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2019 International Symposium Speakers

 

Steven Andrews

Subject Matter Expert

Sessions

October 24, 2019

4:00pm - 4:50pm     Breakout 1 - Compliance in a Circular Economy: Navigating the Consumer Product Roundabout.

Bio

Steve Andrews is a former Deputy Head of the Resources & Waste Division in the UK Government’s Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra). He is a policy expert, with more than 17 years of experience in EU policy development focusing on sustainability, product, waste and recycling legislation (including RoHS, WEEE, Packaging and the Circular Economy Package). Steve left Defra at the end of March this year and joined Assent Compliance as a Subject Matter Expert in Environmental Stewardship & Policy in June.

Tryggvi Axelsson

Sessions

October 25, 2019

9:45am - 10:45am Plenary 4 - Balancing Consumer and Confidentiality from an International Perspective.

Bio

Tryggvi Axelsson is the Director of Consumer Agency, which is the responsible Authority for market surveillance in the field of general product safety and several other sectors, such as toys, measuring instruments, PPE and LVD for consumers. The Authority is also responsible for enforcement of other consumer protection legislation and supervision in the field of legal and industrial metrology. Mr Axelsson has a Master in Law (1986) and a MBA in International Management and e-commerce (2002).

Tabatha Bauer

Senior Director of Compliance & Global Logistics

Backyard Discovery

Sessions

October 24, 2019

10:35am - 11:35am; Plenary 1 - Take It From the Top

Bio

Tabatha Bauer is the Senior Director of Compliance & Global Logistics for Backyard Discovery, a manufacturer of children’s play sets and patio furniture. She is responsible for a team who oversee logistics operations, product safety, social responsibility, risk assessment, import and export trade compliance for global markets. Tabatha interacts with clients who are some of the most well-known brands in the world to learn of their unique compliance needs and implements those throughout the supply chain. Tabatha has over 16 years of experience in product safety and compliance. She has worked both on the manufacturer and distributor sides of the business. She is on the Board of Directors for ICPHSO (International Consumer Product Health & Safety Organization and the ICPA (International Compliance Professional Association).

Vladimir Brajkovic 

Head of Development Function

IKEA

Sessions

October 24, 2019

10:35am - 11:35am     Plenary 1: Take It From the Top

Bio

Vladimir Brajkovic joined IKEA of Sweden in 2016 as Product Requirements and Compliance Manager. Since 2017 he is the Development Function Manager, responsible for Enabling engineering capabilities, Requirements development, Packaging, Product verification, Material management, Product deviations management, Customs and trade support and Market management. Mr Brajkovic has during his years at IKEA lead the work to ensure a compliant range. Within his scope is also to ensure IKEA is part of creating safer life at home today and tomorrow.

Prior to joining IKEA of Sweden Mr Brajkovic has worked in automotive industry in Australia, Italy and Germany in senior level managerial positions. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Melbourne Business School.

Amy Chen

Regulatory Consultant

Compliance & Risk

Sessions

October 24, 2019

4:00pm - 4:50pm     Breakout 1 - Compliance in a Circular Economy: Navigating the Consumer Product Roundabout.

Bio

Amy Chen is a Regulatory Compliance Specialist with Compliance & Risks, specializing in environmental law for China and Taiwan. She keeps clients up to date on areas including REACH, RoHS, WEEE, energy labeling, energy efficiency, packaging, product safety, EMC, climate change, environmental health and safety, occupational health and safety, and food contact material.

Amy is a native Chinese speaker and has a Master of International Commercial Laws from the University of Limerick, and a Bachelor of Law degree from University College Cork.

John Cocker

Partner

Baker & McKenzie LLP

Sessions

October 24, 2019

4:00pm - 4:50pm     Breakout 1 - Compliance in a Circular Economy: Navigating the Consumer Product Roundabout.

Bio

Jonathan D. Cocker heads the Firm’s Environmental Practice Group in Canada and is an active member of firm Global Consumer Goods & Retail and Energy, Mining and Infrastructure groups. Mr. Cocker provides advice and representation to multinational companies on a variety of environment, health and safety matters, including product content, dangerous goods transportation, GHS, regulated wastes, consumer product and food safety, extended producer responsibilities and contaminated lands matters. He appears before both EHS tribunals and civil courts across Canada. Mr. Cocker is a frequent speaker and writer on EHS matters, an active participant on EHS issues in a number of national and international industry associations and the recent author of the first edition of The Environment and Climate Change Law Review (Canada chapter) and the upcoming Encyclopedia of Environmental Law (Chemicals chapter).

Pinuccia Contino

Head of Unit, Product Safety and Rapid Alert System, Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers

European Commission

Sessions

October 25, 2019

11:15am - 12:30pm     International Regulator Panel

Bio

Pinuccia Contino is the Head of Product Safety and Rapid Alert System in the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers of the European Commission (DG JUST). In this capacity, among other things, she is working on emerging issues such as connected devices and cybersecurity, on the online aspects of product safety, and on the enhancement of the Rapid Alert System (RAPEX), making the most of international cooperation and intensifying stakeholder involvement.

Nancy Cowles

Executive Director

Kids in Danger

Sessions

October 25, 2019

3:50pm - 4:50pm     Plenary 5: Global Best Practices to Communicate Safety to Consumers Throughout the Product Life-cycle.

Bio

Nancy is the Executive Director of Kids In Danger (KID), a nonprofit dedicated to protecting children by fighting for product safety. KID’s mission is to save lives by enhancing transparency and accountability through safer product development, better education and stronger advocacy for children. Nancy has over 30 years experience conceiving, building and directing organizations to investigate a wide variety of consumer issues and to craft solutions. Prior to coming to KID, Nancy served as executive director of the Coalition for Consumer Rights, a center for public interest research and education. She is a past president of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO) as well as a participant in ASTM International standard setting on juvenile products, toys, laundry packets, and furniture. She received her BA from Wheaton College. She has three children and lives in Oak Park, Illinois.

Samuel Cromie

Assistant Professor

Psychology Department at Trinity College Dublin

Sessions

October 25, 2019

3:50pm - 4:50pm     Plenary 5: Global Best Practices to Communicate Safety to Consumers Throughout the Product Life-cycle.

Bio

Bio Coming Soon

Michael Del Negro

Chief Compliance Officer & Managing Counsel, Product Safety

GE Appliances, a Haier company

Sessions

October 24, 2019

11:35am - 12:35pm     Plenary 2: Emerging Regulatory Landscape for IOT.

Bio

Michael is Chief Compliance Officer and Managing Counsel at GE Appliances, a Haier company headquartered in Louisville (“GEA”). He is a trusted business advisor in safety-related regulatory and litigation matters and responsible for the corporate compliance and ethics program for a multinational consumer electronics and home appliances manufacturer. Michael also co-leads GEA’s regulatory and government affairs practice and works with stakeholders at the federal, state and local levels on advocacy efforts in regulatory and legislative initiatives impacting our industry. He advises senior corporate officers on legislative and public policy issues affecting product safety and smart-enabled technologies.

A Washington, D.C. native, Michael studied at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, earning a B.A. and M.S.W. between 1990 and 1996. After graduating from the University of Michigan Law School, he joined Winston & Strawn LLP in Washington, D.C., specializing in consumer product safety, white color and grand jury investigations, and product liability litigation. He represented consumer electronics companies, pharmaceutical concerns, and health care systems. He was counsel for respondent in the FTC’s 2004 landmark antitrust hospital merger administrative proceeding, FTC v. Evanston Northwestern Healthcare.

Michael and his wife Gina live in Louisville with their three children, Dominic (10), Vincent (8) and Sophia (6). His interests include marathon running and cooking.

Matt Dickman

Technical Program Manager, Health & Safety

Oculus VR

Sessions

October 24, 2019

2:30pm - 3:30pm     Plenary 3 - Challenges for the Wearables Industry - Regulation, Reliability & Expectation

Bio

Matthew Dickman leads the product health and safety efforts at Oculus with a focus on real-world utilization. Prior to joining Oculus, Matt spent 9 years working in medical imaging driving worldwide applications for portable CT scanners, most recently with Samsung. He has a passion for improving the overall experience, usability and safety in virtual reality.

Sarah-Jane Dobson

Associate

Cooley

Sessions

October 25, 2019

9:45am - 10:45am Plenary 4 - Balancing Consumer and Confidentiality from an International Perspective.

Bio

Sarah-Jane Dobson is a Legal 500 ‘Next Generation’ and 'Rising Star' international products lawyer. With a dual degree in Science/Laws (Biomedical Science major) Sarah-Jane is uniquely placed to provide advice that reflects a deep understanding of the often-complex technical scientific underpinnings of her clients’ product law issues. Her experience working and living in seven countries (Australia, Switzerland, Scotland, the Netherlands, Germany, England and the USA) and within various types of organisations (including in-house at a Silicon-valley headquartered leading international tech company and at a UN court) means she is adept at complex multi-jurisdictional, multi-lingual matters. With this background, Sarah-Jane works as a trusted advisor to her clients to provide commercially-focused litigation and regulatory advice in a broad range of sectors across the product lifecycle. She is embedded in policy work, including Brexit and regulation for innovative products.

Commissioner Peter Feldman

Sessions

October 25, 2019

11:15am - 12:30pm International Regulator Session: Responding to the Challenges of New Technologies..

Bio

Peter A. Feldman is a Commissioner at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). He was nominated by President Donald J. Trump, and confirmed by the United States Senate, to complete the remainder of a term expiring in October 2019. Mr. Feldman was re-nominated, and confirmed, to a subsequent seven-year term that will expire in October 2026. He began serving as a Commissioner on October 5, 2018.

Prior to joining the Commission, Mr. Feldman served as Senior Counsel to the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. In that role, he served as a key advisor on consumer protection, product safety, data security, and privacy issues to U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee.

During his tenure, Mr. Feldman was instrumental in drafting and negotiating bipartisan legislation and conducting oversight and investigations of CPSC, the Federal Trade Commission, and private sector firms. Mr. Feldman led the Commerce Committee’s efforts on numerous bipartisan legislative initiatives, including the Consumer Review Freedom Act, the Better Online Ticket Sales Act, and the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act.

As the Senate Commerce Committee’s senior sports attorney, Mr. Feldman also worked to expand and modernize the United States Anti-doping Agency, conducted investigations into the United States Olympic Committee and various National Governing Body organizations following the USA Gymnastics sexual abuse scandal, and served as lead negotiator on the bipartisan Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act.

As a staffer for former U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine (R-O.H.), Mr. Feldman worked directly on the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, a landmark safety bill that addresses safety regulations to protect young children.

Mr. Feldman attended Colgate University and graduated with a B.A., cum laude. He received his J.D., cum laude, from American University’s Washington College of Law. Mr. Feldman is a member of the Maryland Bar.

Terry Fox

General Manager & CEO

CupPrint

Sessions

October 24, 2019

4:00pm - 4:50pm Breakout 2 - The Green Light: Increased Awareness, Use, Safety and Regulation of Environmentally Friendly Products.

Bio

Terry Fox is the founder and General Manager / CEO of a manufacturing company producing bespoke paper cups. The company manufactures and exports bespoke paper cups from Ireland to EU, USA and global customers. CupPrint has invested in the latest technologies to bring eco-friendly sustainable paper cups to the market while maintaining a rigorous focus on product safety. Terry Fox won Ernst & Young’s 2014 Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year.

Rod Freeman, Chairman, ICPHSO International Program Committee

Sessions

October 24, 2019

9:00am - 9:15am     Welcome and Opening Remarks

4:50pm - 5:00pm     Closing Remarks & Summary of Day 1

October 25, 2019

9:00am - 9:15am     Welcome and Opening Remarks

11:15am - 12:30pm  International Regulator Panel

4:50pm - 5:00pm     Closing Remarks

Bio

Rod Freeman is an International Products Lawyer. He is routinely ranked as a leading product litigation lawyer in the major legal directories, where he is described as “the outstanding go-to specialist for product liability matters”, “without a shadow of a doubt the most knowledgeable product liability lawyer in the European space” and where it has been said that he is "a real technical expert with knowledge of all the latest developments, and an enormously instinctive feel for the law".

Rod works alongside the world's leading and most innovative global companies to help them solve their product-related issues, protect their reputations, defend their products and build more successful businesses. With a background in high-stakes product liability litigation and more than 20 years devoted to international products law, Rod understands the challenges faced by international brand names in an increasingly risky global environment.

He has the experience and insight to find creative and practical commercial solutions to product issues around the world. Rod leads a team that defends product liability litigation, handles product-related B2B disputes, manages and resolves product safety and regulatory compliance issues, launches products, and manages international product recalls. In short, Rod helps his clients find solutions to their issues that arise throughout the product life cycle.

Rod is deeply embedded in the product liability and product safety community internationally, often working with policy-makers to help shape the future of product liability and product safety regulation.

Remington Gregg

Counsel for Civil Justice and Consumer Rights

Sessions

October 25, 2019

9:45am - 10:45am Plenary 4 - Balancing Consumer and Confidentiality from an International Perspective.

Bio

Remington is Counsel for Civil Justice and Consumer Rights where he leads the fight to protect American consumers from corporate rip-offs and abuses, working on a portfolio that includes access to justice, forced arbitration, product safety, and consumer protection.

Previously, Remington served as Legislative Counsel at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) organization, principally counseling the organization on issues related to hate crimes, criminal and racial justice, profiling, education, domestic violence, military and veterans, immigration, and foreign affairs.

Prior to joining HRC, he was Associate Counsel and Advisor for Open Government in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, advising on a range of legal and policy issues related to science, technology, and national security, and reducing legal and regulatory burdens to create a more open and accountable government.

Remington has also worked on civil rights litigation and policy with the American Civil Liberties Union and NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund. He is admitted to practice in New York and the District of Columbia.

Stephina Gwangwa

Pre-Market Manager

Sessions

October 25, 2019

2:30pm - 3:30pm Breakout 3 - Shaping Your Future Business in a Changing World - Product Safety Approaches in Unfamiliar and Non-traditional Markets.

Bio

Pre-Market Manager in Electrotechnical department, South Africa National Regulator for Compulsory Specification (NRCS)

Wendy Hederman

Partner

Mason Hayes & Curran

Sessions

October 24, 2019

4:00pm - 4:50pm Breakout 2 - The Green Light: Increased Awareness, Use, Safety and Regulation of Environmentally Friendly Products.

Bio

Wendy is a partner in the Commercial Department of MHC, and practices in the areas of general commercial law, product regulatory law, outsourcing contracts, consumer law, regulated industries, communications and information technology. Wendy advises Irish and international, public and private clients, across a full range of commercial and contract law matters.

Wendy has expertise in EU law, competition law, sponsorship and advertising, consumer law, logistics and procurement contracts. She re-joined MHC in 2011, after a decade of in-house legal roles, which included Group Counsel and Chief Regulatory Officer for an international telecommunications company, and legal counsel with Diageo Ireland. Wendy is described by clients as a “rock solid lawyer”, “unbelievably efficient and business-oriented”.

Nate Henderson

BILT

Sessions

October 25, 2019

3:50pm - 4:50pm     Plenary 5: Global Best Practices to Communicate Safety to Consumers Throughout the Product Life-cycle.

Bio

Bio Coming Soon

Michaela Herron

Partner

Mason Hayes & Curran

Sessions

October 24, 2019

2:30pm - 3:30pm     Plenary 3 - Challenges for the Wearables Industry - Regulation, Reliability & Expectation.

Bio

Michaela advises clients in the pharmaceutical, medical device (including software medical device), healthcare, digital health, cosmetic and general consumer product sectors on various regulatory compliance matters, including regulatory approval, labelling, traceability, safety and liability issues. She has advised clients on enforcement action (including the defence of criminal prosecutions) and the implementation and coordination of product withdrawals and product recalls and rectification strategies in multiple jurisdictions. She has also acted on behalf of clients in significant commercial disputes, group product liability litigation, inquests, injunctive relief and judicial review proceedings.

Jason Hertzberg

Corporate Vice President & Principal Engineer

Exponent

Sessions

October 25, 2019

2:30pm - 3:20pm Breakout 4 - Shaping the Future in Toyland: "Safely Home for the Holidays."

 

Bio

Dr. Hertzberg has extensive experience solving complex technical problems in a variety of industries including consumer products, medical devices, industrial equipment and systems, and technology product development. He has recently coauthored a textbook on Deformation and Fracture Mechanics of Engineering Materials that is used by universities around the world.

Dr. Hertzberg has conducted Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) product recall investigations for Fortune 500 and privately held companies in North America as well as companies in Europe and Asia. He works with these companies to address the technical aspects of product recalls. His broader consumer product work includes targeted testing and analysis of new products before they are introduced into the marketplace, management of product and process changes during the course of production, use of risk methodologies, substantiation of product performance claims, failure analysis of field-returned products, consumer product recall related investigations, evaluation of proposed correction action plans (CAP) as part of the consumer product recall process, and product liability.

Specifically, Dr. Hertzberg has led product recall related investigations for a wide range of products including: children and infant toys, child care products, strollers, sporting equipment, videogame accessories, gas and water valves, ladders, small and major kitchen appliances (white goods), indoor and outdoor furniture and seating products, air purification units, water coolers, fans, lighting fixtures and handheld lighters, battery operated and plug-in consumer electronics, charging devices, air compressors, humidity control products, laminating products, footwear, holiday lighting and decorative products, promotional products, candles and scented products, automobile accessories, food contamination (associated with foreign materials), food and product dispensers, lavatory products, and medical diagnostic equipment.

Dr. Hertzberg performs failure analysis investigations and addresses issues related to the mechanical behavior and degradation of materials including metal, polymer, and welded components. He has expertise in the areas of materials characterization, fatigue, fracture, corrosion, stress corrosion cracking (SCC), hydrogen embrittlement, and creep.

He also has a strong background in mobile computing with extensive experience with handheld/wireless device technologies and substantiation of claims, having served as the Director of Competitive Analysis and Strategy for Palm, Inc.

Matthew R. Howsare, ICPHSO President

Sessions

October 24, 2019

9:00am - 9:15am     Welcome and Opening Remarks

Bio

Based in Washington, DC, Matt focuses his practice on federal, state, and international product safety matters and related regulatory issues and litigation. He provides representation on compliance with product safety regulations, product safety incident reporting, imported products, recalls, civil penalty proceedings, investigations, and other regulatory and enforcement matters. Matt works with a variety of different clients on issues and matters before the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and other federal and state agencies.

Matt previously served as the Chief of Staff of the CPSC from 2010 to 2013 and as the Chairman’s Senior Counsel in 2009. While working at CPSC, Matt played a leadership role in the implementation of the rules, regulations, and policies associated with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, landmark legislation that revitalized and transformed the agency. He provided legal and policy counsel to the Chairman on the implementation of third-party testing and tracking label requirements for children’s products, the new civil penalty rules, the creation of the SaferProducts.gov public database, the new limits on lead and phthalates, the requirements for certificates of compliance and laboratory accreditation, the new standards for durable infant nursery products, and numerous high profile compliance and enforcement actions.

Don Huber

Director, Product Safety

Consumer Reports

Sessions

October 24, 2019

10:35am - 11:35am     Plenary 1: Take It From the Top

11:35am - 12:35pm     Plenary 2: Emerging Regulatory Landscape for IOT

Bio

Don Huber has 35+ years as a product safety professional, with extensive experience as a product safety, quality assurance, and product integrity manager. Don is currently Director, Product Safety for Consumer Reports. The Consumer Reports Product Safety Team engages in safety-related testing and research to uncover current and emerging product safety issues, and works with editorial staff to provide the necessary information to consumers to empower them with the information they need to keep themselves and their families safe. Before joining Consumer reports, Don held the position of Manager, Product Safety and Quality at Deloitte and Touche LLP. Prior to joining Deloitte, Don held the position of Director, Product Integrity at Evenflo Company, and before that was Sr. Project Engineer, Reliability at Hasbro Incorporated.

Liz Hyman

CEO
XR Association

Sessions

October 24, 2019

2:00pm - 2:30pm     Keynote

Bio

Elizabeth Hyman is the Chief Executive Officer of the XR Association (XRA), the trade association representing the technology manufacturers that power the virtual, augmented, and mixed reality industries. XRA is dedicated to the responsible development and thoughtful advancement of XR technologies across the globe.

Prior to joining XRA, Hyman served as Executive Vice President of Public Advocacy at the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), where she led the association’s outreach to members of Congress, the Executive Branch, and other international, federal, state, and local government institutions that shape and influence public policies affecting the IT industry.

Hyman brings more than two decades of experience in the worlds of government, policy, and technology. She began her career in government, including positions at the U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office of the President, and Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and has experience in the private sector both in the practice of law and in business.

Hyman is a graduate of Tufts University, completed the General Course program at the London School of Economics, and holds a law degree from the Washington College of Law at American University.

Dermott Jewell

President
ANEC

Sessions

October 24, 2019

9:35am - 10:05am     Keynote

Bio

Mr Jewell (B.Sc. (Mgmt.) Law (TCD)) is Policy & Council Advisor to the Consumers’ Association of Ireland. His representations include: Chairperson/Director of the European Consumer Centre (ECC) Ireland; Member – Legal Services Regulatory Authority (LSRA); Member of the Financial Services & Pensions Ombudsman Council (FSPOC) and Member of the European Banking Authority (EBA) – Banking Stakeholder Group.

He is Chairman of the Professional Conduct Committee at the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) and President of Brussels based ANEC – the European Consumer Voice in Standardisation.

Mr Jewell is an accredited mediator and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration (Irish Branch) CIArb, the Irish Institute of Mediation and the Institute of Directors.

Patrick Kenny

Competition and Consumer Commission's Member responsible for Product Safety

Sessions

October 24, 2019

9:15am - 9:35am     Keynote

Bio

Patrick Kenny is a Member of the CCPC. As well as collegiate decision making with other Members on all aspects of the organisation, he currently oversees the Criminal Enforcement and Legal Services Divisions.

He was first appointed as a Member of the Irish Competition Authority in January 2012 as Director of the Cartels Division. He is an economist. He took up his present responsibilities on 31 October 2014 upon the amalgamation of the Authority with the National Consumer Agency. Patrick previously worked at different times for the Commission for Communications Regulation, the European Commission, Arthur Andersen and the Competition Authority.

Kristen Kern

Government Relations Representativet

American Apparel & Footwear Association

Sessions

October 24, 2019

4:00pm - 4:50pm     Breakout 2 - The Green Light: Increased Awareness, Use, Safety and Regulation of Environmentally Friendly Products.

Bio

As a Government Relations Representative, Kristen leads the AAFA Sustainability portfolio, working with government and industry professionals to further environmental sustainability in the apparel and footwear industry. She also leads the AAFA Product Safety portfolio, collaborating with stakeholders to create best practices and regulation for safe, quality products for consumers. Kristen holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Fashion Merchandising and Design, and French, with a minor in Chemistry from Virginia Tech.

David Kosnoff

Vice President, Quality Assurance

Hasbro

Sessions

October 25, 2019

2:30pm - 3:30pm      Breakout 3 - Shaping Your Future Business in a Changing World - Product Safety Approaches in Unfamiliar and Non-traditional Markets.

Bio

David Kosnoff is Vice President Quality Assurance for Hasbro Far East, Ltd, the global development and sourcing arm of Hasbro. Based in Hong Kong, he leads teams responsible for Quality Engineering, Vendor Quality Management, Chemical Compliance, Asia Product Regulatory, and Quality Policy and Procedures.

Mr. Kosnoff is a mechanical engineer with extensive experience in quality, product safety, operations, supply chain, and EH&S. He previously led the Product Compliance team at Amazon, managing the compliance and safety of over 6 billion unique items. Prior to that he served as the SVP of Global Quality and Regulatory Compliance at Mattel. Mr. Kosnoff is Sr. Member of ASQ and a member of ASTM . He received his B.S. from Purdue University and his Executive MBA from the University of Wisconsin.

Joan Lawrence

Sr. Vice President, Standards & Regulatory Affairs

The Toy Association, Inc.

Sessions

October 25, 2019

2:30pm - 3:20pm Breakout 4 - Shaping the Future in Toyland: "Safely Home for the Holidays."

 

Bio

Joan Lawrence is Senior Vice President of Standards and Regulatory Affairs for The Toy Association. A 25+ year veteran of the Association, Ms. Lawrence's role includes managing its product safety programs -- including leading efforts in the development of U.S. and international safety standards for toys, and industry and consumer safety education programs to ensure safe play.

Ms. Lawrence is chairperson of the Subcommittee on Toy Safety of ASTM International that oversees the U.S. federal toy safety standard ASTM F963. The multi-stakeholder technical subcommittee, comprised of medical and child development experts, engineers and designers, government, consumer representatives, testing labs and industry, is known for its risk-based approach to standards development -- and its ability to identify and quickly address emerging hazards in the standard. In 2008, Congress recognized the work of the Subcommittee by mandating both the standard as federal law for all toys sold in the U.S., as well as the Subcommittee’s process and role to continually lead the effort. In 2013, the Subcommittee, under Ms. Lawrence's leadership, was awarded the prestigious CPSC Chairman's Safety Commendation Award for "preventing countless deaths and injuries" over its history. And in 2019, ASTM International recognized Ms. Lawrence for her longtime “commitment to the protection of children” and “untiring efforts to improve the safety of play” in awarding her the Margaret Dana Award for consumer product safety.

Recognizing that toys should be safe no matter where there are made or sold, Ms. Lawrence helps lead Association efforts to encourage consistent, protective, risk-based toy safety standards worldwide -- and its industry educational programs on standards -- and is a tireless advocate for children's product safety. In that effort, Ms. Lawrence also chairs the U.S. technical advisory group to the ISO committee on toy safety and frequently works with officials and stakeholders internationally to share information on toy safety and standards.

Ms. Lawrence is past-President and former Board member and of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO) -- an independent, multi-stakeholder forum for communication and collaboration related to consumer safety and health; in 2016, she was named as the first recipient of ICPHSO's Ross Koeser Award for volunteer service to the organization.

As a mother of three children and expert on toy safety, Ms. Lawrence also helps to develop consumer information on safety and standards, as well as offering guidance on how to choose appropriate toys and ensure safe play. She has been dubbed the "Toy Safety Mom" offering tips for safe play to parents and caregivers; her interviews and advice appear regularly on websites, parenting blogs and in traditional media and are featured in the consumer information website www.PlaySafe.org. In 2016, Ms. Lawrence was awarded the "Wonder Woman" Award for Social Responsibility from the organization Women in Toys for her work on toy safety and ensuring safe play.

Ann Leung

Technical Director

QIMA

Sessions

October 25, 2019

2:30pm - 3:30pm      Breakout 3 - Shaping Your Future Business in a Changing World - Product Safety Approaches in Unfamiliar and Non-traditional Markets.

Bio

Dr. Ann Leung holds a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Imperial College in London, England. She is an expert in global regulatory compliance in the sphere of chemical, toys, hardlines, and softlines, with over a decade of experience in consumer product testing and certification.

Shelby Mathis

Small Business Ombudsman

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Sessions

October 25, 2019

2:30pm - 3:20pm Breakout 4: Shaping the Future in Toyland: "Safely Home for the Holidays"

Bio

Shelby serves as the Small Business Ombudsman at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Through her office, Shelby aims to provide information to small businesses that is clear, easy to understand and consistent with agency policy. Before joining the CPSC, Shelby worked at Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures licensing intellectual property developed at Johns Hopkins University and its School of Medicine. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering, a Juris Doctorate, and is a licensed Patent Attorney.

Belinda May, ICPHSO Treasurer
Partner,
Dentons US LLP

Sessions

October 25, 2019

2:30pm - 3:20pm Breakout 4 - Shaping the Future in Toyland: "Safely Home for the Holidays."

Bio

Belinda May is President and a member of the ICPHSO Board of Directors who practices in Dentons' consumer products, regulatory, and litigation groups. She is a partner in the firm's St. Louis and Washington, D.C. offices and specializes in regulatory and contested proceedings arising in connection with the design, manufacture and sale of consumer products.

Ms. May has a wide range of experience in consumer products law that involves the entire life cycle of a product, including product design, development, manufacturing, production, sales and reverse logistics. Ms. May's experience involves an array of topics such as regulatory compliance and product recalls, performance claims, packaging, advertising, supply chain analysis, products liability, regulatory challenges and contested proceedings with competitors. She is a frequent speaker and author on these topics. Ms. May received her JD from Washington University School of Law, where she was a member of the Washington University Law Review. In addition, she is a graduate of the Product Safety Management program at Saint Louis University's John Cook School of Business, Center for Supply Chain Management and is an instructor for the program.

Beth McCalister

Senior Regulatory Consultant

Compliance & Risk

Sessions

October 24, 2019

4:00pm - 4:50pm     Breakout 1 - Compliance in a Circular Economy: Navigating the Consumer Product Roundabout.

Bio

Beth McCalister, MLS, has more than a decade's worth of experience as a research consultant -- monitoring, selecting, and summarizing international consumer products regulations; compiling customized products to address strategic business needs for retailers and manufacturers, including entering new geographic markets; facilitating education and training throughout the supply chain; and developing global best practices around regulatory compliance. She is constantly developing her subject matter expertise in extended producer responsibility in addition to multiple types of consumer products.

Kevin Nolan

President & CEO
GE Appliances, a Haier company

Sessions

October 25, 2019

2:00pm - 2:30pm     Keynote

Bio

Kevin Nolan is the President & Chief Executive Officer of GE Appliances, a Haier company, headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. GE Appliances is the fastest growing appliances company in the U.S., and Haier is the industry’s global leader.

Mr. Nolan is a seasoned engineer and a passionate maker with 27 patent awards and a 30-year career at GE, including 10 years as GE Appliances’ Chief Technology Officer. In this role, he established the company’s overall innovation and technical vision as well as the global product roadmaps.

He took innovation to a new level when he conceived and founded FirstBuild, a global co-creation community that harnesses the power of the maker movement to change the way home appliances are conceived, designed and manufactured.

Currently as CEO of GE Appliances, Mr. Nolan is leading the company’s transformation, redefining structures, promoting a new culture and shaping the future of an organization founded more than 100 years ago.

Rich O'Brien

Director of International Programs

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Sessions

October 25, 2019

11:15am - 12:30pm International Regulator Panel

Bio

At the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Richard. O’Brien oversees the regulatory agency’s international activities. This includes coordinating with foreign product safety agencies and providing training on U.S. requirements to foreign suppliers and to overseas buyers for U.S. sales.

Mr. O’Brien is a retired career U.S. Foreign Service Officer with over 30 years of federal service. Before joining the Foreign Service, he worked in trade promotion at the Commerce Department's International Trade Administration and earlier, at the Agriculture Department’s Foreign Agricultural Service as a Press and Public Information Specialist. Earlier, he held a variety of positions in the public relations and marketing field, including agency account executive, consultant, as well as staff public relations director for The Salvation Army.

Mr. O’Brien was born Dayton, Ohio, USA. He holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from George Washington University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications from Towson State University. A veteran of both the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, he has lived and worked in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Germany, and Switzerland. Mr. O’Brien resides with his family in Bowie, Maryland.

Holly Ohlrich

General Counsel

The Step2 Company, LLC

Sessions

October 25, 2019

3:50pm - 4:50pm     Plenary 5: Global Best Practices to Communicate Safety to Consumers Throughout the Product Life-cycle.

Bio

Holly Ohlrich has ten years of experience as General Counsel for several manufacturers in the infant and children product industry. She was formerly the VP of Product Safety and Compliance and managed safety and compliance teams facing the challenges of shipping regulated products around the world. Holly has coordinated large multi-national recalls and developed processes and procedures for ensuring compliance with reporting obligations.

Jeremy Opperer

Senior Manager

Exponent, Inc.

Sessions

October 24, 2019

2:30pm - 3:30pm     Plenary 3 - Challenges for the Wearables Industry - Regulation, Reliability & Expectation.

Bio

Jeremy Opperer has extensive experience in product hazard and risk assessment, which he gained while working with a variety of brands in the consumer products, food and beverage, pharmaceutical and baby products sectors. For more than 12 years, he has applied his knowledge of engineering design, manufacturing and the quality control process, to help his clients develop, manufacture and distribute, safe and quality products in the consumer goods market. He supports his clients in three main areas: proactive assessment, reactive incident investigations and by reviewing and improving the ‘concept to consumer’ product development process. He emphasizes the consumer experience and the human factor in product use and interaction.

Prabhu Ramkumar

Vice President, Global Head of Digital services

TÜV SÜD

Sessions

October 24, 2019

11:35am - 12:35pm     Plenary 2: Emerging Regulatory Landscape for IOT

Bio

With over 17 years of experience in various technical & management roles, currently leads the digital service development for TÜV SÜD product service division, a global testing & certification organization. Works with technology companies, startups, academic institutions and governmental authorities in bringing safety & security solutions across consumer, payments, transportation, industrial and medical industries. Holds an M.Phil in Operations Management from Bath University (UK) and Bachelors in Integrated Engineering from Cardiff (UK). Have lived & worked in Europe & Asia, and a passionate marathoner.

Marc J. Schoem, ICPHSO Executive Director/Board Secretary 

Sessions

October 25, 2019

4:50pm - 5:00pm     Closing Remarks

Bio

Marc J. Schoem assumed the position of Executive Director of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO) on October 15, 2015, after more than forty years at the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).  His last position at CPSC was in a senior leadership role as the Deputy Director of the Office of Compliance and Field Operations.

As the Executive Director of ICPHSO, Marc leads the organization consisting of global members of consumer product health and safety professionals, who regularly come together at both domestic and international training meetings and symposiums to exchange ideas, share information and address health and safety concerns affecting consumers.  These training meetings and symposiums provide an inclusive and non-partisan global dialogue between all parties involved with consumer product health and safety.  For more information about membership and our annual meeting and training symposium contact me

Claire Temple 

Special Counsel

Cooley, LLP

Sessions

October 24, 2019

10:35am - 11:35am     Plenary 1: Take It From the Top

Bio

Claire Temple, Special Counsel at Cooley LLP. An international products lawyer and regulatory specialist, Claire helps clients navigate the world of international product regulation to understand their compliance obligations and risk when designing and developing consumer products so that they can get safe products to market. Claire also advises clients when things go wrong, advising on product liability and regulatory crisis issues. Claire advises on all sorts of consumer products, but has a particular passion for innovative digital technologies, including internet of things, artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, robotics and drones and “technology for good”. She has spent time working both in private practice and on secondment to Huntsman Advanced Materials LLC, Severn Trent Water Plc and Danone and chaired the Smart Cities Committee for TechUK from 2017 to 2018. Claire also co-established Women in Regulatory Law, a networking group for women working in regulatory law in private practice and in-house, and established the "Women in Tech - In Conversation" series in the U.K.

Tania Vandenberghe

Senior Programme Manager

ANEC

Sessions

October 25, 2019

2:30pm - 3:20pm Breakout 4 - Shaping the Future in Toyland: "Safely Home for the Holidays."

Bio

Tania Vandenberghe works for ANEC, the European consumer voice in standardisation. ANEC represents the European consumer interest in the creation of technical standards, especially those developed to support the implementation of European laws and public policies.

Tania is the Senior Programme Manager responsible for the Safety of Domestic Appliances (electrical appliances, gas appliances and machinery) and for Child Safety. Tania joined ANEC in 1995, the year it was set up. She represents ANEC in several European Commission Working Groups, e.g. the Committee under the General Product Safety Directive, the Low Voltage Directive Working Party, and the Expert Group on Toy Safety. She also represents ANEC in several European standardisation committees.

In the beginning of the 1990s, she worked as Technical Adviser at the Research and Information Centre of the Belgian Consumer Organisations (OIVO-CRIOC), where she was responsible for product safety and for issuing the EHLASS (European Home and Leisure Accident Surveillance System) Annual Reports for Belgium.

Tania holds a Master degree in Industrial Sciences (Ing).

Catherine VanReeth

Director General

Toy Industries of Europe

Sessions

October 25, 2019

2:30pm - 3:20pm Breakout 4 - Shaping the Future in Toyland: "Safely Home for the Holidays."

Bio

Catherine Van Reeth joined Toy Industries of Europe (TIE) in December 2009 as Director General when she established a dedicated Secretariat for the organisation, which now has four permanent staff. One of Catherine’s priorities since joining TIE has been educating economic operators and other parties that play a role in ensuring toys are safe about the new Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC, which came into force on 20 July 2011. Catherine is a regular speaker at events and seminars on toy safety and other relevant topics for the toy sector.

Catherine has 20 years of experience in European Union public affairs, with a specialisation in consumer protection policy. Before joining TIE, Catherine was Director of the Consumer Goods and Financial Services team at one of the top-five consultancies in Brussels prior to becoming in-house Global Corporate Affairs Director for a leading international brewer.

A Belgian national, Catherine studied English and Dutch Literature and Linguistics at Leuven University (KUL) in Belgium and Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. She holds two masters degrees: International Relations from Leuven University and European and International Studies from Sophia Antipolis, Nice, France.

Lucy Ward

Legal Consultant

Hogan Lovells Int LLP

Sessions

October 25, 2019

2:30pm - 3:30pm      Breakout 3 - Shaping Your Future Business in a Changing World - Product Safety Approaches in Unfamiliar and Non-traditional Markets.

Bio

Lucy is a Consultant with Hogan Lovells having worked with the firm for over 20 years. Her career began as an insurance and reinsurance lawyer and subsequently concentrated on product liability litigation and product regulatory compliance. She is a senior lawyer in Hogan Lovells Global Products team.

Her clients include medical device manufacturers, tech and telecom companies, brewers and tobacco manufacturers.

She helped to set up the firms Science Unit recruiting its first scientists and promoting their role to clients.

Rachel Weintraub 

Legislative Director and General Counsel

Consumer Federation of America (CFA)

Sessions

October 25, 2019

9:45am - 10:45am Plenary 4 - Balancing Consumer and Confidentiality from an International Perspective.

Bio

Rachel Weintraub is the Legislative Director and General Counsel for Consumer Federation of America (CFA). Previously, she was the Director of Product Safety. Rachel has worked with Consumer Federation of America since 2002. Her primary focus is advocacy on product safety issues. Ms. Weintraub represents CFA on behalf of consumers before the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Congress, state legislatures, and within voluntary standard setting organizations. Additionally for CFA, she works on civil justice, regulatory reform and financial services issues as well as on a wide range of internal legal issues.

Ms. Weintraub testifies on behalf of consumers before Congress and before the Consumer Product Safety Commission concerning numerous product safety issues. Ms. Weintraub frequently talks to the media about product safety and other consumer issues and has spoken about product safety issues at numerous national conferences. Rachel serves on the Board of ANSI and on the F 15 Executive Committee of ASTM. Rachel is a past president of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization.

Prior to her work for CFA, Ms. Weintraub was a consumer advocate with the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, the national lobbying office for the state PIRGs, from September 1999 until December 2001. While at U.S. PIRG, she represented consumers on product safety, civil justice and health care issues.

In 1999, Ms Weintraub graduated from the Boston University School of Law (JD). She spent her last year of law school at the Georgetown University Law Center where she also worked as a research assistant for the Federal Legislation Clinic. In 1996, Ms. Weintraub graduated phi beta kappa and magna cum laude from Binghamton University (BA).