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Friday, 16 March 2018 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.


The green trend is all the rage in the beauty industry, with a growing number of brands launching natural and organic lines. This panel of key experts will discuss latest developments in the natural and organic cosmetics industry: standards, green raw materials, and marketing issues. What is the state of the natural and organic cosmetics market, and what developments are on the horizon?




Amarjit SAHOTA
President and Founder


Steven KO

Director General

Founder & Creative Director

Amarjit SAHOTA, President and Founder, ECOVIA INTELLIGENCE

Mr. Sahota is the founder and president of Ecovia Intelligence (formerly Organic Monitor), a London-based specialist research, consulting & training firm that specialises on global sustainable product industries. His company organises the Sustainable Foods Summit, Sustainable Cosmetics Summit, and Sustainable Cleaning Products Summit in the major geographic regions of the world.

Mr. Sahota has been involved in the health, wellness and sustainable industries for over 20 years. Research and analysis of Mr. Sahota has been quoted extensively in the media, including The Financial Times, The Independent, Forbes, Fortune, BBC World Service, The Economist, Food Chemical News, The Straits Times, South China Morning Post, CNBC News, Nordic Business Report and Asian Business. He regularly delivers papers at international events. Mr. Sahota has degrees in Applied Chemistry and Management Science, as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing.He has co-authored a number of books on sustainability and organic products. His latest publication is called Sustainability: Greening of the Cosmetics Industry (Wiley & Sons).


Steven Ko is among Taiwan’s Top 100 MVP Managers. He is th Director of Taiwan Superior Brands and Taiwan Excellent Brand Association. He has been a speaker at APEC, Sustainability Summit & UN Carbon Footprint Conference.

He won Winner of AREA Green Leadership Award, Model of Entrepreneurs Award, National Sustainable Development Award, and National Oustanding SMEs Award.

Steven Ko is the CEO of O’right,  the leading hair care brand in Taiwan with products sold to 39 countries worldwide and the home to Asia’s first GMP certified green cosmetics plant.  O’right world renown as a Katerva Environmental Award Finalist and recognized as a Sustainable Beauty Award and Green World Award recipient. As the mastermind behind the world’s first shampoo that can grow into a tree, Tree in the Bottle, O’right has won multiple awards such as the iF Packaging Design Award and Red Dot: Best of the Best 2013.

From the procurement, raw materials, design, production, delivery, usage, to the recycling of green products, O’right strives to create an eco-friendly environment for everyone and future generations to enjoy.

Mark SMITH, Director General, NATRUE

Mark graduated with a M.Chem (Hons.) degree in chemistry and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. between chemistry and genetics. Before joining NATRUE in June 2014, he extended his research career with two positions covering biotechnology (Leeds, UK) and the biomedical/pharmaceutical sector (Montréal, Canada). Mark is a British national who has more than five years' experience in Scientific Management, and during the last ten years he has been involved in the successful coordination of strategic and collaborative interdisciplinary projects via academic departmental and international research. Mark became Director in July 2016.

Lotte TISENKOPFA-ILTNERE, Founder & Creative Director, MÁDARA

Lotte Tisenkopfa-Iltnere, 35, founded MÁDARA COSMETICS in 2006 with a quest for safe and honest beauty products. As an entrepreneur, Lotte has been passionate about creating an open business model with the focus on sustainability and ethical production methods. MÁDARA pioneered scientific research and ingredient innovations based on organic plants from the Nordic and Arctic regions; owns a skincare production factory in Riga, exports products to over 30 countries, and employs more than 80 people.

She studied Japanese culture and business and post-graduated in Corporate Social Responsibility.

She frequently gives presentations at various events and conferences to encourage female entrepreneurship. In 2012, represented Latvia and her entrepreneurship story in the Northern Future Forum to the UK Prime Minister David Cameron and the Prime Ministers of the Baltic-Nordic region. She is a member of the board of MARTA, SOS center, working with victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse and human trafficking, whilst focusing on the human rights and gender equality.