Speaker Group: Inform

Salahudeen Kara

Salahudeen has been working at the HFA since 2016 as an integral part of the Audit Team and now leads the Technical Team. With an academic background in Chemistry and Biology (Masters) and experience working in FMCG testing, Salahudeen’s expertise and knowledge has been put to good use in the technical team handling many of… Read more »

Karen Lee-Thompson

With 15 years of industry experience working for the world’s leading health and beauty retailer, Karen Lee-Thompson is an innovation sourcing expert, and recently the founder of Beauty Consociare – a start-up committed to connecting people through beauty.  Karen’s personal journey from the Far East to the West,  has helped her in developing a unique… Read more »

Hayley Forster

Hayley is an Independent Fragrance Consultant with extensive experience in the Home & Personal Care categories, working for both P&G and Unilever from a Perfumers Assistant up to a Senior Fragrance Development Manager. She has worked on multiple billion dollars brands such as Tide, Ariel, Fairy, Pantene, Axe, Dove, Rexona and Impulse with extensive consumer… Read more »

Professor Antony Young

Antony Richard Young Current position Professor of Experimental Photobiology St John’s Institute of Dermatology School of Basic and Medical Biosciences Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine King’s College London (KCL) Guy’s Hospital London SE1 9RT antony.young@kcl.ac.uk Professor Young has been involved in research on the health effects of ultraviolet radiation (UVR) on human skin for… Read more »

Dr Asim Shahmalak

Asim Shahmalak is an eminent hair transplant surgeon who owns and runs Crown Clinic in Manchester – one of the UK’s most successful and best-known hair transplant clinics. He also has consulting rooms in London’s Harley Street. Dr Shahmalak treats men and woman and around 80% of his patients have FUE (follicular unit extraction) hair… Read more »

Dr Janet Carlyon

Janet is a Phd chemist with over 20 years experience working as a formulation scientist in research and development laboratories of Smith & Nephew and Boots. Her expertise spans all areas of New Product Development in the categories of wound care, sun care, skin care, hair care and washing and bathing.  Since 2011 Janet has… Read more »

Sharon Thompson

Sharon Thompson is the International Marketing Manager (EMEA Region), for McBride Research Labs., Inc., an Atlanta USA based family run hair care manufacturer with a 48 year heritage of Hair Product Manufacturing catering to the Afro & Textured hair sector of the market.  Sharon has a 30 year history in Marketing, Sales & Brand Management… Read more »

Victoria Akuagwu

Victoria is an esteemed hair care professional, and has won many awards across a variety of categories. These include; colour, bridal and cut and style. She was recently featured on the BBC news in a segment on natural afro hair and the importance of having positive images of natural hair for our young children. She… Read more »

Diane Watson

Diane Watson is the Public Affairs Director at Cosmetics Europe, the Brussels based trade association, which represents the interests of the European cosmetics and personal care industry at European level. The membership of Cosmetics Europe includes European companies both large multinationals and some 5,500 small and medium sized enterprises, as well as national cosmetics and… Read more »

Dan Whitby

Daniel has worked in the personal care industry for over 20 years in a variety of  roles including formulation, new product development, innovation, technical marketing and claims testing. He has developed patented technologies, been responsible for the introduction of several innovative products and claims into the beauty market place and has presented at numerous cosmetic… Read more »