The Board

Martin Last - Deputy Chairman

Martin Last is the founder of MPL Marketing Services and Anyone 4 Tea, and is a marketing consultant in the healthcare industry, focusing on food supplements and health-related products.  As an established and high profile International consultant with over 30 years’ experience in the industry, Martin has a successful track record of helping companies develop markets in the UK and EU for branded ingredients and finished products.

Martin is an active member of the Council of the major UK trade association, the Health Food Manufacturers' Association (HFMA) and recently completed a successful term as Chair of that Association. In addition to his role as Deputy Chairman of EHPM, Martin also chairs EHPM’s regulatory and quality working group.

 

Harald Dittmar

Harald Dittmar has been the Managing Director of the German Federation BDIH - Federation of Manufacturers and Distributors for pharmaceuticals, health products, food supplements and cosmetics. A lawyer by training, in addition to his role with BDIH that he took up in 1992, he is also the owner of the law firm Dittmar Rechtsanwälte that is located in Mannheim that specializes in food, cosmetic and competition law.

Under his leadership, BDIH has grown from an association with 30 national members active in the field of OTC products and food supplements to a membership of more than 400 national and international SME member firms that are manufacturers and retailers of health products. He is also the Managing Director of International Organic and Natural Cosmetics Corporation and a board member of Cosmos-Standard, a European alliance of standard setters and certifiers of natural and organic cosmetics. Harald is the vice-chair of EHPM's regulatory and quality working group.

 

Antonino Santoro

Dr Antonino Santoro is a graduate in Chemistry from the University of Messina in Italy. He responsible for regulatory affairs and business development at Rottapharm/Madaus a leading international company in the area of food supplements, cosmetic and medicinal products. 

With a background in research and product development, Antonino also teaches Regulatory Affairs at the University of Favia. He is the author several academic scientific publications in addition to holding several patents. Antonino has been a board member of EHPM’s Italian member FEDERSALUS since 2005 and has served as its Vice-President since 2013. He was elected to the EHPM board in March 2013.

 

Magdalini Selanikli - Treasurer

Magdalini Selanikli is regulatory affairs manager with the Greek company ISO Plus with specific responsibility for Greece, Bulgaria and Romania. She holds a bachelor degree in political science from Aristotle University and a Masters in international relations and diplomacy from Leiden University.

Through her expertise in regulatory affairs, Magdalini is intimately familiar with the impact of EU and national legislation for food supplement companies placing products on the market. In particular, she has considerable insight into the challenges faced by EU companies when trying to enter the national market in other member states. She was elected to the EHPM board in March 2013. Magdalini has also been a board member of EHPM’s Greek member SESDI and chairs EHPM’s communications working group. Magdalini has been EHPM Treasurer since January 2016.

 

Kinga Wójcicka-Świderska

Kinga Wójcicka-Świderskahas been the Executive Director of the Polish Council for Supplements and Nutritional Foods (KRSIO) since 2013. She has led KRSIO's work in promoting the health benefits of supplementation, targeting changes in the current polish system for placing food supplements on the market, and promoting industry best practice. Within new projects, KRSIO is currently focusing on linking science to business projects. The Association has worked for 2 years on creating an Expert Council, which now comprises of 33 members including scientists from major Universities and lawyers from top law firms.

Previously Kinga has worked for a major Polish functional foods producer as Marketing Manager, where she was responsible for the field of CSR, linking science to business and projects focusing on consumer education and labelling issues. Kinga did her BA in sociology at the University of Sussex in the UK and her MA in sociology and economy in a joined program of the Polish Academy of Science and the Lancaster University. Kinga speaks Polish, English, Spanish and basic French. Kinga participates in all 4 (Botanicals, Communications, Quality & Technical) of EHPM's working groups.

 

Jonathan Griffith

Jonathan Griffith is the Managing Director and Quality Assurance Manager of the Natural Medicine Company Limited, a licenced pharmaceutical wholesaler of health products in Ireland.  He holds a Bachelor Degree in Mental & Moral Science from Trinity College, Dublin. In 1986, he was a founding member of the Irish Health Product Manufacturers Association (now the Irish Health Trade Association) and acted as its General Secretary between 1986 and 1998.  He was a vice-chairman of the EHPM Board between 2002 and 2006.  He was one of the Irish delegates to the European Scientific Co-Operative for Phytotherapy (ESCOP) between 1989 and 2006 and is an honorary member of the Irish Society of Homoeopaths. In addition to his extensive experience in national and international regulatory affairs, Jonathan has worked directly with a number of leading companies in the industry sector importing and distributing health products across national borders.  He has specific expertise in the regulations governing the wholesaling of food, cosmetic and medicinal products in the European Union. Jonathan chairs EHPM’s botanicals working group.

 

Robert Sanahuja

Robert Sanahuja is an independent Senior Consultant. He has studied Law at University of Barcelona and has obtained a Masters as a Certified Public Accountant and Tax Expert. Over the last 20 years, he has specialized in the pharmaceutical and food supplements industry holding top executive positions in both Spanish (Pharma) and European multinational companies (Food Supplements).

He has been President of EHPM's Spanish member association AFEPADI since 2007 (re-elected twice). AFEPADI is the largest Food Supplements Manufacturer Association in Spain. Robert has led the renewal of this association and achieved the goal of having it recognized as the most important SME representative organisation for the Spanish Food Supplement industry. Robert has held various positions within EHPM over a long period including acting as Chair of EHPM's botanicals working group. He was re-elected to the EHPM board in January 2016.

 

Nicolas Cappelaere

Nicolas BW 01Nicolas Cappelaere has over 25 years' experience in the food supplement and pharmaceutical industry. He is a qualified chemist engineer and also has a Master's in Business administration. He founded INELDEA Laboratories in 2003. Through his professional career he has specific expertise in export and business management and strategy. He is a member of the union SFNS (French union for specialized nutrition). He has been a member of the board of EHPM's French member association SYNADIET since 2008 and has also served as its Vice-President. Nicolas was elected to the EHPM board in January 2016. He is 49 years old and married with 2 children.

 

Mischa Strijder

Mischa Strijder graduated in law and physics from Leiden University. He started his career in the pharmaceutical industry. Following success in various pharmaceutical, marketing and product development industry roles, Mischa has owned the Dutch company Nutramin since 2001.

He has developed from being a distributor of mainly US produced food supplements to a company that develops its own brand of distinctive natural products with scientifically supported claims. In addition to his work as an entrepreneur, Mischa also devotes his time to helping create a good business environment for companies selling natural products, supporting a healthy lifestyle. He is a board member and Chairman EHPM’s Dutch member NPN.

 

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