Footwear Panel - a chance to eavesdrop into a serious issues conversation


Expert Talk Area

Wednesday 04th October 2023

15:30 - 16:30 CEST

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For the first time at Performance Days Rucky Zambrano has assembled a group of respected footwear Supply Chain members: himself as designer, a Ingredient Sourcing provider, an academic, & a test authority (with one of the biggest component suppliers). They will have an open conversation about the biggest issues around footwear - starting with the subject of ReGenAg Leather: is this the future for shoes? If not - what is?


Speakers of this session:

  • Thomas Heinen, Lederfabrik Josef Heinen GmbH & Co KG
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Meyer, FILK
  • Marco Guazzoni, Global Sustainability Director, Vibram

Living by the motto “Be the change you want to see,” Marco is leading Vibram’s sustainability strategy to turn SDGs into measurable actions and goals. Marco’s target is to drive Vibram, leader in footwear component, to be the front-runner in sustainability, influencing regulators and inspiring others through the company values recognized by consumers.

Engineer with an MBA in SDA Bocconi, Marco has held leadership roles at a variety of international and family companies in Europe.  Active supporter of meritocracy culture in Italy, Marco is a sport passionate, a curious pioneer and a continuous learning fan.


  • Marco Volpi, Customer Relationship Manager, Bluesign Europe

Marco holds a degree in Economy and Marketing from the University of Milan in Italy. While being in the textile industry for more than 15 years, he had a solid international experience working both in production and in sales across Europe and Asia. He also founded in 2009 and managed for 6 years his manufacturing and trading company in India. Thanks to this background, he got the requested skills to become the Bluesign® Customer Relationship Manager for Europe.

About the orator

Rucky Zambrano


Product Manager

Rucky Zambrano is an Industrial Designer cultivated in the 80 ́ s Milan’s Design enviroment. He shifted his career due to his passion for footwear when meeting vibram in 1992. For 13 years, Rucky and Vibram have been propelling and changing the market from performance
to fashion: Merrell Chameleon, Prada Luna Rossa boat shoe sole, and the latest vibramfivefingers.Over the last 20 years he worked with different performance and fashion brands, launching new concepts for friend’s brands. Rucky was in charge of footwear for the Finnish children’s Outdoor brand Reima until December 2023, which has won four awards so far for responsible footwear: Scandinavian Outdoor Award 2022 and 2023 + ISPO AWARD 2022 and 2023. He has just started working as a Product Manager at SPIRALE Group since February 2024.

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