Alexandra De Raeve is head of research center FTILab+. Holds a masters degree in textile engineering. She has coordinated over 25 projects in both national and international framework with various funding, has (co-)authored multiple publications and presented her research work in international conferences. She is head of FTILab+ and holds a lecturer position. She started her career in the textile industry in 1988 as product developer. In 1999 she started as a researcher and innovation expert for the textile industry at HOGENT University of Applied Sciences & Arts. She has vast experience in teaching, research and project management and has extensive expertise in the field of clothing comfort, smart textiles and textile processing. She is the founding member and president of the board of MoTIV, Flemish Knowledge and Innovation platform for the Fashion Industry, and NETFAS, the Network of the Universities of Applied Sciences for Textiles and Fashion.