The World Shoe Congress, which will be held in Istanbul at the Wyndham Grand Istanbul Levent Hotel on November 8 and 9, will address the most pressing topics that concern the development of the footwear industry today. Under the general thematic title “Changing the Future”, congress speakers will discuss new business solutions, sustainable development and circularity, as well as the future of work.
Miguel Pomares, head of footwear at Spanish company Ecoalf, will share his 20 years of experience in shoe manufacturing and innovation. Yuxiang Yang, an innovator from Li-Brand Ning, will talk about the market and the experience of introducing innovations in the sports shoe industry.
Trends in consumer behavior will be discussed by Francesco Carpineti, co-founder of Future Fashion, an omnichannel platform that helps fashion brands virtualize and personalize their collections in 3D, and Tahsin Akar, general manager of the footwear category at LC Waikiki, with extensive experience in marketing, communications and branding. -management, as well as Kubilay Genkan, business developer at Alibaba.
New business strategies will be discussed by Jon Rahm, CEO of Clarks since 2022, with significant global experience and knowledge of the footwear and apparel markets, and Manfred Kroneder, a 30-year retail veteran who currently serves as vice president on the board of directors. German company Deichmann. They will be joined by Burak Tselet, CEO of premium leather goods brand DESA.
In addition, Julia Navarro, head of the kaizen department of the Spanish company Pikolinos, will share her experience in applying this management practice.
The topic of sustainable development will be addressed by Federico Brugnoli, founder and CEO of SPIN360, a company that specializes in the development of new sustainable business models and innovative solutions from a technological and organizational point of view. He will be joined by Julius Fuentes-Medel, senior advisor at MIT, Marco Guazzoni, director of sustainability at Vibram, a leader in the footwear components industry, Luca Boltri, vice director of UNIC Italian Tanneries, the representative body of the Italian leather industry, and Nicoline Van Enter, co-founder of the laboratory shoe industry in Barcelona.
Also taking part in the Congress will be Stephen E. Lamar, President and CEO of the American Apparel and Footwear Association; Lu Hua, Deputy Secretary General of the China Leather Industry Association (CLIA); Horacio Moschetto, Secretary General of the Argentine Footwear Industry Chamber.
The future of work in the industry will be discussed by Genaro Pigliacampo, CEO of Calzaturificio Gensi Group, a company that prioritizes investment in highly qualified personnel to meet new production needs, and Clémentine Colin Richard, Corporate Director of the French company Paraboot.