. She starts working for the LVMH group in 1983 as a researcher in food microbiology, at Hennessy. Later, she is in charge of the eaux de vie quality forecasts management and of sensory analyses. As of 1992, she simultaneously starts a mission on the environment for the Holding and in 1995 becomes the Environment Director of the group. Sylvie is a member of several associations linked to the environment and is currently President of Institute Inspire.  Member of the Committee of Strategic Orientation and of the Board of the Foundation for Research on Biodiversity, she also has been asked by the French Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development to preside over a committee dedicated to Biodiversity career opportunities.

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Emmanuelle DUMAS

Communication manager, Laboratories Expanscience

Emmanuelle Dumas is communication manager in Laboratories Expanscience, which is present in pharmaceutical and dermo-cosmetic fields. She is in charge of corporate and CSR communication. She also works for sponsorship actions of Mustela Foundation. Having graduated with a Master 2 in Marketing and Communication (University Paris 2) and in chemistry (University Paris 11), she also has a fifteen years experience in the health sector.

 Eliana Fontes_MinistryofEnvironmentBrazil


Director, Genetic Resources Department, Secretary of Biodiversity and Forests, Ministry of Environment Brazil

Researcher at Embrapa with graduate degrees in ecology and entomology, Eliana Fontes has dedicated years of study to insect ecology. While working for CENARGEN, a research institute dedicated to genetic resources and biotechnology studies, her interest on the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has grown. Several CBD themes were related to her work at Embrapa: from genetic resources to invasive alien species and biosafety of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  In 2010, the Secretary of Biodiversity and Forests from the Brazilian Ministry of Environmental Affairs (MMA) invited Eliana, to take on the Executive Secretariat of the Council of Genetic Heritage Management – CGEN. She also represents the MMA at the Council and fills in for the president of the Council and Ministry when absent. Before coming to MMA she has assumed other management positions, such as the Coordinator of Quality Research at Embrapa and General Coordinator of Earth Sciences and Environment at the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development – CNPq.

 Amy Fraenkel_CBD


Principal Officer, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

Amy Fraenkel has more than 25 years of experience in international environmental law and policy.  She has worked in inter-governmental organizations, the executive and legislative branches of the United States government, and the private sector. Amy joined the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in October 2013 as Principal Officer for Mainstreaming, Partnerships and Outreach. She came to the CBD Secretariat from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), where she served as Regional Director for North America for six years. Before joining the United Nations, Amy worked with the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Prior Ms. Fraenkel worked as a senior policy advisor in the Office of International Affairs within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Ms. Fraenkel also worked in private law practice on international and environmental issues. Ms. Fraenkel obtained her law degree from Harvard University.



Creative Director, Futerra Sustainability Communications

Henry is a Creative Director at Futerra Sustainability Communications, where he oversees the creative for many of Futerra’s biggest clients. He has over 8 years of experience designing and leading sustainability campaigns for clients including AkzoNobel, WWF, Nando’s and Sony. He has a passion for behaviour change and understanding what really makes people tick. Henry is regularly invited to speak about sustainability communications and has lectured on the University of Cambridge’s Programme for Sustainability Leadership, the Centre for Alternative Technology’s Masters programme, the University of the Arts London and delivers Masterclasses for the Guardian’s Sustainable Business network. He holds a degree in Modern Languages from the University of Bristol and a Masters in Leadership for Sustainable Development from Middlesex University.

Rik Kutsch Lojenga_UEBT


Executive Director, Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT)

Rik Kutsch Lojenga is the Executive Director of the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT) since its creation in 2008. He is charged to reach out to private sector in both developing and developed countries to promote sourcing with respect of biodiversity. Prior, Mr. Kutsch Lojenga worked for over a decade with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), where he was involved in the creation of the BioTrade Initiative and helped to conceptualize the idea of UEBT. Rik Kutsch Lojenga grew up in the Netherlands, where he earned a Master’s degree in business and environmental economics.

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María Julia OLIVA

Senior Coordinator for Policy and Technical Support, UEBT

María Julia Oliva is Senior Coordinator for Policy and Technical Support at the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT) since 2009. In this capacity, she provides training, advice and technical support for UEBT members and partners on issues such as equitable trade practices and access and benefit sharing. Julia has held several positions in international organizations and published widely on the interface between sustainability, trade and intellectual property. She is a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law and the Board of Directors of IP-Watch, an independent reporting service on intellectual property issues. She has a law degree from the University of Mendoza and a Masters of Laws (LL.M) in environmental law, cum laude, from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College.



Director Trends and Insights, IPSOS

Rémy Oudghiri is Director of Trends and Insights at IPSOS. Mr Oudghiri has been at the helm of the Trends and Insights department since 2004. He has extensive expertise in studies on trends and society and is involved in studies in various sectors, including luxury and new technologies.

Annette Piperidis_Weleda


Coordinator International Strategic Sourcing, Weleda

Annette Piperidis is Coordinator International Strategic Sourcing at Weleda AG. Since 2013 she is in charge of several cross-divisional projects within the Weleda Group. One of her tasks is to strategically implement the UEBT-guidelines within the company itself as well as for suppliers of Weleda Group. Since starting out at the company in 2008, Annette Piperidis has worked in various functions at Weleda. Prior to her current position she was a strategic buyer of excipients.

Leila Rochet-Podvin_Cosmetics


CEO, Cosmetics Inspiration & Creation

Leïla Rochet-Podvin is the CEO and Founder of Cosmetics Inspiration & Creation, a consulting office specialised in trends and consulting in Beauty innovations. She has a thorough international experience in the Beauty industry and has conducted several studies on the importance of incorporating green values in innovation.

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Partner, GS Associes Law Firm

Anne-Laure Saint Girons is one of the founding partners of GS Associés law firm, previously ALLENA, founded in 2010. GS Associés firm is based in Paris and is largely dedicated to environmental law. The lawyers within GS Associés have a strong social and ethical commitment and in practice dedicate 20% of their time to voluntarily help NGOs acting in the areas of the firm’s expertise. Member of the Paris bar, she practices in the field of environment law where she advises and assists her clients on industrial environmental and natural resources law, both at national and European or international level. She advises in particular on issues relating to the implementation of biodiversity regulations, REACH, waste law, polluted sites, nanomaterials, cosmetics and public health legislation.

Michael Stander_CapeKingdom


Managing Director, Cape Kingdom Nutraceuticals South Africa

Michael Stander is the Managing Director of Cape Kingdom Nutraceuticals, a firm that ensures the delivery of safe nutraceuticals by the brandname of BuchuLife™ to the public and professional industry. Buchu is a valuable medicinal plant in South Africa- its use and benefits have been documented for over three hundred years. In the late 90’s Michael founded Betucare, and two years later started research with Prof Patrick Bouic on the power and benefits of Buchu. The first human clinical trial was conducted in 2002 at the Sports Science Institute with Prof Tim Noakes. Michael changed the company’s name from Betucare to Cape Kingdom and finally in 2010 to Cape Kingdom Nutraceuticals.

Andre Tabanez_Firmenich


Naturals Sustainability Project Leader Latam, Firmenich

André Tabanez is Naturals Sustainability Project Leader Latin America for Firmenich Brazil. In this capacity, he has a broad perspective and set of tasks linked to natural raw materials for fragrances and flavours. For example, Dr. Tabanez is engaged in bioprospecting and developing new natural ingredients, ensuring compliance with ABS legislation, building relationships with indigenous and local communities and other responsible sourcing and sustainability initiatives. Dr. Tabanez is an agronomist, with a M.Sc. in Forestry and a Ph.D. in Biodiversity and environment.

Gaston Vizcarra_Candela


President, Candela Peru

Gastón Vizcarra Kennedy Co-Founder and President of Candela Peru, a fair trade export organisation with 25 years of existence and Vice Chair of the Peruvian Institute of Natural Products. He focuses on elaborating export trading strategies, developing value added products and building sustainable value chains based in non traditional raw materials from the Amazonian Rainforest, which are offered to niche markets around the world.