WG 5 - End-user driven

The foot health, foot and needs of the three end user groups targeted by SoHealthy have not yet been fully characterised. End users and their needs are not consistently embedded in the decision processes and innovations within the patient/consumer journey. The education of end users is not co-ordinated such that they feel empowered in managing their patient journey leading to positive influences on their health behaviour. A more end user driven journey would lead to more appropriate and effective product solutions and greater provider competitiveness. The aim of this working group is to define end user (wearer) needs and characteristics and embed these in all subsequent processes, establish the efficacy of existing or new technologies/products in user terms, and educate users and patients in the availability and expected value of devices and treatments.

Working Group Members

Dr. Enrique Montiel
  Dr. Enrique Montiel was graduated in Chemical Engineering at the University of Valencia in 1987 and obtained a master degree in Materials Engineering. At present, he is Assistant Director of the Spanish Footwear Technology Institute and he is Professor in the Materials Science Department at the University Miguel Hernandez in Elche. He works since 1991 at INESCOP as Assistant Director participating as promoter and coordinator of projects about technology development, innovation management, technology transfer and quality, for the footwear sector at a national and international level. Responsible for many national and international RTD and technology transfer projects for the footwear and leather industry in the field of CAD/CAM, materials, information technologies, environment, production, etc. He is also evaluator of European Projects for the European Commission.
Mr. Andrea Graham
person icon  Andrea Graham is a Lecturer and Practitioner in Podiatry at the University of Salford. She is currently undertaking a PhD in Rheumatoid Arthritis and Patient Education relating to foot health. She has written academic publications in Patient Education, Rheumatoid Arthritis and practice guidelines and has experience of both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Andrea has extensive clinical experience in podiatry and Rheumatology.
Mr. Daniel Petcu 
 Petcu D  Researcher grade III, working in INCDTP – ICPI Branch, Footwear Department, has graduated as Textile Engineer-Footwear specialisation-from 1994. Starting from 2009, is following a PhD Program in the medical field at the "Francisc I. Rainer" Anthropological Institute of the Romanian Academy. The research area of interest is related to the field footwear and in-shoe foot appliances as medical devices.

Mr. Mauro Tescaro

 person icon Mauro Tescaro graduated in Engineering at the University of Padua. He is Director of Politecnico Calzaturiero and is responsible for many regional and international projects and technology transfer projects for the footwear and leather industry in the field of CAD/CAM, materials, information technologies, environment, production, etc
Mr. Elyès Kortas
 person icon  Mr. Elyès Kortas holds a Master Degree in soft materials industry applied to shoes manufacturing in 1994- Technical School of Romans- France. He is an expert in training and assistance for the footwear and related industries, working at both national and international level.
 Mr. Adil El Azhar
person icon   Mr. Adil El Azhar received a diploma in Micro-computer and company’s telecommunication from Specialised Institute of applied Technology. He has twelve years’ experience as a technical manager. Mr. Elazhar is responsible for technology projects for the footwear and leather industry in the areas of CAD/CAM and information technology.

 Mr. Rafael Hernández Stark

person icon  Mr. Rafael Hernández has a degree in General Medicine and Surgery. He coordinates the INESCOP national and European research projects related to physiological, biomechanical and medical approaches of shoes and their components (DiaSoft, SensaSole, CEC-Made-Shoe, SSHOES, etc.), including footwear fitting issues (comfort, well-being and physical activity enhancement). Mr. Hernández is currently involved in different research projects on electronic devices for footwear, mobile measuring instruments for footwear, health topics and footwear, and biomedical software to quantify sole pressure distribution, use of advanced materials and structures for enhancing damping and energy return, and the development of fitting algorithms that integrate user subjective data with objective measured data.
  Mr. Luigi Leo
 person icon Luigi Leo has a degree on Fashion design and specialised in design, planning shoe collections and other accessories from the Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T) in New York thanks to a Fulbright scholarship. For years he supported many companies in the footwear and apparel sector to understand market trends and to define new collections. In 2012 he became a trainer of stylist design and member of the Steering Committee of the Masters course “Corso di alta formazione in design della calzatura” (Higher education course in footwear design) run by Politecnico dì Milano and Politecnico Calzaturiero. He is trainer in many courses at Politecnico Calzaturiero on design and customer trends analysis.
Mr. Giorgio Sperandio
person icon  Giorgio Sperandio has extensive experience in many big footwear companies in the Veneto Region, where he has worked mainly on the production and design of new footwear collections. He is currently supporting many footwear companies in the re-organization of internal processes, mainly design by means of the introduction of CAD technology. He is a trainer at the Politecnico Calzaturiero for courses on CAD for footwear application and has experience in many different CAD tools such as Rhinoceros (CAD-3D), Cimatron (CAD-CAM), Imageware , Think 3, Delcam, Sensable, Renishaw, Auto cad and SUM 3D.
 Ms. Catherine Dziri

Head of Department of Physical Medicine- Functional Rehabilitation at National Orthopaedic Institute M.Kassab