Magaly Fuentes-Sagan is a writer, fashion designer, entrepreneur, foodie, and impassioned supporter of all things related to sustainability. Magaly has a broad range of interests spanning art, fashion, travel, environmental issues, health and wellness. With an AS in Fashion Design and a BA in International Business and Marketing, as well as a comprehensive fashion career that has included couture bridal design, sportswear product development, visual merchandising, buying and marketing management, Magaly brings the scope of her experience and passions to her work. Magaly has been writing about sustainable fashion since 2007 for various publications and continues to contribute to the Ethical Fashion Forum’s SOURCE Magazine and SIX Magazine. She also owns the recently launched online women’s ethical clothing boutique, Pashen Collection.
Kerstin Tschernigg is an international journalist and Metaphysician, specializing in mind-body-soul awareness and international news reporting with a human interest angle. Supportive of eco fashion and passionate about organic lifestyle products, Kerstin feels strongly about the protection of our planet and living a holistic life. She is the initiator of her private charity project One Word Changes, which stands for gender and race equality, mind and spirit education, as well as community-based sustainable development in Africa.
Jessica McIlroy is a sustainability consultant with extensive experience in the renewable energy industry, climate change policy, gender equality and community development. She has worked for a number of non-profit associations and is the founder of the BC Women in Energy Network. Jessica is also working to increase the sustainability of the garment and textile industry, working as the Chief Awareness Officer for Eco Fashion Week, and contributing eco fashion pieces to online publications. Jessica holds an MSc in Environmental Sustainability, an MBA in Executive Management, a certification in Climate Change Decision Making, and has completed The Accountability Project Sustainability Practitioner Course.
Ariel Azoff is a writer, adventurer, and occasional entrepreneur. She is the founder & editor of HeartSleeves sustainable fashion blog and co-founder of the sustainable fashion online retailer Modavanti. She believes passionately in the power of social enterprise to impact change and that buying the "right" clothes can be done without sacrificing personal style. When she's not writing about sustainable fashion, Ariel dabbles in Middle East politics and the ukulele. You can follow her on Twitter @ArielAzoff.
Matthew Potrekus is a marketing professional, entrepreneur, writer, outdoor enthusiast, and environmentalist. Matthew’s passion for sustainability and environmental consciousness is fueled by his love for people, nature, and the great outdoors. In his free time he enjoys trail running, traveling, plant based nutrition, and searching for new challenges! Matthew firmly believes that with the help of education, hard work, and determination, we can improve the health of planet earth and its people.
Paula Rosine Long is a fashion designer and writer based in New York City. She is passionate about ethical and sustainable design, human rights activism, and bringing together different members of the artistic community for collaboration. She thrives on innovative fashion projects and pushing fashion forward using the latest technologies (especially 3D modelling). Paula Rosine holds an Associates Degree in Fashion Design from Parsons: The New School for Design, as well as degrees from Duke University and the University of Cambridge. A former Gates Scholar, she has previous experience in nonprofit work in the Middle East, journalism and academic research. Her work experience within fashion includes Kate Spade, Geoffrey Mac, Chris Benz, Tommy Hilfiger, Angelrox, and The Fashion List.
Michelle is a marketing communications professional focused on connecting brands, culture and social purpose. With extensive experience in consumer goods, luxury, fashion, tech and start-ups, she has a track record as a marketer and successfully building brand reputation, audience relationships and new market brand awareness for several global corporations. She has also served as a catalyst to an industry coalition to develop a Public Service Campaign in the US highlighting the importance of Eyecare. Being global-minded, Michelle is an advocate of social causes, the development of small businesses and education, and serves as board member of Teach Children Read and Write Foundation. She holds executive education from Stanford and New York University and an Executive MBA from INSEAD France, focusing on CSR and Social Innovation. You can contact Michelle at http://www.socialvoicebranding.com/michelle-de-conto or follow her on Twitter @DeContoMichelle
Lupe Castro is the world’s preeminent traveling fashion stylist, freelance writer and brand consultant. A native Londoner, Lupe’s surname hints at her Spanish descendancy and subsequent ability to operate in multiple languages, where she regularly narrates to an avid multi-lingual readership on her popular blog, Ms Castro On A Motorbike. Lupe has a strong penchant for the ethical side of the industry, which she got involved in long before it became cool. She has for many years worn and styled shoots with sustainable clothing and her love of vintage and eclectic fashion has defined her dress sense: beautifully quirky and original. As her fashionable feet go global, with extended stays in Europe, America, Canada, Asia Pacific and Central America, Lupe will be contributing to Eco Fashion World, stylishly reporting on art, retail, beauty, food and unique global events.
Laura Molteni is a freelance Italian journalist, crossmedia web editor and photographer, specializing in design and eco-fashion/textile. From 2010 she has collaborated with C.L.A.S.S. (Creativity, Lifestyle And Sustainable Synergy), an eco-platform that supports and promotes environmentally sensible products for fashion, home and design, managing its online media and social contents. Multifaceted, she’s fascinated by the project culture and by images (photography, illustrations, paintings...). Always looking around for novelties and talents, she is consistently intrigued by all things which surround her.
Born in Italy, Carolina Flaminia Perrone considers herself extremely fortunate to have been raised in a busy Roman household, surrounded by music, art, journalism, and fashion. Carolina holds a Master’s degree in music composition and is a certified public school music teacher. She is a mother of three splendid daughters and after having taught music for many years, Carolina is finally able to dedicate herself to some of her most favorite things: yoga, poetry, photography, appreciating life and most of all writing about human beings who never tire to make the world a better place. Carolina has been collaborating with the British online magazine The Upcoming and collects her work and photographs in her blogs: www.smallsosmall.com and www.smallcirclebigcircle.com
Debora Pokallus is the CEO of Bel Esprit LLC, operating two online showrooms for independent and emerging designers. The Bel Esprit Showroom spotlights international designers of ethical fashion, and the Bel Esprit mission brings social and environmental awareness to design companies. With nearly 30 years of industry experience as a designer, sales and marketing professional and ethical fashion insider, she now devotes her work to discovering and promoting the best ethical fashion collections around the world. She appreciates the art of fashion, while seeking to transform the business of fashion into an industry that respects the Earth and its inhabitants.
Karundi Serumaga immigrated to the US from Uganda over 3 decades ago and has worked with several NGOs including United Way and 3E Strategies. She was also a board member of PCC Wellness and founding board advisory member of The Bottomless Closet. Karundi is a published author and speaker. In 2001, she founded the Serumaga Foundation; a non-profit organization encouraging resolution and promoting practical solutions to socio-economic issues. She is also the founder of Ecocouture LLC., a sustainable high fashion clothing company, and Ecouture ltd. (the Events division of the company). Karundi believes the promotion of living a life in balance with our surroundings is a practical solution to global economic issues that ripple down to affect our daily life and culture.
Priscilla Camargo is a scientist, conscious entrepreneur and blogger who is completely passionate about technology, arts and sustainability. Through her writing she shares her experiences on sustainable development and heritage both in fashion and design, always expressing her love of aesthetics created from the mix of different cultures and her commitment to social and environmental issues. You can find more about her work at her social media channels: Twitter, Facebook and Blog.
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