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Speakers of the 2018 Beauty of Sourcing with Respect conference

An Driessens

Global Head of Marketing, Weleda

With two Master’s degrees, in Business Studies and International Relations & Diplomacy, An has almost 20 years of brand & business leadership, holding various brand management roles of increasing responsibility at Kimberly Clark before moving to the healthcare industry and joining Novartis. At Novartis Animal Health, she held the position of Global Category Head leading the therapeutics business globally and helping to improve the lives of companion animals. Looking for a company that would match An’s keen interest and commitment to our planet and the state of its flora and fauna, she decided in 2017 to join Weleda, world leader in certified natural and organic cosmetics and anthroposophic medicines. As Global Head of Marketing, An is responsible for the strategic leadership of all marketing activities. Her role is to develop the brand globally, to drive long-term sustainable business growth and to act as a brand steward, ensuring that the responsible dealings with both nature and people continue to be an integral part of the business, whether it’s through fair trade, biodynamic cultivation or the supportive development of employees.



Andrea Alvares

Chief Marketing, Innovation & Sustainability Officer, Natura

Andrea Álvares is Chief Marketing, Innovation and Sustainability Officer and a member of the Executive Committee for Natura (Brazilian based Cosmetics&Fragrances company, operating across Latin America with presence in Europe and the US and the world´s largest industrial BCorp). Andrea is board member of Ethos and Akatu Institutes. She is also an active member of Brazilian Network of Leading Women in Sustainability and Women of Brazil among other female empowerment initiatives. Prior to Natura, she held General Manager, Marketing and Strategy roles at Pepsico and P&G. Andrea has been awarded Forbes Most Influential Women in Brazil, Advertising Age Women to Watch and Top 10 Female Executives by Valor Economico newspaper.

Anne Bahr Thompson

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Brand Citizenship Pioneer; Founder & Chief Strategist, Onesixtyfourth LLC

Named Trust Across America 2018 Top Thought Leader in Trust, Anne Bahr Thompson has been inspiring business leaders to use their brands as a motivating force for change for many years. With more than 25 years of experience as a global brand strategist and accomplished researcher, Anne is the author of DO GOOD, which explains her pioneering model of Brand Citizenship® – and the cultural dynamics that led to the creation of the model. A former executive director of strategy and planning and the head of consulting at Interbrand, Anne founded Onesixtyfourth, a strategic and creative consultancy, to help business leaders create purpose-led transformation and growth.


Britta Wyss Bisang

Chief of Sustainable Supply Chains, Rainforest Alliance

Britta is the Rainforest Alliance’s Chief Sustainable Supply Chains Officer. She oversees the organization’s work on the current certification program and the development of a new standard and assurance system. Customized programs and thematic projects with producers and supply chain partners as well as training activities are part of her portfolio. As member of RA’s Leadership Team Britta builds links to other areas of the Rainforest Alliance’s work, such as the Advocacy and Landscape and Livelihood Program. Britta holds a Master’s Degree in environmental sciences from ETH Zurich with a focus on soil science and risk management. She has in-depth experience in various sustainability standard systems and is an expert in including social, environmental and economic criteria in sustainable value chain approaches. Britta currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the ISEAL Alliance.

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Cecil Le Fleur

Khoi-San Council, South Africa

Cecil Le Fleur is the chairperson of the National Khoi-San Council. This is a non-statuary body that act as a formal mouthpiece between the indigenous Khoi and San peoples and the government of the Republic of South Africa dealing with issues such as land rights, culture, Indigenous/Traditional Knowledge, heritage etc. The National Khoi-San Council engages in negotiations with companies and industries on ABS agreements pertaining to Rooibos and other indigenous plants on behalf of communities across the country.

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Fred Gelli

Co-founder and CEO at Tátil Design

Tátil is a strategic consultancy that uses design to create sustainable connections between people and brands such as Coca-Cola, P&G, Natura, Embraer, Ambev and TIM. Over his 29-year trajectory, Gelli has collected over 100 national and international awards, including: iF Design Award, IDEA USA, D&AD, and Cannes Lions. He has also participated as judge in a few of the most important international design awards, such as D&AD (2007). In the past 18 years, Gelli has been teaching Ecodesign and Biomimicry at PUC - Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro. His biggest achievement was designing the Rio 2016™ Olympic and Paralympic Games Brands and acting as the Creative Director of Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies of Rio 2016™. In 2014 Fred was listed on Fast Company's ranking of the 100 Most Creative in the world and Tátil was one of the Top 10 Most Innovative companies in South America. In 2016 he was considered by Design Week one of the 10 Most Influential Designers in the world.

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Gianfranco Capua

CEO, Capua 1880

Gianfranco Capua is the CEO of CAPUA 1880. For over 30 years he has been representing the 4th Generation of this Family Company based in Reggio Calabria, on the shores of the Strait of Messina, near to the Bergamot plantations, always devoted to Citrus Oils extraction during all its existence, since 1880. Along the last 20 years Gianfranco has been constantly striving to develop the Company’s business by targeting innovative solutions aimed at upgrading production processing activity by anticipating the new requirements stated by the International Government Entities, for the protection of environment and public health, and strictly cooperating with the Company’s major customers; all this has resulted in a successful proprietary line of Citrus Specialties and a new brand NatPro© Products which led to a terrific growth of both worldwide Sales and Employment in the above-mentioned period. Today Gianfranco’s main belief is that the natural ingredient producer’s role and responsibility are no longer to be limited to the extraction process, but necessarily focused on investments and innovations to ensure an endless future use of these natural raw materials in the F&F industry: on top of this, Gianfranco is devoting time and efforts in creating a “communication work bridge” with the growers, aimed at enabling the final end-users to have a full and transparent control of the supply chain in the present-day world, where the development and progress of the new rules governing the regulatory status of these natural ingredients, as well as the growing attention paid to the ethics in business principles, are constantly evolving, becoming key elements in maintaining “brand value”. This is the topic torch Gianfranco is going to pass to CAPUA 1880’s 5th Generation: his own twin sons - Giandomenico and Rocco - who have joined the Company a few years ago and represent the CAPUA 1880’s future as a leading Global Player in Citrus Oils Production.

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Günter Mitlacher

Director International Biodiversity Policy, WWF Germany

Holding a Diploma in Geography Guenter started his professional career in 1982 with the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, then joined the German Ministry for Environment, followed by a 7 year period as executive director of NABU (Birdlife Germany) and 15 years as nature conservation consultant. Since 2009 with WWF Germany, responsible for international biodiversity policy. WWF Germany's Focal Point for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and Focal Point for IPBES for WWF Network.

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Gus Le Breton

B’Ayoba (eco-entrepreneur and UEBT founder member)

Gus is a social entrepreneur with a 25 year track record in biodiversity-based business across southern Africa. In his capacity as founder/CEO of the trade association PhytoTrade Africa, he was the first President of the UEBT Board at the time of its founding in 2006. Currently he is involved in several natural ingredient-based businesses, including a baobab fruit processing enterprise (B’Ayoba), a skincare brand based around the extract of the Kigelia africana fruit (Katavi Botanicals) and a microbrewery using indigenous fruits to flavour beer (the River Brewing Company). He also runs Bio-Innovation Zimbabwe, an innovation hub incubating new business opportunities in Zimbabwe around underutilised indigenous plant species. Gus has Masters degrees from the universities of Cambridge in the UK and Yale in the USA.


Hamish Taylor

Advisor on Sustainability, Symrise

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Josineide Barbosa Malheiros

Founding Member and Executive Manager, ATAIC

Josineide Barbosa Malheiros is an Environmental Management technology specialist who works as a consultant in the areas of agro-extractivism, community reinforcement, gender and sustainability. She is a Founding Member and Executive Manager at ATAIC (Ilha das Cinzas Association of Agro-Extractivist Workers Association), located in Gurupá in the state of Pará, Northern Brazil. This municipality is part of the largest fluvial-maritime archipelago in the world, Marajó, comprising around three thousand islands and islets at the mouth of the Amazon River. Created in 2001, ATAIC is a federal agro-extractivist settlement consisting of over 50 families, whose initiatives have gained major recognition. These include the Freshwater Shrimp Community Stewardship initiative, a project that has received awards on a national level and currently serves as a model for other communities in the Amazon region. Josineide was also the coordinator of the Ilha das Cinzas Women’s Group on the Marajó Archipelago, which received the Women in Agriculture Producing a Sustainable Brazil trophy in 2013. Moreover, she has headed a number of digital inclusion and community communication projects. 

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Laurent Gilbert

Sustainable Innovation Director, L’Oréal

Dr. Laurent Gilbert is Sustainable Innovation Director at L’Oréal, prior to this position he was Director of the International Raw Materials Department. Mr. Gilbert holds a Doctorate in Physical Sciences from the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Saint-Cloud and a Ph.D in Organic Chemistry from the University of Paris-Sud. Currently he is leading a team in charge of environmental research and sustainable innovation at L’Oréal.

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Leïla Rochet-Podvin

CEO, Cosmetics Inspiration & Creation

Leïla Rochet-Podvin is the CEO and Founder of Cosmetics Inspiration & Creation, a consulting office specialized 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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María Julia Oliva

Deputy Director & Senior Coordinator for ABS and Policy, UEBT

Maria Julia Oliva is Deputy Director & Senior Coordinator for ABS and Policy 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.

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Pierre du Plessis

High Value Plant Species Expert, CRIAA SA-DC (Namibia)

Pierre du Plessis has a degree in Southern African Economic History from the University of Cape Town and 25 years experience in indigenous natural products commercialisation and management, appropriate technology, strategic planning, project design and implementation, media, communication and adult education, mainly in Namibia and other African countries. He is a Senior Consultant member and former Director of the Centre for Research Information Action in Africa – Southern African Development and Consulting (CRIAA SA-DC), based in Windhoek, Namibia. Since the year 2000 he has been centrally involved in Namibia’s national efforts to promote the sustainable commercialisation of indigenous plant products, integrate such value chains into the national Community-Based Natural Resource Management programme and develop a functional and user-friendly system to regulate Access and Benefit Sharing. Pierre has practical experience at all levels of biotrade value chains, from organising rural raw material supply chains through processing and marketing to national and international policy development. During the development of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing he was one of the lead negotiators for the African Group and co-chaired many of the negotiating sessions. He also compiled Namibia’s first greenhouse gas inventory, served on the Namibian Climate Change Committee for many years and has represented Namibia at international negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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Rik Kutsch Lojenga

Executive Director, 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.


Sebastian Sieben

Managing Director, Martin Bauer

Sebastian Sieben is Managing Director at Martin Bauer Group, a globally active German company supplying teas, extracts and botanicals to tea, beverage, food and phytopharmaceutical industries. Martin Bauer was the first company to join the UEBT/UTZ Herbal Tea Program and is a UEBT member since 2014. Sebastian is responsible for the Fruit and Herbal Infusion Business within Martin Bauer Group as well as for the strategic development of Martin Bauer’s sustainability standard and the partnership with UEBT/UTZ on herbal tea. Sebastian held various positions within Martin Bauer Group, such as Head of Product Management or Head of Sales before taking over responsibility as Managing Director in 2011. Prior to joining Martin Bauer Group in 2002 he worked as a Senior Consultant at Roland Berger strategy consultants. He holds degrees in European Business Administration, studying in London and Germany.

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Vincent Gallon

Beauty & cosmetics industry editor, Premium Beauty News

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