Join the Thomson Reuters Foundation in partnership with Ashoka Changemakers for a 1-hour online live Twitter Chat on Thursday 01 December from 1.15 – 2.15 pm GMT to discuss sustainable fashion.
Maria Almazan, Ashoka Fellow and CEO of Latitude
María is contributing to the transformation of the apparel industry in Europe by placing sustainability across the whole value chain through an open and free network to connect all the actors involved. She is addressing the challenges of the European textile industry’s key stakeholders—manufacturers, brands and consumers—by helping them adopt new ways of working and consuming. She aims to grow her network to at least 20 factories in Spain that generate 300-500 jobs in the local textile industry in the next 5 years, then replicate the model in Italy and beyond.
Katie Nguyen, Thomson Reuters Foundation
Katie Nguyen has been a journalist with Reuters and the Thomson Reuters Foundation for more than 17 years. She spent five years as a Nairobi-based correspondent covering East Africa and reporting on a host of issues including conflict, civil unrest, hunger and social issues for Reuters. For the past seven years, she has worked for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, most recently driving coverage of human trafficking and modern day slavery before changing roles to focus on editing stories from Foundation reporters around the world.
Marianne is a blogger, speaker and Entrepreneur. She writes about sustainability in the fashion industry and was chosen by Ashoka and C&A Foundation as their Fabric of Change Youth Blogger. She is passionate about the role fashion and technology have in inspiring the young generation to be a part of climate action. As Founder and CEO of Knowlabel she is working with fashion retailers to grow and measure consumer engagement with sustainability. In 2016 she was named by StartUps UK as a 'Young Entrepreneur to Watch' and by Real Leaders as a 'Visionary Young Leader'. She is also the Fabric of Change Youth Blogger Prize winner!