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About Fashion Advisory Board

Material Exchange’s Fashion Advisory Board (FAB) is a global, multi-stakeholder working group meeting three times throughout 2023. The aim of FAB is to help support Material Exchange in its mission to transform the way the fashion industry sources via our DSP (Digital Sourcing Platform) so that it can become more efficient, sustainable, transparent and truly relevant and successful for all our stakeholders!  

Our members

Rachel K. Lincoln, PrAna
Rachel K. Lincoln

Director of Sustainability and Social Impact, PrAna

Sustainability business strategist who connects product, process, and sustainability to impact within apparel brands. Has driven the implementation of Bluesign certified products, helped to launch Fair Trade certified products, and been an instrumental contributor to PrAna’s explosive growth.

Edward Stoner, New Dynamic
Edward Stoner

Insights & Strategy Consultant, New Dynamic

Independent consultant specialized in the marketing of sustainable materials. Has run global insights studies for Adidas, evaluating sustainability messaging. Developed brand strategies for BASF’s Haptex, Freeflex, and Infinergy solutions. Advisor to biomaterial start-up Modern Synthesis. Passionate about using storytelling to inspire sustainable choices.

Archana Archana, Steven Madden Ltd.
Archana Archana

Manager, Social Responsibility and Sustainability, Steve Madden

Manager in the Corporate Social Responsibility team at Steve Madden with a focus on Social Responsibility and Sustainability. 10+ years’ experience in consumer goods supply chains across roles in product safety, regulatory compliance, social responsibility, and sustainability.

Tusharika Jaipuriyar, AM's India
Tusharika Jaipuriyar

Managing Partner, AM's India

Innovating leather production as founder of leather manufacturer AM’s India. 30+ years in leather manufacturing with a wide range of experience from Quality Control Manager to Leather Development Manager as well as skills in marketing, research, negotiation, management, and more.

Imran Asghar, The Sourcery Group LLC
Imran Asghar

Co-Founder / Managing Director, Bangladesh & Pakistan, The Sourcery Group LLC

Textile professional with 20 years of experience. Has worked in production, buying, and sourcing within organizations. Focused on communications; textile and apparel sourcing; and the development of sustainable supply chain management, vendor compliance, and team building. 

Anatt Finkler, Global Denim
Anatt Finkler

Creative Director, Global Denim

Industrial designer specialized in visual communication. Heads up communication, trends, and design at Global Denim and is immersed in sustainability and compliance. Has been engaged in the world of design for the past 12 years. Named one of the 50 most influential people in the denim world by Rivet Magazine and Sourcing Journal in 2021.

Melanie Dec-Cyphert, Ecru and Ires
Melanie Dec-Cyphert

Head Designer, Ecru and Founder, Ires

Head Designer at Ecru for four years, with the company for eight years. Has revamped the brand’s aesthetic and public image to become more contemporary. Created the vision behind Ecru’s new Ires line. 14+ years’ experience in ready-to-wear design.

Jay Shroff, Fashion Panda
Jay Shroff

Owner/Partner, Fashion Panda

Banker turned entrepreneur in the fashion industry. Runs a company that designs and manufactures fashion apparel for brands and retailers worldwide. Strong belief that manufacturers/suppliers play a key role in advising and enabling the industry toward sustainability and digitization.

Lindsey Foust, NOBULL
Lindsey Foust

Sustainability Analyst, NOBULL

Leads the sustainability program at NOBULL. Background in Sustainable Fashion Design, non-profit research at the OR Foundation, and an Executive Board Member at the Cincinnati Sustainable Fashion Initiative. Passionate and optimistic about redesigning the future of the industry!

Avedis Hovsep Seferian, WRAP
Avedis Hovsep Seferian

President & CEO, WRAP (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production)

Recognized expert in social compliance and responsible sourcing. Chairman of the Executive Board of the Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors. Member of the American Bar Association and the Virginia State Bar. Served on the Board of Advisors of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety. 

Emily Siegel, PopSockets
Emily Siegel

SVP of Design, PopSockets

Executive leader in the fashion and accessories space. Leading strategic and design direction and building brand awareness. Passionate about threading connections between product, design, creative, and marketing to give the consumer the ability to connect to brands.

Katie O'Hara, Dynamic Foam
Katie O'Hara

Director of Account Management, Dynamic Foam

Increasing efficiencies at Dynamic Foam since 2015 through a variety of roles including operations, marketing, and key account management. Spearheaded development, certification, partnership and branding efforts for all lines of sustainable materials. Diverse background in global logistics and operations, retail buying, sales, and marketing.

Ulrich Broger Segantini, b.unlimited SA
Ulrich Broger Segantini

CEO, b.unlimited SA

Inspirational leader who connects people with ideas so they can unleash their potential and achieve the impossible. Develops and implements projects to make the denim industry more sustainable through initiatives like creating the first pair of jeans that absorbs more co2 than it emits. 

Ella Wu

Manager, Dongguan Aosheng Xie Cai Co., Ltd.

Manager at leather manufacturer Lush in Dongguan region of China. Focused on the production of chrome-free and metal-free sustainable leather. Contributed to Lush’s Leather Working Group gold certification ranking in 2019, awarded for its progress in sustainability and traceability.

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About Sourcing Expert Team

This sourcing advisory group is made up of suppliers and industry service providers who have a wide range of experiences coupled with in-depth knowledge in their fields. They are supporting Material Exchange’s mission to transform sourcing by offering their insights around our sourcing and digitization services.

Our members

Cenker Akdemir, EROĞLU

Cenker Akdemir

Business Development Director, EROĞLU

Chemical engineer with 20 years of experience in denim washing and design. Has worked with many major manufacturers and brands throughout his working life and still supports these brands in design and product development activities. Gives lectures on washing jeans at universities and fashion academies.

Cathryn Widdowson, Footwear Elite Ltd

Cathryn Widdowson

Director, Footwear Elite Ltd

Helps brands bring their vision to life by connecting material suppliers and shoe makers who best match brand and sustainability needs. Focuses on small- medium sized brands who need expertise and knowledge in sustainable materials and supply chain processes to start their sustainability journey. Researches new innovation in sustainable materials, engaging with suppliers, ensuring that the supply chain is sound and sustainability data can be verified.

Amandine Cha-Dessolier

Amandine Cha-Dessolier

CEO, Ostara RSE SAS - Amandine Cha

Founded textile manufacturer LTA SAS in 2010 and consulting agency Ostara RSE SAS in 2023 with the mission to enable fashion and nature to coexist sustainably. 10+ years of experience in sustainable textiles. Committed to offering innovative solutions to her customers as they face climate challenges and take charge of their CSR responsibility. Provides the sustainable textile products that brands need, from creation to production.

Ngaire Takano

Ngaire Takano

Sustainability, Traceable, and Circular Sourcing Advisor, Takano Ngaire

20 years of traceability and transparency experience within sourcing as well as buying textiles and trims from specialized organic, fair trade, circular, and artisan producers. LCA and ESG sustainability auditor. Focused on textile development, shoe production, and auditing factories. Working on new and innovative sourcing processes for wool based around circular practices.

Robert Scofield, Chinook

Robert Scofield

Founder, Chinook

Founder of Chinook Asia in 1988. Sourcing $100 million per year in all types of shoes from businesses ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start ups. Offers services in design, development, innovation, quality control, and material and product sourcing. Loves the challenge.

Chris Baeza, Drexel University

Chris Baeza

Program Director and Assistant Teaching Professor, Drexel University

20+ years of experience as an accomplished design and merchandising executive with proven results working alongside iconic global brands. Strong background in strategic branding, design, development, and product merchandising across men’s, women’s, and children’s.  Dynamic educator who provides opportunities to expand students’ learning with experiential, interdisciplinary coursework, and international study tours. 

Drop us a line

Do you have questions about our advisory boards? Are you curious as to what exactly Material Exchange is doing to make sourcing efficient, transparent, and sustainable? Send us your queries – we’d love to hear from you!