Rahul Mehta

Rahul Mehta

He is acknowledged as one of the leaders of the Domestic Garment Industry, and is currently the President of International Apparel Federation (IAF) based out of Netherlands, President of the Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI), and member of the Managing Committee of the Apparel Export Promotion Council. The IAF is a Federation of the National Associations of 47 countries including USA, China, Germany, France, Italy, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Korea, Taiwan, etc. Rahul is the first Indian to be elected as President of the IAF. CMAI is the premier Association of Indian Garment Manufacturers, with over 2000 Manufacturing members and over 15,000 Retailer members.

Achim Berg

Achim Berg

Achim Berg is Partner at McKinsey & Company and leader of the consultancy’s Apparel, Fashion & Luxury Group. The apparel industry is Achim Berg’s area of special expertise. Over the past 15 years, Mr. Berg has advised numerous leading retailers, wholesalers, and producers worldwide on issues in operations, strategy, and marketing. As a result, he has deep insights into apparel markets, industry trends, and sourcing strategies. His experience ranges from conducting change programs and multiple due diligence engagements to optimizing assortment management processes. Strongly interested in helping to gather insights into the future of the apparel industry, Achim initiated the 2011, 2013 and 2015 McKinsey Apparel Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) surveys and is the author of the resulting reports.

Kurt Cavano

Kurt Cavano

Vice Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer GT Nexus

Kurt Cavano has overall responsibility for driving GT Nexus’s strategic direction, for disseminating the company’s track record of innovation and market success, and for guiding key customer, industry and partner relationships. He has over 25 years of experience helping corporations improve their business performance through the intelligent application of technology. Mr. Cavano is founder of TradeCard, Inc., which merged with GT Nexus in 2013. Prior to founding TradeCard in 1999, he was a Vice President at American Management Systems, an international business and information technology consulting firm. Mr. Cavano managed the Corporate Banking Practice of the AMS Finance Industry Group. Featured as one of World Trade Magazine’s 50 most influential people, Mr. Cavano is a frequent speaker and writer on topics concerning international trade and global supply chain management. He holds a BS in Bioscience from Penn State University and an MBA from New York University.

Jan Hilger

Jan Hilger

Jan Hilger is currently COO of Ahlers AG, which includes the brands Pierre Cardin, Baldessarini, Otto Kern, Pioneer, Gin Tonic, Jupiter and Pionier Workwear. Before joining Ahlers, Mr. Hilger has Vice President sourcing and production for PVH, Director Operations Formalwear, denim, shoes and accessories for Escada and Director Operations Shirt and Neckwear Division at Hugo Boss. Mr Hilger is an original thinker and well regarded speaker at international conferences. He is initiator and organizer of an annual business forum bringing together visionaries, out-of-the-box thinkers and business partners as well as competitors to exchange ideas and discuss solutions to deal with the ever changing sourcing landscape and supply chain issues.

Christoph Auhagen

Christoph Auhagen

Chief Brand Officer (CBO), responsible for Brand Management, Creative Management, Sourcing and Manufacturing.

Born in 1960 in Wuppertal, Christoph Auhagen began his career in the fashion industry with an apprenticeship at Karstadt Warenhaus GmbH in Dortmund. In 1984, he joined Hirsch AG in Düsseldorf as Product & Key Account Manager, a position he held for ten years.

Afterwards, he became Head of Purchasing at Leffers AG in Bielefeld and, following a merger, later at SinnLeffers AG in Hagen before taking over as Managing Director for Product Development, Sales & Marketing at Gerry Weber International AG in Halle/Westfalen until 2007.

Subsequently, he worked for Esprit Design & Product Development GmbH in Ratingen as Global Product Director. Christoph Auhagen joined HUGO BOSS AG in December 2009 as Chief Brand Officer (CBO) and member of the Managing Board. He does not hold any mandates at other companies beyond his position at HUGO BOSS.

He is married and has five children.

Gordon Richardson

Gordon Richardson

Gordon Richardson is the Creative Director at TOPMAN, overseeing the continuity of visual language across all visible brand channels.  Gordon joined Topman in 2000 and became Design Director in 2012. Gordon’s main focus is overseeing his team of 30 designers to define the trends for each season as well as ensuring all visual content is on brand.

Gordon has been integral in the inception and development of MAN – the event which TOPMAN and Fashion East started back in 2005 to showcase emerging menswear design talent. The event which started on the last day of London Fashion Week was so successful that the BFC further invested into menswear and so LCM was born.  Gordon is an official Menswear Panellist for LCM and sits on the New Gen Men panel as well as the MAN panel.

Gordon is also the main spokesperson and figure head for the brand and has appeared in features in print, Television and online over the years due to his unrivalled menswear knowledge and media presence.

He has also been instrumental in championing young design talent and through many TOPMAN collaborations has given them the stage to showcase their careers right at the very beginning – including amongst others, Kim Jones, Agi & Sam, Lou Dalton, James Long and Astrid Andersen.

Gordon graduated from The Royal College of Art in 1976 with a Masters Degree in menswear. He then set up his own menswear label stocked at Harrods, Joseph and Fiorucci.  Moving to Paris in 1978 to design women’s accessories for Daniel Hechter, he progressed to designer of the international menswear collection. Gordon returned to the UK as the Design Director of Sabre International and to take up the post of Principal Lecturer of Fashion at Kingston University in 1986 for a period of 11years, before commencing his career within one of the UK’s largest portfolio of high street brands-the Arcadia Group – working at Burton, Principles for Men, Racing Green and Hawkshead brands as Design Director.

Gordon lives in Twickenham with his wife Diane.  He has two daughters – Tess and Bea –  who also live and work in London.





Marsha Powell

Marsha Powell

Director Marsha Powell Associates

BA, Economics, Political Science / International Trade – Stanford University, 1975

MA, International Economics and Trade – George Washington University, 1977

International Marketing Leadership – Forum London Business School, Fuqua    School of Business 1997

Current Work Experience:
Since 1991 Director of Marsha Powell Associates, a consulting company specializing in trade development, primarily in the textile and apparel industries.  Clients include:  Cotton Council International; Cotton Incorporated; World Bank; International Coffee Organization; US Department of Commerce, UN Food and Agricultural Organization; International Textiles; and Corporate Council for Africa.

Business Advisor to London School of Business and Marbles Public Relations Company.

Previous Work Experience:

Cotton Council International, 1990 – 2000.  Director responsible for market development of trade in fibre, yarn and fabric in Western, Central and Eastern Europe, Turkey, Former Soviet Union, Former Yugoslavia, North Africa and Middle East.

International Coffee Organization, 1979 – 1990 (UN related inter-governmental organization) Director of Promotion and Marketing based in London, UK.  Responsible for strategic development and planning, management and co-ordination of global marketing, information, education activities and scientific and technical research.

Personal Information:
Born in San Francisco, California.
US / UK Dual citizen, resident in Turkey.


Ed Gribbin

Ed Gribbin

Edward A. Gribbin is President of Alvanon, Inc., the Global Apparel Expert. Ed leads Alvanon teams around the globe helping fashion industry clients develop and implement growth strategies and solutions in disciplines ranging from marketing and merchandising to product development and supply chain. Ed is widely recognized as the world’s leading authority on apparel sizing and fit and serves numerous global organizations dedicated to the success of the retail, apparel and textile sectors.

Ed joined Alvanon in 2006 to launch its strategic consulting practice. Prior to Alvanon, Ed served as President of Intellifit Corporation, where he co-invented the revolutionary Intellifit Body Scanner. As Senior Vice President at Angelica Corporation, Ed managed sales, marketing, design and production for one of the largest corporate-wear companies in the United States. Ed serves on the Board of Directors of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), the International Apparel Federation (IAF), and the Sewn Products Equipment Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA). He is also a member of Fashion Group International, AAFA’s Supply Chain/Product Innovation Council, the International Association of Clothing Designers and Executives, the Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry, ASTM International and the Fashion & Apparel Studies Advisory Board of the University of Delaware.

Ed earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from St. Joseph’s University, was a four-time member of the US National Rowing team and a World Championship medalist; he lives in Merion Station, PA with his wife Georgianne when he is not on a plane, train or boat.

Ansgar Huetten

Ansgar Huetten

January 2006 – present: Executive Director of DS-Concept Factoring GmbH,

Mönchengladbach / Germany
March 2000 – December 2005: Senior Executive Vice President of DS-Concept
Factoring GmbH, Mönchengladbach / Germany
March 1992 – December 2000: Partner of Thomas & Partners, Attorneys,
January 1989 – December 1991: Trainee Lawyer at District Court of Düsseldorf/Germany
October 1984 – June 1988: Study of Business Law at Friedrich-Wilhelms Univerity
of Bonn / Germany
October 1982 – July 1984: Study of Law at University of Trier/Germany
July 1981 – September 1982: National Service in the Federal Navy of Germany
August 1978 – June 1981: Acadamic Secondary School for Business
August 1972 – July 1978: Wilhelm-Frede Highschool in Kleve/Germany
August 1968 – July 1972: Roman Catholic Primary School in Kleve/Germany

Roland Schuler

Roland Schuler

05/2014 – today International President IACDE
(Intern. Association of Clothing Designers and Executives)
09/2012 – today Director Technical Product Management, Member of Management Committee
Peek & Cloppenburg KG. Düsseldorf
11/2010 – 08/2012 Vice President – Head of Global Technical Product Development
 ESPRIT Design & Product Development GmbH.
11/2005 – 10/2010 Technical Product Director / Manager Technical Product Development
ESPRIT Design & Product Development GmbH
01/2004 – 10/2005 Head of Technical Product Development
03/2002 – 12/2003 Teamleader Model Development
09/1997 – 02/2002 Leader Pattern Design Menswear
01/1993 – 08/1997 Pattern Design Menswear

Han Bekke

Han Bekke

Han Bekke (1949) has a long career in the Dutch and international fashion and textile industry with a specialisation in textile and clothing marketing, trade policy, public affairs and assocation management.
He worked for more than 40 years for several trade associations in the Dutch clothing and knitting industry, lately as director general of MODINT (Dutch trade association for fashion, interior and textiles) which position he held till 1-1-2013. In March 2013 Han Bekke was elected as chairman of the board of MODINT.

Other functions Han Bekke serves on are:

  • Member of the Executive Committee of the International Apparel Federation (IAF)
  • Member of the Executive Committee of VNO-NCW (Confederation of Dutch Industries)
  • Member of the Board of Federation Dutch Creative Industries
  • Member of the Executive Committee of CLICK NL (top knowlegde institute for the creative industry)
  • Member of the Board of Fair Wear Foundation – member of the Board of TMO Fashion Business School
  • Member of the Board of Fashion Council NL
  • Chairman of the Board of Meesteropleiding Coupeur (Tailoring School Amsterdam)
  • Member of the Board of the Koetsier Foundation

On the occasion of his silver jubilee in the clothing and knitting industry, Han Bekke was awarded in May 1996 with the golden MODINT Award for great services to the clothing industry. Han Bekke is member of Rotaryclub Amsterdam-Zuidas and was its President in 2003. Since 2000 Han Bekke is Freeman of the City of London and member of The Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters. In 2007 Han Bekke was knighted by Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands in the Order of Orange Nassau.
In 2013 he received a special recognition linked to the highest fashion award in The Netherlands, “The Grand Seigneur

Andrea Landa

Andrea Landa

Andrea Landa was born in Medellín, Colombia in 1986.

Her fascination with fashion started at a young age because of her talented mother who had her own fashion brand specialised in leather accessories. An ordinary afternoon was helping her mother develop a new collection and making different colour combinations with leather. She often accompanied her to leather trade shows in Italy and other places where Andrea developed a strong taste and knowledge for this material.


After her High School graduation in 2004, Andrea moved to Europe where she lived during 8 years between Paris, Florence, Barcelona and London.

2004- French studies in La Sorbonne, Black & White Photography course in Speos, Fashion drawing course in Parsons Paris.

2005-2008 – Isituto Europe de Diseño, IED Barcelona

Fashion Marketing and Communication (BA- 3 years)

2009-2012 – Istituto Marangoni, London

Fashion Design (BA- 3 years)

Work Experience

-2009 Martin Lamothe Dressmakers. Internship Brand Image Material Developments, Assisting production for Barcelona 080 Caltwalk, Showroom sales and follow-ups at BCN 080 and Tranoï Paris.

-2009 Brand Image material developments for Adrian Mustelin


-2009 Emblem Communication, Press Office and Showroom.


Caltwalks & Trade Shows

2012- Launch of the brand at Cali Exposhow, “We grew up with Folks Tales” Collection.

2013 – Colombiamoda, fashion show at ‘El Cubo’ sponsored by

El Colombiano.

2014 – Colombiamoda,  ‘Tribal Queens’ A/W 2014-15 Collection. Fashion show & Vogue Talents Corner.

2015- Plataforma K Barranquilla, trade show.

2015- Colombiamoda, ‘Muñecas de Trapo’ S/S 2016 Collection.

Fashion show & Vogue Talents Corner.


-Best Graduate Collection Award – Istituto Marangoni 2012

-IAF Designer Award 2014

-Best New Fashion Designer, Infashion Awards 2015

Souraya Bouwmans

Souraya Bouwmans

Since January 2011 Souraya Bouwmans-Sarraf is Director-Dean at AMFI-Amsterdam Fashion Institute, part of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.

AMFI is the largest fashion institute in the Netherlands with more than 1,300 students and 100 staff members. It is also the only fashion institute in the Netherlands that covers the entire fashion chain. Students choose to specialize in Design, Management or Branding. Offering all its programs in Dutch and English, AMFI attracts many students from abroad together they have 54 different nationalities. In the BoF ranking 2015 AMFI was placed on the 20th place worldwide.

Mrs. Bouwmans-Sarraf is an historian and has an MBA specializing in Strategic Marketing. Over the years she worked in several international commercial positions within the Randstad Group. With her previous experience in the international field of business she is able to expand AMFI’s international network. This requires staying in good contact with the national and international fashion industry and fellow fashion institutes. Mrs. Bouwmans-Sarraf currently serves as Chair of the Education Committee for IAF – International Apparel Federation. Furthermore she is member of the Executive Committee of the worldwide education network IFFTI (International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes). This guarantees the internationally recognized high standard of the AMFI programs and also facilitates the exchange of students with many institutes around the world.