September 18 - 20, 2018
Hamburg, Germany
Chairman, European Technology Platform

Sergio Barbarino is an R&D research fellow at the Procter & Gamble Brussels Innovation Center, where he leads the P&G Connect + Develop (open innovation) team. He also chairs ALICE, the EU innovation platform for logistics aimed at realizing the Physical Internet. Born in Naples, Italy, In 2007, he created the first group of Supply Chain & Logistic R&D within Procter & Gamble, called Supply Network Innovation Center, of which he was the scientific coordinator for 10 years. He has been leading the logistics chapter in the informal industrial advisory board of the European Green Car Initiative and the European Intermodal Research Advisory Council, an intermodal advisory council now folded into ALICE. Barbarino has been the scientific leader of two projects within the EU FP7 (7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development): the C03 consortium aimed at increasing shipper collaboration in European logistics, and Modulushca, aimed at the development of new shareable and standard reusable logistics modules for last-mile delivery. In the chemical engineering domain, Barbarino has represented P&G in the large collaborative projects Impulse and F3 on innovative microprocessing. He also developed the manufacturing processes for many well-known P&G brands, including Mr. Clean and Viakal, and has been P&G's chief designer for innovative liquid manufacturing systems for developing markets. He is also responsible for several P&G academic partnerships and has been visiting professor at the Ecole des Mines de Paris, the City University of London, Laval University Quebec, Solvay Brussels School, ZLC Zaragoza, and others. Barbarino holds a master's in chemical engineering from the University of Napoli Federico II and an MBA from the Solvay Business School in Brussels

Executive Editor, The Journal of Commerce and JOC Events, Maritime & Trade
IHS Markit

Chris Brooks is executive editor of The Journal of Commerce and JOC Events at Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit. He oversees editorial content in The Journal of Commerce magazine and programming for the JOC's six annual conferences and multiple webinars. He also works closely with the online team focusing on A 30-year company veteran, Brooks' career has spanned every aspect of the editorial operation, from copy and front-line editing to design, reporting and managing numerous websites. He also oversees the magazine's 100-plus special reports a year, including the Annual Review and Outlook and Top 100 Importers and Exporters issues. He holds a bachelor's in journalism from Lock Haven University.

Managing Director
neska Container Line Dordrech B.V. Netherlands
Chief Correspondent
Deutsche Welle TV, USA and Germany

Dr. Melinda Crane has given speeches and moderated events and discussions on transport, energy and the environment for a wide range of international organizations and firms. She is a frequent guest and commentator on German television and radio and regularly analyzes US policy for the news broadcaster n-tv. An experienced TV anchor, she is chief political correspondent at DW TV and also hosts the DW talk show "Quadriga". In 2014 she was awarded the Steuben-Schurz Media Award for her service to transatlantic understanding.

Dr. Crane studied history and political science at Brown University and law at Harvard. She wrote her dissertation on the political economy of development assistance at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

As International Affairs Consultant to the discussion show "Sabine Christiansen" she produced interviews with Kofi Annan, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, and George Bush, among others.

Her journalistic experience includes work for the "New York Times
Magazine", "The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine," "The Boston Globe," the "Christian Science Monitor" and German newspapers and magazines.

Senior Partner and Global Lead, Center for Digital in Transportation
Boston Consulting Group
Eskesen Advisory

Prior founding Eskesen Advisory, Thomas Eskesen worked for the AP Moller / Maersk Organisation for almost 30 years. He spent 9 years in Asia and 3 Years in USA before starting Maersk Line's e-commerce division in 1999 which among others lead to which he founded. Between 2006 and 2015 he was in charge of Maersk's Refrigerated Cargo division and was part of Maersk Lines Global Leadership Team. He has attended senior management courses at Insead, Harvard Business School, IMD and Columbia Business School. He is 52 years old, Danish citizen , Married to Naomi from India and has two kids Daniella 20 and Isabella 18.
Thomas Eskesen chaired the Global Cool Logistics event in 2016 and 2017.

Chief Operating Officer

Anthony J. Firmin joined Hapag-Lloyd in 1995 as finance director of Hapag-Lloyd America, responsible for the US, Canada, and Latin America. Prior to that, the business administration graduate worked in Hamburg as head of accounting at Sharp Electronics and chief financial officer of Johnson & Johnson Professional Products.

In 2000, Firmin was appointed managing director of Hapag-Lloyd Container Line GmbH, responsible for worldwide business administration. In 2005, he took over responsibility for ship and container management, corporations, and purchasing. From 2009 to 2014, Firmin was managing director of the yield management and network division.

In July 2014 Firmin took over the responsibility for the global shipping business as COO.

Professor of Maritime Economicsand Logistics
Erasmus University Rotterdam

Hercules Haralambides is professor of maritime economics and logistics at Erasmus University Rotterdam. He also has been editor-in-chief of the quarterly journal Maritime Economics and Logistics. Earlier teaching and research appointments include a dual-chair position in maritime business economics at the National University of Singapore and Singapore Management University. He has written and published more than 250 scientific papers, books, reports, and articles in the wider area of ports, maritime transport, and logistics and has consulted governments, international organizations, and private companies worldwide, including for the European Commission.

From 2011-2015, Haralambides was president of the Italian port of Brindisi, and later formed Haralambides & Associates, a global maritime think tank engaged in executive education and strategic policy advice. In 2008, he was decorated with the Golden Cross of the Order of the Phoenix by the president of the Greek Republic.

Vice President and Head of Ocean Freight and China Rail Europe
DHL Global Forwarding

Felix Heger started his career as a management consultant at DHL Consulting 10 years ago, before moving to the DHL Global Forwarding business unit. Initially responsible for ocean freight product development in the DHL global ocean freight management team, Heger was involved in developing and implementing innovative service offerings related to secure ocean transportation and the life sciences industry. In 2015, he joined the European DHL Global Forwarding regional headquarters after having led the company's ocean freight team in Ireland. He is now responsible for DHL's ocean and China rail activities from a European standpoint.

Royal Haskoning DHV

Jolke Helbing has more than 25 years of experience in the maritime sector, including 21 years in various functions and countries for A.P. Moller-Maersk Group. Since 2010, he has worked as an independent consultant and as consulting director with ICF International. He joined royal Haskoning in 2015 as a director within the port economics and operations team. His experience with international trade and shipping covers many markets and locations, including postings in Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, and the US.

Helbing's responsibilities have ranged from daily operational logistics to global strategic contracts and port investment strategy development. In these roles and others, he has demonstrated accomplished networking with government stakeholders and key stakeholders at management and board levels. His consulting focus has mainly been on strategic business plans for ports, related commercial market due diligence and M&A preparations within the port industry, including extensive work on commercial agreements and concessions.

Operations Director
Combi Terminak Twente

Thijs is an experienced leader in the field of intermodal transport and inland terminal with over 16 years of experience. He has worked in various positions and countries (Netherlands, Germany, Thailand) and has knowledge of barge, rail and road transport.
Before joining CTT in 2017 he worked for APM Terminals and BCTN.

Managing Director and Co-Founder
TNX Logistics

Alex Hoffmann is managing director and co-founder of TNX Logistics, a cloud-based software solution enabling logistics companies to optimize daily dispatching across private fleet, contracted carriers, and spot procurement. Founded in 2016, TNX Logistics focuses on giving dispatchers the right tools to improve profitability by making better decisions. Before co-founding TNX Logistics, Hoffmann worked at Credit Suisse advising global B2B businesses on financing and funding decisions.

Vice President, Containers, Breakbulk and Logistics
Port of Rotterdam

Emile Hoogsteden has been vice president of containers, breakbulk, and logistics at the port of Rotterdam since 2006, and is responsible for commercial activities across the three sectors. Customer relationship management and networking form an important element of his role, as does networking with governmental contacts at the local, national, and international levels.

Hoogsteden also is a member of the boards of the Rotterdam Port Promotion Council, Blocklab, and the Holland Logistics Promotion Platform.

He previously held senior positions at APM Terminals International, P&O Nedlloyd, and ECT. He studied Dutch corporate law at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Senior Editor, Technology, JOC, Maritime & Trade
IHS Markit

Eric Johnson is senior editor, technology, at The Journal of Commerce, where he leads coverage and analysis of technology's impact on global logistics and trade. Johnson reports regularly on how shippers, carriers across all modes, and logistics companies use software, as well as new concepts impacting core freight transportation processes such as procurement, execution, visibility, and payment. Johnson is a regular presenter and moderator at industry events and webinars. Prior to joining the JOC, Johnson spent 13 years with American Shipper in a variety of roles, most recently covering the logistics technology landscape and leading the production of a series of benchmark studies on the logistics industry. Johnson has a bachelor's in journalism from the University of Wisconsin and a master's in international business from the University of Leeds, UK. He has lived and worked in Southern California, the UK, and India, and now resides in the Washington, DC area.

Sales Manager, Container Terminal
Port of Luka Koper

Miha Kalčič is sales manager at the container terminal in Slovenia's port of Koper, responsible for the terminal's commercial and sales activities. The port of Koper container terminal is the biggest container terminal by throughput in the Adriatic.

Equity Analyst
CEO, Europe
Maersk Line

Karsten Kildahl joined A.P. Møller[Maersk in 1987. He spent 13 years in Asia and the Middle East (Japan, Hong Kong, and Dubai), where he held various commercial and management positions within the group. In 2003, Kildahl returned to Maersk headquarters in Copenhagen and was appointed group vice president. Until 2012 he was the global head of sales and marketing. In 2012, Kildahl became responsible for Maersk Line's North Europe region, and since January 2017 he has led the Europe region of Maersk Line and Safmarine, covering 50 countries in Europe and North Africa. He also is chairman of Seago Line, Maersk's intra-European carrier. Kildahl graduated from Tietgen Business School in Odense, Denmark, and holds a master's in business administration from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Principal Economist, Western Europe
IHS Markit

Mr. Klein is responsible for providing economic and risk analyses for the German-speaking countries in Western Europe - specifically Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxemburg and Liechtenstein - including modeling and forecasting macroeconomic developments in these countries. He has appeared on Bloomberg and CNBC, providing presentations on central bank policy and economic issues. Mr. Klein has published several research papers on topics relevant to European Economic and Monetary Union and the role of the European Central Bank. In 2004, he joined Global Insight - a firm acquired by IHS, now IHS Markit, in 2008. Previously, he worked as a managing analyst at MMS International, heading the team responsible for Eurozone macroeconomic analysis. Prior to 1999, he was the German economist and Bundesbank watcher, analyzing interactions between German economic and interest rate developments.

Europe Senior Editor
Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

Greg Knowler is a highly experienced editor and publisher with more than 20 years on mainstream titles and business-to-business magazines. His journalism career began in 1989 as a reporter for a daily newspaper in Durban, South Africa, covering the news during the turbulent end of apartheid. In 2000, he moved to Hong Kong and spent two years at the South China Morning Post sports desk before joining Cargonews Asia, and then IHS Markit Maritime & Trade in 2013 to cover Asia. After 17 years in Hong Kong, Knowler relocated to London in 2017 as Europe editor for the Maritime & Trade division of IHS Markit. His reporting and analysis appears on, in The Journal of Commerce, and often in sister publication Fairplay and its associated website. He regularly speaks to industry groups, chairs the annual JOC Container Trade Europe Conference, and serves on the programming committee for the annual TPM Asia Conference.

CEO and Co-Founder
Port Chain
Managing Director, Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Tokema Ltd.

Pierre Liguori is an experienced international supply chain and logistics professional with more than 25 years in warehousing, logistics and freight forwarding operations, international business development, supply chain project management, strategic accounts sales development, and consulting, including more than 12 years at the board of directors level. Liguori has worked for companies such as Reebok, Expeditors, La City, CMA CGM, Soflog Telis, and P&O Nedlloyd Logistics before founding Tokema Ltd, a British registered company offering international supply chain and global logistics consulting services to clients across industrial sectors and logistics service providers. He recently launched Tokema Digital, a digital marketing agency focusing on digital sales and marketing services for logistics service providers.

Associate Professor and Research Manager, Sustainable Transports
Research Institutes of Sweden
Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing
Globe Tracker ApS

Don Miller is an industry leader and expert in intermodal transportation markets. He is a frequent speaker and author on pertinent supply chain topics relating to key market trends. Miller has developed new product concepts and applications for smart containers, smart chassis, smart trailers, and other smart logistics equipment. His expertise lies in global business development, channel development, and marketing initiatives.

Senior Editor, Global Ports
IHS Maritime & Trade

Turloch Mooney is a well-known Asia-based supply chain journalist. He was co-founder and managing director for Supply Chain Asia Publication based in Shanghai. He previously held posts at the International Air Transport Association as chief editor and secretary for the Global Compliance User Group. He holds a master's in international studies from the University of Limerick, Ireland, with specialization in international law and international trade. Mooney's coverage of global ports, including port congestion, the impact of mega-ships, productivity, hinterland access, and relevant supply chain issues appears on, in The Journal of Commerce magazine and sister publications Fairplay and, He also chairs the programming committee for the JOC's annual TPM Asia Conference in Shenzhen, China.

CEO and Co-Founder

Graham Parker is CEO and co-founder of Kontainers, a UK-based digital marketing and tracking platform founded in 2014. A proven shipping entrepreneur, Parker started his first freight company at age 22, and went on to ship nearly 100,000 containers with record revenue approaching $100 million before his 30th birthday.

He has traveled all over the world in a quest to understand how the shipping business works, while listening to and delivering customers' importing and exporting needs. Kontainers was born from his passion for making UK import and export more efficient by using state-of-the-art technologies.

Parker was named to the Maserati Top 100 Entrepreneur List of 2017, recognizing 100 game-changing entrepreneurs in the UK.

Senior Project Leader, Inland Navigation
Port of Antwerp
Director, Sales and Global Supply Chain Management
Gemini Corporation NV.

Mr. Ved Prakash is Director of Sales and Global Supply Chain Management of Gemini Corporation NV. Gemini Corporation NV is a Belgium headquartered trading group, which exports around 1.5 million tons of Steel, Plastics, Timber and Rubber Products. Gemini handles around 90000 TEU's annually, with its in-house logistic team.

Mr. Ved Prakash has been a regular speaker in many commodity conferences, especially in Steel Sector for last 12 years. His interviews are regularly published in leading industry publications such as Dow Jones, Prime, Platts, Steel 360, American Metal Markets bulletins etc. With around 20 years of experience directly in trade and in the supply chain management, Mr. Prakash has well insight on both commercial and logistic aspect of global supply chain mechanism.

Chief Shipping Analyst

Peter Sand joined BIMCO in 2009 and holds the position of chief shipping analyst, responsible for analyzing the commercial markets for dry bulkers, tankers, and container ships. Using global economics as the analytical starting point for all seaborne trade, he assists managements, members, and clients with insight into multiple aspects of the global shipping industry. His regular reports, focused analytical articles, and insightful comments on the shipping market are read widely and have been referenced often in global mainstream media. Sand also teaches maritime economics at the Danish Shipping Academy and is a guest lecturer at Copenhagen Business School.

Prior to joining BIMCO, he worked for dry bulk and product tanker company D/S Norden. He holds a master's in economics from the University of Copenhagen.

Chief Technology and Innovation Officer
Algeciras Port Authority

Dr. Francisco de los Santos is chief information and innovation officer at the Algeciras Port Authority, Spain's largest port and Europe's fourth-largest in total cargo. His primary responsibility is to lead the port's digital transformation and consolidate Innovation as a core business process. He is currently working on the implementation of an IT and innovation plan to bring to reality the Next Generation Port Concept and the Algeciras Logistics Innovation Cluster. His main focus is the integration of business, IT, and Innovation to reach leadership in quality of service and operational excellence. He is exploiting the power of digital platforms and innovation to consolidate Algeciras as the logistics platform of South Europe: seamless, autonomous, and Intelligent (data-driven). De Los Santos is a member of several professional associations and is a frequent speaker at professional forums, in publications, and at universities. He holds a master's in civil engineering, an executive master's in telecom management and IT, a doctorate in port engineering, and an executive MBA from IESE Business School.

ECU Worldwide

Mr. Claudio Scandella is the CEO of Ecu Worldwide, a global leader in NVOCC services and the biggest LCL Consolidator in the world. Mr Scandella is a veteran in the logistics industry and started his career as an apprentice with logistics provider Danzas in 1981 in Switzerland. Mr. Scandella was appointed as the Managing Director of Danzas AEI in Switzerland in 2000. He then went on to head DHL Global Forwarding's (DGF) Ocean Freight Product for the Asia Pacific Region. Mr. Scandella left DHL in 2006 to seek entrepreneurial pursuits. He assumed the position of CEO for a logistics start-up in Saudi Arabia in 2008. He rejoined DGF again in 2010 as their EMEA and Global Head of Business Performance Management and later served as the CEO of DGF for Middle East & Africa.

Professor of Operations Research, Department of Economics and Business Studies
University of Genoa
President, Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority
Port of Genoa
Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Coyote Logistics Europe
Chief Commercial Officer
Hamburg Sud

Frank Smet joined Hamburg Süd in 1993. After holding various management positions in Asia, Oceania and South America, he was appointed a member of Hamburg Süd's executive board in 2012. Since December 2017, he has been responsible for sales and marketing in his role as chief commercial officer. Smet started his shipping career in 1976 with Compagnie Maritime Belge, for which he worked in Peru, Chile, and Brazil before joining Hamburg Süd.

Director, Risk Management
TT Club

Peregrine Storrs-Fox read law at Southampton University, specializing in the law of carriage and international trade. He has been with the TT Club since 1984, firstly handling claims and providing advice to all types of transport and logistics operators, including ports and terminals, until the late 1990s when he was directing claims operations worldwide for the club.

Since 2002, Storrs-Fox has led the TT Club's risk management and loss prevention services. In this role he has particularly developed links with like-minded trade organizations and non-governmental organizations with a view to promoting good practice in health and safety matters as well as general operations. He has been involved in United Nations meetings relating to the IMO/ILO/UNECE Code of Practice for Packing Cargo Transport Units (CTU Code), development of verified gross mass regulations within the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) mandate and seeking changes in dangerous goods practices and regulation. The TT Club publishes loss prevention briefings on many operational issues, frequently focusing on dangerous goods issues.

Executive Editor, and The Journal of Commerce, Maritime & Trade
IHS Markit

Mark Szakonyi leads the JOC editorial team, consisting of a global team of journalists and researchers covering the container shipping industry. His analysis and work have been quoted in general news media including the BBC, The Economist, PBS Nightly Business Report, NPR, Al Jazeera International, South China Morning Post and USA Today. He is a sought-after speaker who helps plan and moderate JOC events, leads JOC's shipper round tables, and chairs JOC's Canada Trade Conference.

Senior Vice President and Global Head of LCL Product
DHL Global Forwarding
Senior Director, Content
Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

Peter Tirschwell is senior director of content at Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit, publisher of The Journal of Commerce,, IHS Fairplay, Dredging & Port Construction, Safety at Sea, PIERS maritime trade data and JOC events such as TPM. In his expanded role within IHS, he is responsible for all editorial content appearing in IHS Maritime & Trade media and events. A career transportation journalist, Peter was a reporter, West Coast bureau chief, editor-in-chief and publisher of The Journal of Commerce in his 20-plus-year career with the company, which began in 1992. He is the founder and chairman of the annual TPM Conference in Long Beach, California, one of the world's largest shipping events, and led the development of the JOC Port Productivity project, the first global database of port performance. He writes a regular column in The Journal of Commerce.

Kuehne + Nagel International AG
Head of Transport Management
METRO Sourcing International Limited

Marco van der Schans, Head of Transport Management for METRO Sourcing International, has over 25 years of experience in ocean freight and especially in inland on-forwarding across Europe with a focus on a modal split to optimize the deliveries for METRO's warehouses in Europe.

Assistant Professor, Department of Transport and Regional Economics
University of Antwerp
Wiskerke Onions

The family business is the largest grower, packer and exporter of onions worldwide.

With the headquarters based in The Netherlands and pack house facilities in Canada and The United States we continuously seek to optimize the supply chain reaching the Shortest line from Producer to Consumer. Our focus is to have year round availability of the highest quality, full range, allium products for retail stores and food service. In-house, traceable production, value creation, product innovation and sustainable packaging are some of the core strengths of our product portfolio. With sourcing in 23 countries and exports to more than 110 countries we require strong logistical organization and only through partnership with strong logistical providers the goods can arrive in optimal condition for the final consumer.