Gabriella Smith


As the Founder of the UpCycle Project, Gabriella has made it her goal to raise awareness on the waste the fashion industry creates by creating hands on workshops, student mentorship programs, inspiring discussions, TEDx Talks as well as disruptive events and products that find circular solutions for fashion and other industries. As a conscious observer, she believes that the future of fashion will evolve through textile waste management, innovation, sustainable sourcing and ethical production.

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Eduardo Pelaez


A successful serial entrepreneur with more than ten years in the recycling industry, Eduardo is an active Board Member and Managing Director for Movilex Recycling Group. Movilex Global, is responsible for closing the loop on e-waste, the processing of ferrous and non ferrous metals, as well as ocean clean up of sunken ships in Uruguay and the clean up of construction debris around the Panama Canal.

Gabriela Jeane

Account Manager

A designer inspired by multicultural experiences, current events affecting our planet, and art as a form of expression, Gabriela's story with the UpCycle Foundation started in 2017 when she participated in the first edition of the UpCycle Project. Currently, she is UpCycle's Account Manager. This position unveiled a different side of the fashion industry and fashion design, having her solidify her commitment to sustainable design, based on recycled materials, transparency, and design that respects the people and the planet.