Award Winning Futurist and International Keynote Speaker, also known as the "Fanatical Futurist"
"Step into the Future"
Matthew Griffin, one of the world's most renowned futurists and foresight experts, thirteen times author, international keynote, and host of the hit FanaticalFuturist podcast, is the Founder and Futurist in Chief of the 311 Institute, a global futures and deep futures advisory firm working across the next 50 years, and XPotential University, the world's first free to attend futures and foresight university that's open to all.
A rare talent Matthews ability to identify, track, and explain the impacts of hundreds of powerful emerging technologies and trends on global business, culture, and society has earned him a powerful reputation and a portfolio of clients that include royalty, world leaders, G7 and G20 governments, and many of the world's most respected and recognised brands including ABB, Accenture, Adidas, AON, ARM, BCG, Centrica, Citi Group, Coca Cola, Decathlon, Dentons, Deloitte, Disney, KPMG, Lego, Legal & General, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Pepsi Co, Qualcomm, Samsung, T-Mobile, UBS, VISA, and many others.
Regularly featured in the global media including the AP, BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, Discovery, Forbes, Telegraph, TIME, ViacomCBS, and WIRED, Matthews mission is to help organisations create a fair and sustainable future whose benefits are shared by everyone irrespective of their ability, background, or circumstances.
Director of footwear and accessories, ECOALF
Miguel joined ECOALF as Head of Footwear Division in March 2017, bringing over 20 years of experience in footwear and innovation with a different approach to manufacturing.
In 2013, he oversaw the first Flip-Flops made from used tires that included the development of a unique process that uses heat and pressure to eliminate the need for toxic and harmful adhesives. In 2018, Ecoalf's collaboration with Felder & Felder received an award at the international PETA Fashion Awards for the 100% vegan collection using Piñatex® made from pineapple leaf fibres.
Upon a full Life Cycle Analysis, Ecoalf's Yarn sneakers (made with plastic through Ecoalf Foundation's Upcycling the Oceans project) received some of the lowest CO2 equivalents on the market, positioning the company as a reference in sustainability and leading the shift towards zero emissions.
Other collaborations include Camper and Michelin x Cordura® in which Miguel merged Michelin's reused rubber soles with the most-resistant recycled polyester on the market. Miguel continues to explore the latest material innovations and sustainable practices to continue lowering the industry's environmental impact without compromising on quality or design.
Co-founder, FUTURE FASHION
Francesco has over 15 years in the shoes business with roles of ecommerce manager and commercial director.
He is the CCO and co-founder of two highly successful Italian companies: Future Fashion by Zakeke Group and DIS.
Since 2023, Future Fashion is part of the Zakeke group, an omnichannel platform that helps fashion brands virtualise and customise their collections in 3D, reducing sample costs and increasing sales conversion.
DIS offers the fastest made to order shoe service in the world. Thanks to an end-to-end platform, DIS sells today shoes without producing them, using an omnichannel 3D configurator with over 60 million virtual combinations.
Footwear innovator, LI-NING BRAND
Yuxiang serves as an Innovator at Li-Ning Brand, conducting footwear technology research across sports categories. His engineering background, market insights, and extensive industry experience boost innovations in various aspects, including novel product structures, advanced testing methods, etc.
Yuxiang is a twelve-year veteran in the sports footwear industry. Prior to his tenure at Li-Ning, he worked for world-renowned brands in the supply chain sector. He holds an MBA degree from CEIBS and he is well-versed in product research, development, commercialization, and manufacturing. His strategic insights into markets and consumer needs have further enhanced his professional acumen, delivering great products and superior performance to athletes.
Jon joined Clarks as CEO in April 2022, bringing significant global experience and knowledge of the footwear and apparel market to the global brand.
Jon is a visionary, strategic, and operational executive leader with vast general management and global experience. He has a demonstrated track history of proven results in restructuring and driving growth within organisations.
He joined Clarks from Hanes Brands Inc. where he was their Global President of Global Activewear. Before that, he spent sixteen years at New Balance where over the years he ran the LATAM, EMEA, and North American businesses. He was instrumental in leading transformation, growth, and profitability in the EMEA business and then led the North American multi-channel business.
Prior to joining New Balance, Jon built a background in sports marketing with senior roles at the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, and National Hockey League Players' Association in North America.
Head Of KAIZEN Department, PIKOLINOS
Founder and CEO, SPIN 360
Graduated with honours in 1997 in Environmental Sciences from the State University of Milan and awarded in 2022 by the University of Northampton with an Honorary Doctorate in Fashion Sustainability, Federico works with his team to develop an integrated approach toward "innovative sustainability”, encouraging collaboration between large corporations and small and medium-sized businesses.
In 2009, he founded SPIN360, a company that has grown over time and is specialised in developing new sustainable business models and innovative solutions from a technological and organisational point of view, dedicated (among others) to leather and luxury companies all over the world.
SPIN 360 is highly specialised in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of leather and related supply chains. SPIN is also pioneering the concept of Carbon neutral leather, and it is committed to innovation and promoting sustainable business models in Fashion, Luxury, Interior Design, Automotive and other important sectors.
Federico is also the curator of two inspiring events on innovation in the luxury industry: Lineapelle Innovation Square (www.fashioninnovation.it) and MICAM X (micamx.themicam.com), and has been appointed Scientific Director of the Master in "Fashion Sustainability and Industry Innovation" of the prestigious Accademia Costume & Moda, started in February 2022 in its new headquarters in Milan.
Senior Advisor, MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (MIT)
Dr. Yuly Fuentes-Medel is a catalyst of creative ideas and ecosystem builder. Program Director at Climate Grand Challenges at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, manager of the MIT Fabric Innovation Hub and Venture Partner at Closed Loop partners. As founder of Value of Science LLC she created DESCIENCE, a global collective of designers, scientists & technologists, connecting the world of science and Design as one. She was selected as Human of the year by motherhood Magazine on 2018 and received the 2015 Boston Business Magazine "Woman to Watch” Award. She graduated with a PhD in biomedical sciences from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Postdoctoral trained at the MIT Sloan School in Technology Innovation & entrepreneurship (TIE). She currently serves as President of the board of the Chile-Massachusetts Alliance to support international exchange of investment, technological business, talent and social impact. She is a past board member of FIT DeTechLab. As a member of Women Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology (WEST), she received a Volunteer Giving back award. She is also an advisor to MIT Delta students' start ups. During her time as a Ph.D. student, she helped pioneer the International workshop called "Small Brains Big Ideas”. So far, this initiative has successfully trained almost a hundred Latin-American students. Trained as a biochemist at University of Concepcion in her native Chile, she is constantly in search of opportunities to support young talent and technologies to make an impact in global markets.
CEO, CALZATURIFICIO GENSI GROUP
He is the founder of Gensi Group S.r.l. We could say that he was born in the middle of the shoes in the small craft of his parents.
By taking over the company's management in the 1990's, he embarked on an ambitious strategy to promote its manufacturing. They made significant investments in state-of-the-art machinery and hired skilled personnel. This allowed them to become competitive in the panorama of small and medium-sized Italian companies in the province of Teramo, under the brand named Calzaturificio Gensi Group S.r.l.
The brand has attracted internationally renowned customers, and in June 2015, Chanel International B.V. entered the company, which was a decisive turning point. Since then, they specialised in the production of high-end sports shoes. Thanks to their high professionalism and the quality of Made in Italy, their annual turnover rose from 18 million euros in 2015 to about 140 million in 2019.
The Group prioritises investments in highly qualified personnel to meet new production needs. The production team grew from 189 employees in 2015 to over 600 in 2019, up to 700 in 2023. To support this growth, they acquired two new industrial factories, in addition to what they already owned, for a total of 21.500 square meters.
The Administrator of the French family-owned SME Richard-Pontvert, the parent company of the footwear label Paraboot, Clémentine Colin Richard runs, in parallel, a consulting firm that helps companies' directors grow their business. In 2021, she was elected president of the French Footwear Federation (FFC), which represents 120 companies ranging from manufacturers to footwear designers, and following on from this, she took over the presidency of the leather sector's incubator, ADC Au-Delà du Cuir.
Paraboot (a combination of «Para», a port in Amazonia where latex was exported from, and «boot», the interesting new shoe discovered by Rémy Richard, the founder of the brand in the US) makes high-end shoes in France for men and women since 1908. Paraboot is a brand of the Richard-Pontvert company. In 2'16, the e company inaugurated its new factory, nested between Chartreuse and Vercors, at the foot of the French Alps. Paraboot is a standard, thanks to the durability and comfort of its styles, and also the quality of its raw materials. The company is proud to belong to the "Made in France” ambassadors thanks to its know-how.
Sergio Dulio graduated with full marks in Aerospace Engineering in 1981 at the Milan Polytechnic. He began his professional career in the aerospace industry working first abroad and later in Italy. He then moved to IBM where he was in the technical sale support staff for 3D CAD systems (CATIA) until 1987, when his involvement with product and process technologies for footwear started. In this phase of his professional development, he worked both in industry and in research (National research Council of Italy and European research) until 2005. After a few years as a consultant for the associations ASSOCALZATURIFICCI and ASSOMAC, he was called in 2013 to create and manage ATOMLab, the research and innovation division of the ATOM Group, a provider of footwear manufacturing technologies.
Since 2021 he has been Atom Chief Technology and Innovation Officer with the task of reorganizing the R&D department in a view to the evolution from machines to systems and looking at the digital transformation of its processes. Sergio Dulio has long served UITIC, the International Union of Shoe Technicians, as a member of the Executive Committee and of the Congress Scientific Committee.
In September 2023, he was appointed President of UITIC.