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The Positive Luxury Awards celebrate innovation, real change and higher standards across the supply chain – the brands, retailers or suppliers at the forefront of innovation taking serious, positive action. Judged by an independent panel that represents a cross-section of experts including academics, thought-leaders and industry executives, the Awards are an opportunity for organisations to be celebrated for showing what is possible, recognised for their innovation and rewarded for sustainability leadership in the luxury industry. By celebrating those raising the bar, we inspire others to meet higher standards. Meet the judging panel below.
Iris Van der Veken
Executive Director & Secretary General | Watch & Jewellery Initiative 2030
Iris has a background in law and international relations. A sustainability pioneer, leadership executive and coalition-builder, with more than 20 years of global experience working in fast-paced environments including technology, jewellery, fashion, and government. She Chaired the United Nations Global Compact Network Belgium, and was honoured by the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and European Affairs for her leadership role in initiating the Global Compact Network Belgium and for her work on promoting corporate social responsibility in Belgium and abroad. Iris has been an Ambassador on the gender agenda for the jewellery industry, recently the WJI 2030 has launched a WEPs Campaign and is doing a pilot on gender procurement in partnership with UN Women. Iris has been an active volunteer for the Special Olympics for over 20 years and she ran the NY marathon for UNICEF. She is a Board Member of DIAMONDS DO GOOD.
“I am honored and very much looking forward to participating as a judge in the Positive Luxury Awards, celebrating real changemakers in sustainability. It is important to encourage leaders with the right mindset that actively do good, strengthen transparency, and show measurable impact. Progress is so much more important than perfection. We need bold leaders who are stepping up to deliver real transformation on the ground. It is less about what you do, but about how you impact the lives of people and mother nature for the better.”
An award-winning journalist and creative director, Lisa is one of the world’s top beauty editors. A well-respected stylist and art director, she shoots with the highest calibre of photographers, make-up artists, hair stylists, influencers and celebrities, creating timeless images and film. With 20 years of editorial experience in beauty, health and wellbeing Lisa is also a popular brand strategist, influencer, entrepreneur and public speaker, most recently talking for Cognition X.
“By recognising and applauding genuine pioneers in sustainability, we’re setting the gold standard and sparking inspiration throughout the luxury industry. It’s a clarion call to all.”
CEO & Founder, Greenwith Studio
Mary is a sustainability expert in the fashion industry, known for authoring a white paper on technology and sustainability for the British Fashion Council and conducting workshops for Value Retail. She consults on ESG strategies, mentors brands like Belo, and serves as a board advisor for several companies. Mary is a prominent thought leader, having spoken at events like Cop26 and Cop27, lectured at Harvard Law School, and hosted a TV show on sustainable fashion. Before her current role at Greenwith Studio, she had a successful career as Vogue Fashion Director and celebrity stylist, contributing to global publications and pioneering sustainable fashion initiatives. She holds a distinction from Cambridge University’s CISL program in Sustainable Business Leadership.
“I am very honoured to be included as a judge alongside so many people I admire. Positive Luxury has been one of the first and most consistent in enabling a transition from luxury for luxury’s sake to a purpose-driven future that is still beautiful. The rigorousness and breadth of their approach is so important to bringing down the sector’s footprint and I look forward to being able to use my expertise to contribute to spotlighting those that deserve the acclaim through the event”
Millie Kendall OBE
CEO, British Beauty Council
CEO of the British Beauty Council, retail maven and brand creator, Millie Kendall has been instrumental in the success of cult brands including Shu Uemura, Aveda, Tweezerman, L’Occitane and Ruby & Millie. Having worked with the UK’s leading retailers, Millie has been creating and marketing beauty brands for the past 30 year’s. Millie was awarded an MBE in 2007 for her services to the cosmetic industry, and an OBE in 2022 for services to the hair and beauty industry.
Editor, Professional Jeweller UK & USA
Rebecca Butler is a multimedia journalist who has been writing for print and digital magazines for more than three years. She currently oversees editorial operations for B2B trade publication Professional Jeweller. In June 2023, the jewellery journalist spearheaded the UK-based publication’s expansion into the US market with an official print launch at Couture in Las Vegas. Rebecca now delivers jewellery news, trends, and analytics across digital, print, and social media on an international scale.
“I am overjoyed to be joining the judging panel for the Positive Luxury Awards 2024. I believe that everyone now knows how important ethics and sustainability are in the manufacturing of, not just jewellery, but every consumable product. However, implementing and maintaining sustainable practices is not always the easiest or cheapest option – especially in the luxury industry. It is, therefore, vital that we champion and celebrate those businesses who are excelling in innovation in ESG, leading by example to make ethical practices the norm across the industry.”
Founder and President of No More Plastic Foundation
Rosalie Mann is a versatile entrepreneur, artistic director, filmmaker, photographer, and producer with a strong background in marketing and communications, particularly in the luxury and film sectors, spanning over two decades. In 2018, she founded the non-profit organization No More Plastic, dedicated to raising awareness about the harmful effects of plastic and microplastic pollution. As a recognised thought leader, she has contributed articles to prestigious publications like VOGUE, ELLE and National Geographic and has participated in influential events, including TEDx at Sciences Po, UN World Ocean Day, International Women’s Day at UNESCO, Marie-Claire x Kering Fashion Our Future, Women’s Forum and the Web Summit. Rosalie’s contributions have earned her accolades, including being among the “100 French Women of Culture 2022” and recognized in ELLE France’s “30 Personalities of 2019” in the environmental sector. Her “No More Plastic Kids” program also received two Anthem Awards in the United States in 2022 for its significant impact in combatting plastic pollution among children.
Mickey ALAM KHAN
CEO, Luxury Roundtable
Mickey ALAM KHAN is CEO of Luxury Roundtable, a leading global network and luxury program for luxury professionals, luxury marketers and wealth managers.
A global luxury expert, Mickey is often requested as a keynote speaker to discuss luxury business trends and best practices, as well as the evolving behavior of wealthy and UHNW consumers. He also has a deep bench of experience in covering luxury, marketing, retail, real estate and mobile. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Mickey has founded publications such as American Marketer,Luxury Daily, Mobile Marketer and Mobile Commerce Daily. He has also editorially led organizations such as eMarketer and DM News, and worked at Ad Age. He is based in New York
“Positive Luxury sets the standard for recognizing luxury brands who place sustainability at the core of their manufacturing, retailing and marketing efforts. It is an honor for me to be associated as one of the judges of the Positive Luxury Awards and get to see first-hand the work of luxury brands that who serve as role models to others in the business“
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