This year’s digital edition of the industry-renowned Copenhagen Fashion Summit – CFS+ will focus on the theme ‘Prosperity vs. Growth’. CFS+ will convene core stakeholders across fashion, interlinked industries, investment, NGOs and policy to explore how the industry can thrive today in favour of tomorrow. The event will take place on 7-8 October 2021 and, for the first time, will welcome an entirely new line-up of voices to offer fresh perspectives and address a range of adjacent topics to drive bold dialogues.
Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess is patron of Global Fashion Agenda and Copenhagen Fashion Summit. Her patronage demonstrates continued support for promoting a sustainable and responsible fashion and textile industry. The Crown Princess has been patron of the Copenhagen Fashion Summit since 2009 and has attended all Summits. The Crown Princess has previously served as patron of the Copenhagen International Fashion Fair.
In 2007 the Crown Princess founded The Mary Foundation with the mission of fighting social isolation. Under her leadership the foundation brings together untraditional partners to develop and manage projects and programmes that focus on prevention, the creation of opportunities and empowering vulnerable individuals and groups who find themselves socially isolated. The foundation’s focus areas are: domestic violence, bullying, wellbeing and loneliness.
The Crown Princess is a passionate advocate for health, gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. She is committed to creating awareness and respect and to ensuring compliance with women and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights, including access to family planning and the reduction of maternal and child mortality.
Andrea Baldo is the CEO of GANNI since October 2019. He was most recently the CEO of the Italian leather goods brand Coccinelle. Before his time at Coccinelle Andrea Baldo was the General Manager of Marni, and Diesel leading the launch of both the Diesel Black Gold Division and the Diesel Intimate Apparel Division and previously he was the Director of Strategic Planning at Diesel US and General Manager of Maison Margiela.
Baldo received his degree in Economics with honors from the University of Verona and he is a graduate of Harvard Business School, The General Management Program. Baldo is also a Fellow of Strategic Management at IESE Business School where he co-teaches the MBA Course “Strategic Management in the Fashion and Luxury Goods Industry” as well as writing business cases and technical notes on the luxury industry.
American-Danish Actor and Writer Amelia Hoy graduated from the acclaimed conservatory, The Danish National School of Performing Arts in 2015, and now works internationally.
Amelia has hosted content for Copenhagen Fashion Week, Copenhagen Fashion Summit, and Global Fashion Agenda, interviewing international fashion professionals on sustainability and business practices since 2016.
With a focus on transparency, social justice, and sustainability initiatives, Amelia has also worked with a variety of companies and been featured in various media.
Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is a marine biologist, policy expert, and Brooklyn native. She is founder of the non-profit think tank Urban Ocean Lab, founder and CEO of Ocean Collectiv, and co-creator of the podcast How to Save a Planet. She co-edited the anthology All We Can Save and co-founded The All We Can Save Project in support of women climate leaders. Her mission is to build community around climate solutions.
Ayesha is a social entrepreneur with a passion for building sustainable supply chains that respect people and our planet. With over a decade of leadership to promote social justice and sustainability within the fashion industry, she founded Remake to ignite a conscious consumer movement. Remake’s films, stories and immersive journeys rebuild human connections with the women who make our clothes. Ayesha is passionate about where things come from, who made them and what their lives are like. She has worked with brands, governments, and labor advocates to improve the lives of the women who make our clothes.
She led brand engagement at Better Work, a World Bank and United Nations partnership to ensure safe and decent working conditions within garment factories around the world. She was head of consumer products at BSR, providing strategic advice to brands including H&M, Levi Strauss & Co., Marks and Spencer, Nike, The Walt Disney Company and Pou Chen on the design and integration of sustainability into business. She holds a master’s in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley.
Arieta Mujay is a marketing creative consultant that has been working in fashion at various capacities for the last 15 years across in the UK and across Africa. Her work is focused on Brand Marketing, PR & Communications, building campaigns both online and offline for Global retailers and e-commerce start ups in the UK as well as introducing the rest of the world to fashion and creativity from Africa.
Arieta has experience in fashion PR and communications, working her way up to be head of communications for Global retailers like New Look, River Island, Boohoo.com and the N Brown Group.
An African fashion Nomad, Arieta Is a veteran stylist and producer of fashion shows across Africa. In August 2012, she launched her agency, African Creative Collective — a branding and communications agency representing contemporary African fashion brands and talent and embarked on a solo trip across Africa to understand the business of fashion, visiting 10 countries over 4 weeks.
As a result, she consulted for the Ethical Fashion Initiative, a UN incentive which supports local artisans in Africa and produced research papers for the UK trade and investment on market entry into West Africa after in-depth research into retailing in West Africa and the opportunities.
Azizur joined the textile business in 2003 and spent the early years working in the factories focusing on the details of manufacturing. The group sales turnover at the time was $20 million which has now reached $360 million.
His strong focus on sustainability including co-generation, green factories and product innovations like Santoni seamless has thrust the group as a leader in high-value sportswear manufacturing. The next target is to establish post-industrial recycling and spinning, renewable energy and water reuse, to maximise circularity.
Bob has more than 20 years of hands-on experience in impact investments in developing countries in various sectors. Amongst others, he has worked with the Dutch Development Bank FMO and Triodos Investment Management and has been general manager for microfinance and SME banks.
Since 2013 he is partner and co-founder of FOUNT, an impact investment and advisory firm that is Fund Manager of the Good Fashion Fund. Bob truly believes in an integrated and cooperative approach towards initiatives resulting in social and environmental impact at adequate financial returns.
A fashion industry veteran, Cara Smyth joined Fordham University from her post as the Founder of the Fair Fashion Center. Fair Fashion was formed to incubate scalable business solutions that address the social and environmental impacts of fashion and became home to the industry’s only CEO coalition.
In early 2020, Cara founded of a broader cross-sector coalition of CEOs and non-profit subject matter experts across key industries called the Responsible Business Coalition, housed at the Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University. Focus areas include fashion and beauty, accounting and ESG reporting, and food. Working with CEOs, and more than 275 brands, the research center focuses on transforming business through collective action at the intersection of profitability and sustainability.
Together with the fashion industry CEOs, Cara created an ecosystem initiative called Fashion Makes Change (FMC), a project housed within Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. Bringing together brands, customers, non-profits and philanthropy, Fashion Makes Change is a multi-impact solution that catalyzes collective action to build resilient communities through women’s education and decarbonization efforts to reverse the climate crisis.
Accenture tapped Cara to help guide their Responsible ESG.Retail practice, building in data-driven Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) protocols to future-proof business. As the pandemic exposed industries’ vulnerabilities to investors and consumers, the materiality of ESG is driving it to be the necessary new management approach.
While Shakespeare’s entire career has revolved around the broader apparel supply chain, Shakespeare has been driving meaningful and impactful results within the Apparel Solutions division of Avery Dennison for the past decade. As the Senior Director overseeing Sustainability, Compliance and Core Product Line Management, Shakespeare ensures Avery Dennison is on track to deliver on its 2030 goals and holds suppliers to appropriate environmental and social sustainability standards. She also serves as a sustainability spokesperson to organisations and companies.
During her time with Avery Dennison, Shakespeare has established a Procurement organisation within Hong Kong and China, built the Customer Supply Chain, and developed and deployed Avery Dennison’s FSC sourcing strategy. Most recently, she kickstarted the company’s Blockchain pilot.
Before her current role, she led the procurement and supply chain organisation within Avery Dennison and played a critical role in developing and implementing supplier standards across the company’s complete global supply chain.
Originally from the UK, Debbie currently resides in Boston, Mass. with her family of three.
Else Skjold is one of the leading researchers on fashion sustainability in Denmark, and also Head of the new MA program ‘New Landscapes for Change; Fashion, Clothing and Textiles’, at the Royal Danish Academy. She is a leading voice and communicator in the public debate about green transition of the fashion- and textiles sector in DK, with a long list of communication activities on her CV.
She is part of the group of Scandinavian and British researchers who developed the so-called wardrobe research from the mid- 2000’s and onwards, investigating how consumers actually value and use clothing. Since her early research career she has been using this approach in her many collaborations with DK fashion- and textile companies for developing, testing and implementing green transition in the DK textiles sector.
Federica Marchionni is the Chief Executive Officer at Global Fashion Agenda (GFA). Marchionni is responsible for accelerating the growth of the organisation and building on its solid ten-year foundation based on a collective commitment to make sustainability fashion’s first priority.
Marchionni leads on elevating the organisation’s prestigious forums including Copenhagen Fashion Summit and CFS+, continuing the publication of reputable thought leadership, and propelling its advocacy efforts. All led with the ultimate vision to foster a thriving fashion industry that creates prosperity for all people and communities by working within planetary boundaries, reversing its impact on climate change, and protecting biodiversity.
Before joining GFA, Marchionni attained leadership roles in Europe, USA, and China. Most recently, the role of International CEO of Secoo, a Chinese e-commerce platform and one of the largest online luxury retailers in China. Prior to Secoo, she was CEO and Board Director at Lands’ End and President of Dolce&Gabbana Inc., based in New York.
Her career began in the telecommunication industry in Italy, working for global players such as Samsung, Philips, and Ericsson. Marchionni graduated from La Sapienza University with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, studied in France and the U.K., and speaks 4 languages.
Marchionni regularly speaks at conferences and top academic institutions including Harvard and Stanford University, Fortune MPW Summit.
Felicia Mayo is Nike’s Chief Talent, Diversity & Culture Officer. In this role, Mayo focuses on diversity & inclusion within talent development and culture, two key areas of acceleration in Nike’s commitment to diversity, culture and inclusion. Felicia has served as the HR Business Partner for Nike’s Innovation, Category, Design and Product Management team, Jordan and Converse. She has also served as a member of Nike’s Black Community Commitment and D&I Acceleration Task Forces.
Gerd Willschütz started his career at the German Fashion Institute as a designer in 1998 and was instrumental in the development of the Institute since then. Going digital within the textile supply chain was evident to him since the beginning and has been a driving force ever since. After meeting Olaf Kölling, a digital color and IT expert, they cofounded ColorDigital in 2013. They both understood that digital workflows will only develop into their full potential when we are able to take full digital decisions proven by the physical product. That was the impulse for the development of ColorDigital’s DMIx Cloud.
The product development network Willschütz and Kölling created takes a holistic approach to digital and physical development within the supply chain. Ultimately, ColorDigital DMIx allows for the full interchange of digital materials and objects, complete with physical properties and masterdata, which offers a visual “single source of truth” for digital decisions. With the DMIx Cloud, Willschütz is on the leading edge of technology, enabling standardized digital product development.
Halide Alagöz is Executive Vice President, Chief Product and Sustainability Officer of Ralph Lauren Corporation. Ms. Alagöz is responsible for all areas of supply chain, from product development, sourcing to delivery of our products worldwide. She leads the Company’s production, sourcing and logistics functions and partners with the brand, regional and other corporate teams to strengthen the brand, drive profitable sales growth and deliver strong shareholder return. She also oversees Ralph Lauren’s Sustainability strategy and initiatives. Ms. Alagöz joined the Company in 2016.
Prior to joining Ralph Lauren, Halide was with H&M Corporation for 18 years, most recently in Hong Kong as the Head of Purchasing. During her tenure with H&M, Halide was responsible for various Regional and Global Supply Chain operations. During her time with H&M, Halide and her family have lived in Hong Kong, China, Bangladesh and in her native country, Turkey. Halide earned both her Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering and her Master’s Degree in Engineering Management from Istanbul Technical University.
Halide is a member of the Board of the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA).
Holly Syrett joined Global Fashion Agenda as Senior Sustainability Manager in May 2020 to mobilise and guide the fashion industry to take bold action on sustainability.
In her role, she is responsible for researching, project leading and writing new and existing GFA publications, commitments and reports such as the CEO Agenda.
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.
Jamie McLellan is Head of Design for Allbirds in San Francisco, where he’s been responsible for building the brand’s design ethos and product strategy.
The early part of Jamie’s design career was spent working in Italy, Hong Kong, Hawaii, before eventually ending up in London working closely with internationally acclaimed designer Tom Dixon. He then returned home to set up his own product and furniture design consultancy based in Auckland, New Zealand. His clients included established global brands such as Cathay Pacific, Neil Pryde and Tom Dixon, along with innovative start-ups like Bodha, Resident, and Allbirds, which he ultimately joined as the brand’s first Head of Design. The objects Jamie has designed are wide ranging – from lighting to luxury watercraft, olympic bicycles to beer taps, furniture to woolen footwear. Often celebrating the engineering within, these designs can all be described as minimal with a singular maximal twist, or in Jamie’s words, “just the right amount of nothing.”
Jenna Johnson is the head of Patagonia’s apparel and equipment business, overseeing the division as the company works to align its business more strongly with its mission and sport communities while continuing to uphold a legendary reputation of quality and excellence.
Jenna has cultivated an intuitive understanding of her global customers through a lifetime of dirtbag travel, rock climbing, trail sports and 20 years of experience managing several respected outdoor brands. She has also worked to advance Patagonia’s mission to save our home planet, bringing environmental stewardship to the company’s technical innovation.
Never willing to sacrifice performance, Jenna is resolved that even the most technical gear can be made with sensitivity to the environment and the people, animals and plants that inhabit it.
Jenna has an Executive MBA from the University of Washington, and her roles as a wife and a mother of two keep her grounded, living simply and optimistic for a more environmentally just future.
Jon Day has worked in the apparel industry for over 25 years; first cutting his teeth on the brand side of things then moving into manufacturing with Avery Dennison.
Jon has held multiple roles at Avery Dennison, including Strategic Account Manager for Outdoor and Action Sports as well as Global Business Development, Sustainability. In his current role, Jon gets to integrate his passion for environmental change while helping to provide and educate on the digital tools that will make transformation a reality.
Josh Henretig is Vice President of Global Partnerships at Higg. He develops new partnerships with key stakeholder organizations aligned with Higg’s mission and vision as a sustainability insights platform and identifies new collaboration and scale opportunities based on future product plans.
Josh joined Higg after a 17+ year career at Microsoft, where he helped shape the sustainability agenda at the company, from its very first public environmental commitments in 2008, to its announcement in January 2020 to become “carbon negative.”
As Director Sustainability Digital Experience, Julien Slijan and his team are responsible for enhancing the Zalando digital experience to increase customers’ understanding and ability to discover sustainable fashion with Zalando.
Before joining Zalando in 2018 as Director Technology for Zalando`s Private Label Business, Julien worked in leading technology roles such as Director ofProduct Innovations at HERE Technologies.
He holds a Master’s Degree in Electrical andElectronics Engineering from the Université Pierreet Marie Curie in Paris.
Kenya Wiley is a policy counsel and professor focused on fashion law, technology and social justice. Kenya currently serves on the faculty at Georgetown University and the Fashion Law Institute at Fordham Law School. She’s also served as a guest lecturer at Parsons School of Design and American University’s School of Communication.
Kenya has conducted research and written on the intersection of fashion law, politics and policy —with bylines in WWD, Fashionista, ELLE and CNN. As one of the leading voices in fashion law and government policy, Kenya has presented on stage at numerous conferences and academic institutions, including SXSW, MIT Media Lab, U.S. Commerce Department and the IoT Global Summits in Washington, DC and Brussels.
Kenya previously served in senior legal and policy positions for the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and the Motion Picture Association’s (MPA) legal department—providing advice on intellectual property protection, political law, privacy and data security issues. While at MPA, Kenya designed and implemented the association’s inaugural academic outreach program for entertainment executives and academics in film, philanthropy, copyright and tech policy.
In 2017, Kenya was named one of WWD’s Women Leaders in Business, and she was awarded Howard Law School’s 2012 Intelligent Design Award for her outstanding contributions in fashion law and policy. Kenya also chaired ASTM’s inaugural Task Group on Data Security for Smart Textiles.
Kenya received her B.A. in Psychology from Stanford University and her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. Kenya is admitted to the District of Columbia Bar and the Illinois State Bar.
Kerry is the founder of The Fabricant, a digital fashion house leading the fashion industry towards a new sector of digital-only clothing. His education is in film and visual effects and he worked in the advertising industry for companies like Facebook, Nike, Asics, Under Armour, Playstation, Philips and many more for over a decade, before establishing The Fabricant full-time in 2018 following two-years of technical and business development.
Finland-born Kerry combines his technical 3D/VFX, creative direction and business skills to form the foundation of The Fabricant.
Since 1996, Mahmood has worked for the Labour Education Foundation (LEF) in Pakistan. The work is focussed on the objective of building a democratic labour movement in Pakistan. Mahmood has been working as Director of the Foundation since 2001 and currently working as Regional Urgent Appeal Coordinator for South Asia for Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC).
Mahmood works closely in Pakistan with trade unions, factory workers, community groups and informal sector workers’ groups. Plus labour, women, youth and child rights organisations and gender equality activists, to take the voice and struggle of workers into the development of collective actions at national, regional and international level, with the aim of reducing inequality and achieving long term positive change in the lives of workers.
Mahmood has been part of many capacity building initiatives for garment workers in Pakistan organised by LEF and other organisations and trade unions to train workers for better organising, to negotiate with employers and to understand labour laws and ILO conventions. Mahmood’s special emphasis is on gender equality issues within trade union movement in Pakistan.
Mahmood has a MBA in Human Resource Development and Diploma in Industrial and Employment Relations from ITC/ILO.
Maria McClay is a director at Google Cloud, working with Fashion & Beauty companies to help anticipate industry trends and use cutting-edge technology to get ahead of customer expectations. Maria’s passion lies in the intersection between fashion and technology, with a strong passion for fashion sustainability.
Prior to joining Google, she spent nearly a decade at Gucci holding various senior operational and strategic roles, including General Manager of Northern Europe and Associate Vice President of Retail for Europe. She began her career at McKinsey across New York, San Francisco and Mexico City, and covered the Luxury Goods and Retail sectors in the European Consumer/Retail Investment Banking team at Lehman Brothers.
Mariya Gabriel is the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education, Youth and Sport. Under her leadership, the new Horizon Europe, Erasmus+, and the cultural strand of Creative Europe programmes will be defined and implemented.
Her main priorities are excellence in research, innovation and education (ERA, EEA, EIA); tackling the R&I divide in Europe; Europe as a leader in strategic innovation areas through the digital and green transition, with a particular attention for young people and regions.
“No one left behind” and “Think out of the box” are her mottos.
Matteo Gottardi is a creative director and tech entrepreneur. He has been developing Custom Wrkshop, an on-demand software platform for customization and made-to-order apparel, shoes and accessories, for more than 3 years. Launched in 2021 with apparel for menswear giant Peerless and with Chargeurs*PCC as a strategic partner, Custom Wrkshop develops software platforms that enable Conscious Manufacturing to reduce waste in the fashion industry. With back-end connections to made-to-order manufacturing facilities worldwide, Custom Wrkshop is helping solve overproduction and the movement of inventory across the globe. For designers, the platform’s real-time costing engine provides full visibility into cost as they create, reducing the use of materials while boosting speed to market. For consumers, Custom Wrkshop enables the customization of apparel, shoes, and accessories which they can receive in about 3 weeks. For brands and retailers, Custom Wrkshop provides a way to innovate and minimize materials and resource usage through more sustainable, digital-first design and creates an innovative communication channel with their customers.
Gottardi’s background in business, manufacturing, and design make him uniquely qualified to develop a tech solution for the fashion industry and digitize the supply chain. After graduating from the Stern School of Business at NYU, Gottardi launched a brand and retail concept called Operations, which had freestanding stores and was also sold at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom. After that, Gottardi developed W.R.K, a menswear collection available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s and other fine retailers and specialty stores nationwide, that melds functional design details with contemporary styling. Gottardi also founded his own design studio, the WRKSHOP, where he creates collections for various brands including Vince Camuto, Oscar de la Renta, Joseph Abboud, Nicole Miller, Levis, Kenneth Cole, and others. Gottardi has been a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) since 2016.
Miguel projects his own internal gratification, intense passion, and inimitable spirit through a signature pastiche of R&B, pop, alternative, funk, and rock. His enthusiasm, elation, and excitement carry through the music as if by osmosis. Since 2010, the culture has absorbed this energy from Miguel.
With dozens of multiplatinum certifications, a GRAMMY® Award win for “Best R&B Song” out of 12 nominations, three #1 debuts on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart, billions of streams, and sold out arenas and amphitheaters everywhere, he consistently eclipses boundaries. Beyond numerous solo hits, he has also joined forces with everyone from Mariah Carey and Alicia Keys to J. Cole and Travis Scott for blockbuster collaborations. However, his personal journey vividly unfolds in technicolor on 2021’s Art Dealer Chic, Vol. 4 [ByStorm/RCA Records].
Nicole McLaughlin is a multidisciplinary designer based in New York City. Since 2018, Nicole has explored greater possibilities for sustainability through self-initiated and collaborative efforts alike. While sustainability is often used as a marketing buzzword because of its PR value, Nicole’s accessible, witty, and functional practice serves as a reminder that sustainability is actually an operational philosophy. By transforming discarded miscellanea into objects with new, imaginative, and often unexpected utility, Nicole shows how a circular approach to design and manufacturing can help us reframe waste as an opportunity.
Her work has been on display at the Design Museum in London in conjunction with her nomination for the Beazley Design of the Year in 2020. And the MAD Brussels as a part of United Fashion alongside works by Martin Margiela and many others. In 2021 she launched a book with Sarah Andelman, formerly of colette as part of her Just An Idea series.
Nicole has partnered with: Hermès, Nike, eBay, adidas, Puma, Arc’teryx – as their first ever brand ambassador, Merrell, Christian Louboutin, Crocs, HBO, Calvin Klein, Woolrich, Jacquemus, Opening Ceremony, Reebok, The North Face, Depop, Warby Parker, JanSport, and more.
Nin Castle is a serial entrepreneur and textile waste expert having worked with both pre consumer and post industrial textile waste since 2006, when she founded Goodone, an award-winning sustainable fashion label which she ran for 9 years.
Now co-founder of Reverse Resources, a platform for Mapping, matchmaking and tracing of textile waste. Nin leads the Reverse Resources projects and recycler network connecting textile waste streams with the best possible recycling solution.
Nozipho is the CEO of The Conversation Strategists – a firm dedicated to facilitating consequential conversations on global stages. She describes it as “helping smart people, have simple conversations, that make the world a better place.”
Her clients are international organisations (UN, World Bank Group, AU, ILO etc), governments, and multinationals in Africa. Nozipho is also a Human Capital Advocate for The World Bank and Global Citizen in Southern Africa. She is the chairperson designate of the LRMG Group and has served in government (The Presidency, RSA), civil society (Umlambo Foundation), and corporate (Tata Africa, CNBC Africa).
Oliver Gliese works as the Innovation Forum Coordinator at Global Fashion Agenda. He supports the Global Partnerships team with the operation of the Innovation Forum, during Copenhagen Fashion Summit. Gliese has worked in the Fashion industry for several years at the brand GANNI.
Gliese is currently studying a Bsc. in Business Administration and Project Management at Copenhagen Business School.
Olivier Fournier is Executive Vice-President Corporate Development and Social Affairs of Hermès International and member of the Executive Committee since June 2015.
He oversees the management of : Sustainable Development Department, Group Human Resources, Audit and Risk, Real Estate Development, Legal Department and Hermès Services Groupe. In February 2016, he succeeds Pierre-Alexis Dumas as President of the Hermès Foundation.
Patrice Louvet is President and Chief Executive Officer of Ralph Lauren Corporation and also serves on the Ralph Lauren Board of Directors.
Mr. Louvet joined Ralph Lauren Corporation in July 2017 after serving as Group President at Procter & Gamble. In his role as President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Louvet is accountable for driving Ralph Lauren Corporation’s Next Great Chapter strategy and execution. He is focused on delivering sustainable, long-term growth and value creation for the iconic brand globally, in partnership with Mr. Ralph Lauren and the broader leadership team.
Over the course of his career, Mr. Louvet has overseen several different multi-billion dollar brands, ranging from Gillette to Pantene to SK-II, and has held business leadership roles globally in Europe, Asia and North America. Mr. Louvet has a proven track record of growing major global brands across diverse distribution channels, from e-commerce to wholesale to directly operated retail, and through developing strong partnerships with retailers and iconic fashion houses, including Gucci and Hugo Boss.
Mr. Louvet currently serves on the audit committee of the board and the Board of Directors of Bacardi Limited, which he joined in July 2012. Mr. Louvet graduated from the École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris and received his MBA from the University of Illinois. He served in the French Navy from 1987-1989 as Naval Officer, Admiral Aide de Camp. Mr. Louvet and his wife have been married for more than 20 years and have a son and daughter. They currently live in New York.
As General manager EMEA, Philippe Deniset oversees all Europe, Middle East, and Africa business development, sales strategy and operations for Chargeurs-PCC, the largest inner component company in the world. Keenly focused on sustainability in the fashion industry, Chargeurs-PCC launched the apparel industry’s first complete collection of interlinings and inner components made with eco-responsible materials. The company is now spearheading many digital initiatives that drive sustainability and innovation as well.
Before joining Chargeurs-PCC, Deniset was the Director of Global Product and Merchandising for Ferrari as part of the Brand Diversification division in Maranello and Milan. He defined a new strategy and totally revamped the diversification offer. Ferrari style is the new Ferrari fashion and hardgoods projects he created.
Prior to that, Deniset was International Senior Director Product, Merchandising and Development Men’s RTW at Lacoste, where he oversaw all menswear activities, implemented new strategic initiatives, transformed menswear into true lifestyle offer, defined worldwide retail assortment strategies and buying guidelines, and coordinated product planning strategy per region. He created and launched the new innovative Paris Polo, Lacoste Motion and la nouvelle silhouette key capsules.
Deniset, passionate about fashion, started his career at Kiabi in France as production manager. After an experience at Le Printemps as Buyer for Designers Men’s RTW, he took over the Menswear Division at Sonia Rykiel, from collection plans to fashion shows. Then he joined Cerruti as Director of Merchandising, Collections, Product Development and Production. During his time at Cerruti, he created new brand and style platforms, implemented a new strategy for international collections and developed European and Asian commercial footprint Known for being a highly strategic thinker with a creative mind, Deniset deeply understands the business of fashion. Fluent in French, English, Italian and German, Philippe enjoys working with the diverse client base that Chargeurs-PCC
As a retail industry veteran, Rob Smith serves as the Director of Sourcing & Production for the DTC apparel brand, UpWest. A chemist by trade, Rob has travelled the world transforming the fashion industry through innovation.
Rob has served in various career capacities ranging from a Research Engineer collaborating with government agencies on next gen protective apparel to a stint on the Victoria’s Secret Innovation team. Rob received his Bachelor of Science degree in Textile Chemistry from NC State University.
Rozalina Petrova is a Member of the Cabinet of the EU Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevičius where she works for accelerating the transition to a sustainable, more circular economy that works for the people and making sustainable products the norm.
She joined the Directorate General for Environment of the European Commission in 2010 to develop the EU policy to use resources more efficiently and integrate environmental considerations in economic governance. In the period 2011 – 2015 she was also responsible for sustainable development, green jobs and mainstreaming of environmental policy in economic affairs. From 2015 to 2020 she worked on EU policies and legislation to increase the recycling of waste and its use as a valuable raw material.
Before joining the European Commission, Rozalina’s duties were mainly in the field of employment and social policy, including as Chief of Cabinet of the Bulgarian Minister of Labour and Social Policy and social attaché at the Permanent Representation of Bulgaria to the EU. In this functions, she worked on fighting poverty, improving gender equality, free movement of people and social rights.
Dr. Ruediger Fox is CEO of Sympatex Technologies, University Lecturer, Author, experienced crisis manager and innovative rethinker. As an aerospace engineer and business economist with a doctorate on the topic of “Corporate Happiness”, he has spent his life searching for the crucial pieces of the puzzle for a sustainable, humane and successful economy in the 21st century.
For over 30 years, he has served as CEO of medium and large corporations in Aerospace, Telecom, Textile and Engineering/Innovation. His past successes have been transforming companies in existential crisis into successful market players. Rooted in a strong belief in the power of high employee motivation along with a shared corporate soul that recognizes the needs of the larger social and ecological system.
In 2005, he received the “Spirit at Work” award in New York for his human centered restructuring work. In 2020, he received the prestigious Planetary Consciousness Award by the Club of Budapest.
His book “The business Case for Corporate Happiness“ was published in 2017 (Springer / eBook). In 2019, his ideas became part of a compilation by Springer on the most cutting edge thinkers on Sustainability. Just recently, he published his most recent Book “The 0.1 percent joker – How we reclaim our freedom and save the world along the way” (Murmann) where he argues that play is the essential competence for 21st Century.
Beside his multiple CEO roles, his various projects ranged from Organizational Development with First Nations in Canada to Right-/Left-Brain Innovation for the NASA, the accompaniment of a 10.000 employees industrial merger in an islamic country and the strategic co-management of a startup for circular land based fish-farming.
With Sympatex, he currently engages to pioneer the accelerated transformation process of the textile industry towards sustainability and “closing the loop”.
Sandra Capponi is the co-founder of Good On You, the leading source for sustainability ratings in fashion. Since 2015, Good On You has rated over 3,000 brands for their impact and empowered millions of consumers to buy better. With years of experience in corporate social responsibility, Sandra has long been concerned with supply chain issues in big business. She started Good On You because she sees huge potential in using consumer power to drive industry change.
Sandra Gonza joined GFA in November 2020 as the Project Manager for the Circular Fashion Partnership. She is responsible for the planning and implementation of the new circular textiles in the fashion ecosystem.
Gonza has a background in responsible business practices consulting. She has experience coordinating impact programmes at the intersection of sustainability, business, and human rights.
Gonza is passionate about creative problem solving for sustainability challenges and is keen to guide the fashion industry to take bold action on sustainability.
Scott has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Company since its inception. Mr. Kuhlman’s 35‐ year career in the retail apparel industry includes extensive experience in retail sales and apparel production with small and large chain retail apparel distributors in various roles including within sales, buying and management. Mr. Kuhlman developed worldwide relationships with fabric mills and factories while working in wholesale apparel with clients which included Joseph Abboud, Sero, HartMarx, Jack Victor and Arnold Brant.
He has founded several successful specialty retail brands, including Kuhlman and Scott James, as well as retail focused technology and e‐commerce enterprises. Over the course of his career, Mr. Kuhlman has gained extensive knowledge of apparel production,sourcing, and distribution. This knowledge base, along with a long‐ held interest in preserving the environment, have given him an appreciation for the issue of waste in the fashion and apparel industry. As a result, Mr. Kuhlman has spent the last several years constructing a model to bring together services such as rental, resale, recycling, and upcycling to develop and implement a truly 100% circular solution for the textile, apparel, and fashion industry. This solution is the foundation of ReCircled’s business model. Mr. Kuhlman holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Nebraska‐ Omaha. His passion for preservation extends into agriculture and food sourcing.
Sekayi has over eight years’ experience working in fashion-related content creation with a recent focus on sustainable fashion design and educating the youth on sustainability as the co-founder of the award-winning blog and creative agency, MaFashio Co.
Ms. Fundafunda is Innovation Lead at Zambia’s leading technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship hub, BongoHive, where she oversees a team that supports the firm’s community of partners in building products and services their customers love – using strategy, technology, creativity and sector and business insights; leveraging the team’s vast experience supporting high-growth ventures to co-create what’s next.
Sekayi was named one of Fashion’s ‘Future Voices’ by the Business of Fashion in 2016 and is 1 of 6 storytellers selected to be a part of the ‘Design Futures Project’ in 2020, an initiative of the British Council and TWYG, aimed at encouraging conversations about design and the circular economy.
Sekayi is a 2019 Mandela Washington Fellow and is the Country Coordinator of Fashion Revolution Zambia. Ms. Fundafunda holds a BSc in Economics and Finance from the University of Lusaka.
Entrepreneur Stephanie Crespin is passionate about fashion sustainability and providing impactful solutions to brands and consumers. In 2013, she launched online luxury destination StyleTribute.com, in Singapore after identifying an opportunity to offer high-end fashion lovers a curated digital platform to sell and buy pre-loved luxury designer items, combined with a free premium concierge service. Unique in this market, StyleTribute.com generated great excitement among Singapore’s fashion scene and national press.
Motivated by this experience and realising some immediate opportunities in the pre-loved luxury market, Stephanie’s launched Reflaunt in 2017 providing brands with the technology to build and have a strong presence in the secondary market and for consumers to sell their luxury items back on the brands digital platform where they originally made the purchase. Unlike other resale platforms, Reflaunt allows a product for sale to be listed across multiple marketplaces globally giving maximum exposure to the consumer, while generating revenue, customer retention and data capture back to the brand.
Reflaunt has just closed its first round of funding led by a leading recycling and end of stock company and has investors from CEO’s of major luxury brands and second-hand industries. Brands have been quick to realise the opportunity with the Reflaunt technology, notably Balenciaga, Ba&sh, Cos, Harvey Nichols and H&M Canada to name a few.
Stephanie Grotta, VP Product Insights, Strategy and Responsible Design is passionate about the intersection of sustainability, inclusivity, brands, products, and people. At Target, she is responsible for creation and delivery of the sustainability, inclusion, innovation, and insights strategies for product and packaging across Target’s owned brand portfolio.
At Target, Stephanie has led product design teams across Essentials, Beauty, Pets, Consumer Electronics and Housewares including brand launches in the sustainable homecare and baby industries. She holds a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Minnesota College of Design, and practiced at the National Design Award winning firm Coen + Partners for 9 years prior to joining Target.
Sunshine Bertrand is a eyewear designer, with a commitment to evolving the eyewear category towards a more responsible future.
She has 15 years specialised experience within the industry. Currently eyewear design director for Bottega Veneta and Chloe. Past clients include Givenchy, Kenzo, Victoria Beckham and high street groups Zara, Mango and Topshop.
Sunshine and her team have become known for a unique approach driving innovation while creating highly desirable products.
Tayla Harding has been working closely with Sunshine over the past 4 years, helping move the studio towards more sustainable practices. Together Sunshine and Tayla have developed the annual Responsible Eyewear Guide, which highlights the areas in need of change within the eyewear industry, while highlighting the developments available for their partners to use. The aim is to help education their industry peers, whilst creating a community to work together toward change.
Teju is a Jamaican-American writer, geographer, facilitator, speaker, researcher and poet from Oakland. For over a decade Teju has worked to connect the dots between environmental, social, cultural and ecological issues.
Her focus is on environmental and cultural equity, circular fiber and food systems, climate justice, Black geographies, urbanism and decolonial futures. Having lived in several different countries, Teju uses a transnational lens that is informed by history, art and activism.
She spends her time consulting with progressive organizations, facilitating intersectional conversations, supporting community initiatives, working on creative projects, and giving talks on urgent topics. Teju is based in Oakland, California.
Tim Jackson is an ecological economist and writer. Since 2016 he has been Director of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) at the University of Surrey in the UK.
From 2004 to 2011 he was Economics Commissioner for the UK Sustainable Development Commission where his work culminated in the publication of Prosperity without Growth (2009/2017) which has subsequently been translated into 17 foreign languages.
His latest book Post Growth – life after capitalism was published by Polity Press in 2021.
Since launching his namesake brand in 1985, Tommy Hilfiger has become globally renowned as the pioneer of classic American cool style. Inspired by iconic pop culture and Americana heritage, the designer and his brand are driven by an ever-optimistic vision to break conventions and celebrate individuality.
Today, under Hilfiger’s guidance, vision and leadership as Principal Designer, TOMMY HILFIGER is one of the world’s most recognized lifestyle brands that shares its inclusive and youthful spirit with consumers worldwide. Hilfiger’s career in fashion began as a high school student in 1969 when he opened his first store, People’s Place, in his hometown of Elmira, New York.
Ten years later, he moved to Manhattan to pursue a career in fashion design, and in 1985 his namesake brand launched with a single menswear collection. It has since grown to achieve over US $6.9 billion in global retail sales in 2020 and, as a true lifestyle brand, encompasses a breadth of collections, including Tommy Hilfiger Collection,TOMMY JEANS, men’s and women’s sportswear, kidswear, and licensed lines including bodywear, footwear, accessories, watches, jewelry, and fragrances. In 2010, PVH Corp. acquired the Tommy Hilfiger Group, which today boasts an extensive distribution network spanning 100 countries and more than 2,000 TOMMY HILFIGER retail stores throughout five continents, including its largest global flagship store at tommy.com.
Hilfiger has a longstanding passion for philanthropy and making the world a better place for future generations. Through the global TommyCares organization, the Tommy Hilfiger company supports various international initiatives and charities including Save the Children and the World Wildlife Fund.
Hilfiger currently sits on the Board of Next for Autism. Through the Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Frontier Challengeand People’s Place Program, the brand is also making strides in its ambitious vision to create fashion that Wastes Nothing and Welcomes All.
Veronica D’Souza is a social entrepreneur with two award-winning social businesses behind her; CARCEL, a fashion label set-up to create fair employment and wages for incarcerated women in Thailand and Peru and Ruby Cup, a menstrual cup company focusing on tackling period poverty for girls in East Africa.
Her work includes inclusive design, de-growth practices, social justice, and building new business models for an aspirational and sustainable future.
Currently, Veronica is working as an international advisor, is a key note speaker, sits in the Jury of Design to Improve Life Index Award, and is a member of The Danish Design Council.
She has an exec. Leadership degree from INSEAD Singapore, an MsC in Business & Politics from Copenhagen Business School and is a UWCAD alumni.
Victoria Allen is a creative visionary who engages internal teams and external partners to act practically and move progressively toward change. She has 20+ Years of experience working hands-on with denim products. With a varied experience working in both small start-up premium denim brands & large global brands (H&M, Levi’s, Abercrombie & Fitch)
She is focused on holistic approach at the product level to challenge every component and process used to create a pair of jeans to make it better.
Latest sustainable achievements include; Lee x HM (Global launch Jan 2021), The Recycled Denim Collection (Global launch September 2021), The Circulose® Denim Collection (Germany specific Launch November 2021) Jeans Redesign guidelines (Ellen Macarthur Foundation) for our Circulose® Denim Collection.
Virginijus Sinkevičius is the present Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, at the European Commission.
Mr Sinkevičius was from 2017 to 2019 Minister of Economy, and before he was leading the Committee of Economy at the Parliament of Lithuania. Mr. Sinkevičius was elected to the Parliament in October 2016.
Prior, he was a Team Lead for Regulatory Affairs at Invest Lithuania. Mr. Sinkevičius holds BA in International Relations and Affairs from Aberystwyth University and Master‘s degree in European International Affairs from Maastricht University.
Xochilt Hoover is a Nike trainer and E-RYT 500-hour yoga instructor based in Portland, Oregon.
Xochilt focuses on yin and power yoga as well as guided meditation, grounding her practice in personal passion for physical and mental health. Through yoga, she strives to share her belief that we can better understand the interconnectedness of the world and its people through the diligent practice of yoga and mindfulness.
Yara Shahidi is an award-winning actress, producer, change agent, and breakout star of ABC’s Emmy-and Golden Globe-nominated series black-ish. Shahidi is the executive producer and lead of its Freeform spinoff series, grown-ish (#1 cable comedy, 18-49 yr olds), playing character Zoey Johnson.
Off-screen, Yara is a full-time student at Harvard University where she is earning a B.A. in Social Studies and African American studies. She is a champion for inclusive media programming and an advocate for equity.
In 2019, Shahidi expanded her relationship with ABC by signing a multi-year producing deal with business partner and mother, Keri Shahidi, under the moniker: 7th Sun Productions. Next up, Shahidi will take on Tinker Bell in Disney’s live-action Peter Pan & Wendy.
Zinnia Kumar is an Ecologist, Consumer Behaviour & Organisational Business Psychologist, Writer and Fashion Model. She is the founder of The Dotted Line (TDL) a global advertising studio bridging culture and commerce. We conceptualise, produce and execute outward & internal facing campaigns, launch products and businesses with ethically defining stories. We believe in a balanced, genuine and authentic representation of people, culture,and community. Combining consumer behaviour, business psychology, sustainability and ethics to create tangible change within fashion, media & entertainment businesses.
Having attended UNSW, UCL and the University of Oxford. Zinnia is a CIEEM Chartered Ecologist and Conservation Biologist, having worked in the Australian outback with government and non-government organisations carrying out Environmental Impact Assessment’s and large-scale surveys and reports as well as the preservation of wildlife and rehabilitation of mass land areas due to post mining & manufacturing industry impacts.
Zinnia’s personal work addresses science communication in the fashion space, diversity within the eco & fashion sector, sustainability, environmental impacts and addressing circularity in fashion and business practices, whilst creating positive industry change from the inside out.