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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
John is the CTO at Higg, where he builds the enterprise platform that enables consumer goods businesses — at every stage in their sustainability journey — to accurately measure a company or product’s sustainability performance.
John has worked with some of the world’s leading companies, building meaningful products, services, and experiences to meet their unique needs. He relies on a common-sense approach to software design and construction. Through his leadership, Higg is using agile technology to help create global change.
As Chief Commercial Officer at ASOS, one of the world’s leading online fashion and beauty retailers, José is responsible for driving product and trading strategy globally – leading a team of more than 1,000 people across design, sourcing, garment technology, buying and merchandising, global trading, studios and creative, to deliver a curated edit of 85,000+ products, sourced from a constantly evolving mix of 850+ of the best global and local third-party brands and its range of fashion-led in-house labels, for more than 26 million fashion-loving 20-something customers in over 200 markets.
José joined ASOS in January 2021, from Portuguese fashion company, Salsa Jeans, where he held the position of Chief Executive Officer. Prior to this, he led commercial strategy for high profile-brands including Esprit, Carrefour Spain and Inditex, building extensive multichannel experience, and deep expertise in trading, merchandising, price, and promotion, across a more than 20-year results-driven career.
José holds a double degree in Business Administration and Law from Comillas Pontifical University and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.