Our thought-provoking talks will dissect the issues that really matter across: Collective Intelligence, Wellness & Spirituality, Sustainability & Regeneration, Planet & Biodiversity, Fashion & Beauty. We’re bringing together some of the world’s leading conscious changemakers, experts, influencers, and business leaders to elevate your consciousness.
The TALKS from the main stage at LA CASERNE in Paris will be screened online and at the Conscious Gatherings in Singapore and in London.
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Ali Rakib is a cultural engineering consultant to help companies identify, safeguard, promote and develop their intangible cultural heritages. He provides advice in the traceability and social audit of textiles and cosmetics sectors, in order to control their impact, in particular on the aspect of human rights, and with respect for indigenous cultures. Its core objective is the safeguard of the intangible heritage of humanity, through access to financial autonomy for women, for long-term social justice.
Mahima Gujral, a graduate of Lasalle College of the Arts Singapore and SDA Bocconi, Milan is the founder of Sui & also a slow fashion advocate. She fondly calls her nature and travel loving soul “Brown Girl on the run”. Though fashion business was her calling since 2008, it was only after learning about the impact of fashion back in 2016, that she began a journey of her own into mindful purchasing and conscious living. Shortly into her journey, she realized that slow fashion was still viewed as unrelatable by many. She wanted to help women connect further with the clothes they own & also connect fashion with sustainability in an engaging way. She began SUI, with a hope to make sustainable fashion more wearable with no compromise on quality and processes. Her goal is to make slow fashion a part of our everyday journeys.
Lucca Lamoine is the founder of Verlan, a menswear fashion ready to wear brand focusing on creating the best sustainable garments for the naughty minds of its generation. Prior to founding Verlan, Lucca was a Master student at the London School of Economics and was working as an analyst for a venture capital firm. He is also a dealer of mid-century furniture and the co-founder of the newly released CBD brand Ona.
An accomplished and dedicated Human Rights and Social Justice campaigner focusing on the rights of children and women to be free from exploitation and advocating for fair and just social, economic, and environmental policies and practices. Bharti has 20 years’ experience leading highly influential research and campaigning charities, working on human rights in the UK and India. Her successes include influencing significant changes to law and policy protecting children and women against economic exploitation, trafficking and transnational sexual abuse. This includes a contribution to the development of statutory and voluntary guidance on the Transparency in Supply Chain in the Modern Slavery Act, the introduction of the UK’s National Minimum Wage. In India, supporting community-led programmes to strengthen food, water, and livelihood security for the most marginalised communities in rural India. An accomplished speaker, Bharti has been featured widely in national and international print and broadcast media, regularly quoted in articles on poverty, inequality and human rights.
Sharon is a 21 year senior lawyer with wide ranging client experience in modern slavery and human rights work and also a commercial/corporate lawyer, advising a number of different organisations on a broad range of matters in particular, regulatory matters (MSA 2015 and GDPR). She is an author of articles and papers regarding the MSA 2015 and impact on businesses and institutional investors. She has been an anti-slavery envoy and former trustee of The Medaille Trust and an international advocate for International Justice Mission. In April 2020, she founded Justice in Fashion, a CIC, which was formed to prevent an amplification of poverty and to mitigate an outbreak in abuse of women in low wage countries working in the Ready-Made Garment industry as a result of the COVID-19 crisis and future emergencies. The COVID-19 crisis exposed the gender inequalities and fragility that had long existed within the fashion industry and from this and over the past 18 months Justice in Fashion has set up a great team of like-minded individuals to help raise awareness as well as obtain valuable funding to use towards implementing positive change where it is very much needed and pushing its 3 Es ethos of Engagement, Empowerment and Education.
Cecile joined the association in 2017 after she was operated on to cure her from the disease by Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, the surgeon who is also the founder of the Association. She has also launched the podcasts channel «Mon Endométriose» last August with some talks she has with women that are sick, anonymous or famous. This is a window offered to women as intimate face-to-face. “As the President of the Association, my mission is to free the speech, inform, sensibilize and educate as many women as possible so that they know more about this unknown disease. We have set a partnership with Inserm to make the research go further. At this occasion a scientific committee has been created. Research is one of our main focuses. We also work with the Health Ministry, we have signed 3 conventions with the Health, Education and Human Rights Ministries. We carry creative actions with artists to reach more people and extend our community.” In parallel to the Association Info-Endométriose, Cecile has been managing for 5 years a creative bureau, specialized in communication and content production: Bureau Cécile Togni.
Photo credit: Chloé Bruhat
Damien Pommeret is the Regional Manager for Western Europe at the Woolmark Company. His aim is to enhance the profitability, international competitiveness and sustainability of the Australian wool industry, and increase demand and market access for Australian wool. Committed to contributing to a vibrant, stable and profitable wool industry, Damien is in charge of supporting sustainability and fibre advocacy for The Woolmark Company through ongoing corporate activities. Prior to this experience, Damien worked in the global apparel market for leading French brand group IKKS. As Head of International Development he strongly contributed in developing the brand’s sales activities on a global level.
Tvish is 16 years old. As a kid, he always had a passion for wildlife and wildlife conservation. For his IB MYP Personal Project, he created a book for people of all ages on wildlife, covering facts on each animal as well as a story for young children. In addition, he has volunteered at ACRES and at the Zoo, where he is training to be a conservation ambassador. During the holidays, he is doing a National Geographic course on conservation and if conditions permit, he will be part of a National Geographic expedition to Botswana. He truly believes that animals are critical to understanding whether we, as a race, are sustainable. Animals are indicators of a healthy ecosystem, which is exactly what sustainability is all about.
In addition, he also has a public speaking background and has been a London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) student for the last 10 years. In his spare time, he loves playing sports, his favourites are cricket, basketball and tennis.
Marissa Trew is the Head of Content for TZ APAC, the Asia adoption entity supporting the Tezos ecosystem in Asia. Marissa also hosts TezTalks Radio, a podcast profiling the people and projects building on the Tezos blockchain. Beyond blockchain, Marissa hosts Just So We’re Clear, a Singapore-born podcast focused on holding conversations relevant to modern Asian women. She has built a career in media and technology as a marketer, journalist, presenter and copywriter, interviewing C-suite executives, entrepreneurs and celebrities.
Cora Hilts, Co-Founder and CEO of luxury sustainable e-tailer Rêve En Vert (REV), began her illustrious career at Christian Louboutin and Stella McCartney where she gained her love for design and the creative industries. From a small town in Maine, USA, Hilts has lived in London, since 2013, where she founded REV in 2014 out of her London studio apartment. Having lived in Paris, New York and London, Hilts gained a master’s degree in environmental politics from King’s College London, where her true passion for the environment was nurtured and the idea of REV began. Since Rêve En Vert was launched 7 years ago, Hilts has grown her company to six employees, all of which are women with all women investors. Rêve En Vert has established itself as the premier online e-tailer of honest sustainable luxury, fashion, beauty and lifestyle. Rêve En Vert is female forward, aiming to implement Cora’s feminist philosophy of daily life into the business model and ethos.
In 2016 Hilts was named in the prestigious Forbes 30 under 30 list, she has been a Vogue UK Contributor and hosted numerous talks on sustainability at the members club Soho House, where she is now known as an advocate for the sustainable fashion, beauty and lifestyle industries.
Leila Nasri is a naturopath, psycho corporal therapist, trainer and coach. After studying science, curious about traditional approaches to healthcare, she went to India where, during 6 years, she learnt, practiced and synthesized corporal disciplines of different traditions. She explored psycho corporal and energetic techniques which led her to connect the body and the mind. In order for this practice to be accessible to the greatest number of persons, Leila learnt holistic naturopathy when she came back to France. Better adapted to European culture, this approach allows her during individual sessions to transmit tools to be responsible again for one’s own journey towards a better balanced life, a better health and more empowerment. She teaches future practitioners within the European College of Holistic Naturopathy and shares her original approach with groups during seminars. In a more global societal approach and because a Better Being at the workplace is the guarantee of a better equilibrium for people and organisations, she shares with corporates some tools of optimisation of energy and of prevention of burn outs. For the workplace to become or become again a place where people can express themselves and thrive.
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An active advocate for green building and sustainability for over two decades, Esther has been instrumental in establishing CDL’s leadership in sustainability. It is ranked top real estate company on the 2021 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World and is the first CDP A-List company for both climate strategy and water security in SE Asia and Hong Kong. Key ESG initiatives she has spearheaded include publishing the first sustainability report in Singapore in 2008; issuing the first green bond by a Singaporean company in 2017 and building an integrated reporting framework since 2015. A forerunner in embracing the UN SDGs, Esther was conferred 2018 SDG Pioneer for Green Infrastructure and A Low Carbon Economy by the UN Global Compact. She is also a signatory for the UNGC Caring for Climate network and a UN ESCAP Sustainable Business Network Executive Council member. She sits on the boards or advisory platforms of several organisations, including World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), Global Reporting Initiative, GRESB Asian Real Estate Benchmark Committee and UNEP FI Real Estate Work Group. She chairs the Asia Pacific Real Estate Association’s Sustainability and ESG Committee; Co-Chairs the Urban Land Institute Singapore Sustainability Product Council and is the Vice-Chairperson of the Singapore Institute of Directors’ ESG Committee, as well as the WorldGBC Corporate Advisory Board.
Ulf Clerwall is a political scientist and an economist, coordinator for the UNESCO Chair Economy and Society in memory of Bernard Maris, co-founder of the Science-Society Alliance
Florent is the founder of two restaurants in Paris (Les Résistants & L’Avant-Poste) at the forefront of the sustainable restaurants movement. Restaurants only use products from its farmer’s network and militate for small-scale peasant agriculture, farmer’s seeds, local breeds etc. Menu changes everyday based on arrivals and price are affordable. L’Avant-Poste is an experimental restaurant dedicated to farmer’s seeds. Besides, Florent is invested in several associations around food (he is a board member of l’Alliance des Cuisiniers Slow Food) and built many projects with farms to rethink their links with restaurants.
Dana Thomas is the author of Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes, Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano, and the New York Times bestseller Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster, all published by Penguin Press. She began her career writing for the Style section of The Washington Post, and for fifteen years she served as a cultural and fashion correspondent for Newsweek in Paris. She is a regular contributor to The New York Times Style section and has written for The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and Architectural Digest. In 1987, she received the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation’s Ellis Haller Award for Outstanding Achievement in Journalism. In 2016, the French Minister of Culture named Thomas a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters. She lives in Paris.
Photo Credit: Michael Roberts Maconochie Photography
Aurelia Vigouroux is in charge of business development and public affairs for the textile division of the Chargeurs group including Chargeurs PCC and Chargeurs Luxury materials. She leads CSR strategies and works in close collaboration with the fashion industry to improve the ecological and social footprint.
Olga Chernysheva is a Chief Sustainability Officer at DRESSX, the largest fashion store for digital-only collections from well-known brands and 3D designers. Olga is passionate about helping companies that create innovative solutions to restore our planet and supporting purpose-driven entrepreneurs.
Olga has a degree of a Mechanical Engineer and a Master degree in Finance. She is a distinguished business leader with 10+ years of progressive experience in Project Management and Sustainable Development.
Before the COVID-19 outbreak, Olga spent 3 years in Central Africa, where she founded a non-profit organisation to bring awareness to local communities about environmental issues and waste and plastic management.
Arielle Verry Levy is social entrepreneur and expert in eco-conception. After having run brands in lifestyle and affordable luxury during 15 years, she co-founded the pioneer brand l’Herbe Rouge (slowfashion 2008 2017).
Today Arielle is vice-president of Fashiongreenhub, the first national phygital textile “tiers lieu” (third place) and founder of the artistic label Uamep which will organize the FESTIVAL DES AUTRES MODES in Pantin Cité Fertile (15/16/17/October).
Seeking to address the importance of intersectionality when analysing fashion sustainability, Xingyun is the Country Coordinator of Fashion Revolution Singapore and runs @noordinaryprotest as a platform to call for a shift in mindset. She reimagines a more equitable fashion industry through her work, which centres the planet and its people at the core of its intentions and operations. She currently works with The Fashion Pulpit, Singapore’s first clothing swap retail space, on research and education projects to promote greater sustainable fashion literacy and re-introduce new ways of speaking about our clothes.
No More Plastic is a non-profit, created by Rosalie Mann, with the objective of fighting against plastic pollution and protecting the environment. This association raises awareness of the public on the pollution of marine life and is seeking for alternative solutions to plastic products, nudging our society to change their consumption habits.
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Isabelle Lefort has been a Chief Editor of several magazines discussing subjects such as sustainability or social and solidarity economy, before joining in 2012 the foundation Positive Planet as Editorial Director. Writer, speaker and teacher at Sciences Po Le Havre, she co-founded Paris Good Fashion with Laure du Pavillon at the end of 2018 with the objective to make a systemic change in the textile industry and make textiles more eco-friendly.
With focused experience at the highest levels, Dounia Wone has tackled sustainable development issues for some of France’s biggest institutions, including Ministère du Logement, Ministère de la transition écologique, Assemblée Nationale, Mairie de Paris. Working with Cécile Duflot at the Regional Council of Ile-de-France, and later at the Ministry of Housing, Dounia directed the communications for the parliamentary environmentalist group.
As Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor for the Social and Solidarity Economy (…) of Paris, she helped create the Paris Good Fashion movement, focused on supporting the industry’s efforts around environmental responsibility. Committed to constructing effective public policy, Dounia has always sought to build bridges between the public and the private, important institutions and key brands. It was only natural that she joined Vestiaire Collective in March 2020, bringing her initiative, high standards, and ecological and societal vision to a brand which, like her, aims to have a profound impact on the way its community of millions of fashion activists think and act.
In 2018, Lilian created AWAKE CONCEPT, a young French digital native brand organized as a collective of creatives and committed designers, whose desire is to rethink the model of consumption by imagining the objects and interactions of a new, more respectful and more sustainable world.
R&D is at the center of all. For Lilian, innovation means something only if it increases the quality of the product and lowers its impact on the environment, as you cannot anymore differentiate the collective interest from the individual’s one.
Stephanie Ampart is in charge of Partnerships & activists network at So Good. Inspired by human relationships, social innovation and by the collective, Stephanie Ampart support organizations in their transition, their public speaking and their awareness. An important part of her experience comes from the media and communication world where she learnt how to appreciate and play with information and where she understood the power of words and the strength of images.
Super active and committed, she tries in her own way, to add some digital in her life and put some life in the digital world. But above all, she tries to re-invent this world.
100% Parisian woman, grew up and studied in Paris, Gaëlle graduated from the MBA at IFM and business law. Thanks to her experiences in the luxury world (Vuitton, Prada, Saint Laurent), she has developed a high sensitivity and a real passion for fashion and colours.
In 2015, she took over the family business, Manucurist Paris, to begin a new story and bring the company to a next step.
In love with green beauty, her ultimate goal for Manucurist is to create safer and cleaner products for all women. She is proud and happy to be part of the green beauty revolution !
Her mantra : good for women, clean to planet !
Maroussia Rebecq is founder and Art Director at Andrea Crews, a brand that shakes the codes of the conventional and inaccessible fashion by developing a concept ethic and alternative. The brand designs unique pieces from waste production from cut-and-sew process and second-hand clothes. The objective, beyond the garment, it’s to create a movement, energies and build social links. This idea came to Maroussia when she was studying at les Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux. How to dress when you are a student and that you are broke?
After graduating from Central Saint Martins (where he won the LVMH Grand Prix Scholarship), the French-Israeli fashion and textile designer Benjamin Benmoyal has worked at Alexander McQueen and Hermes before founding his eponymous label in 2020.
As a former commando paratrooper, he wanted to transcribe in his work the will to recover the naivety lost during his military service. Therefore, he has created a very unique fabric, woven out of his childhood VHS and audio cassette tapes. All the other fabrics used in his collections are coming from haute couture houses’ deadstock.
He has industrialized this weaving technique and gathered thousands of kilometers of magnetic tapes thanks to the help of recycling charities as well as by collecting the dead stocks of factories closed in the 2000s. Benjamin draws inspiration from his Moroccan origins by focusing on volumes and drapings from traditional outfits as well as by weaving colourful striped fabrics reminiscent of Berber craft and aesthetics.
From this season (AW21), Benjamin Benmoyal joined the official Paris Fashion Week calendar as well as the FHCM’s showroom: Sphère.
Manel De Aguas (Barcelona, 1996) is a Catalan cyborg artist and transpecies activist based in Barcelona, best known for developing and installing weather sensory fins in his head. The fins, formally known as ‘Weather Fins’, allow him to hear atmospheric pressure, temperature and humidity through implants at each side of his head.
De Aguas studied contemporary photography in Barcelona and became Cyborg Foundation‘s artist in residence in 2017. Later, he co-founded the Transpecies Society, an association that gives voice to people who do not identify as being 100% human and raises awareness on the issues they face.
Amanda Johnston is curator and consultant at The Sustainable Angle, having curated the sustainable textiles collection and Future Fabrics Expo since its inception. She has a background in design consultancy and education, and has co-authored two books: Fabric For Fashion, and Fabric For Fashion The Swatch Book. Amanda teaches at the London College of Fashion, and regularly runs sustainable materials workshops, delivering presentations and seminars internationally, both at industry events and in educational forums. Amanda has a degree in Fashion Design from Kingston University.
After starting her career singing in small cafés and bars, her guitar slung over her shoulder, the French musician got more confident when she launched her first album, Amazona. In Gironde, where Vanille lives, the weather and nature enable self-reflection and writing. With her inaugural song, À part entière, Vanilla tells what it is to stand for her singularity. Vanille is an artist who assumes her identity and refuses to shape herself to please others or the society.
Julie Gautier is native of Reunion Island. Former holder of several French records in deep-sea free diving (-68m), Julie uses her skills to express herself. She shoots images in apnoea with a unique aesthetic style, using her artistic instinct and the infinite freedom of her movements. Back on firm ground, Julie is an author and a director. Her sensitivity explains her attraction for the world of fiction, as shown in Narcose.
Photo Credit : Tony Meyer
After 10 years of singing and electro music composition, Tom Lemann left for India and Bali in 2018 to deepen his practice of yoga and music. There, he discovered mantras and sacred chants that became at the center of the sharing of his practice.
Balanced in between acoustic and electro music, Tom’s chants and meditations are rooted in the power of the voice and sounds. As always when it comes to research and experimentations, we are never finished with the magic of chants and vibrations.
Elisa leads BSR’s consumer sectors practice globally and oversees the BSR global membership network. She works with companies in the luxury, beauty, fashion, hospitality, retail, and food industries to better integrate sustainability into core business strategy, products, and operations.
She helps companies understand the world’s big disruptions, create resilient and inclusive business models and practices, and evolve brand strategy to integrate changing consumer expectations. Elisa also leads BSR’s Responsible Luxury Initiative and the Southeast Asia Reptile Conservation Alliance (SARCA).
Prior to joining BSR, Elisa was an account manager at CHANEL and a consultant at Accenture and Ernst & Young.
Elisa is French-American. She holds an M.B.A. in Luxury Goods Marketing and Management from Sup de Luxe, an M.A. in International Relations from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques Paris, and a B.A. in French from the University of Pennsylvania.
Carissa Cheow Hui Ying (she/her) is a community organizer by circumstantial necessity, a multidisciplinary writer, an aspiring political theorist, and a final-year Master of Public Policy student at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. She was previously Co-President of Students for a Safer NUS, Singapore’s first and only fully-student-led community organization strengthening collective capacities to respond to and eradicate sexual violence on campus. Her lifelong work is informed by the need for solidarity across communities for livable futures: that “none are free unless none are unfree”.
Sylvain Burquier, 46 years old, is a marketer and a publicist, who has been randomly drawn to be a member of the association Les 150, part of the Convention Citoyenne pour le Climat (Civil Convention for the Climate). Sylvain is particularly involved with corporates, media and communication institutions. He takes multiple actions alongside economic players, politicians and civil society (meetings, forums, talks…). Sylvain’s objectives are to share with as many persons as possible this unprecedented democratic experience, to get the media to talk about it in order to explain, introduce and support the initiative of the 150. His main focus is on the annual report of Corporates’ carbon footprint, the regulation of advertising and the revision of the Constitution. His wish is also to grow participants’ skills on climate issues, empowerment theories and on embracing their political destiny as well as their collective intelligence action and their relationship with the media.
Delphine Duployer, 47 years old, offers with the sound of her voice and drum, shamanic journeys to courageous souls who wish to explore their full potential.
Her approach stems from a spiritual and relational background.
Before this experience, Delphine has worked for fifteen years for a multinational company in the automotive industry where she has held four different jobs: press relations, marketing, quality organization and lawyer. At the same time, at the age of thirty, she started a therapeutic journey of several years with individual (transactional analysis) and group sessions.
In 2013, she encountered shamanism which, for the first time, answered many questions that had remained unanswered since her childhood.
Since then, she has trained herself as a shaman, read and especially practiced a lot of drumming and modified consciousness. She also has received healings. Since 2016, she has been supporting people in private sessions, at a center in Paris or online. She organizes and participates in group events, notably with EsoSchool.
In January 2020 newly acquainted singer Lizzie Freeborn and songwriter Amy Woodburn came up with the idea of creating songs together to raise the profile of the climate crisis. The dream took root fast. ISYLA released their debut album Where She Walks in summer 2020 and already have their second album waiting in the wings for a 2021 launch.
After a fifteen-year career in Human Resources, particularly in the TF1 Group in France, Sandrine decided to turn to Human Richness by training in naturopathy and coaching with the goal of supporting others towards greater awareness and autonomy. Driven by the desire to carry out a project that fits into the collective with a societal impact, she decided to become an entrepreneur and co-founded Les Cauris.
Les Cauris is the first and only platform for the exchange of care, services and skills dedicated to professionals of well-being and personal development.
The objective : to take care of those who take care, allow them to network, recommend each other, help each other and share. The ambition : to make the exchange a new professional reflex for all entrepreneurs.
Vanessa Masliah is in charge of the definition of the marketing and branding global vision at Vestiaire Collective. Her aim is to reinforce the commitment of fashion activists with innovative marketing strategies in order for Vestiaire Collective to transform the fashion industry for a more sustainable future. Vanessa’s nomination shows that Vestiaire Collective is strongly committed to develop fashion, technology and sustainability.
Barbara Coignet is the founder of 1.618 Paris, a platform that promotes a new luxury driven by beauty, innovation, emotion, creativity and sustainability. Graduated from EFAP, Barbara is an entrepreneur who started her career 20 years ago in the fields of communication and public relations. In 2009, she created the 1.618 Sustainable Luxury event then launched a community of conscious entrepreneurs, an online guide, a marketplace, a branding and image consultancy agency and many events. Barbara’s vision has positioned 1.618 Paris as a resource for consumers and professionals who are looking for sustainable luxury products and services.
Meryem is the co-founder and CEO of Lintendance.co, the first online groceries store to shop among +700 products 100% plastic free with a reusable packaging system for bottles and jars. L’intendance’s goal is to make you enjoy adopting a sustainable groceries shopping habit !
Luca Comparini is Head of Blockchain at IBM France since September 2015 and leads IBM EMEA Digital Asset strategy. With 15+ years of experience on IT infrastructures, he is a “business-oriented geek” passionated by open source ecosystems and several domains of innovations, including Blockchain technologies, cognitive and quantum computing.
Helene is a designer specialized in usages and new consumption behaviors. As Strategic Designer at Agence Pixelis, she makes sure that user’s needs remain at the center of brands strategies. She is convinced that design is the key to reinventing our brand strategies for the better. Her tool is her design thinking mindset and her playground is the brands.
Camille Le Gal is the co-founder of FAIRLY MADE®, a company with the mission to improve the social and environmental impact of the textile industry. Thanks to their Saas platform, FAIRLY MADE® works with brands such as Balzac Paris, Nature et Découvertes, Des Petits Hauts to measure their impact.
Mélody Thomas is a digital fashion writer for Marie Claire. She has freelanced for magazines such as L’Officiel Paris, Jalouse, Les Inrocks or Glamour. She mainly writes about fashion and its cultural impact. She also collaborates with other media regarding culture and lifestyle. Since 2019, she also teaches a class about fashion & news at the fashion school IFM.
Tori Tsui is an intersectional climate activist and mental health advocate from Hong Kong but based in the UK. She was named one of Stella McCartney’s agents of change in her Fall/Winter campaign written by author and activist Jonathan Safran Foer and narrated by primatologist Dame Jane Goodall. Stella subsequently sponsored Tori to sail across the Atlantic Ocean to the UN climate conference, COP25. After working on this project, she lived in Colombia working with Latin American and Caribbean youth on a project called Sail For Climate Action, which aimed to amplify the voices of environmentalists from the global south. She has spoken at the International Hay Festival and Stella McCartney’s roundtable at Paris Fashion week. She runs a podcast called Bad Activist which aims to shed the guise of perfection in climate activism.
Esther graduated with a Bachelor in Biology and Environment. Activist for years for the environmental cause, she recently dedicated 6 months to the Europe Ecocircular Tour in order to accelerate the transition to a more circular economy. Optimistic and determined to make things change and lead society as a whole towards a better tomorrow, she decided to join the OnEstPret team for “Welcome to the #WildlifeZone” campaign.
Yana Fry is a spiritual entrepreneur, life coach, group facilitator, speaker and soul activator who inspires, empowers and educates globally. She is the founder of Timeless Teachings podcast and Awaken Human. Her students come from 30+ countries and highly diverse backgrounds. Right now Yana is on her Gap Year that she started in the midst of the pandemic 2 months ago…
After 15 years in the sustainability field for corporations, international institutions and NGOs, Jeanne Henin now develops and facilitates unique learning experiences to develop our connection to the rest of the living world.
The intention of these workshops is to heal our relationship with nature and each other and experience other ways of knowing, through our senses, emotions and by building a feeling of community.
Collective intelligence, nature reconnection practices, rituals and creative workshops around emotions and imagination are key to her practice, which addresses activists as well as individuals or members of the transition movement.
After 12 years at the head of the Première Classe trade show, Patricia Lerat created in 2010, the first coaching agency in the fashion industry. She worked for eight years as a consultant & coach, in charge of the international promotion of the Designers Apartment incubator (now Sphère showroom) set up in 2012 by the French Federation of Haute Couture and Fashion, supported by Le Défi.
Her expertise of the fashion, accessories and luxury market over the last 25 years and her life experience allow her to accompany young designers in their personal and professional journey to deploy their brand. From product positioning to business development, from marketing to communication, she brings a global vision to the project and helps designers build the foundations of their business with a holistic approach. She has been nicknamed “the fashion therapist”; for her, you can’t approach the market without making sense of it and above all respecting the “human essence of the product.
For the past 12 years, she has accompanied talents in clothing and accessories such as Avoc, Christine Phung, Clara Daguin, Egonlab, Etienne Deroeux, Domestique, Koché, MII, Mossi Traoré, Nicolas Lecourt Mansion, Pierre Louis Mascia, Y Project and many others.
Born in Libreville (GABON) and currently based in Paris, Adama Anotho is a photographer and creative director with a keen curiosity for the people and cultures of our world. Her work and research revolve around intimacy, wellness of marginalised people as well as African and Afro-diasporic identities. Besides her love for untold stories, this multidisciplinary creative uses her international background and experiences to collaborate with independent projects, designers, brands and creators in the media, fashion, culture and gastronomy industries.
Malory Malmasson is therapist specialized in cellular memories and psychoenergetics. Successful YouTuber, she created her website bienetreetspiritualite.com, where she offers free video programmes on spiritual development. Her approach is unique in French speaking countries. She is also the cofounder of LA KAMBROUSSE, an eco-estate where people can come and spend time to re-energize and learn new way to be and live.
Cofounder of Time for the Planet, Mehdi is responsible for the ignition, move forward and acceleration of all the different steps of the development of the movement. He works on all the new projects, before handing them over to the other keepers. His specialties go from the creation of the companies’ branches, the relations with the companies and the investors as well as the web platform.
Committed entrepreneur, Louis-Marie Vautier co-founded EKYOG in 2004, the first ethical fashion brand in France. 50 stores were opened within 7 years to offer the brand’s 100% sustainable collections. In 2016, Louis Marie and his wife Nathalie Lebas-Vautier created GOOD FABRIC to accelerate the transformation of the textile industry by sharing their expertise with apparel brands. In 2021, Louis Marie launched FOOTBRIDGE, a SaaS blockchain traceability and LCA platform for textile players.
Florentin GLEMAREC (25 yo) and Kevin NOMPEIX (28 yo) are both founders and creative directors of Egonlab. They are a duo in life and at work, so it is necessary to find a real balance and luckily, they are two very complementary people, whether in terms of character or artistic and technical skills. They are looking for a true symbiosis of their two creative universes and are always listening to constructive criticism from both. As always, in a couple, there are moments of conflict, but surprisingly it is often in these moments that they give birth to their most beautiful pieces. «We see ourselves as visual artists. Each collection wants to preserve the aesthetics that a work of art must provoke.»
They have created EGONLAB which is a French emerging brand whose visual eye is deeply inspired by artistic movements and which have greatly influenced our modern society. Each collection will showcase an artistic re-interpretation of these revolutions and the ripple effects following their fruition. Merging fashion, music, motion design and mixed media art – EGONLAB is one of a kind brand and movement in itself, one who offers a fully immersive and complete experience to its consumers.
EGONLAB’s culture is the juxtaposition between the masculine and the feminine, modernity and historical know-how, romance and rebellion, sustainability and creativity. Our tailored urban-punk DNA aims to dress all body shapes, all genders and ages.
Melissa James is a singer, songwriter and artist who sees her voice and her music as her calling to help humanity. Whether she is performing or leading others in song, she uses music as her pathway into other people’s hearts. In 2016, she created SING4SANE – a Big Sing and mental health project which brought together members of the public to stand and sing alongside her, recording her song Live Again at a London studio. This SING4SANE project has led to Big Sings being held at Festivals and in British parliament. Live Again is also used as the soundtrack to Darkness into Light which fundraises to help those affected by suicide.
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Nina Caput is the Head of Business Development of Arianee, the leading NFT platform for fashion & luxury industries. Prior to joining Arianee, Nina founded Equineledger, a startup dedicated to horse traceability, bringing together the industry stakeholders in a neutral blockchain network, aiming for better data transparency. Blockchain strategist and proud entrepreneur, Nina is also part of the Blockchain Ladies community, supporting the #womenintech ecosystem.
Futurist, Brand Strategist, and Blue Sky Thinker, Donna Brown is the founder of Visionary Business Impact.
It is the only business design studio to integrate holistic, visionary business strategies with expertise in global and social change, wisdom traditions, and innovation.
She works with investors and entrepreneurs to shape the new world’s businesses solutions: regenerative for the planet, humanity, and for us as individuals.
Donna believes the answers to our most urgent questions lie in the convergence of non-profit and for-profit models, and in layered solutions that respond to both local and global needs.
Nicolas Freudiger, co-founder of ID Genève Watches. After graduating from the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne in 2015 and a short corporate career, Nicolas decided to pursue his dream and create a new identity in the world of watchmaking, entirely based on sustainable development and the integration of recycled and recyclable materials.
Manuel Mallen has been a luxury specialist for 30 years. He began his career in the Richemont group where he quickly progressed. First, by taking over the subsidiary Piaget in Spain and then in France. Before heading towards Baume & Mercier in France. In 2013 he left the Richemont group to buy with investors the brand Poiray. In 2017 he sold his shares of Poiray and wrote the first lines of Courbet, which opened its doors in May 2018, less than a year later. Manuel Mallen is the President and General Director of Courbet.
Marie joined Veepee as project director in March 2020. She has been working on launching Veepee second-hand offer (Veepee Recycle) in the past months. After graduating from HEC Paris, she previously worked for 5 years as consultant then manager at the Boston Consulting Group.”
Hugo Meunier, founder of the company Merci Raymond, whose aim is to make cities greener and more ecological using plants
Meunier launched Merci Raymond five years ago after completing his studies in Paris. Having grown up near Toulouse he said he loved living in the the capital but felt city-dwellers needed more nature and countryside in their daily lives.
The company now has 20 employees and collaborators and has been involved in numerous ecological projects around France, including a major greening-up of a housing estate in one of Paris’s troubled suburbs. The scheme in Grande Borne, inspired by a similar initiative in Detroit in the US, involved locals in workshops and the creation of shared community garden areas and allotments.
Kawter is a fashion design student at Les Arts Décoratifs, based in Paris. Since last year, she has been partnering with “Culture and Diversity” foundation, working towards better social inclusivity in art schools. In 2021, she launched a task force with students, professors and the administration of school in order to democratize a “decolonized education” at Les Arts Décos. This project aims to offer classes pushing students and professors to shift away from euro-centric representation, in order to encourage open-mindedness.
A year ago, Kawter partnered with Yard to organize talks and workshops aiming to familiarize Yard’s young audience to the sustainable fashion. This partnership was an important project as it allowed to broaden a debate still somewhat reserved to French elites, according to her.
Alongside her studies, Kawter works on a brand with an environmental and social impact. The brand draws its inspiration from Kawter’s dual culture : Western European and North African. In an era of standardization and fast-fashion, the brand wants to highlight craftsmanship and the art of clothing in general.
Emily Ewell is the CEO and co-founder of Pantys, the first menstrual underwear brand in Latin America and omni-channel pioneer in women’s healthy intimates. She is passionate about disruptive innovations that improve the health, design, and sustainability of lives around the world with experience ranging broadly across health sectors – pharmaceutical, medical device, hospitals, government, NGO and consumer health – with the goal to transform daily life through consumer-centric technologies and solutions.
Qiyun is an environmentalist and is an Instagram creator (@theweirdandwild). Qiyun’s work is informed by climate science, expressed through vibrant visuals and driven by a goal to build a regenerative and equitable future for all. She hopes to embrace the climate’s complexity through colourful Instagram squares, building community and she’s constantly on a journey of learning/relearning. She is currently working on an interdisciplinary, mixed media creative platform dedicated to communicating climate science – Climate Commons (@climatecommons). She also lives by the quote “art makes a movement irresistible”.
Pauline Plisson has been working in low carbon energy and sustainable industry fields for 15 years.
With Naldeo, an engineering and consulting company, she leads a team of 20 experts of innovative technologies for energy transition.
Pauline won an Industry Women’s Awards in 2013, in the Sustainable Development category.
Georgette Tan is President of United Women Singapore (UWS), a non profit organisation advocating gender equality, women’s empowerment and focused on building the pipeline of future female leaders.
She is on the board of the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO) and is Chair of BoardAgender, an initiative of SCWO focused on increasing the number of women on boards and senior management positions.
Georgette serves on the Taskforce on Family Violence which is co-chaired by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
Georgette was previously Senior Vice President, Communications at Mastercard, where for over 18 years, she was responsible for external and internal communication, and launched Mastercard’s Knowledge Leadership strategy with the establishment of numerous consumer, lifestyle and gender indexes. She also spearheaded Mastercard’s Corporate Social Responsibility efforts which focused on education and development programs to help empower women and children across the Asia Pacific region.
Prior to joining Mastercard, Georgette was Vice President of Communications at CNBC Asia and Dow Jones Asia, and also held Senior Communications roles at the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and the Singapore Tourist Promotion Board.
Georgette also advises female entrepreneurs of start-up ventures and social enterprises in the region.
Leo is an engineer graduated from Central Lyon and has a PhD in climatology from Columbia University (New York). He has worked on the development of hydroelectric concessions. Based on his short experience as a broker in renewable energy, he has decided to create Enerfip in 2014, a crowdfunding platform specializing in renewable energy projects (solar, wind, hydro, biomass, marine energies). On Enerfip, citizens can participate directly in the energy transition.
Reetz (she/her) is the founder of Your Head Lah!, a mental health collective that aims to center and amplify marginalised voices. A firm believer in the power of storytelling, she sees community building and collective healing as central to liberation work. In the past, she has worked on a range of social justice issues, including providing support to survivors of sexual violence, doing crisis counselling, as well as disability justice and anti-racist campaigning. Her hobbies include making Tiktoks, reading scifi novels, and trying to find more ways to love the people she loves.
Chiara is an activist, speaker and expert raising awareness about gender equality and diversity. She consults corporations on their diversity goals based on her extensive experience in the subject. She inspires awareness to change. Chiara has launched a podcast, The Other Half which interviews male leaders and CEOs around the world on the subject of gender equality in their personal and professional lives. Chiara is the founder of Led By HER a non profit women’s empowerment organization.
She spent the last decade as an expatriate, living on 3 continents, including Australia where she headed the Trade department of one of the Big Four Consulting Firms before leaving everything to launch Great Village.
Grand Village is the first cooperative incubator for mission-driven businesses based on barter. Thanks to this organization, Fatou allows all citizens to realize their dreams and create a better world.
She is also the founder of the ‘The Wonders’ Association, dedicated to empowering women to launch impactful projects. She has built a community of more than 500 women entrepreneurs who take up challenge after challenge in order to build their confidence and catapult their impact-driven project to success.
Rym Trabelsi, 28 years old, is an agricultural engineer. She cofounded Clear Fashion, the application that informs on the social and environmental impact of fashion brands. Clear Fashion is a very young and small French company launched in September 2019, that now gathers more than 200,000 consumers. Clear Fashion encourages brands towards more transparency for a more responsible fashion. More than 400 brands have been audited and 230 are committed alongside us to keep people informed about their manufacturing processes via the application.
Axel Dauchez is the founder of Make.org and Make.org Foundation, the first worldwide platform of collective commitment and intelligence to mobilize citizens and the civil society in the positive transformation of our society. Graduated from Ecole Polytechnique, he has among all been the CEO of Moonscoop, a production, distribution, brand management and entertainment company as well of Deezer, the music streaming platform, before joining the Publicis Group in 2014 as its CEO. At Publicis he has driven the first edition of the Viva Technology Fair. After 25 years of adventures as an entrepreneur, and facing the fall of democracy, he decided to create in 2016 Make.org, with the ambition to draw your pathways to re-engage the civil society to serve the collective good.
A “digital leader and healer”: conscious executive with over 20 years experience spent in the US (L.A. and Silicon Valley) and France. 10 years as a digital Start Up entrepreneur and more than 10 years working for Fortune 500 companies among these corporations as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Digital Officer, with more than 15 years in cosmetic, fashion and sustainability.
9 years experience as Board Member, currently at Positive Planet, and Science and Non-Duality.
Also a Kundalini Yoga Meditation teacher, and Author of “Le Grand Livre du Healing”, Marabout Hachette publisher.
As an independent consultant and event content curator, Rachel Nullans assists companies and institutions in their reflections on their place in a changing society.
Vipulan Puvaneswaran is 18 and participated in the documentary Animal, in theatres on November 24th 2021. He is a member of Youth for Climate Paris. Today, he focuses on local activism in the Paris region, especially regarding the destruction caused by the Grand Paris urbanisation project and the Paris Olympics 2024.
Astan Konaté is a Strategy and Marketing expert with almost 20 years experience in the fields of luxury, fashion and consumer brands. Since 2010, she works closely alongside with entrepreneurs, managers, and leaders. Providing them with strategic inputs, recommandations and operational support. Acting as freelance General Manager, Marketing-Communication Director or Strategy-Innovation, Business developer. She has worked for YSL, Chanel, Comme des Garçons, Lanvin, Comptoir des Cotonniers, Lectra, Erotokritos, CristaSeya, Polder, GLevents, SDA/Buy Paris Collection, Cbre Global Investors, Caroline Gomez, Catherine Kluger, Clotaire, Suzie Winkle, Titlee.
Floriane Addad has been working in the artistic world since her childhood. Author, composer, professor of musical comedies, she gave up everything in 2015 to devote herself to ecology and the fight against precariousness.
She founded the MyTroc platform in 2015, a platform for the exchange of goods and services operating with an ethical virtual currency, and duplicates this concept for companies.
Susannah Jaffer is the founder of ZERRIN, a media-marketplace hybrid connecting citizens with the best in independent, D2C brands and resources to inspire their green journey. Working at the intersection of consumers, brands, fashion and sustainability advocacy, she’s driven to put conscious creativity at the forefront of retail and media, in the SEA region and beyond.
TAHNEE is a comedian, humorist, and writes for different media (radio, magazines). She humorously tackles subjects such as gender, sexuality, racism or ecology. His show “Tahnee, L’autre” takes place every Tuesday evening at the Comédie des 3 Bornes in Paris.
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Audrey is a data strategist leading the Sustainability Lab at Synthesis, a Singapore-based tech startup meets strategy consultancy. Her work focuses on harnessing human centred data science to illuminate sustainability challenges—such as investigating global sustainability Google Searches to understand people’s misconceptions and address information gaps, or using social networks to identify under-served sustainability audiences and ways to reach them more effectively. She also leads the Sustainability IRL initiative, a landmark pro-bono project to segment sustainability audiences using open data, in collaboration with the Experimental Data Science community.
Tammy Gan (she/her) is an activist-in-progress, based in sunny, tropical Singapore. Her mission is three-fold: (1) to make climate justice activism and theory more accessible; (2) to create digital and physical community and learning spaces towards a more just, regenerative, and loving world within our current one; (3) and to mobilise the best parts of social media in service of all this.
Robin is the deputy editor of Eco-Business, where he reports on the latest trends in sustainability in Asia Pacific. He has a particular interest in biodiversity conservation, plastic pollution, the palm oil trade, and Southeast Asia’s energy transition. Robin has a degree in zoology, and spends his weekends rescuing snakes, birds, monkeys, and lizards as a volunteer for Singapore animal welfare charity ACRES.
Tabita Rezaire is an artist-healer-seeker. Her cross-dimensional practice envisions network sciences – organic, electronic and spiritual – as healing technologies to serve the shift towards heart consciousness. Embracing digital, corporeal, and ancestral memory, she digs into scientific imaginaries and mystical realms to tackle the colonial wounds and energetic imbalances that affect the songs of our body-mind-spirits. Tabita is based near Cayenne in French Guiana, where she is birthing AMAKABA.
Delphine is an organisational development consultant and an executive coach on a mission to create the optimal conditions for people to flourish within high performing organisations. She loves speaking about relational intelligence, authentic communication and applied mindfulness to help people connect in a way that creates movement and positive change. She started her career as lawyer, finding solutions to complex issues, co-founded a creative digital agency in Geneva, a digital video game promotion hub in Montreal and a wellbeing consultancy in Singapore.
Consultant to the WHO, Charlotte Marchandise has been involved for more than 20 years in the associative world and popular education. She was from 2014 to 2020 deputy mayor of Rennes, delegated to health, elected as a civil society candidate, and president of the French and European WHO Healthy Cities Network .
She ran as a presidential candidate on laPrimaire.org in 2016 with a project of renewal of politics by and with citizens in the face of the democratic crisis.
She is now a member of the Board of Démocratie Ouverte (Open Democracy) and supports la Primaire Populaire.
Éloi Saint Bris is an artist and a self-exploration workshop facilitator. Through performance, visual arts and writing, he shapes new narratives that help build deeper connections with one’s being, with what’s living around us, and with shadow parts and uncharted energies within humans. He’s the author of “Tout se danse“ and “La Dernière fête”. He co-designs inspiring events with Palais de Tokyo, Route du Rhum, COP21, and businesses looking to experience paradigm transformation and enlightened leadership through art. His workshop “Exploring sensibility” is set to begin this Fall for all people interested in a journey connecting inwardness and ecology.
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Shen Hui Tan is the Co-Founder of merchandise.blue – a B2B company that offers alternative textile merchandise that is made sustainably and fairly to ensure the long-term well-being of the planet and for all of us living on it. She is also the owner of Kizuna – a cafe & bar in the heartlands that hopes to show that sustainability is not a “lifestyle for the affluent”, but is approachable with a direct impact on our lives.
Maud Caillaux co-founded in 2019 the ecological neobank Green-Got, which allows everyone to have a real impact in the fight against the climate crisis. Engaged in this fight and named Forbes 30 under 30, she warns of the huge CO2 emissions of the investments made by French banks.
Green-Got is an ecological mobile bank offering a current account and a savings account that directly finance the transition.
“Today, our greatest lever of action is to decide what our money allows to build”
Kae Hana is a lecturer and bio-materials tinkerer at MDIS School of Fashion Design Singapore. She believes that the future of fashion starts in the classrooms and that it is her responsibility to educate and bring fresh perspectives to young minds about what fashion can be. Through Kae Hana’s passion for accessible knowledge, she leads multiple teaching programs to bring hands-on experiences to widen the perspectives of the next generation of fashion designers. Her bio-material research revolves around creating materials with organic matter, namely: vegan leather out of SCOBY.
Raye Padit, a fashion designer on a mission to promote sustainable fashion in Singapore and beyond. In just three years, fashion’s green-warrior Raye founded Singapore’s first ever retail space for swapping and upcycling apparel, The Fashion Pulpit and two non-profits that advocate for sustainable fashion, Connected Threads Asia and Swapaholic (from January 2017 – April 2018).
Raye is regularly asked to conduct talks, workshops and mentor on circular fashion concept, entrepreneurship, fashion sustainability and conscious consumerism in cities around Asia.
Lisa Von Tang lives for fashion design and performance art, and has an academic background in political philosophy, although she initially started off in biochemistry. She is driven by the ideal of joyful living for all. As part of her method of living, Lisa is constantly finding her edge and channeling her research into new collections. While her mother is Chinese and her dad is German Canadian – Lisa also has Burmese, Thai and Indonesian blood in her ancient bloodline. Lisa champions bringing diverse voices to the world stage, and sees fashion as a necessary part of this aim.
Lisa also loves writing. Her cultural essays have been published multiple times in Harper’s Bazaar, and her travel diary was published by Kerber in Jens Uwe Parkitny’s book, “Marked for Life: Myanmar’s Chin Women.” Lisa also works with Singapore’s oldest NGO, Nature Society, and UN Women.
Yann Lechelle, CEO of Scaleway, is shaping what is the leading cloud alternative provider with unique European attributes and values. Previously, he has founded, grown and exited a total of 5 tech startups, many specialised in developing alternatives to the world’s largest tech giants. More recently, as COO, he grew Snips.ai, a leading voice and AI deeptech startup from seed to exit in a trade sale to Nasdaq-listed Sonos. Yann is also a founding member of France Digitale, HUB France AI (as well as board member), and GAIA-X. He gives back to the community as an angel investor, founder mentor and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at INSEAD.
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Catherine Dauriac studied History of Art & Archeology at Paris I Sorbonne. After 15 years of coaching young independent designers, she chose in 2003 to start a career as a journalist for Environment issues. Today, she is editor in chief of impacts for the paper review Hummade, dedicated to clothing in its political, social, environmental, and free fashion aspects. Environmental and societal responsibility of the fashion industry are its major subjects, in its articles and its book being written, with its digital communication agency, in its associative commitments (President of Fashion Revolution France) and a third party project/place, La Fabrique Idéale, with the motto of clothing autonomy through visible mending.
Devin Gilmartin is the Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer of The Canvas, a New York City-based retail platform for emerging, sustainability and tech-focused designers. The Canvas identifies vacant spaces in major cities and transforms them into sustainable fashion hubs and community spaces. The Canvas platform hosts over 200 rising brands from around the world online and in-store, and provides them access to unique services and technologies to propel their growth. They curate their brand community based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and are a listed partner on the UN’s SDG Partnerships Platform.
Thomas Ebélé is co-founder of SloWeAre, the trustworthy label for sustainable fashion.
Graduated in critical embedded systems, he began his career in Silicon Valley in the hospital pharmacy sector in order to improve the comfort and safety of both patients and healthcare teams. In 2008, he switched to the automotive sector in Germany, then in France in 2012.
Convinced that action has to be taken to preserve the environment and ensure the rights of textile workers, Thomas teamed up with Eloïse to launch SloWeAre. He wants to demonstrate that we can have a double positive impact on sincerely committed brands and on consumers by ensuring ethics, transparency and quality in the value chain.
Delphine Eddé is an accomplished digital professional and entrepreneur, with 25y experience across Europe and the Middle East. In 2009, she co-founded Diwanee, the leading online media for all women-related topics in the Middle-East (over 2MM unique users per month, 4M+ subscribers on YouTube), with offices in Dubai, Beirut and Belgrade. Diwanee was sold to Webedia in 2014.
Delphine is now responsible for developing and overseeing the marketing strategy of Arianee. Born in Lebanon, raised and educated in Paris. Delphine graduated from CELSA, and took an exchange program at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Cathline Smoos is a sexologist and a psychologist who is part of a new generation of pioneers who are into cyberspaces. In her case, with a specific approach focused on pleasure, sex and love, through numerous variations and types of realities that new virtual possibilities allow. She spends her time supporting people with sexual and relational difficulties in her clinic and her explorations and researches in various areas linked to sexuality, love, health and culture.
Having worked as a software engineer in design agencies and startups, as well as co-founding a project management tech business, Will moved into the eco space, having realised the shocking environmental impact of the internet. Using Greenpixie’s technical approach to the digital carbon problem, Will aims to position the company as leading innovators in building a more eco-friendly internet.
Aditi Mayer is a sustainable fashion blogger, photojournalist, and labour rights activist whose work explores the intersections of style, sustainability, and social justice. She is also a National Geographic Explorer, and will be spending 2022 documenting the social and environmental impacts of India’s fashion supply chain. Her work has been celebrated by the likes of VOGUE, The Guardian, CNN, i-D, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, Grazia, and more.
Legal counsel and project coordinator in the sector of the arts, Anna has always been attracted to the fields of arts and cultural education; convinced that those actions are right and help develop curiosity, tolerance, open mindedness and critical thinking. She mainly works for the youths, the senior and “prevented” public audience. Between practice, attention and exploration, culture is a medium that we must offer to education to reinforce social link, to combat exclusion, ignorance and inertia.
Anna is also a legal advisor for music labels, specialized in music publishing and managing copyright and related rights.
Vever is a family Maison specialised in jewellery, reactivated by Camille and Damien Vever, 7th generation of the family in 2021.
Originally from Metz, Maison VEVER, founded in 1821, lived through 5 generations. Located rue de la Paix since 1872, the Maison was very famous for its extraordinary know-how, its enamelling technique and beauty of its jewels. Vever now is the only French jeweller certified “enterprise with a mission”, a special status for businesses that incorporate social and environmental standards. And it expects to have a zero-carbon footprint by 2025. Maison Vever produces to order in an ecologically sound way: using recycled gold, lab-grown diamonds, alternate materials like vegetal ivory and designs made entirely in France.
Ben is a copywriter and creative consultant with a background across the arts, the food industry and, now, the world of sustainability. Working on all aspects of communications, Ben is responsible for sharing Greenpixie’s amazing story and important message, while trying to learn and explain technical things in a way even he can understand.
Jaïs Elalouf aka DJ OOF mixes art, music and video. He composes under different stage names and has played over 500 audiovisual shows. Passionate about alternative cultures and ecology, he is developing a Psychedelic Art Center reuniting his art collection and immersive spaces.
The center disposes of over 6,000 art pieces and psychedelic artefacts. It is the biggest collection of its kind in Europe, and among the greatest in the world. The collection has been displayed at 60 exhibitions, in museums, renowned cultural institutions and unconventional venues.
Jais will exhibit a selection of posters and psychedelic art from the sixties.
Each year, around 20 billion pairs of shoes are manufactured in the world. With this number comes the issue of overproduction, overconsumption and management of the end of life of the products. After a 2-year experience as Shoes Production Manager for Decathlon in Bangladesh, Stan MURACZEWSKI decided to consider the problem in its entirety from eco-conception and durability to ability to repair and recycle. With Zero Waste Shoes, he offers consulting services to brands to help them extend the life cycle of their footwear and find solutions that are sustainable for their recycling process. He partners with VEJA who set up a system to collect used shoes in order to either repair, refurbish or dismantle them for recycling them.
Today, 99% of our shoes end up in landfills or are incinerated…
He sees himself as part of the growing movement that enhances systemic economic, social and political change. To him, these efforts should be directed towards the establishment of systems aligned with (eco)logical practices and solutions. As a sustainability project manager, and part of the sourcing team at VEJA, he is responsible for managing the circularity project to ensure better environmental performance at the end-of-life stage.
French Chinese interpreter, Felix is now an artist/manager of the independent music label Plugin Records, co-founder/general secretary of the association Music Declares Emergency France and manager of the company “Le Chat Chinois Consulting” specialized in cultural exchanges between France and China.
After studying environmental sciences at the Ecole Polytechnique, Samuel completed a Master’s degree in political science, ecology and strategy at AgroParisTech. He is currently research officer at Climate Chance, an organization that strives to strengthen climate action of local governments, companies and civil society. Musician, he works for the consideration of climate issues within the music industry, particularly alongside Music Declares Emergency France.
Pixelis is a branding and creative consulting agency dedicated to Branding For Good. B Corp certified and UN Global Compact Member, we are committed to help companies corporate and social responsibility engagements resonate with consumers via congruent and tangible Brand expressions and assets. Creativity and open sourced innovation to serve Brand utility and positive impact across audiences and touchpoints is our reason to be. Our multi-sectorial clients range from leading multinationals and global brands to SMEs, as well as social and green startups.
Ramin Ahmari is the founder & CEO of FINESSE. He holds a BS and MS in Computer Science from Stanford University where he specialized in Artificial Intelligence. Prior to founding FINESSE, Ramin spent time in quantitative finance across Morgan Stanley, Two Sigma, BlackRock and Curology and conducted research under Nobel Prize Winner Thomas Sudhof, GordonBell Prize winner Ron Dror and ACM Fellow James Landay.
Pierre-Nicolas Hurstel is the Co-Founder and CEO of Arianee, the leading NFT platform for fashion & luxury industries. He graduated from Toulouse Business School and also completed an executive program from Columbia University in Digital Business Strategy. Before being named Arianee’s CEO in 2018, he had almost 10 years of experience as the CEO and Co-Founder of multiple successful companies in the fashion and luxury industries (Blue Change, Eurovet, Foundashion, Remode, etc.). Hurstel is well-versed in working with the world’s leading luxury brands, helping them to transform their organizations by leveraging talents and digital innovations.
Sakina M’Sa is, as she likes to call herself, an enlightened designer. Like in the 18th Century, she believes she can bring light to fashion entrepreneurs in contrast to the obscurantism of the fast fashion industry. When she created her eponymous brand 15 years ago, she wanted to create an inclusive value-chain with workshops open to people in trouble to create social fabric. Her social enterprise aims for a human and inclusive economy and her creations are meant to embellish the daily life of as many people as possible.
She designs her products like a social material and conceives fashion like a tool to value and free the people who wear them. It is in that spirit that once a year she organises a fashion show in Fleury-Merogis, the biggest prison in Europe. In 2015, she opened Front de Mode, a concept store that gathers designers around the ecosystem of sustainable fashion. Sakina is proud to work with amazing people who contributed to make all these projects a reality
Sophie Poinsot had made her professional experience in Parisian event agencies. Event venues scout, copywriter and artistic direction, she is always on the lookout for new trends and talents. At Wiggle collective, she explores some strong and universal matters, meeting point in between several disciplines.
Danique Gunning is brand builder at MUD Jeans. In 2014, after having worked at several advertising agencies, she took the chance to join the pioneers in the denim industry.
MUD Jeans is the first circular jeans brand in the world. And the only brand that leases their jeans. She loves to create that ongoing relationship with customers – something that is only possible if a brand stands for more than just a product. She turns the MUD community into brand ambassadors and always searches for partnerships with like-minded brands to drive change in a smart way.
As the Global Director of PANGAIA Science, PANGAIA recently launched B2B business, Christine focuses on driving a transition to an Earth Positive future through disseminating cutting-edge material sciences technologies to brands and suppliers. Previously, Christine was Head of Sustainable Innovation at Kering where she worked to fast-track circular and impact-driven solutions. She also has worked at INSEAD in the Centre for Entrepreneurship, focusing on business model innovation for double and triple bottom line companies. Additionally, she helped launch the B2B business, Edun Live, part of the ethical fashion brand, Edun Apparel, founded by Ali Hewson and Bono. Christine also practiced corporate law in the venture capital and private equity sectors.
She attended Harvard University, holds a law degree from Boston College Law School and has an MBA from INSEAD.
Edzard van der Wyck is the co-founder of Heist Studios, one of UK’s fastest growing e-commerce businesses – achieving 30% MoM growth since launch in 2015 and raising at a ￡16M valuation in year 2. He instigated and conceptualised the product and brand for Heist and ran all creative strategy: receiving a Drum innovation Prize for his advertorial work in 2017. Heist’s investors include: Natalie Massenet’s venture fund, Imagery Ventures, JamJar Investments, 14W and Pembroke. He left Heist at the end of 2017 to set up Sheep Inc. Edzard has over 15 years of business/creative experience in media and e-commerce and holds an MBA from St Andrews University.
Launched in October 2019, Sheep Inc. create naturally carbon negative, 100% traceable and trackable, 100% biodegradable, ZQ certified, Merino Wool, Unisex knitwear.
Achieving carbon negativity through a commitment to regenerative farming and supply chain innovation, Sheep Inc. are spearheading the move to climate positive fashion since launch. Sheep Inc. wanted to prove it was possible for fashion to have a positive impact today. Each piece of Sheep Inc. knitwear is engineered to restore our relationship with the natural world. With every element of the brand considered, the Sheep Inc. design approach sources natural materials that are enhanced by science and enabled by humans. Focusing on regenerative design.
A naturally carbon negative supply chain is enhanced by a robust carbon offsetting investment strategy vetted by climate scientists, namely Mark Maslin, Professor of Climatology at UCL to ensure the utmost positive environmental impact.
Sheep Inc. are intent on being part of the fashion solution not the problem, designing the brand to put the consumer back in touch by connecting them with the sheep that contributed to their jumper, through an NFC tag on the sweater hem.
Tapping on this tag provides all details of the products unique creation journey including people involved and the carbon footprint per step. And as the name Sheep Included suggests, it also links the wearer to a sheep on one of the New Zealand farms that contributed to the knitwear. Allowing you to interact with the origins of your product. In our case a sheep.
Global Fashion Exchange founder, Patrick Duffy is an expert at developing networks and activating ideas, guiding creative teams globally partnering with institutions like the V&A in London, Bryant Park in New York City, Federation Square Melbourne, and iconic spaces like Madison Square Garden and The Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles.
Patrick’s experience includes producing events and creating marketing & PR campaigns for some of the world’s most recognized brands across the art, fashion and tech spaces including H+M, Moët Hennessy, and Microsoft, spanning 15 years and hundreds of events in 5 continents. Patrick’s previous work in the fashion industry catalyses industry titans to create positive action working alongside the UN to implement the SDGs.
In addition, Patrick has managed global partnerships for Common Objective (CO), an intelligent business network for the fashion industry, as well as launching “Mr Duffy”a 100% circular and sustainably focused clothing collection with partner Fashion 4 Freedom in Vietnam. Previously worked as development director at Design Pavilion, NYC’s Largest public interfacing event with over 7 million visitors in partnership with Times Square and NYEDC during NYCx Design week each May.
Patrick’s public speaking engages and excites businesses and consumers about creating an industry shift and positive impact which has brought him to the United Nations, many international fashion weeks, and sustainability conferences around the world. Further, Patrick hosts a regular segment for the NASDAQ financial network about design, economic empowerment and a sustainable future in partnership with Design Pavilion.
Immersed, since her childhood, in the world of arts and culture, curious and dynamic entrepreneur Dorothée Contour, who graduated from HEC in 2006, started her career with Advancy, a Strategy and Management consulting firm. 4 years later, she became an independent consultant and helped entrepreneurial projects in their setting up and development. In parallel, she was offered to launch a jewellery range for Maison Margiela and to lead the development of an eco-conscious young jewellery brand named JEM Jewellery Ethically Minded.
In 2014, Dorothee brought back JEM after the brand had been left dormant for a year. In May 2016, she re-launched the brand, redesigning a new artistic identity with sleek yet strong designs and an ambitious development dynamic.
Convinced that a modern company is the one that combines economic performances and societal responsibility, that is part of a collective change while keeping its own identity, Dorothee is today known for being the pioneer of the ethic jewellery in France.
Cedric Carles is a designer-researcher, passionate about art and collaborative sciences. Cedric has decided to mix all of his passions in projects he is organizing. Thus in 1999, he came up with the SolarSoundSystem, a sound system fully energetically autonomous. Always having in mind positive impacts on the sustainability issues, he has developed the RegenBox, a regenerative box for alkaline batteries and paleo-energetic, and the programme of participative research that re-invent the history of energy by offering retrospective on forgotten energetic innovations. With his projects, Cedric wants to bring the society to have a globale reflection on energetic, social and climate related issues.
Thanh Nghien is an engineer who graduated from l’École des mines de Paris and has also a MBA from INSEAD.
She started her career at McKinsey in France and was the first and youngest woman to become Partner. In 2001, she became Strategic Director of Suez-Ondeo. She then decided in 2002 to make a huge change in her life and created l’Institut Angenius, a non-for-profit projects incubator. She then became an independent researcher, designer and “pollinator” of projects in the sustainability sector.
She is a professor at HEC and other prestigious schools and universities. She is also a speaker and has written several books.
Pauline Gogue founded the association Talents for Future in 2018 with the objective to raise awareness of young people on climate change issues thanks to training and workshops offered to French schools all around the world. Today the association gathers around 30 volunteers who, each year, travel the world by bus, bike, boat or even hitchhiking to teach in the French schools with a low carbon journey objective. The training is playful and the approach is positive to encourage students to change the world from their younger age.
Créée en 2017 au Brésil, Pantys est la première marque de lingerie menstruelle cliniquement approuvée et 100% neutre en carbone. La marque engagée dans une démarche “body positive” propose une offre complète de modèles adaptés à 4 différents types de flux. Certifiée B Corp. Pantys innove au service de la santé et du bien-être des femmes en plaçant le développement durable au cœur de son business model.
Frederic Gie is an engineer who created AR PA in 2019 in Hossegor after more than 3 years of experience working in the hemp industry. His objective is to promote the usage of CBD focusing on pedagogy, the product quality and transparency. Really fond of this plant, Frederic is interested in its positive effects on health and the way it can be used to naturally balance our organism.
Laurent Bibard is professor at ESSEC Business School, Management Department. He was Dean for the MBA Platform between 2005 and 2010. He teaches political philosophy, sociology and economics. From now on responsible for the Management and philosophy track, he particularly works on vigilance in crises situations. He as well heads the Master program « Water for All » in partnership with AgroParisTech. After his book edited together with Edgar Morin (Complexité et organisations, Faire face aux défis de demain, 2018), his last book presents a thorough phenomenology of sexualities (Phénoménologie des sexualités, La modernité et la question du sens, 2021).
Corinne Lepage is a lawyer and a French politician
Committed to the protection of the environnement, she was Minister of the Environnement from 1995 to 1997 and European Deputy from 2009 to 2014. She is President of Cap21 and alongside Jean-Marc Governatori, she is also Head of Cap Ecologie.
Camille is a french climate and social activist. She lobbies around political and economical leaders. She also created an artistic duo called Avant l’orage (previously Pensée Sauvage) making short movies and performing on stage to raise awareness about climate emergency.
Coralie was born and raised in Guadeloupe. She studied in France, England, China and Brazil and has a master’s degree in marketing and business development from SKEMA Business School. She has just completed the mastère spécialisé Management de la Mode & du Luxe at l’Institut Français de la Mode, and completed a professional thesis entitled “Diversity as a new fashion issue: The case of black representation”. She had the opportunity to learn and grow in companies like L’Exception, L’Oréal, LVMH and Nike. Today she would like to highlight issues of representation, inclusion and ethics in relation to clothing and fashion.
After studying applied arts, art history and product design, Stephanie Calvino has worked for different graphic and communication agencies who then led her to work for ready-to-wear federations between Paris and Marseille.
Since 2009, she has developed her skills by organizing, as an independent, events and cultural projects for Maison Méditerranéenne des Métiers de la Mode, MuCEM, SAFIM, Aix Marseille University.
In 2016, partnering with Lidewij Edelkoort, she founded the Anti_Fashion event, which is the first international conference in France, that gathers academics, industrials who came to speak about new societal trends and new economic models that are more virtuous for the textile industry.
Today, she is THE reference in the circular fashion between Marseille, Paris and Roubaix.
In parallel with the Anti_Fashion conferences, she has developed with Sébastien Kopp (co-founder of Veja) a mentoring program on the different jobs in the fashion industry to help young people in trouble who live in priority zones. The objective is to support them in the development of their school or work projects.
In 5 years, Anti_Fashion has become a reference in the circular fashion industry and has brought a social dimension to this sector.
Stephanie Calvino participates in a lot of conferences everywhere in France to educate, raise awareness on a more virtuous production and on a more mindful consumption.
Since March 2020, she has taken part in organizing workshops in Roubaix with more than 250 attendees to make face masks within the Resilience project and therefore contribute to the COVID19 sanitary emergency. This inclusive project has allowed young and older people to get back to work and learn new skills. This project has a social and economic impact.
Former Editor in Chief at Trax Magazine, former journalist for regional newspapers (Brittany, North and Provence regions) in France and from the Vendee region, Jean-Paul is now in charge of the development at Pioche!.
Nicolas Dechambre is the co-founder of Club-Mate France. With the brand, he has been developing for 5 years on the come back of the deposit return scheme in all the channels of distribution in France. Already committed to a sustainable production, Club-Mate believes in the shift of our consumption behaviours through this deposit return scheme that the team has co-founded and in participating to the LEKO eco-organism where Nicolas is administrator.
Moïra Tourneur coordinates the actions at the NGO Zero Waste France and takes part in the discussions about laws and regulations from their draft to their application on the ground. She makes sure that the law and regulation makers are well aware of the Association standpoint at each step of their work. She, for example, followed the legislative discussions about the deposit return scheme during the talks about the Climate Law.
Launched by Charlotte Dereux in 2016, Patine Paris is a fashion brand that focuses on basic pieces such as denim jeans, tee-shirts, sweatshirts… The quality is beautiful and the cuts are timeless with a slight inspiration from the 80s and 90s. Patine Paris is one of the first eco-conscious brands that are manufactured to order and co-created. It is a reference in the fashion industry as Patine Paris rassembles a large community of fans and has succeeded in finding its market in this very competitive sector.
Sandrine Conseiller is Chief Executive Officer of AIGLE International since June 2019. She spent nearly 20 years in the Unilever group where she successively held the positions of brand manager, then marketing director for the “Personal Care” categories in France. In 2006, Sandrine Conseiller continued her career in India as Director of Internal Audit for the Indian subsidiary of Unilever, achieving more than 2 billion turnover. In 2008, she joined the Singapore regional office as marketing director, where she successfully relaunched several of the group’s “hair care” brands in South East Asia and South Asia. From September 2011, she was appointed Global Vice-President and joined the Executive Committee Hair Care of Unilever in London and took responsibility for one of Unilever’s “One billion Brand” with a turnover of more of 1 billion euros in more than 69 countries. In August 2015 Sandrine Conseiller was appointed EVP Marketing & Branding of the Lacoste Group, where she was responsible for the development of the Lacoste brand across 8 product categories and more than 120 countries. For more than a year, as CEO of AIGLE International, she has amplified the development of the brand in France and internationally by capitalizing on “made in France” know-how and the strong values of responsible consumption which have been at the heart of the company’s identity since 1853. This translates into a vast industrial and commercial transformation plan and the change of status of Aigle, which became a Purpose driven company in December 2020.
Sandrine Conseiller is married and the mother of three children.
Sarah Kent is London Editor at The Business of Fashion. Her writing is primarily focused on the environmental and social challenges and opportunities facing the global fashion industry today. Sarah authored the inaugural BoF Sustainability Index, which measures the industry’s progress towards sustainability goals for the next decade.
Sara Simmonds is a Conscious Innovator Transformational Mentor and Founder of The Sara Simmonds Product Innovation Consultancy. Sara pivots conscious leaders and their businesses to supercharge their impact by teaching them how to unlock their unique power and purpose, hone in on their hero products, and stand for innovation and meaning.
Sara is a Winner of Grazia Magazines award for Product innovation for The launch of Sustainable Fashion Brand Sharkah Chakra which re-imagined denim to be sustainable, hand made and conscious. Sara is a former head buyer for Harvey Nichols and River Island as well as being a global speaker and advocate for conscious consumerism.
Graduated from HEC Paris and a bachelor’s degree in cinema and audiovisual from Sorbonne Nouvelle University – Paris 3, Nicolas Parpex has worked as an investor for fifteen years. Within Bpifrance, he heads the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) Pole (> € 400m in AuM), which invests in equity from seed to LBO, and pilots all Bpifrance’s action in the French Touch (around € 1bn p.a). He has carried out around twenty operations, mainly in the CCIs and sat on the governance bodies of companies such as Federation Entertainment, Brut, Média Participations (Dargaud, Dupuis…), Nacon, FLCP, Playtime, Buffet Crampon, Dubbing Brothers, Cap Cinéma, Galatée Films, Paule Ka, Finsbury, IFCIC or Kepler Financials Partners (Kepler Cheuvreux). He is also commissioner at the Centre National du Cinéma in France, sits on the Pictanovo expert committee, on the steering committee of the “Ms / MC Médias, Art et Création” at HEC, and teaches at HEC, EDHEC, Sciences Po and La Sorbonne.
Stanislas has been a leader of the luxury industry as President & CEO of Cartier International, President & CEO of Van Cleef & Arpels and President of Richemont France.
Now as Board Member of Louboutin, Messika, Barnes International, Fondation Remy Cointreau, as investor in the Family Office SAVIH, the Fund Caravelle, as mentor at Réseau Entreprendre, Ashoka and Raise, Stanislas is helping entrepreneurs, CEO and Board to maximize their positive impact.
Cedric Villani is a French mathematician and a politician. He has been a professor-researcher in mathematics since 2000 and has worked in Paris, Lyon, Atlanta, Berkeley and Princeton. In 2009, he became Head of the Henri Poincaré Institute which is the oldest institute of research in mathematics and theoretical physics. Before he became a politician, he was a member of the scientific board of EDF, Orangea and The Boston Consulting Group so convinced that science and technology are strongly intertwined. He was awarded the Fields Medal in 2010. He shares his views and knowledge through lectures that he wants to be accessible to a large audience everywhere in the world.
Finally he is also the President of the association Musaïques whose objective is to let disabled persons improvise with innovative music instruments.
Edward Brial is a multidisciplinary field designer, engineer and entrepreneur working in sustainable ideas and technologies. Formally trained in Design Innovation and mechanical engineering, he developed a keen interest in connecting the base of the supply chain (where things are made) to the top (where things are consumed).
He has worked on sustainable agriculture innovation in Kenya and behaviour change design in Tanzania working with Startups, Academia and Govt to address sustainability and social impact challenges in developing economies.
Through professional collaboration and discussions with his co founders, Ed founded Materra: to develop technology to grow radically more sustainable cotton in a transparent way, thereby helping fashion brands reduce their environmental impact. His role combines his experience in strategic thinking and hands-on implementation, driven by an ambition to ensure a contextually aware design and innovation process working for farmers and the environment.
Ayesha Barenblat is a social entrepreneur with a passion for building sustainable supply chains that respect people and our planet. With over a decade of leadership to promote social justice and sustainability within the fashion industry, she founded Remake to ignite a conscious consumer movement. Remake’s films, stories and immersive journeys rebuild human connections with the women who make our clothes. Ayesha is passionate about where things come from, who made them and what their lives are like. She has worked with brands, governments, and labor advocates to improve the lives of the women who make our clothes.
She led brand engagement at Better Work, a World Bank and United Nations partnership to ensure safe and decent working conditions within garment factories around the world. She was head of consumer products at BSR, providing strategic advice to brands including H&M, Levi Strauss & Co., Marks and Spencer, Nike, The Walt Disney Company and Pou Chen on the design and integration of sustainability into business. She holds a master’s in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley.
Casting Director Barbara Blanchard began her career at her Dad’s agency, JAVA Models in the early 90s.
Before setting up her own casting company in 2000, she worked as a Casting Director freelancer for French Designers Isabel Marant, Xuly.Bët, and Christophe Lemaire.
From 2007 to 2016 she has worked alongside iconic Casting Director Russell Marsh as his Associate Casting Director for NY, London and Paris Fashion Weeks.
Barbara also brought her seasoned perspective to French Elle Magazine as Casting Director, from 2014 to 2017. In 2017 she decided to go back to school at Institut Français de la Mode to pass an MBA in Luxury Management. In 2019 she co-founded ALKÉ a female soccer fashion brand.
Barbara is also co-founder and CEO of the ESS (Inclusive and Social Economy Entreprise) Plan A specialized in Diversity and Inclusion with its 2 divisions: Black Artists Management and BPM Studio Paris
Serial entrepreneur in different sectors with a common denominator: sustainability. Founder of Thinking MU and 03AM in the textile sector; The Brot, Mercat Local and lanatural.wine in the food and beverage sector; and Hemp Ecosystems in the bioconstruction sector. Trained sociologist and botanist, who has specialized in sustainable textile production and has worked as innovation manager at Natura and as product manager at Sybilla, with which he started the foundation Fabrics For Freedom. In 2007, he created Intrépida MU, the first ecological and fair trade fashion brand in Spain, the seed for what has been Thinking MU from 2011 to today. Currently, he continues to be a partner in the aforementioned projects, but he dedicates himself daily to the two textile projects: Thinking MU and 03AM. Also, he founded the NGO, Ghana Una Sonrisa, a project for rural, self-sustainable orphanages in Ghana.
Thinking MU is a women’s and men’s clothing brand which produces 100 % of its collections with organic or recycled fibres and all of its production processes are carried out according to fair trade criteria, by producing in developing countries with fair, long-term relationships and local production to try to rescue the local textile industrial fabric. Moreover, he is an entrepreneurship and branding professor at La Akademia, IED (Istituto Europeo di Design) and Elisava.
Circle Sportswear is the first circular performance Sportswear created in Paris in 2019 by Romain Trebuil et Alex Auroux. They propose recycled and recyclable garments for yoga and running.
Dale Vince has led a remarkable life. From “enemy of the state” to “green energy tycoon” he has dedicated his life to challenging conventional wisdom in pursuit of a better way to live.
As a traveller Vince was an outlaw, living a decade outside of society, on the road and off the grid in constant tension with the police. After an epiphany in the 90s, he ‘dropped back in’ to build a big windmill on the hill he parked on and from there, went on to start the world’s first green energy company, Ecotricity.
Dale kickstarted the now-global green energy movement using the goals and values he developed on the road to bring green energy into the mainstream. He pioneered the electric car, built the Electric Highway to power them and runs Forest Green Rovers – the word’s first green football club. Created diamonds out of carbon in the sky. Most recently he launched a new range of vegan burgers. His whole life has been a strive for change and the result of a questioning mind that doesn’t take ‘no’ for an answer.
He is the UN Ambassador for Climate Change.
Energy, Transport and Food – these are the pillars of his manifesto for a better world and in his first book, Manifesto, Vince explores what must be done to turn the tide on climate change, drawing on his personal experience as a self-professed econaut. It’s a manifesto of hope, backed up by solutions from someone with real life experience of disrupting the energy industry and paving the way to a greener planet.
Sara Sozzani Maino is Deputy Director Italian Vogue and Head of Vogue Talents, a worldwide network that scouts and supports emerging creative talents.
Since 2019, Maino is dedicated to sustainability creating a tool for the new generation and consumers to become more conscious and aware.
Maino has also overseen the contest Who is on Next?, which aims to support Made in Italy.
She is also a regular attendee as a judge and advisor in several fashion competitions, including LVMH prize, Fashion Trust Arabia, Woolmark Prize and more.
Since September 2018, she is International Brand Ambassador for Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana.
Since 2019 she is Goodwill Ambassador for Fashion 4 Development.
In February 2020 she launched in collaboration with Yoox the Vogue Yoox Challenge – The future of responsible fashion in support of the new generation who is investing for a better future.
In April 2020 launched with Camera Moda Fashion Trust and Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana a fund to support the new generation of designers made in Italy due to the emergency covid19. The fund raising is called Together For Tomorrow.
In May 2021 she was awarded The Positive Change Award at Montecarlo Fashion Week.
Orsola de Castro is an internationally recognised opinion leader in sustainable fashion. Her career started as a designer with the pioneering upcycling label From Somewhere, which she launched in 1997 until 2014.
Her designer collaborations include collections for Jigsaw, Speedo, and 4 best-selling capsule collections for Topshop from 2012 to 2014.
In 2006, she co-founded the British Fashion Council initiative Estethica at London Fashion Week, which she curated until 2014. In 2013, with Carry Somers, she founded Fashion Revolution, a global campaign with participation in over 90 countries around the world.
Orsola is a regular keynote speaker and mentor, Associate Lecturer at UAL, as well as Central Saint Martins Visiting Fellow.
Orsola’s first book “Loved Clothes Last” was published by Penguin Life, Corbaccio Editore in Italy and will be available in France at Edition Marabou in August.
Journalist and columnist, Olivia Yéré Daubrey worked at the editorial boards of Canal +, Le Point.Fr and France télévisions before joining B Smart, the new TV channel dedicated to Economics and the Corporate world. She presents chronicles on Innovation with Thomas Hughes. She is also the producer of a daily show focusing on the challenges of sustainability, CSR and the impact big corporates have on our society.
Paloma Moritz is a journalist and video director. She is also in charge of the sustainable department at Blast and co-founder of Mieux Voter ? She worked for 4 years for the independent media Spicee, developing an editorial line based on impact and solutions journalism. Her favourite themes: the redesign of our democracy, gender equality and the climate emergency. In 2018, she co-founded the association ‘Mieux Voter’ which defends a new voting system: the Majority Judgement. She is a board member of ‘Démocratie Ouverte’ and the editorial director of the movement On Est Prêt, and now heads the ecology section of Blast.
On est Prêt is a citizen movement born in 2018 and founded by Magali Payen. It gathers and coordinates artists, experts, and field workers, in order to orchestrate and mobilise citizens and to create and disseminate new narratives: the lucid utopias that will allow the emergence of a world that protects the Living. OEP embodies a joyful environmentalism, which relies on art and popular culture to raise awareness.
Douce Dibondo, 27, born in Congo, is an independent journalist and co-founder of the podcast Extimité. She is interested in social issues from a feminist, anti-racist, queer and spiritual perspective. Her point of view from the margins allows her to highlight issues that are relegated to the anecdotal and (still) perceived as minority issues.
Isabelle Delannoy is a French agronomic engineer and environmentalist, expert in sustainable development and emerging sustainable economic models.
Isabelle is the author of “Symbiotic Economy,” a book that aims to lay out a modern economic model that will help to regenerate our endangered planet.
Swaady Martin is one of Africa’s most recognized young leader, influencer and tastemaker. She is a multi-award winning entrepreneur, founder of YSWARA, a rapidly growing African luxury brand that uses the continent’s natural resources, all produced by African artisans. She is an inspiring advocate for African women’s economic empowerment.
Camille Richard is Head of Sustainability at Back Market, the leading online marketplace dedicated to refurbished electronics. They strive to reduce the negative impact of electronic waste on the environment. Camille has worked in the environmental sector for 10 years. Prior to Back Market, she was sustainable performance manager for Suez, a waste and water recycling company, in Brazil, Mexico and France. She recently received the Hub35 Sustainable award from the Hub Institute.
Géraldine Vallejo joined Kering as its sustainability program director in October 2013. She supports the Luxury Houses at Kering in order to better integrate environmental and societal aspects into all their processes, enabling them to meet the ambitious sustainability targets set by the Group. She oversees a team of experts in sustainable sourcing and in low environmental impact production. Together, they develop guidelines for the Houses and ensure they are implemented through structured and innovative programs. Vallejo is also responsible for sustainable innovation and building strategic partnerships in this area.
Dr. Helen Crowley is the Head of Sustainable Sourcing Innovation. In this role, she supports Kering Luxury brands with innovative approaches to sustainable sourcing of raw materials and improved manufacturing processes. Prior to Kering, Helen worked with Wildlife Conservation Society for 12 years and has a background in field-based conservation and development projects including a focus on market-based approaches to conservation and corporate-NGO partnerships. Prior to WCS, Helen was a consultant to several US-based corporations working on implementation of sustainability strategies.
Helen has PhD in Ecology from the Australian National University and is on the boards of Textile Exchange Europe, Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network and IUCN US.
After graduating from business school, Sophie specialized in finance before joining Fintechs with strong social commitments. In 2020, she created weturn after almost 5 years of experience at KissKissBankBank where she held various positions (strategy, operations, finance) in favour of projects in the SSE, fashion, sustainability, and culture sectors.
weturn allows fashion Maisons, textile industry and manufacturers to recycle their stocks, the waste production from cut-and-sew process and products under intellectual property management and turn them into new yarns and fabrics. Today only 1% of wasted fashion products that are collected are actually recycled into new fabrics or clothes.
weturn’s ambition is to reach at least 30% of valorization on all textiles that the company would be collecting. To do so, weturn created a dedicated network to allow their customers to get access to logistics companies, recycling and spinning professionals and textiles manufacturers all gather around a commun objective: respecting our resources and raw materials by extending their lifespan.
Thibaut is specialised in social and sustainability innovation, with a focus on fashion and luxury. Through his experiences in entrepreneurship and communication, he promotes new ways to create and innovate in order to shape new imaginaries.
Ethiwork is a social impact studio that develops strategies, implements impact actions, and creates involvement through training and purpose communication.
Nora Gherbi is a speaker and the founder of WHo CAREs chronicles. The platform focuses on solutions to some of the world’s largest problems and challenges: from climate change to homelessness, diversity, equality, mental health, human rights to the refugee crisis. It promotes good corporate and community driven practices with the objective to inspire and duplicate sustainable and regenerative practices in the corporate world and beyond.
Céline Dassonville is dedicated to fostering positive transformation of our economy and to act as a change agent of the environmental and social transition. She’s a supporter of an impact based and incremental change approach to reach sustainability. She champions disruptive ideas that positively impact our world by working hand in hand with start-ups, NGO’s, ESS businesses and think tanks.
After seven years working in fashion, Maeva considered moving into a different sector altogether: excess inventory, excess waste, fast fashion overdose…
In the end, Maeva ended up making an even more radical decision: changing the fashion industry from the inside, by attempting to support it throughout its transition towards sustainability.
Alongside the founders of L’Exception, the Parisian concept store of which she was the manager from 2013 to 2019, Maeva answered a call for projects launched by the Mayor of Paris for the creation of a space dedicated to ethical fashion. A call for projects which she won in early 2019 with the following promise: ‘To unite all persons of good will in one same space and make ethical fashion sexy’. And because changing the world for the better is a real uphill battle, this new space will be (fittingly) located inside LA CASERNE, a former fire station in Paris’ 10th district. The approximately 4000 square meters which make up LA CASERNE will welcome 15 innovative and eco-committed brands, and include a fablab, a concept store and a rooftop bar. Upon its grand opening in 2021, LA CASERNE will constitute a space for all to gather, showcase and, especially, innovate, because according to Maeva “overhauling the fashion industry will necessarily entail innovation”.
Christian Layolle is the head of The Mills Fabrica UK, a techstyle startup incubator, fund, and global platform for sustainable and social innovation has announced its opening plans for a new physical hub in the UK this Summer.
Founded as the innovation arm of Hong Kong-based property regeneration project The Mills, the expansion to London marks the next step in building a global community of innovators and entrepreneurs who are taking action to drive a more sustainable future.
Since 2015, Garrette has been leading the UN Environment’s activities to support a shift to sustainable lifestyles and education. She works in developing and emerging economies and with the private sector on issues such as sustainable product design and eco-innovation. She leads Anatomy of Action, a campaign to rethink our choices in what to eat, where to live, how to get around, what to wear, and what to do for fun.
Pierre Gilbert, 26 years old, has worked for the French Ministry of the Army on the links between climate change and security. His book “Biomimicry” shows that it is still possible to continue to make our planet habitable … but at the cost of changes in behavior, mentality and production methods, radical enough to create systemic change without being sinister.
Romain Martin is the co-founder of Murfy, an online appliance reservicing marketplace that offers second-hand, fully reconditioned large appliances. This 100% french start up is on a mission to put an end to our mountains of electronic waste.
Nicolas Sabatier is the co-founder of Time for the Planet, a non-profit company that creates and finances companies that fight global climate change. Their mission is to fundraise 1 billion euros to create 100 companies fighting against global warming.
Stephanie is a marketer, event organiser and avid connector of conscious individuals and brands. She loves bringing people together to connect, find inspiration, gain knowledge and be able to take action to create positive change. She started her career working for an international events agency, planning luxury events and fashion weeks around the region. As a third culture kid, she’s fascinated by other people and is always seeking new experiences.
Born and raised in Nice, France, Paula has lived in Asia for almost a decade, studying at Hong Kong University and later moving to Singapore to start her career as a consultant in circular economy. She worked on projects across Asia in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Taiwan, Hong Kong consulting for MNCs such as Unilever, P&G and Danone. Her dream is to make sustainability more mainstream and attractive for everyone through smart design and communications.