Executive Board

Chair

Giorgio Dell’Acqua

Chair-Elect

Stacey House

Advisor

Susanna Fernandes

Secretary

Luciana Coutinho

Treasurer

Mohamed Abdulla

Treasurer-Elect

Alex Blakeman

Chair

Giorgio Dell’Acqua

Giorgio Dell’Acqua is currently Chief Science Officer at Nutrafol. After obtaining his PhD in Cell Biology in 1989, Giorgio worked in academia for 15 years as an investigator in applied medical research. Moving to the private sector in 2000, he has spent the last 21 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 and communicate more than 200 successful active ingredients and finished products to market, has authored more than 80 publications in medicine and cosmetic science, he holds multiple patents, and has been a presenter and a keynote speaker at more than 20 personal care events and conferences during the last four years. He is also an award-winning speaker on natural ingredients and a regular writer on sustainability. Giorgio will chair and speak at a NYSCC Clean Beauty event in March 2022.

Chair-Elect

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 for the organization. Previously, she was the Vice President of R&I/Regulatory for KDC-One’s East Coast. Together with the talented teams at Acupac, Chemaid, Innovation Lab and Kolmar she is focused on customer development of elevated, high touch formulas in categories spanning the industry. Stacey has been involved in hundreds of product launches and helping emerging brands develop product lines.

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 & inclusivity, and of natural platforms.  Afterwards, she joined MANA Products as the Director of R&D prior to joining KDC/One.

Stacey holds a patent on Low Viscosity Phenyl Trimethicone Applications. She has written several published industry articles and has given presentations globally for the Society of Cosmetic Chemist (SCC), IFSCC, and In-cosmetics.

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. Stacey is an active member of SCC, CHIEF, and Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW).

Advisor

Susanna Fernandes

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.

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.

Secretary

Luciana Coutinho

Luciana is the founder and Chief Product Officer of LULUBLE, INC., a boutique product development laboratory specializing in topical formulations for the beauty and pharma industry from concept to counter. As previous experience, she was Director of Innovation & Product Development for Prestige Consumer Healthcare, Category Manager of Product Development for Reckitt Benckiser, and Manager of Product Development, Skin Care and Personal Care – Global R&D, for Avon Products. Luciana has a MS in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Rhode Island and graduated with a thesis on Near Infrared Microscopy of Human Hair – Spectral Identification and Assessment of Structural Changes. She holds a certification in Cosmetic Technology from Universidade do Sagrado Coração, – São Paulo, Brazil and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Escola de Engenharia Mauá – São Paulo, Brazil. She has presented many times at Cosmetic Science events on Natural Ingredients and Clean Beauty, and she has been instrumental in creating a strong liaison between the NYSCC and the Indie Brands, organizing seminars and events. Other than the SCC, she is also a member of organizations such as CEW and IBE.

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.

Treasurer-Elect

Alex Blakeman

Alex Blakeman is originally from St. Petersburg, Russia. He obtained his MS in Polymer Technology from Leningrad Institute of Technology in 1983 having graduated with Honors. Moving to the US in 1986 he started his career in the wonderful world of colors. During his tenure he grew from bench chemist to technical manager, eventually assuming a role of key account manager. In 2007 he joined regional distributor, Superior Materials Inc. and is now covering a variety of industries – from building products to personal care applications. Alex has become a NYSCC member in 2010 and has been volunteering for the NYSCC for the last 5 years.

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