Dr. Deniz Köksal is an expert in sustainable supply chain management who campaigns for the science-based movement and speaks up for social justice and environmental responsibility in the World of Textiles and Fashion.
WORLD OF FASHION
I believe in a fascinating world of fashion which rediscovers its lost soul and develops a force for social and environmental justice
I serve as a bridge and translator to make reliable and valid science on sustainability in fashion available, comprehensible, and actionable to all stakeholders of the fashion supply chain:
With Sound of Garments he serves as a bridge who translates scientific knowledge on sustainability in the world of textiles and fashion to become accessible, comprehensible, and actionable.
Deniz is an expert for sustainable supply chain management in the fashion industry who achieved his PhD in 2019 at the Institution for Sustainable Corporate Management of the Ulm University (Germany). In light of his in-depth research on sustainability, he learned that it is fundamental to conduct research on the spot, meet the affected people and local environment of major sourcing countries. This supported him to understand the true social and ecological impact of the textiles and fashion industry, which he believes is key to foster sustainable development. In order to complement his research on sustainability in Textiles and Fashion, he intensified his scientific activities on consumer landscape and sustainable business models with the ultimate aim to combine the social, environmental and economic.
Since 2015, he is the Head of Market Research Laboratory at the School of Textiles & Design of the Reutlingen University (Germany) and Lecturer in International Marketing and Market Research. Besides his extensive understanding of the fashion industry`s specific characteristics, dynamics, and global interrelations he is a fascinated and passionate researcher in the field, who continuously runs short- and long-term research projects to investigate the ever changing marketplace and explore consumer behaviour and consumption processes. Moreover, he contributes as sustainability and research expert for the EU Project “Fashion DIET” funded by the European Commission. Additionally, he serves as a coach and advisor to support start-ups and established fashion brands for the development and implementation of sustainable management strategies, practices and future-oriented business models.
Thanks to his vast knowledge in fashion and sustainability, his inspiring, as well as progressive nature to engage and activate audience, he is frequently invited for keynotes, panels, guest lectures and interviews. As such, he has been a speaker and panelist at multiple sustainability events and fairs and interviewed for highly influential magazines such as Glamour or the Textilwirtschaft, Germany`s most renowned and important textile and apparel magazine.
Together with his family, he lives in Amsterdam and pursues his promise made to his little daughter:
“I`ll do everything in my power to contribute for more respect and esteem to both, human and nature, providing better quality of life to your future”