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Founder of Cirkla Modo, Circular Fashion Consultant
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Founder of Cirkla Modo
Circular Fashion Consultant

Alice Beyer Schuch a professional with more than 20 years of international experience and the founder of Cirkla Modo – a   consultancy promoting changes for a circular fashion future, based in Hamburg, Germany.

Alice graduated in Fashion Industrial Manufacturing in Brazil, as Fashion Designer at the Italian SDC, and concluded a Master in Sustainability in Fashion in Germany.

At Cirkla Modo, she supports different clients on their next steps towards more responsible and circular fashion practices - from analogical to virtual strategies, building value-chain connections, as well as supporting communication and collaborations for the circularity of the industry.

At ELIIT, Alice aims to contribute with circular expertise for the better connection of future driven technologies with the haptic fashion world, for a prosperous and responsible future.

Country
Germany
Member type
MentorSteering board member
Director of A3 Leather Innovation Leather, Universitat de Lleida
Director of A3 Leather Innovation Leather, Universitat de Lleida

Anna worked in the Technical Laboratory at BASF-Curtex in L’Hospitalet in Spain (1995-1999). Since 1999 she has been working as a lecturer at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, and since September 2018 she is a professor at the Universitat de Lleida. She is currently the Director of the A3 Leather Innovation Center.

She has participated as a researcher in 32 national and EU competitive R & D & I projects, of which 12 as IP. Currently, she is participating as principal investigator in 10 approved projects. She is mainly involved in the development of cleaner and innovative leather processing methods.

Country
Spain
Member type
Steering board member
Prefessor
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Prefessor

Aura MIHAI is a Professor at the Gheorghe Asachi Technical University of Iasi/Romania, with a PhD degree in Structures, Processes and Technology for Leather Products. She is member of the academic board in her university (University's Senate).

Aura Mihai has made significant contributions to the field of footwear education, by publishing eight books and many scientific papers. Her latest publications are focused on footwear design and development, e-learning, rapid prototyping, simulation, and modelling (http://www.researcherid.com/rid/D-3063-2011).

Within the faculty, she coordinates the research laboratory in Footwear Design and Prototyping. She managed 14 national and international research and educational projects. For the period of 2019-2021, she manages as coordinator an Erasmus+ Knowledge Alliance titled SCILED - Footwear in the 21 century (http://sciled.eu/en/home/).

She is expert/evaluator for research grants within the framework of national and EU research programmes. As Steering Board member of the European light industries innovation and technology (ELIIT) project she evaluated the research proposals in the framework of the 2nd call.

Country
Romania
Member type
Steering board member
Director R&D projects promotion area, Instituto Tecnológico de Informática
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Director R&D projects promotion area, Instituto Tecnológico de Informática

Cristobal Costa-Soria has 15 years of professional experience covering activities related to applied research and innovation consulting in industry, being involved in more than 26 collaborative research and industrial projects. He has been involved in Industry 4.0 projects like ZDMP, DIH4CPS, Spanish Activa Industria 4.0, and Valencia region Industry 4.0 Agenda.

Since 2014, he works at ITI contributing to technological watch, strategic foresight, and R&D business opportunities. Formerly, he was a UPV teaching assistant, Leicester Univ. visiting fellow, UPM collaborator, and projects manager & consultant at Global Metanoia. Cristobal holds an MSc in Computer Science, an MSc in Software Engineering & Formal Methods, and PhD in Software Engineering.

He will bring knowledge on key emerging digital technologies, expertise in digitising industry projects, and insights on the application of AI & Data-Driven technologies to the sectors involved.

Country
Spain
Member type
Former steering board member
Brand, PR & Communications strategist - Senior executive & consultant
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Brand, PR & Communications strategist - Senior executive & consultant

Daniel is a passionate brand and reputation builder with strong strategic, analytical and creative thinking skills. He has extensive experience directing 360º communication projects to revitalise, develop and launch brands and products internationally. He is also a creative solutions provider with hands-on expertise leading transformation, managing multicultural/cross-functional teams (directly or remotely all over the globe) and generating added value collaborations in highly complex contexts.

Daniel is a member of the Mercedes Benz Madrid Fashion Week Advisory Board + Advisor at ACME (Association of Spanish Fashion Designers) + Co-founder of NAD (AI start up against digital bullying) + Mentor at Worth Project & Elite, two initiatives of the EU + Professor at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland & Blanquerna University on the subjects of Branding, Strategic Communications & New Luxury

Country
Spain
Member type
Mentor
Managing Partner @ Binomio Ventures
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Managing Partner @ Binomio Ventures

Ezequiel Sánchez is Managing Partner at Binomio Ventures, where he provides strategic advisory services to third parties in strategy and business development. He has invested in various technology ventures as a hands-on shareholder. Ezequiel is a board member of middle market companies and Professor at IE Business School and Universidad Miguel Hernandez de Elche.

Previously he worked for 10 years as General Manager at Tempe Grupo Inditex. Inditex Group is a leading fast fashion retailer and operates on a worldwide scale in the design, manufacture and distribution of clothes and accessories. In this role at the company, Ezequiel was responsible for managing everyday operational activities in the footwear and accessories business unit, while participating in business development and the implementation of strategy and operations.

Country
Spain
Member type
Mentor
Director-general Centexbel
Director-general Centexbel

From textiles to physics and back to textiles describes Jan’s career path best. He went to a technical school to become a textile worker but became passionate by physics, on which he got a PhD.

The unique combination of textiles & physics brought Jan to Centexbel, a textile technological centre in Belgium. There he started as a researcher in 1993 and became director-general in 2006.

Centexbel is an organisation of 180 people with a solid reputation for its textile expertise and strongly embedded in the industrial reality. In the last and with great ambition, they have enlarged the expertise towards plastics looking to maximize the amazing synergy between the two sectors.

Country
Belgium
Member type
Steering board member
President of Creative Industry Cluster
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President of Creative Industry Cluster

I have spent more than 30 years working in the creative industry as a television, radio and film producer. I have also worked as a communication agency leader and creative business development mentor. I am specialised in intangible/ intellectual asset management, value creation, value innovation and exploitation.

Involvement in the WORTH Partnership project gave me an exciting opportunity to gain a closer insight into the textile, clothing, leather and footwear (TCLF) industry.

In the projects that I worked on, I mainly contributed to the design thinking process, value proposition, and business model development. I also worked on the lean start-up methodology, the development of marketing plans and go-to-market strategies and the exploitation of research results.

Country
Hungary
Member type
Mentor
Associate Professor (Titular de Universidad)
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Associate Professor (Titular de Universidad)

Javier Silvestre-Blanes joined the Universitat Politècnica of València in 2001 and promoted to Assistant Lecturer in 2004, and since 2010 he has been working as an associate professor. He joined the ITI in 2009 in the R+D area (industrial computing, communications and image processing), participating in R+D projects both individually and in cooperation with other entities.

He has more than 32 papers in international peer review conferences, 14 articles published in journals of impact JCR and 8 book chapters, related to the sector of industrial communications, heterogeneous networks, multimedia networks, image processing and computer vision.

He is a member of the Industrial Electronics Society (IES), belonging to the IEEE, where he also belongs to the sub-committee FA10 Computer Vision and HumanMachine Interaction in Industrial and Factory Automation, belonging to the IES-IEEE Factory Automation Committee. Since 2005 he has participated as a member of the organizing committee or as a member of the program committee of numerous international conferences of the IES-IEEE.

Country
Spain
Member type
Steering board member
President and promotor of INNOVALIA
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President and promotor of INNOVALIA

Jesús de la Maza is an Industrial Engineer and MBA who worked as an expert for the European Commission for more than 20 years in the field of technological innovation for the industrial sector.

He has created and consolidated more than a dozen technology-based SMEs which are nowadays successfully targeting national and international markets. These companies conform the Innovalia Group, a strategic industrial alliance which he is proud to chair since its inception.

His contribution as an ELIIT’s Steering Board Member focused on his experience on technology transfer and innovation in the industrial sector. In particular, on digitalization processes based on advanced technologies.

Country
Spain
Member type
Steering board member