June 11, 2019 NEW YORK
June 11, 2019
Upcoming Edition: June 11, 2019
Location: 45 Bleecker Street – New York, NY
Time: 09.30AM – 3PM


One of our most far-reaching topics yet, the Innovation summit will feature members of the denim supply chain that are disrupting and rewriting the rules for everything from how we make fibers and dye fabrics, to how we inspect our suppliers, how we dispose of our waste and how we make our garments safer for our bodies and the planet. Come and learn how technology, artificial intelligence, science and sustainability are bringing a new wave of innovation to the denim industry.

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Kingpins Show / Kingpins Transformers
CEO - Olah Inc., Founder Kingpins Show, Founder Kingpins Transformers.

Since 1976, Andrew has worked in textile development and marketing. Under his guidance, Olah Inc. has grown from a simple textile agency firm to a full-service textile company. In 2004 he created the Kingpins Show. The show now hosts editions in New York, Amsterdam and China and has spun-off related events, including Kingpins Transformers, committed to creating, implementing and sharing the changes that need to happen in the jeans industry.
Andrew Olah

Fernando was the Co-Founder of ASIAM Business Group, Responsible Sourcing Agency, listed as one of the best ventures in Asia in by BUSINESSWEEK Magazine in 2009. He was a member of the World Entrepreneurship Forum and named an Emerging Leader of the Latin American Region by America Economia Magazine in 2011. Commercial Engineer from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Fernando has a certificate Degree in Marketing and Strategy from University of California - Berkeley, an Executive MBA from IDE Business School, completed the Entrepreneurship Development Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Executive Program of Singularity University in Silicon Valley, California.
Fernando Moncayo Castillo
Head of Fashion Design
Rudolf Group

Alberto 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. 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. In January 2018, the German chemical company Rudolf Group tapped him to open a company division to develop product creativity according to advanced and responsible chemistry principles. Alberto holds a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Milan and an international MBA from the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School.
Alberto de Conti
Executive Director, Global Sales + Marketing

A 26-year veteran of the denim industry, Ebru believes in the collaborative power of the denim industry to design and manage new business models and has pioneered marketing in a B2B environment, as well as passionately constructing social missions where denim sits at the core of the projects. Her interests and expertise expanded from integrating technology into a traditional framework, narrating products and concepts, defining collaborative approaches to adding value where and when possible.

Ebru seeks to push the denim industry to the forefront of cultural, social, historical, technological, environmental developments and into new territories.
Ebru Debbag
VF Group
Director of Sustainability

Roian Atwood is the Director of Sustainability for Wrangler and Lee jeans. Atwood leads brand sustainability strategy, engages suppliers globally to drive greater social and environmental performance, and works cross functionally with product development and marketing to create more sustainable products and share brand relevant stories.

With fifteen years’ experience in footwear & apparel sustainability, his diverse project management experience includes implementing renewables and discovering energy efficiency measures to project managing materials innovation pilots and leading teams into an action-oriented, results driven approach to corporate sustainability.

Atwood’s undergraduate work was in Complex Systems with Naropa University, and he holds a Master’s of Environmental Management from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.
Roian Atwood
Officina 39
Andrea Venier was born 40 years ago in Biella, one of the most important textile areas of Italy. Once he completed his studies in chemical textile, he joined the family company Techna Italia. In 2007, he started Officina+39 (a division of Techna Italia), changing the traditional company path and focusing on technology and processes for denim and fashion apparel industry. Even though in the last years he has dedicated himself more to the Company Management, he has never lost his interest for research and development. In 2016, he developed with his team and patented an innovative technology called Recycrom (dyes derived from textile waste recycling).
Andrea Venier
Denim + Sustainability Expert

Adriana has been with G-Star since 2011 and her current role as Denim & Sustainability Expert is of an interdepartmental nature. She works across departments with the sustainability team to implement sustainable material targets and circular economy innovations within G-Star collections. To accomplish this, Adriana focuses on driving denim sustainability research, sustainable product innovation and internal and external education.

Adriana started a Denim Institute in 2008. In collaboration with other denim enthusiasts and educational organizations, its mission is to research the past, confront the present, and open doors to future innovations in sustainable denim design and production.
Adriana Galijasevic
Lenzing Fibers
Director of Global Business Development Apparel

Tricia is a well-known advocate for innovation and sustainability in the textile and apparel industry. Twenty years ago, Tricia joined Courtalds Fibers NY to develop the marketing plan for a brand new fiber called TENCEL. When Lenzing Fibers acquired Tencel Inc., Tricia became the USA Merchandising Manager for Womenswear, Menswear, and Intimates. Today, Tricia directs the Global Business Development team for US apparel brands and retailers, with a special interest in advancing more sustainable denim.

Her diverse experience make her an invaluable partner for brands and retailers who want to re-evaluate their supply chains and optimize the application and benefits of Lenzing’s botanic fibers.
Tricia Carey
Sedo Engineering
Managing Director.

Herbert began his denim career in 1980 as part of a research team for the Italian company Legler. In 1987, Herbert founded a company where for the next 30 years he would focus on systems and technology for colour management, dye house automation, process optimization and energy management for the textile and leather industries. In recent years, his main focus has been sustainability.

In 2014, Sedo Engineering was founded with the aim to develop new technology specifically for the denim industry. Herbert is co-inventor of the Smart Indigo technology, which uses electricity instead of hazardous chemicals to dye indigo.
Herbert Guebeli
Indigo Mill Designs

A 40-year veteran of the cotton textile industry, Ralph has experience ranging from product development and technical design to dyeing and finishing and marketing for companies such as Cone Mills Corp., Artistic Fabric Mills and American Denimatrix. With Indigo Mill Designs, Ralph is focusing on commercializing the patent-pending process of dyeing yarn and denim with indigo foam. This technology will be targeting the denim industry under the brand IndigoZERO™.
Ralph Tharpe
Gavilan AD
Miguel is a textile engineer for the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. He has developed his long professional career mostly in the textile dyes and chemicals industry, being linked to the denim universe for more than 30 years. During this time, Miguel has taken different responsibilities over the years, ranging from application and production technician to head of business development in denim and casual wear segments.

Miguel has recently started a new challenging path, related to Denim as it could not be otherwise.
Miguel Sanchez

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June 11, 2019


45 Bleecker Street
NY 10012
United States

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