Dr. Thomas Förster, Henkel - Qepler Summits And Conferences

Dr. Thomas Förster

Corporate Vice President of R&D Beauty Care
Henkel
Cologne, Germany
Home - Henkel AG & Co. KGaA

Dr. Thomas Förster is responsible for the Global R&D of Henkel Beauty Care. He was appointed Corporate Vice President R&D in 2003, after a 3-years job rotation program in different functions in Henkel Beauty Care. After studying chemistry at the Technical University of Berlin and getting his Ph. D., he started his career at Henkel in 1986 in the Corporate Research Department, where he gained various experiences in innovations when dealing with R&D projects in Oilfield&Mining, Detergents, Care Chemicals, Cosmetics, and establishing a Biological Research Platform.

He was honored with several Innovation Awards and is author of numerous patents on Emulsions, Skin and Hair Cosmetics. He has published numerous scientific articles and is editor of "Cosmetic Lipids and the Skin Barrier".

He is Member of the Board of the European cosmetics association Cosmetics Europe, the German test institute Stiftung Warentest and DWI Institute at the RWTH Aachen.

Related Sessions:

R&D Transformation
Summit 2018

Review and apply the latest solutions and technologies for greater R&D process efficiency and speed to market.
  • 27 Sep 2018
  • Berlin, DE
  • Technology
Day 1: Thursday, 27 September 2018
BLOCK: TRANSFORMING R&D UNIT FROM THE INSIDE OUT.
CASE STUDY: Turning digital strategy into reality: The Smart Salon concept.
  • From big data analysis to hair color prediction and hair damage diagnosis.
  • Augmented reality as enabler for breathtaking hair color consultation.
  • Performance platforms for smart hair care formulations.
  • In-salon mixing of individualized hair care products catering for individual hair damage characteristics and consumer preferences.
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Product Development
& Innovation Summit 2019

Mastering development& innovation: process, LCM & PPM, AI, VR & ML, human centricity & design thinking.
  • 20 Feb 2019
  • Berlin, DE
  • Technology
Day 1: Wednesday, 20 February 2019
BLOCK: PRODUCT & PROCESS INNOVATION.
CASE STUDY: Sustainovations: Merging Sustainable Development with Cosmetic Innovations.
  • Sustainability needs at global level
  • Henkel’s sustainability stategy
  • Sustainability contributors along the value chain/life cycle assessments
  • Integrating sustainability goals into new product innovation process
  • Examples illustrating new product contributions to sustainability
  • Communicating sustainability benefits to the consumer
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