Anna Brismar is the founder and owner of Green Strategy, a consultancy firm specialized in circularity and sustainability issues of the fashion, apparel and textile industry on a global scale.
She is the owner and developer of the online platform Circularfashion.com, which is the world’s first platform dedicated exclusively to circularity issues in the fashion, apparel and textile industry. Also, she is the founder and head of the Circular Fashion Network, an international network of professionals working with circularity and sustainability issues in the fashion or textile industry.
As consultant and owner of Green Strategy, Anna offers high quality consultancy services and tailored advice to fashion brands, apparel companies, international chains and textile organisations on how to develop, advance and communicate their sustainability and circularity work more successfully.
Professional and educational background
Anna has more than 15 years of experience as a consultant and researcher in the environmental and sustainability field. Before founding Green Strategy in 2012, she worked as sustainability consultant for various international organisations, such as the World Bank, Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and the European Parliament. In addition, she has international research experience from Stockholm Environment Institute in York, England, and from IIASA in Vienna, Austria.
Fundamentally, Anna holds a Ph.D. in the interdisciplinary field of water, environment and development at Linköping University, Sweden (2003). Prior to that, she took a Master’s degree (MSc) in Biology at Stockholm University (1996), focusing on water resource issues in developing countries. In more recent years, she has studied behavioral science (2007/08), professional coaching techniques (2006) and Environmental Management (2013) at different universities in Stockholm.
Altogether, Anna has extensive expertise in the area of water, environment and sustainable development, and more recently also in circular economy. She has worked with environmental issues of large-scale agriculture (including cotton and wheat production), large dam projects, land degradation, water scarcity, water quality, gender, and upstream/downstream conflicts, as well as the concepts of sustainable development, ecosystem goods and services, cumulative impacts, systems analysis, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), environmental management, and circular economy. In addition, she has a genuine interest in human psychology, interpersonal communication, and societal development at large. Since early years, she has a private penchant for arts, design and textiles. From these various elements, her professional interest in sustainability and circularity issues of the textile and apparel industry has emerged. Furthermore, over the last 20 years of work, she has also developed strong analytical and writing skills, with special abilities to develop new concepts, tools, methods and models.
To conclude, Anna Brismar holds an interdisciplinary, international perspective as well as extensive and in-depth expertise in environment, sustainable development and circular economy. Hereby, she is able to provide high quality, tailored and cutting-edge services for any fashion brand, apparel or sportswear company wishing to advance its present agenda and performance in the area of sustainability and circularity.
For a CV overview, see Linked In – Dr. Anna Brismar/Green Strategy.
In April 2017, Anna was awarded as “One of the 101 Most Powerful Sustainability Professionals in Sweden” by the Swedish organisation Aktuell Hållbarhet, an educational and professional news platform on sustainability in Sweden.