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Women Changing THE Course
toward Water Sustainable Fashion

The COVID-19 pandemic has made evident that reliable access to safe water is essential to global health security. At the same time, it has disrupted economic security for several sectors, including the global fashion value chain. As one of the world’s largest consumers of water globally, and the producer of more than 20 percent of global wastewater, the fashion industry will need to embrace sustainable and inclusive value chain solutions for its resiliency.

Women have a massive role in shaping the sustainability of the fashion industry.  The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs’ Providing Opportunities for Women’s Economic Rise (POWER) initiative and U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City in partnership with U.S. Water Partnerships and WWF are hosting a four-panel series and a follow-on roundtable from April 13-28, 2021 called “Women Changing the Course Toward Water Sustainable Fashion.” Women from across the industry will come together to be agents of change throughout the fashion value chain with a focus on Southeast Asia and South Asia.  This new cadre of women are Women for Water Sustainable Fashion.


DAY 1 Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 9:30 – 11:45 pm EDT


Welcome and Introductions

Michele Dastin-van Rijn

Senior Advisor

Opening Remarks

Marie C. Damour

Consul General,
U.S. Consulate Vietnam


US Department of State


Women in the Fashion Industry: Empowering Women Workers to Actively Engage on Water Innovation



Mr. Alexis Morgan

Global Water Stewardship Lead, WWF

Mr. Antoine Heuty


Ms. Lisa Hook

Senior Manager, Environmental and Product Sustainability, Gap

Ms. Lisa Staxang


Ms. Oanh Nguyen Ngoc Kim

Sustainability & HSE Manager, Sai-tex

Ms. Mai Nguyen Tuyet

Deputy Secretary, VITAS



Building Community and Climate Resilience Through Women & Water Stewardship



Ms. Megan McLeod

CEO, Alliance for Water Stewardship, Asia Pacific

Ms. Juok Kim

General Manager, A&E/Elevate

Ms. Anh Hoang Ngoc

General Secretary

Ms. Nga Hoang Thanh


Dr. Rubana Huq



Final Remarks

Ms. Megan McLeod

CEO, Alliance for Water Stewardship, Asia Pacific

Michele Dastin-van Rijn

Senior Advisor,
US Water Partnership


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Juok KIM

General Manager, American & Efird Vietnam Thread LLC, A&E / Elevate Textiles

Juok joined American & Efird (A&E) in 2001 as a Korea Sales Representative.  She was quickly promoted to Korea Branch Manager and was named to her current position, General Manager for Vietnam, in 2015. Juok was responsible for leading A&E’s greenfield project in Nhon Trach, Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, from its groundbreaking to grand opening in 2019 and is responsible today for all aspects of its operation, P&L and the leadership of its more than 200 employees.  In addition, Juok is responsible for leading A&E’s Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos Territories.  Juok is a key member of the company’s leadership and accountable to drive strategic initiatives in the region to best service the Apparel, Footwear, Leather Bag and Furniture factories supporting EU and US buyers.

American & Efird operates as a portfolio company of Elevate Textiles.  Other Elevate portfolio brands include Burlington, Cone Denim, Gütermann and Safety Components.