First held in 2009 during the United Nations’ Climate Change Conference — COP15 — in Copenhagen, the summit has also been held in spring 2012 and 2014. More than 1,200 attendees are expected at this year’s edition at the Copenhagen Concert Hall. The nonprofit gathering is organized by Danish Fashion Institute on behalf of Nordic Fashion Association.
This year’s edition will include presentations by HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, H&M’s head of sustainability Anna Gedda, and Renzo Rosso, the president of OTB, the parent company of Diesel, Maison Margiela, Marni and Viktor & Rolf.
At the May 12 all-day event, Evangelou will talk up Sustainia Living, a platform created in collaboration with Sustainia, an offshoot of the leading Scandinavian think tank Monday Morning, to try to raise awareness about sustainable living and motivate individuals to be more conscientious consumers. Through a network of partners, Sustainia strives to establish guidelines for companies and the global consumer through campaigns, publications, workshops, network, events and its annual mission to publish 100 leading sustainable solutions — the Sustainia100. Sustainia is said to have reached nearly 200 million people in more than 100 countries.
Evangelou’s personal network of contacts is also intercontinental. As F4D’s founder, she hosts the First Ladies Annual Luncheon during the UN General Assembly at the Pierre Hotel. She has also expanded the event to other cities.