Speakers of the 2019 Beauty of Sourcing with Respect conference



Amarijt Sahota

President, Ecovia Intelligence

Mr. Sahota is the founder and president of Ecovia Intelligence (formerly Organic Monitor), a London-based specialist research, consulting & training firm that specialises on global sustainable product industries. His company organises the Sustainable Foods Summit, Sustainable Cosmetics Summit, and Sustainable Cleaning Products Summit in the major geographic regions of the world. He has been involved in the health, wellness and sustainable industries for over 20 years. Mr. Sahota has degrees in Applied Chemistry and Management Science, as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing. He has co-authored a number of books on sustainability and organic products. His latest publication is called Sustainability: Greening of the Cosmetics Industry (Wiley & Sons).


Andreas Sommer

Chief Commercial Officer, Weleda

Andreas Sommer is the Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of the Weleda Group and since 2011 he's been a Member of the Executive Board. He's been with Weleda since 1997 and is responsible for the global commercialization of Weleda Natural Organic Cosmetics, OTC and Pharma and for all Weleda subsidiaries. He holds an Executive MBA (HSG) and a Dipl.-Geoecologist (KIT) degree.


Daniel Joulain

Advisor, Robertet Group

Since his retirement in 2006 as Research Director of Robertet, Daniel Joulain has been active as an expert in the chemistry of natural fragrant raw materials, in scientific committees  of  international professional organizations and as an Editor of Flavour and Fragrance Journal . In addition, he is currently a consultant and a permanent technical advisor in New Caledonia of Serei No Nengone, a member of the Robertet Group


Fabian Samuel

Chief Operating Officer, Indfrag Biosciences Limited

Fabian leads the application, maintenance and development of customers supply chains across North America, Europe and Asia. With over 15 years of experience in lean operations and agile techniques, Fabian primarily implements solutions on supply chain management of his customers, in achieving maximum flexibility, efficiency and effectiveness. His customers, are working along with Fabian to make their procurement and sourcing not only robust but sustainable as well. His contributions towards R&D involves, working with customers to identify new products, dosage delivery mechanisms, process innovations and optimisation. Fabian also actively contributes to Indfrag’s marketing activities by identifying new geographies, industries, and key accounts.


Hamish Taylor

Advisor on Sustainability, Symrise


Jean-Pierre Coutauchaud

Purchasing Director Naturals, L’Oréal


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.


Lindsay Azpitarte

VP, Shiseido & Clé de Peau Beauté EMEA

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.


Marie-Hélène Lair

International Scientific Communication Director, Clarins

Marie-Hélène is International Scientific Communication Director at Clarins. In this capacity, she promotes the values of the Clarins House to journalists, bloggers and influencers worldwide, presents Clarins Research and its innovations, strengthens the desirability of Clarins unique product offer by developing and communicating the plant stories behind its effectiveness and originality. A Doctor of Pharmacy and cosmetics expert, Marie-Hélène joined Clarins in since 2015 after 13 years of professional experience. Marie-Hélène has held several positions within the cosmetics (RoC, Johnson&Johnson, Chanel) and pharmaceutical sectors (Laboratoires Servier).


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.


Sandrine Sommer

CSR & Sustainable Development Director, Guerlain

Since 11 years, Sandrine Sommer is Chief Sustainability Officer at la Maison Guerlain. She has been implementing an ambitious Corporate Social & Environmental strategy with Laurent Boillot following his nomination as CEO of la Maison Guerlain in 2007. Sandrine is proud to belong to a committed company, active in the development of social and environmental dimensions, without compromising the quality and luxury of la Maison Guerlain’s products. She is Member of the UAEM (European and Mediterranean Union of Apidology) working on Bees preservation. She’s been serving for more than 7 years as a member of the Jury of the Luxury Price Pack In Green. Sandrine holds an engineer degree in Packaging and started her career in the Packaging Development department at Mars, before joining LVMH Group in 1999. Within this group, Sandrine held several positions of Head of Packaging at Moët & Chandon, Make Up For Ever and Guerlain, that she joined in 2005. In 2007, she created and became Head of the Sustainable Development department. She is Member of the Guerlain Executive Committee.

The 2019 Beauty of Sourcing with Respect Conference is made possible with the support of: