Executive Board

Chair

Susanna Fernandes

Advisor/Past Chairman

Giorgino Macalino

Secretary

Leor Fay Tal

Treasurer

Mohamed Abdulla

Chair-Elect

Giorgio Dell’Acqua

Chair

Susanna Fernandes

Susanna Fernandes is the 2021 Chair-elect of the NYSCC. She has been working in the cosmetic industry for nine years and has played a role in the NYSCC for seven years.

Susanna’s first role in the New York chapter was on the Social Media Committee. From there, she moved on to the committee that plans the Holiday and Suppliers’ Day Awards Nights. As she grew into new roles within the organization, she carried the experience she gained along the way to thrive in each new position. Last year, Susanna completed her term as Program Chair and coordinated all NYSCC events for 2019 and 2020. Thanks to her help, we had a larger turnout at events than ever before.

As the 2021 Chair she is confident that she will continue to use all that she has learned to be the best Chair of the NYSCC that she can be. Learning and educating others have always been her core goals and the SCC has helped her achieve these goals by allowing her to be part of the team that planned and introduced the first Future Chemists Workshop at Suppliers’ Day. As Chair, she will strive to create and contribute to more projects that inspire and teach current and future generations about our great industry.

Advisor/Past Chairman

Giorgino Macalino

Giorgino (Gino) Macalino serves as the Advisor/Past Chairman of the New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists. He received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Fairleigh Dickinson University. As Manager of Makeup Innovation at the Estée Lauder Companies, he leads a team of scientists on cultivating breakthrough innovation through synergistic rigor on technical and creative approach. Giorgino joined the Cosmetic Society almost 10 years ago and has worked for a variety of business units including brands, TPM, and raw material suppliers for the color cosmetics category.

His tenure with the NYSCC began in 2012 when he was elected/appointed/volunteered as Chair for Social Media committee, and has steadily increased his responsibilities, first as Chapter Secretary in 2015 and now as Chair Elect. Giorgino was instrumental in the process of integrating the NYSCC’s electronic election system, which improved the digital data integrity of the society; building the Chapter’s social media network; co-creating scientific initiatives such as the Future Chemist workshop, and the development of Awards Night Events in 2013.

His passion for Cosmetic Science has helped lead him to his successful leadership of the SCC’s world’s largest chapter, and he is committed both to fostering the Society’s mission and creating a dynamic organization that gives back to its members! His theme for 2020, supported by an apparent and revolutionized approach to the Cosmetic Industry will be, “Revolutionary Disruptors!”

Secretary

Leor Fay Tal

Leor Fay graduated from Rutgers University, earning her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, and is the Technical Marketing Leader for the Personal Care division of Gattefossé USA. In her role, she delivers information on trends and consumers, provides technical marketing support to the company’s sales teams and agents across North America, Canada, and Mexico, and works to promote knowledge and understanding of the company’s ingredients.

Prior to Gattefossé, Leor worked at MANA Products in the R&D Powder Laboratory and then as the Raw Material Regulatory Affairs Specialist.

Leor Fay is an active member of the NYSCC. She organized the April 2018 event Cosmetics in the Middle East, A Regulatory Perspective, and now serves as the Secretary for the executive board.

Treasurer

Mohamed Abdulla

Mohamed Abdulla (Moe) came into the cosmetic industry over 12 years ago. After earning a BA from Hunter College, he worked at various companies such as Henkel Loctite, Evonik Degussa, Arch (now Lonza Consumer Care), SEPPIC, Inc and now Oxiteno US.

Mohamed began his career managing the Inside Sales accounts through webinars, teleconferences and customer visits as Technical Sales Representative. He was promoted to Regional Account Manager managing accounts in the Midwest and on the East Coast, as well as distribution in Canada and industrial accounts for the Midwest.  He recently took a new role as East Coast Account Manager for Oxiteno, a leader in production of ethylene oxide and other derivatives used in Personal Care, Household Cleaning, and other applications.

Mohamed has been a proud member of the NYSCC since 2009, and has volunteered in several roles such as as House Chair and Membership Chair, and is currently Treasurer-Elect for 2019/2020part of the Executive Board. In 2016 he received the Chapter Merit Award for exceptional service and dedication. Outside of work and volunteering, Mohamed spends most of his free time with his family, spoiling his niece Sara, and eating exotic foods during his travels. Mohamed and his wife most recently moved back to NJ and are raising their two sons, Omar and his newborn son, Salem.

Chair-Elect

Giorgio Dell’Acqua

After obtaining his PhD in Cell Biology in 1989, Giorgio Dell’Acqua worked for 15 years as an investigator in applied medical research. Moving to the private sector in 2000, he has spent the last 20 years as an executive and cosmetic scientist in the personal care industry, directing R&D, Science, Product Development and Innovation. Giorgio Dell’Acqua has helped bring more than 200 successful active ingredients and finished products to market, has authored more than 70 publications in medicine and cosmetic science and has been a presenter and a keynote speaker at events and conferences. He is also an award-winning speaker on natural ingredients and a regular writer on sustainability.

Dr Giorgio Dell’Acqua began serving the NYSCC to spearhead the Chapter’s Scientific Committee (SC) and in charge of its scientific blog. Under Giorgio’s leadership, the SC has served as a scientific source for articles and blogs; as an educational platform by attracting top speakers for Suppliers’ Day, webinars and NYSCC events; and as an independent reviewer for scientific content submitted to the NYSCC. Giorgio has also served the NYSCC as an educator and international ambassador and is often sent as a motivational speaker to events organized by the Cosmetic Scientists International Federations. He has assisted in structuring the NYSCC educational programs as a speaker and moderator.

As Chair-Elect, Giorgio is planning to continue the legacy of the Chapter focusing on education in cosmetic science as well as seeking collaborations with organizations instrumental to the chapter. He will pay particular attention to chapter youngest members to help them succeed in our industry and will put Science and Sustainability as center piece for the Chapter activities.

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