Founder & Executive Director
Nazma Akter an Ashoka Fellow, President of Sommilito Garments Sramik Federation, Founder and Executive Director of Awaj Foundation has been fighting to improve workers’ rights especially for women workers for the last 32 years. Her main mandate is to increase women participation in decision making position at home, workplace and to promote women empowerment. Also help them improve their negotiation skills and build a better relationship between workers and managers as well as a harmonious environment in the garment industry of Bangladesh.
Her first work was with numbers of existing trade unions, joining them in a number of worker rallies and protests throughout the 1990s. After that, she established her own trade union, the Sommilito Garments Sramik Federation (SGSF) which now has membership of over 60 thousand women garment workers and there are 60 affiliated Trade Unions in factory level which possible with her dedicated leadership. Among these Trade Union 13 CBAs has been signed with factory management and another 5 is in pipeline. But not only has SGSF got a wide membership, it actively works with its members to ensure their rights in the work place, government and wider society. These include working to raise awareness, change attitudes, prejudices against women, tried to ensure freedom of association, collective bargaining and negotiation, which the workers specially women workers engaged in garment production in Bangladesh continue to face.
She has actively given voice for the workers’ rights nationally and internationally and has been a member of the Minimum wage board since 2006, representing the workers to negotiate for the 2006 minimum wage adjustment.
Head of Sustainability
Abhishek is Head of Sustainability at Arvind Group and leads various sustainability and innovation projects of the group. He has over ten years of experience within the sustainability consulting domain, and currently, devices Arvind’s strategy to reduce the energy, water, carbon & chemical footprint of the organisation whilst leading several innovative practices in the apparel industry. Abhishek is also on the Board of ZDHC Foundation and Open Apparel Registry.
Chief of Staff
Kay is a relative newcomer to sustainability, having spent the last decade leading operations at early-stage tech startups and scale-ups. Throughout her career, Kay has focused on operational excellence and process improvement, customer and client success, and people operations. She is particularly passionate about building high-performing teams and supportive, inclusive company culture in a remote environment and is excited to help Aii build teams and systems with the agility and urgency that the climate crisis demands.
Head of Sustainability
Pascal Brun was appointed Head of Sustainability for H&M in May 2019. His main responsibilities include aligning and implementing H&M Group’s sustainability strategy and goals into the H&M brand.
Pascal has held a number of positions – including Country Manager for Bangladesh and Global Supply Chain Manager based in Hong Kong – since he joined the company in 2007. He also serves on the board of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. In addition, Pascal has served on the board of the Better Cotton Initiative, BCI, the Organic Cotton Accelerator, OCA and the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals, ZDHC.
Pascal is a Textile Engineer in apparel and textiles and holds a Master’s degree in Chemistry.
Vice President, Global Sustainability, Responsibility and Trade at VF Corporation
Sean Cady is Vice President, Global Sustainability, Responsibility and Trade at VF Corporation, a global leader in lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories. VF is the owner of 12 iconic brands, including The North Face®, Vans®, Timberland®, Dickies® and Supreme®.
Cady’s direction of VF’s global sustainability strategy has been instrumental in the implementation of the company’s comprehensive and industry-leading actions to reduce the environmental impacts of products, direct operations and the supply chain. In leading VF’s global trade strategy and product stewardship team, Cady ensures best-in-class management of product impacts through design and manufacturing due diligence, regulatory compliance, traceability, and substantiation of raw materials, while simultaneously representing VF’s interests to eliminate barriers to free trade. Additionally, he oversees the global responsible sourcing team across VF, ensuring the over 1.2 million workers making VF products, which are sold in more than 170 countries and 1,400 owned retail stores across the globe, are assured fair treatment and a safe workplace.
Principal Investment Officer – Asia Pacific
Rachanee Chanawatr is an Asia-Pacific Principal Investment Officer at International Financial Corporation (IFC), an institute under World Bank Group, working in early-stage engagements with private sector to create development and investment projects where she leads the manufacturing sector driving for economic, social and environmental impact in emerging markets. Rachanee has been working across Asia with the attempt to connect supply chain to be closed loop, addressing the bottleneck, aggregating supply of feedstock and enhancing productivity to narrow the gap in meeting the demand for circularity.
Vice President, Corporate Quality & Sustainability
Being the Head of Corporate Quality and Sustainability for 15 years, Catherine oversees the decarbonisation strategy and supply chain sustainability management of Crystal International.
By setting out and achieving their groupwide 5-year Global Sustainability Targets since 2007, Crystal International showcased their unwavering efforts in decarbonisation. This year marked the end of the third round of their 5-year Targets and they reinforce their pioneering role in the industry by committing to Net Zero 2050.
Vice President, Global Material Supply and Product Costing
Christian D’Alessandro is Vice President of Global Material Supply & Product Costing, responsible in managing the globally dispersed Material Supply Management and Product Costing organization. He leads over 200 associates accountable for the strategy and execution for all materials, and product costing for all VF brands.
Christian is a member of the Global Supply Chain Leadership Team and the Executive Leadership Team in Asia Product Supply.
Prior to this assignment, Christian was Vice President of Vans FW Product Supply, where he helped Vans to grow its business and succeed in its transformation. Christian joined VF in September 2013 to lead Footwear Operations Team in VF Asia, Hong Kong.
Before joining VF, Christian held leadership roles with K-Swiss, Palladium, and SADESA across Hong Kong, China, Thailand and Argentina.
Christian earned his Master of Business Administration from HKUST in Hong Kong.
Ashila Niroshine Dandeniya Gamage has been working as a Human Rights Defender for over 15 years. After secondary school she spent two years abroad as a migrant worker and then worked as a garment factory worker for nearly four years. Later she became the Programme Officer of the women’s affairs unit in an NGO committed to the protection of Human Rights and then created the Stand up Movement Lanka, a not-for-profit organisation focused on labour rights and the human rights of women.
Her approach moves beyond protest against labor violations and focuses on ways in which workers can collectively enhance their own resilience and social security needs by pooling resources. Ashila has created an alternative insurance system, “Shahana”, which compensates injured and unfairly treated workers, specially campaign Violence Against Women, and offers emergency supports and legal aid. Stand Up has over 2,000 worker members, and Ashila is growing a larger network of workers by leveraging the “train the trainer” model and empowering Stand Up members to engage and support other workers. Further, Stand Up is engaged in a number of advocacy efforts, including implementation of a “labour charter” for the Government to ensure the rights of informal sector workers.
Deputy Head of Unit, Chief Negotiator EU-Indonesia FTA
Filip Deraedt (1973) joined the European Commission in November 2003, working first in the department in DG TRADE responsible for strategic planning and programming before moving on to policy work on trade and development.
He then served for five years as a policy co-ordinator for bilateral trade relations with China before joining the services unit of DG TRADE, looking after professional services as well as telecom and ICT issues. Since May 2016 he is Deputy Head of the Unit dealing with trade relations with South and South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Since 2021 he also has the role of Chief Negotiator for the EU-Indonesia FTA.
He started his professional career in 1996 as an external auditor at KPMG, before joining Bank Delen in 2000 as a financial controller.
Filip Deraedt obtained a Master in applied economic sciences from Antwerp University (UFSIA) in 1995, and spent an additional year studying comparative labour sciences at UCL Louvain-la-Neuve and the University of Trier.
Chief Sourcing Officer
Anne-Laure Descours is PUMA’s Chief Sourcing Officer, based in Hong Kong and has been with the company since 2012. Overseeing PUMA’s worldwide sourcing activities, she is also in charge of implementing the group’s FOREVER BETTER sustainability strategy in the supply chain, which includes detailed targets on carbon emissions, chemicals and social standards. The French national has almost 30 years of experience in the industry, having worked for international sourcing organisations, such as Li & Fung and Otto International.
Associate Director, APAC
Sumi Dhanarajan is the Associate Director for Forum for the Future APAC, a non-profit international organisation with a mission to catalyse a deep and urgent transition to a just and regenerative future. Her current projects include leading the development of the Responsible Energy Initiative in Southeast Asia. Sumi has worked on the human rights impacts of the apparel and textile sector for over 20 years. Between 1998-2008, she served at Oxfam GB as a senior policy adviser and team leader for the private sector advocacy team. In those roles, she developed the foundations of Oxfam’s advocacy on workers’ rights in global supply chains, particularly in the apparel, tea and supermarket sectors. Her previous roles include being a human rights officer to the Malaysian Bar Council, senior legal adviser to the Hong Kong Democratic Party’s Secretariat for Legislative Councillors, and lead for the ‘Public Roles of the Private Sector’ programme at the Centre for Asia and Globalisation at the National University of Singapore. She was a founding trustee of the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre and has served as a board member to the Ethical Trading Initiative, and has recently completed her second term on WEF’s Global Futures Council for Human Rights.
Megan Doyle is a sustainable fashion journalist with bylines in the Business of Fashion, Harper’s Bazaar, Refinery29, Fashionista, and others. She covers garment worker rights, traceability and transparency, consumer culture, material innovation, and the circular economy. In 2022, she wrote a guidebook to supply chain traceability in partnership with Fashion for Good and Fashion Revolution for TrusTrace. Megan is passionate about making sustainable fashion education accessible, engaging and accurate.
Chief Operations Officer
Jonas Eder-Hansen is the Chief Operating Officer at Global Fashion Agenda (GFA). Jonas is responsible for designing and implementing policies that drive GFA and its stakeholders to reach a net positive fashion industry.
Jonas oversees GFA’s operations, public affairs and educational activities, including Global Fashion Summit – the leading international forum for sustainability in fashion. With more than ten years of tenure at GFA, Jonas has deep insights in driving industry change. Recently, Jonas spearheaded GFA’s increased strategic focus on engaging policymakers to accelerate the fashion industry’s urgent transition to a circular economy.
Since 2017 Jonas sits on the Board of Directors of Sustainable Apparel Coalition representing affiliate members of the industry-wide multi-stakeholder initiative.
Jonas was formerly Development Director for Danish Fashion Institute. Prior to that, he was Research Director at Copenhagen Business School’s Centre for Sustainability.
Former Executive Secretary, UNFCCC & Co-author of The Future We Choose
Christiana Figueres is a Costa Rican citizen and was the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 2010 – 2016.
During her tenure, Ms. Figueres brought together national and sub-national governments, corporations and activists, women’s groups, scientists and spiritual communities, financial institutions and NGOs to jointly deliver the historic 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Under this Agreement, 195 sovereign governments decided on a collaborative path to limit future global warming to well below 2°C, and strive for 1.5°C in order to protect the most vulnerable in every nation. For this achievement Ms. Figueres has been credited with forging a new brand of collaborative diplomacy and received multiple awards.
Since then Ms. Figueres has continued to foster rapid action on climate change. She is the co-author of The Future We Choose, The Stubborn Optimist’s Guide to the Climate Crisis (Penguin Random House 2019) and co-host of the popular podcast Outrage and Optimism. She sits on the Boards of ACCIONA and ACCIONA Energía.
She is a graduate of Swarthmore College and the London School of Economics and has been awarded multiple honorary doctorate degrees from academic institutions such as Yale, University of Massachusetts, Georgetown and University of Edinburgh. After decades of living and working abroad, she has moved back to her beloved Costa Rica. She has two fantastic daughters, Naima and Yihana, fountains of much joy.
Environmental Sustainability Director
Matthew Guenther is the Environmental Sustainability Director 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.
Director of Social Impact & Sustainability
Sammie Ho Dumas is the Director of Social Impact & Sustainability at Williams-Sonoma. At Williams-Sonoma, she collaborates with leadership across the business to achieve the goal of 75% of products purchased from suppliers who offer worker wellbeing programs by 2030. She is a CSR practitioner with 20 years of experience. She has managed CSR and sustainability programs at Target, C&A, Abercrombie & Fitch, and American Eagle Outfitters.
Founder & CEO
Marianne’s vision is to humanise the supply chain and reach 50m workers globally. She started as a consumer and worked on the line at a factory in China building KNO Global: a solution for factories to reduce labour turnover costs by 10-25% and keep workers engaged. Continuous monitoring ensures social sustainability data can be backed up by brands such as Decathlon. She is recognised by Forbes 30 under 30 2022
Head of Sustainability Stakeholder Engagement
Christian joined Zalando, one of Europe’s leading online retailers, in February 2021. He has experience in both the Private Sector (ASOS, PVH) and NGOs (Social and Labour Convergence Program, Fair Wear Foundation) and has worked on a range of topics across the environmental and social spheres. He has a deep understanding of the intersectionality of sustainability issues and is a keen supporter of the Just Transition approach.
Ambassador of Denmark
Ms Sandra Jensen Landi is the Ambassador of Denmark to Singapore and Ambassador-designate to Brunei since August 2020.
Prior to her appointment as Ambassador, Sandra has held numerous positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark including postings to Washington DC, Bangkok, Kabul and Kathmandu. In headquarters in Copenhagen, Sandra has been the Deputy Director of Humanitarian Affairs, Civil Society & Public Engagement and Private Secretary to the Foreign Minister.
Outside of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sandra has worked for the United Nations in Nepal and the World Bank in Washington DC. Sandra started her career as a human rights and conflict specialist working for NGOs in Copenhagen, Brussels and Somalia.
Sandra holds a Master’s Degree in Human Rights & Democratisation from the European Inter- University Centre in Italy and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from University of Aarhus in Denmark. Additionally, she is a certified leadership coach from Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies, USA.
Sandra is Denmark’s Governor to the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF). Sandra is married and has two daughters.
Chief Technical Advisor
Maria has been managing the ILO-IFC Better Work programme in Indonesia since February 2016. Better Work brings together government, employers, workers and international brands to improve working conditions and competitiveness in the global garment and footwear industry. Sustainability means empowering and building the capacity of workers and factories to identify and remedy issues; advance rights; and promoting responsible business conduct.
Between 2012 and 2014, she managed a public private partnership project between the ILO and the chocolate industry on the elimination of Child Labour in the cocoa sector in West Africa. Prior to that, she coordinated the ILO’s Training Centre initiative on CSR which supported companies in understanding and implementing labour standards, at the enterprise and global supply chain level. A lawyer by training, she started her career in the private sector working for lead multinationals dealing with CSR, compliance and legal risk assessment issues. In that capacity, she worked to implement the first global framework agreement between a leading steal manufacturer and a global union federation promoting labour standards in global supply chains. She holds a Master’s degree (LL.M) on International Economic Law from the University of Warwick and a Law degree from the Portuguese Catholic University.
Regional Secretary for South Asia
Apoorva Kaiwar is the regional secretary – South Asia of IndustriALL Global Union which represents more than 50 million workers in manufacturing, mining and energy sector in 140 countries.
One of the strategic goals of IndustriALL Global Union is sustainable industrial policy. For IndustriALL, sustainability means social and environmental as well as economic sustainability with decent jobs for workers in an economy that does not harm the environment at the centre of it.
Chief Executive Officer
Mr Edwin Keh is the CEO of The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel. He also teaches supply chain operations in the Operations, Information and Decisions Department of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Until April 2010 Edwin was the SVPCOO of WalMart Global Procurement. Prior to WalMart Edwin managed a consulting group that has done work for companies on supply chain, manufacturing, and product design. The practice also did work for non-profit organisations and charities. Edwin co-founded the Consortium for Operational Excellence in Greater China (COER GC) sponsored by the Wharton School and Tsinghua University. Edwin had a career as senior executive with several international consumer goods and retail companies. He also worked for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.
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.
Director, Group Sustainable Business
Nemanthie describes herself as a ‘product specialist with a passion for sustainable business.’ Today she leads the execution of the MAS Plan for Change in her role as Director – Group Sustainable Business at MAS Holdings. She has over 20 years of experience in the apparel industry, providing leadership to business development and marketing initiatives, including leading the PVH business for MAS, and most recently being the Director of Product Creation and Sustainable Business for MAS’s largest strategic business unit.
Yohan is the Secretary General of JAAF, the apex body for the Sri Lankan apparel industry. Apparel is the country’s largest merchandise export industry, representing over US$5bn and employing 350,000 people across the length and breadth of the country. Sustainability is a core competency of the Sri Lankan apparel industry which introduced its own certification programme, Garments without Guilt, in 2006.
Prior to joining the JAAF Yohan had over 20 years in the apparel industry, providing leadership to a lingerie business.
Chief Revenue Officer APAC
Baptiste Le Gal joined Vestiaire Collective, the leading global app for luxury pre-loved fashion, in Jan 2022 as Chief Revenue Officer.
As the CRO, Le Gal will accelerate the APAC business growth and strengthen its organisation. Currently, Le Gal is responsible for successfully launching Vestiaire Collective into new markets Korea, China & Japan, while continuing to drive double-digit growth in the existing markets – Greater China, South East Asia & Australia New Zealand.
Le Gal is highly experienced in e-commerce. At Lazada, he led strategies across Marketing, Product Operations & People Organisation for approximately 10 years, and was also part of the starting venture of Rocket Internet in SEA.
CEO and Young Leader Advisor
Clarence Lee believes that sustainability rests strongly on two touchstones – effective and timely application of technology, and acting now with the cards we have rather than holding out for a better hand.
Since joining Lee Yin, Clarence has emphasized the adoption of renewable energy, beginning with the installation of a first solar power plant in their production facility in 2016. Beyond such top-of-mind sustainability initiatives, he also champions process innovation (e.g., digitalization throughout the business) and product innovation (e.g., smart garments), which all contribute towards reducing carbon emissions in the supply chain. He continues to explore new upcycling and recycling perspectives and opportunities in their manufacturing and retail businesses.
Before joining Lee Yin, he spent time as a practising lawyer. His strong interest in technology then took him to places like Visa, Yahoo! and Adobe for an inside view of these visionary brands.
Roger puts sustainability at the heart of TAL’s business. TAL became one of the original members of the global Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) in 2011. TAL Apparel strives to improve its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity and water usage intensity in relation to the production of each garment. By the end of 2021, it achieved a 55% reduction in water usage intensity compared to its 2011 baseline and a 19% GHG intensity reduction compared to its 2009 baseline. In 2019, TAL joined the FashionIndustry Charter for Climate Action (FICCA). TAL set a 45% GHG emissions reduction target by 2030 compared to a 2018 baseline.
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.
Vice President, Membership & Stakeholder Engagement
As VP, Membership and Stakeholder Engagement, is responsible for implementing the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s global member, stakeholder engagement and public affairs strategies, to drive the organisation’s vision of: “A global consumer goods industry that gives more than it takes — to the planet and its people.” During his career, including more than 20 years in global textile manufacturing, he has worked for a multi-national corporation, his own consultancy, and more recently in the education and non-profit sectors, building extensive strategic & operational experience, driving system-wide change in: Sustainability / CSR / Responsible Business / Ethical Sourcing & Procurement.
A personal highlight of his work, experience and interest is the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, and its philosophy of Gross National Happiness, an alternative progressive values-based model for measuring and guiding economic, societal, and personal well-being.
Public Affairs Director
Maria Luisa Martínez Díez is Public Affairs Director at Global Fashion Agenda. She is responsible for strengthening, developing, and executing GFA’s Policy Engagement Strategy. Her responsibilities are to ensure strategic engagement with relevant stakeholders and develop partnerships with key organisations. She also leads the partnership with the Policy Hub-Circularity for Apparel and Footwear. Martínez Díez is also a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition´s Strategic Council on Stakeholder Engagement.
Martínez Díez joined Global Fashion Agenda as Senior Public Affairs Manager in September 2019. She holds a Master’s degree in EU politics and law from Sciences Po Paris and brings over 10 years of experience in Public Affairs first in Paris. Then in Brussels where she worked at namely the European Commission, the Regional Office of Madrid and the Brussels-based consultancy EURALIA where she was leading the agri-consumers department working in the fields of circular economy and sustainability in the supply chains including the fashion and food industries.
Director Sustainability Stakeholder Engagement
Marie Måwe drives global stakeholder engagement for Gore, a manufacturer of laminated textiles mainly known for the GORE-TEX brand, and has a Master’s degree in International Relations and Sustainable Development. Before her commitment with Gore, she has worked within NGOs and governmental organisations and spent several years as sustainability leader within outdoor sports brands, combining a textile supplier and brand perspective and allowing for a diverse understanding of sustainability issues.
Frank Michel is a visionary leader with more than 20 years of experience in the consumer goods industry. Frank founded several start-ups in the field of Sustainability and education and established the concept of ‘mobile campaigning’ by designing apps to identify toxins in consumer products.
Frank is now leading the global fashion industry toward toxic-free value chains as the Executive Director of the ZDHC Group, a global multi-stakeholder initiative. Today, ZDHC has 180+ contributors and offices in 5 regions.
Muktadir Bappy began at a Bangladeshi factory; not a massive or glamorous one, but a ‘poor’ one facing new crisis everyday. He worked for buyers- not just the billionaire retailers, but boutique shops with limited resources and improper planning. He experience payment terms and contracts- abuse but always accepted the situation. Luckily he could join a team that implemented compliance, long before ‘Greenwashing’ took over.
“I see the commercialization of sustainability, often focusing on the ‘wrong’ problems. I represent the supplier’s side of the story, and look forward to correcting purchasing practices”.
Senior Legal Advisor
Previously, Stuart worked for the UK government’s trade department, and the European Commission’s Trade Directorate on issues concerning intellectual property and market access from a national, EU and international perspective. amfori helps companies to improve the ESG performance of their supply chains and to operate a successful and sustainable business. Here, Stuart is responsible for trade and customs issues with a particular emphasis on the role sustainable development plays in those fields.
CEO and Co-Founder
La Rhea Pepper is the CEO and co-founder of Textile Exchange, a global non-profit driving positive impact on climate change across the fashion and textile industry.
A fifth-generation farmer on an organic cotton farm in West Texas, La Rhea has long been an advocate for lower impact materials. Her journey started as a founding member of the Texas Organic Cotton Marketing Cooperative, the largest organic cotton cooperative in the United States. She has served on the Administrative Council for Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE), as well as the Organic Trade Association’s Board of Directors.
Her passion and personal experience have driven Textile Exchange forward for two decades, and the organisation now guides over 800 brands, manufacturers, and farmers towards more purposeful production from the start of the supply chain.
Iwona Piórko Bermig begins her term as Ambassador of the European Union to Singapore in September 2021.
Prior to her assignment in Singapore, she held several positions in Brussels. Most recently, as Member of Cabinet of European Commission Executive Vice-President for ‘Europe fit for the Digital Age’ Margrethe Vestager, she has been overseeing a portfolio that includes industrial policy, SME strategy, internal market, trade, e-government as well as coordination with the EU Council of Ministers.
Previously, she was Head of International Affairs at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.
From 2014 to 2017, she was Member of Cabinet of the EU’s Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini. From 2010 to 2014, she was Member of Cabinet of Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle.
She holds a Doctorate in Contemporary European Studies from Sussex European Institute, University of Sussex, Brighton and a Master of Arts degree in Advanced European Studies from College of Europe, Bruges.
She speaks English, French and Spanish, in addition to her native Polish. She understands German and Russian.
Carolyn Poon is the Director of Sustainability in Singapore Fashion Council (SFC), heading up the Fashion Sustainability Programme, a multi-stakeholder programme which aims to generate a competitive edge for the regional fashion industry by positioning Singapore as the regional hub for innovative and sustainable solutions, by building vibrant ecosystems for sustainability across the fashion value chain. She is passionate about sustainability and the transformative value of technology to help businesses and people become better versions of themselves.
Executive Vice President
Dr Vidhura Ralapanawe is a sustainability professional with a background in climate science, resource efficiency and renewable energy. He holds degrees in engineering, sustainability and a doctorate in Organisational Change. His work in apparel sustainability spans over 16 years, working for global apparel manufacturers. His experience covers green facility design, decarbonization and material innovation.
Vidhura is the Executive Vice President of Epic Group, and is also a Board Director of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition.
Chief Executive Officer
As the CEO of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Amina is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the organisation. She leads the executive team and works with the board of directors to develop and implement the organisation’s strategic plan. In her previous role as Vice President of Membership at the SAC, Amina led the organisation’s customer service, account management, member value and business development.
Prior to joining the SAC in 2015, Amina was a senior manager on the global sustainability team at Gap Inc. where she led the development of Gap’s environmental sustainability strategy and the creation, execution and achievement of ambitious enterprise goals on energy and waste at owned and operated facilities. Amina has a Master of Architecture degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and designed and managed construction of retail stores, skyscrapers, houses, hotels, and museums.
Razzaque is passionate about sustainability and has been from the beginning of his career. He wants to engage in a job that supports our earth to extend its longevity. Razzaque did his M.Sc in Recycle fashion design from Wuhan Textile University, China & after that he made the decision to enter his family business (textile waste sorting) & move it forward step by step to take it to a global level.
Vice President of Business Development
Matt Reynolds is an ardent advocate of the positive power of business for the benefit of people and the planet. He’s been a pioneer in the areas of fair trade, organics, environmental practice and the sustainability movement. Matt is VP of Business Development at Higg, where he leads planning and execution of company sales for existing and new product lines. Previously, Matt was Chief Revenue Officer for a technology company known for their all-in-one platform to drive operations towards purpose strategy. For 25 years, Matt was president & co-founder of an award winning B Corporation built on the principles of sustainable and socially responsible business practices.
Chief of Staff
Alice Roberta Taylor is Chief of Staff at Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) which is a non-profit organisation that mobilises, educates and inspires the industry to improve its sustainability performance. In her role she works closely with the leadership team on strategic project delivery and stakeholder management. She also leads communications for GFA – working to raise awareness about the organisation’s initiatives and communicate its vision of a net positive fashion industry.
Taylor has a combination of in-house and agency communications experience related to fashion, sustainability, media and retail. She first joined GFA in 2019. Prior to this, she managed the publicity for Hearst UK in London for established media brands including ELLE UK and Harper’s Bazaar. She also managed the PR for multiple retail and hospitality clients at Stripe Communications and led the PR for the renowned fundraising campaign Run For Heroes. She holds an MA (Hons) in History from The University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Head of Global Customs & Trade Compliance
Bruna Romano is the Head of Global Customs & Trade Compliance in PUMA, based in their headquarters in Germany. With over 16 years’ experience as an international trade lawyer, she has worked in law firms and BIG4s and for several other industries before joining PUMA, in 2018.
In PUMA she is in charge of overlooking the company’s global trade strategy & compliance and identifying benefits and opportunities within the international landscape, including the analysis and implementation of regulations related to topics such as Customs Valuation, Classification, Free Trade Agreements (Preferences, Sustainable Development & Rules of Origin), Barriers to Trade, etc.
She is also directly involved with Industry Federations when it comes to Trade Policy discussions within the European Union and other government bodies, where the main goal is to encourage and develop free, fair and sustainable trade.
Founder & CEO
Ann has been researching eco-innovation in the textile industry since 2010 to understand how great sustainable innovations could be scaled up. With her background in economics, she is driven by the question how can circular economy be set up profitably and efficiently on global scale.
Director of Partnerships & Development
Dana Schou is Director of Partnerships & Development at Global Fashion Agenda, a non-profit organisation that fosters industry collaboration on sustainability in fashion to accelerate impact.
In her role, Schou leads the organisation’s partnerships and development strategy to mobilise and guide industry leaders to take bold and urgent action on sustainability. Schou collaborates with GFA’s vast network of leaders in the fashion industry, multilateral organisations, industry associations, policy makers, foundations, philanthropists, investors, and innovators to accelerate the fashion industry towards a net positive industry for people and the planet.
Formerly a Director within the Partnerships and Philanthropy Directorate at the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), Schou spent ten years in global marketing and communications for numerous Louis Vuitton-Moët Hennessy (LVMH) brands.
Schou sits on several non-profit boards focused on female empowerment topics such as maternal health and microfinance. She is a speaker, facilitator, assessor and ambassador at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and has lectured at ESSEC, IE Business School and University of Geneva on sustainability communications, gender equality and cross-sector partnerships.
Gunjan Soni is CEO at ZALORA, Asia’s Online Fashion and Lifestyle Destination founded in 2012. ZALORA is part of Global Fashion Group (GFG), the leading online fashion & lifestyle destination in growth markets. Soni was formerly the CMO at Myntra and Head Jabong business. She brings with her over fourteen years of diverse experience in strategy, marketing & operations with a passion for AI & advanced big data analytics.
Impact Programmes & Sustainability Director
Holly Syrett is the Impact Programmes & Sustainability Director at Global Fashion Agenda. Her responsibilities include contributing to the strategic mission and sustainability agenda, driving GFA’s impact programmes such as the Circular Fashion Partnership and ensuring strategic engagement with key stakeholders and partners. Holly Syrett joined Global Fashion Agenda in May 2020 to mobilise and guide the fashion industry to take bold action on sustainability by researching, project leading and writing new and existing GFA publications, commitments and reports. Syrett brings 10 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, 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 now active in 50+ cities worldwide.
President & Executive Director
Wilson Teo is the President of Singapore Fashion Council (SFC), the official trade association for the fashion industry in Singapore. He has been serving in the Executive Committee of SFC since 2006. Wilson’s strong leadership experience is continually redefining the organisation’s business strategy by driving significant growth within the local fashion industry and across global markets.
As the Executive Director of TEO Holdings Pte Ltd, Wilson has a proven record of accelerating performance with remarkable results for privately-owned investments in Asia Pacific that encompasses numerous businesses, such as real estate, apparel manufacturing, trading and outsourcing as well as brand development for wholesale, retail and distribution in the baby products field. He has been an advocate on fashion sustainability and has been featured by media to share SFC’s efforts in sustainability to accelerate the green evolution of the industry.
Founder, Chairman & Managing Partner
Founder, Chairman & Managing Partner, Turmeric Capital
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Aspirational Consumer Lifestyle Corp, USA Ex-Group Chairman, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton Group Asia
Mr. Ravi Thakran founded L Capital Asia in 2008 and led it as Chairman and Managing Partner from its inception. Mr. Thakran led the development of L Capital Asia which went on to become one of the largest consumer-focused growth investors in Asia. With L Capital Asia, Ravi invested in over 35 companies across Asia Pacific. Five of these companies crossed $1 billion in annual revenues.
Mr. Thakran also served in many senior roles in several business verticals of the LVMH Group, the world’s largest luxury goods company. Over two decades at LVMH, Mr. Thakran eventually assumed the roles of Group President for LVMH South Asia & South East Asia, Australia & New Zealand and Middle East in 2009 and Group Chairman for LVMH South Asia & South East Asia, Australia & New Zealand and Middle East in 2015.
Prior to his time at LVMH, Mr. Thakran held senior management positions at the Swatch Group, Nike and the Tata Group.
Mr. Thakran holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Beyond his corporate responsibilities, Mr. Thakran serves as Director of the Singapore Tourism Board, Business Ambassador for Latin America in South East Asia, and Trustee of the Global Conservation Corps. He is also involved in the Federal Commission on Fashion and Women’s Wellness in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Indian Partition Museum, Amritsar, Indian Heritage Museum, Singapore and Save the Rhino Project, South Africa.
Regional Director of Responsible Sourcing
Ninh is the Regional Director of Responsible Sourcing at Target, managing teams responsible for upholding human rights standards and promoting sustainable environmental practices throughout Target’s supply chain. He has over 20 years of experience in various positions within the retail industry, and is recently active in developing programs to support social compliance and supply chain improvement.
Co-Founder and Host
Kim van der Weerd is co-founder and host of Manufactured, a podcast featuring supplier perspectives on sustainable fashion, an Advisor to GIZ FABRIC, and Intelligence Director at Transformers Foundation. She previously worked as General Manager of Pactics Phnom Penh, a garment factory producing for the luxury eyewear industry and as COO of Tonlé, a zero-waste brand that owned and managed its own production, both based in Cambodia. She holds a M.Sc. in human rights from the London School of Economics.