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DHL LUXURY & FASHION FORUMS: DUBAI 2022

Let's Talk About Retail Your Way

DUBAI | CHICAGO | COLOGNE | SINGAPORE

We’re giving logistics leaders from every facet of the luxury and fashion world an exclusive opportunity to connect at our Luxury and Fashion Forums.

These invitation-only, small-forum conferences offer a unique opportunity to build a valuable network of thought leaders, innovators, industry analysts, and selected logistics experts from luxury and fashion organizations, hosted by DHL.

We believe in the power of collaboration to deliver value – we’ll share best practices, knowledge, and perspectives, and learn from each other’s experiences.

Our first event was held in Dubai, a location synonymous with luxury shopping experiences. Future Luxury & Fashion Forums are planned in Chicago, Cologne, and Singapore.

If you have not been invited to one of our Luxury & Fashion forums yet but are interested in attending one, please leave your details here:


Event Highlights

Luxury & Fashion Forum Presentation

SPEAKERS

Amadou Diallo

Chief Executive Officer Middle East & Africa

Ben McLean

Head of eCommerce, DHL Express, UAE

Genia Mineeva

Founder of BEEN

Kunal Kapoor

Founder @ The Luxury Closet

Mirella Muller-Wüllenweber

CSI Sector President eRetail & Fashion, DHL

Nick Vinckier

Head of Corporate Innovation at Chalhoub Group

Payal Kshatriya Cerri

Co-founder & Chief Strategy Officer (Middle East Fashion Council)

Jessica Bazire

Head of Fashion, Dubai Global Connect (DGC)

Pascal Marty

Vice President eRetail & Fashion Sector

  • Since June 2017 Amadou Diallo is CEO of DHL Global Forwarding Middle East & Africa. He is the founder of Saloodo! GmbH. He was previously CEO DHL Freight, CEO Africa and South Asia Pacific DHL Global Forwarding and prior to this Chief Financial Officer of DHL Logistics Divisions and Managing Director for the integration of Exel and DHL. Mr. Diallo has more than 25 years of experience in the tourism, banking, express and logistics industries. He is Senegalese and is fluent in several languages including English, German, French, Fulani, Wolof and Spanish. Mr. Diallo is Chairman of Amref in Germany and in the boards of Welthungerhilfe, Africa 2.0, Schiller International University.

  • Ben McLean is Head of eCommerce at DHL Express United Arab Emirates, a business unit under DHL Group, the world's leading logistics company. He has over 25+ years of international experience in Logistics, Air transportation and the Supply Chain industry across Europe and Middle East. 

    He has an array of experience across different roles and functions from business operations, commercial and leadership roles. The last 6+ years he has been spearheading the e-Commerce and cross boarder space, Overseeing the sector on the commercial leadership team for the country.

    Ben is primarily responsible for building an ecosystem enriched with industry partners, thought leaders and subject matter experts across the entire value chain. His mission is to develop the UAE eCommerce market that enables true global expansion for homegrown brands in addition to established international global brands eyeing the Middle East region.

    Ben holds a stellar track record in enabling the commercial organization to provide best in class solutions and industry knowledge for DHL Express customers that unlocks their growth potential and maximize new sales channels. He is a successful thought leader who is passionate about e-Commerce, delivery excellence, Innovation in logistics topics.

  • Founder Genia Mineeva started off as a political journalist, spending years working in the BBC newsroom. Her inquisitive nature took her into the world of campaigning, where she ran campaigns for the UN, Change.org and Natalia Vodianova’s Naked Heart Foundation amongst others.
    But one story really got under her skin: coffee cup waste. How could these recyclable objects be wasted — simply because there was no market for the recycled material? Determined to act, but unsure of how, Genia did what she does best — she talked to people.

    She talked to local and international recycling plants, she talked to innovative material manufacturers, she talked to lecturers and craftspeople and designers and sustainability experts. And each meeting led her to the same conclusion — there was so much potential in ‘waste’ that wasn’t being realised.
    Genia dug deeper, studying Sustainable Value Chains at Cambridge University and discovering the untapped potential of innovative recycled materials rescued from landfill.

    Drawn to handcrafted, quality items made by real artists with generations of experience, her aim was to combine innovation with local skills and heritage.
    And after studying Accessories Design at London College of Fashion, and finding one of the last bag-makers in East London, the first BEEN London bag launched on Kickstarter.

  • Kunal is the founder of The Luxury Closet, The leading luxury resale marketplace in the region to buy and sell luxury items.

    Post an MBA from INSEAD In 2010, he started working on a management track for Louis Vuitton as a Sales Manager at The Mall of Emirates boutique, one of the busiest stores in the world. While working for a corporation was a great learning experience, it was different from his goal, which was to create an amazing customer focused company. In 2011, he left Louis Vuitton to start working on The Luxury Closet, which received strong traction from early adopters. The market was moving towards the direction of re-homing luxury goods and supporting such a business model that not only helps consumers financially but supports the sustainability movement and protects the environment as well.

    TheLuxuryCloset.com was founded in 2012, and is the leading regional marketplace to buy and sell luxury items like handbags, clothes, watches and jewelry from top luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Rolex. It is headquartered in Dubai, with teams across 5 countries.

    The Luxury Closet serves clients across the globe representing 85 countries, with 10 million unique visitors annually and over two million members. The Luxury Closet has now grown to 200+ employees, and raised over $32m from leading regional investors like MEVP, Wamda Capital, GMP investments & HB investments.

    The Luxury Closet is one of the first luxury platforms to join the circular fashion movement and acknowledge the positive impact of preloved fashion on luxury brands and how it is beneficial in supporting a more sustainable future. TheLuxuryCloset.com now features the largest luxury catalogue in the region with 80000+ unique styles, and customers from over 85 countries each year.

  • Mirella is responsible for leading a global team that serves the company’s top customers in online marketplaces, fashion and luxury. As part of DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation (CSI), her team simplifies the customer experience by providing a single point of contact to all DHL business divisions.

    Recognizing the potential for e-commerce to rapidly change business behaviors, Mirella has for many years helped to build DHL’s e-commerce capabilities. Prior to her current role, Mirella was Vice President of DHL Global E-commerce and was driving the development of the DHL e-commerce sector. Mirella has held a number of other senior leadership positions in sales, people management, and virtual team management, and has lived and worked around the world

  • Nick is Head of Corporate Innovation at Chalhoub Group, the largest distributor & retailer of luxury fashion & beauty in the Middle East. After working as a business consultant for 6 years, Nick joined Chalhoub Group as Head of Growth, in 2019. After growing Faces.com by 10x and re-structuring Tryano.com, Nick now spearheads corporate innovation at Chalhoub Group. Nick is an avid keynote speaker, guest lecturer and former entrepreneur with a passion for growth marketing, e-commerce and innovation.

  • Founder of Paris-based Sarayu Consulting, Payal's career spans across Europe, India and the UAE for over two decades in the Fashion and Luxury Industry. From being on the global leadership teams of Chanel and Bonpoint, to Givenchy (LVMH), she now lends her 360 deg global expertise in the industry to strategically drive and build the MEFC as the platform of reference for the region. 

  • Jessica is responsible for the commercial strategy and the development of Dubai Global Connect's (DGC) fashion division. DGC is an initiative of the Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD) to develop a state-of-the-art, global, B2B sourcing centre in Dubai for Food, Fashion and Home products.

    Having spent several years working at the British Fashion Council on their portfolio of events and business development initiatives, Jessica has worked directly with well renowned global brands, SME’s, and start-ups helping them to grow their businesses. Most recently she has been working for event organisers in the UAE on trade shows and conferences utilising her customer centric approach to deliver for clients. 

  • Pascal has over 20 years of experience in the logistics industry and holds an MSc in Marketing from Strathclyde University, Scotland, and an MA in English Literature from Grenoble University, France. 

    Pascal joined DHL Supply Chain in 2001 in the UK where he held several operational management positions before taking on commercial management roles in DHL Supply Chain, DHL Freight and DHL Express in their respective Key Corporate Accounts organizations.

    After his experience within the various DP DHL business units, Pascal joined DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation Technology Sector in 2010 where he held various Regional and Global Customer Management positions before moving to the USA as Vice President Sales for the Technology Sector in 2017. Pascal then moved to Germany in 2020 to lead the eRetail & Fashion  Sector for DP DHL in the  EMEA Region.  

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