Rob received a degree in Cell biology and a PhD in Human Genetics and Pediatrics from the University of Nijmegen (The Netherlands) in 1987. Prior to Cosmetics Europe, Rob worked for Litton Bionetics (US), Hazleton Biotechnologies ( UK & NL) and the Dutch National Health & Environment Institute (RIVM). In 1992 he joined Shell International in the Hague as a toxicologist and HSE advisor, moved to Shell Chemicals in London.
In 1997 he was seconded to the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) where he as Executive Director Research and Innovation was responsible for all Research & Science activities undertaken jointly by the European Chemical Industry. In May 2003 he returned to Shell Chemicals to take up the position of corporate HSE manager.
In 2005, he relocated to Shell International in the Hague as the Group’s senior Environmental Health manager. Rob joined Cosmetics Europe in January 2010.
Dr Rob Taalman - Science and Research Director, – Cosmetics Europe - Brussels