Maxine Bédat is the founder and director of New Standard Institute (NSI), a think and do tank using data to drive accountability in the fashion industry. She is also the author of the upcoming book, UNRAVELED.
Prior to NSI, Bédat co-founded and was the CEO of Zady, a fashion brand and lifestyle destination creating a transparent and sustainable future for the apparel industry. For its work in sustainability, Fast Company named Zady one of the world’s “Most Innovative Companies” in retail. Bédat has been recognized by Oprah in her Super Soul 100 for leaders elevating humanity. She has spoken at some of the world’s leading conferences, including the Women’s Wear Daily Apparel/Retail CEO Summit, and has been regularly featured as an expert by Bloomberg, the Financial Times, Vogue, Forbes, Business of Fashion, and CNN.
Bédat began her career in international law working at the Rwandan Criminal Tribunal and Allen & Overy, and she received a Juris Doctor with distinction from Columbia Law School. She lives with her husband and daughter in New York City.