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Caterina Ailiesei

Caterina Ailiesei has graduated as textile engineer at the Technical University “Gh.Asachi” Iasi, Romania, class of 1995.

Entering the challenging world of fashion in 2003 Caterina established Katty Fashion, a company,, which designs, develops and produces apparel.

By taking garment designs from concept to creation, development and production, Katty Fashion is able to produce collections for many well respected European labels. Caterina loves her job, the satisfaction of looking for new styles is something that she enjoys to do.

For some time Katty Fashion is working on the needed fashion paradigm shift from traditional to digital/circular business models.

For the last 8 years Caterina Ailiesei has been the promoter of innovation for sustainable development of textile industry at regional and european level and founded Reginnova NE a innovation association which links all regional representatives of quadruple helix for fluent strategy and balanced development in years to come.

Lana Dumitru

Lana Dumitru is a designer and digital artist awarded by Forbes with “the best young Romanian fashion designer” award. Her eponymous label and design studio is currently based in Lisbon.

Lana has finished her research in London and earned a PhD in Digital Arts and Fashion.

You can consider LD an artist manifesting her beliefs through design and fashion as you would find Lana’s clothing in an art gallery or in a museum but also in a shop.

Her original style comes from the fact that she designs all her visuals and patterns, transforming pure white fabrics into strong unique conceptual pieces through the means of digital printing, laser cutting and digital prototyping. The Lana Dumitru Design Studio is collaborating for more than 10 years with other brands, companies, doing bespoke and commissioned work, artistic collaborations, textile design, new media, digital design and so on.

Lana is the first Romanian designer to officially collaborate with Puma in a custom print jacket coined “T7 Etno Shake Puma by Lana” and with many other international brands and companies.

She was included by Forbes in Top 30 under 30 entrepreneurs and her work has been showcased at London Fashion Week/International Fashion Showcase, Strasbourg Fashion Week, Holon Design Museum, Kalmar Art Museum and Malmö Design Centre Sweden, Salone del Mobile Milano, Horniman Museum London, National Village Museum Bucharest, Cultural Institutes, Art Galleries, Design Weeks around the world and more.

In 2017, Lana co-founded the brand Foræva together with architect Vlad Tenu, dressing artists like Bjork and working with brands like Swarovski International.

With many collections in her portfolio which have consisted, until now, in “wearable opinions”- as she describes her clothes- Lana has won the jury’s appreciation in various design competitions: Puma Creativity Award, Pasarela/Institut Francais de la Mode contest finalist, Elle Decoration- Design of the year nominee- Lana for Photoliu, Young Creative Chevrolet Award-Romania, product design awards, etc. and added to her credentials the quality of being a previous member of the digital design team for Mary Katrantzou in London.

Newspapers and magazines like Vogue, New York Times, La Repubblica etc. published her works.

Paola Bertola

PhD in Industrial Design and Multimedia Communication at Politecnico di Milano, was Scholar Researcher at the IIT Chicago. Full professor, she is Deputy Director of the Department of Design at Polimi. Cofounder of the research collective “Fashion in Process”, expert in creative processes and design management in culture intensive industries, with a specific focus on fashion and more recently on the impact of digital transformation to support the transition towards sustainability. This research collective led to the creation of the Fashion in Process Research Lab, in 2011.

Fashion in Process is a multidisciplinary research collective at the Department of Design – Politecnico di Milano. FiP focuses on innovation for culture intensive industries, bridging technologies and humanities through a design driven approach. FiP develops research, applied projects and knowledge transfer activities aiming at supporting and promoting the sustainable development of fashion and cultural and creative industries. It aims to enhance their potential through design research, transforming cultural reservoirs and knowledge assets into real innovation capital. FiP approach is based on design thinking tools and methodologies, bridging technologies and humanities for envisioning and experimenting promising innovation trajectories, within four research scapes: augmented heritage, generative anticipations, transparent processes and transmedia narratives.

Paola is a Senior Researcher with an extensive curriculum of publications, and has been Head of several European Projects, with the scope of transforming society through a design-driven, cultural approach.

Vlad Tenu

Vlad Tenu is a Romanian-British architect based in London.
From architectural design and teaching to art installations, sculptures, modular assembly systems and wearable art pieces, Vlad’s work is a continuous explorative research into spatiality, scale and materiality.

Inspired by underlying processes of nature, his design workflow is a symbiotic mix of art and science involving mathematical concepts and algorithmic techniques.

Vlad’s cross-disciplinary approach to design and fabrication is about reinventing the digital craft in the creation of ambitious, experiential designs: site specific sculptural installations, exhibition pavilions and pop-up display pieces, public art and private commissions, as well as creative collaborations with international brands and celebrities.

His experimental work includes award-wining pieces such as Minimal Complexity, the winner of the TEX-FAB Repeat Competition 2010 and an AIA Houston Design Award 2012. The piece was also exhibited at London Festival of Architecture 2012, London Design Festival 2012 and Sleep Hotel 2013.

Solo exhibitions include Synthetic Nature London 2013 and Glimpses of Infinite Symmetry Bucharest 2014. He was also the curator of Process – an exhibition on cutting-edge architectural designs in Shanghai in 2014.

His modular system Miniplex was exhibited in various configurations at London Festival of Architecture 2017, Plug-in-to-the-future at ARUP Phase2 Gallery London and Shenzhen Design Week 2019. Vlad’s works have also been displayed in art and technology festivals such as Unfinished 2018 and BINAR 2019 in Bucharest.

Vlad Tenu co-founded FORÆVA with fashion designer Lana Dumitru. Working in collaboration with Swarovski, they designed and produced a crystal dress made of 25,000 Swarovski crystals. The dress has been launched at Swarovski’s Brilliance Redefined exhibition in Hong Kong and worn on stage by Björk as part of her Utopia Tour 2018.
His previous fashion collaborations include head pieces and a display piece for CLON8 at Paris Fashion Week 2015 and a modular pop-up shop for Del Rio London at LeBonMarché in Paris in 2015.

Vlad Tenu studied architecture in Iasi, Lisbon and London at the Bartlett UCL, where he has been awarded a MSc. in Adaptive Architecture & Computation in 2009 and a Certificate in Advanced Architectural Research in 2010.

He has been involved in teaching at the Bartlett since 2009, initially as an assistant and currently as a dissertation technical tutor on the Architectural Computation course.

Vlad gave lectures and presentations at leading academic institutions such as the Architectural Association, Bartlett, G.D. Hines College of Architecture in Houston, Aarhus School of Architecture and Cooper Union in New York during ACADIA 2010 Conference.

Vlad Tenu also took part in various discussion panels and presented at international design events and conferences such as Shenzhen Design Week 2019, SHARE X Bucharest 2019, EUSight Talks in Shanghai 2014, Galateca Bucharest 2014, Rising Minds inaugural session at Shoreditch House 2013 and BIFE Conference in Bucharest 2012.

Júlio Gomes

Júlio has graduated in Law at the Catholic University – Porto, in 1984, having an LLM (Master in Law) from Columbia University, USA , in1989, a Master on Civil Law from Coimbra University in 1990, a D.Phil in Civil Law, from the Catholic University – Porto, Portugal, in 1998, and a D.Phil. In Civil Law, Oxford University, in 1999.

Since January 2021 Julio is President of the Social Section (4.º Section) at the Portuguese Supreme Court. Previously, between 2014 and 2020, Julio was a Counsellor Judge in one of the Civil Law Sections (6ª Section). Before joining the Supreme Court Julio was Associate Professor at the Catholic University-Porto lecturing Civil and Labour Law, and also a lecturer at the LLM at the Catholic University, in Lisbon.

He has been a member of the Project of Trento: “the common core of European Private Law”, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Commission chaired by Professor Christian von Bar from the University of Osnabrück, as part of the Study Group on a European Civil Code.

In his professional career Julio published more than one hundred scientific works from papers to books on many different topics of Civil and Labour Law. He is the member of the Editorial Board of the Journal “Questões Laborais” (Labour Law Issues) and “Cadernos de Direito Privado” (Journal of Private Law) in Portugal. His interests in research recently cover the new perspectives of Labour Law such as whistleblowing, and teleworking. His academic background has led him to approach Civil and Labour Law topics drawing insightful reflections by comparing different legal systems and regulations.

Theodor Cojoianu

Dr Theodor Cojoianu is an Associate Professor in Energy Finance at the University of Edinburgh. Theodor’s work at the intersection between sustainability, data science and finance is focused on applying innovative research methods to the study of sustainable development issues. His work has led him to be invited as a Member of the European Commission’s Platform on Sustainable Finance, where he advises the Commission on EU sustainable finance policy and on HM Treasury’s Green Technical Advisory Group.

Theodor also serves:

  • as Academic-in-Residence in Agent Green and Sustainable Nation Ireland
  • on the advisory board of the EU Energy Efficiency Mortgages Initiative
  • as a member of Green Finance Ireland
  • as an Executive Committee Member on the Global Network on Financial Geography (Fingeo)

Previously, he held appointments in the sustainable finance space in both academic and finance industry organisations. He worked in academia within the Centre for Responsible Banking and Finance at the University of St Andrews, the ICMA Centre at the University of Reading and the University of Edinburgh Business School. He was previously an analyst with MSCI ESG Research in London and affiliated with Sociovestix Labs and Sustainable Investment Partners.

Liliana Țuroiu

PhD Liliana Țuroiu is currently teaching at the Fashion Department of the National University of Arts in Bucharest and Honorary Director of the Creative and Cultural Industries MBA within FABIZ. She is Ambassador of the European network on cultural management and policy and she was Guest Editor-in-chief of ENCATC Magazine, in December 2023.
She is a member of the International Council of the Creative Industries Federation of London (Creative UK) and a member of the University Foundation of Belgium.

Liliana Țuroiu was the first woman President of the Romanian Cultural Institute and Director of the Romanian Cultural Institute in Brussels, between 2017-2023, assigning, during her mandates as a diplomat, an important role to a large number of projects dedicated to creative industries.
With a cultural and academic background and 20 years’ experience as an entrepreneur in the field of fashion and creative industries, Liliana Țuroiu was appointed, in 2019, as General Coordinator of Romania for the International Arts Festival EUROPALIA and its main exhibition dedicated to Constantin Brâncuși at BOZAR Brussels.
She was a keynote speaker at Menendez Pelayo University (Spain, 2022), ENCATC Congress (Belgium 2022), at the NATO Conference organized at the Egmont Palace in Brussels (2020), at the Annual Meeting of Romanian Diplomacy (in 2018 and 2019) and in many other international academic events. She coordinated, together with the bilateral teams, over 120 RCI events during the France – Romania Season (2019/2020). Liliana Țuroiu is the author of numerous articles published in the field of cultural diplomacy and fashion and author of more than 50 solo exhibitions organized in 12 countries.
In 2022, Liliana Țuroiu was awarded Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government for her outstanding contribution in promoting cultural values. She is a strong believer in the key role played by the creative industries and cultural diplomacy to increase trust, admiration, respect and collaboration among people.

Leslie Holden

Leslie Holden is a co-founder at The Digital Fashion Group (TDFG), a European-led collaboration established in 2020.

TDFG unites Fashion Academics and Industry Innovators to equip fashion professionals and educators with the essential skills, mindset, and strategies needed for the digitalisation of fashion. Leslie’s extensive knowledge, experience, and network have been cultivated through his work across all sectors of the fashion value chain and fashion education. At TDFG, Leslie leverages his expertise to review, assess, and advise organisations, institutions, and governments on digital developments within academia and across the entire fashion value chain. This encompasses research, sustainability, design, development, manufacturing, and retail. His leadership is instrumental in driving forward the digital transformation of the fashion industry.

Prior to co-founding TDFG, Leslie served as the Head of Fashion at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute (AMFI) and was a board member for over 14 years. During his tenure, he spearheaded the redevelopment of the international curricula, with a strong focus on digitalisation and sustainability. Leslie’s career also includes over two decades as a design director and entrepreneur, during which he contributed to prestigious brands like Dunhill, Stefanel, Byblos, Burberry, and Liberty.

Leslie’s commitment to the fashion industry extends beyond his roles in academia and industry. He is a mentor for The Farfetch Incubator Programme, a member of the Steering Committee of The EU Worth Partnership Project, and an EU expert for the creative industries. He also holds significant advisory positions as the co-chair of Manchester Fashion Institute’s External Advisory Board, and as a member of the Advisory Boards of Digital Fashion Week and The Metaverse Fashion Council. His past roles include serving as an Executive Board member of the International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI) and a trustee of The UK Graduate Fashion Foundation. An experienced keynote speaker and moderator, Leslie holds a degree from The Royal College of Art. His career is marked by a dedication to advancing the fashion industry through innovation and education, making him a pivotal figure in the intersection of fashion and technology.

Raluca Fiser

President and founding Member of Green Revolution. Raluca is responsible for the organisations vision & strategy, directly implicated in project development and implementation, strategy & communication, liaison with partners and strategic networks including governments, industry and civil society as well as securing the NGO’s funding. Direct responsible of the NGO results. Focusing on circular economy, health in relation with climate change, waste management, transport and ESG education.

Ionuț Țața

Ionut Tata is a serial entrepreneur, having founded 6 organisations, including Iceberg Plus, an innovation consulting and tech transfer company that is deeply involved in the CEE innovation ecosystem. For the past 3 years, Ionut has been leading Icebergs’ participation in the EIT RIS ecosystem, first as EIT InnoEnergy RIS Hub, and in the meantime as EIT Manufacturing and EIT Urban Mobility RIS Hub. Beyond the work with EIT, Ionut is coordinating the Entrepreneurship Taskforce in the Coalition for Development of Romania, the Innovation and Technology Cluster in Brasov and the National ICT Cluster Network. He has accumulated extensive experience in public policy development, participating in the drafting of numerous policy documents, including ex ante analysis, national strategies, and others. He has been working as a subject matter expert for the European Commission and the World Bank and is currently researching for his PhD at the Polyethnic University of Bucharest.

Caterina Pruteanu

Caterina Pruteanu has graduated at the “George Enescu” University of Arts, Iasi with a degree in Theatre Studies – Cultural Journalism, and then continued her studies at the Master’s program at the University of Bucharest, Center of Excellence in Image Studies, majoring in Society, Multimedia, Performing Arts.

She has coordinated several cultural projects and is currently part of the Romanian Creative Week team, coordinating the Sustainability and Creative Communities department. She is the founder and curator of ACT – arthouse cinema&theatre festival and Development Director of the TV show Starea Nației (with Dragoș Pătraru).

Involved in NGO work, coordinating urban gardening projects, special relations with refugees or advocacy activities, she was the project manager for Romania of the international campaign #Together4Forests, which resulted in the first regulation in the world to tackle global deforestation and significantly reduce the EU’s footprint on nature.