The Next Gen Assembly programme empowers and elevates the voices of academia and young creatives from around the world who aspire to accelerate impact and advocate for the next generation of fashion practitioners and professionals.
Through a series of online workshops and courses, as well as playing an integral role at the Global Fashion Summit, Next Gen Assembly is supported in developing advocacy and communications skills to foster the selected candidates’ development as sustainability changemakers. GFA Academy will appoint seven candidates during the spring of 2023
Founder, UpTote by IKÉ
Ikeoluwa Adebisi is a sustainable fashion advocate, fashion entrepreneur, and digital creator. She is currently building UpTote by IKÉ, a circular fashion brand that transforms pre-consumer textile waste into functional and fashionable pieces. Through her work as a fashion content creator and social media manager, she simplifies complex sustainability ideas to reach diverse audiences. Her ultimate goal is to assist Small and Medium Enterprises in Africa in creating fashion brands that prioritise sustainability across the entire apparel supply chain.
MA Fashion Entrepreneurship and Innovation Student
Prakriti Choubey, a postgraduate student at LCF and a graduate with a gold medal from NIFT, Delhi, is deeply passionate about preserving the rich cultural heritage embodied in traditional crafts. With expertise in digital fashion, Choubey envisions her project Avatirna as a brand that disrupts perceptions of crafts by representing them in the virtual world through collectibles. As one of the top 50 emerging Web3 Fashion designers awarded by The SYKY, she aims to create social change in the industry through innovation.
Country Leader, Slow Fashion Brazil
Pedro Ferreira is currently pursuing a degree in the Erasmus Mundus Master’s Program in Circular Economy. Raised in the Brazilian capital of leather shoes, he is passionate about understanding the environmental impact of leather tanning and exploring possible alternatives. For the past two years, Ferreira has been leading the Slow Fashion Movement Brazil – a local chapter of an international non-profit that promotes sustainable consumption and circularity in fashion. He strongly believes that empowering consumers to make sustainable choices is key, and that guilt or shame should never be used as motivators.
Filmmaker, Climate Advocate, and Brand Marketing Assistant, SOJO
Placing climate justice at the heart of fashion practice, Kaja Grujic aims to craft a new story for fashion. With a multidisciplinary background in film and political science, she explored the powerful intersection of art and change-making, completing the Dual BA program between Sciences Po Paris and Columbia University. She continued to the MA Fashion Futures course at the London College of Fashion. Her MA thesis film, Entangled, has been screened at international events, including the Creative Climate Awards in New York, where it won the Audience Award.
Jesse Boga Madriaga
Writer & Journalist
Jesse Boga Madriaga is a journalism-trained writer in the Philippines who has extensive work in news and lifestyle media, PR, and science communication. He writes for the Mindanao Times and the Philippine Daily Inquirer. His current graduate school journey in the University of Mindanao explores the role of community voices in fashion and sustainability. As a WEF Global Shaper, Madriaga takes leadership roles in convening youth and communities for inclusive conversations about sustainability. He believes in the power of writing and creating storytelling-centred platforms to achieve global goals.
Assistant Manager, Communications & Sustainability Innovations, Shahi Exports
Sanjana Pimoli is an Assistant Manager within the Communications and Sustainability Innovations Team at Shahi Exports. She holds a degree in Economics Hons and Environmental Law & Policy. With industry experience in sustainability innovations, CSR, and agricultural R&D, she leverages partnerships to support sustainable fashion by piloting new technologies and building business models for scaling. She is among 1000 global talents in the Unleash Innovation Lab 2022, collaborating on the world’s pressing sustainability issues. She envisions a fashion industry that leverages collaboration to accelerate circularity and focuses on doing more good than bad for the environment.
Fashion Model & Young EU Climate Pact Ambassador
Clara Tomé interned with UNEP as a Young EU Climate Pact Ambassador in sustainable fashion communications. Tomé believes that sustainability and responsible consumption are linked, as every time we spend money on a garment, we are voting for the type of industry we want. Sustainability means balance between our development and environment conservation. That co-dependency is undervalued to such a point of disconnection, where only the law and storytelling can redefine the value of garments and shift the fast fashion culture.
Fashion & Textiles Designer
Indira Varma is a fashion and textiles designer, passionate about cultural sustainability. A fresh graduate from the LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore, her graduation project is focused on innovative sustainable production processes that support craft practices while emphasising on biodegradability and circularity. Her research explores sustainability in cultural practices in India such as natural dyes, block printing and handloom weaves that decolonise fashion systems. She constantly engages with the community through her sustainability awareness initiatives, internships, and participation in events.