Conference Program

Conference Program

by Dunja Hoejenbos
The convention caters to industry leaders and therefore cover a broad spectre of strategic issues, ranging across the supply chain, from raw materials to retail and from sourcing and supply chain management to retail and branding.

'Transforming Fashion Together'

The conference program consists of a keynote speaker who will be giving a general overview of key developments in the industry. The following panel discussions will elaborate on the various aspects relating to the key note speech and, of course, the convention theme ‘Transforming Fashion Together’.

Conference Program

Monday, November 14
09:00 – 10:00
Introduction Speeches
10.00 – 10.30
Faruque Hassan, BGMEA President
Fazlee Shamim Ehsan, BKMEA President
Cem Altan, IAF President
Keynote 1:
10.30 – 11.00
The impact of Europe’s Green Deal
– Dirk Vantyghem,
EURATEX Director General
Coffee Break
11:00 – 11:20
Speaker Panel 1:
11.20 – 12.20
Creating better supply chains together:

How should we redefine the buyer-supplier relationship to enable supply chains to deliver a more sustainable product, with better conditions for its people and better profitability for the companies. Aspecial focus will be given to innovation in supply chain relations better at generating capital and on global standards such as STTI and the OECD’s due diligence guidance.

Moderator: Matthijs Crietee, IAF
Miran Ali, BGMEA Vice President
– John Thorbeck, CEO Chainge Capital
Roger Hubert,  MD RSC.
Abdullah Al Maher, Head of Business, Asrotex Group.

12.20 – 13.30
Speaker Panel 2:
13.40 – 15.00
Climate and Financing:  Reducing GHG emissions together

We need to make this session practical and action oriented. IAF is working on an MoU with Aii. Reaching climate goals must be presented as a supply chain challenge that cannot be solved through purely transactional relationships but that needs true partnerships and investments by all parties involved. It needs a clear direction so investments are focused. It needs a clear picture of return on investments and of the availability of capital.

Moderator: Lisa Ramershoven, project manager GIZ
– Selim R.F. Hussain, Chairman, Association of Bankers, Bangladesh
– Tamara Wulf, Aii
– Shujaat Ali, Senior Managing Director Target Sourcing Services
– Akter Hossain Apurba (CIP), VP, BKMEA
– Bangladesh manufacturer
– Dr. Siva Pariti
– Alamgir Morshed, CEO, IDCO
– Christopher Veit, CEO Veit GmbH
Alamgir Morshed, CEO, IDCOL, CEO, IDCOL

Coffee Break
15:00 – 15:15
Speaker Panel 3:
15.15 – 16.00
Education and Digitalisation

A more digitalized industry is a prerequisite for a more profitable and for a more sustainable industry. Digitalisation of the industry requires a transformation of processes which in turn requires different job roles and different skill sets. Brands, retailers, manufacturers, solution providers, educators and governments must work together and invests in our young people in the right way.

Moderator: Miran Ali
– Ram Sareen, CEO Tukatech
– Mostafa Abid Khan, Trade analyst
– Imran Ahmed, Shakti Foundation
– Kathryn Davis Stevens, Mission Director, USAID Banglades

Speaker Panel 4:
16.00 – 16.45
The Raw Material Angle

Moderator: Matthijs Crietee, IAF
– Julian Hügl, McKinsey on recycling
– Florian Heubrandner, VP Global Textile Business, Lenzing on fabric use
– Petri Alava, Infinited Fiber Company
– Tanveer Ahmed, Group MD, Sheltech

Keynote 2:
16.45 – 17.05
Wrapping up the Day with Global Trends
– Edward Hertzman, President Sourcing Journal
17.05 – 17.10
Presentation 38th IAF World Fashion Convention
– Michael McDonald,
President Spesa
17.10 – 17.20
Closing of the 37th IAF World Fashion Convention
– Mohammad Hatem, BKMEA Executive President
– Cem Altan, IAF President