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Prama Bhardwaj, Mantis World, holds a Masters Degree in Development Economics, with a focus on development in Africa. Prama has spoken on sustainable manufacturing at the Ethical Fashion Forum and is a key proponent of ethical working practices to the promotional merchandise industry through the BPMA and trade publications. Ten years ago, Prama founded Mantis World – importers and wholesalers of sustainably sourced clothing. The company works primarily with their family-owned vertical mill, Sunflag Tanzania employing over 1500 workers. They offer a fully transparent supply chain certified by GOTS and compliant with BSCI. Other supply routes include textile mills in Turkey, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, operating on the same criteria of sustainability and transparency. The company supports community projects in East Africa including training, education and homes for children and disadvantaged groups. Mantis World work alongside fashion brands and garment suppliers turning designs into finished garments – either through custom manufacturing or using an extensive stock range of “blank” garments which can be relabelled, printed and decorated. Their mission is to make ethical and organic cotton clothing affordable and easy to order with no minimum order quantities.

Martin Buttle, Supply Chain Manager, MADE-BY Martin’s interest in sustainable fashion was first prompted in 2004 by a two-year Post-Doctoral research project examining the ethical trading strategies of the top ten clothing retailers in the UK & US markets. Martin’s work at MADE-BY supports brands through their journey towards a more sustainable supply chain. Before joining MADE-BY, he was a Project Manager at the labour standards consultancy Impactt, where his role involved working with businesses and brands, learning about the challenges they face and developing strategies to ensure social standards were upheld and their supply chains were more sustainable. Amongst other projects Martin led the development of the Local Resources Network an online community for grassroots organisations engaged in efforts to improve working conditions in factories, farms and work sites worldwide.

Ruth Cox, Senior Designer and Co-ordinator of Vocational Training, Oasis After completing a fashion and textiles degree, Ruth spent three and a half years living in Mumbai, India. Initially as a part of a short-term volunteering programme, but subsequently establishing the Jacobs Well tailoring training programme and production facility for vulnerable women (under the banner of the Oasis Charity). Ruth returned to the UK and set up a wholesale operation, importing goods from Jacobs Well and selling onto a wide range of customers. Ruth designs annual collections for Jacobs Well and provides support to the business. Her wider role with Oasis Global also includes co-ordinating and resourcing the Learning and Livelihoods initiatives in India, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Stephan Engel, Sales Director, Cotton made in Africa After I got my degree in business administration 2001, I signed on with Metro AG in Switzerland for three years. Then I switched to the textile and garment division at Jebsen & Jessen in Hamburg, where I earned my stripes in the global textile industry. I started back then to get more deeply involved with alternative products, and that’s also where I first came into contact with the topic of sustainable cotton. In November 2004, I got an invitation to Benin to gather information on organic cotton, and while I was there, I ran into people from Cotton Made in Africa. So I had a high level of motivation when I accepted the position of Cotton Made in Africa’s sales director in February 2009.

Julia Gash is Founder and Company Director of Bag It Don’t Bin It, a fast-growing business, driven by an ecological and ethical business model, and which produces branded, cloth bags, as an eco-friendly, fairly traded, alternative to plastic bags.
Julia has 20 years of continuous, award-winning, business experience, achieved predominantly in directional, print-led, fashion business as well as first hand retail and political experience. Her qualifications include a B.A. Hons. in Visual Communication, Post Graduate Diploma in Printmaking from Central St. Martins and PGCE from Middlesex University. In the 90’s her directional fashion brand was stocked in the most prestigious stores around the world and won a National Export Award together and a visit to Buckingham Palace. Her lingerie retail business in the noughties achieved international accolade for its creativity and vision. She is widely regarded as a key national spokesperson on Business, Environmental, and European issues, and has contributed to many flagship TV and radio productions on current affairs for many years.
She is Chair of the Business Engagement Working Party for Sheffield University, Management School Advisory Board.

Mary King, Panchachuli. Mary has a long association with India and textiles. Having previously worked as an Oriental carpet restorer in London, and a teacher in Dorset, she set up and introduced Panchachuli to the U.K. in 2009. She has a particular interest in Natural dyes and hand weaving initiatives, and supports the Panchachuli Women Weavers Cooperative by importing their beautiful fabrics and accessories in to the U.K.

Tamsin Lejeune, Managing Director, Ethical Fashion Forum. Tamsin has over 10 years of experience in the ethical fashion sector. She holds a masters in International Development with a focus upon fashion and fair trade, and is the author of “Can Fashion be Fair?” published in 2004 and is trained in fashion design and fashion business management. She founded and is strategic director for fair trade fashion label juste., developing a pioneering supply chain model for the production of designer womenswear to fair trade criteria. Tamsin launched and co-ordinated the first year of the Fashioning an Ethical Industry project on behalf of Labour Behind the Label.
Tamsin has led the initiation and growth of the Ethical Fashion Forum, from the first meeting around a table in 2004 to an international network of thousands, and regularly speaks, writes, runs training programmes and mentors on fashion and ethics. Tamsin is also responsible for founding the Ethical Fashion Consultancy, EFF’s sister organsation which unites the worlds foremost experts on fashion and sustainability.

Clare Lissaman, Dire ctor, Ethical Fashion Consultancy. Clare Lissaman is a consultant on ethical and fair trade. She has a particular focus on labour standards in global supply chains, helping disadvantaged producers to access mainstream markets and exploring the impact of trade on poor communities. Clare works with business large and small, NGOs and innovative projects. Clare is also an experienced trainer, developing and implementing training courses on social accountability and ethical trade to several UK retailers. Clients include Adili.com, Gap Inc, Bureau Veritas, the Fairtrade Foundation (where she helped launch Fairtrade cotton), Traidcraft and 21st Century Leaders. Clare was formerly the UK director for RUGMARK – the certification, labelling and development initiative working to end exploited child labour in south Asia’s rug industry. She read Oriental Studies (Chinese) at Oxford and previously worked in Hong Kong and China, first with a Belgian trading company, then moving to the aid and development agency, Crossroads International. She also ran the Hong Kong Asian Conservation Awareness Programme. A trained social and environmental auditor, Clare has a breadth of knowledge and experience in the challenges of building up sustainable supply chains, the ins and outs of standards and certification and a passion and belief that trade can, and should, benefit rather than exploit poor communities.

Benedikt Luedke, head of design, Izzy Lane, a unique ethical luxury brand which is the leading voice of animal welfare in the fashion industry and a leading voice for the use of British wool and the British Textile Industry. He studied fashion design at Istituto Europeo di Design in Barcelona (Spain) and has substantial experience as a designer for fast fashion and streetwear-brands. He currently lives and works in London.

Adriana Marina is the founder of animaná and NGO Hecho x Nosotros. She was born in Patagonia, where she learned about natural fibers, processes, artisans and the Andean culture. Since she was very young she has wondered how we can live in this world with such high levels of inequality and poverty, and how we are letting our ancient culture, secrets and arts to become extinct. She has a PhD in Research on topics such as Poverty Alleviation, local development among the Argentine Regions, inequality convergence, and carried out a comparative research on economic growth in Latin America. She has created a social business which offers an alternative to production, consumption and marketing models which are common today. This new model coexist with the environment, culture, modern lifestyles, knowledge, technology, and the inhabitants of our planet.With this in mind animaná was created. In animaná we run social and environmental projects such as Arts and Crafts centers where we invite young designers worldwide. We carry out projects to recover ancestral techniques, we empower craftsmen of the Andean regions, by working together with networks on design, while adding value to the chain of production and strengthening socio-economic networks. animaná leads a movement which promotes Ethical Fashion processes around the EFF Latin-America. We work side by side with foundations and investigation centers linked to universities.Under the leadership of Adriana Marina, animaná has a multidisciplinary team integrated by academics, professionals, coordinators, managers, designers, artists and artisans, a real luxury team who offers this proposal to the world.

Ilaria Pasquinelli, Marketing Associate, Clothing Connect B.V. and Board Member of the Ethical Fashion Consultancy. Ilaria is an international Marketing Consultant for the textile and fashion industry. She has advised both private and public companies, including not for profit organisations, such as the International Trade Centre (UNCTAD-WTO agency), and Enterprise Mauritius, part of Trade and Industry Ministry.
Ilaria has a global network of contacts, including brands and retailers, trade and consumer magazines and governmental organisations. Currently, her focus of interest lies with facilitating business links between emerging countries and western buyers.
Ilaria has expertise in managing international marketing projects, namely supporting companies to form appropriate market entry strategies. Her strengths lie in her ability to effectively analyze markets and coherently manage marketing functions

Emily Pearce, Excellence in Ethical Fashion Project Manager, Ethical Fashion Forum. Emily holds a first class degree in Fashion Design BA (Hons), and has 7 years experience working within the fashion sector. Emily focused her degree on conscientious slow design, responsible supply chains and academic critiques on the impact humankind’s consumptive nature has had on the planets resources and it’s inhabitants.
Since joining EFF, Emily has founded the Ethical Fashion Social Network Event as the regular networking event for sustainable fashion professionals, partnering with such pioneering organisations as Forum for the Future, Environmental Justice Foundation and Fairtrade Foundation as well as pioneering ethical brands such as Junky Styling, Leblas and Eden Studio London. Building on the success of the Ethical Fashion Social, Emily is coordinating the launch of the Excellence in Ethical Fashion programme; a series of invaluable networking and masterclasses to connect and inform fashion professionals on sustainable issues and resources to adopt these principles within their businesses.

Cyndi Rhoades is the founder and CEO of Worn Again, a London-based products and services company that provides sustainable solutions for corporate textile waste by ‘upcycling’ reusable materials into new, design-led products for large brands.
Her company is currently creating new opportunities for UK manufacturing and developing a national model for closed loop upcycling, replicable internationally.
Cyndi is also the founder of sustainable lifestyles organization, Anti-Apathy, and a co-founder of RE:Fashion, the world’s first ethical fashion awards.
Cyndi has been named one of the Courvoisier ‘Future 500 stars’ in the Observer, featured as an ‘anti-preneur’ in the Sunday Times, chosen as a ‘Force for Good Pioneer’ by Tomorrow’s Company and is a Make Your Mark Ambassador.

Pieter Theron – Founder, Norman Hangers (by Initiate Design). Pieter is an entrepreneur and musician. He holds a B.Comm Management Accounting degree from the University of Stellenbosch and is a Chartered Management Accountant. He spent 10 years at investment banks Deutsche Bank and Close Brothers Private Equity before co-founding Initiate Design.
He first became interested in sustainable product design after releasing his band ReCoup’s CD in re-used crisp packets, challenging conventional thinking around packaging, waste and how we utilise resources. Shortly after, Pieter and Majken Moeller teamed up with creative graphic artist, Norman Frazer, to bring sustainability, quality design and innovation to everyday products.

Georgina Thomas, Textile Specialist Certification Officer, Soil Association Certification Limited Georgina’s background is in fair and organic clothing, which she has been involved in for 10 years. She has a BA Hons in Fashion Product Development from LCF and an MSc in Development studies from SOAS, both with focus on ethical fibres/fashion. She has experience working for Pesticide Action Network (in organic cotton), People Tree, Traidcraft and conventional fashion brands. Georgina now works as a textile specialist certification officer at the Soil Association, and sits on the Certification Committee for GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standards).

2010 Seminar Speakers

Speakers at the Source Expo 2010 in alphabetical order by Surname

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