With a degree in textile and garment engineering, Jana Kern is a journalist and communications and strategy consultant. Together with her business partner Alex Vogt, she co-manages KERN in Frankfurt am Main and London. At the focus of KERN’s work is corporate responsibility in the fashion industry – a field that Jana Kern has devoted more than ten years to and in which she has firmly established herself as an expert. Following her studies at the Hochschule Niederrhein, University of Applied Sciences in Mönchengladbach, Jana Kern was economic editor of the industry journal TextilWirtschaft for more than six years, where her specialist subjects included fashion retail and sustainability in the garment industry.
Communications and strategy consultant Alex Vogt sees the complex of innovation management and corporate responsibility as an essential prerequisite of future-orientated business thinking. He initially studied politics and history at the Goethe University Frankfurt and then came into contact with the sportswear and fashion industry through the surf and skateboard scene, going on to gain an MBA specialising in the textile industry at the private LDT Nagold Academy for Fashion Management. His dissertation on the topic of CR marketing in the fashion industry won an award from the Wilhelm Lorch Foundation in 2009. Before joining London and Frankfurt-based communications consultancy KERN as a partner and devoting his full attention to the topics of innovation and CR, Alex Vogt held senior positions in fashion retail and marketing. Alex Vogt lives and works in Frankfurt am Main. And when he’s not there, he is most probably seeking new inspiration in far-flung corners of the world.
David is driven by one thing in particular: the opportunity to create work that matters. His commitment to this goal has earned him the reputation of delivering intelligent and engaging creative solutions.
In 2009, David established Rilke, an independent creative studio based in north-west London. His studio produces a variety of works across various disciplines. Regardless of the type of subject, medium or platform, however, he always begins with one fundamental step: by asking questions. After all, only when we understand a problem inside out can we turn it into an opportunity. David is a solution-finder, a doer and a storyteller.
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Martina Miocevic is a graphic and communications designer with her own design studio in Mainz. Mathilda Mutant is an interdisciplinary design studio with a focus on corporate, editorial and product design. Mathilda Mutant stands for clear and comprehensible concepts, attention to detail and individual solutions tailored to the requirements of each and every client and project.
With a Master’s degree in Fine Arts and following a brief television career (VPRO), Simon Angel worked as a change consultant for the Ministry of Finance, Interior, Justice, Economics and Foreign Affairs in The Hague for six years. Combining both professions, he is meanwhile an entrepreneur in the sector of (sustainable) fashion and educational institutions, specialised in incubator and scale-up activities. Whether as a strategic (sparring) partner, trainer/coach, consultant, business developer, teacher, cooperation partner or investor – as a result of his innovative thinking, Simon Angel is more than well-equipped to take on different roles in a variety of projects. He lives in a forest with his three children and a dog.
Sustainability and corporate social responsibility have been Barbara Samwer’s main topics of interest for more than ten years now. With a degree in linguistics, economics and cultural studies, she supported leading businesses in the alignment of their systematic approach – from strategic development to practice-oriented implementation. Amongst many other projects she developed a sustainability initiative. Working at several well-known agencies provided Barbara with extensive knowledge and the ability to apply various methods. Her time spent abroad in the USA between 2015 and 2018 has given her a global perspective on sustainability.
Lena Kaufmann wants to use her time and skills for something that is in harmony with her values and gives back to people and the environment. KERN's approach of following the principle of "thrivability“ fits her credo to focus on innovation and opportunities.
In her thesis at the Stuttgart Media University, she explored the question whether Generation Y recognizes greenwashing using the example of sustainability communication in the fashion industry in Germany. During a semester abroad in Norway, she developed the Strategic Design for a Scandinavian sports brand in an international team. Through internships in well-known agencies, she deepened her knowledge of strategic planning and supported the corporate marketing of an NGO as a working student. Lena started as a volunteer at KERN in March 2019, and in May 2020 she moved into her current role as a Junior Strategy and PR Consultant.
Sarah Malik joined the KERN team as a Junior PR Consultant in June 2020. The value of good communication is something she recognised very early on: not only during various backpacking trips and time spent abroad, but also in her work experience gained in editorial offices, agencies and science-related positions. During her studies, Sarah chose to focus on the topic of social interrelations. With increasing knowledge in this field, her desire to positively influence these interrelations grew. She wants to do work that is valuable not only for her, but also for people and the planet. Today, but especially tomorrow.
When she’s not working, Sarah likes to spend her time in hiking shoes in the forest or barefoot on her yoga mat.
Alisa Keil joined KERN as a trainee in sustainability and fashion in October 2020. The cultural anthropologist and publicist graduated with a dual Bachelor’s degree from the Johannes Gutenberg-University in Mainz. Both during and after her studies, she gained valuable work experience in a newsroom and in constructive and investigative journalism. Alisa Keil worked as an assistant editor for several well-known TV formats and was responsible for the development of ideas, online content creation (including text, graphics and video) and maintaining social media profiles on various platforms.