The 2023 speaker roster will be announced in March 2023. You are invited to explore the industry innovators and thinkers that were part of the 2022 education program. 


Sales Manager


Dan Alsteen is the Sales Manager of Paper Tube Co., a custom packaging manufacturer based in Chicago, IL. At Paper Tube Co., Dan is responsible for leading teams to maximize Business Development & Account Management. He has a proven ability to help direct reports manage key account relationships while cultivating new business, and is skilled at presenting to decision makers at all levels from C Level decision makers to small business owners. He is also an experienced Senior Level Sales Professional with documented history of individual success, as well as success leading direct reports and cross-functional teams, introducing and managing innovative products, justifying new product development and launching new products to the marketplace at Canon, Imagetec, and TAB.




Jeanel Alvarado, Founder & CEO, RETAILBOSS

Jeanel Alvarado is the founder of RETAILBOSS®, the largest platform connecting the retail industry for entrepreneurs, professionals and enterprises. Born in Canada, with Latin and Caribbean heritage, Jeanel is a recognized retail expert, speaker and educator. From retail news and insights to retail resources and virtual events, her network helps connect brands with business opportunities, service providers and industry experts in-real-time through her community hub.

Jeanel is a proud Afro-Latina on a mission to amplify the voices of Diverse-owned and Women-owned brands to create new opportunities in retail and beyond. She is a regular keynote speaker, host and/or award presenter at industry conferences such as, White Label Expo, Private Label Expo, COSMECON, Fashion Career Con, Retail Supply Chain & Logistics Expo, Smart Retail Tech Expo, and more. She has been featured in a variety of media publications and television broadcasts including CTV, CBC Radio, CVM, The Gleaner, SHEEN Magazine, Seaside Retailer, Retail Insider, California Apparel News and Industry Rules.

Prior to RETAILBOSS® major expansion, she served as Senior Managing Director of The School of Retailing at the University of Alberta. In her former role, Jeanel oversaw and directed retail consulting projects, applied research, and liaise between industry partners and stakeholders such as Retail Council of Canada, Oxford Properties, West Edmonton Mall (Triple Five Worldwide), Tiffany & Co., LUSH Cosmetics, LoyaltyOne and more.

Jeanel earned her bachelor’s of commerce degree, and certificate in real estate (commercial) from The University of Alberta, School of Business, she also holds a fashion marketing and buying diploma from LaSalle College. Since 2019, she has been a member of For(bes) The Culture by Forbes, a community of elite leaders of color who are breaking down barriers and impacting culture globally to connect, collaborate and change.





Stephane is the current President of the Tube Council and acts as the Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Plastube, a leading manufacturer of tubes for the cosmetic, pharmaceutical, food and industrial industries. Prior to joining Plastube Stephane spent 25 years working in the Consumer Packaging Goods industry in Canada in Trade Marketing and National Sales roles for such organizations as Unilever, Nestle Waters and Bel.



Director, Beauty, Personal Care and Household Products


Monica is a purpose-driven sustainability expert who has worked across industries and the value chain to implement collaborative industry initiatives on sustainable chemistry and circular economy. As the Director, Beauty, Personal Care and Household Products at the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, Monica is responsible for growth, innovation and impact initiatives in these sectors on a global scale.

Prior to joining the Institute, Monica worked as Director of Collaborative Innovation for the Green Chemistry & Commerce Council where she significantly grew the organization in five major sectors and across the value chain. Monica also designed, funded and managed core projects and programs, and created and led industry collaborations in the Beauty, Personal Care and Household products sectors. These included a competition to identify and accelerate commercialization of novel and safe preservatives involving major retailers, brands, suppliers and other stakeholders, as well as a project to accelerate innovation of alternatives to silicone ingredients. She created the GC3’s Startup Network and Technology Showcase Programs and curated numerous workshops and panels at the GC3’s Annual Innovators Roundtable.

Monica was also the former Principal of Monica Becker & Associates Sustainability Consultants, a multi-disciplinary provider of sustainability solutions for business, trade groups, universities, governments and NGOs. Monica held management positions at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability, the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction and Tellus Institutes, and Eka Chemicals (now Nouryon). Monica holds Masters’ degrees in Civil & Environmental Engineering and in 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.



Manager of Global Oral Care Packaging

Colgate-Palmolive Co

Jennifer Boada-Rodriguez, is the Manager of Global Oral Care Packaging at Colgate-Palmolive Co.  In her role, Jennifer is responsible for delivering the Oral Care Packaging Innovation Pipeline, coordinating the category packaging Fund the Growth projects, sustainability initiatives, and leading continuous improvement activities.  Jennifer has over 20 years’ experience managing package development for Global and regional markets. Her specialties lie in consumer goods packaging and implementing new packaging innovations. She is also part of the cross functional team who worked on a first-of-its-kind recyclable toothpaste tube at Colgate-Palmolive as recognized by the Association of Plastic Recyclers for its breakthrough technology. Jennifer has her B.S. in Engineering from Rutgers University and a M.S. in Engineering Management from New Jersey Institute of Technology.



Key Account Manager


Keisha Broadway is an experienced sales professional at Hoffmann Neopac, US. She has over 15 years’ experience in the beauty and personal care industry. Keisha joined Neopac in 2018 managing the cosmetic and personal care division in North America. She is responsible for building new partnerships while also fostering current relationships




Victor began his career as Chief Chemist and Managing Director at MAC Cosmetics from the brand’s inception in 1984.  At MAC he gained a reputation as a world-renowned product innovator known for formulating industry icons such as Studio Fix and a portfolio of pro-quality products used by make-up artists worldwide.  In 2000, Victor co-founded Cover FX and supported the development of the brand as Chief Innovation Officer where he was an early pioneer in the vegan and clean beauty movement and created products free from irritants and ingredients that could be potentially harmful. In 2021, Victor and a team of industry veterans co-founded MOB Beauty with a mission to offer pro-quality, clean and vegan color cosmetics in refillable and sustainable packaging solutions. Victor currently serves as the CEO of MOB Beauty.

In addition to his work with MOB, Victor also co-founded Pure Culture Beauty in 2020, a next generation personalized skin care brand.  Victor’s most recent launch, however, was on Earth Day 2021 with the launch of the Pact Collective.  Victor and MOB partnered with Credo and other eco-conscious beauty industry leaders to launch Pact, a program for hard to recycle beauty packaging that takes responsibility for the beauty industry’s impact on the planet.  Pact is a non-profit membership organization focused on building more sustainable packaging solutions for the beauty industry.


Founder and Partner


After practicing as an architect in the United States and India, Purva founded MaterialDriven in early 2016. In launching the (then) online platform, her goal was to create a space where innovative materials and their making could be broadcast in an open-source format. MaterialDriven’s growth into a consultancy, and physical materials library has become a means to promote sustainable, circular and healthy design, and to support material makers in their journey from speculative prototypes to scalable products.

In addition to consulting and curatorial work for MaterialDriven’s clients–ranging from fashion to hospitality–Purva pursues her passion for design education through lectures and workshops at universities, schools and conferences across the US and UK. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design in Philadelphia, and the Sushant School of Art and Architecture in New Delhi, India. She co-leads MaterialDriven with partner Adele  Orcajada, and leads the company’s US operations, out of Dallas, Texas.




Editor in Chief


Jeff Cioletti’s tenure in liquid literacy has exposed him to some of the best libations the world has to offer and given him access to the producers and purveyors of such fine refreshments. He combines his love of drink with a passion for travel and one usually involves the other. He is the editor in chief of CRAFT SPIRITS magazine, a publication of the American Craft Spirits Association. Before that he served for fourteen years as an editor at Beverage World magazine, including eight years as editor in chief. He’s also the author of the books, “Drink Like a Geek,” “SakePedia,” “The Drinkable Globe,” “The Year of Drinking Adventurously” and “Beer FAQ.” His sixth book, “Imbibing for Introverts” is due out in November 2022.


VP Sustainability & Impact at Credo. Co-Founder


Mia Davis is the VP of Sustainability & Impact at Credo Beauty, the largest clean beauty retailer. Mia created the Credo Clean Standard, including the Sustainable Packaging Guidelines– retail’s strongest “clean” formula and packaging standards.

Mia co-founded the new nonprofit membership organization Pact Collective to start to make a dent in hard-to-recycle beauty waste, and to bring beauty stakeholders together to move toward circularity.

Mia was on the founding team at Beautycounter, where she developed the company’s stance on safety, including the industry-leading “Ingredient Selection Process,” and where she led sustainability and social responsibility efforts for five years. Mia has advised numerous clean beauty brands and stakeholders, and is a key leader pushing our industry in a better, more sustainable and transparent direction.


Founder and CEO


Kailey Donewald is the founder and CEO of Sacred Serve, a functional line of plant-based gelato. Kailey has leveraged her background in finance alongside her passion for nutrition to launch and scale a fast-growing consumer brand. Kailey is responsible for initiatives such as launching the world’s first plastic-free ice cream pints that are recyclable and compostable right at home.



Market Development Manager


Salisha, market development manager, atma.io connected product cloud by Avery Dennison: A platform that unlocks the power of connected products by assigning unique digital IDs to everyday items, providing unparalleled end-to-end transparency by tracking, storing, and managing all the events associated with each individual product — from source to consumer and beyond to enable circularity.

Salisha is responsible for driving top-line growth and new digital ID opportunities in the Americas region.  Salisha joined Avery Dennison in July 2021, previously accelerating go-to-market strategies through software consulting and leading product creation for global brands.  Originally from Philadelphia, now based in Atlanta where her personal interests in vintage, circularity, and design innovation drive her professional enthusiasm for connected products.


Content Director

GCI (Global Cosmetics Magazine)

Jeb Gleason-Allured is the editor in chief of Global Cosmetic Industry Magazine and Perfumer & Flavorist Magazine. Representing the fourth generation of the Allured family to work with the industry, he is a member of Cosmetic Executive Women, Women in Flavor & Fragrance Commerce, and oversees strategy for the BeautyAccelerate, World Perfumery Congress and Flavorcon events.



Vice President


Ellie is a strategic brand and design expert with over 20 years of industry experience. She has worked across three continents in multiple sectors with such notable brands as Unilever, Diageo, Pernod-Ricard, and Mondelez. She also founded Ishimodo; a Brand and Design agency based in Australia. Building her clientele base to include Whirlpool, Mattel, CBRE Properties and Wagamama’s.

Launching JDO in North America in 2020, Ellie has been responsible for the creative delivery the award-winning agency’s ‘Create Belief’ ethos to its portfolio of expanding clients. With a strong track record for driving effective creative and innovation campaigns, Ellie brings intelligence, integrity and passion for design to everything she does.


Director of Advanced Manufacturing


Chad Hase is Director of Advanced Manufacturing at Custom Etch Inc.  He has been active in Manufacturing/Tool & Die for over 25 years.  He has been instrumental for studying/bringing new laser technologies to North America and continues to work with industry leaders as the Advanced Manufacturing technology progresses.  His international experience includes contacts/relations with business leaders around the globe, which involves travels there yearly to evaluate market segments programs that can benefit from this technology.  His current research involves study of digital watermarks and continued studies on the surface treatment from different laser sources on Medical and Aerospace materials and microstructures.


Co-founder Purchasing/ Supply Chain Management


Tricia is an Executive in the Consumer Product Goods & Global Supply Chain, Operations Management arena, with 15+ years’ experience in CPG, FMCG, Medical Device, Pharma, OTC, Biotech and Nutraceutical categories.  She also co-chairs a $90mm executive team and is a board member of a natural CBD skincare brand based out of Santa Monica, CA.  With a passion for fostering a sustainable supply chain and building multi-year operational plans, Tricia has helped emerging brands scale strategically across product development lifecycles, domestic and global operations, sourcing and contracting, and production and inventory management.  She has key expertise in sourcing/negotiating contracts with the Asian, Europe, AU, North America, and Mexico regions.  Tricia has also been in-demand supporting multiple scale up opportunities for buyout, IPO and Post-merger Integration–all driven by her core capability in working with startup to mid-tier companies to optimize their supply chains, manage resources and reduce operating expenses, all while maintaining focus on a passion for healthy people=healthy planet.


Managing director


Rob Hollands is managing director of SharpEnd x io.tt, a full-service studio, platform and technology partner to some of the world’s biggest brands across, drinks, beauty, fashion and
CPG. Rob is a recognised expert on connected products and packaging and is a regular speaker and writer on brand innovation and future trends. He has recently spoken at NRF, WARC, The Drum, Festival of Marketing, RetailEXPO, World Spirits Summit, AIPIA Congress, Packaging Innovations & Luxury Packaging and The IoT Podcast.

Rob is responsible for the day-to-day leadership of the business as well as supporting key clients through their digital transformation. His mission is to help brands and consumers connect through the application of creativity, technology and data – removing the borders between the worlds of physical & digital and products & services.
He was previously MD of Anthem Worldwide, where he led the evolution of the business from traditional brand design and packaging network to become a successful connected content agency. Prior to that he co-founded – and later sold – the award-winning digital agency UNTITLED.
Away from the office, Rob is a keen Ultrarunner and has just returned from completing the Marathon Des Sables in the Sahara desert, regarded as ‘the toughest foot race on Earth’.




Ezinne Iroanya is the CEO of SKNMUSE, a premium beauty brand championing Inclusivity and Sustainability in luxury. She comes with over a decade of experience working for brands like Lancome, Dior, and Nordstroms. She is passionate about highlighting beauty as an intersection of culture and community and is the current President of The Black Beauty Club. For her, beauty is culture and she believes everyone, most especially black women, deserves to have an authentic representation of beauty. Her brand, SKNMUSE, has been featured by Beyonce, Issa Rae, and  Vogue, rated top 10 by ELLE USA, and a recent Glossier Grantee.

Alexander KWAPIS

VP of Product Design and Development


Alexander is known as a product innovator, creative thinker, and collaborative leader. In his 12 years at FusionPKG, he has played an integral role in the company winning numerous global packaging awards. During his career, he has created countless beauty packages and received patents for both color and skincare packages. Over the years, Alexander has worked at Anchor Hocking Glassware, co-owned and led his own design studio, co-founded a sustainable outdoor brand, and worked at Mary Kay as the company’s first industrial designer. He started his schooling in graphic design and then set his sights on product development. He earned a BFA in Industrial Design from Columbus College of Art + Design and minored in writing. Outside of office hours, Alexander enjoys hiking, camping, and other outdoor activities. Alexander has also been on FusionPKG’s sustainability council since its inception. The group is advancing the company and beauty industry toward a more sustainable future.




Director Premium Cosmetics Division


Stan Labeyrie, joined PackSys Global AG in 2005 as International sales manager. From 2014 to 2019, Stan was the Global Sales Team leader for tube machines for PackSys Global.

From 2019 to 2021, he took over a new challenge as Managing Director at MADAG Printing Systems AG, a renowned manufacturer of Hot stamping machines and member of PackSys Global.

Since April 2021, Stan is the Director of PackSys Global’s Premium Cosmetics Business Division.




Senior Global Operations Manager


Dan Magida has been a pioneer in the Supply Chain space since 2015, when he was one of the first employees of Elysium Health. There, he held leadership roles at each operational leg of the business, ranging from product expansion to manufacturing to fulfillment. After a brief stint at Peloton, Dan joined Anvyl to power education in supply chain operations — from understanding data that informs product launches to building robust software that enhances efficiencies in supply chain organizations of all sizes.



Beauty Packaging Magazine

Jamie Matusow is the Editor-in-Chief of Beauty Packaging magazine, where she writes about packaging suppliers, beauty brands, market trends and innovations in the global cosmetics packaging industry. She has held positions at a variety of magazines for more than 20 years, for the past 10, at Beauty Packaging.




David is a creative at heart who never forgets the importance of play. He is best known for making Kinetic Sand, but began his professional career making MMO games for Microsoft and Sony. With Authentic Labs, David draws on his software, manufacturing and consumer goods design experiences to build strategic solutions that add value for both brands and consumers.


Director of Packaging Engineering


John Morgan is a beauty industry packaging innovation expert with extensive experience working with global companies such as Olaplex, Amway, L’Oréal and Estee Lauder. John has led numerous strategic initiatives throughout his career, helping FMCG companies realize their product innovation vision by bringing together their marketing functions with internal manufacturing & supply chain, as well as best in class external suppliers.  He is an imaginative thinker that possesses the rare ability of balancing his natural analytical and creative talents to bring value to a broad spectrum of initiatives.  He has a passion for bringing product concepts to life and possesses the know-how to get it done. From front-end innovation strategy, and product conceptualization, to supply chain management and go-to-market execution.

Akemi OOKA

Head of Global Supply Chain Resources

Independent Beauty Association (IBA)

With over 20 years of CPG experience, from Fortune 500 companies to small startups, Akemi’s experience ranges from product development to sourcing and supply chain transformation.  Akemi has run chemical procurement at The Clorox Company, formulation and fragrance development at method, and was most recently VP of Product at J.R. Watkins, overseeing development, quality, regulatory compliance, claim support, and third-party manufacturing oversight for hand care, personal care, home care, and OTC remedies.  She now heads up the Independent Beauty Association’s (IBA) global supply chain and sustainability programming, supporting small to medium-sized businesses in the beauty and personal care sector.  Akemi holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California at Los Angeles.


E-Commerce/Digital Leader

Americas at Stoli® Group

Ryan Pershad is an intra-repreneur, formerly in the media and advertising technology space. For the last 5 years he has influenced the omni-channel environment, first in retail and now focusing on digital. For the last decade Ryan has worked with a range of companies, from start-ups to public, to accelerate their growth through strategic partnerships, operational efficiency and product/digital strategy.

He is currently the E-Commerce/Digital Leader, Americas at Stoli Group. A global leader in the ultra-premium wine & spirits space. Mainly known for the Stoli® Vodka brand, Stoli Group has expanded to appeal to luxury on-premise and more sophisticated global consumers. Signature brands are: elit™Vodka, Kentucky Owl™, and Stoli Group’s wine division, Tenute del Mondo®. With a presence across a network of more than 176 markets, Stoli Group works with a passionate team of 200 distributors around the world.

Ryan has brought his experience in an advisory capacity to an increasing number of companies over the last few years such as Vidrovr a leading computer vision platform, and CityMixr, an event platform driven by social interaction. Ryan is also on the advisory board of Angelwish, a philanthropic organization that assists families with children who are fighting a terminal illness.

Ryan currently resides in Elizabeth, New Jersey with his fiancé Dhara. In his spare time, Ryan indulges in his nerdiness by playing video games and is obsessed with basketball. Ryan earned a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University in Economics.




Jamila Powell—mother, attorney and entrepreneur—has turned her passion for hair and self-care into a business. No stranger to beauty, Jamila is the owner of Maggie Rose Salon—one of the top texture salons in the country. Her natural hair journey began in college at the Pennsylvania State University, continued throughout Law School at George Washington University and culminated in her launching a salon for women to learn and love their texture. While running Maggie Rose, Jamila discovered which ingredients work best on all hair textures which led the creation of Naturally Drenched: a vegan and eco-conscious collection formulated with your curls in mind!


Design Director


Ben has been making his mark as a designer for over a decade, building brands at some of the industry’s top-tier studios. He’s worked with some of America’s biggest companies including Anheuser Busch InBev, Pernod Ricard, Unilever, and Mars INC; helping to build brands such as Bud Light, Target, Snickers, Burger King and Dove Men Care.

He’s now taken the next exciting step to lead the Creative charge of the JDO NY studio. with a focus on growing and leading an expert team of creatives to service JDO’s fantastic US clients. Together, they aim to use strategic positioning, brand storytelling and bold design to create continued belief in our most beloved brands. As well as build an industry-leading creative space to empower young designers.


Anthony ROSSI

EVP Business Development


Anthony has been with TerraCycle since 2012 when he joined the TerraCycle Canada team in Toronto as a Business Development Manager. Since then, he has worked with TerraCycle and Loop partners in both the B2C and B2B space and has brought in many new international partners. As the EVP, Business Development for both TerraCycle and Loop, Anthony develops the company-wide sales strategy and manages TerraCycle Inc.’s 50+ person global sales. Anthony has 15+ years of business development experience and prior to joining TerraCycle he worked in Toronto, Dijon, Budapest, and Vienna for some of the world’s largest professional service firms and financial institutions.

Christian SACLIER

Vice President of Design Innovation


Christian Saclier is a multifaceted Creative Design expert, who currently serves as the Vice President of Design Innovation at PepsiCo. His focus is the operationalizing of innovation through design, leading to added strategic business value across PepsiCo’s global brands and businesses.

With over 20 years of experience in multiple industries, Mr. Saclier has taken the stage to share his unique cross-functional knowledge at design and innovation conferences all over the globe. A respected Guest lecturer at highly ranked MBA and Design schools worldwide, Christian Saclier is leveraging and extending his vast knowledge in a variety of future-facing industries.




Emily Safian-Demers is a Trends Analyst with Wunderman Thompson Intelligence (formerly J. Walter Thompson) where she identifies cultural trends, analyzes shifts in consumer behavior and translates these into actionable insight for brands and marketers.

Prior to joining JWT, Emily was the Senior Project Manager for the Ipsos Neuro & Behavioral Science Center, a global task force spearheading innovative consumer neuroscience research to understand consumer emotion and motivation. Her work has taken her around the world, collaborating with colleagues and clients from a wide variety of sectors to implement research using EEG, facial coding and biometrics. She has a BA in Brain & Cognitive Science and French from the University of Rochester.


Manager, Marketplace & Supply


Will Schneider is the Marketplace and Supply Manager at Novi, a secure platform and consultative partner for brands, manufacturers, and suppliers to develop products that meet all the complexities of today’s market faster and with total transparency. At Novi, Will leads product development collaboration between brand and packaging supplier partners – from packaging discovery to product sampling and purchasing.

In his role, Will works closely with retailer partners and non-profit leaders to drive market adoption of accessible and innovative packaging products that meet ever-evolving industry standards. He has worked in supply chain commercialization and procurement across multiple industries with a focus on sustainable product innovation.


Director | Innovations & Package Engineering


Kaitlyn is the Director of Product Innovation and Engineering at Tata Harper Skincare, a brand specializing in 100% natural formulas that offer age-defying results without a drop of synthetic chemicals; beauty without compromise. In her position, she manages Tata Harper’s product development initiatives including sustainability, packaging design, and sourcing, with a focus on the strategic innovation of eco-friendly products.

Kaitlyn has a passion for creative problem solving and implementing innovative solutions that marry luxury, efficiency, and sustainability. By leveraging her technical expertise with her eye for design, she is able to support Tata Harper Skincare as a pioneer, at the forefront of sustainable beauty.


Vice President Operations


Karl Trepanier is the Chief Operating Officer for ILIA Beauty, with responsibility for Planning, Sourcing, Supply, Fulfilment and Sustainability. His days are spent putting in place the key foundational pieces to allow the brand to scale and deliver on its promise of clean beauty. All the while, keeping up with the spectacular success of cult favorite products and delivering blockbuster launches.

Before joining ILIA Beauty, Karl dived into the world of indie cosmetics when he was tasked with the integration of Urban Decay Operations into L’Oréal’s systems and processes, striving to find the best of both worlds between indie brand agility and global scale efficiency. Prior to UD, Karl had a rich and varied career in the L’Oréal Group, rising through the ranks of the sourcing organization, spanning 3 continents and 4 business divisions. From Director of Worldwide projects in Paris to Director of Sourcing for the Latin America Zone in Sao Paulo Brazil and ultimately Vice president of Packaging Sourcing for the Americas in New York, at every step, success has always been the result of the quality partnerships developed with internal stakeholders and external vendors.

Karl holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Université de Montréal’s École Polytechnique.


Alexandra URIBE

Sustainability Consultant & Carbon Emissions Specialist


Alexandra is the founder and project manager of Co2ral, a boutique sustainability consulting agency. At Co2ral, Alexandra focuses on 3 main business streams: conducting carbon emissions calculations, developing sustainability training programs for companies, and devising sustainable product strategies for companies in the personal care sector. From 2017-2020 Alexandra worked at EcoVadis as a Senior Sustainability analyst conducting hundreds of company sustainability assessments, developing EcoVadis’ Carbon Action Module, and helping Fortune 500 clients identify sustainability metrics to track supplier progress.

She is passionate about helping young and small companies find their path to being sustainability leaders in their field. Alexandra integrates product design concepts, supply chain management and customer communications into client specific solutions and strategies.

Alexandra holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College and a Master’s degree in Corporate Sustainability from UC Santa Barbara.


Co-founder and CEO


Diana Verde Nieto is the Co-Founder and CEO of Positive Luxury. The company helps brands adapt to the new sustainability economy. We support our clients with expert advice, industry analysis and independent certification, keeping them at the forefront of the world’s rapid transition towards a sustainable future.
Positive Luxury was founded in partnership with Karen Hanton MBE, founder of toptable.com. The two trailblazing entrepreneurs combined their experience and knowledge to use technology to demystify sustainability and positively communicate a brand’s actions directly to the consumer.
Diana’s entrepreneurial spirit has driven innovation in the way that brands communicate their commitment to social and environmental sustainability, enabling organisations to unlock the value of their investment in this area.
This began with founding the first international sustainability communications consultancy in 2002 which Diana built to international success with a presence in five markets, including China and the USA, at the time of exiting the business in 2008.
Diana holds a degree in Global Leadership & Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School. Diana is a globally recognised figure in the sustainability field, honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2011 and subsequently being trained by former US Vice President, Al Gore.
Diana serves on many advisory boards, frequently teaches at Cambridge Judge School and Oxford Said School and was recently given an honorary professorship at Glasgow Caledonian University.