The Lectra-ESCP Europe Chair is positioned at the crossroads of fashion and technologies. The Chair’s aim is to develop and convey knowledge on innovation within the fashion and luxury sectors, thanks to cutting-edge technologies.

Lectra and ESCP Europe started collaborating in 2011 with the establishment of i7, the Institute for Innovation and Competitiveness, of which Lectra is a founding member. The Fashion and Technology Chair is the next step in this cooperation and intends to create a joint center for teaching, passing on expertise and research, with an emphasis on the interaction between technology and innovation.

Market globalization, competition from emerging countries, fast-fashion, and growth of retail and communication channels are requiring the fashion and luxury sectors to address major issues mainly related to innovation. The Chair’s main objective is to explore the specificities of the fashion and luxury sectorsand their approach to technologies linked to design and supply change management. There will also be a focus on the challenges of digital development and on the emergence of value-added strategies for innovation and original business models in developing countries, particularly China.

The Chair will promote technology as a catalyst for innovation among students and alumni. This will be one of the themes studied by ESCP students every year and the subject of field reports and thesis.

ESCP Europe

Established in 1819, ESCP Europe is the world's oldest business school and has educated generations of leaders and entrepreneurs.

With its five urban campuses in Paris, London, Berlin, Madrid, and Torino, ESCP Europe's true European Identity enables the provision of a unique style of cross-cultural business education and a Global Perspective on international management issues.

ESCP Europe’s network of around 100 partner universities extends the School’s reach from European to worldwide. The School is founding partner of heSam, a cluster of well-known institutions for research and higher education structured around the Sorbonne University

Triple-crown accredited (EQUIS, AMBA, AACSB), ESCP Europe welcomes 4,000 students and 5,000 executives from 90 different nations every year, offering them a wide range of general management and specialised programmes (Master, MBA, PhD and Executive Education). The School's alumni network counts 45,000 members in 150 countries and from 200 nationalities. Together with its long-standing relationships with national and multinational companies, this network allows ESCP Europe to provide unique career opportunities on an international scale

Through a combination of innovative pedagogy, cross-campus programmes with integrated curricula, and a research-active faculty, ESCP Europe is an essential contributor to the development of a European, transnational management culture. The aspiration of ESCP Europe is the credo of Europe: to remain faithful to its humanistic values while at the same time anticipating the new ways of the world.


Lectra is the world leader in integrated technology solutions (software, automated cutting equipment, and associated services) specifically designed for industries using fabrics, leather, technical textiles, and composite materials to manufacture their products. It serves major world markets: fashion and apparel, automotive, and furniture as well as a broad array of other industries. Lectra’s solutions, specific to each market, enable customers to automate and optimize product design, development, and manufacturing. With more than 1,500 employees, Lectra has developed privileged relationships with prestigious customers in more than 100 countries, contributing to their operational excellence. Lectra registered revenues of $264 million in 2015 and is listed on Euronext. For more information, please visit www.lectra.com

Valérie Moatti

Valérie Moatti is an Associate Professor in the Information and Operations Management departement at ESCP Europe Paris Campus. Her teaching areas are Supply Chain Management, Operation Management and Strategic Management. She is the Academic Director of Lectra Chair "Fashion & Technology".

After graduating from ESCP Europe with a Master in Management, she held various positions with Procter & Gamble and with PPR (now Kering) over a period of 8 years. After a PhD in management science at HEC (December 2005), she became Professor at ESCP Europe.

Her research covers growth strategies and the interface between strategy and supply chain management. Her current areas of interests are among other growth strategies, sustainable development, open innovation and offshoring and back-shoring strategies. She published several articles and chapters of books.


Céline Abecassis Moedas

Celine Abecassis-Moedas is Affiliate Professor at ESCP-Europe, Paris Campus, where she is the Academic Director of Lectra Chair "Fashion and Technology" and the Deputy Director of the Institute for Innovation and Competitiveness (i7). She is also Associate Professor in Strategic and Innovation Management at Catolica Lisbon School of Business and Economics (CLSBE), Universidade Catolica Portuguesa.

She holds a Ph.D. in Management from Ecole Polytechnique, Paris and she is a graduate from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan and La Sorbonne, Paris. Before joining Catolica, Celine was a professor at Queen Mary – University of London. She also worked in Business Development at Lectra in New York and as a Consultant at AT Kearney in London. Celine was as International Faculty Fellow at MIT Sloan School of Management in 2011-2012.

Celine teaches in the areas of Strategy, Consulting, Innovation Management and Luxury Management. Her research interests include Design Management, New Product Development, Innovation Management, and Entrepreneurship in Creative Industries