Using Fashion as a Vehicle for Change

DPI NGO Briefing followed by a Sustainable Fashion Showcase

Date: 16 November 2017
Time: 11 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Location: Conference Room 4, UNHQ, NY

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Patrick DuffyPatrick Duffy, Founder of Global Fashion Exchange

Patrick Duffy is the founder of Global Fashion Exchange (GFX) a global platform and consultancy promoting sustainability in the fashion industry through inspiring forums, educational content and cultural events for consumers and brands  Patrick powers creative teams in New York, Los Angeles, Dubai and London and has produced events, created marketing campaigns around the world for some of the world’s most recognized brands. Patricks passion for social impact led to the creation of Global Fashion Exchange in 2013,  challenging the fashion industry to create a more sustainable world. In addition to his work with GFX, Patrick also manages global partnerships for Common Objective (CO) is an intelligent business network for the fashion industry based in the United Kingdom. 


Maher NasserMaher Nasser, Director of the Outreach Division in the UN Department of Public Information

Maher Nasser is the Director of the Outreach Division in the UN Department of Public Information in New York. Maher has over 27 years of work experience in the United Nations System during which he has worked in various capacities. He became Director of DPI’s Outreach Division in February 2011. From April to mid-August 2012 and from August 2014 to February 2015, Maher was Acting Head of the United Nations Department of Public Information. Maher first joined DPI in January 2006 as Director of the UN Information Centre in Cairo. Before joining DPI, Maher worked in various positions with the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in Gaza, Jerusalem, Vienna, Amman and New York and with the UNODC in Vienna.




Shivam Punjya, Founder of behno Shivam Punjya

Shivam Punjya is the founder and CEO of behno. He oversees the brandʼs social and design direction and positioning. Punjya founded the brand with the goal of addressing poverty and global health through traditional and non-traditional enterprise channels. Punjyaʼs professional experiences include luxury hospitality conglomerate InterContinental Hotels Group in London to, a tech-based nonprofit in the Silicon Valley. Upon completing his B.A. in International Political Economy from U.C. Berkeley, Punjya led extensive fundraising campaigns for the overseas branch of Pratham, India’s largest education advocacy nonprofit. Punjya graduated from Duke University with a M.S. in Global Health from the Duke Global Health Institute. During his time at Duke University, Punjya also studied social entrepreneurship at the Fuqua School of Business.



Amanda CarrAmanda Carr, Director of Strategic Initiatives at Canopy

Amanda has worked as an international environmental consultant and managed the corporate engagement strategy for a $3.4 billion ethical investment fund. She brings two decades of experience in understanding environmental policy, regulation and business risk. Amanda is not-for-profit Canopy’s lead on the "CanopyStyle initiative" which currently partners with 105 clothing brands, designers and retailers representing over $115 billion dollars in annual revenue. These leaders have come together to avoid sourcing ancient and endangered forests in their viscose, rayon and lyocell fabrics. Beyond risk mitigation this collaboration is also driving closed loop and new fibre innovation and creating lasting conservation solutions to mitigate climate change and protecting the world’s endangered species.



Ashia Sheikh Dearwester, Chief Strategy and Partnerships Officer at NestAshia Dearwester

Ashia Dearwester is the Chief Strategy and Partnerships Officer for Nest, a nonprofit which for more than a decade has been a fundamental force in building a more circular global artisan economy where handworkers, brands, and consumers are connected through transparency, education and macro-scale solution building. Ashia leads Nest’s development programs by channeling the might of partnership to mobilize funding, resources, and industry talent to artisans worldwide.
Ashia has served an integral role in the launch of Nest’s Artisan Advancement Project, an industry-wide initiative to bring ethical compliance training, assessment, and remediation to the informal economy for global craft production. She regularly serves as a trusted advisor to major brands and philanthropic foundations seeking guidance in improving their supply chains.
Prior to joining the Nest team, Ashia served as Director of Development for Audubon New York the state office of the National Audubon Society and worked alongside the Rockefeller family leading national projects focused on human rights, sustainability, and women’s advancement. She has a degree in Cultural Anthropology and International Development from Dartmouth College and has spent time living in Brazil and New Zealand studying culture and craft.



Lilian LiuLilian Liu, Manager of Partnerships & UN Relations at the United Nations Global Compact

Lilian Liu is the Manager of Partnerships & UN Relations at the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. In this role, she builds connections and partnership opportunities between UN and the private sector to advance corporate sustainability. Originally from Sweden, Lilian worked on sustainability and international affairs issues in China, France, Brazil and USA, including for Social Accountability International and NYCEDC. Lilian also helped launch the sustainable fashion movement in Asia together with NGO Redress. She obtained her MPA from New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service where she was a Wallenberg Foundation Scholar, and is fluent in four languages.


Fashion Showcase: Designers 

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Special thanks to the following Task force members of the Youth subcommittee of the NGO/DPI Executive Committee Board that helped in putting this event together:

Briana Codella, Ecotistic

Isaac Humphrie, Events Environmentalist | Fashion Show Backstage Manager

Dena Mekawi, Style & Resilience

Kelly Roberts, NGO/DPI Executive Committee & Fordham University

Madison Ross, LIM College

Arimbi Nuurlatifa Yogasara, Columbia University

Eva Herrmann & Briana Ottoboni, Fordham University