Our Team of Experts
Our Team of Experts

Spanning countries, fields, and disciplines, the Future Tech Lab team is a group of incredible individuals dedicated to creating a new future for fashion.

Miroslava Duma

CEO and Founder
Cited as the 'most connected digital entrepreneur in fashion' by Vogue, Miroslava Duma is the founder of several ventures, a digital start-up investor, an entrepreneur and a philanthropist. In 2017, Miroslava founded Future Tech Lab, which combines an investment company and accelerator/agency that helps new technologies and sustainable innovations connect, collaborate and create products and brands to evolve the fashion industry and help reduce its social and environmental footprint.
Miroslava is bringing to life the idea of bridging fashion, sustainability and technology.  Miroslava is also an active investor across a range of businesses including digital media, technology, responsible fashion.
Miroslava is a co-founder of the 4-continent digital media network Buro 24/7 as well as The Tot, a US-based curated e-commerce platform for mothers and their children.

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Dr. Amanda Parkes

Chief Innovation Officer

Amanda is a fashion technologist with over 12 years of experience in wearable technology, interaction design, smart materials, and fashion innovation. The former Chief of Technology and Research at Manufacture NY, Amanda holds a Ph.D & M.S. in Tangible Media from the MIT Media Lab, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (Product Design). Amanda is an international speaker & lecturer, working with TED, DLD, SXSW, the NY Times International Luxury Conference, and the World Economic Forum. Amanda has been written about in such esteemed publications as The Business of Fashion, Vanity Fair, and Alleywatch.

Dr. Svetlana Tonevitskaya

Chief Technology Officer

Svetlana is an experienced leader in the science & innovation intensive spaces. With a proven track record of transforming academic research into promising biotech ventures, Svetlana’s career is split between creating cutting edge R&D and turning research into marketable products. Svetlana has 10 years experience in international project development, commercializing innovation, and in managing and developing teams of researchers and scientists. Svetlana graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University with an MSc in Physical Chemistry and holds a Ph.D in Biology.

Maria Srivastava

Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

Maria is a marketing and communications strategist with over 10 years of experience in the luxury industry, working on a wide range of product categories. Maria developed a brand communications strategy for the EMEIA region at Burberry, having previously handled PR, VIP relations, and events for the brand. Maria also has experience at Moet Hennessy (LVMH) and Richemont. Maria has an MA in Cultural and Creative Industries from King’s College in London.

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Farah Mirboboeva

Investment Director

Having worked across multiple countries and regions, Farah has strong background in international business and development, private equity and venture capital. She has experience in sourcing, due diligence, fund structuring and relationship management. During her career she has worked at AfricInvest Group—a leading pan-African  venture capital and private equity firm, and IFC Asset Management Company - private equity subsidiary of the World Bank Group based in Washington, D.C.. Farah holds an MBA from Chicago Booth School of Business.

Denis Nikiforov

Director of Distribution for Experimental Lab

With 9 years of experience in retail, sales, distribution and product, Denis previously worked in Nike Retail and Nike Russia sales team. Throughout 5 years he has worked with key wholesale and DTC partners and incubated a new distribution channel. In 2016 Denis won the Sales Person of the year award and joined Nike European HQ team where focused on sales and product. Denis holds a bachelor degree in Strategic Management from Peoples Friendship University of Russia.

Valentina Xu

CEO China

A graduate of the EMLYON Business School in France, Valentina has experience in the fashion and technology sectors: she spent six years advising international companies on their development in the Chinese market. Working with World 100 Clean Tech and renowned European fashion designers among others, Valentina helped them understand Chinese market, find synergy, and expand their business.

Heba El Habashy

CEO MENA

After graduating from Harvard in 2011, Heba worked as the Program Manager at Flat6Labs, a seed stage VC and Accelerator based in Cairo.  Heba's next role took her to Dubai, where she worked in Business Development, Launch, and Growth at Uber, launching in cities ranging from Dubai to Abu Dhabi to Cairo and Beirut, as well as launching "Uber Cash”. Heba’s most recent position was as Senior Manager of Retail and Place Management at The Dubai Design District, where she worked on populating the district with new and exciting ventures in F+B and retail as well as finding investors to believe in the district's vision.

We're always looking for new collaborators, mentors, investors, and innovators. We'd love to hear from you.