Leanne Elliott Young

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Leanne Elliott Young is the CEO & Co-Founder of Institute of Digital Fashion. IoDF is a global leader, with 6 industry worlds firsts in Metaverse activations. 


‘Institute of Digital Fashion is masterminding fashions transition into the metaverse.' - Vogue. 

Young the ‘Metaverse mama’ is noted globally as the lead innovator and commentator on the metaverse, digital fashion innovation, inclusivity in tech, web3 sustainability and NFTs. 

Building business cases and creative concepts for the future; an inclusive, diverse, decentralised and sustainable one. 

Young is a C-suite executive, female founder and academic, who works within strategic creative and bus dev innovation for IRL x URL digital fashion creations and metaverse-centric showcases.

The industry lead Co-Founded IoDF as ‘an emblem for change’ tackling industry-wide frustrations; the patriarchal structures in tech, the lack of diversity, the failures in innovation, the insipid activations in the fash-tech space & inaccessibility.

Young sits as a global leader, keynote speaker, and commentator delivering insights and statistics on web3 futures. Leanne has hosted keynotes and participated in events for the likes of Snap, Vogue Business, Citi Bank, Vertu, Women’s Empowerment Council, Vogue Singapore, BMW and Samsung.

As seen on global platforms such as Vogue Business, Forbes, Vogue, BOF, Jing Daily, Face, Dazed, Office NYC, New Scientist and the Guardian; As a commentator and writer. 

Speaking at a government level for UK trade on the Metaverse and Web3’s economic potential.

As an educator at UAL, CSM, LCF, Parsons, Harvard, Istituto Marangoni and Cambridge.

For 15 years +, Leanne has created strategic future-facing concepts fusing the established IRL with progressive URL, youth-centric points. Since graduating Leanne has held prestigious contracts with Nike; Global entertainment team on experiential marketing to Selfridges, building retail innovation. 





Winner of ‘Women in Web3’ Europe

Top 100 women of the future in emerging Tech

Farfetch Outlier Ventures Basecamp Mentor

The Vogue Business Talent competition judges

Vogue Singapore Metaverse Fashion Week Competition judges

Global Top 100 Women of the Future in Emerging Tech.


Vogue Business: 100 Innovators List  

Vogue Poland: Global Vogue Leader

Vogue Greece: Industry Changemaker 

Vogue Singapore: Top 100 Web3 Talent

The Futures Lab: Top 100 innovators 


Vogue Singapore x TAFF Singapore Innovation Prize: Judge and Innovation Lead 


Speaking Topics:

  • Fashion
  • Digital Fashion
  • Web3
  • Metaverse
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Sustainability
  • Opportunities for Women in Tech
  • STEAM in industry
  • Using tech to create social and creative impact
  • Leadership

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