Alice Bah Kuhnke is a member of the European Parliament from Sweden and vice-chair of the Greens/EFA party group. She is a full member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs and the Greens/EFA’s Coordinator in the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality. In addition, she is co-chair of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on the Green New Deal, which brings together MEPs from different political groups in the parliament. In this capacity, she has launched a policy initiative to add ambition and provide input to the forthcoming EU Textile Strategy and regularly engages with stakeholders and the Commission to find an effective path forward for the fashion sector in the much-needed green and just transition. Before she came to the European Parliament, she was Minister for Culture and Democracy in the Swedish Government.
“The fashion industry is one of many sectors that will need to take big steps in the green transition in the coming years. In light of the innovation needed in this field, I think leadership is more crucial than ever. Leading by example will be key to survival and success and the Swedish fashion industry has already shown great potential in this respect.”
Amanda Parkes is Chief innovation Officer at Pangaia, with over 15 years of experience in fashion innovation, sustainability, wearable technology, interaction design and smart materials spanning research, development, and product commercialization for start ups and major tech and fashion companies. She is currently the Chief Innovation Officer of Pangaia, a material science brand building a sustainable future in fashion and lifestyle products.
Anita is a Partner in McKinsey’s London office, and leads the Apparel, Fashion &Luxury Practice in EMEA and in the UK.
Her expertise extends across fashion, health and beauty, specialty retail and e-commerce.
She focuses on supporting clients in developing their strategic responses to the disruptions shaping the retail industry and in delivering customer and brand-led growth transformations and she is a frequent speaker on these topics.
Anita is also co-leading the industry leading thought publication, State of Fashion, in partnership with theBusiness of Fashion.
Prior to McKinsey, Anita was the Global Head of Retail at OC&C StrategyConsultants and served as a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of Space NK Apothecary Ltd and Majestic WinePLC.
Anita holds an MSc in Management from the London School ofEconomics as well as an MBA from the IndianInstitute of Management.
As the co-founder of ASKET, August’s remit is broad, covering marketing, e-commerce, product as well as special projects. Since launching ASKET, August has continued to push for change in the fashion industry by introducing wholly new business practices; from launching ASKET’s Traceability Standard – a standard that aims to achieve 100% traceability across the collection’s supply chain, to introducing a lifecycle analysis project. Before starting ASKET, August worked in management consultancy as well as at a fintech start-up, through which he built experience in launching start-ups and introducing new practices to market.
“We’re at an infliction point where the old way of doing business, at the expense of people and planet, should no longer be viable. This change will need to be driven by brands, consumers, regulators and government alike.”
Instagram @augustbarddringeus @asket
Catarina Midby started her fashion career as a Fashion Editor at Swedish Elle magazine and
then moved on to become Head of PR, Trends and Sustainability at H&M Group and H&M
UK and Ireland. In 2018 she left the big brand to pursue a career as a Fashion and
Sustainability Consultant, and also started up her own sustainable T-shirt brand MIDBY
STUDIO. She became Secretary General at Swedish Fashion Association in 2019 and now
focuses on bringing together, supporting, and promoting Swedish fashion in Sweden and
Professor of Computer Science at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
Danica Kragic is a Professor of Computer Science at the Royal Institute of Technology KTH, Sweden. Her research is in the area of robotics and artificial intelligence, with the goal of building solutions that support humans at work and their everyday life. She is also working on applying technology in the fashion domain for increasing sustainability. She is a member of the Board of Directors of H&M Group and SAAB.
“Leadership builds on the ability to adapt and transform yourself and the domains you work in. Being open-minded, finding novel and transformative solutions outside your area
and grounding your decisions in research and experience is, in my opinion, what makes a true leader.”
Daniela Ott has been the General Secretary of the Aura Blockchain Consortium since May 2021. She is a recognized leader in the luxury industry with 20 years of experience spent in developing and leading interdisciplinary teams. She was notably Chief Operating Officer for the Kering Luxury Division within Kering Group. Later, as CEO of Tomas Maier (part of Kering Group) and then Eden Being (part of Oetker Luxury Hotel Collection). Daniela graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s and Master’s from the London School of Economics and obtained a PhD in Management and Consumer Behavior.
Erik joined the H&M Foundation in 2014 to set up its efforts addressing the fashion industry’s planetary footprint. Based on a holistic ecosystem strategy he has set up a portfolio of partnerships including the industry’s largest innovation challenge the Global Change Award and the industry leading USD 100M research partnership with HKRITA – with the aim of paving the way for a planet positive fashion industry.
Erik Karlsson is an Acting Co-Head at the H&M Group’s investment arm CO:LAB. He is also responsible for the H&M Sustainable investments, where he has led investments in e.g. Renewcell, Infinited Fiber Company and Colorifix.
Serving on several boards of the H&M Group portfolio companies, Erik was part of taking Renewcell public. Prior to this role, he has held various positions in H&M Group’s Sustainability Department. Before joining H&M Group, he worked as a sustainability consultant in the oil & gas and shipping industries.
Federica Marchionni is the Chief Executive Officer at Global Fashion Agenda (GFA). Marchionni is responsible for accelerating the growth of the organisation and building on its solid ten-year foundation based on a collective commitment to make sustainability fashion’s first priority. Marchionni leads the elevation of the organisation’s prestigious forums including Copenhagen Fashion Summit and CFS+ and the publication of reputable thought leadership and propels its advocacy efforts. All led with the ultimate vision to foster a thriving fashion industry that creates prosperity for all people and communities by working within planetary boundaries, reversing its impact on climate change, and protecting biodiversity.
Marchionni regularly speaks at conferences and top academic institutions including Harvard and Stanford University, Fortune MPW Summit.
“As leaders, we have the responsibility to use our influence to create positive change that will benefit our planet and the people on it. The greatest leaders are bold and not afraid to take risks. Throughout my career, I’ve learned the importance of empowering my teams to continue to challenge themselves and strive for excellence.”
Hanna de la Motte is a senior scientist with a PhD in chemistry and bio-based materials. For the past eight years, Hanna has been in forefront of Swedish research focusing on recycling solutions for the textile industries. Hanna held a leading role in the research program Mistra Future Fashion 2011-2019. She is presently working as Vice President for the Business and Innovation Area Material Transition at RISE.
“When I hear leadership, I think of two things in particular. The first is that Sweden, with its knowledge of textiles, materials, innovation and digitalization, has excellent conditions for acting in global leadership when it comes to sustainable textiles. The second thing I think about is the leadership of the organizations that need to change. Here, company managements need to own the strategy for the transition and distribute it throughout their whole organization, beyond sustainability departments. Here, however, we often see that knowledge needs to be strengthened about what sustainable change means, how it is measured, how it can be implemented in a changing time, how risks can be minimized and how, for example, factors such as new rules affect operations.”
Harald joined Renewcell in 2017 as the company made the transition from research to commercialization. He leads marketing and brand development for Circulose®, Renewcell’s 100% textile-to-textile recycled material. He also manages external communications with a focus on financing as Head of Investor Relations.
“When practically everyone agrees that change is necessary – leadership is about committing to making that change happen.”
Helena Helmersson started her career at H&M in 1997 as an economist at the Buying Office in Stockholm and thereafter held various roles within Buying and Production. Helena was sustainability manager for five years and after that production manager based in Hong Kong. For just over a year she has been H&M Group’s COO (Chief Operating Officer) with responsibility for expansion, logistics, production, IT, Advanced analytics and AI and Insights and Analytics. Since January 2020, Helena Helmersson is president and Chief Executive Officer of H&M Group.
Lena Patriksson Keller is the founder of Patriksson Group. Established in 1999, the group is today comprised of companies offering expertise ranging from strategic brand development and creative direction, to digitalisation and communication for creative industries. She is the co-founder of the Swedish Fashion Association and since 2009, has served as Chairman on their board of directors. In 2005 she was one of the founders of Stockholm Fashion Week.
Lena is also on the board of directors of the H&M Group and is a co-owner of the denim brand Jeanerica.
Lewis Perkins, President – Apparel Impact Institute
A passionate advocate for “doing the right thing,” Lewis Perkins is the President of the Apparel
Impact Institute (AII), an organization launched by leading brands and apparel sector industry
associations to identify, fund, and scale programs to drive positive impact in the fashion sector.
Previous to this Perkins was President of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute
(C2CPII) where he launched the Institute’s Fashion Positive initiative, which engages designers,
manufacturers, brands and influencers in creating Cradle to Cradle Certified TM materials and
products with the circular economy in mind. Prior to joining the C2CPII, Perkins led sustainability
for The Mohawk Group and consulted with corporations and organizations on their social and
He has served as an Ashoka and Laudes Foundation Strategy Thought Partner, a member of
the H&M Global Change Award Expert Panel, and a Design Mentor for both the CFDA (Council
of Fashion Designers of America), as well as the IDEO & Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New
Plastics Economy “Circular Design Competition.” Perkins has also been a participant of the
World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Consumption.
Perkins holds a Master of Business Administration with a focus on social responsibility from
Goizueta Business School at Emory University and a Bachelor of Arts from Washington & Lee
University. In 2018, he was recognized by his undergraduate alma mater, with the
Distinguished Alumni award.
Maisie Williams is a British actor, filmmaker, and environmentalist who rose to prominence with her role as Arya Stark in the HBO series Game of Thrones, a role which earned her global critical acclaim. For her next role, Maisie will play punk icon Jordan in Danny Boyle-directed TV series Pistol, about the Sex Pistols. Founded by and made for artists, Maisie leads her film production company, Rapt, which is committed to amplifying the diverse range of voices and outlooks of a new generation. Rapt recently launched Frank Film Club, a brand new podcast with Acast, which takes a deep dive into cinema through the lens of four young women in the industry.
Malin Viola Wennberg is a dedicated advocate for research as a tool for change. Over the past years, she has held a leading position in the research program Mistra Future Fashion as well as the position of Senior Advisor at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency focusing on the environmental effects of the fashion and textiles industries. As of fall 2021, Malin will further deepen her knowledge in the market of sustainable fashion and textiles in perusing her PhD at Stockholm University.
“Leadership is about walking the talk. Breaking a habit or being the first to switch out a gear in a long line of still functioning gears is hard, sometimes even terrifying. Leadership means being brave and taking off at first step so that others can follow.”
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Michael has been working at the forefront of the sustainability movement for more than twenty years. In 2010, Michael founded the Sustainable Fashion Academy (SFA), a non-profit organisation whose mission is to rapidly accelerate societal progress to science-based sustainability targets and the global sustainability goals (SDGs) by leveraging the power and influence of the apparel industry. More recently Michael initiated The Swedish Textiles Initiative for Climate Action (STICA), a platform for ensuring Nordic companies and industry stakeholders set science-based climate targets and work actively to reduce GHG emissions in line with the 1,5-degree warming pathway. Michael is also the creator and host of the Big Closets Small Planet podcast, sits on the advisory boards for a range of global sustainable apparel initiatives, and is a frequent key note speaker. Learn more about SFA here: www.sustainablefashionacademy.org; STICA here www.sustainablefashioacademy.org/stica; and Big Closets Small Planet here https://www.sustainablefashionacademy.org/podcasts/big-closets-small-planet
Oskar Metsavaht is a multidisciplinary creator who moves between different areas and is recognized as a visionary for defending and applying social and environmental practices. Oskar is also the Founder and Creative Director of Osklen, a Brazilian fashion brand that is recognized as one of the forerunners of the New Luxury concept. A concept that strives for the fusion between ethics, aesthetics and advocates conscious fashion committed to the ‘ASAP philosophy (as sustainable as possible, as soon as possible).
Oskar is also an environmental activist. Founder and President of Instituto-E, a non-governmental organization that acts as a hub applying concepts and practices of ‘Sustainable Design Thinking’ to promote more sustainable human development through socio-environmental projects. President of OM.Group. Creator of Janeiro Hotel, located in Leblon, Rio de Janeiro. Creative Director of OM.art studio, where he hosts his art studio, an exhibition space and the studio for the development and production of projects thru art, science and philosophy. Board member of Inhotim Institute - Contemporary Art Museum and of the Museum of Modern Art (MAM) of Rio de Janeiro. UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for the culture of peace and sustainability.
Global Fashion Exchange founder, Patrick Duffy is developing networks and activating ideas, guiding creative teams globally partnering with institutions like the V&A in London, Bryant Park in New York City, Federation Square Melbourne, and spaces like Madison Square Garden and The Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. Patrick’s previous work in the fashion industry catalyses industry titans to create positive action working alongside the UN to implement the SDGs.
In addition, Patrick has managed global partnerships for Common Objective (CO), a business network for the fashion industry, as well as launching “Mr Duffy” a 100% circular and sustainably focused clothing collection with partner Fashion 4 Freedom in Vietnam. Previously worked as development director at Design Pavilion, NYC’s Largest public interfacing event in partnership with Times Square and NYEDC during NYCx Design week each May.
Instagram @mrpatrickduffy and @globalfashionexchange
Robin Mellery-Pratt is a Senior Director at The Business of Fashion. He joined the company in 2013 and spent four years on the editorial team, covering markets, consumer trends and innovation before founding BoF's content strategy team. He is the chairperson of the media company's People & Planet ERG.
Rogier van Mazijk is the Investment Manager at Fashion for Good, the global initiative that convenes brands, producers, retailers, suppliers, non-profit organisations, innovators and funders in a pre-competitive space to support and embed breakthrough technologies into the fashion supply chain. Rogier is responsible for Fashion for Good’s investment activities and focused on financing the shift at scale to more sustainable production methods. Rogier brings corporate finance and investment banking experience from advisory firms including Houlihan Lokey and Alvarez & Marsal.
As Director of Finance for the Apparel Impact Institute (Aii), Ryan leads Aii's blended capital strategy, which aims to unlock financial capital to reduce GHG emissions in the apparel & footwear supply chains. Ryan has more than 10 years of experience in finance, including roles as an investment banking analyst, corporate CFO, and financial research consultant. Ryan received a B.B.A. in finance, accounting, and alternative investments from Emory University – Goizueta Business School.
Creative advisor, keynote speaker, board member, distinguished professor and writer, Simon Collins is a former Dean at Parsons in New York and creative director at Nike in Asia. He has spoken at the United Nations in NY and been featured in Forbes, Business of Fashion, WWD, SCMP, China Daily and The New York Times.
In 2016 he founded the Fashion Culture Design Unconference in New York and in 2017 he founded the global design education platform WeDesign.org.
Simon Collins is dedicated to helping everyone create beautiful solutions. Based in Shanghai he travels the world sharing his adventures and passion.