About the programme

Currently, the FCG offers workshops (approximately once a month) on various business topics.


In cooperation with the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Business, the Fashion Council Germany offered a series of workshops, “FCG SEMINARS”, aimed at Berlin designers. Companies from the Berlin fashion industry have the opportunity to learn more about various topics.


FCG Showroom, Bikini Berlin, Budapester Str. 50 I 2nd floor Garden, 10787 Berlin

Each workshop goes along with an application phase in advance. In order to submit your application please use the form.

Applicants will be notified about their admittance by e-mail.

A participation fee of 25 EUR per person will be charged on site.

Phone +49 30 994 0489 52


Andreas Fillmann

Dr. Andreas Fillmann’s practice focuses on corporate finance, financial regulatory, compliance including data protection, banking and capital markets. His lengthy industry experience in the compliance includes advice in the field of data protection. Andreas has considerable experience advising on the EU regulatory framework for the financial service industry and also has broad experience in derivatives, including advising a central bank, investment banks and funds on their related derivative activities.

Julius Henne

Julius Henne started his career as an analyst and consultant at h&z Unternehmensberatung where he worked for companies such as Lufthansa, BMW, Burda and ESPRIT. He then founded the startup QVSTA together with his brother - a platform to discover and book models from Europe's leading agencies. The startup has been on the market for 10 months and more than 60 model agencies are already represented there. Julius is responsible for financial accounting, fundraising, recruiting and key account management at QVSTA.

Lars Urban

Where people network and trends become more and more global, Lars Urban knows exactly what matters. With over seven years of experience in digital, lifestyle and social media, he can draw on in-depth expertise. After studying business administration with a focus on marketing, he started his career at id media and worked for other digital agencies and start-ups in the Berlin scene later. Since August 2017 he has been Head of Digital Communications at haebmau in Berlin in order to live out his passion for "All Things Social".

Natasha Binar

Natasha Binar launched projects for creative industries in East London, UK, collaborating with the finest British talents. She also worked as a producer with British Sky Broadcasting in developing and implementing their content strategy for Sky Interactive. In Germany, she has set up her own agency focusing on business development, digital strategies and branding for newcomer and established fashion brands, before joining Launchmetrics. She is also part of the jury for several design platforms in London, Berlin, Reykjavik, Prague and Moscow. Natasha also holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Natalie Alazraki

Natalie Alazraki is a Fashion-Tech Sales & Marketing leader with 14 years of experience enhancing performance of fashion and luxury brands. As an MBA Graduate in Luxury and Fashion Management from SDA Bocconi, Natalie has proven track of expertise in e-commerce, digital marketing, and SAAS sales; she worked in the US, Italy and Germany for several global market players. Before joining LM Natalie worked at mytheresa, Trollbeads, Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen, Pomellato, Leo Burnett and also founded a fashion marketplace in Latin America.

Sandra Volz

Through many years of leading activities as a buyer/product manager (Breuninger, OTTO), lecturer for branding, fashion marketing and management at many renowned fashion-universities, retail consultant and founder, she has gained a lot of experience in listening to latest ideas, putting them through their paces and developing holistic concepts together with the creative minds behind them. The goal is always to prepare the products and the company for the long-term breakthrough and success in the market. This is achieved through individual and personal consulting and its passion for innovation, customer orientation and profitability.

Oliver Janik

Oliver Janik is COO and member of the board of DDB Group Germany, one of the largest global communications agencies with over 400 employees in Germany and around 13,000 employees worldwide.

Andrea Bury

Andrea Bury is a marketing expert and social entrepreneur. In 2001 she founded "Calliope - inspiring brand communication", a marketing and communication agency, working for Mercedes-Benz, Deutsche Bank or O2. In 2007 she moved to Marrakesh and renovated a riad (traditional house) with local artisans - the Anayela - an award-winning designhotel. Inspired by the experience of living and working with the artisans, she started ABURY - a fair-trade lifestyle brand that designs, produces and sells handmade accessories - 50% of the profits are re-invested in education and development projects. In 2015 ABURY initiated the ABURY Design Experience, an annual global designer contest that gives a grant to designers to live and work with artisans for six weeks, and to design a capsule collection for ABURY.

Oliver MacConnell

Prof. Oliver MacConnell is a fashion designer and professor of business administration. He heads the Fashion Management course at bbw University in Berlin and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Fashion Research Unit (GFRU) at Goldsmiths University London. In 2016 he founded the Fashion Practice Academy Berlin together with his university colleagues as a think tank for the investigation, evaluation and communication of current topics in the textile industry. Oliver MacConnell worked as a designer for over 25 years, purchasing manager and managing director in collection management. Today he advises product developers and companies in the textile industry, teaches at universities in Germany, Great Britain and Switzerland and moderates the style column 'Fehl und Tadel' at Radioeins in Berlin.

Tanja Ruschak

Tanja Ruschak lives in the Main metropolis of Frankfurt. The business economist has 20 years of experience in human resources. Tanja has been successfully active for more than 15 years with her own personnel consultancy focusing on Talent Acquisition and Executive Search. She supports national and international companies in recruiting suitable specialists and executives. As an interim manager, she accompanies start-ups in team building and is available as a practice-oriented business coach.

Uwe Demele

Uwe Demele is a professor at the Department of Design at the Fresenius/AMD University of Applied Sciences in Berlin, where he is the dean of the international master's program "Sustainability in Fashion and Creative Industries" (M.A.). In his academic work he investigates complex philosophical-scientific-theoretical, socio-psychological, cultural and economic contexts in the field of creative industries. A special focus of his work is the overarching topic of sustainability. In business practice, he has a wide range of experience in leading positions, including as a founder and managing director of a company for design products with innovation hub & co-creation in the field of art, culture and interior design.

Christian Graggaber

Christian Graggaber is the Managing Director of Showroom, the leading online marketplace for the new generation of designers from Europe. Showroom has offices in Berlin and Warsaw and works with nearly 1,000 fashion designers from more than 20 countries who are distributed on 3 websites. He has been with Showroom since 2016 and is mainly responsible for strategy, internationalization and marketing & supply. Before joining Showroom, he was the Chief Digital Officer at Burda International and has also built up two B2C start-ups, one of them in the Fashion Accessories sector. Christian grew up in Austria, graduated from Bocconi University in Milan and also studied at Sciences-Po in Paris, Skolkovo in Moscow and MIT in Boston.

Dennis Robers

Dennis Robers is an expert in real, authentic selling. He teaches executives and sales staff a sales and communication system and valuable impulses for daily practice. Dennis Robers waits with a strong practice-oriented Rhetorik for its seminar participants. He deals with all levels of communication beside his selling experience of over 15 years.

Melanie Seifart

Melanie Seifart has been working for KREATIV KULTUR BERLIN since 2016. The Berlin Consulting Centre for Cultural Promotion and Creative Industries of Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH, where she is responsible for the consulting and event services offered by the Berlin Creative Industries Consultancy. Previously, she was head of the regional office Berlin, Brandenburg of the Competence Center Culture and Creative Industries of the Federal Government for 3 years. This was just one of several stations through Berlin's culture, politics and economy: After her studies as a cultural manager (FH Zittau/ Görlitz): project-related intercultural educational work at the German Society in Berlin, later followed an intermezzo at KPMG Berlin and finally 3 years of work and participation in the establishment and development of the non-profit, political Think Tank foundation neue verantwortung.

Julia Krüger

Julia Krüger works for Berlin Partners who are responsible for the support of companies and research cooperations in Berlin in the field of fashion, music and sports. At Berlin Partner, various experts with individual services and an excellent network of business and science offer a variety of programs to help companies. The Start Alliance forms a network of start-up hubs worldwide that help companies adapt their business models to international markets and accelerate innovation.

Uwe Lüken

Uwe Lüken is a lawyer specialized in trademark law. He has accompanied many brand launches and rebrandings internationally and is convinced that good lawyers are not hinderers but facilitators. His clients include large companies as well as start-ups. His particular interest lies in the legal implementation of communicative and creative challenges. For example, he was involved with colour trademarks at an early stage and is still intensively active in this field. Another focus of his work is the international support of his clients. He finds it particularly exciting to find individual solutions for the requirements and budget of his clients.

Reinhart Lange

Reinhart Lange is a partner in the Intellectual Property and Technology Practice Group at Squire Patton Boggs in Frankfurt. He advises on trademark law, copyright law and unfair competition issues. Reinhart Lange works with national and international clients and helps them with the drafting of trademark portfolios and license agreements. He represents clients at all German Regional Courts, the Federal Supreme Court, the European Court of First Instance, the European Court of Justice, the European Trademark Office (Court of Appeal) and the Federal Patent Court.

Axel Lipinski-Mießner

Axel Lipinski-Mießner studied at the University of Kiel, Humboldt University Berlin and at the University of Hull (England). He completed his legal clerkship in Berlin, including positions at the Berlin Senate Chancellery, Taylor Wessing Rechtsanwälte and KPMG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft. In addition, Lipinski-Mießner is a trained banker and, as a research assistant at a chair for private, commercial and European law at the University of Zurich, has in-depth knowledge of Swiss civil law, UN sales law and international arbitration law. In February 2012, he founded his own companie and where he advises clients in real estate law as well as in commercial and corporate law.

Grit Scholz

Grit Scholz first studied stage dance and choreography before working as a dancer, choreographer and artist coach. An additional degree in communication sciences with a focus on event and sponsoring formed the cornerstone of her freelance work as an event producer and show caller. Since the first Berlin Fashion Week in July 2007, she has translated her two greatest passions - fashion and shows - into event concepts for designers and lifestyle brands. From the first conceptual idea of a show, presentation or even a pop-up shop to location search, set and light design, process control and aftershow party, she accompanied brands such as Hugo Boss, Adidas, Dorothee Schumacher, Prabal Gurung or Michalsky. Initially as a freelancer for various agencies or brands, Grit has been working with her own creative agency named aboutkokomo since 2015.

Silke Bolms

Silke Bolms was born in Stuttgart in the early 1970s and holds a Master's degree in German, History and Media Studies. Before she founded Silk Relations, she was a Senior PR Manager at Nike DACH. Since 2005 she has been advising global companies such as UNIQLO, Levi's and Zound Industries strategically - also at an European level. In 2017 she also co-founded the blockchain-based fashion consortium LUKSO, which will offer an infrastructure for fashion projects of the future.

Nadia Schliephake

Born and raised in southern Germany, Nadia Schliephake has built her truly cosmopolitan character through various residences around the world. After staying in Riyadh, Madrid, New York, Berlin and Toulouse, she settled (for the time being) in Hamburg, where she founded IDEAS together with Tarané Yuson YeS. In her twin mindset she brings together opposing worlds: Cosmopolitan businesswoman and caring mother of two children, with a unique sense of beauty coupled with a conceptual mind and crazy ideas, all executed in perfection. With her fine look, she turns a beautiful picture into a sensual brand experience: "If you sell beauty, make it beautiful and smart."

Tarané Yuson

Born in Teheran, Tarané settled in Hamburg in the 80ies to pursue a steep career in fashion and advertising. Her oriental heart combined with a sharp analytic mastermind and great cosmopolitan style makes her a truly inspiring partner in any creative and strategic project. While her linear thinking is a typical German attribute, that she has not officially embraced from her adopted home country, she brings her own creative and at times erratic thoughts into bridging the gap between strategy and execution. She does not only understand brands, she lives them: "I like to harass people with ideas, that throw them off their routine thinking.”

Matthias Schmid

Matthias is an entrepreneur and marketing expert. He became managing director of Social Chain GmbH in April 2016 to promote the German business with the unique marketing approach with its own reach on social media from Social Chain. Social Chain now consists of 30 marketing and social media experts who advise major brands and retailers and operatively take over social media channels. With two self-established start-ups during his studies, Matthias then took over the position of COO and CSO at Videobeat Networks in Hamburg. There he expanded the online video start-up from an initial 6 employees to a company with offices in London, Paris and New York and almost 80 employees.

Florian Dengler

Florian Dengler is a creative director and designer with many years of experience in brand development, design and communication. The graduate of the Art Center College of Design (Europe) spent almost 20 years as a creative director at agencies such as Pixelpark, frogdesign and MetaDesign before becoming self-employed as a Creative Director in 2013 in order to finally re-design himself. His current client portfolio ranges from big brands like Coca-Cola, ADAC and Johnson & Johnson to young and exciting brands like UND GRETEL, aptm and the Fashion Council Germany. Florian lives and works in Berlin.

Frank Lipinski

Frank Lipinski grew up in the beautiful city of Lübeck. His path led from Beijing and Barcelona to Algarve in Portugal in 2007. As the managing partner of Engel & Völkers he selled luxury real estate to international clients there. He moved back to Germany in 2012 to work for the ImPuls AG. Since then he mainly works in the IT & fashion world.

Nicolai Rehberg

Since 2010 Nicolai Rehberg works for the international logistics for DHL. First living in Hamburg, he then moved to Mumbai and settled in Berlin five years ago. While working he completed an economics degree at the Freie Universität Berlin and specialised in young founders as business customers for DHL. As a co-founder of the start-up Helpdesk, he has been advising and supporting young companies throughout Germany since January 2018. In direct contact with the start-ups he helps them to develop tailor-made solutions for their supply chains in direct contact with the start-ups.

Janina Lina Dapschauskas

Currently working as an international Senior Buyer for Asos.com, Janina is in charge of building up a new department for European Brands and Markets. She already proved her strong experience in eCom and EU Market at her previous jobs as a Buyer at Zalando, mawaju and Stilago. Her markets have been East Europe and Central Europe and now at Asos.com all of Europe. Freelancing as an Art Director and coming from an Fashion Design Study background, Janina knows the product and how to set it up right for the defined target group.

Tatjana Sprick

Tatjana has worked in the design industry for over 20 years, commencing in french haute couture ateliers and later working for Kenzo, Costume National, Yohji Yamamoto and Adidas Y-3 and the Berliner Mode Salon. She has been involved in every aspect of the fashion world including design, press, marketing and sales before changing into the collectable design market. Tatjana Sprick currently likes to be involved in launching innovative concepts and brands by putting in place an appropriate team and creating the right marketing and sales strategy.

Ayhan Yuruk

Ayhan Yuruk has been working as a creative director and retail expert for more than 12 years. He has developed numerous concepts and designs for fashion shows, stores and showrooms in London, Milan and Paris and has enriched established brands such as Ermenegildo Zegna, Peek & Cloppenburg and Villeroy & Boch with his visions. With his creative studio #SHOWROOMING, Ayhan has set himself the goal of helping online companies to go offline in order to transform their brand identity into a real brand experience. The focus here is to seamlessly merge both channels with the help of technologies and to convince the costumer to be a loyal partner to the product.

Petra Esparza McAlpine

Petra Esparza McAlpine is of Mexican-American-German origins. She grew up between the Island of Elba, in Italy, and in the south of Texas. She speaks five languages and has a degree in International Relations from St. Mary’s University of San Antonio, Texas. Her path to fashion began through modeling in the 80ties, then after a stunt in the film business as a dialogue coach, it was back to fashion. This time in sales, Petra worked for the Belgian Brand SOFIE d’HOORE. The step to opening an agency came natural. While the agency was international in the beginning, it became quickly apparent to Petra that the DACH market offered a huge opportunity and a “safe” business.

Marte Hentschel

Marte Hentschel is the founder of Sourcebook, the B2B network for up-and-coming and established fashion designers, textile craftsmen, suppliers and service providers in the fashion industry. She advises fashion professionals and fashion start-ups and places suppliers, producers and service providers from Germany and Europe with a focus on sustainable procurement.

Marita Jablonski

Marita Jablonski supports fashion companies and designers in implementing their collections in the areas of sourcing, collection and cut development, sample production and production management. In socially and ecologically responsible process chains you and your company develop trend-setting textile solutions of excellent quality. Her focus is supply chain and production management, consulting on refinement processes, costing and production planning.

Walter Wählt

After working for Hugo Boss for 12 years Walter Wählt started to work as the leader of the Advanced Creation Apparel Technologies team of Adidas in Herzogenaurach in 2017. His goal is to drive the culture of collaboration, creativity and confidence and to embrace technology.

Sebastiaan van de Loo

Born in the Netherlands, Sebastiaan van de Loo has gained a diverse know-how within the textile industry spanning over more than 20 years. His passion and result driven attitude propelled him in 2010 to establish himself as an Ambassador & Business Developer within the Textile Industry. Sebastiaan has worked in various roles; as a product manager, licensing manager, and head of design and VP sales for several notable brands and for a wide range of textile manufacturers based in German, Dutch, Portuguese, Bulgarian and the US. Over his career he has built a vast network which he also utilizes to continue the 3rd-generation textile agency. The agency acts as a broker and advisor for the development and production of textiles and garments within Europe.

Anton Schumann

Anton Schumann is a partner and senior consultant within the Gherzi Textil Organisation in Europe. As a textile engineer and with a Master of Philosophy, Business Studies and Politics he looks back on more than 15 years of experience in the textile industry and here especially in the fields of textile finishing, technical textiles and outdoor. His most recent activities introduced him to the fields of sustainability, technology development and business segment innovation. As a consultant, coach and independent entrepreneur in the textile field the business aspect combined with a global understanding of the growing and permanently changing industry is the vital competence required to duly take chances but also identify risks in this globally growing field. The trends ‘sustainability’ and ‘digitalization’ will develop many chances and also risks in the coming years, which will change the industry from scratch.

Kristin MacLeod

Kirstin MacLeod advises companies from the fashion, luxury goods and cosmetics industries on strategic communication, PR and digitisation. Previously, she worked as a freelance journalist for various print and online media and gained experience in positioning start-ups at Rocket Internet SE.

Simon Angel

Trained as a master in Fine Art and after a modest television career (VPRO), Simon worked as a change-consultant for 6 years in The Hague (ministry of Finance, Internal Affairs, Justice, Economic and Foreign Affairs). Combining those careers, he is an entrepreneur in the field of (sustainable) fashion and educational institutes which leads to incubator and scale-up activities. He has several partnerships with governmental institutions and companies. Easily switching in different roles: as a strategic (sparring-) partner, trainer / coach, consultant, business developer, teacher, collaborating partner and investor.