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2024 UK China Forum for Collaboration on Innovative Ingredients for a Sustainable Future (March 20)

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The UK's Department for Business and Trade (DBT) will join hands with a number of British companies to attend the China Personal Care and Homecare Ingredients Exhibition (PHCi) held from March 20-22, 2024. During this time, DBT will also partner with CIRS Group to co-host the 2024 UK China Forum for Collaboration on Innovative Ingredients for a Sustainable Future on March 20, and invite a number of leading UK companies to share innovative technologies and products, explore ways to achieve sustainable development in the field of personal care chemicals. This forum, aiming at promoting the exchanges and collaboration in the personal care industry between China and the UK, mainly focuses on the sustainable development of the personal care industry, insight into the UK's personal care industry, a dialogue over a sustainable future for the personal care industry, etc.

Looking forward to meeting you at the event in Shanghai!

Organizer: Department for Business and Trade (DBT), Hangzhou REACH Technology Group Co., Ltd. (CIRS)

Time: 14:00 - 16:30 (GMT+8), March 20, 2024

Location: Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Centre (Conference Room 9B, floor B1,1099 Guozhan Rd, Pudong, Shanghai, China)

Language: Chinese and English

2024 UK China Forum for Collaboration on Innovative Ingredients for a Sustainable Future


Guest sign-in


Topic and Speaker

14:00 - 14:10

Opening remarks

  • Trevor Lewis, Deputy Director, Innovative & Industry, DBT
  • David Wan, Director of Strategy Development, CIRS

14:10 -14:25

UK Personal Care Ingredient Market Insight
  • Alastair Gardner, Chemical Supply Chain Specialist, DBT

14:25 - 15:45 UK Company Roadshow

Moderator: Chunna Jiang, Head of Advanced Engineering and Chemicals, DBT

14:25 -14:35

Chemical Business Association

14:35 -14:45


14:45 -14:55


14:55 -15:05

Thor Specialty Chemicals

15:05 - 15:15


15:15 -15:25

The Upcycled Beauty Company

15:25 -15:35

Gravel AI

15:35 -15:45


15: 45 - 16:30 Opportunities for Collaboration

15:45 - 16:00

UK and China Cosmetic Management Regulations Insight

  • Yasmine Boulanouar, Senior Toxicologist, CIRS Europe

16:00 - 16:20

Dialogue: The Sustainable Future for Personal Care Industry

Moderator: Chunna Jiang


  • Rep from the Department for Business and Trade (DBT);
  • Yasmine Boulanouar, Senior Toxicologist, CIRS Europe;
  • James Wang, Director of International Business,  Sinopharm Reeds; and
  • Rep from one UK company.

16:20 - 16:30



陆岩 (英国商业贸易部 创新与工业中国区副总监)

Trevor Lewis

Deputy Director- Innovation and Industry of the UK's Department for Business and Trade

Trevor Lewis has been Deputy Director, Innovation and Industry at the UK Department for Business and Trade, based at the British Consulate-General Guangzhou since October 2022. This is a China-wide role. Immediately prior to this, Trevor was Counsellor and Director for Trade and Investment at the British Embassy in Moscow from March 2019 to July 2022. Before Moscow he was Political Counsellor at the British Embassy in Baghdad. He was also Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy, Manila, from August 2011 – July 2015 and Director for Trade and Investment at the British High Commission, Kuala Lumpur from 2007-2011. Trevor has also served in London, Shanghai, Dubai, Washington DC, Accra and Brussels.

Alastair Gardner (英国商业贸易部 贸易专家)

Alastair Gardner

Trade Specialist Chemicals Trade & Investment Team at the UK's Department for Business and Trade

  • Alastair has worked in international trade promotion for nearly 20 years. In his current role as Trade Specialist for the Chemicals sector within the Department for Business and Trade (DBT), he promotes and support the UK’s world class chemicals industry on a global stage by:
    Ensuring that UK companies in the chemicals supply chain are accessing the support available to them via DIT’s regional, overseas and sector teams
  • Promoting UK expertise at overseas trade shows, conferences and with individual key customers
  • Identifying new high-value markets and new opportunities for UK businesses
  • Promoting UK’s expertise in formulated products across key DBT high-value sectors such as infrastructure, marine, automotive etc
  • Engaging with trade associations and industry bodies to ensure that no business with the capability to trade overseas misses the opportunity to do so

Trained as a chemist, he has also worked in various R&D and product development roles with DuPont and Agfa, and has worked on technology transfer projects in USA, India and China, where he also worked for a Chinese producer of lithographic printing plates in production and quality management roles.

To Hong Chan (Gravel 联合创始人, 首席运营官)

To Hong Chan

Co-Founder, and COO of Gravel

To Hong Chan is the Co-Founder and COO of Gravel AI. With 15 years' experience in creating data-centric platforms and a background in Materials Science, To Hong is combining cutting-edge AI and data science practices with scientific understanding to create Gravel AI's Ingredient Intelligence Platform.

Chris Metcalfe (The Upcycled Beauty Company 创始人)

Chris Metcalfe

Founder of The Upcycled Beauty Company

A graduate in BA (Honours) Business Studies from Sheffield Hallam University, Chris has worked in the Personal Care industry since 2011. First joining Adina, a UK distributor of specialty cosmetic ingredients, as Business Manager and soon working up to the roll of Managing Director in 2013. In 2020, Chris founded The Upcycled Beauty Company, a pioneering approach to thought leadership in the upcycling space within Personal Care. The company went on to win the rising star award at In Cosmetics Global in 2023. Through collaborations and bold initiatives, he champions the company’s vision of a future where all beauty products are made from upcycled materials – from ingredients to packaging.

Emma Yang (Innospec Chemicals 亚太区营销负责人)


Emma Yang

Marketing Coordinator, Asia Pacific region at Innospec Chemicals

Marketing Director for the Asia Pacific region of the Singapore office. Focusing on social media marketing and event organization.

黄燕文 (Northstar Lipids (UK) Ltd 中国区经理)


Wendy Huang

General Manager, China Region at Northstar Lipids (UK) Ltd

Huang has been engaged in the natural vegetable oil industry for more than 15 years and has professional knowledge and insights into the production, ingredients, characteristics and skin care effects of natural vegetable oils. She founded Northstar Lipids China Branch in 2018 and served as the general manager; she has worked for many domestic companies and a number of cosmetics brands and factories to conduct special technology sharing on natural plant oils.



David Wan

Director of CIRS EU, CIRS USA and CIRS Korea at CIRS

David is entrusted with the responsibility of spearheading the business expansion and strategic positioning of the conglomerate across Europe, America, and Asia. With over 15 years of dedicated service in the field of regulatory affairs, he possesses profound insights into the ever-evolving landscape of worldwide chemical regulations, cosmetic regulations, and food regulations, as well as the impact of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors on global supply chains. His vast expertise lies in assisting industries in navigating through complex regulatory hurdles, and he excels in devising pragmatic regulatory compliance strategies based on practical experiences.

Jing Zhang (Aqdot 联合创始人,战略总监)


Jing Zhang

Cofounder, Strategy Director of Aqdot

Jing is a cofounder and the Strategy Director of Aqdot. While working to complete her PhD on microfluidic droplets in the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, she co-invented the core technology, which led to the cofounding of Aqdot. She has been shaping the company and its strategy since them, in various roles in operations, marketing, commercial, regulatory and innovation.
During her time in Cambridge University, she was the President of Cambridge University Entrepreneurs, a not-for-profit organisation aimed at promoting entrepreneurship among students. Prior to moving to Cambridge, Jing was awarded a Bachelor of Philosophy with first class honours and a University Medal from the Australian National University.

Yasmine Boulanouar

Senior Toxicologist, CIRS Europe

Yasmine has an MS in Toxicology, risk assessment and vigilance from the Farmacy University of Paris-Saclay. She has more than ten years of experience in the cosmetics and consumer products industries, working for companies such as L'Oréal, J&J, and Bic. She specializes in toxicology and risk assessment, as well as regulatory affairs. She is based in Paris and covers the UK and European markets.








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