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The Expert Panel

The Expert Panel of the Global Change Award are chosen for their extensive knowledge within fashion, sustainability, circularity and innovation. With their invaluable expertise, they help us identify the five pioneering innovations that are best equipped to push the fashion industry forward to become circular. All members of the Expert Panel work pro bono.

Wanjira Mathai
Chair of the Wangari Maathai Foundation
Malin Åkerman
Actress and environmental activist
Tariq Fancy
Founder and Chairman at Rumie, and Chief Investment Officer of Sustainable Investing, BlackRock
Abrima Erwiah
Co-Founder and President, Studio One Eighty Nine
Betelhem Dessie
CEO of iCog ACC (Anyone Can Code) and Project Advisor of Solve IT
Vanessa Cheung
Founder of The Mills
Burak Cakmak
Dean, Parsons School of Design
Rosario Dawson
Actress and Co-Founder, Studio One Eighty Nine
Sonam K Ahuja
Actress
William McDonough
Chief Executive McDonough Innovation and Co-Founder, Fashion For Good
Previous Expert Panels

Since the start in 2015, our Expert Panels have been an incredible resource, able to recognize a concept’s full potential even at an early stage. The individuals on the each year's panel have distinguished themselves in their respective field and brought invaluable perspectives and insights on what is essential on the journey towards a circular fashion future.

2019
Tariq Fancy
Founder and Chairman at Rumie, and Chief Investment Officer of Sustainable Investing, BlackRock
Leila Janah
Social entrepreneur, CEO and Founder Samasource and LXMI
Edwin Keh
CEO of The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel
Steven Kolb
President and CEO The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA)
Chiling Lin
Actress and sustainability influencer
Wanjira Mathai
Chair of the Wangari Maathai Foundation
William McDonough
Chief Executive McDonough Innovation and Co-Founder, Fashion For Good
Bandana Tewari
Contributor, The Business of Fashion
Amy Webb
Quantitative Futurist and Founder of the Future Today Institute, Professor of Strategic Foresight at the New York University Stern School of Business
2018
Bandana Tewari
Editor-at-large, Vogue India
Chiling Lin
Actress and sustainability influencer
Dame Ellen MacArthur
Founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation
David Roberts
Distinguished Faculty, Singularity University
Edwin Keh
CEO of The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel
Lewis Perkins
President Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute
Sophia Bendz
Executive in residence at Atomico
Steven Kolb
President and CEO The Council of Fashion Designers of America
Vikram Widge
Head of Climate and Carbon Finance at World Bank Group
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez
Youth Director, Earth Guardians
2017
Amber Valletta
Supermodel, actress, entrepreneur and sustainability influencer
Dame Ellen MacArthur
Founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation
David Roberts
Founder of Exponential Leadership, Chairman in 1Qbit Information Technologies Inc.
Ellis Rubinstein
President and CEO, The New York Academy of Sciences
Franca Sozzani
Editor in Chief of Vogue Italia
Johan L. Kuylenstierna
Executive Director for Stockholm Environment Institute
Lewis Perkins
President, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute
Rebecca Earley
Professor in Sustainable Textile and Fashion
Vikram Widge
Head of Climate and Carbon Finance at the World Bank Group
2016
Amber Valletta
Supermodel, actress, entrepreneur and sustainability influencer
Ellis Rubinstein
President and CEO, The New York Academy of Sciences
Eva Kruse
CEO, Danish Fashion Institute; CEO, Copenhagen Fashion Week
Franca Sozzani
Editor in Chief of Vogue Italia
Johan Rockström
Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) and Professor in Environmental Science at Stockholm University
Ma Jun
Director, Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, China
Michael Braungart
Academic Chair “Cradle to Cradle for Innovation and Quality” at Erasmus University Rotterdam
Rebecca Earley
Professor in Sustainable Textile and Fashion Design at University of the Arts

Global Change Award is an innovation challenge initiated by H&M Foundation, aiming to make fashion circular.
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