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Deputy Head, Industry Engagement - RMIT School of Fashion & Textiles, RMIT University

Kiri Delly is the Deputy Head – Industry Engagement for the School of Fashion and Textiles at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.

Her role is responsible for facilitating opportunities between the University’s learning & teaching and research divisions, and all aspects of the textile, clothing and footwear industry – both within Australia and internationally.

Kiri works with all areas of the industry from design and manufacturing to retail; as well as all levels of business including SMEs, to create relationships between education and industry based on the needs of today and the opportunities for the future.

Prior to joining RMIT Kiri was CEO of the Council of Textile and Fashion Industries of Australia (TFIA); the peak industry association for the textile, clothing and footwear (TCF) sector in Australia, working to increase industry capability and capacity.

Before taking up the role at the TFIA, she held the role of General Manager at the L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival – Australia’s largest fashion event.

Before that, she was based in London for eight years as Event Director for an integrated marketing agency that specialised in film, lifestyle and entertainment.

Kiri has over 14 years experience assisting and advising textile and fashion businesses. This includes providing support to grow their capability and connections through access to information, resources, best practice and collaborative networks.

She has utilised her understanding of the textile and apparel sector, and the needs of its stakeholders, to advocate and promote on their behalf.

Kiri has worked closely with businesses across the textile & apparel value chain to develop business growth strategies and connections.

• Bachelor of Arts in Communications majoring in Public Relations, University of Canberra


  • 2012–2015
    CEO, Council of Textile & Fashion Industries of Australia (TFIA)