April 21 2017


  • Tom Flicker, Ph.D.
  • Kristin Kimm
  • Miguel Sanchez
  • Alan McClay
  • Kurt Schlaepfer
  • Brent Crossland
  • Dr. Alberto di Conti
  • Enrique Silla
  • Andreas Dorner
  • Dr. Sedef Uncu Aki
  • Paulina Szmydke
  • Sanjeev Bahl


Cost of

Experts and innovators from all along the denim supply chain spotlight the opportunities and eventual costs of making the denim supply chain truly sustainable.

toxic future:

is the scary part of hazardous chemicals on the way?


April 21 2017

9:30am - 2:30pm
Klonneplein 4-6
1014 DD Amsterdam

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Kingpins Transformers is a series of conferences focusing on the social, environmental and economic challenges facing the denim industry and spotlighting solutions being created by leading members of the denim community.


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Join us for coffee and refreshments.

9:30am - 2:30pm
The morning session will consist of 10-minute presentations from each of our speakers, and an afternoon session will be open to the audience for questions and discussion.


Our speakers, representing all the different points in the denim supply chain, will give short 10-minute presentations offering real-life situations, the latest research and progress the denim industry has made toward sustainability.
After the presentations are made, the panelists and attendees will all participate in an open and candid discussion of the solutions that have been proposed.

Tom Flicker, Ph.D.

Principal, Sustainable Product Development at Target

The Cost of Sustainability: Retail

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Tom Flicker, Ph.D., Sustainable Product Development, Target

As Principal, Sustainable Product Development at Target, Tom leads sustainability for Target’s owned brand products within Apparel, Home, Hardlines, and Essentials. His team is responsible for the creation of policies and strategies to deliver products with more sustainable and responsible materials. Tom holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry and prior to Target worked in various material and product development roles at Kimberly-Clark.

Kristin Kimm

Sr. Designer of Denim at Target

The Cost of Sustainability: Retail

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Kristin Kimm, Sr. Designer of Denim at Target

As Sr. Designer of Denim at Target, Kristin designs all of Male denim and leads design focused sustainability initiatives for Target’s owned brand denim products. She is responsible for the tactical execution of denim products with sustainable and responsible materials, processing, and manufacturing. Kristin holds a Bachelor of Science in Apparel Design and prior to Target worked in design at Jockey International.

Miguel Sanchez

Head of Global Business Development, Denim + Casual Wear at Archroma

The Cost of Sustainability: The Chemicals

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Miguel Sánchez, Global Head Business Development Denim and Casual Wear, Archroma

Miguel Sánchez was born in Barcelona too many years ago. Married and father of a teenager, Miguel is a Textile Engineer for the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). After starting his professional career in the field of Waste Water Treatment, Miguel joined the Sandoz group in 1987 as promotion technician for the Sulfur dyes division. He has since then occupied different positions in Sandoz, Clariant and now Archroma, both in Spain and Switzerland, being always related to the Marketing of textile dyes.

Alan McClay

CEO of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI)

The Cost of Sustainability: The Cotton

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Alan McClay, CEO of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI)

The Initiative is a not-for-profit organization stewarding the global standards for Better Cotton, and bringing together cotton’s complex supply chain, from farmers in more than 20 countries to retailers and brands worldwide. BCI exists to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in and better for the sector’s future, by developing Better Cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity.

Kurt Schlaepfer

Head Customer Relation Management at Bluesign

The Cost of Sustainability: The Guides

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Kurt Schlaepfer, Head Customer Relation Management at Bluesign

After apprenticeship and study to become a textile engineer, Schlaepfer worked in different textile mills in Switzerland, South Africa and South America on manager levels. After 30 years of experience in the textile production, textile chemistry and textile machinery business in several countries worldwide, Schlaepfer decided to join bluesign technologies ag in 2009 to focus on environmental responsible textile production.

Brent Crossland

Head of Fiber Development for Seeds at Bayer CropScience, e3 Cotton

The Cost of Sustainability: The Cotton

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Brent Crossland, Head of Fiber Development for Seeds at Bayer CropScience, e3 Cotton

Brent has worked in the plant science industry for the past 37 years, with experience in crop protection, seed production and the global textile supply chain. He has been a product manager of multiple products and managed the mid-south and western sales teams for Bayer. For the past fifteen years, Brent has also been very involved with the downstream market development of FiberMax and Stoneville cotton fiber for the apparel and home furnishings industry. Brent was instrumental in the development of the Certified FiberMax traceability and marketing program. He is now very active promoting the new e3 Sustainable Cotton Initiative. He is a past recipient of the Bayer CropScience Luminary award for distinguished achievement and the “You Can’t Pick Better” award for initiatives in the cotton seed business. In addition, Brent was also awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence from Texas A&M University. Brent holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Texas A&M University and a Master’s of Agriculture degree in Plant Science from west Texas A&M University.

Dr. Alberto di Conti

Chief Marketing Officer at Garmon

The Cost of Sustainability: The Chemicals

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Dr. Alberto di Conti, Chief Marketing Officer at Garmon

Alberto De Conti is arguably the only biochemist that moved from genes to jeans. He began his career working on enzymatic applications for textiles in biotech labs in Milan, Vienna, and Berlin to then join the R&D group of Levi Strauss & Co. After few years spent in product management, he became Global Director of Business Development & Innovation and led the development and implementation of global breakthrough product and innovation strategies for the Levi’s® brand. Alberto is currently CMO at Garmon Chemicals where he leads company-wide efforts in response to evolving fashion market dynamics. He drives the alchemy behind fashion, offers new creative services to the apparel industry and transforms complexities into market opportunities. Alberto holds a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Milan and an international MBA from the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School.

Enrique Silla

CEO at Jeanologia

The Cost of Sustainability: The Finishing

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Enrique Silla, CEO at Jeanologia

Silla, who was born into a family with a deep textile tradition, studied business administration at the University of Valencia and at UC, Berkeley, completing his training with the PDD of the IESE Business School. An entrepreneur, Silla began his career founding several companies operating in the technology and textile sector : Ibercloth, Terza Via, Sinetex, Medlife, GFK – all under the umbrella of the Eurotrend group. In 1993, Silla created Jeanologia with the objective of developing technologies that would transform the textile industry, turning it into an example of efficiency and sustainability. In 2008, Jeanologia became Silla’s sole focus – allowing Jeanologia to grow from a small consultancy and textile technology company to a world leader in sustainable technologies for the production of apparel. Today, Silla is considered one of the global authorities in the science of finishing, efficiency and sustainability in the world textile industry.

Andreas Dorner

Commercial Director, Europe and Americas at Lenzing

The Cost of Sustainability: The Fiber

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Andreas Dorner, Commercial Director, Europe and Americas at Lenzing

Dorner joined Lenzing in 2008 with more than 20 years in experience in marketing and product management in the textile industry, including Top-, Image- and Lifestyle- as well as Sportswear-Brands. Before joining Lenzing AG Dorner acted as Director for Marketing and Business Development at a leading global company for Textile Accessories with over 100 subsidiaries worldwide for more than three years. In addition to his the textile background, Dorner developed for an European regional government a innovative concept for “Creative Industries".

Dr. Sedef Uncu Aki

Deputy General Manager at Orta

The Cost of Sustainability: The Fabric

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Dr. Sedef Uncu Aki, Deputy General Manager at Orta

Sedef Uncu Akı is a post-industrial leader with proven ability to build new organizations, reorganize troubled operations, or expansions. She is passionate about denim, responsible production and human-kind’s total impact, starting from design through closing the loop. Born in 1977 in Turkey, she earned her doctorate at North Carolina State University, Textile Technology Management, with an awarded membership in Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the most outstanding dissertation award in management. Before joining Orta, she had progressive management experience in P&L management, operations, strategy & business development, sales & marketing, innovation and R&D management. Dr. Uncu Akı has several publications on mentioned areas- articles and a book- Customized International Investment Decisions published. She is a marathonist, a wife with two kids and a sustainable life practitioner in her daily life.

Paulina Szmydke

Writer and Researcher

The Cost of Sustainability: The Research

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Paulina Szmydke, Writer and Researcher

Szmydke-Cacciapalle is a freelance writer based in London. A former contributor to publications such as Die ZEIT and FT/How To Spend It, she is best known for her fashion coverage at WWD, the industry’s very own “bible,” which serves senior fashion executives, designers, Wall Street analysts and the retail community as an independent and reliable source of information. There, she has specialized in men’s wear and textiles, scouting showrooms and trade shows for the next big thing in style, tech and innovation. She is currently writing “The Cost of Clean Denim,” a handbook investigating the challenges of sustainable jeans making. The book offers practical solutions, via carefully assembled facts and figures, for those professionals who wish to go green, but also acts as a point of reference for the eco-conscious consumer looking to reduce his ecological footprint and keep denim safe from going extinct.

Sanjeev Bahl

President at Saitex

The Cost of Sustainability: The Garments

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Sanjeev Bahl, President at Saitex

Born in 1963 in India, entrepreneur Sanjeev Bahl has ventured into diverse businesses. The journey began 27 years ago when Sanjeev decided to embrace the world of apparel manufacturing and eventually IT and Healthcare. His apparel venture, SAITEX, is a state of the art denim manufacturer in Vietnam. The manufacturing plants are built on environmental impact reduction technologies with a philosophy of creating positive social impact. His IT venture – SAI Digital, spread over five countries builds software solutions in the Ecommerce & Digital space. Providing education through 2 homeopathic colleges and a free clinic for autistic children in London has further diversified his interests. Giving back to the community and making a difference to humanity has always been of great importance to Sanjeev in life and business. Sanjeev lives in Vietnam and New York. His future initiatives include bringing manufacturing back to the West and a venture into post-consumer recycle products.