SPINNA was honoured to host a panel at the WTO PUBLIC FORUM on 29 September 2016.
Questioning how inclusive trade could lead the way for women entrepreneurs become the norm rather than an exception, our esteemed panel consisted of:
Lucy Hockings, Lucy Hockings, BBC News anchor, host of GMT
• Win Ei Khine (Winnie), Executive Director, Maple Trading Co. Ltd, Yangon, Myanmar, also on the executive committee of the Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association (MGMA)
• Dilobar Sanginova, Founder, PO “Women Development Agency”, (WDA) Khujand city, Republic of Tajikistan
• Rupa Ganguli, Founder and Director, SPINNA Circle, London, UK
• Dr. Rajesh Bheda, Principal and CEO, RBC ltd. New Delhi, India
• Elsbeth Akkerman, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the WTO, Geneva, Switzerland
• Mirvette Russo, Senior industry sourcing and investment specialist, ex Dewhirst, London, UK
• Sarah Samuels, Business Operations Manager, Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion, Washington DC, USA
• Belinda Edmonds Offord, Executive Director, African Cotton & Textile Industries Federation (ACTIF), Cape Town, South Africa (Pan Africa)
• Arianne Engelberg, Marketing Director, The New Denim Project, Iris Textiles, Guatemala City, Guatemala
KHUJAND TO LONDON
What happens when an exquisite age old Tajik embroidery skill, demanding fashion industry, a global platform empowering women, a development agency and a fashion textiles University all come together and work towards one goal? Extraordinary things can happen ….and did! For the first time, women in Khujand, north Tajikistan were able to use their skills and creativity, guided by the SPINNA team to work on contemporary shirts for an international high fashion market.