Jim Goddard, Innovation Director, Nike
Bio coming soon.
Karin Ekberg, Head of Environmental Services, Adidas Group
Karin has a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from Gothenburg and Zuerich technical universities. Later, post-studies in environmental management at the University of Zuerich were conducted, including a project developing an ethical-social-environmental rating system for companies.
Karin has 25 years’ experience working in Switzerland, Brazil, Sweden and Germany. Karin has worked as a project manager to build plants, consult and manage in all areas of environment; such as end-of-pipe treatment, risk assessments, M&A, ISO 14001, ISO 26000; in global management positions at global consultancies and industries. In January 2009, Karin joined the Social & Environmental Affairs Team of the adidas Group in Germany as Head of Environmental Services. Her key responsibilities and advisory function is focused on the development of Group environmental strategies and management systems including reporting processes as well as environmental research and material science.
Michelle Harvey, Senior Project Manager, Environmental Defense Fund
Michelle Mauthe Harvey co-leads Environmental Defense Fund's on-site partnership with Walmart in Bentonville, AR advancing sustainable business practices throughout its operations and supply chain. She is one of two staff members responsible for opening the new Arkansas office.
Michelle’s primary areas of responsibility include chemicals, alternative energy, human and environment interactions, sustainability training for Walmart buyers, sustainable forestry, agriculture and seafood, carbon life cycle inventory and analysis, and facilitating strategic coordination among environmental organizations engaged with Walmart. She also serves on the EDF Diversity Committee.
Kate Heiny, Senior Group Manager of Sustainability, Target
Kate Heiny is the Senior Group Manager of Sustainability for Target, a Fortune 50 company that has more than 1,700 stores in 49 states. She leads the enterprise-wide sustainability strategy for Target, including operational innovation, public policy and business integration. She was ranked #73 on ETHISPHERE Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics in 2010.
Prior to Target, she was a consultant with environmental consulting firms on the east coast. She earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies and M.S. in Environmental Science from Tulane University and her M.B.A. from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.
Frank Hugelmeyer, President & CEO, Outdoor Industry Association
Frank Hugelmeyer is the president & CEO of Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) and a twenty-five year industry veteran with extensive experience in retail, brand development, R&D, manufacturing and association management. With offices in Colorado and Washington D.C., OIA provides trade services for a who’s who of over 1,300 manufacturers, suppliers and retailers in the global outdoor lifestyle supply chain.
Under his direction, OIA created its brand, formed the Outdoor Foundation, established international trade programs, developed the OIA Eco Index and published an extensive market research library. OIA is now widely recognized as an authority on the supply chain, sustainability, retail sales, consumer trends and related public policy.
Prior to OIA, Frank directed a division of Lowe Alpine and global sales and marketing for Bodyguard Fitness, a subsidiary of AB Aritmos. He began his career at Paragon Sporting Goods, the iconic New York City retailer. He has served on advisory boards for The Outdoor Foundation, National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity, The National Forum on Children and Nature, Western Governors’ Association and President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors.
Peter Iliopoulos, CPA, CA
Peter Iliopoulos is Senior Vice-President, Public and Corporate Affairs of Gildan Activewear Inc. Gildan is a leading supplier of quality branded basic family apparel, including T-shirts, fleece, sport shirts, socks and underwear.
Mr. Iliopoulos joined Gildan in 2002 and is responsible for all aspects pertaining to public and governmental affairs, corporate social responsibility, human resources, legal and governance, taxation, customs duties and trade legislation at all of Gildan’s jurisdictions worldwide. Prior to joining Gildan, he spent three years leading the taxation departments for a public company in the manufacturing sector and for a company in the mutual fund industry. Mr. Iliopoulos spent the first eight years of his professional career at KPMG specializing in the areas of taxation, auditing and accounting.
Mr. Iliopoulos is a chartered accountant and a member of the Quebec Order of Chartered Accountants since 1994.
Mr. Iliopoulos is a graduate of McGill University (Bachelor of Commerce, 1991, Graduate Diploma in Public Accountancy, 1993).
Bernhard Kiehl, Fabrics Division Sustainability, W.L. Gore & Associates
Bernhard Kiehl has led the sustainability program of the Fabrics Division of W.L. Gore & Associates since 2009. He is currently located at Gore's facilities in Elkton, Maryland. Before that, Bernhard worked as the product specialist for Gore’s global GORE® Cover business which provides a leading composting technology for organic wastes. Prior to that he was responsible for Gore’s environmental, health and safety program in Germany. Bernhard started his professional career 1993 at the Bavarian Environmental Protection Agency. Bernhard enjoys hiking, skiing and riding his motorbike and lives with his family in Newark, Delaware.
Punit Lalbhai, Executive Director, Arvind Mills
Bio coming soon.
Anderson Lee, Vice Chairman, Sustainable Fashion Business Consortium (SFBC)
Anderson Lee is the Business Director of the Hong Kong Non-Woven Group; Business Director of Hong Kong Bonding Fabric Co. Ltd; CEO of Pinneco Research Limited; Vice Chairman of the Sustainable Fashion Business Consortium (SFBC); Executive Committee Member/Director of the Hong Kong Intimate Apparel Industries' Association (HKIAIA); Convenor in the Fashion Industry Development Committee of the HKSAR Legislative Council (FIDC); General Committee Member of The Textile Council (TC), A Board Member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition(SAC); Sustainability Working Group Voting Member of the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA); Compliance Committee of the Global Apparel, Footwear and Textiles Industry (GAFTI); steering member of the Global Recycle Standard; speaker at CCBF’s and China Water Risk’s 2°C+ Water and Prime Source Forum; and international judge of EcoChic Design Awards 2012 and 2013.
Maritha Lorenzton, Social Sustainability Coordinator, H&M
Maritha Lorentzon has worked at H&M since 1982. She has been part of H&M Sustainability Department since 1998, and primarily been responsible for developing the social auditing program for H&M’s supply chain. Recently her focus has changed to coordinate H&M’s memberships and partnerships in various global organizations such as Better Work, FLA, SAC etc and represent H&M at various global forum. Prior to that Maritha worked as a buyer at H&M, Young Division, and thereafter posted in H&M production office in Hong Kong, responsible for production planning in various Asian countries.
Rick Ridgeway, VP of Environmental Initiatives and Special Media Projects, Patagonia
Rick Ridgeway is Patagonia’s Vice President of Environmental Initiatives. Rick and his team implement the second two of the company’s three-part mission statement “to make the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, and use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis”. He oversees the company’s environmental grant-making, internal and external environmental education, and environmental initiatives including Freedom to Roam, a partnership with the World Wildlife Fund to protect for wildlife cores and corridors, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, over 60 of the world’s largest apparel and footwear companies working to develop standardized tools to measure sustainability, and Common Threads, a partnership with customers to take mutual responsibility for the full life-cycle of apparel and footwear.
Before joining Patagonia, Rick was owner/president of Adventure Photo & Film, a leading stock photo and film agency. In addition, Rick is recognized as one of the world’s foremost mountaineers. With three companions he was the first American to summit K2, considered the hardest mountain in the world to climb, and he has done other significant climbs and explorations on all continents. He has produced and directed many adventure shows for television, his magazine articles have appeared in Outside, National Geographic, and he is the author of six books, including Seven Summits, The Shadow of Kilimanjaro and Below Another Sky. National Geographic honored him with its “Lifetime Achievement in Adventure” award. Rick lives with his wife in Ojai, California, and they have three grown children.
Amy Roberts, Director of Sustainability, Mountain Equipment Co-Op
Amy Roberts is Director of Sustainability at Mountain Equipment Co-op where she directs the Canadian outdoor retailer’s commitment to Corporate and Product Sustainability. Prior to joining MEC, Roberts worked for 6 years as Vice President of Government Affairs for Outdoor Industry Association where she managed the outdoor industry’s lobbying efforts focused on trade and recreation policy as well as the preservation of wild places to play. During her time at OIA, Amy also facilitated the development of the outdoor industry’s Eco Index, a tool to measure the environmental footprint of products. That effort has grown in size and is now known as the HIGG Index under the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. Roberts has a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Missouri and has worked as journalist, on political campaigns and served as press secretary to the governor of Idaho. She also spent six years as Director of Government Affairs for Micron Technology.