FERNANDA PIGATTO – BEAUTYSTREAMS
As Global Marketing Director for BEAUTYSTREAMS, Mrs. Pigatto leads the overall marketing strategy and works closely with regional teams to tailor and execute this worldwide. As a trend expert, Mrs. Pigatto has over 15 years’ experience as a correspondent and editor for international web-based media and was previously Trend Director for Latin America at Stylesight. Mrs. Pigatto’s diverse experience allows her to conduct projects with global corporations, and strong collaborations with leading trade shows.Back to the main page
OONAGH PHILLIPS – Editor in Chief at BW Confidential
Oonagh Phillips is Co-Founder and Editor in Chief of BW Confidential, the Paris-based business-to-business publication for the international cosmetics and fragrance industry.
BW Confidential provides news and in-depth market analysis and commentary for beauty executives across the globe. Oonagh has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist and editor covering the international beauty market. Prior to founding BW Confidential, Oonagh was Deputy Publisher and Editorial Director at trade publication ICN – International Cosmetic News. Oonagh has also written for a wide range of business and lifestyle publications on fashion, technology and travel.
GAELLE DORÉ – General Manager at Cent Degrés
CENT DEGRÉS is an international strategy and creative agency founded in 1988 in Paris. Specialized in brand creation and intelligence, visual identity, product design, packaging, and architecture. With 14 offices worldwide and 100 talents, CENT DEGRÉS works with the most famous international brands in beauty, food & beverage, fashion, jewelry, services etc.
With more than 10 years of experience in the creative and design fields, Gaëlle Doré started her career at CENT DEGRÉS Paris for 6 years as a Project Manager, before being appointed General Manager of CENT DEGRÉS Dubai in 2014.
Gaëlle Doré is passionate about brand creation & brand transformation, and her main mission is to support international and local brands in boosting their creative development within a particularly dynamic local and regional market.Back to the main page
FORAT AL HAIDER – CHALHOUB GROUP
Forat is a beauty professional who was born and raised in Sweden with Iraqi Origins. His journey took him to Dubai in 2012 where he shortly thereafter joined Chalhoub Group and have held various positions in strategy, innovation, brand acquisition and to date where is he a brand director for a portfolio of own concepts.Back to the main page
ELAINE QUINN - Owner / Style Director, ELAINE QUINN HAIR
When it comes to the artistry of hair, few individuals can rival the passion and creativity of Elaine Quinn. Her innate vision and generous spirit have enabled her to become a prominent figure in the hairdressing arena and given rise to a loyal base of clients who wouldn’t go to anyone else. Elaine understands the complex nuances of the relationship we have with our hair and is dedicated to making sure her clients feel beautiful, empowered, and ready to conquer the world.
Originally from Ireland, Elaine has been a hair stylist for over 24 years, working in an array of international locations from Europe to the Middle East. As well as her various qualifications from the Vidal Sassoon Academy in London, Elaine has seen her skills put to the test in industry competitions and had her work featured in numerous glossy magazine publications from Dublin to Dubai. Her extensive experience has enabled her to showcase her innovative concepts and proved highly successful in her work managing brands. Today she is the co-founder and Style Director of Elaine Quinn Hair in Dubai, an immersive, vivacious, and indulgent salon offering clients the finest looks and the highest quality service.
Clients lucky enough to book an appointment with Elaine will be able to take advantage of her extensive knowledge and tailored approach. She has an exceptional track record in being able to understand her client’s needs and suggest solutions that will exceed their expectations. Her work is consistently precise, creative and bespoke, focused on bringing out the beauty of her client in the form of shape, colour and style. She knows just the right way to bring out the best in her clients, so they always leave feeling their most spectacular.Back to the main page
AMNA ABBAS - Consultant, Beauty & Fashion Middle East, EUROMONITOR
Amna Abbas is Senior Analyst at Euromonitor International in the UAE. An expert on Beauty and Fashion in the Middle East, she focuses on analyzing topics such as beauty and personal care, personal accessories and eyewear, apparel and footwear, consumer health and luxury goods within the retail landscape. Her professional interests include understanding the continuing dynamics of beauty and fashion within the Middle East region, with keen interest in United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Turkey. Along with regular interactions with major global and regional beauty and fashion industry players, she has been proactive contributor to articles and interviews through various platforms such as exhibitions, TV, radio and press media on the same such as Beautyworld, CNN, Forbes, Euro News, Dubai Eye, Gulf News and Images Retail ME.
Amna holds a Master of Strategic Marketing, top graduate, from the University of Wollongong. She has been active in the field of market research intelligence for more than a decade, bringing with her rich insights on the region.Back to the main page
Caroline Chaume - Senior Marketing Manager, Fine Fragrance, Firmenich
When it comes to marketing & Fine Fragrance Caroline Chaume is a leading face in the Middle East.
She started her career as a Fine Fragrance Marketing Manager 10 years ago in Paris, working on various brands of the business; from prestige to niche brands.
She joined Firmenich in 2014 and then moved to Dubai in 2016, driving the marketing for the Firmenich Dubai affiliate.
As this region has a lot to offer Caroline is always the first one to promote it and support local brands to make the Middle Eastern Perfumery shine internationally.Back to the main page
SANDRA PETROVIC – Executive Editor at Fragrantica
Sandra Raicevic-Petrovic is working as Fragrantica Executive Editor since the early beginnings of the site, and strongly participating in the building the content. From the early childhood she was passionate about perfumes, collecting them and enjoy learning about all the aspects of perfumery. She especially enjoys reporting and coverage of the prestige perfume exhibitions, installations and events, recognizing changing trends in industry, heartily follows major launches and find inspiration from the fresh ideas of talented creators of our time.
Mouna Azirar - Founder, HOIISA
A goal-orientated, decisive director who began her career in the luxury fashion industry in London with 19 years’ experience in a corporate sales, buying and business environment in companies such as Burberry. Leadership and management expertise with strong coordinating & delegating capacities. She describes herself as curious, analytical, and methodical. A values-led founder who’s driven by a conscious mission routed in self-care, sustainability, and ethical business practices.
Her natural interest in clean beauty started when she was expecting her first child. She made the complete switch to conscious beauty products whilst pregnant and then gradually transitioned to practice a more sustainable and healthier way of life which she shares with her husband and two young children. She says, “I’ve always been an avid advocate in living a healthy lifestyle. After my first trip to California a decade ago, I wanted to launch a wellness business. My move to Dubai has inspired me to focus on a better beauty world in the Middle East by creating something pioneering that would educate the region on sustainable beauty and clean living. My aim is to connect green-based products to clean-conscious consumers.”
Since studying organic skincare, Mouna’s hope is to help people see the positive changes that green beauty brands with sustainable practices as a core of their business can do for their health, well-being and the environment.
She decided to create a unique platform, a one-stop destination of clean and conscious beauty as she had difficulties finding these products in Dubai, where she have been living for several years and in 2019, she launched Hoiisa. https://hoiisa.com/Back to the main page
Mariam Mahroos - Director, MB Professional Beauty Ltd.
Mariam is the founder and director of one of the UK's top manufacturing companies for private label cosmetics and has over 9 years’ experience in the industry. She specializes in cosmetic formulation development and formulation consultancy.Back to the main page
JEANNE DORE – Editor
Writer Jeanne Doré, who co-founded the website Auparfum in 2007 has two passions: smelling and writing.
She is the passionnate editor-in-chief of Nez, the olfactory magazine. She recruits perfumers and neuroscientists, artists and philosophers to pen its idiosyncratic content.
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MARK BUXTON – Perfumer at Mark Buxton and NOSE
Born in England, he grew up close to Hamburg and fell in love with Paris over 20 years ago.
Mark Buxton is above all a hedonist, wine connoisseur, talented cook, with a passion for antiquities, especially for art deco style.
Perfumer –creator –more than 25 years of experience in the Fine Fragrance Creation –he collaborated with International leading fragrance houses.
He designed for the biggest luxurious brands such as Givenchy, Versace, Van Cleef & Arpels, Paco Rabanne, Lagerfeld, Burberrys, Cartier, Chopard, Ferré….
His daring handwriting was discovered when he created the first Come des Garçons Fragrance.
After, he was quickly recognized in the Haute Perfumery.
Today, he wants to express and share, through his brand, his own creative universe.
SADIF NAZ – Trainer, WATSONS
"For as long as I can remember, my go to, to feel good, would be shopping & what better way to feel better than buying the latest offering in the beauty world?
That’s where it all began for me.
I possess 15 plus years of being in the Beauty Industry. An accomplished Make Up artist who started at Iman Cosmetics, then Mac Cosmetics where I honed my craft, was exposed to make up artistry on a larger platform, I went on to do backstage for London Fashion Week, Music Festivals & the annual Jingle Bell Ball at the O2.
Being a people person & having gained all the knowledge over the years, I wanted to share that & so the next step was a very natural foray into the educator/ trainer role for myself. I went onto become the Resident Trainer for Mac Cosmetics Middle East Qatar.
Working for a brand such as Mac enabled me to be exposed to all other brands, that were in the Estee Lauder group of companies portfolio, both luxury & affordable. Being a freelancer meant I was always on the look out for the next IT product. Over the years, I have become very passionate about products that are coming into the market, the concept, the inspiration or the need from which the product has evolved. I am always amazed at new formulas, trends & how we are getting better, not just for us consumers, but on a whole, as a planet, where clean beauty can be obtained, where sustainability is in place without compromise.
This brings me to my latest role, as Trainer for Watsons, the worlds leading Health & Beauty Retailer. I find myself on familiar grounds doing what I absolutely love in regards to training & once again I am exposed to brands from all over the world & that really excite me, as a consumer that I can share with like minded people. "
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