- 12:00 · 12:30pm New York
- 6:00 · 6:30pm Europe
- 12:00 · 12:30am Hong Kong
Future of Innovation: Leading Change as a Digital Innovator
Around the world, companies leading meaningful change harness a unique blend of continual learning and innovation. Safir Bellali is helping fuel the long-term vision around Digital Innovation for VF’s portfolio of brands (Vans, The North Face, Timberland and Dickies, among others).
Darcy Reno, with over 20 years in the film and animation industry, is at the forefront of 3D render automation; his team is made up of veterans from companies like DreamWorks, Bardel Entertainment, Technicolor and Electronic Arts.
Join Safir Bellali from VF Corporation and Darcy Reno from FNX for a dynamic conversation on the future of corporate innovation and the emerging role for creatives combined with technology to propel fashion and apparel product development into the 21st century.
About Safir Bellali
Sr Director / Advanced Digital Creation at VF Corporation
With over 20 years of combined experience as an automotive engineer and industrial designer, Safir has been able to leverage his strategic thinking and creative problem-solving skills to tackle a wide range of innovation challenges. Safir was an early adopter of 3D design and prototyping tools and carried his experience from the automotive world into the fashion and footwear industry. As Head of Innovation for the industry’s leading Action Sports brand, Vans, he oversaw a number of initiatives that spanned across product and experiences. In his new role, driving innovation through digital technologies for VF’s 20+ Apparel, Footwear, and Accessories brands, he aims to explore the opportunities offered by digital tools and workflows and help imagine the future of Digital Product Creation. An advocate of purposeful and responsible design, Safir also understands the opportunity we have to close the digital skills gap by democratizing access to education.
About Darcy Reno
Cofounder and CEO at FNX
Darcy Reno, FNX Cofounder and CEO, is a product and engineering strategy expert. With over 20 years of technical experience in computer graphics and software, Darcy’s career led him to become CTO at the largest animation company in Canada, following which he became the CEO for a 1M user Saas platform before co-founding FNX.