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    Brice Lalonde, Founder and Chairman, Business and Climate Summit

    Mr. Brice Lalonde is the founder and chairman of the Business and Climate Summit, an annual gathering of companies and policy makers tackling climate change.

    He was Special Advisor on Sustainable development to the UN Global Compact. Before, he was Under-Secretary General of the United Nations, Executive Coordinator of the Rio+20 conference. Mr. Lalonde is a former French Ambassador for climate change international negotiations.

    Prior to this, he served as French Minister for the Environment from 1988 to 1992, Chairman of the Round Table for Sustainable Development at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and Senior Advisor for Environment and Trade to the French Government. In addition, he held the position of Director of the Paris office of the Institute for a European Environment Policy.


    Sandra Gallina, Directorate D - Sustainable Development; EPA, ACP; Agri-food. DG Trade, European Commission

    Sandra joined the European Commission in 1988. She is today Director for DG TRADE Directorate D “Sustainable Development; Economic Partnership Agreements - African, Caribbean and Pacific; Agri-food and SPS”. She is also the Chief Negotiator for the EU-Mercosur FTA.

    Sandra joined DG TRADE in 2001. Until 2009 she was EU Lead Negotiator for Non-Agricultural Market Access in the WTO Doha Round and in that capacity, she defined and presented EU policy or the Doha Development Agenda on non-agricultural market access negotiations. She was later appointed as Head of Unit in charge of the Economic Partnership Agreements with the ACPs.

    Before joining DG TRADE she worked in the Directorate General for Taxation and Customs Union - DG TAXUD and at the end of the 1990s she represented the EU in the WTO negotiations for the Harmonization Work Programme under the Uruguay Round Agreement on Rules of Origin (ARO).


    Dr Keshav Raj Kranthi, Head, Technical Information Section, International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC)

    Before joining the ICAC in March 2017, Dr Kranthi worked as the Director of the Central Institute for Cotton Research (CICR) Nagpur, India from 2008. He is a Ph.D from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi.
    Dr Kranthi joined the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) as a scientist in 1991. His main research interests are insect molecular biology, toxicology, ecology, immunology and biotechnology.

    Dr Kranthi invented immunological kits to detect Bt in GM crops, insecticide resistant insects and spurious pesticides. Bt detection kits were commercialized and are extensively used all across India to detect spurious Bt-seed brands. He has patents granted in South Africa, Mexico, China and Uzbekistan and six patent applications in India. He has 14 germplasm culture registrations and 94 DNA sequences registered on NCBI, USA.

    Dr Kranthi has authored 45 research papers in peer reviewed journals, 14 book chapters, 14 international conference full-papers, three books, edited two books and several bulletins and popular articles.


    Katrin Ley,   Managing Director, Fashion for Good

    Katrin Ley is the Managing Director of Fashion for Good — the global initiative to make all fashion good. As Managing Director, Katrin Ley steers Fashion for Good’s global efforts to enable the daring invention and widespread adoption of good fashion practice. She does this by harnessing the power of innovation, practical action and cross-sector collaboration to drive the transition to a circular apparel and textile industry.

    Katrin is a noted thought leader in the fashion and social impact fields, with over 20 years of management experience. She joined Fashion for Good from Pymwymic, the ‘Put your Money Where Your Meaning Is Community’ of European wealth holders who invest for impact. Prior to this role, Katrin was Managing Director within the adidas Group (U.S. and Netherlands) and a Principal within the Boston Consulting Group (Germany and Scandinavia) – with a focus on private equity, consumer goods and technology. Katrin was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and is the founding curator of the Amsterdam Global Shapers Hub.


    Martijn Hagman, CFO & COO, Tommy Hilfiger global and PVH Europe

    Martijn Hagman is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for Tommy Hilfiger global and PVH Europe, in which he oversees Finance, Supply Chain, Digital Business Transformation, Corporate Responsibility, Business Development, Legal and IT.

    Martijn joined Tommy Hilfiger in 2008 as Group Controller based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In 2009 he was promoted to VP, Group Finance, and following PVH’s acquisition of Tommy Hilfiger in April 2010, he transitioned to the Tommy Hilfiger Europe organization as SVP, Finance. He was appointed CFO for PVH Europe in April 2013, extended his oversight for Tommy Hilfiger globally in September 2014, and also assumed the role of COO in November 2017.

    Prior to joining Tommy Hilfiger, Martijn worked for ten years at Ernst & Young within the International Audit practice, based between offices in Amsterdam and San Jose, California.


    Cristina Fedato , Team Leader of the Sustainable Infrastructure, Collaborating Center for Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP)

    Cristina Fedato, Team Leader of the Sustainable Infrastructure, Products and Services (SIPS) Team, Collaborating Center for Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP).
    At the CSCP, Cristina is responsible for several projects related to sustainable value chains, sustainable product portfolio, strategy development, industry 4.0, business model innovation, sustainable life styles and circular & sharing economy.

    She has 15 years of experience as a specialist, professor and consultant in the fields of Corporate Sustainability and Social Responsibility, Sustainable Procurement and Sustainable Supply Chains. She combines education, research, and consulting and has worked with organizations such as Avina, GIZ, GRI, IADB, ISTR, RedEAmerica, SEKN, WBCSD, among others. Furthermore, she has developed and implemented projects for many national and multinational companies from a variety of industries including Textile, Agribusiness, Food, Waste Management, Energy and their respective supply chains.

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    Dr Sally Uren, Chief Executive, Forum for the FutureSally is Chief Executive at Forum for the Future with overall responsibility for delivering Forum’s mission to accelerate a big shift towards a sustainable future by catalysing transformational change in global systems. This involves working with leading global organisations, including businesses such as Unilever and Kingfisher, and Foundations, such as the C&A Foundation, both in one to one partnerships, and also as part of multi-stakeholder collaborations designed to address complex challenges in systems as diverse as food, energy, apparel and shipping.
    Sally is currently directly involved in a number of projects including Net Positive, a coalition of seventeen leading businesses, all working to define the next wave of corporate sustainability; Cotton 2040, a multi-stakeholder collaboration designed to accelerate the mainstreaming of sustainable cotton, and Tea 2030, a global project focusing on a number of innovation platforms intended to deliver a sustainable global tea industry. 


    Crispin Argento, Executive Director, Organic Cotton Accelerator

    Crispin is a sustainable fashion expert who advocates for responsible and scalable business solutions that drive brand profitability and value. As Executive Director of the Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA), his aim is to ensure the viability and scalability of organic cotton through tactical investments in integrity, quality and supply.

    Crispin advocates systemic change that will lead to a new era not only for organic cotton, but for all cotton, ensuring that health and equality, environmental stewardship and resilience and long-term sector growth benefit farmer to consumer.

    Prior to OCA, Crispin served as Managing Director of Futuremade and co-founded the Portland Apparel Lab. He is a California native who enjoys cycling, industrial design, hip hop and big band jazz. His hero is Jane Jacobs.


    Annette Pensel, Executive Director, Global Coffee Platform

    As Executive Director of the Global Coffee Platform (GCP) Annette Pensel is responsible for leadership, development, and overall management of this multi-stakeholder membership organization.

    Annette brings more than 14 years of experience in the international coffee sector and in the field of development cooperation, including corporate sustainability, public-private partnerships, voluntary standards development and capacity building.

    As Director Sustainability Innovations of the former 4C Association, Annette established excellent relationships with key stakeholders in the coffee industry ranging from coffee growers to private sector representatives to NGO, donor and government representatives. Annette graduated in Economics, Political Science and Latin American studies from the University of Cologne (Germany) and Tucuman (Argentina). She speaks German, English, Spanish, Portuguese and French and is now based in Bonn, Germany.

     Jeffrey Hogue, Chief Sustainability Officer, C&A Global

    Jeffrey Hogue is the Chief Sustainability Officer of C&A Global. 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 third largest buyer of sustainable cotton. He serves as a board member for C&A Foundation, Textile Exchange and Fashion for Good.



    Karen Van der Westhuizen Karen Van der Westhuizen , Communications Director, Forest Stewardship Council

    Karen Van der Westhuizen is a seasoned communications professional, with over 25 years’ experience in all aspects of communications. She has worked as a journalist for a leading South African newspaper, as a communicator in both corporate and non-profit organizations, and in an agency environment. Her background includes managing the needs of up to 3,000 attending journalists at international events; to pulling together press conferences with the likes of Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton and Bill Gates; to devising and rolling out an award-winning engagement campaign to largely illiterate people in rural China.

    Currently, Karen is the international Communications Director of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), where she is responsible for leading the development and implementation of the organization’s global communications strategy on a regional and national level, across five continents. To do this, she draws on her expertise gathered throughout her career, and also on the expertise and passion of a dedicated communications team of 14 people in her office, and 35 people from independent national representative offices around the globe.


    Kristin Komives, Director - Impacts, ISEAL Alliance

    The ISEAL Alliance is the global membership organisation for voluntary sustainability standards (www.iseal.org). ISEAL works to strengthen sustainability standards and increase the impact of credible standards on the people and the environment.

    Kristin leads ISEAL's Impacts & Innovations team, working to catalyse innovation, collaboration, and learning in the standards' community and to increase the amount and quality of information available about the performance and impact of sustainability standards.

    Before joining ISEAL, Kristin worked as a Senior Lecturer in environment and sustainable development at the International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University, Rotterdam.

    Kristin obtained her Masters in Regional Planning and PhD at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. She holds an undergraduate degree from Middlebury College in Vermont, US.


    Laila Petrie Laila Petrie, Textiles and Cotton Lead, World Wildlife Fund International

    Laila Petrie is WWF's global lead on textiles and cotton. She works with WWF's offices around the world to develop and deliver corporate partnerships with textiles and apparel companies, on a variety of topics including cotton, climate, water, additional raw materials and new business models for circularity. She also supports WWF's on-ground teams in key production hubs to design and grow sector-related programmes on cotton and textiles, leveraging impact reduction approaches, multi-stakeholder collaboration and engagement with governments.

    Laila leads WWF's external engagement work in the textiles sector, including collaborations with key sector platforms including BCI, SAC, ECAP and others. Previous work includes water stewardship and sustainable construction work with WWF, and raw materials and supply chain strategy work within the M&S 'Plan A' team.


    Martijn van der Zee, Chief Merchandise and Sourcing Officer, C&A Europe

    Martijn van der Zee is C&A’s Chief Merchandise and Sourcing Officer and a member of the European Executive Board of C&A Europe. 

    With more than 1,500 stores in 18 European countries and more than 35,000 employees, C&A Europe is one of the leading fashion retail businesses in Europe welcoming and providing more than two million visitors each day with good quality fashions at affordable prices for their entire family. 

    In his role, Martijn is leading the development and execution of C&A collections from product design through to purchasing, sourcing and supply chain management. With his team, he also plays an instrumental role in delivering performance and leadership in sustainable products and sustainable supply.


    Marzia Lanfranchi, Founder and Storyteller, Cotton Diaries

    Marzia Lanfranchi’s mission is to bring sustainability and responsible innovation to the textile industry. Marzia has travelled extensively internationally, gathering knowledge and gaining experience in some of Milan and London’s most demanding textile and fashion environments. Marzia holds degrees in Fashion and Textiles which compliment her practical work.

    Her recent spell in the UK has seen her pushing the edges of fabric development within Burberry and sustainable sourcing for UK retailer Fat Face. Thanks to her experience with design and concept development, textile and garment manufacturing, as well as responsible marketing and sourcing, Marzia has a thorough understanding of the textile industry’s dynamics and is well versed in the key sustainability challenges facing the industry today. 


    Takao Masaki Masaki Takao, CEO, JEPLAN, INC.

    Mr. Masaki Takao’s academic background is in Chemical Engineering and Technology Management. Before founding JEPLAN, he worked with Osaka University as a researcher. In 2007, he founded JEPLAN with a co-founder while being in charge of the entire operation, including technology development, factory operation, finance, and management. He developed the bio-ethanol production technology from cotton in collaboration with a chemical company. He’s also led research & development projects focused on ethanol production from waste gas and also the mobile phone recycling process through pyrolysis.

    As COO, he took command of the capital increase project and succeeded in raising $14 million in 2014, taking over the role as CEO in March 2016. Since then, in cooperation with global apparel brands and consumers, he has led JEPLAN’s growth across supply chains including collection, recycling and manufacturing of textile, contributing to the establishment of a circular economy in the textile industry.


     Mattias Jonsson, CEO, re:newcell

    Mattias Jonsson is CEO of re:newcell, a Swedish company that upcycles cellulosic textile waste into new, premium quality, raw materials for the fashion industry using a patented chemical process. He has supervised the construction and opening of re:newcell’s first industrial scale upcyling plant in 2017. 

    Mattias holds an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics, and has a management background from the IT, professional services and FMCG sectors.

    “Growth without circularity is unsustainable. The fashion economy needs to change.”


    MeiLin Wan, VP of Textiles, Applied DNA Sciences

    MeiLin Wan serves as Vice President of Textiles at Applied DNA Sciences in Stony Brook, New York. She is responsible for providing secure supply chain solutions and services to assure quality and enable responsible and sustainable sourcing practices for textile customers globally.

    To fulfil the promise of “keeping textiles real and safe”, MeiLin is involved in creating new platforms such as CertainT to safeguard supply chains against product recalls, liability, while maintaining profitability and market differentiation.

    From 2014 to present, MeiLin has led the team to tag, test and track over 160 million pounds of American grown Pima and Upland cotton, resulting in the launch of products sold under the Pimacott and Homegrown Cotton brand in over 1,700 stores throughout the United States at Bed Bath and Beyond and Costco.


    Nany Kusuma, Programme Project Manager, ZDHC

    Within ZDHC Nany is responsible for project management of the ZDHC Programme which cover a holistic approach to managing chemical from input control, process and output control perspective. Besides running them on a day-to-day operational level, she is involved in developing the strategy to advance the programme. Together with the ZDHC Programme Director, Nany is working in a close collaboration with the ZDHC Contributors from diverse backgrounds, to drive the translation of the vision and strategy into concrete results, and implementable and scalable outcomes.

    Before joining ZDHC, Nany has a decade of experience in sustainable fashion. Starting at MADE-BY as a Supply Chain Coordinator and Seminar Manager for nearly 4 years. She then moved to Tommy Hilfiger to set up their Corporate Responsibility programs, rising to Corporate Responsibility Manager. In her six years at Tommy Hilfiger she helped build strategy and ran a variety of programs, including sustainable products and supply-chain practices, employee engagement, sustainable stores and leading Tommy Hilfiger's collaboration with the WWF in the water stewardship programs at the Taihu (China) and Mekong (Vietnam) river basins. Nany has a Bachelor degree in International Fashion Management from the Amsterdam Fashion Institute.


     Pauline Bohl, Responsibility Programme Director, Burberry

    Pauline has worked in the luxury sector for 10 years, in Paris, New York and London. She started her career in Finance at Marc Jacobs Intl, which is a brand of the LVMH group. She then shifted role to start the Sustainability Programme, first focusing on Ethical Trade, and then developing the Environmental strategy, alongside the LVMH LIFE strategy.

    She joined Burberry in September 2017 as Responsibility Programme Director. Burberry’s Responsibility agenda is designed to drive positive change and build a more sustainable future through innovation, with a set of ambitious goals for 2022 that sit across the company’s entire footprint.


    Phil Townsend, Sustainable Raw Materials Specialist, Marks & Spencer

    Phil is responsible for developing specialist knowledge for sourcing sustainable raw materials. Working with the Plan A 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.



    Rupert Hodges, Executive Director (UK), Oritain Global Ltd

    Rupert joined Oritain after holding senior positions in Financial Institutions in the City of London, most recently as CEO of TFS London, a leading global financial brokerage firm. Rupert's expertise in risk management, helps to assist Oritain's customers to pro-actively manage the risks of supply chain traceability. Rupert is based in the London office where he leads the UK team.





    Brooke Summers Brooke Summers, Cotton to Market Lead,  Cotton Australia

    "Once upon a time there was a woman from Australia who dreamed of telling stories for a living. And for almost 25 years, Brooke Summers has been doing just that.

    With a passion for the natural environment and a strong commitment to rural communities and people, Brooke has helped the Australian cotton industry and others tell stories to inspire transformational change. Her book has many chapters. The most current one is focused on telling the story of Australian cotton to the textile supply chain via Cotton Australia’s international marketing strategy, Cotton to Market.

    Brooke has spent almost her entire working life in strategic communication, marketing and community engagement for Australia’s agriculture sector – with a strong focus on communicating sustainability programs for a number of NGOs and industries including cotton. Brooke runs a strategic communication consultancy business, has a BA in Communication, a Churchill Fellowship in Urban Conservation and is a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program."


    Tina Stridde, Managing Director, Aid by Trade Foundation

    Tina Stridde is the Managing Director of the Aid by Trade Foundation and its Cotton made in Africa initiative. Tina Stridde studied Business Administration in Germany, France and the USA and specialized in advertising.

    Prior to joining the Foundation, Tina Stridde has worked for the Otto Group. In her last position she was responsible for all sustainable assortments of the Otto Group, including those centred on organic cotton and wood from sustainable forestry, as well as for CSR Communication. Before joining the Otto Group she worked in strategic marketing for international advertising agencies and for the chemical company BASF.



    Subindu Garkhel, Cotton Product Manager, Fairtrade Foundation

    Subindu Garkhel has hands on commercial experience of working at different stages 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 an advisory council board member for Textile Exchange.



    Robert Antoshak, Managing Director, Olah, Inc.

    Robert Antoshak has more than 30 years of experience in the fiber, textile and apparel industries. Currently, he is Managing Director of Olah Inc., where he supervises the firm's global cotton marketing and consulting programs. In addition to an extensive background in marketing, management consulting, mergers & acquisitions, sourcing, and strategic planning, Mr. Antoshak has strong experience in trade negotiations and has worked as an advisor to various governments and private companies on numerous international agreements including NAFTA, the MFA and the WTO.

    He has held executive positions with the Fiber Economics Bureau as editor of the Fiber Organon; American Fiber Manufacturers Association as Director of International Trade; American Textile Manufacturers as Associate Director of International Trade; Trade Resources, Inc. as President; Werner International as Vice President; Globecot Inc. as President; and the Fibers & Textiles Division of INTL-FCStone as Managing Director.


    Agata Smeets, Director, Sourcing Strategy, Gap Inc.

    Agata Smeets is part of the Sourcing Strategy group at Gap Inc.’s Hong Kong headquarters where she is responsible for setting environmental sustainability strategy for the company’s sourcing organization. She works with numerous internal and external stakeholders to advance the company’s water initiatives, including reducing water consumption across the value chain, shift to a sustainable fiber portfolio, and drive transparency into Gap Inc.’s supply chain.

    Formerly, Agata was part of Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy & Operations practice focusing on sustainable supply chains. She also helped found the Sustainability Forum research effort at the Washington D.C.-based Corporate Executive Board, which brought together 800 cross-functional executives with an interest in sustainability. She is a graduate of Yale University and Johnson at Cornell.


    Alex Deitermann, Managing Director, Tailorlux GmbH

    Alex Deitermann is the CEO and founder of Tailorlux GmbH and expert for concealed marking, traceability solutions and supply chain management.

    Since 2010 Tailorlux has specialized on invisible marking and traceability of industrial products and serves numerous clients in several industries. Based on an applied patent the solution "IntegriTEX" has been realized since 2016 to enable full physical traceability from raw materials to final products with optical lock-and-key-sensors. IntegriTEX serves all textile applications from natural fibres like cotton, wool and silk, man made fibres, filaments and threads as well as textile finishing processes and printing.

    Deitermann graduated in agri business management, managed agricultural software development for almost 10 years and has been engaged over more than 15 years in developing vibration monitoring solutions.


    Almas Parveen, BCI Field Facilitator and Farmer, REEDS

    Almas Parveen is a smallholder farmer and BCI Field Facilitator from Vehari, in the Punjab Province of Pakistan. Almas will join the plenary panel “Experiences from the Cotton Field’ to share her inspiring story of how at a young age she defied norms to assume responsibility for her family’s farm. Determined to make it a success, she began participating in trainings on sustainable farming techniques, coordinated by BCI Implementing Partner REEDS. As her interest and expertise grew, and her farm flourished, Almas decided to become a BCI Field Facilitator to share her knowledge with others. Since qualifying in March 2017, she now provides training to over 400 farmers.


    Almas is also a leader in her community, as a role model for female farmers and as an advocate for primary education. During the ‘Hands in the Soil’ breakout session she will share more about how through her work as a farmer and Field Facilitator she practices and promotes more sustainable practices. Photo courtesy of TEXtalks.


    Vinodbhai Jasrajbhai Patel, BCI Lead Farmer, AFPRO

    Vinodbhai Jasrajbhai Patel is a smallholder farmer from India who joined the Better Cotton Initiative in 2016. Passionate about more sustainable cotton production, he is the Lead Farmer of his Learning Group in Haripar Village, located in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat state.

    Vindodbhai will share with us about how, following training from BCI Implementing Partner AFPRO, he adopted practices that have increased his yields, enabled him to completely phase out the use of chemical pesticides, and improve the quality of his soil. These practices have made Vinodbhai’s farm more profitable, which he hopes will motivate more farmers in his village to adopt them. He will share more of his story and expertise during the plenary panel and breakout session.



    Zeb Winslow, BCI Farmer, Z3 Agriculture

    Zeb is a father, husband, and 5th generation farmer from Scotland Neck, NC. He cares for 750 acres of land and produces cotton, corn, soybeans and small grain. His family adopted reduced tillage and single species cover crops about 20 years ago. 5 years ago they began experimenting with mixed species cover crops and no-till.

    Those experiments brought them to 2018 where they are now 100% no-till, and plant green into high bio-mass covers. This system has allowed Zeb to reduce our chemical inputs, while increasing the abilities of the soil. Zeb feels this is a critical step for agriculture's future. Read more about Zeb’s story here.



    Mark Lane, Consulting Editor, Apparel Insider

    Mark Lane Consulting Editor, Apparel Insider

    Mark Lane is consulting editor and features writer for Apparel Insider (www.apparelinsider.com), the global textiles publisher championing sustainability in the sector.

    His background includes five-year stints as editor of the national UK business title Business Today and the Scottish Chambers of Commerce publication, Business Scotland, and a tenure as features editor of the UK Ministry of Defence's magazine, Defence Contracts Bulletin.

    He is also the former editor of several notable British Chamber of Commerce-associated publications including Global Trader, The UK Guide to Skills and Learning and The UK Guide to Worldwide Exporting.


    Anita Chester, Head of Sustainable Raw Materials, C&A Foundation

    Anita Chester is the Head of Sustainable Raw Materials at C&A Foundation and a member of the foundation leadership team leading the development and implementing of the foundation’s Sustainable Raw Materials Strategy. She brings with her many years of experience in the apparel supply chain including driving collaborative Market Transformation initiatives centered around scalable, measurable social and environmental impact. Prior to joining the C&A Foundation she worked at IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative managing their cotton program and The Better Cotton Fast Track Fund. She has also been CEO South Asia at Cotton Connect working closely on the ground in building capacity for sustainable cotton initiatives & their market linkages.



    Barry Clarke, Council Chairman, BCI

    Barry is the Chair of the Better Cotton Initiative, having served on the governing Council as an independent member since 2012. He was previously Chair of the International Save the Children Alliance and of Save the Children UK and a director of the Alliance for Water Stewardship.

    As a consultant for Change-Agency, Barry specializes in strategic planning and governance issues particularly for non-profits and multi-sector initiatives. He was previously the founding Chairman of Proximity London, the UK’s leading integrated communications company. Barry had previously been vice-president of McCann-Europe and a marketing consultant with Glendinning Companies in the US and France. Barry was elected to the Hall of Fame of the Marketing Agencies Association Worldwide in 1998 and appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1997.


    Carla Romeu Dalmau, Senior Manager of Impact Research and Learning, IDH Sustainable Trade Initiative

    Carla is the Senior Manager of Impact at IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative. She is responsible for driving impact based on evidence, on multiple areas including smallholder-inclusive business models, deforestation-free value chains, and improving working conditions and gender equality. Carla drives IDH learning and innovation agenda within several supply chains including cocoa, cotton, tea, and oil palm, with special focus on Cote Ivoire, Kenya, India and Indonesia.

    Before joining IDH, Carla worked 8 years as a researcher at both the University of Oxford (UK), the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain) and the University of California (USA). During her time in academia, her main research projects related to cotton farming (India), biofuel feedstock production in Africa and citrus farming in USA and Spain.


    Charline Ducas, Global Circular Economy, C&A

    Charline is leading the development of C&A’s circular economy strategy, which includes sustainable materials and sustainable products, globally. In that capacity, she is able to combine her passion for materials, innovation and sustainability.

    Charline has over a decade of international experience in sustainability in the fashion industry. Prior to C&A, she has worked for Textile Exchange as their sustainability specialist and adidas in various roles of materials research, development and innovation.

    Her education background includes a Master's of Science in textile engineering. She is native French and is currently living in Brussels, Belgium



    Peter Lund-Thomsen, Professor, Copenhagen Business School

    Peter Lund-Thomsen is a Professor of Corporate Social Responsibility in Developing Countries at the CBS with specialization in sustainable sourcing, CSR/sustainability in local industrial clusters/regions, and impact assessment at the base of global value chains. He is responsible for taking the lead in developing the CBS' research in the area of CSR in developing countries and enhancing the CBS teaching and training portfolio in this area. Peter engages in partnerships with private sector, civil society, governmental, and multi-stakeholder initiatives. These partnerships bring the latest insights from academic research insights worldwide to help these organizations improve the quality of their work and also develop new knowledge and insights into their operations and practices.



    Heinz Zeller, Head of Sustainability, HUGO BOSS Ticino

    Originally worked in chemical research, first on anti-malaria and later on biodegradable polymers. Moved on to project management and completed a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems.

    Joined HUGO BOSS Ticino in 1998, South Switzerland, with the responsibility to insource all textile and leather licensees, taking over the responsibility of logistics and participated at various corporate business reengineering projects. After the completion of the Cert. Adv. Study (CAS) in CSR, established the HUGO BOSS sustainability road map with the target to create the sustainability strategy, required structures and programs, publishing the first sustainability report (2013) and set ambitioned targets for which we received many recognitions like in 2017 to be listed in the DJSI (and valuated also a leader in “Impact Measurement & Valuation”).

    Moreover, I had the pleasure to write the public HUGO BOSS cotton commitment with the help of some well-known experts and thanks to many other field experts and our work done within the Natural Capital Valuation


    Ravinder Kumar, Senior Research Fellow, Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich

    Ravinder Kumar as a forestry management background and have experiences in international development and research relating to poverty, livelihoods, agriculture, natural resource management, governance, responsible business investments, social enterprises and sustainability certification in agriculture commodities. Ravi has significant experience in sustainability research in different agricultural commodities such as cotton, oil palm, soyabean, cocoa, cashew, sugarcane. Ravi has provided monitoring and evaluation support to organisations and programmes in many sectors of international development, including international agricultural research through the CGIAR system. Ravi has extensive experience in programme evaluations. Ravi has designed and facilitated implementation of monitoring, evaluation and learning systems, in many sectors. Ravi has also supported value chain development of agricultural commodities, building agriculture commodity supply chains for corporates, providing business development services to farm based enterprises including farmer producer groups and farmers’ co-operatives. Ravi has long term experience in India and professional experience in many other countries in Africa and Asia, such as Sierra Leone, Zambia, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Cambodia.


    Graham Bruford, Training & Assurance Manager, Better Cotton Initiative

    Graham Bruford is the Training & Assurance Manager at the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) with responsibility for overseeing the creation of the BCI Training Academy and Qualifications Management System for third party verifiers, Implementation Partner staff and BCI staff undertaking second party credibility checks. He has recently become a member of the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Coalition Steering Group, which is responsible for the organisation and running of the Coalition’s activities, which are focused on improving knowledge and sustainable use of agrochemicals including reducing or eliminating the use of HHPs (Highly Hazardous Pesticides).

    Prior to BCI, Graham was with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) for 7 years focusing on the provision of training material on the MSC certification requirements for Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) and MSC personnel globally, for both online and face to face settings.

    He has also led the development of auditor competency requirements for CABs’ fishery assessment team members and Chain of custody auditors. Graham’s other responsibilities included co-ordinating the MSC’s Credibility Working Group which investigated ways of enhancing the MSC’s credibility and rigour and reducing the risks to its reputation and brand.

    Graham has previously spent 9 years working for the UK timber industry on environmental issues, assisting the implementation of responsible purchasing practices to progressively increase the proportion of certified sustainable and legally verified timber sourced. Graham has an MSc in Forestry and Its Relation to Land Use and a Geography degree from Oxford University.


    Muhammad Anees, Director, Mahmood Group

    Muhammad Anees is a leading Businessman / Industrialist belonging to Mahmood Group of Industries.

    Mahmood Group of Industries is a prominent Group of Companies and produce Farm to Fabrics. Running eight Spinning Units consisting of 400,000 spindles and three weaving units in which 900 Air jet Looms are installed. Almost 90% of our products are exported to various countries of the world and annual turnover of US $ 900 million and growing. Mahmood Group now encompasses nine companies having a workforce of 12,500 employees and 24 manufacturing units.

    His family business is for more than 100 years old, which he joined 17 years ago. He holds a Master degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Marketing. He went on to attend the London School of Economics for additional courses. Muhammad also took courses at LBS and Wheaton USA. He is involved with the development of the Group textile operations. He remained the President of Various Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of All Pakistan Bed sheets & Upholstery Association Plus Senior Vice Chairman of All Pakistan Textile Mills Association for the period 2007 to 2009. He is served as a director in MEPCO. And currently director in Adamjee Insurance Company.


    Muhammad Shuaib, Sr. Supply Chain Coordinator, BCI Pakistan

    Muhammad Shuaib is Senior Supply Chain Coordinator at Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) for Pakistan and FAR East Asian Countries. He holds Master’s degree in agriculture Sciences and Business Administration with 15 years of work experience in cotton supply chain sustainability (Cotton farm to Retail & Brands).

    Shuaib has a long journey of success with BCI, starting with production of world’s first ever Better Cotton bale in Pakistan. 




    Ulrike Bos, Senior Consultant, Thinkstep

    Ulrike Bos has been working as a senior consultant at thinkstep AG since November 2017. After studying geoecology at the University of Potsdam, she worked for more than 10 years as a research assistant at the University of Stuttgart. There she developed a generic life cycle assessment agricultural model and carried out life cycle assessment studies in accordance with DIN ISO 14040/44, in particular of products made from renewable raw materials. She developed the LANCA® method (Land Use Indicator Value Calculation) for mapping impacts on site-specific ecosystem functions, such as groundwater regeneration, erosion and soil filter capacity. Ulrike Bos has conducted critical reviews according to DIN ISO 14044, is an author and co-author of several publications and has been invited to present and speak at numerous events and forums.



    Corin Wood-Jones, Head of Partnerships, BCI 

    Corin has spent the last 5 years with BCI and is based at its Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to that, he spent more than 20 years living and working across Africa and in South America, with a career that spanned emergency relief operations, development projects, and commercial private sector work in forestry, general agriculture, including a strong focus on the cotton sector. With a background in agronomy and senior executive level private sector industry experience, Corin brings to BCI his first-hand knowledge of cotton production systems, cotton processing (ginning) and cotton trading, thereby helping to ensure that BCI’s approach is well connected with our broad range of partners that engage in programme and project implementation.

    As Head of Partnerships, Corin’s role is oriented towards leading BCI’s work on securing, building and maintaining robust partnerships, including developing a global strategy to support country programmes and leading BCI’s emerging work-stream on national embedding. Corin currently oversees BCI’s programmes and/or partnerships in Africa, Turkey, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Israel, Brazil the USA and Australia, as well as leading BCI’s engagement in new countries which are seeking to join our global initiative.


    Scott Exo, USA Country Manager, BCI USA

    Scott has nearly two decades of experience with market-based approaches to sustainable agriculture. As USA Country Manager for the Better Cotton Initiative, Scott works with farmers, coops and merchants to expand the supply of US grown Better Cotton. Under his leadership, the programme has grown to include 5% of US cotton production in 4 years. He holds Master’s degrees in geography and urban and regional planning from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He lives in Portland, Oregon, USA.




    Alden Wicker, Freelance Journalist

    Alden Wicker is a freelance journalist from New York City who has written on the topic of sustainable fashion for outlets such as Quartz, Racked, Newsweek, Refinery29, Inc. Magazine, Fast Company, and Glamour. She is the founder of the leading international ethical fashion blog, EcoCult.com, and President of Ethical Writers & Creatives, an association of thought leaders who use their creative work to improve the world. She specializes in translating the science of sustainable fashion into accessible and fact-based journalism that will both educate consumers and drive sound policy making that can reform the fashion industry.




    Jamie McPike, Researcher, American Institutes for Research

    Dr. McPike is a Researcher with the International Development Research and Evaluation group at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). At AIR she is involved in a number of mixed-methods evaluations of education, agriculture, and infrastructure programs in diverse international settings including India, Zambia, Romania, and Laos, among others. She has over a decade of applied research, strategy, and project management experience. Dr. McPike obtained her PhD in sociology in 2017 from Brown University.




    Angelika Pullen, Communications Director, WWF European Policy Office

    Angelika is a communications professional and journalist with nearly 20 years’ experience in EU environment policy, corporate sustainability, nature conservation, renewable energy and climate change.

    She serves as Communications Director for WWF's European Policy Office in Brussels, responsible for designing and implementing the organisation's communications and campaigning strategy towards the EU institutions to further WWF's long-term policy goals. Prior to that, she worked in similar roles for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and WindMade, a newly founded corporate label for companies and organisations using wind power.

    Angelika has a background in journalism for Euractiv, an online publication on EU affairs, and holds a Masters' degree in European Studies from the London School of Economics (LSE).

    She is a German national and has lived in Brussels for more than 15 years.

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