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

Miroslava Duma is the founder of several innovative ventures, digital entrepreneur, philanthropist and active investor across a range of promising businesses including digital media, technology, responsible fashion. 

Miroslava is the Founder and CEO of Future Tech Lab (FTL) - a hybrid investment company, multinational accelerator, experimental laboratory and philanthropic organisation with the mission to transform and empower the $2.4T fashion and apparel industry to evolve and improve its social and environmental footprints. 

Miroslava is bringing to life the idea of bridging fashion, sustainability and technology.  

The World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (YGL), Class of 2018, recognized for professional accomplishments, commitment to society, and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world through leadership.

Miroslava has been cited as the ‘force of the fashion industry’ by the Financial Times and ‘the most connected digital entrepreneur’ by Vogue.

Our Team

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.

Our Team

Svetlana Durassoff

Collection and Production Director 

With over 10 years of experience within the luxury and fashion industry, and a strong focus on quality, design and product, Svetlana has held collection and team management positions at Chloe, Hermes, Balenciaga in Paris, and at Acne Studios in Stockholm. She was also responsibe for structuring and developping the Atelier department at Acne Studios. Svetlana holds masters degree in Social & Political Sciences (Paris II Panthéon-Assas) and BA in Informations & Communication Sciences (Nice Sophia-Antipolis).

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


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.