Speakers of the 2018 Exchange

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Alex Saunois

Technical Director, Sederma

Alex Saunois, PhD, is the Technical Director of Sederma, leading company dedicated to innovation on active ingredients for cosmetic industry. Specialized in Phytochemistry, eco-design processes and CSR, his career of almost 25 years have led him towards responsibilities in Research and Development for the Food-processing industry with Danone, the Pharmaceutical industry with Laboratories Expanscience and LMD Pharmacognosie and the Cosmetic industry with LVMH Recherche, and now, Sederma (Croda group) until 2014. 

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Andrew Wilson

Manager Regional Biotrade Project in South East Asia

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. 


Annette Piperidis

Manager Sustainable Sourcing, Weleda

Annette Piperidis is Manager Sustainable 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. 

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Christina Archer

Strategic Adviser, Sustainable Food Lab

Christina has worked in both the overseas development and private sectors over the last 25 years, with extensive experience in Latin America and Asia. She worked for Save the Children UK for many years on issues such as impact assessment, livelihoods, emergency response, and child rights programme management. During her time with the SC South Asia team she started to interact with the private sector, who were beginning to identify and tackle child labour issues in their supply chains. To learn more about how business works, and the positive impact that business can have through responsible sourcing, she joined the Community Trade team of The Body Shop to manage their Latin America ingredient supply chains, more recently developing their new Sustainable Sourcing guidelines. During that time she also worked closely with L’Oreal on several sustainable sourcing initiatives. Christina is now working as a consultant, advising a range of clients on improving social and environmental impacts through better sourcing practices. Current projects include research on how to define and apply a Living Income concept to smallholder supply chains and supporting community enterprise development for biodiversity conservation in Asia and Latin America. She has been a Trustee of the Innocent Foundation since 2012. 

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Cuc Nguyen

Biodiversity Conservation Agency, VEA, MONRE, Vietnam 

MA. Nguyen Dang Thu Cuc is currently the Head of Division for Genetic Resources and Bio-safety Management. Her major was life sciences (bachelor) and development studies (master), graduated in the HAN University of the Netherlands and the Graduate Institute of Geneva, Switzerland respectively. She started working at the Biodiversity Conservation Agency under Vietnam Environment Administration, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment since 2009. The major roles involve: drafting and implementing legal documents on national biodiversity strategy, access and benefit sharing related to genetic resources, and biosafety management of genetically modified organisms; play role as national competent authorities to the Nagoya Protocol on ABS and the Cartagena Protocol and its supplementary protocol on redress and liability. In the field of ABS, since after adoption of the national legislation on ABS (Decree 59/2017/ND-CP), the division has now been in charge for reviewing a number of dossiers requesting for IRCC and export permission. 

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Felipe Fuentelsaz

Coordinator for Agricultural Pilot Projects, WWF Spain

Felipe is agronomist and the coordinator for pilot projects on the ground for agriculture and environment for WWF Spain, an international NGO that takes actions to save nature and to maintain economical activities creating a world where people live in harmony with nature. Spain is the habitat for some of the most important ecosystems and biodiversity in Europe and also is the area where farmers produces fruits, vegetables, olive oils and other products for markets and consumers, that sometimes threaten protected areas or value areas for flora and fauna. In last years, WWF Spain has developed some project, mainly in Andalusia region, regarding important crops as Olives groves, Vineyards, strawberries or citrus in order to conserve water and biodiversity to ensure sustainable farming. The work has been developed together with supermarkets and companies that needs that products for their supply chain. Part of the work has been also the improvement of agricultural standars including environmental measures. Because we need agriculture but there is no future without sustainability. 

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João Teixeira

Sustainability Coordinator – Natura Cosmetics

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. 

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Laura Fox

Fauna & Flora International

Laura Fox leads the Agricultural Landscapes Programme within Fauna & Flora International (FFI). FFI is the world’s oldest international wildlife conservation organisation founded in 1903 and has built a reputation for its pioneering work and science-based approach to conservation. Laura worked in the private sector for 8 years before moving to conservation and development for the last 12 years. Her work in FFI includes working with business and smallholder farmers to incorporate biodiversity and ecosystem service management into farming practice and corporate policy, biodiversity impact and dependency assessments in agricultural landscapes, and working with smallholders on low impact farming methods. She was one of the founding members of the Partnership for Pollinators programme, a collaboration of four organisations, to highlight the loss of wild pollinators and the risk this presents to dependant agricultural supply chains. 

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Lolona Ramamonjisoa, ABS National Focal Point in Madagascar

Ministry of Environment, Ecology and Forests, Madagascar

Lolona RAMAMONJISOA began her scientific career with research in Forest Botany for her degree in Forest Engineering. Subsequently, she continued her research in Forest Genetics for her PhD. She worked for many years in the field of genetic resources and was among the first investigators in this area in Madagascar in 1995. Also being the National Focal Point for Forest Genetic Resources, she is collaborating with FAO. In addition, she worked for nearly 30 years, including 10 years as Director at the National Tree Seeds Center of Madagascar. She also pursued in a post-doc research project on forest genetic resources management and in teaching at the University of Antananarivo, Graduate Agronomy School. In view of the importance of the challenges facing her country in terms of access and benefit sharing arising from the use of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge, Lolona RAMAMONJISOA is currently devoting most of her time to the subject. 


Lorena Jaramillo, Economic Affairs Officer


Lorena has been involved with BioTrade since 2001 at the international level with UNCTAD and also in her home country Ecuador as the Director of the national BioTrade Programme. She has worked on developing and implementing sustainable development projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America regarding biodiversity, sustainable trade and business development. During her career of over 20 years, Lorena has written several papers related to sustainable development, value chain development, sustainable sourcing and post-conflict recovery. She is an Economist, specialized in Sustainable Development, of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador and holds an MBA from the HEC, Geneva University, Switzerland. 

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Louisa Lösing, Advisor “Private Business Action for Biodiversity” Project


Louisa is an expert for biodiversity and cooperation with the private sector at Deutsche Gesellschaft for Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. She has been working for GIZ since 2014, in Brazil and Germany, focusing on forests, biodiversity, communication and knowledge management. Within the global project “Private Business Action for Biodiversity” (PBAB), she is responsible for the project activities in Brazil. The project pursues to identify, analyze and test promising approaches, methods and tools for promoting biodiversity-friendly production and commercialization together with companies, certifying bodies, NGOs and public actors in the three partner countries Brazil, India and Mexico. As a federally owned enterprise, GIZ supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. The project “Private Business Action for Biodiversity” is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and implemented by GIZ. It is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). 

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Lourdes Mayordomo


Degree in Biology in the University of Barcelona and Master in Toxicology in the University of Seville. Working in Provital, S.A. since 1998: during 14 years as a Director of the Toxicology Unit and as a Project Manager in the R&D department, and from 2013 as a Manager of the Regulatory department. Member of the Scientific Committee of the SEQC (Spanish Society of Cosmetic Chemists) and since 2012 professor of “Evaluation of safety of natural cosmetic ingredients” in the University of Barcelona. Coordination in obtaining Permits on ABS projects in Provital, S.A. 

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Natalie Feltman

South Africa

In the position of Director: Bioprospecting and Biodiversity Economy within the Department of Environmental Affairs of South Africa, Ms Natalie Feltman is responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of legislation, policies, strategies, norms and standards promulgated in terms of the South African National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act (NEMBA) for the sustainable utilization of indigenous biological resources. She further plays a lead role as the Delivery Lab Unit Manager in developing and implementing mechanisms to promote the South African Biodiversity Economy which includes the valourisation of indigenous biological resources with the key aim to optimising the total economic benefits of both South Africa’s wildlife and bioprospecting industries. 


Sébastien Duprat de Paule


After graduating as chemical engineer from CHIMIE PARISTECH in Paris in 1998, he did his PhD thesis under the supervision of Professor Jean-Pierre GENET at CHIMIE PARISTECH, working on the synthesis of novel chiral atropoisomeric diphosphines and their use in asymmetric catalysis, especially asymmetric hydrogenation. He got his PhD in 2002 from Université Pierre et Marie Curie. He joined CHIMEX, L’Oreal’s subsidiary in charge of industrialization and manufacturing of L’Oreal’s proprietary ingredients in 2003, as a Process Development Chemist. He was then appointed as Chemical Eco-Design Development Head in 2007. He was after that appointed R&D Director of CHIMEX, between 2012 and 2016, where he had a team of 35 people (chemists, biotechnologists, chemical engineers and analytical chemists). He then joined in June 2016 SEPPIC, subsidiary of Air Liquide that designs specialty ingredients for health and beauty, to be in charge of Excipients Innovation (polymers, surfactants) and biobased actives. In March 2017, he has been appointed Innovation Director and member of the Executive Committee at SEPPIC, and manages a global team of more than 100 people. His research topics and areas of interest are specialty ingredients for health & beauty, innovation, green chemistry, eco-designed and sustainable processes, biotechnology, process intensification and scale-up/industrialization, with a strong customer-oriented culture. 

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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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Tobias Ludes

Project manager, Global Nature Fund

Tobias Ludes is Project Manager at Global Nature Fund (GNF) an NGO based in Germany. Since 2016, GNF leads the EU-LIFE project “Biodiversity in Standards and Labels for the Food Sector” aiming at protecting and enhancing biodiversity in the agricultural production. The project consortium thereby works together with food standards and food companies to further develop the current sets of biodiversity criteria in procurement guidelines as well as standard requirements. By doing so, the project was recognized as core initiative of the UN Sustainable Food Systems Program. Tobias Ludes has a diverse experience in the agricultural sector. Starting to work on a arable farm, he became Product and Marketing coordinator at an agricultural cooperative and finally moved to the GNF to start working in the LIFE Project. 

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T. Rabikumar

Secretary, National Biodiversity Authority, India

T. Rabikumar, an officer of the Indian Forest Service, is the Secretary to the National Biodiversity Authority (NBA), which is a statutory body of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India. NBA is an apex body in India to implement the Biological Diversity Act and performs facilitative, regulatory and advisory functions, on issues of conservation, sustainable use of biological resources and fair and equitable sharing of benefits in India. NBA is also the Competent National Authority for the implementation of Nagoya Protocol on ABS in India. 

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Valerie Normand, Senior Programme Officer

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Valérie Normand is the head of the Access and Benefit-sharing and Traditional Knowledge Unit at the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). From 2000 to 2013, she was responsible for the Access and Benefit-Sharing work programme at the CBD Secretariat. During this period she supported the negotiations of the Bonn Guidelines on Access to Genetic Resources and Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising out of their Utilization (ABS) adopted in 2002 and the negotiations of the Nagoya Protocol on ABS adopted in 2010. Following the adoption of the Nagoya Protocol, she became head of the Nagoya Protocol Unit leading efforts for its entry into force in 2014 and is now focusing on supporting further ratifications and implementation. During 2013-2014, while on leave from the Secretariat, she was a senior consultant for the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ). In this capacity she supported the ABS Capacity Development Initiative in its activities in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific related to the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol. Previously, she worked on trade and environment issues for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris (1994-1997) and on the development aspects of trade and environment issues with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva (1997-2000).

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Xue Dayuan

Professor and Chief Scientist in School of Life and Environmental Science, Minzu University of China, China

Dr Dayuan XUE, Professor and Chief Scientist in School of Life and Environmental Science, Minzu University of China (former Central University for Nationalities), Director of China Institute of Environment and Resources Protection for Minority Areas. He had been the Chief Expert on Biodiversity Conservation before 2015 working in Nanjing Institute of Environmental Science under Ministry of Environmental Protection of China. For many years, he has been focusing on researches on biodiversity conservation, biosafety for genetically modified organisms and benefit sharing of genetic resources and related traditional knowledge. As a representative assigned by Chinese government, he has involved in drafting and negotiation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) since 1988, followed by the negotiation of Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (CPB), and in particular fully participated in the negotiation of the international regime on access and benefit-sharing for genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge (Nagoya Protocol). As a chief expert, he has coordinated a series of national and international projects for implementation of CBD, CPB and Nagoya Protocol in China, such as China Biodiversity Country Studies during 1995-1997, National Biosafety Framework of China during 1998-1999, the National Layout Plan for Conservation and Sustainable Use of Bio-species (2006-2020) during 2004-2005, China National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (2011-2030) during 2007-2010, and follow-up national strategic work for Nagoya Protocol during 2011-2015. He has published more than 40 books and over 300 articles on biodiversity and related issues. Currently, he is focusing on local case studies and demonstrations for access and benefit sharing of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge in minority areas of China. 

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