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The Experts

Mark Angelo

Mark Angelo is an internationally-celebrated river conservationist, writer, speaker, teacher and paddler from Burnaby, British Columbia. He is the founder and chair of both BC Rivers Day and World Rivers Day, an event now embraced by millions of people in more than 60 countries. In 2009, Mark was appointed as the inaugural chair of the Rivers Institute at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). Mark has received the Order of British Columbia and the Order of Canada (his country’s highest honour) in recognition of his river conservation efforts over the past four decades.

Ma Jun

Ma Jun is a Chinese environmentalist, non-fiction writer, environmental consultant, and journalist. He is a director with the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE). He directs the IPE, which developed the China Water Pollution, the first public database of water pollution information in China. He also serves as environmental consultant for the Sinosphere Corporation.

Stuart Bunn

Stuart Bunn is the Director of the Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University. He is an international expert in riverine and wetland ecology, and regular advisor to government and non-government agencies, both at home and abroad. As well as being an Australian National Water Commissioner and Technical Director of the International Water Centre, Stuart also serves on a number of significant expert panels and committees.

Tianjie Ma

Tianjie is the head of the Toxics Campaign at Greenpeace East Asia. He leads a team of eight campaigners who are constantly patrolling China’s polluted sites and pushing for positive changes in the country that will reduce and ultimately eliminate toxic chemicals in the environment. Tianjie attended the Rockwood Art of Leadership in 2012.

Pinaki Roy

Pinaki Roy is the deputy chief reporter for Bangladeshi newspaper, The Daily Star in Dhaka. For six years he has been the senior Reporter with special responsibility covering social, environmental, and political news in Dhaka city. In 2013, Pinaki received the DRU-Grameenphone Reporting Award for his reports in print media. Pinaki has been investigating the tannery operations in Dhaka city and the effluent from these tanneries that affects the Buriganga River.

Orsola De Castro

Osrola De Castro is a sustainable fashion designer and Founder of From Somewhere, a revolutionary label that was the first to address the issue of pre-consumer waste and reproducibility in recycling for the fashion industry, with 100% upcycled collections. Orsola is associate lecturer at University Of The Arts London and collaborates regularly with universities such as Royal College of Art, Central Saint Martins, Camberwell College of Art and Design, Nottingham Trent, and internationally at Esmod Berlin and the Hong Kong Design Institute.  She is also the co-founder of Fashion Revolution Day, a creative campaigning initiative aimed at raising awareness to the fashion industry supply chain by commemorating the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh.

Sunita Narain

Sunita is an environmentalist and political activist as well as a major proponent of the Green concept of sustainable development in India. Narain has been with the India-based Centre for Science and Environment since 1982. She is currently the director of the Centre and the director of the Society for Environmental Communications and publisher of the fortnightly magazine, Down To Earth.

Avikal Somvanshi

Avikal is a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Science and Environment. He strives to create policy and public awareness for effective steps to reduce the resource consumption of the building sector. His work is designed around a vision for resource efficiency in buildings and to push and track policy development for effective implementation.

Rakesh Jaiswal

Rakesh Jaiswal is a well established environmental activist and the founder and executive secretary of Eco Friends, a Kanpur based non-governmental organisation (NGO), devoted to the critical issues of environmental degradation. A key issue for Eco Friends is protecting the river Ganga from various sources of pollution. A tireless campaigner for Ganga, Rakesh has lectured widely both nationally and internationally to help focus attention on the urgent need to act for Ganga. As a freelance journalist, he has written extensively on the issue of river pollution. Featured in various international documentaries, Rakesh is also the recipient of the Unsung Heroes of Compassion award by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, through Wisdom in Action, a California based Foundation.

Kumi Naidoo

Kumi is a South African human rights activist and the International Executive Director of international environmentalist group Greenpeace. He has served as the secretary-general of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty. He was Secretary General of Civicus, an international alliance for citizen participation, from 1998 to 2008. Recently, he has led the Global Call for Climate Action, which brings together environmental, aid, religious and human rights groups, labor unions, scientists and others and has organized mass demonstrations around climate negotiations.

Von Hernandez

Von Hernandez is the Executive Director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia (GPSEA), leading the environmental group’s programs and operations in the Southeast Asian region. Previously, he served as Campaigns Director for the organization, and was responsible for driving the group’s campaigns in Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines on a number of issues including climate change, forests, sustainable agriculture and toxics pollution.

Nicole Bridger

Nicole Bridger is a socially conscious fashion designer, with her brand, Nicole Bridger. The brand manufactures in Vancouver, BC, sourcing responsible fabrics and practicing ethical manufacturing. Nicole interned with Vivienne Westwood and worked with Lululemon, Chip Wilson, before opening her own store in 2011. Nicole is the first Canadian to win the international Eco-Designer of the Year award in 2010 from an organization called Fashion Takes Action, Canada’s premier non-profit organization that focuses on sustainability in the fashion industry. Ms. Bridger says she always wanted her company to stand out through its eco-principles.

Eric Dickstein

Eric Dickstein is the founder and owner of Dutil Denim, one of the most celebrated destinations for premium jeans in the world, offering everything denim from original classics to small, directional brands. Dually recognized as one of Canada’s premier denim-specialty boutiques and a safe haven for denim nerds, dutil. has garnered a reputation for the shop’s smart selection of brands and upstanding guidance of clients. Dutil strives for a deep understanding of the industry, displaying in-depth knowledge on the history of denim, along with strong connections to many current international groups and designers.

Peter Golding

Peter Golding FCSD created the first ‘designer jean’ in 1970, opened his clothing store ACE on London’s King’s Road in 1974 and created the world’s first stretch denim jean in 1978. He was the first fashion designer to be invited to join what is now known as the “Chartered Society of Designers”, and in 2004 was invited by Elizabeth II The Queen to Buckingham Palace in recognition of his contribution to British design. He has been described by Fashion Weekly as “the Eric Clapton of denim”.

Francois Girbaud

Francois Girbaud, Jean Designer and Fashion Entrepreneur. Having designed jeans for the over 40 years, Francois is often coined as the ‘grandfather’ of Jeans, having designed many of the fashions that are still popular today. Francois has helped to make jeans the iconic product that they are. Currently, he is passionate about making a positive change in his industry to waste less water and become more sustainable. Having tested the technology called ‘Watt Wash’, Francois has become a large advocate of water conservation in jean manufacturing.

Enrique Silla

Enrique Silla is the CEO of Jeanologia continuing his family’s tradition in the apparel industry. Headquartered in Valencia, Spain, Jeanologia is a dominant global presence with a network of strategically located offices around the world providing technologies & services to clients in 50 countries. Its main focus is on laser and ozone technologies for the textile industry. In 1989, along with the Denykem company, Enrique pioneers the introduction of cellulose enzymes for Stone Washing Jeans to the denim world.

Alex Penadés

Alex Penadés is the current Marketing Director for Jeanologia. He has over 20 years experience designing business models and serving as an adviser for sustainable change in several organizations. He has worked as a consultant in fashion, technology and entertainment, and is a professor at some of the most prestigious schools in Spain as well as being a frequent lecturer at national events on youth and entrepreneurship.

Lukus Eichmann

Lukus Eichmann is the co-founder of California-based sustainable denim laundry facility, ECO-PRK, and co-founder of the ‘perfectly washed’ Tortoise Jeans. Tortoise Jeans just might have the best washes and finishes of all its peers, using the company’s proprietary Wiser Wash methodology to reduce the industry’s environmental footprint. Prior to designing with Tortoise at ECO-PRK, Lukus designed and developed denim for companies such as Opening Ceremony, Haute Hippie and Rogan Jeans.

Luigi Caccia

Luigi is the President & CEO of Italdenim, a jeans manufacturing company based near Milan, Italy, which focuses on environmental, eco-friendly and sustainable practices. They produce their own energy at their plant, through a state-of-the-art co-generator, for less polluting and a zero impact production of fabric. This has made their CO2 emissions 6,500,000 kg lower – the equivalent of saving 342,000 trees. In addition, they use a natural agent called ‘kitosan’ derived from crushed shellfish, as a fixing agent to reduce the amount of chemicals used in the dyeing of their jeans. Italdenim is the first denim manufacturer in the world to undertake the detox-Greenpeace commitment.Luigi showed us his factory for RiverBlue.

Syeda Rizwana Hasan

Syeda Rizwana Hasan is an enrolled lawyer with the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. In professional life, she is working for the cause of environment as the Chief Executive of a reputed national Non Governmental Organization named Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA). Her main focus is to promote the notion of environmental justice in Bangladesh. Rizwana has a Masters in Law with Distinction law from the University of Dhaka with distinction. She started her career with BELA in 1993. As the Chief Executive of BELA, Rizwana is responsible for the overall co-ordination of the activities of environmental justice that include research, awareness raising, public interest litigation (PIL) and advocacy. She has a few publications to her credit. Notable amongst these are “Laws Regulating Environment in Bangladesh” and “Judicial Decisions on Environment in South Asia”. Rizwana is the editor of BELA newsletter (a quarterly publication of BELA) and also contributor to numerous national and international publications.