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2011 Seminar Speakers

2011 Seminar Speakers

2011’s inspiring seminar chair and panel speakers. Scroll down for speaker bio and credentials, in alphabetical order.

SEMINAR PROGRAMME

Abi Rushton

Director – ethicalexpert limited

Abi is Founder and Director of ethicalexpert limited, an ethical trade and sustainable supply chain consultancy who believe in practical and commercially based approaches to improving products and conditions across international supply chains.

ethicalexpert limited is about securing profitable supply chains for brands and workers. Ethical supply chains are not just nice to do but the route to sustained profitable business. Through a combination of technical, sourcing and development experience ethicalexpert can help you articulate the market and margin advantage in sustainable sourcing as well as having the practical experience to implement change on the ground.

Abi has 20 years’ experience across manufacturing, retail and international development leadership roles, latterly working for the UK’s top two retailers in Sourcing and Sustainability positions. Through these global roles she has first-hand knowledge of the impact on workers and brands of different sourcing strategies and how these can work to profit business, environment and employees.
Abi is also Associate Director of the Aid by Trade Foundation who manage the ‘Cotton made in Africa’ initiative, chair of the Ethical Fashion Forum and a founder member of Cottons Revolutions, the cotton community’s online forum for strategic thinking.

Abi Rushton

Aeneas Mackay

Ardalanish Isle of Mull Weavers

Aeneas MacKay grew up in a small agricultural community on the shores of Loch Lomond. After ‘serving his time’ as an engineer, he joined the Hudson Bay Co., Canada, trading with the Inuits. On returning to Scotland he farmed in the Highlands. In the 1970’s he got the opportunity to work in mineral exploration, and for the next 15 years he worked in remote locations in Indonesia, Ghana, Botswana, Mozambique and Ecuador. Working with tribal peoples gave him some insight to their spirituality and connections with the land. His idea was always to return to Scotland and eventually settle with some land; in 1994 he and his wife acquired 600ha in the remote south west corner of the Isle of Mull. From an environmentally degraded monoculture, they transformed the farm by switching to native breeds, Highland cattle and Hebridean sheep, growing traditional crops such as oats in the sheaf for winter fodder. To add value, with the help of Master Weaver, Bob Ryan, they set up a weaving mill to weave their black wool into tweeds and soft furnishings. A wool producer group was formed for native coloured wool, and in 2005 the mill was organically certified. The mill now employs 5 people, and clients include Nortons of Savile Row and Jigsaw. The farm is recognised by Scottish Natural Heritage and BBC Wildlife programmes for its bio-diversity and sustainability. From its inception, this has been a hands on initiative, built from scratch to become the World’s first Organic Scottish Tweed Mill. In September 2011 Aeneas and his wife sold the farm and mill to its new owners, Andrew and Anne Smith.

Aeneas Mackay

Alok Ruia

Alok is one of the family members of Ruia Group, a textile company based in Manchester that was set up in the 1950’s. His key interest in ethical sourcing has been in Fairtrade cotton, and ironically his family name means “the cotton people” in Hindi.

Having studied economics at Bristol University, Alok’s first career was that of teaching economics at a High School in Suffolk for 15 years. In a moment of madness, he gave up the career and joined the family business! He has managed the FiveG brand since 2005, the brand represents all the values of Britain’s greatest Olympian, Sir Steve Redgrave (FiveG is an abbreviation of five gold medals). Sir Steve is a partner and since 2008, when it became Fairtrade, FiveG has extensively sold its clothing throughout Debenhams stores making it, arguably Britain’s leading Fairtrade menswear’s brand.

Ruia Group joined the ETI in May 2009, and is striving to improve its supply chains on ethical grounds. Alok’s understanding, and expertise, in ethical issues is based around the implementation and execution of policies within a traditional family enterprise. The balance between commercial decisions, ethics and straightforward common sense is always a challenge that any modern textile organization faces.

Alok Ruia

Anita Hawkins

Co-Founder – We Are ULTRA

Anita Hawkins is a design researcher, journalist, performance artist and Co-founder of ‘We Are ULTRA’, a sustainable design collective.

Since 2009 ‘We Are ULTRA’ have created design-minded sustainable projects – the INNOVATION Award winning ULTRA Fashion Label, the ULTRA 10 fashion initiative, installation spaces, stores, skincare, and community hubs – with artists, designers, organisations and brands like the Japan Red Cross, Shiseido, Kickstarter and LOHAS.

Anita Hawkins

Arun Baid

Aura Herbal Textile Ltd

Aura Herbal Textile Ltd. is a venture initiative taken for environmental and social reasons. Our move from industrial waste recycling to herbal textile manufacturing and processing was inspired from the harmful impact the existing textile industry causing to the workers, users & the community. Our knowledge of the harmful chemicals disposed in reverse bores & river streams, ruining water used by hundreds of innocent families made us determined to produce which can have positive impact to our environment and society. This passion gave birth to AURA wherein our major competitive strength is that we can naturally dye textiles on commercial scale. Thus we moved on a mission to expand our business venture around an innovative process of producing herbal textiles and dyes which could help in preventing global warming and pollution related to textiles.

At Aura, our only dream is to offer options to each and every user to choose an herbal dyed textile over chemical dyed one, with no limitations to design, quantity, and quality. Aura Herbal Textiles Ltd is exclusively engaged in Herbal and Organic textiles ONLY certified by Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Herbal and Natural dyeing, weaving, printing all is done under keen supervision to maintain international quality standards.

“We Live and Dye Naturally”

Arun Baid

Aurélie Dumont

UK Office Manager – Veja

Veja is a French brand of ecological and fair trade trainers which has been established in 2004. Working directly with cooperatives of small producers across Brazil, Veja uses organic cotton, wild Amazonian rubber and vegetable-tanned leather to create trainers that respect both the environment and every worker involved.

Aurélie graduated in Business and Management from EM LYON Business School (France) and the Fondação Getulio Vargas (Brazil). Aurélie joined Veja in 2005 as Communication manager.

Aurélie Dumont

Benita Singh

Co-founder – Source4Style

After receiving degrees in Comparative Literature and International Relations at Yale, Benita Singh spent a number of years on transcontinental fair trade expeditions. First, as the President/Co-founder of Mercado Global where she connected women artisans in Guatemala to markets such as Whole Foods, ABC Carpet & Levi-Strauss. And then in India, where she connected artisans from the Gandhi Ashram to Srikalahasti to Barnes & Noble and GAIAM. Now as Co-founder of Source4Style, Benita leads the company’s sourcing and merchandising, helping connect dozens of suppliers to the designers looking for them.

Benita Singh

Brianne Bystedt

Commercial Manager – Caipora Jewellery

Brianne holds an Economics degree from Ibmec University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and has a paper published on “Inflation Targeting in Emerging Economies: Panel Evidence”. She holds a second degree in Fashion Business from Istituto Marangoni of Paris, France. She has worked for Stella McCartney in the press office and as the marketing assistant of the fashion-forecasting agency Promostyl. Currently, as well as introducing and developing the Caipora label in France, Brianne holds a contract as a trend spotter and photographer for the online magazine Fashion Snoops in New York. She holds the Rob Neeleman Humanitarian Award for achievements in an HIV orphanage in Brazil.

Brianne Bystedt

Cecilia Lunch

Brand Manager – Po-Zu

After studying Textile Design at Leeds University, Cecilia went on to spearhead the UK sales operations for several International fashion companies developing a strong understanding of the key players in the market and the levels of service required to maximise sell through across a variety of channels. She has worked right across the apparel supply chain in both production facilities and farming communities in India and Pakistan.

She has travelled extensively, living and working abroad in Europe, South East Asia and Central America.

Her passion for ethical sourcing -largely due to close relationships with local communities met on her travels-led her to set up a company sourcing and co-designing crafts and textiles from IFAT groups in Nepal and India.

With her deep understanding of the fair trade and apparel sector, she oversaw a 200% increase in sales at Pants to Poverty within her first 18 months at the company, and radical improvement of the production and design of the range.

A recent sabbatical in Mexico saw her initiate and co-ordinate several textile projects using naturally coloured coyeuchi cotton, building up relationships and linking up local producers to small scale manufacturers, as well as supporting them to market and sell their products.

Cecilia has since returned to London and staying true to her values, she has taken on a new challenge as Brand Manager at the ecological footwear brand Po-Zu. As one of the leading ethical footwear companies, she works alongside the Founder Sven Segal, supporting him with the growth of the business, strengthening their relationships with their factory and agents, and over the next year intends to build the CSR within the company with full transparency and to the highest ethical standards.

Cecilia Lunch

Charlie Ross

Founder – Offset Warehouse

Charlie Ross is founder of OffsetWarehouse.com, an online resource that brings together the elements needed to create ethical fashion and interiors.

Charlie graduated with a Masters in Menswear design from the RCA. Highlights of her design career have been presenting designs and concepts to some of the biggest names in the industry including Umbro, Albini, Thierry Mugler and Brioni, and being an award-winner for her debut, menswear collection, which took her to both Italy and New Zealand.

Charlie uses the knowledge she has gained from her own challenges of sustainable sourcing and production, to offer an invaluable understanding of business, fashion markets, technical design and manufacturing and an in depth knowledge of materials and production sourcing.

In addition to an online, ethical fabric shop, Offset Warehouse provides support for businesses of all sizes, through an ethical directory, a resources area and a consultancy. Offset Warehouse solves the problem of sourcing small quantities of ethical fabrics and of finding all the manufacturers and services needed to create fashion and interiors ethically.

Charlie Ross

Christian Smith

CSR Manager – ASOS.com

With a BA in French and German and an MSc in Environment and Sustainable Development both from UCL, Christian has a belief that business can and must do more to contribute to finding solutions for both social and environmental problems and has been heavily influenced by systemic thinking and the work of James Lovelock.

Though born in London, Christian grew up in Sierra Leone, West Africa and has also lived in France, Germany, Brazil, Japan and the USA.

Christian joined ASOS in 2010 and is responsible for both sustainable business and sustainable fashion.

Christian Smith

Clara Vuletich

Printed Textile Designer and Sustainable Textile Design Researcher – Textile Environmental Design

Clara Vuletich is a printed textile designer and a researcher in sustainable textile design with a particular focus on the role of fashion/textile designers as social innovators, and Clara is now a PhD candidate at TED exploring ‘Social Textiles’, as part of the MISTRA/ Future Fashion project.

Clara has worked at TED since 2006, as part of the team that has developed TED’s TEN, a set of ten sustainable design strategies for fashion/textile designers, that are now being shared with a range educational and commercial organizations.

Alongside this, Clara is a designer/maker, producing hand and digital printed textiles, wallpapers and garments and has co-founded a textile design collective called bricolage.

Clara has lectured within the UK and in Australia, and exhibited her textile work at venues including Audax Textile Museum, Holland and TENT London. She has run workshops for organisations including the New Economics Foundation and Crafts Council, and for educational institutions including Eindhoven Design Academy, and UTS Australia.

She also works as a sustainable textile design consultant for the Ethical Fashion Forum (UK) and writes and disseminates the work of textile/fashion design researchers from both TED and the Textile Futures Research Centre at the University of the Arts London.

Clara Vuletich

Derek Binns

Founder and MD – DBL Consulting

Mr. Derek Binns is founder and MD of DBL Consulting. Established in 2002 DBL Consulting conducts sector studies and provides sustainable product development, strategic marketing and sustainable supply chain services to the “better cotton” casual fashion industry. Better cotton includes Fairtrade, organic, recycled, BCI and CMiA fibres. Derek Binns is currently retained by Hermes Otto International and Cotton Made in Africa (CMiA) to carry out a value chain feasibility study in Sub Saharan Africa and launch the “Wild Earth Cotton” Collection of CMiA and “Better Cotton” Fashion in UK, Germany and the USA.

Binns commenced his career with Goretex Fabrics which he helped establish in Europe. He progressed to manage product, sales and marketing for several leading cotton textile manufacturers Worldwide. After moving into Consultancy with Gherzi of Zurich Derek Binns became Business Director of Klopman Italy and Supply Chain Marketing Consultant to Cotton Council International USA.

Binns has a Bachelor’s degree and Masters in Public Business Administration and a Textile Diploma from Shirley Institute (UMIST).

DBL have helped several leading manufacturers, retailers and brands create and promote sustainable cotton products and develop new markets.

By systematically reviewing the clients supply chain, markets, products, people and processes, DBL formulate clear fact based deliverable strategic and operational plans for “better cotton” fashion sales and profit growth. In the course of implementing the plans DBL sensitively manage change affecting people, put in place the processes and develop management teams to enable the plans to succeed.

DBL has created new business for “better cotton” casual fashion by producing fully traceable sustainable fashion at no extra cost to the consumer. Bridging the “values to action” gap of pent up demand from the growing body of ethical and sustainable orientated consumers.

DBL develop the whole gamut of better cotton products including CMiA, recycled, organic and Fairtrade and ensure the necessary accreditations and compliances are in place and transparent throughout the supply chain.

Derek Binns is an experienced speaker at industry events such as ITAC, ASBCI and Prime Source Forum over which he has presided as Master of Ceremonies, Moderator and Workshop host since 2009.

Derek Binns

Diana Verde Nieto

Entrepreneur, Change-Maker and Author

Argentinean by birth and European in spirit, Diana is the founder and CEO of PositiveLuxury.com a daily e-commerce lifestyle magazine.

Positive Luxury combines glossy editorial with information on the environmental and social responsibility of brands at a click.

Previously she founded Clownfish, a global sustainability communications consultancy. She took the company from niche and London-based to a global brand known for innovative thinking and creativity in the sustainability and communications fields.

In 2008 Clownfish was acquired by Aegis Media, a global media company.

Diana is nominated by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in recognition of her professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world.

Amongst other things, Diana has been trained by Al Gore at the Alliance of Climate Protection and serves as an adviser to many companies, governments and non-governmental organisations as well as being a recognized and inspirational speaker

Diana Verde Nieto

Emily Pearce

Senior Manager – Ethical Fashion Forum

Emily is the Senior Manager at the Ethical Fashion Forum and currently manages the marketing, PR and social networking team at the EFF. She was responsible for developing and delivering the marketing campaigns as well as event management for the Excellence in Ethical Fashion Intensive Training Day in December 2010, Ethical Fashion SOURCE EXPO, and the EFF’s Ethical Fashion Networking events programme, which takes place monthly in London as well as in 12 other locations in the world. Emily is now responsible for strategy, marketing and resource development for the EFF’s Excellence in Ethical Fashion Programme.

Emily Pearce

Eva Cammarata

Founder and Designer – “Eva Cammarata”:

Eva Cammarata is an Italian fashion designer specialised in digital design, creator of ready-to-wear and haute couture collections.
Eva was born in Sicily and in her designs is evident the influence of her heritage, reflected in her love for colors evoking the Mediterranean femininity, exalted by soft knits and tailored garments.

Since the higher education Eva Cammarata has been studying fashion design and gaining experience working as assistant designer for the haute couture designer Marella Ferrera.

After her graduation in Italy, following the graduate catwalk show she was offered to join the graduate fashion shows in Paris during the fashion week.

After this experience Eva decided to move to the UK, keen to complete her studying history and to work in London.

Here she attended several postgraduate courses and gained a master degree in digital design and knitwear technology at the London College of Fashion.

Following Eva’s graduate collection and digital work, showcased at the Mall Gallery, London, the designer started to work as an intern for Giles Deacon. She is now working on her own label matching sustainability and glamour to translate in knitted and tailored collections.

Recently Eva Cammarata collections have been showcased at the Ethical SOURCE Expo, Pure London, Brighton Fashion Week and the Showroom International New York .

Eva Cammarata

Graham Burden

Sustainable Textile Solutions Ltd.

Graham was an employee of Marks and Spencer for 34 years until his retirement in 2008. He worked in all clothing areas, at the company’s HQ, as a fabric development technologist. Graham spent much of his time at M&S working on innovation, developing new fabric sources and ensuring quality and performance standards were understood and achieved. He developed particular expertise with cotton and jersey fabrics and as such became Marks and Spencer Knit Fabric Specialist in 1994 and additionally Cotton Specialist in 2003. In 2005 Graham became Marks and Spencer Sustainable Raw Materials Manager and led the introduction of Fairtrade, organic and recycled cotton, recycled polyester, organic linen and organic wool. This led to the overall development of a sustainable raw material sourcing strategy as part of M&S Plan A programme. Graham represented Marks and Spencer on the Board of the Organic Exchange for 3 years and made many presentations worldwide on behalf of the company and his work on raw materials.

Since retiring Graham is now offering his expertise under his company name Sustainable Textile Solutions Ltd

Graham Burden

Ilaria Pasquinelli

Co-Founder and Marketing Director – SPINNA

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 is Marketing Director of SPINNA

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.

After graduating from the University of Florence, Italy, in ‘Marketing and Internationalisation of Textiles and Fashion’; Ilaria is now completing a Master’s Degree in Marketing. She is also fluent in Italian, English and French.

Ilaria is a member of the Consultants Pool.

Ilaria Pasquinelli

Liesl Truscott

Director Farm Engagement – Textile Exchange

Liesl’s background is in environmental systems and she has a first class degree in Environmental Assessment and Management, she is also a certified environmental and OHS systems auditor. During her time in Australia, Liesl wrote a Code of Practice on health and safety in the wine industry for the New South Wales government. Since being in the UK Liesl worked as the Sustainability Manager for Croydon Council; and led Croydon to become the first ‘Fairtrade’ Borough in London. She has experience with global corporations on Corporate Social Responsibility thorough her time as CSR Index Manager for Business in the Community and later as a consultant. Liesl focuses on researching, developing, and promoting the opportunities for farmers that organic represents.

Liesl Truscott

Jackie Andrews-Udall

Founder – Sustainable Fashion Strategies and Director – ZeroDegree Thinktank

Jackie Andrews-Udall founded Sustainable Fashion strategies to inform and educate mainstream fashion clients in better procurement and design practise, raising awareness of sustainable design methodology re-assessing quality control and critical paths to incorporate ethics and environmental monitoring standards.
Her service is design focussed, using cradle to cradle values, she works with design, procurement and production teams first, bringing inspiration to change. Her methods are not CSR led, though deeply rooted in responsibility.

Her aim is to design with a conscience and achieve sustainable aesthetics.

She believes fashion products take root in desire, not guilt: her simple, transparent methods and matrix’ assist you in monitoring and logging your journey towards better sustainable production throughout your company, helping you to plan ranges and collections, sustainably.

She is above all a colourist, initially trained as a textile technician, she has worked as creative director and headbuyer for the likes of Lanvin, Gucci group, Stella McCartney, Rena Lange, and Solbiati developing ranges for textile mills or prestigious fashion brands since the start of her career in 1989 as a designer for Karl Lagerfeld.

Sustainable Fashion Strategies assists development projects, introducing sustainable services to new markets.:Jackie recently worked with LCF, drawing together the “shared talent india” website, and has run training programmes in Nairobi slums for ITC.

Jackie likes to think she develops mainstream fashion, with a sustainable point of view, utilising a vast production portfolio harnessed from twenty years experience within the industry.

Today, she is mainly director of the Zerodegree Think-tank Community Interest Company, raising awareness on sustainable issues amongst children, improving sustainable education and supporting schools with sustainability and citizenship programmes. The Zerodegree Think-tank brings creative projects to children, carrying deep-rooted environmental messages through the observation of their own locality, responsible behaviour through interacting with their own community through horticulture, craft, storytelling and design projects.

Jackie Andrews-Udall

Joanne Temperton

Head Designer & Owner – Makki

Head Designer & Owner of Makki, an Ethical Handbag & Accessory Brand, specialising in the use of By product skins.
Established 2003.

Joanne Temperton

Julia Hawkins

Media Relations and Communications Manager – Ethical Trading Initiative

Julia is Media Relations and Communications Manager at the Ethical Trading Initiative, where she raises awareness about ethical trade among businesses, the media and other key stakeholders as well as providing advice to companies on how to communicate about ethical trade. Recent projects include developing-awareness raising films to promote ethical trade to both retailers and suppliers, building ETI’s blog and twitter presence and running a media campaign aimed at encouraging consumers to get involved in ethical trade called ‘Be an Ethical Pest’. Prior to this she worked as a consultant in international development and corporate responsibility, with clients ranging from Nestlé to the Department for International Development (DFID). She spent the latter half of the 1990s living in the Palestinian West Bank, working on a variety of economic and social development projects.

Julia Hawkins

Kenda Cunningham

London President – Nest

Kenda Cunningham, London President of Nest, holds an MA in Latin American Studies with concentrations in development policies and humanitarian affairs. Interested in the multiple pathways to poverty reduction, Kenda’s has worked on development projects focused on agriculture, nutrition, education, and other poverty reducing pathways in Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, and Ghana. Three years ago, Kenda joined the Washington D.C. city chapter of Nest, a nonprofit dedicated to alleviating poverty, empowering women, and promoting peace through the successful creation of artisan businesses through a system of micro-bartering, business education, and access to markets. About a year ago, Kenda facilitated the launch of Nest London.

Kenda Cunningham

Naomi Cornelius-Reid

CEONV London Calcutta

Originally from a care background, Naomi Cornelius-Reid spent four years managing the Design Consultancy division at Bill Amberg, the luxury leather goods company, prior to setting up on her own and launching her ethical accessories company, NV London Calcutta. Designed in the UK and created by a non-profit, WFTO member manufacturer in Kolkata, India, NV London Calcutta retails and wholesales handmade, premium quality leather, canvas and silk products for men and women, recently winning the Notonthehighstreet.com Make Award for Community Contribution. NV London Calcutta is also proud to undertake bespoke commissions and collaborations for companies wishing to produce ethical products and amongst other clients is currently enjoying on-going relationships with cult beauty brand Cowshed, producing ranges for their Living Collections and internationally renowned artist, Rob Ryan, on a series of silk scarves. NV London Calcutta is delighted to have recently been awarded the Supplier Innovation Award by the Ethical Fashion Forum.

Naomi Cornelius-Reid

Natalia Perry

Founder & Director – The Sacred Childhoods Foundation

Natalia Perry is the Founder & Director of The Sacred Childhoods Foundation and a new ethical brand Suchi. Sacred Childhoods supports impoverished and vulnerable children in Indonesia. Realising that the children’s parents desperately needed help with education, training and employment Natalia and her team have spent the last year developing a sewing project inside the slums. Some of the parents are now earning more money than they would from begging with their children on the streets or doing petty crime. But the project has had its challenges which Natalia would like to share with you…

Natalia Perry

Paola Masperi

Founder and chairperson – Mayamiko Trust

Paola is a Marketing & Communication strategist (CIM) with 10 years experience in the private sector (including publishing, sustainability and finance) combined with a Masters Degree in International Development Studies and years of experience working is several African countries on a variety of programmes and projects with local partners and the government.

Paola started Mayamiko in 2008 as a UK registered charity. Mayamiko’s vision is to supply UK and worldwide retailers with high-quality, ethically produced, African made fashion and homeware. Mayamiko has created ethical production units in Malawi (Eastern Africa) where underprivileged women are trained in sewing, tailoring and garment making. Many of Mayamiko trainees are HIV positive or care for victims and orphans of the pandemic.

As part of the long term vision, Mayamiko is working to establish sustainable sewing, tailoring and fashion training schools. The objective is to create orders for our trainees and graduates to make fashion for the export market, and fetch better prices for their materials and products. In the long run, Mayamiko wishes to rely on its sustainable income to grow the community projects.

Mayamiko use ethical labour standards and locally sourced fabrics and materials.

As part of the training programs, Mayamiko provides meals, bicycles, child care and training to TEVETA standards (Technical, Entrepreneurial, Vocational and Training Authority) for trainees and graduates. Mayamiko also offers small business loans and grants to graduates who wish to start their own business or join up to set up a cooperative. Mayamiko’s vision is to build a creative, sustainable and environmentally friendly structure, a home that can grow organically and is in tune with the environment and the people, particularly considering the ladies needs and those of their young children. This would include a vegetable garden and orchard, solar power, an outside kitchen, a baking oven, a washing area for fabrics with water recycling as well as a crèche, classrooms, labs, store rooms, workshops and potentially a home for boarding students.

Mayamiko works towards the World Fair Trade Organisation 10 Standards of Fair Trade

Paola Masperi

Prama Bhardwaj

Founder – Mantis World

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 .

In 2000, 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 and Oeko Tex 100. Over the years they have diversified their supply routes to encompass textile mills in Turkey, Sri Lanka, Pakistan 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.

Most recently Prama has begun a new chapter for both Mantis World and herself by relocating to Zanzibar with her husband and two children. Still firmly involved in both the daily running of the company and its overall direction, the move has an added benefit of allowing her to oversee and support much of Mantis World’s non-commercial projects firsthand.

Check out Prama’s Journal online

Prama Bhardwaj

Ruth Cox

Senior Designer and Co-ordinator of Vocational Training – Oasis

After completing a fashion and textiles degree, Ruth spent three 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 NGO Oasis). 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 has designed numerous collections for Jacobs Well and provided regular support to the businesses in India and Uganda. Her wider role with Oasis Global also includes co-ordinating and resourcing the Learning and Livelihoods initiatives in India, Uganda and Zimbabwe. With 20 years experience establishing; advising; promoting fair trade business and designing product ranges, Ruth is contracted out as a consultant to external clients.

Ruth Cox

G. Beaudin

Media and Marketing Director – Front Row Society

G. Beaudin, a graduate of Virginia’s Governor’s Magnet School for the Arts and Old Dominion University, has had a diverse career that spans over 20 years in the art, fashion and entertainment industries. Since 1991, has been active as a film, television actor and model. Featured in the Fox TV series ‘That 70’s Show’, and starred as cyber villain Malcolm Frink in the international cult classic ‘Superhuman Samurai Syber Squad’, he also appeared as a model in the international Armani Campaign ‘Who’s Gio?’, Print Ad Campaigns for Vans (USA) and Bum Equipment. In 2000, he launched headfirst into the arts by founding thedramaloft, an incubator for performing and visuals arts, which in 2007-2009 exhibited fashion photography as works of art and engaged fashion designers in costume design. These projects resulted in the project BEAM (Building of Entertainment Art Media), a cultural center anchored in East Harlem. During his tenure at BEAM, he was engaged by Artfacts.Net (AFN) to open North American Art Market as well as expand the European Market. During this time, he also spoke and developed lectures around the topic of Art as an Asset Class and Art Valuation at Art Monaco, FIAC, and ARCO. Currently, after such extensive experience in art, fashion and entertainment, as well as, consulting for corporate marketing programs, he has landed the Media Marketing Director position for Front Row Society, a perfect fit.

Front Row Society is an exciting new fashion platform giving talented designers from all backgrounds the opportunity to showcase their work. We provides access to an international audience with the chance to see their designs go into production and earn directly from their sales. Front Row Society operates under a new design-house concept: Fashion democracy!

Fashion Democracy:
‘Luxury with a Conscious’
We listen to our community to understand their needs and their inspirations, therefore are increasingly successful in meeting their expectations. FRS spends more time listening, and less time talking. More time acting on new ideas, and less time reacting to trends. Fashion Democracy places the customer and the designer on the front row. The front row is where ideas are introduced and decision are made. With FRS, you are in the decision-making seat. FRS’ accessories reflect the qualities of front row living.

Fashion Cares: ‘
Fashion Forward=Eco Friendly’
FRS has a commitment to the environment, community and to the fashion industry. As a consumer oriented product, we believe the industry of fashion does not have to consume the environment, its workers and creative talent. We strive to only using high-quality construction eco-friendly, organic materials, and original designs that does not exploit the world and its inhabitants.

Fashion Philanthropy:
‘Guilt Free Fashion’
As part of the sustainable fashion movement, FRS has partnered with the charitable organization, Ethical Fashion Forum (EFF), with our goal to become 100% ethically sourced. FRS is committed to charitable giving, supporting social actions and artist projects. Working with leading designers, FRS dedicates its high end fashion lines to selected charity organizations with its charitable partner.

These principle philosophies are the core of our character as a company and represent our personal beliefs as individuals. With production limited to 100 units per market, FRS accessories are fast becoming a must have collectable item.

FRS is changing the fashion world, one design at a time.

G. Beaudin

Shari Keller

Director/Designer/Founder – Mehera Shaw Textiles Pvt. Ltd.

Shari has had a life-long connection to India, clothing design and Gandhian principles of service and equality. As a self-taught designer, Shari has worked with tailors and textile artisans in India for the past 20 years. Shari holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from UT Austin (2000) with an area focus on artisan populations in India.

Mehera Shaw (founded 1999), is a fair trade fashion design and garment production company dedicated to sustainability both human and ecological. Shari and husband Mark founded the production portion in Jaipur, India in 2007. As director, Shari has developed a vertical business and has extensive experience ensuring product quality, supply chain reliability, providing skills training for workers, and maintaining fair trade standards of business, transparent communication, and ecological standards of production. Mehera Shaw sources certified organic cottons wherever possible with the intention of combining ecologically sustainable natural fibers and artisan skills into garments suitable for the high-end Western market. As Creative Director, Shari designs original styles and several complete collections each year.

In 2010, in cooperation with Mr. Nagarajan, manager, and Mr. Bunkar, pattern master, Shari established Mehera Shaw Foundation, a non-profit in Rajasthan for the purpose of improving sustainability factors within the local garment industry.

Shari Keller

Simon Ferrigno

Freelance consultant, researcher and writer on cotton and sustainability.

Simon Ferrigno is a freelance consultant, researcher and writer on cotton and sustainability. Simon has been working in sustainable agriculture since 1998. Simon works for both public and private sector clients and is a regular contributor to Ecotextile News. He is a member of the RITE Group steering committee, the BCI advisory group and the Soil Association Textile and Trade group. He is a regular speaker at international events, such as the International Cotton Advisory Committee and recently convened the organic textiles section of the 17th Organic World Congress. Simon has previously worked for the Pesticide Action Network and the International Institute for Environment and development.

Simon is currently writing ‘An Insider’s Guide to Cotton and Sustainability’, a 100 page guide to cotton, its production, the sustainability challenges and solutions, data on the sector and the sustainable options as well as future challenges. Simon is also a founding partner of the Buying Pool, an innovative new sourcing platform which aims to help small and medium sized buyers group orders to be able to source from manufacturers in bulk, thus ensuring wider supply and better prices.

Simon Ferrigno

Sue Blacker

Managing Director – The Natural Fibre Company

Sue Blacker is Managing Director of The Natural Fibre Company, which processes pure natural British wool, mohair and alpaca into knitting and weaving yarns. Since buying the business 5 years ago she has developed it to undertake the full range of textile making processes, including spinning woollen and worsted yarns and a dye plant using organically accredited dyes.

She has launched an online shop and catalogue to make these products available to a wider public under the brands of Blacker Designs and Blacker Yarns.

Previously, she worked on environmental, economic and social regeneration in the South West as chief executive of The Silvanus Trust and Groundwork Plymouth Area.

Until returning to her native Cornwall in 1989, Sue worked in the City as a stockbroker, specialising in high technology investment research.
She also has a smallholding and breeds pedigree Gotland sheep.

Sue Blacker

Summer Rayne Oakes

Co-founder – Source4Style

Summer Rayne Oakes, (Co-founder of Source4Style) is a model-activist, author of Style, Naturally, and Co-founder of Source4Style, a B2B marketplace connecting designers to more sustainable material suppliers around the globe. Her work keeps her busy both in front of the scenes as well as behind the scenes by creating environmentally-preferable products and services with brands like Payless, MODO, Portico and Aveeno. Oakes is a graduate of Cornell University with degrees in Environmental Science and Entomology.

Summer Rayne Oakes

Tamsin Lejeune

Founder and Managing Director – Ethical Fashion Forum

Tamsin is Founder and Managing Director of the Ethical Fashion Forum and has over 10 years of experience in the ethical fashion business sector. She holds a masters in International Development, is the author of “Can Fashion be Fair?” and is trained in fashion design and fashion business management. In 2003 she founded fair trade fashion label juste, one of the first design led fairtrade fashion labels, developing a pioneering supply chain model in Bangladesh, raising seed funding through social investment and achieving considerable success.

Over the last 2-3 years, Tamsin has raised over £300,000 for the launch of a raft of initiatives in the ethical fashion sector, succeeding with grant funding, corporate sponsorship, social investment and other forms of funding. She has secured partnerships with leading multinationals, fashion bodies and global institutions such as the UN.

As Founder of the SOURCE Consultancy: the Ethical Fashion Consultancy, Tamsin has worked with hundreds of pioneering entrepreneurs and fashion businesses in the ethical fashion sector on every aspect of business strategy.

Tamsin Lejeune

Tom Smith

Head of Marketing and Business Development – Sedex

Tom is the Head of Marketing and Business Development at Sedex. He feels passionate about how real improvements can be made in working conditions and the environment by creating collaborative tools that help both buyers and suppliers.

Since joining Sedex in 2007, Tom has helped the organisation grow from a staff of four and 12,000 members to a team of thirty-five based in London, New York and Shanghai with over 20,000 members including some of the worlds largest brands and retailers.

Prior to Sedex Tom worked at Canning House (www.canninghouse.org), a Latin American think tank based in London. During his time there he worked in partnership with Al-Invest, an EU funded economic co-operation programme that aims to support the internationalisation of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Latin America in order to reinforce social cohesion in the region.

Tom holds a BA in Politics from the University of York (UK) specialising in theories of inequality and the role of religion in Middle Eastern politics.. Follow Tom on Twitter

Tom Smith

Veronica Crespi

Style and Fashion Consultant and Founder – Rewardrobe

Veronica Crespi is a Style and Fashion Consultant from Italy, who is now based in London, where she founded Rewardrobe.

With a past as a Trends Researcher and a background in Design and Styling, Veronica understands colour, textiles, trends and retail – an all-round approach to fashion.

At Rewardrobe, Veronica offers all the services of a traditional Image Consultant: advice on individual style, wardrobe management, personal shopping, as well as Style and Slow Fashion workshops for small groups. But she has made Slow Fashion the focus of her work, advising clients on how to link sustainability with style. Rewardrobe aims to be a point of contact between the growing market of sustainable fashion and the mainstream consumer.

As well as private clients, Veronica advises emerging sustainable brands to work on their exposure and inclusion in events, to help them get established within the industry, and bring them to the attention of buyers and the public. For the Source Expo, she has curated a selection of Italian brands, totally new to the UK market.

Veronica is also a freelance fashion writer, and a speaker on the subject of sustainability – often invited to events to talk about the concept of Slow Fashion, and ways of bringing sustainable fashion to the attention of the mainstream audience.

Veronica Crespi

Vicky Murray

Principle Advisor – Forum for the Future

Vicky Murray is a principle advisor at sustainable development charity Forum for the Future. She co-authored Fashion Futures 2025 which comprises four vivid scenarios that explore how climate change, resource shortages, population growth and other factors will shape the world of 2025 and the future of the fashion industry within it. They were originally designed as a tool to challenge companies’ strategies, generate new product and service ideas and to help them plan for the future. The scenarios are also being used to inspire students, the future leaders of tomorrow, to think about the challenges and opportunities that they might encounter when they enter industry. Click here for further information.

Vicky Murray