Céline Semaan

Executive Director, Slow Factory Foundation


Céline Semaan is a Lebanese-Canadian researcher and designer, and the founder of Slow Factory. With a background in digital literacy, transparency, and open data, Céline has worked at the intersection of fashion, politics, and climate since 2003. In 2013, she launched Slow Factory, a non-profit that works with companies to develop actionable and tailored solutions for a wide range of climate-related issues. With science and post-colonial theory at the forefront of her work, one of her biggest ongoing projects is Study Hall, a free international conference series bridging the gap between culture and climate bringing together activists, scientists, policy makers, and designers.

Her work in fashion and design has been on display at the MoMA Design Store, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian, New Orleans Museum of Arts, and the de Young Museum among others. She’s received press and has penned articles for publications including The New York Times, Vogue, Elle, Vice, CNN, WWD, Forbes, FastCo, Scientific American, Business Insider, New York Magazine, and many others.

6 October 2020

Innovative Storytelling: Audience First