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Chief Commercial Officer
Robert van de Kerkhof is Chief Commercial Officer and Member of the Board of Lenzing AG. As distinguished authority in the fiber industry with over 25 years of experience, he is also President of CIRFS, the European Man-made Fiber Association and the President of the Austrian Fiber Institute. In addition, he currently chairs the ReHub’s Business Council in EURATEX.
Robert’s comprehensive expertise in the international textile industry came from his many years of experience at various international companies and business functions. He began his career as an Aeronautical Engineer at Fokker Aircraft, and since then, he has taken up roles in Ten Cate, DuPont de Nemours and INVISTA. In addition to building expertise in various manufacturing components, fibers and raw material, over the years, Robert also held multiple leadership roles across different business functions. He has successfully lead the growth of various business units, including marketing and sales, manufacturing, financial controlling, product development and strategic business development.
Clare Press is the founder of The Wardrobe Crisis, a sustainable fashion podcast and online course platform, based on her 2016 book of the same name. A Sydney-based journalist, author and documentary filmmaker, previously she pioneered the role of Sustainability Editor at Vogue. Clare has been a member of the Australian advisory board of Fashion Revolution since 2014, and sits on Copenhagen Fashion Week’s Sustainability Advisory Board. She is currently writing her fourth book.
Shaway Yeh is one of China’s key opinion leader on Fashion and Culture. Under Yeh’s editorial direction Modern Weekly reaches China’s elite readers with the latest international news, trends, and cultural discussion and became China’s most influential lifestyle publication. She has been using her media outreach and influence in fashion community to advocate issues related to sustainability and innovation. In 2017 She founded consultancy agency yehyehyeh to push forwards the sustainability agenda among Chinese brands and designers, bringing together sustainability, creativity and innovation to instigate value-based change. Her annual Shan Future Forum brings thinkers, creatives, entrepreneurs and innovators together to discuss major issues of sustainability. Yeh is advisor to Copenhagen Fashion Summit,Green Carpet Fashion Award, The International Woolmark Prize and Kering Generation Award etc.
Her Royal Highness the Crown Princess is patron of Global Fashion Agenda and Global Fashion Summit. The Crown Princess has been patron of the Copenhagen Fashion Summit since 2009 and has attended all Summits. Her patronage demonstrates continued support for promoting a sustainable and responsible fashion and textile industry. The Crown Princess’s engagement in sustainability, biodiversity and nature conservation is also manifested among other ways in The Crown Princess’s work for WWF Denmark, where Her Royal Highness took over as the foundation’s president in 2020.
Sustainable Danish solutions created with a basis in proud Danish craft traditions generate admiration and are in great demand both at home and abroad. Sustainable and innovative nature-based solutions are therefore often central when The Crown Princess leads business promotional campaigns internationally. Throughout nearly two decades, The Crown Princess has taken part in more than 70 promotional campaigns, state visits and patronage trips in which The Crown Princess has broadly supported Danish interests in the areas of business, culture, and development work.
In 2007 the Crown Princess founded The Mary Foundation with the mission of fighting social isolation. Under her leadership the foundation brings together untraditional partners to develop and manage projects and programmes that focus on prevention, the creation of opportunities and empowering vulnerable individuals and groups who find themselves socially isolated. The foundation’s focus areas are domestic violence, bullying, wellbeing, and loneliness.
The Crown Princess is a passionate advocate for health, gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. She is committed to creating awareness and respect and to ensuring compliance with women and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights, including access to family planning and the reduction of maternal and child mortality.
The Crown Princess is Commissioner of the High-Level Commission on the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 Follow-up and serves as patron of several international organisations and agencies, including the United Nations Population Fund and the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, but also some Danish NGOs: Danish Refugee Council and Maternity Worldwide.
Bella Webb is sustainability editor at Vogue Business. She takes a holistic approach to sustainability, reporting on diversity and social responsibility as well as environmental issues. Bella is particularly interested in systems change, and how brands are attempting to meet the climate emergency while embedding inclusivity and equity throughout their supply chains. She is also an associate lecturer at Central Saint Martins, where she developed the university’s Manifesto for Sustainable Fashion Communication (2020).
Brand and communications consultant
Chinazo Ufodiama is an independent brand and communications consultant based in London. After more than a decade working as a fashion publicist, Chinazo launched her consultancy Chinazo.co in 2020 offering strategic brand counsel across the communications spectrum for brands including John Smedley, Parade and Sojo.
Chinazo also hosts the Unpretty Podcast, a platform dedicated to exploring perceptions of beauty through the lens of Black and non-Black people of colour and sits on the British Fashion Council’s Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee.
Laila Petrie is the CEO of 2050, a sustainability advisory and research organisation. She has more than 15 years of experience in sustainability. 2050’s clients include the Fashion Pact, UNEP, OECD, Textile Exchange, WWF and Google, and several multinational companies.
Laila is Co-Chair of Raw Materials for the Fashion Charter, and former Co-chair of the Steering Committee. She was previously the WWF Global Textile Lead, and has taken advisory or board roles for SAC, ECAP, Accelerating Circularity, the UN10YFP programme, and the Alliance for Water Stewardship.
Fashion Charter Lead
Lindita Xhaferi Salihu leads work on sectors engagement in climate action as part of UN Climate Change wider Global Climate Action work. She led development of Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action amongst others and works closely with a variety of stakeholders to mobilize key actors and catalyze ambitious action towards decarbonization. Lindita has an educational background in engineering, international relations and global energy & climate policy. Lindita believes that it is possible to build the kind of sustainable economic system that the world needs – and we owe it to our children to become catalysts and drive a sustainable culture at home and everywhere.
As President of the Apparel Impact Institute, an organisation that identifies, funds and scales proven environmental impact solutions in the apparel and footwear industry, Lewis oversees the collaboration of brands and manufacturers on the forefront of global efforts to reach the industry’s sustainability goals. Lewis was previously the president of Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, where he launched the Fashion Positive Initiative for circular materials. He holds an MBA with a focus on corporate social responsibility from Goizueta Business School at Emory University and a BA from Washington & Lee University.
Co-Author of Net Positive
Paul Polman works to accelerate action by business to achieve the UN Global Goals, which he helped develop. He was the CEO of Unilever from 2009 to 2019, Co-Author of “Net Positive: how courageous companies thrive by giving more than they take”, and has been described by the Financial Times as “a stand out CEO of the past decade”.
Co-Founder and CEO
After graduating from Parsons School of Design, Hassan launched his luxury up-cycled fashion label before founding the online sustainable luxury marketplace, MAISON DE MODE. The sustainable fashion pioneer has extended his experience to numerous panel discussions including the NGO Conference at the UN, SXSW, and the Bloomberg Sustainable Business Summit. Hassan holds a position on the Board of WELL/BEINGS Charity and is also a Member of the CFDA Fashion Awards Guild.
Commercial ESG & Sustainability Director
Simon Platts has been with ASOS for 8 years. In his role as Responsible Sourcing Director, he oversees the company’s locational and supplier sourcing, packaging, ethical trade programs , product sustainability and 3rd-party branded engagement functions. This ties directly into the FWI commitments of People and Planet ( Scope 3 of NET ZERO , Be more Circular and Transparency ) Part of the industry for over 35 years, Simon started out his journey as a Saturday sales consultant for Next retail in the mid-1980s, before moving through the ranks into visual merchandising, buying and buying management, and finally sourcing, where he was responsible for setting up the UK arm of Next Asia Sourcing. Prior to joining ASOS, Simon was Head of Branded and Own Brand buying for Blacks and Millets, an outdoor clothing specialist. Before that, he spent eight years as Director/Partner at a supplier of men’s, women’s and children’s apparel and footwear to UK High Street retailers. Outside of work, Sheffield-born Simon lives with his family in Leicestershire and pursues his passions for outdoor life and the environment. With a special focus on the Ocean , and the human impacts on it.
Environmental Responsibility Manager
Jade Wilting is environmental responsibility manager at GANNI and is Leading the GANNI Insetting Project. Jade has a BA in Law and Psychology from WITS University in South Africa, and a BSc in Fashion and Management from Amsterdam Fashion Institute in the Netherlands. Prior to joining GANNI, Jade worked in the circular economy across public and private sectors globally. Being South African, Jade is driven by the inherent value in secondary resources, and the power that collaboration holds in mitigating the climate crisis.
Leo has been CEO of Bottega Veneta since 2019.
Leo joined Kering in 2012 and was most recently COO of Saint Laurent. Before Kering, he spent twelve-years at LVMH, holding key leadership roles at Fendi.
Since his arrival, Leo has positioned Bottega Veneta as an ultra-high-end luxury fashion house that adopts a bold approach to creativity while leveraging superior craftsmanship and exquisite design. Under his leadership, Bottega Veneta experienced a strong momentum, fueled by increased brand desirability, leading to the record milestone of €1.5 billion in revenues in 2021.
Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal
Frans Timmermans is Executive Vice-President of the Commission, leading its work on the European Green Deal – Europe’s roadmap to becoming the first climate-neutral continent.
In this role, Frans Timmermans is responsible for implementing the European Green Deal and the first European Climate Law to enshrine the 2050 climate-neutrality target into EU law. He is in charge of stepping up the commitment to the 2030 emission reduction target, increasing it to at least 55% by 2030, and undertaking international negotiations on behalf of the EU to strengthen the ambition of other major emitters by 2021. He leads the Commission’s work on extending the Emissions Trading System and coordinates work on the Just Transition Fund – a key progressive policy from the European elections. He is developing the Biodiversity Strategy for 2030, the Commission’s zero-pollution ambition, the circular economy and the ‘Farm to Fork’ strategy, and many other initiatives.
In 2019 Frans Timmermans was the PES Common Candidate in the European Elections to become the President of the European Commission, campaigning on the PES manifesto: A New Social Contract for Europe. At the election, Frans Timmermans’ national party – the PvdA – won the election in the Netherlands, doubling its share of the vote. Overall, the social democrats remained the second largest force in the European Parliament.
Frans Timmermans has been a European Commissioner since 2014. From 2014-2019 he was First Vice-President of the EU Commission, in charge of Better Regulation, Inter-Institutional Relations, the Rule of Law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights. Prior to this, he was the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs (2012-2014) and Dutch Minister of European Affairs (2007-2010). He has also been a Member of the Dutch Parliament Partij van de Arbeid (PvdA) (2010 – 2012 and 1998 – 2007).
Aside from his native Dutch, Frans Timmermans is fluent in English, French, German, Italian and Russian.
Author and journalist
Dana Thomas is the author of Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes, Fashionopolis Young Readers Edition, Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano and the New York Times bestseller Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster, all published by Penguin Press. She is the European Sustainability Editor for British Vogue, a freelance contributor to the New York Times, and the host of “The Green Dream,” a weekly podcast on sustainability, produced by Wondercast.Studio. She wrote the screenplay for Salvatore: Shoemaker of Dreams, a feature documentary directed by Luca Guadagnino, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2020.
Thomas began her career writing for the Style section of The Washington Post, and for fifteen years she served as a cultural and fashion correspondent for Newsweek in Paris. Thomas has written for The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and Architectural Digest. In 1987, she received the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation’s Ellis Haller Award for Outstanding Achievement in Journalism. In 2016, the French Minister of Culture named Thomas a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters. And in 2017, she was a Logan Nonfiction Fellow at the Carey Institute for Global Good. She lives in Paris.
Director of Communications and Engagement division
Ina Parvanova is the Director of Communications and Engagement at UN Climate Change. She has worked as a journalist for Reuters and has led the communication efforts at the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Europe in Copenhagen, and at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in Vienna.
Chief Sustainability Officer and VP Operations
Kathleen Talbot is the Chief Sustainability Officer & VP of Operations at Reformation. Kathleen joined Reformation in 2014 to build a sustainable and scalable supply chain and a framework for incorporating sustainability into all business practices.
Today, Kathleen spearheads Reformation’s industry-leading sustainability initiatives across the brand’s global supply chain, including their commitment to becoming Climate Positive by 2025 and the launch of a first-of-its-kind fiber traceability technology for their denim. In addition to Reformation’s sustainability programs, Kathleen oversees Factory Operations and the Customer Love team. Kathleen also works on customer-facing campaigns and services to raise awareness around the impact fashion has on people and the planet, and to offer easy, impactful solutions.
Prior to joining Reformation, Kathleen worked as a Sustainability Officer for a liberal arts university and for the National Science Foundation. Kathleen received her MA in Sustainability from Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability.
Peder Michael Pruzan-Jorgensen is a Board Member of Global Fashion Agenda and the Founder and Director of ORCA & Co., a strategy advisory firm that works with companies and asset owners to maximize business value and societal impact by placing environmental, social and governance factors at the heart of decision-making.
Pruzan-Jorgensen was previously a member of the executive committee at BSR, where he led the organisation’s growth in EMEA as well as its work on multi-company collaboration, women’s empowerment and government and foundations. An experienced sustainability executive, he is a member of several sustainability advisory boards and works with world leading companies in multiple industries.
Pruzan-Jorgensen has worked with the fashion industry through most of his business career, in recent years mostly on how to advance women’s empowerment in global fashion supply chains. He led the formation of one of the first collaborative initiatives in the luxury industry, the then Sustainable Luxury Working Group, initially focused on exotic skins supply chains. He has supported the Copenhagen Fashion Summit since its beginning.
PhD, Director of Nature-Positive Value Chains
Margot Wood, PhD is the Director of Nature-Positive Value Chains at Conservation International in the Betty and Gordon Moore Center for Science, and is based in Seattle. Her work at Conservation International is centered on the transition to nature-positive economies at scale, especially focused on forest-risk commodities. She’s currently serving as technical lead for The Fashion Pact Global Environment Facility (GEF) project, which has the goal of incorporating Science-Based Targets for Nature into fashion sector actions. Margot’s vision for sustainability is to see a rapid transition from economies attempting to “do-less harm” into economies investing in, supporting, and thriving within a nature-positive system.
President and CEO
Sharon Waxman is President and CEO of Fair Labor Association, a multi-stakeholder network of companies, universities, and civil society organizations that promotes human rights at work. Sharon joined FLA after two decades in Washington, DC as a senior foreign policy advisor at the U.S. State Department and in the U.S. Senate. Sharon is strongly committed to the collegial yet rigorous model of collaboration at FLA that promotes educating, evaluating, and impacting FLA member’s labor practices in their global supply chains.
Responsibility Programme Director
Jocelyn is the Responsibility Programme Director at Burberry, a global luxury brand with a distinctive British identity. Jocelyn joined Burberry in 2009, taking a lead on mapping the brand’s environmental footprint and developing Burberry’s corporate responsibility strategy. This year, Burberry pledged to become climate positive by 2040, going beyond net-zero by investing in key initiatives that support climate change efforts beyond its value chain. Working closely with Burberry’s global team of in-house sustainability experts, Jocelyn is responsible for the implementation of this strategy, overseeing the continued evolution of Burberry’s programmes.
Chief Sustainability Officer
A Chemical Engineer with an MBA degree, Surya Valluri has over 30 years of experience in manufacturing and supply chain in multiple industries across geographies. He has worked in manmade fibre, synthetic fibre, steel, logistics and cement sectors in India, Thailand, and China.
Surya has steered many functions: from shopfloor management, project commissioning and business development to P&L, planning and budgeting, and sustainability.
A passionate sustainability professional with a keen interest in the turnaround of businesses and leadership development, Surya has worked in diverse industries where he has made a significant contribution to sustainability.
During his tenure as sustainability head at UltraTech Cement, the largest manufacturer of grey cement and ready-mix concrete and one of the largest manufacturers of white cement in India, the company has signed EP-100, conducted biodiversity studies, implemented management plans, and commenced its water positivity journey. Moreover, he conducted a water table study with ICRISAT and launched watershed management projects at two critical plant locations in coordination with NABARD.
Surya has also played a crucial role in GCCA (Global Cement and Concrete Association) formulation and drafting the charter for the association along with global cement industry partners.
Brooke Roberts-Islam is a Senior Contributor at Forbes and Co-Founder of Techstyler, a sustainability and innovation advisory to the fashion and textiles industry. Roberts-Islam’s reporting on sustainable materials and the supply chain has been described as “authoritative” and she recently authored a book on the past 20 years of sustainability initiatives within the industry. With first-hand experience in textile manufacturing and garment production, she strives to fill the gap in coverage of innovations at the intersection of fashion, science, and technology through her accessible and well-researched articles, reports, and books.
Chief Product Officer
Halide Alagöz is Chief Product Officer of Ralph Lauren Corporation. She is responsible for the Company’s end-to-end product life cycle, bringing the magic of Ralph Lauren’s design and product vision to life for consumers around the world. She leads the Polo and RRL brand teams and drives the seamless execution of all products across the Ralph Lauren portfolio. Halide joined the Company in 2016.
Prior to joining Ralph Lauren, Halide was with H&M Corporation for 18 years, most recently in Hong Kong as the Head of Purchasing. During her tenure with H&M, Halide was responsible for various Regional and Global Supply Chain operations. During her time with H&M, Halide and her family have lived in Hong Kong, China, Bangladesh and in her native country, Turkey. Halide earned both her Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering and her Master’s Degree in Engineering Management from Istanbul Technical University.
Halide is a member of the Board of the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA).
Fatima-Zohra ALAOUI is the General Manager of AMITH, the Moroccan Association of T&C Industries. Recently, Fatima-Zohra presented the new vision for the Moroccan T&C industry named DAYEM MOROCCO (which means sustainable in Arabic) to lead the Moroccan manufacturers down the path of social and environmental sustainability. She is also co-spokeswoman of the Sustainable Terms of Trade Initiative (STTI). Prior to joining AMITH, Fatima-Zohra worked as a consultant in strategy both in the public and private sectors. Fatima-Zohra holds a PhD in Economics from Lancaster University in the UK.
Mr. Miran Ali is a leading garment sector entrepreneur in Bangladesh, heading the Bitopi Group, as Managing Director. Two of his factories are rated LEED Platinum, Remi Holdings Ltd. and Tarasima Apparels Ltd., and rank among the highest rated factories in the world. He is a Vice President at the BGMEA, Director of the RMG Sustainability Council (the RSC, successor to the Accord) and spokesperson for the Sustainable Terms of Trade Initiative (STTI), the largest grouping of manufacturers associations in the world. Miran Ali has a passion for corporate social responsibility, environmentalism and safer workplaces. Mr. Ali’s ideology sets an exemplary milestone for Bangladesh and demonstrates that business & environment co-exist and emphasizes sustainability one of the key factors for any business to succeed. His family holdings also include the oldest advertising agency in Bangladesh, Bitopi Advertising, IT and media businesses.
Vidiya Amrit Khan, born in Bangladesh, completed her LL.B Honours from King’s College London in 2003 and then went on to complete her Barrister-at-Law vocational course from Inns of Court School of Law. Soon after that she returned to Bangladesh and instead of building a career in the legal profession, she choose to join her family business, which was primarily manufacturing readymade garments for exports.
Vidiya’s father, Late M. Noorul Quader, was the pioneer of the 100% export oriented Ready Made Garments (RMG) industry in Bangladesh and was the innovator of the Back to Back Letter of Credit banking system, amongst other things. Desh Garments Limited, has therefore been fundamental towards the growth of the country’s economy as it stands today.
She has been twice elected as a Director of the Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (currently serving the term of 2021-2023). She has also served as the only female advisor, of the Board of Advisors, of Bangladesh Alliance for Worker Safety. Moreover, she is also a member of the Executive Board of Bangladesh Employer’s Federation and is serving her second term.
Thierry Andretta was appointed Chief Executive of Mulberry Group plc during 2015, following his appointment to the Board as an independent Non-Executive Director during 2014. Before joining Mulberry, Mr Andretta was CEO of Buccellati and Non-Executive Director at ACNE Studios and Sergio Tacchini. He was previously Executive Chairman/CEO at brands including Lanvin, Moschino, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Balenciaga, LVMH Fashion Group and Céline. Mr Andretta has extensive experience across the luxury sector, with particular focus on retail, digital, omni-channel, international expansion, and is leading the sustainability agenda transforming Mulberry to a net-zero, regenerative and circular business model.
Laura Balmond joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in 2015, and her first few years saw her co-author the reports ‘Circular Economy in India Rethinking Growth for Long Term Prosperity’ and ‘A New Textiles Economy – Redesigning Fashion’s Future’. Part of the ‘Make Fashion Circular’ team since it was launched at Copenhagen Fashion Summit in 2017, Laura now leads the Foundation’s Fashion Initiative – focused on international efforts to stop waste and pollution by creating a circular economy for the industry. Under this vision, products are used more, are made to be made again and are made from safe, recycled or renewable inputs.
As part of her role, Laura has managed the #WearNext campaign, The Jeans Redesign project, Vision of a circular economy for fashion, Circular Business Models – Redefining growth for a thriving fashion industry, and the launch of the Foundation’s Circular Design for Fashion book.
Climate Justice Activist
Xiye Bastida is a Climate Justice Activist who advocates for the rights of frontline communities in climate policy. She is an organiser for Fridays For Future NYC and helped mobilise up to 300,000 people in the major 2019 climate strike. In 2020, she co-founded Re-Earth Initiative, a youth-led Climate Justice international, intercultural movement. As a public speaker, she advocates for youth and Indigenous rights, and highlights the intersectionality of the climate crisis. She currently attends the University of Pennsylvania where she is pursuing a BA in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Policy.
Maxine Bédat is the founder and director of New Standard Institute, a think and do tank using data to drive accountability in industry. She is also the author of the book, UNRAVELED: The Life and Death of a Garment, a Financial Times Book of the Year. Bédat began her career in international law working at the Rwandan Criminal Tribunal and Allen & Overy, and received a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School.
Senior Partner and Global Leader of McKinsey’s apparel, fashion and luxury group
Dr. Achim Berg is Senior Partner and Global Leader of McKinsey’s apparel, fashion and luxury group. Over the past 20+ years, Achim has advised numerous leading brands, retailers, wholesalers, and producers worldwide. Advising on a broad spectrum of topics that include areas such as sustainability strategy for a European fashion retailer and a multi-year transformation of a leading global value player. Through his extensive work in the industry, Achim has gained deep insights into the clothing, footwear, beauty and accessories markets worldwide, and has built a wealth of experience in a broad range of topics, including category strategies, e-Commerce acceleration, and due diligence approaches.
Chief Executive Officer, Europe and Americas
Torry Berntsen is the Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) of Standard Chartered for Europe & Americas and is based in London. He is responsible for all aspects of the Region, providing leadership on strategy, client relationships, risk management, governance, and regulatory engagements.
Torry has an extensive and diverse career in banking and financial services. Prior to his current role, Torry was the CEO and Regional Head of Corporate & Institutional Banking for the Americas at Standard Chartered, where he led the Bank’s North American and Latin American franchise. Before his career at Standard Chartered, Torry was the President and a Director of Independent Bank Group (“IBTX”), where he was involved in the various components of the Company’s operations, including spearheading its investor relations efforts as well as managing all of its financial institutions relationships and partnerships. Prior to IBTX, he spent 25 years in various senior management roles at The Bank of New York Mellon (“BNY Mellon”). His last position at BNY Mellon was Senior Executive Vice President, Sector Head, Global Client Management where he was responsible for leading the relationship efforts with financial institutions, corporate, government, not-for-profit and real estate clients worldwide. Previous to BNY Mellon, he spent four years at JPMorgan.
New York State Senator
Alessandra Biaggi is the State Senator for New York State’s 34th District, and the Senate sponsor of the Fashion Sustainability and Social Accountability Act. She was first elected to the New York State Senate in her home district in 2018, and represents parts of the Bronx and Westchester counties. Senator Biaggi currently serves as the Chair of the Senate Ethics and Internal Governance Committee. Since taking office, Senator Biaggi has worked to pass transformational legislation including tenant-centered housing reforms, bold climate-change initiatives, criminal justice reform, and comprehensive workplace protections.
Maximilian Bittner is a tech entrepreneur and CEO of Vestiaire Collective, the leading global app for desirable pre-loved fashion, empowering a community of fashion activists to drive change through the circular economy. Before joining Vestiaire Collective, Bittner founded Lazada, the leading online shopping destination in Southeast Asia, in 2012. As CEO, he was the driving force behind the company, which quickly consolidated its position as the market leader in the region. Following its rapid growth, Alibaba group purchased a controlling stake in 2016. Bittner stepped down from his CEO position in March 2018 and moved into an advisory role. He started his career at Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking division in London prior to joining McKinsey & Company in Germany. In his role as CEO of Vestiaire Collective, he is responsible for driving the company’s ambitious growth strategy and transforming the fashion industry by connecting Vestiaire Collective and the fashion ecosystem in order to drive circularity at scale.
Fashion Journalist and Editor
Tamsin Blanchard is a fashion journalist and editor with more than 30 years experience working for British newspapers, the Independent, the Observer, the Telegraph Magazine and the Guardian as well as magazines including Tank. She has written several books including ‘Fashion & Graphics’ (Laurence King, 2004) and ‘Green is the New Black – How to Change the World with Style’ (Hodder & Stoughton, 2007). She contributes to the Guardian, Vogue, 10 and The Gentlewoman, and is editor of the biannual Hole & Corner magazine. Her interest in how the industry is impacting people and the planet has developed throughout her career, and has become integral to her work as a journalist and as an advocate for a clean, fair and more transparent fashion industry as special project curator for Fashion Revolution. Since 2017, she has been the curator of Fashion Open Studio, the global showcasing and mentoring platform designed to highlight the work of emerging designers working in innovative and regenerative ways. With Fashion Open Studio and Not Enough Collective____ she is part of the co-curation team for State of Fashion 2022 Biennale | Ways of Caring taking place in Arnhem until July 10.
Kyle Bridgeforth is a Co-Owner and Operator at Bridgeforth Farms, a fifth-generation farming operation, where he manages new business, sustainability, and outreach. Cotton is the company’s largest crop, and its most innovative. He provides traceability metrics in real-time to retail partners during the growing season, post harvest, and as it moves throughout the supply chain.
Cotton has a net negative emission under proper management, and Kyle works closely with corporate partners, universities, and industry to ensure that goal is met. Kyle graduated from Morehouse College with a degree in International Studies: Business and Economics.
Executive Director, Council
Frederica Brooksworth is the Executive Director at the Council for International African Fashion Education (CIAFE) and Director of IA Connect (Industrie Africa). Brooksworth is a lecturer at the London College of Fashion, British School of Fashion and Conde Nast College of Fashion and Design. She is the author of Fashion Marketing in Emerging Economies. Brooksworth Doctoral research explores linking the SDGs to innovate the African fashion education system to close the skills gap to create employability opportunities.
Caroline Brown is a Managing Director at Closed Loop Partners, a New York based investment firm and innovation center focused on development of circular economies. In this role, Caroline co-leads the growth equity practice and leads the fashion sector practice across all asset classes. Closed Loop Partners is a leading investor in circular fashion with an active portfolio between the US, EU, UK and Israel markets. Current investments include Browzwear, For Days, DAI, Dimpora, Algaeing, By Rotation, Thrilling, EVRNU, Retrievr and others. Caroline holds investor board positions in several high growth circular economy companies as well as an Independent Director position for Eileen Fisher. Prior to this, Caroline held global CEO / President roles for leading companies such as Donna Karan + DKNY for LVMH, Carolina Herrera, Akris Inc as well as leading marketing & communications roles for Giorgio Armani. She is an Advisor at MIT Sloan School of Management, Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship. Caroline is a born and raised New Yorker with Argentine heritage.
Author & Podcaster on climate solutions; Advisor for UNECE
An environmental activist, author and filmmaker, Lily’s book and accompanying podcast, Who Cares Wins, explore the myriad of environmental solutions from tech-utopia to indigenous wisdom. She has directed multiple short films on topics including the refugee crisis, living off-grid and an exploration into Amazonian wild rubber. Lily is Patron of the Environmental Justice Foundation and has worked with The World Land Trust & WWF. She has a masters degree from Cambridge. She was honoured at the German Sustainability Awards 2021 for her ongoing dedication to climate and human rights activism.
President and CEO
Aron is recognised globally as a preeminent authority on just and sustainable business. In addition to leading BSR, Aron advises senior executives at BSR’s 300+ member companies and partners on the full spectrum of ESG issues.
He is a director of the Value Reporting Foundation and the We Mean Business Coalition; has served on advisory Boards for companies in the U.S., Europe, and Asia; and speaks frequently at global events including the World Economic Forum in Davos.
2010 : Graduates from HEC Paris
2012 : Becomes Partner & CEO of the Surface to Air collective, both a design studio and a contemporary fashion brand.
2016 : Joins Devialet, the luxury acoustical engineering brand, as CEO Americas
March 2020 : Appointed CEO of Courrèges, the iconic French fashion House founded in 1961.
As a first step into sustainability, the House releases the Reedition collection : a selection of iconic styles that epitomise durability and timelessness in style. While fostering the use of new sustainable materials, such as an updated vinyl, Courrèges new collections are designed to last and to inspire future generations of vintage shoppers — paying tribute to the House legacy.
Chief Sustainability and Institutional Affairs Officer
Marie-Claire Daveu began her career as a technical advisor to the cabinet of Prime Minister, Jean-Pierre Raffarin, before becoming Principal Private Secretary to Serge Lepeltier, Minister of Ecology and Sustainability. In 2005, she became Director of Sustainable Development for the Sanofi-Aventis Group. From 2007 to 2012, she served as Chief of Staff to French politician, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, working in various secretaries of state and then at the Ministries of Ecology, Sustainability, Transport and Housing.
In 2012, she was appointed Kering’s Chief Sustainability Officer and Head of International Institutional Affairs. She sets out the strategy and ambitious objectives as well as implementing a set of best practices within the Group and the Houses. Today, Kering is a pioneer and recognized leader in sustainability.
A French national, she is a graduate of the Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food and Environmental Sciences (ENGREF). She also earned a postgraduate diploma (DESS) in public administration from Dauphine University, Paris.
Executive Director Global Sales and Marketing
As the Executive Director of Global Sales and Marketing at Soorty Enterprises, Debbag is recognized as a change leader with a daring and innovative mind. She has a passion to disrupt, hyperloop, revitalize, and facilitate novel initiatives. An experienced brand strategist, Debbag seeks collaborative solutions to marketing needs that center sustainability goals.
Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief
Willow Defebaugh is the Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Atmos, a nonprofit biannual climate and culture magazine and digital platform devoted to ecological and social justice, creative storytelling, and re-enchantment with the natural world. She writes a weekly newsletter called The Overview which offers a holistic look at life on Earth through the lens of deep ecology. Prior to Atmos, Willow held editor titles at V Magazine, CR Fashion Book, and L’Officiel USA. She has been featured in Vogue US, Vogue China, i-D, The Guardian, Them, BBC, and more.
President and Co-Founder
Dr. Dickson began Better BuyingTM while she was Irma Ayers Professor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware. She is an award-winning scholar who, during her academic career, gained wide recognition as a global academic leader for her research, teaching, and practical engagement with global suppliers, retailers/brands, and sustainability groups. She envisions buyers and suppliers working together with responsible purchasing practices to achieve shared financial, social, and environmental sustainability goals.
Fabian Domenech is a Nike Trainer, yogi and meditation instructor. He has taught yoga in the UK, US, Spain, Italy, Indonesia, India, Thailand and Argentina before settling in Barcelona, Spain, where he currently resides. Also a lover of all things art, fashion and design, Fabian places strong emphasis on body alignment and mindfulness through his yoga practice.
CEO & Co-Founder
Young is noted globally as the lead innovator and commentator on the topics of the metaverse, digital fashion innovation, inclusivity in tech, sustainability and NFTs. A C-suite executive, female founder and academic, that works within strategic innovation for IRL x URL digital fashion creations and metaverse centric showcases.
Young has managed large project budgets over £2.3M as well as project managing teams of 20+. Owning, negotiating and writing talent and partnership contracts. Handling global territory deliverables.
Spending over 15 years creating strategic concepts for future facing living, fusing the established with progressive, youth-centric points. Since graduating, Young has held prestigious contracts with Nike; Global entertainment team on experiential marketing to Selfridges luxury store building retail innovation.
Circular Economy and Textiles Expert
Lars Fogh Mortensen is an expert on circular economy at the European Environment Agency, an EU institution. He leads work on textiles and has authored publications of the Agency showing that in Europe textiles has on average the fourth highest lifecycle environment and climate impacts from a consumption perspective. He has contributed to the EU Strategy on Sustainable and Circular Textiles. Previously, he worked at the OECD and at the United Nations and has authored many scientific articles on sustainability.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER & FOUNDER
Natasha Franck is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of EON. EON is connecting the world’s products. Retail’s leading Product Cloud platform, EON creates and manages the Digital ID for physical products – bridging the gap between the digital and physical world. EON clients and partners include YOOX-NET-A-PORTER, Gabriela Hearst, H&M, Target, PANGAIA, and many more. A leader in advancing sustainable commerce, Natasha pioneered industry’s Circular Product Data Protocol and stewarded a commitment from leading luxury brands – Burberry, Stella McCartney, Chloe, Giorgio Armani, Brunello Cucinelli and more – to introduce Digital ID to all their products by 2025, as part of His Royal Highness’ The Prince of Wales’ Sustainable Markets Initiative. Before founding EON, Natasha worked in smart cities and sustainable urbanism at Delos and Jonathan Rose Companies. Natasha holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Georgetown University.
Patrick is a founding member of The Value Web, which is an international network of process designers and facilitators with the mission to expand the field of collaborative design for the common good. Since 2016, Patrick is the lead facilitator and global coordinator of the Global Commons Alliance, a network of influential leaders and organizations that aims to empower citizens, cities, companies and countries to become stewards of our global commons. The global commons provide the air we breathe, water we drink, nourishment, and shelter, underpinning the health and wellbeing of humans, and all life. Patrick has been delivering collaborative engagements for leaders and their organizations around the world that seek solutions to social and environmental problems since 2004.
Global Policy & Campaign Director
Maeve Galvin is the Global Policy and Campaigns Director at Fashion Revolution. She also manages the Good Clothes, Fair Pay project on living wages in the fashion sector. She has worked on social and environmental sustainability for the past twelve years across NGOs, the UN and private philanthropy. She previously worked at the International Labour Organisation (ILO) across Better Factories Cambodia and Better Work and managed C&A Foundation’s worker empowerment and transparency partnerships in Bangladesh and Myanmar.
I’m a journalist specialised in sustainable fashion. I am the author of the platform “Solo Moda Sostenibile” (in Italian) which includes an online magazine, a weekly newsletter, a podcast. I live in Prato and have been collaborating with companies in the district for 15 years. I am familiar with supply chain issues and specialise in textile recycling. I recently participated in the writing of the documentary “Stracci” by Tommaso Santi.
Chief Strategy Officer
Ashley Gill joined Textile Exchange in 2010. Ashley spent time in various roles but since 2012 she has been working on the Textile Exchange standards. Starting with the first International Working Group for the Global Recycled Standard (GRS), leading the GRS, Recycled Claim Standard and the Responsible Down Standard. Ashley has helped to drive Textile Exchange’s standard-setting process and supported dozens of companies in their use of standards and labelling claims. Ashley has also been engaged in aligning the organisation’s strategy.
Head of Due Diligence
Tyler Gillard leads the OECD’s work to negotiate, implement, and monitor global standards of due diligence for responsible business conduct, including in the financial, textiles, mining & metals, oil & gas and agriculture sectors. Tyler joined the OECD in 2009 and has helped policymakers design legislation related to conflict minerals, modern slavery, deforestation, and human rights and supply chains. His team also works with business to integrate OECD due diligence standards into certification schemes and multi-stakeholder initiatives.
Project Specialist – Sustainability & Innovation
Alexander is a Project Specialist in BESTSELLER’s Sustainable Materials & Innovation Team, focusing on innovation implementation and project management in BESTSELLER’s supply chain. Specialised in fashion and textile, Alexander comes from a background in business economics and has been a part of BESTSELLER for more than six years.
Director Environmental Sustainability
Matthew Guenther is the Director Environmental Sustainability for TAL Apparel, a multi-national garment manufacturer, Co-Chair of Fashion Charter WG3 and member of the Charter steering committee. Among other areas, he has a strategic focus on decarbonising his company’s operations and supply chain. He believes that climate change is a key topic shaping the sustainability agenda for the next decade and emphasises the need for collective cooperation to address barriers and individual accountability to speed ahead where solutions are readily available.
Textile and Garment Industry Director
Christina Hajagos-Clausen is IndustriALL Global Union’s director for the Textile, Garment, Shoe and Leather Sector. IndustriALL Global Union represents 50 million workers in 140 countries in the mining, energy, and manufacturing sectors, including the garment & textile, leather and shoe sectors. IndustriALL Global Union is a force in global solidarity taking up the fight for better working conditions and trade union rights around the world.
She is a board member of ACT (Action, Collaboration and Transformation), a member of the Global Steering Committee for the International ACCORD for Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industries, and also a Board Member of the Bangladesh RMG Sustainability Council. She represents IndustriALL Global Union on the Better Work Advisory committee and at the OECD Garment and Footwear Advisory Group.
Christina holds a B.A. in Language and Literature from Bard College, an M.A. in Women Studies from the New School for Social Research and a M.S. in Union Leadership and Administration from the University of Massachusetts. She is also a graduate of the Harvard Trade Union Program.
VP Sustainable Innovation.
As Vice President for Nike Innovation, Seana Hannah is responsible for setting the long-term vision for Sustainability across all product innovation. Seana leads a team of innovators, scientists and analysts who bring their expertise to the exploration and creation of new product concepts that are better for athletes and the planet. Seana’s 32-year Nike career has spanned multiple roles from retail to product innovation, always maintaining a focus on the voice of the athlete. Prior to her current role, Seana was the Vice President of Manufacturing Innovation.
George is Campaign Manager at the Changing Markets Foundation, a Dutch non-profit formed to accelerate solutions to sustainability challenges by leveraging the power of markets. Much of their work involves exposing irresponsible corporate behaviour, and George has worked across the fashion, fisheries, food and plastics sectors pushing for corporate accountability. He leads the organisation’s ‘Fossil Fashion’ campaign, exposing the industry’s environmentally disastrous reliance on fossil fuels during the climate crisis. George is also a board member of the Conscious Advertising Network.
Head of Operations – Bangladesh
With over 9 years of experience in textile manufacturing, marketing, material and product sourcing, and sustainability roles with both manufacturers and brand local offices with both in-country and regional responsibilities in companies such as H&M, Li & Fung, and others, He is a textile industry and sustainability professional. He majored in textile engineering and business administration. He had prior experience spearheading “The Circular Fashion Partnership Project” implementation activities on the ground and designing material sustainability strategy and plans on a regional level. Currently engaged at Reverse Resources as the Head of Operations, where he oversees the company’s operations in Bangladesh and assists in the delivery of global projects.
Co-founder and CEO
Marjorie Hernandez is a Caracas-born entrepreneur, architect and strategist. Before founding LUKSO – an Ethereum Based Blockchain for the New Creative Economies – she established and managed EY’s Digital Innovation Lab in Berlin and collaborated closely with Ethereum and the IOTA Foundation. To converge and nurture the emerging digital fashion ecosystem, she co-founded THE DEMATERIALISED, an experiential marketspace for fashion NFTs.
Deputy head of division
Deputy Head of Division, Sustainable textiles supply chains and sustainable consumption Division (121), Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany. The unit is in charge of the Textile Partnership for sustainable Textiles (Textilbündnis) as well as for Green Button scheme (www.gruener-knopf.de), a governmental run sustainable textile label with due diligence criteria.
Trained carpenter, studied social anthropology, worked as journalist and within organizational development, inspired by Otto Scharmers Theory-U. Worked for GIZ before joining BMZ in 2014.
Vision: Make the textile industry an example of a just and green transition.
Nikhil Hirdaramani is extremely passionate and committed to influencing sustainable development through collaboration.
Nikhil has 25 years’ experience in his family apparel manufacturing business where he has led the development and implementation of the group wide sustainability strategy ,
Nikhil is a strong advocate of using his experience and voice to influence wider industry engagement and has served in leadership roles in a number of multistakeholder initiatives: He has been the Vice Chair of the SAC and has served as a Director of both Higg Co and SEDEX. He has also been involved in the Social and Labor convergence project since its inception and presently serves on its council.
Nikhil is an active member leader of Entrepreneurs Organization (EO), and presently leads the Global Sub-committee for External Relations overseeing partnerships with organizations such as the United Nations, IFC and World Economic Forum as well as the implementation of the EO sustainability strategy.
Nikhil has a BA in International Relations from Tufts University, USA and an MBA from Imperial College, UK.
Chief Design Officer
John Hoke is Nike Inc.ʼs Chief Design Officer. In this role, he leads Nikeʼs global design team, responsible for envisioning the future of sport. He is a permanent design fellow at Pennsylvania State University, his alma mater; a member of MillerKnoll’s Board of Directors; an advisor to Piaggio Fast Forward, and a trustee at Pacific Northwest College of Art. John also served as national trustee of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Prior to Nike, John was a designer at Michael Graves Architecture & Design in Princeton, New Jersey.
CEO & Founder
Joy Howard has been recognized by Forbes and Fast Company as one of the most influential and creative global business leaders and was profiled by Bloomberg for her unconventional journey to the C-suite. She reignited Patagonia after decades of dormancy, sparking a media frenzy around the brand by launching Worn Wear and the New Localism (their campaign to defend public lands). Before Patagonia, Joy led marketing for Converse All-Star, the world’s largest and most iconic footwear franchise. She launched the Chuck ’70 and iconic collaborations with Andy Warhol Foundation and Maison Margiela, which she ensured were made in small sizes for women. Since leaving Patagonia, she has worked in the venture-backed world of technology, preparing Sonos for IPO and taking Lyft public. At Sonos, she launched their partnerships with IKEA and Hay.
In 2020, she was named one of the world’s most influential CMOs by Forbes for work as a digital rights activist. In January of 2021, Joy founded Early Majority with her long-time partner from Patagonia and Sonos, Dmitri Siegel. They’re backed by investors such as legendary Sequoia boss Jim Goetz and London-based Mosaic Ventures, early investors in blockchain applications and the enabling infrastructure for European SMEs.
Actor & Writer
American-Danish Actor and Writer Amelia Hoy graduated from the acclaimed conservatory,The Danish National School of Performing Arts in 2015, and now works internationally.Amelia has hosted content for Copenhagen Fashion Week, CopenhagenFashion Summit,and Global Fashion Agenda, interviewing international fashion professionals onsustainablitiy and business practices since 2016.With a focus on transparency, social justice,and sustainability inititives, Amelia has also worked with a variety of companies and beenfeatured in various media. Amelia hosted Copenhagen Fashion Summit Plus in 2021.
Henrik Jones runs Buckhill Capital, a San Francisco based firm he founded that invests in companies which build climate resiliency and healthy communities. Buckhill provides expansion capital to early stage companies. Jones has previously participated in expanding businesses in cable television (Partner, InterMedia Partners), cellular phones (Banker, JP Morgan), internet search (Co-Founder and CEO, Answers.com) and real assets (Principal, Hall Capital Partners). Since 2016, Jones has connected traditional investors with opportunities that generate positive environmental and social outcomes. Jones is a Partner of Gratitude Railroad and Board Observer of Higg.
Lubomila Jordanova is the co-founder and CEO of Plan A, a software provider offering an
end-to-end platform that uses machine learning and science to enable businesses to reduce
their emissions and improve and report on their ESG performance. Lubomila is also co-founder of the Greentech Alliance, a community of more than 2,000 Greentech startups connected to more than 500 advisors from VC, media, and business. Prior to Plan A, she worked in investment banking and venture capital as well as the fintech industry in Asia and Europe. Lubomila has been recognised as an Obama Europe Leader 2022, MIT Innovator Under 35 Europe 2022, Marshall Fund Fellow 2022, Top 50 Women Entrepreneurs in Germany 2022 (Handelsblatt) and 30 under 30 (Forbes), among others.
Head of Sustainability
Hana Kajimura leads sustainability at Allbirds, pushing the brand to integrate environmental and social sustainability into all aspects of the business including product, supply chain, and operations. She also shapes Allbirds’s innovation narrative and storytelling, translating sustainability initiatives into engaging consumer-facing stories. Prior to joining Allbirds, Hana worked in management consulting at Bain & Company, advising Fortune 500 clients across industries including technology, healthcare, private equity, and energy. Hana has also worked with Google X and Environmental Defense Fund on clean energy projects. Hana holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford University.
Adam Karlsson, CFO H&M Group, has held several positions since he joined the organization in 2003 – including Head of Controlling Greater China Production, Head of Controlling Global Production based in Asia, Head of Controlling Global Expansion and Head of Controlling at the H&M brand.
To ensure profitable growth in a sustainable way and to achieve H&M Group’s ambitious climate and sustainability goals, he believes industry-wide collaborations, investments and active engagement in innovative solutions for common challenges will be key.
Talha Khan is the Executive Director of Pakistan Environment Trust, a nonprofit tackling Pakistan’s toughest climate challenges by convening the Global South’s only net zero coalition and by mobilizing finance towards industrial decarbonisation in Pakistan. Formerly a Senior Manager at McKinsey, Khan has a wealth of experience in advising both public institutions and companies on driving transformation projects, particularly in the sustainability space. At Pakistan Environment Trust, he is focused on tapping into the power of strategic alliances to deliver a robust net-zero transition for the country.
Head of Asia Expansion
Priyanka Khanna heads Fashion for Good’s first Regional Innovation Platform in Asia that was launched in Jan 2020. Through the Asia programme, Priyanka is engaging the textile ecosystem in Asia to drive the circular transition of the Industry by bringing together manufacturers, brands and innovators in the region.
Priyanka received an MBA from Oxford University and is a business growth professional with over 15 years of experience of setting up and scaling early-stage organisations in multiple industries. With a vision to improve the relationship between people and planet, she specialises in opening new markets and building new business cases for organisations focused on economic, social and environmental sustainability.
Jason Kibbey is CEO of Higg, a technology platform that helps consumer goods companies measure and improve value chain sustainability. Jason has had a successful career as a leader in the environmental and social impact sectors. He was founding CEO of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, where under his leadership, the Higg Index was created to provide a scalable, unified framework for consistent and comparable apparel and footwear sustainability measurement.
Chief Sustainability Officer
Chief Impact Officer
As Chief Impact Officer of Apparel Impact Institute, Kurt manages the growth and longevity of global programs. Prior to joining Aii, he spent three years at the environmental non-profit, Natural Resources Defense Council, where he focused on developing platforms and tools to measure and improve the environmental performance of leading brands and retailers. Kurt also spent 10 years in retail sourcing and has served as chair and active member of several retail industry councils and steering teams.
Head of Sustainability
Fredrika joined Polestar in April 2020 to lead the company’s sustainability work through four strategic focus areas: climate-neutrality, circularity, transparency and inclusion. A firm believer in the role of business as a catalyst for sustainable development, she has held several sustainability positions over the past decade. She studied Civil Engineering and Environmental Systems Analysis at Chalmers in Gothenburg, Sweden and recently announced on sustainability trade Green Biz’s 2022 edition of ‘25 badass women shaping climate action’.
Alexander Kohnstamm has served as Fair Wear’s Executive Director since 2018, bringing to the organisation 25 years of experience with development and international businesses. Prior to Fair Wear, Alexander held directorial positions at organisations working in a variety of areas including the economics of health in Africa. His focus has always been on galvanising the private sector for human development.
Bobby Kolade was born in Sudan to Nigerian-German parents and grew up between Kampala and Lagos. With BUZIGAHILL, Kolade returns to design after a two-year stint in the Ugandan cotton supply chain.
He co-wrote/hosted the Ugandan podcast VINTAGE OR VIOLENCE, which investigates the local textile industry and the impact of second-hand clothing imports on it.
Kolade is the founder of Aiduke Clothing Research Ltd, a Kampala-based non-profit pushing for local production and access to markets.
Dio Kurazawa is at the forefront of the war against waste in the fashion industry and is on a mission to minimise excess stock and implement sustainable practises within all areas of clothing production. Co-founder of The Bear Scouts, an agency designed to help brands implement sustainable practises, Dio spends an incredible amount of his time researching and developing new processes and his eye for innovation is like no other. He is extremely passionate and, having worked in the fashion industry all his life, has devoted his time to advocating and implementing a responsible production line. In addition to his work at The Bear Scouts, Dio is an advisor for the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, The Copenhagen Fashion Week, Sustainable Board Member at GANNI a/s and Board Member at Fashion Open Studio. While he is a staunch advocate for change, it is always approached with kindness. His overall objective in life is to be kind and tackle sustainability in the fashion industry by educating us all on how we can do better. As an industry, we have learnt so much from him already and acknowledge that there will always be more we can do to improve.
Alec Leach is an author and strategist examining consumerism, greenwashing and transparency. His debut book, The World Is On Fire But We’re Still Buying Shoes, is out now.
Sophia Li is a Chinese-American multimedia journalist, film director, and climate advocate. Harvard named her one of the top climate communicators of 2022 and she was awarded Refinery29’s Sustainable Innovator Award.
She is the host of Meta’s podcast, Climate Talks. Sophia’s reporting has appeared in CNN, and United Nations with bylines in Washington Post, New York Magazine, VOGUE and more. Sophia is the co-founder of STEWARD, a web3 collective working for people and the planet. She is also the sustainability advisor to Cocokind and on the board of nonprofit Better Shelter. She was the former Entertainment Media Editor at American VOGUE.
Chid Liberty is a social entrepreneur and impact investor. In 2010 he founded Liberty & Justice, after a career in entertainment, technology, and finance. He was born in Liberia, West Africa, but left as an infant when his father became the nation’s ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, with residence in Bonn. His family was later exiled in the United States. In 2009, Chid returned to Africa after 28 years abroad. Inspired by the Nobel Peace Prize winning Liberian Women’s Peace Movement, Chid co-founded Africa’s first Fair Trade Certified™ apparel factory to provide economic opportunities for internally displaced women, who on balance, were vulnerable to rampant unemployment and economic exclusion. He currently is also leading Made in Africa, a retail group focused on ethical fashion manufactured in Africa..
Chid was recognized by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in her 2011 State of the Nation Address for his leadership in shaping trade policy and indigenous Liberian entrepreneurship. He is a 2020 Ashoka & Ikea Dela Globalizer Fellow and a 2018 C&A Fabric of Change Fellow, both awarded to social entrepreneurs pursuing system level change in retail supply chains. He was also named by Quartz as one of 30 groundbreaking African Innovators of 2017. He works as an advisor and board member to a number of high-impact organizations including The Unreasonable Group and Unreasonable Capital, Sorenson Impact Foundation, Transform Finance, and the Georgie Badiel Foundation.
Senior Programme Advisor
Siobhan has over 14 years experience working for International Development and Human Rights NGOs and joined Anti-Slavery International in 2020. Siobhan has extensive experience of providing strategic leadership to teams and delivering complex projects across Africa and Asia. With a background in a broad range of thematic programming within the sector including modern slavery, gender, education, health, economic empowerment, child protection, food security and governance.
Sourcing and labor editor
Jasmin Malik Chua is the sourcing and labor editor at Sourcing Journal, where she writes about the apparel and footwear industry through the lens of sustainability and human rights. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, The Business of Fashion, Vogue Business, Vox, and others. Chua received an M.S. in biomedical journalism from New York University and a B.S. in animal biology from the National University of Singapore.
Chief Executive Officer
Marchionni is the CEO at Global Fashion Agenda (GFA), the organiser of Global Fashion Summit. Marchionni is responsible for accelerating the impact of the organisation and has the ultimate vision to create a net positive fashion industry.
Marchionni leads the elevation of the GFA’s prestigious forums including Global Fashion Summit, the publication of reputable thought leadership, and propels its advocacy efforts.
Marchionni has a long career in the fashion industry, having held leadership roles in Europe, USA, and China including International CEO of Secoo, CEO and Board Director at Lands’ End, President of Dolce&Gabbana Inc. and SVP at Ferrari.
Sustainable fashion blogger, photojournalist and labor rights activist
ADITI MAYER is a sustainable fashion blogger, photojournalist, labor rights activist, and frequent speaker on topics of social and environmental justice. Her work looks at fashion and culture through a lens of intersectionality and decolonization. In 2014, Aditi had her start in the sustainable fashion movement after learning about the Rana Plaza Factory Collapse. Seeing the fashion industry’s disproportionate on people of color globally, Aditi looked to understand the historical and sociopolitical underpinnings that allow the fashion industry to function in a colonial manner, rooted in exploitation and extraction of both labor and the natural environment. Since then, she has become a voice in the larger sustainability movement, approaching her work from multiple domains: from grassroots organizing in Downtown LA’s garment district to educating folks on the importance of diverse perspectives. Alongside these endeavors, she has served on the council of Intersectional Environmentalist and State of Fashion. Named a National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellow in 2020, Aditi will be spending the latter half of this year in India documenting stories of the social and environmental impacts within India’s fashion industry. Her work has been celebrated in the likes of Vogue, National Geographic, The Guardian, Harpers Bazaar, Marie Claire, The UN and more.
William McDonough is a globally recognized leader in sustainable design and development. He co-authored Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things (2002), widely recognized as a seminal text of both the sustainability and the Circular Economy design movements.
He has been active with the World Economic Forum for 25 years and served as the inaugural chair of their Meta-Council on the Circular Economy. He has co-founded four not-for-profit organizations, including GreenBlue, Sustainable Packaging Coalition, and Fashion for Good, a joint-industry initiative aiming to transform the global apparel chain into a force for good.
In the fashion world, he works with apparel companies to help create and assess products and systems that are optimized to the Cradle to Cradle Certified® Product Standard. He co-founded the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. Today, the Institute sets, develops and maintains the global standard through a multi-stakeholder process and runs the related Products Program.
McDonough received the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development (1996), the first U.S. EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award (2003), the National Design Award (2004) and the Fortune Award for Circular Economy Leadership (2017). Time magazine recognized him as a “Hero for the Planet,” noting: “His utopianism is grounded in a unified philosophy that—in demonstrable and practical ways—is changing the design of the world,” and in 2019 Fortune magazine named him one of the World’s Greatest Leaders.
Moussa Mchangama is co-founder of In futurum, a Copenhagen-based strategic consultancy focused on sustainability and social justice. Focusing on the intersection between consumer culture, social issues and injustice, sustainability, and value-based and strategic communication, he works to ensure that companies and organizations take full and just responsibility for their impact.
Janet has more than 15 years of experience in Sustainability and Apparel, including consulting for CREM-Amsterdam and working as the International Program Manager for Sustainable Cotton & Textiles of the Solidaridad Network. She has served on several boards and councils, including the Better Cotton Initiative and the Index Development Council for the SAC, and is now responsible for overseeing SLCP operations and strategic direction.
CEO & Founder
Evelyn Mora is a Finnish 30-year old awarded strategist, tech and sustainability consultant based in Paris, France. She is the Founder of Internet Company DIGITAL VILLAGE, a Social Metaverse with its own community lead Blockchain technology built prioritizing social and digital sustainability, Digital land, and Digital assets marketplace. Evelyn created the first transparent global Digital Sustainability study, calculations and recommendations for more secure cyberspace in addition to the latest concept of Blockchain technology designed by the Digital Village. Evelyn contributes articles on matters of sustainability, tech and business to publications such as Flanders DC and Forbes China.
Mustafain has spent his entire 10 years career as Director of CYCLO, where has spearheaded sustainability as the core value of the first and largest recycled yarn producer mill in Bangladesh. He has worked alongside manufacturers and buyers to develop core collections across several product ranges made with 50% or more recycled cotton fibers.
To execute CYCLO’s circularity goals, he has helped to triple the recycling capacity in the Bangladesh facility and established regional production partners in Pakistan and India, enroute to making CYCLO one of the first brands established in Bangladesh to be used in internationally.
Sustainability Design Lead
Noah is the Sustainable Design Lead within Nike’s Innovation team. He collaborates with a diverse group of designers and innovators to blend sustainable materials, technologies and ideas into all of Nike’s advanced innovation efforts. Previously Noah led the industrial design team at Fuseproject and was responsible for numerous award-winning products in consumer electronics, furniture, robots and wearable devices. Noah now leads product design and implementation efforts aimed at closed loop and carbon footprint reduction through performance footwear and the future of sport.
FT Climate Editor
EMILIYA IS THE FINANCIAL TIMES’ INAUGURAL CLIMATE EDITOR, APPOINTED IN 2020. PREVIOUSLY, SHE WAS IN NEW YORK FOR A DECADE AS US ONLINE NEWS EDITOR, LEADING THE FT.COM EDITORIAL. AS CLIMATE EDITOR, SHE HAS OVERSEEN THE LAUNCH OF THE FT CLIMATE CAPITAL HUB, AS WELL AS DATA-LED INNOVATIONS INCLUDING THE ‘FT CLIMATE GAME’, AND THE CLIMATE GRAPHIC OF THE WEEK. CLIMATE CAPITAL TRACKS THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES AT THE INTERSECTION OF CLIMATE CHANGE, FINANCE, GOVERNMENT AND SOCIETY.
Group Director & CEO
Syed Naved Husain is a Canadian Entrepreneur, Global Investor, Industrialist and Industrial Product Developer / Designer.
He did his MBA from USA and worked with Fairchild Semiconductor in San Jose California (Silicon Valley) for many years.
As a Group Director & CEO of BEXIMCO he has been at the helm of $2B conglomerate with 70,000 employees. Beximco Textiles & Apparels Division is a fully vertical operation producing Yarn, Woven, Denims and Knits Fabrics and shipping around 130M garments a year.
Beximco focusses on a Triple Bottom Line considering People first, Planet second and Profit third. It is one of South Asia’s most sustainable operations using cutting edge technology to recycle post industrial waste and post-consumer waste, water effluent treatment including reverse osmosis, waste heat recovery system, super low liquor ratio machineries, ozone and laser technology to eliminate chemicals like Chlorine, KMNO4 as well as Pumice Stone.
Kristen Nuttall is Project Lead at The Fashion Pact, leading the joint action program across the three pillars – climate, biodiversity and oceans. In her role she oversees the design and implementation of emblematic projects for signatories that catalyse the power of the collective to drive industry transformation as well as links the best technical experts with the needs of the fashion industry. Kristen’s prior experience working in the intersection of sustainability and design in both luxury and sportswear, has shaped her vision of an industry that can work creatively and innovatively to address systemic issues through leadership and collaboration.
Okaro advocates for a fashion industry that honors planet and people. Ngozi founded Custom Collaborative, to support immigrant & no/low-income women launching sustainable fashion businesses and careers. Custom Collaborative serves US designers who want to design and produce locally, fashion-industry workers, and consumers who want ethical fashion. Among other distinctions, Ngozi is a 2021 AARP Purpose Prize Fellow, 2021 Crain’s Notable Woman in Business, 2020 “World-Changing Women in Conscious Business” winner, from Conscious Company Media and Kate Spade, 2019 NYC Fair Trade Coalition “Changemaker of the Year”, and 2019 New York Women’s Foundation “Spirit of Entrepreneurship” awardee.