David Mackinson has a Master of Arts degree in Economics from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois: Urbana Champaign. He manages an international team of analysts that cover FMCG in Latin America and he is responsible for Euromonitor’s relationship with the most important companies in the region. He has a deep understanding of corporate activity in the region and the current state of each industry, including Tissue & Hygiene.
Head of Product Strategy, Stewardship & Regulatoryat
MonoSol, A Kuraray division
Dr. Yash Parulekar is the global lead on product strategy and stewardship at MonoSol. Yash in his role as product steward for MonoSol’s entire product portfolio of water-soluble, biodegradable films oversees product strategy, product line management, technical reputation management, sustainability, and social responsibility.
Yash has been with MonoSol since 2011 in various roles in technical marketing and business strategy development. His expertise areas include bio-based materials, water-soluble polymers, unit-dose detergents, and
packaging and has to his name multiple patents and peer-reviewed publications. Prior to MonoSol, Yash worked in technical roles at Encapsys and Appleton Performance Packaging both in Wisconsin.
Yash serves on technical, regulatory, and sustainability committees and task-forces at the American Cleaning Institute in the US and at the European detergent Industry association (AISE). Yash is also on the advisory board for packaging at Cal Poly University’s Orfalea College of Business.
Yash graduated from the University of Pune in India with a degree in Polymer Engineering followed by graduate work at Clemson (M.S. Materials Science and Engineering) and Michigan State University (Ph. D. Packaging Science). Yash and his wife Aishwarya have 2 young pre-teen children and they all enjoy traveling and martial arts together as a family.
Global Technical Marketing Manager – Cleaning Surface Chemistryat
Stuart has been working at Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals) for over 15 years, and currently leads the global technical marketing efforts for the cleaning segment, which includes specialty surfactants and water soluble polymer products. Stuart has a Chemistry background from Imperial College, London, and has developed a varied career in technical, innovation, sales and marketing roles across different industries over the years, with a keen focus throughout on the development of mild and sustainable chemistry for industry and consumer use.
Technical Manager - Home care and I&I solutionsat
Dr. Michael Capracotta is the Technical Manager for BASF’s North American Home Care and I&I technical service group and earned his Bachelor’s in Chemistry from Clemson University and his PhD in Solid State Chemistry from North Carolina State University. His 14 years with BASF have been spent working in the Care Chemicals business supporting surfactants and chelating agents. In addition to his current role, he also has experience in process chemistry supporting manufacturing of surfactants such as SLES. Mike is a core member of BASF’s task force that is developing solutions for managing 1,4-dioxane and is based in Wyandotte, Michigan.
Director of Beauty, Personal Care and Household Productsat
Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute
Monica is the Director, Beauty, Personal Care and Household Products at the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute where she is leading work with companies in these sectors and in packaging to scale the positive impact of Cradle to Cradle Certified™, a multi-attribute sustainable product certification.
Prior to joining the Institute, Monica worked as Director of Collaborative Innovation for the Green Chemistry & Commerce Council (GC3), leading projects on strategic ingredients for consumer products such as preservatives and silicone alternatives. She created and grew the GC3's Startup Network and Technology Showcase.
Monica held management positions in clean tech and remanufacturing consulting and R&D programs at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability and began her career as a chemical engineer at Eka Chemicals (now Nouryon). Monica holds Masters’ degrees in Civil & Environmental Engineering and Technology & Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
Chief of the Design for the Environment Program (DfE)at
Safer Choice, US EPA
Clive Davies leads the Safer Choice Program in the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics. He is committed to advancing EPA’s chemical safety mission, and is proud to work with a talented, innovative, and dedicated staff of environmental professionals.
Clive built Safer Choice, the Agency’s program to distinguish and label safer products, such as cleaners and detergents. Safer Choice-labeled products – more than 2,000 branded cleaners, detergents, and other classes of products – can be found in retailers and distributers across the country. The program also developed and maintains the Safer Chemical Ingredients List (SCIL), which includes hundreds of high-functioning chemical ingredients that meet rigorous health and environment criteria. These ingredients can be used to manufacture Safer Choice-labeled products, and are being used to process or manufacture safer products around the world.
Clive also began the DfE Alternatives Assessment Program to inform industry decision making in selecting alternatives to hundreds of millions of pounds of high-priority chemicals. He convened multi-stakeholder partnerships that guided the transition for chemicals that included high-volume flame retardants, and BPA in thermal paper.
Clive has worked in EPA’s Office of Water and in the Office of Air and Radiation. Clive led the first Survey of Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs, which Congress used to allocate up to $1billion per year in infrastructure funding.
Global VP Quality, Hygiene GBUat
Aldo Caceres is Global VP Quality, Hygiene GBU at Reckitt (formerly Reckitt Benckiser).
Senior Research Scientistat
Dr. Prieto is a Senior Research Scientist at Sasol, Lake Charles, LA. He has over 35 years of experience in surfactants and enzymes applications, development, and formulation in diverse industries including cleaning products. He has authored multiple patents, technical articles and presentations.
Sr. Program Manager, Circular Economy Solutionsat
Thomas McKay is Sr. Program Manager, Circular Economy Solutions at BASF Corporation. Thomas received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kentucks, as well as a Masters Degree focused in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard University.