The presentation will focus on accelerating transparency in the leather industry by collaborating with all stakeholders in the value chain and how, jointly, we can co-create products that last for decades and a more sustainable tomorrow.

The speakers will ask how we can co-create transparency through technology, processes and data, how we can move brands from believing to knowing, what consumers expect from brands tomorrow and how we can unite old craftsmanship with data and new technology.

About the speakers

Michael Søndergaard has been CEO of Scan-Hide since May 2019. Before that, he spent 25 years in the food manufacturing industry between Denmark, Italy and the UK, where his last position was VP at Danish Crown. At Scan-Hide, Søndergaard works to help accelerate transparency in the leather industry by collaborating with all stakeholders in the value chain and create sustainable leather products that last for decades. He has a Bachelor’s degree in commercial, sales and marketing from Aarhus University.

Birgitte Holgaard Langer has a background in international fashion and the retail industry and has worked for the Bestseller Group and as licensee of the LEGO Group and Italian Lamborghini. Today, Birgitte is heading up the Danish brand Spoor Leather, which is all about delivering full traceability back to single animals on quality hides to brands working with leather.

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.

All presentations will be in English only. The full speaker 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 (Abu Dhabi Room B)

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.