Fred Lemoine

Fred Lemoine

Vice President of Weave Services Limited

Fred is a seasoned supply chain practitioner with a proven track record of high impact projects realized with major retailers/wholesalers in Europe and greater Asia. He started his career in England working for leading UK retailers such as Marks & Spencer where he held multiple positions in supply chain management both in the apparel and in the food industry. He then worked for AS Watson, the retail division of Hutchison Whampoa, in Hong Kong, where he managed multiple supply chain improvement projects across AS Watson’s retail brands from Watson the Chemist in Hong Kong to Marionnaud in France and Savers in the UK.

Fred worked as a senior supply chain consultant for McKinsey & Company serving large retail and fast consumer good clients in the USA, Australia, SEA and China.

Fred now manages Weave Consulting services Ltd, a supply chain specialist consulting firm with offices in Hong Kong and the United States.  Weave specializes in supply chain analytics and replenishment programs working alongside manufacturers, retailers and brands. Their clients call upon them when they desire to: increase their speed to market, reduce their exposure to high inventory, increase GMROI on fashion items and implement more complex, cross-functional S&OP models in their operations.

Alex Thomas

Alex Thomas

Vice President of Manufacturing Excellence and Technical Services VF

Alex Thomas is the Vice President of Manufacturing Excellence and Technical Services at VF. He has spent his professional life between Europe and Asia working with various brands and retailers.  After graduating in Chemistry and his BTEC in Footwear Design & Technology from LSFC in the UK, he then proceeded to obtain his Post Graduate degree in Leather Chemistry. Alex’s interest in globalization of businesses led him to HKUST where he graduated with an MBA in 2012.

In the 1990’s, Alex was based in Switzerland, India, Denmark and London working with various European fashion brands. In 2002, Alex moved to China to work with K-Swiss where he has led the company’s portfolio of brands in China and SE Asia in many functions from Design and Development through to Operations, Production and Quality over a 10 year period. In 2012, Alex joined VF Asia in Hong Kong, where he is currently based leading the Engineering teams and VF’s 3rd Way program.

Alex’s particular interest is in emerging technologies, looking into the future for solutions to today’s issues.

Belinda Edmonds

Belinda Edmonds

Belinda has, over the past 25 years worked in almost all sectors of the African Textile and Apparel Industries. Born and raised on a cotton farm, she entered the textile manufacturing sector in 1988, working in spinning, weaving, knitting and dyeing/printing facilities before entering the apparel production sector in 1997. Since 2000, Belinda has used her experience to support and promote textile and apparel exports from Africa. She has worked extensively across Africa providing hands-on support assisting factories understand and achieve international service, compliance and quality standards.

Belinda was appointed to the Board of the African Cotton Textile Industries Federation (ACTIF) in 2012 and as Executive Director in April 2015. ACTIF is a regional trade body formed in June 2005 by the cotton, textile and apparel sectors from across sub-Saharan Africa to create a unified and recognized voice in both regional and global trade affairs. ACTIF’s mandate is to represent the disparate needs of the cotton, textile and apparel sectors in cohesive and consensus driven positions at regional and international fora, to develop and deliver services that enhance competitiveness,facilitate trade and encourage investment.

Passionate about Africa, Belinda believes that promoting and assisting trade is a critical tool to uplift and protect its people, cultures and its environment.

Faruque Hassan

Faruque Hassan

Mr. Faruque Hassan, Managing Director of Giant Group and Senior Vice President, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has Master Degree in Commerce from University of Dhaka.

His contribution in development of Textile and RMG sector of Bangladesh is significant. Mr. Hassan has also served as the Senior Vice President of Dutch Bangla Chamber of Commerce and Vice President of France-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce & Industry. He is associated with many other national and multinational trade bodies. He is a Member of Bangladesh German Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Bangladesh Textiles Mills Association (BTMA), Swiss-Bangla Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

He is a Founder Member of Board of Trustees of Bangladesh University of Fashion and Technology and also a Vice President in the Board of Centre of Excellence for Bangladesh Apparel Industry. Apart from this, Mr. Hassan is actively associated with social activities as part of CSR. He is a Member of Shafiuddin Ahmed Foundation and Manobik Shahajjo Songsta. He played a pivotal role to promote sustainability across the RMG and backward linkage industry of Bangladesh and is the Co-Chair of the Steering Committee of PaCT project jointly implemented by IFC & BGMEA.

He has been closely collaborating with ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemical) and is also involved with the Detox program of LIDL and Water saving Technology green project.

Mr. Hassan believes Bangladesh will not achieve its targeted growth by the cost of environment. He aspires to make Bangladesh RMG industry a role model of green industrialization in the world.

Mark Jarvis

Mark Jarvis

Mark Jarvis is managing director of World Textile Information Network (WTiN), the UK based information provider for the textile value chain.

Jarvis will explore how digital innovations are revolutionising fabric & apparel manufacturing, changing industry structures & the rules of the market as consumers’ demand greater product personalisation.

Jarvis believes a paradigm shift is about to happen in production & supply, where integrated & web connected systems make customers the creators of their own apparel. Manufacturers who react now can seize this high growth opportunity before powerful technology companies move to occupy the space.

WTiN deliver intelligence and insight into the global textile manufacturing industry, through channels that include wtin.com & the WTiN app, a portfolio of business-to-business magazines, exhibition newspapers and conferences. WTiN’s clear industry focus has made it an integral part of the textile community, to which it provides the highest-quality business and technical intelligence.

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Philippe Ribera

Philippe Ribera

Software Innovation Director Lectra

Philippe has extensive and diverse experience in strategic marketing, product marketing, and management in multicultural environments as well as international business development and consultancy for B-to-B solutions in Europe, North America and Asia. He has a deep expertise in the soft-goods and retail supply chain.

After a few years as a consultant at Kurt Salmon Associated (KSA), he joined Lectra as Regional Managing Director. Then, he founded a consulting company specialized in part-time management support to SMBs with limited financial capabilities to hire fulltime experienced managers. In 1996, he returned to Lectra with a focus on strategic marketing, key account management and consulting. He had executive positions in different countries such as Morocco, Portugal, and the United States.

Philippe is a graduate from French fashion school ESIV Paris (“Ecole Superieure des Industries du Vetement”) and from Law university of Bordeaux.

He is serving as board member of the International Apparel Federation (IAF).

Simon Fernandes

Simon Fernandes

Alvanon, Regional Director; UK, Southern Europe, South Asia

Simon Fernandes joined Alvanon in 2007 as Regional Director to head Alvanon’s business development activities in the UK, Southern Europe, South Asia and more recently the Middle East and South Africa.

Alvanon is the retail, apparel and fashion industry’s leading consulting firm advising retailers and brands on product development, sizing and fit strategies. Helping them execute those strategies in their supply chains and communicating them to their customers.

Simon started his career in Italy in 1989; designing and producing fabrics for a textile mills converter, supplying most of the mid to high-end Italian clothing brands before moving into garment production. After 10 years in Italy, Simon returned to the UK and started his own consulting business; working for companies both on and offshore; dealing in textiles, garment production right through to managing design services bureaus before joining Alvanon.

During his near 10 years at Alvanon, Simon has worked and continues to work with clients across his regions including such high profile names as M&S, Benetton, LC Waikiki and Woolworths (ZA) to name a few. In his role Simon helps them identify the challenges they face with their strategic growth plans and day-to-day business operations. He identifies and advises them on the most relevant Alvanon apparel consulting solutions and tools that would support their growth objectives.

Aniruddha Deshmukh

Aniruddha Deshmukh

Shri Aniruddha Deshmukh is the Managing Director and CEO of Mafatlal Industries Limited with effect from July 10,2015

Shri Aniruddha Deshmukh is a Mechanical Engineer from VNIT Nagpur and has done his Post Graduation in Business Management from IIM, Calcutta.

He has work experience of over 30 years. He started his career with MICO (now Bosch) and then moved as a Management Consultant with S.B. Billimoria & Company ,Chartered Accountant Mumbai. His last stint was with Raymond Limited , where he worked for more than three decades . His last Designation in Raymonds before moving to Mafatlal Industries was President – Textiles

Mr. Aniruddha Deshmuku as MD & CEO of Mafatlal Industries is resposnbile for driving overall Growth of Mafatlal Industries whilst providing strategic and leadership support to Internal Businesses: Textiles, Denim, Marketing Services & New Business. Within one year of his tenure with the company he has brought remarkable changes in turning around the business by introducing new products and capitaliszing Mafatlal Brand.

He was a National level Badminton player and likes to travel. His wife Smt. Archana is a Doctor- Practicing Anesthetist and son Shri Abhinav a Computer Engineer.

 

Ashish Dikshit

Ashish Dikshit

Ashish Dikshit is the Business Head of Madura Fashion & Lifestyle, a division of Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Limited, part of Aditya Birla Group, a 41 Billion Dollar enterprise with presence across multiple sectors across the globe.

Ashish has been with the company for over 18 years and previously held the position of the President in the Company. Madura Fashion & Lifestyle is the leader in branded fashion apparel industry in India with market leading brands in the country. Ashish has worked across several functions in the business and has headed its supply chain, marketing and sourcing functions during this period.

In his current role, he is spearheading MFL business with a vision to further strengthen its dominant leadership position in the Indian fashion apparel industry.

In his earlier stint as the Principal Executive Assistant to the Chairman of Aditya Birla Group, he built strong knowledge across multiple industry sectors that the group operates in, ranging from manufacturing businesses such as Metals, Cement and Specialty chemicals to consumer businesses such as Telecom, Financial Services and Retail.

Ashish is an Electronics & Electrical Engineer from IIT – Chennai and an MBA from IIM – Bangalore. He has worked in diverse roles across industries and functions of sales, marketing, supply chain and strategy over the last 24 years.

Ashok Rajani

Ashok Rajani

Is the founder and chairman of Midas touch exports (p) ltd, a leading manufacturer & exporter of ready-made apparel, he is a commerce student from India. He pioneered & led Midas Touch in its efforts to penetrate deep into the Global Markets and also controls the management of all the Midas touch group of companies, so it is natural that his expertise should be sought after. He is also associated with various garment and textiles organisations.

Currently he is the chairman of the Apparel Export Promotion council (AEPC) – which has more than 8000 members and doing export turnover of 17 billion dollar per year. He also serves as trustee of The Clothing Manufacturers’ Association of India (CMAI), as Chairman of Board of the Institute of Apparel Management (IAM) and Board of the Apparel Training & Design Centre (ATDC)

Formerly he was the President of the Clothing Manufacturers’ Association of India (CMAI) and on the Board of Governors of the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) as well. He also served as Director on the Board of Alok Industries Limited, one of the largest integrated textile company in India.

Besides imbibing all the skills he would need in his trade, Mr. Rajani has also cultivated communication skills par excellence. This, he believes, is important, if you want to get the best results, to inspire the people who work with you, and to pass on your knowledge to the next generation.

Bruce Atherley

Bruce Atherley

Executive Director, Cotton Council International

Bruce Atherley has served as executive director of Cotton Council International (CCI) since October 1, 2015.

Atherley has a successful track record in global marketing and management having introduced brands and products into global markets in Asia, Latin America and Europe.

He previously served as vice president, Global Marketing for KAO, Inc., a Tokyo-based global manufacturer of personal care and household products. He also worked with the William Wrigley Jr. Company, serving as its vice president of North American Confections Marketing, and as president and general manager of Wrigley Canada. Prior to that, he was vice president of Retail Marketing for the H.J. Heinz Company.

Atherley earned a B.S. in Accounting from Bucknell University and a MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business Administration. He and his wife, Meredith, have three sons.

CCI is the export promotions arm of the Memphis-based National Cotton Council of America. Headquartered in Washington, DC, and with a reach extending to more than 50 countries through 17 offices worldwide, CCI uses trade services and consumer promotion activities to increase exports of U.S. cotton fiber, manufactured cotton goods, cottonseed and their products in Asia, Europe, Africa, and Central and South America.

 

 

B.S. Nagesh

B.S. Nagesh

Mr. B.S.Nagesh is the Founder of a Public Charitable Trust TRRAIN (Trust for Retailers and Retail Associates of India) and a not for profit company called TRRAIN Foundation. TRRAIN has successfully conceptualized and implemented two global events; Retail Employees Day celebration on 12th December and TRRAIN Retail Awards for customer service excellence. In the last 5 years it has created livelihood for more than 2000 disabled youth and skilled more than 10000 youth in retail.

He has been involved with Shoppers Stop and its group companies since its inception in 1991 as the first employee. He stepped out of the day-to-day roles of the business as MD in 2009. He is currently the Vice Chairman and Non –Executive Director of Shoppers Stop Limited. He holds a degree of Masters in Management Studies from the Benares Hindu University.

Mr. Nagesh has been recognized as an iconic retailer and was inducted into the World Retail Hall of Fame 2008 at the World Retail Congress 2008 conducted in Barcelona. With his induction in the World Retail Hall of Fame 2008, Mr. Nagesh is the only Indian retailer and the first Asian retailer to take a significant place alongside more than 100 stalwarts of the global retail industry.

Mr. Nagesh is the Founder Chairman of RAI (Retailers Association of India). He is on the Board of IGDS, a global association of department stores, and the Vice-President for Asia, for IGDS. He is also on the board of Marico Limited, Kaya Limited and ENIL (Radio Mirchi).

 

Darshan Mehta

Darshan Mehta

  • Darshan Mehta, is President and CEO of Reliance Brands (a subsidiary of Reliance Industries) which has partnered with international brands in the premium and luxury fashion and lifestyle space for the Indian market.
  • A chartered and cost accountant by profession, Darshan entered the fashion industry by chance; He joined the Lalbhai Group in 1984 as CEO and stayed with the group for the next 23 years, donning several hats across diverse businesses – CEO of Arvind Brands, CEO of Anagram Securities, CFO and then COO of Trikaya Grey Advertising to name a few
  • In 2007 Darshan he set up Reliance brands Ltd
  • An avid reader, Darshan has a collection of a few thousand books which speak volumes about his interest in religion, art and travel, biographies, a few fiction titles and comic books, all stored snugly in his library and other floor to ceiling bookcases built into beautifully curated corners of his home
  • He likes to treks the Himalayas atleast once a year and plays squash.

Gaurav Mahajan

Gaurav Mahajan

President (Apparel Group), Raymond

Gaurav Mahajan did the unusual by opting to take on a career in retail in the early 90s – then a fledgling industry in India with very few believers in its potential. He is today perhaps one of the most experienced professionals in organized retail in India. Formerly he has contributed in the nurturing of Westside from a single store operation to one of the largest and most successful private-label chain stores in India. In 2015, he joined Raymond as the President of the Apparel Division of the company and has been aggressively working towards scaling up the company’s business and venturing into new categories.

Gaurav is an alumnus of NIFT Delhi and Harvard Business School.

Govind Shrikhande

Govind Shrikhande

 

Customer Care Associate & Managing Director, Shoppers Stop Ltd.

As the Managing Director of Shoppers Stop Ltd., Mr. Govind Shrikhande spearheads all the formats of Shoppers Stop Ltd viz., HOME STOP, CROSSWORD, HYPERCITY.

He has been with the company for more than fifteen years; he joined in April 2001 as Vice President of Buying and Merchandise before becoming Chief Operating Officer in 2004. He was promoted to the position of CEO in 2006, elevated to the President & CEO in 2009, and soon after to Managing Director in 2009.

Since joining Shoppers Stop, Mr. Shrikhande has played a key role in the company’s tremendous growth from 7 stores in 2001 to 81 stores at present. He was also instrumental in the re-branding initiative of the brand – Shoppers Stop in the year 2008, which reinvigorated the brand, market positioning, and product and service offerings. Post this re-branding exercise, Shoppers Stop has emerged as the undisputed leader in The Bridge-To-Luxury Category of Department Stores in India.

Under Mr. Govind Shrikhande’ s leadership the company’s turnover, in last 15 years, increased 13 times, with the launch of multiple formats such as HomeStop, M.A.C, Clinique, Estee Lauder, Bobbi Brown, and more. Shoppers Stop is constantly in the limelight winning a trail of awards in various categories over its entire 25 year journey.

Mr. Shrikhande studied Textiles at Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute, Mumbai, and completed an MBA at Symbiosis International University, Pune. Away from work, Mr. Shrikhande is a big fan of Pu la Deshpande and P. G. Woodehouse. He can also be found watching cricket and listening to classic songs from old Bollywood and Hollywood films.

Harminder Sahni

Harminder Sahni

Harminder, Managing Director- Wazir Advisors, has worked for over two decades as a management consultant in the “Consumer Goods, Retail and Textile” sector. He has advised some of the most reputed Indian and International companies in the sector on corporate strategy, business creation, diversification and performance enhancement.

Harminder has also been instrumental in developing India entry strategies and establishing India partnerships for many leading international brands including Giorgio Armani, GANT, Tommy Hilfiger, Mothercare, Esprit, Marks and Spencer and Escada, to name a few. Harminder has also worked closely with several private equity players on due diligence and M&As. Some of the PE funds he has worked with include KKR, Carlyle, ChrysCapital, Oak ventures, Sequoia, Premji Invest and Everstone.

Harminder has worked on various assignments with Ministry of Textiles on various policy matters including TUFS and also with State Governments of Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh to develop their Textile Vision and Strategy. Harminder has also helped apparel industry bodies of Sri Lanka and Mauritius to develop their long term industry vision.

Harminder has been a guest faculty at NIFT (National Institute of Fashion Technology), IIT (Delhi), IIM (Bangalore, Lucknow and Ahmedabad), ISB (Hyderabad), MDI (Gurgaon) and Pearl School of Fashion. Harminder writes regularly in various publications, is quoted very frequently on sector specific issues and chairs various industry events.

Harminder is an Engineer from TITS Bhiwani and an M.B.A from IMS Indore.

 

 

J. Suresh

J. Suresh

Managing Director & CEO Arvind Lifestyle Brands Limited

Suresh is the Managing Director & CEO of Arvind Lifestyle Brands Ltd, the Brands & Retail subsidiary of India’s largest textile company Arvind Ltd. Suresh joined the company in September 2005 and since then has turned around the company by strengthening brands and retail portfolio of Arvind through organic growth and acquisitions and aggressively growing Megamart as a leading value retail chain in apparels. During his tenure, Arvind added international marquee brands like Calvin Klein, Nautica, US Polo, Gap, The Children’s Place, Aeropostale and Sephora to its portfolio. In the last 8 years, Arvind Lifestyle Brands turnover has increased 10 times and profits manifold. Arvind Lifestyle Brands Ltd is a significant contributor to the parent company Arvind Ltd and is well poised to be a $ 1 billion company by 2018.

Prior to joining Arvind, Mr. J. Suresh has held several senior positions during his 18 year old stint in Hindustan Unilever Ltd and has served as a member of the management committee of the foods and beverages business. Appointed by JP Morgan Chase as CEO when they invested in MTR Foods, Suresh was instrumental in growing a regional brand to a national brand with global presence. This resulted in the Firms Valuation increasing by 5 times in 3 years.

Mr. J. Suresh is a mechanical engineer and an MBA from IIM Bangalore. He was the past Chairman of the CII National Committee on Retail in 2013-2014 and is a member of the National Council of Retailers Association of India.

 

 

Manjula Tiwari

Manjula Tiwari

Manjula Tiwari, is an experienced retailer and brand professional in the field of fashion and lifestyle. She has held key leadership positions, building brands and retail businesses in the 22 years of her career in the industry.

Manjula has joined Future group as CEO of Future Style Lab, a newly formed subsidiary to develop and launch brands in women’s fast fashion space. The first brand of the company, Cover Story has launched pan-India in selective outlets in April this year.

Previously at Jabong as Sr. Vice President (women’s segment), helped Jabong gain leadership in women’s fashion segment. Launched several international brands on the platform and developed private brands and global teams. Manjula was instrumental in the development and growth of premium retail brand Esprit (Aditya Birla Group) in India serving as COO, Aditya Birla Group. At Benetton, she was part of the core executive committee as Head of Product redefining the Italian brand as the most preferred casual-wear brand in India. Early in her career, she has served in ITC Wills Lifestyle as Merchandising Manager developing new sourcing strategies as part of the launch team. She was also part of the core team for launch of large format store chain Lifestyle, part of Dubai based Landmark group, in India as well as played a major role in developing brand Lee Cooper in the early stages of her career.

Passionate about promoting equal opportunity and gender diversity in the workplace, she likes to mentor and support talented women in their journey to leadership positions.

A post graduate in Apparel Merchandising and Marketing from National Institute of Fashion Technology, Delhi; She is a Mathematics graduate from Bhopal University.

 

 

Prashant Agarwal

Prashant Agarwal

Co-Founder and Joint Managing Director Wazir Advisors 

Prashant has more than two decades of experience in consulting and manufacturing, with domain expertise in textiles, apparel and retail industry. He has on-the-ground experience in Asia (India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan and china), Japan, Europe, Africa and North America.

In consulting domain, he has been involved in various corporate strategies, business creation, diversification, joint ventures, merger and acquisition and performance enhancement assignments across sectors for Indian as well as International clients.

He is regular speaker at various national and international textile and apparel conferences / seminars organized by CCI, CII, FICCI, etc. He has been invited as guest faculty at IIT (Delhi), IIM (Ahmedabad) and was on the board of some successful textiles parks in India promoted by Indian textile ministry.

He has been appointed as Board Member of Japan India Fashion Forum and Member of CII and FICCI’s Textiles Committee. He took part in developing policy for Government of India and some state governments.

         

Rakesh Biyani

Rakesh Biyani

Mr. Rakesh Biyani, Joint Managing Director of Future Retail, has been associated with Future Group for over 24 years and is actively involved in the growth of various business formats of the Group. He has led the management and expansion of the Group’s flagship formats like ‘Central’ ‘Big Bazaar’ , ‘Food Bazaar’ and FBB. Mr. Rakesh Biyani is actively involved in Category Management, Supply Chain & Logistics Management, Retail Stores Operations and Information Technology. He is a commerce graduate from HR College of Commerce & Economics, Mumbai and has done an Advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School.

Sanjay Vakharia

Sanjay Vakharia

Mr. Sanjay Vakharia is the Director & COO of Spykar Lifestyle Private Ltd. Mr. Vakharia has been part of the original team who founded Spykar in 1992.

Mr. Vakharia has been primarily responsible for the brand image that Spykar enjoys today. His sharp business acumen saw him rise from overseeing product development and Marketing to being the COO. He is responsible for the overall Marketing & Brand Communication strategies of Spykar. Prior to joining Spykar, he worked with Magna Publications as the Export Manager (Garments) wherein he was responsible for setting up the marketing network in the US & UK markets. Additionally, he served as Marketing Manager for Toys & Games division of the Magna group. in 1990, he set up the Jeanswear Brand RAGZ, in partnership with a few friends.

Under the astute direction of Mr. Vakharia, Spykar,  has set up a robust distribution platform across the length and breadth of the country spanning EBO’s, LFR’s, MBO’s, and online sales. Spykar has over 2000 points of Sales across 300 towns and cities of the country.

Spykar has the distinction of serving one of the most fickle consumers of the country, the youth, since over two decades and this has translated in Sanjay Vakharia of being one of the few professionals in the industry having a wealth of knowledge on this consumer segment.

 

Subir Mukherjee

Subir Mukherjee

Subir is Business Head Denim for Bhaskar Industries, a 40 million meter composite fashion Denim mill.

A Chartered and Cost accountant by profession, a trained mountaineer, Subir has more than twenty five years rich experience in sales and marketing, finance, business analytics, audit, project management, logistics management accounting and audit.

Before taking up the current assignment, Subir was working with Arvind for twenty years. His last assignment was as Head of global sales and marketing for Denim business.  Prior to getting into marketing, he handled varied responsibilities in business analytics, logistics management and finance.

Subir started his carrier as an internal auditor with GEC India (Indian subsidiary of GEC Plc.)  and moved on to take up different fields in accounting, finance and project management.  Upon merger of General Electric Co with Alcatel Alsthom of France, took up responsibilities as Regional Accountant and then Divisional Accountant with the new entity, GEC Alsthom.

Francesco Marchi

Francesco Marchi

Mr. Francesco MARCHI is of Italian nationality. He has a Master’s degree in Economics from the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium). He is married with four children. He began his professional career as Marketing Researcher and Assistant Product Manager in 1983 in, one of the three largest Belgian textile groups (nv UCO sa).

From 1989 he was Senior Economist for Comitextil (Coordination Committee for the EC textile  industries) and joined EURATEX (the European Apparel and Textile Confederation) in 1996 where he was designated Director of the Economic Affairs responsible for the economic department in charge of economic publications; the monitoring of the EU trade and industrial policy for the sector with a particular focus on WTO rules, Rules of origin, Market access problems, Enlargement, Economic impacts, Internal Market regulations impacting the industry, etc.

Since 1996 he was also appointed as the representative of the Clothing industry and the Knitting industry interests within the EURATEX body.

He took over the position of Director General of EURATEX in May 2009. He is also Board member of the: International Apparel Federation (IAF); European Technology Platform for the Future of Textiles and Clothing; Textile-Clothing-Leather-Footwear European Skills Council; Centre d’Information Textile-Habillement (CITH); Advisory Board of Texprocess Fair (Messe Frankfurt). He is member of the Alliance for a Competitive European Industry. He speaks fluently, Italian, French and English and has good notions of Spanish and Dutch.

 

Dr. Darlie Koshy

Dr. Darlie Koshy

A Doctorate in Manegement from IIT Delhi and rank holder in MBA from CUSAT, Dr. Koshy has been also trained at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), Newyork in Fashion Marketing & Merchandising, and had founded the Fashion Management Department at NIFT, New Delhi.

Dr. Koshy is an acclaimed international speaker, author and Design Management Strategist for Fashion, Lifestyle, Retail industries. Dr. Koshy is currently on the Boards of ‘Future Lifestyle Fashions(FLF)’, ‘Lakme-IMG Fashion Week’, ‘Apparel & Home Furnishing Sectoral Skill Council’ and also an EC member of Apparel Export Promotion Council.

As the Director and Governing Council Member of the iconic National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad from 2000 to 2009, Dr. Koshy initiated and developed the National Design Policy which was approved by Govt. of India in 2007 apart from setting up NID’s R&D Campus in Bengaluru as well as the PG Campus in Gandhinagar during 2006-2008.

ATDC being the largest and most awarded Vocational Training institute for apparel sector, along with the Institute of Apparel Management (IAM) headed by Dr. Darlie Koshy as DG & CEO have set up over 200 directly run ATDC-AVI & ATDC-SMART centres across India in 23 states and have trained over 2,00,000 Candidates while creating an eco-system to “Target-Train-Transform” by “Imparting Skills & Improving Lives”.

 

Alexander Shumsky

Alexander Shumsky

Executive President of Russian Fashion Council (since 2014)

President of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia (since 2000)

President of Artefact Group (since 1995)

Studied Journalism at Moscow State University.

In early 90s reported for the biggest national newspapers and magazines. Then launched a few publishing and media projects, produced a number of TV shows.

1995: Founded Artefact Communications Agency, the leading Russian PR company in FMCG, fashion and luxury fields. Artefact Group operates a number of companies including Artefact Communications Agency, Premium Media Agency, Fashion Trading Ltd., Esper Research Ltd.

2000: Launched the first seasonal fashion week in Russia called Russian Pret-a-porter Week. In 2002 it was renamed to Russian Fashion Week. In 2011 RFW signed Mercedes-Benz as a title sponsor and it was renamed Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia. Since 2011 it is marketed by IMG Fashion, the global leader in fashion and event marketing.

2011-2012: Co-produced localized TV-series Project Runway at MTV Russia, one season.

2013-2014: Produced a number of TV programs at Russia 24, national news channel.

2014: Co-produced World Summit of Creative Industries in Moscow.

2014: Launched Open Russian Fashion, the international trade expo program supporting Russian fashion designers and manufacturers.

2014: Founded Russian Fashion Council, non-commercial organization which mission is to develop Russian fashion industry. Russian Fashion Council works closely with Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia, Office of Mayor of Moscow and other governmental structures. On the global level Russian Fashion Council collaborates with China Fashion Association, Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana etc.

2014-2015: Co-produced the annual Russian Textile and Apparel Forum, founded in Moscow by Ministry of Industry and Trade.

2015: Executive producer of Mirror To The Soul, the first Virtual Reality fashion documentary in history, filmed during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia.

2016: Founded Fashion Futurum Initiative – international conference that became a meeting place for more than 40 international experts. It served as an excellent starting point for the development of another innovative project associated with technologies in fashion – FashionNet.

Anurag Asthana

Anurag Asthana

Career : 1995 – 2016

Key Assignments :

  1. Levi Strauss & Co. : worked mostly on the supply chain side and led various projects :
  • Brought focus on denim production in the sub continent for LS & Co. Set up Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka as key sourcing hubs apart from India.
  • Grew tops in South Asia for LS & Co and increased significance of Pakistan, Bangladesh , Sri Lanka apart from India in the product and source mix. December 2007 – May 2011.
  • Grew South Asia as the key sourcing hub for LS & Co as Director Product Development & Sourcing for South Asia : June 2011 – March 2014 .
  • Contributed to the framing of the Global Sourcing Model
  • Worked closely on product launches :
  • Khadi Denims
  • Entry Level price Point Denims for Levi’s India : MFL ( My First Levi’s)
  • Curve ID
  • Revel

2. Puma: 2014 – 2015 : Head of Sourcing – South Asia

3. Myntra: Since March 2015 : Vice President Product Development & Sourcing . Leading and structuring the Product Supply Chain to cater to the emerging e-commerce eco system. Driving convergence of fashion and cutting edge technology to increase efficiency of process, optimise speed to market and increase consumer focus.

 

 

Mike Fralix

Mike Fralix

Dr. Mike Fralix has worked in a variety of capacities at [TC]² and has provided guidance to hundreds of companies.  With 39 years of experience in manufacturing, research and development, and operations and corporate management, he leads [TC]²’s initiatives to develop next-generation supply chain technologies, and work with companies to implement currently available technologies and business processes.

In addition to overseeing [TC]²’s strategic direction, Dr. Fralix speaks globally on a variety of topics and helps deliver programs and services to the fashion industry.  These topics include 3D product development, sizing for fit, virtual dressing, online shopping, additive manufacturing, re-shoring, lean systems, sustainable technologies, and the digital supply chain.

He holds BS degrees in Applied Mathematics and Philosophy from North Carolina State University, an MBA from Duke University and a Ph.D. in Technology Management from N.C. State University.  In 2009 he was appointed an Adjunct Associate Professor at N.C. State University and was named Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 2013.

Dr. Fralix is also active in several industry organizations.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of: AAFA-American Apparel & Footwear Assoc., AFMA-American Fiber Manufacturers Assoc., SPESA-Sewn Products Equipment and Suppliers of the Americas, IAF-International Apparel Federation, CCAA-Caribbean-Central American Action, AAFA Education Foundation, YMA-Fashion Scholarship Fund, and the Georgia Soft Goods Education Foundation.  And, he was recognized at the OIA (Outdoor Industry Association) Thought Leader’s Dinner in January 2013.

Dr. Fralix’s key believes that tomorrow’s industry leaders are going to thrive through the use of digital technologies and processes that are integrated across continents. From product development to delivery and logistics, these companies will implement systems that: enable the shortest cycle time from concept to market, provide the most rapid and efficient response to consumer demand, and offer the best value for the investment.

Vonita Samtani

Vonita Samtani

Vonita Samtani is the Vice President, Strategic Channel Partners at WGSN (World Global Style Network). WGSN is the world leading trend authority, serving the fashion and creative industries. WGSN enables their clients to make better decisions about the products they design, produce and sell by enhancing their creativity and reducing their risk. WGSN has its Asian HQ in Hong Kong along with strategic hubs in New York and London incorporating a network of experts and specialists.

Drawing on over 20 years of experience gained in business development within publishing and media having working in Asia, the US and Europe, Vonita has successfully managed and grown diverse, multifaceted partnerships and client base throughout her career.

Vonita holds a Master of Business Administration from McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management.

Claudio Grotto

Claudio Grotto

Founder and President of Grotto Spa, Claudio Grotto is the driving force behind the GAS brand. Grotto started early with a passion for business and fashion, learning the ropes from the family retail business and the basics of fashion from his mother, owner of a haberdashery.  After he came of age, he started to follow, almost for fun, music public relations which gave him a lifelong taste for young, hip fashion. Realizing that traditional clothes could never express youth culture, he gave his mother’s shop an extreme makeover and started selling jeans. Not content with what the market offered, in the early 70s he started on his entrepreneurial adventure setting an artisanal workshop where he could express his passion for denim at 360°. Some years later he set up the company Grotto in which all the phases of production are focused on creating collections with a denim heart, aimed at consumers in search of original, quality garments that are also functional and versatile. By 1984 he made his dream come true with the launch of the GAS collection. Since then the GAS brand has continued to expand and evolve on an international level bringing its style and its values in the major markets worldwide.