Keynote Speakers 2020

We are so proud of our keynote speakers for Next Textile 2020. They shared a vast amount of amazing experience that touches on the future textile business.

Christiane Dolva, Fjällräven

Christiane Dolva

Prolonging a products lifespan is one of the most important aspects of sustainable product development. Durability is key, but ensuring a long lifespan is more than just creating products that can endure wear and tear. How can product developers ensure a product will be used, loved and cared for in the long run. What is required to create that emotional longevity, and is there a market for creating timeless products. The lecture will give an insight into how Fjällräven works with the concept of emotional longevity and what impacts this has on a products environmental footprint. Christiane Dolva is the Head of Sustainability at Fjällräven. She has been working with sustainability for the past 10 years, and been responsible for Fjällrävens strategy for the past 6 years. Her passion is to marry her love for nature and outdoor activities with her engagement for creating long-term sustainable business strategies.

Magnus Ohlsson, Retailomania

Magnus is CEO and co-owner of the recruitment and analysis company We Hunt For Heads. He has been working in retail since 1994 including many years in the sports/leisure trade. In recent years mainly in several boards. His curiosity about the changes in the industry makes even more intrigued and he is constantly looking for trends that will affect the future of the business.

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.

Karla Magruder, CEO AcceleratingCircularity

Karla Magruder has been in the textile industry for more than 35 years with global experience from fiber to finished garments. She founded Accelerating Circularity in 2019 and Fabrikology International in 2003.  She specializes in sustainable; textile sourcing, education and business development. She has worked in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors in building strategic development plans, convening working groups, launching new products, and organizing tradeshow seminars and conferences. Karla has led teams in, researching and developing circular supply chains, supporting the development of trade between US brands and retailers and garment manufacturers from Haiti and Africa through USAID sponsored programs,  developing materials for industry brands and launching new technologies. She started and led key industry sustainability initiatives such as the Textile Exchange rPET Working Group and the apparel launch of Ingeo fibers, the 1st manmade fiber created from 100% annually renewable resources.  She is currently a member of Textile Exchange’s Governance board, the UNFCCC Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action Co-Chair of the Raw Materials Working Group and a Gr3n Advisory Board member.

Gabriella Wullf, Swedish School of Textiles

Gabriella Wulff, Göteborgs Universitet

Gabriella Wulff, PhD is a lecturer at the Swedish School of Textiles in Borås, where she is responsible for courses in field studies as well as the future of fashion retail. She is also a researcher at Centre for Consumption at Gothenburg University. Her interest lies in finding sustainable solutions for the fashion and clothing industry. Her current research project is on sales and discounts in clothing companies, and how it relates to profitability and sustainability of the firm. She has an in-depth knowledge on the textile and clothing industry, with a PhD thesis on transparency in a Swedish denim company, as well as field study experience from Portugal and Bangladesh.

Nora Kuehner, Fashion Design Consulting

Munich-based Nora Kühner is an experienced sports apparel designer and trend expert focusing on the sports sector. With her color and trend forecasts she provides relevant and inspirational insights into current directions, socio-cultural developments and their impact on the world of sports. She is passionate about exploring the role of design at the intersection of human, nature and technology. Her inspiring and informative speeches attract a global audience.

She believes in the power of creativity, hence she initiated in 2015 the Masterclass. This project for international design talents strives at the core to shape a new and holistic understanding of good and eco-responsible design in sport. In collaboration with ISPO the ISPO Academy Masterclass was launched successfully in January 2016. The project has quickly established itself as a recognized future-oriented bridge between creative minds, the sports industry and retail.