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Keynote speakers

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Omoyemi Akerele.

Founder and artistic director of Style House Files | Founder of Lagos Fashion Week.

As the Founder and Executive Director of Lagos Fashion Week and its parent company, Style House Files, Omoyemi Akerele has been instrumental to the prolific rise of the African fashion industry. 

 

A former magazine editor of True Love West Africa with multiple degrees in Law, Omoyemi established the fashion business development agency, Style House Files, to create opportunities for African designers by spearheading initiatives that promote the advancement of designers and the evolving ecosystem. Since the company’s inception, Omoyemi has advocated for African creatives to be recognized and given the same opportunities as their western counterparts. 

 

Her commitment to nurture, develop and promote the African fashion industry led to the establishment of the biannual Lagos Fashion Week, a multi-day platform that presents African designers in Nigeria and beyond. Lagos Fashion Week has also expanded its scope of work, providing advocacy for the industry with government and investors, offering industry master classes and incubation support for emerging talent and supporting all parts of the fashion industry value-chain to achieve their full potential. 

 

Omoyemi has also collaborated with African designers on various projects to promote their work and earn their brands creative and commercial success. This devotion to see designers from the continent thrive has earned her multiple awards on the continent and the rest of world, including a placement on Business of Fashion’s Global 500 list for consecutive years.

Christiane Dolva Törnberg.

Head of Sustainability at Fjällräven.

Christiane Dolva has been putting her masters in Sustainable Enterprising from Stockholm Resilience Center to work for the past 10 + years in the field of sustainability and business development. The past 6 years she has spent heading the sustainability work for the Swedish outdoor company Fjällräven. Her ambition is to ensure Fjällräven can inspire people to spend more time in nature and provide equipment and memories that can last for generations. Her passion for sustainability and also for spending time in nature fuels her energy at work, and also fills her spare time with spending time in forests, on the ocean or in the mountains with her family.

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