in-cosmetics Korea
24th - 26th July 2024
Coex, Seoul

Who are the judges?

How are the judges selected?

All of our judges are independent experts from academia and the personal care industry, and they adhere to the strict judging criteria set by our in-cosmetics group.

How are the ingredients evaluated?

Active ingredients undergo assessment based on technical factors such as innovation, efficacy, and formulation. Similarly, functional ingredients are evaluated on technical aspects including innovation, sensory attributes, stability, and formulation. Both categories are also examined for their marketing strategy and narrative, compliance with regulations, and adherence to safety standards.

2023 Award Judges

The judges for the 2024 Awards are currently being selected and will be announced soon.

Lorna Radford - Founder and Managing Director at ENKOS

Lorna Radford is an award-winning cosmetic scientist and Managing Director of Enkos Developments, a market leading formulation lab that develops bespoke products for brands in the personal care industry. She has a particular interest in novel technologies, creating products with interesting textures, and helping to bridge the European and Korean Beauty markets. Lorna has a first class Master’s degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge (specialised in Chemistry), achieved the highest ever score on the Society of Cosmetic Scientists/SCS Diploma, and was the inaugural winner of the CEW Young Achiever Award. She led the development team for the newly launched SCS Introduction to Cosmetic Science course. Lorna Radford is the Official Technical Advisor for in-cosmetics Korea 2023.

Seongmin(Mike) Sohn - CEO & Principal Consultant at REACH24H 

CEO & Representative of REACH24H KOREA, he manages global regulation compliance consulting service including chemicals, cosmetics, food, pharmaceuticals as well as market research globally. He has experiences in beauty, beauty device and pharmaceuticals organization with market research and RA expertise. He has contributed to many interviews, TV programs, magazines and reports as KOL of the market. Also wrote “K-wave white paper 2018” & “K-wave white paper 2019” as a co-author for the industry analysis and forecast. He believes that the trend and regulation go together as a whole which regulation also implies the trend updates and flows in the market.

Junbae Lee - Research Director at Cosmax

Dr. Junbae Lee is an expert in the field of cosmetic technology at COSMAX R&I Center, where he serves as a director. His key work history includes positions as a senior researcher at Amorepacific Skin Care Research Institute and a health researcher at the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety. Since 2012, he has been actively involved in research and development across various fields, contributing significant value to COSMAX and the Base Technology Research Lab. Notably, his expertise and achievements have earned him high recognition both domestically and internationally. Recently, he presented research findings on lipid-based skin delivery systems for maximizing the performance of cosmetic active ingredients at the 2022 IFSCC, further demonstrating his expertise in the industry.

 Youah Kim - Chief Researcher/Team Manager at Korea Kolmar

You Ah Kim, a Chief Researcher, received her Ph.D in 2009 from the Department of Marine Biotechnology, Korea Maritime University. In 2010, she completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Fisheries Science in Korea. She then spent 3 years at National Development Institute of Korean Medicine, and in 2013, joined the Department of Skin & Natural products Lab., Kolmar Korea Co., Ltd. Her research group is exploring new skin effective substances from natural sources and studying how the ingredients work on skin cell lines and human skin by clinical test.

Junho Choi - Chief Researcher at Amorepacific

As a Principal Researcher of AmorePacific, Dr. Junho Choi is a pharmacist graduated from Seoul National University's College of Pharmacy. He has been actively conducting research on functional cosmetics, new drugs, healthcare products, future technology, and new materials at Amorepacific Research Center. His expertise and research experience in various fields have been highly evaluated in the industry.

John Jimenez - Senior Researcher at Belcorp

John Jiménez is a pharmacist from the National University of Colombia with a Master's in sustainable development and specialization studies in marketing, cosmetic science and neuromarketing. He is a prolific writer, having contributed to 30 publications worldwide and he has received countless, prestigious industry awards. He also speaks at various international conferences in Europe and Latin America. He joined Belcorp in 2005 and is currently serving as Senior Researcher for skincare, suncare and personal care categories.

Are you interested in judging?

If you'd like to participate as an award judge, please contact the in-cosmetics Korea Marketing Manager directly with a brief profile.