Women at IFF: Uma Parasar

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IFF is a company filled with remarkable women who have achieved great things in their careers. We hope you enjoy this profile of a true IFFer, Uma Parasar, Senior Research Fellow, Flavors.

Meet Uma


Uma Parasar began her career in the flavor & fragrance industry at Bush Boake Allen (BBA) in Montvale, New Jersey in 1998. In 2000, BBA became a part of the IFF family, bringing Uma to our R&D facility in Union Beach. Uma said, “The structure at BBA gave me the opportunity to wear multiple hats, which I enjoyed greatly. At IFF, transitioning from Global Regulatory Affairs to R&D helped add flavor business acumen to my core skills. I enjoy seeing the full picture and am a more valuable employee in today’s changing food landscape.”

In her current role as a Senior Research Fellow in the R&D Flavors Team, she develops best practice strategies for new products and research objectives using safety as the benchmark for innovation. She builds bridges across global teams and functions, ensuring connectivity and prioritizing solutions that help differentiate IFF.

With a passion for R&D, Uma strives for continuous growth in all aspects of her life. “I believe continuous learning is rewarding and it is important to go out of your comfort zone for growth,” Uma stated. “At IFF such opportunities abound, you need to find the impetus within yourself to make it happen.” Putting her words into action, Uma recently completed the 2017 WBCSD Leadership Program, an opportunity enabled by our partnership with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

IFF and the WBCSD

In 2015, IFF joined the WBCSD, a CEO-led organization of over 200 leading businesses working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world.

Andreas Fibig, our Chairman and CEO, was elected to the Executive Committee last year, an honor he values deeply. Andreas said, “The ground-breaking work of the WBCSD will do more than just help us in our ongoing mission to transform the everyday through our tastes and scents in a sustainable way. I have often said that when it comes to sustainability, we will not accept the status quo. IFF’s participation in this organization is another way we can help leave the world a better place for generations to come.”

In partnership with Yale University, the WBCSD hosts an annual leadership program for passionate individuals committed to a sustainable future. The 2017 program focused on integrating sustainability into business and fostered a collaborative environment for the diverse list of participants, including Uma Parasar.

Celebrating Uma’s Graduation

Now that she has graduated, we asked Uma to share her thoughts on the program. “The WBCSD Leadership Program was engaging in many facets,” said Uma. “I gained an understanding of sustainability from basics to practicality, met a wonderful group of individuals who are a great resource, and the curriculum demanded a team effort across time zones that reinforced critical skills such as prioritization. It was a very meaningful experience that has given me opportunities to build on my 20 years at IFF.”


A key aspect of our sustainability vision and strategy, “sensational people,” highlights our commitment to employee engagement and education. Uma Parasar, a sensational leader in every sense of the word, is a wonderful example of our strategy’s execution.

“It has been my pleasure to work with Uma since I joined IFF in 2012,” said Xiao-Qinng Tang, Senior Research Fellow and IFF friend. “She is passionate, hardworking, helpful and dedicated. I thoroughly enjoy learning from Uma--not just about regulations or flavor ingredients-- but also about our community. I am proud to be her friend.”

Now that she has completed the program, Uma will apply her knowledge internally and beyond, furthering the positive impact we can make together.


Please join us in celebrating Uma’s graduation as well as her commitment to making the world a more sustainable place; she truly is sensational.

If you are interested in joining our sensational employees, visit our career page.

For more information about our sustainability efforts, visit the “Sustain” tab on our website.

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