The CTF Advisory Board for 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 board cover areas of expertise within 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.

  • CFDA + Lexus Fashion* Initiative Advisory Board
  • Fashion Graduate Italia 2022, Sustainability Partner
  • Fashion for Good, mentor Accelerator Programme 
  • ISPO Textrends Jury member for sustainability from 2015
  • Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, co-curator Sustainable Thinking  
  • Première Vision, Sustainability Consultant for Smart Creation
  • Redress Design Award, advisor
  • Renoon, advisor 
  • The Fashion Pact, member of the Materials Technical Advisory Group since 2021
  • The Textile Library Circular Symposium, Museo del Tessuto di Prato, co-organizer
  • WSM-White Sustainable Milano – “Unveiling the Fashion Backstage”, strategic partner

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.

Lauren Bartley, Chief Sustainability Officer, Ganni A/S

Lauren has been spearheading Sustainability at Danish brand GANNI since late 2018. She is responsible for the inception, development and implementation of the brand’s sustainability strategy across social, environmental, materials and innovation.

Previously, Lauren worked for UK based NGO The Soil Association, during that time Lauren was voted within the Top 25 most influential personalities working in the UK organic beauty industry for 2 consecutive years (2016 and 2017).

Jodi brings more than 20 years’ experience in fabric R&D in fashion to her more recent work embedding sustainability at the core of brands. She most recently was Head of Sustainability at LOEWE, and previously spent 6 years at Filippa K in Sweden, where she led the fabric team before becoming VP of Sustainability.

Jodi is keen to drive change within the industry by bringing together diverse stakeholders to implement new fibres or processes at scale. She was a founding member of the Swedish Wool Initiative, a multi-stakeholder group that enabled more local wool to be used for commercial textiles; she has worked with researchers in Sweden to develop new and alternative materials; and she has driven initiatives to increase the repair, reuse, and recycling of garments and materials for brands.

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.

Director Global Innovation Apparel & Accessory and QA at PUMA Group

Howard is a passionate advocate for sustainability in sportwear. Under his leadership, PUMA has made significant strides in reducing its environmental footprint. He has championed initiatives to use sustainable materials, minimize waste, and embrace eco-friendly manufacturing processes, ensuring that PUMA remains a responsible and forward-thinking brand.

Howard is known for his ability to inspire creativity and foster innovation within his team and across the industry. He believes that the power of collaboration and diverse perspectives is key to unlocking the next wave of ground-breaking ideas.


Challenge the Fabric 2024 will take place on May 14 – 15, in Milan

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Tuesday 9th May

18:00 - 20:00

Welcome Mingle

Wednesday 10th May




Introduction and welcome


The opportunity of Green Textiles

Keynote speaker

Jonatan Janmark | Partner, McKinsey & Co


Sustainable Forestry

Keynote speaker

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.

Keynote speaker

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.

Keynote speaker

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?

Keynote speaker

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

Malva Carlsson


Conclusion | Nina Elmersson – VP Innovare, Ekman