2019 Speakers

Meet the speakers who brought innovative and industry-leading content to the 2019 program.

  • Nicole Acevedo, PhD

    Founder & CEO Elavo Mundi Solutions, LLC

    Nicole Acevedo is a reproductive and environmental health scientist with expertise on the health risks of everyday exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals. Dr. Acevedo received her doctorate in Molecular and Integrative Physiology at the University of Michigan and a career in clinical embryology afforded her a clearer understanding of the many factors that contribute to human reproductive success, including the health of our external environment. With this awareness, Dr. Acevedo returned to academia as a postdoctoral scholar at Tufts University School of Medicine to study the effects of early-life exposures to industrial chemicals that disrupt our natural hormone systems and how these exposures lead to adverse health effects in adulthood.

    Her research formed part of an unprecedented collaboration between government and academic scientists to integrate the strengths of academic and regulatory research approaches to identify best practices for hazard assessment of environmental chemical contaminants for informing chemical risk assessment. Dr. Acevedo also collaborated with a multidisciplinary group of scientists, clinicians, and community health advocates to examine the current state of the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and to provide recommendations directly to the Agency. In 2015, she was recruited by Beautycounter, a pioneering brand in ‘clean beauty’, to lead and build out their company strategy on ingredient and product safety and sustainability.

    In 2017, Dr. Acevedo launched her own scientific consulting business, Elavo Mundi Solutions, LLC, to provide personal care and household cleaning brands clear solutions for cleaner, more sustainable and high-performing product development. She is also actively involved with international working groups engaged in creating viable business solutions for cleaner, safer, more sustainable product development across different industries.

  • Musab Balbale

    Vice President, GM of Health, Beauty, Wellness and Pets Walmart eCommerce

    Musab Balbale is the VP, GM of Health, Beauty, Wellness and Pets for Walmart eCommerce. In that role, he is focused on driving growth through the merchandising and customer experience of his categories on Walmart.com.  He joined Walmart in 2016 through the acquisition of Jet.com, where he was VP, GM of the Pets business.

    Prior to Jet, Musab was the VP of International and Business Development at The Vitamin Shoppe.  At VSI, Musab led the expansion of Vitamin Shoppe into Canada and Latin America through corporate owned and franchised stores; and supported key strategic initiatives including the development of the supply chain network and corporate acquisitions.

    Musab began his career in corporate strategy and venture investing at Summit Partners, Charles Schwab and The Boston Consulting Group. Musab has his MBA from Harvard Business School and his BA from Yale University.  He lives in New York City with his wife and two sons.

  • Dattatreya Banavara Ph.D.

    Innovation Program Director Firmenich

    Dr Dattatreya works for Firmenich as Innovation Program Director managing global innovation projects related to sugar reduction. He has held similar roles related to Taste and Nutrition in Firmenich.

    Prior to joining Fimenich, Dattatreya worked for 10 years in  the Nutrition industry in progressive R&D roles developing consumer nutrition products.

    His doctoral and postdoctoral research work have focused on sweeteners, flavors and dairy proteins.

    He holds a Ph.D in Food Science and is the author of several publications and patents.  He is also a nutrition enthusiast and a foodie with strong views on holistic nutrition and health.

  • Joseph Baumert

    Associate Professor and Co-Director – Food Allergy Research and Resource Program University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources

    Dr. Baumert's research interests include the examination of the digestive stability of major food allergens and determining how digestion-resistant allergens may impact allergic sensitization to foods; the determination of minimal eliciting doses for specific food allergens; the examination of processing effects on food allergens; and the development and improvement of immunochemical methods for detection of allergenic food proteins.  Dr. Baumert is an associate professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology.

  • Rob Brown

    CEO and President Lebermuth

    Rob has been with Lebermuth for 28 years, and spent time learning the business from the ground up, working summers as a teenager. He graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts.

    Since then, he has learned his way through the company, having worked in purchasing, sales, and R & D before becoming CEO and President. Rob’s current focus is on health and growth, using his years of experience and deep knowledge of and passion for the industry to create and pursue opportunities beneficial for Lebermuth and for the industry.

    He’s a board member of the Fragrance Creators Association, member of the International Fragrance Association (IFRA), the American Society of Perfumers (ASP), The International Federation of Essential Oils and Aroma Trades (IFEAT), and Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild.

  • Michael Bumgarner

    Founder and CEO Cannuka

    Michael Bumgarner is the Founder of Cannuka the clean beauty skincare line that combines two powerful ingredients, CBD and Manuka honey. 

    After witnessing firsthand the decline of the “family farm” Michael began to look for opportunities to maintain and improve the lives of local communities and farmers. Having grown up on a farm himself he knew the impact that industrial hemp could have in creating a sustainable livelihood for farmers and from that discovery, Cannuka was born. 

    Michael has spoken at numerous events such as Foundermade and Well + Good and is a firm advocate for industrial hemp, the topical skincare benefits that it has, educating the canna-curious consumer, as well as the positive impact that this growing industry can have on the rural communities. 

    Since Cannuka launched a little over two years ago, the brand has been covered in distinguished media outlets such as Forbes, New York Times, Vogue, Allure, Well + Good, and numerous others. He has been tapped as a thought leader in the space by outlets such as Cheddar.com and Digital Hollywood. In addition to being distributed both online and offline in stores across America, Cannuka was also the first CBD skincare line to launch in 1200+ Ulta Beauty retail stores, making it the largest CBD beauty product launch in history.

    Michael is a serial entrepreneur who has sold and built two other companies before launching Cannuka. He graduated from Virginia Tech and resides in Columbus, OH with his wife Kelly, a PA-C in dermatology, and their three children. 

  • Mikel Cirkus

    Global Creative Director, Foresight & Trends Firmenich

    Mikel goes where the fun, action, danger and pain is and reports back  from ‘the edge’ to share the new. His signals have proven over the last nineteen years that Firmenich truly has an eye on the consumer lifestyles of the earliest adopters from around the globe. With a unique ability to connect the dots and form viable trends, he consistently shares his process for accurately identifying change as much as four years in advance. Mikel is constantly documenting and disseminating global trends and implementing them directly to concepts for new product development. He travels the world and photo-journalistically records the trendiest neighborhoods while inspiring and contributing to many successful new products for Firmenich.

  • Laura Coelho

    Vice President, Consumer Fragrance Symrise

    A chemist by education, with a BS from the University of Chicago, Laura has spent 30 years in the Fragrance Industry working with consumer products chemists, marketers, and regulatory affairs professionals, with the joint goal to offer beautifully fragranced products to consumers in an ever-changing consumer and regulatory landscape.

    A generalist in all things Fragrance, Laura is currently the VP Consumer Fragrance, North America at Symrise. Leading a team of creative perfumers, evaluators and marketers, Laura manages and supports the fragrance development process for the Symrise consumer goods team, as they create new fragrances that are loved by consumers, aligned with the brand and concept, deliver technically and, of course, are compliant with all regulatory restrictions, as launching a successful product in 2020 is more complex than ever.

    During her career, Laura has served on the National Candle Assoc Board of Directors, the Mint Industry Research Council, and she is currently on the Household and Consumer Products Association Board.

    As a leader and manager, Laura enjoys mentoring and working with younger industry professionals. Knowing that experience is often an obstacle to vision, she is keen to tap into the inspiration and insights embodied in today’s young talent. She believes that teams built from a  diversity of backgrounds truly bring the greatest insight and success!

  • Jack Corley

    Chief Sales Officer; President - Natural Fragrance Division Custom Essence

    Jack Corley is Chief Sales Officer of Custom Essence Inc. and serves as President of Custom Essence Inc.'s Natural Fragrances Division. He is also a member of the Custom Essence, Inc. Senior Advisory Committee. Mr. Corley has 37 years’ experience in the Fragrance and Flavor Industry. Prior to joining Custom Essence in July 2014, Mr. Corley was Vice-President and Director of Sales and Marketing for Symrise, managing the PureScent  (Trilogy Fragrances) division and brand. Mr. Corley also spent 21 years with International Flavors and Fragrances.

    Custom Essence is a mid-sized Fragrance creator and manufacturer based in Somerset, NJ and is the Industry leader in the natural fragrance category.

     Mr. Corley has been retained by some of the largest Fragrance and Flavor Companies in the world, advising them on natural and organic product/market development, natural and organic ingredient sourcing and natural/organic product formulation, labeling and regulatory issues.

     His career during this time has included Senior Management positions in both Sales and Purchasing, with a background heavily oriented towards Natural Ingredients.

     He has written numerous articles related to personal care subjects over the years and is a featured speaker at Fragrance and Personal Care events and seminars as well. In addition, he was a founding member of the Natural Product Association Personal Care and Home Care Standards Committees; and remains a Joint Committee member of the NSF-305 task force.

     Mr. Corley is a member of the Board of Directors for the Center for Vocational Rehabilitation, Monmouth County, NJ.

    Additionally, Mr. Corley is as an Adjunct Professor of Business at Monmouth University, in West Long Branch, NJ for the past 14 years.

     Mr. Corley holds both a BBA and an MBA from Baruch College, is a former Associate Professor of Business at St. John’s University, New York

  • Kathleen Crossman

    Director, Regulatory Affairs WILD Flavors & Specialty Ingredients

    From chairing committees at the Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association to presenting before a host of professional organizations, Kathleen Crossman is a trusted authority on regulatory matters in the flavor industry. She has more than 25 years of relevant experience and currently leads FONA’s formidable regulatory team. She and her team work to provide customers with accurate information and solutions that help mitigate risk and keep their products and customers safe.

    Kathleen currently chairs FEMA’s Regulatory Affairs Committee and has led and participated in many initiatives, such as a supply chain task force, intellectual property webinars and served as Flavor Labeling Committee Chair. She has shared her knowledge through presentations to ABA, SFC and GMA and has taught several short courses for IFT.

    Before joining FONA in 2013, Kathleen was the Head of Global Policy & Process Management for Givaudan in Cincinnati, OH, where she worked to maximize regulatory efficiency and mitigate risk. She also developed training programs and audit plans that ensured ongoing organizational compliance.

    Prior to that, Kathleen was the company’s Head of North American Regulatory Affairs, responsible for regulatory customer service, compliance, policy development & implementation. She was involved in strategic decision-making around new regulatory issues and worked to develop data systems to support regulatory needs.

    Earlier in her career, Kathleen worked as a chemist for Cadbury Beverages where she was instrumental in establishing water quality and pesticide residue monitoring for a product line before moving into the regulatory field as an analyst. Kathleen has a B.S. in chemistry from St. Joseph University, West Hartford, CT.

  • Jiten Dihora

    Vice President, Technology Trucapsol LLC

    Jiten was previously Principal Scientist at Procter & Gamble for 19 years. He developed and commercialised new fragrance delivery technologies for dry laundry detergents (Ariel, Gain) and liquid fabric softeners (Downy).  He has formulation knowledge in household cleaning products as well as personal care products (shampoos, conditioners, and antiperspirants) and is the primary inventor on 35 patents in this technical area. His work at Trucapsol, over the past 3 years, has focused on the development of new tools and capabilities to achieve controlled release of a variety of actives (flavors, fragrances, neutraceuticals), while maintaining a favorable environmental biodegradability profile.

  • Sara Farahmand, Pharm.D., PhD

    Senior Toxicologist The Clorox Company

    Dr. Farahmand is an experienced skin scientist and consumer product toxicologist. Her areas of expertise include: skin absorption, dermatopharmaceutics, dermal toxicology, and exposure based risk assessment including animal-alternatives risk assessment methodologies, clinical safety, safety claim substantiation, and formulation of cosmetic/topical drug products. Dr. Farahmand is currently a senior toxicologist at Clorox and has over 9 years of experience as toxicologist in P&G, GP and Avon. 

  • Eric F. Greenberg

    Principal Attorney Eric F. Greenberg P.C.

    Eric F. Greenberg is Principal Attorney of the law firm Eric F. Greenberg, P. C., with a practice concentrated in food and drug law, packaging law, and commercial litigation.

    His food and drug work has included regulatory counseling, label and claims review, new product development, GRAS and food contact materials evaluations and clearances, negotiations with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and state agencies, handling recalls, and defending enforcement actions.   

    He and his firm counsel a wide range of consumer product companies, packaging manufacturers and others on regulatory and labeling requirements, and handle related contractual and litigation matters.

    In addition to his law practice, Eric is a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he teaches Food and Drug Law and Administrative Law, and Michigan State University School of Packaging, where he teaches Packaging Law and Regulation.  

    He serves as monthly legal columnist for Packaging World Magazine.  

    Eric wrote the book, Guide to Packaging Law, the Second Edition of which was published in October 2007.  

    His firm is based in Chicago and represents clients based all over the world.

  • Robert T. Hoban

    President and Founder Hoban Law Group

    Coming soon!

  • Dr. Jessica Knox

    CEO & Co-Founder The American Cannabinoid Clinics and ADVENT Academy

    Dr. Jessica Knox MD, MBA, MPH is a board-certified preventive medicine physician with a keen interest in health literacy and access. She received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University before going on to earn her medical and business degrees from Tufts University.

    After completing her residency in preventive medicine, Dr. Jessica began her study of the endocannabinoid system and cannabis medicine. She delights in teaching patients, other healthcare professionals, and the public about the power and promise of this incredible system and its associated toolkit. She has spoken on numerous medical cannabis panels, presented at cannabis conferences nationwide, and appeared on nationally televised programs and global webcasts to discuss the burgeoning field of Endocannabinology™.

    Dr. Jessica has also developed expertise in the design and delivery of multi-state telemedicine care. During her tenure as medical director at a Silicon Valley teleheath startup, Dr. Jessica oversaw the growth of the telemedicine practice from serving zero patients to over 100,000 patients in just over 3 years.

    Dr. Jessica is a co-founder of The American Cannabinoid Clinics and ADVENT Academy. 

  • Dr. Rachel Knox

    CEO & Co-Founder The American Cannabinoid Clinics and ADVENT Academy

    Dr. Rachel Knox, MD, MBA is a certified Cannabinoid Medicine specialist who received her medical and business degrees from Tufts University after completing her undergraduate studies at Duke. She trained in Family and Integrative Medicine before pursuing additional study in the areas of Functional Medicine, Cannabinoid Medicine, and Endocannabinology - the study of the function, dysfunction and modulation of the most important physiologic system in the human body, the endocannabinoid system.

    She is passionate about educating her professional peers and broader public about the safety and effectiveness of Cannabinoid Medicine, the evidence-based clinical integration of Endocannabinology with Cannabinology, the study of the pharmacology of cannabinoids and other cannabimimetic biologics. She further believes that the ECS validates a biopsychosociospiritual model of medicine, and that it provides the biologic evidence for the ancient medical practices that model the same.

    As a Cannabinoid Medicine specialist and endocannabinologistwho has counseled several thousand patients in cannabis therapeutics, she has seen first-hand how significant a role cannabis and cannabimimetic modalities play in helping patients reclaim their health and overall sense of wellness, establishing renewed ownership over their lives. She has witnessed her patients safely use cannabis as adjunctive therapy to their conventional treatment plans, to wean from prescription drugs, find relief from the side effects of toxic therapies, or avoid conventional pharmaceuticals altogether.

    Dr. Rachel believes that industry-wide engagement is necessary to maintain the highest standards of care and oversight, from seed to use, in the service of providing education and compassionate, wholly informed care to patients everywhere. This passion extends into further educating communities of color in the role cannabis can play in addressing the Minority Health Disparity Gap, and the broader way in which cannabis can impact the physical, spiritual, social, economic and political wellness of these communities.

    Dr. Knox is a co-founder of the American Cannabinoid Clinics and ADVENT Academy, medical committee chairperson for the Minority Cannabis Business Association, member of the Cannabis Policy Oversight Team for Portland, OR, board member of NuLeaf Project in Portland, OR, spokesperson for Doctors for Cannabis Regulation, certified member of the American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine, and Chair for the Oregon Cannabis Commission.

  • Kelly Kovack

    Founder and CEO BeautyMatter

    Kelly's career bears the marks of a true iconoclast. The first signs of this are her beginnings in the fashion business where she simultaneously worked with prestige standard-bearers Bergdorf Goodman and the mavericks of Chrome Hearts. After spending time on the supply side of the fashion industry, Kelly made the dive into beauty.

    As a member of the original executive team of Bliss and the Managing Director of the seminal Bliss Out catalog and product division, Kelly took on the way women bought beauty. This venture fundamentally changed the way cosmetics and personal care were merchandised, developed and presented to consumers creating waves of change in the industry landscape that are still felt today and led to the successful acquisition of Bliss by luxury conglomerate, LVMH.

    It was with this combination of experiences that Kelly went on to co-found Chemistry, a consultancy aimed at advising emerging personal care brands on matters of branding and strategy, followed by Purpose-Built, a one-stop shop for all creative and strategic needs specializing in integrated vertical product and brand development.

    As an advisor and creative strategist, Kelly has advised an eclectic array of
    clients ranging from multi-billion dollar brands like Old Navy and Mattel to notable independents like Zirh and 21 Drops.

    Always entrepreneurial, Kelly has also created and built her own brands. Most recent among these ventures is Foundry NYC the holding company for the award-winning fragrance brand, Odin, co-founded in collaboration with the New York fashion brand. Odin New York fragrances can be found throughout the world at groundbreaking fashion stores, Barneys New York, Collette Paris, Liberty London and others.

    Kelly’s projects have been featured prominently in the media and her work as a creative director and brand architect has been recognized with several awards, including a Pantone Color Award, Pentaward, FiFi and numerous Allure Best of Beauty awards.

  • Catalina Monroy

    Worldwide Director, Global Flavors & Fragrances Colgate-Palmolive Company

    Ms. Catalina Monroy is a Worldwide Director of the Colgate-Palmolive Company, providing global leadership to the team responsible for developing and recommending world-class flavors and fragrances that ensure the best tasting and smelling experience to the consumers. Her team support Colgate’s Global Research & Development organization by developing and recommending flavors and fragrances for all Oral Care, Home Care and Personal Care Colgate-Palmolive brands.  Catalina’s guidance and input to her teams have contributed to the launch of many successful products. As the flavor and fragrance group leader, Catalina has established strong partnerships with the Marketing, Consumer Insights and Product Development teams, facilitating a better understanding of the role of flavors and fragrances in Colgate-Palmolive products.

    Catalina joined Colgate in 2015 and brought with her over 25 years of experience in the flavor industry, most recently with Firmenich. Since 2011, she worked as a Senior Flavorist for North America and Latin America Oral Care at the Firmenich U.S. affiliate in Plainsboro, NJ, where she strengthened her expertise in mint flavors and sensates for Toothpaste and Mouthwash applications and was the lead Flavorist providing flavor-creation support to Colgate.

    In 2000, she joined Firmenich in Mexico City and was responsible for the development of sweet goods flavors for the Latin America region.  After two years, she moved to their headquarters in Geneva, where she led the development of flavors for confectionary applications. She later managed the European Flavorist team as Senior Flavorist.

    While in Europe, from 2010 to 2011, Catalina joined Givaudan in Switzerland were she developed flavors for the European region in the Sweet Goods area.

    After studying food engineering at La Salle University in Medellin, Colombia, Catalina gained knowledge as a Flavorist at Lucta, a Spanish Flavors and Fragrance company. From 1990 to 1999 she worked in their Colombian affiliate where she successfully completed the Flavorist training and created flavors for Sweet Goods, Beverage and Savory applications.

    Catalina brings tremendous passion and dedication to her work while effectively adapting to diverse teams and cultures, enabling her to foster strong partnerships with key stakeholders.  She enjoys mentoring junior flavorists and motivating them to walk the extra mile for success.

  • Richie Pisano

    Technical Account Executive Citrus and Allied Essences Ltd. and Trilogy Essential Ingredients

    Richie is a Technical Account Executive with Citrus and Allied Essences Ltd.  The businesses owned by the Pisano family import and export hundreds of essential oils such as peppermint, lavender, lemon and lime, from and to countries located on six continents. They employ 200 people including many chemists, engineers, biologists, flavor chemists and many office and factory workers.

  • Phil Porter

    Research Fellow Perfumer P&G

    Joined P&G in the UK in 1991 after completing my MA in Chemistry at the University of Oxford.  Spent several years in Laundry Product Development in Europe before training to become a perfumer.  I have spent the last 20 years creating fragrances for P&G products across the world.  For the last 5 years I have also led P&G's perfume raw material innovation program.

  • Nancy E. Rawson, MSc, Ph.D.

    Associate Director and Associate Member Monell Chemical Senses Center

    Nancy E. Rawson, MSc, Ph.D., is an Associate Director and Associate Member of the Monell Chemical Senses Center.  In this role she applies her scientific and leadership experience from a career that spans academia and the food, flavor and nutritional products industry to promote, facilitate and manage Monell’s unique interactions with the corporate world. With training in nutrition, physiology, cell and molecular biology, she enjoys applying her expertise to link the fundamental research in taste, smell and chemical irritation at the Center with innovative technology translation opportunities with the ultimate goal of improving human health and well being.

    Rawson holds a master’s degree in nutrition from the University of Massachusetts and a doctorate in biology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1993. She conducted her dissertation research studying appetite control and energy metabolism and then was a research fellow and subsequently a faculty member at the Monell Center for the next 15 years. During this time, her research focused on understanding the development and regeneration of taste and olfactory receptor cells and the impact of aging and disease on these processes.

    Her industry experience includes a nutritionist role at Campbell’s Soup Co., Chief Scientific Officer at WellGen Inc., a nutrigenomics start-up company, and as Senior Director of Basic Research and Innovation at AFB International, a global pet food ingredient company.  Having returned to Monell in June, 2016, she directs Monell’s highly successful corporate partnership program and conducts research to develop cell-based tools to aid our understanding of taste and olfaction.

    Rawson has authored over 65 scientific publications, book chapters and reviews, and is an invited speaker and lecturer on taste, olfaction and nutrition at conferences, universities and corporations throughout the world.

  • Jamie Rosenberg

    Senior Global Household and Personal Care Analyst Mintel

    Jamie has close to 20 years’ experience as a competitive intelligence analyst and consultant, with a focus on new business opportunity, trend analysis and futures tools. Prior to Joining Mintel, Jamie spent 11 years with Kimberly-Clark Corporation, where he led intelligence projects supporting new product launches, corporate strategy and emerging market growth. Jamie also worked for ORC International where his role as a market opportunity consultant honed his ability to spot shifts in market trends, while exposing him to numerous businesses across the healthcare and consumer packaged goods industries.

  • Richard Stewart

    Technical Specialist Ingredion

    Rich Stewart is a technical service project leader with the sweetener team at Ingredion Inc. and leads an internal team of beverage specialists.  He is a graduate of the Rutgers Food Science Program with a culinary degree from the Culinary Institute of America with over 15 years of experience in the flavor industry.  He holds a CCS® certification from the RCA and is an avid member of IFT and ISBT.

    Rich is an avid gardener, home brewer, and loves to travel.

  • Dr. Janice Vaughn-Knox

    Co-Founder The American Cannabinoid Clinics and ADVENT Academy

    Dr. Janice Vaughn-Knox is a board-certified anesthesiologist who believes in the power of self-healing.

    Dr. Janice is a wife, mother, physician, best-selling author and cannabis expert. Dr. Janice grew up the 4th of 15 children in Richmond, California. She did her undergraduate studies at the University of California Berkeley and medical school at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.

    Dr. Janice uses her expertise, experience and knowledge of cannabis therapeutics to help cure and relieve symptoms of chronic disease that traditional medicine has failed to conquer. Dr. Janice is certified by the American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine as a Cannabinoid Medicine Specialist. Dr. Janice is a much sought-after speaker for cannabis therapeutics nationally and abroad.

    Dr. Janice firmly believes that cannabinoid care starts with the understanding of the intricate and complex physiology of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Knowledge is rapidly changing as more research uncovers the depth of the ECS. Taking care of patients relies upon providers staying current of the science as the mysteries of the ECS are revealed. Along with her teammates at The American Cannabinoid Clinics, Dr. Knox believes in an integrative approach to delivering medical cannabis care that is rooted in evidence-based Lifestyle and Functional Medicine.

    Dr. Janice is a co-founder of The American Cannabinoid Clinics and ADVENT Academy.  Dr. Janice also serves as the Oregon representative to the DFCR in addition to advisory board positions to PRA Global Inc, and Initiative, Inc.

  • Graham Wasilition

    Founder Endless Fields

    Graham Wasilition is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Endless Fields (LLC), purveyors of a line of functional spirits that are changing the way we drink, set to launch in Q4 2019.

    Graham is based in Austin, Texas and focuses on developing consumer goods brands from the ground up particularly in underserved and emerging markets.

    Before co-founding Endless Fields, Graham co-founded The Hate Stains Co. to take stain removal out of the laundry room and into life. Without using chlorine bleach, peroxide, or phosphates The Hate Stains Co. formula was named as “unequivocally and indisputably” the Best on the market by Wired Magazine in 2015 currently selling in nearly 2,500 domestic retail stores and 6 countries.

    Prior to the Hate Stains Co., Graham founded Truth Spirits, to develop and launch a traditional blanche absinthe into the US market. The absinthe was formulated by the author of The Absinthe Encyclopedia and was awarded a gold medal for both the package and the formula at the world renowned San Francisco World Spirits Competition. At it’s peak, Truth Spirits had 9 states of distribution and high profile cocktail menu placements around the country including New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Austin, Chicago, Boston, etc.

  • Xiaolu Wang

    Regulatory Research Analyst, Asia Pacific 3E Company

    Ms. Wang brought extensive legal and regulatory knowledge and expertise in the field of environmental, health, and safety (EHS) compliance to the 3E Company. Before joining 3E Company as a regulatory analyst for the Asia Pacific region, she worked for a regulatory consulting firm based in DC as a senior regulatory specialist, monitoring and analyzing regulatory changes in Asia on EH&S related issues, including renewable energy, air/water pollution prevention, hazardous chemicals, food contact materials, natural resource restrictions, cosmetics, and medical devices. In addition, she worked as a litigator in Beijing, advising her clients on corporate law matters and contracts.

    One of the major topics that Ms. Wang closely monitors and analyzes is food contact material-related regulations in multiple Asian countries, including China, Japan, and Korea.  Ms. Wang recently conducted an in-depth analysis of a total of 160 Chinese technical standards for food contact materials, including national and industrial standards that are currently in force. She identified applicable migration limits for food contact materials from these standards and ensures that they are reflected in the regulatory compliance tool that 3E offers.  Ms. Wang also researched specific legal issues concerning food contact materials, such as the required format of expression of migration test results for food contact materials.

    Ms. Wang obtained her Bachelor of Laws (JD equivalent) from the Capital Normal University (CNU) in Beijing, China and a Master of Laws degree (LL.M) from American University in Washington DC. She is a licensed attorney admitted to the bars of China and the State of New York. She is a native Chinese (Mandarin) speaker and fluent in English.