As an authority on sustainable textiles, Lizette Smook is a frequent speaker at major international textile conferences. A published author (The Competitiveness of the China Textile Apparel Manufacturing Industry, 2003), Smook is frequently quoted in regional media for her key insights on the positioning of the Asian textile supply base in the global market.
Lizette studied at Stellenbosch University in South Africa where she completed a Batchelor of Science Degree. In 1991 Lizette obtained her ATI (Associateship to the Textile Institute ) In Manchester UK, and in 2003 Lizette graduated at Henley Management College in Kent in the UK where she completed her general MBA while working for "Next plc" as a Senior Technical Manager in the Hong Kong Operation (Next Sourcing Limited). Over the past 25 years Lizette has worked for and made valuable contributions to Woolworths (South Africa), Nike (Asia Pacific Regional Office in Hong Kong) and Next Sourcing Limited (subsidiary of Next plc in Hong Kong).
Lizette has 25 years experience in Global Retail and Manufacturing. Over the years Lizette has acquired a network of relationships with clients across Asia, which allows Lizette to source exclusive fabrics, garments and textiles that are of the highest quality. Through Added Value Lizette manages a unique company and has managed to obtain a blue chip customer base.