ABOUT CHANGE ROOM

Change Room is an innovation consultancy and a think tank that connects sustainably driven fashion entrepreneurs and innovators with conscious consumers and established firms. Since 2018, working in collaboration with leading academic institutions and the regional government, we have been pioneers in promoting entrepreneurship and sustainable innovation in the city of Düsseldorf.

With a mission of “Doing Business Differently”, the Change Room team is committed to supporting impact-driven startups and individual innovators active in the fashion, beauty, and retail space. As a professional network we are well-connected and link experts from all areas for joint learning and exchange, thus providing a platform for conscious and interdisciplinary dialogue on both national and international levels.

THE TEAM

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DR. Monika HAUCK
Founder

Monika is an entrepreneur, social activist and open innovation researcher. Following her Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, she was a Managing Director of the Entrepreneurship Center at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, where she supported startups and corporate innovation initiatives and was actively engaged in the development of the startup ecosystem in the NRW region.

Monika is also a strong proponent of sustainable and inclusive entrepreneurship and is a City Ambassador of a British social enterprise Fashion Revolution. Born and raised in Lithuania, she experienced the breakdown of the Soviet Union and could observe the effects that communism system had on the popular culture as well as societal relation to fashion and crafts. A true cosmopolitan, Monika stated traveling the world at the age of fifteen working as an international fashion model. Now, after ten years of a break, she returned to the fashion industry with a purpose to promote more sustainable and inclusive fashion production and consumption practice. A polymath and contrarian, she is active as a speaker, educator and strategic advisor to startups and established organizations.

 
Kristina KACINSKYTE
Marketing & Communication Lead

Kristina has been actively working for NGOs in Lithuania since the age of 14. She has participated in and organized more than a dozen EU-funded projects dealing with urbanization, ecology, and other social issues. After obtaining her MA in Media and Communication Science from the Ilmenau University of Technology, she wanted to join a company driven by a purpose – Change Room was the perfect fit.  

Larissa
WEYRES​
Marketing & Business Development Intern
Larissa is passionate about sustainable solutions in fashion and lifestyle. It is part of her personal mission to raise awareness and push sustainability forward in our culture.
That is why she sees Change Room as the perfect opportunity in Düsseldorf to make a difference and start her purpose-driven career. Larissa just finished her BA in Textile Management at Hochschule Niederrhein. There she learned a lot about the fashion industry and about what needs to be changed – ecologically and socially.
 
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THE TEAM

DR. Monika HAUCK
Founder

Monika is an entrepreneur, social activist and open innovation researcher. Following her Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, she was a Managing Director of the Entrepreneurship Center at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, where she supported startups and corporate innovation initiatives and was actively engaged in the development of the startup ecosystem in the NRW region.

Monika is also a strong proponent of sustainable and inclusive entrepreneurship and is a City Ambassador of a British social enterprise Fashion Revolution. Born and raised in Lithuania, she experienced the breakdown of the Soviet Union and could observe the effects that communism system had on the popular culture as well as societal relation to fashion and crafts. A true cosmopolitan, Monika stated traveling the world at the age of fifteen working as an international fashion model. Now, after ten years of a break, she returned to the fashion industry with a purpose to promote more sustainable and inclusive fashion production and consumption practice. A polymath and contrarian, she is active as a speaker, educator and strategic advisor to startups and established organizations.

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Kristina KACINSKYTE
Marketing & Communication Lead

Kristina has been actively working for NGOs in Lithuania since the age of 14. She has participated in and organized more than a dozen EU-funded projects dealing with urbanization, ecology, and other social issues. After obtaining her MA in Media and Communication Science from the Ilmenau University of Technology, she wanted to join a company driven by a purpose – Change Room was the perfect fit.  

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Larissa WEYRES​
Marketing & Business Development Intern
Larissa is passionate about sustainable solutions in fashion and lifestyle. It is part of her personal mission to raise awareness and push sustainability forward in our culture.
That is why she sees Change Room as the perfect opportunity in Düsseldorf to make a difference and start her purpose-driven career. Larissa just finished her BA in Textile Management at Hochschule Niederrhein. There she learned a lot about the fashion industry and about what needs to be changed – ecologically and socially.
 

FRIENDS &
ADVISORS

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Parsia BOLOUKI
Web developer

Parsia is studying computer science at HHU. He has work experience in building websites and artificial intelligence models. He is supporting the Change Room team with the development of software projects. In his free time, he does a lot of sports and strengthens his skills in programming. He joined Change Room team because he is eager to make a positive impact on the climate and fashion industry and is passionate about the encounter of technology and the fashion industry.