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Inspired by UN SDGs

Design a sustainable outfit or accessoryTo inspire the future of fashion 

2020 has forced us to rethink how the fashion industry works. 
Inspired by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's Make Fashion Circular initiative and the UN SDGs, this project will bring together young people and the global industry to create new models for a successful, sustainable, circular industry. 
From farms to factories to the new Front Row, we will create solutions that work for everyone.
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  • ​Francois Souchet

    Lead of Make Fashion Circular

     | Ellen MacArthur Foundation

    Francois joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in 2016 to work with its Global Partners including Google and H&M, to help drive circular economy innovation. He now finds himself based in the UK leading a team dedicated to redesigning the fashion industry, based on circular economy principles. This new approach ensures that clothes are made from safe and renewable materials, new business models increase their use and old clothes are turned into new.

  • Simon Collins

    Co-founder | WeDesign

    Simon Collins is a design thinker, speaker, writer, educator, designer and advisor. Following a career as a fashion designer then creative director for some of the world’s leading brands including Nike, Polo and Zegna, he spent seven years as Dean of the School of Fashion at Parsons where he helped turn the quietly respected design school into a global mega-brand that partnered with luxury groups like Kering and LVMH. High points of his tenure included moving the entire School of Fashion downtown to a newly constructed building, launching the MFA in Fashion Design and Society, and opening the new Parsons Paris.

  • Jasonpaul McCarthy

    Academic Director | WeDesign

    An accomplished educator, designer, and advisor regarded in the industry for his invaluable contribution in creating and implementing academic visions, design briefs, creative projects, collections, and manage teams. Jasonpaul has over ten years of international experience in academia, by teaching at a number of institutions such as Parsons, AIU, UEL and SCAD that have taken him to major fashion cities such as London, Paris and New York. Former Director of the BFA and A.A.S in Fashion Design at Parsons School of Design and graduate of The Royal College of Art.

  • Zheng Hong

    Founder | GREENEXT

    Ph.D. in Urban and Environmental Engineering at the University of Tokyo, has been engaged in environment related scientific research for many years. As one of the representatives of the University of Tokyo in 1995, she participated in the Sustainable Development Forum held in Switzerland. In 2004, she founded Adventi Communication, a boutique brand media company, focusing on expanding the Chinese market for international luxury goods and designer brands, providing strategic consulting and project execution. GREENEXT was founded in 2019, focusing on online and offline platforms for sustainable fashion and lifestyle.


Francois Souchet

Lead of Make Fashion Circular at Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Francois joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in 2016 to work with its Global Partners including Google and H&M, to help drive circular economy innovation. He now finds himself based in the UK leading a team dedicated to redesigning the fashion industry, based on circular economy principles. This new approach ensures that clothes are made from safe and renewable materials, new business models increase their use and old clothes are turned into new.

Patrick Duffy

Founder at Global Fashion Exchange (GFX) + The SwapChain

Patrick Duffy is the founder of GFX & Intandem Creatives, focuses on sustainability, design and the production of big ideas. Patrick powers creative teams in New York, Los Angeles, and London and has produced events, created marketing campaigns and activations for some of the world’s most recognized brands. Patrick’s passion for social impact led to the creation of Global Fashion Exchange in 2013, an international initiative challenging the fashion industry to create a more sustainable world. In addition to his work with GFX, Patrick also manages global partnerships for Common Objective (CO) is an intelligent business network for the fashion industry. 

Lorenzo Albrighi

CEO & Co-Founder at lablaco

Lorenzo Albrighi was born in London and grew up between Florence and Milan, cultivating a deep passion for design and Italian bespoke tailoring, which brought him to start sewing as an apprentice tailor at twenty years old in the historical sartoria A. Caraceni in Milan. After five years of cutting and sewing suits for some of the most influential international figures in fashion and finance, he set up his own tailoring house, before dedicating himself to building lablaco with former Giorgio Armani buying and merchandising manager, ShihYun Kuo, creating a universal platform connecting all stakeholders to accelerate digitization and transition towards a multi-dimensional circular economy for fashion. With a mission to digitize fashion, redefining the relationships between suppliers, designers, brands, retailers, content creators, and individual customers through transparency and circularity.

John Bartlett

Director of Marist College Fashion Program

Award-winning fashion designer John Bartlett has been selected to lead Marist College’s top ranked, internationally recognized Fashion Program.

Once called “a fashion bad boy” by the Wall Street Journal, Bartlett’s signature style embraces a rugged American authenticity that earned him two Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) awards: the Swarovski Best Newcomer Award and Best Menswear Designer of the Year in 1997.  In 2010, the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) named Bartlett “Designer of the Year.” That same year his update of the Hush Puppies “Earl” loafer earned a spot in the Style Hall of Fame. A graduate of Harvard University and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), Bartlett worked with designers Willi Smith and Ronaldus Shamask before launching his own eponymous collection in 1991. Bartlett also served as creative director for two iconic American brands, Ghurka leather goods and Claiborne, which was renamed “Claiborne by John Bartlett,” as well as the Italian powerhouse label Byblos.

Catarina Midby

Secretary General at Swedish Fashion Association

Former Sustainability Manager at H&M

Fashion and Sustainability Consultant at Catarina Midby AB

Founder at MIDBY STUDIO 

Catarina Midby has worked in the fashion industry for more than 30 years. She started her career as a fashion editor at Swedish Elle magazine and then moved on to PR, trends and sustainability at H&M Group. In 2018, she left the big high street brand to pursue a career as a consultant and also to start up her own sustainable T-shirt brand MIDBY STUDIO, and last year she was recruited as Secretary General at Swedish Fashion Association to bring together, support and promote Swedish fashion in Sweden and internationally.

Richard Poulson

CEO at Showroom-X | Chairman of the Fashion Council of Western Australia

With an unfailing drive and determination to turn big ideas into reality, Richard is a formidable entrepreneur with a flair for the creative.

Since co-founding Morrison - one of Australia’s most successful women’s boutique fashion brands - in 2002, he has gone on to build many businesses across importing, sales, medical financial technology, retail, advertising, marketing and disruptive technologies.

With the rise in popularity of convenient online shopping, his latest venture Showroom-X is a polished e-commerce platform showcasing Australia’s finest fashion brands to an international market.

Paul Dilinger

Vice President of Global Product Innovation at Levi's

Working for the largest jeans company in the world, Paul Dillinger, vice president of global product innovation at Levi Strauss & Co., understands the mounting pressure for the denim sector to become more sustainable.In his role at Levi’s, he has the unique opportunity to help drive this change through a combination of science and design, having worked on several groundbreaking product and design initiatives. Dillinger led the team that developed the company’s Wellthread Collection in 2015, which focuses on implementing new supply chain processes that use less water, empower workers and promote circularity in product design. And in 2019, he was instrumental in Levi’s adoption of cottonized hemp—a breakthrough that serves as a sustainable alternative to cotton.

Chris Gelinas


Finalist in the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund

New York-based womenswear designer Chris Gelinas has been recognized for his innovative approach and attention to detail, selected as a U.S. finalist for the 2015 International Woolmark Prize and shortlisted as a finalist in the first LVMH Young Fashion Designers prize in 2014. His debut CG collection won the "MADE for Peroni Young Designer Award" in 2013. Gelinas graduated with a design degree from Parsons School of Design. He refined his technical skills at some of the industry's most acclaimed fashion houses, including Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, Balenciaga, and as first assistant to Olivier Theyskens at Theyskens' Theory. Gelinas is dedicated to a movement that supports local industry, creating and producing much of his collection in New York with the highest level of skill and craftsmanship.

Yingchun Zang

Professor | PhD of Academy of Arts & Design at Tsinghua University

Director of Department of Fashion and Textile Design, Academy of Arts & Design at Tsinghua University

Vice Chairman of Beijing Fashion Designer Association

As a professor with more than 20 years of experience in design education, Yingchun has been involved in and experienced the development of undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD teaching programs in Tsinghua University. She has been the external examiner of Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the PhD Supervisor of Birmingham City University, UK since 2009. She is also the visiting professor at Polytechnic di Milano. As a design educator, she works with pioneers for China design education and has devoted to international design education exchange network with Europe, America, Asia, Africa and Australia. As a researcher, she focuses on sustainable fashion and textile design research.

Sara Kozlowski 

Director of Education + Sustainable Stragegist at CFDA

From scholarship to sustainability, Kozlowski oversees a CFDA program portfolio designed to provide impactful mentorship, education, sustainable business, development & awards for creatively diverse talent- ranging from student - early emerging, to professional. Kozlowski’s professional journey began by working for Anna Sui, who recruited her as an Assistant Designer following graduation from Parsons. She later launched the brand CAKE., which during its 6 years, presented during NYFW with representation from Steven Alan – & sold globally at over 40 stores including Barneys New York, Intermix, Browns, and United Arrows before closing in 2001. Within sustainability, her voice has been invited as a speaker & panelist within education and industry including UN SDG Media Zone, Berlin + Helsinki Fashion Weeks, CBS News, Business Insider, and NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business.

Carrie Ellen Phillips

Partner and Co-Founder at BPCM

Sustainability Educator and Speaker

Carrie is a founding partner of BPCM Worldwide, a communications consultancy with a focus on Luxury, Fashion, Beauty, Hospitality, Wine & Spirits, Sustainability, Technology. She founded BPCM's Sustainability practice to help companies understand their impact as well as how and when to talk to their customers about it. She’s passionate about new innovative technologies and how to bring them to market. She’s also a speaker and educator on Sustainability and the Circular Economy.

Amanda Parkes

Chief Innovation Officer at PANGAIA

Fashion Scientist

Amanda Parkes is a fashion scientist with over 15 years of experience in fashion innovation, sustainability, wearable technology, interaction design and smart materials spanning research, development, and product commercialization for startups and major tech and fashion companies. She is currently the Chief Innovation Officer of Pangaia, a material science brand and collective building a sustainable future in lifestyle products as well as the Chief Innovation Officer of Future Tech Lab, an investment company focused on high tech sustainable solutions in material science and bio-fabrication. Past career highlights include roles as the Chief of Technology and Research at Manufacture NY, founder of fashion tech studio Skinteractive, and co-founder of Bodega Algae, a microalgae biofuels company. She received a PhD & M.S. in Tangible Media from the MIT Media Lab and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.A. in Art History from Stanford University. 

Yunsheng Su

Executive Vice Dean of Tongji University Shanghai International Institute of Design and Innovation

Associate Dean of Tongji University School of Design and Innovation Urban Planning PhD | Registered Planner
Adjunct Professor at Technical University of Darmstadt

Dr. Su Yunsheng is the Innovation Director of Master Planner for the Shanghai 2010 World Expo., co-founder of Urban China Magazine, Speaker in 2014 TED global, Tencent WE summit, and 2015 One person One World Show---CCTV. He has supervised many important Urban Design projects, such as 201 0Shanghai Expo ,2005 Beijing Tongzhou Canal city, ,2013 Guangzhou Financial City etc. He has been active in bringing the experience of China’s rapid modernization and its designs to other developing countries, such as Angola, Zambia, Russia etc. He has been Invited many times to teach in Shanghai and Beijing mayor training course.

Johannes Neubacher

WWD International Fashion Special News Vice President and Chief Content Officer

Austrian, MBA with double major in piano and media management, formerly the United Nations Industrial Development Organization investment and technology promotion service project director, has 12 years of Chinese media management experience, formerly the chief editor at "Time Out Le ", "iLook World Metropolis" magazine, "Rainbow Madame Figaro" magazine, and "FT Rui" magazine under the UK Financial Times.



  • The Ellen MacArthur Foundation was launched in 2010 with the aim of accelerating the transition to the circular economy. Since its creation, the charity has emerged as a global thought leader, putting the circular economy on the agenda of decision-makers around the world. The charity’s work focuses on seven key areas: insight and analysis; business; institutions, governments, and cities; systemic initiatives; circular design; learning; and communications. The Foundation works to quantify the economic opportunity of a more circular model and to develop approaches for capturing its value. The Foundation collaborates with its Strategic Partners (BlackRock, Danone, DS Smith, Google, H&M Group, Intesa Sanpaolo, Philips, Renault, SC Johnson, Solvay, Unilever, The Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fund for Strategic Innovation, SUN, MAVA, players of People’s Postcode Lottery (GB)) and its wider network of businesses; governments, institutions, and cities; universities; and emerging innovators, to build capacity, explore collaboration opportunities and to develop circular business initiatives. 

    Further information: | @circulareconomy

    GREENEXT is an online and offline platform dedicated to sustainable fashion and lifestyle. It aims to interact with consumer and industry to explore, discuss and promote sustainable solutions. Green is good! Our vision is to help companies with sustainability agenda to reach out the right players on the value chain, and transform it as one of their key driving forces for continuous development. Build a community for companies and consumers, to communicate the positive features and eco- friendly focused initiatives of the companies.

    The design education at Tongji University began in the 1940s, and deeply influenced by the German “Bauhaus” school. The Department of Industrial Design was formally established in 1993. In May, 2009, Tongji University drew on the latest ideas and models of world design and innovation disciplines and developed the Department of Art and Design into the College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University. The overall goal of the college is to establish an international, innovative, forward-looking and research-oriented world-class college of design with great sense of mission of the era, international perspective and native characteristics. College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University(D&I) was ranked 13th in Art and Design according to Quacquarelli Symonds(QS) world university ranking by subject in 2020.

    The Shanghai International Institute of Design and Innovation of Tongji University was established on the basis of the construction of Shanghai Design Class IV peak disciplines and the collaboration of five universities led by Tongji University. The Institute is committed to build a world-class research and practice platform for internationalization and industrial development by establishing communication and cooperation mechanisms with governments, universities, and enterprises.


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