Global Footwear Executive Summit – Dubai 2022

31 March 2022
2:00 pm - 5:30 pm (UTC +4)
Meeting Room Al Ain J, Level 1, DWTC



In the second edition of the Global Footwear Executive Summit, top players from footwear brands, retailers, suppliers and associations will once again gather together to discuss and explore the post-pandemic future of the industry and examine the corresponding strategies on digitalisation, pricing and sustainability.


 Presentation topics include:



New technologies are changing the way shoes are manufactured and sold. In the first session, we will explore automation, artificial intelligence, online sales, and logistics challenging the industry.

Pricing Strategy

The cost of producing a pair of shoes is multiplying – logistics are pricier than ever, minimum salaries are increasing, lockdowns are still a reality, inflation is rising everywhere. Just managing a supply chain is becoming more and more difficult.

In this session, footwear brands and consultants will share their views on managing inflation and the supply chain. World Footwear will also share their latest research data.



Whether a material is sustainable or not should be based on its impact on the society and environment, but not marketing. In the final session, we will present the most “mentioned” innovative materials – leather substitutes, soles with 100% recycled content, new biobased materials for shoes, biodegradable materials etc.

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world footwear


Managing Director and Founder
Shoes & Accessories Magazine
Head of Sales & Marketing
Global Director ESG of Smit & Zoon;
Chairman of Leather Naturally
General Manager
Deputy VP C&P Softlines; Global Head of Footwear and Leather Services; UK Softlines Business Lead
Managing Director
Product Development Asia
Gabor Shoes AG
Founder and Chairman-cum-Managing Director
Alpine Group
Vice President
Apparel Group
Subject Leader
Fashion & ICLT (Institute for Creative Leather Technologies)
Industry Business Director
Mind Technology
Founder / Chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Brands;
Vice President of Hong Kong Footwear Association

About APLF

We bring leather, material and fashion businesses together: an opportunity to meet and greet face to face. We bring them from all parts of the world so that they can find fresh partners, discover new customers or suppliers and keep ahead of industry developments.


We organise a number of trade exhibitions which focus on fashion and lifestyle: sectors that are constantly in flux, so visitors and exhibitors alike need to be constantly aware both of the changes around them and those forecast for coming seasons.


APLF Fairs follow Informa AllSecure, Informa’s approach to enhanced health and safety standards at events in the aftermath of COVID-19.

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