Next Gen Assembly

GFA Academy’s Next Gen Assembly convenes talented students and young professionals in an impactful advocacy programme, enabling the next generation to gain access to the industry, have their voices heard and ideas nurtured.

Next Gen Assembly 2024

The selected members of the Next Gen Assembly will be supported in developing advocacy and communication skills to foster their development as sustainability changemakers. This will be achieved through a year-long collaborative programme with a series of online workshops, courses, and by playing an integral role at the Global Fashion Summit: Copenhagen Edition 2024.

 

Dominant economic practices in fashion are contributing to the exploitation and degradation of people and nature, perpetuating inequality and contributing to the climate emergency. This year’s Assembly will rethink how we define value in the fashion economy, under this year’s focus: How Can Fashion Value Economies of Wellbeing?

 

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Programme Activities

Next Gen Assembly will complete the Fashion Values: Economy course, participate in a series of online workshops, deliver a Masterclass event, and play an integral role at the Global Fashion Summit. The chosen candidates can expect to interact with content from industry leaders, policymakers, changemakers and thinkers.

  • In the weeks preceding the Summit, the Next Gen Assembly will focus on community building and sharing aspirations, to co-create goals and methodologies for achieving change. This will lead to an exploration of how to be successful advocates for the fashion community and thoroughly prepare them for their roles at Global Fashion Summit 2024 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • At the Summit, each individual will be assigned an on-site industry buddy and be meaningfully involved in activities and networking opportunities throughout the event.
  • Following the Summit, the Next Gen Assembly will continue to work together, advocating for a prosperous fashion system, responding to opportunities to amplify Next Gen voices and contributing to changemaking activities.

Meet Our Ambassador

Aishwarya Sharma recognised as India’s first fashion activist, is a climate advocate and a passionate women’s rights advocate based out of New Delhi, India. A Global Goals ambassador with the Togetherband and UN Foundation, she advocates for Goal 5: Gender Equality & Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities. She is India head for Global Peace by ACCORD headquartered in South Africa and also serves as a goodwill ambassador for Youth of India, commanding a substantial following of 3,50,000 plus readers globally.  She has been representing Indian youth at the prestigious Global summits including COP27, COP28, BRICS and many more.

Sharma is recognised internationally for amplifying marginalised voices in the fashion industry by constantly holding the makers of fashion accountable. A key figure in PUMA serving as their Global South Voice while helping the brand communicate its sustainability efforts to the public. She significant contributes to responsible practices and global fashion activism  while also serving the role of Sustainability Advisor at Fort Fashion Council (world’s first innovative, sustainable and technological non profit fashion organisation & fashion council, in-fact, the largest in the Middle East and innovative merges globally and engages the fashion industry to act for sustainable future to save our planet)  headquartered in Dubai, UAE.

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