Learn from Leaders at Farfetch, Alibaba and Rent the Runway at VOICES 2020


With just under two weeks to go, we are excited to share some of the latest confirmed speakers at VOICES, BoF’s annual gathering for big thinkers.

  • Farfetch founder, chairman & chief executive José Neves joins Alibaba Group president J. Michael Evans in their first live conversation about the recent game-changing partnership with Richemont.

  • The renowned sleep expert Matt Walker joins Oura’s chief executive Harpreet Rai in a discussion about the science of sleep.

  • Rent the Runway co-founder & chief executive Jennifer Hyman will share her learnings on the pandemic’s impact on the fashion rental model.

  • Belgian economist Jan-Emmanuel De Neve will reveal insights on wellbeing, productivity, economic growth and inequality from The World Happiness Report.

  • Deepak Chopra, the New York Times best-selling author and pioneer of integrative medicine, and Carmen Busquets, investor and entrepreneur, will speak on how meditation can awaken the mind.

  • Rashad Robinson, president of Color of Change, a leading racial justice organisation driven by more than 7.2 million members who are building power for Black communities, will speak on the global racial reckoning of 2020.

  • Sinéad Burke, activist and advocate for disability, will speak to Samira Nasr, editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar on inclusion in fashion and media.

  • Designer Jonathan Anderson and artist Anthea Hamilton will speak to BoF’s Tim Blanks about their recent groundbreaking creative collaboration for Tate Britain.

  • Virgil Abloh, artistic director of Louis Vuitton Men will speak to Paul Davison, chief executive and co-founder of Clubhouse, the pioneering social audio app.

Discover the full agenda for VOICES 2020, where you can see an overview of each session and all the global experts we are convening for the fashion industry’s most anticipated annual conference.

Through cross-industry learning and collaboration, VOICES unlocks exciting synergies and forges insights and learning that will transform your outlook on business — and life.

If you’re a BoF Professional member, register here. If you’re not, learn more and sign up for a 30-day trial to BoF Professional, which includes access to VOICES 2020.

For senior executives who want to go deeper, a VOICES 2020 Executive Pass will give you a more immersive VOICES experience.

Matt Walker

Former Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard, and now Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at UC Berkeley, as well as the founder and director of the school’s Center for Human Sleep Science, Dr Matthew Walker is a celebrated sleep expert, and author of the New York Times bestseller Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams, which was listed as one of Bill Gates’ top five books of 2019.

Harpreet Singh Rai

Harpreet Singh Rai is the chief executive of Oura and a member of its board. His purpose is to be part of a team that is committed to improving population level health and wellbeing. Under his leadership, Oura has grown to a team of over 150 employees and has launched its generation 2 ring, shipping over 250,000 units to 98 different countries. He is responsible for Oura’s vision and strategy and guides decisions that ensure the organisation’s financial health.

José Neves

In 2008, José Neves launched Farfetch, bringing together his interests in fashion and technology, as well as his experience in design, wholesale and retail, to create a business that would celebrate and support the diversity of the global fashion industry. His vision was to create a single portal, offering independent boutiques the opportunity to compete with the leaders of fashion e-commerce. Neves has been involved in the fashion start-up world since the mid-1990s when he launched footwear business Swear. José later founded Six London, a fashion licensing and wholesale company selling to 600 retailers worldwide. In 2001 Neves opened the renowned boutique Bstore, which won the British Fashion Award for Retailer of the Year in 2006.

Michael J. Wolf

Michael J. Wolf is founder and chief executive of Activate, Inc., a management consulting firm specialising in technology, internet, media and entertainment businesses. Previously, Wolf was president and chief operating officer of MTV Networks (now Viacom Media Networks). Prior to MTVN, he was global managing partner of McKinsey & Company’s Media, Entertainment and Information Practice. He was McKinsey’s first direct-elect senior partner hire, joining from Booz Allen Hamilton, where he founded and led the firm’s global Communications, Media and Technology Group. He was also a member of Booz Allen’s board of directors and executive management team.

Jennifer Hyman

Jennifer Hyman is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Rent the Runway, a company that is disrupting the $2.4 trillion fashion industry by pioneering dynamic ownership and enabling women to rent, subscribe to and purchase secondhand clothing. In her role, Hyman sets the strategic priorities and leads the company in growing all areas of the business, including marketing, technology, merchandising, supply chain and data science. She co-founded Rent the Runway in 2009, anchored by the vision to build the world’s first living closet, and the brand now offers apparel, accessories and home decor from over 700 designer partners via its in-house proprietary technology and one-of-a-kind reverse logistics operation.

Oluwole Olosunde

The 23-year-old designer and founder of Against Medical Advice is an emergency department trauma nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and ambitions that go far beyond healthcare. Known as Wole to friends and as Guacawole online to his more than 15,000 followers, he set up an e-commerce business for his streetwear and home goods line, Against Medical Advice, last year and just linked with his first stockist, a new boutique on the Lower East Side in New York, Laams.

A full list of speakers can be found here.

VOICES is The Business of Fashion’s annual gathering bringing together the movers, shakers and trailblazers of the global fashion industry and uniting them with the big thinkers, entrepreneurs and inspiring people who are shaping the wider world.

VOICES 2020 is made possible in part through our partners McKinsey & Company, Affirm, SCAD and Invisible Collection.


VOICES brings together the movers, shakers and trailblazers of the global fashion industry and unites them with the big thinkers, entrepreneurs and inspiring people who are shaping the wider world, hosted by BoF founder and editor-in-chief, Imran Amed, and led by BoF’s expert editors and correspondents.
Register now to reserve your spot.

1. THE WIDER WORLD: Making sense of 2020 and charting a way forward
2. INSIDE THE FASHION SYSTEM: Addressing the industry’s most important challenges and opportunities
3. TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION: Exploring how new technologies will change consumer behaviour
4. REINVENTING RETAIL: Understanding how forces accelerated by the pandemic are completely reshaping the retail landscape
5. LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE: Finding the balance, insight and inspiration to be the most authentic, healthy version of yourself


This year, VOICES will be delivered via a live broadcast adapted to the unique circumstances of the Covid-19 era — and BoF Professional and BoF Professional Student members anywhere in the world can take part in this live global conversation as the industry looks ahead to 2021. If you are not a member, sign up today with our 30 day trial, including access to VOICES 2020.

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