The Advisory Board for CTF 2024 consists of key-industry experts and stakeholders, who will help strengthen CTF’s position as a pioneering cross-industry platform.
The members of the prestigious Advisory Board cover areas of expertise such as the textile, fashion, and forest industries.
Brooke is an experienced and respected journalist, consultant and author. She is a leading voice in the fashion and textile industries and her role as senior sustainability contributor at Forbes has earned her a reputation for authoritative analysis and reporting. Brooke recently authored a book charting the past 20 years of sustainable fashion initiatives in which her interviewees included Ryan Gellert, CEO of Patagonia; Annie Leonard, Executive Director of Greenpeace US; and Delman Lee, Vice Chair of TAL Apparel. In addition to her work at Forbes, Brooke is the founder of Techstyler, which provides sustainability and communications consultancy to brands, manufacturers, fibre and textile producers, NGOs, and investors. Techstyler’s clients to date include Pangaia, Swarovski, FibreTrace, Worn Again, Textile Exchange and Bluesign. Brooke has prior industry experience in knitwear design, development and production, coupled with a previous career in diagnostic radiography (medical imaging), resulting in a unique skill set for analysing, interpreting and prioritising sustainability solutions for materials, technologies and supply chains.
C.L.A.S.S., CEO and Founder
An expert in textile value chain, Giusy has superior technical knowledge within the raw material market sector, as well as precise marketing and communication skills.
In 2007, Bettoni created C.L.A.S.S. (Creativity Lifestyle and Sustainable Synergy), the international eco-hub – based in Milan – which since the very beginning has been advocating for a new generation of fashion where the fusion of design, innovation, communication and responsibility shapes an informed and competitive business, able to play both at an economic and social level.
C.L.A.S.S. supports the whole supply chain to trigger CHANGE in the system while activating VALUES that speak clearly to contemporary consumers.
Bettoni takes a synergetic approach with designers, brands and international organizations to provide brand insight that includes smart fabrics and technological breakthroughs.
Halit Gümüşer was born in 1978 in Maraş which is a main hub for textile industry. He has studied chemical engineering in Istanbul Technical University. After the engineering education he moved to NY to study MBA at Pace University/Lubin School of Business. In order to stay connected with the fashion industry and keep in touch with key customers in Europe to develop sustainable projects, Halit spends half of his time in London, UK. He is at the factory for the rest of the time. Knowing both market and the production gives a different perspective..
Before becoming the Managing Director and Board Member of Kipaş Holding, Halit set up a New York branch of Kipas Textiles from 2000-2002. Afterwards he returned to his hometown and a new chapter in his career began. Within Kipaş Holding, Halit’s responsibilities include developing and implementing strategic plans and company policies, maintaining an open dialogue with stakeholders, and driving organizational success. He provides strategic advice and guidance to the chair and other members of the board, to keep them aware of developments within the industry and ensure that the appropriate policies are developed to meet the company’s mission and objectives and to comply with all relevant statutory and other regulations.
He initiated Technical Textiles category for Protective clothing industry. Halit is also one of the co-founders of ‘Sustainability Talks Istanbul’ platform.
“Being part of an industry that has a significant impact on climate change, natural resources, and human rights, we have the opportunity to become part of the solution. By constantly optimizing our operations, and by seeking innovative solutions and collaborations across the whole value chain, we believe real change happens.”
– Halit Gümüşer.
Present Responsibility: Dissolving Pulp Sales Director
Celulosa Arauco y Constitucion SA
Erik Frisk is presently responsible for the worldwide sales of Dissolving pulp. Involved in the conversion of the Valdivia mill from paper grade to Dissolving pulp since the beginning.
Worked in Arauco since 1994 in different divisions of the company. 10 years in Holland in charge of sales of wood pulp for the European market. 7 years as Pulp Commercial development director in Chile. Presently responsible for the worldwide sales of Dissolving pulp.
Swedish Fashion Council, CEO
A visionary in her field, Jennie Rosén is dedicated to take fashion forward by encouraging collaborations within and across disciplines. Driven by design, culture and technology her focus is set on innovation to reform the fashion system on a regional and global level. Swedish Fashion Council (SFC) is an industry organization that aims to guide the fashion industry into the future, establishing Sweden as the global leader of the industry’s new era. Through our thought leadership, initiatives and work with SFC [Incubator], SFC is one of the key players accelerating the transformation of the global fashion industry. With a strong community, SFC works to promote, educate, and innovate the fashion industry to become competitive, sustainable, and relevant in our changing world. SFC is owned by the Swedish Trade Federation.
Introduction and welcome
The opportunity of Green Textiles
Jonatan Janmark | Partner, McKinsey & Co
Valerie Langer | Fibre Solutions Strategist, Canopy
Forest to fabrics; the importance of sustainable forest practices
This panel discusses the importance of sustainable forest management. Topics
that will be discussed are centered around how sustainable forestry
management is defined, how farmers work with their forests to ensure and
protect the biodiversity, regeneration capacity and reforestation. The panel will
also discuss what sustainable forest management mean for different regions of
the world as well as how it influences sourcing strategies and the demands on
raw material suppliers.
Diana Tuomasjukka | Head of the Bioeconomy Programme, European Forest Institute
Oliver Lansdell | Director, Pulp and Paper, Hawkins Wright
Johannes Bogren | Vice President, Södra Cell Bioproducts
Anna Palmberg | Material & Innovation Developer, IKEA of Sweden
Surya Valluri | Chief Sustainability Officer, Birla Cellulose
Sofia Jorge I Board Member, Sustainability, Risk, Communication, People & Talent, Altri SGPS
Legislation, Policy, and Traceability
Over the last few years, we have seen an increase in legislation related to sustainability in textiles. For example, the EU Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles will require the use of more sustainable and recycled materials as well as identification through the Digital Project Passport (DPP). Organizations such as the Textile Exchange are supporting the industry by developing standards to classify preferred materials. Also new startups are focusing on helping brands achieve visibility on their supply chains. How can fashion brands and suppliers alike navigate this new landscape? What role can stakeholders like innovators, NGO’s and industry organizations play? What is required to educate and disseminate knowledge on legislation, policy, and traceability? This panel will explore these important topics.
Christine Goulay | Founder, Sustainabelle
12:05 – Panel
Amit Gautam | CEO & Co-founder, Textile Genesis
Sara Mariani | Chief Sustainability Officer, OTB
Claudia De Witte | Sustainability Leader, Textiles, Eastman
Committing to the future of Next Generation Solutions
This panel discusses the collective commitment at COP27 by brands such as Kering, H&M, Inditex to purchase over half a million tonnes of fibres stemming from Next Generation Solutions. The panel will address what this commitment means for the innovators in terms of the need for scaling, investments and partnerships and the potential challenges of reaching the scale needed.
Dolly Vellanki | Innovation Associate, Fashion for Good
Brooke Roberts-Islam | Founder, Techstyler; Senior Contributor, Forbes.
14:30 – Panel
Jenny Fredricsdotter | Circular Business Manager, Re:newcell
Erik Karlsson | VC/Impact Investor, H&M CO: Lab
Julia Viner | Investment Associate, Fashion, Closed Loop Partners
Peter Majeranowski | CEO & Co-Founder, Circ
Shaping the path forward
This panel will focus on how we can shape the path towards fashion’s sustainable future and highlight the possibilities within the MMCF field. It will discuss the importance of cross industry collaborations and how we can create long lasting change by engaging different stake holders from different industries. What can we learn from the development of other fibre categories or other industries? What will be critical to continue to grow in an innovative and sustainable way?
Andrea Rosso | Sustainability Ambassador, Diesel
Bella Webb | Sustainability Editor, Vogue Business
16:00 – Panel
Amanda Parkes | Chief Innovation Officer, Pangaia
Dr. Shahriare Mahmood | Chief Sustainability Officer, Spinnova
Christina Iskov | Head of Innovation & Academy, Global Fashion Agenda
Conclusion | Nina Elmersson – VP Innovare, Ekman
Challenge the Fabric 2023 will take place on May 9 – 10, in Milan