Founder & CEO, Instaglam
Haifa Addas started out her career working as a marketer for luxury brands like L’Oreal, Lancôme, Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani and Helena Rubinstein, and worked with celebrities for leading Pan Arab magazines, where she tool care of the celebrities' beauty needs while they were in town. Which is where the idea for INSTAGLAM came in.
An online portal that can bring beauty experts together under one roof, and closer to anyone’s reach. INSTAGLAM envisions revolutionizing and simplifying the way we use beauty services, turning around the usual clients-go-to-experts model the other way around.
It is her vision and hope that as many people as possible, if not the entire world, can get a chance to enjoy the soul-enriching rewards of beauty and glamour. It is also INSTAGLAM’s vision to give artists the opportunity to reach their potentials in every way possible.Back to the conference page
Senior Analyst, UAE Euromonitor International
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 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 conference page
General Manager, CENTDEGRES
Centdegrés is an international strategy and creative agency. Specialized in brand creation and intelligence, visual identity, product design, packaging, and architecture in Paris. With 14 offices worldwide and 100 talents, Centdegrés works with the most famous international brands in beauty, food & beverage, fashion, jewelry and services amongst others.
With more than 10 years of experience in the creative and design fields, Gaëlle Doré started her career at Centdegrés Paris for 6 years as a Project Manager, before being appointed General Manager Centdegrés 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 conference page
Cluster Head, Henkel Beauty Care
Since 1999 Malek Dardour had the privilege to work in 3 divisions, 6 countries and 5 functions. Through his exciting journey, he was frequently trusted to turnaround countries in challenging situations. With his respective teams, they have always strived to build sustainable profitably growing businesses led by passionate and diverse teams. In each assignment, Malek experienced memorable moments with unforgettable Henkel colleagues.Back to the conference page
Head of E-Commerce Development, CHALHOUB
Nick Vinckier is a former student-entrepreneur turned growth marketing and e-commerce expert (B2B & B2C), currently living in Dubai. Through a very entrepreneurial journey, Nick became Managing Director of a boutique consulting firm in Dubai, before joining Chalhoub Group, the largest luxury retailer in the Middle East, as Head of Growth at age 29. Under his management, e-commerce businesses like Tryano.com and Faces.com recorded growth rates up to 1000%. Nick is currently Head of E-Commerce Development for Chalhoub Group and an international keynote speaker and guest lecturer.Back to the conference page
Founder, Samira Olfat Cosmetics
Beautyworld Middle East Brand Ambassador
An Architect who has become a beauty entrepreneur. She earned her Certificate of Make-up Artistry from the Paris Gallery Beauty School 2004, Dubai. Max Factor Regional Make-Up Artist and Brand Ambassador, products developer 2007-2018 Beautyworld Ambassador 2017-2021 Soroptimist Member since 2020.
Samira has created looks for the regional campaign, heading fashion shows and also involving on the products development. Samira has launched a makeup academy in 2013 and since then she has trained over 1,000 professional makeup artists. Samira has always had an enduring love for make-up and fashion and she was the head make-up artist for Arab fashion week– one of the Middle East’s most exclusive fashion events. At the annual event, Samira leads a backstage team of make-up artists from her students and graduates of her academy - creating unique looks for the runway to match the haute couture collections of some of the region’s most renowned designers.
Samira has since worked with a number of high profile celebrities from across the region, including members of the UAE royal family, Qatar Royal Family. Syrian singer Asala, Egyptian singer Shireen Abdul Wahab, Nancy Ajram and Yara. Hollywood celebs such as Eva Longoria, Nicole Scherzinger, Nadia Ali, Tinsly Mortimor and Sarah Wayne Callies from TV series Prison Break, Carmen Electra and the one and only Kendall Jenner and FIFA brand ambassador Victoria Lopryreva. Samira has created her own professional makeup brush and lash line called SO by Samira Olfat in 2014 and in 2018 she has launched her cosmetics line.
She is currently expanding her color cosmetics line and also creating skin care.Back to the conference page
Founder, Abtys Consulting
Valerie Jenny is a Doctor in Pharmacy and alumni of ISIPCA, Valerie now specializes in embedding sustainability within the fragrance industry. She has been in the business for 13 years, with strong exposure to emerging markets, while her last position was as Regional Fine Fragrance Marketing Manager & Evaluator for Givaudan covering the South Asia & MEA region. With a degree from Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and as a qualified B Corp Leader, she founded ABTYS in 2019. As a purpose-driven consultancy, the aim is to leverage sustainability as vector of change and growth in the fragrance, cosmetics and flavor industries.Back to the conference page
Founder, CEO & editor-in-chief, Beauty Business Journal
Richard McKeon is the founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief of Beauty Business Journal, a modern media company and the authoritative voice in the $532 billion global beauty business. His publication provides commentary and analysis, including data-led industry insights, and deep dives into technology, marketing, strategy, and media.
Headquartered in Dubai, Beauty Business Journal speaks to 200k beauty industry professionals each month. It is recognized amongst an international audience as an indispensable resource for beauty professionals, manufacturers, distributors, retailers, venture capitalists, investors, and entrepreneurs, with over 52k subscribers in 135 countries.
From the outset, Beauty Business Journal sparked a new kind of dialogue, exploring key drivers in an industry undergoing unprecedented change. Social media and new technology have dramatically changed the beauty landscape, emerging markets like China and the Middle East have rapidly risen in importance, and the global crisis of 2008 and 2020 has continued to shape consumer values and expectations. The beauty industry has been emerging as a force in popular culture and there is much to analyse, dissect and explore.Back to the conference page
Amina is a co-founder of Powder, a content-led online clean beauty retailer in the Middle East. She cofounded Powder as a passionate, but frustrated beauty consumer disappointed by the lack of choice and guidance in the regional beauty market. With a purpose is to help consumers feel authentically beautiful with unbiased advice they can trust and clean choices, Powder aims to redefine how beauty is experienced.
At Powder, Amina looks after public relations and partnerships, as well as content and influencer marketing. Amina is in charge of creating and pushing original content for Powder including blog content, by-line articles, Instagram and Facebook content, and videos to name a few. Amina also looks after digital advertising for the online platform.
Prior to Powder, Amina worked as a corporate communications professional and she has extensive experience working with financial services, legal, technology, and lifestyle clients in the Middle East. Amina has been based in Dubai for the past 14 years and has witnessed first-hand the dramatic infrastructural, social, and economic development of the UAE. Amina holds a MA in Media and Communications from Goldsmiths College, University of London.Back to the conference page
Co-founder & CEO, Powder
Ayat Toufeeq is the co-founder & CEO of Powder, a content-led online clean beauty retailer in the Middle East. She is a self-proclaimed beauty and online shopping addict. While working as a consultant for an audit firm, she became frustrated with the narrow range of skincare products readily available in the UAE. Fed up with costly delivery charges and the horror of returns associated with purchasing from international online retailers, she took matters into her own hands and started Powder.
Ayat has been based in Dubai for the past 12 years and speaks Arabic and English. Ayat graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with an MSc in Diplomacy and International Strategy and a BA in War Studies from Kings College London.Back to the conference page
Overseas Sales Manager, Chowis Co., Ltd
Viktoriya Pak is an Overseas Sales Manager at Chowis Co., Ltd in South Korea, where she manages Sales and build Business Development strategies in the CIS and European countries. With her experience, she will be sharing how the world’s pandemic has impacted the skin and hair analysis systems in the beauty industry.Back to the conference page
Group Technical Director, CPL Aromas
Charlotte Purcell has over ten years of experience within the fragrance industry. Experienced in the implementation of a global sustainability strategy from day one across all areas of the business.
Her background in compliance has assisted when implementing ISO standards, GRI, and SECR reporting. Charlotte believes collaboration is key to drive success for individuals, businesses and to reduce our impact on the planet across the value chain.Back to the conference page
Olimpia T. Mascolo
As a child, she used to pick flowers to boil them, believing the concoctions were magic potions of happiness. In 2003, she began her professional life in Grasse, the historic capital of perfumery. Helping people discover the magical world of scents lit a flame inside her that has shaped her life ever since.
Having followed her nose from Grasse to the Emirates, she co-founded Anfasic Dokhoon in 2007, a trendy brand inspired by Arabian incense. She established the Mohamed Hilal Group's network of 75 stores in 8 years, across the region focused on attention to detail.
Her obsession for Oud has evolved from product development to conservation initiatives to promote cultivated Agarwood and reforestation in Vietnam with the Aquilaria project.Back to the conference page
Corporate Communications, Iberchem
Guillaume joined the Iberchem Group in 2015, where he currently works as Corporate Communication and Sustainability Director. He gained valuable experience in sustainable development when working with Montreal’s Public Transit Agency and as a consultant for Quebec’s Clean Tech industry. Gillaume has also conducted award-winning CSR campaigns for international consumer goods companies. He recently completed a Sustainability Management Programme at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL).Back to the conference page
International Sales, Light Tree Ventures
Bunga Ghassani is the International Sales of Light Tree ventures, the biggest company specialized in Research, Development, and Manufacturing of Light Therapy Devices for beauty, sports, medical, and wellness. She is responsible for helping companies develop and launch LED light therapy products by understanding their needs and giving advice and new ideas to them, especially in the beauty and wellness market.
Having a passion and interest in light therapy devices makes her capable to provide tailored advice to each client. Graduated with a master's degree in business administration, she always looks for opportunities and thinks out of the box. She likes to keep herself challenged by being a solo traveller. So far, she has learned about many different cultures in 38 countries and traveling has broadened up her perspectives. This experience helps her to understand each market and client better.Back to the conference page
Co-founder & Chief Brands Officer, Light Tree Ventures
Dennis Giezeman is a founder of Light Tree Ventures, a multinational light therapy company that spans several different industries including beauty, sports, wellness, and medical. As the Chief Brands Officer, he is responsible for marketing and business strategy, working from starting concept to product delivery, and from brand development to market introduction & sales.
Dennis has been an entrepreneur since his final year of university and has never wanted anything else. From his early career, he has developed versatile products with cutting-edge technology and innovation, from ultra-high-speed egg cookers for the hospitality business to AI scanning products for health and beauty. With his roots in mechanical engineering and hands-on product development, Dennis has a unique background to drive the brands under the Light Tree umbrella to new creative heights with outstanding business results ensuring consumer satisfaction and product success.
With Light Tree’s own skincare brand, DemarkQ, Dennis wants to bring a new skincare technology to Gen-Z’s and young adults, showing a natural skin care treatment to be effective, easy, and even fun!Back to the conference page
Shachar Abir, MBA, Bs.C
Business Development Manager, Pollogen
Abir has led business development in both established businesses as well as start-up companies for over a decade. With bio-medical engineering background and experience in product management of innovative technologies in the medical and aesthetic devices industry, Mr. Abir brings a unique point of view combining technical, clinical, and business aspects. Mr. Abir is currently in charge of the business development activities of Pollogen’s Home Use Devices BU, which among others develops and manufactures the Tripollar brand.Back to the conference page
General Manager, CPL Aroma’s Middle East
Rawya Catto is the General Manager for CPL Aroma’s Middle East organization. With over fifteen years in the industry, she now leads a team of fragrance professionals with a proven track record of success stories and fosters a creative environment for talented individuals.
When it comes to sustainability, she says: “I am of a generation which has grown to be very aware of the environmental impact of human activity on our planet. It is the duty of every business to be mindful of the resources we use and strive to make sustainability a part of the way we do things.Back to the conference page
From Shanghai and Stockholm to Dubai and Perth, Paul has consulted and driven some of the biggest brands in the world to achieve pinnacle success. Merging leadership, innovation, and global business nous, Paul is very well known in the global business communities for his relentless pursuit and track record of bringing the very best to the market and inventions the world has never seen before.
Paul holds an MBA from IMD, Lausanne, and a BS in Physics from UCLA. Having a global background, Paul speaks four languages fluently, including his native Croatian, Italian, German, English, and is functional in four others, including Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, and French.
Paul’s current role, and his brainchild, Réduit was created in Neuchâtel in 2019. The brand is part of the portfolio of Wellfully Limited, the Perth-based high-tech company whose proprietary enhanced delivery innovation technologies are at the core of Réduit’s precision beauty systems.Back to the conference page
President, International Fragrance Association IFRA
Martina is the President of the International Fragrance Association IFRA in June 2016. She sees a huge opportunity in bringing together science and society for sustainability in all areas of life, drawing from her multinational and multicultural experiences across the agricultural, chemical, biotech, food, health, and luxury goods sectors. A passionate about scent, she believes that fragrance is essential to life and our wellbeing.
Martina has been educated at Louisiana State University, the University of Trier, the University of London, and the Harvard School of Public Health. She holds an MSc in Environmental Toxicology and a BSc in Earth Sciences. Martina’s career has included international leadership roles at Monsanto and Dow, and active engagement in intergovernmental organizations such as the UN and OECD, and the International Chamber of Commerce’s where she led the development of the ICC Global Business Charter for Sustainable Development at the United Nations Sustainable Development SDG summit in 2015.Back to the conference page
Regional Fragrance Technology Head, Givaudan
Javier has been working for Givaudan since 2016 as Regional Fragrance Technology Head in the SAMEA region, spanning South Africa, Middle East, and Africa, based in Dubai. As the leader of the Science and Technology regional team, he’s been deeply involved in understanding local consumers in these markets, in addition to developing and implementing Givaudan’s innovative fragrance solutions that cater to their needs.
Argentine by birth and Dutch citizen by naturalization, he holds a Chemical Engineering degree from Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina. Javier has 24 years of experience working for multinational companies, out of which he has worked in the fragrance industry for more than 11 years. Having worked in Argentina, Brazil, The Netherlands, and United Arab Emirates, he’s had exposure to both emerging as well as developed markets.Back to the conference page
Kanwal Deep, Ph.D
General Manager, Ajmal Perfumes Manufacturing and Oudh Processing Industry LLC
Kanwal Deep has Ph. D in organic chemistry and has 29 years rich experience with Ajmal Perfumes Manufacturing And Oudh Processing Industry LLC, primarily on various aspects of Oudh. Working to standardize the classification of Agarwood and Agarwood Oil based on chemistry rather than perception which prevails as of today.Back to the conference page
General Manager, Phorest Salon Software
Luke Doolin is the General Manager of Phorest Salon Software with a wealth of experience in helping salons of all sizes grow their businesses through both online and in-salon methods. Over his career in Phorest, Luke’s teams have helped 1000’s of salons in many regions such as UAE, US, UK, Ireland and Germany take their business to the next level by utilising Phorest Salon Software.Back to the conference page