Speakers Announced for Textile Sustainability Conference: Catalyzing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Industry thought leaders from around the globe will gather in Washington, D.C., Oct. 9-13, 2017 to create action and develop a 2030 roadmap for the textile industry.

Textile Exchange prepares to welcome over 400 leaders from the textile and apparel industry for its annual Textile Sustainability Conference. The 2017 conference is a global event taking place in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 9-13 with a theme of United by Action: Catalyzing the Sustainable Development Goals in Textiles. Textile Exchange is pleased to announce an initial list of speakers participating in this event to discuss current sustainability issues, including how to engage with the United Nations #SDGs and the #GlobalGoals.

On the brand and retail side, the conference will feature:

  • Ariane Grazian, Sr. Manager of General Merchandise Sustainability, Walmart
  • Helena Helmersson, Global Head of Production for H&M
  • Jeffrey Hogue, Chief Sustainability Officer, C&A
  • Caroline Reid, Project Manager Sustainable Development, IKEA

Textile Exchange is also honored to announce that Justin Mundy, Director of HRH The Prince of Wales International Sustainability Unit will join us for a special presentation on October 11, 2017 on Scaling the Use of Sustainable Cotton. He will be joined by representatives from the Sustainable Cotton Initiatives.

Leading Suppliers such as Shreyaskar Chaudhary, Managing Director, Pratibha Syntex Limited and Jose Fernandez, Global Merino will also be presenting.

Learn About Innovations and Stakeholder Initiatives Delivering on the #SDGs Innovative ideas will be offered by:

  • Dr. Maurizio Crippa, CEO, gr3n
  • Karin Ekberg, CEO, Leadership & Sustainability
  • Tim Greiner, Co-founder and Managing Director, Pure Strategies, Inc.
  • Dr. Jung Ha-Brookshire, Assoc. Dean for Research & Graduate Studies of College of Human Environmental Sciences & Assoc. Prof. of Textile & Apparel Mgt, Univ. of Missouri
  • Karla Magruder, Founder & Textile Consultant, Fabrikology International
  • MeiLin Wan, Vice President Textiles, Applied DNA Sciences
  • Sophie Mather, Material Futurist, BIOV8TION
  • Maggie Kervick, Director of Communications & Outreach, GCNYC Fair Fashion Center

And, industry stakeholders will include:

  • Traci Kinden, Textile Program, Circular Economy
  • Alyson Genovese, GRI’s Head of Corporate/Stakeholder Relations for North America
  • Dr. Timo Hammer, CEO, WKI Hohenstein Group
  • Yuka Iwatsuki, President/Co-founder, Action against Child Exploitation (ACE)
  • Andre Leu, President of IFOAM-Organics International
  • Patrick Mallet, Innovations Director of ISEAL Alliance
  • Ruth Mathews, Chief Policy Advisor, Water Footprint Network
  • Tien Shiao, Senior Associate, Pacific Institute
  • Stuart Adams
    Agricultural Standards Advisor, Textile Exchange
    Stuart Adams
    Agricultural Standards Advisor, Textile Exchange

    Responsible Wool Standard Forum | Tues. Oct. 10th

    Stuart Adams starting a farming career in the Southwest of Western Australia growing up on a merino sheep farm / grain production operation. In 2011 Stuart began grain farming in Canada.

    In farming, Stuart is known for his pioneering approach to using technology to increase efficiency and lower environmental impacts.  In Australia he initiated the development of a sustainable farming program for wool growers, working with Curtin University.  Stuart has a strong background in supply chain management, having designed a traceability system to track wool from farm to shelf for the i-merino value chain he created in the late 90’s.  In 2005 the i-merino value chain was awarded the European Union Ecolabel. A global first for a merino wool value chain.

    Stuart has worked closely with all parts of the textile value chain for cotton and wool, establishing relationships, visiting factories, facilitating large orders to global brands and ensuring quality management across a value chain.

     As a member of the technical committee for the Responsible Wool Standard, Stuart advises closely on the standard writing, with responsibility for the development of the land management modules.   He also takes on the calibration of the auditors, shadowing a number of the audits, and setting qualification criteria. During the last 12 months Stuart has been in Argentina, Uruguay, USA, Germany, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, England and will be in Argentina again at the end of the month auditing farms, educating farmers and some of the worlds largest retailers on the importance of agricultural standards.

  • Andrew Almack
    CEO, Plastics for Change
    Andrew Almack
    CEO, Plastics for Change

    Material Matters | Tues. Oct. 10th

    Andrew specializes in helping brands design socially and environmentally responsible supply chains. Andrew has co-founded three award winning social enterprises in the field of waste management. He has worked in slums of South America, India and Indonesia to strengthen the informal recycling economy and reduce plastic pollution. As the CEO of Plastics for Change, his current work is focused on applying mobile technology to create sustainable livelihoods for the urban poor while helping the textile industry source polyester ethically.

  • Michael Arny
    Founder & President, Leonardo Academy, Inc.
    Michael Arny
    Founder & President, Leonardo Academy, Inc.

    Organic Cotton Round Table | Thurs. Oct 12th

    After serving as the Co-Chair of the first greenhouse gas emission inventory and reduction cost study for the State of Wisconsin, Michael Arny founded Leonardo Academy in 1997 with the mission to leverage the competitive market to advance sustainability. As President of Leonardo Academy, Michael helped create the Energy Services Coalition for which he acted as the Executive Director for 4 years. Michael was also the Chair of the LEED® for Existing Buildings committee for the US Green Building Council from 2001-2005 when the rating system was developed and first implemented. He continues to be a leader in developing ANSI sustainability standards and implementing comprehensive sustainability projects that support Leo's mission.

  • Brian Au
    Managing Director, RESET Carbon Limited
    Brian Au
    Managing Director, RESET Carbon Limited

    Decarbonizing Operations | Tues. Oct. 10th

    Brian oversees RESET’s project portfolio, bringing to bear his experience in supply chains, office operations, and consumer products. 
    He has significant experience working with Asian manufacturing facilities to improve environmental performance and has strong project management capabilities. 
    Brian is a certified Carbon Audit Professional (CAP), trained Project Management Professional, WWF LCMP trained professional and a Carbon Trust Footprint Expert Registered Consultant (2010-12). Brian is a SAC approved Higg Index FEM technical trainer, verifier and verification trainer. 


    Brian participated in the WRI GHG Protocol Product Standard Road Test pilot and managed various type of consumer products carbon footprinting projects. He also has extensive sold experience on the SAC Higg Index from 1.0 to 2.0, where he and his team provided technical services on the “How to Higg” manual development as well as Higg Index implementation.
    Previously Brian worked at Anemone Green Capital, where he developed a portfolio of more than 20 CDM carbon projects in China and at SGS (HK) Limited, where he project managed quality assurance programs and audits. 
    Brian speaks Cantonese, Mandarin and English.

  • Oktay Aytug
    Managing Partner, Aytug & Aytug International Business Consultants
    Oktay Aytug
    Managing Partner, Aytug & Aytug International Business Consultants
    OCRT Regional Meeting - Turkey | Thurs Oct. 12th

    Senior executive with over 40 years of leadership and management experience in private and public sectors including manufacturing, agro- industry, insurance and international trade with legal background. Developed and implemented strategies and programs that improved operational outcomes and maximized the available resources. Extensive experience in organizational change, team building, organizational effectiveness and facilitative leadership. Has led the design, development and delivery of multi-dimensional cross-functional solutions to clients, bringing together Strategy, Business Process Design, Organizational Design and Change Management. During the policy development and successful conclusion of contract processes, his negotiation, dispute resolution and coaching skills become invaluable in the elimination of disagreements and establishing common grounds.
    Has served as a Board Member in Employer’s Federations and Confererations in Turkey. Founding member of Aegean Industrialist and Businessmen’s Association. Served as Board Member of International Trade Association of Northern Virginia , U.S.A. Served as Executive Chairperson of International Monetary Fund (IMF) Family Association, Washington D.C./ U.S.A.
    His qualifications are Law degree from Ankara University and post graduate studies on International and Comparative Law, at University of Texas at Dallas, U.S.A. Holds Certificate of Leadership Coaching from the Georgetown University, Center for Professional Development, Washington D.C. U.S.A. Also, holds a Certificate from the Dispute Resolution and Mediation Center in Washington D.C. U.S.A.

  • Tobias Bandel
    Managing Partner, Soil & More International BV
    Tobias Bandel
    Managing Partner, Soil & More International BV

    Getting the Most Out of Our Land | Tues. Oct. 10th 

    After graduating in agricultural sciences at University of Hohenheim, Germany, Tobias Bandel worked as cultivation and export manager for fresh fruits and vegetables at the Sekem Group, Egypt. Apart from his trading activity, he was involved in various agribusiness projects in cooperation with the IFC/Worldbank and USAID such as traceability and communication tools to link small-scale farmers to export markets. 
    In 2007 Tobias Bandel was co-founder and is since then managing partner of Soil & More International BV, a company worldwide active in the setup organic soil fertility projects, especially composting, emission reduction projects and sustainability assessment and reporting.

  • Ethan Barr
    Senior Sourcing Manager, Target
    Ethan Barr
    Senior Sourcing Manager, Target

    Synthetics: What are the Problems? Meeting SDG #12 | Weds. Oct. 11th

    Ethan Barr is a Senior Sourcing Manager at Target and a member of the Fabric Sourcing and Raw Materials Team. His responsibilities include procurement of raw materials for apparel, strategizing with mills and vendors to develop new products and strategically developing mills to meet responsible sourcing standards and benchmarks.


    Prior to joining Target in 2011, Ethan was a Fabric Sourcing Manager at Abercrombie & Fitch, a specialty retailer based in New Albany, Ohio, and supported the Abercrombie & Fitch, abercrombie kids and Hollister brands. Outside of his Target responsibilities, Ethan is active with his family and enjoys visiting National Parks. Ethan received his B.A. from Denison University in Granville, Ohio.

  • Matthew Betcher
    Creative Director, ALLIED Feather & Down
    Matthew Betcher
    Creative Director, ALLIED Feather & Down

    Technology and Traceability | Weds. Oct. 11th

    Matthew grew up studying math, creating art, training as a semi-professional athlete and spending most free time in the outdoors. His background has led to a career in building brands with a sustainable and conservation minded message without sacrificing the creativity of an innovative modern brand. Following the receipt of his Master’s degrees in art and critical theory, Matthew spent 16 years as a graphic designer and brand consultant working with the likes of LVMH, Levi’s, Wieden + Kennedy and many other large and small apparel, outdoor and technical brands, Matthew joined ALLIED in 2013 with the knowledge of the outdoor industry and boundary-pushing thinking needed to help build ALLIED as a sought-after ingredient brand known to consumers worldwide.

  • Rahul Bhajekar
    Director Standards Development & Quality Assurance, Global Organic Textile Standard
    Rahul Bhajekar
    Director Standards Development & Quality Assurance, Global Organic Textile Standard

    Strengthening Integrity in Your Supply Network | Oct. 10

    An Engineer with a M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Ohio State University, USA, Rahul has been working in the Textile Industry since 1994. For 21 years he was with Texanlab, one of India's leading Textile testing laboratories the last 7 as its Managing Director / General Manager, He briefly headed Hermes Eco Laboratories, a German Joint Venture and part of the Otto Group. In 2016, GOTS appointed Rahul as their Director, Standards Development & Quality Assurance. Rahul has the responsibility of technically and administratively overseeing the globally acclaimed Global Organic Textile Standard or GOTS, updated to version 5.0 in March 2017 and to keep the standard current and relevant. Rahul has conducted numerous training programmes for Educational Institutes, Buying Houses, Exporters and others in the Textiles Supply Chain on the subject of Quality Control and Ecological Testing. He frequently lectures at Seminars and Workshops on subjects of GOTS, Chemical Restrictions, Sustainability as well as Improvement of quality standards in the Textile Industry.

    He has written for technical journals and contributed to a book on textile chemicals. Rahul has been a member of two sub-committees of the Bureau of Indian Standards. He is a member of the Society of Dyers & Colourists, UK and has been awarded a Bronze Medal for services to the SDC in India. Rahul is also a managing committee member of the Textile Association of India, Mumbai Unit. He is an Executive Committee Member of the Consortium of Green Fashion, an initiative of SOFT, Pune in association with other fashion design educational institutes, apparel and chemical industry. Rahul is a National Expert for the European Union Ecolabel for textiles.

  • Prama Bhardwaj
    Founder & CEO, Mantis World
    Prama Bhardwaj
    Founder & CEO, Mantis World
    OCRT Regional Meeting - Africa | Thurs Oct. 12th

    Prama Bhardwaj, Founder & CEO Mantis World, has lived between Kenya, Tanzania, India and the UK. She studied Development Economics for her Master’s degree, with a focus on development in Africa. Prama is a board member of the Ethical Fashion Forum and the Textile Exchange – both organisations dedicated to transforming social and environmental standards in the fashion industry. Prama has spoken on sustainable textile manufacturing at locations around the world and is also Chair of the Africa Sourcing Working Group – a multi stakeholder initiative for Textile Exchange.
    In 2000, Prama founded Mantis World: an award-winning supplier of sustainably sourced “blank” clothing to the imprintables market. The company’s heritage came through working with their family-owned fully transparent and certified vertical mill in Tanzania. Over the years the company diversified supply routes to mills in Pakistan, Turkey, India, UK and Bangladesh, operating on the same criteria of sustainability and transparency. Mantis World demonstrates the success of their triple bottom line model - commercial, volume manufacturing in an ethical and sustainable manner. Recently Prama launched re:sustain a sustainably sourced retail brand for contemporary mens and womenswear.
    Prama is supports several non-commercial projects including childrens homes in Africa, womens economic empowerment in Pakistan and schools in Bangladesh. She also works on education of the industry, awareness building on fast fashion and womens rights.

  • Mattias Bodin
    Sustainability Business Expert, Materials and Innovations, H&M
    Mattias Bodin
    Sustainability Business Expert, Materials and Innovations, H&M

    Towards a Bio-based Economy | Weds. Oct. 11

    Mattias Bodin has worked for H&M since 2003, both as specialist and manager covering areas such restricted substances, quality assurance, regulatory product compliance, product safety and material environmental impact. Mattias is today based at the Global Sustainability Department at the Head Office in Sweden but has previously spent 4 years in China and Bangladesh working with the supply chain and implementation of quality and environmental standards.

    ​Mattias main focus today is to secure the evaluation of material’s environmental profile and traceability and to engage the company with material and process innovations that are needed to achieve its 2030 goal of only using recycled or other sustainably sourced materials.

    ​Mattias holds a M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

  • Giulio Bonazzi
    Chairman and CEO, Aquafil
    Giulio Bonazzi
    Chairman and CEO, Aquafil

    Material Matters | Tues. Oct. 10th

    Giulio Bonazzi is the chairman and CEO of Aquafil SpA. Mr. Bonazzi started working in the commercial and technical divisions of Aquafil in 1987, and quickly became a key leadership figure in the family business, growing his small family-run nylon-6 manufacturing business into a successful global enterprise. Before becoming Chairman of the Aquafil Group in 2008, Mr. Bonazzi served as vice-chairman for 10 years. As an entrepreneur, Mr. Bonazzi is not afraid to take risks to see his company evolve and grow. Under his fierce dedication and leadership vision, Aquafil SpA has become an important sustainability leader and a key driver within the synthetic textile industry, with 15 plants in eight countries across three continents. In 2011, Mr. Bonazzi was honored with the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” Award in the Industrial Products category for his entrepreneurial excellence and leadership ability in expanding Aquafil SpA globally.

  • Meredith Boyd
    Global Business Development Director, Unifi Manufacturing, Inc.
    Meredith Boyd
    Global Business Development Director, Unifi Manufacturing, Inc.

    Technology and Traceability | Weds. Oct. 11th

    Meredith Boyd, Global Business Development Director at Unifi Manufacturing, Inc., drives innovative growth through global capability development, product innovation and strategic cooperative ventures. She plays a key role in brand-focused technical developments with a key emphasis on the Company’s premier value-added products and flagship Repreve® brand. 

  • Lauren Bradford
    Director, Global Partnerships, Foundation Center
    Lauren Bradford
    Director, Global Partnerships, Foundation Center

    Funding SDG Opportunities | Tues. Oct 10th 

    As director of global partnerships at Foundation Center, Lauren Bradford is an implementer of and Advisor to the SDG Philanthropy Platform including SDGfunders.org and other major projects and relationships. She joined Foundation Center to create a global strategy for developing and managing bilateral and multilateral partnerships that are instrumental in fulfilling the organization’s vision to build a global data and knowledge base for philanthropy, strengthen and connect the philanthropic sector to the global development ecosystem, and achieve more effective grantmaking and development outcomes. Lauren began her career in strategic urban planning in Australia before transitioning to international development with the United Nations (UN) in Timor-Leste, where she worked on Millennium Development Goal progress and UN Country Team coordination. From there she joined the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), working in the World Heritage Center, and then to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) Development Cooperation Directorate/Development Assistance Committee (DAC) where she advised and coordinated the OECD Post-2015 task team and supported the work on financing for development. After this, Lauren worked with the World Bank, looking at how best to leverage land to structure urban regeneration private-public partnerships. 

    With degrees in both urban planning and international development, Lauren has expertise in the global development framework and its relationship to data and knowledge, including the creation and implementation of the Millennium Development Goals, the Sustainable Development Goals, and the financing of the 2030 development agenda.

  • Joshua Brugeman
    Manager, Responsible Sourcing, NSF
    Joshua Brugeman
    Manager, Responsible Sourcing, NSF

    Impact & Innovation Showcase: Transitional Cotton: The Smart Intersection of Food & Textiles | Weds. Oct. 11th

    Joshua Brugeman is passionate about making both the natural and built environments more sustainable and has 15 years of experience designing and deploying multi-stakeholder programs. At NSF International, Joshua leads the Responsible Sourcing team where he applies his sustainability expertise and business acumen across multiple industries to help companies navigate a sustainability path by implementing an array of initiatives ranging from traceability and resiliency to animal welfare and risk analysis programs. Prior to joining NSF International, Brugeman served as a Director at NextEnergy, a technology incubator, where he worked with advanced energy sectors and specific companies to drive technology development, commercialization, and investment with a diverse client base. He also held a leadership position at Clean Energy Coalition where he designed and led state-wide programs that worked with residents, businesses, and municipalities. Throughout his career, he has worked extensively in sustainable ecosystem development and practices, business development, marketing, and advertising. Brugeman holds a Master of Urban Planning and a Real Estate Development certificate from the University of Michigan. Additionally, Brugeman earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.

  • Stephanie Chan
    Sustainability Lead, Esquel
    Stephanie Chan
    Sustainability Lead, Esquel

    Dispelling the Myth of Not a Penny More | Wed Oct 11th

    Stephanie Chan has many years of experience in sustainability communications, and the development and implementation of sustainability strategy programs. She was shortlisted by PR Week Asia as top 5 Young Professional in Asia 2015.


    Prior to joining Esquel, Stephanie worked at Edelman where she consulted brands such as Cathay Pacific, Dairy Farm, MTR, Nike, Samsung, Unilever, Wellcome, Wrigley, etc. to improve their sustainability strategy and practices. Stephanie also worked for the United Nations in New York where she provided companies with best reporting practices, and governments with recommended solutions to achieve development goals. 


    Stephanie has a master degree from Columbia University in International Affairs, concentrating in Economic and Political Development Management and bachelor’s degree in flute performance and organizational studies from the University of Michigan.

  • Shreyaskar Chaudhary
    Managing Director, Pratibha Syntex Limited
    Shreyaskar Chaudhary
    Managing Director, Pratibha Syntex Limited

    Dispelling the Myths of Not a Penny More | Weds. Oct. 11th

    Shreyaskar Chaudhary is Managing Director at Pratibha Syntex. Pratibha Syntex was founded in 1997 and started their organic farming operation in 1999. One year later the company extended their business model by vertically integrating knitting, dyeing and garmenting. Today Pratibha Syntex is providing education and support for more than 33.000 cotton farmers. In recent years, the company has invested into technologies to recycle textile production waste and has reduced water consumption by 53% and energy by 17% in recent years.

  • Charlene Collison
    Assoc. Dir., Sustainable Value Chains & Livelihoods, Forum for the Future
    Charlene Collison
    Assoc. Dir., Sustainable Value Chains & Livelihoods, Forum for the Future

    Net Positive Project | Weds. Oct. 11th

    Charlene Collison is Associate Director of Sustainable Value Chains and Livelihoods at Forum for the Future. She leads Forum’s work to create systemic change across chains and industries, through addressing key sustainability challenges. Charlene leads Cotton 2040, an ambitious cross-sector collaborative initiative to scale up the use of sustainable cotton and address challenges to long term resilience in the cotton and apparel industries. Charlene's background is in futures and scenario planning, organisation development and change narratives. She holds an MSc in Sustainability and Responsibility from Ashridge Management College, and is based in London, UK.

  • Sarah Compson
    Standards Project Manager, Soil Association
    Sarah Compson
    Standards Project Manager, Soil Association

    Pesticides and GMOs in Cotton: More Work to be Done | Tues. Oct. 10th

    Sarah Compson has been with the Soil Association for over a decade and oversees the organisation’s work on textiles, including the ‘Have you cottoned on yet?’ campaign which was launched at the TE conference in Hong Kong in 2012. Alongside textiles, Sarah is responsible for the development of the Soil Association’s food and drink standards and represents the organisation on international groups including the Leading Organic Alliance and the IFOAM Interest Group on Organic Processing.

  • Lauren Cope
    ESG Analyst, Bloomberg
    Lauren Cope
    ESG Analyst, Bloomberg

    New Reporting Metrics: Navigating the Maze of ESG, SDG and Integrated Reporting | Wed Oct. 11th

    Lauren Cope is an ESG Analyst at Bloomberg. In this role, she works directly with the ESG data set and integrated Bloomberg Terminal product, developing analytics and engaging with investors and corporations on disclosure and use of ESG data in investment and corporate strategy. Prior to joining Bloomberg, Lauren worked on sustainable finance at JPMorgan Chase & Co. and on global health policy at USAID. She holds a Master's degree in Finance & Economic Policy from Columbia University and a B.S. in International Politics from Georgetown University.

  • Dr. Maurizio Crippa
    CEO, gr3n
    Dr. Maurizio Crippa
    CEO, gr3n

    Synthetics: What are the Problems?  Meeting the SDGs | Weds. Oct. 11

    Maurizio Crippa, PhD in Material Science, is the CEO, founder and inventor of the technology of the Swiss start-up company gr3n. After working for many year in academia as researcher developing new organic, inorganic, polymeric and hybrid materials I decided to redirect my interest to the end of life of the materials and, after some lab activities, I founded the company. The company is developing a technology for the de-polymerization of polyester allowing to produce the building blocks of the polyester from clothes instead from oil.

  • Ozgu Cubukcuoglu Yalcin
    Marketing and Sales Manager, Egedeniz Textile
    Ozgu Cubukcuoglu Yalcin
    Marketing and Sales Manager, Egedeniz Textile

    Human Rights and Decent Work in Global Value Chains | Tues Oct. 10th

    Turkey with more than 25 years know-how in Organic Cotton and Sustainable Garment Manufacturing. She is responsible for the strategic marketing development efforts, communication and directing the client accounts. She also services to assure quality, sustainable and responsible sourcing practices of the supply chain. With Egedeniz’s service and social quality principles, she also contributes to Welfare Club and ERP project of the company. 

    Ozgu has over 10 years of experience with Egedeniz and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Textile Engineering and Master Degree in Business Administration.

  • John Davies
    Vice President & Senior Analyst, GreenBiz
    John Davies
    Vice President & Senior Analyst, GreenBiz

    Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Where to Start | Tues. Oct. 10th

    John Davies leads GreenBiz's research as well as the GreenBiz Executive Network, a member-based, peer-to-peer learning forum for sustainability professionals from $1B+ corporations. He is a veteran entrepreneur and innovator who has launched start-ups as well as improved business operations. John is a frequent speaker on supply-chain and sustainability topics and has written extensively for business, industry, and educational publications.

  • Trevor Davies
    Global Head, International Development Assistance Services Institute, KPMG
    Trevor Davies
    Global Head, International Development Assistance Services Institute, KPMG

    Funding SDG Opportunities | Tues Oct. 10th

    Trevor is Global Head of the International Development Assistance Services (IDAS) Institute and leads a global team delivering insight and solutions on complex development issues such as the Sustainable Development Goals for governments, companies, development agencies, and philanthropic and civil society organizations. Previously, Trevor was the Global Lead Partner for the United Nations and DFID. He has led many engagements for international funding agencies including DFID, UN agencies, NORAD, and the World Bank. His experience extends to all developing regions, and he has led engagements in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and South Asia. 

    Trevor has acted as reform adviser in the office of the President of Guyana, and the Prime Ministers of Grenada and Jamaica. Trevor also served as an adviser to President Mandela’s Provincial Review Commission in South Africa. He has led poverty alleviation, economic development, PPP and public sector reform projects and major change programs in post-conflict and fragile states.

  • Deborah Drew
    Research Analyst, Business Center, World Resources Institute
    Deborah Drew
    Research Analyst, Business Center, World Resources Institute

    Setting Apparel Sustainability Goals with Sound Science | Weds. Oct. 11th

    Deborah is the Research Analyst for the Business Center at WRI. She concentrates on sustainable consumption, SDGs, and alternative business models. In a previous position at WRI, Deborah was the Project Coordinator and Research Analyst for the Climate Briefing Service within the Climate Program at WRI. She worked to coordinate outreach and programmatic areas for the project in the lead up to the Paris Agreement. Her professional and academic concentration has focused on business’ role in environmental stewardship, peacebuilding, and social change.
    Prior to joining WRI, she worked for the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, a corporate social responsibility non-profit working to improve factory safety in Bangladesh’s Ready-Made Garment industry. In addition, Deborah has experience working in Kenya on development projects and peacebuilding.
    Deborah holds a MA in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University in Washington, DC and a BA in History and French from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI.

  • Karin Ekberg
    CEO, Leadership & Sustainability
    Karin Ekberg
    CEO, Leadership & Sustainability

    Dispelling the Myths of Not a Penny More | Weds. Oct. 11th 

    Karin is the founder and CEO of the sustainability consulting company Leadership & Sustainability. Karin has more than 30 years of international consulting and industry experience in several sectors, based out of Switzerland, Brazil, Sweden, and Germany and with extended business projects mainly in Europe, North America, China and other countries in Asia. Karin has spent five years in the position as Head of Environmental Services at adidas Group, establishing and maintaining group-wide environmental strategies and programs.

    Furthermore, Karin has had the role of Chair of the Board of Directors at the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (2012-2013).
    Karin has also been engaged during the set-up and first years of the ZDHC, Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals, taking on several leadership roles within the ZDHC collaboration.

  • Arif Ekram
    Manager, Global Partnerships, Foundation Center
    Arif Ekram
    Manager, Global Partnerships, Foundation Center

    Funding SDG Opportunities | Tues Oct. 10th

    As the Manager of Global Partnerships at Foundation Center, Arif uses his expertise to help philanthropy engage in the post-2015 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He also spearheads several multi-sectoral, multi-stakeholder projects of Foundation Center and conducts outreach to capture international philanthropic data to bring transparency to the social sector. His work takes him around the globe to participate in various development dialogues. As a marketing executive, Arif has worked for different multinational corporations before joining Foundation Center. He received a Masters in Public Policy Administration from Stony Brook University.

  • Jose Fernandez
    Founder/President, Global Merino
    Jose Fernandez
    Founder/President, Global Merino

    Working Session: Responsible Wool Standard | Weds. Oct. 11

    Jose Fernandez is a wool industry veteran. He has spent the last 15 years creating technical Merino-based textiles for performance apparel companies. As part of the product development and quality control processes, he has learned how to manage and trace the Merino supply chain from farm through finished fabric. This has put him and his company at the forefront of RWS implementation.

  • Deborah Froeb
    Dir. Investment Product Development, NatureVest (The Nature Conservancy)
    Deborah Froeb
    Dir. Investment Product Development, NatureVest (The Nature Conservancy)

    Responsible Wool Standard Working Session | Weds. Oct 11th

    A seasoned real estate executive, Deborah Froeb joined The Nature Conservancy, the world’s largest conservation organization, in 2008 to expand the financial and transactional tools available to support land conservation efforts in Colorado and beyond. In her current role as Sustainable Agriculture Investment Lead for NatureVest, she develops opportunities for impact investors achieve ecological, financial and social outcomes through investments that accelerate the conservation outcomes associated with The Conservancy’s global lands strategies and programs.

    Froeb has a broad background in institutional real estate investments and commercial banking including prior associations with Regency Centers, Mutual of New York and First Interstate Bank. Froeb received her Master in Management from Northwestern University and her B.A. from The Colorado College. She resides in Denver, CO where she has served in the leadership of various industry and local nonprofit organizations.

  • Subindu Garkhel
    Cotton Manager- Global, Fairtrade Foundation
    Subindu Garkhel
    Cotton Manager- Global, Fairtrade Foundation

    OCRT Regional Meeting - Africa | Thurs Oct 12th

    Subindu Garkhel has hands on commercial experience of working in the clothing industry in India, Bangladesh and the UK. With a Masters in Social development from the top International Development university, she brings in a perspective and sensibility of the challenges and realities of both worlds. She is passionate about participatory and inclusive approach to development. This is aligned with the principles of Fairtrade, where she works. She looks after cotton and textiles here. She is also an advisory council board member at Textile Exchange.

  • Alyson Genovese
    Head of Corporate/Stakeholder Relations, N.America, Global Reporting Initiative
    Alyson Genovese
    Head of Corporate/Stakeholder Relations, N.America, Global Reporting Initiative

    New Reporting Metrics: Navigating the Maze of ESG, SDG and Integrated Reporting | Weds. Oct. 11

    Alyson Genovese is GRI’s Head of Corporate and Stakeholder Relations for the United States and Canada. With thousands of reporters in over 90 countries, GRI provides the world’s most trusted and widely used standards for sustainability reporting and disclosure. Alyson leads engagement with GRI’s North American network of sustainability reporting organizations, nonprofits, academic institutions, and investment organizations. This includes management of GRI’s GOLD Community network in the US and Canada. Alyson is an accomplished professional in the corporate and nonprofit sectors with more than 20 years of experience in corporate social responsibility, public affairs and stakeholder engagement.

  • Ariane Grazian
    Sr. Manager of General Merchandise Sustainability, Walmart
    Ariane Grazian
    Sr. Manager of General Merchandise Sustainability, Walmart

    De-carbonizing Opportunities | Tues. Oct. 10th

    Ariane Grazian is the senior manager of general merchandise sustainability at Walmart. Her responsibilities include factory efficiency programs in the global supply chain, material sustainability, and driving emissions reductions with suppliers through the Walmart Sustainability Index and Project Gigaton. For Ariane, the most exciting part about her role is realizing the potential of private sector partnerships to achieve climate and sustainability outcomes.

  • Adriana Gregolin
    Regional Coordinator Project "Más Algodón", FAO
    Adriana Gregolin
    Regional Coordinator Project "Más Algodón", FAO

    Getting the Most Out of Our Land | Tues. Oct. 10th

    Agronomic engineer of the University of Brasilia; Has a master's degree in Agricultural Sciences from the same University and an MBA in public management and fiscal responsibility from the Open University of Brazil. In addition, it has several studies of specialization in Management and Cooperatives, ATER, sustainable local development, participative methodologies in the rural area and agroecology. She has worked in the Ministry of Agrarian Development (MDA) supporting the National Extension Policy (Pnater) and especially the diversification program in areas cultivated with tobacco and technically supporting the development of actions of the National Commission for Tobacco Control in Brazil. He has also worked in universities, NGOs as a specialist in rural issues, combating poverty. For five years she has been a Regional Coordinator of the Project "Strengthening the Cotton Sector through South-South Cooperation", a joint initiative implemented by the Government of Brazil, FAO and six countries members and associates of the Mercosur: Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Haiti.

  • Tim Greiner
    Co-founder and Managing Director, Pure Strategies, Inc.
    Tim Greiner
    Co-founder and Managing Director, Pure Strategies, Inc.

    De-carbonizing Operations | Tues. Oct. 10th

    Tim Greiner, a Pure Strategies Co-founder and Managing Director, has pioneered approaches to building environmental and social integrity into products, brands, and businesses. His experience spans the spectrum from developing corporate strategy, designing product sustainability programs, creating approaches to transform and engage supply chains and fostering collaborative mechanisms to lift the sustainability performance of entire industries. He is currently working with several progressive businesses on developing science-based targets and comprehensive climate strategies. He is a co-founder of the Chemical Footprint Project and has guided chemicals management strategies for companies across diverse industries. Current and former clients include Annie’s, Walmart, Seventh Generation, Ben & Jerry’s, The North Face, Stonyfield Farm, MilliporeSigma and U.S. EPA.

    Tim holds masters’ degrees in Environmental Policy and Business from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in Materials Science Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a founding member of the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Planners Association and a former Board member and President. He is also founder of the Cape Ann Climate Change Network and is a Research Associate at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production. Tim has experience in industry as a Process Engineer for Fairchild Semiconductor. He also worked for the Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance as Project Director and Chief Engineer.

  • Alexander Grisar
    Founder, SOCiLA - Support Organic Cotton in Latin America
    Alexander Grisar
    Founder, SOCiLA - Support Organic Cotton in Latin America

    OCRT Regional Meeting - Latin America | Thurs Oct 12th

    Alexander Grisar is the founder of the German hammock company La Siesta. 2008 he introduced the first hammock made of organic cotton to the market. It was made in Colombia with organic cotton yarn brought in from Tanzania. He could not get organic cotton in Latin America and this led him a few years later, after handing over La Siesta to his sons, to initiate SOCiLA - Support Organic Cotton in Latin America.

    He has since dedicated most of his time to Colombia and done field test in four different Colombian farms. However, he is widely connected throughout Latin America and to global brands and apparel producers. 

    Alexander grew up in Chile, is a graduate of chemical engineering of the Technical University of Berlin and of business leadership of the University of South Africa. Most of his life he worked for the cement industry throughout the globe, presently he dedicates nearly all his time to SOCiLA.

  • Angelika Guldt
    Sustainability Communications, Lenzing AG
    Angelika Guldt
    Sustainability Communications, Lenzing AG

    New Reporting Metrics: Navigating the Maze of ESG, SDG and Integrated Reporting | Weds. Oct. 11th

    Angelika Guldt, 56, boasts more than 20 years of experience in communications. After concluding her studies as a translator, she worked as an editor for a local TV station. In addition, she was a free-lance journalist and was active in the field of adult education. In 2001, she was appointed to the position of Head of Corporate Communications at Lenzing AG. Her priorities included investor relations, event management, a corporate TV project, several in-house media as well as the first Sustainability Reports of the Lenzing Group. Angelika Guldt was named to the Corporate Sustainability team in the beginning of 2016 with overall responsibility for the Sustainability Report of the Lenzing Group.

  • Mina Guli
    Founder & Chief Running Officer, Thirst
    Mina Guli
    Founder & Chief Running Officer, Thirst

    Conference Kick-off | Tues. Oct. 10th 

    The Founder and Chief Running Officer at Thirst, Mina is a global leader, an entrepreneur and adventurer passionate and committed to making a difference in the world. Following a 15-year successful career as a world leader in climate change, including cofounding Peony Capital – a company that provides capital and knowledge to Chinese companies to help them mitigate their impact on the environment - Mina established Thirst, an organizational initiative of the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum.

    Thirst is harnessing social media and technology to inform and inspire 14-24 year olds about water and the steps they can take to reduce their own water consumption. Since its launch in 2012, Thirst has educated over 2million students in China, trended no 1 on Chinese Twitter, established 170 Thirst Clubs, set up offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Chongqing and 28 hubs across 12 other provinces, set 1 Guinness World Record, run innovation competitions with the participation of over 600,000 students and the support of the government, and reached over 250 million people with its messages.

    Mina is also a keen ultra-distance athlete, having started running only at the age of 22 after a severe injury. She runs to raise awareness and inspire action around the global water crisis and in doing so, has set two world firsts. In 2016 in just 7 weeks, Mina ran 40 marathons across 7 deserts on 7 continents, including Antarctica – a continent that left an indelible impression on her for its critical role in the water cycle. In 2017, Mina ran 40 marathons in 40 days on 6 continents down 6 of the World’s great rivers – to promote the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 6 (water). Along each of her routes, Mina interviews local people and water experts, putting together a real and very visual representation of the water crisis we are facing. Currently available in short film format, Mina and the team are documenting these stories so they are accessible to the millennial generation. Incredible journeys whose messages reach over 5 billion people – and all for one reason of course: water.

    Mina is an acclaimed public speaker and frequent media commentator, featuring in over 400 local, national and global newspapers, magazines and television programs around the world including UN Radio, CNN, BBC, ITV, ABC, Forbes, Fortune, CCTV and Al Jazeera. 

    Mina was appointed by the Chinese Government as an Advisor to their Education for Sustainable Development Program and runs with the support of the United Nations Development Program. She was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2010, is a recipient of a Future Leadership Award from the Australia Davos Connection, named as one of Australia’s “50 for the Future”, was a finalist for the Australian Female Alumni of the Year, and honored as one of Australia’s 100 most influential women – twice. She is an advisor to the Chinese Government’s sustainability program and on the Academy for the US$1miillion Global Teachers Prize.

    In recognition of her incredible achievements, Fortune Magazine named Mina as one of the 50 greatest leaders in the world, and UBS gave her the title of “Global Visionary”.

  • Debra Guo
    Sustainability Manager, Stella McCartney
    Debra Guo
    Sustainability Manager, Stella McCartney

    MMC Round Table | Thurs. Oct. 12th 

    Debra joined Stella McCartney in 2016 and is the Sustainability Manager. Before joining Stella McCartney, Debra was a sustainability and climate change consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers where she primarily worked with Kering on their annual Environmental Profit & Loss. The E P&L is an innovative tool that quantifies and monetises the impact a business has on the environment from the production of raw materials used to its direct operations. In her role at Stella McCartney, Debra works with suppliers and supply chain teams to implement sustainable sourcing initiatives and reduce the environmental impact of the supply chain.

    She holds a Master of Science in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics & Politics, and Bachelor of Arts in Geography from the University of Oxford.

  • Dr. Jung Ha-Brookshire
    Associate Professor of Textile and Apparel Management, University of Missouri
    Dr. Jung Ha-Brookshire
    Associate Professor of Textile and Apparel Management, University of Missouri

    Dispelling the Myths of Not a Penny More | Oct. 11

    Dr. Jung E. Ha-Brookshire is Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies of College of Human Environmental Sciences and Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Textile and Apparel Management at the University of Missouri. Prior to her time at MU, Dr. Ha-Brookshire worked as a production assistant, production coordinator, production manager, and sourcing manager for Adjmi Apparel Group and Richard Leeds International, Inc. in New York City. During her time in NYC, she extensively traveled to various countries in Asia and Central America for textile and apparel product sourcing, product development, production coordination, and quality assurance. At MU, she teaches global sourcing and the capstone for retail marketing and merchandising students. She also teaches global supply chain management and theory development & evaluation courses at the graduate level. She received several prestigious awards, including Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence in 2017, Fulbright Core Scholar award in 2015, 2014 Gold Chalk Award for excellent graduate teaching, 2011 Rising Star award by International Textile and Apparel Association, 2010 Excellence in Education award by MU Division of Student Affairs, and 2009 Professor of the Year award by MU Student Athlete group. She is also currently serving as the Vice President of Operation (2015-2017) at International Textiles and Apparel Association. She has completed a number of internal and external grants, over $500,000. She has published over 40 manuscripts in peer review journals and presented her research over 90 times at various international, national, and regional conferences. The areas of her research interests include moral responsibility of corporate sustainability, global supply chain and sourcing strategies, sustainable production and consumption of textile and apparel, and firm/industry identity issues. She utilizes both qualitative and quantitative research tools.

  • Kelsey Halling
    Dir. Impact, Thread International
    Kelsey Halling
    Dir. Impact, Thread International

    Synthetics: What are the Problems? Meeting SDG #12 | Weds. Oct. 11th 

    Kelsey Halling is the Director of Impact and Sales at Thread, where she measures, manages, and improves the impact that Thread yarn, fabric, and apparel have on people and the planet. She also works closely with Thread's brand partners to ensure that they see a return on investment by using responsible materials in their products.

    Her work ensures the journey from a plastic bottle to the most responsible fabric on the planet benefits every stakeholder while setting the stage for dignified jobs, traceability, and Circular Economy initiatives.

  • Dr. Timo Hammer
    CEO, WKI Hohenstein Group
    Dr. Timo Hammer
    CEO, WKI Hohenstein Group

    Technology and Traceability | Oct. 11

    Education: 

    2000 – 2005: Studies Biology, University of Constance
    2006 – 2009: PhD, University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim
    2011 – 2014: Studies Business Economy, Betriebswirtschaftliches Institut und Seminar Basel
    Career:
    2006 – 2009: Research associate (PhD), University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim
    07/2009 – 12/2010: Project Manager, Hohenstein Institute, Department Hygiene, Environment & Medicine
    01/2011 – 01/2015: Head of Research, Hohenstein Institute, Department Hygiene, Environment & Medicine
    02/2015 – 11/2015: Product Manager, Xenios AG (a Fresenius Medical Care company)
    12/2015 – 03/2017: Marketing Manager, Xenios AG (a Fresenius Medical Care company)
    since 04/2017: CEO, Hohenstein Group, William-Küster-Institute for Hygiene, Environment & Medicine

  • Celine Hay
    Logistics and Sustainability Manager, VEJA
    Celine Hay
    Logistics and Sustainability Manager, VEJA

    OCRT Regional Meeting - Latin America | Thurs Oct. 12th

    Engineer by profession. I've been working for VEJA for 10 years. Based in France , in charge of VEJA products: production quality logistics and IT.
     
  • Helena Helmersson
    Global Head of Production, H&M
    Helena Helmersson
    Global Head of Production, H&M

    Presentation by H&M | Tuesday Oct. 10

    H&M Group: The H&M Group is one of the world’s leading fashion companies from Sweden with more than 4,300 stores in over 60 markets and several clearly defined fashion brands. Each brand has its own unique identity and they are united by a passion for fashion and a drive to dress customers in a sustainable way.

    Helena Helmersson joined H&M in 1997 as a business controller in the buying office in Stockholm, Sweden and later became a Section Manager working with assortment planning and purchasing. She worked as H&M’s HR Manager in the Bangladesh Office, and has also served as the Department Manager for Underwear Department in company’s Hong Kong production office.

    In 2010 Helmersson moved back to the Head Office in Stockholm, Sweden, and assumed the position as Head of Sustainability at H&M. H&M’s sustainability efforts under Helena Helmersson’s lead have been recognized and awarded for a number of initiatives, including the launch of used garment collection in all H&M stores, the implementation of the fair living wage roadmap, the commitment towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals (ZDHC) as well as the publication of the company’s supplier list. In 2014 Helmersson was named the most powerful business woman in Sweden by the nation´s leading business magazine. The same year she was named as one of the world´s top fashion shapers by BoF 500.

    In 2015 she moved to Hong Kong to assume the position as Head of Production, being responsible for the H&M Group´s sourcing and purchasing globally. In her position Helmersson is responsible for optimizing the supply chain to be able to deliver the best products to H&M´s customers.

    Helmersson holds a Master of Science Degree in Business Administration and Economics and additionally completed a course on textiles.

  • Dr. Reiner Hengstmann
    Founder, go4more.global
    Dr. Reiner Hengstmann
    Founder, go4more.global

    PFM Round Tables SDG Panel | Oct. 12th

    I have been working in the global sustainability and environment industry for more than 17 years. I began as an environmental and social auditor for PUMA working on environmental impact assessments/audits and social compliance audits within the global supply chain. Heading the sustainability department of PUMA while as a Global Director with a global team of 23 experts I was responsible for the implementation of social and environmental projects as will as all projects related to sustainability.
    Beside many other successful I was responsible for
    -Development of the world’s first Environmental Profit and Loss (E P&L) Account (2010-2014), which places a monetary value on a company's environmental impact as a result of a loss to ecosystem services.
    - Responsible for the PPP project Sustainability Action and Vision for a Better Environment (SAVE), an Asia-wide capacity building project focusing on technical assistance supporting more than 40 PUMA supplier factories within Asia.
    - Overseeing the auditing and implementation process according toe the ZDHC guidelines within the global supply chain.
    During my time at HUGO BOSS I was responsible for the development and implementation of a sustainability strategy within the corporation and supply chain.


    I am the founder of go4more.global assisting clients from multi-nationals to small and medium enterprises in shaping and enhancing accountability management of their corporation and global supply chain through needs analysis, communications, enhanced skills trainings, and improve strategic decision-making.


    Areas of specialties: Responsible Supply Chain Management, Capacity building on Energy, Water, Waste & Chemical Management, Restricted Substances with in the Product and Production (RSL and M-RSL), Sustainability Reporting, Environmental Externalities, Stakeholder Dialog, Strategic Development, Sustainable Chemical Management

  • Edward Hertzman
    CEO, Hertzman Media Group
    Edward Hertzman
    CEO, Hertzman Media Group

    Factories, Sustainability and Brand Demand | Weds. Oct. 11th

    New York native Edward Hertzman received a degree in economics from NYU and then spent more than a decade working as a top executive and decision-maker for major sourcing companies all over the world, including Synergies Worldwide and Pearl Global. He has partnered with globally recognized retailers and wholesalers all over the world with special expertise in Pakistan, Bangladesh, India and China. 

    In 2009, in response to a gaping need for industry news, Edward founded Hertzman Media with its flagship publication, Sourcing Journal Online. With more than 70,000 subscribers, Sourcing Journal Online has become the largest trade publication devoted to the sourcing apparel and textile industry supply chain in the world. 

    In 2015, Hertzman Media Group (HMG) followed up the success of Sourcing Journal with two new niche properties: Vamp, an online B2B publication for the footwear industry, and Rivet, an online B2B publication covering the denim and premium markets, further cementing HMG as a leader in news, features and research for the apparel, textile and footwear trades. 

    Edward continues to consult widely on sourcing and supply chain matters, advises several investment banks on retail trends, and teaches Global Policy at Parsons The New School.

  • Kenji Higashi
    Dir. & Executive Officer, Spiber Inc.
    Kenji Higashi
    Dir. & Executive Officer, Spiber Inc.

    Towards a Biobased Economy | Weds. Oct. 11th

    Kenji Higashi has a single purpose; to help build a sustainable future that is filled with love and hope for all of mankind. Before joining Spiber, Kenji started his career as a business consultant at Accenture after earning his BS and MS in bioinformatics at Keio University in Yamagata, Japan. His current work as an executive at Spiber includes direction of a wide range of the company's activities including business development, supply chain design, scientific research, financing, etc.

  • Jeffrey Hogue
    Chief Sustainability Officer, C&A
    Jeffrey Hogue
    Chief Sustainability Officer, C&A

    Managing Our Way Through a Water Shortfall | Tues. Oct. 10th

    Jeffrey Hogue was announced as the new Chief Sustainability Officer of C&A Global in December 2014. In this role, he is responsibility for heading up the global development, coordination and delivery of C&A’s sustainability strategy worldwide, therefore, helping to drive C&A towards even greater responsibility and transparency.

    Hogue, in his function, supports C&A as it moves away from a “take, make, waste” linear model to a circular one; that keeps resources in use for as long as possible. Today, the brand is widely recognised as the world’s largest user of organic cotton and the world’s sixth largest buyer of Better Cotton. Jeffrey leads a global team of 135 sustainability professionals that deliver the global sustainability framework across 200 retail locations, 60,000 employees, and over 900,000 workers that produce products for C&A suppliers. His team strives toward performance and leadership in sustainable products, sustainable supply and sustainable lives.

    Prior to his appointment as Chief Sustainability Officer of C&A Global, Hogue was the senior director, global CSR and sustainability at McDonalds. Appointed in 2012, he successfully led the development of McDonald's first set of sustainability goals and climate change strategy. Prior to this, Jeffrey served for 17 years at Danisco A/S and DuPont as their Chief Sustainability Officer.

  • Julia Hughes
    President, U.S. Fashion Industry Association
    Julia Hughes
    President, U.S. Fashion Industry Association

    Factories, Sustainability and Brand Demand | Weds. Oct. 11th

    Julia K. Hughes is President of the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA), which represents brands, retailers, importers, and wholesalers based in the United States and doing business globally. USFIA supports fashion made possible by global trade.

    Ms. Hughes represents the industry in front of the U.S. government as well as international governments and stakeholders, explaining how fashion companies create high quality jobs in the United States and economic opportunities around the world.

    An expert on textile and apparel trade issues, Ms. Hughes has testified before Congress and the Executive Branch. She frequently speaks at international conferences including the China & Asia Textile Forum, Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), Harvard University’s Bangladesh Development Conference, MAGIC, Prime Source Forum, Vietnam Textile Summit, and others.

    Ms. Hughes served as the first President of the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT) and is one of the founders of the Washington Chapter of Women in International Trade (WIIT) and WIIT Charitable Trust. In 1992, she received the Outstanding Woman in International Trade award and in 2008, the WIIT Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Ms. Hughes has an M.A. in International Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

  • Mitsuya Inagaki
    Manager, Kowa Company Ltd.
    Mitsuya Inagaki
    Manager, Kowa Company Ltd.

    Building Resilient Cotton Communities | Oct.11

    Mitsuya Inagaki was born in1963. He entered Kowa Company 1987, after he graduated Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan.
    He has worked as a production staff for cotton fabrics for 15 years.  After 1 year R&D of organic textile, he started a small retail shop of organic cotton home textiles in Tokyo, named “Tenerita” in 2003 as a venture business of Kowa. Now Tenerita has 8 retail shops and is known as high quality towels, blanket and garments made by organic cotton in Japan. All the material of Tenerita is arranged and selected by him.
    Mitsuya Inagaki has also worked at Textile Exchange as a board of directors for about 10 years, and had several introduction seminars events for sustainable textiles in Japan. Mitsuya Inagaki is engaged in organic cotton fiber production with 103 farmers at a small village in south India. There were child labors at the village, and now all children can go to school-no child labor, after the project of ACE Japan.

  • Susan Inglis
    Executive Director, Sustainable Furnishings Council
    Susan Inglis
    Executive Director, Sustainable Furnishings Council

    Innovation & Impact Showcase: Sustainable Furnishings Council | Weds. Oct. 11th

    Susan Inglis is Executive Director of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, and resident expert with the organization she helped found in 2006. She has led SFC to work with industry leaders to establish criteria to gauge the sustainability of furniture products and practices; develop programs for educating all sectors of the industry; and attract hundreds of companies to membership. Inglis is also founder and owner of From The Mountain, a company that imports hand spun cashmere yarn from Afghanistan, providing safe income for over 100 women there. Inglis serves on the Board of the American Sustainable Business Council and is an active member of WithIt, which awarded her the 2009 WOW Educator Award. She lives in North Carolina.

  • Yuka Iwatsuki
    President/Co-founder, ACE (Action against Child Exploitation)
    Yuka Iwatsuki
    President/Co-founder, ACE (Action against Child Exploitation)

    Building Resilient Cotton Communities | Weds. Oct. 11

    Yuka Iwatsuki was born in Tokyo. She studies at Brookline High School in Massachusetts, Miami University in Florida and Sophia University in Tokyo. She earned a master’s degree from the Osaka School of International Public Policy. She founded ACE during graduate school. She was a Fellow at Winrock International in Washington D.C. in 2006. Her work at ACE includes field study on child labour in cocoa in Ghana and cotton in India; advocacy; partnership with corporate sectors; and leading the organization to grow and build its reputation as a child labour specialist. She acts as board member of Japan Ethical Initiative and the Global March against Child Labour.

  • William Jasper
    President, Two Eleven Associates
    William Jasper
    President, Two Eleven Associates

    Preferred Fiber & Materials Round Table | Thurs. Oct. 12th 

    Mr. Jasper is the President of Two-Eleven Associates, a management consulting company that focuses on improving the value and sustainability of manufacturing based businesses. He was previously the Chairman and CEO of Unifi Inc., (UFI:NYSE), a multi-national textile company and the makers of Repreve® recycled polyester yarns. Mr. Jasper led the turnaround of Unifi from years of losses to consistently growing profits, built around the development of Repreve®, a globally recognized recycled product and improved manufacturing effectiveness. Prior to his time at Unifi Inc., Mr. Jasper was the Director of Invista’s Dacron® polyester business. Prior to that he held several manufacturing and marketing management positions within a variety of businesses at DuPont. 

    Mr. Jasper holds BS and MS degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Rhode Island. He serves on the University of Rhode Island Engineering Advisory Board, the Academic Board of Directors of Jefferson University and the Board of Directors of the Danbury Animal Welfare Society.

  • Anne Johnson
    Partner/Vice President, RRS
    Anne Johnson
    Partner/Vice President, RRS

    The Post-Consumer Textile Collections Conundrum | Weds. Oct. 11th

    Anne is a Principal and Vice President at RRS where she co- leads the Global Corporate Sustainability Practice and has more than twenty years of multi-disciplinary experience in management consulting. She joined RRS from the non-profit, GreenBlue, where she was the Director of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition for 8 years. Previously, Anne was at the design consultancy of William McDonough and Michael Braungart and focused on cradle-to-cradle product design. With advanced degrees in engineering and science, she is recognized for her understanding of applied life cycle thinking and expertise in packaging sustainability and recovery. She is an advisor to numerous companies and trade groups and writes extensively on the role of design and recovery in applying Circular Economy concepts in emerging and developed economies.


    Anne lives in Charlottesville, Virginia

  • Mattias Jonsson
    CEO, re:newcell
    Mattias Jonsson
    CEO, re:newcell

    MMC Roundtable | Thurs Oct. 12th

    Mattias Jonsson is CEO of re:newcell which have developed a unique recycling process where cellulosic based textiles such as cotton and viscose, can be recycled and turned into new garments. Prior joining re:newcell, Mattias has held several top positions in various industries including green energy, consumer goods companies and information technology. Mattias has a MBA from Stockholm School of Economics.

  • Menachem Katz
    Owner, KATZ Textile Technologies Consulting
    Menachem Katz
    Owner, KATZ Textile Technologies Consulting

    rPET Round Table | Thurs Oct. 12th

  • Scott Kaufman
    Founder / CEO, Peer Aspect
    Scott Kaufman
    Founder / CEO, Peer Aspect

    Organic Cotton Round Table: Global Strategy | Thurs. Oct. 12th

    Scott loves to build stuff - from compost programs to graduate school curricula to businesses, he has a passion for starting things from scratch. As the technical and creative engine behind PeerAspect, his primary responsibilities are overall strategic vision, software design and product management, as well as managing investor and customer relations. Prior to founding PeerAspect, Scott was the US Head of Advisory Services at the Carbon Trust, where he helped to lead carbon strategy and reduction work with manufacturers and retailers. Scott has a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Columbia University. His experience before that included work with the Columbia Earth Institute, RecycleBank and the New York City Department of Sanitation.

  • Chris Kerston
    Dir. Market Engagement and Public Outreach, Savory Institute
    Chris Kerston
    Dir. Market Engagement and Public Outreach, Savory Institute

    Responsible Wool Standard Working Session | Weds. Oct. 11th

    Chris Kerston has dedicated his life to helping connect innovative ranchers and farmers with progressive brands in ways that create true synergistic value for both sides. Chris managed ranches and farms full time for nearly 15 years before joining the Savory Institute. In that time he developed thriving and profitable markets for a number of different niche products. He has a longstanding passion for regenerative agricultural and a strong desire to contribute to better systems that meet the consumer’s wants and needs. Chris also utilizes innovative media production in concert with traditional marketing techniques to help ranchers share their stories and build long lasting relationships with partners based upon common goals.

  • Maggie Kervick
    Director, Fair Fashion Center
    Maggie Kervick
    Director, Fair Fashion Center

    +/- Fiber Challenge | Weds. Oct. 11th

    Maggie Kervick works as the Director of Communication and Outreach at Glasgow Caledonian New York College (GCNYC), overseeing the Fair Fashion Center (FFC). The first of its kind, the FFC facilitates the incorporation of sustainable practices into fashion by proving the business case for sustainability, turning global issues into industry opportunities.

    Previously, Kervick worked on the Corporate Citizenship team at Kenneth Cole, helping to engage customers in the brands philanthropic work through product, digital activism, and in-store activations. Prior she worked for the Women’s Reaction footwear team, as an assistant designer. 

    Kervick found her way to Kenneth Cole shortly after her company, Bags By Mags, launched a partnership with Lifestyles® Condoms, offering three awareness raising handbags made to look like Lifestyles® SKYN® condom wrappers. Through the “I’m Covered” campaign, Bags By Mags strived to put stigma to bed by empowering women to carry and use condoms. 

    She attended the Fashion Institute of Technology, after four years of running full operations for Bags By Mags. Kervick was recently selected by the New York City Economic Development Corporation to become a 2016 Fashion Fellow. She currently resides in New York City spending her free time directing the fashion track at the Nexus Global Youth Summit and serving on the board of amfAR’s young professionals board.

  • Traci Kinden
    Project Manager - Textiles Program, Circle Economy
    Traci Kinden
    Project Manager - Textiles Program, Circle Economy

    The Post Consumer Textile Collections Conundrum | Weds. Oct. 11th 

    An obsession with waste reduction and improving the lives of others drives Traci every single day. After completing a bachelor’s degree in design, she dove into the apparel industry, gaining both strategic and hands-on experience in process and technology development. During her time as an Innovator with NIKE, she connected a wide range of stakeholders and created cutting-edge customization systems for global production. She launched REvolve Waste in 2013 to grow the understanding of circular textiles and increase collaboration across the industry. Traci joined Circle Economy in 2016 to drive pivotal European developments that will serve as a new circular standard for sustainable textiles.

  • Sophika Kostyniuk
    Senior Corporate Campaigner, Canopy
    Sophika Kostyniuk
    Senior Corporate Campaigner, Canopy

    MMC Round Table | Thurs. Oct. 12th

    Sophika came to Canopy after 15+ years leading environmental and social justice campaigns focused on ocean conservation, sustainable transportation and the pursuit of legislated environmental rights. As Canopy’s Senior Corporate Campaigner, she spends her days supporting the CanopyStyle initiative's 100 global fashion brands ensuring that their forest-derived fabrics are not associated with risk. Sophika is fuelled by Canopy’s mission of keeping the last remaining tracts of ancient and endangered forests standing. Acting as a resource provide and cheerleader, Sophika supports Canopy's corporate champions as they unravel their complex fibre supply chains, and take a leading position on conservation priorities in key landscapes of hope.

  • Andre Leu
    President, IFOAM-Organics International
    Andre Leu
    President, IFOAM-Organics International

    Land Management: Farming and Forestry | Oct. 10th

    Andre Leu is the President of IFOAM – Organics International, the world umbrella body for the organic sector. IFOAM – Organics International has around 800 member organisations in120 countries. He is founding steering committee member of regeneration international, an organization that promotes farming systems that regenerate soil organic matter. He has an extensive knowledge of farming and environmental systems across Asia, Europe, the Americas, Africa and Australasia from over 40 years of visiting and working in over 100 countries.

    Andre has a degree in Communications and post-graduate qualifications in adult education. He lectures and teaches at universities, institutions and workshops around the world. He speaks at numerous conferences, seminars, workshops as well as United Nation events on every continent. He meets with governments, industry, farmers, consumers and NGOs on the multi-functional benefits of regenerative organic agriculture.

    He has published extensively in magazines, newspapers, journals, conference proceedings, newsletters, websites and other media, as well as doing media interviews.

  • Karla Magruder
    Founder & Textile Consultant, Fabrikology International
    Karla Magruder
    Founder & Textile Consultant, Fabrikology International

    Synthetics: What are the Problems? Meeting SDG #12 | Weds. Oct. 11th 


    Karla Magruder has been in the textile industry for more than 25 years with global experience from fiber to finished garments. She founded Fabrikology International, a textile consulting firm, specializing in textile sourcing, education and business development in 2003. The company has worked in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors in building strategic development plans, developing and launching new products, and organizing tradeshow seminars and conferences.

    Karla has led her team in supporting the development of trade between US brands and retailers and garment manufacturers from Haiti and Africa through USAID sponsored programs. She has worked as a Textile Exchange Ambassador with the mission of facilitating the acceleration of sustainable practices in the textile value chain.

    Prior to founding Fabrikology International she led the apparel launch of Ingeo fibers, the 1st manmade fiber created from 100% annually renewable resources, launched several performance fabrics and technologies in the outdoor and apparel market and headed the development of an active apparel collection for a global company.

    She is currently is a member of the Textile Exchange Governance Board and has been a Contributing Editor to Textile Insight and EcoTextile News.

  • Patrick Mallet
    Innovations Director, ISEAL Alliance
    Patrick Mallet
    Innovations Director, ISEAL Alliance

    Technology and Traceability  & SDG 15: Taking Action to Improve Grassland Management | Weds. Oct. 11

    Patrick Mallet is Director of Innovations at ISEAL Alliance, the global network for sustainability standards. Patrick founded ISEAL and served as its first Executive Director until 2005. He is responsible for ISEAL’s Codes of Good Practice that support effective standards and certification, and for ISEAL’s learning communities to encourage standards systems to improve their practices. Through ISEAL’s Innovations Programme, Patrick is helping to define what effective sustainability standards will look like in the future. He lives in British Columbia, Canada.

  • Sophie Mather
    Founder & Material Futurist, biov8tion
    Sophie Mather
    Founder & Material Futurist, biov8tion

    Towards a Bio-based Economy | Oct. 11

    Sophie Mather of biov8tion works to inspire and transform the textile industry to a future where processes are eradicated, and performance created without impact to people or planet. With the big picture and longer- term vision in sight, biov8tion embraces challenges as the driver for new innovation. Commercial results are born from the facilitation of multi-stakeholder relations, formed between supply chain partners (raw materials, machine builders, fabric suppliers,) brands, retailers, nonprofits, academics and cross-industry expertise.

    Sophie Mather, Founder, and Material Futurist at biov8tion has over 20 years industrial experience, working on the ground in the EU, USA, and Asia for major global brands, directing innovation and materials.
    www.biov8tion.com
    @biov8tion

  • Eileen Mockus
    CEO, Coyuchi
    Eileen Mockus
    CEO, Coyuchi

    Factories, Sustainability and Brand Demand | Weds. Oct. 11th

    Eileen Mockus is the CEO at Coyuchi, a home textile company committed to making thoughtfully designed, quality goods with processes that are both friendly to people and the planet. The company is a pioneer in working with organic cotton, GOTS certification, and responsible wool for its products. The company recently launched Coyuchi for Life, the first sustainable subscription model for home textiles. Eileen holds a BS in Textiles and Clothing from the University of California, Davis, and a MSBA from San Francisco State University. She learned about entrepreneurship first-hand while developing new products for the North Face, and honed her business development and branding skills at Pottery Barn Kids and PB Teen. At these and other iconic brands, such as Patagonia, she developed a deep knowledge about textiles and the supply chain through visits to mills and manufacturers in the USA, Asia and Europe.

  • Kevin Moss
    Global Director, Business Center, World Resources Institute
    Kevin Moss
    Global Director, Business Center, World Resources Institute

    Setting Apparel Sustainability Goals with Sound Science | Weds. Oct. 11th

    Kevin Moss is the Global Director of the Business Center, WRI’s program that helps the private sector develop strategies that support sustainable strategies and drive growth. He supports WRI’s Signature Initiatives in developing impactful strategies that leverage the private sector, provides thought leadership in the field of corporate sustainability and supports the integration of private sector perspectives and impact across the full range of WRI programs. This includes WRI’s Corporate Consultative Group (CCG) which facilitates impactful engagement across a broad spectrum of leading corporate partners.

    Prior to joining WRI, Kevin worked at BT where he was responsible for the Net Good program and was instrumental in transforming sustainability into a business growth strategy. He had previously been an integral part of BT’s sustainability activities with various roles in sustainability strategy, stakeholder engagement and sustainability reporting for BT at a corporate level both in the UK and globally. Prior to his involvement in the world of sustainability, Kevin’s career path included product management, marketing and corporate strategy at BT, MCI and BP.

    Kevin is a member of the Advisory Board of Sustainable Brands. He has been a member of HP’s External Global Citizenship Advisory board, was a member of the Corporate Responsibility Officers Association’s (CROA) Board of Governors and founded and chaired the CROA’s committee for professional development. He was the founding chairperson of the Energy and Environment Committee of the British American Business Association in Washington DC. In 2013 Kevin was included in the 2013 Trust Across America Top 100 Thought Leaders and Guardian Sustainable Business 30 Most Influential Sustainability Voices in America. He was a recipient of the 2009 PR News; CSR Executive of the Year Award.

    Kevin holds a BEng honors degree in Mechanical Engineering and Management from Liverpool University.

  • Sabrina Müller
    Manager Sustainable Assortments & Products Non Food, Tchibo
    Sabrina Müller
    Manager Sustainable Assortments & Products Non Food, Tchibo

    Material Matters | Tues Oct. 10th

    Sabrina Müller has worked for Tchibo since 2012 as Sustainability Manager both in the fields of Coffee as well as consumer goods. Driven by the vision to create an overall business case for all partners in the supply chain, she combines sustainability expertise with a business and brand building perspective. 

    Having involved herself deeply into the question on how to inspire customers to buying sustainable products and on the other hand getting very close to the people working in global supply chains through running community projects, Sabrina is now focusing on driving the development of the nonfood assortments towards 100% sustainability, both on a material as well as on a product collection level. 

    Sabrina studied in Germany, the United Kingdom and Denmark and holds degrees in International Business Administration and Marketing and Advertising Communication.

  • Justin Mundy
    Director, HRH The Prince of Wales's International Sustainability Unit
    Justin Mundy
    Director, HRH The Prince of Wales's International Sustainability Unit

    Scaling the Use of Sustainable Cotton | Weds. Oct. 11

    Justin Mundy has over thirty years' experience of working on climate change, environment and energy issues and has done so within the public, multilateral and private sectors. He is currently Director of The Prince’s Charities’ International Sustainability Unit (ISU) which has been set up to reflect His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales’ vision and aims in the area of sustainable development.

    Within the private sector he was a Managing Director of Climate Change Capital, responsible for Strategic Development and previously Senior Adviser to Deutsche Bank’s Global Markets Group with responsibility for Climate Change issues and was also a Director of Aon carbon. He was a founder of ForestRe, a specialist forestry insurance company.
    In the public sector he was an Adviser to the UK Government on Russia, Energy and Climate issues and during 2005 was the principal architect of the Clean Energy Investment Framework under the Gleneagles’ G8 Action Plan. From 2003 to 2007 he was a member of the UK Government’s Sustainable Energy Policy Advisory Board. During the UNFCCC COP6 (bis) and COP7 he was appointed Adviser to the European Commission on EU – Russia coordination.
    Between 1992 - 1998 he ran the World Bank’s forestry and biodiversity programmes in Russia and Central Asia and was the Bank’s Environment Adviser for the region’s oil and gas sector.

    Before joining the World Bank, he worked extensively on environment, forestry and conflict resolution programmes in Asia, South America, Africa and Eastern Europe.

  • Karen Newman
    Consultant, United Nations
    Karen Newman
    Consultant, United Nations

    Funding SDG Opportunities | Tues. Oct. 10th

    KAREN NEWMAN serves as a Consultant for the United Nations and has worked on numerous initiatives including the Sustainable Development Goals Fund and Better than Cash Alliance within UNDP and UNCDF focusing on media and other outreach linked to the SDGs and other unique industry sectors. She has also worked at ECOSOC exclusively on the Partnership Forum and related programs linked to the Post 2015 Agenda. Prior to this she was the Senior Communications Consultant for UNDP’s Business Call to Action.

    Karen spent two years with the US Mission to the UN within the U.S. State Department where she was a Fellow working in both the Foreign Press Center and the Public Affairs and ECOSOC section. In addition, Karen spent more than ten years within the UN system, including various roles at UNDP, the ILO and the Foundation for the Global Compact. During her career in the public, private and international sectors she has developed expertise with building strategic partnerships, resource mobilization, corporate responsibility and economic development.

    Her partnership work also includes outreach to the diplomatic community and consulting for varied companies including Microsoft Africa and Philips Healthcare, as well as promoting large UN initiatives related to the Millennium Development Goals. She managed the World Business Development Awards 2010 in conjunction with the International Business Leaders Forum, the International Chamber of Commerce and UNDP, and promoted the launch of the 2009 Business Call to Action in New York and South Africa. She also served as the first Secretary and Treasurer for the Foundation for the Global Compact.

    Karen’s experience with government includes varied economic development posts for the City of New York and Chicago city governments. In Chicago, she worked at The Michael Jordan Foundation and United Way in community affairs and grantmaking. Karen also hosted and curated the inaugural TEDxUN Plaza and is active in Crowdfunding for social good. Karen has an MBA and MSW from the University of Chicago.

  • Isaac Nichelson
    Global Marketing Ambassador, S3/Recover
    Isaac Nichelson
    Global Marketing Ambassador, S3/Recover

    Consumer Engagement Meeting | Thurs Oct 12th

    - Creative entrepreneur working hands-on in fashion for over 25-years 
    - 20-years if active focus promoting sustainability in the fashion industry (Dubbed, “Johnny Appleseed of Eco-Fashion” by California Apparel News in 2007)
    - Expert in materials innovation, product design/ development, branding and marketing
    - Extensive business development, and corporate leadership experience
    - Developed the first “stylistically relevant eco-fashion brand” with the creation and launch of LiViTY Outernational into top fashion boutiques in 2002, eventually selling to mass retailers such as Urban Outfitters, Whole Foods, with international distribution in 15+ countries
    - Founder and Chairman of S3 Source Los Angeles, “The world’s premiere sustainable fashion agency”, facilitating awareness and access to best-in-class sustainable production resources for the worlds biggest brands/retailers, and provides marketing and business development services to help propel innovation - Current Status- Consulting as global marketing ambassador for Hilaturas Ferre/Recover Yarns, ITC Awareness, S3, while leading business development for Agraloop/Texloop circular materials platforms with startup, Circular Systems.

  • Marissa Pagnani
    Group VP Corporate Responsibility, PVH, Corp.
    Marissa Pagnani
    Group VP Corporate Responsibility, PVH, Corp.

    Presentation by PVH | Tues. Oct. 10

    Bio and photo coming soon!

  • Alexandra Perschau
    Senior Project Manager Development Policy, Aid by Trade Foundation / Cotton Made in Africa
    Alexandra Perschau
    Senior Project Manager Development Policy, Aid by Trade Foundation / Cotton Made in Africa

    Scaling the Use of Sustainable Cotton | Weds. Oct. 11th 

    Alexandra works in the field of sustainable cotton production and consumption since 2001. At Cotton made in Africa, she is responsible as Senior Project Manager for the AbTF Standard family and their Assurance, as well as Networking and Outreach to the African CmiA Partners. She drives collaboration with partners on sustainability innovations adapted lo local opportunities, such as the use of plant-based bio-pesticides or the support of extra income-generating activities of women farmers groups. 


    Prior to CmiA, Alexandra worked 10 years for PAN Germany as Organic Cotton Project Manager, at Greenpeace Germany as Detox My Fashion Campaigner, and as researcher at the Institute for Applied Ecology. She holds a diploma as Nutritionist.

  • Mike Pogue
    CFO, prAna
    Mike Pogue
    CFO, prAna

    Material Matter | Tues Oct. 10th

    Mike joined prAna in January 2011, with over 20 years of financial management experience in the apparel, retail and private equity industries. As CFO, Mike oversees the company’s accounting, finance, treasury, risk management, legal and IT activities. Additionally, Mike manages prAna’s supply chain, including Sourcing, Product Development, Production, Quality Assurance, Inventory Planning & Allocation, Logistics and Distribution.
    Prior to joining prAna, Mike was with Guess?, Inc. (NYSE: GES) a $2+ billion global contemporary lifestyle apparel and accessories company, serving as Vice President of Merchandise Planning & Allocation from 2008 to 2010 and as VP of Finance globally from 2003 through 2007. He was also a member of their Retail Real Estate Committee and held various financial management positions, including Treasurer, from 1994 through 1999.
    From 2000 through 2002 Mike was the Chief Financial Officer of The Destination Group, a private equity investment company specializing in the travel and leisure / quality of life space.
    Earlier in his career Mike held various financial management positions for Authentic Fitness Corporation (an industry leading manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer of major U.S. swimwear brands), Colony Capital, Inc. (a private equity investment firm specializing in real estate) and the Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) (an international oil and gas company). Mike began his career as an analyst at the Congressional Budget Office in Washington, DC.
    Mike holds an MBA with concentrations in finance and managerial economics from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a BA degree in economics from Carleton College.
    Mike is an avid runner, skier and cyclist. He leads an active lifestyle in Southern California and spends much of his spare time hiking, boarding/surfing and skiing with his wife and four sons.

  • Caroline Rees
    President, Shift
    Caroline Rees
    President, Shift

    SDG 8: Decent Work & Living Wage | Tues. Oct. 10th

    Caroline Rees is President and Co-Founder of Shift, the leading center of expertise on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Shift is a non-profit organization that works globally with governments, businesses, and their stakeholders to embed the Guiding Principles in practice. From 2007 to 2011, Caroline was a lead advisor to the UN Special Representative for Business and Human Rights, Professor John Ruggie, and was closely involved in developing the Guiding Principles. From 2009 to 2011 she was also Director of the Governance and Accountability Program at Harvard Kennedy School’s Corporate Responsibility Initiative. Caroline previously spent 14 years as a British Diplomat with a focus in multilateral affairs. She has degrees from Oxford University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

  • Caroline Reid
    Project Manager Sustainable Development, IKEA
    Caroline Reid
    Project Manager Sustainable Development, IKEA

    Leather and Cashmere: Impacts and Opportunities | Oct. 11

    Since 2015, I’ve been responsible to drive the animal welfare agenda at IKEA: Creating an animal welfare position, as well as working with the supply chain, and the wider industry, to establish traceability for a number of animal materials and address how best to mitigate the risks and secure a good level of animal welfare, as well as social & environmental requirements, at every step of the chain. I have over 10 years’ experience with IKEA covering many areas of sustainability from sustainable transportation, through supplier efficiency & renewable energy, to sustainability programs for a number of key commodities.

  • Paul Reig
    Senior Associate, World Resources Institute
    Paul Reig
    Senior Associate, World Resources Institute

    Setting Apparel Sustainability Goals with Sound Science | Weds. Oct. 11th

    Paul is an Associate with the Water Program and Business Center, and is responsible for guiding the design and development of WRI’s Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas and managing WRI’s corporate engagement on water. Paul has worked with numerous companies in the food and beverage, oil & gas, consumer goods, and apparel sectors on water risk assessments and stewardship strategies. Paul is a published author and has been quoted in mainstream and specialist media on the topics of corporate water risk and stewardship, including in The Financial Times, CNN, the Guardian, Fortune, LA Times, The Oil & Gas Journal, and others.

    Prior to joining WRI, Paul spent 4 years managing a wide range of watershed restoration projects throughout the US States of Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina. Paul also spent time in Latin America working on environmental and social impact assessments for international energy and mining companies.

    Paul grew up in Barcelona, and holds a MS in Water Resources Management from McGill University in Montreal, a BS in Environmental and Agricultural Biology from the University of Navarra, in Pamplona, Spain, as well as a Certificate in Project Management from Georgetown University. Paul is an avid sailor, and enjoys spending his free time boppin’ around his workshop and outdoors with his family.

  • Claudia Richardson
    Materials Innovation Manager, Patagonia
    Claudia Richardson
    Materials Innovation Manager, Patagonia

    Towards a Bio-based Economy | Weds. Oct. 11th

    Claudia Richardson leads Patagonia’s Materials Innovation team with a focus on long term advancements in materials and manufacturing for outdoor apparel and equipment. Through research in materials science, fiber technology, textile engineering, and finishing chemistry, her team seeks to improve technical performance and reduce environmental impact of Patagonia products. Richardson has a background in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has worked to solve materials problems in various fields from clean energy and battery science to household appliances and apparel. She joined Patagonia in 2014 to align her passion for engineering and innovation with her dedication to sustainability, integrity, and outdoor exploration.

  • Valdenira Rodrigues
    Agronomist, V. Fair Trade
    Valdenira Rodrigues
    Agronomist, V. Fair Trade

    OCRT Regional Meeting - Latin America | Thurs Oct. 12th

    She holds a degree in Agronomy from the Federal University of Ceará (2008). Since April 2008 she has been a Consultant for V. FAIR TRADE. Its main activities are the Coordination of the Internal Control System for Organic Certification and Coordination of the Cotton Project. He has experience in Agronomy, with emphasis on Management and Soil Conservation, working on the main themes: Agroecology and Organic Certification.

  • Joy Saunders
    Director, Iconoclast
    Joy Saunders
    Director, Iconoclast

    OCRT Global Stakeholder Meeting | Thurs Oct. 12th

    After having worked for numerous years in the corporate sector, Joy Saunders moved into the not-for-profit world where she was the Chief Executive Officer of Integrity Action (2011-2016), a UK based NGO that seeks to build integrity in some of the world’s most challenging settings. She has written and presented in various fora on the importance of closing the feedback loop as well as metrics and measuring impact in the anti-corruption field and sat as the civil society representative for the OECD Anti-Corruption Task Team.

  • Katie Schmitz Eulitt
    Strategic Advisor, SASB (Sustainability Accounting Standards Board)
    Katie Schmitz Eulitt
    Strategic Advisor, SASB (Sustainability Accounting Standards Board)

    Investors are Taking Score | Tues. Oct. 10th

    Katie Schmitz Eulitt serves as a Strategic Advisor to the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), where she is currently focused on engaging with investors to encourage the use of SASB standards. She curates SASB’s ongoing publication, ESG Integration Insights, and co-manages SASB’s Investor Advisory Group, comprising leading asset owners and managers with over $21 Trillion in assets under management. 
    Following a career in ballet, Katie worked with Salomon Brothers for over a decade in the US, Japan, and Hong Kong. Her experience also spans project development and management in wide-ranging sectors, including energy (fossil fuels, renewables, and fuel cells), water disinfection, and consulting. She has been making the business case for sustainability for over twenty years.


    Katie earned her BA in Japanese from the University of California, Berkeley, and her MBA from l’Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires (INSEAD) in Fontainebleau, France.

  • Michael Schragger
    Managing Director, Sustainable Fashion Academy
    Michael Schragger
    Managing Director, Sustainable Fashion Academy

    Setting Apparel Sustainability Goals with Sound Science | Weds. Oct. 11th

    Michael is the founder of The Sustainable Fashion Academy (SFA). SFA equips change agents working within the apparel industry with the knowledge and tools they need to develop sustainable solutions. Michael advises large multinational companies, leading outdoor brands, as well as public sector organizations, advocacy groups, industry associations and research institutes. www.sustainablefashionacademy,org.

    Michael is also the Chair of The Global Leadership Award in Sustainable Apparel (GLASA). GLASA aims to inspire bolder and courageous leadership in the apparel sector and mobilize key stakeholders around promising ideas and practices that will help to transform the apparel sector. www.glasaaward.org.

  • Sandra Seru
    Director, Forum for the Future U.S.
    Sandra Seru
    Director, Forum for the Future U.S.

    Net Positive Project | Weds. Oct. 11th

    Sandra Seru directs Forum for the Future’s New-York based office, which partners with organizations across North and South America to drive systems change for a just and sustainable future. In addition to supporting and equipping organizations to drive their own transformational strategies, Forum leads multi-stakeholder coalitions aiming to unlock barriers to sustainable development in systems such as cotton, protein, tea and beauty and personal care. 

    Sandra came to Forum from The B Team, a sustainability advocacy organization directed by private and public sector leaders such as Sir Richard Branson, Dr Gro Brundtland, Paul Polman and Mary Robinson. There she led strategy and operations to help The B Team grow its movement of business leaders driving a better way of doing business. Prior to The B Team, Sandra directed sustainability strategy and reporting at Diageo plc, a FTSE 100 beverage company operating in 180 markets. Having spent time in Diageo’s corporate strategy and M&A team, she focused her work on aligning commercial and sustainability goals across the company’s value chain – launching Diageo’s first global Sustainability & Responsibility strategy. Previously, Sandra spent five years at Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), where she advised companies across the Americas on how to maximize and measure impact to local sustainable development.


    With a passion for social innovation, Sandra also sits on the Advisory Board for The Resolution Project, a nonprofit with a mission to support and empower young social entrepreneurs.

  • Tien Shiao
    Senior Associate, Pacific Institute
    Tien Shiao
    Senior Associate, Pacific Institute

    Managing Our Way Through a Water Shortfall | Oct. 10

    Tien Shiao joined the Pacific Institute in 2016. She is a Senior Research Associate for the Corporate Sustainability team and has ten years of experience in corporate sustainability, stakeholder engagement, and water risk and stewardship. Tien’s work focuses on innovative solutions for corporate water challenges, encompassing corporate disclosure frameworks and impact metrics. Prior to joining the Pacific Institute, she was responsible for external relations for the Sustainability department at H&M’s Shanghai production office. Before that, she was a Senior Associate for the Water Program at the World Resources Institute, where she managed the global water risk tool, Aqueduct. Tien received a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from the Yale University. She is fluent in English and Mandarin.

  • Dr. Sara Shields
    Farm Animals Behavior and Welfare Specialist, Humane Society International
    Dr. Sara Shields
    Farm Animals Behavior and Welfare Specialist, Humane Society International

    Leather and Cashmere: Impacts & Opportunities | Weds. Oct. 11th

    Sara Shields earned her B.S. in Zoology from Colorado State University and her Ph.D. from The University of California, Davis in Animal Behavior in 2004. She worked in a postdoctoral capacity at the University of Nebraska, in the Animal Science department, as a researcher and lecturer. She specializes in the welfare of farm animals, and does consulting in farm animal behavior and welfare, providing scientific and technical information to food retailers, universities, producers, law enforcement, standard setting bodies and advocacy organizations. She is the Behavior and Welfare Specialist in the Farm Animals section of Humane Society International (HSI) and has been working for HSI and the Humane Society of the United States for 11 years. She is a U.S. Delegate to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) TC34 Working Group on Animal Welfare, and a member of The Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy. She currently Chairs the International Coalition for Animal Welfare (ICFAW), the official NGO body recognized by the World Animal Health Organization (OIE).

  • Jennifer Silberman
    VP, Corporate Social Responsibility, Target
    Jennifer Silberman
    VP, Corporate Social Responsibility, Target

    Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Where to Start | Tues. Oct. 10th

    Jennifer Silberman is Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer for Target. She leads the company’s commitment to create positive economic, social and environmental impact in the local and global communities it serves. She has direct responsibility for the company’s corporate responsibility strategy and priorities.

    Ms. Silberman joined Target from Hilton where she served as Chief of Staff to the President and CEO as well as Vice President of Corporate Responsibility. She was hired as Hilton’s first Vice President of Corporate Responsibility, creating a formalized function focused on delivering long-term results for the company’s hotel and timeshare operations, societal impact and shareholder value. She led a global team responsible for the strategy, integration and implementation of Hilton’s corporate responsibility initiatives across more than 4,500 hotels globally. She is regarded as an expert in corporate responsibility and has more than 20 years of experience working globally in the areas of economic development, sustainability, human rights, women’s empowerment and youth opportunity. 

    Ms. Silberman holds a M.A. in International Economics and Latin American Studies from The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a B.A. with honors in Latin American Studies from Mount Holyoke College. She currently serves on the board of ECPAT.

  • Nina Smith
    CEO, GoodWeave International
    Nina Smith
    CEO, GoodWeave International

    Putting Women and Children First | Weds. Oct. 11th

    Nina Smith is the founding chief executive officer of GoodWeave International, which works to end child labor and other forms of modern slavery from the producer's hands to the consumer's. Since 1999, Ms. Smith has developed and led GoodWeave operations, which include market engagement; standard-setting, product certification, inspection and monitoring of informal supply chains; removal and rehabilitation of child laborers; and a range of worker protection programs.

    Ms. Smith is an advocate for children’s rights and an expert on addressing labor rights violations in manufacturing supply chains. She has presented globally on these issues at events organized by Harvard University, the American Bar Association: Rule of Law Initiative, Stanford Graduate School of Business and TedX Dhaka among others. She is a winner of the The Schwab Foundation’s 2016 Social Entrepreneur of the Year award and the 2005 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, and a recipient of The Center for Nonprofit Advancement’s EXCEL Award for excellence in chief executive leadership. 

    A fair trade advocate and expert for two decades, Ms. Smith was formerly the executive director of The Crafts Center and a crafts export consultant to the Tibetan Government-in-Exile in Dharamsala, India, where she oversaw the development of new market-driven product lines and artisan training. Ms. Smith was also president and board member of the Fair Trade Federation and has served on the board of The Tibet Collection. Currently she sits on the board of the Fair Labor Association and is a practitioner affiliate of the Social Enterprise Graduate Degree program at American University. Ms. Smith is a graduate of Tufts University.

  • Hélėne Smits
    Consultant, Stating the Obvious / Recover Ambassador / Circle Economy Associate
    Hélėne Smits
    Consultant, Stating the Obvious / Recover Ambassador / Circle Economy Associate

    MMC Roundtable | Thurs Oct. 12th

    Over the past 6 years, Helene has gained experience working as a researcher, communicator and consultant in Circular Economy and sustainable innovation in a variety of industries. In 2014, she set up the Circle Textiles Program at Circle Economy and from that moment on has been fully dedicated to bringing Circular Economy thinking to the fashion & textiles industry. Since early 2016, Helene continues work with her own independent consultancy, Stating the Obvious. In this capacity she works for pioneering companies in the textiles industry, including Recover and Circle Economy.

  • Lena Staafgard
    Chief Operating Officer, Better Cotton Initiative
    Lena Staafgard
    Chief Operating Officer, Better Cotton Initiative

    Scaling the Use of Sustainable Cotton | Weds. Oct 11th

    Lena joined BCI in 2010, working in membership. In 2012, she transitioned to the role of Operations Director and in 2015 into Director - Global Supply and was responsible for national government engagement and implementation of the Better Cotton Standard at field level in all countries of operation. in 2015, Lena developed a new global fund, the BCI Growth & Innovation Fund, in partnership with IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative, which currently supports Better Cotton projects in eight countries around the globe. In May 2016, As BCI was growing, Lena again transitioned to the role of Chief Operations Officer overseeing the global operational effectiveness of the organisation, including the country programmes. Prior to joining BCI, she worked for many years at Forum for the Future in London, advising the private sector on how to integrate sustainability into their business models and strategies.

  • Roland Stelzer
    Managing Partner, Cotonea - Gebr. Elmer & Zweifel
    Roland Stelzer
    Managing Partner, Cotonea - Gebr. Elmer & Zweifel

    OCRT Regional Meeting - Africa | Thurs Oct. 12th
    since 1990 Managing Partner of Gebr. Elmer & Zweifel GmbH & Co KG, Bempflingen, Germany
    1995 first organic cotton purchase
    since 1995 member of the steering committee of Südwesttextil 
    (SWT = Southwest textile employer association)
    since 1995 member of the steering committee of Campus Reutlingen eV
    (Campus Reutlingen = booster club of Reutlingen University)
    Reutlingen University is a leading University in textiles 
    1999 - 2002 Member of the Board of the Bremen Cotton Exchange
    since 2001 member of the technical committee “weaving” of the IVGT
    (IVGT = Industrial Associaton of textile Manufacturers), thereof 5 years as chairman
    2003 Launch of Cotonea brand for bedding, bath textiles, baby care textiles and clothing
    2005 Start cooperation with Helvetas and Biofarmers Kyrgyz Rebublic about growing of 
    Organic FT cotton. 
    since 2007 member of the steering committee of the IVGT
    since 2008 founding member of the foundation board of KFRU 
    (KFRU = Knowledge Foundation of Reutlingen University)
    since 2010 member of the panel for organic guidelines (GOTS and IVN BEST)
    since 2010 member of the advisory board of the DITF, Denkendorf, a textile research institute
    2010 Start of cooperation with Gulu Agricultural Development Corporation about growing of
    Organic cotton.
    2017 Start offering organic ELS cotton products, yarn and fabric.

  • Phil Townsend
    Sustainable Raw Materials Specialist, Marks & Spencer
    Phil Townsend
    Sustainable Raw Materials Specialist, Marks & Spencer

    Working Session: Responsible Wool Standard | Weds. Oct. 11th

    Phil is responsible for developing specialist knowledge for sourcing sustainable raw materials. Working with the Plan A sustainability team, he leads the development and implementation of the key raw material strategies used within M&S. He also works on other projects to develop sustainable supply chains from farm to store - including traceability, dye-house efficiencies, chemical compliance and creating innovative and sustainable products.


    Phil is the Vice Chairman of the BCI (Better Cotton Initiative) Council and is has led the ZDHC program at M&S for the last 4 years
    Phil has spent over 20 years at M&S. Prior to his current role he worked as a Product Technologist, where he was responsible for product development, supply chain management, innovation and quality management. Phil is a passionate environmental conservationist and continues to be activley involved in voluntary natural habitat management projects

  • Keith Tyrell
    Director, Pesticide Action Network UK
    Keith Tyrell
    Director, Pesticide Action Network UK

    Scaling the Use of Sustainable Cotton | Weds. Oct. 11th 

    Keith started at PAN UK as Director in May 2010. Keith has over 25 years’ environmental experience. Prior to joining PAN UK he was the Director of Programmes and Research at the Koru Foundation – a charity that supports community scale renewable energy projects in the developing world. He also spent eight years working on UK and EU environmental policy at the ENDS Report where his last role was Climate and Energy Editor. He has extensive experience of working with grassroots organisations and ran the European arm of a three-year international research and advocacy project for WWF. He holds a Doctorate in Development Studies, and MA in Environment Development and Policy from the University of Sussex – both of which involved research into pesticide use.

  • MeiLin Wan
    Vice President Textiles, Applied DNA Sciences
    MeiLin Wan
    Vice President Textiles, Applied DNA Sciences

    Technology and Traceability | Oct. 11

    MeiLin Wan is Vice President the Textiles Group at Applied DNA Sciences in Stony Brook, New York. She is responsible for providing clients with secure supply chain solutions and services to assure quality, sustainable and responsible sourcing practices for textile customers globally. MeiLin leads the team in initiating new platforms such as CertainT™ to safeguard supply chains against product recalls, liability, while maintaining profitability and market differentiation. Clients like Himatsingka, Louis Dreyfus Company, Techmer PM, Palmetto Synthetics Loftex, Nissha, Martin Guitar, Solvay, are proactively using Applied DNA's molecular based technology. From 2014 to present, MeiLin has led the team to tag, test and trace over 160 million pounds of US grown cotton, resulting in the launch of products sold under the Pimacott brand in over 1,700 stores throughout the United States at Bed Bath and Beyond and Costco. In addition to cotton, the Textiles Group works with clients to implement innovative textile applications in synthetics, recycled cellulosics, rayon, wool, cashmere, silk and many other fiber, yarn and fabric products. Prior to joining Applied DNA Sciences, MeiLin has over 20 years experience in the biotechnology, consumer products and personal care industries, specializing in marketing, sales, strategic and international management.

  • Alison Ward
    CEO, CottonConnect
    Alison Ward
    CEO, CottonConnect

    Scaling the Use of Sustainable Cotton | Weds. Oct. 11th

    Putting Women and Children First | Weds. Oct. 11th

    Alison Ward is the CEO of CottonConnect, where she leads a team of 45 employees and over 700 implementing associates in India, Pakistan, China and Peru, impacting the lives of a million farming families. Alison has over 20 years of international experience in sustainability and corporate affairs, shaping system change and translating social impact programmes into commercial value within the FMCG, food and apparel sectors.

    With a mission to drive scalable change, Alison serves as an Advisory Board Member at Textile Exchange and on Forum for the Future’s Working Group, Cotton 2040. She also sat on the Sustainability Advisory Committee for the London Olympic Games and has been a Coach and Mentor to commercial teams at WWF and the Ethical Trade Initiative.

  • Anita Whitehead
    Principal, KPMG
    Anita Whitehead
    Principal, KPMG

    Based in Washington DC, Anita Whitehead helps global commercial organizations plan their philanthropic vision and manage the legacy they wish to leave behind. She is the Commercial National Practice Leader for KPMG’s Development and Exempt Organizations (DEO) practice, bringing more than 16 years of experience serving organizations within corporate, not-for-profit, and governmental industries. She speaks about community partnerships, strategies on global giving, and international regulatory issues around philanthropy. She is exceptionally familiar with the trends affecting corporate responsibility, corporate philanthropy and charitable activities. Her work is global. Audiences include the Association for Corporate Contributions Professionals, Boston College Corporate Citizenship and the Conference Board.

  • Jeff Wilson
    Sr. Business Development Manager - Sustainability, NSF International
    Jeff Wilson
    Sr. Business Development Manager - Sustainability, NSF International

    Decarbonizing Operations | Tues. Oct. 10th

    Jeff is Sr. Business Development Manager at NSF International, a leading U.S. based 501 (c) (3) non-profit based in Ann Arbor, MI. Through an extensive global operation, NSF’s mission is to deliver public health and safety-based risk management solutions while serving the interests of all stakeholders, including the public, the business community and government agencies. The Sustainability Division at NSF includes an extensive and growing body of standards and protocols for numerous products and industries and across complex supply networks, as well as testing, auditing, certification, and validation services.


    Jeff previously was Director of Business Value Strategy and Development at Textile Exchange for 3 years where he was responsible for membership retention, engagement and growth, along with building and implementing TE’s Supply Network platform. Prior to that he was Vice President of Sustainability at Quiksilver, Inc., responsible for all Sustainability initiatives globally, including owned operations and its product lifecycle footprint, as well as the company’s Quiksilver Foundation philanthropic arm.


    Jeff received a Master of Business Administration in Marketing and Strategic Planning from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara. Jeff has been and continues to be active in various volunteer activities related to the environment and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Earth’s Ocean Foundation.

  • Andrew Winston
    Author of The Big Pivot & Green to Gold
    Andrew Winston
    Author of The Big Pivot & Green to Gold

    Members-only Breakfast | Tues. Oct. 10th

    Andrew Winston is a globally recognized expert on how companies can navigate and profit from humanity’s biggest challenges. Andrew’s first book, Green to Gold, was the top-selling green business title of the last decade, selling over 100,000 copies in seven languages. Inc. Magazine included Green to Gold on its all-time list of 30 books that every manager should own. His new book, The Big Pivot, provides a practical roadmap to help leaders build resilient, thriving companies and communities in a volatile world. He is also author of the Harvard Business Review Magazine cover story, “Resilience in a Hotter World.” His views on strategy have been sought after by many of the world’s leading companies, including Boeing, HP, J&J, Kimberly-Clark, PepsiCo, PwC, and Unilever.

    His earlier career included advising companies on corporate strategy while at the Boston Consulting Group and strategy and marketing roles at Time Warner and MTV. Today, Andrew is also a highly respected and dynamic speaker, reaching audiences of thousands at high-profile events like TED with an entertaining message of practical optimism: the world’s challenges are great, but business has the tools, resources, and creativity to build a prosperous world. He received his BA in Economics from Princeton, an MBA from Columbia, and a Masters of Environmental Management from Yale. 

  • Veronica Yow
    Manager, Rare
    Veronica Yow
    Manager, Rare

    OCRT Regional Meeting - China | Thurs Oct. 12th

    Veronica Yow is a Manager in the Sustainable Markets and Finance team at Rare and currently oversees the organic agriculture program in China. Bringing over nine years of sustainability and business consultancy experience in the private, academic, and non-governmental sector in North America, Africa, and Asia Pacific, Veronica has worked on the development, execution, and management of sustainability strategies and programs for various organizations. Veronica was a Chartered Accountant in Australia before joining PwC Egypt's Corporate Responsibility team executing nationwide public health programs and supporting young entrepreneurs to build sustainable green startups. Veronica also worked for a mobile technology for development startup in Uganda and holds an MS in Sustainability Management from American University in Washington D.C.

  • Frank Zambrelli
    Sr. Advisor, Fair Fashion Center
    Frank Zambrelli
    Sr. Advisor, Fair Fashion Center

    The Post-Consumer Textile Collections Conundrum | Weds. Oct. 11th

    Frank was headed for medical school when a trip to the European shows radically altered his plans. Heading instead to the Fashion Institute of Technology, he graduated with a dream job at Chanel. John Varvatos, then at Cole Haan, gave him his next big break, the opportunity to further develop his craft in European factories. His tenure led him to Coach and the successful launch of the venerable firm’s foray into new businesses.

    Partnering there with Silvano Ban, they realized they shared an interest in the art and commerce of finely crafted accessories, and vowed to begin their own studio. In 2003, Ban Zambrelli was born, developing businesses for major houses throughout Europe and the US.

    Frank is the Chairman of the Accessories Council, and regularly coaches organizations on the principles of fair fashion. He joined GCU as a special advisor during the university’s initial launch, helping to assemble and guide The Fair Fashion Center.

  • Dan Zook
    Dir. of Investments, Initiative for Smallholder Finance
    Dan Zook
    Dir. of Investments, Initiative for Smallholder Finance

    Getting the Most out of Our Land | Tues. Oct. 10th 

    Dan is the Director of Investments for the Initiative for Smallholder Finance (ISF) at the Global Development Incubator, based in New York. The ISF is a multi-donor and investor platform for the development of financial services serving the smallholder farmer market. Dan supports ISF’s investment pipeline development, multi-stakeholder facilitation, and targeted market research in the smallholder finance sector. Dan joined ISF from Dalberg where he led cross-functional teams in strategy projects related to agriculture, financial services, and social impact for financial institutions, foundations, and multi-national companies. Prior to joining Dalberg, Dan was a lead associate at Booz & Company in the financial services practice where he specialized in strategy and organizational transformation for commercial banks. Dan has also worked as a planning manager for Standard Chartered Bank in the UAE and a microfinance program officer for Plan International in Vietnam. Dan holds an MBA with honors from Cornell’s Johnson Business School and a BA from Princeton University in neuroscience.

More About the Conference

A special Textile Exchange Member-Only Breakfast will feature Andrew Winston, a globally recognized expert on green business and author of Green Recovery and Green to Gold. A current list of speakers is available on the conference website and will be updated as additional speakers are confirmed. Follow #TExtileConf for updates on speakers joining us for the conference.

The Agenda structure offers two full conference days, and additional pre- and post-conference days dedicated to in-depth workshops. The series of workshops take the audience through multiple sessions of insight and information. Attendees will leave with actionable solutions they can immediately implement into their daily business. After attending Textile Exchange’s 2016 conference, Nicole Bassett, Co-Founder, The Renewal Workshop said, “I always walk away from the Textile Exchange global conference with a deep understanding of the newest ideas, innovations and companies in sustainability in the textile industry. The conference gives the opportunity for great networking and developing business relationships.”

Textile Exchange #CreatingMaterialChange for 15 Years!

In its 15th year of #CreatingMaterialChange, Textile Exchange will kick-off its annual conference with an anniversary celebration to honor its founding members who recognized the need for a leading collaborative organization to drive industry transformation. “Through their annual conference, Textile Exchange provides a much needed space for everyone to work together, because this type of collaboration and collective action is what will drive transformational change within apparel supply chains globally.” – Scott Leonard, Founding Member of Textile Exchange and CEO of INDIGENOUS and a member of the C&A Foundation Investment Committee. For more information about the conference and to register to attend, visit: http://textileexchange.org/2017-textile-sustainability-conference/.

 

For more information about the conference and to register to attend, visit: http://textileexchange.org/2017-textile-sustainability-conference/.