An array of expert speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.
Aishwarya Sharma recognised as India’s first fashion activist, is a climate advocate and a passionate women’s rights advocate based out of New Delhi, India. As a Global Goals ambassador with the Togetherband and UN Foundation, she advocates for Goal 5: Gender Equality & Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities. She is India head for Global Peace by ACCORD headquartered in South Africa and also serves as a goodwill ambassador for Youth of India, commanding a substantial following of 3,50,000 plus readers globally. She has been representing Indian youth at the prestigious global summits including COP27, COP28, BRICS and many more.Sharma is recognised internationally for amplifying marginalised voices in the fashion industry by constantly holding the makers of fashion accountable. A key figure in PUMA serving as their Global South Voice while helping the brand communicate its sustainability efforts to the public. She significantly contributes to responsible practices and global fashion activism while also serving the role of Sustainability Advisor at Fort Fashion Council, headquartered in Dubai, UAE.
Dr. Ahmed Zaidi, CEO and Co-Founder of Hyran Technologies, specialises in leveraging AI to enhance profitability and reduce waste for brands and suppliers. Serving as a visiting AI researcher at the University of Cambridge, he possesses a PhD in AI and deep learning from Cambridge. Zaidi has consulted for major fashion and technology firms, including Farfetch, PVH, and H&M. Coming from a background in apparel manufacturing, he is deeply committed to fostering a sustainable and equitable supply chain.
Elizabeth Segran has covered the fashion industry for a decade as a staff writer at Fast Company. Her work has also been published in The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, The Nation, The New Republic, and more. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Columbia University, she received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in the field of Indian literature and women's studies. Her book, The Rocket Years: How Your Twenties Launch The Rest of Your Life was published in 2020 by Harper. She currently lives in Cambridge, MA with her books, her husband, and her two daughters.
Emily Stochl is the Vice President of Education & Advocacy at Remake, a global advocacy organization fighting for fair pay and climate justice in fashion. Stochl leads power-building efforts across Remake’s international network of citizens, educators, legislators, students, and its 2,000 global ambassadors.Her coalition-building work contributed to passing the Garment Worker Protection Act in California, and introducing the federal FABRIC Act. Her mission is to train the next generation of fashion activists to be fierce advocates for climate and gender justice in fashion, and this fall she led 100+ volunteers to Capitol Hill to re-introduce the FABRIC Act to Congress and to advocate for regulations and viable solutions that will make progress in fashion.
Ex investment analyst, founder and CEO, Eshita Kabra founded By Rotation as a side hustle in April 2019. Having travelled to her motherland Rajasthan, India, for her honeymoon and witnessed the first-hand effects of textile waste, Kabra felt compelled to change, and bring about change at grassroots level. A “third culture kid” Kabra is especially focused on creating a global community, having successfully launched By Rotation in the UK and US to create the world's largest shared wardrobe. A Forbes 30 Under 30, Marie Claire Future Shaper, Drapers 30 Under 30 and more, she is an established tastemaker and industry expert on issues such as the sharing economy, fashion and style.
Eva Karlsson is co-founder and CEO of Houdini Sportswear, a progressive and rapidly growing Swedish outdoor brand and a trailblazer in sustainable innovation. Since 2001, Karlsson together with a team of likeminded individuals, have been redesigning business to become a force for good – providing state-of-the-art circular products, offering product-as-a-service solutions and building a co-creative community for open-source innovation, sharing knowledge and inspiring to reconnect to nature. Rather than focusing on Houdini's outstanding track record, Karlsson emphasises the journey ahead and the untapped opportunities and abundant value in designing solutions for a compelling way of life within Planetary Boundaries.
Holly Syrett is the VP of Impact Programmes & Sustainability at Global Fashion Agenda. Her responsibilities include contributing to the strategic mission and shaping the sustainability agenda, driving GFA’s impact programmes and publications, and ensuring strategic engagement with key stakeholders and partners. Syrett joined Global Fashion Agenda in May 2020 with the aim to help mobilise and facilitate the fashion industry in achieving measurable socio-environmental impact improvements on its journey towards becoming Net Positive. Syrett brings 14 years of experience working on sustainability and transparency programmes in the fashion industry for both public and professional audiences. Syrett is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper Alumni, Climate Reality Leader and she holds a BA in Fashion and Branding from the Amsterdam Fashion Institute. As part of the Global Shapers’ Community, she co-founded the Shaping Fashion movement that is active in 50+ cities worldwide.
Joycelyn Longdon is an award-winning educator and communicator who has been invited to speak on topics such as environmental justice, regenerative design, green technology and climate colonialism by The United Nations Geneva Dialogues, Channel 4, Cheltenham Science Festival, Oxford University and The Design Council, as well as becoming a recent TEDx Alumni. She was the 2022 winner of the Emerging Designer London Design Medal and was most recently featured in British Vogue’s December 2023 ‘Forces for Change’ Issue.
Megan Doyle has written for publications such as Vogue Business, Harper's Bazaar, The Business of Fashion and EcoCult about issues including garment worker rights, supply chain traceability and transparency, the circular economy, legislation impacting fashion, next-gen materials and more. She has a monthly sustainable fashion newsletter, the Titian Thread, which features a curation of key news, tools and insights about the sector. Doyle is passionate about making complex topics and ideas accessible through her writing.
Sinéad Burke, CEO of Tilting the Lens, leads an all-Disabled team, which focuses on delivering change through the lever of accessibility. This global consultancy partners with brands to move from awareness to strategic action, enhancing accessibility in the built environment such as retail, hospitality, and public areas. They also advise on digital accessibility, product design, inclusive communication, and employment practices, fostering a workplace culture that sets Disabled talent up for success, impacting businesses, media, public sectors, and more across four continents.
As an advocate for innovation and circularity in the textile and apparel industry, Tricia Carey joined Renewcell in November 2022 to accelerate the commercial development of Circulose®, making fashion circular. With a vast global network, as well as experience in brand building, storytelling, and business development, she is an invaluable partner to close the loop and optimise the benefits of Circulose®. Carey holds a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising from The Fashion Institute of Technology, as well as certificates in Digital Marketing and Strategy from Cornell University and MIT. She serves as secretary of Accelerating Circularity, as well as board positions at Transformers Foundation and the Fashion Impact Fund.
Vanessa Barboni Hallik is the Founder and CEO of Another Tomorrow, a new ready-to-wear brand operating at the intersection of sustainability, ethics and design, launched in January 2020. She is also an investor in early-stage companies with strong ESG commitments and potential to catalyse positive change, and currently serves on the New York Advisory Board for the Trust for Public Land, for which she chairs the Playgrounds Committee.
Prior to Another Tomorrow, Hallik was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, where she held several leadership roles in the emerging markets fixed income business. While at Morgan Stanley, she served as a trustee on the Board of the Morgan Stanley Foundation and chaired the Fixed Income Philanthropy Committee where she initiated and subsequently led the firm's mentoring programme with East Side Community High School, a public school in the East Village of Manhattan, in partnership with PENCIL.org. Hallik holds a B.A. in Economics from Cornell University and is an M.S. candidate in Sustainability Management at Columbia University’s Earth Institute.
Vanessa Friedman has been the fashion director and chief fashion critic of The New York Times’s Styles section since 2014. She focuses on fashion as an expression of political, social and cultural identity at a specific time, especially how those in the public eye use it to communicate values and influence opinion.Friedman joined The Times in 2014 after 11 years at the Financial Times, five in London. She was the FT’s first fashion editor, and the FT was her first all-fashion job. Before that, she focused on culture coverage in magazines like InStyle, The Economist and The New Yorker. She is a Princeton University graduate with a B.A. in history.