Bali Conference Programme

Sunday 29th September to Thursday 3rd October

Sunday 29th September

10:00 am – 6:30 pm

Registration of Delegates

Registration will take place at the Mulia Resort, on the Promenade Level (Level 5).  This will be the same level as the main plenary sessions.

Welcome Cocktail Reception

This year’s cocktail reception will be held in the beautiful beachfront Unity Garden at the Mulia Resort. 

Coffee/tea/refreshments will be served from

10:00 am until 10:30 am and from 3:30 pm until 4:00 pm each day

from Monday through to Thursday

Lunch will be served from Monday to Thursday in the following four areas

The Cafe: International cuisine, buffet style

Edogin: Japanese cuisine (limited spaces available, first come first served)

Table 8: Chinese cuisine (limited spaces available, first come first served)

ZJ’s:  Buffet style, including Indian vegetarian cuisine

Monday 30th September

9:00 am

Opening Ceremony

Joint Conference Chairmen Ravi Sanganeria and Stephen Pisano will open the Bali Conference lecture sessions


Session 1 – Indonesia

9:15 am – 10:00 am

Naturals from Indonesia – Vital Raw Materials Facing Many Challenges

Indonesia is a major source of essential oils for the F&F industry and the world’s major producer of patchouli, nutmeg, clove and its derivatives, and massoia oils. Alongside a review of the key trends in essential oil production and trade the presentation will analyse some of the many micro and macro challenges that the sector faces. Production, dominated by smallholders, faces severe sustainability problems. These include competition from alternative crops affecting land and labour availability; insufficient financial incentives for both growers and distillers; absence of suitable market systems and institutions; all of which encourage a lack of long-term commitment. Macro challenges include climatic variations and environmental challenges (e.g. global warming, tsunamis, active volcanoes, soil erosion); political and economic issues, (e.g. currency fluctuations, corruption); an expanding domestic F&F industry consuming an increasing share of production; alongside geographic, demographic and infrastructural challenges. Despite these many challenges, the presentation ends on a positive note arguing that with encouragement and investment Indonesia will continue not only to supply competitive, good quality, sustainable natural essential oils to the world market but also will provide an expanding source of new value-added innovative F&F ingredients.

Ravi Sanganeria - biography

Ravi Sanganeria joined the family business of Ultra International Limited (New Delhi, India) in 1997, a leading manufacturer of fragrances, flavours and essential oils. In 2007, Ravi established Ultra International B.V. (LA Spijkenisse, Holland), a specialist natural ingredient supplier, which focuses on the wholesale supply of pure and organic essential oils from various origins. He is also the founding partner of PT. Van Aroma, Jakarta, Indonesia where he is director of marketing for Europe and America. In 2016 he established Golden Grove Naturals, Tucki Tucki, Australia and is currently Company Chairman. In addition, the Ultra group has expanded significantly with the opening of Ultra International (Far East) Pte Ltd (Singapore) and Ultra International Inc. (NJ, USA) for which Ravi is the Managing Director. Ravi is an Executive Committee Member of IFEAT, a position he has held since 2006. He is Joint chairman of the IFEAT Bali 2019 Conference and also chaired the very successful IFEAT Singapore 2012 Conference. In the past, he chaired the IFEAT Study Tour Committee and has played a significant role in organising IFEAT Study Tours. This is his third presentation at an IFEAT Conference.

Ravi Sanganeria

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Why Sustainability is a Must for the Future of Indonesian Vanilla

In the late 1980s, Indonesia processed and exported over 800 MT of high quality cured vanilla beans. During the last five years the average crop size was less than 150 MT and the quality was mediocre with low vanillin levels. The purpose of this presentation is to understand how such a shift can occur and what can be done practically to bring back Indonesia as a major player on the world stage and eliminate the fluctuations we have witnessed these past years.

Vanilla is one of the key ingredients used within the F&F industry; from oriental fragrances to ice cream flavours – this orchid does not need to be introduced anymore. It has been widely used by the industry, yet the last two decades have produced two crises, the last of which began in 2015. So how can such a popular ingredient be subject to such volatility? The focus of this presentation is therefore trying to identify challenges facing the long-term sustainability of vanilla, the setting being Indonesia where Tripper/Origine has been operating for the last 25 years.

Olivier Bernard - biography

Born in Grasse, France, Olivier is, with his brother François, co-owner of the TRIPPER Group specialising in sourcing and processing natural ingredients from Indonesia.

Olivier Bernard

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Essential Oil of Citronella Plant from Indonesia



The essential oil compositions from the leaves of citronella plants grown in Indonesia from different sources vary significantly. Oil from citronella leaves of plants grown in four areas in Indonesia were analysed by GC-MS. Thirty-seven constituents in the oil from the four sources were identified. Variability of chemical compositions in the citronella oil was observed. Major components in the oil were citronellal (12.3-46.0%), citronellol (10.2-14.2), and geraniol (15.3-32.3%). Oil from Aceh had the highest citronellal content, and had the least number of chemical constituents compared to the other three oils. Oil from central Java had the lowest citronellal content and contains four constituents that were only present in this oil. There were also three constituents that were only present in oil from Bengkulu. Total monoterpene oxygenated compounds were 78.9% and 76.6%, in essential oil from Aceh and Bengkulu, respectively.

The consistent variation of chemical compositions in essential oil from Indonesian citronella plants should serve as useful information for plant improvement programmes in Indonesia. On the industry side, essential oil from the citronella plant that contains high amounts of monoterpene oxygenated compounds is greatly preferred by F&F companies.

Natalia Pandjaitan - biography

PT Haldin Pacific Semesta 2011 – present
PT Sari Enesis Indah
PT Galic Bina Mada
University of Arkansas, Doctorate degree in Food Science
University of Arkansas, Master degree in Food Science
University of Indonesia, Bachelor degree in Chemistry

Natalia Pandjaitan

11:00 am – 5:00 pm


Grand Ballroom of the Mulia Resort, located on the lobby level.

12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Lunch Break

  • The Cafe: International cuisine, buffet style
  • Edogin: Japanese cuisine (limited spaces available, first come first served)
  • Table 8: Chinese cuisine (limited spaces available, first come first served)
  • ZJ’s:  Buffet style, including Indian vegetarian cuisine

Tuesday 1st October

9:00 am – 9:30 am

IFEAT Business Session

Including the AGM


9:30 am – 10:00 am

IFEAT Activity Reports

Including education reports as well as 2020 Study Tour and 2020 IFEAT Conference announcements


10:00 am – 10:20 am

Medal Lecture

Information about the lecture programme will be updated soon.


10:25 am – 10:50 am

A Personal View of Essential Oils: Inception, Distribution & Validation



Frank Mara will take us on a historical tour of the discovery and practice of using essential oils in personal care, well-being and flavour from its believed inception through to present day, specifically looking at three distinct pillars of focus:

• Inception
• Distribution
• Validation

These three pillars will go into detail on the systematic change of the essential oil industry, as well as what we think may be in line for the future.


Frank will dip our toes into the birth of essential oils and their translation from mythical homeopathic and medicinal usages to aromatherapy as we know it today. From before words were written, plants, herbs and roots were used in the form of salves, to soothe, repair and heal mankind. The early civilisations started to record these uses for us, and these remedies have changed only ever so slightly through the past two millennia. What has changed however, and very recently, is that the general perception of society’s acceptance of all things natural are good for you. This has increased the specialised field of homeopathic healers, flavourists, perfumers and physicians to a level of activity that has changed the growing, harvesting and distilling of these essential oils, morphing this once cottage farm industry into a full blown industrial revolution to fulfil the industry’s need.


Globalisation has played a significant part in our aromatherapy world. Since the early traders navigated the long and arduous silk route, taking up to two years to bring these exotic spices and herbs to the new world, these vast distances are now covered in just hours. This insatiable desire has not only been spurred on by advances in technology, but the global citizenship brought about by the advancement of intercontinental transportation, international trade, and instantaneous communication has expanded our understanding of our planet, and its abundant indigenous species that delight our senses. Frank will paint a picture of the changes that have happened over a two thousand year period or more, but will distill it down to approximately 20 minutes for the audience.


With this incredible growth brings greater demands, driven by the competitive edge and consumer’s desire to know: be better, be purer, be ecologically sociable. Mother Nature, sometimes at will with the odd storm or heatwave and human disruption affecting crop cycles as to what can actually be grown naturally, presents its own challenges. Before the dawn of the technological age, using our own human senses as quality assurance systems were far surpassed by even the simple validations of RI, SG, and colour and pale in comparison to the present day. With the advent of the first chromatography experiments in 1903, we now have very sophisticated means at our disposal, combined with our wealth of experience, to determine best quality and best practice.

This comes with a price, and the ever-increasing method detection capabilities challenge the industry to provide a standard natural product. Frank will walk us through this journey in his own inimitable presentation style to share his outlook.

Frank Mara - biography

Frank is an industry veteran and has been a part of the F&F industry for over four decades, starting his career with Biddle Sawyer/Fragrances Resources. Frank’s early career in general maintenance led to building stills, reactors, and associated equipment in the production environment of our Industry. He later expanded his role, incorporating positions in the research and wet analysis labs, resulting in him leading the Fragrance Resources QC Department. Ultimately Frank became general manager of the manufacturing site in Keyport, New Jersey prior to joining Berjé Inc. in 1999 as Sr. Vice President, where he continues in this role.

Frank’s robust experience includes; equipment design, extractions, distillation techniques and manufacturing aroma chemicals. This broad understanding of the industry enabled him to plan and design Berjé’s state of the art facility that we now reside in today.

Frank is an avid motorcycle rider, has been an active volunteer and counsellor with the Ronald McDonald children’s oncology camp for sixteen years. He lives with Robin, his wife of many years, and with his best friend Harry the dog!

Frank Mara

10:50 am – 11:00 am

Best Students and awards

Information about the awards will be updated soon.


11:00 am – 5:00 pm


Grand Ballroom of the Mulia Resort, located on the lobby level.


12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Lunch Break
  • The Cafe: International cuisine, buffet style
  • Edogin: Japanese cuisine (limited spaces available, first come first served)
  • Table 8: Chinese cuisine (limited spaces available, first come first served)
  • ZJ’s:  Buffet style, including Indian vegetarian cuisine
  • Coaches depart: 18:30 pm
  • Arrive venue: 19:00 pm
  • End: 23:00 pm
  • *timings are approximate and will be confirmed nearer the time
IFEAT Dinner (IFEAT members only – ticketed event) at Taman Bhagawan

This fantastic beachfront location is a short transfer from the Mulia Resort and satellite hotels. Mixing Balinese culture with the natural beauty of the ocean front, the evening will start with a drinks reception followed by an impressive buffet offering both Indonesian and international cuisine (also suitable for vegetarians).

Guests will be entertained by some traditional Balinese dancers and musicians to provide a truly memorable evening.

Ticket price includes:

  • Return transfers from hotels (pick ups at the Mulia Resort, Grand Hyatt and Inaya Putri hotels)
  • Welcome drinks reception
  • Full buffet
  • Free-flow drinks package of beer, wine and soft drinks (excluding spirits which are available from the cash bar facility)
  • Entertainment

Wednesday 2nd October

09:00 am – 09:20 am

Vietnam Essential Oil Industry with Respect to the Sustainable Reforestation and Exploitation



Vietnam is ranked amongst the 16th most biodiverse countries in the world. Its climate and conditions are suitable for the cultivation of a wide range of essential oils. The essential oil industry in Vietnam dates from the 1980s and today has around eight commercial products. This paper will review the entire range, the scale of current production, the marketing and growth patterns of Vietnam essential oils.

  • Nikky will give a brief introduction to Vietnam and a SWOT analysis of the essential oil industry. The country suffered major forest destruction as a result of the wars that raged on and off for nearly 50 years; the “slash-and-burn” cultivation practised by some groups; the population growth and economic development. Vietnam essential oil manufacturers are turning barren mountains and once-destroyed forests green with aromatic plants whose sustainable exploitation could improve the locals’ livelihood through supplemental income and employment.
  • The three most exported essential oils are basil oil (Ocimum basilicum L.), cassia oil (Cinnamomum cassia) and cajeput oil (Melaleuca cajuputi). Together with what Vietnamese manufacturers are doing to add more value to the raw materials before exporting, essential oils could be further processed or rectified to add value, and a few manufacturers are isolating compounds that are highly valued by a process of fractionation. As a result of fractionation, pure isolates of added value such as cinnamic aldehyde, cinnamyl acetate and coumarin could be produced.
  • The five less traded essential oils, including citronella oil Java type, anise leaf oil, camphor oil, litsea cubeba oil and tamanu oil, along with their market expansion potentials.
  • Aromatherapy in Vietnam and its demand for foreign essential oils such as peppermint oil, thyme essential, coffee oil, chamomile oil, argan oil, avocado carrier oil, pine oil, rose oil and jasmine oil, mostly from India.
  • The outlook for the essential oil industry in Vietnam.
Nikky Tran - biography

Nikky Tran graduated from Hanoi University of Science and Technology in Vietnam and joined Tech-Vina JSC in 2015, when the company was six years old. Nikky was a sales executive from 2015 to 2018 and currently holds a position of Marketing Manager. She is responsible for strategic planning for the marketing and sales of essential oils and natural aroma chemicals. Nikky was born in a mountainous area in northern Vietnam, where there are plenty of essential oil production activities such as anise leaf oil, basil oil, cassia oil, citronella oil Java type and Siam wood oil production.

Nikky Tran

09:25 am – 09:45 am

Synthetic Menthol used in the Global Fragrance and Flavour Industries and its Effect on Natural Menthol Production



Topics covered include:

  • Synthetic menthol used in the global fragrance and flavour industries as well as natural menthol.
  • Global production of synthetic menthol threatens to displace India’s position as the world’s largest producer and exporter of natural menthol.
  • Synthetic menthol vs natural menthol – the advent of synthetic menthol.
  • What is synthetic menthol and the process for making it, in particular the manufacture of crystalline synthetic menthol?
  • The rise of synthetic menthol and its affects on natural Mentha oil and on the families and growers of Mentha crops in India.
  • Challenges and the feasibility of synthetic menthol production, sustainability and the survival of natural Mentha oil.
  • Synthetic menthol and the overall demand and supply.

All of us are probably aware that production of natural menthol has been decreasing day by day as many of the leading industry players doubled their production of synthetic menthol. Synthetic menthol has come on to the market in big volumes along with natural menthol. Mentha oil production in India has declined with lower plantings of the aromatic herb and falling prices in the last two years.

Ajay Kumar Jain - biography

Ajay Kumar Jain is the Managing Director of Virat Exports (P) Ltd. based at New Delhi, India. He is actively associated with several international industry organisations.

He was president of the Essential Oil Association of India (EOAI) for the term 2015-2017 and due to his hard work and achievements, he has been re-elected as president of EOAI for 2017-2019.

Ajay has been involved in the processing of mint and other natural essential oils for almost three decades. Born in the mint growing state of Uttar Pradesh, he has an M.Sc. in Chemistry (Organic).

He started his business career with a small menthol processing unit in 1987. The company also deals in menthol crystals, Mentha piperita oil, spearmint oils and their isolates of Indian origin. Currently the major activity is as a global supplier of M. piperita oil and menthol.

Ajay Kumar Jain

09:50 am – 10:10 am

Authentic Essential Oils from Japan in the Global Market



Japanese essential oils are fine and prestigious.

In the past, Japan was a major exporter of essential oils. Since then, the production of essential oils has been in decline. Recent data shows that less than 1% of local natural ingredients contribute to the entire F&F production in Japan.

On the other hand, Japan is as diverse culturally as it is biologically and is considered to be a biodiversity hotspot. Due to its geological and geographical complexity, it is an ideal place for distilling essential oils from aromatic plants.

More than 5,600 species of vascular plants are growing in Japan, and about a third of these are thought to be endemic. Therefore, Japan is the perfect place for producing unique and quality essential oils.

Until recently, yuzu oil was widely known in the international essential oils community, however during 2018, new essential oil from the endemic plant, hinoki (Chamaecyparis obstusa) was revealed for international commerce.

The three oils: hinoki leaf oil, hinoki branch oil, and especially hinoki wood oil are representative of traditional Japanese culture. The timber is known for constructing Japanese temples and luxury housing and hinoki is also famous for Japanese hinoki hot spring bath rituals and their therapeutic effects.

Additional Japanese essential oils are available in small quantities or are still at different development stages and will be introduced to the international market very soon.

Geoffrey Henrotte - biography

Geoffrey Henrotte was born in Brussels, Belgium where he met his wife, Noriko Kondo, CEO of Hinoki Lab. Since 2009 he has lived in Japan and joined the family business of manufacturing essential oils, cosmetics, consumer goods, and pet care products produced by Hinoki Lab.

Geoffrey is a member of the new project which aims to promote Japanese essential oils in the global market.

Geoffrey Henrotte

10:15 am – 10:35 am

Himalayan Medicinal Plants and Their Biological Activities from Nepal



Nepal is one of the world’s most biodiverse countries, but not much research work has been done on any industrial level, so this presentation will show the market drive of the essential oil industry emerging from South Asia and will show the therapeutic values.

Nepal is a small country, located between two emerging giants of the Asian continent: India and China. However, like the Himalayan range, Nepal’s biodiversity, a mosaic of species, is an unmatched giant in its own right. In coordination with a botanist and a chemist from Tribhuvan University in Nepal, and the Natural Products Group at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, around 100 essential oil samples were collected and further analysed using GC-MS for chemical composition as well as tested for biological activity including cytotoxicity, antimicrobial, brine shrimp lethality, allelopathy, larvicidal, and insecticidal activity.

In addition, separate testing of essential oil components was conducted to determine if any single component was responsible for the biological activity recorded in our samples. The results could not attribute any one compound responsible for the observed activities in the samples and we therefore conclude the activities to be a result of synergistic effect amongst the components in the samples. Aside from biological testing, the result of our systematic and detailed analyses about plant chemical composition has revealed new chemotaxonomic divisions for some of the different species. Plant chemotypes are not only dependent on genetic difference between species but vary among geographical and climatic conditions. This was studied in some cases through comparison of oil compositions of the same species, which were collected from different locations. In this research, out of 100 samples, I am going to present only some commercially important samples such as Acorus calamus, Amomum subulatum, Nardostachys Jatamansi, Artemisia vulgaris, Cinnamomum camphora, Cinnamomum glaucescens, Cinnamomum tamala, Zanthoxylum armatum, Abies alba and Rhododendron anthopogon essential oil compositions and their biological activities.

In conclusion, through international collaboration, this project was undertaken with the sole goal of identifying potential biologically active essential oils in Nepalese plants. However, our efforts have also translated into a wider understanding of chemodiversity and species differentiation. Through our research, we believe that the Himalayan range has the potential to be one of the most important sources for alternate natural medicine.

Dr Prabodh Satyal - biography

Prabodh Satyal received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Organic Chemistry from Tribhuvan University, MS and PhD in Essential Oil Chemistry from University of Alabama in Huntsville. He was former Professor of Kathmandu University in Nepal where he used to mentor organic chemistry and natural product chemistry. Prabodh has studied the chemical composition of over 15,000 essential oils from the various parts of the world with 18 different bioassays, and has published more than eight dozen research articles in peer reviewed journals, and is an editorial member of several journals.

Prabodh has a special interest in essential oil adulteration detection techniques by marker-based analysis and enantiomeric distribution.

Dr Prabodh Satyal

10:40 am – 11:00 am

The Status and Development of China Aroma Chemicals



Undoubtedly China’s aroma chemical industry had gained significant development in the last two decades. It is now playing a very important role for the global F&F industry. But it has been facing challenges over the years too.

This paper will briefly present some main aspects of the state of China’s aroma chemical industry, and give some points about what to expect in the future.

China is a major producer of a large number of aroma chemical products. This paper will list the main products produced in China, such as musks, lactones, PEA, benzyl acetate, MDJ, salicylates, OTBCHA/PTBCHA, heliotropin, ligustral, vanillin, maltols, furanone, eucalyptol, linalool, Iso E Super, dihydromyrcenol, terpineols/pine oils, IBA, sandals, MCK, etc., along with their production volumes and market shares respectively.

The development of China’s aroma chemical industry is supported not only by market growth but also by vast feedstock availabilities in China, and driven by advanced production technologies – both will be shown in this paper.

As we know, extremely strict environmental supervision has been a huge challenge for the chemical industry in China over the past few years. It has had negative impacts on global customers, including delivery failures and panic. This topic cannot be avoided. Is the industry still sustainable in China? This paper will describe and clarify the current situation and how key players in China are working through the challenge.

The conclusion of this presentation will include opportunities, risks and some points with regard to the future of China’s aroma chemicals industry.

  • Preface
  • Main products and market share of China’s Aroma Chemicals
  • Feed stock resources in China
  • Technology development of China’s Aroma Chemicals production
  • Environmental protection and sustainability
  • The impact of Sino-US trade frictions (if time permits)
  • Future trends for China’s Aroma Chemicals
  • Conclusion
Zieger Lin Zhigang - biography

Mr. Zieger Lin Zhigang is the Executive Director and Vice President of EcoGreen International Group Ltd., which is the parent company of Xiamen Doingcom Chemical Co., Ltd., a major manufacturer and supplier of aroma chemicals in the F&F industry. Zieger holds a Bachelors degree in economics from Xiamen University, and is studying for his EMBA.

Zieger joined EcoGreen in 1996 and got involved in founding Doingcom in 1997. In his early years with Doingcom, Zieger led the Marketing and Sales team and successfully developed the businesses with Top-10 and other global F&F companies, and has been maintaining long-term and sustainable relationships. With his efforts, Doingcom has become a well-known and reliable brand in the F&F industry in a short period of time.

In 2007~2011, Zieger was in charge of Doingcom’s food ingredients division, developing and producing natural extracts for flavour and food additives. Since 2011, he has taken responsibility for the operation of the EcoGreen Group, including R&D, Production, Marketing & Sales, and Supply Chain. With his in-depth industry knowledge and wide connections, he has developed cooperation within a group of Chinese aroma chemical manufacturers for better resources management, technology support, production capacity sharing, and helping international customers to source from China, and deliver to a wide range of global networks.

During his 20 year career in F&F ingredients, Zieger has built up his deep insight and unique cognition of the industry. He would like to keep on dedicating his talent and effort in F&F industry with passion.

In his spare time, Zieger enjoys hiking and running marathons.

Zieger Lin Zhigang

11:00 am – 5:00 pm


Grand Ballroom of the Mulia Resort, located on the lobby level.


12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Lunch Break
  • The Cafe: International cuisine, buffet style
  • Edogin: Japanese cuisine (limited spaces available, first come first served)
  • Table 8: Chinese cuisine (limited spaces available, first come first served)
  • ZJ’s:  Buffet style, including Indian vegetarian cuisine

Thursday 3rd October

09:00 am – 09:25 am


Emerging and Novel Clinical Aromatherapy and Biological Potential of Thirteen Australasian Essential Oils



This presentation will discuss thirteen medicinal essential oil plant species found in Australia, and New Zealand (also known as Australasia). They were selected by conducting a literature research review based on the relevant information of their reported biological and aromatherapy potential.

This presentation will also cover aromatherapy terms, how aromatherapy works, and discusses why it is important to differentiate gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. Both in vitro and in vivo research studies will be presented that support a number of areas of aromatherapeutic and biological potential of the thirteen specific Australasian essential oils with a primary focus on one of the major current threats to global health – antibiotic resistance. The unnecessary overuse of antibiotics and subsequent multi-drug resistance is widely recognised as a major threat to global health, progress and sustainability.  The World Health Organization (WHO), as early as 2014, declared antimicrobial multi-drug resistance a global crisis. WHO continues to raise awareness that this is one of the world’s most urgent public health problems. This crisis affects all regions of the world and impacts many areas of life.

The Centers for Disease Control ( says antibiotic resistance has the potential to affect people at any stage of life, across a number of industries including healthcare, veterinary, and agriculture. Each year in the US, at least two million people are infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and at least 23,000 people die as a result.  Fighting this threat is a public health priority that requires a collaborative global approach across multiple sectors.

Australasian oils offer not only unique and new synergistic constituent profiles and can be used as a potential alternative to antibiotics but when combined with antibiotics offer a new choice for treatment against antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Research shows that a number of these essential oils can be active modifying agents for antibiotics. This offers not only new markets for these oils but access to a variety of industry sectors such as veterinary science which has also taken an interest in using essential oils as anthelmintic agents to combat parasites amongst other things.

The presentation will also review new unique applications of essential oil administration such as nanoparticle delivery providing a source of potential new products such as localised topical administration using sterile gauze dressings impregnated with essential oil nanoparticles for the treatment of skin and soft tissue infections following surgery.

The essential oils covered include; Australian tea tree oil Melaleuca alternifolia, lemon scented tea tree oil Leptospermum petersonnii, lemon myrtle oil Backhousia citriodora, anise myrtle oil Syzygium anisatum, buddha wood oil Eremophila mitchellii, Queensland sandalwood  Santalum lanceolatum, Australian sandalwood Santalum spicatum, Honey myrtle oil Melaleuca armillaris, manuka oil Leptospermum scoparium, blue cypress oil Callitris intratropica, rosalina oil  Melaleuca ericafolia, kunzea oil Kunzea ambigua,  and eucalyptus oils (E. globulus, E. horistes, E. polybreacta, E. dives, E.citriodora)

Dorene Petersen - biography

Dorene Petersen, BA, Dip.NT, Dip.Acu, RH (AHG) is President of the American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) in Portland, an accredited distance education institution offering certificate, undergraduate, and graduate degree programmes in integrative health and wellness. Dorene, a New Zealand trained Naturopath, has over 40 years of clinical teaching and lecturing experience in aromatherapy, organic essential oils, herbal medicine, and other holistic health subjects.

She has presented papers on essential oils and clinical aromatherapy at the IFEAT Conference in California, USA; the Aroma Environment Association of Japan (AEAJ) in Tokyo, Japan; the Asian Aromatherapy Conference (AAC) in Bali, Indonesia, China, and Delhi, India; and the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA) Aromatherapy Conference and Wellness Expo in New Jersey, USA, among others.

In late 2016, Dorene travelled to Kathmandu, Nepal as a USAID and Winrock International volunteer to lead workshops for farmers on certified organic essential oils, organic growing techniques, quality control, and fair trade. For her work in Nepal, Dorene was awarded the Bronze President’s Volunteer Service Award, a national honour offered in recognition of 100 plus hours of volunteer service. She currently serves as Chair of the Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC) and is active in Higher Education.

Dorene is the author of the Aromatherapy Materia Medica Essential Oil Monographs textbook used in the ACHS AAS and MS in Aromatherapy programmes. Dorene is a regular attendee at IFEAT conferences and specialises in certified organic essential oils.

Dorene Petersen

09:30 am – 09:55 am


The Australian Essential Oil Industry: History and Emerging Trends



Australia has a unique flora, largely of Gondwanan origin, with later influence from the Indian subcontinent and South East Asia.

Many Australian plant species bear essential oils with unique aromas and medicinal properties.

Research into the diverse and abundant oil-bearing plants began in earnest from the late 1800s and continues today. The Australian industry flourished in the early 1900s but later declined, seeing a significant resurgence at the end of the 20th century until the present. A number of Australian native plant species are currently in significant production, but many others remain and are yet to be explored and developed.

Ashley Dowell - biography

Ashley Dowell is a Natural Products Chemist with over 20 years experience working with quality control and research of essential oils and medicinal herbs in both the private and public sectors. He manages the Analytical Research Laboratory of Southern Cross Plant Science, a special research centre located at Southern Cross University in Lismore, Australia.

Ashley is also the Technical Secretary of EOPAA (Essential Oil Producers Association of Australia) and is a member of the Standards Australia Committee for Essential Oils.

Ashley Dowell

10:00 am – 10:25 am


Australia’s Plantation Santalum Album: Forging a New Future for an Ancient Aromatic



Revered for thousands of years for its wellbeing properties, decades of poaching and adulteration left Indian sandalwood (Santalum album) on the brink of extinction in the wild. Today Australia is home to more than 12,000 hectares of Santalum album plantations – a parasitic oil-bearing tree with a rotation period of more than a decade.

Andrew Brown will explain the evolution of this pioneering industry from seed selection and host trees, to the challenges of oil yields and composition. Finally, he will explore the new challenges and opportunities that future harvests pose, creating new possibilities in product development to treat skin conditions, support the mind and body, and enhance flavours and fragrance.

Andrew will create a sensory experience for attendees to illustrate the technical achievement of Australia’s Santalum album industry – a significant and emerging part of “Naturals in Asia”.

To do this, he will use a combination of slides (a mix of data-driven and pictorial explanations) and video, as well as distributing smelling strips of oil products at different stages of production, highlighting the complexities of this process.

Andrew Brown - biography

Andrew is the Head of Research & Development and Regulatory at Quintis, an Australian-based grower and distiller of sandalwood oils. Over 32 years, Andrew has amassed wide-ranging expertise in the brewing, pharmaceutical, health and beauty and essential oil industries where he has held a range of technical and senior management roles. In 2006 Andrew joined Mount Romance, a subsidiary of Quintis, and has since become a global authority on the distillation of sandalwood oil. Today he oversees research and development and regulatory for the Quintis group, encompassing tree growth to essential oil, to ensure delivery of a transparent and high-quality product for customers.

Andrew Brown

10:30 am – 10:55 am


The Union of Traditional Indigenous Custodians with New Age Plantation Methods: From Australia’s Gibson Desert to the World



Dutjahn Sandalwood Oils (DSO) is a novel 50:50 partnership between Indigenous Native Title Holders and WA Sandalwood Plantations (WASP) producing Australian sandalwood oil (Santalum spicatum) for export to the global luxury perfume market. DSO’s main initiative is to reinvigorate and rebuild the reputation of spicatum by pioneering a unique standard of oil drawn from traditional Indigenous harvested desert sandalwood and strategically blended with renewable plantation timber to create a superior and sustainable Australian sandalwood oil product.

DSO has pioneered a unique standard of spicatum oil based on a novel supply chain and merger of two polar opposite resources; Indigenous wildwood from desert reserves under the custodianship of the Kutkububba Aboriginal Community (KAC); and plantation timber from an emerging biomass with +13,000 hectares of sustainable PEFC/AFS Certified forests managed by WASP. This uniquely blended product is consistent with superior odour and chemistry never before seen in the sandalwood industry and provides socio-­economic independence for Indigenous communities.

DSO redefines how society can sustainably engage with our central desert communities offering a best practice approach to a natural ingredient supply chain encouraging responsible sourcing.

Kutkububba Aboriginal Community (KAC): An Indigenous Case Study.

Established in 1977, this is the longest continuous Indigenous sandalwood business in the world. Threatened by Government Policy and industry indifference, this project has maintained its momentum and in February 2019 tabled to the WA Government the first sandalwood management plan undertaken in Australia since 1991. With a unique environmental approach, KAC is fusing ancient dead sandalwood from the forest floor with the emerging lactonic plantation timbers in Australia to create unique and superior essential oils that are world best practice in terms of ethical and environmental standards.

The management plan has been undertaken on 337,655 hectares that is now being cross referenced against the 67,000 square kilometre total land mass of this Indigenous Land Claim and will be compiled with other adjoining desert nations’ sandalwood forests to provide the world’s most comprehensive audit of these vast desert sandalwood forests.

Sandalwood has been a major ingredient used in the F&F industry and traditionally sourced from India (1990s). In recent times, Indigenous sandalwood from Australia and New Caledonia replaced this (2000–2017). Plantations of Santalum album and Santalum spicatum in Australia will dominate the future world supply of sandalwood.

The DSO supply chain and business model is progressing the development of essential oils around sustainable and ethical sourcing. As the first company to build Indigenous equity in the sandalwood industry, DSO invites leaders in the global luxury sector to promote the vast and pristine Dutjahn (sandalwood) forests on central desert Indigenous lands. The result is significant for building global consumer awareness and sharing the journey of Indigenous Native Title Holders in obtaining fair and equal rights to the sandalwood resource.

This case study presents how Indigenous people are navigating their way through complex government and industry barriers to a fair and equitable position to have a sustainable future.

Ron Mulder - biography

Ron Mulder established New Forest WA Pty Ltd in 1995 to specialise in the propagation and supply of Western Australian sandalwood trees as a combatant to the growing problems of salinity in rural Western Australia. Research on the species and the successful establishment of thousands of sandalwood trees put New Forest in an ideal position to capitalise on the deregulation of commercial farming of sandalwood in the mid 1990’s. Building on these early projects aimed at revegetation and land care Ron, together with Keith Drage, established WA Sandalwood Plantations (WASP) in 2001. Today WASP has grown to become the world’s largest Santalum spicatum plantation asset manager responsible for over 13,000 hectares of S. spicatum plantations in the wheatbelt region of Western Australia.

Ronald Mulder

11:00 am – 3:30 pm


Grand Ballroom of the Mulia Resort, located on the lobby level.


12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Lunch Break
  • The Cafe: International cuisine, buffet style
  • Edogin: Japanese cuisine (limited spaces available, first come first served)
  • Table 8: Chinese cuisine (limited spaces available, first come first served)
  • ZJ’s:  Buffet style, including Indian vegetarian cuisine
  • Coaches depart: 17:30 pm
  • Arrive venue: 18:00 pm
  • End: 1:00 am
  • *Timings are approximate and will be confirmed nearer the time
Closing Banquet at Puri Bhagawan

A beautiful venue on one of Bali’s most prestigious cliffs. We will arrive at the venue in the very early evening so we can enjoy watching the sun set over the waves, surrounded by beautiful gardens – it will be a truly unforgettable experience.

Ticket includes:

  • Return transfers from hotels (pick ups at the Mulia Resort, Grand Hyatt and Inaya Putri hotels)
  • Welcome drinks reception
  • Full buffet
  • Free-flow drinks package of beer, wine and soft drinks (excluding spirits which are available from the cash bar facility)
  • Entertainment including a live band and DJ
  • Stay on for an ‘After Party’ with chill-out area, cash drinks and cigar bar

Workshops, Courses, Roundtables, Forums

09:30 am to 12:45 pm


Fragrance Workshop

This year’s Fragrance Workshop will run over two half days. You will be required to attend both Wednesday and Thursday mornings but your afternoons will be free.

During the first morning you will discover the language of perfumery and how the physiology and psychology of the sense of smell affects individual perception. Then through the history of modern fine fragrances you will learn to classify fragrance into families.

From this grounding, the second morning will focus on creativity and creation. Participants will have the confidence to make a harmonious fragrance blend.

The essential oils of Indonesia will feature throughout the workshop.

Fragrance Training Workshop Wednesday morning

09:30 – 10:15 Introduction to each other and to one or two aromatic botanicals
10:15 – 10:45 Mindful smelling and the language of perfumery
10:45 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 11:30 Physiology and psychology of the sense of smell
11:30 – 11:45 Natural materials and methods of extraction
11:45 – 12:45 A short history of modern fine fragrance introducing some fragrance families

Fragrance Training Workshop Thursday morning

09:30 – 10:00 Welcome and recap of previous day
10:15 – 10:45 Fragrance creation
10:45 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 11:30 Final introduction of ingredients/fragrances available for blending
11:30 – 12:30 Blending your own fragrance
12:30 – 12:45 Recap and Q&A.

Register for the Fragrance Workshop

Marianne Martin

ICATS Fragrance Course

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm (timings to be confirmed)

Flavour Workshop

This year’s Flavour Workshop will run over two half days. You will be required to attend both Wednesday and Thursday afternoons leaving your mornings free to network or attend our lecture programme.

Day 1

  • Flavour Creation – a detailed look at flavour creation and applications.
  • Synthetic Raw Materials – a summary of the more important ingredients and categories.
  • Natural Raw Materials – covering all the main naturals and their components.
  • Raspberry Flavour – a practical team exercise to create a raspberry flavour.

Day 2

  • Precise Descriptors – sensory evaluation and primary odour descriptors.
  • Specific Flavours – tying descriptors in to the main flavour categories.
  • Strawberry Flavour – a more challenging practical team exercise.
  • Regulatory Issues – covering important recent developments.
  • Flavourists Then and Now – how the craft has changed and continues to change.
  • Perfumers and Flavourists – what can they learn from each other.
  • Flavour Trends – covering the main flavour trends.
  • Two Sides of the Fence – experiences as a supplier and as a customer.
Register for the Flavour Workshop
John Wright

Flavour Course

Time and date tbc

Forum – topic to be confirmed

We’re running another forum at this year’s conference. More information will be here soon.


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