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Nadja Swarovski

Chair Emeritus

Swarovski Foundation

London, UK

Nadja Swarovski
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Nadja Swarovski’s Biography

Nadja Swarovski is the Chair Emeritus of the Swarovski Foundation, a UK charity she founded in 2013 to promote culture and creativity, human empowerment and environmental preservation around the world. She also oversees the Swarovski Waterschool, which teaches youth about water conservation on six continents. Both philanthropic groups are committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

She joined the Swarovski family business in 1995 and after 26 years stepped down to focus on new opportunities. During her time at Swarovski, Nadja oversaw the brand’s successful repositioning within the fashion, jewellery, design, film and art industries.

Her innovative approach has led to partnerships with institutes, museums and organisations, and collaborations with some of the most exciting established and emerging designers. A committed philanthropist, she took over Swarovski's corporate social responsibility in 2012 and subsequently launched the Swarovski Foundation.

Nadja was made a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters at the Cercle de l’Union Interalliée...
Nadja Swarovski is the Chair Emeritus of the Swarovski Foundation, a UK charity she founded in 2013 to promote culture and creativity, human empowerment and environmental preservation around the world. She also oversees the Swarovski Waterschool, which teaches youth about water conservation on six continents. Both philanthropic groups are committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

She joined the Swarovski family business in 1995 and after 26 years stepped down to focus on new opportunities. During her time at Swarovski, Nadja oversaw the brand’s successful repositioning within the fashion, jewellery, design, film and art industries.

Her innovative approach has led to partnerships with institutes, museums and organisations, and collaborations with some of the most exciting established and emerging designers. A committed philanthropist, she took over Swarovski's corporate social responsibility in 2012 and subsequently launched the Swarovski Foundation.

Nadja was made a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters at the Cercle de l’Union Interalliée in Paris and was recently recognised with an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Arts London for her distinguished contribution to the jewellery industry.

She is committed to creating sustainable products and developing environmentally friendly production processes and was acknowledged for this as Business Leader of The Year at the Positive Luxury Awards.
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Nadja Swarovski’s Newsfeed

Forbes
Nadja Swarovski To Leave Swarovski To Pursue New Challenges

This Forbes article responds to the recent announcement that Nadja Swarovski is set to leave her renowned global family business at the end of December 2021 to pursue new opportunities.

CNBC
Nadja Swarovski: The luxury sector has been ‘incredibly resilient’ amid the pandemic

In an article by CNBC, Nadja Swarovski comments on the luxury sector and how resilient it has been throughout the coronavirus pandemic. She also discusses how having more direct conversations with customers would allow designers to better cater to customer demands, in the hope of reducing waste within the fashion industry.

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Nadja Swarovski’s Background

Swarovski Foundation
Chair Emeritus
2013 - Present
Established in 2013, the Swarovski Foundation supports charitable projects under three main pillars: fostering culture and creativity, promoting wellbeing and human rights, and conserving natural resources.
Swarovski Entertainment Ltd
Chair
Mar 2011 - Present
Swarovski Entertainment is Swarovski's film division, which collaborates with established industry partners & exceptional talent to develop, finance and produce original & artistically-accomplished feature films with international box office appeal. Expressing Swarovski’s philosophy, identity & creativity through moving images that enchant and inspire audiences around the world.
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Nadja Swarovski’s Gallery

Other Business Interests

Fashion Institute of Technology
Director
2017 - Present
New York, US
One of New York City’s premiere public institutions, FIT is an internationally recognised college for design, fashion, art, communications & business. Known for their rigorous, unique & adaptable academic programming, experiential learning opportunities, academic & industry partnerships and commitment to research, innovation & entrepreneurship.

Media

Bloomberg | Davos 2020 | Swarovski Says Younger Customers Are Increasingly Focused on Its Manufacturing Processes
Interviewee
Jan 2020
Davos, CH
Nadja is interviewed by Bloomberg’s Francine Lacqua in Davos on ‘Bloomberg Surveillance’ during the annual World Economic Forum, where she explains the importance of developing products and production processes that are both sustainable and ethical.
CNBC | Younger generation of women will close the gap, Nadja Swarovski says
Interviewee
Mar 2019
Nadja explains that gender equality is central to Swarovski with 90% of their customers being female as well as women making up 70% of their personnel. She elaborates on Swarovski’s initiatives to empower and uplift females through medical care, education, and corporate social responsibility.

Awards & Endorsements

Positive Luxury Awards
Business Leader of the Year
Feb 2020
London, UK
Nadja was recognised as Business Leader of the Year for her accomplishments in integrating sustainable and ethical practices into the operations at Swarovski. The luxury brand was the only jewellery company to have been honoured at the ceremony.

Academic Appointments

University of the Arts London
Honorary Doctor
Jul 2019 - Present
London, UK
Nadja was honoured by the University of Arts London for her significant contribution to the jewellery industry with the title of Honorary Doctorate, which is the highest honour available from the university.

Speaking Engagements

London Speaker Bureau
Member
London, UK
Nadja is a Member of the London Speaker Bureau. She aims to inspire and motivate others with her expertise in the topics of leadership, branding, fashion, design and corporate responsibility.

Charitable Interests

Swarovski Waterschool
Head
2000 - Present
London, UK
Founded in 2000, Swarovski Waterschool has helped schools around the world have access to clean water while also educating communities on proper sanitation, hygiene, and water issues. Swarovski Waterschool's ultimate goal is to equip children and their communities throughout the world with the tools and training they need to become water ambassadors.
Graduate Fashion Week
Lifetime Patron
Apr 2018 - Present
London, UK
Graduate Fashion Week is a charity organisation founded in 1991 by Jeff Banks CBE, Vanessa Denza MBE and John Walford to unify both UK & International universities & create a stronghold for the creative industries.
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