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Olivier Theyskens

A bold and intriguing design talent, in his comparatively short career, Olivier Theyskens has headed two Parisian fashion houses and founded and closed his own label. Most recently, he was the creative director of Theory, having initially launched a capsule collection entitled Theysken's Theory with the contemporary Label, founded by Andrew Rosen and now owned by Fast Retailing.

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João Machado

Vice-president of ANIVEC/APIV – The Portuguese Clothing Association and as from 1998 a co-founder and director of PRODUCT MASTERS, marketing strategists on international development, quite dedicated to the Portuguese Clothing Industry. João’s professional interests are consumer satisfaction and the wellbeing of organisations.

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Véronique Beaumont

Talent Spotting / Esmod Academy - Brand Positioning, distribution strategy, professional training and coaching. Véronique has 25 years of professional experience in Luxury & Fashion companies. She is the owner of VBTalentspotting agency that is detecting and providing creative, marketing and commercial talent to companies in need, as well as offering a transitional management service in product development and international distribution targeting both emerging or repositioning brands. Since January 2017 , Véronique is in charge of the development and training program coordination for ESMOD Academy.

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Camilla Jørgensen

Sustainable Sourcing Manager, SELECTED - Camilla is turning the Danish high street brand from sustainable ambitions into action as an intrapreneur in a very large organisation. Camilla has 13 years of experience in the industry as both a buyer and a designer as well as on a management level. She initiated ‘Green Attitude by VERO MODA’ (now VERO MODA AWARE), and is now working on turning the entire brand SELECTED in a more sustainable direction.  

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Jonathan Chippindale

Co-founder Holition - Jonathan co-founded hybrid technology agency Holition almost a decade ago having previously been in the luxury jewellery industry as managing director of the De Beers Group and in senior marketing roles at Asprey, Garrard and Mappin & Webb. Jonathan has an insatiable curiosity for and experience in leading world first retail innovation projects with global brands including BMW, LVMH, Uniqlo, Coty Inc, Dunhill and Charlotte Tilbury. Jonathan is a provocative thought leader at tech, retail and innovation conferences around the world.

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Kristina Dimitrova

Founder INTERLACED - Kristina is the founder of the media and event platform highlighting the most innovative developments in fashion and technology. In 2015, INTERLACED hosted one of the fist fully-fledged fashion technology catwalk shows in London and in 2017 it took the format to Austin, TX for BDYHAXCON. Kristina often curates and speaks at industry events such as Wear It Berlin, The 3D Print Show, Superhuman Summit, Avantex Paris. She is also a jury and mentor for international fashion tech competitions, including Aarhus Walks on Water and The Festival of Curiosity. 

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Leslie Holden

Head of AMFI - Leslie is heading the Fashion & Design and Graduate Studies at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute. He is a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London and worked for many years in the industry as a menswear designer, design director and entrepreneur with such companies as Dunhill, Stefanel, Byblos, Burberry and Liberty,  Leslie has over 20 years’ experience in international higher education and is a member of the executive board of the worldwide education network IFFTI (International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes).

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Amandine Labbe

Stylist teacher at ESMOD Roubaix - Amandine has an aesthetic and contemporain culture earned in the field of luxe. With her caring of others and her artistic background, she has a "Creative" spirit allowing to develop the perspective of Simon : see orthopedics devices as a fashion accessory. Then the creative duo was born. Together they launched U-exist brand in 2014. Inspiring by art, fashion and technology, they conceive, develop personnalization services and range of trend accessories adjusting from the patient's style and their orthopedic devices. With her appreciation of tomorrow's trends and her knowledge of style, Amandine, Artistic director becomes the creative pillar. Simon, CEO is the orthopedic's technician, involving on the research and development, for more and more innovation. Just as craft, they use custom made technique, knowledge, expertise and creation in the service of human. Combining aesthetic and technique for aseptic orthopedic devices, Amandine pushes away the borders of handicap.

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Victor Kaiser

Graduated from Fine and Applied Arts Skopje, Viktor is currently a casting manager for Fashion Weekend Skopje. Recently, he took the second position on the regional competition held by London Fashion Scout in Belgrade. He currently studies Design and Engineering of clothing at the Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy and work as a consultant for the leading textile companies in Macedonia representing the millennial spirit in fashion as a future of the industry.