Miguel Angel Gardetti, Ph.D., has been the head of the Center for Study of Sustainable Luxury since its foundation in 2009. In this field, he has lectured at the IE Business School (Madrid, Spain), one of the top business schools in Europe. Moreover, he was a speaker at Identidad Uruguay, an event organised by the Universidad de Empresa (Montevideo), with a lecture on fashion, luxury, and sustainability. He was the creator of the Best Performance in Sustainable Luxury in Latin America Award at present evolving towards the IE Award for Sustainability in the Premium & Luxury Sectors at a global level. He has also developed several publications in the area of sustainable luxury.
Miguel is a member of the United Nations Global Compact Promoting Group in Argentina and a member of its governance body--the Board of the Argentine Chapter of The Global Compact--for two consecutive terms. He was co-founder of the Global Compact Chair in Argentina, and he was also part of the task force that developed the ’Management Responsible Education Principles’ of the United Nations Global Compact.
He has also coordinated tasks for the Inter-American Development Bank, the International Finance Corporation (private sector arm of the World Bank), the Netherlands Development Organisation, the United Nations (New York), and the World Resources Institute (USA).
Dr. Subramanian Senthilkannan is currently working for SGS as a global sustainability consultant, based at Hong Kong. He gained his diploma, bachelors and masters in Textile Technology from premier institutes of India. He was awarded doctorate from The Institute of Textiles and Clothing of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University for his dissertation entitled,＂ Eco-functional Assessment of Grocery Shopping Bags＂ He also has more than seven years of industrial experience in textile manufacturing, testing and sustainability evaluation of textiles and clothing materials. He was an outstanding student throughout his studies and bagged numerous awards and medals including many gold medals in his study period. He has more than 75 academic publications in various textiles and environmental journals to his credit. Additionally he has 2 patents, 2 books of chapter and 13 books and numerous conference publications. He is acting as an editor, editorial board member and reviewer for many international peer-reviewed journals of textiles and environmental science disciplines. He is the editor-in-chief of Textiles and Clothing Sustainability journal of Springer. Additionally, he is one of the directors of Textile and Bioengineering Informatics Society, (TBIS) which is a charitable organization created to foster, develop and promote all aspects of science and technology in bioengineering of materials, fibers and textiles.