Speakers 2020

Speakers of the Natural & Organic Cosmetics Conference 2020

Benedikt Bösel

Agricultural economist, founder and managing director of Gut & Boesel

Benedikt Bösel is an agricultural economist, founder and managing director of Gut & Boesel, located near Berlin. Aside from traditional agriculture and forestry, the estate is also a testing ground…

Benedikt Bösel is an agricultural economist, founder and managing director of Gut & Boesel, located near Berlin. Aside from traditional agriculture and forestry, the estate is also a testing ground for agricultural startups and research projects. Bösel also tests and develops different forms of regenerative agriculture, such as agroforestry, holistic pasture management and syntropic agriculture. Before, Benedikt Bösel worked as an advisor for Bioenterprise Capital and was Senior Investment Manager at Bilfinger Venture Capital. He is director of the Soil Alliance e.V., an association for regenerative agriculture and a member of the Competence Network Digital Agriculture of the German federal government.

 

 

Michael Carus

Physicist, Managing Director nova-Institut GmbH

Michael Carus studied physics at the University of Cologne. He worked as a scientific staff member for nuclear energy and environment at the University of Tuebingen, as a scientific journalist for…

Michael Carus studied physics at the University of Cologne. He worked as a scientific staff member for nuclear energy and environment at the University of Tuebingen, as a scientific journalist for different professional magazines, at the KATALYSE-Umweltinstitut in Cologne (environment and resources), for the US company Tektronix GmbH in Cologne (IT) as well as for the company Flachglas Solartechnik GmbH in Cologne (solar power) until founding the nova-Institute for Political and Ecological Innovation together with other scientists in 1994.
nova-Institute is a private and independent research institute, offering research and consultancy with a focus on Renewable Carbon – bio-based and CO2-based economy and recycling – in the fields feedstock, techno-economic evaluation, markets, sustainability, dissemination, B2B communication and policy. The institute has 35 employees and an annual turnover of more than 3 million €.
Since its foundation, Michael Carus is acting as board member and managing director. Mr. Carus is a member in many societies, associations and international organisations. Carus is science-based consultant on company strategies and policy in different countries around the world.

Julia Keith

Organic Beauty and Trend Expert, Owner Beautyjagd

Ten years ago, her blog Beautyjagd led Julia Keith to the cosmetics industry. Initially, after completing her studies, she worked as a product manager in the finance sector. Organic cosmetics,…

Ten years ago, her blog Beautyjagd led Julia Keith to the cosmetics industry. Initially, after completing her studies, she worked as a product manager in the finance sector. Organic cosmetics, cosmetic raw materials and international beauty trends are the key focus of her work. Attending cosmetic fairs and fairs for raw materials as well as trend talks are also part of her business days. Julia Keith also supports companies in their story telling and marketing.

 

 

Ali Luna

Grocery Associate Coordinator Wholefoods Market USA

Melanie Schriever

Owner and Managing Director, Mixed Greens

 

Melanie Schriever is the owner and managing director of Mixed Greens - Sales & Consulting. She has been working in the organic food and organic cosmetics industry for more than 19 years and her vast…

 

Melanie Schriever is the owner and managing director of Mixed Greens - Sales & Consulting. She has been working in the organic food and organic cosmetics industry for more than 19 years and her vast professional experience spans from purchasing, distribution, retail and personnel management to marketing both in the US and DACH-countries. From 2000-2009, she had purchasing responsibilities, acted as manager of an organic food market and held a managerial position at Whole Foods Market on the US West Coast. In the area of distribution she then worked for the Broker New Connections Marketing from San Francisco to Oregon. After her return to Germany, Melanie Schriever worked in the organic cosmetics purchasing department at the drugstore chain Iwan Budnikowsky Hamburg and as key account manager for C Faces Handelsgesellschaft oHG. Since founding her company Mixed Greens - Sales & Consulting in 2018, Melanie Schriever uses her comprehensive expertise as a consultant for renowned organic cosmetics companies, also offering support for their distribution strategies.

 

Discussion Participants 2020

Harald Dittmar

Managing Director BDIH

Harald Dittmar has been an attorney at law since 1988. He is co-founder of the corporate law firm „Gesper, Hermes & Partner, Rechtsanwälte, Wirtschaftsprüfer, Steuerberater“, based in Mannheim,…

Harald Dittmar has been an attorney at law since 1988. He is co-founder of the corporate law firm „Gesper, Hermes & Partner, Rechtsanwälte, Wirtschaftsprüfer, Steuerberater“, based in Mannheim, Germany, and acted as senior partner until 2008. His key activities are food law, cosmetics law and competition law, in addition he is a specialist lawyer for labor law.
Harald Dittmar continued working as a lawyer since 2008, as owner of the law firm „Dittmar Rechtsanwälte“ in Mannheim, Germany, focusing on consulting and representation of companies in the segments food, cosmetics and health products.
Since 1992, he is managing director of the BDIH, since 2008 managing director of the certification and control body IONC GmbH. Harald Dittmar is a member of the board of directors of COSMOS-standard AISBL in Brussels, acting as chairman since 2017. He is a board member of the EHPM (European Federation of Associations of Health Product Manufacturers) in Brussels.

 

Dominik Eggert

Founder Better by Less

Dominik Eggert is convinced that sustainable products can be fun and super practical. As the founder of Better by Less, he is creating an online platform for the distribution of skin care products…

Dominik Eggert is convinced that sustainable products can be fun and super practical. As the founder of Better by Less, he is creating an online platform for the distribution of skin care products that can be refilled without plastic. He has more than 10 years of experience in e-commerce and the digitalization of business models. For Flixbus he established a subsidiary after the transport company bought its first startup. Before, he held positions at Amazon in Germany and China.

 

Achim Fringes

Speaker, Visionary, Consultant

Achim Fringes, developer of the neuromerchandising ®, is no theorist, but a stirring tradesman from the very beginning. Like no other he is building bridges between science, research and retail. He…

Achim Fringes, developer of the neuromerchandising ®, is no theorist, but a stirring tradesman from the very beginning. Like no other he is building bridges between science, research and retail. He has a deep understanding of humans and in his energetic and charismatic presentations offers deep insights into the archaic decision-making processes of people. At the same time, he is a visionary and the man of action at the point of sale. His wakening call is equally aimed at both retail and industry, because in order to achieve sustainable sales and success there is only this one opportunity: They have to get to know their customers and their decisions and buying processes. The have to understand people as they are.

 

 

 

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Dr. Meike Gebhard

Managing Director Utopia GmbH

Dr. Meike Gebhard earned her PhD in environmental economics. Until 1998, she worked as a research associate at the University of Muenster before joining Reed Elsevier Germany in 2000 as director…

Dr. Meike Gebhard earned her PhD in environmental economics. Until 1998, she worked as a research associate at the University of Muenster before joining Reed Elsevier Germany in 2000 as director corporate development and head of e-business. Since 2008, she is managing director of Utopia.de, Germany's leading internet platform on sustainable consumption. Meike Gebhard has dedicated expertise in the areas of sustainability strategy and social media communication.

 

 

Nicolas Lindner

Managing Director BÖRLIND GmbH

After training as an industrial clerk, studying economics in Munich and completing a part-time master’s degree in Family Business Entrepreneurship, Nicolas Lindner first worked for a private equity…

After training as an industrial clerk, studying economics in Munich and completing a part-time master’s degree in Family Business Entrepreneurship, Nicolas Lindner first worked for a private equity company before joining the family business BÖRLIND in 2014.

Nicolas Lindner has been Executive Partner of the company since 2016.

He represents the 3rd generation of the company founded by his grandmother Annemarie Lindner in the Black Forest in 1959. Today, the Lindner Group is one of the leading natural cosmetics manufacturers worldwide and employs over 200 people. The products are offered in over 38 countries.

 

Martin Schardt

Sales Director BÖRLIND GmbH

Dr. Mark Smith

Director General NATRUE

 

Role: Running of NATRUE, lead role in all political, regulatory and scientific affairs of the association - advocacy, research and label.
Mark graduated with a M.Chem (Hons.) degree in chemistry and…

 

Role: Running of NATRUE, lead role in all political, regulatory and scientific affairs of the association - advocacy, research and label.
Mark graduated with a M.Chem (Hons.) degree in chemistry and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. between chemistry and genetics. Before joining NATRUE in June 2014, he extended his research career with two positions covering biotechnology (Leeds, UK) and the biomedical/pharmaceutical sector (Montréal, Canada). Mark is a British national who has more than five years' experience in Scientific Management, and during the last ten years he has been involved in the successful coordination of strategic and collaborative interdisciplinary projects via academic departmental and international research. Mark became Director in July 2016.

 

Susanne Stoll

Editor-in-chief of the German trade magazine INSIDE beauty

Following her studies of German language and literature as well as Ethnology, Susanne Stoll began her work in the cosmetics and perfumery trade. Her experience includes 20 years as editor for a German…

Following her studies of German language and literature as well as Ethnology, Susanne Stoll began her work in the cosmetics and perfumery trade. Her experience includes 20 years as editor for a German trade magazine publishing house, 10 years as editor-in-chief of a perfumery trade magazine. In October 2007, Susanne Stoll joined the newly founded redspa media GmbH in Baden-Baden, Germany.
She developed the successful trade magazine INSIDE beauty as editor-in-chief, and holds the position of editor-in-chief of INSIDE beauty Swiss-Edition. The trade magazine aims to support Beauty Professionals with well-prepared news and many insider tips and to provide compact information to all those active in trade and industry.

 

 

Peter Unfried

Chief reporter at the taz

Peter Unfried is chief reporter of the newspaper taz, columnist, book author and editor-in-chief of taz FUTURZWEI, a magazine for future-oriented topics and politics. He lives in Berlin.

In…

Peter Unfried is chief reporter of the newspaper taz, columnist, book author and editor-in-chief of taz FUTURZWEI, a magazine for future-oriented topics and politics. He lives in Berlin.

In cooperation with the sociologist Harald Welzer, Peter Unfried developed taz FUTURZWEI as a novel magazine based on the understanding that future is the center of politics which is thereby continuously attracting new readers. The jest of it: taking the grammatical form of future II seriously and to look back from a successful future (“we will have accomplished it“) into the present in order to achieve the ability to act.

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