London Summit 16: Women Changing the Face of Tech

Muchaneta Kapfunde | @FashNerdEditor

As the countdown begins for London Summit 2016 taking place 13th – 15th April 2016, we find ourselves rather excited at the prospect of meeting the movers and shakers of this growing industry.

FashNerd will be in the company of Retail Tech and Fashion Tech influencers readily playing a key role in shaping the evolution of the fashion industry.

So who do we have on our #mustsee list? Well here is a clue, they are the kind of women changing the face of both fashion and retail technology, one innovative idea at a time.

PIA STANCHINA- Google Product Marketing Manager


Pia Stanchina has quite the resume. With names like ISSA and Glossybox under her belt, she currently holds the position of industry manager for digital acceleration of fashion and luxury retail at Google. So what does this entail? Well, Pia manages a portfolio of own-brand and multi-brand fashion and luxury pure play and multi-channel retailers, strategically consulting senior-level executives on tech, business and consumer trends and the benefits of Google’s e-commerce solutions.

As advisor on British Fashion Council’s innovation and digital, Stanchina is a technology savvy and innovative woman who is passionate about start-ups in fashion, luxury, beauty and wellbeing. What makes us want to sit down for a coffee with her is her curiosity to understand how we can use technology to create a better and more sustainable quality of life.

CHERRY COLLINS- Grabble Creative Director


Creative Director of tech start-up shopping app GRABBLE, Cherry Collins has had an enviable career. With roles that include Global Head Stylist at Net-a-Porter and positions at Selfridges, InStyle, and Grazia, she is a woman after our own heart.

The London College of Fashion graduate has the kind of experience that makes her a glam addition to the #WomenInTech sorority. Besides the name dropping CV, we always admire a person who is unafraid to dip her heel into the unknown, and by investing her time in creating and refining all of the curated content on Grabble, she did just that.

SISSI JOHNSON- Brand Strategist, Tech Advisor, the Huffington Post USA Contributor

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A Renaissance woman of tech, Sissi Johnson is a Brand Strategist, Fashion Editor and Lecturer on-the-go. With a cutting edge approach to business, Johnson has worked with many impressive brands and creatives in building an international presence.

Her knowledge, in both B2B and B2C, ranges from developing, consulting and managing projects, events and concepts for premium brands, emerging talents and digital influencers. With a portfolio that includes collaborations with UNICEF, L’Oréal, Mont Blanc, Beyoncé, Naomi Campbell, Jean-Paul Goude, IMAN Cosmetics, CFDA award winning accessories designer Eugenia Kim, Iris Van Herpen,  Hermès, Kenzo and Diane Von Furstenberg​. So how can we not stand up and take notice.

EVA BINDA- rewardStyle Director of Retail Development

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Eva Binda works at rewardStyle, an invitation-only monetization tool for premium style publishers.
Founded by Baxter Box and Amber Venz Box in June of 2011, rewardStyle is all about innovators, hackers and problem solvers who want to make an impact and build something big, a bill that Binda finds perfectly.

Quoted at Fashion Tech Berlin 2016 as saying “If you’re a retailer & don’t have a marketing strategy, you might wanna think about that”, makes her the open, innovative and collaborative woman that we want to get to know.

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