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Press Release 23 January 2020

7 best industry minds to strengthen panel discussions at ASW2020

As the days pass by and the event date for Apparel Sourcing Week 2020 comes closer, visitors can neither keep calm nor suppress their excitement about the unique opportunity the show will bring to them this February! The opportunity to be able to hear a number of industry topguns on various hot and trending subjects, as well as the opportunity to turn all the industry insights to their advantage by incorporating some of the best ideas and strategies in their business plans, is indeed exciting.
It is widely known by now that ASW 2020 boasts of a spread of over 30 knowledge platforms including more than 100 speakers and workshops, seminars, open house discussions, vendor sessions and much more, and so, this is a perfect chance to align oneself to the industry -- right from understanding business opportunities to overcoming various challenges faced by the companies.
With each passing day, our speaker portfolio has also been growing stronger with several prominent names from the apparel industry coming onboard. On that note, it gives us immense joy to share the names of some of the best minds all set to join us as the discussion panellists:
Dhruv Saxena
New Business Models
Nike
Living on the edge of the retail industry for the past 12 years, Dhruv is managing Strategy, Business Development (Digital and B&M), Account Sales, Retail Expansion, and Marketing at Nike in Amsterdam. With years of exposure to global markets and consumers, across Europe and Asia, Dhruv has acquired an in-depth expertise of the retail value-chain from sourcing to sales.
Topic for panel discussion - Changes in Global Consumer Trends - Directions That Will Impact Fashion Retail
Rajesh Jain
Managing Director
Lacoste
Handling operations for Lacoste in India for the past over 10 years, Rajesh is responsible for Top Line, Bottom Line, Growth/Expansion, Customer Delight and Human Resource Development. He has taken the brand to all major cities and has been a keen observer of the changes that have determined the direction of retail in the past decade. Besides, he has a strong understanding of the probable disruptions that could further change the course of retail in the new decade.
Topic for panel discussion - Retail Disruption as We Enter The Next Decade - Factors That Will Disrupt The Market in Coming Decade
Deepak Ahuja
Sr. Vice President - Sourcing & QA
Landmark Group
As Head of Sourcing and Quality Assurance, Deepak is also responsible for Product Development and Technical Design at MAX India (Landmark Group). He comes with more than 24 years of distinguished experience in Apparel, Home and Footwear Sourcing, having led the Sourcing initiatives and strategies at Westside for 21 years before he joined the Landmark Group in 2018. Deepak is apt at implementing various sourcing strategies and tools aiming to achieve consistent delivery at competitive cost and consistent quality.
Topic for panel discussion - Sourcing in Times of Industry 4.0 - Using Technology to Make Supply Chain More Agile
Pallab Banerjee
Group President
Pearl Global
Having a demonstrated history of working in the retail industry, Pallab - a strong professional graduate from eCornell - is skilled in Negotiation, Retail, Textiles, Strategic Sourcing and Sourcing. Having spent over 2 decades with Gap International Sourcing in a leadership role, Pallab is a powerhouse who understands global sourcing and its challenges like few others in the industry do.
Topic for panel discussion - Global Trade Environment - Navigating the Uncertainties in Global Trade for Sourcing Decisions
Pranav Khanna
Business & Creative Head
Frajorden.com
He has been in Conventional Apparel Manufacturing and Export Business with a focus on Scandinavia. Pranav holds certifications in Garment Manufacturing from NIFT and Sustainability Studies from MIT, Sloan. He also adequate experience in businesses related to Circular Economy, Sustainable Fashion and Technical Textiles space@Circular Apparel Innovation Factory. At Frajorden, Pranav is responsible to manufacture Sustainable/Organic/Upcycled fashion.
Topic for panel discussion - The Challenges of Circular Economy - How Reuse, Reduce, Recycle, Repair, Share are Creating Their Own Challenges
Prasad Pant
South Asia Director
ZDHC (India)
With over 25 years of industry experience, Prasad specialises in various areas including Chemical Management, Restricted Substances and Regulatory Compliance with a focus on Textile, Apparel and Footwear industries. His work with the ZDHC Programme, an initiative backed by several global apparel and footwear brands, involves the commitment to achieve the goal of elimination of hazardous substances used in the manufacturing of apparel and footwear that will result in safer products for the consumer and a lesser polluted planet.
Topic for panel discussion - Sustain Business with Sustainability - Significance of Sustainable Practices in the Factory/Workplace and How to Balance Cost
Anoop Nautiyal
Founder
SDC Foundation
The former Country Manager for H&M and KappAhl in India, Anoop Nautiyal is the Founder of Social Development for Communities (SDC) Foundation, a Dehradun-based environmental action and advocacy group. SDC is working on the issues of environment (plastic waste), sustainability (urbanisation) and engagement (citizens) in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand. Anoop brings to the table many sustainability elements from his work at the Foundation - established by him in 2017 - that can be replicated in the global clothing business.
Topic for panel discussion - The Challenges of Circular Economy - How Reuse, Reduce, Recycle, Repair, Share are Creating Their Own Challenges

The upcoming sourcing show will be spread over three days, and is set to be held at Bengaluru's Sheraton Grand from 20-22 February 2020. The time to register yourself is now! Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of this all the more extensive and interactive sourcing show as an exhibitor or a visitor!

About Apparel Sourcing Week

Apparel Sourcing Week (ASW) platform is aligned to the changing dynamics of the industry, moving in pace with evolving and shifting world trade of apparel sourcing while also acknowledging the changing needs and wants of the customer.

To facilitate the seamless process of sourcing for greater transparency and reach, the ASW platform offers the industry three independent verticals – Big Show, Marketplace, and V-Expo – to enhance business opportunities for all players in the fashion retail chain, in an environment of networking, knowledge, and inspiration. With the three verticals, the supplier has marketing opportunities all around the year like never before, while the buyer has multiple avenues to search his perfect sourcing partner from South Asia.

About the Organiser

Apparel Resources is well known for its benchmark publications – Apparel Online, StitchWorld and Resource Guide published from India, Bangladesh & Vietnam. These publications have been around in the industry for over 35 years, supporting, guiding and standing by garment exporters and the retail industry globally, providing them a platform to source better.

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