Global Fragrance Summit program

This program may be updated without notice.


Tuesday 5 December 2023

* indicates speaker to be confirmed 

8:00 – Registration open

  • Welcome coffee

9:00 – Start of Global Fragrance Summit 2023

  •           Moderator welcomes guests, housekeeping, thanks to all sponsors.

9:15 – Welcome speech

Reflections on the International Fragrance Association in its 50th year.

In his opening speech, the IFRA Chairman will welcome guests and give a hint about what delegates can expect from Global Fragrance Summit 2023.

  • Hans Holger Gliewe, Chairman, International Fragrance Association

9:30 – Scene setter and panel one

9:30 – Scene setter: Reflecting on the IFRA Global Strategy 2019-2024

In this scene-setting presentation, Martina Bianchini, President of IFRA, will explain the current IFRA Global Strategy, highlighting what has been achieved and what remains to be done. This will set the scene for a discussion on what elements should be considered in establishing the next five years of the subsequent strategy.

The previous strategy was born in a different world – before COVID, before the EU Green Deal. Should IFRA remain on course, or should there be a change of direction?

  • Martina Bianchini, President, International Fragrance Association

9:45 - Fitness test: What dynamics should shape the fragrance industry’s strategy after 2024?

Participants will give their point of view on the key factors that will affect the global fragrance industry over the next five years – and thus what IFRA should focus on in the next half decade.

  • Ricardo Omori, Deputy President, Fragrance Division, Symrise; 
  • Hussein Fakhry, Owner-President, A. Fakhry & Co.
  • Cynthia Sanfilippo, Vice President, Global Public Affairs, L’Oreal
  • Jenna Troyli, Managing Editor, Perfumer & Flavorist+ Magazine

Moderation by:

  • Martina Bianchini, President, International Fragrance Association


10:45 – Break


11:15 – Scene setter and panel two

11:15 – Scene-setting state of play on the EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability

  • Aurelie Perrichet, Regional Director for Europe, International Fragrance Association

11:30 – Taking stock: What impact from the implementation of the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability on the future of global fragrance?

 The Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability is a wide-ranging sub-strategy of the EU Green Deal, the effects of which will be felt by the fragrance industry for many years to come. IFRA has been extremely active in representing the priorities of our sector to policy makers, with some success. However, the revisions to REACH and CLP and vertical legislation such as the detergents and cosmetic products rules, as well as related aspects of the CSS strategy, such as the balance of risk versus hazard or the concepts of ‘Essential Use’ and ‘Safe and Sustainable by Design’ remain areas in which a great deal of discussion remains.

In parallel, discussion on the Transition Pathway aims at co-creating a roadmap, to help the industry in its transformation journey. As of 2023, the implementation of the CSS is being watched with great interest around the world, so this scene-setter and panel will address some of the challenges the global sector will face as a result of this European legislative file.

  • Dr Catherine Gadras, Managing Director, Product Safety-Regulatory Affairs, Robertet SA; Board member
  • Dr Felix Klug, Director, Global Regulatory Affairs & Quality Compliance, Aroma Ingredients BASF; Chair of the CSS Strategy Group IFRA
  • Dr Sylvie Lemoine, Deputy Director General, CEFIC
  • Dr Pelle Moos, Senior Advisor, BEUC
  • Kristin Schreiber, Director, DG Grow, European Commission (online)

Moderation by:

  • Aurelie Perrichet, Regional Director for Europe, International Fragrance Association


12:40 – Lunch, sponsored by JFFMA, Mayer Brown, and Takasago

Lunch to be served in the room across the hall


14:00 – Start of Global Fragrance Summit part 2

Moderator calls participants in from lunch; housekeeping if necessary


14:05 – Presentation

Boosting the relevance of the IFRA Standards in a world of evolving regulation

In this presentation IFRA and RIFM will explore the continued scientific and regulatory relevance of the IFRA Standards given the rise in ‘competing’ regulation around the world, whilst also highlighting some of the key updates to the IFRA Standards that show the importance of cutting-edge science in fragrance ingredient risk management.

  • Dr Matthias Vey, Vice President, Scientific Affairs, IFRA
  • Dr Anne Marie Api, President, Research Institute for Fragrance Materials (RIFM)


14:25 – Panel three

Is self-regulation still delivering on its potential in a world of evolving legislation?

Self-regulation has underpinned how the global fragrance industry has operated for at least half a century. With regulators becoming much more active in the areas in which the fragrance sector operates, it is time to consider the continued relevance of the self-regulatory approach?

Regulators are increasingly set specific rules for ingredient hazard assessment, composition and use,  and rules are being set on sustainability and consumer’s Right-to-Know. How does the sector ensure the future relevance of the processes it has successfully for decades?

  • Dr Greg Adamson, Senior Vice President, Global Regulatory Affairs & Product Safety, Fragrance & Beauty, Givaudan
  • Dr Danielle Botelho, Safety Assessment Manager, Research Institute for Fragrance Materials (RIFM) (online)
  • Dr Chris Choi, Vice President, Safety and Regulatory, Takasago; Chair, Executive Technical Committee, IFRA
  • Dr Frédéric Lebreux, Chief Executive Officer, Biorius
  • Dr Veronique Scailteur, Director External Relations Perfumes, Chanel

Moderated by:

  • Dr Matthias Vey, Vice President, Scientific Affairs, International Fragrance Association


15:15 – Panel four

Towards regulatory risk assessment without animal testing: What do we have and what do we need?

Animal testing is increasingly seen to be problematic in the cosmetic and fragrance sectors, and consumers are less and less accepting of its necessity. Consumer product sectors are developing a range of non-animal testing alternatives. However, some regulatory environments are loath to apply animal-free methods, for a range of reasons. This panel will consider the opportunities, constraints and obstacles, blind spots, and research required to move towards an accepted, animal-free regulatory system.

  • Erin Hill, President and CEO, International Collaboration on Cosmetics Safety (ICCS)
  • Dr Amaia Irizar, Senior Toxicology Associate, IFRA (online)
  • PD Dr Robert Landsiedel, Vice President Special Toxicology, BASF SE; President German Toxicological Society
  • Jay Ingram, Director, Chemicals, Humane Society International
  • Prof Dr Vera Rogiers, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Toxicology, in-vitro toxicology and dermato-cosmetology, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

Moderated by:

  • Dr Boris Mueller, VP Global Strategic Safety, Regulatory & Advocacy Scent & Care, Symrise AG


16:10 – Break


16:40 – Keynote presentation

What do we know about public perceptions of the fragrance industry and its value-chains?

  • Mathieu Chévara, co-founder, NEZ - le mouvement culturel olfactif


16:55 – Closing panel five

Our sector under the microscope: Fragrance value chain perception and public perspectives

Is the fragrance industry respected and trusted up and down the value chain – and do end regulators or consumers have faith in the quality and safety of fragrance products? How is the fragrance industry perceived, and what lessons can we draw for the future of the sector at large? What skills gaps exist in the fragrance industry, and how can we fill them? And given the increasing importance of regulation, how can we continue to show we are a trusted and reliable partner for policy makers around the world?

  • Thilo Bischoff, SVP Global Aroma Ingredients, Nutrition & Health Asia Pacific, BASF; Board member, IFRA
  • John Chave, Director General, Cosmetics Europe
  • Hans Holger Gliewe, Chairman, IFRA
  • Pia Long, Perfumer and journalist, Olfiction; Member of the International Society of Perfumer-Creators (ISPC)


17:45 – Closing remarks

  • Richard Illi, CEO, Essencia; President, Swiss Flavour and Fragrance Industry Association
  • Martina Bianchini, President, IFRA


17:55 – End of Global Fragrance Summit day 1


18:00 – Welcome cocktail

A welcome drink will be served on the mezzanine after the first day of the conference has ended


19:30 – Swiss Cultural Evening, sponsored by BASF, Biorius, Moodify, and Symrise

Edelweiss restaurant: Pl. de la Navigation 2, 1201 Genève, Switzerland – the shuttle will leave the hotel at 19:00


Wednesday 6 December 2023

8:00 – Registration opens

  • Welcome coffee

9:00 – Start of Global Fragrance Summit 2023 part 3

Moderator welcomes guests, housekeeping, thanks to all sponsors.


9:15 – Welcome remarks

The welcome remarks will summarize the conversation on the previous day whilst setting out the day ahead.

  • Michael Carlos, Chairman Emeritus, International Fragrance Association


9:25 – Innovation keynote

How has innovation shaped fragrance: What breakthroughs are changing the face of the sector?

What external factors drive technological, social and environmental innovation? The fragrance industry continues to innovate, to make sure its products are safer, better and more sustainable.  How does the industry cooperate with its up and downstream value chain to ensure that all stakeholders and the environment benefit from the evolution of fragrance best practice? What future for fragrance in this rapidly changing context?

  • Gilles Andrier, CEO, Givaudan


9:45  Innovation Leaders panel six

Creating a future for fragrance through innovation

In this panel, leadership from fragrance houses, consumer product groups and other stakeholders from the world of fragrance will come together to explore the challenges and opportunities of innovation in the fragrance sector.

  • Emmanuel Butstraen, President of Perfumery & Beauty, dsm firmenich; IFRA Board member
  • Mohamed Ismail, Senior Vice President, Fabric Care, P&G
  • Yigal Sharon, Founder and CEO, Moodify AI
  • Patricia Soyer, International Director Green Perfumery – L’Oreal
  • Eva Viñas, Global R&D SVP Fragrances Innovation, Coty

10:45 – Break



11:15 – Sustainability Presentation

Sustainability in practice: updates from the IFRA-IOFI Sustainability Report and Charter

 This presentation will briefly look at the main results from the IFRA-IOFI Sustainability Report and examine the updated Charter.

  • Dr Jonathan Warr, Senior Vice President R&D, Market Research, Regulatory Affairs, Takasago


11:30 – Roundtable and discussion – panel seven

Achieving sustainability in practice – how can F&F build on its successes?

In this roundtable, panelists will demonstrate sustainability in practice by looking at practical examples along the fragrance value chain, as well as the interplay of climate policy and companies’ carbon management efforts.

With this and the context from the presentation on the Sustainability Report, speakers will explore, in more detail, the sustainability frontiers of the fragrance industry.

  • Sven Ballschmiede, Executive Director, IOFI
  • Dr Prabodh Kumar Trivedi, Director, Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CSIR-CIMAP), India (online)
  • Rik Kutsch, Executive Director, Union for Ethical BioTrade
  • Dr Cordula Mock Knoblauch, Head of Sustainability Accelerator Aroma Ingredients, BASF; Vice-Chair, Sustainability Committee, IFRA
  • Gabriele Unger, General Manager, Together for Sustainability (TfS) (online)

Moderated by:

  • Martina Bianchini, President, International Fragrance Association

12:30 - Lunch, sponsored by JFFMA, Mayer Brown, and Takasago

Lunch to be served in the room across the hall


14:00 - Start of Global Fragrance Summit part 4

Moderator calls participants in from lunch; housekeeping if necessary


14:00 – Fireside chat

Beyond the bottle: A look back at the history of IFRA

IFRA has supported the fragrance industry since 1973, promoting the safe and sustainable use of fragrance. The industry – and the world – have changed since those early days – and this fireside chat will discuss IFRA’s past, present and future in more detail.

  • Dr Friedrich Grundschober, Former Secretary and Scientific Director, IFRA
  • Dr Maurice Wagner, Executive Director, IFRA, 1996-2002
  • Dr Matthias Vey, Vice-President, Scientific Affairs, IFRA

Moderated by:

  • Michael Carlos, Chairman Emeritus, IFRA


14:40 – Panel eight

Cultural heritage and fragrance: how essential is fragrance globally?

Fragrance has played a profound role throughout global history, resonating with various cultures and societies worldwide. This thought-provoking panel brings together experts from around the world to explore the multifaceted aspects of scent and its influence on cultural identity, memory, and tradition.

This panel will look at how fragrances have been an integral part of cultural rituals, ceremonies, and daily life, acting as powerful vessels that encapsulate stories and experiences, seen through the lens the regional experience of fragrance production, growth and use, as well as the artistry behind crafting unique fragrances that reflect cultural values and narratives.

  • Delphine De Swardt, Associate Editor, NEZ
  • Philippe Massé, President, Prodarom
  • Hiroyuki Matsuo, Regulatory/Safety Associate Director, Takasago; Chair, Fragrance Committee in JFFMA
  • Monica Rossetto, perfumer (online)
  • Bhuvana Nageshwaran, Director F&F, Ultra International Ltd 

15:40 – Break


16:00 – Closing panel

Fragrance in the next 50 years – where is the industry going and how can IFRA support it?

Global Fragrance Summit has explored megatrends, sustainability, regulation, innovation and cultural heritage – threads that cover the past, present and future of the fragrance sector around the world. This closing panel will attempt to bring together remarks made at the conference and provide some key takeaways for the audience.

  • Dr Joern Andreas, President, Scent and Care, Symrise; Board member, IFRA
  • Thierry Audibert; Board of Directors, International Society of Perfumer Creators; Givaudan
  • Hans Holger Gliewe, Chairman, International Fragrance Association


16:45 – Closing remarks

The closing speech will bring Global Fragrance Summit 2023 to an end, looking back at what has been discussed and closing the loop on the theme of the past, present and future of global fragrance.

  • Martina Bianchini, President, International Fragrance Association
  • Hans Holger Gliewe, Chairman, International Fragrance Association

17:00 – End of Global Fragrance Summit 2023

18:00 – Departure for IFRA 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner

19:00 – Opening of IFRA 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner, sponsored by dsm-firmenich, Givaudan and Ultra International Ltd. Doors open at 18:30.

Château des Bois, Chemin de la Combe-d'Ornex 10, 1242 Satigny, Switzerland;
Dress code: festive formal

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