MC, Presenter & Facilitator
Sustainability-Editor-At-Large, VOGUE Australia
Clare Press is the presenter of the Wardrobe Crisis podcast and Australian VOGUE's Sustainability Editor-at-Large.
In 2018, she was made Global Ambassador for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Make Fashion Circular initiative. She’s been a member of Australian advisory board of Fashion Revolution since 2014. She also sits on the University of New South Wales Art & Design Advisory Council and Copenhagen Fashion Week’s Sustainability Advisory Board and is one of Global Fashion Agenda’s Content Experts.
Patrick Duffy is the founder of Global Fashion Exchange (GFX) a global platform and consultancy promoting sustainability in the fashion industry through forums, educational content and cultural events for consumers and brands. Patrick powers creative teams in New York, Los Angeles, Dubai and London and has produced events, created marketing campaigns around the world for some of the world’s most recognized brands. In addition to his work with GFX, Patrick also manages global partnerships for Common Objective, an intelligent business network for the fashion industry based in the UK.
Director, Ndless:The New Normal, Co-Ordinator Fashion Revolution Australia
Melinda is a trusted responsible fashion and retail strategist advising brands on ethical sourcing, stakeholder engagement, sustainability, supply chain risk and communications. She is passionate about human rights, the circular economy, responsible innovation and assisting businesses to develop best practice strategies tailored to their market.
Included in the top ten of Ragtrader’s 2018 Power 30 list for the Australian fashion industry, Melinda frequently presents to business and academia and keeps up to date with developments in legislation, international protocols, market tools and best practice industry initiatives on living wage, textile and environment standards, the circular economy and Modern Slavery.
In a pro bono capacity, Melinda established Fashion Revolution in Australia and New Zealand in 2013 and sits on its Global Advisory Committee. In 2018, Fashion Revolution Australia won Best in Class for Fashion Design in the Australian Good Design Awards and features in The Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Sydney. She appeared in the 2017 ABC documentary series ‘War on Waste’, is a judge for the 2019 Good Design Awards and Ambassador for The Garage Sale Trail.
Melinda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Macquarie University and has undertaken postgraduate studies at the Global Reporting Initiative, Cambridge University and the Financial Services Institute of Australia.
CEO, Australian Fashion Council
David is currently CEO of the Australian Fashion Council - AFC (Formerly Council of Textile & Fashion - CTF), and spent several years on the CTF board of directors. He was recently involved with smart textiles technology company, Imagine Intelligent Materials, which is at the forefront of developing the future of wearables.
His primary background lies in technology and business development in sports apparel with a number of companies including WL Gore (Gore-Tex). David has had the experience of starting his own sports fashion label, and also in performance apparel and equipment for defence. David spent a number of years living and working in Germany and the UK and has been back in Australia since 2008.
Assia Benmedjdoub is the editor of Ragtrader magazine, a business-to-business publication for the fashion industry. In addition to the producing a monthly magazine and daily newsletter, she regularly stages conferences as part of Ragtrader Live and is a media commentator on the fashion industry.
Dr Lisa Heinze
Lisa is a writer and researcher on sustainable fashion, and completed her PhD at the University of Sydney in 2018. She is co-founder of Clean Cut, Australia’s sustainable fashion council, and published her first book Sustainability with Style in 2012 to support newcomers to environmentalism with everyday lifestyle choices. She regularly lectures on sustainability and consumer culture, and hosts workshops on sustainable fashion and culture.