Fashion and Retail Jury

We have activated an A-list from the fashion and retail industry to make up the jury of the Fashion Innovation Award. These jury members are dedicated and enthusiastic mentors, available to help promising innovators grow their ideas.

Götz Borchert - Member of Management Board | Ahlers AG
Götz Borchert

Ahlers AG is a leading listed manufacturer of men’s fashion in Europe. This innovative and well-capitalised company looks about on over 95 years of swift and flexible adjustment to the requirements of the times and the markets.

Ercole Botto - CEO, Reda
Ercole Botto

Reda is a genuine Made in Italy brand which exports throughout the world but maintains a strong bond with its own land and still today makes everything in Valle Mosso near Biella where the company was set up almost 150 years ago and which still manages the whole production chain from the pile to the finished cloth.

Marco Brulisauer - Founder and CEO , B.R.U.L.I.
Marco Brulisauer

Our company is 100% “Swiss-made”. Design, production, study and research are all done in our Stabio headquarters.

Daniel Dreifuss - Founder, Maurice de Mauriac - watches made by zurich
Daniel Dreifuss

Our mission is to be maker of cult watches and accessories / concept / custom made.

Andreas Frei - MD, Zimmerli of Switzerland
Andreas Frei

We insist on producing handmade goods. Since 1871, we have held fast to complex manufacturing and finishing processes.We produce knitwear and woven goods using only the highest quality natural fibres. And we are proud of our roots – our manufacturing headquarters in Switzerland.

Laurent Garet - CEO, La Redoute Suisse SA
Laurent Garet

Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the retail industry. Strong business development professional skilled in Marketing Management, Retail, E-commerce, International Business, and Business Development.

Carolin Kittel - Managing Director, Frank Walder
Carolin Kittel

With timeless, feminine style international brand Frank Walder’s collection always offers special pieces for every occasion. Incorporating the latest trends and focusing on fit and quality, Frank Walder’s collection will make you look and feel your best.

Gabriele Maggio - General Director, AEFFE Group
Gabriele Maggio

Aeffe S.p.A. è una società per azioni italiana, costituita nel 1988, che opera a livello internazionale nel settore del lusso ed è attivo nella creazione, nella produzione e nella distribuzione di un'ampia gamma di prodotti che comprende prêt-à-porter, calzature e pelletteria, lingerie e beachwear.

Anton Magnani - CEO, B.M.B. Bottega Manifatturiera Borse S.p.A.
Anton Magnani

The Company’s Mission is offer development and production to international luxury brands through its knowledge, craftsmanship and industrial experience.

Philippe Meyer - Deputy Digital Marketing Director, Richemont
Philippe Meyer

Philippe Meyer is group digital marketing deputy director at Richemont, the world's leading hard luxury goods company. He focuses on growth hacking and change management across marketing, CRM, digital and communication functions.

Edwin Navez - COO&CFO, Philipp Plein
Edwin Navez

Edwin demonstrated his ability to restructure, revamp and build finance teams (up to 70 people) in various industries. He created financial services hubs supporting up to 8 subsidiaries. He was also able to manage teams and projects across cultures: in Asia (China and Taiwan), in the US and across Europe.He offers 20 years’ experience in due diligence, restructuring and integration of new companies. Since 2001, Edwin developed interest for continuous process improvement and implemented Lean Management transformation in the plant he ran in Belgium as well as in Finance groups he managed. Championing process improvement initiatives (Lean & 6Sigma) is part of his management culture.

Marco Palmieri - CEO & President, Piquadro S.p.A, The Bridge S.p.A
Marco Palmieri

Marco Palmieri starts his career in IT while still an engineering student and at the age of twenty he founds Mediacom, a company specializing in optical and computer systems applied to process controls. In 1987 he starts Piquadro and, after ten years’ production on behalf of prestigious Italian brands, he decides to dedicate himself to leatherware by creating the Piquadro brand and launching it on the Italian market. In 2007 he oversees the placement of Piquadro shares on the Italian Stock Exchange, where they are still listed. In 2016 he signs the acquisition of the Florentine leather goods brand The Bridge, creating a Group of around 100 million euros in turnover. Marco Palmieri’s great sensitivity for the discovery of new talents drives him to create in 2005 Piqubo S.p.A, an investment company that is mainly involved in financing new entrepreneurial activities. With the same purpose, in 2017 Palmieri launches Piquadro MyStartup Funding Program, an open innovation project which promotes innovation and enterprise by rewarding the best business ideas in the area of technology applied to the luggage and fashion accessories industry and rewards the best business idea with 100,000 euros and an acceleration path in Silicon Valley. With that same goal of discovering and giving voice to new, different and untapped talents, in 2009 Marco Palmieri founds the Fondazione Famiglia Palmieri (Palmieri Family Foundation) with the goal of continuing his family’s philanthropic activity, valuing the diversity of people affected by Down’s syndrome.

Donatella Paschina - CIO
Donatella Paschina

Experienced Chief Information Officer with a demonstrated history of working in Retail, Manufacturing, and Transportation industries. Skilled in IT Strategy&Planning, Business Process Engineering, Digital Transformation, Change management. Strong information technology professional with a Laurea focused in Economics from Università degli Studi di Roma 'La Sapienza'.

Leonardo Raineri - Innovaion Manager, Miroglio Group
Leonardo Raineri

The Miroglio Group is a leading Italian industrial company that operates in the fashion and textile industries on a global scale. The Group is also a great example of integrated logistics both in the fashion and textile.

Alceo Rapagna - Chief Digital Officer, OTB
Alceo Rapagna

Alceo graduated in Mechanical Engineering in Brescia MBA. Enrico Mattei High School of ENI; 2 years as Investment Analyst in Agip S.p.A.; 13 years in McKinsey, Head of Europe practice marketing & Sales; 5 years as Chief Digital Officer of RCS MediaGroup Business Angel; founder of Epic Sim and Moffu Labs.

Enrico Roselli - CEO, La Martina
Enrico Roselli

Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the apparel and fashion industry. Skilled in Negotiation, Luxury Goods, Legal Assistance, Retail, and Marketing Strategy. Strong business development professional with a Master Degree in Law, specializations, among others, in Intellectual Property management and protection.

Anna Maria Rugarli - Senior Director EMEA Sustainability & Responsibility, VF International
Anna Maria Rugarli

Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) expert with 17 years’ experience specialised in designing innovative programs and in developing strategies. Initiated and launched Nike’s and VF Corporation Sustainability and CSR programs in Europe, Middle East & Africa regions. Managed broad networks of stakeholders and cross-sector partners, and led CSR integration across the business. In depth understanding and knowledge of environmental and supply chain issues in the sporting goods industry, apparel, footwear and equipment. President of the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) and co-chair of the Advisory Panel on Sustainability & CSR of the European Outdoor Group (EOG) Board. Graduated in Political Sciences and certified broker in Cross-Sector Partnerships at Cambridge University. Fluent in English, French, Spanish and native Italian speaker, lived abroad for 15 years (South Africa, Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland).

Stefano Susi - Head of eCommerce, Benetton
Stefano Susi

Benetton Group è un'azienda trevigiana fondata nel 1965 da Luciano, Gilberto, Giuliana e Carlo Benetton, che si occupa di moda. L'azienda ha una rete di circa 5.000 negozi presenti nei principali mercati.

Carlo Tafuri - Founder and COO at IDT S.p.A. -
Carlo Tafuri

Founder and COO at, the world leader in online B2B designer clothing and fashion accessories distribution, chosen by London Stock Exchange Group and Borsa Italiana as one of the Italian companies with a high growth potential. Founder and COO at, the world leader in online B2B designer clothing and fashion accessories distribution, chosen by London Stock Exchange Group and Borsa Italiana as one of the Italian companies with a high growth potential. Entrepreneur with over 10 years experience in the online distribution of designer clothing and accessories.

Claire Teroitin - CFO
Claire Teroitin

A strategic finance leader & business partner with a proven track record of revenue & profitability growth, inventory reduction & increased shareholder return.In depth experience of leading EMEA Financial Planning & Analysis within global corporations & complex international environments (matrix structures, agile corporations, fast moving sectors & multi-currency environments).A proven ability to combine technical & leadership competences to support the growth of companies/ brands by partnering senior management to implement new strategies & processes. A talent & passion for growth of human capital & for explaining finance to non-finance people & stakeholders at all levels.

Talin Vartevanian - Director eCommerce Europe, ALDO Group
Talin Vartevanian

An eCommerce and Digital leader and business partner with a proven track record of revenue and profitability growth, digital transformations and multi-market businesses. In-depth experience leading eCommerce within premium brands and global corporations with complex environments and matrix structures. A proven ability to combine technical and leadership competences to support growth of companies and brands by partnering senior management to implement new and innovative digital strategies & processes. A talent and passion for growth of human capital and for explaining eCommerce and the digital, cross channel consumer to non-digital stakeholders

Riccardo Verdoia - CFO, LuisaViaRoma
Riccardo Verdoia

The company was founded in Florence in the early 1930s, with the opening of the company’s eponymous concept store and launched online in 1999.
LUISAVIAROMA.COM is a 100% privately owned top online luxury fashion destination featuring a curated selection of established designers side by side with the best emerging talent.

Snehdeep Aggarwal - Founder and Chairman | Bhartiya Group
Snehdeep Aggarwal

Snehdeep Aggarwal is founder and Chairman of Bhartiya Group, a diversified, global lifestyle corporation headquartered in New Delhi, India. The company is comprised of various operating units in the fashion and real estate development industries. Raised in northwestern India, in Amritsar, Snehdeep attended Punjab University, where he holds a Masters degree in Economics. After college, he started out sourcing and selling carpets from the trunk of his car. Bhartiya’s businesses include leather and textile outerwear manufacturing, accessories and leather goods manufacturing, apparel sourcing, and city development. Bhartiya operates offices in New Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Dhaka, Hangzhou and Milan. The Company was founded in 1987, and became publically listed on the National Stock Exchange and Bombay Stock Exchange in 1994. Bhartiya Group’s core DNA is design. The Company is guided by the principle that superior designed product is the key to consumer value and success.