Gwen Cunningham

Lead for Sustainability and Circular Economy, NCAD

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Gwen is a designer by trade, but for the past decade she has been focussed on driving the practical implementation of circularity across the textiles and apparel industry.

Since 2014, Gwen has led the Textiles Programme at the impact organisation Circle Economy Foundation, in Amsterdam, The mission of the Textiles Programme is to achieve a zero waste textiles industry. In this role, Gwen manages a team of circular textiles specialists and designs and leads various international multi-stakeholder research and innovation projects with brands, retailers, recyclers etc.

Since returning to Ireland in 2020, Gwen has taken up a new role at CFA at NCAD, as Lead for Circularity and Sustainability. Here her role is to lead the development of new educational national provisions circularity, including the Circular by Design Professional Diploma for current industry professionals and a new Circular Design Masters - to be launched in the coming year.

Gwen co-founded World Circular Textiles Day, chairs the Irish Government's Textiles Advisory Group, and sits on the Board of the EU Commission’s WORTH Partnership Programme and on the Advisory Board of chemical polyester recycler Worn Again Technologies.