Kristen’s career spans academia, consulting, banking, insurance, strategy, design, innovation and leadership.
Kirsten joined EIT Climate-KIC in February 2017 from an Australian financial services conglomerate, Suncorp, a long-standing partner of Climate-KIC and a member of global climate risk information platform, OASIS. She is committed to shaping and placing innovation to catalyse profound systemic change, and is honoured to work with Climate-KIC’s world-class network of partners to support climate innovation across Europe and beyond.
Prior to roles in Second Road, KPMG and Suncorp in Australia, Kirsten worked in the UK and Italy for 15 years. In Italy, she led the Generali Group Innovation Academy for Assicurazioni Generali, pioneering proprietary thinking in the areas of Strategic Risk management, strategic innovation, strategic leadership development and cultural change. Her publications include a case study in The Routledge Companion to Strategic Risk Management, Routledge 2016.
Previously a Management consultant, Laura Balmond joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in 2015 after completing her Masters in Environmental Engineering. Her first few years at the Foundation saw her co-author the reports ‘Circular Economy in India Rethinking Growth for Long Term Prosperity’ and ‘A New Textiles Economy – Redesigning Fashion’s Future’. Part of the Make Fashion Circular team from the very beginning, Balmond has managed both the #WearNext and Jeans Redesign projects as well as the co-creation of a vision of a circular economy for fashion. She now Lead’s Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s work on Fashion.
Achim Berg is the global leader of McKinsey’s Apparel, Fashion, and Luxury Group. He is passionate about the fashion and luxury goods sectors, and has deep expertise in both. Over the past 20 years, he has advised numerous leading brands, retailers, wholesalers, and producers worldwide. He has done so on a broad spectrum of topics that includes areas as diverse as sourcing optimization for a European multilabel retailer and a multi- year transformation of a leading global value player. Through his extensive work in the industry, Berg has gained deep insights into the clothing, footwear, and accessories markets worldwide, and has built a wealth of experience in a broad range of functional topics, including category strategies, key industry trends, and due diligence approaches.
Berg is co-editor of the annual State of Fashion report, which McKinsey publishes jointly with The Business of Fashion (BoF). He is also a frequent and well-known speaker at leading global industry events.
Berg is based in McKinsey’s Frankfurt office and serves clients all over the world. Earlier in his career, he was based in McKinsey’s office in Sweden.
Claire Bergkamp is the Chief Operating Officer at Textile Exchange. Previous to joining Textile Exchange she held the position of Worldwide Sustainability and Innovation Director for over eight years at Stella McCartney, leading the global environmental, human rights and innovation strategy for the brand. During her time at the brand she built a qualified, high-functioning sustainability department and team, a purposeful strategy and ambitious project portfolio.
Bergkamp is a purpose driven leader and a systems thinker who delivers measurable results. She is passionate about identifying and accelerating solutions and believes that textile supply chains and raw materials systems must be radically transformed at scale.
Bergkamp serves in advisory and leadership positions for a wide range of collaborative initiatives. Notably, she is currently serving on the steering committee for the UNFCCC’s Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, where she is the co-chair for the Raw Materials Working Group. She also serves on the steering committee for the British Fashion Council’s Institute of Positive Fashion, is a senior advisor to the Stella McCartney board and CEO and is a trustee and board director for the Stella McCartney Foundation.
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.
As President of Owned Brand Sourcing and Development, Foudy leads a multi-national team responsible for the development and global sourcing of all of Target’s Owned Brands, which includes Apparel, Accessories, Footwear, Home, Hardlines, and Essentials/Beauty. In addition, his responsibilities include Responsible Sourcing and Sustainability.
Target’s portfolio of owned brands are one of the reasons why guests love Target. Foudy and his team develop competitive strategies that deliver products that are responsibly sourced, of a high quality, and of great value – bringing joy to guests from a brand they can trust.
Foudy’s experience spans over 25 years with companies such as Walmart, Adidas, and Nike, working in global sourcing, supply chain, strategy and product development.
Patrick Ho is currently Group Managing Director, Group Chairman Office of Fung (1937) Management Ltd and Chief Operating Officer of Global Brands Group Holding Ltd. In his Fung Group capacity, he leads the Group Chairman Office and focuses on the development of Fung (1937) as an effective portfolio of businesses with emphasis on operational discipline, organization structure & planning, corporate services capabilities, and talent development. Ho has 40 years of broad international work experience in The Dow Chemical Company. He is a chemical engineer by training, and has worked in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Canada in his early manufacturing career. He was Group Marketing Manager for Dow plastics business in Asia before moving to US in 1995 to lead a Dow global business unit in their headquarters in Midland, Michigan. Ho returned to Hong Kong as President for Dow Asia Pacific in 1998 and was named Global Business Group President for their specialty chemical business in 2001. For the last 8 years prior to his retirement in 2018, Ho served as Global VP for Manufacturing & Engineering and Head of Corporate Affairs for Dow Pacific. Ho has extensive experience in M&A and change management as Dow acquired Union Carbide, Rohm & Haas, Dow Corning and Dupont in recent years. Moreover, Ho has multi- disciplinary knowledge of business and manufacturing, portfolio management and geographies.
Kerry Huang is Strategy & Chief of Staff to Group SVP at PANGAIA. Huang works directly with their Brand & Impact SVP across marketing, communication, philanthropy, partnerships, brand, sustainability and impact.
Previously, Huang was Chief of Staff to the CEO and COO at Global Fashion Agenda (GFA), providing support to the leadership team in executing pivotal organisational initiatives and driving special projects. Select initiatives include developing their digital platform, conducting research for Fashion on Climate in partnership with McKinsey, and driving programme development for their annual Copenhagen Fashion Summit (CFS+).
Huang was also a Consultant at The Boston Consulting Group for over 3 years, specialising in the Fashion & Luxury sector. Huang has advised clients on End-to-End Go-To-Market process development, branding, digital marketing, and e-commerce strategies across markets in Americas, EMEA, and APAC. Prior to BCG, she worked at Deutsche Bank, IBM, and Aldea Development – a microfinance non-profit organisation supporting small-scale farmers in Honduras.
Since launching her first start-up, a jewellery company, as a teenager, Huang has always been interested in exploring the mechanics of good design and evaluating emerging solutions to address sustainability.
Huang holds a Bachelor of Economics in Finance, Statistics, and Operations & Information Management from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania.
As head of Sustainable Corporate Solutions at Sustainalytics, Heather Lang and her fast-growing team collaborate with leading global underwriters, lenders and issuers to allocate capital towards sustainability performance through innovative financing instruments.
As the leading global external reviewer of green, social and sustainability bonds, her award-winning team has provided second-party opinions on hundreds of sustainability bond frameworks to corporate issuers across a broad range of sectors, including Adidas, Burberry and VF Corp. Leveraging Sustainalytics’ ESG Ratings and underlying methodology, the Sustainable Corporate Solutions team is also an industry forerunner in assessing target-setting for sustainability-linked loans and bonds such as H&M.
Having worked at Sustainalytics since 2004, Lang has held director positions on the ESG research, institutional relations and client advisory teams across multiple regions, based out of both Canada and the Netherlands. One of her first roles at the company was as analyst for the retail and apparel sectors, where she developed expertise in material ESG issues including supply chain and human capital.
As a thought leader in the global sustainable finance space, Lang meets with treasurers, underwriters and sustainability leads from some of the largest global companies. She represents Sustainalytics at conferences and speaks regularly on a variety of ESG and sustainable finance topics via webinars and media interviews.
Based out of Toronto, Canada, Lang’s academic background includes a Masters’ Degree in Anthropology/International Relations from Carleton, a Bachelor of Education from University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University.
Roger Lee is the CEO of TAL Apparel. Under his leadership, TAL Apparel has become one of the largest apparel manufacturing operations in the world today. Employing more than 26,000 employees (pre-COVID), across five countries and producing over 60 million pieces of garments annually, TAL supplies one out of every six dress shirts bought in the U.S. with customers like Brooks Brothers, Charles Tyrwhitt, Dillard’s, Express, L.L. Bean, Lacoste and Patagonia. Presidents Bush, Clinton and Obama have been known to wear shirts made by TAL for Brooks Brothers. The wholesale arm, The Apparel Group (TAG), based in the U.S. provides design and logistics management services to branded and private labels and is accounted for over US$ 1.1 billion in annual retail sales. In 2020, a pandemic year, TAL acquired a made-to-measure pioneer, J. Hilburn and shipped more than 50 million masks, primarily to the US, where its clients included hoteliers, retailers and consumer brands. In Nov 2020, TAL launched a new version of washable masks to the market under the brand Enro which is highly protective and breathable even after being washed about 100 times in washing machines.
Being at the forefront of sustainability, TAL began measuring its Green House Gas (GHG) footprint in 2009 and its Water footprint in 2011. TAL published its first Sustainability Report in 2010 under the GRI guidelines. TAL is also a founding member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) contributing its expertise into designing the current Higgs Index that many brands are starting to adopt.
Lee is also actively involved in several trade organizations in Hong Kong including the Hong Kong Government Textiles Advisory Board where he was a member for seven years until the mandatory tenure was reached and the Hong Kong – U.S. Business Council.
Janet Mensink holds 20 years’ experience in sustainability and apparel. With an academic background in environmental science, she started her career in consulting. After that, she moved to the global NGO Solidaridad, where she held a number of different roles. As International Program Manager for Sustainable Cotton & Textiles for the Solidaridad Network, she was responsible for high-level projects in the supply chain, as well as developing initiatives promoting sustainable market development and direct partnerships with brands & retailers. The role included strategy setting, stakeholder engagement and grant management.
In 2015, she took the challenge to set up and lead the Convergence Project. This project became an implementation-oriented Program in 2019: The Social & Labor Convergence Program (SLCP). SLCP is a multi-stakeholder initiative, which aims to implement a Converged Assessment Framework that supports stakeholders’ efforts to improve working conditions in global supply chains. Since early 2019, she has served as SLCP’s Executive Director, where she leads the program’s strategic direction and scaled operations. Website: www.slconvergence.org
Mensink has served on several boards and councils. This includes council member of the Better Cotton Initiative, co-founder of Chetna Organic and member of the Index Development Council for SAC. Mensink is passionate about apparel and understands the complexity within the supply chain and the diversity of people associated with it. She is committed to working toward social and environmental responsibility in business.
Chekwas Okafor believes that local manufacturing will play a significant role in large scale job creation in Africa. To address this, Okafor founded ONCHEK, a company focused on creating sustainable jobs through fashion. Okafor leads both ONCHEK.com, an African luxury ecommerce company, and Merok, a basic wear manufacturing business in Nigeria. He graduated from Voorhees College, an HBCU in South Carolina, with a degree in Biology and Environmental Science. Before starting his entrepreneurial journey, Okafor gained significant experience in the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) function at multiple manufacturing firms in different industries.
Rachel Payne is a technology executive, entrepreneur, investor, inventor and philanthropist. Payne is a partner at FullCycle Climate Partners, a growth equity fund purpose-built to address the climate crisis. Payne teaches at U.C. Berkeley and mentors as an alum with Techstars. After earning her Stanford MBA, Payne joined the founding team of Google.org. As the philanthropic arm of Google, Google.org created the blueprint for a hybrid corporate philanthropy and investment fund, Payne was Senior Program Officer, focused on Poverty Alleviation and Climate Change. While at Google, Payne led International Business Operations in Emerging Markets, living and working in sub-Saharan Africa as Country Manager on the Africa Regional Leadership Team. She accepted Google’s first award at Mobile World Congress for “Best Mobile Apps for Economic and Social Development” in 2010 in partnership with Grameen TC and MTN Uganda for their work on mobile innovation in Africa. She later became Principal, Global Strategic Alliances, managing Google’s important strategic partnerships in Media & Entertainment. In 2012, Payne left Google to start FEM, a mission-driven IP holding company backed by Javelin Venture Partners and Stanford StartX. In 2015 at the Disney Accelerator, the FEM Inc. team launched Prizma, an AI Platform for Enterprise Customers in Media, Entertainment, Telecom and Technology. Prizma was acquired by Nielsen / Gracenote in 2018. Payne ran for U.S. Congress in California’s 48th Congressional District in the 2018 Midterm Elections. Payne served as a Board Director for BRAC USA (ranked #1 NGO), CREDO Mobile, KCET and dashboard.earth.
A passionate advocate for “doing the right thing,” Lewis Perkins is the President of the Apparel Impact Institute (AII), an organization launched by leading brands and apparel sector industry associations to identify, fund, and scale programs to drive positive impact in the fashion sector. Previous to this Perkins was President of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute (C2CPII) where he launched the Institute’s Fashion Positive initiative, which engages designers, manufacturers, brands and influencers in creating Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM materials and products with the circular economy in mind. Prior to joining the C2CPII, Perkins led sustainability for The Mohawk Group and consulted with corporations and organizations on their social and environmental programs.
He has served as an Ashoka Strategy Thought Partner, a member of the H&M Global Change Award Expert Panel, and a Design Mentor for both the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America), as well as the IDEO & Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy “Circular Design Competition.” Perkins has also been a participant of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Consumption.
Perkins holds a Master of Business Administration with a focus on corporate social responsibility from Goizueta Business School at Emory University and a Bachelor of Arts from Washington & Lee University. In 2018, he was recognized by his undergraduate alma mater, with the Distinguished Alumni award.
As SAC Executive Director, Amina Razvi is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the organization. She leads the executive team and works with the board of directors to develop and implement the organization’s strategic plan.
Previously, Razvi was the Vice President of Membership at the SAC, a leadership role in which she focused on providing exceptional customer service, account management, member value and business development for the organization. Razvi worked with global members to increase adoption of the Higg Index and improvement of Higg scores through impact solutions.
Prior to joining the SAC, Razvi was a senior manager on the Global Sustainability team at Gap Inc. where she led environmental initiatives across owned and operated facilities as well as in their supply chain. She led the development of Gap’s environmental sustainability strategy and the creation, execution and achievement of ambitious enterprise goals on energy and waste at owned and operated facilities. Razvi also led the first large scale deployment of the Higg Index across Gap’s supply chain, and has been involved in the creation, development, piloting and rollout of the Higg since its inception.
Trained as an architect, Razvi has designed and managed construction of retail stores, skyscrapers, houses, hotels, and museums. She has a B.S. in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois and a Master of Architecture degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dan Rees is the Director of Better Work, a flagship programme of the International Labour Organization jointly managed by the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group. Better Work brings together government, employers, workers and international brands to improve working conditions and competitiveness in the global garment and footwear industry. The programme is currently operational in nine countries and engages over 1,641 factories, employing approximately two million people.
Rees is also engaged in a number of other partnerships to improve working conditions in the industry. On behalf of the ILO, Rees is currently the Chair of the Bangladesh Accord Steering Committee and the Convenor of the RMG Sustainability Council. He has played a lead role in facilitating the design and implementation of the Rana Plaza Arrangement – a cross industry coalition that was established to ensure that all victims of the Rana Plaza accident received fair compensation according to international standards for employment injury.
From 1999 to 2010, Rees was the first Director of the UK-based Ethical Trading Initiative and spearheaded its growth from start-up to a field leader with a respected international reputation in ethical trade. He is a leading expert on this aspect of corporate responsibility and has advised numerous governments, international organizations and leading companies on best practice in improving working conditions in supply chains.
Nicolaj Reffstrup, Founder, acted as CEO of GANNI for 10 years alongside his wife Ditte Reffstrup, Creative Director of the Danish fashion brand. He recently stepped down to focus his efforts towards tech and responsibility within the company. In December 2017 Reffstrup managed the partnering of GANNI with the LVMH funded global leader in consumer brand investments L Catterton to support GANNI in fully achieving its international potential. In 2019 Nicolaj Reffstrup and Ditte Reffstrup were welcomed to the BOF500 definitive list of people shaping the global fashion industry.
Alongside his work at GANNI, Reffstrup is a trusted industry expert and has sat on the board of Danish Fashion Institute, Copenhagen Fashion Week and Global Fashion Agenda. Reffstrup is also Chairman and partner of the fine jewelry brand Sophie Bille Brahe and a partner of Tekla Fabrics. Most recently Reffstrup has also joined Giant Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on green and responsible projects, as a guiding Venture Partner.
Before joining fashion, Reffstrup was an entrepreneur in the tech industry, investing in and cultivating small and mid-sized companies for growth. As CEO he also co-founded Spleak Media Network, an early attempt at creating commercial chatbots backed by Draper Fisher Jurvetson Venture Capital and Sunstone Capital.
Reffstrup has a Master’s in Information Technology from the IT University of Cop
David Schneider co-founded Zalando in 2008. As Co-CEO, he defines and drives the strategy in regards to brand partners and leads Zalando’s efforts in Sustainability as well as Diversity and Inclusion. David was born 1982 in Witten (North Rhine-Westphalia) and holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management.
David founded Zalando together with Robert Gentz in Berlin in 2008. Today, Zalando has grown from a Berlin-based startup to Europe’s leading online platform for fashion and lifestyle, offering a wide range of services. Aiming to be the Starting Point for Fashion, Zalando connects all players in the fashion industry, from customers and brands to retailers, stylists, advertisers and many more. The company employs more than 14,000 people in Europe from over 130 countries. The Zalando Management Board values trust, entrepreneurship at all levels, and innovation to provide customers with a distinct and compelling fashion proposition.
Patrik Silén joined ASOS in 2020 in the newly formed role of Chief Strategy Officer after an extensive career in management consultancy. During his 15-year tenure at McKinsey & Company, where he was appointed partner in 2012, Silén supported retail, fashion and hospitality clients across EMEA and the globe on strategy, transformation and operational improvement. In his role at ASOS, he leads the development and implementation of the company’s strategy, as part of which he oversees ASOS’ sustainability programme, Fashion With Integrity. Silén holds an MEng from the University of Manchester and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Irina van der Sluijs has been intrigued by finding synergies between stakeholders with different interests and viewpoints throughout her working life. The domain of responsible business conduct provided her with the opportunity to look into the ways international business can operate with a human face. Van der Sluijs started out as a policy advisor for the Dutch government, studying and promoting the normative framework for business initiated by the UN and the OECD in the mid to late 2000s. Then as a consultant she helped public sector clients raising awareness for these guidelines and private clients with implementing them. In recent years van der Sluijs specialised in the right to a living wage for workers in the garment sector, as researcher and organiser of living wage conferences in Berlin (2013) and Islamabad (2016). Five years ago she found a new home to drive this topic, the home of sustainable finance. Now as engagement manager for ASN Bank, a Dutch ethical bank, van der Sluijs has the opportunity to use its leverage in a meaningful way towards its investees. For van der Sluijs and her work for ASN Bank, meaningful engagement means working collectively with other financials, conducting in-depth research, inviting feedback from stakeholders such as unions and NGOs, reporting publicly about engagement and escalating or divesting when milestones are not met. As chairperson of the Platform Living Wage Financials (www.livingwage.nl) she has been discussing and encouraging the implantation of key human rights within garment companies for many years now. In this collective of 15 financials organisations, representing 2.6 trillion Eur AUM, they are leading the way for other meaningful engagement streams that can be taken up by finance in the social realm. Van der Sluijs believes that only then can financial organisations truly start integrating ESG.