MakeUp in World

20 & 21 September 2023

From 9am to 5pm - Javits Center

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Dr. Kenneth Marenus

Dr Ken Marenus


Former President & CEO

Dr. Marenus is recognized worldwide as one of the leaders in the field of cosmetic science and skin biology.  He has authored ten patents and numerous publications in medical and technical journals on topics ranging from product evaluation to the dermal impact of UV and IR exposure.  Ken’s deep understanding of brands and the factories, labs, and other entities that are an integral part of the beauty value chain, was developed from years of senior leadership experience at Estée Lauder and Mary Kay.

Over the years, Dr. Marenus has served in a number of capacities at leading beauty industry trade associations.  He was President of the Dermal Clinical Evaluation Society, a group dedicated to the advancement of safety and efficacy testing in the personal care and cosmetic industry.  Ken served as National President of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists and was Chair of the committee on scientific affairs for the society.  He was formerly Chair of the Scientific Executive Committee of the Personal Care Products Council in the United States and Chair of the International and Technical Committees of Cosmetics Alliance Canada. Additionally, he was on various committees of Cosmetic Europe and of International Cooperation for Cosmetics Regulations. Dr. Ken Marenus has a Ph.D. as a cell biologist from UCLA and was a post-doctoral fellow in Biophysics at Johns Hopkins University.  He was an Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology and Industrial Pharmaceutics at Long Island University.  Ken has also held adjunct faculty positions in Dermatology at the University of Texas at Dallas and at the State University of New York Stony Brook School of Medicine and in Biology at C.W. Post College.  He is currently on the Board of Directors of the UCLA Life Sciences College.