Stefano Bernasconi is CEO at Clerici Tessuto, a leading company in the creation and production of textiles and accessories for major luxury brands worldwide. He landed the position after gaining a profound knowledge developed over a few decades of experience in the textile and fashion industry and particularly for major companies operating specifically with "Made in Italy" high end luxury products.
His professional experience spans from strategic and operational consultancy in many different European and Asian global companies. Bernasconi has an extensive International experience and is an expert on the issues of introducing new technologies in business models.
Caterina Occhio is a former development aid manager with over 15 years experience in supporting employment and institutional reform.
She worked extensively for the European Commission, different UN agencies and from 2002, she specialized in the socio- economic integration of women.
In 2007 she founded and was the secretar general of the SEED foundation.
In 2008, she led the team charged with improving the effectiveness of the European Commission’s external aid programmes, and in 2010 she became EU policy adviser for the new employment strategy in Tunisia.
In her quest to help and improve women’s conditions in the MENA region, in 2013 Occhio took a leap of faith and launched SeeMe the first fair trade verified brand of the MENA region.
In 2015 and 2017, Occhio has been guest speaker at Conde Nast International conference on Luxury by Suzy Menkes.
She was a key note speaker at the First Ladies Luncheon during the 71st session of the UN General Assembly in New York.
In 2018 she received Palladio award for SCR in jewellery and was the testimonial of Marella, MaxMara group, campaign for the collection designed with them.
Via SeeMe she provided ethical sourcing to brands the like of Karl Lagerfeld, Missoni, Pucci, Mulberry, Tommy. Since October, Occhio is the coordinator of UN program for social entrepreneurship in the Mediterranean.
Marina Spadafora is known worldwide for her experimental and sophisticated knitwear brand with boutiques in Milan and Florence.
She has collaborated with Prada, Miu Miu and Ferragamo e Marni.
Marina’s work has always involved a strong interest in social and environmental issues.
Marina believes that ethics and aesthetics can coincide. Her motto is “ Fashion with a mission."
Marina was Creative Director of “Auteurs du Monde”, the ethical fashion brand of Altromercato, entirely made up of producers belonging to the World Fair Trade Organisation for the respect of people and the environment.
She worked directly with the United Nations to bring development to emerging economies through fashion.
In 2015, she received the United Nations “Women Together Award” in New York for her work with handcrafted textiles in the world.
She is the Italian coordinator of the Fashion Revolution and has done a TED Talk on the theme of “Consumer Power.”
Marina is a consultant for luxury fashion brands.
Fashion writer and journalist, she is currently Senior Editor at L’Officiel Italia. She has worked for different Italian fashion publications like Amica, Vanity Fair, D-La Repubblica. She has had a monthly column on Amica dealing with sustainability and technology in fashion. Among today collaborations, she writes for the daily newspaper Il Messaggero, MFFashion online, and she is responsible - as contributor at large - of the different supplements of the magazine Vanity Fair.
Sustainability as respect for the environment, but also as social and economic sustainability, or rather Responsible Innovation, is no longer a side issue or specific to the fashion industry but has now become the driving force behind the future of the industry.
An international panel of experts will discuss what has been done, what is being done and what can be done.
Stefano Bernasconi CEO Clerici Tessuto & C. S.p.A
Caterina Occhio, Founder & CEO See Me
Marina Spadafora, Ethical Fashion Consultant and National Coordinator Fashion Revolution.
Silvia Paoli Senior editor L’Officiel Italia