The pair will lead a presentation at the upcoming ‘Future trends in a post-Covid leather industry’ half-day conference at APLF Dubai on March 29, a hybrid event co-organised by ILM and APLF.

During the presentation, titled: “Science-based environmental footprint reduction strategies”, Sena and Brugnoli will outline how, along its journey of implementation of a quantifiable and technical framework for the continuous reduction of the environmental impact of its value chain, JBS Couros carried out more than 30 LCAs during the past couple of years with the support of Spin360. Data and methodologies from these studies will be presented during the conference.

Sena said: “This will be a moment to dive into the learnings of this process and to present a daring technical and industry-wide initiative to set the stones to reposition leather and other bio-based materials as the sustainable materials for the future within a life cycle perspective.”

About the speakers

Kim Sena is Sustainability Manager at JBS Couros. With a background in process engineering, process optimisation and research in the leather industry, he was one of those responsible for the design and creation of his company’s sustainable approach to leather making. He also worked on the development of the supply chain transparency and traceability interfaces for leather.

As part of a vertically integrated business, he is engaged with connecting the demands from consumer-facing brands to sustainable cattle raising practices. Kim Sena is also a member of Leather Naturally’s Management Board, responsible for Promotion.

Federico Brugnoli is the founder and sole Director of Spin360. Brugnoli graduated with honours in 1997 in Environmental Sciences from the State University of Milan and, in 2009, he founded Spin360, a company that specialises in developing new sustainable business models and innovative solutions from a technological and organisational point of view.

He works with his teams to innovate and promote sustainable business models in fashion, luxury, interior design, automotive and other sectors. In his projects, he tries to develop an integrated approach toward “innovative sustainability”, encouraging collaboration between large corporations and small and medium-sized businesses.

Attend the conference in-person or virtually

‘Future trends in a post-Covid leather industry’ will be a half-day hybrid conference featuring a live in-person event at the Dubai World Trade Centre on March 29 (afternoon), the day before APLF Dubai begins. For those who cannot attend in person, a virtual conference will be available to view online and will be broadcast around the same time as the live event. It will not be a simultaneous live feed. 

Head to the registration page to get your ticket today.

The remaining speaker line-up and topics will be announced over the coming weeks and all presentations will be in English only. The full programme and topics can be found here

When is the conference?

Date: Tuesday, March 29 (the day before the start of APLF Dubai)

Time: 12:30pm registration with a coffee/networking break and ending around 5:30pm

Venue: Dubai World Trade Centre

Delegate fee: US$200 per person + VAT/booking fee* (*if applicable).

Click here to register to attend (live or online).

Who should attend?

The conference is aimed at anyone connected to the global leather supply chain, including tanners, brands/retailers, product manufacturers, OEMs, traders and consultants, trade associations, chemical and machinery/equipment suppliers and academia.