Global Fashion Agenda’s Impact Initiatives

Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) is a non-profit organisation that fosters industry collaboration on sustainability in fashion to accelerate impact.

Our mission & vision

Our vision is to accelerate the fashion industry towards a net positive industry for people and the planet. An industry that puts back more into society, the environment, and the global economy than it takes out.

To drive this change and spark action, we’re on a mission to mobilise, inspire, influence and educate all stakeholders.

We have been leading the sustainability movement since 2009 and are behind the renowned international forum on sustainability in fashion, Global Fashion Summit, the Innovation Forum, thought leadership publications including Fashion CEO Agenda and Fashion on Climate and impact programmes including the Circular Fashion Partnership.

Why GFA exists

The fashion industry is one of the largest, most resource intensive industries. It is a powerful engine for global growth and development.

The apparel and footwear industry accounted for some 2.1 billion tonnes of CO2 emissions in 2018, about 4% of the global total. For context, this is the same quantity of CO2 per year as the economies of France, Germany, and the United Kingdom combined. The global apparel market is projected to grow in value from 1.5 trillion USD in 2020 to about 2.25 trillion USD dollars by 2025, and it employs 60+ million people along its value chain; of which 80% are women. Widespread negative social implications within its supply chain such as the challenges in human rights, raising social standards and eliminating forced labour are all too familiar issues.

With global garment production to increase by 63% by 2030 – the equivalent of 500 billion shirts – the current business model of the fashion industry is unsustainable and needs to change to align with the Sustainable Development Goals.

We can form a thriving industry that creates prosperity for people and communities, reverses climate change and protects biodiversity. For this to happen, action is required now.

Our Team

    Federica Marchionni

    Chief Executive Officer

    Federica Marchionni

    Chief Executive Officer

    Federica Marchionni is the Chief Executive Officer at Global Fashion Agenda (GFA). Marchionni is responsible for accelerating the growth of the organisation and building on its solid ten-year foundation based on a collective commitment to make sustainability fashion’s first priority. 

    Marchionni leads on elevating the organisation’s prestigious forums including Copenhagen Fashion Summit and CFS+, continuing the publication of reputable thought leadership, and propelling its advocacy efforts. All led with the ultimate vision to foster a thriving fashion industry that creates prosperity for all people and communities by working within planetary boundaries, reversing its impact on climate change, and protecting biodiversity. Before joining GFA, Marchionni attained leadership roles in Europe, USA, and China. Most recently, the role of International CEO of Secoo, a Chinese e-commerce platform and one of the largest online luxury retailers in China. Prior to Secoo, she was CEO and Board Director at Lands’ End and President of Dolce&Gabbana Inc., based in New York. Her career began in the telecommunication industry in Italy, working for global players such as Samsung, Philips, and Ericsson. Marchionni graduated from La Sapienza University with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, studied in France and the U.K., and speaks 4 languages. Marchionni regularly speaks at conferences and top academic institutions including Harvard and Stanford University, Fortune MPW Summit.

    Federica@globalfashionagenda.org

    Jonas Eder-Hansen

    Chief Operating Officer

    Jonas Eder-Hansen

    Chief Operating Officer

    Jonas Eder-Hansen is the Chief Operating Officer at Global Fashion Agenda (GFA). Jonas is responsible for designing and implementing policies that drive GFA and its stakeholders to reach a net positive fashion industry. Jonas oversees GFA’s operations, public affairs and educational activities, including Global Fashion Summit - the leading international forum for sustainability in fashion. With more than ten years of tenure at GFA, Jonas has deep insights in driving industry change. Recently, Jonas spearheaded GFA’s increased strategic focus on engaging policymakers to accelerate the fashion industry’s urgent transition to a circular economy. Since 2017 Jonas sits on the Board of Directors of Sustainable Apparel Coalition representing affiliate members of the industry-wide multi-stakeholder initiative. Jonas was formerly Development Director for Danish Fashion Institute. Prior to that, he was Research Director at Copenhagen Business School’s Centre for Sustainability.

    jonas@globalfashionagenda.org

    Alice Roberta Taylor

    Chief of Staff

    Alice Roberta Taylor

    Chief of Staff

    Alice Roberta Taylor is Chief of Staff at Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) which is a non-profit organisation that mobilises, educates and inspires the industry to improve its sustainability performance. In her role she works closely with the leadership team on strategic project delivery and stakeholder management. She also leads communications for GFA - working to raise awareness about the organisation’s initiatives and communicate its vision of a net positive fashion industry. Taylor has a combination of in-house and agency communications experience related to fashion, sustainability, media and retail. She first joined GFA in 2019. Prior to this, she managed the publicity for Hearst UK in London for established media brands including ELLE UK and Harper’s Bazaar. She also managed the PR for multiple retail and hospitality clients at Stripe Communications and led the PR for the renowned fundraising campaign Run For Heroes. She holds an MA (Hons) in History from The University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

    Alice@globalfashionagenda.org

    Dana Schou

    Director of Partnerships and Development

    Dana Schou

    Director of Partnerships and Development

    Dana Schou is Director of Partnerships and Development at Global Fashion Agenda, the foremost leadership forum for industry collaboration on sustainability in fashion. In her role, Schou leads the organisation’s development strategy to mobilise and guide industry leaders to take bold and urgent action on sustainability. Schou has experience in collaborating with foundations, philanthropists and corporations on strategic programmes and partnerships. Formerly a Director within the Partnerships and Philanthropy Directorate at the United Nations Children Fund, Schou spent 10 years in global marketing and communications for numerous Louis Vuitton-Moët Hennessy (LVMH) brands. She is passionate about bringing people and organisations together to create change. Schou sits on several non-profit boards focusing on female empowerment topics such as maternal health and microfinance. She is a speaker, facilitator, assessor and ambassador at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and has lectured at ESSEC, IE Business School and University of Geneva on sustainability communications, cause marketing, gender equality and cross-sector partnerships.

    Dana@globalfashionagenda.org

    Sanjana Chopra

    Senior Commercial Manager

    Sanjana Chopra

    Senior Commercial Manager

    Sanjana Chopra is an experienced strategist in the fashion industry with over eight years of experience giving her an in-depth understanding on the fashion business supply chains. She has a proven track record of defining new business and product strategies, launching strategic partnerships and delivering both revenue and impact. Her journey to becoming a global professional in the industry first began in Paris with a successful global runway fashion brand showcasing at Paris Fashion Week and managed sales distribution for over 200+ premium segment retailers worldwide. She carried forward her lessons from the broader International markets to work for Fashion Design Council of India, a not-for profit organisation and eventually progressed into her entrepreneurial journey based in New Delhi as a strategic consultant to Indian Fashion Brands such as Suket Dhir, winner of International Woolmark Prize Menswear 2016. Over the years, she has worked within the sales and marketing for International Fashion brands showcasing at International Fashion Weeks (France, Denmark, Japan, China, USA, Qatar and India). Chopra is a graduate of the University of Delhi, India, where she earned an honors degree in Sociology from Lady Shri Ram College for women and ESMOD Paris, France, where she earned her master’s degree in Management and Marketing in Fashion & Arts.

    Sanjana@globalfashionagenda.org

    Maria Luisa Martínez Díez

    Public Affairs Director

    Maria Luisa Martínez Díez

    Public Affairs Director

    Maria Luisa Martínez Díez is Public Affairs Director at Global Fashion Agenda. She is responsible for strengthening, developing, and executing GFA’s Policy Engagement Strategy. Her responsibilities are to ensure strategic engagement with relevant stakeholders and develop partnerships with key organisations. She also leads the partnership with the Policy Hub-Circularity for Apparel and Footwear. Martínez Díez is also a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition´s Strategic Council on Stakeholder Engagement. Martínez Díez joined Global Fashion Agenda as Senior Public Affairs Manager in September 2019. She holds a Master’s degree in EU politics and law from Sciences Po Paris and brings over 10 years of experience in Public Affairs first in Paris. Then in Brussels where she worked at namely the European Commission, the Regional Office of Madrid and the Brussels-based consultancy EURALIA where she was leading the agri-consumers department working in the fields of circular economy and sustainability in the supply chains including the fashion and food industries.

    marialuisa@globalfashionagenda.org

    Holly Syrett

    Impact Programmes & Sustainability Director

    Holly Syrett

    Impact Programmes & Sustainability Director

    Holly Syrett is the Impact Programmes & Sustainability Director at Global Fashion Agenda. Her responsibilities include contributing to the strategic mission and sustainability agenda, driving GFA’s impact programmes such as the Circular Fashion Partnership and ensuring strategic engagement with key stakeholders and partners. Holly Syrett joined Global Fashion Agenda as Senior Sustainability Manager in May 2020 to mobilise and guide the fashion industry to take bold action on sustainability by researching, project leading and writing new and existing GFA publications, commitments and reports such as the CEO Agenda. Syrett brings 10 years of experience working on sustainability and transparency programmes in the fashion industry for both public and professional audiences. Syrett is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, Climate Reality Leader and she holds a BA in Fashion and Branding from the Amsterdam Fashion Institute. As part of the Global Shapers’ Community, she co-founded the Shaping Fashion movement that is now active in 50+ cities worldwide.

    Holly@globalfashionagenda.org

    Felicity Lammas

    Sustainability Manager

    Felicity Lammas

    Sustainability Manager

    Felicity Lammas joined the Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) as a Sustainability Assistant in August 2020 to further pursue her interests in the sustainability field. In her role, she will be supporting the new and existing GFA reports and commitments including the CEO Agenda and the 2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment. Lammas is currently studying her undergraduate degree in Fashion Marketing BA (Ind) at the University of Leeds, England. Prior to joining GFA, Lammas completed a one-year placement at online retailer ASOS as the Sustainable Fashion Intern working across the Product Integrity, Circular Economy and Supply Chain teams. During the summer, Lammas also interned with the Material Innovation Initiative and the Open Apparel Registry.

    felicity@globalfashionagenda.org

    Faith Robinson

    Head of Content

    Faith Robinson

    Head of Content

    Faith is Head of Content at Global Fashion Agenda. After working internationally in the creative industries for a decade, she has developed a reputation for carefully mediating different approaches to sustainability in the context of the global fashion industry. Following an Art History BA and now an experimental masters in Degrowth: Ecology, Economics & Policy, Faith got started in research with London-based trends intelligence business Stylus before moving to Copenhagen in 2018. Alongside a fascinating breadth of cultural consultancy, she has collaborated with Global Fashion Agenda since then and joined her now permanent role in January 2023. Separately, Faith has worked on special projects as a business, non-profit, education and governmental advisor. She is a Fellow at the Royal Society of Arts and a member within a number of sustainable fashion industry research networks, editorial boards and mentorship programmes.

    faith@globalfashionagenda.com

    Maria Jæpelt Petersen

    (Maternity Leave) Head of Global Fashion Summit

    Maria Jæpelt Petersen

    (Maternity Leave) Head of Global Fashion Summit

    Maria Jæpelt Petersen is Head of Global Fashion Summit Petersen has worked with project management and communications in the fashion industry since 2012, first with Danish designer Vibe Johannsen and later at Copenhagen Fashion Week and Danish Fashion Institute. She holds a BA in Intercultural Market Communication and a Master’s in Management of Creative Business Processes, both from Copenhagen Business School. She wrote her master thesis on Danish Fashion Institute’s work with sustainability.

    maria@globalfashionagenda.org

    Signe Sidenius Duus

    Production Manager

    Signe Sidenius Duus

    Production Manager

    Signe Sidenius Duus is Senior Production Manager at Global Fashion Agenda (GFA). She is responsible for leading the planning and execution of all production-related aspects of Copenhagen Fashion Summit, and other events delivered by the company. Duus has been producing events and conferences within the culture, interior, and fashion industry since completing her studies in 2016/17. Duus first joined the GFA team in 2016, and alongside her roles in the production team, Duus, a former dancer, helped to ensure that the GFA team looked great when dancing on the Summit stage in 2019.

    Signe@globalfashionagenda.org

    Agumm Deng

    Event Project Coordinator

    Agumm Deng

    Event Project Coordinator

    Agumm joined the Global Fashion Agenda in January 2023 as an Event Project Coordinator, overseeing the logistics and operations for the Global Fashion Summit. The domains that shape her approach to work are project-, process-, and business-design. She works in coalescence with her passion for bringing beauty to life, and the goal of sharing knowledge, agendas, equity, and collaboration. Agumm left the Danish music industry as a Creative Project Manager to further explore large scale production and industry leadership. ‘I believe that the future leader (brands and people alike) are the ones with a deep understanding of what it means to create positive impact in harmony with communities, ecosystems, and bottom lines. There is a lot I won’t be doing in the world, but there is so much I will aim to create in endless, beautiful ways - and I will always choose to do so with people I admire and with methods based in equity and collaboration.’

    agumm@globalfashionagenda.com

    Malvika Venkatesh

    Summit Programme Coordinator

    Malvika Venkatesh

    Summit Programme Coordinator

    Malvika Venkatesh joined Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) as Summit Programme Coordinator in January 2023. In collaboration with the Impact and Production Team, she coordinates diverse content for the Global Fashion Summit and manages speakers to ensure effective collaboration and communication of the programme. Malvika is originally from North Carolina, USA where she completed her undergraduate B.A. degree in economics, sustainability, and data science at the University of North Carolina. With a keen interest in sustainability innovation within the fashion industry and the circular economy, Malvika hopes to facilitate the drive for collaborative change alongside GFA. Proven in her past and present work, she is committed to making sustainability a priority and is passionate about involving global communities.

    mv@globalfashionagenda.com

    Atiya Hyder

    Event Production Assistant

    Atiya Hyder

    Event Production Assistant

    Atiya Hyder joined Global Fashion Agenda as the Event Production Assistant and started in September 2022. She comes from Pakistan and completed her undergraduate degree in Textile Design with a specialization in handloom weaving. During her studies in Pakistan, she got selected to participate in Youth Fashion Summit 2018 organized by GFA. This inspired her to expand her knowledge and pursue her career in the world of sustainable fashion. She then forward with completing a Master in Textile Design, Innovation and Sustainability at Istituto Europeo di Design in Italy and has recently interned at Ethical Fashion Initiative, a UN programme where she was part of the Events and Communications team. Now she is excited to return to GFA to help organize the next Global Fashion Summit.

    ah@globalfashionagenda.com

    Christina Iskov

    Head of Innovation & Academy

    Christina Iskov

    Head of Innovation & Academy

    Christina Iskov is Head of Innovation & Academy at Global Fashion Agenda (GFA), where she manages the innovation team. She has oversight of several GFA programmes within the Global Partnerships function, including: Innovation Forum, Design Studio, Matchmaking and Youth Fashion Summit. Iskov has worked in the fashion industry for several years, both for Copenhagen Fashion Week and Danish Fashion Institute. She addresses sustainability issues by working with innovative and emerging solutions covering the supply chain. Iskov holds a Bachelor in Business Administration and Commercial Law from Copenhagen Business School and a Master in Design Management from the Danish Design School Kolding, where she wrote her thesis about GFA’s position in the fashion industry.

    christina@globalfashionagenda.org

    Ellie Savage

    Senior Innovation Programme Manager

    Ellie Savage

    Senior Innovation Programme Manager

    Ellie Savage is the Senior Innovation Programme Manager at Global Fashion Agenda (GFA). In her role she leads GFA’s Innovation Forum, working to drive strategic development and programming of innovation concepts. Fashion sustainability is a passion of hers and she uses her knowledge of the industry to drive change and aims to provide practical action. Savage joined GFA in April 2021 as Digital communications Manager and has a background in fashion and technology. She started her career in buying, working for two high street brands in the UK. Then worked at a technology start-up and gained professional marketing qualifications. Most recently she ran a marketing department at Unmade (a fashion technology start-up) and then ran communications on an EU-funded textile recycling project (New Cotton Project) at Fashion for Good in Amsterdam. She holds a BA (Hons) in Fashion at Northampton University, UK, and a Professional Marketing Diploma, from the Chartered Institute of Marketers, UK.

    Ellie@globalfashionagenda.org

    Maria Samsøe-Schmidt

    Innovation Programme Coordinator

    Maria Samsøe-Schmidt

    Innovation Programme Coordinator

    Maria Samsøe-Schmidt is Programme Coordinator of Innovation and GFA Academy at Global Fashion Agenda. In her role she leads and coordinates projects that aims to educate, inspire and accelerate sustainable action, such as the Matchmaking programme during Global Fashion Summit and Innovation Forum. Samsøe joined GFA (then Danish Fashion Institute) in 2017 as Business Development intern and continued on in various roles such as coordinating and facilitating the Innovation Forum, leading programme elements of Global Fashion Summit/CFS+, and handling commercial stakeholder management and global partnerships. As per January 2022, Samsøe rejoined the Innovation team. Samsøe is currently studying her postgraduate degree in MSc. in Management of Creative Business Processes at Copenhagen Business School. She holds a BA in Intercultural Marketing Communication and an AP degree in Global Entrepreneurship, Design & Logistics.

    Ms@globalfashionagenda.org

    Julia Signore

    Innovation Forum Coordinator

    Julia Signore

    Innovation Forum Coordinator

    Julia Signore is Innovation Forum Coordinator and joined Global Fashion Agenda in February 2022 after obtaining a master’s degree in Fashion Sustainability in Florence, Italy. Signore works in the Innovation Forum team and helps plan and execute the Innovation Forum with a special focus on the Matchmaking Programme, which connects companies with sustainable solution providers. She further supports the team to expand the GFA Academy and assists in the run-up to the Global Fashion Summit events and Innovation Forum activities.

    js@globalfashionagenda.org

    Constance Beswick

    Communications Manager

    Constance Beswick

    Communications Manager

    Constance Beswick is Communications Manager at Global Fashion Agenda. She joined in January 2021 as Communications Assistant whilst studying for her undergraduate degree in Social Anthropology MA (Hons) from The University of Edinburgh. She completed her dissertation on Intersectional Environmentalism, a movement for which she is a staunch advocate. Prior to joining GFA, Beswick has explored her passion for sustainability through a number of avenues such as freelance journalism work and an agricultural consultancy internship. Her most recent work with Sustainia, saw her explore innovative ways to implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals to drive positive change in businesses. Beswick has always been extremely invested in the power and promotion of sustainable fashion via compelling narratives and communications and looks forward to exploring this at GFA.

    Constance@globalfashionagenda.org

    Sara Thulesius

    Digital Communications Manager

    Sara Thulesius

    Digital Communications Manager

    Sara Thulesius is Digital Communications Manager at Global Fashion Agenda (GFA). In her role she works to raise awareness of GFA’s mission through digital channels. She manages digital communication and storytelling across all GFA events and projects. Thulesius joined GFA in April 2022 and has a background in project management, marketing, communications and sales. Her Master’s thesis project studied the replicability of lowsumerism business models in the fashion industry and Thulesius is passionate about sustainable transformation in general, and in the fashion industry in particular. She holds a BSc in Business and Economics at Lund University, Sweden, and a Master’s in Management of Creative Business processes from Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.

    Sara@globalfashionagenda.org

    Marcela Krivanova

    Communications Coordinator

    Marcela Krivanova

    Communications Coordinator

    Marcela Krivanova is a Communications Coordinator at Global Fashion Agenda who joined in August 2022 after completing her undergraduate degree in Design and Business with specialisation in Branding and Marketing Management. As part of the Communications team, Marcela assists in the execution of GFA’s communications strategy and is primarily responsible for Social Media content. With background in content creation and copywriting, Marcela has a flair for digital communications and coming up with new ways to communicate various pieces of content and industry learnings to capture new audiences and drive positive change. She is looking forward to explore this further at GFA.

    marcela@globalfashionagenda.org

    Florinda Pamungkas

    Digital Designer

    Florinda Pamungkas

    Digital Designer

    Florinda Pamungkas is a Digital Designer at Global Fashion Agenda. As part of the communications team, she is responsible for creating graphics and implementing visual directions that complement Global Fashion Agenda’s communications output. Pamungkas is passionate about using creative skills to support initiatives that catalyze progressive change, and prior to joining GFA in January 2021, she worked with Danish organization Sex & Samfund (“Sex & Society”, ed.), using her experience in design and motion graphics to enhance campaigns, content creation and storytelling. Pamungkas holds a BA in Graphic Design from IED Madrid, Spain, and an MA in Communication Studies and Cultural Encounters from Roskilde University, Denmark.

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Global Fashion Agenda encourages a culture, which emphasises honesty and trust, responsibility, professionalism, development and curiosity. Moreover, a workplace with a strong sense of team spirit is encouraged, which is driven by a common passion, humour, positive energy and good tone.

 

Participate in the consultation

Fashion Industry Target Consultation

The Fashion Industry Target Consultation is a multi-stakeholder project led by Global Fashion Agenda and the UN Environment Programme to identify and converge existing industry aligned targets to establish a holistic industry route of travel towards a net-positive fashion industry.