Dr Alain Khaiat was honored with the award after battling it out against three other finalists; Dr Karl Lintner, Dr Daniel Maes and Dr Johann Wiechers, who were all chosen for their professional accomplishments and dedication to the field of cosmetics science.
The award marked the 20th anniversary of the in-cosmetics show, and as such event organisers felt it important to recognise what has been achieved thus far in the industry as well as looking at innovations of the future.
After more than 1,800 votes were whittled down to four finalists, The eventual winner was decided via an online public vote.
"I am really overwhelmed to receive this award,” said Dr. Khaiat, underlining the importance of recognition for his work the accolade brings.
“Although it is great to win, the most important part for me is that it is recognition for everything that I have done in my career. I am delighted that my colleagues and peers have such fond memories of our time spent working together," he said.
Congratulating Dr. Khaiat on his win and outlining the high calibre of the finalists was Richard Hesk, group exhibitions director at in-cosmetics organiser, Reed Exhibitions.
“While all of the finalists are extremely deserving of their nominations, we'd like to say a huge congratulations to Dr. Khaiat. He has long been a leading figure within the cosmetics industry and we're pleased to be able to recognise this and pass on the commendation he deserves,” he commented.
Hesk added that the response to the awards and the number of votes cast had exceeded expectations, emphasising how valued each finalist was, and how their work is an inspiration to others within the industry.
Dr Khaiat has dedicated much of his 40-year career to the issue of safety within the cosmetics industry, and as a founder member of several ASEAN (Association of South-East Asian Nations) associations, he has been credited for bringing together the Asian, American and European cosmetics markets.
Throughout his distinguished career, Khaiat has worked for several large companies, such as Johnson & Johnson. At Revlon, he co-ordinated all technical activities outside of the US, and he was responsible for a range of key product developments at Yves Rocher Cosmetics.
Post retirement, Khaiat continues to contribute to the cosmetics industry.