Speakers and other joining experts (2018)

Heinz Zeller

Hugo Boss 

Prof. José Teunissen

London College of Fashion 

Robert Antoshak

Olah Inc. 

Phil Hadridge


Rolf Heimann

hessnatur Stiftung 

Dorothy Lovell


Chinky Tyagi


Tobias Herzog


Sanjeev Bahl


René Bethmann


Matthijs Crietee


Thomas Schäfer

Dr. Thomas Schäfer

bluesign academy 

Kuo Shih Yun


Karla Magruder

Fabrikology International 

Paolo Foglia


Francoise Adler

Luzern University 

Tom Schneider

ISA Tantec 


Luke M. Haverhals

Natural Fiber Welding 

Allison Tate


Ina Budde


Charlotte Turner



Christina Raab

Dr. Christina Raab


Dr. Rainer Hengstmann

Dr. Reiner Hengstmann


Mauro Scalia


André Matthes

Dr. André Matthes

Technical University Chemnitz 

Jonas Larsson

Science Park Borås  

Prof. Dr. Gunnar Seide

Maastricht University  

Theotonius Gomes

Auxiliary Bishop, Dhaka 

Edward Barnes, PhD.

Cotton Incorporated 

Steffen Kohl

Smit & Zoon 

Caroline Ledl


Holger Cebulla

Prof. Dr. Holger Cebulla

Chemnitz University of Technology 

Marlen Gabriele Arnold

Prof. Dr. Marlen G. Arnold

Chemnitz University of Technology 

Katja Schneider

Chemnitz University of Technology 


Speakers and other joining experts (2017 edition)

Ronald Gerbeth

Südwolle Group

Product Manager

[simple_tooltip content='”We are spinning yarn out of wool and many other natural fibres, for more than 50 years. Being connected to natural resources, we are aware of our environmental responsibility. At the same time we recognize a global change of mind and a growing demand and awareness for sustainable concepts at every stage of the production. This change will accelerate and transform the global textile business. We aim to be in a leading position in our industry which needs investments, flexibility, reliable partners and networks.”‘][/simple_tooltip]

Giuseppe Gherzi

Giuseppe Gherzi


Managing Partner

[simple_tooltip content='”Sustainability in combination with digitalization and a modern E-education will transform the textile industry in the next years completely.”‘][/simple_tooltip]

Simone Seisl

Simone Seisl

Textile Exchange 

Special Projects – TE Ambassador and Consultant – Materials

[simple_tooltip content='”After so many years in the global fashion industry I now enjoy having an external supporters role while remaining very close to the decision makers
and staff involved. As a consultant and as an ambassador for the global NGO Textile Exchange I aim for real and systematic change in our industry where resource friendly product innovations and circular business models can make responsible consumption common practice.”‘][/simple_tooltip]

James Carnahan

James Carnahan


Global Sustainability Manager

[simple_tooltip content='”We all have a collective responsibility to ensure our products are safe to use and have a minimal, or even a positive impact on the environment in their manufacture, use and eventual disposal. Future generations will judge their forbears as to whether this responsibility has been met, as they will have to bear the consequences of our inactivity.
We often get wrapped up in our daily lives and feel that the task is insurmountable, it is not, but it does take courage to make a conscious decision to make a change and take action as an individual. It is not somebody else’s problem – it is ours.
The journey often starts with education in the sharing of alternative methods that challenge and move the status quo towards an improved position. It is the implementation, however, of these methods that makes the difference.”‘][/simple_tooltip]

Dr. Gunther Duschek


Global Head of Research & Development, Health, Safety, Quality and Environment (HSQE)

[simple_tooltip content='”Today sustainability can be a driving force behind innovations, so more environmentally friendly technologies are developed and also accepted by the market for mutual benefit. As an example new, more environmentally friendly high-performance water-repellent agents have been developed as a sustainable alternative to fluorocarbon polymers, which were used for water-repellent finishes in the past. This change can only be managed if chemical industry, textile-applications and brands accept the challenge and learn to cooperate by adjusting their ways of manufacturing.”‘][/simple_tooltip]

Carlo Centonze


CEO HeiQ Group & Co-founder

[simple_tooltip content='”Sustainability is very important to us. It is where I started my professional career and it is the principle on which my co-founder and I built our company HeiQ on. Innovation, sustainability and performance are at the heart of HeiQ’s DNA. We have developed a full range of high-performance textile effects in the past decade and have repeatedly been proven to be one step ahead in sustainability; in 2010 we launched Oilguard, a clean-tech product for beach protection during oil spills, and were awarded for it with the prestigious Swiss Technology Award and the European Environmental Press Award. In 2012, we were one of the first players to pioneer in fluorine-free durable water-repellent (DWR) technologies, and in 2015 we launched a CO2 and water saving polyester dyeing accelerator. We plan to continue developing innovative, sustainable technologies and are happy to see that sustainability, once a pioneer’s mindset, is fast becoming the goal and standard for the global textile industry. It’s important that we work towards this goal and educate ourselves and our stakeholders, to make textiles a cleaner industry than it currently is.”‘][/simple_tooltip]

Dr. André Matthes

Technische Universität Chemnitz 

Head of natural fabrics and sustainability + Deputy head of the chair

[simple_tooltip content='”Everything we encounter leaves traces behind. Everything contributes imperceptibly to our education.”
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’][/simple_tooltip]

Benjamin Itter


Co-Founder & CEO Lebenskleidung

[simple_tooltip content='”It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”
— Jiddu Krisnamurti

“Sustainability is not a trend. It is a necessity. We have to re-think the way we are doing business and the way we are consuming.”‘][/simple_tooltip]

Prof. Dr. Jochen Strähle

straehle.netReutlingen University, Xi’an Polytechnic University 

Professor for International Fashion Management

[simple_tooltip content='”Sustainable fashion consumption starts with the consumer. It is a necessity to understand his behavior, demands, and needs. Without these insights, technological innovations run the risk of not being accept by the end-consumers.”‘][/simple_tooltip]

Stefan Thumm

Bavarian/southwestgerman textile and apparel association 

Coordinator for Innovation, Environment and Technology VTB/SWT/Gesamtmasche
AFBW (Allianz Faserbasierte Werkstoffe Baden-Württemberg e.V.)
SWT (Verband der Südwestdeutschen Textil- und Bekleidungsindustrie – Südwesttextil e.V.)

[simple_tooltip content='”Interdisciplinary thinking is the key to sustainable products and processes.
In the case of technical textiles, the European textile industry is today an innovation engine for the entire economy. The thinking that has enabled this success is also the sustainability driving force behind the entire textile industry and beyond.”‘][/simple_tooltip]

Dr. Pamela Ravasio

The European Outdoor Group 

IDP-C, Head of CSR & Sustainability; Chair FESI Sustainability Committee, Winner Observer Ethical Award 2011

[simple_tooltip content='”A sustainable textile industry, is one that is

  • – able to exist successfully
  • – within the given operating space
  • – at any given time.

Our operating space, as an industry, and as humanity, is shrinking rapidly.
My vision for the future is that as textile industry we are able to re-invent and innovate ourselves. I would like us to develop into the trail blazers that are needed to both create and thrive, in the world of 2100 and beyond.”‘][/simple_tooltip]

Daniel Probst

Verwegener & Trefflich 

Founder / Innovation-Strategy-Consultant and Facilitator

[simple_tooltip content='”In a rapidly changing world, innovation facilitators bear responsibility not just to accelerate the game, but to make sure that new ideas are sustainable – for our clients’ business, for their customers and the environment. We are looking for innovation strategies that go beyond the short-term numbers, and create sustainable value.”‘][/simple_tooltip]

Minimal Viable Innovation System (PDF, 3.5 Mb)

Heinrich Becker

Miles GmbH 

Senior Manager Quality

[simple_tooltip content='”Fashion is changing rapidly and the overall apparel consumption is huge. It is obvious that we need to strive for constant improvements to minimize their impact on the environment. This refers to production and the life cycle of textiles equally.”‘][/simple_tooltip]

Marsha Dickson

University of Delaware 

Co-Director of Sustainable Apparel Initiative / Irma Ayers Professor of Human Services

[simple_tooltip content='”Sometimes it is forgotten that sustainability involves people as well as the environmental initiatives aimed at preserving our planet. Worker rights are human rights and we need to ensure those are achieved. Doing so doesn’t just involve requiring factories to abide by codes of conduct. It requires buyers (brands and retailers) look in the mirror and understand and lessen the contributions their business practices have down the supply chain to the factory floor.”‘][/simple_tooltip]

Phil Patterson

Phil Patterson

Colour Connections 

Managing Director

[simple_tooltip content='”To significantly improve the environment we have to make significant improvements to existing mainstream textile production and make those improvements quickly. We cannot continue to hide behind pilot studies of ‘perfection’ that will not be scalable until it is too late. Making improvements is easy – getting senior executives to implement easy changes throughout their entire operations is difficult.”‘][/simple_tooltip]

Karla Magruder

Fabrikology International 

Textile Consultant

[simple_tooltip content='”Our goal is clear enough: sustainability. But to achieve our goal we will have to integrate our big dreams, some very hard work, and solid science into every business, every non-profit, and every governmental organization.”‘][/simple_tooltip]

Dr. Mark Sumner

Uni. of Leeds – School of Design 

Lecturer: Sustainability, Fashion & Retail at University of Leeds

Marina Chahboune

Hess Natur-Textilien GmbH 

Senior Project Manager Responsibility

[simple_tooltip content='”With an ever increasing world population, shortage of resources ahead and valuable raw materials ending up on landfill, the currently practiced linear economical model of „take, make, dispose“ is no longer acceptable.
The only way to make positive change, everyone involved in the fashion industry – from consumers to brands and producers – needs to fully integrate sustainable methods and thinking within their actions.”‘][/simple_tooltip]

Dr. Reiner Hengstmann


Founder go4more, CSR, Sustainability, Supply Chain Management, Project Management

[simple_tooltip content='”Without a well coordinated and connected sustainable approach within the entire textile value chain this world oldest branch of consumer goods production will not sustain.”‘][/simple_tooltip]

Assad Farooq

Dr. Assad Farooq

University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan 

Assistant Professor & Incharge / Department of Fibre & Textile Technology

[simple_tooltip content='”Sustainable textiles begin with sustainable materials which mean, any natural resource which is already limitedly available in atmosphere that is used in the manufacturing of any kind of synthetic fiber can be avoided. Sustainability in terms of textile can be achieved by adequate water use, as poor water management and governance practices are deteriorating water quantity & quality, thus creating serious social and economic repercussions. Usage of low impact/organic dyes can be promoted. Energy consumption is required to keep at a minimum level. Identifying leakages are important and necessary.”‘][/simple_tooltip]

Markus Reichwein

Markus Reichwein

œrlikon barmag 

Senior Manager, Business Development

[simple_tooltip content='”Creating value through sustainability is a mayor target in the Textile Industry today. The value is versatile, it can be achieved through sustainable production processes by means of efficient machines and with the help of smart data as well as basing on recycled or bio based raw materials and closed loop recycling of the textile value chain. My focus is to push for the optimum combination to reach sustainability at its best value.”‘][/simple_tooltip]

Miriam Böttcher

Miriam Böttcher


Research and Development

[simple_tooltip content='”For me sustainability is an attitude to life. We should appreciate and save our environment so that also our neighbour can have a satisfied life. Sustainability is a important foundation for that.”‘][/simple_tooltip]

Wolfgang Höhn

Wolfgang Höhn


Expert Business Development Textile Auxiliaries

[simple_tooltip content='”The textile industry is one of the most waste water intense industry segments if not the most waste water relevant one at all worldwide.
Therefore there is hardly a kind of industry known which needs more to consider and to take care for measures providing sustainability in terms of the aquatic environment.
It can be confidentially achieved only by a well organized company concept comprising permanently optimized methods of production integrated waste water minimization, effluent clearing and waste water recycling as a crucial part of the holistic environmental management within the textile industry, importance of which permanently increases over the years.”‘][/simple_tooltip]

Perrin Akcakoca

Prof. Dr. E. Perrin Akçakoca Kumbasar

Ege University Izmir

Head of textile finishing division at Ege University – Textile Engineering Department

[simple_tooltip content='”We have to care tomorrow of our childeren so sustainable textile production is too important. With the sustainable textile production we can save natural sources. Let’s learn together and teach sustainability to textile students and companies…”‘][/simple_tooltip]

Lars Fassmann

Lars Fassmann


Mario Geißler

JProf. Dr. Mario Geißler

Chemnitz University of Technology 

[simple_tooltip content='”Put the human in the centre and create businesses that serve them in every aspect.”‘][/simple_tooltip]

Mauro Scalia

Mauro Scalia


Head of Sustainable Business Euratex

[simple_tooltip content='”Sustainability is the new quality.
High-quality is not just enough for many companies today and for even less tomorrow. Sustainability is what differentiates a company from its competitors and what a growing part of the population expects to find it in a product.”‘][/simple_tooltip]

Charmaine Nuguid



Corporate Citizenship and Responsibility Advocate/Practitioner, Sustainable/Ethical Supply Chains, Projects Manager

[simple_tooltip content='”We are only recently understanding the full scope of the impact of the textile and related industries on human beings worldwide. Though the impact on garment workers is well documented and the main focus of nearly all campaigns, the impacts on the local communities of raw materials sourcing and workers in the textile processing sector is just coming to the surface. Unlike heavy industries, textiles has always had a more intimate relationship with the people that use it, which I hope drives a greater engagement from us from farmers all the way to consumers.”‘][/simple_tooltip]

Prof. Dr. Michael Braungart

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University

[simple_tooltip content='”It’s more than just sustainability. It’s about positively defined textiles: all components need to be optimized to be useful in the biosphere or in the technosphere. Only then, true innovation and holistic quality is possible.”‘][/simple_tooltip]

Dr. Heike Illing-Günther

Dr. Heike Illing-Günther

Sächsisches Textilforschungsinstitut e.V. (STFI) 

Research Director

Robert van de Kerkhof

Robert van de Kerkhof

Lenzing AG 

Chief Commercial Officer, Member of the Management Board

[simple_tooltip content='”The textile industry is a growth industry, but natural resources to support this growth are limited. Therefore a clear focus on sustainability by each player in the value chain is key. Education and leadership are essential to achieve a positive change. At Lenzing, we are committed to both.”‘][/simple_tooltip]

Antje Mehlhorn

Zschimmer & Schwarz Mohsdorf GmbH & Co KG 

Head of Application Technology / Textile Auxiliaries Division

[simple_tooltip content='”Textile auxiliaries help establish a sustainable textile industry by synergizing ecological, economic and social measures. This will be accomplished by means of environmentally friendly chemicals made of sustainable raw materials, processes that reduce emissions, save energy and water/wastewater consumption as well, and the reduction of hazards for workers and users.
With the Eco logic! product line, we supply products and process solutions that contribute to sustainable development in the textile sector, combining profitability and company success with environmental conservation. Eco logic! – Because Eco is more than just a word.”‘][/simple_tooltip]

Javier Goyeneche

Javier Goyeneche


Presidente, Fundador de ECOALF

[simple_tooltip content='”FASHION CANNOT JUST BE ABOUT LOOKING GOOD”‘][/simple_tooltip]

Yves-Simon Gloy

Dr. Yves-Simon Gloy

Managing Scientific Director, Sächsisches Textiforschungsinstitut (STFI) 

Head of Division Textile Machinery/Production Technologies + Member of the Management at the Institut für Textiltechnik der RWTH Aachen University

[simple_tooltip content='”In My Vision – A Sustainable Textile Industry: Textiles are a key enabling technology for a sustainable world. There will be a complete cycle for the use of textile based materials. Resources during production and the final use of textiles are realized at a physical possible minimum.
Textile production takes place in a human-centered working condition. Innovative textile solutions help to achieve sustainability in various fields of application. Finally, customers are proud to buy and use sustainable materials.”‘][/simple_tooltip]

Lorenz Wied

Mag. Lorenz Wied, MBA

Lorenz Wied Consulting GmbH 

Specialist in Positioning

[simple_tooltip content='”Textiles & Fashion are around us almost our entire life. Eco-compatible, socially fair & sound value chains are our duty to create fashion – showing us in our best way & being compatible with our biggest organ – the skin. Fashion has an important influence on our well-being. Let’s wear sustainable fashion longer.”‘][/simple_tooltip]

Maja Kuko

Maja Kuko


Project Manager New Work

[simple_tooltip content='”Let´s not just decide to act sustainably, but also rethink the way we would like to achieve it! Visions and big ideas only work out if we start to develop solutions together with real people instead of creating it all alone in our offices. All we have to do is to bring together the right people with the right attitude and create the right surrounding. The rest will follow.”‘][/simple_tooltip]

Robert Mothes

Robert Mothes

Sächsisches Textilforschungsinstitut e.V. (STFI) 

Scientific Assistant / Project coordination futureTEX

[simple_tooltip content='”Sustainability means to sketch innovative processes and product ideas from the start in a way that a later recycling is based on efficiency and separation of materials in terms of a closed-loop economy. This requires that all parties involved along the value-added chain come together at an early stage to discuss a sustainable, recycling-based design.”‘][/simple_tooltip]

Gerwin Leppink

Gerwin Leppink

Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) 

EU Consultant

[simple_tooltip content='”Social Compliance: Beyond “Comply or Die”

Social compliance in the apparel sector is moving away from the old “comply or die” model to one that emphasizes greater collaboration and sustainable management systems, where here is a high level of transparency and trust among all parties in the supply chain and where continuous improvement, engagement and sustainable business practices are the norm.”‘][/simple_tooltip]

Clay Hickson

Clay Hickson

Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) 

Vice President, Strategy & Business Development

[simple_tooltip content='”Sometimes it is forgotten that sustainability involves people as well as the environmental initiatives aimed at preserving our planet. Worker rights are human rights and we need to ensure those are achieved. Doing so doesn’t just involve requiring factories to abide by codes of conduct. It requires buyers (brands and retailers) look in the mirror and understand and lessen the contributions their business practices have down the supply chain to the factory floor.”‘][/simple_tooltip]

Holger Cebulla

Prof. Dr. Holger Cebulla

Chemnitz University of Technology 

Professorship Textile Technologies

[simple_tooltip content='”We humans – no matter which background we come from – have to understand that only a life in balance with nature is a life worth living, especially for the future generations yet to come. Sustainability is part of living a balanced life with, in and around nature. Our thinking has to change from wanting, expecting and taking into supporting, helping, training, repairing and giving…
If all of us can say in a few years that these three thinking patterns have been erased and replaced by those five new thinking and living habits, then we all have been truly successful in living a life of sustainability.”‘][/simple_tooltip]

Thomas Schäfer

Dr. Thomas Schäfer

bluesign academy 

Managing Director

[simple_tooltip content='”Consistent und continuous actions transform knowledge into solutions.”‘][/simple_tooltip]

Mark Temme

Mark Temme


Director, Business Development Germany and Central Europe

[simple_tooltip content='”There is no alternative to sustainability. Everyone in the business of especially consumer products should prioritize it in it´s vison and goals. Business needs a return on investment related to sustainability as well without compromising the fundamentals of responsibility.”‘][/simple_tooltip]

Peter Bartsch

Peter Bartsch


Sustainability Director

[simple_tooltip content='”For the Lenzing Group, sustainability is a core value and the guiding light for innovation. Ultimately, sustainability is an outcome of how well we conduct business and make day-to-day decisions in different business functions. I am convinced that a holistic approach and collaboration along the value chain will increasingly make a difference in an ever changing business environment.”‘][/simple_tooltip]

Marlen Gabriele Arnold

Prof. Dr. Marlen G. Arnold

Chemnitz University of Technology 

Professorship Corporate Environmental Management

[simple_tooltip content='”The principles of a sustainable development are about managing, producing and living within human systems by respecting the ecological and social limits of carrying capacity. Moreover, sustainability is about culture and business models. Only by focusing on the whole value chain and all value-added phases there will be transition in fashion and textile industry.”‘][/simple_tooltip]

Traci Kinden

Traci Kinden

Circle Economy 

Project Manager Circle Textiles Programme

[simple_tooltip content='”The textiles industry is arguably the most lucrative, creative, consumer facing industry on earth, and we believe it has the power to change the world. By collaborating to create a truly circular supply chain, we will reclaim the human, economic, and natural value lost in today’s linear system.”‘][/simple_tooltip]

Dr. M. M. Hundekar

Dr. M. M. Hundekar

School of Fashion Technology, Pune 


[simple_tooltip content='”Our thinking of modernity should encompass the respect for the tradition of recycling and upcyling, value for resources and efforts for social well being and better livelihood.
In a way thinking and acting towards sustainability to achieve more benefits from less investment for more people.”‘][/simple_tooltip]

Georg Dieners

Georg Dieners


Secretary General

[simple_tooltip content='”It is imperative for the textile industry to take ownership of our impact on the environment and society now and not wait until consumers demand it of us. As an industry, we must learn how to achieve sustainable production through education and productive discussion. I am confident that sustainable manufacturing practices soon will be widely adopted by the industry and become the standard for all. Then even more people will be able to trust our industry to make the best decisions with respect to people and planet.”‘][/simple_tooltip]


Laura Walin

Laura Walin

European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) 

Scientific Officer,
REACH 2018 Programme Manager + Roadmap Coordinator

[simple_tooltip content='”Sustainability is interwoven into REACH, the generic European legislation regulating the manufacture, import and use of chemicals. For example, the REACH processes support providing better information on chemicals through the whole supply chain and substitution of most harmful chemicals, resulting in protection of human health and the environment.”‘][/simple_tooltip]

Helene Smits

Hélène Smits


Business development manager

[simple_tooltip content='”For me sustainability in textiles is all about closing the loop, circularity. This means making new textiles out of old textiles, producing textiles in a clean and smart way, and changing the way we consume.”‘][/simple_tooltip]

Sabine Nowak

Sabine Nowak

Five Elements Capital Ltd. 

Managing Partner

[simple_tooltip content='”Enabling mankind’s sustainable living on the planet is one of the greatest responsibilities and challenges of our times.”‘][/simple_tooltip]

Edward Fernando

Edward Fernando

Greenkeepers (Pvt) Ltd. 

Founder and CEO

[simple_tooltip content='”In the end, our society will be defined not only by what we create, but by what we refuse to destroy.”
– John C Sawhill’][/simple_tooltip]

Christina Raab

Dr. Christina Raab

ZDHC Programme | ZDHC Foundation

Implementation Director

[simple_tooltip content='”The entry points into sustainability along the textile value chain are many. Collaboration, innovation and transparency are throughout key to achieving meaningful sustainability improvements and scalable impact. Integrated environmental management practices can help make a compelling business case for all value chain partners to embark on the sustainability journey.”‘][/simple_tooltip]

Auret van Heerden

Auret van Heerden



Friederike von Wedel-Parlow

Friederike von Wedel-Parlow

Beneficial Design Institute

Director and Founder

[simple_tooltip content='”Fashion, textiles and products touch us, move and create identity. Fashion and design are the driving force behind change beyond their own industries. We use this power of transformation for a positive cultural change in our world.”‘][/simple_tooltip]


Joana Lisa Braun

Joana Lisa Braun

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