PI Apparel 2018 | Speakers
Li & Fung
Abinash Sahoo is a Senior Manager in Li & Fung (LF) managing the virtual design and related upstream and downstream projects in the company. He is responsible for engaging with customers, key technology partners and the factories to digitalize the product development lifecycle with the aim of increasing speed, reducing waste and increasing profitability. Abinash joined LF in 2015 as a management associate through the company’s PMD program before taking over his current role in 2016.
Alex Thomas is the Vice President of Manufacturing Excellence and Technical Services at VF. He has spent his professional life between Europe and Asia working with various brands and retailers. In the 1990's, Alex was based in Switzerland, India, Denmark and London working with various European fashion brands. In 2002, Alex moved to China to work with K-Swiss where he led the company's portfolio of brands in China and SE Asia in many functions from Design and Development through to Operations, Production and Quality over a 10 year period. In 2012, Alex joined VF Asia in Hong Kong, where he is currently based leading the Engineering teams and VF's 3rd Way program.
Alexis Kantor is the VP of Apparel and Accessories Product Development and leads a team of over 100 people based in Target Headquarters. The team’s mission is to develop Target’s owned brand products that deliver exceptional guest experiences. Through continuous innovations, technology, research, body size studies, construction standards and in collaboration with our designers, vendors, merchants and sourcing partners, the product development team focuses on ensuring quality, fit, function and value for the guest.
Sustainable Apparel Coalition
Anderson Lee is a frequent speaker on apparel and sustainable forums. He is Chairman of the Sustainable Fashion Business Consortium (SFBC); a board member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) in the U.S. since 2013 and be re-elected for another term; a Director of Hong Kong Intimate Apparel Industries’ Association (HKIAIA); a convenor in the Fashion Industry Development Committee (FIDC) of the HKSAR. Lee has been a voting member of the Outdoor Industry Association Sustainability Working Group in the U.S. since 2008 in the creation and piloting of the Eco Index. In Hong Kong, Lee steers a number of government-funded projects to foster coherence among innovators and contributors in Hong Kong and China in alignment with the 12th through the 13th Five Year Plan. This includes building a guidebook for SMEs to achieve triple-bottom-line through the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the Low Carbon Manufacturing Programme (LCMP) to provide effective carbon emission disclosure and reduction. Lee actively promotes awareness among the industry through addressing Greenpeace’s ‘Dirty Laundry’ report, among investors as a panel speaker at the 2°C+ Water organized by China Water Risk and the BIP Forum in 2016 showcasing the success of latest homegrown and collaborated textile technologies and helping to groom a Circular Economy. Lee has been invited as one of the judges for the EcoChic Design Award in Hong Kong since 2012 to 2017, a judge for the Bank of China Corporate Environmental Leadership Awards for 2016 and 2017 and a judge for the World Fashion Design Competition for 2016 and 2017. The goal is to bring awareness through leading practice sharing in Hong Kong and China.
G2000 (Apparel) Limited
Andy Wong joined G2000 (Apparel) Limited in 2016 as the Group CIO and in this capacity, is responsible for the Group’s overall Digital and Information Technology strategy and development, as well as it’s complete IT function. Andy has more than 26 years of IT and electronic commerce experience with specific industry exposure to the retail, manufacturing, internet, airline and financial sectors. Prior to joining G2000, Andy was appointed as Group Head of IT for Trinity Limited, and as the CIO of the Greater China and Asia Pacific regions with Chanel in 2012. Andy was recently appointed as Chairman of the HK Retail Technology Industry Association Advisory Board.
Clover Group International Limited
A graduate of the Diocesan Girls' School, Angie began her career with a 17-year spell at the Shun Hing Group. She was eventually promoted to Managing Director of TDI, Transportation Displays Int'l Ltd., the exclusive advertising concessionaire for many of the territories’ major outdoor advertising contracts, including Kai Tak International Airport and Kowloon-Canton Railway. She subsequently joined Commercial Radio, the trendsetter of local audio broadcast, where she contributed as General Manager. In 2005, Angie answered the family calling and joined the Clover Group as CEO. Since then, Angie has been voted by Forbes Asia as one of Asia’s Power Business Women 2014 and was elected as the Chairwoman of The Hong Kong Intimate Apparel Industries' Association Ltd.
As a Director of Innovation at DECKERS Brands, Chris Hillyer contributes to the evolution of the product development process as well as leading other innovation projects. Chris got his start designing climbing equipment but quickly fell in love with the dynamic pace of footwear design as well as the wide array of materials and processes available. His passion for innovation has allowed him to participate in the design of shoes for Olympic athletes, Mountain Bikers and even a penguin. With the exciting new tools available to designers, developers and throughout the supply chain, Chris has become focused on re-envisioning the entire product creation process.
Chris has worked in Gap Inc. for 9 years in a variety of roles; today he acts as Sr. Director, Strategic Sourcing and Product Innovation. In this capacity, Chris supports and leads development of long-term vision, strategies, and operational plans related to product capabilities and technical innovation for Gap Inc. Chris also supports the company in the areas of trade policy, supply chain configuration, material strategy, quality strategy, and innovation ecosystem development.
Darren Glenister has over 20 years’ commercial experience, having worked as technology strategist and innovator in the fields of Fashion and Design. He built a workflow solution company focusing on fashion design efficiencies. The company was subsequently acquired by PTC. Darren is now VP of Innovation for PTC’s Retail division and is responsible for PTC’s retail IoT strategy.
Lever Style Inc.
Eddie Chan is the CEO of Lever Style Inc. He originally joined Lever Style in 1988 as Marketing Manager, taking up increasingly senior roles over 15 years until he left the company in 2003. He then rejoined Lever Style as president & COO in 2015.
In between his two stints at Lever Style, Eddie worked at vertically-integrated textile & garment manufacturer Esquel Group, where he held senior executive positions in a variety of areas including sales, production, technical development, and operational excellence. His last role was Group Director of Operational Excellence, reporting to Esquel’s Vice- Chairman & CEO. Before Esquel and Lever, Eddie started his career by serving short stints at TAL, Laws Group, and Mast Industries Ltd.
The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel
Edwin is the CEO of the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel. He is also on Faculty at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology where he teaches supply chain operations. Until April 2010 Edwin was the SVP COO of Wal-Mart Global Procurement. Prior to Wal-Mart Edwin managed a consulting group that has done work for companies on supply chain, manufacturing, and product design. The practice also did work for non- profit organizations and charities. Edwin co-founded the Consortium For Operational Excellence in Greater China (COER GC). The Consortium is sponsored by the Wharton School and Tsinghua University.
Erika Nitsch is the Data Science Lead at Metail, the revolutionary body shape and garment digitisation company. Her team's mission is to use retailers' and Metail's rich data assets to help deliver the best possible online shopping experience and uncover new efficiencies. She believes data science is the future of shopping: through Artificial Intelligence-led personalisation, deep learning-based computer vision, and rigorous experimental validation of game-changing ideas. Before turning her hand to solving the world's complex e-commerce problems, Erika was a research scientist based at the University of Oxford (DPhil 2012), where she used mass spectrometry analysis of ancient food to study a range of problems, from origins of the first cities, the collapse of the Roman Empire, to the Industrial Revolution.
Guy Alroy is Head of Products, managing the innovation and definition of EFI Optitex's product solutions, including its 3D and cloud platform. With a BSC in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on 3D and robotics, he joined EFI Optitex after leading several product and customer success teams in both BI and PLM enterprises, including Microsoft (MSFT) and Dassault Systèmes (DS). A founder of two startups, he also brings experience of delivering products from vision to development.
ShapeShifter Technology Limited
After completing a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, Hamish founded ShapeShifter Technology Ltd; an award-winning software company that specializes in reducing fabric consumption for apparel manufacturers. ShapeShifter has provided software and solutions to 1000s of manufacturers around the world. As a keen sportsman, Hamish is also a scratch handicap golfer and a National Touch Football representative.
H&M Far East Ltd
Henrik is the Head of IT for Global Production at H&M, one of the world’s leading fashion companies. He is responsible for driving the Global Production business unit’s IT and digitalization agenda. Henrik joined H&M in 2005 and has since held many different positions, such as Head of IT North America and Head of IT for New Business. His 20+ years of experience in IT also includes several years’ experience from management and IT consulting in different positions.
Profits Fund Global Holding Ltd
From a young age, Hilmond has been immersed in the world of garment manufacturing through the teachings of his father. He would listen to his father speak about various details that go into a garment, both directly and indirectly. In Hilmond’s mind, things like quality and construction have always gone hand in hand with social responsibility and sustainability to create a garment. It’s upon this foundation that Hilmond has built a passion towards the fashion industry, not simply manufacturing, but from raw materials, all the way to the end customer. It is Hilmond’s goal to bring a millenial element of surprise to his company, in order to revitalise and rebirth the entire supply chain, by way of rethinking and reworking the raison d’être in garment manufacturing. Currently, Hilmond works closely with numerous departments including raw material development and sourcing, product and development, merchandising, corporate social responsibility and sustainability, production, and marketing. It is Hilmond’s hope to influence belief in a new way of thinking in a still traditional fashion industry.
Co-operatives of Innovative Intellectuals
Ian is the Convener and Director of the Agile Blockchain Consortium, a non-profit organization in Hong Kong. His other commitments include his roles as CEO of Digital Transaction Limited, Managing Partner for InnoTech Venture Limited and Chairman of Co-operatives of Innovative Intellectuals. His current interests include investment in breakthrough/disruptive innovations, promotion of inclusion and innovation management, and visioning the future of business trends and landscapes.
Li & Fung
Idy Lee is Senior Vice President of the Digital Product Development Centre of Excellence and is responsible for leading and driving all operations for servicing the digital supply chain services in Product Development. Idy joined the Fung Group in 2004 as part of the Management Trainee Program and spent her first year rotating through various business units in both merchandising and operations roles and working closely with business leaders, merchandising teams, and customer teams on the Supply Chain & logistics landscape.
Jo Anne Benson heads up the Global Quality Assurance Team for Under Armour's Performance Brand based in Hong Kong; in this capacity, Jo Anne is responsible for production and post production quality for Footwear, Apparel & Accessories production. Jo Anne has 25 years in building and sustaining Quality Assurance & Manufacturing Excellence Platforms for Apparel, Footwear and Accessories for major sportswear and lifestyle companies including Under Armour, Limited Brands, Hollister and Abercrombie & Fitch. Her leadership has realised successful interfacing roles in Product Development, Manufacturing Operations, and Post Production/End Consumer Teams.
Julian Mussi is VP, Business Solutions for Discover e-Solutions Ltd. (DeSL), a global company delivering integrated web-based solutions for the Fashion, Apparel, Textile and Footwear sectors. Based out of DeSL’s San Francisco Bay Area office, Julian is product manager for DeSL’s range of color solutions as well as responsible for general business development. He has had the pleasure of working closely with leading organizations such as Target, Kohl's, Abercrombie & Fitch, Macy's, Nike, Pixar, Under Armour and Gap on software adoption and business process improvements. Julian has more than 20 years of experience in application development and digital color management. Before joining DeSL Julian worked as a public speaker, photographer and entrepreneur.
Taiwan Textile Federation
Since 2011, Justin has led the Federation to establish a pattern design studio to assist Taiwanese apparel industry in exploring and training young talents to be professional pattern makers. During the same time, he also initiated an apparel workshop to guide and help young designers and small fashion brands produce stylish apparel, particularly for small quantity production. In 2016, the Federation built up a design studio of whole garment by the way of collaborating with Shimaseki. In 2017, the Federation established a clothing technology lab in order to help the sportswear and outdoor wear fabric mills and garment manufacturers improve their manufacturing technology.
Top Form International
Keith Wong has nearly 10 years of experience working within the intimate apparel industry. He is currently working on Top Form International's sustainability development across China, Thailand and Cambodia and prepared Top Form’s first Sustainability Report in 2017. Keith is on one of the Executive Committees in the Hong Kong Intimate Apparel Industries’ Association (HKIAIA) and graduated from New York University.
Lynne M. Sprugel is Vice President and Managing Director, International Sourcing Operations for Academy International Limited, a subsidiary of Academy Sports and Outdoors, a US Sporting Goods and Outdoor Lifestyle Retailer based in Katy (Houston), Texas. Lynne moved to Hong Kong in January 2014 to establish the Hong Kong Sourcing Hub office for Asia expansion. Prior to January 2014, Lynne was Vice President of Global Sourcing at Academy, Ltd., based in Katy, TX, where she was responsible for the Global Sourcing function including Brand Management, Product Development, Raw Materials Sourcing, Technical Design, Global Production, Sourcing, Global Sourcing Technology &Quality Assurance (including QA Testing Center, Assembly Center, and Asia QA Inspection Team).
ThreadSol Private Limited
Nelly is the Business Development & Operations Executive for Pepkor Product Solutions. After 20 years of experience in retail or hypermarket business as Buying & Merchandise Director (CARREFOUR, Jennyfer, MIM,…), she decided to join the Pepkor Group in Shanghai. Nelly and her team provide all supports to the retailers in the Pepkor Group to improve the quality and consistency of the products with some new service tike the 3D.
Nicoline van Enter is the CEO of The Footwearists. Nicoline's background is in forecasting, journalism and engineering and over the last 25 years, she has consulted with leading footwear brands around the world including Timberland, Vans, Birkenstock, CAT and Diesel - as well as machine manufacturers like Atom and material suppliers like Stahl. Over the years, Nicoline has become an expert in applying new digital and biological technologies to footwear.
Nigel Lugg is Group Chairman of Prominent Europe specialising in fashion apparel supply. Prominent serves a broad client base offering men's shirts and suits, womenswear and casualwear to retailers across Europe; it has offices in Barcelona, Paris and Milan as well as London and Nottingham. It also owns the Chester Barrie brand and holds the menswear license for Richard James Mayfair. Prominent has a significant business manufacturing shirts, hosiery and intimates for Marks and Spencer. It acquired the Quantum Clothing Group in 2012 before restructuring it and merging it into Prominent Europe.
The Purpose Business
Pat is the Founder and Director of The Purpose Business (TPB) based in Hong Kong. A network of over 25 sustainability experts and enthusiasts, TPB is committed to making Asian businesses a force for responsible growth. Since it opened its doors to business in March 2015, TPB has been humbled to work with the region's strongest brands including MTR Corporation, Swire Properties, Gammon Construction, Trinity and Li&Fung, Huawei, Hong Kong Shanghai Hotels , Universal Robina Corporation, First Pacific and Metro Pacific Investments Company, Vitasoy, AES Vietnam and many more.
As a an Industrial Engineer with 30 years’ experience in apparel, cosmetic and retail organizations, Paul has had the opportunity to work through the supply chain from design to delivery. This has taken him from shopfloor work-study roles to PLM system implementations, training Engineers for Productivity Improvement programmes, and setting up and running Manufacturing Excellence projects. His real passion is in developing and realizing systems and processes that enable greater speed and productivity, supporting factories globally with implementing best practice manufacturing processes and physical layouts, including for the world’s first green and lean factory in Sri Lanka. Prior to joining Target Sourcing Services as Regional Director for Manufacturing Excellence, Paul led Manufacturing Excellence and QA Teams for Apparel, Accessories, Shoes, Jewellery and Soft Home for Walmart Global Sourcing.
Pete Santora joined SoftWear Automation in 2015 during the Research and Development phase. Today he helps support customers globally in home good manufacturing and has begun the commercialization of the SEWBOT® apparel automation, starting with the Digital T-Shirt Workline. Pete brings 10 years experience in growing high tech teams and commercializing IP. He was an Entrepreneur in Residence and research faculty member at the Advanced Technology Development Center at Georgia Tech, a Forbes "Top 10 Technology Incubator", where he mentored startup CEOs including SoftWear Automation. He is a former professional soccer player and serial entrepreneur.
Hanbo Enterprises Ltd.
Mr. Cheng Lap Yin (郑立言), is the cofounder and Chairman of Hanbo group. He is responsible for the strategic planning andoverall management of the Company’s business development.Mr. Cheng has almost 30 years of experience in the apparel industry. Mr. Cheng had worked in renowned garment trading companies and sourcing offices before establishing Hanbo. In 1991, he established Hanbo Enterprises Limited with two partners. He has been responsible forthe company’sbusiness development and marketing and successfully led the group to list on the mainboard of the Hong Kong Exchange in July 2014. Currently he is leading the transformation of Hanbo to a data-centric supply chain management company.
Richard has been resident in HK for most of the last 30 years and has worked in all areas of the fashion industry including founding and operating a number of brands and retail businesses. In recent years he has been focused on new approaches to sales, distribution, and marketing and most recently developing a completely new approach to fashion product development bringing product to market faster and more efficiently with the GMS Showroom.
Robert has always been actively involved in academia through out his career; having written and developed a MA program in Fashion Management, lecturing for the past 8 years and undertaken the first stages of his Ph.D in Luxury Management and communications with the Swedish University of Borås. Prior to moving to Hong Kong he was based in Dubai and had established a successful creative marketing agency in with key clients in Singapore, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Offering services from concept, brand and strategy development through to creative direction and production on campaigns for TV, print and digital.
Ronnie leads Target’s Manufacturing Center of Excellence in Hong Kong which includes Manufacturing Excellence, Raw Materials Assurance and Workforce Management teams, among others. Ronnie has worked in the apparel supply chain in Asia for nearly 20 years, leading field teams in Social Responsibility, Quality and Product Safety. He has also lead programs to reduce waste in the supply chain through vendor accreditations and certification. He has lead global teams to build product standards & testing for all global markets, including China market compliance.
Sandra Gagnon is the Director of 3D Virtual Transformation within the Target Apparel & Accessories Product Design and Development team. Her role focuses on leading the transformation in 3D Virtual Product Development as well as Children’s Apparel Technical Design. She has been with Target since 1997 in various capacities of Sourcing and Product Development. Sandra holds a Master’s Degree from University of Wisconsin – Stout focused on Woven Design.
Sandra Kuijpers has extensive experience in the field, starting in managing CAD-CAM departments at Du Pon & De Bruin, Articles and Hugo Boss for the Boss Black Woman line. In 2005 Sandra left the industry to teach CAD pattern drawing at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute - AMFI. During this time Sandra worked with Lectra, Assyst and Gerber and began researching 3D virtual prototyping and teaching 3D virtual garment simulation. At AMFI, Sandra belongs to the research group for Fashion and Technology, and combines these activities with her MPhil studies at the University of Manchester, where she is researching the relationship between physical and virtual fabric drapes created from objective fabric properties.
Sarah Chessis is the Founder and CEO of Isabella Wren. She is a former finance sales specialist turned fashion maven and exceptional entrepreneur who is the driving force behind Isabella Wren. After spending time with Mondial-d getting into the fashion trade, Sarah broke out on her own in 2013 and has since built Isabella Wren into a well respected high end women’s custom clothing brand. It was Sarah who had the vision to combine the latest digital technology with beautiful clothing design to make Isabella Wren what it is today. Her inspirations are behind all the Company’s designs and it is her determination to find the solution to fit that has pushed the Company to leverage 3D technology and smart pattern systems to produce wonderful clothes for professional women. Her previous working experience in the world of finance included time spent at highly respected institutions such as Religare, BNP Paribas, E*TRADE Financial, Societe General and ING Barings.
Mr Shen Yaxin is VP & CFO of Peacebird Group as well as VP, Brand of the Ledin brand. Before joining Peacebird, Mr. Shen worked as Finance Director of Guilin Daewoo Bus Co., Ltd and as VP, CFO and Secretary of the Board of Zhejiang IDC Fluid Control Co. Ltd. Mr. Shen graduated from the North China University of Technology where he majored in accounting and has a CPA certificate. Mr Shen has also completed the Harvard Business School Senior Executive Program of China.
Shiru Zhang is the Procurement Engineering Manager within the Business Development & Operations Department of Pepkor Group. In this role, he bridges suppliers, sourcing and retail to assist the realisation of their 3D project from a procurement engineering perspective. Shiru originally joined Pepstores, the biggest apparel retailer in Africa and within the Pepkor Group. After two solid years of retail experience, he was appointed to Supply Chain Project Manager in Hong Kong to set up the sourcing supply chain to truly apply and meet retail’s needs at the port of origin.
With over 20 years of experience in the supply chain industry, Stephane clearly understands the challenges involved in end-to-end manufacturing. Pivot88 was born out of his own experience with the supply chain, specifically when he worked in remote quality management and supply chain optimization. Pivot88 focuses on helping companies overcome quality management challenges through the use of emergent technologies that provide visibility into the most vulnerable and riskiest parts of the supply chain.
Tom is the CEO and Founder of Metail, the revolutionary body shape and garment fit visualisation company. An Economics graduate from Cambridge, Tom's career has spanned all forms of new media, from Sportal to 3 and most recently as Head of Gaming at Inspired Gaming Group. Tom has also founded the Cambridge technology start-up recruitment fair Silicon Milkround Cambridge, has been an active member of the UK government's DCMS Think Tank on the Convergence of Media (2009), a Demos working group on technology legislation and is the inspiration behind the launch of the government’s Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS). Tom is also a patron for the creative industries incubator MeWe360 and a Non-Executive Director of emerging personal wellness technology startup Chiaro.
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Dr Mok is Associate Professor, Fashion & Textile Technology - Clothing at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Her current research interests are in the areas of fashion pattern engineering, fashion 2D and 3D CAD, digital human modelling, 3D scanning and sizing, cloth simulation, deep learning, computer generated textile, sketch and pattern designs, computer vision and computer graphics in fashion applications, advanced data analysis and artificial intelligent applications in the fashion industry.
VF Asia Ltd.
Veit Geise is Vice President Product Supply for VF Asia Ltd. In this capacity, Veit is responsible for the Sourcing Divisions of Jeanswear, Sportswear and Workwear, comprising of brands including Lee, Wrangler, Nautica, Napapijri, Rock & Republic and Timberland. Before joining VF Corporation in 2007, Veit worked for the German Mail Order Company, Otto Group.
TY Garments USA,LLC
Mr. Xinhong Tang is the President of Suzhou Industrial Park Tianyuan Garments Co., Ltd., an enterprise that sits within the top 50
companies in China for textiles and apparel. Mr. Tang has devoted himself to garment manufacturing for 40 years and focuses on learning, reference and innovation. Under his leadership, the enterprise has won more than 20 national patents. Moreover, Mr. Tang invented E lines,
bridge application in hanger lines and AGV application in garment production processes. He actively drives PPA applications in garment production processes, which optimizes traditional garment production processes.
Passion for materials? Check. Design product development? Check. Visualization production for 15 years? Double check. Yazan Malkosh currently leads the team at swatchbook in creating a cloud platform meant to revolutionize the exploration, visualization and sharing of materials. His previous experience includes architecting product design tools for some of the worlds largest design brands in apparel, footwear and the automotive industries.
TY Garments USA,LLC
Yong Duan (David), graduated from Tongji University with a Master’s Degree. After graduation, Yong worked for the China
Telecom Institute for over 10 years, leading a research and development department. In March 2017, he joined TY Garments USA, LLC as Project Manager. Yong has been recognized as a strong leader who is proactive, open minded and responsible through his daily interaction and project