It’s been a momentous week in the world, with a new American president-elect and the discovery of a seemingly potent vaccine to combat Covid-19. Now is the time to assess how the fashion industry will rebound in 2021. Today we are delighted to reveal our latest group of global experts in business, economics, art, culture, politics and science to help us map out what lies ahead in 2021.
Deepak Chopra the New York Times best-selling author and pioneer of integrative medicine and Carmen Busquets, investor and entrepreneur will explain how meditation can awaken the mind.
Rashad Robinson, president of Color of Change, a leading racial justice organisation driven by more than 7.2 million members who are building power for Black communities, will speak on the global racial reckoning of 2020.
Sinéad Burke, activist and advocate for disability, will speak to Samira Nasr, editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar on inclusion in fashion and media.
Designer Jonathan Anderson and artist Anthea Hamilton will speak to BoF’s Tim Blanks about their recent groundbreaking creative collaboration for Tate Britain.
Carlota Perez, the 81 year old British-Venezuelan scholar, will assess the social and economic impact of major waves of technical change.
Virgil Abloh, artistic director of menswear at Louis Vuitton will speak to Paul Davison, chief executive and co-founder of Clubhouse, the pioneering social audio app.
Christina Adane, the 16 year-old activist and member of the Bite Back 2030 Youth Board will speak about the Free School Meals campaign that was picked up by Marcus Rashford.
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Deepak Chopra MD, FACP, is the founder of the Chopra Foundation, a non-profit entity for research on well-being and humanitarianism, and Chopra Global, a whole health company at the intersection of science and spirituality. He is a pioneer of integrative medicine and author of over 90 books published in more than 43 languages.
Sinéad Burke is a three-and-a-half-foot Dublin-based teacher, PhD student, writer, broadcaster and advocate for disability and design. Through a powerful talk at BoF VOICES 2017, as well as appearances at the World Economic Forum in Davos, she made the case for why it no longer makes financial sense for fashion brands to exclude consumers with disability.
Rashad Robinson is the president of Color Of Change, a leading racial justice organisation driven by more than 7.2 million members who are building power for Black communities. Robinson is widely consulted on strategies for corporate accountability, transforming the criminal justice system, media and tech reform, culture change and narrative infrastructure, and building Black political power.
Carlota Perez is a British-Venezuelan scholar and international consultant specialised in the social and economic impact of major waves of technical change. She is Honorary Professor at IIPP-UCL, at SPRU, University of Sussex, as well as at TalTech, Estonia. She was Centennial Professor between 2015 and 2018 at the London School of Economics, and Senior Researcher at CERF, Cambridge University between 2003 and 2005.
Christina Adane is 16 and lives in Lambeth, South London. She is originally from Ethiopia. Adane is a member of the Bite Back 2030 Youth Board, and recently began the campaign to see Free School Meals extended that was picked up by Marcus Rashford. Over 430,000 people signed her petition. When she is not campaigning with Bite Back 2030 she loves debating and is passionate about climate awareness.
Luxury fashion entrepreneur, investor and humanitarian, Carmen Busquets is a supporter of artisan craftsmanship and innovative technology that benefits both people and planet.
Aaron Christian is an award-winning writer, director and producer from East London. After graduating in film from Kingston University he went on to found Individualism, a menswear digital publication. His experience in fashion and digital soon saw him take up a position at Mr Porter running the film department
Paul Davison is the CEO and co-founder at Clubhouse, a new audio-based social network. Prior to Clubhouse, Davison was a vice-president at Metaweb (which was acquired by Google), and the founder of Highlight, a location-based service that allowed you to discover people nearby. Highlight was acquired by Pinterest in 2016. He then worked as a product lead at Pinterest.
British Artist Anthea Hamilton, was born in London in 1978, where she lives and works. Hamilton’s interdisciplinary practice involves a variety of source material to create complex, performative installations. Her subject matter has included: Japanese kabuki theatre, 1970s disco culture, radical Italian design, editorial and documentary photography, as well as costume, lichen and botany.
A full list of speakers can be found here.
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