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.


Andrew Wilson

Manager Southeast Asia BioTrade Project, Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation

Andrew Wilson is a private sector development specialist, currently managing the Regional Biotrade Project in South East Asia.  He has worked for Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation since 2007, designing and managing projects to build sustainable and inclusive economies in developing and transition countries of South East Asia, the Balkans and the former Soviet Union.  Originally from Canada, Andrew has a B.A. in International Development Studies from the University of Guelph and a Master of Business Administration and a Juris Doctor from Dalhousie University.  He currently lives in Hanoi, Vietnam with his wife, who works as a corporate-commercial lawyer, and his four young children who were each born in a different country.

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


Hamish Taylor

Advisor on Sustainability, Symrise

Hamish Taylor is Symrise Advisor on Sustainability and has worked with the German headquartered fragrance, flavour and food ingredient specialist since 2007.  A chemist by degree, he has worked extensively in Japan, Asia and the US.  His work for Symrise organisation includes almost 5 years on the global leadership team for Flavor Division where he led the end-to-end strategy for their competence platforms in vanilla, citrus, mint and others.  In recent years he has co-led Symrise’s award-winning sustainable vanilla programme and at last year’s conference he  co-presented with CAPUA’s Gianfranco Capua on their collaboration project, “Happy Bergamot”.  He has had the privilege to co-design Symrise’s new ground-breaking UN SDG Global Compact programme together with GIZ/BMZ which he will talk about during the conference.

Heather Ducharme

International Sustainable Sourcing Manager, The Body Shop

Heather has been working in the sustainability field for over 20 years. She began her career in Canada, working in field ecology, environmental assessment and waste management before moving to the UK in 2009 to focus on sustainable supply chains. Prior to joining The Body Shop in 2016, she spent five years with The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, a major UK-based nature conservation NGO, developing a programme on sustainable consumption of deforestation-risk commodities.  She  holds an MSc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics as well as degrees from McMaster and York Universities, Canada.

Huong Hoang

Southeast Asia Representative, UEBT

Based in Vietnam, Huong supports UEBT in promoting Ethical BioTrade practices and application of UEBT standards and tools/approaches in Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar. Huong has been working as a consultant for BioTrade project in Vietnam on value chain development, application and certification of Organic and GACP _WHO standards. She has practical experience in working with farmers and SMEs on developing sustainable resources and materials compliance with BioTrade principles. Huong graduated from Vietnam Forestry University and holds a Master degree in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.  

João Teixeira

Sustainability Coordinator, Natura Brazil

João Teixeira is Sustainability Coordinator for Natura Cosmetics where he has been working since 2010. During his professional career, he worked with life cycle assessment, carbon studies and environmental indicators at Infineon Technologies and Geoklock Environmental Consultants. He is graduated in environmental engineer by University of São Paulo (USP)  and furthered his studies, obtaining a post-graduation in Social Interventions, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at University of Coimbra in Portugal. Nowadays Joao is responsible for Natura’s Biodiversity strategy and supply chain traceability in line with sustainable practices.


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.


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.

Miyabi Kumagai

Regional Marketing Manager, Shiseido

Miyabi Kumagai has joined the Shiseido group in 97 after working in Japan for Avène. She has a degree in International Relations and Linguistics from Sussex, England and has a long career at Shiseido in charge of the development of different brands and categories of the Group (Serge Lutens, Shiseido brand – skincare, makeup and fragrances). She is also recognized in the Shiseido group as a cultural and behavioral specialist, helping cultural transitions between Japan and the European teams. Her skills to decode cultural differences, deciphering behavioral specificities from European to Japanese consumers are recognized in the organization, and she helps the teams to adapt to emerging trends. Today, Miyabi Kumagai  works more specifically for the Shiseido Brand as Regional Marketing Manager for EMEA but her role is slowly migrating towards Shiseidobrand culture and communication manager.

Nisrine Zaaraoui

Head of Raw Materials Sustainable Sourcing, L’Oréal.

Nisrine is Head of Raw Materials Sustainable Sourcing since 2019 within L’Oréal Operations in charge de define and deploy L’Oreal sustainable sourcing strategy for raw materials by 2030. She joined L’Oréal in 2013 as Sustainable sourcing project manager within the Environmental Research and Sustainable Development Department. She was in charge of developing sustainable sourcing methodologies for the L’Oréal global portfolio of renewable raw materials; contributing to include sustainability criteria in L’Oréal purchasing processes; assessing environmental and social issues to be addressed along supply chains and implementing multi-stakeholders projects in Malaysia, Indonesia, Bolivia, India…to finally, contribute to the sustainable innovation commitment of the Group as part of its Sharing Beauty With All program. Previously, in 2003, she joined the Social Development Agency in Morocco where she worked on local projects and landscape programs of sustainable development. After a 3 years’ experience, she moved to Paris and worked for the Moroccan Tourist Ministry to build and implant the Moroccan strategy for responsible tourism. After 5 years, she joined successively Suez Environnement in Paris and Veolia Environmental Services in London to develop their sustainable purchasing policy and tools. Nisrine holds a Master of Business Administration specialized in Sustainable Performance and Corporate Social Responsibility from ISC Paris Business School and a Post-master degree in International Business and Cultural diversity from the University of Clermont-Ferrand in France.


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.

Rodrigo de Próspero

Standards and Assurance Coordinator

Now based in our Amsterdam office, previously Rodrigo worked for UEBT in Brazil on technical and membership issues for UEBT’s Latin American members. Rodrigo has worked as sustainability coordinator at Natura Cosmetics in Brazil, at the Secretariat for the Environment of Sao Paulo, and as an organic auditor.


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:

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The ethical sourcing exchange session was organised with the support of, among others, the BioTrade Facilitation Programme: Linking trade, biodiversity and sustainable development. UNCTAD and UEBT gratefully acknowledge the financial contribution of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs - SECO.