Hortmeyer and White to Lead DNFI

Both have extensive knowledge of fibres, fibre markets and fibre production, and each is highly qualified as an advocate for natural fibres

Ms. Elke Hortmeyer and Ms. Dalena White were elected as Chair and Vice-Chair of DNFI at the organization’s annual meeting in Frankfurt on 8 January 2020.

Bildschirmfoto 2020-01-15 um 15.16.06Ms. Hortmeyer is Head of Communications and International Relations for the Bremen Cotton Exchange (BBB), Bremen, Germany and has served the cotton industry for almost 20 years. She has been active in DNFI since its founding in 2010. Ms. Hortmeyer is a member of the foreign trade committee of the Bremen Chamber of Commerce, and she serves on the ICAC panel on Social, Environmental & Economic Performance of Cotton (SEEP). She is editor of the bi-weekly Bremen Cotton Report, and she writes and edits annual and inter-annual reports of the Bremen Cotton Exchange for the public and members of the Board of Directors. She is one of the principal organizers of the bi-annual International Cotton Conference Bremen.

Bildschirmfoto 2020-01-15 um 15.16.23Ms. White is Secretary General of the International Wool Textile Organization (IWTO) in Brussels. She has participated actively in DNFI since 2016 when she joined IWTO. She has a background in textile manufacturing and apparel sourcing. As Secretary General of IWTO, Ms. White conducts numerous conferences each year around the world, participates in technical seminars and workshops, and she interacts with regulators and advocacy organizations on environmental and animal welfare issues.

The outgoing Chair of DNFI, Dr. Terry Townsend Cotton Analytics, congratulated the two officers on their election. He noted that both have extensive knowledge of fibres, fibre markets and fibre production and marketing systems, and that each is highly qualified as an advocate for natural fibres.

Minutes of the steering committee meeting as well as current data about natural fibre production will be available to all DNFI members and natural fibres supporter from the middle of January in the member section of this web site.


DNFI, press release, 2020-01-14.


Bremer Baumwollbörse
DNFI Discover Natural Fibres Initiative
IWTO - International Wool Textile Organisation


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