Meet Our Consultants

Kate Black

Kate Black is the founder and editor-in-chief of Magnifeco.com, the digital source for eco-fashion and sustainable living. Kate also founded EcoSessions®, a global platform bringing together designers, industry, and consumers to discuss change

 

A graduate of the University of Toronto, Kate's career began in newspapers, working for both the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star. Highly skilled at digital storytelling, she went on to work in marketing in Toronto, Amsterdam and Berlin helping clients like JPMorgan Chase, Nike, and Philips. 

 

Upon moving to Tokyo in 2007, Kate decided to launch her own site, advocating for ethical fashion through her 'daily eco-fashion find' on Magnifeco.com. The blog is read in 120 countries and culminated in a book: Magnifeco, You Head-to-Toe Guide to Ethical Fashion and Non-toxic Beauty, published September 2015.

 

Kate regularly speaks about issues related to apparel and beauty on panels and at conferences across the US and Canada. 

Christine Pomerantz

Professor Christine Pomeranz is the tenured chairperson of Fashion Institute of Technology's Department of International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries. In addition to teaching the program's undergraduate students and administering the department's strategy, she founded the Talking Trade @ FIT guest lecture series and organizes field trips, career development programs, as well as fundraising activities to enhance the students’ professional development. 

 

Christine has taught at New York University and World Trade Institute of Pace University. Prior to teaching, Christine was an international banker for twenty years, most recently with Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (“ANZ”) as Senior Vice President and Regional Head of Structured Trade Services-Americas, arranging financing solutions for multinational companies, commodity traders, financial institutions, and large corporations in North and Latin America engaged with customers in the Australasian region. Before joining ANZ, Christine was a relationship manager at The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited in New York, providing trade finance services to middle market customers primarily in the apparel and fashion industry.

 

She started her career at Citibank in the Philippines and New York as an account manager in the International Financial Institutions Division. Christine was appointed by successive United States Secretaries of Commerce as a member of the New York District Export Council, which provides leadership, support, and assistance in the education of New York companies interested in entering into or expanding into international markets. 

 

She is also a member of the Steering Committee of the New York City Global Business Alliance, which aims to cultivate exports from, imports to, and investments in New York City businesses with the goal of creating jobs in the area. Christine recently joined the advisory board of the NYC Fair Trade Coalition, which promotes fair trade businesses in New York City and educates consumers on the importance of fair trade. She earned her Master of Business Administration degree with majors in Finance and International Business from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University in 1998 and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree major in Business Administration with honors at Assumption College in Manila, Philippines in 1980.