Claudia Richardson has a background in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT and has worked on solving materials problems in various fields including clean energy, battery science, consumer products, and apparel- most recently overseeing Patagonia's materials innovation team and strategic research portfolio. Richardson now works as an advisor on materials engineering and strategy for brands and venture investors with a focus on innovation technology scaling and reduction of environmental impact.
As a reputable thought leader on Sustainable Innovation, Sophie Mather, Material Futurist at biov8tion, brings a depth of knowledge, innovative thinking and network to industry challenges. Her 20+ years’ (textiles/ apparel/ industry) experience spanning on the ground work at the brand, manufacturing and consulting level in the EU, Asia and US enables her to advise the ever challenged industry on cutting edge sustainable strategies and solutions.
Jeffrey is the CIMO at NewTech Textiles (NTX), a global leader in waterless ambient temperature transfer print technology (NTX® CoolTrans®). Jeff comes from a diverse academic and industry research background where he double-majored in Chemistry & Microbiology at the University of California, and commenced his Masters in Chemistry from University of Missouri. He has extensive research background in pharmaceutical, medical engineering, petrochemical, agricultural science as well as innovations within textile science and engineering at FENC R&D center.
Spanning 20 years of experience advising clients in the textile industry (strategy development, due diligence, studies for public, private companies and NGOs), Laurent Aucouturier is a partner with Gherzi Textil Organisation AG in Zürich, Switzerland. Having carried out consulting assignments in 35 countries, he is responsible for managing large international projects involving multi-national teams and has played an active role in numerous sector studies to define long-term strategies and policies for textile-producing countries.
Andrew Filarowski completed his BSc (Hons) in Textile Chemistry at Leeds University, School of Textiles under the supervision of Dr Ian Holme. He worked for various dye and chemical companies including Sandoz, Crosfield Textile Chemicals and finally Yorkshire Chemicals starting in laboratories and progressing through roles to carry out bulk trials and finally working in sales with responsibilities not just in the UK but in mainland Europe.