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+ A dynamic consultant, academic, and business innovator with vast work experience in sustainable fashion and textiles.

I am a seasoned bioinnovator, academic, and business creator with robust experience acquired over the years in delivering optimal results & business value by offering ethical and sustainable fashion solutions in high-growth environments. Skilled in developing sustainable fashion design, product strategy, and team integration, emphasizing the circular economy, bio-design, systems thinking, and sustainable development goals. I have worked with top fashion brands like Converse to develop sustainable strategy goals and targets, which can then be implemented from material innovation in design, production, and marketing. I have also created a sustainable and systems thinking fashion and biodesign program at Universidad de Los Andes, teaching students, facilitating research, publications, and mentoring in projects that are now full-fledged business offering sustainable solutions to the industry, including NanoFreeze (protein-based refrigeration), and Woocoa, (the vegan wool).

Education 

2012

MA AALTO UNIVERSITY - School of Design, Arts & Architecture, Helsinki, Finland, 2013

1995

AAS PARSONS SCHOOL OF DESIGN - New York, NY, U.S.A.

1992

BA CENTRO DE DISEÑO TALLER 5 - Bogotá, Colombia

Experience

2021 - present

PARSONS SCHOOL OF DESIGN - New York, NY, Faculty, School of Strategic Design & Management

2019 - present

E.DYE PIGMENTS startup            CDO & Stakeholder

2019 - present

NANOFREEZE startup           Associate & Stakeholder

2019 - present

WOOCOA stratup                         COO & Stakeholder

UBUNTOO.COM - Remote Consultant Project Lead

2020 - 2021

2016 - 2021

UNIVERSIDAD DE LOS ANDES - Faculty of Architecture & Design, Bogotá, Colombia, Assistant Professor

2014 - 2016

UNIVERSIDAD JORGE TADEO LOZANO - Faculty of Arts & Design, Bogotá, Colombia, Assistant Professor & Program Coordinator

2012

Assistant Designer sustainable fashion - Annina Nurmi, Helsinki

2010

Assistant Manager and Visual Merchandiser - Coach Inc., Los Angeles

2010

Assistant Designer and Manager - Alvin Valley Retail, Los Angeles

1999-2009

Designer and Founder “Carolina Obregón Fashion Accessories” NYC, Guadalajara, Fez, Bogotá

2002-2004

Fashion Merchandiser and Sales Associate - GianFranco Ferré, NYC

1998-2002

Market Research & Trend Specialist - Liverpool Dpt. Stores, NYC

1997-1998

Assistant DesignerHelen Wang, NYC

1995-1997

Assistant Accessories Designer - Jill Stuart, NYC

Other Experience

2017

Visiting Scholar at Harvard University (summer)

2017

Course Participant - “Trends in 21st Century Ed. & Technology,” Harvard University

Other Projects

2019

Converse Sustainable Challenge Co-leader - Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia

2018

Project Resound Colombia: Saber del Monte -
From Farmer to Kitchen
 - Co-leader for community, participatory, service design rural intervention project at Montes de María – El Salado, Colombia

2018

Circular Economy Workshop Participant - Invitation by the Swedish Embassy to Sweden as a sustainability fashion expert, Borås & Stockholm, Sweden

Conference Participation

2021

INVITED SPEAKER - "FASHION RESPONSE-ABILITY: Re-Fashion / Bio-based Futures”for Università luav di Venezia (virtual)

2021

2021

2020

2020

PANELIST - “Circuar Economy for the Creative Industries” IXEL Moda, Cartagena, Colombia

2019

CHAIR - “Biodesign Disrupter for Dystopia”, The Day After Cumulus Conference, Bogotá, Colombia

2019

WORKING GROUP LEADER - Systems Thinking and Sustainable Design, The Day After Cumulus Conference, Bogotá, Colombia

2019

SPEAKER - “Biodesign Globally Local”, Global Community Bio Summit 3.0, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA

2019

PANELIST - “Ethical and Sustainable Fashion”, XII Environmental International Congress, Bogotá, Colombia

2019

PANELIST - “Fashion 360: The Challenge of good practices in the leather industry”, International Center for Business and Exhibitions-Corferias, Bogotá, Colombia

2018

PANELIST - “From cosmopolitan localism to enhancing sustainable design practices by the use of algae for bioremediation in San Andrés”, Intersecciones Conference (published in conference proceedings), Catholic University, Architecture, Design and Urban Studies Faculty, Santiago, Chile

2018

INVITED EXPERT - Fashion revolution: Circular Economy, The Swedish Institute, Borås & Stockholm, Sweden

2015

PANELIST - “Fashion 360: How to Create a Business Based Upon the Circular Economy”, Chamber of Commerce, Bogotá, Colombia

2015

PANELIST - “Fashion Debate: The Revolution is in the Details”, Bogotá Chamber of Commerce

2015

PANELIST - “Exploring the Use of Amazonian Nanostructured Fibers as Prêt-à-porter fabrics”, ICNF 2015 – 2nd International Conference on Natural Fibers (Published in conference proceedings), Azores, Portugal

2014

PANELIST - “Fashion Education: global values toward local knowledge”, XIII Festival de la Imágen (published in conference proceedings), Manizales, Colombia

2013

PANELIST - “The Future is Now: Designing a Sustainable Fashion Program in an Age of Austerity”, Cumulus Conference (published in conference proceedings), Dublin, Ireland

2012

PANELIST - “Sustainable Fashion Education: Trend or Paradigm?” Projecting Design 2012, Cumulus Conference (published in conference proceedings), Santiago, Chile

2011

PANELIST - “Big Changes Start Small: A Look at Sustainable Fashion Design Efforts Around the World”, Cumulus Conference (published in conference proceedings), Denver, CO

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