In this episode, Dalena White, Secretary General of the International Wool Textile Organisation (IWTO) introduces the services that the IWTO offers towards the wool industry. Dalena lays out the strategic focus areas the industry body is focusing on. Focus areas include scientific research in areas such as health and wellness as well as sustainability. In the discussion, Dalena also points out the importance of educating young professionals in order to win the best talent for the industry in the future.
As IWTO is getting ready to host its 86th annual Congress, Dalena shares some insights about the programme and speakers. Early bird ends on 16 March 2017.
In this episode, Dalena mentions Lesley Prior, Monica Ebert and Chris Wilcox all who have been guests on the Wool Academy Podcast. Listen to their stories here:
About Dalena White
Dalena White is the Secretary General of the International Wool Textile Organisation (IWTO). IWTO is the recognized global authority for standards in the wool industry and has been representing the interests of the wool textile trade since 1930. IWTO is a member organisation and represents 60% of the total wool production pipeline. IWTO does not trade for profit.
Dalena has 20 years’ experience in textile manufacture and sourcing, working closely with retail. For the past eight years, she has been involved with brand development and product design in wool and finding sustainable solutions for designers wanting to work with wool in South Africa. Dalena moved to Brussels and the IWTO office in June 2016.
Connect with Dalena White here
Key Time Stamps
[03:01] About Dalena White
[04:51] About the International Wool Textile Organisation
[05:24] The services IWTO offers
[07:20] About the dedication that goes into the wool science research
[08:48] Wool textile education remains a priority
[10:39] About the IWTO Congress 2017 in Harrogate
[12:23] The speakers to be expected at the IWTO Congress
[14:25] The Young Professionals programme at IWTO and the IWTO Congress
[16:08] Who should attend teh IWTO Congress
[17:30] How to connect with Dalena at IWTO