Keynote Speakers 2021

We are so proud of our keynote speakers for Next Textile 2021. They shared a vast amount of amazing experience that touches on the future textile supply chain.

Charles Ross, Royal College of Art – Textile Innovation

Over the last 20 years, Charles Ross has been helping focus the new generation of designers. He now lectures at the Royal College of Art, acts as a mentor for The Design Council, sits on the Waste & Resources Action Programme textile committee (that wrote SCAP – which was the base for the European Clothing Action Plan), contributed to Fixing Fashion (the UK Parliament’s report in Fast Fashion.) One of the original team behind the academic subject of Performance Sportswear Design, his roots are within the Outdoor Industry’s Sustainability Working Group but is most proud of being part of The Do Lecture team.

Mark Shayler, Ape

Mark helps big companies think like small ones and small companies think like big ones. He works on innovation of products, services and business models; he works on sustainability and company purpose; and he coaches businesses and individuals. He has saved his clients in excess of £120 million per annum through environmental improvements, has increased sales of products by 8000% by introducing circular economy business models and trained over 2000 people in sustainability.  He has worked for Nike, Coca-Cola, Seedlip, Unilever, Hotpoint, Samsung, John Lewis, Fenwick, Teapigs, Bacardi, Diageo, Mars, Thorntons, 3M, Amazon, Panasonic and hundreds of funky little businesses like Propercorn, Teapigs, Hiut Denim, and Ugly Drinks. He was a lead for the RSA Great Recovery programme of Circular Economy and was once the Head of Environment for ASDA. He is a Founding Partner of the Do Lectures and author of two books Do Disrupt, change the status quo or become it and Do Present, how to give a talk and be heard.  He is a coach, innovation workshop facilitator and Qi gong teacher.  Mark is also part of the Reasons To Be Cheerful team,  which he co-founded in in 2020.

Elaine Gardiner, Head of Sustainability – Haglöfs

Elaine originally trained as a chemical engineer working in R&D in FMCG around the world for almost 10 years before moving into sustainability.  She has worked in sustainability in the outdoor industry for 7 years and has also spent time running the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership sustainable supply chain post graduate programs.  At Haglöfs Elaine is responsible for overall sustainability strategy and integration into the business strategy.


Niklas Hedin, Founder & CEO – CENTIRO

Niklas Hedin is an innovator, thought leader and strategist whose long experience catalyzes the conversation and inspires to get to the next level in business. Based on insights of gaps in the market for Delivery Management which needed new solutions, Niklas founded Centiro in 1998. He brings 25+ years of experience on how to develop businesses using insights and hands-on-experience on supply chain and IT. Niklas’ work on scaling an agile organisation has rendered recognition in many ways, inspiring others to drive change in times of challenge. He has led Centiro to the forefront of the industry, which has rendered numerous awards and a market-leading position.

Carola Seybold, Head of Global Key Accounts – Pantone

Carola Seybold has completed her Diploma at the age of 24 years from Lake of Constance University (Germany) and further finalised her Marketing studies from University of Hohenheim (Germany). Directly after her Diploma she worked in several leading positions in the Fashion industry (Chief Purchasing Manager and Product Management). Before joining PANTONE LLC in 2008, Carola Seybold has worked as a Senior Consultant at Glasmeier & Partner Int. She currently works as Head of Global Key Accounts for PANTONE helping brands and companies to achieve their goal through the power of colour.

Jo Dawson, HD® Wool Apparel Insulation, UK

Regenerative Agriculture helps textiles to become climate positive – HD®Wool from farm gate to shop front.

Andreas Andrén,We Are SpinDye

Andreas considers himself to be a “Life and business hacking entrepreneur” has 15 years+ textile and supply chain experience. He picked up fluent mandarin during his 10 years on-site in what is sometimes referred to as “the world’s factory” – China.

He has started multiple textile based ventures in his career, the first one being a consumer private label together with his brother, – to later on more sourcing and production oriented business models.

With a combination of genuine love and understanding of the fashion and apparel landscape, with a desire to impose change through business and with his experience in all aspects of the industry, Andreas now sets the course as CEO for We aRe SpinDye


Emma Garrote Fredman, Gina Tricot

Global Production and Sustainability Manager

Over 15 years experience of textile production and the textile value chain. Started Gina Tricot’s first production offices in Bangladesh and China. Motto: Make business with your heart



This year we introduce our studio expert panel during todays event.

PAMELA RAVASIO, Shirahime Advisory

Dr. Pamela Ravasio, founder and managing director of Shirahime Advisory, specialises in corporate governance and responsibility (CR), with a strong link to innovation processes, digitalisation. She takes on roles as fractional and ad interim Chief Sustainability Officer for companies, and as ESG and governance expert advisor for boards of directors.

Previously, she held corporate roles as Global Stakeholder Manager and as Head of CSR & Sustainability. She champions transparency and an inclusive approach to all partners along the value chain, leveraging opportunities arising from public facing accountability. A published author with professional qualifications in corporate governance, CSR and sustainability, she has held steering committee roles in the multi-stakeholder (MSI) space,  board member of highly innovation enterprises as well as start-ups, and a graduate in Computer Science with a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction, she has worked and lived globally for 15+ years.

Pamela was one of our much appreciated speakers at Next Textile 2019.

RUDRAJEET PAL, Professor. Swedish School of Textiles