Meet the team
Our vision is to make sustainability fashion’s first priority.
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.
Morten Lehmann is Chief Sustainability Officer of Global Fashion Agenda (GFA), the world’s foremost leadership forum for industry collaboration on sustainability in fashion.
An established expert in sustainability, Lehmann leads the content team and is responsible for GFA’s core publications including the Pulse of the Fashion Industry report and the CEO Agenda. These publications provide insightful research on the social and environmental impact of the fashion industry, guidance on how fashion brands can improve their performance and further cement GFA as a thought-leader in sustainability.
He works closely with GFA’s strategic partners – currently counting the industry leaders ASOS, BESTSELLER, H&M Group, Kering, Li & Fung, Nike, PVH Corp., Sustainable Apparel Coalition and Target – in order to ensure the prioritisation of sustainability at a highly strategic level.
Lehmann also shapes the content for the renowned annual event, Copenhagen Fashion Summit – the leading business event for sustainability in fashion. This year marked the Summit’s tenth anniversary and provided a forum for a vast range of stakeholders, from CEOs to politicians to manufacturers from across the globe, to convene and collaborate. The Summit advocated focused industry efforts and created joint commitments to transform the fashion industry.
With over 20 years’ experience in sustainability, he has formerly worked for and advised governments, the UN, NGOs and corporations in Asia, Africa and Europe. Prior to joining GFA, Lehmann held senior sustainability roles at Maersk, Danish Ethical Trading Initiative, IC Group A/S and others. He has experience in the fashion industry on both a corporate and brand level – developing partnership strategies and flagship programmes, responsible value chain management and CSR communication.
Lehmann is an experienced speaker and is widely a recognised as a respected voice within the discussion of sustainability. He is often cited in leading publications including Forbes, The Guardian, The Business of Fashion and The Times.
Jonas Eder-Hansen is Public Affairs Director at Global Fashion Agenda (GFA), the foremost leadership forum for industry collaboration on sustainability in fashion.
As Public Affairs Director, he leads government affairs, policy and related stakeholder engagement, and the creation of impactful industry commitments on both a regional and international level.
Eder-Hansen spearheaded GFA’s 2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment, which called upon the fashion industry to take urgent action on circularity. The commitment was signed by 12.5% of the global fashion industry. Eder-Hansen also actively works with policymakers to align regulation and policy agendas with fashion industry interests.
Furthermore, he shapes the content for Copenhagen Fashion Summit – the world’s largest event on sustainability in fashion. The Summit provides a forum for a vast range of stakeholders, from CEOs to politicians to manufacturers from across the globe, to convene and collaborate.
With a long career in sustainability, Eder-Hansen is regularly interviewed by media to provide his expert insights on the key issues. Eder-Hansen was formerly Development Director for Danish Fashion Institute. Prior to that, he was Research Director at the CBS Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, where he was a major driving force in the establishment and development of the now internationally acclaimed research centre.
Beatrice Perlman Ewert is the Director of Global partnerships at Global Fashion Agenda (GFA). In her role she leads the work with the organisation’s partnerships: strategic and associate partners as well as sponsors for Copenhagen Fashion Summit and CFS+. She brings over 10 years of business experience from the fashion industry, from both the high street and luxury segment, of which she dedicated the last five years to sustainability.
Before joining GFA, Perlman Ewert was working as responsible for sustainability steering and development at the H&M Group and as part of its global sustainability management team. Amongst other things she was working with developing the group’s sustainability strategy and securing implementation of the same. Perlman Ewert holds a Master of Science in Economics and Business from Stockholm School of Economics, with a major in International Economics.
Alice Roberta Taylor is Senior Communications & PR Manager at Global Fashion Agenda (GFA). In her role she works to raise awareness about GFA and communicate its mission to make sustainability fashion’s first priority. She regularly engages with international media to secure publicity and manages the content creation across GFA’s communications platforms and CFS+.
Driven by the belief that effective communication has the power to make a real impact and spark change, Taylor strives to convey messages that can inform and guide leaders to take action.
Taylor has a combination of in-house and agency communications experience related to fashion, sustainability, media and retail. She first joined GFA in 2019 as PR Manager. Prior to this, she managed the publicity for Hearst UK in London for established media brands including ELLE UK and Harper’s Bazaar UK. Most recently, she managed the PR for multiple retail and hospitality clients at Stripe Communications and also led the PR for the viral fundraising campaign Run For Heroes.
She holds an MA (Hons) in History from The University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Casper Strande is Senior Production Manager at Global Fashion Agenda (GFA). He is leading the planning and execution of all production-related aspects of Copenhagen Fashion Summit, and other events delivered by the company.
Prior to joining GFA in 2018, Strande worked in radio and TV, including larger productions as Radio24syv, X Factor and The Voice.
Strande holds a PB in Media Production and Management from The Danish School of Media and Journalism and a BA in Communication and Digital Media from Aalborg University.
Celestine Schwabe-Spile is Senior Commercial Manager and part of the Global Partnerships team at Global Fashion Agenda. She is responsible for sponsorships around Copenhagen Fashion Summit as well as the ticket sale.
Schwabe-Spile has a background in both the FMCG and fashion industry and comes from a position at Rambøll in London, where she worked as a Project Management Consultant for both internal and external clients in England.
Schwabe-Spile holds a Bachelor of Business Administration & Economics as well as a Master of Science in Supply Chain Management from Copenhagen Business School.
Christina Iskov is Senior Programme Manager and part of the Global Partnerships team at Global Fashion Agenda (GFA), where she manages the innovation team. She has oversight of several GFA programmes within the Global Partnerships function, including: Innovation Forum, Design Studio, Matchmaking and Youth Fashion Summit.
Iskov has worked in the fashion industry for several years, both for Copenhagen Fashion Week and Danish Fashion Institute. She addresses sustainability issues by working with innovative and emerging solutions covering the supply chain.
Iskov holds a Bachelor in Business Administration and Commercial Law from Copenhagen Business School and a Master in Design Management from the Danish Design School Kolding, where she wrote her thesis about GFA’s position in the fashion industry.
Constance Beswick joined the Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) as Communications Assistant in January 2021. She is currently in the final year of her undergraduate degree in Social Anthropology MA (Hons) from The University of Edinburgh. She recently completed her dissertation on Intersectional Environmentalism, a movement for which she is a staunch advocate.
Prior to joining GFA, Beswick has explored her passion for sustainability through a number of avenues such as freelance journalism work and an agricultural consultancy internship. Her most recent work with Sustainia, saw her explore innovative ways to implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals to drive positive change in businesses.
Beswick has always been extremely invested in the power and promotion of sustainable fashion via compelling narratives and communications and looks forward to exploring this at GFA.
Dana Schou is Director of Development at Global Fashion Agenda, the foremost leadership forum for industry collaboration on sustainability in fashion.
In her role, Schou leads the organisation’s development strategy to mobilise and guide industry leaders to take bold and urgent action on sustainability. Schou has experience in collaborating with foundations, philanthropists and corporations on strategic programmes and partnerships.
Formerly a Director within the Partnerships and Philanthropy Directorate at the United Nations Children Fund, Schou spent 10 years in global marketing and communications for numerous Louis Vuitton-Moët Hennessy (LVMH) brands. She is passionate about bringing people and organisations together to create change.
Schou sits on several non-profit boards focusing on female empowerment topics such as maternal health and microfinance. She is a speaker, facilitator, assessor and ambassador at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and has lectured at ESSEC, IE Business School and University of Geneva on sustainability communications, cause marketing, gender equality and cross-sector partnerships.
Ellie Savage is the Digital Communications Manager at Global Fashion Agenda (GFA). In her role she works to raise awareness of GFA’s mission through digital channels. She manages digital communication and storytelling across all GFA events and projects.
Fashion sustainability is a passion of hers and she uses her knowledge of the industry to drive change and aims to provide practical action.
Savage joined GFA in April 2021 and has a background in fashion and technology. She started her career in buying, working for two high street brands in the UK. Then worked at a technology start-up and gained professional marketing qualifications. Most recently she ran a marketing department at Unmade (a fashion technology start-up) and then ran communications on an EU-funded textile recycling project (New Cotton Project) at Fashion for Good in Amsterdam.
She holds a BA (Hons) in Fashion at Northampton University, UK, and a Professional Marketing Diploma, from the Chartered Institute of Marketers, UK.
Felicity Lammas joined the Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) as a Sustainability Assistant in August 2020 to further pursue her interests in the sustainability field. In her role, she will be supporting the new and existing GFA reports and commitments including the CEO Agenda and the 2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment.
Lammas is currently studying her undergraduate degree in Fashion Marketing BA (Ind) at the University of Leeds, England. Prior to joining GFA, Lammas completed a one-year placement at online retailer ASOS as the Sustainable Fashion Intern working across the Product Integrity, Circular Economy and Supply Chain teams. During the summer, Lammas also interned with the Material Innovation Initiative and the Open Apparel Registry.
Florinda Pamungkas is a Digital Designer at Global Fashion Agenda. As part of the communications team, she is responsible for creating graphics and implementing visual directions that complement Global Fashion Agenda’s communications output.
Pamungkas is passionate about using creative skills to support initiatives that catalyze progressive change, and prior to joining GFA in January 2021, she worked with Danish organization Sex & Samfund (“Sex & Society”, ed.), using her experience in design and motion graphics to enhance campaigns, content creation and storytelling.
Pamungkas holds a BA in Graphic Design from IED Madrid, Spain, and an MA in Communication Studies and Cultural Encounters from Roskilde University, Denmark.
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.
Sanjana Chopra is an experienced strategist in the fashion industry with over eight years of experience giving her an in-depth understanding on the fashion business supply chains. She has a proven track record of defining new business and product strategies, launching strategic partnerships and delivering both revenue and impact. Her journey to becoming a global professional in the industry first began in Paris with a successful global runway fashion brand showcasing at Paris Fashion Week and managed sales distribution for over 200+ premium segment retailers worldwide.
She carried forward her lessons from the broader International markets to work for Fashion Design Council of India, a not-for profit organisation and eventually progressed into her entrepreneurial journey based in New Delhi as a strategic consultant to Indian Fashion Brands such as Suket Dhir, winner of International Woolmark Prize Menswear 2016.
Over the years, she has worked within the sales and marketing for International Fashion brands showcasing at International Fashion Weeks (France, Denmark, Japan, China, USA, Qatar and India).
Chopra is a graduate of the University of Delhi, India, where she earned an honors degree in Sociology from Lady Shri Ram College for women and ESMOD Paris, France, where she earned her master’s degree in Management and Marketing in Fashion & Arts.
Laura Spangsberg Poulsen is Business Development Manager at Global Fashion Agenda. In her role, she is developing and increasing GFA’s impact activation with a strong focus on mobilising and guiding the fashion industry to take bold action on sustainability.
Poulsen leads the content programme for CFS+ and the impact assessment and activation of the industry renowned Copenhagen Fashion Summit. Furthermore, she engages in new business imperatives to seek out future possibilities and ensure a continuous development of GFA’s work and position.
Poulsen holds a Master’s degree in Strategy, Organisation & Leadership with a minor in Sustainable Business and a BA in Business Administration and Project Management, both from Copenhagen Business School. She first joined GFA in 2019.
Maria Jæpelt Petersen is Senior Programme Manager at Global Fashion Agenda. In this role, she is project lead for Copenhagen Fashion Summit and drives the corporate communications with the organisation’s various stakeholders including Strategic Partners, sponsors and the government among others.
Petersen has worked with project management and communications in the fashion industry since 2012, first with Danish designer Vibe Johannsen and later at Copenhagen Fashion Week and Danish Fashion Institute.
She holds a BA in Intercultural Market Communication and a Master’s in Management of Creative Business Processes, both from Copenhagen Business School. She wrote her master thesis on Danish Fashion Institute’s work with sustainability.
Maria Luisa Martinez Diez is Senior Public Affairs Manager at Global Fashion Agenda. She is responsible for managing the organisation’s policy engagement strategy and for ensuring concrete results according to its targets. Her work includes formulating policy recommendations and relationship-building with the relevant governmental and non-governmental stakeholders.
Martinez Diez holds a Master’s degree in EU politics and law from Sciences Po Paris and brings over 8 years of experience in public affairs in Brussels. Most recently she was leading the agri-food department of the Brussels-based consultancy EURALIA working in the fields of circular economy and sustainability in the supply chains including the fashion and food industries.
Maria Samsøe-Schmidt is Global Partnerships Coordinator at Global Fashion Agenda. In her role she coordinates the work with sponsors as well as strategic and associate partners of GFA and provides support on projects for Copenhagen Fashion Summit/CFS+.
Samsøe joined GFA in 2017 as Business Development Intern and continued on to coordinate and facilitate various programmes of Copenhagen Fashion Summit/CFS+, before moving on to sponsors and partnerships in January 2021.
Samsøe is currently studying a BA in Intercultural Market Communication at Copenhagen Business School. She holds an AP degree in Global Entrepreneurship, Design & Logistics from Copenhagen School of Design and Technology. In addition, she has a background in retail at some of the biggest Danish design brands before pursuing her sustainability journey that began within the sphere of concept development, marketing and branding.
Oliver Gliese is Innovation Forum Coordinator. 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.
Sandra Gonza is the project manager for the Circular Fashion Partnership at Global fashion Agenda (GFA). As part of the GFA content team, Gonza is responsible for the planning and implementation of the new circular textiles project focused on the Bangladesh fashion ecosystem.
Prior to joining GFA, Gonza worked at Fair Wear addressing the labour rights violations within textile supply chains. She worked with fashion and sports brands to find innovative solutions to improve working conditions within factories. Gonza is passionate about sustainability and is keen to see brands transform the fundamental practices woven into the fabric of the fashion industry.