New speakers and discussion session announced

The start of the 31st World Fashion Convention and the 8th Istanbul Fashion Conference is getting closer. On October 13th to 15th, key players from the apparel industry will gather in beautiful Istanbul to talk about the current state of the fashion industry. The Convention location, the Hilton Bosphorus Istanbul, ensures a grand setting for the Convention. With visitors from typically over 20 countries, Istanbul will be the place where the global fashion industry meets.

Many IAF members and non-members have already registered and many more are invited to do so at www.iafconventionistanbul.com. Along with event partner Turkish Clothing Manufacturers Association (TGSD) we are preparing an excellent event.

Excellent speakers
The conference day on October 14th is rapidly filling up with top speakers. We announced earlier that Christoph Auhagen, CBO of Hugo Boss will be a keynote speaker. Next to that we have other great names lined up like Gordon Richardson, the creative director of Topman, Jan Hilger, COO of Ahlers (Pierre Cardin, Baldessarini), Leyla Ertur, Country Manager Production, Europe Region of H&M and Murat Akkun, CSR Country Manager of Inditex.

Discussion session on future of the industry
The 15th of October offers a matchmaking program connecting delegates to the Turkish garment industry and specialized workshops. During the IAF General Assembly we are organizing a unique discussion session on the future of the industry. This session will be lead by World Bank’s lead specialist Emiliano Duch, who was also a keynote speaker at last year’s Convention held in Medellín, Colombia. Industry Association Executives and Board Members from major associations from five continents will be in the panel. World Bank is collaborating with the IAF on forming a clearer picture of what are the most successful strategies and policies to create a stronger fashion industry globally. Hearing the visions from industry leaders from five continents will be a fascinating experience.

This session is open to all delegates to the Convention, but seating is limited, so please send an email to crietee@iafnet.com to reserve a place.

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