Date:   August 31, 2017

Dr Carmen Hijosa, the founder and CEO of Ananas Anam Ltd, developed Piñatex® – the natural leather alternative made from pineapple leaf fibre. She is an ethical entrepreneur with a vision for a more sustainable future, connecting people, ecology, and economics.

Originally from Spain, Carmen’s career has taken her around the world. The journey of Piñatex® began when she realised the toxic impact of mass leather production while consulting in the Philippines. Driven to find an alternative solution, Carmen undertook a PhD at the Royal College of Art (UK) in her late 50s, and has developed a vibrant new industry that is both socially and environmentally responsible.