SPEAKERS AND PANELISTS INCLUDE
Since 2015, Kit Willow and her eponymous label KITX has been at the forefront of sustainable, positive impact fashion. KITX consciously sources and produces luxury womenswear with an eye to ensuring supply chains are both ethical, and environmentally sound KITX seeks to preserve and nurture artisanal tradition and protect our planet’s natural resources, through conscious sourcing of every material and component.
Head of Ethical Sourcing & Sustainability, THE ICONIC
Jaana Quaintance-James is the head of Sustainability & Ethical Sourcing at the ICONIC. In the business since December 2017 she is responsible for delivering the whole of business sustainability strategy. In her role she draws on 14 years’ experience in multi-category retail developing and implementing change programs that deliver sustainability and ethical sourcing objectives. With a strong expertise in internal and external stakeholder engagement, Jaana has deep knowledge of both the issues on the ground and how to drive form long lasting change.
Senior Advisor, Business Development, Ethical Trading Initiative, UK
Eliza has a decade of experience in ethical supply chains. This includes eight years with the Fairtrade Foundation (UK) before joining the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) in 2018. At Fairtrade, she managed cotton and banana programmes and led on the formation of its cocoa partnership with Mondelez International. She joined ETI because she recognises the unique space in which it operates and the growing opportunity to use ETI’s frameworks and toolkits to enable businesses to meaningfully engage with the current unprecedented scrutiny of corporate behaviour. It’s why, at ETI she works to bring businesses into its membership, to build and strengthen companies’ approach to ethical trade and enable collective action in deeply entrenched supply chain issues.
For 20 years, Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and its members has been a driving force in ethical trade. It is a leading alliance of companies, trade unions and NGOs that promotes respect for workers' rights around the globe. Its vision is a world where all workers are free from exploitation and discrimination, and enjoy conditions of freedom, security and equity. Through advice, guidance and training ETI helps companies identify and understand human rights risks in their supply chains, and where necessary remedy abuses. Meanwhile, membership of its international working groups helps companies concentrate on supply chain issues that they cannot tackle alone. They build a bank of good practice, driving sustained change for the business and for workers.
Dr Anu Mundkur
Head of Gender Equality, CARE Australia
Dr Anu Mundkur has extensive practical and applied research experience in the fields of gender and development. Her areas of expertise include women peace and security, gender and international aid. She has over fifteen years of professional experience, including nearly ten years working, in different roles, on gender projects funded by the Commonwealth of Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australia Aid).
Currently, Anu is the Head of Gender Equality at CARE Australia. Prior to joining CARE Australia, Anu was seconded from Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) to the Australian Civil-Military Centre (ACMC) where she focused on supporting the development of national capabilities to prevent, prepare for and respond more effectively to humanitarian crises overseas. She was also a co-founder of the Gender Consortium, Flinders University.
In 2016, Anu served as one of two NGO representatives on the Australian Government Delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (60th Session) and a year prior, was inducted into South Australia’s Women’s Honour Roll, which each year recognises 30 women in the State who promote an inclusive community based on principles of equality, peace and justice.
Managing Director, Oritain Australia
Sandon leads the Australian business for Oritain Global Limited.
Oritain are global leaders in the rapidly growing and exciting area of product authentication. Launched in 2008, and with offices in Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, it has a growing number of dedicated textiles partners including world leading businesses such as SUPIMA, Kering Group, M&S, Albini Group, Welspun, Modern Nile, JG Boswell, Auscott, Wools of NZ and many more.
As a member of a fourth-generation Australian farming family, Sandon is passionate about promoting transparency and trust in global supply chains.
Head of ESG Research, Ausbil Investment Management Limited
Måns is Head of ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) Research at Ausbil Investment Management Limited since September 2015. Prior to that, he was Senior ESG Research Analyst at AMP Capital for almost five years, following positions at Carnegie Investment Bank, Macquarie Bank and Accenture.
With more than a decade of experience in the investment industry, including ten years in various responsible investment / ESG roles, Måns is well known for producing and presenting consistent, high-quality ESG research covering the Australian market and he has also published numerous, highly regarded insight papers on a wide range of ESG issues, including human rights and modern slavery.
Måns is a member of the PRI Australia Network Advisory Committee and chairs a subcommittee of the Human Rights Working Group of RIAA (Responsible Investment Association Australasia). He holds an MBA International with Distinction from Griffith University and a Master of Financial Management from Gothenburg School of Business
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.
Dr Martin Rice
Acting CEO and Head of Research, The Climate Council
Dr Martin Rice is Head of Research for the Climate Council of Australia. Previously he was the Coordinator of the Earth System Science Partnership in Paris, France, which is a global interdisciplinary program with joint projects on carbon, food, water and health. Prior to that, Martin worked for the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research in Kobe, Japan, promoting policy-oriented research and capacity-building activities in the region.
Partner, McKinsey & Company
Jenny is a Partner in McKinsey’s Sydney office and leads the Consumer Retail Practice in Australia/New Zealand. She is also a leader in the Asia Marketing & Sales Practice. Jenny has 10+ years of experience working with North American and Australian/New Zealand clients on commercial transformation and sales acceleration topics, with a focus on growth strategy, omni-channel strategy, salesforce effectiveness and frontline capability building programs. She serves clients across a broad set of sectors including retail, FMCG, distribution and service logistics.
Kate brings to GECA an extensive background in leadership, capacity building and education aimed at finding sustainable solutions for the future. Kate previously spent six years with the Centre for Sustainability Leadership, including two years as CEO.
She is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society (ALCAS) and Living Future Institute Australia, as well as being an Executive Member of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC). Kate was also recently elected to the Board of Directors for the Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN).
Kate believes passionately in human potential and draws on her diverse experience in the performing arts, executive coaching, cultural change and organisational development, helping individuals, organisations and communities to create a better future. She has held a variety of management, organisational and coaching roles, and has been an ambassador for 1 Million Women and on the Advisory Board for Pollinate Energy.
Co-Founder, Well Made Clothes
Courtney is the cofounder of Well Made Clothes, a marketplace which provides information about, and the ability to shop, clothes with ethical values. Courtney was recently named as one of Harper’s Bazaar Australia’s 2018 Women of the Year for her work at Well Made Clothes.
Before Well Made Clothes, Courtney worked as a music and fashion journalist, working for New Zealand's biggest alternative music website, Under The Radar, before editing Catalogue, a women’s interest magazine and website. She believes that culture – fashion more specifically – can effect positive change, and she has many opinions about the whys and hows of this (hence the whole writing thing). She also believes in the perfect little black dress, and in coffee. Coffee is very important.
Founder, Artisans of Fashion
Founded in 2012 by Caroline Poiner, Artisans of Fashion is now at the forefront of merging India’s traditional artisan techniques into contemporary fashion, promoting collaboration and sustainable practice - connecting the skills of the past with the future of fashion.
Head of Strategic Partnerships, CARE Australia
As the Head of Strategic Partnerships at CARE, Ruth collaborates with the private sector to help fight global poverty and social injustice with a focus on the shared goals and values of both organisations. Her current motivation is on the issue of modern slavery and economically empowering women garment workers through dignified work.
Ruth has comprehensive NFP and private sector experience having worked across both sectors in large multi-national and International NGOs on the importance of strategic relationship management and shared value.
Ruth has presented at a number of international conferences, most recently on the topic of ‘Creating the Conditions for Experimentation and Systematic Change’ at the Social Enterprise World Forum (2017). She has been on the Board of Directors with The Australian Childhood Foundation and Kids First and she was a member of the United Nations Committee for the Year of Microcredit.
Brand Creative, Claire Mueller
Claire is a purpose-driven communications creative who helps brands tell authentic stories to education, engage and inspire their audiences.
Her career started in the fashion industry, where she remains an advocate for conscious design practices, and has since spanned health and tech, most recently working with startups including Ananas Anam (Piñatex), FeedUp and Airtasker in London.
As Communications & PR Manager for Piñatex, a natural leather alternative made from pineapple leaf fibre, she was responsible for educating both B2B and B2C audiences about the innovative sustainable textile, bringing together technical and social elements throughout the supply chain.
A champion of innovation, transparency and authentic storytelling, Claire believes in the power of business to change the world for the better in a dynamic digital landscape.
Teslin Doud is a Circular Designer specializing in fashion reuse and creative waste management. In 2015, upon completion of her BFA in Fashion Design at Parsons School of Design in New York, Teslin was awarded The Social Innovator Award from EILEEN FISHER and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). In collaboration with her co-awardees, Teslin designed scalable solutions for garment re-manufacturing in the creation of EILEEN FISHER’s first ‘Remade’ collection. Following the one-year Social Innovator residency, Teslin stayed on at EILEEN FISHER to assist in expanding the company’s garment recycling program into a holistic circular department, today known as EILEEN FISHER Renew.
As the Remade Production and Special Project Coordinator, Teslin was integral in establishing the re-manufacturing operations of the company owned Tiny Factory in Irvington, New York. She has written about sustainable fashion for the CFDA, worked with the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Institute’s Fashion Positive initiative and spoken on the main stage at the 2017 Copenhagen Fashion Summit with Eileen Fisher and Julie Gilhart.
Now living in Melbourne, Teslin is channeling her expertise in fashion design for the circular economy into her own creative studio and consultancy with the aim of eliminating the concept of waste.
A.BCH is an independent fashion label founded on hyper transparency and circular design. Creating considered fashion and lifestyle pieces for an enduring wardrobe, A.BCH is making responsible fashion desirable while removing many of the barriers customers face when seeking out healthier alternatives. With an aim to usher in genuine change within the fashion industry, every piece created at A.BCH is developed with intent, from responsibly sourced, circular raw materials, ethical supply chains, focus on the user phase/s and finally garment afterlife.
A.BCH founder and creative director Courtney Holm is a pioneering voice for a new fashion system, one that demonstrates radically responsible creation alongside the simplicity of beautiful design.
CEO, Outland Denim
James Bartle is the founding CEO of Outland Denim, the denim brand making jeans differently. Driven by the desire to curb the trafficking of young girls into the $99 billion illicit commercial sex industry, Bartle created Outland to generate training and employment opportunities for women vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. Over six years Bartle developed a unique production method that would enable each of his seamstresses to gain a covetable skill set in tailoring while crafting artisan quality jeans to the highest standard to compete in the global premium marketplace.
In 2016, he took Outland to scale, securing international investment and distribution to further the company's mission to employ more young women while concurrently investing heavily in supply chain and environmental stewardship. With a background in manufacturing and start-up ventures, Bartle has taken a hands-on approach to developing Outland's signature jean styles, eschewing automation in favour of craftsmanship. He lives with his wife and two young daughters in the hills of the Gold Coast hinterland, Australia.
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.
Project officer China, Alliance for Water Stewardship, Asia Pacific
Sally has been with AWS Asia-Pacific since 2018 based in Shanghai. This follows previous experience with China Desalination Association in Beijing, mainly in charge of cooperation with the China Europe Water Platform, and placement experience with Atkins in the U.K. Sally is working with AWS Asia-Pacific Regional Director Zhenzhen Xu to deliver AWS technical services in China.
Director, Alliance for Water Stewardship
hael is a Director and Treasurer of the Edinburgh-based Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS). He was the organisation’s founding Chair and was the founding CEO of AWS in the Asia-Pacific. He had previously been the founding CEO of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) in Australia and New Zealand and worked as Head of Marketing and Communication at the FSC International Centre in Germany.
He has held senior positions with BHP Billiton, National Australia Bank and BlueScope Steel. He was a senior adviser to the Premier of Victoria and worked as a senior journalist at the Seven and Nine networks in Australia. He is a Research Fellow at Monash Business School, runs a 250ha property for conservation and production and is President of the Strathbogie Ranges Conservation Management Network.
Supply Chains Relationships, Cotton Australia
Brooke Summers oversees Cotton Australia’s supply chain marketing strategy. She has worked in strategic communication, marketing and community engagement for Australia’s agriculture sector for over 20 years including with Landcare Australia, the vegetable and rice industries and the Australian cotton industry, where she’s spent most of her time for over 15 years. Most recently Brooke has been responsible for the development and implementation of Cotton Australia’s Cotton to Market Strategy, a multi-stakeholder project to position Australian cotton in the world textile market.
A past Chair of the International Forum for Cotton Promotion, member of the Australian Cotton Conference Committee since 2012, current working group member of global initiative Cotton 2040 and a member of the Australian Cotton Sustainability Working Group, Brooke has a strong knowledge of cotton production, sustainability and supply chain marketing.
Brooke runs a strategic consultancy business, has a BA in Communication, a Churchill Fellowship in Urban Conservation and is a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program.
Customer Experience Manager, Salvos Stores
After honing her retail and marketing skills with L’Oréal, Aife O’Loughlin joined Salvos Stores customer experience team in 2013. As Customer Experience Manager, she strives to continually improve the experiences provided to team members, customers, donors and communities across 330 retail stores throughout Australia.
Aife has a unique understanding of consumer behaviours that impact textile waste and is passionate about Salvos Stores role in creating sustainable solutions in response to these challenges.
Global Business Development Manager, Sustainability, Avery Dennison
Jon has worked in the apparel industry for the past 22 years; first with brands and then as a supplier for the past 6 years with Avery Dennison. As a Strategic Account Manager he was responsible for driving business at some for worlds most sustainable brands. In the past year Jon has combined his customer understanding and passion for sustainability as Avery Dennison’s Global Business Development Manager for Sustainable Products. In his new role he works closely with the innovation, product development and commercial teams to impact positive environmental and social change.
Assistant Director of the Modern Slavery Business Engagement Unit, Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs
Alexander is the Assistant Director of the Modern Slavery Business Engagement Unit in the Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs. His role involves responsibility for implementing the Modern Slavery Act 2018, including business engagement and awareness-raising. Alexander has also represented Australia on modern slavery issues at the UN, provided expert evidence to parliamentary inquiries and delivered training on modern slavery to governments overseas.
Co-Founder, Spell & The Gypsy Collective
Elizabeth Abegg is one half of sister-duo that makes up Byron Bay fashion brand Spell & the Gypsy Collective. With a background in video editing and a lot of gut instinct, Elizabeth drove the label into a global business by embracing the blogging and online shopping world. Over almost ten years, the brand has grown from strength to strength, employing over 60 women in Byron Bay, stocked in American online retailers Free People, Revolve and Planet Blue and gaining over 1 million followers across their social media platforms. Spell & the Gypsy Collective was awarded the 2016 Australian Business of the Year at the National Telstra Business Awards and were finalists of the Cosmo Women of the Year Awards in the Designer Category in 2017. In 2018, they were awarded the NSW Regional Exporter Award at the NSW Export Awards, and were a national finalist for the Regional Exporter Award at the Australian Export Awards.
Elizabeth is now the Chief Brand Officer of Spell after many years of doing everything in the business, and she will be focusing on heading up Spell's main focus of making the company sustainable, continuing to create better lives for our global team producing garments as well as overseeing the overall marketing strategy and brand culture of Spell.
President & Co-Fonder, Vestiaire Collective
Born and raised in France, Fanny Moizant spent her formative years in the fashion boutiques of her mother, learning the ins and outs of both style and business. In 2001, Moizant graduated with a degree in marketing from the Reims Business School, where she honed her managerial skills. From there she went on to work for several fashion and apparel brands such as John Galliano and Mexx eventually taking a position with the French interior company, Venilia.
After six years there, Moizant decided to return to her original love, fashion, and in 2007 completed a degree in fashion marketing at the Institut de la Mode in Paris. This degree, combined with her MBA, created the basis for Moizant’s enduring success and unique perspective in the industry: an understanding of the balance between creativity and commercial appeal, which, for Moizant, has been the key to success.
After having her two daughters, Moizant was inspired to start her own company. She came up with the idea to launch Vestiaire Collective after observing French fashion bloggers selling their out-of-season designer clothing, to reinvest in new, fashionable items. Moizant quickly saw a need for a dedicated platform for fashion lovers to buy and sell their pre-owned items in a smart, inspirational and trusted way.
Moizant teamed up with five partners with experience in styling, logistics and business development to launch Vestiaire Collective in France in 2009. At launch, they offered 3,000 items of second-hand merchandise collected from family and friends. Their first sale? One of Moizant’s own Gucci handbags, long coveted by a close friend.
In 2013, Moizant moved to London with her family in order to lead the company’s European expansion. Following the company’s success in securing its position as Europe’s leading resale site for desirable fashion, Moizant relocated to Hong Kong in 2017 to spearhead the company’s expansion into Asia Pacific.
Moizant remains Vestiaire’s ideal consumer, seasonally editing her wardrobe to make room for new purchases. She is both a minimalist and a pragmatist, naming Ambush, Haider Ackerman, Maison Martin Margiela, Veja and Yves Saint Laurent Vintage among some of her favourite designers, while not staying overly attached to any seasonal piece. To the women she encourages to buy and sell on her site, Moizant offers her own personal philosophy, “My wardrobe revolves around a one-in, one-out policy. Reselling allows me to enter a virtuous sustainable cycle, and most importantly I’m financing my next purchase.”
Sustainability Manager, Country Road Group & David Jones Limited
Lucy is responsible for overseeing the implementation of Country Road Group’s sustainability strategy. As one of Australia’s largest specialty fashion retailers and operating five differentiated brands: Country Road, MIMCO, Trenery, Witchery and Politix; the group is on a Good Business Journey to drive positive social and environmental change across its business operations and supply chain.
With extensive experience in driving sustainability within fashion and food retail in Australia and South Africa, Lucy has previously played an advisory role to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on the 10YFP Consumer Information Programme, and the ISEAL Alliance Stakeholder Council, on improving the quality and applicability of sustainability standards.
Dean is the Co-Founder and CEO of GlamCorner - Australia's largest online designer fashion rental business. After completing a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours in Finance at the University of Sydney, Dean spent the first four years of his career as an investment banker - working in Sydney, London and New York. Dean and his wife Audrey founded GlamCorner in 2012 when they saw an opportunity to introduce the benefits of the Sharing Economy to the wardrobes of Australian women. The company now has over 55 employees and diverts over 15 tonnes of clothing from landfill every month. GlamCorner became a certified B-Corp in February 2018 and holds itself accountable to the highest standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.
Assistant Director of the Modern Slavery Business Engagement Unit, Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs.
His role involves responsibility for implementing the Modern Slavery Act 2018, including business engagement and awareness-raising. Alexander has also represented Australia on modern slavery issues at the UN, provided expert evidence to parliamentary inquiries and delivered training on modern slavery to governments overseas.
Founder, Bianca Spender
Bianca Spender is one of Australia’s leading innovative fashion designers.
Bianca is personally committed to focusing her business toward an ever more sustainable model. A strong focus on craftsmanship and supporting local industry sits at the heart of the Bianca Spender brand. All garments are designed and produced in Australia, employing a local workforce, and accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia.
Bianca Spender is dedicated to a strong future for Australian Design. Her background, studying both Commerce and Design, along with the extensive experience gained through years working in Milan and Paris, have helped her grow her business. With two standalone stores in Sydney and Melbourne, seven concept stores within department store David Jones, and a growing global online presence, Bianca Spender has become an iconic and renowned Australian Brand.
Partnership Manager, Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation
Meredith Epp is a sustainability and communications professional with a speciality in marine plastics, fisheries and the circular economy. She is currently the Industry Partnership Manager at the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO), a co-regulatory non-profit, working to reduce the harmful impacts of packaging on the Australian environment. Meredith drives collaboration and works to bring industry, government and community groups together to create positive environmental change and to communicate effectively.
Through her previous role at the Marine Stewardship Council, Meredith worked on Banksia Award winning “Finnish Tuna” sustainability campaign with Simplot and WWF. Meredith holds degrees in journalism and political science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master’s Degree from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When not working she can be found on the beach picking up rubbish, snorkelling or surfing.
General Manager, Testex Australia
Kate Barry is the General Manager of the TESTEX Melbourne & Auckland branch offices.
Since 1993 TESTEX, an independent Swiss testing and certification organisation, has been a member of the OEKO-TEX® Association and is committed to testing textiles for harmful substances according to STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®.
TESTEX Melbourne opened in 2010 & Auckland in 2017 to provide service & support in meeting global industry standards through the OEKO-TEX® product portfolio.
Prior to joining TESTEX, Kate started her career in the textile industry as a wool buyer for Japanese & Italian topmakers. Following this she worked at Country Road in fabric sourcing/technology.
Experience from working along the complete textile supply chain led to an awareness of a growing need for responsible/ethical sourcing & sustainable manufacturing practises which she has been working to promote & implement since.
Head of Ratings, Good On You
Kristian Hardiman, Head of Ratings at Good On You, is an environmental scientist with expertise in social and environment standards setting, previously Senior Technical Officer at CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project). He has helped hundreds of companies measure their climate and water impacts and developed carbon pricing scenarios with the World Bank.
Kristian is currently responsible for the development and implementation of the Good On You brand rating methodology and system, which assesses over 2,500 global fashion brands for their impact on labour, the environment and animals. He is committed to supporting brands to better understand and improve their sustainability performance.
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.
Production Manager, MIMCO
Jacqueline Wessels has been a Production Manager with MIMCO for 7 years and was has been heavily involved in the evolving relationship with EFI since the first collaboration in 2014 to a recent trip in 2018 visiting the artisan communities and the manufacturing hub in Nairobi, Kenya.
Mary Lou Ryan
Deborah Sams & Mary Lou Ryan established bassike in 2006 introducing their organic cotton jersey collection that same year.
bassike is proud of its sustainable manufacturing process and continues to honour this commitment through sourcing organically grown, locally knitted and dyed cotton with the entirety of the jersey collection being produced in australia.
bassike denim is made in a small denim village in japan.
Dr Kevin Franklin
Senior Vice President, Consulting & Product, ELEVATE
ELEVATE is the leading business risk and sustainability solutions provider. We deliver improved organizational performance through sustainability and supply chain assessment, consulting, program management and analytics. Kevin leads our global consulting, product and analytics functions. He has 20 years’ experience advising business on global risks, analytics and management systems. This includes extensive senior level engagement with many of the world’s largest companies on corporate strategy, sustainability, metrics-driven risk management and award-winning integrated reporting.
Prior to ELEVATE, Kevin was the Chief Operating Officer of Verisk Maplecroft where he also oversaw the product and supply chain management practice. This included work on supply chain strategy, organizational resilience, responsible sourcing, human rights due diligence and compliance across a range of sectors including consumer goods, manufacturing, electronics and extractives.
Kevin has a Master’s degree in Policy and Planning, and a PhD from Warwick Business School with a focus on systems theory, collaborative decision-making, and the role of data / analytics in performance management. He is an experienced auditor and has authored numerous reports / delivered key note sessions at numerous high-level international forums.
Gosia Piatek is the Founder & Creative Director of ethical and sustainable womenswear label, Kowtow. Founded in 2007, Kowtow is a label committed to creating positive environmental and social change. From day one Kowtow has been entirely committed to fair trade production. Designing with longevity in mind, Kowtow only make clothes from organic, renewable, biodegradable and regenerated fibres.
Now in its 12th year, Kowtow has grown into a global fashion label with over 250 stockists worldwide. Kowtow's head quarters and award winning flagship store are based in Wellington, New Zealand and the label has international offices in Melbourne and London.
Today, Gosia lives between Wellington and London with her partner and their son.
President and CEO, APSCA
Rona Starr joined the Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors (APSCA) in August 2016. She oversees the organization’s development and the advancement of APSCA’s mission to enhance the professionalism and credibility of the individuals and organizations performing independent social compliance audits. Prior to joining APSCA, Rona worked for McDonald’s for 21 years in a variety of roles. She was part of the roll out of McDonald’s social compliance program within Asia in 2002; and became the global lead in 2009.
In 2010, she gathered the audit firms used by McDonald’s together to form an advisory board to focus on improvement within the industry. From there, numerous projects were undertaken, which included the implementation of a train the trainer program for auditors where she travelled the world to ensure calibration and continuous improvement among the service providers – which included many of the now APSCA member firms.
Rona is an accomplished and globally networked business leader with the capacity to influence at all levels of an organization. A specialist in transformational environments, she has defined expertise in risk management across emerging markets, combining a track record of success in supply chain management, administration, international business coordination and workplace compliance. Starr has a MBA from the Australian Institute of Business.
Ambassador, Australia & New Zealand, Textile Exchange
A creative entrepreneur with a career background in consumer behaviour, marketing communications and sustainability, Valentina is focused on creating collaboration within the industry in the aim of igniting innovation for positive social and environmental change.
Her work with Textile Exchange as the local ambassador is focused on industry engagement, education and international collaboration to foster positive transformation of the textile supply chain.
Ethical Sourcing Manger, THE ICONIC
Rebekka is the Ethical Sourcing Manager at THE ICONIC, tasked with working to positively and transparently contribute to the improvement of social and environmental conditions in their private label and branded supply chains. She brings 7 years’ experience of driving the integration and implementation of responsible business practices in the garment industry.
Working across both not-for-profit and corporate sectors has provided a balanced perspective on key sustainability and ethical sourcing issues, as well as a realistic approach to the complex and ever changing global sustainability landscape.
Clara is a sustainability strategist, textile designer and consultant.
She has over 10 years of experience in the UK and Europe in sustainable materials and circular economy principles for fashion/textiles. Clara is also an expert facilitator and trainer of sustainable design innovation in industry and education, having trained design teams at H & M in Sweden and VF.Corporation in the US. She has just launched Australia’s first Masterclass in Sustainable Fashion for fashion industry professionals.
Clara has a PhD in sustainable textile design from the University of the Arts London and now consults to brands including Spell, TigerLily Swimwear and Sussan.
Co-Founder, Citizen Wolf
Zoltan is on a mission to redefine how clothes are made at scale in the 21st century. His third startup Citizen Wolf crafts ethically made to measure Tshirts in Sydney with zero waste proving unequivocally that fashion can be fast without hurting people or planet.
Citizen Wolf was a finalist for ‘Best Ethical Fashion Brand’ at the prestigious 2017 Australian Prix de Marie Claire Awards and has been featured in Vogue, InStyle, Men’s Health, The Australian and The Sydney Morning Herald to name but a few.
Zoltan speaks regularly about the Citizen Wolf journey and ethical supply chains as well as the wider intersection of fashion and technology
Managing Director, Gostwyck Group
Gostwyck Merino in the New England tablelands of New South Wales is a fifth generation owned and managed merino wool property. The farm has undertaken major infrastructure changes to ensure pastures are rested and clean water is fed through every few days. Animal and soil health has improved considerably with pasture growth increasing by 40%, increasing productivity.
Gostwyk has been free of mulesing since 2005 and is one of a handful of Australian wool growers with 100% chain of custody certified to the Textile Exchange Responsible Wool Standard. Gostwyck has also created a line of baby and maternity wear, Henry and Grace which uses their superfine, itchy free merino.
Stella Smith Stevens
Menswear Designer, Country Road, Country Road Group
Stella has been heading up the Country Road Menswear casual design team for the last 2 years, spending many weeks visiting suppliers to help launch the CR.DENIM low water processing initiative. This is the start of the journey for CR.DENIM. Stella’s team partners with the sustainability and sourcing teams to get down to the coalface of production and focus on consciously sourcing trims and fabricsStell to contribute to the sustainability journey from the ground up.
Yatu Widders Hunt
Director, Cox Inall Ridgeway
Yatu Widders Hunt is the Director of Indigenous Social Change Agency, Cox Inall Ridgeway, Australia’s leading Indigenous Affairs consultancy. She has also worked as a journalist including for National Indigenous Television (NITV) and the Koori Mail, covering Indigenous arts & culture. Yatu has also curated the Tjungu Indigenous Fashion Showcase at Uluru for the past few years and led the pilot Empowerment Program through Fashion, in partnership with Voyages Resort.
Yatu has a strong background in government communications, policy making and Indigenous engagement. She is a strong advocate for ethical engagement, co design and collaboration and is interested in how Indigenous cultural values are expressed through fashion.
She has proud Aboriginal heritage from the Dunghutti and Anaiwan peoples of North West NSW.
Greg Fisher, CEO
Greg started his career in the corporate world, specializing in property and media. His own life experiences saw Greg enter the not-for-profit sector in 2011. Greg brings deep empathy as well as solid business acumen to his role ensuring that optimum care for those in need may be afforded.
Combining community development and commercial experience across a range of not-for-profit and corporate Organisations, Greg Fisher has been at the helm of Thread Together for 4 years. Working closely with Chair and Founder, Andie Halas, former shareholder of Australian swimwear giant Seafolly, Greg has cemented the model where fashion partners donate their end-of-line stock.
At Thread Together the clothes are sorted for purpose. Through partnerships with charities and Thread Together Clothing Hubs, clothes are redistributed to people in need in our community.
Clothing Hubs were born from Greg and Andie’s vision to create an authentic shopping experience and give those in need the ability to find and choose their own outfits, helping them to regain dignity and pride. Currently there are Hubs in Sydney, Adelaide and Canberra. By 2020 Greg wants to see a Clothing Hub in every major city across Australia.
From the simple idea to create a pipeline, the organisation now supports more than 150 charity partners including homeless shelters, women’s and men’s crisis centres, indigenous communities, long-term unemployed and Asylum Seekers. As a result, Thread Together is well on its way of achieving its goal of helping 100,000 people every year.