Expert Panel

The GCA Expert Panel has extensive knowledge within fashion, business, investments, entrepreneurship and innovation. They are part of selecting our winners and play an active role in the GCA Impact Accelerator. They all participate pro bono.

The new panel will be revealed in 2023.

Previous Expert Panels

2022

Betelhem Dessie
CEO, iCog Anyone Can Code

Caroline Brown
Managing Director, Closed Loop Partners

Dr. Lin Li
Director of Global Policy and Advocacy, WWF International

Malin Åkerman
Actor and environmental activist

Mirna Inés Fernández
Co-founder, Reacción Climática and Steering Committee member, Global Youth Biodiversity Network

Rachel Cernansky
Senior sustainability editor, Vogue Business

Sonam Kapoor Ahuja
Actor and social activist

Walden Lam
Co-founder & CEO, unspun

2020

Wanjira Mathai
Chair of the Wangari Maathai Foundation

Malin Åkerman
Actor and environmental activist

Tariq Fancy
Founder and Chairman at Rumie, and Chief Investment Officer of Sustainable Investing, BlackRock

Abrima Erwiah
Co-Founder and President, Studio One Eighty Nine

Betelhem Dessie
CEO of iCog ACC (Anyone Can Code) and Project Advisor of Solve IT

Burak Cakmak
Co-Founder at THEAN.co, Co-Founder at The Digital Fashion Group

Rosario Dawson
Actor and Co-Founder, Studio One Eighty Nine

Sonam K Ahuja
Actor and social activist

William McDonough
Chief Executive McDonough Innovation and Co-Founder, Fashion For Good

2019

Tariq Fancy
Founder and Chairman at Rumie, and Chief Investment Officer of Sustainable Investing, BlackRock

Leila Janah
Social entrepreneur, CEO and Founder Samasource and LXMI

Edwin Keh
CEO of The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel

Steven Kolb
President and CEO The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA)

Chiling Lin
Actor and sustainability influencer

Wanjira Mathai
Chair of the Wangari Maathai Foundation

William McDonough
Chief Executive McDonough Innovation and Co-Founder, Fashion For Good

Bandana Tewari
Contributor, The Business of Fashion

Amy Webb
Quantitative Futurist and Founder of the Future Today Institute, Professor of Strategic Foresight at the New York University Stern School of Business

2018

Bandana Tewari
Editor-at-large, Vogue India

Chiling Lin
Actor and sustainability influencer

Dame Ellen MacArthur
Founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

David Roberts
Distinguished Faculty, Singularity University

Edwin Keh
CEO of The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel

Lewis Perkins
President Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute

Sophia Bendz
Executive in residence at Atomico

Steven Kolb
President and CEO The Council of Fashion Designers of America

Vikram Widge
Head of Climate and Carbon Finance at World Bank Group

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez
Youth Director, Earth Guardians

2017

Amber Valletta
Supermodel, actor, entrepreneur and sustainability influencer

Dame Ellen MacArthur
Founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

David Roberts
Founder of Exponential Leadership, Chairman in 1Qbit Information Technologies Inc.

Ellis Rubinstein
President and CEO, The New York Academy of Sciences

Franca Sozzani
Editor in Chief of Vogue Italia

Johan L. Kuylenstierna
Executive Director for Stockholm Environment Institute

Lewis Perkins
President, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute

Rebecca Earley
Professor in Sustainable Textile and Fashion

Vikram Widge
Head of Climate and Carbon Finance at the World Bank Group

2016

Amber Valletta
Supermodel, actor, entrepreneur and sustainability influencer

Ellis Rubinstein
President and CEO, The New York Academy of Sciences

Eva Kruse
CEO, Danish Fashion Institute; CEO, Copenhagen Fashion Week

Johan Rockström
Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) and Professor in Environmental Science at Stockholm University

Franca Sozzani
Editor in Chief of Vogue Italia

Ma Jun
Director, Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, China

Michael Braungart
Academic Chair “Cradle to Cradle for Innovation and Quality” at Erasmus University Rotterdam

Rebecca Earley
Professor in Sustainable Textile and Fashion Design at University of the Arts