With Jackie’s abundance of qualifications consisting of a BA Degree in English and Political Philosophy, PGDIP in Sustainable Development from Stellenbosch University, PDDIP in Marketing Management from UNISA and a MA in Philosophy from the University of London, she has certainly created an expert name for herself within industry. Jackie has gained over twenty-five years of industry experience from the work she has done in a medium-big mainstream media organizations within London and South Africa. Jackie has certainly created a name for herself due to her qualifications, industry experience as well as producing content for print, digital and television. Jackie’s industry experience also consists of an editorship working with the South African edition of Marie Clare magazine as well as the Cape Town edition of The Times Newspaper. In 2018 Jackie founded Twyg which is an online platform that focuses on promoting modern, sustainable living for which she creates social media, exhibitions, campaigns, stories, and events. As a cultural role player, Twyg’s mission is to change behavior and to advance sustainability through creating people and planet-friendly desires and aspirations. Jackie has a true passion for supporting the creative economy and a transition towards a circular economy, which is why Jackie launched the Twyg Sustainable Fashion Awards in 2019.
Laura Llonch is an expert in the Sustainable Fashion and Creative industries due to her qualifications and more than six years of experience working in the creative industry. Laura received her BA degree in Fashion Design from LCI International University in Barcelona as well as receiving her master’s degree in Sustainable Fashion and Creative Industries at Akademie Mode & Design in Berlin. She has used her background as a Fashion Designer to explore different paths in the fashion ecosystem that allowed her to understand its complexity and potential to drive change. She uses her slow fashion philosophy to craft products in small-scale businesses as well as driving the concept of eco-consciousness in fast-paced environments whilst still working for a large corporation. Her aim is to help organizations to conceptualize and develop new sustainable products and services by addressing the collective needs (Planet and Humans) as well as reframing the design paradigm towards a more democratic future.
I have a B.A. in Fashion Design from LCI International University in Barcelona and I recently graduated with a Master’s degree in Sustainability in Fashion and Creative Industries at Akademie Mode & Design in Berlin.
I am a Berlin-based Sustainable Designer and Researcher with 6+ years of experience working within the creative industries. Due to my background as a fashion designer, I have been able to explore different paths in the fashion ecosystem that allowed me to understand its complexity and potential to drive change. From crafting products with a slow fashion philosophy in small-scale businesses to creating strategies and awakening eco-consciousness at the heart of fast-paced environments while working at a big corporation. I aim to help organizations to conceptualize and develop new sustainable products and services, by addressing the collective needs (planet & humans) and reframing the design paradigm towards a more democratic future.
Sarah Botha is a fundamental asset to the fashion industry due to her expertise in circular design. She started her journey by obtaining a BA degree in Journalism & Media Studies, and Sociology and then furthering her studies by doing a BA honours in sociology. After her studies, Sarah gained work experience in PR across tourism, education, and tech sectors but ultimately it was her love and appreciation for beauty in clothing as well as her conviction in bettering the world through her work that redirected her career path into Sustainable fashion. Sarah received her master’s degree in sustainable fashion & creative industries (with distinction) on her research topic being: ‘Rethinking Textile Waste as a Resource in Southern Africa’. Sarah also managed to be in the top three of her master’s program. Currently, Sarah is freelancing as a circular design consultant whilst being a researcher and curator of circular design case studies for World Circular Textiles.
I have recently completed my MA in Sustainable Fashion & Creative Industries ultimately graduating with distinction and finishing within the top three of the program. My MA thesis, ‘Rethinking Textile Waste as a Resource in Southern Africa’ was also awarded the best in the Circular Design category. Additionally, I have a BA Honours in Sociology, and a BA in Journalism & Media Studies, and Sociology.
Before my Masters, I worked in marketing and PR across tourism, education, and tech sectors, but it was both my love and appreciation for beauty in clothing, as well as my deep conviction in working to better the world, that challenged me to switch course from my career and pursue sustainable fashion. I am now freelancing as a circular design consultant, working with smaller fashion brands as they look to adopt circular business models. Additionally, I am a researcher and curator of circular textile case studies for World Circular Textiles Day which is a cross-industry project that celebrates the efforts of companies, organizations, and individuals working towards a circular textiles future.
An expert in the global footwear industry, Ridhwana Shaik has run numerous businesses over the years. Starting her journey at Milan’s renowned footwear and leather goods school, Ridhwana was enraptured by the art of design and subsequently went on to acquire skills lending to bespoke footwear construction from master Cordwainer in the United States of America. Recently, Ridhwana has founded a sustainability design consultancy named Green Start Ideas. The company focuses on aiding brands in navigating the transition to a leaner circular economy. Her admirable background in sustainability and deeper focus into the circular economy has afforded her the opportunity to work closely with both local and international clients which grants her a valuable universal perspective on the industry.
Diandra started her academic journey at LISOF (Now STADIO) receiving her degree in Fashion Design. She furthered her studies by receiving her Honours Degree in Information Design from the University of Pretoria and she is currently busy with her master’s degree in ‘Sustainable approaches within the fashion design praxis’ from the University of Johannesburg. Diandra is a full-time lecturer at the STADIO School of Fashion focusing on Creative Design for the third-year students. While being a lecturer Diandra is also a module coordinator for Creative Design developing a program that ensuring that the students are industry ready. Diandra has more than six years of experience as an academic over a variety of modules whilst three and a half years of experience residing at STADIO School of Fashion (formerly LISOF). Diandra is one of the most passionate academics that focuses on creating a problem-solving mindset within her students, which can be used in class regarding their designs as well as problems found within industry. Diandra is also an advocate for investigating sustainable approaches within design processes and she cultivates this concept in the minds of her students.
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Cyril Naicker has a wealth of experience in the industry with major brands. Currently, he is the Chief Sustainability Officer at Plain Tiger. Cyril also serves as the Chief Executive at Imprint Luxury and the Country Coordinator at Fashion Revolution South Africa. With over twenty years in the apparel sphere, Cyril has dealt with every point of the fashion value chain, from start to finish. He has built a strong ethical stance on fashion as he has participated in an array of panel discussions and even represented South Africa at the United Nations discussion on sustainable fashion.