Sustainability: Green Chemistry, Upcycling, Biodiversity, Social Progress, Circularity

12oct10:30 AM6:30 PMSustainability: Green Chemistry, Upcycling, Biodiversity, Social Progress, Circularity10:30 AM - 6:30 PM Park Drive North, E 72nd St, New York, NY 10021

Event Details

Sustainability: Green Chemistry, Upcycling, Biodiversity, Social Progress, Circularity


10:30 am
Arrival and registration

11:15 am
Opening comments

11:30 am
“Circularity 101 and reshaping consumer expectations”
Sandra Goldmark: Barnard College/Columbia Climate School

12 Noon
“Sustainability trends“
Yarden Horwitz: Spate

12:30 pm
“Sustainable biotech solutions”
Jasmina Aganovic: Arcaea

1:00 pm

2:00 pm
“Connecting formulators and suppliers with sustainable offerings”
Kimberly Shenk: Novi

2:30 pm
“Sustainable packaging: refillable, recyclable”
Adrian Apodaca: HCT/packaging

3:15 pm
Circularity Roundtable Q&A

3:30 pm

3:45 pm
“Green chemistry, the Green Score, waterless formulations and more”
Shaun Barker: Estée Lauder Companies

4:15 pm
“Certification program”
Monica Becker: Cradle to Cradle Certified

4:45 pm
“Action on Sustainable Derivatives (ASD): What’s next after RSPO?”
Laurent Schubnel: Gattefossé SAS

5:15 pm
Roundtable Event Q&A

5:30 pm
Happy Hour

6:30 pm


Symposium Co-Chair – Stacey House

Stacey House is the Global Head of Innovation for KDC-One’s Beauty and Personal Care Division responsible for driving industry leading product development and innovation for the organization. She started her career on the brand side at Revlon and Coty, supporting all facets within R&D over a combined 14-year period. She then moved into the supplier side of the cosmetic industry as the Director of Applications for Kobo Products managing labs in the USA, Brazil, and France. During this time, she was involved in ingredient development of sunscreen technologies, surface treatments and dispersions to optimize pigments in support of diversity and inclusivity, and on natural platforms. Afterwards, she joined MANA Products as the Director of R&D prior to joining KDC/One.

Stacey graduated from Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business with MBAs in International Business, Operations, and Supply Chain Management. She received her Bachelor of Science degree at Rutgers University-New Brunswick with a focus on Microbiology in Cosmetics. Recently she completed the Harvard Business School Design Thinking and Innovation Certificate program. Stacey is an active member of the SCC.

Symposium Co-Chair – Ben Blinder

Ben Blinder is the Executive Director, Business Operations at Gattefossé USA, with P&L responsibility leading Gattefossé’s two business units in the personal care and pharmaceutical industries in the U.S. and Mexico. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering at Lehigh University (Bethlehem, PA), he began his career in technical sales, moved to strategic marketing and then to executive management, all with multinational organizations in the personal care industry. Ben has been heavily involved in strategic and corporate long-range planning, business development, direct relationship management of supplier/distributor networks, and active in the search for new technologies and new business partners. After 35 years exclusively in the personal care industry, he was promoted to his current position in 2021 where his responsibilities now include strategic leadership of the pharmaceutical business unit. Ben is a member of the SCC, serving on the NYSCC Scientific Committee, and is also a member of AAPS. In addition, he is a founding member of the Advisory Committee on Diversity at Gattefossé in North America, an employee group dedicated to promoting the ideals and values of diversity in the workplace.


Sandra Goldmark (Barnard College/Columbia Climate School)
Circularity 101 and reshaping consumer expectations

Sandra Goldmark is a designer, teacher, and entrepreneur whose work focuses on circular and regenerative climate change solutions. She is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice and Director of Sustainability at Barnard College. She founded and operated Fixup, a social enterprise that operated short term repair shops and reuse events to help build healthy, sustainable modes of consumption for the circular economy. Originally a theatrical set designer, Sandra is a co-creator of the Sustainable Production Toolkit, a resource for climate action in the performing arts, and is the author of Fixation: How to Have Stuff without Breaking the Planet. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the BBC, WNYC, GreenBiz 350,, the Sunday Times of London, and more.

Yarden Horwitz (Spate)
Sustainability trends

Yarden Horwitz is the Co-Founder of Spate, the artificial intelligence trends platform for beauty. Prior to Spate, Yarden co-founded and led the Trendspotting division at Google – where she launched renowned reports such as The Google Fashion Trends Report and The Google Skin Care Trends Report. Her work at Google included spotting top trends such as Turmeric, Cold Brew, and Face Masks. Yarden was named the Future Voice of Fashion by The Business of Fashion, based on her work in leveraging data science for consumer trends prediction.

Adrian Apodaca (HCT/packaging)
Sustainable packaging: refillable, recyclable

Adrian Apodaca is the Global Director of Engineering at HCT Group. Originally from Denver, CO, Adrian graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. With over 12 years of engineering experience in the cosmetics industry, Adrian made a name for himself by heading the technical development for key HCT clients on the West Coast. Now in charge of worldwide engineering operations, he leads the global engineering team with supplying key innovation and industrialization solutions for client needs. With an eye for detail and great technical creativity, Adrian and his team are prepared to take HCT to ever higher accomplishments in the beauty industry.

Kimberly Shenk (Novi)
Connecting formulators and suppliers with sustainable offerings

Kimberly Shenk is Co-founder and CEO of Novi, which helps brands build sustainable products. Through a data-rich network of suppliers, manufacturers, and retailers. Novi allows brands to easily formulate, discover, sample, and purchase innovative ingredients and sustainable packaging as they build new products. Founded by Kimberly Shenk, an Air Force captain veteran and the former Head of Data Science at Eventbrite, Novi is backed by Tiger Global, Greylock Partners, and For more information on Novi, visit

Jasmina Aganovic (Arcaea)
Sustainable biotech solutions

Jasmina is a cosmetics industry professional who is driving innovation in beauty. As the CEO of Arcaea, she leverages the power of expressive biology to create a new wave of beauty products that provide consumers with innovative and sustainably sourced ingredients. Prior to launching Arcaea, she was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Gingko Bioworks and the President of Mother Dirt, a skin microbiome brand that developed the first live probiotic and biome friendly products for the skin. Jasmina has a degree in chemical and biological engineering from MIT.

Shaun Barker (Estée Lauder)
Green chemistry, the Green Score, waterless formulations and more

Shaun Barker is an Associate Research Fellow in Green Chemistry & Sustainability at the Estée Lauder Companies (ELC). Previously, he held roles at BASF, Henkel, and L’Oréal where he developed extensive expertise in polymers and surfactants and developed novel sustainable products for hair care applications. Shaun has brought this experience to ELC, where he is responsible for bringing in greener raw materials as well as working with Communications on ELC ingredient glossaries that aid in furthering ingredient and formula transparency. Shaun obtained his B.S. in Chemistry from Hunter College and M.S. in Chemistry from NYU.


Laurent Schubnel (Gattefossé)
Action on Sustainable Derivatives (ASD): What’s next after RSPO?

Laurent Schubnel is Engineer in Biology and graduated also a master in Business Management. He’s been working in the Personal Care business for 22 years now, both in the finished products and raw material business. Laurent Schubnel joined Gattefossé in 2001 as International Technical Support. He’s now the Gattefossé Group CSR Leader.


Monica Becker (Cradle To Cradle Certified)

Monica Becker joined the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute in 2020 as director of beauty, personal care and household products. She also leads efforts on packaging.  A purpose-driven sustainability expert, Monica has worked with beauty and personal care companies, suppliers and retailers to design and implement collaborative initiatives on sustainable chemistry and circular economy. In the Cradle to Cradle Program, she chairs the Cosmetic & Personal Care User Group, which includes L’Oréal, J&J, IFF, GOJO, Beiersdorf and Lush.  She served as co-director and director of collaborative innovation for the Green Chemistry & Commerce Council where she led industry collaborations on green chemistry innovation with major CPG brands, retailers and ingredient suppliers on preservatives, silicone alternatives and plasticizers.  Monica has worked for over 30 years in technical and policy-related sustainability positions in the chemical industry, consulting and research, in a range of industry sectors.  She holds degrees in Paper Science Engineering from SUNY ESF and Master’s degrees in Civil & Environmental Engineering and Technology & Policy from MIT.


(Wednesday) 10:30 AM - 6:30 PM


Central Park Boathouse - Lake Room

Park Drive North, E 72nd St, New York, NY 10021