September 18 - 20, 2018
Hamburg, Germany
Head of P&I Insurance, Legal & Claims
Mediterranean Shipping Co.

Laurent Audaz is Head of P&I Insurance, Legal and Claims at MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A., a global leader in transportation and logistics. He previously worked fifteen years in Hamburg, Germany, as Legal Manager for another major shipping line. In the run of his over 25 years of professional experience, Laurent had numerous occasions to deal with counterfeited goods issues and has gained an in-depth knowledge of the supply chain as well as the of the legal context surrounding these illicit practices in various countries. Laurent Audaz is lawyer by education and studied/practiced law in France, England, Belgium, Germany, Norway and Switzerland. He is holder of Postgraduate Diplomas in International Business Law, European Compared Law and Transport Law.

Senior Policy Advisor; and Director
ICC BASCAP; and Elipe Limited

Toe Su is director of Elipe Ltd., a specialist consultancy in London providing strategic government relations, corporate affairs, and communication services in IP, digital issues, sustainability and business, and human rights.

Before establishing Elipe, Aung performed a variety of roles at British American Tobacco (BAT), based mainly in London, for over 15 years. She led legal and corporate affairs teams on IP protection and policy as well as driving global strategies for addressing illicit trade.

Aung has also been active in trade associations on IP policy for more than 15 years, and in 2013 she was elected the first Asian president of the International Trademark Association (INTA).

In both her corporate capacity and her leadership roles in INTA and other associations, Aung has had extensive experience in engaging on IP issues with governments, media, and companies across all sectors. She is qualified as a solicitor in both the United Kingdom and Singapore.

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

Senior Advisor
Research Institutes of Sweden

Michael Bergmann has experience in software engineering, the aviation as well as the maritime market, especially on navigation topics. He owns the maritime consultancy company BM Bergmann-Marine and works for RISE (Research Institute Sweden), Safebridge GmbH, 7Cs GmbH and others.

Bergmann holds various positions including observer, participant, and advisor at the IMO, IALA, and IHO; German IMO delegation advisory board member; CIRM director (President 2013-2018); Royal Institute of Navigation fellow; Nautical Institute associated fellow; German Institute of Navigation council member; and International PortCDM Council secretary.

He is the author of various articles and publications and holds an MBA from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, and a master's of educational theory, theology, psychology, sociology and others from Catholic University of Applied Science in Mainz, Germany.


From 1984 to 2008, Michael Blach held various management positions at the Maersk Group corporate head office as well as around the world – including trade manager in Copenhagen; managing director of Maersk Indonesia in Jakarta; Maersk country manager, first in Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) and then in Poland (Warsaw); followed by a posting as area sales manager Central Europe in Hamburg. From 2008, Blach acted as vice president of key client management for the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group, before moving to BLG five years later. As of 2017, in addition to serving as a member of the management board of the BLG Logistics Group, Blach is joint chairman of the Eurogate Group Management Board with Thomas Eckelmann.

Vice President, Customer Solutions

Michael Braun is the VP of Customer Solutions at Xeneta, the ocean freight rate intelligence platform, headquartered in Oslo, Norway. Braun leads the company's index-based contracting, the Xeneta Shipping Index (XSI). He has close to 15 years experience in the transport logistics industry with core expertise in strategic procurement. Prior to joining Xeneta, Braun was a consultant in ocean freight procurement where he led projects for over 150 enterprises, mainly international shippers within the Eurostoxx 50 or DAX 30 group.

Director Programming, JOC Events, Maritime & Trade
IHS Markit

Chris Brooks is executive editor of The Journal of Commerce and JOC Events in the Maritime & Trade division of IHS Markit. He oversees editorial content in The Journal of Commerce magazine and programming for the JOC’s 10 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

Hans Buytendijk is managing director of neska Container Line Dordrecht, Netherlands, since 2006. He is also active in the Dutch inland shipping trade association CBRB, as a board member, representing the inland container shipping lines.

Multimodal container operator neska Container Line is part of neska Intermodal Germany, which operates six inland container terminals in the center of North Rhine Westphalia between Duisburg and Cologne.

With 10 large inland container vessels and three dedicated daily trains, neska Container Line connects the inland container terminals of neska Intermodal with the seaports of Rotterdam and Antwerp.

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 trans-Atlantic understanding.

Dr. Crane studied history and political science at Brown University and law at Harvard University. 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 The New York Times Magazine, The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, and German newspapers and magazines.

Eskesen Advisory

Prior founding Eskesen Advisory, Thomas Eskesen worked for the AP Moller-Maersk organization for nearly 30 years. He spent nine years in Asia and three years in the United States before starting Maersk Line's e-commerce division in 1999. This 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.

Thomas Eskesen chaired the Global Cool Logistics event in 2016 and 2017.

General Manager
PSA Voltri

Born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1974, married, 3 children.

Since May 2017, General Manager at PSA Voltri Terminal Europa - Genova, Italy - Container handling.

Previous professional experiences:
Head of Finance at PSA Voltri Terminal Europa - Genova, Italy May 2014 – May 2017.
Finance manager at PSA Antwerp – Antwerp, Belgium March 2005 – May 2014.
Audit manager at KPMG – Antwerp, Belgium November 2000 – February 2005.
Junior accountant at NIB Capital Private Equity - Antwerp, Belgium February 1999 – November 2000.
Product manager at ARD Belgium - Meise, Belgium September 1998 – February 1999.

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.

Head of European Transport
Credit Suisse

Neil Glynn is the Head of the European Transport team at Credit Suisse, covering European Airlines and Logistics, and Global Transport Sector Coordinator. He was voted #3 Transport analyst in Europe in the 2018 Extel Survey. Before joining Credit Suisse in 2009, Neil covered the Airline sector for NCB Stockbrokers, held the role of Credit Officer at CIT Aerospace International and worked in Financial Control and Corporate Banking at AIB Group. Neil is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, a CFA Charterholder and holds a BA in Accounting & Finance from Dublin City University.

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 merger and acquisition preparations within the port industry, including extensive work on commercial agreements and concessions.

Chief Operating Officer, Ocean Freight Europe
Rhenus Logistics

Axel Hinz has been COO of Seafreight Europe and head of global carrier management within the air and ocean division of the Rhenus Group since 2014. His key responsibilities include the introduction of a core carrier selection process and the implementation of various rate models, as well as overseeing the negotiation and signing of all VIP Frame Agreements with the Rhenus Core Carriers. He has also established the setup of global procurement structures for Rhenus Air & Ocean.

After graduating from the Commercial High School in Norderstedt in 1990, he first held various roles on operational levels before taking on senior positions including COO Germany at Bollore Logistics and later Damco Germany.

Managing Director
Hamburg Vessel Coordination Center

Gerald Hirt served two years in the Navy, then studied seaborne transport and port management at the University of Applied Sciences in Oldenburg, graduating with a degree in industrial engineering.

Following a period of training at the shipping company P&O Nedlloyd, he began his career with the HHLA Group at HPC Hamburg Port Consulting in 2003.

From 2005, Hirt worked in the Sales department at HHLA Container Terminals, during which time he also spent two years studying part-time for a degree in executive management at the Copenhagen Business School.

Hirt has been Operations Manager at HVCC since November 2012. In this role, he expanded the portfolio of services for the Feeder Logistics Center (FLC) and developed the Nautical Terminal Coordination (NTC).

In June 2017, he became Managing Director of HVCC.

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.

Vice President, Sales Operations
Ocean Insights

Robin Jaacks is part of the executive team at the container visibility and market intelligence provider Ocean Insights.

He is responsible for the company's growth strategy and leads the global sales and project management team.

Robin holds a dual degree in Politics and Economics from the University of Muenster. He is based in Germany's logistics hub Hamburg.

Product Lead
Port of Rotterdam

Sjoerd de Jager, Product Lead, Port of Rotterdam Prior to joining the Port of Rotterdam, Sjoerd de Jager (co) founded several start-ups and worked as New Business Developer for large corporations including Phillips and DSM. At the Port of Rotterdam, Sjoerd is leading the business development of Pronto, a start-up activity accelerated by Port of Rotterdam focused on bringing the Pronto Port Call Optimization platform and SaaS solution to market in Rotterdam and beyond. Sjoerd is experienced in (corporate) innovation and entrepreneurship, new business development and corporate venture capital. Sjoerd de Jager is also active as an angel investor in (maritime) technology ventures.

Group CEO
Shipco Transport

Jepsen, born in Copenhagen, Denmark, has been with the Scan-Group since 1975. Having completed his apprenticeship with the Group, he moved to Singapore in 1979 to establish operations there for Scan-Shipping. Following his tenure in Asia, he relocated to the U.S. in 1981 where he launched Scan-Shipping's New York office.

In 1983, he moved back to Copenhagen to take on the position of Assistant General Manager/Vice President at the parent company.

Identifying an opportunity to become more involved in the NVOCC side of the business, in 1988, Shipco Transport – spearheaded by Jepsen - was established in New York, becoming one of the first neutral NVOCC's in the U.S. Jepsen, together with his family, has remained a resident of New Jersey now for the past 30 years.

As well as being CEO for the Shipco Group, Jepsen also serves on the Board of Scan-Group.

In 2007 Shipco Transport together with Saco Shipping and other leading consolidators, launched the WorldWide Alliance, an association of the world's top NVOCC's. Jepsen serves on the board of WWA.

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

Eric Johnson is the JOC's Senior Editor, Technology, where he leads coverage and analysis of technology's impact on global logistics and trade. Johnson regularly reports on how shippers, carriers across all modes, and logistics companies use software, as well as new concepts impacting core freight transportation processes like procurement, execution, visibility, and payment. Johnson is a regular presenter and moderator at industry events and webinars. Prior to joining the JOC in May 2018, Johnson spent 13 years with American Shipper in a variety of roles, most recently covering logistics technology 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.

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.

He has attended various management education programmes, including Harvard Business School and Insead.

Principal Economist, Western Europe
IHS Markit

Timo Klein is responsible for providing economic and risk analyses for the German-speaking countries in Western Europe — specifically Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, 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. 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 in 2013 to cover Asia. After 17 years in Hong Kong, Knowler relocated to London in 2017 as Europe editor for the entire Maritime & Trade division of IHS Markit. His reporting and analysis appears on, in The Journal of Commerce, and often in sister publication IHS 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

Niels Kristiansen is the co-founder and CEO at Portchain. Previously, he worked at McKinsey & Co. advising container terminals and carriers on strategy and digitization. Portchain is a Copenhagen-based software company that uses artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced analytics to optimize key planning processes and improve asset utilization for carriers and terminals. Kristiansen studied economics at the University of Oxford and has an MBA from M.I.T.

Founder and CEO

Carl Lauron is passionate about supply chain. He worked as a logistics consultant and held various operational management roles in warehousing, transport and distribution. In 2007 he joined CMA CGM where he became Managing Director of the freight forwarding division, and lastly VP Innovation. This is how he discovered the gap between the latest available technologies and the outdated shipping management tools: even large companies enjoying leading transport ERPs often perform their daily tasks via shadow IT processes using emails, excel sheets and instant messaging tools!

In 2015 Carl founded BuyCo to help importers and exporters simplify, optimise and secure their ocean shipping operations through digital innovations.

Buyco is a collaborative SaaS solution interfacing importers and exporters with shipping lines, forwarders, and any other supply chain participants.

Using BuyCo means up to 40% productivity increase, a better cost control, global visibility on logistics flow and effective decision making processes based on data.

General Manager Sales, Central Europe

Dennis Lemke is a General Manager Sales in Unifeeder, being a leading logistic company with one of the largest and best connected feeder and shortsea network in Northern Europe.

He has been working in logistics and container transportation industry since 20 years in various roles with a strong focus on Feeder and ShortSea, Product Management, Sales and Business Development.

Dennis joined Unifeeder in 2011 and in his current role he is heading the Sales organisation in Central Europe and mainly dealing with the conversion of cargo from Road to Sea with the goal to create sustainable logistic solutions for multinational companies.

Associate Professor and Research Manager, Sustainable Transports
Research Institutes of Sweden

Mikael Lind is an associate professor and a senior strategic research advisor at Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE) Viktoria, Sweden. Lind has initiated, and currently heads, a substantial part of several open innovation initiatives related to ICT for sustainable transports of people and goods, including Sea Traffic Management and PortCDM. He is also the co-founder of Maritime Informatics and is employed part-time at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.

Vice President and Co-Founder

Daniel Martin is the managing director and co-owner of SNAcargo, a New-York based 4PL specialist. Heading supply chain and transport departments in retail, automotive, and industry companies, Martin has more than 12 years of experience. In February 2018, he decided to open a boutique 4PL provider in the United States.

SNAcargo is a family-owned company located in the heart of New York City. The experienced team is focused on international supply chains. Being part of Sintra Group International, SNAcargo has a strong background serving industry customers in the United States.

Fr. Meyer’s Sohn

Marc Meier is managing partner and CEO of Fr. Meyer's Sohn (FMS), the No. 1 company in international forestry logistics services. FMS is also one of the largest ocean freight forwarders in the world. Meier is a German citizen with a broad background in international forwarding and management. Before being appointed as the chief executive officer of FMS, he held several management positions within Kühne+Nagel based in Canada, the United States, United Kingdom, and Germany. Beyond leadership and general management he has special interest in international supply chain management, continuous improvement, and digitization. In his past, he developed cross-modal control tower solutions in Europe and North America, improving the performance of global supply chains. He holds a German degree in economics and is a state-certified Forwarding Agent.

Senior Vice President, Global Seafreight
Kuehne + Nagel

After completing his apprenticeship at Kuehne + Nagel and his studies in macroeconomics at the University of Hamburg (MBA), Thorsten Meincke worked first for Kuehne + Nagel sales and logistics from 1989 until 1999. After that he moved to Arthur Andersen Business Consulting in Hamburg.

In 2002 he rejoined Kuehne + Nagel as executive vice president of sales and marketing for Central Europe and was then promoted to senior vice president of global sales and marketing.

After eight years of global experience, Thorsten Meincke became a member of the management board of Militzer & Muench International Holding AG. In June 2014, Thorsten Meincke returned to Kuehne + Nagel Group as senior vice president of global seafreight.

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
IHS Markit

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 for the entire Maritime & Trade division of IHS Markit, includes port congestion, the impact of mega-ships, productivity, hinterland access, and relevant supply chain issues. It appears on, in The Journal of Commerce magazine and sister publications IHS 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

Pascale Pasmans is senior project leader inland navigation since 2018. Between 2008 and 2017 she held various positions related with intermodality at the Port of Antwerp. The last 3 years she was team leader managing intermodal projects. Previously Pascale worked as a commercial manager at a major stevedoring company for 10 years with a specialization into container barge related topics and she held a position as planning manager at a ship supplier.

Its inland position and the good barge connections towards the hinterland play a major role in the success of the port of Antwerp. The port sets out an ambitious policy for the further development of inland navigation. An essential part of the master plan barge concerns the guarantee of reliable and efficient inland navigation transport to and in the port via innovative solutions and services.

Sales Manager, Sales and Marketing Department (RIC)
Port of Luka Koper

Ivan Perić joined Luka Koper – Port of Koper Slovenia 12 years ago. In this period he was working on a different positions and terminals in the port. He started his career on the container terminal and after two years he switched to bulk terminal where he was appointed as a Director of the Dry Bulk Cargo Terminal. Now he is working in the Sales and Marketing department as a Sales Manager responsible for development projects.

Business Manager Containers, Deepsea & Feeder Lines
Port of Rotterdam

Alexander Philipsen, Business Manager Containers, Deepsea & Feeder Lines, Port of Rotterdam As Business Manager Containers, Mr. Alexander Philipsen is account manager for the deepsea and feeder lines. In his current role Alexander is also managing various business development projects and the development of digital products which aim at strengthening the competitive position of Port of Rotterdam in the Hamburg-Le Havre range. Alexander joined the Port of Rotterdam in March 2011. Before that he held several positions in the equipment control department as well as the procurement & business development department of the liner division of NYK Line, which is now part of ONE.

Director, Sales and Global Supply Chain Management
Gemini Corporation NV.

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 90,000 TEU annually, with its in-house logistic team.

Prakash has been a regular speaker in many commodity conferences, especially in the 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, Prakash has keen insight on commercial and logistic aspects of the global supply chain mechanism.

Boston Consulting Group

Alexander Rasmussen is a principal in The Boston Consulting Group's London office. He works extensively in the shipping, ports, and terminals industry across multiple geographies serving clients on topics ranging from digitization, asset strategy, and commercial excellence to cost reduction and operational improvement. A snapshot of his port experience includes developing an international growth strategy for a smart port solution provider, creating a strategic roadmap for a port authority and a technology roadmap for a technology provider to enter the smart port solution space. Rasmussen is the co-author of several of BCG's shipping and port reports, including The Digital Imperative in Container Shipping, To Get Smart, Ports Go Digital, and Will Middle Eastern Ports Continue to Succeed? He holds an M.Sc. in engineering from the Technical University of Denmark.

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.

Senior Partner and Managing Director
The Boston Consulting Group

Ulrik Sanders is senior partner and managing director for The Boston Consulting Group. He leads the company's global work in shipping and is the founder of the Center for Digital in Transportation.

Since joining the group in 2005, Sanders has focused his client work on the transportation and logistics industry.

He began his career in the shipping industry and now leads BCG's global shipping team. Sanders also leads BCG's Shipping Benchmark Initiative and has pioneered new ventures aimed at improving the shipping ecosystem such as the xChange, a container exchange platform.

Before joining BCG, he held vice president positions at A.T. Kearney, Andersen Consulting, and Maersk Line.

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.

Global Brand Protection Director

As Global Brand Protection Director at Unilever, Meena Sayal is responsible for the strategic and operational development, delivery, communication, and overall management of Unilever's global brand protection programme focusing on counterfeit and other infringing goods. She assesses need and opportunity to deliver global tools to the operational brand protection teams in the Unilever geographies around the world and to innovate where necessary to develop what is required.

She is also the chair of the group of rights holders who are working collaboratively with the maritime sector to develop operational standards to underpin the Declaration of Intent to prevent the Maritime Transportation of counterfeit goods signed on Nov. 30, 2016. The first wave of signatories included the three biggest vessel operators in the world and key freight forwarders as well as 10 multinational rights holders and a number of trade associations.

ECU Worldwide

Claudio Scandella is the chief executive officer of Ecu Worldwide, a global leader in non-vessel-operating common carrier services and the biggest less-than-containerload consolidator in the world. He is a veteran in the logistics industry and started his career as an apprentice with logistics provider Danzas in 1981 in Switzerland. Scandella was appointed managing director of Danzas AEI in Switzerland in 2000. He then went on to head the division of ocean freight product for the Asia Pacific region for DHL Global Forwarding (DGF). Scandella left DHL in 2006 to pursue entrepreneurial projects. In 2008, he assumed the position of CEO for a logistics start-up in Saudi Arabia. He rejoined DGF in 2010 as their EMEA and global head of business performance management and later served as the chief executive officer of DGF for the Middle East and Africa.

Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Coyote Logistics Europe

Mathijs Slangen has been in the transportation and logistics industry for more than 12 years in various roles with a strong focus on business consulting, (commercial) strategy, sales, and business development.

Slangen joined Coyote Logistics in January 2018. In his current role he is responsible for the European sales and marketing organization.

Before joining Coyote Logistics, Slangen worked at TIP Trailer Services as head of strategy, strategic accounts and marketing. Prior to TIP, Slangen was a management consultant heading the maritime department at Seabury Cargo Advisory.

Slangen holds a master's degree in international business from Maastricht University.

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.

Head of Rail Logistics

David Smrkovsky is head of rail logistics at JUSDA, a logistics service provider belonging to Foxconn Group. Before joining JUSDA in 2017, he held various logistics management roles at General Electric, HP, and Asahi Breweries. He is focused on intermodal logistics, ocean, and rail freight. He has been involved in the development and implementation of China-Europe rail solutions since 2011.

Chief Financial Officer
Sensor Transport

Annika Sørensen has 17 years' experience within Logistics and Supply Chain. Her first job was LCL Forwarding of cargo ex Asia to Europe. Since then she has worked in trade management and transportation management before moving to more commercial roles and selling Supply Chain & Optimization software. After having worked for AP Møller-Maersk, Shell and Capgemini she realized that her passion lies in realizing change and disrupting the status quo by understanding business needs and translating those into innovative IT solutions. At SensorTransport Annika manages all financials, investor relations and Europe Sales. She is keen to giving supply chain players back the control of their cargo in transit.

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.

Project Engineer, Transportation and Logistics, EME

Istvan Szakacs joined AGCO as project engineer in 2016. His primary responsibilities involve supporting the development of its strategic transportation networks for the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region. He also supports global projects, working with internal and external stakeholders around the globe in the area of sourcing full-containerload services. He has also been involved with total-landed-cost calculation and contract lifecycle management projects.

Before joining AGCO, Szakacs gained 10 years of experience in the transportation industry working for different logistics service providers. He has been the leader of the control tower at DSV Hungary and, previous to that, gained international work experience as a transportation planner in the United Kingdom.

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

Sanjay Tejwani is senior vice president and global head of less-than-container load at DHL Global Forwarding, responsible for managing and developing the LCL product and leading the global LCL organization. He has 23 years of work experience in the global ocean container shipping, transportation, and logistics industries, the past 10 of which have been with DHL Global Forwarding. His previous roles at DHL have been vice president, head of full container load product for Americas, and director and head of ocean product for India.

Prior working for DHL, he worked for the A.P Moller-Maersk Group for about 10 years in various roles in Asia Pacific and Europe.

Chief Commercial Officer
Port Chain

Thor Thorup is co-founder and chief commercial officer at Portchain. Previously, he worked at McKinsey leading digital transformations for shipping and logistics clients. Portchain is a Copenhagen-based software company that uses Artificial Intelligence and advanced analytics to optimize key planning processes and improve asset utilization for carriers and terminals. Thorup has an MSc in mechanical engineering (Hons) from the Technical University of Denmark.

Executive President and Co-Founder

Iván Tintoré is the Executive President and co-founder of iContainers, an online ocean freight booking platform founded in 2008 that is revolutionizing international logistics. He's a tech-loving shipping industry veteran with 15 years of working experience in logistics and supply chain. He obtained his degree in Management and MBA at ESADE Business School and AMP at IESE. He's also a licensed customs broker that specializes in both sea and air freight and is an avid fan of aviation and commercial piloting.

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 Markit, he is responsible for all editorial content appearing in IHS Maritime & Trade media and events. A career transportation journalist, Tirschwell has been 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

Dr. Detlef Trefzger has been chief executive officer of Kuehne + Nagel International AG since August 2013. He joined the Kuehne + Nagel Group in March 2013 as a member of the management board with responsibility for contract logistics.

Born in Düsseldorf, Germany, Trefzger started his career with Siemens AG following studies in Muenster and Kingston-upon-Hull, and after being awarded a degree in business management by the Vienna University of Economics and Business. As principal in the Competence Centre for Transportation and Logistics with Roland Berger & Partner, he provided consulting to numerous companies.

As chief financial officer of Schenker & Co. AG, Vienna, Trefzger oversaw all financial activities for the Schenker Group in Southeast Europe. From 2004 to 2012, he was a member of the executive board of Schenker AG, Essen, Germany, with responsibility for contract logistics and supply chain management. Before moving to Kuehne + Nagel he also was in charge of the worldwide air and sea freight business units.

From February 2015 to January 2018, Trefzger was a member of the Singapore Economic Development Board.

Head of Transport Management
METRO Sourcing International Limited

Marco van der Schans, head of transport management for Metro Sourcing International, has more than 25 years of experience in ocean freight. He has specialized 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

Thierry Vanelslander currently is tenure track assistant professor at the University of Antwerp's department of transport and regional economics. He graduated from the university with a doctorate in applied economics. Through 2013 he was holder of the BNP Paribas Fortis chair on transport, logistics, and ports. Until mid-2009, Vanelslander was director of the Research Centre on Freight and Passenger Transport, hosted by the Department of Transport and Regional Economics. He is currently the course coordinator for the Management of Innovation and Technology course and the Port Economics and Business course, both at the University of Antwerp's Centre for Maritime & Air Transport Management (C-MAT), as well as the Transport Economics course at the Faculty of Applied Economics. His research focuses on business economics in the port and maritime sector, and in land and air transport and logistics. Vanelslander's P.h.D. dealt with cooperation and competition in seaport container handling.

Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer,
FreightHub GmbH

Michael Wax is Co-Founder and CCO of FreightHub, a fully digital asset-free freight service provider located in Berlin (HQ), Hamburg, and Hong Kong. He is responsible for the commercial strategy, sales, and the global partnership network for the company's logistic operations.

Before FreightHub, he co-founded Konux, a US-based double-digit million funded startup (NEA, Andy Bechtolsheim) offering holistic IoT solutions based on smart sensor networks. Michael previously worked at BMW and Bain & Company, and holds a master's degree (M.Sc.) in industrial engineering from Technical University of Munich.

Business Development Executive, Travel & Transport Industry Solution Sales/Account Management
IBM Sales & Distribution

Oliver is responsible for business development within the IBM Travel and Transportation sector in DACH for innovative solutions in the field of cognitive (Watson) technologies, Internet of Things and Blockchain. He is an experienced logistics and supply chain expert with more than 20 years of consulting experience. Holding a degree in industrial engineering Oliver started his professional career with Coopers & Lybrand in 1997 and Price Waterhouse Coopers in 1998 as a strategy and process consultant. Oliver was also responsible for the account management at IBM Global Business Services. Since 2012, he has been working as Business Development Executive in the Travel and Transportation sales division of IBM Germany, engaged in developing and driving early, brand agnostic, large transformational industry deals within the logistics sector.

Wiskerke Onions

Chayenne Wiskerke is managing director of Wiskerske Onions, a family business that 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 of 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.