• Gideon Elkayam, Belgium | Congress Chair

    Gideon Elkayam, Belgium | Congress Chair

    Mr. Gideon Elkayam is the founder, owner and C.E.O since Obelis' foundation on September 27, 1988. Through his commitment, outstanding leadership abilities, and his drive for excellence, Obelis responsible Person Center has grown and developed into that international, ISO 9001 & ISO 13485 Certified company it is today. 
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  • Sylvain Bougoin, Belgium

    Sylvain Bougoin, Belgium

    Sylvain received a  MA degree in Cellular Biology and Physiology and a PhD in Cell Signalling and Molecular interactions from the University of Tours (France) in 2007. Following his PhD, Sylvain did various postdoc studies in France and in Pittsburgh, USA, and published scientific articles in international journals. 
  • Peter Bursch, Germany

    Peter Bursch, Germany

    Qualification of Expert for Safety Assessment
    Expert: Dr. rer. nat. Peter Bursch
    Study of Chemistry at the Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelm-University at Bonn, Qualification Master of Chemistry.
    Dissertation to Ph.D. in chemistry with main focus on organosilicon chemistry.
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  • David Carlander, Belgium

    David Carlander, Belgium

    Dr.Carlander is Director or Regulatory Affairs of the Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA). He joined NIA in 20111 as a Director of Advocacy. In his position he is also covering the agricultural sector (food, feed, ag-chem), REACH, cosmetics, biocides and risk assessment of nanomaterials.
  • John Chave, Belgium

    John Chave, Belgium

    John Chave was educated at the Universities of Sheffield and Exeter in the UK. He holds postgraduate qualifications in law and economics. He has worked in legal practice on European Union law  and  healthcare law issues in London and Brussels. He was formerly Secretary General of the Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union (PGEU), a post he held from 2006 to 2015. 
  • Helena Eixarch, Spain

    Helena Eixarch, Spain

    After working for more than 10 years as a research scientist in various fields such as cancer research, pharmacology, biosensors and marine toxins, she joined the cosmetics industry in 2013 as a regulatory toxicologist. 
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  • Ben Elmadi, UK

    Ben Elmadi, UK

    After completing a degree in biology from the University of Hull Ben has gained considerable experience and knowledge in the cosmetic industry. With an initial 2 year focus on claim support Ben moved toward microbiological testing.
  • Sandra Ferretti, Belgium

    Sandra Ferretti, Belgium

    With approximately 20 years of employment at Obelis s.a. as Chief Compliance Officer, Sandra Ferretti  has a unique expertise in European regulatory affairs both in cosmetics and medical devices fields
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  • Joachim W. Fluhr, Germany

    Joachim W. Fluhr, Germany

    Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin
    Dept. of Dermatology and Allergology
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  • Sylvie Gallage-Alwis, UK

    Sylvie Gallage-Alwis, UK

    Sylvie has extensive experience in product liability claims both civil and criminal, and regularly handles product safety issues.  She has in this respect assisted a number of clients during pan-European and RAPEX recalls. 
  • Zoran Gavric, The Netherlands

    Zoran Gavric, The Netherlands

    Zoran Gavric is the owner and director of The Regulatory Company. Zoran is a bio-pharmacist by training with broad experience in regulatory toxicology, health and safety policies and related legislation.
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  • Francesco Gregorini, Italy

    Francesco Gregorini, Italy

    Manager of “chemicals compliance” area at CEPRA - CONSULTING and TESTING – Italy (www.ceprasrl.it)  - and founding member of “REACH360” (www.reach360.it).
    Francesco Gregorini has expertise in Regulatory affairs, as consultant for EU and EXTRA EU companies, (REACH, GHS, Cosmetic) and in chemicals safety assessment.
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  • Karin Gromann, Austria

    Karin Gromann, Austria

    As head of the department for Food Safety and Consumer Protection Chemical and technological Risks, Genetic engineering within the scope of the food law of the Federal Ministry for Health and Women in Vienna and chairwoman of the Codex Sub-Commission for Cosmetic Products, I participate and represent Austria in the preparation of directives, regulations and decisions at EU level (Council and Commission working groups) and their national implementation into Austrian law. 
  • Ezme Hopkins, Germany

    Ezme Hopkins, Germany

    CoSiChem AG - Cosmetic Regulatory Affairs Specialist
    Master of Chemistry – Study at the University of Sheffield, UK & University of Heidelberg, Germany 
    2012 – 2015: Regulatory Affairs Specialist in the areas of Chemistry (MSDS Authoring) and Cosmetics. 
    Since 2016: Head of the Cosmetic Department 
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  • Yiannis Kapetanstratakis, Greece

    Yiannis Kapetanstratakis, Greece

    QACS Laboratories
    Chemist, MSc.
    Manager of Safety and Efficacy Department
    Yiannis holds a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry from the University of Patras, Greece. After studying Forensic Science at Strathclyde University Glasgow, U.K. he joined QACS Laboratories team in 2012. 
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  • Dimitrius Melissus, Greece

    Dimitrius Melissus, Greece

    QACS Laboratories
    CEO & Technical Manager
    Chemist MSc, Board Member of the Greek Society of Cosmetic Scientists. Founding Member of ERPA European Representative Person Association. Appointed member in the E.C. Risk Assessment Pool of Scientific Advisors. 
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  • Joëlle Meunier, Belgium

    Joëlle Meunier, Belgium

    Pharmacist by training, Joëlle is in charge of the Division Food supplements and Cosmetics at the Belgian Federal Public Service of Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment. She is vice-chair of the national commission on borderline products.

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  • Alina Nanu, Romania

    Alina Nanu, Romania

    Alina Nanu is the General Manager of Eurofins Evic Product Testing Romania, a company that is part of Eurofins group. Alina’s experience is very extensive covering many fields, reaching from chemistry methods development to biotechnology and pharma field. Holds a doctoral degree in Science and Engineering, being involved in various research projects in the field of biocides, medical devices, cosmetics, drugs. 
  • Ewa Paszkowska-Oudin, Belgium

    Ewa Paszkowska-Oudin, Belgium

    Ewa graduated in law from the University of Leicester, UK, and the Université Robert Shuman in Strasbourg, France (2007). She then obtained a Master of Arts in European Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Europe (2008). 
    Ewa worked for nearly 6,5 years as a consultant in the private sector. 

  • Vera Rogiers, Belgium

    Vera Rogiers, Belgium

    General information
    - Born 10/2/1952, married with Luc Claes+,1 child Leen,
    - Pharmacist (University of Ghent, 1974)
    - Doctor in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 1980)
    - Master in Applied Toxicology (University of Guilford (UK)), 1997-2000
    - European registered toxicologist (Belgian register of toxicology) since 2010.
  • Els Vrindts, Belgium

    Els Vrindts, Belgium

    Els Vrindts enjoyed an education in agricultural sciences (Bio Engineer, master). 
    Since 2005, she has been working as an inspection officer in the Inspection Service for Consumption Products at the Belgian Federal Public Service of Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment, active in the cosmetics division.
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