As the world rallies to combat climate change, the responsibility of decarbonizing the fashion industry extends beyond individual brands or manufacturers. It's a collective endeavor that demands collaborative learning and innovative problem-solving across the entire value chain. In our pursuit of a shared vision — a 45% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 — we must transcend traditional boundaries and forge partnerships that fuel the transformation our industry needs.
Welcome to "Fashion Climate Advocates: The Era of Collective Action." In this dynamic session, seasoned industry experts issue a compelling call to action for individuals and organizations alike. Together, we break down silos and step into a realm where strategic collaborations fuel progress toward an inclusive and rejuvenated future.
About The Speakers
Dr Michelle Tuveson - Chairman & Executive Director, Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School
ADr. Michelle Tuveson is Chairman & Executive Director at the Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. During Dr. Tuveson's tenure, the Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies has become a world leading provider of research and thought leadership in scenario-based modelling of multi-disciplinary risks to society and businesses.
Dr. Tuveson chairs the Centre's Advisory Board, is a former advisory board member to the World Economic Forum's Global Risk Report and former IEEE Standards Committee Member on the General Ethical Principles for Artificial Intelligence. Dr. Tuveson’s research focuses on the intersection of risk and sustainability including sustainable growth and transition to a lower carbon economy. She is a frequent commentator and speaker and her articles have been published in reports such as Banking & Financial Services Policy Report (Wolters Kluwer) and Financial Times Special Report on Risk Management. She earned degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins University, and University of Cambridge.
Amina Razvi - CEO, Sustainable Apparel Coalition
For more than 20 years, Amina Razvi has worked to transform the apparel and textile industry into one that is more sustainable, equitable, and just. As CEO of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), the leading global multi-stakeholder nonprofit alliance for the consumer goods industry dedicated to transforming business for exponential impact through groundbreaking tools, collaborative partnerships, and trusted leadership for industry sustainability, Amina is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the organization. Under her stewardship, the SAC has grown to represent almost half of the apparel, footwear, and textile industry, including more than 280 retailers, brands, manufacturers, NGOs, academics, and other stakeholders. Their mandate is clear: Transform the industry into a force for good by measuring and addressing social and environmental impact along the entire value chain.
Previously, Amina served as Vice President of Membership at the SAC; while transitioning into her current role, she steered the executive team and liaised with the Board of Directors to shape and enact the organization’s current strategic vision. Prior to the SAC, Amina’s role on Gap Inc.’s Global Sustainability team resulted in the development and implementation of environmental initiatives that spanned owned facilities and supply chains, creating a holistic sustainability strategy that furthered ambitious energy and waste goals. Amina also led the first large-scale deployment of the Higg Index across Gap’s supply chain, and has been involved in the creation, development, piloting, and rollout of the Higg Index since its inception.
Armed with a background in architecture, including a master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and experience designing and managing construction on projects from skyscrapers to museum complexes, Amina’s experience extends beyond corporate sustainability and reflects a passion for collaboration. Under her leadership, the SAC launched pioneering initiatives and tools while forging strategic partnerships and alliances to fuel innovation, amplify positive impact, and drive real-world transformation.d.
James Schaffer - Chief Strategy Officer, Worldly
James Schaffer serves as the Chief Strategy Officer at Worldly, where he oversees business development, client services, partnerships, and corporate development. James brings a wealth of experience in business leadership, growth through innovation and partnerships, and a profound commitment to social impact and environmental sustainability. Prior to his role at Worldly, James co-founded Schaffer & Combs, a consultancy dedicated to serving purpose-driven organizations. During his tenure, he led engagements with leading sustainability organizations, including SAC, AII, ZDHC, BlueSign, WRI, B Lab, Rainforest Alliance, and Outdoor Industry Association, along with numerous social sector organizations.
Andrea Kennedy - Lead Faculty, Fashion Merchandising and Management, Berkeley College
Andrea Kennedy is the new lead of the Fashion department at Berkeley College in New York City. A fashion and sustainability designer, strategist, sourcing specialist and educator, she was Vice President of Sustainability at Material Exchange, where she developed measurable and positive changes in digital material sourcing for fashion and footwear brands, suppliers, and textile agents.
Andrea has more than 25 years of experience in design, merchandising, product development, sourcing, sustainability and ESG work, including 10 years leading sustainability at Fashiondex, where she consulted with high-profile fashion brands on implementing sustainable practices across all areas of design, production and sourcing. She spent seven years at LIM College, where she was Associate Chair of Fashion Merchandising and developed and taught all the fashion sustainability courses. She is a Sustainable Apparel Coalition strategic council member, Climate Reality Leader mentor and speaker, and board member at ESRAP- Educators for Socially Responsible Apparel Practices.
Andrea holds a BA in Fashion Design from Parsons, a MEd from Manhattanville College, an Advanced Certificate in Sustainability from Manhattanville College, and was a Zankel Fellow for Climate Change Education at Columbia University in 2020 and 2021.