- Elayne MastersonExecutive Committee: Chair - Esquel GroupNew York City, New York, USAElayne MastersonExecutive Committee: Chair - Esquel Group
Elayne is the Director of Operations for Pye U.S. Pye is a Global Luxury Men’s Dress Shirt brand launching Ecommerce in 2016. Pye works from Seed to Shirt to produce the finest quality garments with integrity. Elayne is leading the development and launch of Pye Shirts U.S. business through development of E-Commerce site, Integration of Logistics, Merchandising, and Marketing. Elayne has extensive knowledge of garment manufacturing and a strategic understanding of the US retail industry. She has traveled extensively throughout the US and Asia, representing Sales and key account solutions. Elayne has previously worked in Merchandising with Wet Seal, the Disney Store and Express. Elayne has a Master of Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.
- Tricia CareyExecutive Committee: Vice Chair - LenzingNew York City, New York, USATricia CareyExecutive Committee: Vice Chair - Lenzing
With a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising from Marywood University and Associate’s degree in Textiles from the Fashion Institute of Technology, Tricia has held positions in fabric sales and development. Over sixteen years ago she started with Courtaulds Fibers in New York City as Apparel Merchandising Manager for TENCEL®. Lenzing Fibers acquired Tencel Inc in 2004 and Tricia continued her role in downstream marketing for the apparel market. Her global sourcing experience assists brands and retailers to evaluate supply chains and realize effective means of using Lenzing Fibers. She is also on the advisory board of the Textiles Department of FIT, as well as a member of Underfashion Club and Fashion Group International.
- Jerry WheelerExecutive Committee: Treasurer - Ecocentric BrandsDenver, Colorado, USAJerry WheelerExecutive Committee: Treasurer - Ecocentric Brands
As founder of ecoCentric Ltd, Jerry is dedicated to helping companies build sustainable operating plans that increase transparency, streamline processes and develop healthy products and business practices. Ecocentric's practices are designed to limit impacts, while connecting with sales and marketing to grow top line sales and a healthy bottom line. Ecocentric puts these practices to work with their own brands Kastlfel and Billboard Ecology.
- Mark ProséExecutive Committee: Secretary - Control UnionDar es Salaam, TanzaniaMark ProséExecutive Committee: Secretary - Control Union
Mark Prosé manages Control Union’s inspection, auditing and certification activities in East Africa. In this region Control Union focuses primarily on certification of social and environmental standards in agriculture. Mark has worked in the certification sector for Control Union since 2002, and has been involved in sustainable textile certification since 2004. In 2011, he moved to Bangladesh to start a Control Union office there. He did the same in Tanzania in 2014. Mark is a M.Sc. graduate of Wageningen University, The Netherlands, where he majored in Sociology and Economics of Rural Development. His work experience ranges geographically from Eastern and Southern Africa to South Asia and Central Europe.
- Marci ZaroffExecutive Committee: Member at Large - Marci ZaroffNew York City, New York, USAMarci ZaroffExecutive Committee: Member at Large - Marci Zaroff
Marci coined the term “ECOfashion” and is an internationally recognized ECOlifestyle entrepreneur, educator, innovator and expert. Founder of Under the Canopy and Metawear and Producer of “THREAD Documentary|Driving Fashion Forward,” Marci has been instrumental in driving authenticity, environmental leadership & social justice worldwide for over 25 years. Board Member of the Organic Trade Association, Textile Exchange, Fashion Revolution Day and Fashion Positive, Zaroff was a key figure in the development of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and first Fair Trade Textile Certification. Marci has received countless recognitions, including the Natural Product Industry's "Socially Responsible Business Award," New York Moves "Power Woman Award," Fashion Group International's "Rising Star Award” and a prestigious “Henry Crown Fellowship” of The Aspen Institute, and is featured in the book “ECO AMAZONS: 20 Women Who Are Transforming the World.”
- Sarah ArrellTargetMinneapolis, Minnesota, USASarah ArrellTarget
Sarah Arrell has been with Target for 14 years and has responsibility for leading teams that span Product Engineering, Product Insights, Project Management and Global Operations for apparel, home, hardlines and commodity products. She has also led teams in Global Sourcing, and spent 11 years with Vanity Fair as the Target Representative in Minneapolis. She is passionate about sustainability, innovation and R&D, as well as understanding the guest needs. She was raised in Minneapolis and attended the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus for Accounting.
- Rachel CantuPatagoniaUSARachel CantuPatagonia
Rachel Cantu, Patagonia’s Vice President, Global Supply Chain, is responsible for a number of key functions that include responsible supply-chain management, product development and quality, materials innovation, and innovation research. She also serves on the board of the Textile Exchange and devotes personal time as an advisor to The Young and Brave Foundation.
Rachel, who joined Patagonia in July 2013, brought to the company more than 15 years’ experience in the apparel industry in critical roles for Nike, Lucy Activewear and ExOfficio. She holds a BA in Textiles and Apparel Design from Seattle Pacific University and certifications in Quality Engineering and Quality Auditing.
- Paolo FogliaICEABologna, ItalyPaolo FogliaICEA
Paolo has been personally involved in the development of the organic textile sector since 1998 when he developed the first Italian standard for organic textile and the related certification scheme. Paolo organized the first international conference on organic textile in Italy in 1999. He was appointed Textile Certification Manager in 2000. Since then, Paolo has been actively involved and committed in the development of the organic textile sector, managing ICEA’s certification scheme, participating in the development of the Global Organic Textile Standard and attending seminars/conferences around the world. He actively participates in the TE Global Recycled Standard International Working Group as well. Paolo has a master degree in agricultural economics, and more than 20 years of experience in the certification of environmentally sound and socially responsible products and services. Currently he is the Research and Development Manager of the Italian Institute for Ethical and Environmental Certification (ICEA) and, at the same time, holds the position of Certification Manager for several sectors including: textile, eco building materials, biofuels, CSR.
- Mitsuya InagakiKowa CompanyNagoyo, Aichi, JapanMitsuya InagakiKowa Company
Mitsuya graduated in 1987 from Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan, majoring in Social Science. From 1987 to 2002 he worked in the textile department as a production manager in Japan and Asian countries, specializing in cotton fabrics. From 1999 to 2002 Mitsuya served as a textile instructor for new employees, teaching the production of fabrics. In 2002 Mitsuya began research & development for promoting an organic cotton project. From 2003 to 2008 he managed the organic cotton project “*TENERITA” from fiber to retail in Japan. He is currently the Manager of Production Department, Lifestyle Business Division. He is currently promoting introduction of organic cotton to Japanese market.
- Cheryl Millard-NuttNike Inc.Beaverton, Oregon, USACheryl Millard-NuttNike Inc.
Cheryl Millard-Nutt is the Sustainable Materials Director for Sustainable Product at NIKE, Inc. Over the last twenty years she has held various positions in the Nike apparel material team, working within multiple global product categories. Her interest and involvement in environmentally preferred materials elevated during her time working with Nike’s category teams and material suppliers while managing the Nike Apparel Materials Library. As part of Nike’s Sustainable Business and Innovation (SB&I) team for the past four years, Cheryl currently supports the integration of sustainable materials into Nike Brand and affiliates' footwear, apparel and equipment. Examples of her work include deep engagement with the Nike Material Sustainability Index (Nike MSI) framework creation, involving documentation and training tool creation for an expansive employee group, as well as a robust material supplier partner training and engagement rollout. Through her experience, Cheryl has developed a deep understanding of the value of sustainability and how to engage and embed sustainable strategies into the business.
- Adam MottVF CorporationHong Kong, AsiaAdam MottVF Corporation
Adam Mott was the Director of Sustainability for The North Face. In his role, Adam developed and integrated the sustainability strategy across the entire business. Specifically, he oversaw the development of environmentally responsible products, greenhouse gas emission management and reduction, community engagement and the elimination of operational waste. This involved working closely with internal and external stakeholders to understand, measure and reduce the environmental and social impacts of the business. In September, 2015, Adam started a new position as Director of Product Traceability & Responsible Materials at VF Corporation in Hong Kong. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Finance and a Master of Industrial Design degree.
- Shona QuinnEileen Fisher, Inc.La Canada, California, USAShona QuinnEileen Fisher, Inc.
Shona is the Sustainability Leader at Eileen Fisher where her work focuses on guiding the company’s environmental strategy. Through cross department collaboration and outreach to external groups, she works to integrate environmental initiatives across company departments while building environmental awareness among customers, business partners and the larger apparel community. Shona's research is focused on the ecological aspects of clothing. This includes exploring material selection, life-cycle thinking and consumer behavior. Her 20 year career with leading clothing companies including Anne Klein, Calvin Klein Jeans, Macy’s Specialty Stores and Eileen Fisher has provided her with a diverse background in the apparel industry, including work in fabric research, product development, buying and sustainable development. Shona received her Bachelor of Science Degree in International Trade from the Fashion Institute of Technology and a Master's Degree in Environmental Management from Yale University.
- Andreas StreubigOtto Group-HamburgHamburg, GermanyAndreas StreubigOtto Group-Hamburg
Andreas joined the Otto Group (Hamburg) 1993 after taking his degree in mathematics and today heads their CR Division. He has been a guest speaker at various events in the textile and CR environment, e.g. at the German Retail Convention, serves as a member of the Advisory Board of Social Accountability International (SAI) and chairs the working group on "Sustainability in Logistics" of the Hamburg Logistics Initiative.
- Simon CooperCSR Consultancy LtdCambridge, United KingdomSimon CooperCSR Consultancy Ltd
A qualified performance coach and business mediator, Simon graduated in 2005 with an MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice from the School of Management at the University of Bath. He is chair of the Schumacher Society. He has served as a Trustee of the Demos think tank, was a founder of The Hub Bristol, a new workspace for environmental and social entrepreneurs, and helped start the Association of Sustainability Practitioners. He is founder director of CSR Consultancy Ltd, the social enterprise which developed Universities that Count – the benchmarking program which applied the Business in the Community Corporate Responsibility and Environment Indices to the Higher Education sector. Funded by the four UK Higher Education Funding Councils, the program saw more than 50 universities taking part.
- Dr. Narasimha DonthiChetana SocietyHyderabad, Telangana, IndiaDr. Narasimha DonthiChetana Society
Dr. D. Narasimha Reddy is currently a Member of the Consultative Committee of Cotton Advisory Board, Ministry of Textiles. He is also a Member of Regional Advisory Group, of NABARD, a rural development bank. He was a member of IFOAM-Asia Board. He has established community initiatives in urban and rural areas on water, electricity and handloom textiles. Wide ranging initiatives on handloom sector, included successful restoration of HS classification for handloom products. He has a wide knowledge on energy, textile, agriculture, industrial sectors and urban problems. His Ph.D on ‘Nuclear Energy Policy’ has enabled him to select handloom production as the best method of textile production in the current context of concerns over climate change. He also advises farmers unions on agricultural policies.
- Eric DucoinSustainable Cotton ConsultancyGrenoble, FranceEric DucoinSustainable Cotton Consultancy
Eric Ducoin is a sustainable cotton consultant working to ensure that cotton production is done with livelihood and environment preserved. Since 2000, he has been conducting market research and promoting organic cotton. He has initiated the Himshikha Development Project in 2007, and is currently working on a poverty eradication initiative with organic cotton farmers. The sustainable frame includes agriculture, livehood and farmers family opportunities. The Originality is to achieve almost the cotton market price. Eric has degrees in Green Energy and Business, with an emphasis on international marketing.
- Sevilla GrangerSustainable Textile ConsultantSan Francisco, California, USASevilla GrangerSustainable Textile Consultant
Sevilla Granger has worked extensively in various aspects of the sustainable textile and creative fields in the US and Europe and has served on various international working groups such as the Sustainable Textiles Coalition and the International Wool Standard Working Group. Sevilla’s professional commitment to sustainability in the industry is matched by her love of travel and involvement as an artist and organizer in the San Francisco arts community. Her commitment to sustainable home fashions sprang from her undergraduate work at North Carolina State University, well known for its Textile program, where she received her degree in Environmental Design with a minor in Textiles. Her professional engagement with advancing sustainability in the industry gained traction during her work at William Sonoma. It was further refined with leading US home textile brand Coyuchi, where she lead the team to be the first GOTS certified home textiles brand, as well as achieving Fair Trade certification.
- Edward HertzmanSourcing JournalNew York, NY, USA
- Dr. Charu JainBurberrySingapore, Republic of Singapore
- Fanny LiaoFar EasternTaiwanFanny LiaoFar Eastern
Dr. Fanny Liao obtained her doctoral degree from State University of New York at Stony Brook, NY, USA. She is currently with the Far Eastern Group, a conglomerate covering 10 business sectors such as chemical, textile, transportation, etc. in Taiwan, China and Southeast Asia. Dr. Liao has experiences in petrochemical projects, r-PET operation, biomedical wound care business, brewery setup, biotechnology venture capital investments and bio plastics/polyester researches. She is President of Oriental Resources Development Ltd. for recycled polyester/PET and Senior Vice President of RD in Far Eastern New Century Corp that is aiming to develop bio-based polyester/PET from biomass.
- Ferdi KaygusuzerEgedeniz TekstilAlsancak, Izmir, TurkeyFerdi KaygusuzerEgedeniz Tekstil
Ferdi has been in the textile industry for 15 years. He has started from scratch and worked himself through many posts to become General Manager of Egedeniz. Ferdi
has experience in the whole chain from spinning through knitting/weaving, dyeing and cut/sew of organic cotton products, almost the whole process. He has built the ISO and Quality Assurance system at Egedeniz, and still leading improvements for ERP systems within the company. Ferdi was involved in GOTS certification processes and has worked in CSR programs of many of the company’s customers and NGO’s where Egedeniz became a model in many projects. Ferdi has been and is still actively involved with designers, product/materials developers and quality assurance teams of many of Egedeniz clients.
- Sophie Matherbiov8tion LtdBristol, United KingdomSophie Matherbiov8tion Ltd
Sophie is passionate about sustainable textiles and the impact changes that can be made as an industry through relevant innovation. She has 20 years’ experience in the apparel industry with the majority gained within a strong Asian supply base. She has worked for key leading brands and retailers including both Nike and Marks and Spencer. Within Nike, she led Global Advanced Material Research from the USA and Innovation for Asia from Hong Kong. She now is the founder of biov8tion, a consultancy company focusing on the reduction of water, waste and carbon through the lens of apparel sustainable innovation. As the inventor of two global patents, she constantly thinks outside of the box driving R&D for zero impact to the environment and communities within it.
- Ben MeadHohenstein InstituteElon, North Carolina, USABen MeadHohenstein Institute
Ben is the Managing Director for Hohenstein Institute Americas. In this role Ben has OEKO-TEX responsibilities for the United States and promotes Hohenstein’s expertise as a globally recognized leader in textile research and testing. He also serves as the company’s liaison with governmental agencies, industry collaborations, and trade associations. He previously consulted with a variety of brands and industry associations including Textile Exchange and AFIRM. In those roles, Ben was responsible for content development, training, and establishing partnerships withindustry leaders and experts to increase industry engagement in green chemistry and sustainable textile processing. Ben started his career working for Nike, Inc where he helped develop a restricted substances program and was also involved in implementation of both sustainable materials and water programs. Ben has degrees in Chemistry and Textile Chemistry from North Carolina State University.
- Sreeranga RajanDibellaBangalore, Karnataka, IndiaSreeranga RajanDibella
Sreeranga has been in the industry for the past eighteen years and has worked in all stages of the value chain from cotton farming, ginning, spinning, fabric and garment manufacturing to brand management. He is passionate about reducing the negative impact of the conventional practices of the textile industry. Sreeranga joined Fairtrade Foundation to develop strategies for Fairtrade cotton in the UK market and also started his own brand ‘Arthur and Henry’ to demonstrate to the industry that is possible to make fashionable, long lasting, quality products using organic cotton. Now as a CEO of Dibella India, Sreeranga is actively promoting organic textiles in the hospitality and institutional market in India. Sreeranga has a degree in Textile Engineering from PSG College of Technology and an MBA in Organizational Strategy from the London Business School.
- Eric WilmannsBrown & WilmannsSanta Barbara, Calif., USAEric WilmannsBrown & Wilmanns
Eric Wilmanns has worked in the environmental field for the past 20 years, including 15 years in environmental management working with industry. In his consulting practice, he focuses on technical issues around assessing the life-cycle impacts of materials and processes as varied as textile dyes and finishes, polymers, and building materials. At Patagonia’s Environmental Assessment Program, he coordinated research and technical analysis, specializing in environmental life-cycle analysis of products and manufacturing processes, pollution prevention, energy efficiency, and education of internal staff, vendors, and the public. At the USEPA and Los Alamos National Laboratory, his work resulted in the development of innovative treatment and remediation programs for wastes from various industries. Eric received his Master's degree in environmental engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an Artium Baccalaureus in geochemistry from Occidental College in Los Angeles, California.
- Alison WardCottonConnectLondon, United KingdomAlison WardCottonConnect
Alison Ward is the CEO of CottonConnect working with a team of 40 in the UK, India, Pakistan, China and Peru to create more sustainable cotton supply chains from farmer to store. The goal of CottonConnect is to create a transparent, fair and sustainable cotton supply chain. Prior to this, Alison worked at Cadbury / Kraft Foods Cadbury Alison was the Global Head of Corporate Responsibility responsible for: the Cadbury Dairy Milk global move to Fairtrade in 5 chocolate markets; the development of “The Cadbury Cocoa Partnership” a £45 million investment into cocoa sustainability; along with CSR reporting, global community investment and environmental commitments.
At Kraft Foods, Alison was Associate Director Sustainability, working as part of a small team to develop the company’s strategy for sustainable cocoa, a $400m investment called CocoaLife. Alison joined Cadbury from a trade association and worked at Hill & Knowlton for many years.
Ad Hoc Advisors
- Jill DumainPatagoniaVentura, California, USAJill DumainPatagonia
Jill Dumain attended the University of California at Davis and majored in Textiles and Clothing. She has worked in the Fabric Laboratory, Fabric Development and began to lead the organic cotton project in 1994. She is currently the Director of Environmental Analysis and helped lead the development of the Common Threads Garment Recycling Program and The Footprint Chronicles website. She is involved with the Eco-Working Group in the Outdoor Industry Association. Her position has evolved into Director of Environmental Strategy with her current collaborative projects.
- Eraina DuffyNike Inc.Beaverton, Oregon, USAEraina DuffyNike Inc.
She has been employed with Nike, Inc. for the past 32 years. Her experience at Nike has been centered on materials research and development. She has led the operations efforts of the Nike US-based global materials organization, and product development teams in Hong Kong and the US. Eraina is a senior sustainable materials researcher in Nike’s global Materials Science Innovation team, specializing in environmentally preferred materials. Eraina works in collaboration with global research organizations and material suppliers to identify, research and develop materials that reduce the environmental footprint of Nike’s athletic performance products
European Board of Trustees
- Heinrich SchultzExecutive Committee: Chair - OrganiMarkStellenbosch, South AfricaHeinrich SchultzExecutive Committee: Chair - OrganiMark
OrganiMark, founded in July 2008, is a food, textiles and leather supply chain engineering and management firm linking sustainable primary producers with high value local and global markets. The Firm specializes in supply chain optimization and trade management through investing in agricultural production zones and value added processing facilities for sustainably produced products. The company’s aim is to create sustainable businesses through long term supply chain partnerships in line with its brand integrity and identity, which promotes economic, social and environmental responsibility.
Heinrich is also the Chairman of Textile Exchange Europe and recently founded the Southern African Sustainable Cotton Cluster where he serves as Executive Manager and Board Member. Heinrich has a Business Degree from the University of Pretoria (South Africa) and completed his training in Leather Processing with LIRI at Rhodes University (South Africa), and Textile& Garment Manufacturing with CSIR TexTech at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (South Africa).
- Dr. Helen CrowleyExecutive Committee: Vice Chair - KeringParis, FranceDr. Helen CrowleyExecutive Committee: Vice Chair - Kering
Helen is a Conservation & Ecosystem Service Specialist at Kering, owners of Puma and many other brands such as Stella McCartney, Gucci, Yves St Laurent, and Volcom. She has worked in the international conservation and development arenas for over 25 years. Most recently, Helen has focused on integrating biodiversity and ecosystems into corporate sustainability strategies including exploring ways for small scale producers to participate in global supply chains. She spent many years working on projects in Africa and Madagascar for the Wildlife Conservation Society including developing the first REDD project in Madagascar and a program of organic cotton production with local communities in Zambia and Madagascar. Helen has a PhD in Ecology at the Australian National University and is on the Board of the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network.
- Aydin UnsalExecutive Committee: Treasurer - Egedeniz Textiles A.S.Izmir, TurkeyAydin UnsalExecutive Committee: Treasurer - Egedeniz Textiles A.S.
In the late 1980’s, after 10 years in the family business of trading and processing various agricultural products in Turkey, Aydin began contracting farmers to grow local organic dried fruits. Aydin has been one of the early producers and exporters of various organic fruits, mainly dried grapes and figs. During early 1990’s he helped found Egedeniz, a family company, which is the pioneer company in Turkey dealing in production and sales of certified organic cotton from fiber through yarns, fabrics and garments.
- Ben RamsdenExecutive Committee: Secretary - Pants to PovertyLondon, United KingdomBen RamsdenExecutive Committee: Secretary - Pants to Poverty
Ben is the Managing Director of Pants to Poverty. Established as part of Make Poverty History in 2005, he ran the social business in his spare time for 2 years while working in international mobilization at Amnesty International. He has now built the company in partnership with Chetna Organic and Armstrong to embrace a new and developing value chain community model from cotton to bottom. Distributing in over 20 countries, P2P is now recognized as the UK’s leading ethical underwear brand. Establishing new models in value chain mobilization and efficient distribution of value, the organization has the opportunity to become a truly powerful player in the fashion sector. They have recently set up a charity called Pi Foundation for which Ben is also Director.
- Mani ChinnaswamyAppachi Cotton Company/EthicusPollachi, Tamil Nadu, IndiaMani ChinnaswamyAppachi Cotton Company/Ethicus
Mani hails from a 3rd generation cotton family. Cotton production is something that runs in his blood and has for generations. His grandfather started a cotton ginning business in 1946, today called Apachi Cotton. Mani, an MBA graduate from the University of Philadelphia, developed a model of Integrated Cotton Contract Farming (ICCF) in 2002. In 2008, Mani joined forces with his wife, Vijayalakshmi, established India’s first ethical fashion brand “Ethicus” in 2009, something that would connect him to the end-customer and earn them an identity. The couple bought 22 old jacquard handlooms, repaired them and set them up within their own premises. Their Ethicus brand (“Ethics” and “Us”) caters to the demands of customers for a higher-end stylish handloom project.
- Avinash KarmarkarPratibha SyntexIndore, M.P., IndiaAvinash KarmarkarPratibha Syntex
Avinash is working as Vice President- Vasudha Farm Initiatives with Pratibha Syntax Limited, a large vertically integrated and sustainably driven textile manufacturing company. Promoting sustainable agri practices with 30000+ farmers. He is also on Executive Committee of Abinav NGO promoting organic farming since last more than 10 years.
- Mahesh RamakrishnanArvind LimitedGujarat, IndiaMahesh RamakrishnanArvind Limited
Mahesh has been involved with the Indian organic movement for more than a decade. He has worked in Government, a Research Institute and the Corporate sector. Mahesh started his career 17 years ago working with the Govt. of Kerala in Kerala Horticulture Development Program (KHDP). From there he moved on to work on organic cotton research in Maikaal bioRe with FiBL, Switzerland and International Water Management Institute (IWMI) on the first global organic cotton research that was done in Khargone District of M.P. in India. Since 2007, Mahesh has been heading the Agribusiness Division of Arvind Limited. He was instrumental in setting up the contract farming projects (Organic and Better Cotton Initiative) of Arvind Limited in the Vidharbha region of Maharashtra State and Tapi District of Gujarat State in India.
- Tong YeungMecillaHong Kong, ChinaTong YeungMecilla
Tong is a Director of Mecilla Limited. He has over 6 years of experience in the sustainable agriculture and apparel industries. Tong and Mecilla are pioneers in developing sustainable farming in rural China with a network of farmer’s co-ops,
Agricultural experts, brands and designers.