New president Cem Altan awarded Bekke with the Golden Pin honour during the 36th IAF World Fashion Convention in Antwerp, Belgium.

The IAF Golden Pin received by Bekke is awarded to those who have been of extraordinary importance to the positive development of IAF. Only a few IAF Golden Pins have been awarded throughout its 49-year history.

“Han Bekke’s importance to IAF cannot be overstated,” a post on the IAF website read.

“Effectively, he was the IAF’s first Secretary-General, supporting the Board of Directors of the organisation founded in 1972 when he had just joined the Dutch apparel industry association in Amsterdam. In 2006 when the IAF secretariat moved from London to Amsterdam, Bekke would become its Secretary-General; a role he took in addition to his role as Director-General of MODINT, the Dutch apparel and textile industry association. In 2016 Bekke took over the IAF presidency from then CMAI President Rahul Mehta, a position he would hold until last week, when Cem Altan succeeded him. Mr. Bekke will retain his seat in the IAF Executive Committee as Immediate Past President.”

The statement continued: “Han Bekke embodies the international spirit of IAF and the benefits this brings to its participants. Leading IAF he has grown to be a strong advocate of international supply chain solidarity and collaboration as well as of the urgent need to create a less fragmented set of rules and regulations for the apparel industry.”