Council for Fashion & Social Change
Social Impact Through Collaboration

The Team

Meet the team behind CFSC. These individuals help keep our organization running, and help to connect the fashion industry with various social organizations.




CFSC was founded by Katya Akuma (a.k.a Ekaterina Kulikova). Katya, a graduate from Parsons, the New School for Design, has more than 12 years of experience working in the fashion industry. She has a desire to create opportunities for design graduates which stemmed from her experience working with Donna Karan and her Urban Zen foundation in Haiti. She believes that fashion companies can be an important player in driving social change in our communities.

Katya Akuma is a New York-based creative director, designer and artist. She studied her MA in Fashion at Parsons The New School for Design in New York and Paris as well as at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, and has been working as a designer and creative director since 2006. Her client list includes, among others, Louis Vuitton, Donna Karan, Vogue Eyewear, Ford, Nike, Samsung, Prada, Alexander Wang, Marimekko and Swarovski. Her work focuses on natural materials, emerging technologies, material research and creative direction.

Katya Akuma is one of the designers who won Parsons Design Fellowship, that was launched by Parsons The New School for Design and the Urban Zen Foundation and was designing for The Design, Organization, Training Center (D.O.T) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The D.O.T was created by Donna Karan, Urban Zen, Parsons School of Design, and Haitian artisan and businesswoman Paula Coles to help bridge Haiti’s traditional artisan techniques with the modernity and design innovation needed to succeed in today’s global marketplace.


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