27 March 2018

Global Fashion Agenda sounding board

By Global Fashion Agenda

To gain further insights from industry experts and company executives, we established a sounding board, which role is to contribute knowledge and expertise to challenge Global Fashion Agenda’s thinking process and findings.

The sounding board comprises the following members: Katrin Ley, managing director of Fashion for Good; Simone Cipriani, founder and manager of Ethical Fashion Initiative; Linda Greer, senior scientist at Natural Resources Defense Council; Bandana Tewari, editor-at-large of Vogue India; and Orsola de Castro, co-founder of Fashion Revolution. Read more about our sounding members below.

Katrin Ley, managing director of Fashion for Good

Katrin Ley is the managing director of Fashion for Good, the global platform for innovation, made possible through collaboration. Fashion for Good sparks and scales innovation by offering practical action in the form of support and funding, shares best practice and fosters sector-wide collaboration for the entire apparel industry to change. Ley has more than 20 years of management experience in the fashion and impact investing sector. She joined Fashion for Good from Pymwymic, the ‘Put your Money Where Your Meaning Is Community’ of European wealth holders who invest for impact.

Simone Cipriani, founder and manager of Ethical Fashion Initiative

Simone Cipriani is founder and manager of the Ethical Fashion Initiative, a flagship programme of the International Trade Centre, a joint agency of the United Nations and World Trade Organization. Through the Ethical Fashion Initiative Cipriani has made it his mission to build a more responsible and sustainable fashion industry. Harnessing the power of fashion as a vehicle out of poverty by connecting artisans in the developing world to fashion's supply chain, Ethical Fashion Initiative operates across the globe in a variety of countries. Cipriani collaborates regularly with fashion colleges, universities and managed a series of conferences on sustainability at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.

Linda Greer, senior scientist at Natural Resources Defense Council

Linda Greer is a senior scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), one of the largest environmental groups in North America, where she has worked for 25 years, focusing on toxic chemical pollutants in air, water, food and shelter, as well as the scientific controversies in evaluating how chemicals cause harm to human health. Over the course of her career, Greer has done extensive technical work associated with a wide range of environmental advocacy, legal and policy matters. Greer is the author of technical and policy articles on environmental matters and has frequently testified before the U.S. Congress.

Bandana Tewari, editor-at-large of Vogue India

Bandana Tewari is editor-at-large of Vogue India’s and is responsible for planning, visualising and ideating fashion features for the ultimate style bible. Her ringside view of the rapidly evolving industry coupled with her signature ability to take the long view in every commentary has made her one of the nation’s foremost authorities on fashion. Tewari writes comprehensively on fashion. Her pieces have appeared in well-regarded publications such as The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, Vogue US, Vogue UK, Wallpaper* and Tank, in addition to several leading Indian journals.

Orsola de Castro, co-founder of Fashion Revolution

Orsola de Castro is a pioneer and recognised opinion leader in sustainable fashion. In 1997 she founded From Somewhere, a label designing clothes made entirely from pre-consumer waste, which folded in 2014, but its consultancy arm, Reclaim To Wear, launched in 2010, still operates as an accelerator to deliver upcycling solutions to retailers and academia. In 2013, with Carry Somers, she founded Fashion Revolution Day, marking the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, which killed and injured thousands of workers. Raising public awareness of the continuing social and environmental catastrophes in our global fashion supply chains, Fashion Revolution has become a global campaign with participation in over 90 countries around the world.