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.”