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April 2020 - Netfas founding partners

Theresia Grevinga - Chairwoman

Theresia Grevinga is chairwoman since October 2018 of Netfas. In 2007, she started her career as teacher in the field of fashion design at Saxion University of Applied Sciences after several years’ experience in the textile/design industry.

Since innovation in the textile industry is becoming increasingly important, she is nowadays involved as a researcher/project leader in the field of sustainability at the Saxion Research Centre, Sustainable & Functional Textiles of professor Jan Mahy to set the link between innovation and production. In 2013, she got her ‘Master of Arts’ degree from the University of the Arts, Utrecht. In addition, Theresia is course director of the Master Innovative Textile Development. Building bridges between design and technical textiles will bring our innovations to the next level. One of the main goals she wants to achieve is working together as cocreations; as an individual, as a project group or University. Netfas could be the perfect tool for it.


Jan Mahy - Board Member ETP

Jan Mahy is Board member ETP since December 2019 on behalf of Netfas.

In 2019 Jan started at Saxion University of Applied Sciences as professor of the research group Sustainable & Functional Textiles after many years as R&D leader in fibres and technical textiles industries. He co-authored several peer-reviewd papers on high-performance fiber reinforced materials and is co-inventor of several patent applications in the field of 3D thermoplastic textile composites.

Jan’s extensive experience with innovation consortia (going back to FP5 and H2020 projects “Powerweave” and “Ecometex”), public-private partnerships and academic networks with the industry, including IP portfolio management makes him the right person in the ETP board on behalf of Netfas.


Alexandra De Raeve - Secretary

Alexandra De Raeve is Head of department of Fashion, Textiles and Wood Technology at Hogeschool Gent and is secretary of Netfas since January 2020. She started her career in the textile industry in 1988 as product developer. In 1999 she started as a researcher and innovation expert for the textile industry at HOGENT University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Since 2012 she is the head of the department of Fashion, Textiles and Wood Technology and holds a lecturer position. She has vast experience in teaching, research and project management and has extensive expertise in the field of clothing comfort and textile functionalization.

She has worked/coordinated over 25 projects in both national and international framework with various funding (IWT TETRA, IWT HOBU, IWT VIS, INTERREG, CORNET, ERA-SME, FP6, FP7, PWO HOGENT, Erasmus+).

She has a Master in Textile Engineering, recently (co)-authored at least 5 publications and has presented her research work in over 10 international conferences.

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