Fragrance Notes ISSUE 1, 2018 - Page 49

I F R ANA T E AM NE WS Meet Your New Chief Regulatory Scientist Taiwo Koyejo, PhD, MBA “There is more to be said of fragrance than just a sweet smell. It is a reminder of a lifetime of experiences; it awakens the memory, it summons back the past, and allows for reliving moments that could otherwise be lost. Innovation and creativity are at the core of the fragrance industry, and providing science- and risk-based regulatory assessments are essential in p romoting this creativity.” T aiwo Koyejo joined IFRANA in January as Chief Regulatory Scientist. In this key role, she will oversee IFRANA’s efforts in science policy and regulatory affairs and ensure the organization’s positions are firmly grounded in sound science. She also will head up the Regulatory Science Executive Committee; Occupational Health, Safety and Environment; and International Trade and Transport Committees; and will serve as staff liaison to RFIM. Taiwo earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis, and a PhD in Molecular Biology from The University of Connecticut Health Center. Prior to joining IFRANA, she served as Regulatory Affairs Manager at Monstano for four years, where she led regulatory project teams and submissions of petitions to U.S. regulatory agencies and successfully obtained U.S. and global approvals for the commercialization of plant biotech products. She then served five years as Director of Regulatory Affairs in Plant Biotechnology at CropLife International, where she oversaw science-based regulatory advocacy with U.S. and global regulatory agencies. In this role, she coordinated the efforts of CropLife member companies to advocate for science-based risk assessments for plant biotech products. Taiwo lives with her husband, who is a psychiatrist, and their 6-year-old son in Maryland. She enjoys traveling, especially returning to Nigeria to visit her extended family at least once a year. A talented writer, she is the author of “Redemption,” which tells the story of a young orphan girl who defies all odds by choosing forgiveness instead of bitterness to build a better future. FRAGRANCENOTES.ORG 49