Advisory Board

Cyndie Lipka

Cyndie Lipka is a principal flavorist at Bell Flavors and Fragrances. She has been in the flavor industry for 28 years. Lipka has been an active industry member beginning with the Chemical Sources Association(CSA). She has held the presidency twice for this organization. She then joined the Society of Flavor Chemists board. Lipka has served on the Women in Flavor and Fragrances Board (WFFC)Chicago Chapter. She finds herself back on the CSA Board currently. Awards include the OF Stambaugh Chemistry Alumni award from Elizabethtown College in 2014 which is a Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2017 she received the WFFC Flavorist of the Year Award.

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Rishabh C. Kothari

Rishabh C. Kothari is an entrepreneur by profession and a Heartfulness Meditation Trainer by passion.CEO of CKC Fragrances, a leading manufacturer of fragrances in India, he is also the president of the Fragrances and Flavors Association of India (FAFAI) as well as the Business Chamber MCCI. He has also been the editor of FAFAI’s quarterly publication FAFAIJournal for several years.

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Scott Chaplin

Scott Chaplin manages SCMC Consulting, which is a privately managed consulting firm that focuses on business support to the flavor, fragrance and AP ingredient industry with emphasis on the F&F and FMCG companies in the food, beverage, confection, dairy, pharma, nutraceutical, cosmetic and biotechnology industries. SCMC specializes in driving revenue, profits, new product introductions, category and distribution expansion, operational efficiencies with defined strategies.

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Alison Freedman

Alison Freedman is a senior flavorist with dsm-firmenich supporting Savory, Sweet and Beverage business units. She currently serves as the Society of Flavor Chemists Media Communications Chairperson. Freedman is passionate about her client-facing experience creating winning tastes, developing innovative products and advancing health-focused impacts for global food and beverage clients. She is committed to combining strategy, innovation, product development and technologies to sustainably benefit the greater good. A piece of her heart will always be in Blacksburg as a Virginia Tech grad and forever Hokie. In her free time she loves to appreciate and study wine; she is also a Level 3 certified sommelier in pursuit of Level 4 certification.  

Neha Okhade
Neha Okhade

Neha Okhade apprenticed in perfumery in India and refined her talents in Switzerland before making her journey to the United States. She joined the Agilex team in 2019 as a Junior Perfumer. She has over ten years of experience in the industry. Okhade draws on her personal experiences to create fragrances that resonate with emotion.

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Darryl Do

Darryl was born and raised in New York City and is a professional perfumer working for his family-owned business Delbia Do Fragrances. Delbia Do was established in 1968 as a fragrance and flavor creator located in the Bronx. He specializes in creating fragrances for niche brands and manufactures perfumes for many global brands as well. He speaks globally on cosmetics regulatory and USDA Organic compliance. Darryl has taught martial arts, Kenpo karate in NYC and perfumery at FIT and Kent State. He is a member of the American Society of Perfumers, WFFC, Cosmetic IndustryBuyers & Suppliers, Fashion Group International

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John Wright
Independent Flavorist and Author

John Wright has worked as a flavorist for over 30 years, initially with Duckworths and PFW in the UK, then Bush Boake Allen in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States before joining IFF's US operation. He is currently an independent consultant and the author of the technical book "Flavor Creation" and the monthly "Flavor Bites" column in Perfumer & Flavorist magazine. Wright progressed into technical and general management, but has always been enthusiastic to retain an active creative role in flavors. Wright is a fellow of both the Royal Society of Chemistry and British Society of Flavourists, and a member of the Society of Flavor Chemists, Inc.