Convening decision makers from brands, retailers, policy and interlinked industries, the Summit has become the nexus for agenda-setting discussions on the most critical environmental, social and ethical issues facing our industry and planet.
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The Crown Princess has been patron of the Copenhagen Fashion Summit and Global Fashion Agenda since 2009 and has been relentless in her promotion of a sustainable and responsible fashion and textile industry.
The Crown Princess is a passionate advocate for health, gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls and is very committed to a broad range of social and health related issues. She was member of the High-Level Task Force for the ICPD and is patron of UNFPA and WHO /Regional Office for Europe and in 2007 she founded The Mary Foundation with the mission of fighting social isolation.
“Only strong and thoughtful leadership will secure a sustainable future for the fashion industry. The transformation we need requires business innovation like we have never seen before – innovation that is based on science and development. And it requires even more of the creative energy and ingenuity that has driven the evolvement of fashion throughout history all around the world. We need a shared determination from stakeholders at all phases of production, marketing and consumption.”
Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey has served on the boards of several national cultural organisations. In 2004, the Baroness was appointed an independent Crossbench member of the House of Lords, where she is working on legislation to eliminate modern slavery, co-chairing All Party Parliamentary Groups on Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion, and Sport, Modern Slavery and Human Rights. The Baroness has recently been appointed Co-Chair of the Foundation for Future London.
CSO, Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) (2018). An established expert in sustainability, Lehmann is responsible for the GFA’s core publications, as well as for shaping the content for the annual Copenhagen Fashion Summit – the leading business event for sustainability in fashion. He works closely with GFA’s Strategic Partners to ensure the prioritisation of sustainability at a highly strategic level. With over 20 years’ experience in sustainability, Lehmann has formerly worked for and advised governments, the UN, NGOs and corporations in Asia, Africa and Europe. Prior to joining GFA, he held Senior Sustainability roles at Maersk, Danish Ethical Trading Initiative, IC Group A/S and others. Lehmann is an experienced speaker and respected voice within the sustainability discussion, often cited in leading publications, including Forbes, The Guardian, The Business of Fashion and The Times.
Founder, Ahluwalia (2018). Joint winner of the LVMH Prize 2020. Featured in the Forbes 30 under 30 European Arts and Culture list 2020. Winner of the H&M Design Award 2019. Collaborated with Adidas at Paris Fashion Week for AW19. MA in Menswear from the University of Westminster (2018). Through her namesake brand, Ahluwalia, she takes elements from her dual Indian-Nigerian heritage and London roots and explores the life of vintage and dead stock clothing, using textile techniques to give them new life.
“I think creativity and ingenuity are invariably linked to progression in technology. Technology has been vital to changing the fashion industry. Whether that is through material sciences or pattern cutting programmes, these advancements improve efficiency and reduce waste. None would be possible without creativity and ingenuity.”
Director, Global Consumer Insights, Timberland (2017). A natural empath, throughout her career, Aidoud has focused on bringing consumer needs and expectations to life across a variety of industries. Her specialties lie in portfolio management, innovation and in leading cross-functional teams to drive alignment. Aidoud is also an Advisor on the Council to Advance Racial Equity at parent company VF Corporation. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College and an MBA from the FW Olin School at Babson College.
Founder and Executive Director
Founder and Executive Director, Lagos Fashion Week (2011) and Founder, Style House Files (2010). Akerele’s work has been instrumental to the prolific rise of the African fashion industry. Her commitment to develop and promote the industry led to the establishment of the biannual Lagos Fashion Week, which presents designers in Nigeria and beyond. Akerele also provides support for the industry with the help of government and investors, offers industry and incubation support for emerging talent and advocates for industry value chains to achieve their full potential.
“The most valuable players in the global fashion ecosystem are often still silent in terms of answering one of today’s most important questions: Who made my clothes? Fashion in Africa is distinct due to its craftsmanship and dependence on valuable handmade skills like embellishment, embroidery, weaving, spinning and customisation. The work we do at Style House Files and Lagos Fashion Week with designers helps reinforce our conviction that fashion can impact communities and change lives. There’s an urgent need for an approach that emphasises transparency and a commitment across the value chain to ensure that every hand benefits creatively and commercially from the design process.”
Managing Director, Tarasima Apparels (2006). Part of the Ali family business, Bitopi Group, Tarasima Apparels is the highest rated LEED Platinum factory in the world in the category of LEED O+M: Existing Building. Ali has worked with H&M Group for 21 years, from the first audit, to the journey made to reach the level of sustainability H&M Group and Tarasima Apparels are at today. Previously, Ali has worked as Director at The RMG Sustainability Council (RSC), Director at Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers & Exporters Association, as well as Managing Director of Bitopi Group.
Founder, CEO and Editor in Chief
Founder, CEO and Editor in Chief, Business of Fashion (2007). Previously, a Consultant at McKinsey & Company in London, Amed is one of the leading writers, thinkers and commentators in the fashion industry. Fascinated by the industry’s potent blend of creativity and business, he started Business of Fashion (BoF) as a blog, which has since grown into the pre-eminent global fashion industry resource, serving a five-million-strong community from over 190 countries and territories.
Managing Director, Treadler, H&M Group B2B (2020). Asp has 15 years’ experience working within the H&M Group with over 10 of those years within production in Asia. Before joining the group’s new B2B initiative Treadler, providing access to the H&M Group supply chain aiming to accelerate sustainable change for other companies, as Managing Director, he most recently worked as Regional Country Manager in Production for South Asia and Africa.
Managing Director, Treadler, H&M Group (2020). Asp has 15 years’ experience working within the H&M Group with over 10 of those years within production in Asia. Before joining the group’s new B2B initiative Treadler, providing access to the H&M Group supply chain aiming to accelerate sustainable change for other companies, as Managing Director, he most recently worked as Regional Country Manager in Production for South Asia and Africa.
Product Designer and Founder
Product Designer and Founder, ConceptKicks (2013). Bailey studied product design near the greater New York area and focuses primarily on footwear innovation. Based in London, he uses the “Mr. Bailey” moniker as a vessel to explore design and art projects, whether through his own personal projects or through collaborations with brands, designers or artists that embody principles he admires.
“Creativity is something that is often associated with just design, but I believe it should permeate into much more than just that. How creativity and ingenuity is applied to a brands business structure or it’s logistics for example, is just as important as how it’s applied to the design.”
Research Director, Rights Lab, University of Nottingham UK. The film based on his book Disposable People, which he co-wrote, won the Peabody Award and two Emmys. The Association of British Universities named his work one of “100 World-Changing Discoveries.” He also co-founded the US NGO Free the Slaves (2000), a group that has liberated thousands of slaves worldwide. His latest book, Blood and Earth (2016) explores the deadly link between slavery and environmental destruction.
Founder and CEO
Founder and CEO, Outland Denim (2011). Driven by the desire to curb the trafficking of young girls into the $99 billion illicit commercial sex industry, Bartle created Outland to generate training and employment opportunities for women vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. Setting a new standard in fashion manufacturing, he developed a unique business model that enables each of his seamstresses to gain a covetable skill set in tailoring, while earning a living wage, receiving ongoing support and life-enhancing education, and crafting artisan quality jeans to compete in the global premium marketplace.
President and CEO
President and CEO, Gucci (2015). Received the Legion of Honour (2017). Named Business Leader of the Year at the British Fashion Awards for three years in a row (2016, 2017 and 2018). Held the role of CEO at Mandarina Duck, Marithé et François Girbaud, Stella McCartney, Bottega Veneta and Kering “Couture and Leather Goods” prior to joining Gucci. Under Bizzarri’s leadership, Gucci became a beacon in the luxury industry: from 2015 to 2019 the company increased its revenues from €3.898 to €9.628 billion. Gucci has been fully carbon neutral within its own operations and across the supply chain since 2018 as part of its long-term commitment to sustainability.
CEO, Altuzarra (2020), Board Member, Lemlem Foundation, and CFDA Mentor. At Altuzarra, Carmi works closely with Creative Director Joseph Altuzarra, who heads all creative aspects of the company, while she oversees the business. As a CFDA Mentor, she lectures about fashion and entrepreneurship and at Lemlem Foundation, Carmi is dedicated to empowering artisans in developing regions. Before joining Altuzarra, Carmi was the President of Mansur Gavriel. During her tenure, she restructured the company’s supply chain and shifted from a wholesale-led business to a majority direct model. Prior to that, Carmi was the Founding Partner of Launch Collective, a management firm for fashion and luxury businesses. She is a NYU graduate and holds an MBA from Columbia University.
Chairman and CEO
Chairman and CEO, PVH Corp. (2006). Chirico received the Women’s Wear Daily’s CEO Creative Leadership Award (2018) and was named Person of the Year (2018) by the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA). PVH Corp. is an iconic family of brands including Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen, ARROW, Warner’s and IZOD. Chirico has helped transform PVH Corp. to a company that powers brands that drive fashion forward – for good. He has made philanthropy and corporate responsibility key pillars in how PVH Corp. conducts business, recognising the opportunity to positively impact people and the environment against a backdrop of financial growth.
Representing the Fashion Pact.
“More than ever, the people and companies that embrace different perspectives, creative approaches, and inclusive ways of working, will lead our industry into its new chapter. The time is now to accelerate innovative and sustainable business practices that will benefit all stakeholders.”
VP, Product Line Management, Innovation and Sustainability, Avery Dennison Apparel Solutions (2016). As a Senior Executive in the company’s $1.2B Apparel Solutions division, Colarossi is the driving force behind its culture of innovation, leading a global technical innovation team, whose products deliver double-digit revenue and enhance performance. Under his leadership, the organisation has adopted a strategic view, prioritising solutions that shape the industry’s future, while meeting rigorous compliance standards. Colarossi was instrumental in developing Avery Dennison’s 2025 sustainability goals and the Apparel Solutions’ Global Experience Centres. Prior to joining Avery Dennison (2013), he held numerous manufacturing and engineering positions in the U.S. and China. Colarossi holds an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, is a frequent speaker on innovation and sustainability, and fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
Founder, Modefica platform (2014). Modefica is one of the main independent media platforms in Brazil, approaching sustainability from a pro-intersectional perspective, where fashion is regarded as a powerful activism tool for social and environmental transformation. Prior to founding Modefica, Colerato co-founded the communication and design agency Futuramoda, as well as worked as a Columnist for ELLE magazine. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design from Belas Artes in São Paulo, gives lectures and participates in dozens of events, where she talks about sustainability.
The Modefica platform is one of the main Brazilian independent media approaching sustainability from a pro-intersectional perspective, where fashion is regarded as a powerful activism tool for social and environmental transformation.
“We already know from various studies and researches that after a certain point, money stops bringing happiness. Understanding sufficiency and remembering that prosperity is not tied to accumulation is a way of redesigning our perceptions of profit and remembering that there is no success if there is exploitation and destruction.”
Branden Collinsworth, CSCS, MAPP, is a Nike Master Trainer, Yoga Teacher, Human Performance Coach and Humanitarian. He is the Co-Founder of Real Results Fitness and Founder of Warrior Retreats in Peru. Branden holds a master’s degree in Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and is committed to creating a new global standard for health and wellness built on the fundamentals of mental, spiritual, and physical unity.
“There’s power in the collective. All of us here, from around the world, sharing the same intention: to build the future we want for all.”
Co-President, The Club of Rome (2018). Dixson-Declève was recognised by GreenBiz as one of the 30 most influential women across the globe, driving change in the low carbon economy and promoting green business. She is the first female Co-President of the Club of Rome, sits on several boards, is a Senior Advisor/Senior Associate for CISL, ETC, Interel and E3G, and a Lecturer at the University of Cambridge. Dixson-Declève also holds several advisory positions within the EU Commission, including Chair of DG R&I Think Tank ESIR (Economic and Societal Implications of Research and Innovation), Co-Chair of Manufacturing Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance/Taxonomy, and Member of the Climate Change Mission Assembly.
Sustainability Professional and Contributor
Sustainability Professional and Contributor. Emejulu recently served as a Nigeria Programme Manager within the UNEP office in Geneva, focusing on sustainable development finance (2018). Previously, he worked as a Consultant at the UN PAGE Secretariat—UN’s multi-agency partnership for green economy as well as a Research Analyst at the World Economic Forum, focusing on sustainable growth initiatives. Emejulu has written for The Financial Times, The Economist, The Huffington Post, Monocle Magazine and Guardian Nigeria.
Artist and Designer
Artist, Designer and Founder, EMME (2009). EMME is a New York based clothing and accessory brand, built on the backbone of expression, art and culture. Emmerich’s colourful work is known to reflect her Indigenous heritage stemming from The Coast Salish Territory, Puyallup tribe. She has cultivated a loyal following and successful path as a truly unique contemporary fashion designer and artist with a strong focus on social justice, while speaking out about industry responsibility and accountability.
”We live in a capitalistic society that profits off consumers lack of education. “Ignorance” is the true luxury in this industry when the only real trend is greed. We have to keep our ethics, morals and commitments at the forefront of our business: it’s not just marketing and profitability.”
Activist, Campaigner and Co-Founder, Extinction Rebellion (2019). As one of the founders of Extinction Rebellion, Farrell helps coordinate a mass movement of people using non-violent direct-action methods. The organisation is present in over 70 countries, with the target of achieving net-zero carbon emissions and reversing biodiversity loss by 2025. Farrell has a background in the UK fashion industry, as well as in ethics, sustainability and fashion education. She is devoting her creativity, energy, and occasionally her personal liberty, to fight against climate collapse and the wider environmental crisis.
Global Marketing Director, Textiles
Global Marketing Director, Textiles, Eastman (2018). Previously a Senior Marketing Leader at DuPont de Nemours, Farrell’s industry experience spans across both the food and textiles industries. Focused on food ingredients and specialty fibres, she has specialised in marketing and branding as well as developing and introducing pioneering products in new market spaces. Farrell’s passion lies in sustainability and she believes that through partnership and collaboration, the world of fashion can deliver exciting design choices while improving environmental footprints. She holds an engineering degree from University College Dublin and a master’s in Business Administration from Michael Smurfit School of Business, Dublin.
Professor of Sustainability, Design and Fashion
Professor of Sustainability, Design and Fashion, Centre for Sustainable Fashion, UAL, UK. Co-Founder, Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion (2018). Her latest work, co-authored with Mathilda Tham, is the Earth Logic Fashion Action Research Plan (2019). Fletcher has written and/or edited nine books translated into seven languages. She is the most cited scholar in fashion and sustainability and her work on post-growth fashion and fashion localism, both defines and challenges the field.
”How to transform the fashion sector? By putting Earth and all its inhabitants first. This is both simple and changes everything.”
SVP and President
SVP and President, Owned Brand Sourcing and Development, Target (2018). Together with his team, Foudy oversees the global sourcing and development of Target’s Owned Brands, developing competitive sourcing strategies and delivering products that are responsibly sourced and of high quality and value, from a brand that can be trusted. This portfolio of owned brands is a key differentiator and one of the things that guests love about the Target experience.
CDO and President
CDO, Tomorrow and President, Tomorrow Projects (2019). Fashion industry veteran Gilhart founded Julie Gilhart Consulting (2011) to connect and grow fashion brands with a desire to have a positive impact. Prior to establishing her firm, Gilhart was SVP President Fashion Director at Barneys New York for 18 years. She is sought after on topics that include building technology-based fashion businesses, sustainable business practices, and advocating shared innovation and collaboration in the fashion community.
Founder and Designer & Founder
Victor Glemaud, Founder and Designer, Victor Glemaud (2006) and Founder, IN THE BLK (2020). Victor Glemaud is Glemaud’s statement knitwear collection and his recently founded IN THE BLK is a non-profit organisation of Black creatives in fashion providing members with mentorship, community and business resources. While studying at FIT, Glemaud was a Design Assistant to Patrick Robinson. In 2005 he became a Womenswear Design Advisor and later Studio Director at Paco Rabanne, followed by Style Director at Tommy Hilfiger. A finalist in the 2017 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, Glemaud was honoured for his achievements by the Ambassador of Haiti to the United States.
Founder and CEO
Founder, Parley for the Oceans (2012). Gutsch is an award-winning Designer and Brand/Product Developer. He founded Parley for the Oceans as a collaboration network for creators, thinkers and leaders, to raise awareness for the beauty and fragility of the oceans, and to develop and implement strategies that can end their destruction. Most recently, he was named Forward Actor of the Year by Greentech Festival (2019) and inducted into the UBS Global Visionary community – a select group of leading entrepreneurs and individuals working towards one or more of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. Parley for the Oceans was named Environmental Organisation of the Year at EARTHx (2018), with Gutsch receiving a Special Recognition Award for Innovation by the British Fashion Council. He was also named Environmentalist of the Year (2017) by the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association for his tireless work for the oceans.
Director, Textile, Garment, Shoe and Leather sector
Director, Textile, Garment, Shoe and Leather sector, IndustriALL Global Union (2015) and Board Member of ACT (Action, Collaboration and Transformation). IndustriALL Global Union represents 50 million workers in 140 countries in the mining, energy, garment and textile manufacturing sectors and is a force in global solidarity taking up the fight for better working conditions and trade union rights around the world. Hajagos-Clausen is also a member of the Global Steering Committee for the ACCORD on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. She holds a bachelors in Language and Literature from Bard College, a masters in Women Studies from the New School for Social Research and a masters in Union Leadership and Administration from the University of Massachusetts. She is also a graduate of the Harvard Trade Union Program.
Senior Specialist, Labour Relations
Senior Specialist, Labour Relations (2008) and Lead Researcher for a new Flagship Report on Social Dialogue at the International Labour Organization (ILO). Hayter was the Lead Author of the Global Commission Report on the Future of Work: Work for a Brighter Future (2019). She is a Contributing Author and Editor of several volumes and articles. Her work focuses on the changing nature of work and production and its implications for labour relations and labour market governance.
Director of Sustainability
Director of Sustainability, Zalando SE (2019). Together with her team, Heiny is a leading figure in bringing Zalando’s Corporate Sustainability Strategy to life and deriving actionable measures in becoming a sustainable fashion platform with a net-positive impact. Prior to working at Zalando, she held leading positions within sustainability at Target Corp. and C&A. Heiny also supports the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, where she was a Director of the Board for six years.
CEO, H&M Group (2020). Passionate about sustainability and leadership, Helmersson started working for H&M already in 1997. Her vision has always been to be a part of transforming the fashion industry, with sustainability and production serving as key elements.
“Looking back at my years within the company, I am extra proud when I assumed the role as Head of Sustainability and together with my team managed to launch several ground-breaking initiatives, and more importantly we continued the journey of integrating Sustainability into the business.”
Director, Hirdaramani Apparel (2005). Hirdaramani is an experienced Director with a demonstrated history of working in the apparel and fashion industry. He has strong professional skills in garment manufacturing, apparel technologies and international business development. Hirdaramani’s area of focus is on bridging the gap between manufacturing and technology. Hirdaramani Apparel is a global apparel manufacturer providing solutions to premium global brands. They are a pioneer of the world-famous Sri Lankan apparel industry and their teams foster exclusive relationships with international customers.
“Profitability is an agility game; it is about partnering throughout the ecosystem and doing away with the notion of intake margin. We need to look at how we can optimise processes and eliminate repetition of non-value adding activities. The transactional conversations have to stop.”
Senior Programme Manager
Senior Programme Manager, Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) (2014). Iskov has been a core part of the GFA team for the past six years. With a big passion for creating a better and smarter world through technology, Iskov leads the Innovation team within GFA. She oversees several GFA programmes within the Global Partnerships function, including Innovation Forum, Design Studio, Matchmaking and Youth Fashion Summit. Iskov addresses sustainability issues by working with innovative and emerging solutions covering the entire supply chain.
South Gobi Cashmere Project Manager
South Gobi Cashmere Project Manager, Wildlife Conservation Society (2019). Jamsranjav is a rangeland ecologist and earned her PhD degree from Colorado State University. She has experience working as a researcher as part of a large, interdisciplinary team, studying the effectiveness of community-based conservation of rangelands to advance understanding of coupled social-ecological systems. Additionally, Jamsranjav has more than 10 years of experience working with local communities, focusing on strengthening local people’s capacity to improve community-based resource management.
CEO, Laudes Foundation (2020). Prior to becoming CEO, Johnston served on the boards of COFRA Foundation (CH), GoodWeave International (US), the European Venture Philanthropy Association (BE), and Fashion for Good BV (NL). Previously Johnston headed the C&A Foundation as its Executive Director, repositioning it as a global catalyst to make fashion a force for good and relaunching it as the Laudes Foundation. With over 20 years of management experience across multiple sectors, Johnston is leading the development of the foundation’s initial vision, strategy and operating model to deliver on its aspiration for global markets that value all people and respect nature.
“Success should be more than just the bottom line. It should reflect fair wages being paid to the women and men who make the clothes we love. It should reflect sourcing practices that restore and regenerate our natural environment. In other words, success should put values back into value.”
Head of SDG Accelerator
Head of SDG Accelerator, UNDP Nordic Office (2013). The SDG Accelerator for SMEs is a SDG business innovation programme at the UNDP that was developed and tested with 32 Danish SMEs. The global rollout so far counts Moldova and Bosnia Herzegovina. Other spin-offs include the SDG Accelerator for Nordic fintech companies and a Maritime SDG Accelerator. At UNDP, Junge is also responsible for fundraising and incubation of new programmes, with focus on new development actors, in addition to implementing UNDP’s Nordic private sector strategy.
“The fashion industry needs to invest in alternatives to the current unsustainable fast fashion production regime. Invest: new sustainable solutions do not come for free. If you don’t invest now, new legislation, combined with changing demands from customers, employees and investors, will catch up with you.”
Professor, ICREA, Autonomous University of Barcelona (2010). Kallis is an Ecological Economist, Political Ecologist and Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA) Professor at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Barcelona. He is the Author of Limits (2019) and The Case for Degrowth (2020). Kallis was previously a Marie Curie Fellow at the Energy and Resources group at UC Berkeley.
Co-Founder, Creative Director and CEO
Co-Founder, Creative Director and CEO, NORBLACK NORWHITE (NBNW) (2009). NBNW is a women-led, creative house and fashion label based in India, exploring the grey space of culture through style, space and stories. Kapadiya, along with Co-Founder Amrit Kumar have built their platform via self-exploration, based on the foundations of integrity, love and respect in embracing the cross-cultural visual language and handmade textiles, while celebrating and re-interpreting culture and tradition. Kapadiya has a natural attraction to building community and celebrating art, identity and people of colour and has developed her intuitive design and visual storytelling style with zero formal training.
”Creativity and ingenuity are core to all systemic transformations. Looking at the current industry model with fresh eyes and no attachments is required. This can be done on all levels from re-shaping curriculums in fashion schools to mindful communication in mass marketing campaigns via the shifting of corporate success measures and priorities to a holistic and altruistic approach.”
CEO, Higg Co. (2019). Higg Co. is a technology company that delivers, implements, and supports the Higg Index for the consumer goods industries. Developed by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, the Higg Index is a suite of tools that enables brands, retailers, and facilities to measure and score company and/or product sustainability. Kibbey was the first employee and CEO of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition.
CEO, Higg Co (2019). Higg Co is a technology company that delivers, implements, and supports the Higg Index for the consumer goods industries. Developed by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, the Higg Index is a suite of tools that enables brands, retailers, and facilities to measure and score company and/or product sustainability. Kibbey was the first employee and CEO of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition.
Founder & CEO
Founder and CEO, Other Half Processing (OHP) (2018). OHP sources traceable cattle hides for Timberland’s regenerative leather programme through partnerships with US regenerative farmers and ranchers. Raised on a regenerative farm, Kleinschmit and his brother and business partner Mark Kleinschmit, started OHP to advance values learnt at home. Their stated mission is “to create high value and high-quality products in ways that are ethical and respectful to the animal, and support regenerative farmers, ranchers and agricultural systems.”
CEO and Co-Founder
CEO, RGS (2019) and Co-Founder, KKS Advisors (2013). RGS is a leading technology company, providing a systematic assessment of product impact for every industry of the economy, filling a significant gap in the current ESG data landscape. KKS Advisors is a global sustainability consulting firm. Kotsantonis holds a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Imperial College London.
CEO, Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) (2016). GFA is the foremost leadership forum for industry collaboration on sustainability in fashion. With a mission to mobilise and guide the fashion industry to take bold and urgent action on sustainability, Kruse founded the non-profit organisation, which is renowned for hosting the Copenhagen Fashion Summit (2009). Kruse injected fashion into the sustainability conversation at the World Economic Forum with the CEO Agenda. The recipient of various accolades for her contribution to sustainability, Kruse was awarded the French Embassy’s Human Rights Prize in 2017 and Denmark’s Royal Order of Chivalry in 2019.
“We urge fashion industry leaders to think outside the box and investigate new business models that will challenge the traditional concept of prosperity. This will not only future proof businesses, but it’s also crucial if we are to operate within our planetary boundaries and meet the needs of future generations.”
Co-Founder, Creative Director and COO
Co-Founder, Creative Director and COO, NORBLACK NORWHITE (NBNW) (2009). NBNW is a women-led, creative house and fashion label based in India, exploring the grey space of culture through style, space and stories. Kumar discovered her real passion for textile and fashion, while working in the vintage clothing industry. She is self-taught in the forms of design, visual storytelling and together with her Co-Founder, Mriga Kapadiya, she has steadily been building the NBNW world and community based on the foundations of integrity, love and respect for culture and tradition.
”Creativity and ingenuity is at the heart for any transformation to occur. While it has always helped shape the world of fashion, it is needed now more than ever. We need to start being mindful when creating and finding solutions, to steer us in the right direction.”
President and CTO
President and CTO, TAL Apparel (2000). Lee is leading TAL Apparel on its long-term strategy and continuous innovations in various aspects of the business. The major focuses are digital transformation, disruptive technologies, business model innovations and sustainability. He is responsible for the innovative services of TAL such as Vendor Managed Inventory and has been leading the sustainability journey of TAL for the past 15+ years. Lee is also a Board Member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and the Chairman of Hong Kong Sustainability Award of HKMA.
VP, CSO and Managing Counsel
VP, CSO and Managing Counsel, Under Armour, Inc. (2016). Levine leads Under Armour’s Global Sustainability Programme, including Corporate Social Responsibility, Environmental Sustainability and Human Rights, throughout its entire value chain. He also serves on the Fair Labor Association’s Board of Directors and Monitoring Committee, and is part of the International Working Group of the I.O.E., I.T.U.C. and I.L.O. COVID-19: Action in the Global Garment Industry.
Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company (2020). Based in Germany, Magnus co-leads McKinsey’s global Apparel, Fashion & Luxury Group and heads up the EMEA Retail Operations Practice. He is passionate about building a more sustainable fashion industry and leads McKinsey’s multi-year partnership with GFA, co-authoring the recently published report Fashion on Climate. Beyond sustainability, Magnus consults leading fashion and retail brands on topics including growth strategy, omnichannel retailing and digital transformations.
”Leading brands and retailers will be faster and more innovative in decoupling their value growth from pure volume growth and truly embracing the opportunities of a circular ecosystem.”
SVP, Corporate Responsibility
SVP, Corporate Responsibility, PVH Corp. (2019). PVH Corp. is one of the world’s largest apparel companies with a portfolio of iconic brands, including Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein. As SVP of Corporate Responsibility, McGowan leads a global team responsible for upholding the human rights of individuals across the supply chain and promoting environmental sustainability, through efficient resource use and product stewardship. She is also serving on the Steering Committee of the Global Fashion Agenda.
“The strength of the fashion industry is in its humanity. It’s creative and passionate and has the power to influence great change. Now, we must use our collective strength to overcome the challenges we face, maximise the opportunities they present, and transform it into something better than before.”
Founder, People Tree (1991) and Founder, REAL Sustainability (2019). Minney is an award-winning Social Entrepreneur and Pioneer of sustainable fashion, who led People Tree as Global CEO for 20 + years in Japan and Europe, creating the first GOTS-certified (Global Organic Textile Standard) Fair Trade supply chains for organic cotton clothing. She recently launched Real Sustainability (Regeneration through: Education, Action & Leadership) to promote sustainable living and leadership. Minney is also the Author of Slave to Fashion, campaigning to eradicate modern day slavery in the fashion industry, protect eco systems and deliver social impact through textile craft and regenerative agriculture and Fair Trade. She is also an Advisor for Business Declares as well as an Executive Coach.
Programme Advisor and Leader, Freedom Fund. The Freedom Fund focuses on ending exploitation among young women and migrant workers in textile production in Tamil Nadu, India. Palaniyandi also has an active role in India Working Group Against Human Trafficking and over 25 years of experience in community development and human rights. Previously, he worked with Geneva Global, UNICEF and Save the Children. He is also a Founding Member of the Tamil Nadu Alliance (2017), a network seeking to improve working conditions in the textile sector.
“Profitability and workers’ rights should go hand in hand. Treating workers fairly and ensuring a living wage at all levels of the supply chain will in turn create a more productive and prosperous industry. Success should be measured by the degree to which businesses respect human rights.”
Sustainable Sourcing Specialist
Sustainable Sourcing Specialist, Kering (2020). At Kering, ole-MoiYoi specialises in sustainable raw material sourcing, biodiversity and agriculture. She is a Stanford-trained PhD sustainability expert, with over 10 years of experience, championing sustainability initiatives within private companies and development institutions. Ole-MoiYoi gained field-level experience, leading rapid-growth agricultural companies in Kenya and Israel. She has also worked as a UN FAO researcher, where she advised governments on ecosystem management across the Bay of Bengal, as well as a US government contractor, where she managed a post-tsunami environmental programme in Sri Lanka.
Founder, HYMNE (2015). Creative Director, Designer and Entrepreneur. Osifeso founded his contemporary menswear brand HYMNE as a study on the utility of clothing, both functionally and artistically. He is also leading Los Angeles based design firm SVP&S whose clients have included the likes of Nike, Reigning Champ, the NBA, Jordan Brand, Top Dawg Entertainment, 100 Thieves and Universal Music Group, among others.
“We have to reapproach what we view as success. Maximising profits is wonderful, but it must not be at the expense of morality in regard to social or environmental impact. Companies with a great bottom line, but who are morally bankrupt should be held accountable and not categorised as ‘successful’.”
CEO, Red Carpet Green Dress (2019). Pattinson is a Published Author of THE TRIBE TM Empowerment Journal, The Fashion Designer’s Resource Book and Writer for The Guardian, VOGUE, Huffington Post. Showcasing sustainable fashion at the Oscars every year, she brings sustainability to the forefront of conversation and action. Working with Louis Vuitton, Armani, Vivienne Westwood and others, the campaign celebrated its 10th year of activism in 2019. Pattinson is a British born Ghanaian Entrepreneur, working across fashion, media and entertainment.
”I think it’s impossible to have a fashion industry without creativity and ingenuity. Both are crucial for any form of development, innovation or recalibration. What we haven’t been doing is using them to redesign systems, processes and mindsets for a global community. We have been using them to benefit a select few. It’s time to redirect our creativity and ingenuity so we can be better, not just look better.”
President, CHANEL SAS and President, CHANEL FASHION (1990). Pavlovsky is a graduate of the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Bordeaux and holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. Prior to joining CHANEL, he worked as an Auditor Organisation Consultant at Deloitte. Pavlovsky has also been the President of CHANEL’s Métiers d’art, President of Eres, Vice president of the Chambre Syndicale de la Mode Féminine, President of the Advocacy and Public Policy Commission of the Comité Colbert, President of the Institut Français de la Mode’s Foundation, and a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honour.
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“CHANEL joined the Fashion Pact given our belief in the power of collective action on climate, biodiversity and ocean health. Given these unprecedented times, our shared responsibility to work as a collective is even greater. And our resolve to realise positive impacts through concrete actions even more evident.”
Director, Quantis International, Italy (2019). Pedrazzini connects sustainability and business and is driven by developing meaningful collaborations with players able to influence the sustainability journey of our society. His passion comes from over 10 years of experience in advising businesses on how to get more value from sustainability metrics. As Director of Quantis Italy, Pedrazzini manages the Italian team, business and growth, while also remaining actively and closely involved in key customer relationships.
Journalist and Critic
Journalist and Critic. Penny writes about art and design for publications such as The New Yorker, GQ and The Cut. He is currently at work on a book about contemporary menswear. When he’s not writing, Penny teaches composition and visual culture at Parsons School of Design and creative writing at The New School. He holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Columbia University.
COO, Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) (2019). As COO, Peoples is responsible for day-to-day operations and strategy to ensure the organisation effectively delivers on its mission to mobilise and guide the fashion industry. He also oversees the production of the Copenhagen Fashion Summit and this year’s CFS+. Spurring industry-wide commitment to sustainability, Peoples leads GFA’s engagement with its Strategic Partners – currently counting the industry leaders ASOS, BESTSELLER, H&M Group, Kering, Li & Fung, Nike, PVH Corp., Sustainable Apparel Coalition and Target. Throughout his career, Peoples has focused on strategic planning, brand positioning and operationalising efforts to drive sustainability. Prior to joining GFA, he held leading positions at BCG and Adidas. Peoples holds a law degree and MBA from Duke University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from The Ohio State University.
Co-Founder and Chair
Co-Founder and Chair, IMAGINE (2019). Polman is an Honorary Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce, Chair of The B Team and Saïd Business School and Vice-Chair of the UN Global Compact. While working as the CEO of Unilever (2009-2019), he demonstrated that a long-term, multi-stakeholder model goes hand-in-hand with excellent financial performance. Polman has been a member of the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel, which developed the Sustainable Development Goals. IMAGINE mobilises business leaders around tackling climate change and global inequality.
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“To reach the Sustainable Development Goals we need to work together, within planetary boundaries, creating new opportunities and business models on the way. When ecologically beneficial innovations emerge, it’s vital they are fully supported and shared by all, rapidly scaled rather than languishing as specialist pipe-dreams.”
Managing Director, Brands and Distribution
Managing Director, Brands and Distribution, Esquel Group (2005). Esquel Group is a a global leading textile and apparel manufacturer. Actively involved in education and the arts, Poon holds leadership roles at Harvard University’s Asia Center and Hong Kong West Kowloon Cultural District Authority. She was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and designated a Fellow of Aspen Institute’s China Fellowship Program (2014). Poon graduated from Harvard College with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy (2004).
Founder and Creative Director
Founder and Creative Director, HERON PRESTON (2016). Preston’s eponymous label features sport- and workwear-inspired separates and accessories for both women and men. In his role, Preston embodies the modernity of the profession; he has cultivated a distinct community and following, one that is propelled by of-the-moment style and digital savviness, complemented by art, amplified by music and enriched by the synthesis of these cultures. In addition to working as a designer, Preston also works as a DJ, Consultant, Art Director, and Collaborator.
”I believe being small, smart, and lean can help the industry be better equipped to adapt to change. Producing locally and keeping inventory in flux with demand are also pillars of building a sustainable future.”
Global Creative Director
Global Creative Director, Timberland (2018) and Founder, RÆBURN (2009). Fashion Designer Raeburn is respected worldwide for his responsible design ethos. As Creative Director for Timberland, Raeburn is instrumental to ensuring a holistic design approach across footwear, apparel and accessories, and elevating Timberland’s longstanding commitment to responsible sourcing – including the vision to be net positive by 2030. A graduate of London’s Royal College of Art, Christopher was featured in the 2019 Drapers Power 100 list, and his eponymous fashion and lifestyle label RÆBURN was named 2020 Brand of the Year (under £30M).
Veteran Journalist, Editorial Director and Founder
Veteran Journalist, Editorial Director, creativebyday (2020) and Founder, The Citrine Room (2018). Rajpal has 20 years of experience in television news, the majority of which was spent at CNN. At creativebyday, Rajpal utilises her decades of storytelling experience to help brands and businesses express their voice and identity, most authentically and creatively. Her editorial expertise is focused on her blog, The Citrine Room, which is a collection of original and curated pieces reflecting her passion for news and stories that challenge conventional ways of thinking and being.
”It all comes down to this: Authenticity, accountability, and integrity. Being authentic is how we connect with each other. When we connect, we have to be accountable for our actions. When we are accountable, we act with integrity. We treat others the way we want to be treated. We treat the planet the way we treat our home. How you define success is how you define your life.”
CCO and President of Supply Chain Solutions
CCO and President of Supply Chain Solutions, Li & Fung (2018). Rana focuses on leveraging Li & Fung’s scale and integrating its diverse services to create a keenly focused customer-centric offering. Additionally, she is responsible for defining strategic goals and driving business growth across Li & Fung as well as championing innovative solutions for Li & Fung’s partners. After joining Li & Fung (2003), Rana was promoted to Executive Director (2014), overseeing US$2.2 billion in turnover across nine production countries.
Head of Communications, Brand Relationships and Country Programmes
Head of Communications, Brand Relationships and Country Programmes, Better Work Programme, International Labour Organization (ILO). At the ILO, Rangarajan is part of supporting the Garment Industry Call to Action. Prior to this, she opened the Better Work global office in Bangkok and oversaw the Better Work team in Asia. She began her career at the ILO by starting the Better Work Vietnam programme (2009), after spending 10 years working within CSR at Business for Social Responsibility (BSR). Rangarajan has also taught CSR at the University of Michigan Business School and worked as a Journalist, covering international development in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the US. She has a master’s degree in International Economic and Political Development from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.
Executive Director, Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) (2019). Under her leadership, the SAC’s 250+ members developed the Higg Index – a suite of tools that measure environmental and social impacts in the apparel, footwear, and textile industry. Previously, she was the Vice President of Membership at the SAC. Before joining the SAC, Razvi led environmental initiatives on Gap Inc.’s global sustainability team. She holds a master’s in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Founder, GANNI (2000). After working as the CEO of GANNI for 10 years alongside his wife Ditte Reffstrup (Creative Director, GANNI), Reffstrup recently stepped down to focus his efforts towards tech and responsibility within the company. In 2017, Reffstrup managed the partnering of GANNI with LVMH-funded global investment firm, L Catterton, supporting GANNI in fully achieving its international potential. Reffstrup is a trusted industry expert and has sat on the board of the Danish Fashion Institute and Copenhagen Fashion Week. Before joining fashion, Reffstrup was a tech entrepreneur, investing in and cultivating small and mid-sized companies for growth.
Director, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (2018). Rockström is also a Professor of Earth System Science at the University of Potsdam and a leading scientist on global water resources. He has more than 25 years of experience in applied water research in tropical regions and has been published in more than 150 research publications in fields ranging from applied land and water management to global sustainability. He has worked as a Consultant for several governments and business networks, as well as an Advisor for sustainable development issues at international conferences including at the World Economic Forum, UNSDSN and UNFCCC.
EVP, Sustainability, Government and Public Affairs
EVP, Sustainability, Government and Public Affairs, Fung Group. In her role, Saini leverages innovation and technology to improve workplace safety, human rights impact and environmental resilience in global supply chains. She also leads the company’s government and trade work. Fung Group is a privately held business entity headquartered in Hong Kong with a long history in trading and supply chain management. Previously, Saini held various positions at Nike, including leading its corporate responsibility initiatives in Asia.
Co-Founder and CEO
Co-Founder and CEO, Zellerfeld Shoe Company Inc. (2019). As a young Engineer and start-up Founder, Schmitt follows the vision of bringing 3D printed shoes on every foot. In order to reach this ambitious vision, he and his team members at Zellerfeld developed the Monolith, a machine that can print any sneaker style at a push of a button. Since the materials used by the Monolith are fully recyclable, Schmitt’s goal is to offer a solution to designers so that the footwear industry can become more sustainable and democratic.
Advocate for Women’s Empowerment and Child Labour Survivor. Sheikh is also the Founder of Local Women’s Handicrafts (2008), an eco-conscious collective of women creating unique fashion and decor for fair wages. Sheikh’s childhood, where she worked 15-hour days in a Nepali sweatshop, led her to set up the collective, holding a vision of a world where women are empowered leaders in their communities. This further inspired her to found the Empowerment Collective (2015). On a mission to share her message globally, Sheikh is currently writing a book and working on a film that will showcase her life’s work.
CEO, Gap Inc. (2020). Since joining Gap Inc. in 2004, Syngal has held several leadership roles, including CEO of Old Navy and EVP of Global Supply Chain Operations at Gap Inc. Previously, she also spent 10 years at Sun Microsystems and six years at Ford Motor Co. Syngal holds a master’s in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Stanford University and a bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University. She serves on the Boys & Girls Club of America’s Board of Governors.
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Professor of Design
Professor of Design, Linnaeus University (2014) and also affiliated Goldsmiths University of London (2003). At Linnaeus University, Tham (PhD) has led the development of new degree programmes focused on design as change making. She is also the Co-Founder of Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion and Co-Author of Earth Logic: Fashion Action Research Plan. Tham’s visionary work on systemic fashion futures is published internationally. She has also been a Board Member of Mistra, the Swedish foundation for strategic environmental research, as well as the Mistra Future Fashion programme.
“Through explorations across a plurality of fashion stakeholders, creativity will take us beyond the paradigm of economic growth that has caused environmental and social injustice. Creativity opens new ways of thinking and doing fashion.”
Managing Director, Founder and CEO
Managing Director, Denim Expert Ltd (2009), Founder and CEO, Bangladesh Apparel Exchange (BAE) (2016). Uddin is a visionary entrepreneur who owns a niche, environmentally sustainable and socially responsible compliant garment manufacturing plant in Bangladesh. Uddin is contributing to the development of a sustainable apparel ecosystem and is considered to be a game changer, through the introduction of sustainable practices, innovation and fashion disruptions, which he sees as keys to the future of fashion. He is a selfless promoter of responsible business, transparency and circularity in the global apparel industry.
“The problems of which the global apparel industry is suffering are old and known to all. Only creative solutions can wipe out these long-standing problems and make the industry prosper. To transform the fashion industry, creativity and ingenuity are needed in everything from production to policies.”
CEO, Forum for the Future (2013). Dr Uren overseas Forum for the Future’s mission to accelerate a big shift towards a sustainable future by catalysing transformational change in global systems. This involves working with global organisations to address complex challenges in systems such as food, energy, apparel, and shipping. She regularly speaks at conferences and writes for many publications. Dr Uren is also an Independent Advisor on advisory boards for several global businesses, such as Kimberly Clark, Johnson & Johnson and Burberry.
“Many of the solutions needed to ensure that sustainability is the beating heart of fashion, are already here. They now need to be scaled. From innovative alternatives to raw materials, to pockets of manufacturing where circular economy principles mean no emissions, to customer delivery models based on renting and sharing, we have the answers. It’s now time to make these approaches the norm.”
Responsibility Programme Director
Responsibility Programme Director, Burberry (2009). After joining Burberry, Wilkinson took a lead on mapping the brand’s environmental footprint and developing its corporate responsibility strategy. In 2017, Burberry launched a five-year responsibility strategy, designed to drive positive change and build a more sustainable future with goals for 2022 sitting across Burberry’s entire footprint. Working closely with Burberry’s global in-house sustainability team, Wilkinson is responsible for the implementation of this strategy as well as overseeing the continued evolution of Burberry’s programmes. Prior to joining Burberry, she held roles in production management, customer engagement and commercial development. Wilkinson holds a PG. Cert. in Sustainable Business Leadership from the University of Cambridge and a master’s degree in Globalisation and Development from SOAS University of London.
“Creativity is the life blood of our industry, but it is also the key to generating the real system change it needs to survive. At Burberry, we are committed to helping create value chains that are truly supportive of both our communities and our environment, and we know this will require the same focus, ingenuity and excellence that we channel when designing our products.”
Co-Founder and Co-CEO
Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Allbirds (2015). Zwillinger has long been passionate about making things from renewable resources, which led him to start Allbirds and begin tackling sustainability in the footwear industry. Prior to co-founding Allbirds, he spent six years at biotech firm Terravia (formerly Solazyme, Inc.) leading its renewable chemical business and developing and selling high performance algae-based chemicals into various industries, such as CPG, personal care, and industrials. Previously, Zwillinger worked in advisory and investment roles at Industry Ventures, Deloitte Consulting and Goldman Sachs.
“Companies have to start accounting for environmental impact as they would for profit margins and pay for the pollution that they emit. We cannot afford to compromise any further on sustainability – climate change is the most urgent issue of our generation, and the fashion industry has a clear responsibility to drive meaningful progress.”